If youre buying Trans Mountain wheres your backing for Energy East Raitt

first_imgOTTAWA – If Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is willing to go to the wall to save the Trans Mountain pipeline and get oil to Canada’s west coast, federal Conservatives say he should be equally willing to do the same to revive a pipeline that would have brought oil to Canada’s east coast.And at least one Liberal backbencher is echoing that sentiment.A day after Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced the federal government has made a $4.5-billion offer to buy Trans Mountain from Kinder Morgan and will build the expansion to the pipeline itself in order to overcome political opposition in B.C., Conservative Deputy Leader Lisa Raitt questioned Wednesday why Trudeau wasn’t putting up the same fight to save Energy East.“Will the Prime Minister promise to enter into negotiations to provide the same level of certainty for Energy East?” she asked.Energy East, which would have converted a natural gas pipeline to oil and extended it all the way to New Brunswick, was cancelled last fall when TransCanada decided conditions had changed, including new federal regulations and lower oil prices.The Conservatives were not alone in their thinking. Saint John, N.B., Mayor Don Darling also took to Twitter to wonder “where was this support for Energy East.”For his part, Trudeau rejected the idea, accusing the Conservatives of raising “old news” because they were embarrassed that they couldn’t get pipelines built when they were in government. However the questions raise a possible vulnerability for the Liberals in Atlantic Canada, a region where the party won all 32 seats in the last election.New Brunswick Liberal MP Wayne Long said that while he’s thrilled with the Trans Mountain decision, he’d like Trudeau to take another look at Energy East.“I’m simply asking my government to take a look at TransCanada, Energy East, and see if maybe the parties of TransCanada, our government could get together and find a way to revisit, reboot, restart a process that could lead to Energy East coming to Saint John, New Brunswick, my riding,” he said.In a speech to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Morneau warned that the Kinder Morgan deal does not set a new precedent for other projects.“What I would say is that this decision today was exceptional. We are in a situation where we’re putting forth a decision to make something happen in an exceptional way for a project that, let’s acknowledge, is pretty unique.”Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer vowed to make reviving Energy East a campaign issue and said he wouldn’t put $4.5 billion on the table to get it done.“I believe the Liberals would like people to believe (buying) was the only way to get the pipeline built but I think more and more Canadians are realizing that the fact that it’s being nationalized is a result of other things that could have been avoided if this government had made different decisions,” Scheer said.If the government had reinforced federal authority for pipelines through the courts and in legislation as soon as B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan became premier last year, Scheer said that would have prevented Horgan from introducing the uncertainty that ultimately led to Kinder Morgan’s nervousness that the project would never come to fruition. Instead, he said Trudeau did nothing to fast-track any constitutional references and never introduced legislation to “entrench and enshrine federal jurisdiction.”Horgan’s court reference — to see if B.C. has the constitutional authority to pass a regulation to limit flows of diluted bitumen in the new pipeline pending additional scientific research on how to clean it up a potential spill — spooked Kinder Morgan investors. The Constitution gives Ottawa jurisdiction over pipelines and many legal experts believe Horgan’s regulation won’t pass judicial scrutiny, but the company nevertheless halted non-essential spending on the project in early April and demanded Ottawa prove there was certainty to move forward by the end of this month.Morneau said this week the only way to provide 100 per cent certainty was for Ottawa to buy the pipeline, build the expansion itself and then sell the whole thing back to the private sector when it made financial sense later. He said federal ownership will shield the project from B.C. political hijinks.However Toronto energy lawyer Ian Blue said ownership doesn’t change the fact that the Constitution clearly gives authority for pipelines to Ottawa and the Supreme Court has upheld the law to prevent provinces from doing anything that would “neutralize its essential function.”In other words, Horgan’s regulation would be unconstitutional no matter who owns the pipeline, said Blue.The biggest question now, he said, is what Trudeau will do about the expected crush of protests. Thus far the government has only said it will respect the democratic right to protest.More than 200 protesters — including NDP MP Kennedy Stewart and Green Party Leader Elizabeth May — have already been arrested for violating a court-ordered injunction to stay a certain distance away from Kinder Morgan’s marine terminal in Burnaby, B.C. Many more protests are expected as anger at the government’s pipeline purchase exploded this week.NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh said he has not instructed any other MPs in his caucus about how to participate in protests and said he understands the frustration and anger of people who felt the Trudeau government promised to protect the environment, not build more pipelines.“I’m absolutely not condemning it,” he said. “I’m saying I understand that people use non-violent civil disobedience. People use protests as a way to express their frustration and I understand that.”__ with files from Lauren Krugel in Calgarylast_img read more

