Live music venues folding under pressure make for downbeat start to year

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Facebook In the first two weeks of January, Toronto music venues seemed to be dropping like flies.First there was the announced insolvency of favourite folk hangout Hugh’s Room and the DIY punk venue Soybomb HQ, and then last week, dance club and indie band venue The Hoxton announced that it’s closing its doors at the end of January.While the overall impression is that the 2017 Toronto live music scene is hurting due to dwindling attendance and interest, the reasons behind each venue’s closure seems to be more complicated than simply attributing them to audience apathy. Twitter Advertisement For example, businessman Richard Lambert, who co-owns the Hoxton with Toronto concert promotion firm Embrace and has hosted a wide variety of acts, DJs and after-parties ranging from The Chainsmokers to Skrillex to Zedd at the 627-capacity venue over the past five years, said that it wasn’t financial considerations that resulted in its closure.last_img read more

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Amazon Studios Now Accepting Short Film Submissions For Feature Development

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Short films are the new scripts at Amazon Studios, which is opening its content development factory to shorts and concept videos for optioning into feature films.The new initiative begins today and works like Amazon’s existing script submission process: 2-15 minute videos can be submitted via Amazon Studios’ website either privately or publicly, with a 45-day option and evaluation period and a $10,000 fee awarded if a short is selected to the development slate.Amazon Studios has a first-look deal with WB and promises $200,000 to creators if their projects are produced with a $400,000 bonus if they top $60M at the box office. The upstart Amazon.com spin-off recently picked up five of its original TV pilots to series after launching their submissions program last year.COURTESY OF DEADLINE LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

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Disney to unveil latest Star Wars character via augmented reality app next

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Facebook In Canada, participating retailers include Best Buy, The Hudson’s Bay Company, Walmart and Toys R Us.Using the Star Wars app in 20,000 participating locations in 30 countries, fans can snap photos of the Find the Force symbol to find old favorites, like Admiral Ackbar, and discover a new character from The Last Jedi too.Force Friday II runs from Sept. 1 through Sept. 3. The Last Jedi blasts off on Dec. 15. Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Star Wars fans may get a glimpse of the next BB-8 via a promotional app next month that promises an augmented reality experience. (Associated Press) Star Wars: The Last Jedi is still a few months away from hitting theaters, but BB-8-happy fans are about to get a glimpse at a new character as a part of a three-day marketing rollout of toys and products inspired by the film.The Walt Disney Company said Thursday that the global event, dubbed Force Friday II, will feature an augmented reality treasure hunt called Find the Force.Fans can download an app and use it to find logos at various retailers and the app will then unlock augmented reality character experiences. Twitterlast_img read more

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Need for harsher drunk driving sentences in Labrador MADD

first_imgAPTN National NewsDrunk driving is a major problem in Labrador.Every week a dozen or more impaired driving cases cycle through the courts, but not everyone is happy with the severity of sentences.APTN’s Ossie Michelin has this story.last_img

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Aboriginal Day Live main stage acts announced

first_imgAPTN National NewsAPTN’s 9th annual Aboriginal Day Live celebration will take place on June 20th in Winnipeg and Edmonton.The Winnipeg main stage line up was announced and it includes some big acts.APTN’s Intern Gabriel Constant has the details.last_img

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Ottawa man who discovered police officers comments talks about Chiefs response

first_imgAPTN National NewsEarlier this week, Veldon Coburn ignited a firestorm in Ottawa when he outed a senior police officer for making racist comments.The comments were linked to the death of Inuit artist Annie Pootoogook.The officer made a number of disparaging comments about Indigenous people including:“It’s not a murder case….it’s could be a suicide, accidental, she got drunk and fell in the river and drowned who knows…..typically many Aboriginals have very short lifespans, talent or not.“Because much of the aboriginal population in Canada is just satisfied being alcohol or drug abusers, living in poor conditions etc.” They have to have the will to change, it’s not society’s fault.”According to Ottawa police Chief Charles Bordeleau, the officer is still working. ‘Coburn took his concerns to the chief of police.news@aptnnewslast_img read more

