14 10 19

first_img(PART I)APTN National NewsThis week in Aboriginal politics saw the Conservatives still trying to push through parts of the budget bill including changes to the Indian Act on elections while Aboriginal leaders are in Winnipeg talking about missing and murdered Aboriginal women.This week the panel featured Conservative MP Chris Warkentin, NDP MP Jean Crowder and Green Party leader Elizabeth May.last_img

13 10 19

first_imgCALGARY – The Petroleum Services Association of Canada is predicting more pain for the oil and gas sector next year.It predicts a total of 6,600 wells will be drilled in Canada in 2019, down about five per cent from an expected 6,980 wells this year, adding that translates to a year-over-year decrease of up to $1.8 billion in capital spending by exploration and production companies.Outgoing association chief executive Tom Whalen says the oilfield services sector in Canada is headed for a third year of stalled activity as export pipeline capacity constraints keep petroleum prices low.It forecasts an average Western Canadian Select price discount to New York-traded West Texas Intermediate of US$24.50 per barrel next year, about US$10 above typical differences.3,532 of those wells are epxected to be drilled in Alberta. The decrease in wells is going to mean $1,5 to $1.8 billion less in capitl spending by exploration and production companies across the country #yyc— Ian Campbell (@news_ian) November 1, 2018The forecast calls for activity to gradually ramp up during 2019 as crude-by-rail volumes rise to allow more barrels to get to market.PSAC announced Thursday that former Alberta cabinet minister and provincial trade representative Gary Mar will become its new president and CEO as of Dec. 1.last_img read more

12 10 19

28 April 2009Progress has been made in Nepal’s peace process, including steps towards drafting a new constitution, but Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has cautioned that differences among key political parties continues to impede the consolidation of peace. Regarding the “all-important constitution-making work,” Mr. Ban wrote in a new report made public today that nation-wide public talks are under way and the Special Committee mandated to supervise, integrate and rehabilitate Maoist army personnel has kicked off consultations.Further, the Government has taken steps towards discharging disqualified Maoist army personnel from the cantonment sites, he said.In spite of these “not insignificant positive measures,” the report noted that relations between the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist) (CPN-M) and its main coalition partner, the Communist Party of Nepal (Unified Marxist-Leninist) (UML), as well as among the four political parties in the Maoist-led coalition Government, remain “fractious, marked by public acrimony and weak consultation over major decisions.”A decade-long civil war, claiming some 13,000 lives, ended in 2006 with the signing of a peace accord between the Government and Maoists. After conducting Constituent Assembly elections last May, the nation abolished its 240-year-old monarchy, declared itself a republic and elected Ram Baran Yadav as the country’s first President.At the end of its previous mandate in January, the UN special political mission in the country, known as UNMIN, reduced its staff to a minimal level.“Nepali parties have repeatedly indicated to the United Nations that UNMIN arms monitors will continue to be needed to perform their current duties until the issue of integration and rehabilitation of Maoist army personnel is resolved,” the Secretary-General said in his report.“The international community remains committed to supporting the process on which Nepal has embarked for the consolidation of peace and improvement of the lives of its people,” he added. read more

7 10 19

A 42-year-old man who worked as a building superintendent in Toronto has been charged in the alleged sexual assaults of two children.Investigators allege the man was working at 12 Rockford Rd. when he assaulted a young girl over the course of four years on multiple occasions.Barry Strangways is facing four charges in connection with those allegations, including sexual assault and sexual interference.Police say the same man is accused of befriending a boy in 2013 and spending a significant amount of time with him from the time he was 11 until he was 14.It’s alleged he sexually assaulted the boy on several occasions and has been charged with sexual assault, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching and indecent exposure to a person under 16 years.Strangways is scheduled to appear in court Monday.Police say Strangways has been employed as a building superintendent at several residential addresses in Toronto including 4750 Jane Street (2003–2008), 2911 Bayview Avenue (2008–2012), 12 Rockford Road (2012–present).Anyone with information that could help police with this investigations is asked to call 416-808-2922. read more

