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Consultation meeting held on for new Seniors Housing

first_imgIn a study, conducted by Northern B.C. Housing, the population of Fort St. John is expected to grow by 46 percent by 2036, with the senior population, 65 plus, expected to grow by 172 percent.With the senior population expected to rise, Brar says there is a real short-coming for senior housing.“We see there is a real short-coming here. We want to come up with a solution, we want to have the right team, and we want to make it based on what your needs are.”Brar and Pearson presented the six levels of Continuum of Care, that features six designs of potential senior housing.The six design levels for the Continuum of Care for Senior Living. Source Peace Enterprises Ltd.Attendees were given surveys to fill out, asking them to list each level on an importance scale; one being most important on the priority list, with six being the least important. The information collected from the surveys will be used as input for further planning.Both Brar and Pearson encourage everyone to complete the survey as this project is not just for the seniors of today, but for the future as well.Focus groups for the project will take place from January 23 to 25, 2019.Surveys can be submitted by visiting the Fort St. John Century 21 Realty. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A consultation meeting for the Continuum of Seniors Housing was held on December 13 at the Fort St. John Seniors Hall.Senior citizens attended the meeting to learn about the future of senior living in Fort St. John, presented by Ron Brar and Kevin Pearson of Peace Enterprises Ltd. and Peace Holdings Inc.Currently, Peace Enterprises Ltd. is in the process of designing a community that accommodates a full continuum of care for older adults.last_img read more

BC First Nation plans legal challenge over Trans Mountain decision

first_imgIt’s now up to the government of B.C. to make sure that as the project proceeds, there are no impacts to marine life, the environment or the economy, Horgan said.Asked whether he would support any lawsuits filed against the project, Horgan said he’d have to look at the substance of the applications.“If it’s in the interests of British Columbia to join them, we will,” he said.He also said it rings “somewhat hollow” that the federal government passed a symbolic resolution in the House of Commons acknowledging a climate emergency a day before approving the pipeline expansion.The project will triple the capacity of the existing Trans Mountain pipeline, which runs from the Edmonton area to Burnaby, B.C., and increase tanker traffic in Burrard Inlet seven-fold.Earlier in the day, protesters on either side of the debate clashed at a rally in Vancouver organized by the project’s supporters.Lynn Nellis of the Canada Action Coalition was speaking to the crowd of a few dozen people when anti-pipeline protester Kwiis Hamilton began playing rock music.Rally attendees asked him to stop but Hamilton persisted. Vancouver police responded after a member of the crowd shoved Hamilton.Afterwards, Hamilton said he interrupted the rally because he wants to defend the land along the B.C. coastline where his ancestors have lived for generations.“I really think industry, and the oil industry specifically, has been quite damaging to our environment around the world. So I think shoving a pipeline through somewhere that’s as pristine as B.C. is, it’s the worst crap shoot you could ever take,” he said.Several First Nation leaders who support the project spoke at the rally, including Shane Gottfriedson of Project Reconciliation, an Indigenous-led coalition that hopes to buy 51 per cent of the expansion project.Gottfriedson says a few Indigenous bands have joined Project Reconciliation and they’re prepared to offer the federal government a fair price for the project.“For many decades a lot of First Nations have been a part of the oil and gas industry and this opportunity to buy the Trans Mountain pipeline is a one-time opportunity and we’re hoping to make the best of it,” he said.Clifford Sampare, a hereditary chief of the Gitxsan Nation, told the rally the pipeline expansion will bring benefits to all of B.C.“Imagine the revenue it’ll generate for Canada,” he said. VANCOUVER, B.C. – A British Columbia First Nation is promising a legal challenge of the federal government’s decision to approve the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion while the premier says his government will continue to defend the province’s lands and waters.Environment Minister George Heyman told a news conference Tuesday that tens of thousands of jobs and billions of dollars in economic activity are at risk from a bitumen spill off B.C.’s coast.“So let me say to British Columbians who value our environment, who cherish our coast, who expect their government to stand up for their interests, we will not abandon our responsibility to protect our land and our water,” Heyman said. “We’ll continue to stand up and defend our environment, our coast and the tens of thousands of jobs that are dependent on them.”Chief Leah George-Wilson of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation said it will appeal Ottawa’s decision to the Federal Court of Appeal.“The federal decision to buy the pipeline and become the owner makes it impossible to make an unbiased decision,” she told a news conference on Musqueam territory.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has purchased the pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion. Construction was paused in August after the Federal Court of Appeal struck down the government’s approval of the project, citing the National Energy Board’s failure to consider the marine impacts and inadequate First Nations consultation.After an energy board review of the marine impacts and further Indigenous consultation, the federal cabinet announced it was approving the project for a second time on Tuesday.Premier John Horgan said he spoke with Trudeau before the decision and reiterated his concerns about the potential of a marine spill.center_img Horgan said his government is pursuing a reference case in the Supreme Court of Canada that asks whether B.C. has the power to restrict oil shipments through its territory, which it lost at the B.C. Court of Appeal.Meanwhile, B.C. has been responsibly issuing permits as they’ve been requested, he said.“I believe it’s my job as the premier of British Columbia to always be vigilant to protect those things that matter to British Columbians, and I’ll continue to do that, ” he said.“Although I regret the federal government’s decision, it’s within their authority to make that decision.”last_img read more

