An avid follower of Champ Americana and her dreams, my days are for the cult of Cleveland Cavaliers’ LeBron James and his style quotient. But my nights belong to my local hero MSD — Mahendra Singh Dhoni of course — and his cricket fiefdom. As for me, I coexist in both worlds.I am consumed all day with LBJ — the wild jump, the runaway shots, the slam dunk, the thumping of chest, the index-finger pointing into my face through the comfort of my television sets, the wild swoosh and unapologetic showmanship. The cumulative energy gives me a hefty sense of freedom in the glory of broad daylight from my past. But my nights are for finesse, style and mastery over the classics, in manners classical, that take me back to myself as I was meant to be. Even in the most abridged — and bombastic — version called the Indian Premier League, I keep searching for soft cover drives and the gentle cuts that steer the ball past the boundary line.I love sports and all that it’s evolved into in America. Frankly, for me, it’s more than the umpteen slam dunk of LeBron; it’s about the sound bytes, the lights, the colors, the intoxicating wildness and the pulsating calisthenics of the cheerleaders. Boy-O-boy! How woefully drab these arenas would be without the wriggles and thrusts in sheen outfits. Like the rest of you, I watch the whole event as a package. I love it just the way my America is seduced by it.But the moment I change channels, in an instant, I am transported to different tastes, different sensibilities and different opinions. I loves cricket with a passion that words can’t capture — it is something that can only be felt. My heart sings halleluiah to the deities on the field. But the off-the-field Apsaras (Cheerleaders) are for the fringes, an uncalled-for tease, nothing more than a below-the-belt bar-dancer.What a change I go through in a span of 24 hours to justify my existence. The crisp saris over the bold shots, is a painful attempt to hide more than the bare legs — it’s a way to hide my soul, my being, and a blueprint that I never quite discovered, at least not yet. Something’s got to be terribly wrong, either with me, or the world around.Just the other day I was at an egalitarian ensemble. We talked about the butchering of human rights in Darfur at length. I nodded at the facts I did not know and blabbered whatever little I knew. At the end, I topped it off with hearty contribution to make my presence felt. Oh! What a perfect evening it culminated into when everyone acknowledged my passionate plea for equal rights.But then this is only the one — and the adapted — side of me.To my origins, I owe a different side that rates a certain social stratification above everything human. And here is the irony: I like it that way. The feudalistic bend of what was once my nation has empowered me to not just control my life, but many lives — a retinue of servants follow me around town. These poor souls don’t go by their names, but by designation — jhadoo-poncha wali, toilet cleaner, washerman, driver. Believe me, it does not end there. They live on my pittance and, of course, a daily doze of invectives. But they never backchat, they never can, in deference to my India. You may say, as one of the fresh-off-the-boat, I have started living in the complexities of my own algorithm and that has left me with a bunch load of hypocrisies to deal with. You know what, you may well be right. I feel compelled to sip Chai and Pina Colada at the same time. Why can’t I just pass one for the other?Somehow, I have taken over the mantel of CD (confused desi) from the original — and unwilling —claimant to this infamous acronym, without the AB (American born) of course. The original ABs have slowly moved on to mesh with the mainstream without pretensions. They view my India not as theirs, and there is no nostalgia or mushy tell-tales in their narratives or reminiscences — indeed, they hardly reminisce anything Indian. India is viewed with a certain cynical objectivism. A mosquito bite or an open sewage is not to be romanticized. It’s a sore — one on the body, other on the city, and it is best dealt with that way — plainly, honestly, matter-of-factly.But when it comes to me, there is something two-faced about me. I try hard to hide behind the make-believe of adaptability and that “When in Rome do what the Romans do” theory, but something feels inexplicable, even defeatist, about it.Gosh! My body and mind have enacted so many roles that I am starting to forget what really makes for an honest and simple me. Who knows, quite unwittingly, I am living my own version of bipolar disorder. Related Items
While Fauja Singh, the 101-year-old marathon runner, carries the Olympic relay torch in London on July 21, the Sikhs would celebrate the occasion by organising a langar (community kitchen) along the road for public. They would serve free Roti Rolls at several key points along the Olympic torch route from Greenwich to Waltham Forest between 7 am to 8 pm.Fauja, the oldest torch bearer at London 2012, would carry the Torch on the 64th day of the Olympic Torch Relay when it reaches Newham. The Olympic Stadium is also located at Newham.The langar would be organized by United Sikhs, an organization dedicated to promoting the Sikh identity and tenets. “We are proud to share with the public the 500 year old Sikh tradition of serving free meals,” said Parvinder Kaur, who would manage the langar project.She said the Sikhs from the UK and around the world would be participating in celebrations. They would show the world how the community embraced diversity.”We hope to demonstrate through Langar how the community involves in selfless service. We will be serving thousands of free vegetarian meals along the route,” she said, adding “It would also showcase how community food can bring people from all walks of life together.”Paul Uppal, MP for Wolverhampton South West, meanwhile said that he always believed in promoting the big society as a Sikh and as a Conservative. “I am looking forward to seeing Gurdwaras from all over the country come together to serve others in the name of faith and community.”advertisementThe people serving the langar would also be branded in yellow t-shirts carrying Fauja Singhs image. The langar would be served at several service points in each of the five boroughs, each serving at least 1,000 vegetarian roti rolls within two hours.Fifteen furdwaras from South and East London already granted their consent for participating in the event. The organisation also demonstrated how to prepare roti-rolls, an improvised version of cooked mixed veg filled in rotis made of whole wheat flour and plain flour. An executive chef already apprised the volunteers how to prepare roti rolls.United Sikh also invited gurdwaras from Scotland and Wales to partner with the London gurdwaras to set up more langar service points. The sources said several Sikh from India have also been planning to reach London to support the project.
