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first_imgBrittany HobsonAPTN National NewsTwo men have been charged with numerous sexual offences following an extensive investigation into reports of alleged sexual and physical abuse in a northern Manitoba First Nation, RCMP announced Thursday.Over the course of an 11-month investigation police say they have identified 17 victims in the community of Garden Hill First Nation, approximately 475 km northeast of Winnipeg.Supt. Michael Koppang of the RCMP calls the alleged offences a “tragedy that has and will deeply affect the community of Garden Hill.”Between December 2017 and June 2018 police received three reports of alleged child sexual assault in the community.Following the investigation, police identified 17 children, both male and female, between the ages of three and 15 who were victims of sexual and or physical abuse, Koppang said.Paul Bruce Harper, 21, has been charged with multiple sexual offences including sexual assault, sexual interference and aggravated assault.Paul Bruce Harper has been charged with multiple sex offences. He was first charged in February 2018.“During the course of the investigation…it was learned that this accused had access to a residence that was a foster home for numerous children in the community,” said Koppang.Police say more than 150 children were identified as having contact with Harper.Child abuse investigators from the RCMP or Child and Family Services interviewed the children. Additionally, a number of these youths were interviewed by experts at a resource centre for children and youth.A second male was also arrested and charged with multiple sexual offences in September 2018.The now 20-year-old cannot be named because he was a youth at the time of the alleged offences.Lucy Harper, 66, was the foster mother in the home police believe Paul Harper had access to. She was charged in September 2018 with perjury as well as under the Child and Family Service Act for failure to report a child in need of protection and failure to provide for a child in need of protection.Police would not confirm the relationship between the two accused.A spokesperson for the province would not confirm how long Ms. Harper was a foster parent, but police say she is no longer in that position.The offences took place between 2011 and 2017, according to police.Koppang credits the community with supporting the investigation.“Police rely on cooperation with the community. We don’t do this by ourselves…trust is everything,” he said.Grand Chief Arlen Dumas of the Assembly of Manitoba First Nations and Grand Chief Garrison Settee of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, the group representing northern Manitoba First Nations, say support is essential for survivors.“It’s not their fault that this happened,” said Dumas.“I hope that they don’t take any blame or that they feel that anything they had done facilitated whatever may have happened to them.”Settee is urging all levels of government to work together to ensure supports are available to “protect them from future harm.”Families Minister Heather Stefanson calls the allegations “horrific”.She says RCMP notified her of the investigation on Wednesday and since it’s still on-going her department is taking it “one step at a time.”“We need to allow the investigative process to take place. I certainly thing it would be inappropriate for myself or anyone to intervene,” she told reporters.RCMP are urging other potential victims to come forward.bhobson@aptn.ca@bhobs22last_img read more

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first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – The Independent Contractors and Businesses Association will be in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver today, making the case to Madam Justice Miriam Gropper for an injunction to halt the upcoming proportional representation referendum in B.C.In late July, the ICBA filed for an injunction to suspend the Province’s upcoming referendum on proportional representation until its court challenge filed in June to the referendum’s legality can be determined.The ICBA says it believes the way the government has asked and structured the questions in the upcoming referendum is unlawful and undermines the purpose of a binding referendum, which is to determine whether a fully informed electorate supports adopting a new electoral system. The ICBA’s lawyer Peter Gall will argue that the referendum questions and process are illegal because they don’t present the public with a clear choice between the current electoral system and a defined system of proportional representation – as was the case in the two previous referenda held on this matter in 2005 and 2009.“We are strongly supportive of holding a vote to decide whether B.C. should adopt a new electoral system,” said ICBA president Chris Gardner. “While the provincial government has been trying to rag the puck on our case – using delay tactics to keep their flawed process going, we believe it is in the public interest to ensure this referendum is conducted in a fair, transparent, and lawful manner, given that it involves such a fundamental change to our democratic system.”The court hearing is scheduled to begin at the Vancouver Law Courts at 9:45 this morning.last_img read more

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Highlights at the close Tuesday at world financial market trading.Stocks:S&P/TSX Composite Index — 15,090.15, down 101.45 pointsDow — 21,753.31, down 234.25 pointsS&P 500– 2,457.85, down 18.70 pointsNasdaq — 6,375.57, down 59.76 pointsCurrencies:Cdn — 80.83 cents US, up 0.12 of a centPound — C$1.6094, up 0.34 of a centEuro — C$1.4733, up 0.14 of a centEuro — US$1.1909, up 0.29 of a centOil futures:US$48.66, up $1.37(October contract)Gold futures:US$1,344.50 per oz., up $14.10(December contract)Canadian Fine Silver Handy and Harman:$23.129 per oz., up 26.3 cents$743.60 per kg., up $8.46 read more

