Putting a bow on Gundy’s extension was a big win for Holder in the court of public opinion. Whether or not he ever gets the baseball stadium built, this will boost his legacy. At least he avoided another coaching scar by keeping the school’s most successful football coach in program history a happy man. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. Mike Gundy’s unsigned contract sat on his desk and gathered dust. It was the elephant in the room and could have led to a disaster for super-fundraiser Mike Holder’s legacy at his alma mater. After Gundy flirted with Baylor, speculation ramped up. When the Cowboys’ all-time leader in wins finally broke the silence on negotiations, he minced few words. He wanted more money for his assistant coaches and a higher budget for recruiting and improvements for the football program. And now he’s got it.As reported by Mark Cooper of the Tulsa World, Oklahoma State is bumping football assistant salaries to a total of just over $3.6 million for the 2017 season.AdChoices广告Here’s a breakdown of some of the highlights of the new pay rates.Offensive coordinator Mike Yurcich received a pay increase from $500,000 to $600,000.Defensive coordinator Glenn Spencer received a $75,000 raise to $675,000.Defensive line coach Joe Bob Clements received a pay increase of $35,348 to $400,000Offensive line coach Josh Henson received starting salary of $400,000Wide receivers coach Kasey Dunn received pay increase of $35,000 to $360,000Cornerbacks coach Tim Duffie received pay increase of $16,967 to $356,314Safeties coach Dan Hammerschmidt received pay increase of $50,000 to $325,000Tight ends coach Jason McEndoo received pay increase of $50,000 to $275,000Running backs coach John Wozniak received starting salary of $250,000 [Tulsa World]
Tunisia 0 Spain 1: Aspas seals late win for unimpressive Spaniards Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 04:40 6/10/18 Getty Images Iago Aspas scored the winner late on in Krasnodar as Spain just about did enough to beat a well-drilled Tunisia ahead of the World Cup. Spain produced a disappointing showing in their final World Cup preparation friendly, needing a late Iago Aspas strike to secure a 1-0 win over Tunisia on Saturday.Julen Lopetegui’s men go into the finals in Russia as one of the tournament favourites, yet they showed little evidence of their qualification form in Krasnodar, appearing toothless in attack before Aspas’ fierce 84th-minute effort.Although Spain’s knack for keeping the ball still seems in good health, they did not do a great deal with it in a particularly unimpressive first-half display. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Arsenal would be selling their soul with Mourinho move Tunisia looked a far greater threat in the final third, but their finishing left a lot to be desired – Ferjani Sassi and Naim Sliti particularly culpable with bad misses.Spain had a little more control in the second half and managed to carve out a few chances, David Silva and Diego Costa going close.Tunisia nevertheless looked to have done enough to claim a commendable draw, but Aspas drilled home after Costa showed good awareness to pick him out, meaning Spain head into the World Cup in winning form and unbeaten since Euro 2016.9 – Iago Aspas has been involved in nine goasl in his ten games for Spain (five goals & four assists), all of them in the second half. Prince pic.twitter.com/pJ50cYKgHS— OptaJose (@OptaJose) June 9, 2018For all of their possession, Spain showed precious little going forward during the early stages, with Tunisia looking much brighter.The underdogs had to rely on a Spain error for their first chance, as Thiago Alcantara’s pass across the defence was cut out by Anice Badri and he managed to tee up Sassi in the middle of the area. Fortunately for Spain, the Al-Nassr midfielder’s first-time effort was tame and straight at David de Gea.Spain appeared to have been roused as they went close twice in quick succession in the 22nd minute – Rodrigo Moreno glancing a header wide before Sergio Ramos’ 30-yard drive flew just over.That was hardly the start of an extended period of pressure, however, as Spain were lucky to not fall behind just after the half-hour mark.Badri again caused problems on the left, crossing into the danger zone for Sliti, who inexplicably failed to hit the target from six yards.Spain tightened up at the back upon the restart and eventually crafted a decent chance just before the hour, as Silva met Ramos’ deep cross and fired wide from a tight angle.Costa was introduced from the bench soon after and he quickly looked to make an impact, shooting from the edge of the box and forcing Aymen Mathlouthi into a fairly comfortable save.Spain stepped things up towards the end and were rewarded for their efforts as Costa – who initially appeared to have wasted the opportunity – broke into the box and opted to tee up Aspas instead of going for goal himself, the Celta Vigo star duly blasting in left-footed.Yet it was not a performance that will worry Portugal ahead of their World Cup opener on Friday. read more
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea striker Abraham: Ajax clash massive, massiveby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Tammy Abraham has declared their Champions League clash with Ajax as “massive, massive”.Abraham insists they’re capable of winning in Amsterdam.He said, “We know it’s a massive game for us. “Massive, massive. Ajax are like us, they have a lot of young players who like to keep the ball and play good football. Off the ball as well they like to win it back quickly.”We know it’s not going to be easy, but I believe in myself and my team that we can hopefully get a result there.”We got ourselves back on track in Lille. It’s not an easy place to go to, we dug deep and got that win. Who says we can’t do the same at Ajax?”
