Society’s poorest section wants English to be taught in government schools

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi had set up a Group of Secretaries which recently submitted a report, saying that people belonging to society’s poorest section feel that as English is an avenue for a better life it should be taught in the government schools from the beginning. The Group has reflected in its report the aspirations of poor parents who cannot afford to send their wards to private schools which are ‘English medium’.They feel their children are deprived because government schools do not teach English from the beginning level, the sources said.Teach English from the beginningSharing the inputs received from parents of such downtrodden sections, the Group of Secretaries recommended that English should be taught in government schools from the beginning level, they said.(Read: Indian-American student wins $5,000 scholarship in US for essay on dental health)Other recommendations Various other recommendations such as favouring detention policy in various classes and making yoga or sports a part of education curriculum for better physical development of children have also been made. The Group has suggested integrating of yoga or sports with the education curriculum as ‘physical education’ with regard to physical developmentof studentsIt suggested ways to raise skill development levels to global standard The panel also favoured detention at various levels to raise learning levels, the sources said. The Secretaries were of the view that due to ‘no- detention’ policy currently in place, even the students who learn nothing are promoted, which is not right for their development, they saidThe HRD ministry is already reviewing this policy prescribed in the Right to Education (RTE) Act as per which children cannot be failed till class 8The panel has also suggested that India should participate in tests like Programme for International Students’ Assessment (PISA) to gauge learning outcomes and should not get discouraged if the rankings are not favourable.Read: ICSE, ISC exams 2017: Revised datesheet releasedadvertisementRead: Himachal Pradesh: 38 colleges opened in last four years, says CM For information on more latest news and updates, click here.last_img read more

So you’re thinking about not paying your taxes…

first_imgSo, tax season is upon us. You’re looking at all your receipts from this year and want to disappear under a pile of invoices… and you’re wondering if you can slink under the radar this year. W-2? What’s that?After all, you’re no millionaire, just a clean-living honest citizen… and you got Paypal’d your last freelance check… and your dog ate your 1099s?Here’s the tough news. If you make more than $400 freelancing, you need to report it on your taxes. Yes, $400. Yes, it’s a tiny amount. Yes, you still need to report it. Even if you don’t owe any income tax, self-employed tax starts at $400.Self-employed workers need to be careful about their taxes. The IRS keeps close tabs on freelancers, because they know that they’re an easy target to pick up payments owed.Freelancers, here are four ways to avoid an audit:(PS, we’re definitely not lawyers or accountants, so when in doubt, consult a tax professional!)1. First of all, file your taxes! Even if you’ve got a day job and freelancing is just your side gig, the IRS receives a copy of every W-2 and 1099 you receive, too. So if you don’t report your freelance income, they’ll note the mismatch… and an audit might be in order.2. Be responsible with your deductions. If your deductions don’t line up with your reported income, it looks suspicious. Taking too many charitable giving deductions, for example, raises a red flag for IRS auditors. The same goes for too many meals and entertainment deductions. Read our full guide on deductions for freelancers here, and check out the ultimate list of tax deductions from our friends at Bench here.3. If you’re deducting your home office, follow the rules to the letter. Be honest with your expenses and measurements. And no, your bedroom—even if you do answer work emails in your pajamas—does not count as a home office. CPA Jonathan Medows gives you tips on home-office calculations here.4. It may be tempting to report personal purchases as business expenses on a Schedule C to reduce your amount of taxable income, but don’t! Too many business expenses will draw the attention of the IRS.Of course, there’s no reason to pay more tax than what you owe. So be honest and accurate with your deductions, and there won’t be a problem!And remember: no matter how small the amount, it’s good to pay your taxes. Not only is it the law, but that money goes to all sorts of helpful places, from Medicare and Social Security to a bunch of other major health programs.Want more like this? Join Freelancers Union (it’s free!) and never miss a post.Larissa Pham is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn, New York. She is definitely filing her taxes this year.last_img read more

Kingsbury Praises Washington, Tech DBs Worried About Vertical Attack

first_img“They definitely can throw and run the ball for sure,” added defensive back Justis Nelson. “They have big backs. They have experienced quarterback, they have a lot of deep threats.“I know they definitely like to go vertical. They like to toss the ball up. So I think the key is just keeping everything in front of us, making tackles. Making them move the ball consistently just down after down. They’re a well-coached team, and they have all the talent that you need.”OSU certainly has seemed more talented than Texas Tech in recent years. The Red Raiders haven’t beaten Oklahoma State since 2008 (pre-PFB!)“We haven’t beat them in a long time,” said Kingsbury. “They always have a great environment. The fans are right on top of you. I think our players understand what it means and how long it has been.”Hopefully the streak continues.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Texas Tech gives up 7.7 yards per pass which is inside the top 100 in the country. This stat actually looks elite compared to some of their other ones. They give up 5.8 yards per carry on the ground which is No. 125 in the country and 3.33 points per drive. It’s not pretty.And now they face an Oklahoma State offense that seems to be getting better by the week and currently gains 9.0 yards per attempt through the air. Tech head coach Kliff Kingsbury is rightfully concerned and spoke glowingly about The President.“It’s a team that continues to find a way to win at the end,” said Kingsbury. “They’ve had some really good comebacks. Offensively, tremendous skill players. Their young running back is doing a great job. Washington is as good as anyone in the country. And their quarterback is throwing it really well. They tend to make plays when they have to. Throughout this league at the end they’ve found a way to win and that’s a credit to them.“You have to dedicate a scheme to [Washington] .. each snap. Make sure you stay over the top. He’s going to get his catches. Don’t give up an easy one deep. It’s easier said than done because he does such a good job playing the ball in the air and they take shots. We’ll have to have an answer for him on every snap.”last_img read more

