Panaji: The St. Estevam parish priest has said he cannot carry out the final rites of social activist Father Bismarque Dias without a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from his relatives, North Goa Collector told the Goa State Human Rights Commission (GSHRC) on Thursday.The commission was hearing a petition filed by advocate Aires Rodrigues, who has said Fr. Dias’ body has been in the morgue of the State-owned Goa Medical College (GMC) hospital for over 17 months. The collector, in his reply to the GSHRC, said the Tiswadi Block Development Officer was directed to arrange the final rites of Fr. Dias by April 15 and to liaise with the parish priest of St. Estevam with the assistance of the local Panchayat.The commission was further told that the parish priest has told the sarpanch that as per the church rules N.O.C is required from the family and the funeral rites of Fr. Dias cannot be conducted without it.The GSHRC adjourned the hearing to April 27.‘All tests have been done’ Advocate Rodrigues has noted in his complaint that all the forensic tests have been done and the viscera report have been received, and therefore the mortal remains of Fr. Dias are not required for any further examination.He has also said that if nobody claims Fr. Dias’ body to hold the last rites it would be a social responsibility to ensure that his human right are not violated any further.
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Rookie Rodions Kurucs, a 2018 second-round draft pick, continued his stellar improvement with a season-high 26 points for Brooklyn, and DeMarre Carroll added 16.The Nets struggled in the first half, giving up 37 points in the first quarter, before turning things around late in the second half.“We could really never stop them,” Nets coach Kenny Atkinson said. “We didn’t stop them all night.”Kurucs hit a free throw with 4:07 left in the game that gave Brooklyn a 100-98 lead before Oladipo accounted for all of Indiana’s scoring in an 8-4 run that put the Pacers ahead 106-104. Oladipo punctuated the spurt with an impressive left-handed dunk over Kurucs with 2:01 left.Bogdanovic then hit a 3-pointer that extended the lead to 109-104.On the next Brooklyn possession, Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie was blocked by on a driving layup attempt by Pacers center Myles Turner, and Darren Collinson was then fouled by Kurucs.Nets head coach Kenny Atkinson came running off the bench to argue the call and was immediately ejected with 1:09 left by referee Tony Brothers.Bogdanovic hit the technical free throw to widen the lead to six points.Collinson hit one of his two free throws to make it 111-104.Kurucs then answered with a pair of free throws to draw the Nets with five before Oladipo’s final basket, a 3-pointer, closed it out for Indiana. BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid TIP INSPacers: Turner had 15 points and 12 rebounds.Nets: G Joe Harris has hit at least a 3-pointer in 30 consecutive games, a game short of tying Joe Johnson’s franchise record of 31 straight set during the 2012-13 season.FIRST TIME FOR EVERYTHINGKurucs led the Nets in scoring for the first time in his career, shooting 6 for 11 from the field over 34 minutes. He had 15 of his 26 points in the second half, providing a spark for a Nets offense that trailed by 10 points at halftime.“It’s hard to take him out of the game,” Atkinson said. “It wasn’t the plan to play him 34 minutes, and he’s earning his minutes. He’s earning his play, and it’s a pleasant, pleasant surprise for a 20-year-old kid.”UP NEXTPacers: Host Washington on Sunday night.Nets: Host Phoenix on Sunday night. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Star guard Victor Oladipo then changed things around in a six-minute span in Brooklyn on Friday night.Oladipo scored 14 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter, Thaddeus Young added 21, and the Pacers won 114-106, ending the Nets’ seven-game winning streak.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chief“In the NBA you have to (put it behind) if you want to be good because stuff like this happens, unfortunately,” said Oladipo, who added nine rebounds and six assists.Oladipo was tough on himself after a couple of personal mistakes doomed his team. He missed a pair of free throws with 10 seconds left against the Cavaliers and then turned the ball over twice in the last minute against the Raptors. