Anti-pipeline protests block traffic at Niagara Falls

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this Transportation blockades and demonstrations have brought traffic to a standstill on rail lines and ports across Canada in opposition to a natural gas pipeline being run through western British Columbia. The actions spilled over into the Niagara Falls area on Sunday, Feb. 16, closing the Rainbow Bridge that links the Canadian and U.S. borders. Protest at Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls.Traffic on the Canadian side of the normally busy international crossing ground to a halt for more than an hour after protesters marched from Highway 420 to gather at the bridge in Canada at about 3 p.m. Protesters also assembled in solidarity in Niagara Falls, N.Y., on the so-called U.S. side of the bridge.The action was the latest in a string of blockades that have taken place in Canada as protest has mounted against laying the pipeline by Coastal GasLink through the Wet’suwet’en First Nation’s traditional territory. The first blockade, set in place Feb. 6, that led to a shutdown of passenger rail and freight trains across Canada. In addition to supporting the Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs’ rejection of the pipeline, Sunday’s peaceful protest at the bridge also condemned actions by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who arrested supporters land defenders from the First Nation territory.Speakers at the protest also emphasized other injustices inflicted on Indigenous peoples —  from the torture of residential schools to broken promises on treaty rights, to inaction by the government as Indigenous women are murdered or go missing.The nationwide protests and blockades have continued to bring freight rail shipping in Canada to a halt in some areas and led railway transportation provider Via Rail Canada to stopping passenger trains — all with an economic impact of millions of dollars. — Report and photo by RJ Redmannlast_img read more

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Tropical storm season

first_imgMake sure you have flood insurance to cover your home, crops and business. Flood insurance is available from the government at this Web site: www.fema.gov/nfip/index.htm.When you hear that tropical weather may be coming, get your home prepared. Tie down anything that could be blown away and tape your windows, so they won’t shatter.Make sure you have a safe place to put your animals, whether you are going to stay or evacuate. This applies not only to livestock, but to your pets as well.If you live in a coastal area, know your county’s emergency evacuation plan and what shelter you plan to go to after you evacuate. If you have pets, remember to find a shelter that allows pets.Finally, your whole family needs to have a contact person who lives outside the region being hit. That way, when everyone’s scattered and evacuating, they can check in with this stable person and distribute news about everyone’s whereabouts and condition. By Merritt MelanconUniversity of GeorgiaIn coastal Georgia counties, early June signals the start of tropical weather season and a time of preparation and storm tracking that lasts until the end of the season in late November.But it’s not just the coast that should be preparing.”The whole state is vulnerable to hurricane damage, from the mountains to the piedmont to the coastal plain,” said state climatologist David Stooksbury.Yes, the coast is the most immediately threatened, said Stooksbury, a professor of biological and agricultural engineering at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.But the rest of the state is susceptible to serious wind damage and flooding from tropical weather systems that come up through Georgia’s coast and through the Florida panhandle from the Gulf of Mexico.In fact, the largest cause of loss of life during hurricanes and tropical storms is flooding and driving through flooded roads.Inland flooding of rain-swollen streams can be just as serious as the coastal flooding caused by tidal surges and rain, said Greg Padgett, a Georgia Emergency Management Agency meteorologist.In July 1994, Tropical Storm Alberto dumped 10 to 20 inches of rain in west and central Georgia. The rain overran the Flint, Ocmulgee and Chattahoochee rivers, flooding an area the size of Massachusetts and Rhode Island combined.The flood forced the evacuation of more than 40,000 Georgia residents. It closed 1,700 roads, 300 bridges, destroyed 12,000 homes and businesses and took the lives of 30 people.Alberto not only showed the danger inland counties face from tropical weather, Padgett said, it also showed all tropical weather systems can cause problems, not just hurricanes.”Don’t let your guard down,” he said. “Don’t say it’s not a hurricane, so I don’t have to be worried. It’s not the intensity of the storm. It’s the forward speed, as far as flooding is concerned.”Stooksbury said that even a tropical depression can drop devastating amounts of rain on an area and cause wind damage, too.”People should pay attention to any tropical weather storm or depression,” he said. “They should be prepared for tropical weather seasons — not just hurricanes.”Stooksbury offered these tips for preparing your family and home for this year’s tropical weather season.last_img read more

