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No sign of any let-up in lawyers’ strike

first_imgThere was no let-up in the lawyers’ strike in Odisha even as the Police Commissionerate here on Thursday took action against four policemen, who had allegedly assaulted a lawyer on Tuesday.Demanding arrests of the erring policemen, the agitating lawyers have decided to continue boycotting of courts indefinitely. “The situation will be reviewed on Monday,” said the High Court Bar.The day also witnessed picketing of lawyers at places in the vicinity of the High Court while lawyers across the State abstained from court works in response to a call given by the Bar Council.last_img read more

Nationals back as top teams collide

first_imgBiggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion All eyes, however, are on Romeo, who bailed Gilas out of the woods in two critical games in Beirut, as he returns to a Batang Pier crew badly needing a shot in the arm in a bid to join the frenzied hunt for top four berths and twice-to-beat privileges in the season-closing conference.And about the only thing coach Franz Pumaren is worried about is his prized5-foot-10 point guard getting enough sleep for GlobalPort’s 7 p.m. clash with powerhouse San Miguel Beer, which will welcome back Fajardo.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“He practiced (Thursday) but said that he hasn’t had any sleep yet,” Pumaren told the Inquirer over the phone.Romeo arrived with the rest of the PH team on Tuesday night and is battling jetlag, which could hit all the Nationals the hardest on Friday.“That’s the only problem we have right now,” Pumaren added. “Otherwise, he seems to be good. We will be using him (for the game) depending on how he feels. But definitely, he will play.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments PSC, Cayetano to meet on SEA Games hosting Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claimcenter_img LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ Photo from Fiba.comSleep or no sleep, Terrence Romeo—Gilas Pilipinas’ most explosive scorer in the recent Fiba Asia Cup in Lebanon—is back to give GlobalPort a boost.June Mar Fajardo, Matthew Wright, Jayson Castro and RR Pogoy are returning as well, as teams slowly return to full force with the PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations to enter its second half starting Friday at Smart Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Romeo was the hero in Gilas’ 97-86 victory over China in the group stage and against Jordan, 75-70, in the clash for seventh place in the Fiba Asia Cup, and his return to GlobalPort certainly gives the Batang Pier more teeth against the Beermen.San Miguel is at 3-1 and will play the 6-foot-10 Fajardo limited minutes because of a pulled calf muscle that kept him out of the first three Gilas games.Wright, on the other hand, is sorely needed back at Phoenix Petroleum as the Fuel Masters try to arrest a five-game slide against TNT KaTropa in the 4:15 p.m. contest.The Texters are set to get back Castro and Pogoy.Phoenix will now have two deadly outside guns against TNT with Wright and new acquisition Jeff Chan.ADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaullast_img read more

Arda Turan questioned by Turkish police over alleged fight with pop star

first_imgTurkish international midfielder Arda Turan has been questioned by the police in an alleged fight with pop star Berkay Sahin at a night club in Istanbul.According to media reports, Turan was summoned by a prosecutor to make a statement to police after they received reports of the player’s clash with singer Sahin.It quoted Turan’s police statement as saying he rejected allegations he harassed Sahin and that a bullet fired from his pistol when he subsequently went to the hospital where Sahin was being treated for an injury was fired by mistake as he was tucking the gun in his waist.An Istanbul police spokesman said police had sought a statement from Turan. The spokesman did not provide further details.Turan joined Barcelona from Atletico Madrid for 34 million euros ($39.4 million) in 2015, winning six trophies, making 55 appearances and scoring 15 goals for the Catalan side.Turan is currently on loan from Barcelona at Turkish club Istanbul Basaksehir,(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham’s win at Cardiff gives us title belief

first_imgTottenham Hotspur Eriksen shows his class as Kane ticks all boxes in Tottenham win over Cardiff Mauricio Pochettino Share on Pinterest Share via Email “From the beginning today we showed massive energy and I think that is the team we want, and expect, to see to get a good performance on the pitch. I think it was so important to start to build another positive run and, of course in football it is impossible to win every single game, but for sure we are going try to win every single game until the end. I think it was so important for everyone, for confidence, because in three days we are going to start another competition, the FA Cup [against Tranmere], which is going to be important too and then the semi-final of the Carabao Cup against Chelsea.”The Cardiff manager, Neil Warnock, believes the Premier League should intervene to stop Tottenham moving to the new White Hart Lane this season. Warnock says his side’s relegation rivals could gain an unfair advantage by not playing Tottenham at Wembley, with Huddersfield among teams that are likely to face Spurs at their new stadium, which they hope will open by February.“They’ve made cock-ups now with the timing,” Warnock said. “The league should enforce they play at Wembley now for the rest of the season. I don’t think there should be any chance of an advantage to any of our opponents.“It’s not our fault. We should have been playing at the new stadium ourselves. I think they should step in now. It should be until the end of the season now. I think they should enforce it.” Cardiff City Topics Neil Warnock newscenter_img Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Mauricio Pochettino admitted it was vital for Tottenham Hotspur to start the new year with a bang and record a “massive” victory at Cardiff City that reignites their hopes of staying in the Premier League title race. A convincing 3-0 win lifts Spurs to second in the table and narrows the gap to the league summit to six points, before the leaders Liverpool’s clash with Manchester City on Thursday.Goals from Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min sealed a return to winning ways after a shock defeat by Wolves at Wembley on Saturday. “I think it was a massive victory, a massive three points to make us believe that little more, in our possibility to be in a very good position in the table,” Pochettino said. “I think it was so important to start the new year with a victory, away from home, at a very difficult place. I think they arrived with massive confidence after the last game [against Leicester]. Read more Share on Twitter Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Sinopec Opts Again for Havyard DesignTM