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening MOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Those games are in the past now.“You might lose one game, you might lose two, three, but how you respond to the next game (is what matters),” he said. “It’s a new game, it’s a new day. All you got to do is just learn from the last games apply to the current game. It’s easier than done, but the good teams can do it.”Bojan Bogdanovic and Domantas Sabonis each added 17 points for the Pacers.Indiana has played 77 straight games without losing three in a row.“You try to figure it out after two losses,” McMillan said. “I thought tonight we did that.”ADVERTISEMENT Spurs make season-high 19 3-pointers, rout Wolves SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments Indiana Pacers’ Victor Oladipo (4) dunks against Brooklyn Nets’ Rodions Kurucs (00) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in New York. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)NEW YORK — After winning seven straight, Indiana head coach Nate McMillan noticed his team was developing some bad tendencies in their late-game execution.The Pacers gave up a buzzer-beating tip-in basket in Tuesday night’s one-point loss to Cleveland. The following night, they squandered a 17-point lead in a tough loss at Toronto.ADVERTISEMENT
MIAMI GARDENS — When the woeful New York Jets gave up a 97-yard touchdown run to fall behind by 10 points Sunday, Rex Ryan cursed and hollered and angrily swung his arms and stomped along the sideline.Nearly 30 minutes remained in the season, and Ryan wasn’t done coaching yet.With a breakout performance by Geno Smith, the Jets rallied to beat the Miami Dolphins 37-24, and Ryan ordered a fake punt with four minutes left that sealed the victory. It left the coach in a jovial mood, even though the comeback probably won’t be enough to save his job.“I think we all expect what’s going to happen is going to happen,” Ryan said. “I’m not afraid of what lies ahead, I can tell you that.”Smith had his best game in a rocky season, throwing for a career-high 358 yards and three touchdowns. That more than negated a 97-yard run by Lamar Miller, the longest play from scrimmage in Dolphins history.The game was entertaining but mostly meaningless because it involved two teams out of the playoff chase. And with the Jets sitting out the postseason for the fourth consecutive year, owner Woody Johnson is widely expected to fire Ryan, and perhaps general manager John Idzik.The Jets (4-12) finished with their worst record since 2007.“This is a great team — just, we haven’t had a great record,” Ryan said. “But as far as how you build a team, it’s there.”Ryan is 46-50 in six seasons — not including 4-2 in the postseason — but remains popular with his players, and they dumped a bucket of sports drink on him when the game ended.“We love coach Ryan,” Smith said. “I’d love to play for him my entire career.”Ryan continually tried to deflect postgame questions about his future, saying Johnson will talk to him “at the appropriate time.” They met briefly after the game.“I said, ‘Hey, boss, I’m going to give the whole team a game ball. Sorry.’ And that’s exactly what we did. He’s good with it,” Ryan said.The Dolphins (8-8) missed a shot at their first winning season since 2008, which is the last time they made the playoffs. Owner Stephen Ross has said coach Joe Philbin will be back for a fourth season in 2015, and he’ll have disharmony to address after benching star receiver Mike Wallace for the entire second half.Wallace was punished for arguing with the coaching staff at halftime. He declined to talk to reporters after the game, and instead had teammate Brandon Gibson speak on his behalf, which made for a bizarre scene as they stood side by side at their lockers.Why was Gibson doing the talking?