Former W.A.C. Bennett employee says unions are essential for desired Site C results

first_imgJack Whittaker says he worked on the W.A.C. Bennett dam near Hudson’s Hope more than 50 years ago and that having union workers on Site C will get the project done on time and on budget.Crown-owned B.C. Hydro says it plans to have union and non-union companies and workers at Site C.Energy Minister Bill Bennett says he will meet Whittaker and others but will tell them that Site C will be built with a combined labour force.- Advertisement -Tom Sigurdson of the B.C. and Yukon Territory Building and Construction Trades Council says an open-shop site on Site C will create chaos and likely increase costs as companies compete for a limited pool of skilled workers.Last month, Premier Christy Clark intervened to reverse B.C. Hydro’s decision to switch to an open-shop format that would prohibit union organizing on the Site C project.last_img read more

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No touchline ban for Mourinho after FA charge ‘not proven’

first_imgHe also made a gesture with his right hand while speaking, pointing with his little finger.But a statement issued by the FA said: “A charge against Jose Mourinho for allegedly using language which was abusive and/or insulting and/or improper has been found not proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing today.“It related to an incident at the end of the Manchester United versus Newcastle United game on 6 October 2018.“Written reasons for the decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission will be published in due course. This decision is subject to appeal.”The full written reasons are likely to be published next week, when the FA’s disciplinary department will consider whether to lodge an appeal.Mourinho had been under intense pressure heading into the Newcastle game at Old Trafford amid speculation he would be sacked, regardless of the result, with United not having won any of their four previous matches.Newcastle went 2-0 up inside 10 minutes but United recovered to win, with Alexis Sanchez’s 90th-minute goal sealing victory.The 55-year-old Mourinho, who said after the match he was the subject of a media “manhunt”, added when asked about the gesture: “It is a finger. Smaller than the others, but it is a finger.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000A Football Association charge against Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho for using foul and abusive language has been declared “not proven” © AFP/File / Oli SCARFFLONDON, United Kingdom, Oct 31 – The threat of a touchline ban hanging over Jose Mourinho was removed Wednesday when a Football Association charge brought against the Manchester United manager for using foul language was declared “not proven”.Television footage showed Mourinho saying something, apparently in his native Portuguese, while at one point looking into a camera, as he headed towards the tunnel after the final whistle of the comeback win over Newcastle.last_img read more

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Arsenal defender drops New Year quit threat

first_img1 Mathieu Debuchy Arsenal defender Mathieu Debuchy has cast doubt over his future by revealing he will consider his position in December.The 30-year-old has had to play second fiddle to Hector Bellerin this season and is growing frustrated.The right-back is keen for game time ahead of Euro 2016 and is wary he could lose his spot in the France team if he does not play.As a result, Debuchy has revealed he is considering his future at Arsenal and will make a decision ahead of the January transfer window.“I am dealing with it,” Debuchy told Canal+.“I am trying to stay strong. We are going to remain concentrated until December, after that I will see.”last_img read more

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Forget Euro 2016 – seven reasons Messi is still better than his rival Ronaldo

