KCCA FC celebrate historic place, Zamalek shocked

first_imgKCCA fans celebrate their victory on Saturday. PHOTOS KCCA MEDIAHistoric CAF Champions League group spots for four clubsJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | KCCA of Uganda, Mbabane Swallows of Swaziland, Township Rollers of Botswana and Horoya of Guinea became the first clubs from their countries to reach the CAF Champions League group stage Saturday. A dramatic weekend ended with the shock exit of Egypt’s Zamalek.Muzamiru Shaban scored two minutes into the second half to give KCCA a 1-0 home victory over Saint George of Ethiopia in a last-32 second leg and overall success by the same score.Swallows also triumphed 1-0 on their ground, over Zanaco of Zambia, to advance 3-1 on aggregate with Wonder Nhleko scoring the lone second-leg goal.Both KCCA and Swallows reached the group phase of the second-tier CAF Confederation Cup last season for the first time and have continued to improve.Rollers were held 0-0 at home by Young Africans of Tanzania, but qualified 2-1 on aggregate having won by that scoreline in east Africa last week.Botswana clubs have been perennial strugglers in both CAF club competitions, making the progress of Rollers all the more remarkable.Horoya exceeded expectations by winning 2-0 away to Generation Foot of Senegal in a west African showdown having battled to succeed by a single goal at home.A Daouda Camara penalty midway through the first half put Horoya ahead and a late goal assured the Conakry club of a place in the group draw next Wednesday.Another three clubs, Gor Mahia of Kenya, Port of Togo and Rayon Sports of Rwanda, hope Sunday to become the first clubs from their nations to reach the mini-league stage.Defending champions Wydad Casablanca of Morocco were comfortable overall winners despite a 2-0 away loss to Williamsville of the Ivory Coast.Goals late in each half from Romuald Kouassi and Kouame Diallo gave the Ivorians victory, but they faced a hopeless task after being trounced 7-2 in Morocco.Record eight-time title-holders and 2017 runners-up Al Ahly of Egypt triumphed 3-1 away to Mounana of Gabon after taking a four-goal advantage to central Africa.Mido Gaber, Moroccan Walid Azaro and Walid Soliman netted for the Cairo “Red Devils”, who clinched a 40th Egyptian title this week with six matches to spare.TP Mazembe, the second most successful club in all CAF competitions behind Ahly, scraped through after a shock 3-0 hiding by Songo in Mozambique.Leading 4-0 after the first leg, the multi-national outfit based in Lubumbashi fell behind in the first minute when Helder Pelembe scored.An Issama Mpeko own-goal doubled the lead of newcomers Songo, who scored again through South African Rotshidzwa Muleka in stoppage time.Primeiro Agosto reached the group stage for the first time since 1997 by edging Wits of South Africa 3-2 in a Johannesburg penalty shootout after both clubs won 1-0 at home.Geraldo, who scored the first-leg winner, converted the decisive spot-kick, calmly stroking the ball into the net after Wits goalkeeper Darren Keet screamed at him.Standing ovation for KCCA on Saturday.Ethiopians stun mighty Zamalek in CAF Cup Nine-time CAF title winners Zamalek of Egypt were shock casualties Sunday in the Confederation Cup round of 32, falling to an Ethiopian club they had derided.African debutants Welayta Dicha lost the return match in Egypt 2-1 to leave the teams deadlocked at 3-3 on aggregate in the African equivalent of the Europa League.But Ayman Hefny and Mahmoud Abdel Aziz failed to convert the fourth and fifth spot-kicks in the shootout while the visitors scored four in a row to win 4-3 on penalties.“I am sure we will score a big victory in Egypt,” boasted recently hired Zamalek coch Ehab Galal after losing the first leg 2-1 in Ethiopia on what he called a “ploughed field”.He was dismissive of CAF debutants Welayta after the first match, saying: “Our opponents are not a big team.”Losing to Dicha marks one of the darkest days for Zamalek, a club who have been African champions five times and won the CAF Super Cup thrice and the African Cup Winners Cup once.Although the equal third most successful club in CAF competitions, the Cairo “White Knights” have not won an African competition since lifting the 2003 Super Cup.In recent years they have had a huge turnover of coaches, with former English Premier League manager Alex McLeish among the victims.Goals just before and after half-time from Ahmed Madbouli gave Zamalek a two-goal second-leg lead and nudged them ahead on aggregate.But Abdulsemed Ali Usman scored for Dicha on 52 minutes to level the overall score and, with no further goals, the tie went to a shootout.Zamalek were the second big name from north Africa to be dumped this weekend after Club Africain of Tunisia lost 4-1 on aggregate to Renaissance Berkane of Morocco Saturday.Club Africain have been African champions and reached the Confederation Cup semi-finals last year before surprisingly losing to SuperSport United of South Africa.Tunisian clubs have won the Confederation Cup five times — more than any other country — but will not have any representative in the play-offs draw this Wednesday.Last hope Ben Guerdene beat CARA of Congo Brazzaville 3-1 at home, but were eliminated having lost the first leg 3-0 in central Africa last week.Patrick Loualoua and Khaled Yahia put the Tunisians two goals ahead with 33 minutes to play, but Racine Louamba pulled one back to leave the hosts needing to score at least three more.They managed one through Chibeb Zoghlami, but CARA advanced and will be joined in the draw by compatriots La Mancha, who qualified Friday.Cape Town City of South Africa lost 2-1 at home against Costa do Sol of Mozambique to make a shock departure on away goals having won the first leg.Qualifiers for CAF Champions League groups draw in Cairo Wednesday:Difaa el Jadida, Wydad Casablanca (both MAR), Entente Setif, Mouloudia Alger (both ALG), Esperance, Etoile Sahel (both TUN), Al Ahly (EGY), Horoya (GUI), Kampala Capital City Authority (UGA), Mamelodi Sundowns (RSA), Mbabane Swallows (SWZ), Port (TOG), Primeiro Agosto (ANG), Township Rollers (BOT), TP Mazembe (COD), Zesco Utd (ZAM)Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Reel Adventures Fishing Report

