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FIR against Rajasthan Minister for his remarks

first_imgPolice have registered a case against Rajasthan Minister of State for Rural Development Dhan Singh Rawat for seeking votes in the name of religion. “All Hindus should unite to vote for the BJP,” Mr. Rawat had said at an election rally in Banswara district.The FIR has been registered under Section 125 (promoting enmity between classes in connection with election) of the Representation of the People Act, 1951, on the complaint of Tehsildar Ram Singh lodged on behalf of the Returning Officer and District Magistrate of Banswara. The State Chief Electoral Officer earlier gave approval for lodging the case.At a public meeting in Banswara on Saturday, Mr. Rawat purportedly said: “If Muslims can vote en masse for Congress, then all Hindus should also unite and go with the BJP and make it win with a thumping majority.”Mr. Rawat, representing the reserved constituency of Banswara in the State Assembly, also said that the Congress was a “party of Muslims” and the BJP was a protector of India’s ‘Sanatan Sanskriti’ (eternal culture).Chief Electoral Officer Anand Kumar said Mr. Rawat’s remarks were prima facie found to be in violation of the model code of conduct in force for the upcoming Assembly election. The Returning Officer had earlier issued a notice to the Minister and sought his reply in three days. The case has been referred to CID-CB for investigation.While the ruling BJP has tried to play down the controversy, Pradesh Congress vice-president Archana Sharma said this was clearly an attempt to polarise the voters on religious lines. “The BJP leaders have been making such remarks with impunity to get political benefit without paying heed to the damage caused to the social structure,” she said.last_img read more

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A conclave on the significance of failure

first_imgThe key qualification to be a speaker at a unique conclave recently held in Dehradun was that you ought to have failed at least once in your life. Featuring the motto, “Failures open the door to success”, the ‘Failures Conclave’ was aimed at helping school and college-going students come face-to-face with individuals, including three Padma Shri awardees, who had encountered and overcome failures in their careers.“Failure is not the end,” said Avdhash Kaushal, an academic and Padma Shri winner who heads the Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra, which had organised the conclave. Instead, it “should be used as a motivation to achieve your goals,” said Mr. Kaushal, who had failed while at school.Recipe for success Addressing an audience of school and college-going students from Bhutan, Punjab and local schools, Padma Shri awardee and ayurvedic physician Vaidya Balendu Prakash stressed that hard work, discipline, dedication, the right friends and an eye on the goal were all that one needed to succeed. “Failure keeps you in check when you stray from this path,” said Mr. Prakash, sharing that he had struggled through school and college. “Nobody is programmed to fail but this fall can be the blueprint for success given the right opportunity and goal,” he added.Yogesh Chandra, a retired physics professor, revealed that physics was a subject that he had failed in as a student. “Those who fail in conventional academic work are mostly those who do not adhere to the norm and have taken a path that nobody dared before,” said Dr. Chandra. “From them come inventors and people who see things differently. Toppers take discoveries and inventions made by these people forward,” he added.Mr. Kaushal said the prime motivation for the conference was the high suicide rate among schoolchildren, who are often overwhelmed by the fear of academic failure. “With this as the background, we Padma Shri awardees have got together for this conclave to give a peek into our failures and how we turned it around for ourselves and proved to be valuable resource to society,” added Mr. Kaushal.Renowned writer and Padma Shri winner Leeladhar Jagudi maintained that good company was vital.“Make good friends to be successful in life. Bad company can ruin good people,” he said.“Failure is not the end of life,” said Dhan Singh Rawat, Uttarakhand’s Minister of Higher Education. “Learning from our failures and not giving up is the secret to success.”last_img read more

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AEK Beats Olympiakos, Wins Greek Basketball Cup (Pics & Vid)

first_imgHERAKLION, Crete – AEK won its fourth Greek Basketball Cup on Saturday upsetting favorite Olympiakos at Iraklio with an 88-83 triumph in the final.The Yellows led for most of the game, stretching their lead to as much as eight points (36-28 and 41-33), and every time Olympiakos closed the gap (45-42 at half-time) AEK managed to pull away again, Kathimerini reports.Manny Harris, the final’s Most Valuable Player, scored crucial points at the end to keep the Reds at bay and hand AEK an unexpected trophy in the year that marks the 50th anniversary of its European Cup Winners’ Cup triumph in 1968, the first continental trophy for a Greek club ever.Read the full report here.Greek Basketball Cup Final: AEK-Olympiakos, Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)Greek Basketball Cup Final: AEK-Olympiakos, Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)Greek Basketball Cup Final: AEK-Olympiakos, Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)Greek Basketball Cup Final: AEK-Olympiakos, Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)Greek Basketball Cup Final: AEK-Olympiakos, Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)Greek Basketball Cup Final: AEK-Olympiakos, Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)Greek Basketball Cup Final: AEK-Olympiakos, Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)Greek Basketball Cup Final: AEK-Olympiakos, Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)Greek Basketball Cup Final: AEK-Olympiakos, Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)Greek Basketball Cup Final: AEK-Olympiakos, Feb. 16, 2018. (Photo by Eurokinissi)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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10 months agoMan Utd hero McGrath: Players have been disgraceful

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd hero McGrath: Players have been disgracefulby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United hero Paul McGrath says several players should follow sacked manager Jose Mourinho out the door.McGrath hit out at the club’s players after the announcement.”Three or four players should be getting their suitcases at the ready, because what’s been going on, on the field, is disgraceful,” McGrath said. “I’d have a mirror put in the dressing room.”United announced Mourinho was gone yesterday as the club slumped to its worst points return after 17 matches in the Premier League era, with Sunday’s chastening 3-1 loss at Liverpool leaving them 19 points behind their bitter rivals. last_img read more

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The latest from the Toronto Raptors Game 5 in the NBA Finals

first_imgTORONTO — 8:55 p.m.Nearly 20,000 Toronto Raptors fans inside the Scotiabank Arena have erupted into O Canada as Game 5 of the NBA Finals is set to get underway.They were joined in singing the national anthem by thousands of boisterous fans gathered in the Jurassic Park fan zone outside the arena and around the country.The Raptors have a 3-1 lead over the two-time defending champions Golden State Warriors and could win their first championship tonight.The Star-Spangled Banner was performed by Grammy-winning R&B singer Monica, best known for her chart-topping duet “The Boy is Mine” with Brandy.Canadian singers usually perform O Canada but the NBA invited Raptors fans to sing the anthem tonight.The Canadian Presslast_img

