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IPL: Shane Watson reprimanded for using offensive language

first_img× COMMENT Shane Watson.   –  The Hindu cricket SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL Shane Watson.   –  The Hinducenter_img May 23, 2016 Published on IPL 2016 Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Shane Watson was today reprimanded for breaching the IPL’s Code of Conduct by “using offensive language” during an Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Delhi Daredevils here.“In the VIVO IPL match in Raipur last evening, Shane Watson of Royal Challengers Bangalore was reprimanded by the Match Referee for using language or a gesture which is deemed obscene, offensive or insulting during a match,” the IPL said in a statement.Royal Challengers Bangalore grabbed the last available spot in the play-offs with a six-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils as Virat Kohli continued his superlative batting show by hitting a responsible 54-run knock.“Mr. Watson admitted to the level 1 offence (Article 2.1.4 of the IPL Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials) and accepted the sanction. For Level 1 breaches of the IPL Code of Conduct, the Match Referee’s decision is final and binding,” the statement said. COMMENTSlast_img read more

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After Australia’s Milestone Decision, England Women Hope Football Association Next to Address Pay Gap

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Jordan Nobbs and Beth England have said they want the English FA to become the next country to strike a deal that closes the pay gap between the men’s and women’s national teams.Australian football’s governing body said on Wednesday it had reached an agreement with the players’ union on a new collective bargaining agreement that “closes the pay gap” between the Socceroos and Matildas. New Zealand and Norway have already moved to address the pay gap between their male and female players.”When you see other nations doing it of course we want to carry on that progression with our nation,” Arsenal midfielder Nobbs told BBC.England host Germany at Wembley Stadium on Saturday, which could set a record attendance for a women’s international in Britain.The Lionesses finished fourth at this year’s World Cup in France but Chelsea forward England said they still needed to work towards building steady revenue streams off the pitch.”It’s one of them where we have been better than (the men) so why are we not on the same (pay) as them, in a way?” she said.”But, again, look at the revenue that the men bring in and you can’t really compare it because their standard is relatively higher than the women – so it’s going to be an ongoing battle and a long process.” australiaEnglandFAfootball First Published: November 7, 2019, 12:50 PM ISTlast_img read more

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PBA: Ginebra grinds out win over Rain or Shine

first_imgDTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “It’s the kind of game we needed—a grind out, down-the-stretch kind of game,” said Ginebra coach Tim Cone. “Though I hope they are all not like this, though.”Brownlee had the usual all-around performance, firing 39 points, plucking 17 rebounds, while dishing out eight assists to go with Thompson and LA Tenorio’s identical 11 points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceThe Painters, who were hoping to get out of the Top 8’s fringes going into the match, managed to keep it close for the most part all thanks to new import Kwame Alexander, who led them to victory just three days ago. He had 20 points.Gabe Norwood scored 14 to pace the locals, while Beau Belga added 13 more in the contest that looked unclear until the final 1:38. Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Becoming his own man “This was tough from start to finish,” Cone said of the match that primes them up for the second half of their elimination round campaign which will include current tournament leaders Meralco and TNT.“We’re not looking at the win column, we’re looking at the loss column. So long as we’re able to stay among the leaders in the loss column, we’re in good shapeAnd that’s all that matters for Cone, who is juggling coaching the Gin Kings job with the SEA Games-bound national team.“The fact that we had to grind this one out is really good for us as a team. We have to play these kinds of games [to] be mentally strong,” he added.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? This jewelry designer is also an architectcenter_img Ginebra vs Rain or Shine. PBA IMAGESMANILA, Philippines–Barangay Ginebra pulled the rug from under Rain or Shine for  98-89 victory Saturday in the PBA Governors’ Cup at Araneta Coliseum in Cubao.Gin Kings’ beloved import Justin Brownlee joined hands with Scottie Thompson late to extend the crowd darlings’ winning streak to three games and get a share of the fourth spot with idle Meralco.ADVERTISEMENT Olympic and Tour de France dreams driving Froome recovery Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics View commentslast_img read more

