Why the Sharks will eventually make the Karlsson-Vlasic project work

first_imgANAHEIM, Calif. — Marc-Edouard Vlasic scoffed at the suggestion that his blue line marriage with Erik Karlsson is headed toward divorce after head coach Pete DeBoer split them up for the third period of the Sharks win over the Nashville Predators Tuesday.That night, DeBoer slipped a pair of comfortable-old slippers on Vlasic’s feet, reuniting him with longtime partner Justin Braun after he and Karlsson posted a minus-3 rating over the game’s first 40 minutes. After the game, Vlasic told …last_img

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Bioethics: Into the Storm Without an Anchor

first_img(Visited 17 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 On several fronts, scientists without a track record of ethical trustworthiness are pushing culture toward dangerous practices.Here are just a few new technologies that are changing the bioethical landscape:Fetal cells were injected into a man’s brain to try to cure his Parkinson’s disease. “It takes cells from at least three fetuses to treat each half of the brain.” (New Scientist)Brain implant trials raise ethical concerns (Science Magazine). The Obama administration is pushing this technology.The Pentagon’s gamble on brain implants, bionic limbs and combat exoskeletons (Nature): “fraught with ethical concerns” … “no guarantee that the Pentagon will actually listen to ethicists’ concerns.”An Italian surgeon is calling in the US for funds to support a head transplant as soon as next year. (Medical Xpress)Noninvasive prenatal testing works (Medical Xpress) and is proving safe and effective, preferred by patients (Medical Xpress). The technology, however, can be used for sex selection and decisions to terminate a pregnancy if genetic disease is found. “Results from a national study of non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) in women at high risk of having a baby with Down’s syndrome will be presented at the annual conference of the European Society of Human Genetics,” for instance.Embryonic stem cell research continues (e.g., Nature), even though scientists are well aware their use poses ethical questions, while induced pluripotent stem cells do not, and are becoming easier to produce (Science Daily).New Scientist ponders “an impossible, unethical experiment, but fascinating all the same” – putting children on an island and observing whether they develop morality. “Are we humans? or animals?” is part of the motivation for speculating about a real-world “Lord of the Flies” experiment.The rise of the “social algorithm” (e.g., Google tracking of population trends) could affect political speech and privacy. (Science Magazine)DNA profiling is leading to “a brave and uncertain new world” (PhysOrg)CRISPR/Cas9 is making genetic engineering of human embryos a real possibility (see our 6/05/15 entry).Evolutionary scientists believe that ethics and morality are reproductive strategies produced by natural selection, with no fixed moral compass. Secular materialists consider morality to reflect brain anatomy—nothing more.“Do cheaters have an evolutionary advantage?” (Science Daily). The very question presupposes that evolutionary advantage is what matters in life, whether or not cheaters prosper in the fitness game.High levels of moral reasoning correspond with increased gray matter in [the] brain (Science Daily). But is that correlation or causation?Why good people do bad things (PhysOrg); it’s all explained with strategy that can be manipulated by pragmatics, not by morality.Kids’ altruism reflects socio-economic status (Science Daily). If altruism can be manipulated by nature and nurture, it is relativistic.Scientists observe altruism and selfishness in brain activity (Medical Xpress); assumes secular materialism.Live Science offers a naturalistic explanation for a trending game that summons demons.Scientists are not always exemplary models of ethics.Retraction of scientific papers for fraud or bias is just the tip of the iceberg. (Ian Roberts in The Conversation)New study claims that $28 billion is spent each year on irreproducible biomedical research. (Science Magazine)Paleoanthropologist Ian Tattersal has written a new book documenting how scientists in his peer group have “misread our own story.” (Nature)Simultaneously, polls show that millennials are becoming the least religious generation ever in America (PLoS One). Devoid of a secure moral compass, manipulated by amoral scientists, subjected to easy-to-use technologies that devalue human life, what does the future hold?The voice from the pulpit is nearly silent now. Scientism has taken its place. America is picking up steam to race to become like Europe, where churches are being closed and converted to business uses or razed. The world is placing its hope in science, run by special interests, government regulators and moral relativists. Tools for death are being spread abroad. The “fetus” has no rights up to the moment of birth. Soon that will be true of the elderly and newborns. Since we didn’t learn from the 1930s, we are doomed to repeat the decisions that led to the slaughter of millions. Through all that time to the present, the one constant has been this: unquestioned allegiance to Darwinism and its foundation, secular materialism.Pastors, if you want to understand the intellectual history of all this evil, you need to read Darwin Day in America by John West. To understand its source, read Genesis 3. To understand its trajectory, read Revelation. You were called for such a time as this. Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world.last_img read more

