9 months agoWagner back at Huddersfield yesterday for emotional farewell

first_imgWagner back at Huddersfield yesterday for emotional farewellby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDavid Wagner was back at Huddersfield Town yesterday to say his farewells to staff and players.The Daily Mail says Wagner said an emotional farewell to Huddersfield on Tuesday after returning to the club’s training ground.The German gave a speech to the squad then went round the entire staff to say goodbye.Wagner, who joined the club in November 2015, said in a statement: “I’m sad to be leaving, but I’m immensely proud of what we’ve achieved”.Mark Hudson will step up from his role coaching the Under-23 side to take charge of the first-team against Manchester City on Sunday, and chairman Dean Hoyle will appoint Wagner’s successor in the period afterwards with Huddersfield out of the FA Cup. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Cities raise concerns over processing compostable coffee pods

first_imgTORONTO – Compostable coffee pods may be increasingly available on store shelves but some Canadian cities, including Toronto, say their waste systems aren’t yet able to process biodegradable versions of the popular single-serve java products.The pods and their environmental impact went under the spotlight this week as a Progressive Conservative politician in Ontario introduced a private member’s bill that would, if passed, make it illegal to sell the products unless they are fully compostable. Retailers would get four years to take non-compostable pods off the market.The province’s Liberal government has said it is open to reviewing Norm Miller’s proposed legislation, although private member’s bills seldom become law.But despite the push for compostable versions of the product, some large municipal waste programs in Ontario say they have yet to approve eco-friendly coffee pods for their curbside composting programs.“There is a difference between (being) laboratory-certified compostable and what municipal composting systems can achieve,” said Jim McKay, general manager of solid waste management services for the City of Toronto.City staff are testing the compatibility of coffee pods with their composting program and will report their findings in February next year, he said, but concerns about the ability of the system to handle the products remain.Ottawa and Hamilton also do not accept compostable coffee pods in their curbside compost bin programs.“The compostable coffee pods do not get completely decomposed during the duration of processing,” Hamilton spokeswoman Clorinda Pagliari explained.“Hamilton’s (compost) facility is designed to process material for approximately 42 days. The pods do not decompose within this time frame and may present as contamination in the final product.”The Association of Municipalities of Ontario has also raised concerns about processing compostable pods, saying the products may not consistently and adequately decompose in every municipal system.Those who use the pods, however, do think about what happens to the products when they’re thrown out, said one industry analyst.Canadians drink over five billion cups of coffee per year and the pods have become the most popular way to consume coffee at home, said Robert Carter, executive food service industry expert at the business analyst firm NPD Group.“There’s a huge volume of these single-serve pods going through the system, and the number one concern that consumers have in using these pods is their environmental impact,” Carter said. “From an industry standpoint, (making them compostable) is the right thing to do.”The biggest challenge, however, is getting city waste services to be able to adequately deal with the products, Carter said.“With passing this type of legislation, hopefully that will force the municipalities to start to accept these items when they are made of compostable material within their (compost) programs.”A Toronto company that produces biodegradable coffee pods for President’s Choice, McDonald’s and other major retailers said it has been testing its pods in the composting systems of various smaller Ontario municipalities.Club Coffee said its pods, developed in partnership with researchers at Guelph University, are compatible with Keurig coffee machines and feature a lid made of paper and cornstarch, a “bio-resin” filter made mainly from cornstarch, and a resin ring made from plant products, like coffee bean husks left over from Club Coffee’s roasting operation.“Everything here is compostable, it’s certified, we’ve trialed it in real world compost facilities and it breaks down,” said the company’s senior vice president of innovation, Claudio Gemmiti. “It is consistently good at breaking down wherever good compost is being made.”Club Coffee said it has “successfully tested” its pods in the composting systems for Muskoka, Orillia, Peel, Guelph and Niagara.The company’s pods have been approved for composting by the U.S.-based non-profit Biodegradable Products Institute, and are also accepted in household compost by the private waste management company that serves Seattle.“Consumers adopted (coffee pods) quite quickly but realized there was an offset, which was the waste they were producing,” Gemmiti said. “We felt that if we developed an innovative solution that helped to take care of the waste problem in a way that was intuitive and simple … (consumers) are more likely to adopt it,”last_img read more

