OTTAWA — Viewers won’t have to adjust their television sets anymore as the Senate says it has fixed a problem with one of their brand new cameras vibrating during broadcasts.The Canadian Press reported last week that the Senate was forced to bring in a special engineer to deal with wobbly cameras as the Red Chamber started broadcasting for the very first time.While the House of Commons has been televised for more than 40 years, the Senate has only started to broadcast meetings in its main chamber.The decision coincided with the upper chamber being temporarily relocated into a former train station in downtown Ottawa while Centre Block is being renovated.However, “natural vibrations and inherent movements” endemic to older structures had created problems with one camera in particular that wouldn’t stop shaking.Senate spokeswoman Alison Korn says the problem was finally fixed late Friday, meaning Canadians won’t need to take anymore Gravol before tuning in. The Canadian Press
HAY RIVER, N.W.T. — The boat that was being used by four missing fisherman on Great Slave Lake in the Northwest Territories has been found submerged.RCMP says searchers have found no trace of the overdue men.Police, military aircraft and a Canadian Coast Guard vessel are continuing the search.The men failed to return as planned after leaving Hay River early Sunday morning to check nets at Sulphur Point on the south shore of the lake.Poor weather on Monday prevented some vessels from joining the search. RCMP have been urging volunteer searchers not to put themselves at risk. (The Canadian Press) The Canadian Press
Last week, Forbes awarded its Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy to United Nations Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner in recognition of his unprecedented philanthropy and his dedication to building a better world.On behalf of the UN Foundation, President and CEO Kathy Calvin congratulated Turner and highlighted the legacy of his work:“We congratulate Ted on receiving the prestigious Forbes 400 Lifetime Achievement Award for Philanthropy. His historic $1 billion dollar gift to support United Nations causes sparked a new wave in global philanthropy, and blazed the trail for many other organizations and people who were inspired by his gift to join in support of the United Nations.Ted’s gift has inspired tens of thousands of individuals, organizations, and companies to support the UN’s work on girls’ and women’s empowerment, energy and climate, and global health. To date, hundreds of partners and nearly 300,000 donors have supported Ted’s bold vision — doubling his investment and boosting its impact for years to come.”As the world rallies with the UN to begin implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, Turner serves as a reminder that we each have a role and responsibility to rise to the challenges of our time and build a better world.
Netflix’s Lost in Space is expected to start filming season 2 in Vancouver on September 4th. And wrap early next year.More Danger, Will Robinson. — The Robot. Login/Register With: Advertisement Filming Dates: September 4th to January 30th, 2019.The remake of the classic 1960s series films in metro Vancouver — with Toby Stephens as Dr. John Robinson, Molly Parker as his wife Dr. Maureen Robinson,Mina Sundwall as their daughter Penny Robinson, Taylor Russell as their daughter Judy Robinson, Maxwell Jenkins as their son Will Robinson and Ignacio Serricchio as smuggler Don West. And in a gender twist, Parker Posey is Dr. Smith. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter
BEIJING — Chinese telecom equipment giant Huawei has unveiled a processor chip for data centres and cloud computing in a bid to expand into an emerging global market despite Western warnings the company might be a security risk.Monday’s announcement comes as Chinese vendors that rely on Western technology step up efforts to develop their own.Huawei Technologies Ltd., the biggest global maker of network gear and the No. 2 smartphone brand, said its Kunpeng 920 chip is designed to process a growing flood of data from smartphones, entertainment and other services.The U.S., Australia and some other governments have labeled Huawei and other Chinese suppliers a security risk and imposed curbs on use of their technology. Huawei has denied accusations it is controlled by China’s ruling Communist Party or facilitates spying.The Associated Press
London: Nicholas Hoult says he would love to reprise his role in the X-Men series if there are plans to bring the mutant back in other films in the Marvel franchise. Filmmaker Simon Kinberg, who has directed the upcoming Dark Phoenix, recently said the Sophie Turner-led film marks the “culmination” of all the movies made under the X-Men franchise. Hoult, who plays Beast/ Hank McCoy in the films, said while he is uncertain about how the series will branch ahead of Fox Studios’ merger with Disney, he would like to be a part of these films. “That’s the thing, it’s a character that I love. That character’s grown as I’ve grown, and I feel like when I grow and get older and discover new things in life I can put more into the character. The actor said he did not expect to play Beast for as long as he has.
