Canadian court deals major blow to Trans Mountain Pipeline

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:A Canadian court on Thursday overturned approval of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline expansion, ruling that Ottawa failed to adequately consider aboriginal concerns, in a blow to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s efforts to balance environmental and economic issues.Trudeau’s government agreed in May to buy the pipeline from Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd for C$4.5 billion ($3.46 billion), betting it would win the court battle and expand Trans Mountain despite fierce political and environmental opposition.The decision also hurts Canada’s oil producers, who say the expanded pipeline is needed to address bottlenecks that have sharply reduced prices for their crude. Shares fell on the decision.The Federal Court of Appeal ruled that the National Energy Board (NEB) regulator wrongly narrowed its review of the project to exclude related tanker traffic. Additionally, the federal government failed to adequately consult First Nations, as required by law, it ruled.“The big takeaway is the duty to consult (indigenous people) is still the most important step in any major project,” said Andrew Leach, associate professor of business economics at the University of Alberta.Trudeau has portrayed himself as a friend to aboriginal people and tried to build national support for a carbon emissions reduction plan, even while backing Trans Mountain to support the oil industry.“It’s quite a slap to the government by the court on the grounds of reconciliation with First Nations,” said Kathryn Harrison, a professor of political science at the University of British Columbia. “They’ve committed billions of dollars in taxpayers’ funds, doubling down on a project that the courts have just quashed.”Trudeau’s finance minister, Bill Morneau, said the government remains “absolutely committed” to building the project, adding the sale could close as early as Friday.“We know that we must diversify our economy and our markets for resources, and that’s why it was important” to buy the pipeline, Morneau told reporters in Toronto.In a statement, Kinder Morgan Canada President Ian Anderson said the court ruling was not a condition of the pipeline’s sale to Ottawa. He said the project is suspending construction.Kinder Morgan Canada shareholders voted on Thursday to approve the pipeline’s sale to Ottawa.Canada has the option to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court but Morneau said the government had made no decisions and needs time to study the ruling.An appeal to the higher court would drag out the project at least another couple of years, Harrison said.“Thankfully, the court has stepped in where Canada has failed to protect and respect our rights and our water,” Coldwater Indian Band Chief Lee Spahan said in a statement. “Our members will be hugely relieved.”The Trans Mountain expansion would nearly triple capacity on an existing line from Edmonton, Alberta, to a port in the Vancouver area for export. It was approved by the federal government in 2016.The court’s ruling is likely to amplify sentiments expressed by oil producers, such as Suncor Energy Inc, that they would hold off on further major investments in Canada’s oil patch until regulatory challenges abated.Shares of Canadian oil producers fell in Toronto, led lower by heavy oil producers MEG Energy Corp and Athabasca Oil Corp, which are especially hurt by price discounts connected to clogged pipelines.Further delays will harm Canada’s economy by limiting access to global markets, said Al Reid, executive vice-president of oil producer Cenovus Energy Inc.Renewed doubts about Trans Mountain place greater importance for Canada’s oil industry on two other pipeline projects. Enbridge Inc is rebuilding Line 3 from Alberta to a hub in Wisconsin, while TransCanada Corp is considering construction of Keystone XL from Alberta to Nebraska.More: Court quashes Canadian approval of Trans Mountain oil pipeline Canadian court deals major blow to Trans Mountain Pipelinelast_img read more

Fire At Will silences big guns in Juvenile Turf | Racing News

first_imgAidan O’Brien’s Battleground had to make do with the runner-up spot as Fire At Will claimed a surprise victory in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Keeneland.A son of War Front out of the yard’s Arc heroine Found, Battleground was strongly fancied to provide O’Brien with a fifth victory in this Grade One contest following the previous triumphs of Wrote (2011), George Vancouver (2012), Hit It A Bomb (2015) and Mendelssohn (2017).- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Ralph Beckett’s pair of New Mandate and Devilwala, as well as Michael Bell’s The Lir Jet, finished unplaced.Maker said of the 33-1 winner: “I thought he was way overpriced – he’s done nothing wrong and is a very professional and classy horse.”Moore said of Battleground: “He ran a lovely race, I like him a lot. He’s a horse with a big future.- Advertisement – “He ran on really well at the finish, but the winner had gone.”Shane Foley was happy with Cadillac, and may have been closer with a shade more luck.He said: “He got shuffled back on the first turn, but then ran on in the straight. He stays the trip very well.”Frankie Dettori, meanwhile, felt the season had caught up with New Mandate.He said: “I think he’s over the top, he ran with the choke out. It was one (run) too many.” Winner of the Chesham Stakes at Royal Ascot and the Vintage Stakes at Goodwood this summer, Battleground raced in midfield for much of the way and was still back in the field rounding the home turn, as Wesley Ward’s front-runner Outadore set sail for home.Michael Maker’s Fire At Will reeled in the leader inside the final furlong before pulling nicely clear in the hands of Ricardo Santana Jr.Battleground finished strongly for Ryan Moore to beat Outadore to second, with Jessica Harrington’s Cadillac not far behind that pair in fourth.- Advertisement –last_img read more