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Production Begins in Montréal on THE DISAPPEARANCE CTV and Super Écrans New

first_img Twitter About Productions CasablancaProductions Casablanca has carved a place in the television landscape with its original primetime productions. The company’s creative vision gives rise to stories and characters that resonate with a wide audience and offer quality content by providing creators with a production environment that measures up to their imaginations. This commitment to excellence was made possible by the company’s personal, intimate approach. Producer and founder Joanne Forgues favours quality over quantity in her choices. Passion, talent and perseverance are what motivate the company’s teams.About NBCUniversal International Studios NBCUniversal International Studios delivers award-winning international television to millions across the globe. Based in London, NBCUniversal International Studios’ in-house production labels include: Carnival Films, makers of The Last Kingdom for BBC Two, Sky 1’s most-watched drama, Stan Lee’s Lucky Man and creators of the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning drama sensation Downton Abbey; Monkey, producers of upcoming Channel 4 game show, Question Jury, Bravo’s Newlyweds: The First Year, and Channel 4’s hit UK reality series, Made in Chelsea; factual entertainment label Chocolate Media, makers of Channel 4’s Restoring Britain’s Landmarks, Sky 1’s Driving School of Mum and Dad and Channel 5’s Inside Manchester’s Midland Hotel; Lucky Giant, producers of upcoming BBC Two scripted comedy, Quacks; and Australian-based Matchbox Pictures, makers of critically-acclaimed drama series The Nowhere Boys, Glitch, The Slap and The Real Housewives of Melbourne.Additionally, NBCUniversal International Studios operates a joint production venture with Working Title Television and Heyday Television and has a first look deal with Hardy Son & Baker and 87 Films.It also operates a prolific global formats business, and owns Tellycopter, a research and development resource that sits alongside its production companies.About Super ÉcranSuper Écran is the only premium French-language network in Canada that broadcasts TV premieres of films, exclusive and original series, and variety shows. Super Écran offers commercial-free viewing on four channels available in HD, with five new films every weekend. Super Écran is also available via On Demand, online and through the Super Écran GO app. Super Écran is a division of Bell Media.About Bell Media Independent ProductionBell Media has commissioned some of Canada’s most-watched and most-acclaimed original programming, working with the best Canadian independent producers in the country. Hit series commissioned by CTV include ratings success stories SAVING HOPE, and the record-breaking THE AMAZING RACE CANADA, and MASTERCHEF CANADA. Upcoming original series on CTV include CARDINAL and THE DISAPPEARANCE. Among the original scripted series on Bell Media pay, specialty, and streaming platforms are the internationally acclaimed ORPHAN BLACK, Space’s most-watched original series KILLJOYS, Bravo’s award-winning and most-watched original drama 19-2, award-winning dramedy SENSITIVE SKIN, CraveTV’s first original series LETTERKENNY, Discovery’s upcoming drama FRONTIER, and Comedy’s new satirical news series THE BEAVERTON. Discovery is also home to Bell Media’s hit factual series HIGHWAY THRU HELL, COLD WATER COWBOYS, and CANADA’S WORST DRIVER, among others. Bell Media is one of the first media companies in North America to commit to producing all new scripted series in 4K.About CTVCTV is Canada’s #1 private broadcaster. Featuring a wide range of quality news, sports, information, and entertainment programming, CTV has been Canada’s most-watched television network for the past 14 years in a row. CTV is a division of Bell Media, Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, digital, and Out-of-Home. Bell Media is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about CTV can be found on the network’s website at CTV.ca. Advertisement “With production now underway in Montréal, it’s the beginning of an exciting and emotionally gripping six-episode journey,” said Corrie Coe, Senior Vice-President, Independent Productions, Bell Media. “We’re honoured to be working with strong production partners and an immensely talented ensemble cast, and can’t wait to introducing viewers to THE DISAPPEARANCE in 2017.“We are excited to begin production on THE DISAPPEARANCE, our first English project in association with CTV and Super Écran, said Joanne Forgues, Producer, Productions Casablanca. “We are also thrilled to work with such talented writers, Peter Stebbings as a director, and this exceptional cast who will all bring out the quality of this project. We are so proud to have NBCUniversal International Studios as our international distributor.”JoAnn Alfano, EVP, Scripted Programming at NBCUniversal International Studios comments: “THE DISAPPEARANCE is an exceptional series that will resonate with viewers in Canada and the world over. With complex characters and a riveting universal story, this series has equal parts heart, emotion, suspense, intrigue and mystery.”THE DISAPPEARANCE was first put into development by CTV in October 2015. The series is created and written by the Montréal-based writing team of Normand Daneau and Geneviève Simard. The series is produced by Joanne Forgues and Sophie Parizeau of Productions Casablanca, creators of the Prix Gémeaux-winning series, Les invincibles and Série noire, and is executive produced by Joanne Forgues and Jean-Marc Casanova. Emmy Award-winning JoAnn Alfano (You, Me and the Apocalypse, Resurrection & 30 Rock) will executive produce for NBCUniversal International Studios. The series is directed by Peter Stebbings.THE DISAPPEARANCE is produced by Productions Casablanca in association with Bell Media and NBCUniversal International Studios, with the financial participation of the Canada Media Fund, the Cogeco Program Development Fund and the assistance of the Québec Film and Television Tax Credit and the Canadian Film or Video Production Tax Credit. Super Écran has commissioned the series for French-language broadcast. NBCUniversal International Studios serves as international distributor.For Bell Media, Gosia Kamela is Production Executive; Tom Hastings is Director, Drama, Independent Production; and Corrie Coe is Senior Vice-President, Independent Production. Mike Cosentino is Senior Vice-President, CTV and Specialty. Randy Lennox is President, Broadcasting and Content, Bell Media. @CTV_PR @CTV_Television @superecran @adenyoungRTFY – Aden Young @CamilleSully – Camille Sullivan www.facebook.com/CTV Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment center_img Advertisement CTV and Super Écran, alongside award-winning Montréal-based Productions Casablanca and NBCUniversal International Studios, announced today that production has begun on THE DISAPPEARANCE, the networks’ new six-part limited run event series. Directed by Peter Stebbings (Defendor, ORPHAN BLACK), the character driven mystery drama begins shooting in 4K in Montréal today. THE DISAPPEARANCE is set to premiere as part of CTV and Super Écran’s 2016/2017 mid-season schedule. NBCUniversal International Studios will act as international distributor.Also announced today are the members of the cast, which features Peter Coyote (E.T.) as retired judge and prosecutor Henry Sullivan; Aden Young (RECTIFY) as Luke Sullivan, Henry’s son, and a scruffy, soulful musician; Joanne Kelly (WAREHOUSE 13) as Catherine Sullivan, Henry’s daughter and Luke’s sister, and a funny, devoted palliative care nurse; Camille Sullivan (THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE) as Helen Murphy Sullivan, Luke’s ex-wife, a microbiologist, and devoted mother; Micheline Lanctôt (UNITÉ 9) as Susan Bowden, a tough, experienced Lieutenant-Detective; and Kevin Parent (CAFÉ DE FLORE) as Sergeant-Detective Charles Cooper, and Susan’s partner.THE DISAPPEARANCE is a psychological family drama centered around the unexplained and sudden disappearance of Anthony Sullivan during a treasure hunt on the day of his tenth birthday. The series follows the family as the complex and emotionally fraught mystery of their child’s disappearance unfolds. While both the police and family conduct their own investigations, seeking any signs and trace of evidence, long-buried familial secrets with devastating consequences rise to the surface leaving an unforeseen impact on every member of the Sullivan family. Login/Register With: Advertisement Social Media linkslast_img read more

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The Latest Whitmer to start opportunity tour after speech

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — The Latest on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State speech (all times local):6:30 p.m.Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will kick off a 50-event tour across Michigan following her first State of the State speech, starting in Grand Rapids with a focus on fixing the roads and making sure the workforce is adequately trained.The Democrat will attend a breakfast Wednesday with business leaders, hosted by The Right Place economic development organization in Grand Rapids. She also will tour Grand Rapids Community College.Whitmer is calling her post-State of the State events the “Home for Opportunity Tour.” Whitmer, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist or Cabinet members will attend the events that will extend into March.Two of Whitmer’s top priorities include addressing deteriorating road conditions and closing a “skills gap” so workers have the training they need to fill jobs.___5:35 a.m.Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says she will use her first State of the State address to focus on Michigan’s “fundamentals” — such as the roads, drinking water and workforce.The Democrat will speak Tuesday night during a joint session of the Republican-led Legislature.She plans to focus in part on the magnitude of the problem with deteriorating roads and bridges , asking drivers and businesses to give feedback on what pothole-ridden infrastructure is costing them. A detailed proposal will likely wait until she proposes her budget in March.Another major topic will be workforce development — ensuring that companies can fill their jobs with in-state workers who have the proper training. The issue applies to all workers, she says, regardless of whether they have four-year college degrees, trade certificates or something in-between.The Associated Press read more