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Briefing the Security Council on the latest developments, Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Jeffrey Feltman said the Secretary-General is “prepared to do his part” to help the parties end the violence and find a way forward.While Israel has legitimate security concerns, the United Nations “is alarmed by Israel’s heavy response,” said Mr. Feltman.While it was “indiscriminate rocket fire from Gaza into Israel” that ended yesterday’s five-hour humanitarian pause, he said, the Israel Defense Force (IDF) has so far conducted four ground incursions into Gaza and some 90 airstrikes, firing 91 missiles, as well as more than 500 shells. Palestinians, meanwhile, have fired some 127 rockets and 29 mortar shells at Israel, during the same period. Since 8 July, when hostilities intensified, two Israelis were killed, including one civilian, and at least 365 civilians were injured. Meanwhile, some 250 Palestinians, the majority of them civilians, have been killed, and more than 1,900 civilians were injured in strikes from land, air and sea.“The Secretary-General is extremely concerned that this escalation will further increase the already appalling death toll among Gazan civilians,” Mr. Feltman said. In a statement issued by his spokesperson last night, the Secretary-General called for an immediate end to the “indiscriminate firing of rockets by Hamas into Israel and Israeli retaliatory action.”He asked the parties to do their utmost to protect civilians and UN premises and staff, and to ensure that humanitarian assistance continues to reach all those in need. The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) said today that over 47,000 displaced Gazans have taken refuge in its facilities. The overall number of displaced people inside Gaza is likely to be far higher as many people will have taken sanctuary with family and friends. “We again appeal to the warring parties to respect international humanitarian law obligations towards civilians, humanitarian workers and UN installations. They must exercise maximum restraint at this time of great violence and instability,” said UNRWA spokesperson Chris Gunness.Mr. Feltman added that the Secretary-General has been “in touch around the clock with world leaders” to facilitate collective action to stop the violence, and was alarmed when fighting resumed after yesterday’s humanitarian pause. The temporary pause in fighting had raised hopes for a long-term ceasefire to be brokered by the Government of Egypt. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas met yesterday with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi in Cairo, and both reportedly agreed to the necessity of an immediate ceasefire and the urgency of holding a donors conference to start rebuilding the Gaza Strip, Mr. Feltman said.Mr. Ban is currently reviewing a request by Mr. Abbas which would place Palestine under an international protection system administered by the UN.In his briefing, Mr. Feltman reiterated the importance of addressing the root causes of the currently escalation, with support to durable political, security, institutional and socioeconomic progress that stabilizes Gaza. This includes an end to weapons smuggling, the full opening of the crossings and bringing Gaza back under one legitimate Palestinian Government adhering to Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) commitments, and the paying of salaries to tens of thousands of employees working in Gaza after 2007 without payment. He also stressed the importance of refocusing efforts towards a two-State solution, as the only viable route to end the decades-long conflict in the Middle East. The impact of the situation in Gaza is also being felt in Lebanon, where the UN Interim Force (UNIFIL), in coordination with the Lebanese Armed Forces, has intensified patrols in the area as a result of rockets being launched into Israel. The IDF retaliated in all five of the instances.The destabilizing of the Golan Heights is also a grave danger, Mr. Feltman said, with exchanges of fire reported between the Syrian Armed Forces and armed members of the opposition. Furthermore, the fighting poses a danger to the wider West Bank, where supporters of both sides have clashed. “Our appeal stands on the Israeli and Palestinian leadership to defuse tensions and act responsibly,” stressed Mr. Feltman. read more