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On The Frontline with a fruit grower during the coronavirus crisis

first_imgThis week, we spoke to James Simpson, MD of fruit grower Adrian Scripps, to find out how the business has dealt with the soaring demand and labour shortage that has been thrown into the fore by the coronavirus crisis. Next week, we’ll be talking to a toilet roll supplier to find out what was going on behind the scenes when the nation took to the supermarket and started to panic buy.,Kevin WhiteKevin is The Grocer’s fresh foods editor, overseeing our coverage related to the retail fresh foods sector, including dairy, meat, fish, poultry, fruit & veg and eggs, as well as the plant-based foods category.He also assists in production of The Grocer’s annual Dairymen supplement, while also writing about food commodities, sourcing, sustainability, politics and regulation; and has appeared as a commentator on both radio and TV on the state of the UK food industry.Prior to joining The Grocer in 2014, Kevin wrote about retail financial services for a Financial Times business publication, and began his career as a journalist working for regional newspapers in Wales.Follow Kevin on Twitter: @KevWhite77last_img read more

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ITF Bans Cecchinato for 18 Months for Match-fixing

first_imgItaly’s Marco Cecchinato has been banned for 18 months and fined 40,000 euros (£33,500) for match-fixing, says the Italian tennis federation.The 23-year-old world number 143 was found guilty of altering the outcome of his match against Kamil Majchrzak at an ATP Challenger in Morocco in October. Riccardo Accardi and Antonio Campo have also been banned and fined for their roles in attempts to fix matches.Accardi was given a 12-month ban while Campo was suspended for four months.Cecchinato, who is able to appeal, was found guilty of “several other instances of sports corruption” and suspended until January 2018.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img

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AFCONonCiti: “I’m not surprised at my form” – Jordan Ayew

first_imgGhana striker, Jordan Ayew, has said the good form he currently finds himself in at the Africa Cup of Nations does not come to him as a surprise.The Crystal Palace striker has scored two goals in Ghana’s three group stage games to power the Black Stars to the round of 16.Jordan’s performances have earned him a spot in CAF’s team of the group stages and the former Swansea attacker says he’s not surprised about how good he’s been.“I’m not surprised because I have confidence in myself,” Jordan told Citi Sports in an interview.“I know that I just need to keep on working hard. The things people are now seeing, I’ve always known I’m capable of doing it.“It’s not anything that’s a surprise to me. Maybe it’s a surprise to a lot of people but not to me,” he said.Ghanaians will be hoping Jordan continues his scoring streak when they take on Tunisia in the round of 16 on Monday at the Ismailia stadium.last_img read more

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Ghana ranked Africa’s second best team by FIFA

first_imgGhana have moved up places on the February edition of the FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking released Thursday.The Black Stars are also 19th ranked nation in the world for the month of February; one place behind Brazil.Nigeria won their first Nations Cup trophy in 19 years to climb 22 places to 30th-their best ranking since August 2010.Losing finalists Burkina Faso moved up a massive 37 places to 55th.Ivory Coast despite bowing out at the quarter-final stage is Africa best team.The Elephants have also achieved their best-ever world ranking (12th position). Spain continue to reign supreme ahead of Germany and Argentina. England moved to fourth place after their home win over Brazil.The February edition of the ranking is dominated by the Africa Cup of Nations in South Africa and the CONCACAF qualifying matches for the 2014 FIFA World Cup finals.last_img read more

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Wellington Police Notes: Wednesday, March 20, 2016

first_imgWellington Police notes: Wednesday, March 30, 2016•8:05 a.m. Officers investigated a burglary and theft in the 600 block N A, Wellington by known suspect.•8:17 a.m. Officers took a report of a lost wallet in the Wellington.•3:07 p.m. Officers investigated a theft by known suspect(s) in the 2000 block E. 16th, Wellington.last_img