Mourinho is right – £75m Lukaku is a bargain

first_imgManchester United Mourinho is right – £75m goal-machine Lukaku is a bargain Kris Voakes Man Utd Correspondent Last updated 2 years ago 04:42 13/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(28) Romelu Lukaku Manchester United 2017 Getty Images Manchester United UEFA Champions League Manchester United v Basel Basel The front man was at it again on Tuesday as he led United to Champions League victory with another goal and a convincing performance up front Manchester United returned to Champions League football after a 21-month hiatus on Tuesday night, and by full-time it felt a bit like they’d never been away.They saw off Basel 3-0 with a bit to spare at Old Trafford and were led, as they have been so often in the past, by a clinical showing in the final third from a big-name striker.Lukaku 11/5 to score first vs Everton Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Romelu Lukaku has a long way to go before his European exploits can be compared with some of United’s great front men, but the Belgian marked his Champions League debut with a crucial goal and a very convincing individual performance leading the line.Coming just days after Jose Mourinho claimed his value has already doubled since his £75 million signing this summer, Lukaku’s sixth goal in six appearances served to underline the point.“I think we were very clever,” Mourinho told The Times . “We thought that something could happen that could change the market forever. Normally the last part of the market is less expensive, but this season after Neymar everything changed – and changed for the worse in terms of prices. I think Lukaku on August 31 would have been £150m.”Before Tuesday, Lukaku had done plenty in the Premier League to suggest he might have increased his worth to the United cause, but then few had been in doubt about his qualities in the English domestic game. It was in Europe that some were more keen on judging him, and his excellent work off the ball and working the channels was proof that he can do the job on the continent too. He provided shape and pace to United attacks which had Basel on their toes all night.Manchester United Champions League 2017Paul Pogba Manchester United 2017United had to overcome the early loss of their skipper Paul Pogba after the Frenchman departed just 19 minutes in with a hamstring injury. But his replacement, Marouane Fellaini, would have United ahead before half-time with a towering header from a wonderful right-wing cross by Ashley Young.In a modern game which seems increasingly bound to the notion that inverted wingers can bring greater options in the final third, the sight of a right-footer on the right wing sending in a good old-fashioned out-swinging cross for a team-mate’s head is far too rare.It was another header which broke the back of the fixture, with Lukaku heading home the second from Daley Blind’s left-wing cross shortly after the interval.As professional, functional performances go, this was right up there alongside United’s most thorough in Europe and it rightly had two meaty headed goals to top it off. Marcus Rashford’s late third was just the icing on the cake which sent the home fans out into the drenched Manchester night with even bigger smiles.With the return of Zlatan Ibrahimovic being talked about more and more by the week, and United fans regularly reeling out the Swede’s song on the terraces, there are some questions which remain in relation to Lukaku’s standing once the larger-than-life veteran is an option for Mourinho.But current form suggests Lukaku will take some moving from the role as United’s spearhead, and when it comes to sticking a price on the 24-year-old’s head the figure only grows by the game.last_img read more

Mou: I won’t chase Conte for a handshake

first_imgManchester United ‘Do you want me to chase him?’ – Mourinho plays down missing Conte handshake Goal 03:23 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(4) Jose Mourinho Manchester United Chelsea Antonio Conte Getty Manchester United Premier League Chelsea v Manchester United Chelsea The Italian chose to celebrate victory with his players rather than greet his opposite number, but the Man Utd boss won’t lose sleep over the incident Jose Mourinho played down the significance of not shaking hands with Antonio Conte after Manchester United were downed 1-0 by Chelsea on Sunday.The pair have maintained an uneasy relationship since Conte arrived in the Premier League, and tempers flared last season when the Italian was accused of over-celebrating his team’s goals during a 4-0 thrashing of the Red Devils. On Sunday, too, Mourinho was bypassed by Conte at the final whistle as the Chelsea boss went straight onto the pitch to greet his players, leaving the ‘Special One’ with members of his backroom staff.  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 United’s manager, however, insisted there was no problem between the two when asked about the handshake that never was. “You want me to go and chase him in the middle of the pitch? I was there. I shook hands with the people who were there,” he told reporters after the game.”I think one of them was his brother, the assistant, so I feel that by shaking the hands of his brother and the other assistants that I did my duty. I cannot go and run to chase him.“Why should I wait [in the tunnel]? He doesn’t have to wait. There is no problem with it at all. You are always worried with these things… no problem.”Mourinho added that United deserved to take something away from a well-matched game that was eventually decided by Alvaro Morata’s header. “It was a big game. Powerful team against powerful team. Tactically, emotionally, physically. Of course, we missed some important players who weren’t available,” he said.”The team that scored first would probably win, because both were good defensively. Being in front would always be an advantage.”They scored before us and were in a more comfortable position. We lost emotionally for a few minutes after the goal. We struggled being confident and playing again, but we had a good reaction and control.”We showed initiative, courage and had the chance to equalise, which would have been a fair result.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