2 10 19

OSU redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) runs through Maryland defenders on his way to the end zone Oct. 4 at Byrd Stadium in College Park, Md. OSU won, 52-24. Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorThere were a lot of unknowns heading into Ohio State’s matchup with Maryland, but the Buckeyes left College Park, Md., with a series of questions answered.Whether the question was whether OSU could find success against a bear defensive front from a Big Ten opponent, or if redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett could continue to develop, the Buckeyes are set to head into a bye week with improvement — but not overhaul — in mind.The Lantern sports editors picked five of the most important takeaways for OSU coming off Saturday’s 52-24 win.1. The Barrett era is in full swingThere’s no way around this one — no matter what co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman says. Barrett is simply light years ahead of where he was expected to be at this point in the season.Herman has continuously said he isn’t surprised by Barrett’s play, but if that’s the case, the Wichita Falls, Texas, native would have at least locked up the backup spot well before senior Braxton Miller went down with an injury.Barrett’s numbers against Maryland were — once again — highly impressive. He completed 18 of 23 pass attempts for 267 yards and four touchdowns, while also finishing second on the team with 71 rushing yards and another score.So far this season, the Rider High School product has accumulated 1,354 passing yards and 17 touchdowns, and run for 276 yards and two more touchdowns. His 186.3 passer efficiency rating is the best in the Big Ten and fourth best in the nation. Barrett’s average of 326 total yards per game also puts him atop the conference, and tied for 13th in the NCAA.Those numbers are good — really good — no matter who you are. The fact that he’s an inexperienced redshirt-freshman who would have been an afterthought if not for Miller’s injury just makes it that much more impressive.2. Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa is probably the best player on the teamNot only is Bosa arguably the best player on the team, but he’s one of the most dominant players in the nation.His numbers aren’t earth-shattering quite yet, but he takes over games and causes a lot more havoc than simple sacks and tackles for loss can show. But that said, Bosa’s numbers are still very strong as he leads the Buckeyes with 3.5 sacks and seven tackles for loss.On top of tallying one sack and 2.5 tackles for loss against Maryland, he also helped force a throw from Terrapins’ redshirt-senior quarterback C.J. Brown that was intercepted by redshirt-freshman linebacker Darron Lee. That play led to an OSU touchdown pass from Barrett to redshirt-junior tight end Nick Vannett and more or less sealed the game for the Buckeyes.3. The Buckeye offensive line is hitting its strideEver since the Buckeyes gave up seven sacks in a loss to Virginia Tech, the OSU offensive line is starting to impose its will on opposing defenses.Granted, they haven’t quite played a team as talented as the Hokies since then. But after breaking a school record against Cincinnati and keeping a balanced offense against the Terrapins, the Buckeyes have every reason to be excited about their line.In its last two games, OSU has turned the ball over just once and has amassed more than 1,200 offensive yards. Add Barrett’s impressive decision-making to the improving line play, and you have the makings of a top-tier offense.We’re not saying the Buckeyes boast one of the better offenses in the country, simply because they have done it against B-list opponents. However, think about this: three of OSU’s six offensive touchdowns Saturday were scored by freshmen or sophomores and there is just one starting senior on the offensive line.Plenty of cause for excitement if you are a Buckeye fan.4. Michael Thomas is emerging as a starWith uncle and NFL legend Keyshawn Johnson in attendance, redshirt-sophomore wide receiver Michael Thomas put on a show.Thomas led the Buckeyes with 75 yards on four catches Saturday, none more impressive than his lone touchdown in the back of the end zone and over the back of a defender.The catch was Johnson-esque and occurred right in front of the OSU section of Byrd Stadium.There is no doubt that Thomas is the Buckeyes’ best overall receiver right now, and if he continues to be Barrett’s go-to guy, he could very well go down as one of OSU’s best if he continues to play like he is.5. Special teams make a differenceThere’s no doubt that OSU would have won even without Lee’s interception and the ensuing Vannett touchdown, but there’s also no doubt that it was a big momentum shift in the game.And none of it would have happened without sophomore punter Cameron Johnston.His 69-yard punt that pinned the Terrapins deep in their own territory was one of the biggest plays of the game, and especially big for him after he struggled earlier this season.While stalled drives haven’t been a big problem for the Buckeyes, coach Urban Meyer can rest easy when OSU does have to punt if Johnston keeps booming kicks like that, instead of shanking them straight out of bounds.There’s still a problem with redshirt-senior kicker Kyle Clinton hitting the ball out of bounds on kickoffs, but the coaching staff seemed to fix that later in the game by having him kick down the hash marks instead of toward the right corner.The Buckeyes are scheduled for a bye week before taking on Rutgers on Oct. 18 at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. read more

