The Latest: Tottenham players flout virus guidelines

first_imgThe DeVos family previously announced a $2 million compensation fund for Orlando Magic, Amway Center, Lakeland Magic and Orlando Solar Bears hourly workers for games and time missed during the COVID-19 suspension of seasons. Several Magic players and Magic coach Steve Clifford have also championed various charitable causes during the pandemic.___Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has urged his players to accept a pay cut amid the coronavirus pandemic.Al-Khelaifi says in an interview with RMC radio that he is “expecting them to make an effort for the club. They know their responsibilities.”Players on French clubs are all on temporary layoffs. That means a small cut in pay of 16 percent and the state picks up a portion of the rest. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Serge Aurier has become the latest player from English club Tottenham to flout government guidelines during the coronavirus outbreak after posting videos of him training with teammate Moussa Sissoko. The Ivory Coast defender has now deleted the videos on his Instagram story, which showed him running shuttles and sitting next to Sissoko, disregarding social distancing. Aurier was wearing a face mask.It wasn’t clear where the two players were training.Tottenham says “we shall be speaking to both players involved.”It comes about two weeks after Tottenham manager Jose Mourinho was pictured holding a one-on-one training session in north London with midfielder Tanguy Ndombele, while two other players ran nearby. Mourinho later acknowledged his session was “not in line with government protocol.”Guidelines say people can only exercise outdoors on their own or with members of the same household. The governors of German states Bavaria and North Rhine-Westphalia have called for a restart of soccer on May 9 but not all states are on board.___The second edition of FIA’s Motorsport Games has been postponed until next year because of the coronavirus pandemic.The multi-disciple event between various nations was scheduled for Oct. 23-25 at the Circuit Paul Ricard near designated host city Marseille. The new dates are Oct. 22-24 next year at the same place.The next games are set to see the introduction of rally and historic motorsport events. ___UEFA is softening its tone toward organizers of national leagues and cups who want to end seasons early before completing all games.After talking with its 55 member federations, UEFA says that “some special cases will be heard“ after guidelines are confirmed for entry paths to next season’s Champions League and Europa League. Those guidelines could be approved Thursday by UEFA’s executive committee.After Belgium’s top-tier league said this month it wanted to declare current standings final, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin warned that countries risked losing European competition entries if they took premature decisions. UEFA’s previous directive was toned down to “a strong recommendation“ Tuesday to try to complete domestic seasons. The Latest: Tottenham players flout virus guidelines The KBO says it could shorten the regular season if infections erupt. The league will advise players to wear face masks in locker rooms and require them to download smartphone apps to report their daily health status to league officials.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The lockdown in Italy is scheduled to expire after May 3.___The ownership of the Orlando Magic have announced a $50,000 donation to a Central Florida food bank and have teamed with Papa John’s to offer a way for their fans to support food-insecure families as well.The DeVos family announced the donation to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. Through May 20 fans can also see 25% of their online-order price at Orlando-area Papa John’s restaurants donated to the food bank as well.Magic CEO Alex Martins says “this has been a focus for us over the years, and now more than ever this remains a priority. We will continue to work together to make sure we assist those most vulnerable.” Paul Ricard also hosts a Formula One race. It is scheduled for June 28 but widely expected to become the 10th of 22 races this season to be called off amid the virus outbreak.___South Korea’s professional baseball league has decided to begin its season on May 5.The games will be played without fans until the risk of infection from the coronavirus is gone.The league plans to maintain a 144-game regular-season schedule but has decided scrap its all-star game and shorten the first round of the playoffs from a best-of-five to best-of-three series. The 16-nation playoffs have twice been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Euro 2020 has been delayed one year.Csányi tells Hungarian media that October and November are options while there is uncertainty about when soccer can resume in Europe. All 55 UEFA member countries are currently scheduled to play Nations League games in October and November.Hungary was drawn to play at Bulgaria in the single knockout Euro 2020 playoffs. The winner will host either Iceland or Romania with a place in the final tournament at stake.Hungary is one of 12 host nations of Euro 2020.___ Associated Press The deputy head of Germany’s national disease control center has cautioned against coronavirus testing for soccer players in order to restart the league.Regular testing of players and team staff is a key element of a plan to resume German soccer in empty stadiums next month.Robert Koch Institute vice president Lars Schaade says he doesn’t “see why certain sections of the population … should be routinely screened.”Schaade says he would prefer testing to be focused on people who show symptoms or who are linked to an outbreak of the virus.Clubs are eager to resume the Bundesliga to avoid financial losses. They are negotiating a tricky political landscape and opposition from some fan groups. Players at clubs in other countries have taken large pay cuts amid the uncertainty.PSG’s squad includes world-class players Neymar, Kylian Mbappé, Ángel Di María and Edinson Cavani.Al-Khelaifi says “our wage bill is of substantial volume” and “we risk suffering colossal losses” at the end of the season.___UEFA vice president Sándor Csányi says playoffs to decide the last four places in the postponed European Championship could be played in October or November. Domestic club soccer aims to play into July and August — if resuming games is even possible — with UEFA hoping to complete the Champions League and Europa League later in August.___The 20 clubs in Italy’s top soccer division have unanimously voted in favor of finishing the current season.The Lega Serie A held an assembly with the 20 clubs by videoconference. It released a statement saying all clubs voted “to carry on the 2019-2020 season to the end, if the government allows it to happen.”Serie A has been suspended since the government ordered a nationwide lockdown more than a month ago. Twelve rounds remain along with four games that were postponed from the weekend of Feb. 22. April 21, 2020last_img read more