Istria with well-known instagrammers launched a campaign on Instagram – Autumn in Istria

first_imgToday not being present digitally, especially in tourism, is a sure direction of doom. Also, as many tools are free, and so are social networks that bring the masses together, it is often thought that everything can be done for free, ie without hiring professionals. And there’s a big mistake, if you don’t realize it yourself, you will understand soon when you put the key in the lockInstagram and video are “must have” channels of advertising and communication in tourism, said Ilija Brajkovic, co-owner of the digital agency Kontra, adding that tourism is a driver of digital development because tourism professionals have realized that digital is the best form of advertising in a highly competitive market. . “Today, being present on social media is a matter of personal hygiene, as is owning a website. Anyone who is serious about tourism no longer thinks about it. It is almost impossible to communicate on all networks – there are dozens of them, and in tourism we should focus on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. ”Brajković points out.Apart from video, tourism is strong today present Instagram, you could even say that at the moment young people are much more active on Instagram, and pictures and videos sell everything. “Facebook has created a monster out of Instagram, and tourism has perfect content on Instagram. The problem is that Instagram is not easy, the community is demanding and extra effort is needed to achieve measurable results. ” Brajković points outThey are very well aware of this in the Tourist County of the Istrian County, which after three extremely successful editions of the destination marketing campaign called Share Istria, continue following new digital trends with a new campaign on Instagram – Autumn in Istria.Autumn in Istria invites you to enjoy gastronomy, wellness and interesting activities such as cycling or running, but also truffle hunting, a rare and expensive mushroom that grows in the fertile Istrian soil…. The focus of the campaign is the promotion of the post-season, and popular Croatian instagrammers Domagoj Sever, Josip Kramarić and Željka and Jasminka Đaković, who successfully promote Croatia on their profiles, joined forces and together with the Istrian Tourist Board launched a donation campaign called “Autumn in Istria”.Instagram is an increasingly popular social network with currently 700 million active users worldwide and an ideal place to promote destinations, and many tourists find inspiration for their travels, explore new locations and experiences on this social network as the most important platform for posting photos. “Instagramers communicate with tourists on a daily basis, so the idea of ​​giving and cooperating with the Istrian Tourist Board was naturally imposed, which has long recognized the importance of social networks through its ShareIstria project.”Point out from the Tourist Board of IstriaDomagoj, Željka, Jasminka and Josip gather over 200.000 followers from all over the world on their profiles. Through the “Autumn in Istria” donation campaign, which lasts from September 13 to 17, the three lucky ones will have the opportunity to stay and enjoy Istria this fall, and all the details on how to get involved can be found on their Instagram profiles: @domagojsever + @croatia_instagram + @travelogue  @ShareIstriaRelated news: FACEBOOK ENABLES DIRECT RECORDING OF A 360-DEGREE PHOTOlast_img read more

Protest Sinclair’s influence on WRGB

first_imgSeeing the recent video of Liz Bishop from WRGB Channel 6 News simultaneously spouting the same words as 55 other “newscasters” from different stations across the country stunned me. Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion That’s not how an independent news source should behave, and that’s because WRGB’s journalists aren’t independent. In fact, WRGB is owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, a private Maryland-based company that owns over 190 television stations in the United States.When anchors Liz Bishop or Greg Floyd read the news, there’s no way to know if they wrote what they’re saying or if Sinclair scripted it for them.In addition to mandating what “newscasters” say on-air, Sinclair also mandates “must run” segments. So instead of allowing WRGB to focus its broadcast on local stories by local reporters, Sinclair restricts local input by requiring WRGB and other stations to air Sinclair-produced national segments, including the “Terrorism Alert Desk,” commentaries by Republican political analyst Boris Epshteyn, and pre-produced segments by Sinclair-owned Circa.Unless viewers and advertisers stand up and demand journalistic independence and integrity, Sinclair’s practices won’t change.I no longer watch WRGB Channel 6 News, and I plan to join others in protesting for journalistic integrity outside WRGB on April 26.JUDY BECK Saratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?Schenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