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BCCI reschedules Ranji Trophy knock-outs

first_imgThe Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to reschedule the two Ranji Trophy matches which had to be cancelled due to smog in the national capital earlier this month, with both the matches being played from December 15 to 18.The Group A clash between Gujarat and Bengal will now be played in Visakhapatnam while the Group C match between Hyderabad and Tripura will take place in Kolkata, according to a report by espncricinfo.The change in dates of the two fifth round Ranji games, has now forced the board to push the quarter-finals from the originally scheduled date of December 17 to December 24.The last round of league matches will however, take place as scheduled from December 7 to 10.The semi-finals have been moved from December 27 to 31 to the new year now, and will take place from January 3 to 7.The final, which was scheduled from January 7 to 11 will now take place from January 12 to 16.The Irani Cup was to be held from January 18 to 22, but it will now take place from January 22 to 26.last_img read more

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PFB Schedule and Update: Fall Sports in Full Swing Already

first_imgGame 1 is in the books for Oklahoma State football, and several other sports completed their first competitions of the fall as well. It’s only Labor Day, but it feels like most of the sports that contend in the fall are already rocking. Let’s take a look at what this week will look like for OSU Athletics.Oklahoma State Games• Friday, September 8: Football at S. Alabama — 7 p.m. (ESPN2)• Friday, September 8: Women’s soccer vs. Illinois — 4 p.m.• Sunday, September 10: Women’s soccer vs. Abilene Christian — 1 p.m.Oklahoma State Records• Football: 1-0 (T1 in B12)• Women’s soccer: 5-0-1 (2nd in B12)• Men’s Golf: 1 WinOklahoma State Media AppearancesMike Gundy will have his weekly press conference today at 11 a.m. Players will be available after practice this afternoon at around 6 p.m.PFB CoverageHayden Barber will be in Stillwater on Monday for both media availabilities. We will not be sending anyone to the South Alabama game, but we will have plenty of coverage on the site all Friday night and Saturday morning. We will provide postgame analysis, and Carson and I will do our postgame show on Facebook Live and Periscope. To get notifications, go to our Facebook page and click on the following:For Periscope, you just have to make sure you’re following us.Contribution updatesWe are up to 304 contributors. That’s amazing, and it helped us give $1,000 to Samaritan’s Purse to help Hurricane Harvey victims. Thank you so much for that.If you haven’t started contributing yet, you can do so here. Just click on the icons in the middle of the post.Site/Staff UpdatesOur interns, Matt and Ryan Harris, have completed another project — building a 2017 two-deep. We will house that here in case you’re ever interested in what it looks like, and we will update it weekly. We’ve had a lot of fun trying to be creative with our content this year, and as always we’re open to hearing from you guys for what you want to see more of — you can comment below or email us at pistolsfiringblog at gmail dot com.Other Essentials• Get updates and goodies via email• Subscribe to our podcast: iTunes | SoundCloudFollow our team on socialA reminder that we’re cranking out content in multiple places on social media including:YouTubeFacebookInstagramTwitterAnd here are our individual Twitter accounts:Kyle PorterKyle Boone Kyle CoxCarson CunninghamThomas FlemingHayden BarberSteven MandevilleJustin SouthwellPhillip Slavin 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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Shaw may play long game despite his perplexing treatment by Mourinho

