Conservation Groups Ask Canadian Government to Halt Proposed B.C. Mines

first_img Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Last week the Canadian government charged Teck Resources with three environmental violations after 74 fish were killed near the mining company’s treatment facility in British Columbia’s Elk Valley north of Montana, elevating concerns over contaminants entering transboundary waterways.The fish were found dead in late 2014 and an investigation determined they died from nitrite poisoning and low dissolved oxygen levels in the water. The deaths occurred near one of Teck’s open-pit coal mines and treatment facility.The charges followed an investigation by the company.“At Teck, we take all environmental issues very seriously. We are committed to working to improve our environmental performance and achieve the objectives for water quality improvements outlined in the Elk Valley Water Quality Plan,” Nic Milligan, Teck Coal’s manager, community and aboriginal affairs, told the East Kootenay News Online Weekly.The charges prompted the Flathead Wild Coalition, a collective of six Canadian and U.S. conservation groups, to ask the Canadian government to halt the company’s proposed new coal mines in the region. Teck, the Vancouver-based global mining giant that operates five world-class steelmaking coal mines across the border from Montana, has received government approval for expanding four of its five open-pit coal mines in the Elk Valley. Other companies are proposing three new mines in the region amid ongoing exploration.“Teck must do more to make sure selenium levels downstream of waste rock dumps are safe for fish,” said Ryland Nelson, Wildsight’s Southern Rockies program manager. “We hope Environment Canada will continue their enforcement actions to push Teck to fix their water pollution problems.”He added, “Without a proven, reliable selenium treatment method, increased mining in the area is unthinkable.”Concerns center on increasing amounts of coal waste byproducts leaching into the heavily mined Elk River drainage and its many tributaries, which lead into two bodies of water shared by B.C. and Montana – Lake Koocanusa and the Kootenai River. In 2014, Montana Department of Environmental Quality and U.S Geological Survey officials found increased levels of contamination in Lake Koocanusa, including selenium, nitrates, sedimentation, and other impairments associated with coal mining in Canada. The detection of contaminants has fueled heavy scrutiny from conservation groups, tribal leaders and U.S. lawmakers, including U.S. Sen. Jon Tester.Selenium is a naturally occurring element in sedimentary rocks and coal and can be toxic to fish at elevated levels, which are exacerbated by mining operations and the accumulation of waste rock, according to the EPA.“Excessive selenium levels, which have been found in fish tissue on both sides of the border, threaten reproduction and cause spinal and gill deformations in trout and other fish species,” said Ric Hauer, professor of limnology at the University of Montana. “Absent effective treatment, selenium is expected to continue leaching from waste rock dumps for generations.”“The BC government must step up and do much more to defend clean water and the world-class wildlife connectivity and habitat in the region, instead of just approving more and more mining,” said Candace Batycki of Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative. Emaillast_img read more

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Utah Jazz likely to consider selecting one of three 6-foot-9 forwards with NBA draft’s 5th overall pick

