Seema Antil joins the Olympic brigade

first_imgA year ago, Seema Antil was contemplating quitting the sport but the Haryana discus thrower is now amongst the elite who have made it to the London Olympics .Seema became the ninth Indian track and field athlete to qualify for the London Games with an ‘A’ standard mark achieved at the University of California (Irvine) Open Championships in the United States on Saturday.With an effort of 62.60m, Seema also became the second women discus thrower from India after Krishna Poonia to seal a spot for the London Games.The Sonepat thrower insists that she could have crossed the 64m mark on Saturday itself if she had gone on to make more attempts. However, her coach Tony Ciarelli, with whom Seema has been training for the last six months in the US, was content with her performance in her very first effort and did not allow her to make more throws.”It was my first throw and I gave my 80 per cent effort because nobody goes all out in the very first attempt. It was good enough to get me a spot in the Olympics, so my coach insisted that I shouldn’t put too much pressure on myself,” Seema told MAIL TODAY from California on Sunday.Seema claims that she wasn’t getting the best of facilities in India and didn’t have the money to fund her training abroad. That put her almost on the verge of quitting before Mittal Champions Trust took her under their wing.”I would have quit the sport but stayed on only because Mittal Champions Trust came at the right time. They were the ones who funded my training abroad and have provided me with a very good coach.”Her goal is now to make further improvements and she believes that she will be able to reach the 65m mark by the time the Olympics begin in July.For Seema, it has been a long wait since she managed to cross the 62m mark the last time. Her personal best is 64.84m which came in 2004 after which she has never managed to go beyond 60.56m, which fetched her a silver medal at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games.Besides Seema and Krishna, Vikas Gowda is another discus thrower who will compete at the Olympics in the men’s section.For the past few years, nothing much was heard about Seema until the Delhi Commonwealth Games where she secured a third-place finish behind Krishna Poonia and Harwant Kaur with an effort of 58.46m.advertisementlast_img read more

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Van Dijk: Liverpool already watching De Ligt

first_imgVirgil van Dijk says he’d be happy to offer Liverpool his opinion if the Reds were to consider signing Ajax centre-back Matthijs de Ligt.De Ligt continues to impress for both club and country at just 19 years of age, with a number of top clubs, including Manchester City and Barcelona, said to be interested in signing him.Liverpool star Van Dijk became the most expensive defender in the history of the game when he joined from Southampton in January and it seems that Netherlands are on the verge of producing another world class defender. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! When asked for his thoughts on the development his Oranje defensive partner, Van Dijk told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf: “He is already very far, especially at that age. A good defender, good boy, calm, knows what he wants and hopefully he makes the right choice in his next step.”Van Dijk was pressed on whether that next step could be Liverpool, but the Dutch captain insists he has not informed Liverpool that they should sign him. “He will be on the list, because they have enough scouts at the club.” He was then asked whether the best scout would be him, the player that plays alongside him for the Netherlands, to which he replied: “No, but if they need my opinion at Liverpool, I’ll give it.”Jurgen Klopp’s side are said to have paid £75 million ($100m) to lure Van Dijk from Southampton at the start of the year, but the development of De Ligt has led to suggestions that Ajax could be set for an even higher fee when the centre-back decides to move on.Van Dijk, though, has jokingly suggested that no club would pay a world record fee for his international partner at this stage.”No, they will pay less for Matthijs. The amount for me was very high, though,” he said. “No, in all seriousness. It’s just like that and, if he ever becomes the most expensive defender, I’ll be the first to congratulate him. “Both Van Dijk and De Ligt are gearing up for Netherlands’ next Nations League fixtures against France and Germany in the coming days. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

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a month agoReal Madrid boss Zidane: Mourinho rumours don’t bother me – it is what it is

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Madrid boss Zidane: Mourinho rumours don’t bother me – it is what it isby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane insists he doesn’t feel pressure going into their clash with Sevilla.Jose Mourinho is being linked with Zizou’s job.But the Frenchman says: “If I read the press, it says I’m gone. I feel strong. I have learned to never back down and to keep working until the very last moment.”I’m not thinking about leaving. I’m only thinking of winning tomorrow. You are here to speak and you do it well. The difficulties that they speak of on the outside are something we can’t control.”It doesn’t bother me to hear Mourinho, it is what it is. I don’t have to say if I read it or now, that’s the situation. Here, you lose one game and you have to change everything.”I made the decision to come back because I liked the look of the new project. Now I am here, I will try. We have to be together to achieve our objectives.” last_img read more