Will remain sensitive towards Indias strategic concerns says Maldives

first_imgMale: The Maldives on Monday reaffirmed its “India-First Policy , saying it looks forward to working closely with India on all issues and will remain sensitive towards its security and strategic concerns as External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj held talks with the country’s top leadership. The Maldivian leaders also expressed commitment to support India’s efforts to combat terrorism, particularly cross-border terrorism, and crimes such as piracy, organised crime, narcotic drugs and human trafficking. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Swaraj arrived here on Sunday on a two-day visit, the first full-fledged bilateral trip from India to the strategically located Indian Ocean island nation after the government of President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih came to power in November last year. She held talks with President Solih, Foreign Minister Abdulla Shahid, former President Mohamed Nasheed and other top leaders. The External Affairs Minister and Solih took stock of the progress made in bilateral relations since his visit to India in December 2018. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KSwaraj and her Maldivian counterpart Shahid during their meeting on Sunday discussed the entire gamut of bilateral relations and also noted the number of high level exchanges, between the two countries over the past three months. They recalled the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the swearing-in ceremony of President Solih in November as well as his visit to India in December. The bilateral talks between the Foreign Ministers was followed by a joint ministerial meeting in which Swaraj held discussions with Shahid, Defence Minister Mariya Ahmed Didi, Finance Minister Ibrahim Ameer and other ministers. She also met Maldivian Home Minister Imran Abdulla on Monday and discussed steps to continue the upward trajectory in bilateral relationship. “Foreign Minister Shahid reiterated his government’s “India-First Policy and said that his Government looks forward to working closely with the Government of India on all issues. He also reiterated that the Government of Maldives would remain sensitive towards India’s security and strategic concerns, ” according to a joint statement. Maldives is an important country for India’s maritime security and there have been concerns in India over China’s growing influence over the country in the last few years. The two foreign ministers agreed on the importance of maintaining peace and security in the Indian Ocean Region, and to strengthen coordination in enhancing regional maritime security.last_img read more

