Premier League: Virgil van Dijk Says Its Too Early for Liverpool Title Talk

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. London: Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk has dismissed the five-point lead they hold over title rivals Manchester City as irrelevant so early in the season.Jurgen Klopp’s side briefly extended their advantage to eight points after beating Sheffield United 1-0 in the early kick-off on Saturday but City beat Everton to reduce the gap. Even though Liverpool have a 100 percent record from their opening seven matches, Van Dijk stressed nobody inside the dressing room was giving it a second thought.The Reds know from recent experience that the situation can change quickly. They had a seven-point lead over City before the two met at the Etihad Stadium on January 3, only to lose as Pep Guardiola’s side began their fightback.”It’s far too early. We’re almost in October and the busy period will come,” said the Netherlands captain after Liverpool registered their 16th successive Premier League victory.”There are still so many games left and the only thing we focus on is the game ahead of us. We don’t want to look at the others because there’s no point doing that.”Everyone realises that as well because last season we saw how it turned quickly.”Victory at Bramall Lane also extended the club record for successive away league wins to eight and they have not lost away from Anfield in the league since that defeat at the Etihad nine months ago.”It’s the media who love statistics,” said Van Dijk. “The reality is we have nothing at the moment. We want to continue to do well and there’s still plenty of room for improvement.”Saturday’s match-winner Georginio Wijnaldum said Liverpool’s scratchy win at Sheffield United was an example of the progress being made under Klopp.Last season, when they missed out on a first top-flight title since 1990 by a single point, Liverpool drew seven matches, which included games against West Ham, Leicester and Everton.”You see we make progression with what we did,” said Wijnaldum. “Back in previous years we had to play good to win the games. Now we play bad and still win games.” jurgen kloppliverpoolmanchester cityPep Guardiola First Published: September 30, 2019, 4:27 PM ISTlast_img read more

Govt focusing on providing quality education to all: Javadekar

first_imgVadodara (Guj), May 15 (PTI) Union HRD minister Prakash Javadekar has emphasised on the need of providing quality education to all across the country to build a strong future for its citizens. “After providing access to education for all, now the focus is to ensure quality education to students across the country. The government is working actively on it as it believes that only quality education has the potential of developing a good citizen with a strong character. Quality education is a must for all-round development of the country,” he said. Javadekar was here to attend an international youth convention at Sokhada village last night. The minister also hinted on formulating a law on regulating fee structure of private schools in the country. The Gujarat government has already framed a law on regulating fees charged by private schools in the state. We will discuss its provisions while formulating a law at the national level, he said. Schools affiliated to CBSE have already been directed not to indulge in commercial activities like sale of books and uniforms because rules do not permit them do so, Javadekar said. “We want healthy competition between private and public schools for providing quality education to students,” he added. The HRD Ministry has invited feedback and suggestions from teachers, parents and stakeholders to make suitable changes in the curriculum as well, he said. “Education is not something only between students and teachers. Parents, communities, society and other stakeholders should be involved in the process. This will bring productivity and improvement in education,” the minister felt. Speaking on the occasion, Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani said youth need to be provided with quality education and skill development for making India a powerful nation. Gujarat Education minister Bhupendrasinh Chudasama, Jitendra Vaghani, President of the Gujarat unit of BJP; Rajendra Trivedi, Gujarat MoS for Sports; BJP MP Ranjanben Bhatt and city mayor Bharat Dangar city attended the convention. PTI CORR DK DKadvertisementlast_img read more

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VadaTech: 300 MHz to 6 GHz octal wideband transceiver

first_img Continue Reading Previous IBASE: network appliance based on AMD EPYCNext Mouser: prize draw DevKit give-away and AR experience at Electronica 2018 VadaTech announces the VPX597 wideband transceiver in 3U VPX form factor. The unit consists of four AD9371 connected to a Kintex UltraScale FPGA providing eight transceiver channels making it suitable for SDR, SATCOM, BTS, antenna systems, research and instrumentation. Additionally, it is capable of transmit synthesis bandwidth to 250 MHz with a receive bandwidth of 8 MHz to 100 MHz. The module includes Health Management through a dedicated processor.The on-board re-configurable UltraScale XCKU115 FPGA interfaces via JESD204B directly to wideband transceivers. The FPGA is supported by to two banks of DDR4 memory. This allows for maximum buffer sizes to be stored during processing as well as for queuing the data to the host connectors.The module routes to the P1 connector x16 high speed SERDES that can be configured by the user as PCIe, SRIO, 10GbE, Aurora, etc. To the P2 the module routes an additional x8 SERDES as well as x16 GPIO and x8 LVDS. The module has an onboard dedicated health management CPU which complies with the OpenVPX standard. It is available in a range of temperature and shock/vib specifications per ANSI/VITA 47, up to V3 and OS2.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Ranveer Singh celebrates 36 years of 1983 cricket World Cup win: India turned world upside down

