Watch: Army Cadets Rush The Field After Ending 14-Year Losing Streak Vs. Navy

first_imgArmy's cadets rush the field after the team finally beats Navy.The streak is over. Army beat Navy today for the first time since 2001.When the game was over and the Black Knights had wrapped up a 21-17 win over the Midshipmen, the Corps of Cadets wasted no time in celebrating.In packs of several, the Long Gray Line descended onto the turf at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. What a moment it was.#ArmyBeatNavy pic.twitter.com/drbtm2jGVa— Will Palaszczuk (@SBNWillP) December 10, 2016We know a good field storming. All the chills watching Army cadets rush the field. Good for those guys. pic.twitter.com/z9Wo0cw5pg— Oxford Economist (@OxfordEconomist) December 10, 2016Even in the midst of pure, unadulterated joy, the Cadets made sure to stop and show respect for their rivals.That’s respect. Mid-field storm, the Corps of Cadets stops to sing the Navy alma mater. pic.twitter.com/8tTVjwMlCo— College GameDay (@CollegeGameDay) December 10, 2016That isn’t shocking. After all, these guys are going to be teaming up in a major way in the coming years.What a game in Charm City today. Congrats to Army and head coach Jeff Monken.last_img read more

Australian Open: Alexander Zverev overpowers Aljaz Bedene, Kei Nishikori survives scare

first_imgAustralian Open: Alexander Zverev overpowers Aljaz Bedene, Kei Nishikori survives scareAlexander Zverev defeated Aljaz Bedene in the first round, while Kei Nishikori qualified as Kamil Majchrzak retired after bagging two setsadvertisement India Today Web Desk MelbourneJanuary 15, 2019UPDATED: January 15, 2019 12:00 IST Alexander Zverev has emerged as the leader of tennis’ new generation of men’s players (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAlexander Zverev overpowered Aljaz Bedene 6-4 6-1 6-4Kei Nishikori qualified after Kamil Majchrzak retiredNishikori was trailing Majchrzak 3-6 6-7(6) 6-0 6-2 3-0Germany’s Alexander Zverev overpowered Aljaz Bedene to win their first round match at the Australian Open 6-4 6-1 6-4 as the 21-year-old firms as a title contender.The big-hitting fourth seed went down a break midway through the first set, which seemed to prod him into action. He won the next eight games, and Bedene never recovered.Zverev will play the winner of an all-French first round match between Jeremy Chardy and Ugo Humbert.Zverev, known as Sascha, has emerged as the leader of tennis’ new generation of men’s players, a reputation confirmed late last year by his maiden ATP Finals triumph where he beat Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic in consecutive days.”I’m really happy to be back.”We’re really happy you are back too @keinishikori #AusOpen pic.twitter.com/ZOrUm89CLm#AusOpen (@AustralianOpen) January 15, 2019Kei Nishikori rallied from two sets down and won 10 consecutive games before Kamil Majchrzak retired with the score at 3-6 6-7(6) 6-0 6-2 3-0 at Margaret Court Arena.Nishikori had a chance to win the second set, up 30-0 on the Polish player’s serve at 5-4. But he let Majchrzak back into the game and when the set went to a tiebreaker, two unforced errors by Nishikori handed his opponent the set.Those mistakes riled Nishikori between the second and third sets, obviously upset with himself as he placed ice cubes in a plastic bag on the back of his neck.He came out firing to start the third set and his 10-game streak and 15 of the last 17 before Majchrzak had enough and stopped the matchadvertisement(With inputs from Agencies)Also Read | Serena Williams makes strong start to set up clash vs Eugenie BouchardAlso Read | Maybe I’ll see you again: Andy Murray tells Australian Open crowd after Round 1 exitAlso Read | Rafael Nadal catches journalist sleeping in press conference. His reaction is epicFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Australian OpenFollow Alexander ZverevFollow Kei NishikoriFollow Men’s singles Nextlast_img read more

Everything Being Done to Have Normal Flights – Henry

first_img The Government is assuring the public that everything is being done to ensure that flights in and out of the island return to normal in the shortest possible time. Story Highlights On Friday (September 8), the radar and communications systems at the Kingston Air Traffic Control Centre in Kingston were struck by lightning, causing a shutdown of Jamaica’s airspace. The lightning strike destroyed the voice control switch that monitors the air to ground voice communications as well as the air traffic management computer systems. The Government is assuring the public that everything is being done to ensure that flights in and out of the island return to normal in the shortest possible time.This assurance was given by Minister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, in an interview with JIS News on Sunday (September 10), following a meeting with key stakeholders in the industry, such as the Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), the Jamaica Air Traffic Controllers Association and Aerotel Communications Ltd.On Friday (September 8), the radar and communications systems at the Kingston Air Traffic Control Centre in Kingston were struck by lightning, causing a shutdown of Jamaica’s airspace.Deputy Director General of Air Navigation Services at the JCAA, Carl Gaynair, said that a contingency plan has been put in place to enable the re-opening of the airspace on a limited basis.“We have been providing limited air traffic services since 11:00 p.m. last night (September 9). We are now operating at approximately 50 per cent with the expectation that it will increase in the coming days,” he said.Meanwhile, the Minister said the Government “will be putting in the necessary systems to ensure that operations are continuous.”He pointed out that while the incident was beyond human control, he would be looking at measures to prevent a recurrence.“It is impossible to prevent a lightning strike, and I will be looking into strategies, such as installing lightning arresters,” the Minister said.He pointed out that the issue was compounded by the fact that the neighbouring air traffic control centres in Cuba and Miami, which would normally provide support under these circumstances, were impacted by Hurricane Irma and were unable to do so.The lightning strike destroyed the voice control switch that monitors the air to ground voice communications as well as the air traffic management computer systems.last_img read more

