Malaysian students do LYIT proud at BICS National Awards

first_imgThe achievements of the Malaysian Students Society at Letterkenny IT were celebrated last week at the Board of Irish Colleges Societies (BICS) National Awards.The college society was nominated in two award categories – student Edward Ng was nominated for Best Individual and the Malaysian Students Society were nominated for Best Society Promotional Video.The group attended the awards ceremony in the Sheraton Hotel Athlone on Thursday 11th April. While they did not take home the overall category prizes, they enjoyed an event dedicated to recognising the huge effort made by the many individuals who run student societies across Ireland.The BICS Awards are an opportunity for students and their societies to showcase their numerous achievements from the previous year. Higher education is more than exams, coursework and lectures, and students who are involved in running college societies know this.The National Awards are a means of recognising this dedication and are an opportunity to celebrate the importance and value that societies contribute to college life.LYIT Malaysian Students Society with Josephine Wilson, LYIT Student Union Administrator and Siobhan Howe, Student Union Education OfficerMalaysian students do LYIT proud at BICS National Awards was last modified: April 17th, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:LYITMalaysian Students Societylast_img read more

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Planet Habitable Zone Cannot Be Too Windy

first_imgThe “habitable zone” of a planet usually concerns its distance from the star such that it can support liquid water.  But what if the star fries the surface with intense stellar winds?“Deadly stellar winds could put a stop to life” reads the headline of an article on Astrobiology Magazine.  Planet Earth has a protective magnetic field that shields its inhabitants from the solar wind.  But the solar wind emitted by our star is mild compared to the intense storms of charged particles flung out by other stars.Joe Llama from the University of St. Andrews looked at the winds that bombard one of the “hot Jupiters” (giant planets orbiting close to parent stars), named HD 189733.  He considered what such a wind would do to an earth-like planet, even if it orbited in its habitable zone:In the case of HD 189733b, this is not a huge problem as it and other hot Jupiters are already far too hostile for life to survive. But strong stellar winds could also strip away the atmospheres of potentially habitable planets further out, something that would have dire consequences for their habitability.  Joe comments: “Imagine what the Earth would be like with its air stripped away, placed in a radiation bath. There could be numerous planets like this that in many ways resemble our world, but where life never stood a chance.”The article did not quantify how many stars would irradiate their planets to death, but Llama thinks they “could be numerous”.  There would be no point looking for life on planets in such systems.  “For more than two decades we have been stepping up the search for other planets like the Earth,” he said.  “Our new work will help refine this quest, enabling us to rule out the sites where dangerous activity on stars would kill off life from the start.”Earlier this month on Astrobiology Magazine, Sara Seager of MIT presented a “revised” Drake Equation that leaves off Frank Drake’s final factors about intelligent life evolving.  She’s just interested in any kind of life emerging on a habitable planet.  Llama’s conclusions will surely affect one factor she calls FQ, the fraction of stars that are quiet.  “Some stars are like our solar maximum all the time, with flares and other activity,” Seager said. “We don’t like those noisy stars.”The “habitable zone” theory is is a classic case of dogmatic slumbers being jolted awake by physical reality.  In Carl Sagan’s Cosmos days, it seemed so simple: billions upon billions of stars might have life, based on the idea that all you needed was a rocky planet at the right distance from its star.  Over the past decade we have been adding complications to the “habitable zone” idea, narrowing down substantially the probability of finding those lucky stars.  Last year about this time, our list of factors (reported from astrobiology literature) was at nine (see 9/08/12); we predicted additional factors would be thought of.  Now we have #10: the Stellar Wind Habitable Zone.  Earth continues to look mighty special in this vast universe.  You can thank your lucky stars if your world view requires heavy doses of superstition.  Others of us find positive evidence for intelligent design. (Visited 33 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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Play Your Part episode six: get involved with the initiatives

