Dene Tha’ shale gas development court challenge

first_imgCiting a lack of hoped for discussions with the industry and the BC Oil and Gas Commission, the Dene Tha’ First Nation is taking the provincial government to court over concerns about Northeast BC shale gas development.In a petition filed with the BC Supreme Court, it is challenging the Energy Ministry’s decision last year to sell oil and gas tenures in the Cordova Basin.- Advertisement -It is located within the First Nation’s traditional Northeast BC territory, and Dene Tha’ is concerned about the impact of shale gas development on its constitutionally-protected Treaty-8 hunting, fishing, and trapping rights.It is also citing hydraulic fracking concerns with regard to water quality and quantity, and the lack of adequate information on potential environmental impacts to area in question.Thus in the lawsuit it is asking the court to set aside the tenure sales, and to order the province to engage in a meaningful consultation process with the Dene Tha’, that fully addresses its concerns.last_img read more

Province still working on new healthcare model for Fort St. John

first_imgMr. Pimm went on to confirm that the number of Fort St. John doctors now holding office practices is back up to nineteen from a low of thirteen.He also said new physicians working in the FSJ primary clinic are presently assigning all chronically ill patients to their practices and they’ll also be attaching new patients to those practices as they receive them in the clinic. While conceding it’s been a complicated process to address the priorities and concerns of all the stakeholders involved, the Peace River North MLA now says the goal is to have a new health care model ready to be rolled out in Fort St. John in “The first part of the New Year.”Pat Pimm, local doctors, Northern Health and Ministry of Health officials formed a working committee this past summer, to develop a model for local primary and community health care, which would both attract new physicians to the city, as well as retain those already practicing here.They held their latest meeting last Friday, and the Ministry and Northern Health authorities are now working to complete some agreed to refinements to the new model prior to the next committee meeting, scheduled for the second week of November.- Advertisement -[soundcloud url=”″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]As for the key general concerns, Mr. Pimm is confident they will be fully addressed and the end result will be acceptable to the public.[soundcloud url=”″ params=”color=ff5500&auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false” width=”100%” height=”166″ iframe=”true” /]Advertisementlast_img read more

Valencia inflict first defeat on Zidane’s new Madrid

first_img0Shares0000Valencia v Real Madrid – Mestalla, Valencia, Spain – April 3, 2019 Valencia’s Dani Parejo and Ezequiel Garay celebrate after the match as Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos looks onMADRID, Spain, Apr 4 – Zinedine Zidane dropped Gareth Bale and endured his first defeat since returning to Real Madrid as his side were deservedly beaten 2-1 by a resurgent Valencia on Wednesday. The last time Zidane left Bale on the bench, the Welshman proved a spectacular substitute against Liverpool in the Champions League final 10 months ago but there was to be no rescue act at Mestalla. Instead, Valencia surged to a convincing victory, Goncalo Guedes and Ezequiel Garay scoring in each half to leave Marcelino’s team within a point of La Liga’s top four. Karim Benzema headed in a late consolation in injury-time.“We lacked a bit of spark up front,” Zidane said. “I am not going to criticise my players. They have tried and we played a good team. But losing always hurts.”After a miserable start to the season, Valencia could yet enjoy a barnstorming finish.Champions League qualification is now within touching distance while a Copa del Rey final against Barcelona and Europa League last 16 tie against Villarreal still await.“The game played out how we hoped,” said Marcelino. “It was a complete performance.”For Zidane, after two opening victories, this was perhaps something of a reality check, even if Madrid’s reappointed coach has insisted he is under no illusions regarding the task ahead.They now trail leaders Barcelona by 13 points, the exact same margin they were behind the Catalans under Zidane at this stage last season.This was reminiscent too of the limp displays that have undone Madrid in recent months, blunt in the final third, overly-generous in defence and bereft of either snap or spark in midfield.Bale had started each of Zidane’s first two games, offering hope there might yet be a future for him in the new era, but his relegation to the bench suggests the Frenchman’s old doubts may linger.Zidane’s press conference on Tuesday had been littered with questions about players’ futures but Raphael Varane and Marcelo both started in defence, as did Keylor Navas, restored in goal ahead of Zidane’s son Luca and the injured Thibaut Courtois.Valencia were far superior in the first half and the only surprise was that it took 35 minutes for them to score.Navas punched a corner to the edge of the box where Guedes bounced the ball off Carlos Soler, stopped it and curled between the goalkeeper’s right hand and the near post.Valencia unleashed a series of efforts in search of a second. Kevin Gameiro headed wide, Geoffrey Kondogbia half-volleyed over and Rodrigo’s bending shot whistled inches past the post.Madrid had barely featured as Bale came on for Marco Asensio in the 64th minute, along with Isco, who replaced the quiet Toni Kroos.Bale might have had an equaliser shortly after had it not been for Dani Parejo’s sliding block and then the he sent a sumptous pass to the far post, but it was cleared away from the waiting Benzema.Valencia should have wrapped it up with 15 minutes left as five sprawled forward on the break but Rodrigo miscontrolled while his cutback was flicked by Soler, harmlessly into the hands of Navas.If Madrid were more threatening they might have capitalised but there was no counter and instead victory was secured when Garay headed in Parejo’s cross with seven minutes left.Sergio Ramos had a late penalty taken off him, ruled out by VAR, before Benzema nodded in a consolation in added time. It was too little too late.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Levitz loses love over closing

