Sadness as dead whale found beached in Donegal

first_imgA huge dead whale has been found beached near Ramelton this week.The carcass was discovered near Aughnish and is thought to have been there since Tuesday.(Featured image: Northwest Newspix) The massive creature is approximately 27 feet long.It is believed that the whale may be a sperm whale, as locals report that it bears similar features to the whale that washed up on Magheraroarty Beach in March this year. The sperm whale is one of the largest marine creatures in the world and is the world’s largest toothed predator.A spokesperson for the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group said that a study has not yet been carried out on the whale to determine the species or cause of death. The stranding may also be investigated by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.Locals have been travelling out to see the creature today but are unable to go near the site as the whale is beached on unsafe ground. Sadness as dead whale found beached in Donegal was last modified: August 4th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Rameltonstrandingwhalelast_img read more

Missing ID plate delays confirmation of MH370

first_imgA critical identification plate on the Boeing 777 flaperon washed up on the Reunion Island that would tie it to MH370 is missing because of the effect of sea water on the adhesive that bonds it to the structure.According to a former crash investigator the metal ID plate has almost certainly come away because of the “exposure to sea water.”So what should have been a simple ID exercise now becomes a time consuming forensic investigation.World’s Safest AirlinesWorld’s Top Ten AirlinesWorld’s Scariest LandingA Boeing part number (657BB) painted on to the flaperon confirms the object is from a Boeing 777, the Malaysian Deputy Transport Minister said yesterday.“From the part number, it is confirmed that it is from a Boeing 777 aircraft. This information is from MAS (Malaysia Airlines). They have informed me,” Deputy Transport Minister Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said Friday.The flaperon, has been sent to Toulouse in France to government laboratories, where the police, crash investigators and Boeing representatives expect to verify if it came from MH370.Under French law air crashes are treated as criminal investigations and thus led by the police.Malaysia Airlines MH370 disappeared on March 8 last year with 239 passengers and crew aboard on a flight from KL to Beijing.Investigators will likely have to disassemble the flaperon to find other ID numbers that will link it to MH370.Panels will have batch numbers that will almost certainly tie the flaperon to a production run at particular time that were installed on various 777s including MH370.The 777 that operated MH370 carried the registration 9M-MRO and had a Boeing construction Number 28420 and Line Number 404. Its first flight was on the 14th of May 2002. It had flown 53, 465 hours when it disappeared and had flown 7,525 flights.last_img read more

