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Hot SA musicians head to Cannes

first_imgZulu Boy is hoping to find artists to collaborate with in France. (Image: Bongani Nkosi)Zulu Boy, a South African rap artist, has hatched his own style of music and for that he’s being sent to Cannes, France, with other hot local talent to represent the country.The rapper, whose real name is Mgingqeni Majozi, will be part of a culturally diverse group of performers who will participate in the 2010 Marché International du Disque et de l’Edition Musicale (Midem) that runs from 24 to 27 January.The event, which has been staged in France since 1966, is the world’s largest music industry trade fair and enables musicians from across the globe to meet face-to-face to network, analyse trends and build partnerships. South Africa is the 2010 Midem country of honour.Zulu Boy was chosen for his unique sound, which fuses Maskandi – a Zulu music genre – and hip hop. These were both types of music that the lad from eNtuzuma, in KwaZulu-Natal province, grew up listening to, so he’s combined the names and called his creation Skandi Hop.“My audience in France will listen to a type of hip hop that they have never heard before,” said Zulu Boy. “I know the overseas market is willing to learn about different cultures and music.”With such a creative blend of influences, Zulu Boy is no typical rap artist. Instead of urban boom bap hip hop beats and rehashed sounds, he introduces the string guitar and lyrics rapped in his mother tongue, isiZulu, and in some songs he fuses this with English.“My music has identity. We are Africans and we have to sound African,” he said.The artist, who’s signed with traditional music label Native Rhythms, promises to deliver an explosive performance in Cannes with a live band. His repertoire will include songs from his second album Inqolobane, released in 2008, and his latest offering, Igoda.He sees going to France as a chance to “network, learn and share knowledge”. “It’s an opportunity to take part in the global community,” he said.Although Zulu Boy has collaborated with international artists in the past – including Colombian rapper Alvaro ‘Ephniko’ Cuello and Ninthe, a female vocalist from the Netherlands – he’s aiming to find French artists to work with while in France.“I know for sure that I will find someone in France to collaborate with, either we will record there or we will do it over the internet,” he said. “If we share common experiences with the world, people in South Africa will learn that we are the same as people in other countries.”SA talent set to wow FranceZulu Boy is not the only local hip hop act at Cannes that will showcase the diversity of South African music. Jozi, a two-man outfit put on the map by their distinct African sound, is also set to wow audiences there.Jozi member Da Les (real name Lesley Mampe) said they are taking their “energy and swagger” to the European country. “We have a different sound compared to everybody else. It’s a fusion of traditional South African music and urban hip hop,” he said.Jozi combines the talents of rapper Da Les and evergreen singer Ishmael Morabe.There will be a rich mix of South African musicians who will perform on the opening night on the 24th and at the Tribute to Miriam Makeba Show on the 26th. The shows will fuse young, but established talents with that of old bucks who have influenced the country’s music over the years.Jazz maestro Themba Mkhize has assembled an eight-member live band that will pay tribute to South Africa’s late musical sensations. The band will perform hot tracks from yesteryear, including Brenda Fassie’s Weekend Special, Solomon Linda’s Mbube and Jabu Khanyile and Bayete’s Mbombela, among others. Slain reggae icon Lucky Dube will also be honoured.“We have been known for our struggle songs for years, now we have an opportunity to showcase who we are in terms of music. We are a people with lots of love and we express that in our music,” said Mkhize. “The festival is an opportunity for us to sample a bit of our music for the world, ranging from the 1950s to today.”The Themba Mkhize band will be key to the South African musicians, playing alongside most of them. It will perform with Zulu Boy, Afrikaans singer Kurt Darren, the queen of Ndebele music Nothembi Mkhwebane and world-renowned flautist Wouter Kellerman.Performances with Xhosa music diva Thandiswa Mazwai, Makeba’s granddaughter Zenzi Lee and veteran Vusi Mahlasela are also scheduled.The South African line-up will also feature talent from elsewhere on the continent. Benin superstar Angelique Kidjo will join other local acts on stage to pay tribute to Makeba, while Kellerman’s performance will be spiced up by Senegalese prodigy Lamine Sonko.Sonko is based in Melborne, Australia, and is a singer, dancer and a percussionist whose style is an eclectic blend of jazz, reggae and West African music. “Our performance in France will be a surprise to the audience. But they will enjoy it,” Sonko said.Critically acclaimed outfit The Parlotones will play the best of South African rock, and award-winning soul singer Lira promises to perform all her chart-topping numbers as well. Other acts to set the stage alight are Tidal Wave, a popular reggae crew, and Maletangwao Cultural Troupe. Dance music disc jockeys Black Coffee, DJ Christos and DJ Static Plastic are set to play 100% home-grown music at the two events in Cannes.“The most important thing is that when we leave that place people must have a sense of what South African music is all about,” said Sipho Sithole of the Department of Arts and Culture advisory committee. “It must be a true reflection of South African music.”Mazwai, who’s known for her socially and politically conscious songs, appreciates the funding and organising by government which has made the French trip possible. “It’s a great thing that the government has done. It should happen again next year.”last_img read more