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Ban names new head for UN mission in Chad and Central African

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today named a veteran United Nations official as his Acting Special Representative for the UN Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT), which was set up over two years ago amid increasing unrest, partly due to the war in neighbouring Sudan’s Darfur region.Youssef Mahmoud, a Tunisian national who joined the UN in 1981, replaces Victor Angelo who retired this month. He has already been in Chad for over a week discussing the Mission’s future after the African country called for the withdrawal of its military component, saying it had served its purpose and it was better for Chadian forces to take over security responsibilities. Earlier this month the Security Council extended MINURCAT’s mandate through 15 May, with Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations Alain Le Roy saying this technical roll-over would “give some time to try to find agreement with the Chadian authorities.” MINURCAT was set up in 2007 to ensure the security of hundreds of thousands of refugees from Darfur, other displaced persons and humanitarian workers in both countries.Last month Chadian Permanent Representative Ahmad Allam-mi told a news conference at UN Headquarters in New York that that the military component had served its purpose. With new agreements on border security with Sudan, and with MINURCAT not strong enough to provide complete security in eastern Chad, he said, it was better for Chadian forces to take over and for the mandate to be adjusted. The mission currently comprises nearly 4,000 uniformed personnel and 430 international civilian staff, 500 local civilians and 143 UN Volunteers. Its mandate calls for it to liaise with the national forces to create a more secure environment, combating in particular the problems of banditry and criminality; and to support efforts to relocate refugee camps which are close to the border.In the humanitarian field, it is entrusted with promoting human rights, with particular attention to sexual and gender-based violence, recommending action to fight impunity, and assisting the Government in promoting the rule of law, including support for an independent judiciary and a strengthened legal system.Before his arrival in Chad, Mr. Mahmoud served for three years as Executive Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the UN Integrated Office in Burundi (BINUB). He has held several high profile positions, including UN Resident Coordinator in Guyana and Director in the Department of Political Affairs (DPA). He has also held posts with the UN Transitional Authority in Cambodia (UNTAC) and Office of Human Resources and Management (OHRM) in New York. 31 March 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today named a veteran United Nations official as his Acting Special Representative for the UN Mission in the Central African Republic and Chad (MINURCAT), which was set up over two years ago amid increasing unrest, partly due to the war in neighbouring Sudan’s Darfur region. read more

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Afghanistan UNbacked polio campaign underway targets more than 2 million children

On the second day of the drive, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) reported that the campaign, led by the Public Health Ministry and supported by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN World Health Organization (WHO), was running smoothly, with no major problems.More than 15,000 health workers are set to travel from house to house. This mobile approach is essential in ensuring that every child group is reached, with many families unable to access fixed health centres in rural parts of the country, which is one of just four countries in the world still affected by the virus. Two months ago, Egypt was declared polio-free after successful immunization efforts. There was a delay in starting vaccinations in two districts of Zabul province, due to logistical problems in getting vaccines to the district coordinators, but these were quickly resolved and immunization should start today in these two districts, UNAMA spokesman Adrian Edwards told a news briefing in Kabul, the Afghan capital.“The Ministry of Public Health, UNICEF and WHO remain confident that the goal of polio eradication is achievable, but call upon communities and families to play their part by ensuring that all children under the age of five in the 11 provinces are presented to vaccination teams over the remaining two days of the campaign, to ensure that all eligible children are reached,” Mr. Edwards said. In a related development, UN agencies are helping the authorities cope with spring floods currently affecting several areas of the country, coordinating efforts to make sure that emergency relief is reaching those in need. In Faryab province, where flooding over the past weekend is reported to have killed nine people and destroyed 187 homes, UNICEF has provided 322 family kits containing essential cooking utensils, soap, plastic tarpaulin sheets and blankets, while the UN World Food Programme (WFP) has supplied 19.2 tons of essential food.In Baghlan, working with the Afghan Red Crescent Society and Department of Rural Rehabilitation and Development, UNICEF has provided family kits for 96 families while the WFP has supplied 7.3 tons of food.The Health Ministry and UNICEF have dispatched measles vaccines and equipment to protect children and the Agency has set up six school tents to replace six schools that were destroyed. School stationary kits have also been delivered.The Ministry of Rural Rehabilitation and Development (MRRD), also with UNICEF’s support is delivering jerry cans and chlorine to treat wells contaminated by the floods to ensure that affected communities have safe drinking water. read more

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Canadas finance ministers agree to revisit pension reform talks in the new

by Andy Blatchford, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 22, 2015 6:41 am MDT Last Updated Dec 22, 2015 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau holds a news conference with his provincial and territorial counterparts after concluding a meeting in Ottawa, Monday, December 21, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand Canada’s finance ministers agree to revisit pension reform talks in the new year OTTAWA – A federal-provincial gathering of finance ministers reached rare consensus Monday on the polarizing subject of Canada Pension Plan reform — they agreed to keep debating it.Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau emerged from two days of discussions with his provincial and territorial counterparts to explain that the group will reconvene midway through 2016 to continue their talks about CPP enhancement.“Our goal is that in a year from now, we’ll have more to talk to Canadians about, but we did not get to conclusion to what exactly we would be proposing,” Morneau told a news conference in Ottawa.“We did not commit to any end game, nor in fact was that our objective today. Our objective today was to begin a process to review the potential to move forward.”Morneau aims to eventually get some consensus on enhancing the Canada Pension Plan, a goal outlined in the new Liberal government’s election platform. The party has not released specifics on what changes could be made to the plan.Changing the CPP would require support from seven of the 10 provinces representing two-thirds of the country’s population as well as a green light from Ottawa.But it’s unclear how much support the Liberals will attract when it comes to CPP enhancement, even though the provinces agreed Monday to continue discussing the subject in the new year.Ontario supports CPP expansion, while other big provinces like Quebec and British Columbia remain unconvinced. Quebec already has a public pension plan and B.C. has concerns about the fragile economy.Saskatchewan, meanwhile, opposes beefing up the CPP.“We’re happy with respect to the fact there’s no immediate changes to CPP — we’ve been advocating that,” Saskatchewan Finance Minister Kevin Doherty said Monday after the meetings.Doherty has voiced his concerns about the negative impacts from the plunge in oil prices on his province’s bottom line.The economic realities of the country in 12 months will dictate how the provinces proceed with the CPP, he added.“We’ve agreed on a path forward with respect to coming back a year from now to talk about potential options — including not doing anything,” said Doherty, who noted fellow oil producers in Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador are also facing intense fiscal pressure.Quebec Finance Minister Carlos Leitao said, at the other end of the spectrum, the group will also look at the possibility of doubling the size public pensions — like Ontario plans to do. Leitao said he’s wary of going that far, especially since Quebec recently increased its payroll premiums just to maintain the current benefits.“Whatever happens we have to be very mindful of a potential fiscal shock,” he said. “We want to avoid that.”Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa said he was encouraged the provinces are willing to discuss enhancing the CPP, particularly since he felt some had been “reluctant” and were “pushing back” on the issue.In the meantime, Sousa will proceed with his province’s own program, the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, which essentially mirrors the CPP for anyone who doesn’t already have a workplace pension. He said it’s necessary for retirement security.“We’re going down both tracks because the timing is essential,” said Sousa, who added the province has “off ramps” if changes are made to the CPP.Follow @AndyBlatchford on Twitter read more