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Ojibway teen sleeping in Ottawa mall stairwell after aging out of group

first_imgKenneth Jackson APTN National NewsAn Ojibway teen is sleeping in the stairwell of the Rideau Centre parking garage in downtown Ottawa after aging out of his group home.It’s better than the shelters says the 18-year-old.He was dropped off at the Ottawa Mission shelter a few weeks after he turned 18 on March 1 by staff of the Ottawa group home he was living in operated by Mary Homes.The teen said he didn’t stay at the Mission long before finding a little nook on the top floor of the Rideau Centre’s parking garage.“Ever since then I have been coming here to sleep,” said the young man, who APTN National News can’t identify because he is on extended care with his child welfare agency. For this story APTN is calling him Jason.When it gets too cold at night Jason might go to the Salvation Army shelter a few blocks away but prefers his perch in the stairwell that overlooks Nicholas Street.“It’s a nice spot, overall,” he said.During the day he hangs out in the Rideau Centre using the mall’s free WiFi to stay connected with friends as APTN learned the mall is a popular spot for kids living in group homes in Ottawa.He knows them and they know him – not just because he was once one of them but because a couple months ago he saved the life of a 13-year-old girl who ran away from her group home.That girl was Amy Owen who has been in the news recently for being one of three First Nations girls to die Ontario group homes in the last six months.Amy Owen, 13, is suspected of dying from suicide at an Ottawa group home on April 17.Owen was living in Mary Homes group home when she died in the east end of Ottawa.It’s also the same home where a 16-year-old Ojibway girl had been living at when APTN spoke to her at Rideau Centre on Thurday.“Amy and I were really close. We were like sisters,” said the girl who APTN can’t identify as she is ward of the state.Owen’s room was right above hers.Each morning she would knock on the ceiling and Owen would knock back to let her know she was awake. They’d come out of their rooms and meet at the stairs and hug.The day after Owen is suspected of dying by suicide in the home the 16-year-old knocked on the ceiling like she always had.She had forgotten Owen had died.“I burst into tears,” she said, adding she ran away shortly after that.This is the 16-year-old girl who says she ran away from the group home after Amy Owen is believed to have died by suicide.APTN confirmed with Ottawa police a missing person’s report was filed in her name but she was located a day later.She said she talked to her social worker and told her she is staying with a friend until they find a new group home.She remembers when Jason saved Owen’s life.Owen had ran away and Jason tracked her down on Montreal Road near St. Laurent Blvd. where she was running into traffic trying to commit suicide.“It is true. He found her and took good care of her,” said the 16-year-old.“I stopped her from jumping in front of a car,” said Jason. “I told her if she killed herself she would be hurting people around her rather than just herself.”He said he saw Owen a couple weeks later and she thanked him for saving her.It was the last time he saw her. She died April 17.Owen, Jason and the 16-year-old are all from the Kenora area, near the Ontario/Manitoba border. Each were placed in Ottawa group homes by Indigenous child service agencies that operate under the Ontario government.APTN spoke to Jason’s former child worker with the Weechi-it-te-win Family Services in the Kenora area.Andrew Letander said he traveled to Ottawa about a month ago to see if Jason would return back to Kenora but he refused.“I did go there and he did not want to go back with me,” he said. “He said he had it all planned out.”Letander said he is aware that Mary Homes dropped Jason off at the Mission.Letander said it was explained to Jason that the group home needed his bed for other children, as most kids in the home were much younger than Jason.Letander said Jason is on what’s called “extended care maintenance,” which he will be on until he’s 21 unless he decides he doesn’t want to be, which he’d then need to follow steps to do.Jason up on his perch in the Rideau Centre parking lot stairwell.When he turned 18 he got a new worker that specializes in youth transitioning out of group homes but that worker has been on sick leave for a month said Letander.“I gave him a heads up about what was going to be happening when he turned 18 and Mary Homes gave him a heads up on that, (too),” he said.Letander said Jason is supposed to receive food assistance funding every month but they don’t have an address to send the cheques.Jason has no parents to go home to. Both his parents died when he was a young child – his mom from suicide and his dad from cancer.“He’s been bounced around from group home to group home all his life,” said Letander. “I am worried about him.”As for Jason he said he’d like to finish school, as he only has his Grade 9, and go to college.But that seems like a million miles away from his perch in the Rideau Centre mall.He went to go get a Social Insurance Number Friday so he could at least get a job but was told he needed his birth certificate.Service Canada wouldn’t accept only his status card.He’d also like to do something else.“I’d like to shut group homes down,” he said.Mary Homes didn’t respond to questions by the time this story was published.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