New corn disease found in Indiana

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Purdue Extension plant pathologists have identified tar spot, a corn disease not previously reported in the United States, in plant samples collected from a field in north central Indiana.The specific fungal disease found in the state has had minimal impact on yield in other areas where it is endemic, including Mexico and Central America, and experts say no action is needed to manage it this late in the growing season.“We are still determining the impact, if any, that the disease may have in Indiana,” said Kiersten Wise and Gail Ruhl in an article published in the latest issue of Purdue’s Pest and Crop online newsletter. “However, it is important to alert Extension specialists if you observe the disease to accurately document its distribution in the state.”The disease was diagnosed at the Purdue Plant and Pest Diagnostic Laboratory and confirmed in September by a U.S. Department of Agriculture national fungal identifier located in Beltsville, Maryland.Initial symptoms of tar spot are brownish lesions on the leaves. Black, spore-producing structures called ascomata appear later, protruding from the leaf surface and giving the leaf a rough or bumpy feel.“The structures can densely cover the leaf and may resemble mature, black pustules present on leaves due to infection by rust fungi,” the authors said. “Lesions with these ascomata may coalesce to cause large areas of blighted leaf tissue, which can be mistaken for saprophytic growth on dead leaf tissue.”Symptoms and signs of tar spot might also appear on leaf sheaths and husks.Tar spThe authors say tar spot can be caused by two different fungi — Phyllachora maydis and Monographella maydis.“To date, only Phllachora maydis has been found in Indiana,” according to the authors. “In areas where this disease is commonly found, infection by Phyllachora maydis is not considered to significantly impact yield, but infections by Monographella maydis can cause economic damage.”The source of initial inoculum for both fungi has not yet been determined. The disease they cause is occurs in the cooler and higher elevations of Mexico and Central and South America, and the West Indies, so their ability to spread over land through other climatic zones may be limited.Not known to be seedborne or to infect other species, Phyllachora maydis could be transported on fresh or dry maize leaves or husks, or products made from them, from which ascospores would have to be produced and carried by wind or rain splash to maize.Wise and Ruhl said Purdue experts will work to determine how the disease got to Indiana and what steps need to be taken, if any, to prevent future outbreaks.For more information on tar spot, download the USDA diagnostic fact sheet at http://nt.ars-grin.gov/taxadescriptions/factsheets/index.cfm?thisapp=Phyllachoramaydis.last_img read more

