APTN National NewsTwo major oil and gas companies looking to do business in the Sahtu region of the Northwest Territories have decided against an environmental assessment when it comes to fracking.MGM Energy and Shell Canada say that it’s too early to invest the time and money into a review of the highly criticized method.APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier has more on this story.
New Delhi: The Election Commission Friday said the BJP has sought 10 more days to respond to a show cause notice issued to a member of its national election committee for sharing an “audio-visual advertisement” titled “main bhi chowkidar hun” on social media without complying with the directions of the poll body.Delhi’s chief electoral officer, in a statement, said, “As regards the show cause notice dated March 26, issued for sharing the audio-visual ad titled ‘main bhi chowkidar hun’ on social media, the BJP has sought 10 days to file a reply.” The poll body had earlier asked the BJP election committee member to submit a reply within three days. Earlier this month, the EC had directed political parties to keep the country’s defence personnel out of election campaigning and not to use their photographs in advertisements. The EC’s Media Certification and Monitoring Committee (MCMC) had issued a conditional certificate dated March 16 to BJP national election committee member Neeraj “in respect of the said advertisement subject to the exclusion of the clips depicting Army personnel”. In a bid to check violation of the poll code on social media, the EC had earlier asked political parties and candidates to get their digital content certified by the MCMC before posting it. Prime Minister Narendra Modi had on March 16, launched the “main bhi chowkidar hun” campaign by putting out a tweet that read: “Your Chowkidar is standing firm & serving the nation. But, I am not alone. Everyone who is fighting corruption, dirt, social evils is a Chowkidar. Everyone working hard for the progress of India is a Chowkidar.” He had also tweeted a video that begins with the PM addressing the people saying, “Your chowkidar is absolutely alert.”
Rabat – Moroccan kickboxing celebrity Bader Hari is accompanying Real Madrid Football Club in its bid for the Club World Cup, taking place in Marrakech and Rabat from December 10th to December 20th. The Moroccan celebrity was invited because of personal connections with some of Real Madrid’s athletes, including Ronaldo, Benzema and Marcelo.Real Madrid players sent a request to the Club World Cup committee to add the Moroccan world kickboxing star’s name to the list of crewmembers after Real Madrid’s administration approved the request internally, according to Hespress. The committee answered positively and considered the Badr Hari’s attendance a beneficial addition to the 2014 Club World Cup.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed.
CALGARY — The Alberta Securities Commission is banning the former CEO of the Canadian arm of Chinese oil giant CNOOC Ltd. from acting as a director or officer in the province after he settled insider trading claims against him in the United States.The regulator says it is reciprocating an order made by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission last fall after Fengjiu Zhang — who had moved back to China by then — agreed to a three-year ban there to settle charges that he broke U.S. insider trading laws.The SEC found that less than a week before CNOOC announced in July 2012 a deal to buy Calgary-based Nexen Inc. for US$15.1 billion, Zhang, then the CEO of Calgary-based CNOOC Canada Inc., asked a friend in the U.S. to buy stock for him and tipped off another friend in the U.S. who also bought stock.Global energy retreat continues with Asian firms scrapping Aurora LNG studyAnother foreign oil company decides to abandon its oilsands projectThe SEC found that the first person made a profit of almost US$66,000 and the second made over US$11,000 by later selling the shares.Zhang and one of the friends agreed to disgorge profits and pay civil penalties to settle the SEC charges without admitting or denying the findings. Zhang, who moved back to Beijing in 2017, also agreed to a three-year officer and director ban.The ASC says Zhang did not appear for a hearing held in January but let staff know through a local representative that he would not contest the Alberta ban.“The misconduct described in the SEC order … occurred partly in Alberta, when Zhang was a resident of Calgary, and involved the securities of an Alberta-based reporting issuer,” the ASC panel said in its decision.“We agree with staff that there is ‘a nexus to Alberta and the public interest in Alberta is affected.’ That interest should be protected through the imposition of the orders sought on this application.”The CNOOC deal to buy Nexen was reluctantly permitted by the Stephen Harper government and allowed only after the buyer agreed to maintain its workforce and stay in Calgary.The government then brought in new rules preventing state-owned enterprises from purchasing controlling interests in the oilsands.
