Feds: No more education, legal services for immigrant kids

first_imgHomeNewsGovernmentFeds: No more education, legal services for immigrant kids Jun. 06, 2019 at 4:40 amGovernmentNewsPoliticsFeds: No more education, legal services for immigrant kidsAssociated Press2 years agoBCFSborder patrolhealth and human servicesImmigrant childrenRaul Grijalvashelters Immigrant children in the care of the U.S. government may no longer have access to English-language courses and legal services, officials said Wednesday.The Health and Human Services department notified shelters around the country last week that it was not going to reimburse them for teachers’ pay or other costs such as legal services or recreational equipment. The move appears to violate a legal settlement known as the Flores agreement that requires the government to provide education and recreational activities to immigrant children in its care.But the agency says it doesn’t have the funding to provide those services as it deals with a soaring number of children coming to the U.S., largely from Central America.It’s now up to the various nonprofit and private organizations run facilities for the children to cover the cost of teachers, supplies, legal services and even recreational activities and equipment — if they can, or choose to.BCFS, a nonprofit provider in several Texas cities, said in a statement that it would continue providing services because not doing so would violate state licensing standards. It said it will use emergency funding from its parent organization.“The health and well-being of those in our care are of the utmost importance and we hope there is a rapid resolution to this funding issue,” spokeswoman Evy Ramos said.Health and Human Services says it currently has 13,200 children in its care, and more are coming. The Border Patrol said Wednesday that 11,500 children crossed the border without a parent just last month. The kids are transferred to the care of Health and Human Services after the Border Patrol processes them. Health and Human Services contracts out their care and housing to nonprofits and private companies.“As we have said, we have a humanitarian crisis at the border brought on by a broken immigration system that is putting tremendous strain (on the agency),” Health and Human Services spokeswoman Evelyn Stauffer said. “Additional resources are urgently required to meet the humanitarian needs created by this influx – to both sustain critical child welfare and release operations and increase capacity.”Health and Human Services is seeking nearly $3 million in emergency funding to cover more beds and provide basic care.An official at one of the shelter providers said the government notified them on May 30 that they wouldn’t be reimbursing costs of providing education and other activities. The providers pay for things like teacher salary upfront and are then reimbursed by the government.The official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the matter, said his employer was scrambling to figure out how it would cover the cost of teachers. The provider hasn’t laid anyone off, but worries about children who desperately need to learn English and be intellectually stimulated.Advocates are also worried about the ramifications of cutting recreational activities. Funding cuts may result in physical education coordinators from being let go and in a lack of adults who can supervise children playing outside.“The kids are inside 23 hours, and the hour they spend outside is a real lifeline for them,” said J.J. Mulligan, an attorney at the Immigration Law Clinic at University of California, Davis, who has visited and spoken to many of the children at the facilities. “Most of them come from Latin American countries where soccer is king, so the ability to play with their friends really brings them joy in dark circumstances.”In a memo to staff obtained by The Associated Press, Southwest Key interim CEO Joella Brooks said she was working with the government to figure out why the funding had ended and how it can continue to offer the services. Southwest Key is a nonprofit and the largest provider of shelters for immigrant children.“In the meantime, remember the service, encouragement and compassion you provide to these youth every day matters a great deal. Please continue to stay focused on taking good care of them,” Brooks wrote to her staff.U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Arizona, was critical of the cuts.“By eliminating English classes and legal aid that are critical to ensuring children successfully navigate the asylum process, the Trump Administration is essentially condemning children to prison and throwing away the key until their imminent deportation,” Grijalva, who represents a district on the border, said in a statement.Gomez Licon reported from Miami. Associated Press journalist John Mone contributed to this report.Tags :BCFSborder patrolhealth and human servicesImmigrant childrenRaul Grijalvasheltersshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentLA schools to seek state money after ballot measure failsCitywide – New home for Millard Sheets muralYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agolast_img read more