first_imgzoom Havyard has won a design contract for the construction of a Havyard 832 L SE PSV at the Chinese shipyard Fujien Mawei Shipbuilding. This is the third time in a row for Sinopec to select Havyard designTM for their fleet renewal program.Earlier they have used Havyard designTM for the construction of a Havyard 843 AHTS, which was delivered in 2012 and a Havyard 832 PSV, which is scheduled to be delivered from Fujien Mawi Shipbuilding in February 2015. The latest PSV is scheduled to be delivered from Fujien Mawei Shipbuilding in March 2016.Havyard designTM is a relatively new brand, but has become recognized as one of the leading brands supplying design and equipment packages for the construction of advanced ships for the offshore oil industry. Since the start-up in 2005  over 70 Havyard designTMs have been sold, whereof 11 for construction at Chinese shipyards.“We have established a good foothold in China, which is important for future growth and development of our design and equipment package deliveries,” says Senior Vice President Sales in Havyard, Gisle Vinjevoll Thrane.“China has the biggest shipbuilding capacity in the world and ambitions to continue to increase their market shares. Additionally, we see that Chinese ship owners are building more advanced offshore vessels. We are recognized by the best offshore vessel builders and the ship owning branches of the two biggest Chinese oil companies Sinopec and CNOOC.”Sinopec, is the second largest oil company in China and the largest producer and supplier of refined oil products. The ship owning branch of the company is supporting its E&P activities in Chinese waters. Sinopec also charters OSV services from other ship owners for supporting its activity.Press Release, June 16, 2014last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img -30- YARMOUTH COUNTY: East Kempt Bridge The East Kempt Bridge on Route 203 will be closed for bridge replacement until Saturday, Jan. 7. Traffic control consists of detour signs. A detour is available on the North Kempt Road and the Gray Road. Local Area Office: 902-679-4308 Fax: 902-679-6124 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Wyse Road Bridge Wyse Road Bridge in Middle Musquodoboit will be closed to truck traffic while the bridge is being repaired. Trucks will detour via Route 356 and Route 213 until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. Local Area Office: 902-742-0587 Fax: 902-742-6000 Local Area Office: 902-667-2972 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-533-2771 Fax: 902-533-4352 Local Area Office: 902-863-3420 Fax: 902-863-7365 CONTINUING WORK HALIFAX COUNTY: Highway 118-Wright Avenue Interchange Highway 118, from intersection at Highway 111 northerly (toward the airport) will have intermittent lane closures in both directions during interchange construction. Traffic control consists of cones, barrels and jersey barriers. For information call 902-424-6144 between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. KINGS COUNTY: Old Baxters Mill Bridge Open The Old Baxters Mill Bridge, near Baxters Harbour in Kings County, is open to one-lane traffic. There is a weight restriction for vehicles weighing more than 5,000 kilograms. Local Area Office: 902-424-2213 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local Area Office: 902-424-4409 Fax: 902-424-0568center_img Local Area Office: 902-755-7060 Fax: 902-755-7049 GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Molasses Harbour Bridge Molasses Harbour Bridge on Route 316 in Port Felix is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Temporary traffic signals are in place. Local Area Office: 902-543-8169 Fax: 902-543-0686 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Sperry Bridge No. 2 Sperry Bridge No. 2 on Petite Riviere Road is closed until further notice. Detours are posted. PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road is closed until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville Station Road. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Antigonish-Guysborough Road The Antigonish-Guysborough Road, from the Antigonish-Guysborough County line easterly to Doyle Branch Road, will have intermittent lane closures for upgrading and gravelling until Tuesday, Jan. 31. Work takes place from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: West River East Side Road The West River East Side Road near Salt Springs is reduced to one lane for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of traffic signals. Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 Local Area Office: 902-893-5797 Fax: 902-896-2259 COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lilyvale Bridge Lilyvale Bridge on the Lilyvale Road is closed for repairs until further notice. Traffic control consists of signs. A detour is available on Camden Road and Riversdale Road. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Mount Whatley Road Bridge The bridge on Mount Whatley Road at the Nova Scotia-New Brunswick border will be closed until further notice.last_img read more

