Sodexo contract set to expire, administration looking for feedback

first_imgMariana Rivas Horoscope: November 15, 2019 Linkedin Mariana Rivas TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Mariana Rivas Horoscope: November 14, 2019 printStudents tired of the current dining options offered on campus could be in luck next year.TCU’s current dining contract with Sodexo is set to end in August of 2018. The administration is now trying to determine whether to renew a 10-year contract to consider drafting a new one with a different company.“We are seeking people’s feedback about what is going well, what needs change and what we might need in the next several years as the demographics of our campus continue to change,” said Vice Chancellor Kathy Cavins-Tull.Students, faculty, and staff members are invited to participate in an open forum Sept. 18 at noon in the Tucker Technology Center to discuss their opinions on the current Sodexo food contract. For those who can’t attend the meeting, there will also be a campus-wide survey and people can send written feedback to [email protected] first open forum to discuss the dining contract was Wednesday, where mostly staff and faculty members were in attendance and praised the kind and welcoming nature of the employees in dining services. As for student opinion on the food, Student Government Association (SGA) Representative Laredo Loyd said that Sodexo does a good job of catering to the university lifestyle with programs like Late Night and Sunday brunch.However other SGA representatives were not as happy with the Sodexo options, citing market Square’s layout, its lack of ethnic and diverse food options, its lackluster food quality and the out-of-budget catering price for student organizations as some of the issues with the contract.Hall Director Keely Teters said that some students have to eat after or before traditional meal times which can limit their options at Market Square even more.Several students are also less than pleased with their choices at Market Square. “Market Square I think could definitely use some help,” said sophomore Callie McClellan. “Most people eat there, but I feel like they have the least quality food.”A vocal displeasure at the Sodexo food options is a common occurrence from many students around campus, dating back for years.As for solutions to their issues with Market Square, SGA Representative Alexis Hood suggested that local produce be available in retail shops in order to accommodate the growing population of students with food allergies and vegan and vegetarian students.Some faculty and staff members also said that bringing more food trucks on campus could reach far-off campus locations, and it could allow for more diverse, healthier options.The Food Service Review Committee encourages all students to suggest ways that TCU dining can improve long-term and send them to their SGA representatives or to the [email protected] email.The committee is expecting to reach a decision on the Sodexo contract by the end of the semester.</p><section><h2>Should the Sodexo contract be renewed?</h2></section><section><h2>Yes</h2></section><section><h3>No</h3></section><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Quiz Maker – powered by RiddleCorrection: A previous version of this story stated the incorrect email address. The correct email address is [email protected] + posts ReddIt ReddIt New Stacks location. Mariana Rivas is a junior journalism major at TCU. A native of Caracas, Venezuela, she grew up in Houston, Texas. You can usually find her drinking coffee, hanging out with friends or writing about anything she is passionate about! Mariana Rivas Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Mariana Rivas Horoscope: November 13, 2019 Facebook World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Linkedin Twitter Previous articleTCU looks to avoid becoming a cautionary tale against SMUNext articleTrack and Field releases 2017-2018 indoor and outdoor schedules Mariana Rivas RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Facebook Venezuelan migrant families manage struggles for citizenship in Colombialast_img read more

