Irrigation Areas Established in St. Elizabeth and Manchester to Increase Crop Production

first_imgAdvertisements Related$400 Million Being Spent on Rehabilitation of Sugarcane Roads RelatedBanana and Plantain Farmers to Benefit from EU Assistance Irrigation Areas Established in St. Elizabeth and Manchester to Increase Crop Production AgricultureNovember 18, 2013Written by: Alecia Smith-Edwards FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail center_img RelatedLocal Sorrel Harvesting Machine Unveiled Story HighlightsPedro Plains (Beacon/Little Park) in St. Elizabeth, and New Forest/Duff House, in Manchester have been chosen as irrigation areas.This is in keeping with the Ministry of Agriculture’s continued thrust to increase production and productivity in the sector.Government Senator, Lambert Brown, argued that irrigation is critical to production and production is critical to growth. Farmers operating in St. Elizabeth and Manchester are expected to see greater levels of crop production and productivity, following the designation of irrigation areas in those parishes.Pedro Plains (Beacon/Little Park) in St. Elizabeth, and New Forest/Duff House, in Manchester have been chosen as irrigation areas, as contained in two Resolutions, which were approved in the Senate on November 15.Moved by Justice Minister, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, the Resolutions – Pedro Plains (Beacon/Little Park) (Irrigation Area) Order; and the New Forest/Duff House (Irrigation Area) Order – fall under the Irrigation Act, which makes provision for the best utilisation of water available for the irrigation of special areas in Jamaica and for the conservation and use of subterranean water for those purposes.Supporting the Resolutions, Government Senator, Norman Grant, said this is in keeping with the Ministry of Agriculture’s continued thrust to increase production and productivity in the sector.“The initiatives are very strategic and one of the critical areas is to look at how we can get a number of irrigation schemes going, in order to provide our farmers across Jamaica with irrigation water, so that we can increase our production and our productivity,” he said.“It is schemes like these and the provision of a framework that is going to allow small farmers to get on with production, and to ensure that there is a sustained economic path of growth and development in the economy,” added Senator Grant, who is also President of the Jamaica Agricultural Society (JAS).In his contribution to the debate, Government Senator, Lambert Brown, argued that irrigation is critical to production and production is critical to growth.He noted that by providing more water to farmers, “like the 800 farmers in Duff House and Pedro Plains and the 800 hectares of farm land to benefit from this irrigation,” this will contribute to further economic growth.Also voicing his support for the Resolutions, Government Senator, K.D. Knight, said he is pleased that farmers will now “be in a better position to improve their productivity and increase production.”“I think this is a good day for the nation…for the producers in our society, as we move to a fuller understanding of the importance of the agricultural sector to the survival of countries like ours,” he said.In the meantime, Opposition Senator, Kavan Gayle, also expressed his support of the Resolutions, which he said come at a critical time when farmers need the assistance required for growth.“I hope that this move will be extended to other farmers throughout this country at a time when they badly need it,” he said.Senator Gayle implored the Government to ensure that the programme is sustainable, “because once it is sustained, then it is clear it should be a vehicle to create further employment.”Opposition Senator, Robert Montague, who also supported the Resolutions, further called on the Government to consider lowering the cost of irrigated water, thereby lessening production costs for farmers.The Senate also approved the Financial Services Commission (Amendment of Fourth Schedule) Order, which speaks to certain fees regarding the insurance industry.last_img read more

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Optek to Use CEVA Bluetooth IP in its Latest Multimedia SoC

first_imgLeading fabless semiconductor company, Optek Digital Technology, has licensed and deployed CEVA’s RivieraWaves Bluetooth 5 Dual Mode IP in its latest OTK528X multimedia System-on-Chip (SoC). The SoC is being developed for the artificial intelligence (AI), voice and music market segments and applications including hearables, wireless speakers, on/in ear headphones, multi-channel AVR, musical instruments and voice user interface (VUI).The Optek OTK528X is fully compatible with Bluetooth 5.0 Dual Mode, including support for Bluetooth low energy links at 1 Mbps, 2 Mbps, 500 Kbps and 125 Kbps data rates. The integrated 32-bit processor along with an audio DSP enables users to achieve a variety of features with outstanding performance.CEVA’s RivieraWaves Bluetooth IP platforms provide comprehensive solutions for both Bluetooth LE and Bluetooth dual mode connectivity. Each platform consists of a hardware baseband controller, plus a feature-rich software protocol stack. A flexible radio interface allows the platforms to be deployed with either RivieraWaves RF or various partners’ RF IP, enabling optimal selection of foundry and process node. All Bluetooth 5 features are supported, including LE 2Mbps data rate, Long Range and LE Advertising Extension.last_img read more

