Environmental signals in a highly resolved ice core from James Ross Island, Antarctica

first_imgThe accumulation, isotopic and chemical signals of an ice core from James Ross Island, Antarctica, are investigated for the interval from 1967 to 2008. Over this interval, comparison with station, satellite and reanalysis data allows for a detailed assessment of the environmental information preserved in the ice. Accumulation at James Ross Island is enhanced during years when the circumpolar westerlies are weak, allowing more precipitation events to reach the northeastern Antarctic Peninsula. The stable water isotope composition of the ice core has an interannual temperature dependence consistent with the spatial isotope‐temperature gradient across Antarctica, and preserves information about both summer and winter temperature variability in the region. Sea salts in the ice core are derived from open water sources in the marginal sea ice zone to the north of James Ross Island and transported to the site by strengthened northerly and westerly winds in the winter. A strong covariance with temperature means that the sea salt record may be able to be utilized, in conjunction with the isotope signal, as an indicator of winter temperature. Marine biogenic compounds in the ice core are derived from summer productivity within the sea ice zone to the south of James Ross Island. This source region may have become significant only in recent decades, when the collapse of nearby ice shelves established new sites of open water with high summer productivity. These findings provide a foundation for interpreting the environmental signals in the James Ross Island ice core, which extends though the whole Holocene and represents the oldest ice core that has been recovered from the Antarctic Peninsula region.last_img read more

Setting the tone: Yelin brings intense style to Syracuse volleyball

first_img Published on September 26, 2012 at 2:54 am Contact Jacob: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+ Leonid Yelin traded volleyball for perfume.For the first time in years, he wasn’t involved in the sport. Instead Yelin was selling perfume in a Burdines department store in Miami. Yelin, a Uzbekistan native, knew so little English that he could barely make a sale or operate a cash register.It wasn’t until a chance conversation with a customer that he would find his way back to the sport. A local lawyer with connections to volleyball asked about his background once he heard Yelin’s accent. In broken English, Yelin explained that he was a former volleyball coach.The customer handed Yelin a phone number, and the perfume salesman secured his first coaching job in the United States with a traveling club team. Yelin would never be out of volleyball again.Now in his fifth coaching job in the United States, Yelin inherits a Syracuse program in 2011 that has struggled to establish consistency in the Big East. His diverse life experiences, passion for the game and disciplined approach has pushed his teams to national prominence during his 21-year coaching career. Yelin is trying to impose his demanding coaching style on the Orange as it looks to take a step forward.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“When you have the nice guy with the easy class you don’t get knowledge,” Yelin said. “You’re going to hate the guy that’s tough sometimes, but later you’ll appreciate him as a person.”Yelin has honed that coaching style over his long career. But his start in coaching was an accident.While he was stuck in a month-long gap between playing for professional teams in Uzbekistan, a representative from a state-run sport school approached him and asked if he would help with the girl’s volleyball team for the month.“I stayed for a couple months to try to figure out what I wanted to do, and it started going really well,” Yelin said. “And here I am 30 years later.”His coaching career was a success in Europe, but he took a brief break from coaching when he moved to the United States in 1989. He said he looked for work in a magazine, spent time laying tile for a hospital and served as a deliveryman for Pizza Hut before getting the job at Burdines.That’s where the chance encounter led him back to volleyball.He guided the club team to a national tournament it rarely qualified for previously. Soon after, Yelin received interest from Division-II Barry University, and the suburban Miami school hired him in 1991. Yelin stayed and guided Barry to the 1995 Division-II national championship.Then Louisville called. The school was looking for a new head volleyball coach.But Yelin was reluctant to leave Barry. The Catholic university was friendly and welcoming. But his desire to coach at a bigger program made the opportunity with the Cardinals intriguing.“The athletic director asked what they could do to keep me,” Yelin said. “I said we could move to Division I and I’ll stay.”Yelin accepted the job at Louisville in 1996 and went on to post a 366-112 record in 15 years at the helm. The team qualified for the NCAA tournament 14 times during Yelin’s tenure.“They were on another level, just a notch above everybody else,” Colorado head coach Liz Kritza said. “Everyone knew that Louisville was the best team they were going to play all year.”When Yelin retired after the 2010 season, people close to him were baffled.“I’m not going to lie to you about why I left,” Yelin said. “But I was retiring from Louisville, not from volleyball.”Yelin wouldn’t say why he left the program, but he knew he would be coming back to the game.The coach initially planned to take a season off before getting back into coaching. But Stephanie Cantway, a two-year captain at Louisville who joined his staff as an assistant coach at Louisville, knew he couldn’t stay away for long.“He’s like a Michael Jordan or a Brett Favre that couldn’t stay away,” said Cantway, who is now an assistant at SU. “When you’re used to it, you want to come back and you want to win.”Cantway said Yelin’s honesty in talking to his players and staff is part of what creates a winning atmosphere. As a player and a coach, it was sometimes tough for Cantway to handle.“He’s open and honest right away,” Cantway said. “It’s not necessarily the politically correct thing to do, but in the long run it works.”Kritza, who had just finished her first year as head coach at Colorado, gave Yelin a call and asked him to join her staff for the 2011 season.“Truth be told, there were really two head coaches,” Kritza said. “He knew how to run a program better than I did. He was coaching when I was still playing.”Yelin wanted to be a head coach again after his season at Colorado.In October 2011, Syracuse fired longtime head coach Jing Pu. Looking for a replacement, SU athletic director Daryl Gross called Yelin and asked him to interview. Yelin was offered the job in December, and he accepted it.Penn State head coach Russ Rose has known Yelin since his early days at Louisville and called Gross in support of him. Rose said Yelin’s toughness on his players and loyalty strengthened his program for 15 years.“He’s an acquired taste. It’s going to be kids who can handle someone getting in their kitchen a little bit and telling them to work hard,” Rose said. “He can push his athletes hard, but at the end of the day, they know he’s got their backs.”His mean-teacher approach to coaching has yielded results in two decades leading college programs. While some of his lessons haven’t hit home yet as the Orange has endured an up-and-down start to the season, he’s aiming to instill that same winning mentality he did at Barry and Louisville.“Trying hard and losing is not enough,” Yelin said. “When you go into a business, they hire you; they know you’re trying but not getting the job done, you’re going to be asked to leave. That’s what I’m trying to teach them.” Commentslast_img read more

