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Kinder Morgan Canada Pipeline Plans Hits A Mountain Of Opposition

Thomson ReutersThe entrance for the Kinder Morgan Tank Farm is pictured in BurnabyBy Julie Gordon VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A Western Canadian pipeline once seen as the best near-term hope for sending more of the country's controversial tar sands crude to Asia has hit another snag: aboriginal communities intent on using the courts to block the proposed expansion. Kinder Morgan Energy Partners' C$5.4 billion ($4.8 billion) Trans Mountain expansion would twin a 60-year-old line running from the oil-rich province of Alberta to the coastal city of Vancouver, tripling its capacity. The pipeline expansion had been seen as sure bet because it uses an existing route. But a surge in municipal opposition in recent months has fueled industry worries that it will enter legal and regulatory limbo along with the unbuilt TransCanada Corp Keystone XL and Enbridge Inc Northern Gateway pipelines. The odds against the expansion are growing. Aboriginal communities along the route, angered by a consultation process they call unfair, are strategizing as a group on legal tactics they hope will stop the project dead. The expansion would help open international markets for Canadian oil producers, delivering billions in revenues. The National Energy Board is hearing traditional evidence from Aboriginal groups as part of the regulatory review this week. "The opposition is widespread and it is vehement, so we're going to continue this fight until the bitter end," said Grand Chief Stewart Phillip of the...  

NJ Politics Roundup: Sayreville football scandal bill; sports betting ...

TRENTON — Democrats in the state Senate are planning to introduce new legislation in response to the Sayreville High School football hazing scandal. SPORTS BETTING LAWSUIT A group of collegiate and professional sports leagues are asking a federal court to stop legalized sports betting from starting in New Jersey on Sunday.] POLL: SPORTS WAGERING Do you plan on driving to Monmouth Park this weekend to place a bet on sports games now that Gov. Chris Christie signed a law paving the way for legalized sports wagering in New Jersey? CHRISTIE STUMPS FOR BELL Christie made a campaign appearance for Jeff Bell, the underdog Republican candidate challenging U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), at a diner in Morristown on Monday. (See video above.)   LIVE VIDEO CHAT RECAP Watch a recap of NJ Advance Media's live video chat about New Jersey's congressional races. IN OTHER NEWS ... • U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-5th), the state's most conservative member of Congress, has found himself in a tight race. • The voting record of Roy Cho, the Democrat challenging Garrett, has raised questions about his residency. • The New Jersey State League of Municipalities wants the state to renew its controversial red light camera program. NJ Advance Media staff writers Christopher Baxter, Claude Brodesser-Akner, and Matt Friedman contributed to this report. Brent Johnson may be reached at bjohnson@njadvancemedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @johnsb01. Find NJ.com Politics on Faceb...  

Food and entertainment coupon book goes digital

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- The 2015 Entertainment Coupon Book is here, and it's going digital! Bruce Johnson is part of the organization called the 1000 Men Empowerment Group, and they are selling the books as a fundraiser. "This is something that will save you money! A portion of your purchase will go directly to a charitable organization which is Angel Tree," said Johnson. "The proceeds we raise is going to children of incarcerated parents." He is selling the 2015 Entertainment Book for $35, complete with a premiere dining pass, which means discounts on higher end restaurants. So far, it hasn't been a tough sell. "Thousands upon thousands of savings - anything from fine dining to casual dining to travel, everything has been put into the 2015 Entertainment Book," Johnson said. "You can see some of these coupons, some of them are worth $200, $300."It's a value that Lakesha Burns couldn't pass up!"I am always looking for a coupon for my family of five, so this is a really great deal," Burns said.While the book is bulky, you can find many of the coupons available for download on the mobile device via the Entertainment App. New offers are added to the app daily to offer even more savings. Geo-locators will let you find savings offers near you too. The discounts don't just stop at food. There are plenty of retail coupons, as well as entertainment deals. The book is full of hundreds of half off discounts and 2-for-1 offers for local restaurants, theaters, sporting events,...  

