Texans’ Kenny Stills has felony charges dropped ‘in the interest of justice’ after protest arrest

first_imgThe non-felony charges have not been lifted. O’Connell wrote his office would “continue to review the misdemeanors and violations for prosecution at a later date.”Stills has been an active participant in protests against the killing of Breonna Taylor by members of the Louisville police department, who have not been charged following her death. Stills, who was part of a group protesting at the home of Kentucky’s attorney general, said he and the 86 others arrested July 14 were peacefully assembled in the streets and should not have been reprimanded.”While we do believe the LMPD had probable cause for the (felony) charge, in the interest of justice and the promotion of the free exchange of ideas, we will dismiss that charge for each protestor arrested this past Tuesday,” wrote O’Connell. Texans wide receiver Kenny Stills won’t face felony charges for his participation in a Louisville protest against police, district attorney Mike O’Connell announced Friday afternoon.Stills had been arrested on July 14 and charged with intimidating a participant in the legal process, a felony, as well as misdemeanor disorderly conduct and criminal trespass. Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell is dismissing felony charges brought against #BreonnaTaylor protesters who were arrested at Kentucky AG Daniel Cameron’s residence earlier this week which included #Texans Kenny Stills. (@KSTiLLS) pic.twitter.com/Mv3GvzPDDr— patrick (@PatDStat) July 17, 2020MORE: Kenny Stills speaks out following arrestStills earlier this week tweeted out his mugshot accompanied by a message about his social justice mission, which remains undeterred by his brief detainment.”Arrested for peacefully protesting,” Stills wrote. “While Breonnas Taylor’s murderers are still out on the street.”“Good trouble” with my brothers and sisters- organized by @untilfreedom.Arrested for peacefully protesting. While Breonnas Taylor’s murderers are still out on the street.#ArrestTheCops #JusticeForBreonna#BlackLivesMatter pic.twitter.com/GmJUjl7Ezv— Kenny Stills (@KSTiLLS) July 15, 2020last_img read more

Mom charged for leaving toddler in car while working at Broward County strip club

first_imgA 23-year-old woman is behind bars after police say she left her 3-year-old daughter alone in a car for about three hours while she worked at a Lauderhill strip club.Manouchika Daniels, of Miami, faces one count of child neglect.According to an arrest report, a bystander called 911 around 2 a.m. Tuesday morning after the young girl was seen crying and roaming around the Vegas Cabaret parking lot.Police arrived on the scene and found the toddler who appeared to be confused and had no adult supervision.The little girl led police to a black Toyota Corolla vehicle which was turned off, police said.Police added that a window in the vehicle was slightly rolled down and that there were toys and a car seat in the back seat.Daniels approached the responding officers about 30 to 40 minutes later, identifying herself as the owner of the vehicle and the child’s mother, according to the report.The 3-year-old had been left sleeping in the car since around 11 p.m, according to police.Daniels was arrested and taken to Broward County jail where she remains on $5,000 bond as of Thursday afternoon.Daniel’s daughter was placed in the custody of Child Protective Services.last_img read more

