Luguentz Dort (Oklahoma City Thunder) with a dunk vs the Atlanta Hawks, 02/26/2021
Luguentz Dort (Oklahoma City Thunder) with a dunk vs the Atlanta Hawks, 02/26/2021
The sight of pellet plants along Highway 16 West awash in "whole trees" is raising alarm bells for groups concerned the mills are using more than just wood waste to produce their product. Pellet plants are traditionally considered the go-to spot for material for which sawmills and pulp mills have no use. But photos of piles of logs at plants in Smithers, Burns Lake and Houston were released this week along with a report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives questioning whether the region's timber supply is being put to its best use. Report author Ben Parfitt, as well as a handful of environmental groups and a union representing forestry workers, are calling on the provincial government to halt approvals of any new pellet manufacturing facilities pending a review of what the industry is converting into pellets. "We're calling for a thorough independent analysis of how many logs are going to the pellet industry and what kind of logs those logs are," Parfitt said in a interview. Nechako Lakes MLA John Rustad, the B.C. Liberals' forestry critic, said the piles have been a common sight as he has driven along Highway 16 and that unless things have changed since the NDP took power, the plants are relying exclusively on logs too dry or too defective to be processed by sawmills. "I don't have a concern with that," Rustad said. Parfitt acknowledged that many of the logs shown in the photos are "incredibly small diameter logs that would not be suitable for a sawmill but there are also larger-diameter logs in there that could be run through a sawmill." Exactly what percentage are sawmill worthy, Parfitt could not say. "That is a question I can't answer but I'm just saying that I think that one just has to be cautious in accepting at face value that there is nothing else that could be done with the wood," Parfitt said. The three plants depicted in the photos are owned by Pinnacle Pellet, which also owns plants in Quesnel and Williams Lake. British energy company Drax, owner of the the world’s largest pellet-fueled power station, located in the United Kingdom, is in the process of acquiring Pinnacle for $385 million. Pinnacle spokesperson Karen Brandt said the company relies entirely on residuals left from sawmilling or harvesting or from fibre that has been rejected by the primary producers including pulp mills. "We should all be advocating for better forest policy to address the millions of cubic metres of slash left in the forest to burn every year; this will be a focus of our efforts going forward," she added in an emailed reponse. In answer to a request for comment on the report, a spokesperson at the Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development did not directly address the call for a review and a halt on new permits. The spokesperson did say prices for lumber and pulp are on the rise and that competition for fibre will help direct the material to its best use. "At the same time, the ministry monitors the quality of the logs that are delivered and consumed by all timber processing facilities in British Columbia," the spokesperson said. "We try to make sure that the right log gets to the right facility, while low quality, lower-value logs and residuals are being used in pellet mills." With respect to the percentage of trees used for wood pellets in 2020, 540,000 cubic metres was delivered from the bush to pellet plants in B.C. Of that 200,000 cubic metres was pine beetle wood. "This represents approximately 1.2 per cent of the provincial timber harvest that went directly to a pellet plant in 2020," the spokesperson said. Mark Nielsen, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Prince George Citizen
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Schools fear second grading fiasco for GCSEs and A-levels. Heads are under pressure to carry out too many assessments and use data on previous pupils’ performance, teachers warn
The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): 11:10 a.m. Quebec is reporting 1,754 new COVID-19 cases and 13 deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus, including two in the past 24 hours. Health authorities say there are 14 more patients in hospital for a total of 583, with the number in intensive care rising by four to 138. The province administered more than 73,023 doses of COVID-19 vaccine, for a total of more than 1.8 million since the campaign began. While Quebec City reported more than 400 infections for a third consecutive day, it was surpassed by Montreal, which reported a province high 428 new cases. --- 10:45 a.m. Ontario is reporting 3,813 new cases of COVID-19 today as hospitalization rates across the province remain high. There are currently 1,524 COVID-19 patients in Ontario hospitals, with 585 in intensive care and 384 on a ventilator. Those figures come hours after the province issued a pair of emergency orders intended to address a major influx of COVID-19 patients requiring hospital care. They include directives allowing the province to redeploy staff from home-care settings and other environments to support overtaxed hospitals, as well as a new rule allowing hospitals to transfer patients without consent if needed. Ontario is also reporting 19 new virus-related deaths in the past 24 hours. --- This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 10, 2021. The Canadian Press
