Kyle Edmund not ready to win a grand slam, says John McEnroe

first_imgJohn McEnroe … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Wimbledon 2018 Andy Murray to play Wimbledon ‘unless I wake up and don’t feel good’ Since you’re here… Kyle Edmund’s Wimbledon buildup hits rough waters at Eastbourne Share on WhatsApp “I don’t know if he’s a nice guy,” the American said as Edmund, ranked 18th in the world but seeded 21 at Wimbledon, prepares for his first-round match at Wimbledon against the Australian Alex Bolt. “He seems like a nice guy. The times I’ve met him, he seems like a shy, nice guy. Maybe he’s a mean son of a bitch, I don’t know.“The killer instinct is extremely important. It feels that someone like [the Canadian teenager Denis] Shapovalov has that, if I had to pick one guy. He’s ready to go, he’s out there. That’s hard to come by at that age.“Edmund has done it the more traditional way. But there’s guys in the tennis books, even hall-of-famers you thought of as nice guys, like Pete [Sampras] – a guy you thought was soft, couldn’t win the big ones. Well, he ended up winning 14.”Edmund is still to win any titles [apart from the Estoril Open doubles with Cameron Norrie in May] but reached the Marrakech final this year, as well as the semi-finals of the Australian Open. There is a distinct feeling he is getting closer to his breakthrough but nobody is quite sure when that may happen.McEnroe said: “I saw him when he played a guy who was at my academy years ago in the juniors. I thought this guy is a big strong kid, nice kid, top 30 maybe. When I saw him in Australia it seemed like, OK, he was making progress, inching it up a little bit. Tennis The Observer “As I was looking over the course of four or five years, maybe it’s top 25, possibly top 20 – but not enough to do the whole thing. But then I was really surprised and impressed with the improvement.“I was watching when he had Jack Sock down 5-1 in the third in Paris [at the Masters in 2017] and then he blew that, Sock won and Edmund was like: ‘What the hell happened there?’ He lost a lot of close matches.“But battling the way he did in that heat in Melbourne showed me something about his fitness because it was brutal that first week and in a fair amount of that tournament. So I now look at him, long story short, he’s got top-10 potential.”But McEnroe would like to see even more “mongrel” from Edmund – more Eastbourne, even. “That was a tough loss [over five sets in the French Open third round against Fabio Fognini],” he said. “It’s a match he should have won. But I could see definitely how he could lose against Fabio. The guy throws everything at you, mentally and tennis-wise, and Kyle succumbed ever so slightly. So that was a tough one. To take that step where you’re actually winning majors? That would require more work.”Bolt, a left-handed six-footer with a big forehand who is finally delivering on his potential at 25, two years older than Edmund, is ranked 205 in the world, and up for the challenge.“He’s going to have the crowd all his way but it’s going to be an unbelievable experience and I’m just going to take it in,” Bolt said. “He’s dangerous on any surface but I’m sure if I play to my strengths and how I want to play I know I’m going to be able to take it to him.” Topics Support The Guardian Kyle Edmund Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Read more Share on Messenger news Share on Pinterest Share via Email Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Wimbledon Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Read more When Kyle Edmund blew up at the chair umpire in Eastbourne this week, rousing the gentle citizens parked in the sunshine on Centre Court, it was as if an earthquake had rippled along the south coast.This, they thought, was not meant to be. However the most polite player in tennis has, what Australians call, a bit of mongrel in him. John McEnroe, who has a PhD in attitude, applauds the rousing of the beast, occasionally.last_img read more

One Major College Football Program Is Upset With Kirk Herbstreit Saturday Morning

first_imgkirk herbstreit looking very tan at the nfl draftKirk Herbstreit isn’t afraid to state his argument, even if it will ruffle some feathers. Well, he put that theory to the test once again, as the analyst went after one major program on ESPN’s College GameDay.During the show, the panel discussed the UCF Knights and their undefeated record. While a comeback victory over Memphis was quite impressive, Herbstreit isn’t ready to crown them as a title-contending program.In fact, Herbstreit believes other programs are more deserving than UCF.“You need to play somebody in order to be rewarded. UCF, you need to not just be worried about being undefeated and trying to get in the top four, you need to look behind you at teams like Utah State, Appalachian State, Fresno State. These teams, on paper — which is what you want to look at a lot of times — are better than UCF and more deserving than UCF.”The knock on the Knights is their weak schedule, which features teams such as Connecticut, South Carolina State and Florida Atlantic.Clearly, these comments didn’t sit well with UCF, as the program took its thoughts to Twitter.Hi @KirkHerbstreit— UCF Football (@UCF_Football) October 20, 2018Although UCF isn’t exactly thrilled with Herbstreit’s rant about strength of schedule, the Mountain West Conference is absolutely loving it.?☕️— Mountain West (@MountainWest) October 20, 2018If the Knights are going to change the perception of the program, they can’t afford to lose a single game. Perhaps, victories over USF and Cincinnati toward the end of the year will help.UCF will play East Carolina tonight, as the pursuit of perfection lives on.last_img read more

