first_imgLG has already confirmed that it will launch its G-series flagship device- the LG G8 ThinQ- at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2019 that is scheduled to take place later this month in Barcelona. The Korean electronics giant has also confirmed that it will unveil its first 5G phone at its special event that will take place on February in Barcelona. But a 5G-enabled phone, possibly the LG V50 ThinQ, and the LG G8 ThinQ are not the only two phones that the company is planning to show off during the mobile mega fest. Word is that LG could unveil a third phone, the LG K12 Plus, during the event.The news comes as a courtesy of Tiger Mobiles, which has not only shared the technical specifications of the device but also given us a glimpse of what the LG K12 Plus could look like.The LG K12 Plus, as per the report, will come with 3GB RAM and run on Android 8.1 Oreo. It feature HD+ screen resolution with 720 x 1,440 pixels and a screen density of 280 DPI. The LG K11+ successor is likely to be powered by MediaTek MT6762 processor, which makes us believes that it will come with MediaTek Helio P22 processor.Additionally, the phone may feature a notchless screen with top bezels housing the earpiece and the front camera. It is also likely to sport large bezels on the top and bottom and narrow bezels on the sides.As mentioned before, LG is slated to launch its G7 ThinQ successor in Barcelona later this month. The company has already confirmed that the LG G8 ThinQ will come with a Time-of-Flight sensor that will not only improve the quality of its selfie portraits but also increase the accuracy of its 3D face scanning system.advertisementApart from this, rumours suggest that the phone will have Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 in its core and come with 6GB RAM and a memory that can be expanded further using a 2TB memory card. It is also likely to fall short of an earpiece in the front, which if reports are to believed, will be replaced by sound-on-display technology. Additionally, it is likely to come with a secondary attachable screen. So far there is no confirmation on how, if at all LG ships the screen with G8 ThinQ, it would work. We will have to wait for the company to make the formal announcement later this month to see what all features make it to the LG G8 ThinQ in the end.ALSO READ: | LG G8 ThinQ to come with a 3D front camera for better selfies and 3D face unlockALSO READ: | LG G8 rumour roundup: Attachable screen, sound on display and everything else we know so farALSO READ: | LG to unveil its first 5G smartphone with Snapdragon 855 at MWC 2019last_img read more

first_imgAustralia fast bowler Jason Behrendorff on Tuesday produced a match-winning performance at the Lord’s cricket ground as he picked five wickets against England to lead the defending champions to a 64-run victory.Australia became the first team to qualify for the semi-finals of the World Cup 2019 as they defended 285 by bowling England out for 221 in 44.4 overs with Behrendorff grabbing his maiden five-wicket haul in ODIs while fellow left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc picked 4 wickets.Behrendorff was playing just his second match in the tournament after the Sri Lanka game, but he made sure to make this opportunity count as he rattled the English batsmen in both his spells with swing and pace.Mitchell Starc being Mitchell Starc. Plus some exceptional Australian fielding.See how England lost their wickets #CmonAussie #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/4Bq9UFaT0TICC (@ICC) June 25, 2019After the match, Behrendorff’s Mumbai Indians teammate Mitchell McClenaghan revealed that an Omega watch was on the line for the left-arm fast bowler which actually led to his career-best performance.New Zealand fast bowler McClenaghan posted a Whatsapp conversation which took place between Behrendorff and Ben Cutting, in which the Australia all-rounder warned his teammate that he would not return Behrendorff’s watch if he didn’t pick 5 wickets against England.All three fast bowlers received a watch after Mumbai Indians won the IPL for the fourth time this season and somehow Behrendorff’s watch is with Cutting.”Dorff, if you don’t take 5 today I’m keeping your Omega,” Cutting told Behrendorff.Thankfully, Behrendorff managed to live up to Cutting’s expectations and picked 5 for 44 against England.advertisement”Phew, thanks mate,” Behrendorff replied to the message hours later after his match-winning performance.When @Cuttsy31 has your @IPL winning watch…. what a response from @JDorff5 Hoooowwww Goooodd @cricketworldcup #groupchatonpoint #ENGvsAUS pic.twitter.com/yWxhR72s4uMitchell McClenaghan (@Mitch_Savage) June 25, 2019Australia on Tuesday, rode on captain Aaron Finch’s 100 to post 285 for 7 after being put into bat. David Warner (53), Alex Carey (38 not out) and Steve Smith (38) also made useful contributions to the total.The Aussie left-arm quicks, Behrendorff and Starc, then ran through the famed English batting lineup picking 9 wickets for 87 runs between themselves to help Australia collect two points and move up to the first position in the table with 12 points from 7 matches.Australia’s only loss in this tournament came against India in their third game of the campaign but since then they have gone from strength to strength, beating Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and England in totally one-sided games to reach the last four of the competition.Also Read | Not Australia, England probably still World Cup 2019 favourites: Jason BehrendorffAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Australia crush England to storm into semi-finalsAlso Read | ‘England Can’t Chase’: Cricketing fraternity reacts to Australia defeatlast_img read more

