Travelling the pipeline and the end of the road

first_imgLucy ScholeyAPTN NewsOn a sunny morning in Enoch Cree Nation, a steady stream of cars pull through the community’s gas station, filling up for $131.5 a litre.“That’s awful,” says a young man, eyeing the price. “It’s only gonna get higher.”The community west of Edmonton, near the heart of Alberta’s oil industry, is one of 43 First Nation and Metis communities that has signed a mutual benefit agreement to twin the existing Trans Mountain pipeline to Burnaby, B.C.The project has divided Indigenous communities along the route, but this young man is indifferent – except when it comes to gas prices.He’s not the only one with oil on the mind.Down the road at the community’s band office, Roger Buck makes the case for Kinder Morgan’s $7.4-billion project.“In my opinion, the pipeline has to go,” says Buck. “It’s essential – not only for Alberta but for the rest of Canada.”Roger Buck, of Enoch Cree Nation, says he’s in favour of the Trans Mountain pipeline project. Lucy Scholey/APTNAPTN drove the 1,150-kilometre pipeline route during the heat of the pipeline debate – a Prime Minister exploring every financial or legislative means to push it through, two premiers waging political war and several legal challenges against the project – all with Kinder Morgan’s May 31 deadline to come to an agreement.But APTN wanted to meet with community members who will be directly impacted by the pipeline route.The trip started at the gates of Kinder Morgan in Burnaby, where protesters were stationed at Camp Cloud. We documented the arrest of two faith leaders and a salmon ceremony in Cheam First Nation, where the chief prefers the proposed pipeline over rail transportation.We’ve heard concerns about the pipeline’s potential environmental risks if it goes through – and the ongoing lack of resources if it doesn’t.Meanwhile, our Nation to Nation show featured Yale First Nation Chief Ken Hansen who felt financially pressured to sign on with Kinder Morgan and Lower Nicola Chief Aaron Sumexheltza, who has yet to approve a final deal.APTN’s Travelling the Pipeline drive ended at the gates of Kinder Morgan in Edmonton, where security trucks patrolled near our rolling camera.It seems like those living in the wide-open yellow fields of Enoch Cree Nation espouse a different mentality from the anti-pipeline protesters in the coastal mountains.“I started working in the oilfield when I was 16 years old. I’m 45 now,” says Steve Rain, while walking down one of the community’s dusty dirt roads. “That was just our way of life, running equipment. That was our job. If there was no pipeline going on, then we had no jobs, basically, that’s the way it is in Alberta.”Some Enoch members APTN spoke with say they feel torn between environmental concerns and their reliance on the oil industry.Emilie Jackson, who lives near the reserve, says she’s worried about potential oil spills polluting B.C.’s coast – but also worried about people losing jobs.“I disagree with it because I don’t want the forest and the animals, everything, I don’t want none of that ruined,” she says while stopping at the Enoch gas station. “You’re also taking away jobs from transport drivers. They deliver fuel back and forth too, so that’s job losses there.”Meanwhile, federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna has proposed a joint B.C., Ottawa panel of scientists to enhance existing research on oil spills.In a letter released Thursday, she says Ottawa has already taken steps to mitigate the damage in the event of a spill, including increased capacity to tow ships and five new emergency response stations, and says she is willing to address some of B.C.’s additional concerns.Eriel Deranger, executive director of Indigenous Climate Action, says she feels “betrayed” by Alberta Premier Rachel Notley and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who campaigned on the rights of Indigenous people and environmental reform.“Kinder Morgan is literally the complete opposite of all of those things,” she says while sitting in the backyard of her Kenilworth neighbourhood home in Edmonton.“It requires the coercion and intimidation of communities to buy into this project under the auspice that these projects are going to happen, with or without them.”While she’s not proposing anything as radical as shutting down the tar sands, she thinks the country should be shifting away from fossil fuels.“This is a project that would lock the Alberta economy and the national economy into an oil economy past 2030 when we’re supposed to be taking aggressive action on our climate,” she says.“It’s a project that not only threatens climate stabilization and us meeting our targets, but it undermines and diminishes the rights of Indigenous communities.”[email protected]@lucyscholey– with files from The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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3D Builder is free 3D printing app for Windows 81

center_img Microsoft continues to beat the drum as a technology company out to inspire and support 3D printing. After announcing earlier this year that it would be supporting 3D printing in Windows 8.1, Microsoft earlier this week took another step up when it announced the launch of its 3D Builder. © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img