first_imgJosé Mourinho’s handling of Luke Shaw is a head-scratcher even for seasoned watchers of the Manchester United manager.Shaw should not be immune from criticism, as no footballer is. The point is that Mourinho, as a manager trying to get the best from players for the benefit of the side, can be over the top and counterproductive with his public assessments of the 22-year-old. Share on WhatsApp Sportblog Share on Twitter José Mourinho Share on LinkedIn Read more Luke Shaw unhappy at Mourinho criticism but will not be forced out Manchester United Reuse this content Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest Topics Share on Messenger Share via Email The number of times the manager has done this also prompts the question: what, precisely, is being seen in training that causes Mourinho to keep on selecting Shaw?The manager had all week to assess the left-back, then on Saturday decided 45 minutes into the FA Cup quarter-final win against Brighton & Hove Albion that Shaw should never have been in the XI. Factor in the history of a near two years as his coach that has featured serial mistrust and Mourinho was surely not surprised at how Shaw, in his view, performed.The public criticism that followed was the latest the defender has had to wear. It moved Shaw from a confused state regarding how he is rated – after previous admonishments – to just plain unhappy.Who can blame him? Last month Mourinho said Shaw would receive a new contract “as a natural consequence” of a “big effort”. This followed a declaration in January that he was among the finest left-backs in domestic football. It all seemed to signal Shaw had responded to the nadir of last April, when Mourinho humiliated him by stating Shaw needed to “grow up” and that the manager was his “brain” in a game at Everton.Yet the high praise in January was followed by Shaw being dropped for a league win at Burnley – he has started only four matches since – and the offer of a new contract is surely in the balance after Mourinho’s weekend words.Shaw is in no hurry to leave, though. The main calculation here is that he is out of contract in 2019, so would have greater choice of destinations plus the attraction of a lucrative signing-on fee as a free agent.Against Brighton, Shaw did not seem particularly deserving of the hook. He was also hardly the prime candidate to lose his place at Turf Moor. It has become the unfortunate trope of his career under Mourinho. If there is a player to admonish, it tends to be Shaw.On Friday Mourinho opened up a new front in criticism by extending it to all of his squad, bar Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic, which he continued post-Brighton. Shaw could be forgiven for hearing this and thinking of team-mates: “Welcome to my world”, while wondering where Mourinho’s disquiet with the very people his own livelihood depends on – his players – will end.This may be a further calculation in Shaw’s determination not to be forced out. Given Mourinho’s history and current behaviour there is no guarantee he will be his manager for all of next season and so any replacement may take a near-polar opposite view of Shaw’s worth. commentlast_img read more

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Board and Trade Unions to Settle Overstaffing at JUTC

first_imgMinister of Transport and Mining, Hon. Mike Henry, says the Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) Board and trade unions will be settling the issue of overstaffing at the company.According to the Minister, he has given a directive to the Board of the bus company to work along with the unions representing the workers to immediately have meaningful engagements, and to arrive at decisions in a “mutually acceptable manner”.He said the JUTC is overstaffed by 411 persons, and although the issue is an inherited one, “which we have to correct”, based on prudent economic decision, “we are dealing with the displacement of individuals who are breadwinners for their families”, hence the need for dialogue.The Minister, who was addressing a press briefing at his Maxfield Avenue offices in St. Andrew today (October 13), added that he had ordered several management audits at the company, which have led to it rolling out some 410 buses, coming from a low of 340 in November 2016.He also reported that moves are under way to improve service at the JUTC, and to increase cost-efficiency and maximise operations, such as a pilot programme with New Fortress to switch from diesel to liquefied natural gas (LNG), which will result in a 28 per cent reduction in the company’s fuel bill, along with benefits to the environment.“There will also be a route rationalisation exercise. The JUTC is analysing non-performing routes, with a view to removing its buses… put them on more profitable ones, and franchise them to private operators through the Transport Authority (TA),” he said.Another cost-reduction measure being undertaken at the entity is a tracking system to monitor driver behaviour, fuel, accidents and personal injury claim, which should deliver “significant savings”. Mr. Henry outlined.The Minister used the forum to appeal to persons who are stoning the buses, to desist from destroying the units, noting that since the start of the year, 86 have been damaged.Stop it, and stop it now. We won’t sit idly by and allow this to continue. We are going to catch the culprits and let the law take its course,” Mr. Henry warned.last_img read more

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No more VIP passes for pandalhoppers

first_imgKolkata: The state government has proposed “club invitee” cards instead of “VIP passes” for the pandal hoppers in the ensuing Durga Puja. The “club invitee” cards would be meant for the physically challenged, senior citizens and people of the locality or the club members.It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in a meeting with the Puja committees last Friday at Netaji Indoor Stadium had appealed to the latter to do away with the practice of issuing VIP passes. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaAccording to sources, several Puja committees had approached the state government for an alternative card wherein the physically challenged and senior citizens can enter the puja pandals with ease. They had claimed that people of the locality or the club members should at least get some concession. Following this, the government has proposed the Puja committees to come up with “club invitee” cards and include these sections under it. “There should be a separate gate named ‘Members Gate’ through which the physically challenged and senior citizens or the club members will be allowed entry,” a member for Forum for Durgotsav said. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAddressing an administrative and coordination meeting with the Puja Committees at Netaji Indoor Stadium Banerjee had said the practice of issuing VIP passes should not be welcomed. “If anyone wants to visit a pandal he/she may enter the Puja pandal along with others after queuing up properly,” she had said. Banerjee had asked state Fire and Emergency Services minister Sujit Bose, Mayor Firhad Hakim and state PWD minister Aroop Biswas not to distribute VIP passes in their areas. Bose is associated with Sreebhumi club in Lake Town, Hakim with Chetla Agrani while Biswas is associated with Suruchi Sangha in New Alipore which are huge crowd-pullers.last_img read more

