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ScienceShot: Enormous Owls Need Big Trees

first_imgTread quietly along a river in the old-growth forests of Primorye, Russia, and you may be lucky enough to spot a Blakiston’s fish owl (Bubo blakistoni), one of the world’s largest and rarest owls. Weighing up to 4.5 kg, with a 1.8-meter wingspan, the hulking predator feasts on salmon and other fish that migrate up the rivers from the Sea of Japan. Logging and mining have begun to impinge on the endangered owls’ habitat throughout Eurasia; to learn more about how these activities might affect the birds, researchers set out on foot to hunt for owl nests over in a 20,213 square-kilometer region of the central Sikhote-Alin Mountains. After locating 14 nests by sight, listening for calls or searching for owl tracks and feathers in the snow, they searched for clues about what made the local real estate attractive. Not surprisingly, the birds tend to locate near a river for easy access to fish, and build their nests in trees old enough to contain large decayed cavities. The researchers also discovered something unexpected: The owls tend to nest in areas where old-growth trees have died and fallen into nearby streams, creating the deep pools and complex, shallow channels that provide ideal spawning ground for fish. These logjams also help fish survive in streams through the winter, the researchers report this month in the journal Oryx. In other words: Ancient trees provide owls not only shelter, but year-round nourishment.last_img read more

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New energy facilities will leave massive footprint on U.S., study concludes

first_imgMISSOULA, MONTANA—New energy development in the United States could take up a land area roughly twice the size of Maine by 2040, according to a new estimate. Building the new coal mines, oil and gas wells, and solar and wind farms needed to meet projected energy production levels could require an additional 175,000 to 250,000 square kilometers of real estate, researchers reported here at the North America Congress for Conservation Biology. Such “energy sprawl” will complicate efforts to preserve wildlife habitat, they predicted.“There is going to be a very large challenge in siting all of this energy infrastructure,” says landscape ecologist Anne Trainor of Yale University, who is developing the estimates with Joseph Fargione, a science director at the Nature Conservancy in Minneapolis, Minnesota. “But it is important that we understand how much space we might need under different scenarios, and be able to understand the trade-offs related to different energy sources.”To get that big picture, the researchers built on a similar 2009 analysis that appeared in PLOS ONE.  Drawing on official energy forecasts, they explore four scenarios: a “business-as-usual” world that assumes no major changes in energy trends; an “increased oil and gas” future in which those fuels play a bigger role; a “limited carbon” world which includes government curbs on greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels; and a “renewables” future that includes expanded solar, wind, and biofuel energy production. They then estimate how much new land would be needed for each energy source through 2040, including infrastructure like roads and transmission lines. A conventional gas well, for example, typically requires 2 to 4 hectares. 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In part, that’s because solar and wind farms need large areas. But once installed, Trainor notes, these renewable sources can produce power indefinitely without consuming new land, unlike coal mines or oil and gas wells, which eventually exhaust their resource and must be abandoned.The smallest footprint—about 175,000 square kilometers—was associated with the increased oil and gas scenario. That’s because relatively compact fossil fuel deposits can produce a lot of energy, but only for a limited duration. Once depleted, the miners and drillers must move on.The limited carbon scenario took a bit more space, about 200,000 square kilometers, while the business-as-usual scenario came in at about 190,000 sq km. Within that total, surface coal mines were the biggest player, cumulatively consuming an area about the size of Maine. “Unconventional” gas wells, such as those that employ fracking technologies, accounted for about 13,000 square kilometers of land; the footprint of conventional wells was about one-quarter that size. Wind energy covered a land area about the size of Delaware (6400 square kilometers), while biofuel crops and forests would cover Connecticut (about 14,000 square kilometers).The researchers are still crunching the numbers, but even their preliminary results should help policymakers, says range ecologist Brady Allred of the University of Montana, Missoula, who is conducting his own analysis of oil and gas land use in the western United States. “Combining things into a single metric really helps you compare the footprints and see the potential trade-offs,” he says. Renewable energy, for instance, “is clean and green, but it has a bigger footprint. It’s important to take those kinds of issues into account.”Yale’s Trainor, meanwhile, is hoping to extend the analysis to consider other factors, such as the greenhouse gas emissions produced by each kind of energy production. The goal, she says, “is to understand how these scenarios play out on the landscape and in other ways.”last_img read more

