You Will Be Punished

first_imgYou don’t have to believe in gravity if you don’t want to, but it is law whether you believe in it or not.If you step off a tall structure, the law of gravity is not at all concerned with what you believe. It’s in full effect all the way down, however far that may be, and gravity will punish you for your disobedience.The laws of success are equally strict in their demand for obedience.You don’t have to have a positive, optimistic attitude and a strong belief in yourself if you don’t want to. But you will be punished for a negative, cynical attitude with a life that is poorer in every way for violating the law that allows only people who believe and behave in a certain way to attract success.You don’t have to follow the law that commands that you must first sow before you can reap. But you will be punished for your laziness, sloth, and procrastination with an absence of something that you could only have by paying for it in advance. If you are in sales, or if you are an entrepreneur, this law will break you.There is a law that requires that you are grateful for what you have. You might be jealous and wish you had something that someone else has now. You might be envious and wish that someone else would have what you want taken from them. But only people who are grateful receive abundance. Ingrates only perceive scarcity.Success isn’t only financial success. But financial success is one area where success can be measured, and it’s important. The law about financial success requires that you create value to obtain money. If you want more money, you create more value, or you create value for more people. The law punishes get-rich-quick schemes, and it punishes thieves and con artists, even if they seem successful for some period.If you feel like you are being punished, it isn’t life, the universe, or someone else who is punishing you. There are iron laws that demand your obedience if you want success.last_img read more

₹70,000 crore in black money detected: SC-appointed SIT

first_imgJustice (retd) Arijit Pasayat, deputy chairman of the Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigating Team (SIT) on black money, on Thursday disclosed that so far around ₹70,000 crore had been detected in black money, including over ₹16,000 crore by Indians stashing funds abroad.After a meeting with officers of several government agencies dealing with economic and financial affairs here, Justice Pasayat said the SIT would submit its sixth interim report to the Supreme Court in the first week of April.He said the SIT during the past two years had made several recommendations through its interim reports to the apex court to check the generation and tap the black money at source. “While most of our recommendations have been accepted by the government, some are under active consideration”, he said.Cash holding“One of our proposals, on cash holding of ₹15 lakh or above to be presumed as undisclosed, is under serious consideration of the Central government”, Justice Pasayat said, adding that on our recommendation, the government has already declared that cash transaction beyond ₹3 lakh to be treated as illegal and punishable under law.On Odisha-specific economic offences and unearthing of black money, Justice Pasayat said the meeting was specifically convened to ensure a smooth coordination between all investigating agencies for easy detection of ill-gotten money.He said he has asked the State crime branch, investigating into various wrongdoings of private educational institutions, jewellery shops, real estate companies, self-styled godmen, mafia dons, to share their findings with income tax (IT) and Enforcement Directorate (ED) sleuths for a thorough probe.last_img read more

Ind vs Eng: England have the edge, says Somerset coach Andy Hurry

first_imgOn A high after managing to bully India on all three days of their drawn practice match, county side Somerset’s coach Andy Hurry said his team has given England the upper hand against the world number one team ahead of their Test series, which begins at Lord’s, London, on Thursday.The practice match caused much embarrassment to India, who were bowled out for 224 in their first innings, even as their bowlers got thrashed around in both innings.Hurry said the game was a moral victory for his team and leaves the Indians with quite a few worries. “I fully understand it’s quite difficult for Test sides to get themselves up for these games, however it’s about practicing good habits,” Hurry said.”They are going to come up against a stern test, against a side challenging to be No.1, so they’ll have to lift their game.I’m sure they will, playing at the home of cricket, but it’s been interesting; their approach and how that reflects in the way they performed.” Hurry said England would appreciate the advantage Somerset has given them.”It was important that we gave it our best shot and really put them under the pump. We won the toss on a great batting pitch, dominated the game and started to bully them, which is a great position for England to sit back in their seats and appreciate what we have done for them,” he said.Hurry said Somerset executed their plans well and were thoroughly rewarded for that.advertisement”They were looking for the follow-on but we weren’t giving them that. It was an opportunity for us to go in again and reinforce our position before giving them a little dart at the end to try and bowl them out,” he said.The match also assumed significance because England Test captain Andrew Strauss managed to strike form after being off- colour for quite a while.He produced knocks of 78 and an unbeaten 109 to get his confidence back ahead of the big series and Hurry said it was a good sign for the hosts.”It’s been a perfect three days for him (Strauss),” Hurry said.”We kept the Indians in the field for a number of overs, he looked really busy at the wicket and built his innings. He’s been outstanding to have in the changing room; the boys have thrived on having him around. He’s been a real good egg.”Going into the details of how his team benefitted from having Strauss around as a guest player, Hurry said: “It’s had a huge positive effect on the younger players, guys who have aspirations of playing for England now understand what the England captain is about. He has an aura about him in the changing room. The guys were listening to everything he said about batting and the England set up. It’s been positive from all sides.”With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

