Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,104.43, up 31.29 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up five cents, or 0.4 per cent, to $12.46 on 24.3 million shares.MEG Energy Corp. (TSX:MEG). Energy. Up $3.04, or 37.9 per cent, to $11.07 on 19.6 million shares.RNC Minerals. (TSX:RNX). Metals. Up five cents, or 5.62 per cent, to 94 cents on 14.2 million shares.Wallbridge Mining Company Ltd. (TSX:WM). Base metals. Up 5.5 cents, or 25 per cent, to 27.5 cents on 10 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Energy. Up 17 cents, or 4.53 per cent, to $3.92 on 8.6 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Healthcare. Down 24 cents, or 1.33 per cent, to $17.76 on 6.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:MEG Energy Corp. (TSX:MEG). Energy. Up $3.04, or 37.9 per cent, to $11.07. Financial analysts say Husky Energy Inc. will likely have to sweeten its $3.3-billion hostile takeover bid for fellow Calgary oilsands producer MEG Energy Corp., although they concede there are few white knights that are big enough to ride to its rescue. In its offer Sunday, Husky said it was going directly to MEG’s shareholders after its board refused to consider a proposal. Husky closed down $1.47 or 6.48 per cent at $21.21 on 4.2 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA) Up 34 cents, or two per cent to $17.27. Encana has an agreement to sell its San Juan assets in New Mexico to a Denver-based company for nearly $615 million. The Calgary-based oil and gas producer’s San Juan assets include lands that produce the equivalent of 5,400 barrels per day of oil. Denver-based DJR Energy, LLC says the acquisition will about double its land in the San Juan Basin to 141,639 hectares and increase its production to more than 6,000 barrels per day.last_img read more

Trans Mountain response not just about one pipeline says Trudeau

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. – The future of resource development across Canada depends on the federal government responding correctly to a court ruling that has stalled the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, Justin Trudeau said Friday.The government’s response is about more than just one pipeline project, the prime minister said as he took part in what was billed as an armchair discussion at a business gathering in Ottawa.“What we need is not just this pipeline,” Trudeau said. “This is the way the world is going, and if we can demonstrate clarity and certainty for business through the processes to the investors, we will be able to get more built.”The opposition parties called on the Liberal government Friday to study the Trans Mountain court decision, and use it to better define what it means to truly consider the wishes of Indigenous communities before it launches into any new consultations over Trans Mountain.The Liberals promised a new process for consultation with Indigenous communities during the last election campaign, “and that promise was completely broken,” New Democrat MP Rachel Blaney said before introducing a motion that would see a Commons committee examine why the court rejected the Trudeau cabinet’s approval of the Trans Mountain expansion.Her motion, along with a similar one introduced by Conservative MP Cathy McLeod, was voted down by Liberal members of the Commons committee on Indigenous and northern affairs. The Liberals didn’t speak to the motions and gave no reasons for rejecting them before adjourning. Trudeau called the court ruling “frustrating” and “devastating” for communities that were relying on the employment that would come with the Trans Mountain project.center_img “We need to be able to build resource projects of all different types with appropriate social license.”The Federal Court of Appeal quashed approval for the Trans Mountain project last week, citing insufficient consultation with Indigenous communities and failure to assess the environmental impact of more tanker traffic off British Columbia’s coast.The Conservatives and New Democrats both have blamed Trudeau for the ruling, accusing him of relying on “botched” consultations to further the pipeline project, which would bring more Alberta oilsands crude to port in B.C. for export overseas.But Trudeau said the decision must be seen in a broader context if the government is to ensure that Trans Mountain – and other resource projects – don’t get bogged down in endless court battles in the future.Trudeau fired back at critics who accuse his government of being unable to get large resource projects built, pointing to one major development that has already been approved in Canada but is facing roadblocks south of the border.“The Keystone XL pipeline has been approved in Canada for a long time and it’s bogged down in processes in the United States because, again, there are concerns that they hadn’t done enough around consultations in partnership with communities and environmental science,” Trudeau told the gathering.last_img read more

Charlie Lake Fire Department responds to early morning call

first_imgA total of eight firefighters responded along with three fire units. CHARLIE LAKE, B.C. – The Charlie Lake Fire Department responded to a call early Sunday morning.The Fire Department responded to a fire at 4:39 a.m. Sunday on Lake Shore Road.  The caller said they noticed a fire when they drove by the area on Lake Shore Road.When crews arrived on the scene, the fire was a brush/woodpile that was being maintained.last_img

Top UN AsiaPacific official pushes for pooling of fiscal resources to beat

28 July 2009Large-scale government stimulus packages are closed off to many nations across Asia and the Pacific, the top United Nations official for the region told a gathering of senior finance and central bank representatives, promoting a cooperative approach to jump-starting economies out of the global recession. “We need to recognize that not all countries have the fiscal space to implement counter-cyclical measures at significant scales due to budget constraints,” Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), said yesterday.Shrinking resources and other fiscal issues have left several countries in the region with little room to manoeuvre in their efforts to reignite suffering economies, Ms. Heyzer said in a message to the regional high-level workshop on the role of monetary, fiscal and external debt policies in responding to the financial crisis.In her address, Ms. Heyzer pointed to the international community’s response to the crisis and noted that the Asia-Pacific region, with over $4 trillion in foreign exchange reserves, can work together to spur recovery and restore economic growth.Ms. Heyzer added that ESCAP can bring countries together to share experiences and coordinate their development activities for greater regional results, as exemplified by the high-level meeting in December 2008 in Bali, Indonesia, on the food and fuel hike, financial market meltdown and climate change crisis.“The huge scale of government spending in the pipeline in many countries offers an unprecedented opportunity to design policies that will bring about more inclusive and sustainable development,” she told participants at the four-day workshop in Dhaka, Bangladesh.The ESCAP workshop looking into various economic policies used by governments in the region to deal with the global financial crisis, hosted by the Bangladesh Bank, has brought together top officials from the finance ministries and central banks of Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea, Russia, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam. Also attending are experts from international organizations, including those from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), World Bank and civil society organizations. read more

