Teens say parkour keeping them fit and out of trouble

first_imgMatt Thordarson APTN National NewsYouTube videos have helped turn the sport of parkour into a craze.Now the practice is catching on with Indigenous youth who are making their own videos, often from remote communities.It’s an activity that encourages getting active and keeping fit.mthordarson@aptn.calast_img

Oil giant Chevron needs no costs protection from poor Ecuadorians court told

first_imgTORONTO – Forcing a group of Ecuadorian villagers to come up with almost $1 million before they can pursue a claim against oil behemoth Chevron would deprive them of access to justice, Ontario’s top court heard Wednesday.The notion that Chevron, which makes billions a year, needs to be protected from legal costs if the Indigenous Ecuadorians lose their fight is absurd, their lawyer said.The villagers are asking the Canadian courts to make Chevron Canada pay a hard-fought US$9.5-billion award they won in Ecuador in 2013 over environmental devastation and the health problems caused. The Supreme Court has said the group’s case can be heard here.However, an Ontario judge ruled Chevron Canada is a separate entity and can’t be held liable for the judgment against its parent. The Ecuadorians are appealing that ruling, but a judge has ordered them to first put up $943,000 to cover Chevron’s legal costs if they lose.Alan Lenczner, who speaks for 37 of the 47 representative plaintiffs, told the Ontario Court of Appeal that the “prohibitive” costs order should be set aside so the appeal can proceed on its merits.“How can it be just that these plaintiffs are denied an appeal?” Lenczner said. “An order for security for costs is an ultimate barrier preventing justice.”In his submissions, Chevron Canada’s lawyer Benjamin Zarnett said the judge’s discretionary costs order was fair. The villagers led no evidence to show they don’t have the money to pay the costs, despite having had the opportunity to do so, he said.Chevron won in the lower court and must now respond to an appeal and is therefore “entitled to a measure of protection” for its legal costs, Zarnett argued. In addition, he said, the judge found the Ecuadorians did not have a strong chance of winning on appeal.“It is not a case that has a good chance of success,” Zarnett said.Lenczner argued, however, that Chevron’s request for a security deposit was merely a tactic. He said the Ecuadorians had gone through an “epic struggle” to win their award in Ecuador.That money, Lenczner said, would not go to the plaintiffs but instead would be put in trust and used to remediate the lands and water, and improve their health conditions.“These people have nothing personally to gain other than good health,” he said.Chevron, Lenczner said, with 1,500 subsidiaries and $225 billion annual revenues, does not need the $943,000 security deposit from Ecuadorians, whose average income is about $20 a day.The villagers first sued in 1993 after Texaco, later bought by Chevron, polluted about 1,500 square kilometres of rain forest, fouling streams, drinking water and garden plots.Both Ontario’s Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court have recognized the region in which the “poor and vulnerable” Ecuadorians live has suffered extensive environmental pollution that seriously disrupted their lives.Lenczner noted the initial action was launched in the United States. However, Chevron successfully argued for the case to be heard in Ecuador.The company insists the award in the case was obtained fraudulently, citing rulings in the U.S. it says supports that contention. However, the American decisions did not invalidate the Ecuadorian judgment, Lenczner told the Appeal Court panel.The Canadian action, begun in 2012, aims to have Chevron Canada pay the US$9.5-billion award on the basis that it has a “significant” relationship with its parent. It cannot be the case that a company can hide behind a subsidiary to avoid its creditors, Lenczner said.Rock legend Roger Waters, who spoke in favour of the Ecuadorians outside court on Tuesday, took in part of the proceedings Wednesday wearing a jacket with “Resist.” emblazoned on the back.The Appeal Court reserved its decision on the security deposit.last_img read more

Small fire breaks out at the Country Side Apartments in Fort St

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Fire Department was called to a fire Sunday afternoon at the Country Side Apartments on 86 street.Firefighters were called after residents saw smoke on the third floor of the building.  Upon arrival, firefighters cleared the building. They found light smoke in one apartment and discovered the smoke was coming from a bathroom fan.  Once firefighters opened the roof, they were able to quickly knock down the fire in the attic of the building. No one was home in the unit at the time.  There was minimal damage done to the unit, but residents will need to find another place to stay while repairs are made.The exact cause of the fire remains under investigation.last_img

