FORMER COUNCILLOR ATTACKED BOSSES AFTER HE WAS FIRED

first_imgFormer county councillor Gareth ReidFORMER Donegal County Councillor Gareth Reid has admitted assaulting two company directors after he was fired from his job.Letterkenny District Court heard the 31-year-old father of three was fired from his job at his grandfather’s car dealership on November 19, 2012. He had been brought before the company directors, including JJ Reid, where he was fired.But Gareth Reid waited outside where he attacked company directors Patrick McGinty and Alan Stoddard.Garda Inspector Michael Harrison told the court that Mr McGinty was left with a  bloody nose, a cut eyebrow and a sore jaw after being punched by Reid.Fellow direct Mr Stoddard was kicked during the attack and ended up on the ground.Reid admitted assault causing harm against Mr McGinty and assault against Mr Stoddard.Both men were left “badly shaken” by the incident, said the inspector.Defence solicitor Kieran Dillon told Judge Paul Kelly that Reid had brought €500 to court for Mr McGinty and €250 for Mr Stoddard as compensation for the attack.He said his client had worked at the long-established motor dealership from a young age.He had gone to England to work but had returned to the family business in 2009.However he claimed he had found the direction of the business had changed and there were disagreements.Reid, said the solicitor, had gone to the meeting hoping that a plan for the future could be agreed but instead he had been made redundant.“It seems this meeting was called to dismiss him and he took it very badly,” said Mr Dillon.“He deeply regrets his actions.”Judge Paul Kelly said he wanted the views of the victims of the attack before passing sentence on read.He adjourned sentence until February 17 to allow this to happen and also to allow for the preparation of a probation report.FORMER COUNCILLOR ATTACKED BOSSES AFTER HE WAS FIRED was last modified: December 17th, 2013 by John2Share 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:assaultCouncillorDonegal County CouncilFine GaelGareth Reidlast_img read more

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Change of opponent for Theophane

first_imgKilburn’s Ashley Theophane will defend his British light-welterweight crown against Darren Hamilton on Saturday after Steve Williams pulled out of his scheduled title challenge.Hamilton has stepped in to face Theophane at the Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool following Williams’ withdrawal with a chest infection.The fight will be on the undercard of the British heavyweight clash between David Price and Sam Sexton.It will be Theophane’s third defence of the belt he took from Lenny Daws last year, meaning a victory would see him keep the coveted Lonsdale belt outright and remain on course for a possible world title shot.It will be his first fight since he recovered from a torrid start to overcome Ben Murphy with an 11th-round stoppage in December.Bristolian Hamilton, 33, has won 11 of his 13 professional contests – three by knockout.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Ethnic hair care goes natural