Navios FSL Trust Takeover Deal Falls Apart

first_imgzoom Navios Maritime Holdings and FSL Trust Management, a trustee-manager of Singapore-based First Ship Lease Trust, have failed to finalize their earlier sale and purchase agreement for a major share in the trust.In April, Navios signed a term sheet to buy 154.4 million shares in FSL Trust, representing around 24.2% of the total number of issued units in FSL Trust, for a total of USD 20 million. As part of the agreement, FSL Trust was expected to secure a USD 20 million second priority mortgage convertible loan from Navios.Definitive agreements for the proposed transaction were not agreed by September 30, 2017, and the term sheet has been automatically terminated, FSL Trust Management said in a statement.“The termination of the term sheet is not expected to have any material financial impact on the group… (T)he trustee-manager will continue to be proactive in achieving refinancing to ensure the long-term stability of the trust amid the volatility and reduction in vessel values,” FSL Trust Management noted.World Maritime News contacted Navios for a comment on the failed agreement with FSL Trust, however, the company is yet to reply.Earlier this year, Navios Maritime Partners acquired the entire container fleet consisting of fourteen ships from another Singapore-based trust, Rickmers Maritime which completed the winding up process.last_img read more

Interview The Vision of Essar Ports

first_imgSalayaAt the beginning of this year, Essar Group announced an investment worth USD 500 million in existing and new projects. The investment was assigned to Salaya Terminal, Vizag Terminal and the expansion of Hazira Terminal by another 1,100 m with mechanization.According to the port developer, the investment in its Salaya and Vizag terminal projects, both fully automated, has the potential to increase its revenues by 30 pct in the fiscal year 2018-19 on the back of third-party cargo growth.“Our recently commissioned 20-million-ton dry bulk terminal at Salaya is the first deep-draft terminal in the Saurashtra region, and has been designed to berth Capesize vessels with a vessel turnaround time of less than two days, thus offering a competitive advantage to the local industry for both exports and imports. The facility has already started catering to major industries of the region,” Agarwal said.Furthermore, the company has completed a USD 128 million expansion project at the Vizag Terminal, which almost doubled the terminal’s capacity totaling in 24 million metric tons per annum (MMTPA).The commissioning of an 8,000 TPH ship loader, resulted in cargo handling rate ranging between 70,000 to 120,000 tons per day (TPD), depending on the size of a ship, Agarwal noted.“This project has been undertaken in synchronization with operations, and the facility is already handling close to 10 million tons in a year. The performance is further expected to improve with enhanced operational parameters,” he pointed out.Presently, the overall port capacity of the group is 90 MMTPA, however, post completion of the Hazira expansion, the overall port capacity will increase to 110 MMTPA.                                            Vizag Terminal, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh“Our state-of-the-art Hazira port terminal is strategically located within the industrial belt of Gujarat and has access to North India hinterland. As part of the capacity expansion project, cargo handling capability is being increased by additional 1,100 m waterfront in addition to existing 550 m waterfront. Of the 1,100 m waterfront, 600 m waterfront has been completed and balance works are underway along with mechanization. The facility caters to the Essar’s Hazira complex which houses steel, power and heavy engineering industry along with the other requirements of the region and trade. It has the capability to handle dry bulk, unit cargo, general cargo and liquid cargo,” he said.What is more, Essar Ports also plans to develop an LNG regasification facility in Hazira, in the west coast, and Haldia in the east coast of India.Internationally, Essar Ports has set sights on developing a coal terminal in Mozambique under a 30-year concession agreement with the Government of Mozambique inked last year.The terminal will have a nameplate capacity of 20 MMTPA and will be developed in two stages.“Mozambique has significant coal resources, mainly coking coal, which makes our project more interesting. Through this project, we aim to provide a credible end-to-end solution to the miners in Mozambique. The first phase is expected to have an investment of close to over USD 250 million over two years. The facility will be able to berth Supramax vessels and will provide the mechanized efficient operations in Beira Port. The project will entail rail reception facility, storage and loading of cargo on to the ship through mechanized means. The second phase of development will be undertaken post stabilization of Phase 1 of the project,” Agarwal said.Essar invested over USD 1.6 billion in the development of port terminal facilitiesSpeaking of Essar Ports key strategic objectives, Agarwal pointed to the completion of existing expansion projects within timelines and budget, as well as the increase in the share of third-party cargo to more than 40 pct of the total cargo handling portfolio.The terminal operator is also targeting an increase in overall cargo handling at the existing port facilities to a similar growth rate of 22 pct y-o-y as of the fiscal year 2018 and boosting profitability and return on capital employed.For the nine months ended December 31, 2017, the company registered a 16 percent cargo growth overall, compared to the same period last year.For the full year, the numbers depict a promising picture as well.“We expect that for FY 18 our traffic handling will be more than 36 million tons, registering a growth of 22 pct y-o-y with third-party traffic growing by more than 73 pct y-o-y,” he said.The fiscal year has also seen divestment of Vadinar Oil Terminal Facility (VOTL) for USD 2 billion, which has reduced the company’s cargo handling portfolio to dry bulk and general cargo.“The growth of this segment will be in line with the growth of the underlying business of steel, cement and power. With consumer demand being robust, these underlying business will have substantial growth in the coming year thereby increasing cargo volume to be handled at the port,” Agarwal continued.Essar Ports’ CEO stressed that mechanization and automation remain the key priority in its business.“Our vision of technology is that of an enabler for better customer service, low cost of operations, improved efficiencies, environmentally conscious/eco-friendly operations and better controls,” he pointed out.“Modern ports, in addition to features like the deep draft and sufficient storage space, need to have a high level of mechanization and automation to handle bigger ships to achieve economies of scale and faster turnaround of vessels.”Interview conducted by Jasmina Ovcina Mandra, Editor, World Maritime News; Image Courtesy: Essar Ports Hazira Port, IndiaVolumes at Indian cargo ports have been on a growth trajectory over the past decade, with a 5.7 pct compound annual growth rate (CAGR) in traffic recorded during the 2007-2017 period.The major ports in India handled 499.41 million tons of cargo during the period from April to December 2017, marking a growth of 3.64 pct year-on-year.The highest growth was registered by Cochin Port, followed by Paradip, Kolkata, New Mangalore and JNPT, data from India’s Ministry of Shipping shows.However, there are numerous challenges for the country’s ports moving ahead.Rajiv Agarwal, CEO & Managing Director of Essar Ports“Projects in India are prone to higher implementation risk in terms of high financing cost, commodity risk, non-flexibility in contracts, delay in securing various approvals, land acquisition issues and issues in hinterland connectivity for evacuation of cargo. This has led to a reduced interest of private sector participation in recent years,” Rajiv Agarwal, CEO & Managing Director of Essar Ports, one of the largest private port developers and operators in India, said in an interview with World Maritime News.Agarwal explained that it is necessary to equitably share risks in order to spur the growth in the port sector, boost investor confidence and private sector investment. Furthermore, it is necessary to modernize facilities and expedite the decision-making process.For this to become a reality it is required to ensure access to low cost and long-term funding solutions for the infrastructure sector, simplify approval process and provide flexibility to concessionaires under contracts, Agarwal added.Other issues that need to be addressed are a tax exemption for import of capital equipment for development, flexibility with the Concessioning Authority when dealing with various contracts under stress along with reservation of land for port and connectivity projects and simplifying land acquisition process, he continued.last_img read more

