first_imgTouch Football Australia has received a massive publicity boost with a feature story on Australia’s 2007 Federation of International Touch World Cup campaign being featured in the November Issue of Inside Sport, Australia’s most respected Sporting magazine.For more than 14 Years, the Inside Sport team has combined thoughtful, hard-hitting and in-depth feature writing with lighter, more irreverent and bite-sized sporting tidbits for every sporting palate. With a Circulation of 52,529 and a Readership of 155,000, the magazine has mass popularity and reach all over Australia, and this is a major coup for Touch Football.Aaron Scott, a journalist for “Inside Sport” magazine tracked the progress of the Australian World Cup Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed Open Teams for the first two days of the 22-24 September Training Camp held in Sydney at Cronulla’s Toyota Park.Aaron interviewed various players, coaches, and officials over Friday and Saturday and was amazed at the speed of the game and the talent and dexterity players possessed across a range of fitness and game play disciplines.Touch aficionados will appreciate the article’s portrayal of Touch Football as a viable sport in its’ own right in Australia and around the World.The essence of our game and the athleticism, skill level, and professionalism of our National Open players was encapsulated well.The article is featured on pages 30–31 of the November issue of Inside Sport – so go and get yourself a copy of Inside Sport and see our sport in all its’ glory!last_img read more

Video: Indiana Signee Ogugua Anunoby Throws Down A Sick Between-The-Legs Dunk

first_imgIndiana Signee Ogugua Aunoby dunks after going between the legs.Indiana Signee Ogugua AunobyWith the returns of James Blackmon and Yogi Ferrell, as well as the addition of five-star big man Thomas Bryant, Indiana projects as a top-20 team next season. Bryant and four-star Juwan Morgan are the big names of the Hoosiers’ incoming freshman class, but a third frontcourt player, Ogugua Anunoby, has some talent of his own. Anunoby, a 6-foot-8 three-star small forward from Jefferson City (Mo.), posted this video to his Instagram tonight. It was re-posted by the Indiana men’s basketball program’s official Instagram, and it features Anunoby throwing down an impressive, 180-degree between-the-legs dunk. Pretty good. We’re sure Hoosier fans will be salivating once they see this.last_img read more