Government to snub protests and sign FTA with India

The Government says it will disregard protests and sign the proposed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with India.Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, speaking at an event today, said that  the Government has the mandate to sign the FTA with India and also for agreements with China and the EU on the GSP plus concession. (Colombo Gazette)

Security Council says any new UN involvement in Somalia must increase slowly

The Council’s position echoed that of Secretary-General Kofi Annan and came in a presidential statement read by the British permanent representative, Ambassador Emyr Jones Parry, who is holding the rotating Council presidency for October. He said the parties in the Horn of Africa country may want UN assistance in implementing the agreement they recently reached in Nairobi, Kenya, after long negotiations to unite a country that has lacked effective national government since President Mohammed Siad Barre fell from power in 1991. Col. Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed of the Puntland region was inaugurated as head of the Transitional Federal Parliament in Nairobi last Thursday.The Council urged “the Somali leaders to create a favourable environment for the future Transitional Federal Government by making a determined effort to bring about improvements in the security situation on the ground,” the President said. It also emphasized that “those who persist on the path of confrontation and conflict will be held accountable.”The United States, fielding soldiers under its own command, and UN peacekeeping troops, under separate command, withdrew from Somalia in 1993. The Council statement advised Col. Yusuf Ahmed and the Transitional Federal Parliament to select a prime minister “and an effective and efficient cabinet” and to develop a preliminary programme of action and timetable for the transition, while involving women fully in post-conflict reconciliation and reconstruction.It commended the Kenyan Government and other members of the East African Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) for having supported the reconciliation for the past two years.The Council appealed for funding for the African Union’s (AU) Peace Support Mission, which envisages options for Somali disarmament, demobilization and reintegration. It also sought support for broad-based efforts to work out a peace-building framework leading to a rapid assistance package for Somalia. The Nairobi-based UN Political Office for Somalia (UNPOS) was established in 1995 to advance the cause of peace and reconciliation in the country through contacts with Somali leaders, civic organizations and the States and organizations concerned. read more

Jana claims two nominees have votes to be elected to Agrium board

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Jana Partners says it looks like it has received enough votes to get two of its five nominees elected to the board of fertilizer giant Agrium Inc. (TSX:AGU) at the company’s annual meeting Tuesday.The New York hedge fund, which has been in a bitter proxy fight with Agrium management for months, said in a statement Monday that it believes both managing partner Barry Rosenstein and another of its nominees, David Bullock, had received enough votes as of the deadline Friday.“While only Agrium knows the vote results for both sides, based on the number of votes received by these nominees and the typical turnout for contested Canadian elections, and leaving aside the potential impact of Agrium’s offer to pay financial advisers and brokers for favourable votes, it appears that both will be elected,” Jana said.However, Jana complained some shareholders who supported its nominees tell of having been contacted after the deadline and being asked to switch their votes.Agrium’s meeting rules permit it to extend the voting deadline without public notice if doing so would help the current board win re-election, Jana said.Jana has previously criticized Agrium for paying brokers and financial advisers 25 cents for each vote their clients cast in favour of existing board directors, between a minimum of $100 and a maximum of $1,500 per shareholder.Agrium quickly issued a brief statement of its own, saying it remained “very confident” it would prevail in the proxy contest and accused Jana of speculation and “spreading misinformation.”The company said Jana had itself been in contact with shareholders over the weekend and urged shareholders to contact Agrium or its proxy solicitors if they had any questions.Jana, which has spent more than $1 billion for a 7.5 per cent stake in Agrium, has made a number of proposals for change at the company.The one that has garnered the most attention has been to break off Agrium’s retail business into a separate company.Jana says it merely wants Agrium to thoroughly and independently review that option, as well as manage capital better, improve governance and cut costs. Agrium contends that a split remains Jana’s primary aim, and has accused it of using “Trojan horse tactics” to break up the company.Rosenstein said Monday that Agrium’s opposition to adding a minority of new voices to the board had been “based on its claim that an overwhelming number of shareholders did not favour such change.”“Now that this has been disproven, it is time to accept that result rather than continuing to fight behind the scenes,” he said.“There is no good reason why the full board cannot work with a small number of new directors, particularly given the many areas of mutual agreement.”Rosenstein and Bullock — previously with UAP, the U.S. farm products retailer Agrium acquired in 2008 — were the two Jana director nominees backed by influential proxy advisory firm ISS.Its recommendation did not, however, include Jana’s three other candidates: former Liberal agriculture minister Lyle Vanclief, ex-Brenntag CEO Stephen Clark and ex-MSC Industrial CEO Mitchell Jacobson.ISS said Jana made a “compelling” case for change.“The gnawing question is not whether the company should spin off its distribution business, but whether a board still loudly repudiating the very changes it has begun to implement, changes which have encouraged many shareholders and analysts, is a board with a burgeoning credibility problem,” ISS said.“Shareholders may well wonder if, once the bright lights of this proxy contest are turned off, the progress will fade as well.”Other proxy advisory firms — Glass, Lewis, Pensions Investment Research Consultants and Egan-Jones — have endorsed Agrium’s existing board.In a recent research note, Scotia Capital analyst Ben Isaacson warned that using Jana’s proxy, even to vote for one or two of its nominees, would be a “mistake.”“In our view, this would inevitably lead to a split and toxic board, where competing visions and infighting destroy shareholder value rather than create it.”So far, four shareholders have said publicly they intend to side with Agrium: Alberta fund manager AIMCo, B.C. fund manager bcIMC, the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and Letko, Brosseau and Associates. Together, those shareholders account for just a small fraction of Agrium’s stock.Agrium shares rose $1.37, or 1.4 per cent, to $99.11 in mid-day trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Monday. Jana claims two nominees have votes to be elected to Agrium board by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 8, 2013 10:10 am MDT read more

