A world-renowned river expert says the proposed Site-C dam will not have a large impact on the lower Peace River. Dr. Mike Church was in Fort St. John last week to discuss dam implications on the river’s downstream landscape. He talked about the topic on Issues and Answers on Wednesday morning. – Advertisement -Church has been studying the WAC Bennett Dam’s impact since it was first constructed in the early 1960’s. He says at that time, many thought that the Peace River would degrade downstream. But, he says the opposite effect has happened, and that sediment is actually accumulating down the river.[asset|aid=2384|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=ca8f073c5537e5d8274e8f85acdd7ca8-Church 1_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement If the Site-C Dam project is approved, it would be placed downstream from the WAC Bennett Dam. The project would be a ‘Run-of-River’ facility, which means the dam would recycle water already processed by the WAC Bennett Dam. Church says while there would be a massive change to the river upstream from the third dam, the downstream section would suffer little impact. [asset|aid=2386|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=ca8f073c5537e5d8274e8f85acdd7ca8-Church 3_1_Pub.mp3] Church says the Peace River downstream will continue to change, but that won’t be from Site-C. He also says the river still has centuries to adapt to the impacts of the WAC Bennett Dam. Dr. Church is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Geography at the University of British Columbia.Advertisement Dr. Church is a globally-acknowledged expert on rivers, their channels and surrounding catchment areas, and how they respond to human pressure and natural change. He has been studying the Peace River for decades now, and has the most detailed follow-up study to the damming of a major northern river to date. Dr. Church has made predictions about the effects of existing and additional dams, and about the ultimate adjustment of the river. Church says while there has been little change to downstream topography on the Peace River, there has been an impact on the streams and small rivers that run into it. [asset|aid=2385|format=mp3player|formatter=asset_bonus|title=ca8f073c5537e5d8274e8f85acdd7ca8-Church 2_1_Pub.mp3] Advertisement To listen to Wednesday’s Issues and Answers, click here.
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12 June 2013 Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe will on Friday ask business, labour and government representatives to make commitments aimed at averting a potential crisis in South Africa’s mining industry. Motlanthe’s spokesman, Thabo Masebe, said on Wednesday that Motlanthe would meet with trade unions, the Chamber of Mines and several government departments from 9:30am on Friday in Pretoria, where he would ask all parties to commit to bringing stability to the industry ahead of the annual wage talks. Two weeks ago, President Jacob Zuma asked Motlanthe to step in to stabilise the mining environment and calm investor fears over labour unrest. He has since met separately with mining bosses, trade unions and government departments. “The purpose is to look at the bold steps that need to be taken by all the role players to stabilise the mining sector and to avoid a crisis that could have a devastating impact on the economy,” Masebe said. “Government wants parties to make a commitment that they will conduct their business in terms of the law.” Friday’s meeting comes after tensions between the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) and the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (Amcu) returned to the fore in recent weeks as the two rivals battled over bargaining rights at Lonmin’s Marikana platinum mine in Rustenburg in North West province. The government has committed to increasing police visibility in the area after two fatal shootings involving mineworkers were reported in the area. After the Marikana tragedy that left 44 people dead after an unprotected strike in August last year, Zuma appointed a judicial commission of inquiry, currently under way in Pretoria, to probe the circumstances that led to the deaths. This was followed by wage negotiations facilitated by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), where all the parties were later asked to sign a Peace Accord. Masebe said the Marikana Peace Accord would be brought back to the table. He said it was central to stability talks. “A Peace Accord was signed, so this is obviously one of the issues … the parties must commit to conduct themselves [in line with] the labour legislation in the country to the extent that the Peace Accord is relevant. “They will have to revisit the Peace Accord to ask: ‘Have we done all the things that we committed ourselves to do in the Peace Accord?’. They will have to go back to that and look at what they have done.” Amcu has threatened to go on strike to demand to be recognised as the majority bargaining union at Lonmin. The union is currently in talks with the mine and has said it would issue a strike notice should negotiations fall through. On Wednesday, Masebe said the Lonmin-Amcu matter would not form part of Motlanthe’s meeting. “The meeting on Friday is not a bargaining chamber or negotiating between unions and employers. It will not be looking into specific issues between the employer and a company. Those are matters that are dealt with by the workers representatives through their unions and their concerned companies.” Source: SAnews.gov.za