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WSP Global reports improved Q2 earnings ahead of Louis Berger deal

first_imgMONTREAL – Montreal-based engineering firm WSP Global Inc. reported a seven per cent jump in earnings during its second-quarter, which closed just weeks before the company’s stock hit a 10-year high ahead of an announcement it would buy a New Jersey-based infrastructure contractor.Net income for WSP, which reports in U.S. dollars, came in at $67.8 million in the quarter ended June 30, up from $62.8 million in the same period a year earlier as the company reported all of its segments posted solid revenue growth.Revenues jumped 17.1 per cent to $1.54 billion.On an adjusted basis, the company’s net earnings amounted to 78 cents per share, falling short of analysts’ estimates of 85 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.The pending $400-million deal to acquire Berger Group Holdings Inc. came on the heels of a rapid rise in WSP’s share price that peaked at a 10-year high of $75.35 on June 15.The purchase will add several thousand more employees to the WSP roster, which it projects will hit 48,000 when the deal closes in the fourth quarter.Louis Berger comes on board carrying baggage. In 2015, the World Bank debarred subsidiary Louis Berger Inc. for a year for “engaging in corrupt practices” in two World Bank-financed projects in Vietnam.In 2010, the company entered into a $69-million settlement with the U.S. government following a federal fraud investigation into its work on projects funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development in Afghanistan.Companies in this story: (TSX:WSP)last_img read more

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Denver airport first to use new TSA fullbody scanner

first_imgDENVER — Transportation Security Administration at Denver International Airport is using a new technology that allows travellers to keep their hands at their side when screened at security checkpoints.The Colorado Sun reports airport CEO Kim Day says the Denver airport is the first in the country to pilot the technology.The new scanner uses the same basic process as the old ones. But TSA federal security director Larry Nau says what might seem like a nominal change — keeping your hands at your side as opposed to raising them in the air — can save a lot of time.TSA in September introduced automated screening lanes at the airport aimed at speeding up the pace of bins carrying passenger items through screening.The goal is to have the new technology in place when the airport’s $1.8 billion Great Hall renovation is completed.___Information from: The Colorado Sun, http://coloradosun.comThe Associated Presslast_img read more

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Bedrock stress factor in fracking caused earthquakes study

