Constitutional debate over Canadas polygamy law heads back to court

first_imgCRANBROOK, B.C. – A decades-long constitutional debate over Canada’s polygamy law is set to flare up again Tuesday, six years after a British Columbia Supreme Court ruled plural marriage is a crime.Winston Blackmore of Bountiful, B.C., is expected to argue the law infringes on his freedom of religion and expression. Blackmore married at least 24 women between 1990 and 2014 and was found guilty of one count of polygamy earlier this year.Blackmore is the leader of a small community in southeast B.C. that follows the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a Mormon breakaway sect that condones plural or “celestial” marriage.The mainstream Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has renounced any connection to the polygamist group.This week’s proceedings are the latest attempt to test whether Canada’s polygamy law violates the Constitution.The RCMP first investigated Blackmore in the early 1990s and recommended he be charged with polygamy, but the province chose not to because of the constitutional uncertainty.B.C. appointed a special prosecutor in 2007 who advised against approving charges against Blackmore and his successor, James Oler.Oler was appointed to lead the community after Blackmore’s excommunication by church leader Warren Jeffs, who was based in the United States. Jeffs was later sentenced to life in prison in the U.S. after being convicted of multiple sexual assaults against minors.In 2008, the provincial government appointed a second special prosecutor who approved legal action against the church leaders, but the court threw out those charges, accusing the province of “special prosecutor shopping.”Three years later, the B.C. Supreme Court offered clarity by ruling in a lengthy reference case that Canada’s ban on polygamy is valid and does not unreasonably restrict religious freedoms. The decision found that plural marriage is inherently harmful and must be outlawed to protect women, children and the institution of marriage.The following year, the provincial government appointed a third special prosecutor who approved charges against Blackmore and Oler in 2014.Findings of guilt against both Blackmore and Oler won’t be entered as convictions until a decision is made in the constitutional debate. Arguments are expected to take until the end of the week.Both Blackmore and Oler are out on bail. The maximum sentence for a conviction of polygamy is five years in prison, said Crown spokesman Dan McLaughlin.Blackmore’s lawyer, Blair Suffredine, said Monday his client has been attacked for 20 years over religious beliefs that have not been shown to harm anyone.“It’s not fair,” Suffredine said. “It’s not as if there’s any allegation of serious misconduct. The allegation is simply that he has more than one wife, basically, not that there’s any complaint from anybody that he’s done anything that’s hurt anybody.”Suffredine added that his reading of the reference decision is that the court needs to find that actual harm is being caused, not potential harm.Prosecutor Micah Rankin said Monday in an email that the Crown has not filed a written argument in advance of Tuesday’s hearing, but he and his counterpart, Peter Wilson, would submit materials in court during proceedings.Oler does not have legal representation, but lawyer Joe Doyle was appointed as a friend of the court to ensure Oler receives a fair trial.— By Geordon Omand in Vancouver. Follow @gwomand on Twitter.last_img read more

Tony Clement and the Ring of Fire

first_imgAPTN National NewsThe resources held deep beneath what is commonly known as the Ring of Fire is well known.For one, the mining industry believes northern Ontario has one of the largest deposits of chromite in the world.But getting a billion dollars worth of resources hasn’t been easy.Now the federal government is hoping to move things along.Prime Minister Stephen Harper has appointed Minister Tony Clement, president of the Treasury Board, to bring First Nations, industry and the province of Ontario together.Clement joined APTN National News in Ottawa last week.last_img read more

Sri Lankan refugee in Tiruchi threatens to commit suicide

Special Deputy Collector (Refugee Camps) S. Natarajan said the inmate’s family was told about the status of his release on Friday. “He ran into a room and locked himself. Sensing trouble, we asked his wife to persuade him to come out. He spoke in a high pitch and started shivering…an ambulance was called in to shift him to the hospital,” he said, adding that the release of refugees from the special camp would be considered reviewed by an advisory board that reviews cases once in three months.Mr. Dhayabararaj refugee gave a letter to the camp officials that his family might take the extreme step if he was not released. He also threatened to go on an indefinite fast. (Courtesy The Hindu) In March this year, Mr. Dhayabararaj alleged that his wife Udayakala and children were illegally detained for several months in a special quarantine camp at Rameswaram in Ramanathapuram district. After The Hindu published a report, the State government ordered their release and even allotted a house in the open camp for refugees in Mandapam. However, Mr. Dhayabararaj was not released. “When my family came to see me today, the authorities told her that there was no possibility of my release from the camp in the near future. Threatening to commit suicide, she threw her mobile phone and left in a huff with the three children. I have no other option but to commit suicide…,” the refugee said. A Sri Lankan national lodged in the special refugee camp in Tiruchi threatened to commit suicide along with his family on Friday, giving tense moments to State authorities. K. Dhayabararaj has been demanding his release from the camp claiming that he is innocent and has no criminal case pending against him in Sri Lanka.Even as security agencies assured his family that the release of Mr. Dhayabararaj was pending with the government, the refugee fell ill and was rushed to the Government Hospital late evening. His condition was said to be stable. read more