Guest Column: Community supports families of Schoharie limo crash victims, thanks first responders

first_imgCategories: Editorial, OpinionLast month, dozens of first responders and their families gathered for an evening of food, drink and dancing at Settles Hill Banquets in Altamont.The first responders were among the agencies that came upon the horrific scene of the deadly limousine crash in Schoharie on Oct. 6, 2018, that killed 20. After a year of vigils, funerals and memorials, this night was an opportunity to honor the first responders for their heroic efforts.It was also the final piece of a yearlong effort, Healing Schoharie, a grassroots benefit for the families of the victims and the first responders.As the lead organizer, I am proud of the work our group did to raise more than $50,000.As the father of seven (five girls and two boys), I felt compelled to act. Eight others from the community joined me.  As a native of New Jersey, I’ve got Bruce Springsteen in my DNA.I reached out to Chris Phillips, the editor of Backstreets, the main online source for Springsteen news.The Boss soon signed for auction a framed promotional poster from the Mohawk Harbor event: “God Bless, Bruce Springsteen.A Schenectady woman placed the winning bid of $1,525.“I just wanted to help,” she told me.We recently distributed the bulk of the funds to the families of the victims. We decided that the best way to honor the 150 first responders would be to host an appreciation dinner. From the beginning, our committee was guided by the mantra that when a tragedy strikes, a community pulls together. David Buicko of the Galesi Group offered Mohawk Harbor as our venue.Philip Morris of Proctors allowed us to sell tickets through the theater’s website.Companies including MVP Healthcare, Beekman 1802, and Rivers Casino and Resort soon signed on.On Oct. 28, more than 1,000 people turned out for “Healing Schoharie,” featuring music, food vendors and raffles.Despite a cold and steady rain, the event raised nearly $46,000.This included more than $14,000 from Druthers Brewing Co. at Mohawk Harbor, its proceeds from beer sales and 50 percent of all customer checks for meals and drinks served in the restaurant that day. Any remaining funds would support the permanent memorial at the crash site.The event at Settles Hill featured local singer Demantra Constantine, who opened with a moving rendition of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”I struggled to read a note to the first responders from Jill Richardson-Perez on behalf of the victims’ families.Her son, Matthew Coons, 27, was among those killed. “We cannot imagine what you saw or experienced – we do not want to even imagine it – but you may have lost something that day as well as we have,” she wrote. “You are to be honored … you are heroes and you must remember this.”For more than three hours, the first responders enjoyed a hearty buffet and music by Grand Central Station.center_img Ten minutes before the event was to end, a first responder asked if we could pass around a hat around to extend the night. Few wanted to leave.The dancing continued for another 30 minutes or so.“Thanks for an amazing evening,” one fire chief remarked as the night wound down.“We needed this.”Phillip Wajda is director of media relations at Union College.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists It would have been easy to consider our event a success and move on.However, with so many victims and first responders, the money we raised (minus expenses) would not go far.In December, Centre Street in Schenectady hosted an event featuring Grand Central Station.For a $10 donation, patrons could request a song for the band to play.Instead, patrons dropped $20, $40, $50 – and in one case, $100 – to support the cause.A month later, the First Reformed Church of Schenectady and the Stockade Inn hosted Bend and Brew, featuring yoga and craft beer donated by Mad Jack Brewing Company.We were inching closer to the unstated goal of $50,000.last_img read more

