Bravo Genie Bouchard follows through on Super Bowl bet takes stranger on

first_imgAdvertisement Earlier on Wednesday she announced that she would be included in Sports Illustrated’s annual swimsuit edition.Bouchard had tweeted that she “knew Atlanta would win” with the Falcons holding a big lead over the Patriots during the NFL’s championship game. The fan then asked her to go on a date if the Patriots somehow ended up winning and in what must have seemed like a low-risk reply, Bouchard said, “sure.”After New England came back to win 34-28 in overtime she tweeted: “Lesson learned. Never bet against Tom Brady.”On Wednesday, Bouchard followed through on the bet and tweeted a photo of the two of them in the backseat of a car with the caption “Just met my ’Super Bowl Twitter Date’ John. On our way to the @BrooklynNets game!”Bouchard is ranked 42nd on the WTA Tour.https://twitter.com/geniebouchard/status/832019611277144064/photo/1Just met my ‘Super Bowl Twitter Date’ John ? On our way to the @BrooklynNets game! @punslayintwoods pic.twitter.com/DHRgY46smd— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) February 16, 2017 Advertisement Login/Register With: Hey @BrooklynNets @barclayscenter pic.twitter.com/4F5t3wN0fE— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) February 16, 2017Busy day with @si_swimsuit and then tonight… I’m going on a date ? pic.twitter.com/jNF5sokLNx— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) February 15, 2017 LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment The unveiling of bikini pics and an NBA game with a total stranger?Damn, Canadian tennis star Eugenie Bouchard had herself an eventful week day.Bouchard, from Westmount, Que., went on a date with a New England Patriots fan on Wednesday night after the two agreed to a bet over Twitter during Super Bowl 51. OMG ??? so honored to be in @SiSwim pic.twitter.com/9HgivK45Rq— Genie Bouchard (@geniebouchard) February 15, 2017 Advertisement Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Nelvana Gets Ranger Ready for a Second Season of its Hit Original

first_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Twitter “Ranger Rob ignites a sense of adventure and discovery in kids, and we have been overwhelmed with how kids and families have embraced the series and joined in on the fun with us,” said Pam Westman, Head, Nelvana Enterprises. “The journey has only just begun and fans should get “Ranger Ready” for lots of new and exciting outdoor adventures to come in season two.”In Spring 2018, fans will be able to bring home their very own Ranger Rob as Master Toy Licensee, Imports Dragon, launches a line of toys based on the animated series. The Ranger Rob toys are being developed for a core preschool target age (2-5) and the line is reflective of the adventure and outdoor action from the show. Key items include vehicles, and plush and small figures. Initial launch will roll out in Canada and key European territories in Spring 2018, followed by a broader launch in Fall 2018.Meet the team and learn more about Nelvana at Licensing Expo May 23-25, booth H214.*Source: Numeris PPM Data. FL16 (Aug 29/16-Jan 1/17) – confirmed data. Total Canada, AMA(000). Mon-Su 2a-2a. Based on 3+ airings.About NelvanaNelvana is Canada’s premier animation company and a world-leading producer and distributor of children’s content. Nelvana has delighted audiences around the globe for more than 40 years with a vast library of more than 4,000 episodes from original, award-winning series like Babar and Franklin. Nelvana’s content is distributed in more than 160 countries worldwide and broadcast across Corus Entertainment’s suite of leading kids networks. Nelvana Enterprises, the global licensing and merchandising arm of Nelvana, manages the organization’s portfolio of in-house and third party brands with offices in Toronto and Paris. Nelvana Studio, with offices in Toronto and Montreal, employs more than 300 Canadian artists working with local and international producers to create premium children’s content for a global stage.  For more information, visit www.nelvana.com. Advertisement Toronto, Canada – Corus Entertainment’s Nelvana is thrilled to announce that after a successful first season, original animated series Ranger Rob has been green-lit for a second season (14 episodes).During the Fall 2016 season, the series has ranked #1 on Corus’ Treehouse network in Canada for boys 2-11, and has earned top ranks in additional territories such as TF1 in France, Super RTL in Germany, Disney Channel in Australia, Nickelodeon Italy, Canal Panda Portugal, YLE/TV2 Finland, and HOP Israel.Ranger Rob follows 10-year-old ranger-in-training Rob around the Big Sky Park, the coolest natural adventure park imaginable, as he ziplines, swings, and snowboards discovering and exploring all that the park has to offer. Big Sky Park is a one-of-a kind place with every kind of outdoor environment within its borders and each episode of the series takes viewers on a new adventure, cultivating the spirit of exploration and curiosity, and inspiring kids to get outside to play and discover. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez reuniting is a chemistry lesson for us