first_imgIn other words, the deep, underground shifting of Earth’s rocky tectonic plates create zones where tension is concentrated and stored like a coiled spring, called tectonic deformation. The sudden shattering of rock through fracking or the injection of high-pressure wastewater releases that pent-up energy in the form of an earthquake.The finding could help explain why western Alberta and northeast B.C. have a high rate of fracking-induced earthquakes and places such as Saskatchewan, which has thousands of fracked wells, doesn’t.“The Canadian side of the Rocky Mountains has a much higher tectonic deformation rate,” Kao said. “As you go from the Canadian Rocky Mountains eastward, the deformation rate drops quite rapidly.”Of all the fracking-induced earthquakes he and his colleagues studied, 98 per cent occurred in a 150-kilometre band down the Rockies where the subsurface rocks are naturally stressed. CALGARY, A.B. – New research is digging in to why fracking causes earthquakes in some areas but not in others.A paper published Monday in Geophysical Research Letters suggests the likelihood of an artificial earthquake is heavily influenced by how stable the ground was before the energy industry showed up.“Some places appear to be particularly responsive to (artificially-)occurring earthquakes while other places aren’t,” said Honn Kao, a seismologist with the Geological Survey of Canada and lead author. Scientists have known for some time that injecting fluids to dispose of wastewater or to free underground reserves of oil and gas can cause earthquakes.Regulatory records show there have been hundreds of seismic events since 2015 in a heavily fracked area of northwestern Alberta. Those earthquakes around the Fox Creek area have registered as high as 4.5 on the Richter scale _ strong enough to rattle dishes and pictures.Alberta’s energy regulator has tightened restrictions on fracking in the area.Meanwhile, other regions see thousands of wells fracked while the earth remains still.While the link between fracking and earthquakes is well-established, precisely how that link works remains mysterious. Other studies have asked if it’s related to local geology or particular fracking practices, but Kao said he’s found a much more important contributor.“The background tectonic loading rate appear to be one of the predominant factors that control the region’s response to injection-induced earthquakes,” he said.center_img Those stresses aren’t the only way earthquakes are caused. Artificial temblors are common in Oklahoma, which has little of the underground tension found in Alberta.But there, Kao said, fluid injection may be big enough to cause problems on its own. Injection rates are 100 times higher there than in Canada, he said.Underground stress is probably best understood as a major contributing factor, Kao added.“It’s more of a competition of all these different factors.”The work has implications on how fracking should be regulated, Kao said. Regulations may need to be different in different regions, based on the tectonic tension deep underground.Kao said, in theory, those smaller artificial quakes might be a good thing. They may be relieving tension that would otherwise build up to a larger, more dangerous event.“We are reducing the occurrence of the future big earthquake,” he said. “Theoretically.”(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

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Ensign moves up Trinidad bid deadline target prefers Precision Drilling offer

first_imgChairman Ken Stickland of Trinidad added separately his board still believes Precision offers the “best available option.”“With the combination of the two companies, our shareholders have the opportunity to benefit from the future upside created through a highly competitive fleet, growing cash flow generation and improved efficiencies, including significant cost savings,” he said. In early trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange, Trinidad shares rose as much as 2.5 per cent, Ensign was up four per cent and Precision stock jumped eight per cent.In its news release, Ensign said the Trinidad board of directors’ acceptance of an “inferior” Precision offer permitted it to change its deadline.“Notwithstanding the significantly lower implied value of the Precision consideration for Trinidad shares, we are maintaining our offer price of $1.68 in cash for each common share of Trinidad,” said Ensign president Bob Geddes.Both Precision and Trinidad said Monday morning they continue to support the deal they announced on Oct. 4, noting Trinidad shareholders will wind up owning 29 per cent of the merged entity and citing “synergies” of the merger.Ensign’s date change makes it more likely that it will emerge as the successful bidder for Trinidad, said CIBC analyst Jon Morrision in a report.“We view this to be a very astute move on the part of Ensign as it removes the safety net of its cash offer from expiring post the proposed friendly Precision-Trinidad deal and reduces the time horizon for Precision’s stock to increase and for the company’s exchange offer to be more competitive with Ensign’s cash bid,” he said. CALGARY, A.B. – Rising temperatures in the battle between two Calgary drilling companies for ownership of a third were matched by rising share prices for all three on Monday.Ensign Energy Services Inc. announced late Friday it will give Trinidad Drilling Ltd. shareholders less time to think about its hostile takeover bid, moving up its deadline for acceptance to Nov. 27 from Dec. 13.That move puts its deadline ahead of a Dec. 11 meeting called by Trinidad to allow shareholders to vote on a friendly all-shares merger with Precision Drilling Corp., the largest driller in Canada.center_img Ensign insists the cash value of its offer of about $470 million now outweighs the all-shares offer by Precision because its rival’s stock value has fallen since it made its initial bid, dropping from about $540 million to less than $400 million at Friday’s closing price.Precision will likely have to either raise its offer or hope for its shares to rise by at least 15 per cent to be considered a superior offer, Morrison said.Ensign is in the “pole position” because it owns 9.8 million Trinidad shares and needs only 50 per cent plus one of the shares to take control, agreed analyst Ian Gillies of GMP FirstEnergy in a note, pointing out that Precision needs to have two-thirds of the shares voted in its favour to win.“We understand the timing of the Ensign cash bid for Trinidad has been opportunistically accelerated as markets have experienced recent volatility,” said Precision CEO Kevin Neveu in a news release confirming his support for his company’s bid.last_img read more

