NEB sets out dispute resolution process for Trans Mountain permits

first_imgCALGARY – The National Energy Board is setting up a process to resolve future permitting issues between Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. and provincial and municipal authorities on the Trans Mountain expansion project.The NEB said Thursday that under the process, it will take about three to five weeks to reach a decision on future permitting disputes.The regulator said that it still expects all sides to go through the permitting process in good faith, but the board will step in when necessary on permitting issues that affect NEB conditions on the project.“This generic process will provide a measure of certainty regarding the regulatory tools available to resolve permitting disputes or disagreements in limited circumstances where Trans Mountain and provincial and municipal authorities are unable to do so,” the NEB said in a release.Kinder Morgan Canada (TSX:KML) had asked for a way to resolve future disputes after encountering what it called significant delays on securing permits from Burnaby, B.C.B.C. municipalities had made submissions against the proposal, with Chilliwack expressing concern that the company may use it as a pressure mechanism or as leverage against the city. Surrey said the motion is an attempt to unlawfully fetter, circumvent, and undermine the legislative scheme to the detriment of municipalities.Outside supporters of the Trans Mountain project, including the Alberta and federal governments, supported the proposal as a way to address compliance oversight.The NEB said it expects the process to be rarely used, and it would only step in for limited reasons such as when there’s lack of clarity as to whether Trans Mountain has achieved condition compliance.Kinder Morgan Canada had asked that a standing panel be set up to hear the potential disputes, but the NEB said it would decide who would hear issues as they arise. The NEB also gave itself roughly double the time the company had requested for decisions to be made in the process.The company said Wednesday that it estimated the Trans Mountain expansion project was a year behind schedule after encountering regulatory and permitting delays.The project, which would nearly triple oil-shipping capacity from Alberta to the West Coast, faces significant opposition from numerous Indigenous groups, environmentalists and municipalities in British Columbia.last_img read more

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BC Coroners Service releases data showing MVI fatalities are preventable

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Coroners Service has released data that shows that motor vehicle fatalities are preventable.According to the most recent data published, a lack of restraint use, along with drug and/or alcohol involvement, was noted as a contributory factor to recent MVI deaths in British Columbia.Coroners Service released the updated data in its report, ‘Motor Vehicle Incident Deaths – 2008-2018’. The data shows that there were 314 motor vehicle deaths in B.C. in 2018, up from 299 in 2017, yet still below the annual average of 326 per year during the past decade.The Coroners Service also updated its motorcycle-involved fatality report, which captures a rise in deaths involving motorcyclists. In 2018, 16 percent of the 314 deaths involved motorcycles or mopeds.In 2018 alone, there were 51 motorcyclist deaths. This is the highest annual total for the past decade and a 50 percent increase over 2017.More information on the report can be found on the Government of B.C.’s website.last_img read more

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Pompeo hopes India will not buy oil from Venezuelas Maduro govt

first_imgWashington DC: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday hoped that India will not be the “economic lifeline” to the “authoritarian” regime of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro by purchasing oil from the Latin American country. Pompep’s comments came as Washington ramps up actions on Maduro’s regime, which is battling to hold onto power in the face of heavy domestic and international pressure. Venezuela is the third largest supplier of oil to India which is the world’s third-biggest oil consumer. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe issue was discussed in a meeting with the visiting Indian Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale, Pompeo told reporters at a news conference here, without providing insight into it. “We are asking the same thing of India as we are of every country: Do not be the economic lifeline for the Maduro regime. So we talked about (Venezuela) I certainly won’t characterise the conversations; they’re private conversations,” Pompeo said in response to a question. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs”In the same way that India has been incredibly supportive of our efforts in Iran, I’m confident that they too understand the real threat to the Venezuelan people. We had a good conversation around that,” Pompeo said. The Latin American country’s Oil Minister and state-run oil company PDVSA’s President Manuel Quevedo told reporters in Greater Noida in Uttar Pradesh last month that his sanctions-hit country wants to sell more crude oil to India. The US has slapped sweeping sanctions on PDVSA with a view to curb Venezuela’s crude exports and put pressure on socialist President Maduro to step down. Venezuela produces around 1.57 million barrels of oil per day, half of what it produced two decades back. With the US stopping imports from Venezuela, PDVSA is seeking to retain buyers in other big consuming countries such as China and India. At the news conference, Pompeo said the nations that support Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro are, by the nature of this “illegitimate” regime, carrying out the very foreign interventionism of which they accuse others. “Today, the United States is drawing a clear line between those who aid the forces of repression and those who give life to the Venezuelan people’s democratic dreams. There is no ambiguity here about the truth,” he said. Similar kind of warning to other nations was issued by US National Security Adviser John Bolton. “The United States will not stand idly by while foreign financial institutions facilitate illegitimate transactions that benefit Maduro and his cronies, and perpetuate the corruption that has devastated Venezuela,” he said. Earlier in the day, the Treasury sanctioned a Russia-based bank attempting to circumvent US sanctions on Venezuela’s state-owned oil company PDVSA. It sanctioned Evrofinance Mosnarbank, a Moscow-based bank jointly owned by Russia and Venezuela, for being involved in facilitating illegitimate transactions that prolong Maduro’s usurpation of democracy, it said. “The illegitimate Maduro regime has profited off of the suffering of the Venezuelan people,” said US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.last_img read more

