first_imgWhat’s in a name? For the BJP-led government in Uttar Pradesh it’s a lot, as it begun moves to soon change the name of Allahabad to Prayagraj. While the government views it as a tribute to the Sangam city ahead of the 2019 Kumbh Mela, Opposition parties questioned the logic behind it.A proposal to change the name was passed in the Kumbh Mela Margdarshak Mandal meeting held in Allahabad on Saturday. Governor Ram Naik, who presided over the meeting, included several State Cabinet Ministers and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, also gave his consent.‘Consent of all’ Mr. Naik said the proposal “had the consent of all and a proposal for it would be brought up in the next Cabinet meeting,” a government spokesperson said.Briefing media after the meeting, Mr. Adityanath said that his government would take steps to “soon change the name of Allahabad to Prayagraj.” He said the new name was a tribute to the city as the confluence of two major rivers, the Ganga and the Yamuna.The government had made its intention clear after the body set up to organise the Kumbh was named the Prayagraj Mela Authority after it came to power last year. Even in its official banners, Allahabad has been replaced by Prayagraj.Sidharthnath Singh, the U.P. Cabinet Minister and government spokesperson who first initiated the move to change the name of Allahabad by writing to the Governor earlier this year said “now the formal procedure would be followed”.MLC’s tauntMeanwhile, the police arrested a Samajwadi Party worker, Shiv Yadav, after he waved black flags at Mr. Adityanath’s cavalcade and shouted slogans against the move to change the name of Allahabad. SP MLC Anand Bhadauria taunted Mr. Adityanath saying he was unparalleled at changing names, be it his own (from Ajay Bisht) or the names of schemes started by the Akhilesh Yadav government to claim them as his own.Congress Rajya Sabha MP Pramod Tiwari said that though he did not oppose the change in name, he would prefer that the BJP government “first restore the political, cultural and administrative stature” that Allahabad earned under successive Congress governments.last_img read more

first_imgMilitants fired a grenade from an under- barrel grenade launcher (UBGL) at a National Conference (NC) leader’s house in Pulwama’s Tral on Tuesday.Preliminary reports suggest the grenade, aimed at the house of NC leader Ashraf Bhat, exploded outside the residence. At the time of attack, a number of NC leaders and activists had assembled for a poll meeting.Initial reports suggest NC candidate Hasnain Masoodi, a retired judge contesting from Anantnag, was also present at the meeting. The police said it is ascertaining the facts at the spot.last_img read more

first_imgAn Indian lecturer at Cambridge University has announced she will no longer supervise students from King’s College after taking offence at the behaviour of its white porters whom she accused of behaving in a racist manner.Read it at Telegraph Related Itemslast_img

first_imgWith paddy harvesting picking up momentum in Punjab, the State government has asked its employees to ensure that crop residue is not burnt in the fields owned or cultivated by them in an attempt to curb the menace of stubble burning.K.S. Pannu, Secretary (Agriculture and Farmer Welfare), said that instructions have been issued to the staff of different departments, boards, corporations and cooperative societies, asking them not to burn crop residue wherever they were growing paddy.The government agency PUNGRAIN has so far procured 39% of the total paddy that has arrived in various mandis across the State. Around 3,26,839 metric tonnes of paddy has been procured in Punjab till October 9, out of which PUNGRAIN has procured 1,27,575 metric tonnes.Farmers of Punjab will face the challenge of managing nearly 20 million tonnes of paddy straw once again this season, as per government data. Paddy has been sown in nearly 29.20 lakh hectares.Mr. Pannu said in case any employee fails to comply with these directions, disciplinary action as per service rules would be initiated against them.“Employees had also been directed to dissuade others from indulging in this hazardous practice. The employees have been mandated to bring the matter to the notice of the authorities concerned, in case there is any burning of crop residue ,” he said.Bonus soughtPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has already written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking a bonus of ₹100 per quintal on paddy, in addition to Minimum Support Price, as a measure to compensate the farmers for the additional burden of managing paddy residue.last_img read more