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África do Sul: perspectiva economica

first_imgA África do Sul e o motor economico do continente africano, lider na produçao industrial e produçao mineral, gerando uma larga parte da electricidade de África.O pais tem recursos naturais abundantes, um sistema legal e financeiro bem estruturado, dispoe de comunicaçoes, energia e transportes, tem uma bolsa de valores classificada entre as 20 maiores do mundo e uma estrutura moderna que suporta uma eficiente distribuiçao de bens e produtos por toda a África Austral.A África do Sul tem uma estrutura legal progressista e de primeiro nivel. A legislaçao sobre comercio, trabalho, mao-de-obra e assuntos maritimos esta particularmente bem estruturada, assim como as leis sobre politica da concorrencia, copyright, patentes, marcas registadas e disputas se enquadram nas normas e convençoes internacionais.Os sistemas financeiros do pais sao robustos e sofisticados. Os regulamentos bancarios estao entre os melhores do mundo e o sector ha muito que esta classificado entre os 10 melhores do mundo.Nao so e a África do Sul um mercado economico emergente importante, como tambem representa uma porta de saida para os outros mercados africanos. O pais desempenha um papel vital no fornecimento de energia, auxilio, transporte, comunicaçoes e investimento estrangeiro no continente. A sua rede viaria e ferroviaria bem estruturada e uma base forte do transporte via terrestre bem no coraçao de África.Crescimento economicoA economia Sul Africana tem vivido uma fase ascendente desde Setembro de 1999 – o periodo mais longo de expansao economica na historia do pais.Durante esta fase de incremento (em preparaçao o periodo ate ao quarto trimestre de 2007), a taxa anual de crescimento economico ultrapassou os 4%. Na decada antes de 1994 o crescimento economico fora inferior a 1% ao ano.O Produto Interno Bruto (PIB) da África do Sul subiu 3,7% em 2002, 3,1% em 2003, 4,9% em 2004, 5% em 2005, 5,4% em 2006 – o mais elevado desde 1981 – e 5,1% em 2007. No quarto trimestre de 2007, a África do Sul registou o seu 33º trimestre de expansao constante no PIB real desde Setembro de 1999.A economia da África do Sul foi completamente reacondicionada desde o advento da democracia no pais em 1994. Grandes reformas economicas trouxeram competitividade, crescimento economico, formaçao de emprego e uma abertura total do pais face aos restantes mercados do mundo.Ao longo dos anos estas politicas reformistas construiram uma estrutura macroeconomica solida e robusta. Os impostos desceram, as tarifas baixaram, o defice fiscal foi refreado, a inflaçao desacelerada e o controlo cambial aliviado.O crescimento economico e uma gestao fiscal prudente fizeram com que o defice orçamental da África do Sul (diferença entre as despesas do estado e o total das receitas, excluindo emprestimos) baixou drasticamente, de 5,1% do PIB em 1993/94 para 0,5% em 2005/2006 – o segundo mais baixo na historia do pais depois do 0,1% durante o boom do ouro em 1980.Em 2006/07 o pais anunciou o seu primeiro excedente orçamental de 0,3%.O indice de preços ao consumidor tem vindo a descer desde 2002, quando os preços ao consumidor aumentaram uma media de 9,3% depois do terrivel 11 de Setembro em Nova Iorque. O indice de preços ao consumidor rondou os 4,3% em 2004, 3,9% em 2005, 4,6% em 2006 e 6,5% em 2007.Com as tarifas e impostos mais baixos para ca da fronteira, o optimismo da economia, uma melhor conformidade fiscal e uma administraçao fiscal e alfandegaria coerente e forte levaram a um avolumar das receitas do estado, atingindo os 475,8 bilioes de rands em 2006/07 – mais do triplo do que em 1996/97.Classificaçao de creditoMais de uma decada de reformas institucionais e uma boa gestao economica tem apresentado resultados positivos com melhores distribuiçoes de credito.As distribuiçoes de credito da África do Sul tem subido de forma estavel desde 1994, com a ultima actualizaçao da Standard & Poor, Moody e Fitch, todos em 2005. Todas as agencias citaram a estabilidade economica do pais, a reduzida vulnerabilidade aos choques externos, uma carga da divida moderada, e instituiçoes politicas fortes e estaveis.Em 2006 a Moody e a Fitch indicaram que se previa que esta tendencia crescente se fosse manter, revendo o estado das classificaçoes da África do Sul para se manterem positivas. A Fitch afirmou que a mudança reflectia o melhor desempenho da África do Sul, como resultado do investimento rapidamente crescente privado e publico e nas microreformas economicas que continuavam a ser implementadas.