Vast majority of public remain exposed to dangerous secondhand smoke – UN

The World Health Organization (WHO) report noted that last year some 154 million more people no longer endured tobacco smoke in workplaces, restaurants, bars and other indoor spaces as Colombia, Djibouti, Guatemala, Mauritius, Panama, Turkey and Zambia implemented comprehensive smoke-free laws.However, only 5.4 per cent of the world’s population was covered in 2008 by such legislation, up from 3.1 per cent in 2007, according to the 2009 WHO report on the Global Tobacco Epidemic.“The fact that more than 94 per cent of people remain unprotected by comprehensive smoke-free laws shows that much more work needs to be done,” said WHO Assistant Director-General for Non-communicable Diseases and Mental Health Ala Alwan. “Urgent action is needed to protect people from the death and illness caused by exposure to tobacco smoke,” added Dr. Alwan, stressing that there is “no safe level of exposure to second-hand tobacco smoke.”WHO chose to make smoke-free environments the focus of the report not only because second-hand smoking kills, but it also causes crippling and disfiguring illnesses, as well as economic losses amounting to tens of billions of dollars annually.In addition, the report tracks the global tobacco epidemic, providing evidence showing where interventions aiming to reduce tobacco consumption have been effective and where more progress is needed. It also gives figures on tobacco use in individual countries as well as information about cigarette taxation, bans on tobacco advertising, promotion and sponsorship, support for treatment of tobacco dependence, enforcement of tobacco-free laws and monitoring of the epidemic.“Comprehensive tobacco control will help countries to reduce the rising number of heart attacks, strokes, cancers and other non-communicable diseases,” said Douglas Bettcher, Director of the WHO Tobacco Free Initiative.“People need more than to be told that tobacco is bad for human health,” said Dr. Bettcher. He said they need governments to implement the 2005 WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, which has been ratified by nearly 170 countries.Tobacco use continues to be the leading preventable cause of death, killing more than 5 million people per year, and unless urgent measures are taken to control the tobacco epidemic, the annual death toll could rise to 8 million by 2030, according to the WHO report. 9 December 2009The vast majority of the world’s population is still exposed to the harmful effects of second-hand smoke, responsible for 600,000 premature deaths annually, despite the ban on smoking in public places being extended to seven more countries last year, a United Nations report warns today. read more

UN chief honours civic servants on Public Service Day

23 June 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon paid tribute today to public servants around the world who use their services on behalf of their towns, cities, or countries, and called on young citizens everywhere to explore dynamic and diverse careers in public service. “Public service is not always an easy career choice to make, but it can be immensely rewarding for the opportunity it offers to get involved in addressing the challenges of our time,” the Secretary-General said in a message in observance of Public Service Day.“In an era of increasingly complex challenges, from climate change to food insecurity and the financial and economic crisis, the world needs its public servants to be more creative and talented than ever.”The UN General Assembly designated 23 June “to celebrate the value and virtue of public service to the community” and to encourage young people to pursue careers in the public sector.“We need to recruit into the public service an ever-increasing tide of ambitious youth who want to use their technological and scientific skills for the common good if we are to defeat poverty, disease, illiteracy and gender inequality and achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015,” Mr. Ban said.In recognition of the Day, the UN honours 23 public institutions – from Asia and the Pacific, Europe and North America, Western Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean – with the UN Public Service Awards.The awards are divided into four categories: improving transparency, accountability and responsiveness in the public service; improving the delivery of services; fostering participation in policymaking decisions through innovative mechanisms; and advancing knowledge management in government.This year’s awards ceremony and forum are focused on the theme of “The Role of Public Service in Achieving the Millennium Development Goals: Challenges and Best Practices,” and will be held in Barcelona, Spain.The awards are organized by the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (UNDESA), the Division for Public Administration and Development Management (DPADM) and the Government of Catalonia. read more

Final day of Enbridge Line 9 pipeline hearings cancelled over security concerns

TORONTO — The final day of hearings on a proposal to reverse the flow of a pipeline that runs between southern Ontario and Montreal were cancelled Saturday due to security concerns.But that didn’t deter hundreds of protesters who rallied outside the site of the scrapped hearing to oppose Enbridge’s plan to reverse its Line 9 and increase its capacity to carry crude oil.“They try to make it seem like we’re not going to have a spill. And it’s very likely that a spill will happen somewhere along this line,” said protester Nigel Barriffe, who lives near Line 9 in northwest Toronto.Enbridge was to make its closing submissions to the National Energy Board on its plan to reverse the line and increase the pipeline’s capacity to move crude oil.But the National Energy Board announced late Friday that Saturday’s hearings were off, saying the way the previous day’s hearings ended raised concerns about the security of participants. Protesters were out in force for Friday’s panel hearing, but there was no violence during that demonstration or Saturday’s rally.The NEB didn’t provide a date for when Enbridge will present its closing arguments.Protest organizer Amanda Lickers said the NEB should have found a way to let Enbridge make its case in support of the reversal.“I think that if they were really concerned about security they could have still done it over the web… there could have been ways to make the presentation happen.”The panel heard this week from interveners stating the reversal would put First Nations communities at risk, threaten water supplies and could endanger vulnerable species in ecologically sensitive areas.Jan Morrissey of a Toronto residents’ group showed up early Saturday morning for the hearing, only to learn it was cancelled.Morrissey said she’s disappointed she won’t get to hear Enbridge’s final reply to arguments made to the board by critics of the reversal.“It’s sort of like reading a book and not getting to see the last chapter,” she said.The reversal would increase the line’s capacity to 300,000 barrels of crude oil per day, up from the current 240,000 barrels.Enbridge has also asked for permission to move different types of oil, including a heavier form of crude from the Alberta oilsands.Opponents claim the crude Enbridge wants to transport is more corrosive and will stress the aging infrastructure and increase the chance of a leak.But Enbridge has said what will flow through the line will not be a raw oilsands product — although there will be a mix of light crude and processed bitumen.Line 9 originally shuttled oil from Sarnia, Ont., to Montreal but was reversed in the late 90s in response to market conditions to pump imported crude westward.Enbridge is now proposing to flow oil back eastward to service refineries in Ontario and Quebec. read more