Science: Knowing vs. Crowing

first_imgPlant genes:  PhysOrg proudly announced an “evolution coup” describing a study that “reveals how plants protect their genes.”Chimp tools:  Anthropologists watched chimpanzees hunt army ants in Africa, and saw the light.  “Chimps pack specialized tools,” reported Live Science.  The researchers explained that this “could shed light on the evolution of humans,” according to reporter Charles Q. Choi.Human tools:  Speaking of tools shedding light on evolution, Science Daily said that a survey of stone tools in Botswana “sheds new light on how humans in Africa adapted to several substantial climate change events during the period that coincided with the last Ice Age in Europe.”  One anthropologist gave an eyewitness account of a history he never witnessed: “As water levels in the lake went down, or during times when they fluctuated seasonally, wild animals would have congregated round the resulting watering holes on the lake bed,” he said.  “It’s likely that early human populations would have seen this area as a prolific hunting ground when food resources in the region were more concentrated than at times when the regional climate was wetter and food was more plentiful and the lake was full of water.”  His subjects were unavailable for comment.Seed light:  Light was also shed on evolution in a report on PhysOrg.  A new paper in American Journal of Botany is helping solve Darwin’s “abominable mystery” about the evolution of flowering plants (angiosperms).  Researchers peering into seeds are finding “clues into the evolution of the first flowers,” the article claimed.  The findings “shed some light on the possible role of the endosperm in early angiosperms,” but not whether angiosperms evolved in the first place.Evolve or perish:  “A dinosaur-killing asteroid may have wiped out much of life on Earth 65 million years ago,” stated as if this is obviously true by Live Science.  Jeremy Hsu of Astrobiology Magazine talks like he knows just how life survived.  The story revolves around microbes named mixotrophs.  Presumably this sheds light on how larger organisms also survived, because some of them (like birds and mammals) obviously did.Science last week printed two warm, complimentary stories about Hopi Hoekstra (Harvard), the peppered-mice lady (see 08/28/2009) and how her research is shedding light on evolution.  “We’re trying to reconstruct the evolutionary path, genetic step by genetic step,” she said, with kudos from her colleagues.  No one questioned whether fur color changes in mice has anything to do with molecules-to-man evolution.1.  Eliot Marshall, “VA Pulls the Plug on Disputed Study of Gulf War Illness,” Science, 11 September 2009: Vol. 325. no. 5946, pp. 1324-1325, DOI: 10.1126/science.325_1324.2.  Feazel et al, “Opportunistic pathogens enriched in showerhead biofilms,” Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, September 14, 2009, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0908446106.3.  To avoid panic, we should realize that bacteria are with us constantly.  “In our daily lives, we humans move through a sea of microbial life that is seldom perceived except in the context of potential disease and decay,” the authors said, pointing out that there may be a million bacteria per square meter in the air in your house, and ten million in a liter of tap water.  The ones who should be concerned are “persons with compromised immune or pulmonary system.”  Still, you might want to avoid breathing in the aerosol directly from the showerhead, as this could invite mycobacteria into the lungs in higher quantities than normal.These articles speak for themselves.  The Darwinists pontificate on things they cannot possibly know.  Scientific verification should be directly proportional to the detail available for study, but with evolution, the detail available is inversely proportional to the chutzpah in the press releases.  Wandering in the dark of their naturalistic world view, evolutionists are blind guides thinking each new tall tale is going to shed light on evolution.  Don’t follow them into the ditch.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 Every week, it seems, some new discovery casts doubt on common scientific knowledge.  News reports about embarrassing finds contrast sharply with confident claims about less observable things – like evolution.Mystery illness:  Science reported last week that the Veterans Administration has pulled the plug on research about “Gulf War Syndrome.”1  Why?  The suite of ailments from the first gulf war did not re-materialize in the second gulf war, and no one is sure there even is a biological cause.  Yet the “syndrome” was widely reported in the news at the time and led to lawsuits and investigations.  There may have been other causes, like exposure to sarin toxin, but nobody is sure what it was, or if it was psychological.  Was it much ado about nothing?  Science has not been able to say one way or the other for 18 years.Squid mixup:  A common belief about neurons has been turned on its head.  NPR and New Scientist reported that modeling human neuron energetics based on squid neurons is misleading.  Mammalian brain cells are apparently much more efficient than the easily-studied neurons in squid, which had been used to model neuron efficiency.  One researcher noted from this discovery how much we have to learn: “There is always this tendency that if you’re working in an area and your experiments are working well and you’re getting good data, to not think of the larger context in which this is occurring.”Rethinking hate crime:  Who hasn’t heard about the menace of hate crimes?  There ought to be a law.  That’s the common reaction to well-publicized crimes motivated by hate against particular groups, but Science Daily reported that criminologists at the University of Leicestor are rethinking the concept.  The article said, “many hate crimes are in fact lower-level forms of harassment committed by so-called ‘normal’ people who may not necessarily ‘hate’ their victim.”  Although the researchers supported hate crime legislation, their findings seem to undermine the reason for the legislation in the first place.Rain gauge:  Scientists at the University of Mexico in Mexico City announced a surprise: measurements of rain by meteorologists may be way off the true amount.  Live Science reported this “audacious” proposal “the scientists, and not the instruments, have been wrong.”  At issue is whether raindrops are able to break a “speed limit” used in scientific models.  The result: “meteorologists relying on specialized rain gauges or Doppler radar over the years might have been overestimating the amount of rainfall by as much as 20 percent.”Shower risk:  Here’s another thing to worry about.  Your showerhead may be teeming with disease bacteria.  A paper in PNAS2 said that biofilms inside your showerhead may harbor many more opportunistic disease bacteria than previously thought.  They’re kidding, right?  Surely health scientists have been on top of this.  “Despite implication as a potential source of disease, the microbial composition of the showerhead environment is poorly known,” they said.  “Characterization of natural microbial communities by use of culture techniques may drastically under-sample the actual numbers and diversity, because most microbes are not readily cultured with standard methods.”  If you are running to soak your showerhead in bleach, they said that some of the worst types are resistant to chlorine.  Maybe it’s time to use the bathtub.3 These articles were about subjects right under the scientists’ noses, so to speak.  They raise serious questions about what other scientific claims hold up to scrutiny and what other commonly-accepted notions will be undermined tomorrow.  When it comes to Darwinism, though, science reporters seem to cast all caution to the wind and make wildly confident pronouncements:last_img read more

