Single tax form in Quebec a nogo for federal Liberals Trudeau says

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal Liberals are throwing more cold water on the idea of amalgamating federal and Quebec provincial tax return forms.Quebec is the only province where Canadians must file two separate tax returns and the Quebec government wants Ottawa to allow the two tax systems to merge — with Quebec administering the process.Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer has promised to make a single tax form for Quebecers one of his first priorities if he wins the next election and today the party has introduced a motion calling on Parliament to endorse the idea.The Liberals say they will not support it.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it is the federal government’s responsibility to collect federal taxes and Ottawa should not cede that responsibility to a province.The Liberals also note amalgamating the tax forms would put Canada Revenue employees out of work and just yesterday announced plans to build a new tax centre to replace the existing CRA building in Shawinigan, Que.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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CRTC Internet video music services must pay up to save Canadian content

first_imgOTTAWA – The broadcast regulator is adding its voice to the domestic chorus calling on the federal government to pry more commitments — monetary or otherwise — from online streaming giants like Netflix and Spotify and consider new internet levies to fund Canadian content.In a report released Thursday, the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission recommended the Trudeau Liberals consider regulating any online video or music service, no matter where they are located, and have them pay for the creation of, or better promote domestic content.The financial burden for creating new content would be spread beyond traditional domestic companies to avoid losses of jobs, services and content, as well as save things like local news and reduce the pressures on federal coffers to fund production.Internet service providers might find themselves facing a new levy if the government adopted all the recommendations in the report, while traditional companies would see reductions in their mandatory contributions.University of Ottawa professor Michael Geist said on Twitter that the CRTC was effectively calling for a “regulate everything model” that included “ISP and Netflix taxes.” Advocacy group OpenMedia said the Liberals couldn’t take the report seriously when it was clear that “internet affordability is the top concern for Canadians.”Consumers are not expected to see any overall change in how much they pay, said CRTC chairman Ian Scott, who added that the recommendation doesn’t amount to an internet tax.The Liberals have been loath to introduce anything that could be styled as a Netflix tax or an internet tax, having repeatedly said it is not in their plans.But the CRTC report, which the Liberals requested, is likely to play a role in a planned review of the federal laws overseeing television, radio and telecommunications services.Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains said the government wanted to review the report before deciding what steps to take, but he was clear that any decisions could lead to consumers paying more for their services.“How are consumers going to be impacted by this? What are the cost implications for consumers? And that’s going to drive a lot of our decision-making,” he told reporters at a military trade show in Ottawa.Friends of Canadian Broadcasting said in a statement that the Liberals should heed the CRTC’s advice to require foreign streaming services to create and promote Canadian programs, as domestic companies are required to do.“We have to address all the players in the system,” said NDP heritage critic Pierre Nantel.“When you read this report, you realize that if you still want Canadian content on our screens for the coming years, everybody has to chip in.”Canadians are increasingly spending on online video services with estimates that over half the population subscribe to a service, Netflix being the largest available. Netflix has become so large in Canada that if it were a television network, it would be the most popular for almost all Canadians aged two to 54.What the CRTC is proposing is a regulatory shift to handle this new reality. Instead of the existing licensing model, all online and music services would sign binding agreements that set out obligations and standards that online services would have to follow.The agreements may or may not include spending commitments.There would be incentives to pay for domestic content, but the CRTC makes clear that any new legislative or regulatory regime would also require ways for the government to crack down on anyone skirting the rules, including through fines.“We’re not proposing something radically new, so it shouldn’t be a problem,” Scott said. “The real trick is going to be get the incentives and disincentives right so that (companies) will want to come in … and be part of the system.”If there are no changes, the CRTC warns the public purse will face increasing pressure to cover the cost of creating content.Federal top-ups to existing production funds like the Canada Media Fund, are only a short-term solution to the problem, and the CRTC suggests the government better align some $770 million in spending spread across multiple media and music funds.last_img read more

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First person on Mars likely to be a woman NASA

first_imgWashington: The first person to set foot on Mars is likely to be a woman, NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine has said. While Bridenstine did not identify a specific person, he said that women are at the forefront of the US space agency’s upcoming plans. Asked if a woman will go to the Moon for the first time, Bridenstine said “The answer is absolutely. In fact, it is likely to be a woman, the first next person on the Moon.” “It is also true that the first person on Mars is likely to be a woman,” Bridenstine said during a recent interview on the science and technology radio talk show “Science Friday.” Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app NASA recently announced that it will have its first all-female spacewalk at the end of the month, when astronauts Anne McClain and Christina Koch will get to float around in space. “We have the first all-female spacewalk happening this month at the end of March, which is of course, National Women’s Month. So NASA is committed to making sure that we have a broad and diverse set of talent. And we are looking forward to the first woman on the Moon,” he said.last_img read more

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After 2026 World Cup Row Al Sheikh Says Morocco Should Host

