Six Nations youth battle band council

first_imgAPTN National NewsA sit-in by young people in Six Nations will continue for now.Over the past three months, several youth have occupied space outside of an old police station.They want a safe place for them to go when they face a crisis.The band council, however, wants them removed.APTN National News reporter Candace Maracle has this story.last_img

Concern over whats above ground at Yellowknifes Giant Mine

first_imgAPTN National NewsIt’s one of the country’s biggest environmental disasters.Yellowknife’s Giant Mine was once the driving force behind the northern economy for its rich gold deposits, the mine is now a toxic liability and home to hundreds of thousands of tonnes of arsenic trioxide.An ambitious clean up plan is underway to freeze the arsenic in place forever but it’s not just what’s underground that has people concerned.APTN’s Cullen Crozier has the story.last_img

Human rights museum faces boycott over Metis legend snub

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe Canadian Museum for Human Rights is set to open its doors next month.However, the choice of what artists will perform at the opening ceremonies is causing problems.Museum officials apparently rejected a suggestion of Metis legend Ray St. Germain.That has the Manitoba Metis Federation threatening to boycott the ceremonies.APTN’s Matt Thordarson has the story.last_img

I told everyone to run

first_img“I had seen him pull out that gun and I ran back inside. I told everyone to run,” he said.Piche said he doesn’t know who the vehicle belonged to, but it has since been removed from the school property.Piche added that Dayne and Drayden Fontaine are related to the suspect.The RCMP would not not confirm the relationship.“There’s never been a school shooting of this magnitude in the country,” said RCMP Supt. Grant St. Germaine  during a press conference Saturday.As of Saturday, the RCMP was unable to confirm whether or not there was any motive behind the shootings, or if any of the victims had been targeted.jflett@aptn.ca Jaydon Flett APTN National NewsLA LOCHE, Sask. – Police in La Loche, Sask., have charged a 17-year-old boy with four counts of first-degree murder following a mass shooting in the community which sits about 600 kilometres northwest of Saskatoon.The boy, who cannot be named under youth criminal legislation, is also charged with seven counts of attempted murder in relation to those who were injured when he allegedly opened fire at the La Loche Community school Friday.The RCMP have identified the four people killed in Friday’s attack.Dayne Fontaine, 17, and Drayden Fontaine, 13 were found dead at a residence in a residence in the community. Teacher Adam Wood, 35, and school assistant Marie Janvier, 21 were shot at the school.Marie Janvier, 21, was killed during a school shooting Friday.Adam Wood, originally from Uxbridge, Ont., had only moved to the northern community this past September to begin his first year of teaching.Wood, originally from Uxbridge, Ont., had only moved to the northern community this past September to begin his first year of teaching.Darius Piche, 17, a La Loche student, told APTN National News that Wood was his math teacher. He said Wood was helpful and supportive in the classroom.Darius Piche was friends with alleged shooter.“If you didn’t give him a hard time, he didn’t give you a hard time,” said Piche. “He was that kind of teacher.”Piche added that Janvier had been his tutor and he was supposed to be in the same classroom as her at the time of the shooting.Piche says that the suspect police currently have in custody had been a friend of his since kindergarten.“It’s like, one day, he’s all good. And the next, he’s doing all this? Taking innocent lives,” he said.APTN National News obtained a copy of the messages where the 17 year-old alleged gunman told a group of friends, “I’m done with life.”Piche was one of the friends who was in that chat group. When he asked the suspect what was wrong, he said that he “just killed two people” and that he was on his way to “shoot up” the school.“I thought he was joking around when he said that. It wasn’t even expected at all,” said Piche. “He just showed up, he just looked mad.”Piche said he went to ask his friend what was bothering him, and that’s when he noticed the suspect grab a shotgun from the backseat of a vehicle parked outside the school.last_img read more