UST legend Venus Bernal proud of Sisi Rondina, feels it’s the Tigresses’ year

first_imgChief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST PLAY LIST 01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss NU stumps FEU for 1-0 lead in UAAP men’s volleyball finals Bernal was the MVP and Best Scorer in Season 69 and she led the Golden Tigresses to the championship when they swept Far Eastern University in two games.Rondina’s MVP award, though, might be followed up next year if Rookie of the Year Eya Laure continues her stellar play.Laure was the second-best scorer in the league with a total of 230 points and she was named as the first Best Outside Hitter of the tournament.Bernal said she wants the MVP trophy to stay in UST but she insisted that the main goal is always the championship.“Of course, I want her (Laure) to win the MVP and I also want UST to win the title,” said Bernal. “Then again, you can’t always say what’s going to happen. They just have to improve and I know the kids can see that they’re doing their best.”ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Rondina’s exploits earned her the MVP, Best Scorer, and second Best Outside Hitter awards, but those trophies aren’t the only ones the “Cherry Bomb” got.Venus Bernal, the last Golden Tigress to win an MVP, said she’s proud of what Rondina has accomplished and that she’s elated to see her alma mater become the home of the top individual prize in the league.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“Actually, just watching UST play in the finals is an amazing feeling and also Sisi won the MVP,” said Bernal in Filipino Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “Sisi deserved this.”“Of course, it’s not just Sisi. With the help of her teammates, I feel that this year belongs to UST. I’m happy for Sisi because at least the MVP award is back in España.” View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img UST legend Venus Bernal. Photo by Bong Lozada/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—”Kami naman” has been University of Santo Tomas’ mantra in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament and no other player in that roster embodied that spirit more than Cherry Rondina.The Golden Tigresses’ talisman was a wrecking ball of pure energy finishing as the league’s top scorer amassing a total of 259 points during the eliminations to lead UST to a second-best 10-4 record en route to its first finals series in eight years.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

Zidane glad to have Bale, Navas and Kovacic back

first_imgReal Madrid Zidane glad to have Bale, Navas and Kovacic back Dejan Kalinic Last updated 1 year ago 12:06 11/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) GarethBale - Cropped Getty Images Real Madrid Gareth Bale Zinédine Zidane Real Madrid v Fuenlabrada Fuenlabrada Copa del Rey The return of the trio left the Real Madrid coach pleased following his team’s 2-2 draw at home to third-tier side Fuenlabrada Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane is happy to have Gareth Bale, Keylor Navas and Mateo Kovacic back and available after the trio made their returns from injury.Bale (groin), Navas (hamstring) and Kovacic (thigh) returned in Madrid’s shock 2-2 draw at home to third-tier side Fuenlabrada in the Copa del Rey on Tuesday.Madrid 11/2 to win CL Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Wales international Bale came off the bench to set up Madrid’s equaliser as the La Liga giants reached the last 16 with a 4-2 aggregate win.Zidane is glad the trio are back and available for selection as his side look to try to catch league leaders and rivals Barcelona, who they trail by eight points in La Liga.”I’m so happy for Gareth, Keylor and Mateo because they’ve been out for a while,” the Frenchman said.”They’re key players and seeing that they’re ready for these next games makes me happy.”I thought that Keylor did well and he’s pleased with things. I don’t think that he could have done any better on the first goal.”We’re through to the last-16 of the Copa del Rey!#RMCopa | #HalaMadrid pic.twitter.com/uqK2tDsoBC— Real Madrid C.F. (@realmadriden) November 28, 2017Madrid visit Athletic Bilbao on Saturday before a Champions League meeting with Borussia Dortmund.last_img read more

