B.C. minister: Tulsequah Chief Mine leak should be fixed

first_imgEnergy & Mining | Environment | Southeast | State Government | SyndicatedB.C. minister: Tulsequah Chief Mine leak should be fixedAugust 25, 2015 by Ed Schoenfeld, CoastAlaska News Share:B.C. Mines Minister Bill Bennett answers reporters’ questions Monday after touring the Taku River area. (Photo by Ed Schoenfeld/CoastAlaska News)British Columbia’s top mine official says the province needs to address pollution pouring out of an abandoned tunnel east of Juneau.Mines Minister Bill Bennett got an up-close look at what’s left of B.C.’s Tulsequah Chief Mine on Monday. It’s leaking acidic water into a river on the Canadian side of the border that flows into the salmon-rich Taku River. That waterway empties into the ocean near the capital city.Bennett says scientists say the discharge is not harmful to fish. But he’s not proud of what he saw.“I think B.C. is going to have to find a way to rectify it sooner than later and I think it is a most legitimate criticism of us by those folks in Alaska who don’t like it,” he says.The zinc, copper and gold mine last operated in the 1950s. Current owner Chieftain Metals Corp. has permits, but not full financing.The mine was part of a Monday helicopter tour of the Taku River with Lt. Gov. Byron Mallott and Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotton.Bennett is taking a conciliatory tone as he meets with regulators, policymakers and critics of transboundary mining this week in Juneau and Ketchikan.The Tulsequah Chief Mine sits above the Tulsequah River, which flows into the Taku River, which enters the ocean near Juneau. (Photo courtesy Chieftain Metals)He says he’ll work toward agreements during such talks. But it won’t be easy.“There are many, many things that have been said that are not correct that we’re going to need to correct before we can have a rational discussion, and even a rational debate, about what needs to happen,” Bennett says.That includes a recent report recommending methods for storing waste rock from mining and ore processing.He says it includes underwater storage behind dams. Environmental groups say it requires dry storage, which they say poses less risk to the environment.Bennett’s tour includes Admiralty Island’s Greens Creek Mine, which uses dry tailings storage.Share this story:last_img read more

Walker calls for timely action on budget in annual address

first_imgClimate Change | Economy | Energy & Mining | Federal Government | Politics | Southcentral | Southwest | State GovernmentWalker calls for timely action on budget in annual addressJanuary 18, 2018 by Andrew Kitchenman, KTOO and Alaska Public Media Share:Independent Gov. Bill Walker addresses the Alaska Legislature on Thursday in the Alaska State Capitol in Juneau. Senate President Pete Kelly, R-Fairbanks, and House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, D-Dillingham, are seated at the dais behind him. It was Walker’s fourth State of the State Address. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Alaska Gov. Bill Walker called on the Legislature to take action on a long-term budget plan for the state in his annual State of the State address Thursday. Speaking for nearly an hour, he said lawmakers should pass next year’s budget within the 90-day session set by state law.“Any system that cannot deliver a budget within 90 legislative days is broken and anyone that can’t see that or refuses to address it is complicit in that a failure,” he said. “Passing a budget on time is not complicated. Other states do it on time: So can we.”Walker has called for daily payments to cover legislators’ expenses to be cut off – and for their salaries to be withheld — if lawmakers miss the budget deadline.Walker repeated his call for a 1.5 percent tax on income from employment for three years. The state would use the money to pay for maintenance work on state roads and facilities throughout Alaska.Walker said the natural gas pipeline he’s long championed is needed for residents and for state revenue.“Jobs, low-cost energy for Alaskan homes and businesses, clean air and a health economy all across the state are what’s at stake,” Walker said.Walker said the presidents of both the U.S. and China have a vested interested in developing the pipeline.The governor stressed the effects of climate change, evident throughout Alaska. He said the state must address them in the context of a resource-extraction economy.Walker has asked a task force to make recommendations on climate change by September.“Retreating sea ice and glaciers, and thawing permafrost are not partisan issues,” he said. “They are social, economic and environmental ones.”Republican lawmakers reacted coolly to the speech by Walker, an independent.Kenai Republican Rep. Gary Knopp said Walker used too much of the speech to criticize the Legislature for inaction.“I don’t appreciate the opportunity to take the State of the State address and chastise the Legislature, because we have philosophical differences on the budget and where we should go,” he said. “You know, the Legislature is not flawless. We do play more partisan politics than we should, but that (was) not the time or the place for that particular topic.”House Speaker Bryce Edgmon, a Dillingham Democrat, said it was fair for Walker or anyone else to express frustration for the Legislature’s past failure to compromise. But Edgmon said he’s optimistic the House and Senate will pass a plan this year.Watch a 7-minute recap of the State of the State Watch the full addressShare this story:last_img read more