Mamata slams UP CM for calling Indian Army Modi ji ki sena

first_imgHowrah (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee lashed out at her Uttar Pradesh counterpart Yogi Adityanath for reportedly referring to the Indian Army as “Modi ji ki sena”, saying it was an “insult” and humiliation for the force. Describing the Indian Army as the an asset of the nation, Banerjee said it belongs to the countrymen, and called upon the people to “stand up and reject” Adityanath’s statement. “It is shocking to hear the UP CM saying that the Indian Army is the ‘Modi Sena’. Such blatant personalisation and usurping of our beloved Indian Army is an insult and a humiliation,” the Trinamool Congress supremo tweeted. “We are proud of our Army. They belong to all. They are a great asset of our nation, and not a cassette of the BJP. People of this country must stand up and reject this statement,” she said.last_img read more

Champion sprinter Usain Bolt kicks off long run to save the planet

30 October 2009Jamaican sprinter and Olympic champion Usain Bolt today launched the Long Run Initiative aimed at supporting global ecotourism projects, which the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says are vital for conserving natural and cultural heritage. Jamaican sprinter and Olympic champion Usain Bolt today launched the Long Run Initiative aimed at supporting global ecotourism projects, which the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) says are vital for conserving natural and cultural heritage.“Although I am known for running short distances, I want to inspire others to join me in the long run. Anything worth doing is worth striving for and the future of our planet is the ultimate cause,” said Mr. Bolt, the Cultural Ambassador for the Zeitz Foundation, which sponsors the initiative. The pilot project of the initiative is a 50-acre solar and wind-powered conservancy in Kenya’s Rift Valley region with a negligible carbon footprint, according to a UNEP press release. It also plans to launch projects in Brazil, Tanzania, Costa Rica, Indonesia, New Zealand, Sweden and Namibia. Jochen Zeitz, founder of the Zeitz Foundation, said the main inspiration for the project was the 2009 film about the state of the planet, Home, by renowned French filmmaker and UNEP Goodwill Ambassador Yann Arthus-Bertrand.“The stunning depiction of the workings of the planet demonstrates that we can all make a contribution to a sustainable world,” he said.UNEP is particularly interested in ecotourism for its impact on conservation, sustainability, and biological diversity.The agency noted that ecotourism advances the basic goals of the Convention on Biological Diversity by strengthening protected area management and increasing the value of ecosystems and wildlife. It also offers a sustainable approach to conservation by helping generate income, jobs and business opportunities, benefiting businesses and local communities. read more

Teens arrested over theft

Two teens have been arrested for stealing two computers from an office in Murunkan, the police media unit said today.The police said that the teens, aged 17 and 18, had broken into the office operated by the Don Bosco center and stole two computers and some computer parts. The incident had taken place on Sunday night and the two suspects were arrested yesterday.Investigations revealed that the teens were residents of Mannar and Mullaitivu. The teens are to be produced in court today.

Government says no decision taken to make MR PM

Commenting on the outcome of the Local Government (LG) elections, Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that the Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP) led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa had secured just over 45 percent of the total votes and this was below the number of votes Rajapaksa got at the last Presidential elections. Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that he spoke to President Maithripala Sirisena and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe with regards to the outcome of the elections.He said that both the President and Prime Minister were ready to address any shortcomings and take the country forward. The cabinet spokesman further added that just because Rajapaksa feels he won the LG elections he cannot be made Prime Minister or call for an early General Election.He also insisted that the President and the Prime Minister have not taken any decision to make Rajapaksa the Prime Minister. (Colombo Gazette) The Government says no decision has been taken to make former President Mahinda Rajapaksa the Prime Minister.Cabinet spokesman Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that the Government will also not agree for an early General Election. Dr. Rajitha Senaratne said that the LG election results showed that most people voted against the SLPP and not for the SLPP. read more

Oakville doctor charged with sexual assault

Police have charged a 56-year-old Oakville doctor with sexual assault.Dr. Clarence Clottey is facing a charge of sexual assault after the Halton Regional Police Child Abuse and Sexual Assault Unit investigated an incident of historical sexual assault of an adult female patient.Police are asking anyone with information to contact Detective Constable Wendy Clayton at 905-465-8980 or anonymously through Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