Embassy rejects claims on Paris killing

Mathinthiran was shot at least three times when he was leaving the office of the TCC at Pyrenees in Paris 20, reports said. Mathinthiran was given with the nom de guerre Reagon when he joined the LTTE in 1983. He received his military training in the 2nd batch of the LTTE’s training programme provided by India. Some of his batch mates in the training camp in India were Kumarappa, Bhanu, Ranjan Lala and Vasu, reports said.Reagon took part in the early operations of the LTTE against the military in Mannar, Jaffna and Vanni. He was a middle-level commander when he left the LTTE in the early 90’s. “It would not be appropriate for me to comment on something that is obviously under investigation by the French authorities, except to say that the culture of lethal violence of the Tiger/pro-Tiger milieu seems to be very much intact. It is this culture of violence that exercises tremendous psychological coercion upon and within the Tamil Diaspora and prevents the emergence of truly democratic, pluralist politics. As for the ridiculous accusations by certain pro-secessionist propagandist websites, I am quite certain that the French law enforcement authorities will investigate this crime and identify, apprehend and prosecute the perpetrators as well as those behind it,” he said. The Sri Lankan Embassy in France termed as “ridiculous” accusations that the military intelligence was behind the assassination of a former LTTE commander in France.Sri Lanka’s Ambassador to France, Dayan Jayatilleka, told The Sunday Leader that the French law enforcement authorities are investigating the incident.Nadarajah Mathinthiran alias Parithi, an ex-LTTE commander who had left the movement in the early 90′s and later coordinated Tamil political activities in France since 2003, was killed on Thursday evening outside the office of the Tamil Coordinating Committee (TCC) in Paris. read more

Story of deadly Boston Marathon bombings massive manhunt leads to big week

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Story of deadly Boston Marathon bombings, massive manhunt leads to big week for news networks NEW YORK, N.Y. – The deadly Boston Marathon bombings and the massive manhunt for two suspects made for a big week in television news.Fox News Channel had higher prime-time ratings than any other cable network last week for the first time since the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.The Nielsen ratings company said on Tuesday that Fox eclipsed the second-place USA Network by a quarter-million viewers on average. CNN also was buoyed by the big story and finished in third place.The ABC, CBS and NBC evening news broadcasts collectively had 3.6 million more viewers than they had the week before.Two bombs near the marathon finish line killed three people and injured more than 260 others. Two brothers were identified as the prime suspects. One died after a shootout with police, and the other was captured. by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted Apr 23, 2013 4:08 pm MDT read more