Challenges remain, but connections are key

first_imgIt was described as a historic event as hundreds of black alumni from across generations gathered at Harvard University over the weekend, many representing its graduate Schools.“This is an opportunity for African-American alumni from across all of Harvard’s 14 Schools to come together, not only for fellowship, but also to exchange ideas and really engage in today’s issues,” said Lawrence Adjah ’06, president of the Harvard Black Alumni Society.Harvard Black Alumni Weekend 2014 (Oct. 10-12), the fourth such gathering since 1999, was only the second time that it has been open to graduates of all Schools. In the past, events for black alumni were organized by the societies of one or several Schools at a time and focused on undergraduate students. The Harvard Black Alumni Society, one of 46 Shared Interest Groups for Harvard alumni, organized this year’s event with the help of the Harvard Alumni Association.With the conference open to all graduates this past weekend, more than 700 people participated in three days of events and discussions focused on reconnecting — or connecting for the first time — alumni to the University and to each other.Harvard President Drew Faust in her opening address at the conference, Friday evening, recognized another touch of the event to Harvard’s long history.“We have a lot to celebrate,” said Faust. “One hundred and fifty years ago this year, Harvard’s time without black students came to an end, beginning a trail of milestones at once unimaginable — you all being Exhibit A, with the nearly 10,000 black alumni of Harvard. A lot has changed,” she added.The Class of 2018 includes students from 69 countries and every state in the union. It also represents a class with the most African-American students in the University’s history. The accomplishment is in part because of ongoing recruitment and increased financial aid to undergraduate students, Faust said.But in recognizing the significant change for African-Americans at the University and across the nation over history, Faust said many challenges still remain to be solved. Only one in 10 of the Harvard faculty are black, Latino, or mixed race. And many students of color say that even if the student body is more diverse, they still struggle with challenges of inclusion and connectivity to the University.“Even as we mark the achievement of the 10,000 and the inspiration … we know that the road to social justice remains long and difficult, and we know the courage and commitment it requires,” Faust told attendees. “You are here and I am here because of people in Harvard’s own imperfect past who were willing to get into necessary trouble. So we celebrate Harvard and our great possibilities, and let us also celebrate the sense of purpose of so many who preceded us.”The Harvard experience for every student is unique and challenging. But for black students there are added challenges of race and culture.Kimberly Willingham, Ed.M. ’96, said she felt a strong connection to her college friends and to the Harvard Graduate School of Education, but not so much to the University as a whole. In the nearly 20 years since her graduation, she has not felt an incentive to stay connected with Harvard because of her experience on campus.“The graduate School is somewhat isolated, but I also felt as a student of color — at least 20 years ago, I don’t know what it looks like now — that you walked around and didn’t see a lot of people who looked like you,” said Willingham, an assistant elementary school principal with the Boston Public Schools. “I don’t necessarily feel there was a place for me. So I don’t think I’ve been too excited about reconnecting.”Her friend and classmate Christina Brown, Ed.M. ’96, said she also struggled connecting with the University when she was a student, as well as an alumna living in the Boston area.“I’m interested to see where Harvard is in terms of race and diversity,” she said about the conference.The weekend featured a series of panel discussions spanning topics from the current events surrounding the shooting of a young black man in Ferguson, Mo., to fashion, technology, entrepreneurship, and activism.“This is just an amazing event,” said Cheryl Joyner, M.B.A. ’90, lead co-chair of the event. “We are trying to create the idea that we are One Harvard, truly One Harvard. And there are truly so many aspects of who we are as One Harvard, and we are trying to feature that throughout the course of the weekend.”A packed Memorial Church listened as panelists examined the “state of affairs” at Harvard. Among the panelists were Harvard Law School Professor Charles Ogletree (from left); Karen Jackson-Weaver, a senior associate dean at Harvard Kennedy School; and moderator Jacqueline Adams, M.B.A. ’78. Photo by Scott EisenThe opening panel discussion of the weekend focused on important issues of diversity and improving connections between the University and students and alumni. On Saturday morning hundreds of people filled the pews of the Memorial Church for the discussion.The panelists included Charles Ogletree, professor at Harvard Law School; Karen Jackson-Weaver, senior associate dean for degree programs and student affairs at Harvard Kennedy School; David L. Evans, senior admissions officer for Harvard College; and Abigail Mariam, a senior at the College and a liaison for the “I, Too, Am Harvard” campaign. Jacqueline Adams, M.B.A. ’78, an Emmy Award–winning former correspondent for CBS News, moderated the conversation.The challenge of improving diversity on the Harvard campus involves not only increasing the number of black students in undergraduate programs, but also making sure those students come from diverse economic and social backgrounds, panel members said.However, the task does not end at graduation. The measure of diversity on the Harvard campus as a whole is also a function of diversity in the ranks of the faculty, administration, and staff, they concluded.A key to solving these problems, said Evans, is encouraging more students of color to pursue graduate studies so they can become the professors, researchers, and university administrators of the future. The University, he said, needs to identify and work with students who show potential for graduate programs and make sure they are aware of the many financial assistance programs available to them.“We have to give them the confidence to apply,” said Evans.But the progress on campus is also related to the state of race relations off campus and across the United States. The nation elected its first African-American president, and there are more opportunities for black men and women in academia and the job market. But in many ways, the fight for equality continues. And that point for panel members was made very clear with the recent fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Missouri police officer.Ogletree said that when he leaves campus, many people, including police, see him as just another black man. He said he was recently a victim of racial profiling in California, where he was stopped by an officer for apparently no other reason than driving a luxury SUV in a troubled neighborhood.“I still see young people pulled over and arrested, and I wonder how much has really changed,” said Ogletree during the panel discussion. “I am not seeing the amount of progress I expected, given all the people in this room. Why?”The idea behind Harvard Black Alumni Weekend is to help foster these types of in-depth discussions about difficult issues and to build a network that will lead to change on and off campus.“We see this as a galvanizing weekend to renew our purpose and look outward,” said Adjah. “I think the school is doing a tremendous job creating an environment where people feel they are part of this campus.”last_img read more