VW wants to storm car market with massmarket electric model

first_imgFRANKFURT — Automaker Volkswagen says it will invest 44 billion euros ($50 billion) in developing autonomous and electric cars and expand the appeal of battery-powered cars by selling its upcoming ID compact for about what a diesel-powered Golf costs.Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch told a news conference Friday that the company’s plans for the next five years aim to make Volkswagen “a worldwide supplier of sustainable mobility.”Poetsch says the company is in talks with Ford about possible co-operation in making light commercial vehicles.Volkswagen is converting three of its German plants from internal combustion to battery car production as it pivots away from diesel vehicles in the wake of its emissions scandal. It says it will increase the number of electric models from six now to more than 50 by 2025.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Polisario Boycotts Al Jazeera over alleged Support to Moroccos Autonomy Plan

first_imgCasblanca- The new editorial board of the Qatari seems to displease the Front’s leaders. Ahmed Boukhari, the Front’s representative to the United Nations, is one of them. Boukhari announced, last Saturday, November 23, his intention to boycott Al Jazeera channel. According to Polisario news outlet, Boukhari explained that his decision was due in particular to the absence of the borderline separating Morocco and the Western Sahara in photos and illustrations featured in Al Jazeera’s reports, which was the case previously. Indeed, in recent months, the channel has adopted a new approach to the Sahara issue, although not always consistent The second reason, according to Boukhari is the short time the channel devotes to the Polisario Front, compared to the time it reserves to Morocco. Ahmed Boukhari was however invited by Al Jazeera to comment on the visit of King Mohammed VI to the White House and President Obama’s praise of Morocco’s autonomy plan for the Western Sahara, proposed by the Kingdom in 2007. But Boukhari decided to decline the invitation.Moreover, Polisario’s radical youth groups have leveled harsh criticism at Boukhari and his “unreasonable” policy, which, according to them, benefits mainly Morocco.Apparently, Al Jazeera wants to distance itself from the Sahara conflict, a change that coincides with Prince Tamim’s succession to power in Doha, replacing his father, who had abdicated in his favor last spring in an unprecedented move in the history of the Arab world. During the years of the reign of Emir Hamad, the chain’s own take on the issue was clearly inclined to the Polisario, a thing that is seen to be largely the cause of the closure of Al Jazeera’s office in Rabat. Currently, we are witnessing the beginning of a “rebalancing” that is expected to be consolidated in the coming months, according to many experts.It is noteworthy that the Emir Tamim had succeeded in 2010, during a visit to Morocco, where he met with King Mohammed VI, to reconcile Doha and Rabat. Since then, contact between the two leaders has been strengthened. This reconciliation seems to now upset the Polisario, which had for long enjoyed the same attention from the Doha’s information channel.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Officially Appoints Saad Eddine Othmanis Government

