Mitroglou Keeps Benfica Ahead of Porto in Portugal

first_imgLISBON, Portugal (AP) — Konstantinos Mitroglou kept Benfica on track for an unprecedented fourth consecutive Portuguese league title with the winning goal in a 1-0 victory at Moreirense on Sunday.The Greece striker headed in Luis “Pizzi” Afonso’ free kick three minutes before halftime.The victory restored the defending champion’s one-point lead over FC Porto, which had moved to the top on Saturday after beating Belenenses 3-0.Porto’s victory was secured by goals from Danilo Pereira, Tiquinho Soares and Yacine Brahimi.Also on Saturday, third-place Sporting Lisbon routed Boavista 4-0 thanks to Bas Dost’s hat trick. Sporting remained eight points back.There are six rounds left to decide the title. Benfica visits Sporting in two weeks’ time in its toughest match remaining.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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City must win title to compare to Barca – Pep

first_imgManchester City Guardiola refusing to compare City to Barca and Bayern Peter Hanson 02:12 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) pepguardiola - Cropped Getty Images Manchester City Guardiola Manchester City v Arsenal Arsenal Premier League The Citizens have to win titles to be compared to the La Liga and Bundesliga giants, according to their manager Pep Guardiola insists it is too soon to compare Manchester City to the teams he oversaw at Barcelona and Bayern Munich, but was full of admiration for their dominant 3-1 win over Arsenal.Kevin De Bruyne’s first-half strike and Sergio Aguero’s penalty had City 2-0 up against the Gunners and, although Alexandre Lacazette reduced the deficit, Gabriel Jesus completed the win.City have yet to be beaten this season and are 23 matches without defeat in all competitions dating back to last term, but Guardiola was keen to temper comparisons to his previous clubs. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We cannot deny the last two months, it was amazing, we won all the games in the Premier League, Champions League, Carabao Cup – it’s so, so difficult,” he told Sky Sports. “I’m so happy. [But] in the recent past Barcelona and Bayern won titles and we didn’t win once. “Until we lift something we cannot talk about that. The way we played [was excellent], we cannot deny that in the two months we played well.”Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was left frustrated by the awarding of the penalty that led to City’s second goal, believing Nacho Monreal had not fouled Raheem Sterling, while also expressing his anger at the fact David Silva appeared to be offside in the build-up to City’s third.But Guardiola believes City were worthy winners in spite of the contentious decisions.”We won in the best way and deserve the victory,” he added. “They tell me it’s offside, I don’t like to win in that way, sometimes it’s like this but sometime Arsenal win at Burnley 1-0 with the hand in the 96th minute, sometimes it’s like this. “The important thing is the performance, the way we try to play and we did that really well.”last_img read more

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India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019: Funny memes out as rain frustrates fans

first_img Next India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019: Funny memes out as rain frustrates fansICC Cricket World Cup 2019 has been the most badly affected edition due to rain and wet weather. According to a report from the Met department, the United Kingdom is experiencing twice the average rainfall in June.advertisement India Today Web Desk NottinghamJune 13, 2019UPDATED: June 13, 2019 19:07 IST Groundsmen stand alongside rain covers on the pitch as rain delays start of ndia and New Zealand match. (AP Photo)Inclement English weather has become a regular feature of the 2019 edition of the World Cup in its second week. A record three matches have already been either called off or abandoned in the ongoing edition of the quadrennial tournament.International Cricket Council (ICC) has been criticized by fans for conducting the coveted tournament in a rainy season in England.However, the ICC has said they could not have predicted this extremely unseasonable weather and it is not possible logistically to have reserve days for all matches. In this edition, there are reserve days for the two semi-finals and the final.India’s match against New Zealand has also been affected by the unpredictable rain in Nottingham. Fans of both teams have been praying that today’s match doesn’t suffer the same fate as the three rained out matches in the week.Tweeple came up with some hilarious memes, expressing their frustration at rained-out matches at the World Cup.Story of #INDvNZ #CWC19 so far.Covers: pic.twitter.com/ZVItYjjrffNikhil (@CricCrazyNIKS) June 13, 2019They should just give the Cricket World Cup trophy to THE RAIN now. It has looked unbeatable the whole tournament and consistently put in winning performances.#INDvNZ #CWC19Asjad Nazir (@asjadnazir) June 13, 2019Rain & Nottingham are trending. We don’t have a match yet. #CWC19 #IndvNZPrabhu (@Cricprabhu) June 13, 2019#INDvsNZ Hey ! Rain Please Stop At Nottingham ..Please Come To #Chennai Side … … We Want Water & India Victory pic.twitter.com/REKr06VtXTSridhar Ajithdoss (@im_sridhar_) June 13, 2019Dear #ICC change all matches to Chepauk Stadium.We Never Ever Feel #Rain #INDvNZ #Nottingham #ICCWorldCup2019 #CSK #Dhoni pic.twitter.com/8lDtBPAOhRadvertisementMahi Mahika (@mahiimahika) June 13, 2019Official dress for today #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/oJ64uwBXg2Kalyan vasu (@vasu7462825) June 13, 2019It hurts more than a brkup…@ICC wth is this..#INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/Y90cecNBpB#SLvAUS #SAvAFG #INDvPAK #PAKvIND #CWC19 #CWC19 (@Dhoni7_fc) June 13, 2019When countries are fighting for World cup.Rain :- pic.twitter.com/BCAn15bcDyMuskan (@Red__vampire) June 13, 2019Rain is the best team in the world Cup so far #INDvNZ #ICCWorldCup2019 pic.twitter.com/tOfDex22aDSaurabhSreefamAvengers (@Marvellous_13) June 13, 2019#CWC2019This is how the World Cup matches will be played in England if the rain continues to play spoil sport.#INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/2cTbDJS1L7Staline E P (@StalinePanneer) June 13, 2019Also Read | World Cup 2019: India vs New Zealand (IND vs NZ) Nottingham Weather ForecastAlso Read | India vs New Zealand, World Cup 2019: Kedar Jadhav pleads Nottingham rain to go to MaharashtraAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow India vs New ZealandFollow Rainlast_img read more

