Juventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo will face his former club Manchester United after the two European giants were drawn together in the Champions Leaguegroup stage on Thursday.Last season’s runners-up Liverpool, big-spending French league champions Paris St Germain and Carlo Ancelotti’s Napoli were thrown together in the pick of the groups while holders Real Madrid must face last season’s semi-finalists AS Roma.Inter Milan, back in the competition after a six-season absence, were pitted against Barcelona and Tottenham Hotspur.The Champions League has been altered this season, with more places given to teams from the bigger leagues — Spain, England, Germany and Italy now have four guaranteed slots apiece — and fewer from Europe’s less glamorous competitions.The new system could cut down on the number of one-sided contests which have spoiled the group stage in recent seasons.But critics say it could increase the competitive imbalance in European football and remove what romance is left.Due to the seeding system and UEFA’s policy of keeping teams from the same countries apart in the group stage, there was a shortage of big heavyweight clashes but lots of intriguing ties.CLEAR FAVOURITESOne of the most interesting will be in Group H where Ronaldo — who twice faced United in theChampions League as a Real Madrid player — meets them again in a Juventus shirt.Ronaldo, a United player from 2003 to 2009, scored when they beat Chelsea on penalties in the 2008 final after a 1-1 draw and has faced them twice in the competition since with Real Madrid.Juventus are clear favourites in the group where Jose Mourinho’s troubled United are likely to battle Valencia for second spot, with debutants Young Boys Bern the rank outsiders.“It’s a demanding group with teams of great value, great tradition and historic stadiums,” said Juve coach Massimiliano Allegri. “This is the new Champions League”Group C was closest to a ‘Group of Death’, as it pitted Liverpool, Paris St Germain and Napoli against each other.That formidable trio will be joined by Red Star Belgrade, who won the old European Cup in 1991 but will be appearing in the Champions League group stage for the first time.“It’s a very tough group but the most important thing for us is that we have managed to get into the group stage and compete at this level,” Red Star president Svetozar Mijailovic told reporters.Inter’s wildly unpredictable form under Luciano Spalletti means anything can happen in Group B where they face Barcelona, PSV Eindhoven and Tottenham.The English Premier League team are the only ones of the four who are not former Europeanchampions.BAYERN FOCUSEDGroup E also has three former European champions — Bayern Munich, Benfica and Ajax Amsterdam — alongside AEK Athens. Bayern should progress comfortably with Benfica and Ajax likely to battle for second place and AEK as dangerous outsiders.“It could have been worse, but we cannot afford negligence if we want to finish first,” said Bayern forward Thomas Mueller.Real Madrid and Roma should qualify from Group G where CSKA Moscow and Viktoria Plzen are the other contenders.“We picked the best team in the world and two others who will create us many problems,” said Roma captain Daniele De Rossi.Pep Guardiola will begin his latest attempt to win the European title with Manchester City in Group F where they will be the favourites against Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk, Olympique Lyonnais and debutants Hoffenheim.“Manchester City are a massive challenge for us,” said Hoffenheim coach Julien Nagelsmann. “But I was hoping we would draw a big team and we got one.”Atletico Madrid, AS Monaco and Borussia Dortmund were drawn in Group A, an evenly-balanced group completed by Club Bruges.Group D is possibly the most open, featuring former European champions Porto, Lokomotiv Moscow, Schalke 04 and Galatasaray.
Smart’s Siklab Saya: A multi-city approach to esports MOST READ EDITORS’ PICK Murray extended his unbeaten streak to 15 matches after also winning in Beijing and Shanghai.“I think I played my best tennis of the tournament today. That’s pleasing, obviously, as you want to improve as an event goes on,” he said.The 15th-ranked Tsonga, who was the 2011 champion, appeared in his first final of the season, which has been marred by adductor and left knee injuries.“It was a positive week for me. It was very good to be in the final,” Tsonga said. “I played good tennis. It was nice to play five matches in a row. It hasn’t happened many times these last couple of months.”Murray advanced to the final after defending champion David Ferrer pulled out with a left leg injury, while Tsonga saved a match point in his 2 1/2-hour semifinal against Ivo Karlovic on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT “I get a step closer with every win but it’s still a long way from here,” Murray said. “From two to one seems a small jump in a way but it’s the hardest one to make. To go from 100 to 50 is more spots but is a lot easier.”READ: Andy Murray back up to 2nd in world rankingsFEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra teammates show love for SlaughterSPORTSWe are youngSPORTSCone plans to speak with Slaughter, agentIn Sunday’s final, Murray defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 7-6 (6) for his personal-best seventh title of the season, and 42nd overall. Djokovic has also won seven events this year.