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first_imgSouth African club the Warriors defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore by three wickets during the Champions League T20 opener at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Friday. ScorePut to bat RCB scored a fine 172 for the loss of eight wickets, but the total proved little for the Warriors, who crossed the mark with three wickets to spare. And it was Protea batsman Ashwell Price’s 74 that saw them through.Earlier, West Indian Chirs Gayle, who had set the IPL stage on fire, played his maiden Champions League T20 match against the Warriors scoring a quick-fire 23 in the opening slot.Gayle’s 23 that came off 14 balls set the pace for things to come as the Bangalore batsmen continued to score at a fast pace even though they lost wicket regularly.Virat Kohli top scored with 34 runs on board, which came off 29 ball and were decorated with four fours. South African AB de Villiers too scored a fine 31 before falling to countryman Johan Botha.From the Warriors, Juan Theron proved to be the pick of the bowlers, finished with fine figures of 4-29.In reply the Warriors scored at a steady pace and outperformed the Royal Challengers. It was Ashwell Prince’s impressive 74 and Johan Botha’s 42 that pushed the RCB to the wall and eventually led their team to a fine win.Royal Challengers Bangalore: Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers (w), Mohammad Kaif, Saurabh Tiwary, Daniel Vettori (c), Syed Mohammad Jamaluddin, Abhimanyu Mithun, Sreenath Aravind, Dirk NannesWarriors: Ashwell Prince, Colin Ingram, JJ Smuts, Mark Boucher (w), Craig Thyssen, Wayne Parnell, Johan Botha (c), Justin Kreusch, Juan Theron, Nicky Boje, Lonwabo Tsotsobe.advertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgWith the four-Test series between England and Pakistan starting on July 12, the focus is on tainted pacer Mohammad Amir. England have already started playing the game off the field. Their skipper Alastair Cook has warned Amir of hostile reception in his country. The crowd at Lord’s Cricket Ground is not going to go easy at Amir. The best way for the young pacer to counter pressure is to perform and remain humble on the field, according to former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar.”The best way for Amir to counter pressure is to perform on the field which I am sure he can do. But he also has to remain humble and not show attitude. He has to blend in with his teammates and win matches for them.”He has to realise that this is a god sent opportunity for him. He has got a second shot at playing for Pakistan. He has to realise this is not an interval in a movie because if he makes another mistake he will be finished for life.”‘AMIR WILL BE UNDER THE SCANNER’Amir was among the three Pakistani players involved in the scandal and served a five-year ban for spot-fixing.Akhtar himself is no stranger to controversies said he was not surprised by statements aimed at Amir made by England captain, Alastair Cook and other players.”He should have no doubt he will be under the scanner all the time from different quarters,” he said on a talk show.  (Also read: Inzamam-ul-Haq blasts Alastair Cook over comments on Mohammad Amir) advertisement’TEAM MANAGEMENT ROLE VITAL’Akhtar said the role of the team management role be vital in England as they have to deflect the pressure from the media and elsewhere from the players and allow them to focus on the matches.”There will be pressure from the media and if something goes wrong there will be backlash from the media. But the management must realise this is not Amir s tour it is Pakistan’s tour and if Amir wins matches for Pakistan it will be best revenge for him,” he added.’IMPOSSIBLE TO WIPE OUT CORRUPTION’The fast bowler also made it clear he didn’t think corruption could ever be wiped out from cricket.”It is impossible because there will always be some black sheep somewhere.”Akhtar recalled that match fixing allegations had always haunted Pakistan cricket and he had played at the peak of these allegations.”But at times I felt there was lot of myth than truth to what was said about our players at that time. But it happens and can happen anywhere.”Akhtar however said he got a feeling that they were many who were underestimating Pakistan and said this would be a big mistake.”I think our bowling attack is perfectly capable of springing a surprise and our batting is pretty experienced. I don’t think England will prepare a seaming track for the first test at Lord’s. I think they will wait and see what this Pakistan team is capable off and its attitude.”last_img read more