News / Amazon air freight plan a wake-up call: improve standards or customers will become competitors

first_imgPeter Gerber, CEO of Lufthansa Cargo, agreed that the industry needed to improve to retain customers rather than have to face them as competitors.“If Amazon has taken a step into this annoying, low-margin industry, there must be problems with it and they think they can do it better. You wouldn’t get into a low-margin business unless you were not satisfied. We need to work on this industry as a whole.”Variously described as a “wake-up call” and a “red flag”, Amazon’s potential to disrupt the existing industry is seen as an opportunity for the air cargo industry to improve.Steven Polmans, head of cargo at Brussels Airport, said: “The distance between us and e-commerce is huge.”He warned that the industry must stop fighting internally for market share and look to improve standards as a whole.“We should all give up 5% of our time to the industry to gain an extra 20% in business.”But Denis Ilin, executive president of AirbridgeCargo, pointed out that, in fact, e-commerce involved commodities that used to be shipped by sea, but in the era of next day deliveries, the same pair of shoes is now flown.“It’s just another method of distribution. And the integrators already did [what Amazon] has done. I don’t think it’s a threat, we just have to work out how a conventional airline can get into the chain.“I see potential. We are creating new logistics which will require air and nothing else.”Lucas Kuehner, head of air freight for Panalpina, believed inefficiencies would drive shippers away from air freight.“A typical conversation with clients is that ‘it’s not all about the rates’. But it is all about the rates,” he laughed.“But there are great inefficiencies in air cargo. Load factors are low, the sheds are around the airport – the most expensive piece of real estate – I don’t think, rightly, that shippers are willing to pay for those inefficiencies.”It seems that Amazon isn’t. Boeing’s regional director Tom Hoang noted that while Amazon’s revenues grew 30% a year, its logistics costs grew 33%. “So it needs to bring costs down. Bringing it in-house is one way to control that cost.“We should be concerned about this in terms of where it will go – and who can say that it won’t begin to encroach on something else?”The industry needed to stop reacting and start thinking ahead, delegates heard.Mr Polmans said the air freight industry tended to rely on crises, such as the west coast port strikes or humanitarian emergencies. “And that’s our business plan,” he said.Mr Ilin agreed that air cargo was “in a constant search for mini-crises. This is where we try to make our margin.”As if on queue, the next session considered whether there would be any benefits to air freight from the July introduction of the SOLAS measure on container weight verification  – yet another potential one-off event that could see the air cargo industry fighting over scraps, instead of looking to improve its value proposition to customers. Major logistics customers could look to set up their own transportation if existing providers do not increase efficiencies and keep costs low, delegates heard yesterday at the World Cargo Symposium in Berlin.With much of the talk centred on “the disrupter”, Amazon, which is starting its own air freight operation, Chris Welsh, head of the Global Shippers Forum, warned that ocean freight might also see customers taking control.“Ocean freight as a business model is as close as you can get to ‘broken’,” he said. “It’s a unreliable supply chain, with skipped ports and delays.“If you look at Amazon, you see a major customer doing it itself, and I can see that happening in ocean freight too.” By Alex Lennane in Berlin 16/03/2016last_img read more

