SEVERAL people have been injured in a car crash in Letterkenny.The incident happened close to the Dry Arch Roundabout in the early hours of this morning.Three people have been taken to Letterkenny General Hospital for treatment. The driver of the car is understood to be in a critical condition in the intensive care unit while the other two are not seriously hurt.The crash happened just after 3am.All three young men in the car had to be cut from the vehicle by fire crews.Diversions remained in place overnight whilst Gardai awaited daylight to investigate the crash. Traffic is allowed to use the road coming into Letterkenny but diversions are in place on the road out of the town.Gardaí are warning of traffic disruption for several more hours. SEVERAL PEOPLE HURT IN SERIOUS ROAD SMASH was last modified: November 13th, 2013 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Money is often called the root of all evil, but it may deserve some credit for making us cooperative—at least when we are in big groups. A study of how a monetary system can change behavior finds that filthy lucre may have been crucial for the evolution of large human populations.Ask most economists what money is good for and they may throw out the word “fungibility,” which means the quality of being exchangeable. Unlike traditional barter systems, where people trade one useful thing for another, a monetary system uses symbolic tokens that can be traded for anything. That opens the possibility of exchanging goods—say, a cow for a year’s supply of bread—for which a fair swap would otherwise be too complex to figure out.But beyond its basic utility, money could have other benefits to society. One theory holds that money makes cooperation possible in large groups of strangers, where trust is in short supply. For example, if you give your cow to a stranger in exchange for money, you don’t have to trust that person to keep your bread supply coming all year; you can use the money to buy bread from anyone. 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In each round, the computer made random pairs within the group. Players knew how many people were in their group, but they didn’t know which of those people was their current partner.In the first game, one of the players in the pair had the option of spending 6 units to help the other get 12 units. That’s an expensive choice, but if someone returned the favor in a future round, it would double the investment. Of course, if no one pitched in 6 units to help out later on, this player was out of luck. The computer stopped the game after a random number of rounds. At the end, everyone’s scores were tallied up and converted into real cash that the participants took home.As Camera and his colleagues expected, trust broke down as the group size increased. When just two people played the game, they could count on their gifts being returned when their roles were reversed. And indeed, the pairs of people helped each other out 71% of the time. But in larger groups, the chances of being paired with the same person plummeted—below 5% in the case of groups of 32. And that translated to a breakdown of trust. The frequency of cooperation in the 32-person groups fell to 28%.The second experiment was exactly like the first but included a virtual form of money called “tokens.” Each player started out with two of them. Players had the additional option to use a token to “buy” help from their partner, instead of just receiving assistance as a unilateral gift. Unlike units, tokens had no intrinsic value and could not be redeemed for anything at the end of the game. Using them was voluntary; the game could be played exactly as before without them.Nonetheless, the participants adopted this monetary system immediately instead of helping each other through gift-giving. In the two-person groups, using tokens eroded trust, and cooperation dropped by 19%. But with more players, tokens had the opposite effect. In the largest groups, people cooperated nearly twice as often when using the symbolic monetary system, and everyone reaped larger rewards, the team reports online today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.Camera theorizes that money makes cooperation possible when people cannot rely on reputation or kinship. He speculates that money drives cultures toward money-based economies by helping to support larger populations.The study is convincing evidence that money promotes cooperation among Camera’s research subjects, says Paul Rubin, an economist at Emory University in Atlanta. But he points out that they “were undergraduates, meaning they have lived in a money economy all their lives.” The cooperation-boosting power of money may not hold for people with no exposure to modern monetary systems, he says.Camera agrees that this is a limitation of the study. “We have given some thought to the possibility of running the same experiment with subject pools that are ‘nonstandard,’ ” he says, such as isolated Amazonian tribes. Despite some “nontrivial logistical issues”—such as importing a version of this computer-based game into the jungle—Camera hopes to test the cooperation-inducing effect in groups who live more like our hunter-gatherer ancestors.