INACA pins hopes on jobs law to attract investment while pilots remain wary

first_imgThe Indonesia National Air Carrier Association (INACA) has welcomed the new Job Creation Law, believing it will spur investment in the pandemic-battered aviation sector, while pilots remain cautious over its potential impact on the rights of airline employees.INACA secretary-general Bayu Sutanto said on Oct. 9 that the job law would boost investment in the country’s aviation industry, which is especially important today when demand is low and the aircraft seat load factor (SLF) hovers at around just 40 percent on average.The law will help to streamline investment in the industry through licensing, aircraft ownership and capital raising deregulation, according to Bayu. Topics : The recently passed job law is aimed at attracting investment and cutting bureaucratic red tape, despite opposition from labor unions, activists and other civil society groups, who fear the new law will strip away labor rights and pose environmental risks.Read also: Environmental concerns, protests may discourage foreign investment: Moody’sSeveral articles from Law No. 1/2009 on aviation have been scrapped under the Job Creation Law, according to the latest 1,035 page draft of the law made available to The Jakarta Post. One of the articles scrapped is Article 118 paragraph 2 on the Aviation Law, that requires scheduled commercial airlines to own a minimum of five aircraft and control another five aircraft as a business permit holder.The Job Creation Law also scraps Article 110 of the Aviation Law, which includes details on the mandatory minimum five-year business plan requirement for commercial airlines to get a business permit. The requirement to operate has been simplified in Article 109 to “fulfilling the operational permit requirements set by the central government.”Aviation industry expert and former air marshal Chappy Hakim told The Jakarta Post on Sunday that the abolishment of the minimum aircraft requirement would send a positive signal to investors seeking to establish new airlines in Indonesia.However, he said existing airlines would not be able to enjoy the impacts of deregulation as much as the new airlines, as they had already suffered huge losses during the COVID-19 outbreak.“New airlines will enjoy more advantages from the deregulation than existing ones. Furthermore, there is currently an excess of human capital in the aviation industry, so they [new airlines] will have a better bargaining position [during the hiring process],” he said in a phone interview.National flag-carrier Garuda Indonesia suffered a loss of US$712.73 million in the first half of this year after booking a net profit of $24.11 million in the same period last year. To cut further losses, the company has proposed early retirement packages for around 500 employees and laid off 180 contract pilots.Garuda Pilot Association (APG) chairperson Muzaeni told the Post that the association was currently consulting with lawyers and other unions to figure out whether there were articles in the Job Creation Law that would negatively affect airline employees.“We had rounds of talks with our lawyers and have no issue with it so far. Insya Allah [God willing] we will hold another consultation with Garuda’s employees union,” he said.He said that if both the pilots and airline employees’ union found articles that were deemed detrimental to the employees’ rights, they would join calls for a judicial review of the law at Constitutional Court (MK).A number of the country’s labor unions have expressed plans to challenge the recently passed Job Creation Law through a judicial review petition filed with the court, including the All-Indonesia Workers Union Confederation (KSPSI).center_img “We really are pinning our hopes on deregulation, which is addressed by the Job Creation Law,” Bayu said during an online discussion held by marketing firm Markplus.“There are revisions to articles in regard to air transportation non-safety licensing requirements. This will help our recovery, aside from stimulus from the government,” he added.The aviation industry has been battered by the COVID-19 outbreak, amid international border closures and large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) that have prompted people to cancel their travel plans.INACA has projected that the number of air passengers this year will only reach around 45.8 million, a 40 percent drop from last year’s figure of 76.6 million people. The association has recorded 33.7 million air passengers as of September, according to association data.last_img read more

Gold Coast couple secures sub-penthouse in Northcliffe Residences

first_imgMichael and Didi Carr have snapped up an a sub-penthouse at the $111 million Northcliffe Residences.When completed in mid-2018, Northcliffe Residences will have 26 levels of residences designed by the multi-award winning Cottee Parker Architects.Northcliffe Residences is one of the very few developments in the heart of Surfers Paradise that features a strict residents-only policy.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor1 hour ago“The value proposition that Northcliffe Residences presents is second to none,” Mr Carr said.“The design elements and facilities are superb and phenomenal value given the prime location. The facilities and beachfront lifestyle on offer at Northcliffe are truly impressive.” Northcliffe Residences on the shores of Surfers Paradise will be completed in mid-2018.So far $70 million in sales have been achieved at Northcliffe Residences, being developed by Qingjian Group Co Ltd (CNQC), one of China’s largest development and construction companies.Northcliffe Residences will have an exclusive ocean-view beach club with a fully equipped gymnasium, steamroom, sauna and designated yoga area. Residents will also have access to a full suite of five-star resort facilities including club lounge and dining area, infinity pool and a waterfront terrace with direct access to the beach. Northcliffe Residences on the shores of Surfers ParadiseMr Carr said the location and proximity to amenities were a major plus.“It’s far enough away from the noise, but at the same time you’re in the heart of it all,” he said.“Being right on the beach is exactly what we were looking for in a new home and here, I mean, you couldn’t get much closer than this. We literally will have everything we need right on our doorstep.”The sub-penthouse has four bedrooms, four bathrooms plus powder room, and is the second to be sold at Northcliffe Residences.It comes on the back of the sale of the $6 million penthouse last year and leaves just two sub-penthouses remaining.center_img LONG time Gold Coast residents Michael and Didi Carr have snapped up a sub-penthouse at the $111 million Northcliffe Residences.A 360 degree view of the Gold Coast has secured the deal for this couple who have splashed more than $4 million on a 400sq m sub-penthouse in the $111 million Northcliffe Residences.Long-time Gold Coast residents, Michael and Didi Carr are taking their seachange to new heights swapping their home in Aundel for the apartment in Surfers Paradise.The sub-penthouse is one of four exclusive whole-floor offerings at Northcliffe Residences, which is currently under construction on an absolute beachfront site at 3 Northcliffe Terrace. “This is a long awaited seachange and we are so excited this will become a reality in the near future,” Mr Carr said.“This lifestyle is ideal for my wife and I as the maintenance and upkeep of apartment living is so much more sustainable.“Everything is looked after and you can just lock up and leave. There isn’t the stress of house maintenance.”last_img read more