Companies in this story: (TSX:GSPTSE, TSX:CADUSD=X) The Canadian Press TORONTO — The industrials and technology sectors helped lift Canada’s main stock index higher in late-morning trading as U.S. stock markets also edged higher.The S&P/TSX composite index was up 28.99 points at 16,313.52.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 40.11 points at 25,572.16. The S&P 500 index was up 8.57 at 2,842.98, while the Nasdaq composite was up 55.58 points at 7,790.07.The Canadian dollar traded for 74.33 cents US compared with an average of 74.24 cents US on Tuesday.The June crude contract was up 12 cents at US$61.90 per barrel and the June natural gas contract was down 4.8 cents at US$2.61 per mmBTU.The June gold contract was up US$1.20 at US$1,297.50 an ounce and the July copper contract was up 1.40 cents at US$2.74 a pound.
VANCOUVER — A former Liberal environment minister is urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet to reject the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, arguing there is no economic basis for the project.David Anderson, who served 10 years in the cabinets of prime ministers Jean Chretien and Paul Martin, sent letters to six members of Trudeau’s cabinet this week asking them to dismiss the pipeline proposal.“There is no credible evidence to suggest that Asia is likely to be a reliable or a significant market for Alberta bitumen,” Anderson wrote in the letter dated June 11.Cabinet is expected to announce its decision on the expansion of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline by Tuesday. Given that Trudeau’s government bought the pipeline and expansion project for $4.5 billion, it’s widely anticipated to give it the green light.Anderson holds a law degree and served eight of his 10 years in cabinet as the senior federal minister for British Columbia. While he was environment minister in 2002, Canada ratified the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change. He is now an honorary director of West Coast Environmental Law and has previously spoken out against the Trans Mountain project.His letter doesn’t focus on the climate and environmental impacts of the expansion. Instead, he took aim at the economic argument for the project, which he described as the “perceived need for a pipeline connection with tidewater in order to sell Alberta bitumen in Asian markets, where, so it is claimed, it would find new purchasers.”“With respect, you and other government ministers have yet to provide evidence in support of that hope,” he wrote.Anderson wrote that Asian refineries have better supply options than Alberta. Compared with conventional light and medium crude oil from Nigeria and the Middle East, Alberta bitumen is expensive to produce, hard to handle and provides no security of supply advantages, he said.Further, he said despite access to tidewater through unused pipeline capacity in the existing system and through American Gulf of Mexico ports, Alberta’s bitumen has not found or developed any significant offshore market in Asia or anywhere else.“Why? Because buyers are few and far between. That remains the situation today, and there is little to suggest it will change in the future. Building a new pipeline will not change the market.”Canada’s two major competitors are Venezuela and Mexico and they’ve faced the same low demand and low prices that have eroded the value of Alberta bitumen, he added.Anderson said in an interview that he sent the letter because he is a Liberal and felt the government needed to be reminded that it had not made a business case for the project. He said no one had responded.“You’d think the people who own the pipeline, the Canadian taxpayers, should be informed of what their asset is likely to bring in,” he said.Trans Mountain Corp. has said the expansion will inject $7.4 billion into Canada’s economy, boost federal and provincial tax coffers by $46.7 billion and increase revenues for producers by $73.5 billion over 20 years.Trevor Tombe, an associate economics professor at the University of Calgary, said it’s true that Alberta bitumen is more difficult to refine but that’s reflected in the cheaper price.Producers in Alberta are confident there will be demand and have made contractual commitments to ship through the expanded pipeline, he said. Further, he said all forecasts, including the National Energy Board’s assessment, predict increased oil production in the province.“The only question around the economics of the pipeline that matters is will there be barrels shipped in it, not where those barrels go. That will potentially even change from one year to the next,” he said, adding the United States and British Columbia are other possible markets.An often-cited argument for the expansion is that Alberta’s prices are lower because it can only currently access U.S. markets. But Tombe argued the issue isn’t that America is exercising market power, it’s that Alberta is using high-cost transportation options including rail and truck.