first_imgA man wanders through the Levitz Furniture store in Torrance in search of a potted plant. Or maybe a clock. He’s not sure. The man, who did not give his name, was looking for enough items to make up for the value of an order the furniture store did not honor because it’s going out of business. The closings will end a tradition that began in 1910 when Richard Levitz opened the first Levitz Furniture store in Lebanon, Pa. A manager at the Torrance store declined to comment. A Levitz corporate spokesman could not be reached. But in a statement, Michael Keefe, president of Hilco Merchant Resources, said: “This is an outstanding opportunity for every homeowner and apartment renter to realize unprecedented savings on a remarkable selection of brand names in furniture and accessories. This is sure to be a very popular sale and it should not last very long.” At the Torrance Levitz, located at the Torrance Promenade shopping center, Misty Vaquer was drawn to the store by signs advertising price cuts of 20 to 50 percent. “I can’t believe they’re closing down after all these years,” said Vaquer, 41, of Manhattan Beach. “It’s kind of sad because they’ve been around for so long.” Rita Mirzaian, a saleswoman at the nearby Jewelry Mart, said she wasn’t worried that the store’s closure and the resulting loss of foot traffic would affect business for her. The store never seemed to have much business anyway, Mirzaian said. “We always wondered why it’s so quiet,” Mirzaian said. “Lately, when the (closing) signs went up, there’s more people.” The shopping center also includes a Kmart, Trader Joe’s, Kids R Us, Office Depot and numerous other retailers. Levitz has occupied the Torrance site since 2002, when it relocated from a smaller Redondo Beach building near the South Bay Galleria. That site now features a Target store. The current Levitz site had previously housed a HomeLife Furniture store, which went out of business in 2001. An official at Kimco Realty Corp., the Irvine firm that owns the Torrance Promenade, did not return calls seeking comment. Kimco Realty is also one of the Levitz liquidators. Even with Levitz’s steep markdowns and a willingness to use floor merchandise to compensate for unmet orders, some shoppers may not be satisfied. After choosing her couch as well as a recliner from among the floor models at the Torrance location, Smith decided she didn’t want anything else in the store. But those two items amounted to about $1,000, which was $500 less than what she had paid for her original order. Smith said that because she paid by credit card, her credit company would compensate her for the balance. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champcenter_img Lomita resident Dawn Smith had been in the same position recently with her original order of a leather couch and recliner never delivered by Levitz. “At first, I was livid. We had to go in there and take whatever was available on the floor,” said Smith, 37, who finally gained some comfort last week with the delivery of a different couch. Earlier this week, Levitz announced close-out sales at its 76 stores nationwide, including locations in Torrance and Hawthorne. In late November, a group of liquidators agreed to pay $48 million for the assets of the New York-based furniture chain. A few weeks earlier, Levitz had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection for the third time in less than a decade. More than $165 million in furniture and accessories will be liquidated, according to Hilco Merchant Resources, one of the six liquidators. last_img read more

