Canadian energy board okays Trans Mountain pipeline expansion FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Anchorage Daily News:The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion should be approved by the government of Canada, the country’s National Energy Board found Friday in a massive report.The project would likely harm endangered southern resident killer whales, increase greenhouse-gas emissions that worsen the impacts of climate warming, and could cause oil spills that would be damaging to the environment, the board found. However, the more-than-700-mile-long pipeline should be approved by the government anyway, the board found, because it is in Canada’s national interest.Final approval now is before the government of Canada, which has nationalized the project, and has 90 days for its consideration.Canada wants to expand the existing Trans Mountain pipeline in order to ship bitumen oil to Asia in hopes of gaining higher oil prices than its market in the U.S. A pipeline spur from the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, in service since the 1950s, brings bitumen directly to Washington refineries, where a variety of products, including gasoline and jet fuel, are produced.The expansion would nearly triple the amount of oil shipped from Edmonton, Alberta, to Burnaby, British Columbia, on the coast just outside downtown Vancouver. The $9.3 billion project would increase capacity to 890,000 barrels of bitumen oil a day, and increase tanker traffic in the Salish Sea from about six tankers per year to more than 400.The board imposed 156 conditions if the project is approved, intended to cover a range of impacts including emergency preparedness and response, consultation with affected indigenous communities, and pipeline safety and integrity. Most are the same conditions as from the board’s previous approval for the project in 2016. The Canadian Court of Appeals last August ordered the board to reconsider its approval, because it had inadequately considered effects on killer whales, and had inadequately consulted with First Nations.More: Despite harm to orcas, Canada should expand pipeline, energy board says
By Dialogo February 04, 2014 As his two-year tour as a Partner Nation Liaison Officer (PNLO) representing Chile at U.S. Southern Command comes to an end, Marine Captain Claudio Escalona was honored with a Joint Service Commendation Medal at an award ceremony on January 31. SOUTHCOM Commander, U.S. Marine General John F. Kelly, who presided over the ceremony and presented the award, recognized Cap. Escalona’s leadership and devotion to duty as “critical to advancing issues of major importance to the United States and Chile.” “Cap. Escalona distinguished himself by exceptionally meritorious service,” said the General, including providing Chilean officials invaluable insights into mutual United States and Chilean Military issues, resulting in enhanced understanding, vital to strengthening the partnership between the two countries.” For his part, Cap. Escalona, thanked SOUTHCOM, Gen. Kelly, his PNLO counterparts from Peru, Colombia, Canada and Brazil, the Chilean Consulate and all the other civilian and military personnel who supported him in his mission. In addition to listing some of the important events he supported and took part in since his arrival in 2012, Cap. Escalona mentioned that he identified early on that his main duties were to “represent [his] culture and people, and send the message that we are part of this beautiful region, and we can contribute to the improvements of the living conditions of our nations.” Cap. Escalona made a special mention to the outstanding performance of Marine Forces South and Joint Special Forces South, as they supported the process of passing on experiences and lessons learned to the new Chilean Joint Staff in terms of command and control programs, information operations, Joint Special Forces training and participation in multinational exercises. In his conclusion, the Chilean Marine Captain mentioned that Chile is honored to have received the opportunity to host Partnership of the Americas 2014 and Unitas 2015. SOUTHCOM established the PNLO Program in 1998, with the focus of establishing links with U.S. partner nations in Central and South America and the Caribbean that would serve as a conduit to foster a better understanding of mission and tactics, facilitate the ability to integrate and synchronize operations, assist in the transfer of vital information, enhance mutual trust, and develop an increased level of teamwork. Many thanks, friends of U.S. Southcom. I will always be ready to assist you with whatever you think appropriate, and you’ll be on my mind. God bless you.Claudio Escalona