aRabat – King Mohammed VI has officially appointed on Wednesday afternoon new government headed by Saad Eddine Othmani.Accompanied by his son Moulay Hassan, the King received the members of the new government at Rabat’s Royale Palace.This is the list of ministers:Saad Eddine Othmani: Head of Government (PJD)Mustapha Ramid: Minister of State in charge of Human Rights (PJD) Abdelouafi Laftit: Minister of Interior (Technocrat)Nasser Bourita: Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation (Technocrat)Mohamed Oujar: Minister of Justice and Freedoms (RNI)Ahmed Toufiq: Minister of Islamic Affairs and Endowments (Technocrat)Aziz Rabbah: Minister of Energy, Mines and Sustainable Development (PJD)Mohamed El Hajjoui: Secretary General of the Government (Technocrat)Mohammed Boussaidi:Minister of Economy and Finance (RNI)Aziz Akhannouch: Minister of Agriculture, Marine Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forestry (RNI)Mohamed Nabil Benabdallah: Minister of Housing and Urbanism (PPS)Mohammed Hassad: Minister of National Education, Vocational Training and Higher Education and Scientific Research (Technocrat)Moulay Hafid Elalamy: Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy (RNI)Abdelkader Amara: Minister of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water (PJD)El Houcine Louardi: Minister of Health (PPS)Rachid Talbi Alami: Minister of Youth and Sports (RNI)Mohamed Laaraj: Minister of Culture and CommunicationBasima Hakkaoui: Minister of Family, Solidarity, Equality and Social Development (PJD)Mohammed Yatim: Minister of Employment and Vocational Integration (PJD)Abdellatif Loudiyi: Minister Delegated to the Head of Government in charge of National Defense’s Department (Technocrat)Lahcen Daoudi: Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in Charge of Public Affairs and Governance (PJD)Mustapha Khalfi: Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in charge of relations with Parliament and civil society – Spokesperson of the Government (PJD)Mohamed Ben Abdelkader: Minister Delegate to the Head of Government in Charge of the Reform of Administration and Public OfficeAbdelkrim Benatiq: Minister Delegate to the Minister of Foreign Affairs in charge of Moroccans Living abroad and Migration Affairs (USFP) Noureddine Boutayeb: Minister Delegate to the Ministry of InteriorMohamed Najib Boulif: Secretary of State to the Minister of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water, in charge with TransportMbarka Bouaida: Secretary of State to the Minister of Agriculture, Marine Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests, in Charge of Sea FisheriesCharafat Afilal: Secretary of State to the Minister of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water, in charge of Water (PPS)Jamila El Moussali: Secretary of State to the Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicraft and Social Economy, in charge of Traditional Industry and Social EconomyMounia Boucetta: Secretary of State to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International CooperationHamou Ouheli: Secretary of State to the Minister of Agriculture, Marine Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests, in charge of Rural Development, Water and ForestsFatna Lkhiyel: Secretary of State to the Minister of Housing and Urbanism, in charge of HousingKhalid Al Samadi: Secretary of State to the Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, in charge of Higher Education and Scientific Research Larbi Bencheikh: Secretary of State to the Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, in charge of Vocational TrainingRkia Derham: Secretary of State to the Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, in charge of Foreign TradeLamia Boutaleb: Secretary of State to the Minister of Tourism, Air Transport, Handicraft and Social Economy, in charge of Tourism Othman El Ferdaous: Secretary of State to the Minister of Industry, Investment, Trade and Digital Economy, in charge of InvestmentNezha El Ouafi: Secretary of State to the Minister of Energy, Minerals and Sustainable Development, in charge of Sustainable Development read more

Japanese Ambassador Congratulates 14 Moroccans with Scholarships to Study in Japan

By Chaimae BoulifaRabat – Takuji Hanatani, the ambassador of Japan in Morocco, organized a reception to congratulate 14 Moroccan scholarship awardees of the African Business Education Initiative for Youth (ABE Initiative), on Thursday, in his official residence.The event saw the presence of representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, representatives of the Ministry of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, the resident representative of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in Morocco, and representatives of Moroccan universities and Japanese enterprises in Morocco. In his speech, Hanatani stated that “this program offers double valuable privileges to Moroccans; the first one rests upon allowing young Moroccans to get a master’s degree at a Japanese university while the second one aims for an opportunity to do an internship in one of the Japanese companies, depending on youth’s choice.”The ambassador added that the “Japanese government encourages the Moroccan economic competitiveness and sustainable economic development through bilateral and multilateral cooperation programs.” He explained that “this program serves stimulating Morocco-Japan cooperation in education and industry fields.”The ABE Initiative is financed by Japanese government and implemented by JICA’s Moroccan office, whose resident representative, Hitoshi Tojima, told Morocco World News that “in term of technical cooperation with Morocco, JICA has created the ABE initiative’s scholarship to Moroccans in order to study Master’s courses in Japanese universities and to experience internships at Japanese enterprises.”He added that “this year, JICA selected 14 participants to be dispatched and I hope that this program [strengthens] the relationship between the two countries.”Mohamed Tahiri, the representative of the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and a director of high education and pedagogical development, told MWN that “this program is very important to education in Morocco, since Moroccan students are exposed to two sides of knowledge (the theoretical training in best Japanese universities and the practical training inside the well-known Japanese enterprises).”The number of Moroccans benefiting from this program is high compared with other African countries. Tahiri stressed that “those graduated students will establish a link between Moroccan and Japanese universities, [paving the road] for Japanese companies to come and invest in Morocco.”Younes Idrassi, one of the scholarship awardees in 2015, was a guest speaker at the reception event and discussed his experience in Japan.“I was exposed to an environment with high standard education levels. I got an MBA from the international university of Japan in Niigata after two years of education, then I had a professional experience in a Japanese company in Matsuyama which helped me having a good knowledge of Japan and its working environment,” said Idrassi.“This program is a way to foster links between the two countries (Morocco and Japan).”Idrassi stressed that in order to make Morocco benefits from this cooperation “the procedure should not be limited to the step of sending youth participants to gain experiences in Japan; however, there is an urge to make Japanese companies interested in Moroccan youth who are eager to contribute in the development of Moroccan market.”Salma Tabi, one of the 14 awardees of the 2017 scholarship, expressed her enthusiasm to be selected in this Japanese program, which will mark her personal and professional career.“I applied for this program because I am interested in Japanese culture for a long time, besides the fact that I want to get out from my comfort zone and study abroad,” Tabi told MWN.“The hosting country is famous for its advanced architecture’s education and city planning which is my studies’ specialty,” she added. “Even if the experience will absolutely be hard, it is a way to define myself and be a valuable ambassador for my country.”Tabi wishes also to contribute to the development of the field of city planning in Morocco once she returns from Japan.A total number of 44 Moroccan students benefited from this scholarship in the first and second edition in 2015 and 2016, while 14 will soon leave the kingdom for the third.Morocco is among the 54 countries where bachelor’s degree holders are eligible to apply for the ABE Initiative program. The scholarship initiative was established as a result of the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) in 2013, which sought to cultivate a strong human network between Japan and Africa. read more