first_imgBALTIMORE — It was a night when both teams lamented a potentially devastating loss.The satisfaction the Baltimore Orioles derived from beating the New York Yankees 11-3 on Aug. 11 was dampened by the possibility that third baseman Manny Machado could be headed toward the disabled list with a sprained right knee.“We’ll just wait for the results,” Machado said in front of his locker, where a pair of crutches stood. “Hopefully it is on the good side other than the bad.”He will have an MRI on Aug. 12 determine the severity of the injury and whether a stint on the DL is necessary. “There’s a chance we may have dodged a bullet,” Manager Buck Showalter said.The Yankees had a far different problem to cope with. Their third straight defeat dropped them a season-high seven games behind the AL East-leading Orioles with 44 games remaining.“This is the team we have. We’ve got to go win with the guys that we have,” New York captain Derek Jeter said. “You can’t sit around and be negative. We have to stay optimistic. You’ve got to have a lot of faith in your teammates and then you’re going to get the job done.”With each loss to the Orioles, the deficit increases. There are two games left in the series that concludes Wednesday.“I really don’t think it makes a difference who you’re playing,” Jeter said. “We’ve got to find ways to win games. It’s not like you can exhale when you’re playing a team that’s not in front of us.”Machado, a 2013 All-Star third baseman, sprained his right knee in the second inning while hitting a broken-bat grounder to shortstop. He dropped on his back in the batter’s box and needed help getting off the field.He was replaced by Chris Davis, who came up in the fifth against Chris Capuano (1-3) with a man on and New York leading 3-2. With the count full, Davis hit a drive over the right-field scoreboard for his 21st home run.“Chris Davis was the big at-bat in the game,” Capuano said. “Obviously Chris Davis is the guy you don’t want to beat you. I would’ve liked to have that pitch a little more down in the zone, probably expand it a bit, but I left it up and it caught too much of the plate.”Nelson Cruz connected with a man on in the seventh and Jonathan Schoop added a three-run shot in the eighth to turn the game into a rout. Cruz now has 31 homers, tied for the major league lead with rookie Jose Abreu of the White Sox.Bud Norris (10-7) gave up three runs and five hits in five innings, and the Orioles won despite committing three errors — including two on one wacky play.With the score tied at 1 in the top of the second inning, Carlos Beltran walked and took third on a single by Chase Headley. With Martin Prado at the plate both runners broke.As Headley got caught in a rundown, Beltran strayed off third. He headed home after Machado got the ball, and the third baseman’s throw hit Beltran in the helmet. After Beltran crossed the plate, Headley came around to score after the ball bounced off the backstop.Beltran and Headley received credit for a double steal, and Machado and Norris received errors on the play — Norris for dropping the ball in a desperate bid to tag the sliding Headley at the plate.New York got one hit after the second inning, a double by Jeter.(DAVID GINSBURG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgHuddersfield Town will not be forced into selling their top players if they are relegated from the Premier League this season, chief executive Julian Winter has said.Huddersfield are bottom of the table with 11 points from 23 games, 10 points from safety, and head coach David Wagner stepped down last week. The club replaced him with Borussia Dortmund reserve team manager Jan Siewert.”To be blunt, this club has been prepared for getting into the Premier League and it will be prepared if it is not in the Premier League,” Winter was quoted as saying by the Telegraph.”We retained our status last season, which was fabulous. But we know that if this club does get relegated, it doesn’t fall into crisis. There aren’t fire sales.”Siewert’s first game in charge will be on January 29 when Huddersfield host Everton in the league.last_img read more

first_imgBharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Lok Sabha election manifesto 2019 has reserved quite a number of lines to protect the rights and empower women in the country.In the 48-page BJP manifesto, women are mentioned 37 times. Below are the promises the BJP has mentioned for the women in its Lok Sabha election manifesto 2019:Equal rightsThe BJP Lok Sabha election manifesto promises to ensure gender equality in Indian society. The sensitive issues like the triple talaq and niqah halala have also found its place in the manifesto to woo the women voters towards the BJP. “We have determinedly taken substantive measures to ensure overall development of women and promote gender equality. Continuing our work, we will legislate a bill to prohibit and eliminate practices such as triple talaq and Nikah Halala,” the manifesto reads.HealthThe BJP Lok Sabha election manifesto mentioned Mission Indradhanush, programme immunization of 3.39 crore children and 87.18 lakh pregnant mothers and promised to ensure further immunization of pregnant women by 2022.”The Mission Indradhanush programme has ensured full immunization of 3.39 crore children and 87.18 lakh pregnant mothers. Further, the annual increase in the rate of immunization has jumped from 1 per cent per year to 6 per cent per year. Continuing this pace, we will ensure full immunization coverage for all the children and pregnant women by 2022,” the manifesto reads.SportsThe BJP Lok Sabha election manifesto also promises to develop the culture of sports in the country with special attention to encourage the participation of women.”Our government has taken comprehensive steps to develop the culture of sports in the country through the ‘Khelo India’ scheme, and we will continue to provide adequate resources under this scheme to ensure the achievement of declared objectives. Under this scheme, special attention will be given to encourage sporting talent among women and tribals,” the manifesto reads.advertisementEducationThe BJP Lok Sabha election manifesto invoked the ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme and said if the party came back to power, they would continue to build on what they had achieved so far in providing education to all women.”The gains made under our pioneering ‘Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao’ programme have been impressive. We are committed to continuing to build on these gains to provide accessible and affordable quality education to all women. We will ensure that ample financial support is available to girls throughout their education and subsidised education loans are provided for higher education,” the manifesto reads.Financial EmpowermentThe BJP Lok Sabha election manifesto mentioned schemes like Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Ujjwala, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, and Saubhagya and said that the government’s focus has been on ensuring a safe and dignified life for the women. The manifesto also says that if voted to power, the government will ensure financial empowerment for women entrepreneurs and farmers.”During the last five years, we have focussed on ensuring a safe and dignified life and access to basic resources for women through various schemes such as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan, Ujjwala, Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana, Saubhagya.In the next 5 years, to ensure financial empowerment among women in rural and semi-rural areas and create better employment opportunities for them, we will make every effort to ensure access to credit and other resources, capacity building, market and distribution network for women entrepreneurs, SHGs and women farmers,” the manifesto reads.WorkforceThe BJP Lok Sabha election manifesto says that the party is committed to making women equal partners in the progress of the nation and will ensure an increase of the female workforce participation rate over the next five years.”We are committed to making women equal partners and equal beneficiaries of the progress and prosperity of the nation and will formulate a comprehensive ‘Women in Workforce’ roadmap focussed on dramatically increasing the female workforce participation rate over the next five years. We will also encourage industries and corporates to generate better employment opportunities for women,” the manifesto reads.Maternal healthcareThe BJP Lok Sabha election manifesto promises to ensure good quality, easily accessible and affordable maternal healthcare services for all women.”Continuing our efforts to ensure safe motherhood through schemes such as Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Matritva Suraksha Abhiyaan and Ayushman Bharat, we will focus on ensuring good quality, easily accessible and affordable maternal healthcare services for all women,” the manifesto reads.The BJP also promised to provide sanitary pads at an affordable cost of just Re 1.”We will ensure that all reproductive and menstrual health services are easily available to all women across India and with the expansion of ongoing Suvidha scheme, sanitary pads at an affordable cost of just Re 1 will be provided to all women and girls,” the manifesto reads.advertisementSecurityThe BJP Lok Sabha election manifesto puts emphasis on providing security to the women on priority.”Women’s security will be given more priority. We have constituted the Women’s Security Division in the Home Ministry, and have made strict provisions for transferring the laws in order to commit crimes against women, in particular in a time-bound investigation and trail for rape. In such cases, forensic facilities and fast track courts will be expanded to bring convicts to justice,” the manifesto reads.Reservation for WomenThe BJP Lok Sabha election manifesto also promises reservation for women in Parliament and state assemblies through a Constitutional amendment.”Women’s welfare and development will be accorded a high priority at all levels within the government, and the BJP is commied to 33% reservation in Parliament and state assemblies through a Constitutional amendment,” the manifesto reads.last_img read more