first_imgJohannah Moriti has established the first cosmetic company in South Africa to manufacture natural chemical-free products that don’t alter the structure of ethnic hair. JOM Cosmetics became the first company to receive an EU Ecolabel of environmental excellence. Worldwide it is the only cosmetic brand that has achieved this. (Images: JOM Cosmetics) MEDIA CONTACTS • Johannah Moriti   JOM Cosmetics  +27 21 813 6701 RELATED ARTICLES • Cards celebrate SA’s languages • Entrepreneur builds internet empire • Meds on wheels for positive change • Elizabeth Arden’s new SA faceWilma den HartighJohannah Moriti has established the first cosmetic company in South Africa to manufacture natural chemical-free products that don’t alter the structure of ethnic hair.Her products are changing the cosmetic industry, for the first time offering women an alternative to harmful chemical-based hair products.“I want to show black women that their natural hair is a gift to be celebrated,” she says.And to think that it all started with Moriti’s frustration with bad hair days. What she thought was a throwaway dream has turned into an international success story.JOM Cosmetics has already achieved great success in South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland, Zambia and Spain, with its ethic and caucasian product ranges.Recently it became the first company to receive an EU Ecolabel of environmental excellence. The certification is only awarded to products and services that meet high environmental standards throughout their life cycle, from raw material extraction to production, distribution and disposal.“This is a prestigious award,” she says. “Worldwide we are the only cosmetic brand that has achieved this.”Identifying a gap in the market“Over the years I tried every relaxant on the market but my hair just became increasingly unmanageable. This is what finally drove me to start experimenting with my own hair formulas,” Moriti tells.Moriti, who is trained in analytical chemistry, wanted to make a product that would work effectively, but as she did more research she realised the chemicals in relaxants strip and destroy the structure of black hair.“I realised I could use ingredients without after-effects. A lot of research worldwide shows that chemical relaxers are highly toxic,” she says.“I thought to myself, what’s wrong with curly hair?” – and this is how the idea was born. She dedicated her time to develop a formula with only natural ingredients that nourish natural curls, creating soft, healthy hair that is easy to grow, work with and style.But turning the idea into a viable business and product was Moriti’s biggest challenge.She was looking to introduce an entire new range of products – the first of its kind on the market – and she was competing with some of the biggest names in the cosmetic and hair care business.“Other big name companies have been formulating synthetic products for years and if they want to enter into the natural products market, they usually just buy out companies,” she says.Being a newcomer was scary and even though she knew that the natural products market was set for major growth, making a name in the industry was a daunting task.“When I started I realised the natural market was not big, but that it would grow as people become more health conscious and look for alternatives to synthetic products,” she says.Getting into the marketMoriti spent a year visiting hair salons in the Western Cape – up to ten a day – to introduce her product, pretending to be a sales rep to make sure the feedback she received was honest.“Everyone I demonstrated it on loved it, but distributing this way was never going to reach more than a relative handful,” she says.What she needed was a retailer who would take the product to the larger market.The Pick n Pay Foundation, through its small business initiative, recognised the product’s potential and introduced it to its stores nationally as well as in neighbouring countries. It also helped with expansion into Europe – JOM Cosmetics participated in a trade expo in Spain, where they won a sponsorship to set up an office there.When the range was launched in South Africa Moriti and her team were overwhelmed by the positive feedback.“The response we had was amazing. Most of our clients are people that have lost their hair because of excessive use of chemicals,” she says.The products are also safe for use on children and people who are prone to skin conditions such as eczema.Unexpected awardsMoriti’s vision of creating alternative hair care products has made it possible for more women to maintain natural hairstyles, and for this JOM Cosmetics won an award in the SMEs category of South Africa’s Most Influential Women in Business and Government Awards for 2012.The awards recognise inspirational women achievers in business and government who are working for the benefit of South Africa and its future generations.Moriti never expected to win awards and make a name internationally.“When you start a business, you do it because you see a need, because it is your job and you are doing what you love.” The accolades have inspired her to achieve even more.last_img read more

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Looking For The Next $1 Billion Open Source Company