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Wilh. Wilhelmsen Calls Off JV Talks with FSN Capital

first_imgzoom Wilhelmsen Maritime Services and FSN Capital have decided to end negotiations on the planned 50/50 owned company. The companies signed a letter of intent in May aiming at establishing a joint venture company.Wilh. Wilhelmsen Head Office in Lysaker, NorwayThe letter of intent aimed establishment of a joint venture within engineered solutions, equipment and services to the maritime and offshore markets trading under the business area Wilhelmsen Technical Solutions. The new company comprises the business within HVAC, insulation, electrical and automation including the brands Callenberg, TI Marine Contracting and newly acquired IES Ltd.“We have decided to call off further negotiation with FSN Capital as the process revealed different views on how to strategically develop the new entity,” said Dag Schjerven, president and CEO of Wilhelmsen Maritime Services.“We will however continue to establish a new company comprising of our engineered solutions and services to the maritime and offshore markets. We will also continue to explore other ownership opportunities for the business within HVAC, insulation, electrical and automation including the brands Callenberg, TI Marine Contracting and newly acquired IES Ltd.”The company had an annual revenue of $203m in 2013. When established, the company will employ some 1 000 people in 15 countries.“We will continue working in line with our customer focused strategy and establish a solid platform for further growth. Our aim and aspirations are to make a difference with our solutions and we are committed to shape the competitive landscape in the business where we operate,” said Petter Traaholt, who will head up the new company to be headquartered in Gothenburg, Sweden.Press Release, June 24, 2014last_img read more

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Seaspan Books Two Eco Ferries

first_imgzoom Canada’s Seaspan Ferries Corporation has contracted Sedef Shipyard of Istanbul, Turkey to build two new dual-fuelled (diesel and liquefied natural gas) ferries.The 148.9 metre ferries, both expected to be in operation by late 2016, will accommodate up to 59 trailers. Construction is scheduled to start in early 2015.Seaspan has not revealed the value of the contract.“Seaspan is pleased to partner with Sedef Shipyard to build two new state-of-the-art ferries,” said Steve Roth, Vice President, Seaspan Ferries Corporation. “Today’s announcement demonstrates a clear commitment to our drop-trailer customers through the modernization of an aging fleet.”SFC’s contract award comes after a procurement process that included more than 40 shipyards around the world, as well as an analysis of Seaspan Shipyard’s capacity to construct these vessels at its new facility at Vancouver Shipyards.“Our decision to have a non-Seaspan shipyard build our new ferries was not made lightly, but it was a simple decision based on capacity,” said Jonathan Whitworth, CEO, Seaspan.Sedef Shipyard has built more than 175 vessels since it was first founded in 1975. Sedef is owned by Turkon Holdings, which provides marine transportation and shipbuilding services, along with marinas, hotels and other tourism ventures.Press Releaselast_img read more

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HMM Talking Investment with BlackRock

first_imgzoom South Korean container shipping company Hyundai Merchant Marine (HMM) is in talks with asset manager BlackRock Inc about a potential investment in the company.“It is true that there was a discussion between HMM and BlackRock but nothing in detail was discussed,” an HMM Spokeswoman confirmed to World Maritime News.The investment could reach up to KRW 1 trillion (USD 880 million), based on the reports from the Korea Daily.The deal, if finalized, would provide HMM with a needed financial boost as it battles carrier consolidation and overall market headwinds that pushed its compatriot shipping company Hanjin Shipping into bankruptcy earlier this year.To help HMM navigate the market challenges, the Korean government injected KRW 1.5 trillion into the company so far, including via rights issue.The move comes as the company anticipates drastic improvement in its results for the third quarter driven by cost-cutting measures and “regained customer trust”.HMM saw an improvement in its global on-time performance, being ranked as the 4th most reliable carrier among the 18 largest container rivals in June this year.“Since last year’s successful restructuring, HMM has put its utmost effort on rebuilding customer trust and improving its service quality. HMM has also focused on improving its schedule reliability, as part of ongoing efforts to enhance customer satisfaction,” the company said commenting on the ranking.Following the restructuring, HMM cut its operating loss to KRW 128.1 billion (USD 111.8 million) in the second quarter of 2017 from KRW 254.3 billion posted in the same period a year earlier.The company ended the second quarter of 2017 with a total revenue of KRW 1,241.9 billion, a 22.1 percent increase year-on-year.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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The Wanted To Join Tennis Greats At Arthur Ashe Kids Day

