whatsapp ArcelorMittalwarns of low steel demand whatsapp STEEL giant ArcelorMittal said muted demand for steel will continue to the end of the year, following a weak third quarter for the firm. ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steelmaker, also warned yesterday that government austerity measures and energy conservation plans continue to hit global steel production. “Clearly this is the big news of this call, how the demand remains muted into the fourth quarter of this year,” chief financial officer Aditya Mittal said yesterday on a conference call. ArcelorMittal said pre-tax profit for the three months to 30 September was $1.35bn (£851m)?compared to $910m in the same quarter of 2009. Sales rose to $21bn from $16.17bn last year.The firm said underlying earnings will be between $1.5bn and $1.9bn over the next three months, on the back of a drop in average steel selling prices. This would be a 25 per cent fall on the third quarter, and lower than consensus estimates of $2.4bn. “While we are confident that the underlying recovery is real and will continue, uncertainty has meant that demand conditions are tough,” said chairman and chief executive Lakshmi Mittal. He added that states should step in to kickstart the world economy: “I still don’t see any really positive trends in the world economy and I think this provides some evidence that further action by governments is necessary.”Mittal also said government plans to reduce energy consumption have also dented production, with the company estimates putting the likely impact at 20m tonnes of steel, or three per cent of total output. FAST FACTS | arcelormittalFounded by Lakshmi Mittal in 1994, the firm is now the world’s largest steelmaker, making up six per cent of global production.The company has branches working on iron ore mining, real estate and car manufacturing.LAKSHMI MITTALARCELORMITTALCHAIRMAN AND CHIEF EXECUTIVELAKSHMI Mittal answered the age-old question of what to buy the man who has everything in April, when he spent £16m on a 400-foot high, bright red steel sculpture named Orbit. Mittal, chief executive and chairman of ArcelorMittal and the UK’s richest man for the last five years, funded the artwork to commemorate the 2012 London Olympics. Mittal has little else to spend his money on – he already owns Britain’s most expensive house (having paid Formula 1 boss Bernie Ecclestone £70m for the 12-bedroom property in 2003), a 20 per cent stake in QPR football club, and the world’s biggest steelmaker. Since branching out from the family business in 1994, Mittal has steadily bought up steel plants around the world, culminating in a £22bn merger with Luxembourg-based steelmaker Arcelor in 2006. His son Aditya, aged 34, is the firm’s chief financial officer. Before the recession, Mittal was the third richest man in the world, behind Microsoft’s Bill Gates and hedge fund tycoon Warren Buffett. Though tumbling steel prices knocked billions off his fortune, he has nevertheless spent five years at the top of the Sunday Times UK Rich List, which estimated his personal wealth in March at £22.45bn. Tuesday 26 October 2010 8:14 pm Share KCS-content Show Comments ▼ by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMisterStoryWoman Files For Divorce After Seeing This Photo – Can You See Why?MisterStoryTotal PastThe Ingenious Reason There Are No Mosquitoes At Disney WorldTotal PastMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailNoteabley25 Funny Notes Written By StrangersNoteableySerendipity TimesInside Coco Chanel’s Eerily Abandoned Mansion Frozen In TimeSerendipity TimesMagellan TimesThis Is Why The Roy Rogers Museum Has Been Closed For GoodMagellan TimesElite HeraldExperts Discover Girl Born From Two Different SpeciesElite HeraldZen HeraldThe Truth About Why ’40s Actor John Wayne Didn’t Serve In WWII Has Come To LightZen Heraldmoneycougar.comThis Proves The Osmonds Weren’t So Innocentmoneycougar.com Tags: NULL
The Lloyds Banking Group (LSE: LLOY) share price has delivered a loss of nearly 50% so far this year. That’s double the 25% drop recorded by the FTSE 100 at the time of writing.Today I want to look at why Lloyds has lagged the market and ask if the bank’s share price collapse could be a buying opportunity for long-term investors.