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NVQ-J has transferred its ISO 9001 certification to the NCBJ Story Highlights The move is a signal of the confidence in brand Jamaica The transfer of the ISO 9001 certification to NCBJ is a major accomplishment for Jamaica The National Council on Technical Vocational Education and Training (NCTVET), which provides certification for persons, who qualify for the National Vocational Qualification of Jamaica (NVQ-J), has transferred its International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 9001 certification to the National Certification Body of Jamaica (NCBJ).The move, which comes after several years of utilizing an overseas certification body, is a signal of the confidence in brand Jamaica.Charged with the responsibility of certifying management systems to international standards such as ISO 9001 and ISO 14001, the NCBJ, an independent unit of the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ), plays an integral role in strengthening the national quality infrastructure.The organisation works closely with the manufacturing and service industries as well as the public and private sectors, providing technical support to enhance their international competitiveness through certification of their management systems.Speaking at the handing over ceremony on September 4 at the NCBJ’s offices, located on the grounds of the BSJ in Kingston, NCTVET Chairman, Norman Davis, explained that since 2006, the body has been certified by an international company based in the United Kingdom.He said the transfer of the ISO 9001 certification to NCBJ is a major accomplishment for Jamaica, and a huge strategic move that will benefit local entities, and contribute to nation building.“This is definitely a plus and a stepping stone for us locally. We hope that other companies, which are ISO certified, and are utilising overseas companies will consider looking to the NCBJ, to work with them as their validating body,” he encouraged.He further added that the certification enables quality management systems that will be of real benefit to organisations. Such certification, he noted, also helps to manage businesses effectively, and put into place, best practice methodology.Chairman of the NCBJ, Dr. Neville Swaby, said the organisation welcomes the move, and will be increasing its certification drive, through a number of initiatives, to accredit as many companies as possible, by year-end.“The ISO 9001 certification will definitely improve on our quality of service, productivity, and profitability. The NCBJ takes you from the initial stage of certification, and constantly monitors your progress, as you go along. We work with you to make sure you conform to the standards that are necessary, both locally and internationally,” he said.Meanwhile Manager of the NCBJ, Jacqueline Scott-Brown, commended NCTVET for choosing her agency for the certification of their quality management system.She also advised that companies certifying their management systems through NCBJ receive several benefits. These include significant foreign exchange savings, value-added auditing, and an appreciation of the Jamaican business environment.“The NCBJ’s current suite of services include: certification to ISO 9001-Quality Management System, and ISO 14001-Environment Management System,” the NCBJ Manager informed.“A certification to ISO 9001, ISO 14001 or any other management system enhances a company’s marketability by assuring its clients and stakeholders that the business is operating at the highest level in terms of efficiency, product and service quality,” she noted.She lauded the work of the NCBJ auditors and technical experts, who have been playing a tremendous role in the agency’s daily operations.The NCBJ was established in April 2007 and is accredited by ANSI ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) to provide easy access to management systems certification by local organisations.ANAB assesses and accredits certification bodies that demonstrate competence to audit and certify organisations conforming to management system standards.For more information, persons can contact the NCBJ at 619-1131, 632-4275 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sport teams, legions, religious organizations and other non-profit groups can now apply online for ticket lottery permits. The new online service will make it easier and faster to organize fundraising events. “The services will make it easier for non-profit and charity groups to continue with the important and invaluable work they do in our communities,” said Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan. “Making ticket lottery permits available online is an example of how we are modernizing our services in this digital era.” Previously, qualifying charitable organizations had to wait 5-10 days to receive ticket lottery permits. With the new service, they can apply for and receive permits instantly using a laptop, tablet or a mobile phone. “With the rising costs of sport in recent years, fundraising for teams, clubs and organizations has become a high priority”, said Jeff LeDrew, director of marketing and events, Sport Nova Scotia. “The new online service for permits provides teams with a quick and simple way to start generating much needed funds.” Ticket lottery permits are issued for fundraisers with a maximum prize value of $4,000. Last Spring, Service Nova Scotia announced amendments to the ticket lottery regulations where the prize value limit for a ticket lottery permit was increased from $500 to $4,000. This change meant that organizations would raise more funds in a single event, reducing the work, time and cost of fundraising. To apply for a permit, visit https://beta.novascotia.ca/ticket-lottery-permit-single-draw-ticket-raffle-prizes-4000-and-under .
