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Two killed in group clashes in Gujarat

first_imgTwo persons were killed and several others injured in a group clash between Kshatriya and Bharwad communities in Halvad town of Saurashtra region. More than 20 vehicles and a few houses were torched by rioters, which led to suspension of mobile-based internet services in Morbi and Surendranagar districts of the region. The authorities have also stopped traffic on Ahmedabad Kutch highway that passes from Halvad and Dhragadra towns when the clashes occurred on Thursday evening. The state government has rushed three senior IPS officials to supervise the situation in the region, where castes conflicts are a common feature. Following the violent clashes, State Reserved Police Force (SRPF) teams were deployed while police rounded up several persons allegedly involved in rioting.The clashes between Bharwad and Kshatriya castes broke out after a murder of Kshatriya community leader Indrasinh Zala, a former municipality president, in Dhrangadhra town. Following his murder, the Kshatriya community had given bandh call on Sunday and entire town remained shut amidst a few incidents of stone pelting and altercations between two castes groups.”Two persons have died and two others have been injured and they are under treatment. Some vehicles were also set on fire,” said a police official from Morbi district.last_img read more


‘Tourists must feel at home in Goa’

first_imgGoa Tourism Minister Manohar Ajgaonkar on Tuesday, the eve of World Tourism Day, said tourism industry stakeholders must act as ambassadors of the State.He said, “Every visitor should be treated with warmth and hospitality that Goa is famous for.” Mr. Ajjgaonkar also appealed to tourists to engage in sustainable tourism. “I greet all tourists and appeal to them to enjoy Goa in a responsible manner,” Mr. Ajgaonkar said. The theme for this year’s World Tourism Day is ‘Sustainable Tourism: A tool for development’. Mr. Ajgaonkar said authorities would put in place more services to attract tourists.last_img read more


Notorious chain snatcher nabbed

first_imgBengaluru, May 18 (PTI) A notorious chain snatcher from an inter-state gang wanted in several cases was arrested today by Central Crime Branch sleuths of the City police. Hyder Syed Noor Irani (24), a member of the interstate Irani gang, hails from Pune, police said, adding that, during the probe he revealed his involvement in about 25 cases. They said 900 grams of gold and ornaments worth Rs 27 lakh has been recovered from the accused and he has been remanded to judicial custody. The operation to nab Hyder was conducted by theorganised crime wing of the CCB police in coordination with Bengaluru West Division Police. Officials said that Hyder used to identify women walking on the road and on finding an opportunity used to snatch their chain and escape on a two-wheeler. He is involved in chain snatching related incidents in Bengaluru and other cities of the state, Police said.PTI KSU RA VSlast_img read more


Wimbledon: Sania-Hingis storm into quarters, Bopanna-Mergea knocked out

first_imgIndia’s tennis star Sania Mirza stormed into the women’s doubles quarter-finals of the Wimbledon tennis tournament while Rohan Bopanna was knocked out in the men’s doubles third round here on Monday.The top-seeded Sania and her partner Switzerland’s Martina Hingis outclassed United States’ Christina McHale and Latvian Jelena Ostapenko 6-1, 6-0 in just 46 minutes in the third round played at court 17 to storm into the quarters of the tournament.While the sixth seeded pair of Bopanna and his Romanian partner Florin Mergea went down 6-2, 3-6, 4-6, 7-6 (6), 6-8 to tenth seeded pairing of Finnish Henri Kontinen and his partner Australia’s John Peers in two hour and 55 minutes played at the court 14.Sania-Martina began the match on an aggressive note by winning 19 out of 28 first serve points and two out of five break points to take the opening set 6-1 at ease in a few minutes time.Christina-Jelena went through some tough times once again in the second set as top seeded Indo-Swiss pair won 13 out of 16 first serve points and three out of five break points to win the set 6-0 and seal a place in the last four.BOPANNA-MERGEA FAIL TO IMPRESSThe sixth-seeded pair of Bopanna and Mergea started the match on a positive note taking an important 4-0 lead and then eventually won the opening 6-2 to grab the advantage. Bopanna-Mergea won 9 out of 10 first serve points in the set. The pair broke their opponent twice in the set.But Kontinen-Peers made a strong comeback in the second set winning 13 out of 15 first serve points and breaking the sixth seeds once to take the second set 6-3.advertisementIn the third set, the 10th seeded Finnish and Australian pair carried on the momentum from the second set to win 18 out of 22 first serve points and breaking Bopanna-Mergea once to win the third set 6-4 and take a 2-1 led in the tie at court No.14.Bopanna-Mergea staged a much needed comeback in the fourth set to stay in the match as they won 17 out of 18 first serve points along with three aces to take the game into tri-break. The Indo-Romanian pair prevailed in the tri-break to win it 8-6 and come to 2-2 level terms and take the match to fifth and deciding set.The fifth and final set saw an even tougher battle between the two sides but Kontinen-Peers held their nerves to win 25 out of 31 first serve points and also earn a break point as the 10th seeds stunned the sixth seeds 8-6 in the fifth set to book a place in the quarters.last_img read more