first_imgReel Adventures Fishing Charters Fishing ReportBy Kerry ReedKootenay Lake: It’s happening. This is my favorite time of the year for fishing Kootenay Lake.The water temperature has finally dropped to that perfect number and yes, the fish are feeding well.  At the beginning of October, the fish were scattered throughout the water column, but now they seem to have all reached the surface.Rainbow trout up to 27 pounds are being caught lately, with lots of fish in the 20-pound range.In fact, we had three fish over 20 pounds in our boat in a matter of a week.  It’s been a long time since we’ve seen these big fish, but now it was worth the wait.  Also there is a fair number of Bull trout being caught lately in the 15-pound range. We’ve been catching lots of fish between five to 15 pounds.  It seems that there is definitely a distinct feeding time for these fish each day.  A lot of times we’ve had one fish on, and another fish hits the other rods. So, it makes for an exciting time. Here’s an example of some of the excitement:  Recently I was out with a group of four people.  Once we got the lines in the water, it was only a matter of minutes.  “Fish on, ” I yelled.  As the line was screaming out, we all stood back and enjoyed the fight.  After about three minutes of fighting this brute, the fish spit the hook.  Good start anyways.  Another couple minutes pass and a second rod starts screaming out.  Another big fish on,  While we were fighting that fish, I slowed the boat down a little.  Just as the boat slowed, the third rod starts screaming.  A true “Double Header.”We managed to land the second fish and get a quick photo before releasing it, just in time to net the third fish and get a photo and release it. Both Rainbows were well over 10 pounds, as well as the first one that we lost.  Such a great start to the day. About 10 minutes go by and guess what…another screamer!!  We fought that fish for about five minutes and then the hook came free.  We caught two more smaller fish before noon, then an afternoon lull in the action.  It was nice to actually have a break.  We had lunch on the boat and continued to fish. About three hours went by until the afternoon bite came on.  It was another big Rainbow to the boat and a couple smaller ones. What a great day on the water.  Just an example of what one day on the boat can bring. The best of the best Well, it’s different every day depending on the weather conditions and water conditions. On the calm days, we are using the usual Lyman Plugs on the surface or downrigger.  And on the windy days, we are using the usual Bucktail Flies on the surface.  Stick with the rule of thumb for colors.  On bright days use brighter colors and on the cloudy days, use darker colors.Black and white has been really good on the overcast days. Also managing to get both Rainbows and Bull Trout on the flasher/hoochie combo on the downriggers. All in all, October was a great month of fishing and November/December should only get better and better. Looking forward to more great fish as winter approaches. Tight lines…………………..last_img read more

