Four motorists clocked speeding in Donegal

first_img Google+ Google+ Homepage BannerNews Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Four motorists clocked speeding in Donegal Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Four drivers have been clocked speeding in Donegal over the weekend. Gardai in Buncrana clocked a motorist driving at almost 90km in a 50 zone while three motorists were caught driving in excess of the 100km in the Letterkenny area.The three were driving at 134km, 127km and 126km respectively.Gardai are reminding people that speeding kills and to slow down. Pinterest Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th center_img Twitter WhatsApp Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By News Highland – April 6, 2021 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleFurther calls for pop-up testing centres in DonegalNext articleWeekend break-in while Mass underway at Cathedral News Highland DL Debate – 24/05/21 Twitterlast_img read more

Indy 500 rescheduled to August 23

first_imgSPEEDWAY – The 104th running of the Indianapolis 500 has been rescheduled to August 23 due to the ongoing health crisis.Tickets purchased for the originally scheduled race date are automatically valid for the newly scheduled race date. Please retain them for use in August. The updated IMS schedule, including a new date for the GMR Grand Prix, can be viewed by visiting“We’re confident we can deliver a world-class experience in August and are already working to do so. Making this announcement now gives everyone ample time to adjust and prepare for the new date. The new schedule will include many of the on-track activities that make the lead-up to the “500” so special. Fast Friday, Qualifying, Carb Day’s Pit Stop Competition and the Freedom 100 Indy Lights race will all take place, beginning with the first day of NTT INDYCAR SERIES practice on Wednesday, Aug. 12,” according to the press release.last_img read more

June 28 Event to Open Trail System at Darlin Creek Preserve

first_imgFacebook22Tweet0Pin1Submitted by Capitol Land TrustCapitol Land Trust (CLT) invites the public to the grand opening of the trail system at Darlin Creek Preserve near Capitol State Forest. Tours of the property will be offered, highlighting restoration projects and trail improvements. Guests can also explore the 3-mile trail network on their own. Those wishing to bring a picnic and a blanket are welcome to visit with friends next to Lake Lucinda on this summer evening.Date: Thursday, June 28, 2018Time: 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., remarks at 5:45 p.m., tours starting at 6:00 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.Location: Darlin Creek Preserve, 8910 Lake Lucinda Dr. SW, Olympia, WA 98512A Long-Treasured Forest all Spruced upIn 2016, Capitol Land Trust (CLT) purchased the Darlin Creek Preserve from Aloha Lumber, ensuring the protection of a long-treasured forest and wetland enjoyed by nearby communities. The preserve spans over 300 acres and Darlin and Pants creeks run through the property before draining into the Black River. The creeks support important spawning and rearing habitat and migration corridors for healthy runs of steelhead, cutthroat, coho, and Chinook salmon. Beaver ponds scattered throughout the property contribute to the habitat complexity of the site and help regulate water flow through a 100-acre wetland complex.Since purchasing the property, CLT has embarked on restoration efforts there, including the replacement of a two fish blocking culverts, made possible by funding from the Washington Coast Restoration Initiative through the Washington State Recreation and Conservation Office. CLT has also partnered with Native Plant Salvage Foundation to remove invasive species and plant native plants. Visitors to the grand opening of the preserve on June 28th will have the opportunity to take a tour to the new bridge over Darlin Creek and learn about the restoration work taking place on the property.The trails on the preserve have also been enhanced over the last year with the help of Washington Trails Association (WTA). They decommissioned some poorly placed trails and constructed connector trails, resulting in a system that includes two loops that give hikers opportunities for bird watching over two beaver ponds.Darlin Creek Preserve is now open to the public for hiking and wildlife viewing, daily from dawn to dusk. To learn more about visiting CLT’s preserves, please visit: Land TrustAt Capitol Land Trust, we envision a future for southwest Washington where people, animals, and natural habitats thrive because the community — private citizens, businesses, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies — has invested in conservation of our natural places and resources.Our goal is to ensure that our region is a place with clean water to drink and clean air to breathe; a place with healthy populations of native fish and wildlife; a place where the economy is robust, sustainable, and stronger because people want to live and work here; a place where the natural environment inspires curiosity and hope for the people who live here.last_img read more

What Can Science Really Know?