first_imgApple’s 2019 iPhone models – the Apple iPhone 11 or the Apple iPhone XI – have been a subject of speculations for quite some time now. While rumours have long speculated a camera bump at the back along with the reverse wireless charging feature, other details have remain scarce. But now, we might have some clarity on Apple’s 2019 iPhones other than the never-ending debate surrounding the camera bump.According to a Japanese blog Macotakara (via 9to5Mac), Apple’s 2019 iPhone lineup would comprise of two iPhones both of which will feature an OLED screen and of course a camera bump. The report states that Apple’s 2019 iPhone lineup would include a 6.1-inch and a 6.5-inch smartphone with OLED display. This means that Apple would be ditching the LCD displays in its upcoming iPhone 11 or iPhone XI (or whatever else it is being called these days).The main body of the 6.1-inch iPhone would be about 0.15mm thinner than the iPhone XS. The main body of the 6.5-inch iPhone, on the other hand, would be abput 0.4mm thinner than the current iPhone XS Max. Both the iPhones, would come with a triple rear camera setup and they would come with a USB-C Lightning cable and an 18W USB-C power adapter – something that the blog has stated in its previous reports as well. Additionally, they would come with an updated model of Apple’s A-chip.Interestingly, this information stands in contradiction to the information shared by Steve H McFly about the upcoming iPhones over the weekend. Apparently, unconfirmed sources told the leakster that Apple would introduce three new iPhones this year that would be direct successors to its 2018 iPhones. The 2019 iPhones – the iPhone XI, the iPhone XI Max and the iPhone XIR – would each come with a triple camera setup at the back. In addition to a triple rear camera setup, the iPhone XI and the iPhone XI Max – presumably successors to the iPhone XS and the iPhone XS Max — would get a frosted glass look.advertisementI recently heard triple rear camera won’t be exclusive to any 2019 iPhone. According to yet unconfirmed source, #iPhoneXI, #iPhoneXIMax and #iPhoneXIR will all three come with triple camera. Among others things, kinda frosted glass may be #iPhoneXI and #iPhoneXIMax only exclusiveSteve H.McFly (@OnLeaks) April 4, 2019It is advisable to take all these reports with a pinch of salt at the moment as they strictly fall the rumours category and we won’t know anything for sure till Apple officially unveils the details about its upcoming iPhones.ALSO READ: | iPhone XI: What do we know so far about Apple’s flagship iPhoneALSO READ: | Leaked Apple iPhone 11 schematics reveal support for triple rear camera setupALSO READ: | Apple may launch three iPhones with OLED screens, new screen sizes in 2020last_img read more