Heisler: Jim Buss sticks head up, gets pie to face

first_imgMoving Jim out — as Jeanie has promised to do if they’re not in the Western Conference Finals in two seasons — won’t help.Whether Jeanie means it or not — and she has publicly stated that she does — pigs are as likely to fly as the Lakers are to make the Western finals by next season.So for those who want to count down, that would leave 535 days in Jim’s executive career.Jim has, sensibly, holed up but, being Jim, sticks his head out now and then to take a pie in the face.Before his father involved him with the team, Jim told Sports Illustrated, “If you grabbed 10 fans out of a bar … their opinions would be pretty much identical to those of pro scouts.”Jim has tried to prove the point ever since. The Lakers won five titles with him in the loop, if never in charge.Unfortunately, his father passed away in 2013 with the glory days over and bad about to go to worse.Jim popped his head up again last week in a sit-down with USA Today’s Sam Amick that showed Jimbo hasn’t lost his touch for inviting mayhem.Musing about the mystery of his bad image was OK. Trying to stick it to Magic Johnson, a constant critic, was pure entitlement a la Jimbo.“Magic Johnson going nuts on me?” says Jim. “It’s like, ‘Really, dude? My Dad made you a billionaire almost. Really? Where are you coming from?’ ”Actually, it’s more like Magic almost made a billionaire out of Jim’s dad.As for where Magic is coming from, it’s the same place that Lakers fans are.Johnson applied the coup de grace in a statement to USA Today, replying, “It’s about winning, Jim.”Happily for Lakers fans, the bottom line is that the team is still professionally run in the kind of transition that even great franchises must endure (except the Spurs), despite being beset by an amazing run of bad luck as if making up for decades of good fortune.Jerry Buss didn’t interfere with his basketball people except for a few celebrated instances, like making Jerry West take Dennis Rodman in 1999.In those days, it was Jerry, Jim and Mitch in the room. Now it’s just Jim and Mitch. Insiders say Jim has never ordered Kupchak to do something, or put his judgement ahead of Mitch’s.With the Lakers at a historic nadir, you hear a lot about what’s wrong, almost all of it wrong like Jimbo’s presence, or Kobe Bryant’s, or their skepticism about analytics.Talk about dumb. The Lakers dream would be to get West, the best GM since Red Auerbach’s day, to return. West has no use for analytics, either.Last week LaMarcus Aldrdige went out of his way to note that he regarded Kobe’s presence as one of the most positive things when he met with the Lakers.Kupchak ritually defends Jim, but who listens?If Jeanie sticks to her guns, only one thing will bail out Jimbo: Good luck.Mark Heisler has written an NBA column since 1991 and was honored with the Naismith Hall of Fame’s Curt Gowdy Award in 2006. His column is published Sundays in Los Angeles News Group print editions. I’ve been talking to Lakers people who were involved since that went down the night of Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012. As one said unequivocally: “Dr. Buss was the decision-maker.”Jim is hardly the only son or daughter running Dad’s team (see: Jim Dolan, Knicks; Michael Reinsdorf, Bulls; Josh Kroenke, Nuggets; Gail Miller, Jazz). Of course, some, like Kroenke, who played at Missouri, had actual credentials and/or worked their way up in the office, putting in eight hours a day in the office, which Jim didn’t.Nevertheless, Jimbo invited scorn by saying dumb things. Worse, he was the Buss left holding the bag, appearing to take over — although he hadn’t — when the Lakers started into their nosedive.In the bad news for Lakers fans, dumping Jim won’t matter.With Jeanie asserting her role as No. 1 Buss and GM Mitch Kupchak free to run the team as he always has, Jim doesn’t hurt, aside from PR blunders. They were in the right place but it must have been the wrong time. …If more heads may have to roll before the Lakers return to greatness, none is as eagerly awaited as the one under Jim Buss’s baseball cap.Jim doesn’t deserve the flak he gets from Lakers fans but neither did Mike D’Antoni, who was run out on a rail from the day he was hired instead of Phil Jackson.No, Jim didn’t do that. Jerry Buss did, despite the “stab in the back” charge that Jeanie levelled at her brother.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Pochettino delighted as Dele double ends Spurs long wait for win at Chelsea

