U.S. Visit Signals Start of Bilateral Contact

first_imgNews One of North Korea’s primary experts on U.S. affairs, and its no. 2 nuclear negotiator, has reportedly been granted a visa to visit the U.S. later this month.Ri Gun, the director general of American affairs in North Korea’s foreign ministry, has been granted a visa officially in order to attend the “Northeast Asia Co-operation Dialogue” in San Diego on October 26th. However, the fact that he has been further afforded the right to visit New York is raising expectations that his schedule will include meetings with high level officials in the State Department.Indeed, Reuters released the news that Ri is planning to meet with the U.S.’ own no.2 nuclear negotiator, Sung Kim. If true, some analysts believe it would mean that both the U.S. and North Korea have decided to test the sincerity of the other with regards to denuclearization.However, one of the top North Korean diplomats at the UN in New York, Kim Myong Gil would only confirm that Ri was heading for the seminar in San Diego.In any case, analysts note the positive symbolism of allowing Ri Gun a visa at this time, regardless of destination. “Yes, Ri Gun is not high enough to make decisions for settlements,” Rand Corporation analyst Hahm Chai Bong told The National, “But he has actually received a visa in an official capacity. The symbolism is quite clear here. That, itself, I think is a very significant development. It’s a clear indication that both sides are now seriously willing to move towards bilateral discussions.”Evans Revere of the Korea Society agrees. Quoted by Reuters, “By allowing this visit to take place, Washington is telling Pyongyang that they are interested in keeping the dynamic going, the trend toward dialogue that we have seen in recent weeks.”However, South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung Hwan has told reporters that he remains unconvinced by North Korea’s intentions.“There is no evidence on which we can rely to believe that North Korean conciliatory gestures result from a fundamental change in its attitude towards the nuclear issue,” Yu said at a seminar at the Press Center in Seoul on Monday morning.Meanwhile, the U.S. coordinator in charge of implementing UN and U.S. Treasury sanctions against North Korea, Ambassador Philip Goldberg arrived in Beijing yesterday for four days of talks with Chinese officials on implementation. The State Department did not comment on whether he planned to raise the issue of recent Chinese aid to North Korea, which is suspected of violating the sanctions regime. Ambassador Goldberg is being accompanied by officials from the U.S. Treasury, National Security Council and the Department of Defense. Facebook Twitter U.S. Visit Signals Start of Bilateral Contact By Chris Green – 2009.10.19 4:21pm SHARE News RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img News Entire border patrol unit in North Hamgyong Province placed into quarantine following “paratyphoid” outbreak News AvatarChris Green There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest North Korea tries to accelerate building of walls and fences along border with Chinalast_img read more

Galway Camogie Team named to face Derry

first_imgThe Galway Team to Face Derry in Loughrea tomorrow in the third round of the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Senior Camogie Championship has been named and shows two changes from the team that beat Dublin last weekend. 3 May 2015; Galway players are joined in celebration by Oisin Helebert, 1, of Galway, grandson of the manager Tony Ward. National Camogie League, Division 1 Final, Cork v Galway. Semple Stadium, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Picture credit: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE The Galway team is…..1. Susan Earner (Eyrecourt)2. Tara Kenny (Sarsfields)3. Sarah Dervan (Mullagh)4. Heather Cooney (St. Thomas)5. Siobhan Coen (Ballinderreen)6. Rebecca Hennelly (Ardrahan)7. Lorraine Ryan (Kiltulla/Killimordaly)8. Ann Marie Starr (Killimor)9. Niamh Kilkenny (Pearses) C10. Aoife Donohue (Mullagh)11. Niamh McGrath (Sarsfields)12. Shauna Healy (Ardrahan)13. Orlaith McGrath (Sarsfields)14. Ailish O’Reilly (Oranmore/Maree)15. Noreen Coen (Athenry) Susan Earner comes into goal for Shauna Burke and Siobhan Coen starts at wing back instead of Clodagh McGrath. print WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Emaillast_img read more

How can HR Help Business Embrace the Future?

