TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona comms chief Vives denies Valdes kicked out back doorby Carlos Volcano15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona comms chief Josep Vives denies the club kicked Victor Valdes out the back door.Valdes was sacked as U19 coach this week.Vives said, “It is a technical decision and it is not the responsibility of any spokesperson. The club always tries to make people, not just the referents, leave in the best way possible. “We disagree with the issue that Valdés has gone out the back door.”He added: “It always hurts when a person leaves the club, and more with the history of Victor. The club wanted it to work well and that his stage was long and successful.”
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool legend Souness scoffs at Man Utd youth policyby Paul Vegas5 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool legend Graeme Souness has questioned Manchester United’s youth policy.He warns that United won’t be able to nuture these players if they are drafted into a squad low on confidence.”Ever since the Busby Babes, the club have made a fetish out of youth,” Souness wrote in the Sunday Times. “In itself, that is no bad thing, especially at a club which subsequently brought George Best through its ranks and then produced the Class of 92. “It’s possible that the likes of Marcus Rashford, James Garner and Mason Greenwood might go on to emulate their illustrious predecessors — though I’m sceptical — but just because they have been picked to start for United while they are still teenagers doesn’t make it so. “The difficulty is compounded by the fact that they are being thrust into a team which is shorn of authority and confidence.”
Twitter/@bobarcher1We’re still over six months away from the start of the 2015 college football season, but it’s never too early to start debating which teams have the best shot at reaching the second College Football Playoff. While most fans believe that Ohio State has a great shot at repeating as national champion, there will be plenty of challengers. ESPN has already put together its Preseason FPI Ratings – which is basically an estimate of team strength (more on that here). Not surprisingly, the Buckeyes check in at No. 1, with Alabama sitting at No. 2. It may shock some fans to see LSU at No. 3 and Baylor at No. 4, however. Here are the top 25 schools, per ESPN. You can see the entire list here – all 128 teams are ranked.1. Ohio State 2. Alabama 3. LSU 4. Baylor 5. Oregon 6. TCU 7. Notre Dame 8. Ole Miss 9. Georgia 10. Arkansas 11. Texas A&M 12. UCLA 13. USC 14. Tennessee 15. Oklahoma 16. Michigan State 17. Stanford 18. Auburn 19. Clemson 20. Arizona State 21. Florida State 22. Mississippi State 23. Georgia Tech 24. Missouri 25. Virginia TechSome other surprises? Notre Dame, despite a quarterback controversy, sits at No. 7. Arkansas and Texas A&M – two teams that did not finish with winning records in the SEC West – come in at No. 10 and No. 11. And in total, there are 10 SEC teams in the top 25.
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 19: Jabrill Peppers #5 of the Michigan Wolverines leaves the field after a 20-10 win over the Indiana Hoosiers on November 19, 2016 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Jabrill Peppers arrived at Michigan last year as one of the most heralded recruits in the country. However, his freshman season was cut short due to injury, and he ended up taking a medical redshirt.Michigan began spring drills this week, and judging by this video Peppers posted on Twitter, he’s 100 percent healthy and very fired up to be on the field.TURNT‼️ pic.twitter.com/GrnGLVUX6N— Breez (@JabrillPeppers) February 25, 2015That backflip was in the middle of special teams drills. Imagine how excited Peppers will be when he gets to play in the secondary.It will be interesting to see how Peppers looks in 2015, assuming he stays healthy. He has the ability to be a breakout player for the Wolverines.