5 Reasons to Wait for iPad 2.0

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 3. Annotations for iBooksOne thing the Kindle has going for it in the realm of e-books is its ability to allow for bookmarking, highlighting, and annotations of text. Not mentioned during the iPad demo of iBooks? Those three same features. In fact, no use case for education was even presented during the presentation and no giant e-textbook was projected on the screen behind Jobs’ head. Yet these features are especially are important in selling an e-reader, especially if you want to convince college students to buy the device. Today’s students, who mark up their textbooks with notes and highlighting, would have little use for an iBook’s “read-only” nature. That means if iBooks are ever to compete with Kindle e-books, Apple will have to add in more interactivity in a future version of the iPad. Until then, colleges are likely to hold off on recommending the device to students, just as they’re doing now. 2. Voice Calls to Come LaterAnother possibility for future iPad editions is that the (hopefully then webcam-enabled) device will also offer another critical component necessary for the implementation of video chat: voice. Although the iPad touts a microphone and speakers, how exactly voice chat will be implemented is still anyone’s guess. The most logical choice, though, would be to allow for VoIP functionality via an app as opposed to a full-on cellular voice plan and the accompanying monthly bill that would require. Instead, allowing for VoIP apps would be something that could be added to any iPad model – even the entry-level, Wi-Fi-only one. Plus, the iPad SDK reveals clues that this, too, could be coming in the future. Unless Apple just got really sloppy putting together the iPad emulator, then the “Touch to return to call” option that appears in some emulator screens could easily be a hint of things to come. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… With yesterday’s reveal of the iPad now past, we can finally put myth and speculation behind us and focus on the reality that is Apple’s entry into the tablet PC business. Whether the iPad is revolutionary or evolutionary is still hotly debated, but what we do know is that the computer, despite its elegance and blazing fast speed, is a decidedly first-generation device. Although one day after the product’s announcement may be too soon to discuss what’s coming in the next version of the iPad, we’ve already come across several reasons to wait… and some of those reasons are hidden away in the new iPad SDK (software development kit) itself. UPDATE, March 2, 2011. Version 2 of the iPad arrived just over 13 months after we published this post. Click here to check it out: All the Details on Apple’s iPad 2: Specs, Pricing, Release Date1. Wait for the Camera – It’s ComingAs Mike Melanson pointed out yesterday, the lack of a camera in the iPad is potentially a “killer” issue for this once highly anticipated device. Without the ability to capture images and video, the iPad looks a lot less functional than the netbooks Steve Jobs happily ridiculed as “cheap” on stage during the event. Cheap they may be, but at least video chat is possible! Even the Facebook app he demoed – the same one ported over from the iPhone – is missing key features: the ability to post photos and videos shot with your mobile device. But while the camera’s omission is troubling, all hope is not lost. According to some early looks at the iPhone/iPad’s SDK, there’s an interface for a camera already implemented. In the Contacts application found in the kit’s emulator, for example, you can tap the “Add Photo” button to add a picture to go along with the contact information. After doing so, a pop-up appears asking if you would like to “take photo” or “choose existing photo.” Really, take photo? Of course, this is by no means definitive proof that the camera is coming to the next gen iPad – Apple could have simply reused the iPhone’s Contacts app in the iPad emulator and forgot to remove this option. However it’s likely that, if anything, a camera will be the next big feature added in order to encourage sales of iPad 2.0. sarah perez Tags:#Analysis#Apple#NYT#web 4. Hold out for VerizonWhile there is no proof that Apple intends to end their exclusive contract with AT&T in order to offer a CDMA version of the iPhone (and now the iPad), there have been ongoing reports that the two companies are talking. Well, at least according to anonymous “sources,” that is. However, journalists covering the tech beat aren’t the only ones touting the imminent forthcoming Verizon partnership – analysts are saying so, too. According to Canaccord Adams analyst Mark Misek, a Verzion 4G iPhone model will arrive in June. Will a Verizon iPad soon follow? Possibly. But even if it doesn’t arrive by iPad 2.0’s launch, you’ll still have plenty of other features to dull the pain of having to sign up – yet again, iPhone owners – with AT&T. 5. Wait for Multitasking via OS 4.0Finally, there is the OS component. The iPad is built on the operating system that powers both iPhone and iPod Touch devices, iPhone OS. The current version of the tablet runs iPhone OS 3.2, but not, as hoped, a newer version of that same OS, version 4.0. According to sources, iPhone OS 4.0 is said to offer a new way to run applications in the background via multitasking. This feature, notably left out of the current operating system due to battery drain, says Apple, is a key selling point for the company’s latest competitor, Android, the mobile OS designed by Google.However, a somewhat overlooked bit from the iPad announcement is the news that the new device runs Apple’s own processor, the A4. This new, speedy, high-performance 1 GHz chip is also touted on Apple’s website as a “low-power system-on-a-chip.” Not only does this proprietary tech make the iPad “crazy fast,” its ability to use less power could mean that it will – you guessed it! – not drain the battery as fast as before. So why not let the iPad multitask right out-of-the-gate then? Because Apple wants to push the multitasking update to all its iPhone OS 4.0 devices at the same time. That means cramming a smaller version of the A4 into the power-hungry iPhones and iPod Touches then announcing that those people with the new devices can multitask thanks to the new technology. Speculation? Sure. But possible? Definitely. Of course, you probably won’t need new iPad 2.0 hardware for this – the feature will come via a software update and likely even sooner than iPad 2.0. It will just sweeten the deal when you get ready to buy the second generation tablet device. Let the Early Adopters Have This OneSo unless you’re an early adopter, serious Apple fanboy or girl, or fortunate enough to have a good bit of disposable income for gadget buys, holding out for the next generation iPad may be worthwhile if all the above comes to pass. That being said, those of us who pen reports such as these are already emptying our piggybanks and counting our change in anticipation of the iPad’s arrival in Apple Stores. We won’t hold it against you if you do the same. Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