Ottawas mishandling of Jordans Principle means gaps delays and denials for First

first_imgTrina Roache APTN National NewsThe Canadian Human Rights Tribunal has ordered for the full implementation of Jordan’s Principle to ensure equal healthcare for Indigenous children in a decision released Tuesday.The order was part of the long-awaited ruling released Tuesday that detailed how Canada discriminates against Indigenous people in its policies and funding of child welfare on-reserve.The goal of Jordan’s Principle is to ensure Indigenous children on-reserve have equal access to healthcare.“(Indigenous Affairs) is also ordered to cease applying its narrow definition of Jordan’s Principle and to take measures to immediately implement the full meaning and scope of Jordan’s principle,” the tribunal said in its 182-page. “More than just funding, there is a need to refocus the policy of the program to respect human rights principles and sound social work practice.”Who pays for health services on-reserve – the province, Indigenous and Northern Affairs, or Health Canada – can be complicated. Jordan’s Principle dictates care for the child first and fight over who pays later.Despite the House of Commons unanimously adopting Jordan’s Principle in 2007, Indigenous Affairs went on to define the principle so narrowly, that it said no cases existed.‎The human rights tribunal didn’t agree.“Such an approach defeats the purpose of Jordan’s Principle and results in service gaps, delays and denials for First Nations children on reserve,” the decision said.Jordan’s Principle is named after Jordan River Anderson, a young boy with severe special needs from Manitoba’s remote Norway House Cree Nation. He died in hospital while the province and federal government fought over his care. He never got to see his home.Ottawa came up with a complicated definition. It only applied the principle to situations in which there was a dispute between the federal government and the province over who should pay for a service needed by a child on-reserve with multiple disabilities requiring multiple health services.“It is Health Canada’s and AANDC’s narrow interpretation of Jordan’s Principle that results in there being no cases meeting the criteria for Jordan’s Principle,” the tribunal ruled. “Jordan’s Principle is meant to apply to all First Nations children. There are many other First Nations children without multiple disabilities who require services, including child and family services. Having to put a child in care in order to access those services, when those services are available to all other Canadians is one of the main reasons this Complaint was made.”Tribunal panel members heard hundreds of hours of testimony over 76 days of hearings. Thousands of documents were submitted in a fight that began in 2007 when Cindy Blackstock, a First Nations’ child welfare advocate along with Assembly of First Nations, filed a human rights complaint.The panel found Canada’s position “unreasonable, unconvincing and not supported by the preponderance of evidence in this case.”In an interview last December, Blackstock said documents show a federal bureaucracy working to protect politicians over the needs of Indigenous children.“It’s very clear to me they completely didn’t get it,” Blackstock said at the time. “Or even if they did get it, they felt the moral course was to deny children services and I think that’s unconscionable. There shouldn’t be more red tape for them to jump, there shouldn’t be longer waits. They shouldn’t be denied services because they’re First Nations’ children.”Three years ago, Mi’kmaw woman Maurina Beadle, took the federal government to court for not providing equal healthcare services for her son Jeremy Meawasige, who has special needs.When Beadle had a stroke in 2010, her band the Pictou Landing First Nation in Nova Scotia, picked up the tab for Jeremy’s extra home care. But argued that it was a cost Ottawa should cover. And not doing so made it a case of Jordan’s Principle.The courts agreed. Beadle won her case.A year later, Ottawa appealed. And an internal federal document puts that decision squarely at the feet of then Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt, who was defeated in October’s election.“Minister Valcourt, the federal lead for Jordan’s Principle, decided to have the Crown appeal the decision on May 6, 2013, on the principle that the Judge erred in his interpretation of JP,” noted a memo labelled “secret.”Ottawa had consistently argued no cases of Jordan’s Principle existed.Emails between federal officials at Health Canada paint a different picture.“There will likely be more cases coming forward so we will definitely need a good tracking system,” the documents said.Blackstock pointed to a April 15, 2013 document, which summarizes a call between officials with Health Canada and Aboriginal and Northern Affairs discussing how to narrow the impact of Beadle’s court victory.The memo detailed how two bureaucrats decided the Pictou Landing case “will be labelled as a JP case, that way it can be treated as an isolated case and the interim remedy can be limited to this case alone.”Blackstock said that document showed how the Harper government saw Jordan’s Principle as a way of limiting the services for kids.A lot has changed since these emails and briefing notes were volleyed back and forth between bureaucrats. The Liberals now form a majority government.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission has issued its report. Recommendation Number 3: “We call upon all levels of government to fully implement Jordan’s Principle.”In its decision, the tribunal left the remedies – how government should fix this problem – for a later date. Reaction from the Liberal Government is still to come.Blackstock and the Assembly of First Nations will hold a press conference later Tuesday.Back in December, when Blackstock still had her fingers crossed over the tribunal decision, she said whatever changes happen, it’s not just about more money for child welfare and health services for First Nations.“The bureaucracy is still in place,” said Blackstock. “And their particular goal appears to be to have protected the minister and they didn’t make the effort to really ensure that children were the focal point of benefitting from federal services. I’m hoping we see that change.For Blackstock, it’s a matter of making sure that memo makes it through the red tape.“I’m hoping the federal government immediately instructs the bureaucrats to make sure these changes reach down into the levels of kids,” she said.troache@aptn.calast_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,039.26, down 42.83 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up 60 cents, or 14.85 per cent, to $4.64 on 39.02 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Up 63 cents, or 3.26 per cent, to $19.98 on 9.3 million shares.Aimia Inc. (TSX:AIM). Loyalty programs. Up 41 cents, or 14.64 per cent, to $3.21 on 6.04 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down 16 cents, 1.11 per cent, to $14.28 on 5.4 million shares.Obsidian Energy Ltd. (TSX:OBE). Oil and gas. Up two cents, 1.32 per cent, to $1.53 on 3.9 million shares.NexGen Energy Ltd. (TSX:NXE). Miner. Down 11 cents, or 3.62 per cent, to $2.93 on 3.8 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Oil and gas. Up 11 cents, or 0.24 per cent, to $46.30 on 1.9 million shares. The company is considering adding a 30,000- to 40,000-barrel-per-day bitumen-only project to its Horizon oilsands mine to take advantage of excess ore production and pipeline capacity. The proposed project could be approved as early as 2019 and would continue a trend in the sector to bolt on brownfield production to avoid the high costs and risks of building new mines from scratch.Hydro One Ltd. (TSX:H). Utilities. Down 27 cents, or 1.17 per cent, to $22.71 on 444,246 shares. Ontario’s largest electricity distributor says its third-quarter profit was down six per cent from last year as a result of costs associated with the proposed $6.7-billion acquisition of Avista Corp., a U.S. utility company based in Spokane, Wash. Profit attributable to common shareholders was $219 million (37 cents per share), down from $233 million (40 cents per share) last year. Excluding the costs associated with Avista, Hydro One’s adjusted profit was up two per cent at $237 million.last_img read more