WASHINGTON – Buoyed by the sudden likelihood of a budget pact, lawmakers are on track to avoid a repeat of last month’s government shutdown — though President Donald Trump unexpectedly raised the possibility of closing things down again if he can’t have his way on immigration.“I’d love to see a shutdown if we can’t get this stuff taken care of,” Trump declared Tuesday, repeating the sentiment for emphasis.Trump’s comments were strikingly disconnected from the progress on Capitol Hill, where the House passed a short-term spending measure Tuesday night and Senate leaders were closing in on a larger, long-term pact ahead of a Thursday night deadline. The broader agreement would award whopping spending increases to both the Pentagon and domestic federal programs, as well as approve overdue disaster relief money and, perhaps, crucial legislation to increase the government’s borrowing limit and avoid possible default.Democratic leaders have dropped their strategy of using the funding fight to extract concessions on immigration, specifically on seeking extended protections for the “Dreamer” immigrants who have lived in the country illegally since they were children. Instead, the Democrats prepared to cut a deal that would reap tens of billions of dollars for other priorities — including combatting opioids — while taking their chances on solving the immigration impasse later.Tuesday night’s 245-182 House vote, mostly along party lines, set the machinery in motion. The six-week stopgap spending bill contains increases for the military that long have been demanded by Trump and his GOP allies. But the measure appears increasingly likely to be rewritten by the Senate to include legislation implementing the brewing broader budget pact.House Democrats cancelled a scheduled three-day retreat on Maryland’s Eastern Shore to develop a strategy for the midterm elections. A spokeswoman blamed the cancellation on “the pressing issues Congress will likely vote on over the next three days.”The budget negotiations, conducted chiefly by the Senate’s top leaders, Republican Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Chuck Schumer of New York, have intensified in recent days — and the looming government shutdown at midnight Thursday added urgency to the talks. In addition to the military and domestic spending, the deal taking shape would approve overdue disaster relief money and, perhaps, crucial legislation to increase the government’s borrowing limit and avoid possible default.Both McConnell and Schumer reported progress Tuesday morning.“I think we’re on the way to getting an agreement and getting it very soon,” said McConnell.Prospects for dealing with immigration, however, were as fuzzy as ever. The Senate is slated next week to begin a debate to address the dilemma of immigrants left vulnerable by the looming expiration of former President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA.Weeks of bargaining have left the two parties divided over how to extend protections for such Dreamer immigrants and a court ruling has blunted a March 5 deadline.McConnell said Tuesday that while he hopes “we will end up having something,” he was unsure if any proposed measure would get the 60 votes needed for approval.On Tuesday, White House chief of staff John Kelly threw fuel on the dispute as he defended Trump’s proposed solution. The retired general noted the White House proposal would expand protection for some 1.8 million immigrants. That group includes both the 690,000 currently shielded and also “the people that some would say were too afraid to sign up, others would say were too lazy to get off their asses, but they didn’t sign up,” he said.No. 2 Senate Democratic leader Dick Durbin of Illinois, his party’s chief immigration negotiator, bristled at the comment.“I’m sorry for that characterization. It doesn’t surprise me from Gen. Kelly,” he said.The budget talks appeared to be going more smoothly.GOP defence hawks were prevailing over the party’s depleted ranks of deficit hawks, championing major new spending on military programs. Democrats, meanwhile, leveraged their influence to increase spending for domestic priorities such as combating opioid misuse.The result could be the return of trillion-dollar deficits for the first time since Obama’s first term.The stopgap spending bill would keep the government open through March 23 to allow time to write and pass detailed follow-up “omnibus” legislation to fund the government through the Sept. 30 end of the fiscal year.The prospective longer-term budget agreement would give both the Pentagon and domestic agencies relief from a budget freeze that lawmakers say threatens military readiness and training as well as domestic priorities such as combating opioid abuse and repairing the government’s troubled health care system for veterans.The temporary funding measure would also reauthorize funding for community health centres, which enjoy widespread bipartisan support.Aides in both parties said the budget measure may also contain a provision to raise the government’s $20.5 trillion borrowing limit. Legislation to increase the debt ceiling is always a headache, especially for House GOP leaders whose rank and file have in the past used the votes to register objection to deficit spending.Another likely addition is more than $80 billion in long-overdue hurricane relief for Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico, a top priority of lawmakers in both parties.Under Congress’ arcane ways, a broad-brush agreement to increase legally binding spending “caps” — which would otherwise keep the budgets for the military and domestic agencies essentially frozen — would be approved, then followed by a far more detailed catchall spending bill that would take weeks to negotiate.It’s clear that Senate Democrats have no appetite for another government shutdown. Their unity splintered during last month’s three-day closure.House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had linked progress on the budget with action to address the immigration program, but other Democrats are beginning to agitate for delinking the two, lest the opportunity for a budget pact be lost. And having tried and failed to link progress on the budget to DACA during last month’s government shutdown battle, many Democrats aren’t spoiling for a repeat.“It’s hard. If we can get a good deal that funds disaster relief, funds domestic priorities, funds the opioid crisis it would be a difficult call,” said Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash. “DACA’s important and it ought to get done. But what’s the path?”Schumer said he and Pelosi are “working from the same page,” appearing to discount speculation that she might oppose the coming pact.___AP Writers Jill Colvin, Ken Thomas and Darlene Superville contributed.