first_img 7 7 7 7 2. Lionel Messi has won more LFP Player of the Year awards – Being heralded by your fellow professionals is a huge honour for any footballer and, over in LaLiga, Messi has won the award for best player six times in seven years. He also won the award for best forward in those same six years, while Ronaldo beat him to those two awards in 2013/14. Cristiano Ronaldo may now have won an international tournament but this doesn’t automatically put him ahead of Lionel Messi in the pecking order.The duo are locked in a struggle to be recognised as the greatest player of their generation – possibly the world has ever seen – and one of the key arguments was always neither had won a tournament with their national team.And now Ronaldo has won a European Championship with Portugal, it appears some fans feel he has the upper hand in the argument.But supporters of Messi have a solid basis to argue against these claims and here at talkSPORT we’ve put together seven reasons why the Argentine is better than his adversary.Click the right arrow above to see the facts which prove Messi is the best and here to see seven reasons why Ronaldo is better than the Argentine.For great Messi and Ronaldo videos, head over to the talkSPORT YouTube channel here and subscribe free of charge!*All statistics correct up to and including 12 July 2016 7 7. Lionel Messi has won far more league titles than Cristiano Ronaldo – Click right for more reasons why the Argentine is the best… – Although Ronaldo has played for two European giants compared to Messi’s one, it is the Barcelona star who has won the most league titles. The Argentine has landed eight, while his Portuguese rival has only mustered half that total with four in two different countries. 4. Lionel Messi has won more team honours than Cristiano Ronaldo – As well as claiming more league titles across 12 seasons, Messi has, in total, won 30 team honours compared to Ronaldo’s 18. And while the latter has just won the European Championship, Messi has won a gold medal at the Olympics. 5. Lionel Messi has scored more goals in a single season than Cristiano Ronaldo – Back in 2011/12, Lionel Messi was in the most prolific form of his career as he netted 73 goals for club and country during the campaign. Ronaldo only managed 60 that season and his highest ever was the 61 he scored in 2014/15 (Messi got 58 that year, but won the treble with Barca. Again). 3. Lionel Messi has won more individual honours than Cristiano Ronaldo – This battle is a bit closer, but Messi has still won an incredible 44 individual honours, including a slightly controversial World Cup Golden Ball. Ronaldo, is close to his rival here, though, having won 41 personal accolades across his career. 6. Lionel Messi has more assists than Cristiano Ronaldo – It’s not all about goals. Argentina hero Messi is just as happy handing glory to his team-mates and has – in 104 less games* – created 31 more goals for club and country across his entire career (not including club friendlies). 7 7 1. Lionel Messi has won more Ballons d’Or than Cristiano Ronaldo – And if being hailed by players in your league isn’t enough, Messi has won the Ballon d’Or five times, compared to Ronaldo’s three. The captain, coach and a media representative from every international team affiliated with FIFA vote and the Argentinian’s glory goes to show how universally loved he is.last_img read more

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Family seeks closure in death

first_imgVAN NUYS – Molly Jung will always remember her grandfather’s wide grin that greeted her when she visited his Mission Hills home. “He’d always have a warm smile on, and he’d welcome me,” Molly, one of seven grandchildren of Hyun Jong Jung, said Tuesday. “He was just a jolly old man.” Recently diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Hyun Jong Jung, 83, could remember names and faces most of the time, but he’d occasionally slip into a bad spell. Jung had one of those spells on Dec. 20 when he failed to return home from an afternoon of playing bingo and checkers at a local senior center. Police also warned pedestrians, particularly senior citizens, to be more careful when crossing the street. Of the 94 pedestrians killed from 2003-05 while crossing the street, 31 were seniors. Although the numbers have dropped since then – 37 such incidents in 2003, 25 in 2004 and 22 in 2005 – police have seen an upturn this year. Four seniors have been killed while crossing a street in 2006, up from two through the same period last year. “This year, the numbers are going in the opposite direction,” Marbrey said. “We want to put an end to that.” Molly Jung is more concerned about finding the motorist responsible for her grandfather’s death. “I’m not angry at the man who struck my grandfather,” said Molly Jung, whose grandmother broke down in tears during Tuesday’s news conference. “My grandfather was sick with Alzheimer’s and sitting in the road. But he shouldn’t have died that day. “It was right before the holidays. I was excited to come home and spend time with him. It’s the saddest thing.” Josh Kleinbaum, (818) 713-3669 josh.kleinbaum@dailynews.com HOW TO HELP Anyone with information on the crash that killed Hyun Jong Jung is asked to call Valley Traffic detectives at (818) 756-8391. SAFETY TIPS Pedestrians should always cross at intersections, preferably in a marked crosswalk. When possible, use lighted crosswalks. Pedestrians should look left, right, then left again before crossing a street. Be aware of any cars turning into the crosswalk. Pedestrians and motorists should always comply with all traffic signals. When pulling out of a driveway or alley, drivers should stop to look for pedestrians. Pedestrians should avoid vehicles such as trucks and buses, which have many blind spots. Having the right of way does not protect drivers or pedestrians from being injured in an accident. Always use caution. Source: LAPD Valley Traffic Division 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 Just after midnight Dec. 21, he used his cane, which could open into a folding chair, to sit in the middle of Laurel Canyon Boulevard near Maclay Street. At 12:15 a.m., he was struck by a late-model black Nissan Altima witnesses said was driving erratically down the street. After hitting Jung, the driver turned down San Fernando Mission Boulevard toward San Fernando and drove away. Jung died hours later at a local hospital. On Tuesday, police asked the public for help solving the hit and run. “This is a tragedy,” said Capt. Ron Marbrey, commanding officer of the Valley Traffic Division of the Los Angeles Police Department. “The driver of this vehicle did not call for an ambulance. He did not call police. He did not have the decency to stop and call for help. “He left Mr. Jung on the street, critically wounded. We’re asking for the public’s help so we can bring closure for this family.” last_img read more