first_imgJustin Bieber and Selena Gomez were seen leaving the Los Angeles Valley Ice Center together on Nov. 1. She is spotted wearing Justin’s hockey jersey as they hop in his ride after a game. (RMCL, GUMU / BACKGRID PHOTO) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Advertisement Twitter Advertisement I hope Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez know what they’re doing.Admittedly, this hope is selfish: I don’t have the mental energy to spend the next few months keeping tabs on a relationship that has toggled between on-off-on-off-on-off-on-off more than a light switch in a bedroom of a child who is scared of the dark.The love affair between Justin and Selena, or “Jelena” to their millions of fans, is an immortal jellyfish, a planarian flatworm, a Xenon-136 isotope, the Reconquista, a bristlecone pine: it refuses to die. Is Jelena a repeating decimal?Based on the photographic evidence, the answer is, “Are owls nocturnal?”READ MORE Facebook Login/Register With: (Yes, I’ve been struggling to help my kids with their homework lately. Why do you ask? It is the bags under my eyes or my growing despondency?)So has Jelena roared back to life like a hydra?last_img read more

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LENNY STOUTE NEEDS YOUR HELP

first_imgCLICK HERE TO VISIT LENNY’S GOFUNDME PAGEYour donations will help this great man who has helped, promoted and supported so many musicians in the past. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Lenny Stoutecenter_img Lenny Stoute is a veteran entertainment journalist based in Toronto, Canada. His credits include entertainment columnist for the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest newspaper, editor for Music Express, Canada’s national music magazine, as well as stints at the Globe & Mail, Eye, Metro and assorted like-minded media outlets.  He is currently the Editor at Cashbox Canada magazine.Lenny needs your help … he is in chronic pain 24/7, restricted mobility and will need surgery.“This got me thinking. If every single publicist, and every single band who received media coverage from Lenny Stoute over the years donated a few dollars – this could really help. Think back – coverage in Rock Express, The Toronto Star, Performer, The Globe and Mail or Cashbox Canada? I encourage your support.” – MaryLenore Arsenault (Be-Bop PR) Facebook Advertisement Login/Register With:last_img read more

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DONT LIKE CHÂTEAU ADDITION TOM GREEN IS HOSTING PICNIC FOR YOU

first_img.@tomgreenlive arrives at Ottawa city hall ahead of the #ChateauLaurier debate. He’s calling on councillors to “reject this architectural abomination and demand that it be redesigned” #ottnews @ctvottawa @CFRAOttawa pic.twitter.com/dhAdyeiodw— Katie Griffin (@KatieGriffinCTV) July 11, 2019 Advertisement Twitter LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement TOM GREEN IS HERE TO SAVE THE CHATEAU LAURIERIn the office pool of Things That’ll Make Ottawa Melt Down This Summer, anyone bet on a proposed expansion of the Chateau Laurier? The fate of the landmark hotel, which might soon have a radiator-shaped goiter jutting out its back end, plunged Ottawa city council into disarray and attracted the likes of Ottawa hometown hero Tom Green to team preservation. Stephen Maher, writing in Maclean’s, blamed the whole fracas on Mike Harris and his pro-suburb bent. READ MOREComedian Tom Green at the Ottawa city council meeting where the decision to allow renovations to the Château Laurier was granted. ERROL MCGIHON / POSTMEDIATOM GREEN HOSTING PICNIC SATURDAY TO #SAVETHECHATEAULAURIERWhen comedian Tom Green was a teen in Ottawa, he’d skateboard back from nights in Hull and take in the capital view of the Château Laurier and Parliament Hill against the Ottawa River.“Even growing up when you’re living here and you’re used to it you’d still say to yourself: ‘Wow, how lucky are we to live in this beautiful place?’ READ MORE Advertisement Login/Register With: DON’T LIKE CHÂTEAU ADDITION? TOM GREEN HOSTING PICNIC FOR YOUOttawa comedian Tom Green is hosting a picnic Saturday evening in Major’s Hill Park to bring attention to the controversial proposed addition to the Château Laurier. He is also asking people to post pictures of the downtown hotel on social media to show officials the addition is “a bad idea” for a capital city.“You wouldn’t go build a glass addition on the edge of the Lincoln memorial. They wouldn’t go put a modern addition on the edge of an iconic American building in Washington, D.C.,” Green told CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning on Tuesday. “So why do we feel like that’s acceptable here in the city of Ottawa?” READ MORE Actor, comedian and Ottawa native, Tom Green, went to Ottawa city hall on July 11, 2019 to oppose the addition to the Chateau Laurier hotel. (Kate Porter/CBC) Facebooklast_img read more