first_img Ex-Iowa State player apologizes to BYU, hopes to impress Jazz Related Luckless Jazz have too many options SALT LAKE CITY — So now that the Utah Jazz know they will be picking No. 5 in next month’s NBA draft — where the odds said they would — who are they likely to select?It’s safe to say the two Kansas players — forward Andrew Wiggins and center Joel Embiid — and Duke’s Jabari Parker will all be long gone by the time the Jazz make their pick. Also, most experts are pegging Australian point guard Dante Exum to be taken in the top four.That leaves the Jazz with four likely picks — Indiana’s Noah Vonleh, Kentucky’s Julius Randle, Arizona’s Aaron Gordon or Oklahoma State’s Marcus Smart.The first three are big men, while Smart is a 6-foot-3 point guard, a position where the Jazz are less likely to need help with Trey Burke in the fold.Most fans around Utah have probably not heard much about Vonleh, a 6-foot-9, 247-pound power forward who was a McDonald’s All-American in Massachusetts before enrolling at Indiana. He played one year for the Hoosiers, averaging 11.3 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 52.3 percent from the field. He also showed an ability to shoot from outside, making 16 of 33 3-pointers (48.5 percent).Vonleh is a longer player than Randle or Gordon, as his wingspan was measured at 7 feet, 4 inches at the recent NBA draft combine, the second-longest among 60 players. (Randle and Gordon were around 7 feet.) He also had the largest hands in terms of length and width.When he declared for the draft, Vonleh said, “I’ve heard the fourth pick to the 12th pick is wide open. (I think I’ll be selected) anywhere in that range.”Randle is more well-known since he played for Kentucky, which made it to the NCAA championship game. He is similar in size to Vonleh at 6-9, 250 pounds, but is more of an inside player. He averaged 15.0 points and 10.4 rebounds while shooting 51.6 percent from the field. He did not make any 3-pointers.Local fans are familiar with Gordon since he played against the University of Utah three times this past season. Gordon was measured just under 6-9 at the NBA combine and 220 pounds. This past season, he averaged 12.4 points and 8.0 rebounds. He shot 51.3 percent from the field, but was just 42.2 percent from the foul line.Smart would most likely have been a top-five pick in last year’s draft, but he opted to play one more year for Oklahoma State. He put up good numbers for the Cowboys this year as he averaged 18 points, 5.9 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 2.9 steals per game. However, he also got in an altercation with a fan, which caused him to be suspended for three games and made some folks wonder about his poise.Going by past history, the Jazz should get an excellent player with the No. 5 pick. Over the past decade, the No. 5 pick has yielded some solid picks such as Raymond Felton in 2005, Kevin Love in 2008, Ricky Rubio in 2009, DeMarcus Cousins in 2010 and Jonas Valanciunas in 2011.The only dud at No. 5 over the past decade came in 2006 when Duke’s Shelden Williams was taken by Atlanta. He played parts of seven seasons in the NBA, but never averaged more than the 5.5 ppg of his rookie season.The jury is still out on the past two No. 5 picks: Alex Len, who was taken by Phoenix out of Maryland, and Thomas Robinson of Kansas, who was selected by Sacramento but has since been traded to Houston and Portland. Ranking the best No. 5 picks in the history of the NBA Draftlast_img read more

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Malta 0-2 Spain: Morata rediscovers goalscoring touch in comfortable win

first_imgAlvaro Morata scored twice as Spain beat Malta to make it two wins out of two in qualifying for Euro 2020.  Upd. at 23:49 Morata added his second after the break when he headed home a cross from substitute Jesus Navas to seal the three points. Malta Jordi Gil @jordigil MAL CET Árbitro ESP Incidencias Robert Moreno, Luis Enrique’s No.2, took charge for the night and there were eight changes to the team — just Sergio Ramos, Marco Asensio and Morata kept their places.  0-2 Spain faced a Malta side in a 4-5-1 formation and had to be patient, with Sergi Roberto almost playing as a winger in the end.  Kepa; Sergi Roberto, Sergio Ramos, Mario Hermoso, Gayá; Rodri, Saúl (Gayà, 64′), Canales, Adensio, Morata (Rodrigo, 78′) y Bernat (Muniain, 55′) Bonello; Mbong (R. Muscat,65′), Z. Muscat , Caruana (Micallef, 84′), Borg, Zerafa, Mintoff (Mifsud, 70′), Fenech, Guillaumier, Corbalan, Nkowo IN SPORT.ES Goles Estadio T”Qali, 15.000 espectadores Andrew Dallas (Escocia). TA: Corbalan (71′) Meanwhile, there was a start at right-back for Barcelona’s Sergi Roberto, while Espanyol’s Mario Hermoso came in alongside Ramos at centre-back.  0-1 Morata (30′); 0-2 Morata (72′) Atletico Madrid striker Morata found the net either side of half time as La Roja eased to a 2-0 win in the absence of Luis Enrique.  The former Barcelona coach was missing from the touchline due to a major family issue.  MATCH FACTS Clasificación Eurocopa 2020 Morata recupera el olfato para vencer en Malta España Saul Niguez had a couple of chances but it was Morata who opened the scoring in the 30th minute when he latched on to a long ball from Hermoso.  26/03/2019last_img read more

