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first_img Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Bower Trading Market Strategy Report: Stay Flexible Bower Trading Market Strategy Report: Stay FlexibleJim BowerAfter a weekend of cold wet weather and a forecast this week that does not look good for planting or early crop development, there remains a good deal of uncertainty in the market. Jim Bower,  with Bower Trading, says conditions are highly variable across the Corn Belt, “We have customers in Ohio who are doing great on planting, and others in Minnesota where they still have several inches of snow on the ground and they are very worried about the sugar beet crop.” Cooler temperatures in the west also have raised concerns about the Winter wheat crop.Bower says the big funds are very short the market, but it is still too early to make any definite prediction on which way prices might go, “It is not time to panic yet, we have a large carryover and overall demand that is doing pretty good.” He added that the market needs a spark to get moving.For producers, Bower recommends staying flexible, “Be prepared to go either way, especially if we have an up move. Be in a position to make a trading or cash decision  that fits your risk tolerances.”  He said he thinks the move will come, but with little notice.For more information contact Bower Trading at 800-533-8045 or visit www.bowertrding.com.This material has been prepared by a sales or trading employee or agent of Bower Trading Inc and is, or is in the nature of, a solicitation. This material is not a research report prepared by Bower Trading Inc. By accepting this communication, you agree that you are an experienced user of the futures markets, capable of making independent trading decisions, and agree that you are not, and will not, rely solely on this communication in making trading decisions.DISTRIBUTION IN SOME JURISDICTIONS MAY BE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW.  PERSONS IN POSSESSION OF THIS COMMUNICATION INDIRECTLY SHOULD INFORM THEMSELVES ABOUT AND OBSERVE ANY SUCH PROHIBITION OR RESTRICTIONS.  TO THE EXTENT THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED THIS COMMUNICATION INDIRECTLY AND SOLICITATIONS ARE PROHIBITED IN YOUR JURISDICTION WITHOUT REGISTRATION, THE MARKET COMMENTARY IN THIS COMMUNICATION SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED A SOLICITATION.The risk of loss in trading futures and/or options is substantial and each investor and/or trader must consider whether this is a suitable investment. Past performance, whether actual or indicated by simulated historical tests of strategies, is not indicative of future results. Trading advice is based on information taken from trades and statistical services and other sources that Bower Trading Inc believes are reliable. We do not guarantee that such information is accurate or complete and it should not be relied upon as such. Trading advice reflects our good faith judgment at a specific time and is subject to change without notice. There is no guarantee that the advice we give will result in profitable trades. SHARE Facebook Twitter Bower Trading Market Strategy Report: Stay Flexible SHARE By Gary Truitt – Apr 30, 2017 Previous articleLudicrous Labels and Why Consumers Believe themNext articleDairy Farmers Prepare for Indy 500 Gary Truittlast_img read more

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 6 recommendedShareShareTweetSharePin it Uncategorized Top Seniors to Appear in Collegiate Bowl Game culminates a week of preparation for life in the NFL Published on Thursday, January 16, 2020 | 2:19 pm Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Top of the News The best seniors in college football will appear in the ninth annual NFLPA Collegiate Bowl at 4 p.m. on Saturday in the Rose Bowl, 1001 Rose Bowl Drive, Pasadena.The game will be the culmination of a week-long experience explaining the business of football to the potential NFL players.“We are excited for the opportunity to continue growing the audience of our game with NFL Network, which has become the number one source for all things football,” said Teri Smith, NFLPA Collegiate Bowl director and acting COO of the NFLPA. “Our goal has always been to provide NFL prospects and future members with maximum support and exposure. This partnership is an extension of that mission.”The roster for the game has been split into two groups: the National team, led by former Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis, and the American team, led by former Cleveland Browns and Oakland Raiders head coach Hue Jackson.This year’s game will be televised on NFL Network.Founded in 2012, the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl gives prospective players the best opportunity to showcase their talents to potential employers and fans. Nearly 200 scouts, player personnel staff, general managers and head coaches from all 32 NFL teams are expected be in attendance to watch live practices, conduct player interviews and review tape.“We are thrilled to be the official broadcast home of the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl and to continue to showcase the next generation of NFL athletes,” said Hans Schroeder, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of NFL Media. “Broadcasting the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl live on NFL Network presents a great opportunity to add to our growing footprint in the college game, including regular season Conference USA games as well as all-star games such as the Senior Bowl and East-West Shrine Bowl.”A Rose Bowl announcement said the stadium’s gates will open at 2 p.m. and that 4,500 are expected to attend. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img Herbeauty12 Signs He’s Ready To Spend The Rest Of His Life With YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Celebrity Body Parts Insured For Ridiculous AmountsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Hollywood Divas Who Fell In Love With WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyZac Efron Is Dating A New Hottie?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Yoga Poses To Overcome Stress And AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stufflast_img read more

first_img Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. An initiative to let call centre employees at PrudentialAssurance take control of their own workload has led to greater productivity,according to one of the company’s call centre managers. Two teams of 20 employees were formed within the Life andPensions call centre. The members of these teams were responsible forcontrolling their workload and drew up monthly business reports and actionplans. The aim of the self-directed work teams was to reduce costsand tackle low staff morale. Prudential Assurance’s Clare Connor, said, “Employees didn’tfeel they had enough input into their work. A year after the pilot scheme, theattitude of the employees had changed considerably.”The initiative resulted in a positive change to theemployee’s role within the call centre, said Connor.  She said, “This initiative created a ‘can-do’ culture withinthe team and employees had the freedom to put forward their own ideas.”The scheme has also resulted in a decrease in poorperformance and disciplinary issues.But employees have found it difficult to provide peers withnegative feedback, said Connor.Prudential plans to roll out this self-management principleto all customer services teams within the company. Prudential workers lift productivityOn 20 Feb 2001 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

first_img Published on September 3, 2014 at 12:20 am Contact Matt: [email protected] | @matt_schneidman To the left of Chris Fox’s desk sits a pair of orange and blue running shoes.While those colors are the same for the past two schools he’s coached at, the cultures and focuses of each are polar opposites.After leading the Auburn cross-country team from 2001–04 and being part of the Tigers’ track and field coaching staff during that time, Fox took the head coaching job at Syracuse, a school that puts an emphasis on long distance due to weather and tradition. He’s adapted to the shift from a Southern school to a Northeastern one, and with it, built the Orange into a national cross-country powerhouse.Fox and his coaching staff have focused their recruiting to suit Syracuse’s establishedcross-country prowess. Combined with his long-distance expertise from his professional running career, Fox has transformed himself as a coach. The Orange was once a back-of-the-pack Big East program, but now is in the national discussion heading into Fox’s 10th season at Syracuse.“I certainly learned a lot (from my own running), but as I mature as a coach, I think less autobiographically and more try to be in tune with each individual,” Fox said. “It definitely is an assistance (having run long distance). I’m learning every year too.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt Auburn, Fox was a runner first, setting school records in the indoor and outdoor 5,000-meter races, while holding top-five ranks in the 3,000- and 10,000-meter runs.But as a coach at his alma mater, Fox worked with top-of-the-line short-distance runners, such as 2004 Olympian Sherridan Kirk from Trinidad and Tobago, rather than elite cross-country ones.Upon coming to Syracuse in 2005, Fox took over a program with a culture that enabled him to mold it around his area of knowledge. To this day, though, Fox is adapting to the fact that coaching in a sport you excelled at doesn’t necessarily correlate to success since each runner learns differently.“I was able to bring a lot of lessons I learned (at Auburn) from the entire program to (Syracuse), and probably learned a lot of what I wanted to do with the program,” Fox said. “Up here, distance running is a lot more important in the Northeast than it is in the Southeast.”His vision upon arriving at Syracuse was to create a top-20 program and after a 10th-place finish for the men in Fox’s Big East tournament debut, the men rebounded to receive national votes for the first time in program history in 2006.The Orange was on the map and had built what Fox called a “nice base” to attract higher-profile cross-country recruits.“I would say for the most part, we really see what kids can do in cross-country in terms of recruiting,” SU assistant coach Adam Smith said. “I think the focus may be a little bit more on the top-end distance kids, rather than maybe some middle-distance kids like other programs tend to do.