first_imgThe US Tennis Association (USTA) has announced that pop-vocal sensation The Wanted, chart-topping singer Carly Rae Jepsen, special guest performer Owl City, teen quartet Mindless Behavior and X Factor star Rachel Crow will team up with current world #1 Roger Federer, reigning US Open Champion Novak Djokovic, U.S. #1 men’s singles player John Isner, three-time US Open Champion Kim Clijsters and Mardy Fish – as well as Serena Williams – at the 17th Annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Presented by Hess Saturday, August 25 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., from 9:30 a.m. – 4p.m.Hosted by AAKD alumnus Jordin Sparks and TV personality Quddus, the popular full-day tennis and music festival for children and adults alike features interactive games, musical entertainment and tennis activities. Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Presented by Hess will kick off the 2012 US Open, which runs from August 27 – September 9. From 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., kids and their families can enjoy an exciting schedule of free tennis games, live music and attractions taking place throughout the grounds of the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. Inside Arthur Ashe Stadium from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m., the live tennis and music show will feature fun exhibition matches and skills competitions with Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, John Isner, Kim Clijsters, Mardy Fish and other top athletes and celebrities including New York Rangers star Brad Richards, with musical performances by The Wanted, Carly Rae Jepsen, Owl City, Mindless Behavior and Rachel Crow.Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day benefits the National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) network. The NJTL was established by Arthur Ashe, Charlie Pasarell and Sheridan Snyder in 1969 with the mission of developing the character of young people through tennis and education.Since then, the NJTL network has grown to include over 550 chapters which serve over 220,000 youth annually. NJTL chapters, which vary in size and scope, can be found in 46 of the top 50 U.S. markets, making NJTL one of the USTA’s largest community-based initiatives. NJTL chapters are supported by the USTA through grants, awards and various learning opportunities. NJTL participants have the opportunity to take part in a number of core programs, including the Tennis and Leadership Camp, the Arthur Ashe Essay and Art Contest, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, Regional Rallies, a scholarship to the annual USTA Community Tennis Development Workshop and low-cost insurance.Stadium show tickets are on sale now through Ticketmaster (1-866-OPEN-TIX), usopen.org and at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center box office. American Express is the official card of Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day. General admission promenade tickets cost $10 and loge tickets are $20. Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day will be broadcast nationally by CBS on Sunday, August 26, from 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m (ET). Kids 12-and-under with stadium show tickets will receive a free Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day hat from the USTA and Hess on a first-come, first-served basis.“We are thrilled to kick off the 2012 US Open with the 17th annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Hess featuring the most popular names in sports and entertainment today,” said Gordon Smith, USTA Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer. “The event holds a long-standing history of providing a day of fun-filled family activities as attendees celebrate the life of Arthur Ashe and his mission to empower children of all ages through tennis.”
Over the years, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day has featured many of music’s biggest acts including Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato, Sean Kingston, Britney Spears, Ne-Yo, Gavin DeGraw, Jessica Simpson, Backstreet Boys, Cody Simpson, Bow Wow and Hanson.Find out more about the sold out event here.Source:USOpen.orglast_img read more

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Major League Baseball Players Offer Time Management Tips To High School Students

first_imgMajor League baseball players and Action Team participants Curtis Granderson and C.J. Wilson are sharing time management tips with high school students, as the Action Team national youth volunteer program launches first of five weekly blogs featuring back to school tips on www.ActionTeam.org.Remaining weekly blog topics include setting goals, getting organized, developing sound study habits and getting involved. Each weekly blog will include contributions from a variety of Major Leaguers.You can access the blog here.In 2003, the Major League Baseball Players Trust and Volunteers of America created the Action Team national youth volunteer program to recruit and train high school students to become volunteers in their communities. Major Leaguers help inspire and encourage high school students to serve as Action Team Captains, who in turn deliver an important message to their peers: volunteering is cool, fun and personally rewarding.Through the Action Team, more than 65,000 high school students have helped more than 205,000 of their neighbors in need. This free program is available to high school students everywhere. In fact, there are presently more than 100 high schools across the United States, including Hawaii, and Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and as far away as Japan, enrolled in the program.Courtesy of the Major League Baseball Players Trust and Volunteers of America, Action Teams receive free T-shirts, posters, brochures and exclusive on-line resources to support their efforts to encourage others to get involved. To learn more, visit www.ActionTeam.org.last_img read more