Places to visit on Madiba’s Journey

first_imgFollowing in Nelson Mandela’s footsteps, the journey is expected to encourage tourists who were inspired by the anti-apartheid freedom fighter and father of the nation, to visit South Africa and discover his beloved country. (Image: Mandela South Africa) • Taking the Nelson Mandela Route • Tutu leads Mandela memorial at Centre of Memory • Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory launched • South Africans queue to say goodbye to Mandela • The world pays tribute to a great manMelissa Jane CookAdventurers, travellers and others can follow the Madiba route by ticking off 27 landmarks across South Africa, learning more about his legacy along the way.Following in Nelson Mandela’s footsteps, the journey is expected to encourage tourists who were inspired by the anti-apartheid freedom fighter and father of the nation, to visit South Africa and discover his beloved country. The highlighted sites cover a huge swathe of the country, from Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg, to the site where the late leader was captured near Howick, not far from Durban. It includes the prisons where he was, on Robben Island in Cape Town and in Paarl.South African Tourism chief executive Thulani Nzima hopes the map will inspire deeper connections with Mandela’s legacy. “What we are hoping to do is to get South Africans to begin to embrace those tourist attractions like they are their own, but also we are building a pilgrimage around this,” he says.“We want the international community and South Africans to look at this in the same way they would look at a pilgrimage to Mecca. Not necessarily at the same level, but we are confident that with time people are going to see it as a pilgrimage, as a must-do kind of thing.”Taking in the four main provinces that shaped Mandela’s life – Eastern Cape, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal and Western Cape – the journey includes some lesser-known attractions and places of interest alongside the iconic places so associated with the leader.1. Robben Island, Cape Town – One of the route’s most iconic points; take a guided tour with a former prison inmate, including of the solitary confinement hut. Nelson Mandela spent 18 of his 27 years in prison on Robben Island. (Image: South African Tourism)2. City Hall and Grand Parade, Cape Town – A magnificent, imposing civic building with mosaic floors and a marble staircase; stand on the balcony where Mandela gave his first public address after his release from prison and take in the view of Cape Town’s main public square.3. Nobel Peace Sculpture, V&A Waterfront – Bronze likenesses of the great South Africans who have won the peace prize; statues of Albert Luthuli, Madiba, FW de Klerk and Desmond Tutu stand outside the Food Market, which is open from Wednesdays to Sundays.4. The Mandela Rhodes Building, Cape Town – Home of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation; this is not open to the public, but outside you can view the piece of the Berlin Wall given to Mandela.5. Parliament, Cape Town – Take a guided tour, observe debates or arrange to meet a politician of your choice. Parliament in Cape Town (Image: GCIS)6. Pollsmoor Prison, Cape Town – Madiba was transferred from Robben Island to this prison in 1982; it is not open to the public.7. Drakenstein Correctional Centre, Paarl – Formerly known as Victor Verster Prison, Madiba spent his last years of imprisonment here; outside the prison, view Jean Doyle’s statue of Mandela, signature fist in the air, and see the tiny room in which he slept, which reminded him of his prison cell. The Mandela statue outside Drakenstein Correctional Facility. (Image: South African Tourism)8. Nelson Mandela Voting Line Sculpture, Port Elizabeth – A metal cut-out of Madiba striking the iconic “Amandla!” pose; to his right, a 38m-long sculpture comprises 59 silhouettes of South Africans of all proportions, holding hands to form the Voting Line. Voting line sculpture (Image: Brand South Africa)9. University of Fort Hare, East London – Where Madiba and OR Tambo first met; this is the university that sculpted a black elite, who went on to forge independence movements. You can also see the ruins of a 19th century British fort.10. Bhunga Building, Mthatha – Once the seat of the Transkei parliament, the three wings of the Nelson Mandela National Museum are dedicated to the honours and gifts bestowed upon him; don’t miss the audio presentation in the third wing.11. Nelson Mandela Youth and Heritage Centre, Qunu – Take a guided tour of the village where Madiba was born; it starts at the Heritage Centre and passes the cultural craft centre, the remains of Mandela’s primary school and the graveyard where his parents, son and daughter are buried.12. Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Howick – Marvel at the impressive steel columns skilfully arranged to reveal Mandela’s face from one angle at the site of his arrest; then visit the museum in a converted shed nearby, browse the bookshop, and relax at the Truth coffee shop. The impressive sculpture by artist Marco Cianfanelli consists of 50 steel poles between 8 and 10 meters tall, arranged in a pattern that allows the viewer a flat image of the face of Nelson Mandela facing West, when approached from the foot path leading down towards it, exactly 35 meters away. From that position the laser-cut mild steel poles line up to create the illusion of a perfectly flat image. (Image: South African Tourism)13. Ohlange Institute, Inanda – This is first South African school built by a black person and it is where Mandela cast his vote in the 1994 elections; it’s among the oldest private girls’ schools in the country. Read the story inside of why Madiba chose to vote here.14. Mandela House Museum, Soweto – The home of Madiba and his second wife, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, from 1946 to 1962; the facade is scarred by bullet holes and scorch marks. Inside, find original furnishings, photos, interactive exhibitions, and the World Champs belt given to Mandela by boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard.15. Vilakazi Street, Soweto – The only street in the world to have been home to two Nobel Peace Prize laureates; enjoy chisa nyama (braaied meat) and Black Label beer on the strip. On the corner of Khumalo Street, view the artwork of eight man-sized hands spelling “Vilakazi” in sign language.16. Hector Pieterson Museum, Soweto – A homage to the schoolchildren who were killed during the student uprising that began in Soweto on 16 June 1976; visitors move along a series of ramps and look through strategically placed windows at important scenes – including Orlando Stadium and the police station – and view exhibits such as television footage of the uprising.17. Kliptown Open-Air Museum, Soweto – It tells the story of the Freedom Charter; spend a night at Soweto Hotel, eat at the braai area and browse the 10 pillars that represent the charter.18. Chancellor House and The Shadow Boxer Statue, inner city Johannesburg – The premises of Mandela and Tambo Attorneys in the 1950s; they are not open to the public, but the windows display historical material and opposite there is the statue of Madiba as a boxer.19. Constitution Hill, Braamfontein – Formerly a notorious prison, the Old Fort is now a multipurpose heritage precinct; walk through the recreational spaces and view the Women’s Jail, dating back to 1910. There is a museum that has been made of Nelson Mandela’s cell. Constitution Hill tells the story of South Africa’s turbulent past and its extraordinary transition to democracy. (Image: South African Tourism)20. Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg – Considered the most definitive museum on apartheid; take in uncensored audio-visual material and photos, then ponder its significance in the Highveld Garden.21. Nelson Mandela Bridge, Johannesburg CBD – Built in 2003 and named after Madiba as a tribute to his efforts in bridging racial divides; drive or walk across the bridge for views of the city.22. Alexandra Heritage Centre, Alexandra – Construction of the 100-year-old township’s tourism centre is due to be completed at the end of 2014; there will be a community archive, a restaurant and retail outlets. Just around the corner is the humble abode where Mandela stayed.23. Liliesleaf Farm, Rivonia – Secret meeting point for ANC leaders in the 1960s; visit for the rich recall of events on the farm that led to the Rivonia Trial, and for Cedric’s Café coffee shop.24. Centre of Memory, Houghton – Open by appointment only; if you’re doing research or yearn to understand his journey, the centre has a variety of helpful resources.25. Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton – An unashamedly opulent square and a good example of Jozi as a multicultural melting pot; a huge statue of Madiba gazes over the square, where you can visit the Peacemakers Museum.26. Sharpeville Human Rights Precinct, Vaal Triangle – The location of the infamous 1960 massacre and where Mandela signed the new Constitution of South Africa. The Sharpeville Human Rights Precinct is a memorial for those who died in 1960 in the Sharpeville Massacre, an event that shocked the international community and inspired increased efforts against apartheid. (Image: South African Tourism)27. Mandela Statue at the Union Buildings, Pretoria – Not open to the public; pack a picnic and laze in the gardens, where a bronze statue of Madiba stands tall. Sammy Marks Museum and Church Square nearby are also worth a visit.last_img read more