After Mumbai spanking, Kohli sees need to rethink batting order

first_imgNEW DELHI, India (Reuters) – India captain Virat Kohli acknowledged the need to rethink the team’s batting order after being steamrolled by Australia in Mumbai on Tuesday, but said there was no cause to panic after losing the first one-day international of a three-match series.India were subjected to a 10-wicket thrashing for only the fifth time in their history after scoring a modest 255, a total overhauled by Australia in the 38th over.India packed three openers in their playing XI in a bid to give more game-time to in-form players, rejigging the top order with Kohli dropping down to number four to accommodate KL Rahul at three, but the plan came unstuck against a fired-up Australian attack.“Because of the way KL has been batting, we have tried to fit him in the batting line-up,” Kohli told Star Sports about his batting position at the Wankhede Stadium. “Having said that, I don’t think it’s quite gone our way whenever I’ve batted number four, so we’ll probably have to rethink about that one.”Rohit Sharma made 10, while fellow opener Shikhar Dhawan forged a century-partnership with Rahul before India lost four wickets, including Kohli, for 30 runs before being bowled out in the final over.“All in all it’s about giving some guys opportunities and you’ll never know if this works or not if you don’t try,” Kohli said. “It’s very easy to just go with one template and just follow it non-stop. I think people need to relax and not panic with one game, I’m allowed to experiment a little bit and fail as well at times. You lose games here and there but today was one of the days when it didn’t come off.”Australian openers David Warner and Aaron Finch smashed unbeaten hundreds and stitched together the largest partnership against India in one-day cricket to help the tourists romp home with 12.2 overs to spare.The two sides will meet in Rajkot for the second ODI tomorrow.last_img read more