10 months ago​Uefa and Premier League liaise over Man City sponsorship deals

first_imgTagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your say ​Uefa and Premier League liaise over Man City sponsorship dealsby Ian Ferris10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveUefa and the Premier League have agreed to share information from separate investigations into allegations surrounding the sponsorship deal Manchester City struck with the Etihad airline in 2015, reports SportBusiness.Football’s European governing body and the Premier League have been carrying out their own inquiries after allegations surrounding the agreement were published by German magazine Der Spiegel.It was claimed in the magazine that, according to leaked emails from executives involved in the deal, £59.5m (€66m/$76m) that was supposed to have been transferred to the club from the airline was in fact paid directly by City’s owners, Abu Dhabi United Group.The league and Uefa have now agreed to share their information and have also reached an arrangement to share any further information in the future.Uefa has been probing whether such actions may have breached Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules. Just days ago, AC Milan was sanctioned after falling foul of FFP regulations, with the Italian Serie A club told that it faces being banned from European competition for one season if it does not break even by June 2021.According to The Times, Uefa president Aleksander Ceferin expects the outcome of the case to be known “very soon”. last_img read more

10 months agoJuventus coach Max Allegri: Being Winter Champions important

first_imgJuventus coach Max Allegri: Being Winter Champions importantby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveJuventus coach Max Allegri was delighted with a crucial win over AS Roma.Mario Mandzukic struck the only goal of the game.“We’re Winter Champions, but we haven’t really won anything yet,” Allegri told DAZN.“We are doing some good things, we’re in the Champions League Round of 16, but the important thing is to have a good buffer from Napoli in second place.“It was a good game, we remained organised when under pressure, Robin Olsen made some fine saves and we played well.“We had to cause Roma problems and put the pressure on them straight away, as it’s a psychologically fragile side. We should’ve done more after going 1-0 up, as they were really struggling.“Roma had more possession in the second half, but we didn’t really allow them any chances. I’d say it was a deserved victory.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Moreland Primary School gets New Building

first_img Through a $15 million grant from the Rockhouse Foundation in Negril, the old school structure was demolished and a new plant built during the summer holidays, complete with new furniture and modern bathroom facilities. Rev. Thwaites urged the parents to utilize the facility and always protect it so that it can serve the community for a long time to come. President of the Rockhouse Foundation, Peter B Rose, said that his foundation has established a long standing partnership with the Moreland Hill community and the primary school. Story Highlights The 73-year old Moreland Hill Primary School in Westmoreland now has a new building with modern amenities to enable a more conducive teaching/learning environment.Through a $15 million grant from the Rockhouse Foundation in Negril, the old school structure was demolished and a new plant built during the summer holidays, complete with new furniture and modern bathroom facilities.The new building was officially re-dedicated on Thursday (Nov. 7), during a ceremony, which was attended by a contingent from the Ministry of Education led by portfolio Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites; representatives of the Rockhouse Foundation; members of the clergy; political representatives; and a host of community persons.Minister Thwaites, in his remarks, expressed appreciation on behalf of the Government to the donors and all who played a part in making the project a reality.He noted that schools, and by extension education, “represent hope for communities and for us as a nation, as it represents real power”.“A school is always going to be the hope of the community.  We could bring millions of tourists, we could grow acres of sugarcane, we could plant up the hills with all kinds of food, unless we have an educated population, we are not going anywhere as individuals or as a nation,” he stated.Rev. Thwaites urged the parents to utilize the facility and always protect it so that it can serve the community for a long time to come.He also encouraged them to make the necessary sacrifices to ensure that their children attend school every day, and also to monitor their day-to-day activities.Principal of the institution, Alecia Laing, expressed gratitude for the work done. She said the school was down to 35 students when she arrived in January of this year, and was on the verge of being closed by the Ministry.She noted that it has since “bounced back” and is now up to over 100 students and climbing.President of the Rockhouse Foundation, Peter B Rose, said that his foundation has established a long standing partnership with the Moreland Hill community and the primary school.He said the members of the foundation want to see children from the institution “grow up to achieve anything they set their minds to in life”.“That is their right, that is what they should do, that is what we have the obligation to make sure they can do,” he stated.Mayor of Savanna-la-mar, Councilor Bertel Moore, also encouraged parents to play their role and ensure that their children attend school every day.last_img read more