“I just don’t want my dog to say anything wrong,” Gibson said. “Differences in opinion led to Mike not playing in the second half, so that’s what we’re going to say about coaches. … Things that were communicated probably were misunderstood.”The half-empty stadium and also-ran status of the teams created the atmosphere of an exhibition game, and with the stakes modest, Ryan threw in an occasional frill. The Jets ran a reverse out of the wildcat, with receiver Jeremy Kerley throwing incomplete to Smith.The fake punt came when New York clung to a 27-24 lead. Punter Ryan Quigley lobbed a 38-yard pass to tight end Zach Sudfeld on fourth-and-12.“Somebody had the guts to call it,” Ryan said. “I don’t know who, but he’s probably standing in front of you.”On the next play, Smith hit Jeff Cumberland with a 23-yard pass for the clinching touchdown.New York came in ranked last in the NFL in passing, but Smith went 20 of 25 and had a passer rating of 158.3 — the only perfect rating this year by a quarterback throwing at least seven passes, according to STATS. The South Florida native helped the Jets achieve a season-high points total.Even so, the game might have been Smith’s final start for the Jets. They’re expected to seek quarterback help in the draft or free agency.“I have complete confidence in myself,” Smith said, “but consistency is the thing that I’m searching for and I’m getting better with.”Eric Decker caught 10 passes for a career-high 221 yards, including a 74-yard touchdown, the longest play by the Jets this year. David Harris had 2½ of the Jets’ seven sacks of Ryan Tannehill.Miller ran for a career-high 178 yards and reached the 1,000-yard milestone for the first time. His touchdown was the longest run allowed by the Jets, and the longest play from scrimmage in the NFL this season.NOTES: Jets DT Sheldon Richardson left the game in the second quarter with a head injury and didn’t return. WR Percy Harvin (ribs) and Pro Bowl C Nick Mangold (ankle) were inactive. … Miami LB Koa Misi left with a right knee injury in the third quarter. … Jets QB Michael Vick played for first time since Nov. 24, making a brief appearance in the first quarter. … Tannehill became the first Miami player since Dan Marino in 1994 to throw for 4,000 yards. Tannehill finished with 392 completions this season to break Marino’s 1994 franchise record of 385.STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and http://twitter.com/AP_NFLTweetPinShare0 Shares
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s six-hitting prowess is still intact and the Indian team management must give him the license to attack from the word go during the World Cup, suggests senior off-spinner Harbhajan Singh.A trend shows that Dhoni has been taking the game deep before going for a final assault but his one-time national and current CSK teammate wants him to go back to his big-hitting ways.”I feel he is at his best when he hits from the onset. Some of his best innings have come when he started the onslaught straightaway. I feel the team management should give him and Hardik Pandya the licence to bat the way they want to. No restrictions, only go for the jugular at No 5,” Harbhajan told PTI during an interview.For Harbahajan, top-order batsmen Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul can build the innings, so Dhoni has the freedom to attack.But what about his problems in the middle overs when spinners like Mitchell Santner or Nathan Lyon will be operational?”That exactly is my point. The Dhoni of the old would hit a six off the second ball off any spinner and those are big sixes. He should and can still do it as I have seen at the CSK nets. Uske chhakkon mein bahot jaan hai (He still hits mighty sixes),” said the member of the victorious 2011 World Cup squad.Harbhajan wants Dhoni to have the same intimidating presence that he and Virender Sehwag had some during their best years of international cricket.advertisement”I can tell you how a bowler’s mind works. Suppose I am bowling to Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell in tandem, I would be more worried about KP than Bell. I could bowl a couple of dot balls to KP but he had the ability to take me on. Bell on the other hand would push for singles. Dhoni like KP can intimidate bowlers. He has that effect,” said one of India’s greatest spinners.On the team