EU clarifies LTTE funds remain frozen despite recent ruling

The Court of Justice found that the Council failed to explain why it believed the LTTE still had the intention to continue terrorist attacks in Sri Lanka despite the LTTE’s military defeat in 2009. In the judgement issued on 26 July 2017, the European Court of Justice therefore confirmed the annulment of the continued freezing of the LTTE’s funds between 2011 and 2015. The judgement only applies to this specific period of time.These same funds remain frozen as a result of the two most recent reviews by the Council which took place in July 2016 and January 2017. In 2006, the Council placed the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) on the list, and has maintained the LTTE on the list ever since. While the LTTE did not challenge the Council measures by which they were initially listed, they did contest their subsequent retention on the list before the General Court. In its judgement delivered in 2014, the General Court annulled the restrictive measures concerning the LTTE due to procedural shortcomings. However, the General Court decided to maintain (until the conclusion of any appeal) the effects of the annulled measures in order to ensure the effectiveness of any possible future freezing of funds. The 2014 judgement was appealed by the Council of the European Union at the European Court of Justice. The European Union today clarified that LTTE funds in EU countries will remain frozen despite the recent judgement by the European Court of Justice.On 27 December 2001, the Council of the European Union adopted a legal framework for measures to combat terrorism. These measures include the freezing of the assets of individuals, groups, and entities related to terrorism, whose names are included on a list which is biannually reviewed by the Council of the European Union to ascertain that there are grounds for retaining them on the list. Any future review must take into account the judgement of the Court of Justice issued on 26 July 2017. At present, however, the LTTE remains designated as a terrorist organisation in the European Union (EU), and the EU’s restrictive measures against the LTTE remain in force. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Côte dIvoire UNs top human rights chief urgently appeals for protection of

In a statement released in Geneva, Sergio Vieira de Mello cited a number of rights violations committed since mid-September, including summary executions, arbitrary arrests, attacks based on nationality, ethnicity or religious beliefs, ill treatment of children, destruction of private property and population displacement. These crimes, he pointed out, “can be prosecuted either before the national judiciary or the International Criminal Court, whose Statute has been signed by Côte d’Ivoire.” Deploring the absence of a cease-fire agreement, Mr. Vieira de Mello called on the Government and the armed groups to cooperate with the negotiations being carried out by mediators of the Economic Community of West African States and the Special Representative of Secretary-General Kofi Annan. “In the view of the High Commissioner, only mediation and starting a dialogue between all the components of Ivorian society in the spirit of tolerance which the country is known for will end the conflict,” the statement said. read more