Srinagar: Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who arrives here on a two-day visit to Kashmir Valley on Wednesday, will co-chair the unified headquarters meeting with J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik. On his maiden visit to J&K after he took over as the Union Home Minister, Amit Shah will focus on internal security in the state, informed sources said. However, he would not visit Jammu and Ladakh divisions of the state. “The Home Minister will co-chair a meeting of the unified headquarters with Governor Satya Pal Malik tomorrow,” sources said. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in Haryana Unified headquarters is the state’s apex anti-militancy security grid, which comprises top officials of the security forces, including the army and the state police engaged in counter-insurgency operations. Senior officials of state and central intelligence agencies are also part of these meetings. Shah will also visit the Shri Amarnathji Cave shrine tomorrow to pay obeisance. This year’s annual Amarnath Yatra begins on July 1 and will end on August 15. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: Shah BJP sources said Shah will meet state party leaders as well as delegations of the civil society, mainstream parties, people connected with tourism and Panchayat members on Thursday. Asked if the state leaders have any specific demands to be put forth before the Home Minister, a senior BJP leader told IANS: “We always raise state level issues and other problems during our meetings with the senior leadership of our party.” On whether the state BJP leaders would raise the issue of fresh delimitation of Assembly seats with Shah, the BJP leader said: “This has been our demand and there is nothing new if it is raised again before Amit Shahji.” Shah was earlier scheduled to visit the Valley for a day on June 30. “The visit has been advanced due to the Home Minister’s busy schedule connected with the Union Budget. He will chair a high-level security meeting in Srinagar and will also address BJP workers and Panchayat members separately during this visit.
OTTAWA — The party leaders’ scheduled public appearances on Tuesday, Oct. 1. All times are local. Will be updated as details are released. Liberal Leader Justin TrudeauTBA—Conservative Leader Andrew ScheerTBA—NDP Leader Jagmeet SinghVANCOUVER, B.C.8 a.m. — Breakfast with young families, Roots Café, 6502 Main Street—Green Leader Elizabeth MayToronto, Ont.Noon — Ryerson Centre for Urban Innovation, 44 Gerrard St. E. (announcement on post-secondary education)—People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime BernierChatham, Ont8 a.m. — Chatham Wish Centre, 177 King St. E. (breakfast)Wallaceburg, Ont.10 a.m. — Royal Canadian Legion, 52 Margaret Ave. (meet and greet)Sarnia, Ont.12:30 p.m. — Sarnia Library Theatre, 124 Christina St. S. (meet and greet)Strathroy, Ont.4 p.m. — Strathroy Lions Club, 432 Albert St. (meet and greet)The Canadian Press
Crystal Bowersox understands how crucial it is to properly manage diabetes and find a healthy balance on and off the stage.Diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 6, Crystal – now 30 – rose from humble beginnings in northwestern Ohio to reach the heights of American Idol in 2010 and an ongoing musical career that has followed. Having nearly lost her spot on the show due to a short hospitalization brought on by the rigorous taping and rehearsal schedule, she vowed to make it her mission to touch others impacted by diabetes with her music and her message.Crystal’s grit and determination recently caught the eye of Lilly Diabetes, which today introduced her as its newest type 1 diabetes ambassador. In this role, Crystal will speak to children with diabetes at summer camps and other events, sharing her story and inspiring them to reach for their dreams. Her ambassadorship is one more way Lilly Diabetes, who has donated $31 million in medication, scholarships and educational materials since 2001, supports diabetes camps.“Growing up with diabetes, I felt isolated from other kids because they didn’t understand the challenges I faced, and today I know there are many who experience the same things,” said Crystal. “However, despite the obstacles, I learned how to manage the disease, and I try to live my life to the fullest. That’s why I’m excited to partner with Lilly Diabetes to tell my story and encourage kids.”As part of her ambassador role, Crystal will speak about her experiences with diabetes in a national satellite television and radio media tour today and be a featured speaker at the Friends for Life conference in Orlando, Florida, on July 7. Friends for Life is an annual international conference that gathers diabetes experts, health care providers, researchers and families who have children with diabetes to learn and share the most current information on diabetes care.