A Sense of Camaraderie Across the nation, 800,000 Federal workers missed their first paycheck Friday, Jan. 11, and could miss their next one Jan. 25 with Democrats and the White House at an impasse over President Donald Trump’s long-promised border wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. Bongiovi said it’s important not to get caught up in the politics of the situation and to focus on the people and families being impacted. New Jersey’s First Lady Tammy Snyder Murphy and Dorothea Bongiovi organized the lunch event, and said they plan to host more until the government shutdown ends. Photo by Chris Rotolo The Hackensack Meridian Health network (including Riverview Medical Center in Red Bank and Bayshore Medical Center in Holmdel) has announced it will waive co-pays and deductibles for emergency care for furloughed employees and families.The Community YMCA and YMCA of Western Monmouth County announced it will offer free facility access and childcare payment relief to furloughed workers and families in Monmouth County. The YMCA is also waiving monthly dues for existing members impacted by the shutdown.Red Bank Borough Schools announced a partnership with its food service provider, Chartwells, to provide free breakfast and lunch to students whose families have been impacted by the shutdown. “It’s the thought that makes a difference. It’s the thought of them reaching out and understanding our predicament,” Foley said. “For me it’s not about the meal. My husband works and we have cans of soup and food at home. This is about coming together with other people who are suffering through it and feeling like a family. It’s frustrating but we’re in it together.” EPA pollution official Kathleen Foley was one of the diners who ventured to the Red Bank eatery and said it was less about the meal and more about the sense of camaraderie she felt while spending time with others suffering the same plight. On a frigid Jan. 21 afternoon – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – the JBJ Soul Kitchen opened its doors for a special two-hour lunch session in which furloughed workers and their families could sit down for a free meal at the Monmouth Street establishment, with a menu that included two soup options, meatloaf, a fish dish and a chicken entree. The partial government shutdown began Dec. 22. Lunch Break, located at 121 Drs. James Parker Blvd in Red Bank, is offering furloughed employees and their families continental breakfast from 8:30 to 10 a.m. and a hot lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Murphy said she spoke to TSA employees who are still required to show up to work despite not collecting a paycheck for the past month and are trying to save money by carpooling to Newark Liberty Airport. RED BANK – In the midst of the longest federal government shutdown in the country’s history, local organizations, schools and even a Rock & Roll Hall of Famer have stepped up to make the lives of furloughed workers a little easier. Murphy said the first wave of diners included employees of the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and United States Coast Guard personnel. Murphy said it’s something they had been thinking of organizing for some time. In conversations, Murphy said diners expressed worries about collecting unemployment and described interactions with unemployment office workers who were “disinterested” in assisting, or had no answers. “They said they can’t afford the gas money,” Murphy added. “The bottom line is, these are normal people. These are all of us and they are so thrilled to be here and so thankful. They were a little apprehensive at first about showing up, but now they feel a little kick in their step, because they know there are others in the same boat and people in the community who are trying to help.” The event was organized by Jon Bon Jovi’s wife, Dorothea Bongiovi, and her Navesink River neighbor, Tammy Snyder Murphy, the wife of Gov. Phil Murphy. Other Local Groups Stepping Up Cash Flow Worries “Anyone who goes a month without a paycheck is going to be in very big trouble in New Jersey,” Bongiovi said. “We are a resource for people. We’ve been open for seven years and we see people struggling. Time can get tough and we want to be there for people. None of this is a handout. It’s a hand up.” On Jan. 11 a bill signed by Trump guaranteed full backpay for impacted federal workers. “We kept thinking that the government was going to reopen, but eventually it became pretty clear that it wasn’t going to reopen. So, in all honesty, we probably waited too long to do this,” the First Lady said in an interview with The Two River Times. “But as soon as we reached out to the Bongiovis, who already have this amazing facility, it wasn’t long before we had a plan in place,” Rather than lunch, Environmental Protection Agency official Kathleen Foley said she was in search of camaraderie and companionship at the JBJ Soul Kitchen. Photo by Chris Rotolo
By Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe L.V. Rogers Bombers tuned up for the upcoming Kootenay AAA playoffs by registering a bronze medal during the 16-team Summerland Rockets High School Boy’s Soccer Tournament last week in the South Okanagan.The Bombers rode the scoring of Luis Loeschnik, Trace Cooke and Ryan Lewis to dump North Peace of Fort St. John 3-1 in the consolation final Friday in Summerland.“I’m very pleased with all the players and impressed that the boys are starting to play the system implemented and it is paying off,” said Bomber coach Jamie Spendlove.Spendlove took over the coaching duties of the Bombers after longtime coach Keith Williams retired.“Even with such a young team they are doing more than fine especially with at least two Grade 9s —Ryan Lewis and Nick Wethal — (who are) starting in games,” Spendlove added.After losing to Guildford Park of Surrey in semi final action 3-1, the Bombers were able to bounce back against the Northern squadNorth Peace got on the scoreboard five minutes into the game forcing the Bombers to take note.LVR tied the game when Loeschnik scored a screamer of a shot into the far top corner from the left side.The Bombers got a break when Trace Cooke caught the North Peace keeper off his goal line, drifting a 40-yard shot into the far side of the net. The goal gave LVR a 2-1 halftime lead.LVR controlled most of the second half giving keeper Cole Sutherland not much work between the pipes.The final goal for LVR came from the penalty spot after Lewis was fouled in the box.“A special mention to Grade 9 midfielder Dylan Bennett, who stepped into a holding midfield position filling the big shoes of (injured) Simon Sheppard quite nicely,” Spendlove said.LVR., losing to the Nelson Innkeepers in the final of the Leo’s Men’s Open City Soccer League, advanced to the playoff round by sweeping division action with wins over Summerland, 1-0, Prince Charles Comets of Creston, 2-1, and Kelowna Secondary Owls, 1-0.Greg Syvertson scored the lone goal for LVR against Summerland while Loeschnik and Lewis rallied the Bombers past the Comets.During a hard-fought game against KSS, Lewis scored the lone goal of the game.The 3-0 mark put the Bombers up against a tough Guildford Park squad.The Bombers had some great chances early to put the pressure on the Fraser Valley team but squandered chances by Cooke and senior Mitch Melanson allowed Guilford to take over the match.Danny Rodman scored the only goal for LVR from inside the box.“The boys are looking forward to the next few weeks where they will be playing friendly games against Trail and Creston, and finally the Provincial play down game against Cranbrook at home,” Spendlove explained.A win in the Kootenay Final and this young group of Bombers advance to the B.C. High School Boy’s AAA Soccer Championships November 24-26 in Burnaby.The 2010 tournament had to be postponed when snow blanketed the Lower Mainland forcing cancellation. The tournament was played in June.Date and time of the Kootenay Final has yet to be [email protected]
The Competition pulled off the rags to riches story to steal the spotlight by capturing the 2013 Nelson Mixed Slopitch Championship recently at the Lakeside Diamonds.The Competition defeated defending champion Louie’s 3-1 in the final.The title is the third time in the league’s 19 seasons that this team has won the A Championship. In 2001 as “Budweiser” and 1995 as “Arrow Building” The Competition pulled off the magical feat.However, in 2013 The Competition had to pull off some magic after finishing the regular season with a 6-9 record, the lowest finish the team has ever experienced.The victory this season also made The Competition, which never trailed once during the playoff tournament, the lowest seeded team (10th of 16) to win the championship in the 19 season history.Mallard’s Source for sports is adding to the Cinderella season by selecting The Competition as Team of the Week.The winning squad includes, back row, L-R, Jamie Beauchamp, Dwayne Lau, Kristine Rye, Deena Beauchamp, Jason Trower, Jason Morrow, Christine Boyes and Daryl MacAskill.Front, winning pitcher Erik Laughton, Ava Laughton, Amanda Laughton and Jack Boyes.Missing from photo, Yvonne Vulcano, JP Ostrander and Fiona Lau.
