Analyst refutes refinery rhetoric for Alberta

first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – Building a refinery in Alberta would be an effort in futility according to one petroleum analyst. Premier Rachel Notley floated the idea Tuesday that her government may be willing to approve such a project.Senior Petroleum Analyst Dan McTeague believes any proposal would be unwarranted in this province.“Of all the places in the country that doesn’t need a refinery, it’s Alberta.”He believes there are better options available if we want to deal with our heavy oil.“We could talk about upgrading our heavy oil, but there is (already) a substantial market for that. It’s called condensates mixed in with oil, and then we could move that to other countries and get 50-60 dollars a barrel for it.”He notes if Canada can’t get a pipeline approved, there certainly wouldn’t be an appetite for building a refinery in 10 years.“The climate to build a refinery requires stability not rule of thumb. We’ve seen both Ottawa and we’ve seen British Columbia act in ways that even if a government were to give a guarantee one year, it can be reversed the next.”He contends the answer to Alberta’s economic woes still hasn’t changed.“Let’s turn off the nonsense about building a refinery, which we do not need here in Alberta, and start dealing with the fact that we do need pipelines.”Political Scientist Duane Bratt with Mount Royal University said refineries cost billions of dollars and there is an entire regulatory process around building them, making it a risky venture.“I can see the benefits of a refinery, I’m not sure about the economics of a refinery. But this would take 10 years or longer, it is not a short-term solution,”Bratt said that when the NDP was in opposition they talked about refineries and upgrading all the time, but it’s taken them three and a half years in office to mention it again.last_img read more

Northern Health warning residents about bluegreen algae

first_imgPRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – Northern Health has issued a bulletin to remind residents about precautions they need to take if they encounter blue-green algae when they head out for a swim in their favourite lake.The health authority said that with temperatures getting warmer during the summer months blooms of cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, may appear in lakes across Northern B.C. Blue-green algae are naturally occurring and can look like scum, grass clippings, fuzz or globs on the surface of the water. The blooms can be blue-green, greenish-brown, brown, or pinkish-red, and often smell musty or grassy.People who come in contact with visible blue-green algae, or who ingest water containing blue-green algae, may experience skin irritation, a rash, a sore throat, sore red eyes, swollen lips, and potentially develop a fever, nausea and vomiting, or diarrhea. Symptoms usually appear within one to three hours and resolve in one to two days. Residents living near the shores of lakes, as well as visitors and those making day-use of lakes, are advised to take the following precautions:Avoid all contact with blue-green algae blooms. If contact occurs, wash with tap water as soon as possible.Do not swim or wade (or allow your pets to swim or wade) in any areas where blue-green algae are visible.As a reminder, Northern Health recommends that visitors and residents do not drink or cook with untreated water directly from any lake at any time. Boiling lake water will not remove the toxins produced by blue-green algae.An alternate source of drinking water should also be provided for pets and livestock.  Pet owners should be wary of allowing pets to walk off-leash where they may be able to drink lake water – illnesses are a common outcome.Anyone who suspects a problem related to blue-green algae can connect with the Ministry of Environment at If you require further information on health concerns, please call Environmental Health at 250-565-2150. Additional information is also available at read more

Federal government pledges 49 million for 35 billion plastics project

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – A $3.5-billion project to turn Alberta propane into plastic pellets for the manufacture of consumer products is to receive $49 million from the federal government.Ottawa says the money provided to Calgary-based Inter Pipeline Ltd. through the $1.6-billion Strategic Innovation Fund will help secure jobs and support the environmentally cleaner production of plastic products.The facility is already under construction in Strathcona County, just northeast of Edmonton, with completion scheduled for late 2021. The company is to increase jobs for post-secondary students and women in trades while continuing to fund research and spending $10 million to find ways to reduce plastic waste.The Inter Pipeline project was given $200 million in provincial royalty credits in 2016, while Calgary-based Pembina Pipeline Ltd. was handed $300 million in credits for a similar proposal.Last month, Pembina announced it had decided with its partner, Kuwait’s Petrochemical Industries Co., to go ahead with a $4.5-billion polypropylene project also to be located northeast of Edmonton.last_img read more