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Guyana racquet-wielders leave for Caribbean Mini and Pre Cadet championship

first_imgKAYSAN Ninvalle and Jonathan Van Lange will form the core of Guyana’s challenge for honours in the 13-and-Under category when the Caribbean Mini and Pre Cadet championship serves off in the Dominican Republic early next week.Ninvalle, the national Under-15 king and Van Lange the local Under-13 champion are teaming up for the doubles and team events. The duo team dubbed ‘NinVan’ left Guyana yesterday for the championship along with other team members and official.The Under-11 Boys will comprise Dhanesh Persaud, Alexander DeAbreu, Malachi Moore and Colin Wong while the Under-13 Boys will be led by current national champion Van Lange and the others are 2016 gold medallist Ninvalle, Krystian Sahadeo and Christopher Barrow.The female Under-11 unit will feature Jasmine Billingy, Akera Watson, Samara Sukhai and Rachel Saunders while Titans’ Thuraia Thomas will lead the female Under-13 line-up with the likes of Nkechi McRae, Tatyana Mohamed and Roze-Anna Saunders completing the team.last_img read more

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Moviemaker Ian Gabriel tells South African stories

first_imgGabriel is playing his part for South Africa as one of the nation’s most prolific commercials directors, working locally and internationally in Europe, North America, Asia and the rest of Africa. His combination of storytelling and performance, with his distinctive visual style is a defining quality of his work. (Image: Ian Gabriel)• Brand South Africa +27 11 483 0122 [email protected]• Cape Flats gang film an Oscar contender • Watch: Four Corners, South Africa’s Oscars contender, releases locally • South Africa: a top film location • Filming incentives grow South African movie industry • Homeland moves to Cape TownMelissa Jane Cook Earlier this year, Four Corners was selected as the South African entry for the Best Foreign Language Film for the 86th Academy Awards.The gritty, hard hitting crime thriller tells the story of a young chess prodigy who must defy the odds and stay one move ahead of the gangs in a game where losing can be the difference between life or death. It takes a hard look at the reality that many Cape Flats teenagers face daily.“Every story that you get a chance to tell is vitally important while you’re telling it. Now that the film is made, it is engaging in a conversation that started and continues every week with the news of gang wars and the involvement and sacrifice of youths in turf wars. This is particularly prevalent in the Cape Flats, but it’s also true of youth in other marginal societies in South Africa who are growing up in a culture where there’s the pervasive threat of violence,” says the film’s maker, Ian Gabriel.When making Four Corners, Gabriel wanted to make a film close to home. “I thought that was very important. Forgiveness was about family and individuals in family damaged by an act of the past. Four Corners is about family trying to get beyond the past to make a new life.”The film is set in a mixed race community, which is the origin of his family as well. “I’ve spent a fair amount of time in my past thinking about those circumstances and how that reflects in unique ways on my life and history,” he says. Watch the Four Corners trailer: Playing his partGabriel is playing his part for South Africa as one of the nation’s most prolific commercials directors, working locally and internationally in Europe, North America, Asia and the rest of Africa. His combination of storytelling and performance, with his distinctive visual style is a defining quality of his work. He is known for his visual aesthetics and sound design, as well as a relentless pursuit of excellence across all aspects of production. Gabriel, it is said, has the ability to turn every creative opportunity into an interesting visual journey.Born in 1951 in Durban, his career began at Johannesburg’s famous multi-racial theatre venue, Dorkay House. Here, a fascination with performance drew him into film, where he worked as a producer before becoming a commercials and music video director.In the 1970s and ’80s many of South Africa’s jazz and theatre greats performed at Dorkay House, among them Kippie Moeketsi, Zakes Mokae, Cyril Magubane and Janet Suzman, as well as the then younger generation of performers such as Sipho Mabuse, Thule Malgas, Victor Ntoni, John Khani and Julian Bahula. From Johannesburg, Gabriel relocated to New York City, although in time he returned to South Africa.In the 1980s, at the height of apartheid repression, he made music videos with British pop enfant terrible Malcolm MacLaren. These received a unique double silver and bronze award at the New York Film and Television Festival, putting unexpected music and dance images of Soweto on video charts around the world.Gabriel is equally at home directing off-the-cuff, slice-of-life observation as he is bringing the human touch to celebrity talent. His work with jazz greats Miriam Makeba and Abdullah Ibrahim, political icons Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu, football star Cristiano Ronaldo, actress Charlize Theron, world