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Alarmed at renewed fighting and incitement in the wake of the attacks on Myanmar security forces in northern areas of Rakhine state, the top United Nations human rights official today urged all sides to renounce the use of violence and called on State authorities to ensure they abide by their obligations under international human rights law.“This turn of events is deplorable. It was predicted and could have been prevented,” said UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, noting that “decades of persistent and systematic human rights violations, including the very violent security responses to the attacks since October 2016, have almost certainly contributed to the nurturing of violent extremism, with everyone ultimately losing.” The High Commissioner called on the political leadership to condemn the inflammatory rhetoric and incitement to hatred that is proliferating, including on social media. Mr. Zeid also expressed concern about claims by the State Counsellor’s Office that international aid workers were complicit in or supporting the attacks. “Such statements are irresponsible and only serve to increase fears and the potential for further violence,” he said. “I am extremely concerned that the unsupported allegations against international aid organizations place their staff in danger and may make it impossible for them to deliver essential aid.” Mr. Zeid said the perpetrators of the attacks on security personnel must be brought to justice, as must those who have been attacking the civilian population. State authorities should issue clear instructions to security forces to refrain from using disproportionate force, minimize damage and injuries and respect the right to life, he said. “The State has a duty to protect those within its territory – without discrimination,” stated Mr. Zeid.“I call on the Government of Myanmar to follow the recommendations of the Advisory Commission on Rakhine State, headed by Kofi Annan, for an integrated and calibrated response to the situation in Rakhine state, to address rather than sacrifice human rights concerns in the interests of maintaining peace and order,” he said.The High Commissioner also expressed concern about thousands of Rohingya having fled from Myanmar into Bangladesh since the attacks, adding to the tens of thousands who have been arriving in Bangladesh since October 2016. UN refugee agency urges open borders for people fleeing violence in RakhineMeanwhile, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) today communicated to the Government of Bangladesh its readiness to support the country in assisting refugees crossing the border.As of Sunday, it was estimated that some 5,200 people had entered Bangladesh from Myanmar since Thursday. Several thousand were reported to be in locations along the Myanmar side of the border. The agency is aware of several reported instances of people being prevented from entering Bangladesh. UNHCR believes it is of the utmost importance that Bangladesh, which has hosted refugees from Myanmar for decades, continues to allow Rohingya fleeing violence to seek safety there. UNHCR also called on the international community to support Bangladesh in doing so, with all necessary aid and other help. read more

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The Ohio State men’s soccer team overcame a late rally by rival Michigan for an emotional 3-2 win in overtime Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. “It was a great win, a very emotional win and nice to do it in front of our fans here at home and in front of the student section,” head coach John Bluem said after the game. “But we have to play better than we did today that’s for sure.” Junior midfielder Austin McAnena notched his second goal of the season in the 16th minute off of an assist by sophomore forward Omar Vallejo to put OSU up 1-0. Ohio State would hold the 1-0 lead until the 81st minute when sophomore midfielder Fabio Pereira of Michigan scored on an assist by junior midfielder Latif Alashe. Four minutes later, Michigan took a late lead with an unassisted goal by sophomore forward Ezekial Harris. With less than five minutes left to play, OSU senior midfielder Parnell Hegngi knocked a header into right side of the net on a long throw-in by freshman midfielder Adam Gorski to tie the game. “We realized it wasn’t the first time all year that we’d been down; we had risen up against teams all year,” said junior forward Chris Hegngi after the game. “We kinda collectively gathered together and realized that we had five minutes left…we rose up together and did it.” Bluem said there was no time to give the team a pep talk after Michigan had rallied to take the lead. “There wasn’t a lot we could do and say to them, we changed the lineup as best we could to push people forward and then we got the equalizer,” Bluem said. “Now the momentum was back on our side.” The Buckeyes would need just 34 seconds in overtime to send the Wolverines packing. Vallejo added his second assist on a pass to Chris Hegngi from the right side of the field and Chris Hegngi sent the ball into the right side of the net past goalkeeper Adam Grinwis as the redshirt freshman charged the ball. “I saw the keeper charge out a little bit and I thought I had a chance to hit it,” Chris Hegngi said. “It worked out I was very fortunate.” Chris Hegngi and his teammates celebrated the win with the student section. It was the first overtime victory for the Buckeyes since their 1-0 win over Valparaiso on Oct. 17, 2010. Bluem said the team has a lot to work on before its next contest. “Just about everything,” Bluem said. “Mostly defending. Akron is a very, very good team. We’re going to have to really be organized and all on the same page defensively when we go up there.” Michigan fell to 2-7-1 as OSU improved to 5-3-1. The Buckeyes travel to Akron (5-0-2) Wednesday for a 7:30 p.m. match. read more

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSeveral CAL flights cancelled over storm warningJune 19, 2017In “latest news”CAL announces cancellations due to Hurricane MariaSeptember 18, 2017In “latest news”CAL cancels Florida flights as Irma approachesSeptember 7, 2017In “latest news” PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad — Caribbean Airlines says it will operate relief flights between Port‐of‐Spain, Trinidad and Barbados to accommodate passengers on flights that were cancelled for yesterday and today due inclement weather.The airline informed in a press release today that its relief flights are BW3458, which departs Barbados at 10:35 pm today and flight BW3459, which will depart Port of Spain to Barbados at 12:30 am tomorrow.Caribbean Airlines is advising affected customers, who were scheduled to travel yesterday, that they will be permitted to change or cancel their reservations without penalty subject to the following conditions:• Passengers must have a confirmed ticket issued before August 17th, 2017• Passengers who choose to have their tickets refunded must do so by August 25th 2017• Passengers who choose to change their reservations must complete their travel by August 25t unless travel on the original booking was after this date. Travel must also be in the same cabin as originally scheduled.Caribbean Airlines said it will not be responsible for arrangements or transportation to/from an alternate airport or hotel/overnight expenses incurred by affected passengers.Customers are advised to visit www.caribbean‐airlines.com and check their flight status before going to the airport or call the Caribbean Airlines call centres for further details. read more