“I was thinking more about how you are going to win the match rather than what it would mean if you did win it. But obviously it’s nice to win my seventh tournament,” Murray said. “A lot of them have come in the last few months. After the Australian Open I struggled a little bit for a couple of months but the last few months have been very good.” Smart hosts first 5G-powered esports exhibition match in PH View comments Andy Murray of Great Britain holds the trophy after winning the final match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France at the Erste Bank Open tennis tournament in Vienna, Austria, Sunday, Oct. 30, 2016. APVIENNA— Andy Murray closed in on the No. 1 ranking by winning his third straight ATP title at the Erste Bank Open on Sunday.The Scot can overtake Novak Djokovic atop the ATP rankings next week if he wins the Paris Masters and the Serb doesn’t reach the final.ADVERTISEMENT Chinese-manned vessel unsettles Bohol town Murray, who also won in Vienna on his only previous visit in 2014, dominated Sunday’s final from the start. He raced into a 3-0 lead by taking 14 of the first 19 points of the match.He avoided break points in his games, and missed a set point on the Frenchman’s serve at 5-2 but clinched the opening set the next game with his second ace.Murray conceded just two points on his way to a 2-0 lead in the second set but started to struggle with his first serve as his percentage dropped to 18 halfway through the second set.He hit a forehand long on the only break point for Tsonga to help the Frenchman level at 4-4.Murray missed his first match point in the tiebreaker as he netted a forehand return, but closed out the win on his second chance with an ace.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next We are young 30 Filipinos from Wuhan quarantined in Capas Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ginebra teammates show love for Slaughter BREAKING: Solicitor General asks SC to forfeit ABS CBN’s franchise Triumphant Cilic desperate to keep London spot Mainland China virus cases exceed 40,000; deaths rise to 908 Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan PLAY LIST 01:31Taiwan minister boards cruise ship turned away by Japan01:33WHO: ‘Global stocks of masks and respirators are now insufficient’01:01WHO: now 31,211 virus cases in China 102:02Vitamin C prevents but doesn’t cure diseases like coronavirus—medic03:07’HINDI PANG-SPORTS LANG!’03:03SILIP SA INTEL FUND Brad Pitt wins his first acting Oscar as awards get underway PH among economies most vulnerable to virus
Article published by Glenn Scherer In 2009, the Paiter-Suruí of Brazil became the first indigenous group in the world to design and implement a major forest conservation and carbon storage and offset project, a set of initiatives financed by selling carbon-offset credits..On Monday, the Paiter-Suruí announced the project is being suspended indefinitely due to an onslaught of diamond and gold miners and loggers which has caused a dramatic surge in deforestation within their 248,147 hectare (958 square mile) territory.In its early years, the project – designed to prevent at least five million tons of carbon emissions in 30 years – was incredibly successful. Illegal logging in the indigenous territory dropped to almost zero from 2009 to 2012, a period during which surrounding regions saw deforestation rates more than double.Analysts cite multiple reasons for the project suspension: the intrusion of external, powerful, self-interested actors; the lack of law enforcement in the indigenous territory; and the lack of state investment in indigenous education, health, and livelihood programs that could have alleviated individual economic and social pressures to secure short-term financial gain. A Paiter-Suruí elder. Image courtesy of Beto Borges.One of the world’s most successful voluntary conservation and forest carbon storage projects has been suspended indefinitely due to an uncontrolled surge in illegal diamond and gold mining and illegal logging which pushed deforestation above acceptable levels. The Suruí Forest Carbon Project (PCFS by its Portuguese acronym), based in Brazil’s Sete de Setembro Indigenous Territory (TISS), on the border between the Amazonian states of Mato Grosso and Rondônia, was put permanently on hold Monday by the Paiter-Suruí indigenous group.In 2009, the Paiter-Suruí, led by Almir Suruí, and with the help of many international environmental organizations, became the first indigenous community in the world to design, implement, and engage in a forest conservation and carbon storage project – covering their 248,147 hectare (958 square mile) territory –financed by selling carbon-offset credits to progressive businesses looking to lessen their carbon footprints. While related to the United Nations REDD+ program (Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation), in the sense that it generated carbon offset credits, the Suruí project was developed and funded entirely outside of the UN framework, which works through national governments instead.Despite its untimely demise this week, the project achieved some of its goals. An innovative environmental accounting system – which held a percentage of the overall carbon credits as risk insurance in a buffer account – will ensure that the emissions already reported will be upheld.While the project is not officially canceled, the Paiter-Suruí will need to reduce deforestation below acceptable levels in order to issue any additional carbon offset credits in the future.The Paiter-Suruí indigenous group, today numbering only about 1,400 individuals, was uncontacted