World Cup 2019: Haris Sohail batted like Jos Buttler in last 15 overs, says Sarfaraz Ahmed

first_imgPakistan rode Haris Sohail’s 89 off 59 balls to go with an impressive showing from their bowlers to knock South africa out of the World Cup 2019 when the two teams met at Lord’s on Sunday. Sohail, who was adjudged the Man of the Match for his match-winning innings, came into the team after Sarfaraz Ahmed decided to drop out-of-form all-rounder shoaib Malik and instantly proved his worth.After the victory, Sarfaraz singled out Haris for special praise as he compared his late-overs flourish to the way England’s Jos Buttler performs for the current hosts.”Haris Sohail put in a great performance. We changed the combination in this game. Couple of games earlier, we went with other combination. That’s the only thing. Sometimes change is good for the team. Today the way Haris batted, he is hungry to play in the game. He’s the main factor, the turning point, the way he batted in the last 15 overs, it was like Jos Buttler,” said Sarfaraz after the victory.The skipper credited the win to ‘a complete team performance’ as Pakistan managed to stay alive in the tournament. However, Sarfaraz was still critical of his team’s fielding as there were many dropped catches during the Proteas’ chase. Mohammad Amir alone was guilty of shelling 3 catches but thankfully for Pakistan it played little role in determining the end-result.”I think it’s a complete team performance. Credit to the openers. They played really well. We have to work harder on fielding. Again we dropped so many catches today. All three matches now are very crucial and we have to sort it out. Complete bowling effort. Credit goes to Amir, took early wickets and in the middle overs as well. Shadab was really good in the middle overs as well. Thanks to the fans for their support,” signed off Sarfaraz.advertisementPakistan now lie 7th on the World Cup 2019 points table with 5 points from 6 games. They will next play New Zealand on June 26 while for South Africa, their remaining matches against Sri Lanka and Australia only hold academic importance, as they are left to lick their wounds after another ouster from the World Cup.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan eliminate South Africa from semi-finals race with 49-run winAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Shaun Pollock puts ladybug on Imran Tahir’s shoulder for luckAlso Seelast_img read more


VAR stalemate underscores absurdity of offside overreach

first_imgAs the Canadian philosopher Marshall McLuhan once observed, “all media exist to invest our lives with artificial perceptions and arbitrary values”. Bewitched by the supposed infallibility of machines, the A-League has drawn $150,000 out of its meagre kitty in order to introduce “hawk-eye” technology that purports to make the artificial real and the arbitrary rational.It is virtually a truism that Australian football administrators can be counted on to make the wrong decision when no decision need be made. Addressing a problem that didn’t exist, they have taken an unwitting step back toward the stifling pragmatism of three decades ago. For Italia ’90 icon Gary Lineker, this level of technological intervention is “sucking the life out of football”.Unfortunately, many former players and commentators are meekly toeing the company line. One who is not is the always articulate Andy Harper: after the Barbarouses goal was overturned the commentator suggested that only the pedants will be happy.It is perhaps significant that Major League Soccer has so far resisted this punitively pedantic eye-in-the-sky, instead sticking with the far more sensible clear and obvious dictum upon which VAR was initially marketed. In the US ridiculous adherence to the second constitutional amendment provides a shining example of what happens when longstanding laws collide with modern technology that the original legislators never conceived of.Here, however, as in the Premier League, for now every goal scored will be provisional; every single millimetre of “illegality” will equate to an unfair advantage. How all this will prove for the betterment of football has yet to be adequately explained. Reuse this content Video assistant referees (VARs) Twitter Share on Facebook Pinterest A-League In a captivating if at times tentative first round of the new A-League season, arguably the best goal came in the Melbourne derby. After some neat interplay, Melbourne Victory captain Ola Toivonen slipped an exquisite, camel-through-a-needle’s-eye pass to young Elvis Kamsoba, whose expert finish prompted a remarkable display of celebratory gymnastics.Then again … football has lately entered a whole new world of post-scoring formalities. Replays suggested that Kamsoba’s lower leg had strayed fractionally ahead of the second-last defender. Technically, the laws of the game had been breached; cheers were shoved back down throats. The game ended goalless. Read more Topics Australia sport Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Doubtless this pleased the Melbourne City faithful, though asking a fan of any club about a refereeing decision that effects them is akin to putting a serial killer’s parents on his jury. Yet it is worth emphasising: until recently, in the absence of a flag from the assistant referee that goal would have stood and the officials would have been widely praised for giving the advantage to the attacking side.A day earlier, technology came even more dubiously to the rescue. At first look the goal scored by Sydney FC’s Kosta Barbarouses against Adelaide United appeared entirely valid. A dozen looks later nothing had changed. The VAR, however, begged to differ. SBS’s Lucy Zelic was later moved to lament: “Has it really come down to millimetres now?”Conversely, VAR did OK an Adelaide goal and also corrected Brisbane’s last-minute equaliser in Perth after it was wrongly flagged. But apart from the fact that to the naked eye neither looked any different to the Barbarouses call, the more salient point is that an extra centimetre or so in either case would have led to an offside ruling. The idea that the technology works both ways only creates a false dichotomy. Instead, as Animal Farm’s Snowball might have put it: borderline onside good, borderline offside bad.Setting aside whether it is even possible for VAR to pinpoint the exact position of an attacker at the split-second when the ball is played (many argue it is not), it’s worth putting all of this into some sort of historical context. By the end of the 1980s, football seemed to be embracing the ultra-conservatism of the Thatcher-Reagan years. Stifling defensive tactics ruled, officials largely turned a blind-eye to ankle-shredding tackles and, despite heroic dissidents of the likes of Diego Maradona, Marco van Basten and Roberto Baggio, goalscoring risked becoming a marginalised art. It all came to a head at the 1990 World Cup, where the goals-per-game average was a meagre 2.21 (the lowest ever). Highlighting this was an officiating bungle in the third-place play-off between Italy and England that has since attained cult status. Italian Nicola Berti – who ironically later spent a notoriously languid season in Australia’s National Soccer League – saw his headed effort disallowed despite being about 10 yards and four defenders onside.Back then the issue of how to make scoring goals sexy again provoked much tomfoolery, including calls to extend the size of the goal-frame. Of course, what makes football exciting isn’t simply the number the times the ball hits the net per match. Some of the most transcendent contests of that era – France v Brazil at the 1986 World Cup; the 1991 Serie A title decider between Internazionale and Sampdoria – were exceedingly tense, low-scoring affairs.Rather, it all comes down to attitudes, and slowly but surely these began to change. The speed of the game increased immeasurably, defensive butchery was largely outlawed and the goals began to flow at more suitable levels (2.6 per game by the 2018 men’s World Cup; 2.8 at the 2019 women’s World Cup).But underneath it all there remained a lingering conservatism in how games are officiated, particularly around offsides. Despite Fifa issuing an edict to the effect that the benefit of the doubt should be given to the attacking team, assistant referees kept intervening to cancel out perfectly legitimate goals.Which is where VAR comes in. A system that started out with the benign purpose of cleaning up “clear and obvious” errors has mutated into a scion of the HAL-9000, undertaking calculations on a high-speed muddle of angles, flailing body parts and ball movements all in order to assure us that without it the entire system would fail. Referee Chris Beath speaks with Victory’s Ola Toivonen during the Melbourne derby. Photograph: Daniel Pockett/Getty Images Share on Pinterest features Emergence of new teenage crop best advert for returning A-League Share via Email Share on LinkedIn David Squires on … what was left out of the A-League’s pre-season anime video Facebook Share on Messenger Read morelast_img read more