Charles Darwin notebooks worth millions probably stolen, experts fear

first_imgAdvertisementAfter an “exhaustive” search for the items, which, according to the university, are likely worth “millions of pounds,” the books are considered missing and likely to have been stolen.The missing items have been reported to Cambridgeshire police, and have been recorded on the national Art Loss Register for missing artifacts, as well as Interpol’s Psyche database for stolen artworks.The-CNN-Wire™ & © 2020 Cable News Network, Inc., a WarnerMedia Company. All rights reserved. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 commentsDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments RELATEDTOPICS Erosion topples “Darwin’s Arch” in Galapagos May 20, 2021center_img AdvertisementTags: Cambridge UniversityCharles Darwin CAMBRIDGE, England / CNN — Two notebooks that once belonged to Charles Darwin have “likely been stolen” after being missing for two decades, Cambridge University Library said Tuesday.The notebooks — believed to be worth millions — had been removed from the university’s special collections strong rooms, where rare and valuable items are kept, to be photographed in September 2000, library officials said in a statement. One of the notebooks contains Darwin’s 1837 “Tree of Life” sketch.Darwin sketched his ideas around an evolutionary tree in the summer of 1837 after returning from his round-the-world trip aboard the HMS Beagle — decades before he published more developed ideas around the tree of life in “On the Origin of Species.”last_img read more

Commuters to expect delays as lorry crashes into Portlaoise bridge

first_img Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Irish Rail service users may face delays this evening after a lorry crashed into a railway bridge in Portlaoise.According to Irish Rail there will be some delays to rail services through the town.It is believed that an arctic lorry crashed into the Mountmellick road railway bridge in Portlaoise at around 4pm today.Traffic in the area was delayed for a short time in the area but the incident was cleared.This incident will have a knock-on effect for rail customers this evening.SEE ALSO – Councillors clash in arguments for and against election posters Pinterest WhatsApp Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Community Facebook Commuters to expect delays as lorry crashes into Portlaoise bridge By Siun Lennon – 27th November 2018 Pinterestcenter_img Council Home News Community Commuters to expect delays as lorry crashes into Portlaoise bridge NewsCommunity WhatsApp Twitter Laois secondary school announces scholarship winners for new academic year Facebook New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Community Previous articleLooking back on a stellar 2018 for Portlaoise Mothers & OthersNext articleLaois car crash causing significant rush hour traffic delays Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics.last_img read more

Election Diary: Dangers of kids being online, Raheen Cemetery in need of repairs and Refugees in Rathdowney

first_img Pinterest Facebook 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshin GAA GAA GAA Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory By Niamh Bowe – 6th May 2019 TAGSCllr John KingElection DiaryNaeem IqbalOnline dangers SEE ALSO- Election Diary: Housing crisis in Laois, benefit scheme for the self-employed and train station parking Facebook WhatsAppcenter_img Home Politics Local Elections Election Diary: Dangers of kids being online, Raheen Cemetery in need of… PoliticsLocal Elections RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results Twitter Brought to you in association with People First Credit UnionDangers of children going unsupervised onlineAisling Moran, Local Council Election Candidate for Graiguecullen/Portarlington, tells us about her interactions with parents and their concerns for the safety of children when they are online.She said: “Imagine this scenario, a 12-year-old is in the house and there is a knock on the door. Do they answer it or call their parent?“They open the door and there is a stranger standing there, do they invite them in? Now imagine that same 12-year-old online on their phone. The potentials to danger are the same.”As part of her campaign, Aisling is highlighting the topics that she is encountering as she meets with the local constituents daily.Aisling commented: “I meet so many parents of young children and internet safety is a concern to most. As a mother of a pre-teen and two teenagers, I can relate to the struggles of trying to ensure your kids are safe online.“There are so many apps out there that can prey on the vulnerability of children.”UNICEF reports that around the world, more than 175,000 children go online for the first time every day, that is a new child every half second.Education is the key, Aisling believes; both for parents and for children. She explained “I would like to see a programme for our local schools that is run on a regular basis, not just on a once off.”John King is interviewed on Refugees in RathdowneyLeaving Cert student Hannah Cahill recently interviewed Fine Gael member and Laois County Councillor John King. He is also the Chairman of Rathdowney vision group.Cllr King speaks on how long the refugees will be here, where they have come from, how he will help them.He also tells us how he has helped them integrate into the community, and where they will go from Rathdowney.John King from Terry Smeaton on Vimeo.Raheen Cemetery in need of repairsNaeem Iqbal independent candidate for Laois County Council has commented on the amount of work needed to be done to Raheen cemetery.He said: “These photos clearly indicate the urgent need for repairs.“The cemetery is badly run down. The path is in very bad shape and parts of the steps are missing in areas.“Some parts of the path are cracked and are dipping in.”See below for photos of Raheen Cemetery’s current state: Pinterest Previous articleLaois African day set to be bigger and better than everNext articleYou, me and EDS makes three Niamh Bowe Election Diary: Dangers of kids being online, Raheen Cemetery in need of repairs and Refugees in Rathdowney Twitterlast_img read more