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…What’s wrong at Lloyds?When a FTSE 100 share price falls by 50% in three months, it’s usually triggered by some specific bad news. Lloyds hasn’t yet reported anything like this. The bank’s 2019 results were fairly solid and at the time (20 Feb) the outlook for 2020 was pretty stable.Of course, a lot has changed since then. And while Lloyds hasn’t yet warned markets of impending losses, investors expect UK banks to suffer a big increase in bad debt as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.There’s also a second problem. Last week, the UK regulator forced the big banks to suspend their dividends, including final payouts for 2019.To sum up, here’s the picture at Lloyds. Losses are expected to rise and there will be no dividends until the end of 2020, at the earliest.I’m not surprised Lloyds’ share price has been falling. But I think we need to keep sight of the bigger picture.A big test for the banksNo one knows how severe and long-lasting the economic damage will be from coronavirus. But what is clear is that this will be the first real test of banks’ financial strength since the financial crisis.Let’s not forget the Lloyds needed a government bailout to avoid collapse back then. Understandably, investors are nervous that the bank might be unable to cope this time round too.On paper, Lloyds’ numbers look pretty good to me. Based on regulatory measures such as the Common Equity Tier One ratio, this bank (and most others) should be able to absorb much bigger losses today than in 2008.I think the issue is that we don’t yet know how reliable these metrics will be when times get tough. There’s also a second problem — we don’t know how badly damaged the economy will be by the pandemic.What we can learn from the Lloyds share priceAt about 32p, Lloyds’ share price sits at a 37% discount to the bank’s last-reported net asset value of 50.8p per share. Until the end of February, the share price was above 50p.The falling share price reflects the likelihood that rising losses from bad debts will reduce the bank’s net asset value. My sums suggest that at 32p, the market is pricing in a loss of about 3.5% on all of the bank’s loans.To put this in context, Lloyds reported an impairment ratio of 0.4% last year.I think that the financial support being provided by the government should reduce the level of losses suffered by banks. I suspect that Lloyds shares are cheap at current levels. But I really don’t know what’s likely to happen next.If I held the shares I would probably sit tight. But I wouldn’t rush to buy more at this time. Roland Head | Tuesday, 7th April, 2020 | More on: LLOY Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. 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Continúa la crisis en Puerto Rico, y también los empeños de ayuda y recuperación Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Submit an Event Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA Rector Washington, DC Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Pittsburgh, PA Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Submit a Press Release Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Por Amy SowderPosted Oct 17, 2017 Rector Tampa, FL Director of Music Morristown, NJ Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Tags Press Release Service AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. 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Foto de Lucas Jackson/Reuters.[Episcopal News Service] El clero episcopal y los miembros de las congregaciones están reanudando los oficios en las iglesias y las clases en las escuelas siempre que pueden y de la manera que pueden, a pesar de la extensa devastación en Puerto Rico casi un mes después de que azotara el huracán María el 20 de septiembre.Fue la tormenta más fuerte que azotara la isla desde antes de la Gran Depresión, un huracán de categoría 4 que arrojó hasta 101 centímetros de lluvia en algunos lugares en un día, en tanto el huracán Harvey derramó sobre Houston, Texas, 81 centímetros en el curso de tres días a finales de agosto, según cifras del Weather Channel y del Centro Nacional de Huracanes.Casi un mes después de María, los puertorriqueños siguen en medio de la crisis.Hasta ahora se han reportado cuarenta y cinco muertes debido a la tormenta, y los vecinos de la parte norte de la isla carecen de agua potable de manera que están bebiendo agua contaminada de los ríos cercanos, según la Agencia Episcopal de Ayuda y Desarrollo. Alrededor del 80 por ciento de la isla estaba aún sin electricidad el 11 de octubre, tres semanas después que María azotara. En comparación, el 22 por ciento de los hogares y negocios de Islas Vírgenes se encontraban sin fluido eléctrico [en la misma fecha] debido a María.“Las vidas de tantas personas se han trastornado por completo”, dijo Abagail Nelson, primera vicepresidente de programas de la Agencia Episcopal de Ayuda y Desarrollo en el último informe sobre el huracán María. “Esta es una crisis humanitaria que afectará a muchas personas en los próximos años”.Una cruz de madera puede verse, el 10 de octubre, en la puerta de un hogar afectado por el huracán María cerca del municipio de Morovis, en las afueras de San Juan, Puerto Rico. Foto de Shannon Stapleton/Reuters.Coordinar donaciones con agencias locales para conseguir suministros básicos para los más necesitados es una dificultad logística a que la Agencia Episcopal de Ayuda y Desarrollo se enfrenta diariamente, junto con muchas otras. Los voluntarios están organizando envíos de agua y alimentos para residentes de Maricao, Ponce, y otras zonas remotas. La organización planea suministrar sistemas de purificación de agua para esas comunidades aisladas.La