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Sonne, Brandung und Wale beobachten

first_imgVon den sandigen wilden Weiten der Westkuste zu den subtropischen Stranden von Maputaland gibt es fur jede Jahreszeit einen Strand. Beobachten Sie den Sonnenaufgang uber dem atlantischen oder indischen Ozean, arbeiten Sie an der perfekten Sonnenbraune oder werden Sie aktiv – Sudafrika bietet einige der besten Surf-, Windsurfing und Tauchgebiete der Welt. Und dann sind da noch die Wale…WASSERSPORT SPIELWIESEUnsere Tauchgebiete erstrecken sich von Seetangwaldern bis hin zu Korallenriffen, unsere Brandung bietet unterhaltsame Wellenbrecher, hohle Rohren und ein paar richtige Monsterwellen und man kann großartig Wellenreiten, Meereskajaken und Segeln.Surfen, Windsurfen, Kitesurfen, MeereskajakenSudafrika ist eines der besten Surflander in der Welt, mit erhabener Kustenlandschaft, gleichbleibender Qualitatsbrandung, preiswertem aber dennoch hohem Lebensstandart und einer einzigartigen Kultur, “auf die man stolz sein kann” sagt Steve Pike, Herausgeber von Wavescape.Und nur wenige Besucher wurden da widersprechen. Es gibt Hunderte von Brandungszonen im ganzen Land – etwa 50 von ihnen in einem Umkreis unter einer Autostunde um Kapstadt herum.Diese erstrecken sich von kindersicheren Anfangerwellen bis zu riesigen Brechern, die sogar abgeharteten Teilnehmern bei den internationalen Wettbewerben im Juni und Juli einen Schrecken einjagen.Die Ostkapregion um Cape St. Francis herum, Jeffreys Hafen und Port Elizabeth – allgemein als Jay Bay bei einheimischen Surfern bekannt – ist weltberuhmt fur die Qualitat seiner Wellen.Die vielen Herbergen fur Rucksacktouristen um das Land herum sind auf Brettermiete gefuhrte Surfaris sowie Surfstunden eingestellt und es gibt engagierte Surfschulen in Durban und Kapstadt.Sudafrika bietet phantastische Windsurf- und Kitesurfstellen. Langebaan in der Nahe von Kapstadt ist international als eines der Top Boardsailing Veranstaltungsorte der Welt anerkannt – und es gibt noch andere.Noch direkter erleben Sie das Meer in einem speziell gestalteten Meerkajak. Es gibt begleitete Ausfluge um Kapstadt, Hermanus, Knysna, Plett und Durban.SegelnSudafrikas Kuste ist die weltweit schwierigste Kustenlinie zum Segeln, mit wenigen Hafen, sturmischen Bedingungen und oft sehr rauer See. Also auch nicht gut eignet fur unbegleitete Torns.Es ist jedoch ein großartiger Platz um Segeln zu lernen – es gibt Segelschulen in Kapstadt, Port Elizabeth und Durban – und wir sind bei allen bedeutenden weltumsegelnden Rennen vertreten. Es gibt auch eine Menge von lokalen Wettrennen und das vom Kap nach Rio ist eines der zuganglichsten Ozeankreuzungsrennen in der Welt, das ein großes kreuzendes Kontingent anzieht.TauchenWenn Sie sich vom Ernst der sudafrikanischen Kuste uberzeugen wollen, brauchen Sie nicht weiter als die vielen historischen und jungsten Schiffswracke zu schauen – allesamt Tragodien, aber dennoch gute Nachrichten fur Taucher. Dennoch haben wir haben mehr zu bieten als diese erschutternden Standorte. Unsere Unterwasserumgebung ist reichhaltig und schon, mit einer Menge atemberaubender Tauchplatze.Wir haben eine enorm lange Kustenlinie, die sich von etwa 35° S bis zu 27° S erstreckt, was nicht ganz innerhalb der ublichen Entfernung beim tropischen Tauchens ist. Der Mozambique Strom, der die ostliche Kuste hinunterfließt, bringt jedoch warmes, tropisches Wasser mit sich und bei der Sodwana Bucht in KwaZulu Natal gibt es die sudlichsten Korallenriffe der Welt.Hier finden Sie die volle Bandbreite an hubschn farbigen Fischen