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Report shows alcohol related hospital visits a big problem in Northwest Territories

first_imgCharlotte Morritt-Jacobs APTN National NewsTwo years ago, Statistics Canada reported that the Northwest Territories had the highest number of people in the country who reported heavy drinking.Fast forward to today, a national study is suggesting the Territory also has the highest rates of alcohol-related hospital visits.More hospital beds are being taken up by patients dealing with alcohol harm.According to a new report 475 hospitalizations in the NWT last year were caused entirely by alcohol.That’s five times the national rate – more than anywhere else in the country by per capita.“Often I am contacted to go to the hospital probably once or twice a week to go up and see someone who has had problems and is in need of treatment,” said Rick Alexander, a substance abuse councellor.The study, Alcohol Harm in Canada, was completed by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.It shows residents were hospitalized for issues such as alcohol poisoning, withdrawal, liver disease and chronic alcohol abuse.And that men are more likely to be hospitalized because of alcohol – but there were more teenage girls admitted to hospitals over teenage boys.The trend extends across theNorthh – Yukon comes in as second highest in Canada followed by Nunavut per captia.Where one lives in the territories also had an impact on hospital visits.Higher hospitalization rates were seen in lower-income, remote and northern areas.“We surveyed a number of Canadians and asked them over a two year period how often do you havea conversationwith your primary healthcare provider about your smoking habits or drinking habits,” said study author Geoff Haynes. “What we found was over 70 percent of Canadians had a conversation with their doctor about smoking habits whereas less than 30 percent had conversations about alcohol.”Similiarly, Alexander also sees strength in numbers when it comes to social service support.“Certainly we don’t need more money thrown at it. money is not the issue. collaborative care and collaborating with other organizations in treating a very complex disorder is important. assessment and referral are important as well,” said Alexander.While many remote communities in the northare dry, it all-too-often that residents north of 60 hear of massive bootleg busts.“The more available it is, the more likely people are going to drink. particularly people who are at risk of drinking,” said Hayes. “The government is trying to balance the economic benefits of alcohol with limiting the health and social harms.”The way that you access services differs depending where you live.Admidst the startling numbers – the Northwest Territories has no detox or rehab centres. Neither does Nunavut – anyone struggling with alcohol dependency must travel south for rehab services.Many First Nation leader’s here are calling for a northern recovery centre.cmorrittjacobs@aptn.calast_img read more

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Metis mans lawyer says he was wronged – but not by me

