Plan to Allow Libyan Nuclear Scientists to Study in U.S. Draws Fire in Congress

first_imgRepublican lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are raising objections to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plan to lift a 1983 ban on Libyan nationals receiving pilot training or studying nuclear science in the United States. At a hearing last week, supporters of lifting the ban said the move is needed to help Libya rebuild global ties after decades of international sanctions during the dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi. Critics, however, worried it could help train potential terrorists.The regulations at issue were created by President Ronald Reagan’s administration in the early 1980s, when Libya hosted terrorist training camps and sought to procure nuclear weapons. Libya was already included on the U.S. State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism, but the Reagan administration wanted to make sure that Libyans were not able to come to the United States to learn to fly or repair aircraft, or study the nuclear sciences. Wanting to improve foreign relations with the United States, in 2003 Libya voluntarily ended its nuclear program, which was still in the early stages of uranium enrichment. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice removed the country as a state sponsor of terrorism in 2006.In 2010, the Defense Department formally requested that DHS rescind the ban, hoping to improve foreign relations with Libya. Rebel forces killed Gaddafi and toppled his government the next year, but Pentagon officials have reiterated their request, in large part because they want to help rebuild the Libyan air force by training Libyan pilots at bases in the United States. 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For instance, Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) argued that the newly formed Libyan government cannot adequately assist the United States in vetting visa candidates. “When we go to give somebody a visa, we rely on the host nation to help us identify that person and understand their background,” he said. “That does not happen in Libya—they don’t have the infrastructure or the ability to do this.”Administration officials disputed that idea. DHS officials adequately considered potential security risks when creating the draft proposal, said DHS Assistant Secretary of International Affairs Alan Bersin. He also noted that nationals of no other country except Iran are comprehensively banned from studying nuclear sciences in the United States. Instead, immigration and security officials consider such applications on a case-by-case basis.Allowing Libyan nuclear scientists to study in the United States could provide a security benefit, said Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA). “Historically we have sought to take weapon scientists from potential enemies and teach them something useful to do other than weapon science,” she said. “Because if that’s all you know how to do, that skill is for sale in the world.”Before the ban can be lifted, DHS officials must publish a formal proposal and allow a period for public comment. Chaffetz suggested he would support a bill reaffirming the comprehensive Libyan ban while at the same time extending the ban to cover other nations with terrorist activity, but has proposed no specific legislation. Neither DHS nor Chaffetz established a timeline for any action.last_img read more

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Will never bowl the doosra in my career, says Jayant Yadav

first_imgJayant Yadav, who is set for his maiden tour of Zimbabwe next month said that he would never bowl the ‘doosra’ in his career as he thinks it can’t be bowled without bending the elbow.”I have never bowled a doosra in my life and will never bowl one. I believe doosra can’t be bowled without a bit of kink. My stock ball is the off-spinner and that’s my strength.”I am working on my carrom ball but to be honest, I have not reached a stage where I can use it at a big platform like IPL or international matches,” the 26-year-old, who has 110 first-class wickets from 40 matches, told PTI.For Jayant, playing first-class matches at the seamer-friendly Bansi Lal Stadium in Lahli is a challenge as he has had to fight for a place in the state team with Amit Mishra and Yuzvendra Chahal.COMPETITION WITH MISHRA, CHAHAL”I think it has made me tougher that we play at Lahli, which is known for its seamer-friendly tracks. Also when Mishy bhai (Amit Mishra) is around, he is obviously the first choice spinner. If we play a second spinner, the fight is between myself and Yuzi (Yuzvendra Chahal),” Jayant said.In fact, for him it was a decision by Haryana CA supremo and BCCI treasurer Aniruddh Chaudhary that proved to be the turning point.”It was my Ranji Trophy debut in 2011 against Gujarat in Surat. We were fighting to save relegation. Mishy bhai and Chahal were supposed to play and Aniruddh sir said that I should be played. It was a match that could have been make or break for me and he (Chaudhary) had belief in my abilities. I got six wickets in the game and we saved relegation,” said Jayant, who is waiting to have an interaction with Mahendra Singh Dhoni as he has never spoken to the Indian captain.advertisementThe next big turn came when he got to interact with Rahul Dravid during last year’s India A stint.IN AWE OF DRAVID”For the first two days, I was in awe of him. I simply could not speak as it was like standing in front of Rahul Dravid. Then as I interacted, I was amazed at his homework.”That was evident in IPL where in each of the five matches I had the same role and it was a specific one. I was told that I will have to bowl in Powerplays. Rahul bhai believes that in match situations, every player is his own coach and needs to learn to think out of the box,” said Jayant, who is employed with Chemplast and plays in TNCA league for the renowned Chennai club side.FAVOURITE OFFSPINNERSTalk about his favourite offspinners, he names Ravichandran Ashwin and Graeme Swann.”Swann had such amazing drift in his deliveries while Ashwin is a master of variations. As a bowler, it is necessary to have variations when one aspires to play at the highest level.”Yadav believes that coming through the age-group ranks has helped him go through a steady progress.”I have played for Haryana in all age-groups. Right from U-15, U-17, U-19, U-22 and then the state side followed by IPL and India A. It’s been a gradual progression. In fact, at U-15, it was Yuzvendra, who was our captain.”While he hails from Gurgaon, Jayant lives with his parents in the Air India quarters at South Delhi’s Vasant Vihar area.”While I am from Haryana domicile, I had started playing my cricket in Delhi’s New Friends Club. I was a student of DPS Vasant Kunj and then studied BA programme at the Hindu College. As of now, my aim will be to remain relaxed. Also like every other youngster, I am also looking forward towards meeting Mahi bhai (Dhoni),” concluded Jayant.(with PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Odisha Congress leader Subal Sahu passes away