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The Force will be with him Star Wars actor honours NL boy

first_imgCONCEPTION BAY SOUTH, N.L. — A six-year-old boy who captured the attention of a province — and one of his Star Wars heroes — has passed away from cancer.Kaiden Little’s family posted a Facebook message saying the little boy died at about 2:15 p.m. Monday in Newfoundland, two years after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of neuroblastoma.The sad news prompted a response from actor Mark Hamill, who portrayed Luke Skywalker in the little boy’s favourite movies, the Star Wars franchise.Just a couple of hours after his death, Hamill posted a tweet that said, “So sorry to hear of the tragic loss of Kaiden… The Force will be with him from here to eternity!”The family said in its message that they were “devastated and hurting from the pain of missing our boy,” but that he “fought like a true Super Hero right to the end and used his Star Wars force to show all how brave he is and how much love he had to give.”A picture accompanying the message on the site, called Kaiden’s Janeway Adventure, shows what appears to be Kaiden’s hand resting on the hands of his family.Condolences also came in from the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, who had treated him to a police convoy after learning the little boy had wanted to become a police officer.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Allahabad Bank opens 53 RMPCs

first_imgKolkata: In order to suit business needs and market competition, Allahabad Bank, a leading Nationalised Bank of the country launched 53 Retail & MSME Processing Centres (RMPCs) pan India on April 10, 2019. RMPC will ensure availability of relevant expertise for better credit appraisal, delivery and collection. With the launch of RMPC, the existing and potential customers will be immensely benefitted with improved TAT and hassle free loan processing. MD & CEO S S Mallikarjuna Rao inaugurated 4 RMPCs at Kolkata (Saltlake), Howrah (M K Road) , Shakuntala Park (Behala) & Udairajpur (Barasat) in presence of Sudhanshu Gaur, S V L N Nageswara Rao, and Imran A Siddiqui, General Managers of the Bank. The concerned Zonal Heads along with P S Azad (DGM, BPR) were also present on the occasion. Retail credit proposals above 5 lacs & MSME proposals above 10 lacs will be processed through the newly inaugurated RMPCs.last_img read more

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Authorities urged not to shift historic Galle cricket stadium

The authorities have been urged not to shift the historic Galle cricket stadium to a new location.The Government is considering shifting the Galle cricket stadium as there is a risk of Galle losing its UNESCO world heritage site status. “This is sad! Galle cricket ground has a unique place in international test cricket history for its location. Also one of the most successful venues for the national team. I would like to plead and humbly request authorities and SL Government to reconsider this decision,” former Sri Lanka captain Mahela Jayawardena tweeted. Minister of Home Affairs Vajira Abeywardena said that the Galle cricket stadium will be removed by demolishing the structures around the grounds. He said that the grounds will be later open to the public. The main issue is over the Mahinda Rajapaksa pavilion at the stadium.The opposition says if there is an issue with the newly constructed pavilion then the authorities must demolish that and not the entire stadium. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Energy materials and financials lift index in Toronto US markets also up

TORONTO — The key energy, materials and financial sectors helped lift Canada’s main stock index higher in late-morning trading while U.S. stock markets also gained ground.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 53.45 points at 16,590.79.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 66.01 points at 26,975.44. The S&P 500 index was up 7.85 points at 2,987.24, while the Nasdaq composite was up 45.23 points at 8,129.39.The Canadian dollar traded for 75.89 cents US compared with an average of 76.03 cents US on Tuesday.The October crude contract was down 14 cents at US$57.26 per barrel and the October natural gas contract was down 0.7 of a cent at US$2.57 per mmBTU.The December gold contract was up US$4.00 at US$1,503.20 an ounce and the December copper contract was down 1.7 cents at US$2.61 a pound. The Canadian Press Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) read more

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New group added to Security Council list of AlQaida operatives under UN