Cape Breton Reaps Benefits Of Opportunities For Prosperity

first_imgECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT–Cape Breton Reaps Benefits Of OpportunitiesFor Prosperity In 1999, the government of Nova Scotia did something radical: Itrecognized that ad hoc, piecemeal efforts to grow the economyweren’t working. It recognized that a strategic, co-ordinated andfocused economic growth strategy was needed — a strategy thatwould involve other levels of government, business and thecommunity. In October 2000, Opportunities for Prosperity — Nova Scotia’sgrowth strategy — was born. Today, that strategy has positivelyaffected every region of the province. The numbers tell the story. The first chapter of that story begins with the number ofbusinesses in existence. In 1993, according to StatisticsCanada’s business register, there were 28,922 businesses in NovaScotia. By 2003, there were 52,085 business in the province. If the Cape Breton area is singled out, the numbers continue tobe positive. In 1993, according to the register, there were 5,144businesses on Cape Breton Island. By 2003, that number had grownto 6,783. This growth can be attributed to the ingenuity of our workforce,and the fact that the government of Nova Scotia has provided anumber of tools to help small business, and rural Nova Scotia,grow. The Small Business Loan Guarantee Program is one example. Sincethe program began in June of 2003, more than $3.4 million hasbeen put into the hands of 42 businesses which have employed 211Nova Scotians. This $8-million program is in place because smallbusiness was clear that access to capital was a problem. Theprovince agreed and put a solution in the hands of the creditunion system — and in the hands of Nova Scotia’s communitiesthemselves. Community Economic Development Investment Funds, or CEDIFs, arealso helping improve the economy across the province. The province recognized that more than $600 million is investedby Nova Scotians in RRSPs, with less than one per cent findingits way back into Nova Scotia’s economy as reinvestments. Itcreated the Community Economic Development Investment Fundprogram to encourage more people to make investments at home,making the 23 funds currently operating a made-in-Nova-Scotiaplan to local investment. The program allows communities to putideas, and people, to work. To date, $10 million has beeninvested in these funds, most of which has been reinvested inbusinesses within their communities. The funds are activethroughout the province — particularly in Cape Breton. Since the number of businesses is on the rise, it makes sensethat employment numbers are up as well. In 1993, there were352,100 Nova Scotians working. In 1999, there were 388,000. By2004, there were 421,500. More importantly, the participationrate — or the number of people entering the workforce — grewfrom 58.2 per cent in 1993 to 61.7 per cent in 2004. The latest seasonally adjusted figures from Statistics Canadacontinue to indicate an upward trend. More than 449,200 NovaScotians were working in the month of May, an increase of 3,700people over the previous month. In Cape Breton, 42,900 people were employed in 1993. By 1999 thatnumber had grown to 49,100. And, in 2004, there are 51,200 peopleemployed. The participation rates have grown in this area as well, from47.9 per cent in 1993 to 50.8 per cent in 2004. The unemploymentrate has fallen from 28.7 per cent in 1993 to 15.9 per cent in2004. There is more work to do. Regional unemployment rates are stillunacceptably high, but steady progress is being made, thanks, inlarge part, to initiatives like the Cape Breton Growth Fund. This$98-million fund has invested more than $47 million in 27projects and provided more than 2,900 jobs for Cape Bretoners. The fund is a partnership between the federal and provincialgovernments — because the joint approach makes sense. If NovaScotia is to effectively continue to grow its economy, it willtake partnerships, co-operation and fresh approaches. About $36 million of the fund remains for investment. Individualsinterested in more information can contact Rick Beaton at theCape Breton Growth Fund (902-564-3618). Information is alsoavailable from Eileen Lannon Oldford of the Cape Breton CountyRegional Development Authority (1-800-818-2201) or Blaine Gillisof the Strait Highlands Regional Development Agency (1-800-546-3390). Input and ideas are also welcome at Nova Scotia Business Inc.(NSBI), an organization borne out of Opportunities for Prosperityand mandated to take a client-focused, private-sector approach togrowing the provincial economy. It does so by developing theprovince’s exports, attracting investment from companies outsideNova Scotia and providing tools for companies to help themrealize growth opportunities. Since it was created in November 2001, NSBI has met with 750businesses across the province. Its business attraction andfinancing clients aim to create or maintain at least 7,200 jobs. Last year alone, the organization helped 230 companies increaseexport sales or find new markets. Companies interested in growthopportunities through NSBI can contact Lisa Dobson in PortHawkesbury (902-625-4205)or Lisa MacDougall in Sydney (902-563-5769). -30-last_img read more

