Junior oil firms cutting dividends output as prices remain embarrassingly low

first_imgCompanies in this article include: (TSX:CJ, TSX:GXO, TSX:BNE)The Canadian Press CALGARY — A pair of junior Calgary oil companies are cutting payouts to shareholders and reducing production because of current steep discounts on western Canadian oil prices.Both Cardinal Energy Ltd. and Granite Oil Corp. say they can’t afford to wait and see if production cuts imposed by the Alberta government starting Jan. 1 will work to drain a glut of oil and thus allow prices to recover.Cardinal shares fell by more than six per cent in early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange after it announced it would temporarily cut its monthly dividend from 3.5 cents to a penny per share in view of “embarrassingly low prices” in the fourth quarter.Granite stock fell by as much as 4.7 per cent after it announced it would suspend its monthly dividend of 2.3 cents per share.Cardinal said it has decided to cut what had been record production of 22,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day by 15 per cent (about 3,300 boe/d) to avoid net losses due to low prices.Granite, similarly, said it has stopped production of about 200 boe/d after posting third-quarter output of just under 2,000 boe/d.“Our lack of provincial and federal government leadership and failure to act in getting new export pipelines built is costing not only Alberta, but all Canadians significant revenue and future investment in our country,” said Cardinal in a news release.“Although we don’t think that the current pricing differentials between Canadian barrels and U.S. barrels will be permanent, we are obligated to our shareholders to protect our business and our balance sheet until Canadian prices improve.”Junior oil firm Bonterra Energy Corp. announced in late November it would cut its monthly dividend to a penny from 10 cents per share.Bonterra and several other Alberta oil companies have said they will delay announcing budgets and providing guidance for 2019 until January in anticipation of more visibility on where oil and gas prices are headed.last_img read more

Two K12 support staff agreements ratified under the Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The B.C. Ministry of Finance has announced that the first two K-12 support staff agreements have been ratified by local unions, their districts and the B.C. Public School Employers’ Association Board.According to the Government, these agreements have been ratified under the Sustainable Services Negotiating Mandate.The Government says the agreements focus on improving services for people and ensuring fair and affordable compensation and includes: A three-year term of July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2022General wage increases of two percent per yearSchool District 81 (Fort Nelson) and BCGEU Local 717, representing 56 members, negotiated a provision of monthly collaboration time to educational assistants and similar positions directly supporting students.The ratifications complete the process that was started by the September 2018 Provincial Framework Agreement.For more information on Public Sector Bargaining, you can visit the Government of B.C.’s website.last_img read more

Morocco Inezgane Women Acquitted of Gross Indecency Charges

Rabat – The two Moroccan women, who were facing charges of “gross indecency” after they were accused of wearing “immoral” clothes, were acquitted on Monday.The Inezgane Court of First Instance in the suburbs of the southern city of Agadir found Sanaa and Siham, hairdressers-aged 23 and 29, not guilty of committing an act of gross indecency.The two young women were surrounded last month by merchants in the open-air market of Inezgane who accused them of dressing in a disrespectable fashion. The incident sparked an outcry in the kingdom, with Human Rights activists and politicians holding sit-ins across the country in support of the two young women and to call on authorities to ensure that personal freedoms are respected.A petition in support of the two women dubbed “Wearing a dress is not a crime” has been launched to garner support for the two women on social media platforms. It had been signed by more than 14,000 supporters.The two women were facing charges under article 483 of the Moroccan Penal Code which states that anyone found guilty of committing an act of “public obscenity” can be jailed for between a month and two years.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Morocco Arrests 6 ISIS Affiliates Planning Domestic Terrorist Attacks

Rabat – Morocco’s Central Bureau of Judicial Investigation (BCIJ) arrested on Tuesday and Wednesday six people on suspicion of belonging to the so-called Islamic State, better known as ISIS, in different cities across Morocco, including Casablanca, Tangier, Tetouan, Marrakech and Safi, the Ministry of Interior said in a communique on Wednesday.A preliminary investigation revealed that the suspects had been promoting terrorist attacks carried out by ISIS in several countries, pledging that they would carry out similar ones in Morocco.The investigation has also revealed that some of the detainees had contact with ISIS fighter in Syria and Iraq and had been learning how to manufacture explosives to carry out terrorist attacks in vital and public areas of Morocco, the communiqué added. Following the arrest, the BCIJ confiscated electronic equipment, electrical cables, gloves and protective masks that used in the manufacture of explosives, knives, as well as documents authorizing the liquidation of people who are not affiliated with ISIS and the banner of the terrorist organization, said the communiqué.The suspects will appear in court as soon as the ongoing investigation of the public prosecutor ends. According to the communiqué, the dismantling of this cell is part of a larger effort being undertaken by Moroccan security services to counter growing terrorist threats.Over the past few years, Morocco has made many efforts to eradicate terrorism and thwart any potential serious threat exposed to destabilize the country.In February, Mohamed Moufakir, Wali and Director General of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that Moroccan authorities have dismantled 168 terrorist cells since the September 11 terrorist attacks. Fifty of the dismantled cells had connections to foreign hotbeds of terrorism, including Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Syria, and the Sahel. read more