Review cant pinpoint why flight school plane crashed near Calgary killing two

first_imgCALGARY – The Transportation Safety Board says it doesn’t know what caused a plane operated by an Alberta university’s flight school to lose control and crash, killing two instructors with the program.Pilot Jeffrey Bird and co-pilot Reynold Johnson from the school at Mount Royal University in Calgary were about a half hour into a flight on Feb. 13, 2017, when the Technam P2006T aircraft started spinning for unknown reasons.The men managed to get the plane out of the spin, but by then there was not enough altitude to recover from the ensuing dive.Elizabeth Evans, dean of the university’s faculty of business and communication studies, said it’s unfortunate the safety board could not pinpoint what caused the crash.“Nevertheless, we will carefully review the TSB report to see where we can further underline and embolden our safety procedures, erring on the side of supreme caution as we continue to focus on being one of the leading aviation schools in Canada,” she said in a statement Thursday.The wreckage was found near a road about 50 kilometres northwest of Calgary Springbank Airport. Ground scars and damage to the plane were consistent with a high-speed collision while the aircraft was near vertical.The plane burned after it crashed and the fire consumed almost all of it.The safety board said given the damage, it could not determine whether there was any system failure or malfunction, but said there was nothing wrong with the components it did manage to examine.On the day of the crash, Bird, a former Royal Canadian Air Force training pilot, had been undergoing multi-engine training with instructor Johnson, a retired airline pilot. That training requires stall exercises, the safety board noted in its report.A stall is when the aircraft is angled in such a way that airflow over the wings is disrupted and lift is reduced. Pilots must know how to spot the signs of an impending stall and how to get the plane back into the right position if one happens.The board noted that Mount Royal’s flight training material mentions two types of recoveries: one for when a plane is approaching a stall and one when it’s already in one. But Canadian and U.S. regulators both advise that the same technique — reducing the so-called angle of attack — should be used in both scenarios.“If flight training units do not emphasize that the most important reaction to a stall or approach to stall is a reduction in the angle of attack, a loss of aircraft control may occur,” it said.The safety board’s report also mentions a “non-standard training practice” it found some instructors at the school used in stall exercises, but could not determine whether Bird or Johnson had been exposed to it.“If organizational safety processes do not identify and mitigate non-standard practices, manoeuvres that are outside of the aircraft limitations defined in the aircraft flight manual may be conducted, increasing the risk of aircraft accidents,” it said.The board says Mount Royal took a number of safety actions after the crash, including increasing the minimum altitude at which an aircraft should be recovered from a stall.It also acquired different aircraft for multi-engine training, clarified roles for when two instructors are on staff training flights together and revised operating procedures.last_img read more