first_imgTwo book reviews on philosophy of science appeared in the leading general-science journals Nature and Science last week.  Both of them downplayed the oft-told triumphalist portrayal of science as a progressive path toward infallible knowledge – the picture most students get in school.    In Nature,1 N. David Mermin (Cornell) gave a surprising reprimand to an icon of triumphalist science: Alan Sokal (see 06/03/2008 commentary).  Sokal’s famous hoax against the postmodern deconstructionists in 1996 embarrassed them soundly and signalled the approaching end of the Science Wars of the 1990s.2  Sokal emerged as a champion of scientific realism.  His bold trick made him a darling of the scientific establishment.  The hoax’s value as a victory for scientific claims to epistemic superiority is debatable, though.  Some viewed it more as a boyish taunt than a serious conflict over ideas.  Among them is the reviewer of Sokal’s new collection of essays, Beyond the Hoax: Science, Philosophy, and Culture (Oxford, 2008).  Mermin, a physicist and colleague of Sokal, did not have much good to say about this book.  He considered Sokal’s treatment of critics of the triumphalist spirit of science as ill-informed, dismissive and shallow.  He found much to agree on, “But Sokal’s unwillingness to expand his frame of reference to accommodate legitimately different points of view undermines his effectiveness as a scourge of genuine rubbish,” he concluded.  “I would like to think that we are not only beyond Sokal’s hoax, but beyond the science wars themselves.  This book might be a small step backwards.”    In Science,3 Kim Sterelny (philosophy program, Australian National University and Victoria University of Wellington) reviewed William C. Wimsatt’s essay compendium, Re-Engineering Philosophy for Limited Beings: Piecewise Approximations to Reality (Harvard, 2007).  Wimsatt, whom Sterelny considers “among the most creative, original, and empirically informed philosophers of our day,” dealt with the problem of finite humans trying to form idealized conceptions of natural phenomena that are too complex to grasp in their entirety.  These idealizations are heuristic devices.  Scientists believe by faith they can be refined with further research and become better approximations to reality.  In turn, higher-order complex phenomena can then be reduced in terms of their simpler components: i.e., biology reduces to chemistry, which reduces to physics.  Scientific explanation becomes organized into hierarchical domains of increasing complexity.  So much for the triumphal picture:It is common ground between Wimsatt and his targets that these ideas about science are idealizations, perhaps even extreme ones.  But Wimsatt argues that they are unhelpful idealizations.  For they idealize away from what we most need to explain: the cognitive success of limited beings.  Treating science as ideally rational is like a developmental biologist using preformationism to model development: the subject matter of the discipline has been idealized away.Wimsatt respects the success of science but understands that causes and effects are not simple.  There exists a “causal thicket” because elements at one level are not always influenced by adjacent levels.  If you understand the chemistry of the atomic bonds in DNA, for instance, how much do you really understand DNA translation?The world is messy.  We are fallible and bounded.  Yet science progresses with great reliability.  Wimsatt’s conception of science is organized around these three facts.  Like science itself, his account is partial and incomplete, an approximation organized around the idea of a heuristic.  Many questions are left open, and much could be challenged.Perhaps one question that arises immediately is how a messy, heuristic approach to epistemology could yield reliable knowledge.  In a new lecture series on the solar system,4 professor Frank Summers (Southwest Research Institute) stated openly that concordance with reality is not important in science.  If a theory has good explanatory power and makes good predictions, that’s what matters.  With that in mind, he had surprisingly good things to say about Ptolemy’s earth-centered model of the solar system.  It explained complex motions in terms of simple geometrical shapes, and helped its users make predictions to sufficient accuracy for 1500 years – hardly an achievement to sneeze it, whether or not the model corresponded to the way things “really are.”1.  N. David Mermin, “Science wars revisited,” Nature 454, 276-277 (17 July 2008) | doi:10.1038/454276a.2.  The Sokal Hoax episode is discussed at length in a lecture series by the Teaching Company, “Science Wars: What Scientists Know and How They Know It” by Steven L Goldman, Lehigh University.3.  Kim Sterelny, “Philosophy of Science: Addressing Complexity,” Science, 18 July 2008: Vol. 321. no. 5887, p. 344, DOI: 10.1126/science.1156895.4.  Frank Summers, New Frontiers: Modern Perspectives on Our Solar System, The Teaching Company, 2008.As these book reviews show, it’s overdue to dispense with the triumphalist, progressivist view of science.  