“Alem disso, o pais tem assistido a uma melhoria substancial nas suas ja solidas finanças publicas e uma balança externa forte.”Desafios: fornecimento de energiaA maior ameaça imediata ao continuo crescimento economico da África do Sul e uma restriçao na capacidade, que surgiu precisamente devido ao desempenho economico forte dos ultimos anos.Este crescimento, juntamente com uma industrializaçao rapida e um programa de electrificaçao massivo na ultima decada, conduziu finalmente, em Janeiro de 2008, a um excesso na procura de electricidade.Os cortes de energia dai resultantes fizeram com que o governo agisse rapidamente para ultrapassar a crise. O plano de resposta inclui uma despesa de cerca de 343 bilioes de rands nos proximos cinco anos para financiar novas centrais electricas, assim como uma serie de medidas com vista a reduzir a procura domestica e industrial.As agencias de classificaçao Standard & Poor e Fitch afirmaram em Janeiro de 2008 que a escassez energetica nao era considerada uma ameaça imediata na classificaçao de credito ao investimento da África do Sul, mas podia vir a ser um problema se refreasse severamente o crescimento economico.Desafios: desempregoO Fundo Monetario Internacional (FMI), no seu relatorio anual de 2007, apontou que a economia da África do Sul estava a passar “pela sua mais longa expansao de sempre, verificando-se um crescimento economico cada vez maior ao longo dos ultimos anos num ambiente de rapida expansao de credito, favorecendo em muito os preços dos bens, reforçando as finanças publicas e aumentando as reservas internacionais financiadas por grandes entradas de capital.”Em simultaneo, o FMI expressava a sua preocupaçao acerca do actual defice do pais e da taxa de inflaçao.O relatorio do FMI abordou ainda a questao que ha muito se vive do desemprego, como sendo um dos maiores desafios ao crescimento economico do pais, juntamente com as disparidades de pobreza extrema e enorme riqueza e a elevada incidencia de HIV/SIDA.Mas o relatorio vem igualmente apoiar as medidas das autoridades sul africanas para tentar colmatar estes problemas, com politicas de actuaçao que pretendem continuar a lutar pelo crescimento economico num ambiente financeiro estavel e com iniciativas para reduzir a taxa de desemprego e melhorar as condiçoes sociais.O FMI afirma que esta estrategia poderia ser sustentada com reformas no mercado de trabalho e uma maior liberalizaçao comercial.A chave para ultrapassar os desafios apontados pelo FMI sera a integraçao economica da anterior maioria desfavorecida da África do Sul. A economia da África do Sul tem uma dualidade bem vincada, com uma economia financeira e industrial sofisticada, tendo desenvolvido paralelalemente uma economia subdesenvolvida informal.Enquanto que a “primeira economia” financeira e industrial da África do Sul tem uma infraestrutura estabelecida com grande potencial para crescer mais ainda, a chamada “segunda economia”, a informal, apresenta quer um potencial inexplorado como um desafio de desenvolvimento.Este artigo foi actualizado em: Julho de 2008Reporter infoSA. Fontes (websites em lingua inglesa):South Africa YearbookSouth African Reserve BankSouth African TreasuryDepartment of Trade and IndustryStatistics South Africalast_img read more

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Are Wearables Actually Having a Positive Impact on Health and Wellness?