Freeland shares a dark history lesson with NAFTA partners at trade talks

first_imgWASHINGTON – A book which Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland shared with her U.S. and Mexican colleagues during the last round of NAFTA negotiations, offers a dark message about globalization’s collapse, the rise of nationalism and humanity tumbling into an abyss of death and destruction.She brought three books to an informal book club with peers Robert Lighthizer and Ildefonso Guajardo. Two tell a positive tale of human advancement. The third serves up a bleak historical lesson about the big anti-globalization backlash of the last century.It’s no accident she chose to share “The War That Ended Peace,” Canadian historian Margaret MacMillan’s look at the factors that led to the first of two world wars. Freeland, the book and, in an interview, the book’s author, all cite similarities to today.Freeland and other Canadian officials have been struck by the book’s haunting tale: how a period of fast-paced globalization, prosperity, disruptive technology and increased trade was brutally upended by nationalism, zero-sum logic, a global terrorism panic and glorified militarism, ushering in the most blood-soaked era in history.“(It) documents the speed and ferocity with which reaction can set in, even at times when the world feels safely rooted in a progressive and peaceful era,” Freeland said in response to a question about the book.“As with today, the beginning of the 20th century was marked by unprecedented globalization and growth. The events between the turn of the century and the outbreak of war in 1914 are a useful reminder (of) the fragility of the world order and the pitfalls of protectionism and retreat.”The book starts with the 1900 Paris world’s fair and the Belle Epoque.That world was unprecedentedly interconnected by railways and the telegraph. Trade skyrocketed. Germany and England even traded weapons. People lived longer, healthier lives. New international mechanisms were created to settle disputes. Countries signed arbitration agreements, refined international rules of war and even talked about creating global governance bodies.The book describes a growing belief that war itself was becoming obsolete, quoting one author: “People no (more) believed in the possibility of barbaric relapses … (than) in ghosts and witches’.”But these were also disruptive times.Economies underwent radical transformations and workers left farms for new manufacturing jobs in the cities.Terrorism was rampant. Anarchists had killed, bombed, stabbed and shot a French president, two Spanish prime ministers, an Italian king, a U.S. president, an Austrian empress, a Russian statesman and a Russian royal.MacMillan writes of the militaristic backlash. People fumed about the new softness of European men, responding with military-themed organizations for boys. Politicians increasingly wore uniforms in public.Soft-centrist politicians were booted from power.Classical liberal parties devoted to open markets were demolished, left and right. On the left, by socialists, and on the right by, “chauvinistic nationalist parties… A new breed of politicians was going outside established parliamentary institutions to appeal to popular fears and prejudices and their populism … frequently included anti-Semitism.”MacMillan is thrilled policy-makers might draw lessons from that time. She also credits them for trying to squeeze her 649-page book, and two other books, into busy schedules.“I’m impressed,” MacMillan said in an interview from England.“How they find time to read anything, much less a huge, fat book like mine, I can’t imagine. I wonder if they looked at (Freeland) and thought, ‘What is she doing giving us this enormous book?’…”(But) I always find it reassuring when statesmen do have a sense of history. … It helps them — to give them perspective.”MacMillan cautions that there are no perfect parallels in history, that circumstances change.But she said there are obvious echoes in this anti-globalization, America First, Brexit era — with nationalist politicians complaining about foreigners, international agreements, duty-free imports and global institutions forged after the Second World War.“There are, I think, warning signs,” she said.“There are parallels that should make us at least stop and think.”If policy-makers take away one message from her book, she says, it’s this: The pursuit of narrow self-interest can inspire others to respond in kind and everyone winds up worse off.The other books Freeland shared are more optimistic.She gave colleagues, “Sapiens,” a sweeping history of the human species by Noah Harari, a favoured author of Guajardo’s. The final tome was from prize-winning economist Angus Deaton.In his, “The Great Escape,” the Scottish-American author unleashes an avalanche of data illustrating the good fortune of living today in an era of unprecedented wealth, health and human lifespans.He even argues that growing inequality — within and between countries — is a natural effect of rapid technological change, as people catch up at different paces. He suggests ways to address that inequality, including trade and education, rather than traditional international assistance, which he criticizes.Even MacMillan’s book ends on a slightly optimistic note.After chronicling the tragic decisions that pushed Europe into a canyon of catastrophe, she concludes with four hopeful words: “There are always choices.”last_img read more