3 Miss America officials resign 1 apologizes to exwinner

first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – The top leadership of the Miss America Organization, implicated in an email scandal that targeted past pageant winners for abuse based on their appearance, intellect and sex lives, resigned on Saturday, with the outgoing president apologizing to a winner whose weight he ridiculed.The president, Josh Randle, told The Associated Press his comment responding to an email to his private account about the physical appearance of 2013 winner Mallory Hagan came months before he started working for the Miss America Organization in 2015. But he said it was wrong.“I apologize to Mallory for my lapse in judgment,” Randle said on Saturday. “It does not reflect my values or the values I worked to promote at the Miss America Organization. Although this terrible situation was not caused or driven by me, in light of recent events and new developments, I am no longer willing to continue in my capacity as president and earlier today offered my resignation to the MAO Board of Directors.”Randle said his resignation was voluntary and had not been requested by the board of Miss America, which is based in Atlantic City.Hagan did not immediately respond to a message seeking comment on the resignations of Randle, CEO Sam Haskell and Chairman Lynn Weidner. But on her Facebook page, she posted a message asking anyone who was warned away from her to come forward and send her a direct message, in what might be a precursor to legal action against the Miss America Organization or its former officers regarding her post-Miss America work as a pageant interview coach.“If you have ever been told to not work with me, communicate with me, hire me, etc. Will you send me a DM?” she wrote.The scandal began Thursday, when the Huffington Post published leaked emails showing pageant officials ridiculing past Miss Americas, including crass and sometimes vulgar comments about them.The emails included one that used a vulgar term for female genitalia to refer to past Miss America winners, one that wished that a particular former Miss America had died and others that speculated about how many sex partners Hagan has had.Randle noted that the worst communications were exchanged in 2013 and 2014, years before he joined the Miss America Organization, and said the article’s implication of “complicit participation on my part in a years long array of inappropriate email communication” is untrue.Haskell’s resignation is effective immediately, while Randle and Weidner will remain for a few weeks to help with a leadership transition. Dan Meyers, who had been vice chairman of the board, was named interim chairman.The organization announced the resignations a day after dozens of former Miss Americas, including Hagan, signed a petition calling on the group’s leadership to step down because of the emails.The emails already cost the pageant its television production partner and raised questions about the future of the nationally televised broadcast from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall the week after Labor Day each year. Dick Clark Productions told the AP on Thursday that it cut ties with the Miss America Organization over the emails, calling them “appalling.”Also on Saturday, one of the main recipients of fundraising from the Miss America Organization said it was reviewing its association with Miss America. The Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals said it was “conducting an immediate review of the situation and will take appropriate actions.”And New Jersey officials are reviewing their Miss America Organization contract, in which the state still owes $4 million toward the cost of next year’s pageant.___Follow Wayne Parry at read more

Sensex tanks 354 pts HDFC twins succumb to selloff

first_imgMumbai: The BSE benchmark Sensex cracked about 354 points Wednesday, pressured by a sudden sell-off in HDFC and HDFC Bank amid grim global cues. The 30-share Sensex lost 353.87 points, or 0.91 per cent, to close at 38,585.35, while the broader NSE Nifty dropped 87.65 points, or 0.75 per cent, to 11,584.30. HDFC Bank slumped 2.07 per cent, while HDFC lost 1.96 per cent. The HDFC duo collectively accounted for almost half of the Sensex’s 354-point loss. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalTraders said the HDFC duo succumbed to a late-session sell-off following reports of PE giant KKR offloading some stake in the two companies. Market sentiment was also hit by the IMF downgrading the global growth forecast to 3.3 per cent for 2019, they added. Globally, stocks wobbled after US President Donald Trump threatened to slap tariffs on goods imported from the EU, ratcheting up global trade tensions. Other top losers in the Sensex pack included Bharti Airtel, Asian Paints, TCS, HCL Tech, Tata Steel, SBI, IndusInd Bank and Hero MotoCorp, declining up to 3.28 per cent. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostWhile Tata Motors, HUL, Kotak Bank, Coal India, Sun Pharma, M&M, Bajaj Auto and ONGC were the gainers, spurting up to 4.68 per cent. “Sentiments were affected on the news that IMF had lowered global economic growth outlook and fresh trade tensions have erupted between US and EU. Investors also seemed to be cautious awaiting Q4 March 2019 earnings beginning later this week,” said Deepak Jasani, Head- Retail Research, HDFC Securities. The IMF’s World Economic Outlook (WEO) “projects a slowdown in growth in 2019 for 70 per cent of the world economy,” IMF chief economist Gita Gopinath said in a statement. India is projected to grow at 7.3 per cent in 2019 and 7.5 per cent in 2020, reflecting the recent revision to the national account statistics that indicated somewhat softer underlying momentum, the report said. Meanwhile, foreign institutional investors (FIIs) net purchased equity worth Rs 1,212.35 crore Tuesday, while domestic institutional investors (DIIs) sold shares to the tune of Rs 688.65 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed. Elsewhere in Asia, Japan’s Nikkei dropped 0.53 per cent and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell 0.13 per cent. Korea’s Kospi rose 0.49 per cent, while Shanghai Composite Index inched up 0.16 per cent. In Europe, Frankfurt’s DAX was up 0.41 per cent, Paris CAC 40 rose 0.38 per cent, and London’s FTSE gained 0.02 per cent in early deals. The benchmark Brent crude futures rose 0.67 per cent to USD 71.08 per barrel. Meanwhile, the rupee appreciated 12 paise to 69.18 against the US dollar intra-day.last_img read more