first_imgHow well connected you are used to be measured by the number of physical handshakes you made throughout your business life. Today your ‘social currency’ is your digital footprint.How many digital connections, followers or friends have you accumulated through your social media platforms?  Yes, platforms as in plural.  It doesn’t count if you have a Facebook account to keep tabs on the kids and post photos of Sunday’s cafe breakfast!Global communication and collaboration has never been easier and building networks has never been more powerful.In 2016, we took a team of five to the largest and most influential international HR gathering in Washington; #SHRM16. Being based in Australia we had not built a HR network in the U.S. however, leading into the conference our team interacted with the hashtag and fellow HR professionals and exhibitors on social media.We were amazed what happened next.When we arrived in Washington we were greeted with open arms, handshakes and hugs.  We had created a 3D, international digital footprint. This wasn’t video game fiction, these were real handshakes.Digital footprints are real.  It felt like we had broken bread or shared a social drink with these new friends. But in reality, we had shared likes, tweets, follows and content.This year we have been invited to participate with the SHRM#17 blog squad in New Orleans and our Founder @sel_watts will present on social media at the pre-conference social media sessions.Not bad for a small external HR Consultancy firm based in Australia. Global education and unique life experiences are everywhere.Recently, while traveling through the U.K. I received a tweet from a Twitter connection who lived in London. We had never spoken or interacted previously, but she had been reading the wattsnext blog and our team tweets for six months. That morning she noticed I posted a photo of the Tower of London and sent me a message.  Three hours later we were having a coffee in Paddington, discussing the future of work and the role HR can play in the modern world.Encourage your team to be on social media and learn from an easily accessible global community.Many of our Australian and Global wattsnext clients do not encourage social media in their workplaces. As future thinking HR leaders, we are working hard to change their mindset.Do you digitally empower your employees or do you restrict them?Social media is the centre of global communication and learning in the modern world. You can build your internal culture around social media through gamification and creative HR frameworks.  Get inventive! Social media is not going anywhere and neither are Millennials in the workplace.The early adopters phase may have gone but as HR professionals we should be encouraging employees of all ages to embrace social media. Integrate social media into your roles, frameworks and cultures.Don’t be the one who calls the Worldwide Web a fad.Build a social media strategy today and you will thank yourself 12 months from now.Originally published on WattsNext HR blog.last_img read more