Biologicals are here to stay in agriculture, but what are they?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It seems there are ever increasing amounts of products for agricultural use that are considered “biologicals” in this rapidly advancing field of research and product development. Biological products can serve as natural pesticides and biostimulants that lead to growth enhancement, disease control, soil health improvement, and plant nutrient uptake enhancement, among numerous other uses.According to R.J. Rant of Nutrilink Biosystems based in Michigan, biologicals are a diverse group of products derived from naturally occurring microorganisms, plant extracts, or other organic matter. They fall into two main categories: microbials (live organisms including bacteria, fungi, nematodes, protozoa and viruses) and biochemicals (naturally occurring compounds including plant and insect growth regulators, organic acids, plant extracts, minerals, and pheromones). Microbials are fairly well understood, but there is still much to learn about biochemicals, Rant said.Biologicals that have been in use for a while in agriculture include: Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt), Bacillus subtilis, seaweed extract, humic and fulvic acid, sugar (molasses), compost teas, and fermentation extracts. These have significant value, but also limitations.“With sugars, for example, we get biological stimulation but a little is great and too much is not necessarily a good thing. You have to be careful when you feed sugars to your plant on the soil because you feed everybody and you can get pest and disease issues,” Rant said. “Compost teas are really hard to duplicate and they can be very inconsistent and they are only good for six to 12 hours.”Future agricultural applications of biologicals will include plant growth promoting rhizobacteria that can help control plant pathogens, enhance fertilizer efficiency, and degrade synthetic substances. In addition, biologicals can be used to address different types of resistance of pathogens or insects, Rant said.As with all things, there are benefits and challenges with using biological products in agriculture. As pesticides, for example, biologicals can be very target specific with low impact on non-target organisms, a low risk of resistance and a low environmental impact.“As pesticides are under more scrutiny, these products can be a real fit when or where we lose the use of chemicals,” Rant said. “The great thing about a biologicals is that there is no known resistance because they are such chemically and microbially diverse products.”But, they are typically less effective than their chemical counterparts.“When you are considering any of these biologicals, we feel they have 50% or 60% of the strength as the synthetic chemicals and a lot of growers have mixed results with them. They work in an integrated system. You need to have a good overall nutrition plan with good soil health. Then they can work as well as a lot of the top chemicals, but they can only work if there is good nutrition,” Rant said. “Biological products work best as a systems approach to an overall fertility soil management program. They need good fertility to work their best. And like with any chemical, they are often misused to address the wrong disease on the wrong crop or they are misplaced because people don’t know how to use them.”Even with these shortcomings, Rant sees a very bright and beneficial future with biologicals.“They really fit in down the road with nutrient efficiency utilization, which is a big one considering our phosphorus issues with Lake Erie. They are also really good as resistance management tools to rotate with chemistry to keep resistance management in check,” he said. “They can really stimulate soil biology as we advance into the soil health era of farming, especially where manure application is tricky from a regulatory standpoint. They can help feed the biology of your soil.”A key to effective use of biologicals moving forward will be an understanding of what they can and cannot do.“One problem with biologicals is that some people think that if they use a biological then they don’t need to buy nitrogen or plant protection,” Rant said. “They really aren’t meant to replace your fertility system or reduce your pesticide or fungicide use. They are more to make what you are already doing more efficient. It is usually around a 10% increase in efficiency.”And in this age of increasing regulatory difficulties and costs, biologicals can have ample advantages.“The big thing for companies from a regulatory process is that these are natural products and the burden of regulation is a little easier so these products can get to market and be very cost effective,” Rant said. “That will benefit the company, but also the grower.”As biologicals become better understood, there will be more combinations in the future to address a wide array of challenges in very targeted ways“Combinations can be powerful and you will start to see a lot of companies putting these things together because you get a well rounded product,” Rant said. “We are seeing what they can do for fertility and general disease suppression and biologicals are definitely here to stay.”last_img read more