Mason Jobst scores in overtime to push Ohio State mens hockey into

OSU freshman forward Mason Jobst (26) during a game against Michigan on March 6 at Nationwide Arena. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorIt took extra time and a fortunate bounce off the opposing goalie, but the Ohio State men’s hockey team came out victorious in its first-round matchup against the Michigan State Spartans in the Big Ten tournament.Freshman forward Mason Jobst scored in overtime to seal the 4-3 victory and continuation of OSU’s season for at least one more night.The Thursday night showdown at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, was the third consecutive match between the two schools.The Buckeyes got off to a dream start when freshman forward John Wiitala put the puck past Michigan State senior goaltender Jake Hildebrand just 38 seconds into the match. The Minnesota native collected the puck from sophomore forward Matthew Weis and fired home with a wraparound effort.A physical first period would also end with a Buckeye goal. Freshman defenseman Tommy Parran doubled the lead for the Scarlet and Gray with just over a minute remaining in the period. A shot from junior defenseman and first-team All-Big Ten defenseman Josh Healey took a deflection, and the puck fell to his defensive partner.The Spartans got on the board in the early minutes of the second period. A midrange effort from junior forward Joe Cox found its way past OSU junior goaltender Christian Frey to cut the Buckeyes’ lead in half. Senior forward Matt DeBlouw would then equalize for the Spartans with a power-play goal around halfway through the period.Another penalty left OSU shorthanded once again in the period, and the Spartans once again took advantage. Senior forward and captain Michael Ferrantino deflected a shot from freshman defenseman Zach Osburn past Frey, giving the Spartans their first lead of the night.That lead was not long-lived, as Weis tied it up at 3-3 three and a half minutes into the third period. That would be the final goal in regulation, and the two sides would go to overtime for the third straight game, where Jobst gathered a deflection off Hildebrand and put it into the net for the win.With the victory, the Buckeyes advance to the semifinals of the Big Ten tournament and are scheduled to face off with No. 1 seed Minnesota on Friday at 8:30 p.m. read more