first_imgActor Ranveer Singh celebrated India’s cricket World Cup victory, which happened 36 years ago, by sharing a video featuring the iconic moment and some behind the scenes of his upcoming movie 83.Ranveer captioned the video posted on Twitter on Tuesday as, “Thirty six years ago on this day, India turned the world upside down! #ThisIs83.”36 years ago on this day, India turned the world upside down!!! #ThisIs83 Singh (@RanveerOfficial) June 25, 201983, a film based on India’s historic victory at the 1983 Cricket World Cup, will see the actor playing the iconic cricketer Kapil Dev. Being directed by Kabir Khan and presented by Reliance Entertainment, the cast also includes Deepika Padukone, Pankaj Tripathi and Saqib Saleem.Its shoot is going on in London.ALSO READ | Kapil Dev on Ranveer Singh’s 83: India was not ready to make sports films 20 years agoALSO READ | Ranveer Singh turns Kapil Dev for 83. Seen his first look from Kabir Khan film yet?ALSO READ | Ranveer Singh on training with Kapil Dev for 83: I will follow him wherever he goesALSO WATCH | Deepika Padukone marries Ranveer Singh in Italylast_img read more

Recruiting rankings vs. overall success

first_imgPhoto Attribution: US PresswirePhoto Attribution: US PresswireI can’t think of two things college football fans argue more about than recruiting rankings and end-of-season team rankings. Sounds like a good starting point for a post.This one is right up the @osustats alley. Here’s the data we started with:Team Rankings: we used F/+ for this because it goes far beyond the top 20…the joint system of Brian Fremeau and Bill Connelly ranks programs 1-120. We’ve covered this system before.Recruiting Rankings: we used the Rivals recruiting rankings. Yes, others are available but these are probably as good or better than any recruiting rankings out there.We compared the average of the four recruiting classes leading up to a season against the end-of-season F/+ ranking for each team. Let’s look at OSU’s 2012 season as an example. For the season that just ended, here are the four recruiting classes we looked at:So, the four recruiting classes that contributed to the talent on the field for OSU’s 2012 season had an average ranking of 32. If recruiting rankings were all that mattered, OSU should have a final F/+ ranking of somewhere around 32, right? Well, we finished the season ranked at #12 in the F/+ system. In other words, we overachieved by 20 spots.Now, is this perfect? No. Is there a perfect way to do this? No, but please feel free to write in the comments how you would have done it differently.First, let’s take a look at a scatter plot of all teams from 2008 to current and how recruiting rankings correlate to final F/+ rankings:Okay, let’s break this down. Each of those 590 dots represents a college football team from 2008 to 2012 (five seasons). They are plotted on the graph this way: the average of the last four Rivals recruiting rankings is on the X-axis and the final F/+ ranking is on the Y-axis. You want to be up at the top right, where your team’s recruiting ranking is high and your F/+ ranking is high.The trendline running through the data is the closest fit to each dot. The coefficient of determination is .42, meaning that based on this data, recruiting “explains” 42% of a team’s final rankings. Now, you could certainly argue with that figure. You could say we shouldn’t use a simple average of the team’s last four classes. You could say we shouldn’t use Rivals or F/+. There are all kinds of ways to attack this, and we recognize that. This is more a conversation starter than a conversation ender, so let’s just have fun with it.Think about this…recruiting is just one variable that goes into a team’s success. It might be the single most important variable, but throw in coaching, player development, character, injuries, transfers in & out, class, and girlfriends, and it’s no wonder that recruiting only accounts for 42% of a team’s success.All of that said, let’s get back to the chart. I said before that you want to be at the top right. But once a recruiting class is complete, you can’t change where you are on the X-axis. All you can do is develop and coach your players to the top of the Y-axis. So once signing day comes and goes, you want to get your team above the trendline that runs through the chart…you want to overachieve your recruiting ranking.Mike Gundy and OSU have managed to do that in 4 out of the last 5 seasons:In 2008, we were better than our recruiting classes by 7 spots. In 2009, we finished up 10 spots lower (mostly due to Zac & Kendall getting hurt and Dez getting suspended). But in each of the last three years, OSU has overachieved our recruiting classes by 19 or more spots per year. In 2011, Rivals said our talent level was around 30th-best