first_imgA closeup of Joey Bosa leaving the field.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Defensive lineman Joey Bosa #97 of the Ohio State Buckeyes walks off the field after being ejected for targeting during the first quarter of the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. The Buckeyes defeated the Fighting Irish 44-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Ohio State’s football program won the 2016 NFL Draft, having 12 former Buckeyes taken during the draft’s seven rounds (including five in the first round). Two more former OSU stars – Tyvis Powell and Jalin Marshall – have already agreed to unsigned free agent deals. 12 Buckeyes off to new places in this record-setting draft. Congrats guys and best of luck! #NFLDraft2016 #GoBucks pic.twitter.com/WOA2bcREwI— Ohio State Football (@OhioStateFB) April 30, 2016What numbers will OSU’s rookies wear in the NFL? Here’s what we’ve found. Joey Bosa – 99New Chargers DE Joey Bosa on his new number: “97 was taken. Not too many choices. But I like 99.” Was either 90, 96 or 99.— Michael Gehlken (@sdutGehlken) April 29, 2016Ezekiel Elliott – 21. @OhioStateFB RB Ezekiel Elliott @EzekielElliott to wear No. 21 for Dallas Cowboys. Other 21s: Joseph Randle, Julius Jones, Deion Sanders.— Brandon George (@DMN_George) May 2, 2016Eli Apple – not yet known.Taylor Decker – not yet known. Darron Lee – not yet known. Michael Thomas – 13. Vonn Bell – not yet known. Adolphus Washington – not yet known. Braxton Miller – 13. Nick Vannett – not yet known. Joshua Perry – not yet known. Cardale Jones – No. 7 (this hasn’t been officially announced, but it looks like Jones hinted at it on Twitter.)~7~— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) May 1, 2016Jalin Marshall – not yet known. Tyvis Powell – not yet known.last_img read more

first_img Rob Lowe’s Montecito Millon-Dollar Manse Hits the Market For the record, Portland is nothing like the TV Show Portlandia. Or at least we didn’t see that side of PDX. It is very young, very cool although there are way, way too many tattooed people, but it isn’t horribly hipster like parts of Brooklyn can be. There is a fine line and Portland is on it. One main reason is everyone is incredibly nice. That’s not very hipster is it? In every store, bar and restaurant people are happy, friendly and helpful without serving an ounce of ‘tude’ (minus one whiskey bar).Besides the general happiness of the city and the bike friendliness that blew our minds (is this Copenhagen?), we were also stoked to find so many great shops, restaurants and bars that do it right. This may be due to the fact that those younguns  have pretty good jobs and like to spend their money on quality. Nike, Wieden + Kennedy and Poler are all based in the City of Roses (as is our brother site, Digital Trends).There is too much to cover in one guide, but here are some of the top spots that really curled our mustache.Stay: Hotel LuciaThis modern boutique hotel is right in the heart of downtown and most of the must see spots are in walking distance. If you need a cab just ask the hotel to call one for you. This isn’t the kind of town one can easily wave one down.Also the two restaurants in the hotel are stellar. The Imperial is a great little restaurant with great entrees. We devoured the Semolina Corn Cake with Coombs family maple syrup for a hearty wintery breakfast. The Portland Penny Diner is the other option and they make a mean duck sausage, egg croissant sammich for a quick hangover cure.The Ace HotelLocated in the old Clyde Hotel building this is another outpost that is a quick walk to the Pearl District and other great locations. There is Portland’s own Stumptown right off the lobby so you get a double dose of hip in one spot. Clyde Common is their superb restaurant that we discuss further down.Hotel De LuxeOriginally built as the Hotel Mallory in 1912 as one of the most luxurious hotels in Portland, it was revamped in 2006 and is now not only swanky but loads of fun. There is a screening room where they hold pop-up screenings and the Driftwood bar is known for seriously good cocktails. The hotel also rolls out the red carpet for your pets too.Eat:Ned LuddThis is the food lover’s climax of farm to table. Chef Jason French changes the menu weekly to ensure guests are gettin’ down on the best bounty Oregon has to offer.Voodoo DonutsWe know this place gets cheers and jeers from every travel writer but just go, eat a huge, awesome donut and thank us later. It’s a hoot and total early 90s flashback complete with homeless hippies hovering near the front door. As they say, “The magic is in the hole!”The Woodsman’s TavernThis cozy nook opened in the fall of 2011 and has been serving savory dishes from smoked mussels to serious pork chops to a packed house ever since. This is a popular place so book early or just hit the bar and try a Richmond Sour.Boxer RamenThis is another retreat that gets packed quickly. Luckily it is located in the awesome Union Way arcade where you can pop into some great shops (including Danner, Spruce Apothecary and Steven Alan). But once you are in, the menu is tiny and kick ass. Definitely get the Okonomiyaki tots to go with your big ole bowl of ramen.Drink:ExpatriateSome may find this place a little over done for the Portland scene, but it’s exactly what Portland needs. When we entered this tiny little gem we sat at the bar while the lady DJ stood next to us playing some old Björk remix we hadn’t heard in eons. There was a 1930s movie playing silently on one wall and the bartenders were happily mixing up some excellent libations in front of an incredible golden Chinese archway all designed by this fella.Clyde CommonOpened in 2007, this European style tavern is the spot to go to for spirits actually aged in house by bartender Jeffrey Morganthaler. Housed in the Ace Hotel, the food isn’t anything to scoff at either. Their hamburger is a favorite as are their rotating boards (ours had seared beef tongue, yogurt, watercress, pearl onion, mushrooms and a shot of Manhattan).The Victory BarEvery city needs a handsome bar full of caustic wit. Victory is it! Don’t believe us? Read the FAQ’s before heading there. Once you get there order one of their Belgian beers or go for a local Portland brew. If you are a cocktail man the Corpse Reviver #4 is a winner. Oh, and once you are drunk and hungry shimmy into the restaurant and order some spätzle. There is a reason a local paper declared Victory the best bar of 2013.Whiskey Soda LoungeLocated inside Pok Pok, Andy Ricker’s famous Thai dive (his cookbook is a favorite of Andrew Zimmern and others) their cocktails offer something different and refreshing from the ‘mixologist’ items on many menus these days. How about a house infused Kaffir Lime gin served with tonic? House made ginger syrup? Som honey drinking vinegar? Oh yeah.Shop:CanoeFor the design minded shopper this place takes the cake. It reminded us of the museum shops you find at MoMA with various items displayed with their designers’ names, date of creation and description. And no, that doesn’t mean they are pricey. We found an excellent scarf from Michigan based woolen mill Fairbault as well as awesome totes from local bag maker Chester Wallace.Beam and AnchorOk so this is the Portland shopping mecca. Period. Located in a far off land near the rail yards (call the cab!) it is well worth the 10 minute drive. We spent over an hour zoning out on incredibly crafted candles, stationary, soaps and leather crafts all displayed on tables made by locals. This is the kind of place that you feel like family as soon as you darken the door. Good people and great products.Portland Outdoor StoreYou may just have a panic attack amid all of the clutter but after a couple of deep breaths take your time to amble through this historic landmark that opened in 1914. This is how we remember Filson and Woolrich being sold way before it was lauded by a new generation. This is the store where the real working man comes to shop. Be sure to check out every floor. The saddle room will make you wish you owned your own ranch and the rack of glittery Western cowboy shirts will have you Instagraming before you can shout, ‘Yeehaw!’.DannerPortland may be a bit rainy at the moment (ok, most of the year) but when the sun is shining there is no better place for an epic afternoon hike. Since 1932 Danner has been making Portlander’s best hiking boots and is having a resurgence recently with the Made in America movement in full swing. One of their stores is located in Union Way where Boxer Ramen is also located. Check out all the boots as well as camping equipment, apparel and big ole wooly socks. They also carry one of our favorite grooming brands, Juniper Ridge.Spruce ApothecaryLocated down the hall from Danner (we are telling you, Union Way is a one stop alley of awesomeness) is this epicenter of all things grooming. A great spot to find gifts as well as serious razors (we are still lusting after a silver one we eyed there), old school shave cream, toothpaste and colognes.Tanner GoodsThey may not be a heritage brand, but Tanner crafts like they have been doing it for 100 years. Their HQ is chocked full of good lookin’ wallets, belts, bags and even dog collars all made with premium materials and made right there in Portland. On another note, Tanner has a great magazine rack to buy up before the flight back home. Editors’ Recommendations The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing 1. Hotel Lucia, Portland 2. Ace Hotel, Portland 3. Clyde Common at The Ace Hotel 4. Boxer Ramen photography by Dina Avila 5. Beam & Anchor, Portland 6. Tanner Store, Portlandcenter_img Keep Your Pants On With the Best Belts for Men Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacylast_img read more

