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first_imgOTTAWA – Members of Parliament will be burning the midnight oil next month as the Trudeau government rushes to pass a sheaf of bills before the summer break.Government House leader Bardish Chagger served notice Thursday of a motion to extend daily sitting hours for the House of Commons until midnight, starting the week of May 29, when Parliament resumes after a one-week break, and continuing until June 23.The move comes amid criticism that, as of Thursday, the Liberals have passed only 19 government bills since taking power in November 2015 — a skimpy legislative record compared to the 42 bills passed into law during the first 19 months of Stephen Harper’s majority Conservative regime.Of the 53 bills Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s Liberals have introduced, 15 of them have languished for months — up to a year or more in a couple of cases — without proceeding beyond the formality of first reading.That includes a vaunted bill to repeal controversial provisions of the Conservatives’ Fair Elections Act and another bill to end the discriminatory impact of the Criminal Code on same-sex sexual activity, both of which were introduced six months ago but have gone nowhere since.Liberals blame the glacial pace on a number of factors, including procedural machinations employed by the Conservatives to thwart the government’s legislative agenda and a more independent, activist Senate that has amended five bills and returned them to the Commons for reconsideration.By Liberal calculations, procedural tricks have eaten up 36 hours of precious Commons sitting time since January, which amounts to a full week out of the 11 weeks the chamber has sat so far this year.Most of the current week has been lost to reconsideration of Senate-amended bills.But Conservatives and New Democrats say the government has only itself to blame, having poisoned relations in the Commons by proposing in March to unilaterally change the way the House and its committees operate, without consensus among opposition parties.Combined with Trudeau’s “non-answers” in question period and what the Opposition sees as his lack of respect for Parliament, “all of that together creates a toxic atmosphere,” Conservative House leader Candice Bergen said in an interview.“It’s very typical of the Liberals to blame others for their problems instead of taking responsibility,” she added.NDP House leader Murray Rankin agreed that the Liberals “just haven’t figured out how to work with opposition parties.”“They’ve poisoned the well with this procedural so-called discussion paper a while back . . . Now when it comes to bringing in legislation, there’s not a lot of goodwill left. That’s the problem.”As for the Senate, Rankin noted that Trudeau was the one who reformed the appointment process to encourage a more independent upper house.“It’s not our fault the Senate is giving them heartburn.”For her part, Chagger said she has no problem with the Senate doing its job to provide sober second thought to government legislation and recommending improvements.“To me, it’s really quality (of legislation) over quantity,” she said in an interview.That said, the government is now determined to increase the quantity. And that will mean invoking time allocation a lot more often to limit debate and speed the passage of bills.By Liberal calculations, the government has so far used time allocation just 14 times on nine bills (sometimes more than once on the same bill, at different stages in the legislative process) as it nears the mid-point of its mandate. By contrast, the Harper government used time allocation 91 times on 56 bills during its last four years in office.Until now, Chagger said the Liberals have been willing to allot more time for “meaningful” debate, accepting that it would slow down the legislative agenda. But those days are over now that the other parties have refused to even consider proposals to find a better balance between the opposition’s need to hold the government to account and the government’s need to deliver on its agenda.Chagger’s discussion paper triggered an opposition filibuster for several weeks. But Liberals note that even after she agreed to drop the most contentious proposals, the Conservatives have continued to employ procedural tricks to block government business.Until recently, Peter Harder, the government’s representative in the Senate, said similar tactics were used by Conservative senators to hold up some legislation for months.“I think there are times when you see some co-ordination between the two chambers,” he said.However, Harder said that seems to have changed over the last couple of weeks, with the Senate finally making “significant progress” in passing legislation.last_img read more

first_img​YouTube is putting a bigger bet on its most successful Canadian creators with a channel dedicated to promoting local talent.The video streaming platform unveiled “Spotlight Canada” on Monday, a curated page that highlights some of the nation’s standout videos. It’s the first time a country has been singled out with its own curated content section.The debut of the page features a selection of past viral hits, including astronaut Chris Hadfield’s collaboration with the Barenaked Ladies from space, the Tragically Hip performing Bobcaygeon in Kingston, Ont., last summer, and a selection of trending music videos from Canadian artists. Advertisement Advertisement There’s also a section highlighting indigenous musicians and one for “Canada’s favourite YouTube creators.” Another feature called “Creator on the Rise,” which debuts Wednesday, unearths the hottest Canadian clips on YouTube each week.The selection is chosen by algorithms that factor in view count and subscriber growth. YouTube says the entire page will be refreshed each month with a new slate of videos. It’s a pilot project, but Marie Josee Lamothe, a managing director at YouTube’s owner Google, says it makes sense to select Canada as the testing ground for championing homegrown content.Some of the world’s biggest YouTube stars, including breakout creators Lilly Singh, AsapScience and Gigi Gorgeous, transcended the country’s borders and racked up millions of views on their viral clips. “The objective is to showcase Canada’s top stars, but also to help discover emerging Canadian talent,” said Lamothe.