A warrior by heart Indigenous people enlisted to monitor pipelines

first_imgCALGARY – Gerald Scott’s perspective has shifted since he spent 10 days on the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota which — until early last year — was the site of months of high-profile protests against the Dakota Access oil pipeline.Scott, who is from the Swan Lake First Nation in Manitoba, wanted to take a stand against what he saw as trampling of Indigenous rights.“I’m a warrior by nature. I’m a warrior by heart.”Scott has since focused his fight on making pipelines safer. More than a year after Standing Rock, he was one of 60 Indigenous people from Western Canada to complete a three-week pipeline monitoring program at SAIT Polytechnic in Calgary.The course, a pilot project, delved into inspection techniques, pipeline operations and safety — all through an Indigenous lens. With the classroom portion complete, trainees will embark on either a research project with an industry mentor or a work placement. Some students will train this summer with a dog handler to learn how potential leaks can be sniffed out.Armed with his new knowledge, Scott says he can better represent his First Nation’s interests in talks with his employer, Calgary-based pipeline giant Enbridge Inc. The company’s extensive Line 3 project crosses Swan Lake land, and knowing what specific inspections and maintenance work to demand could be helpful.“Now I’m still a warrior, but I just want the best deal for people.”Scott started working for Enbridge as a digger, but has more recently acted as a community liaison. The company encouraged him to take the monitoring course and he’s hoping for a pipeline safety career that will allow him to stay close to home.Fellow trainee Kelsey Jacko from Cold Lake First Nations says he’d like to use his training to work with an Indigenous organization monitoring pipelines.“My dream job is looking after my people, make sure their livelihood is looked after, their health and well-being for the future, for the kids yet to come.”Heavy oil is big business around Cold Lake in eastern Alberta and Jacko is concerned about its effect on the environment, particularly on caribou.He says the industry’s presence is a reality.“We can’t turn back time, but it’s a struggle. Where’s the balance between economics and the environment?” Jacko says. “Our First Nations have to get out of poverty. A lot of our First Nations are living in Third World living conditions.”Engineer Deanna Burgart, a member of the Fond du Lac Denesuline First Nation in Saskatchewan, was a program instructor and helped develop its curriculum.She says it was important that Indigenous students could see themselves reflected in the course material — by drawing on case studies relevant to their experiences, for instance.“I just firmly believe that the improvement of the relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples and industry and government will happen when we are all more engaged and we’re all more informed and we’re all empowered.”The program was conceived through InnoTech Alberta, a subsidiary of provincial research and development agency Alberta Innovates. Its $566,000 budget came from provincial and federal grants.Shauna-Lee Chai, an InnoTech scientist who managed the pilot, says the course was in high demand with 200 applicants for the 60 available spots.She says she believes Indigenous people are uniquely positioned to watch for problems along pipelines that often cross through remote areas.“The traditional way of life that many Indigenous people still practice have them out on the landscape. They’re living in remote communities. They’re hunting, fishing, trapping, collecting berries and medicines,” Chai says.“They have that vested interest. The lands that they are monitoring are their backyards, and so it’s in their interest to keep it healthy.”last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,020.16, up 5.17 points)Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up 18 cents, or 6.10 per cent, to $3.13 on 17.5 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Up 80 cents, or 4.96 per cent, to $16.93 on 6.6 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Up 25 cents, 6.85 per cent, to $3.90 on 5.4 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up six cents, or 1.95 per cent, to $3.14 on 4.7 million shares.MEG Energy Corp. (TSX:MEG). Oil and gas. Up one cent, or 0.16 per cent, to $6.08 on 4.2 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Up 21 cents, 1.57 per cent, to $13.57 on 3.9 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Cineplex Inc. (TSX:CGX). Entertainment. Up 71 cents, 1.89 per cent, to $38.36 on 292,717 shares. The entertainment company scored a deal to bring “Sunday Night Football” and the Super Bowl to its movie theatres. Cineplex says a three-year sponsorship agreement with the National Football League will begin Nov. 12 and be known as “NFL Sundays at Cineplex.” Games will be broadcast live to 15 VIP theatres and then expand to 50 locations for the Super Bowl on Feb. 4, 2018.Fairfax Financial Holdings Ltd. (TSX:FFH). Insurance. Down $21.41, 3.08 per cent, to $674.74 on 84,202 shares. The Toronto-based company says hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as earthquakes in Mexico, during its third quarter period hit its portfolio companies with more than $1.2 billion in losses. Fairfax also reported third-quarter net earnings of $608 million – up from $1.7 million a year ago – which included a net after-tax gain of $1.2 billion on the sale of some of Fairfax’s equity interest in Indian insurance company ICICI Lombard.Stelco Holdings Inc. (TSX:STLC). Steel. Up $2.20, or 12.94 per cent, to $19.20 on 1.16 million shares. Share prices for the Hamilton-based steel company rose almost 13 per cent on its first day of trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Stelco expected to raise $200 million to use towards capital investments, pension payments, and to increase its offerings in specialized steel products.Suncor Energy Inc. (TSX:SU). Oil and gas. Up 37 cents, or 0.83 per cent, to $44.99 on 2.4 million shares. The Calgary-based oil and gas company bought a 41 per cent stake in PetroNor, a petroleum products distributor operating in northwest Quebec owned and operated by the James Bay Crees. Financial terms of the arrangement weren’t disclosed.last_img read more