2 Reasons Why Twitter May Not Be Worth So Much to Google and Microsoft After All

first_imgRelated Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#Analysis#Features#NYT#Real-Time Web#web You want real-time web links? There are probably already more blog posts being pushed out in real time for free consumption using Pubsubhubbub and RSSCloud than there are links shared on Twitter. As we discussed in our recent post Ten Useful Examples of the Real-Time Web in Action, there’s a lot more going on around the web outside of Twitter. Much as we love Twitter, most people suspect its growth is slowing. The rest of the real-time web is believed to be at the beginning of an explosion of growth that will take over the entire internet – eventually almost all information online may be pushed to those who want it, in real time. Why else do we question the value of the full fire hose? Business Insider reports today that Twitter is already selling access to startups for up to $3k per month. It’s hard to know how credible that number is but that’s a really low price.We do know that many startups feel they can get a representative sample of Twitter activity from the company’s free API. Twitter may be having a hard time up-selling to the full feed if what’s already available is good enough and its crown jewels can’t be proven to be that much better.We love Twitter and with some serious clean-up it may provide big search companies a handy little bundle of high-interest links to advertise against. Is it valuable enough for Google and Microsoft to pay big money for, though? We’re not so sure.Come join us and some very smart people from throughout the diverse real-time web industry to discuss this and related topics next week at the Real-Time Web Summit.center_img First, there aren’t really that many links that get passed through Twitter. The service may be the most visible example of real-time communication but there’s a whole lot more going on around the web in real time outside of Twitter. Twitter may see between 3 and 5 million links shared through it each day. Those are heavily biased towards the relatively small number of active content creators on the site and much of it is spam or republished RSS feeds.Almost every real-time search company we’ve spoken to has chosen to supplement the indexing power of Twitter with other, larger data sources. OneRiot, for example, says it collects 4X more links from the click-streams that its toolbar users have opted-in to sharing than it does from Twitter. Faroo and Wowd both rely on P2P clients to power indexing far beyond what they can get from Twitter. Implicit behavior offers a lot more data than explicit behavior.AllVoices uses a whitelist of trusted Twitter users to improve the signal-to-noise ratio and Evri watches trends on Twitter to trigger the building out of their index of the much larger web outside Twitter. Evri also does some really interesting semantic parsing of the contents of those tweets, adding links as pivot points to the news entities people mention in text. Almost all of the companies we talked to had to do extensive text analysis of Tweets and the pages they linked to. That may not be difficult for Google or Microsoft, but is quick discovery of a few million new links a day challenging enough for them to be worth a big price tag? Google and Microsoft are both in talks with Twitter to buy access to the company’s full fire hose of messages and shared links, according to a report this morning from Kara Swisher at AllThingsD. Could these be blockbuster deals that bring the search giants into the world of the real-time web? In fact, the Twitter fire hose may be less valuable than outsiders might think. We’ve been having extensive conversations with a wide variety of real-time web companies in preparation for the Real-Time Web Summit next week and we’re lead to question the value of Twitter links for two reasons. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

McKines wishes players well, hopes SMB wins Grand Slam

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The 29-year-old forward averaged 26.2 points, 14.2 rebounds, 4.4 assists, 1.4 blocks, and 1.2 steals in five games this conference but San Miguel went just 3-2 during that stretch. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo The Beermen replaced McKines with Terik Bridgeman, who underwhelmed in his debut on Saturday, netting only two points on 1-of-4 shooting with six turnovers in the Beermen’s 90-79 defeat to Alaska.The loss sent San Miguel to only its second back-to-back losses this season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US Open glance: Muguruza vs. Kvitova highlights 4th round Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netWendell McKines aired his grievances on his Twitter account after San Miguel decided to go the other way and replace him as its import in the ongoing 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup.McKines also expressed his regret not being able to play more games alongside June Mar Fajardo and not finishing his job with the team.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side ‘Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance PLAY LIST 01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games I wish I would have played more than 1 full game with Junemar. I wish the players the best and hope they go get that grand slam.— Wendell Mckines (@Mr_WensdayFC) September 2, 2017FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening LATEST STORIES MOST READlast_img read more