Rafe Mair former BC radio host and cabinet minister dead at 85

first_imgVANCOUVER – Former B.C. cabinet minister and well-known Vancouver radio broadcaster Rafe Mair has died at the age of 85.A longtime colleague of Mair’s said that he’ll be remembered as a hard-hitting interviewer who was tough but fair.Shiral Tobin, who produced his show on CKNW, said Mair’s doctor confirmed his death at around 6 a.m. Monday morning.Tobin said Mair’s health had been declining for a number of years, but that he had continued to write articles and appear as a radio panellist until recently.She said Mair fought for Indigenous rights, feminism, and the environment in his later years. He even gave up his pastime of fly-fishing over his growing concern for the welfare of animals.Mair’s show on CKNW ran for almost two decades, and was known as one of the most popular radio programs in the province.“He was one of the best broadcasters in B.C. history,” said Tobin. “He used his radio talk show as a bully pulpit on behalf of the people of British Columbia.”Mair’s political career began in 1975, after years of practising law, when he served as a MLA for Kamloops as a member of the B.C. Social Credit Party.He also served as a cabinet minister in a variety of positions during Premier Bill Bennett’s time in office.Former premier Bill Vander Zalm, who served as an MLA and cabinet minister in the legislature alongside Mair, said he was a strong and effective politician who no one could go up against without expecting a lively debate.“I will remember Rafe, and I’m sure everyone will remember, he was a very determined fellow. He made up his mind about what he wanted to do and how it was to be done and no one could really stop him from doing it his way,” Vander Zalm said.“In the debates and the arguments and the discussions that were held both in cabinet chamber or the legislature he certainly made his views known very effectively. As a lawyer that came relatively easy for him.”Mair’s career as a broadcaster began when he was 49 years old. Tobin said Mair turned to journalism because he felt he could have a greater impact by holding power to account.“He saw it as a gateway to power for the public,” she said. “He knew he had more influence, he could give a voice to the issues in British Columbia from the radio station.”Tobin, who is now director of programming and journalism at CBC in Vancouver, said although he had strong opinion and was tough on his guests, Mair was wonderful to work with and great mentor.Mair was a recipient of multiple journalism awards, including the Michener Award for courageous journalism in 1995, and the B.C. Association of Broadcasters “Broadcast Performer of the Year” award in 1993.He is survived by his wife Wendy Conway, five children and step-children, nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.last_img read more

Al Gore Believes Climate Crisis Solutions Are Available Now

first_imgDespite that the current US president pulled out of the Paris climate accord earlier this year, former vice president and current activist, Al Gore, still says he comes down on the side of hope.Following his 2006 documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, about the effects of global warming, Gore released a follow up documentary last month called An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, which speaks to the human ingenuity that is behind his hope.In an NPR interview, Gore said that with the fossil fuel industry financing an industry of climate denial through pseudo scientists and pseudoscientific reports, enough doubt was created so that the sense of urgency about solving the crisis was lost. “But because Mother Nature has a more persuasive voice than any of us,” he says, “they’re losing this battle. The Paris agreement was truly a historic breakthrough, illustrating that all around the world, opinions are getting stronger and stronger in favor of solving the climate crisis.”He cites other signs of hope as well. “Electricity from the sun and the wind is now in many regions much cheaper than electricity from dirty fossil fuels,” says Gore. “Electric cars are becoming affordable. Batteries are coming down very quickly in cost and, coupled with renewable energy, will utterly transform the world’s energy systems.“And along with sustainable agriculture and forestry, we now have a chance to use these tools to really solve the climate crisis in time to avoid the catastrophic consequences that would otherwise fall upon us.”The question is, will we?.Copyright ©2017Look to the Starslast_img read more

Between Drake videos helping us save MuchFACT DirectorX sat down with Coveteur

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: In your career so far, what was the most unexpected experience?“It has to be ‘Hotline Bling’— it was really surprising in its reaction. The way it took off virally, the memes, and the jokes, and…I have a clip of Donald Trump dancing to ‘Hotline Bling’ from Saturday Night Live. They did a parody, and Donald Trump is in there dancing. It was just one of those ‘What the hell? How the hell?’”Was he a good dancer?“No, of course not [laughs].” To state the obvious, music videos are the visual representation of the song. And when it comes to bringing that vision to life, everyone from Jay-Z, Rihanna, and Drake to Kendrick Lamar, Nicki Minaj, and Lil Wayne (and the list goes on) trust Toronto-based Director X to bring it to fruition. Not only that, but Director X makes it go viral. When he stopped by our portrait studio during TIFF, we sat down to talk “Hotline Bling”’s unexpected success (and the Trump dancing video that exists), his venture into full-length film direction, the experimental fringe science series he’s working on for Viceland, and the advice that fueled his success.So tell me, how did you decide on your name?“It’s an evolution from Little X. When I was a teenager, it was the time of like X Clan, and Malcolm X, and Public Enemy, so all hip-hop was very conscious with lots of X’s [Laughs]. For whatever reason, I really like the X names, so [my name] became Little X. Once I hit my 30s, Little X wasn’t sitting well with me—it felt like it was time to switch it up, so it evolved to Director X.” Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

Traffic movement unhindered in city despite PMs rally

first_imgKolkata: Traffic movement in the city was more or less normal with the Kolkata Police making arrangements in advance to restore normalcy in traffic, keeping in mind Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s rally at Brigade Parade Ground. “The movement of goods vehicles in the city from 12 noon to 8 pm, along with some restrictions in parking in and around the meeting venue augured well for us and traffic flow was more or less normal,” a senior police officer of the Traffic department of Kolkata Police said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe police did not allow any sort of parking in and around Victoria Memorial, Kidderpore Road, Hospital Road, Queens way, Cathedral Road, Casuarina Avenue and Lovers Lane. Senior officials of Kolkata Police were on the road and made necessary diversions as and when required. Police Commissioner Anuj Sharma had instructed the traffic wing to make all necessary arrangements to ensure that common people are not inconvenienced by any means.last_img read more