first_imgBhubaneswar, Aug 22 (PTI) Senior Congress leader and three-time MLA in Odisha, Subal Sahu, passed away today following a prolonged illness. He was 56.Sahu, who was undergoing treatment for quite sometime, passed away at a private hospital here, family sources said.A popular leader in the state known for his organising abilities, Sahu represented Bijepur Assembly constituency in Bargarh district.He was elected to the Assembly in three consecutive elections held in 2004, 2009 and 2014. Sahu had defeated BJD strongman and former minister Prasanna Acharya in the 2014 Assembly polls. A sports enthusiast who had begun his career as a lawyer, Sahu was a prominent volleyball player and had taken part in major sports events in the 1980s.Sahus demise was condoled by Odisha Governor S C Jamir and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.Leader of Opposition in Odisha Assembly Narasingh Mishra, Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee president Prasad Harichandan and BJD leader and MP Baijayant Panda also condoled his death. PTI SKN MM LNSlast_img read more

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PSEB Punjab Class 12 Board Result 2019: Fate of 3 lakh students likely to be out on this date

first_imgPSEB Punjab Class 12 Board Result 2019: The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) is likely to announce the Class 12th Results 2019 on May 15, 2019, as per the reports. Students are requested to check their results on the official website of Punjab Board i.e. pseb.ac.in. Students must note that the board has not issued any official confirmation on the same so far.The Punjab class 12th examinations were held from March 1 to March 29, 2019 and around 3 Lakh Students appeared for the examination. The Pass Percentage for 2018 was 65.97 percent.PSEB Punjab Class 12 Board Result 2019: How to checkStep 1: Log on to the official website of PSEB, pseb.ac.in.Step 2: Click on ‘PSEB Punjab Board Class 12th Result 2019’.Step 3: Enter your roll number.Step 4: On submitting the same, the results will be displayed on the screen.Step 5: PSEB Punjab Board Class 12th Result 2019 will be displayed on the screen.Step 6: Download the result and take print out of the same for future use.PSEB Punjab Class 10 Board Result 2019The Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) declared the Class 10 board examination result 2019 yesterday , May 8, 2019 (Wednesday). The pass percentage of the 2019 Punjab Board was 85.8 percent. Neha Verma of Ludhiana district of Punjab was the state topper. She scored 647 out of 650 marks and has 99.54 percent, while Nandini Mahajan scores 100% to become topper in sports category.About PSEB:The Punjab School Education Board came into existence through a legislative enactment in November 1969 for the development and promotion of school education in the state of Punjab.In 1987, the Vidhan Sabha amended the Board’s Act to grant it autonomy.The scope of Board’s functions is very wide and covers almost every aspect/stage of school education.advertisementRead: GSEB HSC Science Result 2019 declared: 71.90% Pass percentage for GSEB HSC science streamRead: RBSE 5th Board Result 2019: To be out soon, steps to checklast_img read more

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10 Predictions for the 2015 Oklahoma State Season

first_imgYou can count down to the 2015 season in hours now which means it’s time for some final predictions from the two of us. Who can ever forget the time I said Josh Cooper would have more receptions than Justin Blackmon all the way back in the first year this blog got started? Hopefully this year’s version will be slightly more accurate.Porter1. James Washington will be OSU’s home run threat: The rapport between Mason Rudolph and both Washington and Brandon Sheperd appears to be strong, but it feels a little bit like we’re forgetting about Washington. Sheperd will likely have the better season, longer career and is probably more talented. But it’s No. 28 that Rudolph will find for more big plays.2. Jordan Burton will be All-Big 12: I’m all in on Burton this season which is great because I haven’t seen him play a single down of football so you should definitely buy what I’m selling. But seriously, the star linebacker at OSU is always given the chance to shine and Burton will thrive in that role because he has really good, talented people (Ryan Simmons and Seth Jacobs) around him.3. J.W. Walsh won’t play as much as we think: I guess this depends on how much you think he’s going to play, but it seems like everyone is presuming that he’s going to get 10+ plays a game and multiple touches. He’s just too valuable as a backup QB to do that. I think (hope?) Gundy realizes that sooner rather than later.4. Jimmy Bean and Emmanuel Ogbah will have similar seasons: This might be Cooper > Blackmon redux, but I think teams are going to say, “screw it, we’re double or tripling Ogbah,[1. This actually might be necessary at this point.] let the other fellow beat us if he can.” I think he can. Last year, Ogbah had 10 sacks and 13 TFLs. Bean had 3.5 sacks and 7.5 TFLs. I think those numbers are much closer this year.5. Oklahoma State will win the Big 12: Ohhhh boy, I am drinking the Kool-Aid. I’m buying what Glenn Spencer is selling and I think Mason Rudolph is the absolute truth. I envision a season similar to what Baylor had last year — go 11-1 with a not great loss on the road somewhere. If the SEC is a mess like everyone thinks it will be, 11-1 in the Big 12 would probably be enough to get into the College Football Playoff. Am I really typing these words right now?Boone1. Emmanuel Ogbah will double his sack total from last season: This is an ambitious prediction, but technically, it’s possible. Terrell Suggs holds the single season sack record with 24, and if Ogbah doubled his sack output from last season, he would finish with 22.2. J.W. Walsh will play more snaps at running back than quarterback: I’m on the other side of the fence than Kyle on this one. I’m convinced Walsh will see a lot of playing time this season, and I can’t fathom Rudolph standing and watching on the sidelines. I envision special packages with a two-back set, and Walsh lining up at running back opposite Rudolph.3. Brandon Sheperd will be a Biletnikoff Award finalist: I don’t think he’ll win it, but he’ll be in the conversation by November.4. Jeff Carr will finish with more rushing yards than Rennie Childs: I’m a big fan of Childs, but he has yet to prove he can be a consistent player for a full season. Carr is expected to get “8-10” carries per game, but I think that number will increase as the season progresses.5. Kevin Peterson will finish with 8 interceptions: Gilbert finished his senior year off with 8 interceptions, including two returned for touchdowns. Peterson isn’t as physically talented as Gilbert was, but his technique is much more sound. He’s in for another big year.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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Rafael Nadal to replace Andy Murray as world No1 next week