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Participation of Israeli artist in Marrakech Biennale stirs controversy

first_imgCasblanca- Held every two years in Morocco’s Red City, the Marrakech Biennale is a Moroccan festival that promotes inter-cultural and inter-artistic exchange. This year, the Southern Pearl  city will host the fifth edition of this festival.Marrakech will host the fifth edition of the Marrakech Biennale from February 23 to March 30. Many international artists from all corners of the world will take part in this event.This year’s edition of the festival will include three artistic categories: visual arts, literature, film and video. The Israeli artist Keren Cytter is among the artists who will participate in the Visual Arts category.But Cytter’s presence in this event “seems to bother those who speak out against the normalization of relations with the Jewish state, even artistically.”In a statement to the daily Akhbar Al Yaoum on February 6, the Secretary General of the Moroccan Observatory against normalization, Aziz Hannaoui, said that “Cytter is from Tel Aviv, which means that she is an Israeli, and hosting her in Morocco is normalization.’Several comments expressing opposition to Sitter’s presence in Marrakech Biennale appeared in Moroccan social media, and some suggested that they were considering organizing a sit-in against the inclusion of “Israeli art” in the festival. Maintaining balance between artistic disciplines and providing an international focus on Morocco’s burgeoning artistic scene are the two major principles of the Marrakech Biennale.According to Marrakech Biennale’s official website, this event aims “to promote inter-cultural and inter-disciplinary exchanges through an educational approach that addresses art professionals, students and the general public.”© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

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Scouting Minnesota A look at the 2015 Golden Gophers