in the country. We finished 3rd.As Gundy said, “We take a two-star and make him a three, a three and make him a four and a four and make him a five. We really believe that’s what we do.”The orange spots on the chart are OSU’s five seasons from 2008 to 2012. All are close to or above the trendline, which is where you want to be as a coaching staff.Enough about us. Let’s take a look at the other teams in the Big 12. Teams are listed in order of overachievers to underachievers. OSU would be second in this list but you’ve already seen our figures. Poor Kansas. They even lost to Texas in underachieving.A few thoughts here. TCU has steadily climbed in recruiting rankings over the last five years. They can’t continue to overachieve their classes to the extent that have in the past, but clearly they know what they are doing down there.West Virginia’s figures look very similar to ours with the exception of what turned out to be a miserable 2012 season for them.How about Snyder taking top 70 level talent to a 5th-place F/+ finish.For all of the bellyaching in Norman, Stoops has performed about as well as he’s been recruiting — which is very well. He almost always turns in a top 10 class and a top 10 finish. Most anyone would be happy with that.Skipping down to Texas, they really haven’t been horrible over the last two seasons, it’s just that with the pick of the litter in Texas and elite recruiting classes every year, you need to be in the top 10 at the end of the year on a consistent basis.Kansas: the only thing I’m puzzled by is Kansas getting top 50 classes.Nationally, here are the BCS programs that overachieved in all five seasons in this study (I am not including the Big East in this group): just TCU and Oregon. Boise State and Tulsa also achieved this feat.OSU and West Virginia are in the 4 out of 5 club, along with Wisconsin, Stanford, Iowa, Oregon State, and Michigan State.How about the schools that underachieved all five years? Florida State, Duke, USC, Arizona State, Cal, Virginia, Washington State, Tennessee, Washington, UCLA, and Colorado are in this club.The Top 10 overachievers are:1) Boise – overachieved by 64 spots2) Navy – 513) TCU – 494) Northern Illinois – 475) Air Force – 426) Cincinnati – 417) Nevada – 368) Connecticut – 319) Wisconsin – 299) Bowling Green – 29OSU is 30th in this list at 13 spots.The Top 10 underachievers are:10) Virginia – underachieved by 30 spots9) Washington State – 318) Minnesota – 337) Tennessee – 346) Washington – 355) Auburn – 36 (and this includes a national championship!)4) Maryland – 373) Kansas – 432) UCLA – 451) Colorado – 54If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. 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Lincoln Riley Says Oklahoma QB Battle Is ‘Very Real’

first_imgA closeup of Lincoln Riley during an Oklahoma Sooners game.NORMAN, OK – SEPTEMBER 22: Head Coach Lincoln Riley of the Oklahoma Sooners watches warm ups before the game against the Army Black Knights at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on September 22, 2018 in Norman, Oklahoma. The Sooners defeated the Black Knights 28-21 in overtime. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts didn’t transfer to Oklahoma to ride the bench. The former Alabama star expects to be the Sooners starter come Week 1, after leaving behind the program at which he had so much success.He won’t just be handed the job though. Right now, he is technically in a quarterback battle with Tanner Mordecai.Oklahoma also brings in the nation’s No. 1 2019 quarterback in Spencer Rattler. He won’t be in Norman until the summer though, so it would be asking a ton for him to win the job as a true freshman, given the competition.To his credit, Mordecai isn’t backing down, and says he plans to compete with Hurts until Lincoln Riley makes a decision.Lincoln Riley also insists that Oklahoma football is having a true quarterback battle.Whether or not Hurts is being treated as the presumptive starter, Riley says the competition remains open.From OU Daily:Through nine practices, Riley says that Hurts and Mordecai have been competing well and pushing each other. He also denied that the battle was just for show.“Yeah, it’s a competition, like there’s always been here,” Riley said. “We’ve always had competitions, we will always have competitions. This is a very real one.”Mordecai was a highly-regarded recruit, and has more experience in Riley’s offense, which is an advantage. Hurts is as battle-tested as they come, and by all accounts, is an outstanding teammate and leader, dating back to his handling of the QB situation with Tua Tagovailoa in Tuscaloosa last year.Whomever wins the job won’t have the easiest draw in Week 1. The Sooners host Dana Holgorsen’s Houston Cougars on August 31.[OU Daily]last_img read more

