Comment invited as proposed Haisla Nation LNG project enters regulatory process

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 24, 2019.The Canadian Press VANCOUVER — The Impact Assessment Agency of Canada is inviting comment from the public and Indigenous groups until Oct. 20 on a Haisla Nation proposal to build a floating LNG project near the northern B.C. community of Kitimat.The proposed Cedar LNG project would supercool gas to produce three to four million tonnes of liquefied natural gas per year.Construction is proposed to start in 2022 and continue until 2025, contingent on regulatory approvals, First Nations consultation and a final investment decision by the Haisla-owned LNG company.The agency, the new federal regulator created in August, says input will be used to prepare a summary of issues, adding it is also seeking input on a proposal from the province to assume conduct of the environmental impact assessment process.According to a project summary, Cedar LNG would receive gas from a link to the 670-kilometre Coastal GasLink pipeline, the same link . that is to supply the $40-billion LNG Canada project now under construction also at Kitimat.The summary says the project would need about 200 megawatts of power, preferably from the BC Hydro transmission grid but potentially self-generated.It says it expects between 40 and 50 LNG carrier vessels would call at the facility each year. read more

Philippines UN seeks 65 million to provide lifesaving aid to survivors of

In a news release, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said that the funds would be used for the so-called Action Plan for Recovery, which outlines how the humanitarian community – made up of UN agencies, international and local non-governmental organisations working alongside the Government – will deliver, over a six-month period, assistance to meet the priority needs of survivors. According to assessments, those needs are emergency shelter, water and sanitation, food and livelihoods. “The Plan will deliver urgently needed food, water and emergency shelter, and other urgent assistance to 480,000 seriously affected people in the worst hit areas,” OCHA stated. “In the weeks and months to come, support will be provided to assist emotional as well as physical recovery, with particular attention to the needs of the most vulnerable.” Typhoon Bopha, known locally as Pablo, cut across the southern Philippines between 4 and 7 December, triggering flash floods and landslides, killing hundreds, devastating houses and crops and affecting the lives of millions of people. It is the strongest typhoon to hit the area in decades. “I have seen total devastation of villages. Neighbourhoods are completely flattened and houses reduced to debris,” the world body’s Humanitarian Coordinator for the Philippines, Luiza Carvalho, said from Davao City in the affected area of southern Mindanao. “Entire communities, including pregnant women and children, have no shelter,” she said, adding that typhoon’s impact was “beyond imagination” and people desperately needed help. In the wake of the typhoon, humanitarian agencies immediately began helping the Government to respond by providing assistance, as requested, from existing stockpiles and carrying out joint rapid damage and needs assessments. On 7 December, the Government of the Philippines declared a state of national calamity and accepted the offer of international assistance made by the world body’s Humanitarian Country Team. In the longer term, OCHA added, the Action Plan for Recovery focuses particularly on the need to rehabilitate the agriculture sector. The humanitarian agency said that that farmers in Mindanao, one of the poorest areas of the Philippines, have seen their crops devastated, meaning that – in an area highly dependent on subsistence agriculture – thousands are now completely unable to provide for their families. “I am profoundly moved by the Filipino people and their determination to help each other during this time,” said Ms. Carvalho. “We pledge to work alongside them and the Government for as long as it takes to get everyone back on their feet.” read more

Social media firms failing to take down gang rival videos because they

As revealed last week by The Daily Telegraph, she is also considering curbs on automated profiling of children and marketing, product placement and adverts targeted at them.Under the consultation launched today, it is also likely the firms will have to ensure children have the highest safety settings as default for privacy and geo-locators. Terms and conditions will have to be clear and understandable.Parents and children will be specifically consulted on the proposed code to ensure children experience online is appropriate to their age.When children can master a tablet before they learn to ride a bike and when kids as young as 13 can sign up for social media accounts, then the websites and apps they use must be designed with consideration of children’s rights and needs built in.Protect yourself and your family. Find out more about our Duty of Care campaign to regulate social media Social media firms are failing to detect gang videos because they don’t understand youth lingo, the head of the UK’s biggest children’s charity has said.Almost 80% of Barnardo’s frontline staff reported that platforms like YouTube were being used to coerce, control or manipulate children as young as eight for drug running, knife attacks and sex trafficking.A third of its senior staff said such criminal exploitation was rising with just 1% saying it was decreasing, according to the survey of 224 managers responsible for 370 services across the UK.Barnardo’s chief executive Javed Khan told The Daily Telegraph that of particular concern was the way gangs often used coded language to communicate which was difficult to pick up by the social media firms’ algorithms, particularly as it changed rapidly.He said social media firms were not doing enough to protect vulnerable children, citing “baiting the skets”, one current coded term to describe the way social media is used to destroy a young person’s self-esteem or coerce a young girl into joining a gang. Another was “plugging”, one of the most shocking practices of the gangs, where a young boy or girl is forced to carry drugs inside their body with the risk that if caught by a rival gang the drugs are forced out by hand. “Gangs are using social media such as YouTube to goad and disrespect members of rival gangs and inciting violence. They are playing out their warfare on social media, not just on the streets,” said Mr Khan, an expert in gangs who previously led London’s Serious Youth Violence Board.“But the videos are much more sophisticated than just waving a blade around; with many, if the context to a video is not clear it may appear to simply be a music video but is actually publicly goading another gang.“This is dangerous because algorithms, social media companies, trusted flaggers or the police may not be aware of the context and may not flag the content up.“Rival gangs are also antagonising each other by filming themselves on their rivals ‘territory’. The videos in this case do not have to be violent to create tension; just by showing disrespect by being on the other gang’s patch can have a big effect.” He added: “Tech companies are simply not doing enough to protect vulnerable children and need to take action now to ensure dangerous or inflammatory content is removed.”Other words, largely drawn from Jamaican Patois, include skengs (guns), borras (knives), nittys (drug addicts) neeks (drug dealers), lurk (to go into the darkness), live corn (ammunition), crash corn (to bust or shoot your gun), hooters (shooters), dumpies (shotguns) spinners (revolvers) and eastmen (east Londoners), northmen or southmen. Barnardo’s said they also knew the line for prosecution, knowing a hilt of a knife could be shown but not a blade. Martin Hewitt, assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, said the force had identified 1,400 gang videos that officers were using for intelligence, prosecutions or had been taken down.He said they ranged from videos glamorising violence to direct threats that had led to murders, in effect “revving up” the violence and anger of gangs.“What previously would have been a conflict between one gang and another that would have found its way through word of mouth to various things can now very quickly become amplified as it moves across the various platforms,” Mr Hewitt said.Sheldon Thomas, chief executive of Gangsline, a consultancy that trains professionals to understand gang mentality, said social media had helped extend recruitment into middle class homes in suburban towns such as Chelmsford where he knew of 11-year olds dealing drugs.It was wrong, he said, to suggest they had better parenting but were lured into gang culture because their parents “do not engage with them.” “These kids go on to their phones and look at YouTube videos…and are brought into the culture of gangs through the videos,” he said.“The principal of one school [in Chelmsford] told me that 70% of the white kids thought they were black because of the music they were listening to.” It comes as social media companies face a crackdown on the “addictive” tactics they use to keep children online including auto-play videos and night-time notifications under plans unveiled today  (Wed) by the information commissioner Elizabeth Denham. 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