“And the surveillance aircraft immediately changed its flight course after receiving the warning, but when it was flying away, it began dropping submarine detection devices on the way of the fleet of warships and all the dropped devices were picked up thanks to the expertise and timely action of the courageous marines of the armed forces.” The Iranian Navy’s 24th fleet of warships warned away an Australian surveillance aircraft while approaching the Sri Lankan coast, the deputy commander of the Navy said.The Tehran Times quoted Rear Admiral Siavash Jareh as saying, “When the 24th fleet of the Iranian Navy, which was comprised of the Khark helicopter carrier and the Sabalan destroyer, was approaching the Sri Lankan coast after leaving Zhanjiang Port and crossing the equator, with a serious warning, it warned away from its area of presence an Australian surveillance aircraft which was approaching the fleet of warships to take films. Jareh also said that the fleet would dock in the Port of Colombo in late March.
United National Front (UNF) partner, Minister Mano Ganeshan called for unity in the Government to save the national unity Government.Ganeshan urged the United National Party (UNP) to withdraw the no-confidence motion on some Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) Ministers. Report by Indika Sri Aravinda He said that while the SLFP Ministers voted for a no-confidence motion on Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe last week, that should not be used against the SLFP.He warned that any action on the SLFP could result in the unity Government falling apart. (Colombo Gazette)
Health officers have sealed 21 restaurants for preparing food in unhealthy conditions, the Ministry of Health said.The Health Ministry said that 1412 raids were conducted around the island from March 15 to April 10.
ORONO, Maine — Chris Ferguson threw for five touchdowns, Ramon Jefferson ran for a career-high 186 yards with a touchdown and seventh-seeded Maine used a big first half to defeat Jacksonville State 55-27 on Saturday in the second round of the FCS playoffs.The Black Bears (9-3), who play at second-seeded Weber State, or at home against Southeast Missouri next weekend, won a playoff game for the first time since 2011 and did it by piling up a season-high 42 first-half points.Ferguson threw three scores in the first quarter, two to Earnest Edwards, for a 21-0 lead. Zerrick Cooper hooked up with Jamari Hester for a 36-yard score late in the first quarter and a 70-yarder early in the second to bring the Gamecocks (9-4) within a touchdown. Ferguson responded with his fourth TD pass, Edwards scored on a 3-yard run, the second time Maine cashed in on a short field after a Jacksonville State fumble, and Jefferson scored for a 42-14 lead.The five-time reigning Ohio Valley Conference champions collected 14 penalties for 136 yards. The Gamecocks finished 1 of 14 on third down and 2 of 6 on fourth, despite piling up 477 yards. Cooper a sophomore transfer from Clemson, was 19 of 44 for 365 yards with an interception.Maine, the Colonial Athletic Association champs, won a playoff game at home for the first time, with a season-high 268 yards on the ground and Ferguson throwing for 159.The Associated Press
THE RUN IN The Dark 5k and 10k races in aid of spinal cord injuries took place in in a number of Irish cities this evening.The Life Style Sports sponsored events took place simultaneously in Dublin, Cork, Belfast, London and Manchester with some unofficial other towns like Wexford.Events in cities including Sydney, New York, Washington DC and Frankfurt have all happened or are due to happen at 7.30pm local time.The races are the brainchild of blind adventure athlete Mark Pollock whose trust is trying to find a cure for spinal cord injuries.The Dublin runners had a chilly night for their run and there was a touch of rain.