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Judge hits 29th homer, tying DiMaggio’s Yankee rookie mark

first_imgPagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend LATEST STORIES New York Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge (99) hits a fifth-inning single with two runners on base in a baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in New York, Wednesday, July 5, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)NEW YORK—Aaron Judge equaled Joe DiMaggio’s New York Yankees record for home runs by a rookie—before the All-Star break.Judge hit a two-run drive into the Yankees’ bullpen in right-center in the fourth inning of Wednesday’s 7-6 loss to Toronto, his major league-leading 29th home run of the season.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Nikki Valdez rushes self to ER due to respiratory tract infection DiMaggio set the Yankees rookie mark in 1936. Judge reached it in New York’s 83rd game of the season.“Any time you’re in the sentence as someone like DiMaggio is pretty incredible,” Judge said. “It’s quite an honor.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsConnecting on a 92 mph fastball, Judge drove it 398 feet, according to MLB’s Statcast. The only other rookies to hit 29 homers before the All-Star break were Mark McGwire in 1987 (33) and Jose Abreu in 2014 (29).Judge is hitting .331 with 65 RBIs and 104 strikeouts. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games New York trailed 5-0 before the homer. Judge came up with two outs in the ninth with a runner on first and struck out against Roberto Osuna, unsuccessfully trying to check his swing on a low, outside slider.“I got fooled,” Judge said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera MOST READ Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sixers GM: ’Talk of playoffs is getting a little ahead of ourselves’last_img read more

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Despite the attention, Kobe Paras remains cool in first Gilas stint

first_imgChurch, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant View comments Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ MOST READ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Kobe Paras and the rest of the Gilas Pilipinas team arrive Friday afternoon for the Jones Cup Invitational. Photo by Musong CastilloTAIPEI – With a headset on and partially covering his face with a yellow baseball cap, this 19-year-old many have tagged to be the next big Philippine cage talent lay in the pre-departure area of Eva Air on Friday afternoon looking as cool as everyone else in the young Gilas Pilipinas 5.0 crew.Introduced by a team official to members of the media that will cover the 39th Jones Cup starting Saturday here, Kobe Paras grabbed the Inquirer’s hand with both of his for a firm handshake and quickly obliged an ambush interview that explained why he looked as collected as he did.ADVERTISEMENT Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweetcenter_img National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES “I don’t let that bother me at all,” he said as a number of Filipino fans recognized him and asked for selfies while doing the interview.Paras said that he is ready to suit up in at least three straight tournaments for the Philippines until the end of August and show everyone what the fuzz has been about ever since he flew back from France after the Fiba 3X3 tournament and headed straight to Gilas camp.“I’m excited to play,” Paras, a strong candidate for the Fiba Asia Championship and Southeast Asian Games teams, said. “I think I am ready to play the highest level of basketball – and that is with Gilas.”Now with Cal State Northridge after withdrawing from UCLA and Creighton, Paras spent a lot of time talking with reporters, never once showing uneasiness and doing so with great sincerity.He confessed to vaguely remembering his father, PBA great Benjie Paras, play in the pros and even asked the scribes to tell him stories of his old man’s national team career.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Amid stong start, Robinson reminds Lyceum to be ‘ready, humble, hungry’ “I have none,” Paras said when asked what his expectations are as he sees action as a National player in a men’s tournament for the first time. “I have no expectations, because every time I play, I leave it all on the floor and give it my all.“I take it quarter by quarter and I play to win,” he added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsParas more or less knows that a lot of eyes will be on him starting with the Filipinos’ clash with Canada 150 at 3 p.m. on Saturday at Taipei Peace International Basketball Hall.And at such a young age, Paras said that he has gotten used to all the attention. The younger Paras listened with gusto and obviously wants to be in the national team program for the long haul.And as a 6-foot-5 swingman with the athletic ability rarely seen for Filipinos his size, Kobe Paras could come up with the impact for the National team and in the PBA in the near future, much in the same way his dad did in 1989 when he became the pro league’s first and only Rookie-MVP.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Panjab University to recruit at 150 various posts