“We love having Crystal attend our Friends for Life conference because she’s so down to earth with kids and their families,” said Jeff Hitchcock, president, Children with Diabetes. “It’s important for children with diabetes to hear real success stories, and Crystal shares her experiences in such a warm and inclusive way. It’s inspiring to see how she connects, and how important her story is to kids and their parents, who are understandably worried about what their child’s future may hold.”Later this month, Crystal will make stops at diabetes camps and events to meet with children who have diabetes as part of the Lilly Camp Care Package (LCCP) program, one of the largest diabetes camp support programs in the United States. While on the road, she’ll join two LCCP program veterans: Olympic cross-country skier Kris Freeman and NASCAR XFINITY Series driver Ryan Reed, who began their camp tours in June.Camps Make a Difference Throughout its 16 years of support, Lilly Diabetes has found attending a diabetes summer camp can be a valuable experience for children learning to live with the disease, particularly those transitioning from parental care to self-care. A three-year survey by the American Diabetes Association showed camp experience increases some children’s diabetes knowledge, self-confidence, diabetes management and emotional well-being. It also showed the number of campers with a clear understanding of diabetes management increased 11 percent, and those with the ability to manage diabetes-related problems increased 10 percent. Newly diagnosed campers (less than one year since initial diagnosis) changed the most, with 19 percent showing improvement in their ability to manage diabetes-related issues.“As someone who was diagnosed with diabetes as a child, Crystal Bowersox understands what newly diagnosed children can go through. She is a terrific example of someone who has managed the ups and downs of the disease,” said Mike Mason, vice president, U.S., Lilly Diabetes. “We are excited to include her perspective as we continue to meet the needs of children with diabetes. We look forward to seeing her connect with children in those important ways.”Crystal’s 2016 summer diabetes camp tour begins July 18. To hear or read her story, or for more information on other Lilly Diabetes support programs, please visit www.lillydiabetes.com. To find a camp in your area, visit www.diabetescamps.org.
Advertisement Production on Pyewacket had a significant positive impact for both the residents of Northern Ontario and local businesses. In total, the production contracted the services of 59 vendors in Northern Ontario, the majority of which were based in Sault Ste. Marie.“One of the most rewarding aspects of filming in smaller communities is to see the local impacts firsthand,” said Jonathan Bronfman of JoBro Productions, which co-produced Pyewacket. “In addition to utilizing businesses from the area, we hired several skilled local crew members with little to no direct experience in filmmaking, who are now in a position to build careers in this industry, which is thriving.”“In addition to the cultural impact our creative industries have, our sector also contributes significantly to the economy, both locally and nationally, through employment- and production-related spending,” said Carolle Brabant, Executive Director of Telefilm Canada. “Our country’s various cultural agencies, such as Telefilm and the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation, play a vital role in supporting independent film production, such as Pyewacket, and its economic benefits.”Pyewacket, a TIFF 2017 Official Selection, was released in Canadian movie theatres on December 8. The film was produced by JoBro Productions and Just Believe Productions, and is distributed by Seville International (an Entertainment One company).Economic analysis for this study was carried out by MNP LLP for the CMPA with financial support from Telefilm Canada. The full study is available here. Advertisement OTTAWA, December 14, 2017 – Today, the Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) released a new study summarizing the economic impacts of the newly-released Canadian horror film Pyewacket, starring Laurie Holden and Nicole Muñoz.Production on the feature film, shot in Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding communities over 19 days, created $5.4 million in economic output and generated $3.7 million in GDP. Additionally, the study found that for every dollar in federal tax credits received by the film, Pyewacketgenerated an impressive $37.41 in economic output and $25.74 in GDP. Each dollar of federal tax credit received by the film also yielded $3.21 in tax revenue. A summary of the study’s findings is available here.“It has been great to watch Northern Ontario establish itself as a new hotspot for Canadian production over the past few years,” said the CMPA’s President and CEO Reynolds Mastin. “This report shows that a single film, like Pyewacket, can make significant economic contributions while helping to further expand on the success story of Northern Ontario’s production industry.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement .ABOUT THE CMPAThe Canadian Media Producers Association (CMPA) is the country’s leading member-based advocacy organization for independent producers, representing hundreds of companies engaged in the development and distribution of English-language content made for television, cinema and digital media channels. The CMPA works to promote the continued success of the Canadian production sector and ensure a future for diverse content made by Canadians for both domestic and international audiences. www.cmpa.ca