Meeting convened by UN environment agency to explore need for action on

A year after adopting a treaty to rid the world of hazardous chemical pollutants, government representatives gathered in Geneva today for the start of a meeting sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) to consider the environmental and health effects of mercury.During the weeklong meeting of the UNEP Global Mercury Assessment Working Group, 150 experts will explore options for addressing such effects, including reducing or eliminating the use of mercury in products and industrial processes, cutting mercury emissions and releases, improving international cooperation and sharing information.”We live now in the 21st century and there can no longer be any excuse for exposing people and the natural environment to dangerous levels of toxic chemicals,” said UNEP Executive Director Klaus Toepfer. “In the case of mercury – which has destroyed the lives of thousands of people – we need to make mercury poisoning a thing of the past.”The risks of mercury poisoning and of chemical pollution in general gained worldwide attention in the 1960s and ’70s when several thousand people living on the shores of Minamata Bay in Japan became ill or died after eating seafood contaminated with mercury from a nearby factory.According to UNEP, many governments have national regulations to control mercury emissions, reduce or eliminate the use of mercury in certain products, and protect workers. Several have succeeded in reducing emissions and uses of mercury by as much as 75 per cent over the past 10 to 20 years.The Working Group’s recommendations will be forwarded to the next UNEP Governing Council meeting in February. read more

A quick glimpse at common lingo used for mortgages

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Experts say learning common mortgage terms will help you choose which type is best for your goals.Here is a quick look at some key mortgage lingo:AMORTIZATION AND TERMAmortization is the life of your mortgage while the chunks of time in between is the term.The maximum amortization is 30 years for those putting in more than 20 per cent downpayment while it’s 25 years for those who put down less than 20 per cent. Remember that the longer you take to pay off the loan, the smaller the payment but the higher you’ll pay in accumulated interest.——FIXED AND VARIABLE INTEREST RATELenders offer fixed and variable interest rates. A variable rate can change during the term, depending on prime rate, while a fixed rate is set for the entire term.If you want the flexibility of putting in a lump sum payment, you may want to opt for an open mortgage. It has a higher interest rate and availability is limited compared to a closed mortgage, but it’s perfect for someone who’s expecting an inheritance or a big bonus.——FREQUENCY OF PAYMENTApart from the choice of term and amortization, the biggest impact you’ll have on your mortgage is deciding on the frequency of payment which varies from accelerated weekly to monthly.Accelerated weekly or biweekly payments allows you to make an equivalent of one extra payment per year, which helps you save on interest rate charges and pay off your mortgage faster. by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 18, 2013 2:08 pm MDT A quick glimpse at common lingo used for mortgages read more

Olympic Committee warns consumers about trademark infringements

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian Olympic Committee is cautioning consumers about a marketing campaign it says infringes on Olympic trademarks.The organization said it considers a line of North Face products, advertised as its “International Collection”, uses Olympic-themed advertising without being a sponsor and is misleading Canadians who may think they are supporting the country’s Olympic program with their purchase.The North Face isn’t an official Olympic sponsor, supporter or licensee of the Canadian Olympic Team, the Committee said, adding it expects the company to “take immediate action to remedy the situation.”North Face, an outdoor and sports clothing retailer, said in an email Wednesday that the company has long supported Canadian freeskiing athletes, including Canadian Freeskiing athletes Mike Riddle and Yuki Tsubota.“We are not an official sponsor of the Canadian Olympic Committee or Team Canada and never indicated we were,” the company said, declining to comment further.Christopher Overholt, chief executive officer of the Canadian Olympic Committee, said in a statement that the Committee “will vigorously defend its brand, including all its sponsors and licensees, against ambush marketing attempts to mislead Canadians.”“I’m concerned that Canadians have purchased the North Face apparel assuming that by doing so they are supporting the Canadian Olympic Team, when that is just not the case.”The Committee watches for instances of what it describes as ambush marketing, an advertising technique in which companies try to cash in on events like the Olympics without actually paying to be officially affiliated.“Olympics are the ‘creme de la creme’ of sponsorships and all other sponsorships are sort of below that,” said Monica LaBarge, a marketing professor at Queen’s University.“It’s certainly a huge deal and, unsurprisingly, the Olympic Committees take them pretty seriously because if you have sponsors who are paying millions and millions of dollars, then you have an obligation to protect that sponsorship.”While it’s hard to control what other marketers do, she added, organizers will become more vigilant as it draws closer to the games.Norm O’Reilly, a sports marketing expert with the University of Ottawa, said what companies seek when they pay to sponsor an athlete or event is exclusivity.While there are ways for non-affiliated companies to get around the advertising rules, the guidelines themselves have become stricter.“It’s much, much less and much, much more controlled than it used to be,” he said. “Where you see activity happening is in the social media world, where it’s not as certain what you have control of and where borders fall.”Ambush marketing is a tactic that can seem worth the risk to many companies, O’Reilly added, since long-term studies by the university have shown that about 40 per cent of people in developed countries will support organizations that they believe are supporting their Olympic team.“The COC is right in that misleading people will alter their purchase patterns in a way where they think they’re supporting Canadian athletes but they are not,” he said.Hudson’s Bay is the official outfitter of the Olympic team in Canada, while other sponsors include Canadian Tire, Sport Chek and Sports Experts, as well as Adidas. Olympic Committee warns consumers about trademark infringements by Romina Maurino, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 22, 2014 2:03 pm MDT read more