first_imgPanjab University, Chandigarh has invited application for recruitment of faculty posts in the university department/centers or institutes.Important DatesClosing Date for Registration: October 14 2014VacanciesDirector-Professor: 1 post Professors: 41 posts Associate Professors: 55 posts Assistant Professors: 50 posts Director, Physical Education & Sports: 1 post Chief of University Security: 1 post Assistant Director/Assistant Professor: 1 post Pay Scale Director-Professor, Professors, Director, Physical Education & Sports: Rs 37400-67000 + AGP of Rs 10000 Associate Professors: Rs 37400-67000 + AGP of Rs 9000 Assistant Professors, Assistant Director/Assistant Professor: Rs 15600-39100 + AGP of Rs 6000 Chief of University Security: Rs 15600-39100 + GP of Rs 6600 Eligibility: Candidates should be an eminent scholar with Ph.D. qualification(s) in the concerned/allied/relevant discipline and published work of high quality, actively engaged in research with evidence of published work with a minimum of 10 publications as books and/or research/policy papers.How to Apply: Candidates can apply online by visiting the official site of the university.last_img read more

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Beware! iOS 8 Wave is a hoax, don’t put iPhone in microwave

first_imgIt is a story we have heard before. After Apple released iOS8 on Wednesday, a slickly-made infographic started circulating on social mediasites like Twitter, telling iPhone users that the new operating software sports featuresthat will allow iPhones to be charged inside Microwave. While it clearly lookslike a prank, a quick search on Twitter reveals that many have fallen prey toit.  For example here is one iPhone user who allegedly tried tocharge his phone with “wave” feature. The image circulated on the web notes, “You can now Wave-charge your device by placing it within a household microwave for a minute and a half… OS 8 contains new drivers that interface with your device’s radio-baseband allowing it to synchronize with microwave frequencies.”The prank is similar to the one that was circulated after Apple announced iOS 7. At that time, the elaborately created info graphic told iPhone users that after they had updated their phone, it would become water resistant. This too led to many iPhone users dunking their phones in water after updating them to the latest version of iOS.last_img read more

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Scoliosis

first_imgAbnormal curvature in the spine is known as scoliosis, and generally begins just at the onset of puberty and progresses during the period of rapid growth. Most junior high schools routinely screen for scoliosis because, if caught early, progressive spine curvature can be prevented. Scoliosis affects girls much more frequently than boys.Review Date:4/16/2013Reviewed By:C. Benjamin Ma, MD, Assistant Professor, Chief, Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service, UCSF Department of Orthopaedic Surgery. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Bethanne Black, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.last_img

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7 Manchester United FC fans in Nigeria electrocuted watching Europa League tie

first_imgSeven people are dead after a live electrical wire fell onto a gathering of people watching football in southern Nigeria, police said Friday, but residents said the death toll was higher.Cross River state police spokeswoman Irene Ugbo said another 10 people were critically injured after the wire fell on the roof of a football viewing center in Calabar city on Thursday night.Resident Ukeme Joseph put the death toll at 20 instead, saying more than 80 people were crammed inside at the time.They had been watching a Manchester United match. Manchester United on Friday said in a tweet that the team’s thoughts go out to those affected by the tragedy.Our thoughts go out to the United fans, their friends and families affected by the tragedy in Calabar, Nigeria, yesterday. pic.twitter.com/WGnHAxpjMV- Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 21, 2017The Port Harcourt Electricity Distribution Company has not commented on the incident, but authorities have said it is illegal to erect structures under high-tension cables.”It was heart-wrenching that the lives of the young men were lost through electrocution,” the state’s governor, Ben Ayade, said in a statement. The statement did not mention a death toll.Many Nigerians prefer to watch football games at the viewing centers, for a small fee, instead of watching at home.last_img read more

