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first_imgVANCOUVER — A global communications marketing firm says it is suspending its contract with former British Columbia premier Gordon Campbell in light of an allegation in a British newspaper that he groped a woman in the United Kingdom.Edelman says in a statement that Campbell has served as a special adviser to the firm since last July, and was engaged on a part-time basis as a consultant through a retainer agreement.However, the company says it and Campbell have “mutually decided to suspend their consulting arrangement” until a police investigation in the United Kingdom is complete.On Friday, the Daily Telegraph reported that London police are investigating a complaint from a woman who was an employee at the Canadian High Commission when Campbell was high commissioner to the U.K.The newspaper says the complainant alleges she was groped in 2013 and filed a complaint with police in January.The Metropolitan Police in London could not be reached for comment on Friday or Saturday.Campbell also could not be reached for comment, but a spokesman issued the following statement on his behalf:“This complaint was transparently disclosed and became the subject of a full due diligence investigation at the time by the Government of Canada and was found to be without merit.”The Daily Telegraph story includes the woman’s name, but The Canadian Press does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault without their active consent and was not able to contact the woman.Campbell was premier of British Columbia from 2001 until 2011. He was appointed high commissioner to the U.K. in 2011 and left the diplomatic post in 2016.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgThe world’s largest youth empowerment event, WE Day, returned to The “Fabulous” Forum for the third year in celebration of young people committed to making a difference.Paula Abdul at WE Day California 2018Credit/Copyright: Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for WEOver 16,000 students and educators from across the state attended for a powerful, life-changing experience featuring renowned speakers, innovative thought leaders and celebrity performers including Anthony Anderson, Jennifer Aniston, Dierks Bentley, The Chainsmokers, The March for Our Lives co-founders Jaclyn Corin and Cameron Kasky, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Selena Gomez, Dr. Phil McGraw, Martin Sheen, Lilly Singh, John Stamos and more. Joined by international activists and WE Day co-founders, Craig and Marc Kielburger, the exciting lineup shared their passion for change, energized the crowd and motivated young people to continue to take action on pressing issues to affect positive change in their communities and around the world.A few must-see highlights included:Jennifer Aniston applauded and thanked the 16,000 youth in the audience and across America for leading the movement of change and she handed the mic over to March for Our Lives co-founders, Jaclyn Corin and Cameron Kasky who addressed their peers with a powerful rallying speech.
Moving performances lit up the WE Day stage; The Chainsmokers performed their hit song “Sick Boy”, Cyndi Lauper performed a rendition of “Ooh Child” alongside JD McCrary and Dierks Bentley honored inspirational women around the world with a performance of his latest single, “Woman, Amen”.“I feel honored to be part of celebrating the young people out there who inspire us all to do more,” said Bentley. “These are everyday people who choose to help make their communities and beyond better.”Morgan Freeman was joined by the first-ever American Youth Poet Laureate, Amanda Gorman, to recite the poem “Life is Like a Rollercoaster” written by the late Alex Schachter who tragically lost his life on February 14, 2018 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.“The young people gathered at WE Day California show us just how powerful it is when people of any age come together to advocate for the change they want to see in their world,” said Freeman. “It is both humbling and inspiring to be in the presence of tens of thousands of youth who have shown us that leadership, when guided by empathy, can and will make a difference.”WE Day California also featured Paula Abdul, Sofia Carson, Celebrity Marauders, Lonnie Chavis, Monique Coleman, Lily Collins, DVSN, Jordan Fisher, Connor Franta, Gunnar Gehl, Lizzy Greene, Winnie Harlow, Laurie Hernandez, Olivia Holt, Liza Koshy, Bailee Madison, Jenna Ortega, Lele Pons, Jessie Reyez, Nicole Richie, Kelly Sawyer, Drew Scott, JoJo Siwa, Norah Weinstein, Henry Winkler, Spencer West and Maddie Ziegler.More than a one-day event, WE Day is connected to the free, yearlong educational program, WE Schools. The program provides schools and community groups with curriculum, educational resources and action campaigns designed to enhance a school’s existing social initiatives or spark new ones. In the 2016/2017 school year, schools and groups across California improved their communities through WE Schools, volunteering more than 836,000 hours and raising over $2.2 million in support of more than 610 local and global causes including hunger, homelessness, bullying, volunteerism, health and wellness.