Barrett takes flak over tweet

Local MPP Toby Barrett came under fire this week after posting a comment on social media connecting the D-Day invasion of Europe to the ongoing debate in Ontario over alcohol in corner stores.“With June 6th being the 75th anniversary of D-Day, I would like to say that we have the liberty to debate issues like beer in corner stores thanks to the sacrifice of thousands of brave Canadians who defended our freedom in battle,” the Twitter posting said Wednesday.Barrett began to catch flak soon after. Around 3 p.m. Wednesday, he removed the post and substituted the following:“It’s disappointing that people misconstrued my Tweet about having the liberty to debate issues big and small thanks to the sacrifices of our veterans,” Barrett said.Opposition MPPs made hay with Barrett’s comments right away.NDP MPP Monique Taylor reposted Barrett’s original tweet, calling it “shameful and disrespectful.”“This government’s obsession with beer is absurd,” Taylor said in a tweet of her own.Barrett’s tweet was also fodder for major talk-radio stations in Toronto both Wednesday and Thursday. A report at CBC.ca attracted more than 120 comments.Thursday, Barrett told the Reformer he withdrew his remark because it had become a political football. He said opposition MPPs were “purposefully” distorting his message.Barrett added the tweet also came down because it was becoming a “distraction.” He said the controversy was taking the focus off the storming of Europe 75 years ago and veterans today who carry on Canada’s military traditions.Barrett said he was attempting to reach back in history to demonstrate how the actions of Allied soldiers in Europe make possible today freedoms such as the opportunity to debate the idea of beer in corner stores. Barrett said he could easily have substituted any other issue on the Ford government agenda.“My goal was to pay tribute to our veterans within the context of the times,” he said.Barrett says he comes from “a military family” and – as such – he would be the last person to disparage veterans and what they stand for.Barrett’s late father Harry was a sailor with the Canadian navy during the Second World War. His grandfather Tobe Barrett enlisted as an officer and an instructor.On his mother’s side, Barrett’s grandfather Russell Browne served in the First World War along with three of Barrett’s uncles. Barrett himself was discharged as a gunner from the 56 Field Regiment in Simcoe.Reaction to Barrett’s message locally was mixed.Elaine Williams, president of the Royal Canadian Legion in Delhi, said the seven-term MPP should choose his words more carefully.“It’s degrading for the veterans,” Williams said Thursday. “You should think before you speak. And I do know Toby.”For his part, Rev. Bryan Robertson, president of the Royal Canadian Legion in Simcoe, is willing to cut Barrett some slack.“I would consider it unfortunate what took place,” Robertson said. “I’ve always found Toby to be supportive of Legion events. He comes to a lot of our functions.“It’s unfortunate that he connected the two events. But I’d be inclined to give him the benefit of the doubt.”MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Ohio State mens basketball team welcomes No 10 Virginia amid losing streak

OSU sophomore Keita Bates-Diop (33) takes a free throw in a game against Louisiana Tech on Nov. 24 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost 82-74. Credit: Maria Martello | Lantern PhotographerIn Ohio State coach Thad Matta’s head coaching career, he has stood on the sideline for 531 games.He has won 403 of those, while dropping 128. But in none of those 531 contests has his team had more losses than wins in the record column.That will change on Tuesday, as the Buckeyes (2-3) are set to welcome No. 10 Virginia (5-1) to the Schottenstein Center for a 7:30 p.m. matchup as part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.OSU’s season started off without any noteworthy results, grabbing 20-plus-point victories over a pair of unspectacular opponents. The wheels came off from there, however, as consecutive home losses to Texas-Arlington and Louisiana Tech dropped OSU to .500, before an overtime loss to Memphis in Miami gave Matta a losing record for the first time in his career.Sophomore forward Jae’Sean Tate said having a losing record comes as a shock when a player comes to a school like OSU, but the team has to keep its composure and keep getting back on track.“None of us expected to be 2-3, but we’ve just got to stay the course,” Tate said. “We have to learn how to grow, how to improve every week in practice.”Tate and fellow sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop each offered the same two culprits for the Buckeyes’ struggles: turnovers and poor free-throw shooting.“We’re not losing games by a lot. They’re close games. It’s just the turnovers, we have to cut back on those, and make our free throws,” Bates-Diop said. “We could be getting different questions right now if we’re doing that.”The Buckeyes are turning the ball over 16.2 times per game, ranking 323rd in the nation out of 346 qualifying Division I schools. Virginia, on the other hand, ranks second with just 7.5 turnovers per game.Matta said the praise for the Cavaliers’ efficiency lies with coach Tony Bennett, who is now in his seventh season in Charlottesville, Virginia.“I think Tony Bennett has done a tremendous job in terms of coming in and establishing that program … I don’t think Virginia gets the respect of other schools, but they’re as good as any of them, that’s for sure,” Matta said.For the Buckeyes, Tate said it is never easy to snap a losing streak, and the team is unlikely to get any help against a team like the Cavaliers. Still, he said the team is trying its hardest to keep its focus one game at a time.“Any loss will have an impact on your confidence, but coach is doing a great job telling us to stay the course,” Tate said. “Teams go through losses all the time, it’s just how you bounce back the next game.”A glance at the CavaliersVirginia comes into Tuesday night’s matchup 5-1, with the lone loss coming in a second-game hiccup at George Washington.While the quality of its other five opponents hasn’t been the strongest, Matta said he has been more than impressed with what he’s watched.“They’re as good of a basketball team as I’ve seen this year … They’re such a great blend of the positions, inside, outside,” Matta said. “It’s definitely a veteran basketball team that’s going to be a great challenge for us.”Virginia — which earned a No. 2 seed in the NCAA tournament a season ago but was ultimately upset by Michigan State in the Round of 32 — uses a balanced offensive attack rather than relying on a go-to scorer.Redshirt senior guard Malcolm Brogdon leads the team with 16.7 points per game. The 2014-15 AP All-American Second-Team recipient has also chipped in 4.5 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.The Cavaliers have shot exceptionally well this season, shooting the ball at a 51.7 percent clip from the field while holding opponents to 39.1 percent. Those marks rank 13th and 74th in the nation, respectively.“They’re a great defensive team,” Tate said. “They run a lot of offense through their post, so post defense will be really key. We’ve just got to execute and take care of the ball.”Up nextAfter the Cavaliers, the Buckeyes are set to resume action on Saturday against another school from the 10th state — Virginia Military Institute. Tip is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Report Doc Rivers Agrees To Deal To Coach Clippers