Record number of nominations for APTN National News

first_imgAPTN NewsAPTN National News and APTN Investigates have been nominated for nine awards presented by the Canadian Association of Journalists (CAJ).The annual awards are presented for outstanding investigative journalism in Canada for the previous year. Recipients will be announced on May 5 at the CAJ gala and conference in Toronto.“My whole team works tirelessly to tell those stories which are important to Indigenous people and all Canadians. The work they do every day is changing the landscape of Canada, by educating the public and building a new understanding of the country we live in,” said Karyn Pugliese, executive director of News and Currents Affairs. “It is so rewarding to see their hard work recognized by their peers at the Canadian Association of Journalists.“Congratulations APTN nominees,” she added.Journalists Kenneth Jackson and Willow Fiddler are recognized for their work in the Scoop Category for bringing forward new information on the case of teen Tammy Keeash who drowned in Thunder Bay.Fiddler has also been nominated for the CAJ’s new Emerging Indigenous Journalist Award for her heartbreaking story about a Thunder Bay woman who was given weeks to live after she was struck with a trailer hitch thrown from a passing vehicle.Jackson also got the nod for Daily Excellence, for his story about the deaths of three young Indigenous girls at Ontario group homes.Journalist Kathleen Martens was also nominated for two entries, both APTN Investigates episodes. Article 23 explored at the inequality of employment in Nunavut was nominated in the CWA CANADA/CAJ award for Labour reporting.Martens’ Truth? Or Reconciliation an hour-long special about how the Indian Residential Schools Settlement failed survivors is up for the Open Broadcast News award. She shares the nomination with APTN Investigates executive producer Paul Barnsley and producer Holly Moore.Trina Roache appears in the JHR/Human Rights reporting category for In the Shadow of the Dam, her take on the Muskrat Falls protests- her first episode for APTN Investigates.Cullen Crozier is also recognized for Against their Will  in the same category.  In his APTN Investigates episode, Crozier exposed the forced sterilization of Indigenous women in a Saskatoon hospital that has now led to a class action lawsuit representing more than 50 women.Veteran APTN Investigates video journalist Rob Smith is also recognized in the Open Media category for Killer Pain which goes street level to the opiod crisis in Vancouver.Moore is also in the Open Media category for The cure was worse, bringing the total number of nominations for Investigates to six.“I’m incredibly proud of all the nominees and once again grateful for the opportunity APTN has provided to create and manage its investigative team.” said Barnsley. “I think today proves the talent pool of Indigenous journalists is deep.”“We’ve had several hugely talented and highly valued team players move on to other roles at APTN and yet the show keeps improving and punching far above its weight as reinforcements arrive and add their talent and passion to the mix.”news@aptn.calast_img read more

First Nations in BC negotiating to buy percentage of Coastal GasLink pipeline

first_imgLaurie HamelinAPTN NewsFirst Nations in British Columbia are vying for a percentage of the Coastal Gaslink pipeline that will cost billions of dollars.Part of the pipeline is up for sale.Dan George, an elected chief in Burns Lake First Nation, one of six First Nations in Wet’suwet’en territory, has been in Vancouver discussing business.George said he wants to buy into the pipeline.In 2014, he signed a benefit agreement with Coastal Gaslink but says he hopes to do more for his community’s future.Now he’s working towards equity ownership of the pipeline with all other First Nations along the proposed route.“Being equity owners creates a lot more wealth for us because we’ll have a bigger piece of the pie,” George said. “And we won’t need any money from Ottawa anymore, we can run our own businesses by ourselves, under our own conditions, so I think it is going to help a lot of First Nations get out of poverty in the north because opportunities are few and far between.”The Coastal Gaslink pipeline project will push natural gas from Dawson Creek, B.C., 670 kilometres to Kitimat on the coast where it will be liquefied and shipped to markets in Asia.TransCanada, the company building the pipeline, presented the First Nations with the opportunity to purchase a 75 per cent stake in the line.The cost is approximately $6 billion.“It’s going to be ongoing for a while to come because it’s a huge submission and it’s a lot of money that we need to raise,” said George.George told APTN News that Jason Kenney’s win in Alberta comes at a crucial time for Canada’s oil and gas business.“I think it will be a good thing for all people of Canada to be on the world stage instead of just giving all our resources to the U.S. for half the price,” George said.But the Coast Gaslink pipeline project faces stiff opposition from Wet’suwet’en Nations’ highest hereditary Chiefs, despite approval from al 20 elected band councils along the route.The traditional leaders don’t want the pipeline and say they have jurisdiction – not elected leadership.George said he isn’t worried – his members want the pipeline so he’s focussed on making sure the project goes through.“As elected Chief I follow what my band members tell me what they want me to do,” he said.“So we had a vote on the LNG and they all voted for it so I do what my members tell me and Hereditary Chiefs have to do the same thing.”lhamelin@aptn.ca@laurie_hamelinlast_img read more