Mane injury ‘a concern’ for Klopp

first_imgSadio Mané Mane’s returning hamstring injury concerns Klopp as Liverpool await full assessment Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 21:34 11/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) sadio mane - cropped Getty Images Sadio Mané Liverpool Jürgen Klopp Senegal v South Africa Liverpool v Southampton Senegal South Africa Premier League WC Qualification Africa The forward has been sent back from Senegal duty after suffering a setback on the injury that kept him out of five games in October Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits it is “a concern” to have had Sadio Mane return from international duty with another hamstring problem.The forward has been sent back to England after Senegal’s football federation confirmed he had been feeling slight pain in same muscle that kept him out for the majority of October.Reds 6/4 to score U1.5 goals v Southampton 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 With Senegal having sealed qualification for the World Cup with a 2-0 win over South Africa last week, Mane has been allowed to go back to Liverpool for assessment on the problem before they resume Premier League duties against his old club Southampton this weekend.Klopp is unwilling to speculate on the severity of the injury but concedes it is a worry to see the 25-year-old suffer another setback.”First and foremost, I have to say big congratulations to Senegal on the achievement of qualifying for the World Cup,” Klopp told Liverpool’s official website. “This is fantastic news for their country and the players, Sadio included.”Aliou Cisse and his guys have done a fantastic job there and you can see them making a real impact in Russia come next summer. Personally speaking, I’m delighted for Sadio. Everyone in Liverpool knows his ability and the best players should be on the best stage – Sadio will now have this wonderful chance.”Specifically on him returning to Melwood early to be with us: obviously it is a concern that the hamstring injury is again on the agenda and it will be critical for us to monitor and manage that in the coming days.”At this stage, we haven’t seen Sadio yet to properly assess the extent, but what is clear is that we will have to stay on top of this for the rest of the week and make sure we are careful in how we look after him.”There has been really strong communication between ourselves and the Senegal team management to ensure the player is properly protected and looked after. We respect how important he is for Senegal and therefore it must always be the case that they get to make the decision when he is under their care.”It should not be forgotten in Liverpool, either, how important it is to Sadio that he represents his country whenever he is fit enough to do so. He is so proud of his country and recognises what a role model he is for them.”So, in this moment all I can really say with certainty is that we will assess Sadio as soon as he lands back in the country and make decisions on what rehab and treatment gives him the best chance of being back fit and strong for the important fixtures we have coming.” Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the weblast_img read more

Analyst Reveals Why Jalen Hurts Picked Oklahoma Over Everyone Else

first_imgJalen Hurts points to the sky.TUSCALOOSA, AL – SEPTEMBER 29: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide looks to the sidelines for the play call against the Louisiana Ragin Cajuns at Bryant-Denny Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Jalen Hurts will be playing for the Oklahoma Sooners in 2019, as the former Alabama quarterback announced his transfer decision today.The Crimson Tide quarterback announced his decision in a piece for The Players’ Tribune.Hurts chose Oklahoma over several other major programs, including Miami and Maryland. Auburn reportedly made a “late push” for Hurts, too.The decision to transfer to Oklahoma isn’t a surprising one, as the Sooners have had incredible success with transfer QBs in recent years (Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray).One college football analyst thinks another aspect was at play, though.Recruiting insider Mike Farrell says that Hurts chose Oklahoma, in part, because of the potential of facing Alabama in the College Football Playoff.“I’m told one of the things Jalen Hurts wanted the most in a transfer school is the chance to play and beat #Bama in the playoff. #Sooners could give him that chance,” he tweeted.I’m told one of the things Jalen Hurts wanted the most in a transfer school is the chance to play and beat #Bama in the playoff. #Sooners could give him that chance.— Mike Farrell (@rivalsmike) January 16, 2019Oklahoma will undoubtedly be a College Football Playoff contender in 2019, as the Sooners should start the season ranked inside the top 10.The Crimson Tide should get back there, as well. Alabama will likely start the 2019 season ranked No. 2 in the country.An Alabama-Oklahoma matchup would be a ton of fun, too.last_img read more