25 09 19

Stephen’s murder is the most high profile racially motivated killing in BritainCredit:AFP/Getty Images One of the Stephen Lawrence murder suspects has been arrested by police as he left a gym in Barcelona.Jamie Acourt, one of Britain’s most wanted fugitives, was detained following a joint National Crime Agency (NCA), Metropolitan Police and Spanish National Police operation.Acourt, 41, has been wanted by the Metropolitan Police on suspicion of conspiracy to supply cannabis resin between January 2014 and February 2016, the NCA said. The Met Police said: “Today, Friday May 4, Spanish authorities arrested Jamie Acourt, 41, in Barcelona on a European Arrest Warrant (EAW) on behalf of the Metropolitan Police Service.”The EAW was issued as part of the Met’s efforts to trace Acourt in relation to an investigation into the unlawful supply of controlled substances. Ian Cruxton, Head of International Operations for the NCA, said: “Acourt thought he could evade capture.”But as a result of an intelligence-led operation his days on the run have ended.”We were able to direct the Spanish authorities to his location in Barcelona. Both Dobson and Norris were later found guilty of his murder. The other men were never charged.Acourt is the 81st fugitive to be located out of 96 publicised through Operation Captura – an initiative involving the NCA, Crimestoppers and the Spanish authorities. Jamie Acourt has been arrested in Spain 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. “Our ability to share information and work at speed with our international partners ensures there is no safe haven for fugitives. We will never stop pursuing these individuals.”The 25 year anniversary of the murder of Stephen Lawrence, who was stabbed to death in the most high profile racially-motivated attack ever, was remembered recently. One of Britain’s most wanted fugitives, Jamie Acourt, was captured in Barcelona today following a joint operation with @metpoliceuk and Spanish National Police.Full story here: https://t.co/yq35UIK458 pic.twitter.com/HX0IMmZjpY— NationalCrimeAgency (@NCA_UK) May 4, 2018 Acourt thought he could evade capture… but as a result of an intelligence-led operation his days on the run have ended.Ian Cruxton, Head of International Operations for the NCA Dobson, left, and Norris, right, were jailed for the murder The south Londoner is allegedly believed to be a principal member of an organised crime group involved in the large-scale supply of cannabis.Armed officers detained Acourt after he left the Metropolitan Sagrada Familia Gym on Friday afternoon, an NCA statement said. He was the subject of a European Arrest Warrant. Jamie Acourt has been arrested in SpainCredit:Granada TV/PA Stephen's murder is the most high profile racially motivated killing in Britain Dobson, left, and Norris, right, were jailed for the murderCredit:PA Acourt, along with his brother Neil and suspects Gary Dobson, Luke Knight and David Norris, were all arrested in connection with the crime. Show more “This relates to an investigation launched in 2016 by detectives from the Serious and Organised Crime Command.”Extradition proceedings now await.” read more