Wilson family building on a heritage of conservation

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Nathan Wilson has been working on the farm since he was first able to drive a Ford 8N back in the 1940s.“I grew up with the opportunity to farm because my dad was busy and we had 130 acres and a Ford 8N. He hired some help but there was always something for me to do. I think I drove that tractor before I started school. Back then there were always jobs to do for a little kid on a Ford 8N. I was disking when I was 7 or 8. I had an early start and always loved it,” Nathan said. “My dad was always interested in the soil. When dad got out of the service he started a large animal vet clinic in Circleville and bought a farm. The first thing he did was divide the farm into four fields with a four-year rotation of corn, wheat and two years of hay. We would do moldboard for corn and disk it for wheat and then plant the orchardgrass with a drill and broadcast clover.”With his early start, Nathan also had some early lessons in soil quality and conservation on the Pickaway County farm.“Our soil was very good, mellow and soft. It is Kokomo and Miami with some Crosby and we found out that can get hard. Dad decided wheat wasn’t a good moneymaker and he planted corn in wide rows 60 inches to get light down in the canopy and we pulled a modified drill at the last cultivation when the corn was knee high and planted the hay crop in the rows, mostly orchardgrass. The corn yields weren’t any good with that. He’d plant two years of corn and do that on the second year so it would be two years of corn and two of hay with no wheat in the middle,” Nathan said. “In one year of tillage after we dropped the wheat from the rotation we went through with the second cultivator and we had to put weight on because it was just skimming the surface. Dad was disgusted. It was a realization for both of us that things were different. It was the second year of tillage before corn. That would have been in the 1950s.”Wilson took over the farm after his father died, feeding livestock and using the manure for fertility and continuing to farm the land. He was interested as more work was being done on no-till and he started experimenting with tillage reduction in the 1970s.“When I started farming, we moldboard plowed everything. We tried some reduced tillage without a whole lot of success at first. I started no-tilling in the 1970s. The biggest promoter of no-till for me was the John Deere MaxEmerge planter because of the way it worked. Before they had the gauge wheel behind the seed opener and they had a packer wheel back there to close the furrow and control the depth. The new planter got good ground penetration and depth control. The change that made it work was the MaxEmerge system that put the gauge wheels for depth control beside the seed disks,” Nathan said. “In 1974 Deere released the 7000 and 7100 MaxEmerge planters and that was around when I started trying some no-till. I was reluctant to do the whole acreage. We always thought we had to plow the darker soils with more residue. When we started we were doing double-crop soybeans and we’d no-till those. That gave us confidence to do more because it worked so well. If you till soybeans, they are tricky and to me it is easier to get a good stand in no-till than it ever was with tillage.”Nathan gradually, but steadily, reduced tillage over the next decade.“In 1983 they had something called the Payment-In-Kind, PIK, program. That was a government set aside program and we didn’t plant crops on 600 acres. We just had to control the weeds. After the program we planted that 600 acres. We had to mow it and the next year we went in and planted without tilling. In 1987 we were still plowing our heavy ground with corn stalks and that is pretty much when we quit tilling. I have a good bit of ground that has not been plowed since ‘83 except in extreme circumstances where we put in tile,” Nathan said. “Then in ‘87 my uncle retired and rented his land to me and that increased our acreage and the no-till allowed us to just use the equipment we had and that saved us a lot of money. It still does.”Nathan Wilson and his sons were named the 2017 Outstanding No-Till Farmers at the Ohio No-Till Conference in December for their efforts and dedication to soil conservation in a tradition started by a veterinarian and a little boy on a Ford 8N.“Dad was willing to try anything. We tried just about anything that would come along. Veterinarian was his profession but he really liked the farming too,” Nathan said. “The no-till to me is so important. We don’t get the runoff and don’t lose the soil. It is a good system. It saves money on investment into the crop and it works. And the cover crop is not easy. You have to get it planted and in the spring it makes more timing challenges. It also adds expense, but we think it is worth the expense. This saves money and it is better for the soil, but we farm this way because this is the way we want to do it.”last_img read more