first_imgRafael Nadal … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Nadal is the only player in the world’s top six still standing in the Cincinnati event, with Federer now joining Murray, Cilic, Novak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka on the sidelines.Apologising to Cincinnati fans, Federer said: “Unfortunately I tweaked my back in Montreal and I need to rest this week.” Nadal could have reclaimed the world No1 spot by reaching the semi-finals in Montreal last week but fell to Denis Shapovalov in the third round. Since you’re here… Reuse this content Andy Murray Alexander Zverev beats Roger Federer to win Rogers Cup final Rafael Nadal will overtake Andy Murray to reclaim the world No1 ranking next week after Roger Federer announced his withdrawal from the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati with a back problem.Only Federer could have prevented the Spaniard from returning to the summit for the first time since July 2014, with Murray guaranteed to be toppled as he continues his recuperation from a hip problem. The Scot, who lost to Marin Cilic in the 2016 Cincinnati final, will lose 600 points, meaning Nadal would usurp him even if the 31-year-old followed his big-name rivals in withdrawing from the tournament. Roger Federer Share on Twitter Share via Email Tennis news Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Read more Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Topicslast_img read more

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‘Messi the best there is & ever will be’

first_imgBarcelona Valverde: Messi is the best player there is and there ever will be Sacha Pisani Last updated 1 year ago 15:41 1/22/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(21) Lionel Messi Barcelona Getty Images Barcelona Primera División Real Betis Ernesto Valverde Lionel Messi The five-time Ballon d’Or winner sparkled against Real Betis and was lauded by his manager afterwards Lionel Messi is the “best player there is and there ever will be”, according to Barcelona head coach Ernesto Valverde.Five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi scored a brace in Barcelona’s 5-0 rout of Real Betis in LaLiga action on Sunday.Messi took his tally to 19 league goals for the season, while Luis Suarez also netted twice after Ivan Rakitic’s opener. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “You have to enjoy him,” Valverde said of Messi. “We have been able to live his era.”I have suffered because of him and I know what that is like. Now I can enjoy it.”It is an event to watch him every day. He is the best player there is and there ever will be.” Valverde, @ivanrakitic , @aftgomes and Semedo give their post-match opinion on #BetisBarça pic.twitter.com/vPgeUkdIiO — FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) January 22, 2018 The demolition in Seville saw Barca move 11 points clear of second-placed Atletico Madrid, who were held to a 1-1 draw by Girona.Defending champion Real Madrid are 19 points adrift in fourth position with a game in hand.”For us it won’t be a boring league,” Valverde told reporters. “We will continue trying to win our matches, without speculating about the future.”There are 18 games left and that is a lot. But, every game we win will be a very big step.”last_img read more

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Crying Piccolo Girl Has A Name, Seems To Be Taking Her Newfound Fame In Stride

first_imgJay Wright pointing.SAN ANTONIO, TX – APRIL 02: Head coach Jay Wright of the Villanova Wildcats reacts against the Michigan Wolverines in the second half during the 2018 NCAA Men’s Final Four National Championship game at the Alamodome on April 2, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas. The Villanova Wildcats defeated the Michigan Wolverines 79-62. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)Saturday night, Villanova, the No. 1 seed in the East region of the NCAA Tournament, unexpectedly fell to No. 8 seed NC State in dramatic fashion. But somehow, the story of the game wasn’t the Wolfpack’s upset win. It was the reaction of one member of Villanova’s band to the result. A female piccolo player was caught on camera crying while performing her duties as the game ended. Video of the incident went viral, of course.After the game, the piccolo player, Roxanne Chalifoux, had the perfect response on Twitter. Along with the below tweet, she favorited dozens of tweets she’d been sent in the wake of her new fame.Villanova wildcat till I die, through the smiles and the tears— Roxanne Chalifoux (@roxiechalifoxie) March 22, 2015Here’s video of Chalifoux fighting back the years, if you haven’t seen it yet.Props to Chalifoux for handling the situation with class. It’s not easy to become an overnight Internet sensation and keep your cool.last_img read more