“Today we celebrate remarkable students who are part of the WE generation — young leaders from across California who have committed to creating change at home and around the world,” said Craig Kielburger, co-founder of WE. “With the support of their incredible teachers, these students joined together in support of local and global organizations, affecting countless lives. WE Day celebrates their world-changing achievements and inspires another year of working together towards positive impact.”last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Jian Ghomeshi, the former CBC Radio broadcaster slipped back into the public spotlight with an announcement about his new music and podcast series, but this creative adventure is already facing problems.A day after the ex-CBC personality revealed The Ideation Project, a new podcast which tackles world citizenship and the loss of homelands, his quiet comeback attempt received an onslaught of backlash on social media.This reaction comes a year after Ghomeshi was acquitted of sexual assault charges involving multiple female complainants in a high-profile criminal case. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Twitter “You should admit to your crimes, apologize and go away,” wrote one Twitter user in response to Ghomeshi’s link to the new podcast.Another critic posted, “This ‘nothings’s different, carry on’ routine ain’t gonna fly.”This resulted in one company’s decision to step away from the series.A San Francisco-based software company, Art19, was an audio host which feed the podcast for distribution on iTunes.After receiving a barrage of hate for its perceived support and association with Ghomeshi’s new project, it suspended its hosting role on Tuesday.“This show was placed on our platform without our awareness yesterday,” said Roddy Swearngin, a spokesperson for Art19. “After receiving complaints, we suspended it.”The company also tried to distance itself from the former host of the radio show Q, saying “we are a software company and play no role in the creation or curation of content. We just offer tools for publishers to distribute and monetize their podcasts.”Matt Earle, a representative for Ghomeshi told CTV News Toronto that Art19’s decision to cut ties had no effect on the project.“[Art19] caved under online pressure,” Earle said.The Ideation Project is still available through Sound Cloud, he says.According to Earle, Ghomeshi began the project about a year ago and has had some help from friends in the industry. And while the podcasts and music tracks are free now, he expected there may one day be ads on the YouTube channel.As for financial backers, Earle said it was funded “primarily directly from him.”BY Amara McLaughlin Login/Register With:last_img read more

By Asmaa BahadiRabat – Under the theme “the strategic vision of Morocco for an emerging economy,” the National Institute of Statistics and Applied Economics (INSEA) will hold the 13th GENI-Enterprises Forum on April 20-21 in Rabat. The forum is organized in partnership with the National School of Computer Science and System Analysis (ENSIAS), the National Institute of Posts and Telecommunications (INPT), and the Normal Higher School of Teaching of Rabat (ENSET). As one of the most efficient platforms of exchange between students, the forum aims to share job opportunities and internships for students of the four engineering schools, as well as to inspire and give them a closer look at the labor market. Moreover, the organizations and enterprises involved in this event will be able to find the best and most qualified candidates from the engineering schools mentioned above.The previous Forum, which was hosted under the patronage of King Mohammed VI, was exceptional and fruitful. Many decision-makers attended, including Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane, Ambassadors, CEOs, and a large number of professionals.The Forum has built a strong reputation among other platforms, not to mention attendance numbers that grow significantly each year.The success that this annual event has reached over the years is considered a great stimulus and a solid base for this year’s Forum. The organizing committee from the four engineering schools gathered to optimize the forum by carefully structuring its features and procedures, and reinforce it with necessary updates and many other surprises. read more

TORONTO — Timber company Sino-Forest and several of its top executives defrauded investors, misled investigators and “engaged in deceitful or dishonest conduct,” the Ontario Securities Commission ruled in one of Canada’s largest corporate fraud cases.In a nearly 300-page decision released Friday, the regulator said the company and former CEO Allen Chan, as well as Albert Ip, Alfred Hung and George Ho defrauded investors by overstating the now defunct company’s timber assets and revenue.Allegations of fraud against Simon Yeung were dismissed, but the regulator concluded he misled staff during their investigation.The investigation into Sino-Forest was triggered in 2011 when short seller Carson Block of Muddy Waters Research published a scathing report accusing the company of exaggerating its assets and fabricating sales transactions in what amounted to “a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme.”“We applaud the OSC for persisting through an undoubtedly complex investigation and hearing to see that justice is served,” Block wrote in an email Friday.