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino insisted he always trusted Dele Alli’s talent despite the England international’s struggles to meet his high standards this season.Alli doubled his tally for 2018 by scoring twice in four second-half minutes as Spurs beat Chelsea 3-1 on Sunday to end a 28-year wait for a Premier League win at Stamford Bridge.Defeat for the hosts all but ends Chelsea’s hopes of Champions League football next season as Spurs opened up an eight-point lead over their closest challengers for fourth place.“I’m very, very pleased for Dele,” said Pochettino. “It’s been a tough period for him, but I like his talent, his character. I’m so happy for him because he deserved it.”Alli was left out of both England’s recent friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy with Gareth Southgate suggesting his place in the starting XI at the World Cup was far from secure.“I’m sure people will still be disappointed with the way I played today,” said Alli, who celebrated his first goal provocatively in front of the Chelsea fans. “I don’t think I had to prove (anything) with the way I played today.”But after scoring 22 goals last season, Pochettino believes Alli has just become a victim of his own success so early in his career.“In the end, he’s a great talent, only 21 years old, and sometimes we lose the focus on that. He’s only 21. Sometimes the expectation is too much.”Spurs’ performance was even more impressive as they came from behind after a huge error from captain and goalkeeper Hugo Lloris gifted Alvaro Morata the opening goal. Christan Eriksen’s wonder strike levelled in first-half stoppage time, before Alli took centre stage to end a barren run by his standards with two smart finishes just after the hour mark.“When we were down against Chelsea, the team showed great quality and deserved the victory,” said Pochettino. “We are in a good place to achieve the top four, and to do that at the end of the season is the challenge.”Spurs could even afford the luxury of doing the damage without Harry Kane, who made his return from a three-week layoff with ankle ligament damage 16 minutes from time.– Conte’s days numbered –Chelsea manager Antonio Conte’s days in charge look numbered as failure to make the top four is likely to seal the Italian’s fate no matter what comes of their run to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.“My task is to work, and I know that I and my staff work 24 hours a day for Chelsea,” said Conte.“Then the club has to take the decision. I am not worried about this.”Conte has consistently complained of his lack of input over transfer dealings this season and insisted he has got the most out of a squad that won the Premier League at a canter last season.“Yeah, I’m sure about this. We are working very well, very hard and the commitment of the players is top. Despite this if you stay in this position you must be a bit worried,” added Conte.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2last_img read more