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La Province investit 100 000 dans la dialyse à domicile à Yarmouth

first_imgLa Province investit 100 000 $ pour que plus de Néo-Écossais qui souffrent d’insuffisance rénale dans la région du Sud-Ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse puissent bénéficier de meilleurs soins de dialyse, plus près de chez eux. Les fonds aideront à poursuivre la création et la mise en œuvre de programmes de formation et de soutien à la dialyse péritonéale à domicile. Le ministre de l’Environnement, Sterling Belliveau, en a fait l’annonce aujourd’hui, 14 novembre, au nom de la ministre de la Santé et du Mieux-être, Maureen MacDonald, dans le cadre du nouveau plan d’immobilisations de la Province en vue d’améliorer la vie des familles. « Cet investissement stratégique est tout simplement logique, de dire M. Belliveau. Non seulement permet-il de fournir de meilleurs soins de santé aux patients, mais il permet aussi d’aider à réduire le fardeau qu’entraîne cette maladie complexe. » L’investissement fait partie d’un investissement global de 626 000 $ pour assurer de meilleurs soins de santé aux Néo-Écossais qui vivent avec une insuffisance rénale. Les fonds qui restent serviront à fournir des appareils d’hémodialyse à domicile aux patients des régies régionales de la santé Cape Breton et Capital. L’investissement dans le Sud-Ouest de la Nouvelle-Écosse signifie que les patients n’auront plus à se rendre à Halifax pour cinq à sept jours pour y recevoir une formation à la dialyse péritonéale à domicile. Vanessa Mitchell, qui vit à Barrington Passage, recevait des traitements d’hémodialyse à l’Hôpital régional de Yarmouth. Elle est passée à la dialyse péritonéale à domicile il y a huit mois et elle dit que cela a grandement amélioré sa qualité de vie. « Le fait de passer à la dialyse péritonéale à domicile me permet de gérer moi-même mes soins, ce qui m’a redonné mon indépendance, souligne Mme Mitchell. Le fait de bénéficier du soutien d’infirmières et de médecins à Yarmouth réduit grandement les rendez-vous de suivi que je devais prévoir à Halifax. C’est beaucoup plus pratique et ça m’a aidé financièrement. » Les patients qui ont besoin d’hémodialyse et de dialyse péritonéale à domicile reçoivent des plans de soin individualisés basés sur leur condition et ils peuvent préparer leur thérapie à domicile en fonction de leur travail et de leurs activités sociales. C’est la deuxième fois dans l’histoire de la province que le gouvernement rend public le plan d’immobilisations avant le budget du printemps. Dans le cadre du plan d’immobilisations de 2012-2013, le gouvernement investira des millions pour améliorer la vie des familles. Il créera des milliers de bons emplois, stimulera l’économie et assurera de meilleurs soins de santé. Le plan d’immobilisations prévoit des investissements dans des projets qui sont parmi les plus importants pour les Néo-Écossais, tels que les salles d’urgences, les écoles, les routes et l’équipement des hôpitaux.last_img read more

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Time to taima TB in Iqaluit

first_imgAPTN National NewsTaima is the Inuktitut word for stop.The federal government announced a new pilot project called Taima TB for Iqaluit.Nunavut has some of the highest Tuberculosis rates in the developed world and Nunavummiut want to see that taima.APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll has more from Iqaluit.last_img

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Group of 49 ethical funds call for greener oilsands