Evergreen Reaches Fleet Renewal Milestone

first_imgEVER LUCKY, a 8,452-TEU L-type containership, was christened on Friday, at the Samsung Heavy Industries shipyard and it is the twentieth L-type vessel to be built by the yard.Once delivered the vessel will be deployed on Evergreen’s Far East – US West Coast service.The company took delivery of the first L-type vessel from Samsung Heavy Industries in July 2012.In 2010 Evergreen Group commenced its current fleet renewal, which in total includes 30 L-type vessels, 20 of which have been ordered from Samsung Heavy Industries and the other 10 from the CSBC Corporation, Taiwan.The remaining 5 newbuildings are being built by CSBC in Taiwan and will be delivered by the third quarter of 2015. While integrating the new ships into its fleet, Evergreen is planning to return two dozen chartered vessels during the course of this year and next.The design of the L-types incorporates Evergreen’s “Greenship” concept, featuring numerous environmental features to cut fuel consumption and to reduce emission of greenhouse gases.In spite of this increase in overall tonnage, Evergreen expects to maintain the same level of total fuel consumption as last year thanks to the new ships’ improved efficiency.Press Release, July 7, 2014 zoom Ever Lucky’s Christening CeremonyTaiwan-based Evergreen Group will be welcoming the 25th L-type vessel into its operating fleet tomorrow, July 8th, named EVER LUCKY, thus concluding its L-type project with Samsung Heavy Industries.last_img read more

Preparations to Welcome Incoming Refugees Continue

first_imgPreparation for the arrival of Syrian refugees in Nova Scotia continues with the opening of a drop-off centre for donations in Halifax. The centre is the latest step in preparations to settle refugees in Nova Scotia. The province’s response is led by the Nova Scotia Office of Immigration with settlement partners, community groups and other government departments. The Government of Nova Scotia has offered to resettle up to 1,500 refugees. Planning is happening with partners across the province to ensure communities are well-positioned to participate in the federal government’s plan. “The generosity of Nova Scotians has been amazing,” said Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab. “Nova Scotians are giving whatever they can, from a five dollar bill in a card to the premier’s office to the generous donation of a building from Armco Capital and Rank Inc. This willingness to help others is what makes me proud to be Nova Scotian.” Donors who called 211 in the Halifax area will receive a voice mail or email directing them to drop off their donations, if they are required, at the drop-off centre. The centre will open at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, in Bayers Lake Business Park at the former RONA store, 350 Horseshoe Lake Drive. “As co-owners of this building, Armco and Rank are grateful to be able to provide any help we can to the families that are coming to Nova Scotia so that they can begin building their lives in Canada,” said George Armoyan Jr. For donors outside Halifax, their offers have been shared with refugee-response groups in their area and, if required, they will be contacted by those groups. Since Nov. 17, 211 has received 2,123 calls, emails and voice messages offering assistance, an average of 100 contacts per day. Organizers of the Syrian refugee initiative have narrowed their list of needed items. It includes: winter outerwear and footwear, warm sweaters and socks, children’s clothing, new backpacks with school supplies, toys and baby gear, and specific types of furniture and household items. The Refugee Donations Drop-Off Centre will not be accepting financial donations. There is a list of charities that support refugee efforts in Nova Scotia on the 211 website or Nova Scotians are asked to support local initiatives in their area. A list of needed donation items and hours of operation for the drop-off centre is available at: . The drop-off centre will operate from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays from Saturday, Dec. 12, until Tuesday, Dec. 22, when it will close for Christmas. It reopens Tuesday, Dec. 29.last_img read more

