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first_imgPetitions and letters are being taken to Ottawa to hopefully be met by the higher up government.“We want Ottawa, the federal lawmakers in Ottawa, to see the urgent need for them to approve the projects for LNG and for the oil pipeline going to the East. So that the unemployed workers of Northern B.C. and Alberta can go back to work.”Yu also noted that they are not trying to get a bail out but rather a firm “yes” so they know what they can prepare for going forward.When they get to Ottawa, they will meet with the office of MP Bob Zimmer but they have bigger goals in sight on who to meet with.Advertisement “We hope that the drama of this road trip and the media exposure, and the social media exposure we are getting, will get us a better audience.”The group hopes to arrive in Ottawa by June 1st. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local group Fort St. John for LNG hit the road today on the long journey to Ottawa.The group met at the Pomeroy Sports Centre and were sent off by supporters, excited and hopeful for what is to come.Group founder Alan Yu says he’s been looking forward to this day for a very long time.“I’ve been looking forward to this day for a very long time, so we are very much excited. I am more excited about the fact that we are getting a lot of support from Alberta, especially from a man named Jason, who walked 430 km to Edmonton to deliver the message that we are delivering to Ottawa.” – Advertisement -The group has raised about $12,000 of the $20,000 goal they had set before they left. Yu says the goal is still achievable despite not making quite as much as they had hoped.Photo Courtesy: Jessica Fedigan Photo Courtesy: Jessica FediganAdvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgToday we publish answers to our Question of the Week. We’ll ask another question Sunday. This week’s question: “Will the Dodgers regain a commitment to winning next year now that the franchise has hired former Yankees manager Joe Torre?” As far as the Dodgers go, I couldn’t possibly care less about them. I was born and raised a Dodger fan. I was about 9 years old when they moved out here and followed them faithfully for years. When they dumped Mike Scioscia and treated him like dirt (one of the classiest guys ever to be on that team, by the way), I gave up the Dodgers. I gave them up for Lent, I gave them up for good. I love Mike Scioscia. I’m so happy to see what he’s done with the Angels, but as for the Dodgers, I don’t think anything can save them. The team is disjointed. I think their heyday is gone and that’s fine with me. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre – MARY BURR Torrance I am just so glad they finally got rid of (former manager Grady) Little. I’ve been saying for two years they should get rid of him. I am a season ticket holder, and I am just delighted that Joe Torre is coming in. I just hope that he gets those players in top form. He just needs to get them in shape. – TERRI PESNER Rancho Dominguez The Dodgers’ hiring of Joe Torre as manager is a start to the commitment of winning next year. Now all the team needs is reliable starting pitching and a middle-of-the-lineup hitter and not put all the payroll in the A-Rod (Alex Rodriguez) basket. – MIKE REYNOLDS Redondo Beach In my opinion, the hiring of Joe Torre alone will not necessarily mean a winning season or championship. It is, however, a good start. Now the Dodgers will have to get some needed RBI men and much better starting pitching. In other words, (Dodgers owner Frank) McCourt, get out your checkbook! – ROCKY ROCHESTER Rancho Palos Verdes 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

first_imgTheo Boake pictured laving court. PIc copyright of Northwest Newspix.A man with ‘super human’ strength who had to be restrained by seven Gardai after going berserk has been found not guilty by reason of insanity.Theo Boakye broke into a technology company and attacked its €300,000 server system with a fire extinguisher. The 24 year old student later escaped Garda custody and was involved in a confrontation with several Gardai in Letterkenny, Co Donegal.However, Gardai said Boakye had incredible strength and did not react to being pepper-sprayed or being struck with batons.Boakye, described by his barrister Peter Nolan as a ‘courteous and gentle young man’, had suffered a psychotic episode on November 3rd and 4th, 2013, Letterkenny District Court was told.A jury were shown terrifying CCTV footage of Boakye jumping through a reinforced wire glass pane before going on to attack servers with a fire extinguisher.The following day Gardai were called when Boakye went berserk in a phone shop in Letterkenny when his debit card would not work.He had tried to pay for €1,700 worth of goods including smart phones on his debit card at the Carphone Warehouse shop but it was declined several times.He then smashed the machine by punching it and the manager of the store called the Gardai.When Gardai arrived, Boakye, of 76 Ballymaccol Woods, Letterkenny, reacted violently and had to be forcefully arrested.He was taken to Letterkenny Garda station but escaped while being brought to hospital.Gardai Damian Mulkearns said the prisoner had ‘super-human’ strength while his colleague Garda Marcus O’Dowd said pepper spray or batons simply did not work on Boakye.Consultant psychiatrist Dr Dermot Ward said he discovered that Boakye had suffered from acute psychotic episodes during which he felt paranoid but also felt he may have special powers.He said this particular type of mental illness was more common in people from “the African race.”He added that most likely Boakye would not even have know he was committing such crimes.He added that he found Boakye to be a personable young man and that if he stayed on his medication, he was very unlikely to encounter another similar psychotic episode.The jury took a half hour to find Boakye not guilty by reason of insanity of all seven charges including assault, causing criminal damage and escaping Garda custody.Judge John O’Hagan described the case as most unusual and said that in his seventeen years as a Judge it was only the second time he had come across a not guilty by reason of insanity verdict.He discharged Boakye on the condition that he continues to attend for psychiatric check-ups, takes his medication and that he stays away from alcohol and drugs.‘SUPER HUMAN’ MAN IN PRAMERICA ATTACK FOUND NOT GUILTY DUE TO INSANITY was last modified: February 7th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:INSANITYnot guiltypramericaTheo Boakyelast_img read more