World Cup Crib Notes Day 12

It’s time for the last round of the group stage, which means the complex hypothetical scenarios for how each team will finish in each group will finally achieve resolution. The Netherlands and Chile are already guaranteed a trip to the Round of 16, but whom will they face? It depends on who wins and what happens in Group A, where Brazil isn’t yet guaranteed a berth. If the Selecao do make it, it’s not clear whether they’ll be first or second in their group, which means it’s not clear how it’s best to avoid Brazil in the next round, which means it’s not clear whether the Netherlands or Chile want to win or lose, which means … oh, God. Somebody pass the remote.Australia vs. Spain: 12 p.m. EDTNetherlands vs. Chile: 12 p.m. EDTCameroon vs. Brazil: 4 p.m. EDTCroatia vs. Mexico: 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHOnce you find a remote, choose your television’s picture-in-picture option. Without it, a choice must be made: there are two sets of overlapping games Monday. Ignore the Australia-Spain match, unless you have an affinity for fallen dynasties or former penal colonies. Australia’s star striker, Tim Cahill (he of the gunpowder foot), is barred from playing because of back-to-back yellow cards in the Socceroos’ previous two games. And Spain’s two losses against the Netherlands and Chile have taken 3.36 points off its Soccer Power Index (SPI) mark — still good for eighth in the world, but that doesn’t matter anymore. Sixteen teams are going on to the knockout round, and Spain’s not one of them.The more important noon match is in Sao Paolo, Brazil, where the Netherlands and Chile have everything to play for and nothing to lose. The two teams are separated by only a 1.56-point gap in the SPI rankings (Chile is fifth in the world; Netherlands seventh), and both teams have already earned six points in the group and a spot in the Round of 16. But what happens in this game sets other events in motion come the next round. Chile has a 40 percent chance of beating the Dutch, according to our model, which would place it No. 1 in Group B and mean it would play the No. 2 finisher from Group A (Brazil, Mexico, Croatia and Cameroon’s group). If the Dutch can overcome those odds to win (they have a 33 percent chance), they’ll nab the top slot. If the two teams tie, they’ll have the same number of points but the Dutch will own the top position because of their higher goal differential (+5 to +4). In other words, the Dutch have about a 60 percent chance of being the No. 1 seed, even though the most likely outcome of the game is that they lose.But whom will the Netherlands and Chile play? One will probably be playing Brazil, unless Cameroon pulls off the biggest surprise of the tournament. The Indomitable Lions have a 2 percent chance of beating Brazil. That’s about the same chance as No. 16 seed Weber State had of beating No. 1 seed Arizona in the 2014 NCAA men’s basketball tournament, and far less than the 9 percent chance Mitt Romney had of beating President Obama in 2012 (according to an Election Day read from FiveThirtyEight prime). Neither overcame the odds.If Cameroon can’t win, a tie could upend the group’s seedings. Brazil would finish with five points and a +2 goal differential, meaning it wouldn’t be guaranteed the top slot coming out of Group A, but it would make it to the next round.But if Brazil wins, which it has a 90 percent chance of doing, it isn’t guaranteed the top slot. That depends on what happens when Croatia and Mexico face off as Brazil and Cameroon are still on the pitch.The winner of Croatia vs. Mexico will advance to the Round of 16. If Mexico beats Croatia by two goals more than Brazil beats Cameroon, then Mexico will be the top seed. (There’s another, unlikely scenario that has Mexico beating Croatia by only one more goal than Brazil and Cameroon’s margin that can still give Mexico the top seed, but we’re dealing with enough scenarios already.) For what it’s worth, FiveThirtyEight’s model predicts that Brazil will beat Cameroon by about three goals more than Croatia beats Mexico.What we do know for sure: Croatia almost certainly needs a win (a 39 percent chance) — a tie will work only if Brazil loses, and we know the odds of that happening (2 percent, remember?). If Croatia loses, it’ll be out of the tournament; if it ties, advancement will be a long shot.Mexico is in better position: All it needs to do is tie or win (31 percent chance), and it’ll go on to the knockout stage. I’d say that’s the simplest of scenarios, but it gets complicated again when we try to predict whom Mexico will face in the Round of 16. That depends on the outcome of the Netherlands and Chile match … which brings us back to the beginning.YESTERDAYFalling behind the Portuguese was not the start the U.S. wanted Sunday. Entering the match, Portugal had never failed to win a World Cup match when scoring first (11-0-0), and the U.S. had never won when allowing the first goal (0-16-4).After conceding the goal, the United States played well for the rest of the first half, eclipsing its shot total from the entire Ghana match, but trailed 1-0 at the break. This also was cause for concern, because Portugal had won all eight of its World Cup matches when leading at halftime, whereas the U.S. had earned only one point in 15 tries when trailing at half (2010 vs. Slovenia).The Americans’ equalizer came from an unlikely source. Jermaine Jones scored for the first time in 27 matches for his country and did so on a shot from outside the penalty area. It was the third goal the U.S. has scored from outside the box since the 1950 World Cup.Clint Dempsey gave the U.S. the lead with his sixth touch in the attacking penalty area, which led all players in the match, but the Americans could not hold the lead. Silvestre Varela’s goal at 90 minutes + 4:33 is the latest recorded World Cup goal in a 90-minute match. The equalizer came on a cross by Cristiano Ronaldo, his only cross attempt of the match. Still, it was one more cross than the Americans completed; they were 0 for 14.Portugal completed 85.2 percent of its passes, the second-highest percentage allowed by the U.S. in a World Cup match since 1950. The highest was 85.9 percent in a 2-1 win against Colombia 20 years ago to the day.Portugal took the early lead on Nani’s fifth-minute goal, the seventh World Cup goal the U.S. has allowed in the first five minutes of a match — the most in World Cup history. All of those goals have come since 1998, and they have come in six of the U.S.’s past 15 matches.The goal came on a defensive error by Geoff Cameron, who was playing at center back. Cameron did not make a defensive error leading to goal in 37 Premier League matches for Stoke City this season, but his primary position for the Potters was right back. — Jacob Nitzberg, senior stats analyst, ESPN OFF THE PITCHThe Netherlands and Chile have a track record of cooperation, particularly when it comes to research. There have been multiple joint research projects in recent years, which have focused on things such as improving Chilean flower bulbs, implementing water recycling and reuse and understanding how Antarctic seals ingest plastics. But that relationship doesn’t extend to cross-migration or cross-tourism. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development shows that only 147 Chileans migrated to the Netherlands in 2011; 81 Dutch moved the other way. Similarly, Chile’s Ministry of Economy, Development and Tourism shows that 17,374 Dutch visited Chile in 2011 — just 0.1 percent of the Netherlands’ population at the time. The Netherlands doesn’t provide data on Chilean tourism specifically.  — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGHow the Portugal Draw Boost the U.S.’s World Cup OddsNumbers Don’t Back Up the Notion that American Soccer Is ‘Too Honest’CORRECTION (June 23, 11:58 a.m.): An earlier version of this article misstated the position Geoff Cameron played for Stoke City; he played right back, not right midfield. read more