22 09 19

first_imgHUMAN BODY PARTS fell from the sky in the city of Jeddah today, with police saying they could be the remains of a person trapped in an airplane’s wheel bay.“Police received a telephone call at 2:30 am from a witness reporting the fall of human remains at an intersection in Mushrefa neighbourhood” in the Red Sea city, spokesman Nawaf bin Naser al-Bouq said in a statement.Initial indications were that the remains “fell from a plane’s landing gear,” said Bouq, adding that investigations were ongoing.In a desperate attempt to cross borders, some people at poorly monitored airports climb inside the bays holding the landing gear of planes.Most of them freeze to death once the aircraft reach cruising altitude, but some survive.In 2010, the head of Beirut’s airport security resigned after the death of a man who managed to sneak onto a runway undetected and hide in the wheel bay of a Saudi-bound jet.The man’s body was found by a maintenance worker in Riyadh who was inspecting the landing gear of the Saudi-owned Nas Air Airbus 320 after it touched down there.- © AFP, 2014December 2012: UK police unable to identify man who fell from skylast_img read more

21 09 19

first_imgBut if I was Devin Toner I’d be feeling very sorry for myself, and wondering whether it was justified. By Gavan Casey Wednesday 4 Sep 2019, 8:00 AM Sep 4th 2019, 1:00 AM 34,798 Views Toner shakes hands with Adam Beard in Cardiff. Source: James Crombie/INPHOO’Driscoll claimed players can be up front in their assessment of a coach’s decision to drop them, but cautioned against brutal honesty on Toner’s part while there remains a chance he could find himself involved as a replacement call-up in the event of an injury to one of Ireland’s other locks.He suggested that Toner bite his lip and bide his time rather than burn bridges three weeks out from kick-off.“I think you have to be careful with how honest you are, there’s a chance of injuries and you don’t want to alienate yourself by putting your foot in your mouth and saying something you can’t take back.You can be honest and say, ‘I think you’ve made a bad decision’, but ultimately it’s not going to change his mind.“So you’ve got to deal with the disappointment and stay fit because you never know what’s around the corner.” Tricks up his sleeve? Source: Laszlo Geczo/INPHOAsked if he expected the Irish head coach to pull a few rabbits out of the hat in Japan, O’Driscoll said he was intrigued by the prospect of analysing Schmidt’s gameplans in the Far East. https://the42.ie/4794553 The 2009 Grand Slam winner admitted that he would have liked to have seen more cohesion in Ireland’s attack during this summer’s warm-up games, but he believes there are a few more gears to both Schmidt and his charges, all of which will be revealed when the time is right.“Undoubtedly, Joe’s got a few tricks up his sleeve,” he said.“You would have been a bit more comfortable if you’d seen a little bit more rhythm to the team, particularly in phase plays.“But I think some of the launch plays he’s got planned [are] some we’ll have seen in playbooks three or four years ago, others we’ll never have seen before.“So I’m excited as an analyst to go and watch that, and see how he manipulates defences to then get them to do something that they can counter.And that’s where he separates himself from the rest of the coaching world: the amount of footage he’s watched, and the detail that he goes through, he’s able to see patterns and put things into effect to counter opponents. Short URL 86 Comments center_img Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHO O’Driscoll: ‘If I was Toner I’d be feeling very sorry for myself and wondering whether it was justified’ ‘You don’t want to alienate yourself by putting your foot in your mouth and saying something you can’t take back.’ Get the latest Rugby World Cup news and analysis, delivered straight to your inbox: Share4 Tweet Email1 Devin Toner and Josh van der Flier during Ireland training. BRIAN O’DRISCOLL SAYS Devin Toner is within his rights to feel sorry for himself following his shock omission from Joe Schmidt’s 31-man Ireland squad for the Rugby World Cup, but has advised his former Leinster team-mate to stay fit in the case of injuries in Japan.Speaking at an event for Land Rover, for whom he’s an ambassador, the midfield great admitted he was caught by surprise upon hearing of Toner’s missing out on the plane, describing it as “quite the fall from grace” when one considers the role the 33-year-old has played over the course of Schmidt’s tenure.O’Driscoll also maintains that Schmidt can steer Ireland in the right direction at the World Cup, citing the Kiwi’s attention to detail as cause for optimism despite a ropey build-up to the tournament.“I think there was always going to be a big omission such is the strength in depth,” said the former Irish skipper. “I guess no one saw Devin Toner being left out.“He’s the most capped player under Joe Schmidt, the go-to guy for big games.“And only 10 months ago he was dominating the lineout in that big victory against the All Blacks at the Aviva Stadium. So it’s quite the fall from grace.“And obviously Joe Schmidt sees something in Jean Kleyn, different player from Devin Toner, a big scrummager and maybe a meatier ball carrier. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Devin Toner and Josh van der Flier during Ireland training. Image: Dan Sheridan/INPHOlast_img read more