first_imgMassive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair It’s been just under seven months since Red Hat became the world’s first $1 billion open-source company. Now the question is who will follow suit and become the next open source company to hit this milestone?Before sorting through the list of likely candidates, it’s important to define what we’re talking about when we say “$1  billion company.” Primarily, we’re talking actual annual revenue, not market valuation. That’s a key difference, since under the valuation definition, Red Hat would not have been the first billion-dollar open source company; MySQL AB would have had that distinction, when Sun Microsystems bought it for $1 billion in 2008.And, when we’re talking open source, the idea is a company that bases its business on the sale and distribution of open-source software. Things get a bit tricky here, since many companies could be assigned the “open source” moniker – and some might argue against it. This is particularly true of companies that follow the so-called “open core model,” which typically release a free version of the software as a “community” edition as well as a more feature-rich but closed edition that’s available for a licensing fee or support subscription.Red Hat is not open core, because even though it sells a “closed” enterprise version, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and helps distribute a free version of the product, Fedora, the truth is that the source code for Red Hat Enterprise Linux is still freely available, so one can, if desired, use RHEL without support.While it would be possible to reject open-core model companies, the fact is that this would sharply limit the field of potential candidates for the next $1 billion open source company, so I’m going to keep them in mind and note them as such.Our three top candidates – all private companies – definitely vary in the kind of software they offer, but each one has an opportunity to be the next open-source company that crosses the billion-dollar line.The Database CandidateWith all the hullaballoo about Big Data (see next candidate), it’s important not to forget there are still a lot of fast and flexible offerings in database-land that still follow the old rules of managing data. Big data doesn’t mean that relational databases are dead; in fact, such databases are more important then ever.EnterpriseDB is in the business of distributing commercial products built on one such open source database, PostgreSQL, a direct competitor to the MySQL mentioned earlier that was snatched up by Sun and subsequently acquired by Oracle.On its own, PostgreSQL (or Postgres as geeks call it), is hot right now. The open source Postgres is getting a lot of new features and the pace of development is perceived as faster than its MySQL counterpart. Plus, there is a definite interest in Postgres driven by a movement away from MySQL. While MySQL is still very powerful software, there is a lot of tension in the marketplace about Oracle’s stewardship of that project, since Oracle dropped the ball on several of the open source projects it acquired from Sun and many feel that eventually MySQL will suffer from the same problem, with Oracle either not pursuing development as much as it could or (as some fear) closing MySQL altogether.While MySQL’s loss is PostgreSQL’s gain, Postgres is getting attention on its own merits. EnterpriseDB, which offers an enterprise version known as Postgres Plus, is making big inroads with customers like Sony Entertainment.Data on a smaller scale will always be more prevalent than Big Data, which means Postgres and the vendors that package it have a nice, wide market into which to play. That gives EnterpriseDB a clear path to becoming the first $1 billion open source database company.The Big Data CandidateNevertheless, you can’t ignore the hype… Big data is a big driver for commerce right now, and any big data vendor has to be considered for billion-dollar revenue status.The technology that’s leading the big data charge is the open source data framework known as Apache Hadoop. Hadoop is not a database, but rather a distributed storage tool that enables programmers devise jobs in Java code to search for desired information – without formal database structure. Hadoop is not the only big data tech, but right now it’s the top technology in the sector. And right now the biggest Hadoop company is Cloudera.Though MapR and Hortonworks are strong Hadoop contenders, Cloudera has managed to establish an early lead in this sector. Cloudera has developed its own tools to make it easier to seek information from Hadoop stores and is building a rich partner ecosystem to enable different applications of Hadoop-stored data.If Hadoop continues its rocket-ship rise, it’s not hard to envision Cloudera becoming the first $1 billion open source Big Data company.The Cloud Computing CandidateIn the world of open source cloud computing, OpenStack is the name that gets the most attention, thanks to the combined marketing prowess of Rackspace, HP, Dell and Red Hat, just to name a few.But OpenStack is not a company or even a product – it’s a project. Eventually, one of the OpenStack vendors may come up with a commercial product and run with it, but if its someone like Red Hat or HP, they’ve already made their mark. Piston Cloud or SUSE may also succeed as billion-dollar candidates, but right now the OpenStack system is a free-for-all and no one seems to have a commanding lead. So I’m betting on an open source cloud player that’s not even in the OpenStack ecosystem: Eucalyptus.Eucalyptus gets the nod because of OpenStack’s lack of product and the fact the other open product in this space, CloudStack, has Citrix as its flagship commercial vendor and it’s not really an open source company. Eucalyptus also gets marks for being very well connected to the Amazon Web Services ecosystem. While you may argue that sticking to AWS frameworks is really not all that open (in fact, I have made that very argument), there’s no denying that AWS is killing in this space and a lot of customers interested in private or hybrid cloud computing are very content to keep swimming in Amazon’s pond.But there is more to Eucalyptus than being in the right place at the right time. It has got a whip-smart team, led by Marten Mickos, who – in one of those “small world” things – was the CEO of MySQL AB, the same company Oracle now has in its portfolio and was valued at $1 billion upon acquisition.With all of these stars aligned, Eucalyptus could soon be the first billion-dollar open source cloud computing company.Sure, other candidates may be in the running for the next billion-dollar open source company. And there is always a chance that someone new, like Big Switch Networks and its virtual networking systems, could come out of nowhere and snatch the title.But these three candidates, based on what I see right now in the open source world, are presently the most likely contenders for becoming the next $1 billion open source company.Lead image courtesy of Shutterstock. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#Big Data#cloud computing#Structured Data center_img brian proffitt Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Related Posts last_img read more