Ten Common Objections to Social Media Adoption and How You Can Respond

first_imgSteve Outing wrote a very good article at Editor and Publisher on Friday about the need for cultural change inside the newpapers around the US (found via the wonderful CyberJournalist.net). That article got me thinking that people in many different industries probably hear many of the same objections to new, social media and online tools. (“It takes too much time, conversations online are insipid” etc.)I decided to make a list of the Top 10 Objections to New Online Tools and What You Can Say in Response. I surveyed my nearly 1300 friends on Twitter and got all kinds of thoughtful replies.Below is that list; I hope you’ll find it useful and leave comments helping to extend the conversation further. In my mind I’m thinking of everything from RSS and wikis to Twitter, Facebook and blogging. Online tools that leverage social connections.Last month we wrote about an initiative called The Working Group where people trying to bring about innovation in big companies. Many readers probably know about Forrester analyst Jeremiah Owyang’s fantastic blog, where he explains social media in a business context, often in a format you can take directly to the boss. There are lots of different resources available online to help the intrepid early adopter and I hope this list will be one of them.Ultimately, I’m not yet convinced myself that persuading anyone is the way to go. If you can make time on the side to use new tools and you can perform – perhaps the benefits can best speak for themselves. If that’s not the case inside of a company, I’m sure it is between two companies with different attitudes towards adoption of new social technologies.ROI is the elephant in the middle of the room, and it’s addressed a bit in item number ten below. It’s a topic I need more people to chime in on; I live and breathe this stuff and can articulate the benefits of it to a great degree, but it just speaks for itself to me too. So if you’re an ROI-head, pipe up. Links, traffic, mindshare, connections between people and early access to actionable information are the things I usually cite without quantifying.Let’s get into the list though, and please do feel free to add your own thoughts as well.A List of Objections, Replies and Concessions Regarding Social Media and Tools1. I suffer from information overload already.Possible replies:Try just skimming messages in some fora – you may need to look closely at every email you get but you don’t have to look at every Facebook friend’s update.The right tools for you will feel helpful in time, not like a burden. Experiment for awhile with new tools and stick with the ones that deliver you the most high-quality information, whether those tools are high-quantity or not. (Thanks to Aaron Hockley and Ruby Sinreich for these thoughts.)Check out tools like AideRSS and FeedHub – just two examples of services aiming to improve the signal to noise ratio.Times change and so do information paradigms. Get used to it. The amount of information you had access to 3 years ago was infinitely more than people at any other point in history and we’re in the middle of another huge leap right now.Concession: If you think consuming all this new information is a challenge, wait until you try to find the time to make sense of it! (Thanks to Nancy White for that thought.)2. So much of what’s discussed online is meaningless. These forms of communication are shallow and make us dumber. We have real work to do!Possible replies:Much of it is not meaningless, but if you feel overwhelmed with meaninglessness – try subscribing to a search for keywords in a particular service and using that as your starting point for engagement.Having a presence and starting a conversation is rarely a bad thing – bring quality conversation to a space and you’ll find others ready to engage. (Thanks to Banana Lee Fishbones, obviously a fan of open, non-anonymous public communication 🙂 for this articulation.)Personal information can be very useful in understanding the context of more explicitly useful information.If learning how the market feels about your organization, engaging with your customers and driving traffic to your web work – all very realistic goals for social media engagement – aren’t work, then I don’t know what is. Even in the short term, strategic engagement with online social media will have a clear work pay-off.Concession: The signal to noise ratio will be easier to maximize if you can find an experienced guide to learn from. Just jumping into social media and new tools on your own will not neccesarily lead to a meaningful experience. It could, but it will take longer.3. I don’t have the time to contribute and moderate, it looks like it takes a lot of time and energy.Possible replies:If you aren’t going to eat that lunch of yours, I’d be happy to, thanks.With practice, familiarity and technology fine-tuned with a little experience you’ll find the time required will decrease.You might consider this time spent on marketing or communication with existing customer base – perhaps there’s something else in that department that isn’t working well and could be replaced with online work.Concession:Doing anything well does take time and energy. You’ve obviously been thinking about this stuff a lot, it is important – and it’s going to take time and energy.4. Our customers don’t use this stuff, the learning curve limits its usefulness to geeks.Possible replies:You might be surprised to learn how many of your customers do already use these new tools. Even more will do so in the future.The best designed tools are designed like good games – you can get small rewards right away and then learn more advanced skills to win bigger rewards. Among online services that are intended for general audiences, only poorly designed ones are too geeky.Many of these tools provide value vastly disproportionate to the literal number of people they reach. These are like high-value focus groups where you’ll gather information and preparation to engage with the rest of the world.Try asking someone near you to give you an in-person demonstration of one of these tools. You’ll find it much easier to learn once you’ve seen the right paths taken to show what it can do.5. Communicators [bloggers, tweeters] are so fickle, better to stay unengaged than risk random brand damage. We don’t want hostile comments left about us on any forum we’ve legitimized.Possible replies:If you need to, you can require that any comments left on your own site be approved before they appear. This slows down the conversation but if it makes conversation possible for you then do it.There are far fewer people who will take the time to say hostile things, even on the internet, than you might imagine.Engage – you’ll be appreciated more for it. People are going to say what they are going to say – you can either let any criticism go unanswered or you can be the bigger person/brand for responding well.Conversations are going to happen online, better to be engaged than to have it happening behind your back. (As articulated by Rick Turoczy.)It’s ok, no one believes that anyone is perfect anymore. Swing for the fences sometimes – you might strike out, but sometimes you’ll hit a home run.Even if you’re not responding publicly, you should watch closely so you know what people are saying. Maybe you don’t have a blog, but subscribe to a blogsearch feed or alert for your company’s name. Maybe none of your people are on Twitter – you can subscribe to a feed for a search via Terraminds.Concessions:Some of the critical things that get said about you online might not warrant a response. Just decide which ones do and file the rest away somewhere. Communicating in this different context is very new and challenging for traditionally trained business people. Good luck.6. Traditional media and audiences are still bigger, we’ll do new stuff when they do.Possible replies:They already are, from blogging to online video to social networks to mobile to microblogging – big, established brands are already doing all of it. They may be experimenting but they will bringing all their market dominance into the most useful social media sectors as soon as it suits them. Will that be too late for you? It might be.Traditional media audiences are also more passive – online audiences can engage with, rebroadcast and otherwise amplify your communication efforts.Concessions:That’s true and fair, if you think your business can thrive while taking that attitude towards a period of intense social and economic change then you just rock on with your bad self. I’ll be taking my love of innovation to the employer down the street.7. Upper management won’t support it/dedicate resources for it.Possible replies:A lot of technology adoption has for some time had to happen despite this reality. People adopt new tools on their own at work, without permission. They discover powerful ways to solve their problems and then they share them horizontally.Compared to other expenses, meaningful engagement with new online technology does not have huge costs.Concessions:Meaningful engagement with new technology does require some expenditure of time, energy and money. If you’re not willing to do this then you’ll be unlikely to see big benefits.8. These startups can’t offer meaningful security, they may not even be around in a year – I’ll wait until Google or our enterprise software vendor starts offering this kind of functionality.Possible replies:The skills you build and the connections you make will remain with you, though. This is a paradigm shift underway more than it is about any particular tool.Chose your tools carefully – expect data export as an option so you can back up or switch services whenever you need to. This isn’t widespread yet but the best tools allow it.Concessions:You do need to be careful, but if you do so intelligently then the benefits can really outweight the risks. It is very possible that any one of these services might shutter in a year or two, but you’ll get a lot out of them in the meantime and hopefully won’t lose access to your data if that happens.9. There are so many tools that are similar, I can’t tell where to invest my time so I don’t use any of it at all.Possible replies:A little experimentation goes a long way. Try asking people in your field who have some experience what tools they are using.Try searching for keywords related to your work in various sites. You’ll find out that way which sites are best suited for you.Concessions:It’s true, it can be very confusing and very few people are able to keep up with all the new services that are launching. Don’t worry about it, just do your best.10. That stuff’s fine for sexy brands, but we sell [insert boring B2B brand] and are known for stability more than chasing the flavor-of-the-month. We’re doing just fine with the tools we’ve got, thanks.Possible replies:Some of these things, RSS and wikis for example, aren’t passing social fads – they are emerging best practices and the state of the art. ROI is very hard to measure, but try allocating a little energy over time to experiment and see what kind of results you get. From connections between people and projects, to search-friendly inbound links, to early access to important information – the benefits of engaging in new social media go on and on.ConclusionsThere are no conclusions, this is just a conversation. Please feel free to add your thoughts in comments and check out the comments to read what others suggest as talking points when faced with these objections. marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img Tags:#Trends#web A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