Ernst Mayr Recounts 20th Century Evolution Battles

first_imgapostle of Darwinian evolution, Ernst Mayr, turned 100 recently.  His mind still sharp, he recounted in the July 2 issue of Science1 the battles that led to “Neo-Darwinism” in the 1940s.  Surprising though it may be to some, there was no consensus on speciation, natural selection and other key evolutionary concepts for eighty years since Darwin published his book.  Only in the 1940s did a compromise called the Neo-Darwinian Synthesis satisfy the majority of Darwinians.  Neo-Darwinism still reigns today, despite strong minority positions such as punctuated equilibria and Gaia, along with a number of sects that deny certain aspects of the Synthesis.    Mayr lays the background of his youthful acceptance of evolution:Curiously, I cannot pinpoint the age at which I became an evolutionist.  I received all of my education in Germany, where evolution was not really controversial.  In the gymnasium (equivalent to a U.S. high school), my biology teacher took evolution for granted.  So, I am quite certain, did my parents–who, to interest their three teenage sons, subscribed to a popular natural history journal that accepted evolution as a fact.  Indeed, in Germany at that time there was no Protestant fundamentalism.  And after I had entered university, no one raised any questions about evolution, either in my medical curriculum or in my preparations for the Ph.D.  Those who were unable to adopt creation as a plausible solution for biological diversity concluded that evolution was the only rational explanation for the living world.Nevertheless, he continues, “Even though creationism was not a major issue, evolutionary biology was nonetheless badly split by controversies,” namely, “the causation of evolutionary change and the validity of various theories of evolution.”  These seem pretty all-encompassing.  He describes some of the early battles:Philosophy of science:  “… the philosophy of science at that time was totally dominated by physics and by typology (essentialism).  This philosophy was appropriate for the physical sciences but entirely unsuitable as a foundation for theories dealing with biological populations….”Sub-issues:  “…the paradigm of Darwinian evolution was not a single theory, as Darwin always insisted, but was actually composed of five quite independent theories.  Two of these were readily accepted by the Darwinians: the simple fact of evolution (the ‘non-constancy of species’ as Darwin called it) and the branching theory of common descent.  The other three–gradual evolution, the multiplication of species, and natural selection–were accepted by only a minority of Darwin’s followers.  Indeed, these three theories were not universally accepted until the so-called Evolutionary Synthesis of the 1940s.”International rivalry:  “Superimposed on these conceptual differences were others that arose because of the preferences of evolutionists in different countries.  The evolutionary theories considered valid in England or in France were rejected in Germany or the United States.  One powerful author in a particular country often could determine the thinking of all his fellow scientists.”Interdisciplinary rivalry:  “Finally, different evolutionary theories were often favored by scholars in different branches of biology–say, genetics, or developmental biology, or natural history.”Gradual vs. jerky change:  “We naturalists thought that evolution was indeed a gradual process, as Darwin had always insisted.  Our material provided hundreds of illustrations of widespread species that gradually changed throughout their geographic range.  By contrast, most early Mendelians, impressed by the discontinuous nature of genetic changes (‘mutations’), thought that these mutations provided evidence for a saltational origin of new species.”Biodiversity:  The founders of population genetics accepted natural selection, but “Several historians have mistakenly thought that this synthesis within genetics had solved all the problems of Darwinism.  That assumption, however, failed to take account of an important gap.  One of the two major branches of evolutionary biology, the study of the origin of biodiversity, had been left out of the major treatises of Fisher, Haldane, and Wright.”  Mayr claims that this problem had been solved by European taxonomists.Paradox and schism:  “Thus, evolutionary biology around 1930 found itself in a curious position.  It faced two major seemingly unsolved problems: the adaptive changes of populations and the origin of biodiversity.”  For instance, “As a student in Germany in the 1920s, I belonged to a German school of evolutionary taxonomists that was unrepresented in the United States.  Our tradition placed great stress on geographic variation within species, and particularly on the importance of geographic isolation and its role in leading to the origin of new species.  It accepted a Lamarckian inheritance of newly acquired characters but simultaneously accepted natural selection as facilitating gradual evolution.  We decisively rejected any saltational origin of new species, as had been postulated by DeVries.”Object of selection:  “The two belief systems had only one inconsistency—the object of natural selection.  For the geneticists the object of selection had been the gene since the 1920s, but for most naturalists it was the individual.  Elliot Sober showed how one could resolve this conflict.  He pointed out that one must discriminate between selection of an object and selection for an object.”Mayr claims that the taxonomists and the population geneticists had solved parts of the problem; all that remained was to get the parties together.  