comunicación es todavía peligrosa y se espera que se mantenga así durante varios meses más Los teléfonos satelitales están ayudando a miembros de la diócesis a comunicarse unos con otros, con los asociados de la Iglesia, los servicios de emergencia y las comunidades.Las redes sociales han sido los medios de comunicación más confiables. La Escuela de la Catedral Episcopal [Episcopal Cathedral School] en San Juan, cerró como la mayoría de las instituciones, y los padres no tuvieron que pagar los costes de septiembre. La escuela [que ofrece clases desde el kindergarten hasta 12º. grado] reabrió para clases el 10 de octubre y reanudo su programa extraescolar el 16 de octubre. Como la mayoría de los lugares, la escuela aún no cuenta con energía eléctrica, de manera que a los alumnos se les aconseja traer, si pueden, toallitas desechables para bebés, desinfectantes para las manos, agua embotellada y repelente de insectos en spray. Se les permite usar bermudas y camisas sin mangas y no tienen exámenes por el momento y se les han reducido las tareas para hacer en casa.También el 16 de octubre, el orientador escolar anunció que las fechas límites para el ingreso a la universidad se habían extendido tanto en Puerto Rico como en los colegios universitarios de EE.UU. continental. “Espero que esto sirva como un medio de garantizar que continuaremos teniendo un exitoso año académico”, dijo Karen Santiago García, consejera de orientación.El 15 de octubre, el Rvdmo. Rafael Morales Maldonado, obispo de la Diócesis de Puerto Rico, celebró la Santa Eucaristía en la misión de San Gabriel Arcángel en Humacao en la parte oriental de la isla.El obispo de Puerto Rico, Rafael Morales Maldonado dirige a los miembros de la iglesia en una celebración de la Santa Eucaristía que tuvo lugar el 15 de octubre en la misión de San Gabriel Arcángel en Humacao en la parte oriental de la isla. Foto del obispo Rafael Morales Maldonado vía Facebook.“Lloramos y nos reímos juntos. Descubrimos la fuerza del Señor en nuestro nuevo proyecto de levantar y construir”, dijo Morales en una entrada de Facebook.El obispo ha estado trabajando con Xavier Castellanos, el representante de la Agencia Episcopal de Ayuda y Desarrollo que se encuentra in situ para aportar su experiencia, movilizar a los asociados de la Iglesia en tanto siguen evaluando las necesidades de las diferentes zonas de la isla y especialmente enviando ayuda y alimento a las más remotas regiones montañosas. La organización envió socorro de emergencia antes de la llegada del huracán María a fin de ayudar a la diócesis a proporcionar asistencia rápidamente.Entre tanto, en la parte continental de Estados Unidos, las personas con familiares y amigos en Puerto Rico siguen preocupándose por ellos.La Rda. Gladys Rodríguez de la iglesia de la Encarnación [Church of the Incarnation] en Oviedo, Florida, sólo ha podido hablar brevemente unas pocas veces con su marido, Víctor Rivera González, que se encuentra en Puerto Rico. Ellos tienen casas en ambos lugares, y antes de la tormenta, ella viajaba frecuentemente entre ambos sitios. Su casa en la zona de Guaynabo es de hormigón armado y resistió bien, pero el techo sufrió daños. González había almacenado agua y pudo compartirla con sus vecinos. “Él ha estado comiendo alimentos enlatados. No tiene electricidad. No hay ninguna comunicación con el centro de la isla”, dijo Rodríguez en un correo electrónico.Uno de los miembros de la iglesia de Rodríguez en Florida perdió contacto con una pariente en Ponce que necesitaba dinero, comida, agua y medicinas. Finalmente, la pariente encontró a alguien que condujera a través de las peligrosas carreteras para ayudarla. “Todo el mundo necesita desesperadamente dinero, agua, electricidad, alimento y medicinas”, dijo Rodríguez. Cuando los viajes aéreos sean más asequibles, probablemente para fines de octubre, su marido se propone reunirse con ella en Oviedo.Lynn Hendricks, presidente de la Asociación Nacional de Sociedades del Altar [National Altar Guild Association] con sede en Birmingham, Alabama, fabricó estuches de útiles eucarísticos para Puerto Rico. Uno de sus cofeligreses se propone volar con su avión a la isla para entregar generadores, agua y otros suministros como contribución a la campaña de socorro y se ha ofrecido a llevar los estuches.“Él explicó que el transporte es un problema en la isla y que no estaba seguro de si podía entregarlos personalmente, pero se ocuparía de ponerse en contacto con la diócesis y les diría donde podían recogerlos, en caso de que él no pudiera entregárselos personalmente”. Dijo Hendricks en un correo electrónico a , Episcopal News Service.La misión San Gabriel Arcángel in Humacao, al sureste de San Juan y cerca de la costa oriental, ofreció servicios religiosos para los episcopales el 15 de octubre. Foto del Rvdmo. Rafael Morales Maldonado vía FacebookEl Rvdmo. Andrew M.L. Dietsche, obispo de Nueva York, celebró un oficio por las víctimas de los desastres naturales en el Caribe y México, el 7 de octubre, en la catedral de San Juan el Teólogo [Cathedral of Saint John the Divine]. El huracán que azotó Puerto Rico fue, tristemente, uno de los últimos desastres naturales que, en poco más de un mes, han sido portadores de “ruina inenarrable en Texas, Florida y el Caribe (especialmente las Islas Vírgenes y Cuba), México y ahora Puerto Rico”, dijo Dietsche en el anuncio del oficio.