New UNbacked report spotlights how communities are adapting to climate change

The new study by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Global Environment Facility (GEF) includes results from case studies ranging from food security in the Sahel, pastoralists in Mongolia, rice farmers in the lower Mekong basin and artisanal fishing communities in South America.Vulnerable communities and nations can draw on examples of ‘climate proofing’ the report – entitled “Assessments of Impacts and Adaptations to Climate Change” – provides to quickly respond to the challenges posed by global warming.UNEP Executive Director Achim Steiner pointed out that 2007 was the year in which science has demonstrated that climate change is unequivocally occurring.But “one of the big missing links has been adaptation, both in terms of adaptive strategies and in terms of resources for vulnerable communities,” he added.“This assessment, involving experts across the developed and developing world, lays a solid and much needed foundation – a foundation upon which adaptation can become part of country development plans and built into international assistance including overseas development aid.”More than 350 scientists, experts and others from 150 institutions in 50 developing nations and 12 developed ones participated in the report, which underscores the need to develop early warning systems especially, but not exclusively, in Africa, where monitoring networks are sparse, under-funded or poorly maintained.In a related development, the UN World Meteorological Organization (WMO) today noted that increased investment in predicting, monitoring and developing adaptation measures for climate change is critical.In addition to mitigation, efforts must be bolstered to help populations adapt to water scarcity, extreme weather and other natural hazards which could be exacerbated by global warming, WMO Secretary-General Michel Jarraud said in a statement at the UN Climate Change Conference underway in Bali, Indonesia.“It is now recognized that mitigation alone is unlikely to fully address, in a reasonable time the challenges that human-induced climate change is likely to bring and that, therefore, much greater attention needs to be given to adaptation to climate change,” he observed. 4 December 2007As negotiators meet in Bali, Indonesia to frame a legally binding regime on international responses to climate change, a new United Nations-backed report was released today on how communities spanning the globe are coping with the problem. read more

Influenza AH1N1 infections top 2000 with 44 deaths reports UN agency

The World Health Organization (WHO) noted that its international pandemic alert remains at phase 5, on a six-level warning scale, as the number of laboratory confirmed cases rises to 2,099 – up by 441 from yesterday – including 44 deaths.As of 06:00 GMT today, 23 countries reported influenza A(H1N1) infection, with Mexico containing 1,112 cases and 42 deaths, and the United States verifying 642 cases and two deaths.“We continue to see human-to-human transmission – community level transmission – primarily in North America,” said WHO Assistant Director-General Keiji Fukuda at the agency’s daily update in Geneva. “We are not seeing it yet anywhere else,” he said, explaining the decision to maintain the pandemic alert level at phase 5. Mr. Fukuda warned that the situation is still evolving and “we really don’t understand how things are going to go in the future.”Important questions remain over the spread of the flu from the northern hemisphere and whether it will become more dangerous over time than it is now. If the outbreak were to hit pandemic proportions, it would be reasonable to estimate a third of the world’s population would be infected, warned Mr. Fukuda.Even when on an individual basis illness for most people is relatively mild, if the numbers of infected are multiplied on a pandemic scale, the number of deaths will increase, he cautioned.WHO also reiterated that people have not been infected by the influenza A(H1N1) virus through eating processed pork or other food products derived from pigs. 7 May 2009The number of people infected with the influenza A(H1N1) virus has topped 2,000, the United Nations health agency confirmed today, stressing that although symptoms for the vast majority of the cases are mild, there is no room for complacency. read more