Cleaning up the Con

first_imgMiramar Mining has successfully re-started the autoclave at the Con mine as part of its ongoing reclamation activity at the mine in Yellowknife, Canada. The autoclave will process all of the remaining arsenic bearing sludges and calcines left on site from historic roaster operations prior to Miramar’s ownership of the mine. This process will generate an environmentally safe and stable arsenic mineral called scorodite. This final stabilization of all of the remaining arsenic sludges and calcines is expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2007 paving the way for the final cleaning and demolition of the surface processing facilities at the Con mine (the blend plant, the mill and the autoclave) in late 2007 or early 2008.After a four year period and the contributions of a working group comprised of technical experts representing the federal and territorial governments, the City of Yellowknife, the Stanton Regional Health Board, local Aboriginal groups and other stakeholders, the Closure and Reclamation Plan for Con Mine was approved by the McKenzie Valley Land and Water Board. “Although clean up activities have been underway for some time, we are pleased to be in a position to officially start reclamation of the Con mine following the recent approval of the Con Mine Closure and Reclamation Plan by the Mackenzie Valley Land and Water Board.” said Tony Walsh, Miramar’s President and CEO. “Although mining at the Con has come to an end, we look forward to continuing our partnership with the City of Yellowknife, the Northwest Territory and it’s constituents for many years to come. We endeavour to maintain a high level of environmental stewardship in all of our activities and operations.”Miramar also announced the launch of a website dedicated to communicating the status and progress of reclamation at the Con Mine to all residents of Yellowknife and to the public at large. This site can be accessed at the following internet address: http://www.conmine.ca/s/Home.asp . Provision has been incorporated at this site for Yellowknife residents to request information from Miramar on the status of its reclamation activity at the Con site.Miramar also congratulated the N.W.T. Mining Heritage Society on their publication of a new history book entitled “Con Mine – A Pictorial History“. It is more than just a history book, Miramar says, in that the book was designed primarily as a photo history combined with stories of the many people who lived and worked at the Con. The book will be distributed to former and current Con employees (many of which contributed to the book with their stories and photographs). The book will also be sold as a fundraising vehicle through the NWT and Nunavut Chamber of Mines, the Northern Frontier Visitors Centre or directly through the Heritage Society for C$20.00 a copy. Miramar commissioned and funded the book as a dedication to the Con mine and to the City of Yellowknife.Larry Connell, General Manager Environment, Miramar Mining, Tel: (604) 985-2572 Fax: (604) 980-0731Toll Free: 1-800-663-8780 Email: info@miramarmining.comlast_img read more

Mercenary Geologist predicts uraniums green credentials will revitalise US domestic production

first_imgUranium is commonly known as the other yellow metal, because the uranium oxide concentrate produced by early mines and mills was a bright yellow, coarse powder called yellowcake. However, there is now good reason to consider uranium green. Nuclear power plants produce electricity with only a minute amount of greenhouse gases. With the current worldwide emphasis on reducing carbon emissions, environmental, scientific, and political communities are supporting expansion of nuclear power production as a green technology. Even the co-founder of Greenpeace Sir Patrick Moore supports nuclear power as a means of mitigating climate change – my how times have changed!The US domestic uranium business was devastated in 1979 with the accident at Three Mile Island. That event combined with the fictional movie about a nuclear reactor meltdown starring Jane Fonda (The China Syndrome) led to massive protests against nuclear power by environmentalists. Numerous plants in the planning stage or under construction were cancelled due to permitting difficulties, construction delays, and cost overruns. The uranium price collapsed and nearly all domestic mines were shut down by the mid to late 1980s.Although nuclear energy continues to supply nearly 20% of our electricity, it’s been 14 years since a new nuclear power plant has been commissioned in the US. The de facto moratorium on new construction will end with President Obama’s recent announcement of government loan guarantees for building two new nuclear reactors in Georgia. But the damage has been done: during the past 30 years the US has gone from a net exporter of uranium to a massive importer, consuming 55 Mlbs/y while producing only four Mlbs/y of uranium.Worldwide, nuclear energy supplies about 13% of electrical power and that percentage is projected to grow substantially over the next two decades. There are currently 56 new nuclear reactors under construction in the world and more than 200 are on the drawing board. There will be a substantial increase in uranium demand over the next 20 years.Nearly half of the world’s 2009 uranium mine supply came from countries that are geopolitically unstable, corrupt, or unfriendly to the West. The top ten producers include Kazakhstan (which recently became the world’s largest), Russia, Niger, Uzbekistan, China, and Ukraine.This is not an all-star cast of model governments. Kazakhstan is increasingly nationalising its nuclear power industry. Leaders of the country’s state-owned uranium mining company were charged with corruption last year. Niger had a military coup that overthrew its despotic president one year ago. And Uzbekistan recently closed its border with Kyrgyzstan to refugees fleeing ethnic bloodshed, as a result of the government coup.I doubt few Americans would consider two other countries on this list, Russia and China, to be our trusted friends. Ukraine is a former Soviet republic and lies within the Russian sphere of influence. As if this was not enough, one-half of our domestic uranium consumption for the past 15 years has been supplied by the dismantling of Russian nuclear weapons and the conversion of weapons-grade uranium to reactor-grade uranium. Known as the Megatons to Megawatts program, that supply agreement expires in 2013.So, where will the US get its uranium supply in the next 20 years? The current yearly deficit is over 50 Mlbs/y and the Russians are cutting half of that supply in three years. I think a partial answer lies in revitalising our domestic uranium mining industry. There are numerous uranium projects in advanced permitting, construction, and development stages in the Western US and Texas. However, with a recent spot uranium price of $46 a pound and a long-term contract price of $60 a pound, little investment interest currently exists for uranium explorers, developers, and miners.The uranium sector of our micro-cap junior resource market has been beaten up and trounced upon since the uranium spot price collapsed from $135 a pound in mid-2007. It is a forgotten commodity with a few strong companies surviving from the many juniors that piled into the sector during the uranium bubble days. And that is precisely why I am interested.As subscribers and regular readers know, I employ a contrarian philosophy and strive to identify sectors that are out of favor with the speculating investment community and choose undervalued companies with the right combination of share structure, people, and projects that will lead to rewards for shareholders. I like to buy when volumes and prices are low to be well-positioned for a run-up when the sector comes back on the investor’s radar screen.In the gold sector, I commonly invest in exploration companies that operate in countries with significant geopolitical risk. Since these emerging market countries have not had every metre of ground trod upon by curious geologists in the past, giant gold deposits still can be discovered by the tried and true methods of boot leather and drilling. However, I am unwilling to take those sorts of risks in the highly sensitive and geopolitically risky uranium business.The companies that draw my interest are exploring and developing projects in past and/or currently producing major districts in North America. These geologically and geopolitically favorable areas include the largest and highest grade uranium province in the world, Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin; the world’s second largest producer, New Mexico’s Grants Mineral Belt; the Wyoming Basins; and the South Texas Uranium district.last_img read more