first_imgzoom Tourism and hospitality group Crystalbrook Collection is to buy the Reef Marina in Port Douglas and invest AUD 100 million to expand the site to tap into the booming superyacht market, according to the Queensland Government.The expansion of the Marina, to be known as Crystalbrook Superyacht Marina, is set to include an additional 24 berths to the existing 132 berths and able to accommodate superyachts of up to 50 metres in length.It includes construction of a luxury waterfront five star hotel, 50 premium residences and retail complex expected to commence in mid-2018.Acting Premier and Treasurer Curtis Pitt said the announcement was encouraging for investment in Port Douglas and Far North Queensland, adding that the move “demonstrates confidence in the tourism industry in Far North Queensland.”“It is also timely, considering the development of the Palaszczuk Government’s new superyacht strategy which I announced in August,” Pitt said.Tourism Minister Kate Jones said the move was a further show of investor confidence in Queensland’s AUD 25 billion tourism industry.“This announcement adds yet another project to the strong investment pipeline poised to deliver more than $14 billion statewide in new tourism product and access infrastructure across the state,” Jones said.last_img read more

first_imgSingapore-based PaxOcean has delivered a 26,000m3 floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) to Indonesia-based Jaya Samudra Karunia (JSK). Karunia Dewata is the largest FSRU to be built in China and the first to feature Type C cargo tanks. The unit was built at PaxOcean’s Zhoushan Shipyard and classed by Lloyd’s Register’s (LR). The FSRU will be capable of regasifying around 50 million standard cubic feet per day.The project is a major milestone in the growing gas shipping industry within China and will help increase the development of Indonesia’s gas supply chain, where the unit will be based, according to LR. This is also the first FSRU that PaxOcean has built.“LR was able to help address this challenge through its connections with equipment manufacturers that it had previously worked with on other projects, to help ensure efficient procedures and deliver a high-quality product on schedule and in accordance with LR’s rule requirements,” the classification society said.“The design is focused on simple and reliable operation for Indonesian water. By working closely with Lloyd’s Register on classification requirements, and international maritime legislations for vessels carrying liquefied gases in bulk, PaxOcean has successfully designed, built and delivered the largest FSRU with type C cargo tanks in China in our Zhoushan Shipyard,” PaxOcean Engineering Director, Lixin Bian, commented.Image Courtesy: PaxOceanlast_img read more