“Incontables personas de nuestras diócesis han sido personalmente afectadas por estas tormentas. En verdad, miembros de mi propio personal han vivido durante estos angustiosos días de la semana pasada a la espera de recibir noticias de miembros de sus familias que no aparecen”, dijo. “Sé que ellos representan a miles de neoyorquinos que sienten los mismos temores por sus seres queridos”.Las personas pueden ayudar haciendo donaciones al Fondo para el Socorro de Huracanes [Hurricane Relief Fund] de la Agencia Episcopal de Ayuda y Desarrollo, la cual ayudará a sus asociados a llegar a las comunidades vulnerables devastadas por las recientes tormentas tropicales.— Amy Sowder es corresponsal especial de Episcopal News Service y escritora y redactora independiente radicada en Brooklyn, NY. Pueden dirigirse a ella en [email protected] Traducción de Vicente Echerri. 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Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Please enter your name here TAGSCOVID-19Embrace Families of OrlandoParentingPressureschoolStresstips Previous articlePrimary Election results for significant races in Orange CountyNext articleApopka Burglary Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Amanda Reineck, MSW, RCSWIWork. Stress. Socially distant schooling.It’s never easy being a parent, but this fall brings more challenges than most – and right now, one of the toughest challenges of all is helping our kids feel safe in an uncertain world. As the school year begins, here are some ideas designed to reduce the pressure – for yourself and your kids:Create a routine. Adding structure to the day is one of the best ways to feel “normal” –even when the world around us isn’t. For kids who feel anxious, it’s reassuring to know what’s going to happen and when. Start by setting a regular time of day for touchpoints like studying, family meals, daily walks or nightly chats before bedtime. Keep it loose, but consistent. Don’t worry if your day goes off track, or if a mess at breakfast spills into a chaotic morning – just do your best to get back to your routine tomorrow. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Encourage expression. Anxiety and worries are natural – especially now – but you can help your child process negative feelings in a healthy way. Give your children space to express themselves as they are ready. Don’t pressure them to talk, but let them know you’re always ready to listen. Frame the conversation in a way that matches your child’s maturity level. For younger kids, it may be easier to share feelings through imaginative play or storytelling. Older kids and teens may want to start and lead the conversation at their own pace. Find your support system. It’s understandable to feel stressed right now, but you don’t have to deal with it alone. Call a family member or a friend when you need to talk to someone: Socializing is a great way to express and process your negative emotions.Take time – even a few minutes throughout the day – to reflect, unwind, breathe and do something that makes you happy.Times are still far from normal, and it looks like that won’t change any time soon. But with care, honesty and plenty of self-forgiveness, your family can make it through together. It’s also important to know that it’s okay to ask for help. There are a number of community resources available to strengthen families and guide them through difficult times. To learn more, visit www.EmbraceFamilies.org.Amanda Reineck, MSW, RCSWI, is a behavioral health coordinator with Embrace Families, Orlando. She has worked with youth in and out of foster care for 14 years, beginning as a volunteer in 2005. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate The Anatomy of Fear Cultivate calm. An organized, quiet environment helps reduce stress and anxiety. Turn off the TV, and make sure that distractions like games, toys, phones and tablets are put away during school and study hours. Consider playing quiet music during the day and do what you can to minimize clutter. Photo by Bruno Nascimento on Unsplash Please enter your comment! LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Get active. As the days get shorter and wetter, it can be harder to get outdoors – but fresh air and exercise are still essential for your family’s physical and mental health. Exercise is a well-known mood booster, in part because it decreases the stress-causing hormone, cortisol, and increases endorphins. Kids should spend at least 30 minutes a day engaged in physical activity, whether that’s frisbee in the back yard or an impromptu dance party in the kitchen.