CSK to donate first IPL proceeds to Pulwama martyrs’ families,CSK to donate first IPL proceeds to Pulwama martyrs’ families

first_imgPublished on cricket SHARE SHARE EMAIL Chennai Chennai Super Kings will donate proceeds from their first IPL home game to families of the CRPF personnel martyred in the Pulwama terrorist attack, with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni presenting the cheque. The 12th Indian Premier League will begin with defending champions Chennai Super Kings taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore and ticket proceeds of the game, scheduled to be heal at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday, will go to the kin of the CRPF personnel who lost their lives in the February 14 terror attack, said CSK’s Director Rakesh Singh. “Chennai IPL first home match ticket proceeds will go towards the families of the victims of Pulwama Attack. Captain MS Dhoni, who is honorary Lt. Colonel of the Indian territorial army, will present the cheque!” Singh said on the team’s twitter handle. Tickets to the much-awaited game were sold out within hours of the opening day sale. More than 40 jawans lost their lives in the attack perpetrated by Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) in South Kashmir’s Pulwama. A convoy of 78 buses, in which around 2,500 CRPF personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar, came under attack on February 14. As a mark of respect for the personnel who lost their lives, Indian cricketers recently sported special army caps during the third ODI against Australia and donated their match fee to the National Defence Fund. COMMENT March 21, 2019 SHARE × IPL COMMENTSlast_img read more

a month agoMan Utd manager Solskjaer hopeful Rashford returns before international break