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Traffic Advisory Annapolis County

first_img -30- ANNAPOLIS COUNTY: Trunk 8 Closed Trunk 8 in Annapolis Co., between Highway 101 and the intersection of Virginia Road, will be closed until further notice because of a culvert collapse. Repairs are expected to take several days. A detour route is available on Virginia Road. Local Area Office: 902-532-2844 Fax: 902-532-7092last_img

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Support for Mikmaw and African Nova Scotian Survivors of GenderBased Violence

first_imgGovernment will work with Mi’kmaw and African Nova Scotian organizations to develop new supports for survivors of gender-based violence and their families. The project, called Creating Communities of Care Through a Customary Law Approach, will be supported through a co-investment from both federal and provincial governments. It is part of Nova Scotia’s commitment to work with community organizations to build Standing Together, an action plan to prevent domestic violence. “Government is pleased to partner with the federal government to invest in this important project, and to work with some outstanding organizations to develop better supports for Indigenous and African Nova Scotian women who have survived domestic violence,” said Kelly Regan, Minister responsible for the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women. The federal and provincial governments are each committing up to $1 million over four years. The Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women and the Department of Justice will work with the Mi’kmaw Legal Support Network, Elizabeth Fry Society of Mainland Nova Scotia, Mi’kmaw Native Friendship Centre, Nova Scotia Association of Black Social Workers and the Domestic Violence Court Program. They will work together to develop supports and services that reflect the cultural practises of survivors and their families in Halifax’s urban Indigenous and African Nova Scotian communities. “Working from principles of Mi’kmaw Customary Law, the Mi’kmaw Legal Support Network has been able to protect Indigenous people,” said Paula Marshall, executive director, Mi’kmaw Legal Support Network. “This important project is an opportunity to share this wisdom with our system partners while extending supports to survivors.” Women and their families from these communities who are participating in Halifax’s new Domestic Violence Court Program will have access and may be referred to the supports and services, as part of their court plans. Those involved in Domestic Violence Court Program will also contribute their expertise as part of the project’s development. Information on Standing Together is available at http://www.novascotia.ca/standingtogether .last_img read more

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I am loyal to Pawar NCP MP Tatkare

first_imgMumbai: A day after his meeting with Maharashtra BJP president Chandrakant Patil triggered speculations about him joining the ruling party, NCP MP Sunil Tatkare on Wednesday asserted his “unflinching” loyalty to party chief Sharad Pawar.Tatkare called on Patil, also Revenue Minister in the state government, at his official residence here on Tuesday, the day three MLAs of the NCP resigned from the Assembly. The trio and an MLA from the Congress joined the BJP on Wednesday morning. In a video message, Tatkare said he met Patil and some other ministers over public works to be carried out in his Raigad constituency. He said it was “wrong” to malign his image by spreading such rumours of crossover. During his meeting with Patil, Tatkare discussed about construction of roads in his constituency on a hybrid annuity mode. The NCP leader said he conveyed the demands of Kunbis from Dapoli in his constituency for a land for community purpose to Patil. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”I met Chandrakant Patil, Tourism Minister Jaykumar Rawal and also Minister of State Dada Bhuse (of Shiv Sena). I met four principal secretaries and secretaries too. I met these people in my bid to fulfil promises made to the people during Lok Sabha polls,” Tatkare said. “My unflinching loyalty is with Pawar Saheb only. It is wrong to malign my image by spreading rumours,” he added. He said the NCP will rise again like a proverbial phoenix bird under Pawar’s watch in the Maharashtra Assembly polls, due in September-October this year.last_img read more