Announcing the Geocacher of the Month: November 2014

first_imgHikingSeal, Mr Donut WP, and Team Geologynut are a trio of geocaching superheros spanning two continents. Their event caches, geocache series, and challenging puzzle caches are loved by all who encounter them. Best of all? These three are happy to lend a hand to folks who are new to the geocaching scene…you may have been one of those yourself once!Each of the nominees is already a winner, with a prize package headed their way. But only one geocaching person, or couple, can be named the Geocacher of the Month. Before naming the Geocacher of the Month, Geocaching HQ  reviews community input and blog comments.Of HikingSeal, one geocacher says:“Hikingseal has my vote —- well rounded cacher doesnt even start to sum it up. I love all the ways she has inspired me to look at caching in a new way. I love the games within the games — from the challenges, to the hikes/ biking events, to interesting cache placements and CITO events she has covered a wide variety of what makes this game such a joy.” -MzblubrdPraise for Mr Donut WP:The earned, never for sale, Geocacher of the Month Geocoin“Mr Donut not only holds wonderful events where he always makes everyone feel very welcome but he has set some great caches, the Bike or Hike series being one series we are still enjoying trying to complete. Wherever needed he shares his knowledge and experience of the Geocaching world and is always full of enthusiasm for the Hobby. I didnt hesitate giving him my vote for Geocacher of the month as its the least he deserves for everything he has done for our community. Good luck Mr Donut!” -wright girlsKudos to Team Geologynut:“Team Geologynut has done wonderful things for the East Tennessee geocaching community. During a time when the area community was going through a transition, he stepped up to provide the leadership to keep things not just going, but thriving. His State Quarter series is entertaining and challenging to even seasoned cachers, and it ends with a special award. He has created several GeoArt series in the area that are quite popular. He has sponsored monthly Tennessee Valley Geocachers events for several years, which are well-attended by the TVG community. For several years he has been instrumental in organizing a TVG Cache Dash, a day of competitive caching with a Poker Run and a Trail Run. It would be difficult to imagine a geocache who has done more for his local community.” -PokerLuckAlthough all three of these geocachers deserve accolades, there has to be one winner.November’s Geocacher of the Month is one of the youngest we’ve had yet — but that’s all we’ll say about his age. His contributions to his local geocaching community in Northwest England are impressive for a geocacher of any number of years. A few weeks ago we read about three geocachers who go above and beyond for their local geocaching community. SharePrint RelatedFeatured Geocacher of the Month Award WinnersAugust 25, 2011In “Community”August’s Geocacher of the Month: I hope you’re not afraid of awesomeAugust 20, 2014In “Community”Announcing the January Geocacher of the MonthMarch 7, 2014In “Community” Do you know someone who deserves the honor of being Geocacher of the Month? Nominate them! We’re honored to be able to present Mr Donut WP the Geocacher of the Month award for November 2014. Thank you for all that you do for the geocachers around you, and best of luck with all of your future endeavors! Share with your Friends:More Congratulations Mr Donut WP! Mr Donut WP’s “Hike or Bike” series is a must-do if you’re in the area (and worth the trip if you’re not).  We think StridentUK says it all:“Back when I started caching, just over a year ago now, Mr Donut was one of the first caching names that I started to recognise, thanks to his many interesting & well-thought out hides and fun series. His caches alone account for over 250 of my current total; that’s many days, if not weeks of caching time. Especially enjoyable was his mammoth Bike or Hike series which, over the course of the year it was released, took me all around the area I grew up in, to places I’d never ever been. A real lynchpin of the local caching community, organising many excellent events each year, Mr Donut’s enthusiasm and passion for caching and definitely make him worthy of the Cacher of the Month award.” With just over 2,100 finds, there’s no arguing that Mr Donut WP is already a force to be reckoned with in the UK geocaching community. But the username entered in all those logbooks isn’t the only imprint he’s made.“My vote would be Mr Donut without a doubt. Like a DONUT, he is a real treat to the cachers in the UK. He certainly gets a ROUND and he puts his HOLE heart into geocaching. I have been given many stories about this young cacher for the UK geocaching magazine, he is spoken very highly of. Where most people his age are playing computer games hes is out there pushing old people about… Pushing them to enjoy more geocaching, to get more involved in the community and pushing himself to achieve more at same time.” -Adam RedschawBased on the comments we read, Mr Donut WP makes an impression on every geocacher he meets, even if it’s just once:“Came across Mr Donut operating in the Midlands a couple of years ago, when I was after some advice. This he happily gave giving me an insight into my problem.” -R&MLtdlast_img read more