“Freedom from Cancer” project helps 154 patients

first_imgA “Freedom from Cancer” project, launched by a cancer speciality hospital here, has helped out adults suffering from blood cancer, enabling them to lead a normal life, with the treatment facilitated by philanthropists, charitable trusts and individual donors. As many as 154 cancer patients have benefited from free chemotherapy and investigation and nursing facilities.Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital took up the project in August 2015 for making an effective intervention in the treatment of cancer patients who were unable to bear the expenses. Patients suffering from Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) blood cancer, which affects bone marrow and blood as a result of chromosomal mutation and abnormality, were selected as the beneficiaries.Hospital’s Director (Clinical Services) S.G. Kabra told The Hindu here on Friday that a total of 212 CML patients were registered for treatment till June 30, and 154 of them, including 82 males and 72 females, were receiving free medicines and being monitored regularly. Fifty-eight of the registered patients were disconnected from the socially supported project for default and other reasons.Dr. Kabra said all the beneficiaries were cancer-free and were leading a normal productive life. The emphasis was on “target therapy” through Imatinib drug, which had turned out to be a very effective medicine internationally, he said and added that the drug had led to complete and long-lasting remission of CML in over 85% of the patients.CML was the first cancer that was linked to chromosomal mutation, described in the medical circles as the Philadelphia chromosome. “If the cancer promoting enzyme could be inhibited, the cancer growth stops. The research led to development of Imatinib in 1990 and its human trial was conducted in 1998, after which the FDA approved it in 2001,” said Dr. Kabra.The medicine acts only on cancer cells, keeping other dividing cells of the body unaffected and leaving virtually no side effects. Taming of one’s deadly CML blood cancer illustrated the struggle and sustained fight against cancer, affirmed Dr. Kabra, who is also a medical science researcher and activist.The project has helped people like Parmeshwari Devi, 50, for whom the costly treatment was unaffordable, and Meera Devi, 48, wife of a vegetable vendor, who has been getting free Imatinib medication. Similarly, Kapil Kumar Vyas, 45, working at a marble shop in Makrana, is free of cancer as a result of the project’s intervention.The “Donate a Life” fund being operated by the hospital for children as a parallel measure has helped treat 85 kids. The fund’s beneficiaries are children below 14 years of age suffering from any of the three types of curable blood cancers – acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, acute promylocytic leukaemia and Hodgkin’s lymphoma.last_img read more