“It’s important to remember that our report was initially quite controversial and met with a good deal of hostility — at a time when the freedom of speech is under threat, this outcome is a reminder of the value of critical voices and freedom of expression.”The former executives now face the possibility of being permanently banned from Canada’s capital markets, or fined up to $1 million for each failure to comply with Ontario securities law.A separate hearing on sanctions and costs has not been set.Chan’s lawyer, Emily Cole, said her client was disappointed and would be going over the decision. Stephen Wortley, a lawyer for Ip, Hung, Ho and Yeung, said he was also reviewing the decision and declined further comment.Sino-Forest, which was established in 1994, was once the most valuable forestry company listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange. Although it was based in Ontario, the company conducted most of its business in China until it collapsed in 2012.The decision by the OSC follows the settlement of several lawsuits by investors in connection with the case.In 2015, several Canadian banks and other financial institutions that helped the company raise millions on the financial markets agreed to a $32.5-million settlement in a class-action lawsuit filed by investors who lost money.David Horsley, former chief financial officer of Sino-Forest, also agreed to pay $6.3 million to the OSC and to settle class-action lawsuits in 2014, while Sino-Forest’s former auditor, Ernst & Young, agreed to a $117-million class-action settlement with investors in 2013.The case against Sino-Forest and its former executives was one of the most complicated cases in the Ontario Securities Commission’s history.“Today’s decision on the merits is an important milestone in a complex, multi-jurisdictional case that spanned close to 200 hearing days and involved over 2,000 exhibits,” the commission said in a statement.The hearing heard testimony from several witnesses from China over video conferencing and with the assistance of translators. There were more than 170 hearing days, 22 witnesses and over 22,000 pages of transcripts.Defence lawyers for the executives had argued that what the OSC called fraud were simply mistakes made by a fast-growing company. They also said that behaviours that may seem strange in a Canadian context were typical business customs in China.But the commission said Sino-Forest was listed on the TSX, was an Ontario reporting issuer, raised US$3 billion from investors, and was required to issue financial statements prepared in accordance with Canadian standards.“Ontario securities law is paramount and overrides any explanations for illegal conduct being excusable in the name of guanxi, however it is defined,” the commission said in its decision, using a Chinese term that refers to a network of influential relationships that help facilitate business dealings.— By Craig Wong in Ottawa read more

After winning Gillette Drafted 2: The Search for Canada’s Next Sportscaster, Brock alumnus Brent Furtney (BEd ’08) is the newest employee of The Score. His contract, the first prize in a contest sponsored by Score Media Inc. in partnership with Gillette, includes the opportunity to represent Procter & Gamble, the maker of Gillette products, as a spokesman for a year. Check out his funny audition video.

LISBON, Portugal — Portugal’s Socialist prime minister is vowing to address the challenges of a low national birth rate, the increasing cost of health care and climate change as he bids for a second straight term in the country’s Oct. 6 general election.Prime Minister Antonio Costa used his annual State of the Nation speech in parliament Wednesday to laud his government’s record of economic growth, with the budget deficit of 0.5% the lowest in more than 40 years.Portugal needed a 78 billion-euro ($88 billion) bailout in 2011, after recording a deficit above 11%, and plunged into a three-year recession.Costa’s centre-left Socialist Party, ruling as a minority government for the past four years, holds a comfortable lead in polls.Critics say public services are starved for cash under the Socialists.The Associated Press read more

U.S. stocks pulled further back from their records on Friday to cap the weakest week for the S&P 500 since May.Indexes sloshed between small gains and losses for much of the day before turning lower in the afternoon after Iran said it seized a British oil tanker, the latest escalation of tensions between Tehran and the West. Reined-in expectations for how deeply the Federal Reserve will cut interest rates at its next meeting also weighed on stocks.On Friday:The S&P 500 fell 18.50 points, or 0.6%, to 2,976.61.The Dow Jones Industrial Average fell 68.77, or 0.3%, to 27,154.20.The Nasdaq composite lost 60.75, or 0.7%, to 8,146.49.The Russell 2000 index of smaller company stocks dropped 7.73, or 0.5%, to 1,547.90.For the week:The S&P 500 fell 37.16 points, or 1.2%.The Dow fell 177.83 points, or 0.7%.The Nasdaq fell 97.66 points, or 1.2%.The Russell 2000 fell 22.10 points, or 1.4%.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 469.76 points, or 18.7%.The Dow is up 3,826.74 points, or 16.4%.The Nasdaq is up 1,511.21 points, or 22.8%.The Russell 2000 is up 199.34 points, or 14.8%.The Associated Press read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 6, 2015 6:50 am MDT Canadian dollar lower, American currency strengthens on solid job creation data TORONTO – The Canadian dollar was lower Friday amid a strengthening greenback as U.S. job creation for February beat expectations.The loonie moved down 0.58 of a U.S. cent to 79.38 cents as the U.S. Labor Department announced that the economy created 295,000 jobs last month, much higher than the 245,000 that economists expected.Canadian employment data for February will be released March 13.Other data showed that U.S. wage growth in February was up just 0.1 per cent.Analysts said wage increases would be the most closely-watched data from the U.S. employment report since the slow pace of wage growth has been a disappointment so far.Stronger wage growth would likely add to pressure on the U.S. Federal Reserve to raise borrowing rates this year for the first time since the 2008 global financial crisis. Analysts believe the Fed could move to hike rates as early as June.Traders also took