“Here at Syracuse, our focus is distance-based.”Part of what allowed the Orange to attract top recruits, Smith said, was the temperature. Both Fox and Smith formerly coached at the University of North Carolina, where Smith said the cross-country team was restricted to practicing before 6 a.m. because of the blistering daytime heat.Fox also added that Southern schools are immersed in what he called a “football culture,” so tradition draws the focus away from lesser-heralded sports such as cross-country — which isn’t the case at Syracuse.With increased training options because of the weather and more emphasis on the sport, along with Fox’s plan to build the cross-country program, recruits started to buy in.“Coach Fox had been there for a couple years before I got to Syracuse. By that point, the team was still up-and-coming,” 2013 SU graduate and cross-country runner Robert Molke said. “Being part of something that was so up-and-coming and trying to establish itself was a lot more enticing than joining an already established program.”After three straight years of middle-of-the-pack finishes in the Big East tournament for both the men and women, Fox guided both teams to their best-ever conference championship finishes in 2009 — the men finished first, the women third.It was a culmination of what Fox called a “gradual-ness” over his first four years with SU, and proof that his vision was materializing into reality.“There is definitely a focus on cross-country at Syracuse,” 2013 SU graduate and cross-country runner Griff Graves said. “(Director of Athletics) Darryl Gross asked Fox to develop a conference championship team and a team that will contend on a national level every year. And that is what Fox and (Associate Head Coach Brian) Bell have done.”In the wake of 10th- and 22nd-place finishes in the 2013 NCAA championships from the men and women, respectively, Fox has his cross-country teams on the brink of national supremacy.“The long-term goal here is always to be a national champion and that’s really what brings us to work every day,” Fox said. “We’re really happy to be a great conference team and we’re working really hard to be a great nationals team.”Coming up on the decade mark of Fox’s tenure at Syracuse, the identity of the cross-country program is in stark contrast to when he took over.After adapting his coaching focus to build the Orange, leading it to a peak in 2013, SU is riding its best-ever season into a 2014 season with national championship aspirations.“We don’t want to lose a conference championship and I think that’s our goal every year,” Smith said. “We’ve now kind of put ourselves in the discussion for a run at the NCAA championship in the next two years.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

first_imgA challenge for Mosimane is that some of his stalwarts are ageing with centre-back Wayne Arendse and national team midfielder Hlompho Kekana both 34.Orlando Pirates, the only other South African club to be crowned African champions, finished runners-up to Sundowns in the last two seasons and are considered the biggest threat again.The Soweto Buccaneers have gone five seasons without a trophy and the pressure is on Serbian coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredojevic to deliver silverware during his third season at the helm.Pirates went on a close-season spending spree with former French youth international goalkeeper Joris Delle and Zambian forward Austin Muwowo among those hired.Sredojevic has kept his thoughts largely to himself, but must realise that a third trophy-less season would almost certainly mark the end of his second spell at the club.Pirates and fellow Soweto side Chiefs are the most popular clubs in South Africa with a pre-season friendly between them last weekend drawing an 80,000 crowd.Chiefs have been almost as unsuccessful as their greatest rivals, going four seasons without lifting any of the four league and cup trophies on offer in each campaign.German coach Ernst Middendorp, who replaced Italian Giovanni Solinas midway through last season, is demanding more aggression from a squad including a number of newcomers.“We need an aggressive mentality. The showboating football of 15 years ago is not how the game is played anymore. Some signings feel they are in paradise and forget about hard work.”Forwards Lazarous Kambole from Zambia and Samir Nurkovic from Serbia and midfielders James Kotei from Ghana and Kearyn Baccus are among the new faces.Johannesburg club Bidvest Wits have been champions once and top-three finishers four times in the past six seasons and coach Gavin Hunt has won four league titles, three of them at SuperSport.Share on: WhatsApp The 2019/2020 South African Premiership season kicks off Saturday with Mamelodi Sundowns favourites to complete a hat-trick despite uncertainty over the future of multiple title-winning coach Pitso MosimanJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP |  The 2019/2020 South African Premiership season kicks off Saturday with Mamelodi Sundowns favourites to complete a hat-trick despite uncertainty over the future of multiple title-winning coach Pitso Mosimane.He is reportedly upset that the 2016 CAF Champions League trophy-holders want to hire an unnamed Spanish technical director, threatening the independence of the four-time Premiership-winning coach.Media speculation includes Mosimane eyeing a return to the national coach position should England-born Stuart Baxter resign this week amid sustained media and public criticism of him.Baxter will hold a press conference Friday and many pundits believe he will quit a job worth 490,000 rand ($34,500/31,000 euros) a month, according to a leading weekly newspaper.Mosimane says his expensively assembled mix of South African, African and South American stars is not ready for the season opener against Pretoria neighbours SuperSport United.