Rustad optimistic about progress with First Nations on LNG industry

first_imgRustad however says that the government is working not only on new agreements that will benefit First Nations when it comes to LNG developments, but on updating old ones that better reflect the impacts of the LNG industry. “We’re working with specifically the Treaty 8 Nations. We have five current economic benefit agreements in place to see benefits flowing to the First Nations with regards to the natural gas extraction. We are in the process of negotiating some new agreements and we’ll also be in the process of updating the existing economic benefit agreements. Those agreements when they were set up were before we envisioned the kind of activity that may happen if we can get the liquefied natural gas happening.” Today was the final day of the First Nations LNG Summit which had been held at the Pomeroy Hotel. The summit was the third of its kind after previous events were held in Prince George and Prince Rupert. Rustad says the goal was to inform First Nations as to what makes up the LNG industry and to exchange ideas on the subject. “There’s been a series of summits to discuss what liquefied natural gas is and to answer some basic questions, get into details, and create networking opportunities,” he explains. “This is the third in that series of summits here in Fort St. John. There’s a number of breakout sessions and speeches and other things that are going on to provide that information and to provide that climate for exchange of ideas and networking that can create those opportunities” Rustad adds that the government wanted to hear from First Nations about their concerns and is encouraging those in favour of LNG to be sensitive to issues that are brought forward regarding heritage and the environment. – Advertisement -“We are very interested in engaging with First Nations. We have been now for quite some time. It’s about building that respect and finding out the issues that need to be taken into consideration and trying to encourage the proponents to be sensitive to cultural heritage and environmental concerns that are brought forward,” he states. “In British Columbia we are probably the envy of many jurisdictions in the world. We have some of the highest standards anywhere with regards to natural gas extraction and our environmental standards and we’re very proud of that.”West Moberly First Nations Chief Roland Willson said on Tuesday that while the province is discussing the LNG industry, there are trust issues for First Nations given obligations not fulfilled by the province.“The province is coming to the table to talk about an agreement around LNG and shale gas, primarily around the pipelines that are being proposed so that’s a start. We need to see where they are going to come from with that. Typically they start very low. We have to fight and scratch our way to get any kind of meaningful benefit out of it. There’s a lot of broken promises up here. They tell us one thing and go and do something else and that’s status quo for the province. They haven’t lived up to too many of their obligations up here. We’re pretty jaded and reserved in our discussions with them.Advertisementlast_img read more

EEBA Conference Will Be Held in Arizona This Year

first_imgExperts from around the countryThis year’s conference includes 55 educational sessions on a wide range of building science topics, including:A presentation by Iain Walker of monitoring data from 10 deep-energy retrofit projects in California.A presentation by Michael Keesee of monitoring data and lessons learned from 6 deep-energy retrofit projects in California.A presentation by John Proctor on why air conditioners for hot, dry climates need to be designed differently from air conditioners in hot, wet climates.A presentation by Robb Aldrich and Carl Shapiro on burying attic ductwork beneath fluffy insulation in hot, humid climates. (Hint: To avoid condensation problems, you first have to encapsulate the R-6 flex ducts with 1.5 in. of closed-cell spray polyurethane foam.)A presentation by Patrick Huelman on solving ice dam problems and improving a home’s thermal performance by installing one or more layers of exterior rigid foam insulation.Another presentation by Patrick Huelman on interior and exterior basement insulation strategies. It’s not too late to registerFor more information, visit the EEBA website. The cost to register for the three-day conference is $550. If you’re interested in attending one of the best conferences in the country, don’t miss this year’s conference of the Energy and Environmental Building Alliance (EEBA).Founded in 1982, EEBA has consistently promoted superinsulation and energy-efficient residential construction techniques for the last 30 years. The three-day conference is being held in Scottsdale, Arizona on September 25 through 27.last_img read more

Video recaps of all NBA games coming to Facebook Watch

first_imgLATEST STORIES Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Manchester United defeats Chelsea, advances to FA Cup quarterfinals ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “Basketball fans around the world can interact in real-time and share in their passion for the game.”The online community debate around NBA contests is an offering that excites Devi Mahadevia, Facebook North America Sports Programming Lead.“The NBA boasts one of the most vibrant sports communities on our platform,” Mahadevia said. “By delivering these game recaps and hosting a weekly Watch Party, the league will be able to engage with fans around the world in new and exciting ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusationscenter_img Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ View comments PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war In addition to NBA video recaps, Facebook Watch will feature game recaps for all Women’s NBA, developmental G League and NBA 2K League contests, including the NBA Summer League plus pre-season and playoff matchups.The NBA also will host a weekly Watch Party on Facebook, allowing fans worldwide to watch and interact with game recaps and videos in real-time.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesWNBA, G League and NBA 2K League Watch Parties will be held monthly.“We are excited to provide our millions of followers on Facebook with recaps to every game,” said Sam Farber, NBA Vice President, Digital Media. Team Giannis’ Giannis Antetokounmpo, of the Milwaukee Bucks dunks the ball against Team LeBron during the second half of an NBA All-Star basketball game, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019, in Charlotte, N.C. The Team LeBron won 178-164. (AP Photo/Streeter Lecka, Pool)The NBA, with one of the world’s largest Facebook communities, will make video recaps of every league game available on Facebook Watch, according to NBA Digital.The league, which resumes regular-season play Thursday following a break for Sunday’s NBA All-Star Game, has 400 million followers across all league, team and player Facebook accounts.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Gudmundsson: Iceland not afraid of Messi