Turkey slips into 1st recession in a decade

first_imgAnkara: Turkey’s economy fell into its first recession in a decade, official data showed on Monday, just weeks before President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government faces local elections where growth and inflation will be key issues for voters. Economic output contracted by 2.4 percent in the final three months of the year compared to the third quarter on a seasonally and calendar-adjusted basis, the Turkish Statistics Institute (TUIK) said. That followed a revised 1.6 percent contraction in the third quarter. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepTwo consecutive quarter-on-quarter contractions in economic output is widely considered to be the definition of a recession. The flagging economy coupled with a currency crisis last year that battered the lira are sensitive issues for Erdogan and his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) before the municipal vote on March 31. The Turkish leader, in power since 2003 first as prime minister and then as president, has often boasted of the country’s strong growth during his time in government. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsGrowth came in at 2.6 per cent for 2018 overall, but that was still much lower than the 7.4 per cent recorded in 2017, a turbulent period following the 2016 failed coup and terror attacks. The economy shrank by 3 percent in the fourth quarter of 2018 compared with the same period the previous year. Inflation has also remained high. It struck a 15-year peak in October at 25.24 per cent before falling below 20 percent in February, with food prices hit particularly hard. Erdogan’s government has sought to curb consumer prices, especially for produce consumed everyday in Turkish households. Turkish authorities last month set up their own vegetable stands in a bid to force markets to lower food prices. But analysts said economic data showed inflation was still weighing on household consumption, and domestic demand was weak. Turkish Finance Minister Berat Albayrak, who is also Erdogan’s son-in-law, said on Twitter the data was as expected, but “the worst is behind us”. That analysis was shared to some extent by the London-based Capital Economics research firm, but they offer cold comfort for Turkey’s economic outlook. “While the worst of the downturn may now have passed, the weak carryover means that we expect GDP to decline by 2.5 percent this year,” said Jason Tuvey, senior emerging markets economist at Capital Economics. Albayrak blamed the recession on “speculative attacks” and the current global economic slowdown. While Turkey’s economy was hit when US President Donald Trump doubled tariffs last year on Turkish steel and aluminium, confidence was further eroded by a bitter row over a detained American pastor. The lira plummeted in value in August. While an aggressive interest rate hike in September helped brake its fall, economic activity stalled while prices of goods shot higher. The last time Turkey entered a recession was in 2009 after the global economic crisis hit foreign and domestic demand.last_img read more

Legal action against those responsible for building collapse

At least 20 people were injured when the building in Wellawatta collapsed yesterday.Ranawaka said that there are 1800 illegal constructions between Wellawatta and Bambalapitiya. The Government says legal action will be taken against those responsible for the Wellawatta building collapse.Minister of Megapolis and Western Development Champika Ranawaka said that the Wellawatta building which collapsed was an illegal construction.

Pipeline delays add appeal to creative options for oil transport transformation

CALGARY — News that permitting issues in the U.S. would delay Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 replacement pipeline project until the middle of 2020 instead of late this year means that yet another boost in oil export capacity has been kicked down the road.With both the Trans Mountain expansion and Keystone XL pipeline projects in court limbo, attention is turning to alternative ideas to expand Canada’s ability to continue to get its oil to market.In a report to Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi last month, the National Energy Board said current pipeline capacity is fully utilized and crude-by-rail infrastructure is operating at or near capacity.But it also identified potential long-term market access solutions that could include more oilsands bitumen upgrading and reversing existing import pipelines.Unfortunately, none of those ideas works as a meaningful short-term alternative to new pipelines — and they face many of the same speed bumps — says NEB chief economist Jean-Denis Charlebois.