TORONTO – Canada’s Big Five banks reported a collective second-quarter profit of $10.6 billion, up nearly 11 per cent from a year ago, beating expectations across the board as they brushed off concern about the impact of a cooling real estate market amid tighter mortgage lending guidelines.“The market is in various stages of worry about the outlook for the mortgage market in particular, but the results themselves seem to indicate that a lot of that worry is misplaced,” said Meny Grauman, an analyst with Cormark Securities in Toronto.BMO was the last of the biggest banks to report its earnings for three-month period ended April 30 on Wednesday.Its fiscal second-quarter net profit of $1.25 billion was relatively flat compared with a year ago, but included a $192-million after-tax restructuring charge primarily related to severance costs. Canada’s fourth-largest lender also raised its quarterly dividend to 96 cents per share, up three cents from 93 cents in its previous quarter.BMO said it earned $2.20 per share on an adjusted basis for the quarter, up from $1.92 per share a year ago. Analysts on average had expected the bank to earned $2.12 per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Like its rivals, BMO benefited from strong earnings on both sides of the border. Its Canadian banking arm saw net income rise 11 per cent to $590 million. And although home sales activity across the country in April hit a monthly low not seen in years, due to factors including a new stress test for uninsured mortgages as of Jan. 1 and higher interest rates, BMO’s total Canadian residential mortgage portfolio grew by 2.2 per cent to $106.4 billion in the latest quarter.BMO has “momentum” in its U.S. personal and commercial business, which is driving “very strong” results in its Canadian business, said chief executive officer Darryl White.“The bank’s performance this quarter, I believe, is indicative of our potential and I remain confident that our diversified businesses will deliver sustainable earnings growth for the future,” he said.The other Big Five banks generated strong earnings at home as well. TD’s Canadian retail division net income was up 17 per cent compared with last year. RBC’s Canadian personal and small business banking division reported a seven per cent increase in net income, while Scotiabank’s domestic banking division saw a five per cent increase and CIBC’s Canadian personal and small business banking division reported a 16 per cent increase in net income.International growth was a bright spot for the Canadian lenders as well, and a big contributor to the $10.6 billion in net income attributable to shareholders amongst them during the quarter.BMO on Wednesday said its U.S. personal and commercial banking division saw net income increase 46 per cent to $348 million for the quarter.The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce saw an even bigger increase of 431 per cent, helped by its acquisition of Chicago-based PrivateBancorp in June last year.Profits at TD Bank’s U.S. retail arm’s rose 16 per cent, while Royal Bank’s U.S. Wealth Management unit, which includes Los Angeles-based City National, saw a 25 per cent jump. Scotiabank, which has focused its international expansion in Mexico, Peru, Chile and Colombia, saw net income at its international banking arm increase 14 per cent to $675 million.Canada’s sixth-largest bank, National Bank of Canada, also reported better-than-expected results and raised its dividend Wednesday. It earned $547 million or $1.44 per diluted share for the quarter ended April 30, up from $484 million or $1.28 per diluted share in the same quarter last year.“We’re seeing a lot of good contribution from their U.S. and international businesses,” said Robert Colangelo, senior vice president of Canadian banking and financial institutions at ratings agency DBRS.