None of these factors guarantee science has a grip on truth: (1) it gets a lot of money, (2) a lot of smart people practice it, (3), it appears to be successful, (4) the textbooks portray it as victorious over superstition, (5) it wins Nobel Prizes, (6) it has a “scientific method” (whatever that is), (7) geeks major in it at school, (8) it’s hard and uses a lot of math, (9) it explains things, (10) it uses a peer review system, (11) it has big organizations and publishes impressive journals, or (12) it owns lots of big buildings and museums.    Clearly science seems “on to something” because of its practical successes in medicine, electronics and the space program, but even then, how much of the success is due to trial and error?  How much is due to practical engineering?  How much do we assume is true simply because it works according to the best theories of the day?  One only need look at history to see many examples of practical success using theories we now believe are wrong.    The “hard sciences” like physics and chemistry arguably have the best case to make.  They give us practical benefits like lasers, computers and robotic spacecraft that arrive at distant planets on schedule.  But arriving at Saturn and taking pictures of its rings is different from explaining how Saturn got there in the first place.  Even physics gets pretty far out when it comes to the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum mechanics, or the many-worlds interpretation, or cosmology.  How much more the storytelling that goes on in psychology and evolutionary biology and uniformitarian geology?  It’s not beyond belief to foresee today’s leading theories being tomorrow’s pseudosciences.Look at how many of science’s claims to epistemic priority have been undermined by philosophers of science:There is no one scientific method.Even if there were a scientific method, exercising a method cannot be done without making assumptions and judgments.There are no demarcation criteria between science and pseudoscience that can reliably keep the good stuff in (physics) and the bad stuff out (e.g., astrology).Scientific discovery follows no rules: it can come from hard work, tacit knowledge, accident, or even dreams.Scientific hypothesis-making follows no rules.  Few scientists arrive at a hypothesis out of raw data without some hunch or intuition of what to look for.  Many scientists have their hypothesis before looking at any evidence at all.Scientific explanations are fraught with logical pitfalls.  Reducing a complex phenomenon into simple principles runs the risk, for instance, of “explaining away” the very thing to be explained. Induction is subject to serious criticism.  It begs the question that patterns in past experience will continue in the future.Prediction is no reliable guide to good science.  Astrologers and other pseudoscientists often succeed at predictions.  Predictive success runs the risk of affirming the consequent: a logical fallacy.  That’s why Karl Popper denied predictive success has any role in scientific justification.Falsification rarely succeeds in overcoming a paradigm’s web of belief.Scientific reasoning may differ in diligence but not in substance from other kinds of reasoning.The requirement for natural laws is fraught with pitfalls.  Are laws descriptive or normative?  Statements that sound like laws may be nothing more than accidental generalizations.  Laws also make claims that far outrun experience; on what basis can they be justified?  Should natural laws be permitted that have zero instances?  Newton’s did – e.g., “A body in motion acted on by no external forces will continue in a straight line forever.”  Some legitimate sciences, like biology, employ few natural laws, and the ones they do employ are often plagued by exceptions.Science is a vague term with wannabees trying to latch onto the prestige of the word.  Where does one draw the line?  At social science?  political science?  economics?  Christian Science?  Scientology?  The speculations even within a “hard science” like physics are arguably just as unproveable as those of a “soft science” like psychology.What are you left with?  “What works for our needs right now.”  We call something scientific if it gives us some nice feelings with its explanations, allows us to make useful predictions, or gives us some practical control over the world.  Its grip on reality or truth is tenuous at best.    Once we get past triumphalist science, we should take a more informed look at other avenues of human knowledge.  History and the humanities might want to re-assert some of their claims in the marketplace of ideas.  Likewise, philosophy and theology have been footstools of imperial science for too long.  Provided that scholars in other fields apply sound principles of reason, use thorough research methods, interact where theories are analyzed and different points of view are considered, and build on prior knowledge, are their methods really so different from those of science?  Aren’t these good practices for any kind of research?    At the end of the 19th century, science was king.  Two world wars later, and a century of revolutions in philosophy of science later (with no clear winners), it’s time to re-evaluate science’s claims to special epistemic status and cultural priority.  Take another look at that quote by Dr. Daniel Robinson at the top right of this page.(Visited 16 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Take another look at BPO – Investment mission to the USA