How to Throw a Bloody Great (Grown-Up) Halloween Party

first_img The Absolute Worst Movies to Watch with a Date 7 Couples Costumes That Don’t Suck Editors’ Recommendations How to Make a Bee’s Knees Cocktail 6 Essential Scotch Cocktails That You Need to Know As grown-ups, we don’t opt for a Halloween party hosted by a bar, club, or hotel. That’s because we get tired, have work in the morning, and want to celebrate with friends instead of grinding collegiates.The following guide will walk you through the steps to throw a bloody fang-tastic grown-up Halloween party, including creepy food and cocktails, the soundtrack, games, decorations, and costume ideas.When I think of the best Halloweens, they’re from childhood: parties in the school gymnasium, trick-or-treating, and wholly enjoying the haunting and magical spirit of All Hallow’s Eve. During the planning (and it will take planning), execution, and bewitching hour as guests arrive, remember the enthusiasm of your eight-year-old self and let them take the headless horseman’s reins.CostumesOne word: mandatory.Create an Instagram story that says you’re throwing a Halloween party, include the date and time, and write in stand-out orange letters: “COSTUMES MANDATORY.” Send. Is this going too far? No. Once people know you mean business, they’ll know how to arrive. Those who do not abide will be sent to the grave. (Or forced to dress up as the Natty Tron or whatever costumes are lurking in your closet.)Photo by Anna BizońCostumes are essential to the mood of the party, and the practice is more authentic than chocolates and spider webs. Ancient Celts believed spirits and ghosts walked the earth on Halloween night, so they wore masks to avoid being recognized as the living.What should you dress up as? A ninja. Grab an Airblaster Ninja Suit (black) and accessorize with hand-made aluminum foil throwing stars. Or pick from these our most badass costume ideas based on your favorite films.DecorationsThe key to a drop-dead perfect party is in the lighting. Cheap strands of orange and purple lights are your best friend. Put them everywhere and only use these. No light in your haunted house should ever be turned on. Add in slime-green glow sticks hidden on the counter to illuminate the food spread.You don’t need fake tombstones or pop-out psychopaths, but pin-up fake spider webs (also spread thinly over the tops of doorways), scatter pumpkins of all sizes and colors (gourds with boils are ace), and add candles that smell like pumpkin spice. Not the overly sweet vomit candles, but rich, spicy, tobacco and vanilla, pumpkin spice candles.Up the ante by focusing your design attention on one big wall that guests can use as a photo spot. For all other parties, I don’t suggest this (except ugly sweater parties), but everyone will want to remember the costumes and repost.MusicThe party soundtrack should be upbeat in the beginning so the first zombies and aliens who arrive don’t feel awkward. An hour or two in, the music needs to hit a recognizable peak once guests have libated from the cauldron and aren’t shy to sing Nelly out loud. During the middle and beginning, mix iconic Halloween songs like the Monster Mash with ’90s and early-2000s hits. Toward the end of the night, transition to haunting Halloween chorales like Dead Man’s Bones and Danzig. This lets everyone know the party is winding down.Spend an evening before the party creating your mix on Spotify.DrinksThis is what makes your grown-up Halloween party memorable.In a punch bowl (or cauldron if you have), mix a big batch of Blood Punch. Yes, it looks like blood, so grab a fake hand from the store and let it float on top. If this punch sounds like the sugar-bomb you had in third grade, think again. Made with only four ingredients, a batch of Blood Punch takes only two bottles of Batiste Silver Rhum, 1 lb dried hibiscus flowers, 0.75 gallons of water, and 0.5 lb of sugar cane. Boil the hibiscus and water then add the sugar and simmer for a half hour (or until the consistency is like blood). Add liquor and you’re done. We’re trying to prevent hangovers, remember?Ghouls Night Out.Secondly (yes, this is a multi-drink party because mama didn’t raise no b****), individually mix a Ghouls Night Out for guests. Once again, this cocktail recipe forgoes the super-sugary mixers for a more herbaceous, witchy taste that prompts savoring not chugging. In a martini shaker, vigorously shake 1 leaf of torn sage, 1.5 oz of Bombay Sapphire Gin, simple syrup, and ice. Pour mixture into a glass filled with ice and finish with 1 oz beet juice and a splash of lemon juice.If a guest is more of a tequila/Mezcal/tiki kinda ghoul, mix up a Children of the Corn created by Sunday in Brooklyn’s Brian Evans. In a hurricane glass, whip together — with ice — 1.5 oz Altos Olmeca Tequila Reposado, 1 oz Spiced Corn Cordial, 0.5 oz of lime juice, 2 spoons of coconut milk yogurt, and one dash of a cayenne pepper tincture. Pour and top with more pebble ice. Add 0.5 oz Mr. Black Coffee Liqueur and, if you’re feeling fancy, garnish with a dried corn husk and dehydrated lime wheel.For even more Halloween cocktail ideas, head here.FoodPhoto by Karen SarragaDon’t serve a tub of cheese balls and store-bought cookies. Curate a simple charcuterie board and opt for a build-your-own chili bowl situation so guests can eat a real meal instead of monster munch.The pièce de résistance will be hand-made white chocolate peanut butter pretzel bones. They look like real bones and taste money. Check out the recipe on the first episode of the new Netflix show The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell. Make as much of the food ahead of time as possible.Dishes and cups? Instead of buying Halloween glasses and plates from Party City, make a trip to the thrift store for extravagant goblets, trays, and macabre-looking dishware. And if you’re going to get candy, we suggest something more adult like these beer-flavored treats.GamesI’m not opposed to drinking games as long as they’re not blackout games — i.e. games that get you loaded fast. Play pong with Blood Punch or skip the boozy competitions altogether. Apart from dancing and conversation, add a few packs of tarot cards with the instructions written out clearly, make a costume contest box where guests all vote on who wins the best costume (you can grab a $50 gift card for the winner).And please, oh please, set up a Fear Factor. This childish game tricks the senses into believing you’re touching a bag of eyeballs when really they’re peeled grapes or boiled spaghetti as monster brains. It’s juvenile but oddly enjoyable.Other adult Halloween game ideas that take more time: write out scary movie trivia cards or plan a surprise murder mystery. And if anybody gets too spooked, just remind that you don’t live a haunted place — unlike these real-life destinations. 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Expertslast_img read more