Rabat – After a series of tweets against Morocco 2026, the president of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation now has Moroccan fans scratching their heads.On Thursday, Turki Al Sheikh wrote a Facebook post announcing his unwavering support for Morocco to replace Cameroon as the host of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.“In my capacity as President of the Arab Football Federation, I announce my full support for the brotherly Morocco in hosting the African Nations Championship instead of Cameroon,” said Al Sheikh. Read Also: World Cup: Moroccan Fans Boo Saudi Fans, Insult Turki Al SheikhHe also announced that he would offer any help if his “brothers from Morocco asked me to do so.” A campaign against Cameroon maybe?Why does Al Sheikh’s tweet come as a surprise?Throughout the competition between Morocco and the joint North American bid for the 2026 World Cup, Al Sheikh posted tweets hinting that Saudi Arabia would support its “strongest” Western ally in the vote to host the massive tournament.Al Sheikh brought up the politics of Morocco’s neutrality in Saudi Arabia’s standoff with Qatar in regards to the vote, a mixture of politics and sports that did not sit well with Moroccans.But since Al Sheikh’s country was not part of the bid, Moroccans swallowed the remarks as South Africa also brought politics to explain their choice not to vote for Morocco’s bid.However, US President Donald Trump threatened countries to vote for the North American bid.Read Also: Al-Sheikh Adds to Anti-Morocco 2026 World Cup Bid CommentsIn one of his controversial tweets, Al-Sheikh wrote,  “Some people went astray. If you want our support, you should seek it in Riyadh. What you are doing is wasting your time. Now ask the pseudo-state to help you,” referring to Qatar.The adviser then initiated a campaign against Morocco’s bid, convincing other states to vote for Saudi Arabia’s “strongest” ally instead.Saudi Arabia supports Morocco only in African issuesPolitics has become an entrenched part of sports. It was highly engaged in the 2026 World Cup, when both Saudi Arabia and South Africa explained their choice to vote against Morocco for political reasons.Several Moroccan officials have explained that Morocco does not have an agenda to host the African competition or replace Cameroon as host.The president of the Confederation of African Football (CAF), Ahmad Ahmad, expressed anger about Cameroon’s unreadiness to host the African cup since most of the projects designed for the competition were not completed yet.In August, Ahmad said, “I am not sure Cameroon is ready to host the AFCON.”Saudi Arabia-Morocco diplomatic tensionAl Sheikh’s new position is also puzzling, as it comes amid rumors of tension in Moroccan-Saudi diplomatic ties.One day after the World Cup vote (June 15), Morocco decided not to take part in a meeting of communication ministers from countries in the Coalition Supporting Legitimacy in Yemen on June 23 in Saudi Arabia.Morocco has been supporting the Saudi-led coalition in the war against Houthis in Yemen.Later, Saudi King Salman chose to spend his summer vacation in Neom in Saudi Arabia instead of his traditional Moroccan destination: Tangier.Both moves opened doors for speculation on a potential diplomatic rupture between the two countries.However, King Mohammed VI sent an invitation to the Saudi King in August through his tourism minister, Mohamed Sajid.King Salman also conveyed greetings to the Moroccan King emphasizing the ties of “fraternity linking the two royal families and the solidity of historical relations between the two peoples.”In another message to Saudi Arabia, King Mohammed VI expressed his pride over the diplomatic bonds between the two countries on Saudi Arabia’s 88th National Day. read more

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IMF and Ecuador reach agreement on 42 billion fund

WASHINGTON — The International Monetary Fund’s staff has agreed to support the economic policies of the Ecuadorean government with $4.2 billion over the next three years.The arrangement is expected to be brought to the IMF Executive Board for its final approval in the coming weeks.The IMF said the agreement is part of a broader effort by the international community that includes financial support of almost $6 billion over the next three years from the Development Bank of Latin America, the Inter-American Development Bank, the Latin American Reserve Fund and the World Bank.“The government’s plan is aimed at creating a more dynamic, sustainable, and inclusive economy,” said Anna Ivanova, the IMF’s mission chief for Ecuador.The Associated Press read more

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Soldier dad changing his lifes course as nursing student