UN agricultural agency helps Pakistan cope with natural disasters such as floods

.“This assessment is a key tool to further develop the capacity of the agriculture sector institutions to mainstream the disaster risk management, with a special focus on disaster risk reduction, in their planning and action” UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Deputy Representative in Pakistan Francisco Gamarro said of a recently finalized study on the issue.With a 21 percent share of the national gross domestic product (GDP) and a 45 percent share of Pakistan’s total workforce, it is crucial that agriculture be able to prevent and mitigate the impact of disasters.The FAO, together with national, provincial, and regional level disaster management authorities and civil society organizations last week finalized the Institutional Assessment on integrating disaster risk management into Pakistan’s agricultural sector.The study identified areas and measures that need to be strengthened in a series of workshops with key stakeholders across the country.Among the goals of the FAO, which seeks to achieve food security for all, is the sustainable management and utilization of natural resources, including land, water, air and climate. read more

Hip implant maker was alerted to safety fears as surgeon told them

first_img To print the document, click the “Original Document” link to open the original PDF. At this time it is not possible to print the document with annotations. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Page Note  1 of  7 0 End Game The implant was cleared for sale by national regulators and “is backed by a strong track record of clinical data showing reduced pain and restored mobility for patients suffering from chronic hip pain”.The spokesman added that the plastic and ceramic alternatives also “wear and produce debris”, and “the body reacts to any foreign material”.Boz Michalowska Howells, representing more than 300 UK claims, said  it “appeared to be commonly known in the 90s that metal-on-metal hips cause could adverse reactions and it should have rung alarm bells”.  » Loading Loading The Telegraph’s investigation also reveals how: Senior company figures were told in 2003 that one surgeon had already collected “a lot of bad data about metal-on-metal debris” in patients who had received DePuy implants;  A 2005 report warned that risks to patients of metal-on-metal were “as yet undetermined” but “the risk to DePuy may be major in terms of product liability or business impact”; An internal email in September 2008 acknowledged there were “growing concerns over metal-on-metal hips”. Surgeons needed “a high stability non-metal option”; Tony Nargol, a surgeon based in North Tees, repeatedly told DePuy from around 2008 about problems with its implants but was labelled an “outlier” and told his patients may simply have high volumes of metal in their blood because of a local “water supply problem”; A report commissioned by the company in 2008 about the use of one of DePuy’s first metal-on-metal implants found that tiny particles released from the devices “have killed the bone” and soft tissues around the hip and “resulted in the tendons ripping away”. The papers, filed in a US court, include an email from John Irving, a US orthopaedic surgeon, in 2010, forwarded internally to the company’s president, insisting that “it borders on unethical to continue to market” the Pinnacle type of metal-on-metal hips “until the issues are elucidated”.  Contributed by: Telegraph Graphics, The Telegraph A metal on metal hip implantCredit:Chris Watt for “” Next More than two decades later, the firm faces thousands of legal claims by patients who say they have suffered as a result of the metal-on-metal joint subsequently produced by DePuy wearing away in their bodies. He accused the firm of a “head-in-the-sand response to this problem” and warned that “the products are harming patients” – three years before the implant was eventually discontinued. British patients were fitted with controversial hip implants despite the company behind them being warned by experts that the type of device was unsafe, secret documents reveal.A senior engineer working for DePuy reported in 1995 that metal-on-metal constructions were “unpredictable” and parts prone to “catastrophic breakdown” five years before DePuy’s hips began to be implanted in Britons.More than 20,000 patients were later fitted with the implants, which experts say can deposit toxic ions into the bloodstream as they wear. Thousands  were left in agony and had to have costly operations to have them replaced with safer alternatives. The document was part of papers read out in a Texas court, where patients are suing DePuy over the Pinnacle implant. They were passed to the Telegraph by their lawyers. Mark Lanier, a lawyer,  said: “These documents show that DePuy knew this hip would fail.”DePuy’s lawyers have said in court that the company had “always warned about the potential for a tissue reaction in a metal-on-metal device”.A spokesman said patient safety was its “first priority” and it “acted appropriately and responsibly in the design and testing” of the Pinnacle. Zoom Andrew Selous, a Conservative MP on the Commons health committee,  described the disclosure as “appalling”, saying: “If the company was aware of problems, they should have acted on the precautionary principle.”A Daily Telegraph investigation today exposes a series of previously unseen memos, reports and emails, obtained from DePuy, that raised questions about the safety of metal-on-metal devices.Dr Graham Isaac, a senior engineer based in DePuy’s Yorkshire factory, warned in a 1995 report that testing showed metal implants were “working well for a period of time” before wearing down, prompting the “release of a large volume” of debris.In the same year, a surgeon advising DePuy told the firm that “we need to be cautious of the legal/litigation issues, lawyers etc … perception of metal debris and metal ion release.”  Document Pages Notes Text Contents p. 2 Related Article » « Previous (embed code) p. 3 Loading Loading DePuy’s Pinnacle implant was first used in the UK in 2002, with the ASR, another metal-on-metal device, released two years later. They were promoted as offering better mobility than devices that used a metal ball and plastic socket.In his 1995 memo, Dr Isaac, now “distinguished engineering fellow” at the firm, examined data on metal-on-metal hips produced by rival companies. He wrote: “It is clear from the literature the survivorship of cobalt chromium [the materials used in metal implants], metal-on-metal prostheses in the past have been far from satisfactory. CLOSE p. 1 “Manufacturing methods have improved. However, simulator testing of such components suggests their performance is as unpredictable as ever, working well for a period of time before suffering a sudden catastrophic breakdown of the bearing surface accompanied by a release of a large volume of wear debris.”He quoted an expert warning that the combination of metal with metal was “likely to give rise to toxic levels of metal under clinical conditions”. End Game Loading Loading hip implantlast_img read more