Oil companies set to roll out dividend increases as crude price rally

CALGARY — A rally in oil prices that started late last year and shows no signs of stopping in 2018 is expected to pave the way for bigger payouts for long-suffering Canadian energy investors as fourth-quarter reporting season gets underway in the next month.Researchers at both AltaCorp Capital Inc. and BMO Capital Markets predicted in reports this week that Calgary-based Husky Energy Inc. will reinstate a modest cash dividend to replace the one it cancelled in late 2015 because of low commodity prices.Husky CEO Rob Peabody said the board has yet to make a final decision on the dividend but he agreed that the financial conditions are right to allow it to be reinstated.Oil’s rout is over, hail the return of $100 crude — well, maybeOPEC-Russia oil deal working a bit too well as crude climbs toward $70, renewing threat from Canadian oilsands“My view is we should put in a dividend that is compatible with our peers but, if anything, a little to the low side … (so) it can grow over time, because that’s what investors seem to value the most,” he said during a presentation at a CIBC conference webcast from Whistler, B.C., on Wednesday.The BMO report predicted Husky’s shareholder payouts would be set at around 30 cents per share per year. Husky is expected to report on March 1.AltaCorp analyst Nick Lupick said dividend increases could also be in the cards for Calgary-based oilsands producers Suncor Energy Inc., Imperial Oil Ltd. and Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. — Suncor is expected to report on Feb. 7.Both BMO and AltaCorp are also predicting dividend increases at Freehold Royalties Ltd. and PrairieSky Royalty Ltd., Calgary companies that partner with exploration companies who drill on properties where they hold the mineral rights.On Wednesday, New York-traded benchmark West Texas Intermediate rose US$1.50 to close at a new three-year high of US$65.97 a barrel.CIBC World Markets in a report earlier this week updated its 2018 average price forecast for WTI to US$62.50 per barrel from US$55 and adjusted its longer term WTI and London-traded Brent forecasts US$5 higher to US$65 and US$68.50, respectively.“Although 2017 was certainly a challenging year for the sector, we expect it to end on a high note,” the researchers said, predicting strong fourth-quarter results from oil producers.The discount paid for Western Canadian Select, an oilsands blend, widened from a steady US$11 per barrel compared with WTI in the third quarter to as much as US$26.80 per barrel in the fourth. The bigger discount was blamed on transport blockages after the Keystone pipeline from Alberta to the U.S. Gulf Coast was shut down for 12 days following a leak.Lupick said the gradual activation of idle crude-by-rail capacity will help clear transport channels and result in a 30-per-cent tightening of differentials by May, to the benefit of bitumen producers like Cenovus Energy Inc.The low WCS price, he added, is expected to result in record fourth-quarter downstream profits for Canadian companies with refineries, as gasoline and diesel prices remained high despite the lower cost of feedstock.The analysts didn’t see much hope for natural gas producers in the fourth quarter or in 2018. In the U.S., benchmark prices were flat at about US$2.91 per thousand cubic feet in the last three months of 2017, while in Alberta prices averaged C$1.72 per mcf, up marginally from the previous quarter but down 44 per cent from C$3.09 a year earlier.BMO said in its report that Canadian companies that can sell their gas in the U.S. will have much better results than those forced to sell in Alberta.CIBC said demand for North American drilling and well completions services are expected to rebound in 2018 from the lows of the past two years but demand will be stronger in the U.S., allowing it to outperform Canada. read more