That compromise was achieved by Theodosius Dobzhansky with Mayr’s assistance.  He claims the neo-Darwinian synthesis that resulted has been remarkably stable, even through the discovery of DNA and the revolution in molecular genetics, but part of that stability has been due to enforcement: “At a meeting in Princeton in 1947, the new paradigm was fully acknowledged and it was confirmed again and again in the next 60 years.  Whenever an author claimed to have found an error in the Synthesis, his claim was rapidly refuted.”    In his conclusion, Mayr notes that new battles have arisen over allopatric vs. sympatric speciation, the enormous amount of biodiversity, and non-allopatric genetic mechanisms such as “speciation by hybridization, by polyploidy and other chromosome rearrangements, by lateral gene transfer, and by symbiogenesis.”  He regrets he will not be able to continue exploring the new frontiers of evolutionary biology.1Ernst Mayr, “80 Years of Watching the Evolutionary Scenery,” Science, Vol 305, Issue 5680, 46-47, 2 July 2004, [DOI: 10.1126/science.1100561].Did you know that believers in natural selection were in the minority in the 1920s, and that many evolutionists believed in rapid, saltational change instead of gradualism?  You heard one of the living legends of Darwinism, Ernst Mayr, say it himself.  Notice how nothing has changed.  Early 20th century evolutionists disagreed on the mechanism of evolution (natural selection, Lamarckism or other) on the pace of evolution (gradual vs. saltational), and on mechanism of speciation.  Those seem like pretty major issues.  How can Darwin’s hunch rise above the status of hypothesis without answers to these questions?  The only things they agreed on were: (1) evolution is a fact, and (2) things change.  The same controversies go on today.  Evolutionists fight over how species split into two, how fast things happen, and the role of natural selection, and other major issues, but they still dogmatically claim that (1) evolution is a fact, and (2) things change.  The first is belief, not science, and the second is too vague to be called science; even creationists acknowledge that things change.  It does not follow that humans had bacteria ancestors.    Mayr’s account sounds less like a scientific law emerging from the evidence, and more like a victory of two major factions of storytellers over rivals, until they agreed to give a little and meet in the middle (thesis vs. antithesis -> Synthesis).  The antagonists came to a compromise, and hashed out new talking points for the students: “Father Charlie was right about gradualism and natural selection, but Mendel has helped forge an even better story: mutations provide the raw material for variation, then natural selection preserves the fittest.  We will call this neo-Darwinism.”  Students, attracted to anything that is Neo, thought this was cool.  The official sound bite for reporters became, “We may have some disagreements about the mechanism of evolution, but all scientists agree evolution is a fact.”  These short, glittering mythoids sufficed to keep most peasants compliant.    Those interested in the relation of Mendel to Darwin will find this paragraph interesting:When Mendel’s laws were rediscovered in 1900, there was widespread hope that they would lead to a unification of the conflicting theories on speciation.  Unfortunately, it turned out that the three geneticists most interested in evolution–Bateson, DeVries, and Johannsen–were typologists and opted for a mutational origin (by saltation) of new species.  Worse, they rejected gradual evolution through the natural selection of small variants.  For their part, the naturalists erroneously thought that the geneticists had achieved a consensus based on saltational speciation, and this led to a long-lasting controversy between the naturalists and the early Mendelians.Long-lasting, all right; it was about 47 years after this “rediscovery” of a 33-year old paper (70 years total) before the Darwinians found a way to incorporate Mendel’s inconvenient laws of discrete inheritance into their story.    Textbooks present Darwin as if his ideas were so intuitively obvious that late 19th century scientists instantly saw the light and embraced it, and lived happily ever after.  As we know from frequent reports on Darwinism and Evolutionary Theory in these pages, controversies still rage about the mechanisms of evolution, the pace of evolution, the mechanism of speciation and the origin of complex structures.  Nothing has advanced except the power of the Darwin Party to enforce their views.    How tragic to hear that the Reformation was dead in Germany by the time Mayr went to school.  The country where Martin Luther had taken his brave stand on the Word of God had cast off its heritage for a radical revolutionary, Ernst Haeckel, who replaced it with the Word of Charlie.  The early Protestant reformers had the will to withstand the Catholic counter-reformation, but their heirs, asleep at the switch, let the Darwinian revolution take over with hardly a word of protest.  So now the revolution has become the mainstream, controlling the propaganda outlets, the universities, the schools and the official creation myths of the culture.  The rallying cry for the Darwinian revolution is “just-so storytelling by faith, not by lab work.”  Instead of A Mighty Fortress Is Our God, the official anthem is (to the tune of For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow), “We all take Charlie for granted (3x), which nobody can deny.”  Try to deny it and face the wrath of the counter-reformation (see 08/19/2003 headline).(Visited 15 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more