“What we want to do is bring a focus to the diverse Canadian voices that create this content.” YouTube says recent data has shown a notable increase in viewership for Canada. In the first half of this year, the amount of time Canadians spent watching YouTube videos jumped by 30 per cent compared to the same period last year.Within that same window, watch time for Canadian channels soared 230 per cent in India, 70 per cent in the U.S. and 60 per cent in Australia. Lamothe says for those reasons alone it makes sense for YouTube to invest more in content from Canada.Google has already opened a 3,500 square-foot facility at the downtown Toronto campus of George Brown College aimed at giving creators the tools they need to make their videos better, like green screens and other high-end technology. “It’s important to promote our own local talent,” added Lamothe. “(This is) a big, fast-growing fan base that is worth supporting.” Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Rabat – A committee of solidarity with the jailed director of news website Badil, Hamid El Mehdaoui, and other journalists detained during recent protests in Al Hoceima has been established in Rabat.On Tuesday, a meeting was held in the headquarters of the Moroccan Association of Human Rights (AMDH) announcing the creation of committee of solidarity with El Mehdaoui and other journalist from the northern Moroccan city, arrested for their role in covering the protests in the region, a statement by the committee said.Veteran journalist Khalid Jamai was elected as the committee’s national coordinator. Members of the committee’s secretariat were also elected. Among the elected members AMDH’s former presidents Khadija Riadi and Abdelhamid Amine, political analyst Maati Mounjib, journalists Ali Anouzla and Souleiman Raissouni, Islamist opposition group Al Adlwa Al Ihsane’s Hassan Benajeh and writer, former military officer, and detainee during the reign of Hassan II, Ahmed Marzouki.On July 25, El Mehdaoui was sentenced to three months in prison and a fine of MAD 20,000 for “inciting people to protest” during the July 20 protest March in Al Hoceima.His supporters refute the charges, saying El Mehdaoui is being persecuted for his vocal criticism of the government. read more

20 September 2010The soul music star and United Nations Messenger for Peace Stevie Wonder today urged the international community to facilitate access to copyright material to people with visual disabilities, saying such a move would help them acquire more learning tools and enable them to live independent lives. The soul music star and United Nations Messenger for Peace Stevie Wonder today urged the international community to facilitate access to copyright material to people with visual disabilities, saying such a move would help them acquire more learning tools and enable them to live independent lives.Mr. Wonder launched his “Declaration of freedom for people with disabilities” at the start of the annual meeting of Member States of the UN World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in Geneva.He said the declaration was “a call to action, a plan to empower the independence of people with disabilities by providing them with the tools to learn and grow.”“Through your legislative efforts, incentives can be created to advance the blind and visually disabled towards the promise of a better life,” Mr. Wonder told the ministers and policy-makers from WIPO’s 184 Member States. He challenged delegates in the 10-day event to strike an agreement on improved access to copyright protected works by visually impaired persons (VIPs) within a year.“We must declare a state of emergency, and end the information deprivation that continues to keep the visually impaired in the dark. We must spread the word that the untapped genius of the 300 plus million who have a visual disability are in need of our love and action; today, not tomorrow, but today,” the award-winning United States singer and songwriter said.“While I know that it is critical not to act to the detriment of the authors who labour to create the great works that enlighten and nourish our minds, hearts and souls, we must develop a protocol that allows the easy import and export of copyright materials so that people with print disabilities can join the mainstream of the literate world,” he said.“There are many proposals on the table that will create a safe clearing house for the exchange and translation of books, please work towards a consensus,” he added.WIPO Member States are currently discussing better access to copyright-protected works for the blind, visually impaired and other reading-disabled persons in the agency’s Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights. A number of proposals aimed at creating an enabling legal environment for better access to copyright-protected works for reading impaired persons are under discussion.In his opening statement today to the WIPO gathering, the body’s Director General, Francis Gurry, said innovation was central to economic growth and to the creation of new and better jobs.“It is the key to competitiveness for countries, for industries and for individual firms. It is the process by which solutions are developed to social and economic challenges,” Mr. Gurry told to some 70 government ministers who will be exploring the theme “Innovation, Growth and Development: The Role of Intellectual Property and Member States’ National Experiences” in a two-day ministerial segment.Mr. Gurry stressed the growing complexity of “the journey from idea to commercial reality,” which had led to “a broadening of the understanding of what constitutes innovation.”In a related development, WIPO today launched an on-line global intellectual property (IP) reference resource which provides up-to-date information on national IP laws and treaties.This centralized search facility, known as WIPO Lex, offers a user-friendly interface and functionalities, is in line with one of the agency’s strategic goals – to serve as a world reference source for IP information and analysis.WIPO Lex features the complete IP legal texts for more than 60 countries with substantial coverage for a further 100 legal systems. read more