Within the past month or so, you may have received a package in the mail from Brock’s Annual Fund which included a letter from Dru Bernardo, a mature nursing student at Brock. Dru is one of Brock University’s “Both Sides of the Brain” profile images. Dru has agreed to share with Surgit-E! readers the deeper reasons why he decided to attend Brock to become a nurse. Below, Dru shares his “other side of the brain” story.——Dru BernardoMy name is Dru Bernardo. For eight months each year, I’m a Brock University nursing student. In the summers, I attend basic military officer qualification courses as an Officer Cadet with the Canadian Forces. But all 12 months of the year I am a proud father to my beautiful baby daughter Lydia.I chose to attend Brock to become a nurse as a result of my experiences aboard a Canadian Forces naval warship and as an administrator in the Canadian Forces hospital in Kabul, Afghanistan. My experiences taught me about war, disease and death — forever changing my outlook on life.In 2003 I was aboard a Navy ship that was patrolling the Persian Gulf in support of Canada’s troops in Afghanistan. As we were getting closer to the Asian islands of the South Pacific, the news was reporting on a new respiratory illness that was infecting and killing people. It was called Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS). My ship travelled through two of the three most-infected areas in the world, Singapore and Hong Kong. We were informed that the location with the highest incidents of SARS infections was Toronto, the city where my family has lived for the past 50 years. I was worried.By the time the ship arrived at its area of patrol in the Persian Gulf, people with SARS were starting to die. My thoughts were with my family back home, but onboard, the disease took a back seat when the U.S. invaded Iraq.Despite the turmoil going on all around me, the news I learned next was the worst a sailor could ever hear while on deployment — my 53-year old father had lost his courageous battle with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The last time I saw him alive was two months earlier when the disease had worn down my father — a strong and energetic Navy man at 200 pounds — to a weak 120 pounds.Upon arriving in Mississauga to deliver my father’s eulogy, SARS was at its absolute worst. Numerous people were dying and media reported that many people contracted SARS at a funeral home in Scarborough. People were scared to go out in public. Despite this, 300 people still made it out to my father’s service — a great testament to his character and personality.Upon returning from my bereavement leave I found a card on my bunk. It was from home, from my father. His handwriting was weak and difficult to read. I could only make out some words like love, proud, safe, caring and heaven. I filled in the rest on my own.In the matter of only a few months, I experienced war, the outbreak of SARS and the death of my father to a deadly disease. These transformative events got me thinking about my future. I saw what war and disease can do the human body, and experienced what it feels like to lose someone you love. I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to be part of an industry that would find a cure for non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma or develop a treatment for the next outbreak like SARS. I wanted to aid people in need.Due to the extreme operational tempo of the Canadian Forces, I was redeployed to Kabul, Afghanistan from July 2004 to February 2005 to work as the Health Services (hospital) company clerk. I was so impressed by the medical personnel who cared for wounded soldiers and civilians that I decided to study nursing upon my return to Canada. I was attracted by the Brock University-Loyalist College collaborative nursing program, where students are involved in patient care right from the start.My studies are going well. I’ve been taught by some absolutely wonderful faculty and clinical instructors, all of whom bring personal and professional experience to the classroom and clinical setting. Dr. Joyce Engel, an associate professor in the Nursing department, uses her amazing and passionate teaching style to inspire critical thinking and to dig deep into ourselves to be better nurses. Dr. Heather Lee Kilty, another associate professor in the Brock Nursing department, brings her incredible and remarkable experiences to the classroom every week. Her Friday morning classes are always full.As part of the nursing program, classroom time is only half the battle. Our time at the clinical setting allows us to get the extremely valuable practical experience that student nurses look forward to every week. On the front lines of our learning are our clinical instructors. Jennifer Dunham, an emergency room nurse out of the St. Catharines site and Lindsey Herd, an emergency nurse from Hamilton General are just two of the amazing young nursing leaders that are guiding me and my fellow students into a positive direction as future nurses.Of course, I truly believe that the success of an organization comes from all members of the team such as the nursing department at Brock University. An intricate part of the nursing department at Brock is the administration team that supports each student on and individual basis. Isobelle Blake and Elizabeth Horsley are the co-ordinators at the Learning Resource Centre where students can practise their clinical skills in almost real-life situations. Then there is Sally Lewis, the administrative co-ordinator who ensures that students and faculty are where they need to be. Lastly, Sandra Micsinszki nursing program co-ordinator, a registered nurse and possibly one of the nicest human beings ever, always makes time for future and current students.Finally, I think if there were more of these talented and committed people in the world, I don’t think I would have to go to war any more. I feel so blessed and honoured to be part of a nursing program that allows me and my peers to flourish as young students and nurses. read more

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St Frances scores in Guatemala