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first_img The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Photo by scyther5When you’ve got that mad jonesing for television, nothing sounds worse than a plot-less show. In fact, most of us rage against our favorite series if we even catch wind of a filler episode. So on its face, the term “slow TV” seems like an oxymoron. Who would watch that, and why would someone create that intentionally? It may seem strange that slow TV could have much to offer in the same year that Fast and Furious became an octology, but when the world runs on caffeine-laden, high-octane, deadline-driven energy, perhaps it shouldn’t be surprising that there is a delightfully rare and pressure-free comfort in slow entertainment. To better understand the recent popularity of this unique genre, we’ve rounded up a list of some of the best examples.SleepThis 1963 anti-film from artist and all-around eccentric Andy Warhol is the one that truly inspired the slow television trend. The film, entirely devoid of tension, character, or plot development, focuses exclusively on poet John Giorno, who sleeps peacefully for the entire five-hour and twenty-minute runtime. Though two of the film’s nine-person premier crowd left its initial screening only one hour in (quitters), Sleep awakened something new in cinema and proved to be the beginning of Warhol’s foray into film-making. Just one year later, he directed Empire, an eight-hour movie consisting only of silent black and white footage of the Empire State Building that would eventually be selected for preservation in the Library of Congress’ National Film Registry.The Yule LogArguably the most recognizable example of slow television, WPIX’s Yule Log began airing during the 1966 holiday season. Much like Warhol’s venture into anti-film, The Yule Log was referred to at the time as an “experiment in non-programming”. The idea was conceived in 1966 by Fred Thrower, the then-president of WPIX, who decided that in place of the dead air that was set to fill the station’s airwaves that Christmas Eve, viewers should be treated to what he described as “a WPIX Christmas card” — a crackling holiday fireplace, complete with a Christmas soundtrack, that would play continuously for three hours. When the deceptively simple program aired, New Yorkers from all over the city tuned in, and an instant classic was born. After WPIX’s initial success, other stations across the country began airing the special or creating their own versions. Although The Yule Log was taken off of WPIX airways in 1989, viewer demand initiated a comeback in 2001 and the fire has been burning strong ever since.Night Walk seriesIn the late 1980s, Canada got in on the slow TV movement with Night Walk, Night Ride, and Night Moves, a trio of films that aired during late-night hours on the Global Television Network. Much like The Yule Log’s serendipitous beginnings, Night Walk — the first in the series — was created as a replacement for the test pattern that ran on Global overnight. Each program shows a different first-person view of a walking or driving tour through parts of downtown Toronto, with a soothing jazz soundtrack and quirky Easter eggs (like a hotel nightclub visit and a short scene in which the crew was stopped by police during filming). The shows were rerun every night from the initial 1986 broadcast until they were canceled in 1993. The series didn’t go out of mind when it went off the air, though; in 2015, a CBC Radio employee created Night Ride Redux, a YouTube video that re-traces the route from the original program and shows the two recordings side-by-side.Bergensbanen Minutt for MinuttIn 2009, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) was celebrating the 100-year anniversary of Norway’s Bergen line — a scenic railway that runs a 300-plus-mile track across the country — and wanted a new and interesting way to commemorate the event. Thus was born Bergensbanen Minutt for Minutt, a massive, seven-hour broadcast that would usher in a sort of slow TV renaissance and would later be described as “the iconic slow-TV program”. The film, whose title translates to Bergen Line: Minute by Minute, was originally a live TV broadcast that followed the landmark rail line as it traveled from its starting city of Bergen to the nation’s capital, Oslo, nearly 300 miles away. The show also featured interviews with historians and passengers, and showed archival clips of the railway as the train passed through dark tunnels that blacked out the video. A whopping 20 percent of Norway’s population tuned in to the Bergensbanen broadcast, sparking the NRK to film two more train journeys in 2010, one of which pulled in nearly 500,000 viewers during its comparatively brief 58-minute broadcast.Hurtigruten Minutt for MinuttIf Bergensbanen was a massive undertaking for the NRK, then Hurtigruten Minutt for Minutt was fully epic. Conceived and created in the same spirit as the popular train broadcast, Hurtigruten followed the MS Nordnorge, a Norwegian Coastal Express ship, as it made a 134-hour journey from Bergen (on Norway’s west coast) to the city of Kirkenes (in the far Northeastern part of the country). Just like its predecessor, Hurtigruten showed the entire voyage live, uninterrupted, and in real time, with help from 11 total cameras. Due to the unexpected popularity of the NRK’s other slow-TV projects, the company decided to air Hurtigruten Minutt for Minutt online and on-air. Over its full 1340hour broadcast, the ship’s journey pulled in over 2.5 million viewers, with nearly half of the online audience checking in from outside the country. By midnight on the Saturday of the original broadcast, Hurtigruten was sweeping across social media, inspiring a tweet nearly every six seconds. Riding the wave of this viral popularity, the NRK has since produced nearly 20 more slow-TV programs, with subjects ranging from a live coastal cruise to a Reindeer migration, and they have garnered so much attention from viewers and the media alike that Sakta-TV (the Norwegian term for slow TV) was named Norway’s word of the year in 2013. In August 2016, Netflix added several of NRK’s slow-TV broadcasts to its expansive library, delivering them to new audiences across the globe.BBC Four, VRT, Radio Television Hong Kong, and Sigur RosThe success of Norway’s Sakta-TV inspired other countries to get in on the action, with the British channel BBC Four broadcasting its own series of slow voyages — including a canal boat trip, a bus journey, and a sleigh ride — in 2015 and 2016. Belgian public-service broadcaster VRT also joined in, airing a live broadcast of a sports reporter traveling the full route of the Tour de Flanders two days before the cycling race took place in March 2017. In 2014, Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK) began creating a whole slew of live, slow TV broadcasts, including the real-time make-up application of an opera actor and several Hong Kong Tramway journeys. The movement has even crossed genres, with Icelandic musical group Sigur Rós premiering a 24-hour live television event in 2016 that took viewers on a real-time journey along Iceland’s Route One, which circles the country’s entire perimeter, while playing an evolving remix of their newest song (embedded above).Baa Baa LandIn 2017, California-based meditation app Calm.com saw the opportunity to build on the relaxation that slow TV offers. Hence the film Baa Baa Land, which premiered in September. The eight-hour, slow-motion film fully embraces its genre, asking viewers to flip their instant gratification switches off and inviting them instead “to pause … to breathe … to calm [your] racing hearts and fretful souls … to sit and stare … at sheep”. The film is comprised of long, slow shots of sheep grazing peacefully in a picturesque field, doing nothing much but reminding their human witnesses to appreciate the hush of tranquil quietude.As we look for ways to make everything bigger, stronger, louder, faster, and somehow even more furious, what was once the crawling tedium of yesteryear has now become a soothingly slow antidote to the modern rush. With the world around us becoming increasingly chaotic, and the mad hustle of holidays quickly approaching, we for one are happy to pour a glass of Scotch, sink into the couch, and settle into the sweet, slow simplicity of a crackling fire; a six-day ocean journey; or a field of grazing sheep who don’t especially mind if we fall asleep during their big screen debut. 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first_imgStory Highlights Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says small contractors are being utilised in the delivery of the 15,000 affordable housing solutions that the Administration has committed to provide by March 2020. “This programme is good because it brings in the small contractors, it brings in the labour force within a certain locale and from a national strategic level, it gives our young people an opportunity to develop the necessary skills,” the Prime Minister said. The Prime Minister argued that construction is becoming less about mixing concrete and more about technology, and persons going into the sector must be “at a certain level where they can use technology and give a higher level of finishing.” Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, says small contractors are being utilised in the delivery of the 15,000 affordable housing solutions that the Administration has committed to provide by March 2020.He said the National Housing Trust (NHT) is engaging the services of the contractors under its Labour and Small Materials Programme (LSMP).These contractors, he noted, are learning new skills, including incorporating building technology, thereby developing their capacity to undertake larger-scale projects.The Prime Minister argued that construction is becoming less about mixing concrete and more about technology, and persons going into the sector must be “at a certain level where they can use technology and give a higher level of finishing”.He was delivering the keynote address at the handover of 40 two-bedroom housing units at the Nashville Mews housing development in St. Mary on Friday (November 24).The development was done under the LSMP.“This programme is good because it brings in the small contractors, it brings in the labour force within a certain locale and from a national strategic level, it gives our young people an opportunity to develop the necessary skills,” the Prime Minister said.“We want these small contractors to get more of these developments under their belts, so that they can become bigger contractors and take on bigger projects,” he added.The units at Nashville Mews feature a modern, open-plan living space concept, allowing for the dining and kitchen areas to flow together seamlessly.Each unit has a floor area of 78 square metres, and they are designed to support vertical and lateral expansion, subject to approval by the St. Mary Municipal Corporation.The development, which includes 32 serviced lots delivered to beneficiaries in March, was undertaken at a cost of $459 million.last_img read more