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13 mountain rescue teams in Mayo for mass Reek Sunday pilgrimage

first_imgWe’d have thirteen teams from all around the country.Triage facilities will be set up on the mountainside, with nurses and doctors at the stations assessing each casualty on the spot and recommending the best course of action.Two people were seriously injured during the ascent last year, and had to be airlifted from Croagh Patrick by helicopter — while three people were airlifted to hospital the previous year.Locals have raised concerns recently that erosion of the peak is making the surface more treacherous than before — a report carried out by Mountaineering Ireland two years ago found the path to the summit was in a “significantly degraded state”.Wear bootsHunt is advising anyone attempting the climb to dress appropriately for the task, including the wearing of “appropriate footwear” (hardcore pilgrims tend to try the ascent barefoot — significantly increasing their risk of a lower leg injury).Mayo Mountian Rescue receives donations from various local groups every year – including the Catholic Church – in advance of Reek Sunday, according to Hunt.“The teams from elsewhere are here all weekend, so we have to organise accommodation for the teams, accommodation for each member.We’d have donations too from some suppliers of bread, butter and milk and the like to feed everyone.The first mass on the summit is due to begin at 8am this morning, and there’ll be services every half hour thereafter until 2pm.Read: Erosion of Croagh Patrick a major concern ahead of ‘Reek Sunday’ pilgrimagePHOTOS: Climbing Croagh Patrick on Reek Sunday MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAMS from all over the country are in Mayo this weekend ahead of the annual ‘Reek Sunday’ ascent of Croagh Patrick.Between 15,000 and 20,000 people are expected to climb ‘Ireland’s holiest mountain’ throughout the day as part of the pilgrimage, which is traditionally held on the last Sunday of each July.There’s an outside chance the numbers could even exceed the 20,000 number, according to Robert Hunt of Mayo Mountain Rescue, which is heading up the emergency response today.“We’ve been planning for this since April,” Hunt said.last_img read more