until 1969. More than 90 percent of its original members died of tuberculosis and smallpox within five years of first contact.In the years immediately after that, illegal logging, which critics allege was enabled via illegal payoffs to the National Indigenous Affairs Agency (FUNAI), threatened the tribe’s livelihood, which depended on maintaining the integrity of the Amazon rainforest within their territory. Much of this logging was facilitated, say critics, by a World Bank-funded road, the Polonoroeste development project, that brought many outsiders into Paiter-Suruí territory.A view of a portion of the Sete de Setembro Indigenous Territory (TISS) in the Amazon. Image courtesy of Beto Borges.Deforestation due to illegal logging within the indigenous territory. Image courtesy of the Materielá Association.However, with the help of NGOs, including Forest Trends and Rainforest Action Network, and with legal support from law firm Baker McKenzie, the indigenous group scored major victories in the last decades of the 20th century in curbing illegal logging.First came the passage of Article 231 in the Brazilian Constitution of 1988, which declared that indigenous groups living in officially demarcated territories had the sovereign right to derive economic benefits from natural resource management. Then a FUNAI-related law extended the ownership implications of Article 231 to carbon stocks maintained by avoiding deforestation.Beto Borges, Director of Forest Trends’ Communities Initiative and an architect of the Suruí Forest Carbon Project (PCFS), told Mongabay that while both laws were instrumental building blocks leading up to the carbon sequestration project, the FUNAI law was “precedent-setting.”“The ruling carries an enormous legacy for indigenous-led conservation projects [not only] in Brazil, but also in Latin America, and all over the world,” Borges said.When the Paiter-Suruí, led by Almir Suruí, and supported by Borges and many others, became the first indigenous group ever to put together a working forest conservation project within an indigenous territory financed by selling carbon-offset credits, they were seen as pathfinders.A Paiter-Suruí meeting led by Almir Suruí (red shirt and headdress). Image courtesy of Beto Borges. Popular in the CommunitySponsoredSponsoredOrangutan found tortured and decapitated prompts Indonesia probeEMGIES17 Jan, 2018We will never know the full extent of what this poor Orangutan went through before he died, the same must be done to this evil perpetrator(s) they don’t deserve the air that they breathe this has truly upset me and I wonder for the future for these wonderful creatures. So called ‘Mankind’ has a lot to answer for we are the only ones ruining this world I prefer animals to humans any day of the week.What makes community ecotourism succeed? In Madagascar, location, location, locationScissors1dOther countries should also learn and try to incorporateWhy you should care about the current wave of mass extinctions (commentary)Processor1 DecAfter all, there is no infinite anything in the whole galaxy!Infinite stupidity, right here on earth.The wildlife trade threatens people and animals alike (commentary)Anchor3dUnfortunately I feel The Chinese have no compassion for any living animal. They are a cruel country that as we knowneatbeverything that moves and do not humanily kill these poor animals and insects. They have no health and safety on their markets and they then contract these diseases. Maybe its karma maybe they should look at the way they live and stop using animals for all there so called remedies. DisgustingConservationists welcome China’s wildlife trade banThobolo27 JanChina has consistently been the worlds worst, “ Face of Evil “ in regards our planets flora and fauna survival. In some ways, this is nature trying to fight back. This ban is great, but the rest of the world just cannot allow it to be temporary, because history has demonstrated that once this coronavirus passes, they will in all likelihood, simply revert to been the planets worst Ecco Terrorists. Let’s simply not allow this to happen! How and why they have been able to degrade this planets iconic species, rape the planets rivers, oceans and forests, with apparent impunity, is just mind boggling! Please no more.Probing rural poachers in Africa: Why do they poach?Carrot3dOne day I feel like animals will be more scarce, and I agree with one of my friends, they said that poaching will take over the world, but I also hope notUpset about Amazon fires last year? Focus on deforestation this year (commentary)Bullhorn4dLies and more leisSponsoredSponsoredCoke is again the biggest culprit behind plastic waste in the PhilippinesGrapes7 NovOnce again the article blames companies for the actions of individuals. It is individuals that buy these products, it is individuals that dispose of them improperly. If we want to change it, we have to change, not just create bad guys to blame.Brazilian response to Bolsonaro policies and Amazon fires growsCar4 SepThank you for this excellent report. I feel overwhelmed by the ecocidal intent of the Bolsonaro government in the name of ‘developing’ their ‘God-given’ resources.U.S. allocates first of $30M in grants for forest conservation in SumatraPlanet4dcarrot hella thick ;)Melting Arctic sea ice may be altering winds, weather at equator: studyleftylarry30 JanThe Arctic sea ice seems to be recovering this winter as per the last 10-12 years, good news.Malaysia has the world’s highest deforestation rate, reveals Google