Advertisement Facebook Advertisement TORONTO – Members of five of Canada’s largest freelancer associations have banded together to fight against stagnant pay rates and contracts that demand the right to reuse their work for no further pay.The Canadian Media Guild (CMG) Freelance Branch, the Professional Writers Association of Canada (PWAC), News Photographers Association of Canada (NPAC), Travel Media Association of Canada (TMAC), and the Urban Worker Project (UWP) are urging their members to work together to challenge pay rates that have remained stagnant for years, and to push back on contracts that not only demand copyright but also ask freelance journalists to indemnify the hiring publishers should they be sued because of the content the freelancer has contributed.“Low wages and unfair contracts have become just par for the course, today,” says Don Genova, president of CMG Freelance. “More and more people in the Canadian workforce are self-employed, engaged on short-term contracts that offer no job security and no benefits. At the same time, employers demand ownership of the work they produce and the right to use it over and over again without additional compensation. Needless to say, this has significant ramifications for the workers’ livelihood.” LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment A contract is supposed to be an agreement between two parties, says Genova. “The expectation that you should just sign whatever is put in front of you without reading it thoroughly or negotiating is clearly unfair. Yet, this is what’s presented to freelancers, often as a take-it-or-leave-it proposition.”Many freelancers worry that even asking questions about their contracts or pay will label them as ‘troublemakers’, but in Genova’s experience in helping CMG Freelance members, “often, the people asking the freelancer to sign a contract haven’t even read it thoroughly or do not recognize some of the ramifications it contains. In many cases, employers were willing to make changes when the freelancer raised concerns.”To that end, CMG Freelance, PWAC, NPAC, TMAC, and UWP have pledged to educate their members on contracts and pay rates for their work, while calling on employers to show more fairness in their contract language and the employment conditions they offer to workers.This weekend in Toronto (Sept. 21 and 22), as part of the Say No to Bad Contracts campaign, PWAC and CMG Freelance have joined together to present a conference called ‘Level Up’, a series of professional development sessions, some of which are targeted at understanding and negotiating contracts. Other sessions include tips on freelancers collaborating to take advantage of each others’ specialties, and using those capabilities to secure contracts outside of their traditional markets.Resources and background on interpreting and negotiating contracts are available on the CMG Freelance page http://cmgfreelance.ca/en/justsayno/, which is frequently updated with new material relevant to freelance contracts. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter
KITIMAT, B.C. – On Monday, the Minister of Finance, Bill Morneau, on behalf of Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, confirmed that the Government of Canada will be investing $275 million to support LNG Canada.According to the Government, this investment will go towards the development of the major liquefied natural gas complex in Kitimat.Morneau says the Federal Government is proud to support this $40 billion project as it will get Canadian resources to new markets, grow the economy, and create many employment opportunities for those in the middle-class. “The Government of Canada is proud to support this historic $40 billion project that will get our resources to new markets, diversify our trade, grow our economy and create middle-class jobs for Canadians, including First Nations and other communities in northern British Columbia. It’s a vote of confidence in Canada’s resource industry and is good news for Canadians right across the country.”Out of the $275 million investment, $220 million will go towards highly energy-efficient gas turbines, with the additional $55 million going towards the replacement of the Haisla Bridge in the District of Kitimat.The investment in the LNG Canada facility will create 7,500 direct construction jobs and at least 300 permanent jobs in the new facility once completed.