“It is cheaper to ship by pipe than by rail. Full stop,” Tombe said.The largest single demand source for heavy crude remains the United States, but the fastest-growing market is Asia, said Kevin Birn, a North America crude oil market analyst at IHS Markit.People sometimes refer to Asia as code for China, but the continent is an immense market containing India, Japan, Korea and others and it’s looking for a variety of crude, both in terms of quality and geographic source, he said.Refineries can be reconfigured to process different oil types but it’s hard to justify doing so for Alberta crude if they can’t get it on a consistent basis, he added.“In the absence of having meaningful export capacity, there is no market for Canadian crude. But if there is meaningful export capacity, there is a market for Canadian crude.”— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.Laura Kane, The Canadian Press
17 October 2008The General Assembly today elected Austria, Japan, Mexico, Turkey and Uganda to serve as non-permanent members of the Security Council for two-year terms starting on 1 January next year. The newly elected countries will replace Belgium, Indonesia, Italy, Panama and South Africa when their terms on the 15-member body expire at the end of this year.All five countries – which competed for the seats in separate geographical categories – were chosen after one round of balloting this morning at United Nations Headquarters in New York.Council elections are held by secret ballot in the General Assembly, and a winning candidate requires a two-thirds majority of ballots of members present and voting. Formal balloting takes place even in those regions where there is only one declared candidate per available seat.In the African category, Uganda received 181 votes from the 192 members of the General Assembly. Madagascar, which was not a declared candidate, received two votes.Mexico was the only declared candidate in the Latin American and Caribbean grouping, and it picked up 185 votes. Brazil received one vote and there were six abstentions.Two declared candidates competed in the Asian category, and Japan received 158 votes while Iran picked up 32.In the Western European and Others group, three countries contested for two seats. Turkey won 151 votes, Austria picked up 133 and Iceland received 87.The Council’s five other non-permanent members, whose terms end on 31 December 2009, are Burkina Faso, Costa Rica, Croatia, Libya and Viet Nam. The five permanent members are China, France, Russia, United Kingdom and United States.
The Toronto stock market was slightly lower Monday as traders sorted through conflicting views of China’s manufacturing sector.The S&P/TSX composite index was off 14.58 points to 12,635.84.The Canadian dollar was up 0.16 of a cent to 96.61 cents US.U.S. indexes were mixed as traders looked ahead to the most up-to-date snapshot of the American manufacturing sector. The Institute for Supply Management’s Index is being released mid-morning and is expected to ease to 50.5, down slightly from April’s reading of 50.7.The Dow Jones industrials ran up 40.57 points to 15,156.14, the Nasdaq declined 11.72 points to 3,444.19 and the S&P 500 index was down 1.54 points to 1,629.2.HSBC’s monthly purchasing managers’ index for China fell to 49.2 in May. That’s down from 50.4 in April. Readings below 50 indicate a contraction.A similar government-sanctioned survey released Saturday that found manufacturing ticked up slightly in the world’s second-biggest economy. That report by the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing found manufacturing edged up to 50.8.The contrasting reports could be a sign of a two-speed recovery.Bigger companies and ones that cater to China’s domestic market are more strongly represented by the official PMI while smaller private companies focused on exports are better covered by HSBC and research firm Markit’s report.Oil and copper prices rose despite the conflicting Chinese data with the July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange up 84 cents to US$92.81 a barrel after a weak global economic outlook depressed prices more than two per cent last week.But the energy sector was the biggest TSX decliner, down 0.45 per cent. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) gave back 32 cents to C$30.58,.The base metals sector rose 0.23 per cent while July copper gained two cents to US$3.32 a pound. HudBay Minerals (TSX:HBM) was ahead 13 cents to C$8.38.The gold sector was up 0.45 per cent as August bullion on the Nymex erased early slight gains to slip $1.30 to US$1,391.70 an ounce. Iamgold (TSX:IMG) improved by nine cents to C$5.52.Centerra Gold Inc. (TSX:CG) shares were up a dime to $3.92 after it said it expects the Kumtor mine in eastern Kyrgyzstan to achieve its 2013 production target despite last week’s shutdown caused by protests calling for nationalization of the operation. Centerra said on Sunday that the mine and mill had resumed operations. Kumtor is the largest foreign-owned gold mine in the former Soviet Union.The tech sector advanced 0.7 per cent with MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates (TSX:MDA) climbed $1.72 to $71.45.A new code of conduct unveiled by the CRTC says that wireless customers will be able to cancel their cellphone contracts after two years without any penalties even if they’ve signed up for longer terms. The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission says the new code will apply to new wireless contracts starting Dec. 2. The TSX telecom sector was off 0.3 per cent.The Toronto market dipped a slight 23 points last week while the Dow industrials gave back 1.22 per cent as cracks started to show up in a rally that has gone on practically non-stop since late last year.Trading was volatile amid doubts about how long the U.S. Federal Reserve will carry on with its program of quantitative easing. The so-called QE3 involves the Fed buying up US$85 billion of bonds every month to keep long term rates low and encourage lending.In other corporate news, drug manufacturer Patheon Inc. (TSX:PTI) had a profit of $100,000 in the second quarter, an improvement from a 79.6-million loss a year earlier, when it recorded a $57.9-million impairment charge. Revenue rose 40 per cent to $253.9 million, with about $54.6 million of the increase due to an acquisition. Its shares dropped 10 cents to $5.60.Canadian Pacific (TSX:CP) was 46 cents lower to $137.38 as it said there is no indication that a freight train derailment east of Sudbury on Sunday poses a danger to the public or the environment. CP said Sunday one of the rail cars derailed and as a result struck a trestle bridge near the community of Wanup.Indonesia’s government has ordered that production be halted at a giant gold and copper mine owned by Freeport-McMoRan during an investigation into recent fatal accidents there. The probe into operations at its Grasberg mine is expected to take two to three months.European bourses were mixed amid data that suggested the eurozone may be stabilizing somewhat. The monthly manufacturing purchasing managers’ index from financial information company Markit rose to 48.3 points in May from the initial estimate of 47.8.London’s FTSE 100 index declined 1.53 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX was up 0.09 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 dipped 0.01 per cent.Turkey’s main stock market posted the biggest fall amid protests against the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The Borsa Istanbul 100 Index was down more than eight per cent as investors worried about the destabilizing effect of the demonstrations on the economy.
He invited other political party’s supporting the SLFP and those who are willing to do so in the future to contest as a common front at future polls under the ‘Hand’ symbol. President Sirisena also invited SLFP parliamentarians in the Joint Opposition group to work within the party to form an SLFP led government in the future.“I took over the leadership to form a SLFP led government,” the President added. President Maithripala Sirisena today asserted that he will not bow down to any external threats.The President expressed this view at the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) 65th anniversary event in Kurunegala today. Former President Mahinda Rajapaksa and several SLFP members of the joint opposition did not attend the event. Speaking at the event, President Sirisena said all members of the party must unite to strengthen the SLFP instead of threatening to create new political parties. While observing that some were attacking him both openly and in secrecy, the President questioned whether they were conspiring against him as he is a man from humble background. He pointed out that he is the President who is mostly close to the general public as he came from a humble background when compared to the other six Executive Presidents in the country.“Why are they challenging me? Why are they attacking me? Is it because I am an ordinary small man? Is it because I am the first President of Sri Lanka to have been born in a mud hut? Is it because I am the son of a poor farmer? Is it because I am not part of the traditional ruling class of this country?” he queried.The President also stressed on the need to reorganize the party and form a clean political movement. He said the foundation for a clean political movement is necessary to form an SLFP led government in the future.