Modest money small sums obscure more than 40 per cent of federal

first_imgOTTAWA – Since the 2015 election, Canadians have donated nearly $75 million to the five political parties with seats in the House of Commons— but federal law makes it impossible to tell where more than 40 per cent of it came from.The Canadian Press analyzed Elections Canada financial data on donations to parties between Oct. 20, 2015 — the day after the federal election that vaulted Justin Trudeau’s Liberals into power — and June 30, 2017.In total, $74,792,986.82 was donated directly to political parties during that time frame.The Conservatives were responsible for 42.5 per cent of it, or $31.8 million, followed by the Liberals, with 38 per cent or about $28 million. The NDP was a distant third, raising $9.3 million, about 12.5 per cent of the total.The Green party came in with 6.2 per cent, or $4.6 million, while the Bloc Quebecois brought up the rear with $1.1 million, or 1.4 per cent.Fully 42 cents of every dollar the parties raised — $31.1 million — can’t be traced by donor or by the province or city they live in, thanks to a clause in the Canada Elections Act.The law only requires parties to publicly disclose the names and addresses of people who donate at least $200 in a single year.Fully half of what the Bloc and the Greens raised, and 47 per cent of what the NDP brought in, came from donations less than $200. That group accounted for 43 per cent of all Conservative donations and 32 per cent of what the Liberals raised.The rules are different when money is raised by a party but on behalf of leadership contestants, however: parties must report all those directed donations to leadership candidates and include the names and addresses of the donors, regardless of whether the donation was $1 or $1,500.Since the last election, $11.4 million was donated in directed contributions for leadership contestants, mostly for the Conservative contest that wrapped up in May and the NDP race that’s currently underway.Every cent of it can be traced, right down to the postal code.For example, 54 per cent of all leadership donations came from Ontario, while just 0.2 per cent came from Prince Edward Island.By postal code, Elora, Ont., a small town of about 8,000 people 100 kilometres west of Toronto, was the biggest player in the Conservative leadership battle, donating more than $34,000.Since Elora is former leadership hopeful Michael Chong’s hometown, it is perhaps no surprise he was the biggest beneficiary there, though some of his neighbours showed a preference for six of his opponents.Liberal spokesman Braeden Caley deflected questions about the differences in the rules for leadership campaigns versus that for party donations.Caley noted that Democratic Institutions Minister Karina Gould has introduced legislation that would require all parties to advertise at least five days in advance any fundraiser for a party leader or cabinet minister where tickets are at least $200, and to publicly report the names and addresses of attendees.The party has already started doing so on its website, and also has a policy to ensure all those fundraisers are held in public spaces and are open to the media, Caley added.He said the Liberals have challenged the other parties to follow suit.In a statement Gould said the government is taking “concrete action” to make things even more transparent with Bill C-50. An official from her office speaking on background said the $200 threshold for reporting donor information has been in place since 2000, when it was raised from $100. The official noted former chief electoral officer Marc Mayrand did not recommend the threshold be changed in his post-election report last year.NDP spokesman Guillaume Francoeur said his party supports the fact that donations less than $200 can be made anonymously.“The law currently allows individuals to make relatively small donations without having their names appear publicly,” Francoeur said. “We have seen no evidence which would raise concerns with this aspect of the law.”Some 70 per cent of donations to the NDP in the last four years fall into the under-$200 category.Green party deputy leader Daniel Green called for a lower threshold for anonymity, but added his party would rather see stricter limits on the size of donations in general.The Conservatives did not respond to a request for comment.Analyzing the information available for those who donated more than $200, there are some notable trends.More than 61,000 people donated at least $200 to at least one of the five parties since the last election, with an average donation of about $700. The riding of Ottawa Centre accounted for the highest total amount of donations, followed by Toronto neighbourhoods of Rosedale and The Annex.The Conservatives raised the most money in all four Western provinces, but the Liberals topped the charts in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.Quebec residents make up 25 per cent of the registered voters in the country but accounted for just eight per cent of those who donated more than $200. Western Canadians account for 30 per cent of the voters, but 44 per cent of those who donated more than $200.Christian Bourque, executive vice president of Quebec’s Leger polling firm, said studies have shown when it comes to philanthropy in general, Quebeckers donate on average half of the amounts other Canadians donate.“Quebeckers basically culturally feel more distant from politics in Ottawa,” he said.— Follow @mrabson on Twitterlast_img read more