Mardi Gras pickleball tournament held in Red Bluff

first_imgRed Bluff >> Betsy Palubeski hosted the first Mardi Gras Pickleball Tournament Feb. 11 at the Lincoln Street tennis courts. Sixteen players participated and LeRoy Weighall was the tournament director.The winning team was made up of Cathy D’Ulisse, Diane Tucci, Kateland Weighall and Rita Weighall.Other players included Jody Johnson, Nora Sabhlok, Carmel Growney, Missy Dominick, Chelsea Kingston, Kathleen Farren, Betsy Palubeski, Mary Jacobson, Betty Lasley, Sherrie Weigle, Michele Gunsauls …last_img

Rhino care on wheels

first_imgThis beautiful baby may one day find itself in need of the rhino ambulance – a rapid response vehicle that can offer on-site medical treatment and then take small traumatised animals to the Rhino Orphanage in Limpopo for special care. (Image: Luke Harwood) The world’s first baby rhino ambulance. (Image: Rhino Orphanage)MEDIA CONTACTS • Pete Richardson  For the Rhino Orphanage • Allison Thompson  Oscap  +27 74 104 0208 RELATED ARTICLES • Poisoning horns to save rhinos • Sangomas join the rhino force • Special anti-poaching weapon for SA • Using technology to fight poaching • Musos pitch in to save rhinosJabu SimelaneThe Rhino Orphanage, opened in August 2012, has added a new weapon to its arsenal in the fight against rhino poaching – the world’s first bespoke baby rhino ambulance.The orphanage is the first specialist, dedicated, non-commercial centre in the world to care for baby rhinos orphaned by the trade in poached rhino horns. It is located at the Entabeni Safari Conservancy in Limpopo Province, near the city of Mokopane, about 250km north of Pretoria. The ambulance was donated by the Canadian Medical Association and comes with a trailer to carry vital equipment into the bush and a specialised transporter to carry tiny injured calves back to the orphanage where they can receive medical attention around the clock.The trailer and transporter have been donated by Arnold Chatz Motors. These extra facilities are intended to provide on-site medical care, enabling vets to give specialised care to rhinos attacked by poachers. The vehicles also bring medical supplies to the Rhino Orphanage for the animals in its care.The facilities are supported by donations from Oscap (Outraged South African Citizens Against Poaching), Platinum Trailers, Practical Publishing and Robbie Fuchs of World Signs. Oscap member Allison Thompson says that the orphanage, which is run by Arrie van Deventer, is doing pioneering work and has already made an impact in just a few months since opening.It is an important element in the Rhino Response Strategy National Rescue and Response network, a group of sanctuaries and a non-profit charity that works to rehabilitate rhino and release them back into the wild. The network aims to put in place a rapid intervention and co-ordinated rescue response system which seeks to raise the success ratio of the rescue of poaching orphans. It aims to do this by implementing appropriate handling, rearing and rehabilitation protocols.Helping the most vulnerable rhinoThe latest moves come after what Oscap has called a sudden boom in so-called “calf rescue” projects that are believed to exploit calves as a way to generate funding without the intention to release them back into the wild. This leads to problems as the animals age, as they become overly tame.There are four calves at the Rhino Orphanage, the most recent of which is Ntombi, rescued in January when it was just two months old. The calf’s mother was killed by poachers. Ntombi had received near fatal head injuries that had penetrated its skull and damaged its sinus cavity. But after constant care, Ntombi has healed and is being rehabilitated to be released back into the wild.This is only one example of the damage caused by poaching and the illegal trade in rhino horn. The Rhino Response Strategy National Rescue and Response network not only focuses on the rehabilitation of injured rhino, but also on the prevention of poaching. It trains trackers to track and apprehend poachers so that they can be prosecuted.With the orphanage and the ambulance, Van Deventer and his team, including rhino rearing and rehabilitation expert Karen Trendler, manger of the Rhino Orphanage, can now work around the clock to help save the country’s rhino population. The ambulance is part of the response network’s emergency field response team, ensuring immediate medical attention. This gives an injured rhino the best chance of survival.South Africa is home to 90% of the world’s rhino population. It is plagued by poaching, following a steep uptick in the illegal trade of rhino horn. According to the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa, which tracks poaching, 446 rhino had been poached in South Africa in the year so far to 26 June.The total rhino poaching numbers for 2012 were 668; in 2011, 448 rhino were poached; and in 2010, 333 were poached. By far the most of these were in Kruger National Park.last_img read more