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Suncor blames wildfire plan changes for rising cost of Fort Hills oilsands

CALGARY – Suncor Energy (TSX:SU) is blaming delays caused by last spring’s devastating Fort McMurray, Alta., wildfire, along with construction changes to boost capacity, for a $1.4-billion to $1.9-billion increase in the estimated cost of its Fort Hills oilsands mining project.The company says the project, which was 76 per cent complete as of Dec. 31, is now expected to cost $16.5 billion to $17 billion, up from the previous estimate of $15.1 billion.It says that the cost per barrel, however, will remain at about $84,000 per flowing barrel of bitumen because nameplate capacity has been increased to 194,000 barrels per day from 180,000 bpd.Suncor says its share of Fort Hills’ remaining project capital is between $1.6 billion and $1.8 billion and most of that will be spent this year, with production expected to gradually ramp up through 2018.The project is owned 50.8 per cent by Suncor, 29.2 per cent by Total SA and 20 per cent by Teck Resources Ltd. In a statement, Teck said it will record an after-tax impairment charge of $164 million in its fourth-quarter results because of the higher cost.Suncor reported late Wednesday net earnings of $531 million or 32 cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2016 on higher oil prices and better production, compared with a net loss of $2 billion or $1.38 per share in the same period of 2015.The earlier net loss included $1.6 billion of non-cash impairment charges and an unrealized after-tax foreign exchange loss of $382 million on the revaluation of U.S. dollar denominated debt.Suncor reported record production of 738,500 barrels of oil equivalent per day in the fourth quarter, compared with 582,900 boe/d in the fourth quarter of 2015, due mainly to a larger share of the Syncrude oilsands mining consortium and record Syncrude operating results.“Our cost reduction efforts have resulted in significant savings in the year, well exceeding the targets we set out in early 2016, and the improvement in Syncrude’s reliability in consecutive periods has been impressive,” said CEO Steve Williams in a statement.“We have achieved a step change in operating efficiency this year, which has resulted in cash operating costs per barrel at our oilsands operations being consistently below $25, excluding the impact of the forest fires.”Suncor raised its quarterly dividend by three cents to 32 cents per share. by The Canadian Press Posted Feb 8, 2017 6:51 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 8, 2017 at 8:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Suncor blames wildfire, plan changes for rising cost of Fort Hills oilsands mine read more

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Mens basketball Six years and 80hour weeks Kyle Davis became Ohio States