first_imgInvoquant la confidentialité au sein du Cabinet et le secret professionnel de l’avocat, le gouvernement a refusé de permettre au vérificateur général d’accéder à plus de 200 documents liés à des prêts aux entreprises et autres mesures d’aide financière offerts par Nova Scotia Business Inc. et le Industrial Expansion Fund. Jacques Lapointe a annoncé, aujourd’hui 2 juin, après la publication de son rapport de juin, qu’il s’est récusé dans la vérification des opérations de NSBI et du IEF, et il a souligné que la récusation du vérificateur est la sanction la plus rigoureuse qui est à sa disposition. « Nous n’avons aucune façon de savoir si ces deux entités financières, qui sont responsables de la distribution de millions de dollars en prêts et autres mesures d’aide financière, ont mis en place des mesures appropriées de contrôle des finances et des programmes pour protéger les fonds publics qu’ils distribuent, ou si elles opèrent conformément aux lois, aux règlements et aux politiques. » Le rapport de cinq chapitres présente les vérifications effectuées à l’automne 2009 et en hiver 2010, et met en évidence des lacunes graves au niveau des opérations du gouvernement. M. Lapointe réserve ses critiques les plus dures pour ce qu’il considère comme la politique omniprésente de non-divulgation du gouvernement, qui cache constamment des renseignements du Bureau du vérificateur général. Des restrictions semblables sur l’information ont entravé une deuxième vérification présentée dans le rapport, selon M. Lapointe. Le ministère de la Santé, conformément aux instructions du bureau du Conseil exécutif, a refusé de fournir des renseignements sur les demandes de crédits budgétaires relativement aux services de santé mentale. Le vérificateur général souligne également que le ministère de la Santé ne s’acquitte pas de sa responsabilité législative de surveiller et d’évaluer la qualité des services de santé mentale à l’échelle de la province et n’a établi aucun plan pour assurer le respect de ses propres normes relativement aux services de santé mentale. Le rapport conclut que le manque de surveillance efficace et l’omission de se conformer aux normes augmentent considérablement le risque de créer un système de soins de santé mentale incohérent qui délaisse les personnes qui en ont le plus besoin. Le ministère de la Santé a accepté les 19 recommandations formulées par le vérificateur général en vue d’améliorer les services de santé mentale. Toutefois, M. Lapointe affirme que le gouvernement n’a pas des antécédents positifs en ce qui a trait à la mise en œuvre de ses recommandations. Parmi les 82 recommandations d’amélioration formulées par le vérificateur général dans son rapport de juin 2007, 27 % seulement ont été mises en œuvre par le gouvernement. « Il s’agit du pire rendement obtenu depuis que nous avons commencé à faire le suivi de la réponse du gouvernement à nos recommandations en 2002. » Le ministère de la Santé occupait une place importante dans ce rapport de juin 2007 et faisait l’objet de 48 recommandations, dont 13 seulement ont été mises en œuvre, ce qui signifie que 34 recommandations, ou 71 %, sont toujours non résolues. Le rapport de juin 2010 inclut également les résultats d’une vérification de la gestion des sites contaminés à l’échelle de la province par le ministère de l’Environnement et conclut que les risques associés à ces sites ne sont pas gérés de façon adéquate pour assurer la protection de l’intérêt public. « Le ministère est au courant des sites qui peuvent présenter un risque, mais n’a pris aucune mesure pour les traiter. Il est aussi au courant de sites qui n’ont pas été décontaminés et qui peuvent présenter un risque inacceptable pour les tierces parties, la santé ou l’environnement. Nous avons formulé 17 recommandations pour corriger les problèmes et améliorer la gestion des risques pour l’environnement et pour la santé. » Le rapport intégral et les documents connexes sont disponibles en ligne au www.oag-ns.ca (en anglais seulement) ou en téléphonant au bureau au 902-424-5907.last_img read more

first_imgThe province is making the future of energy-efficient street lighting brighter by supporting an innovative Nova Scotia-based technology firm. Economic and Rural Development Minister Percy Paris announced today, March 30, that the province will provide LED Roadway Lighting Ltd. with a $10-million loan guarantee from the Industrial Expansion Fund. “This loan guarantee will help a promising leader in clean technology take its business to the next level,” said Mr. Paris. “Growing businesses and allowing them to pursue lucrative export opportunities is an essential part of jobsHere, the plan to create jobs and grow the economy.” In addition, LED Roadway Lighting’s founder Charles Cartmill will invest another $3.2 million in the company. “LED Roadway Lighting is well positioned to become an international leader in a $500-billion global industry,” said Mr. Cartmill. “Through the province’s support, we will be able to capitalize on our current contracts, and continue our expansion plans.” LED Roadway Lighting manufacturers innovative streetlight fixtures that use 60 per cent less energy than traditional fixtures. With a manufacturing facility in Amherst, and research and development and executive offices in Halifax, the company employs more than 100 people and expects to more than triple that by 2014. The Industrial Expansion Fund is one method the province uses to support economic development in all regions of Nova Scotia. It helps industries involved in innovative research and technology and contributes to a prosperous, sustainable business climate for Nova Scotia.last_img read more

first_imgOil India Limited (OIL), the country’s second largest National Exploration & Production Company, is observing Swachhta Pakhwada –2019 from July 1 – 15, across all its spheres. Various activities are being undertaken during the event including cleanliness drive through ‘Shramdaan’ of OIL employees, cycle rallies, health and hygiene talks, and street plays – to sensitise public on the issue of cleanliness and hygiene. Besides, the company has also advertised the programme with ‘Clean India Green India’ message at Guwahati and Dibrugarh airports in Assam.last_img

first_imgPune: Seven people were killed and another one was injured on Wednesday when the SUV they were travelling in crashed into a roadside tree near Satara on Mumbai-Bangalore highway in Maharashtra, police said. As per preliminary information, the deceased hailed from Dharwad in Karnataka who were headed towards an airport either in Pune or Mumbai. “The accident occurred close to Kashil village near Satara at around 12.45 am on Wednesday. All the seven deceased seemed to be from a single family. However, we are trying to establish their identities,” said an official from Borgaon police station in Satara district, around 115 kms from Pune. Prima facie, the accident occurred as the driver of the SUV lost his control over the vehicle which veered off the road and crashed into a roadside tree, he said.last_img read more