South Africa ‘committed to human rights’

first_img26 February 2013 South Africa is committed to the eradication of gender-based violence and the protection of all human rights, International Relations Deputy Minister Ebrahim Ebrahim told a high-level meeting of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Switzerland on Monday. Ebrahim said South Africa saw human rights “as inherent to all human beings” irrespective of race, gender, ethnic origin, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, belief, culture and language. “For South Africa, justiciable economic, social and cultural rights are inextricably linked with civil and political rights,” Ebrahim added, noting that the country’s commitment to fighting discrimination “arises out of our own experiences and is embedded in our Constitution, which includes vulnerable group”. The South African government was “firmly committed to the eradication of gender- based violence and the protection of the rights of the gay and lesbian community”. The government had just accredited UN Women’s Regional Representative in Pretoria, and had also set up a national task team, comprising government and civil society representatives, to respond to the challenges faced by gays and lesbians in the country, Ebrahim told the council. He said that for South Africa, “justiciable economic, social and cultural rights are inextricably linked with civil and political rights,” noting that the government had prioritised the creation of decent jobs, access to education and health care facilities, rural development and food security. South Africa also placed high priority on the UN’s Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on eradicating poverty, combating diseases, reducing child mortality and achieving universal primary education, and had integrated these in all its development plans. According to the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, South Africa plays a leadership role in several inter-governmental processes at the UN relating to human rights and social development issues. South Africa is the current chair of the Open-ended Working Group on Private Military and Security Companies (PMSCs), which aims to develop a legally binding regulatory framework to ensure that PMSCs are held accountable for their activities. South Africa also currently chairs an ad-hoc committee working on elaborating complementary standards to the International Convention for the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, with the aim of combating contemporary forms of racism. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more


Quinto, Nambatac honor late juniors coach with impressive showing

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next “This game is really for him,” said Nambatac.Despite the gloom surrounding his passing, Nambatac shared that he proud of the legacy Lotuaco left for them and every one who had been touched by the inspirational coach.“It feels good that he left us with a great message, which is never ever give up,” he said. “He fought cancer twice, and was able to get himself back up. So he’s really a great example of those words.” Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary With the two now seen as the undoubted leaders of the Knights, Lotuaco’s words continue to resonate with Nambatac and Quinto as they try to make a name for themselves in the seniors division.Unfortunately, they would never hear their mentor utter those words again as the former Squires assistant coach lost his battle to throat cancer last Wednesday. He was 51.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNambatac and Quinto couldn’t help but wax poetic on the contributions Lotuaco had in their careers.“He was very close to us and he was very supportive. He was our mentor. Even when he was no longer coaching us, he was always there watching us,” said Nambatac. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Chooks-to-Go cruises past UAE side, arranges 5th place date vs Thais LATEST STORIES BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightcenter_img For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  MOST READ Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:57Senate honors late Senator Rene Espina01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.net“Never ever give up.”Those were the words former Letran Squires coach Bob Lotuaco always told Rey Nambatac and Bong Quinto whenever he got a chance to chat with his old juniors players.ADVERTISEMENT “He always tells us NEGU — Never Ever Give Up. He was the type of coach who was positive all the way. He was never negative. He was a  cancer survivor and he told us that he fought that and was able to recover from that.”Quinto added: “Every time we saw each other, he always motivated us. He was like a father figure to us.”Commemorating their late coach, Nambatac, Quinto, and fellow former Squires Jerrick Balanza and Tommy Gedaria wore white t-shirts with the words “Never Ever Give Up” printed on it for Letran’s game against EAC on Friday.Those emotions also translated on the hard court, with the senior Knights anchoring the team to the 84-78 victory over the Generals.Quinto tallied a career-best 27 points, seven rebounds, and two assists, while Nambatac added 19 markers, nine boards, and three dimes in the win.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more