(Trinidad Express) A Couva mother was killed on Monday during a robbery at her home.Savitri Harrylal, 52, of Cameron Street, Balmain, is believed to have been strangled by an intruder.Killed: Savitri HarrylalHarrylal was found with a cord around her neck, and her hands and feet bound with a plastic bag, police said.Harrylal’s son, Adrian Harrylal said that he left his mother at home at around 2 p.m. to do errands.He returned less than three hours later and found a door ajar.As he walked into the house he saw several louvre glass panes from his mother’s bedroom on a couch in the living room.He checked for his mother in her bedroom and found her on the floor, with the room ransacked.Officers of the Couva CID and Homicide Region III responded.Harrylal was pronounced dead at the scene.An autopsy is expected to be performed on her body at the Forensic Sciences Centre.Harrylal was employed as a manager at Steal Away Travel Agency in Arima.The killing took the murder toll to 397. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related
Belaz-Enrika, a joint venture between India’s JVG group and Belarus-based mining truck major, BELAZ, has just opened a repair facility near Nagpur, but is also planning build an assembly unit there, according to a report in The Times of India. The company’s repair facility was recently inaugurated by Belarus Industries Minister Vitali Vovk. The planned assembly unit will cater for the Southeast Asian market, Belaz-Enrika’s Head of Technical Support, Prabhakar Kohale, told the newspaper.The company has already supplied four 120 t 75135 mining trucks in 2013 to Karnakata Empta, which has a coal mine at Bhadravati in Chandrapur. The repair facility near VCA’s Jamtha stadium is carrying out maintenance of these machines initially. However, there are plans to capture a much larger market through Coal India Ltd’s (CIL) mines, said Kohale, such as at its Western Coalfields Ltd (WCL) operations.The factory will be making 60 and 100 t capacity mining trucks, according to the report, which would include the BELAZ 7555/7557/7558 classes of trucks. Apart from looking to build up business at WCL operations and other mines, the unit planned in Nagpur will also serve markets in China, Mongolia, and the Middle East. BELAZ competitors Caterpillar and Komatsu already have factories in India making these classes of trucks, with the Cat 777D and Komatsu HD785 both being made at factories in Chennai.
What is bringing classical and video game music together? This Irish woman Eimear Noone will conduct a special concert next week. 16,970 Views Image: Steve Humphreys PH 00353872523396 Short URL NEXT FRIDAY THE National Concert Hall will play host to a world first.There, the musical worlds of gaming and classical music collide with Video Games Classic, a concert of major video game soundtracks and classical music.The concert will see RTÉ’s National Symphony Orchestra come under the control of an award-winning Galway composer who marries the two styles.Eimear Noone is currently based in Los Angeles, where she has become arguably the world’s premier conductor of video game scores, both in the studio and in the concert hall. Eimear’s broad range of credits include major games such as Heroes of The Storm, StarCraft II, Metal Gear Solid, Hearthstone, Overwatch and the BAFTA nominated score to Diablo III.Speaking to TheJournal.ie from a hotel in Budapest, she says that the idea and execution are a long time in the making.“It’s an idea I’ve had for a long time, but I’ve been touring since 2011.“I know gamers love the backstory – the people behind the work – but this is a way to show the thought process behind the pieces.” Source: Craig Stuart Garfinkle/YouTubeThat thought process, she says, is seen throughout what we think of as “modern” orchestral music.“I’ve listened to and gone – oh, there’s a Stravinsky reference, there’s a Holtz reference – this a smart audience and a very grown-up show.“I’ll be sharing what I see in the pieces and let people go into their own headspace and do their own thing.”So, what can people expect next week?“All of my favourite pieces are in the show. It’s like my own mixtape for my friends. This is the concert I would want to go to.We don’t need visuals, we don’t need any bells and whistles. When you hear Resident Evil next to Firebirds, it makes sense. When you hear Final Fantasy 8 next to Mozart, it makes sense.“They were written 150 years apart but are so alike.” Source: Steve Humphreys PH 00353872523396Next Friday will see Eimear take charge of Ireland’s national orchestra for the first time, but it will be her ninth national orchestra.Which is not bad going for a native of Kilconnell in Galway.“One of things that fascinates me is being able to communicate wordlessly with orchestras – I don’t speak Chinese or Hungarian. It’s a whole other level. A good conductor will come up with an interesting interpretation and inspire the orchestra. Musicians are the same kind of soul – just from a different culture.“Sometimes audiences say they can see the music.The Philadelphia Orchestra was special for me. I grew up listening to them. Sydney Opera House was another where I couldn’t believe where I was standing. And the Royal Philharmonic were absolute rock stars. There have been so many.With just days to go, Noone has a special word for the team at RTÉ.“I have to commend the team at the National Symphony Orchestra for pursuing this. They’re taking a leap of faith – this has never been done before.“I want to show people that this is how we do it in Ireland.”Video Games Classic takes place Friday, 2 December at 8pm in the National Concert Hall, Dublin. Tickets priced from €20-€45 are available here.Read: “He watched the Late Late Show”: The night an unknown Jeff Buckley played the Trinity Ball http://jrnl.ie/3100392 13 Comments Share207 Tweet Email3 Image: Steve Humphreys PH 00353872523396 Nov 26th 2016, 10:00 PM By Paul Hosford Saturday 26 Nov 2016, 10:00 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article