champion long distance runner Haile Gebrselassie, among others, is testament to his ability to achieve outstanding performances from actors, characters, musicians, sports heroes and political figures.He has received accolades for his television advertising work at festivals in San Sebastian, Venice, Cannes, New York, London, Milan, South Africa and Hong Kong. He currently works on developing South African-themed documentaries and feature films. “I love finding the magic in the small moments equally as much as choreographing big action, big budget visuals.”Making a start in the industry“I was working at a black theatre company in legendary Dorkay House at the bottom of Eloff Street. A photographer / filmmaker I knew wanted to make a black version of Macbeth called Maxhosa. He called me and asked for my help casting the movie as there seemed to be no one else around at that time who was considered ‘qualified’ to cast a black movie in Joburg. Once I’d cast the film I worked as third assistant director on it, but soon found myself assisting the director with the performance work,” Gabriel explains.But it was a sign of the times that he opted to go into commercials. The long-form industry was all SABC, status quo based. There was poor quality filmmaking, but there was some great commercial work being done at the same time, and ironically for those days, he says, with a great deal of freedom.Debut featureIn 2003, he completed his first feature film, Forgiveness, to acclaim on the independent festival circuit worldwide. The film received Best African and South African Film accolades; it was a Golden Leopard nominee; and Gabriel received the Youth Jury Best Director Award and was the recipient of the prestigious Human Rights Award at the 57th Locarno International Film Festival.Forgiveness received International Festival and Audience Choice Awards and has featured in programmes on conflict, drama and reconciliation at festivals around the world, as well as on programmes at Cambridge and Princeton Universities. The movie dealt with the effects of apartheid and the difficulty of reconciliation and forgiveness in post-apartheid South Africa.A storyteller“I think I’m an interpreter; I observe events and feel like I can interpret them in a particular way that reflects my particular take on things. That’s how I view performance and it’s how I view events. So I’m inspired to tell those stories where I feel I have a particular take on the behaviour, manners, motives and events,” he explains.“The inspiration, the work and the reward all live on the same holy ground that you’re meant to get to as a director – it takes focus to get there and stay in that place with the growing amount of distraction that can pull one away from the core values that one’s meant to be looking for, to do honest work as an actor or a director.”Internationally recognised as a top performance director with exceptional visual flare across all genres of filmmaking, Gabriel’s approach to filmmaking and storytelling has earned him a reputation for creating distinctive, compelling narratives. It has also turned many of his commercials into beautifully crafted short films in their own right.Local film industry“We need to figure out how best to make the industry grow so that we’ll all be proud of what the industry gives back to us and contributes to the day-to-day lifestyle of our pretty fragile South African community,” he explains. “There’s a lot of obsessing about what we can gain from this job or that choice and not much focus on how life or our industry is getting better, or what’s to be done about that. Thich Nath Hanh says: ‘no mud, no lotus’. Getting our hands dirty in practical ways to grow the lotus in our community is not a bad idea. We had the dark mud of apartheid once,” he says, referring to the Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk and peace activist.“People who had vision, not just in politics but in our business too, recognised that mud and did something about it – that vision caused the lotus to grow in those days. We’ve got new mud these days, and only a few willing to recognise, and dip their hands in. For most it’s all a pretty blinkered celebration of the status quo, just as it was during the bad old days of ‘braaivleis, sunshine and Chevrolet’. When we recognise the mud, and start to speak up about it, we’ll get to watch the lotus of the new generation grow.”Shooting into the futureHe has a couple of adventures in the pipeline, both very different projects with strong roots in true stories. One is a project called Concealment, written by Australian Terence Hammond. It’s a police thriller about a plot to assassinate the US senator, Bobby Kennedy, in 1966. It’s a kind of Bourne Legacy/ buddy cop thriller with a controversial American true story ingredient.Gabriel is also developing a Wild West in Africa story about the roots of the Numbers Gang, called Blood Babylon. “Apart from that, I’m also keen to work on other people’s projects, and am always interested in looking at interesting material that promises strong performances. Meanwhile, I’m continuing to work in any form of authentic filmmaking that I can. It’s what I enjoy most.”last_img read more