Crystal Rieck of Delhi, centre, and her family travelled to Guatemala last fall on an aid mission to an impoverished community. She took with her sons John-John, front left, and Matthew, front right. Rieck spoke of her time in Central America during a student assembly at St. Frances School in Delhi Friday. In back are students Dane Golding and Katie McCormick. The pair were recognized at the event for showing kindness and consideration to their fellow students through the month of February. MONTE SONNENBERG / SIMCOE REFORMER Elementary students can do a lot of fundraising before they reach the senior grades.At St. Frances School in Delhi, staff keep kids motivated by showing them the results of their good work.Friday, the Rieck family of Delhi delivered a slide presentation at a student assembly regarding the nearly $1,000 the school raised last year for charitable work in the city of Chimaltenango, Guatemala.Guatemala is a poor country beset by grinding poverty, so a little goes a long way in this struggling nation.The Rieck family has a history of hands-on aid in Central America so it was natural for mother Crystal and her children to travel there on behalf of the aid agency Possibilities International last fall. MONTE SONNENBERG / SIMCOE REFORMER One of their projects involved a Guatemalan woman named Norma. They took Norma under their wing and helped build her a home.“For $600, we built a house for someone to live in,” Rieck said. “The house was built in five hours. It has a concrete floor, so the next day the family could move in.”Norma’s husband abandoned her because she is unable to have children. She was forced to move back in with her mother, who is blind, and nine other people living in a cramped shanty with an outdoor kitchen.Money raised at St. Frances paid for a month’s worth of groceries, which included rice, pasta, beans and shampoo.Crystal Rieck is following the example of her mother Rose Gass, the former head of emergency services at Norfolk General Hospital. Gass has participated in numerous aid missions to Central America over the years. Her focus has been on medical services.“People are very poor down there,” Gass said. “They buy their Tylenol one tablet at a time. And nutrition is very poor because they can’t afford good food.” Josh Rieck, centre, a Grade 8 student at St. Frances School in Delhi, told his fellow students Friday about an aid mission to Central America that he and his family participated in last fall. With Rieck, clockwise from left, are students Alice Matejcek, Stefanie Barnucz and Serenity Wheeler. The three were recognized at the assembly for showing kindness and compassion to their fellow student through the month of February. Rieck was shocked to discover that – when asked — many of the poorest Guatemalans simply want access to soap.Rieck spoke of Guatemalans who live and work in garbage dumps. There, they sort through refuse and salvage anything they might possibly sell to buy food.Many of the poorest, Rieck said, aren’t recognized as citizens and have no rights because they weren’t registered at birth. The only way to break the cycle of poverty and suffering, she said, is to build rudimentary schools and furnish these children with basic literacy skills.While in Guatemala, Rieck’s young sons introduced Guatemalan children to road hockey. They loved it.Son Josh Rieck, a Grade 8 student at St. Frances, headed back to Guatemala Saturday for a 10-day visit. In anticipation of his trip, students at St. Frances purchased hundreds of tennis balls to take along to help deepen Guatemalans’ love of Canada’s most popular sport.Orazio Caltagirone, principal at St. Frances, says teaching students the importance of compassion and charity hopefully cultivates life-long habits in this direction.“The hope this brings to the community in Guatemala and our community drives who we are and who they are,” Caltagirone said.“It’s a recognition of human dignity.”MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

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UN chief appoints Monique Barbut of France as head of convention to

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today announced the appointment of Monique Barbut of France as the head of the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).Ms. Barbut has extensive experience on sustainable development issues coupled with international diplomatic and political experience.Since 2012, she was Special Advisor to the Chief Executive Officer of the Agence Française pour le Développement (AFD). From 2006 to 2012, she held the position of Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of the Global Environment Facility and prior to that she served as Director of the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics at the UN Environment Programme (UNEP). During the 1992 Rio Earth Summit in Brazil, she played a key role in the French Government delegation in financing negotiations, and later on as an active negotiator in the creation of the Global Environment Facility as well as the French Global Environment Facility.Ms. Barbut will replace Luc Gnacadja from Benin, to whom Mr. Ban expressed his gratitude for his outstanding contribution and commitment to the Organization.Established in 1994, UNCCD is the sole legally binding international agreement linking environment and development to sustainable land management. The Convention addresses the arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas, known as the drylands, where some of the most vulnerable ecosystems and peoples can be found.In its10-Year Strategy, the UNCCD stated that one of its main goals was “to forge a global partnership to reverse and prevent desertification/land degradation and to mitigate the effects of drought in affected areas in order to support poverty reduction and environmental sustainability.” read more

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Ban says he holds all senior UN officials responsible for addressing sexual

“I have taken strong action to end this problem,” Mr. Ban stressed, urging the UN leaders to keep their “eyes on this issue every single day.”In 2015, 69 cases of sexual exploitation and abuse were reported against peacekeepers serving under the UN flag, and fresh allegations have continued to surface in 2016.“We are intensifying initiatives in prevention, enforcement and support to victims. We also have stronger accountability mechanisms. And just last week, the Security Council adopted Resolution 2272 on this issue. I am grateful to the members of the Security Council for helping me to break the silence, expose the problems and respond forcefully,” the UN chief underlined.He also indicated that the Organization is building on the recommendations of a High-Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations, which recommended four key shifts that he said senior UN officials can all help achieve: “First: the primacy of political solutions. Second: the full spectrum of responses for peace. Third: stronger partnerships with others. And fourth: a focus on the field and people,” Mr. Ban explained.In addition, he highlighted that women are especially important to the UN’s peace operations: “They serve as role models to the staff and host communities. Our women leaders prove that gender equality is more than a noble goal – it is a practical advantage.”Meanwhile, he told senior leaders that he expects them to fully commit to the Human Rights Up Front Initiative. “It sets a human rights compass to guide our analysis and strategies. Our aim and our responsibility are to act quickly and decisively – long before situations escalate out of control,” he explained. “In the worst instance, when you see the risk of atrocities or crimes being committed, do not wait for instructions. Speak up, even if that may offend some. Your duty is to those at risk. I fully support you – and I will make sure you have the complete backing of all senior officials.” read more

