Officials confirm EnCana gas leak caused by explosion

first_img– Advertisement -The RCMP Integrated National Security Enforcement Team is confirming that the latest EnCana natural gas leak was caused by an explosion.Officials are considering this the fifth in a series of attacks that have occurred at EnCana sites in North Eastern BC during 2008 and earlier this year.The explosion happened on July 1st at a well site, located about 8km south of Dawson Creek in a remote area.Shortly after 8am on Wednesday morning, an EnCana staff member was doing a routine check and noticed a well head had been disturbed. After closer inspection he noticed a small leak and found the leak had started shortly after 2am Wednesday morning.Work is continuing on stabilizing and sealing the well head at the site. Full forensic and post blast examination will be conducted once that is complete.Advertisement Corporal Dan Moskaluk says there is no immediate danger to the public regarding the gas leak at the site.The four bombings between last October and January all targeted EnCana facilities near Toms Lake, BC. No injuries have been reported from any of the bombings so far. Back in January of this year EnCana offered a $500,000 reward for any tips leading to a conviction in the case. That reward remains in place.This map shows the approximate location of the attacks.   View Location of EnCana Explosions in a larger mapAdvertisement Photo: Corporal Dan Moskaluk addresses reporters on the recent explosion near Dawson Creek- Adam Reaburn/Energeticcity.calast_img read more

Southland air getting better but still bad

first_img“We have a long way to go,” said Bonnie Holmes-Gen, assistant vice president of government relations for the association’s California division. “We have daunting challenges in moving away from fossil fuels, in moving away from petroleum in our state. “But we have been incredibly aggressive and innovative in improving our emissions.” Despite such exaltations, California remains plagued by air pollution. Twenty-six counties got an “F” in air quality – including all of Southern California. Only Salinas made the clean-cities list. Exposure widespread Go ahead and breathe easier, but not too deeply. The Southland’s long- maligned air quality keeps getting better, but Los Angeles area residents are still sucking in the most polluted air in the nation, according to a report being released today. The annual State of the Air report by the American Lung Association found that from 2003 to 2005, the L.A. metropolitan area continued to have the highest levels of ozone and particulate pollution. But over the period, residents in the L.A. area – which in the study included Long Beach and Riverside – suffered from dangerously high pollution levels for fewer days of the year. Nationwide, almost half of Americans were exposed during the three years reviewed to an unhealthful level of air pollution. Ozone declined nationwide, while particulate pollution increased on the East Coast but fell on the West Coast, led by California’s efforts. Ozone, which causes the haze in photochemical smog, and particulate pollution – soot – are emitted by airplanes, cars, industry, refineries, power plants and the trucks and boats that flow in and out of L.A.’s ports. During a conference call with reporters Monday, lung association officials emphasized the connection between bad air and health complications, such as respiratory problems and diabetes, and the need for stricter legislation to continue improving air quality. “The science is clear. Air pollution shortens life spans,” said Dr. Tony Gerber, a pulmonary specialist and lung association volunteer. “Although some progress has been made, we need to continue to push for stronger standards and better measures.” But critics of the report’s tenor accused the lung association of understating advances. “This year’s report, as was the case with past years, exaggerates pollution levels, exaggerates health risks and downplays the great improvements in air quality over the past few years and past few decades,” said Joel Schwartz, a visiting fellow specializing in air pollution at the conservative-leaning American Enterprise Institute. “If you look at Los Angeles County, the improvement has been truly extraordinary.” In a separate report Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said a preliminary review of 2006 smog data, which the lung association did not include, showed continued improvement. Since 1970, total emissions of key pollutants – nitrogen dioxide, ozone, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter and lead – declined by more than 50 percent. During the same period, the gross domestic product more than doubled, vehicle travel increased 77 percent and energy consumption was up almost 50 percent. Weather, efforts help In its 212-page report, the lung association attributed improvements to better weather, though 2004 and 2005 were among the hottest years on record, to stricter emission standards and to individuals and organizations switching to alternative forms of energy, such as hybrid and biodiesel vehicles and wind and solar energy. “Every little bit helps,” said Keith Flanagan, 40, of Oxnard, who bought a Toyota Prius after leaving his Camarillo job for one in Woodland Hills. Kevin Bognot and Christian Liquigan previously didn’t worry about the air they breathed. But recently the seniors at James Monroe High School in North Hills completed a photo project comparing oil energy with renewable energy. Suddenly, they started to see a problem. “If we choose not to do anything about it,” Liquigan said, “then we have no one to blame but ourselves.” (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Welsh legend dismisses speculation about Swansea manager’s future