in data showing a much higher than expected Canadian trade deficit for January.Statistics Canada said the country’s merchandise trade deficit with the world grew to $2.5 billion, up sharply from a $1.2-billion deficit in January and is the largest since mid-2012.The trade deficit was also much higher than the $1 billion figure that economists had expected.The agency says the deficit increased as exports fell 2.8 per cent in January while imports were largely unchanged from December.In other economic news Friday, there was positive data from Europe’s largest economy as German industrial production rose by 0.6 per cent in January, higher than the 0.5 per cent increase that had been expected.That data came out a day after European Central Bank president Mario Draghi said the ECB had upgraded its growth forecast for the eurozone in 2015 to 1.5 per cent from 1.0 per cent.Draghi added that the central bank expects the economic recovery to broaden and strengthen.On the commodity markets, oil prices headed lower with the April crude contract in New York 80 cents lower at US$49.96 a barrel.April gold bullion was down $22.10 to US$1,174.10 an ounce while May copper fell four cents to US$2.61 a pound. read more

Tuesday’s match to watch is Italy vs. Uruguay, essentially a must-win duel (for Uruguay at least) between the 16th- and 10th-best sides in the world according to ESPN’s Soccer Power Index (SPI). A surprisingly close second? Costa Rica-England, which features a group leader and an eliminated team with nothing but pride to play for. In between, there’s plenty of action in Group C, where every team is technically alive and fighting to advance to the Round of 16.Costa Rica vs. England: 12 p.m. EDTItaly vs. Uruguay: 12 p.m. EDTGreece vs. Ivory Coast: 4 p.m. EDTJapan vs. Colombia: 4 p.m. EDTIN BRIEFSee our World Cup predictions for the latest probabilities.IN DEPTHIt’s tough to overstate what’s on the line in Tuesday’s match between Uruguay and Italy. Both teams are tied for second place in Group D with three points apiece, although Italy holds the all-important tiebreaker with a superior goal differential.Group D’s leader, Costa Rica, won its first two matches and has guaranteed itself a spot in the next round, so there’s only one unclaimed berth left in the group. Uruguay is the favorite to win the match by SPI, about 41 percent to 30 percent (with a 29 percent probability of a draw), and that’s not because of defense. Neither team has been particularly dominant at that end of the pitch, but Uruguay has allowed four goals in the tournament, including three to a Costa Rican side that’s far from a scoring juggernaut.Instead, the odds are in Uruguay’s favor mostly because — theoretically speaking — it has the better offense, led by the sublime forward Luis Suarez. After not appearing at all in Uruguay’s opening loss against Costa Rica, Suarez returned from a knee injury Thursday to score a pair of goals and help sink England’s World Cup hopes. He’ll continue to get support from the passing of Edinson Cavani, Cristian Rodríguez and Nicolás Lodeiro. But Suarez aside, La Celeste has had some difficulty generating consistent scoring chances in the tournament so far, and Uruguay will have a hard time winning if it continues to muster only 8.5 shots per game.Meanwhile, Italy was expected to be in the middle of the pack offensively before the tournament, and it’s played largely to form. Mario Balotelli has been his customarily uneven self; he picked up a goal and caused all manner of havoc against England, then promptly had a terrible game (three offsides, one yellow card and only one shot on target) against Costa Rica. Andrea Pirlo’s passing remains superb, and the Italian offense plays with an efficient style — forgoing crosses in favor of passes through the middle of the pitch — but it’s also had a lot of trouble sustaining attacks in the opponent’s third.Uruguay might not be the best opponent for the pass-heavy Italian style; it’s been one of the best defenses at intercepting passes so far in the World Cup. Watch for the stark contrast between Italy’s ball control-centric offensive game and the more direct Uruguayan style, which sacrifices possession in favor of the long ball, and attempts to win by attacking from the wings and winning balls in the air. Each approach represents one side of a fierce philosophical divide in soccer, and which one prevails will go a long way toward determining who advances out of Group D.It’s worth noting that our World Cup odds list Italy as the favorites to advance despite Uruguay being favored in this specific match. That’s because in the event of a draw, Italy would claim second place in the group on goal differential. An Uruguayan win is the single most likely outcome of the game, but there’s also a 59 percent chance that Uruguay doesn’t win the match and fails to advance. Confused yet?The second-best game of the day (at least according to our method of taking the harmonic mean of the two competitors’ SPI scores) is Costa Rica vs. England. It’s a fine matchup, but the stakes are as low as it gets for both teams. Costa Rica has clinched a berth in the knockout round (and has an 89 percent chance of winning Group D), and England has been mathematically eliminated.The remaining games have some implications for the next round, though Colombia has already punched its ticket into the Round of 16 and Japan’s odds are slim. Greece vs. Ivory Coast offers a bit more to play for: Greece has a better than 19 percent chance of making it to the knockout stage, but SPI also predicts the match to be a dreary, low-scoring affair.YESTERDAYThe Netherlands avoided a matchup with Brazil in the Round