Canada’s Plan to Spur Innovation

first_imgOTTAWA–Canadian scientists are wondering if the rhetoric will match the reality in a new 10-year research innovation plan unveiled here today. The plan reaffirms the Canadian government’s commitment to double annual R&D spending, to US$9.2 billion, by 2010. It also backs greater commercialization of publicly funded academic research and demands that universities “more aggressively” contribute to industrial innovation if they want more money.The paper reiterates the government’s stated goal of making Canada one of the world’s top five R&D performing nations. But that won’t happen, says Industry Minister Allan Rock, unless Canadians start to “do everything we now do, smarter.” Among the few specifics in the document is a proposal to set up at least 10 Silicon Valley-like “technology clusters” in areas such as biopharmaceuticals, photonics, and nanotechnology. The plan also contains commitments to cover part of indirect research costs at universities and address the growing gap between have and have-not institutions (Science, 1 February, p. 788). The government also pledges to increase the budgets of the nation’s three research granting councils (but doesn’t specify by how much), to double the number of graduate fellowships awarded by the councils, and to give graduate students a chance to conduct applied research in industrial settings.But although the additional money would make it easier to deepen the nation’s scientific talent pool, the councils and universities will still shoulder much of the responsibility, says Thomas Brzustowski, president of Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council: “Even if the funding is increased, the granting councils and the universities together have to learn to translate that into accelerated graduation rates of highly qualified personnel.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The long-overdue white paper kicks off 7 months of meetings leading up to a national innovation summit in October. Following the summit, the government will draw up its official plan. “The real test will be, of course, whether the government is prepared to properly fund these initiatives,” says Robert Giroux, president of the Association of Universities and Colleges of Canada.Related siteThe reportlast_img read more

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32 teams for Reliance Foundation national-level jrs football

first_imgMumbai, Dec 28 (PTI) Thirty two champion teams from the eight city legs of the Reliance Foundation Youth Sports School and College football competition are set to vie for the top honours in the national-level championship to be held here from December 30 to January 7.Teams which were victorious in their respective city leg categories of junior boys, senior boys, senior girls and college boys from Mumbai, Delhi, Guwahati, Kochi, Goa, Chennai, Pune and Kolkata would play in the tournament in which matches are to be held at the Cooperage ground in South Mumbai and Father Agnel School Ground in Vashi, said a media release today.The inaugural edition of the championship carries a total prize money of Rs 16 lakhs, with an additional individual scholarship awards worth Rs 2 lakhs for the twenty best players.The league stage of the championship would be played over the first five days in both venues leading to the semis and final matches from January 4 at the Cooperage ground.All matches would be officiated by the All India Football Federation-appointed Match Commissioners and Referees, the release said.Launched this July in partnership with All India Football Federation and all eight Indian Super League clubs, the inaugural edition of the competition witnessed over 2500 teams from 1800 institutes in eight cities competing under the 4 categories.Reliance Foundation Youth Sports has an elite six-member Advisory Board comprising Chairperson Nita Ambani, sports icons Sachin Tendulkar, Leander Paes and Saina Nehwal, along with Prof. Dipak Jain and Ranbir Kapoor, the release added. PTI SSR NRB BASadvertisementlast_img read more

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7 ways to improve your storytelling

first_imgThis post is adapted from a webinar I hosted for Network for Good. Thanks to my colleague Caryn for the content!. And while we’re on the topic of storytelling, don’t forget next week’s free webinar on storytelling! (Tuesday, October 16, 2012 at 1 pm ET— Sign up even if you can’t make it, because we’ll send you a recording afterward. You can listen to it any time you like.)Storytelling is great for fundraising and creating awareness. People relate to other people and their stories. Remember these guidelines and you’ll soon be telling great stories about your impact, the people you help and your generous supporters. Plus, you’ll be a big hit at the next dinner party, too.Photo via Big Stock Photo1. Everybody has a story to tell. So go find them. If you don’t have a great story, turn to your volunteers, turn to your coworkers, or turn to the people you help.2. Avoid the “kitchen sink.” Some people try to relay every single aspect and bit of minutia about their organization and their programs in a story. While that may seem like a good idea — the more information you put out the more convincing it is, right? — it actually creates information overload. Instead, find one small anecdote or facet of your work and show how it relates to everything else. Create a snapshot that people will remember.3. Nice is not enough. You’re a nonprofit and so you are doing good work — it comes with the territory. That is not enough to pique somebody’s interest. You need to find a good backstory — something unique and something that can create emotion and interest.4. Don’t be too close and don’t be too far. If you’re too close to your cause you may be numb to some of the interesting and amazing things that happen as a result of your work. If you’re too far removed from your cause, you may be stuck in policy planning and have lost touch with the emotion of it.5. Share your senses. All five of them. The more you can make the reader feel like he or she is there, the better.6. Always keep your audience in mind. Perhaps you have an industry specific newsletter or are trying to reach legislators. In that case, you may want to include the technical details, butin most other cases, you should avoid it.7. Fit into a larger trend or story. You don’t have to try to match up with the biggest headline of the week, but try to find some sort of trend, whether local, regional or national. If there is no trend, then ask yourself if the story is important right now. Is there a policy decision to be made, other news stories about your cause at large, or any form of public polls taking place?last_img read more