first_imgThe X-Blades 18 Years and Under Championships is a truly national tournament. Teams have travelled from as far as Tasmania, South Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia for the event in Coffs Harbour, New South Wales. The Championships provide the opportunity for players from these emerging states to experience a level of competition that they aren’t exposed to in their home states. Tasmania, SA, NT, and WA don’t have traditional Touch Football roots or large participation numbers which makes it difficult for the teams to compete against sides from Touch Football heartlands such as Queensland and New South Wales. Despite not being able to compete on the scoreboard with some of the more-established teams, the players from these states have displayed a positive attitude throughout the tournament and are always keen to develop their game. Jasmyne Roe is the captain of the Northern Territory girls’ team. She said the best thing about the tournament was being able to witness the high level of talent in some of the top teams. Northern Territory girls finished 16th in the 2006 National 18s and is aiming to finish higher this year. “From the first game we’ve just picked up and improved a lot. We’ve been really competitive, which is pretty much our number one aim. It would be nice to win a game or something, but it’s been really good so far,” Roe said. The Championships have been configured in a way that allows teams that finish lower in the table to still be able to win prizes. At the end of the pool rounds all teams are categorised into groups that compete for either the Championship, Shield or Plate awards. Duncan Bain is the co-captain of the Tasmanian boys’ team. Tasmania’s goal at the start of the tournament was to make the Shield final. “We’re playing better than expected. Our goal was to make the Shield final but that’s gone now so we’re concentrating on the Plate final,” Bain said. The Tasmanian team agreed that it was advantageous for emerging states to play in Touch Football’s pinnacle junior event. “It’s just good to come up and play all these teams because we don’t have a lot of talent down in Tassie so it’s great to play a high level of Touch. It’s good for a couple of the younger boys to get a bit of experience under their belt for later years,” Bain said. One of the teams that has had a difficult path through the pool rounds is the South Australian boys’ team. After being on the wrong end of some one-sided score lines it would be understandable for the players to become disheartened but they have maintained their enthusiasm.  Co-captain of the Australian Mixed Open 2007 World Cup squad Tony Eltakchi and Australian Men’s Open World Cup star Garry Sonda, gave the players a pep talk and some defensive pointers.The South Australian Boys were all very accepting of the advice they received, and grateful for the time the Aussie World Cup stars gave them to increase their understanding of the game.They played with more confidence in their next match and even doubled their tournament touchdown tally. South Australian coach Andy Crawford said his team has been playing better as a unit as they progress through the competition. “They are starting to learn that they can compete against these other guys. A lot of the other guys have all the same skills that they’ve got, the other teams have just got more intense competition week in week out,” he said.Crawford said the experience his players were gaining would be beneficial for the state in the future. “They’re getting more confidence within themselves to be able to compete against these teams in the next couple of years when they come back. They’ll know and they’ll have experience and knowledge of what they’re coming up against.”While they might not challenge for the Championship in 2007 you can be sure the emerging states will come back bigger and better year after year and help Touch Football grow into a genuinely national sport.last_img read more

first_imgzoom Swedish shipowner EKTANK AB has signed a construction contract with Chinese shipbuilder CSSC Chengxi Shipyard for four chemical tankers.The 18,600 tanker feature 154 meters in length and 23.7 meters in width, and are scheduled to start delivery in 2018, local media reports.The order is said to be the first one for chemical tankers placed at CSSC Chengxi, which had been focusing on bulk carriers so far.The contract is seen as a sign of the yard’s moving into more complex shipbuilding business, especially at a time when demand for bulkers is low.EKTANK has five chemical tankers in its fleet ranging from 13,700 DWT to 17,000 DWT, based on the information available on the company’s website.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgAlberta’s government and film industry is hoping a revamp of a grant program will lead to bigger productions and Netflix programs being shot in the province.On Tuesday, Minister of Culture and Tourism Ricardo Miranda announced the $45 million Screen-Based Production Program in annual spending would replace the previous Alberta Production Grant, brought in by the PCs in 1998.Jurisdictions often offer grants to studios as incentives to offset some costs and the previous limit for an individual project was $5 million.The NDP is raising that cap to $7.5 million and each application will be examined for maximum economic impact and job creation, as opposed to what Miranda described as a poor first-come, first-serve basis.“What we inherited was a grant system that was a bottomless pit and it left us scrambling for the money that we needed,” Miranda said.The grant will also offer incentives for local productions, including up to 30 per cent of eligible production expenditures.According to Calgary Economic Development, the industry contributes about $165 million to the provincial GDP, but CEO Mary Moran wants to see that grow significantly.“As we start to attract larger productions, mid-sized productions that we hope to create a pipeline of that type of business, allowing us to grow over the years to five times what it is today,” she said.Alberta is no stranger to film and TV crews; recent productions include The Revenant, FX’s Fargo and Canada’s longest-running drama, Heartland.But Moran said the goal now is to entice more seasonal productions, specifically Netflix shows, to come to Alberta.Alberta’s Commissioner of Film, Television and Creative Industries Luke Azevedo agrees and said being able to compete with other jurisdictions offering higher grants has been a challenge.“We have the mountains, the badlands, the prairies and two municipalities over a million people all within a three-hour radius,” he said. “But when we started to talk about those larger budgets, it was very difficult for us to compete.“We never lose a project because of our personnel or because of the locations, it was the money-based application.”The program means Azevedo is hitting the road, going to Los Angeles, New York, and Europe to inform studios about the changes.“We have a much more robust capacity,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgTaroudant- Barid Al-Maghrib issued Wednesday a post stamp MAD 8.40 (about $ 1) in commemoration of the 38th anniversary of the glorious Green March.Barid Al-Maghrib “commemorates the Green March and thus contributes to the illustration of the commitment of Morocco to defend the territorial integrity of the Kingdom,” said a statement from the institution.Barid Al-Maghrib is accustomed to issuing post stamps on the occasion of the anniversary of every national events in the kingdom, such the Independence Day or the revolution of the King and the People.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