The seven are Sheryl Angachi, Cynthia Shilwatso, Maureen Khakasa, Cynthia Akinyi, Sharon Adhiambo, Mercy Airo and Vivian Nasaka all who played a crucial role in the Junior Starlets’ 4-3 aggregate win over Ethiopia in the second round.Even with the huge miss, the team which has been in residential training for the past one week still remains optimistic of posting a decent result against the Ghanaian girls who beat Algeria 5-0 in the second qualification round.“We are hopeful that by the end of the week we will have a full house in training so that we can step up our preparations. So far we have been working with those here and we know the work ahead of us is tough because Ghana is a good side,” the team’s technical bench leader Musa Otieno, also the Harambee Stars assistant coach said.Ghana reached the quarter finals of the 2015 FIFA U20 World Cup after topping their group but lost 3-0 to Mali and Kenya knows only too well it will not be business as usual against the perennial African representatives.“We know it will be a tough match but we are getting ourselves prepared and I believe we will do well,” team captain Wincate Kaari said.Speaking of their plans for the clash, Musa Otieno insisted they will work to get a positive result away from home, the worst a draw and push for a win at home in the return leg.Harambee Starlets U20 squad:Goalkeepers: Lilian Awuor, Judith Osimbo, Diana Tembesi, Brenda Achieng.Defenders: Lucy Akoth, Wincate Kaari, Foscah Nashivanda, Leah Cherotich, Veronica Awino, Harriet Osilwa, Mary Khamete.Midfielders: Diana Wacera, Corazone Aquino, Linda Nyongesa, Joan Akoth, Sylvia Kapera, Beverline Achieng, Diana Hashina, Sharon Zainabu.Strikers: Martha Amunyolete, Rachel Muema, Monicah Paul, Jentrix Shikangwa, Lilian Mmboga, Stella Anyango, Quinter Atieno, Joy Kinglady, Tumaini Waliaula, Josephine Imungu, Marion Analo.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Harambee Starlets U20 are set to play Ghana in the second round of the FIFA World Cup U20. Photo/FILENAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 27- The Harambee Starlets Under-20 team will be without seven first team players as they prepare to travel to Accra, Ghana for their 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup Qualification match against the hosts next weekend.The seven have been ruled out of both home and away ties as they will be unavailable for training and match day due to the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams which begin next week.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Following recent and excessive precipitation, many corn producers are now scrambling to replant. While there are many agronomic considerations associated with replanting, University of Illinois weed scientist Aaron Hager said farmers should keep weed control/herbicide issues in mind.“Herbicide-resistance traits in the replanted hybrids should be taken into account,” says Hager, an associate professor in the Department of Crop Sciences at U of I. “For example, if you initially planted a glyphosate-resistant corn hybrid and have areas that need to be replanted, you can replant with a similar glyphosate-resistant hybrid or choose to replant with one that’s not glyphosate-resistant. If you take the second option, you will have to take special precautions to reduce drift with any postemergence glyphosate application, as these plants will be extremely sensitive to glyphosate.”Hager said farmers should consider the interval between the last herbicide application and corn replanting.“For soil-applied corn herbicides, replanting can proceed whenever field conditions are feasible,” he said. “However, for some postemergence corn herbicides, there are intervals between application and replanting. If replanting a corn field previously treated with Spirit, for example, four weeks must elapse between the herbicide application and planting. For NorthStar, the interval is 14 days. For Permit or Yukon, you need to wait one month.”While most soil-applied herbicides allow more than one application per season, a few, such as Acuron and Resicore, can be applied only once. In instances where small areas of a field will be replanted, Hager says some farmers may elect to simply replant without applying any additional residual herbicide.“However, if you decide to make a second application of a particular corn herbicide, keep in mind that many product labels indicate a maximum per-acre rate that can be applied during one growing season,” he said.If farmers need to control corn from the first planting, Hager recommends tillage as an effective first choice. Several herbicides can control existing corn plants if tillage isn’t an option, but Hager says careful attention must be given to what, if any, herbicide resistance trait(s) the existing corn plants contain.“As you might imagine,” Hager said, “glyphosate is very effective for controlling existing stands of corn sensitive to glyphosate. Corn replanting can occur immediately after application, but control might be improved if at least 24 hours elapses between application and replanting. Glyphosate also would control sensitive weeds that might have emerged with the initial stand of corn. Be very cautious to avoid drift when spraying glyphosate, especially if spraying around wet holes.”Other herbicides to control emerged corn include paraquat and glufosinate (only hybrids sensitive to glufosinate), although previous research with these herbicides has demonstrated that complete control is not always achieved. Performance of these products can be improved when applied in combination with atrazine or metribuzin. Paraquat and glufosinate would also control a broad spectrum of emerged weeds.Corn hybrids resistant to glyphosate, glufosinate, or both can be controlled with Select Max prior to replanting field corn. According to label specifications, farmers should apply 6 fluid ounces per acre to control glyphosate-resistant field corn up to 12 inches tall.“Applications should include NIS and AMS (do not use a COC or MSO in this particular use), and care must be taken to avoid in-field overlaps or excessive injury to the replanted corn might occur. Glyphosate can be tank-mixed with the Select Max to control emerged broadleaf weed species. Do not replant fields treated in this way sooner than six days after application or severe injury to the replanted corn can occur,” Hager said.Product labels of ACCase-inhibitors including Poast, Poast Plus, Fusion, Fusilade, Select, and Assure II require an interval between application and rotation to or replanting with grass crops such as corn. These intervals range from 30 (Poast, Poast Plus, Select) to 60 (Fusion, Fusliade) to as many as 120 (Assure II) days, making these products unlikely choices for this particular use. Severe injury to replanted corn can occur if soil residues of ACCase-inhibiting herbicides are taken up by emerging corn plants.