21 09 19

first_img 14,013 Views Image: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/PA Images Pro-EU demonstrators outside the Court of Session in Edinburgh ysesterday. Scottish judge rejects legal bid to oppose prorogation – but an appeal will be heard tomorrow An appeal will take place tomorrow. 9 Comments Updated Sep 4th 2019, 2:33 PM A SCOTTISH COURT will hear an appeal from British parliamentarians tomorrow, after a judge in Edinburgh today ruled that Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue the UK parliament was not illegal and did not breach the rule of law. Lord Raymond Doherty ruled this morning that the issue of prorogation is not a matter for the courts and is one of “high policy and political judgement”. An appeal had been expected quickly and this afternoon a judge decided that an appeal could take place tomorrow in front of three judges. Whatever happens tomorrow will likely be appealed to the UK Supreme Court. The case is one of three taken against the UK government after it announced it would be proroguing parliament in the run up to 31 October – the date on which the UK is scheduled to leave the EU. Tomorrow’s case comes as parliament last night succeeded in a dramatic bid to secure parliamentary time today to try to pass legislation to frustrate Johnson’s Brexit plans, defeating the prime minister in his very first House of Commons vote. A group of cross-party parliamentarians submitted the petition asking the Court of Session – Scotland’s highest civil court – to rule that Boris Johnson is acting illegally in attempting to prorogue parliament for five weeks ahead of the UK’s exit from the EU. The case was brought by SNP MP Joanna Cherry and is backed by 75 parliamentarians, as well as campaigner Jolyon Maugham of the Good Law Project. Decisions of the Outer House of the Court of Session, where the case was heard today, can be appealed to the Inner House, which typically sits with three judges. On Twitter earlier today, Cherry wrote that an appeal is being sought “immediately”. In a statement published after the judgement, Maugham said: “Yesterday’s hearing was always going to be a bit of a pre-season friendly. We’re focused on the Inner House, hopefully later this week, and then the Supreme Court on 17 September.” By Dominic McGrath Source: Jo Maugham QC/Twitter 04.09.19 ‘We’re preparing for worst-case-scenario’: No-deal Brexit planning to be ramped-up by Government The decision to prorogue parliament has been widely opposed by opposition MPs, joined by some Conservatives, and triggered protests on the streets of UK cities over the weekend.In court yesterday, Lord Doherty heard that one of the documents produced as evidence in the case showed that as early as 15 August. Johnson was strongly considering proroguing parliament. Johnson only announced his intention to prorogue parliament on 28 August. The barrister representing the parliamentarians, lawyer Aidan O’Neill QC, told the court that Johnson and special advisor Dominic Cummings were briefed on a plan to prorogue parliament in mid-August.  The Scottish National Party’s Joanna Cherry brought the case to the Edinburgh court. Source: Jane Barlow/PA Wire/PA ImagesLast week, Doherty dismissed a request for an interim injunction ahead of today’s hearing. “I’m not satisfied that there’s a need for an interim suspension or an interim interdict to be granted at this stage,” he said. Instead, actual detailed legal arguments were pushed back until yesterday.  Related Reads https://jrnl.ie/4793410 ArgumentsO’Neill spent the morning berating Johnson and the government’s decision to suspend parliament, accusing the prime minister of undermining MPs and disrespecting the UK constitution. “This case is about accountability – accountability of executive to parliament and executive to the courts,” O’Neill told the court. Citing the rule of law, the Glorious Revolution of 1688 and the UK’s tradition of parliamentary sovereignty, O’Neill accused Johnson of effectively misusing government power. In the days since Johnson’s announced his intention to prorogue parliament, opposition MPs have made similar charges against the prime minister, who since taking office has committed the government to a tougher stance on Brexit. The UK government, both publicly and in court yesterday, has rejected the idea that prorogation undermined parliamentary sovereignty, while also claiming that the judiciary should not be able to make a decision on the case. The government’s lawyer, David Johnston, claimed that prorogation was “political” – a matter for the government, not the courts. Johnson was not in court yesterday to give any sworn statements – a decision criticised by O’Neill in court. The decision is the latest twist in Brexit, after Johnson last night told MPs that he would be tabling plans for a general election after a motion passed in the House of Commons offering politicians the chance today to debate a bill to avoid a no-deal Brexit. “I don’t want an election. The public don’t want an election. But if the House votes for this bill tomorrow, the public will have to choose who goes to Brussels on October 17 to sort this out and take this country forward,” said Johnson after the result was announced. center_img Wednesday 4 Sep 2019, 2:33 PM As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: Sep 4th 2019, 10:23 AM 04.09.19 ‘Humiliation for Johnson’: UK front pages react to last night’s Brexit vote Pro-EU demonstrators outside the Court of Session in Edinburgh ysesterday. Image: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire/PA Images 04.09.19 Another Brexistential crisis: So what happens now? Share13 Tweet Email My statement on this morning’s decision. pic.twitter.com/F1iSlM1OOW— Jo Maugham QC (@JolyonMaugham) September 4, 2019 Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

