ISL: Kerala Blasters beat Mumbai City to register first win of season

first_imgFormer Newcastle striker Michael Chopra’s first goal in the Indian Super League (ISL) helped Kerala Blasters register a 1-0 win against Mumbai City FC at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Friday.This is the home team’s maiden win in this edition of the cash-rich league.Chopra scored the only goal of the match in the 58th minute, curiously Kerala’s first in this edition of the ISL as the inaugural year finalists finally managed to get their campaign back on track and hand Mumbai City FC their first defeat after four matches.Kerala Blasters manager Steve Coppell had promised entertaining football to Kerala’s legion of fans and he did not disappoint with his selection of players, opting for an ultra-attacking line-up.The team showed their intent from the minute go, as they attacked Mumbai’s territory four times in the first nine minutes.Striker Mohammad Rafi, who was among the goals last season, was handed his first start and the local lad dived straightway into the action.In the first minute itself, Kervens Belfort charged down the left flank and essayed a good ball inside the danger zone where Rafi put his height to good use but his header went straight into the hands of the Mumbai City goalkeeper Roberto Netto.A minute later, Rafi again found space for himself on the right flank but in stead of passing the ball to an unmarked Chopra, he went for glory himself, ending up with an embarrassing shot that sailed wide.There was another chance for Rafi inside the first six minutes when he was through from a long ball but the Mumbai goalkeeper got to the ball before Rafi could do any damage with his third chance of the game.advertisementMumbai were surprisingly subdued and could never really enforce themselves. There were hardly any chances for the visitors and they should consider themselves lucky for heading into the breather with a clean slate.It was Chopra who got closest to breaking the deadlock in the 45th minute when his low grounder after a superb long ball from Josue Prieto was kept away by the fingertips of the Mumbai goalkeeper.In added time, Kerala went close for another time, this time Rafi’s header missing the target by a whisker.They finally got the goal they deserved in the 58th minute with Chopra breaking his duck in the ISL.It was Belfort who tried his luck at goal but the ball deflected and fell for Chopra, who just worked the ball past the goalkeeper to score Kerala’s first goal in this edition.Mumbai City were clearly second best on the night, yet they could have escaped with a point.Substitute Sony Norde danced his way inside the danger zone from the left and took a shot at goal. The ball seemed headed for goal with keeper Sandip Nandy beaten but Kerala marquee Aaron Hughes jumped to his team’s rescue and effected a timely clearance.Kerala Blasters now have four points from four matches while Mumbai City FC have seven points.last_img read more

Technical Working Group Formed to Look Into Roundup Herbicide

first_img Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, said the group was constituted after the matter was brought to the Health Ministry, which houses the responsible authority for regulating such substances. A multi-agency technical working group has been established to thoroughly investigate the concerns surrounding the use of the Roundup herbicide in Jamaica. Story Highlights A multi-agency technical working group has been established to thoroughly investigate the concerns surrounding the use of the Roundup herbicide in Jamaica.Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, said the group was constituted after the matter was brought to the Health Ministry, which houses the responsible authority for regulating such substances.“They (the multi-agency technical working group) will make recommendations as to how to respond to the concerns,” he said.Mr. Shaw was speaking at a post-Sectoral press briefing at his Hope Gardens Office in St. Andrew on April 24.Roundup is a brand name for one of about 12 herbicides used locally containing the chemical glyphosate. There have been reports that the chemical has the potential to cause cancer.However, Mr. Shaw said international studies conducted on whether the herbicide is carcinogenic have proven inconclusive, “although a few (other) studies have pointed to probable cancer-causing properties”.“Some 25 countries, including two of our neighbours in the Caribbean, however, have now either restricted the use of or banned Roundup,” he said.Mr. Shaw is urging farmers to exercise extreme caution when utilising the chemical and to read labels carefully.He said that the Government has also intensified its pesticide monitoring system. “They (the multi-agency technical working group) will make recommendations as to how to respond to the concerns,” he said.last_img read more