SEHA DERBY Vardar to open Veszprem Arena

← Previous Story SEHA (Round 3): Tatran Presov win in Zagreb! Next Story → SEHA DERBY: Veszprem smash Vardar The match of the week at SEHA GAZPROM South Stream League will be played on Saturday in Veszprem, where home team will have season’s premiere in front of home fans against one of the biggest rivals in the battle for regional crown – RK Vardar Skopje. The teams who will play alongside in the preliminary Group of EHF Champions League, will have a good test two weeks before the start of European season. Match begins at 16.00hrs at „Veszprem Arena“:– The tomorrow game is very important from the aspect of building our team. We want to play a good handball. We will play against an amazing team that is one of the best in Europe. I do not know what we can expect because this will be our first really tough match. We want to get into the Final Four in SEHA League, but we also prepare for our first game in Champions League. We know this will be a difficult game because they have very good players and a very good coach who does very good job here. Veszprém could get into the Champions League Final Four in the last year, and maybe in this season they will be even better. We know that they must build new players into their team and they can still improve, but I believe they can play very good handball already now – said RK Vardar head-coach, Raúl González Gutierrez.Carlos Ortega, head coach, MKB-MVM Veszprém:– Both teams are in the building process because of the new players, but the match between Vardar and Veszprém is always a great match. We will play at home and we want to show our power. In this moment after three games, they received fewer goals than us, so their defense is good, but we will do everything for the win. We are in the same group with Vardar in the Champions League, but I do not think it would be disadvantageous for these two teams. This is similar situation like we have usually with Szeged. I think the SEHA League is stronger than the Hungarian Championship in this moment, but we have less time for trainings because of the longer travels, sometimes the matches are our trainings.Ex-Veszprem goalkeeper, Arpád Sterbik, now, playing in Skopje:– My integration into the new team goes well. I have known some of my teammates for years and the head coach were my assistant coach previously, so my impressions are positive in connection with my new club, everything is great. Our goal is the Final Four in the SEHA League but we must think only step by step, we must play better and better. I guess we are far away from our best form. The Champions League will start soon we must practice for that too. I believe that this match won’t decide about the qualification to the Final Four. The Veszprém is much higher level than the other teams in the SEHA League. After Veszprém the next teams are on the same level like Presov, Brest and the two teams of Skopje, and I do not know on what level the Zagreb is now.Andreas Nilsson, Veszprem’s line player: – I have a lot of new things to learn here in my new team, but they take care of me. I think it will be really good. We have three wins in SEHA League but now we will play against a very good team tomorrow. This will be our first match at home in front of our amazing crowd. We have less training in this session but we have positive feelings. It will be hard, but of course we will go for the three points. gazprom handballSEHA GAZPROM read more

Heres What Happened Today Saturday

first_img Get our daily news round up: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Here’s What Happened Today: Saturday Brexit protests, an attack on gardaí and continued clashes in Hong Kong had everyone talking today. A rioter with a Molotov cocktail in Hong Kong. Source: Xinhua News Agency/PA ImagesWORLD#HONG KONG: Police fired tear gas and water cannon as protesters defied the rally ban. #BREXIT: Tens of thousands of people protested all across Britain against the decision to suspend parliament weeks before Brexit. #GLASGOW: Police have promised a robust approach in their investigation into a riot during an Irish unity march in Glasgow yesterday evening.#UNITED STATES: A woman who was left to give birth alone in a jail cell is suing the city of Denver. #GUANTANAMO BAY: A trial date has been set for the alleged mastermind behind the 9/11 terror attacks. PARTING SHOTRoscommon’s Aoife O’Rourke has won a gold medal at the European Elite Women’s Boxing Championships in Madrid. By Michelle Hennessy Short URL 13,709 Views NEED TO CATCH up? TheJournal.ie brings you a round-up of today’s news. An aerial view of Electric Picnic in Stradbally last night. Source: Tony KinlanIRELANDIn Carlow, a man in his 50s was killed in a single-vehicle crash.A man in his 70s died in an early morning house fire in Waterford.Gardaí are appealing for witnesses after shots were fired at the door of a garda van in Dublin.A man was shot in the leg in a paramilitary-style assault in Derry.A memorial service for an Irishman killed in a plane crash was told someone must take responsibility for the IT failure that led to 157 deaths.The Minister for Transport wants all of his fellow Cabinet members to get rid of their petrol and diesel vehicles.Gardaí seized €42,000 worth of heroin and a arrested a man in his 20s in north county Dublin.Concerns have been raised about the impact of the recruitment freeze on mental health posts in Ireland.  Share4 Tweet Email Aug 31st 2019, 8:05 PM No Comments https://jrnl.ie/4790912 Saturday 31 Aug 2019, 8:05 PMlast_img read more