forest mapBone27 Sep, 2018Who you’re trying to fool with selective data revelation?You can’t hide the truth if you show historical deforestation for all countries, especially in Europe from 1800s to this day. WorldBank has a good wholesome data on this.Mass tree planting along India’s Cauvery River has scientists worriedSurendra Nekkanti23 JanHi Mongabay. Good effort trying to be objective in this article. I would like to give a constructive feedback which could help in clearing things up.1. It is mentioned that planting trees in village common lands will have negative affects socially and ecologically. There is no need to even have to agree or disagree with it, because, you also mentioned the fact that Cauvery Calling aims to plant trees only in the private lands of the farmers. So, plantation in the common lands doesn’t come into the picture.2.I don’t see that the ecologists are totally against this project, but just they they have some concerns, mainly in terms of what species of trees will be planted. And because there was no direct communication between the ecologists and Isha Foundation, it was not possible for them to address the concerns. As you seem to have spoken with an Isha spokesperson, if you could connect the concerned parties, it would be great, because I see that the ecologists are genuinely interested in making sure things are done the right way.May we all come together and make things happen.Rare Amazon bush dogs caught on camera in BoliviaCarrot1 Feba very good iniciative to be fallowed by the ranchers all overSponsored A locator map showing the Sete de Setembro Indigenous Territory (TISS). Image courtesy of Beto Borges.The indigenous group was supported technically and financially by Forest Trends, the Institute for Conservation and Sustainable Development of the Amazon (IDESAM), the Association of Ethnoenvironmental Defense (KANINDE), the Conservation Team of the Amazon (ECAM), the Brazilian Biodiversity Fund (FUNBIO), Brazil’s National Institute of Amazonian Research (INPA), and AgroParis Tech; and also partnered with the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS) and the Climate, Community, and Biodiversity (CCB) Alliance to curb deforestation in its territory.These forest conservation efforts constituted a major element of the indigenous group’s 50-year “life plan,” designed to preserve their part of the Amazon as well as their traditional livelihoods. The indigenous group sought to promote sustainable, non-deforestation economic activities, including handicrafts production, sustainable chicken farming, and Brazil nut harvesting.To finance the life plan, the tribe put together a proposal to generate carbon offsets by preventing deforestation in TISS territory.However, Steve Zwick, Editor of Ecosystem Marketplace and a longtime supporter of the Suruí effort, told Mongabay that the project actually predates UN carbon offset frameworks, as it was developed entirely in voluntary markets.The PCFS was drawn up in accordance with the Verified Carbon Standard (VCS), which required a baseline risk assessment to determine how many of the offset credits produced would be held in a pooled buffer account for Agriculture, Forestry, and Other Land Uses (AFOLU) in case unexpected factors threatened ongoing projects. Higher-risk projects require a larger number of offset credits to be held in the buffer account.Illegal logging that has occurred on Paiter-Suruí lands. Image courtesy of Beto Borges.Paiter-Suruí territory; pink areas have already been deforested. Image courtesy of Materielá Association.Pedro Soares, Program Manager for Climate Change/REDD+ at IDESAM and an author of the baseline report, told Mongabay that initial risks – potential threats to the forest protection plan – included illicit cattle ranching, illegal logging, and the encroachment of agribusiness. No one expected the discovery of gold or diamonds in the territory.In its early years, the PCFS – designed to prevent at least five million tons of carbon emissions in 30 years – was incredibly successful. Soares told Mongabay that illegal logging dropped to almost zero from 2009 to 2012, a period during which surrounding regions saw deforestation rates more than double.“Before the [project] began, it was common to see 100 logging trucks coming in and out of TISS every day,” said Borges, who has engaged since 1990 with the Paiter-Suruí. “After 2009 that number had gone down to nearly zero.”In 2013, PCFS sold its first carbon credits, creating a big media splash, and selling the equivalent of 120,000 tons of carbon to Latin America’s largest cosmetics company, the Brazilian firm Natura. In 2014, FIFA bought the same number of credits to help offset emissions produced during the World Cup, held that year in Brazil.Verra, the NGO that manages the VCS, calculated that the offsets generated by the PCFS from 2009 to 2014 had the equivalent environmental impact of taking 64,000 cars off the road for a year.However, the PCFS was utterly unprepared for two unexpected setbacks, in 2015 and 2016: the discovery of gold and diamonds, respectively, on TISS territory.A Paiter-Suruí community. Image courtesy of Materielá Association.Indigenous women harvesting Brazil nuts, a sustainable activity and also a means of offsetting carbon emissions. Image courtesy of Beto Borges.In the years after that, illegal mining (garimpo in Portuguese) proliferated in the indigenous territory, fuelling an internal dispute between Almir Suruí, who favored PCFS, and his cousin Henrique. The intrusion into the conflict by the Catholic Church’s Indigenous Missionary Council (CIMI) complicated matters, according to analysts. CIMI officially opposes carbon offset projects such as REDD+ on the grounds that they commodify indigenous territory, so its presence strengthened opposition to the PCFS, Borges said.In 2017, the Guardian reported that the territory had lost 653 hectares (1,614 acres) of forest, a deforestation rate 256 percent higher than the project’s allowable limit.