June 2, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information DenmarkEurope – Central Asia DenmarkEurope – Central Asia Last weekend’s shooting attack on a Copenhagen café meeting in support of Charlie Hebdo is yet another sign of the determination of radical groups in their offensive against free speech. The media must respond by continuing to exercise their freedom of information. Receive email alerts February 17, 2015 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for ideological battle against those who condone free speech violations December 2, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Denmark News RSF_en November 23, 2020 Find out more News Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU Organisation News RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive News to go further Ten RSF recommendations for the European Union After the 7 January attack in Paris, the 14 February twin attacks in Copenhagen and the many displays of violence in response to the “Je suis Charlie” movement, Reporters Without Borders insists on the need not to give ground on the right to free speech.All journalists, both professional and non-professional, must continue their work of providing news and information. Restricting their freedom of expression will not guarantee them better protection.“Today we are facing two threats,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Christophe Deloire said. “The first is the threat to freedom of expression, the threat of imposed restrictions and self-censorship. The second is the physical threat to the safety and lives of journalists and cartoonists. We must fight a battle on both fronts without letting one battle harm the other.”Ever since the controversy over Jylland Posten’s Mohammed cartoons in 2005, several cartoonists have lived under a constant threat from radical Islamist groups that accuse them of blasphemy. But freedom of expression is also targeted by governments that argue that some people abuse this freedom to make fun of religions and thereby stir up anger. Reporters Without Borders is strongly opposed to such political use of the defence of religion.“We live in a terrifying era in which enraged madmen may turn up at your doorstep and kill you because they regard you as guilty of blasphemy, a terrifying era in which cartoonists have to go around with a police escort,” Deloire said.“Police prevention and raids will not suffice. We must wage an ideological battle against those who condone free speech violations. Solidarity is now needed among European countries and all democracies not only to combat extremist groups but also to be firm with governments that propagate extremist ideologies that regard blasphemy as a crime.”Some governments now want tougher laws and changes to international law in order protect religious systems, although blasphemy charges are already used to silence all criticism in certain countries. This is the issue that Reporters Without Borders will raise at an event at the UN Human Rights Council on 10 March on the subject of “Freedom of expression and freedom of religion.”
Previous articlePolice still investigating fatal shootingNext articleCOLLEGE BASEBALL: Fort Hays State rallies past UTPB, 6-3 admin Twitter Facebook Jim Rector flips through the signed petitions in the city hall parking lot. Volunteers turned in a petition to Odessa City Secretary Norma Grimaldo Friday seeking a special election to restructure the city council. Take a look at the news in and around Odessa on Saturday, Feb. 3. Find complete local news coverage in the Odessa American every day, online at oaoa.com and our daily E-Edition at myoaoa.com.1. A group seeking to expand the Odessa City Council after a year of controversial decisions submitted a petition Friday at City Hall to force a May election so Odessa voters can decide on the proposed changes.2. Ryan Stebbins had just moved to Odessa a few months ago to begin working with his brother, before he was shot in the chest during a carjacking in what the Odessa Police Department is calling the first homicide of the year.3. Grace McDonald’s bond was reduced from more than $2 million to $200,000 on Friday when she posted out of jail, records show. The4. Odessa police charged a suspect this week who reportedly punched his girlfriend several times and threatened to kill her.5. A man who police say violated a protective order and stabbed his girlfriend several times in the neck, chest and stomach has been charged by the Odessa Police Department.6. BONUS: IN SPORTS: The big question for Odessa High and Permian entering this week’s University Interscholastic League realignment announcement was whether the Bronchos and Panthers would be placed in a district of six, seven or eight teams. The biennial UIL realignment meeting quickly turned into chaos as area teams saw what guaranteed games they’d play over the next two seasons. Twitter Pinterest Five things you need to know today, Feb. 3 Local News By admin – February 3, 2018 Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp
NAL Resources has oil and gas operations in Alberta and Saskatchewan. (Credit: Adam Radosavljevic from Pixabay) Canadian oil producer Whitecap Resources has signed a deal to acquire NAL Resources, a subsidiary of insurance and financial services provider Manulife Financial, for approximately CAD155m ($118.59m).Under the terms of the agreement, Whitecap will issue 58.3 million shares to Manulife in exchange for all the issued and outstanding shares of NAL Resources.NAL Resources has oil and gas operations in Alberta and Saskatchewan, Canada. It is currently producing approximately 27,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d).However, NAL Resources’ production is expected to decline in 2021 to reach average 22,000 boe/d.Whitecap seeks to consolidate assets in its core operating areasThe deal forms part of Whitecap’s long-term strategy to consolidate assets in its core operating areas.Whitecap Resources said in a statement: “The combination between the two companies will position Whitecap to further advance our internal opportunities, as well as our ability to selectively consolidate high-quality assets in our core areas of operation.”In addition to improving balance sheet and financial flexibility, the deal is expected to significantly help Whitecap increase free funds flow profile and long-term sustainability.Upon completion of the deal, Manulife will have approximately 12.5% stake in the combined entity.In a press statement, Whitecap Resources said: “NAL’s production and lands overlap more than 80% of Whitecap’s current asset base and provides for meaningful operational synergies and inventory optimization opportunities in west central Alberta, west central Saskatchewan and southeast Saskatchewan, enhancing our exposure to economically compelling plays which we currently operate.”Planned to be completed in January 2021, the transaction is subject to customary conditions, including the receipt of necessary regulatory approvals. Whitecap will issue 58.3 million shares to Manulife in exchange for all the issued and outstanding NAL shares
Experts who are adept at handling massive scientific data sets are examining ways that the revolution sweeping their field can address one of medicine’s biggest challenges: the spread of drug-resistant microbes.Maha Farhat, assistant professor of biomedical informatics and one of the organizers of a symposium on the topic, said antibiotic resistance has reached “epidemic proportions” but, with more data available than ever, there’s hope that medical science will discover ways to combat it. What’s needed, however, are better tools to analyze that data, she said. Related Heading off the post-antibiotic age “It really threatens one of the most core therapies that define modern medicine,” Farhat said. “We do think the problem of antibiotic resistance is at such scale that we should come at it from many different angles.”The symposium, “Data-Powered Strategies to Counteract Antibiotic Resistance,” held Wednesday at Harvard Medical School’s New Research Building on the Longwood campus, featured speakers who focused on three major areas: detecting and diagnosing drug-resistant microbes, applying big data to the problem, and developing new drugs to fight resistance.Speakers came from both academia and industry and represented Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Imperial College London, McMaster University, Boston Children’s Hospital, Entasis Therapeutics, and Accelerate Diagnostics.Harvard Medical School Dean George Daley introduced the session, calling the years after penicillin first became widely used in the 1940s a time of relative innocence. Penicillin was so effective in fighting infections that previously would have been fatal that it transformed not just the hospital, but the battlefield.The rise of drug resistance in the decades since, however, has resulted in some 2 million drug-resistant infections that kill 23,000 people in the U.S. each year. The resistance also costs the medical industry billions a year in higher medical costs.,Daley, who, before becoming dean directed the pediatric bone marrow program at Boston Children’s Hospital and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, said physicians there — concerned about infection because bone marrow transplants weaken the immune system — could see that the tools they had at their disposal were weakening.“The fact is that the diminishing potency of our prophylactic armamentarium really was quite frightening. There were lots of diseases and infections that, once they set in, despite our efforts at prophylaxis, it became very, very challenging,” Daley said. “In virtually every medical context, the physicians’ arsenal of antimicrobial therapies has become a rapidly dwindling set. New therapies are just not being developed fast enough.”The problem is alarming enough, Daley said, that in 2016 the World Health Organization declared it one of the greatest threats to global health and made it a top priority.Though improper use of drugs — for the wrong microbes, or in regimens that don’t completely eradicate the infection, leaving the hardiest surviving microbes alive to multiply — can increase resistance, it’s also a natural process, part of an ongoing arms race between microbe and host, Daley said. Research has found mechanisms of drug resistance in 30,000-year-old microbes frozen in permafrost, indicating that it is a natural phenomenon and not a result of poor prescribing practices and patient adherence.