Skube the radio reimagined for music sharing and discovery

first_imgEngineers have created a prototype of a device that brings back the idea of a dedicated music-playing gadget. Of course, the twist is that it’s designed for the 21st century and online content.Instead of a boombox that plays a static list of songs, the Skube is a portable device with a built-in speaker that connects to the Internet to discover new songs. It can also connect with other Skubes to create a dynamic, larger playlist. So perhaps the thought is that some day you could go to a party where everyone brings their own Skubes, then they connect them together to get a mix of songs everyone can enjoy.The Skube has two modes — Playlist and Discovery. Playlist mode is simple–it plays the songs that are already on the device. Discovery mode, however, uses those existing tracks to scour the Web for similar songs that you might like. It does this by tapping into the Last.fm API. To actually stream said tracks, though, it connects to Spotify.The result is a seamless end-user experience where you can simply tap or flip the box to alter between different tracks and different modes. There’s no need to log into an account, make sure your speakers are working, etc. It goes back to the old-school concept of doing one thing and doing it well.So if you’re looking for a modular, Internet-connected, portable music player with a built-in speaker, you might be in luck. The Skube is a fully functional device, not just a concept. The next step is mass manufacturing and getting it on sale.via Sound Plus Designlast_img read more

Well of course iOS 7 wants to constantly track your location

first_imgiOS 7 has something new in store under its Location Services menu. Tap into it, and you’ll find a System Service called Frequent Locations. It’s doing exactly what you think it would do: keeping tabs on where you go and how often you go there.Some iOS7 beta users have been caught off guard by its addition, and skeptical types immediately flashed back to the Apple location-tracking fiasco of 2011. Would Apple really implement a feature like this after facing a lawsuit the last time around?Of course it would. The situation is much different this time around, and it’s not like Apple has much of a choice. There needs to be a response to Google Now (Popular Science’s Innovation of the Year for 2012) in iOS 7, and that would be impossible without gathering GPS data.Location-aware apps allow our mobile devices to be more useful when we’re not directly interacting with them. Apple’s no doubt got big plans for iOS 7 and Siri, and you can be sure that location will play a very important role. It’s not like Apple is trying to hide what it’s doing, either. iOS7 will show you a nicely-formatted report of where you’ve been, complete with a map and location plots. That kind of transparency is a good thing.Apple is also clearly trying to avoid another GPS-fueled controversy by providing a dedicated toggle for Frequent Locations. iOS 7 users don’t have to shut off all Location Services just because they don’t want their iPhone or iPad knowing how many times a week they visit the liquor store or pawn shop.While it’s easy to sound the privacy alarm when something like this gets spotted in software, this time around Apple is doing things the right way… and it’s certainly not doing something its competitors aren’t doing, too.last_img read more

Freeleagus honoured by peers

first_imgAstute legal minds have come together in Queensland to honour one of the most prominent members of the Greek community in the state. Alexander Christy Freeleagus, who died in 2005, was thought to be Queensland’s first lawyer of Greek descent to be admitted as a solicitor. He became a lawyer in 1952, and became a partner at Henderson Lahey the following year.During his time as a lawyer, Mr Freeleagus was also Queensland’s Consul-General of Greece for 48 years.Alex retired from Clayton Utz as a partner in 1993, after 39 years, over 20 of those as Queensland’s senior partner.Travelling to give the oration at the event last weekend was Victorian Supreme Court judge Emilios Kyrou, who also presented a paper on the attributes of a good lawyer and judge.The event was organised by the Hellenic Australian Lawyers (HAL) association and hosted by the Queensland patron of the association, Justice Anthe Philippides. HAL was first launched in Melbourne in 2014, and has grown to South Australia and Queensland. The association expects to open a sub-branch in the Northern Territory in October. In Melbourne, on June 16, the association will be holding an evening with the Victorian Attorney-General, Martin Pakula MP. Mr Pakula will be presenting a paper on ‘The Legal Profession in a Multicultural Society’. Justice Kyrou will also be presenting a paper on ‘The Judiciary in a Multicultural Society’. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Lindsay Lohans GTA V lawsuit is finally over she lost