“Those seem to be the platforms that are taking off.”However, a dark cloud loomed as the banks delivered strong second-quarter earnings. BMO and CIBC’s direct banking brand Simplii warned that up to 90,000 clients’ information may have been compromised. BMO and CIBC on Monday said they were contacted a day earlier by “fraudsters” who claimed to have accessed clients sensitive data.The accelerated pace of technological change brings benefits for banking customers in the digital age, but increases risk as well, said BMO’s chief risk officer Surjit Rajpal. The bank will continue to “enhance our layered defences,” he said.“There will be bad actors that will attack banks or other institutions, be it for disruption or financial gain…. From an operational risk standpoint, I think there is an element that has gone up,” Rajpal told analysts.“There’s no question about it, and we’re going to be better prepared for it.”Companies in this story: (TSX:BMO, TSX:RY, TSX:BNS, TSX:TD, TSX:CM)
By Mia RabsonTHE CANADIAN PRESS Last year, auditor general Michael Ferguson said he tried to test the progress being made on phasing out the subsidies but blasted the government for refusing to provide documents that would allow him to do so.Last month, a dozen of Canada’s most well known and influential environment groups flagged lack of action on fossil fuel subsidies in a report card on the government’s efforts to deliver on its environmental promises.Earlier this month, Canada fared poorly in a report ranking the progress of the G7 nations on phasing out fossil fuels. The report, completed by Oil Change International and the International Institute for Sustainable Development, concluded that the seven biggest developed economies in the world collectively contribute more than $100 billion a year to help the fossil fuel industry.While the U.S. spent the most overall, Canada spent the most per capita of any G7 country on oil and gas production, according to the report.Canada also received a poor grade for transparency of its subsidies.Catherine Abreu, executive director of the Climate Action Network-Canada, said agreeing to work with Argentina to peer review each other’s subsidies is a very good sign the government is finally moving on its commitment to phase them out. OTTAWA, O.N. – The federal government has taken a step towards fulfilling its promise to get rid of fossil fuel subsidies by agreeing to finally explain how much it actually spends on them.Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr was in Argentina on Thursday where he and his Argentinian counterpart announced that each country will conduct a study on how much the other country subsidizes its fossil fuel industries.As part of both the G7 and G20, Canada has committed every year since 2009 that it will work to phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies. The Liberals made it a campaign promise in 2015 and the following year said it would be done by 2025. Environment groups have used publicly available documents to try and figure out how much Canada subsidizes oil and gas companies but, without the government producing its own thorough review, Abreu said it’s very hard to know what’s missing.Existing reviews suggest Canada offers about $3 billion to companies to explore and produce oil and gas within Canada. Export Development Canada also finances oil production in other countries, spending almost $12 billion in 2016 and $10 billion in 2017 on foreign oil production.Abreu said the government has never really defined what it means by “inefficient” subsidies so this review may finally shed light on that aspect as well.A spokesman for Carr said the government will make the review report public once it is complete.
PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Officials with the BC Wildfire Service say that while fire crews got some cooler temperatures over the past few days, the heavy smoke covering the province is causing complications for those battling the flames from the air.Fire Information Officer Amanda Reynolds with the Prince George Fire Centre said that some of the helicopters and air tankers that have been employed against the wildfires burning in the Vanderhoof area have been forced to stay on the ground due to a lack of visibility.She said that the thick, heavy smoke has reduced visibility to less than one nautical mile in places, meaning aerial firefighting aircraft can’t fly since they operate under visual flight rules. Reynolds said that there are currently no wildfires of note burning in Northeast B.C., though there are currently 545 fires burning across the province.She said that wildfire crews are continuing to fight several major wildfires that have caused residents of 2,400 properties to be forced from their homes and left thousands more on evacuation alert.An interactive map of all current active fires burning in B.C. can be found here: https://governmentofbc.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=ef6f11c8c36b42c29e103f65dbcd7538The following is the latest information on some of the major fires around the province:Shovel Lake (R11498)Last updated: Monday, August 20, 2018 at 12:01 PMLocation: approx. 6km north of the community of Fraser Lake• See approximate location of this wildfire on an interactive map• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note. Discovered: Friday, July 27, 2018Size: 84,793.7 hectaresCause: Under InvestigationResources• 253 firefighters• 8 helicopters• 52 heavy equipmentIn addition, 37 support personnel, 8 helicopters and 17 structural protection staff are shared amongst all fires comprising this complex and are utilized according to areas of highest risk � life and property being the number one priority. Status: ActiveThe Shovel Lake fire remains active, and has currently been mapped at 84,793.7 hectares using high level infra-red scans.Today on the south of the fire, ground crews are working to mop up sections of the fire on the southern perimeter where the successful burn-off occurred by Stern Lake several days ago, and will continue to push guard in on the southern flank of the fire along the PNG pipeline path.The east side of the fire was active yesterday and crossed over the Settlement Road, moving through some heavy timber and into a field, moving under the burn scar from last year. Heavy equipment and crews worked to tie this back in to the perimeter yesterday and will continue with these efforts today as fire activity has continued in this area. Crews are conducting minor burn-off operations to fortify the containment lines on the southeast corner as operable conditions allow. The fire has not moved closer to Fort St. James on the east or north sides, and heavy equipment continues to build guard starting at the Sutherland FSR and links to Dog Creek Trail, with the containment line on the southern perimeter running north of the PNG pipeline and Stella Rd. This continuous guard veers northward to wrap up the eastern side of the fire, crossing Barlow FSR and extending northward utilizing the Bud Rd.As visibility allowed, water skimming aircraft worked on the Hannay Road guard on the west and northwest sides of the fire to assist equipment and crews on the ground yesterday. Aircraft will be used today to support ground crews’ continued efforts if the smoky conditions allow, but the smoke is very thick over the fire this morning.Structural firefighters and structural protection specialists continue to work on the Stella Road, Nadleh Whut�en, and Settlement Road areas to protect structures and ensure sprinkler systems are properly in place. Structural protection crews will demobilize equipment off of properties that are no longer at risk. Night crews were assigned to active sections of the fire last night to keep communities and structures safe.While the BC Wildfire Service appreciates the support from the local communities, we are unable to accept or facilitate donations at the Fraser Lake fire camp. Instead, please consider donating to groups supporting wildfire evacuees in affected areas.While the BC Wildfire Service appreciates the support from the local communities, we are unable to accept or facilitate donations at the Fraser Lake fire camp. Instead, please consider donating to groups supporting wildfire evacuees in affected areas. Nadina Lake (R21721)Last updated: Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 11:18 AMLocation: 63km southwest of Burns Lake• See approximate location of this wildfire on an interactive map• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.Discovered: Tuesday, July 31, 2018Size: 72,172.0 hectares (estimated)Cause: LightningResources• 47 firefighters• 66 heavy equipmentIn addition,there are 352 persons assigned to this fire including: 17 helicopters, and 142 pieces of heavy equipment are shared amongst all fires that comprise the Babine complex and will be utilized according to areas of highest risk � life and property being the number one priority.There are now a total of 25 fire trucks and tenders with 78 