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Who’s Getting Hired in Tech? Last Week’s Jobwire Graphs

first_imgWe all know the economy is in shambles and there are massive layoffs across most industries, including technology – but there are still new hires happening in tech and new media! Who’s getting hired? That’s what we’re tracking at our blog Jobwire – the stories of lucky people with exciting new jobs.Who’s getting those jobs? What kinds of positions are being filled and in what sectors? Check out our first set of charts below from last week’s aggregate activity on Jobwire to find out the answer to those questions. One interesting tidbit? Software developers are getting hired by social networking companies. If you got a job or your company made a hire in tech or new media this week – send us a note about it at [email protected] Read on for details on how last week looked.Hires by TitleWe reported on 48 hires last week and the following is the break-out by job title. We’re sure that there are more interesting hires of developers going on and we’re doing our best to find them – but they are a little harder to find than some of the executive hires that get announced by companies. None the less, we find these first numbers interesting.Hires by SectorWhat kinds of companies did we report on last week? Here’s the break-out by sector.Note: “Other” includes sectors like retail, search, security and gaming this week. For specifics, see the Jobwire site.We expect next week’s numbers by sector could look very different, but we’ll be tracking them closely and we’ll let you know. We think that people’s new jobs are a lot of fun to find out about and we think the information can prove quite valuable.RWW Jobwire is sponsored by VisualCV and reports on about 10 new hires in tech and new media every day. We hope that you’ll join us there for all the daily news about the hottest new hires. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#Features#web Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting marshall kirkpatrick 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Open Source: Enterprises Favor an Open Source Cloud Stack

first_imgOpenStack is a software cloud stack that provides a packaged do-it-yourself (DIY) cloud service platform for hosting providers.  Rackspace Hosting and NASA started the Apache-licensed Open Source project in July 2010.  The goal for the OpenStack project is to make it easy for any organization to set up cloud computing services that will run on standard hardware.  Members of the OpenStack project now include Citrix Systems, Dell, AMD, Intel, Canonical, SUSE Linux, HP, and Cisco.OpenStack competes with and is the Open Source alternative to VMWare’s vCloud offering.  vSphere/vCloud has tried to leverage its success in the virtualization market with its cloud offering.  vCloud provides a platform that is suitable for private, hybrid and public cloud solutions.  Prior to OpenStack, other than vCloud there were few options for enterprise customers looking to roll their own cloud solutions.OpenStack has been out for about a year now, and a new survey from ZenOSS, a cloud management company, shows that it’s getting traction.   Bill Karpovich, CEO of Zenoss, said that “OpenStack’s growth over the past year is a testament to the power of open.  As a supporter of the project from its early days, we are excited to see it have such a big impact. We’ll continue to support the OpenStack project and aim to provide its users with the most complete monitoring and analysis solution available.”Some of the findings of the ZenOSS report on OpenStack are:Not surprisingly, those organizations that rated their comfort level high with Open Source were more prone to use OpenStack compared to VMWare/vCloud.The more networked devices an organization has, the more likely that organization is to be considering creation of an internal private cloudSimilarly, the more networked devices an organization had, the more important open source is to them.  60 percent of 20,000+ device organizations favor Open Source, compared with 40 percent of 1000 device organizations.VMWare and OpenStack are roughly tied currently in the cloud platform software space.  Together they represent about 80 percent of the marketThe two most important characteristics of a cloud are high availability and good performancelast_img read more