Huawei founder says revenue will be billions below forecast

SHENZHEN, China — Huawei’s founder has likened his company to a badly damaged plane and says revenues will be $30 billion less than forecast over the next two years.Ren Zhengfei said Monday that the Chinese telecom giant will reduce capacity but that U.S. moves to restrict its business “will not stop us.”The U.S. has put Huawei on a blacklist, meaning that American companies that want to sell parts to Huawei will need approval from the U.S. Commerce Department.The Associated Press

Nimbler UN global partners needed to build stability in postconflict States –

7 March 2011The United Nations needs to be more flexible, nimble and better able to muster international support to build the civilian capacities vital in post-conflict countries to avoid a relapse back into bloodshed, according to a UN-commissioned report released today. The report of the Senior Advisory Group for the Review of International Civilian Capacities, appointed by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon a year ago, calls for the UN to look beyond its own staff to draw on the full range of global capacities, working closely with Member States and civil society through a new mechanism for civilian partnerships to mobilize the skills needed for a whole range of tasks, from building the rule of law to creating jobs to providing basic services.“The journey from war to sustainable peace is not possible in the absence of stronger civilian capacity,” Group Chairman Jean-Marie Guéhenno, former UN Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations, writes in a letter presenting the report to Mr. Ban. “Without this capacity, there may be breaks in the fighting, but resilient institutions will not take root and the risk of renewed violence will remain.”The report’s recommendations can be of major importance in complex cases such as that of South Sudan, which in January voted for independence from Sudan in the culmination of a peace process that ended two decades of civil war in 2005, he adds. Welcoming the Group’s findings and passing the report on to the Security Council and General Assembly, Mr. Ban announced the creation of a Steering Group of the heads of relevant UN entities led by Under-Secretary-General for Field Support Susana Malcorra to coordinate follow-up action.“As communities emerge from conflict, they often face a critical shortage of capacities needed to secure a sustainable peace – the core capacities to run a government, to re-establish institutions of justice, to reintegrate demobilizing fighters, to revitalize the economy, to restore basic health and education, and many more,” the Group writes, distilling its recommendations in the acronym OPEN embracing four key principles: ownership, partnership, expertise and nimbleness. The first calls for strengthening national ownership of peace processes, by supporting core Government functions, nurturing national capacities and improving the economic impact of international support, with international capacity the mechanism of last resort. Wages should be adjusted to prevent a brain drain and UN procurement procedures should be adjusted to enable more local procurement, thus supporting local economic recovery.On partnership, the report notes that much of the capacity needed in countries emerging from conflict is best found outside the UN. “Rather than relying only on in-house capacity, the United Nations will better serve conflict-affected countries by acting as a platform for qualified expertise,” it says, proposing a Civilian Partnerships Cell to offer external providers of capacity a simple and effective mechanism for cooperation. Turning to expertise, the Group recommends a clearer definition of roles and stronger accountability of results. UN leaders in the field need to listen better and respond to the needs of conflict-affected communities, for which they require better training.“If the United Nations is to leave behind the minimum capacities for peace, it will have to be more nimble,” the report says of the fourth plank. “Things change quickly as a community moves from war to peace, and the international actors present must be able to adjust accordingly. Yet the system is risk-averse and fragmented. This limits its ability to be responsive.”Here it calls for greater flexibility in authorizing UN missions to reallocate up to 20 per cent of resources in their budget line for civilian personnel, with ex post facto justification; allowing heads of mission to direct funds to actors outside a mission if they are better suited; and providing necessary funds to the civilian component of a mission if it can better implement a mandated task.“This is essential to deliver meaningful peace dividends in the early window of opportunity,” it adds, urging the General Assembly, building on existing successful examples, to expand this initiative.While the UN has seen success in humanitarian operations and peacekeeping, built on a strong partnership with Member States, the international community has had less success in supporting and enabling the national capacities essential for enduring peace, the group notes.“Faced with expanded civilian mandates in a growing number of crises, the United Nations struggles both to rapidly deploy the range of expertise required and to transfer skills and knowledge to national actors. This has increased the risk of relapse into conflict,” they write.“Building these [civilian] capacities requires a United Nations that is more open, working in stronger partnership with the international community,” they conclude. “These, together, can help conflict-affected communities to build the stability and prosperity they seek.”In a statement welcoming Mr. Ban’s support of the report, Mr. Guéhenno said: “We are proposing a fresh approach… a better way of working that will mean conflict-affected countries get the civilian support they need, when they need it.“If we can harness both national and global capacities, and deploy them efficiently, then we can deliver better results, faster. In cases like South Sudan, where the challenges are huge and the need for specialized civilian expertise is great, our recommendations have the potential to make a real difference.” read more