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Who wants the Ferrari Pista?

first_imgYes, you read that right. One of the meanest Ferraris from its stable, the Pista is all set to make its debut this year. The track-focused 488 variant will get an overhaul and will be called Pista, which incidentally is the Indian word for pistachios.The pictures were shared on an American forum website called ‘Ferrari Chat’, which shows the car’s mean aerodynamic changes which includes a large splitter at the front, and a bigger rear diffuser, and the name as well – Ferrari Pista.Ferrari has not yet gone official with the car yet, or the name. The only respite we have here is in the form of an official nod to point towards the upcoming car apart from footage released last week which showed the 458 successor on the track at Ferrari’s Maranello base. The Ferrari Pista is all set to become the most hardcore, track-focused road car Ferrari has ever produced. The Pista gets a 709bhp engine derived from the 488 Challenge racecar, and will also feature newly revised bodywork working towards maximising downforce and reduce drag.We expect the Pista’s engine spec to be similar to the mid-mounted turbocharged 3.9-litre V8 in the standard 488, but with additional boosting and increased turbo pressure with internal modifications so as to produce its anticipated 709bhp with increased torque as compared to the standard 488 figure of 760Nm.Also known as the 488 GTO, the mean track-road car will get a dash of carbon fibre parts for the body and the interior. The car will get the standard carbon-fibre tub for the occupants, and the dashboard. On the outside, the bonnet, bumpers and a rear spoiler will get the carbon fibre treatment.advertisement There is more weight-reduction. Ferrari will be using 20-inch wheels made from carbon-fibre, which are 40 per cent lighter than the standard 488 rims.The transmission will be the previously known seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, but we expect the tech boffins at Ferrari to give the Pista its own unique settings alongside Slide Slip Control management which will allow for greater yaw angles before fully intervening.Ferrari is also yet to confirm whether the name Pista is going to stick. Previously rumoured to be called GTO, and then ‘New V8 Sport Special Series’ in the leaked slides. If one remembers correctly, the last proper GTO, or should we say, the only two GTOs were the 250 and the 288. There was a 599 GTO, a road legal version of the 599XX, which led many to claim it was not worthy of a GTO badge.Prices are unknown yet and tipped to be significantly more than the current 488 GTB. But seriously, do we care?last_img read more

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World Cup 2018: Switzerland come from behind to beat Serbia 2-1

first_imgSwitzerland became the first nation to register a come-from-behind victory in the FIFA World Cup 2018 as they beat Serbia 2-1 in their Group E fixture on Friday.The Swiss were trailing 1-0 just after five minutes in the first half when Aleksandar Mitrovic netted for Serbia. Mitrovic has been in splendid form this year and has scored 18 times in 26 games for club and country.That was the only goal scored in the first 45 minutes but early into the second half Switzerland clawed their way back into the game as Granit Xhaka equalised with a stunning strike from outside the Serbian box.FIFA World Cup 2018, Serbia vs Switzerland: HighlightsIt was the 25-year-old’s fifth goal from outside the box for the Swiss out of the 10 that he has scored overall.A goal at the beginning of each halfThat’s now 26 games without a 0-0 now at this #WorldCup#SRBSUI 1-1 pic.twitter.com/iEqUuVbQMvFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 22, 2018The two sides battled for possession and superiority for the next 38 minutes but had little to show for their efforts.That is when Xherdan Shaqiri turned it around in the final minute of normal time as he sprinted clear having been played onside at the half-way line and maintained his composure to clip the ball underneath the goalkeeper.ANOTHER late strike in Group E! #SRBSUI pic.twitter.com/xvkTJkkpckFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 22, 2018The win saw Switzerland extend its record of just one loss in 24 outings. This was their 17th win in the said period in which they have drawn just 6 games. Their last loss came against Portugal in the World Cup qualifier in October 2017.advertisementThe result left Brazil, 2-0 winners over Costa Rica, top with four points, ahead of Switzerland on goal difference with Serbia on three.Brazil and Serbia meet in their final game while the Swiss face Costa Rica, already eliminated after losing their first two games.So, Group E…1) #BRA2) #SUI3) #SRB4) #CRC #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/C01rVGhsSyFIFA World Cup (@FIFAWorldCup) June 22, 2018Serbia made a flying start and Mitrovic forced Swiss goalkeeper Yann Sommer into an early save with a close-range header.Sommer was powerless, however, in the fifth minute when Nemanja Matic won the ball and found Dusan Tadic, whose cross was met with a soaring header from Mitrovic.With Mitrovic proving a handful for the Swiss defence, Serbia threatened to over-run their opponents and missed another chance when a corner flew across the face of goal and Dusko Tosic just failed to make contact.Switzerland came right back into the game seven minutes after halftime thanks to Xhaka’s fulminating strike after a rebound fell nicely into his path.Xhaka was almost upstaged by Shaqiri who clipped the crossbar with a curling, dipping shot from the unlikeliest of angles and the match turned into a pulsating end-to-end affair which was brilliantly settled by Shaqiri.Switzerland cleared a Serbia attack and a through pass sent the diminutive forward scuttling away before he slotted the ball neatly into the far corner.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