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Quake hits Alberta but in different geologic region than one linked to

first_img“If there is no active injection operation nearby then certainly we will consider this to be a natural tectonic earthquake,” Kao said. ROCKY MOUNTAIN HOUSE, A.B. – A second earthquake in less than a week shook central Alberta on Sunday, although a seismologist notes it occurred in a different geologic region than a quake last week that’s been linked to fracking.Honn Kao with the Geological Survey of Canada says the 4.4 magnitude quake was detected at around 4 a.m., with an epicentre about 32 kilometres northwest of Rocky Mountain House.Kao says no damage has been reported, although he says many people who live in the area have reported feeling it, one as far away as Edmonton. A 4.6 magnitude earthquake last Monday that was felt in the communities of Red Deer and Sylvan Lake has prompted the Alberta Energy Regulator to order a company to suspend fracking operations at a well site.Kao notes that while the two quakes were geographically close, Sunday’s quake happened in the Rocky Mountains geological system, whereas last week’s event occurred in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.Cara Tobin, a spokeswoman for the AER, says there doesn’t appear to have been any industrial activity in the area of the most recent earthquake, but staff will be checking the data to make sure.“As inactive as Alberta is tectonically, this area is comparatively active, and so we do see more seismic activity in that area than we do in other areas,” Tobin said of the region where Sunday’s earthquake occurred.In August 2014, a 4.3 magnitude earthquake occurred in the same region. It didn’t do any damage but power was disrupted to about 500 customers, including a gas plant near Rocky Mountain House.Following last week’s quake, the AER said Vesta Energy Ltd. must suspend hydraulic fracturing operations at its well site, and must submit a report of all seismic activity in the area since April, as well as specific fracturing data for the well site from Jan. 29 to March 4.center_img The regulator has also ordered Vesta to file a plan to eliminate or reduce future seismic activity from fracturing.Hydraulic fracturing involves pumping chemicals and sand underground to break up rocks to help get oil and natural gas flowing.Kao said some of the people who felt Sunday’s quake reported they were woken up by the shaking.He said more analysis will be needed to say definitively that the two quakes weren’t linked, but at the moment there doesn’t appear to be any evidence of it.last_img read more

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Bosnian leaders must seize this moment for reforms UN envoy says

With reforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina blocked for over a year and agreements with the European Union (EU) on the table, the country’s leaders must “seize this moment” for progress, the United Nations envoy to the country told the Security Council today.“It is time for the Bosnian leaders to step up to the plate,” Christian Schwarz-Schilling, High Representative for the Implementation of the Peace Agreement, told the 15-member body, noting that local ownership of reform was producing insufficient progress in the areas of police, constitutional issues and reconciliation.“That does not mean that the ownership path is wrong – but it is a warning we should not ignore,” Mr. Schwarz-Schilling said, stressing that Bosnian authorities must live up to their responsibilities to govern their own country, but also that “serious long-term international engagement must continue.”He said that Bosnia and Herzegovina has an historic window of opportunity to move closer to Europe, now that the EU has approved the text of a Stabilization and Association Agreement.“The Agreement is ripe to be initialled – but political conditions must be met,” he said, calling for leaders to overcome their differences on show real unity for that purpose.On the matter of police reform, he said party leaders came close to a compromise on two recent occasions, but were stalled by a lack of political will and vision.In the area of reconciliation, he said the fact that war crimes suspects like Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadžic remained at large was still an impediment to stability in the region and urged Serbia to carry out its obligations to help bring them to justice.Within Bosnia and Herzegovina, in addition, Mr. Schwarz-Schilling said that there has recently been “ruthless” political manipulation of the issue of the 1995 Srebrenica massacres. To improve the situation in that area, he said he had appointed former United States Ambassador Clifford Bond to coordinate action by local authorities.Concrete improvements in regard to Srebrenica, he said, involved justice and law enforcement doing their work, rights of returnees being upheld and livelihoods and social conditions restored in the region.In addition, he urged the UN to establish an international Day of Srebrenica to commemorate the tragedy and to pay respect to the victims of genocide and their families.While calling for stepped up reform in the areas of the economy, public information, public media and education, Mr. Schwarz-Schilling also noted that there had been much progress in the country.Such progress includes achievements in regional cooperation, the long-standing issue of police certification and the successful holding of last October’s election. Though the subsequent government formation was a long and frustrating process, he said it was carried out by the Bosnian politicians without international intervention. “Such are the painful learning experiences that accompany the lessons of ownership,” he commented. Nikola Spiric, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of Bosnia and Herzegovina, along with the representatives from other interested countries, also spoke during the Council’s open meeting. 16 May 2007With reforms in Bosnia and Herzegovina blocked for over a year and agreements with the European Union (EU) on the table, the country’s leaders must “seize this moment” for progress, the United Nations envoy to the country told the Security Council today. read more

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ICE Futures Canada Friday Canola prices mostly higher barley unchanged

WINNIPEG — ICE Futures Canada closing prices:Canola: Nov. ’17 $1.50 higher $496.70; Jan. ’18 $1.40 higher $502.10; March ’18 $2.00 higher $507.00; May ’18 $1.90 higher $509.40; July ’18 $2.00 higher $510.30; Nov. ’18 unchanged $486.00; Jan. ’19 unchanged $487.70; March ’19 unchanged $490.40; May 19 unchanged $490.40; July ’19 unchanged $490.40; Nov. ’19 unchanged $490.40.Barley (Western): Oct. ’17 unchanged $145.00; Dec. ’17 unchanged $148.00; March ’18 unchanged $151.00; May ’18 unchanged $151.00; July ’18 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’18 unchanged $151.00; Dec. ’18 unchanged $151.00; March ’19 unchanged $151.00; May ’19 unchanged $151.00; July ’19 unchanged $151.00; Oct. ’19 unchanged $151.00.Friday’s estimated volume of trade: 389,560 tonnes of canola; 0 tonnes of barley (Western Barley). Total: 389,560. read more