first_imgJohn Hartson has rubbished speculation suggesting manager Garry Monk is under pressure at Swansea.Monk is undergoing his first bad spell of results during his Swans tenure, with just one win in their last seven meaning they lie 14th in the Premier League.But after guiding his side to the club’s highest-ever finish last term, the former Welsh international believes the recent media speculation around the 36-year-old’s future is far-fetched.“That’s the nature of the game,” Hartson told the Weekend Sports Breakfast.  “If you’re not winning games, then you will come under pressure, simple as that.“Garry’s done extremely well in just over 18 months. He took them to a record finish last season – eighth in the Premier League.“He’s a young manager, but other than the fact that’s nature of the business, you’ve got to win games. If you’re dropping in the table, in the last five Premier League games he’s lost three and drawn two and people are talking about the fact he’s under pressure.”Monk has been linked with Aston Villa in recent weeks, as pressure mounts on current boss Tim Sherwood, and Monk’s side travel to Villa Park this afternoon.The former Arsenal and Celtic forward says criticism of Monk is unjust, given recent plaudits he has received.Former striker Hartson, who earned 51 caps for his country, added: “A couple of months ago, a few people were actually mentioning Garry Monk as a future England manager.“To talk about the fickleness in the game, being up and being down, Garry never really got above his station, he never got too carried away [after last season], he just got on with his job, kept doing it right and as well as he could have done it.“A little bit of pressure and everybody’s talking about him losing his job.“That’s the game, Garry will understand that, he’s a very sensible young man but I think it’s a bit over the top.” Read here – Garry Monk rubbishes rumours he could be shown the door by Swansea chairman Huw Jenkinslast_img read more

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain targeting early return from ACL injury

first_img Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won REVEALED BEST OF Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move Forbes list reveals how much Mayweather, Ronaldo and Messi earned this decade Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury It was thought he would miss the entirety of the 2018/19 campaign but Oxlade-Chamberlain revealed he is hoping to make a couple of appearances before the season is out.When asked if he’ll play again this season, Oxlade-Chamberlain told the club’s media: “I hope so. The next target for me is to build up more in the gym, back towards being able to run outside again and start plodding around the pitches.“I probably have to do two months of running, which is not really my favourite thing either. And then when the ball comes out it becomes easier.“I’d love to be able to make an appearance at least before the end of the season, depending on what we’re doing and if I’m needed – I’m sure I won’t be.“Even when I’m back I won’t be fully at the races or fully fit, but it would be nice just to get a few appearances before the end of the season, probably more mentally to prove that I can do it and then have a good pre-season and start fresh next season.”The former Arsenal man also took the opportunity to thank the Liverpool supporters for their unwavering support throughout his rehabilitation process, suggesting he hasn’t been given the same treatment in the past.Oxlade-Chamberlain added: “I’ve had injuries in the past where it’s been difficult because pressure from fans has been ‘he’s injured again’ or ‘we can’t trust him he’s always injured’”. MONEY no dice Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card huge blow center_img 1 RANKED Liverpool star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is looking to make a return to the first-team before the end of the season.The midfielder has stepped up his recovery from an anterior cruciate ligament injury sustained during Liverpool’s Champions League semi-final tie against Roma in April. REVEALED Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions “But I’ve got injured here and I’ve had nothing but positive feedback from the fans, which for me I can’t thank them enough and that’s what keeps me going every day to try and reward their patience and support.”The 25-year-old mentioned how he’s been doing some exercises with the football but only with his left foot as he injured his ACL on his right leg.And as you can see from his Instagram video below, his left peg is in very good nick! Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Oxlade-Chamberlain’s injury ruled him out of the Champions League final and the World Cup Latest Football News ADVICE last_img read more