of 16 by defeating Chile 2-0 in their Group B finale Monday. The Netherlands’ chance of advancing to the quarterfinals is now 69 percent, while Chile must face Brazil on Sunday with odds of 26 percent. The Dutch would have been an underdog against Brazil, advancing 23 percent of the time.For the first 75 minutes Monday, the Netherlands struggled to get opportunities, completing two of 16 passes into the attacking penalty area and creating four total chances. Then in the final 15 minutes plus stoppage time, the Dutch completed two of four passes into the attacking penalty area, creating two chances and scoring on both. Substitute Leroy Fer gave the Netherlands the lead less than two minutes after entering the match with just his second touch of the game.The Netherlands struggled not only on passes into the box; Dutch players completed 63.9 percent of passes overall, their worst rate in a World Cup match in at least 50 years. In their first two wins, the Dutch completed 78.9 percent of their passes.Chile had the majority of possession, with 657 touches to the Netherlands’ 395, but couldn’t get anything going in the Netherlands’ penalty area. Chile managed seven shots, one of which was on target, and had less than 2 percent of its overall touches (13) in the attacking penalty area.Part of the trouble could have been that Chile was fouled 26 times, the most in a match in this year’s World Cup. Forward Alexis Sanchez was fouled nine times, two more than anyone else this tournament.Later, Mexico and Croatia were scoreless through 70 minutes, and Mexico was poised to become the first team under the current tournament format to advance to the knockout round scoring exactly one goal. But then El Tri scored three times in 11 minutes to propel Mexico to the knockout round and a matchup with the Netherlands.Two of Mexico’s three goals came from headers — a rarity, as El Tri scored two headed goals in its past two World Cup appearances combined. Mexico’s third goal came from Javier Hernandez, who’s come off the bench in each of Mexico’s three matches and ended his career-long scoreless streak for his country Monday. His goal was one of 21 scored by substitutes this tournament, the most ever in a group stage (substitutes were first allowed in 1970). —  Jacob Nitzberg, senior stats analyst, ESPNOFF THE PITCHBelieve it or not, Italian food just wouldn’t be the same without its relationship with Uruguay. Although the country is known for its carb-heavy offerings, the roles of meat and fish in the Italian diet can’t be discounted. According to 2012 data from the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, 45 percent of Uruguay’s exports to Italy were bovine meat, followed by frozen fish fillets, at 16 percent. Follow the trade route in the opposite direction, and Italian exports to Uruguay run the gamut. They’re mostly concentrated in machinery — sewing machinery, tractors, furnaces, etc. But perfumery, cosmetics,and eyewear play a noticeable role as well. And, of course, it wouldn’t be Italian trade if it didn’t include pasta, of which Italy sent a healthy $2.4 million worth to Uruguay. — Hayley MunguiaFURTHER READINGAdvancement Scenarios For Groups C And DWatching the USMNT on Copacabana Beach in RioWorld Cup Pass & Move: I Can’t Believe That We Did Draw! read more

first_imgIreland has been pushing for the use of the ESM to retrospectively recapitalise its pillar banks AIB and Bank of Ireland which received billions of euro in State funding at the height of the financial crisis.But Kenny said that nothing can be done until banking union is in place saying this is “quite a complex issue”.“Ireland obviously had to borrow very extensively when this happened in the first place,” he said. “That’s why Ireland is mentioned specifically in the decision on the 29th of June [2012] and that has been recognised by a number of influential European leaders.”Asked if a deadline of June 2014, that he had previously mentioned, would be met, Kenny admitted that it will not be.“I wouldn’t think it would be met, no. I always said in the latter half of 2014. Now, look I may be wrong here, when you sit around the table with 27 others, complications can arise from any point.”“So, I would like to think it could get to a point where our issue of what happened in Ireland’s case in terms of the possibility of recapitalisation could be on the table. “The decision is clear and stands. I always say that the European Council should follow through on the decisions it makes,” he said. Kenny said that despite Ireland’s improving economic position its national debt remains high at 122 per cent of gross domestic product and he hopes this will contribute towards recognition of the State’s circumstances.He added: “So, you know, while people would have said: ‘These things cannot happen’. Whether it be about the promissory note or the extension of loans or the reduction in interest rates – all these things eventually did take place and were followed through.”In full: Taoiseach tells EU leaders it ‘remains imperative’ to split bank and sovereign debtTaoiseach in 2012: Deal on Irish bank debt ‘can be reached before 2014’ – KennyTaoiseach in 2012: Bank debt deal will be dealt with by Finance Minister next yearcenter_img TAOISEACH ENDA KENNY has admitted that his own target for Ireland getting retroactive recapitalisation of its banks will not be met but insists that he still expects something to happen in the latter half of next year.Kenny’s comments came prior to those of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso who last week appeared to rule out any use of the new eurozone bailout fund retrospectively.In a briefing with journalists last week, Kenny said that much will hinge on the setting up of a banking union in the eurozone with a European Council summit agreeing the broad framework of the new system last week.Irish officials have played down Barroso’s comments and continued to insist that the currency bloc’s permanent bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), can be used to deal with the State’s legacy debt.Last week, the Taoiseach pointed to the historic 29 June 2012 agreement, where leaders agreed to break the link between bank debt and sovereign debt, and insisted that this had acknowledged the unique circumstances of Ireland which bailed out its banks in 2008.last_img read more