“I do not like this match because it comes at a wrong time for us — we are not ready,” said the 55-year-old coach and former South Africa forward.“When we played SuperSport last year it was just after returning from a Champions League match in Egypt and we lost 2-0,” he recalled.Sundowns battled to score regularly at home and in Africa last season having lost Percy Tau and Keagan Dolly to European clubs and Khama Billiat to domestic rivals Kaizer Chiefs.New Zealand forward Jeremy Brockie was signed last year to replicate his consistent scoring form at SuperSport, but flopped and often fails to make the 18-player matchday squad.Mosimane has turned to South America for a solution, hiring Uruguayan Mauricio Affonso from Peruvian club Alianza Lima.Affonso had an eight goals-three assists record with Alianza last season and these are figures the coach will hope to increase in the Premiership.Sundowns signed Uruguayan midfielder Gaston Sirino from Bolivian outfit Bolivar last year and he quickly became one the outstanding players at the Pretoria club.– Ageing stalwarts –last_img read more

first_imgTRENTON – Eleven members of the New Jersey Municipal Management Associ­ation were among 34 borough, city, and township administrators from Monmouth County recognized in a joint resolution by the New Jersey State Senate and Assembly on June 20 “for their tireless and heartfelt efforts in the aftermath of Super Storm Sandy.”Sponsored by 13th-District Republican legislators Sen. Joseph M. Kyrillos Jr.; Assemblywoman Amy H. Handlin, deputy Republican leader of the State Assembly; and Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon, the resolution acknowledges the extraordinary recovery work managed by the administrators in their hard-hit communities.The sponsors were joined by Assemblywoman Caroline Casagrande, R- 11th, in honoring the administrators who serve the Sandy-struck communities in their districts along and adjacent to the Jersey Shore.NJMMA members honored from the 13th District are: Holly Reycraft, Aberdeen; Adam Hubeny, Atlantic Highlands; Theresa Casagrande, Fair Haven; Thomas Rogers, Rumson; and Joseph Verruni, Sea Bright.From the 11th District: Robert Bowden, Colts Neck; George Jackson, Eatontown; Joseph Bellina, Freehold Borough; Peter R. Valesi, Freehold Township; Howard H. Woolley Jr., Long Branch; and Andrew G. Brannen, Ocean Township.“NJMMA is grateful to Senator Kyrillos, Assembly­women Handlin and Casagrande, and Assembly­man O’Scanlon for acknowledging the tremendous work of local government administrators in managing as complex and daunting a task as the recovery from Super Storm Sandy,” said NJMMA President Tara Lovrich, administrator for Manalapan.“The recovery efforts have shone a much-needed spotlight on the professionalism and collaborative spirit of local government administrators, whose role is essential in good times and bad,” Lovrich said. “Our members, their peers and colleagues across the state have consistently been on the front lines when disaster strikes.”The resolution reads in part: “… the strength and success of the State of New Jersey, the vitality of our communities and effectiveness of our American society depend, in great measure, upon citizens, exemplified by these admired Public Adminis­trators, who unite voluntarily, act together, and provide their unique talents to further a cause, to perform a necessary service, to support one another and their communities, and to relieve others from unavoidable hardship…”Established more than 50 years ago, NJMMA is dedicated to advancing the professionalism, training, and development of public managers, and facilitating the exchange of ideas and best practices in municipal management in New Jersey.last_img read more

first_imgConclusionsTopical coatings are subject to blistering and failure if you try to use them to repair basement water leaks.Penetrating crystalline systems must pass the rigorous USACE CRD C48-73 waterproofing test.If you bury your waterproofing treatment behind finished floor and walls such that they cannot be inspected for new cracks, there is no guarantee that your waterproofing system will stand the test of time.True interior waterproofing systems exist — for example, the Hammer & Hand approach and the injection approach described above — but the systems are invasive and expensive. Negative-side waterproofing (NSW) is a tough topic that I have frankly been dancing around for quite some time. Manufacturer claims and homeowner anecdotes of successful interior waterproof solutions for basement walls and slabs did not completely add up. But I did not think that I understood the topic or the physics well enough to challenge the claims or explain my skepticism.But I finally got the adult supervision that I needed, mostly from The Manual of Below-Grade Waterproofing (2nd edition, 2016) by Justin Henshell. RELATED ARTICLES Fixing a Wet BasementPreventing Water Entry Into a HomeAll About BasementsHow to Insulate a Basement WallGround GuttersInground GuttersUnderground Roofs Basement-to-Living-Space Moisture Problems Key takeaways