Macro Management and Micro Management – Episode 33

first_imgMuch of the time what people perceive to be micro-management is really macro-management. Their manager is trying to produce the big, important outcomes, but because those outcomes aren’t being achieved, they have to ask about activity.last_img

School owner, teacher arrested for stripping girl students in Bihar

first_imgThe owner of a private school in Bihar, and a female teacher, were arrested on Sunday for allegedly stripping two girl students for not paying the fees for their school uniform on time. The girls, both sisters, were forced to walk back to their home half-naked on Friday.“The girl student’s father had lodged an FIR against the school owner and a teacher…we immediately took cognizance of it and arrested the accused in the case…we shall file a charge sheet in the case within the next 24-hours. The accused will be punished and justice shall be meted out through a speedy trial”, Ranjit Kumar Mishra, Superintendent of Police, Begusarai told The Hindu.The two school girls, one in the first standard, and the other a nursery student, were enrolled at a private school in Koria village, which falls under the jurisdiction of the Mufassil police station of Begusarai district. The school owner had reportedly asked the teacher to undress the girls.Some private local news channels had broadcast the incident.The father of the victims, Chunchun Kumar Sah, a small-time businessman, later lodged a complaint against the school owner Mukesh Kumar and the teacher, Anjana Kumari, both of whom were later arrested.The father said that he had requested for a deferment in the deadline to pay the fees for the uniforms, but his plea was not considered, and the school authorities took matters into their own hands. The girls are in utter shock and kept weeping after the incident, he added.last_img read more