US Patent Office finds Redskins name offensive moves to strip it of

by Joseph White, The Associated Press Posted Jun 18, 2014 8:52 am MDT US Patent Office finds Redskins’ name offensive, moves to strip it of trademark protection WASHINGTON – The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office ruled Wednesday that the Washington Redskins’ name is “disparaging of Native Americans” and should be stripped of trademark protection — a decision that puts powerful new financial and political pressure on the NFL team to rename itself.By a vote of 2-1, the agency’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board sided with five Native Americans in a dispute that has been working its way through legal channels for more than two decades.The ruling doesn’t directly force the team to abandon the name, but it adds momentum to the campaign at a time of increasing criticism of Redskins owner Dan Snyder from political, religious and sports figures who say it’s time for a change.“If the most basic sense of morality, decency and civility has not yet convinced the Washington team and the NFL to stop using this hateful slur, then hopefully today’s patent ruling will, if only because it imperils the ability of the team’s billionaire owner to keep profiting off the denigration and dehumanization of Native Americans,” Oneida Indian representative Ray Halbritter and National Congress of American Indians Executive Director Jackie Pata, two of the leading forces in the campaign to change the name, said in a statement.The Redskins quickly announced they will appeal, and the team’s name will continue to have trademark protection while the matter makes its way through the courts — a process that could take years.A similar ruling by the board in 1999 was overturned on a technicality in 2003.“We’ve seen this story before,” Redskins attorney Bob Raskopf said. “And just like last time, today’s ruling will have no effect at all on the team’s ownership of and right to use the Redskins name and logo. We are confident we will prevail once again.”Snyder and others associated with the team have long argued that the Redskins name is used with respect and honour and is a source of pride among many American Indians.The ruling involves six uses of the Redskins name trademarked by the team from 1967 to 1990. It does not apply to the team’s American Indian head logo.If it stands, the team will still be free to use the name but will lose a lot of its ability to protect its financial interests. It will be more difficult for the team to go after others who print the Redskins name on sweatshirts, jerseys or other gear without permission.“Joe in Peoria is going to have a pretty good argument that he could put the ‘Redskins’ name on some T-shirt,” said Brad Newberg, a copyright law expert in Virginia.Newberg estimated that the ruling, if upheld, could cost the team tens of millions of dollars per year. Forbes magazine puts the value of the Redskins franchise at $1.7 billion and says $145 million of that is attributable to the team’s brand.The board exercised its authority under a section of the Trademark Act of 1946 that disallows trademarks that may disparage others or bring them into contempt or disrepute. Over the years, the courts have rejected arguments that the First Amendment guarantees the right to register any name as a trademark.In reaching its decision, the board drew on the testimony of three experts in linguistics and lexicography and combed through old dictionaries, books, newspapers, magazines and even vintage movie quotes to examine the history of “redskin,” looking specifically at whether it was considered disparaging at the time the trademarks were issued.The board concluded that today’s dictionaries “uniformly label the term ‘offensive’ or ‘disparaging’” — a change that took place between the late 1960s and the 1990s — and that its derogatory nature is further demonstrated by “the near complete drop-off in usage of ‘redskins’” as a term for Native Americans beginning in the 1960s.Also, the board said a “substantial” number of Native Americans — at least about 30 per cent — have found the team’s use of the term to be offensive.The ruling follows decisions earlier this year that rejected trademark requests for “Redskins Hog Rinds” and “Washington Redskin Potatoes.”Courts overturned the board’s 1999 ruling in part because the plaintiffs waited too long to voice their objections after the original trademarks were issued. The case was relaunched in 2006 by a younger group of Native Americans who only recently became adults and would not have been able to file a case earlier.The chorus of critics against the use of the name has grown over the past year.President Barack Obama himself said last year that he would think about changing the name if he owned the team.On Saturday, a major sector of the United Church of Christ voted to urge its 40,000 members to boycott the Redskins. On Capitol Hill, half the Senate recently wrote letters to the NFL urging a change because “racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports.”Washington Mayor Vincent Gray suggested Wednesday that the name will almost certainly have to change if the team ever wants to build a new stadium in the city.Snyder, who has vowed repeatedly never to abandon the name, declined to comment as he walked off the field after a practice Wednesday.Redskins players have mostly avoided the topic.“Our job as players is to focus on what we can on this field day-in and day-out and let the legal people take care of that stuff,” quarterback Robert Griffin III said. “And when it’s the right time, then we can voice whatever it is we know about the situation.”The Redskins have responded to critics by creating a foundation to give financial support to Indian tribes. Suzan Shown Harjo, a leading figure in the trademark case, called the foundation “somewhere between a PR assault and bribery.”Supporters of a name change hailed the decision.“Daniel Snyder may be the last person in the world to realize this,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said on the Senate floor, “but it is just a matter of time until he is forced to do the right thing.”___AP National Writer Eddie Pells in Denver and Associated Press writer Sam Hananel contributed to this report.___AP NFL websites: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Joseph White on Twitter: http://twitter.com/JGWhiteAP AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Trump commerce nominee Ross says US wont be pushed around on trade