Pew maps Twitter chatter in new type of study finds 6 types

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press Posted Feb 21, 2014 4:19 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – People take to Twitter to talk about everything from politics to breakfast to Justin Bieber in what feels like a chaotic stream of messages. So it may come as a surprise that the conversations on the short messaging service fit into just six distinct patterns.The Pew Research Center, working with the Social Media Research Foundation and using a special software tool, analyzed and mapped millions of public tweets, retweets, hashtags and replies that form the backbone of Twitter chatter. The resulting diagrams show how people, brands, news outlets and celebrities interact on Twitter, depending on the topic of conversation.When it comes to politics, for example, Twitter’s citizens tend to form two distinct groups that rarely interact with one another, divided along liberal and conservative lines, according to the report, which was published on Thursday. Liberals tend to post links to mainstream news sources, while conservatives link to sites with a conservative blend, according to the study, whose authors likened their methods to taking aerial photos of crowds gathered in public places.The researchers are quick to note that not everyone uses Twitter — only 14 per cent of the U.S. population — and not all who do use it to talk about politics, for example. Still, looking at how conversations flow on social media can provide new insights into how people communicate in a way that was not possible until very recently.“You could never do that in the old days when you were running around with a pen and clipboard,” said Marc A. Smith, one of the study’s authors and director of the Social Media Research Foundation.What emerged in maps of political conversations that the liberal and conservative groups are not even arguing with one another. Rather, they are “ignoring one another while pointing to different web resources and using different hashtags,” according to the study.The telephone polls that take the pulse of the country about everything from politics to race, religion and technology will continue to form the research centre’s backbone. But Lee Rainie, one of the study’s authors and director of the Pew Research Internet Project said there are other kinds of data that deserve exploration. Looking at social media — something that large swaths of people participate in — can give insights to important information about people’s lives.Here are the other five types of conversations:— People who talk about well-known brands on Twitter tend to be disconnected from one another, focusing only on the topic at hand and not really interacting with each other. The study calls these “brand clusters.” One graph, that looked at mentions of Apple, found that users didn’t follow, reply to or mention any other person who also tweeted about the company.— People who tweet from a social media conference, or about another highly specialized topic tend to form tight crowds of people who are connected to one another as followers. There are only a few users who are not connected to at least a few others in the group.— “Community clusters” happen when several, evenly sized Twitter groups are connected to each other. In a sense, these can be compared “to people clustering in different stalls at a bazaar.” The conversations in this group share a common broader topic, whether that’s Michelle Obama or a tech conference, but each cluster takes a different focus.— “Broadcast networks” are often media outlets or prominent social media figures with a lot of followers who repeat the messages such outlets send out.— A Twitter “support network,” is the last major conversation type. These conversations usually involve a large company, such as a bank or airline, that listens and replies to consumer complaints. When mapped, the interactions in these groups tend to look like a bicycle wheel hub with many spokes.___Online:The Pew study: Barbara Ortutay on Twitter at Pew maps Twitter chatter in new type of study, finds 6 types of conversations read more

Brock Wrestling takes 16 of 19 golds at OUA championships

The Brock Badgers reminded the entire nation why they are the kings and queens of the wrestling mats.The Badgers regained the No. 1 national ranking for both men’s and women’s wrestling Tuesday after the most dominant performance in the history of the Ontario University Athletics wrestling championships. While hosting the OUA championships last weekend, Brock won 16 of 19 gold medals en route to capturing both conference banners for the third-straight season.Brock Wrestling is now preparing for the USports National Championships hosted by Algoma in Sault Ste. Marie Feb. 23-24.In Tuesday’s USports national rankings, the Brock men’s basketball team remained at No. 2 in the country as they go into the final weekend of the regular season with a 20-2 record. With two regular season games remaining on the road at Western and Windsor, Brock has now won more games in a single season than ever before in school history.Brock Badgers Playoff ScheduleMen’s Hockey: OUA First Round (Best 2-out-of-3 series)Game 1 – Wednesday, Feb. 14, 7 p.m. at LaurierGame 2 – Friday, Feb. 16, 7:15 p.m. at BrockGame 3 – Sunday, Feb. 18, 7 p.m. at Laurier (If necessary)Women’s Hockey: OUA First Round (Best 2-out-of-3 series)Playoffs begin next week – Schedule TBD after this weekendMen’s BasketballSaturday, Feb. 24, 7:30 p.m. at Bob Davis Gymnasium – OUA QuarterfinalsWednesday, Feb. 28, 7 p.m., location TBD – OUA Semifinals (with win on Feb. 24)Saturday, March 3, Time and location TBD – OUA Finals or OUA BronzeOUA Curling ChampionshipsFeb. 15 to 18 at Algoma University, Sault Ste MarieUSports National Wrestling ChampionshipsFeb. 23 to 24 at Algoma University, Sault Ste Marie read more