Highway 103 Twinning Project

first_imgThe Highway 103 twinning project continues to move forward. A tender for more road work to twin the highway between theHubley and Tantallon exits (exits 4 and 5) was announced today,Dec. 22. “The project to twin Highway 103 will benefit many people whotravel this highway,” said Ron Russell, Minister ofTransportation and Public Works. “This is another step forward inimproving the safety of our roads and the flow of goods andservices throughout our province.” The tender is for building the road base of the eastbound lanesof Highway 103, from about four kilometres west of Exit 4 toabout one kilometre east of Exit 5 (about four kilometres intotal). It also includes the Trunk 3 access road, from Trunk 3 atSheldrake Lake westerly, about 1.5 kilometres. The tender closes Jan. 20, 2005. Work is expected to be completeby Oct. 31. The Department of Transportation and Public Works highwaysdivision manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in NovaScotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincialferries. Staff provide services from offices in Bridgewater,Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

Un plus grand soutien communautaire pour les aînés à risque dêtre victimes

first_imgLes personnes âgées qui sont à risque d’être victimes d’exploitation financière, de violence psychologique, de violence physique et d’autres formes de négligence à l’égard des aînés pourront continuer de compter sur des programmes communautaires grâce à l’appui financier d’une initiative gouvernementale de financement. Le ministère des Aînés et le ministère de la Justice ont renouvelé leur engagement à financer et élaborer des programmes pour la sécurité des aînés en offrant une somme maximale de 20 000 $ à des projets individuels. Les programmes développent et améliorent la sécurité dans les communautés, font la promotion de la communication entre les aînés et la police, et encourage un plus grand contact entre les aînés et les jeunes afin de promouvoir le respect et les relations positives entre les générations. La date limite pour la présentation des demandes cette année est le 22 décembre. Encore une fois cette année, un total de 270 000 $ sera attribué. Le ministère des Aînés contribue 220 000 $ dans le cadre de la Stratégie de la Nouvelle-Écosse sur la violence envers les personnes âgées : Sensibilisation et prévention. Le ministère de la Justice contribue une somme supplémentaire de 50 000 $ dans le cadre de sa stratégie pour la prévention et la réduction du crime. Les subventions aux programmes pour la sécurité des aînés sont l’une de trois initiatives de financement offertes par le ministère des Aînés. Les demandes sont également acceptées en vertu du Fonds pour le vieillissement positif et du Programme sur les communautés amies des aînés pour les projets communautaires qui sont avantageux pour les aînés. Des renseignements sur la façon de présenter une demande dans le cadre de ces trois initiatives sont disponibles sur le site Web du ministère des Aînés à l’adresse ou en composant le numéro sans frais 1-800-670-0065.last_img read more

Search underway off BC coast for male passenger missing from cruise ship

first_imgCAPE FLATTERY, Wash. – A search is underway off southwest Vancouver Island for a 73-year-old man who went into the water early this morning from a cruise ship.The United States coast guard confirms the man is missing from the Seven Seas Mariner, which was heading to Victoria on the 10th day of an 11-day Alaska cruise that began in Vancouver on June 30.Petty Officer Trevor Lilburn says the captain of the cruise ship has reported the man went overboard from the balcony of his stateroom at about 4:15 a.m.The vessel was in U.S. waters, just north of Cape Flattery, at the northwestern tip of Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula.Lilburn says several small vessels and a helicopter are looking for the unnamed man and the 700-passenger cruise ship remains in the area.At least one Canadian plane has been assigned to the search, but officials with the Vancouver-Island-based Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre says it is not handling the case since it happened in U.S. waters.last_img read more

Two Individuals Arrested in Casablanca for Trying to Bribe Police Officers

Rabat – Two individuals were arrested in Casablanca after they tried to bribe police officers.A motorcyclist was arrested at the crossroad of Ibn Tachafin Avenue after he attempted to bribe a law enforcement officer with MAD 50 to avoid penalties for traffic law infringements.A truck driver was also arrested for trying to bribe a police officer. According to police, the truck driver tried to bribe the police officer with MAD 100 after failing to provide the vehicle’s insurance policy and technical examination document.The rise in bribery cases involving police officers has prompted the General Directorate of National Security to circulate a memo urging security forces to crack down on all practices that would harm the credibility of the law enforcement officials.The memo aims to entrench a culture of transparency and professional integrity among security forces and to strengthen governance values.The General Directorate of National Security had also issued a statement stating that citizens are also contributing to the spread of bribery.The statement added that some people are trying to tarnish the image of the security apparatus by luring members of security forces in order to photograph them receiving bribes. read more