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How The Eagles Went From Catastrophe To Champion In Two Years

102002Buccaneers356297232010Packers482674 Few champs have had as much draft talent as the EaglesAverage draft value on roster (weighted by approximate value) for Super Bowl champions since 1993 Draft value is determined by the expected value of the pick where the player was selected, based on AV.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 71993Cowboys574198202001Patriots483381 4199449ers6736103172005Steelers562783 21993Cowboys12.0152015Broncos8.4 YearTeamOLDLTOTAL 21996Packers5550105152016Patriots494190 72002Buccaneers10.3202008Steelers7.2 82013Seahawks475198212007Giants403878 YearTeamWeighted Draft 132014Patriots543993 At long last, the Philadelphia Eagles are finally world champions, after knocking off the New England Patriots in a shootout of historic proportions. Like most Pats Super Bowls, its outcome came down to the wire, as unheralded backup QB Nick Foles ultimately outgunned Tom Brady to win MVP honors. Philly fans celebrated in the only way they knew how: They danced atop cars, scaled lampposts, ran naked through the streets and generally lost their minds in a night of jubilant mayhem. No matter who you were rooting for, it was a lot to process.What might have been forgotten Sunday night, though, was just how far the team had come in such a short period of time. A little over two years ago, the Eagles were in a state of disarray after a series of failed personnel moves by former coach/GM Chip Kelly. They’d sputtered to a disappointing 6-9 record before Kelly was fired in 2015, and were staring at a roster stocked with far too many overpaid veterans. It seemed like it might take a while to restock the team with enough talent to contend again.But once-and-future personnel honcho Howie Roseman moved quickly to erase Kelly’s miscues. He ditched DeMarco Murray, Byron Maxwell, Kiko Alonso and Sam Bradford — the cornerstones of Kelly’s madcap offseason plans of a year before — and used some of the spoils to eventually pick up receiver Alshon Jeffery and running back Jay Ajayi. And although he traded up in the draft (usually a no-no) to grab franchise QB Carson Wentz — a gamble that so far has panned out extremely well, at least until Wentz went down with an ACL tear in Week 14 — Roseman also made a smart, low-risk play to bring Foles back to Philly as an insurance policy.Needless to say, the repair job paid big dividends. And the Eagles’ Super Bowl team might provide a new (old) blueprint for future championship rosters, built as it was by stockpiling raw talent and amassing powerful offensive and defensive lines.In addition to extending talented players already on the roster, Roseman admitted that one of his strategies while rebuilding the Eagles was to go after highly drafted players who washed out with other clubs. “Those guys, being drafted that high, they obviously have traits in their body that you can bring out with the right coaching system,” Roseman told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. According to Chase Stuart’s system of measuring the amount of draft value on a roster (weighted by each player’s approximate value), the Eagles had more impact players who were high draft picks than any Super Bowl winner since the 2000 Baltimore Ravens — and they ranked sixth-best among champs during the free-agency era.1Since 1993. Uses Pro-Football-Reference.com’s positional designations, which are incomplete for players who did not start or were primarily backups.Source: Pro-Football-Reference.com 41995Cowboys10.5172009Saints7.7 5199449ers10.3182001Patriots7.6 132010Packers8.7 122005Steelers8.8252013Seahawks6.1 32000Ravens11.1161996Packers8.4 The Eagles were built along the trenchesTotal approximate value (AV) contributed by offensive and defensive lines for Super Bowl champions, 1993-2017 AV FROM … AV FROM … 102003Patriots9.0231998Broncos6.7 112006Colts9.0242016Patriots6.7 Much of that talent was concentrated up front, where six of the team’s nine starters on the offensive and defensive lines were taken in the first two rounds of the draft (and a seventh, Brandon Brooks, was drafted in the third round). By concentrating on the big guys in the trenches, Roseman built a team whose strengths resembled those of the champions of a different age, such as the 49ers, Cowboys and Packers teams that dominated early in the salary-cap era.Between its offense and defense, Philly got 101 total points of approximate value out of its linemen this season, including 62 from the quintet of Jason Kelce, Lane Johnson, Fletcher Cox, Brandon Graham and Brooks. The last Super Bowl winner that got more combined approximate value from its offensive and defensive lines were those 2000 Baltimore Ravens again. And here, too, Philly was only bested by a handful of champs: 52017Eagles5744101182003Patriots424082 32000Ravens4361104162004Patriots563389 11999Rams6253115142006Colts662490 91997Broncos554297222008Steelers423274 61995Cowboys613899192011Giants443882 81997Broncos9.4212014Patriots6.8 122009Saints623193252015Broncos352762 11999Rams12.8142007Giants8.6 92011Giants9.2222004Patriots6.8 YearTeamWeighted Draft YearTeamOLDLTOTAL 62017Eagles10.3192012Ravens7.4 111998Broncos593695242012Ravens403272 Given those powerful lines and a talented array of skill-position players who saved their best production for the games that mattered most — Ajayi, Jeffery, Nelson Agholor, Zach Ertz, Corey Clement and Torrey Smith all put up more scrimmage yards per game in the playoffs than in the regular season — it makes sense that Foles was in a position to thrive during his magical postseason run. Losing Wentz to injury was a major blow, but this roster might have been uniquely equipped to adapt to and overcome that loss.That was a testament to how quickly and effectively Roseman overhauled the Eagles in the wake of the Chip Kelly era. It wasn’t very long ago that Philly’s first-ever Super Bowl crown seemed like a pipe dream — but with the help of some shrewd roster shuffling, it became a reality. read more