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Aboriginal teen to be coached by Don Cherry

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn 18-year-old Aboriginal kid from northern Saskatchewan is going to be calling the legendary Don Cherry “coach” as he’s part of the upcoming NHL’s 2013 top prospects game next month.In the meantime, Eric Roy suited up with the WHL’s Brandon Wheat Kings to take on the Prince Albert Raiders this week.APTN National News reporter Larissa Burnouf was there.last_img

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The Mohawk resistance of 1990 a look back at the beginning of

first_imgAPTN National News25 years ago, the Mohawk uprising of 1990 was nearing its end.Despite the reopening of the Mercier bridge, Kahnawake was still living under military occupation.Army checkpoints and police raids were part of everyday life.That is until Sept. 18, when the army flew helicopters onto Tewkawitha Island.That’s when the community of Kahnawake stood up and forced the army to leave.Here is the story, in the words of the people who were there.tfennario@aptn.calast_img

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Democrat hopeful talks pipeline protest in North Dakota

first_imgDennis WardAPTN National NewsThe pipeline stand off in North Dakota is starting to become a more prominent national issue in the United States.For month, members of of the Standing Sioux Tribe, along with thousands of supporters, have been on the site of a construction site where a pipeline is supposed to be built.Recently the protests turned violent when security forces who had dogs and mace turned on a number of people at the site.A court ruling on whether to halt construction of the pipeline is expected Sept. 9.APTN’s Dennis Ward talked with Chase Iron Eyes who was raised on the Standin Rock Sioux reservation and is now running as a Democrat for the U.S. Congress.last_img read more

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Dilico claims only three infants not four died on its watch but