The US Government is seeking the approval of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee for approximately $50 billion in the 2017 budget for foreign affairs. The United States said that in 2015, the US Government strongly endorsed democratic progress in Sri Lanka.US Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking spoke before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the State Departments FY2017 budget, said that important democratic gains have been witnessed in, among other places, Sri Lanka, Nigeria, and Burma. Over the course of his testimony Secretary Kerry outlined how this funding supports the State Department’s and other development and national security agencies’ efforts to tackle transnational challenges ranging from countering violent extremism, nuclear proliferation, global health, cyber warfare, and widespread migration caused by conflict and instability.Secretary Kerry also pointed to areas where the State Department and its partners are working to leverage opportunities created by unprecedented international coordination on issues like climate change and trade. (Colombo Gazette) “Our diplomatic priorities include support for human rights and the continued evolution of an open and democratic political process in Burma, where a freely-elected parliament has been seated for the first time, and where we have called for an end to discrimination and violence directed at the Rohingya Muslim minority. Our FY 2017 budget includes $1.25 billion in assistance to the national unity government of Afghanistan to strengthen its institutions, bolster its security capabilities, repel attacks by violent extremists, implement economic reforms, preserve gains made over the last decade (including for women and girls), and move forward with a wide range of social programs. We are requesting $742 million in aid to Pakistan to support its citizens as they seek security, build democracy and sustain economic growth and development – even as the country continues to suffer from terrorist attacks. Last October, I traveled to every state in Central Asia to reaffirm America’s friendship with the people in that part of the world and to discuss shared concerns in such areas as security, energy policy, development, and human rights. Also in 2015, we strongly endorsed democratic progress in Sri Lanka, while elevating our important strategic dialogue with India to include a commercial component, reflecting the five-fold increase in bilateral trade over the last decade,” he said.
All leave for employees of the Ceylon Electricity Board (CEB) has been cancelled from today till September 20 as CEB trade unions launched trade union action.CEB trade unions commenced a strike today demanding solutions to salary anomalies and other issues.
A pump jack dwarfs a house northwest of Calgary, in a Sept. 28, 2004 photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Crude oil prices gain ahead of Sunday’s referendum on Crimean secession by Pablo Gorondi, The Associated Press Posted Mar 14, 2014 3:36 pm MDT The price of oil rose Friday on concerns that tensions over Ukraine could rise with this weekend’s referendum on Crimean secession.But oil still finished the week down more than three per cent, largely because traders were concerned about the strength of demand from China.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for April delivery rose 69 cents to close at US$98.89 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange on Friday. But for the week, oil was down US$3.69 a barrel, or 3.6 per cent.Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties of crude, rose US$1.18 to US$108.57 Friday on the ICE Futures exchange in London.China is one of the top consumers of energy, so an economic slowdown there could dial back demand for oil.“The energy complex has morphed into a trade where Chinese economic releases will be a strong determinant of near-term oil price direction,” Jim Ritterbusch, president of energy consultancy Jim Ritterbusch and Associates, wrote in a note to clients.At the same time, Russia is one of the top producers of oil worldwide, meaning that any western sanctions against Moscow for its military incursion into the Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula could affect global supplies.The West braced for a vote Sunday by residents of Crimea on whether secede from Ukraine — and likely be annexed by Russia — as the last attempt for diplomacy broke down despite threats of costly international sanctions and other imminent penalties against Moscow for forcibly challenging a pro-European government in Kyiv.In other energy futures trading on Nymex, wholesale gasoline rose three cents to US$2.96 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil rose two cents to US$2.94 a gallon and natural gas added four cents to US$4.43 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE)