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Free Filmmaking Wisdom

first_imgFilm IndependentFilm Independent’s mission is to “champion the cause of independent film and support a community of artists who embody diversity, innovation and uniqueness of vision.” They do that through a whole host of various events, communities, festivals and forums. In these sound bites you get a sense of the quality of a Film Independent event and the quality of the discussions. If you can get to one, you definitely should. The global filmmaking community is an invaluable resource for established and aspiring filmmakers alike. Bookmark these great online resources for insightful filmmaking wisdom.If you’re just starting out on your filmmaking career then learning from those who have gone before you is a fantastic way to help find your feet in an ever changing industry. Today’s technology opens the doors to anyone who wants to make a film, even just on their iPhone, as long as they have the will to make it happen.We all need wisdom, encouragement and inspiration along the way so it is well worth dipping in and out of these great resources on a regular basis for an extra boost to keep pursuing your filmmaking dreams.Film CourageFilm Courage offers excellent nuts and bolts advice to independent filmmakers in a straight shooting format. If you want to hear from expert professionals who have living and breathing what they’re describing (most having started from scratch) this is the place to start.Film Courage covers every practical aspect of filmmaking from networking, financing, writing, directing and much more. Time spent here is time well spent. BAFTA GuruThe BAFTA Guru series is a hugely impressive collection of lectures, interviews and short insights from a star studded collection of actors, directors, producers, writers, editors, sound designers and more. You could spend hours and hours absorbing all of these opinions and perspectives so it’s probably best to focus your attention the creative sphere that most interests you.center_img BFI – Ask An ExpertThe British Film Institute has a great YouTube channel called ‘Ask an Expert‘ which features some fantastic Q&A’s with world renown filmmaking experts including directors, actors, documentary makers and more. All of the questions have been suggested via Facebook and Twitter, so if you want to be to post a question – keep an eye on those social networks.last_img read more

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NAB 2018 Announcement: Meet Sigma’s 14-24mm f/2.8 Art Lens

first_imgPart of Sigma’s flagship “Art” class of lenses, the Sigma 14-24mm is a true ultra-wide-angle zoom lens for both photographers and videographers. Designed for 50-megapixel cameras, the Sigma 14-24mm operates with almost no distortion at infinity focus optimized for real-world use.Cinematic UsesImages taken with Sigma 14-24mm.For filmmakers, the lens is a powerful option for both ultra-wide full-frame filmmaking and cropped sensor setups. Here’s a great sample of the Sigma 14-24mm being used with a Canon 5D Mark IV recording 4K (at its 1.74x crop). With a fixed aperture throughout its zoom range, Sigma’s 14-24mm lens is great for documentary and narrative filmmaking (and run-and-gunners will appreciate the dust- and splash-proof construction). It also pairs well with a wide array of mounts, focus and zoom rings, and cover connections.VR FriendlyImage via Sigma.While videography and photography may be the lens’s prime directives, the Sigma 14-24mm is also VR-friendly and built with multi-camera VR videography in mind. Sigma even offers a new “Front Conversion Service” to convert to a round hood for specialized VR applications.Here are some more specifics:Minimum aperture: f22Minimum focusing distance: 26-28cmMaximum magnifications: 1:5:4Angle of view: 114.2°-84.1°Mount options: Nikon, Canon, SigmaPrice: $1,299For more NAB 2018 articles from Las Vegas, check out some of these links:NAB 2018: Fujifilm’s X-H1 Camera Gets Put to the TestNAB 2018 Announcement: Atomos Unveils the Ninja VNAB 2018 Announcement: Canon’s C700 Goes Full FrameNAB 2018: SmallHD Unveils 5 New Focus MonitorsNAB 2018 Announcement: The Sony FS5 Gets an Update At NAB this week, Sigma announced its new artistic lens: a fast, wide-angle offering. And it’s turning more than a few heads. Cover image via Sigma.While NAB 2018 may be making headlines with camera reveals and innovative new gear, some of the big brands use the conference in Las Vegas to show off some crazy-cool new lenses for filmmakers and videographers to drool over. One great example is the Sigma Corporation’s booth, which showcases the widely anticipated new Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG HSM Art Lens. Here’s everything you need to know about this ultra-wide-angle new offering.Wide Angle Art LensImage via Todd Blankenship.last_img read more