Plow days set for July 28 in Alvordton

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest On Saturday July 28, 2018 in a wheat stubble field on the east edge of Alvordton, Ohio, antique tractors of all types will arrive with moldboard plows in tow as well as “antique” farmers will arrive with grandchildren in tow. Massey Harris tractors of all sizes will arrive and tractor enthusiasts as well as nostalgia seekers will come to “see how we used to do it.”The Annual Plow Days Event is hosted by the Alvordton-Millcreek Township Volunteer Fire Department in cooperation with Kunkle Farms LLC and Darin Meyers Farms.This year’s event will feature big power and big iron with not one, but two Big Bud tractors. Featured tractors will be a 650-50 Big Bud, one of only 5 Ag models produced and the only remaining in the United States pulling a DMI 21 bottom hydra-flex moldboard ploy, the largest moldboard plow ever produced. Also featured will be a 525-50 Big Bud, pulling an 18 bottom Will-Rich plow, also the largest model produced by the company. Antique tractor owners are invited to participate with tractors 40 years old or older and plows suited to fit the horsepowerThe Massey Harris Collectors Association will be holding their national meeting at the event, with all models of Massey Harris tractors welcome.The Alvordton-Millcreek Township Firefighters will be providing their delicious open pit barbecue chicken dinners starting at noon. Registration for the event starts at 10AM with plowing beginning at 11AM. Alvordton is located on US Route 20 between Angola, Indiana and Toledo, Ohio. Additional information can be obtained by calling event coordinator Don Kunkle at 419-553-9523.last_img read more

Open Plan Offices Kill Productivity. Here’s What to Do Instead.

first_imgHow OKR’s Completely Transformed Our Culture Tags:#productivity China and America want the AI Prize Title: Who … How to Make the Most of Your Software Developer… For years, the business world lived under the false pretense that open plan offices were a killer idea. I myself even bought into the hype. At Netconcepts, the digital agency I founded (and sold in 2010), only the executives had offices with doors that closed. Open plan offices were a win-win for anyone looking to cut costs and spark collaboration among employees, or at least that was the general consensus. After all, an open plan office is bound to boost morale and ignite free-flowing conversations, right?Not so fast. A new Harvard study revealed that open plan offices have the exact opposite effect on workplaces: they actually kill collaboration and productivity.The study, published in the journal Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, looked into the impact of open office spaces on employees at two Fortune 500 companies. The results were staggering. The participants had 70% fewer face-to-face interactions and sent 56% more emails in open plan offices. Rather than promoting collaboration, open air spaces caused employees to withdraw into the world of electronic messaging.Even worse, the lack of face-to-face interaction had a direct impact on workplace productivity. Performance reviews showed a startling decrease in overall metrics – showing that office chit-chat might actually be a good thing for productivity.Researchers Ethan Bernstein and Stephen Turban summarized their findings by stating: “Consistent with the fundamental human desire for privacy and prior evidence that privacy may increase productivity, when office architecture makes everyone more observable or ‘transparent’, it can dampen [face-to-face] interaction, as employees find other strategies to preserve their privacy; Rather than have an [face-to-face] interaction in front of a large audience of peers, an employee might look around, see that a particular person is at his or her desk, and send an email.”If employees are less productive in this setting, and more likely to communicate electronically, wouldn’t it be better for them to work remotely? The numbers seem to suggest that’s the case.Stanford economics professor Nicholas Bloom gained some revealing insights in a two-year study of workplace productivity at Ctrip, China’s largest travel agency. At the time, Ctrip was suffering from high attrition – with employees struggling thanks to long commute times and unaffordable rent near their Shanghai headquarters.Bloom divided a group of 500 employees into two groups – a control group and remote workers. The control group continued working at Ctrip’s headquarters, while the remote team converted to working at home full-time.The results speak for themselves. Published in The Quarterly Journal of Economics, the study showed a number of benefits in favor of a remote setting. Home workers saw a 13% increase in performance and improved job satisfaction. Even more impressive – their attrition rate was cut in half. Bloom noted that the remote team had two things working in their favor – limited distractions and extra time. By being free of factors like office interruptions and commute times, the at-home workers were simply able to get more done.As Bloom notes during his TEDxStanford presentation, the term “virtual office” summons images of lazy workers lounging on the couch or in pajamas. In reality, working from home has enormous potential. Remote workers tend to feel happier and more valued – signs of a productive and loyal workforce. Even better, they can save money. Ctrip was able to increase profits by $2,000 per employee by saving on office expenses.Could remote teams really propel your business to be more productive and profitable? The answer is yes, according to innovative entrepreneurs like Tim Ferriss and Matt Mullenweg who have leveraged remote teams to their advantage. Thankfully, you don’t have to play the guessing game when it comes to your team’s productivity. Time-tracking software like Time Doctor lets you keep a watchful eye on your employees from afar. This software monitors workplace activity by tracking time use, taking screenshots of employee computers and providing analytics on potential poor time use. Through this data, you can glean insights into your team’s productivity and even monitor your workers – without paying for an office. When I interviewed Time Doctor founder Rob Rawson for my Get Yourself Optimized podcast, he noted that one of the main benefits of a remote team is that you can hire from literally anywhere in the world, meaning you have access to a much deeper pool of talent. Managing a virtual team is easier – and more common – than ever before. Nearly 50% of millennials are already freelancing. The rest of the country will soon follow suit, as experts predict that the majority of workers will freelance in some capacity by 2027. There are already a wealth of tools and software available to help you manage a remote team like you would in an office setting.Our perceptions don’t always reflect reality. Open plan offices don’t stimulate creative collaborations or enhanced productivity – in fact, it’s quite the opposite. With their extra freedom, remote workers have better performance and morale. Businesses should welcome the idea of ditching the traditional office and embracing a virtual team. It might just help them save money, avoid attrition and boost workplace productivity. Stephan Spencer Related Posts Stephan is an internationally recognized SEO Expert, author, blogger professional speaker, consultant, and founder of Netconcepts. What Nobody Teaches You About Getting Your Star…last_img read more