Ozil Things are going well with Emery at Arsenal

first_imgMesut Ozil insists that things with new Arsenal coach Unai Emery are going “well”, amid reports of a bust-up between the pair earlier this seasonReports in the British media suggested that Ozil had fallen out with Emery after being omitted from the Arsenal squad that defeated West Ham United on August 25 in the Premier League.However, Ozil has denied these claims and lifted the lid on life at Arsenal under Emery.“He’s younger and has brought in some Spanish specialists and wants to make everything perfect,” Ozil told Sky Sports.“The team understand him and he has shown us his character and how he wants to play.“Of course, we need time to understand everything completely but it is going well – he is a very good coach and as a player you can speak to him and he listens which makes everything easier for us.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We are fourth in the table so we know we can achieve more and I need to show on the pitch my potential to help the team but I think so far it is going well, especially with the goals.“I have to perhaps produce some more assists but it is going well.”The 30-year-old playmaker, who joined Arsenal in 2013, is yet to win the Premier League.However, on the back of 11 straight wins and being just two points shy of league leaders Manchester City and Liverpool, Ozil is hopeful that will change soon.“As a player, I want to win titles and I hope we can reach that with the team because we have the potential,” Ozil said.“We are on a good way but we know the Premier League and other competitions in front of us are hard but we will give everything to reach our goals.”last_img read more

Three morning crashes remind drivers to slow down

first_imgThree Friday-morning crashes serve as a good reminder to be careful driving in the rain, Washington State Patrol said.At 9:30 a.m., a Battle Ground woman was injured when her car went into a ditch, according to a WSP bulletin. Suzan Brice, 54, was driving her 2005 Dodge Ram pickup west on Highway 502 in Ridgefield when she took the onramp to southbound Interstate 5 and failed to negotiate a curve to the right, the bulletin said. The Dodge ended up in a ditch. Brice was taken by ambulance to Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center. Her damaged car was towed from the scene. Speed caused the collision, the bulletin said. A one-car, minor-injury accident around 10:30 a.m. blocked the left lane of Interstate 5 northbound, just south of Woodland, said Trooper Will Finn, local WSP spokesman. Traffic was backed up three or four miles, to the La Center exit, he said.About 10 minutes later, a three-car crash noninjury crash on the ramp from Mill Plain Boulevard to Interstate 205 north blocked traffic, Finn said. Several other fender-benders occurred Friday.Finn said people should slow down, take time and let space open up behind the vehicle ahead while driving in the rain.After 81 days without measurable rain, lots of oily residue has settled into crevices of the road surface and now floats on top of the water, making the roads slick.last_img read more

Crews rescue worker from roof of Margate building

first_imgMARGATE, FLA. (WSVN) – Crews have rescued a man from the roof of a Margate building.Margate-Coconut Creek Fire Rescue crews responded to the scene along the 1400 block of Banks Road, at approximately 2 p.m., Tuesday.According to fire officials, they received a call after a worker on the roof fell ill.After arriving on the scene, rescue crews found the man exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion, shortness of breath and suffering from chest pain.He had been on the roof for a long period of time and was unable to get down by himself, fire officials said.Crews worked to place the man in a stokes basket and lower him from the roof safely.The worker was transported to Northwest Medical Center for further evaluation. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For May 17 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Thursday, May 17, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Patchy fog before 9am. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. Calm wind.In The Community: The Wilmington Congregational Church (220 Middlesex Avenue) is holding a Red Cross blood drive from 2pm to 7pm. Drop-ins welcome.In The Community: The Abundant Life Christian School’s Drama Club presents “Treasure Island” this  Thursday, May 17 at 7pm and Friday, May 18 at 7pm at the school (173 Church Street). Tickets cost just $6 and can be purchased at the door.In The Community: In Windsor Place’s Activity Room at 11am, Jack Craig performs. Sing! The Greatest Songs are programs that contain some of the most popular songs of the 20th century. Each program contains around thirty songs to sing, and Jack provides anecdotal information that recalls the best years of American song-writing. All of the songs in this program were written from 1920 –1924. Free and Open To All.In The Community: Wilmington’s Michael Gautreau is participating in the Haymakers For Hope Rock N’ Rumble at 7:30pm in the House of Blues Boston. Read more HERE.In The Community: Do you like to sing? Do you enjoy performing? Come join the Merrimack Valley Chorus at one of its regular weekly rehearsals. You just might discover a passion for a cappella singing, and you’ll also make some great new friends! Open rehearsals are every Thursday at 7pm at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue).At Wilmington Public Schools: The Wilmington SEPAC is holding its monthly meeting at 6:30pm in the WHS Library. Read the agenda HERE.At The Library: Afternoon Concert: WMS Jazz Band & Wilming-Tones at 2:30pm. Crafternoons: Cat Toys & Treats for PAWS Wakefield at 4pm. Novel Ideas Fiction Book Group at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Computer Class at 9:15am. Art Class at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Knitting/Crocheting at 11am. Ceramics at 1pm. Game Day at 1pm. Stress Management at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Wilmington Town Museum is open from 10am to 2pm.Live Music: Larry Gilbert performs at Rocco’s Restaurant & Bar (193 Main Street) beginning at 6pm. … Ricky Lauria performs at Tremezzo (2 Lowell Street) at 8pm.Go Wildcats!: 4 WHS teams are in action today. See the complete schedule HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For August 23, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For May 18, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Rising Sun School student bags first prize in Warangal