und einige großartige Nacktschnecken, einschließlich der ungeheuerlichen spanischen Tanzerin. Walhaie, Schildkroten, Delphine und Sandtigerhaie werden oft in bestimmten Gegenden gesehen.Wenn Sie die Kuste hinunterfahren andert sich die Unterwasserumgebung bis Sie – sobald Sie Kapstadt erreicht haben – in frostige, aber schone Seetangwalder eintauchen. Diese sind ebenfalls einzigartig: Es gibt drei Hauptarten Seetang und diese wachsen nur an einem kurzen Stuck der West Cap Kuste alle gemeinsam.In Seetang zu tauchen ist wie in einem Wald spazieren gehen. Sie schwimmen unter einem Baldachin und bewundern das uberraschend farbige Riffleben. Außerhalb von Kapstadt sehen Taucher regelmaßig Anemonen, die in umfangreichen Farben von elektrischem Blau oder tiefem Rot bis Blassrosa schwanken, Nacktschnecken fast jeder Farbe, die Sie sich vorstellen konnen und eine Reihe von kleinen Geschopfen in und um die hell orangen und schwefelgelben Schwamme.Es gibt Tauchschulen in fast jedem Zentrum, mit einer uberraschenden Zahl von dem von Land umschlossenen Johannesburg, wo Leute ihre Ausbildung machen, bevor sie fur ihre Qualifizierungstauchgange hinunter zur Sodwana Bucht fahren.Wenn Sie in unseren Riffen tauchen, beachten Sie sorgfaltig Ihre Nichtfliegergrenzen. Ein Flug von Meereshohe nach Johannesburg kann nur 1 Stunde dauern, aber Sie gewinnen 2.000 Meter (7.000 Fuß) an Hohe – sogar ohne den Flug zu berucksichtigen. Dies stellt ein erhohtes Risiko dar, also stellen Sie Ihre Reiseroute so ein, dass Sie einen Tag fur Besichtigungen, Einkaufen, am Strand faulenzen oder nach Johannesburg fahren zwischen Tauchgangen und Flugen einlegen.WALHAUPSTÄDT DER WELTSudafrika ist eines der schonsten Reiseziele weltweit fur das Beobachten von Meeressaugern. Im fruhen Juni verlassen die Sudkaper ihre antarktischen Futtergrunde um in den (verhaltnismaßig) warmen Gewassern der Kapkuste ihren Spaß zu haben.WildtiererfahrungenNaturlich werden Sudafrikas große Saugetiere nicht nur kustennah gefunden.Hier paaren sie sich, kalben und hangen herum, schlagen gelegentlich den Schwanz hoch und heben ihre Kopfe aus dem Wasser, um die Menschen zu begutachten.In Kapstadt konnen Sie sie uberall entlang der False Bay Kuste sehen – und sie sind an der westlichen Meereskuste deutlich zu sehen, wenn Sie sich hoch genug befinden.Die Stadt Hermanus hat sich selbst zur Walhauptstadt der Welt gekurt – und das ist nicht weit hergeholt. Diese riesigen Tiere lummeln sich manchmal nur wenige Meter vom Ufer entfernt und sind bei einem malerischen Spaziergang von den Klippen aus gut zu sehen.Weiter ostlich erhebt auch die Stadt von Plettenberg Bay Anspruch auf den Titel Walhauptstadt – mit gleich gutem Grund. Die Sudkaper sind in der Bucht von Juni bis November und die Wanderbuckelwale sind fur kurze Zeit hier um den Mai oder Juni herum und dann auf der Ruckreise von November bis Januar.Brydes Wale oder Schwertwale werden gelegentlich beobachtet, fur große Tummler und Buckeldelphine ist es standiger Aufenthaltsort. Eine Zuchtkolonie sudafrikanischer Pelzrobben vervollkommnet das beeindruckende Aufgebot an Meeressaugern in den Plettenberg-Buchten.In Plett ist die Delphin- und Walbeobachtungsindustrie am besten organisiert – mit Bootsfahrten, Kajaks und Flugzeugen im Angebot. Besichtigungen, Abstande und die mit jedem Tier verbrachte Zeit werden streng uberwacht, so dass die Einmischung gering bleibt.Weit die Kuste in KwaZulu-Natal hinauf werdem Buckeldelphine und große Tummler oft von Booten aus gesehen.SAinfo reporter, mit Material von South African Tourismlast_img read more