These Dodgers May Be Different

2013 NLDSBraves265 2016 NLDSNationals465 2017 NLCSCubs264% SERIESOPPONENTGAME NO.OPPONENT’S HIGHEST WIN PROB. 2014 NLDSCardinals484 2015 NLDSMets279 2017 NLDSDiamondbacks272 Between 2013 and 2016, the Los Angeles Dodgers won 369 regular-season ballgames (second-most in baseball) and played the second-most playoff games (30) of any MLB team. They advanced to the National League Championship Series twice, each time coming within a couple of wins of securing the franchise’s first pennant since 1988. But L.A. also had a knack for throwing away winnable games, losses that crippled any chance of postseason success. Whether they were falling short despite starting one of the best pitchers in the game or otherwise finding ways to lose, the Dodgers would show clear championship potential and then promptly bungle it.This year, however, Los Angeles has turned that narrative on its head. The Dodgers had MLB’s best regular-season record, and once again they’ve found themselves against teams with on-paper upset potential in the form of the Arizona Diamondbacks and Chicago Cubs. They’ve even found themselves trailing early on multiple occasions. And yet, L.A. has been the one storming back and winning at the expense of another team’s misery.Maybe these Dodgers really are different after all.During that 2013-16 period, the Dodgers lost nine playoff games during which they had at least a 60 percent chance of winning at some point, according to The Baseball Gauge — including five in which they had at least a 75 percent win probability. On the other side of the ledger, they won only six games in which they had at least a 60 percent chance of losing, and three with at least a 75 percent chance of losing. In other words, L.A. excelled at botching games from ahead and struggled to win from behind. This postseason, however, the Dodgers have three comebacks from win probabilities below 40 percent, including two against the Cubs to start the NLCS. And they didn’t let up with huge leads against the D-Backs in the Division Series — the kinds of games they ought to win but haven’t always in the past.Facing the defending champs, the Dodgers have been the ones performing heroics at the plate — in Game 2, Justin Turner cranked L.A.’s first postseason walkoff home run since Kirk Gibson’s iconic blast 29 years earlier (to the day). And the Cubs have made the head-scratching managerial decisions (Joe Maddon brought past-his-prime starter John Lackey into the ninth inning instead of closer Wade Davis). The Dodgers won even though Clayton Kershaw didn’t have his best stuff, a situation that has doomed them in playoffs past. They look every bit the part of the dominating club we saw at midseason, when they were clear World Series favorites.There’s still time for Chicago to mount a comeback of its own, of course. The Cubs were down 2-1 to the Dodgers last year, with only about a 30 percent chance of winning the series; right now, that probability is about 20 percent. But it would require one of the biggest LCS comebacks of the past couple decades, against a Dodgers team that might finally have all the pieces in place to escape its history of playoff disappointment. SERIESOPPONENTGAME NO.DODGERS’ HIGHEST WIN PROB. 2013 NLDSBraves478 2015 NLDSMets384 The Dodgers don’t choke anymorePostseason wins and losses by the Los Angeles Dodgers that featured big comebacks or collapses, 2013-17 2016 NLDSNationals279 Dodger comebacks (wins) … A big comeback or collapse is defined as games where the eventual loser had at least a 60% chance of winning at any point during the game.Source: The Baseball Gauge 2013 NLDSBraves373 2015 NLDSMets575 2014 NLDSCardinals198 2015 NLDSMets162 2013 NLCSCardinals568 2016 NLDSNationals367% 2013 NLCSCardinals174 2016 NLDSNationals577 2017 NLCSCubs175 … and Dodger collapses (losses) read more

Laser mineral analysis technology for Australiawide exploration

first_imgRio Tinto will offer non-confidential laser mineral analysis technology developed by geoscientists at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Ore Deposit Science (CODES) over the last decade to junior explorers for free to facilitate discovery of the next major mineral deposit in Australia. The technology, developed by a team of geoscientists led by Professors David Cooke and Bruce Gemmell at the University of Tasmania, was supported by AMIRA International research projects. Rio Tinto was one of the companies that helped finance this research and it adapted the technology for its Bundoora Research laboratories in Melbourne, and has been testing it on its own mineral projects for the last two years.The technology uses the changes in the concentration of trace elements in minerals to define the location of buried ore deposits. The technique has been tested by the CODES research team on many major deposits worldwide and shown to have a very high success rate for discovery.The University of Tasmania’s ARC Centre has developed the most advanced laser ablation ICPMS labs in the world, and is the international leader in this field of research applied to exploration for ore deposits.“The fact that Rio, one of the largest global miners, has comprehensively adopted the technology for its exploration programs and is now proposing to use this to assist junior companies to discover the next major ore deposit is testimony to the high quality and industry relevant research carried out at University of Tasmania,” Gemmell, the director of CODES, said.last_img read more

Poll Is it ok to protest outside a TDs house

first_img I don’t know (194) Poll Results: THIS WEEK, A group of anti water meter protesters set up camp outside a Labour TD’s house.The campaigners targeted the Raheny home of Dublin North East TD Sean Kenny for five evenings in a row.The story attracted considerable debate on, garnering almost 200 comments, with the debate split almost down the middle.But, what do you think?We’re asking: Is it ok to protest outside a TD’s house? Yes (2462)center_img No (4519) YesNoI don’t knowVoteOpinion: Aaron McKenna: Protesting outside politicians’ homes cheapens your argumentRead: Protesters have been camped outside a Labour TD’s house for the last five dayslast_img read more