Osaka vs. Kvitova for Australian Open title, No. 1 ranking

first_imgOil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Japan’s Naomi Osaka celebrates after defeating Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in their semifinal at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)MELBOURNE, Australia — Naomi Osaka never made it past the fourth round at any of the first 10 Grand Slam tournaments of her career. Now, still just 21, she’s suddenly on the verge of a second consecutive major championship.And the No. 1 ranking, too.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss “I didn’t know even if I (was) going to play tennis again,” Kvitova said. “It’s been a long journey.”Against Collins, a two-time NCAA champion at the University of Virginia who was 0-5 at Slams until this one, Kvitova was more aggressive throughout, mixing big lefty forehands and well-timed pushes forward to the tune of a 30-9 edge in total winners.But the key to the outcome might very well have been what happened at 4-all after 35 minutes of action: That’s when the decision finally was made to close the 15,000-seat stadium’s cover, drawing cheers of approval from broiling spectators.Kvitova probably wanted to applaud, too.“I was happier than the fans that the roof closed,” she said afterward. “I like to play indoors. It helped me a little bit.”She’s made clear over the years she is not a huge fan of playing in stifling heat. Not too many people truly are, of course, but Collins is OK with it and thought the roof should have stayed open.“I grew up in Florida and am used to it being really hot all the time. So I kind of embrace that very well,” Collins said. “Indoor tennis is a different game. Certainly had its effect.”When play resumed after a five-minute delay, it went from being completely even to tilted in Kvitova’s favor. She dominated the tiebreaker and the second set to stretch her winning streak to 11 matches.Osaka, meanwhile, extended her Slam run to 13 matches while putting a stop to Pliskova’s 10-0 start to the season.Osaka accumulated a 56-20 advantage in winners — and held on when it all could have slipped away. Blake Griffin pours 37 as Pistons defeat Anthony David-less Pelicans ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Osaka moved one victory away from adding the Australian Open trophy to the one she collected 4½ months ago at the U.S. Open, using her smooth power to produce 15 aces and groundstroke winners at will while beating Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in the semifinals Thursday.“I just told myself to regroup in the third set and just try as hard as I can,” said Osaka, who saved four break points in the last set and finished the match with an ace at 115 mph (185 kph).FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“I was so scared serving second serves. I was like, ‘Oh, my God. Please!” Osaka said. “Somehow, I made it. I guess that’s experience.”A day after erasing four match points and a 5-1 deficit in the third set to stun Serena Williams in the quarterfinals, Pliskova could not produce the same kind of comeback. Instead it is Osaka, the only Japanese woman to win a major singles title, who will face two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova on Saturday.The winner will rise to the top of the WTA rankings for the first time; Osaka is currently No. 4, Kvitova is No. 6.Osaka’s fourth-round finish at Melbourne Park a year ago was her best showing at a major until last year’s U.S. Open, where she outplayed Williams in the final. A victory over Kvitova would make Osaka the first woman to win two Slams in a row since Williams claimed four straight across the 2014-15 seasons.Two years ago, Kvitova missed the Australian Open, just weeks after her left hand was stabbed by an intruder at her home in the Czech Republic. Back at her best during what she calls her “second career,” Kvitova surged to a 7-6 (2), 6-0 victory against 35th-ranked American Danielle Collins after Rod Laver Arena’s retractable roof was closed as the temperature soared toward 105 degrees (40 Celsius).Kvitova reached her first major final since the December 2016 knife attack that led to hours of surgery on the hand she holds her racket with — and first since winning Wimbledon for the second time in 2014.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations LATEST STORIES Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. She began the day having won 58 matches in a row after taking the first set, but that seemed in danger when Pliskova broke to end the second and had three break points to go up 2-0 in the third.But Osaka steeled herself there, erasing the first break chance with a huge forehand, the second with a down-the-line backhand winner. On the third, another terrific backhand forced a forehand error into the net by Pliskova, who cracked her racket against the blue court. When Pliskova netted a return of an 83 mph (133 kph) second serve to make it 1-all, Osaka tugged at the brim of her pink visor and let out a big exhale.The match would continue for another 28 minutes, but it basically was done, then and there. That stretch began a nine-point, three-game run for Osaka, and she was on her way. She would face one last break point at 4-3, but saved it with a 108 mph (174 kph) ace.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