An international group of ethical funds with investments in Alberta’s oilsands is concerned the industry’s environmental performance could be creating financial risk.“We recognize the economic significance of the resource,” the group says in a statement to be released Monday.“But (we) are concerned that the current approach to development, particularly the management of the environmental and social impacts, threatens the long-term viability of the oilsands as an investment.”The statement is signed by 49 funds.Some are controlled by labour and church groups, such as the United Church of Canada and the Canadian Labour Congress. There are also public-sector pension funds from both sides of the border and private funds from Canada, the U.S. and Europe.Together, they control about $2 trillion, some of which is invested in companies active in the oilsands. Their statement was co-ordinated and released by the Boston-based group Ceres, which works to advance environmental causes through the financial sector.The funds say the oilsands industry is not reducing its greenhouse gas emissions or its water use fast enough. They’re concerned about the lack of information on land reclamation liabilities and worry about lawsuits from aboriginal groups.“We’re certainly not claiming that the industry is ignoring these issues,” said Andrew Logan of Ceres. “What we’re saying is that we need to dramatically speed up the pace of innovation.”Ceres considers greenhouse gas emissions a risk because the industry’s rosy forecasts of U.S. export growth don’t account for the potential impact of low-carbon fuel standards, now under consideration or implemented in 14 U.S. states.Ceres estimated in 2010 that if such regulations eventually cover half of the U.S. market, the export potential for oilsands crude would be reduced by 25 per cent. If such regulations were implemented federally, markets for the oilsands fuel could shrink by a third.“Most companies don’t really have targets around reducing their greenhouse gas emissions or their water use,” Logan said. “What we’re looking for is specifics.”Dan Wicklum of Canada’s Oil Sands Innovation Alliance said his recently formed group of 12 major oilsands producers is starting to do just that.“Companies certainly want to push themselves,” he said. “We’re just developing the process that we would use to engage and set our goals … The companies have committed to set a goal.”The funds also say industry hasn’t released enough information about how much it will cost to clean up after itself.“Disclosure by oilsands companies of reclamation costs has been poor,” says the statement.Alberta’s auditor general has pointed out the amount of money salted away for reclamation is inadequate and the statement says unaccounted reclamation liabilities could reach $33 billion by 2025 — liabilities that could fall to investors.Janet Annesley of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers denied investors are at risk.“Reclamation plans are in place before any project operations may commence and liabilities are fully funded by oil sands mine operators at all times through cash, assets or a combination of both,” she wrote in an email.The statement adds legal threats from aboriginal groups, such as the constitutional challenge recently filed against Shell’s proposed Jackpine mine expansion, have been growing.“The risk of a court ruling in their favour is increasing and could lead to the suspension of an oilsands project,” it says.Annesley also downplayed that risk.“Oil sands development does not go ahead without direct and meaningful Aboriginal consultation,” she wrote.“Oil sands operators will continue to work with governments and Aboriginal groups to clarify the consultation and accommodation process for the benefit of all parties over the longer term.”Wicklum said his group has already been in contact with Ceres about its concerns.“When I take a look at what they’re asking for, it’s really exactly what the industry wants —meaningful engagement with stakeholders,” he said. “We’ve committed to set regional environmental performance goals, to listen and to respond and accelerate the pace of environmental performance improvement.”The fact that Wicklum’s group exists at all is a step forward, said Logan.“The problems in the oilsands are really beyond the ability of any one company to solve,” he said. “The formation of COSIA does suggest to me there’s a real appetite to put real resources into these problems in a way that wasn’t the case a couple of years ago. read more

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UN refugee emergency teams arrive in South Sudan to bolster repatriation efforts

The 18 team members, who arrived this week, are expected to open offices in Bor, Kapoeta and possibly Nasir, if that area proves safe enough for refugees to return to, following January’s peace agreement ending the fighting between the Government and rebels. Some 4.5 million Sudanese are estimated to have been displaced by the war, 550,000 of them refugees who fled across the borders, mainly to Ethiopia and Kenya. Despite the importance of the operation, which, if successful, would bring an end to one of the world’s most deadly and enduring crises, in which 2 million people are estimated to have been killed, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) South Sudan operation remains seriously under-funded, with only $39 million so far received out of the $76.3 million budgeted for 2005.One of the UNHCR teams – a programme officer, a protection officer and an administration staffer – plans to fly to Bor tomorrow to prepare for the first new office.“There is absolutely nothing there,” Bernard Kerblat, leader of the three teams and overall Deputy Operations Manager said. That means UNHCR staffers will have to take with them everything they need – mats, camping beds, stoves, tables, benches, first aid kits, water purifiers – to tide them over the first few days.A top priority is organizing ‘go and see’ visits to Bor for Sudanese refugees currently living in Kakuma camp in north-western Kenya. The decision to repatriate is a major one, and this type of visit is often used as a way to let refugees themselves assess conditions back home before making an informed decision on whether to leave their camps once and for all in order to rebuild their lives in their own countries.UNHCR sends emergency teams for two months, after which they are replaced by longer-term staff. “In two months, the team will be able to lay the foundation for a decent UNHCR presence in the eastern corridor,” said Mr. Kerblat, a veteran of 24 years of refugee operations, including emergencies in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Timor, Angola, Mozambique, Liberia, Sierra Leone and Albania.Prior to the new deployment, UNHCR had already opened offices in the southern Sudan towns of Rumbek, Juba, Yei, Kajo Keiji, Yambio, Tambura, Malakal, and Damazine. read more

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Molson Coors shares hit 52week high on US jobs recovery analyst upgrade