first_img(Clayton Boucher. Submitted photo)Kenneth JacksonAPTN NewsAn Alberta lawyer representing a Metis man that had his drug possession conviction overturned last month denies he knew the so-called drugs were in fact baking soda when his client pleaded guilty.APTN News reported Tuesday the RCMP, the Crown and Clayton Boucher’s lawyer, Leighton Grey, were told the test results came back negative on suspected cocaine before Boucher pleaded guilty on May 30.“I did not learn until after Mr. Boucher pleaded guilty that the alleged drugs were buff (baking soda),” wrote Grey, who is himself a First Nations man, late Tuesday after reading APTN’s story published earlier that day.However, Alberta Crown prosecutor Erwin Schulz said in an email last month to the Law Society of Alberta, obtained by APTN, that he told Grey of the test results May 4.APTN asked Grey if he was disputing Schulz’s record of events but he has yet to respond, or to any other follow up questions.In depth: Alberta Crown let Metis man plead guilty after RCMP said drugs weren’t realBoucher, 45, was arrested Jan. 22 in an RCMP drug raid of his home in Lac La Biche, Alta., and maintained the “cocaine” police say they found was in fact baking soda found in his kitchen.“That is why he instructed me to send several letters asking the Crown to expedite the lab analysis,” Grey wrote.The tests were sent to Health Canada by the RCMP Feb. 3 and were completed on two samples by Feb. 24.But Boucher remained in the Edmonton Remand Centre despite the results confirming it was not cocaine.APTN reported Schulz repeatedly asked the RCMP for the results but never got them until May 3. Boucher said he pleaded guilty to two counts of simple possession because he faced being kept in jail until a September trial – and that he was having a hard time coping with the loss of his common-law wife who died in a car collision April 30.He pleaded May 30 and was released the same day. Boucher said he believed at the time that the tests were never completed and later filed a complaint against the RCMP.That’s when things started to unravel.Last week Boucher finally got the Health Canada lab results and the list of exhibits seized during the police raid.On the exhibit list, which was provided to APTN, it shows two small samples of suspected drugs were to be sent to Health Canada for testing. It was those small samples that Boucher pleaded to.It also lists other items found in the police raid.“He had been found in possession of items packaged for sale that appeared to be drugs. Only he knows why,” wrote Grey.APTN had called Grey’s office Oct. 23 prior to publishing the Oct. 24 story and left a message for him.“I could not return your call this week because I was not instructed to do so by Mr. Boucher. I remain bound by solicitor-client privilege,” wrote Grey.Boucher said he never received a call from Grey to get permission to speak to APTN.Grey also wrote that APTN should have looked into Boucher’s, his client’s, background.“The content of your piece has slandered a reputation that I have spent a lifetime earning. You might have taken the time to more thoroughly research Mr. Boucher’s public reputation,” wrote Grey.Grey did not specify what particulars he meant about Boucher’s “public reputation” in his email to APTN.However, in the original story, APTN reported that Boucher has a criminal record and he was also wanted for breaching his bail.Boucher has maintained he is not a drug dealer.Grey also took issue with APTN reporting Boucher filed a complaint against him with the Law Society.“I am not under investigation by the Law Society, nor was any formal complaint brought against me,” wrote Grey.APTN has a copy of the original complaint, and a letter from the Law Society confirming it was reviewing it in June.Boucher said his complaints against Schulz and Grey were dismissed, but has since sent the Law Society the test results from Health Canada, as well as the list of exhibits. APTN confirmed both complaints have been forwarded to the conduct department and are under review.Grey did say Boucher was “wronged”.“In any case, I would appreciate it very much if you could print a clarification of your piece which sets the record straight. Mr. Boucher was wronged, but not by me. Your readers deserve to know that, especially the ones who are my colleagues and clients,” said Grey.APTN has also been waiting three days for the RCMP to comment. Boucher told APTN he was told five Mounties face discipline based on his complaint. APTN also wants to know why it took over a month for the RCMP to provide the lab results to the Crown.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

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First Nations environmental activists celebrate court ruling on Trans Mountain pipeline

first_imgTina HouseAPTN NewsSeveral First Nations and environmental groups are celebrating what they call a “landmark” victory on the Trans Mountain pipeline project, after the Federal Court of Appeal ruled Canada had failed to properly consult with Indigenous groups.APTN‘s Tina House has the story.last_img

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RBC CEO warns that banks may be sidelined in age of social

first_imgTORONTO – Banks are at risk of being pushed to the sidelines in the age of social media and big data, Royal Bank of Canada’s chief executive David McKay said Friday.Customers are increasingly leaving a digital trail of their financial plans on social media or search histories, such as buying a house, allowing technology giants to not only capitalize on that information, but potentially get into banking themselves, McKay said.“As these technology players realize their digital dividend there is a risk that our visibility with clients will diminish in the networked economies — or ecosystems — of the future,” he told shareholders at RBC’s annual meeting on Friday.Technology continues to reshape the financial services landscape as more consumers do their banking online or via smartphone rather than in physical branches. McKay said Friday that mobile is now RBC’s number one digital channel, with 3.4 million active users, up 19 per cent over the last year.In turn, Canada’s biggest banks have been investing heavily in technological innovation to stay ahead of the curve. During the last fiscal year, RBC spent more than $3-billion on technology, including on digital initiatives, cybersecurity and artificial intelligence.And while smaller financial technology companies are both partnering with and competing with traditional banks, larger tech companies and their deep pockets present a more formidable threat.Last month, for example, it emerged that Amazon was in talks with two large U.S. banks to start offering a chequing-like product to the e-commerce titan’s customers, according to the Wall Street Journal.McKay said there is a risk that these companies in search, e-commerce or social may be the first to deduce what customers’ needs are and direct them to financial institutions willing to pay for that information, but also get into banking themselves.“We think about somebody getting between you and your customer with that information, and start influencing the customer to choose other providers.”He added that RBC, Canada’s largest bank, has identified a number of digital “ecosystems” where its clients live and work within which the bank believes it can play an “integral role in the future.”McKay pointed to RBC’s recently released Drive app, which allows users to store car-related information, track trips and book service appointments.“We’re preparing ourselves for a world where others can see what you are trying to do before we see it,” he told reporters. “So we have a number of strategies to make sure that we stay connected to our customers. So we understand what’s going on and we can be relevant.”RBC is also investing heavily in artificial intelligence, and now has more than 200 data scientists working across the bank.While data allows RBC and other companies to develop more relevant products and refine its approach to customers, it is important to balance this with transparency, McKay said.The recent revelations that the Facebook data of millions of users was improperly shared with political consultancy Cambridge Analytica, among other things, has prompted a “healthy dialogue” about how personal information should be handled.He said regulations may be needed to set the boundaries, but hoped that would not be necessary.“We’re poised for a societal discussion on how we’re going to use personal information… The way I think that we have acted in the past, globally, as government, industries, whatever it happens to be, may not be sufficient to meet societal norms going forward.”last_img read more