Track and Field Julia Rizk claims first in 1500meter run at Black

Individual members of Ohio State’s track and field team competed in the Black and Gold Challenge in Orlando, Florida, despite the team not sending its full roster.The two-day meet hosted 22 teams, including Kentucky, Florida State and South Carolina, all three of which faced off against Ohio State during the indoor national championship on March 9-10.Ohio State was not alone in leaving a bulk of its roster behind. However, the Buckeyes traveled without junior Sade Olatoye, their best thrower during the indoor season. Senior and All-American long jumper Zack Bazile was on the heat sheet, but did not compete in long jump. Junior Nick Gray did not compete in the 200-meter dash, the event in which he claimed a Big Ten championship.Women’s recapOhio State claimed each of the three top spots at the 1500-meter run with sophomore Julia Rizk finishing first at 4:25.84, senior Christine Frederick finishing second at 4:25.98 and sophomore Abby Nichols finishing third at 4:26.In the 200-meter dash, senior Maggie Barrie finished second with a time of 23.59 seconds, a personal best. Barrie, an individual second-team All-American in the 400-meter run, did not compete in the event during the invite.After an indoor All-American 4×400-meter-relay performance last week, Ohio State split up its runners and put them into two separate teams. The ‘A’ team, which consisted of senior Beatrice Hannan, freshman Anavia Battle, sophomore Tamani Wilson and junior Karrington Winters, finished second at 3:37 behind Empire Athletics, a professional team.In the 800-meter run, freshman Aziza Ayoub finished second with a time of 2:08.Senior Chantel Ray finished third in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.65 seconds. In the 100-meter dash, Battle finished third with a time of 11.85 seconds.Men’s recapSenior Cole Gorski broke his previous school outdoor record of 5.25 meters with a jump of 5.40 meters. Junior Coty Cobb finished third at 5.15 meters.In his first-ever 5000-meter race as a Buckeye, junior Luke Landis finished first with a time of 14:47.Sophomore Brent Carroll finished second in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 54.27 seconds.Ohio State’s 4×400-meter-relay team, consisting of senior Drelan Bramwell, freshman Joseph Cooper, sophomore Asa Burke and freshman Andre Jeff, finished second with a time of 3:06. That same unit finished third in the 4×100-meter relay with a time of 41.10 seconds.Senior Max Seipel finished third in shot put with a throw of 17.39 meters. Nicholas Demaline, an All-American in shot put, did not compete. The Buckeye will head off to Los Angeles for the USC Invite on March 23-24. read more

Antoine Griezmann we should have won

first_imgAthletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann feels they should have defeated Valencia but didn’t execute the perfect game plan.Angel Correa showed brilliant composure inside the box to fire into the bottom right corner in the 26th minute after he was put through by Griezmann.But on the 56th minute, Rodrigo with a great touch controlled a beautiful cross inside the box and thundered the ball into the roof of the net.Valencia came close to claiming all 3 points on the 67th minute when Gabriel rose high and headed past the goalkeeper only for the ball to hit the right post. The game ended 1-1.Sports 360 reports that Griezmann, however, believes they should have gone home victorious.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Speaking after the game, Griezmann said: “It was a match that we should have won, but we didn’t do things perfectly. We played a good first half, we were fine in the first 20 minutes in the second half but then we lost a bit of order.“We had a chance, we didn’t do well enough and they levelled the match, we have to watch the match and improve.”“We want to improve on last year, we’ll see how far we can go,” he said.“We want to win all of our matches.“At the end of the season, we’ll see where we are.”last_img read more

Fabian Ruiz discusses all things Napoli

first_imgAccording to the Spaniard, he joined the Partenopei because he was advised by the legendary Italian manager’s son Davide AncelottiNapoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz has revealed how the son of Carlo Ancelotti, Davide Ancelotti, helped him get to the Italian Lega Serie A as part of the Partenopei.“At the start, I suffered an injury which held me back for three weeks and then it wasn’t easy to break into the team, my teammates were doing very well. I’m better now and I’m happy,” he was quoted by Football Italia.“It’s going really well with Carlo Ancelotti, he’s a great Coach. He’s calm and close to the players.”“He rarely gets angry, but on the pitch, I’m often close to his technical area and when he does… it’s dangerous!”Sacchi explains Sarri, Conte, and Ancelotti Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Arrigo Sacchi talked about how Sarri has a tougher time at Juventus than Conte at Inter; while Ancelotti’s “blood is boiling” at Napoli.Arrigo Sacchi…“Did his son recommend me? It’s true, Davide was engaged to a girl from Seville who he met in Madrid, and when he visited her he’d go to watch Betis and Sevilla matches,” he explained.“He saw me play on those occasions. When I met his fiancée, I thanked her.”“It’s a more direct and quicker style of football here, but now that I’m playing regularly I feel good. The players are strong, the quality is very similar and in the end, there is not a huge difference,” he added.“I’m learning the language little-by-little, it’s not as hard as it seems at the start.”last_img read more