“What it says is that the constant battle between pathogen and host … has been an ancient battle. It’s now playing out in the human body,” Daley said.While Daley said that new antibiotic drugs are needed, progress in fighting resistance will come from other sources as well, including leveraging insights about bacteria gleaned by analyzing the large data sets newly available. One potentially fruitful area, Daley said, is the vast amount of genomic data now available that can provide a better understanding of a microbe’s weaknesses.Thousands of tuberculosis genomes have been analyzed, for example, as researchers look to better understand patterns of drug resistance in a bacterium that ranks high on a global list of the most worrisome drug-resistant infections.,One important area where progress is being made is in rapid diagnostics. A severely ill patient suffering from an infection is usually treated right away, without waiting for lab results to provide information about a particular strain and its susceptibility to antibiotics, which can take days. James Collins of MIT, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and Harvard’s Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, and Romney Humphries of Accelerate Diagnostics presented two early talks about rapid diagnostics.Humphries described her company’s phenotype-based test, which cuts diagnosis time from several days to about seven hours. That’s still too late to inform the first application of antibiotics, Humphries said, but could allow physicians to shift medication strategies for second and subsequent doses should a strain be determined to be resistant to particular drugs. What’s needed, she said, are diagnostics available within 30 minutes, so physicians can avoid prescribing inappropriate or ineffective medicines from the start, which not only do the patients no good, but risk enhancing resistance.Collins, the Termeer Professor of Medical Engineering and Science at MIT and a founding core faculty member at the Wyss, described the development of engineered bacteria that function as living diagnostics, and of inexpensive, paper-based diagnostics that can be used in remote locations.He also described a new approach to fighting infection by harnessing the microbiome. Researchers in his lab seeded the intestines of mice with a microbe found in dairy products, one that they’d engineered to detect cholera and that in its natural form makes the gut more acidic. That makes the gut a more hostile environment for the cholera bacterium, staving off its potentially deadly symptoms.“This opens up a broad range of possibilities,” Collins said. “This is something you can have in a simple pill or literally spike in yogurt or fermented dairy products” when a pandemic threatens. Big data, massive potential Across Harvard, programs and researchers are mining vast quantities of computerized information, sometimes revolutionizing their fields in the process Symposium explores the science and business of limiting resistance to drugs
As part of an irrigation efficiency study by University of Georgia Cooperative Extension, a 29-person team of social scientists, agricultural economists, climatologists, agricultural engineers and UGA Extension agents from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is studying agricultural irrigation in order to increase the water-use efficiency in row crops common to southern Georgia.Laura Perry Johnson, associate dean for UGA Extension, started the project in response to a report issued during the Georgia-Florida water wars, a legal dispute over water from the Chattahoochee and Flint rivers. During the trial, Georgia was criticized for agricultural water use that, according to the report, had remained largely unchecked, Johnson said. “We’re working all the time to be more efficient and effective with our water use,” Johnson said. “(We’d) like to be able to show that we have promoted the adoption of technology and that we can document a decrease in agricultural water usage or at least obtain a higher (water use) efficiency with our water usage.”The team consists of 13 Agriculture and Natural Resources (ANR) agents from Extension’s Southeast and Southwest districts. This year, each agent identified two local cotton farmers who they felt were progressive and willing to adopt technology. Three soil water-tension probes, each with three sensors, were installed in each of those farmers’ fields. The farmers irrigated using data from the probes, and they verified the information provided by an irrigation-scheduling smartphone app developed by team member and UGA precision agriculture expert George Vellidis.“We have to increase production with equal or less water. We feel like you can do that by adopting technology that helps you better schedule your irrigation,” said Calvin Perry, team coordinator and superintendent of UGA’s C.M. Stripling Irrigation Research Park in Camilla, Georgia. “We’ve seen through research that, over a growing season, when you apply water is often as important or more important than how much water you apply. You can potentially increase yields and quality with the same amount of water if you put it on at those critical times.”This project allows for irrigation experts like Vellidis, Perry and Assistant Professor Wes Porter to familiarize county agents and farmers with Vellidis’ SmartIrrigation Cotton App and soil moisture sensors in an effort to increase adoption rates of these water-conserving tools. “The (Cotton App) consistently increases both water use efficiency and cotton yield over a standard ‘checkbook’ practice, both in wet and dry years,” Porter said. “This project is pivotal in leading an effort at advancing irrigation scheduling tools and technology adoption on farms across our state.” Johnson enlisted the help of Abigail Borron and Jessica Holt, assistant professors in the college’s agricultural leadership, education and communication department, to measure and understand producer and agent perceptions and behaviors associated with technology adoption. They are studying certain ideas, attitudes and beliefs to provide producers with water-use information, training and technology in the future. Agricultural economists Adam Rabinowitz and Amanda Smith are examining the economics behind the implementation of these irrigation efficiency practices, including costs and producer behavior. Gary Hawkins, a UGA Extension specialist in water resource management and policy, is working with Extension 4-H specialist Melanie Biersmith and agricultural climatologist Pam Knox to share the knowledge gained from this research with policymakers, Georgia residents and youth. “Extending the knowledge gained on the farm to these other citizens helps spread the word that farmers are working to better manage water resources to produce the food and fiber we use and consume daily,” Hawkins said.Ian Flitcroft, who manages the UGA Weather Network, and Extension ANR Program Development Coordinators Bobby Smith (Northeast District), Jule-Lynne Macie (Northwest District), Wade Parker (Southeast District) and Scott Utley (Southwest District) are part of the team.“Putting too much water on the crops does not help and can reduce water availability for other people,” Knox said. “Our project on the use of smart irrigation techniques that includes the monitoring of soil moisture will help make sure there is enough water available for everyone.”For more information on water conservation, visit caes.uga.edu/about/hot-topics/water.html.
By Dialogo March 25, 2013 Two new fluvial hydrographical vessels have joined the Brazilian Navy’s fleet. Their mission: to help produce nautical charts of the Amazon river basin, facilitating a more accurate hydrographical mapping of this region, which covers five million square kilometers. Officials say this will eliminate a cartographical vacuum that exists in the states of Amapá, Amazonas, Roraima, Acre, Pará, Maranhão and Mato Grosso, all of them part of the Amazônia Legal. Maps will be produced at a scale of 1:100,000, and the Navy will update existing data on a myriad of rivers in this vast region encompassing 59 percent of Brazil. “This is the second vessel of the four that are in the pipeline for the Navy,” said Carlos Alberto de Freitas, regional manager for the Defense Ministry’s Operational Center of the System of Protection of the Amazonia (Censipam). “The project also includes a hydro-oceanographic vessel.” The first vessel, Rio Tocantins, started operations in July, and the second, Rio Xingu, sailed on Feb. 6. The other two — Rio Solimões and Rio Negro — will be handed to the Navy sometime this month. All four were financed by the Amazon Cartographical Project, which was launched in September 2008. This all-encompassing project involves the entire Brazilian Armed Forces, de Freitas said. The Navy is responsible for the nautical charts, while the Army and Air Force will compile land maps. Brazil’s Geological Services will develop the geological charts. Total investment in the three comes to $107 million, according to Censipam. “Each partner will generate the desired cartographical products, based on the federal investment,” Bruno da Gama Monteiro, manager of the Regional Censipam Center of Manaus — which covers the states of Amazonas and Roraima — said in comments to Agência Brasil. “This will improve planning for the work in Amazonia, including the building of major roads and hydroelectric plants, because the project will present regional maps in greater detail.” The Navy did not have the means to maneuver and do surveillance in the Amazon Basin’s extensive rivers and tributaries, officials said. These smaller ships will map interior waterways, using bathymetric sensors that measure river depth when they touch the bottom. This initiative will update 74 nautical charts, 18 have already been completed. Officials said the work is being done in accordance with the Brazilian National Defense Strategy objectives of increasing Brazil’s GDP. But it is particularly important, they say, because it contributes to better navigation security and safety, especially in border areas. It is a pity that the Brazilian press does not publish such matters as important as these. I found this article lost at â€œO Globoâ€ newspaper secondary pageâ€™s footer. In a country with a serious press, this subject would be at the front page, but unfortunately this does not happen at our nation. It is very clear for me that our countrymen there are doing a precious work, theyâ€™re just fulfilling their honorable commitment with Brazil. Nevertheless, It wouldnâ€™t cost the midia, instead of highlighting this so-called â€œunilateral truth commissionâ€, to publish this work that benefits all our people. I think it is good for the safety of Amazonia, for the industrialization of its forests, rivers and oceans, but behind it all it seems to be a military strategy for possession of the hydrographic territories in Amazonia.