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Of the 4763 sugar workers who were made redundant by the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo) as part of that State entity’s restructuring programme, more than 350 who were attached to the Wales Estate did not receive severance payment on Friday, as others across the industry did.According to a source close to the sugar sector, the workers are worried as to when they will be paid their severance. Many of them were hoping to be receive their severance payments by Friday last.The National Assembly had, in early November, given approval for almost $2.5 billion to be released to cater for the remaining severance due to 4,723 sugar workers.Government, earlier this year, opted to pay some workers half of their severance, while a promise was made to pay the remaining half in latter part of the year.The Department of Public Information (DPI) announced last week that Government had kept its promise to pay out the remaining fifty percent of severance to those receiving amounts in excess of $500,000 by the end of 2018.In fact, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo had given all assurances that the Wales workers, who previously were prevented from receiving severance pay by the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU)-filed court action, would receive their outstanding benefits.He had also said that Government would respect the ruling of the court and pay interest of between four and six per cent on the outstanding amounts.Despite those assurances, INews understands that several Wales cane harvesters involved in that very court case were not paid their severance, which has been paid to their other ex-colleagues. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSugar workers protest Parliament for salary increase, severanceDecember 5, 2018In “latest news”$2.4B in severance payments approved: Wales sugar workers also includedNovember 1, 2018In “Business”More sugar workers to be terminated, says GAWUDecember 12, 2018In “latest news” read more

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first_imgThese days, Netflix’s biggest competition may come from Hollywood. The content providers who license their shows and movies to the streaming service have been raising prices and making it harder for Netflix to get easy access. It’s a classic case of freezing out the one who poses the biggest threat to your comfortable world.If Amazon has its way, though, Netflix may be facing stiffer competition from another streaming service. Amazon Prime, which saw a boost in subscribers from its integration with the Kindle Fire, will soon feature plenty of new content. It comes by way of Viacom, with whom Amazon just signed a big deal.The Viacom deal will give Amazon Prime owners access to shows from networks like MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, TV Land, Spike, VH1, BET, CMT, and Logo. This could lead to Prime’s streaming of popular shows Jersey Shore, Chapelle’s Show, The Daily Show, and Yo Gabba Gabba.Video streaming is offered as one of the perks of joining Amazon Prime. The service will also give you free two-day shipping on most Amazon orders and monthly book lending for $79 per year. Kindle Fire buyers get a month-long free trial of the service.At least that’s how it works now. We wouldn’t rule out the possibility of Amazon breaking off its video streaming and turning itself into a true Netflix rival. This would probably mean a monthly subscription that isn’t tied to the discounted shipping service. Amazon would also need to make a streaming app available for a variety of platforms, including mobile devices, video game consoles, smart TVs, and set-top-boxes.Right now the cards are still stacked against Amazon though. Despite the Viacom deal, Netflix’s content selection easily dwarfs Amazon’s — by a 10 to 1 ratio. Netflix is also now venturing into the realm of original content; this week it premiered its first original series, Lilyhammer. The quirky series stars Steven Van Zandt (of The Sopranos and The E Street Band) as a New York gangster who testifies against an associate and is sent to Norway via witness protection.Amazon is nowhere near dethroning Netflix right now. But you have to start somewhere, and it has as good of a chance as anyone at knocking Netflix off of its perch… well, except perhaps for Hollywood.last_img read more

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first_img By Órla Ryan Fine Gael is most popular party as Fianna Fáil loses ground Sinn Féin and independents have made gains, while the Anti-Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit and the Independent Alliance have lost support. Here’s how the parties and others faired:Fine Gael: 25% (no change)Fianna Fáil 24%: (-2)Sinn Féin 16%: (+3)Independents: 12% (+2)Labour: 5% (no change)AAA-PBP: 5% (-4)IA: 4% (-2)Social Democrats: 4% (+1)Green Party: 3% (no change)Others, including Renua: 1% (+1)Read: RTÉ’s George Lee on emigration, climate change and the Dáil’s ‘power game’Read: France hits the polls to elect who will take on Marine Le Pen, and there’s a clear frontrunner Share386 Tweet Email1 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 27 Nov 2016, 1:28 PM http://jrnl.ie/3105124 FINE GAEL IS the most popular party in the country, according to the latest opinion poll. Taoiseach and Fine Gael leader Enda Kenny Source: RollingNews.ieThe poll, carried out by Red C for the Sunday Business Post, sees Fianna Fáil drop by two percentage points to 24%.Fine Gael has remained static on 25% support.Sinn Féin and independents have made gains, while the Anti-Austerity Alliance/People Before Profit and the Independent Alliance have lost support.center_img .@fiannafailparty’s slide puts a static @FineGael vote ahead. Full analysis from @obraonain: https://t.co/y29PW69bSX— The Business Post (@sundaybusiness) November 27, 2016 Nov 27th 2016, 1:28 PM Source: The Business Post/Twitter Short URL 130 Comments 15,585 Views last_img read more

