North American stocks notch modest gains loonie up against US dollar

first_imgCanada’s main stock index notched a small gain Monday as sectors outside of commodities rose while easing geopolitical tensions helped U.S. markets advance.The S&P/TSX composite index closed up 26.41 points at 15,300.38, as losses in energy and metal stocks countered gains across much of the rest of market including health-care, real estate, and industrials.The gains came after recent U.S. and allied airstrikes on Syria did not appear to increase tensions in the area, said Allan Small, a senior investment adviser at HollisWealth.“They had the airstrikes over in Syria, and at least for now, tensions with Russia don’t seem to be there,” said Small.He said that the lack of reaction has markets, especially in the U.S., focusing instead on the early results from earnings season.“Because there was nothing retaliatory from Russia or whoever, markets thought it was a-ok and started to move up, positively trading on what it should be trading on, which is earnings and strength of the U.S. economy and the global economy, versus rhetoric, which is unfortunately what the market has been trading on for the past little while.”In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average closed up 212.90 points at 24,573.04. The S&P 500 index ended up 21.54 points at 2,677.84 and the Nasdaq composite index was up 49.63 points at 7,156.28.Small said the easing of tensions in the Middle East also helped push oil prices and stocks lower, with the May crude contract ending down US$1.17 cents at US$66.22 per barrel.“With oil, it’s the perception that’s more powerful than reality, and at the end of the day, if there is some fear in that area or region of the world, it’s going to cause oil to move higher. So maybe some of that came off today.”The Canadian dollar averaged 79.50 cents US, up 0.12 of a US cent. The May natural gas contract was up two cents to US$2.75 per mmBTU.The June gold contract closed up US$2.80 to US$1,350.70 an ounce and the May copper contract ended up three cents at US$3.10 a pound.Resolute Forest Products Inc. saw its share price climb 22 cents, or 1.74 per cent, to $12.89 after Unifor said it had reached a tentative deal with the company that would serve as a pattern agreement for future negotiations.last_img read more

2019 Black History Gala Night

first_imgTickets:$40 for Adults (14 years and above)$20 for Kids (6-13 years)Free for Children (0-5 years)Available at the Stonebridge Hotel lobbyFeb 2nd, 9th & 16th 1pm-3pmTo view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERETo view the Pan African Caribbean Association; CLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Pan African Caribbean Association is celebrating Black History Month with a Gala Night, February 23rd, 2019.This evening will be a mixture of unique cultures which you can explore through African/Caribbean cuisine, a fashion show, and music.Saturday, February 23rd 5-9pmMackenzie Ballroom Stonebridge Hotel9223 100St Fort St Johnlast_img read more