India announces financing for solar projects in Sri Lanka

ISA has been described by Prime Minister of India as the single most important global achievement after the Paris Accord on Climate Change. The first General Assembly of the ISA is expected to be held on the sidelines of the second edition of the Renewable Energy Global Investors Meet and Expo, in short REINVEST to be organized by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy of India in April 2018.India has offered to meet ISA Secretariat expenses for initial five years. The Government of India has allotted five acres of land to ISA, a nice campus in Gurugram, Haryana and released a sum of US$ 20 million for creating a corpus fund, building infrastructure and meeting day to day recurring expenditure.President Maithripala Sirisena attended the launch of ISA at the COP-21 in Paris on 30 November 2015. The ISA was launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi & the then President of France Francois Hollande. 62 Countries have joined ISA so far, out of which 32 countries have signed and ratified ISA Framework Agreement. Sri Lanka became a full-fledged member of ISA on 12 February 2018. (Colombo Gazette) India has announced US$ 100 million concessional financing for solar projects in Sri Lanka, the Indian High Commission in Colombo said today.President of Sri Lanka Maithripala Sirisena visited New Delhi from 10-11 March 2018 to attend the Founding Conference of the International Solar Alliance. The ISA Founding Conference brought together delegations from 46 countries all over the globe including Heads of State and Government from 21 countries. Several UN representatives, leaders of Multilateral Development Banks, business leaders in renewable energy, members of civil society and think tanks also attended the Conference. Delhi Solar agenda was released at the Conference.Solar projects worth nearly US$ 1.4 billion in 15 countries were announced at the Conference under Government of India concessional financing. An Indian Line of Credit for US $ 100 million was announced for undertaking solar projects in Sri Lanka, which includes development of 200, 000 rooftop solar units for low income families (for US$ 50 million) and setting up of rooftop solar in Government schools and colleges, hospitals and other Government establishments in Sri Lanka (for US $ 50 million). He also attended the Presidential banquet hosted in Rashtrapati Bhawan on 10 March and lunch hosted by the Prime Minister on 11 March for the delegates. The Founding Conference was co-chaired by Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi and President of France Emmanuel Macron. President Sirisena called on President of India Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi on the sidelines of the Conference. The ISA is conceived as a coalition of 121 solar resource rich countries (lying fully or partially between the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn) to address their energy needs, through a common platform for collaboration, for achieving speed, scale and skills for deploying available solar technologies; facilitating strategic and collaborative solar R&D; and lowering the cost of finance for solar projects and capacity building. read more

Wildfire hands Suncor a 735million loss cuts Q2 oilsands production in half

CALGARY – Fierce wildfires that swept through northern Alberta’s oilsands region in May have delivered a $735-million net loss for Suncor Energy.The Calgary-based company said late Wednesday the fire that raged through the region meant it failed to produce about 20 million barrels of upgraded and raw bitumen from its oilsands projects. It said it spent $50 million related to evacuation and restart activities, offset by $180 million in cost savings while operations were suspended.President and CEO Steve Williams said in a news release the company focused on evacuating employees and their families during the fire. After personnel were allowed to return to the projects, the focus turned to restarting operations and completing a maintenance turnaround at one of its base mine upgraders, with all operations back to pre-fire productivity by mid-July.Suncor’s (TSX:SU) net loss for the three months ended June 30 equated to 46 cents per share. A year earlier, it reported second-quarter net earnings of $729 million or 50 cents per share.The company recorded a second-quarter 2016 operating loss of $565 million, compared with operating earnings of $906 million in the same period last year.Total second-quarter production was 330,700 barrels of oil equivalent per day, compared with 560,000 boe/d a year earlier. Total oilsands output was 177,500 barrels per day, less than half of 423,800 bpd in the second quarter of 2015.Suncor has increased its ownership of Syncrude Canada this year from 12 per cent to over 53 per cent by buying Canadian Oil Sands Ltd., which had a 37 per cent stake, and adding Murphy Oil’s five per cent interest.Suncor’s share of production from Syncrude in the second quarter increased to 35,600 bpd from 24,900 bpd a year earlier. Syncrude production was also affected by the wildfire but Suncor said it was also producing normal volumes by mid-July.Earlier Wednesday, Calgary-based Athabasca Oil (TSX-ATH) reported its Hangingstone oilsands project had nearly recovered to the 9,000 bpd it had reached before being shut down for three weeks in May because of the wildfire.It reported average production of 7,800 bpd in June and expected output of 8,600 bpd in July.Athabasca said annual production is expected to average about 1,500 bpd less than it forecast in December. The project, which uses steam injected in wells to melt heavy bitumen and allow it to be pumped to surface, is expected to ramp up to its 12,000-bpd capacity before year-end.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 27, 2016 7:59 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 27, 2016 at 10:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Wildfire hands Suncor a $735-million loss, cuts Q2 oilsands production in half THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh read more