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first_imgThe Victorian government’s sweeping reforms of the state’s taxi industry were passed by parliament last Thursday, much to the anger of many taxi licence holders who are now demanding compensation and threatening industrial action. The passing of the laws was greeted with abject disappointment by around 100 taxi licence holders on the steps of the Victorian parliament. Licence holders fear that their investment in a licence will dramatically reduce in value under the government’s plans to extend competition and introduce more licences. Many drivers have said the changes to the licence system will result in bankruptcy for existing licence holders. Some in the crowd told reporters that they would lobby for a full strike of taxis and even a blockade of the city, others called for a hunger strike. A significant factor in the government winning the vote to introduce the legislation was the actions of rogue independent MP Geoff Shaw, who sided with the government, even though he had expressed criticism of the taxi reforms earlier in the week. Without Shaw’s vote, Labor’s attempt to move amendments for further consultation between the government and the taxi industry failed. Some of the government backbenchers were concerned about the reforms following a letterbox campaign in marginal seats, organised by Taxi Industry Stakeholders Victoria, a lobby group representing many owner-operators dissatisfied with the recommendations of the Allan Fels Inquiry. Such was the mood of the crowd blockading the front of the parliament building late on Thursday afternoon, MPs were forced to leave from the back entrance after the controversial vote. Some in the crowd reportedly accused the government of racism, with the majority of the protestors being members of Melbourne’s ethnic minority communities. 
One protestor carried a placard which read ‘Vote Liberal. Vote for Communism’. Jacob Revzin, who fled Communist Russia three decades ago, began working as a Melbourne taxi driver 32 years ago, he told The Age newspaper. “The government now took away from me everything. I run away from the Communists, and now the Liberals here have sold their principles,” Mr Revzin said. John Zammit, 74, a Maltese migrant who came to Australia in 1961, said that all his years of long shifts in the taxi had came to nothing. “I don’t get a pension, I don’t get a health card. This government is going to kill me because I have blood pressure. My children and my grandchildren will never vote Liberal again,” he said. Owner-operator Peter Khawaja, who has four licences, told Fairfax Media that their entitlements were being stripped off them in the same way proceeds of crime were taken off criminals. “This is bad. You mortgage your house against this. This is depression stuff,” Mr Khawaja said. On Friday, Harry Katsiabanis, managing director of Taxilink, one of Melbourne’s largest taxi fleet agencies and a vocal critic of the government’s reforms, told Neos Kosmos that he was dismayed by the result. “It was like a death in the family yesterday, some had an inkling of hope,” he said. Asked what the next steps would be for those wanting to oppose the legislation and if a strike was on the cards, Mr Katsiabanis said: “I’ll now be lobbying the upper house members to see if we can get some common sense to prevail. If that fails we’ll be launching our legal actions straight after. “A strike is not something I want to support at this stage. I don’t think it’s fair that the people of Melbourne or Victoria should be disadvantaged because of the government being stupid. “I don’t like strike action, but if it becomes a means to an end, then so be it.” Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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first_imgGaz et pétrole de schiste : un enjeu majeur pour les géants de l’énergie aux Etats-UnisLes plus grands groupes internationaux se ruent aux Etats-Unis pour exploiter le pétrole et le gaz de schiste. Qu’il s’agisse du français Total, du chinois Sinopec ou du fonds américain KKR, dans un contexte de raréfaction des gisements d’hydrocarbures traditionnels, tous se tournent vers ces  exploitations dites non-conventionnelles qui sont de véritables mines d’or.Depuis quelques mois les transactions concernant l’achat de projet pour exploiter le gaz de schiste s’accélèrent aux Etats-Unis. Les risques environnementaux n’arrêtent pas les compagnies et si l’exploitation des gisements de schiste est interdite en France, rien n’empêche d’aller forer en Amérique du Nord. Le numéro un mondial du pétrole ExxonMobil avait, dès 2009, déboursé la somme record de 41 milliards de dollars pour son compatriote XTO Energy, pionnier du pétrole et gaz “non conventionnels”.Mardi, deux opérations majeures supplémentaires ont eu lieu. Sinopec (acheté par les Chinois) a racheté un tiers de cinq des projets de Devon Energy pour un montant de 2,5 milliards de dollars (dont 1,6 milliard de dollars en remboursements de coûts d’exploration et forage). De son côté, Total s’est associé aux groupes d’hydrocarbures gazier Chesapeake Energy et EnerVest en prenant une participation de 25 % dans leurs gisements de gaz de schiste dans l’Ohio (dans l’est des Etats-Unis) pour 2,3 milliards de