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first_imgzoom LSC Shipmanagement (LSCSM), a subsidiary of  JSC Latvian Shipping Company, has taken the 2017-built tanker Elandra Falcon under its full technical management.The newbuilding, featuring a length of 268.25 meters and deadweight of 157,000  tons, is the 25th tanker managed by LSCSM.“This is the 25th ship under the technical management of LSC SM, and we see that we can grow it even more. Due to the expansion we are looking for new employees on Oil/Chemical tankers – senior officers, junior officers and ratings, so that we can continue providing professional services to our clients according to international quality standards,” Robert Kirkup, the Chairman of the Board of JSC Latvian Shipping Company, said.The Suezmax tanker is intended for transportation of oil products, and is valued at USD 53 million, according to VesselsValue.Elandra Falcon was built by South Korean Sungdong Shipbuilding and is the second tanker to be added this year to the fleet under LSCSM full technical management.On April 19, Elandra Eagle was added to the company’s fleet. Built by Sungdong, Elandra Eagle flies the Marshall Islands flag.last_img read more

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first_imgANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Clarence Road Closed Monday The Clarence Road near Lawrencetown will be closed Monday, Dec. 18, between Elliott Road and Leonard Road. Work will begin at 8 a.m. The closure is necessary to allow for the replacement of a culvert. Local Area Office: 902-825-3895 Fax: 902-825-2776last_img