Golovkin, Alvarez make weight for blockbuster fight

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Signature move Alvarez, who was the more stonefaced of the two, sent the crowd into a frenzy as he shadowboxed briefly at the front of the stage — his new signature weigh-in move.Hundreds of people stood on line for hours outside the Grand Garden for the chance to see the weigh-in, chanting and signing along with a neatly-attired Mariachi band.For many, it represented their only hope of seeing either fighter in the flesh as the bout has been sold out for weeks.Las Vegas construction worker Harvey Hernandez attended the weigh-in with his friend Roger Ramirez and said Alvarez has a better boxing style.“I am picking Canelo,” the 26-year-old said. “He is better than Triple G. He is going to outclass him and he is from Mexico.“It won’t go the distance. He is going to get knocked out or he will knock Golovkin out.”READ: Alvarez promises fireworks for Golovkin boutSaid El-Tahan flew all the way from Sweden to watch the fight and says Golovkin must avoid having the decision in the hands of the judges.“Golovkin will win,” said the Malmo police officer. “He is a great fighter and a strong puncher. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Boxer Canelo Alvarez (L) and WBC, WBA and IBF middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin pose during their official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on September 15, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Golovkin will defend his titles against Alvarez at T-Mobile Arena on September 16 in Las Vegas. AFP/GETTY IMAGESLAS VEGAS—Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin stepped on the scales at the MGM Grand Garden Arena then came face-to-face for the cameras on Friday (Saturday, Manila), one day before they meet in one of the most anticipated fights in years.Three-belt Champion Golovkin wore black shorts and smiled as he stepped on the scale first weighing the 160-pound (72.5 kg) middleweight limit for Saturday’s world title fight against Alvarez at the T-Mobile Arena.ADVERTISEMENT Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Kazakhstan’s Golovkin is putting his World Boxing Council, World Boxing Association and International Boxing Federation, belts on the line but to the uninitiated it might have seemed more like Alvarez was the champ.Alvarez drew louder cheers from the pro-Mexican crowd, stepped on the scale last and made Golovkin wait several minutes on stage before making his initial appearance, which was preceded by a video tribute on the jumbotron screen.The fighters, who once sparred together at Golovkin’s gym in Big Bear, California, then posed amicably during their staredown in front of a crowd of 9,400.That has been consistent with the buildup to the sold-out fight, which has lacked the vitriolic trash talk typical of world title fights.“See you tomorrow. I have been champion a long time. This is boxing and I am a very true guy,” said Golovkin, who goes by the nickname ‘Triple G’ on Friday.ADVERTISEMENT “It won’t go 12 rounds so he must finish him off. If it goes to the judges Golovkin won’t get a fair decision.”Phoenix’s Lorenzo Ventura, 29, said he put a lot of thought into who will win Saturday’s bout which many feel could be the start of a the latest boxing trilogy.“Canelo is going to tire out around the fifth or sixth round,” said Ventura, a part-time boxer, as he headed to his seat in the Garden arena. “Triple G is going to establish his jab and is going to finish him in the 11th round.“When you study both fighters and you see Canelo consistently tire out in the fifth or sixth round fighting smaller men and now he is going to come up in weight class and knock out the most dangerous fighter in that weight class.“The dude (Golovkin) has proven himself over and over again. Jabs win fights. Golovkin lands more jabs accurately than any other fighter in the game. It is that simple.” LATEST STORIES Lyceum rallies to keep slate clean Alvarez was up next, climbing onto the scales in his blue shorts and registering the same 160 pounds for a bout that has all the ingredients to produce a fight of the year.READ: Alvarez, Golovkin seek their places in boxing historyFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I am very happy for all the love and support of these fans,” Alvarez told the crowd. “I am going to give them 100 percent. I trained hard and I am disciplined.“I take all this responsibility seriously and I am going to give them a great fight.” LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Pasaol ready for ‘unli rice’ after torching UST