Oilpatch AI keeps a wary eye on remote wells after human officials

Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. Companies mentioned in this article: (TSX:HSE)Dan Healing, The Canadian Press CALGARY — From a computer in his downtown office, Jeremy Bernard calls up live video of an oil well site in rural Alberta, clicking to bring up a cluster of small buildings, then a gravel road that leads across snowy pasture.The picture is sharp and the camera can detect motion. But its monitoring effectiveness drops off the instant Bernard, chief operating officer at Calgary-based Osprey Informatics, clicks a button to check another wellsite.Or heads home for the day. Or just stops paying attention.That’s when his company’s artificial intelligence software, Osprey Reach, takes over.The software can be programmed to sift through video data and identify vehicles or people, checking to see if contractors showed up when they said they would and if they stayed as long as their bills indicate.If it detects something amiss, such as an unauthorized vehicle, it can send a text or email, with photos, to the appropriate employee for action.“You can’t analyze video by just looking at it and nobody has time to do that, anyway, particularly field operators,” Bernard said.“We recognized if we were going to take advantage of this data stream, we would have to apply some intelligence to it to look for things our customers care about.”The use of artificial intelligence in the Canadian oil and gas sector, still struggling to recover from the commodity price crash of four years ago, lags the rest of the world, says Lance Mortlock, Canadian oil and gas leader for Ernst & Young.A recent EY report found about 89 per cent of major global oil and gas firms intend to increase investments in digital technology over the next two years, with 42 per cent motivated by the promise of greater efficiency.“I think there’s this perception (in Canada) that it’s unproven, it’s risky, let’s let other sectors and other global oil and gas companies maybe fail and learn and then we’ll be fast adopters later on,” Mortlock said.“That puts our sector behind everybody else and I worry about that.”Canadians have dabbled in initiatives related to robotics process automation but some of the more sophisticated AI, like natural language processing and machine learning, is very rare, Mortlock said.Osprey’s Bernard said the rise of the industrial internet of things or IIOT, which means more devices are able to transmit data, and cloud computing, which allows for increases in processing power and data storage, are spurring artificial intelligence advances.“Edge” computing, meanwhile, refers to the use of small computers in the field to do initial data processing and control how much data is sent to the cloud to control bandwidth access fees, he said.Like Osprey, fellow Calgary-based AI developer Ambyint is helping companies run remote wellsites more efficiently.The company specializes in monitoring and controlling pumpjacks, the “nodding donkeys” of the oilpatch, using the sensors attached to each pump’s electric motor to ensure it is bringing oil to surface as efficiently as possible.“We deploy a piece of hardware — you can think of it like a smartphone — out to the wellsite. We tie into the system out there and it is reading and analyzing data in real time, making certain decisions in the box itself and other data it sends up to the cloud,” Ambyint president Chris Robart said.“So it’s a combination of edge computing and cloud-based computing and analytics to then optimize the system and do things like predictive maintenance.”In a pilot project last year, Ambyint’s system was employed on 60 wells in Husky Energy Inc.’s remote Rainbow Lake oilfield in the northwest corner of Alberta. The resulting savings were estimated at $900,000 per year or $1.48 per barrel.Husky’s response was to install the system on the rest of the eligible wells in the field and begin expanding it to other similar wells in its portfolio.“The Ambyint product allows us to monitor temperatures, pressures, vibration and production from our pumps so that we can understand, working in the office without actually sending someone to the field, what’s going on,” said Jason Hinchliff, Husky’s director of digital innovation.He said Husky is encouraging innovation in its operations in Western Canada, Atlantic Canada and Asia and speedy adoption with a 16-employee multi-disciplinary technology group.In December, Osprey raised $3.75 million to open a new office in Houston, taking on new investors including the venture unit of client Royal Dutch Shell.Ambyint, too, has U.S. sales offices. Each cites the need to access the healthier oilpatch there to fund product development while waiting for the Canadian sector to catch up.Osprey is pursuing new applications to visually detect small or infrequent methane leaks from valves and pipe joints, a timely innovation given Alberta’s vow to reduce methane emissions from oil and gas by 45 per cent from 2014 levels by 2025.It’s also working on ways to integrate its cameras with other kinds of sensors so that when an alarm sounds due to pressure or temperature readings, for example, it can provide synchronized pictures.Ambyint’s Robart says the company wants to expand to other types of oil and gas pumps and other industrial equipment including compressors and wind turbines.Both companies say better monitoring means fewer site visits, resulting in cuts to emissions, labour costs and driving risk.“AI can help you reduce costs, but actually the real value is much further up the scale,” said Mortlock.“It’s about higher quality decisions and building new capabilities by having machines and humans work together.” read more