HTC Omega specs leak include Windows Phone 7 Mango and 15GHz processor

first_imgWhen HTC isn’t building Android smartphones and tablets and tossing Microsoft a few shekels for those patents its licensed back in 2010, the company is churning out Windows Phone 7 devices. HTC has already produced a handful of WP7 phones like the Arrive, HD7, and Surround, and there will soon be at least one more model added to its line-up: the HTC Omega.It’s believed that the Omega will be HTC’s first Windows Phone 7 Mango device, though it will cede the title of first overall to the Fujitsu IS12T. Apart from running Mango, the Omega will feature a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor, 512MB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. There will also be a rear-facing 8-megapixel wide-angle camera with autofocus and an LED flash, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and other standard accoutrements like a 3.5MM headphone jack, GPS, and DLNA support. It’s also been mentioned that the Omega could include both GSM and HSPA radios.AdChoices广告As for its display, the HTC Omega will sport a 3.8″ Super LCD touchscreen with 800×480 resolution. It’s an interesting choice, since it sounds a lot like the screen that has shipped in the Surround since it started shipping late last year. The camera may also be re-purposed from another HTC phone, the Sensation. The Qualcomm processor in the Omega is no slouch, and it’s the same one you’ll find inside Sony’s Xperia Arc. In the Omega, however, it’s been clocked a full 50% faster.There have been rumblings about this phone since May, but nothing official has surfaced about the Omega just yet. These specs could very well change before launch — assuming the phone does launch.More at Geeky Gadgetslast_img read more

Dimitria in Adelaide

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The annual 36th Dimitria Greek Festival 2014 will be hosted this Sunday at the Flinders University in Adelaide. Under the patronage of the Hon Jay Weatherill MP, Premier of South Australia, the day will be filled with Greek food, Greek dancing and music, and activities for the whole family. The entry is free, all are welcome.When: Sunday 2 November, from 10.00 am to 10.00 pm Where: Flinders University, Humanities Courtyard, Sturt Road, Bedford Park For more information, contact Layla Plummer or call 08 8201 3854last_img read more

Listing schedule for the WWE Network for October 7 2014

first_img Now Playing Up Next WWE Live returns to Australia this October, Tickets will be available May 28 Brie Bella Now Playing Up Next WWE Watch Along to stream live on social media during Clash of Champions PPV Nikki Bella: Artem Chivbinstev is a great kiser Videos Articles Nikki Bella buys a Ferrari as therapy for John Cena break-up WWE Network live-stream schedule for 10/7/14:10:00 am ET – Monday Night War: 9/29/14. Stone Cold Steve Austin’s drive and determination spurs WWE’s ‘Attitude Era’ to insurmountable heights.11:00 am ET – Total Divas: 12/15/13. Brie gets engaged. Nikki and John Cena break up after discussing the future. Eva Marie attempts to introduce her fiance to her family.12:00 pm ET – WWE Countdown: 9/8/14. Counting Down the Top Ten Most Imposing Superstars ever in WWE history.1:00 pm ET – Monday Night War: 9/29/14. Stone Cold Steve Austin’s drive and determination spurs WWE’s ‘Attitude Era’ to insurmountable heights.2:00 pm ET – Total Divas: 12/15/13. Brie gets engaged. Nikki and John Cena break up after discussing the future. Eva Marie attempts to introduce her fiance to her family.3:00 pm ET – Edge Christian SmackDown Special: 10/6/14.4:00 pm ET – SmackDown 15th Anniversary: 8/26/99. The network premiere of WWE SmackDown has newly crowned WWE Champion Triple H in action vs. The Rock with two special guest referees.5:30 pm ET – SmackDown 15th Anniversary: 4/9/03. Rowdy Roddy Piper brings back ‘Piper’s Pit’ after 14 long years with Mr. McMahon as the featured guest.6:00 pm ET – WWE Beyond The Ring: 7/8/08. Ric Flair has seen it all and has taken on all challengers. This documentary looks at the incredible life and career of this WWE Legend.8:00 pm ET – WWE Main Event LIVE: 10/7/14. WWE Main Event features incredible in-ring action, from the WWE Superstars and Divas on Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.9:00 pm ET – SmackDown 15th Anniversary: 8/26/99. The network premiere of WWE SmackDown has newly crowned WWE Champion Triple H in action vs. The Rock with two special guest referees.10:30 pm ET – SmackDown 15th Anniversary: 4/9/03. Rowdy Roddy Piper brings back ‘Piper’s Pit’ after 14 long years with Mr. McMahon as the featured guest.11:00 pm ET – WWE Main Event: 10/7/14. WWE Main Event features incredible in-ring action, from the WWE Superstars and Divas on Monday Night Raw and Friday Night SmackDown.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClip’Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John CenaVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Nikki Bella Facebook Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ‘Total Bellas’ Season 4 Will Not Feature John Cena These Actors Really Refused To Work With Each Othercenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Nikki Bella Fires Back At Ronda Rousey Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Videos Articles Twitter Google+ John Cena Videos Articles WWE kicks off their semiannual week and a half long European Tour todaylast_img read more