“Fundamentally, what this would require is regulatory approvals and significant capital investments because those things cannot occur overnight,” he said in an interview.Related Stories:Canadian company ships solid oil sands bitumen to Chinese refineryCanada’s Suncor sees increased political risk for Keystone XL oil pipelineHow Saudi attacks could be the spark global investors need to return to Canada’s oilpatch“First the economics have to be there … then those alternatives need to go through a regulatory process.”A dearth of investment dollars for traditional drilling in Western Canada means there are also fewer dollars available for developing creative options, said Kevin Birn, a vice-president with IHS Energy in Calgary.“I think you will have some creativity but if you really want creativity, they’ve got to see a future for investment in Western Canada,” he said.Here’s a closer look at some pipeline alternative solutions.The diluent dilemmaRaw bitumen at room temperature has the consistency of peanut butter. Below freezing, it’s as hard as a hockey puck.To make it flow in a pipeline, producers mix as many as three barrels of light oil “diluent” for every seven barrels of bitumen — if one can eliminate or reduce the diluent, it frees up room in the pipeline.In January, the Alberta government announced a $440-million loan guarantee to help Value Creation Inc. build a $2-billion upgrader that would convert diluted bitumen into medium synthetic crude and diesel, both capable of flowing undiluted in a pipeline.The facility is the first in line for up to $1 billion in provincial incentives for partial upgraders, but it isn’t expected to be operating until at least 2022.A report prepared for the province in 2017 suggested that a 100,000-barrel-per-day partial upgrading facility could add $10 to $15 of value to each barrel of bitumen. The report listed 10 pre-commercial technologies that have been tested or proposed for deployment in Alberta.Any plan to reduce diluent must consider the impact on U.S. customers, who have configured their refineries to use diluted bitumen, said Birn.He added diluent will still be needed to deliver the bitumen from the field to the partial upgrader, which means diluent recovery units likely also will need to be built.New technologyNo diluent at all would be required with a new technology to mix and coat bitumen with recycled plastic and form it into solid pucks for shipping in ordinary railcars or shipping containers.An oil company affiliated with the tiny Heart Lake First Nation in northern Alberta is building a $50-million pilot plant to test the “CanaPux” product developed by Canadian National Railway Co.But it’s not known when a commercial facility would follow.Pipeline efficiencyReducing the demand for diluent in Canada could help Enbridge decide on the option to convert its Southern Lights pipeline — used to import U.S. condensate diluent into Canada — into a crude oil export pipeline with capacity of about 150,000 bpd, possibly by 2023.Meanwhile, the operator of the biggest oil export pipeline network in Canada is getting creative as it looks at using drag reducing agents inside the pipe and redirecting some downstream U.S. injections to open up long-haul capacity for Western Canada, along with low-cost pipeline and pumping station upgrades.It thinks it could add another 50,000 to 100,000 bpd of incremental export space by mid-year and is studying a potential 450,000 bpd of throughput optimization initiatives.Crude-by-railRail exports rose to a record of over 350,000 bpd in December before falling in January and February after Alberta imposed production cuts to reduce storage and open up space on pipelines.They are on the rise again as Alberta loosens its production quotas and Imperial Oil Ltd. restarts rail shipments it stopped in February.Crude shipped by rail often contains diluent but the NEB notes more oil can be put in each car if the oil isn’t diluted — although that requires the use of cars that can be heated at the destination dock to drain the bitumen.Meanwhile, Alberta’s NDP government is pressing ahead with plans to add locomotives and railcars to move 120,000 barrels per day of crude, starting at the end of the year — although the opposition United Conservative Party has vowed to kill the order if it wins the provincial election this week.Follow @HealingSlowly on TwitterCompanies in this story: (TSX:CN, TSX:ENB, TSX:IMO) read more