first_imgRelated Filesgary_sonda_ntl_profile_2007-pdf The 2007 National Touch League is Australia’s most prestigious touch football tournament. In the lead-up to the NTL, Touch Football Australia will be profiling some of the biggest names in the game who will be in action at the showcase event.Today’s featured player under the NTL spotlight is Sydney Mets stalwart Gary Sonda. “GS7” has represented Mets in every National Touch League tournament since its inception in 1997.The dual World Cup champion has been a fixture in the Australian Open Men’s team since 2000 and is one of the most competitive players to have ever laced on a boot.Renowned for his intelligent ball playing ability, never say die attitude, leadership skills, and the occasional well-worded sledge, the Mets maestro is passion personified.A player who hates losing a game of marbles, his commitment to the cause and willingness to pay whatever price is necessary to secure victory for his team is legendary. Loved by teammates, and loathed by the opposition on the field, Sonda makes no apologies for his “playing for keeps” attitude in the heat of the battle.By his own admission, he plays hard on the field, but that is where the competitiveness and aggression stays. In the great tradition of Aussie sporting champions, the crafty middle plays hard but fair, and is always gracious and generous in his praise of opposition teams and players who might get the better of him occasionally.He is always one of the first players to outstretch the hand of friendship and have a drink with an opponent once when battle is done.The long serving champion was all set to take a break from the NTL in 2007, post World Cup, but answered an SOS call from his life-long NTL franchise when several other big names decided to rest from the tournament.The New South Wales Men’s Open Captain is one of the best students of the game and his passion for and knowledge of the sport is amazing.He has endured a hectic playing schedule around NTL for the last three years, playing both the Open Men’s, and then the NTL Senior tournament without missing a beat.He has annexed two NTL Open Men’s titles for Mets in 2002 and 2004, and a hat trick of Men’s 30’s titles from 2004-2006.He has had to build on a room to house the trophies that keep coming his way for his dominant work on the field for his beloved Mets at NTL level.“GS7” took home the Men’s Open Player of the Series in 2002, and has won a hat trick of Men’s 30s Player of the final awards in the Mets three-peat from 2004 – 2006.There have been some absolutely outstanding pieces of individual magic on field One at the Coffs Harbour International Sports Stadium on Finals day in a decade of NTL action, but few present will forget one moment from the 2006 NTL Men’s Open final that will be etched in NTL history forever.Despite his Mets team being on the end of a Drumayne Dayberg Muir and Nathan Jones inspired “Shark attack” in the final, Gary Sonda produced one of those moments that just make you stand and cheer, regardless of where your allegiances are.Under the pump to get a quick pass away, Sonda threw an instinctive no look flick through his legs to give his winger a saloon passage to the line to score a crucial touchdown.His side may have gone down to the rampaging South Queensland Sharks, but few present will ever forget Sonda’s inspired piece of wizardry.Click on the attachment and find out a little more about one of the most durable, hardworking, and talented players to have played the game as we put Gary Sonda under the NTL spotlight.last_img read more