The Ad Industry Has Made Peace With Crowdsourcing

There are hordes of talented people out there just itching to be modern day mad men, willing to work on the cheap and on the fly. So how about it, Fortune 500 companies? Ready to turn your precious brand over to a stranger? Since the mid-2000s, Doritos has been making a high-profile event out of doing just that during the biggest football game of the year, but industry veterans say the business of fan-generated marketing is thriving even in the off season. See also: 'Jem and the Holograms' Movie Has Truly Outrageous Crowdsourcing TwistCrowdsourced advertising, they say, isn’t just for the Super Bowl anymore. James DeJulio, co-founder and chief executive of Santa Monica-based ad tech firm Tongal, says crowdsourced advertising is the Uber of the marketing world. There’s tremendous demand for a service – in this case, original content with a fresh voice for digital, social media and other platforms. And lucky for brand marketers, he says, there’s a passionate and motivated labor pool ready to step up for quick turnaround, low-cost projects. “It’s nontraditional work, and it’s a model that’s really starting to catch on,” DeJulio said. “And creative people are enabled by technology now to do what only big organizations could do before.” Those behemoths he’s referring to are traditional advertising agencies, which, predictably, have been less than thrilled with the crowdsourced ad movement. That...  

Ali Carter says his win over Shaun Murphy is the biggest of his career after ...

Ali Carter had not played since the World Championship in April © Getty Images Ali Carter has labelled winning the General Cup just weeks after completely chemotherapy for lung cancer as "the biggest of my career". Carter entered and won the Hong Kong event, which carries a £10,000 first prize. And the 35-year-old from Essex, who came from behind twice to beat former world champion Shaun Murphy, hopes to be an inspiration to others diagnosed with the disease. "It was so emotional," he told The Sun. "I only had three or four days' notice to go out there and play. "I could have cried off but I wanted to get away from everything. I was desperate to play again. It's that competitive spirit in me. "About three weeks ago the doctors told me that the job is done; the cancer is dead; it is not active. I had my last chemo two or three weeks ago and an operation on September 11 to burn off the last tumour in my body. "I was due to play in Bulgaria but I couldn't. My left arm was killing me. But when this came up there was no way I was backing down." Carter, who overcame testicular cancer last year and has dealt with Crohn's disease - which affects the digestive system - for years, added: "I was thousands of miles from home and it wasn't easy, but to keep going through each round was just remarkable. "Six weeks ago I was attached to a machine giving me chemo drugs and didn't have a hair on me. No eyebrows, nothing on my head. Now my phone is ringing off the hook with goodwi...  

Ten simple ways to rev up your metabolism

Spicy foods such as chilli increase the metabolic rate It's a stock excuse for many of us who weigh more than we would like - it's not that I overeat, it's just that I have a slow metabolism. In truth, aside from people who have certain recognised metabolic disorders, it's diet and exercise that are the biggest factors contributing to weight gain. That's not to say, however, that we shouldn't pay attention to our metabolism too. In fact, many top personal trainers say that boosting their clients' metabolism is the central element of their fitness regimes.Clinically speaking, the word metabolism covers a range of chemical activities in the body, such as the absorption of nutrients by the cells. The activity that most affects our body weight is the burning of food or fat to create energy - known as metabolic rate. Your basal, or resting, metabolic rate is the amount of calories the body needs to maintain essential functions, such as keeping your heart beating. This rate does vary from individual to individual - and is influenced by gender and age - but only by as little as 10pc, meaning there is very little difference between natural 'slow' and 'fast' metabolisms.The difference, then, is up to you. However, by eating recommended foods and doing certain activities, it is possible for anyone to raise their metabolic rate and by extension burn more body fat. Here are 10 of the best metabolism boosters…Eat breakfastYes, it seems that eating a hearty breakfast is the corners...  