dollars. Déjà fin novembre, le fonds d’investissement KKR avait racheté l’américain Samson pour 7,2 milliards de dollars. “Les Etats-Unis disposent d’une avance technologique dans l’exploitation du pétrole et du gaz non conventionnels”, souligne Mark Hanson, analyste chez Morningstar, pour expliquer cet engouement.Ainsi, la Chine, qui possède des réserves colossales de gaz de schiste, cherche à développer ce secteur et l’acquisition de Sinopec peut lui permettre d’acquérir un savoir-faire qu’elle ne possède pas encore. “Ce sont des entreprises relativement petites qui ont été à l’avant-garde de l’investissement dans ces nouvelles ressources, pas les géants mondiaux”, remarque M. Hanson. Il en va de même pour Total qui souhaite également acquérir une meilleure expertise technologique et qui avait déjà racheté en 2010 et pour 2,25 milliards de dollars une part de Chesapeake, spécialiste des hydrocarbures non conventionnels. “Nous avons beaucoup appris de Chesapeake”, déclarait ainsi en novembre John Bannerman, directeur des activités aux Etats-Unis de Total.Des gaz qui “se vendent au prix fort” À lire aussiQuand des Américains assistent à la naissance d’un bébé phoque sur une plagePar ailleurs, le groupe chinois PetroChina International a annoncé mardi qu’il avait parachevé l’achat du projet de sables bitumineux de MacKay River, au Canada, une transaction d’une valeur de 672 millions de dollars. PetroChina devient donc la première société chinoise à détenir la totalité d’un projet d’exploitation de sables bitumineux canadiens, rapporte TV5monde.La roche de schiste contient aussi beaucoup de gaz tels que le propane et le butane “qui sont facilement compressibles et peuvent donc être liquéfiés. Ils se vendent au prix fort” par rapport à un gaz naturel comme le méthane, explique M. Hanson. Le pétrole est également très recherché et son exploitation est moins coûteuse et moins risquée, en apparence, à celle des gisements offshore.Le 4 janvier 2012 à 15:32 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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first_img Related Items:andrew holness, Justice Cecil Dennis Morrison, Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Jan. 4 (JIS): An efficient and accessible justice system that is high in quality is being guaranteed to members of the public by Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller. “We are determined to invest in justice for our people…Justice must be at the heart and centre of the society. It stands tall as the essential DNA of all that Government seeks to achieve for our people,” said Mrs. Simpson Miller. The Prime Minister was addressing senior members of the legal profession, during the swearing-in ceremony of the new President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Cecil Dennis Morrison, at King’s House, on January 4. He was accorded Jamaica’s fifth highest honour, the Order of Jamaica. For an efficient justice system, Mrs. Simpson Miller acknowledged that key changes in the sector must be made. “This requires synergies between prosecution and defence counsel to achieve the timely disposal of cases,” she stated. The Prime Minister indicated that Justice Morrison’s adept legal knowledge and levels of expertise made him qualified for the position. In his remarks, Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, expressed confidence in Justice Morrison’s ability, noting that “the Court of Appeal will be guided by safe hands.” The Governor-General also emphasised the enormous responsibilities for which the new Court of Appeal President will be tasked with, similar to his predecessors. He used the opportunity to praise former Court of Appeal President, Justice Seymour Panton, for his stellar work in service to the Court. Leader of the Opposition, Andrew Holness, in his remarks, assured Justice Morrison of his support and also offered congratulations to him. Like the Governor-General, Mr. Holness used the opportunity to thank Justice Seymour Panton for his “sterling contribution” to the Court and implored the new Court of Appeal President to build on the foundation already laid before him. Justice Minister, Hon. Mark Golding, expressed gratitude to Justice Morrison for helping to improve the justice system, particularly as it relates to chairing the Chief Justice Committees on criminal case management and the development of sentencing guidelines. Meanwhile, Chief Justice, Hon. Zaila McCalla, added her congratulations to Justice Morrison. “The evidence shows beyond the shadow of a doubt that the Hon. Mr. Justice Cecil Dennis Morrison is an eminently suitable candidate for appointment as President of the Court of Appeal of Jamaica,” said Mrs. McCalla. The Chief Justice expects that this year, criminal case management will be fully implemented in all courts, in order to maximise the use of judicial time.For his part, Justice Morrison expressed gratitude for the appointment as well as being afforded the opportunity to build on a court of excellence. He pledged that he would continue to change and improve the Court of Appeal during his tenure. Holness to students: ‘don’t let money stop you’ Recommended for youcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PM Holness inducted to UWI Honour Parklast_img read more