by Mike Blanchfield and Alexander Panetta, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 18, 2017 7:54 am MDT Last Updated Jan 19, 2017 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau speaks to retired general Andrew Leslie, Liberal candidate for Orleans at the Glengarry Highland Games in Maxville, Ont., on Saturday, August 1, 2015.The prime minister is formally recruiting retired general-turned-Liberal MP Andrew Leslie to help manage Canada’s relationship with the United States. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang President-elect Donald Trump’s pick for commerce secretary said Wednesday he won’t be “pushed around” by anyone as he signalled a potentially painful road ahead for Canada and Mexico in trade talks with their U.S. neighbour.The hard talk from billionaire investor Wilbur Ross contrasted sharply with conciliatory statements from the Liberal government about finding common ground with the Trump administration on elevating the middle class in their respective countries.Ross said the North American Free Trade Agreement will be among the first orders of business for the new administration, suggesting the review would be far more sweeping than Canada might like.But Ross’s testimony before the U.S. Senate commerce, science and transportation committee had other more jarring moments, including when he appeared to express satisfaction in the decline in Canada’s dollar and Mexico’s peso.It left the incoming Trump administration in a position of strength, he said.“The president has done a wonderful job pre-conditioning the other countries with whom we’ll be negotiating that change is coming,” Ross said.“The peso didn’t go down 35 per cent by accident. Even the Canadian dollar has gotten somewhat weaker — also not an accident.”The loonie closed down a full 1.16 cents at 75.42 cents US, pressured by falling crude prices, a strengthening U.S. dollar and comments from the governor of the Bank of Canada that an interest rate cut “remains on the table” if conditions warrant.Trump’s tough rhetoric is also having an impact, Ross suggested.“When you start out with the adverse party understanding that he or she is going to have to make concessions, that’s a pretty good background for any negotiation to begin,” Ross said.“I don’t intend to be pushed around by anyone.”Ross said it was logical that the first order of business for the new administration would be to tackle NAFTA, and he made it clear he wasn’t interested in tinkering. “I think all aspects of NAFTA will be put onto the table.”He called himself pro-trade, “but I’m pro-sensible trade. Not pro-trade that is to the disadvantage of the American worker and the American manufacturing community.”Trump has called NAFTA a “disaster” and has said he would tear it up or renegotiate it.After Trump won the U.S. election, the Liberal government said Canada would be willing to sit down with the U.S. and talk trade, saying any agreement can be improved.The federal Liberal government has been working closely with the Trump administration on a variety of issues, including trade, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday in Sherbrooke, Que.He said “millions of middle-class jobs” in both countries depend on cross-border trade.Trudeau said he and Trump were elected on different platforms, but share the same “core idea” of protecting the middle class. “We continue to work constructively with the new administration to protect middle-class jobs.”Trudeau has recruited Liberal MP Andrew Leslie, a retired general, to help boost ties with the incoming U.S. administration, which includes a number of fellow former military commanders getting top jobs under Trump.Having named trade specialist Chrystia Freeland to be minister of foreign affairs, the prime minister on Wednesday appointed Leslie as her parliamentary secretary for an extra connection to Washington’s retired generals.Both are headed to Washington for Trump’s inauguration.“We have a constructive working relationship with the Trump transition team, and discussions are ongoing,” said Freeland’s spokesman Joseph Pickerill.“We are confident the new administration will see that Canada’s partnership with the U.S. mutually strengthens our two nations and provides real opportunities to grow our respective economies for the middle class.”Leslie will have special responsibilities for the Canada-U.S. relationship. Currently the chief government whip, he developed close ties with senior American generals during his time in the military, including as a commander in Afghanistan, capping 35 years in the Canadian Forces.In 2007, he was awarded the U.S. Legion of Merit in recognition of his work with the American military.Trump’s cabinet picks include two retired marine generals in key jobs: James Mattis at defence and John Kelly in homeland security. His national security adviser is retired army general Michael Flynn. Trump commerce nominee Ross says U.S. won’t be ‘pushed around’ on trade read more

Senior UN relief official urges immediate action to resolve Gaza power crisis

“In recent years, Gaza has been running on less than half of the electricity that it needs. The shutdown of the power plant today and related fuel shortages will impact all essential services, including hospitals, clinics, sewage and water pumping stations,” said Humanitarian Coordinator James W. Rawley. “It will also mean that Gaza’s 1.7 million people will experience power outages of up to 16 hours per day,” he warned in a news release. Electricity is supplied through Israeli and Egyptian feeder lines but the Gaza Power Plant provides approximately 30 per cent of Gaza’s total energy supply. “For the benefit of Gaza’s civilian population it is essential that a way be found to allow the power plant to resume its operations and that the broader chronic energy crisis be addressed,” Mr. Rawley stressed. The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) also highlighted the seriousness of the shutdown and its impact on an already vulnerable population.“The shutting down of the Gaza power station will have serious consequences on the humanitarian situation in the Strip, which is already suffering from serious damage to the sanitation plants,” spokesperson Adnan Abu Hasna said in an interview with UN Radio.He stressed the need to find an urgent solution, warning that failure to do so would only add to the suffering of the residents of Gaza. In addition, he said that UNRWA – which provides assistance and protection for some five million registered Palestine refugees across the occupied Palestinian territories – does not have the financial capability to help alleviate the problem.“We in UNRWA are suffering from large budget deficits, and the fuel we get is for UNRWA’s facilities and vehicles,” said Mr. Abu Hasna. “We do not have now the possibility to provide the various sectors in Gaza with fuel, as we did in 2009, when our emergency programme funds were available.” read more