“CIMI does important work for indigenous peoples in Brazil,” Paiter-Suruí leader Almir told Mongabay in a phone interview. “However, I don’t understand why they first took such a strong stance against the carbon project, and then created and promoted the faction within the Suruí involved in illegal mining. They clearly put their own interests and ideologies above those of all but a few Suruí, without consulting the group, and destroyed an incredibly successful project.”CIMI did not respond to Mongabay’s repeated requests for comment.These internal and external disruptions caused the suspension of the project in 2017. It was officially suspended on Monday.“Any legal economic activity done within indigenous lands has significant trouble competing with illicit mining and logging, which promise quick payouts and don’t require distributing profits with the group,” said Borges. “The perverse opportunity costs of illegal mining and other related activities are the big question to solve for conservation and indigenous rights advocates,” in the future.In an email, Zwick wrote: “In a nutshell, the [project] worked very well, but the baseline never anticipated the discovery of gold and diamonds, as well as the intervention of religious extremists.”Soares, a believer in the VCS design, asserted that future carbon offset projects must be less conservative in projecting deforestation risks, and must require that a larger percentage of credits be placed into insurance buffer accounts to allow for disruptions like those that plagued the Paiter-Suruí.Paiter-Suruí mother and her daughter. With the failure of the project, and illegal mining worsening, the future of the indigenous territory is uncertain. Image courtesy of Beto Borges.Borges, while also praising the PCFS, condemned the intrusion of external, powerful and self-interested actors; lamented the lack of law enforcement in the indigenous territory; and the lack of state investment in indigenous education, health, and livelihood programs that could have alleviated individual economic and social pressures to secure short-term financial gain.Borges also criticized CIMI: “How come the Church made so much noise about [carbon offset projects and] REDD+ and about illegal logging, but then went quiet in the period when logging stopped? Where is CIMI now with the increase in illegal mining?… Ideologically, it doesn’t add up.”“The project was unequivocally a success,” Paiter-Suruí leader Almir concluded. “It serves as a framework for indigenous conservation efforts all over the world, which enables communities to preserve their environments, prosper economically, and engage politically in these processes.”Correction 9/12/18: As originally written, this story reported that the Paiter-Suruí project was “canceled.” It has been reworded to say that the project is “suspended indefinitely,” meaning it could be restarted, if / when deforestation levels are reduced to acceptable levels, allowing new carbon credits to be issued.Correction 9/21/18: Mongabay originally reported that the Paiter-Suruí project was ultimately administered under the United Nation’s REDD+ program. It was not.Max Nathanson is Founder and Organizational Development Director of the Oxford Urbanists and a researcher at University College London’s Bartlett Development Planning Unit. Follow him on Twitter @themaxnathanson. FEEDBACK: Use this form to send a message to the author of this post. If you want to post a public comment, you can do that at the bottom of the page.A young Paiter-Suruí warrior. Image courtesy of Beto Borges. carbon, Carbon Conservation, Carbon Credits, Carbon Finance, Carbon Footprint, Carbon Market, Carbon Offsets, Carbon Trading, Controversial, Deforestation, Drivers Of Deforestation, Environment, Environmental Crime, Environmental Politics, Forests, Green, Land Conflict, Land Grabbing, Land Rights, Land Use Change, Rainforests, Redd, Roads, Social Justice, Tropical Deforestation
David MacDonald: As it is unfortunately due to decisions already made by other councils, we have to keep the taxes at this rate to pay for the over budget projects and tenants or assets that are not able to support themselves. If we can look at making our city owned assets and tenants profitable with a good business plan, we could look at lowering the burden to homeowners and business. The Council and the city should be trying to work with homeowners who feel that their taxes are too high by helping them appeal to BC assessment. If we can educate people on the options available to them, I think that would help to lift some of the burden of the property taxes.Advertisement Mile 0 City would like to thank all of the candidates who participated for their time and consideration in answering these questions. Check back with Mile 0 City later this afternoon for the responses to the second question. Sue Kenny: The services that we enjoy today are reviewed every budget year. There may be an opinion that we would save taxes by not having the Multiplex from those who do not participate in any of