first_imgTotal : une seconde découverte de pétrole au large du NigeriaTrois ans après une première découverte de pétrole au large du Nigeria, Total a annoncé lundi avoir mis au jour un second gisement d’hydrocarbures en mer. La faisabilité d’un nouveau pôle de développement est ainsi renforcée, se félicite le groupe.Total a annoncé lundi que sa filiale Total E&P Nigeria Ltd. (TEPNG) a mis au jour de nouvelles réserves d’hydrocarbures en mer au Nigeria. Le puits est situé dans la partie sud-est de l’OML (Oil Mining License) 102, un permis localisé à 65 kilomètres au large de la côte sud-est du Nigeria, et dont la filiale de Total détient 40%. C’est le groupe public NNPC qui possède le reste de cette licence.À lire aussiUne fuite chimique fait un blessé à la raffinerie Total de DongesDans un communiqué, le géant pétrolier précise que le puits Etisong North-1, situé à 80 mètres de fond, a atteint une profondeur de 2.387 mètres. Trois réservoirs d’hydrocarbures ont été découverts. L’un d’entre eux a été testé, pour révéler une capacité de production de 8.500 barils de pétrole par jour.Cette découverte fait suite à celle d’Etisong Main en 2008. Elle vient renforcer la faisabilité d’un nouveau pôle de développement sur l’OML 102, se réjouit Total. Le groupe “souhaite renforcer sa stratégie de croissance par l’exploration menée au Nigeria. Cette stratégie est axée sur deux priorités : d’une part, renforcer une exploration de proximité autour de nos pôles de production de l’offshore conventionnel pour maintenir notre niveau de production. D’autre part, amplifier l’exploration deep offshore sur des prospects de grande ampleur plus risqués autour des champs d’Akpo et d’Usan pour accroître nos réserves” a expliqué Marc Blaizot, le directeur Exploration de Total.Présent au Nigeria, le premier producteur de pétrole d’Afrique, depuis un demi-siècle, le groupe français a tiré l’année dernière quelque 192.000 barils de pétrole par jour, et 301.000 barils équivalent pétrole, gaz inclus.Le 8 novembre 2011 à 16:33 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgHis patients often want to add an artistic personal touch — an elk image, for example — to a prosthetic limb, Mark Sauser says. A recent on-the-job feature for our business section provided an interesting look at prosthetic limbs … and an elk.Actually, the elk image was part of a prosthetic leg. Putting them together is all part of Mark Sauser’s job.“I like to customize prosthetic devices to match people’s interests,” Sauser said. “Something that reflects what they’re all about.“It used to be that people liked to have a cosmetically finished leg, one that looked more like a real leg. We still do that,” said Sauser, managing practitioner at the two Vancouver offices of Evergreen Prosthetics and Orthotics.However, Sauser continued, “It has become a lot more acceptable to have a prosthetic leg. A lot of people are proud to show it, show that they’re able to overcome so many obstacles and get up and walk. They’re making a statement, to a certain extent.”Does customizing cost extra?“No,” he said. “It makes my job more interesting.”Some patients are sports fans who are willing to go out on a limb, you might say, to show their loyalties.“Here in town, we get a lot of Oregon Ducks and Seahawks and Trail Blazers,” Sauser said. “A lot of times, we’re using colors, not licensed logos. We can add pigments to resins to make all kinds of specialty colors.”And if a prosthetics user does want to sport an actual team logo, they’re available anywhere. It just means buying a team T-shirt and wearing it on your leg: a portion of the shirt, anyway.“Sometimes, it’s taking a T-shirt and cutting out the logo and putting it on the limb.”That works for a lot of customized images. Rather than painting something on the limb, “We’re taking something that already exists,” Sauser said.last_img read more

first_imgThe number of guests staying in Macau’s hotels and guesthouses rose 7.2% in 2018 to 14,107,000, according to information released by the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC).The increase was driven by a 12.5% rise in guests from mainland China to 9,717,000, which helped overcome slight declines in guests from South Korea (484,000), Hong Kong (1,515,000) and Taiwan (477,000). Macau GGR tumbles 8.6% in August JW Marriott at Galaxy Macau named venue and Galaxy Entertainment Group named Venue Sponsor for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Black Tie Gala Dinner Load More Galaxy offers first glimpse of new Galaxy Macau convention center ahead of 2021 launch RelatedPosts The average occupancy of the SAR’s hotels and guesthouses was also up by 3.9 percentage points to 91.1%, including a 92.4% occupancy rate in 5-star rooms.December’s results saw a 4.8% year-on-year increase in hotel guests to 1,263,000 of which 863,000 came from mainland China, up 8.2%.There were a total of 116 hotels and guesthouses operating at the end of December, an increase of five year-on-year. The number of guest rooms grew by 5.8% year-on-year to 39,000, with 25,000 5-star hotel rooms.last_img read more