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FC Bayern Youth Cup to begin from November 24

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 16 (PTI) The sixth edition of the FC Bayern Youth Cup, an under-16 seven-a-side inter-school football tournament, is set to kickstart from November 24 across six cities in India. The FC Bayern Youth Cup — a joint initiative by adidas and Germen giants FC Bayern — will see participation of over 2,000 kids from schools across India. The city legs of the tournament spanning over a period of 14 weeks, will be played in New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai and Srinagar. The final will take place in February next year in Delhi. The tournament allows young children to experience a professional footballer’s life. The winning team will represent ‘Team India’ in the FC Bayern Youth Cup World Finals and get to train under the professionals in Munich in May next year. The selected players also get a chance to watch the season’s last Bundesliga match at the iconic Allianz Arena.”India has been referred to as, “the sleeping giant of world football” which was reinforced with FIFA U-17 World Cup tournament being held in the country, giving a chance to unveil the vast talent that India holds in the sport,” said Sean Van Wyk, Senior Marketing Director, adidas India.”The past five seasons of the tournament have received great response and school teams are really excited to be participating in this year’s edition,” he added. Bixente Lizarazu, former FC Bayern player will visit Delhi for the final to encourage the participants and give them a glimpse of what’s in store for the winning team.advertisement”India has surprised everybody with the kind of talent it has produced in football in spite of entering the football scene at a much later stage, considering football isn’t a main league sport in the country,” Lizarazu said.”It’s an honour to monitor the progress of these young teams, impart my learnings to the best possible extent and let me confess, these budding talents amaze me with their skill set,” he added. PTI APA AHlast_img read more

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BMTA Referee Manager Position

first_imgThe purpose of this position is to oversee and coordinate all referee aspects at BMTA.  This position is responsible for the planning, development, implementation and management of referees, referee programs and associated initiatives within the association.   The primary duty of this role is to co-ordinate and allocate referees to BMTA competition games.Primary outcomes of this role are to:1. Increase the quantity of active referees at BMTA2. Increase the quality of referees at BMTA.3. Increase the quantity of BMTA referees suitable for selection to elite levels, programs4. Improve the administrative and management efficiencies regarding referees.5. Build a cohesive, inclusive culture within the refereeing fraternity at BMTAClosing Date – Monday, 16 February 2009Further information is attached or you can visit the BMTA website – www.bmta.com.aulast_img read more

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8 days agoChelsea hero Cole on coaching philosophy: I’m stealing from Mourinho, Ancelotti & Wenger!

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea hero Cole on coaching philosophy: I’m stealing from Mourinho, Ancelotti & Wenger!by Freddie Taylor8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAshley Cole says he will take bits and pieces from all of his former managers on his coaching journey.The former Chelsea and Arsenal fullback is currently undertaking his coaching badges.”Everyone has their own philosophy but you also have to take ideas that you like from different coaches,’ he told the club’s website. “The first thing I learned on my coaching badges was that every coach is a thief!”I want to take parts of Jose Mourinho in terms of how organised he was, Carlo Ancelotti for his man-management and how he would give players faith to go out and express themselves within his system and Arsene Wenger, who was definitely a great man-manager and put a lot of trust in young players to find things out for themselves and learn quickly from mistakes. It’s about being adaptable.”Asked about his aspirations, Cole added: “I want to be the best. I’ve been around a lot of great players and managers so it’s about understanding what it takes.”I understood as a player what it took to be the best and now it’s about trying to transfer that into how I can be the best as a coach.” last_img read more