Over 5 million in economic development projects is awarded to eastern Kentucky

Kentucky money generic graphic FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Three Eastern Kentucky counties celebrate $5.09 million in funding for three economic development projects in Knott, Perry, and Breathitt counties.The projects were selected for grants through the EEC’s Division of Abandoned Mine Lands, as part of the 2018 and 2019 Abandoned Mine Lands (AML) Pilot program to help revitalize the coalfields in Kentucky’s Appalachian region.- Advertisement – The USA Drone Port in Perry and Knott counties was selected to receive $1.5 million.Mine Made Adventures in Knott County was selected to receive $1.5 million to expand and develop the park.The South Fork Elk View Campground in Breathitt County was selected to receive $1.345 million to continue development of the campground.Related Article: Community invited to talk about Kentucky issuesThe projects were first unveiled Friday at the SOAR Summit in Pikeville. read more

Last call for Opening of Term barbecue tickets

The final day has arrived to purchase tickets for the Opening of Term celebration taking place in Jubilee Court Thursday.Faculty and staff wishing to participate in the lunch festivities to mark the start of the 2018-19 school year must get their tickets by end of day Tuesday, Aug. 21.They are available for $5 each at the Thistle Welcome Desk/Brock Card Office.The event runs Thursday, Aug. 23 from noon to 1:30 p.m. and includes remarks from President Gervan Fearon. The rain location is Market Hall.Brock employees can select one of three menu options served with side salads, beverages and a dessert:      bourbon beef brisket with Niagara peach glaze      tequila lime cilantro grilled chicken      sweet potato stuffed with quinoa, black bean and roasted peppers with balsamic drizzle (vegan) read more

FULL PACKAGE IN PLOCK SG Flensburg divide Group A on two parts

SG Flensburg won in Plock against Wisla 34:30 (17:15) and divided group A of the VELUX EHF Champions League on two parts! It’s now clear that in the most dangerous position for the placement among TOP 6 will be RK Celje Pivovarna Laško and Turkish Besiktas MOGAZ.However, German team showed self-confidence and won points on the place where Veszprem lost one at the start of the competition.Rasmus Lauge Schmidt was most efficient with nine goals in the winning team, while Bosnian NT playmaker Marko Tarabochia netted five in the squad of Manolo Cadenas.Orlen Wisła Płock – SG Flensburg-Handewitt 30:34 (13:17)Wisła: Wichary, Corrales – Daszek 2, Wiśniewski 2, Ghionea 4/3, Nikcević 2, Kwiatkowski, Rocha 1, Oneto 4, Racotea 1, Pusica, Zelenović 3, Montoro 2, Tarabochia 5, Konitz 2, Żytnikow 2.Flensburg: Andersson, Moller – Svan 1, Wanne, Toft Hansen 3, Radivojević, Karlsson, Mahe 2, Eggert 8/1, Glandorf 8, Mogensen 2, Djordić, Jakobsson, Lauge Schmidt 9.STANDINGS: 1. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…6501196:173(23)10 6. Orlen Wisla Plock6114157:181(-24)3 5. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …6303152:154(-2)6 Orlen Wisla PlockSG Flensburg ← Previous Story EHF CL: Away wins for Baia Mare and Kadetten Schaffhausen! Next Story → HAMMER: Mikkel Hansen “DING-DONG” against Mirko Alilović 4. SG Flensburg-Handewitt6402183:162(21)8 7. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko6105157:170(-13)2 2. MVM Veszprém6411165:152(13)9 8. Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu6105157:198(-41)2 3. THW Kiel6402180:157(23)8 read more