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Yahoo Gives IMAP Access to All Users Through Zimbra Desktop

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Just last week, we wrote about rumors that Google would be bringing offline access to Gmail and Google Calendar using Gears very soon. Today, Yahoo announced that it will be giving offline access to all free and paid Yahoo Mail users through the Yahoo Zimbra Desktop. This is the first time that all Yahoo users get offline access to their accounts. Zimbra Desktop is available on Windows, Mac, and Linux.IMAP for AllUntil now, only users with paid Yahoo Plus accounts had POP access to their email. Now, all Yahoo users will get offline access to their accounts through the Zimbra Desktop via the arguably superior IMAP protocol.Yahoo bought the email and messaging company Zimbra for $350 million in September 2007, soon after Zimbra had launched its offline capabilities. The Zimbra Desktop runs on top of Prism, a Mozilla Labs product, which, just like Gears, is meant to allow users offline access to their web applications.Besides working with Yahoo mail, Zimbra also supports all other IMAP and POP capable accounts, as well as, of course, accounts hosted on a Zimbra server. Zimbra has predefined settings for Gmail, AOL, and Yahoo accounts. Still BetaAfter one alpha and two beta releases under Yahoo, Zimbra is still calling this new version a beta, but given that fact that they are releasing it to all Yahoo users, the company must feel pretty good about the stability of the application. In our tests, we did not experience any crashes or other problems with the Windows and Linux client, though we did not test the Mac version.The Zimbra Blog also lists a large number of other updates and new features to the application, including built-in notifications, minimize to tray on Windows, showing the number of new mails in the tray, and a few other minor updates.Only MailOne thing that is still sorely missing though (or at least we couldn’t find it), is syncing calendars, tasks, files, contacts, etc. Yahoo is surely planning to do this in a future release, but right now, this does reduce the usefulness of the Zimbra Desktop quite a bit.Why Zimbra Only?The big news, however, is definitely that all Yahoo users now have offline access to their email accounts. Of course, cynics might point out that all Yahoo would have to do is flip one switch and all its users could just use any email client they wanted for offline access. Those same cynics might point out that Yahoo is mostly doing this to justify the $300 million investment in Zimbra. However, at least Yahoo’s users now have one option to get offline access to their messages. Related Posts Tags:#Messaging Services#news#web#Yahoo A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… frederic lardinois 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

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Cloud Computing: Cloud-Standard Alliances Unite

first_imgThe Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) and The Green Grid (TGG) alliance have announced that they’re joining forces in their efforts to create standards for the cloud.The Green Grid is a non-profit, open industry consortium of end-users, policy-makers, technology providers, facility architects, and utility companies collaborating to improve the resource efficiency of data centers and business computing ecosystems.   The Green Grid is trying to create a set of metrics for power, cooling, and space as related to the efficient operation of data centers.  Their metrics have helped many operators in designing, building and running more efficient facilities.  It makes sense that the ODCA would team with the TGG.  The TGG has been working on the problem of data center efficiencies for some time and has generated several generations of standards in this area.In particular, the two groups will collaborate on Carbon Usage Effectiveness (CUE) metric developed by The Green Grid’s which addresses data center-specific carbon emissions.  The joint collaboration is expected to complete sometime in the first part of 2012.Mario Mueller, vice president of IT Infrastructure at BMW, said that “Together, the ODCA and The Green Grid will drive initiatives that not only manage power efficiencies, but result in a reduced total cost of ownership. With member adoption of cloud operations forecasted to triple in the next two years, the collaboration comes at a critical point of adoption.”The move is important because of the power in numbers behind the ODCA.  Collectively, the members of the group account for more than 90 percent of the virtualization software market, and it includes more than two-thirds of vendors that supply server hardware and software, storage and enterprise management software.  Growth of cloud spending on cloud computing among these group members is expected to be five times faster than the cloud spending occurring in the general cloud computing market.last_img read more