WestJet expects Swoop ancillary revenues will be double mainline carrier

first_imgFlying on WestJet’s low-cost carrier Swoop will come with a price: ancillary fees that will cost travellers about twice what they pay on the mainline carrier, the CEO of the Calgary-based airline said Tuesday.Gregg Saretsky said he expects non-fare fees on Swoop, which is set to launch in June, will be very similar to so-called ultra low-cost carriers in the U.S.“We’re about $19 per guest currently on the mainline operation and I would expect that we should be able to get (double) that on Swoop,” he said during a conference call Tuesday about its third-quarter results.WestJet’s (TSX:WJA) fees for services like flight changes, cancellations and checked bags increased 12 per cent in the third quarter to $117 million, or $18.64 per passenger.Between 60 and 70 per cent of Swoop travellers are expected to pay fees for carry-on and checked baggage, added Bob Cummings, who is heading up preparations to launch Swoop.However, higher ancillary fees will be more than offset by lower airport charges and base fares, he said.“Total ticket prices will be 30 to 40 per cent lower at the end of the day,” Cummings said in an interview.He said Swoop should capture some of the equivalent of 30 to 35 planeloads of Canadians who fly daily out of U.S. border airports.Swoop is set to launch with two 189-seat Boeing 737-800s. The fleet will increase to six planes by September and 10 in the summer of 2019.Swoop’s network of longer haul flights and ancillary charges will be unveiled in February when tickets go on sale and will ultimately provide flights both in Canada and to the southern United States and sun destinations.Modelled after the relationship between Australia’s Qantas Airways and Jetstar Airways Pty Ltd., Swoop will fly mostly to different destinations than WestJet, but may also supplement the larger airline on major city routes.Saretsky said Swoop will operate as an independent airline with its own reservation system, operator’s certificate and airport check-in counters staffed by its own employees.“We have been very resolute in wanting to build this at the absolute lowest (cost), so there will not even be connectivity between Swoop and WestJet,” he told analysts.Passengers flying on Swoop from Calgary to Toronto, for example, will have to collect their bags and recheck them for corresponding flights to Sudbury.Swoop’s financial results, however, will be incorporated with those of WestJet.Ed Sims, WestJet’s commercial executive vice-president, said there is still significant demand in the Canadian market to stimulate traffic at lower fares, especially using secondary airports like Hamilton, Ont. and Abbotsford, B.C.However, Cummings said WestJet believes there is room for only one major ultra-low cost carrier in Canada.Unlike startup competitors like Canada Jetlines Ltd. which is also set to fly next summer, WestJet’s existing operations could be used to carry passengers in case of service disruptions.Air Canada (TSX:AC) has said it will use its low-cost leisure travel subsidiary Rouge to compete on the very low-cost market in Canada.Meanwhile, WestJet said it expects the new widebody Boeing 787s that will start entering its fleet in January 2019 will help attract more business travellers.It plans to add lounges at its hubs in Calgary, Toronto and Vancouver and will increase the use of its mobile apps for bookings, check-in and prioritized boarding.Saretsky said many Canadian corporations are looking for better deals because flying in Canada at the last minute can be expensive.“So as much as Air Canada might fight back, we have a massive cost advantage and a product specifically designed to accommodate that type of traveller.”WestJet saw its third-quarter profit grow by about 20 per cent compared with a year ago as it increased capacity and traffic.The airline said it earned a record $138.4 million or $1.18 per diluted share for the quarter that ended Sept. 30. That compared with a profit of $116.0 million or 97 cents per diluted share in the same quarter last year.Revenue totalled $1.22 billion, up from $1.12 billion, with premium economy seat revenues rising 19 per cent.last_img read more