TweetPinShare0 Shares OAKLAND, Calif. — After an eight-day break, the NBA’s top teams and biggest stars put on quite a show. Only one kept it up for 53 minutes.And only one survived without a serious injury.Stephen Curry had 26 points and eight assists, and the Golden State Warriors held off LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers for a thrilling 108-100 overtime victory in Game 1 of the NBA Finals on June 4.“It was just a classic five minutes that we needed to get that win,” Curry said of the overtime.In the finals for the first time in 40 years, the Warriors gave their long-suffering fans quite a treat. They rallied from an early 14-point deficit, absorbed a finals-best 44 points from James and shut down Cleveland in the extra session.James shot 18-of-38 from the field and had eight rebounds and six assists in 46 minutes. But the four-time MVP missed a long jumper at the end of regulation, and Cleveland missed its first eight shots of overtime — and 12 straight going back to the fourth quarter.“We got to do more around him,” Cavs coach David Blatt said.Adding to the Cavs’ frustration, point guard Kyrie Irving limped to the locker room after aggravating his troublesome left knee in overtime. He did not return.With Kevin Love already out, the Cavs obviously need Irving. He missed two games in the Eastern Conference finals because of knee and foot injuries and sounded unsure of his status for Game 2 on June 7 in Oakland.“Obviously you can see in the tone of my voice I’m a little worried,” said Irving, who buried his head in his hands at his locker and left on crutches.Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he hopes Irving is able to play the remainder of the series. “I mean that,” Kerr said. “You probably don’t believe me, but I mean that.”There were 13 lead changes and 11 ties in a game tightly contested across the board. There was little edge in shooting (Warriors 44.3 percent, Cavaliers 41.5 percent), rebounding (Warriors 48, Cavaliers 45) or assists (Warriors 24, Cavaliers 19).The biggest difference might have been the benches. The Warriors’ reserves outscored the Cavs’ 34-9, with J.R. Smith the only Cleveland reserve to score — and he was 3-of-13 from the field.In the end, it came down to the biggest stars making plays — or not.James and Curry carried their clubs through the fourth quarter, trading scores and assists in a back-and-forth duel in front of a sellout crowd of 19,596 — most wearing those blinding, golden yellow shirts. Both also had a chance to win the game in regulation.Curry, the current MVP, beat Irving off the dribble and moved in for the go-ahead layup. Instead, Irving blocked Curry from behind, Smith came up with the rebound and the Cavs called a timeout with 24.1 seconds left.James, trying to end Cleveland’s 51-year championship drought, dribbled down the clock and missed a contested jumper over Andre Iguodala just inside the left arc, and Iman Shumpert’s desperation shot nearly went in at the buzzer, sending a collective sigh through the crowd.The Cavs never came so close again. “I got to where I wanted to get, step back, made them before,” James said. “It’s a make or miss league, and we had our chances.”James hit a game-winning 3 over Iguodala two seasons ago with Miami from almost the same spot. Iguodala wasn’t about to let it happen again.“I kind of knew that play he wanted to get into, just going left, step back, and I was right there on him,” Iguodala said.Curry drew two deep shooting fouls at the start of overtime and made all four free throws, and Harrison Barnes hit a corner 3 just in front of the Cavs bench to give Golden State a 105-98 lead with 2:02 to play that had fans screaming at full throat.Irving, who finished with 23 points, seven rebounds and six assists, limped to the bench trying to shake off his troublesome left leg after the play. He was replaced by Matthew Dellavedova.The Warriors went ahead 108-98 on free throws with 1:16 to play. James’ layup with 8.9 seconds left accounted for Cleveland’s only points in overtime.James, who missed three shots and had two turnovers in overtime, walked off the court in frustration as time expired.Klay Thompson, who wasn’t cleared to play until June 2 after suffering a concussion last week, scored 21 points and Iguodala added 15 points for a Warriors team that started slow but closed with a flurry.“That’s what we’ve been doing the whole year,” Thompson said, “wearing down teams.”(ANTONIO GONZALEZ, AP Basketball Writer)