the amenities offered at this facility. But the many taxpayers and their children who enjoy the multiplex will beg to differ not to mention the hotels and restaurants. The same goes for the new Arts & Culture Center which will be the new home for the Kiwanis Enterprise Center. Downtown businesses will enjoy the new traffic. There are people who do not use the airport, library or city buses which are all subsidized by the City each year; do we slash those amenities as well? We have to be fiscally responsible in order to keep our taxes at a comfortable level. I believe this present Council has and has been very transparent at all budget sessions. Shaely Wilbur (Shaely): Taxes are high and this could be alliviated by using Fair Share for the purpose it was intended for. Our spending should be shifted so that we secure needs vs.wants. Cheryl Shuman: Each year as we move through the budgeting process we take the time to listen to the citizens and business owners of Dawson Creek. Citizens can submit comments via email, in writing and in person at the public consultations that have been held at KPAC. I believe it is important that we give the citizens this opportunity and feel we have done a good job of listening to their concerns each year. There is a balance that needs to happen between what the community wants and what it can afford to pay for those services. I consider my family home and property in the city to be in the average range and I paid $1610.00 before the home owners grant to the municipality for municipal services in 2011. I consider that to be very affordable for the service received. Depending on your assessment you may pay more or less. Trevor Allaby: I do not think that the current level of property taxes paid by residents is appropriate. I would look at eliminating the expenses of council. I would work to cut back the per diem rate, the use of company vehicles, and the reduction of required travel. I would look into cutting costs with other city operating expenses. I would work to pay down the debt with the highest interest rates first. I woud stop financially supporting the rage hockey team. Advertisement Terry McFayden: The current level of taxation is appropriate given the services the residents have indicated the want to enjoy. The responses from those who participated will be published over the next three days. In total, nine candidates responded. Mile 0 City News has not received responses from candidates James Bridges, Linda Winfield, Duncan Malkinson, and Cory “Grizz” Longley as of yet, but their responses will be added if received before Friday. Mile 0 City News was unable to confirm email addresses for candidates Miles Mortensen and Charlie Parslow, but attempts will be made to follow up with them.Candidates were asked to keep their responses to each question to a limit of 150 words, but their responses have not been edited in any way. The responses to the questions will be published in the order they were received. The first question, and the responses to it, is as follows:1) Do you feel the current level of property taxes paid by residents and businesses is appropriate for the services the City of Dawson Creek provides? If so, why, and if not, what specific areas of spending would you cut to reduce tax rates?- Advertisement -Raymond Fromme: The level of property taxes for “residential” is just acceptable. Our “residential” rates are well in line with other Cities and the services provided by our City are just sufficient. The rates for “commercial” is on the high end of the scale, but the City has to have this income to keep up with the required infrastructures for our businesses. The tax rates should remain at the current level. The next council has to instruct the City to reduce spending and hence not raise the taxes for a for several years. Saving can be done within ALL City Departments and I would like to see a commitment from each City Department to cut their budget by 5%. I know this is do-able. Trina Commandeur: Dawson Creek cannot be the front line worker but, we need more services for the dollar; work with the ‘me to we’ club that had their trip to Africa cancelled and encourage them to do a project for their peers right here in Dawson Creek. Give a life time lease to a city lot and build a youth drop in center together, or a new Daycare facility or even a drop in center for our people with disabilities/special needs in cooperation with the Me to We club, habitat for humanity and partner with college programs. Take care of your own hometown first. Mentoring & counseling services for youths at risk, affordable and accessible licensed childcare programs, initiative to develop a welcoming and socially inclusive community, initiative to improve the walk-ability, bike-ability and the public transportation of Dawson Creek. The city and school district could work together more efficiently and effectively. Doug Ragan: Since our city administration has changed the frontage tax to an infrastructure fee it will no doubt raise the percentage cost to service our debt to about $0.40 for every tax dollar charged to our ratepayers. So keeping this in mind it is unrealistic to expect any tax relief in the foreseeable future.Our new City Council must attempt to rein in some non-essential programs and expenditures so the current tax situation doesn’t become worse. They will have to scrutinize the City’s current assets and all proposed expenditures and carefully prioritize the necessities and hopefully improve our current tax situation.