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Nebraska Gets Huge News From Top 2018 Recruit

first_imgNebraska flag bearer waves massive Nebraska flag.LINCOLN, NE – OCTOBER 25: A flag bearer for the Nebraska Cornhuskers waves a flag after the first score during their game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on October 25, 2014 in Lincoln, Nebraska. Nebraska defeated Rutgers 42-24. (Photo by Eric Francis/Getty Images)The 2018 college football season is fast approaching. After a seven month layoff, college football will be played in under four weeks.Nebraska is heading into the season with a new head coach. Former Huskers quarterback, and the hottest name in coaching, Scott Frost has the reins for the upcoming season.He just got some huge news. A star running back from the 2018 class has enrolled at Nebraska, and could be eligible for the 2018 season.Maurice Washington announced on Wednesday morning that he’s been accepted to the university. He made the announcement on Twitter.First step ?‼️ pic.twitter.com/zgVKCCPU5T— maurice washington 3 (@Mo_is_blessed) August 1, 2018Washington is a big-time running back recruit from Texas. The high school star was the No. 10 running back recruit in the 2018 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Washington, who stands at 6-foot-1 and weighs in at 190 pounds, was the No. 26 recruit from a loaded state of Texas. He also held offers from Clemson and Ohio State, among others, before committing to Nebraska.last_img read more

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Stylish Father’s Day Gifts for the Dapper Dad

first_img How to Build Your Own Home Gym for Under $350 Soothe Your Bristles With The Art of Shaving Beard and Stubble Kit Jack Erwin Henry Chukka BootDad already has enough pairs of dress shoes, so we think it’s time to bring chukkas into his life. When you buy a pair of Jack Erwin shoes this month, they’ll donate a pair to Career Gear which provides training, a support network and professional attire to help men enter the workforce and stay employed. $175, Jack ErwinTrumaker Lombard TieBefore you say dad couldn’t possibly want another tie, guess again. Constructed from 100% raw silk noile, this hardy accessory will go with every suit he owns. $98, Trumaker Skagen Ancher Leather WatchThis beautiful watch is designed with a bold, green face and rich brown leather band (one of our favorite color combos) for a timeless design he can wear forever. A true chameleon, it goes with everything from jeans to a suit. $145, SkagenRelated: Grooming Sets Are a No-Brainer Father’s Day Gift Bundle Up Right Now With the Best Sweaters for Men 9 Socially Conscious Sweaters for Cozying Up in Comfort This Fall center_img Editors’ Recommendations Father’s Day is just a couple weeks away, and we know you want to make dad feel extra special this year. Whether he’s already a stylish man or needs a little push in the right direction, these dapper gifts will have him looking and feeling like the best dressed guy in the room.life/after/denim Bed Stuy CrewPerfect for chilly nights on the beach or in the mountains, he can wear this lightweight crew year round. And it’s made partly from recycled cotton, so you can feel good about buying it too. $98, life/after/denimThis Is Ground Mod Tablet 2What can’t the Mod 2 do? Made is Los Angeles, this handsome leather carryall is designed for customization so you can tailor it to dad’s needs whether it’s for work, traveling or just an everyday luxury. $300, This Is GroundJohn Varvatos Soho Collection Round SunglassesInspired by the New York neighborhood of the same name, these will add a rock-n-roll edge to dad’s look any day. Made in Japan from the highest quality materials including polarized lenses, they have a classic, polished look he can wear forever. $316, John VarvatosIron and Glory Bear Claw Knife PendantMaybe the most badass piece of jewelry we’ve ever seen, this pendant is handmade in Brooklyn from abalone, brass and stainless steel. Because of the natural shell color, no two will ever be the same, making it a truly unique gift. $40, Iron and GloryOutdoor Voices Flatiron Crew TeeMade in America, Outdoor Voices designs clothing for an active lifestyle that performs well, looks good and fits like a dream. This loosely-knit tee breathes and neutralizes odor-causing bacteria, so he can get the most out of his workout and then some. $65, Outdoor VoicesWoolrich Made in USA Wool Duffel BagPerfect for a weekend away, this bag is big enough to hold the essentials and a little extra too. He’ll feel extra good about carrying it because it’s made right here on U.S. soil. $189, WoolrichMassimo Alba Set of 3 Cotton Pocket SquaresFor the gentleman dad who appreciates an out-of-this-world print, these pocket squares come with three different designs so he can switch up the look. $75, Mr Porter Cocktail Rescue: Jon Taffer Launches New Line of Mixers Filson ToteThis tote is tough as nails, designed with a weather-repellant base and sides to protect the contents from wet and muddy conditions. The materials are made to get better with age, so he’ll want to carry it everywhere. $170, FilsonWaltzing Matilda Sunglass CaseHandcrafted in America from locally-sourced materials, tell dad to ditch that cheap sunglasses case and stash his favorite pair in style. It’s designed with recycled cork for the nose piece and a collar button to close it up. $75, Waltzing MatildaOlivers Apparel The All Over ShortBuilt from premium lightweight fabrics, these shorts work hard whether he takes them to the gym or on a backcountry trek. And they look good too, so he can wear them out for beers with the guys or when firing up the grill at his next BBQ. $68, Olivers Apparellast_img read more