Global stocks sink on trade war jitters economic data

BEIJING — Global stock markets were retreating again Tuesday amid anxiety the U.S.-Chinese trade war will hurt already slowing global economic growth.Market benchmarks in London and Frankfurt fell, while Shanghai and Tokyo closed down. Hong Kong’s main index lost 2.1% as pro-democracy protesters crowded into the territory’s airport for a second day. Wall Street futures pointed to a slightly lower open.Investor anxiety has also been fed by weak economic data in Germany and economic jitters in Argentina.“The global economy is perched precariously, hoping for a positive inflection, but braced for a stumble,” said Vishnu Varathan of Mizuho Bank in a report.In midday trading, London’s FTSE 100 lost 0.4% to 7,195 and France’s CAC 40 was 0.4% lower at 5,287. Frankfurt’s DAX retreated 0.8% to 11,584 after a survey of investors’ view of the German economy fell to its lowest since December 2011. Investors’ concerns included the U.S.-China trade conflict, the chance of a disorderly Brexit and a possible competition among countries to devalue their currencies.U.S. President Donald Trump has promised 10% tariffs on some $300 billion in Chinese imports that haven’t already been hit with tariffs of 25%. The new tariff would go into effect Sept. 1 and more directly affect U.S. consumers.Last week, Trump said he’d be “fine” if the U.S. and China don’t go ahead with a meeting next month, dampening investors’ hopes for a resolution.On Wall Street, futures for the Standard & Poor’s 500 index and Dow Jones Industrial Average were off 0.1%.In Asia, the Shanghai Composite Index lost 0.6% to 2,797.26 and Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 tumbled 1.1% to 20,455.41. Seoul’s Kospi lost 0.8% to 1,925.83 and Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 gave up 0.3% to 6,568.50. Markets in Japan, India and Southeast Asia were reopening following holidays.Hong Kong’s Hang Seng sank as protesters crowded into Chek Lap Kok airport. The airport cancelled all remaining departing flights for a second day after protesters took over the terminals. Flights were also cancelled Monday after protesters who are demanding the resignation of the territory’s leader and more democratic freedoms filled its main building.Investors were rattled by a Chinese government statement Monday saying the mostly nonviolent Hong Kong protests “show the sprouts of terrorism” and were an “existential threat” to the population.Beijing’s use of the term terrorism “triggered a wave of risk aversion across global markets,” said Stephen Innes of VM Markets in a report.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude lost 17 cents to $54.76 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained 43 cents on Monday to close at $54.93. Brent crude, used to price international oils, declined 11 cents to $58.46 per barrel in London. It added 4 cents the previous session to $58.57.CURRENCY: The dollar fell to 105.16 yen from Monday’s 105.30 yen. The euro gained slightly to $1.1217 from $1.1214.___Ott reported from Washington.Joe McDonald And Matt Ott, The Associated Press read more

SNC warned of US move slashing workforce if no plea deal documents

OTTAWA — SNC-Lavalin warned federal prosecutors last fall about a possible plan to split the company in two, move its offices to the United States and eliminate its Canadian workforce if it didn’t get a deal to avoid criminal prosecution, newly obtained documents show.The documents, part of a PowerPoint presentation obtained by The Canadian Press, describe something called “Plan B” — what Montreal-based SNC might have to do if it can’t convince the government to grant a so-called remediation agreement to avoid criminal proceedings in a fraud and corruption case related to projects in Libya.Under that plan, SNC would move its Montreal headquarters and corporate offices in Ontario and Quebec to the U.S. within a year, cutting its workforce to just 3,500 from 8,717, before eventually winding up its Canadian operations. SNC-Lavalin CEO says job losses were never cited in push for remediation agreement SNC-Lavalin reshuffles leadership ranks, restructures amid poor performance SNC-Lavalin ‘appalled’ and ‘surprised’ as Chilean miner Codelco cancels $260-million contract “The government of Canada needs to weigh the public interest impact of the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin,” the presentation reads.“We must humbly ask whether the public interest is served to prosecute SNC-Lavalin, and to try to achieve a guilty verdict. Such a decision would effectively lead to the end of SNC-Lavalin as we know it today and has been for more than 100 years.”Of all the options for the future of the company, the plan in the presentation was the “most obvious” to follow and “well advanced” in terms of planning, say the documents, which the Privy Council Office confirmed receiving in late September, at the same time as prosecutors.The company’s board and senior management were prepared to quickly bundle parts of the business that had no role in the Libya case into a new entity, putting the “trio of possibly convicted entities” into another organization that would operate “on a reduced business level in Canada or heading into eventual wind-up,” they read.The details appear to contradict public statements by chief executive officer Neil Bruce, who has denied both that the company threatened to move its headquarters, and that the company cited its some 9,000 Canadian jobs as a reason the construction giant should be granted a remediation agreement.The company walked back the comments days later in a statement, saying a remediation deal was the best path to protect its Canadian workforce.SNC-Lavalin spokesman Nicolas Ryan confirmed the authenticity Thursday of what he called a “confidential document” that was submitted to the Public Prosecution Service of Canada to allow the director of public prosecutions to consider the company’s request for an agreement.“We have always been transparent with our various stakeholders about the importance of the public interest argument/case for Canada in having a globally competitive SNC-Lavalin as part of Canada, headquartered in Montreal,” Ryan said in a statement.A remediation agreement remains “the best way to protect and grow the almost 9,000 direct Canadian SNC-Lavalin jobs, as well as thousands of indirect jobs,” the statement continues.“We have also said that we have a fiduciary duty to our shareholders and employees, and as such is our responsibility to look at all our options available…. this does not mean that we have chosen one option or that a decision has been taken on which option we will pursue, simply that there are various possibilities we must consider.”The presentation, which was delivered by mail to The Canadian Press anonymously and without a return address, also suggests the end of seven-figure donations and sponsorships for various community causes, hundreds of millions more in lost tax revenues, and the loss of spending on research positions at universities.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has held up the threat of job losses as the main reason he and others pressed former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to look into the prosecutor’s decision.Wilson-Raybould told the Commons justice committee last month she came under “consistent and sustained” pressure — including veiled threats — from Trudeau, his office, the Privy Council Office and Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s office to halt the criminal prosecution of SNC-Lavalin.The ensuing political fallout has cost Trudeau two cabinet ministers — Wilson-Raybould and former Treasury Board president Jane Philpott, who said she had lost confidence in the government’s handling of the affair — as well as one of his top aides, Gerald Butts, and Michael Wernick, clerk of the Privy Council, who will leave his post as the top federal civil servant before the fall election.Bruce and Wernick met on Sept. 18 about the company’s legal troubles.Notes taken at the meeting, tabled as evidence with the House of Commons justice committee, show that Wernick told Bruce to take the public interest argument to the director of public prosecutions, adding the company “will want to get it right.”Wernick testified earlier this month that he spoke with Wilson-Raybould the next day where the former attorney general appeared “very firm in her mind” that the prosecutor’s decision to not negotiate a deal with SNC-Lavalin was final. Wernick said Wilson-Raybould told him the only option for the company was to make public interest arguments through its lawyers.A spokeswoman for the prosecution service said any discussions or documents in the case are confidential. read more