Svetek Robinson team joins NBF

first_img Anne-Marie Vettorel Also readMoving to another firm? There are risksMitchel Robinson, portfolio manager and vice president,  has 36 years of experience in financial services. He holds the chartered financial analyst designation, as well as two degrees in economics from the University of Guelph and an MBA from the University of Toronto.Edward Svetek, portfolio manager and vice-president, has 28 years of industry experience. He holds the certified financial planner (CFP) and certified investment manager (CIM) designations, and is a graduate of McMaster University.The team includes five other associates. One in five Canadian investors plans to switch wealth providers: EY study TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Wealth managementCompanies National Bank Financial Canaccord reports record revenues, drops proposal to acquire RF Capital Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Mississauga, Ont. wealth management team Svetek Robinson Wealth Management has joined Montreal-based National Bank Financial Ltd. (NBF), the investment dealer announced Thursday.Previously with ScotiaMcLeod, the Svetek Robinson team will be based out of NBF’s Mississauga and Owen Sound, Ont. offices. Silhouttes of Two Business People Having a Handshake rawpixel/123RFlast_img read more

Fiat Chrysler reportedly under multiple fraud investigations

first_img Fiat Chrysler has asked the judge to dismiss that case, arguing in part that the company was unable to predict the outcome of the regulator inquiry at the time it put away funds for a possible resolution. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Shawn Morgan, a spokeswoman for Michigan-based Fiat Chrysler didn’t immediately respond to a telephone and email request for comment. A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment. A spokeswoman for the Securities and Exchange Commission, which typically investigates securities fraud cases along with the Justice Department, declined to comment.A criminal investigation could deliver a blow to the automaker, which has posted record vehicle sales since Fiat acquired full control of Chrysler in 2014 through a government-backed bailout that brought the parent company of nameplates such as Jeep and Dodge out of bankruptcy in 2009. In December, Fiat Chrysler said it had the best month of U.S. sales in the company’s 90-year history with 217,527 vehicles sold — recording its 69th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains.That performance was challenged in a private lawsuit filed in January by dealerships in Illinois and Florida that alleged the sales were padded through a scheme by which dealers — sometimes unbeknownst to their owners — were paid to create false New Vehicle Delivery Reports. Similar claims were made in a 2015 lawsuit filed by a Maserati dealer.In a Jan. 14 regulatory filing, Fiat Chrysler said an internal investigation concluded the padding allegations were baseless and that the lawsuit was “nothing more than the product of two disgruntled dealers.”In the cases, a federal judge in Chicago is considering Fiat Chrysler’s request to dismiss one of the lawsuits while a judge in Brooklyn is deciding whether to merge two other cases.Fiat Chrysler isn’t the only automaker accused of boosting sales numbers by getting dealers to inflate their figures. Similar claims have also been made against BMW for paying its dealers as much as US$1,750 a vehicle in December to put new models in their service fleets, the cars owners use when their vehicles are being worked on. Dealers booked the sales immediately, and the deliveries helped the company hit its target, people familiar with the practice told Bloomberg in February.BMW beat Lexus for the year by about 1,400 cars and Mercedes-Benz by almost 3,000, setting a record for its U.S. sales, according to research company Autodata. BMW has said it sometimes gives dealers incentives to refresh their loaner fleets with new cars, which it says is an important part of its marketing plan.Fiat Chrysler is also fighting investor claims that the automaker played down the economic impact of manufacturing problems that led to expensive recalls. A lawsuit, filed in September in federal court in Manhattan by a group of investors, alleges the company made false and misleading statements about flaws in its manufacturing process and quality control that led to at least 11 million vehicles being recalled.To back up their claim, the plaintiffs refer to the $105 million penalty imposed in July 2015 by the U.S. NHTSA related to the company’s handling of recalls for 23 issues. The settlement with the regulator caused Fiat Chrysler in October to increase its reserves by $866 million to cover future warranty and recall costs. 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The inquiry is in early stages, according to two people, who asked not to be identified because the investigation is confidential and declined to specify what conduct is being investigated.A civil lawsuit against Fiat Chrysler may provide clues about what prosecutors are looking at. A Chicago-area dealer alleges the company inflated its U.S. car sales by paying dealers to report selling more vehicles than they actually did. advertisement Trending Videos ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