Riding high on the success of her latest outing at the box office, Airlift, co-starring Akshay Kumar, actress Nimrat Kaur took some time out to be with her family at her sister’s wedding.Also read: Best of Nimrat Kaur’s style to #Airlift your dayLetting her sister be the centre of attention in a pink and gold ensemble, The Lunchbox actress was seen sporting a bespoke green sharara from Rimple & Harpreet Narula.The gorgeous sharara was finished with a nude pink lip and heavy duty bling, that came in the form of a Chand Tikka and matching chand balis created by Shri Hari Diagems. Nimrat cut an elegant picture while accompanying her sister for her Anand Karaj (Sikh marriage ceremony). Now, that’s a maid of honour look we could totally get behind!
The Indians were to be blamed themselves for todays The Indians were to be blamed themselves for todays defeat as they squandered a 1-0 lead with a dominating display in the first 45 minutes as they controlled the match till the end of that period. Turkmenistan, however, could have taken the lead in the 21st minute as they earned a penalty after Pritam Kotal brought down Arslan Amanov inside the area. Arslan himself took the spot kick but shot wide even as Indian goalkeeper Gurpreet Singh Sandhu dived at the right direction. India punished the visiting side for wasting the penalty as central defender Jhingan came up to head home from a set piece. He outjumped his Turkmenistan rivals to connect a Narayan Das free-kick which India earned after a foul on captain Jeje Lalpekhlua who led the home side as an injured Sunil Chhetri did not take the field. Turkmenistan, who had beaten Oman and drawn with mighty Iran in their campaign, showed in the second half why they are ranked 113th in the FIFA charts, 47 places above India as they brushed aside the tough playing condition here to score twice in the second half. Turkmenistans equaliser though was due to a goalkeeping mistake by normally reliable Gurpreet as he found himself out of position as the cross from Didar Durdiyev sailed over him for an unmarked captain Arslan to head the ball home into the empty net. Second half substitute Atayev then scored the what turned out to be the winning goal in the 70th minute as he got the better of every Indian inside the box to slot the ball home. He side-stepped an advancing Gurpreet and then fired a low shot into the net with all other Indian defenders trying to reach to the ball in vain. PTI PDS PMadvertisement
New Delhi, Jun 18 (PTI) Yoga not only boosts physical and mental health but also does good to the society by providing peace and harmony, Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya said today at the flagging off ceremony of a mini marathon organised in the run-up to International Day of Yoga.The six-km Yoga Run for Peace and Unity for youths was flagged off by legendary athlete Milkha Singh from the India Gate here.”Yoga gives not only physical and mental health but also social health, peace, harmony in self and society,” Dattatreya said.The run was supported by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports and the United Nations Information Centre (UNIC) in India.The participating organisations included Nehru Yuva Kendra, National Service Scheme, Bharat Scouts and Guides, Patanjali Yoga Peeth, Youth Wings of Lions Club, Rajyoga Education and Research Foundation and the Brahma Kumaris. PTI HC KIS ZMN KIS
World Cup 2019: Teams will be wary of India’s bowling attack, says Bhuvneshwar KumarIndia pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar also opened up on the competition for spots in the playing XI, given the impressive comeback of Mohammed Shami and the superlative form of Jasprit Bumrah. India begin their World Cup 2019 campaign on June 5 in Southamptonadvertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 16, 2019UPDATED: May 16, 2019 14:47 IST India will have three frontline pacers in Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami at the World Cup (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBhuvneshwar Kumar said India have the attack to do well in all conditionsBhuvneshwar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami are India’s frontline pacers at World Cup 2019The Indian bowling attack has grown from strength to strength: BhuvneshwarIndia pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has talked up the firepower in the team’s bowling unit, saying the Indian bowlers’ ability to be potent both at the start and the death will augur well even in flat pitches in the United Kingdom during the World Cup.Scores of 300-plus are being posted day in and day out in England and Wales as the pitches have been assisting batsmen in England. For instance, Pakistan and England batsmen have been relishing the conditions in England in an ongoing ODI series as scores of 350-plus have been posted with ease.Nonetheless, India were able to keep the English batsmen relatively quiet during