TSX likely to move lower after US housing data mixed commodities

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX likely to move lower after US housing data, mixed commodities by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 19, 2012 8:58 am MDT TORONTO – The Toronto stock market looked ready to move lower on Wednesday as U.S. housing starts data fell short of expectations and traders remain focused on discussions over the looming “fiscal cliff” deadline.The Canadian dollar was down 0.11 of a cent to 101.34 cents US.The U.S. Commerce Department said that builders broke ground on fewer houses in November likely in part due to Superstorm Sandy in the Northeast. The report says builders began construction of homes at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 861,000. That’s three per cent lower than October’s annual rate of 888,000, which was the fastest since July 2008.“Keep in mind that growth in housing starts was extremely strong in the prior three months, so some giveback is not a concern at this point, especially given what permits did in November,” BMO Capital Markets economist Robert Kavcic writes in a note.The potential budget deal in the U.S. has grabbed the focus of traders in recent sessions, and while a compromise hasn’t been reached between the White House and Congress, sentiment has improved.Markets appear to be confident that President Barack Obama and Republican leaders agree a deal to avoid the so-called “fiscal cliff,” a series of automatic tax hikes and government spending cuts that will start coming into effect at the start of next year and have the potential of derailing the U.S economic recovery.Wall Street was poised for a steady opening, with both Dow futures and the broader S&P 500 futures up 0.3 per cent. Nasdaq futures are flat.Meanwhile, Canadian bank CIBC is forecasting “very mediocre” domestic growth next year, blaming weakness in the world economy and an absence of key economic drivers at home. CIBC says it now expects economic growth of only 1.7 per cent in 2013, down from its previous estimate of two per cent.In commodities, oil prices gained traction as the January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 47 cents to close at US$88.40 a barrel.March copper declined about half a cent to US$3.66 a pound while February gold bullion moved down 80 cents to US$1,669.90 an ounce.In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was up 0.6 per cent at 5,972 while Germany’s DAX rose 0.3 per cent at 7,676. The CAC-40 in France was 0.5 per cent higher at 3,667.Earlier in Asia, stocks did well too, with Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index up 0.6 per cent to 22,623.37 and Shanghai’s main index of Chinese shares closing flat at 2,264.30.Japan’s Nikkei 225 index was the start turn, surging 2.4 per cent to close at 10,160.40, the first time the benchmark has closed above 10,000 since April 3.The stock market advance came three days after a landslide election victory by the Liberal Democratic Party. Former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, head of the LDP, has pledged to keep the yen from strengthening and take measure to boost the deflation-mired economy. read more