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first_imgState Rep. Sharon Wylie, D-Vancouver, will hold a live chat with Columbian.com readers on Thursday, Oct. 20 at noon. She will be available to answer questions about her election bid for the Washington House.Sign up for an email reminder, below, or visit www.columbian.com/chat on Thursday to participate in the event. Login with Facebook, Twitter, OpenID or MySpace will be required to leave questions or comments, but anyone can watch the action. If you encounter technical problems, please contact our Web Editor, Libby Tucker, libby.tucker@columbian.com.Wylie took her seat in the Washington House in April after Clark County commissioners appointed her to succeed Jim Jacks as a representative from the 49th District. She must win the seat she was appointed to in the Nov. 8 election in order to serve beyond Nov. 29. Craig Riley, Wylie’s Republican opponent in the race, did not respond to The Columbian’s invitation to participate in the live chat.last_img read more

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first_imgPROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Wall Street protesters around the country who are vowing to stand their ground against the police and politicians are also digging in against a different kind of adversary: cold weather.With the temperature dropping, they are stockpiling donated coats, blankets and scarves, trying to secure cots and military-grade tents, and getting survival tips from the homeless people who have joined their encampments.“Everyone’s been calling it our Valley Forge moment,” said Michael McCarthy, a former Navy medic in Providence. “Everybody thought that George Washington couldn’t possibly survive in the Northeast.”More than a month and a half into the movement, Occupy Wall Street activists from New York to Colorado have pledged to tough out the snow, sleet and cold as they protest economic inequality and what they call corporate greed.But the dangers of staying outdoors in some of the country’s harsher climes are already becoming apparent: In Denver, two protesters were hospitalized with hypothermia this week during a storm that brought several inches of snow.last_img read more

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first_imgAssociation of Village Council Presidents Traditional Chief and Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Honorary Board Member Paul John of Toksook Bay has passed away. His family says he died in Anchorage this morning. His family says he was around 88-years-old.Download AudioJohn was one of the most respected leaders in the region. He is remembered for dedicating his life to the younger generation and encouraging the well being of Alaska Natives in the YK Delta. He advocated for the preservation of the Yup’ik language and for maintaining traditional values.His funeral arrangements are still pending.last_img read more

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first_imgAmnesty International provides a satellite image of burning in a Rohingya village in Rakhine state of Myanmar on 22 September 2017Amnesty International has assessed three new videos taken inside Rakhine State as recently as Friday afternoon showing large plumes of smoke rising from Rohingya villages, one of which was already deserted, as well as satellite imagery with smoke visible over burnt-out structures.Local sources in northern Rakhine State claim the fires were started by members of the Myanmar security forces and local vigilante mobs, reports Amnesty International.”This damning evidence from the ground and from space flies in the face of Aung San Suu Kyi’s assertions to the world that what she called military ‘clearance operations’ in Rakhine State ended on 5 September,” said Tirana Hasan, Crisis Response Director at Amnesty International.”Almost three weeks later, we can see in real time how there is no let-up in the campaign of violence against Rohingya in northern Rakhine State. Rohingya homes and villages continue to burn, before, during and after their inhabitants take flight in terror. Not satisfied with simply forcing Rohingya from their homes, authorities seem intent on ensuring they have no homes to return to.Not satisfied with simply forcing Rohingya from their homes, authorities seem intent on ensuring they have no homes to return to.”The time has come and gone for giving Myanmar’s military and political leadership the benefit of the doubt. The international community must be unequivocal in its condemnation and take effective action to halt this ethnic cleansing campaign as well as bring the perpetrators to account.”One video, taken on 21 September near the village of Hpar Wat Chaung village, northern Maungdaw township, shows agricultural land in the foreground with a large plume of smoke rising from a settlement located amid a group of trees.A local resident told Amnesty International that Myanmar Border Guard Police (BGP) and vigilante groups started the fires in the early afternoon, and that there were further burning operations that same evening.Amnesty International reviewed satellite imagery of Hpar Wat Chaung from 16 to 22 September. Smoke is still visible in the later image, which clearly showed the village had been set ablaze and structures standing just days earlier had been burnt to the ground.Additionally, satellite sensors detected a recent active fire in the village, further corroborating the incident.Two more videos, taken from different angles reportedly outside Nga Yant Chaung village in Buthidaung township, show the village in flames on Friday afternoon.Activists, including a source in Rakhine State itself, have told Amnesty International that the burning began between 1:30pm and 2:00pm local time.last_img read more