Modern Greek VCE enrolments low

first_imgAccording to the VCAA, Modern Greek studies are not high on the agenda for VCE students, with only 277 students enrolled this year. However, despite the low numbers, it is a slight increase from 2013’s recorded enrolments of 274 students.The most popular languages in 2014 among VCE students were French at 1,869 enrolments, Chinese as a first language with 1,634 and Japanese as a second language with 1,014.With Asian languages high on the government’s agenda and foreign minister Julie Bishop promoting the New Colombo Plan, an initiative granting Australian students the opportunity to study at Asian Universities, it’s not surprising to see two Asian languages in the top three. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Le Téléthon débute sa 25ème édition

first_imgLe Téléthon débute sa 25ème éditionL’Association française contre les myopathies (AFM) et France Télévisions donneront ce soir à 18h45 sur France 2 le coup d’envoi du 25ème Téléthon.  Le 25ème Téléthon débutera à 18h45 ce soir sur France 2. Cette année, il sera lancé par l’humoriste Gad Elmaleh, parrain de l’événement, l’animatrice Sophie Davant et Raphaël, 7 ans, atteint d’une myopathie de Duchenne et ambassadeur de cette nouvelle édition. Au total, 30 heures de programmes sont prévues vendredi et samedi sur les six chaînes appartenant à France Télévisions (France 2, France 3, France 4, France 5, France Ô et Outre-mer 1ère). À lire aussiMaladies rares : un nouveau plan pour les combattre en FrancePour la première fois, l’ensemble des chaînes du service public seront réunies pour cet événement dont l’objectif est de récolter des fonds pour financer la recherche sur les maladies génétiques rares. Sophie Davant et Nagui seront les animateurs principaux, relayés par d’autres animateurs de France Télévisions. En tout, 25.000 animations sont prévues dans toute la France, rapporte TV5monde.Malgré la crise économique, l’Association française contre les myopathies (AFM) veut mettre l’accent sur la nécessité de continuer l’élan de solidarité. En effet, après deux années de baisse des dons avec un recul de 5 % en 2010 (90,5 millions d’euros) et déjà de 10 % en 2009 (95,2 millions d’euros), l’association souhaite mobiliser davantage de monde. Les promesses de dons pourront s’effectuer par téléphone au 3637 ou sur le site www.afm-telethon.frCette fois, les organisateurs veulent insister sur les efforts qui restent à mener, alors que les essais cliniques relatifs aux maladies rares se multiplient, traçant la voie à des avancées concrètes, mais coûteuses, vers le médicament. Pour Laurence Tiennot-Herment, la présidente de l’AFM, “on a l’obligation que le chemin du médicament ne soit pas ralenti”, alors qu'”il y a une foison de thérapies qui arrivent” et qu’on “peut craindre des difficultés de financement pour les quatre à cinq ans à venir”.Le 2 décembre 2011 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Rep. Herrera Beutler hosts phone town hall

first_imgThere was no shouting, no booing and hardly any interrupting. It was more than 50 minutes into U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s cordial telephone town hall Thursday evening when a woman named Jessica thanked the Republican from Camas for her service, but told her she was disappointed she wasn’t holding a face-to-face meeting.Across the country, GOP members of Congress have faced loud and pointed criticism at town halls from liberal groups who have shown up in force to voice their anger about the president’s administration and policies.In response, some members of Congress have strategically planned their town halls to control the environment. Others have skipped them. A few, such as Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., have embraced them. Walden held a town hall in Bend, Ore., on Thursday evening, where more than 2,000 people showed up for what was described by Oregon Public Broadcasting as a both hostile and energetic meeting.“Democracy in action,” Walden reportedly said.Herrera Beutler has repeatedly defended her stance to hold telephone town hall meetings. She told Jessica, the caller, she’s held more than 65 in-person town halls since she took office in 2011. Indeed, she held one in January in Hazel Dell; the questions were more poignant and predominantly about health care compared with Thursday’s telephone town hall. In person, she was also repeatedly interrupted and shouted at.Herrera Beutler recently released a statement saying she will “continue to utilize every method there is that fosters productive, civil dialogue with residents from all political viewpoints.”last_img read more