Worst in NHL last season Sabres are surging after 90 run

BUFFALO, N.Y. — The Buffalo Sabres are on such a roll, captain Jack Eichel was having difficulty recalling the last time they lost.“Um, was it Calgary?” Eichel said Monday, before being reminded the 2-1 overtime defeat to the Flames was three losses ago.“Yeah, Rangers, in New York,” he said, finally recalling a 3-1 loss on Nov. 4 that dropped Buffalo’s record to 7-6-2.Nine games — and nine wins — later, the Sabres are the NHL’s biggest surprise two months into the season.A year after going 25-45-12 and becoming the league’s first team to finish 31st following the addition of the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, the surging Sabres (16-6-2) have 34 points and sit one back of league-leading Tampa Bay and Nashville.“Just to think of where we came from a year ago, and to be winning games and doing this, obviously it’s great,” Eichel said.Even Phil Housley could crack a smile when asked to reflect on the troubles he and his underachieving team endured last season, his first as coach.“I try to tend to forget last year,” Housley said.The Sabres were so bad a year ago, they didn’t register their 16th victory until Feb. 10, and won consecutive games four times, including a season-best 3-0 run in late January.Buffalo’s nine-game streak is the NHL’s longest since Columbus won 10 straight in March, and it’s one short of matching the Sabres’ franchise record set twice and most recently when they opened the 2006-07 on a 10-0 run. The Sabres would match that if they beat San Jose on Tuesday night.“Extremely proud of this team,” Sabres co-owner Kim Pegula wrote in a text to The Associated Press.“Everyone is contributing in multiple ways, and when that happens anything is possible,” she added. “There’s still plenty of hockey left to play, but we are encouraged by the foundation that is being built and look forward to seeing the development continue.”Buffalo’s turnaround is the result of a series of moves and soul-searching sessions that took place over the summer in a bid to spur a team that was the worst in the league in three of the past five seasons.It began with Housley, who took action at the end of last season after center Ryan O’Reilly went public in saying a losing mentality had crept into the locker room. Housley challenged his leadership group with a summer-long series of frank discussions that allowed players to air their differences and raise concerns.“I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again, I think the guys made a huge commitment in the summer. We talked about change,” Housley said. “It started with our leadership group leading in the right way.”Forward Kyle Okposo credited everyone for buying in.“It’s pretty powerful what you can do if you get everybody on the same page, and people are willing to admit what they have to do to be better and then actually do it,” Okposo said. “It feels like a team. It’s pretty amazing.”General manager Jason Botterill followed by overhauling the lineup through a series of trades that included sending O’Reilly to St. Louis. He also acquired Conor Sheary from Pittsburgh and Jeff Skinner from Carolina, and upgraded his goaltending by signing Carter Hutton in free agency.Skinner’s 18 goals rank second in the league, while Hutton is third with 11 wins.And then came the addition of rookie No. 1 draft pick Rasmus Dahlin , whose effortless skating and deft playmaking ability have energized what had been a plodding group of defensemen.Dahlin’s two goals and 13 points are tied for second among NHL rookies. And he’s part of a defensive group that has already contributed 12 goals after managing just 19 last season.The 18-year-old shrugs off the Sabres’ hot start.“Of course it’s awesome to lead the league, but for me, I like to win, and I’m pretty used to it,” Dahlin said. “I’m so happy that everyone is so glad in the locker room.”One major change has been the Sabres’ performance in close games. Buffalo has a league-best 9-0-2 record in games decided by one goal, a year after going 11-11-12. The Sabres are also 9-6-1 when tied or trailing after two periods, a year after going 9-44-7.During their nine-game run, the Sabres won after trailing six times, including overcoming a 4-1 deficit in a 5-4 overtime win at Pittsburgh on Nov. 19. And the game-winning goals have been scored by nine different players.Forward Jason Pominville, in his second stint with Buffalo, is the lone holdover from the 2006-07 team that won 10 in a row. He’s suddenly feeling rejuvenated.“How can you not? It’s been a lot of fun,” said Pominville, who can recall the Sabres playing to loud, sold-out home crowds, as opposed to a sometimes half-empty building last year.The next step for Buffalo: ending its franchise-worst seven-year playoff drought.“It’s nice for the guys that have been here for a while to finally see what this city is all about when you win,” Pominville said. “Hopefully, they can get a chance to see the next level of this.”___More AP NHL: https://apnews.com/tag/NHL and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJohn Wawrow, The Canadian Press read more

Pump Solutions Group gets Chinese green light for pumps in mining

first_imgPump Solutions Group (PSG), a business unit within Dover Corporation and a leading manufacturer of positive displacement pumps and related technologies, has announce that its Wilden Turbo-Flo Z air-operated double-diaphragm (AODD) pumps have received the Safety Certificate Approval for Mining Products, which certifies that the pumps can be used in mining operations in China. The certificate was presented from the Mining Products Safety Approval and Certification Centre, which has an accreditation process that involves the review of technical documents, on-site assessment of the manufacturer’s facility qualifications of technical capability, production equipment and testing instruments, and testing of the certified product.“PSG is proud to receive this important certificate, confirming the safe use of our leading Turbo-Flo Z AODD pumps in China mining operations,” said David Wang, PSG Vice President of Asia-Pacific. “At PSG, safety is one of our core beliefs and this certificate is an example of the safe products we are providing the marketplace.” Turbo-Flo Z pumps have no electrical components or motors, which improves safety. The company adds: “The pumps also feature the longest mean time between repairs (MTBR) as well as simple assembly and disassembly. Turbo-Flo Z pumps also feature large solid transfer, a critical element in mining operations. Turbo-Flo Z pumps provide lube-free operation, are non-stalling and easy to maintain. They feature dry-run, deadhead and self-priming capabilities for superior performance and efficiency.”last_img read more