Solid bank earnings helped give the Toronto stock market a modest gain Thursday while traders also looked to remarks this morning from U.S. Federal Reserve chair Janet Yellen.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 29.56 points to 14,218.14 as CIBC (TSX:CM) posted quarterly net income of $1.18 billion, up nearly 50 per cent from a year ago and partly due to its sale of half its Aeroplan credit card business to TD Bank (TSX:TD).Ex-items, CIBC’s earnings were up 6.3 per cent to $951 million or $2.31 a share, 15 cents better than estimates. TD’s adjusted net income was $2.02 billion, or $1.06 per common share, two cents ahead of estimates.TD hiked its dividend by nine per cent to 47 cents per share while CIBC’s will be going up about two per cent to 98 cents per share. TD shares rose 17 cents to $49.59 while CIBC gained $1.25 to $91.84.The Canadian dollar was off 0.12 of a cent to 89.74 cents US.New York indexes were lacklustre while traders also digested data showing that orders for durable goods declined a seasonally adjusted one per cent in January compared with December. Much of last month’s decline was driven by a 20.2 per cent drop in demand for commercial aircraft, a volatile month-to-month category.The Dow Jones industrials shed 19.27 points to 16,179.14, the Nasdaq was down 4.02 points to 4,288.05 while the S&P 500 index slipped 2.36 points to 1,842.8.Yellen’s testimony before the Senate’s Banking Committee was supposed to take place earlier this month but was postponed because of a fierce winter storm in Washington. Investors will be looking to see what she says about how tough weather conditions have impacted the economy and if the Fed plans to further taper its bond purchases.In other earnings news, Maple Leaf Foods (TSX:MFI) dropped two per cent to $15.88 as it reported an adjusted quarterly operating loss of $21.7 million or 25 cents a share, a big miss from the six cents a share of adjusted profit that analysts had estimated.Valeant Pharmaceuticals International (TSX:VRX) reported quarterly net income of $124 million, or 36 cents per share, compared to a loss of $89.1 million a year ago. Revenues in the quarter were $2.1 billion, up 109 per cent compared to a year earlier and its shares were up $1.32 to $163.70.The gold sector led TSX advancers, up two per cent as April bullion gained $4.20 to US$1,332.20 an ounce.The base metals sector was up 0.7 per cent as May copper lost two cents to US$3.19 a pound.A major decliner was Taseko Mines (TSX:TKO) after the federal government again rejected its proposed $1.5-billion, open-pit, gold-copper mine in British Columbia’s Interior over environmental concerns. The environment department rejected the New Prosperity Mine for a second time because it will cause significant adverse environmental effects that can’t be mitigated and its shares fell 15 cents or 6.33 per cent to $2.22.The energy sector was off 0.17 per cent as the April crude contract in New York dipped 44 cents to US$102.15 a barrel. read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed modestly higher Tuesday as energy and mining stocks ran ahead on higher prices for oil and metals.But the index was held back in part by BlackBerry (TSX:BB) as its new product started presales in the U.S.The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 20.09 points to 12,878.58.The Canadian dollar inched up 0.03 of a cent to 97.46 cents US.U.S. indexes had started the day off lower as traders wondered if the recent rally that has driven indexes to multi-year highs is running out of steam.But by the close, the Dow industrials inched up 2.77 points to another record-high close of 14,450.06, its sixth straight record-high close. The Nasdaq index fell 10.55 points to 3,242.32 while the S&P 500 index shed 3.74 points to 1,552.48.The mainly lacklustre performance on stock indexes reflects soft Chinese industrial production and retail sales figures which came out last weekend and raised concerns about the pace of the world’s second biggest economy.In addition, higher-than-expected inflation of 3.2 per cent in February raised questions about the Chinese government’s ability to do more to shore up the economy.And on Tuesday, Britain’s Office for National Statistics released figures showing industrial production fell sharply during January, raising fears the country will suffer its third recession in not much more than four years.Industrial production fell at a monthly rate of 1.2 per cent in January, in contrast to expectations for a modest 0.2 per cent rise.However, the TSX is still up 3.8 per cent for the year so far with some support coming from the Dow’s recent strong runup.“I do think there is inspiration flowing across the border from the south,” said Fred Ketchen, manager of equity trading at Scotia Capital.The Dow has surged more than 10 per cent so far this year.In Toronto, the gold sector led advancers, up about 2.35 per cent while April bullion was ahead $13.70 to US$1,591.70 an ounce. Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) rose 73 cents to C$33.96.Alamos Gold Inc. (TSX:AGI) is asking the B.C. Securities Commission to remove a “poison pill” anti-takeover defence erected by Aurizon Mines Ltd. (TSX:ARZ). The original Aurizon shareholder rights plan expired March 4 when Hecla Mining Co. came forward with a rival, friendly offer. Alamos says a second poison pill announced by Aurizon on Monday is designed to prevent shareholders from exercising their right to accept its proposal. Alamos shares gained 19 cents to $14.75 while Aurizon was ahead four cents at $4.55.May copper rose four cents to US$3.55 a pound, boosting the base metals sector by 0.61 per cent. Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) gained 29 cents to C$31.62.Labrador Iron Mines Holdings Ltd. (TSX:LIM) surged 19 cents or 29.23 per cent to 84 cents. The company and a subsidiary of India’s Tata Steel Ltd. have reached a strategic co-operation pact. Labrador Iron has agreed to sell a 51 per cent stake in its Howse deposit to Tata Steel Minerals Canada for $30 million cash and the right to acquire a deposit from TSMC. The agreement also calls for the companies to share a rail line and other equipment to carry ore from the Labrador-Quebec border area to the port of Sept-Iles, Que.The energy sector rose 0.14 per cent while the April crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was up 48 cents to US$92.54 a barrel. Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM) was up 12 cents to C$12.56 as the company said it has signed a deal with SBM Offshore to cancel and scrap its Yme project in the North Sea, which has faced a number of problems and delays. The company said a new solution is needed in order to develop the Yme field.PetroBakken Energy Ltd. (TSX:PBN) declined 17 cents to $8.28 as it said it plans $675 million in capital spending this year, about 30 per cent less than in 2012 or 2011 before adjusting for dispositions. The Calgary-based oil and gas producer also says it had $106.9 million of adjusted net income, or 55 cents per share. Revenue was $296.5 million and funds from operations was $168.3 million, or 88 cents per share.The tech sector led losing components. Shares in BlackBerry (TSX:BB) fell 46 cents or 3.01 per cent to $14.83 on very heavy volume of 9.6 million shares as U.S. telecom AT&T started presales of the company’s new Z10 touchscreen smartphone, leading up to an official U.S. release on March 22. The company said on Monday that the phone will sell for US$199.99 under a two-year contract. The stock had surged 14 per cent Monday amid high hopes for the smartphone in the highly competitive U.S. market.The consumer staples sector was also weak with shares in convenience store chain Alimentation Couche Tard (TSX:ATD.B) down $1.92 to $54.87.The parent of the Sobeys grocery chain, Nova Scotia-based Empire Company Ltd. (TSX:EMP.A), says it had $75.2 million of net income in its financial third quarter. The profit amounted to $1.11 per share while adjusted earnings were slightly higher at $79.6 million or $1.17 per share. Revenue for the three months ended Feb. 2 was $4.34 billion, most of it from Sobeys. Empire shares slipped 65 cents to $64.62.The TSX Venture Exchange edged up 2.88 points to 1,119.15. Miners boost TSX amid economic concerns, Dow backs off after record highs by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 12, 2013 8:28 am MDT read more

by The Canadian Press Posted Mar 12, 2013 5:49 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,878.58 up 20.09 points):TORC Oil and Gas Ltd. (TSX:TOG). Oil and gas. Up 19 cents, or 10.92 per cent, at $1.93 on 31.14 million shares. The Calgary-based energy company announced a big jump in reserves and production due to its acquisition of Vero Energy Inc. last year.B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up 19 cents, or 6.44 per cent, at $3.14 on 11.53 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil. Up 30 cents, or 0.92 per cent, at $33.07 on 10.73 million shares. The energy sector was up 0.14 per cent at 257.56 points, as price of crude oil inched up 48 cents US to $92.54 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.BlackBerry (TSX:BB). Wireless technology. Down 46 cents, or 3.01 per cent, at $14.83 on 9.64 million shares. Presales of the smartphone pioneer’s newest device, the touchscreen BlackBerry Z10, started today in the U.S.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Up five cents, or 0.24 per cent, at $20.69 on 8.86 million shares. The Vancouver-based company extended its $5.1-billion hostile takeover bid for Inmet Mining Corp. (TSX:IMN) to March 21. Its previous deadline expired at midnight Monday night with some 61.45 per cent of outstanding Inmet shares having been tendered to its offer. The Inmet board has rejected the $72 per share bid — half in cash and half in stock — as inadequate. Inmet’s stock was up $1.35, or 1.97 per cent, at $69.98 on 3.14 million shares.Thomson Reuters Corp. (TSX:TRI). Data and information provider. Up 16 cents, or 0.50 per cent, at $32.02 on 6.9 million shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,119.15 up 2.88 points):Pinecrest Energy Inc. (TSXV:PRY). Oil and gas. Down three cents, or 2.94 pe cent, at 99 cents on 6.62 million shares.EastCoal Inc. (TSXV:ECX). Miner. Down 1.5 cents, or 21.43 per cent, at 5.5 cents on 6.27 million shares. The Vancouver-based company announced it will shed about 400 jobs at its two mines in Ukraine, about a third of the people it employs in the country. EastCoal also said it restarted its wash plant at Menzhinsky mine at the end of February.Companies reporting major news:Alamos Gold Inc. (TSX:AGI). Miner. Up 19 cents, or 1.30 per cent, at $14.75 on 410,641 shares. The Toronto-based company asked the B.C. Securities Commission to remove a “poison pill” anti-takeover defence erected by Aurizon Mines Ltd. (TSX:ARZ). The original Aurizon shareholder rights plan expired March 4 when Hecla Mining Co. came forward with a rival, friendly offer. The stock of Aurizon Mines rose four cents, or 0.89 per cent, at $4.55 on 1.46 million shares.CAE Inc. (TSX:CAE). Flight simulator. Up seven cents, or 0.69 per cent, at $10.28 on 434,122 shares after the company announced a spate of new long-term commercial training and services contracts valued at about $245 million in total. The deals span four continents and involved South American-based LAN and TAM Airlines, Turkish Airlines, GE Capital Aviation Services, JetBlue Airways for simulator upgrades and Ryanair.Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM). Oil and gas. Up 12 cents, or 0.96 per cent, at $12.56 on 5.57 million shares. The Calgary-based company signed a deal with SBM Offshore to cancel and scrap its Yme project in the North Sea, which has faced a number of problems and delays. Talisman said a new solution is needed in order to develop the Yme field. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

“As Yemenis are weaving together the tapestry of their new country, some threads are unfortunately unravelling that could adversely affect Yemen’s transition,” Special Adviser Jamal Benomar told journalists, recounting some of the points from his briefing to the 15-member Council.During the closed-door discussion, he said, Council members expressed concern “that some spoilers continue to agitate and cause trouble” in an attempt to distract from implementing the National Dialogue Conference outcomes and the remaining steps of the political transition.Yemen has been undergoing a democratic transition, with a Government of National Unity, which came to power in an election in February 2012 following the resignation of former President Ali Abdullah Saleh. He had agreed to step down following widespread protests similar to those seen across the Middle East and North Africa as part of the so-called “Arab Spring” pro-democracy movement.The country last year held a National Dialogue Conference, which brought new actors to the political process such as youths, women, civil society representatives and the Hiraak Southern Movement. The Conference aimed to feed into a constitution-making process and pave the way for general elections later this year.In the South, where pro-secession protests are more common, Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) militants have recently been targeting military installations, displacing tens of thousands of people, according to estimates by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).The Council also discussed the situation in the North, where Houthis and other armed groups have been fighting.