first_img(Breanne LeClair holds her late son Kyler who died April 16, 2014 on a cluttered adult bed while in a kinship out of care agreement. Submitted photo.)Kenneth JacksonAPTN NewsDilico Anishinabek Family Care is demanding APTN News run corrections of a previously published story about the deaths of four babies saying incorrect information has defamed the agency.However, APTN is refusing to do so based on the facts that follow.Last June APTN published a story about four babies dying in care within seven months with one common theme: Dilico Anishinabek Family Care.The information came largely from court documents and coroner records.Prior to publication, APTN reached out to Dilico Executive Director Daria Borg with detailed questions about the deaths. No response was received.A day before APTN planned to publish the story it reached out to Dilico one more time. This time, a response came.“I would like to meet with you. Please contact me tomorrow to schedule a time that you could come visit Dilico in Thunder Bay,” Borg wrote.APTN agreed to the meeting but pushed for a more immediate response to its questions.“We are unable to comment or provide any further information beyond that which is publicly available, and already in your possession,” Borg responded. “Providing any further information would violate our legal obligations to protect the privacy of current and former employees, and of children in the care of our agency.”The story ran the following day, on June 13.On June 14 Borg emailed APTN saying there were inaccuracies in the story but that she couldn’t identify them due to confidentiality.APTN asked for clarification around any specific errors, but Borg refused to back up her claim.APTN considered the matter over.Last week a lawyer representing Dilico sent a letter to APTN accusing the network of defamation based on the June 13 article.In a recent feature article, Death as Expected: Inside a child welfare system where 102 Indigenous kids died in 5 years, APTN repeated the fact of four babies dying in seven months under the watch of Dilico between 2013 and 2014.“Dilico is at a loss to understand why, after having been alerted to the fact that your June 13, 2019 report contains numerous inaccuracies, you would continue to rely on uncorroborated, imprecise, and ill-informed accounts of facts in order to further defame Dilico,” wrote Katherine Hensel, on behalf of Dilico, at 12:21 a.m. Sept. 27.In June, Dilico did not particularize its claim about the alleged “numerous inaccuracies”. On Sept. 27, however, Hensel outlined what Dilico believed the mistakes to be.First, Dilico zeroed in on the term “in care,” which APTN used in the headline. It involves the death of Kyler LeClair in April 2014, when his father left the three-month-old infant alone on a cluttered adult bed for at least 30 minutes. The coroner couldn’t confirm a cause of death. Kyler was in what’s known as a kinship out of care agreement.Dilico was directly involved with Kyler’s placement by not allowing him to live with his mother, Breanne LeClair, who was living with her mother. The baby’s white father and the father’s mother signed the Kinship agreement.The mom kept pushing for custody; she received a letter from Dilico before Kyler’s death.“I am writing this letter to confirm that you are currently working cooperatively with Dilico Anishinabek Family Care on a service plan towards reunification with (Kyler),” wrote Mandi Merkley, the case manager on the file, on March 26, 2014.Kyler died on April 16, 2014.APTN has responded to Hensel’s letter saying that use of the term “in care” is justified as Dilico determined precisely where Kyler was living at the time of his death.The next paragraph in Hensel’s letter was much shorter: “Furthermore, your speculation in your reports about a ‘fourth’ unidentified infant who purportedly died in Dilico’s care is unfounded as there is no such child.”APTN responded to the lawyer, pointing out the unidentified baby comes from Dilico’s statement of defence in the wrongful dismissal case of former employee Lori Watts, filed in the Thunder Bay court in November 2014.“In or about April 2014, an infant died while at one of the Defendant’s foster homes under the Plaintiff’s supervision,” said Dilico, but didn’t include any further information on this death.APTN considered if this child could have been Kyler, as it is around the same time as the death mentioned by Dilico in the wrongful dismissal case.But Dilico used terms in that case like “foster homes” and “supervision” suggesting that was formal care.Using the argument Dilico is making over the definition of “in care” there had to have been a fourth baby, as foster care means “in care” according to Ontario law.But there is much more to this.APTN met with Borg Aug. 8, 2019 while in Thunder Bay interviewing mothers who had lost babies that had been taken by Dilico.While filming the Dilico building, which is the largest building in the Fort William First Nation, Borg came out to talk to APTN.She complimented APTN’s work and spoke of the issues they face trying to provide child welfare services.APTN asked if the “inaccuracies” in the previous story was the definition of “in care,” but Borg shook her head declining to comment.She instead spoke about her own past and the struggles Dilico deals with.APTN told Borg people in the community fear Dilico and, asked her to come on-camera.Borg said she would need to speak to her lawyer first.(Daniel Issac Sabastein Quedent died June 13, 2014 in a Thunder Bay foster home. The coroner found evidence of an unsafe sleeping environment but a pre-existing heart problem was later found to be the cause of the death. Submitted photo)Then on Aug. 29, 2019 APTN had a telephone conversation with Borg that was agreed to be off the record.Emails continued over the next several weeks.“Thank you for sharing this information,” Borg wrote on Sept. 11 after APTN provided some information that showed it had been underfunded by more than $167 million over six years compared to agencies in the south.“I will be seeking approval from our board to respond to you. I will follow up after our meeting next Thursday. Take care,” she continued.That was the last APTN heard from Borg or Dilico until the letter from Hensel.The other baby APTN has been able to identify was Talon Nelson who died in a cluttered crib while placed in a Thunder Bay foster home Oct. 29, 2013. He was three months old and the coroner ruled his death undetermined.APTN stands behind its story.kjackson@aptn.calast_img read more

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Syncrude outage expected to ease pipeline congestion boost heavy oil prices

first_imgCALGARY – A production shutdown at Syncrude Canada’s oilsands mine north of Fort McMurray, Alta., is expected to free up pipeline space out of Western Canada and raise prices for Canadian heavy oil.The company has said production could remain offline through July after a power outage late last week forced Syncrude to stop its production of upgraded bitumen.In a research report, Canadian analysts with Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. say the stoppage should help alleviate pipeline congestion in Western Canada that has increased the difference in price for Western Canadian Select bitumen blend oil versus New York-traded West Texas Intermediate crude oil.The differential spiked at about US$30 per barrel in February, fell to the high-teens in April and May as oilsands projects went through maintenance shutdowns, but rose again in the past few weeks as output again fills pipelines. It closed at US$25.50 last Friday.The analysts say the news is negative for Suncor Energy Inc., which owns about 59 per cent of Syncrude, and Imperial Oil Ltd., with a 25 per cent stake.Syncrude’s production capacity is 350,000 barrels per day of crude oil.last_img read more

