Trudeau cancels trip over Canada gas pipeline protests

first_imgTrudeau called for a crisis meeting Monday morning with the ministers of finance, public safety, transport and indigenous services, among others, to try and find a peaceful solution.The prime minister has been criticized by the opposition for his repeated absences while protesters have blocked roads, rails and ports across the country and occupied government offices in a bid to “shut down Canada.”Canadian National Railway (CN), the third largest railroad in North America, moves an estimated Can$250 billion (US$190 billion) worth of goods across Canada each year.The demonstrators support certain leaders of the indigenous Wet’suwet’en First Nations people, who are fighting construction of the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline through their traditional lands in westernmost Canada. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau canceled an official visit to the Caribbean at the last minute due to indigenous protests that have paralyzed railways in eastern Canada for more than a week, his office said Sunday.Following a tour of Africa and Europe, which wrapped up on Friday, Trudeau was scheduled to visit Barbados on Monday and Tuesday as part of Canada’s bid for a seat on the UN Security Council.”The Prime Minister will no longer attend the CARICOM Intersessional Heads of Government Meeting this week,” his office said in a statement. Foreign minister Francois-Philippe Champagne will go in his place. The pipeline is part of a Can$40 billion natural gas export project that also includes a new Pacific coast terminal.Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller visited one of the roadblocks in Ontario on Saturday. He spent all day talking with protesters and Mohawk First Nation officials.He said the discussions had produced modest progress, but no blockades were lifted.Several authority figures, including Conservative opposition leader Andrew Scheer, have called for law enforcement to intervene and lift the blockades, but Trudeau’s administration has rejected this option.The ongoing protests are an important test for Trudeau’s efforts for reconciliation with First Nations people, which he has said is a priority.Topics :last_img read more

Brothers to sell two homes on the one block

first_imgOne of the houses at 181 Baskerville St, Brighton.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019While he recounted many family occasions including Christmas parties at the Baskerville St property, Mr Taylor said ideally he would like to see a nice family purchase one, or both homes.“This has been a family home for all of us,” Mr Taylor said. “A few of the brothers have mixed feelings about it, but really it’s a fairly unique opportunity for a buyer.”Siobhan Cowell from Jim McKeering Real Estate Sandgate said the property would suit a first homebuyer or investor. One of the two houses on one block due to go under the hammer.SIX brothers have joined forces and made the decision to sell their parents’ estate at Brighton.Sibling Tim Taylor said there were two homes on the 1457 sq m block at 181 Baskerville St, which could be sold as two houses or separately.Mr Taylor, who works in the marine industry, said currently one of his brothers lived there and a family friend lived in the other house.“Our parents have passed away and so it’s time to sell,” Mr Taylor said. “They (parents) both moved into the home around 1960.” The second house, which will also go to auction.“Anyway you look at it, this is an all-round winning combination,” she said.“This four-bedroom post-war home is a surprisingly large home with separate lounge/dining and family rooms with internal stairs leading to a second bathroom, an undercover entertaining area and a large, family-sized back garden.”She said there was plenty of room for kids and a dog to play. Ms Cowell said Brighton was one of Brisbane’s growth bayside suburbs.“This home is walking distance to local shops and schools,” she said. “You will be impressed with parklands and the beachfront lifestyle.”last_img read more