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Rotterdam Joins Indonesian Deep-Sea Port Project

first_img Print  Close My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定center_img zoom The Port of Rotterdam Authority has signed a partnership agreement with the Indonesian Port Corporation Pelindo I in Medan, North Sumatra, for the development of the new deep-sea port in Kuala Tanjung. The authority will now carry out a feasibility study for the new port together with Pelindo I. A project organisation will be created for this purpose that will include a number of the authority’s employees locally and based in Rotterdam.Depending on the outcome of this feasibility study, the Rotterdam port operator will assess whether it will enter into a joint venture with Pelindo I for the further realisation of the port.”We want to share our knowledge in the construction, development and management of Kuala Tanjung. We are confident that the Port Authority and Pelindo I will form a strong team that will serve the country and provide for a better future” the Rotterdam Port Authority’s CEO Allard Castelein said.Kuala Tanjung, a proposed site for the new deep-sea port, is located near the city of Medan in the Strait of Malacca, one of the busiest shipping routes in the world.Indonesia’s president Joko Widodo has made strengthening of the country’s maritime sector a spearhead of his policy in order to promote economic growth, and Kuala Tanjung is one of the main projects in the national maritime strategy.last_img read more

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Man did not lodge complaint of being forced to chant religious slogans

first_imgGurugram: Muhammad Akil, the Gurugam police commissioner on Tuesday said that Mohammad Barkat Alam did not lodge the complaint of being forced to chant religious slogans as was alleged earlier.The law enforcement officials have registered the complaint of the 25-year-old was beaten and not allowed to wear the skull cap. The man in charge of 5,000 strong police force also said that he has formed a special investigating team so that the perpetrators involved in the crime are held at the earliest. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarMeanwhile, there has been a change of narrative in the allegation of a Muslim man being subjected to hate crime and being made to chant religious slogans. In the CCTV image, it has been shown that Barkhat got involved in the brawl with only one man and there were so six persons as was complained by the Barkat who works as a tailor in the city. Looking at the matter between the two getting worse a nearby sweeper came forward and stopped the fight and asked the people to go their own way. As has been alleged earlier where it was claimed the group of six men tore the kurta of the 25-year-old, the CCTV images do not reveal any such incident taking place. Also Read – Two persons arrested for killing manager of Muthoot FinanceAlam had mentioned earlier, “It was around 10:15 pm on Saturday and I was returning from the mosque. Four men on bike and two on foot, who appeared to be drunk, stopped me. They said I cannot wear a skull cap in their area. Two men beat me while those on bike abused me and fled. I could not note down the bike’s number, neither do I know them. But I can identify them if I see them again.” It has been claimed that when Barkat tried to push the man and run away, the man allegedly tore his shirt. As Barkat broke down the men left. Four of them drove away in a motorcycle and two just walked away into one of the alleys in the area. Notwithstanding the controversies that are surrounding the entire issue, the Gurugram police have questioned 15 people regarding the entire incident but as of now, it has not made an arrest. Meanwhile traumatised by the entire incident, Barkhat has been asserting about his feeling unsafe in the city and expressed the desire to go back to his hometown Begusarai. Not only Muslim minority organisations but a large number of prominent citizens and expressed their support for Mohammad Barkat Alam.last_img read more

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Alberta creates 1B fund for Indigenous investment in energy