Ohio State video coordinator Kyle Davis spent six years with the program without salary, now he’s living his dream as video coordinator. Credit: Courtesy of Sam HollingsheadOn Feb. 27 inside the Schottenstein Center, Ohio State men’s basketball video coordinator Kyle Davis made the final preparations needed for the next day’s game at Penn State. The day’s practice was scheduled for 3 p.m., and less than three hours later, the entire staff and team would board a bus routed for the airport, then fly to State College, Pennsylvania.At 1 p.m. Davis was approached by associate head coach Dave Dickerson. He asked Davis to compile an organized database that lists every game remaining, through the state championship, for each high-school prospect OSU is recruiting.“When do you need it?” Davis asked. Dickerson answered, by the end of practice. So Davis grabbed graduate assistant Chris Logsdon, who helps with the bulk of the video responsibilities, and the two sat in the video room inside the practice gym and compiled the database for the next four hours. Logsdon found all matchups for the in-state recruits the program is looking at and Davis covered the rest of the recruits. The spreadsheet, which included nearly 70 prospective recruits, was done by 5 p.m.“That’s what you got to do, though,” Davis said.After sifting through complicated state tourney brackets, Davis spearheaded a project that enabled the coaching staff to know who they can visit on certain days and who to send messages of encouragement to on their game days.“There’s no one that can spoonfeed you this information,” Davis said. “This information is out there, but it’s in 17 different places. Every college basketball program needs someone that is capable of finding all this information, putting it together and making sense of it in a way for your whole staff to understand.”For OSU’s program, that someone is Davis, who has been with the organization for seven seasons — four as a student manager, two as a graduate assistant and one in his current role. The three video coordinators before Davis are all current assistant coaches. Kevin Kuwik is at Dayton, Greg Paulus is an assistant at OSU and Jake Diebler just finished his first season as an assistant at Vanderbilt.Davis doesn’t have the coaching experience or playing experience that those in the role before him had, so the path to becoming video coordinator was even more difficult. For six years, his only income was per diem for road trips and holiday breaks as he continued to rack up student loans from undergraduate and graduate school. He spent 30-40 hours each week for four years and 60-plus hours per week for two years at the Schott. But becoming an official member of the OSU coaching staff was always the end goal. Davis’ career has been defined by doing the jobs few would want to do.A startDavis’ passion for coaching began during his sophomore at nearby Hilliard Darby High School when he needed volunteer hours for a class he was taking. He reached out to a local recreational league to help with a sixth-grade team. Then, two weeks before the season, he suddenly became the head coach.The original coach quit and left 16-year-old Davis with a group of kids and parents he had never met.“I loved it. But my team stunk,” he said. “Ironically enough, the guy who was the coach of my team, no one really liked him. So the commissioner of the league purposefully gave him the worst kids in the league. We weren’t very good. I think we won one game all year.”The losses didn’t matter. Davis couldn’t get enough.Davis, back right, started coaching sixth graders when he was 16 years old. Credit: Courtesy of Kyle DavisSo when the commissioner asked him back as a coach, he agreed. That next season, Davis said his team of sixth graders was undefeated. However, some of the parents voiced concern regarding his coaching style after Davis ran a zone that resulted in allowing just two points.Davis said that’s when he learned he was a little too competitive for that league.But before he left, Davis made a valuable connection with OSU’s strength and conditioning coach Dave Richardson; Richardson’s son was on Davis’ team. He also met then-OSU assistant coach — now the team’s director of recruiting and player development — Alan Major, who was watching Richardson’s son play.“I’ll never forget Alan Major, I talked to him after the game and he said, ‘Well, if you’re not a player, you can come be a manager if you want to get involved with coaching,’” Davis said. “From that day forward I thought that would be a pretty cool thing to do.”But he wasn’t done coaching just yet. He still had two more years of high school.At the time, Davis’ brother was in seventh grade and 6-foot-4. Davis knew a few of his brother’s friends and knew them to be pretty good athletes for their age. So, that spring after he concluded coaching in rec league, he began to recruit some of them and other kids at his brother’s middle school and founded an AAU team — at age 17. The 13-and-under Ohio Havoc played their first games that summer.“I’m sitting there and I had like $11,000 in my hand (for team fees),” he said. “I’m just thinking like, I’m 17 years old. I have $11,000 in my hand to spend on uniforms, travel, tournament fees and all that. What am I doing with my life? This isn’t something a 17-year-old gets to do.”That summer and the next, Davis took his team to compete in tournaments throughout Ohio and in nearby states like Indiana — some of which his team won. He also coached at nationals.Through that experience, watching the competition at that level and finding a passion for coaching, Davis took Major’s advice and became a student manager at OSU when he enrolled Fall 2010.The journeyFreshmen managers are given the duties not sought after by anyone else. Carrying towels and water, mopping up puddles of sweat, dragging Gilman dummies from the main court to the upstairs court along with the cart full of other practice necessities, and staying late to rebound for players are the basic on-paper duties they have.Being a basketball manager is a fraternity with a rite of passage — one where respect isn’t easily earned. There’s not a lot of glory that goes with it either. It’s not a paid position. Managers still have to go to class, then it is right to the Schottenstein Center six days a week for at least three hours (in the preseason, it’s more like four hours). On game days, managers have to be there dressed and ready to hit the floor five hours before tip for shootaround. Managers receive stylish team-issued gear, including a pair of Lebron-brand shoes, but when adding all of it with two games per week, it gets to be roughly 30-40 hours a week outside of the classroom.“No one asked us to do this. This is just something that over the years I learned how to do it, I thought it could be a cool thing. I thought it could be more efficient and it allowed me to extend myself to do other things.” – Kyle DavisBut that didn’t matter to Davis. Being a part of the men’s basketball program at OSU was a title he held with pride. After all, Davis had higher aspirations. From the first day, Davis would do anything possible to become the video coordinator at OSU.OK, well, the second day. The first day, then-senior manager Bryce Crawford, now-assistant coach at Division I University of Maryland Baltimore County, told Davis and each freshman manager privately, “Listen, I don’t like any of you. You haven’t done spit for this program, and I’m not going to like any one of you until you can prove you can do something around here.”“I loved that he did that because it created the most amazing work ethic in us,” Davis said. “And we all thought Bryce was this biggest (jerk) in the world … but it was really cool because we were like, ‘Man, this guy’s legit.’”Davis, back right, coached the Ohio Havoc AAU team for two years before becoming a manager at OSU. Credit: Courtesy of Kyle DavisKuwik, the Dayton assistant, was the video coordinator when Davis joined the program. Davis walked into the video room inside the practice gym and asked Kuwik to help with the video responsibilites, which is work normally reserved to the senior managers and graduate assistants.In the room were four DVRs the staff used to record every game of any team that OSU would play against that year. Kuwik told Davis his tasks involved recording all of those games, which required him to know the TV schedules of those games, find the channels and tape them. Then, he would transfer it to a DVD, catalog it and store it.Kuwik left for Dayton after Davis’ freshman year — when OSU lost to Kentucky as the No. 1 overall seed in the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA Tournament — and Paulus entered the role. That same year, OSU hired Chris Jent, a former NBA assistant, for a similar role. Davis continued to work around the video department with Paulus at the helm. After that first season, Jent requested to change from the DVSport video software to Sportcode, which he used in the NBA.With the addition of Sportcode, Davis and the entire video team were able to finish video work in half the time. It’s as if they traded in a 1989 Honda Civic for a NASA space shuttle, Davis said.Through his four years as a manager, Davis became the low-level busybody member in the organization that the staff would turn to when things needed to be done. As senior manager, he spent more time in the film room and was in charge of a staff of a dozen or so managers. He was the main point of contact between the staff’s needs and making sure there were managers at the gym for rebounding, opposing team shootarounds and any other task — often with less than two hours notice. Davis helped coordinate official visits, assisted in setting up the team tailgate before football games. He even helped change a tire on State Route 315 on the vehicle of former OSU guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. to ensure he would be on time for practice. Davis made it his job to do any menial task possible to be recognized as a reliable member of the program.“He was always around. He was very adamant about getting involved and tried to figure things out,” Crawford said of Davis. “He was just very locked in and it was very clear that he wanted to get into the business.”Following Davis’ final season in 2014 as a manager, he and then-graduate assistant Weston Strayer made it a mission of theirs to memorize the Sportscode manual from cover to cover.Now, after two years, Davis said he and Strayer designed 16-20 different programs on the Sportscode software to use and relay information to the coaches.“No one asked us to do this,” he said. “This is just something that over the years I learned how to do it, I thought it could be a cool thing. I thought it could be more efficient and it allowed me to extend myself to do other things.”Davis continued to work on these programs through Diebler’s final two years with OSU, which made the video department even more valuable.“It’s so hard to do your job to the best of your abilities as video coordinator if you’re doing it by yourself,” Diebler said. “You need great, great help and those guys were the best in the country, in my opinion at what they did.”Outside of games is when Davis does most of his work, finding new trends that can help coaches make educated decisions for on-court personnel. During road trips, Davis had to have the entire game with individual stats coded by the time the plane landed, which led to Davis frequently being told by flight attendants to turn his laptop off. In game, Davis designed programs that can give OSU its best small and big lineup in the middle of a game. He also charted each shot a player takes on particular plays and paired it with live video that is being coded in the team locker room, and has that ready for coaches to view at halftime and end of the game.