a three-match ODI series in the Old Blighty in 2018.With the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami proving effective both with the new ball and at the death, India are banking on their bowling firepower to get the job done at the World Cup, starting May 30 in the UK.Moreover, India’s wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have been picking wickets in the middle overs and have managed to put a break on the opposition’s scoring rate consistently.”I agree that pitches in England in the last few years have been flat, but teams will be wary of India’s bowling unit since we can be potent both at the start and at the death. It will all boil down to how we execute the plans on the given day,” Bhuvneshwar Kumar told The Times of India.He added: “Our performances over the last few years speak for us. The Indian bowling attack has grown from strength to strength. Today, we can say that our pace attack can make an impact on any surface.”advertisementMohammed Shami’s comeback into the ODI side and the subsequent consistent performances has increased the competition among the pacers for spots in the playing XI and Bhuvneshwar Kumar insists the situation is healthy.Bhuvneshwar suffered injury concerns in 2018 and struggled to make impacts in the opportunities that came his way. In 24 matches since the start of the 2018 season, the right-arm pacer has picked up just 20 wickets at a cumulative average of 35.58.Bhuvneshwar failed to impress in IPL 2019 as well as he was expensive, conceding at 7.81 from 15 matches. Nonetheless, the Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer is confident he will be able to shine in English conditions during the World Cup.”Each one of us has our own strengths that we bring to the bowling unit. It is always a good thing that whoever is getting a chance in the playing XI has been performing well. As a bowling unit – we back ourselves to do well in any conditions,” Bhuvneshwar said.”I have always enjoyed bowling in England because there is some swing around, which is my strength. Unlike in India, pitches in England don’t usually get slower as the game progresses. So depending on whether the ball is moving or not, I make my plans.”Also Read | Kuldeep Yadav clarifies MS Dhoni comments: His tips invaluableAlso Read | Virat Kohli does not have to be the only leader in the Indian side: Jonty RhodesAlso See:For 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 Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Bhuvneshwar KumarFollow 2019 World CupFollow India national cricket teamFollow Jasprit BumrahFollow Mohammed ShamiFollow Kuldeep Yadav
Reuters BristolMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 22:57 IST Australia are still pondering over their final selection for the game at Bristol (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAustralia captain Aaron Finch confirmed David Warner will play vs Afghanistan on SaturdayWarner has recuperated from an upper leg injury and underwent a fitness test on ThursdayWarner returned to the national set-up last month after serving a one-year ball-tampering banOpener David Warner will be selected for Australia when they launch their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan on Saturday, captain Aaron Finch said on the eve of the match.”Dave is fine, he will play tomorrow. No doubt about that,” Finch told a news conference on Friday.But Australia are still pondering over their final selection for the game at Bristol.”In terms of the 11, we will name it at the toss. Everyone is in the mix. We are very close to an 11, but we are not going to name it yet.”Everyone’s been in really good form… in the practice games, and the three games we played against New Zealand,” the captain added, leaving questions about who bats at No.3 – either Usman Khawaja or Shaun Marsh.Warner underwent a fitness test on Thursday after concerns that an upper leg injury might rule him out of Saturday’s game. The 32-year-old missed the defending champions’ final warm-up match against Sri Lanka on Monday and was unable to train on Wednesday.Warner, who scored 345 runs at an average of 49.28 in Australia’s run to the title four years ago, returned to the national set-up last month after serving a one-year ban for his part in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa.Finch said both Warner and Steve Smith, who was also suspended after the scandal and stripped of the captaincy, had slotted back into the team easily.”When you are world-class players, you adapt again really quickly and you get up to speed.advertisement”Having them play 13 games each in the IPL (Indian Premier League) is really important. It is a high standard of cricket so that gets you back up to as close to international competition as you can.”I think Steve will be one of the all-time greats by the time he will have finished the game. There is no question about his batting ability. So when you are great, you