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How I Got My 64GB Nexus 6

first_imgTags:#Devices Stock Checker#Google#Google Alert#Google Play Store#Motorola#Nexus 6#NowInStock#Page Monitor Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Another Wednesday has come and gone. If you’re on a quest for the high-storage version of Google’s huge but elusive Nexus 6 smartphone—as I was not too long ago—that means another week may have already ended for you in disappointment.It doesn’t have to. Supply shortages have turned the search for a 64GB Nexus 6 into a crapshoot, but there are ways to improve your odds. One of them worked for me. Now they can work for you, too.Taking The Nexus StepThe Nexus 6—announced last October, though it didn’t start shipping until November—has been in short supply since its launch. The Motorola-manufactured phone drew major attention thanks to its huge 6-inch screen and its topline technical specs, both big departures for Google’s lineup of “pure Android” phones.But finding the Nexus 6, particularly the 64GB model ($700 unlocked), has long been a chore. Sure, a few early birds got their phones by pre-ordering them. And carriers eventually stocked up, although it took weeks—and, probably due to the shortages, none carry anything but the $650 32GB version. (Verizon still doesn’t even carry that, though it says it’s “coming soon.”)For Nexus 6 fans intent on maxing out their storage space, though, about the only option was to play the odds every Wednesday, when the Google Play Store released a limited supply of phones to anyone fortunate enough to be in the right place at the right time.When I’m 64GBIt might seem quaint, if not downright archaic, to get worked up about the available storage on your smartphone. We live in an age, after all, in which you can easily stream your music and video and store gigabytes of email, texts and photos in the cloud for free. For me, though, 64GB was non-negotiable, particularly in a phone like the Nexus 6, which lacks a removable micro SD card slot. There’s history here: My first Android phone, the HTC Evo 4G, started running out of storage space after about 18 months, forcing me first to unlock it and then root it, so I could rid it of carrier-installed crapware (thanks, Sprint!) and move some apps to the micro SD card.Settling for the 32GB Nexus 6 ($650) didn’t strike me as an attractive option, since you never know what’s going to fill up your phone storage a year or two down the line. And it’s not like you can upgrade your mobile storage capacity the way you can your laptop’s hard disk.Besides, doubling Nexus 6 storage would only set me back an extra $50, which seemed plenty cheap. The real expense, it turned out, involved time, effort and frustration—and those costs mounted up pretty quickly.Stalking The Wild Nexus 6This screen quickly became a close friendLike most people who haven’t thought things through carefully, I started off with a pretty scattershot approach. I set an early-morning reminder on my phone to start checking the Play Store every Wednesday morning, and would dutifully refresh the page throughout the day, sometimes for 4–5 minutes at a time. (I didn’t have the luxury of going full-on obsessive with it.)That didn’t work, and it got old fast. After a week or two, I went old-school and added a Google Alert to catch news or blog-post updates on Nexus 6 availability.The result: Lots of recycled articles from quasi-spammy sites; irrelevant posts on Motorola strategy, the Nexus 9 tablet or Nexus 6 how-tos; and the occasional hope-inspiring notice that the phone I was looking for had suddenly become available on either Google Play or the Motorola website. At one point, I was elated to see the 64GB listed on Amazon, only to find the shipping time was six to eight weeks, i.e., never.Sadly, even the real leads did no good; the stores were always sold out by the time I checked. It didn’t help that the volume of alerts was so high, I couldn’t keep up with them in real time. Sometimes following those links led to other seemingly promising sites; I ended up browsing Reddit and a variety of Android sites as often as I could manage. But none of it led me to the prize.I needed a better solution.Setting An App To Catch A PhoneAs it turned out, the failed Google Alerts experiment did in fact turn up exactly the lead I needed, although I didn’t realize it at the time. After seeing a Redditor or commenter mention some