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Analyst touts Alberta royalty holiday as temporary Canadian crude price crutch

first_imgCALGARY – Steep oil price discounts costing Alberta producers and the provincial government millions of dollars each day in lost revenue could be eased if the industry is given a temporary royalty holiday in return for producing less, according to a bank analyst.In a report Monday, Royal Bank analyst Greg Pardy said Alberta oil is selling for multi-year discounts to U.S. benchmark prices for two reasons — there’s not enough export pipeline space and barrels can’t go into storage in Alberta because there’s no room left.The traditional solution is to put the stranded oil in railroad cars, but that capacity is also full and growing too slowly to make a difference, he said.“In the context of an estimated net supply imbalance of 160,000 to 185,000 barrels per day, we estimate that a five per cent royalty holiday on Alberta’s 3.8 million barrels per day (current estimate) of oil production could take about 190,000 bpd of oil … temporarily off the market,” he said in the report.“Over the course of 3.5 months, this game plan could drain Western Canada storage levels by approximately 4.8 million to 7.4 million barrels, or 16 to 25 per cent of estimated operable storage, opening the door to spread normalization.”The National Energy Board reported exports by rail rose to a record 229,544 bpd in August, up more than 11 per cent from 206,624 bpd in July and 91 per cent from just under 120,000 bpd in August 2017. RBC estimates fourth-quarter rail exports will be about 250,000 bpd.Last week, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley called on Ottawa to work to increase capacity for oil on rail as a “short- to medium-term” solution to improve market access, arguing the low prices are hurting governments as well as producers.But Pardy argued Alberta has the power on its own to improve crude oil prices, noting that the benefit of intervening in the market to drain storage from its capacity of about 30 million barrels would be paid back when prices recover and its royalties are restored.“While we applaud Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s efforts to accelerate crude-by-rail, there may also be a near-term bridge,” he said.“As a temporary measure, the royalty holiday could be called upon, as needed, until other solutions fall into place, namely incremental crude-by-rail loadings, and Enbridge’s 375,000 bpd Line 3 replacement (pipeline expected to start up in late 2019).”In its Aug. 31 budget update, Alberta estimated it would have oil royalties of $3.6 billion this year — giving them up for three months could cost about $900 million.Alberta Energy Minister Marg McCuaig-Boyd threw cold water on the RBC suggestion.“We’ve been considering a number of other options for the (price) differential but I can absolutely say this is not one of them that is suggested by the RBC report,” she told reporters.“These are resources owned by Alberta, we need to keep the value here.”Canada’s railroads have been reluctant to add locomotives and crews to move oil cars unless producers sign long-term contracts because they fear those customers will disappear as soon as pipeline capacity, considered to be cheaper, is available.Oilsands producer Cenovus Energy Inc. announced recently it had signed long-term deals to move 100,000 bpd of its own heavy crude oil on Canadian railways to the U.S. Gulf Coast to be refined.The widening differentials between Canadian oil prices and U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate have also been linked to a reduction in demand as maintenance shutdowns take some refineries off line in the U.S. Midwest (also called PADD II), but observers have lately been discounting that factor.In a note Monday, analysts with Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. said it doesn’t appear that the shutdowns have had much effect on Canadian oil shipments.“Digging into the data suggests that crude flows into PADD II increased over the month of October as offline refineries opted to take the cheap barrels and jam them into storage,” the report said.In his report, Pardy points out that oilsands producers actually pay their Alberta royalties based on a WTI price framework, despite a discount that means many are receiving less for their oil than what it cost to produce it.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.— With a file from Dean Bennett in Edmonton.Companies in this story: (TSX:CVE, TSX:ENB)last_img read more

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Qatars evolution a work in progress as 2022 World Cup nears