The committee set up to monitor Council resolution 1267 placed the Jemaah Islamiyah network in Southeast Asia, which goes by a number of alias, under sanctions. The group was founded by the late Abdullah Sungkar. The UN sanctions require States to freeze financial resources, including funds derived or generated by any undertaking owned or controlled by the Taliban, and to ensure that they are not used by the group. Countries are also obliged to freeze funds and other financial assets of Usama bin Laden and his associates in the Al-Qaida organization, and to prevent their entry or transit through the State’s territory. In addition, nations must prevent the supply, sale and transfer of all arms and materiel – along with any form of military training – to the named individuals and entities. The sanctions were originally adopted, and later tightened, in response to the indictment of Usama bin Laden for the 1998 terrorist bombings of US embassies in Nairobi and Dar-es-Salaam. read more

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A list of the top 20 primetime programs in the Nielsen ratings

by The Associated Press Posted Jul 14, 2015 1:05 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 14, 2015 at 1:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for July 6-12. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. “America’s Got Talent” (Tuesday), NBC, 10.57 million.2. “Celebrity Family Feud,” ABC, 8.72 million.3. “Zoo,” CBS, 7.67 million.4. “NCIS,” CBS, 7.6 million.5. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.59 million.6. “The Bachelorette,” ABC, 7.05 million.7. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 6.9 million.8. “America’s Got Talent” (Wednesday), NBC, 6.68 million.9. “American Ninja Warrior,” NBC, 6.42 million.10. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 6.07 million.11. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 5.95 million.12. “Big Brother” (Wednesday), CBS, 5.882 million.13. “Mom,” CBS, 5.875 million.14. “Big Brother” (Thursday), CBS, 5.87 million.15. “Big Brother” (Sunday), CBS, 5.85 million.16. “NCIS: Los Angeles,” CBS, 5.81 million.17. “Hollywood Game Night,” NBC, 5.18 million.18. “Criminal Minds, CBS, 5.17 million.19. “Under the Dome,” CBS, 5.124 million.20. “Extant,” CBS, 5.115 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal. A list of the top 20 prime-time programs in the Nielsen ratings for July 6-12 read more

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Provinces agree on internal trade release few details before premier approvals

by Allison Jones, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 8, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jul 8, 2016 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Provinces agree on internal trade, release few details before premier approvals TORONTO – Canada’s internal trade ministers have reached an agreement on interprovincial trade but say more discussion will be needed on rules governing the flow of alcohol across the country.They said Friday that the agreement will open up procurement markets and reduce regulatory burdens for business, but are releasing few details for now.Federal Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains called the process he and his provincial counterparts set up to deal with the issue “very historic.”“The fact that we’ve actually come to terms with that, put a process in place, does demonstrate there is meaningful progress,” he said.The ministers would not talk specifics of the agreement because the premiers, who are meeting this month in Whitehorse, have the final approval.The Agreement on Internal Trade was signed in 1994 and the updates agreed to Friday come after nearly two years of discussions.Ontario Economic Development Minister Brad Duguid said the agreement will improve Canadians’ access to public contracts, expand the trade of goods and services and reduce technical barriers.“The recommendations will match or exceed the ambition in international agreements to increase opportunities for Canadian businesses to compete, expand and innovate nationally,” Duguid said.The “crown achievement” of the agreement, he said, is the creation of a new process for reconciling regulations across the country. It will help companies expand nationally “without undue costs or burdens,” he said.Two provinces could agree to recognize each other’s regulations, harmonize them, or have one withdraw a regulation.The agreement, if approved by the premiers, would also “level the playing field for Canadian suppliers” by opening procurement markets to competitive bidding, Duguid said.Purchasing rules will ensure that government contracts for goods, services or construction are open to all Canadian suppliers.The rules would also come with greater monetary penalties if provinces fail to adhere to the terms, Duguid said.Dan Albas, the Conservative critic for internal trade, said in a statement that it’s time for the interprovincial alcohol rules to be loosened.“It’s time for the Liberals to take leadership and ask the Supreme Court to rule on the constitutionality of laws that restrict consumer choice and business growth,” he said.The Conservatives want the government to refer a New Brunswick court ruling on cross-border beer shopping to the Supreme Court for review, given the implications for interprovincial trade.New Brunswick provincial court Judge Ronald LeBlanc tossed out all charges against Gerald Comeau, who was charged with illegally importing 14 cases of beer and three bottles of liquor from a Quebec border town in 2012.Last month, the New Brunswick government filed a notice of appeal saying the judge in the Comeau case erred in his interpretation of rules governing the movement of goods between provinces. read more