Taking cue from Melbourne

first_imgAustralian cities are younger than the cities in Europe. So, the city managers in Australia used the opportunity to learn from the mistakes made in Europe while executing water supply and sanitation plans for their big cities. In small villages in the arid region of the Great Artesian Basin in Australia, drinking water is often obtained by the villagers or the tiny hotels by collecting and storing rainwater. Alternatively, 200-300 metres deep bores are drilled to obtain artesian groundwater resulting from old rainfall which infiltrated the Great Dividing Range in Queensland, about 50,000 to 150,000 years ago. Also Read – A special kind of bondIn Australia, major cities like Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne have their own specialties in water supply. They have long-term futuristic plans for obtaining additional water supplies, as the population of the cities is growing and the climate is becoming erratic. The city of Melbourne has one of the ideal water supply schemes managed by the company Melbourne Water. Anyone visiting Melbourne is surprised to see a note from Melbourne Water, displayed in the foyer, stating that the quality of tap-water is as good as any “bottled mineral water”. The note reads: ‘Go ahead, drink and enjoy the Melbourne Water straight from the tap’. Also Read – Insider threat managementSuch confidence arises from the fact that the company takes meticulous precautions in all phases of providing drinking water supply, starting from range-land management to distribution network, in order to provide good quality drinking water to about 400,000 residents spread over roughly 32 square miles of the city area and the neighboring towns. The catchment areas or the range-lands are treated to promote infiltration of rainfall into the ground and to reduce the velocity of runoff. This results in reducing the silt-load coming into the reservoirs. The infiltrated water slowly reaches the streams which flow to enrich the storage reservoirs. Most of these catchments and range-lands have limited public access. They yield very clean raw water to the reservoirs. This water receives further treatment to make it suitable for human consumption. In times of critical excess demand, Melbourne Water uses water from the Victorian Desalination Plant located at Dalyston, producing around 410 mega litres per day. In addition to this, the North-South Pipeline, also known as the Sugarloaf Pipeline, comes from the town of Victoria north of Melbourne, bringing around 96,000 mega litres per year into the Sugarloaf reservoir of Melbourne Water Co. Surface water stays in the storage reservoirs for up to five years, which helps to improve its quality as some of the impurities break down over the time. This storage in several reservoirs also ensures availability of water in lean years when rainfall is low. The reservoirs are interconnected, allowing movement of water from one reservoir to another whenever needed. The citizens of Melbourne know that the color, taste and smell of water could change throughout the year. This is very normal and usually depends on the following factors: source of water — Water could come from a number of reservoirs, each with natural differences in color and mineral content; demand — People tend to use more water in summer, which causes it to travel faster through the pipes; temperature — Temperature changes the taste of water (cooler water generally tastes better) and it depends on the time of the year. In spite of such changes the monitoring of water quality supplied to homes and industries, is very strict. Each year, Melbourne Water tests about 50,000 samples from over 160 locations, including, storage reservoirs, service reservoirs, aqueducts, transfer mains and points of supply to the retail water customers. Testing of water samples helps fine-tune the water treatment processes, so they can add chemicals in the precise amounts needed; identify potential issues like algal blooms in advance; decide where to transfer water, such as avoiding reservoirs with water quality issues. Australia being a dry continent, every provider of water and sanitation service to cities, including Melbourne Water, searches for new methods for water storage such as wetlands, water ponds, aquifers and also for reuse/recirculation of waste water. Unfortunately, groundwater in the local aquifer is not much in use within urban Melbourne due to its brackishness and due to the pollution caused by industries. Given the need to find a sustainable water strategy for the future, it is very likely that the importance of groundwater will rise after purification through Reverse Osmosis Units. The system of harvesting of storm-water in ponds and wet-lands has certain advantages, as it reduces storm water pollutants and turbidity, and it reduces reliance on drinking water for irrigation. The system provides up to 160 mega litres of storm water per year, or 89 per cent of the requirement for irrigation of city parks. Water used for such irrigation is passed through ultraviolet disinfection units. It creates a variety of different habitats, which have resulted in greater biodiversity. The treated storm water flows slowly through about 70,000 aquatic plants. It enables sports arenas to remain green all year round, which has enhanced community health and well-being. It also creates a space for community enjoyment and recreation. Boardwalks, footpaths and educative sign-boards allow the people to connect with the landscape. In Melbourne, one finds a rare combination of high quality drinking water supply along with careful treatment of storm water and waste water, for providing a green living environment to the citizens. (The author is a water resources consultant based in Pune and has visited Australia several times. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

Womens basketball Penn State up next for Ohio State

OSU coach Kevin McGuff during a game against Nebraska on Feb. 18, 2016 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern file photoThe Ohio State women’s basketball might have played its best game of the season on Sunday against Nebraska. A season-high 23 assists led OSU to a 20-point win and the Buckeyes’ sixth-straight victory.The extra pass helped OSU put up 95 points, its second most in conference play. The team shot 47 percent from the field and had 10 more shots than Nebraska because of 19 turnovers.Coach Kevin McGuff said it’s not the number of possessions he wants. Rather, he looks for good shots off those possessions that has been a problem at times this season for the Buckeyes.“(What) I try to focus on most (is) are we getting the right shots or not,” McGuff said. “With the talent we have, if we get the right shots over the course of a 40-minute game we’ll make enough of them.”Up next for OSU is Penn State. Last year, the Buckeyes had little trouble with the Nittany Lions, leaving University Park with a 77-63 victory.This year, the Nittany Lions are led in scoring by sophomore guard Teniya Page with 18.5 points per game and followed by senior guard Lindsey Spann averaging 11.3 ppg. Penn State is 14-7 overall and 4-5 in the Big Ten and is coming off a lost at home versus Illinois 88-69.Junior guard Kelsey Mitchell could get a lot of the attention from the Nittany Lions, but sophomore forward Stephanie Mavunga could be the X-factor against Penn State. Mavunga is averaging a double-double with 11.3 rebounds and 11.7 points per game, while shooting 56.8 percent from the field. Her inside scoring could be a problem for the Nittany Lions.“I try to focus on the rebounds, the points just kind of happen,” Mavunga said. “A lot of people worry about points, I just worry about rebounds second chance points are really the key or taking away other team’s second chance opportunities.”Penn State will face the second-best rebounding team in the Big Ten, with Mavunga leading the conference in rebounding. Even with her own individual accomplishments, Mavunga credits team play for her success.“We are playing good team-basketball,” Mavunga said. “Throwing that extra pass, and not being selfish is a key on big teams.”Although Penn State hasn’t won a Big Ten game on the road this year, the Buckeyes are taking them seriously.“I like Penn State’s roster. They’re very talented,” McGuff said. “I anticipate a very difficult game. They have a great program and a history of success and their kids are used to winning, and I know they will be excited to come here and compete.”Tipoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Wednesday. read more