sort of availability-tracking app a few times, I eventually cottoned to the fact it was something I should probably look into.A few searches later, I zeroed in on an Android app with the unglamorous name Devices Stock Checker. Written by a French developer named Julien Vermet, the app regularly checks availability for devices sold in the Play Store—everything from the Google Chromecast to Chromebooks. That included, of course, Nexus phones.Devices Stock Checker isn’t the most polished app you’ll ever find. (I emailed Vermet to discuss it, but never heard back.) It’s infested with full-screen ads that pop up when you least expect them—my favorite was one that seemed to take over the phone when I opened the app’s settings—and it can suck up a not-inconsequential amount of battery power, depending on how you have it set up.But once you get it squared away, the app does exactly what you expect. I tested it out by checking for both the 32GB and 64GB Nexus 6. At 5am the next morning, it woke me with a loud alert and persistent buzzing to let me know the 32GB was in stock. Good for my confidence in the app, bad for my sleep.It was showtime.Pratfalls On A Digital StageI’d been on the hunt for more than a month and was heartily sick of false starts and bad leads, so I cranked Devices Stock Checker to the max. It promptly started pinging the Play Store once a minute, chewing battery life as it went. Just to be sure, I started it up on a Monday while I was thinking about it; I didn’t want to risk forgetting to activate it on Wednesday.Even with that precaution, there were still a few pratfalls in store.Come Wednesday, the app was disappointingly silent for much of the morning—at least until around 11am, when my phone went bezerk. I raced to the Play Store; sure enough, the 64GB was in stock. But two steps into the purchase process, something glitched. A window informed me that an “unknown error has occurred”—I’ll say—and my purchase suddenly vanished. Cue gnashing of teeth and rending of garments.But Devices Stock Checker wasn’t done. About 45 minutes later, it buzzed again. Unfortunately, I was in the middle of a business call and couldn’t check the Play Store. By the time I did, the 64GB was out of stock. It was clearly turning out not to be my day.Except that the app went off a third time a few minutes later. This time the purchase sailed through, and by the following Wednesday, I had a new phone.Victory!You Have Other OptionsIf you find yourself in a similar boat, Devices Stock Checker isn’t your only option. You can, for instance, install the Page Monitor extension in Chrome and set it to watch the Play Store (or Motorola site) for updates. When it finds them, it alerts you by displaying a notification on its badge in your browser.Other users swear by NowInStock.net, another Web-based service you can use to check the availability of a vast variety of products. Among the site’s interesting features is a detailed history of product availability. For instance, it reveals that the 64GB Nexus 6 has rarely been in stock for longer than 7–8 minutes at a time, and sometimes for as little as a minute.Of course, these options have their own drawbacks. Page Monitor, for instance, only works on a desktop—mobile Chrome doesn’t support extensions—and you have to watch its icon to see the notification.NowInStock, by contrast, offers text, browser and email alerts, which sound useful enough. But I couldn’t be sure it’s actually catching every window for the 64GB Nexus 6. I looked back at the day I ordered mine, and NowInStock only shows the midnight blue version available for one nine-minute period—and it wasn’t the one in which I snagged the phone. Still, three options are better than the none I started out with. If you’re still on the hunt for a 64GB Nexus 6, I’d recommend Devices Stock Checker mostly because, well, it worked for me. I also liked its mobile notification, which was prompt and pretty much impossible to miss when the phone was nearby.The upside to Page Monitor and NowInStock, by contrast, is that you can use them to monitor any number of products sold by a variety of merchants, not just a limited selection on Google Play. Whatever you choose, happy hunting.Lead photo by TechStage; cloud storage photo by mekuria getinet; screencap of Devices Stock Checker and other Nexus 6 photos by David Hamilton for ReadWritecenter_img david hamilton Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