first_imgIf you review Lindsay Lohan’s life over the past several years then it does actually read like a mission or two you’d find in Grand Theft Auto V. But she’s not in the game, at least officially, and now the Supreme Court has ruled she’s not unofficially in it, either.You may remember back in 2014 Lohan decided to sue Rockstar claiming that Grand Theft Auto V contains a character that is based on her. That character is called Lacey Jonas, with her tag line being, “I’m really famous. I didn’t do anything.”Here’s Lacey Jonas as seen and heard in the game:The lawsuit clearly was without merit and basically a cash grab if I had to guess. Rockstar and publisher Take-Two had nothing to worry about, right? Well, it took until March of this year for a judge to rule the case could go forward, meaning a visit to the Supreme Court and a few sleepless nights for Take-Two’s lawyers.If she won there’d be some ridiculous demands that ultimately got pared-down to a pay out. But thankfully such a negotiation is never going to have to happen because Lindsay Lohan has finally lost her case. The Supreme Court ruled that Lohan’s name or photograph are not used in the game and Lohan never performed as an actor for the game. So there is no direct association at all.Just as importantly, the court made it clear that GTA V is a work of fiction and satire. The story and characters are fictional and therefore Lohan has no claim. Hopefully this is enough of a deterrent to stop her lawyers attempting to file an appeal, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they do.last_img read more

This Drinkable Strawberry Shortcake in A Can Lets You Shake It For

first_imgStrawberry shortcake is always delicious, no matter how you take it. Eating the actual cake, in a pudding, in a candy, or in some sort of drink, like a milkshake, it doesn’t matter. Its instantly recognizable and delicious flavor is one that you’ll definitely want to savor. Now you can drink it from a can, thanks to a new Japanese drinkable dessert from DyDo Drinco. The Rich Grand Time Shake and Drink Sweet Shortcake is coming out on November 28, and it sounds absolutely delicious.The drink features a strawberry extract from the Amao variety that’s grown right in the Fukuoka Prefecture on the island of Kyushu as well as fresh cream from the area of Hokkaido. It’s supposed to mimic the sweet and savory taste of a strawberry shortcake, and it sounds as though it’ll probably do an excellent job of doing just that. You’re meant to shake up the drink to your desired consistency before drinking, because depending on how much you shake it, you’ll get a different kind of texture while you drink. Yummy!via prw.kyodonews.jpDyDo Drinco originally surveyed over 1,000 people to find out what kind of cake Japanese citizens liked to eat the most, with strawberry shortcake winning out over eight other kinds of cake in the running. It’s a sweet new treat that will be available for about $1.40 at special JR East train stations, just like the roasted sweet potato drink we talked about not too long ago. It probably would taste better cold over hot, so make sure you get a chilled version before drinking down this strawberry-themed sugar rush. For an even more decadent treat, why not pour one of these drinks all over a strawberry shortcake and see how that works out for you? Just watch those sugars. They’ll creep up on you super quick.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Sensex rises over 100 pts on firm rupee falling crude prices

first_imgReuters file [Representational Image]The benchmark BSE Sensex advanced over 100 points in early trade Wednesday on gains in bluechips like Maruti Suzuki, SBI, Tata Steel and ITC amid rising rupee and tumbling crude prices.Rising for the seventh straight session, the 30-share index spurted 104.05 points, or 0.29 per cent, to 36,451.13. The barometer had rallied over 1,387 points in the previous six sessions.Led by FMCG, oil and gas, PSU and realty, sectoral indices advanced up to 0.99 per cent. The NSE Nifty saw similar movement, rising up 36.60 points, or 0.34 per cent, to 10,945.30.Brokers said sustained buying by investors and foreign fund inflows, coupled with strengthening rupee against the US dollar and falling global crude oil prices, influenced trading sentiment here.Negative Asian cues on a likely Federal Reserve interest rate hike, limited the gains here, traders said. The rupee breached the 70 mark by surging 50 paise to trade at 69.94 against the dollar in early trade at the interbank forex market.Prominent gainers were Asian Paint, Axis Bank, ITC, Maruti Suzuki, SBI, HDFC, Yes Bank, Bharti Airtel, HUL, Tata Steel, Bajaj Auto, L&T, RIL and HDFC Bank, rising up to 1.70 per cent.However, Infosys emerged worst Sensex performer, falling 1.20 per cent, followed by Vedanta, TCS, Tata Motors and Sun Pharma. Shares of aviation companies rose after crude prices hit a 14-month low. InterGlobe Aviation, SpiceJet and Jet Airways rallied up to 5 per cent.Stocks of oil marketing companies like IOC, HPCL, BPCL and OIL too gained up to 1.43 per cent. Brent crude, an international benchmark, dropped 4.2 per cent lower to USD 57.07 per barrel Tuesday, a 14-month low.Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) bought shares to the tune of Rs 144.76 crore Tuesday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) sold shares worth a net of Rs 182.60, provisional data showed. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei fell 0.43 per cent, Shanghai Composite Index shed 0.25 per cent, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng rose 0.10 per cent.The US Dow Jones Industrial Average ended 0.35 per cent higher Tuesday.-PTIlast_img read more