18 May 2007With the economies of Central Asia hurtling forward but tied to a single sector, some 300 business leaders and policymakers gathered today for a United Nations-sponsored forum in Almaty, Kazakhstan, to discuss diversification and international competitiveness. The region is among the fastest growing in the world, registering a 12.4 per cent growth rate in 2006, but too much of the growth has been driven by oil, gas and mineral resources industries, according to the Bangkok-based UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP), which organized the conference in cooperation with the government of Kazakhstan. “Only through opening up or greater liberalization can economic diversification be achieved, thereby limiting the risk of reliance on a few commodities,” said Mr. Kim Hak-Su, UN Under-Secretary-General and UNESCAP Executive Secretary at the fourth Asia-Pacific Business Forum (APBF). The theme of the forum is “At the Crossroads between Asia and Europe: Harnessing the Possibilities of Central Asia,” and in his opening address, Mr. Kim noted that the region was once a crossroads of global trade. “With the right policies in place, it can once again be an important part of that trade,” he said, adding that efficient transport procedures were crucial in that regard. The forum is timed to coincide with the 63rd UNESCAP Commission Session, also taking place in Almaty from 17-23 May, so that its recommendations can be transmitted to the trade ministers attending that high-level meeting. Both meetings represent the first of their kind to be held in Central Asia since UNESCAP was established 60 years ago, the agency said. read more

Despite normal or above-average production in some countries, food aid needs amounted to 3.1 million tons in the just-ending 2003-2004 period, of which 2.8 million tons have been delivered, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Africa Report. This compares with 4 million tons delivered in 2002-03.In 2004-05 food aid needs are expected to increase in view of production shortfalls in several countries, but the actual aid requirements will only be known once the ongoing harvests in eastern and western Africa are completed. In West Africa, assessment missions by FAO and the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) have found that aggregate cereal production for 2004 will remain within the five-year average of 11.6 million tons, but droughts and locust invasions have caused severe localized damage to crops and pastures in many countries.In Mauritania, the most-affected country, cereal production is set to drop 44 per cent compared to last year. Cape Verde has also been badly affected by poor rainfall and locusts and will be facing a larger-than-usual food deficit in 2004-05. To the south, an escalation of violence in Côte d’Ivoire has displaced thousands of people into Liberia since early October, making them dependent on food aid. Several countries in East Africa have had below-average crop production due to erratic seasonal rains and civil conflict, exacerbating the already precarious food situation in the region. In Sudan, more than 4 million people are estimated to be in need of humanitarian assistance, mainly due to the conflict in Darfur, which has drastically disrupted agricultural production. A “well-below average” maize crop in Kenya, coupled with poor rains in pastoral areas, has resulted in a precarious food situation, with nearly 2.7 million people needing humanitarian aid. In the Central Africa Republic, a strong agricultural recovery is being constrained by persistent insecurity, while the volatile situation in the Republic of Congo continues to hamper humanitarian assistance there. Increased tensions between Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) have raised the spectre of renewed armed conflict and subsequent impacts on food production. In southern Africa weather conditions for the main 2004-05 agricultural season, which has just begun, are forecast to be normal but the region’s food security situation remains precarious. In Zimbabwe high prices and shortages of maize grain are causing serious food security concerns and widespread shortages of key agricultural inputs such as seeds, fertilizers and fuel are expected to continue. Some 4.8 million people – about 40 per cent of Zimbabwe’s population – are in need of emergency food assistance. In a related development FAO announced today that Morocco will send 22 farming experts and technicians to Djibouti in the Horn of Africa to work with local experts, as part of the agency’s South-South Cooperation Programme, a global initiative that aims to strengthen cooperation among developing countries at different stages of development to improve agricultural productivity and ensure access to food for all. The $1.2 million project will be financed by the Islamic Development Bank, the Governments of Saudi Arabia and Djibouti and FAO. read more

