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Woodfibre LNG given environmental assessment approval

first_imgThe Woodfibre LNG Project has been given its environmental assessment certificate by the Environment Minister, and the Natural Gas Development Minister. The project has a price tag of $1.4-$1.8 billion, and will have a facility with liquefied natural gas storage, a marine terminal, and LNG shipping by carriers.The project is the second to have been granted a certificate after a substituted environmental assessment. Substituted refers to the Environmental Assessment Office conducting a single process that meets federal and provincial requirements.It’s estimated the project will produce 2.415 million tonnes of LNG per year. It’s also estimated that 100 full time positions will be created during operations.- Advertisement -There are 25 conditions that the Province provided that are a part of the certificate. A list of those conditions can be seen by clicking here.last_img read more

Conservationists take initiatives to create wildlife awareness

first_imgItanagar, Dec 3 (PTI) Two conservationists here have taken up a novel initiative of hosting foreigners interested in studying snakes in the forest areas of Papum Pare district, and educating local tribals on the need to conserve reptiles and amphibians.Ahmedabad-based herpetologist Soham Mukherjee and ecologist Mahesh Manghore recently hosted a group of 16 students from Belgium for 10 days at a homestay camp at Sango village in the district.”The students do their field work during their stay here. The communities get economic benefits and learn how valuable their natural resources are. We are trying to establish a relationship with the tribals to spread awareness,” Mukherjee said.During a camp, Mukherjee usually moves around in the non-protected forest areas to collect reptiles, while Manghore does most of the interactions with the students and local people.The expert duo collect fees from the visitors and contribute funds from their own resources.The young herpetologist, who is also the director of an animal rehabilitation centre in Ahmedabad, hopes that some reptiles found in the area may well belong to new species.”We discovered what could be a subspecies of the banded trinket snake (Oreocryptophis porphyraceous) during the 10-day camp,” said Mukherjee.The Belgian group has spotted some 15 species of snake during their stay at Sango. The group identified the meadow pit viper, brown spotted pit viper and the green rat snake, he said.”The students were lucky to spot unique species of amphibians and even a gorgeous tarantula spider. Many reptiles could not be identified as there were no taxonomists. We also located five genera of frogs but could not ascertain the species,” the herpetologist said.advertisementHe feels that hunting in the area is no longer required for sustenance and people do it for fun.”Earlier, hunting was for sustenance, now it is a sport. When foreign visitors come to study snakes, the tribal people here realise the importance of preserving wildlife.”Mukherjee feels that the initiative could be carried forward to other parts of the North East if the state governments were willing.Appreciating the efforts of Mukherjee and Manghore, Chief Wildlife Warden R Kemp said the department has always encouraged awareness campaigns for preserving the states rich wildlife species.”In order to determine whether a reptile species is new, certain official formalities have to be taken care of. We are not aware of any new discovery as the conservationists never approached the department,” he added. PTI UPL RMS RBT LNSlast_img read more

Usain Bolt Makes Donations To Cancer Charity

Usain Bolt is known for his lightening speed and gold medals, but very rarely is he recognized for his charitable donations to the community; thus, Bolt has made to two big contributions to the British community.He donated a pair of autographed running spikes to nine-year-old Matthew Smith, who is a cancer victim that had to have his leg amputated in April.  Smith is currently learning adjusting to using a prosthetic limb, which he is hopeful that the limb will allow him to return the soccer field and play for Brislington Juniors FC in Bristol.The Olympic champion in the 100 and 200 meters, heard about Smith’s situation from his cousin Vinette Jones.  Jones with Smith’s soccer coach.“I think the story really struck a chord with him,” Jones said.  “Usain is a very quick runner so he thought about what it would like for him to lose a leg.”Bolt’s mother, Jennifer, presented the signed spikes to the family before flying to Jamaica after the London Olympics.The Smith family was shocked and thankful for Bolt’s gratitude.“Having Usain Bolt’s mum come and present Matthew with a signed pair of his spikes was brilliant,” said his father, Colin.  “Matthew really appreciated it and couldn’t believe that one of the biggest superstars in the world had done that for him.”The family has placed the shoes on eBay and hope to raise $1,300 to help go towards medical expenses.Bolt did not just stop his charitable ways with the Smith family, but he recently helped out Great Britain’s Mel Edwards.Edwards, 69, was a reserve for the Great Britain marathon team in 1968 Mexico Olympic Games, was diagnosed six years ago with multiple myeloma and bone marrow cancer.Edwards was able to get Bolt to autograph one of his Jamaican international running tops for his cancer charity. He understands how rare of an opportunity this for his charity.“He only signs three or four vests each year for charitable purposes so I am delighted he has decided to choose my charity,” Edwards said.The top will be auctioned off on Nov. 8 at London’s Dorchester Hotel at a gala dinner for Myeloma UK charity. read more

Bahamas Long Islander in TCI says give cash its easier

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Oct 2015 – A Long Islander living in Turks and Caicos said she lost everything in Hurricane Joaquin back in Long Island and so did her family. Telecia Knowles-Darville is well known for her ability in the kitchen as one of the cooks of the One Bahamas Association’s sheep tongue souse outs and she tells the heart wrenching story of how everything is destroyed in her home settlement in the southern side of the island. Mrs. Knowles-Darville encourages residents to give and said Fr. Bernard Been of the Anglican church is collecting cash donations for the relief efforts in The Bahamas. Tropical Storm Kate now formed, almost all Bahamas on alert Long Island fire extinguished Related Items:Long Island, Telecia Knowles-Darville HMBS Durward Knowles Provides Hurricane Relief To Long Island Residents In Clarence Town Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for youlast_img read more

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