front, Harbhajan said that there is a bit of worry about the number 4 and 6 slots going into the World Cup.”I don’t see anyone except for KL Rahul fitting into that No. 4 slot. So that’s a bit of a worry and also No 6 slot where Kedar Jadhav will play. I hope that Jadhav gets fully fit before the South Africa game (June 5) as it is a very important slot,” said the member of the two-time World championship winning team.Apart from world’s best batsman Virat Kohli, the other game changer for India would be Jasprit Bumrah.”Sachin Tendulkar called him world’s best fast bowler at the moment. Indeed he is, for the impact he has created. If you take Bumrah out of that India line-up, it’s like you rip a heart out of the body. He is that precious. He is your Virat Kohli of Indian bowling,” said Harbhajan.Harbhajan’s four semi-finalists are India, Australia, England and New Zealand.Asked why no West Indies or Pakistan, the veteran off-spinner opined, “I am not saying they can’t but New Zealand is a team that does well in big events. Best part of that set up is their boys do the basics well on a consistent basis. That makes a huge difference in a big event,” he concluded.Also Read | Sourav Ganguly among 3 Indian commentators for Cricket World Cup 2019Also Read | All-rounders will have a say in 2019 ICC World Cup: Clive Lloyd
From Dubbo, Port Macquarie, Tasmania, Yass and Cootamundra, no trip has been too big in order to play against the countries’ best Touch Footballers and gain extra experience. So when one of their own. Leah Percy, recently made the Australian Women’s Open team – the first time a Victorian has ever made an Open’s team at a national level – naturally another trip was quickly booked. A busload of Percy’s Victorian teammates decided to make the big trip from Melbourne to Mudgee, approximately 11 hours, to support Percy in her first encounter against the Kiwis, as Elies El Chaar explains. “Once Leah had been confirmed to play for Australia in the Women’s Open team, a couple of us decided to put a supporter bus together for the 11 hour drive to Mudgee. At one stage we had 20 names down not including Leah’s family,” El Chaar said. “Her family and friends have always been very supportive of Leah and very confident in her ability and we were all looking forward to watching Leah play in the Australian colours. To her closest friends and especially her family it had been a long time waiting. So whenever or wherever she had been playing for Australia we were all going to be there for her.”“There were 20 supporters in Mudgee who were all extremely proud of Leah. The Victorian Touch community really looks up to Leah and her achievements. She has definitely created a pathway for future representative players.”The busload of Percy’s friends decided to make the most of the opportunity, getting some Touch Football in for themselves along the way. This included a stopover in Cootamundra to play a game as well as a couple of games against the Mudgee Mudcrabs while in Mudgee. “We took off about 9.00am Wednesday morning before slowly getting to Cootamundra at about 4.00pm and playing Coota at 6:30pm. On the Thursday night we played Mudgee on the outside fields before the Trans Tasman began.”“On the Saturday we played our third game and by then we had quite a bit of interest in our game. People wanted to be involved and even the Mudgee Guardian gave us a write up. Mudgee is competing in the New South Wales Country Championships soon and we just look for games where we can as we enjoy different challenges.”The Victoria’s Secrets team has travelled far and wide over the past 12 months, starting with last year’s New South Wales Country Championships in Dubbo. The opportunity to regularly play against high quality teams has helped their teams be more competitive, including the Victorian Women’s Open team which made the 2012 National Touch League semi finals, with Percy being named the Player of the Series. “We feel the more comps we play in the better we get and the more we learn. Not only that, it exposes our players to selectors and elite coaches,” he said. “We now look for our next adventure. We are looking to inviting more teams to Melbourne to play us.”