by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 3, 2013 8:27 am MDT TSX falls back, commodities rise amid mixed Chinese, U.S. manufacturing data TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed lower Monday amid mixed readings on the health of the manufacturing sector in the world’s two largest economies.The S&P/TSX composite index dropped 40.62 points to 12,609.8.HSBC’s monthly purchasing managers’ index for China fell to 49.2 in May. That’s down from 50.4 in April. Readings below 50 indicate a contraction.A similar government-sanctioned survey released Saturday found manufacturing ticked up slightly in the world’s second-biggest economy. That report by the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing found its manufacturing index edged up to 50.8.“The market has largely started to price in Chinese growth with a seven (per cent) handle,” said Craig Fehr, Canadian markets specialist with Edward Jones in St. Louis.“It would be nice to see growth tick back up towards eight per cent towards the end of this year, I don’t think it’s unreasonable but the market is starting to come to grips with the fact that China is going to grow more slowly than most had hoped.”The Canadian dollar was up 0.85 of a cent to 97.3 cents US.U.S. indexes were higher while the greenback declined as a widely watched gauge of the American manufacturing sector went into contraction territory during May. The Institute for Supply Management’s Index came in at 49, down from an April reading of 50.7. It was the first time the index slipped below the 50 level since Nov., 2012.The Dow Jones industrials ran ahead 138.46 points to 15,254.03 as the poor showing reinforced the view that the U.S. Federal Reserve won’t be in a hurry to wrap up its economic stimulus program known as quantitative easing.“You start to think about the potential for the Fed to pull back a bit on its aggressive stimulus and then you move into this phase where the market thinks, OK, good data means less Fed, that’s a bit scary, bad data means the Fed stays in the game and that kind of keeps the underlying confidence,” Fehr added.The Fed has been buying up US$85 billion of bonds every month to keep long term rates low and encourage lending. It has also been largely responsible for an impressive rally on U.S. stock markets that has gone on practically non-stop since late last year.The Nasdaq gained 9.45 points to 3,465.37 and the S&P 500 index was ahead 9.68 points to 1,640.42.Oil and copper prices rose despite the conflicting Chinese data with the July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up $1.48 to US$93.45 a barrel after a weak global economic outlook depressed prices more than two per cent last week.But the energy sector was a leading TSX decliner, down 0.45 per cent. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) gave back 66 cents to C$30.24.The industrials sector also weighed with Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP) down $2.34 to $135.50. The stock has been heading lower since hitting a 52-week high of $144.30 May 17. The stock has soared since Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital, the railway’s biggest shareholder, won the battle to install new board members and a new chief executive, Hunter Harrison, who formerly held the top executive job at Canadian National (TSX:CNR).After the close of markets, Pershing Square announced it would sell seven million CP Rail shares over the next six to 12 months.The base metals sector lost early gains to move down 0.23 per cent while July copper gained four cents to US$3.33 a pound. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) was ahead nine cents to C$8.34 while First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) fell 18 cents to $18.38.Consumer staples was a major advancer with Shoppers Drug Mart (TSX:SC) ahead 71 cents to $45.99.The gold sector was up more than one per cent as August bullion on the Nymex gained $18.90 to US$1,411.90 an ounce. Iamgold (TSX:IMG) improved by 20 cents to C$5.63.Centerra Gold Inc. (TSX:CG) shares were up 35 cents or 9.16 per cent to $4.17 after it said it expects the Kumtor mine in eastern Kyrgyzstan to achieve its 2013 production target despite last week’s shutdown caused by protests calling for nationalization of the operation.A new code of conduct unveiled by the CRTC says that wireless customers will be able to cancel their cellphone contracts after two years without any penalties even if they’ve signed up for longer terms. The regulator said the new code will apply to new wireless contracts starting Dec. 2. The TSX telecom sector was down 0.55 per cent. BCE Inc. (TSX:BCE) gave back 52 cents to $46.07.In other corporate news, drug manufacturer Patheon Inc. (TSX:PTI) had a profit of $100,000 in the second quarter, an improvement from a $79.6-million loss a year earlier, when it recorded a $57.9-million impairment charge. Revenue rose 40 per cent to $253.9 million, with about $54.6 million of the increase due to an acquisition. Its shares dropped 19 cents to $5.51.CVTech Group Inc. (TSX:CVT) said Monday that its subsidiaries have been awarded several new contracts representing a total value of approximately $77.4 million. The announcement follows comments last week by the company’s second-largest shareholder that CVTech recently twice rebuffed a takeover offer. Its shares were eight cents lower to $1.40 after surging more than 20 per cent Friday. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

“The spirit of the Treaty Event is simple – the Secretary-General invites high-level dignitaries to seize the opportunity of their presence in New York for the opening of the annual session of the General Assembly to join multilateral treaties,” Santiago Villalpando, the Chief of the Treaty Section in the UN Office of Legal Affairs, said at a press conference in New York.“Multilateral treaties are a key instrument for States members to maintain international peace and security, develop friendly relations, and achieve international cooperation. Throughout the history of the Organization, hundreds of multilateral treaties have been adopted in all areas of international relations, ranging from human rights to telecommunications to protection of environment,” he added. This year, the Treaty Event will focus on promoting multilateral treaties that safeguard humanity, such as treaties on human rights, refugees and stateless persons, health, trade, transport, terrorism and criminal matters, law of the sea, outer space, disarmament, climate change and other environmental issues. One of the key instruments this year is the new Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, which was adopted this July and will open for signature next week The Treaty – adopted by a vote of 122 in favour to one against (Netherlands), with one abstention (Singapore) – prohibits a full range of nuclear-weapon-related activities, such as undertaking to develop, test, produce, manufacture, acquire, possess or stockpile nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices, as well as the use or threat of use of these weapons.SEE ALSO: UN conference adopts treaty banning nuclear weapons The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons is one of more than 560 multilateral treaties deposited with the Secretary-General, covering all aspects of the work of the Organization. The Treaty Event, held annually since 2000, may be used to sign, ratify or accede to any of these treaties. read more