Doc Rivers will sign a three-year, $21 million contract to coach the Los Angeles Clippers, according to sources, ending Rivers’ outstanding run as the head man with the Boston Celtics and ushering a new level of hope for LA’s “other” team.The Clippers will send a 2015 first-round pick as compensation to the Celtics, who have agreed to release the coach from the three years, $21 million he has remaining on his deal with the club.Sources close to the process told ESPN that the Clippers believe the deal with Rivers will clinch Chris Paul’s signature on a new five-year max contract. Paul becomes an unrestricted free agent July 1.Contrary to previous reports, according to league and team sources, the Celtics have been complicit all along in assisting Rivers to make the switch from Boston to Los Angeles.Although Danny Ainge, the Celtics’ director of basketball operations, was initially irked that Rivers was lukewarm about returning to Boston, where a rebuilding process soon will be underway, team sources said he recognized the best way to accumulate the first-round draft picks he covets would be to relinquish his two most valued assets — Rivers and Kevin Garnett.Since then, he and Rivers have been working side by side to secure a deal that is best for both parties, sources said.Team sources confirmed Ainge also has been trying to secure a first-round pick for veteran Paul Pierce, who can be bought out by June 30 for $5 million. The Celtics have been unsuccessful thus far, leaving open the possibility they keep Pierce and his $15.3 million contract and attempt to deal him again at the trade deadline next winter, when teams historically look for veteran help and are willing to overpay.Celtics ownership, which blanched at the thought of paying a coach $7 million a season for a team that will not be in contention for a division title, never mind an NBA title, is also on board with Rivers’ departure, sources said.League and teams sources also confirmed that for now, any deal involving Garnett and the Clippers is on hold in light of Commissioner David Stern’s objections to the appearance that the KG deal (for DeAndre Jordan) and Rivers were related.One source with knowledge of the NBA told ESPN.com that the league does not intend to change its stance as expressed by Stern in multiple radio interviews Thursday, meaning that the league would view any subsequent trade agreement between the Celtics and Clippers involving Garnett to be part of the Rivers deal and thus in violation of league rules.Team sources also indicated that Rivers is frustrated with the perception that he was the driving force behind the push to go to the Clippers, or that he was unwilling to coach the Celtics if Pierce and Garnett were not going to be on the roster.“Doc never said any such thing,” a source close to the coach said. “He just wasn’t sure if he could rev himself up for years of rebuilding. He never issued any ultimatums about anyone.” read more

