Report says a number of buildings in Dawson Creeks Exhibition Park no

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. — The City of Dawson Creek says it will be working with stakeholders going forward after a report to City Council found that half of the building square footage in Collins Exhibition Park should be torn down.In a release on Thursday, the City explained that it has been exploring the possibility of adopting a Sports Event Tourism Model for the benefits it could provide to the area economy. As part of this initiative, an assessment of City-owned facilities was completed to look for any current opportunities that could enhance the Model.While looking at the opportunities, the City said that concerns were identified at Collins Exhibition Park after Force Engineering Group Inc. was hired to complete an assessment. The report indicated to Council that several of the structures within the Park have reached their end of service life and can no longer be used. “Our report concludes that approximately one half of all the structures (by area) reviewed have reached their end of service life structurally, or pose a significant risk that they cannot, by building code mandates, justify continued use or operation.We recommend that due to the hazard level, the seven stables numbered 7.1 through 7.7 be placarded against further use, and demolition of structures commenced as soon as practical,” reads the report.City Council says it has met with the Dawson Creek Exhibition Association and the Dawson Creek & District Stables and Arena Association to review the engineers report and will continue to work with these user groups to explore possible options going forward.“We recognize the importance of the events that take place at the Exhibition Park, and we will continue to work with the groups to ensure its long term viability,” said Mayor Bumstead.The 2018 Building Structural Assessments Report is available for review below.last_img read more

New impact assessment bill for energy projects to get major changes in

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. – The federal government’s promised overhaul of environmental evaluations for energy projects could get major surgery before the Senate is finished with it.Bill C-69, the Impact Assessment Act, fulfils a Liberal campaign promise to change how major energy projects get reviewed for their environmental, social and economic effects, with the aim of speeding reviews up and making their criteria clearer.Senators have received nearly 50,000 letters urging them to either kill the bill outright or agree to major changes on everything from timelines for the reviews to who gets to be heard during a specific review. The bill was already amended 136 times in the House of Commons but faces at least as many amendments in Parliament’s upper chamber with independent and Conservative senators indicating a desire for some pretty significant changes.Sen. Grant Mitchell, the independent Liberal senator who sponsored the bill in Senate, says he and the government are open to changes but that it is clear to him the industry does not want the bill to be killed.The Senate committee dealing with the bill decided this week to hold more meetings on it outside Ottawa but Mitchell said he is confident the bill will be amended and signed into law before Parliament rises for the summer.last_img read more

Community grants up to 10000 for local nonprofits from BC Hydro

first_img· developing smart energy ideas that promote energy efficiency, reduce carbon emissions and minimize environmental impacts;· building the workforce of tomorrow by focusing on youth programs in trades, science,    technology, engineering and math; and,·  safety education. BC Hydro offers two types of grants;·  Grassroots Grants: funding up to $2,000 for local community-based programs.·  Broad Impact Grants: funding up to $10,000 for organizations who wish to expand an existing program or develop a new program in multiple communities.  In 2018, BC Hydro has funded organizations and projects, such as a Tsunami Warning Pole Marking Project to direct residents safely to high ground during an earthquake in Haida Gwaii-related emergencies. Science Alliance Summer Day Camps run by the Exploration Place in Prince George received a grant as well as the Central Interior BC Science Exhibition and the Northern BC Regional Science Fair. To apply; CLICK HERE PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – BC Hydro is offering Northern B.C. non-profits, registered charities and community organizations the opportunity to apply for a community grant.Grants are available until March 29, 2019, through its Community Grant program.BC Hydro works with local organizations that are committed to making a difference in their communities with projects focused on;last_img read more