From survivor’s guilt to the action girl, Doctor Who‘s cup runneth over with repetitive motifs.Each week, I’ll tackle another trope, examining its use, effectiveness, and relevance to the long-running BBC show.CATCH PHRASEMeaning: An expression often repeated by a characterUsage in Doctor Who: Nearly every Doctor has at least one catchphrase (whether or not he realizes it)With each regeneration of the Time Lord from Gallifrey comes a different Doctor—in presentation, personality, and slogan.Though amplified in the rebooted series, Doctor Who has always been a breeding ground for catch phrases—from the First Doctor’s stalling tactic to the Fourth Doctor’s penchant for offering jelly baby candies to River Song’s regular warnings against “spoilers.”First, Second, Third, Fourth Doctors (via artist Agnitti)First Doctor (William Hartnell): “Hmmm?”Elderly and “a bit forgetful,” the original Doctor often hemmed and hawed while gathering his thoughts.Second Doctor (Patrick Troughton): “When I say ‘run,’ run. … RUN!“Always several steps ahead of his enemies, the impish alien knows just when to clear out. Russell T. Davies later introduced the Ninth Doctor with a take on the memorable motto.Third Doctor (Jon Pertwee): “Reverse the polarity of the neutron flow”The actor’s way of dealing with the technobabble spouted by the Doctor, Pertwee says the full phrase only twice on screen (in “The Sea Devils” and “The Five Doctors”). It is later used by the Tenth Doctor in “The Lazarus Experiment” and “Music of Spheres,” the Eleventh in “The Day of the Doctor,” and the Twelfth in “The Girl Who Died.” “Reversing the polarity of the neutron flow,” he tells Clara. “I bet that means something. It sounds great.”Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker): “Would you care for/like a Jelly Baby?”The Doctor’s parents (assuming he has parents and wasn’t born of some timey-wimey technology) would be proud of his fourth incarnation’s manners. Always ready to share his favorite treat, the curly haired time traveler uses the plump confections as a way to confuse, distract, or delay people.Fifth, Sixth, Seventh Doctors (via artist Agnitti)Fifth Doctor (Peter Davison): “Brave heart, Tegan”/”Sorry, must dash!”Lacking for a truly memorable catch phrase, the Fifth Doctor sometimes gives a short-and-sweet pep talk to companion Tegan (or anyone else in need of cheering up) and pulls out the ol’ check-my-watchless-wrist move in times of trouble.Sixth Doctor (Colin Baker): “Mmm, I wonder … Aha!”Unpredictable and egotistic, the Sixth Doctor showed off his superior knowledge with a tinge of skepticism.Seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy): “Not this time…”Another personification lost for recurring words, the Seventh Doctor has been known to subvert situations with a rather run-of-the-mill saying.Eighth and War Doctors (via artist Agnitti)Eighth Doctor (Paul McGann): “Who am I?”These were the TV-movie Doctor’s first words after regenerating.Ninth, Tenth, Eleventh, Twelfth Doctors (via artist Agnitti)Ninth Doctor (Christopher Eccleston): “Fantastic”Look past his hard-shell exterior and you’ll find a kind man with a predisposition for excitement.Tenth Doctor (David Tennant): “Allons-y”Perhaps the most decorated Doctor in terms of catch phrases, the Tenth often welcomed new adventures with this French motto. He also delivered bad news with a heart-wrenching “I’m sorry. I’m so sorry.” And tacked an elongated “Well…” onto so many sentences.Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith): “Geronimo”One more one-word exclamation, the battle cry accompanies the Eleventh Doctor’s tedious predilection for bow ties, fezzes, and, one time, Stetsons.Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi): “Shut up”Way back in 2014, Capaldi confirmed that his Doctor would not have a pithy saying. “Who needs a catchphrase? What’s so great about a catchphrase?” he told MTV at the time. Three seasons later, his coarse character can often be heard telling someone to “shut up.”Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.