VICTORIA, B.C. – The provincial government announced today that it is launching a public consultation with residents to gather their thoughts on B.C.’s environmental assessment process.From now until July 30th, residents will have an opportunity to shape the future of how major projects are assessed in B.C. by providing feedback on recommended changes to the environmental assessment process. The proposed changes are summarized in a discussion paper written by the Environmental Assessment Advisory Committee in the wake of government-to-government meetings with Indigenous groups, First Nations workshops, and meetings with key stakeholders: industry, environmental non-governmental organizations, local governments, and others.The government says that changes to the environmental assessment process are focused on three key outcomes:enhancing public confidence, transparency and meaningful participation;advancing reconciliation with First Nations; andprotecting the environment while offering clear pathways to sustainable project approvals.- Advertisement -“We’ve worked extensively with First Nations, stakeholders and community representatives throughout B.C. to ensure the proposed changes to B.C.’s environmental assessment process do a better job of protecting British Columbians’ natural environment, health, heritage and societies, while continuing to attract investment and sustainably growing our economy,” said George Heyman, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Strategy. “I’m looking forward to hearing from British Columbians from every corner of the province on the proposed changes, so we can be sure we get it right.”The public consultation can be found at this link: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/environment/natural-resource-stewardship/environmental-assessments/environmental-assessment-revitalization/public-engagement
EDUCATION: This year’s decline is attributed to fewer county births and students moving to charter campuses. By Paul Clinton STAFF WRITER Los Angeles Unified’s total student enrollment has continued its expected decline, dropping 2 percent from 708,461 students last year to 694,288 this year, according to figures released Thursday by the district. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Although the Harbor Area also saw declines, school board member Richard Vladovic said it wasn’t as dramatic as he thought it would be. “It’s down 2 to 3 percent,” Vladovic said. “We anticipated more.” About 41,000 of the students – or 6 percent of the population – are enrolled in fiscally independent charter schools. Charter schools reduce enrollment at traditional LAUSD schools by about 1 percent per year. District officials attribute the drop to a decline in births in Los Angeles County, which have decreased sharply since 1990 but have now stabilized. The district saw a decline in each grade level, except for 11th and 12th grades. Economic conditions like job availability and housing costs also contributed to the decline, officials said. In Local District 8, Gardena High School reported the steepest decline, to 3,211 students from 3,428 a year ago. The school lost seven teachers and an assistant principal, officials said. At Carson High School, enrollment dropped to 3,466 from 3,508, forcing Principal Ken Keener to cut two unfilled teaching positions. The school also will lose an assistant principal, local administrator Myrna Brutti said. About 100 additional students are attending Westchester High School this year (1,837 compared with 1,733 a year ago), which reversed a three-year decline. The school has fallen from its peak of 2,369 in 2004-05, because fewer students filter in from other, more-crowded schools. To boost attendance, Local District 3 administrators implemented an open-enrollment policy that allows any student in the LAUSD attendance boundary to attend the school. email@example.com Staff writer Naush Boghossian contributed to this article. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
SACRAMENTO – As state lawmakers worked frantically toward a Friday deadline to get an infrastructure package on the June ballot, Los Angeles business executives toured the Capitol and exhorted them to get the deal done quickly. In their annual lobbying trip to Sacramento, about 100 members of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce said they don’t have a preference for any specific infrastructure proposal, but simply want to make it clear the deal should be done now because the state is desperate for the work. “We’re up here to fight for the bond issue,” said chamber vice chairman David Fleming, a San Fernando Valley attorney. “We need to do something about the infrastructure in this state. “Now’s the time to move forward and be bold, to rise above politics and get this thing done.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The Legislature has until Friday to produce an agreement for the June ballot on the first installment of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s $68 billion bond package to help fund $222 billion in infrastructure improvements over the next 20 years. While infrastructure was the group’s top lobbying priority, members also urged lawmakers to address runaway film production, health care and education issues. The group met with 50 legislators, agency heads and staffers in a day and a half, including Speaker Fabian Nuez, D-Los Angeles and Secretary of State Bruce McPherson. They also met with Assemblyman Paul Koretz, D-West Hollywood, to talk about runaway film production. Koretz wants to see a tax credit given to the film industry to keep production in California, and the restoration of the Film California First marketing program. Koretz also told the group that he believes one of the problems Los Angeles has traditionally had is a lack of coordination among the various state legislators representing the vast region. He has tried in the past few months, with mixed success, to organize a Los Angeles caucus in the Assembly. “There is nothing formal, there’s not even much informal,” Koretz said. “It’s a good reason why I don’t think we get our fair share of funding oftentimes when there’s a bond issue or whatever. We just don’t work together in a coherent fashion.” Chamber officials said they were interested in working with Koretz to help organize the rest of the delegation. “We’d like to work with Assemblyman Koretz on getting the L.A. delegation to work closer together,” said Brendan Huffman, the chamber’s public policy manager. “He mentioned that after five years he figured out there isn’t enough common interests or common efforts to fight for L.A.’s fair share in the