first_imgChris StewartAPTN NewsAlberta Premier Jason Kenney brought Indigenous leaders from Treaty six, seven, and eight areas to government house in Edmonton to talk about the province’s energy sector and where the communities fit in.The group from 48 communities were all smiles after the meeting after the meeting where Kenney announced the creation of the Indigenous Opportunities Corporation (IOC).It will be responsible for awarding $1-billlion to Indigenous groups who want to invest in the energy sector, by providing loan guarantees.“While there has been a lot of great progress to celebrate our First Nations, the truth is there is still too many Aboriginal Albertans who live in poverty who have not enjoyed the prosperity of this province,” Kenney said. “And our government is determined to work collaboratively with our First Nations to change that.“To ensure that Aboriginal Albertans are full partners in prosperity.”(Leaders at Monday’s meeting with Alberta Premier Jason Kenney. Photo: Chris Stewart/APTN)Treaty Six Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild said the talks were productive.He said  that energy investment can be done responsibly to the environment.“Is it possible to have sustainable development and promote respect to Mother Earth at the same time? And I think clearly from our experience , the answer is yes,” he said.The money from the IOC will go to First Nation and Metis Communities who want to invest in the energy sector.That includes investing in the Trans-mountain pipeline expansion project, or in renewable energy.(Grand Chief Arthur Noskey, left, followed by Chief Aaron Young, Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild, Minister of Indigenous Relations Rick Wilson, and Chief Roy Fox. Photo: Chris Stewart/APTN)That was what Chief Roy Fox from southern Alberta’s Blood Tribe wanted to hear.“We have a 200 megawatt wind farm, and we are proposing another one, another 200 megawatt,” he said.“It was encouraging to hear the premier talk about continuing with that kind of approach.”Kenney said these meetings will become an annual event.According to the chiefs here, the first one started well.“Working relationships, and this billion dollar fund to backstop investments for First Nations to have their foot in the door, and the economic benefits of Alberta – that was ideal thinking for us,” said Grand Chief Arthur Noskey.The IOC will be created this fall in a proposed bill by the government.cstewart@aptn.ca@aptnchrislast_img read more

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Closing Bell North American markets digest uncertainty over Cyprus bank account tax

TORONTO — North American markets tried Tuesday to shed concerns that debt troubles in Europe could worsen as Cyprus grapples with financial stability.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,773.87 -7.89 -0.06%S&P 500 — 1,548.34 -3.76 -0.24%Dow — 14,455.82 +3.76 0.03%Nasdaq — 3,229.10 -8.49 -0.26%The small Mediterranean island became the centre of attention with traders this week, as lawmakers of the country rejected a draft bill that would have seized part of residents’ bank deposits in order to qualify for an international bailout.European officials have said that without a bailout, the country’s main banks will collapse and the country could end up having to leave Europe’s joint currency. The instability was compounded by reports that the country’s finance minister Michalis Sarris had resigned from his position, though he later said that was untrue.But the uncertainty had already erased any gains made earlier in the session on both sides of the border.Toronto’s S&P/TSX composite index decreased 7.89 points to 12,773.87, while the TSX Venture Exchange slid 5.27 points to 1,106.51.The Canadian dollar was down 0.45 of a cent at 97.37 cents US.On Wall Street stocks were mixed as the Dow Jones industrials made a late-session climb to end the day up 3.76 points to 14,455.82.The Nasdaq backed off 8.49 points to 3,229.10 while the S&P 500 index was down 3.76 points to 1,548.34.Cyprus’ troubles translated to concerns about eurozone oil demand with the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange slipping $1.58 to settle at US$92.16 a barrel.Gold stocks were ahead with April bullion moving up $6.70 to US$1,611.30 an ounce, while May copper fell 2.3 cents to US$3.406 a pound.The consumer discretionary index led the TSX, up 0.8%, after Rona Inc. (TSX:RON) hired Robert Sawyer, a senior executive from the Metro grocery business, to be its next president and chief executive starting next month. The home renovation company’s shares were up four%, or 42 cents, to $10.98.In U.S. economic data, the Commerce Department reported that construction started on homes in February at the second-fastest pace in 4 1/2 years. Builders broke ground on new homes last month at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 917,000, up from 910,000 in January.Statistics Canada reported that wholesale sales rose by 0.3% in January to $49 billion, mainly due to higher sales in computer and communications equipment and supplies. In volume terms, wholesale sales were up 0.5% for the month.And manufacturing sales edged down 0.2% in January to $48 billion — the fourth decline in five months — impacted by weakness in automotive as well as the petroleum and coal product industry.Shares in convenience store owner Couche-Tard (TSX:ATD.B) were down after it reported profits rose to $142.5 million, or 75 cents a share, from $86.8 million, or 48 cents, a year earlier. The stock fell 2.3%, or $1.25, to $54.34.Lululemon (TSX:LLL) shares took a hit after the company said it has yanked its popular black yoga pants from store shelves because the material was too sheer. The company warned of lower than expected sales because of a shortage of the extraordinarily popular clothing items, which make up make up about 17% of all women’s pants and crop pants in its stores.Shares fell 2.6%, or $1.76, to $65.74.Traders’ attention will turn to a two-day meeting of U.S. Federal Reserve that is expected to keep record-low interest rates and other measures in an effort to maintain the momentum of U.S. economic growth. The details will be confirmed through a statement and update on economic forecasts due Wednesday.Here’s the news investors were watching today:Cyprus rejects tax on bank deposits as condition for international bailoutLululemon supplier says see-through yoga pants made to specs as retailer’s stock fallsManulife pulls low-rate mortgage offer after pressure from OttawaFlaherty promises help for struggling factory sector in March 21 BudgetON DECK WEDNESDAYU.S. Fed announces rate decision at 12:30 followed by press briefing with chairman Ben Bernanke at 2:15 p.m. ET Saskatchewan budget UK Finance Minister delivers 2013 Budget CANADAECONOMIC NEWSTeranet-National Bank house price index CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESFedEx Q3 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.39 a share General Mills Inc Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 57¢ read more