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More oil experts share their knowledge with Guyana

As Guyana prepares for Oil and Gas production, the country continues to seek the advice of experts from around the world. This time around a Canadian delegation is visiting Guyana on a Trade Mission for the Oil and Gas Sector. The 45-member team selected from 20 businesses in Canada, are partnering with the Guyana Office for Investment, GO-INVEST to share their knowledge on the emerging Oil and Gas Sector.Mike Critch, Treasurer of the Broad of Directors of the Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industries.Delivering remarks Minister of Business, Dominic Gaskin said that in relation to the sector much of the discussions are centered on Local Content. “Should it be regulated, should it be legislated, should it be made into contracts or should it be left to Oil companies to use their discretion”, Minister Gaskin said.More oil experts share their knowledge with GuyanaHe said that there is no lack of opinions to ensure that Guyanese reap the benefits of the developing sector. According to Gaskin the administration understands that “this is a huge long term private sector and that the investors are planning to extract 450 million barrels of non-renewable resource from beneath our sea bed”.The Minister told the Canadian Delegation that the government is satisfied with the progress that the LisaOne Project is making, “We want to see that progress continue and we want to see Oil produced by 20/20 as schedule…we understand the transformational nature of this project and how it can provide learn term benefits to our people and to our economy if its properly regulated, monitored and managed.”Treasurer of the Broad of Directors of the Newfoundland and Labrador Oil and Gas Industries Association Mike Critch noted that Eastern Canada has developed their production over the last 25 years and is pleased to share their expertise with Guyana.“So Guyana being the country new to the Oil and Gas Production offshore, it’s going to have new sources of revenue, new sources of economic development. We think that we cans share some lessons and maybe help businesses and have the people of Guyana learn what they should do so that they can benefit the most”, Critch said. He added that as the sector develops there needs to be technological advancements as well.Chief Executive Office for GO-Invest, Owen Verwey explained how Guyana will benefit from this Trade Mission to Guyana. “If we don’t get involve and we don’t understand what is going to happen here, obviously we will be in a non-oil and gas economy. We don’t know what is required by the industry, partnering with those who would have experiences, partnering with those are interested in teaching us so that there will be a mutual benefit on both sides  is the biggest benefit from us.”Charge de Affairs, High Commission of Canada Jan Sheltinga said that the High Commission is privileged to facilitate the timely visit of the delegation to Guyana, “as the country prepares to establish strong support mechanisms for the emerging industry.” She noted that one of our key pillars of engagement with Guyana is supporting sustainable economic growth and mutual prosperity through increased trade and investment ties.The Trade Mission is a collaborative effort between the Ministry of Business, GO-Invest the Ministry of Natural Resources and Government of Canada and the High Commission of Canada. (DPI) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOil revenues could help Guyana realise its tourism potential, says GaskinNovember 2, 2018In “latest news”Guyana seeking to partner with reputable int’l oil and gas companies – GaskinFebruary 27, 2019In “latest news”Presidential Advisor briefs Cabinet on oil and gas sector development potentialMarch 28, 2017In “latest news” read more

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Un photographe capture la Voie Lactée en time lapse

first_imgUn photographe capture la Voie Lactée en “time lapse”Terje Sorgjerd, photographe norvégien, a voulu montrer aux internautes l’incroyable beauté de notre Voie Lactée. Pour ce faire, il a capturé d’innombrables images du ciel alors qu’il se trouvait aux Iles Canaries, à partir desquelles il a réalisé une vidéo du ciel. Les étoiles de la Voie Lactée scintillant dans le ciel, à travers les nuages. Les premières images de la vidéo réalisée par Terje Sorgjerd sont à couper le souffle. Son film a été tourné entre le 4 et le 11 avril 2011, semaine durant laquelle il a laissé tourner sa caméra environ 5 heures.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESA”J’ai eu le plaisir de visiter El Teide. La plus haute montagne d’Espagne (3.715 mètres) est un des meilleurs endroits au monde pour photographier les étoiles (…) Le but était de capturer la belle Voie Lactée avec l’une des montagnes les plus étonnantes que je connaisse. Je dois dire que c’est un des voyages les plus épuisants que j’ai fait. Il y a eu beaucoup de randonnée à haute altitude et probablement moins de 10 heures de sommeil au total pour toute la semaine”, explique l’auteur sur sa page Vimeo.Terje Sorgjerd utilise la technique du “time lapse” ou “accéléré”, qui permet de reconstituer ce qu’il a pu observer en quelques minutes seulement. Le pari est réussi pour le Norvégien : le résultat est épatant.Découvrez la vidéo de Terje Sorgjerd en cliquant ci-dessous :https://www.maxisciences.com/voie-lact%e9e/la-voie-lactee-en-time-lapse_art14021.html Le 18 avril 2011 à 10:58 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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One seriously injured in head-on crash in Washougal