first_img(WSVN) – The 2018 Florida midterm elections are finally here and results are slowly coming in throughout the state.The following are the incoming results for highly contested seats and issues affecting South Florida.Rick Scott announces win for Florida Senator, unseating three-term incumbent Bill Nelson.Democrat Andrew Gillum concedes Florida governor’s race to Republican Ron DeSantis.Republican-appointed incumbent Jimmy Patronis elected Florida’s chief financial officer.Broward County approves penny tax for transportation.Florida votes to require death benefits for first responders, make it harder to raise university fees.There will not be a new municipality in Northeast Miami-Dade with “no” votes winning by 100 votes.Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell ousts Republican Rep. Carlos Curbelo from US House seat in Florida race.Republican former Judge Ashley Moody elected Florida’s attorney general.Florida bans offshore oil drilling and use of electronic cigarettes in enclosed workplaces.Florida voters approve constitutional amendment restoring voting rights to most felons.Florida votes to ban greyhound racing by 2021, signaling possible end of the sport in U.S.Florida bans public officials from taking paid lobbying jobs until six years after they’ve completed service.Florida voters approve constitutional amendment measure limiting future casinos outside Indian reservations.For a full list of the results of the amendments visit this link.60 percent vote yes for the City of Miami to allow for the construction of a soccer stadium complex at the Melreese Country Club.Donna Shalala, ex-Cabinet secretary for President Bill Clinton, wins US House seat in Florida, turns it Democratic.Democratic US Rep. Ted Deutch was elected to a fifth term in the Florida district representing parts of Broward and Palm Beach counties.Democratic US Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz was re-elected for an eighth House term in Florida’s 23rd District.Republican US Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart was elected for another House term in Florida’s 25th District.—Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgCome and celebrate with us at our 13th Annual Cultural Affair “Bridging the Gap, Embracing Our Uniqueness,” Oct. 10. from 7 p.m. til midnight at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center, 847 North Howard Street, Baltimore, Maryland 2120. Dress attire is Fashion Forward. Dress to Impress. Light buffet, refreshments, live entertainment, guest speaker and dancing. The admission is $65 at the door. For more information: or (443) 691-9669.last_img

first_imgThe Howard County Center of African American Culture and the Columbia Town Center Community Association are celebrating Juneteenth on June 17 from noon to 8:00 p.m.  There will be live music, refreshments, lectures, museum tours and more. All ages welcome and admission is free. The Howard County Center of African American Culture is located at 5434 Vantage Point Road, Columbia, Md. 21044. For more information call 410-715-1921.last_img

first_img“She thinks of him and so she dresses in black, and though he’ll never come back, she’s dressed in black Oh dear, what can I do? Baby’s in black and I’m feeling blue , tell me, oh what can I do?”There was a huge line at the Delhi Comic-Con. This was when Comic-Con was still at Dilli Haat, and the amount of people flooding in, and trickling out, was akin to the Spartan monstrosity that is Rajiv Chowk metro station. Inside, there were several booths selling all sorts of paraphernalia, that I had no way of affording. As I found myself sifting through early works by Grant Morrison’s, leafing through the pages, all the while, people passing by all around me, my eyes found a book – a graphic novel – lying on top of the main desk of the booth I was in.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’It was a dark cover, which felt like it had been drawn with charcoal, with two figures, a man, and a woman, staring out in opposite directions, with large, bold white letters hemming them in from below. I went to the lady at the desk asking her for the price, at which point having forgotten my ATM card, I had to spend another hour before I could come back to the book. She looked at me once, panting and out of breath, handed me the book, and asked me one question: “will you love it?” to which I replied: “with all my heart.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis is how I encountered Baby’s in Black: The Story of Astrid Kirscherr & Stuart Sutcliffe.Arne Bellstorf takes a particular moment in the early sixties in Hamburg, and spreads it across the pages of this book in black and white. On the surface this is a story about two things. On the one hand, this is a biographical sketch of The Beatles, a bunch of (then) five unruly boys playing in the dingiest clubs in and around Hamburg, and trying to make it big, while on the other hand it’s also a documentation of the love that existed between Astrid Kirchherr (the pop modernist photographer) and Stuart Sutcliffe (the artist, and former band member). The book uses these two plot lines as layers for one another, through which several other important expositions are made, namely of the German Art World in the early sixties, along with the influence of the French Existentialist philosophers on the youth of the time (whom John Lennon goes on to call the “Hamburg Exis”), as well as the club culture of Hamburg at the time. The eventual explosion of The Beatles’ popularity, and the escalation of the Cold War, would