first_imgIf you’re interested in getting involved with guests featured on episode six of the Play Your Part television series, find out more here.Lainey Trequesser is passionate about education and improving the lives of young people through music development. She is a guest on Play Your Part episode six. (Images: Play Your Part)Brand South Africa reporterEpisode six of the Play Your Part television series focuses on three people who make a difference in the lives of South African youth through education. Viewers can get involved in the initiatives run by this episode’s guests Lainey Trequesser, Prof Thabo Msibi and the Kader Asmal Fellowship.The episode airs on Saturday, 14 October 2017 at 18:00 on SABC 2, and is hosted by Play Your Part ambassador Kabelo Mabalane. Artist and musician Mabalane is also a co-founder of the initiative, Shout for a Safer South Africa.Play Your Part, a 26-episode series, aims to inspire viewers to become active citizens and take part in volunteerism by profiling South Africans across the country who are doing extraordinary things to change people’s lives for the better.Here’s more on this week’s guests and how you can get involved with them:Lainey TrequesserTrequesser is the founder of the South African association Musiquelaine, which aims to bring a positive change to the lives of youth in disadvantaged communities through music.Musiquelaine has a music development project at Steenberg High School in Steenberg, Cape Town. The organisation works to boost the current education model at the school by offering learners the opportunity to work in a group music-making environment.Contact detailsWebsite: musiquelaine.free.frEmail: [email protected] Thabo MsibiProfessor Thabo Mnisi is a dean at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.Msibi, head of the School of Education at the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), is South Africa’s youngest dean. The 34-year-old Msibi, who has degrees from Columbia in the US and Cambridge in the UK, is involved in the projects such as the Community Development Association (CDA).CDA is an outreach programme run by UKZN students on the university’s Edgewood Campus. The project aims to improve the lives of children in disadvantaged communities.Contact detailsWebsite: coh.ukzn.ac.zaContact: Edgewood campus: 031 260 1111Twitter: @UKZNKader Asmal FellowshipLiam MacGabhann, Irish ambassador to South Africa, talks about the Kader Asmal Fellowship that offers masters level students the opportunity to study a range of strategically-important disciplines in Ireland.The fellowship is a scholarship programme for postgraduates to study in Ireland. It was set up in 2012 in honour of the late Professor Kader Asmal, who taught law at Trinity College Dublin for 27 years, specialising in human rights, labour and international law.Asmal co-founded the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement in 1963. He was also part of the ANC team that negotiated the transition to democracy. In 1994, Asmal was appointed minister of water affairs and forestry in Nelson Mandela’s government after the advent of democracy. He served as minister of education from 1999 to 2004. He died in June 2011.Contact detailsWebsite: Applications done via www.canoncollins.org.uk and more information found on www.dhet.gov.zaTwitter: @CanonCollinsPlay Your Part is broadcast at 18:00 every Saturday on SABC 2.To get involved in playing your part in South Africa:Check out the conversation on Twitter: #GetInvolved; or,Find out about initiatives on Play Your Part here.Tell us how you Play Your Part through our social media channels:Follow us on Twitter: @PlayYourPartSA;Follow Brand South Africa on Twitter: @Brand_SA; andLike us on Facebook: Official Brand South Africa.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

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Press release: Brand South Africa launches #InspiredByMyConstitution campaign