“I informed the Council about the need for a political track on the North that will sustain the current fragile ceasefires,” Mr. Benomar said, underscoring that the Dialogue outcomes called for disarmament and recovery of State-owned heavy and medium weapons. Among other issues discussed, Mr. Benomar said he raised the issue of funding, and the inability of the Government to finance the budget in the coming year which could contribute to the country’s instability. For example, the Government is facing challenges paying for highly-subsidised fuel, which has in the past sparked protests.“Only 35 per cent of the $7.9 billion pledged at the Riyadh donor conference in 2012 has been disbursed,” the UN envoy noted, referring to the “Friends of Yemen” donors’ conference held in Saudi Arabia. read more

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first_imgThe Government of Canada has backed two new projects that could see an increase in the amount of renewable energy used on remote mine sites in the country’s north.Paul Lefebvre, Parliamentary Secretary to the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, this week announced a combined C$4.2-million ($3.2 million) investment for two TUGLIQ Energy Corp projects in Nunavut and Quebec.An investment of C$283,000 will enable TUGLIQ to complete a front-end engineering and design study to integrate compressed air energy storage with its operations, enabling increased use of wind energy at a Nunavut mine – IM understands this to be the TMAC Resources-owned Hope Bay gold project.“This project will demonstrate that such a system can achieve significant reductions in diesel consumption,” the Government of Canada said.A second investment of C$3.9 million in RAGLAN 2.0 will expand Nunavik’s first renewable energy production and storage centre (wind turbine pictured) for 16 regional mining operations and Inuit communities in this Arctic region, as well as other mining operations abroad.RAGLAN 2.0, builds on a prior landmark project, RAGLAN 1.0, which conclusively proved the technical and operational capabilities of industrial-scale renewable energy at northern sites (Glencore’s Raglan nickel mine), under harsh industrial and climatic conditions, according to Natural Resources Canada (NRC).With energy storage consisting of a flywheel to level-off any speed fluctuations and stabilise the strain and frequency of the autonomous grid, 250 kWh lithium-ion batteries to support the grid, a hydrogen loop comprised of an electrolyser, high pressure storage tanks and fuel cells, a microcontroller and supervisory control and data acquisition for remote monitoring, the project has so far been a success. In 2018, TUGLIQ doubled its installed wind capacity at the Raglan mine. A total of 6 MW is now up and running, producing clean electricity from wind energy in this remote area of the Canadian Arctic. More than 4 million litres of diesel is being avoided every year.It involves project partners Enercon, Glencore Raglan mine, HATCH Ltd, Moreau Electrique and Québec’s Ministry of Natural Resources – EcoPerformance Program.Both projects are being funded through NRC’s Energy Innovation Program, which received C$49 million over three years to support clean energy innovation, and “will ensure that clean energy technologies are widely affordable — helping drive economic growth, create jobs and help with the transition to a low-carbon economy”, the NRC said.“Through Canada’s national energy dialogue, Generation Energy, Canadians expressed that Canada has an opportunity to be a leader in the transition to a clean growth economy. We will continue to support innovative and clean initiatives that create jobs for the middle class, support Canadian industry competitiveness, clean our air and act on climate change.”last_img read more

first_img R&B STAR R KELLY has been taken into custody again for failing to pay child support, just weeks after he was detained on sex abuse charges.The singer was unable to come up with the $161,000 (€142,344) he owes in payments to his ex-wife and their three children.Subsequently, a judge in Chicago, where Kelly lives, ordered him to be arrested. This is the latest legal setback for 52-year-old Kelly.On 25 February, he pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse against four victims, three of them minors. Kelly’s representatives say he is having financial difficulties at the moment. Over the past number of month, he has also been the target of a boycott campaign amid mounting allegations of sexual abuse. Kelly was prepared yesterday to pay $50,000 to $60,000 of what he owed, according to his publicist.However, the judge required the full amount. “We were coming expecting that he was gonna come and make an arrangement, but they wanted the entire amount,” his publicist told reporters at the courthouse. Kelly was “expecting to leave”, he said. Instead, he was taken into custody and escorted from the courtroom by a police officer. It is expected he will remain in jail until his next court hearing next Wednesday, 13 March. “The reason he can’t pay, as you know, he hadn’t worked in a long time. He can’t book shows he can’t do anything,” Johnson said. Kelly spent three nights in jail last month after being arrested on the criminal sex abuse charges. He initially was unable to arrange payment of a $100,000 (€88,396) bail.At the time, his lawyer said that Kelly’s finances were “a mess”.