Crown asks for more jail for Winnipeg man who left mother to

first_imgWINNIPEG — The Manitoba Court of Appeal has reserved its decision on the sentence of a Winnipeg man who left his 89-year-old mother on the floor of their home for several weeks until she died.Ronald Siwicki was sentenced last year to three months jail for criminal negligence causing the death of his mother.One month was deducted as credit for time he spent in custody before the trial.The Crown appealed, arguing the trial judge miscalculated Siwicki’s moral culpability and a three-month sentence doesn’t deter other people from committing a similar crime.The defence told the Appeal Court that the sentence was fit and more jail time would cause harm to the 67-year-old Siwicki.Elizabeth Siwicki, who was suffering from dementia, fell out of her bed in 2014 and was unable to get up.An autopsy found she had bed sores so severe they went down to her bones and caused her death.“This offence was prolonged, it was painful and it was preventable,” Crown prosecutor Rekha Malaviya told court Tuesday.She said Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Colleen Suche erred in her assessment of aggravating and mitigating factors, focusing on Ronald Siwicki’s life rather than the crime.Malaviya warned the sentence could set a dangerous precedent, as more people take care of their aging parents.“The sentencing judge appears to have found this respondent so sympathetic, with the improvements he made in himself and his life, that it took precedence over the offence itself,” she said.The trial heard how Siwicki and his mother had a close, almost unhealthy relationship. She told him how he should spend his time and with whom.Defence lawyer Mike Cook said that in many ways, Siwicki was a “prisoner in his own house.”Siwicki promised his mother that she could die at home, but he was unable to deal with her mounting health problems, court heard. After she fell out of bed, Siwicki provided her with nutritional drinks and water but never called for help.Siwicki has already served his sentence, Cook told the court, and he is doing well in the community.He understands that he should not have been caring for his mother alone and should have acted differently, Cook said.“Every day he has to look in the mirror and see the man who caused his mom’s death.”Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Tangier Police Catch Luxury Product Smugglers Avoiding Import Duties

Rabat – Customs officers have dismantled four operations smuggling luxury products into Tangier.Customs officers seized 1,003 perfumes of various brands in a foreign car that was attempting to enter Morocco without a permit or paying import taxes. Officers also seized a €33,000 watch from a Moroccan citizen who they claimed attempted to illegally smuggle the watch into the country. A Moroccan living abroad also tried to bring in 13 smartphones and two electronic tablets illegally, but Tangier police officers stopped him. Read also: Tangier’s Cybercrimes Brigade Dismantles Criminal NetworkThe police also arrested a sub-Saharan migrant residing in Spain who attempted to enter Morocco with a car with falsified papers. An investigation is still underway. Tangier’s police and customs officers have been recently under a lot of pressure with the increase in undocumented migrations, drug trafficking, and criminal activities. Just last week, Tangier’s cybercrimes brigade dismantled a criminal network involved in fraud, counterfeit, and hacking. In early September, Tangier customs officers also seized 28 kilograms of cannabis. read more

Iraq UN calls on world community to help Palestinians facing attacks intimidation

24 January 2007The United Nations refugee agency today called on the international community to aid Palestinians living in Iraq after 90 panic-stricken men, women and children fled Baghdad, reportedly headed on two rented buses towards the Syrian border, following an increasing spate of attacks and harassment. “Of all the groups being targeted in Iraq, the Palestinians are the most vulnerable as they literally have nowhere else to flee, and in many cases have been denied travel documents,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) senior Iraq operations manager Andrew Harper said in Geneva. “The international community must act now to help these people. A safe haven needs to be found immediately, outside Iraq.”Over the past year UNHCR has voiced mounting alarm for the Palestinians, who fled to Iraq following the creation of Israel in 1948. Some received preferential treatment under ousted President Saddam Hussein, and they have become targets for attack since his overthrow in 2003. Nearly 20,000 of them have already fled the country but there are still an estimated 15,000 remaining. The agency has taken up the latest developments with the Iraqi authorities. Today’s flight followed two incidents yesterday when 30 Palestinian men, 17 of them sheltered in a Baghdad apartment building rented by UNHCR, were taken away by men dressed in Iraqi security force uniforms and driving security vehicles.They were later released but by today all Palestinians living in the apartment building had abandoned their homes, some fleeing to other parts of the city, while others joined the group headed toward Syria.“What happened to the men during their abduction remains unclear. But the men and their families were clearly traumatised by the ordeal and afraid to provide any details,” UNHCR said. “The abductions caused great panic among the Palestinian community. “Some Palestinians told UNHCR they feared attack by militias at any time. Many other Palestinians told UNHCR that they wanted to leave as well, but couldn’t because they lacked proper documents, or because they still have family members in Baghdad who cannot go,” the agency added. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), with UNHCR support, is preparing to deliver relief items, including tents, blankets, mattresses, lanterns, kitchen sets, stoves and plastic sheets, to the Syrian-Iraqi border in preparation for the new arrivals. Water, kerosene and food are already available.Last April, Syria allowed a group of 287 Palestinians into the country, but has since turned back more than 500 other Palestinians who fled Baghdad because of harassment and attacks, or after relatives had been killed. Those who try to leave cannot get proper documents.Despite assistance from UNHCR, ICRC and local non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the Palestinians have been living in extremely difficult conditions at the border sites. UNHCR has tried, to no avail, to secure them entry into Jordan and Syria, return them to the Palestinian territory with Israel’s permission, help in relocation to other Arab States or assist in resettlement outside the region. read more