Whitehorse mother posts photo of new BF on Facebook … turns out

first_imgAPTN National NewsA group of Whitehorse citizens aren’t taking any chances.They say a convicted child molester is dating a woman who has a three-year-old child.They know this because the woman posted a photo of the man on her Facebook page to announce their new relationship.The courts say he has a high risk to reoffend and some people are letting everyone know.APTN’s Shirley McLean has the story.last_img

Hong Kong businessman guilty of bribery in African oil deal

first_imgNEW YORK — A federal jury in Manhattan has convicted a Hong Kong businessman of bribing the presidents of Chad and Uganda to secure oil rights for a Chinese energy conglomerate.Dr. Chi Ping Patrick Ho was found guilty Wednesday of seven of eight counts of conspiracy, money laundering and violating the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.Ho’s attorneys acknowledged he made the cash payments but insisted they were donations intended to foster goodwill.Prosecutors portrayed Ho as a cheater who lined the pockets of government officials in a bid to expand the business of CEFC China Energy around the world.The case had a number of links to the United Nations and involved meetings and wire transfers in New York City.Jim Mustian, The Associated Presslast_img

ALERT investigation results in arrest of a Grande Prairie woman for firearms

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, B.C. – ALERT, the organized crime and gang team alleges, that Misty Kohuch lawfully acquired multiple handguns, which were then sold on the criminal market.The 37-year-old woman was arrested on October 1, 2019, with the help of Grande Prairie RCMP.Kohuch purchased five handguns since July 2019, including one on the morning of the date of her arrest. ALERT had concerns the recently purchased handgun would be re-sold and arrested Kohuch while she was still in possession of the firearm. Kohuch was arrested via a traffic stop. Cocaine and fentanyl were also found in her vehicle.“None of the other handguns have been accounted for, and who is in possession of those handguns should prompt concern from the community,” said Insp. Sean Boser, ALERT Regional teams.Kohuch has been charged with:trafficking a firearm;possession of firearm for the purpose of trafficking;unauthorized possession of a firearm;careless storage of a firearm;unauthorized possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle;unauthorized possession of a firearm, knowing the possession is unauthorized;possession of drugs; andpossession of drugs for the purpose of trafficking.The investigation began in July 2019 after the RCMP’s National Weapons Enforcement Support Team provided information about suspicious firearms purchases.Straw purchasing typically involves someone with a valid Possession and Acquisition License (PAL) but no criminal record obtaining firearms for someone who otherwise could not, or who does not want their name associated with the transaction.Members of the public who suspect drug or gang activity in their community can call local police, or contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Crime Stoppers is always anonymous.last_img read more

TransCanada tries to sell merits of Energy East Pipeline in New Brunswick

FREDERICTON — When it comes to people like Cyrille Simard, TransCanada has a challenge in selling the Energy East Pipeline project in New Brunswick.The mayor of Edmundston says he wants the company to guarantee the west-to-east pipeline, which could traverse his city of 16,000, won’t harm the area’s watershed.“They gave us the assurance that it was understood that it is a very important issue and that they would take care of that by bringing some new scenarios of a route,” Simard says.“We’re still waiting for that, and we’ll see.”As TransCanada wraps up a round of open houses in the province this week to promote the project, it has a sense of the concerns communities have with the $12-billion development, which would see oil shipped from Alberta to the Irving Oil refinery and a proposed export terminal in Saint John.Simard says TransCanada proposed one route that would venture near residential neighbourhoods, a plan he does not support. He said city council won’t give its approval to the project until it is assured the local water supply is protected.A spokesman for TransCanada said the company’s engineers are contacting the City of Edmundston to look into Simard’s concerns.“It is something that we’re addressing,” said Phillip Cannon.Cannon said most of the people who have attended the open houses have been examining the proposed route map and want compensation if the route disrupts farming or tree lots during construction. Landowners are being paid to allow surveyors onto their property and the company is negotiating compensation with people if construction of the pipeline disrupts their land, he said.He said TransCanada is also working to assure residents that pipelines are the safest way to transport large quantities of oil.“People have to know that lines are equipped with shutoff valves, that we have a control centre in Calgary and all the lines are monitored 24/7,” he said.“If there was a drop in pressure in any line, one of our experts there can shut it down in a matter of minutes and isolate the section that is problematic.”Cannon said many people at the open houses inquire about employment prospects, though details on the number of jobs building the project would generate have yet to be worked out.“We are still working on the economic study that we’ll be rolling out soon where people can get a better idea of more specific jobs by province,” Cannon said.Cannon said more formal public hearings will be scheduled after the company files an application with the National Energy Board to proceed with the development near the end of this year or early in 2014.The Energy East pipeline project, which still has to clear regulatory reviews, would deliver up to 1.1 million barrels per day from Alberta to Quebec in late 2017. A 1,400-kilometre extension would be built to ship oil to Saint John a year later. read more