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Metro says Ontario automated distributions unrelated to minimum wage hikes

MONTREAL — Grocery store chain Metro Inc. says the construction of its first automated distribution centres are unrelated to its efforts to offset added costs from Ontario’s rising minimum wage.The Montreal-based company said it will eliminate about 280 jobs starting in 2021 as part of a $400-million overhaul of its Ontario distribution network.The company said the move to modernize and automate its network will mean the loss of about 180 full-time and 100 part-time positions.“In our industry we’re always looking at ways to become more efficient to lower pricing, but we have been talking about this for three years since I joined the company and well before anybody said anything about minimum wage,” Carmen Fortino, division head at Metro Ontario, said.The announcement follows comments by Metro in August that it would study automation as it looked to cut costs in the face of the Ontario government’s plan to raise the minimum wage next year.Metro has six distribution centres in Ontario including four in Toronto and two in Ottawa that employ a total of more than 1,500 workers.It said the existing Ontario distribution network dates back to the 1960s and no longer meets the needs of its business.“We see a lot of opportunities in the province and we wanted to make sure that we were going to be in a position to be able to grow but support our stores in a cost-efficient manner and add some flexibility to the way that we service our stores,” Fortino said.The company plans to modernize the operations in Toronto between 2018 and 2023 by building a new fresh distribution facility and a new frozen distribution centre. The old fresh food warehouse will close and be dismantled while the frozen space will be used for non-perishable groceries.Metro has no immediate plans to automate its six distribution centres in Quebec, including the latest built five years ago in Laval.However, further upgrades in other Ontario centres are eventually possible, said Fortino.“Technology changes so quickly I think you have to keep an open mind to everything.”He said the existing Ontario network built up through a series of acquisitions no longer has the capacity and technology to meet the needs from a proliferation of products, including ones that serve ethnic communities.Fortino said the goal is to supply stores with better on-time deliveries, offer more different types of products and use systems that keep produce fresher, while also reducing costs that hopefully can be passed on to customers.“The whole experience for a customer should improve,” he added.Metro looked at automated systems around the world, including the latest technology in Europe, before settling on a system supplied by Witron, a German-based company described as a worldwide leader in order-picking systems for retail and industry.Although Metro faces competitors with automated distribution centres, Metro is just entering the field.With technology changing so rapidly, Fortino said he’s happy that the company has taken the time to study its options.Before the new facilities are built, however, the company will acquire a modern automated facility in Varennes, Que., with the closure of its purchase of pharmacy chain Jean Coutu Group.Irene Nattel of RBC Capital Markets said the modernization of Metro’s distribution network is consistent with the company’s “measured and methodical approach to improving efficiencies in the business.” read more

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UPFA overall winner at PC polls

Ruhunu Janatha Party1210.01 % Rejected Votes45,2916.67 % Nawa Sihala Urumaya1480.02 % People’s Liberation Front3,1540.5 % Ruhunu Janatha Party160.00 % Eksath Lanka Podujana Pakshaya2260.04 % Name of the Party/Independent GroupNo. of Votes Received Eelavar Democratic Front2,6930.43 % North Central Province Total votes received by non elected independent groups1,184 Sri Lanka Muslim Congress132,91720.98 %7 No. of Members Elected People’s Liberation Front16,0662.91 %1 Ceylon Worker’s Congress (P.Wing)25,9853.15 %2 The United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA) is the overall winner of the provincial council elections held yesterday by securing the most number of seats in all three provinces.In the Sabaragamuwa province the UPFA secured 28 seats while the UNP was second with 14 seats, in the North Central Province the UPFA secured 21 seats while the UNP was second with 11 seats and in the Eastern Province the UPFA secured 14 seats while ITAK was second with 11 seats. Rejected Votes28,0104.82 % Nawa Sama Samaja Party2860.03 % 14* Total Votes Polled878,97662.7 % Provincial Council Elections 2012 United National Party196,12735.47 %11 Provincial Council Elections 2012 The Liberal Party740.01 % United People’s Freedom Alliance200,04431.58 % Total Valid Votes825,85093.96 % Okkoma Wasiyo Okkoma Rajawaru Sanvidanaya1450.02 % Sabaragamuwa Province No. of Members Elected Total votes received by non elected independent groups12,361 Eastern Province Name of the Party/Independent GroupNo. of Votes Received National Freedom Front9,5221.5 %1 Registered Electors1,401,795 Percentage % Our National Front1630.03 % Eksath Lanka Podujana Pakshaya2790.03 % Eksath Lanka Maha Sabha1440.03 % People’s Liberation Front12,1641.47 % Jana Setha Peramuna850.01 % United National Party286,85734.73 %14 United Socialist Party1960.04 % Jathika Sangwardhena Peramuna2030.02 % Muslim Liberation Front570.01 % Registered Electors900,873 Sri Lanka Labour Party2680.04 % Socialist Alliance2,4800.39 % Rejected Votes53,1266.04 % Akila Ilankai Tamil United Front4600.07 % Percentage % * Including two(2) bonus seats. Patriotic National Front720.01 % Total Valid Votes552,92895.18 % United People’s Freedom Alliance488,71459.18 % Socialist Equality Party860.01 % Total Valid Votes633,53493.33 % 21* Sri Lanka Labour Party740.01 % Patriotic National Front1770.02 % Ilankai Tamil Arasu Kadchi193,82730.59 %11 Patriotic National Front850.01 % Total Votes Polled580,93864.49 % Ruhunu Janatha Party670.01 % Eksath Lanka Podujana Pakshaya900.01 % United National Party74,90111.82 %4 Registered Electors1,033,749 Eksath Lanka Maha Sabha3310.04 % United Socialist Party2890.05 % Jana Setha Peramuna2200.04 % Provincial Council Elections 2012 Eksath Lanka Maha Sabha1220.02 % Jana Setha Peramuna930.01 % 28* No. of Members Elected United People’s Freedom Alliance338,55261.23 % Name of the Party/Independent GroupNo. of Votes Received * Including two(2) bonus seats. Total Votes Polled678,82565.67 % Sri Lanka Labour Party1070.01 % Percentage % Total votes received by non elected independent groups10,080 * Including two(2) bonus seats. read more