Certified Public Accountant, Brandon Sunderlin from Johnson Lauder and Savidge LLP says there are many common misconceptions circling around about the stimulus check. The biggest one is the arrival date. He says the checks were not all sent out at once, which is why some people might see the money arrive in their bank accounts a little later than others. (WBNG) — Local experts say if you haven’t received your stimulus check yet, you may be missing a very important step. Once you confirm you are eligible, Sunderlin says you should receive your check soon if you filed your 2019 tax returns. If you did not and feel you cannot wait for that check, you must fill in your direct deposit information with the IRS using its “Get My Payment” link. That way, the IRS can send you an electronic deposit to your bank account. “Paper checks are going to start going out on a weekly basis,” said Sunderlin. “Based on the income threshold, it looks like some of the higher income individuals won’t be getting a stimulus check until possibly until September.” For more information on how to receive your stimulus check and other details, click here. The deadline to submit your direct deposit information to the IRS is Wednesday, May 13 at 12 p.m. If you do not submiti t by then, Sunderlin says you’ll then have to wait for your paper check in the mail, which could take months. Sunderlin says if you did not receive your check yet, the first thing you need to do is make sure you are eligible. The IRS website says you qualify if you are a single filer making an adjusted gross income up to $75,000. If you are a married couple filing jointly, you qualify if you make an adjusted gross income up to $150,000.
Biden, 77, said every Democrat running for the House of Representatives or Senate this year would have to carry the label “socialist” if Sanders became the Democratic nominee. An independent, Sanders calls himself a democratic socialist.Buttigieg, 38, held a narrow lead over Sanders, 78, in the Iowa caucuses, according to partial results released on Wednesday. Problems with an app used for vote counting had delayed a final count. Warren, 70, placed third.There was more confusion later in the day when the party released new figures showing the four top candidates on roughly the same percentages, but then tweeted that there would shortly be “a minor correction to the last batch of results,” without giving an explanation.BUTTIGIEG AHEADAs of early Wednesday evening, the Iowa Democratic Party said 86.1% of precincts had reported their results, showing that Buttigieg, who would be the first openly gay US president if elected, had 26.7% of state delegate equivalents, the data traditionally reported to determine the winner. Sanders had 25.4%, Warren was at 18.3%, and Biden garnered 15.9%.Sanders was slightly ahead of Buttigieg in the Iowa popular vote, which is not used to determine the delegates who will formally choose the nominee at the Democratic National Convention in July.After more than a year of campaigning and spending more than $800 million, the results in Iowa had been expected to provide some answers for Democrats desperately trying to figure out how to beat the businessman-turned-president.But the delay has blunted the momentum of the state’s eventual winner. The partial results have been released in batches on Tuesday and Wednesday and the Iowa Democratic Party has not said when it will announce the rest.Buttigieg has argued it is time for a new generation of leaders and that his lack of experience in Washington makes him an ideal candidate to break the partisan gridlock there.But he might struggle to win in New Hampshire, where Sanders leads in many opinion polls, and in the next Democratic primary in South Carolina on Feb. 29 where Biden expects to receive strong backing from the African-American vote.Biden accused Buttigieg, 38, of being insufficiently supportive of the achievements of the Obama administration and cast doubt on his experience.“It’s a risk – to be just straight up with you – for this party to nominate someone who’s never held an office higher than mayor of a town of 100,000 people in Indiana,” said Biden, who was President Barack Obama’s vice president for eight years.Jeannie Collins, 34, who works in human resources in Manchester, New Hampshire, said she was leaning toward voting for Sanders but agreed withBiden’s concern that the senator may be too left wing for many Americans.That concern was more likely to make her vote for Buttigieg rather than Biden, she said.“I just feel like it’s time for the younger generation. That’s why I really like Buttigieg,” she said. She described Sanders as “older but his views are younger.”Two other Biden opponents – Warren and former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg – released ads on Wednesday highlighting their ties to Obama in a move to pick up Biden supporters who may be reconsidering after his poor performance in Iowa.Warren’s advertisement about her creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau during Obama’s administration uses narration from the former president praising Warren as being “very tough” and “one of the country’s fiercest advocates for the middle class.”Bloomberg’s advertisement quotes Obama praising the former mayor’s work on gun control and education, saying he has shown “what can be achieved when we bring people together to seek pragmatic solutions.”Topics : Former US Vice President Joe Biden vowed on Wednesday to go on fighting for the Democratic presidential nomination despite what he called the “gut punch” he took