WR Demariyon Houston Announces Decision Time For National Signing Day

first_imgWide receiver recruit Demariyon Houston.YouTubeDemariyon Houston is one of the many recruits who will make his college choice tomorrow for National Signing Day.The early signing period in December has taken some of the juice out of the February National Signing Day, with the majority of committed recruits locking themselves in with their classes.Houston, a one-time Texas commit, kept himself open, and his recruitment has shifted pretty hard towards a new school in recent weeks: Nebraska.As of last week, 247’s crystal ball gave the Huskers a 55-45 edge on Texas, in terms of percentage of analysts picking those schools.Today, it is up to 64-percent for Nebraska.We now know exactly when Demariyon Houston’s decision will come down.On Monday night, Houston says that his decision is coming tomorrow at 10 a.m., followed by a signing at 3 p.m.I WILL BE ANNOUNCING WHERE I WILL BE GOING TO SCHOOL AT ON WEDNESDAY AT 10:00AM &’ I WILL BE SIGNING AT 3:00PM THE SAME AFTERNOON .— h o l l y w o o d h o u s t o n (@demariyon5) February 5, 2019His native Oklahoma City is in the Central Time Zone, so it will likely be 11 a.m. for those of us on the East Coast.247 ranks Houston as a three-star player. He’s the No. 403 overall recruit in the 2019 class.The site has him No. 48 among wide receivers and No. 6 in Oklahoma.last_img read more


Organization Formed For Newcomers From The African Diaspora

first_imgNewcomers from the Caribbean, South America and Africa are being encouraged to help form a new organization aimed at helping them adjust to life in Nova Scotia. The African Diaspora Association of the Maritimes (ADAM) wants new Canadians living in Nova Scotia to help develop an organization that will welcome new African Nova Scotians and help them understand and participate in community, society and the provincial economy. “ADAM’s purpose is to encourage, foster and welcome newly arrived immigrants into the Nova Scotian community,” said Tony Eghan, ADAM interim-president. “It will provide them with an awareness to participate and integrate in areas of educational, social, political, civic and economic activities in Nova Scotia. “By using the term, African Diaspora, in the name of the group, we hope to encourage new Nova Scotians from not only Africa but South America and the Caribbean to join this organization,” said Dr. Eghan. The planning committee members are holding an information session and dinner Saturday, Dec. 10, at the University Club’s Great Hall on the Dalhousie University campus, 6136 University Ave., Halifax. The event, which is co-sponsored by the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs and the Office of Immigration, will begin at 4 p.m. and go until midnight. The keynote speaker is civil rights and immigration lawyer, Davies Bagambiire. The session is free but registration is required as space is limited. In lieu of an admission fee, participants are encouraged to bring an item for Feed Nova Scotia. For more information and to register, contact the Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs by phone at 902-424-5555 or by e-mail at: .last_img read more