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Canadian Natural buying Shell Marathon oilsands holdings for 1274 billion

A haul truck carryong a full load drives away from a mining shovel at the Shell Albian Sands oilsands mine near Fort McMurray, Alta., on Monday.July 9, 2008. Canadian Natural Resources plans to spend C$12.74 billion in cash and shares in a blockbuster deal to acquire the bulk of Royal Dutch Shell’s oilsands holdings and half of Marathon Oil’s minority stake in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project in Alberta.The transaction, which would bring more of Alberta’s oilsands under the control of a Canadian company, also marks the latest example of an international energy giant divesting oilsands assets. Earlier this year, ExxonMobil announced a writedown of Canadian oilsands reserves and Statoil finalized a $832-million sale of its oilsands assets to Athabasca Oil Corp. of Calgary. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh CALGARY – Canadian Natural Resources has struck a blockbuster $12.74-billion deal to buy Alberta oilsands assets from Royal Dutch Shell and Marathon Oil, boosting its exposure to the higher-cost sector even as soft crude prices prompt some large foreign players to exit.The deal announced Thursday would see Canadian Natural (TSX:CNQ) buy Shell’s 60 per cent stake in the Athabasca Oil Sands Project, which includes a mine north of Fort McMurray, Alta., and the Shell-operated Scotford bitumen upgrader and Quest carbon capture project northeast of Edmonton.Separately, Houston-based Marathon Oil (NYSE:MRO) would sell its 20 per cent stake in Athabasca to Shell and Canadian Natural, who would pay US$1.25 billion each.Canadian Natural investors welcomed the deal, bidding the stock up nearly 10 per cent higher to close at $43.31 on the S&P/TSX composite index. Financial analysts noted it would boost Canadian Natural’s earnings and cash flow and strengthen its stable of long-life producing assets.“We like the deal as CNRL is buying an upgraded oilsands mining project at metrics lower than it costs to build,” said analyst Arthur Grayfer of CIBC Capital Markets.Alberta’s oilsands, the third-largest proven oil reserves in the world, are also among the most costly and carbon-intensive to produce from and many companies have reconsidered their exposure. Earlier this year, Norway’s Statoil closed its deal to sell all of its Canadian oilsands assets for $832 million.Canadian Natural CEO Steve Laut made clear on a conference call that he thought he was getting a good price.“This deal is highly accretive on all per share metrics and we’ll be able to acquire a world-class mine that is up and running for a 40 per cent discount to what it would cost to build,” he declared.The transaction would boost Canadian Natural’s overall output of bitumen and conventional oil and gas to more than one million barrels per day if it closes as expected by mid-2017.Canadian Natural would pay Shell a total of $11.1 billion, comprised of about US$5.4 billion in cash plus 98 million shares.Shell is also selling its Peace River thermal oilsands assets, including its shelved Carmon Creek project, and undeveloped oilsands leases to Canadian Natural.Shell CEO Ben van Beurden said in a statement the deal allows the company to focus on assets such as deepwater oil and gas that offer higher returns on capital.“Our people have built a really strong, competitive and environmentally responsible oilsands business over the last several decades, but oilsands mining and in situ operations are no longer a strategic fit for Shell,” said Shell Canada president Michael Crothers on a conference call.Marathon announced the oilsands sale in a news release that also revealed it would spend US$1.1 billion to buy U.S. shale assets.Upon completion of the deal, Canadian Natural will take over from Shell as operator of the Athabasca mining assets, located east across the Muskeg River from its Horizon oilsands mine.Shell would continue to operate the upgrader and Quest. It would retain 100 per cent ownership of the neighbouring Scotford refinery and chemicals plants.Canadian Natural says as part of the agreements, it will welcome about 3,100 employees from Shell and Marathon Oil. About 2,760 of them work at the mines, 110 are at the Peace River in situ operations and 230 are based in Calgary.Federal Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, in Texas attending a major energy conference, said he didn’t see the sale as a lack of confidence by foreign investors in Canada’s energy sector.“We believe that in the long run, investors will see the Canadian oil and gas industry as a good place to invest,” Carr told reporters Thursday.“There will be other investors who see Canada, known for its innovation and its entrepreneurship as a place where an investment makes a lot of sense.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected version. A previous version misstated the value of what Shell would receive from Canadian Natural Resources. by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 9, 2017 1:28 am MDT Last Updated Mar 9, 2017 at 6:40 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Canadian Natural buying Shell, Marathon oilsands holdings for $12.74 billion read more