in Iowa, where partial results show the political veteran lagging in fourth place.”I am not going to sugarcoat it: We took a gut punch in Iowa. The whole process was a gut punch,” Biden said in Somersworth, New Hampshire, where he was campaigning. “This isn’t the first time in my life that I’ve been knocked down.”With 86.1% of precincts reporting from Monday’s caucuses, Biden was behind Pete Buttigieg and US senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren in the first nominating contest of the 2020 campaign. Biden, who bills himself as the most electable Democratic candidate to take on Republican President Donald Trump on Nov. 3, led many national polls in the run-up to Iowa and has a host of high-profile endorsements.But his campaign is in trouble.”There are an awful lot of folks out there who wrote off this campaign…They’ve been trying to do that from the moment I entered the race. Well, I’ve got news for them. I’m not going anywhere,” Biden said.In an unusually direct address, Biden took aim at Sanders and at Buttigieg, the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, as he tried to recover ahead of the New Hampshire state primary next Tuesday.
Topics : Thanks to the LDP’s solid legislative majority, the race’s winner is certain to win a parliamentary vote on September 16 and be named the country’s next prime minister.The LDP race began after Abe, Japan’s longest-serving premier, abruptly announced late August that he would resign for health reasons.There is now speculation that the next prime minister may quickly call a snap election to shore up public support.Representatives for Suga and his rivals — former defense minister Shigeru Ishiba and party policy chief Fumio Kishida — formally registered their candidacies on Tuesday morning. At a joint event for the candidates, Suga said he had decided to run to help avoid a “political vacuum” after Abe’s departure, and that he would prioritize coronavirus containment while rebuilding an economy now in recession.Ishiba meanwhile pledged a “great reset”, and said he would “pour my whole body and soul into regional revitalization”.Kishida said he too would focus on balancing infection measures with kickstarting the economy, and vowed to build a capable team.”I would become a leader who does not seek to shine myself but to have each team member shine so as to have the best performance,” he said.The candidates will hold two public debates before the vote, which will poll LDP lawmakers and three party representatives from each of Japan’s 47 regions.A broader vote including rank-and-file party members was ruled out, with officials saying it would take too long to organize. ‘A regular person like me’ Whoever takes the top office will face a raft of challenges — from the coronavirus pandemic and a tanking economy to ensuring the postponed Tokyo Olympic Games can go ahead.None of the three candidates is seen as offering a policy platform that would differ significantly from Abe’s.Former banker Ishiba, 63, is popular with the electorate and consistently topped polls before Abe’s resignation.A defense policy wonk, he supports strengthening the role of the country’s Self-Defense Forces in the pacifist constitution.But he is still regarded with suspicion by some in the LDP because he left the party for a time, serving as an independent and then with a rival party, before returning.Kishida, also 63, was long viewed as Abe’s heir apparent and considered the prime minister’s favored successor.But he appeared to fall from grace more recently, with his proposal for a targeted stimulus being cast aside in favor of money for all residents, and Abe has declined to publicly support any one candidate.Suga, who until recently denied any ambition for the top job, said he decided to run to continue Abe’s programs, especially his economic measures.Raised in northern Japan’s Akita region, Suga put himself through night college by working odd jobs before winning a Yokohama city council seat, and mentioned his background in his comments Tuesday.”That a regular person like me can seek to become a prime minister, that’s exactly Japan’s democracy, isn’t it?”He has served as Abe’s closest advisor and a powerful enforcer of government policy, considered able to bend Japan’s vast bureaucracy to the government’s will.But while Abe rose to power by touting conservative policies including amending the constitution, little is known of Suga’s ideology.His policy interests tend towards the practical, including speeding up digitalization of government agencies, cutting the cost of mobile services and increasing foreign tourism. Japan’s ruling party on Tuesday kicked off the race to pick Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s successor, with his powerful right-hand man Yoshihide Suga commanding an all-but-insurmountable lead.Chief Cabinet Secretary Suga, the 71-year-old son of a strawberry farmer, has already secured the support of major factions in the Liberal Democratic Party ahead of its leadership vote on September 14.But he isn’t running unchallenged, with a popular former defense minister and the party’s policy chief standing against him.