‘This not me’Hours before yesterday’s hearing, CBS aired an interview with the musician – his first public comments since being indicted last month on the sex assault charges.During the interview, Kelly denied allegations that he sexually abused women and girls.The sex acts in the criminal case are alleged to have occurred between May 1998 and January 2010. Source: CBS Evening News/YouTube“I didn’t do this stuff. This isn’t me,” Kelly told CBS This Morning, saying he was “fighting” for his life. “Whether they’re old rumours, new rumours, future rumours, not true,” said Kelly.He became upset at times during the interview.In January, a six-part documentary called Surviving R Kelly was released. It claimed he had engaged in sexual, mental and physical abuse of girls and women.Includes reporting by – © AFP 2019Comments are closed as legal proceedings are ongoing By Hayley Halpin Image: Cook County Sheriff’s Office via AP Short URL Mar 7th 2019, 9:26 AM Share2 Tweet Email R Kelly taken into custody again for failing to pay child support He was unable to come up with the $161,000 he owes in payments to his ex-wife and their three children. Thursday 7 Mar 2019, 9:26 AM Image: Cook County Sheriff’s Office via AP 22,982 Views No Comments Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a man to the hospital after, police said, he was struck in Miami by a woman who was driving under the influence.City of Miami Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the crash near Northwest 36th Street and 32nd Avenue, just after 1:15 a.m., Sunday.Officials said the victim was crossing the street when he was hit.Paramedics transported him to Jackson Memorial Hospital in critical condition.The driver was taken into custody.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgThis combination of pictures shows US President-elect Donald Trump (L) and Russian President Vladimir Putin. AFP file photoDonald Trump and Vladimir Putin discussed steps to ease Syria’s civil war and a possible first face-to-face meeting, during what the White House described as a “very good call” Tuesday.The US and Russian leaders spoke by telephone, focusing on the six-year-old Syrian conflict, which has pitched Moscow and Washington into rival camps.“President Trump and President Putin agreed that the suffering in Syria has gone on for far too long and that all parties must do all they can to end the violence,” the White House said.Trump aides also said “the conversation was a very good one” that included “discussion of safe, or de-escalation, zones” in Syria “to achieve lasting peace for humanitarian and many other reasons.”The White House said the two leaders also spoke about “how best to resolve the very dangerous situation in North Korea.”And the Kremlin added that both men were “in favor” of meeting at a G20 summit in Germany this July.That meeting is sure to be closely watched in the United States, where Trump has come under sustained criticism over his campaign’s ties to Russia and his praise of Putin.US intelligence agencies believe that Putin approved of a wide-ranging campaign to tilt the 2016 election in Trump’s favor, prompting US sanctions imposed by former president Barack Obama.The FBI is still investigating possible collusion between the campaign and Moscow.Trump has been muted in his criticism, but tensions between the White House and the Kremlin have resurfaced after the suspected use of the chemical agent sarin against civilians prompted Trump to strike a Syrian regime airbase also used by Russia.Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the call—which he sat in on—was “very productive” with “a lot of detailed exchanges.”“We’ll see where we go from here.”No details were given about the possible safe zones, which have long been discussed, but faltered as Bashar al-Assad’s regime and assorted groups of rebels, Kurds, Iranian-backed militias, Al-Qaeda and Islamic State fighters have kept-up a bloody war that has killed an estimated half million people.The Kremlin, meanwhile, said “the emphasis was put on the potential for coordination of actions by the United States and Russia in the fight against terrorism.”The State Department earlier announced that it would send a junior minister to Russian-backed peace talks in Astana later this week.last_img read more

first_imgFormer NBA basketball player Dennis Rodman © of the US walks out from the arrival gate returning from his trip to North Korea at Beijing’s international airport. Photo: AFPFlamboyant former NBA star Dennis Rodman landed in Beijing Saturday after a visit to North Korea, describing the escapade as a “real good trip”.Sporting a baseball cap, sunglasses, green nail polish and a black t-shirt emblazoned with the logo of sponsor PotCoin-a cryptocurrency for the legal cannabis industry-Rodman declined to comment further as he was swarmed at the Beijing airport by journalists.He had arrived in North Korea on Tuesday, saying that he wanted to “open the door” to the regime and claiming that US President Donald Trump would be pleased with his mission.“Dennis is working hard for both countries, trying to, you know, mend the tension as much as possible,” his assistant, who accompanied him and asked to be called “Vo,” told reporters.“With sports that’s what happens, right? Sports unite, sports and music unite,” he added.While in North Korea, Rodman was shown in video and photos presenting the isolated country’s sports minister Kim Il Guk with off-the-wall gifts that included a copy of Trump’s book “The Art of the Deal”, soap, two autographed jerseys and a copy of “Where’s Waldo? The Totally Essential Travel Collection.”Trump was Rodman’s boss when he appeared on the “Celebrity Apprentice” reality TV show.This is at least the fifth trip to North Korea for the heavily pierced and tattooed former basketball star.In 2014 he attracted a deluge of criticism after being filmed in the country singing happy birthday to his “friend for life”, leader Kim Jong-Un.Rodman has met Kim on some but not all of his previous trips, and it remains unclear if he met with the leader this time.This latest visit comes amid high tensions between Washington and Pyongyang following a series of missile tests by the North, which have triggered tightened UN sanctions.Rodman has previously described his visits, including one in 2013 with the Harlem Globetrotters, as “basketball diplomacy” but has been roundly criticised for failing to raise human rights issues.His trip this time coincided with North Korea’s release of a comatose US student, 22-year-old Otto Warmbier of Cincinnati, who was incarcerated in March 2016 for stealing a political poster from a hotel.US officials repeatedly said Rodman was travelling to North Korea as a private citizen, despite speculation he was working as an unofficial emissary for Trump.In the US, Fred Warmbier echoed Washington’s denials that Rodman’s visit to Pyongyang had anything to do with the sudden release of his sick son.American doctors treating the University of Virginia student have cast doubt on North Korean claims that the young man contracted botulism during his detention, saying Warmbier is unresponsive and has experienced extensive tissue loss in all regions of his brain.The North is currently holding three other US citizens.last_img read more