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first_imgHouston Matters offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: Educational leaders from around the nation are in Houston today to discuss how to get more Hispanic students into STEM fields. Some of those experts lay out the challenges of getting these students into science, technology, engineering, and math.Also this hour: With the Winter Olympics underway in PyeongChang, South Korea, we discuss the stories, accomplishments, and challenges of African Americans in the Olympics with Dr. Billy Hawkins from the University of Houston’s Department of Health and Human Performance, and nine-time Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis.Also this hour: Our political experts discuss the latest national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas. And we continue our look at unlikely winter sports enthusiasts in Houston with a story about skiers in the Bayou City.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Videolast_img read more

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first_img Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling In their first home game of the season, the Arizona Cardinals were able to provide their fans with a win. Their 25-21 victory over the Detroit Lions got head coach Bruce Arians his first win with the team and was their second solid performance in two weeks to begin the season.While the offense had trouble executing on third down and in the red zone, the Cardinals’ defense and special teams carried them, highlighted by Justin Bethel’s blocked field goal.center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Cardinals now head back out on the road as they travel to New Orleans to face off against the unbeaten Saints. With two victories over NFC South rivals, including a nail-biter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, the Saints are looking like their old selves with head coach Sean Payton back at the helm.Let’s go behind enemy lines and see what’s happening down in “The Big Easy.” Top Stories last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the enewsletterThe Star Entertainment Group this week lodged a development application with the NSW Department of Planning for a $500+ million, 220-room hotel tower that will herald the return of the famed Ritz-Carlton brand to Sydney.The proposed 61-storey tower will comprise the hotel component and 200 residences at The Star Sydney complex. Together with works in a connected ribbon development, the residences will include new resort amenities – three pools including two with harbour views, two gymnasiums and a spa and wellness centre – and significantly more food and beverage offerings.Proposed port cochere entry to The Ritz Carlton hotel – Concept image only, subject to all approvals.The Star is partnering again with Hong Kong-based Chow Tai Fook and Far East Consortium on the project, in a similar alliance to that which the Group has in place for the Queen’s Wharf Brisbane and Gold Coast Star developments. Architects FJMT, led by Richard Francis-Jones, won a Design Excellence Competition in December 2016 to secure the rights to design the tower.Features for The Ritz-Carlton hotel will include a Sky Lobby, complete with a publicly accessible signature restaurant and harbour views and a rooftop terrace.Sky Lobby in the proposed tower – concept image only, subject to all approvals.The new development will sit wholly within the existing footprint of The Star Sydney and bring further exciting facilities to the burgeoning Pyrmont-Darling Harbour-Barangaroo precinct. It will support the new Sydney International Convention Centre and help connect Darling Harbour to the Sydney Fishmarket and The Bays Precinct.According to The Star Entertainment Group CEO, Matt Bekier, the development will deliver significant benefits to the local community, Sydney as a destination of choice for domestic and international visitors and the Australian tourism sector more generally.Rooftop terrace of the proposed Ritz-Carlton hotel – Concept image only, subject to all approvals.“This country is experiencing significant growth in inbound tourism, an upward trend which shows all the hallmarks of continuing well into the future,” he said. “Forecasts suggest Australia’s current visitation of around 8.3 million international visitors per annum will rise to 15 million a year inside a decade. To cater for that demand, we need the necessary tourism infrastructure.”“Sydney lacks sufficient high-end hotels to meet this wave of international tourist demand, led by the rapidly expanding, wealthy, Chinese middle-class demographic. By moving to close the shortfall in supply, we can ensure we don’t miss an opportunity that offers considerable economic benefit to this city and this State.”The Star Entertainment Group CEO, Matt Bekier“Bringing a world-renowned brand like The Ritz-Carlton to The Star Sydney will further embed our reputation as a tourism and entertainment destination of global appeal. It will also help bolster Sydney’s position in a highly competitive regional and international market and provide national impetus as well. Australia currently attracts just 1% of China’s international outbound travellers,” he said.Bekier said he looked forward to receiving the necessary approval to move forward with the project.The development will feature a Pyrmont Neighbourhood Centre over five levels comprising a proposed social enterprise café, reading room, function space, collaboration hub and rooftop terrace.View of the proposed ribbon development (including pools) above the existing façade – Concept image only, subject to all approvals.The Ritz-Carlton exited Sydney a decade ago after operating hotels in Double Bay and Macquarie Street in the CBD.Lead picture – External image of the proposed tower and ribbon development.Go back to the enewsletterlast_img read more

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