first_imgDOHA, Qatar — Nasser Al-Khater glances out his window across Doha Bay. The view is far different than it was eight years ago, when al-Khater served as part of the team that helped Qatar pull off a staggering upset to land the 2022 FIFA World Cup.In the distance the bare bones of Ras Abu Aboud Stadium are being laid, perhaps the most audacious and innovative of the eight venues that will play host to the biggest tournament on the planet.Four years out, everything appears to be running on schedule, from stadium construction — including at Ras Abu Aboud, which will incorporate 1,000 shipping containers while offering a sweeping view of Doha’s downtown skyline — to finding the right grass that can both meet FIFA’s exacting standards while also providing a long-term benefit to the Arabian Peninsula.Yet logistics are only a portion of Qatar’s story.The small country of 2.7 million — only 300,000 of them actual Qatari citizens — has spent the better part of a decade grappling with the white-hot spotlight landing the World Cup provides.The construction boom that accompanied the winning bid has been built on the backs of migrant labourers from India, Pakistan, Nepal and other Asian nations, much like it has in other oil-rich sheikhdoms in the region. As oil prices crashed below $30 a barrel in 2016, construction firms in Qatar and elsewhere in the region suffered. Some stopped paying staffers on time, if at all. Others seized workers’ passports or otherwise abused Qatar’s “kafala” system that ties expatriate workers to a single employer.In recent months, Qatar ended a requirement for some workers to seek their employers’ permission before leaving the country. It also required contractors who bring in workers from other nations to reimburse employees for any recruitment fee they paid to an outside agency to facilitate their placement.Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and other activists say more needs to be done. There have been two reported deaths at Qatar’s World Cup projects.While al-Khater, deputy-secretary general of the World Cup organizing committee, understands “this is an area we’re going to have to do a lot of work,” he points to the headway made since 2010 as proof the World Cup has already made a lasting impact.“I think we should be very proud of ourselves,” al-Khater told The Associated Press from his office in the 33rd floor of the shimmering glass-ensconced Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy building in Doha’s West Bay. “And I think people should take a look at everything that’s happened here in the past eight years when it comes to worker’s welfare. Look at the progress and I think it’s a case study. I believe right now in the Middle East we are basically ahead of everyone else when it comes to this.”The questions about worker’s rights are one of many Qataris have grown accustomed to addressing. They stress they are taking great pains to answer them one by one. Do that and Qataris believe the conversation will turn away from “should Qatar be hosting the World Cup?” to “can Qatar pull it off?”On that front, the answers are far less nebulous. Qatar is intent on putting on a show, but doing it creatively and financially responsibly.In an era of bloat where budgets for big ticket events like the World Cup and the Olympics are calculated and then blown up, Qatar is determined to prove it can dazzle without saddling itself with hulking stadiums left unoccupied once the party ends. The majority of the venues used in the World Cup will have their capacity diminished from 40,000 to 20,000 after tournament, with the sections taken out then put up for sale. What’s left will serve as the home pitches for the local professional teams.Ras Abu Aboud won’t exist at all. After a champion is crowned, it will be meticulously taken apart and dismantled to make way for a mixed-use area that will feature housing and shops.Other innovations could lead to more far-reaching changes.Yasser Al-Mulla oversees a turf farm a few miles west of the city centre, where he’s tested 36 different kinds of grass, exposing them to various amounts of shade, sunlight and other forms of treatment to see what works. The turf isn’t designed simply for the games but for the open recreational areas that will surround the venues after the World Cup is gone. The strain of grass it believes it will use for the World Cup could possibly signal an opportunity for other arid countries to introduce their own public green spaces.Qatar is taking these steps despite being under an economic boycott by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates since June 2017 over a political dispute. That has seen its air routes affected and other regional airlines cut their flights. What should be a flight under an hour from Dubai now lasts far longer and requires a layover.Regardless Qatar continues to forge ahead, intent on making sure that its promise to “Deliver Amazing” is not broken. What once felt like a far-off goal is becoming more tangible — and Qataris believe — more attainable by the day.“I actually think it’s going to be something that really proves that … the World Cup can go beyond football and beyond sports and beyond what it means for the athlete,” al-Khater said. “But it goes toward real social and economic change and human change and I think that’s the beauty of the World Cup.”___Associated Press writer Jon Gambrell in Dubai, United Arab Emirates contributed to this report.___More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/apf-Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsWill Graves, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Encana CEO says Canadian oilfield would produce more if regulated in the

first_imgSuttles made the comments during a panel discussion at a PwC-sponsored energy forum in downtown Calgary that examined what Canada’s energy sector can do to compete more effectively.PwC national energy leader Reynold Tetzlaff says it’s vital that the country get pipelines built to take products to market, starting with the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion that could be approved by the federal government next month.He says Canadian politicians also need to co-operate to establish a credible national energy policy.Suttles said the “complexity and uncertainty in the regulatory process is orders of magnitude higher” in Canada, where Encana produces about one-third of its oil and gas, compared with the U.S.“The Montney now is the biggest area of growth in Canada, it’s where we’re focusing our attention, and if it sat in the United States it would probably be producing two, three, four times what it is producing today,” he said. CALGARY, A.B. – The CEO of Encana Corp. says Western Canada’s Montney oil and gas region would be two to four times more productive if it was in the United States with its more efficient regulatory systems.Doug Suttles says the enormous hydrocarbon-bearing formation that underlies the Alberta-B.C. border can compete with premier Texas shale oilfields but it’s being held back by a “cumbersome” regulatory system, along with the inability of smaller Canadian producers to access development capital.He says Encana has built some of the most energy-efficient facilities in the region with its partner to process the gas it produces, but it’s “ridiculous” that the years it takes to get permits is longer than the time required to actually build the plants.last_img read more