20 09 19

first_imgStay on target The Best Anime On HuluThis Might Be Attack On Titan’s Goriest Moment Of The Series So Far Ever wonder what kind of mind could come up with a show like Attack on Titan? What must they be going through to conjure giant, remorseless beings that gobble up humans left and right without any real biological need to? The mind in question belongs to Hajime Isayama, creator of Attack on Titan, and he opened up not long ago in an interview with Japan’s NHK network on what inspired him as a youngster to write such an out-there story to begin with.Isayama was originally inspired to write about humanity being forced to build walls to keep enemies out because he was brought up in a similar way. Except Isayama’s “walls” were mountains, and not enormous Titans shambling around looking for a new human snack. The mountainous range in Oita made him feel isolated from the world around him, and he sometimes wondered if monsters were lurking just beyond the mountains.The Titans aren’t even just mindless monsters, according to Isayama. Originally, he wrote them the way they were to represent frustration. They’re not something that humanity is able to understand or even parse even in the series, and as such he hopes they’ve instead come to represent the challenges mankind continues to face out in the real world. Originally, he made this type of connection when he worked at an internet cafe and encountered drunken customers who couldn’t really communicate with their sober friends. Thus, an idea was born that would eventually turn into Titans that we know (and love?) today in the show and manga.AdChoices广告It’s interesting to think about how such simple moments of happenstance could go on to inspire a creator like Isayama, but we’re certainly thankful that they did, or we wouldn’t have the excellent series that we’re sinking our teeth into today. Let us know how hype you are for the next season of Attack on Titan, while you’re at it!center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

16 09 19

first_imgRENTON — Two men are dead and a third was injured after gunfire erupted at the end of a New Year’s Eve party in Renton.King County Sheriff’s Sgt. DB Gates says they believe four people started shooting guns when the party ended at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday. The injured man was treated at a hospital and released. Gates says 20 to 25 people were at the home when the gunfire began and detectives are conducting interviews to determine what happened.last_img