Key foreign currency quotations

Quotations for key foreign currencies in terms of the Canadian dollar. Quotations are nominal, for information purposes only.Canadian dollar value on Tuesday, the previous day, three-months and one-year: Currency Tue Mon 3 months Year U.S. dollar 1.2370 1.2341 1.3238 1.3237 British Pound 1.6620 1.6640 1.6848 1.7171 Japanese Yen 0.0110 0.0110 0.0119 0.0132 Euro in U.S. 1.1787 1.1858 1.1194 1.1254 Euro in Cdn 1.4580 1.4634 1.4819 1.4897Quotations provided by the Bank of Canada

Diesels reign in April

“With fuel prices sky-high, consumers are looking for efficient motoring they can afford. The latest registration figures show diesel-powered vehicles have hit their highest monthly market share on record, alongside a stronger focus on super-efficient small cars,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT chief executive. “The motor industry has invested in a wide variety of new technologies and exciting designs to ensure motorists have a wide choice and can continue to maintain their mobility, save money and reduce their carbon foot-print.” For more please download the full report. DownloadClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) * April registrations post best monthly growth of 2008, up 5,505 units to 175,668.* Diesel market share hits a record 45.4%, with Ford Focus the best seller.* Demand for alternatively fuelled vehicles up 8.4% in April to 1,323 units. read more

SMMT warns Type Approval could hamper heavy CV market

Two thirds of annual heavy commercial vehicle registrations risk severe delays from 29 October.Industry experts say more than 20,000 vehicles a year will not have either full EU or UK national approvals without urgent action by the bodybuilding industry.Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) system will struggle to cope with demand if bodybuilders don’t sort vehicle approvals now.The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) has today warned that as many as 20,000 CV registrations per year could suffer major delays for failing to meet new Type Approval legislation.Implemented from 29 October this year, the new rules will apply to around two thirds of heavy commercial vehicles – those built in stages weighing more than 3.5t. These vehicles are in the last category to come under a raft of new Type Approval legislation that will see all commercial vehicles in Europe conform to a common set of rules.Without the correct approval from the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA), as many as 50% of annual heavy CV registrations could be considerably delayed. With no official stamp of approval, the only alternative route to registering a vehicle in any EU country would be the DVSA-administered Individual Vehicle Approval (IVA) scheme. This ‘one by one’ means of checking a vehicle is fit for use is time-consuming and is expected to be overloaded by a high number of bodybuilders that leave it too late to get full Type Approval.Commenting on the issue, industry body the SMMT said, “This is a very serious situation. So many vehicle converters and bodybuilders are still unaware of the implications these new rules will have on their business. SMMT’s technical advisors have been inundated with calls asking for advice on Type Approval as the deadline looms, but many will leave it too late.”To cope with the nationwide demand for guidance on Type Approval, SMMT has held a series of workshops in conjunction with the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) and the Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA).Alongside practical advice on obtaining Type Approval, SMMT provides an overview of its Type Approval web tool – SENTA – a handy one-stop-shop online resource that streamlines Type Approval applications. By popular demand, SMMT has added more places to the remaining workshops:Tuesday 13 May – Haydock Park Racecourse, near WarringtonWednesday 14 May – Sedgefield Racecourse, near DurhamThursday 15 May – Falkirk Football Club, Falkirk, ScotlandFor more information on the workshops, contact SMMT Technical Manager, Tony Hopkins ( more details about SMMT’s Type Approval tool go to: to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Opinion Braxton Miller could feature prominently in Ohio States season opener

