Randle Reef Cleanup Contract Signed

first_imgThe Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, last week announced a joint-venture contract award to Milestone Environmental Contracting Inc. and Fraser River Pile & Dredge Inc. for stage two of the Randle Reef Contaminated Sediment Remediation project. The contract, valued at $32.9 million, was awarded following a fair, open, and competitive process. The awarding of the stage-two contract is a significant milestone for the project and a clear demonstration that the project continues to move forward, according to the McKenna.As part of this contract, the company will dredge contaminated sediments from the harbor floor and place it into the engineered containment facility, currently under construction in the Hamilton Harbor.Work for stage two is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2018 and is expected to be complete in 2020.The Randle Reef cleanup is one of the largest remediation projects currently underway in Canada. The Government of Canada is leading the project in partnership with the Province of Ontario, the City of Hamilton, the City of Burlington, the Halton region, Hamilton Port Authority, and Stelco.last_img read more

Antilles Episcopal Conference Holds 64th Annual Plenary Meeting Via Online Platform

first_imgThe Antilles Episcopal Conference Youth Assembly 2021Conference on Family Life 2021Canon Law Society 2021Caribbean Association of Diocesan Finance Officers 2021The International Eucharistic Congress 2021Arising from the fruitfulness of the meeting, the bishop will be delivering ‘A Message of Hope’ to the people of the Caribbean especially considering the challenges the Church faces in the current pandemic. Election of Officers: Bishop Gabriel Malzaire, Archbishop Jason Gordon, and Bishop Gerard County were re-elected as President, Vice-President, and Treasurer respectively. Fr Donald Chambers was confirmed in the post of the General Secretary for the Conference for a three-year term. An update on the post-election impasse in Guyana and the subsequent political stability Share The following regional events were postponed Sharing is caring! Share 32 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet News Release  64th Annual Plenary Meeting of the Antilles Episcopal Conference In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Roman Catholic Bishops of the Antilles Episcopal Conference applied the communication strategy of their own Pastoral Letter: “A New Way of Being Church in the Digital Milieu.” The 64th Annual Plenary Meeting initially planned for the diocese of St John’s-Basseterre, Antigua was conducted via the online platform ZOOM.The meeting began with a spiritual and a study day facilitated by Fr Laurence Freeman, OSB, director of the World Community of Christian Meditation, from his Benedictine monastery in Bonnevaux, France. He spoke on the theme, Feed my sheep and care for yourself (Jn 21:15). Emphasizing that “The Church is a school of prayer,” he exhorted the bishops to go to the depth and root of prayer—contemplative prayer—and lead people to that depth. In face of the turbulence of the pandemic crisis, the bishops came away with a deeper appreciation of contemplative prayer as an interior stabilizing force for their ministry.The bishops also engaged in a day of theological and pastoral reflections on the impact of the pandemic on themselves and the Church. Arising from personal testimonies and the testimonies of the people, the bishops identified four pastoral priorities to guide the work of the Conference and the Church in the post-COVID era. These priorities are:1) The Evangelization of the Domestic Church2) Pastoral Care for the Unemployed especially through COVID 193) Pastoral care and Evangelization of Youth and Young Adults4) Education on the Care for the Earth, our common homeThe planning process towards a Pan AEC Synod was a major initiative the bishops conceived to guide the mission of the Church in the years to come. Bishop Clyde Harvey was appointed to lead a regional team to design and implement a process towards this event. It is hoped that this synod will foster deeper regional identity amongst the whole People of God.A comprehensive report on the Synod of the Amazon was presented by the four bishops—Alleyne Francis (Guyana), Karel Choennie (Suriname), Emmanuel Lafont (French Guyana) and Gabriel Malzaire (President) who attended the one-month-long synod in October 2019. In the report, the bishops called upon the regional Church to develop a consciousness of the link between natural ecology, respect for nature, and human ecology. This connection is especially true because of our region’s proximity to the Amazon region. Other concerns necessary for promotion are the rights of the poor and indigenous peoples, safeguarding the dignity of the vulnerable, and preserving their distinctive rich culture.There were other matters arising from the meeting.  These include the following: The consecration of the dioceses of the Antilles to the protection of Our Blessed Mother, Mary, Mother of the Church and Help of the Sick, on May 10, 2020, Mother’s Day LifestyleLocalNews Antilles Episcopal Conference Holds 64th Annual Plenary Meeting Via Online Platform by: – May 7, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Vertonghen gives up on top four

first_img Spurs were beaten 1-0 at home in the north London derby by Arsenal on Sunday, with a goal from Tomas Rosicky inside two minutes proving enough to secure victory for the visitors, who reignited their title bid. A second successive Barclays Premier League defeat following on from the 4-0 drubbing at Chelsea leaves Tim Sherwood’s side fifth, some seven points off Manchester City, who have played three matches less. Defender Jan Vertonghen accepts Tottenham have just not been good enough this season to press on and claim a top-four finish. Press Association Full-back Danny Rose accepts Spurs must learn to be clinical if they are to make that next step under Sherwood. “Once the manager took over in December, we were on fire and we have had a bad week where we have become detached from the top four and it is hard to take,” he said. “It is going to be very hard to break in this season. We might have to look to next season now, regroup and see what happens.” Rose added: “Some of the games we have lost at home and drawn at home, it has been unacceptable – Tottenham of two or three seasons ago were beating these teams comfortably. “It is something to look at and we’re definitely disappointed that this season may go again without finishing top four. “Against Arsenal is the best we have played in a very long time, but the difference between the top four and the teams below is once they get a chance, they take it.” It would now be a tall order for Spurs to close such a deficit over their remaining eight league games, which would see a season which had started with such hope following a £100million-plus summer investment under former manager Andre Villas-Boas end in the disappointment of missing out on Europe’s elite club competition once again. “I do not want to look at the table any more because the gap (on the top four) is very big,” said Belgian defender Vertonghen. “All four sides at the top are stronger than they were last year and we have stayed at the same level. If you see last season, then we did not improve. “(However), I think we do have the players to achieve Champions League (qualification) and I hope we can achieve it next year.” Spurs have little time to reflect on just how they failed to convert the majority of possession into goals against Arsenal – midfielder Nacer Chadli spurning the best opportunity at the start of the second half following a handling error from goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny – as they have to face the second leg of their Europa League tie away to Benfica on Thursday night, in which they trail 3-1. Vertonghen admits the Spurs squad must quickly regroup. “Of course we are all disappointed but we will try to come back with some good results,” he said. “It is difficult now but we have to (pick ourselves up) and go again.” last_img read more