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Armed robbery at Hagersville store

Haldimand OPP / Contributed photo A man armed with a handgun robbed the Circle K Convenience Store in Hagersville early Tuesday morning.The man entered the store on Main Street North at just after 4 a.m. He jumped over the counter and demanded money from the store clerk.The man removed several items before fleeing from the store.The store employee was not physically injured, say police.The suspect is described as being 6-feet in height with a large build. He was wearing a black hooded sweater with a charcoal coloured jacket at the time of the robbery. A balaclava covered his face.The Haldimand County OPP Crime Unit is investigating.Anyone with information is asked to contact the Ontario Provincial Police at 1 – 888 – 310 – 1122. Those wishing to remain anonymous can call Crime Stoppers at 1 – 800 – 222 – 8477 (TIPS) or leave an anonymous online message at www.helpsolvecrime.com. Haldimand OPP have released a surveillance photo of a suspect in an armed robbery at Circle K Convenience Store in Hagersville. The robbery occurred at about 4 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19. read more

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Michigan Enbridge reach broad deal on improvements and future work tied to

MARSHALL, Mich. – A company responsible for one of the largest inland oil spills in U.S. history will restore or create 300 acres of wetlands as part of a sweeping agreement with the state to improve the Kalamazoo River watershed in southwestern Michigan.A settlement filed Tuesday in Calhoun County court requires Enbridge Energy to keep monitoring the impacts of the spill, which released more than 800,000 gallons of oil from a broken pipeline in 2010. The company also agreed to spend $75 million, much of it on various projects, including a dam removal and improved access to boating and fishing on the river. Some have been finished.Those projects include 300 acres of wetlands valued at $30 million. Wetlands are considered to be crucial in a watershed, serving as nature’s filter in absorbing and releasing water and providing habitat to fish and wildlife.“That’s huge,” said Nicole Zacharda, an enforcement specialist at the Department of Environmental Quality. “They have to be within the Kalamazoo River watershed so that we keep the benefits in the same area where the injuries occurred.”The improvements are on top of Enbridge’s costs directly related to the spill, which have been pegged at more than $1 billion. A pipeline ruptured, spoiling approximately 40 miles of the Kalamazoo River and Talmadge Creek. The line runs through Michigan and carries oil between Ontario, Canada, and Griffith, Indiana.“Everyone has this image of a river coated with oil. We’ve come a long way,” said Mark DuCharme of DEQ’s remediation division as he guided reporters on the river last week.Indeed, there was no sign of oil on the surface during the two-hour paddle. Feisty smallmouth bass broke the surface. A blue heron glided shore to shore under the sun, and turtles warmed themselves on fallen trees.“You’re not seeing it, but we do know there’s oil left in the system,” DuCharme said. “It’s left in the banks at some spots. It’s left in the bottom of the river. But it’s a little bit of oil. It truly is residual. … You’re not going to see a lot of heavy equipment out here anymore.”He stopped his kayak at a wetland and shoved his paddle into the ground. A narrow sheen hit the surface, indicating a pocket of oil. DuCharme said there are no plans to excavate the site because digging up the wetland would do more harm than good. There are other similar examples in the watershed.“That’s what we’re talking about when we’re talking about residual oil,” he said.The agreement requires Enbridge to file monthly progress reports on cleanup and monitoring activities. It also is paying $12 million to reimburse the state for legal costs and the expense of overseeing cleanup and restoration.“We will continue our long-term presence in the area and will work in the best interests of the affected communities and river system. This settlement embodies that commitment,” said Jason Manshum, an Enbridge spokesman.James Clift of the Michigan Environmental Council, a coalition of environmental groups, said he wished the state would have negotiated for a pot of money that could have been used to clean up other hot spots in the river, unrelated to the spill.“We realize some groups will jump on this settlement and say it looks small — like more money means more justice,” DEQ spokesman Brad Wurfel said. “This settlement is huge, because while a few million more to the state’s general fund wouldn’t do a thing to help improve the river, this settlement specifically focuses (on) creating a healthier, more accessible waterway.”___Follow Ed White at http://twitter.com/edwhiteap by Ed White, The Associated Press Posted May 13, 2015 5:49 am MDT Last Updated May 13, 2015 at 4:11 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Michigan, Enbridge reach broad deal on improvements and future work tied to 2010 oil spill Crews clean up oil, from a ruptured pipeline, owned by Enbridge Inc., near booms and absorbent materials where Talmadge Creek meets the Kalamazoo River in Marshall Township, Mich., July 30, 2010. A company responsible for one of the largest inland oil spills in U.S. history will restore or create 300 acres of wetlands as part of a sweeping agreement to improve the Kalamazoo River watershed in southwestern Michigan, state officials said.A settlement between the state and Enbridge Energy filed in Calhoun County court Tuesday, nearly five years after a broken pipeline released more than 800,000 gallons of oil, requires the company to continue to monitor the impacts of the spill on the environment. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Sancya read more