MIAMI (WSVN) – The Kiwanis Club of Little Havana kicked off the first day of camp in Miami.The organization will host the eight-week camp for hundreds of children and their parents at Lummus Park near Northwest Third Street and Third Court.Those attending, Monday, picked up their uniforms and snapped a few pictures before meeting with their counselors.The camp is free and supported by nonprofit and corporate partners.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
A team of responders transporting the damaged Cessna 185 after it landed at Nome’s City Field on Thursday afternoon. (Photo: Francesca Fenzi)A privately-owned Cessna 185 airplane made an emergency landing at Nome’s City Field airport on Thursday afternoon.Download AudioUpdate Thursday, 3:45 pm: The Nome Police Department received a distress call regarding a small aircraft “that possibly would not make the city landing strip” just before 1 o’clock on Thursday. The Nome Volunteer Ambulance and Fire Departments were dispatched along with law enforcement officers.Nome Fire Chief Jim West, Jr. says the single-engine Cessna 185 departed Nome earlier on Thursday, and was on its way to White Mountain when the pilot noticed the plane’s landing gear was out of alignment on one side.The pilot returned to Nome, and performed an emergency landing at City Field that further damaged the plane’s landing gear — but resulted in no injuries, according to emergency personnel.Nome Police confirm that the pilot was the only individual on board, and was not injured.
Shares of cigarette makers rose on Thursday, buoyed by reports that the Health Ministry’s proposal to ban the sale of loose cigarettes has been put on hold.While ITC rallied 6% intraday, shares of other cigarette companies also made gains. While Godfrey Phillips rose 10% VST Industries gained 6%.The proposed ban was mooted by the Union Health Ministry to curb smoking. Some MPs and farmers’ associations had termed the move a drastic regulatory measure. India is the world’s second largest producer of tobacco, earning the nation about ₹6,000 crore ($1bn) in foreign exchange.Cigarette sales contribute in a big way in excise revenues to the Centre.Union Urban Development Minister M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday called a meeting with Union Health Minister J P Nadda to convey concerns voiced by MPs. Ministers from major tobacco growing states of Karnataka and Andra Pradesh, Ananth Kumar and Nirmala Sitharaman and Mohanbhai Kundaria, were present at the meeting.Union Agriculture Minister Radhakrishnan Singh said tobacco and arecanut are important cash crops directly impacting farmers who grow them. An inter-ministerial consensus is unlikely to evolve soon, said government sources.Naidu added that if implemented, the ban would lead to people shifting from cigarettes to other tobacco products including bidis and chewing tobacco, leaving little impact on overall tobacco consumption.He convened the meeting after receiving representations from tobacco-growing farmers associations in the two states on the likely adverse impact on their livelihood due to the proposed amendment to the Cigarettes and other Tobacco Products Act.Statistics show that about 10% of India’s population of 1.2bn are smoke cigarettes and another 155mn are classified as smoking bidis and chewing tobacco. Tobacco consumption accounts for nearly half of all cancers among men and a quarter among women, apart from being a major cause of heart and lung diseases, say experts. Reuters
US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi JingpingIANSUS President Donald Trump said that he was open to a ‘historic’ deal and restart trade consultations with China at the G20 summit held in Osaka, Japan. The much-awaited talks are expected to ease the tensions that have locked the two countries into the trade war.Trump said that the meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping was “excellent” and that it would be “historic” if both the countries agreed to a fair trade deal.No added tariffsChinese news media reported that the US said that it will “not to add new tariffs on Chinese exports.”US had earlier warned that the existing tariff on Chinese imports would be extended if the meeting didn’t conclude favourable to the demands for various US economic reforms.Cooperation over ConfrontationXi stressed upon the need for dialogue over confrontation.”Forty years on, an enormous change has taken place in the international situation and China-U.S. relations, but one basic fact remains unchanged. China and the United States both benefit from cooperation and lose in confrontation,” Xi said.He also said that China must “safeguard its core interests” on the issues of sovereignty and respect and expected the US to “treat Chinese companies fairly,” reported Xinhua state news agency. Huawei issuetensions between the two countries escalated after Washington blacklisted Huawei Technologies Co over national security concerns. The US also urged its allies to review their use of technology and equipment from the Chinese tech company.The US also claimed that China has been stealing intellectual property from the country for years and forces US firms to exchange trade secrets as a condition to do business and promote state-owned Chinese companies to dominate in the US.