World Cup Crib Notes Day 14

In a day without marquee matchups in Brazil, the World Cup game that is most likely to feature two knockout-stage teams also projects to be the biggest blowout. France vs. Ecuador is the best of an uninspiring lineup. The match that could decide who advances in Group E will feature the tournament’s most-explosive offense.Argentina vs. Nigeria 12 p.m. EDTBosnia and Herzegovina  vs. Iran 12 p.m. EDTEcuador vs. France 4 p.m. EDTSwitzerland vs. Honduras 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFIN DEPTHFrance has been peppering opponents’ goals: It leads the tournament in per-match rates of goals and shots on target from within the area. Karim Benzema leads all players with nine such shots, a relentless performance that could earn him a big raise from Real Madrid to ward off other teams.France also played one of the easiest schedules of any team at the tournament. Its two opponents so far rank in the bottom 13 of the 32 World Cup sides in ESPN’s Soccer Power Index, and in the bottom eight in defensive rating. Ecuador is no defensive stalwart, ranking right at the tournament average, but Honduras and Switzerland make it look like a steel trap.Not much is at stake for France here: It has essentially clinched a spot in the knockout stage and has a 99.7 percent chance of winning the group, thanks to its mammoth lead in goal differential. Ecuador, though, has work to do. It’s level with Switzerland at three points, and though it has the edge in goal differential, it also has the tougher opponent Wednesday. If Switzerland wins, Ecuador will have to upset France to have a chance to advance.The early games include a matchup between the top two teams in Group F, Argentina and Nigeria. The harmonic mean of these two teams’ SPI is slightly higher than for France and Ecuador. But Argentina is so much better by SPI than Nigeria that the match also projects to be the day’s biggest blowout.A tie would be mutually beneficial for Argentina and Nigeria. Argentina would guarantee itself a spot atop the group; that’s especially valuable because it will face the runner-up in Group E, and that team will probably be much weaker than the winner, which almost definitely will be France. A tie would also mean Nigeria clinches second in the group, knocking out Iran.There is precedent for thinking that when two teams meeting in the last match of the group stage can both benefit from the same outcome, that outcome will happen. It happened in 1982, when West Germany beat Austria by a 1-0 score in a match that turned farcical in front of fans who called out “fix.” And it happened at the Euros in 2004, when the 2-2 draw Denmark and Sweden needed to advance and knock out Italy materialized. Two teams can arrive at a mutually desired outcome without any planning, simply by playing until they reach that score and not pushing hard afterward.Bettors haven’t taken into account the mutual incentive for an Argentina-Nigeria draw. The consensus probability of a draw on the betting sites whose odds are compiled by Oddschecker.com was 21 percent Wednesday morning, which is also SPI’s estimate. There’s a much bigger difference for Thursday’s U.S.-Germany match, another game in which a draw would aid both teams. There, the SPI-based model says there is a 22 percent chance of a tie, while bettors think there is a 33 percent chance.Wednesday also marks the end of South America’s group stage. All six of the continent’s World Cup teams will go through to the knockout stage if Ecuador’s day goes well. CONMEBOL could even win four of the eight groups if Argentina does the expected and wins Group F, and Ecuador accomplishes the nearly impossible and wins Group E.YESTERDAYAmid the controversy surrounding Uruguay’s Luis Suarez, his team defeated Italy 1-0 to advance to the Round of 16, where Group C winner and fellow CONMEBOL member Colombia awaits.The winning goal came from Diego Godin, who scored for his country for the first time in his last 72 matches, dating to Oct. 18, 2006. But Godin is no stranger to big goals lately; he scored the goal on the final day of the La Liga season to clinch the title for Atletico Madrid, and he scored the first goal in the Champions League final for Atletico.Godin scored the winner with his head, continuing a trend. All eight of his goals for Atletico this season were headers, and six of the eight came from set pieces, as was Tuesday’s.The turning point for the match came after Italy’s Claudio Marchisio received a red card in the 59th minute. Through the 59th minute, Uruguay had created two chances and had nine touches in the attacking penalty area. From the 60th minute on, the Uruguayans had eight touches in the box and created five chances, one of which led to the winning goalBy comparison, Italy managed to create one chance and had one touch in the attacking penalty area after Marchisio’s red card. Italy had three touches in the attacking penalty area all told, its fewest in a World Cup match in at least the past 50 years.Though Suarez’s most notable action may have been with his teeth, he also contributed with his feet, posting match highs with six shots and four shots on target. He also was tied for first among all players in chances created (two) and attacking penalty-area touches (three). — Jacob Nitzberg, senior stats analyst, ESPNOFF THE PITCHFrom their partnerships on energy and job creation to their pacts on prisoner exchange, Nigeria and Argentina have gotten closer in recent years. This increasingly friendly relationship is reflected in trade as well. According to OECD data, exports from Argentina to Nigeria have increased significantly from 2009 (in which total exports were worth $59 million) to 2012 (total exports were worth $289 million), the most recent year for which data is available. This is surprising given that the share of higher-value exports, such as machinery, decreased in this span. But it seems that the exports of wheat, maize and soybeans (62 percent of exports to Nigeria in 2012) have grown more than enough to compensate.Trade in the opposite direction doesn’t tell quite the same story, with Nigerian exports to Argentina dropping from $204 million in 2011 to $56 million in 2012. But even that number is a remarkable increase from the $931,000 in exports that Nigeria sent Argentina in 2009. The main cause for the overall rise is the incorporation of liquefied petroleum gases into the countries’ trade agreement in 2011. This new export was so dominant that it caused the previous main export, natural rubber, to diminish from a 72 percent share in 2010 to a 0.8 percent share in 2011. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGWorld Cup Advancement Scenarios For Groups E And FYour ‘Luis Suárez Bit a Guy!?’ Reaction PostIn Praise of Cristiano Ronaldo read more

National Land Policy coming soon GLSC Commissioner

The Guyana Lands and Survey Commission (GL&SC) is currently examining the possibility of having a National Land Policy in place as early as 2018, Commissioner Trevor Benn said on Tuesday, the Department of Public Information (DPI) has reported.GL&SC CEO Commissioner Trevor BennAccording to Benn, Guyana has been without such a policy for many years. The land policy will see the proper governance of both public and private lands, he explained.“We are at the very infant stage of the policy and the board is spearheading the exercise…It will be through a participatory process, to reach out to all Guyanese to get their vision, of what that policy should look like”, the Commissioner was quoted by DPI as saying.Benn expressed optimism that the policy could be ready for parliament very soon.According to Benn, the presidential Commission of Inquiry on land rights issues may have some recommendations to make toward the process, which will also see much public consultations.Other initiatives, the Commission hope to get underway, include a revised National Geographic Information System Policy which will guide work in that area. Work is also ongoing on the Land Surveyors (Profession) Act, which is expected to be taken to Parliament in the new year, DPI said.The Commission will also commence the implementation of a US$14.8M sustainable Land Development and Management Project that will have three main outcomes.According to DPI, Benn said that apart from non-performing leases, some of the challenges over the year for the commission include informal subletting and transfers of public lands, highly dependent paper based operations, insufficient resources to open and develop new areas for various land uses and informal occupation of public lands. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedLands Commissioner defends move to repossess leases in MochaDecember 20, 2017In “latest news”GL&SC inks $93M contract with British firm for consultancy services on CORS NetworkJuly 11, 2018In “Business”Commissioner admits corruption a problem at Lands & SurveysJuly 23, 2019In “Crime” read more