Moving towards prosperity

first_imgIf you happen to go around rural Uttar Pradesh, you will not fail to notice the numerous beautiful buildings on the wayside every now and then. These are grand structures almost like some five-star hotel properties. But if you are more curious and read what is written on, you discover these are schools. Schools have sprung up with their air-conditioned classrooms and large campuses, imposing gates and fleet of bright yellow buses, making a perfect picture. These are private schools putting the familiar picture of ramshackle government schools as things of remote past. Also Read – A special kind of bondStanding in the small shops overlooking one of these schools across the road, I asked the shop-owner about whose children attend these schools, the man casually answered: “whoever can afford”. Obviously. Then he added, the schools have buses and other facilities, they hike their fees every year but nobody even as much as protests. Droves of children are attending these and even more are coming up. Private education, particularly school education, is flourishing and this is good for the country without a doubt. The Economist magazine has written in detail the expanding role of private education in the emerging market economies and their dwindling presence in the developed world. Also Read – Insider threat managementLooking at these grand buildings, housing well-known schools in rural India, I thought I was witnessing a live demonstration of what The Economist magazine has written in its latest issue from London. The Economist has cited global statistics to prove its point. It is wonderful to see that the growth of expenses on education in the family budgets is rising fastest in India, followed closely by China. As for the developed world, they lag far behind. And why not, an economic base is emerging in India making a larger share of the family budget on the education of children. It is a matter of prestige as well for families to send their wards to English medium schools, costing disproportionately more, than to send them in run-of-the-mill vernacular medium ones. If you take UP, where I was roaming over the weeks to assess the mood of the people for the forthcoming election, I could not help noticing the apparent prosperity. Further enquires laid bare some clues. Bagpat sugar mill accepts cane from its command area worth around Rs 350 crore a year. This sugar mill is not one of the bigger ones but counts among the smaller ones of its ilk. It takes the canes from growers and the money reaches the registered bank accounts of the farmers as per the farmers who were waiting at the factory gate to unload their tractor load of cane. They had complaints about the arrangement for delivery of cane, like the absence of any shed for the farmers where they can wait and relax; but not about cane dues pending. Presumably, there would be other mills where the complaint would be of the other kind: that of unpaid dues. But for political reasons and economics, the dues are getting channelled into farmers accounts eventually and within some reasonable time. Even if we take the lower amount of Rs 350 crore of Bagpat sugar mill’s annual purchase, and revise it downwards, the aggregate purchase of cane from UP cane growers would not be really small. Conservatively, and averaging out, the total dues flowing into the farmers accounts a year should be around Rs 35,000 to Rs 40,000 crore a year for 119 UP sugar mills. That’s a tidy sum. Add to that the fact that cane is a standing crop, which if you sow for one year, should yield for two years without doing too much work on it. So a cane grower would have plenty of opportunities for other activities as well. The village elders, looking like members of a leisurely class, at one of the areas where they invited us for a chat, gave indications of alternate avocations. There are indications of the emergence of a society which is above subsistence level. If you choose to take a look at the numerous grocery and stationery shops then you get any product. From biscuits to cosmetic items, you have everything stacked up. More so, there are some fancy, so-called, cosmetic items which we thought would be solely in the preference lists of the city folks, which are prominently displayed in the rural ones. Nor can you overlook the strong presence of automobile companies with showrooms around these areas from Honda, Toyota, Hyundai, Tatas, and Mahindras. If the price of McDonald’s burgers could be used as the benchmark for calculating some rough and ready purchasing power parity index for comparable GDPs of nations or the real exchanges rates among currencies, then why these indicators of economic well-being can’t be used for estimating the level of affluence in an area, I wondered. Because even after seeing these, it looked a little incredible. Used to the constant narratives of deprivations and abject poverty in rural India, it is rather difficult to accept that our rural areas could also be relatively comfortable. Of course, there would be those who still remain below the reasonable levels of comforts. But there is no point in not recognising the fact that compared to as recently as ten years, the level of prosperity is much more widespread. There is also the concomitant issue that such prosperity and skewed accesses to facilities, particularly schooling, could accentuate disparity in society. If good schools and better education is available to a select few then such children will gain a head start for a lifetime. It will, of course, result in greater inequality eventually. These call for public policy interventions and corrective measures. But that should not be crimping the gains —the easier option— than building comparable additional facilities. Public policy should, therefore, be directed at raising the standards and amenities of all government and aided schools and not reset the emergence of a crop of good private educational institutions. Hopefully, this will be one of the priorities of the new government post the present hustings. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

BJP has crossed majority mark after sixth phase of polls Shah

first_imgNew Delhi: BJP president Amit Shah on Wednesday exuded confidence that his party has already crossed the majority mark after sixth phase of Lok Sabha polls and took a swipe at opposition parties over their proposed meeting, saying they may meet to elect a leader of opposition. “You (media) keep asking me how many seats we will win. I have travelled across the country and looking at the popular response, I am fully confident that the BJP after fifth and sixth phase of the elections has crossed the majority figure. It is going to cross 300 after the seventh phase and the NDA under Prime Minister Narendra Modi will form the government again,” he told a press conference here. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework The seventh and last phase of the elections for 543 Lok Sabha seats is due on May 19. A party needs to win 272 seats for a simple majority. The BJP had won 282 in 2014. Mocking the proposed meeting of opposition leaders and the move by some regional parties like TRS to form a federal front, Shah said such meetings do not affect the BJP whose seats, he added, are not going to come down. They may meet to elect a leader of opposition, he said, adding that results even this time may not give any party enough number of seats to elect a leader of opposition from its ranks. The Congress, the main opposition party, had won only 44 seats in 2014, less than the minimum 10 per cent of seats a party needs to win to claim the post of the leader of opposition in the LoK Sabha.last_img read more