At the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, Diplomat Silvany Austin Pasaribu said Vanuatu had an “excessive and unhealthy obsession” with how Indonesia acted and governed in its easternmost provinces and said Vanuatu’s actions were “shameful” and in opposition to the fundamental principles of the UN charter.“You are not the representatives of the people of Papua, and stop fantasizing about being one,” she said while representing Indonesia during the right of reply to a statement made by Vanuatu.“Papuans are Indonesians. All of us play an important role in the development of Indonesia, including on the island of Papua.”Previously, in an address during the general debate session, Bob Loughman – the Prime Minister of the Republic of Vanuatu – had called on the Indonesian government to address alleged human rights abuses against the indigenous people of Papua. Indonesia has lashed out at the Republic of Vanuatu over what Indonesian representatives say are its continuing efforts to raise “artificial human rights concerns” in Papua. He said that last year, leaders of the Pacific Islands Forum had respectfully called on the Indonesian government to allow the UN Human Rights Office to visit Papua. He said there had been little progress on the matter.“I, therefore, call on the Indonesian government to please hear the previous call of the pacific leaders,” he added.Read also: After a year of Papuan antiracism rallies, discrimination remains an everyday occurrenceIn her response, Silvany highlighted the principle of noninterference in the domestic affairs of other countries, which she claimed was the fundamental principle of the UN charter. She also called on the Vanuatu government to respect the sovereignty and territorial integrity of other countries.“Indonesia will defend itself from any advocacy of separatism under the guise of artificial human rights concerns. Papua and West Papua have been irrevocable parts of Indonesia since 1945. […] It is final, irreversible and permanent,” she added.She said Vanuatu had yet to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of Racial Discrimination; the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural rights; and was not party to the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.“We call on the government of Vanuatu to please fulfill your human rights responsibilities to your people and to the world,” Silvany added.The diplomat said accusations of human rights abuses in Papua were common on international stages.Topics :
Marathon running often makes heroes – people willing to go beyond their limits, sometimes with fatal consequences. The experience of two Kenyan athletes has raised questions about what it takes to cross the finish line.