A journey to selftransformation

first_imgThe ongoing exhibition of the works of artist Jyoti Tyagi are depictions of the artist’s inward transformation through her art. Thus, the process of art in her case is not restricted to mechanical applications of the tenets of art making but to a transfiguration of her forms into the language of the spirit and the soul.The art show will go on until March 17, at Rabindra Bhawan, Lalit Kala Akademi. While the spiritual process is ongoing as an undercurrent, what one witness on display are elements of the organic life process visible through her myriad feminine forms, entwined, uplifted, free-flowing and sitting in deep meditation. “These elements are going through an organic life process that brings about a metabolic change in our soul. It steers us towards righteousness and teaches us how to remain balanced, satisfied and centered, in the hustle of life,” comments the artist. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainHaving made it her mission to express her inner calling, this artist has used the feminine form as her leit motif. These are then displayed in variable settings, visible through the elements of bhūmi (earth), jala (water), agni (fire), marut, (air or wind) and akash (ether). Incidentally, what she has left unsaid but distinct in her works is her close adherence to the Vedic principle of vyom or space, by making her central form distinct and the surrounds a pristine space, leaving the viewer unrestricted viewing opportunities. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardLike a humble ‘student’ of her Muse, this art maker draws her inspiration from nature, where she is especially influenced by ancient tree forms and sinuous branches that seem to mirror femininity in their contours. Also, the ocean depths and the inner limits of a candle are her chosen identities. Her message, therefore, conveys the vital principle of integration that governs nature and our lives. With a grounded philosophy, a strong figurative form and a choice of deep tones of the colour palette, this exhibition brings about a ‘sangam’ of thought, feeling and execution, into a perfect blend.last_img read more

Centre sets up tribunal to decide if JeI JK is an unlawful

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre has constituted a tribunal headed by a Delhi High Court judge to decide whether there is sufficient cause for declaring Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir as an unlawful association.The Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) on March 23 issued a notification which states that Justice Mukta Gupta would head the tribunal set up under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA). Justice Gupta is presently heading another tribunal set up under UAPA to ascertain whether there was sufficient cause to extend the ban on the Students Islamic Movement of India (SIMI) as an unlawful association. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The tribunal’s proceedings with regard to the ban on SIMI commenced on February 28 and is ongoing. As the proceedings against SIMI commenced, the same day, the Centre banned Jamat-e-Islami (JeI) Jammu and Kashmir for five years under the anti-terror law on grounds that it was “in close touch” with militant outfits and is expected to “escalate secessionist movement” in the state. The government in its February 28 notification banning JeI said it was of the opinion that the Jamaat is “in close touch with militant outfits” and is supporting extremism and militancy in Jammu and Kashmir and elsewhere. It said the outfit claims “secession of a part of the Indian territory from the union” and supporting terrorist and separatist groups fighting for this purpose. The action came following the February 14 terrorist attack in Pulwama, in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed.last_img read more

Democracy Constitution under threat in BJP rule Gehlot

first_imgJaipur: Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot Friday said the country’s Constitution and democracy were under threat in BJP’s rule. Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah, Gehlot said the duo ruled the country for five years and people do not even know the names of most of the union ministers. “The Constitution and democracy is under threat and this is my duty to tell you this. BJP leaders talked about Congress-free India and those who criticise them are considered as anti-national,” Gehlot said at a public meeting in Pali. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “This is the situation prevailing in the country today. It is alarming and you should know this,” he added. The chief minister said Modi was a good actor and should have been in the film industry. “Several promises like bringing back black money were made by Modi during the last elections but not a single rupee was brought back,” he said. Gehlot also accused former chief minister Vasundhara Raje of stalling development projects and weakening welfare schemes launched during his earlier term. The chief minister was addressing the rally in support of the Congress candidate from Pali Lok Sabha seat Badriram Jakhar. Pali is among the 13 constituencies which will vote on April 29. Elections on the remaining 12 seats of the state will be held on May 9.last_img read more