first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES And with a performance to remember, since this came in UE’s lone win in the first round, Pasaol got the green light to indulge on something his coach Derrick Pumaren stopped him from enjoying since the start of the tournament.READ: Alvin unleashed: After scoring 49, Pasaol hopes for 50 next timeFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Manong [Pumaren] gave me a reward today and that is I get to eat an unli [unlimited] rice meal,” said Pasaol in Filipino Saturday. “He won’t stop me now and he really didn’t allow to eat that much because I bulk up easily.”Pasaol’s walking, and playing, weight usually dances between 80 and 90 kilograms but the high-scoring forward doesn’t mind the heft he carries during games. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netAlvin Pasaol sat down on his padded chair inside the pressroom of Mall of Asia Arena with sweat dripping from his shoulders as he wiped off his wet forehead.The chunky forward just put up a game-high 32 points days after dropping 49 to pace the Red Warriors to their 96-91 win over hapless University of Santo Tomas in the UAAP Season 80 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Read Next Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Sablan: UST will be one of the top teams next season MOST READ READ: Mbala lauds Pasaol for record-setting career game“I’m really comfortable with my body because I’m a stretch four and I can also bang underneath,” said Pasaol who averaged 40.5 points and 10 rebounds in his past two games.And of the 32 points Pasaol scored against UST, none were bigger than the two that came with only 22.7 seconds left when he gave UE a 94-91 lead en route to the win.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary View commentslast_img read more

MR2 Newbuilding Joins Maersk Tankers Fleet

first_imgImage Courtesy: Maersk GroupMaersk Tankers, part of the Danish shipping conglomerate Maersk, has taken delivery of Maersk Timaru, a 51,800 dwt product tanker, from South Korea’s Sungdong shipyard.Completed in late October 2016, the MR2 tanker is part of Maersk Tankers’ investment in 19 new vessels, which is aimed at renewing parts of the company’s fleet.With a gross tonnage of 29,455 tons, Maersk Timaru features a length of 183.1 meters and a width of 32.2 meters.“The vessel has been designed specifically to save fuel. She has a more efficient engine, different hull dynamics, the propeller is designed to be better at moving the water,” Captain Piotr Wieczorek said, adding that LED lights are also installed on board the vessel to use less energy.Maersk Timaru is one of more than 80 vessels owned by Maersk Tankers carrying products such as gasoline, naphtha and palm oil.In April 2016, the company christened two newbuildings at Sungdong shipyard, which are part of its fleet renewal plan. In 2015, Maersk Tankers named the first two of ten vessels ordered from the same shipyard.Last year, the firm said that approximately 20% of Maersk Tankers’ fleet will be replaced in the next few years with newbuilds already ordered. The company revealed that it has ten vessels from Sungdong and nine additional MR vessels from Ningbo shipyard in China, scheduled for delivery in 2017 and 2018.last_img read more