Tech companies find more signs of Russian election activity

first_imgWASHINGTON – Major tech companies plan to tell Congress Tuesday that they have found additional evidence of Russian activity on their services surrounding the 2016 U.S. election.Facebook, for instance, says a Russian group posted more than 80,000 times on its service during and after the election, potentially reaching as many as 126 million users. The company plans to disclose these numbers to the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, according to a person familiar with the testimony. The person declined to be named because the committee has not officially released the testimony.Twitter plans to tell the same committee that it has uncovered and shut down 2,752 accounts linked to the same group, Russia’s Internet Research Agency, which is known for promoting pro-Russian government positions.That number is nearly 14 times larger than the number of accounts Twitter handed over to congressional committees three weeks ago, according to a person familiar with the matter. This person requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly about the new findings ahead of the hearing on Tuesday.And Google announced in a blog post that it found evidence of “limited” misuse of its services by the Russian group, as well as some YouTube channels that were likely backed by Russian agents.THREE HEARINGS IN TWO DAYSThe companies are set to testify at three hearings Tuesday and Wednesday as part of congressional probes of Russian election interference.Colin Stretch, Facebook’s general counsel, plans to tell the Judiciary panel that 120 pages set up by the Russian agency posted repeatedly between January 2015 and August 2017. The company estimates that roughly 29 million people were directly “served” posts in their news feeds from the agency over that time. Those posts then spread widely on Facebook, although Stretch’s prepared testimony makes clear that many of the 126 million people reached this way may not have seen the posts.These “organic” posts that appeared in users’ news feeds are distinct from more than 3,000 advertisements linked to the agency that Facebook has already turned over to congressional committees. The ads — many of which focused on divisive social issues — pointed people to the agency’s pages, where they could then like or share its material.On Twitter, the Russia-linked accounts put out 1.4 million election-related tweets from September through Nov. 15 last year — nearly half of them automated. The company also found nine Russian accounts that bought ads, most of which came from the state-backed news service Russia Today, or RT.Twitter said last week it would no longer accept ads from RT and Sputnik, another state-sponsored news outlet. It will donate the $1.9 million it has earned from RT since 2011 to support external research into political uses of Twitter.Google said that two accounts linked to the Russian group spent $4,700 on ads its platforms during the 2016 election. The company also found 18 YouTube channels likely backed by Russian agents. Those channels hosted 1,108 videos with 43 hours of material, although they racked up just 309,000 views in the U.S. between June 2015 and November 2016, Google said.PREEMPTING REGULATIONA bill unveiled earlier this month would require social media companies to keep public files of election ads and require companies to “make reasonable efforts” to make sure that foreign individuals or entities are not purchasing political advertisements in order to influence Americans.The companies haven’t commented on the proposed legislation, but say they’re at work on the problem. Last week Facebook said it will verify political ad buyers in federal elections and build transparency tools to link ads to the Facebook pages of their sponsors. Twitter has also said it will require election-related ads for candidates to disclose who is paying for them and how they are targeted.Google announced on Monday that it will also verify the identity of election-related ad buyers and identify these advertisers publicly via an ad icon. It will provide a public database of election ads detailing who purchased each one, and will publish a transparency report on election ads as well.The companies have been under constant pressure from Congress since it was first revealed earlier this year that Russians had infiltrated some of their platforms. Facebook has already spent more than $8.4 million lobbying the government this year, according to federal disclosure forms.All three firms are expected to face questions about what evidence of Russian interference they found on their services, as well as why they didn’t find it earlier. They will almost certainly do what they can to convince lawmakers that they can fix the problem on their own, without the need for regulation.BEYOND ADSThe issue goes far beyond ads. Fake news, fake events, propaganda and other misinformation spread far and wide on social media services in 2016 without the need for paid advertisements. But regulating online speech would be more difficult for U.S. lawmakers.In addition, analysts and online speech advocates have warned that policing internet election ads is not the same thing as doing so in print newspapers or on TV. Automated advertising platforms allow basically anyone with an internet account and a credit card to place an ad with little or no oversight from the companies.Facebook has said it is building machine learning tools to address this issue, but didn’t provide details.___Ortutay reported from New York. Ryan Nakashima in Menlo Park, California, contributed to this story.last_img read more