first_imgThis video above, shows why the stunning scenery and spectacular rock climbing in one of the most remote places in Ireland, has been shortlisted as one of the best places to go wild in Ireland. The Irish Times has chosen five finalists in the Best Place to Go Wild in Ireland contest. The locations selected are, Clare Island, Co Mayo; the Erris region, Co Mayo; the Beara peninsula, Cos Cork and Kerry; the Donegal coast from Killybegs to Ardara; and the Fermanagh Lake-lands.The competition is a hunt for the best spots in the 32 counties to experience nature, from quiet paradises that offer escapes from the bustle of daily life, to dramatic locations that offer intense sports such as surfing and coasteering.The judges’ criteria include natural beauty, variety (places that offer a range of ways to experience nature) and novelty (places that were not well known).They are now visiting these locations, before naming one destination as the Best Place to Go Wild in Ireland, on Saturday, June 7th. Below are a review of the locations that have been shortlisted by the Irish Times.The Fermanagh LakelandsWhat the pitch said: submitted by Matt Maguire: “A fabulous river system spanning the length of the county.From water sports to great hotels and bars to enjoy on the riverside, along with amazing walks that take in the breathtaking scenery.”What The Irish Times says: “Nature has been allowed to flourish, and conservation work is focused on restoring the geo-park back to its natural state. This area is not only protected but provides a diverse landscape for people to climb mountains, explore bogs or take to the water.”The Donegal coast, Killybegs to Ardara What the pitch said: Several readers nominated this stretch of Donegal coast, or parts of it. Climber Iain Miller wrote about the view from the 100m-high sea stack, Cnoc na Mara: “It sits in one of the most remote and inaccessible locations in Ireland. Gaining the summit is like being reborn into a world where anything is possible.”What The Irish Times says: “Its remote nature is what makes it special. Slieve League [mountain and cliffs] itself is spectacular. It’s amazing that it hasn’t received more attention. If you like the outdoors and get the weather – bliss.”Clare Island, Co MayoWhat the pitch said: submitted by Tracie O’Leary: “You won’t find a better location to be in tune with mother nature and her elements. The island has the perfect natural features for almost every outdoor activity.”What The Irish Times says: “Barring the presence of electricity and motors, Clare Island has changed little in 100 years.Activity- oriented (from guided walks, to horse whispering, to snorkelling) and nature-friendly, it has all the qualities of a ‘wild’ destination but with amenities to suit all travellers.”Erris, Co MayoWhat the pitch said: the Erris region in northwest Mayo was the most nominated place in the competition.Deborah Reilly described Belmullet as “the west’s hidden gem, with a multitude of activities and adventures.With plummeting sea cliffs and imposing headlands sitting elegantly beside our white sandy beaches, it certainly is a little piece of heaven”.What The Irish Times says: “Erris is a glorious, wild, unspoilt and stunning little-known area.It’s almost totally undeveloped. We lost count of the gorgeous, isolated, dramatic beaches: beaches for families, for surfers; beaches where you can snorkel; and some where you could walk for miles.”Beara Peninsula, Cork and KerryWhat the pitch said: Marie Goggin wrote: “With magnificent mountains on one side and Bantry Bay on the other, the scenery is stunning.Whether you enjoy a peaceful kayak, a gentle hillwalk, a testing mountain climb, a fishing trip or a swim, the best things in life – and in Beara – are free.”What The Irish Times says: “The easy but significant transition from coastal amenities to complete wilderness is a great combination.The views from the mountains are some of the best in Ireland.”DDTV: CNOC NA MARA SHORTLISTED IN BEST PLACE TO GO WILD IN IRELAND was last modified: May 29th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Best PlacesCnoc Na MaraDDTVdonegalFeaturesIrish TimesnewsShortlistedlast_img read more

Who stays? Who may be non-tendered? A look at A’s arbitration-eligible players

first_imgThe A’s have 12 players that are arbitration eligible heading into the 2019/2020 offseason. The team has until December 2 to decide who to tender contracts to, or non-tender.Some jump off the list as sure-fire, relative bargain targets for contracts. Some may warrant non-tenders or trades, either because of 2019 struggles or to de-clog positional pipelines.Here’s a breakdown of the arbitration possibilities, with some projections from a typically-accurate post. Players’ …last_img