10 months agoArsenal kid Bukayo Saka thrilled to make Premier League debut

first_imgArsenal kid Bukayo Saka thrilled to make Premier League debutby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBukayo Saka was thrilled to make his Premier League debut in Arsenal’s 4-1 win over Fulham.Saka replaced Alex Iwobi with three minutes remaining in our 4-1 win over Fulham, adding to his two appearances in the Europa League late last year.“Right now I’m feeling so happy,” he said. “I feel blessed to have made my debut and get minutes on the pitch. I just want to thank my family, my friends and everyone at the club who’s helped me to get to this stage.“It’s been a tough stage, a long stage, but through hard work and determination I managed to get here.“I’m not stopping now. I’m very hungry. I just want to work hard with every chance I get. In training I just want to impress the coach so I can get back on the pitch.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

COSCO Shipping Selling USD 2 Bn of Shares to Fund Boxships

first_imgzoom China’s COSCO Shipping Holdings has unveiled its intentions to raise up to CNY 12.9 billion (USD 1.9 billion) in an effort to finance the construction of new containerships.According to the company’s stock exchange filing, the net proceeds of the sale would be used to fund the building of 20 boxships, six of which would have a capacity of over 21,200 TEU.Four of the remaining vessels from the batch would have a capacity of over 14,500 TEU, five would be able to carry 13,800 TEU and the final five would have a capacity of over 20,100 TEU.The move would see the company sell over 2 billion of its Series A shares through a private placement.As part of the issuance, the company and COSCO Shipping entered into a subscription agreement pursuant to which COSCO Shipping has conditionally agreed to subscribe for, and the company has conditionally agreed to issue, 50% of the total number of Shares A to be issued under the placement.COSCO Shipping suspended trading of shares on October 27 and is expected to resume trading on October 31.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Air Canadaled consortium signs deal to buy Aeroplan program from Aimia