Comcast talking to Fox about a deal source says

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Comcast is in discussions with 21st Century Fox about buying its movie studio, some cable channels and its international arms, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. This person wouldn’t discuss the matter publicly.The conversations are at a very early stage, and there’s no guarantee that a deal would be finalized, this person said Thursday.Comcast is interested in the same Fox assets that, according to reports last week, Disney had previously looked at, this person said. Those would include European broadcaster Sky and Star India, the National Geographic and FX cable channels and the company’s film studio. Fox owns 39 per cent of Sky and wants to buy the rest of it, but it has run into problems with U.K. regulators, in part over concerns about the sexual harassment scandals at Fox News.The Wall Street Journal and CNBC earlier reported on Comcast’s interest in Fox.If such a deal took place, it would leave Fox with its Fox News channel, sports channels, the Fox broadcast network and several TV stations.Selling the entertainment business would be a good deal for Fox, said MoffettNathanson analyst Michael Nathanson. “Maybe, just maybe, the company is acknowledging that the outlook for film has changed from an ok business to a bad business for everyone not owning a massive stable of global franchises,” he wrote in a note last week.The company may have realized it has a “better edge” in sports and news, he said, and that the investment needed to build out a streaming service, like Disney is doing , may be too much for Fox.Other companies may also want the Fox assets. A person close to the matter, who wouldn’t speak publicly, said Verizon is not in active discussions with Fox, but that Verizon might be interested in some parts of Fox’s business.U.S. cable and telecom companies have been buying up media assets and launching advertising businesses in the past several years. Comcast, the country’s largest cable company, finished buying NBCUniversal’s cable channels and movie studio in 2013 and added Dreamworks Animation in 2016.Last year, AT&T agreed to buy Time Warner, the owner of the Warner Bros. movie studio and networks including CNN and HBO, for $85 billion. Regulators have taken a tougher-than-expected stance on that deal and have yet to clear it.Reports that the Murdoch family could sell parts of its empire came as a surprise last week. The company has previously focused on building its business, and even offered to buy Time Warner in 2014. Fox was rebuffed.last_img read more

Bugs in the grocery aisle Loblaw adds cricket powder to its PC

first_imgCanada’s largest grocer believes Canadians are ready to cook with crickets and is bringing the alternative protein ingredient to grocery shelves under its President’s Choice label.A number of Canadian companies already sell various insect protein products, like mealworm bolognese sauce and honey-mustard flavoured whole crickets. But Loblaw Companies Ltd.’s announcement signifies more Canadians appear to be willing to munch on insects.Shoppers can now find bags of President’s Choice cricket powder at their local Loblaw stores, the company said Tuesday. It’s the first time Loblaw’s in-house brand is selling insect protein, though one Toronto Loblaws store sells a small selection of alternative protein products.President’s Choice is always discovering new tastes and flavours, said spokeswoman Catherine Thomas in an email.“As a leader in the industry, we wanted to be among the first to bring cricket powder to Canadians in an easy and approachable manner.”Entomophagy, a name for the eating of insects, may be relatively new to Canadians. But around the world people consume more than 1,900 different species, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. The most frequently consumed are beetles, caterpillars, bees, wasps and ants.In Canada, insects sometimes appeared as ingredients on restaurant menu items. A Vancouver restaurant made headlines when it offered cricket pizza several years ago and the insect was centre stage at the 2017 summer Pacific National Exhibition fair where the ingredient could be found in burgers and fries.A number of entrepreneurs have attempted to capitalize on the food trend, packing insects into both protein powders and bars.Entomophagy proponents say it has environmental and health benefits. Insect farming tends to produce less greenhouse gases, and requires less feed, water and land than more traditional livestock. Companies selling insect products tout their high-protein content.The insects used for the President’s Choice cricket powder come from Norwood, Ont.-based Entomo Farms.The farm started in January 2014 and has grown from 464 square metres to 6,100, said co-founder Jarrod Goldin. There’s plans for expanding further, with another 3,700 square metres soon to be built out, he said.For reference, 2,800 square metres house about 100 million crickets, Goldin said.Entomo sells cricket and mealworm products, like protein powder and whole-roasted mealworms, under its own brand name on its website and at various grocery stores — though no national chains, he said.Cricket powder is really malleable, he said, and can be added to most anything people already eat.Goldin sprinkles some on top of plain yogurt and berries for breakfast, for example. It can be baked into pizza crusts, added to pancake mix or put into a chili recipe.The only limit is imagination, he said.The President’s Choice website features recipes for chana masala, chocolate coconut bars and strawberry-banana smoothies all featuring the new cricket powder product.The taste varies based on concentration. A small amount won’t add any flavour, Goldin said, otherwise “it has a very lovely, earthy, nutty, mushroomy kind of flavour.”The Loblaw deal has been in the works for years, Goldin said, and he’s hopeful it’s the first of many insect-protein products the national grocer will stock.“President’s Choice is actively working on additional products made with cricket powder,” Loblaw’s Thomas confirmed, adding an assortment of alternative plant-based protein products will be available in 2019.It may not be the only large grocery chain to start selling insects.Metro Inc. doesn’t currently carry any such products, said spokeswoman Sadie Weinstein in an email.“But we’re always assessing food trends and might look to carry some of these products in the future.”Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:L, TSX:MRU)last_img read more