Why Trent Dilfer’s Boasts About Nick Starkel Are A Big Deal

first_imgNational college football writer for USA Today, Paul Myerberg, noted yesterday Trent Dilfer said OSU commit Nick Starkel is one of the best pure passers to participate in the Elite 11.Trent Dilfer said Okla St commit Nick Starkel may be one of the best pure passers they’ve ever had at Elite 11.— Paul Myerberg (@PaulMyerberg) July 7, 2015When you think about the Elite 11, most people won’t be able to recall many participants from years past. Unless you follow recruiting or a specific player, many people don’t realize the plethora of talent who have been involved in the camp in recent years. Here are a few former participants in the Elite 11, and why the boast from Dilfer about Starkel is a bigger compliment than you may think.Teddy Bridgewater, Class of 2010Bridgewater was a four-star prospect who was ranked as the No. 5 dual-threat quarterback in the 2011 recruiting class. Bridgewater is an excellent passer with a high upside just beginning his career in the NFL. He was the No. 32 overall pick in the 2014 draft taken by the Minnesota Vikings.Tim Tebow, Class of 2005So yeah, Tebow was a great college quarterback. He won two national championships with Florida and won the Heisman trophy as a sophomore in 2007. He was known more for his legs than his arm and so far his NFL career has been a bust, but still an excellent high school and college quarterback.Jameis Winston, Class of 2011You may have heard of him a time or two. Winston was the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft and won the Heisman trophy as a freshman at Florida State.Jameis Winston was in Nick Starkel's shoes not long ago. (Credit: Elite 11)Jameis Winston was in Nick Starkel’s shoes not long ago. (Credit: Elite 11)Andrew Luck, Class of 2007Despite the lack of professional accolades to date, Luck is arguably the most elite quarterback in the NFL. He was also a No. 1 overall pick in 2012 taken by the Indianapolis Colts. Luck was taken down by Brandon Weeden and Co. in the 2012 BCS Fiesta Bowl. Good times, good times…Nick Starkel, Class of 2015Starkel has a huge upside with a large frame to grow into, but at 6’4, 185 pounds, he still has a lot of muscle to put on. Developing under the #BodyByGlass program while Rudolph shines and Kolar eventually emerges makes for an exciting future at the quarterback position in Stillwater.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

All Stars on NITV

first_imgBuilding up to the 2015 NRL Telstra Premiership season, NITV has teamed up with the NRL to bring viewers a special Super Sunday of sport on Sunday, 1 March including a replay of the TFA All Stars versus Indigenous All Stars game.   Hosted by Djuro Sen, alongside expert commentators Petero Civoniceva, Bo de la Cruz and Justin Loomans, the coverage features a range of matches from the NRL All Stars tournament, culminating in a full replay of the Harvey Norman All Stars game. Super Sunday begins at 4.30pm and will include the NRL Touch Football game, followed by the Under 16’s New South Wales versus Queensland match and the Women’s All Stars clash. This is the first time these three matches will be broadcast in Australia. NITV Super Sunday4.30pm to 9.30pm, Sunday, 1 MarchMixed Touch Football – Indigenous All Stars v NRL All StarsUnder 16’s – NSW Indigenous v Qld IndigenousWomen’s Indigenous All Stars v Women’s NRL All StarsHarvey Norman Indigenous All Stars v NRL All StarsMore information at nitv.org.auRelated LinksAll Stars on NITVlast_img read more