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DAD USED BROKEN GOLF CLUB TO STAB PAEDOPHILE WHO ABUSED HIS DAUGHTERS

first_imgTHE distraught father of two young Co Donegal schoolgirls sexually abused by a paedophile stabbed their attacker with a golf club, a court has heard.The father and the abuser in the case cannot be named to protect the identities of the girls who were abused.The dad was given a community service order by Judge John O’Hagan. Donegal Town Circuit Court heard the paedophile, a former member of the Provisional IRA, was jailed for 15 years recently for the ‘horrendous’ repeated rape of an eight-year-old girl and attacks on her sister who was aged 10 at the time.The children were living with their mother in Co Donegal at the time. The paedophile was her new boyfriend and he had abused the girls for more than a year.The court heard that the children’s father was ‘extremely upset’ when he heard the abuser had been released from Garda custody pending a report on the abuse charges to the DPP.Five days later, on September 17, 2009, the father “lost it”, said Judge John O’Hagan, had tracked down the man to a beach at Rossnowlagh and attacked the paedophile with a golf club.He hit the abuser through an open car window, snapping the golf club in half.The father then stabbed the abuser with the shaft of the broken golf club, leaving a 4cm deep wound in his chest.Peter Nolan, SC, for the man – accused of assault – told the court that the abuse suffered by his client’s children was horrible.“As a barrister I read a lot of reports and this report was one of the most disturbing I have ever read,” said Mr Nolan.He said his client had discovered in the days after he found his children had been abused that the paedophile had a ‘propensity to visit beaches to observe young children’.He had found the abuser at Rossnowlagh and attacked him.“I cannot say he has any remorse for what he did,” said Mr Nolan, who said his client had got his girlfriend to call gardai to report the incident.Judge John O’Hagan, sentencing the father to 150 hours community service in lieu of 18 months imprisonment, said: “On that day I have no doubt that he lost it.“He did take the law into his own hands and you are not allowed to do that. He used that weapon and luckily it did not cause a life-threatening situation.”DAD USED BROKEN GOLF CLUB TO STAB PAEDOPHILE WHO ABUSED HIS DAUGHTERS was last modified: March 31st, 2012 by BrendaShare 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:DAD USED BROKEN GOLF CLUB TO STAF PAEDOPHILE WHO ABUSED HIS DAUGHTERSlast_img read more

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Hussein demanding legal, other briefs