Electric vehicle sales growing but supply lack of knowledge remain barriers

first_imgOTTAWA – Sticker shock and a limited selection are two main factors that discourage more Canadians from buying an electric vehicle, a new survey of car sales representatives suggests — two issues sure to be front and centre when Ottawa unveils its new electric car strategy later this year.But there’s another problem, the survey found: many salespeople lack even a basic grasp of how to answer burning questions from would-be buyers, such as how much an electric vehicle costs per year to operate, or how far it will go on a single charge.In the survey of 178 representatives across Canada, conducted for the federal Liberal government last winter, about half of dealerships in Canada said they sell fewer than five electric vehicles a year, with 14 per cent reporting no sales at all. About one-third don’t have a single electric model on display.Sales reps were most likely to mention the cost of an electric car or the lack of availability of electric cars as their main issues in trying to sell them.Supply issues, a lack of knowledge about charging networks and how far the cars can go were the biggest barriers to making the purchase, respondents said. Indeed, about one-third of them admitted knowing little about operating costs, range and where to find charging stations.Sales of electric cars do indeed increase every year — there were more sold in the second quarter of this year than in all of 2016. However, electric cars still only account for one out of every 50 vehicles purchased in Canada.The problem may be the limited upside of having a wide selection available and a thoroughly trained sales staff, said Matt Stevens, CEO of FleetCarma, an electric-vehicle fleet management firm based in Waterloo, Ont.Stevens recommends setting up a single dealership per manufacturer in a region that is the local electric car centre of excellence, with knowledgeable staff and a lot of models available for test drives.Passenger cars and trucks account for more than one-tenth of all Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions — and reducing that contribution is critical if Canada is going to meet its international commitments under the Paris climate change agreement.Several countries, including France, Ireland, the U.K., India and the Netherlands, have policies that will ban the sale of traditional combustion-engine passenger cars after a certain date, but Canada has not indicated an interest in doing the same here.The federal government is also consulting on whether Canada should follow the lead of the United States and ease tailpipe emissions standards for combustion-engine cars, or break away from its long-standing alignment with the U.S. on car emissions.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna released a discussion paper Monday seeking public feedback on the existing standards, which currently require tailpipe emissions to go down every year until 2025.The U.S. said earlier this month it would freeze regulations after 2021.last_img read more

The Latest French minister Brexit advocates lied to voters

first_imgLONDON — The Latest on the Brexit negotiations (all times local):9:15 a.m.France’s finance minister is calling some British politicians “liars” who fooled voters into thinking leaving the EU would be easy and in their interests.As British Prime Minister Theresa May battles to save her Brexit plan amid domestic criticism, French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Friday “the truth is that Brexit could end with a nightmare.”Le Maire defended the European Union’s single market, calling it a “considerable force” in global trade and warning that Britain could face “economic disaster” if it leaves.French President Emmanuel Macron’s government is among the strongest defenders of the EU and is trying to limit the damage to the bloc from Britain’s exit and ensure that Brexit doesn’t encourage other EU members to leave.Le Maire was speaking to a conference in Paris on reforming the global trade system.___8:40 a.m.British Prime Minister Theresa May is appealing directly to voters to back her Brexit plan, as she waits to see whether rivals within her party have gained enough support to launch a leadership challenge.May was answering questions from callers on a radio phone-in Friday, the day after she vowed to stay in office and see through Britain’s exit from the European Union.May is battling to save her Brexit plan, and her job, after the draft withdrawal agreement between Britain and the EU sparked fierce opposition from euroskeptic politicians in her Conservative Party.Several Conservative lawmakers are pushing for a no-confidence vote, hoping to reach a threshold of 48 to trigger a challenge.Two ministers quit May’s government on Thursday. A third, Environment Secretary Michael Gove, is considering whether to follow them.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Company can be ordered to drill to end 14yearold oil leak

first_imgARLINGTON, Va. — A federal regulatory board has ruled that a New Orleans company can be required to perform more underwater drilling and excavation work to end a 14-year-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.The Interior Board of Land Appeals refused to excuse Taylor Energy Company from requirements to permanently plug wells that could be leaking oil and gas. The board publicly released its Oct. 30 decision on Tuesday.One week before the board ruled, the Coast Guard ordered the company to install a new containment system to capture and remove leaking oil until a permanent solution can be developed.Government lawyers recently disclosed a new estimate that 10,500 to 29,400 gallons (39,747 to 111,291 litres) is leaking daily from the site where slicks often stretch for miles off Louisiana’s coast.The Associated Presslast_img read more