first_imgSunridge Energy has signed a binding letter agreement with private US based Current Environmental Solutions (CES). The agreement gives Sunridge a five year exclusive license to use CES’s proprietary technology within the Alberta oil sands area to assist in the extraction of heavy oil.  CES has the option to participate in any project in which Sunridge participates within the oil sands. Using CES’s proprietary technology (Six-Phase Oil Heating), Sunridge has an opportunity to extract oil from depths that were previously too deep to mine and too shallow to use high pressure steam injection (SAGD). The oil sands are the second largest petroleum reserve in the world with current technologies focusing on 75 m deep excavation deposits or deep steam injections in excess of 175-275 m. CES’s technology is bestsuited for the shallow-depth zones from 75 m to 175 m, which capitalises on a major untapped reserve in the oil sands. On a section of land (640  acres), there are potentially over 100 million barrels of oil in place at this depth. There are  hundreds of sections of land in Alberta that contains oil sands that are too deep for surface mining and are potential candidates for this technology. The company is planning to commence two pilot projects this fall.“This exclusive arrangement is a major accomplishment for Sunridge and we are extremely excited with the potential of this extraction technology in the recovery of heavy oil at shallow depths” comments Dwayne Tyrkalo, President and CEO of Sunridge, “We are confident this technology will allow us to extract the extensive reserves of shallow depth targeted oil at costs comparable to or less than steam injection used at deeper depths”.The propriety proven technology known as 6-Phase Oil Heating (6POH), was first commercialised in 1997 by CES in the US for the remedial cleanup of hydrocarbons. By generating heat through electrodes installed in theground and adding current, the in-situ steam produced generates a steam-drive pushing hydrocarbons up through the collection wells. So far, the technology has been used at over 50 different sites around the world and achieved recovery rates of in excess of 70%.In the oil sands application of 6POH, the objective is to heat the heavy oil (bitumen) formation, which is immobile and stays locked in the formation due to high viscosity. The formations around the Fort Mc Murray area have an average thickness of 15-30+ m of bitumen oil pay with estimated 30% porosity. By heating the reservoir to an estimated 100oC the viscosity of heavy oil drops significantly and becomes light oil, allowing for low cost conventional pumping extraction. No water is required for steam generation resulting in very low emissions with less impact to the environment.6POH technology allows Sunridge to get involved in large heavy oil projects in the second largest oil deposit in the world.last_img read more