UN aids flood victims in Kazakhstan as heavy snows melt

12 March 2008United Nations units are coming to aid of flood victims in southern Kazakhstan, where heavy rains and rapidly melting snow have displaced more than 13,000 people following Central Asia’s harshest winter in decades. The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has provided an emergency grant of $40,000 to the UN Resident Coordinator in Kazakhstan for nearly 2000 hygiene kits. At the same time, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has made $50,000 available for water purification tablets, water reservoirs, filters, disinfectants and other sanitation needs. The overall flooding situation remains a matter of concern for the immediate future, according to an OCHA report, since there is a possibility of further flooding along the Syr-Darya river basin. That occurrence could affect over 250,000 people living in the country’s South Kazakhstan and Kzylorda provinces, it said. read more

Pacific island leaders call at UN for greater efforts against lifestylerelated diseases

24 September 2011Lifestyle-related non-communicable diseases (NCDs) are taking an enormous toll in human health and economic development on the Pacific islands, the leaders of two countries in the region told the United Nations today, calling for accelerated efforts to defeat the problem. Such diseases are a “pandemic” in the Pacific, claiming six out of every 10 lives, said Danny Philip, Prime Minister of the Solomon Islands, in an address to the General Assembly’s annual general debate.Mr. Philip said his country had put in place a strategic plan for the next five years to try to overcome NCDs, which include cancers, heart disease and diabetes.“Prevention remains the cornerstone of our NCD policy and the development of our primary health coverage,” he said, adding that “we will continue to need sustained external support in the short- to medium-term” to implement key programmes.Prime Minister Lord Tu’ivakano of Nukunuku of the Kingdom of TongaLord Tu’ivakano, the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Tonga, said that, left unchecked, NCDs in countries such as his own “threatens not just livelihoods and lifestyle, but whatever that may have been achieved” towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – the globally agreed set of anti-poverty targets.He said there were five areas in which Tonga and other Pacific island countries were focusing their efforts: tobacco control, better diets, increasing physical activity, reducing alcohol intake and improving access to beneficial drugs and technologies.This week the General Assembly held a high-level meeting on NCDs, with world leaders pledging to launch an all-out attack against the risk factors – such as smoking, drinking alcohol or a lack of exercise – behind the soaring numbers of people suffering from NCDs worldwide. read more

Crescent Point taking a breather from major acquisitions in 2013

CALGARY — Crescent Point Energy Corp. is taking a breather from large-scale acquisitions this year after doing some US$3-billion in deals in 2012, one of which established a presence in Utah for the Calgary-based light oil producer.“This year is going to be really focused on organic growth,” CEO Scott Saxberg told analysts on a conference call Thursday.“We’re in really no rush to do any significant transactions this year.”During the fourth-quarter, Crescent Point closed its US$861-million acquisition of privately-held Ute Energy Upstream Holdings LLC, giving it a foothold in northeastern Utah’s Uinta Basin.The Uinta Basin has been producing oil for 50 years, but advances in drilling techniques have breathed new life into that mature area. It’s a familiar story for Crescent Point, which uses hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, techniques to coax oil out of older reservoirs in Alberta and Saskatchewan.About 8,000 barrels of oil per day are currently flowing out of Crescent Point’s Uinta lands. The company plans on spending $195-million to drill there in 2013.Other acquisitions Crescent Point did in 2013 helped consolidate its core positions in Alberta and Saskatchewan, where it is known as one of the predominant light oil producers.Desjardins Securities analyst Allan Stepa said he expects Crescent Point to add shareholder value “through the drill bit” this year as opposed to through more deals.Some smaller-scale acquisitions wouldn’t be out of the question, but Stepa said he expects Crescent Point to be “more selective.”“To that end, we would expect to see a small dividend increase on the back of any new acquisitions, provided that Canadian light oil differentials remain conducive,” he wrote in a note to clients.Crescent Point has been shielding itself from swings in crude prices through hedging contracts and long-term agreements to ship oil by rail.Between those two measures, Crescent Point has locked in more than 15,000 barrels per day of its output for the next 18 months at selling prices higher than $90 per barrel.Also Thursday, Crescent Point said its net loss widened 10 per cent in the fourth-quarter even as it achieved record quarterly production.Crescent Point put the loss at $95.2-million or 26 cents per share in the three months ended Dec. 31, which included an unrealized derivative loss of $20.1 million.That was up from a $86.2-million or 30 cents per share, loss in the same period a year ago, when Crescent Point booked an unrealized derivative loss of $6.1-million.Revenue from oil and gas sales, however, rose to $727.4-million from $630.4-million as the company reported record quarterly production averaging more than 108,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.The increase in production, from 81,210 barrels in the 2011 period and weighted 90 per cent to light and medium crude oil and liquids, was achieved through acquisitions over the past year.Funds flow from operations, a non-standard accounting term, was $430.4-million up 13% from $381.9-million, while netback — revenue from bringing oil to the marketplace minus the cost of doing so — was $46.5-million, down 13% from $53.4-million in the prior-year period.The company’s bottom line was also hurt by lower average selling prices, which were down eight per cent over the year to $74.57 from $81.35.Crescent Point shares rose 12 cents to $39.06 in early afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange Thursday.The Canadian Press read more