Doctors join The Baja Project

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinalsThey live in the Gabriel House orphanage south of Ensenada, a Christian nonprofit funded for 14 years by private donations. Kim latched on to The Baja Project for Crippled Children in Mexicali, where American podiatrists have volunteered to provide medical and surgical care for more than 27,000 Mexican babies and children since 1976. Doctors have performed more than 1,800 operations at the clinic, funded by private and corporate donations. Surgeries that would cost more than $20,000 in the United States run about $500 across the border, they say. The group has agreed to treat the four boys referred by Kim. Podiatrists had planned to examine the boys this weekend and tentatively planned foot surgeries the next week if needed, but the exams have been postponed until summer because timely procedures needed by babies already on the clinic’s roster filled the schedule and recovery in summer’s swelter is hindered by an immobile cast, said Naleen Prasad, chief resident for the project and a resident at City of Angels Medical Center in Los Angeles. Patients older than 6 often require a lot of corrective work, she said. Prasad said the four boys will be on the priority list in August or September. But surgeries are only the beginning. “The support people that will be involved need to be educated as to the commitment of the follow-up and care of these children so they can have as perfect an outcome as possible,” said Dr. Carl Wagreich, co-director of the project since its inception. SANTA CLARITA – Months after a Santa Clarita doctor traveled to a Mexican orphanage to examine disabled children and young adults, he plans to return with a group of surgeons he enlisted to treat the youngsters. Pediatrician Peter Kim was determined to help several boys, including Jose, a teen whose clubfeet left him scooting along on the ground, propelled by his hands. “We are excited about helping them out … those who never walked before … who are crawling on the floor grunting. I can’t see them doing that the rest of their lives,” Kim said. “They have their own feet and legs and nobody took care of that for (14) years.” The patients include three brothers born with cerebral palsy and deformed legs and feet. Lacking birth certificates, their ages are approximate. Jose, about 14, and Alejandro, about 11, also have clubfeet; Antonio, about 9, has excessively short tendons. Teddy, about 6, has clubfeet and a very small body with a normal-sized head. An American couple who live near the orphanage and help out there will drive the boys and a physical therapist the five hours to the Mexicali clinic – at least once every two weeks – as the casts are shaped and replaced. Tatiana and Walt Eckstein began making the 600-mile roundtrip from their five-bedroom Palmdale home to the orphanage once a month with a church group in June 2004. After making a “soul connection” with a boy who was beaten and burned by cigarettes, they were hooked. The time between trips shortened to every two weeks, then every weekend – for almost seven months. In May 2005 they moved to their two-room house with a stove in the hall because there is no kitchen. “Our hearts had been captured by these children,” Walt said. “Hearing the laughter and seeing the joy on these children’s faces pays it all back.” Eckstein recalled the day Jose greeted him after he returned from a trip. “He threw himself up (on me), grasped me around the waist, hugged me tight and stayed for 15 seconds,” Walt said, of the ground-based teen. “I cried. These boys don’t have much, but they have a lot of love and laughter to give, they exude love and joy. We’re inspired by it all the time.” Eckstein, in his 70s, writes grants for the nonprofit orphanage and tunes pianos in the United States to help pay the couples’ bills. In June, he plans to launch a Christian fellowship in the vicinity and serve as its pastor, performing English-language services. The weekend before Christmas, Kim, his wife Esther, and about two dozen members of Grace Baptist Church in Saugus made a two-day pilgrimage to two towns in Baja California to deliver gifts, perform Christmas programs, complete light repairs and provide medical services. At the orphanage, a home for severely disabled children and young adults, Kim encountered babies, children and young adults who have cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation or are HIV-positive. About 45 residents live there now. In September, the Kims flew to Houston to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. The clinic’s Wagreich, based in Torrance, has spent the last quarter-century helping people on their own turf. “We’re not there for any other reason than to make a difference in the lives of people who could not get care any other way – it has nothing to do with immigration or the current state of affairs,” he said. (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. 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Onetime A’s phenom Claudell Washington, fighting cancer, takes stock of a long career, one game in particular

first_imgCharlie Finley had an idea. Charlie Finley always had an idea. This one was audacious even by his standards.The A’s owner called manager Alvin Dark and instructed him to put the 19-year-old phenom into the lineup. The kid who grew up in Berkeley. The kid who had only one major league at-bat under his belt.The move appealed to Finley’s theatrical inclinations. The game was one of the A’s Family Nights on which tickets were half-price. A crowd of 45,000 was expected. The opposing pitcher would …last_img