The Scene Kid: There’s an art to making the perfect playlist

first_imgIn a quarantine-fueled television binge, I recently finished Hulu’s television adaptation of the movie and book “High Fidelity,” starring Zoë Kravitz as Rob. I’d give the show a solid seven out of 10, but Kravitz makes it worth the watch. In the show, Rob mentioned a few other rules, too. Make the last song the best one, since listeners will remember that the most. Don’t include multiple songs by the same artist, unless doing so is appropriate considering your theme. Never put the playlist on shuffle. Plus, since the current pandemic is keeping the world from going on dates and in-person hangouts, how else are we supposed to share music with those we love? Zooming while watching the same live streamed concert? I don’t think it gets much better than a personalized playlist. So, with all this in mind, I’ve tried to put into words the playlist tips I silently follow while making my own. Finally, make your playlist diverse — if the theme allows! Include songs or artists they already love and ones you think they might like. Add music from different time periods as well. Try featuring a variety of genres, as well as artists with different races, genders and other identities. Giving your listener a hodgepodge of recommendations will avoid pigeon-holing your playlist and increase the likelihood that you’ll give your listener at least one new piece of music. (Plus, as a side benefit, you can brag about the range of music you know, which makes you seem extra cool.) On a related note, details matter. Make the title and description witty, cute or whatever adjective fits the theme you chose. Listen to the transitions between each of the songs to make sure the playlist flows well for peak listenability. Think about its length and alter it depending on the receivers’ free time and their attention span. I tend to make playlists about an hour long, featuring around 13 songs. OK, I get it. “High Fidelity” pokes fun at condescending music snobs who show off their random cultural knowledge in regular conversation. Though, I think labeling all playlists made for others as self-indulgent, arrogant or even boring does playlist-making a serious injustice. If done right, playlists can be heartfelt and intimate just for that other person, not just a reflection of what the maker enjoys. Personally, swapping playlists has been a hallmark activity in almost all of my close friendships. Throughout middle school and early high school, I included a burnt mix CD in every birthday gift I gave. I grew familiar with my college friends’ music taste by stalking their Spotify playlists. Often, I can pinpoint which songs in my music library I discovered from a specific friend in a playlist they gave me. These collections of songs have become the soundtracks of my adolescence and early adulthood. “You gotta kick it off with a killer, to grab attention,” John Cusack’s Rob said. “Then, you gotta take it up a notch. But, you don’t want to blow your wad, so you gotta cool it off a notch. There are a lot of rules.” As shameful as it may be to admit this, I have not watched the movie from 2000, nor read the original book. Yet, in the show, Rob explains the rules of making a perfect playlist, and when searching for the rules online after watching, I stumbled upon the clip from the film with the list.  During my search for these rules, I also stumbled upon an absolute roast of playlist-sharing in the age of streaming from this GQ article titled “The Sexy Mixtape Is Dead and ‘High Fidelity’ Can’t Bring It Back.” The piece’s most memorable line punched me in the heart: “But texting a link to a drag-and-drop Spotify playlist (even one that follows all of Rob’s rules) is a gesture that reads more like self-promotional spam.” First, pick a theme. Having some sort of focus helps narrow your search, so you avoid just adding random songs you like. Think about what the playlist recipient needs right now. Have they been stressed out lately? Make a calming compilation. Have the two of you talked about each other’s fears? Make a playlist with songs that remind you of the end of the world. Another fun theme I’ve followed in the past is using the order and titles of the songs included to tell a story. Try that out if you’re looking to get creative.  And, of course, have fun! Maybe you and your coronavirus pen pals can swap playlists and discover new tunes. When the world stops ending, those tracks will come in handy for the first post-coronavirus social gathering. Fiona Pestana is a junior writing about Los Angeles’ local music scene. Her column, “The Scene Kid,” ran every other Thursday.last_img read more

SENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILL WINS BRONZE FOR IRELAND IN EUROPEAN MASTERS

first_imgBrian in action in Poland today.He may be a veteran but that hasn’t stopped Donegal politician Brian Ó Domhnaill from reaching the top in his sport.The Gortahork Senator has just a bronze medal for Ireland at the European masters athletics in the 5km RaceWalk event in Torun, Poland.Brian will be presented will his medal at a ceremony later this afternoon. Congratulations on a terrific achievement. SENATOR BRIAN O DOMHNAILL WINS BRONZE FOR IRELAND IN EUROPEAN MASTERS was last modified: March 28th, 2015 by StephenShare 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:Brian Ó DomhnailldonegalPOLANDwalkinglast_img read more