first_imgVANCOUVER — The blob is back — but this time, it looks a little more like a wedge.Scientists are keeping a close eye on a thin blanket of warm water off the West Coast for about three months, saying it resembles a marine heat wave nicknamed “the blob” that disrupted marine life between 2014 and 2016.“If it is the same, then it’s very concerning for marine mammals that depend on fish, for seabirds that depend on fish, but also for ocean productivity,” said Andrew Trites, the director of the marine mammal research unit at the University of British Columbia.The heat wave — which resembles a wedge, stretching from the south of Vancouver Island to Baja, Calif., and offshore towards Hawaii — has raised temperatures about three to four degrees Celsius higher than the normal longterm average for those parts of the ocean, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).“You put on a sweater, you take off a coat,” Trites said. “But for a marine life it’s a big deal. In the ocean it’s a big deal.”NOAA research scientist Nate Mantua noted that this year’s wedge is at this point less severe than the blob of 2014 to 2016, because it’s only been around for a few months.Three to five years ago, the warm water penetrated to depths of 200 to 300 metres, while right now it’s mostly between 30 and 50 metres, he said.“It’s a blanket over the ocean and that means it could go away pretty quickly if the winds start blowing in a normal way,” Mantua said. “That usually happens at this time of the year as we transition into fall.”So far, the warm expanse has been held offshore by cold water welling from the ocean depths, he said.“A lot of marine life that we interact with and we see is concentrated closer to shore in the most productive waters of the northeast Pacific,” he said. “Because it’s offshore its mostly affecting those less productive waters.”  But in addition to being able to dissipate the wedge, winds also have the power to make the heat wave worse.“Winds have a direct impact on the way heat is exchanged,” he said.And Mantua said California may already be seeing some of the effects from the warmer waters: NOAA’s surveys have recently noted higher concentration of anchovies — and the big predators that feed on them — close to shore waters.There’s also been indications that some fish stocks have changed their distribution, he added.Hina Alam, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Rep Poleski calls free fishing fun for families

first_img02Jun Rep. Poleski calls free fishing fun for families Categories: News State Rep. Earl Poleski invites local residents to participate in Free Fishing Weekend on June 13-14.“This event is a special opportunity for friends and families to enjoy one of Michigan’s most favorite pastimes,” said Rep. Poleski, R-Jackson. “It only happens twice a year so it’s important that we take advantage of it.”Free Fishing Weekend – hosted by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources – allows Michigan anglers and out-of-state visitors to fish without a license for one weekend only. Normal fishing and boating regulations still apply.To learn more about the event, visit the DNR’s website at www.Michigan.gov/DNR.###last_img read more

Marino joins bipartisan effort to make state government more accountable

first_img State Rep. Steve Marino of Harrison Township today joined a bipartisan effort to make Michigan’s state government more accountable to the people it serves.Marino joined colleagues in announcing a proposal to make Michigan’s Legislature subject to more public records disclosure through the Legislative Open Records Act. The 11-bill package also calls for a similar disclosure requirement for the governor and lieutenant governor through the Freedom of Information Act.“Transparency and openness should be key components of government at every level,” Marino said. “This legislation moves us in a positive direction, toward a state government that is more accountable to the people who pay for it.”Michigan is one of just a few states that still exempts its governor, lieutenant governor and Legislature from public disclosure laws.The Legislative Open Records Act would exempt some records, including letters to and from people in the lawmaker’s district, human resources files and ongoing legislative investigations or lawsuits.The new bills are similar to ones approved by the Michigan House last session. Those bills did not reach the governor’s desk.### Categories: Marino News,News 01Feb Marino joins bipartisan effort to make state government more accountablelast_img read more