first_imgOne person was seriously injured Tuesday morning in a head-on collision involving three vehicles in Washougal.The injured driver was taken to a local hospital. Occupants of the other two vehicles suffered minor injuries, according to a news release from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.Emergency responders were dispatched at 11:08 a.m. to the 800 block of Southeast Washougal River Road for a three-vehicle crash. The road was closed in both directions before Milepost 3 for about 2½ hours for the crash investigation, according to the sheriff’s office.The driver of a black SUV needed to be extricated from their vehicle. The other people involved were able to get out of their vehicles on their own, according to emergency radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.Slickness on the roadway may have been a factor in the crash, according to the sheriff’s office.“As a reminder, fresh rainfall after a significant dry spell results in oily and slick pavement,” the sheriff’s office said. “Please drive with caution.”last_img read more

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ASAWISHH Expands Involvement with Ghanaian Supply Chain Partner

first_imgYedent CEO Samuel Kwame Ntim Adu (left) signed the agreement during a meeting with WISHH Regional Director for Africa Josh Neiderman (right) at the ASA/WISHH Regional Office in Accra. The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) has expanded its involvement with the Ghanaian food processing industry by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Yedent Agro Group of Companies Limited.Yedent CEO Samuel Kwame Ntim Adu signed the agreement during a meeting with WISHH Regional Director for Africa Josh Neiderman at the ASA/WISHH Regional Office in Accra.Yedent produces various food products for the Ghanaian market and aims to target the local baking industry with the introduction of defatted soy flour (DSF). Additionally, Yedent possesses Insta Pro extrusion equipment that can be modified to potentially transform the U.S. origin DSF into textured vegetable protein in future projects.ASA/WISHH will support the partnership with a planned United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) funded Quality Samples Program container of DSF. Upon delivery of the product, WISHH will work with Yedent to provide technical assistance to local bakers to help build demand for future shipments.last_img read more

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Top 10 most read stories this week

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Happy Holidays

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR On Base will be taking the rest of the year off. Have a wonderful holiday, and an even happier new year! Look for the next issue on Jan. 3.last_img

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Demonetisation Families can now withdraw up to Rs 25 lakh for weddings

first_imgEconomic Affairs Secretary Shaktikanta Das on Thursday said that the existing limit of Rs 4,500 that citizens can exchange from bank counters has been reduced to Rs 2,000. It will be effective from November 18.Das said the government took the decision to enable a larger number of people to reach the bank counters and avail the new currency notes and those of smaller denominations. The exchange should be from the person’s own bank account and is permitted “just once per person” or one account against one person in a day.Das strictly referred to “over the counter exchange of old notes” and not “withdrawal from bank accounts.” He also made it clear that this decision was taken only to allow a larger number of people to reach the counters and not because there is shortage of new currency notes.Das strictly referred to “over the counter exchange of old notes” and not “withdrawal from bank accounts.” He also made it clear that this decision was taken only to allow a larger number of people to reach the counters and not because there is shortage of new currency notes.The DEA secretary also spoke about how farmers and the rural sector are one of the most “important components of the economy.” Therefore, the government has decided to allow farmers to withdraw up to Rs 25,000 per week against the crop loans sanctioned and credited to their accounts subject to the set limits depending upon the different kinds of crops that the farmers grow. This rule also applies to the kisan credit cards.”These accounts have to be in the name of the concerned farmer and have to be KYC compliant and this will be subject to loan limits,” Das said.Farmers, who sell their produce in the agricultural produce market committee (APMC) or the agricultural mandis to be purchased by traders, receive payments in their accounts either through cheque deposits or money credited through RTGS method. Das said that such farmers can withdraw up to Rs 25,000 per week from their accounts. He repeated that these accounts have to be KYC compliant and in the name of the respective farmers.According to Das, this will enable the farmers to carry on with their “normal agricultural activities” and meet their daily requirements.The third decision taken by the government was to allow registered traders with the APMC markets to withdraw up to Rs 50,000 per week to enable them to meet their requirements of sundry cash and dispatch daily wages to workers. These accounts also have to be KYC compliant.Fourthly, Das said that the time limit for the payment of the crop insurance premium has been extended by 15 days to help the farmers pay the premium without any hassle. States set various limits for the payment of the premium depending on the local agricultural and farming methods.The fifth decision taken by the government was to allow families to withdraw up to Rs 2.5 lakh for weddings from KYC compliant bank accounts. The amount can be withdrawn from one account — father, mother or those who are getting married — per family. In simple terms, only one member per family can withdraw this amount from their own bank account. Multiple withdrawals within the same family are not permitted. A self-declaration saying that the money has been withdrawn from a single account will also be obtained to monitor this.”We hope that people adhere to this norm. The government expects that the people will abide by this rule,” Das added.The government has also decided to allow central government employees “up to Group C” — which includes equivalent levels in defence, paramilitary forces, railways and central public centre enterprises —to withdraw up to Rs 10,000 of their salary advance in cash that will further be adjusted with their November wages.Das further made it clear that cash is being transported by the concerned authorities according to the action plan. If any bank or ATM reports shortage of money, the government makes sure that cash is immediately dispatched to them.last_img read more