Half of tested properties contain traces of meth

first_imgOne in two homes tested for meth in Queensland come back with a positive reading.MORE than half of all Queensland homes tested for methamphetamine residue have come back with positive results, and some of the suburbs are where you would least expect it.From Chapel Hill and Chermside, to Woolloongabba, East Brisbane, Maroochydore and Upper Mount Gravatt, houses in these suburbs, and many more, tested positive to a presence of residue of methamphetamine when tested by Meth Screen between January 1 2018 and March 31 2019.Meth Screen tested 179 Queensland homes last year, with 97 of those returning a positive result for methamphetamine residue.Of the 56 properties tested by Meth Screen in the first quarter of 2019, 28 came back positive, and 27 were above the acceptable level of 0.5ug (micrograms per 10sq cm).Some of the highest readings of 2018 were up to 1600 times the acceptable level, with sky high readings at Jimboomba (800ug), Chermside (780ug), Southport (300ug), Chapel Hill (310ug) and Redland Bay (102ug), among many others. Buying a house without testing for methamphetamine is like buying a lotto ticket and hoping for the best.Mr Matthews urged prospective home buyers to test a house for methamphetamine residue in the same manner one would get a building and pest inspection before purchasing, and for investors between tenants.Testing starts from $198, but Mr Matthews warned those who choose to forgo screening risked thousands in clean-up bills, let alone the health risks contamination could cause.“Most of the time there is absolutely no evidence (of methamphetamine contaminants) except for maybe neighbours talking about it,” he said.“How are you going to know if it’s contaminated if you don’t test it?“The levels could be really low or they could be staggeringly high, but if you don’t know, as soon as you purchase it and you then find out its contaminated, there could be a $30,000 to $40,000 problem.”More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoPlace Estate Agents director of property management Cathie Crampton believed the production and consumption of ice within rental properties was an increasing issue.Place Estate Agents director of property management Cathie Crampton believed the production and consumption of ice within rental properties was an increasing issue, and supported the notion of compulsory testing between tenants.“Absolutely it is a problem, particularly in Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia there are massive examples of contamination in properties” Ms Crampton said.“I think there needs to be legislation … be that like smoke alarms.“There needs to be testing around the commencement and the renewal of a lease.”A Queensland Health spokesman said most illicit drug labs were found within rental properties and residual chemical contamination could linger for years in the walls, floor and furnishings.The spokesman said methamphetamine residue could produce symptoms such as throat irritation, breathing difficulties, headaches, eye and skin irritations, nausea, dizziness and mental health problems, and infants, children, pregnant women, elderly people or those with compromised health may be at a higher risk. While Mr Matthews said it was difficult to know exactly how many Australian houses could have a presence of methamphetamine as there had been no long term testing, by comparing it to data from New Zealand and the United States with the rate of methamphetamine usage in Australia, it could conservatively be estimated that 8-10 per cent of properties in Australia would test positive to a presence of methamphetamine.However, he stressed this did not mean the property was contaminated. Meth Screen test for traces of methamphetamine. PICTURE: MATT THOMPSONMeth Screen managing director Ryan Matthews said no suburb was immune, with some of the most unsuspecting of houses testing as contaminated.“We’ve seen levels in beautiful homes that you would never suspect,” Mr Matthews said.“Some people in more affluent suburbs have got more money.“You can’t rule it out based on demographic — it doesn’t discriminate.”Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows death rates from methamphetamine quadrupled from 1999 to 2016, from 0.4 per 100,000 to 1.6 deaths respectively. Last month, News Corp reported a Gold Coast family unknowingly lived in a house with dangerous levels of methamphetamine and not only had to throw out most of their belongings, they experienced health issues as a result of the residue.center_img Some of the largest or most surprising readings from 2018: Beenleigh — 160ugBellbird Park — 360ugBroadbeach Waters — 270ugBuderim — 21ugCentenary Heights — 150ugChapel Hill — 310ugChermside — 780uqEast Brisbane — 5.1ugEdens Landing — 140ugGoodna — 320ugJimboomba — 800ugMaroochydore — 15ugMoranbah — 610ugRedland Bay — 102ugSouthport — 300ugUpper Mount Gravatt — 80uglast_img read more

Cancer Society Plans Sunday Mas and Meet & Greet

first_imgThe Dominica Cancer Society will be going to Portsmouth this weekend to give thanks and to establish a support group for the north.President Yvonne Alexander disclosed the news to Dominica Vibes.She says ahead of world cancer day on Tuesday, the advocacy group will take some time to give god thanks this Sunday, February 2nd.“We would like to take the opportunity to give God thanks for those of us who were lucky or blessed enough to be diagnosed early and survived,” she said.“We have sent out invitations,” Alexander adds, “to meet cancer survivors and their families for a Meet & Greet to interact with them after the mas. We want to encourage the formation of a cancer support group in the north.”The non-profit group solicits the usual cash support from the public which will be used to continue its all-important work caring for cancer patients with limited resources.“Purchase a pin for a contribution of $10 or t-shirt for $20 and help raise awareness,” she urges.World Cancer Day is February 4th. 37 Views   no discussions Tweet Share Sharecenter_img Share LifestyleLocalNews Cancer Society Plans Sunday Mas and Meet & Greet by: – January 31, 2020 Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Ellsworth’s MacPherson, Sumner’s Barnes win events at PVC cross-country championships