Womens basketball Buckeyes hot shooting torches Canisius 8956

OSU junior guard Kelsey Mitchell guards the ball in the Buckeyes 89-56 victory over Canisius on Dec. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Courtesy of Ohio State AthleticsBehind 51.5 percent shooting and a solid defensive effort, the No. 12 Ohio State Buckeyes downed the Canisius Golden Griffins 89-56 on Sunday afternoon.“I thought our effort, our attention-to-detail was better than it’s been,” OSU coach Kevin McGuff said. “We’ve practiced better.”Both teams shot well out of the gate and the Golden Griffins took an 11-9 lead with 5:48 remaining in the first quarter. The No. 12 Buckeyes (8-3) would then outscore Canisius 22-7 the rest of the opening quarter, a stretch that included an 11-0 run and eight made field goals in a row. The teams played just about even in the second quarter, with the Buckeyes edging out Canisius 19-16 in the frame.OSU missed its first four shots of the second half, but a field goal from junior guard Kelsey Mitchell with 7:11 remaining in the third quarter started an 8-0 run for the Buckeyes. OSU would take a 69-44 run into the fourth quarter and would outscore the Golden Griffins 20-12 in the final frame to claim the 33-point victory.Mitchell led the Buckeyes with 19 points on 9-of-17 shooting. The Buckeyes buried 16-of-21 free throws, and despite converting on over half of its field goals, OSU was just 3 for 18 from three-point territory.“We have good shooters, but we didn’t shoot the ball very well today from the arc,” McGuff said. “That’s something that we’ve got to get in the gym and work on a little bit.”Canisius was led by 14 points from sophomore forward Sara Hinriksdottir. Senior guard Lauren D’Hont grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.Defensive improvementOSU put together one of its better defensive performances of the season on Sunday. Of the Buckeyes’ 21 forced turnovers, 15 were steals. Canisius shot well early from the three-point line – 7 of 16 in the first half – but they finished just 10 for 31 from beyond the arc and couldn’t get anything else going.“I thought our press today was as good as it’s been in a couple weeks,” McGuff said. “We really gave Canisius problems.”The Buckeyes didn’t allow the Golden Griffins to see the free-throw line at all and committed just eight team fouls. All nine Buckeyes who saw the floor had two personal fouls or less. McGuff praised his team for a solid defensive game, but acknowledged that there were still several hiccups.“We had 4, 5, 6, 7 possessions where we had really good possessions and then just didn’t finish them out,” McGuff said. “We were close to having a really good day defensively.”For the game, Canisius shot 34.8 percent (23-for-66).Bench pointsAnother Buckeye advantage came in bench points, where OSU outscored Canisius 40-6. The bench effort was led by freshman forward Tori McCoy, who scored 17 points on 7-of-8 shooting and grabbed 11 rebounds. She was also 3 of 3 from the free throw line.Redshirt sophomore forward Makayla Waterman had one of her best games on the young season, adding nine points, nine rebounds and a team-high five assists. Freshman guards Kiara Lewis (10 points) and Jensen Caretti (four points) also contributed off the bench.“As we go through the year, depth is going to be a real strength of ours,” McGuff said. “Today, I thought we had some really good minutes off the bench.”OSU’s current depth has been well documented, but the Buckeyes are about to get even deeper. Redshirt junior guard Linnae Harper is just days away from regaining eligibility and will be available to play in OSU’s next game against Alabama State on Friday.“She’ll bring a lot of defense, rebounds and points,” OSU junior guard Asia Doss said. “That means way more depth as far as our rotations and the pressing, I feel like, is going to be even more hectic.”Harper decided to transfer from the University of Kentucky last fall.Up nextOSU will finish off its current five-game home stand with a game against the Alabama State Hornets on Friday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Schottenstein Center. read more

BBC News at Ten to be cut to make way for youth

Stacey Dooley’s show Glow Up will follow the News at TenCredit:Karwai Tang/WireImage 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. The BBC began running a longer News At Ten, regional news and weather package after the 2015 general election, leading to a 15-minute overlap with Newsnight.The corporation said it believes the scheduling change will be better for audiences, with those who want more in-depth news and analysis able to switch over to Newsnight, whilst also allowing for a more consistent start time for viewers to watch the programmes that follow.The occasional news and weather events that require longer programmes will be confined to moments of national or local significance, the corporation said.The BBC is said to be concerned about losing younger viewers to rivals such as Netflix, Amazon and Now TV, which are taking a much broader audience share.Research also suggests that the younger generation are shunning television in favour of online streaming and entertainment. Stacey Dooley's show Glow Up will follow the News at Ten The BBC News at Ten is to be shortened by ten minutes in a bid to attract younger viewers.The corporation has announced plans to trim the nightly news to make way for youth programming that originated on BBC Three.The move comes three years after the news bulletin was extended to provide “more analysis and explanation.”It will see the evening programme finishing at 10.35pm rather than 10.45pm.From Monday to Wednesday, viewers who opt not to switch channel will then be treated to the upcoming second series of acclaimed comedy Fleabag, a new dating show called Eating With My Ex and make-up competition Glow-Up, hosted by Stacey Dooley, airing one night a week respectively.On Thursdays, Question Time will start at an earlier time. The news and weather already finishes at 10.35pm on Fridays. The new timings will avoid a clash with the beginning of Newsnight on BBC Two. Bosses hope they will also prevent viewers from switching to ITV.The national and local news and weather will be shortened from 45 minutes to 35 minutes, with five minutes being cut from the main national broadcast, four minutes from the regional and one minute from the weather. read more