get the game quicker, things just happen quicker, so there is never any issue about how he’ll bounce back.”The same with Davey. They are both so competitive. They have both got great records. So there was never any doubt about how well they would come back.”Also Read | World Cup 2019: Justin Langer urges fans not to boo Steve Smith and David WarnerAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Australia fret over Warner’s fitness ahead of opener vs AfghanistanFor 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 Posted byrohan sen World Cup 2019: David Warner fit to play Australia’s opener vs AfghanistanDavid Warner underwent a fitness test on Thursday after concerns that an upper leg injury might rule him out of Saturday’s game.advertisement
We’ve all taken shots before. From your typical glass shot glasses, maybe off of bodies in the backs of frat houses or dive bars, but have you ever taken a shot out of something that looks like it was invented by Rambo and marketed by Major Alan “Dutch” Schaefer, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character in the 1987 classic guy movie Predator?Boy, do we have a treat for you.The Ballistic 5.56 Shot Glass, once called the Muzzleshot and developed by Caliber Ballistic Barware and designed by Leitner-Wise, is made from hardcoat anodized, aluminum and is modeled after the A2 Flash Hider—the original muzzle device for the M16 rifle.Each 5.56 Shot glass costs $32.50. And, if you’re looking for a way to carry them around, Caliber has got you covered with the SKB 3I Series injection molded mil-standard waterproof cases. The case is made from ultra high-strength polypropylene copolymer resin and feature a gasketed, water- and dust-tight, submersible design. It resists impact, corrosion, UV, solvents, and fungus and has a patented trigger release system.Translation: this is one tough mother f’ing shot glass case. You can basically do anything you want to it and it’s going to come out on the other side looking like it just rolled off the production line. Not that your apartment is a war zone—you’re a gentleman, after all—but it’s good to know what it can stand up to.The case, without shot glasses will run you $150, making a set of four shot glasses and case together a cool $280.Basically, if you plan on going all James Bond or Jason Borne on the world in the next few years, and you still want to be able to drink while you do it, the Caliber Ballistic Barware 5.56 shot glass and case are for you. If nothing else, when you’re not out engaging in international espionage, you can pretend like it when friends ask what the briefcase is for.(Updated 3/9/17) Editors’ Recommendations 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather This High-Proof Shochu Could Make Vodka Irrelevant Will This Nootropic from HVMN Get You Into Ketosis Faster? A Guide to Slivovitz, Eastern Europe’s Favorite Brandy Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea)
Average Round-Trip Domestic Ticket Price Remains Effectively Flat ARLINGTON, Va. – May 22, 2019 – Airlines Reporting Corp. (ARC) announced today that the consolidated dollar value of airline tickets sold in April 2019 by U.S.-based travel agencies increased 6% compared to April 2018, totaling $9 billion vs. $8.5 billion.* The average U.S. round-trip ticket price was $499, virtually flat when compared to April 2018. The total number of passenger trips settled by ARC for U.S. travel agencies increased 4% to 27,721,382 compared to 26,636,678 in April 2018. U.S. domestic trips increased 4.2% while international passenger trips grew 3.9%. Electronic Miscellaneous Document (EMD)** sales in April 2019 totaled $8.5 million, a 23.7% increase compared to the same period in 2018. EMD transactions decreased by 4% year-over-year.More detailed information is available on ARC’s website. About ARCAn industry leader in air travel distribution and intelligence, ARC settled $94.8 billion in ticket transactions in 2018 between airlines and travel agencies, representing more than 295 million passenger trips. ARC provides flexible distribution solutions, innovative technology and access to the world’s most comprehensive air ticket transaction data, helping the global air travel community connect, grow and thrive. For more information, please visit www.arccorp.com.
zoom Athens-based owner and operator of dry bulk carriers Diana Shipping signed a USD 50.16 million term loan facility with ABN AMRO BANK N.V. Through three of its wholly-owned subsidiaries, Diana completed the drawdown secured by the vessels m/v New York, m/v Maia and m/v Myrto.The total indebtedness of these vessels as at December 31, 2014 stood at USD 44.35 million with another bank, which the company repaid.Diana’s fleet currently consists of 40 dry bulk vessels. The company also expects to take delivery of two new-building Newcastlemax dry bulk vessels and one new-building Kamsarmax dry bulk vessel during the second quarter of 2016.