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The Car Gadget Every Guy Should Own

first_imgGot some spare Christmas cash burning a hole in your pocket? Spend it on an OBD2 dongle. Your car will thank you.OBD2 is short for On-Board Diagnostics, version two. It’s a system that’s been built into just about every car made in the US since the mid 80’s, and it basically allows you to tap into your car’s on-board computer and get detailed information on what’s going on with it at any given moment.Diagnostics ports have existed in cars for decades, but it wasn’t until recently that tapping into that information and making sense of it was really easy.The Link from Automatic solves that problem. It definitely isn’t the first OBD2 dongle that’s ever been made, but it’s arguably the most sophisticated and user-friendly one we’ve ever encountered.The device plugs into your OBD2 port just like any other dongle, but unlike others, it uses a low-power Bluetooth signal to wirelessly beam information to your smartphone in real time. This way you’ll always know exactly why your car is acting up, and then be able to address the problem before it gets worse.If your check engine light pops on, Automatic immediately shoots a notification to your phone to explain what caused it. For simple problems, the app offers suggestions on how to resolve the issue yourself. For stuff that’s more complicated, it automatically tracks down well-reviewed mechanics in the surrounding area and offers directions. And to top it all off, the app even monitors your driving habits and suggests ways to boost your gas mileage.It doesn’t matter if you’re a gearhead or completely clueless when it comes to cars – this thing is useful no matter who you are. You can pick up a Link for $100 bucks online, or just drop by the nearest Apple store to find one. Après-Hike: The Best Gear Kit to Sport After the Adventure The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date Editors’ Recommendations How to Shave With a Straight Razor 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mindlast_img read more

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US lawmakers introduce legislation to protect H4 visa workers

first_imgWashington DC: Two influential US lawmakers have introduced a legislation in the House of Representatives to protect work authorisation of H-4 visa workers, mostly spouses of Indian professionals having H-1B visas. The introduction of such a legislation by the two lawmakers from California comes days after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said that it would publish this month the long-promised regulation that would prevent the work authorisation to spouses on H-4 visas. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documentsH-4 visas are issued to the spouses of H-1B visa holders, a significantly large number of whom are high-skilled professionals from India. This week, the Trump administration announced plans to overturn current the DHS regulations that allow certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B visa holders who are stuck in Green Card backlogs to obtain employment authorisation, pursue their own professional goals and contribute to the US economy, said the lawmakers Anna G Eshoo and Zoe Lofgren. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chiefMany H-4 visa holders are highly skilled professionals, and the DHS previously extended eligibility for employment authorisation to them recognising the economic burdens of families of many H-1B workers, particularly those who live in high cost areas like Silicon Valley on a single income as they await green card approvals, they said. Since the rule was implemented, over 100,000 workers, mainly women, have received employment authorisation, and the H-4 Employment Protection Act prohibits the Trump administration from revoking this important rule. “H-4 visa holders deserve a chance to contribute to their local economies and provide for their families,” Eshoo said. “This is a matter of economic fairness and this legislation ensures it will continue,” she added. H-4 visa holders had obtained work permits under a special order issued by the previous Obama administration. Indian-Americans were a major beneficiary of this provision. More than one lakh H-4 visa holders have been beneficiary of this rule.last_img read more

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Minor IPS reshuffle in state

first_imgKolkata: In a minor reshuffle, postings of 14 IPS officers have been changed on Tuesday. According to the order published, Natarajan Ramesh Babu has been posted as the Additional Director General (ADG), Traffic II in West Bengal Police (WBP). Kallol Ganai, who was the Inspector General (IG), Traffic, has been made the IG, Operations (O) II in West Bengal Police.Mitesh jain, who was the Joint Commissioner (Jt. CP) Armed Police (AP) in Kolkata, has been transferred to the post of Deputy Inspector General (DIG), Criminal Investigation Department (CID), (Special). Joint Commissioner (A) Akhilesh Kumar Chaturvedi will replace him. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersMeanwhile, Biswajit Ghosh, Deputy Commissioner (DC), East Division of Kolkata Police, has been made the Deputy Commissioner, 4th Battalion of Kolkata Armed Police (KAP). Rupesh Kumar, who was the Deputy Commissioner, Headquarters, Howrah Police Commissionerate, will replace him. Avvaru Ravindranath, who was the Deputy Commissioner, Zone II (Airport Division) in Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate, has been made the AIG (Security) in Directorate of Security. J Mercy, who was the Special Superintendent (SS) in Enforcement Branch (EB), will replace him.last_img read more