1011 WWE Results Kuala Lumpur Malaysia Second event

first_imgFacebook Vin Diesel and John Cena share ‘intense’ scene Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Cesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The Bar WhatsApp Erick Rowan CM Punk & AJ Lee Join Horror Movie Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Twitter Liv Morgan makes first WWE appearance following concussion at live event in Canada AAW airing live special later tonight in Chicago on the Highspots Network, full card Now Playing Up Next Pinterestcenter_img Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Google+ Videos Articles Seth Rollins John Cena Asuka says she only hit her back and is okay after injury scare at WWE live event 10/11 WWE Results: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (Night #2)* John Cena def. Bray Wyatt.* WWE NXT Champion Adrian Neville def. Bo Dallas.* Los Matadores def. Heath Slater and Titus O’Neil.* Big Show def. The Miz.* WWE Divas Champion AJ Lee def. Paige.* Kofi Kingston and Big E def. Luke Harper and Erick Rowan.* WWE U.S. Champion Sheamus def. Seth Rollins.Source: PWInsider.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipCesaro Hopeful WWE Will Reunite The BarVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration -:-/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listlast_img read more

US stocks erase most of an early loss as volatility surges

first_imgStocks overcame a big loss on Wall Street Wednesday, though the market’s recovery left plenty of signs of worry among investors that the fallout from the trade war between the U.S. and China will spread.A late-afternoon rally lifted most of the major stock indexes out of the red, reversing most of the early slide that briefly pulled the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 580 points. Technology and consumer staples stocks powered much of the gains, offsetting losses in banks, energy companies and other sectors.Even so, the moves in the bond and commodities markets signaled that investors are nervous that the escalating trade war between the U.S. and China may derail the global economy.Bond yields sank around the world, something that happens when investors see a weaker economy and low inflation on the way. The price of oil tanked and the price of gold shot up to its highest level in six years as traders sought safe-haven holdings.“You did see buyers come back to the market, which is a good sign for the market in the near term,” said Lindsey Bell, investment strategist with CFRA Research. “Investors need to buckle in for some volatility here in the next couple of months.”last_img read more

Portland braces for farright rally counterprotest

first_imgPORTLAND — Portland police are mobilizing to prevent clashes between out-of-state far-right groups planning a rally here and the homegrown anti-fascists who oppose them as America’s culture wars seep into this progressive haven.Saturday’s rally — and the violence it may bring — are a relatively new reality here, as an informal coalition of white nationalists, white supremacists and extreme-right militias hones its focus on Oregon’s largest city as a stand-in for everything it feels is wrong with the U.S. At the top of that list are the masked and black-clad anti-fascists who turn out to violently oppose right-wing demonstrators as soon as they set foot in town.“It’s Portlandia, and in the public mind it represents everything these (far-right) groups are against,” said Heidi Beirich, director of the Intelligence Project at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks hate groups. “It’s progressive, and even more offensive to them, it’s progressive white people who should be on these guys’ side.”The groups know they will get a headline-grabbing reaction from Portland’s so-called “antifa,” whose members have issued an online call to their followers to turn out to “defend Portland from a far-Right attack.” Portland’s Rose City Antifa, the nation’s oldest active anti-fascist group, says violence against right-wing demonstrators is “exactly what should happen when the far-right attempts to invade our town.”Portland leaders are planning a major law enforcement presence on the heels of similar rallies in June and last summer that turned violent, and the recent hate-driven shooting in El Paso, Texas. None of the city’s nearly 1,000 police officers will have the day off, and Portland will get help from the Oregon State Police and the FBI. Mayor Ted Wheeler has said he may ask Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, to call up the Oregon National Guard.last_img read more