first_imgWarangal: S Rajeshwari, SSC student of Rising Sun High School bagged first prize in Wildlife State-level competitions, conducted by Warangal urban and rural forest departments, Orugallu Wildlife Association and Jana Vignana Vedika on International Tiger Day, said School Chairman Gopu Linga Reddy.Painting, essay writing and drawing competitions were held with Hanamkonda Kakatiya Zoological Park as the venue. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Chairman G Linga Reddy, Principal B Srinivasrao, Yoga teacher Srinivas, AO Sudhakar and students lauded Rajeshwari on winning first prize. Speaking on the occasion, Linga Reddy said that they are encouraging their students to participate in such events, which will instigate social awareness, develop creativity and enthusiasm among them.last_img read more

41 Faridpur fishermen jailed for catching hilsa

first_imgA Faridpur mobile court on Friday sentenced 41 fishermen to 15-day imprisonment for catching hilsa in the Padma river defying the ongoing government ban.The mobile court led by executive magistrate Sajal Chandra Sheel conducted the drive at Char Nasirpur, Diara Narikel Baria, Dheukhali and Akuter Char in Sadar upazila of the district from early Friday till 10:00am and seized 12 maunds of hilsa and 800,000 lakh metres of current nets.The mobile court also arrested 41 fishermen and sentenced them to 15-day jail each.The seized hilsa fish were distributed among orphans.The government has imposed a ban on catching, selling, transportation and hoarding of hilsa from 1 October to 22 October.last_img

One Year Later Remembering the Victims of the Navy Yard Tragedy

first_imgNavy Color Guard prepares for remembrance ceremonyThe community, government officials, business leaders, and sponsors paid homage to those who died at the Navy Yard compound Sept. 16, 2013 in Southeast D.C.’s Canal Park. “You shared what it means to be a community and we thank you,” Vice Adm. William Hilarides, commander of Naval Sea Systems Command. “Today is a day of remembrance.” After he read from a list of victims, he said, “Gatherings like this keep their memories alive.”The event was held approximately one year after Aaron Alexis killed 12 people and injured three.“This is a tragic thing to happen; you want to remember like 9/11. This should happen year after year,” Detroit, Mich. native Seaman Jason Davis, a color guard at the ceremony, said.Speaker on stage at Navy Yard Commemoration.U.S. Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) named those the fifth district residents killed and said, “We gather in remembrance today of 12 lives taken from our communities, and from our country on Sept. 16, 2013 at 8:20 a.m. – 12 years and five days since 9/11.”“We remember them as we also recall the heroism of the first responders who answered the call that day to end the bloodsh ed, secure the Navy Yard, and help the wounded receive care. They have our thanks and our admiration,” he continued.The Near Southeast Community Partners hosted the event. Edward Kiminski, chairman of the group said, “Give thanks to those who shared their life with others. We should never forget what happened here.”Pictured is Mayor Vincent Gray, setting up for an interview at the commemoration.District Mayor Vincent Gray addressed the group, sharing his condolences and his position on gun control.  “Our country is drowning in a sea of guns, sadly, it remains true today,” Gray said.The licensed gun Alexis used was purchased at a Lorton, Va. gun shop.“Senseless gun violence like this is an all-too [common] fact of life here in the District of Columbia and in the nation’s big cities. But it’s a fact of life that we need to stop accepting,” Gray said. “Why is it that these tragic occurrences never seem to move us any closer to ensuring that guns don’t get in the hands of criminals or people who are mentally unstable?”“I refuse to be silent . . .  the time for passion is now, ladies and gentleman,” Gray said passionately.But the already tough gun laws in D.C. will “probably have to be relaxed to some extent.” Gray said. “Those laws are tough laws, and the laws of others are now under attack by Second Amendment advocates who believe in putting the rights of gun owners before community safety,” Gray said. “Guns are not the answer, ladies and gentlemen. Guns would not have saved the victims of the Navy Yard. The time for action is now!”D.C. Council members Phil Mendelson and Tommy Wells also attended the service. Families of the victims and more than 2,000 Navy Yard employees attended an earlier service.last_img read more