Sip On the Original Stormtrooper Beer While You Wait for the Next Star Wars Movie Helpful Wine Terminology So You Sound Like You Know What You’re Talking About With the rise of online dating, meeting new people should theoretically be easier. There are tons of people on Tinder, OkCupid, and Match (among others) that you might never otherwise have crossed paths with. But online dating can feel maze-like and overwhelming. How do you start a conversation with someone? What should you include on your profile to get noticed? How do you move from messaging to meeting up for coffee? Should you post that sweet selfie with your abs showing so she can see your rockin’ bod or should you post a picture of you out and about with friends instead? Do potential dates really need to know that you got burned in your last relationship?Never fear. We talked to Buffie Bell Lily, the woman behind Wine Pairings, a Charleston-based dating service, about how to create an online dating profile that will get you noticed and get you dating. Go get ‘em tiger.First Impressions: PhotosHumans are visual creatures, for better or worse, and so most people don’t get past the photos on a person’s profile. Proceed with caution when it comes to choosing your photos.A successful profile photo will make the difference between someone actually reading your profile information or not. To boot, photos that work are not just a matter of whether or not a person is attractive, Lily says. Photos on dating websites need to tell potential dates a little bit about the person.“This is the first thing people see,” Lily says, “so photos matter a lot more than people may realize.”Be ActiveLily suggests choosing photos that show you doing something you love. “If you like soccer, choose pictures of you playing soccer. Even a picture of you out and about on the town–at a museum, at a park–will do.” Don’t have any pictures like that? No worries. “Go somewhere you love with a friend and have them take pictures of you. People really respond to photos like that.” Lily says photos along those lines suggest that you’re active and you’re passionate about something, which is a huge plus.Be SoloShe also suggests leaving other people out of the equation. Just post photos of yourself, lest potential dates get confused. “I had a client whose profile picture was him with his niece, and [a potential date] saw that and thought he had a kid.” Same with sisters and women who are just friends. Save the guesswork.But Don’t Be That GuyNo matter what, Lily says to avoid selfies at all costs. “Don’t you dare put a picture of you in a bathroom with your shirt off,” Lily says. “It makes you look like you have no friends, and it’s a definite turn-off.”Second Wave: InformationCongratulations. Your photos piqued someone’s interest enough for them to start reading about you. Now here’s where you turn that raised eyebrow of curiosity into a message saying hello. First and foremost: we get it. It can be weird to write about yourself in a way that is honest and enticing yet humble. This part requires a sort of Goldilocks balancing act of figuring out just the right amount of information to put in your profile.Be HonestBefore you try to figure out if you should list every book you’ve ever read or just write “I like to read” you should know something very important.“Just be real,” Lily says. “Women are sick of being lied to.”This advice goes both ways, of course. No matter who you are, do not lie on your profile. Don’t lie about your height. Don’t lie about how much exercise you get every week. Remember: eventually you two will meet in person, and the jig will be up. Lily says there’s no point anyways, because your date will eventually find out. No matter the lie, you shouldn’t expect them to be happy. Even if you lie about something as benign as if you’ve read A Song Of Ice And Fire, it signals to potential SOs that you’re not trustworthy. Entice, But Don’t OverwhelmLily says this part of your online dating profile requires a balancing act: giving enough information to let on whether or not you have common interests with the person reading, but not writing so much that it feels like your life story.“Potential dates need to know something about you, or they’re not going to bother messaging you,” Lily says.Do you like reading science fiction? All right. That’s a worthy thing to mention. Do you need to list every book you’ve ever read? No. In fact, any and all information dumps are to be avoided like the plague. Not only do people not want to slog through that much information, you run the risk of telling people so much about yourself that there’s nothing left to talk about.Related: Date Night Grooming Tips You Can’t Afford To IgnoreOkay, Okay, Here’s What We MeanSo we’ve been talking at you about the Goldilocks profile. Why don’t we just show you what we mean?Bad: I’m Jim, 34, accountant. I like going out with friends and reading.Why it’s bad: Who doesn’t like going out with friends? And what the heck do you read? Magazines? Blogs? Obscure 19th century Russian fiction? There’s not a lot to go off of here, so it’ll be difficult to start a conversation. Theoretically, someone could ask you what you like to read, but that’s running the risk that you don’t have anything in common depending on your answer. You need to give a little bit of a hint