Mealkit trend grows into 120M industry in Canada

first_imgMatthew Richardson decided it was finally time to change his cooking habits.After moving in with his girlfriend this past summer, Richardson, 36, figured they should put a stop to their frequent eating out and make a real effort to prepare their own meals at home.But he didn’t know where to start. Elaborate recipes felt intimidating and he had no clue where to look for easy, healthy food that would appeal to both of their tastes.“She’s a vegetarian, I am not a vegetarian,” says Richardson, who lives in Saint John, N.B.“I was looking for ways to learn some recipes, and figure out how to prepare things I don’t know how to prepare.”So he turned to home-delivered meal kits, a phenomenon that has quickly grown into a $120-million industry in Canada, according to the market research company NPD Group.Meal-kit companies offer consumers a menu of ready-to-prepare dishes that are typically marketed as easy to make, healthy and delicious. Meal ingredients arrive pre-portioned with a recipe for consumers to follow.The meal-kit industry started in Sweden, according to Robert Carter of NPD Group, and has spread globally over the last five years. The industry has roughly doubled in Canada since 2014, Carter added.“It’s grown fairly aggressively in the U.S. marketplace, and kind of filtered here into Canada,” he said, adding that meal kits are “now one of the fastest-growing food segments in the Canadian marketplace.”On a friend’s recommendation, Richardson first signed up for Goodfood, a meal-kit company founded in Montreal in 2015. The largest family-sized meal-kit boxes start at $8.75 per person per meal and recent options have included whisky rubbed pork chop with scalloped potatoes, red lentil stew with sweet potatoes, and acorn squash tacos.One of Richardson’s favourite meals — quinoa-stuffed peppers — arrived boxed with portions of poblano peppers, corn, spinach, cilantro, quinoa, cheese, tomatoes, an onion, panko crumbs and a spice blend. It took Richardson and his girlfriend about 45 minutes to make.For Jayne Zhou, an HR co-ordinator in Vancouver who’s been on maternity leave since early in the year, meal kits have made life a little simpler.She says it initially took some trial and error to figure out how much food to order for her family of four. She started getting weekly meals delivered but found some food would get wasted if her family met up with friends or went out to dinner.They now order meals for two people every other week. Zhou says she loves that as a self-described “newbie cook” she’s built confidence in the kitchen.“We had ginger pork meatballs and I was like: ‘That wasn’t too hard, maybe I’ll be able to make this recipe again,’” she says.Richardson also believes his kitchen chops have improved. In the fall, a few months into his flirtation with meal kits, he visited his family’s farm in Nova Scotia and decided to pick some chanterelle mushrooms to make a risotto.“A year ago, I wouldn’t even consider making a risotto,” he says. “It would seem like this huge, intimidating task that I would never tackle. It definitely gave me more confidence, to go out and try dishes that I normally would be like, ‘That’s something that somebody who’s a professional would make.’”Both Zhou and Richardson say meal kits have been a cheaper alternative than ordering in or going to a restaurant but they’ve definitely been more expensive than doing their own grocery shopping.Graham McDonnell, a stylist from Dartmouth, N.S., was lured by the convenience of having meal kits delivered to his door but has gone back to doing his own grocery shopping.He and his partner used to shop for groceries often but would end up throwing away a lot of food since they didn’t plan properly. Now they’ve refocused their energy on meal planning.“If you take the time to plan your meals and not over-shop … you can kind of organize (a meal-kit type experience) yourself, basically,” McDonnell says.While meal-kit companies often market their food using buzzwords like “farm-fresh,” “sustainable,” and “antibiotic- and hormone-free,” one nutritionist says it’s too early to assess the health benefits of buying into a meal plan given few real studies have been done on the subject. But University of Guelph Prof. Jess Haines does see the appeal of the service, particularly for people who work long hours or don’t have a lot of time to think about shopping for food. And some of the meal kits she’s seen “appear to have very healthful options,” Haines says.After about three months of using Goodfood, Richardson and his girlfriend decided to try some of the competition. Richardson heard others swear by Toronto-based Chefs Plate but personally found the ingredients to be a little less fresh than what he was used to. He liked German company HelloFresh but found the vegetarian options lacking.The couple continues to try meal kits from new companies looking to cash in on the trend, especially since social media ads targeted to them are often offering a few free meals.“Apparently I’m looking at these things enough that the advertisers know that that’s what I’m into,” he says.last_img read more

Pipeline protesters defy eviction order say theyll meet with officials

first_imgBURNABY, B.C. – Protesters at an anti-pipeline camp in Burnaby, B.C., say they will meet with officials to discuss safety measures, but they will not comply with a city-issued evacuation order.The City of Burnaby says there are safety concerns surrounding “Camp Cloud,” including a two-storey wooden watch house and a fire that protesters describe as sacred and ceremonial.Protest organizer Kwitsel Tatel says the participants will not leave, nor will they extinguish their fire. Tatel suggests the structures around the camp’s sacred fire could be modified if only to refocus the attention away from the physical camp and back to the anti-pipeline protest.She adds that snuffing out the fire would constitute a breaking of both B.C. Supreme Court and Coast Salish law.The protesters say the city’s notice, which was issued on Wednesday and expired early Saturday, was written without adequate consideration of a recent court decision or consultation with camp residents.The B.C. Supreme Court ruled in March that both the camp and a nearby watch house could remain in place in response to a court injunction filed by Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd., the company behind the Trans Mountain expansion project.Tatel said the residents of the camp have had conversations with the City of Burnaby about the demands set out in the eviction notice, and they are willing to negotiate in good faith. But she said the city has not engaged in those discussions.“The executive assistant to (Burnaby Mayor) Derek Corrigan came many times with orders instead of questions and concerns. I’m respectfully announcing that is not good faith discussion or negotiation,” Tatel said Saturday. She added that they spoke with the City of Burnaby fire department overnight about the sacred fire, and that a load of timber would be dropped off by the department.Tatel said she will request federal intervention if need be, citing the protesters’ charter right to peaceful demonstration.“I’m asking for (federal Justice Minister) Jody Wilson-Raybould to step up and assist, to pull her goons and her dogs,” said TatelShe and several other camp residents said they saw between 30 and 60 “paramilitary” individuals in and around “Camp Cloud” and the woods around the Kinder Morgan tanker terminal late Friday night, and said additional audio and video surveillance near the entrance to the terminal had recently been installed.center_img Demonstrators are angry over the expansion of the pipeline between Alberta and B.C. that would triple its capacity to carry bitumen destined for export.In May, the federal government announced it would buy the pipeline in an effort to see the expansion completed.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more