Laptop thefts lead to heightened security in library

Several laptop computers were stolen from students in the James A. Gibson Library on Monday, March 18.All members of the Brock community are being reminded by Campus Security not to leave valuable items, such as laptops, tablets or cellphones, unattended at any time while on campus.A suspect in Monday’s incidents was described as male, 25 to 30 years old, with brown skin, a moustache, shoulder-length black curly hair, a loosely tied ponytail and wearing a 3/4-length grey coat.As a result of the recent thefts, Campus Security has increased patrols in the library and will be leaving cautionary bookmarks on valuable items to warn of the risk of leaving them unattended.Anyone who is missing their laptop or other items should check with the library circulation desk to see whether the item has been returned. Those wishing to report a stolen item or with information about thefts on campus are asked to contact Campus Security at x3200. read more

Top readers comments of the week

first_imgEVERY SATURDAY MORNING we take a look at all the best comments left on the site by our readers over the past seven days.This week there was a lot of talk about water restrictions, property prices, driving licences, same-sex marriage, school holidays and Labour woes.So here, in no particular order, are the standout comments from the week that was.The top 5 articles which received the most comments this week1. Poll: How would you vote if there was a referendum on same-sex marriage today? (782 comments)2. Irish man considers joining British army to pull family out of poverty (253 comments)3. Complex politics or simple geography: Is Ireland part of the British Isles? (243 comments)4. Gilmore:  ’Same-sex marriage referendum will be held before the end of the lifetime of this government‘ (218 comments)5. Column: Reducing school holidays would help students, parents and the economy (203 comments)Some of the best comments left on the site this week(AP/Press Association Images) The venomous false widow spider has been causing a few problems across the water, so readers helpfully sent in their photos of possible sightings in Ireland. Stephen Doyle had some questions he wanted answered: How do these foreign spiders just waltz through immigration without a passport and get free homes from the social welfare. Sure I seen one driving a taxi the other night, hadn’t a clue were she was going(We also liked this response from Celia Murphy and Stephen again): Steven’ how on earth do you know it was a “she”? 🙂 Does heartbreak cause real, actual pain? Yes, replied commenters, in a rare example of almost everyone agreeing with each other on a thread. From robby rottenest:I’ve broken bones. Had dislocations.None can be remembered so vividly as the pain of a broken heart nearly 30 years ago.It’s real. You do get over it.Terrible joke of the week (blame Fran Heavey for this). Context: This comment was in response to someone who said Pope Francis seems like a very nice pope:You might even say…….he’s very pope-ular……..hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah….sorry………i’m just gonna red thumb myself now……….and then my comment as wellReaders were divided over whether the president of the TCD Students’ Union deserves to be voted out of his job after acknowledging publicly that he cheated in an exam when he had depression. Two interesting viewpoints on this one – first up, Ignoreland: Those supporting him saying “it’s not a capital offence” or “give him a break” need to look at this case and then at the standards Irish people get from their politicians in general. We’re so tolerant of corruption or people acting like “cute hoors”. If we want the best leaders we have to hold them to account when they fall short. He’s attempted to cheat the system that he’s now supposed to have input into: that’s wrong. He should have resigned rather than face impeachment and in that way try and show some respect for the office he was elected to.And on the other side of the argument, Moe Moran: There are, on this thread, so many rational ideas of what should and shouldn’t have been done by this young man in May, it’s truly inspiring. Unfortunately, Mr Lenihan suffers from severe depression, something he made clear while campaigning, and did not have the faculties to execute such rational thought at the time. Indeed an argument could be made that he should not have been sitting exams in those conditions seeing as the authorities were aware of his illness. He did not invent the illness on the radio as some sort of get-out clause, it was the central plank of his campaign for office. He campaigned on the promise to try to raise awareness and understanding of mental health issues and you advocate removing him simply because you have a poor understanding of mental health issues. How very Irish. With these attitudes, it’s no wonder people like Niall Donoghue and countless other young males “who have nothing to be