48 children die of thirst in Niger desert

first_imgItaly mounts large-scale patrol of migrant boats after deaths>Up to 50 migrants dead as boat sinks off Sicily> RESCUERS HAVE FOUND the decomposed bodies of 87 migrants in the harsh Niger desert.The victims, nearly all of them women and children, had been trying to reach neighbouring Algeria but are believed to have died of thirst when their truck broke down, according to a senior security source in Niger.Almoustapha Alhacen, from local aid organisation Aghir In’man, gave a graphic account of the grim discovery on Wednesday about a dozen kilometres from the Algerian border.Bodies“The corpses were decomposed; it was horrible,” he said.“We found them in different locations in a 20-kilometre radius and in small groups, often under trees, or under the sun. Sometimes a mother and children, but some lone children too.”Among the 87 bodies were 48 children, 32 women and seven men, the security official said, adding to the bodies of five women and young children found earlier.Some of the bodies were “devoured by jackals or other wild beasts,” said Alhacen.Sahara desertAll died in early October after a failed attempt to reach Algeria across the inhospitable Sahara desert that covers about 80 percent of Niger, one of the world’s poorest countries.The bodies were buried according to Muslim rites as and when they were found, added Alhacen.Nigerien officials had said on Monday that dozens of migrants, most of them women and children, had died of thirst in the Sahara desert earlier this month.Two vehicles were carrying the migrants when they broke down, one about 80 kilometres from the northern city of Arlit where they had set off from and another about 160 kilometres away, the security source said.“The first vehicle broke down. The second returned to Arlit to get a spare part after getting all the migrants it was carrying to get off, but it too broke down,” said the source.Search for water“We think that the migrants were in the desert for seven days and on the fifth day, they began to leave the broken down vehicle in search of a well,” said the source.However, 21 people survived, the source said, including a man who walked to Arlit and a woman who was saved by a driver who came across her in the desert and took her to the same city.Nineteen others reached the Algerian city of Tamanrasset but were sent back to Niger, the source added.Niger is one of the world’s poorest countries and has been hit by successive food crises.Libya, rather than Algeria, is more frequently the favoured country of transit for west Africans making the journey across the continent, many of whom aim to travel on to Europe.The UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs estimates that at least 30,000 economic migrants passed through Agadez, northern Niger’s largest city, between March and August of this year.- © AFP 2013last_img read more

Comet ISON may have survived its brush with the sun

first_imgA COMET THAT gained an earthly following because of its bright tail visible from space was initially declared dead after essentially grazing the sun. Now, there is a sliver of hope that Comet ISON may have survived.New images, basically faint smudges on a screen, being analysed today, showed a streak of light moving away from the sun that some said could indicate it’s not game over just yet.“It certainly appears as if there is an object there that is emitting material,” said Alan Fitzsimmons, an astronomer at Queens University in Belfast.Basically a dirty snowball from the fringes of the solar system, scientists had pronounced Comet ISON dead when it came within 1.6 million kilometres of the sun yesterday.Some sky gazers speculated early on that it might become the comet of the century because of its brightness, although expectations dimmed over time. But it wouldn’t be all bad news if the 4.5-billion-year-old space rock broke up into pieces, because some scientists say they might be able to study them and learn more about comets.SurpriseThe European Space Agency, which had declared ISON’s death on Twitter late Thursday, was backtracking early today, saying the comet “continues to surprise.”Comet ISON was first spotted by a Russian telescope in September last year, and became something of celestial flash in the pan this week for its vivid tail — visible by the naked eye — and compelling backstory of impending doom.The comet was two-thirds of a mile wide as it got within 1.6 million kilometres of the sun, which in space terms basically means grazing it.NASA solar physicist Alex Young said yesterday the comet had been expected to show up in images from the Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft at around noon eastern time, but almost four hours later there was “no sign of it whatsoever.”Images from other spacecraft showed a light streak continuing past the sun, but Young said that was most likely a trail of dust continuing in the comet’s trajectory.However, instead of fading, that trail appeared to get brighter Friday, suggesting that “at least some small fraction of ISON has remained in one piece,” US Navy solar researcher Karl Battams wrote on his blog. He cautioned that even if there is a solid nucleus, it may not survive for long.LovejoyTwo years ago, a smaller comet, Lovejoy, grazed the sun and survived, but fell apart a couple of days later.“This is what makes science interesting,” said Fitzsimmons, who specializes in comets and asteroids. “If we knew what was going to happen, it wouldn’t be interesting.”ISON’s slingshot toward the sun left astronomers puzzled and excited at the same time.Made up of loosely packed ice and dirt, the space rock came from the Oort cloud, an area of comets and debris on the fringes of the solar system.Read: Comet ISON will brush past the Sun at half 6 this evening, but will it survive?>last_img read more