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first_img the CEO of the Emergency Management Office the deputy minister of Justice the Nova Scotia fire marshall the president of the Nova Scotia Chiefs of Police Association the commander of Land Force Atlantic Area Ann MacLean, former mayor, Town of New Glasgow Paul Pettipas, CEO Nova Scotia Home Builders Association For more information, contact Nadia Gardin at 902-424-5941, e-mail medalofbravery@gov.ns.ca or visit www.gov.ns.ca/bravery . Completed nomination forms should be sent to Provincial Secretary, Medal of Bravery, Department of Justice, 4th floor, 5151 Terminal Rd., Halifax, N.S., B3J 2L6. There is still time to nominate friends, family members, neighbours or colleagues who have acted courageously to protect the life or property of others for a Medal of Bravery. The nomination deadline for the medal that recognizes Nova Scotians who put themselves at risk for others is May 1. Nomination forms are available at Access Nova Scotia Centres, offices of members at the legislative assembly and at www.gov.ns.ca/bravery . An advisory panel, chaired by retired vice-admiral Duncan Miller, will select the recipients. Other committee members are:last_img read more

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first_img group information sessions help completing applications and forms help determining the right services at the right time conflict assessment help with the settlement process Families outside Halifax and Cape Breton will soon have better access to justice services with rule changes for family court. The changes will expand the role and authority of family court officers so they can offer the same, broader range of services across the province. “Nova Scotians expect that when they have a legal issue, they will have access to the same supports and services no matter where they live,” said Justice Minister Lena Metlege Diab. “Families involved with the court are going through a difficult time to start with. We want the legal process to be simpler and, hopefully, help families resolve issues out of court.” The services include: The court officers also have quasi-judicial authority and can issue orders, such as interim orders for child support, before families have to go to court. In the past, families going through a separation in Sydney would have a different experience than a family in Pictou. In Sydney, a family court officer could help families with an out-of-court settlement. If that did not work, the officer would help them file court documents to ensure cases went through the system quickly and efficiently. Officers did not have the authority to offer those services in areas such as Pictou. “The ability of the court, through this new process, to provide orders that give early and meaningful relief to families going through a difficult time will go a long way to reducing uncertainty and stress for them and managing their costs,” said lawyer Tim Daley. “I am convinced that this will help to increase access to justice for Nova Scotia families.” In June, the Department of Justice and its partners announced the Access to Justice Co-ordinating Committee, including the Minister of Justice, the Chief Justice and other leaders in the justice system. The goal is to find ways to make Nova Scotia’s family, civil and criminal court systems more efficient and effective, less costly and easier to navigate. For more information on the committee and its work, visit novascotia.ca/just/resources .last_img read more