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Strong results for golf in participation report

first_img The latest report from Sport England shows that golf participation is continuing to hold strongly, despite bad winter weather and flooding. The Active People Survey for the 12 months to March 2016 says that 738,200 people aged over 16 are currently playing golf at least once a week. This highlights a period of stability which has now extended over the last three sets of results. The latest survey results are published just two days after Sports Minister David Evennett supported the work of the England Golf Partnership to grow the game. He spoke of the Government’s commitment to increasing participation at a reception at the Palace of Westminster, hosted by the All-Party Parliamentary Golf Group. “It is clear to me and to the Government that the benefits of golf are very far reaching,” he said, referencing golf’s huge popularity as the country’s fifth most-played sport, its wide reach across all backgrounds and abilities, its contribution to the economy and its part in supporting the Government’s sports strategy to tackle inactivity. The reception drew attention to initiatives to increase participation. These include the Get into golf campaign, supported by Sky Sports, which offers great value coaching courses with PGA professionals; and Golf Express, which has just been launched nationally to promote the nine-hole game to busy people. Clubs across the country are invited to join the campaign and promote 9-hole green fees and offers to players on the GolfExpress9.org website. EGP Chairman Nic Coward said: “It was great for all involved in English golf to hear the Sports Minister’s support for the game at every level and for the huge work put in by so many people, which is reflected in strong participation figures. It is a real boost that Government wants to see even more from golf and supports our work to encourage more people to play and, ultimately, to play more often.” The EGP brings together the amateur governing body, England Golf, and the Professional Golfers’ Association to grow the game, with the support of the Golf Foundation, other industry partners and Sport England funding. It co-ordinates the development of golf in schools, local communities, clubs, counties and in talent pathways to national teams. Click here to read more about the Active People Survey Image © Leaderboard Photography 9 Jun 2016 Strong results for golf in participation report last_img read more

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Kootenay Lake Fishing Report — Let’s Go Fishing