Kyle Shanahan: ‘Outside chance’ OL Joe Staley returns on Sunday

first_imgSANTA CLARA — 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan doesn’t think too much about the weather on game day, typically. Why get concerned over elements not under his control? But the sounds of Saturday’s torrential downpour in Washington were hard to ignore.“When I heard it raining all night, waking up I didn’t feel all that great about it and went to the stadium and saw exactly what the game was going to be like,” Shanahan said on Monday, saying Sunday’s win included some of the worst conditions he’s …last_img

Sharks get ‘character’ win, beat Golden Knights in OT

first_imgLAS VEGAS — Logan Couture scored with 1:40 left in overtime to lift the Sharks to one of their biggest road wins this season, as they beat the Vegas Golden Knights 2-1 on Thursday at T-Mobile Arena.Couture scored on a breakaway after a pass from Marc-Edouard Vlasic. His first shot was stopped, but he followed it up and the puck trickled behind Golden Knights goalie Marc-Andre Fleury.Goalie Aaron Dell made 37 saves for the Sharks, including four in overtime. Fleury made five saves in overtime. …last_img

Photo library: Development 4

first_imgClick on a thumbnail for a low-resolution image, or right-click on the link below it to download a high-resolution copy of the image.» Download Development contact sheet (625KB) » Download full image library contact sheet (10.5MB) Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: A Roundabout Playpump, a water pump and storage tank at a rural schoolin the Acornhoek area. Thepump is built into the merry-go-round, which, when turned as the children play onit, pumps underground waterinto the tank. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: A RoundaboutPlaypump, a water pump and storage tank at a ruralschool in the Acornhoekarea. The pump is builtinto the merry-go-round,which, when turned aschildren play on it, pumpsunderground water intothe tank. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: Anna Modluli spinswool into yarn at theMapusha Weaving Centre.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: Anna Modlulispinning wool into yarn at the Mapusha Weaving Centre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: Regina Mohloloworks at her loom at theMapusha Weaving Centre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: Regina Mohloloworks at her loom at theMapusha Weaving Centre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: Regina Mohloloworks at her loom at theMapusha Weaving Centre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: Lindi Mathonsiworks at her loom at theMapusha Weaving Centre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res image Hoedspruit, Limpopoprovince: Mapusha Weaving Centre. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff, » Download high-res imageDEVELOPMENT 4: {loadposition dev}Having trouble downloading high-resolution images? Queries about the image library?Email Janine Erasmus at read more

Africa set for take-off: Dlamini Zuma

first_img2 October 2012Africa is a continent of huge opportunities which must be capitalised on in order for it to succeed, says incoming African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.“We are a continent of great possibilities. We are a continent of the move. We have lots of opportunities and if we use them we will fly… if we don’t use them we will always be a continent of lost opportunities,” Dlamini Zuma said during a meeting with the African Diplomatic Corps based in Pretoria on Monday.Dlamini Zuma, 63, is expected to take up her seat in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in mid-October as the first woman chairperson of the African Union Commission (AUC).The home affairs minister had already said farewell to her department, and President Jacob Zuma is expected to make an announcement regarding Cabinet changes soon after she departs on 12 October.Dlamini Zuma told the diplomats in Pretoria on Monday that she considered her new role as a big challenge but one with lots of opportunities. “I’m going to be a humble servant of all Africans,” she said.She noted that while there was much diversity of the African continent, there were many elements that united the continent, and that was where the focus should be.In addition, Africa needed to give attention to its huge population which was an enormous advantage.“If we look at ourselves collectively we are very strong, but if we look at ourselves individually we become weak,” Dlamini Zuma stressed.While many countries in the world had to deal with the challenge of an ageing population, Africa was fortunate to have a young population.This young population was a huge opportunity and resource and if handled correctly would ensure that the continent’s development and economic growth took a different trajectory, she pointed out.Another matter on Dlamini Zuma’s mind was that of food security.Other issues of importance for the continent included ensuring that mineral resources were used to benefit people, sustainable development, food security, renewable energy, women’s rights including the high maternal mortality rate, trade between African countries and integration, she said.DRC Ambassador to South Africa and Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps, Bene M’Poko, said the African Union had a fighter, a deliverer and a very committed person as chair of the AUC.Everything Dlamini Zuma touched turned to gold, he pointed out.M’Poko said he was confident that, given the challenges facing the continent, Dlamini Zuma was the right person for the post.Source: read more