Prince Charles Talks At Sustainability Summit

first_imgThe Prince of Wales challenged global business leaders to “help save the world” at a sustainability summit last week.The Prince of Wales at the Accounting for Sustainability Annual ForumCredit/Copyright: at the Accounting for Sustainability (A4S) Summit, His Royal Highness said there would be dire consequences if the current state of affairs continued.“Frankly, the older I get the more and more anxious I become – no matter which way you look at it, the sums just do not add up,” he said.The Prince assured the audience that he had done his part for sustainability by walking to the summit before setting out the steps the finance and accounting community need to take over the coming decade.While he began by stressing the fact that he was not an accountant, The Prince said: “I presume you are not just here out of curiosity as to what I might say next, so I hope I can call on your help to take forward the good work that has been done so far and find ways to make sustainability part of the DNA of every finance leader and accountant on the planet.”Around 250 senior figures from major corporations and future finance leaders, including British supermarkets Sainsbury’s and Marks and Spencer, attended the event at the Institute Of Directors in Pall Mall, London.The Prince told the room: “Go out and seek to convince your peers. In this regard, the team of accountants at A4S has highlighted some rather interesting numbers to me.“I understand – and I assume a team of accountants must be right – that if every one of you here in the room today manages to convince just five others to start accounting for sustainability, and then each one of them engages another five each year, in five years’ time we could reach all of the three million accountants in the world!“However, I hate to tell you that for obvious reasons five years is too long – so each of you needs to rush out and convince 10. And then accountants really will be helping to save the world.”The Prince hosted his A4S summit to celebrate its 10th anniversary and the progress it has made since its inception.John Rogers, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) at Sainsbury’s, said he hoped the summit would create genuine results. He said: “We’ve got some very real, practical tools we would like take forward.”A spokeswoman for the Project said that, historically, accountants have “very much been focused on the financial”.She said: “Increasingly they are looking more and more about how the environmental and social issues can be applied… to really understand how they can look at the link between those different issues and understand what they can do differently”.Jessica Fries, Executive Chairman of A4S, said at the summit: “Over the 10 years since our launch we have worked to dispel the idea that there has to be a choice between making money on one hand and ‘doing the right thing’ on the other.“Making business decisions which are designed to build resilient business models will inevitably lead to a more sustainable economy. However time is not on our side. We have achieved a lot in 10 years but there is still a great deal of work to do.” read more


While Harper talked tough with NATO on Arctic US believed PM all

first_imgBy Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsOTTAWA–Prime Minister Stephen Harper personally warned NATO’s secretary general to keep the alliance out of the Arctic or risk increasing tensions with Russia, according to “confidential” U.S. diplomatic cables obtained by APTN National News that also reveal American diplomats believe the prime minister is more bark than bite on northern sovereignty.During a Jan. 13, 2010, chat following an Ottawa lunch session, Harper “cautioned” NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen that the alliance had no “role” in the Arctic and warned continued attempts by some member nations to involve NATO in the region would increase tensions with Russia, one cable said.Harper told Rasmussen that the push for NATO’s involvement in the Arctic was coming from nations who wanted to exert their influence in a region where “they don’t belong,” the cable said.Climate change induced thawing of the Arctic has triggered speculation that a scramble by nations to get a piece of the resource-rich region could lead to conflict, requiring NATO involvement.A separate cable on the Harper government’s Arctic focus, however, concluded that the prime minister’s strong Arctic sovereignty rhetoric was purely for domestic political purposes since it was rarely followed by concrete action. The same cable also said Canada could do little to assert its interests in the Arctic without U.S. help.APTN National News obtained hundreds of confidential and secret U.S. diplomatic cables from whistleblower website WikiLeaks.CBC-Radio Canada also obtained the same batch of cables.WikiLeaks also recently dumped over 2,000 unclassified diplomatic cables on its website.A gathering of Arctic Council member countries is set to begin Thursday in Nuuk, Greenland. Canada, the U.S., Russia, Norway, Iceland, Sweden and Denmark are scheduled to meet and sign an international search-and-rescue treaty and see Sweden take over as council chair. Canada will take over the chair in 2013.Canada will be represented by Nunavut Conservative MP Leona Aglukkaq, who was health minister in the previous Harper government, in place of defeated former foreign affairs minister Lawrence Cannon. U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is also expected to attend.Harper sees the Arctic Council, which is not geared for military matters, as the primary vehicle to deal with issues between Arctic-bordering nations, according to the cable describing Harper’s conversation with Rasmussen.“PM Harper contended that it is not like Antarctic, in that the Arctic is inhabited and largely delineated by defined national territory,” the Jan. 20, 2010 cable said. “It should not be a center for future conflict; practical issues such as search and rescue are addressed by the Arctic Council.”Harper said he doubted Arctic-bordering nations would ever engage in a shooting war, according to the cable.He said the push for NATO involvement in the region was coming from alliance members who were acting in their own interest to exert influence in a place far from their current reach, according to the cable.“He commented that there is no likelihood of Arctic states going to war, but that some non-Arctic members favoured a NATO role in the Arctic because it would afford them influence in an area where ‘they don’t belong,’” the cable said.Robert Huebert, University of Calgary’s associate director of military and strategic studies, said Harper was either alluding to the European Union’s Arctic ambitions or France and Britain.“Really, he is referring to the EU, that is my reading…he is doing multi-level diplomacy, letting people know he is pissed off with them,” said Huebert, one of the leading experts on Canadian Arctic security and sovereignty. “If not, then probably the French…the British have also been pretty assertive, but not to same degree as the French.”The EU has tried and failed to get permanent observer status on the Arctic Council, and will likely make another attempt during the latest meeting, said Huebert. China is also looking at permanent observer status.“I don’t see the Canadians seeing any upside to having increased European participation. There are enough Europeans that have the Arctic border,” said Huebert. “The Europeans and the EU, as it develops its Arctic policies, are increasingly in opposition to Canadian interests.”The thawing Arctic and the gradual opening up of the Northwest Passage will allow easier access to previously unreachable resources and senior NATO officials, including former secretary general Jaap de Hoop Scheffer, have said this could force NATO to play a role.Last October, Adm. James Stavridis, supreme NATO allied commander for Europe, told the Guardian that the thawing of the Arctic could lead to conflict.His comments came as academics gathered for a NATO-sponsored conference on “Environmental Security in the Arctic Ocean” at Cambridge University, which Huebert also attended.Much of NATO’s Arctic-conflict musings swirl around Russia’s stake in the region amid a looming dash for resources.Harper told Rasmussen that he did not believe that Russia had any claim to a “sphere of influence,” but that it was important NATO keep an “open door” policy, the cable said.Harper also told Rasmussen that Canada had a “good working relationship” with Russia on the Arctic, and NATO would just make things worse.“According to PM Harper… a NATO presence could backfire by exacerbating tensions,” the cable said.In a separate cable, sent a day after the cable outlining the Harper’s discussion with Rasmussen, U.S. ambassador David Jacobson wrote that the prime minister’s rhetoric on “Arctic sovereignty” was little more than talk and primarily aimed at attracting votes.Tracing the birth of the use of the Arctic as a handy political weapon to former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin’s dust-up with Denmark over Hans Island, Jacobson wrote that Harper has consistently used it as a campaign issue.“The persistent high public profile which this government has accorded ‘Northern Issues’ and the Arctic is, however, unprecedented and reflects the PM’s views that ‘the North has never been more important to our country,’ although, one could perhaps paraphrase to state ‘the North has never been more important to our Party,’” wrote Jacobson, in the Jan. 21, 2010 cable.Jacobson also notes that some of Harper’s more big ticket, 2006 election promises on the Arctic, such as the armed ice breaker and underwater ocean sensors, have yet to come to fruition. He speculates that this likely reveals a gap between words and actual intentions.“That the PM’s public stance on the Arctic may not reflect his private, perhaps more pragmatic, priorities, however, was evident in fact that during several hours together with Ambassador Jacobson on January 7 and 8, which featured long and wide-ranging conversations, the PM did not once mention the Arctic,” the cable said.Huebert said the government could be making a decision on the ocean sensors as early as this summer.Jacobson goes on to write that Canada has little leverage anyway on the Arctic without the American’s backing.“Canada places great import on its Arctic partnership with the United States…Not only is that partnership materially significant for Canada, which benefits greatly from American resources invested in Arctic science and in defense infrastructure, but also Canada has much to gain from leveraging the status and standing of the United States,” the cable said.“If the two countries can find bilateral common-ground…the chance for Canadian success is much greater than going it alone against the interests of other countries or groups of countries.”Huebert said Canada needs to increase its investment in the Arctic if it wants to avoid being seen as a “paper tiger” by the Americans and the world community.“If Canada is going to say that Canada has control of the Arctic, you have to have the ability to back it up,” he said.jbarrera@aptn.caThe CablesDownload (PDF, Unknown)Download (PDF, Unknown)last_img read more