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Greenhouse gas emissions by industrialized countries show worrying rise UN reports

Although the overall emissions by these countries dropped 3.3 per cent in the 1990–2004 period, this was mostly due to a 36.8 per cent decrease by economies in transition of eastern and central Europe (EITs), and the other industrialized Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) registered a 11 per cent increase.“The worrying fact is that EITs, which were mostly responsible for the overall emissions reductions of industrialized countries so far, as a group have experienced an emission increase of 4.1 per cent in the period 2000-2004,” UNFCCC Executive Secretary Yvo de Boer said at the launching of the report in Bonn, Germany.“This means that industrialized countries will need to intensify their efforts to implement strong policies which reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” he added. The report, Greenhouse Gas Data, 2006, constitutes the first complete set of data submitted by all 41 industrialized Parties. The United States, the world’s biggest emitter of greenhouse gases, is not a party.Emission reductions are urgently required in the transport sector but they seem to be especially difficult to achieve, growing by 23.9 per cent from 1990 to 2004, the report noted.The Kyoto Protocol requires 35 industrialized countries and the European Community to reduce greenhouse emissions by an average of 5 per cent below 1990 levels in its first commitment period between 2008 and 2012.Despite the emission growth in some countries in the latest period 2000-2004, the Parties stand a good chance of meeting individual emissions reduction commitments if they speedily apply the additional domestic mitigation measures they are planning and use the Kyoto Protocol’s market-based flexibility mechanisms.One promising option for meeting the targets is the use of the clean development mechanism (CDM), allowing industrialized countries to invest in sustainable development projects that reduce emissions in developing countries and thereby generate tradable emission credits.“We are looking forward to emissions trading between all countries with emission targets under the Kyoto Protocol when the first commitment period starts in 2008,” Mr. de Boer said. “At the same time, it is clear that further global action on climate change is urgently needed to generate significant investment flows into clean technology, making use of existing and new market mechanisms.” read more

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World Cup ThirdPlace Match Crib Notes Brazil vs Netherlands

It isn’t nearly as important or anticipated as the final, but Saturday’s third-place match is good enough to be a World Cup final. It pits pre-tournament favorite Brazil against the Netherlands, which put up one of the two most impressive performances of the World Cup in routing defending champion Spain, 5-1, in the group stage.Brazil vs. the Netherlands, 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHThe other most impressive World Cup performance was Germany’s 7-1 semifinal rout of Brazil, which is the reason the hosts have to play in this warmup act. Although the score was embarrassing, the outcome — a shot at third place —  wasn’t so bad. Brazil lost to one of the best teams in the world and improved on its quarterfinal exits in the past two Cups. Spain, which flamed out (like some other defending champions), had a far worse tournament. By reaching the semifinal stage, Brazil guaranteed fans two more matches featuring its national team. And other World Cup hosts have played in the third-place match, most recently Germany in 2006 and South Korea in 2002.In the Netherlands, Brazil has a worthy opponent. The Dutch have played in more finals than any other side to never win the Cup, a streak that will continue after their Wednesday loss to Argentina on penalty kicks. Now they can set their sights on a more modest goal: finishing third for the first time in their World Cup history.OK, so the stakes are low and the match is being belittled as a “pointless sideshow” or “meaningless exercise.” But a match between these two teams doesn’t need high stakes to be watchable.Without star striker Neymar and captain Thiago Silva, Brazil wasn’t as good in the semifinal as its top ranking in ESPN’s Soccer Power Index suggested. But it was nowhere near as bad as it looked against Germany. Now Brazil will have Silva back to help shore up its battered defense and to rally supporters behind his teammates.The Netherlands, meanwhile, is coming off an embarrassing performance of a different sort. At least Brazil scored against Germany, while getting off 18 other attempts in 90 minutes. The Dutch, though, took just seven shots in 120 minutes against Argentina in their seminal match, and just one forced a save.The silver lining of a low-stakes match is that neither team should feel pressure to play safe. If these two offenses — still rated two of the four best in the world by SPI — decide to attack, that should make for a great show, even if it is of the pointless-sideshow variety.OFF THE PITCHThe Brazilians and the Dutch both had heartbreaking losses this week, but at least they can go to each other for consolation. The countries’ relationship is strong, dating to the days of the Dutch West India Company. Back then, when the extent of contact was months-long journeys by sea, trade was the only real connection. But times have changed, and travel between the two nations now consists of a 12-hour plane ride, meaning more opportunity to visit for pleasure. So how many Dutch and Brazilian citizens take advantage of this?According to the Netherlands Board of Tourism and Conventions, about 102,000 Brazilians visited the land of tulips in 2011, and Brazil’s Ministry of Tourism reports that 72,162 Dutch traveled the opposite direction in the same year. When adjusted for each country’s total population, those travelers make up just 0.4 percent of Dutch citizens and .05 percent of Brazilians. Travel may be easier than it was in the 17th century, but it looks like 12 hours may still be a bit much to endure. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGCould the World Cup Champion Beat the Best Club Team in the World?U.S. vs. Belgium Was the Best Match of the World Cup So FarMessi Is Better Than Maradona, But Maybe Not PeleHow Does Germany’s Blowout of Brazil Compare to Those in Other Sports? read more