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Lemonade sales turn Grade 4 students into entrepreneurs

Lucas Nixon has never owned a business before, but he’s well on his way to becoming an entrepreneur thanks to a new Brock University initiative.The Goodman Lemonade program had Nixon’s Grade 4 class from Power Glen Public School in St. Catharines on campus June 1 selling lemonade for two hours to thirsty members of the Brock community at the University’s weekly Farmers Market.Through the program, student leaders from the Goodman School of Business led the young entrepreneurs through the process of building a for-profit business.Nixon learned some valuable business lessons during his time at his team’s lemonade stand.Business was sweet on Thursday, June 1 as students from a Grade 4 class at Power Glen Public School in St. Catharines served up glasses of ice-cold lemonade to thirsty members of the Brock community. The young entrepreneurs were on campus completing a project with Brock University’s Goodman School of Business, during which they learned business basics and created their own lemonade stands.“We learned that if you have one person doing all five jobs, then it’s going to go much slower and you won’t get as much money because some customers are going to walk away from your stand because it takes too much time,” he said while taking a short break from his job as sales recorder.Thinking back to the planning stage, Nixon spoke about the careful decisions the team had to make to plan their inventory.“You don’t want to order too much of the item you’re selling, because if you get way too much, that’s wasting your own money,” he said.Goodman Lemonade drew a crowd of more than 300 people from the Brock community. Fifty-two litres of lemonade was purchased and packaged into various sized glasses, including some that were topped with umbrellas or blueberry garnish.The eight bustling stands featured original artistic signage, a unique sales promotion and a team of students busily pouring glasses of lemonade and calculating change for customers.Supported by the Goodman Student Engagement Office and BioLinc, Brock’s business incubator run by the Goodman School of Business, Goodman Lemonade ran in partnership with Power Glen teacher Jennifer Millin.The timing of the initiative was ideal for Millin, who says it coincided with her students’ math unit on mass and capacity.“When we started, no one even had a clue what a litre was,” she said. “We brought in all sorts of different materials to show what a litre looked like, what half a litre looked like, and the teams had to really decide how much lemonade and how many glasses to order. I noticed that some people ran out of lemonade and had too many glasses, and some had too many glasses and they ran out of lemonade. That was a big learning curve there.”Her students used some art classes to develop posters and applied their math lessons to lemonade sales so they could count money and make change efficiently.Barely able to contain their excitement, Millin’s class was on campus early Thursday to set up their wares.“It was like Christmas morning in our class getting the T-shirts on and getting ready,” Millin said. “They have been smiling from ear to ear since the time they got here. There’s something about a lemonade stand — kids and lemonade stands — it never gets old.”The team that has the highest profit will win the friendly competition and will have the chance to decide how the class spends the collective profits. The winning team will be announced in the class June 9. read more

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How Komatsu is increasing safety through innovation

first_imgKomatsu has been providing the mining industry with innovative technologies to enhance safety for the better part of a century. Standard-setting developments include the company’s Autonomous Haulage System (AHS) and personal proximity detection system.Since it became commercially available 10 years ago, Komatsu’s AHS has had zero system-related safety incidents. The surface mining system combines driverless trucks and remotely managed operation to remove people from harm’s way; reducing fuel usage and impact on the environment while increasing productivity. Komatsu mining trucks for AHS are equipped with vehicle controllers, high-precision GPS and obstacle detection technologies.A remotely-located supervisory computer controls the trucks’ movements, enabling the unmanned fleet to operate in strict accordance with a complex plan. The system’s navigational controls detect obstacles to prevent collisions between trucks, service vehicles or other equipment units. Should the trucks identify another vehicle or person within an unsafe proximity, the autonomous trucks will reduce speed or stop immediately.For underground mining operations, Komatsu’s personal proximity detection system for Joy longwalls provides operators the individualized safety and protection they deserve. The system is connected to a personal identification tag, worn by all personnel on the longwall face, which tracks an employee by name and/or job function. It then transmits radio signals and uses relative RF signal strength, as well as an accelerometer, to accurately track the operator’s position and communicate the information over Joy’s Faceboss control system for powered roof supports (PRS). The radio signals transmitted by the individually identified tag are actioned by the PRS mimic to protect workers against automated advancing shields.Halt and warning zone parameters give mines the ability and flexibility to configure the proximity detection feature to best suit their operators and cutting sequences. This feature is designed to ensure that if an operator is detected within the halt headway of an advancing shield, the shield will be stopped and set to the roof. The Faceboss system provides additional protection by allowing operators to pause and restart primes in order to safely pass a hazardous area. Operators can also set these zones to steer employees away from other potential hazards such as respirable dust.As automation and sensing technologies continue to advance, Komatsu plans to keep leveraging these innovations and more to help keep miners safe at the face and in the pit.last_img read more