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Cameco indefinitely extends mine and mill shutdown hundreds to be laid off

first_imgSASKATOON – Uranium miner Cameco Corp. says it has indefinitely extended production suspensions at its McArthur River and Key Lake operations, and will lay off hundreds of employees.The company said last November that the closures were expected to last 10 months, but now says the uranium market has not improved enough to restart the sites.The closure in January of the McArthur River mine and Key Lake processing plant put 845 people temporarily out of work.Cameco says the indefinite extension of the shut-down means it will permanently lay off about 550 employees, while 200 will remain on board for care and maintenance.The company says it will also cut about 150 positions at its corporate office, including employees and vacancies, to further cut costs.News of the job cuts comes as the company reports a net loss of $76 million for the second quarter, compared to a net loss of $2 million for the same period last year.last_img read more

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Alberta premier confident pipeline talks will succeed by May 31 deadline

first_imgAlberta and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government are in discussions with the company to strike a joint financial arrangement to ensure the project gets built. Trudeau’s government approved the expansion of the Trans Mountain line in 2016, but the B.C. government has been fighting it.Last month, Kinder Morgan stopped all non-essential spending on the project and said it wants assurances by the end of this month that the expansion can proceed.The expansion would triple the amount of oil flowing from Alberta to tankers on the coast, which Alberta says is critical to reducing multimillion-dollar discounts on its product due mainly to pipeline bottlenecks.The project has faced court challenges and permit delays in B.C. Premier John Horgan’s government say it is concerned about the potential for oil spills on its waterways and coastline.Notley has previously warned that B.C.’s delay tactics could bring consequences.Her government is close to passing legislation that would give Alberta the power to restrict and redirect flows of oil, gasoline and natural gas to maximize profits. It would have the potential to cause gasoline and other fuel-related prices to spike in B.C. EDMONTON _ Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says she’s confident talks aimed at getting construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion back on track will be successful before a May 31 deadline.Notley says she can’t divulge details of talks with Kinder Morgan but says they are focused on the financial viability of the $7.4-billion project and on getting construction restarted this summer.“I want to assure Albertans that the discussions are focused on the only outcome that is acceptable to us and to a growing number of people across this country, including a majority in British Columbia, and that is the construction of the Trans Mountain pipeline,” Notley said Thursday after revealing a new billboard ad campaign touting the line’s benefits. Parties on both sides of the house voted on Wednesday to accept an Alberta Party amendment to put a two-year limit on the bill. The amendment gives the government the option to extend the bill after the two-year limit, but it would need to go back to the legislature for approval.Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd told the house that two years is a reasonable time and the amendment doesn’t tie the government’s hands.Notley wouldn’t say if she will use the new powers ahead of or after the May 31 deadline.“We do have a very big effective tool at our disposal. B.C. knows this and even more importantly, the federal government knows this,” she said. “If we have to we will do whatever is required to get this job done and we will not hesitate. But we must be strategic.”center_img Despite numerous high-profile, She said polls suggest more British Columbians are backing the pipeline.“We are winning hearts and minds in B.C.,” she said. “So we must deploy this (bill) with a cool hand, not an angry one.”The bill is getting support from all sides of the house. Opposition United Conservative house leader Jason Nixon said his caucus is fighting to keep the bill on the floor to get it passed sooner.“We’ve been trying to pass Bill 12 for a couple of weeks,” said Nixon.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