Max Lowe hopeful Aberdeen will kick on after tough fixtures

first_imgIt almost appeared Max Lowe’s Aberdeen teammates were left with nothing to show for their efforts on Sunday as Celtic lifted the Betfred Cup in the Hampden final.However, reprieve came the way of the Dons on Wednesday night as they recorded a famous 1-0 victory over Rangers at Ibrox.The on-loan-full-back who put up an impressive display against Rangers is pleased with the team’s progress and believes they are now focused on their weekend fixture against St. Johnstone.Lowe told Evening times:“After being here a couple of weeks, I felt like I’d improved my game. The gaffer took me to one side and told me the things I needed to improve defensively – I still need to improve in the air.”“He will take me aside in training and do one-v-one stuff. Each game, I’m picking up and learning things as I go on.”ABERDEEN, SCOTLAND - MAY 04: Manager of Celtic Neil Lennon celebrates as his side secured the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership title after the Ladbrokes Scottish Premiership match between Aberdeen and Celtic at Pittodrie Stadium on May 04, 2019 in Aberdeen, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)Lennon praises Celtic’s fan support Manuel R. Medina – May 5, 2019 According to the team manager, the way the supporters behave this season helped the team achieve an eighth consecutive title.“Rangers and Celtic are great teams and I’m happy we’ve been able to keep them quiet. Hopefully, I can do that for as long as I stay.”“With the games in hand, we’re really confident. The final we lost, but everyone said we played really well.”“Hopefully we can kick on and make a run of it. We’ve had a tough week of away games so hopefully, this can serve us well.”“It could have been a terrible week if we lost the final and had lost on Wednesday.”“It would have been hard to kick on again. To get the win is massive for us and a massive confidence boost.”“It could be a season-changer; we can deal with anyone in this league. We showed that on Sunday, never mind on Wednesday, and I think teams in this league will know what kind of team we are.”last_img read more

POLICE LOG for December 19 Police Respond To Lots Of False Alarms

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Wednesday, December 19, 2018:Police & Fire responded to a truck fire on 93 South. Fire was put out prior to arrival. (5:25am)Caller requested Animal Control Officer for a squirrel possibly stuck in a tree on Park Avenue. Squirrel was fine and went on its way. (12:42pm)Police installed five car seats during its weekly drop-in hours. (1:12pm)Fire Department responded to odor of smoke at Kuberre Systems on Ballardvale Street. (3:50pm)Throughout the day, police responded to false alarms at a Morse Avenue house (2:16pm), a Kenwood Avenue house (5:05pm), Reading Cooperative Bank on Middlesex Avenue (5:14pm), Shea Concrete on Salem Street (5:30pm), and Main Freight on Jewel Drive (6:36pm).(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email You To Our Sponsor:Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 13: Woman Arrested After She Quits Her JobIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 24: Motorcycle Crash; Package Stolen; Speeding on Shawsheen Ave.In “Police Log”POLICE LOG for June 19: Fire Dept. Delayed By Train When Responding To Crash; Duck Flew Into House; Turtle Stuck In PoolIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Kamala Harris wants to upgrade government tech systems

first_img Politics Software Tech Industry Internet Services Post a comment 0 Getty Images Presidential candidate Kamala Harris is making a tech move.On Thursday, Sen. Harris introduced a bill called the Digital Service Act (PDF) to help state and local governments hire tech talent to upgrade their computer systems. “Americans deserve a government that works for them and that just plain works,” Harris, a Democrat from California, said in a release. “We must do more to empower our state and local governments to tap into the power of technology to provide seamless, cost-effective services for the 21st century. The Digital Service Act will help harness top talent for the government, save taxpayer dollars and put the power of technology to work on behalf of the American people.”If passed, the legislation would provide $50 million a year for government digital services, an additional $15 million would go toward seed grants for state and local governments to upgrade their systems in two years. The bill also requires at least half the grants to be used to hire talent instead of buying products. Governments would report on their progress at the end of the two-year period, and the US Digital Service would report to Congress biannually on the impact. In October, President Donald Trump asked tech giants like Google, Microsoft and Amazon to make it easier for staff to take leaves of absence to help modernize state and federal agencies’ tech services. center_img Tags Share your voicelast_img read more

PM Hasina says anarchy by public univ students not acceptable

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina. File PhotoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said any anarchic activity by the students of public universities is not acceptable at all as they are availing the education facility with public money, reports UNB.“Indiscipline is not acceptable, never. All must follow rules, if anyone wants to get education from any public institution he or she has to abide by the rules and regulations of that educational institution and act accordingly. That’s what we want from the students as does the nation,” she said.The prime minister said this while inaugurating “7 March Bhaban”, a newly constructed residential building for female students inside Rokeya Hall of Dhaka University (DU).In Bangladesh, she said, a student avail of the higher education probably at the cheapest cost in the world. “And all the education expenses are borne by the government … 100 per cent expense is provided by the government. I don’t know whether this exists in any other country of the world. So, the students must honour this system.”Chaired by DU vice chancellor Md Akhtaruzzaman, the function was addressed, among others, by education minister Nurul Islam Nahid, University Grants Commission (UGC) chairman professor Abdul Mannan, DU pro-vice chancellor (academic) professor Nasreen Ahmad, DU pro-vice chancellor (administration) professor Muhammad Samad, DU treasurer professor M Kamal Uddin and Rokeya Hall provost professor Jinat Huda.The 11-storey ‘7 March Bhaban’ constructed at a cost of Tk 880 million with all modern facilities.last_img read more