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Premiers statement on Alberta election results

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – Premier John Horgan issued a statement on the results of Alberta’s general election on April 16, 2019.“This morning, I called Jason Kenney to congratulate him following his election win.“Our brief conversation was constructive and focused on issues that matter to both Alberta and British Columbia. We agreed to talk about challenges in the days ahead. “I look forward to further conversations and working together in the interests of both of our provinces.”last_img

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PM Modi not fond of reading written speeches says Jaitley

first_imgNew Delhi: Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his depth of knowledge, understanding and quick learning, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Friday said that speeches of any prime minister become records of history.Releasing the book titled “Sabka Sath Sabka Vikas”, a compilation of select speeches of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Jaitley said the Prime Minister in the past five years has shown his grip over a wide bandwidth of subjects and command over the language. Since assuming charge as the Prime Minister, Modi has often delivered extempore speeches on various issues including politics, international affairs, economics, sports, rural development and sanitation.The compilation of Modi’s speeches was published by the ”Publications Division” of the government. “When you speak extempore, the bandwidth of subjects you must have a grip over has to be very wide… Only a person who is a quick learner can acquire that bandwidth,” he said, adding that the Prime Minister’s speech ought to be inspirational. Observing that PM Modi is not fond of reading written speeches, the Union Minister said that the Prime Minister’s speeches are heard carefully by the audience and even small errors are amplified and discussed. Jaitley further said that it is easier to read a written speech where there is no chance of a mistake, but difficult to speak extempore, though such speeches are often remembered by the audience. On the occasion, Minister of State (I/C) for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore said that the compilation of speeches will be an “encyclopaedia” for all people, young students, researchers, academicians and journalists. “His (Modi’s) experience of many years, we have tried to fit that into this book that we have put together with his speeches. I am sure you will find this book very useful,” Rathore said. Giving details about the book, I&B Secretary Amit Khare said, “The book has been published into five volumes. The speeches of Prime Minister contained in these volumes carry the message of positivity and hope for a brighter future for the country.”last_img read more

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Battle lines drawn nine key seats up for grabs on Sunday