Video: Georgia, Alabama Players Had To Be Separated On The Field Pre-Game

first_imgGeorgia and Alabama players had to be separated during pregame warmups.Georgia-Bama Pre-GameAlabama and Georgia are less than a half hour away from kick-off, and emotions are already running high in Athens. According to media members on the scene, Georgia and Alabama players engaged in some taunting pre-game, with Bulldog players meeting the Crimson Tide as the team took the field. Oh my, Georgia players rushing to the sideline to get in faces of Bama players as they come on the field. Refs had some work separating them— Pat Forde (@YahooForde) October 3, 2015Looked like a good bit of chest-bumping between Alabama and Georgia players when UA came out of the tunnel onto the field— Tommy Deas (@tommydeas) October 3, 2015Alabama player jumped up/down coming out of tunnel in corner of UGA endzone, Georgia players responded with own jumping. But no brawl— Jeff Schultz (@JeffSchultzAJC) October 3, 2015AL.com’s Michael Casagrande has video of the mini-altercation.Almost got ugly pre game. Alabama and Georgia players barking. Refs separate them. pic.twitter.com/0rzui88i5O— Michael Casagrande (@ByCasagrande) October 3, 2015This game is shaping up to be an intense one.last_img read more

Financials and industrials push TSX higher as US stocks also gain ground

first_imgTORONTO — The financial and industrial sectors helped boost Canada’s main stock index in late morning trading, while U.S. stock markets also traded higher.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 109.42 points at 15,053.51.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 195.07 points at 24,943.80. The S&P 500 index was up 10.73 at 2,692.90, while the Nasdaq composite was up 29.64 points at 7,112.34.The Canadian dollar traded down at 74.88 cents US compared with an average of 75.25 cents US on Tuesday.The January crude contract was down 70 cents at US$50.86 per barrel and the January natural gas contract was up 17.9 cents at US$4.47 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was down 70 cents at US$1,212.70 an ounce and the March copper contract was up 5.25 cents at US$2.78 a pound.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Japan court OKs 10day detention for Nissans exchair Ghosn

first_imgTOKYO — A Japanese court says it has approved prosecutors’ request to keep Nissan’s former chairman Carlos Ghosn in detention for another 10 days.The Tokyo District Court said Sunday that the approval is for prosecutors to investigate further his third allegation of breach of trust for causing Nissan a loss of 1.8 billion yen in 2008.Sunday’s extension will keep Ghosn at the Tokyo detention house until New Year’s Day.Ghosn and another executive Greg Kelly were arrested Nov. 19 and charged with underreporting Ghosn’s income for 2011-2015.The fresh allegations were filed Friday, a day after a court rejected prosecutors’ request for a longer detention of Ghosn and Kelly.The Associated Presslast_img