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BC to argue for injunction on Albertas turn off the taps law

first_imgThe Federal Court of Appeal quashed the approval months later, demanding more consultation with First Nations and a study into the pipeline’s potential impact on marine wildlife.The project was approved for a second time by the federal cabinet last week. The legislation was passed, but never used, by Alberta’s former NDP government as a way to put pressure on the province’s western neighbour to drop its fight against the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.The new United Conservative government in Alberta proclaimed it into force shortly after Premier Jason Kenney was sworn in.He has said he doesn’t intend to use the turn-off-the-taps law right now, but he will if B.C. throws up roadblocks to the pipeline.The project, first approved in 2016, would triple the amount of oil flowing from the oilsands to B.C.’s Lower Mainland and from there to lucrative new markets across the Pacific.The project, first approved in 2016, would triple the amount of oil that flows from Edmonton to B.C.’s lower mainland, enabling access to new markets across the Pacific.The federal government bought the existing pipeline last year for $4.5 billion after its original builder, Texas-based Kinder Morgan, threatened to walk away from its expansion because of B.C.’s resistance. CALGARY, A.B. – British Columbia’s request for an injunction against Alberta’s so-called turn-off-the-taps law is to be heard in a Calgary courtroom today.The legislation allows Alberta to crimp energy shipments to B.C. if it stands in the way of a major pipeline expansion to the west coast.B.C. filed a statement of claim in Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench last month calling the law unconstitutional.last_img read more

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Liberal MPs vote down motion to hear from Ethics Commissioner on Trudeaus

first_img“It was unfortunate because normally, our Committee hears from the Commissioners of Parliament; we hear from the Lobbying Commissioner, we hear from the Ethics Commissioner, and we also hear from the Privacy Commissioner. So, to not be able to hear from one of the Commissioners about their report is unusual and it’s unfortunate.”The report, released last week, concluded that Trudeau violated the Conflict of Interest Act by improperly pressuring former attorney general Jody Wilson-Raybould to end criminal proceedings on corruption charges against the Montreal engineering giant SNC-Lavalin.Since the motion to go further into the report was voted down, Zimmer says he invites all Canadians to read the report and make an informed decision before heading to the polls for the Federal Election on October 21. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – An emergency meeting of the Parliamentary Ethics Committee was held on Wednesday to exam Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s SNC-Lavalin affair.According to Ethics Committee Chair, Local MP Bob Zimmer, the motion to hear from the Ethics Commissioner, Mario Dion, about his report on the affair was voted down by the Liberals. The only exception was Liberal MP Nathaniel Erskine-Smith, who voted in favour of inviting Dion to appear but his vote was not enough to push the motion through.Zimmer says this decision to not hear from the Commissioner on his report was unusual and unfortunate.last_img read more

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Special category status to pervade Arunachal and other NE states Rahul

first_imgItanagar: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi said Tuesday his party will restore the special category status to Arunachal Pradesh and other states in the northeast if elected to power. There are some states in the country which require special status because of their “unique problems and difficulties” such as connectivity, terrain, infrastructure, Gandhi said at an election rally here. During the Congress rule at the Centre, he said, Arunachal Pradesh and other NE states used to enjoy special category status. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Arunachal Pradesh has a special place in the heart of the Congress party and “we would like to have a ‘dil ka rishta’ with the people of the state”, he said. Gandhi said the Congress will not allow the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to be passed in Rajya Sabha because the bill is “detrimental” to the people of the northeast. “We will not allow the suppression of the people of northeast,” Gandhi said. The Congress party will never attack the language, culture, customs and tradition of Arunachal Pradesh and other NE states, he said. Election to the 60-member Arunachal Pradesh Assembly and two Lok Sabha seats will be held on April 11.last_img read more