first_imgFor the past decade, wearable devices have been marketed in the health and fitness niche as providing numerous advantages to the wearer. But how effective are these devices? Are they just for show, or do they yield tangible benefits?The Origins of Wearable DevicesWearable devices – i.e. those with digital displays and internet connectivity – may be recent additions to the marketplace, but health and wellness wearables have been around for decades – even centuries.Dating all the way back to early centuries, people have relied on birthstones in jewelry to provide a diverse array of benefits. As Estate Diamond Jewelry explains, “Birthstones have long been believed to bring a combination of good luck, good health, prosperity, love and many more benefits to the wearer. Each stone is associated with a particular month is a tradition going back as far as the 15th century.”Then you have copper bracelets, which were first worn in ancient Egypt and most recently enjoyed a stretch of popularity in the late 20th century.“For those who advocate the use of copper bracelets, proposed benefits focus on reducing joint inflammation and easing pain,” Glenda Taylor writes for Livestrong.com.Even more recently, between 2007 and 2011, companies like Power Balance marketed silicon bracelets that were supposed to improve balance in athletes. While the product ultimately turned out to be a sham, millions of units were sold along the way.The Practical Health Benefits of Wearable TechWhile wearables from past decades and centuries often come with controversy, there’s reason to believe that today’s wearable devices are actually beneficial. At the very least, they have the potential to become beneficial in the near future.The jury is still out on many of the claims wearable device manufacturers make, but here are some trends and developments worth keeping an eye on.1. Clinical Trial Data CollectionOne of the more intriguing aspects of this conversation is the usefulness of wearable devices in clinical trials. Not only do they allow clinical data to be collected and analyzed in real-time, but they also make it easier for researchers to find willing participants.Apple has released an app called ResearchKit, which works in conjunction with iPhones and Apple Watches and allows researchers to collect invaluable information from users.“Within a day of ResearchKit’s launch, 11,000 volunteers signed up for a Stanford University cardiovascular trial. Prior to this innovation, Stanford said it would take a year to reach that level of participation,” George Clinical explains. “Another ResearchKit app, mPower was launched last year. Within six hours, 7,406 people had enrolled in the Parkinson’s study through the application. Prior to that, the largest study group was 1,700.”The hope is that this technology will only continue to improve, which will further increase the rate of participation and enhance the data sets researchers can access.2. Chronic Disease ManagementWearables offer a lot of promise in terms of monitoring and addressing chronic diseases, such as diabetes. Several technologies are in the works right now and a few have already been tested with positive results.For example, Verify (formerly known as Google’s Life Science) has teamed up with a company called Dexcom to develop a wearable tracker that diabetics can use to monitor their glucose levels around the clock. It consists of a disposable needle that goes just under the skin and a patch that sits on top and houses the electronics used to measure and transmit data to Bluetooth devices.The hope is that technology like this could help diabetics live a more normal life – one where they have continuous access to potentially life-saving information.3. Health AwarenesFinally, there’s a lot of value in simply being aware of your health at all times. Something as simple as wearing a Fitbit or Apple Watch allows individuals to stay on top of heart rate, physical activity, calories burned, steps taken, etc. When these metrics are on the top of someone’s mind, it makes them more likely to practice smart, healthy habits.Poised for BreakthroughThere are certainly some signs that indicate a positive correlation between wearables and health and wellness, but the expectations are for more benefits to emerge in the near future. Staying aware of what’s happening in this niche will prove to be highly useful as the marketplace evolves. Frank Landman Frank is a freelance journalist who has worked in various editorial capacities for over 10 years. He covers trends in technology as they relate to business. Follow the Puck Related Posts center_img Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Trends Driving the Loyalty Marketing Industry What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

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Tribal farmer killed in Manipur as hand grenade explodes

first_imgA tribal ginger farmer identified as Satminlun Gangte, 24, was killed on the spot when a Chinese-made hand grenade exploded on October 7 night at a mountainous field in Tollen village under Machi police station in Tengnoupal, the border district in Manipur. According to a delayed official report on October 9, Gangte, hailing from Churachandpur district, succumbed to shrapnel injuries before he could be taken to a hospital.On Monday night, Gangte was burning some twigs to clear the area for ginger cultivation when the grenade exploded, police said. Police say that the grenade might have been left behind to target the security personnel who have spread their dragnets to nab drug traffickers and anti-social elements in the border mountains.Of late there have been some bomb blasts in Tengnoupal district, police said. There were two bomb attacks in the last eight days, targeting the Moreh police station in this district. Meanwhile, official reports said that personnel of 43 Assam Rifles have sealed the 354-km-long Manipur-Myanmar border following series of violent incidents and arrest of drug traffickers.last_img read more