first_img Have you ever thought to yourself, “I sure do love reading’s thoughts on the latest video games but is there a way I could watch them play the latest video games?” Well you’re in luck!Every Friday afternoon the charming folks here at stream ourselves playing the newest and coolest video games live for your enjoyment, fielding audience questions and making bad jokes. You should tune in live, but if you can’t, you can now enjoy this handy archived version.This week, we’re protecting our boy and axe-murdering everyone else in God of War, the acclaimed viking reboot of Sony’s herculean franchise now on PlayStation 4.Subscribe and watch’s live Let’s Plays every Friday at 3PM EST over on Facebook and Twitch.TV!Purchase God of WarLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Geek Plays: Call of Duty Black Ops IIIIGeek Plays: Nintendo Switch Online NES Games last_img read more

first_imgThe trouble with earthquakes, other than their obvious devastation, is that thus far they have proved to be very nearly impossible to predict, despite considerable effort towards that goal; being able to do so would obviously save a lot of lives. Also, despite the fact that there is literally hundreds, if not thousands of years of anecdotal evidence suggesting that some animals may have some innate ability to predict quakes, modern research has instead been steadfastly focused on studying the Earth, rocks, faults, etc. Toads’ earthquake exodus More information: Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2011, 8, 1936-1956; doi:10.3390/ijerph8061936 That may change now that biologist Rachel Grant, from the UK’s Open University has found evidence that toads can predict a quake up to several days before the ground starts shaking. She’s teamed up with NASA geophysicst, Friedemann Freund and the two of them, as they describe in their paper in the Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, suggest that it might all be because of changes to the pond water in which the toads are living.Grant was studying the toads that lived in a pond near L’Aquila, Italy, in 2009 in the days just before a devastating earthquake struck. In those few days just before it happened, she noted that the toads began leaving. Their numbers dwindled from just under a hundred, to zero, causing her to write about her observations in the Journal of Zoology. That caught the attention of Freund, who was doing work for NASA in studying what happens to rocks when put under extreme stress, as in say, when an earthquake is in the making. He contacted Grant, and the two of them began investigating ways that such rock pressure could impact the environment where the toads lived.After some experiments in the lab, the two write that when rocks underground come under pressure as a result of geological processes, they let off charged particles. Such particles can very quickly rise to and above the surface of the Earth, impacting such things as pond water and the biological material in it. In the case of the pond in Italy, it seems the toads may have been reacting to changes they felt in the water itself as ions interacting with it react to form minute amounts of hydrogen peroxide. Or it seems possible that ions interacting with organic material in the pond caused substances to be released that either were toxic or less ominously, simply irritating. Either way, it would explain their sudden exodus.The problem with proving their theory though, is of course, they’d have to know when and where an earthquake is about to strike so as to allow them to set up testing equipment in advance. Perhaps the best that can be done at this point, is for such information to disseminated all over the world, so that if anyone happens to live near a pond, and notices that the toads are leaving, they would be wise to follow them. Explore furthercenter_img © 2011 Citation: New study suggests how toads might predict earthquakes (2011, December 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_imgSome 66 million years ago, a catastrophic event took place on Earth — a super-powerful asteroid moving at about 40,000 miles an hour hit the Gulf of Mexico. The impact caused devastation of unprecedented amounts. It would have left a crater miles deep in the crust of the Earth and more than 115 miles across, causing thousands of cubic miles of rock to disappear, according to the National Geographic. As the natural disaster unfolded, more than two-thirds of life on the planet — including dinosaurs — subsequently perished.Dinosaurs of the Dashanpu Formation Photo by ABelov2014 CC BY-SA 3.0The avian dinosaurs that survived evolved into birds. That is, for decades now, the major theory to explain how the dinosaurs vanished from among the living. The theory began to gain momentum during the 1980s and 1990s following the discovery of the Chicxulub Crater in the Gulf of Mexico.It remained a piece of compelling evidence to support the asteroid theory over volcanism, perhaps until now. Ancient mega-volcanoes on the territory of modern-day India had a supportive or even major role in the decline and ultimate disappearance of dinosaur populations, researcher argue.This shaded relief image of Mexico’s Yucatán Peninsula shows a subtle, but unmistakable, indication of the Chicxulub impact crater. Most scientists now agree that this impact was the cause of the Cretatious-Tertiary Extinction,As National Geographic reports, two different research groups — one backed by Berkeley another by Princeton — sought after more answers on the matter and produced two studies, published in the journal Science in February 2019.The research teams, who analyzed ancient rock deposits and used two different dating methods, tried to answer when exactly those ancient volcanic eruptions took place and how they may have affected life.Crystals of epistilbite and calcite in a vug in Deccan Traps basalt lava from Jalgaon District, Maharashtra Photo by Rob Lavinsky, – CC-BY-SA-3.0The Deccan Traps, as the mega-volcanoes have been called, first erupted