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Australia Holland and Russia start talks over downed MH17

first_imgSydney: The Netherlands and Australia confirmed Wednesday that three-way talks with Russia have begun over the ongoing criminal investigation into the shooting down of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 in 2014. The two countries announced last year they were holding Russia responsible for providing the missile fired by pro-Russian forces in war-torn Ukraine that brought down the jet, causing the deaths of all 298 people aboard. The dead included 196 people from the Netherlands and 38 from Australia. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USDutch Foreign Minister Stef Blok and his Australian counterpart Marise Payne said Wednesday that the first trilateral talks about state responsibility for the incident took place earlier this month, after diplomatic approaches were made earlier this year. “We cannot go into the content of this process because confidentiality is vital here,” Blok said at a news conference in the Australian capital, Canberra. “But I can say this: We remain committed to achieving truth, justice and accountability.” International investigators last year said they had strong evidence the Buk missile system that shot down the Boeing 777 plane came from a Russia-based military unit. Russia has denied involvement and dismissed the findings from the international criminal probe because it was not invited to be part of the investigation team. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsPayne said Australia remained “a strong supporter of the Dutch national prosecution of the individuals responsible,” and pledged her country’s continuing commitment to the Dutch-Australian joint investigation into the incident. If Russia were ultimately to acknowledge some form of legal responsibility, it could lead to compensation claims from relatives of the people killed. When the Netherlands and Australia last year said they were holding Russia responsible, they quickly received backing from the United States, Britain and other allies.last_img read more

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LS polls Security beefed up around collectorate building in Balurghat

first_imgBalurghat: Ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the security in and around district collectorate building here has been tightened.As precautionary measures, the district administration has barricaded around 100 metres adjacent to the collectorate building with temporary bamboo fencing. According to an official source, all poll-related activities will be carried out from the office of district administration. Adequate policemen will be deployed in the area to avoid any untoward incident. According to the guidelines of Election Commission of India, no contesting candidate will be allowed to take out a procession while submitting nomination papers. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Stress has been given on ensuing free and fair poll in the region. No political party will be given permission for procession from March 28 onwards to April 4. Instructions have been given to police to check the entry of the candidates from the main gate of district administrative building with not more than three vehicles at a time,” said an official. Sufficient Central Reserve Paramilitary Forces will also deploy the area. District Election Officer and district magistrate Deepap Priya P recently conducted a high-level meeting with the police officers and the representatives of various political parties. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayA clear message has been delivered through this meeting that the district administration is determined to strictly implement EC norms. The border close to neighbouring Bangladesh is sealed. The candidates can submit the nominations between March 28 and April 4. Balurghat will vote on April 23, the third in the seven-phased Lok Sabha polls. On April 5, the nomination papers will be scrutinised while the last day of to withdraw candidature is April 8. The closing day for campaigning is scheduled on April 21. A total number of 14, 27, 567 people are expected to vote this year. Four major political parties —The Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the RSP — are in the fray. Arpita Ghosh will contest once again from Balurghat seat on Trinamool ticket. Ghosh defeated RSP’s Prasanta Kumar Majumdar in 2014 to break the Left citadel. This time, RSP has fielded Ranen Barman, who had won 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004 LS polls from Balurghat seat while the BJP and the Congress have fielded Sukanta Majumdar and Sadik Sarkar as their candidates. Both Majumdar and Sarkar are new faces.last_img read more

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Dhawan should play natural attacking game says Ganguly

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Capitals (DC) opener Shikhar Dhawan batted at the nets, took some throwdowns from head coach Ricky Ponting and finally had a long chat with advisor Sourav Ganguly before heading to the dressing room at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Friday. Dhawan’s role will be crucial in Saturday’s Indian Premier League (IPL) match against Kolkata Knight Riders as DC look to get back to winning ways after losing their last game against Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday. Ganguly said it was a simple chat and he just asked the India opener to stick to the basics and not over experiment. “It wasn’t a struggle in the last few games. He just played differently and will play differently against Kolkata. I had a chat with him after the nets and just asked him to take it like a normal T20 game and play attacking cricket,” Ganguly said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhInterestingly, the emotions in Kolkata will be divided on Saturday as their favourite son is now a part of the Delhi outfit. Asked if such thoughts crossed his mind when he was playing for Pune Warriors India, Ganguly didn’t wish to go back in time. “That is way too far. My focus is on the job at hand and I am hoping that we go out tomorrow and play good cricket,” the former India captain said. An important factor in Saturday’s game will be the way the DC boys take on KKR’s in-form all-rounder Andre Russell. The West Indian has single-handedly won Kolkata both their games in the IPL so far. While Russell hit a swashbuckling unbeaten 49 off 19 balls in the first game against Sunrisers Hyderabad, he cracked another match-winning 48 off 17 balls against Kings XI Punjab. But Ganguly has a small warning for the superstar.last_img read more

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