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Fewer Irish companies failing – report

first_imgTHE NUMBER OF companies declared insolvent fell by a third last month, but there were still 93 companies that went out of business.The figures come from business and credit-risk analysts Vision-net, who say that this months’ figures are down a third on September 2012′s.Of the 93 insolvent companies, 65 were liquidated, 21 entered receivership, and an examiner was appointed to seven.The five most volatile industries have remained the same this month with Professional Services, Construction, Wholesale & Retail, Manufacturing and Real Estate industries account for almost 75 per cent of insolvencies recorded so far this month.JudgementsThe number of consumer judgements awarded by Courts have remained the same (295 v 296) during September 2013 relative to September 2012, but the value of these debts has increased.In September 2012, the average consumer debt judgement was €63, 000 but in September 2013, this increased by an average of €40,000 to €103,000.Vision-net’s figures also recorded 2,777 company and business start-ups this quarter – up 3% on the same period in 2012 – showing an average of 126 start-ups per day. Of these, 1,708 were registered business names while 1,069 new companies were incorporated, up 17% on the same period last year.Christine Cullen, Managing Director of Vision-net, commenting on the data noted:‘‘Our data has shown consistent positive signs of business recovery over recent months, and this trend has continued in today’s data. The number of companies failing is reducing significantly and on the other side of the equation the number of new Irish companies now being created is also increasing.“However, the overall signs of growth in the economy remain overwhelmingly positive’, added Cullen.Read: ‘Irish-ness’ hugely important for success of businessesRead: NYSE ‘test runs’ Twitter IPO to avoid problems that plagued Facebooklast_img read more

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Dropbox for Teams introduced offering 350GB of shared storage

first_imgThe “it just works” online storage service that is Dropbox has decided it’s time to stop catering just for the individual and offer something for teams of people too. That’s where the aptly named Dropbox for Teams comes in.The standard Dropbox service offers you 2GB of storage for free, 50GB for $9.99 per month, or 100GB for $19.99 per month. But that storage is limited to a single user account. If you work as a team and want to share storage for a project you had to manage it between different accounts or select a different solution altogether.AdChoices广告With Dropbox for Teams the problem is solved. Dropbox is offering 350GB of storage with a 5-user access license for the rather steep price of $795 per year. Additional users can be added for $125 each, and extra storage will cost $200 per 100GB.The storage is treated as a pooled resource all team members can access. The account can be administered centrally allowing a team leader to add or remove access, reset passwords, and handle billing. There’s also Dropbox Rewind which allows newly committed files to be rolled back if necessary to earlier versions. Security is also catered for with all files being encrypted.Update: Dropbox for Teams is currently in beta, so get in touch with Dropbox through the link below if you’re interested in taking part.Read more at DropboxMatthew’s OpinionOne of the reasons Dropbox has been so successful is the pricing structure it has used for the individual accounts. You can get a decent amount of storage for free, and then paying gets you substantially more. This thinking does not seem to have been carried over to the Teams version of the account.$800 every year for a 5-user team is a lot of money. You do get a lot of storage, but then you may not need it. Why has Dropbox not offered tiers like it does with the individual accounts? I think they’d see a lot more interest and sign-ups if they offered a 50GB Team account for $250 a year, the near equivalent of the individual 100GB plan, but with the extra users. Then tier it up for 200GB, 350GB etc.While I’m sure Dropbox for Teams is going to be popular, it is also going to be of limited value to a lot of teams who either can’t afford $800 a year, or have a lot more than 5 users, but don’t need 350GB of storage.last_img read more

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NASA gives up on the Mars Exploration Rover Spirit