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JNU reviewing position of emeritus professors, including historian Romila Thapar

first_imgJawaharlal Nehru University is in the process of reviewing the position of all its emeritus professors who are above the age of 75 years. At least five such professors, including renowned historian Romila Thapar and sociologist T.K. Oommen, have received letters from JNU’s registrar asking them to submit their curriculum vitae to a university-appointed committee which will review their position, despite the fact that these were originally lifetime appointments.‘Embarrassing move’ “It is embarrassing for professors emeritus to be asked such a thing,” Dr. Oommen told The Hindu. “Our CVs, the record of our work and achievements are easily available. What is the need to write and ask for such a thing?” he asked. In fact, the CVs of several emeritus professors, including Dr. Thapar’s, are available on the JNU website itself. “In my response to the University, I mentioned the fact that the original appointment sent to me said it was for life,” said another professor who did not wish to be identified.At its meeting on August 23, JNU’s Executive Council revised the guidelines for the emeritus professor designation. It now says, “Once appointed, E.C. as an appointing authority, will review the continuation or otherwise for each existing Emeritus Professor after attainment of her/his age of seventy five years by considering her/his health status, willingness, availability, university needs etc. so that more positions will be available to other potential candidates.” The Council added that it would appoint a sub-committee for each existing Professor Emeritus above 75 years, “which will examine each case as it deems fit, including by interaction, inviting latest CV, peer group views etc.” Dissent recorded Elected teachers’ representatives to the EC recorded their dissent to this decision on the ground that this process amounts to insulting the retired faculty members whose immense contribution to JNU had made them distinguished.Several professors also told The Hindu that they had received letters from the Registrar over a month ago, well before the resolution taken in the EC meeting on August 23.“There is no move to discontinue their emeritus professor position if they reply to our letter and express their willingness to continue,” JNU Vice-Chancellor M. Jagadesh Kumar said, in response to The Hindu’s questions on the issue. In a statement, JNU said such “informed review” by the Executive Council was consistent with the practices at universities such as MIT and Princeton. However, the guidelines at these universities only mention the need to keep the university informed of research activities and the possibility of emeritus status being rescinded for unethical conduct. There has been an outpouring of outrage within the university and on social media after JNU’s letter to Dr. Thapar came to light on Saturday, when Economic and Political Weekly published a letter from JNU emeritus professor Prabhat Patnaik. “This current action of the JNU contradicts the very basis on which the status of professor emeritus was conferred on retired faculty in the JNU,” he wrote. “There is much talk these days about improving the quality of our higher education. This would remain a chimera if our outstanding scholars are treated in this manner by their own universities.”‘No need for removal’Dr. Patnaik, who is under 75 years himself and thus not directly affected by the decision pointed out that emeritus professors do not receive any salary or perks from JNU. “It’s zero cost for the University, so they are free to appoint as many people as they like to the position. There is no need to remove someone in order to consider new candidates,” he said.Several emeritus professors said that they had been abruptly asked to vacate their offices at JNU last year via a “sharply-worded” notice.There is a wide range of involvement among the emeritus professors whom The Hindu spoke to. Some still go to the University daily, give lectures and publish papers. Others struggle with ill-health and are unable to partake of academic life.“The emeritus professor designation was a recognition based on our CVs at the time, as it were. It really should not matter what we have done after that. It is based on past achievement, not future expectation,” said Dr. Oommen. “However, even if they wanted to know what we have done since retirement, they should have asked the Centres [which the professors originally worked with] or looked at their own annual reports. It is not right to demand a CV.”last_img read more

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2015 World Cup Finals on TV!