some 400,000 years before the great asteroid impact in Mexico, the researchers agreed. Their activity ceased some 600,000 years after the Cretaceous period ended (which is when dinosaur life came to an abrupt end). Of the total lava erupted within this time frame, as little as half of it discharged after the asteroid impact.One of the studies still says that the Deccan Traps were significantly more active in the period before the impact. Active enough to jeopardize entire ecosystems and species before, finally, the mass extinction event was hurried by the asteroid.Oblique satellite view of the Deccan Traps Photo by Planet Labs CC BY-SA 4.0In contrast, the other study somewhat reduces the role of the volcanoes, saying that most of the lava spilled after the asteroid fell, the impact of which also caused a colossal earthquake, floods and strong gusts of winds — a phenomenon never felt by humans.Related Video: Mystery of the rotating island called ‘The Eye’In the words of geochronologist Blair Schoene, lead author of the Princeton study, the overlap of both finds is still a “big improvement” compared to “20 years ago, or even 15 years ago, where [the two teams’ dating methods] couldn’t agree to better than a few percents, which here would be millions of years,” reports National Geographic.CarnivoresBoth teams conducted surveys in the Western Ghats mountain range in India, where the Deccan Traps once thrived, to reach their conclusions. The ancient volcanoes would have been overwhelmingly huge. If the entire amount of lava produced over their million-years of activity, it would be enough to cement the whole planet with a thick and solid layer of rock.Deccan Traps at Ajanta Caves. Photo by Shaikh Munir – CC BY SA 4.0If the greater portion of Deccan Traps material was released before the asteroid, then some of the gases emitted — such as carbon dioxide — could have easily created significant warming of temperatures.In this case, the final 400,000 years of the Cretaceous Period would have been marked by a significant increase of global temperatures of about 14.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Some species perhaps adapted to the newly-created hot environments, but they would have been shocked to death by a nuclear winter effect triggered by the giant asteroid.The impact of a meteorite or comet is today widely accepted as the main reason for the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event.This scenario needs amending if the greater portion of Deccan Traps lava was discharged after the impact. More than that, it is possible that the concurring catastrophes acted interchangeably in regards to the mass extinction. It is the details that remain a subject of argument. Mega volcanoes such as those in ancient India are still capable of delivering a similar effect as the asteroid would have done. Another aspect is that the impact of the asteroid could have strengthened volcanism.“The big question is, would the extinction have happened without the impact, given the volcanism, or conversely, would the extinction have happened without the volcanism, given the impact? I don’t think we know that answer,” Schoene told AFP. While the asteroid vs. volcanoes debate will still need to see its final conclusions, it is way better than some of the older and at times bizarre stuff proposed as an answer to what happened to dinosaurs.Read another story from us: Mystery dinosaur skeleton might fetch $2 million at an auction to be hosted on the 1st floor of the Eiffel TowerJust to name one: a theory from the 1960s claimed that the Earth back then became so invaded by caterpillars that the insects ate most of the available vegetation — and this, not a volcano or an asteroid — left the dinosaurs to starve to death.last_img read more

first_imgThe Egyptian government has already informed Cyprus that it would like the vessel depicting Ramses II dating back to the 13th century BC to be returned through the normal procedure followed for the return of antiquities.  The item had been stolen from Egypt and was recently found in Cyprus.According to a report in Kathimerini, the decision was taken after the public row between the authorities and deputies over whether the appearance of the vessel in Cyprus merited additional investigation. Deputies of the House watchdog committee last week demanded a full investigation into how the object came to Cyprus before it was returned, while the government claimed there was no evidence to justify further investigation.The vessel, the government said, had been illicitly exported from Egypt after illegal excavations at a burial site there. Deputies demanded its provenance was confirmed as there were claims it had been illicitly unearthed in Cyprus. On Friday, police said it had investigated the matter and decided no charges could be brought against anyone.President Anastasiades had intended to hand over the vessel to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi during the latter’s visit to Cyprus on Monday. The move was put on hold, but after Friday’s police announcement, the government announced that Anastasiades was to return the artefact to the Egyptian president despite the objections of deputies.Egypt had filed a formal request for the artefact’s repatriation and the government decided it would be given personally to the Egyptian president by Anastasiades during the El-Sisi’s visit to Cyprus.The Egyptian authorities, reportedly, did not like the noise made about the artefact and requested that is was returned through normal procedures without any fanfare.El-Sisi will arrive on the island on Monday on an official visit to discuss bilateral relations with Anastasiades and will also participate in the fifth trilateral summit of Cyprus, Egypt and Greece which will take place on Tuesday in Nicosia. Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras will attend Tuesday’s meeting. You May LikeLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Search For 2019 Luxury Crossover SUV DealsLuxury Crossover SUV I Search AdsUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoYahoo SearchThese SUVs Are The Cream Of The Crop. Research Best Compact SUV CarYahoo SearchUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoTurkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoOur View: Argaka mukhtar should not act as if he owns the beachUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more