Boxers focus on maintaining weight

first_imgJust eight days before the boxing competition begins at the Commonwealth Games here, the focus of the Indian boxers shifted to maintaining weight.When the 10-member Indian team hit the Games venue, the Talkatora Stadium, for their first training session in Delhi on Sunday, it was not business as usual for them. They restricted themselves to the weight-maintaining exercises.”We will not be doing anything new for next eight days. At this stage, the aim is not to add anything new to the skill of the boxers, but just to help them maintain their fitness and remain in fine shape.So, our focus is on weight-maintain exercises,” national coach Gurbax Sandhu told MAIL TODAY . Light heavyweight boxer Dinesh Kumar said that the training sessions started off with light exercises and was followed by sparring and shadow boxing.”Five groups of two boxers each were formed and were given different tasks, like rope skipping, stretching, sparring, shadow boxing and mock fights.It lasted almost two hours,” said Dinesh.Boxers have been training in the national camp at the National Institute of Sports in Patiala from where they reached Delhi on Saturday.Sandhu said that the sparring and mock fights gave the boxers a feel of competition ahead of the Games. ” There were three rounds of sparring for each boxer which means everyone gets enough time to train. Mock fights is a good option to get a feel of the competition,” he said.One of the distinguished features of the training session was that boxers spent most of the time in the main ring where the main competition will begin on October 5.advertisement”Our boys trained in the ring where they will fight in the main competition only a few days later. It always helps when boxers get sufficient time to train at the main arena and that’s why we go to other competitions well in advance,” said Sandhu.”The Indians will bank on home advantage at the Games and a decent exposure of the main venue will boost their chances.” Bantamweight ( 56kg) boxer Akhil Kumar concurred with his coach.”It is always good to practice at the competition venue. It helps us to adjust to the conditions. Eight days of training at the Talkatora Stadium means we will have a good idea of the ring and we can utilise this experience during the competition,” he said.last_img read more


BlackBerry KEY2 LE leaked in renders, key specs and design details revealed

first_imgBlackBerry KEY2 was launched in India on July 23 for a price of Rs 42,990. The KEY2 is a much-upgraded version of the last year’s BlackBerry KeyOne. Looks like, the smartphone maker has already started working on a new smartphone called the KEY2 LE. A new report suggests that the KEY2 LE will be a souped down version of the KEY2. Meaning, the upcoming KEY2 LE will be an affordable smartphone.According to a report coming from Android Police, BlackBerry has already started working on the KEY2 LE and may announce the phone very soon. the exact timeline of the launch is yet to be revealed. This is for the first time that renders of KEY2 LE have been leaked in renders, revealing some of the key specs and also the design of the handset.Going by the renders, looks like the BlackBerry KEY2 LE will come with similar design pattern as the KeyOne, especially the design of the QWERTY keypad. Besides the KeyOne, BlackBerry is expected to borrow some features from the newly launched the KEY2 as well. Looks like the KEY2 LE will come with the shortcut button just as the KEY2.As far as the specs of the BlackBerry KEY2 LE are concerned, the smartphone is expected to come with a 4.5-inch full-HD+ display with 1080×1620 pixels resolution. KEY2 LE is further said to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 636 chipset. As of now, the smartphone is expected to come in only one RAM variant – 4GB. On the storage front, the BlackBerry KEY2 LE is said to come in two models – the base version with 32GB, while the top-end model with 64GB.advertisementOn the camera front, the KEY2 LE is expected to sport a dual camera system on the back consisting of 13-megapixel primary and a 5-megapixel secondary sensor. Details of the front camera are yet to be revealed. In addition, the BlackBerry KEY2 LE is said to be backed by a 3000mAh battery.ALSO READ: BlackBerry KEY2 launched with physical QWERTY, dual rear cameras: Price, specs & everything to knowAs of now, there’s no information on the price of the KEY2 LE. However, considering it is said to be the toned down version of the KEY2, it will definitely be cheaper than the KEY2. The KEY2 in India is priced at Rs 42,999, so we can more or less expect the KEY2 LE to be priced somewhere between Rs 30,000 – 35,000 approx. As of now, there are no words on the launch timeline of the phone and whether or not it will come to India.last_img read more