Inyo County Sheriff’s OfficeAlexander Lofgren, a caseworker in the office of Arizona Congressman Raúl Grijalva and a former U.S. Army combat engineer, was found dead after going missing with his girlfriend on a camping trip in Death Valley.Authorities began searching for Lofgren and his girlfriend, Emily Henkel, on Tuesday after the two, described as experienced campers who often traverse remote areas, did not return from their trek Sunday as expected. The Inyo County Sheriff’s Office confirmed Friday that authorities had been able to locate Lofgren and Henkel the day before using aerial reconnaissance. They were in a “very remote area of Death Valley National Park” perched on a steep ledge.A rescue attempt failed Thursday, due to the steep, remote terrain. Authorities were able to extract Henkel and Lofgren Friday afternoon; Lofgren, it seems, was found dead, while Henkel has been hospitalized. An investigation will soon begin to determine Lofgren’s cause of death.Inyo County Sheriff Jeff Hollowell said in a statement, “This has been a tremendously difficult operation in a very unforgiving geographic area of Inyo County, I sincerely hope for healing and recovery for all involved.”After the pair were reported missing on Tuesday, investigators went through Lofgren’s backcountry itinerary and checked every attraction and tourist site along the way, with no results.“Both Lofgren and Henkel are described as experienced campers,” the sheriff’s office said on Thursday as the search was underway. “Lofgren is believed to have jugs of water and at least one day’s worth of food as well as camping gear. Lofgren is known for camping in remote areas that are not designated campgrounds.”Later on Thursday, the couple’s white Subaru was found near a road in the national park, in an area not on their itinerary, with a note inside that read, “Two flat tires, headed to Mormon Point, have three days’ worth of water.” The two were eventually found two miles away from that destination, the Arizona Republic reports. It’s unclear what exactly happened to the couple.Lofgren served four years in the U.S. Army and worked in the district office of Grijalva, who represents Arizona’s 3rd district. The Arizona Republic reports that Lofgren came aboard in 2019 as part of the Wounded Warriors Project, after his service in the U.S. Army as a combat engineer, during which he was deployed to Afghanistan.“To know Alex was to know someone who loved life, loved his family, and loved helping others,” Grijalva said in a statement Friday. “Words cannot begin to describe the void this immeasurable loss leaves in the hearts of his colleagues and his family.”“Alex lived a life of service and always put the needs of others first,” Grijalva continued. “After serving our country in Afghanistan, he came home to Arizona to serve veterans right here in Southern Arizona as a caseworker in my office. The passion he dedicated to his work each day touched countless lives. No matter the situation, Alex met those he helped with a smiling face, a caring heart, and unrivaled empathy.”Words cannot begin to describe how heartbroken I am over the death of Alex Lofgren, a dedicated caseworker in my district office. Alex will forever be a part of our family, and my heart is with his family, his loving partner Emily, and his colleagues who mourn him today. pic.twitter.com/Fyi7zWNYiK— Raul M. Grijalva (@RepRaulGrijalva) April 9, 2021 Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.
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Alabama and Utah end statewide mask mandates. CDC reports 3,400 new variant cases. Global deaths top 2.9 million. Latest COVID-19 updates.
Iran has unveiled the country's newest advanced nuclear centrifuge in a ceremony to mark the National Nuclear Technology Day.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is in Istanbul on Saturday to meet with Turkey’s president. A statement from Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s office said the two leaders would discuss bilateral relations, characterizing them at a “strategic partnership level.” Zelenskyy’s visit to Turkey comes amid renewed tensions in eastern Ukraine, where Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists have been fighting since 2014.
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The Australian photographer and actress June Newton — also known under her pseudonym Alice Springs — has died at 97, the Helmut Newton Foundation said Saturday in Berlin. Newton, who was also the wife of the late photographer Helmut Newton, died Friday in her home in Monte Carlo. “We mourn the loss of an outstanding person and internationally recognized photographer,” the foundation wrote on its website.
BOSTON — The U.S. Department of Justice has dropped its challenge to a court decision that said the federal government could not force two Rhode Island cities to turn local police into federal immigration agents. Providence Mayor Jorge Elorza and Central Falls Mayor Maria Rivera said in a news release that the Justice Department dropped the appeal from the Republican administration of former President Donald Trump, The Providence Journal reported Friday. The department is now led by Attorney General Merrick Garland, an appointee of Democratic President Joe Biden The two cities sued in August 2018 after the federal government required recipients of the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant to co-operate with authorities in the enforcement of federal immigration law. Both cities are self-described “sanctuary cities” and do not direct their police forces to carry out federal immigration policy. A U.S. District Court and the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals both sided with the cities. “I am thrilled that the federal courts served as a critical firewall against these unconstitutional directives,” Elorza said in a statement. “We stood proudly in court and stated that Providence is a welcoming city, that we will stand by our values, and we will fight the federal government’s illegal and unconstitutional overreaching.” The Associated Press
Gun salutes across the U.K. marked the death of Britain’s Prince Philip on Saturday as military leaders honored the former naval officer and husband of Queen Elizabeth II. (April 10)
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“We appreciate everybody’s patience,” Blumenthal President Tom Gabbard said. “Hopefully this is the end of the COVID changes.”
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Invisible Music by Polly Paulusma review – a vibrant celebration of Angela Carter the folkie(Wild Sound/One Little Independent)The novelist’s little known early days on the folk scene are explored on this album of songs and readings ‘Light touch’: Polly Paulusma. Photograph: Annie Dressner/Wild Sound/One Little Independent