The Rockets title window is already closed

first_imgThe Rockets title window is already closedThe Rockets led the NBA in wins and had the Warriors on the ropes in the Western Conference Finals before Chris Paul went down with a hammy, but Colin thinks their title window is already closed.While the Warriors are all taking less money, Chris Paul just signed a max deal that forced Houston to let go of key role players Trevor Ariza and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute as cap casualties. Both losses hurt the Rockets in a matchup with the Golden State and LeBron’s Lakers. Some teams are set up for multi-year runs, but the Rockets aren’t one of them. They won’t go into the tank, but their window has closed. Just like that. Sixers were never close to signing LeBronA rumor was leaked that the Sixers were close to landing LeBron in free agency, but after hearing the details of what actually went down, Colin thinks that’s a stretch.It turns out LeBron wasn’t at the L.A. meeting and didn’t even conference in to listen to the pitch, and was already planning his press release for his announcement only two hours after the meeting. Philly can spin this as close, but it wasn’t close to be close. Also:– Colin’s 2018 NFC North Preseason PredictionsGuests:Doug Gottlieb – Host of The Doug Gottlieb Show and the All Ball Podcast is in-studio on why the Rockets may end up being forced to sign Melo, and why LeBron will be a lethal small ball 5 with the Lakers.Michael Rappaport – Actor/Comedian is in-studio explaining why the Lakers have surpassed the Rockets.Mark Carrier – 3-time Pro Bowl Defensive Back is in-studio giving his opinions of this year’s QB class.Jim Jackson – FS1 NBA Analyst and 14-year NBA veteran is in-studio on Carmelo Anthony’s future, and if the Sixers were actually close to signing LeBron.last_img read more

ACVs new Area Sales Manager – Quebec is a former Transat veteran

first_img Posted by QUEBEC CITY — After spending over 20 years at Transat, Jean-Luc Tremblay is heading to Air Canada Vacations to be its new Area Sales Manager – Quebec.Reporting directly to David Côté, General Manager Sales Quebec & Atlantic, Tremblay will be based in Quebec City where he will represent the city along with the East of Quebec region. He joins ACV’s Quebec Sales team, which comprises Veronica Di Ruocco and Mary-Gina Mercier.Tremblay brings with him over 20 years of experience at Transat where he recently held the position of Area Sales Manager.Dana Gain, Senior Director of Sales, Groups & Partnerships at Air Canada Vacations, said the company is delighted to welcome him to the team. “Jean-Luc’s network of relationships and industry experience will allow us to continue supporting the Quebec City region.”Tremblay is the latest Transat veteran to head to Air Canada Vacations.Last month ACV named Robert Reed, a former director at Transat, as its new Manager of National Accounts.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionOn June 27 Air Canada and Transat concluded their definitive Arrangement Agreement that provides for Air Canada’s acquisition of all issued and outstanding shares of Transat and its combination with Air Canada. The deal is pending approval from regulators and shareholders. Travelweek Group Tags: ACV, Quebec Sharecenter_img ACV’s new Area Sales Manager – Quebec is a former Transat veteran << Previous PostNext Post >> Tuesday, July 9, 2019 last_img read more