first_imgInspired by the idea that all South African youth must know about the Constitution and what it means for them – Brand South Africa launched the second instalment of the #InspiredByMyConstitution campaign.Filmmaker, Imraan Christian, is the first social influencer to be showcased in Brand South Africa’s #InspiredByMyConstitution campaign. (Image: Brand South Africa)Johannesburg, Monday 18 September 2017 – General Manager for Marketing at Brand South Africa Ms Sithembile Ntombela said: “This campaign comes at a time when youth in South Africa are standing up, taking their issues to the streets, to gain attention and immediate responses from government and society at large. They are demanding change that will open opportunities for them to improve their socio-economic status and quality of life.”“We wanted to look at the subject matter of our Constitution from the point of view of young people by tapping into pop culture in order to amplify the message in a fun, persuasive, culturally relevant and informative way.” Whilst the campaign is fun, it also delivers everyday realities of the constitution.WATCH: #InspiredByMyConstitution with Imraan ChristianBrand South Africa anchored the #InspiredByMyConstitution campaign on the increased exposure to socio-political dynamics playing out in the country which has given rise to youth activism through the power of hashtags such as #FeesMustFall, #BringBackOurGirls and #SayNoXenophobia. The integrated campaign will further unpack the responsibility associated with freedom of expression and other pillars of the Constitution.The campaign seeks to inspire young people by showcasing everyday manifestations of the Constitution of South Africa. Bringing this objective to life through a series of web films are celebrity social influencers Gemini Major – a Malawian-born record producer and singer-songwriter; Imraan Christian – a photographer and filmmaker whose work is deeply rooted in activism, whose rise came about during the #FeesMustFall protests; as well as Letoya Makhene – a renowned actress, singer and TV personality, who is well-known for various roles in some of South Africa’s famous soap operas, Isidingo and Generations.The three social influencers share their real-life stories by expressing how the South African Constitution protects their rights with regards to freedom of equality, freedom of expression and freedom of belief respectively.Ntombela added: “Through the social influencer strategy, we aim to frame the Constitution within conversations about politics, fashion, music, comedy, and entertainment thereby driving home the idea that the Constitution enables people to live the life they want and deliver on the Nation Brand’s promise that South Africa is inspiring ways.“The campaign intends to foster greater respect and appreciation for the Constitution and the role that it plays in our individual lives as well as its impact on society as a whole. Considered as the best Constitution in the world, ours is a Constitution that not only protects the rights of all its citizens, but it also speaks out for the voiceless,” concluded Ntombela.Other elements of the campaign include digital banners, billboards, on-the-ground-activations, outdoor and radio.Follow the conversation on #InspiredByMyConstitutionlast_img read more

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The Obama Time Capsule and the Future of Publishing

first_imgJust when you thought the Obama lovefest was dwindling, Photographer Rick Smolan released his latest book, The Obama Time Capsule. The book includes photography, maps and election results from President Obama’s road to the White House. What makes this project unique is that Smolan offers readers a chance to upload their own photographs and personalize their copies. Said Smolan,”Half the people in the room picked up their cameras and took a photo of the television set just as Obama won.” With The Obama Time Capsule, pictures taken by friends and family will live alongside professional pictures of the campaign trail. Smolan is waiving any profit on the project in the hopes that he’ll provide readers with an affordable product they will cherish with their grandchildren. This user-generated component to the book ensures that The Obama Time Capsule becomes a time capsule for anyone willing to pay the $34.95 to Amazon. Tags:#Book Reviews#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… dana oshiro 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App Related Posts 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout Said Hewlett-Packard’s Andrew Bolwell in a recent ABC World News feature on the book,”We think a book like this that’s printed only after it’s ordered, that’s personalized for the end user, is absolutely the future of publishing. You can have your own family cookbook with Grandma’s recipe through to Martha Stewart’s recipe.” It appears that unbeknown to Bolwell, the future (much like President Obama) has already arrived. RWW has already covered a number of companies where products are produced on an individual basis and personalized to the user. Below is a list of companies that allow users to upload, price and purchase their personalized books: 1. Blurb: Blurb offers users the chance to personalize books in a variety of formats. The quality of this product is extremely striking and buyers can opt for a number of page layouts and finishes. The company is one of the few businesses able to earn healthy revenue in our down economy.2. Lulu: Similar to Blurb, Lulu also allows customers to personalize and create books. Users can upload photos from their Facebook, Flickr and Photobucket accounts as well as directly from their computers. The finished products are sold in the Lulu online storefront as eBooks or physical hard covers. The company even offers square, compact and wallet sized options.3. CreateSpace: In late 2007, Amazon launched CreateSpace as an on-demand book publishing service. In addition to being able to create a personalized book and sell it in the Amazon storefront, users can also create Kindle-specific books, audio CDs, MP3s, DVD’s and video downloads. While the service isn’t as sleek as Lulu or Blurb, the potential to reach the Amazon audience is a huge draw to those looking to earn money with their creative talents. 4. Scribd: Another site with a large audience, Scribd recently launched their own store this past April. With 60 million unique visitors per month, the company is a great platform for those looking to publish their original works. Budding authors can price and publish their books alongside Simon and Schuster titles in the Scribd storefront. For now, the storefront only services the eBook audience. 5. Tastebook: Both Grandma and Martha Stewart’s recipes can live side-by-side in this personalized cookbook making site. Featured in a RWW article on recipe resources, this tool offers users the chance to personalize cookbooks and produce them on an individual basis. The Obama Time Capsule is obviously a very cool project, but it’s clear to see that personalized book production is certainly not a new concept. That being said, regardless of whether or not it’s a paradigm shifter for publishing, the quality of The Obama Time Capsule, coupled with Smolan’s recognition as a TIME photographer and TED speaker will likely still draw fans. UPDATE: It turns out Obama’s Time Capsule IS actually made possible by Blurb’s global print partner network, a partnership which exclusively uses the HP Indigo digital printing presses. Other partners include Google, Facebook, AOL, Glam Media and paper manufacturer NewPage. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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San Miguel aims for All-Filipino Cup history after failed Grand Slam bid