Capillary Breaks Above Footings

first_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Builders routinely install several types of barriers to avoid damp basements. Examples of these features include a layer of crushed stone and polyethylene under a basement slab; asphaltic dampproofing on the exterior side of basement walls; and sill seal made of thin closed-cell foam between the top of a foundation wall and the mudsill. All of these materials are used to reduce the transfer of moisture from the damp soil surrounding a foundation to the interior of the building or vulnerable framing lumber.Even when all of the listed features are installed, however, many builders forget to include a capillary break between the concrete footing and the basement wall. While installing such a capillary break isn’t common practice, it’s important. About capillarity If you place a large dry sponge in the middle of a shallow puddle, the top of the sponge soon becomes wet. This is a commonplace occurrence, so most people have an intuitive grasp of how capillary action works. Capillary rise isn’t a phenomenon that is limited to sponges, of course; it also happens with concrete walls, CMU walls, and stone-and-mortar walls.Capillary rise occurs when the forces of adhesion (the attraction between the molecules of a liquid and those of a solid) are stronger than the forces of cohesion (the attraction of the molecules of the liquid for each other). In some circumstances, equilibrium between these two forces is not achieved until the liquid has risen many feet.In many houses, capillarity is responsible for the rise of water from damp soil under concrete footings into foundation walls. This phenomenon can contribute up to 15 gallons of water a day to a home’s interior moisture load. Capillary action in soils and masonry — called “rising damp” in Britain — is a… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Memberslast_img read more

Olympic athletics: Son of a daily wager, Irfan Thodi makes heads turn in London

first_imgMost doctors will tell you going for walks is good for your health. But when you are talking about a 20km walk and that too as an Olympic competition, there can be nothing casual about it.In London, there is a true story to narrate about how a poor man from Kerala who could not even afford shoes finished a creditable 10th in the 20km walk.People may wonder what’s the big deal about it but when you factor his performance against all odds, it was heart rending how the 22-year-old Armyman showed character and spirit.Speaking to Mail Today on Sunday, Irfan was very happy. “At the start of the race yesterday, I was fifth and then in the second part I was sixth. However, when I got two penalties, I had to be careful,” said Irfan.In walking, as a sport, the athlete cannot bend his knee or start running. After both these offences, Irfan was warned.”The officials told me if I commit one more foul they would scratch me and that’s when I decided to just concentrate on finishing the walk,” said an elated Irfan. He had a surprise visitor on Sunday in Kerala Sports Minister KB Ganesh Kumar at the Games Village.Irfan had been denied good shoes for walking and it was film star Mohan Lal who came to his rescue.However, after this performance, Irfan has become a hero in Areeekode, Mallapuram district, Kerala. “I spoke to my parents and neighbours and they said they had seen me on television. The minister has told me today the Kerala government will now back me fully,” said Irfan.His father is a daily wager and being the fifth child in his family Irfan’s passion for the sport began in school.”This is my first major international competition. I must say the weather on Saturday was very good and there was no strong wind. My goal was to finish in top 25 and I am happy with this effort. Rio 2016 Olympics will be my next big target,” said the modest Irfan.Irfan says he was not thinking about records on Saturday, though later he came to know he had broken the national record.”I know there are so many people even in the Gulf who are happy I did well. My brother also lives there,” added Irfan.Before this journey to London, Irfan had been out on a foreign trip only once when he competed in a World Cup in Russia and qualified.But the Armyman feels now that he has done well in a low profile sport, he will get more exposure. “I am aware with more participation in international meets, I can get better,” added Irfan.advertisementlast_img read more