Pipeline delays add appeal to creative options for oil transport transformation

first_imgBut it also identified potential long-term market access solutions that could include more oilsands bitumen upgrading and reversing existing import pipelines.Unfortunately, none of those ideas works as a meaningful short-term alternative to new pipelines _ and they face many of the same speed bumps _ says NEB chief economist Jean-Denis Charlebois.“Fundamentally, what this would require is regulatory approvals and significant capital investments because those things cannot occur overnight,” he said in an interview.“First the economics have to be there … then those alternatives need to go through a regulatory process.”A dearth of investment dollars for traditional drilling in Western Canada means there are also fewer dollars available for developing creative options, said Kevin Birn, a vice-president with IHS Energy in Calgary.“I think you will have some creativity but if you really want creativity, they’ve got to see a future for investment in Western Canada,” he said. Here’s a closer look at some pipeline alternative solutions.The diluent dilemmaRaw bitumen at room temperature has the consistency of peanut butter. Below freezing, it’s as hard as a hockey puck.To make it flow in a pipeline, producers mix as many as three barrels of light oil “diluent” for every seven barrels of bitumen _ if one can eliminate or reduce the diluent, it frees up room in the pipeline.In January, the Alberta government announced a $440-million loan guarantee to help Value Creation Inc. build a $2-billion upgrader that would convert diluted bitumen into medium synthetic crude and diesel, both capable of flowing undiluted in a pipeline. The facility is the first in line for up to $1 billion in provincial incentives for partial upgraders, but it isn’t expected to be operating until at least 2022.A report prepared for the province in 2017 suggested that a 100,000-barrel-per-day partial upgrading facility could add $10 to $15 of value to each barrel of bitumen. The report listed 10 pre-commercial technologies that have been tested or proposed for deployment in Alberta.Any plan to reduce diluent must consider the impact on U.S. customers, who have configured their refineries to use diluted bitumen, said Birn.He added diluent will still be needed to deliver the bitumen from the field to the partial upgrader, which means diluent recovery units likely also will need to be built.New technologyNo diluent at all would be required with a new technology to mix and coat bitumen with recycled plastic and form it into solid pucks for shipping in ordinary railcars or shipping containers.An oil company affiliated with the tiny Heart Lake First Nation in northern Alberta is building a $50-million pilot plant to test the “CanaPux” product developed by Canadian National Railway Co.But it’s not known when a commercial facility would follow.Pipeline efficiencyReducing the demand for diluent in Canada could help Enbridge decide on the option to convert its Southern Lights pipeline _ used to import U.S. condensate diluent into Canada _ into a crude oil export pipeline with capacity of about 150,000 bpd, possibly by 2023.Meanwhile, the operator of the biggest oil export pipeline network in Canada is getting creative as it looks at using drag reducing agents inside the pipe and redirecting some downstream U.S. injections to open up long-haul capacity for Western Canada, along with low-cost pipeline and pumping station upgrades.It thinks it could add another 50,000 to 100,000 bpd of incremental export space by mid-year and is studying a potential 450,000 bpd of throughput optimization initiatives.Crude-by-railRail exports rose to a record of over 350,000 bpd in December before falling in January and February after Alberta imposed production cuts to reduce storage and open up space on pipelines.They are on the rise again as Alberta loosens its production quotas and Imperial Oil Ltd. restarts rail shipments it stopped in February.Crude shipped by rail often contains diluent but the NEB notes more oil can be put in each car if the oil isn’t diluted _ although that requires the use of cars that can be heated at the destination dock to drain the bitumen.Meanwhile, Alberta’s NDP government is pressing ahead with plans to add locomotives and railcars to move 120,000 barrels per day of crude, starting at the end of the year _ although the opposition United Conservative Party has vowed to kill the order if it wins the provincial election this week.center_img CALGARY, A.B. – News that permitting issues in the U.S. would delay Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 replacement pipeline project until the middle of 2020 instead of late this year means that yet another boost in oil export capacity has been kicked down the road.With both the Trans Mountain expansion and Keystone XL pipeline projects in court limbo, attention is turning to alternative ideas to expand Canada’s ability to continue to get its oil to market.In a report to Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi last month, the National Energy Board said current pipeline capacity is fully utilized and crude-by-rail infrastructure is operating at or near capacity.last_img read more