Ban welcomes appointment of transitional unity Government in South Sudan

In a statement attributable to his spokesperson, the UN chief said he is “pleased to note that President Kiir and First Vice-President Riek Machar have achieved this important milestone of the peace process and urges them to swiftly complete the establishment of all institutions of transition. He also urges the parties to cease immediately all hostilities.” The Secretary-General also commended the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC) chair, President Festus Mogae, and the African Union High Representative, President Alpha Omar Konare, for steering the peace process forward, and reiterated the commitment of the UN to support all South Sudanese in restoring peace, stability and prosperity in the country. “He calls on the larger international community to remain actively engaged in the peace process and provide the necessary support to the full and timely implementation of the Peace Agreement,” the statement said.

Review Best Buy Insignia 13W LED bulb

first_imgThe LED lighting market is poised to explode. Right now everyone is trying to get in on the trend before the fun is over and certain companies dominate a market that will likely be defined by its razor thin margins. Before any big players become completely entrenched, as happened with both incandescent and CFL lighting, everyone is taking a swing at the LED, from the GEs and Philips of the world right down to venture-backed startups. Somewhere between those extremes are companies like Best Buy, who recently starting selling its 13W Insignia LED bulb for $17.The Insignia is a dimmable, A19-sized LED bulb that is rated at 800 lumens (60W-equivalent). It is said to good for 22.8 years of usage (at 3 hours a day) and operates at 3000K, or a warm white. The final interesting note on the packaging is that it uses Cree LEDs. Many lamps are designed to be LED agnostic, so if one provider gets expensive they can swap them out for a similar unit from a competitor. Even so, it looks like Best Buy is sticking with the US-based Cree for the time being.The Insignia is what’s known as a “Cree ingredient product,” which means it will use high-quality LEDs and adhere to Cree’s TEMPO (Thermal, Electrical, Mechanical, Photometric and Optical) guidelines. The Insignia is not yet Energy Star approved, but it was designed to meet these specs and is currently being tested for approval.The bulb looks a lot like a frosted incandescent, though one with three sets of cooling fins built into it. The entire outside of the bulb seems to be made of plastic — include the frosted diffuser piece and the cooling fins. As it turns out the fins are actually aluminum, which will do a better job of conducting heat away from the LEDs. Like an incandescent, the Insignia is extremely light. In fact, my measurement put it at just 92 grams.Once the bulb is on you’ll be greeted with a nice, omnidirectional light (though some people will certainly prefer to see it at 2700K as opposed to 3000K). The frosted surface diffuses the light nicely and the bulb doesn’t have noticeable hotspots nor does it cause multiple shadows.Looking at the bulb when it was on, I became curious about how exactly the designers managed to pull off the combination of minimal weight (with seemingly adequate cooling) and such a uniform light pattern. As it turns out, the nine Cree LEDs are split into groups of three, which are mounted on the backs of each of the heat sinks. This allows for conductive cooling while giving a nice spread to the light. While all the LEDs do technically face sideways (that is to say, perpendicular to the socket) a reasonable amount of light still manages to go directly up as well.The Insignia lamp has a round, incandescent-like pattern, an indoor-friendly 3000K color temperature, and it’s frosted plastic exterior hides all the technical stuff. If you are a stickler about how your bulbs looks you won’t complain — this is one of the most incandescent-like enclosures available today.Basically, you can chalk this one up as a win for Best Buy. For $17, the Insignia is surprisingly good — it’s not the me-too product that you might have feared (or even expected).Rated and 13W and producing 800 lumens, the Insignia runs at a reasonable, but not spectacular, 61.5 lumens-per-watt. This is below the 70-80 lpw we’re been seeing from the latest round of LED bulbs, but it’s not bad for the price range.The Best Buy Insignia bulb will be sold in two varieties, a 450 lumen (40-watt equivalent) model at $13.99 and this 800 lumen (60-watt equivalent) model at $16.99. They are available today from Best Buy stores and bestbuy.com. While Best Buy isn’t the first brand that comes to mind when you think of lighting, they made some really smart decisions with this bulb and ended up with a high quality, reasonably priced product.last_img read more

Convince a friend to buy a PS Vita get a 20 PSN

first_imgAmazon may be offering you up to $90 in store credit for buying EA games, but Sony has decided to reward you for convincing other people to spend their cash.Sony is continuing to think up new ways to try and boost sales of the PS Vita handheld. Last year it was confirmed there would be no price drop on the hardware until later in 2013. At the same time, Sony rolled out a new bundle to try and revitalize sales as well as considering a PS3/PS Vita bundle, which has yet to materialize.A new offer has appeared, though. Sony is offering a $20 PSN card and 1,000 Sony Rewards points to anyone who convinces a friend to buy a PS Vita.All you have to do is Register with Sony, which involves giving them your name, email address, and PSN ID. After that, you can start referring people and Sony will handle the rest. As an added incentive, Sony is offering one million Sony Rewards points to whoever refers the most people during the promotion.The offer is open now and runs until February 28, giving you exactly a month to convince your friends and family to spend a few hundred dollars on a PS Vita.There are a few important rules and restrictions related to this promotion, however. The $20 PSN card is limited as a reward for the first 10 people you refer and who purchase. Meaning the maximum you can earn is $200 and 10,000 points. Getting more than 10 people to buy hardware (who is seriously going to achieve that?) is only worth it if you want to be in with a chance of winning the million points (worth $10,000).Sony has also put restrictions on how you can communicate the offer to your friends and family. Only email, Facebook, and Twitter messages are allowed as a way of enticing them to purchase a PS Vita. So no running your own advertising campaign to entice hundreds of people you don’t know to use your referral code.last_img read more

Geekout Episode The Third One is today at 3PM

first_imgIt’s that time of the week again, so if you find yourself in need of a place to go this afternoon we know just the spot. Join Russell Holly, James Plafke, and Sal Cangeloso for our third episode of Geekout, Geek.com’s semi-regular Hangouts on Air session. It’s kind of like a podcast, but we do it on YouTube through Google’s Hangouts on Air service.Every once in awhile we get this crazy idea to do something other than writing. We spend a lot of time talking about the stuff we write about, so it seemed like a good idea to share some of that with you. Geekout is a really informal thing we’ve started doing just to see where it goes, and we’d like all of you to be a part of it. If you see something during the week that you want us to talk about, or if you want us to elaborate on a post we made at some point, let us know! Topic suggestions, comments while we do this live, and feedback after it is all said and done are a big deal. You can comment here on this post, on our YouTube channel, or on our Google+ page.This week we’re going to talk about James’ heroic adventures at PAX East, the SpaceX Dragon returning to Earth, and a little about T-Mobile’s new data plans and phone deals. We’ll have a few minutes to show off the Razer Edge as well. If we’ve got time, we might even talk about how much sleep we’ve lost to Bioshock Infinite. If you’ve got any questions or comments during the stream, we’ll try to catch them and answer them while we are talking.This week’s Geekout will be starting at 3:00 EST. You can catch the embedded stream on this post (coming soon), on YouTube, or on Geek.com’s Google+ page. Thanks for watching!last_img read more