first_imgNorth Sound (Antigua): India skipper Virat Kohli doesn’t mind getting hit and that too hard immediately after he takes guard as he feels it fires him up to have a go at the bowler.The world’s number one Test batsman gave his views on the ‘chin music’ that batsmen are often subjected to by fast bowlers, something that became quite a topic of discussion after Steve Smith was felled by a Jofra Archer bouncer during the second Ashes Test in London.”I always feel it’s better to get hit early on and know the feeling rather than always feeling you might get hit. I prefer getting early on and hard, it motivates me to not allow that to happen again,” said Kohli on the Indian cricket board’s official website ‘bcci.tv’. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Just that pain to go through your body and be like ‘Ok enough it’s not happening again’,” he added.Kohli, for once, was an interviewer rather than the interviewee as he chatted with Vivian Richards, the West Indies icon he is often compared to for his fearless approach to batting.Richards also had his say on the matter, although his statement was nowhere close to being as flamboyant as Kohlis.”It’s all part of the game. It depends on how well you come back from these knocks. Before we had little guards around your ribs, you would take a hit and that’s where you would feel and take a count but that’s all part and parcel of the sport,” he said. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterKohli spoke of his admiration for Richards, whose temperament, like the Indian, was considered aggressive.”…the greatest inspiration to all of us batsmen, Sir Vivian Richards,” said Kohli as he asked Richards about his journey.The Caribbean legend highlighted the similarity between the two.”I always felt I was good enough to be competing. I wanted to express myself in the best way that I can, I see that little similarity, that passion. There are times when folks would look at us in different ways and say ‘wow, why so angry’?” he quipped. In what is the first part of a two-part interaction, Kohli asked Richards why he avoided the helmet despite the quality of fast bowling in that era. “I believed that I’m the man. It may sound arrogant but I always felt that I was involved in the game that I knew. I backed myself every time. You even back yourself to get hurt, to take the knocks,” responded Richards.”The helmet I tried felt a little uncomfortable. I felt the maroon cap given to me, I was so proud to have that. My mindset was that I’m good enough to be here, if I get hurt it’s god’s will, I will survive,” he added.Kohli and the Indian team are currently touring the West Indies for a full series.last_img read more

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,776.30, up 55.30 points):Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up 21 cents, 7.24 per cent, to $3.11 on 8.3 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Up 80 cents, or 6.74 per cent, to $12.67 on 5.9 million shares.Hydro One Ltd. Instalment Receipts (TSX:H.IR). Utilities. Up 10 cents, or 0.27 per cent, to $37.00 on 4.6 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up nine cents, or 0.36 per cent, to $25.43 on 4.5 million shares.Toronto-Dominion Bank (TSX:TD). Bank. Down 72 cents, or 1.01 per cent, to $70.68 on 3.9 million shares.Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TECK.B). Miner. Up $1.18, or 4.26 per cent, to $28.91 on 3.6 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Shopify Inc. (TSX:SHOP). E-Commerce. Down $2.76, or 2.14 per cent, to $126.19 on 1.9 million shares. Stock prices fell for a second day, following a prominent short-seller’s claim that it’s running an overvalued get-rich-quick scheme. The Canadian technology company issued a defence of its business early Thursday but didn’t specifically refer to allegations published by Andrew Left of Citron Research.TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP). Oil and gas. Up 66 cents, or 1.08 per cent, to $61.55 on 1.3 million shares. TransCanada has cancelled its $15.7-billion proposed Energy East pipeline, cutting off a potential conduit to bring more western Canadian oil to eastern refineries and overseas export markets. CEO Russ Girling cited non-specific “changed circumstances” for the decision in a brief news release Thursday morning. The Calgary-based company refused to give further explanation. TransCanada said it will record a non-cash charge of about $1 billion in its fourth-quarter financial results, reflecting the reduced carrying value of the projects. It said there would be no costs recovered from third parties.last_img read more

first_imgLONDON — The British government is bringing its little-loved Brexit deal back to Parliament, a month after postponing a vote on the agreement to stave off near-certain defeat.Lawmakers are beginning five days of debate Wednesday on the agreement with the European Union setting out the terms of Britain’s departure from the bloc on March 29.A vote, initially slated for December, is scheduled for Jan. 15.But opposition remains strong from both pro-Brexit and pro-EU U.K. lawmakers. Brexiteers are urging the government to ramp up preparations for leaving the EU without a deal.But many lawmakers, and businesses, say that could cause economic turmoil.The de-facto deputy Prime Minister, David Lidington, said the only way to avoid a disruptive no-deal “is for Parliament to endorse and ratify a deal.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

“There will be no tolerance for the kidnappings, harassment and terror carried out by criminal gangs,” UN Military Force Commander Maj. Gen. Carlos Alberto Dos Santos Cruz said after over 700 UN soldiers from seven countries launched Operation Jauru Sudamericana, forming a secure perimeter around the Boston area to restrict gang movement. The soldiers then systematically began to control key points, including a building gang members used as to hold kidnap victims and for other criminal activities. “I will continue to cleanse these areas of the gangs who are robbing the people of their security,” Maj. Gen. Dos Santos Cruz added. The presence of UN peacekeepers will be the starting point for humanitarian, human rights and Haitian police activities aimed at stabilizing and rebuilding the area. Maj. Gen. Dos Santos Cruz recently announced he would intensify efforts against criminal gangs in the capital city. To help carry out this mission, an additional battalion of soldiers from Nepal will be used to conduct manoeuvres in the Cite Soleil area, notorious for its high crime rate. “Our aim is to provide a safe and secure environment where people can live without fear,” the general said. The UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH), set up in 2004 to help re-establish peace in the impoverished Caribbean country after insurgency forced then President Jean-Bertrand Aristide to go into exile, has reported that armed criminal gangs are forcing children to take part in their operations, often under threat of killing them, and using them as human shields in confrontations with the police. “These children are being forced to become criminals,” the head of MINUSTAH’s child protection unit, Massimo Toschi, told a news conference yesterday. He presented a video, entitled ‘The lost children of Cité Soleil,’ with the testimony of one of these youngsters from the Port-au-Prince slum notorious for its high crime rate. Preventive measures should include promoting the fight against poverty, strengthening families, enabling these children to go to school and reinforcing the capabilities of the Haitian police child protection brigade, MINUSTAH child protection officer Carline Allen said. Lack of funding is also a serious concern. Haiti’s Social Welfare Institute, entrusting with caring for vulnerable children, had a budget of less than $450,000 last year, of which all but some $35,000 went on staff salaries. “It is easy to understand that no shelter, no project can be undertaken this institute,” Ms. Allen said. 9 February 2007United Nations peacekeeping soldiers in Haiti launched an early morning operation today in Port-au-Prince, the capital, to establish the strongest security presence ever in the Boston area in the continuing battle against criminal gangs. read more