114 milliards de dollars de perte en 2010 à cause de la

first_img114 milliards de dollars de perte en 2010 à cause de la cybercriminalitéSelon une étude publiée par le fabricant d’un logiciel antivirus, la cybercriminalité serait responsable de 114 milliards de dollars de perte en 2010 dans le monde. Des attaques qui concernent aussi bien les ordinateurs que les téléphones mobiles.  Près de 114 milliards de dollars, soit 81 milliards d’euros. C’est la somme faramineuse qu’aurait coûté en 2010 dans le monde la cybercriminalité, si l’on en croit une étude du concepteur de logiciels antivirus Symantec. En effet, selon le rapport établi par le créateur de Norton, environ 74 millions d’Américains ont été les cibles de cybercrimes l’an dernier. Rien qu’aux Etats-Unis, le préjudice causé aux entreprises comme aux particuliers s’élèverait ainsi à 32 milliards de dollars, soit 23 milliards d’euros.À lire aussiGoogle compte rétrograder les sites accusés de piratage”La cybercriminalité est bien plus développée que ce qu’imaginent les gens. Au cours des douze derniers mois, le nombre d’adultes interrogés pour l’étude victimes de cybercrimes est trois fois plus important que celui des victimes de crimes dans la vie “réelle” (offline)”, a commenté Adam Palmer, conseiller en cybersécurité chez Norton cité par l’AFP.69% déjà victimes d’une cyberattaque Sur les 20.000 internautes adultes sondés dans 24 pays aux mois de février et mars 2011, 69% ont déclaré avoir été la cible, au moins une fois, d’un cybercrime. Un taux qui s’avère encore plus important en Chine (85%) et en Afrique du Sud (84%). Pourtant, l’expert en cybersécurité note que “moins d’un tiers des personnes interrogées pensent qu’elles ont plus de chance d’être victimes d’un cybercrime que d’une infraction dans la vie physique”.Plus en détail, en Chine, les pertes financières directement liées à la cybercriminalité ont été estimées à 25 milliards de dollars (18 milliards d’euros). Elles ont atteint 15 milliards de dollars (11 milliards d’euros) au Brésil et 4 milliards de dollars (2,8 milliards d’euros) en Inde. Par ailleurs, l’étude souligne également le développement croissant des infractions de ce type sur les téléphones portables, rapporte l’AFP. Le 8 septembre 2011 à 10:05 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Europe la lune de Jupiter aurait plus de chances dabriter la vie

first_imgEurope, la lune de Jupiter, aurait plus de chances d’abriter la vie que MarsSelon des planétologues, Europe, une des lunes de Jupiter, serait plus susceptible d’abriter la vie que la planète Mars. En effet, alors que la planète rouge n’est qu’un grand désert, Europe possède un océan.Et si l’on ne cherchait pas la vie extraterrestre au bon endroit ? Alors que les États-Unis cherchent actuellement à explorer la planète Mars, les planétologues, eux, soulignent que c’est un tout autre corps qui pourrait bien abriter de la vie : Europe, l’une des lunes de Jupiter. En effet, celle-ci serait bien plus intéressante en raison de l’océan qu’elle abrite. “Hormis la Terre, Europe est l’endroit dans notre système solaire où il y a la plus grande probabilité de trouver aujourd’hui la vie et nous devrions l’explorer”, a estimé Robert Pappalardo, un responsable scientifique au Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) de la NASA. Et les arguments ne manquent pas si l’on en croit les chercheurs. “Europe est recouverte d’une couche de glace relativement fine, possède un océan en contact avec des roches en profondeur, est géologiquement active et est bombardée de radiations qui créent des oxydants et forment en se mélangeant à l’eau une énergie idéale pour alimenter la vie”, a-t-il expliqué cité par l’AFP.C’est la raison pour laquelle, après avoir essuyé des coupes budgétaires, le JPL en collaboration avec le laboratoire de physique appliquée de l’université Johns-Hopkins (Maryland) ont conçu un nouveau projet d’exploration baptisé Clipper. D’un montant de 2 milliards de dollars hors lancement, la mission consistera à placer un engin sur l’orbite de Jupiter et à effectuer des survols rapprochés d’Europe. “De cette manière, on peut couvrir efficacement toute la surface d’Europe… pour la moitié du coût initial”, a assuré M. Pappalardo. Trois à six ans pour atteindre EuropeÀ lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreS’il est approuvé, Clipper pourrait être lancé vers 2021 et atteindrait Europe trois à six ans plus tard (contre 6 mois pour Mars). Un délai bien plus long mais qui pourrait conduire à des résultats bien plus probants. Car si la vie sur Mars a peut-être été un jour présente, il y a plusieurs milliards d’années, Europe pourrait bien être propice à la vie aujourd’hui. En seconde position, vient Encelade, une lune de Saturne qui, comme l’indique Amanda Hendrix, une planétologue du Planetary Science Institute à Tucson, possède “une mer sinon un océan d’eau liquide sous une couche de glace et est géologiquement active avec une source de chaleur au pôle sud et un geyser éjectant des particules d’eau”. Néanmoins, Robert Pappalardo a estimé que “l’agence devrait aussi explorer des endroits qui constituent une très grande priorité scientifique”. “L’une des questions les plus fondamentales est celle de savoir si la vie existe ailleurs dans le système solaire”, a-t-il ajouté. Il faudra toutefois attendre des années avant de pouvoir explorer ces contrées éloignées.Le 25 février 2013 à 17:18 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