OSU then-sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) runs after Minnesota then-redshirt sophomore quarterback Mitch Leidner (7) during a game on Nov. 15 game in Minneapolis. OSU won 31-24. Credit: Lantern file photoAfter its lone bye week of the season, No. 3 Ohio State is set to welcome the Minnesota Golden Gophers to Ohio Stadium on Saturday.It will do so with a familiar face back behind center in redshirt junior Cardale Jones, who will start for the suspended J.T. Barrett.For Minnesota, it moseys into Columbus after a head-scratching 29-26 loss to then-No. 15 Michigan on Halloween.What would have been the go-ahead touchdown from Minnesota’s redshirt junior quarterback Mitch Leidner with 19 seconds left was overturned on review. That was followed by poor clock management on the ensuing play, before a questionable decision to bypass attempting a 19-yard field goal to tie the game, instead opting for an unsuccessful one-yard quarterback sneak as time expired.The bizarre loss is just another installment in a rather disappointing campaign for Minnesota, which many thought would compete for the Big Ten West division crown, as it dropped to 4-4 on the year and 1-3 in the Big Ten.Here is deeper look at the 2015 Golden Gophers.Emotional pushLast week, Jerry Kill announced that he would be retiring from coaching because of health concerns. The exit of Kill, who was in the midst of his fourth season at the helm in Minneapolis, seemingly provided the double-digit underdog Golden Gophers with an emotional boost against then-No. 15 Michigan.“Coach Kill is so important to the state of Minnesota,” Leidner said following the loss. “The whole game was just emotional … For all the work every single person on that sideline put in to play for (Kill), it’s just an overwhelming feeling.”Leidner threw for a season-high 317 passing yards, sophomore tight end Brandon Lingen had more receiving yards (111) than he had in the first seven games combined and the offense as a whole piled up 461 yards — the second most this season — against the nation’s top-ranked defense.The Golden Gophers, who at one point had three straight three-point wins over measly opponents Colorado State, Kent State and Ohio, arguably looked the best they had all season against the Wolverines.Sometimes things that happen outside of the X’s and O’s, like Kill’s retirement, can have unexplainable effects once the game kicks off.One game is much too small of a sample size to know for sure if the emotional boost will be sustained, but against Michigan, Minnesota looked like the team many expected them to be early in the season.This week, against the nation’s No. 3 team in primetime with Kill’s exit still fresh in their minds, the Golden Gophers should be up to the challenge against OSU.Carrying the weightEmotions aside, there is a reason why Minnesota sits at .500 on the season.It’s because the Golden Gopher offense is — at best — marginal, and the defense has to carry much of the weight.Other than its 41-13 victory over Purdue (2-6), Minnesota has not scored more than 27 points in a game, which it did over the Mid-American Conference’s Ohio.Much of the reason why the Golden Gophers are ranked 107th in scoring offense is because of their inability to find the end zone. On the year, they have just 18 touchdowns compared to 14 field goals. To put it in perspective, one of the Big Ten’s worst teams in Purdue has 30 touchdowns and only three field goals.Those offensive struggles mean much more pressure is applied to the Minnesota defense.For the most part, the defense has not cracked under that pressure, as it’s been rather disruptive for opponents.Anchored by redshirt sophomore linebacker Cody Poock and senior cornerback Antonio Johnson, who both have 55 tackles on the season, the defense ranks 25th in the country.The veteran secondary, which starts three seniors, has been stingy all season long, letting up just 174 yards per game.With the struggling Jones back at quarterback for the Buckeyes, Minnesota will hope to capitalize on its secondary’s success and limit the OSU offense.If the said scenario can happen, the pressure shifts to the offense to do its part and find the end zone. Unfortunately for the Golden Gophers, expecting the offense to improve against the stout Scarlet and Gray defense is a tall task.Teammate reunionsMinnesota’s roster is littered with connections to current Buckeyes, as three players played high school football with an OSU player and another — redshirt senior center Brian Bobek — once donned the scarlet and gray. Two others are Ohio natives.Johnson was a high school teammate of OSU redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Donovan Munger at Shaker Heights High School near Cleveland. Minnesota redshirt freshman wide receiver Isaiah Gentry, who has two catches for 36 yards this season, was high school teammates with OSU’s redshirt freshman defensive Sam Hubbard at Cincinnati’s Archbishop Moeller, where the duo won back-to-back state championships.Minnesota redshirt freshman Jared Weyler played alongside OSU sophomore Evan Lisle on the offensive line at Centerville High School near Dayton.Bobek, who now starts at center for Minnesota, will be returning to Columbus where he spent a season on the OSU football team in 2011, appearing in five games. The Inverness, Illinois, native transferred after his freshman campaign.Beyond the BuckeyesFollowing Saturday’s showdown, Minnesota has another undefeated team on the docket. The Golden Gophers are scheduled to take on the No. 10 Iowa Hawkeyes on Nov. 14 in Iowa City, Iowa. Kickoff is penciled in for 8 p.m. read more

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Ohio State soccer owns OT beats Penn State