“The money didn’t matter, the title didn’t matter, but to know that I had a future within our staff just meant the world to me. I told everyone from the beginning, I’m here for Ohio State basketball. Whether that means I’m wiping the floor, cutting video or recruiting, just whatever it is, I’m happy to be here.” – Kyle DavisHe said sometimes information on paper can be misleading and cannot accurately tell the staff why the team was shooting poorly from a particular spot on the floor. Therefore, he linked all of the stats to video for evidence that can help with development.“I’m not really an analytics guy. I’m more of an analytics ‘make you look at things in a different way’ sort of guy,” he said. “Numbers are great but until you can actually see why those numbers came to be about, it really doesn’t help you as a coach. You can’t coach numbers. You have to coach basketball things. That’s what this allows you to do.”In the 2015-16 season, Davis was the chief graduate assistant receiving some much needed help in the video room from walk-on-turned-graduate assistant Andrew Goldstein, team videographer David Aaron, head manager Robbie Rucki and others. Diebler, still the video coordinator at the time, was often in the video room compiling anything the staff needed at the last minute, but also knew Davis was available at a moment’s notice and had the assurance that Davis and Goldstein were getting the work completed well ahead of time. With that belief in Davis, Diebler was able to spend more time on the court with the staff and players, and Davis was able to do much of the video coordinator role before he was promoted.Davis, who estimated he worked 75-88 hours per week in his last year as a graduate assistant, said Diebler was the greatest thing to have happened to his development in the way he empowered the video staff.“He’s got a great feel for what’s necessary in that area of preparation and things like that,” Diebler said of Davis. “I thought it was very valuable to help me do my job and (he) worked really hard, spent long hours, wasn’t afraid to stay up late or get up early.”On top of the strides he made in the video room, Davis took on some, if not all, of the responsibilities dealt to the role of recruiting and operations coordinator, which was vacant during the 2015-16 season after Christopher Spartz left the program.“When he left — not like I was going for his job or anything, but it was around this time last year … and I was like, well, someone has to do some of the stuff he was doing,” Davis said. “And I wasn’t sure what we were doing or who we were going to hire so I just started sitting at his desk and doing his job, and nobody said otherwise.”Davis began handling logistics for official visits, helping coordinate prospects with faculty advisors, coaching staff and touring the campus. He also prepared recruiting packets and any other task the program needed done.He wasn’t instructed to do more work than he was given as a graduate assistant, but as was the case as a manager, Davis never shied away from the opportunities available, which were mostly the undesirable tasks that someone had to perform.Through all of that effort came an unexpected moment.On Feb. 28, 2016, OSU hosted No. 8 Iowa as a last-chance effort to back itself into the NCAA Tournament. Dickerson walked over to Davis during the under-eight media timeout while the team was down five and asked for the team’s best small lineup throughout the season. Davis had the info and gave it to him. The lineup, which Davis can’t explicitly remember, went into the game halfway through the second half and cut into the Hawkeyes lead. The Buckeyes earned their second top-10 victory that season, 68-64 over Iowa.It was trial by fire for the work Davis had put in for the past year and a half.“That was so frickin’ scary because if something went bad, (Dickerson) was never going to trust me again,” he said. “It was the stress test. This wasn’t the last minute or last possession, this was towards the end of the game but it was one of those things where it was really cool for me to see that I put all these hours into something, not knowing if it was ever going to be used or not, and it got used.”That hard work, however, nearly didn’t earn him a job on the staff. Davis had a decision to make about his future with the program.A decisionAs mentioned before, managers and graduate assistants aren’t paid and there isn’t time for a second job if you want to advance to be a coach. On top of that, the basketball program does not pay for tuition of graduate school. For Davis’ second year as a graduate assistant, he didn’t have the funds to pay for housing around campus, so he was forced to move back in with his parents in Hilliard. Sometimes, he would even sleep at the Schott if he was there late and needed to be there early the next morning.“It got to the point where I realized I’m 24 years old. I have a lot of student debt. I’m living at home with my parents. I’m chasing this coaching dream, and I love it,” Davis said. “But ultimately, the programs I have built on a platform called Sports Tech … they were rapidly expanding.”Patrick Ford, a former manager and Davis’ friend, worked at Sports Tech’s headquarters in Lincoln, Nebraska, and set Davis up with an interview. Sports Tech, the company that bought the popular football video service Hudl, was looking for people who already knew the software; Davis fit the bill.A year before, Davis saw Strayer struggle to get into coaching before Strayer took a job at Lake Superior State in Michigan, which left doubt in Davis’ mind about his chances. Coaching was Davis’ dream but maybe it wasn’t meant to be. After all, he had to start making money.Davis said he once sat down and calculated how much money he would have made if he were paid minimum wage for every hour he worked through his six years with the program. The number after taxes: $111,973.23.“It made me want to f—ing puke,” he said.In the middle of the 2015-16 season, all Davis had to do in order to accept the Sports Tech job was make a trip to Nebraska. However, by mid-April, Diebler left the program for Vanderbilt, which resulted in Davis taking on his responsibilities.Davis was about to make a call to Sports Tech to schedule his visit when David Egelhoff, the director of basketball operations, tapped Davis on his shoulder and asked to meet with him in his office. Davis asked to make the phone call first, but Egelhoff told him that’s why he needed to talk to him.Egelhoff offered Davis his first paid position on staff as the recruiting coordinator. He started to run through the details of the offer and the job, but Davis accepted before Egelhoff could finish.“That’s what I had always wanted,” Davis said. “The moment that presented itself, I was all in. Everyone on the staff knows I’m a two-feet-in guy. I’ve given everything I’ve had to this program for six years. It hasn’t always been the work on the front page. It’s been the work behind closed doors, and I’m cool with that.”“The money didn’t matter, the title didn’t matter, but to know that I had a future within our staff just meant the world to me. I told everyone from the beginning, I’m here for Ohio State basketball. Whether that means I’m wiping the floor, cutting video or recruiting, just whatever it is, I’m happy to be here.”Less than three months later, OSU hired Alan Major — the one who first planted the idea of being a coach at OSU into Davis’ mind — as coordinator of recruiting and player development, and Davis was promoted to video coordinator.One of the first things Davis did as video coordinator was call his mentor, Diebler. Davis told Diebler that when he took the job at Vanderbilt, that was one of the best things that could have happened to Davis. Davis said he was able to prove his worth to the staff with Diebler’s absence, which contributed to his promotion.Davis was in charge of the entire official visit of now-junior point guard C.J. Jackson, who will likely be the starting point guard in the 2017-18 season.“I think he’s got a bright future in coaching because he works hard, he cares about the guys on the team and wants to see them succeed,” Diebler said. “I think he’s going to be a good coach and I’m excited to have worked with him for three years and excited to see what the future holds for him.”Davis sits beside the coaching staff and players during the Indiana game on March 4 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Courtesy of Sam HollingsheadThe job he wants to doSince taking over as video coordinator, Davis has taken on projects that he saw needing improvement and has applied lessons from Diebler on staff management.Davis began to reshape the team’s social media presence this season with the help of David Aaron, the team’s videographer, and Joe Gemma, who works as a graphic designer for the men’s and women’s basketball programs.Davis has also become more involved in official visits. He coordinates how the recruit is getting to Columbus, how is he going to be picked up, when is he arriving for practice, when will he meet with the Student Athlete Support Service Office (SASSO) and what the presentation will entail.“All the little things from golf carts to making sure you can get a private room at a dinner. All those little things, that’s my life,” he said. “The coaches are going to deal with the nitty gritty stuff, but I’m trying to provide the examples with my academic career and my career around the program, how they can relate to kids too.”He also has taken on some operations functions to allow Egelhoff to focus on big picture items for the program.And video — he still does plenty of that.Davis no longer counts the hours he works at home because he understands it’s the nature of the job.“What makes the video coordinator job so tough is that when you go home — you may take a breather to make some dinner — there’s more film to watch,” Diebler said. “That’s like the video coordinator’s nightmare is that you didn’t do enough preparation going into a game to where there’s a surprise. Only way to do that is to make sure you watch all the available film.”Davis had been doing that well before he was named the team’s video coordinator.The only difference now is Davis is performing in the role he has always wanted to.“I love Kyle just from the standpoint of where he started and he’s worked his way up,” OSU coach Thad Matta said. “He’s one of those guys that the technology portion of his position is so important. What he can do in terms of how quick he can get the edits done and he’s spot on with everything. He’s figured me out in terms of what I like and what I don’t like. “He’s a guy that when we lose, he’s as sad as anybody in our program, and when we win, he’s as happy (as anyone). He’s a Buckeye.”So, was the journey worth it?“Absolutely. There’s no question,” Davis said. “If you would’ve asked me six years ago, what’s the realistic dream, I would have told you: to be the video coordinator of Ohio State basketball.” read more