Damen Shipyards Galati Exhibition Opened in Romania

first_imgDisplaying an extensive collection of historical maritime memorabilia, Damen Shipyards Galati has opened an exhibition in the Lower Danube University in the Romanian city of Galati.The exhibition is part of the yard’s 125 year anniversary celebrations that began with the annual Shipbuilder’s Day festivities.The exhibition opened on 1 September with a ceremony attended by numerous invited guests including Damen Shipyards Group Board President Jason Bronscheer and the mayor of the city of Galati, Mr. Ionut Pucheanu.Containing various items such as photographs, postcards, maps, books and other special pieces, the exhibition – open until 30 December – thus reflects the rich maritime heritage that has been grown at the yard since its founding in 1893.Shipbuilding operations on the site that is now known as Damen Shipyards Galati started back in 1893 when metalworking specialist and business entrepreneur Gheorghe Fernic founded a metal foundry and later in 1897 a shipyard. The shipyard quickly became internationally recognized for the complexity of the ships it was building, and so began a long and continuing tradition of shipbuilding in Romania.Damen Shipyards Galati has been part of the Damen Shipyards Group since 1999.last_img read more

Nurses encouraged to be professional

first_img Sharing is caring! Share Leticia Wyke, Acting Principal Nursing Officer-PMHThe Dominica Nurses Association is seeking to encourage greater professionalism within the nursing profession through a series of nursing activities during month of May.Acting Principal Nursing Officer at the Princess Margaret Hospital Leticia Lestrade -Wyke told a recent panel discussion organized by the nurses Association that nurses need to uphold the profession on and off the job as outlined in the nurse’s pledge.The hospital official likened the nurses pledge to an oath saying that “It’s not just a pledge that you repeat its one that you take on in your everyday life while you work in the profession”.In reading the lines of the pledge Wyke quoted it as stating “I promise that at all times my personal life shall always bring credit to my profession”.The Hospital Principal Nursing officer remarked that nurses are expected to behave as nurses at all times.“When you are a nurse, on the job, off the job you are supposed to behave professionally.”As a means of motivating nurses to give excellent customer service, the Dominica Nurses Association has initiated a special awards ceremony later this month which will reward nurses for their professionalism on and off the job.“We have an awards ceremony where we are going to recognize staff for professional excellence and we are also going to recognize staff for customer service.”A total of forty –two nurses from the Princess Margaret hospital and the seven health districts will be recognized for outstanding customer service and professional excellence.It is expected that the awards will become an annual event.The Dominica Nurses Association throughout the Month of May has been hosting a series of activities to observe nurses’ month on the island.On May 12th 2012 Dominica observed international Nurses day, under the theme “Closing the Gap-From Evidence to Action”.Government Information Service 31 Views   no discussions LocalNews Nurses encouraged to be professional by: – May 18, 2012center_img Share Share Tweetlast_img read more

PH now capable of 12K COVID-19 tests a day

first_imgMANILA – The Philippines is now ramping up its testing capacity for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) with health authorities now capable of conducting 12,000 tests for a day. “The government workers will receive necessary training, protective medical equipment, accommodation, food, and transportation to and from the mega swabbing centers,” Medialdea said. The four mega swabbing centers are located at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City, Palacio de Maynila in Pasay City, the Enderun Tent in Taguig City, and the Philippine Sports Stadium in Philippine Arena in Bulacan. “Sa susunod na linggo, makukuha na natin ang target natin na 5,000 tests a day kapag fully operational na lahat ang ating mga swabbing center,” Dizon said. “Bini-build up [din] natin ang ating laboratory capacity.” ccording to the Department of Health, there were over 131,000 individuals that have undergone the COVID-19 test nationwide, while there are 23 accredited laboratories in the country which conduct PCR-based tests.center_img Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea has previously directed Cabinet members to each submit to the Office of the President a list of at least 100 personnel who will be assigned at the swabbing centers. Medialdea added that the government employees will also receive COVID-19 hazard pay and/or special risk allowance. At least 1,500 people are needed to operate the mega swabbing centers./PN National Task Force Against COVID-19 deputy chief implementer Vince Dizon said Friday there are now four mega swabbing centers in the country.last_img read more