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man Utd manager Solskjaer hopeful Rashford returns before international breakby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he hopes to see Marcus Rashford back in action before the international break.The England forward was forced off during the second half of United’s loss to West Ham on Sunday.Solskjaer confirmed Rashford had sustained a groin injury and would wait on scan results.Speaking before Wednesday’s win over Rochdale in the Carabao Cup, the Norwegian said: “He’s recovering. “He’s not very, very bad so we hope to see him before the international break.” last_img read more

Hudson Shipping Hires Dianas Panamax

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Greek dry bulk owner Diana Shipping has entered into a time charter contract with Hudson Shipping Lines Incorporated for one of its Panamax dry bulk vessels, the M/V Thetis.The gross charter rate for the 2004-built ship is USD 10,650 per day for a period of minimum fourteen to maximum seventeen months.The charter is expected to commence tomorrow, the company said.As informed, the employment is anticipated to generate approximately USD 4.47 million of gross revenue for the minimum scheduled period of the time charter.The 73,583 dwt Panamax was chartered to Hong Kong-based Ausca Shipping Limited at a gross charter rate of USD 8,350 per day.Upon completion of the previously announced sales of two Panamax dry bulk vessels, Triton and Alcyon, Diana Shipping’s fleet will comprise 48 dry bulk vessels. As of today, the combined carrying capacity of the company’s fleet, including Triton and Alcyon, is approximately 5.8 million dwt with a weighted average age of 9.23 years.last_img read more

Some anxious moments as Canadian David SaintJacques successfully blasts off

first_imgLONGUEUIL, Que. — As David Saint-Jacques blasted off into space Monday, retired astronaut Robert Thirsk clinically explained the process to a packed crowd of Canadian Space Agency staff and guests.It was only after the spacecraft safely entered orbit about nine minutes later, drawing the first applause from an audience watching a live NASA feed, that Thirsk admitted to some pre-launch jitters about the Canadian astronaut’s mission.His former colleague was on the first manned launch since a rocket failure forced a Soyuz capsule carrying two astronauts to abort and make an emergency landing in October. Russia briefly suspended launches to investigate before giving the mission the all-clear Nov. 1.“I think I was more anxious today than on a typical Soyuz launch because of the launch abort in October,” Thirsk, the first Canadian to fly aboard a Soyuz capsule, said in an interview.“But I do trust the Russian colleagues … and they made the right decisions. And we saw today, complete success.”As Saint-Jacques became just the ninth Canadian to head into space, people across the country connected with the Canadian Space Agency to watch Saint-Jacques’ historic flight.Former astronaut Dave Williams took part in a launch party at the Ontario Science Centre in Toronto, while in Halifax, Mi’kmaq students, educators, and families gathered at the Discovery Centre to watch. Saint-Jacques holds a special place in the community: He has adopted the Mi’kmaq name, Tapit, and he is carrying into space what the Mi’kmaq describe as spiritual gifts.By the end of his 6 1/2-month space mission, Saint-Jacques, 48, will have set a record for longest space trip for a Canadian — a record currently held by Thirsk.But he won’t have much time to dwell on that feat. Aboard the station, Saint-Jacques will be conducting a number of science experiments, including research on the provision of remote medical care and on the effects of microgravity on the body.Thirsk is no stranger to long-duration space flight. He embarked on his own six-month trip to the space station in 2009, just a few weeks after Saint-Jacques joined the astronaut corps, and he has spent more time in space than any other Canadian, with 206 days under his belt.Thirsk, 65, said he advised Saint-Jacques not to forget to take some time for himself.“What he’s doing right now is incredible — very few people have ever done it. So take time to stop and think about what you’re doing for Canada, for humanity,” Thirsk said. “Look out the window, without a camera, just look down at the planet and think about what the big picture is.”One of Canada’s newest astronauts, Jenni Sidey-Gibbons, grinned broadly as the rocket carrying Saint-Jacques launched. She later said she was caught off guard by her own reaction watching her colleague fulfil a lifelong dream.“I know that it’s something that means a lot to him and his family and the team that got him there,” she said.But Sidey-Gibbons, selected for the space program in 2017, is excited about the prospect for what the future of exploration may hold — moving beyond the lower-Earth orbit and into deep space missions.“Space is changing so quickly and my hope is Canada’s as much a participant as it has ever been in international programs moving forward,” she said. “We don’t know where we’re going to go or what we’re going to find, but it’s going to be interesting.”Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Trans Mountain pipeline work destroyed salmon habitat scientist says