* transition period * maintain the status quo of theoperation so as to give time for MORE Power to orient / train / immerse itspersonnel before it fully takes control of the operation But Teodosio disagreed. * accounting Contreras came up with the order “dueto the parties’ failure to come up with an agreement and to satisfy theapprehension of the court, that led the court to issue the Addendum.” Therefore, he stressed, the status quoin the operation of the power distribution system remains. POWER IN THEIR HANDS. Personnel of MORE Electric and Power Corp. check the power substation on General Luna Street, Iloilo City after taking over the facility from Panay Electric Co. * inventory of real properties alreadyunder the possession of MORE Power ILOILO City – MORE Electric and PowerCorp. (MORE Power) has been operating the power distribution system here sincetaking over Panay Electric Co.’s (PECO)’s substations Friday last week. * install MORE Power which may deployits personnel to man and oversee the substations to exercise its possession andcontrol of the distribution facilities, but the operation should still behandled by PECO personnel who has the technical expertise * serve the writ in a peaceful manner * see to it that no PECO personnel inthe rank and file would be displaced during the transition period It contained guidelines on how to goabout enforcing the Writ of Possession to ensure the continuous supply ofelectricity in Iloilo City. These were: It dismissed claims that the RegionalTrial Court (RTC), Branch 23 ordered it yesterday to stand down. “MORE Power remains in full control,”said Teodosio. * turnover of records like the list ofconsumers “Nagpapasalamatkami sa korte sa paglilinaw na dapat talaga ang may hawak pa ng operasyon ng electric distribution facilityay PECO. Nakita naman natin inthe course of the hearing kung paanopaulit-ulit subukang suwayin ng MORE Power ang nasabing direktiba ng korte,” said Atty. Estrella Elamparo,PECO legal counsel. “The court simply said we respect theAddendum. Sa Addendum naghambal ang court nga ang operation ihatag sa PECO personnel, indi sa PECO management.There is a difference between PECO personnel and PECO management,” stressedTeodosio. * documents relevant to the operationof the distribution system, among others In an order afterwards, PresidingJudge Emerald Requina-Contreras ordered both parties “to respect the Addendumto the WOP pending the court’s verification of the status of MORE Power’s andPECO’s Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity (CPCN) or until March26, 2020.” “Ginsunodsang MORE Power ang Addendum. Pareho mangihapon nga mga personnel ang naga-dutysa substations halin sang Feb 28. Pero nag-transferna ang ini nga mga personnel sang employment sa MORE Power, kag ini manang ginamandu sang MORE franchise law kagni Judge,” said Teodosio. In order yesterday, Contreras setfurther hearing of the expropriation case on March 26, 8:30 a.m. There was no order to return the powerdistribution operation to PECO, stressed Atty. Hector Teodosio, MORE Powerlegal counsel. What was stated in the Addendum? Any move of PECO to take over thepower distribution facilities will be resisted, he added./PN RTC Branch 23 heard yesterday PECO’sMotion for Clarification on the Feb. 20 Writ of Possession (WOP) which theformer issued in line with the expropriation case MORE Power filed againstPECO. * inventory of personal propertiesunder Category A As part of the addendum, the court alsoordered MORE Power and PECO to submit their respective proposals as to theirtimelines on the following matters:
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 16) – The automotive racing world recognized one of its most accomplished members.Kathy Root, retired owner and president of IMCA and now chair of the sanctioning body’s executive committee received an achievement award, citing her dedication to short track auto racing, during the Racing Promotion Monthly workshops in Daytona Beach, Fla.“I enjoyed watching the growth of IMCA and knowing we were having a favorable impact on the racing industry,” said Root, the first full-time employee hired by Keith Knaack nearly 40 years ago. “I think Keith’s original goal when he developed the Modified was to keep racing an affordable hobby and we’ve always done our best to keep it that way.”“I’ve also enjoyed the friendships I’ve made and the people I’ve met,” she added. “There’s been a good bit of that.”Named president in 1990, Root guided IMCA through a sustained period of growth that continues into the organization’s 101st season.IMCA remains headquartered in Root’s hometown of Vinton and will see more than 9,000 drivers compete at sanctioned events in eight divisions in 30-plus states and Canada in 2016. The IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s, the biggest dirt track racing event in the world, will bring nearly 900 of those drivers to Boone Speedway in September.A pioneer for women in the industry, Root traveled to tracks in many of those states and noted that while not everyone always agreed with IMCA’s rules, she was always treated with respect.“As IMCA grew, we were able to hire more employees and I traveled less. My main job became more administrative and less hands-on and in the field,” Root said. “I missed that and I still do. We have an excellent staff and they are responsible for much of our growth.”Her son Brett was named president of IMCA in January of 2015.“I don’t think enough people realize how important Kathy has been to the industry. She came to the sport as a production artist for a race paper and became the owner of America’s oldest, largest short track sanctioning body, which celebrated 100 years last season,” said RPM Editor Stewart Doty. “She’s passing the torch to Brett and we want to thank Kathy for what she has done and wish her well.”