Resentment among tribals may dim BJPs chances in land of Statue of

first_imgKevadiya/Bodeli (Guj): They got a helipad, a four-lane road and many headlines with the Statue of Unity’, billed as the world’s largest, but real development has bypassed them with water scarcity, unemployment and inadequate healthcare making life a daily struggle for survival, say many tribals here.Living under the shadow of the 182-metre statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel near the Narmada dam, development dominates the concerns of the tribal population, comprising a majority in the Chhota Udaipur parliamentary constituency. Many tribals here said they are unhappy with the BJP-led government for its “failure” to fulfil promises. This may ultimately benefit the Congress in the elections being held on Tuesday. Chhota Udaipur, which has over 16 lakh voters, is a reserved seat for Scheduled Tribes. The BJP, which has dropped its sitting MP Ramsinh Rathwa, has fielded local leader Geeta Rathwa, who will be fighting her first major election, against Congress’ Ranjit Rathwa. The imposing statue of India’s first home minister, which attracts scores of tourists, has ironically become the focus of resentment with those living in the area saying they are yet to glimpse the development they were promised. Umang Tadvi, a 29-year-old farmer, standing on a piece of land marked as a helipad outside Kevadiya village, said, “This is what we have received. A helipad for VIP choppers.” Kevadiya village is part of Narmada district and falls in Chhota Udaipur Lok Sabha constituency. Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the Statue of Unity on October 31 last year. At the time, some tribals held protests against the acquisition of their land for various developmental works near the statue. “Though local tribals were promised jobs at the Statue of Unity, very few were given employment. Instead of the government, outsourcing agencies are doing the recruitment. We are offered a monthly salary of Rs 7,000 to 9,000, which is a pittance. Further, we are asked to clean toilets, which no tribal will do. This development brought nothing for us,” Tadvi said. Another local, Ranjit Tadvi, agreed. There is no employment and many youths had migrated to Surat in search of work, he said. Though Kevadiya village is now world famous for the Statue of Unity, there are no roads or drinking water facility in our village. We were not benefited by this statue. I am now working as a mason in Surat,” he said. According to Ramkrishna Tadvi of nearby Gora village, tribals living near the statue will not vote for the BJP this time. “Over 7,000 voters living near the statue are not happy with the project, as several of them have lost their land for it. The BJP will have to suffer this time. Though we live near the (Narmada) dam, we are facing acute water shortage. We were not given jobs. Even I am working in a factory in Bharuch,” he said. Dr Praful Vasava, who has been leading a campaign against various projects coming up near the statue, said tribals from other parts of the constituency were also angry and would vote against the BJP in this election. “This four-lane road between Dabhoi and the Statue of Unity was built just for the tourists, not for us. Many people lost their land due to this road too. Tribals are feeling helpless. We believe a large number of tribals of other parts of Chhota Udaipur will also vote against BJP,” he said. In the chorus of disapproval, there are many who claimed tribals need to accept reality and adapt to a changing world. “Around 500 people from this area are earning well by selling food items and tea to tourists. Around 400 were given jobs as security guards or in housekeeping department. I am also working as a clerk at the tourist inquiry counter. Locals need to change their thinking,” said Mahesh Tadvi. People are also happy to see development in and around towns such as Tilakwada and Dabhoi. “The government has built wide roads here. You can earn Rs 500 to Rs 800 per day opening roadside eateries or tea stalls. Many people are getting good income due to the tourist inflow. Prices of land have also gone up,” said Arvind Sagar, who owns a small eatery on Dabhoi-Tilakwada road. According to Congress’ Rathwa, 53, the son of 10-time Congress MLA Mohansinh Rathwa, issues such as water scarcity, poor education and lack of jobs will be key issues in this election. “Though Narmada canal passes through Chhota Udaipur, a large part of this area is still deprived of water. Instead of building a road till Kevadiya, the government should have built a canal network. Unemployment is also rampant. Farmers are unhappy as they are not getting better MSP. I am confident people will put their trust on me this time,” he said. BJP’s Geeta Rathwa, 47, is equally confident. “I have been getting elected to Chhota Udaipur district panchayat since 1996. The rural population of this seat knows me very well. I am confident of winning,” she said. Ultimately, it is not just about parties but also deep-rooted cynicism. In Naswadi village, for instance, many said they have no hope from any of the parties. “Elections come and go,but our condition never improves. We are yet to see real development. We want proper roads, water for irrigation and health facilities. These are basic needs. But we wonder why no one pays attention on us,” said a villager who did not wish to be named. The Congress has won from Chhota Udaipur six times and BJP thrice, including in 2009 and 2014. Gujarat votes on Tuesday in the third round of the seven-phase elections. PTIlast_img read more