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10 Filipino players bolster ABL teams as Heritage Imports

first_imgChristian Standhardinger. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netFilipinos have long been regarded as the best basketball players in Southeast Asia.So it shouldn’t be much of a surprise that Filipino ballers are coveted in the region with 10 players enlisted as Heritage Imports this upcoming 2017-2018 ABL season.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH ABL tips off on Friday with the Slingers taking on Nanhai Kung Fu in China, while Alab opens its campaign at Mall of Asia Arena against Hong Kong Eastern on Sunday. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 MOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Headlining the list is 2017 PBA Draft’s top overall pick Christian Standhardinger, who will bolster the already potent Hong Kong Eastern Sports Club.The Fil-German forward will reinforce the deadly frontline for the defending champion Long Lions for the next six months in Hong Kong before debuting for the San Miguel Beermen in the PBA.FEATURED 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 shutoutFil-Am playmaker Jason Brickman will once again orchestrate the offense for Mono Vampire Basketball Club.Ex-PBA players have also taken their act to the ABL hoping to reinvigorate their careers overseas. No regrets for Perez, Lyceum after finals loss: ‘It was a good experience for us’ Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’01:37Protesters 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 Former Ginebra first-rounder James Forrester seeks to revive his career with ABL newcomer Formosa Dreamers of Taiwan, ex-Blackwater forward Reil Cervantes will reinforce Westports Malaysia Dragons, and former GlobalPort slasher AJ Mandani will fortify last season’s runner-up Singapore Slingers.Hardworking forward Lawrence Domingo goes on a return trip for Alab Pilipinas as the 23-year-old will once again serve as the Heritage Import for the home crew.The ABL also provides a new opportunity for unheralded Filipino ballers, some of which are hoping to get a second wind in their basketball careers, or chance to introduce themselves to the public.Guard Paul Zamar of UE partners with Brickman in Thailand with Mono Vampire, while former Adamson forward Patrick Cabahug teams up with Cervantes for the Dragons.Nanhai Kung Fu Basketball Club of China will also roll the dice with little-known Caelan Tiongson of Biola University and Jonathan Bermillo of Bishop’s University.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

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10 months ago​Chelsea not open to Ampadu loan offers

first_img​Chelsea not open to Ampadu loan offersby Ansser Sadiq10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are not willing to lose Ethan Ampadu.The 18-year-old has many clubs after his signature, including Cardiff and Derby.But Goal reports that Chelsea have stated that Ampadu is not available this month, unless there is a late change of circumstances.He has only played twice this season, but Cesc Fabregas leaving could give him more opportunities.One player who is close to leaving is Gary Cahill, who will complete a switch to Fulham. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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16 days ago​Man City boss Guardiola ‘lost cool’ with David Silva

first_imgAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say ​Man City boss Guardiola ‘lost cool’ with David Silvaby Ansser Sadiq16 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City boss reportedly lost his temper with one of the senior members of his squad.Guardiola reportedly laid into his countryman, midfielder David Silva.The manager is said to have accused Silva of not running enough in their recent home defeat to Wolves in the Premier League.It is a result that puts two-time reigning Premier League champions City eight points behind Liverpool.Guardiola has reportedly tried to remain calm throughout the season, as he does not want to add further anxiety to the City squad.But he laid into Silva after the Wolves game, per the Daily Mail. He allegedly told the midfielder: “David, you didn’t give us enough running. Where were the legs?”Silva is in his last season at the club and is seen as one of City’s greatest ever players. last_img read more

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Video: Michigan Musical Theater Grads Sang An Amazing Version Of “The Victors” During A Graduation Party

first_imgMichiganmusical theatre grads gather to sing a song.Michigan The VictorsMichigan’s “The Victors” is one of the most recognizable fight songs in college football, but we’re not sure if it’s ever been performed quite like this. This video emerged over the weekend, and it features 22 Michigan musical theatre grads doing their own rendition of “The Victors” at a graduation party. The footage was posted by Scott Orr yesterday. This version of the song is very different, and pretty impressive.  Listen to this! What happens when 22 talented UMich musical theatre grads sing their version of the University of Michigan fight song at their graduation party. Awesome!Posted by Scott Orr on Sunday, May 3, 2015last_img