Barrett among three Buckeyes named to national award watch lists

OSU then-redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett (16) carries the ball against Michigan on Nov. 28. OSU won, 42-13. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe turnover of the roster from 2015 to 2016 has been the sweeping storyline in the offseason for Ohio State’s football team. Despite new faces bound to hit the field come September for coach Urban Meyer, three returning starters are receiving preseason notoriety.Redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett, junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan and redshirt junior defensive lineman Tyquan Lewis were named to offensive and defensive player of the year watch lists, respectively.Barrett was named to the preseason Maxwell Award watch list. The Maxwell Award honors the nation’s player of the year and often is a predictor for the winner of the Heisman Trophy.Former Alabama running back Derrick Henry went on to win the Maxwell and the Heisman Trophy last year. Eddie George was the last Buckeye to win the award in 1995, who also won the Heisman.This is Barrett’s second nomination for the watch list in consecutive years. He was joined by former Buckeyes Ezekiel Elliott, Cardale Jones and Braxton Miller on last year’s preseason watch list. Barrett was the backup quarterback behind current Buffalo Bill Cardale Jones to start the 2015 season. Following the victory over Penn State on Oct. 17, Barrett was named the starting quarterback. The 2014 National Freshman of the Year and Big Ten quarterback of the year threw for 992 yards, 11 touchdowns and four interceptions in 2015. He also ran for 682 yards on 115 attempts.McMillan and Lewis were named to the watch list for the Bednarik Award which is given to the nation’s defensive player of the year. OSU also had two players on the 2015 Bednarik watch list with former defensive end Joey Bosa and linebacker Joshua Perry. OSU has never had a Bednarik Award winner.As first-year starters last season, McMillan and Lewis both impressed along side the NFL talent on those units. McMillan will be expected to be the leader for the Scarlet and Gray linebackers in 2016 as the only returning starter from the year before. The Georgia native led the Buckeyes with 119 total tackles contributing four tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks.Lewis quietly made his presence felt on the same line as No. 3 overall pick Joey Bosa and fourth-round selection Adolphus Washington. Lewis led the defensive line with 54 total tackles, second behind Bosa with 14 tackles for loss and led with eight sacks in 2015.The Buckeyes begin the 2016 season on Sept. 3 at noon versus the Bowling Green Falcons. read more

Buckeye divers wrap up trials

For five Ohio State divers, The week of Feb. 1 through 8 was full of trials.OSU’s men and women divers competed in the 2010 USA Diving Winter Nationals and World Cup Team Trials starting Feb. 1 in the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.From preliminary to semifinal to final events, the Buckeyes were constantly performing and refocusing for multiple events.USA Diving spokeswoman Jennifer Lowery said there are 10 titles at stake from the events. For the FINA World Cup Team, they will take the top two finishers from the individual 3-meter and individual 10-meter events, Lowery said.“So the winner is the national champion, and gets a spot on the World Cup Team, and second place gets an alternate,” Lowery said. “We’ll have a synchro trial in April to pick the two from those two events.”OSU senior Weston Wieser started off the week of trials in the men’s 1-meter preliminaries on Feb. 1. Wieser placed second with a 366.5.On Feb. 2, Wieser placed second in the men’s 3-meter preliminaries, but was eliminated in the quarterfinals on Feb. 4, placing 23rd.His last event, men’s 10-meter platform, started with quarterfinals Feb. 5 immediately followed by semifinals. Wieser came in fifth with a score of 418.80, just less than 15 points behind the fourth place.In the final round, Wieser’s first and final dive of the six rounds earned dive scores of 86.40. He came in fifth against competition like Olympic medalist David Boudia, who swept first place with just more than 116 points.OSU senior Ryan Jefferson also had a good showing, placing sixth in the preliminary round of men’s 3-meter springboard. The Wisconsin native placed ninth in the semifinals and finished ninth in finals with an 815.10.Feb. 4 marked the start of the week for OSU diver Katie Bell, who placed second in both women’s 10-meter platform preliminary/quarterfinals and semifinals. Bell, who won a U.S. national championship in August on the 10-meter platform, dove in two events on Feb. 6, placing third in the women’s 10-meter platform finals with an overall score of 670.85.Bell missed the spot on the FINA World Cup Team by 6.5 points, but qualifies for the U.S. Grand Prix Team that will compete May 6 through 9 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., against divers from 20 nations.In the women’s 10-meter synchro final later that day, Bell did not place among the top two qualifying spots. The synchro event is similar to the individual dive, but two divers perform the same dive together and are judged on their technique and synchronization.Joining Bell in the women’s 10-meter platform was junior Kristen Asman, who went into finals ranked sixth from her semifinal dive on Feb. 4. The Columbus native scored a 529.55 with an average score of 49.81 to take ninth place in finals.Rounding it out for the Buckeyes was third-year Bianca Alvarez.Alvarez competed in the women’s 3-meter springboard preliminary/quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. She placed seventh in the finals, just less than 78 points shy of second place after a failed first dive.The Miami, Fla., native paired up with 17-year-old Loren Figueroa. This was the first time the two have competed as a pair in 3-meter synchro event.“We don’t have a lot of our skills the same; a lot of our techniques might be a little bit different,” Alvarez said after her 3-meter synchro event Sunday. So basically that’s one thing we need to work on, just trying to get together more.”Alvarez said because her partner doesn’t live in Columbus, Figueroa will have to fly to Columbus to practice with Alvarez to prepare for future competitions together.Paired together at a synchronized diving camp attracting the top divers from across the country, Alvarez said those that run the camp make the evaluation of which two divers look best together.“They told us that we did [look the best together], so we stuck with that,” Alvarez said. “We just tried it out here at nationals.”Lowery said Sunday that the experience overall was great watching the OSU divers make it all the way to the finals.“I think Ohio State did really well. I think everyone made finals on their event. There was a really good representation: top five, top six,” Lowery said. “Katie Bell was third, Wes [Wieser] just got fifth. A really strong showing by the Buckeyes.” read more