People Got High on Cannabis At Funerals 2500 Years Ago

first_imgStay on target Funerals in ancient China were dope—literally.A new study reveals that mourners burned plants with high levels of Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC, the main psychoactive compound in marijuana) as part of mortuary rituals.This is the earliest clear evidence to date of cannabis being used for its psychotropic properties.While humans have employed hemp as fabric and rope since the Neolithic age, little is known about early cultivation of the plant as a recreational or medicinal drug.Until now.Researchers from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences found some unexpected answers while studying incense burners from ancient burials.Analyzing wooden cookers recovered from 2,500-year-old tombs in the Pamir mountain range of eastern China, the team used gas chromatography-mass spectrometry to isolate and identify compounds preserved in the units.A typical brazier and burnt stones in ancient Pamirs (via Xinhua Wu)To their surprise, the chemical signature was an exact match to cannabis. And not the kind you’re used to: The pattern indicated a higher level of THC than is normally found in wild cannabis plants.It’s still unclear, though, whether the locals actively cultivated cannabis, or simply sought out higher THC-producing plants.One theory suggests the plants produce greater quantities of active compounds in response to stressors related to growing at higher elevations. So maybe people roaming the mountains just got lucky?“The findings support the idea that cannabis plants were first used for their psychoactive compounds in the mountainous regions of eastern Central Asia, thereafter spreading to other regions of the world,” according to Nicole Boivin, director at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.This new data, published in the journal Science Advances, corroborates other evidence for cannabis from burials further north—in the Xinjiang region of China and the Altai Mountains of Russia.But cannabis doesn’t just get up and walk across continents. Rather, the plant was likely spread across the Silk Road—a network of trade routes that once connected the east and west.“The exchange routes of the early Silk Road functioned more like the spokes of a wagon wheel than a long-distance road, placing Central Asia at the heart of the ancient world,” Robert Spengler, an archaeobotanist from Max Planck, said in a statement.“Our study,” he continued, “implies that knowledge of cannabis smoking and specific high-chemical-producing varieties of the cannabis plant were among the cultural traditions that spread along these exchange routes.”Dense patches of wild cannabis grow across the mountain foothills of Eurasia from the Caucuses to East Asia (via Robert Spengler)Thousands of years later, marijuana continues to cross borders.In 2012, Colorado and Washington became the first in the US to legalize medicinal and recreational cannabis; their policies have led to an increase in weed tourism—i.e. people travel there for the express purpose of obtaining or using drugs.Eight more states (Alaska, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont) and the District of Columbia have since authorized the stimulant.“Given the modern political climate surrounding the use of cannabis, archaeological studies like this can help us to understand the origins of contemporary cultural practice and belief structures,” Boivin said. “Which, in turn, can inform policy.”It doesn’t matter if you get high every day, toke up only on special occasions, or couldn’t tell the difference between pot and oregano.“Modern perspectives on cannabis vary tremendously cross-culturally,” Spengler pointed out. “But it is clear that the plant has a long history of human use, medicinally, ritually, and recreationally, over countless millennia.”More on Geek.com:Classes to Start at New School Dedicated to Studying CannabisCanadian Scientists Brew First True Cannabis BeerBen & Jerry’s Wants to Make CBD-Infused Ice Cream—Once It’s Legal Classes to Start at New School Dedicated to Studying CannabisTrying to Get Pregnant? Stop Smoking Pot last_img read more

McAllister believes Rangers have surpassed all expectations

first_imgRangers assistant manager Gary McAllister believes the club has surpassed all expectations with their performance in this season’s UEFA Europa League.The former Scotland international accepts that Rangers have surpassed all expectations after initially becoming the first Scottish club to progress through four qualifying rounds of Europe’s second string competition, and then through arriving at the final match in their group with an opportunity to actually win the group.However, McAllister still has moments of regret in reflecting on their Europa League campaign that has brought only one defeat, a 4-3 loss to Spartak Moscow in Russia.“If you had said to us when we played Shkupi right at the beginning [of the qualifiers], I would have said, ‘yeah’ [we have exceeded expectations],” McAllister said, according to the Scotsman.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“But as we’ve progressed, we’ve done well and got to the group stages. There’s been moments in the group, games you look back on, especially when the goal was [wrongly] disallowed in Moscow that could have put us in a different position.”“But I suppose the fact we might have been going into this game looking for a point and trying to protect something, you know what it’s like, it’s more difficult. We know what we need to do now. It’s not a case of going in there and looking for a draw, we need to win and when we’re on the front foot it probably suits us better.”“[The away record in Europe has been good] but also the performance level. The one for me is Maribor [with a scoreless draw in the second leg of the third round qualifier]. I thought we were excellent because they are a good team, Champions League pedigree.”“I was impressed with the players that night and especially from that performance the players grew and thought, ‘we can effect this competition’. The performances in Spain [with the 2-2 draw] and Moscow were both very good, although different results.”last_img read more