from other sourcesNSW crystalline coating systems can be successfully applied to flowing water leaks. (See the Koster YouTube video).NSW crystalline coatings should NOT be considered primary waterproofing when a permanent cover eliminates ready inspection and maintenance needed to address new crack formation. (See Tremco Technical Service Bulletin No. S-08-31 and Image #4, below).On the other hand, Koster’s NB1 system addresses one very common trouble spot with a cove detail at the cold joint formed between the foundation wall and slab. (See Image #5.) A best-practice primary waterproofing solution NOT relying on NSWHammer and Hand (a builder with headquarters in Portland, Oregon) generously offers and thoroughly details their existing basement approach here. (See also Image #6.)center_img “Curtain wall” injectionThere is an approach you can take for primary waterproofing from the interior of existing basements or other below-grade structures: chemical injection or “curtain wall” injection.Injection holes or ports are drilled into an interstitial space or right through to the exterior of foundation concrete, typically spaced 18 to 24 inches on center. A slurry about the consistency of water is then injected so that it can set up and form a continuous water barrier. There are at least five types of injection materials:Bentonite injection groutSodium bentonite clayEpoxyUrethanesAcrylate polymersPerhaps most famously, Koster’s injection system was used on two different below-grade walls in the Empire State Building, one a 36-wythe brick wall (see Image #7) and the other concrete block (see Image #8).Henshell cites ASTM WK50244 “New Guide for Waterproofing Repair of Concrete by Chemical Grout Injection” as the reference that guided these systems. As you can imagine, the injection approach is not inexpensive, but when you have little to no tolerance for moisture intrusion in a below-grade space, it’s good to know that the space can be waterproofed. Key takeaways from the Henshell manualReduce first. Always start by assessing and identifying surface water problems and by implementing management approaches that ease or eliminate the load you are trying to address from the interior of existing below-grade structures.“Membrane waterproofing is unsuitable for negative-side waterproofing [emphasis added] because the external water pressure can easily disbond the membrane from the wall.”There are three generic types of negative-side waterproofing but the most common today are the crystalline coating materials such as Koster NB1, Tremco PQ200, and Xypex. (See Image #2, below.)The standardized test used for NSW is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers CRD C48-73, Permeability of Concrete. Six-inch diameter, six-inch long cylinders are coated to ½-inch thickness and subjected to a hydrostatic pressure of 200 psi (about 460 feet of head).Crystalline coatings penetrate the concrete and build crystal lattices within the concrete such that they can resist water pressure from the opposite side.“Crystalline coatings can close hairline cracks – i.e. cracks up to .012 inches wide. Moisture reactivation of the sealing process gives the coatings the ability to self-seal, according to manufacturers. But no negative-side waterproofing system can bridge dynamic cracks and reseal ruptures [emphasis added].”“Although it is effective as a waterproofing coating, the higher vapor permeability of negative-side waterproofing is a drawback in underground structures with occupancies and materials sensitive to high humidity [emphasis added].”Henshell cites and reprints a useful waterproofing selection procedure from U.S. Navy publication NAVFAC DM-14 (see Image #3). In addition to acting as GBA’s technical director, Peter Yost is the Vice President for Technical Services at BuildingGreen in Brattleboro, Vermont. He has been building, researching, teaching, writing, and consulting on high-performance homes for more than twenty years. An experienced trainer and consultant, he’s been recognized as NAHB Educator of the Year. Do you have a building science puzzle? Contact Pete here. You can also sign up for BuildingGreen’s email newsletter to get a free report on avoiding toxic insulation, as well as regular posts from Peter.last_img read more

first_imgart brilesTwitter/@McClain_on_NFL Last week, Baylor fired head coach Art Briles following the release of the Pepper Hamilton Report, which detailed the school’s failure to address the multiple instances of sexual assault within the Bears football program. According to the report, Baylor coaches failed to establish a “culture of accountability for misconduct,” and denied complainants true investigations into their accusations.For the first time since his dismissal, Art Briles released a statement on the matter.Art Briles releases statement pic.twitter.com/O0lsbiwyWN— Jeremie Poplin (@jeremiepoplin) June 2, 2016Former Ohio and Wake Forest head coach Jim Grobe has been hired as the program’s interim head coach.last_img