No answers for me Chief says First Nations left out of Fort McMurray fire

first_imgThe Canadian PressIt was May 8, 2016, and the Fort McMurray wildfire was in full blaze.Municipal and provincial leaders had gathered to discuss a response when Chief Allan Adam of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation walked in wanting to know how their plans would affect Indigenous communities.“All these heads started looking at each other and they had no answers for me,” he recalls. “It was clearly evident they had no plans for emergency procedures for First Nations in the surrounding area.”That’s also the main conclusion of a lengthy report by 11 Indigenous communities in and around Fort McMurray. It was funded by the Red Cross and is the result of two years of surveys, meetings and focus groups.“You had this breakdown in understanding,” said Tim Clark, the consultant who wrote the report.The Fort McMurray wildfire became one of Canada’s worst natural disasters.More than 88,000 residents fled their homes and more than 2,400 structures were damaged or destroyed. The estimated cost was pegged at about $10 billion and nearly 6,000 square kilometres in northern Alberta were scorched.There were no deaths directly caused by the fire, but the report suggests that wasn’t because things went smoothly.Nobody knew who was in charge, it says. Between municipalities, the province and Ottawa, responsibility for Indigenous communities was up in the air.There were few relationships and less trust between government and First Nations groups, says the report. Indigenous leaders weren’t included in the Regional Emergency Operations Centre.“You had Fort McMurray First Nation, just east of Fort McMurray, and they didn’t even know there was an emergency operations centre,” Clark said. “(The municipality) did not reach out to First Nations because it assumed they were being dealt with by the federal government.”Most residents from the nearby hamlet of Janvier left for safety in Lac La Biche, 175 kilometres away. But when a few Janvier kids acted up, everyone, including elders, was rousted and moved again _ some back to Janvier, which was still under threat.Re-entry after the fire was similarly tone-deaf, the report says.Registration centres were held in schools, institutions many Indigenous people are reluctant to enter.“The moment you opened up the Friendship Centre re-entry centre, it was immediately filled with people,” said Clark.“There were a lot of people who weren’t going to those (schools).”There was also initial doubt about whether residents would be allowed to rebuild in the Waterways neighbourhood _ one of the oldest parts of Fort McMurray and settled by Indigenous people generations ago.“The municipality understood it in financial terms,” Clark said. “The Indigenous people understood it in more of a cultural, historical perspective.”Governments also failed to consider the circumstances of Indigenous communities, he said. Many houses damaged in the fire started off in bad shape. Fewer Indigenous homeowners were insured.About one-quarter of Indigenous people in the survey lost their homes _ a far higher percentage than in Fort McMurray as a whole. About one-third of those who lost homes had no insurance.It wasn’t until March 2017 _ months into the recovery effort _ that Indigenous representatives joined a recovery task force. Clark also found First Nations and the provincial agency managing federal relief funds worked poorly together.Metis communities weren’t eligible at all.Clark writes that the Willow Lake Metis spent more than $100,000 supporting members during the wildfire. The Fort McMurray Metis spent their reserves to the point where they could not get a bank loan.The survey found that 70 per cent of respondents would prefer disaster management services from Indigenous groups if there were a similar disaster.Alberta Municipal Affairs spokeswoman Lauren Arscott said the province is examining the report.“(Ministers) will closely review the recommendations offered by this report to understand how we can work with First Nations and Metis communities in Alberta to improve our disaster response system for Indigenous people,” she said. “We will encourage both our municipal and federal counterparts to do the same.”There will be a next time, said Clark.“There are still a lot of areas in northeast Alberta that are at high risk for disaster events.“We can’t just say we had a big wildfire so it won’t happen again. We need to start repairing these relationships now.”Adams said it can’t happen soon enough.“What happens now? What’s the plan for us? If the (municipality) doesn’t have a plan for us, who does? Aren’t we all supposed to be working together?”last_img read more