The store owners had in the past made an appeal for a permanent structure to be erected for the stores to operate but the appeal fell in deaf ears. (Colombo Gazette) The fire spread rapidly across the temporary shelters as a result of strong winds experienced in the area at the time and this made it difficult for the authorities to bring the fire under control. Over 100 shops were destroyed in a major fire overnight in Kilinochchi which was brought under control by the police with the assistance of the army.Fruit stalls and textile shops were among those destroyed in the fire which was believed to have been caused by an electrical short-circuit. The stores were set up following the end of the war in 2009 and the owners were just getting back on their feet when the fire destroyed all that they had. read more

Next, Shell built a pipeline so it could inject the CO2 below the earth’s surface into a saline aquifer, located about 45 kilometres northeast of Edmonton, where it will be permanently stored.The project received $745 million of funding from the Alberta government and $120 million from the federal government, but Wiwchar said that lessons learned along the way mean the cost today would be 25 to 30 per cent less.Shell still receives about $30 million per year in government subsidies, based on how much carbon it captures, and Wiwchar said those subsidies will last either 10 years or until 10.8 million tons of CO2 have been stored, expected around 2025.In 2017, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. bought the majority of the project, though Shell remains the operator, offering one sign that carbon capture can provide valuable tax credits.“What we’re looking at now is ways other than storage to utilize the CO2,” Wiwchar said.The cost of storing CO2 currently comes in at around $80 to $90 per ton, he said, adding it could be pumped into greenhouses, converted into urea, a component of fertilizer, injected into concrete or used for enhanced oil recovery.Wiwchar said his team receives inquiries about the project from governments around the world and Shell has been open about its technology.“Canada disproportionately has some project experience and expertise in this,” said Jason Switzer, executive director of the Alberta Clean Technology Industry Alliance, and co-director of the Pembina Institute. “Canada actually punches above its weight in this area.”He added, “The first thing you should do if you’ve got a hole is stop digging and that means decarbonizing our industries and lifestyle, and that also means we’ve got to start pulling CO2 out of the air at a very large scale.”Financial Post• Email: gfriedman@postmedia.com | Twitter: Duncan Kenyon, Alberta director for the Pembina Institute, a clean energy think tank, said using tax credits speaks “the language” of giant corporations.“Companies are very good at managing their taxes,” he said. “You can start to justify some of the costs, like you can sell the credits and (companies) are very sophisticated in how they generate revenue.”Government subsidies have definitely played a role in helping the technology develop.In 2011, while Keith was conceptualizing his direct carbon capture technology, the Canadian branch of global oil giant Shell was getting to work on its own carbon capture and storage plans.Wiwchar, a chemical engineer by training, was going through a rough patch, having recently lost his father and gone through a divorce. Seeking a change of pace, he looked at a position working on Shell’s project.“As I learned about it, it became really interesting,” said Wiwchar, who has always figured that the world would transition to electric cars and gradually stop burning fossil fuels.Shell didn’t have the technology to capture CO2 from the air, but capturing CO2 from direct sources has been done for years, so it uses CO2 produced as part of the process of converting crude bitumen from the oilsands into synthetic crude oil.The Shell Quest carbon capture facility in Alberta in 2015. Keith, who is now Carbon Engineering’s executive chairman, is convinced that regardless of how much money is invested in renewables, part of combating climate change requires dealing with the CO2 left over from hundreds of years of industrialization. Unlike some others, he is optimistic world leaders will create regulations to try to end climate change, just as in the past they created laws that eventually led to sewage systems.“That’s what developed societies come from,” said Keith, who was raised in Ottawa by parents who worked as environmental regulators.By 2015, Carbon Engineering had built a pilot plant in Squamish, B.C., capable of pulling a ton of CO2 out of the air each day — not much given that there are billions of tons of it floating around, and more and more released each day. Two years later, the company used the CO2 it captured to create a fuel for planes or other vehicles.This past spring, after raising more than $90 million from major oil and mining companies and high-net-worth individuals, and getting a $25-million loan from the Canadian government, the company announced a plan with Occidental Petroleum Corp. to design facilities in Texas that can process 500 kilotonnes of CO2 each year.In a twist, Occidental plans to pump the captured CO2 back into depleted oil wells in the Permian Basin in the southwest U.S. to push up more oil to the surface — with a goal of creating a carbon-negative barrel of oil.In Canada, energy companies have projects to store carbon underground in an effort to move towards carbon neutrality.“I think we are a little bit Canadian about it, a little humble,” said Tim Wiwchar, project lead for Shell Canada Ltd.’s Quest project in Alberta, which recently announced it had stored four million tons of carbon underground in the past four years. “It’s not something that you can take a selfie with like a Tesla car or a wind farm.”Carbon capture or carbon storage is still a little-known technology, even among the people most enthusiastic about ending climate change, but tax credits in California, at the U.S. federal level and in Canada during the past decade have enticed companies to explore such solutions.Our technology is a way to generate oil and be environmentally friendly Steve Oldham, chief executive of Carbon Engineering Lynn Ball/The Ottawa Citizen files The calcium carbonate is then heated to release carbon dioxide in its purified form, which can be stored or used for various purposes, while leftover calcium oxide is integrated back into the hydroxide solution from the first step to create a chemical loop.Keith, who said the technology is “absolutely built on existing industrial process technology,” acknowledged that the largest obstacle is bringing the cost down so that companies can economically capture CO2.The carbon can be used to make fuel, enhance oil recovery, as Occidental is planning to do, or other purposes. Carbon Engineering aims for a cost of $100 per ton, but Keith said the process may initially be more expensive.The business plan hinges on the idea that there is a cost to carbon, and governments will continue to pass laws and regulations recognizing that view.“In the long run, the way this will work is (having) regulations that prevent us from using the atmosphere as a waste dump for carbon,” Keith said. “Nobody expects these climate regulations to just go away.”Such regulations already exist: In early 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a bill that contained the 45Q tax credit for new fossil fuel plants, which provides up to US$35 per ton of captured CO2 if it is used for enhanced oil recovery, and US$50 if the CO2 is simply buried.Last October, former California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill that makes direct carbon storage projects anywhere in the world eligible for tax credits worth approximately US$160 per ton of carbon captured, depending on the spot prices.Nobody expects these climate regulations to just go awayDavid Keith, executive chairman, Carbon Engineering Ryan Jackson/Edmonton Journal CO2 currently exists in the atmosphere at around 400 parts per million. Ancient air bubbles trapped in ice suggest that CO2 has historically existed at between 200 and 280 parts per million during the past 400,000 years, according to the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.Removing carbon from the air is a complex endeavour, according to Carbon Engineering’s Oldham, who has a well-honed speech about his company’s technology.“Take a drop of ink, drop it into a swimming pool, come back a week later when all the kids have played in it and messed it up, and take it out,” he said. “That’s how difficult it is.”Carbon Engineering, which has always been open about its technology, describes the process on its website: First, a fan mixes air with a hydroxide solution to capture CO2 and convert it into carbonate, which is then converted into calcium carbonate, the stuff that many seashells are made of.Calcium carbonate. Darryl Dyck for National Post The energy industry gets a bad rap when it comes to innovation, yet the oilpatch is by far the largest spender on clean tech in Canada, to the tune of $1.4 billion a year. As part of its continuing coverage of the innovation economy, the Financial Post reports on the intersection of technology and energy, from the oilpatch in Alberta, off the shores of Nova Scotia to the plains of Saskatchewan.David Keith was a professor at the University of Calgary when he started putting some serious effort into devising a way to capture carbon dioxide from the air to combat climate change.“I had some time on my hands, so I thought why not?” he said.That was 2009 and he formed Carbon Engineering Ltd. with one of his students to push back against the prevailing wisdom that though carbon dioxide — which has risen to dramatically high concentrations in the atmosphere during the past few decades — could probably be removed from the air, it would be way too expensive to do so at any kind of meaningful scale.“I gradually decided it wasn’t as absurdly expensive as people thought,” said Keith, an MIT-trained scientist who is now a professor of engineering and public policy at Harvard University. Innovation Energy: Tidal power is a promising source of electricity, but faces significant waves of challenges ‘Every smokestack is an opportunity:’ Company harnesses algae’s voracious appetite for carbon emissions Innovation Energy: Oilsands step up to take on clean tech challenge A little less than a decade later, having built a pilot plant in Squamish, B.C., his early bet that innovation could bring down the cost of direct carbon capture looks prescient.Now, as companies brace for a future in which it seems increasingly likely that regulations will force industry to pay for emitting carbon into the atmosphere, investment in carbon capture and storage is rising, and Canada, having started early, has gained an edge in expertise and experience in the burgeoning area.“In Canada, we have this conflict, because we have a resource-rich economy, driven by things like the oilsands, but also an environmental preference,” said Steve Oldham, chief executive of Carbon Engineering. “Our technology is a way to generate oil and be environmentally friendly.”Steve Oldham, CEO of Carbon Engineering. read more