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World Cup warm-up: Zimbabwe stun Sri Lanka, NZ clinch easy win

first_imgMasakadza’s unbeaten 117 helped Zimbabwe chase down Sri Lanka’s 281.New Zealand had a resounding win over South Africa while Sri Lanka were beaten by Zimbabwe in surprising results from two of Wednesday’s four World Cup warm-up matches.Cup co-host New Zealand continued their impressive recent form by beating favoured South Africa by 134 runs. Brendon McCullum made 59 and Kane Williamson 66 as New Zealand scored 331 for 8 in 50 overs before bowling out South Africa for 197.Sri Lanka’s confidence took a big hit when Zimbabwe surpassed their total of 281 for 3 in only 45.2 overs, led by Hamilton Masakadza’s unbeaten 117 from 119 balls. Sri Lanka open the tournament against New Zealand on Saturday in Christchurch.At the Melbourne Cricket Ground, captain Michael Clarke returned from hamstring surgery to top-score for Australia against the United Arab Emirates with 64 runs as the hosts, winning the toss, scored 304 for 8 in their 50 overs. Aaron Finch added 61 runs while Krishna Chandran and Nasir Aziz took three wickets each for the UAE.Clarke, who opened the batting, had been given until February 21, when Australia take on Bangladesh in Brisbane, to prove his fitness for the tournament. The 33-year-old Clarke had not been expected to take part in Saturday’s Australian opener at the MCG against England, but Wednesday’s performance might change that.”We’ll sum it up tomorrow, see how he pulls up,” coach Darren Lehmann said. “The fielding is going to be the big thing. He’s been batting really well for the last couple of weeks, so no dramas there.”At the Sydney Cricket Ground, England won the toss and scored 250 for 8 in their innings, with Joe Root making 85 and Gary Ballance adding 57. Yasir Shan let the Pakistan bowlers with 3 for 45 from 10 overs.advertisementPakistan open their World Cup campaign on Sunday in Adelaide against neighbour and chief rival India. Dimuth Karunaratne top-scored with 58 in Sri Lanka’s 279 for 8 as they batted first after winning the toss. Jeevan Mendis made 51 and Mahela Jayawardene and Lahiru Thirimanne both made 30 but none of the top-order batsmen was able to go on and make a big score.Masakadza then led Zimbabwe to a comfortable win, sharing a 127-run stand with Brendan Taylor (63), and then an unbroken 119-run partnership with Sean Williams (51). Williams produced an outstanding all-round performance, taking 3 for 35 from 10 overs of left-arm spin.New Zealand were equally emphatic in their win over South Africa, who play their first match on Sunday against Zimbabwe in Hamilton. The innings of McCullum and Williamson, with support from Ross Taylor (41), Martin Guptill (26) and Grant Elliott (24), set a strong platform for the Black Caps.South Africa were in trouble at 62 for 6 with captain AB de Villiers – returning after a right hip injury – out for 24. Jean-Paul Duminy made 80 from 98 balls and Vernon Philander 57 from 84 balls but their slow partnership left South Africa with little chance of running down New Zealand’s total.last_img read more

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10 months agoLiverpool boss Klopp tells his players: Don’t look behind you

first_imgLiverpool boss Klopp tells his players: Don’t look behind youby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has told his players not to look behind them.Liverpool have made their best start to a campaign and their tally of 45 points from 17 games is 14 more than at the same stage 12 months ago. It sees them top the league as they prepare to face Wolves on Friday and they could be four points ahead of defending champions Manchester City at full-time.”Only City can stop City, to be honest,” said Klopp on Thursday. “We have to play our own game and get as many points as possible.”I can’t say City are lucky here and lucky there. They aren’t. Every matchday, they are spot on.”They were spot on last year, when they got 100 points, and they stay in that mode. So ‘chapeau’. I have to say it.”There’s no sign of weakness. Against Everton, in the first 15 minutes maybe, but it was 12.30pm after a Champions League game. There were balls flying around and missed passes. But after that, they took charge of the game and won it comfortably. Thank you very much, next one. That’s why I say it. They are the champions. And they still play like champions.”We are all the challengers. That’s why we should concentrate on every game and not take any result for granted. We are all judged on that because they are the champions. They can do it, so it should be possible for us as well. I know what work we have to do — and I know how difficult it is.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Hudsons Bay names CVS Health executive Helena Foulkes as its new CEO