crew people from various parts of the province working on structural protection.Status: ActiveCrews will attempt to open up the Owen East Road and prepare for planned ignitions. On the west flank of Nadina Lake crews were challenged by a series of cutblocks. On the northeast, visibility is still challenging. Crews have defendable lines built on the northwest flank. A guard is being planned from Old Issac Trail to Moose Pit, keeping it on top of the ridge towards Verdun as a result of activity August 19, 2018.Crews will continue to mop up any burned control lines, continue to bunch trees along roadways to remove any danger trees and establish guard. The planning and construction of contingency guard is ongoing.A planned ignition near Owen lake is being planned for today: only if conditions are optimalAlkali Lake (R91947)Last updated: Monday, August 20, 2018 at 10:44 AMLocation: 5 km northwest of Telegragh Creek• See approximate location of this wildfire on an interactive map• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.Discovered: Wednesday, August 01, 2018Size: 39,000.0 hectares (estimated)Cause: LightningResources• 92 firefighters• 11 helicopters• 19 heavy equipmentA total of 125 personnel including a night shift are working on and in support of this fire. Today, 19 pieces of heavy equipment, including 4 water tenders, as well as 11 helicopters are supporting firefighting efforts. An Incident Management Team is stationed at Dease Lake. We are working closely with the Tahltan First Nation and several community members are engaged in fire suppression activities.Status: Active• 11% containedNortherly winds during the afternoon will be light and smoke will again accumulate in the Telegraph Creek and Glenora areas. Fire behaviour will likely increase in the afternoon particularly where there is less smoke and the sun�s heat can penetrate.Crews will again be checking structure protection, reinforcing guards and clearing danger trees. Crews and air support will continue work to minimize further impact to the communities of Telegraph Creek and Glenora. Tahltan First Nation staff and a number of contractors are working hard with heavy equipment to build and maintain guard. Structure protection specialists continue to install equipment on properties in the area and are relocating equipment from some areas where it is no longer required to new locations. Work has been completed on hand guard around properties on the south side of the Stikine opposite Telegraph Creek. Structural protection is in place in this area. BC Hydro crews have been working to clear up damaged line and replace poles. Ministry of Transportation & Infrastructure have equipment in the area today to grade the road to ensure the safety of crews travelling into and out the fire ground.An accurate line scan of the fire boundary is due to be undertaken.Island Lake Wildfire (R11921)Last updated: Monday, August 20, 2018 at 12:07 PMLocation: Adjacent to Island Lake, S of Francois Lake• See approximate location of this wildfire on an interactive map• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.Discovered: Wednesday, August 01, 2018Size: 17,291.0 hectaresCause: LightningResources• 64 firefighters• 8 helicopters• 11 heavy equipmentIn addition, 45 support personnel, 8 helicopters and 17 Structural Protection Specialists are *shared* between the Shovel Lake Wildfire and Island Lake Wildfire. Air support and Structure Protection is utilized according to areas of highest risk.Status: ActiveThe Island Lake fire remains active, but visibility is very poor over the fire. There was a 120 hectare excursion to the south of Anzus Lake running southeast towards Borel Lake, and crews are working to address this. No structural values are threatened. Crews continue to monitor for and extinguish any spot fires.Ground crews and heavy equipment are continuing to work off the 238 Road to build a fuel free containment line. Hand ignitions were conducted yesterday evening to support the development of safety zones between Borel Lake and Anzus Lake.Heavy equipment are working night shifts to build guard while fire activity is minimal. Today, crews will continue their work to tie the fire into the former Binta Fire burn scar from 2010. Crews are continuing to build guard on the southeast flank and the 238 Road and are monitoring for values in need of structural protection in the area and on the lakeshore.The weather is anticipated to be warm and dry today, with winds alternating from the east and the north up to 15 km/hr.While the BC Wildfire Service appreciates the support from the local communities, we are unable to accept or facilitate donations at the Fraser Lake fire camp. Instead please consider donating to groups supporting wildfire evacuees in affected areas.Verdun Mountain (R11796)Last updated: Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 11:18 AMLocation: 10 km southwest of Grassy Plains• See approximate location of this wildfire on an interactive map• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.Discovered: Tuesday, July 31, 2018Size: 14,711.0 hectares (estimated)Cause: LightningResources• 105 firefighters• 37 heavy equipmentIn addition,there are 352 persons assigned to this fire including: 17 helicopters, and 142 pieces of heavy equipment are shared amongst all fires that comprise the Babine complex and will be utilized according to areas of highest riskStatus: ActiveThe southeast flank is burning into an old burn scar. On the west flank, the fire is adjacent to the Keefe Landing Road but continues to hold there. Planning is in place to burn along this line as conditions allow to solidify the line.Behind Takysie two heavy helicopters were used to bucket along a guard. On the southwest corner the fire is backing slowly down towards a guard along the south. Crews complted guard from Takysie Lake to Tatalaska Lake, then from the north end of Tatalaska to Francoise Lake.Meachen Creek (N11886)Last updated: Monday, August 20, 2018 at 9:49 AMLocation: Kianuko Provincial Park and Meachen Creek drainage, approx. 