UN envoy welcomes criteria for invalidation recount in Afghan audit process

“This decision will ensure that the audit process will lead to the invalidation of fraudulent ballots while all valid votes will be counted, thus honouring the courage and determination of the Afghans who voted in both rounds of the Presidential election,” said Ján Kubiš, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, in a statement released today. Having met with the Independent Election Commission (IEC) earlier in the day, Mr. Kubiš said the Commission’s decision to adopt the criteria means that the regulatory framework for the Presidential audit is now complete. “It will help minimise the points of friction encountered in the audit so far. I encourage both campaigns to continue demonstrating the political will necessary to proceed expeditiously with the audit, without any interruption,” added Mr. Kubiš, who also heads the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA). The IEC decision is based on a UN proposal founded upon international best practice. Under the technical agreement reached by the two Presidential candidates, Abdullah Abdullah and Ashraf Ghani, on 12 July, the UN was asked to propose the manner for the international supervision of the audit, which it did after consultations with both Presidential campaigns. Agreed on by both of the candidates, the plan involves a complete audit of the results of the run-off held on 14 June– roughly eight million ballots – to be held in Kabul with monitoring by national and international observers, as well as the formation of a government of national unity, among other points. With the process resuming on Saturday following the Eid break, the Special Representative said he looked forward to the candidate teams continuing their participation and focusing on large-scale irregularities rather than contesting individual ballots. read more

Britishbuilt cars more popular than ever as UK automotive leaders unite at

8 British-built cars and industry leaders join forces to promote UK Automotive ahead of key Paris motor show.UK brands more popular than ever, with exports reaching record levels in 2015, and almost 900,000 cars shipped to global buyers in first eight months of 2016.£10 billion invested in UK over past five years to produce new models and enhance UK’s position as a centre for engineering excellence.Eight of the UK’s major car brands united at the Eiffel Tower in Paris on the eve of the key international motor show to demonstrate the diversity and quality of cars currently produced in the UK. Senior executives from British-based manufacturers, including Aston Martin, BMW MINI, Honda, Jaguar Land Rover, McLaren, Nissan, Toyota and Vauxhall, were joined by Mark Garnier MP, the British Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for International Trade, to promote the strength of the UK automotive sector to a global audience.The UK automotive industry has undergone unprecedented growth in recent years – thanks to competitive business conditions, tariff-free trading and significant investment in new models and facilities. Car manufacturing achieved a 10-year high last year and British-built cars have never been so popular, with a record 1.2 million cars exported to more than 100 countries. Already in the first eight months of 2016, that total looks set to be beaten this year, with exports reaching almost 900,000 vehicles – 13% ahead of the same period in 2015.1The UK’s biggest trading partner is the European Union and 57.3% of UK-produced cars have been exported to the rest of the EU so far this year, followed by 12.1% to the US and 7.1% to China. While the US topped the list of individual countries buying British cars, EU Member States took six of the top 10 places: Germany, Belgium, Italy, France, Portugal and Spain. 1. 877,457 cars exported from UK in the year January – August 2016: SMMT Data2. ACEA data for Q2 20163. OICA data for 20154. Automotive Council: The UK Automotive International Competitiveness Report November 20155. Automotive Council6. ACEA data for 2015Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, The UK automotive industry is respected globally for its rich heritage, iconic brands and engineering excellence. More than £10 billion of investment has gone into new facilities and models over the past five years and we’re proud to see so many rival brands coming together to promote the strengths of UK Automotive ahead of a key international motor show. The future success of this sector will hinge upon the ability of the UK to maintain the business and trading conditions that make the sector so competitive globally.Huge sums are invested into the UK to develop, manufacture and bring to market vehicles that are cleaner, more fuel efficient, safer and more advanced every year. When it comes to ultra low emission vehicles and plug-in cars in particular, the UK has a strong record, with a £1 billion joint industry-government initiative to develop advanced propulsion technologies, while the UK ultra-low emission car market itself is the second fastest growing market in Europe after Spain.2Meanwhile, the UK is already earning a reputation as global development hub for connected and autonomous vehicles, thanks to significant industry and government investment. The ability to trial these cars on public roads – as a result of the UK not having ratified the Vienna convention some decades ago – has given the UK a two-year head start on many other countries. This offers huge growth potential for the UK as the development and introduction of these technologies could result in an annual £51 billion contribution to GDP by 2030, along with 300,000 new jobs created and 25,000 accidents prevented every year.That the UK has grasped this opportunity is testament to its ability to adapt, lead and innovate. Thanks to early investment, expertise and an inherent commitment to technological advancement, UK Automotive is well placed to be at the forefront of these breakthrough technologies to make driving smarter, safer and cleaner.10 Facts about the UK car industry1.     In the UK, a new car rolls off production lines every 16 seconds.2.     The UK exports around 80% of all the cars it produces – and exports are at record levels, with 1.2 million people across the world buying a British car in 2015.3.     Some 2.5 million engines are produced every year in the UK, with more than half exported to global markets.4.     The UK is home to 13 R&D centres and six design centres. In fact, innovation has been a major part of the sector’s growth – with £2.5 billion invested every year in R&D.5.     In terms of car production output, the UK now ranks 3rd in the EU (behind Germany and Spain); and 10th in the world 3 – and the sector also has the highest level of workforce productivity in Europe.46.     If development of connected and autonomous vehicles continues at its current rate, the industry could be worth £51 billion to companies operating here by 2030.7.     The UK has one of the EU’s fastest growing electric car markets – demand grew by more than 50% last year.8.     The UK imports 86.5% of the 2.63 million new cars sold in the country – 81.5% of them from the EU – offering consumers a huge choice.9.     The UK is home to 90% of the world’s top automotive suppliers, and a £6 billion untapped supply chain opportunity has been identified there.510.  The UK new car market is one of the most diverse in the world, and with 2.63 million vehicles registered in 2015, it is the second biggest in Europe behind Germany.6 read more