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Alberta announces another round of easing on oil production restrictions

EDMONTON — The Alberta government has announced another easing of restrictions on oil production, saying the amount that can be produced will increase in May by 25,000 barrels per day and another 25,000 barrels per day in June.The province mandated production cuts at the start of this year in an effort to reduce a price discount on oil produced in Western Canada, which is due to a lack of pipeline and rail capacity.The province says in a news release that less diluent is needed to move the bitumen through pipelines when the weather is warmer, meaning there’s more capacity. B.C. seeks pipeline ‘veto’ in new court battle with Ottawa, Alberta Imperial’s Aspen project was ‘the exception’ to Canada’s stagnant oil growth outlook. Not anymore Enbridge Line 3 delays may cause oil-by-rail to skyrocket to new heights, see Alberta extend curtailment The Alberta government initially ordered production of raw crude oil and bitumen to be cut by 325,000 barrels per day.Since then, the province has eased the mandatory cuts as the discount for Western Canadian Select bitumen-blend oil compared with New York-traded West Texas Intermediate has fallen.It says that when both increases are in effect in June, it will represent a total increase of 150,000 barrels a day since the start of the production limit policy on Jan. 1.“As we increase production, we’re providing even more certainty for producers who have been working with us to protect the jobs and livelihoods of thousands of Alberta families and businesses,” Premier Rachel Notley said in Monday’s news release.“This temporary policy has been critical to reducing the oil price differential while we move ahead with our medium-term plan to ship more oil by rail and lead the long-term charge for new pipelines as we fight to get full value for the resources owned by all Albertans.”Effective June 1, the province will allow 3.71 million barrels per day to be produced.When the production limits were announced in December, the government said it would buy as many as 80 locomotives and 7,000 rail tankers, expected to move the province’s excess oil to markets, with the first shipments expected in late 2019.Monday’s news release said the province’s crude-by-rail program is scheduled to begin initial shipments in July, ramping up to 120,000 barrel-a-day shipments by 2020.The government said it will continue to monitor the market and its response to the increases, and will work to provide information prior to trading periods for future months. read more

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Samuel Smith pub chain becomes first in UK to ban mobile phones

A pub chain boasting more than 300 outlets has banned customers from talking on their mobile phones while on the premises.In Samuel Smith’s pubs, a chain originating from Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, customers wishing to make a phone call will have to go outside, the same as smokers.Photographs of a memo telling managers to enforce this rule, allegedly sent by pub boss Humphrey Smith, have been published by the Manchester Evening News. It dictates that  customers wishing to check their phones must go outside “in the same way as is required with smoking”.According to the memo, the ban also applies to laptops and tablets, and says that  customers are also not allowed to “receive transmitted pictures of sport or download music apps”. “The brewery’s policy is that our pubs are for social conversation person to person,” it concluded.The 73-year-old proprietor is said to regularly go into his pubs incognito to check his staff are enforcing the rules.He reportedly makes great efforts to get his customers to maintain the art of pub conversation, and keep standards that would make the original Samuel Smith proud when he founded the brewery in 1758.London landlord Oisin Rogers, who runs The Guinea Grill in Mayfair, said Mr Smith was “going all Willie Wonka again” with the latest ban. He added that he has a “no TV rule plus no mobile calls in the pub”, but added that customers are allowed to check emails.Other pub owners have similarly banned phone calls, and the landlord of The Court Inn in Durham asked his customers not to use mobile phones back in 2009.Last year, chain restaurant Frankie and Benny’s became the first to ban mobile phones at the dinner table.The pub chain has fought technology in the past, and banned televisions and music in order to “traditional, uncompromisingly Victorian aesthetic”. It has also banned swearing, with signs in pubs telling customers: “We wish to inform all of our customers that we have introduced a zero tolerance policy against swearing in all of our pubs. Please kindly respect this policy”.Customers have complained online of being rebuked by bar staff for using foul language.Samuel Smith’s has been approached for comment.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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JBM Hurling replay feels more like a match than an occasion