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – Work on a Trans Mountain pipeline crossing in a British Columbia stream has destroyed salmon habitat, raising concerns about the Crown corporation’s ability to build infrastructure through waterways if the expansion project proceeds, a scientist says.Mike Pearson says the “amateur hour” work on the Stewart Creek crossing in Chilliwack will reduce food sources for coho and chum salmon and limit their ability to hide from predators. The fish are part of the diet of endangered southern resident killer whales.“There was no consideration given whatsoever to the habitat, which is just not acceptable,” said Pearson, a biologist with 30 years’ experience, in an interview. Federal and provincial officials inspected the terminal in April and found improperly installed sediment and erosion control measures. A follow-up energy board report concluded Trans Mountain had fixed the problems by the end of November.Trans Mountain said in a statement that the BC Oil and Gas Commission approved its Stewart Creek work and found no issues in site inspections during and after construction.It said a third-party engineer designed the plan to protect the exposed line and conducted a study to ensure it would not impede fish passage. Environmental plans were created and work was monitored full-time by a qualified environmental professional, it said.As for Pearson’s 2015 criticism of the Sumas Mountain crossing, Trans Mountain said an independent environmental consultant completed an assessment and made a management plan. The work was monitored by an environmental professional and the oil and gas commission found no issues. It also said “extensive” sediment control measures and mitigation efforts are in place at its Burnaby terminal.The corporation added that field crews investigated all potential watercourse crossings for its expansion project even before it applied to the energy board for approval.“The information gleaned from this fieldwork allows us to avoid or minimize impact to fish and fish habitat during pipeline construction,” it said, adding environmental inspectors will monitor construction.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has purchased the pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion.The expansion would triple the capacity of the existing line that runs from the Edmonton area to Burnaby. The energy board completed its first review in 2016 and recommended the government approve the project with 157 conditions.In its report, the board wrote the watercourse crossing plans “would effectively reduce the extent of effects on fish and fish habitat.”Ten conditions relate to fish, including that the company must file details on the presence of fish and fish habitat with the board before starting construction on watercourse crossings.Most of the conditions are “a plan to make a plan,” argued Eugene Kung, a lawyer with West Coast Environmental Law.“They don’t have any actual measurable effect on the outcome.”The Federal Court of Appeal quashed the project’s approval in August in part due to the board’s failure to consider marine shipping impacts. The government ordered the board to conduct a new review looking at this issue and produce a report by Feb. 22.Scientists and environmentalists say the new review, which is limited to 12 nautical miles off B.C.’s coast, is neglecting the streams and rivers that support salmon.Board spokesman James Stevenson said it will consider all evidence on the record relevant to assessing impacts of project-related marine shipping, including but not limited to impacts on southern resident killer whales.“Some parties have filed evidence regarding (southern resident) prey, including salmon,” he said.The board rejected Pearson’s evidence because Yarrow Ecovillage filed it nine days after a December deadline, but the board noted the evidence “may have some relevance as it pertains to salmon, which is a food source of the (southern residents).”Chinook salmon comprise roughly 80 per cent of southern resident orca diet in the summer, but chum, coho and steelhead trout make up about 14 to 18 per cent, and little is known of their winter diet, said Pearson in his filing with the energy board.Paul Spong, founder of Orca Lab research station on Vancouver Island, said chum are the whales’ second choice after chinook, adding that starvation is the biggest threat to their survival.“Anything that interferes with salmon using river systems is detrimental to the orcas.”center_img Trans Mountain Corp. filed documents with the National Energy Board showing its plans to cover exposed pipe in the Fraser Valley creek. It wrote that it would place concrete mats in the channel, extending about eight metres upstream and nine metres downstream of the exposed line, and cover it with small stones.Pearson said the work was completed in August to September of last year. He visited the site in December and took photos that he says show most of the stones have been swept away by currents, leaving the concrete blocks exposed.“The work has degraded habitat in several ways,” he wrote in an assessment filed with the energy board by intervener Yarrow Ecovillage.The smooth, hard concrete provides no hiding places for salmon, supports very few of the aquatic invertebrates they feed on, inhibits plant growth and prevents fish from burying their eggs, the document says.Pearson believes it’s not an isolated incident. An assessment he did of a pipeline creek crossing on Sumas Mountain in 2015 for Pipe Up Network, an anti-pipeline group, concluded the site was physically unstable and reconstructed with materials inappropriate to restoring habitat.A stream-keeper has also raised concerns about excavation at Trans Mountain’s terminal in Burnaby. John Preissl has filed several complaints with the energy board alleging the work has caused sediment to fall into two salmon-bearing creeks.last_img read more