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Japan rugby union team All Blacks fall behind before brushing aside brave Namibia at Rugby World Cup Since you’re here… Share on WhatsApp Akio Ohisi, one of those Japanese All Black fans outside the ground, says this means “we’re already familiar with many of the All Black players from the Top League, but we don’t know the Europeans, because we rarely get to see them”. But then the Top League pulls in crowds of only about 5,000 and a lot of the other people here are what Ohisi calls “niwaka” fans – newbies attracted by the All Blacks’ cachet.You can find plenty of that down at the Adidas store in central Tokyo, where they are running an All Blacks-themed art exhibition with works by Noritake Kinashi, huge swirling psychedelic designs inspired by the All Blacks’ “playful creativity”. Those aren’t necessarily the first words that come to mind when you think of, say, Colin “Pinetree” Meads, but still, inside, the queues for one of the All Blacks’ limited-edition bomber jackets is so long it’s doubling back on itself.Out front there were a couple of young kids shouting at the passing out-of-towners. “Hey All Blacks!” they say in what seems to be their only piece of English. “All Blacks! Very cool!” Show Steve Hansen fears tackle red cards could swing World Cup knockout games • Fixtures, tables and results• Top try and points scorers• Stadium guide• Referee guide• Our latest minute-by-minute live reports• Sign up to The Breakdown, our free rugby union email newsletterTeam guidesPool A: Ireland, Japan, Russia, Samoa, ScotlandPool B: Canada, Italy, Namibia, New Zealand, South AfricaPool C: Argentina, England, France, Tonga, USAPool D: Australia, Fiji, Georgia, Uruguay, Wales Rugby World Cup pool permutations: who needs what in the last week? Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Photograph: Christophe Ena/AP Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share via Email The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. The man who captained Japan in that match, Masahiro Kunda, thinks of it as a noble failure. The reason Japan lost so badly, he’s said, was because he told the team “no matter how many points we concede let’s go and score a try”. That strategy didn’t work too well, so four years later Japan had a different one. Rugby World Cup Quick guide Our Rugby World Cup 2019 coverage Hide Thank you for your feedback. It’s not just about money. The NZRU has been encouraging its players to come up here, too. Not just old stars – though Dan Carter is playing in Kobe – but squad players. Guys such as 31-year-old flanker Matt Todd, who might otherwise be weighing up offers from clubs in Europe. The short Japanese season means they can get back in time to play Super Rugby. The NZRU’s head of professional rugby recently described it as the “lesser of two evils”, since the alternative is losing them for good. There hadn’t been a single New Zealand-born player in the team they took to the 1995 World Cup – for the 1999 tournament they had five of them, including the former All Blacks Graham Bachop and Jamie Joseph, who is now their coach.It wasn’t just the national team. A lot of the top schools arranged exchange schemes, too, and kids from New Zealand started coming over to study here for a year abroad. Some, such as Michael Leitch, ended up staying. Established Japanese players started going back the other way, such as the scrum-half Fumiaki Tunaka, who played for Otago and then Highlanders, and his back‑up, Kaito Shigeno, who spent 2015 playing for Ponsonby and Auckland.The last thing New Zealand needs is more players, but, on the other hand, they do want more fans. There are only 4.75 million people in New Zealand and they have already made fans of most of them. According to the NZRU’s annual report it put a “special focus” on marketing in Japan last year, turning out Japanese language posts on social media and sending Steve Hansen, and other All Black grandees, on special visits to the country during the summer. Whatever that cost, it will have been offset by the $1m fee the little city of Kashiwa paid for the right to host their training camp for four days. Read more Read more Japan’s head coach Jamie Joseph is a former All Black who also played for Japan at the 1999 World Cup. Photograph: Charly Triballeau/AFP/Getty Images Share on Facebook Support The Guardian Topics Twitter In Tokyo the crowd was so thick there were policemen with bullhorns on every corner urging you to “please stay close to the person in front of you and keep moving”, but I latched on to one bewildered New Zealander who had stopped in a far corner. His name was Dave Ward and he had just got in from Wellington. “Jeez, it’s like a home match,” Ward said. “I got to the station and it was like a sea of black in front of me. I’ve never seen so many New Zealand fans.”Ward shouldn’t have been so surprised. The All Blacks have spent years building their brand in Japan. That match against Namibia was the fifth Test they’ve played here in the last year, and the seventh in the last decade. They have got commercial partnerships with two Japanese firms, Nissui and Mitsui Fudosan, and two of their main sponsors, AIG and Adidas, have been running expensive PR campaigns here, too. AIG’s advert, in which the All Blacks hare around Tokyo tackling people out of the way of crashes and accidents, is running on a loop on the little TV screens fixed in the subway trains. Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Three hours before kick‑off, the little square outside Tobitakyu station was already overflowing with New Zealand fans, spilling out down the road towards Tokyo Stadium. The ground holds 50,000 and by the time it was full you could see at least three-quarters of them were wearing black, mainly branded All Blacks swag. Jerseys, jackets, caps and flags. It didn’t matter that most of them have never even been to New Zealand. It’s been like this at every game the All Blacks have played. They had the best part of 65,000 at Yokohama, almost 40,000 at Oita, where they were packed so tight around the front gate that the jam made the buses late. New Zealand rugby union team Facebook The All Blacks first toured Japan in 1987 but the game everyone remembers was in 1995, when the two teams played each other at Bloemfontein in the World Cup. The All Blacks won 145-17, which is still the record for the most points ever scored in a Test. In Sapporo, I met Len Schinkel who is half Japanese, half New Zealander, and spent his childhood moving between the two countries. “Rugby used to be big here,” he said, “but when we lost to New Zealand so badly in the 1990s everyone stopped watching. They only started again when we beat South Africa in 2015.” Was this helpful? Rugby World Cup 2019 Pinterest Rugby union features Read more Sportblog
VANCOUVER – A British Columbia First Nation whose fishing grounds were soiled by a diesel spill when a tug boat ran aground is suing the owner of the vessel for alleged negligence and the federal and provincial governments for what it calls an unacceptable response.The Heiltsuk’s territory centres in the Great Bear Rainforest on B.C.’s central coast, and its lawsuit says the fuel spill decimated members’ livelihoods, its clam fishery and took a toll on first responders.The American-owned tug the Nathan E. Stewart ran aground and sank near Bella Bella on Oct. 13., 2016, spilling 110,000 litres of diesel fuel, lubricants, heavy oils and other pollutants.The Transportation Safety Board released a report in May saying a crew member missed a planned course change because he fell asleep while alone on watch.Elected Chief Coun. Marilyn Slett of the Heiltsuk Tribal Council told a news conference Wednesday the legal action in B.C. Supreme Court hinges on loss: “Loss of food, loss of employment, loss of culture and loss of trust.“I cannot overstate the importance of Gale Pass to our community,” she said, referring to the nation’s food harvesting, village and cultural site.Slett said two years after the spill, the provincial and federal governments as well as Houston-based tug boat owner Kirby Offshore Marine have declined to do a meaningful environmental impact assessment to determine the extent of contamination on the surrounding land, sea and marine life.“Though we have made several requests, Canada and B.C. have refused to acknowledge their duty to consult with us on the framework guiding the environmental impact of the spill,” she said, adding the First Nation is hoping the legal action sets a precedent for oil spill response for the province and the country to prevent the type of “chaos” that resulted after its experience.“There’s a value that has been passed down by generations, that says, ‘When the tide goes out the table is set.’ It is fundamental to our way of life. We harvest foods that are vital to our way of life, like clams and seaweed.”The allegations have not been proven in court and no statements of defence have been filed on behalf of the governments or Kirby Offshore Marine.The Attorney General of Canada did not respond to a request for comment.British Columbia’s Environment Ministry said in a statement it is committed to working with the federal government and to “engage with Heiltsuk as appropriate for a federally led initiative.”Matt Woodruff, spokesman for the Kirby Corporation, said in a statement that the company’s lawyers “will take the appropriate actions to defend our interests in court.”Besides compensation for missed harvesting opportunities, the Heiltsuk incurred costs associated with environmental testing and its own investigation, Slett said, adding the First Nation is working to assess overall damages, which would be in the millions of dollars.The First Nation is seeking clarification on several key matters as part of its lawsuit, including Canada and British Columbia’s duty to consult communities affected by spills and whether Aboriginal title applies to the seabed and foreshore.“This has never been decided by Canadian courts,” Slett said of water rights versus land claims.“Canada claims it owns the seabed and B.C. claims it owns the foreshore. Meanwhile, nations like ours have occupied the oceans and foreshore in our territory long before contact and have never ceded, surrendered or sold our title.”Hereditary Chief Harvey Humchitt, who was a first responder after the spill, said the nation was misinformed about the seriousness of the spill and given the wrong location.“When we arrived we were not given any resources, when the materials and crew did arrive they were ill equipped and disorganized.”Booms were not deployed around the Nathan E. Stewart for 12 hours and were the wrong type and incorrectly set around the tug, causing them to break apart by the currents, Humchitt said.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version said costs associated with the First Nation’s investigation would be in the millions.