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Portable police station

first_imgBy ANEEKA SIMONIS POLICE will soon be planted in high-crime neighbourhoods including Bourke Park in Pakenham in a bid to…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Selkirk College Saints begin march back to top of BCIHL

first_imgIf the Selkirk College Saints 2017-2018 British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) home opener is any indication, it’s going to be a thrilling rollercoaster ride to finish.However, the Saints were able to regain their senses, scoring six consecutive goals en route to a 6-3 victory over the Simon Fraser University Clan.After the ceremonial season opening puck drop Friday night at the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre, the Saints spotted the visiting Simon Fraser University Clan a 3-0 first period lead that started just over a minute in when Daniell Lange scored top shelf on Selkirk College starter Brett Huber. Two more goals in 30 seconds late in a period that saw the shots skewed 15-5 in favour of the Clan, put the home side in a deep hole.“I think it was opening game jitters and I’m glad we got those out of the way after the first,” said Saints first-year forward Derek McPhail. “We got stuck playing their game in the first 20 minutes and in the dressing room we talked about working as a group from the d-zone forward. That’s what we did and it worked.”The trademark of Saints’ hockey is tenacious work ethic and two minutes into the middle frame, it paid off when Derek Georgopoulous stole the puck and got it to McPhail who scored his first BCIHL goal to get Selkirk College on the board. Midway through the period, second-year Saints defenceman Seth Schmidt converted on the powerplay to cut the SFU lead to 3-2. It was at that point that the home crowd became a factor. “It’s hard for the crowd to stay in it when you go down 3-0 that early, but the fans did a great job of helping us out and we brought them back into it through the way we came out in the second period,” said Saints’ captain Dallas Calvin.With just over four minutes left in the second period, hard work by Calvin in the SFU zone resulted in a turnover and a nice pass to McPhail who scored his second goal of the game to tie the score at threes. With time running out in the second period, Calvin again used his reach to poke a puck away from a Clan defenceman that went to Parker Sharp who beat SFU starter Lyndon Stanwood.The second period featured plenty of back-and-forth action, but Huber stood tall in a period that saw the Saints outshoot their visitors by the slim margin of 12-11.Second-year Saints defenceman Gordon Campbell added insurance seven minutes into the third period when his shot from the point beat Stanwood to make the score 5-3. With 41 seconds left in the game, Calvin scored into the empty SFU net to halt any hope for the Clan.The victory was a solid team effort, but the Saints’ top line of McPhail, Calvin and Georgopoulos showed chemistry that elevated the entertainment value for the substantial crowd that came to support the student athletes.“He’s a phenomenal player,” McPhail said of Calvin. “If you are open, he’s going to find you and if there is an open lane to the net for him then that’s usually a scoring chance for us.”Though still early in the season, Calvin is optimistic the team has made up for the loss of Ryan Edwards who was a major part of the team’s offence for three years before graduating last spring.“Derek is a super skilled guy and you just have to get him the puck,” said Calvin, a Trail native who is a student in the Business Administration Program. “When you work that hard and you are that talented… good things will come.”The Saints return to action this Saturday night at the Castlegar & District Recreation Centre when they host the Eastern Washington University Eagles starting at 7 p.m. in the first game of a weekend home-and-home.last_img read more

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Leafs rock Nitehawks in Murdoch Final opener

