Quebec halts TransCanadas exploratory drilling in Cacouna

MONTREAL — A judge has suspended exploratory drilling for the TransCanada oil terminal in eastern Quebec after objections by environmentalists.The decision by Quebec Superior Court Justice Claudine Roy to grant a temporary injunction on Tuesday stops the Alberta-based company from conducting seismic surveys in Cacouna until Oct. 15. That work involved studying the composition of the sea bed in that part of the Lower St. Lawrence to determine where the port could be built.The marine terminal would allow TransCanada to export oil transported from the Alberta oilsands as part of its Energy East pipeline project, which has been submitted to the National Energy Board.It is estimated that the equivalent of one million barrels of crude oil would be transported daily through the 4,600-kilometre pipeline to refineries and terminals in Quebec and New Brunswick. TransCanada says Quebec could get tax revenues of more than $2 billion by combining the design and construction phase as well as operation of the pipeline.According to the ruling, Quebec’s Environment Department authorized the drilling without obtaining the answers it was seeking from Fisheries and Oceans Canada.“If the minister did not get the answers to his questions, he should have continued the process or at least explained why he suddenly decided to recommend approval,” the judge wrote.She also noted that “TransCanada provided no specific information on the impact of a suspension of work for that period, other than an economic hardship.”The judge acknowledged it is “unfortunate” the company suffers the consequences of a “perceived deficiency” in the approval process but added she is making her ruling because an endangered species is involved.Roy also criticized Environment Minister David Heurtel, suggesting he had not fullfilled his mandate. “According to the law on environmental quality, the minister, before giving approval, must ensure that the emission of contaminants into the environment will be in accordance with the law and regulations,” she wrote.The decision also pointed out that TransCanada filed its application on May 26 and has refused to sign an assurance that its work will not harm the whales.The four environment groups that petitioned the court wanted work suspended during a period they believe is critical for beluga mothers and their calves in the region.Documents filed by lawyers for the environmentalists alleged that the Quebec and federal governments ignored expert advice about the belugas.TransCanada has argued it had all the proper permits and was sensitive to the belugas in the area. Greenpeace spokesman Patrick Bonin said drilling could resume after Oct. 15 but that TransCanada’s permit is valid until November.“Belugas start to leave the area around the 15th,” he said.He added that environmentalists would like to cancel the permits for the drilling and that hearings on that could begin in February.TransCanada said in a statement Tuesday it is studying the court judgment and that it obtained all the necessary approval and permits to proceed with the work. read more