Facebook Streaming on Sunday, March 10 before its television premiere on STARZ that evening at 10 p.m. ET, the new, coming-of-age, half-hour comedy series NOW APOCALYPSE was created by Gregg Araki and executive produced by Steven Soderbergh. It was an official selection of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival and stars Canadian actor Avan Jogia, as well as Tyler Posey, Kelli Berglund, Beau Mirchoff, and Roxane Mesquida.Between sexual and romantic dating-app adventures, the series follows Ulysses (Jogia) and his friends as they explore identity, sexuality, and artistry while navigating the strange and oftentimes bewildering city of Los Angeles. Ulysses grows increasingly troubled as foreboding premonitory dreams make him wonder if some kind of dark and monstrous conspiracy is going on, or if he is just smoking too much weed. Karley Sciortino, author, Vogue.com sex columnist, and creator and host of SLUTEVER on Viceland (also available on Crave), co-wrote the series with Araki and serves as consulting producer.STARZ subscribers in Canada have access to the following series across two television channels, the SVOD platforms of participating television providers, and on the STARZ streaming service (available as an add-on to Crave), with new programming being added every month.AMERICA TO ME, Season 1 (March 10)BLACK SAILS, Season 1-4BOSS, Season 1-2COUNTERPART, Season 1-2DAN VS., Season 1-3DAVINCI’S DEMONS, Season 1-3THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE, Season 1GRAVITYMAGIC CITY, Season 1-2 (April)NOW APOCALPYSE (March 10)PARTY DOWN, Season 1-2POWER, Season 1-4 (Season 5 coming soon)SURVIVOR’S REMORSE, Season 1-4SWEETBITTER, Season 1 (new season 2019)VIDA, Season 1 (new season 2019)WARRIORS OF LIBERTY CITY (coming soon)THE WHITE QUEENTHE WHITE PRINCESSWRONG MANIn addition, STARZ is home to hundreds of classic films with new titles launching every month. 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APTN National NewsA First Nations child advocate isn’t shocked to hear just a third of children in care in Manitoba graduate high school.In fact, she says she’s surprised the rate is that high.APTN’s Dennis Ward has that story.
Rabat – The State Secretariat for Sustainable Development is organizing the National Carbon Market Conference on Friday, July 7 in Rabat, where it is expected to announce Morocco’s integration to the carbon market two weeks after the adoption of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development. Morocco is expected to officially integrate the carbon market today. Seven months after the organization of COP 22, the conference aims to present Morocco’s first feedback on the Climate Change conference, as wells as the best practices of the carbon market around the world, informing and involving state and non-state actors as well as soliciting their contribution and commitment, the State Secretariat said in a statement.The National Carbon Market Conference also constitutes an opportunity to galvanize international financial institutions and climate finance and to promote the leading role of Morocco in the implementation of the Paris agreement. This integration is expected to be announced today during the conference gathering some 200 to 300 high-level personalities, political, economic and financial decision-makers from Morocco and around the world, particularly Africa.During the Energy Forum held yesterday in Casablanca by the CGEM, Nezha El Ouafi, Secretary General for Sustainable Development, underlined the importance of this step, especially after the adoption of the National Strategy for Sustainable Development (NSSD) two weeks ago by the Ministerial Council. Considered a benchmark for all national sustainable development policies, the adoption of the NSSD would therefore be immensely supported by Morocco’s integration to the carbon market, a crucial step in pursuing environmental commitments made by Morocco before and during COP22.El Ouafi highlights a number of advantages of this integration, including a paradigm shift in production and consumption. “The sequence of these different stages will undoubtedly bring about major changes in production and consumption patterns and will constitute a major turning point in our ecological transition process,” the Secretary General explained yesterday during the Energy Forum. El Ouafi also confirms “Morocco’s unwavering determination to continue its transition to an economic model based on the fight against the harmful effects of climate change.” A crucial step in Morocco’s transition processMorocco’s energy transition is conditioned by four major pillars, which are the frameworks for national environmental action. If the energy transition, as a strategic orientation, constitutes the first pillar, the national environmental charter, Morocco’s engagement in fighting greenhouse gases (GES), and the implementation of an energy transition model are the three others.Due to Morocco’s economic situation and the international status of the carbon market, including low demand for carbon credits, this national debate will help mobilize economic sectors to become more involved in the carbon market through sectoral strategies, thus generating high-quality carbon credits as well as a strong involvement in the international system.The National Carbon Market Conference, launched in partnership with the World Bank four months before COP 23, will maintain the momentum generated by COP 22 by capitalizing on its results and in particular by launching the study Design of the Carbon Market model.