zoomIllustration; Image by WMN South Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Heavy Industries has secured newbuilding agreements for two LNG carriers.According to a stock exchange filing, the deals have a value of KRW 463.8 billion (USD 389.5 million).The 180,000 cbm vessels, ordered by an undisclosed European owner, are scheduled for delivery by the end of June 2022.The shipbuilder earlier said it expects to receive more orders for large-scale LNG carriers during 2019 on the back of an increasing LNG orderbook amid recent tightening of environmental regulations.In mid-April Hyundai Heavy said it secured orders for five new gas and crude carriers, with a value of around USD 600 million, from European and Asian ship owners.Namely, an undisclosed Greek shipping company signed a contract for the construction of a 174,000 cbm LNG carrier, while a Japanese owner placed an order for an LNG carrier with Hyundai Heavy at the end of March.World Maritime News Staff
Premier John Hamm is pleased with the progress being made in discussions now underway on treaty rights and related issues and expects a framework agreement to be signed with Nova Scotia’s First Nations soon. “My government believes that issues surrounding aboriginal and treaty rights are best addressed outside the courts,” said Premier Hamm at a Treaty Day ceremony at Province House today, Sept. 30. “We hope this process will strengthen a long-term relationship, based on mutual respect and understanding.” The provincial government, the Mi’kmaq and the government of Canada have been in discussions on a framework agreement since 2003. The framework agreement will outline how the made-in-Nova Scotia negotiations will be conducted and the subjects to be discussed. “We expect the agreement to be signed soon and it will be an important step towards fulfilling our commitments under the umbrella agreement of June 2002,” said Premier Hamm. Also attending today’s ceremony were Phil Fontaine, National Chief of Assembly of First Nations, and Grand Chief Ben Sylliboy. The Treaty Day ceremony began 19 years ago with the signing of a proclamation by then Grand Chief Donald Marshall and former premier John Savage. The day marks the beginning of Mi’kmaq History Month in Nova Scotia. There are 13 Mi’kmaq First Nations in Nova Scotia with an on-reserve population of 8,514 according to 2003 statistics.
Sobeys Sydney River, 45 Keltic Dr. Sobeys Yarmouth, 76 Starrs Rd. Sobeys Bedford, 55 Peakview Way, near Larry Uteck Blvd. Select Nova Scotia and Sobeys are teaming up to celebrate and support local food and farmers with events at three Sobeys stores and two Foodland stores on Friday, Feb. 27. “We’re lucky to live in a province with such a vibrant local agriculture scene, providing year-round access to fresh, nutritious and delicious products,” said Agriculture Minister Keith Colwell. “We want to grow the local economy and help create jobs. I am pleased Sobeys is helping this effort by providing shoppers with local products.” Events will be held at the following Sobeys locations from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.: Foodland Chester, 4115 Highway 3 Foodland Tatamagouche, 124 Main St. Events will be held at the following Foodland locations from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.: “Local is in season year-round at Sobeys and Foodland stores. Apples, root vegetables, maple syrup, and blueberries are all in our stores right now and those are truly just a few of the many local products in store,” said Steve Read, local business development manager for Sobeys Atlantic. “These events will showcase some of the local producers we partner with and draw attention to the many more we carry.” Many local products such as cheese, soaps, juices and meats will be showcased at the event, but the main feature will be apples. Farmers and producers will be at pop-up stands within the Sobeys and Foodland stores showcasing their products. Customers will be able to taste and learn where the food came from and how it is grown. Sobeys chefs and employees will also be handing out samples of delicious apple-themed recipes and other local fare available in stores. Other local events are planned for March and April. Details for locations will be available at www.selectnovascotia.ca .
Ghaziabad: A municipal councillor of the Congress in Ghaziabad poured kerosene over herself in a bid to commit suicide in protest against alleged stepmotherly treatment by the BJP-ruled municipal corporation at its office on Monday. But police personnel present there intervened and snatched the kerosene can from Congress councillor Maya Devi. The incident occurred at 11:00 a.m. at the municipal office here. Local Congress leader Zakir Saifi said, Devi who is a councillor from ward-6, was protesting against “stepmotherly treatment” towards the party’s municipal councillors and especially her. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar The city Congress unit along with its councillors protested at the main gate of the municipal office and forcibly locked the main gate for over two hours disrupting work. They also staged a ‘dharna’ and shouted slogans against the mayor and the municipal commissioner. The Congress councillors alleged that over the last six months, Devi has been urging Municipal Commissioner Dinesh Chandra and Mayor Asha Sharma to get the stormwater drain in her ward cleaned before the monsoon as it is choked with silt and filth. But they said the officers and mayor did not pay heed to her demand. She had threatened that if her demand is not met she would commit suicide at the gate of the municipal office.
Some 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.
OTTAWA, 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. “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.
A 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.
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.
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)
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.