The Latest

PARIS — The Latest on the potential merger of carmakers Renault and Fiat Chrysler (all times local):11 p.m.A person briefed on the matter says the French government and Fiat Chrysler have reached a tentative deal on terms for the carmaker’s potential merger with France’s Renault.The person didn’t want to be identified because Renault’s board was still meeting late Wednesday to discuss the proposal.The person says the deal between Fiat Chrysler and the government is a good sign but no guarantee the merger will be approved.The French government owns 15% of Renault and had been seeking job and investment assurances and a seat on the merged entity’s board.The government wouldn’t comment Wednesday.Fiat Chrysler has proposed merging with Renault to create the world’s third-biggest automaker, worth almost $40 billion.The combined company would produce some 8.7 million vehicles a year, more than General Motors and trailing only Volkswagen and Toyota.-Angela Charlton in Paris___2:55 p.m.France’s finance minister says Renault and Fiat Chrysler shouldn’t rush into a merger.Bruno Le Maire said Wednesday on BFM television that the government is keeping up pressure on both carmakers to accept French government conditions for the proposed tie-up. The French state is Renault’s biggest single shareholder, with a 15% stake.Le Maire said the government wants a seat on the merged company’s board and a joint headquarters in France. “Let’s take the time to do things well,” he said. “We want this merger, but we don’t want it under just any conditions.”Renault’s board is meeting late Wednesday to discuss Fiat Chrysler’s merger offer. It would create the world’s No. 3 auto company and reshape the industry as carmakers race to make electric and autonomous vehicles for the masses.The Associated Press read more

Social protection schemes most effective way to combat poverty – UN official

“Social protection is one of the most powerful tools that any society has to combat poverty and to invest in its own social economic development,” said Michael Cichon, the Director of the UN International Labour Organization’s (ILO) Social Security Department.“All we need in developing country context is 4 per cent GDP [gross domestic product] to reduce the poverty rate in a country by about 14 per cent,” Mr. Cichon told a news conference at UN Headquarters to launch a document entitled “Successful Social Protection Floor Experiences,” which is jointly compiled by ILO and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).He said that social protection schemes have succeeded in reducing poverty and providing income security in developed countries over the years. Developing countries are following suit with programmes such as cash transfer arrangements and universal health care, he said.“The real innovation these days comes from the global South,” said Mr. Cichon, noting that in the next 10 to 15 years an estimated 1.2 billion people in developing countries will have a means of social protection, including food security, health services for all and old-age pensions.The ILO is preparing a meeting in June with Governments, employers and workers from all 183 of the agency’s member States to draw up a long-term social protection strategy.At a meeting in Oslo last September, ILO Director-General Juan Somavia and International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn agreed to explore the concept of a “social protection floor” for people living in poverty and those in vulnerable situations within the context of a medium to long-term strategy.Currently the world spends 17 per cent on social protection, but that is 19 per cent in developed world and only 4 to 4.5 per cent in developing countries.In the current global economic crisis, developed countries are looking to cut deficits and public expenditure, consolidate budgets and finance fiscal stimulus packages by cutting back on social expenditure.“What it means in the end, and I think we should all understand that, is that the old, the disabled, the sick and the poor are going to pay for the crisis for the next few years,” Mr. Cichon warned on Monday. “And it’s a pretty straightforward message and a pretty perturbing message.”The “Successful Social Protection Floor Experiences” is a compilation of successful case studies from developing countries intended to be part of a broader knowledge-sharing process, according to Francisco Simplicio of UNDP’s Special Unit for South-South Cooperation.“The experiences documented here advocate for a careful analysis of the capacities, needs and existing [social protection] schemes in place that will enable and inform policy-making processes and the gradual building up of social services,” said Mr. Simplicio. 17 February 2011Improving social protection is the most effective way to combat poverty in developing countries, a United Nations official said today, adding that poorer nations are coming up with innovative ways to ensure that their citizens have basic social security. read more