Becker Mining appoints new Vice President

first_imgBecker Mining Systems – the global supplier of underground mine-wide solutions – has reinforced its team of Vice Presidents. In addition to Bernhard Baus-Neufang (VP Sales Support) Achim Benoit (VP Finance), Horst Linvers (VP Sales Germany) and Arnold Trockur (VP Marketing), the company has just appointed Jörg Steffensky Vice President Operations & Systems.He will be responsible for the coordination of the production processes, the IT-structure and the quality management of the Becker-Group. Steffensky joined the company in 1979. Before becoming VP Operations & Systems, he was Head of Company Organisation at Becker.Becker Mining Systems is a system supplier for mining infrastructure, headquartered in Germany. The companys says that “with 1,500 employees in every essential mining region, [it] supplies its products to the leading mining companies of the world. In addition to Germany, Becker Mining Systems is also represented by its own subsidiaries in France, Poland, Russia, China, South Africa, Australia, the US, Canada, and Chile.last_img read more

Sprint only accepting iPhone 4S preorders for existing customers

first_imgUpdate: Sprint is taking pre-orders for new customers on Sprint.com. Apple’s website, however, hasn’t been allowing new Sprint customers to sign up.While curiously poking around Apple’s iPhone 4S page I came across something unexpected. While AT&T and Verizon are welcoming anyone and everyone who wants to pre-order an iPhone 4S, Sprint (as you can see above) is only allowing pre-orders from their current customers who are upgrading an existing line. They politely suggest that everyone else trek to an Apple Store on Friday to take their chances on getting a Sprint iPhone.As I didn’t check on this in the middle of the night on pre-order day (last Friday), it isn’t clear whether Sprint was only allowing upgraded iPhone 4S’s from the start, or if their supplies are already getting crunched. Either way, it looks like the carrier is showing signs of strain on pre-orders. The 16GB iPhone 4S is listed as “sold out” on Sprint’s site, while other models are still listed as arriving this Friday. Apple’s site is showing “1-2 weeks as the ship time” on all carriers’ versions of the new iPhone.In case you’ve been living in a bomb shelter for the last week, Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S last Tuesday. Not quite the radical upgrade many were hoping for, it still adds a dual-core A5 processor, an upgraded 8MP camera, and the Siri “personal assistant” speech recognition technology.Sprint’s iPhone 4S will be the only one that allows unlimited data, and they are already promoting this as a differentiating feature of their iPhone. The carrier announced today that they will be phasing out their CDMA and WiMax networks, to take on LTE exclusively, but the iPhone is currently only on their 3G (CDMA) bands.last_img read more

Un arboriculteur condamné pour la mort dabeilles

first_imgUn arboriculteur condamné pour la mort d’abeillesLe mardi 13 septembre, le tribunal correctionnel de Coutances, dans la Manche, a condamné un arboriculteur pour avoir provoqué la mort des abeilles de son voisin. Il a écopé de 1.000 euros d’amende avec sursis.Un arboriculteur a été condamné à 1.000 euros d’amende avec sursis suite à la mort soudaine des abeilles de son voisin apiculteur, rapporte l’AFP. L’affaire remonte au mois de mai 2007. L’homme est accusé d’avoir pulvérisé un insecticide sur ses pommiers, quand les arbres étaient encore en fleurs, chose contre-indiquée dans le mode d’utilisation du produit. Les abeilles venant d’une vingtaine de ruches, situées à 500 mètres seulement du verger, sont alors brutalement mortes. Le produit utilisé par l’arboriculteur, un insecticide à base de carbaryl conçu par Bayer, le Sevin, a été interdit quelques mois après les faits, en 2008. À lire aussiQuand 30 frelons japonais s’en prennent à un essaim de 30.000 abeilles (Vidéo)En plus des 1.000 euros d’amende auxquels il a été condamné, l’arboriculteur devra également verser une provision de 1.500 euros à l’apiculteur, dans l’attente de l’audience civile qui prévue en décembre prochain, fixera le montant des dommages et intérêts. “A ma connaissance ce n’est que la seconde fois qu’une telle condamnation est prononcée”, dans un pays grand importateur de miel tel que la France, a souligné auprès de l’AFP Me Benoist Busson, l’avocat de l’apiculteur qui possède 200 ruches à Tirepied, dans la Manche.Une condamnation similaire avait été prononcée par le tribunal correctionnel d’Avranches le 13 janvier 2010. Un producteur de pommes avait en effet écopé de 1.000 euros d’amende, dont 500 avec sursis.Le 15 septembre 2011 à 09:11 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