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NDP candidates push for stronger climate action as Singh supports LNG Canada

first_img“The LNG project has demonstrated some clear, positive steps around consultation,” Singh said. “There was an exhaustive and pretty thorough consultation around Indigenous communities, First Nations communities and elected bands and chiefs.”“There are people standing up and defending their land who have the right to express those concerns, and there’s still ongoing work that needs be addressed before this project moves ahead.”Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs oppose a Coastal GasLink pipeline that would lead to LNG Canada’s export terminal in Kitimat. RCMP arrested 14 people at a blockade last month, sparking national protests.Police later reached a deal with the chiefs to allow pipeline work to continue.Coastal GasLink has signed agreements with all 20 elected First Nations bands along the pipeline.Singh has tried to project unity in the party while facing internal criticism for poor fundraising and low support in the polls. If he wins the byelection Monday and remains leader, he is likely to encounter calls from his caucus for a tougher stance on climate change. BURNABY, B.C. – Federal NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is facing calls from within the party for a stronger stance on climate change as he defends his support of the $40-billion LNG Canada project in northern British Columbia.Svend Robinson, the New Democrat candidate in Burnaby North-Seymour in the general election, opposes any new oil and gas infrastructure. Julia Sanchez, running for the party in a byelection in Outremont in Montreal, disapproves of the use of public funds for such projects.Singh is seeking his first seat in Parliament in a byelection in Burnaby South. The leader opposes the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that would increase tanker traffic departing from the Metro Vancouver city, but he approves of liquefied natural gas pipeline and export facility. Robinson said he returned to politics after 15 years because of the latest report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United Nations panel that assesses scientific evidence on global warming. The report concluded temperatures were likely to rise 1.5 C above pre-industrial levels between 2030 and 2052 unless drastic action is taken.“The most important issue facing our planet and our country today is climate change. We have to effectively put the country on the same kind of wartime footing that we did at the time of the last world war to fight climate change,” Robinson said.“If we are to do that, there can be no new oil and gas infrastructure.”He said his specific concerns about LNG Canada include the increase in emissions associated with the project, the environmental impact of fracking and the importance of respect for hereditary Indigenous leadership.center_img Robinson would not say if he tried to change Singh’s mind on the project. But he said he hopes to influence the NDP’s fall election platform, and if he wins a seat, he will continue to bring his position forward around the caucus table.Julia Sanchez said climate is the key issue she hears about on the doorstep while campaigning in Outremont, the riding previously held by former NDP leader Thomas Mulcair.She has proposed a vision she calls the “Great Transition,” which urges an end to subsidies for the oil and gas industry and for public investment in new infrastructure. It also recommends more ambitious greenhouse gas emissions targets.Sanchez said the NDP has made progress on its position on climate change over the past two years, but the party could go further. She noted LNG Canada benefits from $275 million in federal funding.“I have a hard time seeing how we can justify making massive investments in projects in the oil and gas industry,” she said. “That means we’re not doing investments in renewable energy or … in supporting the transition of workers from the oil and gas industry to other industries.”LNG Canada spokeswoman Susannah Pierce said the project has been designed to achieve the lowest greenhouse gas emissions of any large-scale liquefied natural gas facility in the world, about 50 percent lower than the average facility.The UN report models pathways to keep global warming to 1.5 or 2 degrees C, including one scenario that says natural gas use must grow while coal declines, Pierce said in a statement.“Natural gas is clearly a part of the solution, as is natural gas shipped as LNG to Asia from B.C.,” Pierce said.Simon Donner, a geography professor and climate-change expert at the University of B.C., said LNG Canada’s emissions represent a fraction of Canada’s 2030 target. But the project would operate for decades, making it harder for the country to meet longer-term targets, he said.Singh has also faced pushback from the public for his support of LNG Canada. A protester recently interrupted a debate in Burnaby South to accuse Singh of “turning his back on Aboriginal people,” and the leader calmly listened and offered to speak with the man after the event.Singh likely supports the project to align himself with the province’s minority NDP government, said Richard Johnston, a University of B.C. political science professor.“He needs his friends,” Johnston said. “It means that the government of B.C. can be unembarrassed in supporting him in his attempt to get elected to Parliament.”last_img read more

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