The thought of sudden-death overtime in a soccer match would seem an uninviting proposition to some, but not the Ohio State men’s soccer team. OSU claimed its third overtime victory of the season Sunday afternoon after defeating Penn State on Senior Day at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. After 90 minutes of scoreless action, the Buckeyes needed just less than six minutes in overtime to defeat the Nittany Lions, 1-0, and improve their Big Ten record to 3-1-0. “The dream of being Big Ten champions is still alive,” said head coach John Bluem. “We knew what we needed to do, and it was the last opportunity to get a result here at home for the seniors.” Senior forward Parnell Hegngi stole the ball from a Penn State defender and passed it ahead to a sprinting junior midfielder Austin McAnena. “At first I saw (Hegngi) right when he stole it; it was a great steal,” McAnena said. “Then I saw kind of a little lane I could run to so I just go at it full speed. He played me a nice ball.” McAnena took the pass and shot the ball towards PSU goalkeeper, freshman Andrew Wolverton. The freshman misplayed the shot as the ball went through his hands and rolled across the goal line for the Buckeye victory. “I hit it a little off,” McAnena said. “I thought the keeper had it at first so I was kind of a little hesitant. Then all of the sudden I just kept seeing it go and from there I was just really stoked.” The goal came in front of the student section on the south side of the stadium and the players immediately began celebrating the victory with fans. On Sept. 25, the Buckeyes defeated Michigan in front of the newly added student section in overtime. Hegngi said it was a “good vibe” to score in front of the fans. “It was great,” Hegngi said. “It was just like (against) Michigan. It was good to go celebrate with them right away.” Ohio State has played in four overtime contests this season with a record of 3-0-1 in those contests. They defeated Bowling Green on Oct. 5 and tied Valparaiso last Sunday. “We’ve had a couple overtime games and come out with two wins out of them recently,” McAnena said. “I was just glad we could get the victory.” Despite the victory, OSU was outplayed in a couple major categories. Penn State outshot OSU 19-11 for the contest and also held an advantage on corner kicks 10-3. Junior goalkeeper Matt Lampson finished the contest with six saves. “I think we were outplayed through some stretches of the game, but a good counter-attack at the end and a nice goal, so we walk away (with the win),” Bluem said. The team cannot celebrate for long though as a Wednesday road contest against Oakland University awaits it. Two games against conference games will follow as the Buckeyes travel to Wisconsin next Sunday and Indiana on Nov. 5 to finish their regular season. “If we want to make the NCAA tournament, we have to believe that there is an outside chance that we can still get there,” Bluem said. The Buckeyes (8-5-2) will kick-off their game against Oakland at 7 p.m. read more

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Clemence feels for Karius

first_imgRay Clemence knows that these two mistakes that Loris Karius made in the Champions League final will haunt him maybe forever and it will take time to overcome it and focus on new things.To be added, Clemence is not sure whether Karius will be able to continue at the club after a match like that and for sure, these errors will stay with him until the end of his career.The former Reds player spoke about Karius’ situation as he said, according to Goal:“It’s going to be difficult for him, that’s a certainty because wherever he goes away from home he’s going to be continually reminded of it.”divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“When you make two errors like that, it is difficult. He hasn’t done his place any good.”“I’ve been there myself and it’s a terrible situation. He’ll be the first to hold his hands up and know he’s made two horrendous errors at crucial times.”“They will stay with you for the rest of your life. People will remember them. It’s watched by hundreds of millions of people around the world. And it’s a final, it’s amplified.”last_img read more

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Hazard addresses Real Madrid speculation

first_imgChelsea’s Eden Hazard has addressed the growing speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid in the upcoming summer transfer windowThe Belgian winger has previously hinted at being interested in moving to the Spanish capital, if they are truly interested in him.But he has always maintained that his priority remains at finding out who take charge at Stamford Bridge for next season first with Hazard keen to learn of Chelsea’s plans for the future before undertaking any further decisions on his own future.“I am waiting to see if the coach stays or leaves. If I stay, it will be because the team will be better than the season we have just had. I do not want to stay if we are less good,” he told L’Equipe, via Metro.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“Real Madrid can interest me, everyone knows it. But if tomorrow this club does not want me, we will not talk about it anymore. If they want to buy me, they know what to do.“Go there for the sake of it… no. It takes a project. I still have a project in Chelsea. If I have a good World Cup, things will be easier.”But for now, the 27-year-old’s main priority remains at Russia with Belgium set to face Panama in their opening Group G game of the World Cup.last_img read more

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