Cardale Jones to pick up the rifle with Barrett out for season

Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) is carted away after suffering a right ankle fracture during the 4th quarter of a game against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-28. Credit: Chelsea Spears / Multimedia editorFor the second time in less than four months, the Ohio State football team will have to turn to its backup quarterback.Redshirt-freshman quarterback and Heisman candidate J.T. Barrett suffered a broken ankle during the second half of OSU’s 42-28 win over the Michigan Wolverines Saturday afternoon, forcing redshirt-sophomore Cardale Jones into action in The Game.Barrett is scheduled to have surgery Sunday, and will miss the remainder of the season.OSU co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said after the game he did not envision losing two possible Heisman candidates at the same position to injury in the same year.“I wouldn’t have asked for that,” he said. “This game is very crazy at times, throws you a lot of curveballs and you have to be able to adapt and adjust and I am sure we will be able to do that.”Senior tight end Jeff Heuerman, who was on the field when Barrett’s injury occurred, said, at first, he didn’t think the injury was severe.“I heard him yell, and I looked over…at first I thought he just got his bell rung (but) as soon as everyone got off of him, I just went over there and as soon as I saw his ankle…he (Barrett) didn’t realize it at first,” Heuerman said. “That is when I told him ‘you need to stay down for a second.’”With Barrett out for the season, Jones is set to make his first career start as a Buckeye next week in the Big Ten Championship Game.The Glenville High School product entered Saturday having attempted just 14 passes, eight of which were completed for 111 yards and two scores through the air.Jones finished the win over Michigan two for three on pass attempts for seven yards and added another 18 yards rushing on two carries.Herman said he was pleased with how Jones responded in such an intense atmosphere.“Great mentally. He missed the one pass to (redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael) Thomas, but mentally he was very in tune,” Herman said. “He keeps a headset on the entire game so he is in tuned to everything we are talking about. He is very engaged in everything that goes on in terms of in-between series adjustments, halftime adjustments, so he was ready to go.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said following the win that the Buckeyes will start preparing for the Big Ten Championship Game on Sunday, adding that the game plan won’t be adjusted that much with Jones at the helm.“We gotta go and we have a lot of confidence in the guy that’s going to be doing it, his name is Cardale Jones. He’s been here I think for 120 years,” Meyer said jokingly. “The good thing is they (Barrett and Jones) have a similar skill set and so it’s not like we’re going to have to drastically change things.”Sophomore safety Vonn Bell, who started the game with an interception on the second play from scrimmage, said the Buckeyes will continue to move forward with Barrett out.“We lost one of our soldiers today,” Bell said after the game. “Somebody has to pick up the rifle and keep on going.”Herman said after the game that although Barrett is out for the season, he does not want to discount the win over Michigan.“We are really, really happy for this team. You are happy for what we have accomplished in the regular season, you are happy to beat our rival at home and get a third pair of gold pants,” Herman said. “At the same time, your heart goes out to J.T. because he has not only meant so much to this team, but this team has meant so much to him and his growth as a young man. We will keep him involved as much as we can, and move forward.”Herman said that he believes the Buckeyes can still be successful with Jones, OSU’s third-string quarterback coming into the season.“The quarterback doesn’t have to win games for us anymore. The quarterback has to manage games, distribute the football and lead,” Herman said. “We have seen that throughout this season and so as long as he is mentally prepared…I have nothing but the utmost confidence that he (Jones) can get the job done because of what we have got around him.”One of those players will be sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott, who rushed for 121 yards and two scores against Michigan Saturday on just 17 carries.Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones (12) carries the ball during a game against Michigan on Nov. 29 at Ohio Stadium. Jones replaced an injured redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett in the fourth quarter of OSU’s 42-28 win. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorElliott said after the win that he believes Jones’ experience in the off-season will help him moving forward.“He got a lot of reps in the spring, he got plenty of reps this fall, I think he is ready,” Elliott said. “I don’t think there will be a drop-off.”As another one of the offensive weapons, Heuerman said he believes Herman will be able to coach Jones to success.“Coach Herman has obviously already been through this. Offensively man, we have a lot of talented guys that have played a lot of football this year. They are going to have to step up and make up for lost ground,” Heuerman said. “Cardale is an outstanding athlete, has a super strong arm. He can make the big plays we need to get this team rolling. We are going to have to rely on him, offensively and as a team.”The Buckeyes are set to travel to Indianapolis to take on Wisconsin in the Big Ten Championship Game Dec. 6. Kickoff is set for 8 p.m. read more