Man due before court tomorrow over Finglas shop robbery

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article No Comments Sunday 26 Feb 2017, 11:14 AM 8,092 Views Feb 26th 2017, 11:14 AM By Gráinne Ní Aodha Image: Share1 Tweet Email Man due before court tomorrow over Finglas shop robbery Gardaí forced entry into the shop yesterday, where they discovered a man wearing a balaclava armed with a crowbar. Short URL A 43-YEAR-OLD MAN is to appear before Blanchardstown District Court tomorrow morning on charges in connection with a robbery at a shop in Finglas yesterday.Gardaí foiled a robbery today that was taking place in a shop in Finglas, during which the staff were locked into a room.At around 7.30am uniformed gardaí were alerted to a robbery in progress at a shop in the Hampton Wood area of Finglas.Upon arrival, gardaí forced entry into the shop where they discovered a man wearing a balaclava armed with a crowbar. Following a brief struggle, the man was apprehended.Two staff members, a male and a female, were found after being locked into a room inside the premises. They were not physically harmed during the incident, gardaí said.The investigation is ongoing.Comments are closed as the case is due before the courts.Read: Young man killed in one-car collision in Louth last night Image: RollingNews.ielast_img read more

The 5 at 5 Wednesday

first_img Wed 4:56 PM 6,752 Views Short URL Share Tweet Email EVERY WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you the five biggest stories of the day.1. #BUDGET 2020: Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe has received approval from Cabinet to base Budget 2020 around the assumption that there will be a no-deal Brexit come 31 October.2. #PROROGUING: The British government has said it will appeal a Scottish appeal court ruling today that Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s decision to suspend parliament for five weeks was “unlawful”.3. #BEEF TALKS: Agriculture minister Michael Creed is to meet with representatives from both sides of the ongoing beef dispute this evening. 4. #UNITED IRELAND: A new poll has shown just over half of people in Northern Ireland would vote for Irish unification if there were a border poll tomorrow.5. #COURTS: The High Court has directed the District Court to impose a new sentence on a man who admitted taking 12,000 pictures of a female neighbour without her knowledge or consent. No Comments By Cónal Thomas The 5 at 5: Wednesday Five minutes, five stories, five o’clock… Wednesday 11 Sep 2019, 4:55 PM Image: Shutterstock/Timothy S. Allen Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Timothy S. Allenlast_img read more

Tax evasion hurting tourism in Greece

first_imgPresident of the Hellenic Chamber of Hotels (CHC), Giorgos Tsakiris says tax evasion from the tourism industry will cost the country 1.5 billion euros in lost revenue in 2014.Tsakiris links the lost revenue to the failure to prosecute or tax short-term rentals or small lodgings. 80 per cent of those rentals do not have legal certification according to industry data, and is a major problem for legally operating hotel who have to foot large tax bills and comply to certain regulations.Mr Tsakiris made the comments while attending an international tourism forum on the effect of the new international trend of “Sharing Economy” in Greece.Greek Tourism Minister Olga Kefalogianni gave the opening speech at the forum where representatives of the tourism industry presented data showing the phenomenon’s negative impact in the country.Source: Greek Reporter Greece Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

100M in Health Care Commitments left outstanding

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticMediaNews#FormerGovtLeft100MOutstandingHealthCareCommittments Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, May 30th 2017:The former government made promises to start health care initiatives to the tune of $100M  but did not secure the funding to ensure it could happen, according to Health Minister, Dr. Duane Sands, who made the disclosure following a tour of the Princess Margaret Hospital on Monday.The promises were made in the week before the May 10th elections by the former government, with contracts signed, including the construction of a $30M healthcare centre in Palmetto Point in Eleuthera. The health Minister says government now has to“find monies” to in an attempt to deal with those commitments while trying to ensure an efficient public health care service.The revelation comes as the FNM Administration prepares  for its Budget Presentation on Wednesday.The report for National Health Insurance, NHI – rolled out one month before the elections – is similar said Minister Sands who told media that there is no plan to sustain the health care scheme.  He talked about what will be done under his administration: “harmonizing health care strategy, and form stronger relationships with stakeholders, while improving the scheme.” Other plans include a single governing structure for healthcare, as opposed to various bodies such as the Public Health Authority, the Ministry of Health and private sector.For now, the Health Minister says coming is a new child and maternity wing and improvements to the accident and emergency department at PMH.last_img read more