change the shape of everything that this book has tried to record, and in that sense this book could also be seen as an important historical document. But in another sense, in a hauntingly beautiful sense, this book is a testament to love, a love lost. Astrid and Stuart meet during one of the band’s nightly performances at a club at the Reeperbahn. From the first moment, they fall for each other, and as these things tend to work, find in each other a space, where both could exist within one another. While they do not understand each other’s languages, Astrid speaking in broken English, and Stuart in broken German, they don’t need to. Astrid’s dreams of walking through forests, are no longer solitary, and she finds Stuart there, in those nighttime phantasms, keeping her company, with Elvis Presley’s Love me Tender, as the only background score. She photographs The Beatles several times during the course of her interactions with them in these early years, these photographs going on to become classics in any true fan’s visual vocabulary of their favourite band.But she also begins to photograph him. Stuart, who till then had tired of the hectic hours devoted to playing in the club, begins to find solace in her, and she opens up possibilities for him to be able to explore his artistic sensibilities. He soon finds prominence in the burstling German art scene of the time, and is offered a spot in Paolozzi’s (the German artist) classes at the Lerschenfeld Art School in Hamburg. Her photographs in the meantime have begun to gain popularity. They function as artists in their own right, while their love for one another transforms their art. It is around this time, that George Harrison is sent back to Liverpool for being a minor. He was never allowed to play past ten in the clubs anyway. The Beatles eventually land a record deal for a single with Tony Sheridan under the name of The Beat Boys, since the producers hated their band’s name. They soon come back to Hamburg, where Stuart had remained, only to get engaged to Astrid, with plans of living in Paris, to encounter tragedy having struck. Stuart and Astrid had always been for me, one of those iconic couples in black and white who survived the vestiges of time in The Beatles’ historiography. But this book led me by the hand into their lives, and Stuart and Astrid are no longer simply names, for they have become a testament to a possibility of, and for, a kind of love that exists beyond the annals of popular musician’s historians.More than just the band, the reader is affected by Stuart’s eventual demise. Astrid dreams again, but this time, all she encounters in the forest, is her own self-portraiture. This book is equal parts exciting, while also being heart wrenchingly beautiful. The charcoal like quality of the illustrations made by Bellstorf himself, rends the imageries in the book with an almost eerie quality. Though no sound escapes the turning of the pages, the songs by The Beatles, Tony Sheridan, and of course Elvis Presley play throughout one’s course of reading it, and Stuart and Astrid live on.last_img read more

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first_img Sponsored Stories 5 things to look for when selecting an ophthalmologist Comments   Share   Top Stories The leaders agreed to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari’s suggestion that a Nigerian general would command the force with his deputy from Cameroon and the chief of staff from Chad.—Associated Press writer Bashir Adigun contributed to this report from Abuja.Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Now they are refugees again, with many survivors suffering gunshot wounds and burns, Ajimi told The Associated Press in a telephone call from Biu town, 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of the destroyed villages.Hit-and-run attacks and suicide bombings have continued. Boko Haram last week denied Nigerian military reports that militant fighters are hemmed into the Sambisa Forest and claimed its fighters still hold towns hundreds of kilometers (miles) away. There was no way to verify the competing claims.“It was really horrifying,” Ajimi said, describing the insurgents shooting from the back of pickup trucks and hurling firebombs that quickly set ablaze the thatched roofs of scores of huts.He said he spent the night in the bush and returned on Thursday to help bury 37 corpses.The Islamic uprising is estimated to have killed some 10,000 people just last year when it began attacking neighboring countries. A multinational force this year drove Boko Haram fighters out of towns and villages they had held for months.A summit of Nigeria and its neighbors on Thursday in Abuja, the Nigerian capital, pledged to increase the force to 8,500 troops by the end of July with Nigeria pledging $30 million for the installation and equipping of its headquarters in N’Djamena, Chad’s capital. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility BAUCHI, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram extremists have burned down six northeast Nigerian villages and killed 37 people near the insurgents’ Sambisa Forest stronghold, a survivor said Friday.Ahmed Ajimi, a fighter in the anti-Boko Haram Nigerian Vigilante Group, said many victims of Wednesday night’s attacks were farmers who had recently returned home after soldiers earlier this year forced the extremists out of the area where they had declared an Islamic caliphate. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies Arizona families, Arizona farms: providing the local community with responsibly produced dairy Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywalllast_img read more