first_imgBack in March, we reported that NASA had raised concerns over the health of Spirit, one of the Mars rovers that landed on the red planet back in 2004. Spirit‘s problems began back in January of last year when NASA reported that the rover’s mission was concluded as a result of it getting stuck in the Martian sand. At that point, Spirit began operations as a stationary research platform until it went into hibernation in March 2010.Since then Spirit has been silent. NASA had originally hoped that Spirit might finally wake up when the rover reached its peak solar energy production on March 10th of this year, but alas there was no response. It is believed that a “stressful” Martian winter without much sunlight may have contributed to Spirit’s demise since it likely experienced colder internal temperatures than its previous six years on the planet. Some of the rover’s components are believed to have been damaged by the cold since there was inadequate solar energy to power Spirit’s survival heaters.AdChoices广告As a result, NASA has ceased all attempts to contact the rover using its Deep Space Network of antennas on Earth in addition to its two Mars orbiters. Due to the low probability that Spirit will once again establish communications these communication assets are now being transitioned to NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL). The MSL is NASA’s next generation Mars rover that is expected to launch on November 25th of this year. NASA did state that its Deep Space Network may listen for signals from Spirit when “the schedule permits.”Opportunity, an identical rover that landed on Mars three weeks after Spirit, is in much better shape and continues to explore the planet’s surface. Opportunity’s current odometry as of May 18, 2011 is over 18 miles.Read more at NASABrian’s OpinionEven with the demise of Spirit you can easily say NASA got its money’s worth out of the rover while Opportunity continues to pay dividends. It’s a bit mind boggling to think that both rovers were designed for a 90 day mission. Spirit well exceeded its warranty and Opportunity continues to add more days on to the record books.It’s a little sad to think that even Opportunity will stop getting the attention it deserves when the next generation Mars rover, MSL, lands on the red planet. Once on the surface, NASA may be a bit quicker to transfer assets over to MSL if Opportunity begins to show signs of slowing down.Spirit and Opportunity were a game changer for NASA after suffering mishaps with other spacecraft sent to explore Mars. It was for this reason NASA sent two rovers in an effort to double its chances for success. I can’t imagine anyone would have predicted how successful the rovers were going to be, let alone that they would operate for years rather than months on the surface of Mars.last_img read more

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Les Mayas ne prévoyaient pas la fin du monde pour 2012

first_imgLes Mayas ne prévoyaient pas la fin du monde pour 2012Selon un expert mexicain, les Mayas n’auraient aucunement prédit la fin du monde en 2012, contrairement à ce que certains historiens prétendent. Cette affirmation se base sur la découverte de calendrier allant au-delà de l’an 4.000, représentés sur des stèles retrouvées au Mexique et au Guatemala.Le film “2012”, tiré du best-seller de Steven Allen Le testament maya et de plusieurs autres livres met en avant une prédiction maya qui fixe la fin du monde au 21 décembre 2012. Une prédiction qui est d’ailleurs relayée depuis des décennies suscitant de nombreux débats. Toutefois, un historien a aujourd’hui décidé de mettre fin à la légende et de remettre en cause une fois pour toutes cette théorie. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Le monde d’aujourd’hui a une vision apocalyptique héritée de la religion judéo-chrétienne. Les Mayas non, pour eux il n’y avait pas de fin du monde, ils avaient un [système de] comptage infini des années”, explique Erik Velasquez, historien et expert des écritures mayas cité par l’AFP. A l’heure actuelle seule une pierre gravée, découverte à Tortuguero, au Mexique, évoque 2012 comme étant l’achèvement de l’ère actuelle du calendrier maya, entamée 3.144 ans avant celle du calendrier romain. Mais pour plusieurs historiens, cette date représente simplement la fin d’un cycle et le début d’une 14e période. “Nous pouvons dormir tranquille, ils évoquaient des dates de plusieurs milliers d’années plus lointaines”, a assuré M. Velasquez, poursuivant : “cela signifie seulement la fin de 13 “baak t’uunes” (“cycle” en maya), mais cela ne représente d’aucune manière la fin du [système de] comptage du calendrier maya, qui est infini, même s’il est divisé en segments. Un nouveau cycle commence, c’est tout”.Les Mayas ont créé leur calendrier dit “du long compte” pour marquer des dates marquantes de leur passé et de leur avenir, gravées sur des pierres. M. Velasquez rappelle ainsi qu’une stèle de Palenque (zone archéologique située dans le sud-est du Mexique) évoque une date bien plus lointaine dans l’avenir : l’anniversaire d’un dirigeant de cette cité maya, en 4.772 du calendrier romain.Le 10 juin 2012 à 17:23 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Nautilus reports big gains in Q3 earnings

first_imgVancouver-based fitness equipment company Nautilus announced Monday it garnered $80.8 million in net sales in its third quarter, a 14.3 percent bump above earnings this time a year ago. The gains keep pace with a strong 2016 for the maker of Bowflex and other home gym equipment. Its sales top $280 million total through Sept. 30.Its net income for the quarter was $7.6 million, up from $3.7 million in 2015.A company spokesperson said the company was lifted by successful retail sales — though its direct sales faltered somewhat — and its acquisition earlier this year of Octane Fitness. Nautilus Inc. bought the elliptical manufacturer, based in Minnesota, for $115 million in January.Nautilus had made $226 million in sales at this point in 2015. In a press release, CEO Bruce Cazenave said the profits stem from the company’s focus on “profitable growth through product innovation, channel diversification and disciplined management of expenses.”It hasn’t come without breaking a sweat, however. Nautilus’ third-quarter sales over the last decade peaked in 2006 at $159.6 million before plummeting to $37.4 million in 2011 as the recession dug deeply into consumer spending.In addition to Bowflexes and Octane Fitness’ ellipticals, Nautilus is the name behind products from Schwinn Fitness and Universal Fitness. The company opened a shop in east Vancouver in January and has announced several new products this year, including a new Bowflex model and smartphone-compatible balance board.last_img read more

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