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MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño He never thought he would be at the Ryder — at least not as a player — at the start of the year. Watson had gone two years and one health scare since his last victory. He had thought about quitting, and then he won three times in four months and qualified for the U.S. team.Standing on the 14th green, he couldn’t help but think there might not be another one.“I held my mom right after I got beat by Henrik Stenson in singles,” Watson said. “The game of golf is different for me. The Ryder Cup meant more than golf, more than winning and losing, because it was the last time my dad watched me play.“I remember the time my dad hated it that I chose golf over baseball,” he said. “It’s funny, the whole history of our family and golf is how he hated it. And then he loved it, and then the Ryder Cup. So he got to watch that. For me, that was the most memorable moment. I can remember crying, trying not to look at the crowd. The crowd was like, ‘He’s crying because he got beat.’ I wasn’t crying because I got beat. I was crying because it might be the last one.”Watson turned 40 in November and he is trying not to look too far ahead.He still doesn’t discuss exactly what happened to him in 2017, when he dropped more than 20 pounds and fell out of the top 100 in the world ranking until that victory at the Genesis Open — his third at storied Riviera — got him back on track.Watson now has 12 victories on the PGA Tour, including his two Masters titles, a career record he never imagined. He once joked that he would retire if he ever reached 10 victories, but all that has done is raise the bar for whatever else he has left.“My new goal is three more, see if I can get to 15,” he said.Watson opened with a 70 in his first round of the new year at the Sentry Tournament of Champions, leaving him four shots behind Kapalua newcomer Kevin Tway. He plans to play the Sony Open next week for the first time since 2010.The last time he was in Honolulu, he had yet to win on the PGA Tour. The Ryder Cup was just a dream. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte The source of his tears at the Ryder Cup in France can be traced to a piece of shrapnel Watson had removed from his father when he died.Gerry Watson was a lieutenant in the Special Forces during Vietnam. Watson says his father was injured by a grenade and removed one piece of shrapnel from under his eye. The other piece was too close to the kidney, so it stayed there until his death from throat cancer in October 2010.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionThat was 12 days after Watson played in his first Ryder Cup.“It wasn’t important (to remove it), but I figured why not?” Watson said. “His whole thing was to be cremated. He didn’t serve many, many years, but they fold the flag, and they gave the flag to my mom. She has it, and the shrapnel is right next to it in a little container. My son is very interested. We go over, it’s the first thing he wants to look at. He always looks at it.” That’s why the Ryder Cup is so special to Watson.He is proud of his father’s service in the Army, and Watson always said the closest he could come to experiencing national pride was to play for his country. After he lost in a playoff to Martin Kaymer in the 2010 PGA Championship, Watson was overjoyed because that runner-up finish qualified him for his first Ryder Cup.Fast forward to France.It wasn’t a particularly good week for Watson — the Ryder Cup rarely is. He was sick when he arrived at Le Golf National, and he was on the losing side for the fourth time in his four appearances. The final loss was on Sunday to Henrik Stenson, 5 and 4, moving Europe closer to a certain victory.As the Swede celebrated, Watson wrapped his mother in his arms and was bawling.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Honorio Banario determined to prove worth against ONE’s top lightweights Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Watson hopes France wasn’t his last time in a U.S. uniform. He wonders if he’ll play in another Ryder Cup or Presidents Cup, but he desperately wants to be part of it. He was No. 7 in the world in 2016 when he was left off the Ryder Cup team, and then he asked U.S. captain Davis Love III if he could be an assistant.Now, he’s already lobbying to be an assistant at the Presidents Cup in Australia at the end of the year.The captain will be Tiger Woods.Watson says he has playfully pointed out to Woods that the last two times the Americans won the Ryder Cup (2008 and 2016), neither of them were on the team.“That’s our joke,” Watson said. “So I’ve told him, ‘Man, listen, I’ll do anything to help you if you want me. If you don’t, that’s fine.’”If not, Watson will always have the memory of his father watching him in 2010, and the hug he shared with his mother last year.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Bubba Watson reacts to his shot from the fourth fairway during the first round of the Tournament of Champions golf event, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, at Kapalua Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Matt York)KAPALUA, Hawaii — Bubba Watson is known for crying after he wins. Even with three victories last year, his biggest tears were after a loss.And it really didn’t have anything to do with losing.ADVERTISEMENT TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening View comments
Chris StewartAPTN NewsThe Montana First Nation hosted a job fair for people in the community in the hopes of getting people jobs in various industries.More than a dozen companies, mostly in the oil and gas sector, and agriculture came looking for workers – good ones.Adam Hodge from Hodge vegetation was one of them looking for labourers.“This is very exciting to showcase our company to the members of the Nation. To hopefully have a pipeline where we can provide jobs and have good employees and assets in our company as well,” he said.Chief Leonard Standing on the Road says the people in Montana would be a good fit.“We have a lot of graduates now that are pondering what kind of career they want to get into,” said Standing on the Road. “And this is an example of what they can get into.“So it’s a really exciting time for this community.”Vickie Wetchie is the executive director of the Akamihk Development Society for Montana.She said there are many different trades here looking for workers.“We have a lot of environmental companies… it’s not just all pipeline. It’s other industries that are related to, or do other services that can be used with first nations and other communities,” she said.The people APTN News spoke with are hoping to work in oil and gas.“Actually, I’m looking into oil and gas because it’s a booming business and it’s not going anywhere soon,” said David Rabbit.“It’s probably going to be around as long as they can.”“I can see myself getting into welding or the pipefitting,” said attendee Peggy Cowston. “I have a bit of experience and education background in that.“Labourer, that’s easy for me, so I can do that.”The Montana First Nation sits abut 90 kilometres south of Edmonton.It’s the smallest First Nation that makes up the four Nations of [email protected]@aptnchris