Financial services startup Square boosts expected IPO value by 47 per cent to $403.7 million FILE – In this Monday, Jan. 5, 2015 file photo, Dr. Greg Werner poses for a picture with his Square credit card reader at his office in New York. Square, the six-year-old company known for its white, cube-shaped card readers that plug into smartphones , is boosting its planned initial public offering value by 47 percent in what has become a very dicey market for new companies trying to raise cash, reported Friday, Nov. 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File) by The Associated Press Posted Nov 6, 2015 4:56 am MDT Last Updated Nov 6, 2015 at 3:01 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – Square, the six-year-old company known for its white, cube-shaped credit and debit card readers that plug into smartphones, is boosting its planned initial public offering value by 47 per cent in what has become a tough market for new companies trying to raise cash.The San Francisco financial-services startup was founded and is led by Jack Dorsey, who co-founded Twitter and recently returned to lead that company again. Dorsey, 38, who owns 24.4 per cent of Square, did not give up the CEO job at Square when he returned to his former company.The traditional manner of valuing a company, done by multiplying the total outstanding shares by the price of each share, puts Square’s worth at $4.2 billion if the top end of the pricing range is used. That is a substantially lower than a $6 billion valuation by the private investors in connection with the $150 million Series E fundraising in October 2014, according to the website crunchbase.com, which tracks investments in tech companies.Square Inc. plans to offer just over 31 million shares at a maximum of $13 apiece for total value of up to $403.7 million. That includes about 4 million shares set aside for underwriters. The company had previously filed regulatory papers for an IPO valued at up to $275 million.Shares will trade under the symbol SQ on the New York Stock Exchange.A number of companies have recently cancelled IPOs, or scaled back their expectations, fearing malaise in U.S. markets. The U.S. IPO market slowed in the third quarter to 34 deals, down 43 per cent year over year, according to Renaissance Capital, hurt by the market sell-off over the summer and a lack of tech and energy deals, in particular. Additionally, average IPO returns were negative for the first time since 2011.Square helps small businesses process credit card payments on phones and tablet computers, turning them into electronic sales terminals.Since its founding, Square has added new operations like financing for small businesses and a payment service known as Square Cash that lets individuals and businesses transfer funds to each other. It also operates Caviar, a food delivery service for restaurants. The company plans to use net proceeds from the IPO of about $284.6 million for general corporate purposes, but said it is also looking at potential acquisitions to expand further.The company had $850 million in revenue last year. Revenue for the first half of this year was $560.6 million, an increase of 51 per cent over the same period last year. But, the company had a net loss of $154.1 million in 2014, and a loss of $77.6 million for the first half of 2015 and has warned that may continue to generate losses as it invests to expand.Overall, it’s piled up an accumulated deficit of almost a half billion dollars since its inception.
The Security Council today extended the mandate of the United Nations peacekeeping force monitoring the Israeli-Lebanese border by another year and called on all parties in the region to abide with the cessation of hostilities and respect the safety of UNIFIL and other UN personnel.In a morning meeting in New York, the Council agreed to extend the work of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) until 31 August 2014, as it condemned acts to threaten the country’s security and stability, and reaffirmed its determination to ensure that no such acts of intimidate will prevent UNIFIL form carrying out its mandate. The 15-member body commended UNIFIL for helping to establish a “new strategic environment in southern Lebanon” and called for further cooperation between the interim force and the Lebanese Armed Forces (LAF), particularly regarding coordinated and adjacent patrols. It also urged the Government of Israel to expedite the withdrawal of its army from northern Ghajar “without further delay”.Established in 1978, UNIFIL is tasked with ensuring that the area between the Blue Line and the Litani River is free of unauthorized weapons, personnel and assets. It also cooperates with the LAF so they can fulfil their security responsibilities.In its resolution, the Security Council also called for rapid finalization of the investigation launched by Lebanon regarding the 27 May, 26 July and 9 December 2011 attacks, and to bring those responsible to justice.The Council also urged all parties “to ensure that the freedom of movement of UNIFIL is fully respected and unimpeded” avoiding any course of action which endangers the UN. In addition, the Council welcomed efforts undertaken by the UN mission to implement Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s zero-tolerance police on sexual exploitation and abuse, and to ensure full compliance of its personnel with the UN code of conduct. In case of improper action, the troop-contributing countries are urged to take preventive and disciplinary action to property investigate and punish their personnel, the Security Council wrote.