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The potash boom – Canadas pink gold rush attracts the world

first_imgBy Marc Davis, http://www.bnwnews.ca/ – Farmers around the globe are demanding better access and prices to the indispensable and irreplaceable pink salt known as potash, which optimises the delivery of nutrients to plants. With the precious cargo slung over his shoulder, Vikram Singh strides through his field spreading the white granular stuff where it matters most.”I can’t afford to waste any…I had to buy it on the black market,” says the 38-year-old farmer from Dostpur Mangroli village in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. For the last two decades, Singh has toiled his field for wheat and rice to feed his family of six, using the white stuff to stimulate the crops and his livelihood, in India’s once-fertile Gangetic Plain.“I have to use more and more because the land is not as good as it once was…this is not only expensive, it’s very hard to get,” says Singh, who paid twice the retail amount of 1,200 rupees (about $23) for a bootleg 50-kg bag of the white stuff — potash-based fertiliser.Pressure is mounting on the governments of fast-emerging economies like China and India, which view the daunting challenge of providing their booming populations with better quality food as a potential threat to national security.A greater reliance on potash promises to virtually double the output of their agricultural sectors, as well as other similarly-challenged emerging economies. That’s because this strategic mineral can significantly improve crop yields, while requiring less arable land and less water. Investment industry analysts therefore agree that there will be heightened global demand for many years to come.This reality has for the past several years spurred on a multi-billion dollar, high-stakes race to acquire and control the world’s few remaining undeveloped potash deposits. Most of them can be found in Saskatchewan where potash lies abundantly in the salts left behind by an ancient inland sea.According to a January 2012 report by Toronto-based bond ratings agency DBRS: “The anticipation of persistent demand growth for fertilisers and the rapid rise in potash prices has led to an explosion of expansion projects from existing producers and new entrants.”Hence, China and India have high-priority national mandates to get a piece of the action before it is too late in what is now being dubbed as Saskatchewan’s Pink Gold Rush.Saskatchewan’s Minister of the Economy, Bill Boyd, looks forward to a boom in the potash industry that he believes will fertilize the future of his province. “We have established a global reputation as the world’s largest potash producer with nearly half of the world’s proven potash reserves,” he says in a recent interview. “This means billions of dollars of potential new investments, and thousands of jobs for Saskatchewan residents.”Patricio Varas, the CEO of Western Potash, agrees. “There is no doubt that Saskatchewan is the Saudi Arabia of potash,” he says. This helps explain why his small company is being courted by China and India, which have an eye on its Milestone project, just outside of Regina. Both emerging superpowers are particularly anxious to lock-in long-term potash supplies by partnering-up with any of the several smaller players in the Pink Gold Rush – ones that cannot afford to go forward alone, like Western Potash.This Vancouver-based company’s emerging story is being followed by Ben Isaacson, a Toronto-based mining analyst for Scotia Bank.“Given the recent re-emergence of ‘the potash independence theme’ by several emerging economies -Brazil, China, and India-we would not be surprised to see a SOE (state-owned enterprise) take a run at Western Potash in the near-term,” Isaacson said in an investment newsletter to clients late last year.Varas declined to comment on any pending deals and the investment industry’s speculation. But he is keen to emphasise his company’s pragmatic business strategy.    “Western Potash’s ultimate aim is to help solve food security issues in Asia by guaranteeing a secure, long-term supply of potash,” he says.The upstart company’s proposed solution mine in Milestone has the potential to produce at least 2.8 Mt/y of potash for at least 40 years. Solution mining involves pumping water into the mineral deposits and dissolving them for extraction. It is less costly, more environmentally-friendly, and faster to commercialize than conventional mining.In fact, Western Potash made headlines earlier this month by announcing its intention to pay the city of Regina to redirect much of its treated sewage water to its mine site. Currently, this effluent is deposited into the Wascana River.Potash sales are already worth some $150 billion a year on a global basis. Saskatchewan accounts for about a third of the world’s annual production of about 55 Mt. Russia and Belarus are the only other major producers. Yet Canada’s potash riches and its favorable political environment make it the preferred jurisdiction for all the new players who want to muscle-in on this lucrative industry. In the past couple of years, two leading global mining multinationals, Vale and Rio Tinto have entered the hunt for potash in Saskatchewan. The latter did so by partnering-up with one of Western Potash’s peers in the junior potash sector, North Atlantic Potash, in 2011. The German fertiliser heavyweight K+S AG also took the fast-track to becoming a potash producer in Canada by acquiring another small player, Potash One, last year.  But the biggest new entrant to Saskatchewan’s potash mining business by far is the world’s current largest mining company, BHP Billiton. It is developing its own mega potash mine at Janzen, near Saskatoon. This would become by far the largest mine of its kind when it eventually reaches full capacity at about 8 Mt/y. And BHP Billiton has four smaller mines in the pipeline, too. A couple of them were formerly owned by two more of Western Potash’s past rivals, Anglo Potash and Athabasca Potash, until BHP Billiton gobbled up both companies in 2008 and 2010, respectively. Meanwhile, Saskatchewan’s existing operators -Potash Corp, Mosaic and Agrium -are midway through multi-billion-dollar expansions to their mines, all of which are at least 40 years old, but are still going strong. Potash Corp, alone, plans to almost double its output from about 9 Mt/y to around 17 Mt by 2015. Collectively, this clutch of deep-pocketed mining behemoths promises to more than double Canada’s existing production within the next few years. But these game-changing developments will mean little to poor, struggling farmers like Singh in India and others elsewhere in the world’s emerging economies. That is unless they get the potash at steady, reasonable prices. Currently Saskatchewan’s trio of producers sell their potash via a marketing agency known as Canpotex, which manages both prices and supplies. However, it is renowned for sometimes demanding lofty, inflexible prices, which was especially the case in 2008, when its prices spiked over $1,000/t, as compared to current levels of around $475/t. Canpotex’s ‘take it or leave it’ mindset has long been a thorn in the side of China, its biggest customer, as well as India.This is where new market entrants like Western Potash and the mining industry’s interloping titans come into the picture. They aim to break the stranglehold that these existing producers currently have on Canada’s supplies.“This should make for a more competitive environment by allowing supply/demand fundamentals to dictate pricing of this vital commodity, Varas says. “This should translate into a win-win situation.”last_img read more

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AMD previews 28nm Radeon HD 8000M GPUs

first_imgAMD introduced its first 28nm mobile GPUs back in April with the launch of the 7700M, 7800M, and 7900M. At the same time AMD changed to a new architecture called Graphics Core Next (GCN). Now, as we near the end of 2012, AMD is starting to release details of its next round of mobile GPUs: the Radeon HD 8000M Series.Although details are thin on the ground, AMD has confirmed the 8000M series will be second-generation GCN chips, meaning they aren’t re-badged 7000 GPUs. With that being the case we can expect them to be more power efficient as well as offering a noticeable boost in performance.To begin with there will be four 8000M GPUs made available carrying the names 8500M, 8600M, 8700M, and 8800M. The available stream processors will range from 384 right up to 640, clocks speeds vary between 650MHz and 850MHz, and all GPUs are DirectX 11 compatible.AMD has also confirmed the inclusion of Enduro, which scales performance based on the tasks being carried out and therefore can help cut power use. Enduro has also been improved over the previous implementation used for the 7000 GPUs. Although it’s not mentioned, I also suspect ZeroCore will be present, which allows the GPU to consume “virtually no power” when idle.As you can see from the performance comparison below, AMD is claiming huge performance gains when you compare the new 8700M to a 7670M. If true, it could make the 8000M series GPUs popular with performance laptop manufacturers next year. According to ExtremeTech, the performance gains of the mid-range chips could be as high as 30% due to the move to a 28nm process (previous mid-range GPUs still used 40nm). The high-end chips are likely to see a smaller performance gain, but win out on efficiency over previous parts.More details are expected to be released in January (probably during CES), with the full line up of 8000M chips revealed before Q1 is over.More at HotHardwarelast_img read more