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first_imgBEIJING, China – After a brief truce with China to co-operate on North Korea, President Donald Trump arrived in Beijing on Wednesday amid mounting U.S. trade complaints, with limited prospects for progress on market access, technology policy and other sore points.The strains between the world’s two biggest economies are fueling anxiety among global companies and advocates of free trade that they could retreat into protectionism, dragging down growth.Washington accuses Beijing of backsliding on market-opening promises, and Trump said last week that the U.S. trade deficit with China — $347 billion last year — is “so bad that it’s embarrassing.”“I don’t want to embarrass anybody four days before I land in China, but it’s horrible,” said Trump.His government has raised import duties on Chinese aluminum foil, stainless steel and plywood, and is investigating whether Beijing improperly pressures foreign companies to hand over technology.If they discuss trade during the two-day visit, Chinese President Xi Jinping’s government is unlikely to offer enough “to appease U.S. negotiators,” said John Davies of BMI Research.That is likely to lead to “more protectionist measures on the part of the U.S.,” said Davies.While Trump is looking to boost sagging public approval ratings, the Chinese leader enters their meeting on a political high.The ruling Communist Party added Xi’s name to its constitution at a twice-a-decade congress last month, giving him status equal to Mao Zedong, founder of the communist government, and Deng Xiaoping, who launched economic reforms in 1979.At the congress, Xi promised to open the economy wider but affirmed plans to build up state-owned companies that dominate industries including finance, energy and telecoms. That, along with plans for government-led development of electric cars and other technology, makes foreign companies worry that Beijing is squeezing them out of promising fields.The chairman of the American Chamber of Commerce in China, William Zarit, expressed concern that Trump appears to have done too little to prepare and said some companies worry his focus on trade in goods will mean he does too little about such “structural issues.” Zarit said those include limits on access to finance, health care and other industries.In contrast to “advance work” for previous presidential trips to Beijing, “there really hasn’t been much of that for this visit, which makes us a bit concerned that there may not be much discussion on the structural issues,” said Zarit, a former American diplomat.A senior administration official who briefed reporters in Washington denied that Trump hasn’t adequately prepared.“We’ve analyzed this probably more than most administrations,” said the official, who spoke on condition that he not be identified further.The official said Beijing has shifted to “moving away from market-based principles” and Washington wants movement toward a “market-oriented” system.That echoes complaints by foreign companies that despite a 2013 pledge by the ruling party to give market forces a “decisive role,” restrictions on them in some industries are increasing. That led to a 1.2 per cent fall in foreign investment in China in the first seven months of this year, breaking a series of annual double-digit gains.Business groups have warned that Beijing’s efforts to shield its fledgling competitors in electric cars, clean power and other fields are fueling a backlash against globalization.A possible U.S. response might be “closing down certain industry sectors that are now open to Chinese investment,” said Zarit. “I know we do not want to see any kind of a tit-for-tat, which could end up in a trade war.”For its part, Beijing is pressing Washington and the European Union to grant “market economy” status to its state-dominated system. That would make it harder for trading partners to bring anti-dumping and other cases against China.China says that when it joined the World Trade Organization in 2001, it was promised that status would take effect last December. The United States, Europe and Japan reject that and say Beijing has yet to meet market-opening goals to qualify.Chinese economists argue their country isn’t to blame for U.S. problems. They say global companies benefit from low-cost Chinese labour and a growing consumer market.The loss of American factory jobs is due not to Chinese exports but to U.S. manufacturers moving to lower-wage countries, said Sun Lijian, an economist at Shanghai’s Fudan University.“In the end, it is U.S. companies that have gained large profits,” said Sun.Trump temporarily set aside trade complaints in April after meeting Xi for the first time in Florida and said he hoped Beijing would help discourage North Korea from pursuing nuclear weapons. They issued a “100-Day Plan” under which Beijing agreed to discuss expanding market access for electronic payments and financial services.Despite renewed criticism on trade, “the U.S. needs continued Chinese co-operation” over North Korea, economist Rajiv Biswas of IHS Markit said in an email.That means Trump will feel compelled to negotiate instead of using “blunt bilateral trade measures that could endanger the overall bilateral geopolitical relationship,” said Biswas.Potential options for a possible new package of immediate measures include raising Chinese ownership limits in fields including securities, in which foreign firms can own only 49 per cent of a venture, said Zarit.“If you raised it to 51 per cent, I think that would be progress,” he said.China criticized Trump’s order in September to investigate whether Beijing violates its free-trade commitments by pressing foreign companies to hand over technology in return for market access. They complained that Trump was jeopardizing the global system by launching the probe under U.S. law instead of the World Trade Organization.Few American companies have provided evidence for the investigation, possibly due to fear of Chinese retaliation.The U.S. Commerce Department also is investigating whether Chinese exports including metal tubing, industrial resin and polyester fiber benefit from improper subsidies.Trade is a smaller share of China’s economy than it was a decade ago and the U.S. market is losing importance for its exporters as sales to other developing markets grow. That blunts the potential impact of American tariffs or other sanctions, but the United States still accounts for about one-third of China’s trade surplus, and export industries employ millions of workers.“The U.S. does have leverage to realistically threaten to damage China’s economic prospects,” said BMI Research’s Davies.last_img read more

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Rabat – The Moroccan-French relation recovered, over the past months, all its usual vigor and serenity, said on Tuesday in Rabat France’s ambassador to Morocco Charles Fries, on the occasion of commemorating France’s national day (July 14).During a reception organized at France’s residence, Fries said that a new confident and ambitious dynamic of cooperation was launched between Morocco and France in all areas, following the meeting early February of the president of the Republic with HM King Mohammed VI, a revival that was made possible thanks to the conclusion of an agreement that “would help our judiciaries work together while respecting our laws and international commitments.”He also voiced satisfaction with this text which was voted for by the national assembly late June and will be adopted this Wednesday by the French senate, noting that its parallel approval by the Moroccan parliament will help its enforcement. A new chapter in the Moroccan-French cooperation was written in 2015, he said, adding that this relation is exceptional due to its richness and diversity, as show the visits paid to Rabat by French ministers of foreign affairs, interior and finance, in addition to the prime minister.The reception was attended mainly by the head of government, the speaker of the house of representatives and government officials. read more

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WASHINGTON — Acting Environmental Protection Agency head Andrew Wheeler has moved a step closer to Senate confirmation for the full-time job.The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted 11-10 along party lines Tuesday to approve President Donald Trump’s nomination of Wheeler as EPA administrator.Wheeler is a former coal lobbyist and has served as EPA acting head since Scott Pruitt resigned amid ethics allegations in July.Senate Republicans praise Wheeler for rolling back Obama-era environmental measures, calling that good for the economy.Republican Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (KAP’-ih-toh) of West Virginia says she voted for Wheeler after he assured her the EPA would “look at all available statutory authorities” to deal with a manmade industrial contaminant hitting her state particularly hard.Democrats say Wheeler is cutting environmental protections to benefit fossil fuel and other industries.Ellen Knickmeyer, The Associated Press read more