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Tar sands cleanup fund billions in hole study

first_imgAPTN National NewsCALGARY–The Alberta government’s special fund for cleaning orphaned tar sands sites is facing a multi-billion dollar shortfall, according to a new study.The Alberta government has only collected $820 million from mining companies to clean up 68,574 hectares of land used in tar sands exploitation, according to 2009 data, leaving the province potentially on the hook for billions of dollars, said the Pembina Institute study, Toxic Liability.The study, released Tuesday, found that it could cost between $10 and $15 billion to clean up lands disturbed by tar sands extraction.The Alberta government created the Environmental Protection Security Fund to pay for the reclamation of sites when a former operator refuses to foot the bill. The provincial government invests in the fund through security deposits paid by mining companies.“However, because of the lack of transparency about the true costs of reclamation, the public doesn’t know whether or not the current security deposits are adequate,” the study states.last_img read more

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Closing Bell Toronto US markets mostly rise as Fed chair contender withdraws

TORONTO — North American markets were mostly higher as investors bet that stimulus funding from the Fed will continue to flow for a little while longer following news that economist Larry Summers is out of the race for the top job at the U.S. central bank.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,816.88 +93.48 0.73%S&P 500 — 1,697.60 +9.61 0.57%Dow — 15,494.78 +118.72 0.77%Nasdaq — 3,717.85 -4.33 -0.12%The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 93.48 points to 12,816.88. The Canadian dollar lifted 0.20 of a cent to 96.93 cents US.Larry Summers has long been perceived as an opponent to the Fed’s aggressive $85 billion a month bond-buying program, which has helped push down interest rates to spur lending and jump-start economic growth. The program, dubbed quantitative easing, has also weakened the U.S. dollar and boosted stock markets.The Dow Jones industrials surged 118.72 points to 15,494.78 and the broader market measure, the S&P 500, added 9.61 points to 1,697.60.“Certainly, markets are interpreting Summers’ withdrawing from the race as Fed chairman implies that quantitative easing could persist for longer, that (higher) interest rates could be pushed further into the future,” said Paul Ferley, assistant chief economist at the Royal Bank of Canada.The departure of Summers, who was considered to be President Barack Obama’s first choice to succeed current Fed chairman Ben Bernanke, now puts vice-chair Janet Yellen in the lead for the position. Yellen is believed to be a supporter of the bank’s stimulus program.Obama is expected to make the nomination as early as this month.The development comes as the Fed is set to make a key announcement Wednesday on what it plans to do about the asset purchases. It’s widely expected that the central bank will announce that it’ll begin tapering anywhere between US$10 billion to US$15 billion a month on signs that the U.S. economic recovery is moving forward. What is still left up in the air is at what pace the money will be rolled back.Meanwhile, after being positive for most of the day, the Nasdaq fell 4.34 points to 3,717.85, pulled down by losses from tech giant Apple Inc., which unveiled two new iPhone models last week. Apple (Nasdaq:AAPL) fell more than 3%, or $14.78, to close at US$450.12.After weeks of uncertainty over Syria, United Nations inspectors confirmed Monday that chemical weapons were used on a relatively large scale in an attack last month in Syria that killed hundreds of people.The findings represent the first official confirmation by scientific experts that chemical weapons have been used in Syria’s civil war, but the report left the key question of who launched the attack unanswered.The rebels and their U.S. and western supporters have said the government of President Bashar Assad was behind the Aug. 21 attack, while Damascus and its closest ally, Russia, blame the rebels.Commodities were mixed as the October crude contract dipped $1.62 to US$106.59 a barrel. December gold bullion saw an uptick of $9.20 to US$1,317.80 an ounce. December copper was up two cents at US$3.22 a pound.Nearly all sectors on the Toronto Stock Exchange closed up with sizable gains, as the info tech sector led the charge with an uptick of 2.56%. Shares in Wi-Lan Inc. (TSX:WIN) were up nearly 7%, or 23 cents, to $3.62 after the company and Alcatel Lucent USA Inc. agreed to settle their dispute over several patents and withdraw litigation before U.S. district courts in Florida and Texas.On the corporate front, Aimia Inc. announced it has reached an agreement with TD Bank Group and the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce for its popular Aeroplan loyalty credit card programs. Under the deal, each bank would have the rights to half the portfolio of accounts.Shares in Aimia (TSX:AIM) gained more than 7%, or $1.22, to $17.85. TD (TSX:TD) shares were up 0.97%, or 87 cents, at $90.79, while shares in CIBC (TSX:CM) jumped 0.75%, or 61 cents, to $81.74.Meanwhile, Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) flew the first test flight of its CSeries commercial aircraft Monday. The flight sets off a year of testing, leading to delivery of the first aircraft, which seats 110 to 125 passengers and is slated to enter into service in about a year. The heavily anticipated first flight had been delayed three times over nearly nine months. Its shares climbed 0.6%, or three cents, to $5.02.Air Canada shares also rose more than 4%, or 15 cents, to $3.43 after Canada’s largest airline announced that the company’s stock was being added to the S&P/TSX Composite Index after the close of trading Sept. 20.In economic news, Statistics Canada said foreign investors resumed purchases of Canadian securities in July, adding $6.1 billion to their holdings. That followed a $15.4-billion divestment in June. Meanwhile, Canadian investment in foreign securities slowed to $900 million and focused on bonds.South of the border, U.S. factories boosted output 0.7% in August, the best since December, mainly led by auto production.TOP STORIESBlackBerry bidders expected to carve up business: sourcesBombardier’s CSeries takes to skies in maiden flightTD, CIBC reach deal to share Aeroplan portfolioBill Gates tops Forbes rich list again — but the young bucks are gainingSummers withdrawal gives Fed breathing room on taperingWHAT’S ON DECK TUESDAY ECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Manufacturing sales & orders (July): ) Economists expect a 6% gain UNITED STATESU.S. Fed’s FOMC two-day meeting begins 8:30 a.m.Consumer price index (Aug): Economists expect a 0.1% gain CORPORATE NEWSCANADAUNITED STATESAdobe Systems Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 34¢ a share read more