Commentary Tressel stands tall against NCAA critics attacking his credibility

Inside and outside of Columbus, there is a crusade-like movement to put an end to the Jim Tressel era at Ohio State. Like King Leonidas in the movie “300,” I’ll lead the charge of the outmanned against the mass of millions who want to take out the OSU football coach. This much is clear already: Tressel is not going to step down neither because of withholding information from the NCAA nor because of any punishment levied against him. If anything, he’s now entrenching himself even deeper as an OSU football coach by refusing to step down while simultaneously increasing the pressure on the administration to fire him. Fortunately for him, athletic director Gene Smith and university President E. Gordon Gee gave him their full support during their press conference March 8. Imagine banning OSU from the inaugural Big Ten Championship Game and a bowl game. Can the NCAA bring itself to do it? So far, the only hit the program as a whole has taken is its reputation in the media. And the media onslaught isn’t forgiving toward Tressel. Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel wrote Monday: “Tressel’s tenure at Ohio State is numbered. It may even be over before the end of the calendar year.” This isn’t really a fresh take. It should have been evident since the original story came out that Tressel intentionally misled investigators in an effort to protect his players and their eligibility. If you didn’t believe he should have been fired a month ago, there’s no reason why Monday’s findings should change your mind. Nor should it increase the likelihood that he gets fired. He did violate his contract, and that is a fireable offense by the terms of his agreement with the university. It’s hard to say that’s honorable. Yet, in defiantly standing against the NCAA, he is honorable. Tressel had the option of sending a dagger into the dreams of a potential national championship season last year. Instead, he’s now daring the NCAA to slam the Buckeye football program. Is he putting the program in jeopardy? Not at all, considering the NCAA’s tendencies. If it proves to be as gutless as it usually is in handing out punishments, then the only one who should — and probably will — get hit hard is Tressel himself. Some media members are speculating that a bowl ban is a potential penalty. That would equate this situation to USC, which received a two-year bowl ban after former running back Reggie Bush received improper benefits. If OSU compliance has been as up-front about the situation as it leads on, there is no lack of institutional control here, unlike at USC. OSU athletics is a sacred cow and a huge moneymaker for the NCAA. With the slew of victories and Big Ten titles under Tressel’s watch, that hit isn’t even enough to make a dent to the people who matter most: potential recruits and current players. To them, Tressel’s legacy and the program’s reputation are as sterling as ever. I know Leonidas and his soldiers meet death in the end, but Tressel will survive this NCAA onslaught. read more

Matt LeBlanc signs £15 million twoyear Top Gear hosting deal

first_imgMatt will replace Chris Evans as lead host of the show after he quit following a series of gaffes Matt LeBlanc has signed a new deal to front the motoring show on his ownCredit:Gus Gregory Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Matt LeBlanc has signed a brand new Top Gear hosting deal worth around £1.5 million after the BBC lost Great British Bake Off to rival Channel 4.The former Friends star, 49, has agreed to a two-year deal after negotiations with the BBC to front the motoring show on his own. Matt will replace Chris Evans as lead host of the show after he quit following a series of gaffesCredit:Alex Howe Matt LeBlanc has signed a new deal to front the motoring show on his owncenter_img This means he is the first star to sign up to a loophole preventing his salary being made public under the Government’s proposed White Paper changesTop Gear series 24 returns to BBC Two next year. LeBlanc’s one-series contract expired in June and according to The Sun, the BBC has now agreed to work around filming of the actor’s US sitcom Man With a Plan.Matt’s role on the show will see him replace main host Chris Evans, 50, who quit in July following criticism from fans. He will carry out the celebrity interviews and be helped out by Eddie Jordan, 68, Sabine Schmitz, 47, and motoring journalists Chris Harris, 41, and Rory Reid, 36.A BBC spokesperson said: “Having proved a big hit with viewers when he co-hosted the most recent series of Top Gear, American iconic actor Matt LeBlanc has agreed a two series deal with the BBC.”Patrick Holland, Channel Editor for BBC Two said: “I am thrilled that Matt is returning to Top Gear. He’s a huge talent whose love of cars is infectious. I can’t wait for the series to return to BBC2 next year.” BBC TV controller Charlotte Moore is believed to have agreed the deal, which will see most of Mr LeBlanc’s salary paid through the broadcaster’s commercial arm BBC Worldwide.last_img read more