first_imgSo, here’s the latest report:Kootenay Lake: It’s been a numbers game on Kootenay Lake.  Lots of days with 10 – 20 fish coming to the boat made for an exciting month.  Mostly Rainbows between 2 – 4 pounds, but a few Bull Trout up to 12 pounds have been caught lately as well.  As the water warms up, the fish will become even more active and we should also see a lot more Bulls in the mix. Our latest trip last week saw a young family hook into about 23 fish in their day.  Landing more than half of them was exciting and to see the look of excitement in their daughters face made it all worth while.  She was shaking every time she fought a fish.  Even though the fish were all 2 – 4 pounds, it just proves how the adrenaline still flows when the rod buckles over.  Lots of fun with these guys.  Thats what fishing is all about !! The next few weeks should see more and more action as these fish start to warm up and become more aggressive.  Looking forward to it. Last week I also decided to make a run up to the spawning grounds in Gerrard to see what our future will bring.  As to be expected, the numbers were low and the size was down, but at least there’s still some fish up there to keep the genetics going.  There may still be some more fish showing up over the next couple weeks, so we can still be hopeful for the future.  Usually the peak count at Gerrard is around the first week of May, so stay tuned……….. And finally, on a good note, there were a few Rainbows caught last week between 12 – 17 pounds.  So, the chance is always there.  You just have to be out there.  So, Let’s Go Fishing……Columbia River: Another fantastic month of fishing on the river!  And with the high temperatures rolling in this week, I expect to see some hatches starting and some fish starting to get more aggressive. In the past few weeks we’ve caught some of our biggest Rainbows and have been having a blast.  Lots of double digit days on the river lately as well.  Mostly Rainbows between 2 – 4 pounds, but still manage to hook a few in the 5 – 8 pound range as well. Both fly fishing and spin casting have produced well for us lately. I’m looking forward to the next couple of months on the river.Duncan Lake: Duncan Lake has been fishing well for the past month also.  Lots of boats heading that way for a change of scenery.  Bull Trout between 3 – 10 Lbs have been caught daily on the usual gear.  Such a beautiful lake to fish with the surrounding mountains and glaciers.  A great escape.Ice off: I did a drive by last week to check out some of our other popular lakes.  And some of them still have ice, but some are clear to fish.  This is always an exciting time of year on the smaller lakes. In case anyone is wondering, heres the status of a few of the lakes: Summit Lake and Box Lake up by Nakusp are both wide open.  These are two of my favorite when the ice comes off.  Should be some good chironomid fishing happening there.  I also drove by Bear Lake and Fish Lake just up past Kaslo.  Both lakes were slowly losing their ice.  As of Friday April 15, they both still had ice in the middle, however the edges were clearing and the end of the lakes were open. They should be good to go anytime now, especially with the hot weather spell we are receiving. Lots of options coming up, so stay tuned for further reports…………………What are they biting on ???? All my favourite stuff has been working on Kootenay Lake.  The majority of our Rainbows have been caught on bucktail flies, although some are hitting on smaller spoons and lures.  Gibbs crocs and gators have been working well for both Rainbows and Bull Trout.  And our usual flasher/hoochie has been working mainly for the Bulls. The biggest Rainbows that I heard being caught last week were all caught on the down riggers, although the majority of the fish that are feeding right now are on the surface.  So, best to mix it up a bit. On the river, we have been having great success with sink tip fly lines and nymphs or streamers.  Although during a few warmer days, the fish have been rising to the dry fly.  Can’t wait for more of those days. We have also had some amazing days just float fishing with the centerpin or level wind.  The fish are keying in on the loose eggs coming downstream from the spawners, so drifting will continue to be productive.  One magical day we managed to hook into 30 – 50 fish between two guys.  These are the days to remember. The other option for the river is to use a three-way rig on the bottom with bait.  It has been producing very well lately also. That about sums it up. Stay tuned for more exciting reports as the weather warms up and the fish really get going!Tight lines……………… Kerry Reed Reel Adventures Sportfishing Nelson BC 250-505-4963 www.reeladventuresfishing.com Despite the doom and gloom on Kootenay Lake, March was a pretty good month for fishing says Kerry Reed of Reel Adventures Sportfishing. The weather started out a bit miserable, but it seemed to turn around during the second half. 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Did Jesus Evolve? Secularists Make Hay at Easter