$43.7 Million to Improve Management of Yallahs/Hope River Watershed

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedHouses to Be Built in Belle Air III, St. Ann RelatedNegotiations With Public Sector Workers Have Started RelatedEnergy Programme To Be Boosted FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img Story HighlightsActivities towards bolstering the integrated management of the Yallahs/Hope River watershed area have been shored up with an injection of $43.7 million.The undertaking, being implemented by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), aims to reduce the pressure on natural resources in the Yallahs River and Hope River Watershed of the Blue Mountains.The project, which is to end in August 2019, following an extension, is being financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Activities towards bolstering the integrated management of the Yallahs/Hope River watershed area have been shored up with an injection of $43.7 million.The undertaking, being implemented by the National Environment and Planning Agency (NEPA), aims to reduce the pressure on natural resources in the Yallahs River and Hope River Watershed of the Blue Mountains, by increasing the practice of Sustainable Land Management (SLM).As contained in the 2015/16 Estimates of Expenditure, currently before the Standing Finance Committee of the House of Representatives, the programme is expected to yield improved management of biological diversity and enhanced flow of ecosystem services that sustain the livelihood of local residents.Some of the targets for the new fiscal year include: conducting geomorphology, meteorological and hydrological assessments; staging farmer sensitisation workshops; creating farm/demonstration plots (120 ha); and undertaking community training workshops.The project, which is to end in August 2019, following an extension, is being financed by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).Achievements up to December 2014 include: preparation of technical documents in relation to agro-forestry and biology, biodiversity; economics of natural resources, institutional framework for financial management, data mapping, rural development, communication, hydrology, and carbon sequestration.Also, the project document was approved by Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and submitted to GEF for final approval.It is being implemented by the Ministry of Water, Land, Environment and Climate Change. $43.7 Million to Improve Management of Yallahs/Hope River Watershed Budget 2015/2016March 3, 2015Written by: Chris Pattersonlast_img read more

Man found dead at disused building in Buncrana following freezing overnight conditions

first_img WhatsApp Facebook Man found dead at disused building in Buncrana following freezing overnight conditions By News Highland – November 25, 2016 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter The body of a man in his 30s has been found in the Mill Brae area in Buncrana.Gardai have confirmed that the body was found in the vicinity of Mill Brae at 8.30 last night, and has been brought to Letterkenny University Hospital for a Post Mortem examination.There are concerns being expressed locally that the man may have froze to death in bitterly cold overnight conditions.Gardai say they do not believe the death was suspicious. Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twittercenter_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Pinterest Facebook Google+ Homepage BannerNews Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows DL Debate – 24/05/21 Previous articleOngoing security alert in StrabaneNext articleTwo viable pipe bombs found in Strabane News Highland Journey home will be easier – Paul Hegarty Harps come back to win in Waterford last_img read more