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During what UNMIK described as “warm and intensive” talks, Mr. Steiner and senior Orthodox officials discussed the difficulties, progress and opportunities facing the people of Kosovo. The UNMIK chief also said he was encouraged by the discussions, during which he received support for his recent seven-point plan to normalize the situation in Mitrovica. For his part, Patriarch Pavle also encouraged Kosovo Serbs to participate in the 26 October elections, saying he wanted a better future for the new generation in the province. read more

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Environment Canada is investigating Vale SA’s Sudbury, Ont., smelting operations for allegedly leaking toxic runoff into local waterways since at least 1963.The allegations are contained in a warrant the government agency used to seize documents, computers and related materials from Vale’s Sudbury offices on Oct. 8 as part of its investigation into potential violations of the Fisheries Act.In the warrant, Environment Canada accuses the company of allowing “acutely lethal” seepage from the smelter waste piles into water frequented by fish, and of knowing about the leakage for years. The warrant contains allegations not proven in court.The accusations indicate the seepage started well before Vale took control of the smelter when it acquired Inco Ltd. in 2006 for US$17.6 billion.The Environment Canada investigation was triggered after a Sudbury resident noticed a “foamy, lime-green coloured substance in a creek” in October 2012. The federal agency’s officers followed the seepage back to Vale’s Copper Cliff smelter slag storage area, the document says.It says the slag storage area is a massive, 200-hectare waste dump in active use since 1929, with more than 115 million tonnes of smelter waste.Gordon Moore, who drafted the warrant and was one of the Environment Canada enforcement officers who responded to the 2012 incident, said in the document that at the time he found light greenish-coloured water flowing from the smelter waste heaps onto a Sudbury Catholic District School Board property and then into the city’s storm drains.The warrant says those storm drains flow into Nolin’s Creek and then into Junction Creek, both of which, according to Environment Canada, are considered fish-bearing creeks.Vale is quoted in the warrants as disputing that Nolin’s Creek is fish-bearing, and says the runoff would be diluted by the time it reaches Junction Creek.Moore says in the warrant that tests on the substance found in the creek in October 2012 showed it killed all fish in the test within 24 hours. To be considered “deleterious” — or harmful under the Fisheries Act — a sample has to kill at least 50 per cent of fish within 96 hours.Samples from the creek showed nickel levels to be 68 times higher than regulated limits and copper levels 2.6 times higher, while tests on water from the school board property showed nickel levels to be 305 times the limit, the warrant says.The document adds that Environment Canada spoke with Denis Faucher, manager of facility services at the school board, who told investigators that the back of the property was always wet, even in dry summers, and that “he had observed various coloured water coming through Big Nickel Mine Drive onto the school board property since at least 1988.”Moore says in the warrant that aerial photographs from 1963 show water flowing from the waste heaps onto the nearby property, and that the width and depth of the erosion around the stream also indicate the flow has been going on for decades.The warrant also says that a study done for Vale by independent environmental consultant Water Earth Science Associates in 2012 found that water was seeping onto the school board property during dry times at a rate of 45 litres per minute in one area, and 180 litres a minute in another for a total of 324,000 litres a day.Moore says in the warrant that studies dating back to the 1990s showed further evidence of waste water seeping from the slag piles, but that the company did nothing about it until ordered to by Environment Canada.“I have reasonable grounds to believe Vale had knowledge of the seepage discharge, as previously described, and had failed to take action to address the seepage discharge until a direction was issued,” wrote Moore.Vale lawyer Douglas Hamilton is quoted in the warrant as saying the runoff from the waste pile had not been identified as an issue.Company spokesman Cory McPhee said in an emailed statement that Vale disagrees with the conclusions drawn in the warrant.He said the company continues to co-operate with Environment Canada and that Vale has a comprehensive water quality management plan to deal with issues associated with its long history in Sudbury.Following the events of 2012, Environment Canada directed Vale to take action, including installing additional water catchments, conducting further studies and drawing up plans to permanently capture the waste seepage.“Vale acted swiftly to address the issue raised in 2012 when the matter came to our attention and at no time was the community at risk as the water had no connection to any of the City’s drinking water sources,” stated McPhee.He said Vale was unable to comment further because the investigation is ongoing.Follow @ibicks on Twitter. Vale under investigation for possibly decades of toxic Sudbury smelter runoff by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 23, 2015 11:20 am MDT Last Updated Oct 23, 2015 at 4:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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by Sandra Prusina Posted Mar 3, 2016 2:17 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 3, 2016 at 2:17 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Alberta government and the Business Development Bank of Canada are working together to grow small and medium-sized businesses.The two have signed a memorandum of understanding to boost venture capital funding through the bank.The agreement was signed by Economic Development Minister Deron Bilous and bank president Michael Denham.The province is undertaking a number of initiatives to help grow and diversify the economy.It is already making $1.5 billion in capital available through ATB Financial for loans to small and medium-sized businesses.Continuing low oil prices have led to thousands of job losses in Alberta. Alberta partners with Business Development Bank of Canada to grow economy read more