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India through the lenses

first_imgColours of India,a photography exhibition is being organised in the Capital by Delhi Photography Club. Picture clicked by Kaynat Kazi will  be displayed at the show. From colorful block prints, Mughal crafts to blue pottery and meenakari, this show is more than a story. It’s a narration of some of the rare arts getting even rarer each passing day and much more.  The rani pink of mystical Rajasthan; the pastel hues of southern India; the joyous, bright hues of the northern frontier; and the bright colors of the east offer a kaleidoscopic insight into an almost perfect blend of India’s history and modernism. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The artiste, Kazi is an avid photographer who loves travelling to unfrequented places – from the heights of Ladakh, villages of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Maharashtra – and captures diverse cultures that usually escape the regular eye. Her interest lies in capturing female expressions and candid photography. She believes that the moment the subject is conscious of being clicked, the original element is lost.When: On till 15 JulyWhere: Open Palm Court Gallery, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi RoadTiming: 11 am to 7 pmlast_img read more

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Centre issues fresh thunderstorm warning for Bengal three other states

first_imgNew Delhi: A fresh warning about thunderstorm and squall hitting West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh was issued on Friday, the home ministry said, and noted that 124 people were killed while more than 300 injured in five states due to thunderstorm and lightning in the last two days. The maximum casualty was reported in Uttar Pradesh where 73 people were killed, while 91 others were injured.Most of the deaths and injuries in the state took place in Agra region, a home ministry spokesperson said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn Rajasthan, altogether 35 people were killed and 206 injured, while eight people were killed in Telangana, six in Uttarakhand and two in Punjab. Nearly 100 people were injured in Telangana, Uttarakhand and Punjab.Following the thunderstorms, power supply was cut off in many areas as the squall uprooted trees and snapped electricity cables. At least 12,000 electric poles were uprooted and 2,500 transformers damaged in the affected states in the last two days. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe home ministry spokesperson said a fresh warning had been issued about possible thunderstorms accompanied with squall which may hit four states – West Bengal, Odisha, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh – on Friday.The thunderstorm accompanied with squall are very likely at isolated places over Assam and Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura.Isolated places in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Haryana, Chandigarh and Delhi, Punjab, Bihar, Jharkhand, Sikkim, Odisha, northwest Madhya Pradesh, Telangana, Rayalaseema, north coastal Andhra Pradesh, interior Tamil Nadu and Kerala are very likely to experience thunderstorm along with gusty winds. Heavy rains are very likely at isolated places over Tamil Nadu and Kerala, while dust storm and thunderstorm very likely at isolated places over Rajasthan.The home ministry has also issued an advisory for Saturday saying thunderstorm accompanied with squall are very likely at isolated places in Uttarakhand, Assam and Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Tripura, Sub Himalayan West Bengal and Sikkim.A thunderstorm accompanied with gusty winds are very likely to occur at isolated places in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab and Gangetic West Bengal. Heavy rains are very likely at isolated places in Assam, Meghalaya and Tripura. Dust storms are Most likely at isolated places in Rajasthan, an official said.In Hyderabad and the outskirts, heavy downpour with hailstorm and strong gales uprooted trees in several areas in the city, damaging vehicles and bringing the traffic to a halt. Many parts of the Telangana capital have been without power since Thursday night. Six people were killed in weather-related incidents in Telangana including two boys killed by lightning in Hyderabad.last_img read more

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Girl mounts on molesters bike gets him arrested

first_imgKolkata: A youth identified as Subodh Sharma was arrested for allegedly molesting a girl on Monday night at the Survey Park area. Sharma was detained by local residents and he was reportedly beaten up by them.According to the police, on Monday, around 10:45 pm, the girl was returning home, which is close to the incident spot. While she was walking down the road, Sharma, who was riding a bike, moved towards her from the opposite direction. While passing by her Sharma allegedly stared at her. But the girl did not pay attention. However, the girl saw that Sharma took a U turn after he passed by her. This time while passing by her he pulled her clothes and tried to quickly escape from the incident site. However, the girl spontaneously got on the pillion seat of the bike while he was trying to escape and started screaming. Sharma realised that he could be caught so he bit her on the finger to set himself free. Her finger started bleeding but she kept on shouting. Hearing the girl scream, local residents came out of their homes and nabbed Sharma while he was trying to escape. He was immediately caught and the girl was rescued. Later, she was rushed to a local hospital for first-aid. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataLocal residents beat up Sharma for molesting the girl. Later, Survey park police station was informed. After sleuths reached the spot, Sharma was handed over to the police. The girl along with her parents went to the police station and lodged a complaint against Sharma. Based on the complaint a FIR was initiated under sections 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty), 323 (punishment for voluntarily causing hurt) and 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint) of the IPC.last_img read more

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