first_imgFire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The Beermen now have their sights set on a fourth consecutive PBA Philippine Cup championship, a feat that has never been done before.“We just have to move on. We’re going to bounce back next conference. We can still make history with four straight All-Filipino titles,” said June Mar Fajardo in Filipino after SMB got blown out by Barangay Ginebra in the 2017 Governors’ Cup quarterfinals.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 shutoutREAD: Ginebra thwarts San Miguel’s grand slam bid, enters semisIt was a painful exit for the Beermen, who suffered their worst loss of the season. “We are the defending champions of the All-Filipino the last three years, we’ve been the best team in the PBA for the last three or four years” he said.“Just cause we fell short today doesn’t mean we’re still not the best team. I think a lot of people think that we’re still the best team in the PBA regardless of our shortcomings this conference.”The 32-year-old Ross, who was the Finals MVP in the 2017 Philippine Cup, said the team can’t wait to be back on the court.“We’re eager to get going in the All-Filipino, we want to take a rest and rest our bodies because it’s a long year and we played more games by far than any team in the PBA so we need to rest our bodies, come back and defend our crown.” LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City It’s done: Wade makes it official, signs with Cleveland LATEST STORIES As its quest for a Grand Slam ended on Wednesday night, San Miguel Beer quickly shifted its focus on a different shot at history.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games PLAY LIST 01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:33Leo Austria, SMB wary of ‘more experienced’ Hotshots ahead of PBA Finals rematch00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters 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 Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC The setback, however, also put things in perspective for San Miguel.“Just cause we don’t win the grand slam doesn’t mean we didn’t have a great year,” guard Chris Ross said. “We had a great year, we won two conferences, five out of nine championships, it’s not a failure.”“Sometimes you fall short in life, sometimes it’s how you bounce back from shortcomings so I’m sure it will hurt, it hurts all of us in the locker room but there’s some smiles over there and we got something to play for in the All-Filipino is to win that conference four straight.”READ: San Miguel ends Ginebra’s 7-game run Ross believes the title of being the best team in the PBA still belongs to the Beermen despite their early exit.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Read Next Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PHlast_img read more

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Kuldeep Yadav adds new weapon to his armoury: Fast and lethal