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Australian found dead inside Colombo hotel

An Australian tourist was found dead inside a Colombo hotel this morning, the police media unit said.The police said that the Australian had not come out of his room for a couple of days and when the room was checked he was found dead inside. According to the police, the foreigner was found dead on the bed in his room in the hotel located at R.A. De Mel Mawatha in Colombo. (Colombo Gazette)

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US unemployment aid applications rise to 309K though data still affected by

US unemployment aid applications rise to 309K, though data still affected by reporting delays by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Sep 19, 2013 8:42 am MDT WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits rose 15,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 309,000. But the data was distorted for the second straight week by reporting delays.The Labor Department says the level is only slightly above the previous week’s 294,000, the lowest in six years.Applications plummeted two weeks ago when California and Nevada were unable to report all their applications because of computer upgrades in both states. A government spokesman says those states reported all the applications that came in last week.The broader trend in applications has been favourable, signalling fewer layoffs. The less volatile four-week average fell 7,000 to 314,750, the lowest in nearly six years.But backlogged applications from two weeks ago may elevate the figures in the coming weeks. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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First Nations pursue part ownership of resource projects in northern BC

First Nations pursue part ownership of resource projects in northern B.C. by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 5, 2014 10:35 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – First Nations chiefs in British Columbia’s resource-rich north have banded together to pursue ownership of liquefied natural gas, mining and forestry projects.Thirty-six hereditary and elected chiefs have signed an agreement to collectively benefit from resource development in their traditional territories.Chief Martin Louie of the Nadleh Whut’en First Nation said Friday that a meeting to sign the agreement was triggered by concerns around consultation and environmental regulation of resource extraction.He said at least six more chiefs are expected to sign the agreement in the coming days.Louie said aboriginal leaders are realizing they have the power to make change after a Supreme Court of Canada decision in June in favour of the Tsilhqot’in Nation, which was awarded aboriginal title to 1,750 kilometres of land in the remote Nemiah Valley near Williams Lake.He said B.C. First Nations shouldn’t have to resort to tactics like blockades or lawsuits because the decision has set a new standard in indigenous rights.“The main thing the group talked about was the protection of the land and water and animals, and that a fair share of revenue isn’t really something that’s given to us,” Louie said about the meeting in Prince George on Thursday.He said the chiefs have a long list of environmental concerns they hope to have addressed with governments to protect their traditional territory — nearly all of northern B.C.The agreement includes the Wet’suwet’en and Gitxsan near Prince Rupert, both of which have spoken out about the potential environmental impacts of resource development in their territories.Wet’suwet’en Chief Theresa Day deemed the meeting a “historic” time for B.C. First Nations to come together.“Our time is here to take our rightful place in resource development in B.C.,” she said in a statement.“First Nations, for the first time, will be in the driver’s seat to take control of our own future, end handouts and manage our own resources through our alliance.”The chiefs have committed to working together to better understand how an ownership approach might work, given the north’s “great resource wealth, the increasing global demand for our territory’s minerals and hydrocarbons, the scope and depth of climate change and other environmental pressures and challenges facing our territory,” the agreement says.Under the terms of the deal, the group will also consider asking Canada for a loan guarantee.The chiefs plan to meet again in the new year to start exploring equity ownership options and then approach industry and provincial and federal governments.— By Cara McKenna in VancouverNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version incorrectly reported the name as Louis instead of Louie. read more