Mallya fights Indian banks attempt to recover dues in UK

first_imgLondon: Embattled liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya on Wednesday faced yet another legal battle to prevent a consortium of Indian banks led by State Bank of India (SBI) getting access to nearly 260,000 pounds in a UK bank account.The 62-year-old is contesting an interim debt order obtained by the Indian banks in January this year, which relates to funds in the former Kingfisher Airlines boss’ current account with ICICI Bank in London. At a hearing before Master David Cook at the Queen’s Bench Division of the court, Mallya’s legal team sought a dismissal of the interim order. A judgment in the case is expected at a later date. “The hearing concerns an interim third-party debt order obtained by the banks in January and relates to funds worth just short of 260,000 pounds in Dr Mallya’s current account with ICICI Bank in London,” said a spokesperson for TLT LLP, the law firm representing the Indian banks. “This is part of the banks’ ongoing efforts to enforce the [Indian] Debt Recovery Tribunal judgment against Dr Mallya in the UK. Dr Mallya is opposing the application and asking that the court discharges the interim order. If it is made final, the funds will be released to the banks,” the spokesperson explained. The case is part of wider efforts by SBI and 12 other Indian banks Bank of Baroda, Corporation bank, Federal Bank Ltd, IDBI Bank, Indian Overseas Bank, Jammu & Kashmir Bank, Punjab & Sind Bank, Punjab National Bank, State Bank of Mysore, UCO Bank, United Bank of India and JM Financial Asset Reconstruction Co Pvt Ltd to recover some of the funds owed to them as a result of unpaid loans by Mallya’s now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines. In a ruling in May last year, a UK High Court judge had refused to overturn a worldwide order freezing Mallya’s assets and upheld an Indian court’s ruling that the consortium of 13 Indian banks were entitled to recover funds amounting to nearly 1.145 billion pounds. TLT LLP has been representing the banks in their efforts to recover their dues as part of the worldwide freezing order, including a bankruptcy petition aimed at seizing his assets to recover dues filed at the end of last year. Mallya had been granted 20,000 pounds in weekly allowance as a result of the worldwide freeze order after his legal team made representations to the court to hike the initial 5,000 pounds weekly allowance. Mallya, meanwhile, remains on bail after his extradition was ordered by Westminster Magistrates’ Court in London in December last year and signed off by UK home secretary Sajid Javid in February. He has since filed an application in the UK High Court seeking leave to appeal against that order, with the papers now awaiting a judge’s ruling on whether it should be rejected or can move to a hearing stage. PTIlast_img read more