BMO Bank of Montreal sets sights on US expansion after year of

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Bank of Montreal (TSX:BMO) has set it sights on growing its U.S. business, it said Tuesday after spending more than a year overhauling and revamping the operations.BMO chief executive Bill Downe said the bank is launching a massive advertising blitz now that the integration of Milwaukee-based Marshall and Ilsley Corp. is complete.“This month we’re blanketing our U.S. footprint with some of the strongest advertising and promotions the bank has ever developed, online, outdoor, broadcast and in-branch,” Downe said on a conference call with analysts.“A significant value in our U.S. business has been realized and 100 per cent of our efforts are now back on our first priority, being in the market with confidence, growing our customer base and building the bank and its earnings as a consequence.”BMO doubled down on its U.S. operations when it acquired Marshall and Ilsley last year for US$4.1 billion in a bid to give it the scale and reach needed to compete south of the border.The work at BMO Harris Bank, its banner in the U.S., included a rebranding and refreshing of more than 600 bank branches and the upgrading of more than 1,300 bank machines.The push in the U.S. came as BMO reported a fourth-quarter profit of $1.08 billion on Tuesday as its capital markets business more than doubled its earnings compared with a year ago. On a per share basis for the quarter ended Oct. 31, BMO reported a profit of $1.59 per share, up from $768 million or $1.11 per share.BMO’s revenue in the fourth quarter from all business segments totalled $4.18 billion, up from $3.82 billion in the fourth quarter of 2011.The bank’s adjusted earnings amounted to $1.65 per share compared with expectations of $1.43 per share on an adjusted basis for the fourth quarter, according to estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters. The quarterly revenue estimate had been $3.8 billion.The increase came as the bank said the Canadian housing market appeared to be slowing in most markets.“We continue to see growth in residential mortgage market share, and believe the changes to Canada’s mortgage market announced earlier this year, which are aligned with BMO’s risk practices and ongoing efforts to encourage Canadians to borrow smartly, are having the desired moderating effect on housing prices in most markets,” Downe said.He noted that a “concerted focus on efficiency was reflected in a reduction of 700 full-time employees.”BMO Capital Markets helped drive the quarter as the division earned $293 million, up from $143 million a year ago.Personal and commercial banking in Canada earned $439 million, about the same as a year ago, while the U.S. division earned $130 million, down from $155 million.Downe said the bank completed the conversion of its core banking platform in the U.S. during the quarter.“Over the past two years, with the acquisition of Marshall & Ilsley Corp., we have fundamentally transformed the bank, changed its growth trajectory, and enhanced long-term value for shareholders.“BMO Harris Bank has strong deposit market share positions in our core Midwest markets, and our U.S. footprint has doubled in size.”The bank’s private client group earned $166 million for the quarter, up from $137 million.Despite the better than expected results, RBC Capital Markets analyst Andre-Philippe Hardy maintained a “sector perform” rating on the bank.“We continue to believe that the shares of banks with better revenue growth will perform better in the next 12 months,” Hardy wrote in a note to clients.He noted that BMO did not grow year-over-year revenues for its Canadian personal and commercial banking, while revenue slipped five per cent at its U.S. personal and commercial banking operations.“We believe that better revenue growth in retail banking divisions is needed for BMO’s stock to perform well on a sustained basis relative to peers,” Hardy wrote.The quarter brought Bank of Montreal’s total earnings for the 2012 financial year to $4.19 billion or $6.15 per diluted share, up from $3.11 billion or $4.84 per diluted share the previous year.Revenue for the full 2012 financial year increased to $16.1 billion from $13.9 billion.In the third quarter, the bank announced plans to close 24 of its U.S. BMO Harris bank branches in the U.S. Midwest, as an effort to scale back on overlapping branches after the acquisition of Marshall & Ilsley.BMO was one of the Canadian banks that was put under review by Moody’s Investors Services, which rates the credit of governments, public sector institutions and corporations.Moody’s said the review was prompted by concerns about consumer debt levels and home prices in Canada, where the banking sector is the major source of mortgage lending.BMO also said Tuesday it will buy back up to 15 million of its shares on the Toronto Stock Exchange through a normal course issuer bid that will end on Jan. 24, 2014.There were about 650.7 million BMO common shares issued and outstanding at Oct. 31.Shares in the company closed up 34 cents at $59.63 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Tuesday. by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 4, 2012 5:20 pm MDT BMO Bank of Montreal sets sights on U.S. expansion after year of overhaul read more