11 09 19

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — On the latest episode of “All About The Flavors,” host and Wilmington resident Bob Hamel shares recipes for three side dishes — onion string, eggplant stack, and baked spinach.Watch the 22-minute episode, courtesy of Wilmington Community Television, below:—Video Playerhttps://s3.us-west-2.amazonaws.com/wilmington.castus-vod/vod/video/4eae3024-6b70-4dd8-9630-8cd88b5844fa/video.original.mp400:0000:0022:22Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.—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… RelatedVIDEO: Watch Wilmington Resident Share Recipes For Salads Featuring Grilled FruitIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch Wilmington Resident Share His Meatloaf RecipeIn “Videos”VIDEO: Watch Wilmington Resident Share Recipe For French Onion SoupIn “Videos”last_img read more

9 09 19

first_imgRoyal Dutch Shell announced this week a plan to purchase a major British LNG company, and statements by top executives suggest Shell may now be less committed to its future in Alaska’s offshore Arctic.Download AudioShell CEO Ben Van Beurden  said at a conference yesterday the combined company would sell off assets over the next three years to raise $30 billion and to focus more on its core business.“We plan to undertake a portfolio review to assess which assets should stay in the enlarged group, and which positions would be better owned by others,” he said at a conference Shell called to explain the $70 billion deal.If the deal to buy BG Group goes through, the conglomerate would be the third largest gas-producing company in the world. Business analysts say Shell’s move indicates it sees a brighter business future for natural gas versus oil, and that Shell finds it cheaper to buy reserves rather than explore and develop new ones.Van Beurden says the purchase of BG will accelerate its plan to pare down to three pillars: Mature cash-producing businesses, integrated gas – meaning LNG and gas-to-liquids projects — and deepwater assets.“It was of course always the intention over time to build a much more streamlined, much more focused company. This gives you the opportunity to do that straight away,” he said.Shell, on its website, classifies the Arctic as a future opportunity, not included in any of those three pillars. In the company’s slideshow at the conference yesterday, the Arctic is only mentioned – along with heavy oil, Nigeria and Iraq — as a “longer term option,” the category slated for review and reduction. Van Beurden declined to say which assets might be sold, citing commercial tactics, but he did call for a course correction.“So yes, you will see some changes in the priorities that we have communicated or implied in recent times as well,” he said.Shell CFO Simon Henry says the combined company would spend less on conventional exploration. In January, Shell announced that it was committing $1 billion from that budget to resume drilling in the Chukchi Sea this summer. A Shell spokeswoman in Alaska says that plan is still proceeding.  Two Arctic-bound drilling rigs are crossing the Pacific now, one on a ship that was boarded by Greenpeace protestors.Henry, the CFO, told the British newspaper The Independent that if Shell is able to drill in the Arctic this year, a small number of wells would reveal the potential.  He said the company won’t walk away if they find good value. Shell has so far spent more than $5 billion on its off-shore Alaska program.last_img read more

1 09 19

first_imgThe Maryland residents who struggle the most to make ends meet are paying the highest share of their income in taxes to the state, with minorities disproportionately affected, according to a new report by the Maryland Center on Economic Policy.According to the report, this reality results in a “racially imbalanced tax structure” since African Americans in the state are almost twice as likely as Whites to fall in the bottom 20 percent of household incomes.“The poorest 20 percent of Marylanders—those with incomes below $24,000 per year—pay an average of 9.7 percent of their incomes in state and local taxes,” reads the report.  “The richest 1 percent of Marylanders—those making at least $481,000, and whose average income is $1.6 million—pay only 6.7 percent of their income in state and local taxes, on average.”Further, not only are White Marylanders almost twice as likely as Black Marylanders to reside in the top 20 percent of incomes, White Marylanders are more likely to reside in the top 20 percent than any other earnings category.Additionally, and despite the tendency of both major political parties to talk about helping the “middle-class,” those in the middle 20 percent of incomes pay the highest share of their income in taxes, at 10.3 percent.But the greatest implications for the Maryland economy reside in the high tax burden for the poor, since they are disproportionately minority and Maryland “will be a “majority-minority” state (where Whites make up less than 50 percent of the population) by 2020.  Consequently, “the majority of Marylanders will be disproportionately taxed,” says the report.The report continues: “There are both moral and practical reasons why policymakers should correct this inequity.  The most pressing reason is that our current tax system prevents the state from raising the funds necessary to make important investments in education, roads and other infrastructure, public safety, and healthcare—investments that help build a strong economy.”ralejandro@afro.comlast_img read more