Sergio Aguero calls for police to continue search for Emiliano Sala

first_imgSergio Aguero has joined the growing list of stars urging the police to reconsider calling off the search for Emiliano Sala.On Thursday evening, Guernsey Police made the sad announcement that they had decided to end their search for Argentinian striker Sala and pilot David Ibbotson after no success in three days.The pair were on board a Piper PA-46 Malibu aircraft that disappeared off Alderney in the English Channel Islands at 20:30 (GMT) on Monday while they travelled from Nantes to Cardiff, where Sala had just sealed a £15m transfer.Search and rescue teams had been deployed to search for the missing pair on Tuesday and worked tirelessly in their efforts to find even the smallest trace of them.Sadly, they could not find anything with Guernsey Police releasing a statement after a three-day search to announce they’ve ended the search.Soon afterwards, Sala’s sister Romina made a public plea for the search to resume as she has still not lost hope that her brother is still alive with their father, Horacio, later joining in.Now their pleas have been backed by Manchester City’s Argentine star duo Aguero and Nicolas Otamendi.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We don’t want to give up, we want to hold on to hope,” Aguero wrote on Twitter.“That’s why I also wish #NoDejenDeBuscar – don’t call off the search. From the start, my thoughts have been with Emiliano, his family and friends #PrayForSala.”Otamendi added on Twitter: “I’d like to express my sympathies to Emiliano’s family and urge the police to keep searching for the plane. There’s still hope to find them alive.”Chelsea’s newest signing Gonzalo Higuain also gave his support to the search being resumed.“I ask all the people of the world to continue the search for Emiliano Sala until the last moment,” said the Argentine striker.“There is no stopping and you have to go to the end. Thank you.”last_img read more