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first_img“NO BLOOD FOR Oil” and “No Wars for Oil” have been popular slogans among critics of most US-led military campaigns since the Gulf War in 1990. Critics levelled particular scorn upon the invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the bombing of Libya in 2011 because, unlike other recent targets of US military power, like Somalia and the former Yugoslavia, these countries have oil-based economies and large petrochemical reserves.It is not feasible to definitively rule out the possibility that the US attacked these countries to seize control of their oil supplies. What can be demonstrated, however, is that the US lacked a compelling reason to wage “wars for oil” during the past decade.The world’s oil supplyAlthough the total supply of oil on Earth is finite, neither humanity in general nor the US in particular are in danger of running out of oil any time soon. On the contrary, new exploration and exploitation technologies, like hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling, have led to steady increases in the number of exploitable deposits of oil and other fossil fuels during the past three decades.Israel’s offshore natural gas deposits, Canada’s vast deposits of heavy crude, and the US’s unparalleled reserves of shale oil and gas represent just a few of the enormous petrochemical sources made viable by relatively recent technological developments. In fact, the US’s reserves of shale oil and gas are so immense that, as its exploitation technology continues to improve, it could become the world’s leading oil producer by 2020 and a net exporter of fossil fuel-based energy by 2030.The US government is well-aware of the fact that it has and will continue to have secure access to very large supplies of oil and other fossil fuels for generations and, thus, little need to seize foreign supplies by force.Iraq and Libya would have made poor targetsEven if the US had been desperate for oil during the past decade, Iraq and Libya would have made poor targets. Iraq contributed less than three percent of global oil production in 2002, the last full year of production before the US-led invasion. Libya, similarly, contributed merely two percent of global production in 2010.The US could not, therefore, have expected to gain access to a significant volume of readily-available oil in either country. Moreover, given that the US consumed about 25 percent of the oil produced around the world during the past decade, about half of which was imported, seizing control of Iraq and Libya’s oil fields would not have freed it from its current dependence on imports from Canada, Saudi Arabia, Venezuela, and a handful of other major suppliers.It is, of course, still possible that the US attacked Iraq and Libya in order to force them to grant US firms access to their oil sectors. One problem with this rationale is that US oil companies were already earning considerable revenue from refining, distributing, and selling Iraqi and Libyan oil in the US before the US-led attacks took place.Moreover, trying to seize their oil supplies by force would have been an extremely expensive and risky way to go about increasing access for US firms, especially because, whether directly or as a result of reprisal attacks, attacking these countries could have seriously damaged the very oil production and transportation infrastructure that US firms would have needed to use at the conclusion of the conflict.US oil companiesA cheaper and less risky way to improve US firms’ access to the Iraqi and Libyan oil sectors would have been for the US government to offer to remove the long-standing economic and political sanctions it helped impose on these countries in exchange for fair access to production and transportation contracts. US oil companies evidently favoured this approach.In May of 1997, multiple US oil firms, including Exxon, Occidental Petroleum, Atlantic Richfield, and Conoco, launched a concerted lobbying effort to try to convince their government to lift sanctions against Iraq as a means of improving their access to its oil sector. Archie Dunham, the then-CEO of Conoco, reflected the sentiments of US oil firms quite well when he stated that, “US companies, not rogue regimes, are the ones that suffer when the United States imposes economic sanctions.”An even less risky alternative to war would have been to work toward increasing US firms’ access to the oil supplies of Canada and some of the other major suppliers to the US market by bolstering their oil production and transportation infrastructure. For example, increasing political and fiscal support for completing the Keystone Pipeline, which is designed to transport up to 1.1 million barrels of oil per day from Canada to refineries in several states, would have allowed the US to import a far greater quantity of oil than it could plausibly extract from Iraq or Libya and at a small fraction of the cost.Alternative supplies – Canada, Mexico, and BrazilThe US, in fact, successfully pursued this very approach during the past decade by investing financial and political capital to improve its access to oil produced in friendly countries, like Canada, Mexico, and Brazil, while simultaneously decreasing its reliance on oil supplies located in hostile countries, like Venezuela, and countries in unstable areas of the world, like the middle east. These efforts, along with booming domestic production, removed any need to try to seize foreign oil reserves by force.Regardless of whether one accepts these rationales, the US’s post-war experience in Iraq and Libya should serve as a cautionary tale for any government that may wish to launch a “war for oil” in the near future.Despite the US’s central role in the recent military campaigns against these countries, and its considerable investment of lives, money, and political capital, it currently imports virtually the same amount of oil from these countries as it did before it attacked them.Military forceIn other words, if the US genuinely sought to use military force to secure greater access to Iraqi and Libyan oil, it failed miserably. Likewise, US oil companies have not dominated post-war oil production in either country. On the contrary, US-based oil companies currently hold only a handful of production contracts in Iraq, with firms headquartered in Iraq, China, South Korea, and host of European countries collectively handling a majority of Iraq’s current production.The situation in Libya is even worse for US firms since its oil sector is still dominated by the state-own Libyan firms that flourished under the Gaddafi regime. This should not be surprising given that Iraq and Libya are sovereign states that have chosen to exert their rightful control over their most valuable natural resources. In light of the US’s experience in Iraq and Libya, the prospect of trying to seize foreign oil supplies by force can be seen for what it truly is: a fool’s errand.Scott Fitzsimmons is a Lecturer in International Relations in the University of Limerick’s Department of Political Science, where he teaches modules on the causes of wars.Read: EU reveals plans to buy oil from rebel-held parts of Syria>INFOGRAPHIC: How does oil get to Ireland>last_img read more

first_imgSO YOU’RE GOING on your holliers. Oh nice. Where? Marbella? Costa Del Sol?Try Arklow or Mosney, where you’ll do these things. Lucky you!1. Sleep in a caravan or holiday homeJust what you need as a pre-teen. Being hauled up in an enclosed space with your entire immediate, bored family. Source: Gleesonsholidaypark2. Say ‘Are we there yet’ multiple times during the car journey?All you had was car games or travel sized chess to keep you occupied until the next joyous stop at the garage. Source: Shutterstock3.  Boot picnicsA flask of tea with the cup lid was a must. Source: Made-in-china4. Rent bikes or tennis racketsIt’s not a real Irish holiday if you’re not doing an activity you could have done at home for free. Source: BlogSpot5. Swimming in the freezing cold seaTea on the beach to warm up. Classic. Source: Mark Stedman6. Deck chairs are used for everythingMust be hauled around at all times. Source: Mark Stedman Source: Mark Stedman7. Fishing in the rock-poolsOh great, another tadpole. Source: Eamonn Farrell8. Eat sandy sambos and 99s from the shabby beach shopMmm, crunchy. Source: Eamonn Farrell Photocall Ireland!9. Play on the amusements, crazy golf and pedalos like it was Las Vegas and Disney combined Source: Courtownhotel10. Get drenched on the playground slides because you couldn’t wait for them to dry Source: cwjoneill11. Playing board games that were left in the caravanAlways crap, always soundtracked by the rain tapping the roof. Source: Boardgame Geek Source: Severn Beach Antiques12. Going for drives while your parents say ‘sure isn’t it lovely all the same’ at fieldsIt is, sure. Source: ShutterstockHow to tell if you are an Irish person on holiday>11 reasons Mosney and Rainbow Rapids were better than Disneyland>last_img read more