WCTV To Host Drone Photography MeetUp On May 19

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — You’ve likely seen stunning drone footage taken around town by aerial photographer Jamie Boudreau. How does he do it? What type of drone does he use? And what advice does he have for those looking to get a drone of their own?Jamie will be part of a WCTV Meet-Up on Sunday, May 19th at 11am to talk about drone photography. Our exact location is TBD, but we plan on being somewhere around Silver Lake. Lisa Kapala is hosting the event. Contact her to RSVP and to learn more at lisa@wctv.org or 978-657-4066.This is not a sanctioned class on drones, nor should it be seen as a formal instruction. But WCTV hopes it’s informational and gives you a sense for how drones work and how Jamie gets such great footage around the region.(NOTE: The above announcement is from Wilmington Community Television.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWCTV To Host Drone Photography Meet-Up On July 21In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, July 21, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”News & Notes From WCTV: WCTV Executive Director Shaun Neville Answers YOUR QuestionsIn “Community”last_img read more

64GB SSD memory in a quarter sized chip

first_img It is an SSD card, named the OC177 DOC, and while that name may still need some tweaking, the product is certainly garnering media attention. The card is, as you have guesses by now, small. Its is roughly the size of a US quarter. For those of you without one in your pocket or purse, the dimensions come out to be roughly 22 x 22 x 1.8mm. This SSD can fit either 32GM or 64GB of flash memory, which is fairly impressive. To put that in perspective for you the 64GB SSD could hold roughly 14000 songs from your iTunes library. It is the same amount of memory as you get on higher capacity tablet PC’s.I know what you’re thinking. Storage is great, but what about speed? Data that is slow to be accessed can create a frustrating user experience no doubt. The OC177 DOC isn’t the fastest chip on the block, but it does clock in with a speed that is respectable. According to the information being released by the company it has a read speed of roughly 70MB/s and a write speed of 40MB/s.No word yet on the costs, but you can expect to see the OC177 DOC showing up in devices by the end of the third quarter of 2011. (PhysOrg.com) — The world of technology is a lot like Janus. For those of you who slept through the mythology portion of your high school world lit, Janus has two faces, looking in opposite directions, a lot like the recent innovations we have seen. With most tech innovations, things are either getting really big or getting really small. Today, we are going to look at a new bit of technology that falls to the small side of the equation. Foremay, a maker of portable memory tools, has begun to show off its latest micro memory product. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: 64GB SSD memory in a quarter sized chip (2011, March 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-64gb-ssd-memory-quarter-sized.html Explore furthercenter_img Toshiba Launches 256GB Solid State Drives with MLC More information: PDF release: www.foremay.net/pr/disk-on-chi … lest-ssd-foremay.pdf This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Crowning the King Of Spin in KZN

first_imgSpinning and drifting team ‘360 Boyz’ has been awarded the bid to host a championship event on Sunday, March 27, at the Dundee July Grounds (opposite Orange Grove Dairy). The event will start at 10am. The aim is to crown the ‘King Of Spin’ of KwaZulu-Natal. Professional spinners will be showcasing their skills and judges will be keeping score. Four judges will be flown in from different parts of SA.  WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Over 50 BMWs will be competing for the title, so come and witness history in the making!DID YOU KNOW?Click on the words highlighted in red to read more on this and related topics.If you are reading this on your cellphone and there are telephone numbers provided in the text, you can call these simply by clicking on them.To receive news links via WhatsApp.For the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter  why not join us there?last_img read more