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AstroSAT observations reveal quasiperiodic oscillations in the Xray binary GX 51

first_img More information: Yashpal Bhulla et al. AstroSat observation of GX 5-1: Spectral and timing evolution. arXiv:1903.11986 [astro-ph.HE]. arxiv.org/abs/1903.11986 X-ray binaries consist of a normal star or a white dwarf transferring mass onto a compact a neutron star or a black hole. Based on the mass of the companion star, astronomers divide them into low-mass X-ray binaries (LMXB) and high-mass X-ray binaries (HMXB). When X-ray light from these objects flickers about certain frequencies, such behavior is known as quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOs). Although many questions about the phenomenon of QPOs remain unanswered, it is believed that they occur when X-rays are emitted near the inner edge of an accretion disk in which gas swirls onto a compact object, for instance, a neutron star or a black hole. Astronomers hope that these oscillations could advance our knowledge the innermost regions of accretion disks.Located near the center of the Milky Way galaxy, some 29,300 light years away from the Earth, GX 5-1 is the second brightest persistent LMXB harboring a neutron star. In February 2017, the binary was observed by the AstroSAT spacecraft – India’s first dedicated multi-wavelength observatory.These observations, using AstroSAT’s Large Area X-ray Proportional Counters (LAXPC) and Soft X-ray imaging Telescope (SXT), allowed a group of astronomers led by Yashpal Bhulla of Pacific Academy of Higher Education and Research University in Udaipur, India, to detect QPOs in GX 5-1 and to collect important data regarding this object.”We present the analysis of an AstroSAT observation of the Z-track source GX 5-1. We used the strictly simultaneous SXT and LAXPC data to track the spectrum of a neutron star source as it moves along its Hardness intensity diagram (HID) and at the same time quantify the rapid temporal variability of the source,” the astronomers wrote in the paper.The observations found that the power spectra of GX 5-1 show a strong QPO whose frequency changes from around 30 to 50 Hz. It was also found that time-lags between high and low energy photons are less than a few milliseconds, and that the QPO frequency increases, while its root mean square (r.m.s) decreases with disk flux ratio.According to the study, these results suggests that the detected QPO originates in the thermal Comptonized component and it weakens when the component is less dominant.”The results suggest that the spectral properties of the source are characterized by the disk flux ratio and that the QPO has its origin in the corona producing the thermal Comptonized component,” the paper reads.The researchers concluded that more studies of GX 5-1, especially a detailed radiative modeling of its energy could be much helpful providing more details about the origin of QPOs in this system. Using the AstroSAT spacecraft, Indian astronomers have observed the low-mass X-ray binary designated GX 5-1. The observations were published March 28 on the arXiv pre-print repository. The authors report the detection of quasi-periodic oscillations in this binary and discuss its nature. © 2019 Science X Network Background subtracted light curve of the GX 5-1. The time bin is 2.3778 seconds at the SXT time resolution. The vertical lines mark the regions from which strict simultaneous spectra were obtained. Credit: Bhulla et al., 2019. Citation: AstroSAT observations reveal quasi-periodic oscillations in the X-ray binary GX 5-1 (2019, April 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-astrosat-reveal-quasi-periodic-oscillations-x-ray.html Millisecond pulsar PSR J0740+6620 has a white dwarf companion with helium atmosphere, study suggests Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Hospital ransacked

first_imgKolkata: A private hospital near Haldirams was ransacked by family members and neighbours of a patient after he was referred to another hospital by the doctors. Later, police initiated a case on the basis of a complaint lodged by the hospital authority and arrested seven persons.According to sources, Shaikh Mominul, a resident of Dashodrone, met with a road accident near Akanksha More in New Town on Tuesday night. He was rushed to the private hospital near Haldirams where he was given first-aid. But considering Mominul’s condition doctors decided to refer him to another private hospital with better facilities. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAfter Mominul’s family members were informed, they got involved in an altercation with the doctors. The doctors said they did not have the facility to treat Mominul but his family members did not listen. Some of them broke a glass pane and furniture. Hospital authorities immediately informed Baguiati police station. Within a few minutes police arrived and made arrangements to shift Mominul to another private hospital where he is still undergoing treatment. Hospital authority lodged a complaint against accused persons on Wednesday.last_img read more

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