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Sponseller ends Ohio State career with AllAmerican honors

Colt Sponseller found a small silver lining after the senior from Glenmont, Ohio, finished his college wrestling career at Ohio State. Sponseller was named an All-American wrestler as he finished fourth in the nation at the 2011 NCAA championships at 165 pounds. Although he earned All-American honors, Sponseller said his season did not end the way he wanted as his fourth-place finish fell short of his high expectations. “I didn’t go there and do what I wanted to do,” he said. “I lost my final college match, and I’m never happy when I lose.” Sponseller’s finish in the NCAA Tournament was the first time he has placed in his three years at the NCAA championships. He lost in the semifinals to the eventual national champion Jordan Burroughs from Nebraska, and in the third-place match to Wisconsin’s Andrew Howe. “I finally got over the hump,” he said of earning his All-American honors. Sponseller finished this season with a 25-7 record and a 105-24 record throughout his career. He said although the All-American honors make him feel good, he is not satisfied with his career because he was not able to earn a national championship. “I’d probably say that, overall, it didn’t really go the way I wanted it to,” he said. “But it ended on a somewhat good note.” Coach Tom Ryan said the team expected Sponseller to be an All-American and a national champion, but he was only able to achieve the former. “People like Colt come to college with very high expectations,” Ryan said. “They’re highly motivated people, and to do well is critical.” Ryan said although Sponseller did not win a national championship, he was always a hard worker and his losses were not for a lack of effort. Sponseller’s wrestling eligibility has run out, but Ryan said he is bringing the senior back to help the coaching staff. “He’s finishing his degree in business,” Ryan said. “His major is marketing, and he will be in the role as student-coach.” Sponseller said he still has two quarters to finish and that he will try to help the younger wrestlers succeed on the mat with his strong work ethic. “He represents everything that OSU wrestling wants to represent,” Ryan said. “He is just a great leader.” Besides Sponseller’s All-American honors, he was named to the academic All-Big Ten list this year and is a two-time OSU Scholar Athlete. He was the runner-up in the Big Ten Championships in 2010 and 2011, losing to Howe both seasons. Sponseller’s mom, Sue, has a distinct whistle that she uses at every match to help her son while he is wrestling. “I have kind of a deep voice,” she said, “so whistling was always easier to get them to react.” Sue uses different types of whistles to encourage her son to work harder or get moving. “I can do all kinds of whistles,” she said. “I can almost break glass.” Sue said she was very proud of her son for not only his wrestling success but his success in the classroom as well. She said his All-American honors were a welcome announcement for the Sponseller family. “When that match was over, we were just so happy and relieved,” she said. “It just seemed that every year there was something standing in the way.” Ryan said the team will miss Sponseller’s hard work ethic and leadership once he leaves OSU. “It’s been a pleasure coaching him,” Ryan said. “I’m very grateful he chose to be a Buckeye.” read more

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Victims of cyberbullies are picked on at school first researchers find

first_imgBullyingUK said calls relating to cyberbullying rose by 77 per cent last year.ChildLine reported an 88 per cent increase in calls related to cyberbullying in the past five years. The research was published in the journal European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Prof Dieter Wolke, of the department of psychology at the University of Warwick, said: “Many media reports have portrayed that cyberbullying is an epidemic, suggesting many new victims are created. Our findings show that very few new victims are created.”The same bullies that confront their victims in school and know them face to face also now use cyber tools to bully their victims and extend their reach to outside school. The same bullies that confront their victims in school and know them face to face also now use cyber tools to bully their victimsProf Dieter Wolke “However, being directly victimised and relationally excluded are still the main forms of bullying.” They also wanted to find out if online abuse was worse psychologically for victims than traditional playground bullying.Although nearly one in three of the children said they had been bullied, just one per cent were only bullied online, the study found. Cyberbullying was found to lower self-esteem and increase depression as seriously as traditional bullying.When youngsters were bullied by multiple means, such as being beaten, socially excluded, or victimised online, the psychological impact was worse. Being able to target victims online allowed the reach of bullies to extend into their homes. Cyberbullying has largely affected children who were already being picked on rather than creating new victims, according to researchers.In recent years, helplines for children have reported huge increases in the number of online victims, who are often abused and taunted through social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.But a study found that 99 per cent of children would have been bullied regardless of new technology, as the internet merely gave bullies another outlet to torment victims.Academics at the University of Warwick questioned 2,700 pupils aged between 11 and 16 from secondary schools in Britain, to determine whether cyberbullying finds new victims. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Icelandic squad for EURO 2018 with Palmarsson and Sigurdsson