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first_img News | Radiation Dose Management | July 18, 2019 Low Doses of Radiation Promote Cancer-capable Cells Low doses of radiation equivalent to three computed tomography (CT) scans, which are considered safe, give cancer-… read more August 9, 2011 — At the American Healthcare Radiology Administrators (AHRA) meeting Aug. 14-18, Carestream Health will debut two new mobile imaging retrofit kits that enable healthcare providers to convert existing portable imaging systems to digital radiography (DR) using a Carestream DRX detector. This conversion makes the speed and image quality of DR available at a fraction of the cost of a new DR-based imaging system. Both new retrofit systems are designed for use with most suppliers’ X-ray imaging equipment and will be available in the fall of 2011.The new Carestream DRX-Transportable System/Universal Mobile retrofit kit will convert hospitals’ existing analog mobile X-ray systems to DR technology using the wireless, cassette-size DRX detector. The DRX detector delivers good positioning flexibility and allows healthcare providers to use existing grids and cassette holders. This system is available with Carestream’s Tube and Line Visualization Software that provides instant verification for physicians who are placing tubes and peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) lines in seriously ill or injured patients.The DRX-Transportable System/Field Portable kit will convert X-ray imaging systems used in diverse applications such as nursing homes and field hospitals to a DRX detector. The system components are packaged in a convenient, protective carrying case.Carestream’s DRX family allows healthcare facilities to share detectors with multiple imaging systems. For example, a DRX detector can be used in a mobile system for early morning patient exams and then transferred to a DRX-1 system or DRX-Evolution system in the radiology department or emergency room. This ability to move and share detectors across multiple imaging systems delivers exceptional return on investment and helps facilities with limited budgets deliver enhanced patient care.Carestream also offers tightly integrated DRX-Mobile Retrofit Kits for selected GE, Siemens and Shimadzu mobile imaging systems. These kits are designed specifically for each imaging system. For more information: www.carestream.com FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 News | Digital Radiography (DR) | June 28, 2019 Springfield Clinic Deploys 17 Carestream Digital X-ray Systems Springfield Clinic implemented 14 Carestream DRX-Evolu read more PreviousNext Shimadzu FluoroSpeed X1 Walkaround AHRA 2019Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:25Loaded: 11.42%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:25 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Image courtesy of Fujifilm Medical Systems Feature | Digital Radiography (DR) | July 19, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr DR Advances Promote Imaging of Whole Spine Recent advances in… read more Related Contentlast_img read more

Are Private Investors Saying Goodbye to the Market

first_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, Market Studies, News As housing is inches closer to fair value due to rising home prices and distressed properties for sale continue to decline, private investors are finding it harder to find bargains in the market.A U.S. housing market update from Capital Economics by Property Economist, Matthew Pointon, showed that although there are a few roadblocks on their path, private investor demand is not likely to dry up anytime soon.”With returns on other types of assets looking low and/or risky, expectations for further gains in house prices suggest Americans will continue to see housing as a good place to store wealth,” Pointon wrote.In the midst of tight supply, heightened competition for buyers, and unpredictable financial markets, U.S. home prices continued to rise in the fourth quarter.The Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) House Price Index (HPI) shows that home prices rose 5.8 percent year-over-year in the fourth quarter of 2015. Prices increased 1.4 percent from the third quarter of 2015, marking the 18 consecutive quarterly price increase in the purchase-only, seasonally adjusted index. Home prices were up 0.4 percent month-over-month for December.“Instability in financial markets did not seem to put much of a drag on home prices in the fourth quarter,” said Andrew Leventis, FHFA Supervisory Economist. The 1.4 percent rise in home prices “was in line with the extremely steady—but historically elevated— appreciation rates we have been observing for several years now.”Capital Economics posed the question if the continued rise in prices will cause investors to withdraw from the market, potentially leading to a drop in housing demand if others—like first-time buyers—do not take up the slack. However, Pointon stated, “Private investors have proved a stable source of housing demand over in recent years.””Private investors are typically on the look-out for bargains they can buy with cash. But with housing now at fair value, good deals are becoming harder to find. In particular, the rise in house prices, low mortgage rates and improving labor market have all helped to bring mortgage delinquencies down to pre-crisis levels,” Pointon said. “As such, the share of homes bought for investment and vacation purposes that were distressed dropped in 2015 compared to 2014.”Capital Economics said that it not likely that the lack of distressed properties will fend off investors. “While bargains may be harder to find, the fact remains that house prices are expected to keep on rising. Even if the home is not rented out, buyers will be expecting a decent capital gain,” the report said.”We don’t see a collapse in private investor demand as a significant risk for the housing market. Rather, a slow recovery in first-time buyer numbers will complement second home buyers, and ensure that housing demand weathers the coming gradual rise in mortgage rates,” Pointon concluded. April 12, 2016 549 Views Capital Economics Distressed Properties Home Prices Housing Market Private Investors 2016-04-12 Staff Writercenter_img Share Are Private Investors Saying Goodbye to the Market?last_img read more

Anastasiades to attend WWI memorial in Paris

first_imgPresident Nicos Anastasiades travelled to Paris on Thursday to attend upcoming commemoration events for the centennial of the World War I armistice.Anastasiades was in the French capital at the invitation of French President Emmanuel Macron.A total of 85 heads of state or government and their spouses were invited to the events.Anastasiades was due to attend an event at the Arc de Triomphe where the French President would be delivering a speech and also at a lunch hosted by Macron in honour of the heads of state.The president is also participating in the Paris Peace Forum where United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be key speakers.Anastasiades returns on Sunday.In Nicosia meanwhile, the foreign ministries of Cyprus and France reviewed progress in the implementation of the Strategic Agenda between the two nations, signed in 2016.According to a foreign ministry press release, as part of the Strategic Agenda the two countries focus on enhancing their relations through political dialogue, economic relations, education and culture and in the fields of defence and security.Defence and security issues were discussed both in the context of bilateral cooperation, as well as within the EU context. Both countries participate in the Permanent Structured Cooperation (PESCO).You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more