Korean star Kim takes notice of PH volleybelles’ improvement

first_imgSEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief And even though she led the beating, Kim had high praise for the Philippines.“I think they are so much better now, I saw them like two or three years ago and they did not play like that,” said Kim of the 79th-ranked Philippines in the FIVB world rankings. “I mean, they’ve improved a lot especially that they are very young. I’m sure they can improve after this.” Against the Philippines, however, Kim was thrust much earlier when she entered the floor near the end of the first set when the Filipinos were attempting to break the Koreans in the opening period.READ: Facing KYK huge challenge, morale-booster for PH volleybellesKim would finish of the first set and eventually lead the Koreans to a sweep, 25-23, 25-18, 25-12.“It was close in the first set and in the beginning of the second set so I expected to play,” said Kim who had 12 points against the Philippines.The Philippines were leading 10-7 in the second set when Kim made her second appearance, and for good measure she started the third set for Korea.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:46US defense chief agrees it’s time to take another look at defense pact with PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CONTRIBUTED PHOTOBIÑAN, Laguna—Korea captain Kim Yeon-koung had played just 10 minutes during the group stages of the AVC Asian Women’s Volleyball Championship so it came as a huge surprise when she stepped up against the host in the classification stages.Kim sat out the first two games in the preliminaries as she got permission from Korea head coach Hong Sungjin to take a breather after just competing in the FIVB World Grand Prix.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games LATEST STORIES The Fenerbahce outside hitter, though, told Hong that she was ready to play against the Philippines in their first game in the classification round.READ: AVC: Philippines loses second straight as Korea stays undefeatedFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I spoke with our coach and he said to be ready for the game so I told him that I was ready,” said Kim Sunday at Alonte Sports Arena.Kim played late against Vietnam in Korea’s final group stage game as she entered the match in the fourth set to lead the 10th-ranked team in the world to a 25-23, 25-19, 17-25, 25-22 win. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH K-pop star Jung Joon-young convicted of gang rape, spycam crimes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Playing against royalty in 2017 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next View commentslast_img read more

UST sweeps elims, advances to UAAP beach volleyball finals

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH University of Santo Tomas is one step closer to its title retention bid after slipping past Far Eastern University, 22-20, 17-21, 15-13, to complete a sweep of the eliminations of the UAAP Season 80 women’s beach volleyball tournament Thursday at SM Sands by the Bay.Reigning MVP Cherry Rondina let partner Caitlyn Viray take over in the end game as scored the Golden Tigresses’ final three points to ensure UST’s 7-0 record and automatic bye to the championship round.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Read Next “Of course it’s still not over, we want to get that gold medal,” said Rondina in Fiipino. “This is also a good experience for Cait who’s just starting her beach volleyball career. The competition is very tough and FEU is a really tough opponent.”The Lady Tamaraws finished the eliminations with a 6-1 record and will hold a twice-to-beat advantage in the second series of the step-ladder semifinals.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUST had a 6-2 lead at the start of the third set before the FEU duo of Bernadeth Pons and Kyla Atienza rallied back to take a 10-9 lead on Viray’s error.FEU the managed to tie the set at 12-12 just before Viray closed the affair for UST. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasacenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president St. Benilde halts four-game slump, drops also-ran EAC in OT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC La Salle’s Tin Tiamzon and May Luna clinched the last semifinals slot after brushing off Ateneo’s Bea de Leon and Jules Samonte, 21-10, 21-9, to finish the eliminations with a 4-3 card.The Lady Spikers will face University of the Philippines’ Diana Carlos and Ayel Estrañero in the first series of the step-ladder semifinals. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Jailed Inuk Grandmother takes it to Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador on