Now whether you’re supposed to chat them up or hit on them when you meet them is something I wasn’t too clear about, given that miio asks for your “relationship status” and what you’re “looking for” (friends, dating, chatting, “whatever”) via your profile page. Those seem like features borrowed from Facebook, and frankly, if miio just wants to be discussion site, it could do without them. Miio’s Twitter-Like DashboardThe miio Dashboard is reminiscent of Twitter, with its “replies” and “messages to me,” the latter very much like Twitter’s own DMs (direct messages). But unlike Twitter, you don’t just follow tweets, err…posts, limited to 140 characters or less. Users can write as much as they want. And like Facebook, those status updates can be links, photos, videos, etc. as well. They can also be questions, which then puts miio up against Q&A sites like Quora, for example. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Miio GroupsThere are also groups within miio, where you can discuss items of interest to you whether that’s sports or iPads. But given miio’s “early adopter” mindshare, the biggest groups seem to be tech-focused ones like those discussing iOS, startups or even miio competitor Google Buzz. Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts Tags:#Facebook#Mashups#Messaging Services#Product Reviews#RSS & Feeds#social networks#Social Web#twitter#web Miio RSSIn fact, updates can even be RSS feeds thanks to a profile setting which lets you publish RSS to miio. Already a number of “members” have created miio accounts with RSS feeds – as you can see here by searching for *rss*. However, given the high profile nature of some of these accounts (ABC, AP, BBC, CBS, Huffington Post, etc.), it looks like miio created these accounts itself for others to follow, which is actually a handy feature. From the Public Timeline or Search page, you can filter out whether or not you want to see RSS updates or whether you want to see just text updates, just photos, just videos, just questions and so on. If you switch the setting to “RSS only,” miio could effectively function as a lightweight RSS reader for those who don’t really do RSS. sarah perez Final Thoughts: Too Much of a Good Thing, miio Needs to DietAlthough miio gets some things right, simplicity is not one of them. It’s not clear yet what exactly miio wants to be when it grows up, why there’s a need for this service and who should use it. Our advice to miio, ditch the advanced feature set (it’s overwhelming!) and focus on doing just one thing and doing it well. Groups, perhaps. Google Buzz lacks a “groups” feature and although FriendFeed has them, that service lost quite a few members after its Facebook acquisition. Do discussion groups and do them better than anyone else. And don’t allow top followed members to dominate discussions like on Buzz, FriendFeed, Twitter and every other “social” service out there today. Make it more democratic. And simplify, simplify, simplify. Twitter worked because it was basic and easy. That’s how miio should start too. It can add in advanced filtering, location-based services, metadata and all the rest later on, if necessary. (Or perhaps not at all). With a redirected singular goal like this, miio could have a chance at attracting not just the tech geeks who sign up for anything shiny and new but those who just like to go online and chat about things they’re into, no matter what those may be. Obviously, the folks behind miio have the technical know-how to build a great service, now they just need to establish a sharper focus. Good luck, miio! Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Miio is a new microblogging service which is a bit like a mashup between Twitter, FriendFeed, Facebook and an RSS reader. Now typically, we don’t like describing services as a “it’s like a this plus a that,” but Miio is precisely the kind of service that needs a little help in the “what this is” department. Don’t get us wrong, the concept itself isn’t bad: a discussion board built around interests as opposed to popularity. It’s just that the execution makes the service seem a little confusing. So what is miio? That’s what we’re trying to figure out today. Miio Members: Find New FriendsWhen you first sign up for miio, you can search for friends across your social networks and email accounts or you can skip that step and just search for other miio users who share your interests. This is perhaps the key feature in miio that differentiates it from many other social networks: it’s not yet another site where you have to (either manually or automatically) re-create your social graph. It’s a place to meet new people who share your interests.
Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now The story you tell yourself about other people has an enormous impact on the quality of your life. When you assume something about people, it may or may not be true. But it doesn’t matter, because it often says more about you than the other person.My wife took me to the Hall & Oates concert a few weeks ago. The woman sitting next to me was very excited. She yelled “Whooo!” directly into my ear dozens and dozens of time throughout the night, in a high-pitched, ear drum piercing voice. She recognized that she was not only annoying, but that she was diminishing the quality of my experience. Things were made worse when she stood up to dance and fell into me four or five times. She apologized to me no less than 30 times, each time I told her “No worries.”I decided that she was doing all of this for the attention of her date. She wanted to seem “fun,” and she was afraid that he might not like her as much as she liked him if she didn’t show her wild side. I have no idea if any of this was true; they may have been married for all I know. My story allowed me to do my best to enjoy the rest of the show with my wife.The person that cuts you off while you are driving may be late to an appointment that is so important that missing it would put their future in jeopardy. Or, maybe they have a family member who is ill that they are rushing to help. Whatever the reason, it has nothing to do with you personally.That client that is always in a foul and nasty mood may have low blood sugar. They may be under tremendous stress, and they may be dealing with challenges that are beyond anything they imagined they would have to deal with in their role. They may be going through a messy divorce, or they may have a child failing school. Invariably, their foul mood and negative state of mind has nothing to do with you.You know this to be true, because you have woken up on the wrong side of the bed, and you have been short with people in your life when there was absolutely no reason for you to have done so. You were annoying to those people who couldn’t understand your behavior. Most of us behave badly when under stress of some kind, and the greater the stress, the worse the behavior.The key to not being annoyed is to exercise empathy and to be compassionate. None of another person’s bad behavior has anything to do with you, and if you are going to be upset by people that annoy you, you are going to find yourself in a permanently negative state. Instead, tell yourself a different story about that person’s situation, and eliminate the idea that there is any motive towards you personally.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle boss Bruce confident Joelinton will be regular goalscorerby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Steve Bruce is confident Joelinton will be a regular goalscorer.Joelinton got off the mark at Tottenham last month and Bruce feels the build-up to that goal – 17 passes in 46 seconds – proves Newcastle’s ‘big, physical animal’ will get benefit from better service.”I think when he played for Hoffenheim, he played towards the left a lot. I saw him play against Manchester City and he played to the left, which a lot of the teams do,” he told the Evening Chronicle.“They’re not actual wide players or wingers as such – they play on the left-hand side – and I think he got used to that role.“Certainly he’s aware – and we’ve made it clear to him – that we have to score more so all the spotlight, of course, is on him and Almiron. But, as a team, we have to create more and that’s got to be the aim going forward.”
COLUMBUS, OH – NOVEMBER 03: A general view as the Ohio State Buckeyes enters the field before the game against the Wisconsin Badgers on November 3, 2007 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Wisconsin 38-17. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)Spring football is underway in Columbus, and today Ohio State linemen took part in some intense one-on-one drills. OSU posted video of offensive lineman Brandon Bowden going against Rashod Berry, who recently moved from tight end to defensive line. Things are getting pretty intense already for the Buckeyes.According to the caption, Bowden was given the win, but Berry, who was giving up about 75 pounds in the matchup, seemed to hold his own as well.More: Vote In Our “Most Annoying People In Sports Media” Bracket >>>
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JOHN’S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador’s ambitious plans to dramatically expand the province’s lucrative offshore oil and gas industry got a nasty jolt on Nov. 16.Amid a fierce winter storm, an estimated 250,000 litres of oil spilled into the ocean from Husky Energy’s SeaRose platform, about 350 kilometres from St. John’s.It was the largest spill in the history of the province’s offshore industry, and has prompted calls for regulatory change.Critics are calling for tighter control of the industry, just as the province moves to expand the size and range of offshore drilling, and fast.“This incident, we hope it will shine a light on the laws and how we undertake offshore oil and gas in Canada and how we regulate it if and when it proceeds,” said Gretchen Fitzgerald of Sierra Club Canada Foundation.