Philippines confirms African swine fever culls 7000 pigs

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine officials say lab tests have confirmed African swine fever has caused the deaths of pig herds in at least seven villages near Manila and adds a multi-agency body will be set up to ensure the highly contagious disease would not spread further.Agriculture Secretary William Dar said Monday that 16 of 20 blood samples sent to a British lab tested positive for the disease but further tests were needed to ascertain the virulence of the virus. More than 7,000 pigs have been culled in farms in villages in two provinces feared to have been hit by the by viral infection.The Philippines is the latest country to be hit by the disease that has ravaged pig herds in Asia with hard-hit China and Vietnam culling millions of pigs.The Associated Press read more


Valuing natural resources critical to Africas green economy growth UN

“As the continent undergoes such unprecedented development, wealth accounting and the valuation of ecosystem services are critical to Africa’s future growth,” Executive Director of the UN Environment Programme, Achim Steiner, told the high-level African ministerial conference on green economy in Oran, Algeria.Natural accounting and valuation in not a fringe activity, he stressed, but a cornerstone of wealth upon which sustainable, equitable and prosperous societies will be built.Natural capital, which encompasses resources from trees to water to fish, is a critical asset in low-income countries where it makes up around 36 per cent of wealth, according to recent World Bank estimates. “An inclusive green economy has the potential to improve human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities,” Mr. Steiner told the political leaders yesterday. In a green economy, growth in income and employment is driven by public and private investment that reduces carbon emissions and pollution, enhances energy and resource efficiency, and prevents the loss of biodiversity and ecosystem services. “These investments need to be catalyzed and supported by targeted public expenditure, policy reforms and regulation changes,” Mr. Steiner told an audience that included actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the founding Chair of the non-governmental organization, R20 Initiative. The conference is being held as the international community is crafting a new post-2015 development agenda to succeed the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).The meeting also comes ahead of the first global conference on Partnerships for Action on Green Economy (PAGE) to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in early March to support and promote the adoption of the green economy at the international level.Also Saturday, the UN-backed Green Climate Fund agreed on guidelines that will shape its work and activities. The Fund is intended to be central tool to finance climate change action, both adaptation and mitigation, in developing countries.Among the decisions made at the meeting in Indonesia, its Board agreed that the Fund would aim for a 50-50 balance between adoption and mitigation; would aim for a floor of 50 per cent of the adaptation allocation for vulnerable countries; to maximize engagement with the private sector; and to define its gender action plan in October 2014.The Board, comprised of 24 members from developing and developed countries, also discussed how to shape its worn on low-carbon and climate-resilient development, among other topics. read more


Windows Phone 7 Connector Microsoft sinvite sur Mac

first_imgWindows Phone 7 Connector : Microsoft s’invite sur MacMonde – Il est désormais possible de synchroniser sur Mac son contenu photo, audio et vidéo avec un téléphone fonctionnant sous Windows Phone 7. Si Microsoft vient de lancer un système de synchronisation de WP 7 sur Mac c’est qu’il ne veut surtout pas passer à côté des acheteurs éventuels possesseurs de produits Apple. WP7 Connector, c’est son nom, utiliserait iTunes pour permettre un échange de données. Seuls les fichiers vidéos, photos et musicaux (podcasts et playlists) sont concernés, contacts et agenda ne pouvant être transférés.L’application est téléchargeable depuis le Windows Download Center et nécessite Mac OS X 10.5 au minimum.En revanche, l’inverse (à savoir transférer du contenu de son téléphone WP7 vers iTunes) reste impossible. De même, si on pouvait prévoir la synchronisation qui vient de voir le jour entre WP7 et Mac (puisque Microsoft souhaite concurrencer les iPhone et Android), la version Zune de Mac n’a jamais été annoncée. Le 27 octobre 2010 à 11:16 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