From marriage portal to deadly end

first_imgNew Delhi: Rohit and Apoorva had met through a marriage portal and later, on May 11, 2018, got married with the hope of a happy life but all the dreams started to crumble from the beginning of the marriage.Before all this, Rohit fought the intense legal battle for several years, with a hope to get recognition of being the biological son of ND Tiwari, a veteran politician and former Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. The family became together in 2014. Before Tiwari’s death, Rohit tied his knot with an Indore based Lawyer. The first thing which the couple did was to meet ND Tiwari to seek his blessings. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to police, immediately after the marriage, the couple seemed to have had a fallout and Apoorva left for her parental home in Indore on May 29,2018. After this, the distance between the two kept growing steadily. Apoorva spent most of her time away from husband’s house in Defence Colony than in it. They had an unhappy marriage. Later on the fateful night of April 15, the woman smothered and strangulated him on his bed. Some other injuries were also found on the body. “We suspect that Property can be one of the reason s of argument, but it is being investigated as it was divided between two brothers,” said police. When asked whether any other person was behind the fight, police said they are investigating.last_img read more

French play reading with live music to take the stage in

Fes – During the upcoming Fes Festival of World Sacred Music, the city will be brought to life with a myriad of performers and musicians set to inspire and entertain audience members from around the world. Fes escapes from routine daily life and opens itself up as a stage to an assortment of global artists and actors.Visitors heading to Fes for the Festival of World Sacred Music, which will take place from June 13-24, will have the opportunity to catch an exclusive preview of a newly released French play accompanied by live music. The production, LADY DI et MONSIEUR ANTOINE, is the latest release by British playwright and author, Kay d’Astorg. The author was inspired to acquire a riad in the Fes medina in 2004 after being enchanted by the charm of the sacred music festival.“How wonderful to be able to give something back to this remarkable city which has given us so much joy since we acquired our riad in 2004,” d’Astorg said.Fes will host the initial trial readings of the play before the official reading in Paris this October. “We have just performed a first reading in Paris, and we shall take this opportunity to explore new changes in the text, and respond to feedback from a live audience during the Festival…before going on to those more formal readings in Paris in the autumn,” d’Astorg said.The play relates an imaginary conversation between the English socialite Lady Diana Cooper, whose husband was the English Ambassador to France in the forties, and the famous French hairdresser, Antoine de Paris.Professional actors and actresses will bring the French production to life during three live readings in Fes. Patty Hannock, an English actress recently seen in the Kevin Costner film, “Three Days to Kill,” will incarnate Ladi Di, the main character. Hannock, who has worked for over 30 years in French and British theatre and television, has performed in Fes on two previous occasions and says she is thrilled to return to Fes once more. “To be able to perform yet again in Fes is a joy, especially during the Music Festival,” Hannock said.The reading of the play will be accompanied by live music composed and played by Ghislain Hervet, a classical clarinetist, and composer for theatre and film.Those looking for a professional theatrical reading alongside live music can catch LADY DI et MONSIEUR ANTOINE, during one of the three performances in Fes. “It will be interesting to see if we get a Moroccan audience as well as Festival visitors. We believe that the play has a certain humanity and can reach a wide audience. This will be the test,” d’Astorg added.The readings will take center stage at three of the most prestigious places in Fes: Riad Fes on 19 June, Le Jardin Des Biehn on 20 June, and Palais Faraj on June 21. The event is free and open to the public. “Not only is this a chance to discover some excellent theatre but also the incredible riads which now exist in the Fez Medina,” d’Astorg said. “For those of you who don’t understand French – come anyway as the atmosphere is terribly British and speaks for itself,” d’Astorg added.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more