“If they are going to undertake this large industrial activity in the rough waters of the North Atlantic there has to be a better regulatory scheme.”There are currently four platforms producing oil off Newfoundland: Hibernia, Hebron, Terra Nova and SeaRose.Expansion plans include a proposed 100 new exploration wells and over 650,000 barrels of oil per day by the year 2030. This long-term vision also includes “shortened time from prospectivity to production.”The expansion will also take the industry into uncharted territory with its first deepwater drilling site at Bay du Nord in the Flemish Pass, after announcing an agreement with Norway’s Equinor earlier this summer.The remote Bay du Nord parcel, about 500 kilometres east of St. John’s, lies in more than 1,100 metres of water — 10 times deeper than the SeaRose, the current deepest site.Premier Dwight Ball called the announcement a “new frontier” for the province’s offshore industry, but deepwater expansion also raises fresh concerns about worker safety and the possibility of a swift cleanup if another spill were to occur.Oil royalties promise a much-needed economic boost for the financially strapped province.A report this month from the Conference Board of Canada predicts Newfoundland and Labrador will lead all provinces in economic growth in 2019, just a year after having the weakest economic outlook in 2018, with oil revenue getting all the credit.In an interview, Ball said the November spill was “unfortunate” and reiterated his government’s prioritization of worker and environmental safety.The premier said his government would consider regulatory changes, including more transparent, public and accessible summaries of operators’ safety plans, based on the findings of the SeaRose investigation.“Once this investigation is done and completed, if there’s changes that will need to be made, we’re more than willing to implement those changes,” Ball said.The premier said his government is looking to other jurisdictions around the world as it plans to expand its industry and prepare for potential incidents in the future.The Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board (C-NLOPB) regulates the industry’s development in the province, as well as its safety and environmental responsibilities.The spill occurred as Husky began to restart production on Nov. 16 as the storm began to wane — a decision that was up to the company, not the offshore board.Operators like Husky are responsible for following their own internal safety and environmental plans that are approved by the board, which monitors and investigates if things go wrong.Production on the SeaRose remains halted as the offshore board investigates whether the company followed its own internal procedures.Husky provides its procedures to the board, but a Husky spokesperson told The Canadian Press in an email that the company “does not disclose its specific operating procedures publicly for security and commercial reasons.”Critics say operator transparency is a key area of possible reform, especially as the industry braces for expansion into even riskier conditions.Ball said his government is giving Equinor time to properly assess the deepwater drilling site before construction is tentatively slated to begin in 2020. He said his government will look to other jurisdictions as it prepares for new deepwater ventures, adding that he considers the industry’s track record to be fairly clean over the long term.“Our track record when you look at it is pretty solid,” said Ball.The province’s offshore industry doesn’t have a history of multiple major oil spills, but it has been marked by devastating tragedies.The memory of the 1982 Ocean Ranger disaster still haunts the province. An offshore rig sank during an intense storm, claiming the lives of all 84 people on board.In March 2009, Cougar Flight 491 crashed into the ocean while carrying workers and staff to the oil fields, killing 17 of the 18 people on board.After an inquiry into helicopter safety, commissioner Robert Wells in 2010 called Newfoundland’s offshore conditions “probably the harshest in the offshore world,” citing bitterly cold water, high winds, sea ice, fog, severe sea states and long helicopter flights.Wells recommended establishing a stand-alone, independent safety regulator for the province’s offshore industry.The recommendation was echoed by the provincial NDP after the recent SeaRose spill, asking the premier to establish a separate safety and environmental board similar to those in Norway and the United Kingdom.Lana Payne, Atlantic regional director for Unifor, which represents about 700 offshore oil workers on the Hibernia and Terra Nova rigs, said the industry has seen some safety improvements since the helicopter safety inquiry.But she said the union still sees room for more — including establishing a separate safety and environmental board, especially in light of the recent close call.“You should never use this word around safety, but we just felt that we got lucky,” Payne said.There were 81 people on board the SeaRose at the time of the spill, and while there were no injuries, the incident called to mind another safety incident on the same rig not long ago.An investigation by the offshore board found the company failed to follow its ice management plan during a 2017 near-miss with a large iceberg. The rig was not disconnected as the iceberg approached, with 84 people and upwards of 340,000 barrels of crude oil onboard.Fitzgerald thinks Environment Canada and the Department of Fisheries and Oceans should have regulatory power, to ensure people with more environmental expertise oversee the industry.More federal involvement in the industry would also help keep national environmental priorities like climate change and protecting endangered species in view, Fitzgerald said.Payne said at a minimum, the regulator needs more expertise and staffing for the rapidly expanding sector.“There’s going to be a lot of pressure on the system to get things done quickly, and when you do that in an environment like the offshore things can go amiss,” Payne said.“We’ve got to do everything possible here to make sure it doesn’t happen.”Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Press