The UN World Food Programme (http://www.wfp.org/index.asp?section=2″WFP) has delivered more than 34,000 metric tonnes of food into Afghanistan during the first 10 days of December, more than it did during the entire month of October, a spokesman for the agency in Islamabad said.“WFP is continuing to be as aggressive as possible in delivering food throughout Afghanistan, but especially to those who live in the highly food-insecure areas of central and north-eastern Afghanistan,” spokesman Jordan Dey said. “We are using rail, trucks, barges and planes from five countries, utilizing six supply routes. We are serving 6 million hungry people – more than a quarter of the total Afghan population.”The spokesman said the agency currently had international staff in Kabul, Herat and Faizabad, and was hoping to re-establish an international permanent presence in Kandahar as soon as security permitted.Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) was gearing up for a possible return of Afghan refugees from various parts of the region.“There are currently some four million Afghan refugees in the region and even if a quarter of them were to return soon, that would be one million people who would be returning to a massively destroyed country,” said UNHCR spokesman Fatoumata Kaba.The number of Afghans heading for Pakistan was going down, the spokesman noted, while return movements were on the rise. About 1,500 persons crossed back into Afghanistan on Monday, the single largest return movement in one day, until yesterday, when 1,800 persons crossed the border into Afghanistan. “They are believed to be heading for Kandahar, Herat, Ghazni, Zabul, and Kabul,” the spokesman said.The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) today also warned that in a worst-case scenario, some 100,000 children might die in the coming six months unless enough emergency relief aid reaches them. “By ‘worst case,’ we assume limited humanitarian access and increased mortality rates, linked to preventable diseases and exacerbated by high rates of malnutrition,” spokesman Chulho Hyun said. read more