Winston Churchill was probably sexually abused as a boy House of Cards

Michael Dobbs Chalke Valley, a "living history" festival Churchill began boarding at St George’s in 1882, aged just seven. The school was founded five years earlier by The Reverend Herbert William Sneyd-Kynnersley as a boys’ Prep School. However, Sneyd-Kynnersley, the son of a Birmingham magistrate who as headmaster taught Latin and Greek, was well known for severely floggings his pupils, including Churchill.Lord Dobbs, who was Chief of Staff under Margaret Thatcher, said: “His first days at his first school – St George’s in Ascot – run by a Reverend Sneyd-Kynnersley, a man who was brutish in his violence even by Victorian standards.“Winston was one day found to have stolen a packet of sugar. For that crime he was taken to the headmaster’s study and thrashed. He had to be broken. Winston Churchill offers his most famous salute in later life Winston Churchill offers his most famous salute in later life Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. “He was stripped, held down over a beating block, and thrashed and thrashed again until the blood was coming from the wounds. And, it was only after this appalling treatment was discovered by his nanny that his parents eventually took him from this school.” Michael Dobbs Explaining how as a novelist he began his research “from inside the head” of his subject, the peer said: “Before I got to grips with Winston, I wanted to know who the man was. What made him react, what made him joyful, what drove him on? He was a driven man. He was obsessive in many ways. Churchill, aged 19, in the uniform of the Fourth Queen’s Own Hussars Chalke Valley, a “living history” festivalCredit:Tom Pilston Churchill, aged 19, in the uniform of the Fourth Queen's Own Hussars “But, Winston wasn’t like the rest of us. After he recovered from that thrashing he found an opportunity to sneak back into that headmaster’s study and stole the headmaster’s straw boater, that he used for official occasions.“He took that straw boater – the sign of authority – to the woods and for one glorious afternoon kicked the crap out of it. Not bad for an eight year old boy who had just been so cruelly abused.“Winston wasn’t like most of us. There was something inside him. In that eight year old boy I could see some of the origins of the 65 year old man.” Churchill was removed from the school in 1884 and went Brunswick School in Hove where his academic performance improved. He eventually went to Harrow.“Sneyd-Kynnersley was trying to break this young boy. That was when he developed a nervous stutter. He became a very sickly young boy. Had it been done to me I would have said, ‘Look, what is it I have to do to stop this?’ “You don’t become great by being nice and kind and cuddly. You become great by doing things that other people simply don’t have the gumption or having the opportunity to do.“I felt it necessary to understand the young child. He didn’t have a difficult childhood – he had an impossible childhood.“He was neglected, he was abused physically, emotionally and probably sexually too.” Winston Churchill, Britain’s most famous Prime Minister and greatest wartime leader, was “probably sexually abused”, the novelist Lord Dobbs has claimed. The Conservative peer, who has researched the life of Churchill and written numerous fictional novels about the politician’s time in office, made the allegation while giving a talk entitled ‘Churchill: the origins of greatness’.Although, he did not say who may have abused Churchill, Lord Dobbs gave a vivid account of how at the age of eight Churchill was stripped naked by the founder of his boys’ school and repeatedly thrashed.The experience at St George’s School in Ascot, Berkshire, was said to have left him both physically and emotionally scarred.Lord  Dobbs, the author of the famous House of Cards political thriller series, told Chalke Valley History Festival in Wiltshire: “He [Churchill] was neglected, he was abused physically, emotionally and probably sexually too.” read more

Argentina going to Brazil with 7 LNH players

← Previous Story EHF CUP (Round 3): Fuchse strike Nantes – Hamburg in Sweden Next Story → TOP 5 GOALS: “Romanian princess” bomb attack on Suslina Argentina handballlaura agena Argentina’s coach Eduardo Gallardo has nominated 19 players for the ‘Four Nations’ to be disputed in Brazil between October 30th and November 1st, with the participation of the host nation, Algeria and Egypt. Leonardo Querín (Billère, FRA), with an ankle injury, will be the only absent from the squad that took gold in Canelones, Uruguay on the Pan American earlier this year.Argentina’s only doubt as of today is Montpellier’s Diego Simonet, who suffered an ankle injury last week against Toulouse. Results are being awaited to know the extent of the injury, which made him miss the Champions League clash against Veszprem and tonight’s French league match against St.Raphael. If everything turns out as good as expected from both Montpellier and the Argentine NT, then the playmaker should be present in Brazil.Goalkeepers: Matías Schulz (Nantes, FRA), Fernando García (SM Vernon, FRA)Line players: Gonzalo Carou (Istres, FRA), Sergio Crevatín (SAG Almirante Brown, ARG), Mariano Cánepa (SAG Villa Ballester, ARG)Backs: Marco Arce (Ferro Carril Oeste, ARG), Juan Pablo Fernández (Unlu, ARG), Damián Migueles,Pablo Portela (RiverPlate, ARG), Diego Simonet (Montpellier, FRA), Pablo Simonet (Ivry, FRA), Sebastián Simonet (Ivry, FRA), Juan Manuel Vázquez (RiverPlate, ARG), Agustín Vidal (Maristas Algemesi, SPA), Federico Vieyra (Istres, FRA).Wings: Federico Fernández (Unlu, ARG), Adrián Portela (RiverPlate, ARG), Federico Pizarro (Unlu, ARG),  Facundo Cangiani (RiverPlate, ARG)TEXT: LAURA AGENA read more