first_imgAccording to one of the delegates, Mr. Brian Whittaker, CEO of Business Trust, “South Africa’s strengths in the BPO sector play to the US’s needs. South Africa offers a high quality, value-based destination for offshoring business processes, in a stable investment environment supported by world class infrastructure.”Another delegate, Mr. Mfanu Mfeyela, the CEO of BPeSA (Business Process enabling South Africa – previously SACCCOM) agrees “Our message to investors is that South Africa provides value for money. So we benchmark our delivery and quality against Europe, not against cost base locations.” He notes that “The US accounts for more than 60% of globally offshored business, and as such it’s very important to South Africa as we position ourselves as a preferred offshore location.”The BPO delegation is promoting South Africa as an investment destination by emphasising three key messages:South Africa offers superior quality combined with high savings potential: Setting up a 1 000 seat centre would provide a saving of over 55% compared to a US operation. As an indication of quality, 95% of first time calls are resolved in South Africa. In contrast, the figure from India is 66%.South Africa has a vibrant industry serving local and offshore customers. Currently approximately 70 service providers serve local and offshore customers – a service that’s supported by excellent business ethics and cultural affinity with the US.Public sector commitment to developing BPO, which includes a five year development programme to enable stakeholders in the public and private sectors to work together to grow South Africa as a preferred BPO location. Initiatives in the programme include incentives and strategic marketing.Says Keryn House, CEO of ContactinGauteng, the Gauteng regional industry representative organisation, “The growth that we are witnessing in the BPO sector is very encouraging and is a real indication that we have the local capacity and capability to accommodate large outsource contracts by international companies located in the US.”In addition to promoting the BPO sector, the public-private sector mission will visit New York, Chicago and Detroit to promote investment in the ICT, biotechnology, automotive and financial services sectors.Iqbal Sharma, Chief Director, International Trade at DTI, who is accompanying the delegation, says that these five sectors were chosen “because that’s where we think the quickest bites will be.”Says Margaret Dingalo, Stakeholder Relations Director at the International Marketing Council of South Africa (which has partnered with the DTI to host this Mission) “The global BPO sector looks set to grow by 50% a year over the next 5 years. Our US investment drive showcases the boundless possibilities available to investors in South Africa. We believe that such initiatives will help achieve South Africa’s 6% growth target, as well as enhance our tourism, trade and investment prospects ahead of 2010.”Itinerary and additional informationThe South African delegation will be in the USA from 17-23 March during which time it will visit New York, Detroit and Chicago.A seminar entitled ‘Outsourcing to South Africa’ is taking place on 19 March in New York. Speakers include the Minister of Trade and Industry Mr. Mandisi Mpahlwa – Keynote address; Dr. Raymond Ngcobo, Chief Director at DTI – South Africa’s BPO value proposition; Mr. Mfanu Mfeyela, CEO of BPeSA – Achieving excellence through quality assurance in the BPO industry and Mr. John Joseph, Executive Product Manager at Telkom – South Africa’s Telecommunications Environment. Three case studies will also be presented – Dimension Data (by Director, Mr. Martin Dove); Direct Channel (by CEO, Mr. Suleman Shaik) and Business Connexion (by Director, Mr. Sydney Ramutla).Some BPO delegates are going to the Gartner Outsourcing Summit in Dallas, Texas from 20 to 21 March, where they’ll have the opportunity to network with global outsourcing players.The BPO sector in South Africa is well established across a number of vertical industries, yet is rapidly expanding to accommodate increasing interest in outsourcing. Most BPO hubs are located in the urban centres of Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. The City of Johannesburg in the province of Gauteng has the highest number of call centres at more than 360 employing some 35000 call centre agents in outsourced and captive (in-house) call centres in ICT, financial services, banking, tourism, hospitality and business-to-business. Over the past two years the industry has shown significant growth, with some call centres having doubled capacity through the creation of some 2000 new jobs. Back office administration, document processing, and logistics management centres have also increased, with the emergence of several new entrants in the market.Government has earmarked R1bn in investment incentives over the next five years to lure international business services to South Africa. The plan, which was launched by Trade and Industry Minister, Mr. Mandisi Mpahlwa in Pretoria yesterday, is expected to translate into 100 000 new jobs by 2009 and attract about $175m in foreign direct investment.Organisations that are part of the delegation include: Accenture, BizWorks, Business Connexion, Business Process enabling South Africa (previously SACCCOM), Business Trust, Calling the Cape, City of Johannesburg, ContactInGauteng, Deloitte, Dialogue, Digital IQ, Dimension Data, Direct Channel Holdings, Direct Marketing Association of South Africa, Emmanuels, Fastcomm, IBM, I-Fundi Customer Solutions, INFORCOMM, IT-Consortium, Kelly, KZNonSource, Matlejoane Staffing Services, NAPS, Paladin Consulting, People Solutions, Phillips Consulting, Quest Flexible Staffing Solutions, SA Call Centre Solutions, SPM Direct, State Information Technology Agency, Telkom and Total Relationship Management.EndsIssued by: Meropa CommunicationsOn behalf of the Department of Trade and Industry and the International Marketing Council of South AfricaEnquiriesFor more information about the mission, or to schedule interviews, please contact:Claire Taylor or Pamela Dlamini: Meropa CommunicationsTelephone: 011 772 1000, Email: Claire Taylor or Pamela Dlaminilast_img read more