Stay on target Nearly three-quarters of online multiplayer gamers have experienced some form of harassment, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s Center on Technology and Society.“At ADL, we see online multiplayer games as social platforms, and we need to fight hate on these platforms with the same seriousness of traditional social media,” ADL CEO Jonathan Greenblatt said in a statement.In a survey of 1,045 PC, console, and mobile players, 53 percent reported being targeted based on their race, religion, ability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or ethnicity.Some people were also exposed to “extremist ideologies and hateful propaganda,” including discussions about white supremacy, Holocaust denial, and terror attacks.Multiplayer video games aren’t rocket science: Throw a bunch of people together in a high-intensity environment and you’re bound to have provocations.But that doesn’t excuse the behavior.“Online hate causes real harm,” Greenblatt said.“Every time someone in an online multiplayer game physically threatens or harasses another player repeatedly because of who they are or what they believe, that experience doesn’t just end for that individual when the game is over,” he continued, urging industry leaders and policymakers to take action against “this poisonous ecosystem.”ADL’s report includes recommended actions the game industry, government, and civil society should take to reduce hateful content and behavior.It’s not all doom and gloom, however, for the two-thirds of U.S. adults who play games online.The digital space of multiplayer games provides opportunities to connect with new people, build friendships and communities, and learn: 88 percent of ADL respondents have experienced some form of positive social interaction while playing online.Of course, there is still plenty of room to grow and improve.More on Geek.com:Instagram Employs Machine Learning to Stop BullyingHalf of Women in STEM Experience Gender DiscriminationAI Identifies Coded Hate Speech on Social MediaThe Internet is Toxic: Here Are Five Possible Cures ‘Gaming Disorder’ is Real Mental Condition, And You May Have ItCouple jailed for selling both their sons to fund in-game item purchases
March 15, 2016 Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 1 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals There’s no denying that email is a major time-suck. Even if each email only takes a few minutes, there are so many messages sent to our inboxes during the day that the time adds up. Google may just have a solution.Related: Email Needs Endless Management. Follow These 4 Simple Rules to Boost Your Productivity.The company announced today that its Smart Reply feature is coming to the desktop version of Inbox. Smart Reply learns which of your emails require a response, and then suggests three different phrases that would be a potential reply. Based on a user’s selections, the tool will refine its response options.For emails that only need a short answer, this can save time and cut down on typos. For responses that need to be longer, the tool can provide a jumpstart for the process.Related: Inventor of Email Ray Tomlinson Dies at 74The Inbox feature debuted for mobile platforms in November. The company says that 10 percent of email replies on smartphones use Smart Reply. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.
Source = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A Following the release of its updated schedule to keep passenger disruptions to a low after the grounding of its A380 fleet, Qantas have outlined options for passengers travelling on disrupted Qantas flights.Those passengers holding a valid Qantas ticket for travel between 11 November and 25 November and travelling on flights which have been disrupted may rebook, get credit or be issued a refund at no charge to the customer (although applicable ticket taxes may apply).The carrier today issued a statement informing passengers that should their flight be disrupted, they could, “rebook an alternate Qantas service (including Qantas codeshare services) using the lowest booking class available in the same cabin of service”. Alternatively, if travel has not commenced, passengers can apply for a refund or “retain the value of the ticket in credit” for travel within 12 months of original ticket issue.For revalidation, if the original ticket has been validated to Qantas, travel agents can revalidate tickets in-house if there is a change to only the flight or date; no authority number is required for revalidation.Again if the ticket has been validated to Qantas, to re-issue tickets, travel agents must enter the authority number ‘579480’ into the tour code box and move the existing data from the tour code box to the endorsement box for Nett, APoSD and Private Fare tickets.Net remit tickets will not require the NR indicator.Should a customer wish to retain the value of the ticket in credit, travel agents can reissue the ticket in-house if validated to Qantas but authority number ‘579480’ must be entered into the tour code box in order to waive the fee for voluntary changes.For Nett and APoSD tickets, travel agents are advised to contact the Qantas Industry Centre for ticketing options.Any refund fees will be waived “for tickets issued prior to 11 November 2010 where the original ticketed travel dates were between 11 November and 25 November 2010,” Qantas advised.Travel agents will be required to submit a Refund Application via BSPLink referencing authoritynumber ‘579480’ to waive any refund fees by 31 January 2011.For conditions, please visit the Qantas website.