first_imgMONTREAL – An Air Canada-led consortium has reached a $450-million deal to acquire the Aeroplan loyalty program from Aimia Inc., earning plaudits from analysts but leaving questions about Aimia’s future.The group, which includes TD Bank, CIBC and Visa Canada Corp., has agreed to pay $450 million in cash and assume the approximately $1.9-billion liability associated with Aeroplan miles customers have accumulated.“We are pleased to see that an agreement in principle has been reached as Aeroplan members can continue to earn and redeem with confidence,” Air Canada chief executive Calin Rovinescu said in a statement on behalf of the consortium Tuesday.“This transaction, if completed, should produce the best outcome for all stakeholders, including Aeroplan members, as it would allow for a smooth transition to Air Canada’s new loyalty program launching in 2020, safeguarding their miles and providing convenience and value for millions of Canadians.”The agreement comes weeks after Aimia rejected an earlier offer from the consortium as too low and outlined that it believed $450 million would be a fair price, saying that a number of shareholders were upset with the low offer.The price is up from an initial offer in July of $250 million in cash and the assumption of the reward point liability that was rejected by Aimia.Aimia shares were up 9.4 per cent at $4.20 in afternoon trading after hitting a 52-week high of $4.60 earlier in the session. Air Canada shares jumped nearly eight per cent to $26.69.Any deal between the consortium and Aimia, which had been seeking out new partners to offset the loss of Air Canada when a current agreement was set to end in 2020, would be a fruitful outcome for all stakeholders, said GMP Securities analyst Martin Landry.National Bank Financial analyst Adam Shine, however, said he was “left wondering how Aimia could trumpet its Plan B strategy with such optimism and yet set a seemingly low Aeroplan value.”The Aeroplan deal is expected to close this fall.The agreement, which is supported by Aimia’s board and Mittleman Brothers, Aimia’s largest shareholder that had previously opposed the lower offer, is subject to shareholder approval and other closing conditions.Mittleman Brothers, which holds a 17.6-per-cent stake in Aimia, defended its acceptance of the deal and suggested a price tag of $1 billion — which it demanded earlier this month — now seemed unfeasible.“We believe that our acquiescence in agreeing to sell Aeroplan for $450M in cash was the best available outcome for all Aimia stakeholders,” the investment firm said in a statement Tuesday.The bid would leave Aimia with more than $1 billion in cash to invest elsewhere, Mittleman Brothers said.Christopher Mittleman, chief investment officer of the New York-based company, bristled earlier this month at a $325-million offer from the consortium, calling it “coercive” and “blatantly inadequate” in an open letter to Aimia’s board.Mittleman recommended on Aug. 6 that Aimia accept no less than $1 billion, “especially not with a gun held to its head by its key commercial partners.”Aimia’s recent Aeroplan partnership agreements with three Canadian airlines — Air Transat, Flair Airlines and Porter Airlines — are now up in the air.“Those were perhaps part of the negotiations and trying to build the pressure on getting a transaction,” said AltaCorp Capital analyst Chris Murray.Aimia had also been in discussions with the Oneworld airline alliance, whose members include British Airways, American Airlines and Cathay Pacific.Gabor Forgacs, associate professor at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University, said the key incentive for Canada’s largest airline is customer data that can be used to encourage more member spending.“Every time a member of the loyalty program goes to make a purchase and taps or swipes that card, he or she would earn points — however, they will agree to give away the information,” Forgacs said. “They will know where I was, what I bought, how much I spent.”Earlier this month, Aimia management said in a conference call it has considered further asset sales and a wind-up of the company. One analyst noted that Aimia could soon resemble a “holding company with limited assets.”Analysts predicted about 1,000 Aeroplan employees — roughly 60 per cent of Aimia’s workforce — would transfer to Air Canada if the deal goes ahead.Aimia’s other assets include a 48-per-cent stake in Aeromexico’s loyalty program, PLM, and a 20-per-cent share of Air Asia’s loyalty program, Think Big.“With the sale of Aeroplan, the focus for Aimia investors will shift to actual net proceeds received from the sale and the company’s subsequent capital redeployment strategy,” RBC Capital Markets analyst Drew McReynolds wrote in a report.The future of the program has faced questions since Air Canada announced last year that it planned to launch its own loyalty rewards plan in July, 2020 when its partnership with Aimia expires.The May 2017 announcement caused Aimia shares to nosedive 63 per cent in one day.Air Canada created Aeroplan as an in-house loyalty program, but it was spun off in 2005 as an independent business under a court-supervised restructuring of the airline. At the time, CIBC was Aeroplan’s main bank partner.Since 2014, TD has been Aeroplan’s main Visa card partner although CIBC continues to offer cards that earn Aeroplan points that can be redeemed for Air Canada flights and other rewards.Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:AIM, TSX:TD, TSX:CM)Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misattributed a quote from Air Canada’s CEO to an analyst.last_img read more

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

US firm Lockheed Martin gets first crack to design 60B warship fleet

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government is giving U.S. defence giant Lockheed Martin the first crack at inking a contract to design Canada’s $60-billion fleet of new warships.Government officials say Lockheed’s proposed design beat out two rival submissions during what has been a long and extremely sensitive competition to design the replacements for the navy’s entire frigate and destroyer fleets.However, that doesn’t mean Lockheed executives will be popping champagne, as negotiators for both sides will now have to sit down and iron out details including the final cost before an actual contract is awarded.The stakes will be high for both sides, with hundreds of millions of dollars in play as well as pressure to make up for lost time even though whatever decisions are taken could have ramifications for the navy and taxpayers for decades.The government has reserved the right to walk away from the talks, if Lockheed drives too hard a bargain, and negotiate with the second-place bidder, which the government did not identify, though officials are hoping that won’t be necessary and a contract will be signed this winter.The warships are to be built starting in the early 2020s by Halifax-based Irving Shipbuilding, which worked with the government in identifying Lockheed as the preferred bidder and will also participate in the pending negotiations.last_img read more