From the Newsroom Driven by our daily deadlines

first_img The news business runs a little bit like the airlines. We set a time schedule, then try like crazy every day to meet it.It’s always been that way. Even though we can post stories on our website at any time of the day or night, we still use deadlines for our print edition, and we still schedule our day around press times. I thought I would share some of those times with you, picking a hypothetical weekday:• 6:30 a.m. — Reporter Jerzy Shedlock arrives in the newsroom. Jerzy is part of our three-person breaking news team. He’ll start by checking for overnight news from police and fire agencies, then check our general email address,, where we ask people to send news releases and news tips. If he finds anything, he’ll write up an item and post it immediately. But let’s assume this is a slow day, so he’ll next check the wire services and post any big or breaking regional, national or international stories. He’ll scan the police log, monitor the local morning TV newscasts, and check competitors’ news sites to make sure we are up to date.• 8 a.m. — Web Editor Amy Libby arrives and dives into the web, posting additional stories, monitoring content, and tending our busy social media channels.• 9 a.m. — Reporters, editors and photographers start drifting into the newsroom. There are exceptions. Most of the copy editors work a swing shift, when there are stories to be read and print pages to be designed. And everyone in the sports department (with the exception of outdoors writer Terry Otto) also works afternoons and evenings, when sporting events occur. Craig Brown is The Columbian’s editor. His column will appear in this space periodically. Contact him at 360-735-4514 or craig.brown@columbian.comlast_img read more

Working in Clark County Phillip Martello Port of Vancouver environmental specialist

first_imgEnvironmental specialist Phillip Martello sometimes can be found wandering down abandoned back roads and into the weeds.On a recent weekday, equipped with a small Canon Powershot camera, he strolled down one such road along the Columbia River near Frenchman’s Bar Regional Park. The 2-acre parcel, not far from the port’s main offices, was previously owned by the Port of Vancouver and identified as a mitigation site; it had endured some impact to its shoreline from a trench section dug by the port for its West Vancouver Freight Access project, which was completed last year.As a Port of Vancouver employee, Martello’s job is to monitor environmental activity at their mitigation sites, which include 170 acres covering eight sites, according to Ryan Hart, the port’s chief external affairs officer.“We put in this one section that we referred to as a trench, and the trench impacted some shoreline,” Martello said. Signs along the decommissioned road read “Riparian mitigation area. Please retain in a natural state.”“I think trees are the easiest to understand. If we cut down trees for a construction project, we’d have to plant two elsewhere. Since we were taking riparian, which is just trees along shoreline, we had to mitigate elsewhere,” Martello said. At that site, he said they planted a variety of trees, including 200 black cottonwoods, 50 Oregon ash, and others.Down the embankment from the road were several bat boxes installed on the sides of snags — large, still-standing dead trees — which give birds and other animals a place to perch or nest.last_img read more

Comments sought on 3438 million transportation program

first_imgInterested in knowing what major transportation projects are scheduled to be built in Clark County during the next four years?The Southwest Washington Regional Transportation Council is seeking public comments on a draft $343.8 million transportation improvement program.The Regional Transportation Council develops the four-year program through a coordinated process with local cities, Clark County, the Washington State Department of Transportation and C-Tran.The entire 142-page draft document can be found online at: An 80-page list of projects is available at: comment period will last through Oct. 1. On that date, the Regional Transportation Council Board of Directors will hear comments before it considers approving the program. The meeting begins at 4 p.m. in the sixth-floor hearing room at the Public Service Center, 1300 Franklin St.Prior to Oct. 1, written comments can be sent to: Regional Transportation Council, PO Box 1366, Vancouver, WA 98666-1366. Comments also can be submitted online at: four-year program includes 79 projects that fall into eight categories:• Road improvement: Enhancing roads for vehicles, including widening, reconstruction, intersection improvements and related works. Twenty-one projects totaling $127.1 million.• Bridge: New bridge construction and bridge replacement, along with repair and painting. Six projects totaling $99.8 million.• Transit: All purchasing and planning projects for C-Tran. Four projects totaling $60 million.• Safety: Improvements primarily to reduce the number and severity of vehicle crashes, such as intersection improvements, signs, lane markings and guardrail. Eleven projects totaling $21.7 million.last_img read more