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Northern Health expands eligibility of passengers riding Connections bus

first_img“This expansion provides access to services for some of the most vulnerable people in the communities of Northern BC, the elderly and those with mobility issues,” said Minister of Health Adrian Dix. “Including an expanded definition of companions helps support families when their loved ones are receiving care in other communities.” Northern Health says that while the expanded eligibility will help more northern residents, passengers who have scheduled medical appointments will take priority. Fares for travel are not changing, and passengers will no longer be required to book round-trip. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Northern Health announced today that its Connections program is expanding passenger eligibility to include more people who might require assistance with healthcare-related travel in Northern B.C. Northern Health says its Connections service is now open to clients who meet any of three new eligibility criteria. Anyone with accessibility needs or mobility challenges, and anyone aged 60 or over will be able to ride the bus. Seniors were added to the list of allowed passengers after a report from the Office of the Seniors Advocate recently stated that access to transportation is an increasing barrier to the long term health of seniors. Northern Health is also expanding the definition of a companion rider to include passengers who have to travel to support immediate family members who are receiving health care treatment or services outside of their home community.last_img read more

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Fort St John Womens Resource Society to offer free income tax filing

first_imgIn order to file, it is requested that you bring I.D. and your T4 or T5007 with you.Your filing for the 2018 tax year will be done online and your documents will be immediately returned to you.The free income tax filing service is taking place on Saturday, April 13 at the Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society office, located at 10051 100 Avenue.For more information and to register, you can call 250-787-1121. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Women’s Resource Society is offering free income tax filing services on April 13.Sponsored by MNP and Shell Canada, this is a free tax filing day for people who earn $36,000 and below per year.To qualify, you must not be self-employed or filing for business or investment returns.last_img

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Chevron seeks NEB licence that could nearly double production at Kitimat LNG

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – Chevron Canada has applied to the National Energy Board to nearly double the potential size of the Kitimat LNG facility it hopes to build with Australian partner Woodside Energy.In a filing dated Monday and posted on the NEB website, the Canadian branch of California-based giant Chevron Corp. says it is applying for a 40-year licence to export up to 28.23 billion cubic metres of natural gas per year, with commissioning of the facility taking place by 2029.That’s the equivalent of about 18 million tonnes of liquefied natural gas and is nearly double the 10-million-tonne, 20-year licence it was previously granted, which is set to expire at the end of this year. In a statement, the company says the increase in scope comes after a review that focused on improving the project’s “cost of supply competitiveness” relative to other LNG projects around the world.The partners have not made a final investment decision, nor have they set a date to do so, but the expanded project is seen as another hopeful sign for B.C.’s nascent LNG industry after the LNG Canada consortium announced last fall it would proceed with its $40-billion, 14-million-tonne-per-year project, also to be built near Kitimat.The new plan for Kitimat LNG envisions initially building two six-million-tonne production “trains” with the option to add a third later, as opposed to the original two-train proposal.“Chevron’s application to the National Energy Board is a key regulatory undertaking and supports Chevron and Woodside’s desire to deliver a globally competitive Kitimat LNG project that is aligned with global LNG market demand, and which benefits British Columbians, First Nations and all Canadians,” Chevron said.last_img read more

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TMC forms cell to win over Hindispeaking voters

first_imgKolkata: The Trinamool Congress has formed a cell to win the votes of the Hindi-speaking people in the state. A sizeable number of Hindi-speaking people in the state may potentially be BJP voters.In a calculated move to create a dent in the BJP’s vote bank, the Trinamool Congress has constituted the cell, which will convince people and turn their votes in Trinamool Congress’s favour. Former Trinamool Congress MLA Dinesh Bajaj has been made the chief advisor of the newly constituted Hindi cell. It was learnt that the new committee is going to organise an outreach programme ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersChief Minister Mamata Banerjee may attend the Holi function and Kavi Sammelan of Marwaris in the Nazrul Mancha on Tuesday. Earlier, Banerjee addressed the conferences of Hindi-speaking people on various occasions. It was learnt that the Chief Minister may read out some of her poems when she will attend the Kavi Sammelan. Mayor Firhad Hakim and some other party leaders may also attend the programme. Some people however are not ready to accept it as a move by Trinamool Congress’ to win votes. They said the Chief Minister Banerjee attend all the programmes organised by various community in the city. “Our Chief Minister has already won the hearts of various communities in the state through her works,” a senior Trinamool Congress leader said. The members of the Hindi cell committee have started sending out invitations to community members after the Chief Minister had reportedly agreed to attend the programme.last_img read more