by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 2, 2013 5:17 pm MDT Molson Coors shares hit 52-week high on U.S. jobs recovery, analyst upgrade MONTREAL – Molson Coors shares hit a 52-week high for a second consecutive day on Tuesday on the prospects of a U.S. employment recovery, new products and an analyst’s upgrade.The Montreal and Denver-based brewer’s shares (NYSE:TAP) set a new threshold of $52.93 in early trading on the New York Stock Exchange before closing at US$52.28, up 38 cents in heavy Tuesday trading. While shares in Molson Coors (TSX:TPX.B) also set a record on the Toronto Stock Exchange, hitting $53.55 per share before closing up 73 cents at C$52.88 by day’s end.Goldman Sachs analyst Judy Hong upgraded the company’s stock to buy and raised her 12-month target price 34 per cent to US$63.“We believe Molson Coors is a compelling risk/reward proposition as the U.S. employment recovery and a new product cycle drive upward earnings revisions and multiple re-rating for this deep value asset,” she wrote in a report.Hong concedes that her outlook differs from most analysts for one of the “most under-loved” of consumer staples stocks. Her forecasts are above consensus in each of the next three years.Molson Coors shares are well below its 10-year average and its brewery peers.The key catalyst for Hong’s outlook is an expectation that North American beer volumes will rise with an improving job environment.The beer industry has been hit in recent years as jobless consumers have had cut back on purchases or switched to alternatives.Consumption is about eight per cent below normalized levels after falling 0.6 per cent annually between 2008 and 2012. But acceleration in the mainstream beer market could lift industry volumes by 2.3 per cent a year through 2015, Hong said.A demographic shift whereby baby boomers turned to wine and spirits is largely over and should allow beer’s loss of market share to turn moderate or disappear altogether.Hong also said a pipeline of promising new highest priced products including Third Shift and Redd Al could also add about four per cent to MillerCoors volumes. The second-largest beer company in the U.S. with nearly 30 per cent of beer sales is a joint venture of SABMiller and Molson Coors.Profits are also expected to accelerate on a new cost savings program that will likely be announced in June, and savings from European consolidations following the Starbev acquisition that Molson Coors has already said should yield $50 million.Molson Coors reported in a regulatory filing Tuesday afternoon that CEO Peter Swinburn’s total compensation decreased to about US$7 million in 2012, from US$7.59 million a year earlier. His base salary increased to US$1.07 million last year and he received $3.2 million in stocks, $800,000 in stock options and $709,500 in non-equity incentives.Vice-chairman Peter Coors’ compensation increased to US$2.66 million from US$2 million in 2011, largely as a result of higher pension value. His base salary was unchanged at US$850,000. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Comcast is buying a majority stake in Universal Studios Japan for 15

FILE – This June 11, 2013, file photo, shows the Comcast Corp. logo during The Cable Show 2013 convention in Washington. Comcast is buying a majority stake in theme park operator Universal Studios’ Japanese arm for $1.5 billion, the company announced Monday, Sept. 28, 2015. Comcast, which owns NBCUniversal, will have 51 percent ownership of the business. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) Comcast is buying a majority stake in Universal Studios Japan for $1.5 billion NEW YORK, N.Y. – Comcast is buying a majority stake in theme park operator Universal Studios’ Japanese arm for $1.5 billion.Cable operator Comcast, which owns NBCUniversal, will have 51 per cent ownership of the business.Universal Studios Japan, which opened in Osaka in 2001, has many of the company’s well-known attractions, as well as rides and shows geared specifically toward the Japanese market.NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said in a written statement on Monday that the acquisition will help to expand the company’s theme park business around the world.Comcast is based in Philadelphia. by The Associated Press Posted Sep 28, 2015 4:49 am MDT Last Updated Sep 28, 2015 at 6:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Foxconn steers clear of Trumps 30 billion investment claim

by Scott Bauer, The Associated Press Posted Aug 2, 2017 3:30 pm MDT Last Updated Aug 2, 2017 at 5:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email MADISON, Wis. – Foxconn Technology Group is not saying whether it plans to invest $30 billion in the United States, as President Donald Trump claimed the company’s leader told him “off the record.”Trump announced to a group of small-business leaders at the White House on Tuesday that Foxconn CEO Terry Gou told him privately that the Taiwanese electronics manufacturer could invest as much as $30 billion in the U.S. The company signed a deal with Wisconsin last week to build a $10 billion display panel manufacturing plant and Trump did not specify where the additional spending would be.Foxconn reiterated in a statement Wednesday that the Wisconsin plant “will be the first of a series of facilities we will be building in several states.” It did not address Trump’s statement about the total investment amount or Trump’s claims that Gou told it to him in confidence.“We have not yet announced our investment plans for other sites,” Foxconn said in the statement. “We will provide an update as soon as we have finalized those plans.”The company may be looking at a separate Wisconsin site in Dane County, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported Wednesday , citing multiple sources it did not identify. The paper said no offers have been exchanged and there were no guarantees any would be, but there could be developments in the next two months.It wasn’t clear what kind of facility the second site would be.House Speaker Paul Ryan said in an interview with WITI-TV that the company would expand in Wisconsin, to “tap into our intellectual talent in Madison and Milwaukee.”“What we are getting from Foxconn is that they are committing to Wisconsin,” Ryan said. “We do anticipate that there’s going to be more than just this one location in the Racine-Kenosha area.”Gou previously said that Foxconn was considering locating in seven states before Trump announced last week that a massive liquid crystal display monitors plant would be going to Wisconsin. Other states that Foxconn said it was looking at were Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Texas.Foxconn is the world’s largest contract maker of electronics, with factories across mainland China. It’s best known for making iPhones and other Apple devices but its long list of customers includes Sony Corp., Dell Inc. and BlackBerry Ltd.The new plant in Wisconsin, which is scheduled to open in 2020 with 3,000 employees, will construct liquid crystal display monitors used in televisions and computers. It would bring Foxconn closer to its biggest market and be the first LCD monitor factory located outside of Asia.The Wisconsin Legislature is considering a $3 billion incentive package that must be passed by the end of September as part of the deal with Foxconn. A public hearing on the proposal was scheduled for Thursday, just six days after a draft of the plan was released and eight days after news of the state’s deal with Foxconn broke.Republicans who control the Legislature are split on how quickly to pass the bill, with state Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald saying there are too many unanswered questions about the tax breaks that must be addressed before a vote. Some Democrats and others have questioned whether the incentives are too much, while also raising concerns about the proposed waiving of state environmental permit requirements and other regulations to speed up construction.U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, a Democratic congressman who represents a swath of south-central Wisconsin that includes Madison, questioned during a news conference Wednesday how many jobs will actually materialize and how much those workers will really be paid. He added that he’s worried Foxconn might abandon its plans if Trump fails to follow through on his proposal to raise import tariffs.“We’ve got to be very real about what this actually means for Wisconsin taxpayers,” Pocan said.Ryan, speaking at an employee town hall in his southeastern Wisconsin congressional district, called the deal a “game-changer” that “is a generation’s worth of economic development.” Ryan said he pitched federal job training benefits and tax credits that make the U.S. competitive to Foxconn officials who were deciding whether to locate here.Ryan said he believed Wisconsin’s central location, and an abundance of colleges, universities and technical colleges where future workers could receive the necessary training helped the state win the project. Foxconn is eyeing property in Ryan’s district.“It’s a really good deal for Wisconsin,” he said.___Follow Scott Bauer on Twitter at https://twitter.com/sbauerAP Foxconn steers clear of Trump’s $30 billion investment claim read more