state budget and other issues. So we’d like to help him facilitate that.” Harrison Sheppard, (916) 446-6723 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREOregon Ducks football players get stuck on Disney ride during Rose Bowl event A native of Belfast, Northern Ireland, Meenan was a Presbyterian minister for 33 years, until he officially renounced the jurisdiction of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and asked to be removed from its membership. Deciding to start another ministry, Meenan has been leading a Bible study group made up mostly of former members of First Presbyterian of Hollywood. The group began meeting for Sunday worship in late January as the Church for the Nations. “Church for the Nations is an attempt to be the real church and talk about the stuff that really matters. Christians don’t know the Bible like they should. I think that’s the major issue,” Meenan said. “Our biggest challenge is to keep the church true to its DNA and keep it focused as a body gathered around the world.” The emphasis at Church for the Nations will center on the word of God, joyful worship and members taking seriously the commission of Jesus locally and internationally. The fact that the fledgling congregation is diverse in race, age and style is a plus for Teena Smith, who has been reveling in the in-depth Bible study with Meenan and the Sunday services that, she said, are like getting a “big shot of vitamins.” “I like the church because it’s diverse in every way – culturally and by age. There’s a little bit of everybody and we’re all there together in fellowship,” said Smith, who attends with her husband and son. “There are a lot of good preachers out there but Pastor Alan’s preaching is so good. It’s virtually impossible to sit and listen to him without going home to read the Bible. He’s Irish and his sense of humor is great.” The congregation meets in the ballroom at Beverly Garland’s Holiday Inn. Smith said she loves meeting there because it’s not an intimidating atmosphere and it’s flexible enough that you can move your chair around to where you want to sit. “Pastor Meenan is very biblical, not very topical, in how he preaches. He has a sense of concern for the entire world and a sense of God’s love for all people. The person he is in the pulpit is the person he is in person,” said Jon Thomasson, who attends the church with his wife and two children. “I think if you’re looking for answers in your life that only a relationship with God can provide – a change from darkness to light – and a community who are trying to follow Jesus and who will be your friend, we’re the church for you. We’re a church for all.” The Rev. Alan Meenan will lead the service at 10 a.m. Sunday when Church for the Nations meets at Beverly Garland’s Holiday Inn, 4222 Vineland Ave., North Hollywood. Call (213) 618-9300 or see www.churchforthenations.org. Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 email@example.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! NORTH HOLLYWOOD – Pastor Alan Meenan loves the “aha” moment, when he realizes that those to whom he has opened the Scripture have been touched by God. Getting the word out is the life’s work for Meenan, who will be installed Sunday during the official founding of the Church for the Nations, a new Christian congregation. “This church is for people who want to make a difference in the world for Jesus Christ,” Meenan said. “It may not be for everybody. The question for us isn’t so much about the worship itself, it’s why are we here. So few churches ask that. “We’re here because God wants us to spread the word.”
Real Madrid not interested in Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang – Arsenal to move? – Sport Bild in Germany report that Real Madrid are not interested in Borussia Dortmund striker Aubameyang, who has never hidden his desire to play for the club. This season the striker has scored 16 Bundesliga goals in 15 games and, should Arsenal decide to sell Alexis Sanchez, then they could easily afford Aubameyang. 5 Arsenal to take Yannick Ferreira Carrasco from Atletico Madrid – scroll through the gallery to see more Gunners transfer news – Spanish news outlet AS say the attacker is being targeted by Arsenal, as well as Manchester United and Chelsea. The 23-year-old Belgium international joined the club from Monaco in 2015. Wenger hoping to conclude Ozil contract situation quickly – Ozil was recently quoted saying he wanted to know what Arsene Wengers future was before signing an extension to his contract. The managers current deal expires in the summer and said: I think its part of it but its not the only thing. There are many other ingredients in every negotiation. Hopefully we will find a conclusion with him very quickly. Wenger was unwilling to elaborate on his own future, however. 5 5 5 5 No new Arsenal contract on horizon for Jack Wilshere – Arsenal have apparently still not offered Wilshere a new contract. His current deal runs out in 18 months and the Daily Star claim there are at least three interested clubs in the midfielder, including Everton, Man City and Milan. Laurent Koscielny, Francis Coquelin and Olivier Giroud have all signed new Arsenal contracts.However, Alexis Sanchez and his dogs’ future is still uncertain. In case he does leave the club, though, it appears the club are lining up replacements as you can see here.Remain up to date with all the latest Arsenal news by clicking here.EVERY PREMIER LEAGUE CLUB’S BEST AND WORST SIGNING THIS SEASONEVERY PREMIER LEAGUE CLUB’S WORST JANUARY SIGNING THIS SEASON Arsenal still interested in Alvaro Morata – There has been talk of Arsenal chasing Andrea Belotti, which Wenger has played down. Now, though, Alvaro Morata is being targeted, again according to reports in Spain, after being chased by the Gunners in the summer before he moved to Real Madrid from Juventus. He has started six of his 12 league appearances this season and scored five goals.
Tourlestrane are through to the Connacht Leo Kenny Cup final.They beat Galway’s Mountbellew/Moylough by 2-9 to 0-5 in yesterday evening’s semi-final at the Connacht GAA Centre in Bekan.They will now face the winners of this evening’s second semi-final involving Mayo’s Aghamore and Galway’s Killannin.That game is in Headford at 8pm.Aghamore beat Sligo’s St Mary’s in last week’s quarter-finals.Tourlestrane are already planning for a final this coming weekend, when they face rivals Tubbercurry in the Fureys Coaches Senior League final in Bunninadden at 6.30pm on Sunday.Meanwhile, in the Sligo U16 Championship last night, Geevagh/St Michael’s and Eastern Harps played out a 4-11 apiece draw in round one.