SANDAG considers options for regional transportation future

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – In the next few months, we’ll be hearing more about the regional transportation plan from SANDAG. The San Diego Association of Government is responsible for updating a regional plan every four years.This year, with a new SANDAG chief, there’s been a lot more discussion and debate about the direction of the agency’s 2021 regional plan.Executive director Hasan Ikrata has said he wants to put more money into projects for mass transit.Catherine Blakespear, the mayor of Encinitas and the Vice Chair of the SANDAG board said SANDAG has to decide how to make the best use of TransNet revenue, the money from the half penny county sales tax that goes to pay for transportation projects.In the past, most of the TransNet money has been spent on highways and roads. Blakespear noted that the plan’s revision must reflect more stringent state requirements to reduce vehicle emissions. She said public transit, such as trolleys, light rail and “people movers” should be considered as a way to take more cars off the road to reduce congestion.“State requirements for our plan require that we show that people will drive less, and expanding roadways doesn’t do that.” Blakespear said.In the TransNet proposal put to the voters in 2004, 14 highway and road improvement projects were approved, but remain unfunded to date.With construction costs rising and more emphasis on curbing greenhouse gas emissions, Blaskspear said it’s doubtful that all of those projects will get off the ground.“The goals are congestion relief so anybody who you can take off the road and have them take the train because the train is more frequent, and it goes where they want to go, that person is reducing congestion,” Blakespear said.Some SANDAG board members have been openly critical of the new focus, and are asking whether the needs of drivers in the North and East Counties have been shortchanged.Blakespear said it’s too early to jump to any conclusions about which projects will be prioritized.“I believe the ultimate plan will have improvements for those roads, but it will be paired with more of a focus on transit than we’ve seen before,” she said.SANDAG’s updated plan is still being developed and will be presented to the agency’s board this fall. Posted: May 16, 2019 Sasha Foo Sasha Foo, May 16, 2019 SANDAG considers options for regional transportation future Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

STUDENT SPOTLIGHT Wilmingtons Arbuckle Shedd Named To Deans List At University of

first_imgBIDDEFORD and PORTLAND, ME — The following Wilmington students were named to the 2018 spring semester Dean’s List at the University of New England:Ryan ArbuckleAbygail SheddDean’s List students must attain a grade-point average of 3.3 or better out of a possible 4.0 at the end of the semester.About The University of New EnglandUNE is Maine’s largest private university, an innovative educational community with two distinctive coastal Maine campuses, a vibrant new campus in Tangier, Morocco, and a robust offering of degree and certificate programs online. UNE is home to Maine’s only medical and dental schools-part of a comprehensive health education mission built on a pioneering interprofessional approach that includes pharmacy, nursing and an array of allied health professions.(NOTE: The above announcement is from the University of New England.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 6 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At University of New EnglandIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: 3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At Regis CollegeIn “Education”3 Wilmington Students Named To Dean’s List At University of New EnglandIn “Education”last_img read more

2018 Alaska Teacher of the Year nominee Karen Martin

first_imgKaren Martin is a 4th grade teacher at Tri-Valley School in Healy. She’s one of the finalists for the 2018 Alaska Teacher of the Year award. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)This week, we’ve been bringing you the voices of this year’s Alaska Teacher of the Year finalists. There are four candidates and the Department of Education will select the winner in October. Karen Martin teaches 4th grade at Denali borough’s Tri Valley School. Martin has been a teacher for 12 years and was a scientist before she became a teacher. She said educational requirements for younger students have become more strenuous.Listen nowMARTIN:The expectation academically for what children are expected to learn, especially early on, is more rigorous than it was when I was younger. And I think, you know, there’s a shift. It kind of impacts the whole schedule for what a school day might look like for a younger child, or even an older child. I know growing up I had three recesses and now, students in our building generally have one. More is expected of younger children, learning to read earlier, and the rigor of the content. And I’m not saying that’s a bad thing, but I think you have to be careful of a balance for a healthy life.TOWNSEND: So let’s talk about technology a little bit. You’re teaching younger students, so maybe not as challenging as if you were in high school. But still, technology is everywhere. How does that change what you’re doing in a classroom?MARTIN: I think there’s a lot of new skills that we need to be mindful of helping young students develop in this age of technology. And I think there’s a lot of value that comes from integrating technology in the classroom in terms of not only how — the skill set to help them use information on the internet or in other resources wisely or critically. But also, it’s a world that they understand that I don’t necessarily, and things that they learn and things that they communicate through technology that I can’t shy away from just because its not my world. Like, I think it’s important to help them develop them into that because that is their future.TOWNSEND: Is it harder to get young children to pay attention for long periods of time? Do you see a change in attention span with students now?MARTIN: I guess not necessarily, not necessarily because some of our most important work is to help kids engage with whatever content, whatever information, whatever learning that we are designing for them. And that that’s part of our responsibility is to help them be engaged with that and help them take ownership of that learning and be responsible for their learning. And kids, it’s fascinating to me, if you give them a choice sometimes doing something with their hands or doing something with technology, they will choose to do something with their hands.TOWNSEND: One of the things that you said was, “I trust my students to be leaders in their own learning.” What did you mean by that?MARTIN: As a cohort of colleagues, we’ve been looking at how do we really allow students to do their own learning? How do we allow them and when do we recognize that struggle is okay if it’s productive? You know, do we need to sell in and as teachers, we feel like that’s what we do. We need to — we’re nurturers, we come in, we have the answer, we give it to them. But really, what we do is we take away the learning. And so, part of it is being more mindful of when they’re working on their own. When they’re working together, allowing them to do the learning, to do the work of learning. And then the other part is, is I try to — every opportunity I can if there’s a learning experience or a learning intention, to create an opportunity where the students together can find the solution to a problem. I don’t — and like, the converse of that would look like I stand at the board and I show them the algorithm or I show them the solution. Instead, I’ll give them the problem and see if they come up with a strategy, and when they do, because they do, then allow them to come up and teach each other.(From left to right) Kent Fielding, Eric Rush, Ben Walker and Karen Martin are the finalists for the 2018 Alaska Teacher of the Year award. (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)last_img read more