Leaked Windows 81 RTM can be fully activated with legit Windows 8

first_imgAbout a year ago I bought a Windows 7 laptop off of Craigslist. Everything seemed fine during inspection, but I forgot to reboot the thing — and thus missed that it was running a pirated copy of Windows. Why did I have to restart the machine to notice this fact? Because the only punishment incurred for running a copy of Windows 7 which was not “genuine” was a little dialog box on start-up: “This copy of Windows is not genuine.” Every now and then, a bubble would pop up during use to remind me of same. Updates installed as normal, and all features remained intact; as far as incentive to upgrade goes, it could have been much harsher.I eventually ended up formatting its hard drive and downgrading to XP, but I never stopped feeling like Microsoft could have done a little more to shout “Pirate!” while I noodled with the machine in that Starbucks. This trend in behavior seems to be continuing, as new reports suggest that a fully operational leaked copy of Windows 8.1 RTM can be activated with legitimate keys for vanilla Window 8.The prodigal Start Button returns.“Crime” might be going a bit far, since the upgrade is of course intended to be free to legitimate owners of Windows 8. Still, you’d think Microsoft would at least want to discourage users from getting in the habit of blithely installing leaked copies of its software. There is currently no support for the leaked OS, of course, and no word on whether there will be any incentive to upgrade from this early version to the official one, after release. Support is likely less of an issue for people downloading leaked copies of operating system updates, though, and if there are still major problems this close to release, users have much bigger problems than the lack of a troubleshooting guide.The official release date for Windows 8.1 RTM is October 17. It’s been heralded as a solution to the problems many have had with Windows 8 since launch, but some early reports seem unconvinced. Still, if you’re absolutely in love with having a Start Button, or if you simply must have the latest version of Windows as soon as possible, Microsoft does not seem to be discouraging early adoption.last_img read more

Doctors and professors among 25 alleged human organ smugglers arrested in Egypt

first_img 4 Comments MEMBERS OF AN international network of alleged organ smugglers including professors and doctors have been arrested in Egypt.The country’s Administrative Control Authority said 25 people had been captured after a long-running investigation.The network “is made up of Egyptians and Arabs taking advantage of some of the citizens’ difficult economic conditions so that they buy their human organs and sell it for large sums of money,” it said.The authority, which is responsible for tracking corruption cases in state institutions, said 25 people were arrested including university professors, doctors, medical workers, owners of medical centres, intermediaries and brokers.They were found in possession of “millions of dollars and gold bullion”, it said.Ten medical centres and laboratories had been searched and the authorities had found documents related to the charge and computers with trading information.Egypt’s parliament passed a law in 2010 banning commercial trade in organs as well as transplants between Egyptians and foreigners, except in cases of husband and wife.A World Health Organisation coordinator at the time, Luc Noel, named Egypt that year as one of the top five countries in illegal organ trade.The law aimed to regulate organ transplants in a bid to curb illegal trafficking and tourism for such operations.According to the United Nations, hundreds of poor Egyptians sell their kidneys and livers each year to be able to buy food or pay off debts.In 2012, then UN refugee agency chief Antonio Guterres said  some migrants in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula were being “killed for the traffic of organs”.- © AFP, 2016Read: Watch as buses, a police car and a salt truck pile up on an icy Canadian hill >Read: ‘The full veil must be banned… wherever legally possible’: Merkel wants a burqa ban in Germany > Share71 Tweet Email2 By AFP Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article http://jrnl.ie/3123139 6,307 Views Image: AP/Press Association Images Wednesday 7 Dec 2016, 6:15 AM Dec 7th 2016, 6:15 AM Image: AP/Press Association Images Doctors and professors among 25 alleged human organ smugglers arrested in Egypt Egyptian authorities said they had arrested last_img read more

Music made by one of Catholicisms biggest rebels is being celebrated in

first_img 11,436 Views 15 Comments Jun 18th 2017, 10:00 AM Image: Jim Killock/Flickr/CC Music artists Sebastian Adams, Yseult Cooper Stockdale and composer Tom Lane who feature in Pipeworks 2017 Organ Festival Mighty Fortress. Source: Monika Chmielarz“For all of them we can see he had a real sense of how people could pick something up quickly,” said Duley. “The rise and fall structure of them was memorable, people were able to learn them very quickly.”The festival is named after Luther’s well-known 16th century hymn Ein feste Burg ist unser God, or A Mighty Fortress is Our God.InfluencesLutheran chorale didn’t just stand on its own – it also influenced composers like Liszt, Mendelssohn, and Bach, and this will also be explored during the event. The young contemporary composer Tom Lane will also take a fresh look at some of the music from this time.Duley said that the chorales are notable today “because they are so timeless and they have lasted so long – they have been the inspiration for many composers over those years”.“In some cases, [there are pieces that] people might know well or have heard in concert hall and not realise they are based on a chorale,” said Duley.“He was a very interesting character,” added Duley of Luther. “He was an ordained priest in the Roman Catholic church so he was taking it from that position. Once he was excommunicated he got married – we know he was quite a vivacious character and liked a good party. He thought everyone should be married – clergy, the lot – and thought marriage was a natural state.“He didn’t see any real divide between the sacred and the secular. For him it was part of one great continuum so he thought of good music in church as essential.”Overall, Duley indicates the festival is a way of appreciating good art and how it can intersect with religion – but the festival is not just for the religious.“[Luther believed] if we can appreciate good art in our lives, we should do that in church as well,” said Duley. “The Lutherans still appreciate that very much – they would be very much attuned to great art.”To book tickets, visit the ticket selling site pipeworksfestival.eventbrite.comRead: Huge growth in numbers attending Irish Christian conference for ‘anyone who loves Jesus’> 500 YEARS AFTER he first wrote his 95 theses – which led to the Protestant Reformation – Martin Luther’s contribution to religious music is being celebrated in Dublin.The festival, Mighty Fortress, will take place from Tuesday 20 to Sunday 25 June in the capital, with virtuoso organists and choral ensembles taking part – and a special event where the audience will be encouraged to sing along.Luther was a professor of moral theology at Germany’s University of Wittenberg when he wrote the theses, after becoming upset with the idea of indulgences, and purgatory and repentance in Catholicism. He was excommunicated in 1521, but his impact on religion was major, as it paved the way for a schism in the Catholic Church caused by the Protestant Reformation.What some may not realise was that, along with his beliefs that, for example, priests should marry, Luther also had a deep love for music. He wrote chorale works and believed that the congregation at church should perform music – it shouldn’t just be for the priest or choir.And that’s where the inspiration for Mighty Fortress comes from.“We thought it would be a good opportunity to explore what that bequeaths us musically,” said the festival’s artistic director Mark Duley.“Luther was himself a great musician and he really responded to the power of music. We knew he thought [music]t was next to the Bible itself, it was closest to God – that God could speak through music. That was his big thing. He listened to music, he performed himself, and he could also compose music.”Duley said that the Reformation “was couched in music”. https://jrnl.ie/3443542 Short URL By Aoife Barry So music and these chorales, that was the most important way he got the message across, it was a way for people being able to participate. He wrote these chorales so people could sing in the services.Of course, the words of these songs were important. They were, said Duley, “teaching [people] things as well – not just that they could participate but they could learn something about their religion and theology through singing”.“He saw that the part of people was paramount,” said Duley of Luther’s vision of a new church. “He was trying to get away from the idea of priests being all powerful and mediators of things in heaven and things in earth.”Luther adapted old plainsong melodies and turned them into hymn tunes that everyone could sing, said Duley. He also used familiar older songs that “bridged the gap between sacred and secular”, and folk songs that would have been familiar to his congregation. Music made by one of Catholicism’s biggest rebels is being celebrated in Dublin The festival Mighty Fortress pays tribute to Martin Luther’s music, which played a big part in his religious world. Sunday 18 Jun 2017, 10:00 AM Image: Jim Killock/Flickr/CC Share27 Tweet Email Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Vancouver motorcyclist injured in crash dies