first_imgELLSWORTH — Hancock County cross-country runners were among the strongest performers Saturday at the Penobscot Valley Conference championships at the University of Maine at Presque Isle.In Class B, Ellsworth junior Caitlin MacPherson won the girls’ race by more than a half-minute with a time of 20 minutes, 17.3 seconds. MDI’s Katelyn Osborne and Olivia Johnson finished third and fifth with times of 21:02.4 and 21:26.8, respectively.Emma McKechnie of Ellsworth also placed in the top 10 with an eighth-place finish, and MDI’s Rachelle Swanson took ninth as the Trojans won the Class B girls’ competition with 32 points. The Ellsworth girls did not place as a team, as they did not meet the five-runner requirement.MDI placed third of nine teams with 94 points on the boys’ side, and Ellsworth took fourth with 106. Individually, Ellsworth’s Matt Shea placed sixth of 62 runners with a time of 17:47.8.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textIn Class C, Sumner sophomore Luke Barnes was the top boys’ finisher with a time of 17:57.0. Caden Mattson finished third with a time of 18:19.0 for the George Stevens Academy boys, who earned 40 points to place second behind Orono.GSA also placed second on the girls’ side in Class C with 68 points. Grace Broughton, Lanny Zentz, Oshi Ragot and Susanna Jakub placed 13th-16th for the Eagles, who were the only Class C girls’ team to receive a team score, as Bucksport and Sumner did not meet the five-runner requirement.Below is a list of the top-five individual finishers from Hancock County and all team scores from the boys’ and girls’ events in both classes.Boys, Class B individual6. Matt Shea, Ellsworth, 17 minutes, 47.8 seconds10. Jon Genrich, Mount Desert Island, 18:12.511. Nick Cormier, Ellsworth, 18:16.717. Calvin Partin, MDI, 18:47.218. Alex Eason, MDI, 18:48.4Boys, Class B team scoresHermon, 40Caribou, 42MDI, 94Ellsworth, 106Old Town, 143Presque Isle, 160John Bapst, 186Foxcroft, 203Washington Academy, 216Boys, Class C individual1. Luke Barnes, Sumner, 17:57.03. Caden Mattson, George Stevens Academy, 18:19.010. Andrew Szwez, GSA, 19:16.411. Ian Renwick, GSA, 19:23.412. Clark Morrison, GSA, 19:34.9Boys, Class C team scoresOrono, 20GSA, 40Calais, 112Houlton, 133Bucksport, 145Lee Academy, 151Central, 166Machias, 200Searsport, 219Girls, Class B individual1. Caitlin MacPherson, Ellsworth, 20:17.33. Katelyn Osborne, MDI, 21:02.45. Olivia Johnson, MDI, 21:26.88. Emma McKechnie, Ellsworth, 21:38.89. Rachelle Swanson, MDI, 21:41.4Girls, Class B team scoresMDI, 32Caribou, 75John Bapst, 82Presque Isle, 102Old Town, 136Hermon, 138Washington Academy, 150Foxcroft, 203Girls, Class C individual13. Grace Broughton, GSA, 23:49.614. Lanny Zentz, GSA, 23:52.315. Oshi Ragot, GSA, 23:59.116. Susanna Jakub, GSA, 24:03.121. Rachael Hastey, Sumner, 25:31.7Girls, Class C team scoresOrono, 15GSA, 68Houlton, 71Narraguagus, 87Machias, 122last_img read more

Amitabh Choudhary denies writing letter to ICC on Indo-Pak World Cup clash

first_imgMumbai: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary, here on Monday, said he did not write any letter on behalf of the board urging the International Cricket Council (ICC) and its member nations to sever ties with countries that harbour terror.Answering a question whether it was a mistake not to have named Pakistan specifically in the letter, he said,” I did not write the letter.””The chairman of the ICC (Shashank Manohar) has made a statement to address the issue and he has simply said it’s a matter that is beyond ICC’s domain,” said Choudhary.”I would like to put everything to rest, there is no difference of opinion. There was a written communication by the BCCI CEO with the ICC. There were two points in that communication. The first related to the security and well being of players as well as fans,” he said.The BCCI request was turned down by the ICC, which said it has no role to play in matters like these.The letter was written in the aftermath of the Pulwama terror attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.Choudhary said the BCCI’s primary concern ahead of the World Cup is players’ security.”The second matter related to suggesting that India and other ICC members take no part with teams, which comes from areas from where certain phenomenon emanate, but the letter didn’t mention which areas.””To which the ICC chairman, after discussing it with the board, which is the only policy making body of the ICC, stated it is not within the ICC domain to make a comment or a decision,” he said.”The BCCI’s concerns were, as I said, primarily, according to the letter, security of players and fans, which the ICC has wholeheartedly agreed to address. ECB representative Colin Grave was of the same view,” he said. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Grimes baseball win streak hits seven; F-M has 1-3 week