first_imgTORONTO – Ecuadorian villagers are set this week to try again to hold Chevron Canada legally liable for a huge award against the oil company’s U.S.-based parent for what they say are the serious health effects they suffered from devastating environmental pollution decades ago.The villagers will be asking Ontario’s top court to upend an earlier ruling that they cannot go after the Canadian company for the US$9.5-billion award they won in Ecuador against Chevron Corp.The hearing on Tuesday and Wednesday before the Ontario Court of Appeal is the latest tangle in the intense, take-no-prisoners litigation — and public relations war — fought over years and in several countries. However, it could also prove fatal to the Ecuadorian attempt to involve Canada in the protracted battle in which both sides accuse the other of acting criminally or playing legally and ethically dirty tricks.The appeal turns on a judgment from January 2015 when Superior Court Justice Glenn Hainey threw out the villagers’ case on the basis that Chevron Corp. and Chevron Canada are two distinct entities, and that the latter can’t be held liable for the debts of the former. The plaintiffs, in other legal words, could not “pierce the corporate veil,” Hainey ruled.In their written arguments before the Appeal Court, the Ecuadorians call that premise absurd. They maintain Chevron Corp. has collected more than US$25 billion in dividends from its wholly owned operating subsidiaries, including Chevron Canada.“What principle of justice is advanced that allows Chevron parent’s shareholders to collect at least US$25 billion in dividends and yet excludes the enforcement of a judgment against Chevron Canada, 100 per cent owned by Chevron parent?” their factum states. “Heads, Chevron parent and its shareholders win; tails, Chevron parent victims lose and suffer.”Chevron, with 1,500 subsidiaries and $225 billion annual revenues, insists the Ecuadorian judgment should not be honoured under any circumstances.“The Ecuadorian judgment was obtained by fraud from a corrupt legal system, including by the bribing of the trial judge,” the company says in its factum. “It would be contrary to Canadian public policy and natural justice to recognize and enforce the Ecuadorian judgment.”Even if the award were valid, the company argues, Hainey was correct to rule it could only be enforced against Chevron Corp. and not the Canadian subsidiary, which no one accuses of wrongdoing in Ecuador.Roughly 47 plaintiffs representing about 30,000 villagers trace their action to 1993, when they first sued Texaco, later bought by Chevron, for pollution of 1,500 square kilometres of rain forest in northern Ecuador that fouled streams, drinking water and garden plots.They ultimately won their US$9.5-billion judgment in 2013. However, Chevron no longer has assets in the South American country, prompting the villagers to pursue enforcement in several other countries, including Canada, so far to no avail.The Canadian action, which began in 2012, aims to have Chevron Canada pay the award on the basis that a company cannot hide behind a subsidiary to avoid its creditors.In an earlier round of the legal battle, the Ontario Appeal Court and the Supreme Court of Canada recognized the region in which the “poor and vulnerable” Ecuadorians live has suffered extensive environmental pollution that seriously disrupted their lives. Those courts also ruled the Ecuadorians could pursue their claim in Canada, although Hainey’s summary judgment — if upheld after this week’s hearing — could effectively spell the end of that effort.As part of their attempt to at least win in the court of public opinion, the Ecuadorians planned a news conference in Toronto on Monday to make the case that the villagers are standing up for communities around the globe against powerful and polluting multinationals.The villagers maintain the region has seen higher rates of cancer and other illnesses due to the pollution. They also say the award — if they ever collect it — would be put in trust and used to remediate the lands and water, and improve their health conditions.For its part, Chevron argues the villagers’ health concerns are unproven or vastly overstated, and that any quarrel they might have about polluted lands should be with the Ecuadorian government and the country’s national oil company.last_img read more

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Hospital Foundation is hosting the Silver Jubilee reflecting 25 years of fundraising and service in the Region.The Silver Jubilee celebration takes place on November 2, 2019, at the Pomeroy Hotel & Conference Centre. The Ralph Pomeroy Ballroom will be transformed into a glamorous Silver Bell’s vision as the evening will include a traditional holiday meal with live entertainment from local musician Kevin Hicks. There will be a raffle for prizes such as the Gift of Flight from WestJet, shares the Hospital Foundation. The night also includes a live painting done by Peace Region artist Mary Parslow and a chance to bid on items including Christmas Trees and vacation package. Tickets are available online at www.fsjhospitalfoundation.ca, at the Foundation office by calling 250-261-7563 or in person at the office around the corner from the gift shop. Tickets are $100 per person or $800 for a table of eight. Proceeds from the “Be An Angel” Gala fund the Fort St. John Hospital Foundation and help support the purchase of much-needed medical equipment and enhance patient comfort and care at the Fort St. John Hospital and Peace Villa Residential Care Facilities. If you would like to donate an item to the auctions or discuss sponsorship opportunities, please contact the office at 250-261-7563 or via email at [email protected]last_img read more