Pipelines UN immigration feature as protest convoy reaches Parliament Hill

first_imgOTTAWA, O.N. – A convoy of Canadians fed up with the Liberal government rolled into Ottawa Tuesday with demands as varied as their vehicles.The United We Roll convoy began in Red Deer, Alta., on Valentine’s Day and made its way east over four days with stops for rallies along the way. After four days of cross-country driving, the convoy mustered in Arnprior, Ont., just outside the capital but got off to a late start Tuesday morning. With police escorts, its trucks, buses and cars hit downtown Ottawa after the morning rush hour, disrupting the city only slightly.Scores of semis, pickups and other vehicles occupied several blocks of the street in front of Parliament as about 150 people gathered in knee-deep snow on the Hill for speeches by organizers and a handful of conservative lawmakers. One placard on a truck outside Parliament declared NO to “UN/globalism, carbon tax, tanker ban, dirty foreign oil, open borders” and YES to “Charge Trudeau with treason, Energy East, yes to pipe lines, look after veterans, photo ID & Canadian citizenship to vote.”Other signs backed a variety of causes, including Canadian agriculture and protecting free speech. One called on Canadians to eat beef.Started by Glen Carritt, the owner of an oilfield fire and safety company in Innisfail, Alta., the convoy protesters have demanded the Liberal government scrap the carbon tax and two bills that overhaul environmental assessments of energy projects and ban oil tankers from the northern coast of British Columbia.“The core message is we need immediate action for our pipelines to get in the ground, to get to tidewater and to the rest of Canada,” he told The Canadian Press in a previous interview. About 30 police officers stood between the convoy members and a counter-protest that gathered nearby, focused on Indigenous causes.“It is time that Canada has a prime minister that is proud of our energy sector,” Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer told the crowd. He emphasized the convoy members’ demand that the federal government get pipelines built to help get Alberta oil and gas to new markets.Half a dozen Conservative MPs and senators blasted the Liberals’ carbon tax and reiterated their support for the oil and gas sector. They left out another of the convoy organizers’ complaints: that Canada signed a non-binding United Nations agreement on migration in December.The Conservative party opposed the signing of the global compact, although Scheer did not mention it.Nor did People’s Party of Canada leader Maxime Bernier, whose omission drew cries from the crowd when he spoke about the importance of the oil industry.“Where’s the UN?” yelled one woman.center_img Mark Friesen, a convoy organizer from Saskatoon, gave one of the day’s first speeches, talking about federal policies as the results of agreements with the United Nations to implement its sustainable development agenda.“You cut the head of the snake off, we get our country back, all of it, including pipelines built, including dumping the carbon tax, including getting rid of the migrant pact,” he said.Friesen, like many of the convoy participants, is affiliated with the populist “yellow-vest” movement, Carritt said the convoy was not itself a yellow-vest protest. Amid concerns the convoy had become a magnet for extremist, anti-immigrant activists, organizers stressed the rally was peaceful and open to anyone fed up with the federal government.Despite charges by its critics, Friesen insisted the yellow-vest movement is not racist or anti-immigrant.“We are a country of immigrants,” he said. “We need more immigration but we need to determine these policies in Canada for Canadians.”Meanwhile after a cabinet meeting inside Parliament’s West Block, Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi told reporters he was focused on increasing pipeline capacity.“It’s very unfortunate that the convoy that is here today, their message has drifted away from pipelines to issues that are not relevant to the discussion on pipelines,” the Edmonton MP said.A second day of protests is planned for Wednesday.last_img read more