first_imgNelson finished the game outshooting Beaver Valley 35-29. The Leafs were 1-for-9 on the power play while the Hawks went scoreless.Nelson pitched a shutout for the second consecutive game in the playoffs. Tenzin Mint stopped all shots last week as the Leafs shutout Spokane Braves 3-0 to clinch the Murdoch Division Semi-Final Series in the Lilac City.Kootenay Ice to the rescueNelson was missing defenceman Ryan Quinn Nielsen-Webb for Game one of the series against Beaver Valley. The Kelowna player is serving a suspension for a Game Misconduct in the final 10 minutes of Nelson’s Game four win over Spokane.Nelson called up Kootenay Ice affiliate player Dallas Maximick for the contest.Quinn Nielsen-Webb is eligible to play when the series shifts back to Nelson Thursday for Game three.Nitros, Grizzlies, Posse take 1-0 leads after opening night winsKimberley Dynamiters edged Columbia Valley Rockies 4-3 in overtime to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Eddie Mountain Division Final Monday in the Bavarian City.Former Nelson Leaf Ryan Piva scored an unassisted marker at 7:17 of the first overtime period.Kimberley, trailing 3-2 in the third period, tied the game with one second remaining in the third period to force overtime. The Rockies outshot the Nitros 32-30 in the game. Game two is Tuesday in Kimberley.Meanwhile, in the Okanagan Conference Revelstoke Grizzlies and Princeton Posse each grabbed 1-0 leads in their respective Divisional Finals.Revelstoke shutout 100 Mile House Wranglers 3-0 while Princeton upset Kelowna 2-1. Each series resumes Tuesday. The Nelson Leafs made a strong statement during Game one of the Murdoch Division Finals.The Green and White blasted the Beaver Valley Nitehawks 6-0 to take a one game lead in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League Playoff Series Monday night at the Fruitvale Arena.Shawn Campbell and Reid Wilson each scored twice and Leaf goalie Anderson Violette stopped all 29 shots to give Nelson a 1-0 lead in the best-of-seven Division Final.Game two is Tuesday night in Beaver Valley before the series shifts to the NDCC Arena for Games three and four, Thursday and Friday.It didn’t take long for Nelson to turn the tables on the hometown Hawks. Seconds after Brady Miller was sent to the penalty box for slashing, Campbell beat Hunter Young in the Beaver Valley nets to give the visitors the early lead less than three minutes into the game.Nelson’s leading scorer Reid Wilson added to the lead four minutes later before Brandon Costa made it 3-0 less than 12 minutes into the contest.Nelson scored three times in the second, Wilson, David Sanchez and Campbell — the final tally coming on the power play with only five seconds remaining in the period — to assume complete control of the game.In the third Nelson kept up the pressure on the deflated Hawks, as the defence only allowed six shots on Violette in the period.last_img read more

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What is the latest update on Glenn Hoddle’s condition after heart attack?

first_imgGLENN HODDLE was rushed to hospital on Saturday as he collapsed at the BT Sport studio with a heart attack just seconds after playing keepy-uppy live on TV.The football world united in paying tribute to England’s former boss and wishing him a speedy recovery.1 Glenn Hoddle was rushed to hospital after suffering a heart attackCredit: PA:Empics SportWhat is the latest update on Glenn Hoddle’s condition?There has been a positive update on Glenn Hoddle on Monday morning as it was revealed the Spurs and Chelsea legend is out of intensive care and talking to his family.A source told The Sun that the former midfielder has no recollection of collapsing.Glenn Hoddle’s spokesman said on Sunday he remained in serious condition after being given the kiss of life.Hod was left fighting for his life after suffering a heart attack at the BT Sport studio.The legendary former England player and manager was airlifted to hospital on a day where he should have been celebrating his 61st birthday.He was seen falling backwards by staff at BT just two minutes after a game of keepy-uppy on live TV.An onlooker said: “We thought Glenn had died.”Other staff suggested his face turned blue and his head cracked as it hit the floor.Hoddle was given mouth-to-mouth resuscitation until paramedics arrived with staff fearing the worst after being unable to find a pulse.Once medics arrived, he was taken to hospital for emergency surgery.MOST READ IN FOOTBALLBRO MESSAGEBobby Charlton’s touching tribute to Jack revealed as he misses funeral serviceFRESH OUTFITMicah Richards pokes fun at Roy Keane backstage at Sky Sports studiosFALL OF TROYDeeney calls Sky reporter ‘cheeky b******’ after he asks about retirementSHOTS FIREDDenis Irwin’s son trolls Liverpool fans with savage Steven Gerrard tweetPicturedC’MON THE LADSRamos’ becomes dad again as wife gives birth to FOURTH son Maximo AdrianoVideoROY MEANKeane says ‘that’s why they never win anything’ as Villa celebrate staying upA source close to the former England manager said: “His arteries were 99 per cent damaged. It was an accident waiting to happen.”And his spokesman added: “He is currently receiving specialist treatment and responding well. Glenn’s family are with him and would like to thank everyone that has sent their support.”One onlooker told The Sun on Sunday: “He was dead in their arms. We thought Glenn had died in the studio there and then. It was so shocking and chilling.“For a split-second people thought it was some kind of joke, then witnesses froze in panic as reality gripped and we feared he’d gone.“A studio worker leapt in to bravely try and pull Glenn back from the brink of death. He was attributed with bringing him back to life. This was all moments from happening live on air with cameras still rolling.“It was the last thing to expect and couldn’t have been more serious.”Glenn Hoddle has fallen seriously ill at the BT Sport studios on his 61st birthdaylast_img read more