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iPhone 4 le rappel des appareils réclamé un peu partout

first_imgiPhone 4 : le rappel des appareils réclamé un peu partoutÉtats-Unis – Une association de défense des consommateurs demande à ce que le problème de réception de l’iPhone 4 soit corrigé par Apple. Par ailleurs, l’organisme ne recommande pas l’achat du dernier-né de la firme à la pomme.Apple s’enfoncerait-il dans une crise ? Après avoir limité la portée des plaintes concernant le problème de réception de l’iPhone 4, le géant américain doit faire face à une association de consommateurs, Consumer Report. À lire aussiLes applications pour entraîner son cerveau sont-elles vraiment efficaces ?La firme menée par Steve Jobs a ainsi décidé d’organiser une conférence de presse vendredi prochain, suite aux critiques de l’organisme, habituellement élogieux envers les produits griffés de la pomme. Le point noir concerne toujours la réception du nouveau smartphone d’Apple : l’entreprise demande aux utilisateurs de ne pas couvrir la partie inférieure gauche du téléphone afin de ne pas perturber la réception, alors que Consumer Report exige que les ingénieurs d’Apple trouvent eux-mêmes la solution. Il se pourrait même que l’ensemble des iPhone 4 soit rappelé. Une opération qui coûterait environ 1,5 milliard de dollars à la firme de Cupertino, sans parler de la très mauvaise publicité engendrée.Le 15 juillet 2010 à 11:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Larry Wilske running for CAs 71st Assembly District

first_img Updated: 8:46 AM KUSI Newsroom Posted: April 16, 2018 Larry Wilske running for CA’s 71st Assembly District KUSI Newsroom, center_img April 16, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsThe race continues for the 71st State Assembly District. Candidate Larry Wilske was in studio to talk about his campaign and try to earn your vote.Wilske’s team supplied the KUSI Newsroom with the following information to summarize his viewpoints and why he believes he is the best candidate for the position.My name is Larry A. Wilske (Master Chief (SEAL), USN, Ret’d. and I’d like to introduce myself to you as the top Candidate for California’s 71st Assembly. This is a local race with Statewide and National implications. As California is going through a toxic imbalance in the State Legislature we collectively need an example of Patriotism, acceptance, and placing decency in all people as our first goal. This will take the type of leadership that comes from someone that believes in America, the America People, and those that continue to build and strengthen our country as prescribed in our Constitution!Developing appropriate Private, Public, Partnerships (P-3) that create local, effective coalitions as the backbone of our society will create a paradigm of Healthy Citizen Reliance who only needs the Government at a backstop, not an overbearing monster prying its way into every facet of our daily lives. Over the last 30-years I’ve built such coalitions world-wide and understand this only works when it’s started at the very local levels; California’s 71st Assembly District has the perfect formula to begin this movement. I am very confident we can be a National example in very short order.The base for this Movement are the principles we all know and respect:1. Liberty – Our Freedom as Americans is our single most important Principle. To say and do what we want as Law Abiding Citizens is our one true entitlement. The rest we earn. Being Personally Responsible for our actions is the bedrock of our Nation. The Government’s role is to simply protect law abiding Citizens.2. The Rule of Law – At the State Level we have seen our Executive Branch (Governor’s Office) promulgate and support decisions which undermine our legal system, escalate bureaucratically driven regulations, and completely supplant legislative prerogatives. This must be curtailed and will start at the local level; where communities will stand up for the Rule of Law and, through appropriate Leadership, remain steadfast in our resolve. This does not take Membership in a Political Party, this takes Patriotism and Leadership.3. Stewardship! ALL Elected Officials and Government Employees need to be cognizant of who they work or and who pays their bills. Nobody should be able to enter into any legislative body as a means to make millions of dollars via insider trading, or continue the shameless practice of pork barrel spending for the single purpose of “Buying Votes”. Being a good Steward of the tax dollar means nothing short of balancing the “Checkbook” and keep the government moving forward.4. Smaller and more Local Government – Our State Government is simply too big and continues to intrude in far too much of our civil and personal lives. Sacramento’s size and reach must be reduced. Our Great State should only invest/re-invest with the powers and responsibilities that were designed into our system of government by our Founding Fathers. Our state would make great gains in Legislative Health if only there were focus on the 10th Amendment as a Supporting Arm, not something to blatantly ignore.5. Keeping Californian’s Safe – In the past this responsibility rested solely on the shoulders of our State Government, First Responders, and (when absolutely necessary), our State Militia (National Guard). An engaged Citizenry who embraces the sacrifices of our 1st responders with a keen appreciation for the Rule of Law will be the “Force Multipliers” absolutely necessary to keep our communities safe.Never before in history was such a re-invigoration ever led from the Top-down we have a district of balance unlike most others Nationwide and will work directly from the bottom up to success. Using our principles as an immovable force to rally around we can collectively move ahead as Americans not laced in “Political Correctness” or “Diversity” but as united creating an example our entire Nation can learn from.I need your support in this crucial endeavor and I’m writing to you, a journalist that desires truth and a positive outlook to report on for a change.Very Respectfully,Larry A. Wilske Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Larry Wilske FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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Mayor Catherine Blakespear of Encinitas discusses projects happening around the city

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- From transportation improvements, to making granny flats easier to build, there is a ton of things happening in Encinitas. Mayor Catherine Blakespear of Encinitas joined the show this morning to talk more about what’s going on around town. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: May 19, 2019 May 19, 2019 Mayor Catherine Blakespear of Encinitas discusses projects happening around the city Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

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BP Conducting Massive 3D Seismic Survey At Prudhoe Bay

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This year, BP plans to complete a 3D seismic survey of the Prudhoe Bay operating area. The survey will provide high seismic coverage to support new drilling and well work, and BP hopes that it will help further prolong the life of the field. Today BP operates the entire Prudhoe Bay field, which produced an average of more than 280,000 barrels of oil per day in 2017, accounting for more than half the state’s total oil production. BP plans to go over 470 square miles with a “fine-toothed comb”. BP Alaska President Janet Weiss: “Now we must continue to evolve and adapt, using new strategies and technologies to become even more efficient. The past few years demonstrate that, with the right mix of investment and innovation — encouraged by sound public policy — we can create a positive future.”  According to BP, the 3-D seismic survey is part of the effort to keep the oil field alive for decades to come.center_img Since Prudhoe Bay began production in 1977, it has generated 13 billion barrels of oil, exceeding initial projections of 9.6 billion barrels. The survey will be conducted between January 1 and May 31. The survey area lies mainly within the Prudhoe Bay Unit with a western boundary near the Kuparuk Operations Center continuing east to the Sagavanirktok River.last_img read more

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Bikini Kill Announce Two Additional Reunion Shows In Response To Ticket Issues

first_img Facebook Twitter News Email Bikini Kill Add Two More Reunion Shows In LA & NYC bikini-kill-announce-two-additional-reunion-shows-response-ticket-issues Bikini Kill Announce Two Additional Reunion Shows In Response To Ticket Issues After many fans experienced frustration with ticket scarcity, the seminal ’90s punk band have added more dates to their highly anticipated reunion tourNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jan 23, 2019 – 12:06 pm Your chances of catching the Bikini Kill reunion live just improved. The influential Riot Grrrl band have announced a third show in Los Angles on May 2 at the Palladium and New York on June 5 at Kings Theatre.Popular demand and unfortunate ticket sales issues propelled the addition of these new dates, as most of the first four shows announced sold out almost instantly due to credit card-specific presale that enabled rampant and nefarious scalping, driving secondary market ticket prices through the roof. The band addressed the matter on their website.”Hi everyone, we wanted to apologize to anyone who had a bad experience trying to get tickets to our upcoming shows,” the site reads. “We weren’t aware of the pre-sale for people with a certain credit card in NY until it was too late and that will not happen in the future. Also as soon as we realized there were problems we tried to put as many obstacles in front of scalpers as we could and are trying to figure out a better solution going forward. Thanks for all the interest and support of these shows – it is beyond anything we expected and we are excited to play for you!”Brooklyn Vegan was quick to point out that the apology may contain some hopeful hints for fans, saying, “The really good news is here is that the phrases ‘will not happen in the future’ and “better solution going forward” seem to imply more reunion shows are on the way! Let’s hope.”Tickets for the newly announced dates go on sale Friday Jan. 25 at noon PST via Live Nation.Legendary Riot Grrl Band Bikini Kill Reunite, Announce TourRead morelast_img read more

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