While Paul Hollywood will move to Channel 4, Mary Berry is staying loyal to the BBCCredit:Mark Bourdillon /BBC Mary Berry has rubbished rumours that she is planning to step back from TV projects, with her agent insisting she has “absolutely no plans to retire”. Paul Hollywood is the only member of the Bake Off four to make the move to Channel 4, where is said to have been offered a steep pay rise.The heads of both the BBC and Channel 4 will be quizzed by MPs on the culture, media and sport select committee about the show being poached. The BBC’s loss of the Great British Bake Off is a “great pity” that will leave audiences “disappointed”, the corporation’s director-general has said.Speaking for the first time about the baking show’s switch to Channel 4, Lord Hall of Birkenhead said he was “sad” that the corporation would no longer be able to show the programme, but “delighted” that Mary Berry had decided to stay with the BBC.The director-general made the comments at the annual Radio Festival, where he also gave a tribute to Terry Wogan, the late BBC presenter. Asked to comment on Channel 4’s decision to poach Bake Off, he said: “The audience love Bake Off and of course the audience are disappointed.”I think it’s sad from the audience‘s point of view. It’s a wonderful programme, everybody loves it.”To my mind, that’s the thing, it’s the disappointment of the audience for a programme they love, and that’s a great pity. But I wish Channel 4 well.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Lord Hall said the Bake Off audience would be disappointedCredit:Leon Neal /AFP / Getty BBC sources have suggested that the corporation is considering developing a Bake Off rival, which would reunite Berry with presenters Mel Giedroyc and Sue Perkins, who also refused to move to Channel 4.Lord Hall refused to comment on the rumours. He said: “I’m not going into that, it’s too early.”But he added: “I’m really glad that Mary, Sue and Mel are staying with us. That’s good news.”
This carried on until November 16 2017, when she visited Dr Dillon against his wishes, the court heard. During that meeting she “conducted a course of conduct” that distressed him, it is alleged. Christol, who studied her BA from 2011 to 2016, appeared in court on Friday charged with harassment without violence.She pleaded not guilty to the charge. A trial date was fixed for April 6 at Hendon Magistrates’ Court. Christol, of Upper Holloway, north London, was granted conditional bail. The offence carries a potential maximum six-month jail term or an unlimited fine. Westminster Magistrates’ Court. File pictureCredit:Alastair Grant/AP A King’s College London lecturer was harassed by a graduate with unwanted gifts and visits, a court heard. Stephanie Christol, 30, is also alleged to have pursued Dr Christopher Dillon, a lecturer in modern German history, on Facebook. She has denied carrying out the campaign of harassment between April 1 2016 and November 16 last year. Christol, a King’s College London history graduate, sent emails to Dr Dillon which were of a “distressing content”, Westminster Magistrates’ Court heard. On September 25, she was given an harassment warning letter, the charge sheet said. But Christol is alleged to have continued sending harassing emails and letters to Dr Dillon.
Metso is supplying key minerals processing equipment to Tibet Julong Copper for one of the largest greenfield copper projects in the world. The full delivery of minerals processing equipment to the Qulong copper mine covers engineering, a full scope of advanced minerals processing equipment and advanced process control system including six crushers, eight SAG grinding mills, eight ball mills and eight stirred mills, four vertical plate pressure filters and 16 vibrating screens, as well as related services like installation, start-up, commissioning and technical direction.The Qulong copper mine, owned and operated by Tibet Julong Copper, has a proven copper metal reserve of more than 7 Mt, Metso reports. The in-the-pit mining and concentrator operations will be located on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. The mine is being built in three phases between 2016 and 2018. After its completion, it will be China’s largest and most modern copper mine with an annual design production capacity of 560,000 t of copper and a daily processing capacity of 300,000 t of ore. The mine is estimated to be in production in 2018.“Qulong has huge ore reserves. Our target is to build the world’s leading mine with sustainable mining and minerals processing operations using the most advanced equipment and processes in the world. We aim for high productivity and low cost in the most environmentally friendly way possible. The dedication Metso has shown to the project has been incredible and has assured us that Metso employees regard our aims as their own. We are impressed with Metso’s industry-leading, energy-saving solutions and sustainable optimization services. This, combined with Metso’s strong local presence and knowledge, is the reason why we chose Metso to supply the equipment for the critical processes.” says Mr Xiao, President of Tibet Julong Copper Co.“We are very proud to be the supplier of key comminution and process equipment for this unique project. We have a track record of delivering what we promise to our customers and we have excellent project management capabilities to execute projects for logistically difficult high altitude locations. During the process of winning this order we have yet again been able to demonstrate our core values of customer centricity and teamwork,” says Joao Colagrossi, President, Minerals Capital business area at Metso.Tibet Julong Copper Co, founded in 2006, is a privately owned company headquartered in Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region, with registered capital of RMB3.5 billion. It owns the Qulong and Zhibula copper mines, both located in Maizhokunggar County.