depressed about” have been losing the battle. Grow up and see the bigger picture. This isn’t a debate on morals, it’s a debate on what ability non-sufferers have to empathise with sufferers; and it’s a debate on how much non-sufferers really want to.Long comment but a good one. A number of famous Irish people have given interviews talking about what it like to have depression. Paul Kealy explained what it was like for him, and how things are slowly changing: Iv’e battled with depression and anxiety throughout my life, still do. There is an ignorance about mental health issues that continues to exist throughout the world. In a 21st century world, with continuously increasing tolerance for human differences, most taboos have become today’s facts of life. As a society we have strived to knock down prejudices and Issues about everything from racism to sexual identity, we have come so far. Yet, there still remains one of biggest taboos in the world today ‘depression’. Unfortunately a lot of people equate it with feeling sorry for yourself or being moody. By contrast what sufferers of depression go through in physical and mental pain on a scale of suffering can be much more intense than any physical illness, few illnesses are as traumatic or devastating as depression. Few other illnesses can leave a person so helpless, because many do not seek the help they need out of fear. It’s very encouraging to see so many people discussing depression and anxiety in the media recently, it has no doubt saved many from suffering alone. We all play a part in advancing public awareness of mental health issues, we all need to help eliminate the stigma of depression and other mental disorders. ‘The Journal’ too has done wonderful work in highlighting depression and mental health to a massive online community, hats off guys! The human spirit can survive so much, especially if we can see there is an end in sight. But depression can be so relentless, sometimes it seems impossible to ever see the end. But, there is always an answer, there is always light at the end of the tunnel, there is always hope, help, a future and better days ahead. If you are one of the hundreds of millions in the world who is suffering from depression, hiding it from others, feeling alone and afraid please talk to someone, anyone! You are not alone and you don’t need to be, and for anyone who wants to have a chat in complete confidence with s stranger, please feel free to pm me.Children are great, according to parents. Readers shared their stories and signs that you live with little monsters/angels on this article – including this one from Grumpee Oldman:When you do manage to have 5 minutes sitting at the kitchen table without the children, you get enjoyment scraping all the dried in weetabix off it and make the table all nice and smooth again. (Or maybe that’s just me!!)Finally, a lot of people were angry, sad and fearful – delete as appropriate –  about the news that there could be a global shortage of wine. Oh dear. From Joey JoeJoe Shabadoo: I picked a bad week to stop sniffing glue.The 5 most popular comments this week(Image: Hugh O’Connell/Oireachtas.ie) 1. First up, Petr Tarasov got 1,882 thumbs up for his comment on the article about 27-year-old Ricki Savage who died after collapsing at the finish line of the Dublin Marathon: The poor man. May he rest in peace.2. John Kavanagh got 1,593 thumbs up for his approach to same-sex marriage on an article asking for readers’ opinions on it:been having the same sex in my marriage for yrs…nothin wrong with it at all!!3. Next up, John was unimpressed with Mick Wallace’s explanation for why he wore an Italian football jersey in the Dail. He got 1,357 green thumbs for this: What a muppet he is, when will we ever learn?……he owes a fortune in VAT and heads to Torino for football games. If he gets re elected, shame on his constituency.4. Chopstix got 1,1318 thumbs up on the subject of same sex marriage: At the end of the day if you have time to think about what goes on in a strangers bedroomYou need a life & a job5. Last but not least, Patrick Moran got 1,298 thumbs up for his pragmatic comment on the article about whether Ireland is a part of the British Isles: It’s a term that will always get Irish backs up. Look just in the interests of harmony and putting the issue to bed, lets refer to the whole lot as the Irish Isles. Says she’s a widowlast_img read more

2009 Tourism ads refreshed

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s new international tourism campaign for 2009 was launched last week by the Tourism Development Minister Costas Markopoulos. The campaign maintains the catchphrase “Greece, the True Experience”, but is embellished with a new logo and messages for foreign visitors. The new campaign was developed by Greek agencies Ashley & Holmes with Karamella. The Greek minister said the advertising campaign is designed so that “people around the world will hear, see and feel Greece.”last_img