first_imgAlbert Gudmundsson Gudmundsson: Iceland not afraid of Messi Nizaar Kinsella Click here to see more stories from this author Chelsea correspondent 22:56 6/15/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) iceland Euros 06222016 Shaun Botteril Iceland Lionel Messi Argentina PSV Nigeria World Cup The PSV forward has explained his national team’s success and thinks they can upset yet more big names at the 2018 World Cup Iceland’s first game in a major tournament saw them hold Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal to a 0-0 draw at Euro 2016, and they will be hoping for a similar result on Saturday when they face Lionel Messi’s Argentina .Ronaldo slammed Iceland’s ‘small mentality’ after the match in France but they went on to reach the quarter finals, famously defeating Roy Hodgson’s England in the knockout stages.Their population of 334,252 makes Iceland the smallest country ever to qualify for a World Cup, but they have been springing surprises for almost half a decade. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Even coming up against the iconic Messi, perhaps facing his last chance to taste international glory on the grandest stage of them all, does not faze PSV’s Albert Gudmundsson, the youngest player in Iceland’s squad, and he believes that he and his team-mates have the ability to successfully nullify the Barcelona star, having taken a keen interest in the Catalan side.Indeed, the La Liga giants used to have Eidur Gudjohnsen, arguably the greatest Icelandic player of all time, on their books.”Of course, I am happy to be part of this,” he told Goal. “It hadn’t been easy for us. Our first ever game in the Euros for our national team was against Cristiano Ronaldo. The first game ever for us in the World Cup is now against Messi. So yeah, it has something to do with our attitude and how we go into the games.”We know we don’t have the same names but we go into them with eleven against eleven. We work our asses off for each other and then most of the time we get some results back for it.”I liked watching Barcelona. It played a role that Gudjohnson played there but I also liked to watch Messi, a lot. It was Messi and then the whole Barcelona team. If one stands out then it is Messi. I love the way he plays and we are going to play against him.”I should know about how he is going to move over the pitch as I have watched him since he was a teenager. I think maybe afterwards you could think like that [about the excitement of facing Messi] but during the game that’s not what you think about and it is eleven opponents and your ten team-mates.”You just try to get all three points and a minimum of one point, do your best and then after maybe you can feel what you have achieved then. I see it as teamwork. If we look at when Messi has the ball we have one defender on him and then another one close to them. It is going to be hard to take the ball off him.”You obviously may look at going two versus one with him when he’s on the ball. If we look at the games that Chelsea won against Barcelona, like the semi-finals, Chelsea defended really well. Playing 4-4-2, good defending, looking to keep a clean sheet then they only needed one chance to win the game.”The PSV forward had trials at Arsenal and Liverpool, but chose to go to the Netherlands in search of more game time.Cristiano Ronaldo vs IcelandThe Arsenal supporter counts Thierry Henry as one of his heroes, but, despite his criticism of Iceland, he retains an admiration for Ronaldo, whom he believes is Messi’s equal.”It is hard to compare these players. They are different and I am a huge fan of Ronaldo’s too. I love Ronaldo’s work rate and attitude,” he added. “Many people say he is arrogant but I think it is just that winning mentality that he has. For Messi, I love how easily he plays football. Everything looks so easy for him and I love his skills.”Gudmundsson has a family that has played a huge role in the history of the sport in his home country.His great grandfather, also called Albert Gudmundsson, played for both Arsenal and AC Milan. He was the first ever professional Icelandic footballer and the second ever foreign player to line up for the Gunners.His father and mother both played for Iceland, while his grandfather Ingi Bjorn Albertsson, is the second all-time top scorer in the nordic nation’s first division with 126 goals, and he is determined to carve out his own path, admitting that he dreams of playing in Spain or England.”Ever since I was young, I always dreamed of playing in La Liga or the Premier League. So yes, I would love to go there and play for one of the top clubs there,” he continued. “I want to keep on the road we are going on at Iceland, we want to qualify for as many Euros and World Cups as we can.Albert Gudmundsson quote GFX“I think that it is a lot of small things that add up to one big thing [for Iceland]. For example, guys from bigger countries may have better footballers, from better teams who are playing in better leagues. At Iceland, we are fewer and most of us are really good close friends. In many national teams maybe you don’t know the other guys names.”Everybody knows everybody. We are really good friends. We are ready to jump in front of trains for each other. We are going to aim to get out of our group. Our goal is to get to the next round. I think it doesn’t matter who we play against, we have always got a chance. At the Euros, we also played both England and Portugal.”We played good teams and we got one or three points in every game. I think the World Cup will be tough for us and not easy. Just like the Euros weren’t easy but I think we can get the results in every game that we play. It doesn’t matter if we play Denmark or Brazil. We keep the same work rate and same discipline.”That’s why we can get points. We have good football players but what makes us great is how we work for each other.”Iceland invested heavily in the sport at the turn of the century, using all weather pitches and large indoor football halls to combat the cold temperatures. Their domestic league remains semi-professional, but the country has 5,000 Uefa B License coaches, who help stars on their path to clubs around Europe.One such beneficiary has been Gylfi Sigurdsson, who is Iceland’s current star turn. Indeed, the midfielder has enjoyed an excellent career in England, playing for Tottenham and Everton, though injury concerns have plagued his preparations for the tournament.Nevertheless, Gudmundsson believes the 28-year-old could be a difference maker in Russia.”He is special. People underestimate him, because he is the best player in our team with his freekicks, passes, corners and shooting ability. They are next level but also take a look at his stats, how much does he run in every game? It is rare that you see your best player also working the hardest in a team. That’s why he contributes so much for us.”last_img read more