Finance refused to release details on fossil fuel subsidies: auditor OTTAWA – It’s nearly impossible to tell if the government is meeting a promise to phase out inefficient fossil fuel subsidies because it won’t provide the necessary information, the auditor general said Tuesday in his latest report to Parliament.But the rules governing that information have now changed, says Finance Minister Bill Morneau, suggesting auditors will get what they need — next time.In his spring report, auditor general Michael Ferguson said his office has engaged in a losing battle with the Finance Department to gain access to the information required to fully examine the government’s actions on climate change.While the report noted Environment and Climate Change Canada has a plan to support the commitments Canada made at a G20 summit in 2009, it said there’s no way of knowing whether Finance has done the work needed to support that plan.Finance refused to provide documents requested by the auditors, citing cabinet confidence, said Ferguson, who described the refusal as very troubling.“Overall, I am very concerned that Finance Canada did not give us all the information we needed to do our work,” Ferguson told a news conference shortly after tabling the report.The opposition New Democrats called the refusal to turn over requested information an attack on the independence of the auditor general.“The Liberals’ refusal to provide information to the auditor general strikes at the heart of accountability and makes a farce of their promise of openness and transparency,” said NDP MP David Christopherson.In their report, auditors noted that, while six subsidies to fossil fuel producers have been reformed through legislation, other tax measures have not changed.And the Finance Department has no plan in place to phase out and rationalize the government’s remaining fossil fuel subsidies, they concluded.Without a clear understanding of the subsidies, the government can’t assure Canadians that it’s living up to its commitment to phase them out by 2025, the report added.Meeting that commitment, the auditors concluded, will help lower greenhouse gas emissions by reducing wasteful consumption of fossil fuels, resulting in a positive impact on the health of Canadians and investments in green technology.In his response to the report, Morneau acknowledged that certain information, including budget briefing notes, were excluded from what was provided to auditors, but said the government has since acted to widen disclosures.“To ensure (auditors have) access to all relevant documents and information . . . an Order in Council has been issued to provide the auditor general, when requested, with access to confidential information that is included in budget preparation documents that have been developed since the beginning of the government’s mandate, specifically Nov. 4, 2015,” the minister said in a statement.“This is an unprecedented release of information to the OAG and will assist him to undertake his work to find areas where the government can improve its delivery of services and programs for Canadians.”The report called on the government to clearly define how it intends to phase out remaining fossil fuel subsidies, and to ensure low-income Canadians aren’t adversely affected by the plan. by Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press Posted May 16, 2017 8:05 am MDT Last Updated May 16, 2017 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

In a statement, Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said the Secretary-General was “outraged to learn of a deadly attack on peacekeepers […]” and said he expects the Government of Sudan will take swift action to bring the perpetrators to justice. In a news release, the joint African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) said this morning one of its patrols was ambushed and came under heavy fire from a large unidentified group approximately 25 kilometres west of the Mission’s Khor Abeche team site. Following an extended firefight, the patrol was extracted by UNAMID reinforcements that arrived from the Mission’s Khor Abeche and Manawashi sites. Seven Tanzanian peacekeepers were killed and 17 military and police personnel, among them two female police advisers, were wounded. Mr. Ban expressed his deepest sympathies to the families of the fallen peacekeepers, the Government of Tanzania and to all UNAMID personnel. UNAMID Joint Special Representative Mohamed Ibn Chambas also condemned “in the strongest possible terms those responsible for this heinous attack on our peacekeepers,” and added that “the perpetrators should be on notice that they will be pursued for this crime and gross violation of international humanitarian law.” The Security Council echoed Mr. Ban’s remarks, calling on the Government of Sudan to investigate the incident and expressing deep concern at the serious nature of the attack, calling it “one of the most severe attacks on UNAMID since its deployment.” In a statement, members of the Council underlined that any attack or threat of attack on UNAMID is unacceptable, and demanded that there be no recurrence of such attacks. They also reiterated their full support for UNAMID and called on all parties in Darfur to cooperate fully with the Mission. Established in July 2007, UNAMID has the protection of civilians as its core mandate. In addition, the peacekeeping operation is tasked with facilitating the delivery of humanitarian aid and assisting with an inclusive peace process in Darfur, where fighting broke out nine years ago, pitting Government forces and allied militiamen against rebel groups. read more

Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan2017 Record: 8-5 (5-4 Big Ten)Head Coach: Jim Harbaugh2018 Record: 3-1 (1-0 Big Ten)All-time record vs. OSU: 58-49What has happened thus far in 2018:Michigan opened its year up in a highly anticipated matchup against then-No. 12 Notre Dame, but fell to the Fighting Irish on the road in a 24-17 loss. The Wolverines have since taken care of business, beating Western Michigan, Southern Methodist and Nebraska by a combined score of 150-33. Again boasting one of the top defenses in the league, Michigan has allowed just 14.3 points per game while its offense has averaged 41.8 points and 420.8 yards per game.Impact Player:The easy answer would be junior defensive lineman Rashan Gary. A 2017 member of the first team All-Big Ten lineup, Gary appears destined to be taken early in the 2019 NFL Draft and will be a tormenter to offensive lines throughout the season. But if Michigan is going to have a successful season, junior quarterback Shea Patterson will have to be the team’s impact player. The Wolverines have not received consistent production from their starting quarterbacks in the past, but adding the former fourth-overall prospect in the nation according to 247Sports’ 2016 Composite Rankings — Gary ranked No. 1 — could help the offense find a reliable man under center like the team has not seen in years. Patterson was just 20-of-30 with an interception and no touchdowns against Notre Dame, though he has completed 41-of-57 passes since then with seven touchdowns and only one interception.Strengths:Entering the year, there were no questions asked about whether Michigan’s defense would remain the reason the team is competitive. While it could not totally ballast the team against Notre Dame, the defense did nearly all it could. The Fighting Irish averaged just 2.8 yards per carry and only 170 passing yards. With Gary, defensive end Chase Winovich, first team All-Big Ten linebacker Devin Bush and a stout secondary, Michigan’s defense will again be counted on to keep the Wolverines in games, if not win them altogether.Weaknesses:That defense will have to be the support group for the team because even with Patterson, Michigan lacks the offensive weapons around him to make for a truly potent offense. Wide receiver Donovan Peoples-Jones has, at times, looked the part of the former top 2017 wide receiver recruit in the country, but hauled in only 38 yards on six catches against Notre Dame. Other options like former four-star tight end Zach Gentry and four-star wideout Nico Collins give Patterson additional targets, but need to prove themselves against top competition — though Patterson did connect with Collins on a 52-yard pass in the season-opener. read more