first_imgKolkata: More than 1.15 crore people staying in nine Lok Sabha constituencies will exercise their franchise on Sunday during the last phase of the seven-phase election.The star candidates of the Trinamool Congress who are contesting from these seats are Saugata Roy (Dum Dum), Abhishek Banerjee (Diamond Harbour). Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee has nominated two Bollywood actors, Mimi Chakraborty in Jadavpur and Nusrat Jahan in Basirhat. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe constituencies where election will be held are Barasat, Basirhat, Dum Dum in North 24-Parganas, Diamond Harbour, Mathurapur, Joynagar and Jadavpur in South 24-Parganas and Kolkata North and South respectively. In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Trinamool Congress candidates had won in all these seats. In 2014 Sugata Basu, well-known historian from Harvard University was elected from Jadavpur seat. He had defeated Sujan Chakraborty of the CPI(M) by over 1.25 lakh votes. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThis time, CPI(M) has fielded Bikas Ranjan Bhattacharya, former Mayor of Kolkata while BJP’s nominee is Anupam Hazra, former Trinamool MP who recently joined BJP. Political pundits said though the CPI(M) has an edge over the TMC in Jadavpur and Tollygunge Assembly seats, it does not have any hold in the rural belt like Baruipur East, Baruipur West, Sonarpur West and South, Sonarpur North and Bhangar. Trinamool Congress has MLAs in all these seats and the Gram Panchayat and Panchayat Samity are under its control. The party’s organisational strength is very strong in South 24-Parganas. With this backdrop, the Trinamool Congress is likely to retain its seat. Actor-turned-politician Nusrat Jahan has replaced the sitting MP Idris Ali. The MLAs of seven constituencies and the Panchayats are under the control of the TMC. In 2014, Ali had defeated his rival by over 1.09 lakh votes. BJP’s organisation is weak in North 24-Parganas and the chance of Trinamool retaining the seat is very high. In Barasat, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar has been re-nominated. She had won the seat by 1.73 lakh votes in 2014. She was also elected in 2009 and is waiting to make a hattrick in 2019. Saugata Roy is contesting against Nepaldeb Bhattacharya of CPI(M) and Shamik Bhattacharya of BJP in Dum Dum. Roy had won the seat by over 1.54 lakh votes and defeated Asim Dasgupta, former Finance minister of the Left Front government and Tapan Sikdar, former Union minister of the BJP. Roy, who is very popular in the area, is likely to retain the seat. Abhishek Banerjee, the Trinamool Youth Congress president, is contesting from Diamond Harbour. He had won by 71, 298 votes in 2014. Over the past five years, Diamond Harbour has come up as a major tourist spot and the road connectivity has immensely improved. Political experts are of the view that neither CPI(M) nor BJP has organisation in these constituencies. “Taking the people to the polling station on the day of election depends on organisation and any political party with a rock-solid foundation always has an edge over its rivals,” said an expert.last_img read more

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Spain Morocco must end widespread violence against migrants NGOs

first_imgRABAT – A group of Moroccan NGOs has called on Spain and Morocco to end “widespread violence” against illegal immigrants, in a letter to Spain’s ambassador, after 11 people drowned trying to cross their common border.“We are deeply concerned to see the close cooperation between Spain and Morocco on border control today resulting in… widespread violence against migrants and security practices outside of any legal framework,” the five NGOs said in the open letter seen by AFP on Friday.“We ask you to intervene urgently with your government to put an end to these practices,” said the group, with included the Moroccan branch of Caritas and migrant support group GADEM. Their call comes one week after at least 11 sub-Saharan Africans drowned as hundreds tried to reach the Spanish territory of Ceuta by swimming from a beach in neighbouring Morocco.The incident has fuelled international concerns about the violent treatment of illegal immigrants by Spanish and Moroccan security forces amid reports — supported by the Moroccan NGOs — that Spain’s civil guards fired rubber-coated bullets at those attempting the crossing on February 6.Spanish authorities say the civil guards in Ceuta did use rubber bullets to ward off the migrants but that they fired them in the air and did not target anyone directly.“Last Friday, we received several dozen people who were part of the group that tried to enter Ceuta on the morning of February 6,” the letter by the Moroccan NGOs said.“Those who went by sea witnessed Spanish security forces firing rubber bullets and tear gas at the boats and the people themselves, even as they were calling for help.”Morocco, under pressure from Spain, is trying to stem a rising stream of sub-Saharan migrants who enter the country illegally and head to its northern shores in a desperate quest to cross the Mediterranean.Ceuta and Melilla, Spain’s other enclave bordering Morocco, have the EU’s only land borders with Africa and are seen as stepping stones to mainland Europe.In early January, the Moroccan government launched an operation to “regularise” the papers of the estimated 25,000 illegal immigrants on its soil and grant them residency permits, in the face of allegations that several had died at the hands of police in 2013.Rabat says it has already received 10,000 requests.Government spokesman Mustapha Khlafi hit back at criticism earlier this week from Human Rights Watch, which charged that the security forces “commonly beat, otherwise abuse and sometimes steal” from migrants.He stressed that since the country’s new migration policy came into force there had been no deportations to Algeria, and insisted the Moroccan authorities were ready to conduct inquiries into allegations of violence against illegal immigrants.last_img read more

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