New Jerseyans lukewarm to sports betting, poll shows

TRENTON — Gov. Chris Christie was betting a bill he signed into law last week would clear the way for legalized sports betting in New Jersey's casinos and horse-racing tracks, but New Jersey residents are less sure the proposal will provide a meaningful boost to Atlantic City. According to a poll released today, 44 percent of New Jersey residents say sports betting is a good step for Atlantic City while nearly half believe it’s either bad or will have no impact at all on the city hit with a serious of setbacks in recent years. Thirty-one percent of New Jersey residents said sports betting will have no impact and 17 percent said it will be bad for Atlantic City, according to the Rutgers-Eagleton Poll. The governor signed a law on Friday paving the way for legal sports wagering by repealing old state laws banning it. The move was the latest step by lawmakers and the administration to revitalize Atlantic City. Earlier, they approved online gambling for the casinos. But residents skeptical of online gambling. More than half, 55 percent, said online gambling in the state is bad for Atlantic City and 23 percent said it made no difference – only 5 percent said it was good for the shore city. “In the face of Atlantic City’s troubles, most New Jerseyans no longer think gambling is particularly good for the state,” said David Redlawsk, director of the Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling. “Nearly four decades after the first casi...  

Protecting Refugee Children and Adolescents in the Middle East and North Africa

At a UNHCR conference in Sharjah, UAE on October 16, Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone gave a speech entitled Investing in the Future: Protecting Refugee Children and Adolescents in the Middle East and North Africa. In her speech, Lynne focussed on ensuring adequate protection for refugee girls, who are particularly vulnerable to sexual violence. Lynne said: "I want to focus on the particular issue of violence against girls in conflict and emergency situations, and highlight how we need to forge a strong alliance to tackle this problem.  This is a difficult issue to address.  "Violence can make survivors feel ashamed, when they have done nothing wrong.  It has been a taboo subject for too long.  And it requires courage and sensitivity to change attitudes, to provide support and to make a lasting difference.  "Let us not forget the context of this conference, where in Syria we are witnessing the world's worst refugee crisis for 20 years.  Over 1.5 million Syrian children are now refugees across the wider region.  In addition to this, over 300,000 children have been displaced as a result of the conflict in Iraq and ISIL’s advances.  "All of these children have faced the distress and increased risk of violence related to fleeing their homes and communities, and many, particularly girls, have been the victims of abduction, rape and other forms of sexual and physical violence. "Duri...  

What's Youth Got to Do With It? Investing in Youth Sexual and Reproductive ...

“Half of the world’s population is under 30 – any development agenda would have to address their needs, including their health needs, as part of accomplishing development goals,” said Jennifer Adams, deputy assistant administrator at USAID’s Bureau for Global Health, at the Wilson Center on September 24. [Video Below] Failing to address youth sexual and reproductive needs has tremendous impacts on communities and families. Young women who give birth before age 18 face significant health risks, said Alisa Mautner Cameron, deputy director of USAID’s Office of Population and Reproductive Health. Complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the second leading cause of death for 15-to-19-year-old girls globally. Complications during pregnancy and childbirth are the second leading cause of death for 15-to-19-year-old girls But effective sexual and reproductive health programming can help mitigate these risks. “When we enable girls and young women to delay their first pregnancy through voluntary family planning programs, they can stay in school longer, join the workforce, and raise a healthier family,” Cameron said. These are issues that are being “directly addressed” by world leaders, said Adams, who had just returned from the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York, including discussions with leaders from the Sahel who are concerned about youth populations. C&...  

Paul Krugman, Amazon, and the left's backwards view of book-industry titans

More and more, Paul Krugman is turning into a caricature of himself. The Nobel Prize–winning New York Times columnist wrote an op-ed this week arguing that Amazon wields a dangerous amount of clout, using Amazon's dispute over book prices with Hachette publishing group as his prime evidence. Amazon "has too much power," Krugman writes, "and it uses that power in ways that hurt America." Krugman compares Amazon to the Big Oil robber barons of a century ago, arguing that no matter how much customers love Amazon, the e-tail giant is bad. ...Amazon's defenders often digress into paeans to online bookselling, which has indeed been a good thing for many Americans, or testimonials to Amazon customer service — and in case you're wondering, yes, I have Amazon Prime and use it a lot. But again, so what? The desirability of new technology, or even Amazon's effective use of that technology, is not the issue. After all, John D. Rockefeller and his associates were pretty good at the oil business, too — but Standard Oil nonetheless had too much power, and public action to curb that power was essential. [New York Times] There are a lot of problems with Krugman's stance. First off, it is usually understood that anti-trust action against a company with a dominant market position is justified only if that company uses its position to harm consumers. That's not what's happening here. The conflict between Amazon and Hachette was sparked because Amazon w...  


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