Elles Anne Slowey Exits Her Role People on the Move — 2117

first_img Monika Eyers has been named East Coast editor, home design at Better Homes & Gardens. She brings with her more than a decade of experience creating design and decorating content for publications including The Wall Street Journal, Vogue and Condé Nast Living, among others. Jim Norton, chief business officer and president of revenue at Condé Nast, has been elected chairman of the board of the Interactive Advertising Bureau. He succeeds Lauren Wiener, president of buyer platforms at Tremor Video. Slowey was known as a guest on “Project Runway” and “Stylista” — the 2008 reality show that was set at Elle. Here are the rest of this week’s people on the move: It’s reported that she’ll also pursue short-film and brand marketing now that her role at the brand has changed. Steve Kandell, executive editor, features at BuzzFeed News, announced via Twitter that he’s leaving the site. He’s set to join Esquire as site editor later this month. The Atlantic has promoted David Somerville to a new and expanded creative director role, in which he’ll oversee design and visuals for the entirety of the brand. Somerville was previously the creative director for National Journal. Additionally, Rebecca Longshore will begin as Real Simple’s social media manager in March. She’s new to the brand, but not Time Inc. — she spent the past three years working at MyRecipes and Cooking Light, most recently as the multimedia editor for both brands. Also, Sigal Samuel is The Atlantic’s new associate editor covering global religion. She served most recently as opinion editor at Forward.center_img Laura Schocker has been named Real Simple’s new digital director. Lori Leibovich, who recently moved into the role of digital director of women’s content at Time Inc., held the role most recently. Schocker was previously interim digital director at the brand. Imelme Umana, class of Harvard Law School ’18, has become the first Black woman elected president of Harvard’s Law Review. Her appointment echoes that of Barack Obama, who became the first Black man elected president of the 130-year-old title in 1990. Elle magazine’s Anne Slowey is no longer fashion news editor for the brand. Slowey, who’d been with the title since 1998, will transition to a new role as a contributing writer for the magazine, according to Page Six. Roma Vakil has joined Bloomberg Media as global head of subscription revenue and strategy. This is a new role at the company — Vakil’s portfolio includes digital and print, including newsletters, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Bloomberg Markets. The New Republic has promoted Laura Marsh to the newly created position of literary editor, overseeing cultural coverage and criticism for the magazine and She was formerly story editor for the publication. Brody Brown has been named deputy news director at Us Weekly, promoted from deputy news editor. He joined the celebrity magazine in 2012 as a reporter. Olivia Nuzzi is joining New York magazine as Washington correspondent, covering the Trump administration and Congress. Since 2014, she has been a political reporter at the Daily Beast.last_img read more

SCHOOL BUS ROUTES for Wilmington Public Schools 20192020

first_imgWilmington High School Kindergarten bus stops are not published in the newspaper or on the District’s website. When possible, bus stops are provided close to kindergarteners’ homes. Parents or guardians must be present at bus stops for all kindergartners and are not to be left unattended when dropped off at home. If parents or guardians are not home, the students will be returned to the school.Who should I contact if I have questions or concerns regarding my child’s bus transportation?Sharon Dunnett is the designated Transportation Coordinator for the Wilmington Public Schools. Ms. Dunnett can be reached via telephone at 978-658-1856, 978-943-0389 or via email at Ms. Dunnett logs each message and each parent or guardian receives a response to their question or concern.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington School Lunch Menus (Week of August 26, 2019)In “Education”SCHOOL BUS ROUTES for Wilmington’s Shawsheen Tech Students (2019-2020)In “Education”NOW HIRING: Wilmington Public Schools Posts 10 New Job OpeningsIn “Education” WILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools recently released the school bus routes for the 2019-2020 school year for the Woburn Street/North, Shawsheen/West, Middle School & High School: Wilmington Middle Schoolcenter_img Woburn Street Elementary School & North Intermediate School Shawsheen Elementary School & West Intermediate Schoollast_img read more