AP Interview Argentine leader sees tough road ahead

first_imgBUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Argentina’s president is celebrating the successful hosting of the G-20 summit, but he says he’s ready for tough times ahead as the country confronts an economic crisis.Macri told The Associated Press in an interview Monday that Argentina struck about $8 billion in investment deals with other nations on the sidelines of the summit — most focused on energy and infrastructure.Argentina earlier obtained a record $56 billion loan from the International Monetary Fund.But Macri said that Argentina has a long way to go in dealing with its economic crisis following a sharp depreciation of the Argentine currency that he called a “disaster.”The peso has depreciated by about half this year and the country suffers one of the world’s highest inflation rates.Luis Andres Henao And Almudena Calatrava, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Fort St John RCMP say woman reported missing earlier this week has

first_imgCORRECTION: The Fort St. John RCMP announced Thursday that a missing 30-year-old woman, whose name was not provided, had been located. A previous version of this article stated that Langevin had been located by police, however, that information was incorrect and we have corrected the article. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP is asking for the public’s help to locate a woman who went missing over the weekend.49-year-old Charlane “Charity” Langevin was last seen on Saturday, June 23rd at approximately 11:00 p.m. when she left a friend’s home in the Edgewood Trailer Park in Baldonnel. Langevin is said to have come to the Fort St. John area from Saskatchewan for a couple of weeks.Police say that she met two men on Saturday evening and has not been seen since. Langevin has not had contact with any family since she was last seen in Baldonnel, and according to the RCMP, it is very unusual for Charlane not to answer her phone, which has been determined to have been off for over 24 hours.Langevin is described as: standing 5’7″ tall, with brown hair, blue eyes, and pierced ears. She has a tattoo of a turtle on her right calf, and a tattoo of a rose with a name on her shoulder. She was last seen wearing a black Harley Davidson hoodie, blue jeans, black half ankle boots and a purse, and is said to always wear a chain necklace with a Harley Davidson logo.If you have any information about Charlane “Charity” Langevin, or where she might be, please contact the Fort St John RCMP at (250)787-8100. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1 (800) 222-8477. just want to quell rumours: Charlene Langevin is still missing! Yesterday we advised that a 30 year old missing woman had been located. That was no Charlene. https://t.co/wDtzdnv5N7— Fort St John RCMP (@FortStJohnRCMP) June 29, 2018last_img read more

Province asking residents to be careful camping this long weekend

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Province is asking residents to be cautious this long weekend when enjoying the outdoors.Campfire bans remain in place for all of B.C. except for here in the B.C. Peace, in the Fort Nelson Forest District and in the “Fog Zone” on the west coast of Vancouver Island.The 2018 fire season is far from over. While temperatures have dropped, various levels of rainfall are occurring, and the smoke has cleared throughout most of the province, the risk of wildfires remains high. Currently, 518 wildfires are burning in B.C., with 53 fires that are highly visible or pose a potential threat to public safety. Everyone is urged to use extreme caution with any outdoor activity to ensure no human-caused wildfires are added to an already challenging workload. Human-caused fires are entirely preventable and unnecessarily divert firefighting resources from naturally occurring wildfires.From April 1 to Aug. 30, 2018, the BC Wildfire Service responded to 2,015 wildfires throughout the province, with 444 of those fires caused by people. Over 1.25 million hectares have been burned in the province to date, surpassing last year’s record of 1.21 million hectares burned. This means 2018 experienced the highest number of hectares burned in the province’s history.Information about current open burning prohibitions, including campfire bans, is available on the BC Wildfire Service website: http://gov.bc.ca/wildfirebanslast_img read more

City staff of Fort St John will be holding Open Houses for

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Staff of the city of Fort St. John has been working on updating zoning bylaws and is now at the stage to be presented for public engagement.After a modernizing and refreshing of the current zoning bylaws, by making them more user-friendly and making them move into the official community plan, the strategic plans and the master plan it is time for public engagement before Legal review.City staff will use several platforms to engage with residents regarding the zoning bylaws through the “Lets Talk” engagement page online, direct mail and open houses like the recent charrette for the 100th Street update. Council asked city staff to include two dates of each topic on zoning as the first set of times for the open house was suggested for July 30 and 31st. Council was concerned residents that are interested in the engagement process could be on holidays, follow up open houses should be a week or more after the first one.To view the City of Fort St. John’s Let’s Talk Community Engagement Page; CLICK HERE.last_img read more