of what you’re about.Equally as bad: I like binging on Netflix, especially [insert all the shows you’ve ever watched here]. I also read science fiction in my free time; I’m particularly a fan of Asimov’s Foundation series. I also quite enjoy Ender’s Game, the Dune chronicles, and Neuromancer. I don’t really like the Song of Ice and Fire series because I find it to be full of plot holes, and Martin’s portrayal of a fantasy-based feudal Europe to be tone-deaf. Other books I like: anything by Terry Pratchett, etc., etc.Why it’s bad: First of all, information dumps are never good. Walls of text are almost guaranteed to repel people. Second of all, if you go into all of the books you like to read and why you like to read them, and even the books you don’t like and maybe even why your first grade teacher really was the wooooorst, you risk two things: first, that you will come off as a know-it-all who isn’t open to conversation and, second, even if that’s not a turn-off to a potential date, there will be nothing to talk about if that person wants to message you.Good: I enjoy reading science fiction (current read: Martian Time-Slip; favorite read: Watership Down) and taking my two aussies for hikes on the weekends, but I also love getting lazy with Netflix (Archer and Jessica Jones are my current faves) and ice cream.Why it’s good: You give the potential date a little bit more to work with. You like science fiction, so they can ask what your favorite books are. You take your aussies hiking? Where? How old are your dogs? Leave some breadcrumbs, and the right person will definitely follow.Third and Final Step: MessagingHoly crap, you’ve made it this far. Don’t freak out. This is easier than you think.Lily has advice for you, whether you want to start a conversation or you want to pursue a conversation someone else started.Give Compliments Specific To The PersonIf you’re going to message someone first, this is one of the most important pieces of advice we can give you, but this piece of advice is relevant whether you message first or not.No woman wants that generic “Hey beautiful” message. “For all we know, you’ve sent that to a dozen ladies,” Lily says.While compliments are always welcome, make them specific to the person and, even more importantly, about the person’s interests, not their physical features. This will show that you’ve read their profile, and that you’re interested in more than just looks.For example: does the person you’re interested in mention hiking with dogs? Say something like, “It’s crazy impressive that you can handle two energetic dogs and climb a mountain.”Questions Are Your FriendQuestions will open up the conversation, giving you a better chance of turning an interaction into a date. While a specific compliment will differentiate you from other people sending messages, a compliment by itself doesn’t leave a lot of room to start a conversation. There’s nothing much to say in response other than “thanks.” So that’s where questions come into play. What do you find interesting about that person? What do you want to know more about?Let’s stick with the hiking with dogs example. So you like that that person hikes with their dogs. You could ask what their favorite hikes are, how old the dogs are, how long they’ve been hiking, etc.Asking questions will also give you the chance to gauge the interest of the person you’re talking to; if they ask questions in kind that’s a good sign. Likewise, if they don’t ask questions in return or if they give short answers, perhaps you should move onto the next person.Know When To Take It OfflineAs nerve-racking as it is to go from messaging to meeting in person, we assure you that it’s well worth it and way easier than you think, like ripping off a band-aid.“If you’re getting along with someone online, you’ll most likely be fine in person,” Lily says. At any rate, she says, it’s important to find out as quickly as possible if your positive interactions will translate face-to-face.Lily suggests asking someone out after no more than three days of messaging–and even that is stretching it. Messaging, she says, is there in order to test the waters, not so you can establish an entire relationship. “Do it sooner rather than later so you still have stuff to talk about,” she says. You don’t want to waste all of your conversational energy and curiosity on messaging. It’s also important to get to know each other offline so you can also gauge physical chemistry.When you’re ready to ask someone out, use what you know about them to suggest a date relevant to their interests. “If you talked about art, meet up at an art museum. Even a farmer’s market or a coffee shop,” Lily says. Choosing a location relevant to that person’s interests and your ongoing conversation shows that you’re paying attention; to boot, locations like farmer’s markets and coffee shops are low-stakes, casual atmospheres.With these online dating profile tips you’ll be sure to make a connection or five. Well, what are you waiting for? It’s time for you to get out there. How Full Harvest and Misfits Market Are Saving Ugly Produce Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Editors’ Recommendations 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider
Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI) has approved a business development incentive, in the form of a payroll rebate, for Oxford Frozen Foods Limited. Oxford Frozen Foods Ltd, a Nova Scotia-based food producer, processor, manufacturer and exporter, has the potential to create up to a maximum of 110 new jobs under the payroll rebate agreement. Based on the maximum growth forecast of the five-year payroll rebate agreement, NSBI estimates Oxford Frozen Foods could spend an additional $18.7 million in salaries. In addition to the economic benefits to rural Nova Scotia associated with $18.7 million in wages, the new employees are expected to pay provincial, personal income taxes of about $1,887,000. Under the payroll rebate agreement, Oxford Frozen Foods has an opportunity to earn a rebate up to a maximum of $1,486,800. Oxford Frozen Foods would receive a smaller rebate if it creates fewer than 110 new jobs. To learn more about Oxford Frozen Foods growth plans visit http://nsbi.ca/oxfordfrozenfoods . payroll rebates are designed in a way that the tax revenue generated for the province by the new jobs in Nova Scotia is always more than the amount spent on the rebate payroll rebates are only paid after a business has generated actual payroll for the Nova Scotia economy for every dollar a company spends on the new jobs, it receives between five and ten cents back when a company submits an annual rebate claim, it must send NSBI audited information that confirms the number of jobs it created that year payroll rebates are paid through the Strategic Investment Funds Quick facts: Information on NSBI transactions can be found at http://www.novascotiabusiness.com/fundingdisclosures . -30-
REAL Change Productions has announced the debut of its upcoming, star-studded television special, which celebrates the grade-A individuals and groups dedicated to educating America’s youth.Video: Live Real ChangeDubbed The Real Change Project—Artists for Education, this one-hour program, in partnership with AdoptAClassroom.org and presenting sponsor Office Depot, combines celebrities with philanthropy, along with exclusive musical performances, touching one-on-one interviews and more.Airing on April 23, Real Change convenes a class of international music superstars including Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Pitbull, Lady Antebellum, Jason Mraz, Quincy Jones and Glee star, Matthew Morrison, to revisit their hometown schools, introduce the teachers that inspired them and surprise some deserving students and organizations along the way.While the celebrity roster reads like an honor roll of A-listers, the teachers will truly take the limelight of this telecast. Teaming up with AdoptAClassroom.org, Real Change’s celebrity guests will sponsor classrooms spanning from Miami to Nashville, highlighting the efforts of a special, select few teachers and telling their moving stories.“Teachers are often the unsung heroes, while actors, musicians and pro athletes get all the praise. I’m willing to bet, though, that each one of us has had at least one teacher who changed our lives forever,” said Liam Murphy, Founder & CEO of REAL Change Productions and the son of two career public school teachers. “The goal of our show is to not only honor these teachers but to also inspire Americans to adopt a classroom and support those who are shaping the minds of tomorrow by providing the supplies that enable them to keep making a difference today.”AdoptAClassroom.org seeks to empower teachers with the resources they need to outfit their classes and increase their students’ opportunity for success. Teachers are encouraged to participate by registering on the LiveRealChange.com website. Once selected by a donor, teachers have full discretion to use the money for whatever classroom items necessary.LiveRealChange.com donors can pick the classroom of their choice knowing that 100% of their financial support will go toward the teacher and their students. In return, adopters receive feedback, including emails from the teacher and impact reports detailing how the donation was used, as well as the opportunity to visit the class and see the results firsthand.Office Depot — a global provider of office products and services — will proudly be the purveyor for these much-needed school supplies as an official sponsor of Real Change. Those wishing to donate can log onto LiveRealChange.com from March 1 until May 31 to make a contribution. Office Depot will match any contributions made during that period of time.In addition to AdoptAClassroom.org, Real Change will feature other noteworthy groups: Adam Braun’s Pencils of Promise Organization, and Quincy Jones’ Musiq Consortium, all organizations that improve the availability and quality of education for children.Real Change will premiere on Tuesday, April 23, (two weeks before National Teacher Appreciation Week) on CBS as well as other syndicated networks. Check local TV listings for times and participating stations. For more information, visit liverealchange.com.
Matt 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 email@example.com
TORONTO – 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.
FORT 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Miramar 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Uranium 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.
← 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