WWE confirms new names for both the Mens and Womens Royal Rumble

first_img Twitter WWE Superstars host “Be A STAR” Rally at the Kiwanis Toronto Boys and Girls Club WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Facebook Videos Articles WWE announces 2020 Royal Rumble tickets to go on-sale Friday, September 20 WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Pinterest Drew Mcintyre WWE Superstars appear at Colombian Professional Football game on Thursday WWE has confirmed new names for both the Men’s and Women’s Royal Rumble matches.On Saturday, WWE posted videos featuring Jeff Hardy and Seth Rollins both confirming they would be part of the Men’s Royal Rumble match.Just down the road from The Hardy Complex, what better place than #WWEGreensboro for @JEFFHARDYBRAND to officially enter the #RoyalRumble!— WWE (@WWE) January 6, 2019WWE also posted a video confirming Mandy Rose and Sonya Deville for the Women’s Royal Rumble match, which you can view below.They’ve get their eyes set on the future! @WWE_MandyRose and @SonyaDevilleWWE are officially in the #RoyalRumble! #WWEGreensboro— WWE (@WWE) January 6, 2019It was confirmed on Friday that Finn Balor would be in the Men’s Royal Rumble.Here is the updated card for the Royal Rumble on January 27:Men’s Royal Rumble MatchNames confirmed:* R-Truth (No. 30)* Drew McIntyre* Kofi Kingston* Big E* Xavier Woods* Finn Balor* Seth Rollins* Jeff HardyWomen’s Royal Rumble MatchNames confirmed:* Carmella (No. 30)* Natalya* Bayley* Sasha Banks* Ember Moon* Ruby Riott* Liv Morgan* Sarah Logan* Mandy Rose* Sonya DevilleWWE Universal ChampionshipBrock Lesnar (c) vs. Braun StrowmanWWE ChampionshipDaniel Bryan (c) vs. AJ StylesRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-DownVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:29 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Nextcenter_img WhatsApp WWE SmackDown Results Are In For 2019 Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship Now Playing Up Next Google+ Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Nikki Bella Ronda Rousey Videos Articleslast_img read more


33 take oath of allegiance at Fort Vancouver

first_imgAfter spending 19 years in a refugee camp, Anita Sarki has a place to call home.The Beaverton, Ore., resident became an American citizen on Friday. As she was surrounded by friends, Sarki echoed a verse from the Bible: “This is my promised land.”Sarki was among 33 people who took the oath of allegiance in the fifth annual citizenship ceremony at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. The new Americans came from 19 different homelands, including the former Soviet Union.Sarki was listed as a citizen of Bhutan — even though the kingdom in the eastern Himalayan Mountains expelled her family in the 1990s.It was part of a long-standing ethnic dispute. Her family had moved to Bhutan generations earlier from nearby Nepal.“I was born in Bhutan, but I don’t feel Bhutanese,” said Sarki. Members of that community were declared to be illegal immigrants two decades ago. Along with thousands of others from the Nepali ethnic group, “We had to leave,” she said.“I spent most of my life in a refugee camp in Nepal,” Sarki said. “I came here in 2008.”Friends who witnessed Sarki’s accomplishment included Mark Nicklas, a pastor at Beaverton Foursquare Church. As missions pastor, Nicklas said he visited that refugee camp in Nepal back when it was a tent city.“Then they got bamboo and straw to build huts,” Nicklas said.Refugees started coming to the U.S. in 2008, “And a lot of them live in Beaverton,” he said.The naturalization ceremony was part of the annual celebration of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day. Keynote speaker was Bob Knight, president of Clark College and former commander of Vancouver Barracks — the site of the ceremony.last_img read more

Amazon set to open fulfillment center in Opalocka

first_imgOPA-LOCKA, FLA. (WSVN) – Amazon announced plans to open a new fulfillment center in Miami-Dade County.The online shopping destination announced plans for the new facility Wednesday.It will feature robotic technology that will assist in fulfilling customer orders and will also create over a thousand jobs.“Something that could really go and give back to the community some, and when Amazon came on board and found out they were really serious, we knew we had our hand on something special,” said Miami-Dade County Commissioner Barbara Jordan.The 800,000 square foot facility will go up next to the Miami Opa-locka Executive Airport, along Northwest 151st Street and west of 37th Avenue.The robotics site will be the 10th opened in Florida.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

1 dead 1 hospitalized after getting caught in rip current off Miami

first_imgMIAMI BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A woman has died and a man is recovering in the hospital after they were caught in a rip current off Miami Beach.According to Miami Beach Police, the two were part of a group swimming near 17th Street. Officials believe they got were swept away in a rip current.Maria Perez was pulled from the water but did not survive.Meanwhile Eleazor Rodriguez was rescued by a police boat and is said to be in stable condition.Several others were able to make it back to shore with the help of good Samaritans.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