first_imgRelive the 2015 Touch World Cup Open’s finals on Channel Nine and GEM! The 2015 Touch World Cup Finals, featuring the best Touch Football talent on the planet across the Men’s, Women’s and Mixed (Open’s) divisions is set to light up Channel’s Nine’s Sunday NRL telecast from Sunday, 31 May with an hour-long highlights package of each divisions’ finals matches leading into the regular Sunday afternoon NRL timeslot (NSW and NT). In Queensland, the games will be broadcast earlier on Channel Nine’s GEM channel. Full times and dates of the broadcast can be found below. The Touch World Cup finals will be broadcast into over 50 countries across Asia Pacific and Europe via Fox International, Star TV and Eurosport. Australia continued its domination of the Touch World Cup in early May, recording its eighth successive Touch World Cup title, including wins in each of the three Open’s divisions. Don’t miss the 2015 Touch World Cup finals at the following times:New South Wales/ACT (Channel Nine)Mixed Open – Sunday, 31 May – 2:30pm followed by Dragons v Sharks Women’s Open – Sunday, 7 June – 2:30pm followed by Sharks v Roosters Men’s Open – Sunday, 14 June – 2:30pm followed by Titans v BulldogsQueensland (GEM)  Mixed Open – Sunday, 31 May – 9.30am Women’s Open – Sunday, 7 June – 10.00am Men’s Open – Sunday, 14 June – 10.00amNorthern Territory (Channel Nine)Mixed Open – Sunday, 31 May – 2:00pm followed by Dragons v SharksWomen’s Open – Sunday, 7 June – 2:00pm followed by Sharks v RoostersMen’s Open – Sunday, 14 June – 2:00pm followed by Titans v BulldogsTo watch highlights from the 2015 Touch World Cup, please visit the TWC YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/2015touchworldcup. Related LinksWorld Cup on TV!last_img read more

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ELIZABETH HAY DARREL J MCLEOD AMONG FINALISTS FOR 30K 2019 RBC TAYLOR

first_imgAdvertisement Elizabeth Hay (left) and Darrel J. McLeod are two of the five authors vying for the $30,000 RBC Taylor Prize for Canadian literary nonfiction. (Mark Fried/Ilja Herb) The RBC Taylor Prize, an annual award that honours the best in Canadian literary nonfiction, has revealed its 2019 shortlist. The winner will receive $30,000, and the remaining finalists will each take home $5,000.The five finalists are:Just Let Me Look at You by Bill GastonJan in 35 Pieces by Ian HamptonLands of Lost Borders by Kate HarrisAll Things Consoled by Elizabeth HayMamaskatch by Darrel J. McLeodThe jury, comprised of writers Camilla Gibb, Roy MacGregor and former chief justice Beverley McLachlin, read more than 115 books to select this year’s finalists. Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Advertisement The winner of the 2019 RBC Taylor Prize will be announced on March 4, 2019.The prize winner will select an emerging writer to receive the RBC Taylor Prize Emerging Writer Award. The prize is given to an up-and-coming Canadian writer, who will receive $10,000 and be mentored by the RBC Taylor Prize recipient.The 2018 winner was Tanya Talaga for Seven Fallen Feathers.Other past winners include Carol Shields for her biography Jane Austen: A Life, Ian Brown for The Boy in the Moon and Thomas King for The Inconvenient Indian. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

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Three RCMP officers injured arresting Trans Mountain pipeline demonstrators

first_imgAt least 28 demonstrators were arrested at the site over the weekend after they zip-tied themselves to a gate.A B.C. Supreme Court judge issued an order preventing protesters from being within five metres of two works sites at Trans Mountain terminals in the Metro Vancouver city.The injunction is indefinite, allowing Trans Mountain to continue work that was approved by the federal government to twin the existing pipeline from Edmonton to Burnaby. BURNABY, B.C. — The RCMP say three officers suffered minor injuries while making arrests Monday evening at demonstrations against the expansion of the Trans Mountain pipeline in Burnaby, B.C.The Mounties say one officer suffered a head injury after being kicked, another suffered a knee injury and a third injured a hand.The four arrests between 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Monday evening were in addition to 15 made earlier in the day.last_img read more

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