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CL refs for Inter and Napoli

first_imgDanny Makkelie will officiate Borussia Dortmund-Inter, while Szymon Marciniak is assigned to Napoli-RB Salzburg. UEFA have announced the referees for Tuesday’s Champions League fixtures. Inter face a direct showdown with Borussia Dortmund in Germany following the 2-0 win at San Siro. Dutch official Makkelie will be in charge of the whistle, supported by Mario Diks, Hessel Steegstra and fourth official Kevin Blom. The VAR is Jochem Kamphuis with Bas Nijhuis. Napoli won 3-2 away to RB Salzburg and could secure their qualification for the Round of 16 when hosting the Austrians on Tuesday evening. They will look to Polish referee Marciniak, who is assisted by Pawel Sokolnicki, Tomasz Listkiewicz and fourth official Tomasz Musial. The VAR booth is also an all-Polish affair, with Pawel Gil and Marcin Borkowski. Watch Serie A live in the UK on Premier Sports for just £11.99 per month including live LaLiga, Eredivisie, Scottish Cup Football and more. Visit: https://subscribe.premiersports.tv/last_img read more

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I don’t need to win another Wimbledon, says Serena Williams

first_imgIf Serena Williams wanted to sound like someone who did not really care whether she won another Wimbledon or not, telling the world she just wanted to have fun, nobody was fooled on Thursday.Of course, she managed to pack in plenty of fun in thrashing old foe Maria Sharapova for the 17th time in a row to reach yet another final at the All England Club but the serious entertainment has yet to come.And make no mistake, the American has every intention of going to the ball.The top seed will be the overwhelming favourite to beat Spaniard Garbine Muguruza, the 20th seed, and take a sixth Wimbledon singles title — as well as clinching the ‘Serena Slam’ — holding all four majors concurrently.But such talk is banned for the time being, Williams determined to free her mind from any extra pressure, and she preferred to take the more insouciant attitude of an old veteran who has been there, done that, seen it all.”I’ve won so many grand slam titles. And I’m at a position where I don’t need to win another Wimbledon,” she smiled.”I could lose tomorrow (Saturday). Sure, I won’t be happy. But I don’t need another Wimbledon title. I don’t need another U.S. Open. I don’t need any titles to make it,” added the 20-times grand slam singles champion, who trails only Margaret Court (24) and Steffi Graf (22) in the list of major winners.”Every time I step out on court, the practice court, the match court, I do look at it as a more fun time because it’s not as much stressful as it was. Like getting to 18 was super stressful for me. It was fun, but I was so stressed out.”advertisementMuguruza will be making her first appearance in a grand slam final but Williams can take nothing for granted against a player who beat her in the French Open second round last year and has nothing to lose.Williams said she had learned a lot from that encounter.”It was an eye-opening loss for me,” she said. “Some losses you’re angry about, and some losses you learn from. That loss I think I learned the most from in a long time.”I got so much better after that loss. I was able to improve a lot. I worked on things.”It was really an experience that helped me say, Okay, Serena, you want to be the best, you’re going to have to do certain things and you’re going to have to improve certain things.”Williams walking out for a Wimbledon final has become a familiar sight over the last decade, even if she has not won since 2012, but she said she would still be feeling the butterflies on Saturday.”I get nervous every time I walk out on the court. I think that is a special feeling,” she said. “I’ll be concerned if I wasn’t nervous. I’ll be like, Ooh. Maybe it’s not the same for me and doesn’t mean as much for me.”last_img read more

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Canada loses NAFTA court challenge reviving environmental concerns