2017 NTL Referee Upgrades

first_imgLevel 6OpenTim Ah SeePhilip BalcombeChristopher BensteadPatrick CostiganJake DavisJustin HillDean MacDonaldRobert McKayAlexander McCahonAdam TurnerAndrew WatkinsAlison WattersNicole WestAndrew YonSeniorPeter CrampIvan GiammarcoJoshua LittlePaul RichardsonDavid TewkesburyJohn Viklund Monday, March 20, 2017Congratulations to the following referees on receiving upgrades at the 2017 National Touch League.Level 4OpenTess LeahyJack Van Lohuizen 2017 NTL Referee Upgradescenter_img Level 5OpenMatt ButlerAlec ClarkIsaac CossonVince CostiganMike EllisLachlan FreshwaterBen HarrisAdam HoganMitchell KennedyPatrick MoranJonathon PowyerBenjamin RogersLawren SullivanSeniorAnthony BradleyCraig ButlerSimon BernieJohn ClarkPaul KeyteMike KenderesJoe MercuriMark MontgomeryGregory OatenBrendan O’FlynnDarren Tomslast_img read more

Passenger Transportation Board expected to rule on Greyhound application to stop serving

first_imgThe company has called on the provincial government to subsidize intercity bus travel, similar to the subsidies provided to municipal transit. VICTORIA, B.C. — The Passenger Transportation Board of B.C. is expected to deliver its decision today on Greyhound’s application to cease service on four Northern B.C. routes.Last August Greyhound Canada announced that it was planning to cut nine routes across the province, including the Dawson Creek – Whitehorse and Prince George – Dawson Creek routes. The company is also seeking to greatly reduce service on other routes in Southern B.C. after saying that many of its routes are no longer profitable.During a series of public hearings on the application, Greyhound said it is losing $35,000 per day, which works out to a loss of nearly $13 million per year. Greyhound Canada’s lawyer David Blair explained during a hearing in Fort St. John that the only reason the company has been able to serve rural and remote communities is by also maintaining licenses on more profitable routes.last_img read more