JaPas Mostafizar heading for landslide in RpCC polls

first_imgJatiya Party (Ershad) candidate Mostafizar Rahman gestures as he celebrates with party supporters after the initial poll results of Rangpur City Corporation on Thursday. Photo: Sazid HossainJatiya Party (Ershad) candidate Mostafizar Rahman has extended his lead in the mayoral race of Rangpur City Corporation as shown in the early unofficial result, reports UNB.According to the primary count announced till 10:15pm on Thursday by returning officer Suvash Chandra Sarkar, Mostafizur bagged 82,754 votes in 100 polling stations while his nearest rival Awami League contender Sarfuddin Ahmed Jhantu polled 26,994 and BNP contestant Kawsar Jahan Babla got only 13,391 votes.Seven candidates are contesting the election for the mayoral post while 211 candidates for ward councillors and 65 women candidates for reserved councilors.The voting was held from 8:00am to 4:00pm without any break at 193 polling stations in the city corporation in a peaceful atmosphere with the good turnout of voters.A total of 3,93,994 voters — 1,96,356 men and 1,97,638 women — were supposed to cast votes to elect one mayor, 33 ward councillors and 11 councillors to the reserved seats of women in the election.The Election Commission termed Rangpur City Corporation polls a ‘model election’ saying that it was held amid a festive mood.”The Rangpur City Corporation election was held in a festive mood. We earlier promised to hold a model election there. This has been a model election finally,” Election Commissioner Rafiqul Islam told a post-election briefing at the city’s Nirbachan Bhaban.He said though the BNP’s allegation is not authentic as per the EC’s information gathered from the field, the Commission will examine the accusation.BNP at a press briefing earlier in the day alleged that the administration obstructed voters from going to some polling stations, while polling agents were ousted from some centres during the city corporation election.Earlier at about 2:30pm, chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda told reporters that they were happy with the overall election situation in Rangpur.Trashing BNP’s allegation, he said, “We’ve gleaned information from the local level. Voters didn’t come up with any complaint. So, we think the allegation is not authentic,”Instead of ballot papers, the newly designed Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) was used in a polling station –the Begum Rokeya Government College at ward 25- of the election.last_img read more

PM Hasina condemns New Zealand mosque shootings

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday strongly condemned the terror attacks at two mosques in New Zealand which left 40 people dead.Hasina offered deep condolences in a message sent to New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern.Terror attacks on two mosques during Friday prayers killed 40 people and injured at least 20 others. Ardern said it is “one of New Zealand’s darkest days”.The Masjid al Noor in central Christchurch was filled with worshippers when the attack took place, as was the second mosque in suburban Linwood.last_img read more