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This Irish directors video will make you fall in love with NYCs

first_imgRules state that performers are free to use the subway stations as a stage, but not the carriages themselves. Since January this year, 46 subway dancers have been arrested and charged with reckless endangerment and a further 50 with less risky tricks were charged with the lesser crime of disorderly conduct.In the video one of the dancers talks about doing it so they can “connect with the people, make the people feel good”.It’s impossible to watch them without being charmed, as they show off their moves and tell the people of New York that “Obama wants change, we want twenties”.The Irish director has said he is concerned for the potential extinction of this meaningful and historic subculture.Carthy is now hoping to show more of the subway dancers’ talents to the world and has launched a Kickstarter project to help fund is return trip to New York. All donations will go towards costs associated with equipment rental, video production and screenings.- With additional reporting by Melia Robinson/Business Insider.VIDEO: Turning stories of addiction and trauma into a powerful dance show>Read: Supermum performs the most epic of wedding dances with her son> Source: Scott Carthy/VimeoPOLICE IN NEW York are cracking down on subway performers and Irish director, 22-year-old Scott Carthy, is on a mission to give them a voice, before what he describes as an “immensely rich subculture” is totally abolished.He spent two days with a group of these performers to get a sense of their passion for dance and came away with this beautiful video.These dancers dash through the carriages, whip their bodies around metal poles, hang upsidedown from the railings and perform backflaps in between the rows of commuters.It can be an unforgiving environment for the subway dancers, who seem to elicit equal amounts of dread and admiration from their fellow passengers. Whether you see them as a nuisance or as performers earning a decent living, the New York City Police Department is taking a renewed stance against this subway subculture.last_img read more

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Marée noire un nouvel entonnoir posé sur le puits à lorigine de

first_imgMarée noire : un nouvel entonnoir posé sur le puits à l’origine de la fuite de pétroleGolfe du Mexique – Nouvelle tentative et nouveaux espoirs. Le groupe BP a réussi hier à mettre en place un nouvel entonnoir sur la tête du puits à l’origine de la marée noire. Un dispositif qui, s’il tient ses promesses, pourrait permettre de contrôler la majeure partie du flot de pétrole se déversant dans le golfe du Mexique. Doug Suttles, le directeur d’exploitation de BP, s’est montré optimiste mais réservé quant à l’efficacité de ce nouveau dispositif. Tony Hayward, le patron de BP, a quant à lui précisé que “12 à 24 heures” seraient encore nécessaires pour affirmer que l’opération est un succès. Ces nouvelles redonnent aux habitants et aux écologistes un soupçon d’espoir, après les nombreux échecs essuyés par BP pour mettre un terme à la plus grande catastrophe pétrolière de l’Histoire des États-Unis.Le 4 juin 2010 à 16:17 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Radioéléments des isotopes plus efficaces à lessai pour traiter le cancer