World Cup 2019 5 reasons why Australia could retain the trophy

first_imgAustralia seem to have what it takes to win the World Cup in 2019Cricket Australia / TwitterA few months ago, Australian cricket seemed to be in an intractable crisis. Both the Test and ODI team were looking hopeless and the prospect of defending their world title bleak. But in the last couple of months, the Aussies have roared back and established themselves as among the top contenders to win the World Cup in England.The 15-man squad picked on Monday, April 15, has raised some questions. The exclusion of Josh Hazlewood and inclusion of Steve Smith is being discussed in cricketing circles fervently. Despite these few doubts, the team looks strong on paper and stronger on the form. Let’s enumerate those five reasons which make Australia capable of successful retaining the World Cup trophy.Experience of winningJust as England and South Africa have repeatedly failed to win major ODI tournaments and therefore, may struggle to close the deal when they have a chance, Australians know all about triumphing in major events. Many players like Aaron Finch, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, were part of the World Cup winning squad in 2015. Hence, they know how to handle pressure and succeed in high-stakes matches. There is unlikely to be any stage-fright for this lot.Australia’s squad: Aaron Finch (C), Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (WK), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Jhye Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa Aaron Finch’s form has boosted the strength of Australian teamReuters/Craig BroughIn-form batsmenWhat brought about the turnaround in the Australian team’s fortunes was their batting. It was started by Usman Khawaja who started scoring heavily in India. But the form of his partner Finch was in doubt. That was put to rest in the next series that Aussies played where Finch emerged as the leading run-scorer. Shaun Marsh too returned to his scoring ways and Maxwell regained the magic touch which makes him a special player. With the arrival of an in-form Warner and a proven commodity in Smith, the batting would look even stronger.Wicket-taking bowlersGone are the days, when bowling defensively was a good option. These days, taking wickets is everything. Australia have an advantage in this regard. Their bowlers – especially – Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc have mastered this art. The latter had been the most lethal bowler in 50-over cricket till some time ago due to his deadly yorkers and lively pace. In the middle overs, such wicket-taking options are a must for any team aspiring to be world champions.Experience of winning in dry conditionsHaving won their last two series in India and UAE, the Aussies have shown that they are capable of adapting to different types of conditions. This would be very useful in England where teams would encounter a wide variety of challenges. These days, English pitches tend to be much drier than in the past. This wouldn’t worry Australia as they have recently excelled in such conditions.Good spin-bowling combinationAustralia may not possess the best spin-bowling attack in the world – that distinction belongs to India – but they don’t have the worst either. Nathan Lyon has settled nicely into his role as a holding bowler who can deliver 10 economical overs. What makes this off-spinner special is his consistency and accuracy, allowing him to succeed in not so friendly wickets also.He will have Adam Zampa to assist him if Australia go in with two spinners. Initially, not so successful, he is now using his variations a lot more effectively. This has turned him into a genuine wicket-taking option. So, Lyon keeping the batsmen honest from one end and Zampa attacking them from other seems a very promising combination.Expected XI:Aaron Finch (C), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Alex Carey (WK), Nathan Lyon, Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nilelast_img read more

Prabhas Saaho makers to hold special screening of teaser at this place

first_imgLeaked still of Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor from SaahoTwitterThe makers of Saaho starring Prabhas and Shraddha Kapoor will hold a special screening of its teaser, an hour before its release on the internet, at the Prasad Lab in Hyderabad on Thursday.On June 10, the producers of Saaho had announced that its much-awaited teaser would be released on June 13. Along with this announcement, they also released a poster featuring actress Shraddha Kapoor. But some fans of Prabhas were upset with the poster as it did not feature the Baahubali actor.The much-awaited teaser of Saaho would hit the internet at 11.23 am on Thursday. UV Creations tweeted, “Witness the teaser of biggest action entertainer of the year in 2 days. Unveiling #SaahoTeaser on 13th June.” Later the makers added, “The action begins in a day. Unveiling #SaahoTeaser at 11:23 AM tomorrow.”But the producers have planned to screen the teaser of Saaho before releasing it officially on YouTube and other social media platforms. “We cordially invite you to the teaser projection of India’s most prestigious action thriller Saaho at Prasad Lab in Hyderabad at 10.00 am tomorrow (June 13),” reads the invitation sent by the makes of the film.Saaho is scheduled for grand worldwide release on August 15. The huge success of Prabhas’ last outing Baahubali 2 has generated massive hype for this movie and its stunning promos have skyrocketed the curiosity and expectations from the movie. The movie is releasing in Hindi, Telugu, Tamil, Malayalam and a few other languages and trade experts feel that the film will topple all the collections records.Trade Analyst Rohit Jaiswal tweeted, “#Saaho will WIPE OUT, DEMOLISH & DESTROY its competitors on 15th August 2019, No Comments for regional language collection, as far as Hindi version is concerned, I am Expecting 25-30cr Day 1, unless a blunder done by director or PR team…#Prabhas will Shatter records for sure.”last_img read more

Houston Starting Effort to Become Soccer City

first_img X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listencenter_img Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaEven when the focus is on soccer, the – in the United States – more popular football is in the background. Football is big in Houston. Futbol – not so much.But that has to change if Houston wants to be selected as a host city for the 2026 World Cup.“Every soccer match we do over the next 24 months will be viewed from the lens of FIFA, U.S. Soccer and how Houston responds to everything we do,” Doug Hall, vice president of special projects at the Harris County Houston Sports Authority, said.The United States will host the prestigious soccer tournament together with Mexico and Canada.The 10 U.S. host cities, out of a pool of 17 finalists, will be announced in summer 2020. Each city will host six World Cup games over the course of a month.Hall said the impact for Houston, economic and otherwise, would be comparable to hosting six super bowls.To reach that goal, the Sports Authority will be forming an organizing committee that will work on raising soccer’s profile in Houston during the next two years. 00:00 /00:47last_img read more