PORT COQUITLAM, B.C. — Premier John Horgan is citing fairness and affordability for his fledgling NDP government’s decision to eliminate tolls on two major Vancouver-area bridges in time for the Labour Day weekend.Tolls will come off the Port Mann and Golden Ears bridges on Sept. 1, a move Horgan said is aimed at treating commuters in the Lower Mainland the same as those travelling in other parts of the province.“The tolls, in my opinion, are unfair,” he told a news conference in Port Coquitlam on Friday.“If you live in Kelowna you don’t pay tolls to cross a bridge. If you live on Vancouver Island you don’t pay tolls to use the highway. If you live in Whistler you don’t pay tolls to use public infrastructure. You shouldn’t have to pay tolls because of where you live in Maple Ridge or Surrey or other points south of the Fraser River.”Horgan said eliminating tolls will save an average commuter $1,500 a year and commercial drivers crossing a bridge once daily will pocket at least $4,500.Getting rid of tolls will also allow commuters to get home earlier as they stop using alternate routes “just to save a few bucks,” said Horgan, whose announcement fulfills a key election promise for his minority NDP government.“Families will benefit mostly from this decision,” he added.About 121,000 vehicles a day use the Port Mann Bridge connecting Coquitlam and Surrey, and about 40,000 use the Golden Ears between Surrey and the Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge area.Green Leader Andrew Weaver called the decision “reckless” because it transfers $3.4 billion in debt from the Port Mann Bridge to the province, leaving less money to spend on social programs.“There is no question that the affordability crisis facing so many British Columbians is a significant concern. However, this policy is high cost and low impact,” he said in a statement.“It is disappointing that the first major measure that this government has taken to make life more affordable for British Columbians will add billions of dollars to taxpayer-supported debt.”The Liberals promised to eliminate tolls on the Port Mann Bridge and work to eliminate them on the Golden Ears in a throne speech before they were defeated in a confidence vote about two months ago that allowed the NDP to form a government.On Friday, the Liberals said the NDP’s decision does not consider the long-term financial implications for the province.“The premier himself said today that people shouldn’t have to pay tolls based on where they live,” finance critic Shirley Bond said in a news release. “Transferring the debt from these bridge projects to the province is essentially telling northern and interior British Columbians that their tax dollars will be subsidizing Metro Vancouver commuters.”Both bridges are still in the red, years after being built. This year’s provincial budget projected the Port Mann Bridge would lose $88 million in 2016-17 and $90 million in 2017-18. The Golden Ears Bridge lost $45.2 million in 2015.Horgan said the decision will cost the province about $132 million this year and that can be managed without affecting borrowing costs.Transportation Minister Claire Trevena said about 180 workers will be affected by the elimination of tolls. While all of them won’t lose their jobs, there will be job losses, she said.The toll to cross the Port Mann Bridge is $3.15 for cars, pickup trucks and sports utility vehicles, and $9.45 for commercial vehicles. The toll on the Golden Ears is $3.20 to $4.45 for cars, and $9.45 to $10.70 for commercial vehicles.