Exclusive baseball talks OKd by county

first_imgShould officials begin discussions to — maybe — bring a new stadium and minor league baseball to Clark College?Yes said two of three Clark County commissioners Tuesday night to entering into a 60-day agreement that’s limited to discussing the idea exclusively between local officials and the owners of the Class A Yakima Bears, who are proposing it.That’s all it means, officials said, explaining the agreement ensures that the county and Short Season LLC can’t discuss it with other parties and try to leverage better deals. It doesn’t mean it is going to happen.At a full-house public-comment meeting Tuesday night, Commissioners Marc Boldt and Steve Stuart voted yes. Commissioner Tom Mielke voted no, saying the proposal is moving much too fast and needs far more study, especially in terms of who would pay for it.Commissioners have yet to even have a work session on the proposal, but they plan to.They know they will likely be asked to impose a 5 percent countywide entertainment ticket tax and issue bonds to cover 70 percent of capital construction costs for a stadium at Clark College.A 5 percent admissions tax would raise a $10 movie ticket to $10.50, for example, and some of the estimated 100 people who attended asked questions like, “Why add a tax on movie and symphony tickets for baseball?”last_img read more

Miamis Moonlight leads Best Picture Oscar contenders

first_img(WSVN) – “Moonlight” might be our hometown favorite, but the hard-hitting drama has plenty of competition in a crowded race for Hollywood’s ultimate prize this Sunday: the Academy Award for Best Picture.If you haven’t seen the nine movies nominated for best picture, it’s OK. We’ve got you covered.“La La Land” is the heavy Oscar favorite. Starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, it’s a throwback to Hollywood’s golden age of musicals.Prozac won’t cut it after watching “Manchester by the Sea,” but therapy might help. Casey Affleck and Michelle Williams star in the gut-wrenching drama set in a New England fishing town.“Moonlight” has a special place in our hearts because it’s set in Miami. But the film’s story of a black gay man growing up in Liberty City is being hailed as a true movie masterpiece.“Hidden Figures” is the true story of three African-American women whose brilliance behind the scenes at NASA helped america win the space race.Denzel Washington directed and stars in “Fences” along with Viola Davis. This adaptation of August Wilson’s play tells the story of a frustrated baseball player who never got a turn at bat in the desegregated Major Leagues. “Hacksaw Ridge” is Mel Gibson’s drama of a World War II army medic who refused to kill the enemy — while still saving 75 American soldiers while under fire.“Hell or High Water” follows two Texas brothers robbing banks to save their family ranch.Amy Adams is communicating with extraterrestrials that land on Earth in “Arrival.”And “Lion” follows Dev Patel as an Australian man out to rediscover his Indian roots.It’s a jam-packed field of films. Which is the Oscar’s favorite? Find out Sunday night.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Palm Coast Data Sets Aside 26 Million for Product Investment

first_imgThe $2.6 million is coming out of existing capital, says Burke, who adds that the company is operating with EBITDA at about 10 percent. In its last fiscal year, PCD’s EBITDA was $5.3 million, he says.According to company financials for PCD parent company AMREP Corp., fiscal first-half revenues in 2014 for the Media Services Group, which ended October 2013, were up almost $1 million to $41.8 million compared to the same period a year prior. That, says the company, was primarily due to the December 2012 acquisition of FulCircle, which had first-half revenues of $3.2 million. (The Media Services Group includes the PCD operation under parent company AMREP. Also included in the Media Services Group are newsstand distribution and product and packaging services.)Operating expenses for the Media Services Group jumped from $33.4 million to $35.5 million during the same period, again as a result of the FulCircle deal.Burke says PCD will be hitting product upgrade benchmarks over the next 18 months. Six months from now will be the first, a shopping cart solution provided through a partnership with e-commerce software provider Elastic Path.Supporting this has been a developing  partnership with IBM’s Cognos business intelligence platform, which, says Burke, will drive the core offering of PCD—a centralized customer information database that will allow for dynamic offers triggered by customer data. Burke claims the centralized database will indeed be a single repository—not several systems that relay data back and forth. “This issue—adjoining all the data in one environment—doesn’t exist elsewhere. We all talk about it, but the fact of the matter is we’re toggling between one system and another to create a comprehensive view.”Other updates will include a streamlined credentialing process that will support existing customer log-in systems, and a digital metering platform. But Burke acknowledges that service providers can’t necessarily provide a closed system, especially since publishers are constantly looking for ways to have multiple technology platforms talk to each other. “We understand that we may have a set of services that are comprehensive, but our clients may have other needs. We are creating a system that will be open enough to create partnerships with other third parties.” For media service providers, the mandate in the last decade has been upgrade or become obsolete. That dynamic is particularly acute for providers that have their roots in print-based services. Accordingly, fulfillment provider Palm Coast Data announced this week it has earmarked $2.6 million for tech and service enhancements in 2014.The announcement broadcasts the company’s commitment to advancing its platform. In other words, it wants customers and prospects to know it isn’t sitting idle. “We’re not stuck in the mud,” says Rory Burke, Palm Coast Data’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, responding to what he describes as a fear-based competitive sales environment. Legacy service providers don’t necessarily inspire confidence among a digitally-focused publishing community, after all, unless there’s a clear path to modernization. “We’re making very clear-headed decisions with the future in mind.”last_img read more