first_imgWITH THE PRE-MATCH fanfare more sedate this time around, Cork manager Jimmy Barry-Murphy says that Saturday’s All-Ireland hurling replay has lost the aura of a final.Whether that is better or worse is a moot point. What matters is how Barry-Murphy and his opposite number, Clare manager Davy Fitzgerald, manage the difference.“It has been a bit unusual,” the Rebel boss explained. “I’ve never been in this situation before. None of us have been.“You just have to get over the anti-climactic feeling after the game and it’s the same for Clare.“Training has gone well since. We’re very pleased with it. It’s just a case of continuing what we were doing before the final and trying to learn from our mistakes from the last day.”By the time the sides meet again under the Croke Park lights on Saturday evening, it will be almost three full weeks since the dramatic final which captivated the country.“We just took a few days off to reflect on the game and give the lads a bit of a break from us,” Barry-Murphy says on the long gap between final and replay.“They needed a break from the whole situation. It is draining for the players mentally as well. You’re building up for a big final and you have all of the razzmatazz that goes with it. Obviously there’s a lot less of that for the replay.From that point of view it has been pretty good. Training has gone very well and we’re very pleased with it. “We just had a look at the game and analysed it and went over a good few things ourselves. We’re very pleased so far. The players have responded great to it.”He added: “There are a lot of different issues in the build-up to the final as we all know, getting gear, all of the razzmatazz that goes with the function after the game, a lot of side issues that have to be dealt with.“It’s more of a game now than it is a final.”If Cork are to succeed where they failed last time out and clinch the county’s 31st senior hurling title, Barry-Murphy knows that they will need to improve.Clare looked to have one hand on the Liam MacCarthy Cup in the drawn game but three second-half goals kept Cork within touching distance before a Pa Horgan point gave them the lead for the first time late on.It fell to Clare corner-back Domhnall O’Donovan to fire over the equalising point deep into stoppage time — his first-ever Championship score — and force Saturday’s replay.Barry-Murphy said: “Clare played very well on the day and people have made this comment that they can’t play as well again the next day but I don’t accept that at all.“They’ve had three very good displays in a row so why can’t they do it again?“That’s only looking for comfort for yourself if you’re doubting your own ability.I thought that Clare were fantastic the last day. I don’t see any reason why they can’t play as well again. They’re a young team with no inhibitions so we’ve got to raise our own game to match them really rather than focusing on them not playing as well.He added: “We’ve got to look at our own display and I certainly wouldn’t be looking for any comforts in the situation that Clare mightn’t play as well again. I think that that’s rubbish to be honest with you.“I’d be thinking that they will play as well again and that we’ll have to up our game completely to have a chance of winning.”Pa Kelly: ‘Once the player touches the ball, the goalie should be allowed attack’last_img read more

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Rob Kearney Ive kicked some ugly drop goals and thats certainly up