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first_imgMensaje del Presidente – Accidente Naufragio Catamarán: https://t.co/nalfEoRGxG #Catamaran— Luis Guillermo Solís (@luisguillermosr) January 9, 2015 Related posts:Life jackets not distributed before Costa Rica catamaran began sinking, killing 3, says president’s office Fishermen, locals are the ‘real heroes’ in Costa Rica catamaran accident, says survivor Lonely Planet guide documents a changing Central America Crime against tourists down, says Costa Rica’s Tourism Police director Early Thursday morning, 99 vacationers boarded the Pura Vida Princess, a 100-foot catamaran, at Playa Herradura on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast for an all inclusive day trip to Tortuga Island. Roughly 30 minutes later, at about 8:40 a.m., the ship issued a distress call and quickly sank in high winds and rough sea off the coast of the beach town of Punta Leona. Three passengers died.A total of 106 people, including the catamaran’s 10 crew members, were rescued. The victims were identified as Edna Oliver, a 68 year-old-U.S. woman, Ivor Stanley Hopkins, an 80-year-old British man, and Sharon Johnson, a 70-year-old Canadian woman, according to Vice President Ana Helena Chacón, show spoke during a late-afternoon press conference.The cause of the accident is under investigation by the Judicial Investigation Police and the Prosecutor’s Office, but unusually strong winds across Costa Rica this week are pointed to as a likely cause. Wernen Stolz, chief meteorologist with the National Meteorological Institute, said that gusts reached more than 60 kph.Survivors told local media the catamaran capsized due to powerful winds and that the ship rapidly sank.“The wind tipped the boat and water began to come in. People moved to the other side to balance the weight, but it didn’t work and the boat sank in minutes,” U.S. tourist Arcelio Garcia said.Stella Hopkins, an Argentine and the wife of the British victim, said she thought the boat would turn around because the sea was choppy, but the crew decided to continue the cruise.“They didn’t give us life jackets until the boat was about to sink,” she said.Hopkins lost sight of her husband until she was taken to a boat, where his lifeless body was lying. The 100-foot Pura Vida Princess catamaran that sunk on Thursday, Jan. 8, 2015. (Via Pura Vida Princess Tours Facebook)The Pura Vida Princess was last inspected in November 2014 and was deemed seaworthy by the Maritime Division of the Public Works and Transport Ministry.Online news site AmeliaRueda.com reported that the ship’s captain submitted to a blood alcohol test and other routine examinations but was not arrested.The Pura Vida Princess Tortuga Island trip offered an open bar, paddle-boarding, snorkeling, nature trails, beach activities and three meals for $125, according to its website. The company has yet to make a statement about the accident.President Luis Guillermo Solís expressed his condolences in an audio statement from China, where he is on an official visit since Jan. 6. Throughout the day Thursday, the president tweeted updates on the rescue operation, which lasted several hours and involved both the Costa Rican Coast Guard and private boats.center_img Vice President Chacón expressed her own sorrow at the accident, which she called tragic.“It’s a sad day for our country, known as a country that receives tourists,” she said.AFP contributed to this report.Correction Friday Jan. 9, 2015: The article originally misreported that the catamaran embarked from the Los Sueños Resort. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

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