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Making a difference in Niagara during Reading Week

With Reading Week just around the corner, Brock students are being encouraged to begin and end their time off by giving back to the community.Through the Alternative Reading Week (ARW) – Local program, students aim to positively impact the Niagara community in a similar way to the ARW outreach trips in Peru and South Carolina happening at the same time. This year, student volunteers will be heading to Heartland Forest to help out with the Niagara Falls nature centre’s Winterfest event. Happening Monday, Feb. 19, Winterfest is an educational and family friendly event featuring vendors, environmental and astronomy experts, food trucks, bouncy castles, train rides and a scavenger hunt.Brock’s ARW – Local volunteers will be helping indoors and outdoors with activities, learning stations, ticket sales, door prizes, maintenance and refreshments.At the other end of Reading Week, on Saturday, Feb. 24, the entire Brock community is invited to take part in the Coldest Night of the Year.The walk of two, five or 10 kilometres through downtown St. Catharines raises money for Start Me Up Niagara, a local outreach centre that serves people who are experiencing significant life challenges such as poverty, homelessness, unemployment, addictions and mental illness.Kristen Smith, Brock’s Manager of Community Outreach Programs, encouraged students to add a rewarding volunteer experience to their Reading Week calendar.“We want students to know they can still participate in Alternative Reading Week activities in Niagara,” she said. “Local projects allow students to make connections with community partners that they can continue to support throughout the year.To learn more about Alternative Reading Week – Local, visit Experience BU.To participate in the Coldest Night of the Year, register online. read more

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Brocks Hamilton campus to host high school maker challenge

The challenge issued by Brock University’s Faculty of Education was clear: identify an accessibility issue and then research, design and build a product or device to help individuals with disabilities overcome the barrier to everyday living.Now, teams of shop class students from six high schools in Niagara, Peel and Stratford will put their concepts to the test in a battle for bragging rights and a $2,000 top prize in the Brock School Maker Challenge.The competition will be held during the Brock University Faculty of Education’s ninth annual Teaching with Technology Showcase Wednesday, Feb. 15 at the Hamilton Campus.“It’s impressive and inspiring to see the kinds of everyday living problems the school teams have discovered and the resourcefulness they’ve shown in coming up with creative, practical and working solutions,” Tony DiPetta, the Maker Challenge co-ordinator and associate professor in the Faculty of Education.“When people wonder where society’s entrepreneurs and tradespeople are going to come from, I suggest they look at the work these shop class teams have done and they will realize the value of school High Skills Majors programs and the new ICE (Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship) initiative.”The winners of Wednesday’s Brock School Maker Challenge will be selected by a judging panel of industry and community leaders and technology experts. The winning team will earn $2,000. Second wins $1,500 and third, $500.The competition is part of Brock’s Tech Showcase taking place at the Hamilton Campus. The Showcase provides a chance for practicing teachers, teacher education candidates and university faculty members to learn about the latest innovations available to the education community and a forum to discuss how new technology is being used. read more

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Despite being in the mix Buckeyes not focusing on BCS rankings