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Phillips speaking at Renewable Energy Finance Summit

Alberta’s climate change minister will be talking renewable energy in Calgary Thursday morning.Shannon Phillips is speaking at a summit at the Westin Calgary.A keynote address beginning just before 9 a.m. will address opportunities to invest and develop the renewable energy market.Phillips is answering questions from the media shortly after. Env. Minister Shannon Phillips speaks at the Oil and Gas Summit. January 11, 2016. (Lucas Meyer, 660 NEWS) Phillips speaking at Renewable Energy Finance Summit AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Kaitlin Lee Posted Jun 2, 2016 7:14 am MDT read more

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Hitech consortium to boost Australian copper production

first_imgAdvanced technologies are being brought together to help exploit South Australia’s rich copper resources and develop a globally competitive mining technology services sector. The A$14.6 million research consortium – Unlocking Complex Resources through Lean Processing – brings together a range of mining sector and research partners led by the University of Adelaide.Utilising the industrial Internet of Things, one of the first steps will be the establishment of a secure data room within the university’s School of Computer Science with direct data feeds from sensors set up within existing commercial mining operations. That will allow analysis in real time and in comparison to historical data.Within the first 18 months, the consortium aims to be able to justify the capital cost of a system of conveyor belt sensors to allow mass ore sorting; and, in another project, to have set up a working system of sensors installed within grinding mills to maximise throughput while still meeting product specifications.South Australia hosts 68% of Australia’s currently known, economically demonstrated resources of copper and is home to a number of long-life deposits, including Olympic Dam – the fourth largest known copper resource in the world.Director of the University of Adelaide’s Institute for Mineral and Energy Resources and Director of the new consortium Professor Stephen Grano said variability in the orebody being mined was one of the key challenges facing the mining industry.“We’ll be developing advanced technologies to tailor the mining and processing options to the specific characteristics of the mineral ore in real-time – an approach known as lean processing,” he said. “The key will be integration of data from when the resource is still in the ground, right through the mining and processing stages. We’ll be using data analytics and machine learning, enabling the whole system to be optimised rather than optimising isolated parts.”The consortium is supported by A$4 million over four years from the South Australian Government’s Research Consortia Program. South Australian Minister for Industry and Skills David Pisoni said the project was “a great example of researchers, industry, manufacturers, and start-ups working together to apply new industrial Internet of Things technology to drive innovation and increase the productivity of our resources sector”.The other consortium partners are: BHP, OZ Minerals, AMIRA International, Australian Information Industries Association (AIIA) IoT Cluster for Mining and Energy Resources, Australian Semi-Conductor Technology Co, Boart Longyear, Consilium Technology, CRC Optimise Resource Extraction, Datanet, Data to Decisions CRC, Eka, Innovyz, Magotteaux, Manta Controls, Maptek, METS Ignited Industry Growth Centre, Mine Vision Systems, Rockwell Automation, SACOME, SAGE Automation, Sandvik, Scantech, South Australian Mining Industry Participation Office (SA MIPO), SRA IT and Thermo Fisher Scientific Australia (Processing Instruments & Equipment), with the University of South Australia as a key research partner.University of Adelaide Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Mike Brooks said bringing together industry partners and university research expertise would allow the consortium to leverage the great strengths of each partner to address significant industry challenges. “These outcomes will enable more sustainable mining and reduced environmental impacts,” he said.“But it won’t be just the mining industry that will benefit. A key outcome will be commercialising technologies for new global market opportunities – that means growth and new jobs for the state.”The picture shows Oz Minerals’ Prominent Hill copper-gold mine in South Australia.last_img read more