If Canada has a plan to save Trans Mountain cabinet isnt saying

first_img“We are not going to negotiate in public nor make public threats,” he said.Kinder Morgan gave the government a deadline of May 31 to get reassurance for its investors the pipeline will come to fruition.Conservative natural resources critic Shannon Stubbs said she was “flabbergasted” the cabinet meeting produced no plan.“I think this a colossal failure in leadership,” she said.Iain Black, a former provincial Liberal cabinet minister in B.C. and now president of the Vancouver Board of Trade, said he is not surprised or disappointed there was nothing concrete out of cabinet.“I think the federal government is in some new territory here,” he said.Black said the issue has gone beyond the pipeline itself to a question of if Canada can follow the rule of law to get projects built. If it can’t, he said the impact on investment capital would be immense and crippling.He said he had cleared his schedule over the next three days because there is a lot of work underway within the business community in B.C. across all sectors to try and help get thispipeline project built.Black said Trudeau expended some political capital to approve the pipeline and, until now, he has handled the file in a non-confrontational, “very Canadian way.” But now, he said, the rubber is hitting the road and Trudeau is going to have to be bold.“If ever there was a ‘just watch me’ moment for this prime minister this is it.”Carr said earlier this week the government has legal, regulatory and financial options but did not specify what they are. Broadly, they include financial penalties for B.C., investing in the pipeline in some way to reassure investors and suing the B.C. government to exert jurisdiction. They could also ask the Supreme Court for a ruling on their authority, however, that option was discarded earlier this year because it would be a lengthy process and would imply there is some doubt about who has jurisdiction when Ottawa firmly believes there is none.Although Horgan has threatened to pass regulations that could prevent additional oil from flowing through B.C. on its way to foreign buyers, he hasn’t done so nor has he asked the courts to rule on whether he has jurisdiction to that. The threat alone has been enough to spook investors and without an actual regulation, there is nothing Alberta or Canada can sue over.B.C. is also part of a lawsuit against Ottawa arguing there was not proper consultation with Indigenous communities or other stakeholders when the pipeline was reviewed. A decision in that suit is expected any day.More than 30 Indigenous communities along the pipeline’s route support the project but there are many in B.C. which do not.In Ottawa on Tuesday, a few dozen pipeline protesters blocked commuter traffic on the edge of downtown outside McKenna’s constituency office. In Calgary, several hundred people turned up to rally in favour of the pipeline outside a provincial governmentbuilding.(THE CANADAIN PRESS) In a sign of the heat the cabinet is feeling over this, Sohi lashed out on Twitter earlier this week at B.C. New Democrat MP Kennedy Stewart for claiming victory after Kinder Morgan announced it is suspending all non-essential spending on the pipeline until it and its investors feel secure the project won’t be derailed by strong opposition from the B.C. NDP government.“Next time you fly between B.C. & Ottawa, give thanks to thousands of oil workers who enable you to do your job, while you & (Premier John) Horgan sabotage their livelihood,” Sohi responded. “Rest assured, your victory lap is temporary. We will use allavailable tools to get (Trans Mountain) built.”Finance Minister Bill Morneau said the government is “in discussions” with Notley, Horgan and Kinder Morgan. He is to meet Wednesday with Notley in Toronto but it’s not known whether he or another minister, intends to meet personally with Horgan.When asked if Canada would penalize B.C. financially if it doesn’t withdraw its opposition to the pipeline, something Alberta United Conservative party leader Jason Kenney wants to see done, Morneau clammed up. “I apologize in advance I’ve got one minute and I’ve got to catch a plane,” Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr said before making a very brief statement following the two-hour cabinet meeting.“The government is 100 percent behind this pipeline. It’s important for Canada. It was made in the national interests. We believe this is important for all regions of the country. We stand behind our decision.”When asked about Notley’s new suggestion of buying the pipeline entirely Carr repeated his comments from the last two days that there are many options on the table and Canada is considering all of them.Environment Minister Catherine McKenna repeated the statement in French and officially that was it.Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi, whose Edmonton seat could be at risk if the pipeline expansion fails, was cornered on his way out of the meeting. He wouldn’t discuss cabinet conversations in public but repeated that the government is 100 per cent behind the pipeline.“We will get it done,” Sohi said, before pushing out of the scrum of reporters and heading to his car.center_img OTTAWA, O.N. – The Trudeau government held an emergency cabinet meeting Tuesday aimed at salvaging the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion but did not come up with plan, at least not one ministers are prepared to talk about yet.Hours earlier, Alberta Premier Rachel Notley upped the ante, saying Alberta is not only prepared to invest in the pipeline, but it is also prepared to take it over entirely if need be.But federal ministers had nothing to say about how their government might convince, or force, British Columbia to back off and allow the pipeline to proceed.last_img read more

Watch Atletico Madrids Lucas runs 34kmh

first_imgAtletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez ran an incredible 34km/h during their victory against Deportivo de la Coruna on SundayThe French international stole the ball from Borja Valle with an impressive run from the center of the field, where he was measured against the winger and ended up snatching the ball.What a tackle by Lucas Hernandez! Reached a top speed of 34kmh! ? #AtletiDépor pic.twitter.com/3sxXWnIS9l— Rambo (@WelshRamsey) April 1, 2018Fati and Suarez shine against Valencia at Camp Nou Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 15, 2019 With a mesmerizing first half from Ansu Fati and a brace from Luis Suarez in the second half, Barcelona demolished Valencia at Camp Nou.Valencia…Atletico would win the match 1-0 through a Kevin Gameiro penalty in the 34th minute of the encounter with Diego Simeone’s men decreasing the gap between themselves and La Liga leaders Barcelona to nine points, after the Catalan giants drew 2-2 at Sevilla.The supporters at the Wanda Metropolitano will be hoping for more of the same from Lucas on Thursday night, where Atletico will host Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon for the first leg of the quarter-final clash in the Europa League. Simeone’s side are the expected favorites to win the competitions this season.last_img read more