Anchorage Great At Taking Care Of Workforce Community Not So Much

first_imgThe panel considered the rates for violent and property crime, alcohol-impaired and driving fatalities per Capita, pedestrian fatalities and determined that Anchorage hit 87th for caring for community. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享In a survey conducted by WalletHub, Anchorage placed 33 out of 100 cities nationally in a list of 100 most caring cities in the nation. The survey looked at percentages of the population doing favors for neighbors, donating to charities, volunteering hours, and numbers of workers who carpool. Anchorage shines in terms of taking care of its workforce, coming in 11th place. Anchorage tied for first place with Lincoln, Nebraska for most residents working in community & social services per Capita. The number of physicians, nurses, mental health counselors, therapists, and personal care aids per Capita helped the city rise in ranks. Numbers of special education teachers, teacher-student and counselor-student ratios, and numbers of firefighters and paramedics per Capita also added to the score. The city ranked higher in caring for the vulnerable. After considering the child and adult poverty rate, percentage of sheltered homeless persons and rehabilitation centers. They also looked at numbers of adoptions, availability of paid family leave, and how many people are uninsured. Pet shelters and rescue services and animal protection laws added points. After adding in disability-friendliness of Employers, Anchorage came in 27th. Story as aired:Audio PlayerDorene-on-anchorage-great-at-taking-care-of-workforce.mp3VmDorene-on-anchorage-great-at-taking-care-of-workforce.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday March 18 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are 5 things to do in Wilmington on Monday, March 18, 2019:#1) Wilmington Special Education PAC MeetingThe Wilmington Special Education PAC (SEPAC) meets at 6:30pm in the High School Library. Read the agenda HERE.#2) Little Movers At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting Little Movers. Let’s move! Join us for a morning of singing, dancing, and moving around! Ages 1-2. Register HERE.#3) Wilmington Job Networkers MeetingThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting its weekly Job Networkers Meeting at 10am. In Interviewing Fundamentals 1.0, you learned the dos and don’ts of the job interview. Now, put those skills to work in this low count, high impact session! What’s a good interview?  What’s a poor interview? What are the signs that an interview went well? Through video clips, mock interviews, and in-class feedback, we will examine what it takes to be successful in your next job interview! (2 Hours). Register HERE.#4) Girls Who Code At Wilmington LibraryThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting its latest Girls Who Code session at 6pm. Learn to code and change the world! Girls Who Code is a national nonprofit working to educate, inspire, and equip middle & high school girls with the skills and resources to pursue opportunities in computing fields. Wilmington is proud to offer a local chapter of this national organization founded with the mission to close the gender gap in the technology field. Grades 6-12. Please contact Technology Librarian Brad McKenna at BMcKenna@Wilmlibrary.org to register.#5) Revive Civility: The Importance Of Being CivilThe Wilmington Memorial Library (175 Middlesex Avenue) is hosting its latest Revive Civility program at 7pm. Watch a 48 minute online lecture given by McGill University Professor John A. Hall as he explores the nature and advantages of civility throughout history and in our world today. The aim is to expand our understanding of civility as related to larger social forces—including revolution, imperialism, capitalism, nationalism, and war—and the ways that such elements limit the potential for civility. Combining wide-ranging historical and comparative evidence with social and moral theory, Hall examines how the nature of civility has fluctuated in the last three centuries, how it became lost, and how it was re-established in the second half of the twentieth century following the two world wars. He also considers why civility is currently breaking down and what can be done to mitigate this threat.  Facilitator Keith West will lead a discussion after the online lecture. The discussion will explore how these concepts effect our daily lives, and what actions we can take as individuals.  We’ll identify and grapple with different experiences and perspectives and reinforce the idea that disagreement need not lead to disrespect. Register HERE.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 5, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, July 29, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, June 6, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Hundreds of thousands march for unified Spain