TSX up in broadbased advance as US stocks hit new record highs

first_imgTORONTO – It was a positive day on both sides of the border as Canada’s main stock index pushed higher and U.S. stocks hit new record highs.The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 72.25 points to 16,076.65, with the materials and base metals sectors leading the broad-based advance.“Looking at all the sectors, they’re up — you have energy, materials and banking up. Overall, it’s a good day. I’ll take it,” said Allan Small, a senior investment adviser at HollisWealth.South of the border it was a similar story as most industries, including technology and health-care companies, posted solid gains.The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 160.50 points to 23,590.83. The S&P 500 index added 16.89 points to 2,599.03 and the Nasdaq composite index gained 71.77 points to 6,862.48.In addition to Tuesday’s record finishes on Wall Street, investors were also cheered by a report from Goldman Sachs analyst David Kostin, who forecast that the S&P 500 will rise about 14 per cent in 2018 if Congressional Republicans and U.S. President Donald Trump are successful in cutting corporate taxes.Kostin said continued economic growth and lower taxes should help the S&P 500 rise to 3,100 by the end of 2020.In Canadian corporate news, shares of RBC (TSX:RY) lost value amid news that the bank — the country’s biggest — is the first Canadian lender to be added to the Financial Stability Board’s list of global systemically important banks, which are deemed too big to fail. Its stock was down nine cents, or 0.09 per cent, to $100.92.Retail giant Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L) was also down after Canada’s competition watchdog closed a 3 1/2-year civil investigation and concluded that there wasn’t sufficient evidence to support allegations that Canada’s largest grocer abused its dominant position in dealing with its suppliers. Its stock gave back 14 cents, or 0.20 per cent, to $68.94.On the commodities front, the January crude contract advanced 51 cents to US$56.93 per barrel and the December natural gas contract was down three cents at US$3.02 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$6.40 to US$1,281.70 an ounce and the December copper contract added four cents to US$3.13 a pound.In currency markets, the Canadian dollar was trading at 78.26 cents US, up 0.09 of a U.S. cent.– With a file from The Associated Press.Follow @DaveHTO on Twitter.last_img read more

Vancouver man banned from US for pot investments seeks waiver to cross

first_imgVICTORIA – A Vancouver businessman banned for life from entering the United States over his investments in American marijuana companies says he plans to seek a waiver that permits him to cross the border.Canadian Sam Znaimer said he was recently denied entry at a Washington state border crossing by officials who said his investments in U.S. marijuana companies make him ineligible to enter the country.“I spent four hours, four-and-a-half hours at the border station and at the end of that whole process I was told that I’d been permanently banned from entering the U.S.,” he said in an interview.Immigration lawyer Len Saunders said he’s heard about a dozen similar cases recently where Canadians have been denied entry to the United States because of their connections to the marijuana industry.“I’m getting panicked phone calls from Canadian companies who are concerned about their staff being denied entry and liability issues, or about themselves because they are senior executives,” said Saunders, a Canadian whose law practice is based at Blaine, Wash.Saunders said he tells Canadians working with American marijuana companies not to cross the border.“You might as well be doing business with Pablo Escobar, selling cocaine in the U.S.,” he said, adding marijuana is still a so-called schedule 1 substance in the U.S., defined by having no medical use and a high potential for abuse.Znaimer said he’s been investing in numerous business ventures for more than 30 years, including marijuana companies. He said he has participated in public panel discussions about marijuana and has been interviewed in the media.“I’m purely an investor,” said Znaimer.The U.S. Customs and Border Protection office did not comment specifically on Znaimer’s case, but said in a statement that medical and recreational marijuana may be legal in some U.S. states, but it remains illegal under U.S. federal law.The statement said working in the marijuana industry, either in the U.S. or Canada, can still affect a person’s admissibility to the country.“Determinations about admissibility are made on a case-by-case basis by a (customs and border protection)officer based on the facts and circumstances known to the officer at the time,” the statement said.Znaimer said he was told he can’t appeal the border decision, but has another option.“I will apply for a waiver,” he said. “I have no idea what my chances are of getting that. My lawyer is hopeful.”Saunders, who is Znaimer’s lawyer, said the waiver process can take up to one year to complete and cost about US$600 in fees plus legal costs. He said the waivers are not permanent and people will likely have to reapply.Saunders said he started seeing business people being barred from the U.S. in April.“They said he was aiding and abetting the U.S. marijuana industry because of his investments,” he said.Znaimer said Canadians with any ties to the marijuana business in the U.S. should be wary about crossing the border.“One distinction being made is that so far Homeland Security only seems to be interested in Canadians with some involvement in cannabis in the U.S.,” said Znaimer.Jordan Sinclair, a spokesman for Canopy Growth, the world’s largest medical marijuana company, said facing a border ban is concerning, but it hasn’t been an issue with anyone at the Smiths Falls, Ont., company.“We’ve never had any challenges at the border,” he said. “When I’m asked at the border what I do for a living, I tell them I work for a cannabis company, a federally regulated one.”Canopy Growth became the first cannabis-producing company to be listed on the New York Stock Exchange last May.Former B.C. health minister Terry Lake, who now works for a Quebec-based medical marijuana company, said it is worrisome crossing the border for Canadians involved in the legal marijuana industry.“I’m hoping to run in the Las Vegas half marathon in November,” he said. “I would like to be able to cross the border without worry.”last_img read more