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The alarm has been raised by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) as some 44 migrants and refugees – including women and children – are reported to have succumbed to extreme dehydration when the truck they were travelling in (to Libya) broke down in the desert in northern Niger, exposing them to extreme heat and lack of drinking water.Only six could be saved.“It is quite clear that human smugglers will go to any extent to exploit desperate refugees and migrants,” said the UN agency in a news release today.“These shocking deaths are part of the bigger picture of exploitation as smugglers broaden the death trap from the Mediterranean to the Sahara Desert.”Further, according to the UN International Organization for Migration (IOM), the Niger to Libya route is the one most sub-Saharan African migrants take when trying to reach Europe via the Mediterranean Sea.Each week, thousands of desperate migrants are crammed into pick-up trucks for the days-long ride, often with only enough room for a few litres of water attempting to cross one of most inhospitable and deadliest places on the planet.SEE ALSO: Recent tragedies at sea highlight urgency for safe pathways to Europe“The migrants are often lied to and cheated on their way [and] smugglers usually run away with their money, [leaving them] in the middle of nowhere, in a country they don’t know, trying to gain enough money to either continue the route or go back home,” said Guiseppe Loprete, the head of IOM operations in Niger.Both IOM and UNHCR have been working to support refugees and migrants in the region, as well as warning them of the perils of the desert and sea journeys but operations remain constrained in the want of additional resources.The UN refugee agency is currently in need of $75.5 million to meet the increased humanitarian and protection needs of people in Libya – including those internally displaced, host communities, as well as refugees and asylum seekers.The appeal includes protection monitoring and interventions, as well as advocacy on issues related to respect for human rights, access to basic services, asylum procedures and freedom of movement.Additional resources are also required in Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali and Chad to help prevent and respond to risks associated with such deadly journeys.According to estimates, so far this year, the perilous Mediterranean crossing has claimed more than 1,700 lives.“This latest tragedy was a grim reminder that probably more migrants die in the Sahara desert than in the Mediterranean, but due to the inhospitable nature of the region, it was virtually impossible to know the exact number,” said Mr. Loprete. read more

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Overall bus and coach volumes down 5.0% in the month and 17.5% for the rolling year to April.Coach volumes up 19.5% in April and up by 1.5% for the rolling year.Bus registrations fell by 10.4% in April and fell by 19.7% for the rolling year.“The rate of decline in the bus and coach market has slowed significantly and while it is too soon to talk of sustained recovery, it could be a sign of stability entering the marketplace,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Registration volumes continue at very low levels as market uncertainties, higher fuel costs and the anticipation of regulatory changes ahead weigh heavily on confidence to invest in new vehicles. However, there is evidence of an uptick in some areas, boosted by the seasonal rise in coach demand and new hybrid bus orders coming through.”Follow this link to download the full bus and coach news release and data tables.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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first_imgBASF and Ji’Ning Hock Mining & Engineering Equipment have received approval from the relevant antitrust authorities in China for the formation of BASF Hock Mining Chemical (China) Company Ltd. BASF has a 75% majority stake in the new venture, which will continue Hock’s existing business activities in the field of chemical injection and cavity filling products for coal mining and other underground applications. “With this investment BASF demonstrates its long term commitment to the underground construction and coal mining industry on a global basis. We will bring our best technologies to the industry in China and around the world,” said Dr Tilman Krauch, President of Construction Chemicals at BASF.Dr Krauch added: “With its well-established market position and reputation in the coal mining industry, Hock provides both product expertise and a strong customer base. Combined with BASF’s technology capabilities, expertise in environment, health, and safety as well as strength in innovation, the new venture is set to be an important partner to local as well as global mining experts.” In 2010, Hock had sales of roughly €50 million. While injection technology has been present in European markets such as Germany for the past 30 years, it was only introduced in China some 10 years ago. Through chemical injection and cavity filling, substances such as polyurethanes or other construction chemicals can be introduced into fractured rock, sands, gravel or coal to avoid water or gas accumulation and stabilise cavities in tunnels.“Both BASF and Hock share the same philosophy on developing high quality safety measures for mining and underground construction projects. I am happy to stay and contribute to the new company,” said Jingsheng Cui, General Manager of the new group and founder of Hock. “With this new joint venture we can match local and international expertise to better serve mining customers in this important growing market.” There is a growing market for solutions serving the coal mining industry, driven by the continuing growth in demand for coal. Demand is expected to rise for at least the next 20 years, primarily in the non-OECD countries such as China and India where coal is used for power generation, for steel and cement production, and as a raw material in the chemical industry.last_img read more