The Best Teams Of Baseballs 2015 Season Are Bums In 2017

LCS SEASONTEAMS ABOVE .500TEAMS AT OR BELOW .500 Since League Championship Series format began in 1969. Includes all LCS seasons for which at least three of the “Final Four” teams were at or below .500 through 40 games, two years later.Sources: ESPN, Retrosheet, Lahman DB 2007Red SoxDiamondbacks, Indians, Rockies The only group that may have fallen further, faster were the LCS participants from 1985 — the Blue Jays, Royals, St. Louis Cardinals and L.A. Dodgers — all of whom were at or below .500 through 40 games of the very next season. Of those four, only the Jays rallied over the remainder of the season to finish with more wins than losses. (At 86-76, they finished in third place and never really sniffed the playoffs after the rough start, though they were arguably the AL’s best team from mid-May onward.)The same scenario — one team ultimately recovering from the slow start — may play out this season. Although the Cubs are in this unenviable group for now, it’s probably just an early bump on the road to another fine season. (Even if their once-mighty defense isn’t what it used to be.)But the other three have bigger problems that might prevent them from clawing their way back onto the winning side of the ledger. Even after their recent upswing, the Blue Jays still occupy last place in the AL East, which might be baseball’s toughest division. Similarly, K.C. is last in the AL Central despite making strides over the past week-plus. And the Mets are in significant disarray from both an injury and a performance perspective. None are tracking for a winning season, according to FiveThirtyEight’s Elo projections.Baseball is fundamentally more unpredictable than sports such as the NBA (looking forward to that third consecutive Warriors-Cavs final?) or even the NFL (for all its vaunted parity). But it’s still surprising to see these four teams struggle after being, until very recently, the cream of the game’s crop. Since the League Championship Series format began in 1969, it’s tough to find a “Final Four” of baseball that’s fallen on harder times two years later than 2015’s quartet of the Kansas City Royals, New York Mets, Chicago Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays. Through 40 games of a season, this is the first time ever that all four LCS participants from two years prior were .500 or worse: 1983OriolesWhite Sox, Dodgers, Phillies 1984PadresCubs, Tigers, Royals THROUGH 40 GAMES, TWO YEARS LATER… Baseball’s 2015 “Final Four” have fallen on hard times 1992BravesAthletics, Pirates, Blue Jays 2015—Cubs, Royals, Mets, Blue Jays read more

Ohio State mens hockey completes sweep over No 14 Northern Michigan

Northern Michigan came into its game against the Ohio State men’s hockey team Saturday night ranked No. 14 in the country, but for the second-straight game, it was the Buckeyes who played like a team worthy of national recognition. OSU won 4-1 and completed a two-game sweep of the Wildcats after defeating Northern Michigan by the same score Friday afternoon. Four players scored for OSU in the Saturday contest and senior goalie Cal Heeter had 18 saves to help the team to a series sweep. The unranked Buckeyes are now unbeaten in their last seven games, and are riding a five-game winning streak during which they have outscored their opponents 20-2. “Ohio State is a good hockey team. I don’t know if people know how good they are. They were owning the game,” Northern Michigan coach Walt Kyle said. The Buckeyes owned Saturday’s game from the start. Senior forward Danny Dries put OSU on the board with a goal at 10:54 in the first period. Dries received a pass from senior defenseman Sean Duddy just inside the blue line and fired the puck past Wildcats’ goalie Reid Ellingson. Freshman forward Nick Oddo scored at 9:08 in the second period, and OSU led 2-0 after 40 minutes. The Buckeyes outshot the Wildcats 31-8 through two stanzas, including a 17-2 advantage in the middle period. Northern Michigan cut OSU’s lead to one with a goal at 3:12 in the third period. The Buckeyes went on the power play less than a minute after the goal, and took advantage with a goal from sophomore defenseman Curtis Gedig at 4:14. OSU was on the power play four times during the game, while the Wildcats only held a player advantage twice. “At the beginning of the year, we were spending too much time in the box,” Dries said. “We have done a much better job of staying out of the box, especially over the last two weekends.” Oddo found sophomore forward Alex Lippincott in front of the Wildcats goal, who backhanded the puck into the net, giving OSU a 4-1 lead with just more than 12 minutes remaining in the game. The Buckeyes responded to Northern Michigan’s lone goal with two of their own in a span of 3:54, putting the game far from in reach for the Wildcats, preserving a win and series sweep. “When the other team scores, you are going to start second guessing yourselves, but I do not think they did that,” OSU head coach Mark Osiecki said. “It is probably a good thing Northern scored and put us in that position. It let us see how our guys would handle it.” The win puts OSU in a tie for first place atop the Central Collegiate Hockey Association standings with Notre Dame and Lake Superior. The Buckeyes are now 8-3-1 on the year, 5-2-1-1 in conference play. “We are taking things day-to-day, and we are not looking at the rankings yet. We are trying to go one day at a time,” Gedig said. Northern Michigan drops to 4-5-3, 1-4-3-2 in the CCHA with the loss. The Buckeyes will travel to Ann Arbor, Mich., to face Michigan in a two-game series starting on Friday. read more