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Green court raps officials over action plan on noise pollution

first_imgNew Delhi: The National Green Tribunal has rapped the police and the district adminstration over their action plan to check noise pollution in West Delhi and termed the ATR as “inaction report”.A bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel said the DCP and the SDM are merely avoiding the responsibility and shifting the burden to the Delhi Pollution Control Committee (DPCC) or others. DCP Deepak Purohit and SDM Nitin Jindal, who were present at NGT, informed the tribunal in their action report that an exclusive website and a helpline were being be developed by DPCC. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIt had also been asked to undertake programme of awareness and a separate head has been created for the calls relating to noise pollution. “We find that the action taken report (ATR) is in fact ‘Inaction Report. The DCP and the SDM need to be trained for the job for which they have been appointed. They are merely avoiding the responsibility and shifting the burden to the DPCC or others. It is difficult to accept that only DPCC can create awareness or that only DPCC can create website and DCP and SDM are unfit for the job,” the bench said. The green panel directed the chief secretary and the Police Commissioner to monitor the situation and file a report within a month by e-mail. It also directed the DCP and SDM to take steps for starting the website within a month and furnish a compliance report.last_img read more

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MI CSK to face off in riveting contest

first_imgMumbai: With skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni in red-hot form, Chennai Super Kings will start favourites against the slightly off-colour Mumbai Indians when the IPL’s two most successful teams have their first showdown of the season here Wednesday. The Super Kings, three-time winners of the T20 League like the hosts, have been on a roll with three wins on the trot that have boosted them to the top of the table. Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, had a familiar stuttering start with a victory sandwiched between two defeats. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Recent history in head-to-head clashes is in MI’s favour, as the Rohit Sharma-led home team has beaten their rivals in four out of the last five contests. Overall too Mumbai holds a 14-12 advantage over CSK, including once in the defunct Champions T20 League. However, CSK seem to hold the edge this time around, especially with Dhoni rolling back the years with a typically robust 75 off 46 balls that lifted his team from 27 for three to 175 for five against Rajasthan Royals at home in their last match. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later And with Dwayne Bravo holding off Rajasthan’s charge at the end with the ball, CSK maintained their 100 per cent record. The Super Kings have the edge in batting depth and in spin bowling variety, while Mumbai have the better pace attack on a pitch that is bound to offer bounce and carry. Mumbai are over-dependent on openers Rohit and South African Quinton de Kock. The rest need to step up. The hosts will have the option of fielding new recruit, West Indian fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, or all rounder Ben Cutting in place of the off-boil Lasith Malinga. In the spin department, Mumbai are behind their opponents who have Harbhajan Singh, South African Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja to bank on after the power play. Teams (from): Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (capt), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga, Rahul Chahar, Ben Cutting, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ishan Kishan, Siddhesh Lad, Evin Lewis, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McClenaghan, Alzarri Joseph, Jason Behrendorff, Anukul Roy, Rasikh Salam, Anmolpreet Singh, Barinder Sran, Aditya Tare, Suryakumar Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Quinton de Kock. Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (captain & WK), Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson, Faf du Plessis, Murali Vijay, Kedar Jadhav, Sam Billings, Ravindra Jadeja, Dhruv Shorey, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Rituraj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Shardul Thakur, Mohit Sharma, K M Asif, Deepak Chahar, N Jagadeesan (wk), Scott Kuggeleign.last_img read more

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PhD and MPhil applications for IP University now online

first_imgNew Delhi: Guru Gobind Singh Indraprastha University has started online applications for Ph.D and M. Phil programmes at the Institute for the 2019-20 academic session. The online admission forms must be submitted by May 6. The PhD programmes will be available in over 15 disciplines ranging from Information Technology, Automation Engineering, and Computer Application to Sociology, Mass Communication, and Education. Whereas, MPhil programmes will be available in the following disciplines: English, Clinical Psychology, and Psychiatric Social Work. Further details regarding admission procedures are up on the university website.last_img

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