Napoli name strong squad for Liverpool trip

first_imgNapoli have named their squad for the Champions League trip to Liverpool, with the likes of Simone Verdi and Vlad Chiriches the notable absentees.The match slated to take place at Anfield on Tuesday at 20.00 GMT happens to be the decider for who goes through to the Round of 16.According to Football Italia, Raul Albiol who was left out of the team for Saturday’s 4-0 Serie A victory over Frosinone will make the trip and is expected to start at Anfield.Ghoulam is equally part of the travelling party after providing two assists for Arkadiusz Milik this weekend, his first appearance since rupturing his ACL in November 2017.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.The only absentees for Ancelotti’s side are Simone Verdi and Vlad Chiriches, while Amin Younes is not on the UEFA list.Napoli squad for Liverpool: Ospina, Karnezis, Meret, Mario Rui, Maksimovic, Albiol, Koulibaly, Ghoulam, Luperto, Malcuit, Hysaj, Zielinski, Fabian Ruiz, Rog, Allan, Diawara, Hamsik, Mertens, Callejon, Milik, Insigne, OunasLiverpool warmed up for the clash with a 4-0 win over Bournemouth thanks to Salah’s hat-trick and Klopp is banking on their 12th man(the Anfield crowd) to roar them into the knockout stages.last_img read more

New Author launches book today scores of students get donated copies

first_img Related Items:gus lightbourne gym, Mattie, North caicos, Talking Potatoes, The Adventures of Auntie Fannie Science Fair open to public viewing by noon New Government contracts mean new clinic for Kew in North Caicos PNP open North & Middle Caicos causeway in tribute Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 02 Jun 2015 – Today a new Turks and Caicos author is officially introduced; his name Bradley Handfield and he is the writer of a new children’s folklore set in North Caicos called, The Adventures of Auntie Fannie, Mattie and the Talking Potatoes. “I practiced telling stories to my children and I would always see how excited they would become when I would say that old thing that we used to say back then, ‘once upon a time was a good old time, Babookie chew tobacco and he spit white lime. Monkey neck choke, dog neck broke and they all went to heaven in a little white boat.’ And I would see my children’s eyes light up every time I do that and they would begin to anticipate a story but then I began to run out of stories and I would have to tell the same stories over and over; so the idea came to me that I should write my own stories, make up my own stories and not just share them with my children but to share them with the children of the Turks and Caicos Islands and indeed the world.” Scores of children will fill the Gus Lightbourne Gym today to hear a reading and to accept presentations of copies of the illustrated book for their school libraries. Dozens of individuals, community and civic leaders, businesses and politicians have purchased copies of the book for schools as a donation to their cultural education. The Official launch and book signing is this morning at the Gus Lightbourne Gym, 10 a.m., all are welcomed to attend the event where the Director of Education is expected to bring remarks.last_img read more

Video How To Think Like An Engineer Chapter 2

first_imgIt’s almost the end of the semester.In the final chapter of a two part video series, a group of freshmen engineering students at Rice University are prepping to present their first prototypes. If you missed chapter one, you can watch it here. These young people have been working on projects for clients like NASA and the Houston Zoo.Want to see more Imaginarium? New videos drop every Monday on YouTube. Subscribe to our channel. Sharelast_img

Trump Sends Campaign Cash Boost to 6 Texans in Fight for Control

first_img Share Lucas Jackson/Reuters via The Texas TribuneU.S. President Donald Trump addresses the National Rifle Association convention in Dallas on May 4, 2018.Six Texas Republicans in Congress received a show of financial support from their party’s leader this week.President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign announced Thursday that it was donating the maximum contribution possible to around 100 House and Senate Republican candidates ahead of midterm elections in which multiple polls suggest Democrats could be poised for big wins. Republican National Committee spokesperson Christiana Purves confirmed Friday that six of those candidates are incumbents from Texas: U.S. Reps. Michael Burgess of Lewisville, John Carter of Round Rock, Michael Cloud of Victoria, Mike Conaway of Midland, John Culberson of Houston and Pete Sessions of Dallas.Three of those Republicans – Carter, Culberson, and Sessions – recently learned they had been outraised by their Democratic challengers in the second quarter of the year, the latest sign that Democrats are aiming to compete in more Texas congressional districts than they have in a generation. Veteran MJ Hegar reported raising $1.1 million from April to June, more than four times Carter’s haul over that period. Hegar, a veteran, posted a campaign video last month that went viral, drawing national attention to her bid to win in a district that has long been reliably Republican.Democratic attorneys Lizzie Pannill Fletcher of Houston and Colin Allred of Dallas also both outraised their opponents, Culberson, and Sessions, respectively. Those districts became prime Democratic targets this year after Democrat Hillary Clinton drew more votes than Trump in both in 2016.Cloud was sworn into Congress just this month after beating out eight other candidates to win a special election to complete scandal-tarnished Blake Farenthold‘s term, which ends in January. Democrats are hopeful Eric Holguin may have a shot at the seat for a full term in November.Burgess and Conaway are somewhat more surprising picks for being singled out by Trump as both represent solidly Republican districts.last_img read more