UEFA reduce AS Roma ban

first_imgAS Roma director general Mauro Baldissoni has confirmed that UEFA have reduced the ban after they appealed, and fans can now attend their first Champions League away match.Roma were originally given a fine €50,000 after the clashes at their semi-final defeat to Liverpool in Anfield last season.The club’s director general Mauro Baldissoni was delighted with UEFA’s decision to reduce the ban and he spoke to Roma Radio this morning to confirm the news, according to Football Italia.“I am satisfied to announce that UEFA have reduced the ban on appeal, so the new verdict is just one match as a suspended sentence,” Baldissoni said.gareth southgate, englandEngland and Bulgaria on a collision course over racism George Patchias – September 13, 2019 England’s concerns over racism in Bulgaria has sparked a furious row.Recently England manager Gareth Southgate expressed his concern over racist abuse being aimed at…“That means for the first game, it will be possible to follow Roma away from home. Obviously, we invite the supporters to behave properly.“We have also lodged an appeal for the three-month ban to President James Pallotta. It seems excessive, as he was just letting off steam about refereeing decisions. The verdict will be delivered at the end of September.”last_img read more

Rovers boss praises Harrison Reid

first_imgBlackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray has heaped praises on Harrison Reed, after the midfielders impressive performance against West Bromwich Albion.Mowbray insists it wasn’t just his stunning goal which earned Rovers a point that caught the eye, but his all-action display in the middle of the park.Since moving to Lancashire on a season-long loan from Southampton, the 23-year-old has primarily been asked to fulfil the duties of a winger, largely due to the fine form of midfield duo Richie Smallwood and Corry Evans.However, the Blackburn Rovers manager boss insists he now faces a dilemma on his hands after Reed’s dazzling display in midfield.Asked to sum up Reed’s contribution at The Hawthorns, Mowbray said, according to the club’s official website:“Immense!Aston Villa v Blackburn Rovers - Premier LeagueForgotten football stars – Morten Gamst Pedersen Boro Tanchev – August 25, 2019 Here is another forgotten football star we are going to talk about – the former Blackburn midfielder Morten Gamst Pedersen.“He’s been fantastic playing in a wide position, working like a trojan, running forward, blocking off the wide play, helping his full-back, in to out, in to out, and yet playing centre-mid today, it shows you where his true position really is on the pitch.“And yet when I’ve got (Corry) Evans and (Richie) Smallwood playing centre-mid for the last 18 months it’s really difficult to put Harrison Reed in there and leave one of them out every week.“So we’ll find a position for Harrison. He’s a fantastic player, but beyond his playing ability, his personality fits in amazingly well with our group.“The lads love him to bits and I think he’s settled in well, so let’s wait and see.“It was a fantastic performance again – an immense performance from Reed today – and he topped it off with a great goal.”last_img read more

Homer Votes In Favor Of Raising The Citys Sales Tax To Fund

center_img Most of the tax would end once the bond for the station is paid off, but .05 percent would remain in place in order to fund ongoing maintenance costs for the building. In the ballots casts on Tuesday; 386 votes, were cast in favor of raising the city’s sale tax, and 218 votes, opposed the increase in tax. Absentee and mail in ballots will be tallied by Friday.last_img