RelatedExcess baggage fees: How to avoid annoying extra chargesNothing kills your holiday mood like unexpected baggage fees at the airport. Tip the scales in your favour, read our guide to excess baggage fees* from all the major European airlines, plus get tips on avoiding those annoying extra charges for your checked luggage.Flybe’s luggage rules explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceWhat are Flybe’s rules on hand luggage? How many checked bags do you get for free? Here’s everything you need to know about Flybe’s baggage allowances, plus eight simple ways to make sure you avoid getting stung with extra charges.Monarch luggage rules explained and how to maximise your cabin baggage allowanceMonarch has been placed into administration and all Monarch search results have been removed from Skyscanner. You can find more information and advice here. If you think you’re going to get anywhere near your maximum baggage weight allowance – weigh your luggage before you leave home.This can be done using regular bathroom scales; simply weigh yourself, then weight yourself again whilst holding your bag(s). The difference between the two is the weight of your luggage.This serves two purposes:1. It should prevent any unwanted excess weight charges at check-in2. Airport scales don’t always get reset or calibrated as often as they should, and hence are not always 100% accurate. If you know the weight of your bag, you’ll avoid getting overcharged should the airport scales be wrong.CASE STUDY:Recently a friend of mine flew from London Stansted to Edinburgh via easyJet. At the easyJet check-in desk they weighed his bag, claimed it was 29kg and tried to charge him £81 (£9/kg) for the excess. Luckily, he’d weighed his bag beforehand and knew it was only 20Kg and demanded they reset the scales.Low and behold – their scales had been wrong and the true weight of 20kg was given – but how many others got caught out?Read more travel tipsReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map
Facebook/Port Aransas Nature Preserve Enjoy the water as you stroll along the pathway or head into the observation tower at Roberts Point Park, take in a bit of bird-watching at Port Aransas Nature Preserve, or embark on a thrill parasailing journey with loved ones in tow. Throughout the island, you’ll find everything from family-friendly hotels to charming house rentals, many of which sit just a stone’s throw from the shops and eateries of downtown. Google Reviews/Savion Liron Perhaps you’ve never heard of Port Aransas, Texas, but this one-of-a-kind city affords visitors plenty of fun in the sun without the lofty price tag. Vrbo’s list of most affordable domestic beach getaway spots includes Myrtle Beach, South Carolina and Cocoa Beach, Florida, but Port Aransas comes in at an impressive number three. In fact, average lodging per person is just $60 per night in Port Aransas and its surrounding areas, a stark contrast to some of America’s more luxurious waterfront resort towns. When you’re ready to enjoy a healthy dose of island life without spending a small fortune, load up the family and head to Port Aransas on Mustang Island. Whether you’re eight years old or eight, this one-of-a-kind oceanfront locale will steal your heart at no time at all. May 31, 2019 by Sophie Boudreau This Little-Known Island Town Was Just Named One Of America’s Best Value Beach Getaways As summertime approaches, it’s only natural to daydream about beautiful beachfront getaways. For most of us, spending a week along the shoreline without a care in the world is a heavenly daydream, but it’s tough to make this dream a reality without breaking the bank–particularly when the whole family tags along. Luckily, vacation rental website Vrbo just released its list of 2019 value beach destinations, and one of the most stunning yet affordable U.S. spots might surprise you. Posted in Travel News Flickr/elzbelz The city itself sits on beautiful Mustang Island and offers unparalleled access to the Gulf of Mexico. Whether you’re a fan of wildlife, beachfront lounging, or boating adventures, you’ll surely have the vacation of a lifetime here. At the heart of the area is Port Aransas Beach, which offers six breathtaking miles of ocean access and all sorts of scenery to appreciate. You’ll spot surfers, swimmers, sunbathers, and sandcastle-builders during your time here.