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Arnold brings in Democrat: With the addition of a former Gray Davis Cabinet secretary, Democrat Susan P. Kennedy, as the governor’s new chief of staff, the state GOP is in an uproar. But the governor’s spokesperson said the move was absolutely necessary. “There were still a few people in the Republican Party who actually liked the governor,” said the anonymous staffer. “And with the president’s poll numbers threatening to go lower than the governor’s, we knew we had to do something to regain our lack of momentum.” In other replacement news, President George W. Bush is in talks with Howard Dean to replace Karl Rove. Still unaccounted for: This coming week ABC’s “Lost” will showcase the UCLA football team’s defense. DeLay charge dismissed: Lawyers for the embattled congressman say the dismissal of a conspiracy charge shows that Tom DeLay was actually the target of a partisan prosecutor. “Now there’s only left a couple of felony laundering charges for DeLay to deal with,” said an anonymous contributor. “And if we’re going to let illegal fundraising stop a politician from serving, then this isn’t the America I thought I bought access into.” Other War on Christmas news: Secular progressives will seek to have Dec. 25 completely removed from all calendars and replaced with a nonsectarian happy face. Defining torture not easy: Television networks have asked for an exemption from Sen. John McCain’s anti-torture bill. “How are we supposed to create generic, lowest-denominator TV with our hands tied behind our back?” asked network executive I. Kant Believetheypaymeforthis. “I’ll tell you what’s torture: telling my boss that the trash we’re paying millions of dollars to put on the air is good entertainment. Tell Condoleeza Rice to try and sell that to Europe.” Dean sticks what’s left of his foot in his mouth: This past week, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said that “America is a horrible, evil country run by extremely ugly Republicans who want to kill babies.” The chairman’s spokesperson explained that the former Vermont governor meant that “the Republicans aren’t doing a good enough job with health care.” “If the media is going to continue to quote the chairman verbatim,” said Dez Ainteasy, “then how are the American people supposed to get the message we want them to believe we meant?” The real story behind the title: In an attempt to save money on ink and space, producers of the film “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe” shortened the title from the original, “The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch, the Wardrobe and the Piece of Food Caught In Their Teeth.” Have the gorgeous no compassion?: Brad Pitt has asked the court to let him officially adopt gal pal Angelina Jolie’s children. Seemingly magnanimous, the move has those in the adoption community concerned. “Sure, it’s great to have both a mother and a father,” said one orphans’ advocate, “but now these poor children will have to grow up with double the problem, having to explain why they don’t look as good as either parent.” Steve Young is author of “Great Failures of the Extremely Successful.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hussein Court TV: Saddam refused to attend his own trial, and if he isn’t given better underwear, when – I mean, if – found guilty, he is threatening to boycott his execution. Dodgers select new manager: The Dodgers selected former Boston Red Sox manager Grady Little as their new manager. Team owner Frank McCourt gave Little a strong vote of confidence, a sure-fire sign that Little may be on his way out. War on Christmas update: With a BillO’Reilly.com Web page headed “Recommended Holiday Gifts” instead of “Recommended Christmas Gifts,” Fox news commentator Bill O’Reilly has asked viewers to boycott his show and Web site. “Once the folks let me know how they feel, perhaps I’ll begin to practice what I preach,” said O’Reilly. “Until then, I’m not even going to watch myself.” Too many notes? A DNA investigation has determined that the late composer Ludwig van Beethoven died from lead poisoning. The analysis is 99.99 percent reliable, which will once and for all prove to everyone how he died – except, of course, to the O.J. Simpson jury. last_img read more

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Paleontologist Spills Beans on Evolutionary Emptiness