first_imgA Vancouver man seriously injured in a motorcycle crash Sunday in Camas died on Monday, police said.Christopher D. Lewis, 28, of Vancouver, was taken to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center following the crash, reported at 8 p.m. Sunday at the intersection of Northwest Brady Road and Northwest 16th Avenue, according to the Camas Police Department.The crash remains under investigation, but Camas police said that Lewis was the rider of a motorcycle that witnesses said ran a stop sign.Police said that the driver of the other involved vehicle, Michaela Lenard, 18, of Camas stayed on scene and cooperated with officers.The crash remains under investigation, though Camas police spokesman Sgt. Scot Boyles said that at this point, the agency is not looking at charging Lenard.“Every indication that we had was that the other driver was not at fault,” Boyles said. “She was cooperative and there are no signs that she did anything other than follow the traffic laws.”last_img read more

Jose Gimenez hopeful of Diego Godin stay

first_imgAtletico Madrid defender Jose Gimenez has revealed he wants teammate Diego Godin to remain at the club despite speculation over his future.Gimenez is keen to continue playing alongside Godin with Los Rojiblancos for a long time as the veteran defender continues to be linked with A move to Italy.Godin’s contract expires at the end of the current season and the former Villarreal defender has been tipped to join Serie A outfit Inter Milan in July.The 32-year-old, who reportedly rejected a move to Manchester United at the start of the season, has called the Wanda Metropolitano home since arriving from Villarreal in 2010.Gimenez, who’s also a teammate of Godin at international level with Uruguay, is keen to continue learning from the experienced defender.Five players who might struggle at Inter Milan next season Taimoor Khan – August 5, 2019 Inter Milan are going to be a different prospect next season with Antonio Conte in charge and some players are going to find it…There is a lot of talk of team-mates and I want everyone to do well in their careers,” Gimenez said, according to FourFourTwo.“But I want them with me because they are great players and we need them.”“I hope everyone stays, I love them all personally. The club also loves them and will do their best for everyone. I hope Diego is my partner for a long time.”last_img read more

Large yacht sinks spills fuel behind Fort Lauderdale home

first_imgOfficials have dropped oil absorbing pads in the water in an attempt to collect the fuel. Buoys have also been put out to keep the spill contained.According to the salvage company, the owner of the yacht is driving down from West Palm Beach.However, this incident has sparked some negative feelings from those who use the waterway frequently.“As a boat owner, you should have that responsibility and accountability to make sure that everything’s functioning correctly,” Baez said. “From the time that I’ve moved here, the boat’s been sitting there. It’s never moved, so I’m not sure if it was ever used.”Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Authorities are investigating after, they said, a large yacht sank and began spilling fuel behind a home in Fort Lauderdale, Friday morning.Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue and the U.S. Coast Guard responded to the scene along Fiesta Way.Officials said the vessel is a 70-foot antique yacht. According to the salvage company TowBoatU.S., it is a Trumpy yacht named “Mimosa,” and it was built in 1919 or 1920.Neighbors told firefighters it was floating earlier in the morning.Nearby resident Jay Báez said, “Hopefully, if they could get this boat out of the water, to take it and dry dock it instead of keeping it in the water. Definitely make sure that all the components are working, if they’re planning on putting it back in the water.”Officials said the yacht has spilled a large amount of diesel fuel into the water. Crews are working to contain the leak until TowBoatU.S. is able to re-float the vessel so it can be towed away.“Did smell some fuel in the air, some gasoline. Yeah, that does pose a problem,” Baez said. last_img read more