first_imgTORONTO – A former executive with the CVS pharmacy chain will be the new CEO for Hudson’s Bay Co., Canada’s oldest company and owner of Saks Fifth Avenue and other retail operations.Helena Foulkes will start in the role on Feb. 19, the Toronto-based company said Monday in a statement.Richard Baker has been acting as HBC’s interim CEO since the departure of Jerry Storch last fall. Baker will continue as governor and executive chairman.“Helena is a transformational leader who will invigorate the business with a new perspective as we position HBC for the future,” Baker said in a statement.Foulkes comes to HBC after 25 years at CVS Health Corp., a health-care company with about 9,700 pharmacies. Since January 2014, Foulkes was the company’s executive vice-president and president of subsidiary CVS Pharmacy.At the department store chain, Foulkes will be responsible for HBC’s global strategy and operations for all of its banners. She will also be appointed to HBC’s board of directors.“The future of retail will be defined by companies that think creatively about where the consumer and the world are headed,” Foulkes said in a statement.Foulkes added that one of her priorities will be to “build upon strategies that capitalize HBC’s physical and digital assets and deepen our core operating effectiveness.”The department store is grappling with persistent losses in an increasingly tough retail environment by implementing a transformation plan.It included cutting 2,000 jobs across North America in an effort to save the company $350 million annually by the end of fiscal 2018. The company has also expanded its online offerings and is looking at ways to unlock more value from its vast real estate holdings.Companies in this story: (TSX:HBC)last_img read more

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BC announces rebates conditions for liquefied natural gas projects

first_imgVICTORIA – British Columbia is offering new conditions and tax incentives for liquefied natural gas projects in the province in a move to attract investment that could put the province’s minority NDP government at risk of losing the Green party’s support.Premier John Horgan made the announcement Thursday ahead of a final investment decision on LNG Canada’s $40-billion project, which would include building a natural gas pipeline from northeast B.C. to a new terminal in Kitimat.“Potential opportunity is extraordinary. Potential risks are significant,” Horgan said. “I believe LNG Canada is working diligently to address those risks and I believe it’s the responsibility of the government to make sure we’re working to develop those opportunities for all British Columbians.”Under the new fiscal agreement, LNG projects will see relief from provincial sales taxes, subject to repayment in the form of an equivalent operational payment. They will be subject to new greenhouse gas emission standards and pay general industrial electricity rates consistent with other industrial users in B.C. The framework will repeal an LNG income tax introduced under the B.C. Liberals.Horgan said the province will review LNG projects using four conditions. All LNG projects should guarantee a fair return for B.C.’s natural resources, guarantee jobs and training opportunities for British Columbians, respect and partner with First Nations, and meet the province’s climate commitments, he said.In January, Green party Leader Andrew Weaver threatened to bring down the minority NDP government if it continued what he described as the “LNG folly,” saying the province couldn’t meet its greenhouse gas emission targets if it pursues the LNG industry.On Thursday, he said the three-member Green caucus will wait until the fall to see if the NDP’s new climate plan finds a way to meet those targets of 40 per cent below 2007 levels by 2030 and 80 per cent below those levels by 2050.“We want to see what their plan is. And frankly, we’re very, very skeptical that you can even have such a plan that includes adding eight megatonnes of greenhouse gas emissions,” Weaver said.He said the Greens won’t vote in favour of any legislative measures that support the new LNG framework and also wrote a letter to LNG Canada, warning that the proposed framework may violate his party’s power-sharing agreement with the NDP.In the past year, companies have pulled the plug on three LNG projects proposed in B.C., including the $36-billion Pacific Northwest LNG pipeline project.LNG Canada, which includes partners Shell, PetroChina, Korea Gas and Mitsubishi, said in 2016 that its final investment decision for the Kitimat facility would be delayed because of poor global markets.Those markets are turning around, says Shell’s 2018 LNG outlook. It found the market has defied expectations, growing by 29 million tonnes in 2017.“Based on current demand projections, Shell sees potential for a supply shortage developing in the mid-2020s, unless new LNG production project commitments are made soon,” it said.Susannah Pierce, director of external relations for LNG Canada, says the new framework levels the playing field for the natural gas industry by removing barriers like the LNG income tax.“In our case, that removes substantial complexity. It would have been very difficult to administer,” Pierce said.LNG Canada hopes to make a final investment decision in the second half of the year, she said, but nothing is set in stone.“There’s a great next wave for LNG coming in all parts of the world, particularly in Asia as it looks to reduce CO2 emissions, and we really want to be a part of that,” she said. “So from our perspective, the time to move forward is now.”LNG Canada describes its project as the “cleanest LNG” with the lowest carbon intensity of any LNG export facility in the world. It says its committed to working with all three levels of government and industry to meet greenhouse gas reduction commitments under the Paris Agreement.The Wilderness Committee disputed the idea of clean LNG, pointing to estimates from the Pacific Institute for Climate Solutions and the Pembina Institute showing the annual carbon dioxide emissions from the LNG project would exceed 9.6 megatonnes by 2050. That’s 80 per cent of British Columbia’s total emissions target of 12 megatonnes annually by 2050.“From escaped methane at the drill sites to the massive carbon emissions required to cool the gas, to more escaped methane on the long trip across the ocean to Asia and then the emissions from burning the gas: It all adds up to a big bad climate change. How would B.C. ever meet our climate commitments with this LNG plant chugging along?” the environmental organization said in a news release.The Business Council of British Columbia said the framework will provide more regulatory certainty and important fiscal incentives for potential investors across industries.LNG development was a centrepiece of the B.C. Liberal party’s 2017 election campaign.Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson said the party had worked out a package with the LNG income tax that was designed to make the industry viable for both British Columbia and the industry. He said he was surprised the NDP would discard that in a “fairly desperate attempt to get good economic news.”“The NDP have been raising taxes across the board for British Columbians and now they’re giving tax breaks to an industry that they firmly opposed for years. It’s an industry we support in principle, but we’re going to have to see the NDP proposal in detail before we ask for amendments or decide how to vote on it,” he said.The B.C. government’s LNG framework also provoked reaction from Alberta, which it is locked in a dispute over on the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby, B.C.Alberta Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd accused B.C. of “blatant hypocrisy” for backing the LNG industry with tax incentives while blocking its provincial neighbour from transporting oil to its markets.“Let me be clear, I support LNG and I support B.C.’s efforts to develop their energy industry,” she said.“On the one hand, they’re willing to increase emissions in their own backyard, but on the other, they’re trying to stop Alberta from diversifying our markets for products produced under an emissions cap.”B.C. has “lost credibility” with its position, she said.“B.C. can’t have it both ways. You can’t build your own energy industry while trying to block Alberta from developing ours. It’s not fair, it’s not Canadian, and it’s got to stop.”— By Amy Smart in Vancouver.last_img read more