first_imgIt’s Easter time.  That means the secularists are hatching and buzzing like cicadas with their latest attempts to debunk the Bible’s account of Christ and his miracles.With atheist billboards proclaiming “Jesus did not die for your sins,” what position should scientists and science reporters take on documents pertaining to a historical figure written by contemporary eyewitnesses?  Perhaps neutrality would be preferable to what often appears in the media in Easter season.How does one put “Jesus” and “evolution” adjacent in the same sentence?  Steven Prothero (religion department, Boston University) on National Geographic found a way; “On Easter, Jesus’ Evolution Tells of Changing America.”  He doesn’t assert that Jesus himself evolved, therefore, but that American attitudes about him have.  True as that may be, it gives the impression that anyone can think whatever they want about Jesus.  A scientist or historian should pursue the facts, not the swirling opinions of diverse interest groups who try to appropriate Jesus to their biases.Tanya Lewis revives the long-discredited swoon theory in an article on Live Science.  After telling five true stories about patients who bounced back from comas and other near-death states, she uses the power of suggestion to drop this notion:As far as crucifixion is concerned, it may be possible to survive for a short period of time (indeed, some people take part in non-lethal crucifixion as a devotional practice.) But that’s another story.In another post on Live Science (a website that seems to take pleasure in undermining Bible claims at holidays), assistant editor Mark Lallanilla lists “5 Unanswered Questions about Jesus.”  But are they really unanswered, or just doubted?  The Gospel writers say Jesus walked on the Sea of Galilee.  One can examine whether that record is trustworthy, but it’s a different claim to say it is “unanswered.”  Lallanilla floats this proposition:During an unusual cold snap, when temperatures dropped to 25 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 4 degrees Celsius), a floating patch of ice could have developed above the salty springs found along the lake’s western shore. Floating ice in the unfrozen waters of the lake would have been hard to spot, researchers claim, especially if rain had smoothed its surface.Ask any Alaskan lumberjack if he would like to wear sandals, a tunic and a robe on a slippery piece of ice in the rain, let alone try to walk across the tipsy thing rather than scramble to keep his balance without falling into the 25-degree water, if this is credible.  One would think the disciples and their readers, long familiar with the Sea of Galilee, would have known about that trick if it were possible.  Would they have been so astonished at the appearance of Jesus walking on the water?  Wouldn’t they say, “C’mon, Jesus, we know you’re standing on a piece of ice; get real.”  The gospels say that Jesus began his walk on the water near the eastern shore, not the western shore.  From the record, he walked a considerable distance before meeting up with the disciples.  In the windy, stormy conditions that night, they would have seen him prostrate on a patch of ice, clinging for dear life and calling out for help, not commanding their respect.  How Peter found more ice patches to walk out to Jesus is also unexplained.  The tale seems preposterous on several levels, but rather than run a scientific experiment at the Sea of Galilee to see if floating patches of ice develop, and if people can walk on them in freezing conditions, he merely suggests that it “could” have happened (see PMCI definition).  This, remember, is being reported on a “science” site.Lallanilla also questions the precise dates of Jesus’ birth and death.  Those are a matter of historical scrutiny, but not the fact he was born and did die.  Curiously, Lallanilla gives more credence to Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code and some second-century gnostic manuscripts than to eyewitnesses Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, in order to suggest that Jesus was married – something for which there is no contemporary evidence and strong reason to doubt, given Jesus’ frequent statements about his mission from the Father.The only question out of the five that some will agree remains unanswered is whether the Shroud of Turn is associated with the death of Jesus.Bart Ehrman, an apostate Christian, has been a favorite among skeptics who desire to de-mythologize Jesus with an air of scholarship.  World Magazine notes a new book by a group of Bible scholars that takes on Ehrman’s latest work, How Jesus Became God, with a response entitled, How God Became Jesus:Easter is no longer just a time for Christians to celebrate the Resurrection and non-Christians to celebrate Easter bunnies. It’s also a time for anti-Christians to come out with highly publicized books attacking biblical accounts. Annually they debunk all the way to the bank. Bart Ehrman’s How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee is one of this year’s efforts.The magazine will feature critiques of Ehrman’s book and excerpts from the response book.Isn’t it amazing the lengths that “science” reporters will go to in order to question the Biblical record of Jesus?  Good grief, the old “swoon theory” has been soundly discredited for decades (see Lee Strobel and others explain how ludicrous this idea is in The Case for Christ).  The ice-walking theory is so absurd, one wouldn’t even have to demonstrate it to laugh out loud at the thought.Would the skeptics treat any other historical record with such cavalier disdain?  Read the New Testament.  It’s a sober narrative by men of sound mind and high moral standards, with utmost regard for the truth.  The book that has inspired the greatest art, music and literature, that has inspired hospitals and free governments and unselfish works, is not built on myths.  The authors, eyewitnesses and associates of eyewitnesses, went to martyr’s deaths to proclaim what they saw and knew (I Corinthians 15).What drives the skeptics is not concern for facts, but a deep antipathy to anything that threatens their own religion – devotion to their beloved idol, Darwin.  Let’s hear no nonsense about them trying to maintain “neutrality” by considering only “natural” causes.  They’re supernaturalists already, in spite of their skepticism.  They believe in truth, don’t they?  They believe in reason, don’t they?  They believe in logic, don’t they?  Such things do not emerge out of hydrogen, nor do they evolve.  In order to discount the Biblical record of miracles, they end up concocting their own imaginary miracles.  The question is not whether the supernatural is part and parcel of their own human experience, but which supernatural things they will choose to believe when the evidence is sufficient. 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