Then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) looks for an open receiver during the 2014 Discover Orange Bowl against Clemson Jan. 3 at Sun Life Stadium. OSU lost, 40-35.Credit: Lantern file photoSkepticism and doubt surrounded Braxton Miller when he announced in late July via an interview with Sports Illustrated that he’d be transitioning from his original position of quarterback to H-back this upcoming season.On a roster brimming with talent, especially on offense, many wondered just how much of the field the redshirt senior would see in what will be his final season at Ohio State. On top of taking on the challenges of learning a whole new position, Miller would have to leapfrog a multitude of skilled players.Regardless of his incredible playmaking ability, it looked like it’d be an uphill climb for the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year.That is, until OSU coach Urban Meyer announced that redshirt sophomore Jalin Marshall and junior Dontre Wilson, as well as wide receiver Corey Smith, would be suspended for the Buckeyes’ season opener at Virginia Tech. Junior star defensive end Joey Bosa was also amongst those suspended.Outside of Bosa, all were projected to be key components in OSU’s spread offense. Marshall and Wilson are hybrid type players, and each play the role of H-back. Smith, entering his redshirt senior season, enjoyed a great spring and had firmly cemented his status as the No. 2 wideout in rotation.So, through unfortunate circumstances, a rare opportunity has been presented to Miller. With the highly anticipated “revenge game” fast approaching, he’s in line to receive significant minutes.Thus far, his move to H-back has gone pretty seamlessly and has fans eager to see what he’ll bring to the table. Miller is still capable of breaking any game wide open as his athletic ability has been all too apparent in practices, something senior linebacker Joshua Perry has become pretty familiar with.“Don’t blink, he’s got some of the crispest, most ridiculous moves,” Perry said at the Big Ten Media Days in Chicago on July 30. “His footwork is amazing, he’s really fluid, and his speed is obvious.”Meyer, a former wide receiver coach, remains skeptical and is Miller’s biggest critic, going so far as to say that it’d be “uncommon” to throw the ex-quarterback straight into the fire so early in the season. Admittedly so, the three-time national champion coach can’t deny the kind of difference-maker that sits ready in his stable.“He’s one of the best athletes I’ve ever coached,” Meyer said on July 30. “He’s got an incredible first step. Above all else, you say it’s time to win or lose, and he’s not going to lose.”The expectation is that Miller will be a true “impact player” on offense. Considering the suspensions that have been handed out, plan on seeing a fairly heavy dosage of him in the Buckeyes’ Sept. 7 showdown in Blacksburg, Va.Only versatile sophomore, and current backup running back, Curtis Samuel stands in Miller’s way at H-back. Time will tell, though, as to who exactly will get the majority of the work at the hybrid position.How Miller comes along in terms of the continued development of his route running is something worth keeping a close eye on. At any rate, Meyer will undoubtedly find it tough to make a case for not adequately providing OSU’s in-state product with substantial playing time come Week One. read more

It seemed like he wasnt going anywhere in a hurry Doyle surprised

first_imgBookmakers immediately slashed the odds on the Corkman to a miniscule 1/8, despite a statement from the Glasgow giants to say that they are in discussions with “a number of excellent candidates.”Doyle, who only flew into join the team today, admitted that it would be a blow to lose Keane so soon.“I think it’s great having him around personally. You have a top manager and a top assistant manager and it’s just nice to listen to them tell you their own experience.Roy has been a world-class player and to have him coaching you is nice.“It gives you that extra bit of coverage for the Irish team and gives you that bit of buzz for supporters and fans who love seeing him involved and it’s the same with the players.“Thankfully we have a manager who is very similar in that regard and he has his assistants who have been with him for a long time so if Roy takes another job, the setup is pretty strong to deal with that.“But it would be nice to keep him here for the [Euro 2016] campaign from a personal point of view.”Martin O’Neill confirms Celtic’s ‘informal talks’ with Roy Keane IT WAS THE same old Roy Keane as Ireland trained in the Aviva Stadium this evening.“He was a part of training and it seemed like he wasn’t going anywhere in a hurry,” Kevin Doyle said.Keane was scheduled to speak to the media but after a day of plummeting odds and speculation linking him to the vacant Celtic job, Martin O’Neill appeared in his place.The manager confirmed that the Bhoys’ majority shareholder Dermot Desmond contacted him this week and asked his permission to speak to Keane.“I’m sure [Roy] wanted to have a chat because obviously a club like Celtic might not come around too often,” O’Neill said. I would be really disappointed of course if Roy was to leave us.last_img read more