first_imgRadioéléments : des isotopes plus efficaces à l’essai pour traiter le cancerDes chercheurs de l’Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) à Grenoble ont réussi à produire des isotopes radioactifs capables de s’attaquer uniquement aux cellules cancéreuses. C’est grâce à un petit réacteur nucléaire que cette piste très prometteuse dans la lutte contre le cancer a été conçue.”Avec cet échantillon d’un quart de gramme, on peut produire assez d’isotopes radioactifs pour traiter cent patients atteints de cancer”, explique le physicien Ulli Köster de l’Institut Laue-Langevin (ILL) de Grenoble en désignant un tout petit sachet en plastique transparent contenant une fine poudre blanche. En effet, ce chercheur tient dans sa main, une piste très sérieuse dans la lutte contre le cancer : des isotopes capables d’utiliser leur radioactivité pour détruire de manière ciblée les cellules cancéreuses.C’est au sein du réacteur de l’Institut, normalement dédié à la production de neutrons pour l’étude de la matière, qu’est produite cette poudre depuis deux ans. Un usage bien différent de celui prévu lors de la construction de l’engin à la fin des années 1960 et qui consiste à produire des atomes radioactifs exotiques utilisés pour de nouveaux traitements ciblés contre des cancers. La petite poudre blanche en question est composée d’un produit très rare : de l’ytterbium. Ce dernier, soumis à un flux de neutrons intense du réacteur peut se transmuter en un autre élément, cette fois radioactif, le lutétium 177. Celui-ci est alors utilisé dans des traitements plus efficaces que les chimiothérapies contre des formes de cancers présentant des petites métastases dispersées. Ainsi, contrairement à la radiothérapie habituelle, ces radioéléments ne vont pas irradier toute une région du corps mais seulement celle de la tumeur à éliminer. Une nouvelle méthode donc bien plus ciblée.Des anticorps qui fixent les radioéléments aux cellules tumoralesC’est donc pour éviter au maximum d’irradier les autres organes internes et pour ne s’attaquer qu’aux cellules cancéreuses qu’un procédé a été mis au point grâce à la biotechnologie. Celui-ci fonctionne par l’intermédiaire d’anticorps spécifiquement développés pour ne se fixer qu’aux antigènes des cellules tumorales. “On sait maintenant accrocher un unique élément radioactif au bout d’un anticorps. Ce dernier sert en fait de vecteur, et va apporter l’isotope au plus près de la tumeur, là où la radioactivité sera la plus efficace pour tuer les cellules cancéreuses.” précise Ulli Köster, cité par LeFigaro.fr.Les premiers traitements de ce type utilisaient un élément radioactif assez courant en médecine, de l’iode 131 et ont montré leur efficacité contre les lymphomes, en particulier aux États-Unis. Mais “ce type d’isotope présente le grand inconvénient d’émettre des rayons gamma, qui sont très pénétrants et obligent à mettre les patients en isolation dans des chambres blindées”, explique Jean-François Chatal, professeur émérite de médecine nucléaire, pionnier de la radioimmunothérapie en France qui travaille désormais à temps complet au nouveau cyclotron médical Arronax à Nantes. À lire aussiCancer : définition, causes, types, qu’est-ce que c’est ?C’est justement pour éviter ce genre d’inconvénient que des sites de recherche comme l’ILL de Grenoble et le cyclotron de Nantes produisent aujourd’hui des nouveaux isotopes possédant des caractéristiques plus ciblées. Des radioéléments aux rayons d’actions très précisLe lutétium 177 qui est généré dans le cœur du réacteur grenoblois, est utilisé dans le cadre de traitements expérimentaux contre le cancer de la prostate. Ce radio-isotope présente l’avantage de n’émettre que des rayonnements bêta. Ceux-ci sont des électrons dont le rayon d’action ne dépasse pas 2 à 3 millimètres, soit à peu près l’équivalent de la taille des petites métastases contre lesquelles ces traitements sont les plus efficaces. D’ailleurs, des essais cliniques très prometteurs sont actuellement conduits avec cet élément contre des cancers de la prostate dans des phases avancées pour lesquels tous les autres traitements s’avèrent inopérants. Outre la production du lutétium 177, le réacteur grenoblois produit également du terbium 161, aux propriétés similaires mais qui émet en plus des électrons dits d’Auger qui sont encore moins énergétiques, et capable de cibler avec une précision encore plus importante les cellules malades. Une installation dédiée à ces radioéléments est à l’étude, car pour le moment, leur production est plus manuelle qu’automatisée : “L’investissement serait de l’ordre de quelques millions d’euros, mais pourrait produire assez d’isotopes pour tous les patients concernés en Europe par ce type de traitement”, assure Ulli Köster.Le 26 septembre 2011 à 15:47 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Canon PowerShot S100 un compact rapide et puissant

first_imgCanon PowerShot S100, un compact rapide et puissantCanon a dévoilé les spécifications techniques de l’appareil photo numérique PowerShot S100, héritier du PowerShot S95Le nouvel appareil photo numérique Canon PowerShot S100 se présente en digne successeur du S95, un modèle très prisé. Il s’appuie sur la qualité des capteurs Canon EOS et du  processeur Digic 5 (six fois plus puissant que le Digic 4) pour proposer un rendu de qualité, en basse lumière. Ce nouveau processeur permet de prendre des photos en haute résolution à 9,6 images/s en mode rafale.Cet appareil possède un objectif ultra grand-angle f/2. Il possède un capteur CMOS à haute sensibilité de type 1/1,7 selon Les Numériques. Le Canon PowerShot S100 est muni d’un zoom ultra grand-angle (24 mm) et d’un zoom 5x flexible. Grâce à une bague de contrôle, les principales fonctions telles que le zoom, l’ouverture, la vitesse d’obturation, la mise au point et la sensibilité ISO sont accessibles de manière intuitive. L’appareil photo permet aussi d’enregistrer de la vidéo en Full HD 1080p à 24 images/s en stéréo. Le 29 octobre 2011 à 16:13 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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