For the Future Lady with a purpose

first_imgShireen Ramjoo (pictured above) believes that girls must look beyond their struggles to be the women they want to be; her website, For the Future Lady, offers the career and educational guidance they need to get there (images: Bhekumuzi Mdakane)“I always felt my teenage years were lost; when other teenagers were experiencing things and finding out more about themselves, I was saddled with a baby and a family to take care of. Today I think of things differently. I have come to realise that God never gives anyone anything they cannot handle, no matter how unfortunate the situation might seem,” says Shireen Ramjoo (31), founder of For the Future Lady.Ramjoo established For the Future Lady in February 2014, to help young women remember their dreams and look beyond their current struggles.“When you are at a place where you realise that you are one with the universe, one with every other living organism within it, you suddenly see the beauty that you did not see before you … what I have learnt is that a person will start to accept who they are and let go of any hurt, anger and negative feelings … through a spiritual awakening,” she says.“The person will suddenly start seeing the world in a different way and their previous views and opinions may change drastically.”CAREER GUIDANCE AND DAILY INSPIRATIONRamjoo says she has “interviewed a large number of people … and realised that not everyone knows how to construct a good-looking resume”.She adds, “I have noticed that at times not everyone knows of the options available for them to secure their funding for university as some come from a poor background and other families are just not well informed of how to go about it.”These insights are the main drivers behind For the Future Lady, which is an “online inspirational youth development hub”. It provides information on career options; finding a dream job; composing resumes; and interview preparation. It links to job vacancies, internships and apprenticeships, and provides information on funding for tertiary education, as Ramjoo believes education can help young girls look beyond their current struggles and work towards being the women they want to be.EVERYONE HAS A STORYHer website provides information on career options; finding a dream job; composing resumes; and interview preparation and also links to job vacancies, internships and apprenticeshipsBorn in Dundee in KwaZulu-Natal, Ramjoo says she “always felt like she had a bigger or higher purpose”.On moving to Johannesburg in 2001, she says, “I was on a high; my time had come, what more could I have asked for. What I thought freedom was back then is not what I know now. From a small town to the big city, I felt as if I had arrived and my dreams were only a step away. Anxious, enthusiastic and excited about what life had to offer, I can recall how naïve I was.”After moving to Johannesburg in 2001, Ramjoo found she was pregnant in September 2001; she went back to Dundee to have her baby, and returned to Johannesburg in 2002 to further her studies. She says, “I loved that I always had that fighting spirit and somehow knew that I had immense courage.“We all walk different paths; we all have stories to tell; we walk amongst ordinary heroes and heroines in our societies. It really does not matter where you come from, it’s where you see your life going to that’s important.”She concludes, “I could have chosen to allow life’s challenges to set me back, but I used it as a motivator to propel me forward. When you realise that every day is an opportunity to allow for growth within yourself, no matter what challenges life presents to you, you will know that you are bigger than that. I did it and so can you.”For more information visit Shireen Ramjoo or email [email protected]last_img read more