The OSU football team sings ‘Carmen Ohio’ after a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorCollege football coaches across the country typically shy away from talking about rankings with their teams, and Ohio State head man Urban Meyer is no exception.Meyer said Monday during his weekly press conference that he spoke with team about the inaugural BCS standings, released Sunday evening, in what he called his “first state of the union address.”“My comment was that we are, indeed, in the mix. Embrace it,” Meyer said at Monday’s press conference. “In the mix for what? Don’t worry about it. We are in the mix, though.”OSU is currently ranked No. 4 in the BCS, with a .8553 average, which is taken from the Harris Poll, USA TODAY poll and six computers. The Buckeyes are significantly behind No. 3 Oregon, which has a BCS average of .9320.Meyer, though, said he told his team to embrace where it sits and the only thing that matters is what happens is on the field.“People think very highly of you. Maybe some people don’t,” Meyer said. “You just have to go out and be the best team on the field on Saturday, not in the country.”Junior wide receiver Devin Smith echoed his coach’s sentiment Monday.“He told us not to worry about it too much,” Smith said. “Just keep playing football, keep getting better and just take it one game at a time and everything will fall into place.”If OSU has any plans of playing in the BCS National Championship game in January, it is likely the three teams that sit above it (Alabama, Florida State and Oregon) will need to lose before season’s end. Even if that happens and the Buckeyes finish undefeated and win the Big Ten Championship, a one-loss school from another conference such as the SEC could jump them because of the team’s strength of schedule. The chance of that happening, though, is not something that is crossing the minds of OSU players, junior defensive lineman Michael Bennett said.“Can’t really do much about it,” Bennett said. “All you can do is go out and win and try to start handling, and winning by large margins. That’s all we can really do. We’re always trying to destroy teams, but sometimes it doesn’t work out that way.”OSU is one of three Big Ten teams in the initial BCS rankings, and the only one in the top 20. Michigan (No. 22) and Nebraska (No. 24) are the others, and both already have one loss in 2013.If the Buckeyes want any chance of playing for the crystal football in Pasadena Jan. 6, focusing on and beating each opponent is their first and only concern.“I think guys are aware of (the rankings), but we just need to focus on going out there and winning games because if we don’t focus on the teams we’re playing … that could hurt us if we’re not focused,” sophomore offensive lineman Taylor Decker said.Bennett said “the BCS would work itself out” at the end of the season.“We can handle it, I think we still have that game-to-game approach,” Bennett said. “But it’s just good to know that if we keep doing our job then everything will be fine.”The Buckeyes are only scheduled to play one more currently-ranked team in the regular season (Michigan), so their chances of moving up in the BCS without other teams losing seem slim. Being aware of where they stand, though, is a good thing Decker said.“You gotta be aware of it because it’s going to be talked about,” Decker said. “We still have a lot of football left to play and that, we gotta be focused on, so I think we just need to focus on the next game from a team standpoint.”OSU is set to host Penn State (4-2, 1-1) 8 p.m. Saturday. read more

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US unemployment drops to 78 per cent lowest in nearly four years

first_img12 million officially unemployedRevisions to the previous two months’ numbers added 86,000 net new jobs to what had been understood, not enough by itself to bring down the overall unemployment rate.But last week the Labor Department did a more far-reaching adjustment to the base labor sector data reaching back several years, helping reduce the total number of unemployed.In addition, the September figures showed a 170,000 increase in the number of people who dropped out of the work force since July.The details were not all positive: manufacturers reduced their job rolls for the second straight month and the average duration that people are going without jobs increased to 39.8 weeks.Moreover, the number of people who could only do part time work increased by 580,000.But in an important shift, the numbers showed that, in addition to the private sector, government bodies at all levels returned to hiring in June and July, albeit at a modest pace, reversing a slow contrary trend since May 2010.Overall, 12.1 million Americans remained officially unemployed, down from 13.9 million in September 2011, when the jobless rate was 9.0 per cent.Read: Why is Snoop Dogg voting for Obama and not Romney?Read: Observers give Romney the victory in first US presidential debate HUGE REVISIONS TO previous data gave a sharply better picture of the US jobs situation, pushing the unemployment rate down to 7.8 per cent, the lowest level since Barack Obama became president in January 2009.The Labor Department’s figures for last month showed only 114,000 jobs were generated, but upward revisions both to July and August new jobs numbers, and a broader baseline adjustment last week, helped reduce the overall jobless rate from the previous 8.1 per cent.The 7.8 per cent level was the lowest since President Barack Obama took office, and challenged critics, including White House rival Mitt Romney, who said Obama could not make good on his pledge to bring unemployment below 8 per cent by the end of his first four-year term in office.It was also lower than forecasts for this year of the Federal Reserve, which embarked on a QE3 stimulus program in September mainly because of the persistence of high joblessness.“Today’s employment report provides further evidence that the US economy is continuing to heal from the wounds inflicted by the worst downturn since the Great Depression,” said Alan Krueger, chairman of the White House Council of Economic Advisers.“The economy has now added private sector jobs for 31 straight months. Taking account of the preliminary benchmark revision released last week, the economy has added a total of 5.2 million private sector jobs during that period.”last_img read more

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