10 km southwest of St. Mary Lake• See approximate location of this wildfire on an interactive map• View an interactive map of all active Wildfires of Note.Discovered: Wednesday, August 01, 2018Size: 6,996.0 hectaresCause: LightningResources• 21 firefighters• 3 helicopters• 6 heavy equipmentA 22 person Incident Management Team from Ontario assumed command of this fire as of last night.Status: ActiveThe safety of the residents of the St. Mary Valley and the safety of our crews remains the first priority for the BC Wildfire Service.Yesterday retardant line was laid up the ridge along Meachen Creek. A planned ignition was then conducted from this retardant line to the northeast corner of the fire to tie into a predetermined boundary line. Activities were supported by a type 1 crew doing hand ignitions to solidify the area.Today type 1 crews will be patrolling and wet lining the area along Meachen Creek to ensure there is no encroachment. Depending on visibility, another planned ignition with retardant line may be conducted to have the fire burn cleanly to a predetermined boundary line in Fiddler Creek.Heavy equipment continues to work in the area east of the fire and south of St-Mary�s FSR as a contingency line if the fire were to encroach eastward.Values protection equipment will be installed on all structures west of St-Mary�s Lake by noon today. The Structure Protection Unit will then be assessing the properties to the east of St-Mary�s Lake.The IMT is waiting for better visibility to use helicopters to establish a new perimeter. Although the smoky conditions are limiting operations, the smoke is also moderating fire behaviour. The smoke is raising relative humidity and lowering temperatures, thus making the fire less active. The Incident Management Team is concerned that once these conditions dissipate, more extreme fire behaviour will once again be observed.
CALGARY, A.B. – Pembina Pipelines has confirmed they will spend $1.6 billion on capital projects in 2019 on previously announced projects.Of that, almost 53 percent or $900 million will be spent in the pipelines division. The 2019 capital budget for the Pipelines Division includes spending associated with the Phase VI and Phase VII expansions of the Peace Pipeline System, both of which are currently underway and anticipated to be in-service in the second half of 2019 and the first half of 2021, respectively.Funds will also be spent on the completion of NEBC Montney Infrastructure and the Wapiti Condensate Lateral both of which are expected to be in-service in the second half of 2019. Additional capital will be spent relating to previously known and anticipated final cleanup costs along the Peace Pipeline right-of-way, as well as communication and SCADA infrastructure upgrades.The company will also invest $210 on the development of Duvernay II & III which includes gas processing, condensate stabilization and related infrastructure under the previously announced 20-year infrastructure development and service agreement with Chevron Canada Limited. Duvernay II & III are expected to be in service in mid to late 2019 and mid to late 2020, respectively.Additional spending will be directed towards progressing the Prince Rupert LPG Export Terminal, the Empress Expansion and the recently announced Hythe Developments project.
If you are finding it hard to deal with the pressure at the workplace, there is more reason to worry. New research has found that work stress and impaired sleep are linked to a threefold higher risk of cardiovascular death in employees with hypertension. “Sleep should be a time for recreation, unwinding, and restoring energy levels. If you have stress at work, sleep helps you recover,” said study author Karl-Heinz Ladwig, Professor at Technical University of Munich, Germany. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainCompared to those with no work stress and good sleep, people with both risk factors had a three times greater likelihood of death from cardiovascular disease, showed the findings published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology. People with work stress alone had a 1.6-fold higher risk while those with only poor sleep had a 1.8-times higher risk, the study said. In the study, work stress was defined as jobs with high demand and low control — for example when an employer wants results but denies authority to make decisions. “If you have high demands but also high control, in other words you can make decisions, this may even be positive for health,” said Ladwig.