French citizen returns ancient Greek amphora

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram A 90-year-old French citizen has been personally thanked by Greek Culture Minister Costas Tasoulas for returning an ancient ceramic amphora he had in his possession for 40 years. The amphora was found by the Marseilles man while swimming off a beach in Crete 40 years ago.The man said he felt the need to return the artefact after he was influenced by the recent international interest on the return of cultural treasures to their country of origin.Mr Tasoulas stressed the importance of international cooperation on the issue of cultural artefact smuggling, and said there should be new and more strict legislation on antiquities smuggling.Source: Greek Reporter Greecelast_img

Des milliards dexoplanètes ont la masse de la Terre

first_imgDes milliards d’exoplanètes ont la masse de la TerreUne équipe internationale d’astronomes a observé pendant 6 ans des millions d’étoiles ; Ils sont arrivés à la conclusion que les planètes en orbites autour des étoiles étaient la règle et non l’exception. Au cours des 16 dernières années, les astronomes ont détecté et confirmé la présence de plus de 700 exoplanètes (planètes situées hors du système solaire). La plupart des exoplanètes connues ont été découvertes en détectant les effets de leur attraction gravitationnelle sur leur étoile ou en détectant le moment où la planète passe devant son étoile. Ces deux techniques permettent de repérer les planètes massives ou proches de leur étoile, voire les deux mais de nombreuses autres planètes ne peuvent pas être trouvées de la sorte.Une équipe internationale d’astronomes a cherché pendant 6 ans des exoplanètes en utilisant une méthode totalement différente : les microlentilles gravitationnelles. Cette technique permet d’amplifier la lumière d’une étoile d’arrière-plan. Il faut toutefois avoir la chance de tomber sur un alignement très rare de l’étoile d’arrière-plan et de l’étoile « loupe » pour qu’un événement de microlentille puisse être vu. De plus, il faut que le plan de l’orbite de la planète soit vu par la tranche.C’est la raison pour laquelle 6 années de recherche se sont avérés nécessaires pour finalement arriver à la conclusion que les planètes en orbites autour des étoiles sont la règle et non l’exception. Comme l’explique Arnaud Cassan (Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris), premier auteur de l’article publié hier dans Nature, « les données que nous avons obtenues montrent de manière remarquable que les planètes sont plus courantes que les étoiles dans notre galaxie. Nous avons également trouvé que les planètes les moins massives, comme les superTerres ou les Neptunes peu massifs, doivent être plus courantes que les planètes les plus massives. »Jean-Philippe Beaulieu (Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris), responsable de la collaboration PLANET ajoute : « La collaboration PLANET a été mise en place pour faire le suivi d’événements de microlentilles avec un réseau de télescopes situés tout autour du globe terrestre dans l’hémisphère sud, de l’Australie et de l’Afrique du Sud au Chili. Les télescopes de l’ESO ont fortement contribué à ces observations. »En détectant trois planètes, soit les astronomes ont eu une chance exceptionnelle (puisque la probabilité de passer à côté de ces planètes avec cette méthode est phénoménale), soit les planètes sont tellement abondantes dans la Voie Lactée que la chose était pratiquement inévitable. En combinant les informations concernant les trois exoplanètes confirmées avec celles de sept autres exoplanètes détectées au cours d’une précédente étude la conclusion est qu’une étoile étudiée sur six héberge une planète dont la masse est semblable à celle de Jupiter.De plus, la moitié des étoiles ont des planètes de la masse de Neptune et deux tiers ont des super-Terres. Le programme d’observation permet de détecter des planètes situées à une distance de leur étoile comprise entre 75 millions de kilomètres et 1,5 milliard de kilomètres (dans le système solaire cet intervalle comprendrait toutes les planètes de Vénus à Saturne) et ayant une masse allant de cinq masses terrestres à 10 fois celle de Jupiter. « Nous avions l’habitude de penser que la Terre doit être unique dans notre Galaxie. Mais, maintenant, il semble qu’il y ait littéralement des milliards de planètes ayant une masse similaire à celle de la Terre en orbite autour des étoiles dans la Voie Lactée, » conclut Daniel Kubas, coauteur principal de cet article, rapporte notre-planete.info. Le 25 janvier 2012 à 16:15 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more