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government has lost a court bid to overturn a NAFTA ruling involving a Nova Scotia quarry and marine terminal project, sparking renewed concerns about the trade deal’s effects on Canada’s environmental regime.The U.S. firm that backed the proposed project welcomed the Federal Court of Canada decision, while environmental groups said it highlights how the North American Free Trade Agreement hamstrings Canada’s ability to protect its ecology.In her decision, Federal Court Justice Anne Mactavish rejected federal arguments that a NAFTA tribunal inappropriately decided questions of Canadian law when it found problems with an environmental review panel process.Sixteen years ago, American firm Bilcon planned to develop a basalt quarry, processing facility and marine terminal on the Bay of Fundy at Whites Point in southwestern Nova Scotia. The company hoped to ship 40,000 tons of stone to the United States each week for a period of 50 years.The Nova Scotia and federal governments nixed the project in 2007 after a joint environmental assessment panel said it should not go ahead. The panel concluded the initiative would have a “significant adverse effect” on the surrounding communities, damaging the quality of life.Bilcon, which had invested considerable time and money in the project, filed a NAFTA challenge under Chapter 11, alleging Canada’s environmental regulatory regime had been applied in an arbitrary, unfair and discriminatory manner.The NAFTA tribunal found Nova Scotia authorities created expectations the project might proceed as long as federal and provincial environmental laws were respected. The tribunal ruled that the assessment panel indeed acted arbitrarily by effectively creating a new standard of assessment concerning “community core values,” without notice to Bilcon.After winning at the tribunal, Bilcon said it would seek at least US$300 million in damages from Canada.Ottawa took the matter to Federal Court, but Mactavish determined the NAFTA tribunal made no errors warranting a reversal of its ruling.However, she said the tribunal’s decision “raises significant policy concerns,” including its effect on the ability of NAFTA parties to regulate environmental matters, the power of tribunals to properly assess whether foreign investors have been treated fairly, and the potential “chill” in the environmental assessment process that could result from the decision.The Clayton family of New Jersey, principals of Bilcon, applauded the court decision, calling their experience a “cautionary tale” to both U.S. and Canadian investors who expect reciprocal and fair treatment in both countries.“Bilcon, a family-owned company that has been in business for more than 50 years, believes the treatment it received was unbecoming of Canada’s reputation as a reliable jurisdiction in which to do business.”Environmental groups that intervened in the case expressed disappointment and even alarm.Lisa Mitchell, executive director of East Coast Environmental Law, said the court judgment means that even when the Canadian government makes good decisions to protect the environment, “there’s a chance a NAFTA tribunal could swoop in, decide our environmental laws are ‘unfair,’ and force Canada to pay hundreds of millions of dollars — leaving Canadian taxpayers on the hook and the environment at risk.”Given that Canada is renegotiating NAFTA and Parliament is evaluating legislation to revamp environmental assessments, the court decision comes at a critical moment, said Gretchen Fitzgerald, Sierra Club Canada’s national programs director.“Canada must now look to fix NAFTA to protect the environment and the right of Canadians to reject damaging projects by getting rid of Chapter 11.”— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (14,939.18, up 35.69 points).Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Up 59 cents, or 7.49 per cent, to $8.47 on 32.8 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APHA). Health care. Up 47 cents, or 5.4 per cent, to $9.18 on 17.8 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Up 20 cents, or 2.28 per cent, to $8.96 on 7.9 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down six cents, or 2.69 per cent, to $2.17 on 7.8 million shares.The Green Organic Dutchman Holdings. (TSX:TGOD). Health care. Up 27 cents, or 9.71 per cent, to $3.05 on 7.3 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Health care. Up 96 cents, or 1.93 per cent, to $50.78 on 6.3 million shares.Companies reporting:Aphria Inc. — The marijuana producer says CEO Vic Neufeld and co-founder Cole Cacciavillani will be leaving their executive roles at the company, but will remain on the board. Neufeld says he and Cacciavillani will begin the transition process immediately, and at the appropriate time, they will both step down from executive positions at Aphria. The change comes as Aphria faces allegations by short-sellers questioning the company’s acquisitions in Colombia, Argentina and Jamaica. Aphria has denied the allegations, but established a special committee of independent directors to review the deals.Corus Entertainment Inc. (TSX:CJR.B). Up 31 cents, or 5.78 per cent to $5.67. Corus’s earnings came in below estimates as its first-quarter profit fell from a year ago due to an accounting change related to its TV brand assets, but revenue edged higher due to gains in television advertising. The television, radio and production company says its profit attributable to shareholders fell to $60.4 million or 28 cents per diluted share for the quarter ended Nov. 30 as amortization charges rose due to the accounting change. The result compared with a profit of $77.7 million or 38 cents per diluted share a year ago.Cogeco Inc. (TSX:CGO). Up $4.64 or 7.6 per cent to $65.42. Cogeco says an acquisition by its cable and internet segment pushed up first-quarter revenue, but profit was down due to higher costs associated with integrating and restructuring the business. The Montreal-based company says last year’s acquisition of the MetroCast cable systems by Cogeco Communications Inc. was the main reason Cogeco Inc.’s revenue increased to $674 million from $585.7 million last year. But Cogeco Inc.’s net income attributable to owners of the corporation for the quarter ended Nov. 30 fell to $26.2 million or $1.60 per diluted share. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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