XGEPLs initiative towards a greener future

first_imgXGEPL has partnered with Indraprastha Gas Limited (IGL) for the implementation of its green drive in the region of Delhi and NCR, for carrying out conversion of already in-use diesel generators for the existing IGL customers being supplied PNG. In the pilot phase, the company has converted in-use three diesel generators in institutions using Euro IV technology and have been made operational. Apart from contributing to the environment, these gas based gensets would reduce the operational cost by around 40% as compared to diesel run gensets.E S Ranganathan, Managing Director, Indraprastha Gas Limited inaugurated first of this gas based 125 KVA genset at General William Masonic Polyclinic at Janpath on March 11, 2019, in the presence of Yash Arora and Vikram Bakshi, Directors of XGEPL. Xpert Gas Equipments Pvt Ltd (XGEPL) primarily deals in the conversion of industrial and residential diesel generators to operate on natural gas. Their working technology is not only modern and advanced but most importantly eco-friendly which makes it the absolute necessity of the hour. Since the usage of diesel gensets is restricted in times of high pollution levels as per Graded Response Plan (GRP), gas based gensets would be an opportunity for housing complexes, commercial as well as industrial establishments for having unrestricted power supply. XGEPL started its conversion of diesel generators primarily utilising the technology imported from Italy, and later on went ahead to develop and design its own in-house technology which is equally efficient and cost effective to the end user. The biggest USP which gives a cutting edge to the conversions of diesel generators carried out by XGEPL is that whereas the existing diesel generators in India are meeting the CPCB-II standards of emission, the diesel generators converted using the in-house technology developed by XGEPL is designed to meet the Euro-IV standards of emission without much compromise to the output power of the generator. This level of operational functioning of the converted diesel generator is not only one of its kind but also latest in the Indian market. Geared with its technical team which possesses the necessary professional expertise, its state-of-the-art technology and partnering with IGL, the company looks forward to a brighter future and huge support in conversion of diesel generators, not only helping its users to run eco-friendly generators, but to some extent help them save on high operational costs. And, in a broader perspective to help Delhi NCR to reduce its related pollution by a remarkable margin.last_img read more

Autism awareness must be created among people Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Urging people to create awareness on autism, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said Tuesday that West Bengal will soon have a world-class township near Kolkata, where people suffering from the disorder will receive training, treatment and boarding facilities. The centre, a first of its kind in India, is expected to have housing facilities for 350 residents and daycare centre for over 200 children, adolescents and adults, according to a state government official. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details “Today is #WorldAutismAwarenessDay. We must create more awareness about autism among the people. You will be happy to know that a world-class autism township is coming up near #Kolkata, where autistic children and adults will receive training, treatment and boarding facilities,” the CM tweeted. World Autism Awareness Day is observed every year on April 2 to generate awareness on the developmental disorder. The theme for this year is Assistive Technologies, Active Participation.last_img read more

EC to closely monitor PMs rally at Brigade Parade ground today

first_imgKolkata: Election Commission officials would capture videos of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election rally at Brigade Parade ground on Wednesday.The commission will also keep a tab on the rally to ascertain if there is any violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). The commission will also carry out an assessment to know if the entire cost of organising the rally has been spent as declared by the state BJP leaders, while taking permission for it. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe commission will also monitor to see if the controversial theme song of the party sung by its Asansol MP Babul Supriyo is played during the rally. The song is yet to receive permission from the EC. Meanwhile, Special Central Police Observer Vivek Dubey will hold meeting with all the observers at Siliguri Circuit Bench on Wednesday, to take a stock on the poll-preparedness in the two districts that will go to poll in the first phase on April 11. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwaySeven companies of Central Forces have been sent to North Bengal for the first phase of polls. The first phase of elections would be held in Alipurduar and Cooch Behar. Sanjay Basu, additional Chief Electoral Officer, said that seven companies have been taken from the existing 10 companies which have been presently deployed in the state. The forces have been sent to the North Bengal districts as a part of the confidence boosting measure.last_img read more