IEA says crudebyrail shipments to more than double to 390000 barrels a

first_imgCALGARY – Crude-by-rail shipments could more than double over the next two years from historic highs as a lack of pipeline capacity forces producers to look to alternatives, said the International Energy Agency Monday.The Paris-based IEA forecasts in its latest oil markets report that crude-by-rail exports will grow from 150,000 barrels a day in late 2017 to 250,000 barrels a day this year and then to 390,000 barrels a day in 2019.“Crude by rail exports are likely to enjoy a renaissance,” said the IEA, as at the end of 2017 oil available for export was 310,000 barrels a day higher than the take away pipeline capacity.With oilsands production expected to keep growing, crude-by-rail shipments could peak as high as 590,000 barrels a day in 2019 if producers don’t resort to crude storage in peak months, the IEA said.The shipments are significantly higher than the current record of 179,000 barrels a day reached in September 2014 before oil prices collapsed.The increase in shipments comes after an increase in railway incidents in 2017, including a 21 per cent jump in accidents from a year earlier and the number of dangerous goods leaks increasing from two to five.The IEA says rail shipments are expected to return to around the 170,000-barrel-a-day level in 2020 assuming Enbridge Inc. replaces its Line 3 pipeline and adds capacity elsewhere on its Mainline pipeline system.The Line 3 replacement, however, faces significant opposition in Minnesota and the company isn’t expected to hear on its environmental approval in the state until this summer.The export market will also still be constrained even with Enbridge’s expected 450,000 barrels a day of expansion, but the IEA raised doubts that the capacity additions from Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain and TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline projects will actually get built.“We must acknowledge the substantial risks that those upgrades will be delayed or even cancelled, possibly due to legal action.”The agency said the pipeline constraints have increased the forward discount for Canadian production, adding US$3.75 a barrel in 2018 and US$2 a barrel in 2019 to the forward differential curve between Western Canadian Select and WTI since its last report a year ago.The lack of export space has helped contribute to the sell-off of oilsands assets from Shell, ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil and the lack of new development approvals, said the IEA.“While industry consolidation and capital discipline play a part, delays to pipeline approvals and uncertainty over the provision of more export capacity is undermining the next wave of development as market access costs are set to rise.”last_img read more


North Peace Seniors Housing Society receives TV donation after break in

first_imgWilson goes on to share all entrances/exits to the buildings have been secured and that she and the residents are grateful to the generosity of the community for looking out for their needs. This donation puts a positive light on an unfortunate incident.To view the press release, CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – After a break and enter March 17th to the North Peace Seniors Housing Societies (NPSHS) complex the incident left the residents of apartment one without a TV, a donation of a 50″ TV was later made to the seniors by the Laboucane family.After images were released by the RCMP, members of the community would recognize the NPSHS and contact ‘Better at Home’ office to see if a donation of a TV could be made to the seniors.Kim Wilson, Executive Director for the NPSHS shares each building is set with a lounge type common area with a TV to provide a source of entertainment for the seniors. Wilson said they were thrilled by the Laboucane’s donation of the TV and made sure it was chained down once received.last_img read more