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2014 Southland Indoor Track & Field Championships Schedule

first_img High Jump ~1:00 p.m. 7:45 p.m. Trial 6:50 p.m. 11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 60M Dash 3:20 p.m. One-Mile Run 1,000M 12:10 p.m. Women Triple Jump FIELD EVENTS Final 60M Hurdles 8:50 a.m. 20-lb Weight 6:30 p.m. 12:20 p.m. Final High Jump Women Women 400M Final ~2:15 p.m. 800M HEPTATHLON / PENTATHLON 60M Hurdles 1:00 p.m. Women Women Final Final Final Men Men Trial Long Jump Final Shot Put 12:30 p.m. Final Awards Ceremony Final 4:05 p.m. 60M 1:00 p.m. High Jump Trial Long Jump Men Women Women Long Jump Trial Men Final 6:30 p.m. Pole Vault Distance Medley Relay Men 1:45 p.m. Men Men 3:35 p.m. ~1:05 p.m. Women Final Women Final Final Men 3,000M 3:05 p.m. Men Final Men ~9:50 a.m. Trial 11:00 a.m. 200M Men 400M 4:00 p.m. 800M Trial 11:45 a.m. 8:40 p.m. Women Final 3:00 p.m. ~9:30 a.m. One-Mile Run 7:15 p.m. Men Opening Ceremony Final Women 6:00 p.m. 2:30 p.m. Pole Vault 8:15 p.m. 4:30 p.m. Women Women Final 5:30 p.m. 800M 5:00 p.m. 1:15 p.m. 6:00 p.m. 2:15 p.m. Triple Jump 9:20 p.m. Distance Medley Relay 60M Dash Trial One-Mile Run Women Trial FIELD EVENTS HEPTATHLON Men Women 800M 1:00 p.m. 5,000M Men Men 60M Hurdles Long Jump Women ~9:35 a.m. High Jump RUNNING EVENTS Men 2:55 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27 Final Women 2:00 p.m. 60M Hurdles Final 9:00 p.m. Men 4:35 p.m. 35-lb Weight Final Final Final Women The 2014 Southland Conference Men’s and Women’s Track & Field Championships will be held Wednesday-Thursday, Feb. 26-27 at the Birmingham CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala. Here is the complete schedule of events: ~10:55 a.m. 60M Dash 800M Men Men 3:00 p.m. Shot Put ~12:00 p.m. Final 60M Hurdles Women Final 2:00 p.m. 60M Men Final Men Women Men Trial 200M Women RUNNING EVENTS 2:00 p.m. 1:30 p.m. One-Mile Run Final Final 3:40 p.m. 6:00 p.m. Women Shot Put Men Final Men Men 200M Women Men 200M 8:30 a.m. 5,000M 400M Men 4:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26 Pole Vault Trial Final ~12:00 p.m. 5:05 p.m. Shot Put 8:30 a.m. Trial Men Final 400M 3,000M Women Final Trial 1,600M Relay Women Men 60M Hurdles 1,600M Relay Women Women 2:45 p.m. Finallast_img read more

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