first_imgPro-unity supporters take part in a demonstration in central Barcelona. ReutersHundreds of thousands of supporters of a unified Spain filled Barcelona’s streets on Sunday in one of the biggest shows of force yet by the so-called silent majority that has watched as regional political leaders push for Catalan independence.Political parties opposing a split by Catalonia from Spain had a small lead in an opinion poll published on Sunday, the first since Madrid called a regional election to try to resolve the country’s worst political crisis in four decades.Polls and recent elections have shown that about half the electorate in the wealthy northeastern region, which is already autonomous, oppose secession from Spain, but a vocal independence movement has brought the current crisis to a head.Spain’s central government called an election for Dec. 21 on Friday after sacking Catalonia’s president Carles Puigdemont, dissolving its parliament and dismissing its government. That followed the assembly’s unilateral declaration of independence in a vote boycotted by three national parties.The regional government claimed it had a mandate to push ahead with independence following an unofficial referendum on Oct. 1 which was ruled illegal under Spanish law and mostly boycotted by unionists.Waving thousands of Spanish flags and singing “Viva España”, protesters on Sunday turned out in the largest display of support for a united Spain since the beginning of the crisis-underlining the depth of division in Catalonia itself.“I’m here to defend Spanish unity and the law,” said Alfonso Machado, 55, a salesman standing with a little girl with Spanish flags in her hair.“Knowing that in the end there won’t be independence, I feel sorry for all the people tricked into thinking there could be and the divisions they’ve driven through Catalan society.”SLIGHT UNIONIST LEADThe poll of 1,000 people by Sigma Dos for newspaper El Mundo showed unionist parties winning 43.4 percent support and pro-independence parties 42.5 percent.The survey was taken from Monday to Thursday, just as the central government prepared to take control of Catalonia.Madrid said on Saturday that secessionist politicians, including Puigdemont, were free to take part in the election. The hardline CUP has been unclear if it would.The deposed Catalan government will soon have to make difficult decisions, Puigdemont’s former deputy Oriol Junqueras said on Sunday in an editorial in online newspaper El Punt Avui. He stopped short of saying his ERC party would take part in the election.“We need a shared strategy … it’s important to weave solid alliances with those who are willing to build a state that serves its citizens,” he said, possibly alluding to a rumoured alliance between the ERC and the Catalan arm of the anti-austerity Podemos party.Such an alliance could put the independence movement in difficult position as it would mean a main secession supporter joining forces with parties that reject Madrid’s hard line but do not support separatism.With weeks to go before the election, the poll showed the CUP, kingmaker for the pro-secessionists in the dismissed 135-seat parliament, would win seven seats, down from a current 10.The pro-independence coalition Junts pel Si, which held 62 seats previously, was split into parties PDeCat and ERC for the poll as they are unlikely to run on a single platform. The two would win between 54 and 58 seats in total, the poll showed.At Sunday’s rally, former European Parliament president Josep Borrell called for unionist voters to turn out in December to ensure independence supporters lose their stranglehold on the regional parliament.“Maybe we’re here because many of us during elections didn’t go and vote. Now we have a golden opportunity. This time, nobody should stay at home,” Borrell said to cheering crowds.DAMAGE TO CATALONIAPuigdemont called on Saturday for peaceful opposition to Madrid’s takeover. But he was vague on precisely what steps the secessionists would take as Spanish authorities move into Barcelona to enforce control.European countries, the United States and Mexico have also rejected the Catalan declaration of independence and expressed support for Spain’s unity.But emotions are running high and the next few days will be tricky for Madrid as it embarks on enforcing direct rule and putting officials in administrative roles. National police were accused of heavy-handedness during the Oct. 1 referendum.Officers of the regional police force, called the Mossos d’Esquadra in Catalan, were stationed in main public and government buildings on Sunday.But the force is believed to have divided loyalties. The central government has removed the Mossos’ chief, Josep Lluis Trapero, and said units could be replaced if warranted.In an open letter on Sunday, Interior Minister Juan Ignacio Zoido praised the Mossos for their work and urged them to accept temporary direction from Madrid.The main secessionist group, the Catalan National Assembly, has urged civil servants not to follow orders from the central government and to mount “peaceful resistance”, while the pro-independence trade union CSC has called a strike.Puigdemont, Junqueras and their advisors left the Catalan government offices on Friday, newspaper La Vanguardia reported on Sunday, effectively handing the building over to Madrid and making a forced eviction on Monday less likely.Since the return of democracy in the late 1970s Spain has suffered several traumatic episodes, including an attempted military coup in 1981, a violent Basque separatist conflict, and more recently an economic crisis. The Catalan issue is however the biggest challenge to the territorial integrity of what is now a progressive European Union nation.The chaos has prompted an exodus of businesses from Catalonia, which contributes about a fifth of Spain’s economy, the fourth-largest in the euro zone. Tourism to Barcelona has been hit and markets have darted up and down on the fast-moving developments.European leaders have also denounced the push, fearing it could fan separatist sentiment around the continent.last_img read more