first_imgFacing a chinaman is a nightmare for the batsmen anyway but when the bowler adds more variations, the task becomes even more difficult.Kuldeep Yadav has over the years perfected the art of bowling in limited-overs cricket by adding the doosra and flipper to his armoury. But the 23-year-old isn’t going to rest just there and wants to add more variations in his bowling.Which is exactly what he has done now by adding the cross-seam quicker ball in his bowling arsenal.The Kanpur-born left-arm leggie was seen bowling a couple of those deliveries at the West Indies batsmen during the first T20I at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.India vs West Indies 1st T20I: Report | Highlights | PhotosThe deliveries did take the batsmen by surprise, who were finding him difficult to pick anyway during the first innings.Interestingly, Kuldeep revealed that this new ball is still a work in progress for him. “It’s the ball I’m working on (faster one). Just bowl it to contain runs as well,” Kuldeep said after the game.The chinaman had finished the five-match ODI series against the Windies as the highest wicket-taker with 9 scalps and he just carried on with that form in the T20I as well, picking up 3 for 13 in four overs to break the backbone of the West Indies batting lineup.Read – Krunal Pandya wanted to bowl to Kieron Pollard and got him out: Rohit SharmaKuldeep and all-rounder Krunal Pandya spun a web around the West Indies batsmen in a joint spell of eight overs to restrict them to a paltry 109 for 8 in 20 overs after India opted to bowl first.advertisementThe Windies were reduced to 34/3 in seven overs when Pandya — who had misfielded in only the second ball of the innings — was brought in.The elder brother of injured Hardik got rid of comeback man Kieron Pollard and gave away just 15 runs while senior pro Kuldeep scalped three wickets leaking 13 runs.After 15 overs, the tourists had managed just 63 runs, losing 7 wickets.Fabien Allen top-scored for the Windies with a counter-attacking 27 off 20 balls (4×4) while Keemo Paul remained unbeaten on 15 along with Khari Pierre (9 not out).West Indies crossed the 100-run mark riding a big 19th over which fetched 16 runs off Umesh Yadav (1/36).Jasprit Bumrah (1/27) and debutant Khaleel Ahmed (1/16) also got a wicket apiece.Also read – Krunal Pandya, Khaleel Ahmed make T20I debuts in KolkataIndia then rode on a composed 31 not from Dinesh Karthik and Krunal’s quickfire knock to chase down the target with 13 balls to spare.”Very important to take wickets. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t. But that’s my aim. The first wicket (of Bravo) was the one I cherished,” Kuldeep said after picking up the man-of-the-match award.The bowling performance also saw Kuldeep become the fastest Indian bowler to complete 100 wickets in T20 cricket. He achieved the feat in his 75th match at an average of 19.75 with two five-wicket hauls.last_img read more

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Former PQ cabinet minister aims to become next Bloc Quebecois leader

first_imgMONTREAL — It appears likely that Yves-Francois Blanchet, a former Parti Quebecois cabinet minister, will become the next leader of the Bloc Quebecois.He officially launched his campaign on Saturday surrounded by artists and members of the provincial and federal sovereigntist parties.A well-known political commentator on Radio-Canada in recent years, Blanchet was first elected provincially in 2008 and served as environment minister in Pauline Marois’ short-lived minority PQ government between 2012 and 2014.He was critical of former Bloc leader Martine Ouellet during her tumultuous term as party leader, and now has the support of nine of the party’s 10 members of Parliament.The 10th, Michel Boudrias, decided last week not to run for the party leadership.If no other candidates come forward before the Jan. 15 deadline, Blanchet will become the new leader of the Bloc Quebecois on Feb. 24.There was one other sour note at Blanchet’s official launch event — no one from Quebec solidaire, the other provincial sovereigntist party, showed up. The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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Canadas premiers to talk issues around trade at New Brunswick meeting