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Language Commissioner quits tells TDs Irish is being marginalised

first_imgIRISH LANGUAGE COMMISSIONER Seán Ó’Cuirreáin has announced plans to step down from the role early next year.He told the an Oireachtas committee this afternoon that he planned to resign from his role over Government failures to promote the language and implement its use by public bodies.The role of An Coimisinéir Teanga is to monitor compliance by public bodies with the provisions of the Official Languages Act.The 2003 legislation was aimed at increasing and improving the quantity and quality of services provided for the public through Irish.The Commissioner position was created to act as an ‘ombudsman’ in the area, and Ó’Cuirreáin was appointed to the role in 2004.Speaking to the Joint Committee on Public Service Oversight and Petitions, he pointed towards a marginalisation of the language in the public administration system, the inadequate implementation of statutory language schemes by public bodies and the poor standard of the schemes themselves.President of Conradh na Gaeilge Donnchadh Ó hAodha described the Commissioner’s move as “the worst blow to the Irish language” in many years.But, he said: Conradh na Gaeilge can well understand his reasons for stepping down; the Government has made bad decision after bad decision in relation to the Irish language since taking office in 2011Fianna Fáil spokesperson on Gaeltacht Affairs Michael Kitt said the Government had shown “a lack political will and support” for preserving the language.“It is deeply regrettable that [Ó’Cuirreáin] now feels he has no choice but to resign before the end of his term following successive cuts to resources, unnecessary delays in progressing policy and a general lack of interest and support for the issue,” Deputy Kitt said.The 2012 Annual Report from the Language Commissioner said that “for every one stepforward” in the promotion of the Irish language in the public sector, “there appeared to have been two steps backwards”.In the same year, the Commissioner received 756 reports of difficulties relating to access services in Irish.Read: Language Commissioner faces questions over ‘backwards’ year for Irish languageRead: More than €12 million spent training Irish language graduates to translate EU legislation >last_img read more

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Troika Translator What they said and what they meant

first_imgNOW THAT WE’VE left the bailout, the Troika of the IMF, ECB and EU Commission won’t be coming on their quarterly trips to check that we’re implementing their programme properly.*While they were here though, we got used to the gentle encouragement they dished out on how well we were doing and their friendly pointers on what we needed to do better.So, with the help of our Troika Translator, TheJournal.ie has had a look back at what they said over the past few years.Everyone’s favourite Troika representative Ajai Chopra. Pic: Sasko Lazarov/Photocall Ireland.Troika (Ajai Chopra and Lorenzo Giorgianni)With growth weak and unemployment high, public concerns about austerity will shape the outcome of the 31 May referendum on the European Fiscal Stability Treaty. If the referendum supports Treaty ratification, resuming Treasury bill issuance in the second half of 2012 is expected to be feasible.TranslationIreland is still on very shaky economic ground and we know you’ll be thinking that when you vote in the fiscal treaty referendum. But just so you know, voting Yes is pretty much a requirement to start a a limited return to the markets.Pic: AP Photo/Andreas PecharTroika (Sixth Review Statement)The benefits of continued competitiveness gains are limited by relatively low trading partner growth, while domestic demand continues to decline and the banking sector faces difficult market funding conditions.TranslationListen, we know we’re not keeping up our end of the bargain with the eurozone economy still being in a bit of mess. Also, we’re very aware that all of you are saving your money and the money that you are saving is being kept by the banks because they got caught out in the past and don’t want to lend.Troika (ECB’s Klaus Masuch)(Youtube/MrMonty0)I’m impressed by the depth of discussion in Ireland and the understanding of complex financial issues which is revealed by looking into the Irish press, looking into the discussion. But also when I come from the airport the taxi driver is also very very informed I must say.TranslationAll you guys go on about is the financial crisis and you seem to know your stuff, you must be all sick to the teeth of the media going on about it as well. Also, your taxi drivers never stop talking.Pic: Photocall IrelandTroika (IMF’s Craig Beaumont)We have flagged before the issue where we would identify that progress hasn’t been quite as fast as we would like in the area of dealing with mortgage arrears and dealing with non-performing loans more broadly. This is not owing to lack of effort. There was a large investment in time and effort in making the bankruptcy regime more workable, and that’s now up and running.TranslationWe know that the Government has passed a lot of legislation about personal insolvency but there is a still a mortgage arrears white elephant in the room and you really need to do something about it.Troika (ECB’s Klaus Masuch)Well, Vincent (Browne), I have answered a very similar question of you I think it was two reviews ago, I addressed the question and I answered it.TranslationYou again!Pic: Sasko Lazarov / Photocall IrelandTroika (Twelfth and Final Review Statement)Budget outturns remained on track through October, yet spending control must be maintained, in particular in the health care sector….realizing the proposed savings in health expenditure, while protecting core services, will require particular attention. Broadening the revenue base, reforming the health sector.TranslationYou’ve done well guys and are keeping a nice tight budget. Watch out for health spending though. No, SERIOUSLY watch out for health spending.*Don’t worry, they haven’t completely gone yet, all three will be back twice next year to “keep a close watch” on post-bailout developments.Read: ‘This is the right decision for Ireland’: Taoiseach confirms bailout exit without credit line >Read: The reviews are over but we may not leave for “a number of years” — IMF Mission Chief >Read: IMF approves €1.4bn loan – but has doubts about Ireland’s return to markets >last_img read more