first_imgWe may not be the biggest side in Europe but we will always back our intensity, that if we keep building phases we will break teams down,” he added. Kearney agreed that Leinster were assisted by having the wind at their backs in the second half but added that ‘we still had to play a huge amount of rugby’. “There were times there that we were playing out of our own 22, to try build phases and score tries,” he said. “When the opportunity was there and we felt there was a sniff to make some ground with ball in hand, we did that too.”One of the turning points of the match was Kearney’s 42m drop goal, which was book-ended by a trio of Jimmy Gopperth penalties that turned a 17-12 deficit into a 24-17 lead. “I’ve kicked some ugly drop goals and that’s certainly up there,” remarked the fullback, “but they all count.”Kearney added, “I think the front five made a big effort. This man-of-the-match [award], if it was my decision I wouldn’t be taking it home.”Leinster forwards coach Jono Gibbes told Sky that Castres delivered everything he thought they would. “They were massively combative, very physical at the breakdown and a good set-piece,” said Gibbes.“It took a massive effort from us to score three tries and we almost sniffed out an opportunity for a fourth at the end. To come to a place like this against a well-organised team that haven’t given up a lot of tries at home, it’s a satisfying result and puts a spring in our step for next week.”Gibbes conceded that Leinster’s start was ‘not ideal’ but argued that the French side got their tries through defensive lapses rather than any creative spark. His stance underplays the role Castres centre Remi Lamerat, who scored his side’s consolation try, had in lacerating the Leinster backline for the Richie Gray and Brice Dulin scores. LEINSTER FULLBACK ROB KEARNEY hailed the fighting spirit of his team as they came back from a horrendous start to secure a vital Heineken Cup win over Castres.Leinster’s quarter final hopes looked all but shredded after 25 minutes as they trailed 14-0 at Stade Pierre Antoine. Their scrum was caving in and their high defensive line was getting consistently infiltrated. Jimmy Gopperth stepped up with two well-taken tries and the Blues wrested control in a patient, determined fashion after the break.Gopperth and Kearney combined for 12 points after the break before Jordi Murphy’s late score in the corner secured a 29-22 triumph and four points that keep Leinster’s Pool 1 destiny very much in their hands.“After those first 20, 25 minutes, we needed to show a lot of character,” Kearney told Sky Sports. Teams that don’t have that sort of character won’t come back from those 14-0 scores. We knew if we kept building, had confidence in our own ability, kept going through some phases”center_img The Kiwi added, “We just felt if we were able to get a little bit of a foothold with possession, particularly at set-piece, that we may be able to put pressure on them later on… and it took quite a long time to do that.“I thought the boys’ resilience and energy and their commitment to keep getting up and running into these big fellas here was first class.”Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >As it happened: Castres v Leinster, Heineken CupGopperth targets home quarter final after inspiring Leinster comebacklast_img read more

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Eric Schmidt planning a trip to North Korea

first_imgAccording to a recent statement Google Executive Chairman, Eric Schmidt, will be taking a trip to North Korea in the coming days. The visit, which was organized by former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson, will be a private one (as in, unrelated to Schmidt’s work at Google) and will be undertaken for humanitarian reasons. No date has been announced yet, but it could happen as soon as this week.The irony of a the executive of a massive internet company visiting a country with highly restricted internet usage has not been lost amidst the announcement of the visit. For that very reason this is being hailed as a notable event, not simply a trip by two high profile individuals to a country that has no diplomatic exchange with the United States.Schmidt, largely through the Eric Schmidt Family Foundation, has much experience with philanthropy, though the organization does not seem to have projects concerning the widening of internet access around the globe. Schmidt has, however, made statements in the past about universal internet access and, more prevalently, promoting net neutrality.Perhaps more closely related is Schmidt’s upcoming book, “The New Digital Age”, which will land in April 2013. Co-written with Google Ideas’ Jared Cohen, the book is focused on ubiquitous access to the internet and how “[b]y 2025, the majority of the world’s population will, in one generation, have gone from having virtually no access to unfiltered information to having almost unlimited access to all of the world’s information…”Former governor Bill Richardson has previously visited North Korea and met with representatives country as a delegate regarding nuclear proliferation. In latter visits to the country he went so far as to propose a hotline between North and South Korean militaries as well as a spent fuel rod exchange program between the two nations.Google has had no comment on the trip, confirming that it’s a personal visit, not one sponsored by or in service of the company.via APRead more: Play the first video game developed in North Korealast_img read more