Former Manchester United man Diego Forlan retires from football

first_imgDiego Forlan has retired from football.According to at the age of 40 Forlan has decided to call it a day.In a career that has literally taken him all over the world.His professional career began at Independiente of Argentina. Some displays of formidable potential earned him the move to Manchester United. There he won a league title and an FA Cup.He then ventured on to La Liga. He played for both Villareal and Atletico Madrid in Spain.His strike rate there was quite amazing, scoring 128 goals in 240 league games between the two clubs. He also added the Europa League to his trophy hall at Madrid.His best spell came when he managed 32 league goals in 33 appearances for Atletico, in a season that saw him beat both Samuel Eto’o and David Villa to the crown of leading scorer in the league.His journey also included a stint in Italy at Inter.He then left Europe for the outreaches of the football world. Enjoying brief spells with Cerezo Osaka, Penarol, Mumbai City and Kitchee.Kitchee of Hong Kong was to be his last port of call. He has not actually played in over a year now.Forlan said in a statement:“It hasn’t been easy, I didn’t want the time to come, but I knew it was going to come.”“I have decided to stop playing football professionally.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.Diego Forlan also had an exceptional international career with Uruguay.He scored 36 goals in 112 appearances for his nation.On the international scene, he also scooped the Golden Ball at the  2010 World Cup as Uruguay finished fourth. His crowning glory came in 2011. Uruguay won the Copa America.Former international teammate Barcelona’s Luis Suarez said of Forlan:“Historic for Uruguayan football.”“Grateful for all the unforgettable moments you made all for Uruguayans.”“Both in the national team and in all the teams you played”“It was a dream to have played with one of my idols. You will always be a legend in Uruguay. A lot of success in your new challenges, friend.”Luego de 21 años tomé la decisión de poner fin a mi carrera como futbolista profesional. Se cierra una linda etapa llena de grandes recuerdos y emociones pero comenzará otra de nuevos desafíos.¡Gracias a todos los que de una u otra manera me acompañaron en este camino! 👋🏼 🔟— Diego Forlan (@DiegoForlan7) August 7, 2019last_img read more

El Shaarawy moves to China and thanks Roma fans

first_imgThe forward will sign a three-year contract with Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua as he leaves the Italian Lega Serie A.After three years playing for Italian Lega Serie A club AS Roma, forward Stephan El Shaarawy has left the Giallarossi.The Italy international has signed a three-year contract with Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua.But he doesn’t forget where he’s coming from, and as soon as he left Italy he wanted to thank Roma fans.“I will always thank the Roma fans for these years we had together,” El Shaarawy was quoted by Football Italia.“I also thank all those who I worked with at Roma.”“No, I haven’t heard from him,” he said about speaking with Italy national team boss Roberto Mancini.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….The 26-year-old started his professional career in 2008 with Genoa, he was loaned in 2010 to Padova, before being acquired by AC Milan in 2011.After four years with the Rossoneri, he was loaned to Monaco in 2015 and then Roma for six months.But it was with the Giallarrossi where he found his best football as he was bought in 2016.La bellissima esperienza di Stephan El Shaarawy con i bambini e le bambine di Calcio Insieme ♥️🤗#ASRoma #RomaCares— AS Roma (@OfficialASRoma) June 10, 2019last_img read more

20th Annual Hawaiian Plumeria Festival in Balboa Park

first_img20th Annual Hawaiian Plumeria Festival in Balboa Park Categories: Entertainment, Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter August 29, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Posted: August 29, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The 20th Annual Hawaiian Plumeria Festival: Plant Sale and Flower Show will be at Casa del Prado in Balboa Park during Labor Day weekend.Festival includes a plant sale with more than 25 vendor and 400 varieties, a flower show, Hawaiian dancers, musicians and food. There will also be a Plumeria Crafts and Gift Store that will include jewelry, purses & bags, bloom displays and more.The event will go from Saturday, August 31, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm and on Sunday, September 1, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.last_img read more

Cross country walk for veterans awareness raises over 50k

first_img September 1, 2019 Updated: 7:33 PM KUSI Newsroom, Posted: September 1, 2019 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A celebration was held in front of the Embarcadero’s iconic Kissing Statue for a 1-year-old US Air Force veteran who just completed a walk across America.William Shuttleworth’s walk was aimed to raise awareness about veteran homelessness, suicide treatement and other important veteran care issues.“Listening to their (veterans’) stories every night about how they were not getting the service they needed…Since I walk 20 miles every day I’m going to walk 20 miles in a straight line every day to see if I can ignite the spirit that made this America great.” Shutteworth said.He began his journey on May 15, taking 115 days total.“We could eliminate homelessness in a year if we wanted to. The money’s there. Really, politics is nothing but the fair, equitable and trustworthy distribution of finite resources, I think we need to do a better job of it.”Shuttleworth was able to raise over $52,000 for veteran’s services. center_img KUSI Newsroom Cross country walk for veteran’s awareness raises over $50k Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more