Little results from first ministers meeting but at least nobody stormed out

first_imgFord at least did not follow through on a threat to walk out of the meeting, which he had criticized for being too narrowly focused on Trudeau’s priority _ reducing interprovincial trade barriers _ and not enough on the priorities of provinces and territories.Trudeau managed to mollify the premiers by letting them talk about whatever they wanted.“Everything was discussed,” said Blaine Higgs, New Brunswick’s Conservative premier and the chair of the meeting from the premiers’ side. “I was encouraged by the kind of no-holds-barred discussion. That’s what we wanted and that’s what we got.”Higgs, who had never attended a first ministers meeting before, said many of the others “said this was one of the most productive meetings they’ve been in for a long time.”Trudeau and all the premiers, including Ford, signed onto a final communique that was long on general statements about working collaboratively to create jobs, grow the economy, protect the environment, reduce red tape and knock down barriers to trade between provinces.After spending the biggest chunk of time discussing the oil-price crisis that is devastating Alberta’s energy industry, everyone agreed in the communique with Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s call for federal investments in short-, medium- and long-term help to get her province’s oil and gas to ports for shipment overseas. Alberta has been suffering from a glut of oil that has been trapped inland, away from buyers, because there hasn’t been enough transportation capacity to get it out. Customers have only been willing to take it at a steep discount to world prices.The communique says all agreed the federal government should invest in short-term support for energy businesses hammered by the price differential for Alberta’s oil. The federal government should also invest in medium-term efforts to get energy products to market _ which Notley took as supporting her plan to buy tanker cars to move oil by rail _ as well as long-term efforts to build the infrastructure, presumably pipelines, needed to get oil and gas to tidewater.“I am pleased to say that the vast majority, if not all, supported what I had to say,” Notley said. “I am pleased that we were able to spend more time on the agenda talking about something that I think everyone understands is fundamentally important to the economic well-being of every Canadian.”The communique acknowledged that while all first ministers agree on reducing carbon emissions, they disagree on how to go about it. Four conservative premiers, Ford, Saskatchewan’s Scott Moe, Higgs and Pallister, are going to court to challenge the federal plan to impose a price on carbon in their provinces starting in the new year. MONTREAL _ Prime Minister Justin Trudeau managed to keep the peace at what began as a tension-filled first ministers meeting Friday but had few concrete achievements to show for the day-long gathering.The one sour note was sounded by Ontario’s Progressive Conservative premier, Doug Ford, who accused Trudeau of moving the goalposts on Canada’s climate-change plans, requiring Ontario to cut its greenhouse-gas emissions more than Ford had expected.But other premiers, including fellow Conservative Brian Pallister from Manitoba, disputed Ford’s interpretation of what the prime minister said behind closed doors in Montreal and Trudeau himself dismissed the charge.center_img Under the Paris agreement, the Trudeau government has agreed to reduce Canada’s greenhouse gas emissions by 30 per cent below 2005 levels by 2030. Ford said his plan will achieve emission reductions of 30 per cent in Ontario _ without a carbon tax _ but that the prime minister told premiers some provinces will have to do better than that.“All of sudden, we have a little surprise in the room. The goalposts got changed,” he said.Moe backed Ford’s version of events but Pallister said there was “nothing new” in what Trudeau said.Federal officials pointed out that 30 per cent is a national target and that under the pan-Canadian climate change accord, provinces agreed to varying reductions to reach that goal. In any event, Nova Scotia Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil said all Trudeau said during the meeting was that some provinces will cut emissions more than others, not that they will be required to do so.“On climate change, I think it’s clear that Premier Ford and I differ on the matter,” Trudeau said during a closing news conference. “I believe that we need to put a price on pollution … He believes we should make pollution free again.”Ford’s recently unveiled climate-change plan is a “step backwards,” Trudeau said, noting that the Ontario premier has scrapped his province’s involvement in a cap-and-trade regime with Quebec and California.“Even though the premier may want to play games with numbers, what is clear is we are going to move forward, as we always have, in a very consistent way and if anyone is moving the goalposts, it’s Premier Ford.”Although Ford had been at the centre of demands to expand the agenda for the meeting, sources said neither he nor any member of his team was in the room when one of the issues he’d insisted upon, the influx of irregular border crossers, was discussed.Despite some of the pre-meeting theatrics, sources, who were not authorized to speak publicly, also said Ford spoke only several times during the meeting and did not bother to use his translation device when French was spoken.Among the few concrete results to emerge from the meeting, Moe said Trudeau committed to amending Bill C-69, legislation to beef up environmental assessments for energy projects. The bill has been heavily criticized for creating regulatory hurdles and uncertainty that will scare off investors in things like pipelines.Trudeau would not specify what changes he’s willing to make but said there need to be “clearer and faster timelines so businesses can have certainty” and elimination of overlapping federal and provincial assessments. He noted that the bill is currently before the Senate and said he looks forward to any amendments the upper house may make.A spokesman for the Canadian Chamber of Commerce said that while the group was happy to hear the government was willing to make changes to Bill C-69, it had hoped for more concrete action on issues affecting the oil and gas sector.Phil Taylor said the premiers should have promised not to block interprovincial energy and infrastructure projects, such as pipelines, that originate outside of their jurisdiction.On interprovincial trade barriers, the first ministers agreed to what the communique called “bold steps” harmonizing standards in the trucking sector, including tire size and size and weight restrictions, and eliminating duplication in federal and provincial food safety regimes.Pallister, who has been crusading to reduce internal trade barriers for years, was thrilled to finally see some modest progress.“Each of these things on their own doesn’t sound like a big deal but they add up and there are literally hundreds and hundreds of these types of impediments to our ability to do business with each other and shouldn’t be there,” he said.last_img read more