Tough job is ahead of Icelandic national team at upcoming Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia, but, at least, Icelanders will be led by two biggest stars Aron Palmarsson and Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson. Icelandic NT coach Geir Sveinsson announced squad for the final preparations…Goalkeepers:Björgvin Pall Gustavsson, Haukar, IcelandAgust Eli Björgvinsson, FH Hafnarfjordur, IcelandLeft wings:Gudjon Valur Sigurdsson, Rhein-Neckar Löwen, GermanyBjarki Mar Elisson, Füchse Berlin, GermanyLeft backs:Olafur Gudmundsson, IFK Kristianstad, SwedenAron Palmarsson, FC Barcelona, SpainPlaymakers:Arnor Atlason, Aalborg Håndbold, DenmarkJanus Dadi Smarason, Aalborg Håndbold, DenmarkRight backs:Runar Karason, TSV Hannover-Burgdorf, GermanyAsgeir Örn Hallgrimsson, USAM Nimes, FranceOmar Ingi Magnusson, Århus Håndbold, DenmarkRight wings:Arnor Gunnarsson, Bergischer HC, GermanyPivots:Kari Kristjan Kristjansson, IBV, IcelandArnar Freyr Arnasson, IFK Kristianstad, SwedenDefenders:Bjarki Mar Gunnarsson, Stjarnan, IcelandYmir Örn Gislason, Valur, Iceland ← Previous Story Prokop picks 20 Germans for EHF EURO 2018 Next Story → VIDEO: TOP 30 saves of EHF CL in 2017 Iceland handballIcelandic handball read more

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9 things terminally single people want everyone else to know

first_imgYou need to love yourself first. Source: WikiaCheers for that?5. Relatives – stop asking us about weddings and grandchildren Source: ShutterstockWhat if we NEVER get married, eh? Or NEVER have children?Oooooh, scared now aren’t you?6. We’re not going to turn into crazy cat people Source: WordPressWe know you worry about it. But it’s not going to happen. (We’re pretty sure anyway.)7. Don’t pretend that you wish you were single too Source: ShutterstockSounds like you should never have gotten married, mate.8. We know we’re gorgeous/smart/funny and anyone would be lucky to have usThanks for the reminder though. Source: Giphy9. But we don’t really need anyone at all, actuallyALL THE LADIES (AND MEN) WHO INDEPENDENT! Source: TumblrPreviously: 19 people who are excellently embracing their singledom> There are plenty more fish in the sea.center_img IN MOVIES AND TV, singledom is always painted as the worst possible thing – it’s just doom, gloom, loneliness and endless, endless searching for The One.In real life, the actual problem is everyone in a relationship thinks single people are really unhappy about being single.But in fact – they aren’t. Surprise! There’s some things you should know.1. We don’t need to be set up with your friend Source: JamspreaderNo. Please. Don’t. Please. Don’t do that.2. Relationship chat is mostly B-O-R-I-N-G Source: ShutterstockDon’t care about what your Stephen is doing at work now, soz!3. There is no such thing as being ‘too picky’ Source: Tumblr/BaskaukasOK, maybe there are limits. But why should we settle for less than the best?4. The old love advice clichés mean absolutely nothing to usIt’ll happen when you least expect it.last_img read more

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20 concerts with no fees offered for National Concert Day

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Concerts with no fees are a rarity, but Live Nation is offering just that during their summer concerts.In honor of National Concert Day on May 2, Live Nation is making over one million tickets available to shows for just $20, with zero additional fees. More than fifty summer tours are eligible for the discounted tickets.The $20 promotion began at 8 a.m. on Tuesday and will continue for a week.To see a list of concerts that are eligible for the $20 promotion in your area, visit Live Nation’s website.Here are just some of the concerts up for grabs:Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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AGDC Confirms Nikiski Over Port MacKenzie For LNG Site

first_imgOn Thursday, April 12, AGDC President Keith Meyer stated in a press conference that Nikiski is still the preferred site for the natural gas liquefaction plant and terminus. Back in March, a schedule was released by the FERC to the AGDC. According to the plan, a draft Environmental Impact Statement will be completed by March 2019, with the final Environmental Impact Statement set for December of that year. The Mat-Su Borough filed a complaint on January 9, with the Federal Regulatory Energy Commision (FERC) stating that the project and regulators “improperly and intentionally excluded” the borough’s Port MacKenzie as a “reasonable alternative” for the proposed liquefied natural gas plant. Construction will begin after FERC finalizes its regulatory decision in March 2020. Nikiski was identified as the preferred site location over four years ago, after more than two dozen possible locations were analyzed. According to the AGDC they plan to build a natural gas offtake facility at milepost 731 (measured from Prudhoe Bay) for gas withdrawals in the Mat-Su valley. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The President of the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation has confirmed that Nikiski is still the preferred site for the AK LNG liquefaction facility.last_img read more

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