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BC forest mill destroyed in explosion that killed two will be rebuilt

PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – A sawmill destroyed by a deadly blast in Prince George, B.C., last year will be rebuilt.The Sinclar Group Forest Products company says final design plans haven’t been completed, but it intends to rebuilt the Lakeland Mill, with construction expected to begin this spring.Sinclar President Greg Stewart says he can’t give details of the size and capacity of the plant yet, but he wanted to let the community know the company is going ahead with the project, which should be complete by the summer of next year.The company says mill will incorporate the most advanced safety protocols to ensure a safe work environment.Two men were killed when an explosion and fire ripped through the mill last April 23, just three months after a similar blast killed two workers at a sawmill in Burns Lake, B.C.Wood dust has been implicated in the explosions, and the BC Safety Authority issued a report earlier this year recommending sawmills take more action to manage the dust. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B.C. forest mill destroyed in explosion that killed two will be rebuilt by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 20, 2013 3:57 pm MDT read more

Jailing of Burundian journalist raises concerns ahead of elections – UN rights

Mr. Rugurika, the Director of the independent Radio publique africaine (RPA), was arrested on 20 January following RPA broadcasts that included allegations about the involvement of senior intelligence officials in the killing of three Italian nuns, according to OHCHR.Today’s statement follows the refusal by a court in the Burundian capital of Bujumbura on Feb. 4 to hear a request by his lawyers for his provisional release. Mr. Rugurika could face long-term imprisonment for complicity in murder, among other charges that could be considered, according to OHCHR. OHCHR spokesperson Ravina Shamdasani called on the authorities to ensure that Mr. Rugurika’s case would be handled in line with international due process standards and fair trial guarantees, in accordance with Burundi’s international commitments.“No one should be prosecuted for legitimately exercising his fundamental right to freedom of expression and opinion,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying.The UN Human Rights country office in Burundi had visited Rugurika in prison, had held discussions with the authorities and would continue to monitor the case, Ms. Shamdasani told reporters at a press briefing in Geneva today.“Mr. Rugurika’s case raises serious concerns about the exercise of the freedom of expression in Burundi, particularly ahead of the upcoming elections,” she said.OHCHR said it had previously urged the Government to review the Media Law, which required journalists to reveal their sources when they reported on issues such as state security and public order, legislation that could lead “all too easily to infringements of freedom of expression.” read more