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Fabregas opens up on Monaco switch

first_imgCesc Fabregas has dropped a massive hint on his exit from Chelsea amid interest from AS Monaco.The Spanish midfielder left the Stamford Bridge pitch in tears after the Blues’ 2-0 FA Cup third round victory over Nottingham Forest, in which he captained.The World-Cup winning star received a standing ovation when replaced by N’Golo Kante in the 85th minute and went on to talk about his imminent departure.“The occasion got the better of me,” Fabregas told FourFourTwo via BBC Sport.“I didn’t expect all of this to happen today. I can’t say anything out of respect for Chelsea but everyone knows the situation.”501 appearances, 79 goals and 148 assists in English football.An emotional Cesc Fàbregas says goodbye to Stamford Bridge. pic.twitter.com/QYcn4xPVcuWolverhamptonMatch Preview: Wolverhampton vs Chelsea Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Wolverhampton will host Chelsea at the Molineux Stadium in one of the most interesting Premier League games this weekend.— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) January 5, 2019Fabregas moved to Chelsea in June 2014 in a €33million transfer from Barcelona and went on to win two Premier League titles with the club.“Time flies,” said the 31-year-old. “It feels like last week I started playing professionally, and now it has been over 15 years.“For the young players, a little advice: enjoy every single second.“You have to be ready every three days, live with criticism, with everyone saying how good you are, with up and downs, but time really does fly.”last_img read more

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What Does Conservation Look Like on Your Farm

first_imgDavid Ausberger is the 2014 ASA Conservation Legacy Awards 2014 Midwest Winner. Ausberger in cooperation with the Iowa Soybean Association developed a Comprehensive Nutrient Management Plan to reduce nutrient loss and better manage inputs.Tell us the story of conservation on your farm by submitting an application to the 14th Annual Conservation Legacy Awards Program and you could be one of the next regional winners.The Conservation Legacy Awards Program recognizes U.S. soybean farmers who distinguish themselves through outstanding environmental and conservation practices while farming profitably. Click here to watch videos featuring recent winners and the conservation practices on their farms.Entries will be judged in five areas: soil management, water management, input management, farmstead protection, and conservation and environmental management.All U.S. soybean farmers are eligible to submit an application for the Conservation Legacy Awards. Three regional winners will receive a trip for two to the 2015 Commodity Classic in Phoenix, Arizona. In addition to the trip, the regional winners will be featured in video stories and a special insert in Corn & Soybean Digest. A National Conservation Legacy Award winner will be chosen from the three regional winners.Presented by the American Soybean Association (ASA), the Conservation Legacy Awards Program is sponsored by BASF, Monsanto, the United Soybean Board/soybean checkoff and Corn & Soybean Digest.Applications are due by Aug. 4, 2014 and must be submitted online. Access a brochure and the online application by clicking here.last_img read more

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