Kawhi Leonard unleashes career-best 45 as Raptors beat Jazz

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño MOST READ Utah’s Rudy Gobert scored 16 points, and Ricky Rubio had 14.Leonard made all seven of his field-goal attempts in the third quarter and added five foul shots. His 19 points were the second most in any quarter by a Raptors player this season.“He scored in the post, he scored in isolations, he scored going to the rim over Rudy,” Snyder said. “Eventually we started hitting him when he walked across half court. The biggest thing was we put him on the line.”After making two 3-pointers in the first half, the Raptors connected on their first three long-range shots of the third quarter, turning a two-point halftime deficit into a 12-point edge midway through the quarter.“Those nine quick points really changed the game,” Snyder said. “It gave them a big lift.”Siakam went 3 for 3 from 3-point range in the third and scored 13 points. Toronto outscored Utah 44-32 to take a 95-85 lead into the fourth.Rubio started after sitting out Saturday’s win over New York because of a sore left knee and sore lower back, while Crowder was back after missing the victory over the Knicks because of a sore left thumb.TIP-INSJazz: Utah has lost nine of 12 meetings against Toronto. … Utah outscored Toronto 22-5 in second-chance points. … Favors and Gobert each had nine rebounds. … Crowder went 5 for 7 from 3-point range. His career high is six made 3-pointers. … The Jazz have lost five of six on the road.Raptors: Toronto is 5-2 on New Year’s Day, including a 4-0 mark at home. … C Jonas Valanciunas had stitches removed from his surgically repaired left hand Saturday. Valanciunas still has a splint on his hand. … VanVleet scored seven points, failing to reach double figures for the first time in eight games. … Toronto matched a season-low with 20 3-point attempts. … Serge Ibaka scored 20 points in the first quarter of a Nov. 4 road win against the Los Angeles Lakers, the most by a Raptors player in a single quarter this season. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOWRY LATESTLowry sat for the eighth time in nine games. Before the game, the Raptors said Lowry had travelled to New York last Friday to receive anti-inflammatory injections. Lowry’s condition continues to improve but there is no timetable for his return.QUARTER TO REMEMBERThe Raptors set a franchise record with 44 points in the third quarter.UP NEXTJazz: Visit Cleveland on Friday night.Raptors: Visit San Antonio on Thursday night.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Prolific Harry Kane adds Cardiff to list of Premier League victims Toronto Raptors forward Serge Ibaka (9) puts his arm around forward Kawhi Leonard (2) after he drew a foul by the Utah Jazz during the first half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2019, in Toronto. (Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO— Kawhi Leonard was so good Tuesday night, Raptors coach Nick Nurse just wanted to enjoy the show.Leonard scored a career-high 45 points, Pascal Siakam had a career-best 28 points with 10 rebounds, and Toronto beat the Utah Jazz 122-116.ADVERTISEMENT “That’s good, we all got to witness that live and in person,” Nurse said of Leonard’s outburst. “He was phenomenal. I’ve kind of been waiting for one of these nights where he makes them all.”Norman Powell scored a season-high 14 points, and the Raptors won their fourth straight at home despite playing without All-Star guard Kyle Lowry (sore back) and center Jonas Valanciunas (dislocated left thumb).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion“The way he’s playing right now is really big for our team with a lot of guys out,” Powell said of Leonard.Leonard shot 16 for 22 overall, missing all three attempts from 3-point range, and went 13 for 17 at the free-throw line. He said he wasn’t aware of his scoring achievement until after the game. LATEST STORIES “I try to stay in the moment and keep competing every possession and not worry about myself, just try to get a team win,” Leonard said.It was the third 40-point game of Leonard’s career, including a 43-point effort against Memphis in Game 4 of the first round in April 2017.Leonard has scored 20 or more points in a career-best 14 straight games.Jae Crowder scored a career-high 30 points, Derrick Favors had 21 and Donovan Mitchell scored 19 as the Jazz dropped to 10-12 on the road and 18-20 overall.“Jae was hot,” Jazz coach Quin Snyder said. “It’s unfortunate that we didn’t capitalize on the night that he had.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Asia Cup T20: Mashrafe Mortaza upbeat after The Tigers stun defending champions

first_imgAdmitting that Bangladesh have always struggled in Twenty20 International matches, captain Mashrafe Mortaza said that Sunday’s upset win over defending champions Sri Lanka would boost their confidence going forward in the Asia Cup T20 cricket tournament. “In T20, we have always struggled a bit. This was a good win for us, going forward in the tournament,” Mortaza said after his side beat the Lankans by 23 runs here.”The wicket was pretty good to bat on. With the 147 we scored, we can still fight it out. After a couple of catches missed, we stood up and did our best,” he said.”The wicket was on the slow side today. Shakib played a big role along with Mahmudullah, but Sabbir was brilliant.”Man-of-the-match Sabbir Rahman, who scored a 54-ball 80 for Bangladesh, said, “It was a good opportunity to come in early. I just rotated the strike and played to my strengths.”A disappointed Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews rued that his side lost their way after a good start while chasing 148 for a win.”We could have just milked it around after we got the initial start. We just lost our way, and once we hit that 12-runs-an-over mark, we just kept losing wickets,” he said.”Credit to Bangladesh for bowling and fielding well. We could have taken better options, but we kept losing wickets through the middle section,” he added.”We have to be patient, it’s a learning curve for all of us. It will be hard work, we’ll need to beat India and Pakistan to qualify for the final, and we’ll try our best.advertisementlast_img read more