AP PHOTOS Italys cowboys show off their skill

first_img Get a lawn your neighbor will be jealous of Some 1,200 people take part in team penning across Italy. Some are full-time farmers, others townies who take to the saddles in their spare time.“Age doesn’t really matter,” says Carla Conversi, secretary of the Italian association. Children compete from age 10, and 60-year-old penners are not uncommon, she says.Next month Italy is hoping to make its mark in the World Team Penning and Ranch Sorting Championship in Montarnaud, southern France.“There’s no doubt that the difference between us and other European teams is substantial,” said Piero Coviello, a food industry entrepreneur and head of the Italian federation. “We will certainly do very well.”Because of the lack of common regulations between countries, U.S. cowboys don’t take part in competitions abroad, but that doesn’t stop the Italians dreaming of taking them on. In 2010 a squad of 10 Italian penners traveled to Fort Worth, Texas, to take part in the U.S Team Penning Association world championship. They came home with a silver in the under-16 individual ranch sorting competition and a bronze in the under-16 team penning.“The dream of every one of us is to compete in the U.S. against the masters,” said Marco Sterbini, who’s on his horse when he isn’t making a living in the automobile industry. “And who knows, there might be some surprises at the next USTPA World’s in October.” 4 must play golf courses in Arizona Top Stories Sponsored Stories Mesa family survives lightning strike to home Comments   Share   Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facilitycenter_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Tonino Mastrostefano sorts cattle during the team penning Masseria Cup in Piane Vomano on the outskirts of Notaresco, central Italy, Saturday, June 20, 2015. Italy may be better-known for its soccer skills, but on ranches across the country, cowboys are honing their skills of horsemanship and cattle management, and dreaming of taking on the Americans at their own game. Team penning and ranch sorting is believed to have started as a competitive sport in California in the early 1940s. Since then it has spread to countries with long traditions in cattle breeding throughout South America and Europe. (AP Photo/Domenico Stinellis) PIANE VOMANO, Italy (AP) — Italy may be better-known for its soccer skills, but on ranches across the country, cowboys are honing their skills of horsemanship and cattle management, and dreaming of taking on the Americans at their own game.Team penning and ranch sorting is believed to have started as a competitive sport in California in the early 1940s. Since then it has spread to countries with long traditions in cattle breeding throughout South America and Europe. Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Natural spring cleaning tips and tricks for your homelast_img read more

Qatar Airways will launch new flights to Melbourne

first_imgQatar Airways will launch new flights to Melbourne in December in time for the busy holiday season.The carrier’s chief executive officer Akbar Al Baker confirmed during the third day of the Paris Air Show that services to the Australian city will commence on December 6th.A brand new Boeing B777-200 aircraft will be used on the route, which will operate three times a week.It is hoped that flights will increase to a daily service once Qatar takes delivery of a second long-range Boeing.”I know the travelling public is eager for us to begin serving Australia and I’ve had many people ask me about our direct routes to Melbourne and Sydney,” Mr Al Baker said.”We’re finalising some details with regulatory authorities in Australia, and once we’ve received the necessary aircraft from Boeing, we will be ready to operate.”Mr Al Baker added that the Australian economy was one of the few in the world to grow during 2009’s first quarter, which could be an indicator of strong demand for the new route.Qatar Airways will increase the frequency of its flights to Paris from Doha to twice daily, which is up from the existing 11 per week, in October.ReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map RelatedFlights to Melbourne launched by Qatar AirwaysFlights to Melbourne launched by Qatar AirwaysFlights to Melbourne from Doha readied for December launchQatar Airways has announced its intention to commence flights to Australia before the end of the year.Flights to Melbourne from Doha readied for December launchQatar Airways has announced its intention to commence flights to Australia before the end of the year.last_img read more

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first_img FILE – This Oct. 4, 2018 file photo shows actor Liam Neeson at the premiere for “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” during the 56th New York Film Festival in New York. Neeson is again apologizing for revealing that he wanted to kill a random black person nearly 40 years ago after a close friend had been raped by a black man. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Liam Neeson apologizes again for past racist thoughts by The Associated Press Posted Mar 29, 2019 1:43 pm PDT NEW YORK — Liam Neeson is again apologizing for revealing that he wanted to kill a random black person nearly 40 years ago after a close friend had been raped by a black man.Neeson issued a statement Friday apologized for “hurtful and divisive” comments that “do not reflect, in any way, my true feelings nor me.”The actor caused a firestorm in early February when he told The Independent that after learning his friend’s attacker was black, he hoped a black person “would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him.”He later told “Good Morning America” that he is not a racist and moved past his desire for violence after seeking help from a priest and from friends.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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