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Pine Pass to receive 25 to 30 cm of snow this weekend

first_imgBe prepared to adjust your driving to changing road conditions. Visibility may be suddenly reduced at times in heavy snow. If visibility is reduced while driving, slow down, watch for tail lights ahead and be prepared to stop.Weather in the mountains can change suddenly resulting in hazardous driving conditions.ShiftIntoWinter.ca reminds drivers to know before you go. Adjust to winter driving behaviour and use winter tires and chains.Road conditions are available at www.drivebc.ca. Please continue to monitor alerts and forecasts issued by Environment Canada. To report severe weather, send an email to [email protected] or tweet reports using #BCStorm. CHETWYND, B.C. – A snowfall warning has been issued for the Pine Pass this weekend, with the forecast calling for up to 30 cm by Sunday.Environment Canada is predicting a low-pressure system will sit over the region Saturday and into Sunday that brings with it, 25 to 30 cm of snow.Before heading in that direction, make sure to check the latest road conditions at www.drivebc.cacenter_img The forecast for the North Peace and Fort St. John also shows more snow.  Expect flurries Saturday and heavier snow overnight into Sunday.  We could receive another 10 to 15 cm of snow before the weekend is over.Here is the full weather warning for the Pine Pass.Warnings2:32 AM PDT Saturday 24 March 2018Snowfall warning in effect for:Highway 97 – Pine PassA stationary trough of low pressure will sit over the region today and right through Sunday.This trough will produce snow, heavy at times, for Pine Pass. Although steady light snow will be falling today, intensity will ramp up tonight and through Sunday.Total accumulation expected through the 36 hour period is 25 to 30 cm.last_img read more

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