Cute gay pop singer Matt Palmer met JoJo – then this happened

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Meet Matt Palmer | Photo: Courtesy of Matt Palmer Matt Palmer is an R&B-pop singer, originally born in Atlanta, Georgia and now based in Los Angles, California. GAYSTARNEWS-center_img [embedded content]Who were your LGBTI music icons when you were growing up?Mariah Carey’s not a gay man… But she was pretty close to me at the time! She was a big icon for me. I feel like the fact she has so much power and artistic integrity and is still so unabashedly herself… Very feminine in a male-dominated industry and didn’t try to shy away from that.Which LGBTI stars do you most look up to today?MNEK, Hayley Kiyoko… I also love Years and Years. I think they have such cool and unique sounds. They don’t play the pronoun game. Hayley’s singing about women and MNEK and Olly from Years and Years are singing about men, because that’s who they’re romantically interested in. I do think art is made from people being honest and forthcoming.[embedded content]Who is the most famous musician you’ve met?I was at a writing session when JoJo came in, and we had a moment. But I [was] so awkward and uncomfortable in that. I was very much like: ‘You sound really good on this song!’ and she’s like ‘Bitch, I know, I’m JoJo, have you heard of me!?’ I’ve had some awkward run-ins with Mariah Carey in which I told her I ‘liked her new song’, when I’ve loved her my entire life!What has been the highlight of your career so far?My latest visual EP Get Lost, it just came out this spring! I made a music video for every song. It plays like a narrative, telling the story from start to finish of a relationship. It’s so exciting and so cool. We just cut it together like a short film, which we’re going to be pitching to festivals.I’m so proud of the work everyone did, from the music to the visuals and making it look really great. I’m excited to see where to goes now it’s out in the world – I’m going to do my darnedest to make sure people hear it, and get eyes ands ears on it. I’ve never been prouder of anything I’ve done.For more information about Matt Palmer, head to MattPalmerMusic.com.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . The rising star recently released his soulful EP Get Lost, as well as videos to compliment every song – which join together to form a short film.To celebrate Digital Pride, we talked to him about his experience as an openly gay man in the music industry, his favorite LGBTI artists and what went down when he met JoJo and Mariah…When did you first decide you wanted to be a musician?When I was eight. I heard Michael and Janet Jackson’s Scream on the radio. I went back and bought all their old albums! Then I heard Mariah Carey’s Fantasy on the radio and bought all her old albums and was just obsessed. I was like: ‘I have to do this!’[embedded content]How would you describe your sound?R&B-influenced pop music, strongly melodic, some dance influences. That sounds like a lot, but it’s 2018, we’re allowed to mix genres up!What’s the message behind your EP?At the end of the day it’s about the joy of falling in love, but also the traps we fall into. Making sure you don’t change yourself for your partner. You have to love yourself first. No matter what happens, you have to be able to look in the mirror and be proud of what you see.Have you ever experienced homophobia or discrimination in the music industry?I’m not positive whether I have or not. I’ve received different treatment as an openly gay artist. There was one producer I reached out to with a song called Break Up; I wanted him to produce it. He said he didn’t feel comfortable, because of his beliefs, to work with a gay artist. I was like ‘Right, OK, cool. If you don’t want to work with me, I definitely don’t want to work with you.’There are times I feel pigeonholed. Sometimes mainstream outlets don’t want to post about your work because they’re like ‘Oh, this is a gay thing.’ Well, it’s music, and I am gay. But I feel we’re getting so much better with that, with artists like Troye Sivan, MNEK and Hayley Kiyoko. Non-straight artists are doing amazing things in 2018. Icons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsGaydio freshens up UK radio with new show on hot LGBTI topicsSam Smith blasted for disliking Michael JacksonRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/cute-gay-pop-singer-matt-palmer-met-jojo-in-a-writing-session-then-this-happened/last_img read more

Frustrated with ACV call centre wait times Dramatic changes are coming

first_imgFrustrated with ACV call centre wait times? “Dramatic changes” are coming MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations is promising big changes in terms of call centre wait times after hearing from travel agents frustrated and fed up with long hold times for call centre bookings.“Give us until Q1 2017. That is when you are going to see dramatic changes in terms of wait times and servicing,” said George Platanitis, Vice President, Sales and Partnerships, Air Canada Vacations.Platanitis was part of ACV’s first in-person Travel Advisory Board meeting at its Montreal headquarters. More than 20 members from across the country, representing chains, consortia and independent agencies, were on hand to provide ACV with feedback on the operations affecting travel agents’ business today.ACV says it wants to educate the industry on the self-help tools available to agents, with an eye to streamlining the booking process and alleviating hold times on reservation lines.Following that recommendation, ACV vowed to implement the following strategy: provide agents with frequent updates via press releases, LinkedIn and Facebook posts, ACV TIP emails and ACV&ME communication on the self-help tools available and the updates that have been made to ACV’s operations. ACV says it will also provide agents with training webinars that include tips on how to navigate its website and booking platforms.More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA Sales“We have been anticipating this feedback,” said Platanitis, adding that ACV has committed to fixing the problem “and we are here to acknowledge your concerns. We know you want to book with us. We appreciate that and we want to make it easier for you.”Several recommendations from the meeting are now under review, including: extending all res/customer care hours; extending Group hours of operation; and put together a 1-pager for agents on what they can and can’t do through booking engines.In December ACV sent out a list of time-saving tools available to agents to complete and modify client bookings.Agents booking with Air Canada Vacations are can reserve seat selection online through all distribution channels including ACV’s travel agent website, SIREV, Amadeus, Sabre Vacations and Galileo Vacations, instead of calling ACV’s reservations department.ACV said agents can also quote and book their own groups to Sun destinations online or via GDS. Once they have shopped and booked their group package, agents can follow the online steps to book multiple PNRs; each PNR can hold a maximum of six passengers.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesOnce this process is completed, agents will be able to obtain availability and the price of the group booking, then mail ACV Groups’ department the PNR numbers at groupbooking@vacv.com. Group modifications, including name changes, or requests for other options, should also be sent to this email address, says ACV.Agents looking for training on ACV’s time-saving tools are asked to contact their ACV area sales manager.Also new, ACV’s B2B res line for Sun, Europe, North America and cruise product is now open on Sundays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, January 12, 2017 << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted bycenter_img Tags: Air Canada Vacations Share Travelweek Group last_img read more