The DCEU is Going Virtual and Patrick Wilson May Be its Next

first_img The new Justice League movie is on its way this year, and Warner Bros. is fully committed to making its movie universe a legitimate competitor to Marvel. While it remains to be seen whether Zack Snyder’s third film in the series can actually accomplish that, the burden is shared by the much better-looking Wonder Woman and the surprisingly exciting Aquaman. Warner Bros. is hoping to expand their universe even more by bringing virtual reality into the mix.According to a press release on PR Newswire, Warner Bros. is creating original VR tie-in experiences for the new VR centers IMAX is experimenting with. The company has already opened one VR center in Los Angeles, and plan to open more in New York City, the United Kingdom, Shanghai and at least one more California location. The idea is you would go to one of these centers and sit in VR pods that would let you move around a virtual environment. The hope is that IMAX’s tech would work better (and come with less sticker shock) than current home VR setups.The first tie-in experience will appear alongside Justice League, with Warner Bros. developing at least two more in the future. One will be released with Aquaman, and the other would be tied to a future DC adaptation not yet named. What could that be? The Flash would be cool in VR, but I’d worry about the potential for motion sickness when you’re moving that fast.Whatever the future of the DCEU, superheroes are great showcases for VR technology. When you can feel like you’re flying alongside Superman, it doesn’t seem to matter how much his last movie disappointed you. I got to try the Avengers: Age of Ultron VR demo at a comic con a couple of years back, and despite being a limited experience on a consumer headset, it was still more memorable than most of the actual movie. Standing next to a life-size superhero is just cool, no matter what you thought of the source material. We’ll have to wait until later this year to see what these VR experiences are actually like, but it’s not a stretch to imagine them becoming the most fun thing about the DCEU.Virtual Reality isn’t the only thing that could make the DC movies fun. Actor Patrick Wilson has been talking up his role in the upcoming Aquaman movie. Given that Aquaman was one of the best parts of the last Justice League trailer, expectations for his solo flick are suddenly high. After The Hollywood Reporter tweeted an article asking why superhero villains are often faceless, Wilson fired back a short, teasing response. Stay on target Batman Loses a Dad Again, Another Ben Affleck Update & More DC Movie NewsSecret Aquaman Role, Wonder Woman’s Throwback Photo, & More DC Movie News center_img Not for long. @creepypuppet https://t.co/0C9rJrAVdT— patrick wilson (@patrickwilson73) March 27, 2017@creepypuppet is Aquaman director James Wan, who was also behind Furious 7, Insidious, and Saw. Wilson’s tweet appears to hint that Aquaman‘s villain will be a full fleshed out character in his own right. That only makes sense, given who Wilson is playing. Sure, he has every reason to talk up his role, but you’d think he wouldn’t respond quite this way if he wasn’t at least a little confident in the movie’s ability to back it up.Wilson will play Ocean Master a.k.a. Orm Marius, the Ocean Master. He’s Aquaman’s half-brother, meaning he also has a claim to the Atlantean throne. Since Aquaman is half-human, Orm believe’s he’s the rightful heir to the throne. This sibling rivalry has the potential to be more interesting than the one between Thor and Loki if the DCEU handles it right. (That is a big “if” right now, I know.) With both brothers having a legitimate claim to the throne, that leaves room for much stronger characterization. Though Ocean Master will undoubtedly be the villain, there’s hope that the conflict will be a little more complex than what comic book movies have given us in the past.last_img read more

Pochettino Davinson Sanchez is a beast

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino praised Davinson Sanchez’s endurance after playing two games in the space of 48 hoursThe Colombian defender played the full 180 minutes of Spurs’ matches with Manchester City on Monday and Wednesday’s one with West Ham United.Pochettino had to make 10 changes to his line-up for Spurs’ Carabao Cup game with West Ham.But Sanchez remained as Spurs secured a 3-1 win to book their place in the quarter-finals.Kieran trippier, Mauricio Pochettino, Tottenham HotspursTrippier and Pochettino try to clear up a war of words George Patchias – September 13, 2019 The apparent war of words between Kieran Trippier and Mauricio Pochettino is thought to be nothing more than a misunderstanding.Trippier was sold by Tottenham…“It was a very competitive game after playing on Monday,” Pochettino told the club website.“We nearly changed all the players and of course it’s important, after only 48 hours, to say [well done] to Davinson Sanchez because his effort on Monday and [Wednesday] was massive.“He showed great mentality. He’s a beast.”A Son Heung-min double and Fernando Llorente’s strike sealed the win for Spurs, who will next face Arsenal in the quarter-finals in December.last_img read more

Governor swears in New Leader of Opposition

first_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #NewLeaderofOpposition #MagneticMediaNews#NewLeaderofOpposition  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 21, 2016 – In the afternoon of 20 December, His Excellency the Governor, also at Waterloo, signed and handed over a copy of the Appointment Instrument to the new Leader of the Opposition, the Honourable Washington Misick.”last_img

Large earthquake strikes off coast of Chile

first_imgSANTIAGO, Chile — A magnitude-6.5 earthquake struck off the coast of Chile on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said, but Chilean officials said it was not felt on land and discarded the possibility that it might unleash a tsunami.The quake was recorded at 5:49 a.m. local time (EDT; 0949 GMT) Monday, at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), some 600 kilometers (370 miles) from the city of Puerto Quellon.Chile’s oceanographic service said it was not felt on land and discounted the possibility of a tsunami. U.S. seismologists originally estimated the magnitude at 6.8 later recalculated downward.Chile is one of the world’s most earthquake-prone countries. A magnitude-8.8 quake and the tsunami it unleashed in 2010 killed more than 500 people and destroyed 220,000 homes. It was so strong it changed time, shortening the Earth’s day slightly by changing the planet’s rotation.The strongest earthquake ever recorded also happened in Chile, a magnitude-9.5 in 1960.last_img read more