first_imgFayetteville-Manlius had its first two games with West Genesee pushed back to late in the week, but on Wednesday it made up a previously rained-out game with Liverpool and lost, 7-0, to the Warriors.All that the Hornets could manage was four hits off Liverpool ace Luke Harder, who was helped when his team scored five times off Tom Coleman in the top of the first. Shane Hazelmeyer led the Warriors with three hits, two of them doubles, and two RBIs.Then the series with West Genesee started on Thursday, and F-M got a tremendous performance on the mound by Max Parker that produced a 1-0 victory over the Wildcats.Parker limited WG to four hits, striking out eight, while Wildcats counterpart Ryan Paige matched him until the bottom of the fifth, when the Hornets got the lone run it needed, scored by Ben Delmarsh.As to the rest of the series, F-M lost the second game 8-5, even though, trailing 3-0, it had rallied for five runs in the bottom of the fifth, Delmarsh driving in two of those runs to go with his pair of hits.Joe Gaeta pitched 4 2/3 innings, yet it did not lead to a win, with WG netting four runs in the top of the sixth to go in front. Jake DePalma (three RBIs) and Chris Bonacci (two hits, three runs scored) paced the Wildcats.The third game was the best of all, dragging out to nine innings before F-M lost, 5-4, to a West Genesee side that had won three previous extra-inning decisions against league foes this spring.The Hornets scored three times in the third inning, only to have WG answer with three runs in the fourth and fifth innings, and that 3-3 tie remained through the end of regulation.In the top of the eighth, F-M went back in front, 4-3, but could not get the final three outs, the Wildcats pulling even again, 4-4, and then winning it with a run an inning later.John Arold took the loss, having pitched four innings of relief after Itai Spinoza started. Delmarsh, Sean O’Connor, Seth Reisman and John Egnaczyk had one RBI apiece.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story In their own ways, a trio of area high school baseball teams found wildly varying results once they were back on the diamonds after the early-week rains.Bishop Grimes had the best time of it, starting out last Wednesday by going to Phoenix and waiting until the late stages for the bats to come to life in a 14-0 romp of the Firebirds.Even one run in the second inning was enough for pitcher Joe Wike, who held Phoenix to five hits and two walks while striking out nine, but he had to wait a while to feel comfortable. It was 1-0 when the Cobras struck for three runs in the sixth and then piled up 10 runs in the seventh. Wike, Matt Tarby and David Cifonelli each had three RBIs as Dalton Damuth drove in two runs. Ben Rivett, Jeff Dargiewicz and Devon Desiro-Camber each had one RBI.Again Grimes reached double digits on the scoreboard in Thursday’s game at Marcellus, overcoming a slow start to defeat the Mustangs 10-5 for its seventh win in a row.A four-run fourth inning erased an early 2-0 Marcellus lead, and three runs followed in each of the next two innings. Cifonelli’s pair of hits led to four RBIs, with Seth Murphy driving in three runs as Wike scored three times.center_img Tags: BaseballBishop GrimesF-Mlast_img read more

Ireland’s Hockey team in action today

first_imgIreland’s men’s side will look to secure a semi final berth at the EuroHockey Championships today.Craig Fulton’s side take on England in Amsterdam, with tip-off at 1.45.The other game in Pool B has a 11.30 start and sees Poland face Germany.last_img

La Liga aims to become India’s most popular football league with new Facebook partnership

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Related Articles Share Betway and Dafabet grow La Liga sponsorship portfolios August 14, 2020 Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Share Carolyn Harris: Banning gambling sponsorships ‘one of the most obvious things to do’ July 14, 2020 La Liga has chosen to partner with Facebook, as Spain’s top flight football league seeks to significantly expand its profile within the Indian sub-continent.Beginning this weekend, La Liga will stream all season 2018/19 matches (total 380 matches) on Facebook’s social media platform, making its content available to audiences in India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.Facebook will replace Sony Entertainment as lead Indian sub-continent broadcaster of La Liga matches.Sony is reported to have paid $32 million for its previous contract. As yet, La Liga and Facebook have chosen not to disclose partnership terms.Confirming the deal to Spanish media, La Liga’s Digital Director Alfredo Bermejo declared that the league had secured the most comprehensive ‘free-to-air’ partnership with Facebook, “opening up a potential audience of + 270 million viewers”.The partnership has caught the eye of tech and media analysts, who believe that Facebook may seek to further grow its presence within developing markets of Asia, South America and Africa, by acquiring sports media rights.The US social media giant’s sports content strategy is being led by former Eurosport Chief Executive Peter Hutton who joined the company in March 2018.last_img read more

Emir Halimić released the list of cadet players for European Basketball Championship

first_imgManager of BiH cadet basketball team Emir Halimić has released the list of players to play in the European B division Championship which will be held from 8 to 18 August in Sarajevo.Halimić called the following players: Ljubo Zadro, Nemanja Marković, Amin Sijerčić, Emin Mavrić, Amar Gegić, Nedim Đedović, Edin Atić, Đorđe Aleksić, Damir Hadžić, Atif Durak, Jasmin Jakupović, Alija Pirić, Fahrudin Manjgafić, Enis Memić, Bože Galić, Emir Ahmedić, Tarik Krvavac and Amar Bećar.The gathering of BiH team is planned for 1 July and BiH is in the group with Slovakia, the Netherlands, Israel and Denmark.The first match will be played on 8 August against the Netherlands.(source: read more