first_imgA noted evolutionary paleontologist reviews a new book on evolutionary mechanisms favorably, but gives Darwin skeptics ammo in the process.Kevin Padian, a renowned evolutionary paleontologist, is certainly no friend of creation or intelligent design. When speaking to his Darwin buddies, he feels comfortable enough to be frank about problems. Here are some scraps from the table of his book review in Nature, “Evolution: Parallel lives,” a review of Improbable Destinies: Fate, Chance, and the Future of Evolution, by Jonathan B. Losos (Riverhead: 2017). Padian highly recommends the book, but has to make some corrections to views that Losos presents. We summarize some tasty morsels:Dinosaurs were not wiped out by an asteroid. Padian debunks a common myth that Losos perpetuates. The book “goes off the rails” early on, he complains:There is one problem. Some research suggests that dinosaurs had been declining for millions of years before the impact as the climate changed, shallow inland seas receded and returned, temperatures dropped and inland environments destabilized. Their extinction rates did not increase at the end of the Cretaceous; rather, origination of new species plummeted, and so diversity dropped. If there were any dinosaurs left by the very end of the period, they would probably not have succeeded in the cooler, forested world of the Palaeogene period that followed. The Chicxulub asteroid and the large-scale volcanic activity around the same time may have been almost irrelevant to their fates.Mammals did not arise because the dinosaurs went extinct.Neither is it sensible to maintain that their demise paved the way for mammals. Recent discoveries show enormous ecological diversity in Cretaceous mammals, from swimmers to gliders; they rarely topped 10 kilograms at the time, but became larger in the Palaeogene. Just as importantly, they lived in environments quite different from those of the Cretaceous. So stories about “replaying the tape” of evolution can acquire a different cast, given further evidence.Convergent evolution is not a law of nature.We can catalogue examples all day, but is there any real theory of convergence? We cannot assert that some lineages are ‘fated’ to converge on these features. Biological ideas of determinism went out with Jean-Baptiste Lamarck in the late eighteenth century.Natural selection is the Stuff Happens Law.The idea of contingency is perhaps best based on palaeontologist Dolf Seilacher’s theory of constructional morphology. In this, features such as the elephant’s trunk or the osprey’s habit of catching fish with claws rather than beak result from three factors: adaptation (the selective component), evolutionary history (organisms must work with what they’ve inherited) and construction (how the material properties of living structures empower and constrain their form). From there, history takes over. Evolution is not a preordained, inevitable narrative. Neither is it a crapshoot, with random particulates disporting themselves until something works. Rather, it is like the game Monopoly. Where you go next is in part determined by where you are now; who you are is where you’ve been (your acquisitions); where you can go is determined by the throw of the dice, with limited possibilities and probabilities.Padian doesn’t seem to reflect on the fact that Monopoly is played by intelligent minds with a goal. Evolution has no goal or desire to win; therefore, it is a complete throw of the dice (the Stuff Happens Law), where extinction is just as good an outcome as survival, because naturalism is blind, and nobody cares.Padian threw his dice, landed on Chance and got a “Go to Jail” card. He should realize that in Evolution Monopoly, the board is the fitness landscape, and there are no “Get Out of Jail Free” cards in the deck. His only way out is to become a creationist and find grace.(Visited 1,034 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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A321 arrival in Tehran an historic occasion.