first_imgST. ANDREWS, N.B. – Canada’s First Ministers should stand united in the face of a mounting trade war with the United States, New Brunswick’s premier said ahead of this week’s meeting of provincial premiers.Despite rising tensions over carbon pricing, equalization and trade, Brian Gallant believes the primary focus should be to find ways to work together to grow the Canadian economy.“With some of the uncertainty that we see with our largest trading partner the U.S., it’s going to be important that we as premiers do everything we can to advance the trade agenda, which is so important to the economic prosperity of our country,” Gallant said in an interview Tuesday.The Council of the Federation — the alliance of Canadian premiers that sets the agenda for the provinces in Ottawa — will meet Thursday and Friday in the seaside town of St. Andrews.The provincial leaders are expected to tackle a range of topics, including the U.S. trade dispute, interprovincial alcohol sales and the skirmish between Alberta and British Columbia over the Trans Mountain pipeline project.Gallant said a multifaceted discussion is needed on how to bolster Canada’s trade case with the U.S., including finding ways to reach out to decision makers south of the border and to Americans as a whole.Gallant said the discussion should also explore ways provinces can help diversify export markets, while also improving interprovincial trade.“We as premiers should discuss in my opinion how we can expedite the implementation of the Canadian free trade agreement. This is a way to help in an uncertain time with our largest trading partner and it’s also a way to drive innovation and increase choices for consumers.”Gallant said he believes progress on internal trade can be made, given the external trade pressures posed by U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminium.“I believe the appetite will be there,” he said. “Now the proof is always in the pudding . . . but I sense from my colleagues that there’s a willingness to take concrete action.”During a stop in Nova Scotia on Tuesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said both he and Canadians find it frustrating to see continued barriers to internal trade at a time when the federal government is trying to expand Canada’s international trade through deals with Europe and Asia-Pacific countries.“We as a government will continue to put pressure on premiers to move forward in real and tangible ways on internal trade,” said Trudeau. “There is a tremendous amount of good will by many premiers to do that.”In a letter to provincial counterparts last week, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said the provinces should remove limits on the interprovincial transportation of alcohol for personal use.He said the idea has broad public support and would show progress in the effort to reduce interprovincial barriers on other items.Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil agreed, saying the provinces need to do a better job of reducing trade barriers.“We’ll be talking about free trade, not only with the United States but internally,” he told reporters last week, noting the premiers will discuss how to continue “modernizing trading arrangements” within Canada.McNeil said he also expects a discussion on equalization, the transfer payments from Ottawa to the provinces.He cautioned that the program cannot be examined in isolation, and that any request to review the equalization formula should be “holistic” and include other federal funding programs.Nova Scotia suffered when the country’s health-care funding model became divided among the provinces on a purely per capita basis. McNeil said the formula punished provinces with older populations like Nova Scotia, while benefiting younger provinces like Alberta.Meanwhile, although it’s not on the formal agenda, provincial leaders are expected to discuss the federal deadline for a carbon-pricing system — a policy intended to reduce the country’s greenhouse gas emissions.The Ontario government has said it would end the province’s cap-and-trade program, joining a faction of provinces opposed to a carbon-pricing regime.The upcoming meeting will mark the first time newly elected Ontario Premier Doug Ford will get to advance his case against the plan on the national stage.“The premier is keen to discuss how every Canadian province and territory can stand together to create and protect jobs during the current trade dispute with the U.S.,” said a statement from Ford’s office.“The premier is also looking forward to identifying ways provinces and territories can work together to oppose the federal government’s plan to impose a punishing carbon tax on Canadian families, and to having discussions with provincial counterparts to ensure the federal government pays their share when it comes to illegal border crossers.”Daniel Schwanen, vice-president of research at the C.D. Howe Institute, said he expects climate change and pharmacare to be hot topics, but believes it will be international trade that dominates.“One that they have to come out unified on — it’s no question that it’s the international trade issues,” said Schwanen. “I also suspect that they won’t come out unified on much else, but that doesn’t mean that these meetings can’t be an opportunity for a greater understanding.”The premiers are also scheduled to meet with national Indigenous leaders on Wednesday in Bouctouche, N.B.– By Keith Doucette and Brett Bundale in Halifaxlast_img read more

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Husky taking steps to resume SeaRose operations two months after oil spill

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — A Canadian oil and gas company says it’s working to reassure regulators that they can resume safe operations, two months after a massive oil spill at one of their offshore oil production sites.Work at the site of Husky Energy’s SeaRose production vessel has been halted since an estimated 250,000 litres of oil spilled into the ocean on Nov. 16 at the White Rose oilfield, about 350 kilometres off the coast of St. John’s, N.L.In a release on Friday, Husky says the company could begin flushing and leak testing of the central drill centre as early as this weekend, weather depending.Husky says it’s working with the coast guard, the Canada-Newfoundland and Labrador Offshore Petroleum Board, and other bodies to finalize a plan to recover the platform’s flowline connector and plug the flowline.The company submitted a preliminary report to the board in December, saying the initial release of oil occurred over 20 minutes when crews were troubleshooting a drop in flowline pressure, and a retest led to a second release lasting about 15 minutes.The spill, considered the largest in Newfoundland and Labrador’s history, has renewed calls for the government to take a fresh look at how the province regulates the offshore industry.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

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