PH triathletes dominate SEA Games tilt in impressive showing

first_imgUPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Read Next “I think in running I really pulled away,” said the 25-year-old Mangrobang, a former fashion design student who is now full-time triathlete.She clocked 2:11:14, while Adorna, the 2015 champion, finished in 2:18:58. Adorna is reportedly nursing a injury but her time was enough to beat out Irene Chong of Malaysia who timed 2:25:44. MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES Belga keeps his emotions in check, helps Rain or Shine win over TNT Huelgas, the 2015 edition champion, trailed for a few seconds Clement Cheng Ren of Singapore who was first out of water. Chicano was full minute behind them.But by the cycling and running phase, the two Filipino male runners were all by themselves around Water Sports Center in Presint 6 in Putrajaya.READ: PH bets also snatch gold, silver in women’s triathlonHuelgas finished in one hour, 59 minutes and two seconds, while Chicano turned in a time of 2:01:27. Ren checked in one full minute after Chicano did.The same story in women’s when Mangrobang even overlapped the fourth placer in the running phase which went through four loops.ADVERTISEMENT It was dominating performance by the Philippine team, surpassing its showing Singapore two years ago when Huelgas and Adorna won the gold and Mangrobang silver.READ: Philippines claims gold, silver in men’s triathlonFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We came here confident that we can win, because all of this is part of our long-term program that will culminate in the Tokyo 2020,” said Triathlon Association of the Philippines secretary general Tom Carrasco.“If you look at the split times, you will see that they beat the third places by a big margin,” he added. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Nikko Huelgas and John Chicano. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines’ overwhelming, propulsive force toward triathlon glory came from a long, painstaking program.Nikko Huelgas and Marion Kim Mangrobang copped the golds in Southeast Asian Games men’s and women’s event Monday while teammates John Leerams Chicano and Ma. Claire Adorna took the silver medals.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

14 days agoRed Bull Salzburg hotshot Haaland now Man Utd priority target

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Red Bull Salzburg hotshot Haaland now Man Utd priority targetby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRed Bull Salzburg hotshot Erling Haaland is now Manchester United’s priority target for 2020.AS says United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has made the teenager his top target ahead of next season. However United will face a battle with Madrid, who are also believed to be keen on bringing him to the Bernabeu.It is claimed that Haaland ‘fits like a glove’ as Madrid are keen on finding a long-term replacement for Karim Benzema, who turns 31 in December.The 19-year-old has scored a remarkable 18 goals in 11 appearances this season, and after a recent illness, he climbed off the bench to notch Salzburg’s equaliser in this month’s Champions League clash with Liverpool at Anfield, which the Reds ultimately went on to win 4-3. last_img read more

Video: Mike Davis’ Family Goes Nuts After He Gets Call From San Francisco 49ers

first_imgMike Davis on the phone with the 49ers on draft day.Mike Davis NFL Phone CallFormer South Carolina running back Mike Davis is off to San Francisco to become the newest member of the 49ers’ backfield. Davis was taken in the fourth round of this past weekend’s draft as the 125th pick overall. When he received the call from the team, his family, as you’ll see below, was beyond excited. Verizon captured the moment and put it on YouTube – check it out:Davis should help fill a void, now that longtime 49er Frank Gore is gone. Davis is also excited about getting to watch Golden State Warriors guard Steph Curry play in person, for what it’s worth. oh man i get to see @StephenCurry30 play now !!!— IG MikeDavisRB (@MikeDavisRB) May 4, 2015In his three years at South Carolina, Davis racked up over 2,400 yards and 22 touchdowns.last_img read more

Keystone pipeline ruling expected to help further reduce heavy oil discount

first_imgCALGARY – A regulator’s lifting of pressure restrictions on the Keystone oil pipeline in the United States earlier this week is expected to help reduce discounts being paid for Western Canadian heavy crude.Matthew John, spokesman for Calgary-based pipeline owner TransCanada Corp., says the order was limited to a small part of the pipeline following a leak in November in South Dakota and therefore the company doesn’t expect big increases in volume.He says he can’t be specific because the numbers are commercially sensitive.Still, analyst Nick Lupick of AltaCorp Capital says the decision will help reduce a glut of oil that has overwhelmed pipeline access to export markets and contributed to wider differences between bitumen-blend Western Canadian Select and West Texas Intermediate.Lupick says a bigger influence on the recent narrowing of the WCS-WTI differential to about US$17 from highs of about US$30 per barrel in the first quarter has been a series of maintenance shutdowns at oilsands producing facilities which have reduced production.The lower prices led to Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. and Cenovus Energy Inc. producing less heavy oil in the first quarter, while Husky Energy Inc. started buying heavy oil for use in its refineries because it was less expensive than producing its own oil.Companies in this story: (TSX:TRP, TSX:CNQ, TSX:CVE, TSX:HSE)last_img read more