first_imgJanuary 12, 2017 was such a memorable day in Iranian aviation history that local  television broadcast it live.The focus was on the arrival of an Airbus A321, registered EP-IFA,  at Tehran’s Mehrabad airport, marking the first delivery of a new aircraft to any Iranian airline since 1994.Even the delivery 23 years ago of two Airbus A300-600s was the result of special permission as compensation for another of the type shot down by the USS Vincennes in 1988 over the Persian Gulf.The last regular delivery of any factory-fresh Western aircraft to Persia was in 1980 when an A300B2 was ferried to Tehran as part of an order of six made in 1978 prior to the 1979 revolution.“This aircraft, registered EP-IBS, is still flying safely, despite all the imposed sanctions and problems they made for us, all thanks to Iranian maintenance crews. We will fly it as long as we can”, pledged soft-spoken Iran Air chairman and chief executive Farhad Parvaresh, in an exclusive interview with AirlineRatings in Toulouse prior to the delivery flight. In the last few decades, as Iran became internationally more and more isolated due to suspicions about its nuclear program, the country had to improvise and rely on middlemen to keep its airlines aloft. All  Western aircraft contain American components and sales of new aircraft were out of the question. This all changed after in 2015 a nuclear deal was signed between Iran and the UN Security Council and the EU, starting a process to end the embargoes and sanctions. In January 2016, an agreement was signed between Iran and Airbus for an order of 118 aircraft from the European manufacturer, made up of 21 A320s, 24 A320neos, 27 A330s, 18 A330neos, 16 A350-1000s and twelve A380s. Airbus then had to obtain all the necessary licenses and permissions for the export of the aircraft, including US-built parts, to Iran. On December 22, a final contract comprising 100 new aircraft was signed but in a big blow to Airbus, the A380s had been dropped.  “The necessary infrastructure in Iran would not be ready in the near-term future to accept the A380, so we decided to drop it and stay with the other new aircraft first to get more familiar with them,’’ Parvaresh said. “As Iran Air we presently have no plans to buy any Boeing 747s or A380s.” In terms of widebody aircraft, the airline will receive both the A350-1000 and the Boeing 777-300ER in a separate, still-to-be -approved deal with Boeing.This currently comprises 80 aircraft (50 737 MAX 8s, 15 777-300ERs and 15 777-9s). In addition, Iran Air is close to signing a final deal with Toulouse-based regional aircraft maker ATR for 20 aircraft, bringing the total of new airframes arriving in the next 11 years to 200. Iran Air denies it has any further interest in products from other manufacturers or even larger aircraft. “This is sufficient capacity, maybe in the future there is a need for bigger aircraft, we will see,’’ Parvaresh said.The new arrivals are eagerly awaited, as the 23 active aircraft are over 23 years old on average and there is still about the same number of aircraft are in storage. “Some are under maintenance, and some are waiting for engine replacements for example, but we think it wouldn’t be economical to bring them back and spend money on them as we are receiving new aircraft,’’  the chief executive said. “Within the next five years we will gradually phase out some of the other types, like the Fokker 100s or the MD-82s, of which we operate four each, as well as older Airbuses.” With the exception of one freighter, all 747s have already been grounded for some time and the 747SPs being the last ones to retire in 2016. Iran Air’s fleet has shrunk considerably recently, with Pavaresh noting “six years ago we had 54 aircraft flying.” And it doesn’t look better for his competitors, including the market leader, privately owned Mahan Air. “There are 150 passenger aircraft flying now in Iran altogether, about hundred are stored, for all the 16 airlines we have,’’ he said. The six aircraft currently registered in Iran —  before the latest delivery — were all built after the year 2000 and are second-hand A340-600s operated by Mahan Air.Iran Air used to have daily flights from Tehran to New York on Boeing 747SPs 40 years ago and Parvaresh sees great potential for a major hub operation once the infrastructure is ready: “Due to our location we can offer a flight time of up to two and a half hours less between Europe and Southeast Asia than via the current Gulf hubs, so it would be less fuel- and time-consuming and you could offer less expensive tickets. We all have to work on that to make it happen.”last_img read more

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The hills are alive…

first_imgThe beauty of the Eastern Cape: rolling hills near Msikaba.  By Anne Taylor18 October 2013Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom is in the Eastern Cape today to officially hand over Mdavuza Senior Primary School to the Qumbu community today. As he made his way to the school, the minister couldn’t help himself from tweeting about the beautiful Eastern Cape landscape:The Mdavuza Senior Primary School is one of the schools built through the Accelerated Schools Infrastructure Delivery Initiative (Asidi), an extension of the broader Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission. The objective of Asidi is to address infrastructure backlogs in the country – especially inappropriate, unsafe and mud schools.Mdavuza school was built at a cost just under R10-million. It has new classrooms, a multimedia centre, a library, a science laboratory and a computer laboratory.Follow Derek Hanekom on Twitter: @Derek_HanekomRead more on SouthAfrica.info: Eastern Cape schools roll-out continueslast_img read more

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