The Bands Visit Wins Best Musical Theater Album 2019 GRAMMYs

first_imgNews Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Prev Next Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist ‘The Band’s Visit’ takes home Best Musical Theater Album at the 61st GRAMMY AwardsRachel BrodskyGRAMMYs Feb 10, 2019 – 12:54 pm “The Band’s Visit” won Best Musical Theater Album. Principal soloists include Etai Benson, Adam Kantor, Katrina Lenk & Ari’el Stachel; composers and lyricists include Dean Sharenow & David Yazbek.Fellow nominees for 2019 include: The Band’s VisitEtai Benson, Adam Kantor, Katrina Lenk & Ari’el Stachel, principal soloists; Dean Sharenow & David Yazbek, producers; David Yazbek, composer & lyricist (Original Broadway Cast)CarouselRenée Fleming, Alexander Gemignani, Joshua Henry, Lindsay Mendez & Jessie Mueller, principal soloists; Steven Epstein, producer (Richard Rodgers, composer; Oscar Hammerstein II, lyricist) (2018 Broadway Cast)Jesus Christ Superstar Live In ConcertSara Bareilles, Alice Cooper, Ben Daniels, Brandon Victor Dixon, Erik Grönwall, Jin Ha, John Legend, Norm Lewis & Jason Tam, principal soloists; Andrew Lloyd Webber & Harvey Mason, Jr., producers (Andrew Lloyd-Webber, composer; Tim Rice, lyricist) (Original Television Cast)My Fair LadyLauren Ambrose, Norbert Leo Butz & Harry Hadden-Paton, principal soloists; Van Dean, David Lai & Ted Sperling, producers (Frederick Loewe, composer; Alan Jay Lerner, lyricist) (2018 Broadway Cast)Once On This IslandPhillip Boykin, Merle Dandridge, Quentin Earl Darrington, Hailey Kilgore, Kenita R. Miller, Alex Newell, Isaac Powell & Lea Salonga, principal soloists; Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty & Elliot Scheiner, producers (Stephen Flaherty, composer; Lynn Ahrens, lyricist) (New Broadway Cast) 2019 GRAMMYs: Full Nominees And Winners List Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images 5 Ways BTS Won Our Hearts At The 2019 GRAMMYs 2019 GRAMMY Awards Premiere Ceremony Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? ‘The Band’s Visit’ Wins Best Musical Theater Album | 2019 GRAMMYs Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? 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Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images 61st GRAMMY Awards: Full Nominees & Winners List Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Album Of The Year Nominees | 61st GRAMMY Awards Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images 61st GRAMMYs: Here’s Your Apple Music Playlist John BillingsPhoto: Jesse Grant/WireImage/Getty Images Photo: studioEAST/Getty Images Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs Meet The GRAMMY Man: How GRAMMYs Are Made H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage Amy Winehouse Best New Artist winner for 2007 | Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images Backstage At The 2019 GRAMMYs | Photo Gallery Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Facebook Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations BTSPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYs H.E.R.Photo by Prince Williams/Wireimage Who Will Voters Choose For Best Alternative Album? Cardi B, Post Malone Among 2019 GRAMMYs Performers Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Lady GagaPhoto: Christopher Polk/Getty Images Who’s Nominated For Song Of The Year? Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Record Of The Year 61st GRAMMY Award Nominees Twitter Cardi BPhoto: Dan MacMedan/WireImage Best New Artist Nominees Revealed | 61st GRAMMYs Album Of The Year vs. Record Of The Year Explained 2019 GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Relive GRAMMY Week 2019 In Pictures Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Artists React To Their 2019 GRAMMY Nominations Photo: Michael Loccisano/Getty Images 2019 GRAMMY Awards Telecast | Photo Gallery Email Who Will Voters Pick For Best Pop Album? Who Will Voters Pick For Best Rap Performance? Poll: Who Will Voters Choose For Best Rap Album? Who Is Eligible For The Best New Artist GRAMMY? Poll: Who Do You Want To See On The Red Carpet? Kacey MusgravesPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Who Will Voters Pick For Best Latin Pop Album? Brandi Carlile, H.E.R. To Play The 61st GRAMMYslast_img read more


Alaska News Nightly May 4 2015

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at and on Twitter @aprn.Download Audio:City Budget Passes After Whirlwind CompromiseZach Hughes, KSKA – AnchorageWhat if you didn’t have piped water and sewer, and the government wasn’t picking up the tab to get you some. How would you find a low-cost system that you could keep running through the winter? In the fourth segment of “Kick the Bucket,” experts are looking for answers to rural sanitation issues in Alaska.Feds to Manage 2015 Kuskokwim King RunBen Matheson, KYUK – BethelFederal staff will again manage king salmon on the lower Kuskokwim River after requests from tribes. Earlier this year, a handful of tribal governments asked the federal subsistence board to implement federal management. The Federal Subsistence Board deferred last month, but at a Friday meeting of the Kuskokwim River Salmon Management Working group, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service leaders announced a plan for federal management.Rural Sanitation Series: Innovating Beyond the Honey BucketJoaqlin Estus, KNBA – AnchorageWhat if you didn’t have piped water and sewer, and the government wasn’t picking up the tab to get you some. How would you find a low-cost system that you could keep running through the winter? In the fourth segment of “Kick the Bucket,” experts are looking for answers to rural sanitation issues in Alaska.Cruise Ship Season Comes to PortLeila Kheiry, KRBD – KetchikanThe first big cruise ship of the 2015 tourist season arrived in Ketchikan on Friday. In its inaugural visit to Alaska’s First City, the Ruby Princess brought more than 3,000 passengers and about 1,200 crew members.Southeast Ferry Service Stalled by Vessel OverhaulEd Schoenfeld, CoastAlaskaSitka and Juneau will lose a week of fast ferry sailings this month. The Chenega will return to Southeast service May 14th, a week later than scheduled. The vessel has been undergoing an overhaul, which includes replacing its engines.Juneau Novelist Publishes His Sixth BookScott Burton, KTOO – Juneau“In those days Harry didn’t recognize that the price of admission to the life he wanted was surrendering the tickets to all the other lives he might have had.” That’s the opening line of Juneau resident Stuart Cohen’s new novel “This Is How it Really Sounds.”Building A Community, One Story At A TimeAnne Hillman, KSKA – AnchorageThink about being sixteen, in high school, and standing in front of a group of friends and strangers telling a story. Your story. That’s what a new Anchorage organization called StoryWorks is teaching local students to do while helping them build community at the same time.Family Farm Brings Heritage Pigs to the KenaiQuinton Chandler, KBBI – HomerThink about being sixteen, in high school, and standing in front of a group of friends and strangers telling a story. Your story. That’s what a new Anchorage organization called StoryWorks is teaching local students to do while helping them build community at the same time.last_img read more