first_imgTrina RoacheAPTN National NewsBeatrice Hunter, the Inuk land protector put in jail for protesting peacefully, had some tough questions for the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador but said she was “disappointed and disgusted” with his answers.Hunter confronted him at an event in Goose Bay on Tuesday evening and used Facebook Live to grill Premier Dwight Ball about Muskrat Falls, a controversial hydroelectric project outside of town.A big shock for Hunter was that Ball had not read an open letter from Senators Murray Sinclair and Kim Pate.“When the Senate sends you a letter, wouldn’t you respond ASAP? Especially when it’s the Senate?” said Hunter, in an interview from her home in Labrador. “And it shows that even just by him not reading the letter is a lack of respect for our lives and a lack of respect for the Senate.”On Monday, two senators wrote a joint letter to the premier about the “unjust incarceration” of Hunter for “engaging in a peaceful protest.”Sinclair and Pate said the “actions of the government in this regard have been shameful.”But on Tuesday evening, Ball told Hunter, “I’ve been travelling today and I haven’t really seen the letter yet. I’ve seen some media reports on it, we’ve had some conversations with it, so we need to clearly figure out exactly what the senators were asking for.”The senators asked the province to conduct a “review of its laws to ensure they do not derogate from existing Indigenous rights.”Hunter asked Ball if he would help get the charges against Labrador land protectors dropped.She’s one of 37 people facing criminal charges, including mischief over $5,000 and disobeying a court order, stemming from protests last fall.“I think none of us, yourself, would want a premier or any elected official that’s willing to interfere with a court process,” answered Ball. “I find the whole process very frustrating. I followed your story. It is a very frustrating thing for me to be into. Let’s keep in mind this is not a project I supported.”But Hunter was not appeased and replied, “You say you were very frustrated. How do you think I feel about it being in prison for 11 days?”On May 30, Hunter was sent to a men’s prison in St. John’s, 1,600 km to the south, after she told a judge she could not promise to stop protesting at Muskrat Falls.One concern of the ongoing opposition to the project is that unstable geography at an area of the dam called the North Spur could cause a breach in the dam and massive flooding for communities along the Lower Churchill River.Another, and the main focus of the ongoing protests last fall is methylmercury.A 2015 study by Harvard University indicated that leaving the trees and topsoil in the reservoir when it was flooded would create methylmercury that could contaminate traditional food sources downstream.After a marathon meeting last October, the premier reached a deal with Indigenous leaders.It promised an Independent Expert Advisory Committee to review environment impacts. Ball told Hunter that it’s now set up, and the government is just waiting for Indigenous leaders to find someone to chair the committee.And while the land protectors demand to have the reservoir cleared was not met, Nalcor Energy, the provincial crown corporation developing Muskrat Falls, promised it would release the flood waters from the spillway this spring.But in a recent update on its website, Nalcor reported, “Current water elevation upstream of the spillway remains around 21.5m above sea level. The plan is to keep the water at this level until mid-July. The water must remain at this level to install the necessary equipment that will ensure the safety of river users near the spillway and facility. Once this work is completed, the water level in the reservoir will be lowered.”Hunter has lost trust in government, including the Indigenous leaders in Labrador.“Todd Russell and Yvonne Jones had tried to visit me in prison,” said Hunter. “But I had denied them because I felt that I wouldn’t probably be in prison if they had done their job.”Russell is the leader of the NunatuKavut Community Council. And Jones is the Liberal MP for Labrador.Jones is the Liberal MP for Labrador and the parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Affairs Carolyn Bennett.“We’re fighting for Labrador lives to ensure that no one gets poisoned or drowned,” she said but isn’t looking to politicians for answers, including Dwight Ball.“There was nothing in his answers that said okay, Beatrice, we’re going to help Labrador,” said Hunter. “It seemed he avoided giving real answers to my questions.”And that included her repeated question, asking if Ball would resign as NL Minister for Aboriginal [email protected]last_img read more

Supreme Court to rule on whether energy companies can abandon old wells

first_imgThe Action Surface Rights Association has intervened in the case because it believes rights of landowners have been overlooked in the case. UPDATE – The Supreme Court has ruled companies can’t abandon old wells.  Click here for the details.OTTAWA, O.N. – The Supreme Court of Canada is set to rule today on whether energy companies can walk away from unprofitable wells on agricultural land without having to clean up behind them.A 2016 ruling in the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench allowed a bankrupt energy company to sever its connection with unprofitable and unreclaimed wells when their assets were sold off to creditors. The Alberta Court of Appeal upheld the ruling.Since the case came to court, an estimated 1,800 wells representing more than $100 million in liabilities have been abandoned.Alberta’s provincial energy regulator ordered the trustee for Redwater Energy Corporation to comply with end-of-life requirements to render the abandoned properties environmentally safe.The company’s trustee did not comply, and filed its own counterclaim that included a constitutional challenge to the regulator’s action.The energy regulator and the Orphan Well Association, an industry-funded group that cleans up wells that have been left unreclaimed, have appealed the ruling to the high court.A group with the support of thousands of farmers also wants to see the high court reverse the decision.last_img read more