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first_imgShell can celebrate all they want, but the fight is by no means over.She noted that there were a number of court cases coming down the line in relation to the Corrib pipeline and a final decision would be made then on the project.She also mentioned that it was timely to remember Lars Wagner who died while working on the construction of the tunnel in September of last year.The 26-year-old had worked as a subcontractor to the firm building the tunnel and was part of the machine maintenance support crew on the TBM.Wagner would have celebrated his birthday yesterday.Read: Shell to Sea calls for whistleblowers to ‘expose malpractice and corruption’ at gas project>From The Pipe to the Atlantic: telling the story of Irish marine resources> THE COMPLETION OF the longest tunnel in Ireland is being celebrated by Shell Ireland – but the works have not been without disruption or tragedy.The construction of the 4.9 kilometre-long tunnel has been mired in controversy over the years with many residents and activists protesting to stop the building of the pipeline and the tunnel that runs under Sruwaddacon Bay, a special area of conservation.The tunnel, which will house the onshore section of the Corrib gas pipeline, is located in county Mayo and has surpassed – by 300 metres – the Dublin Port Tunnel as the longest tunnel in Ireland.The tunnel will be used to connect the previously laid 83 kilometres offshore pipeline from the Corrib Field to the Bellanaboy Bridge Gas Processing Terminal.Excavation of the Corrib tunnel started in January 2013 using a German designed tunnel boring machine (TBM) called ‘Fionnuala’.  The 140-metre long TBM and its crew have been working around the clock, drilling through rock, sand and clay at depths of between 5.5 metres and 12 metres under Sruwaddacon Bay. Inside the tunnel.Emerging from the tunnel after breaking the final metres of rock, Shell worker Thomas Gander held up a small statue of St Barbara.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, a spokesperson for Shell said that St Barbara is the patron saint for tunnelers.“The project is a joint venture between BAM Civil and Wayss & Freytag, who are based in Germany. Before every tunnel dig there is usually a blessing. In November 2013, there was a blessing in Mayo and the TBM was christened ‘Fionnuala’ because the area has a connection to the Children of Lír,” he said. Shell’s Irish and German tunnelling team celebrate the completion of 4.9km long Corrib Gas Pipeline Tunnel yesterday.He explained that once the final rock had been broken, Gander brought out the statue. “It is a tremendous sense of achievement for the workers to complete the tunnel,” he explained. Shell’s TBM Fionnuala reaches Glengad, Co Mayo.The spokesperson explained that now the tunnel is complete, work will begin in the next few weeks to install the gas pipeline. Gas testing will then be carried out with flow of gas to begin by 2015, he said.Also speaking to TheJournal.ie, Shell to Sea activist Maura Harrington said:last_img read more

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first_imgDOZENS OF SOMALI extremists wielding automatic weapons attacked a small Kenyan coastal town for hours, assaulting the police station, setting two hotels on fire, and spraying bullets into the street.At least 48 people were killed, officials said.The assault began around 8 pm local time on Sunday night as town residents were watching World Cup matches on TV. The attack met little resistance from the country’s security apparatus, and lasted until early this morning.Authorities blamed al-Shabab, Somalia’s al-Qaida-linked terror group.Kenya’s top police commander, David Kimaiyo, said the death toll was 48. Another police commander said that as residents were watching the World Cup at the Breeze View Hotel, the gunmen pulled the men aside and ordered the women to watch as they killed them.The attackers told the women that that’s what Kenyan troops are doing to Somalia men inside Somalia. The police commander insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to share that detail of the attack.A police spokeswoman said authorities believe that several dozen attackers took part.The assault occurred in the town of Mpeketoni, which is about 20km southwest of the tourist center of Lamu. Any tourism in Mpeketoni is mostly local, with few foreigners visiting the region. The town is about 100km from the Somali border. Mpeketoni is about 600 km from the capital, Nairobi.Recent attacksKenya has experienced a wave of gunfire and explosive attacks in recent months. The US, UK, France, Australia, and Canada have all recently upgraded their terror threat warnings for the country. U.S. Marines behind sandbag bunkers are now stationed on the roof of the US Embassy in Nairobi.The Interior Ministry said that at about 8 pm Sunday two minivans entered the town. Militants disembarked and began shooting. Kenya’s National Disaster Operations Center said military surveillance planes were launched shortly afterward.The nearby town of Lamu is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is the country’s oldest continually inhabited town.The region saw a spate of kidnappings of foreign tourists in 2011 that Kenya said was part of its motivation for attacking Somalia. Since those attacks and subsequent terror warnings tourism has dropped off sharply around Lamu.Al-Shabab has vowed to carry out terror attacks to avenge the Kenyan military presence in Somali. At least 67 people were killed in September when four al-Shabab gunmen attacked an upscale mall in the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. Kenya sent it troops to Somalia in October 2011.Read: Man arrested over shooting of 6-year-old still being questioned by gardaíTake two: Aer Lingus flight to try the journey to the US again after cabin crew fell illlast_img read more

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