Bizman shot dead at pointblank range in broad daylight at Uluberia

first_imgKolkata: A businessman was shot dead at point-blank range in Uluberia on Sunday afternoon.Though the police are yet to ascertain the exact reason behind the murder, they suspect that monetary gain was the main motive behind the crime as the victim was returning home with a huge amount of money.Police said the victim, Subhojit Garai (38), was a distributor of different biscuit companies. He was a resident of Hanskhali in Uluberia itself.After the preliminary investigation, police have come to know that the victim used to go for cash collection on every Sunday from the shops where he used to supply biscuits. His family members told the police that he left home in the morning and the incident took place when he was returning home. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHe was on his motorbike. Suddenly, three persons on another motorbike started following him. The miscreants had their faces covered and they forced the victim to stop his two-wheeler.He was pushed when he stopped the motorbike and eventually fell on the road. They were trying to take away his handbag containing a huge amount of money but the businessman was not ready to let go of the bag. The miscreants opened fire at the businessman, who received bullet injuries on his stomach. The miscreants took the bag containing the money while the victim was left writhing in pain. They fled the spot on the motorbike. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedLocals rushed to the spot after hearing the sound of firing and found the businessman lying in a pool of blood on Uluberia-Shyampukur Road. They immediately informed the police. Policemen from the local police station reached the spot and sent the body for an autopsy.According to police, the miscreants had been keeping a watch on the victim for the past few weeks and they were well aware of the route he used to take to reach home after collection on every Sunday.Police are yet to arrest anyone in this connection. The investigating officer spoke to some of the locals to find out someone who has witnessed the incident. They also spoke to the victim’s family members to know if he had received any threat call in the past few days or if anyone had threatened him with dire consequences. Police have also asked his family members if they suspect anyone who might be behind the crime.last_img read more

French media group Lagardère increased sales at it

first_imgFrench media group Lagardère increased sales at its TV channels, programme production and distribution and magazines division Lagardère Active in the third quarter.Lagardère Active reported net sales of €267 million in the quarter ending September 30, up 3.9% on a like-for-like basis. The company said ad sales across the channels group, which includes DTT channels Tiji and Canal J, had been strong.last_img

Wealthy European consumers trust international TV

first_imgWealthy European consumers trust international TV news channels more than national services to provide impartial news, according to a survey carried out by IPSOS for the inTV channels group.Eighty-three percent of responders in a survey of 28,000 ‘affluent’ Europeans rated international TV channels as trustworthy, scoring them five or more on a scale of one to seven, and 78% considered them to be impartial or unbiased.When comparing brand sentiment, international TV channels scored at least 39% higher compared to national TV channels for all attributes on the survey, including whether they were high quality and informative.Individuals with a household income of over €250,000 rated international TV channels at least 10% more highly than the average for all attributes.Sonia Marguin, Head of Research at Euronews and chair of inTV said: “With so much instant information, clutter and fake news, time-squeezed affluent consumers are being more selective about which media brands they use. They really value the impartial content provided by international TV channels and so are more likely to engage with them than national TV brands. That’s why, when looking at the international TV channels within the inTV group, we reach 86% of C-Suite Europeans.”inTV promotes the benefits of international channels to the advertising industry. The group comprises BBC World News, France 24, ESPN Classic, Euronews, Eurosport, National Geographic, Sky News, CNBC and TV5 Monde.last_img read more

FEATURES The Miss Donegal 2016 finalists have bee

first_imgFEATURES: The Miss Donegal 2016 finalists have been announced, and four Derry participants will be hoping they can land the coveted crown. The glitzy event is being held in the Radisson Hotel, Letterkenny this Friday 13th May! The final has 30 girls competing for the prestigious title, which shall be judged by a panel of six Judges.The lucky girl who is chosen to represent Donegal shall go on to the Miss Ireland final being held in Dublin in late August.Miss Donegal will have a host of prizes including: Aoibheann Walsh owner of the award winning salon G&G located on the Church Lane, Letterkenny, has kindly offered Miss Donegal 2016 unlimited Hair and Makeup for all Promotional events associated with Miss Donegal and Miss Ireland 2016.Plus Unlimited membership to Fit Hub Ireland Ltd, Letterkenny and one to one nutrition with Neil Barrett MSc. The Sequin Cinderella Boutique, Buncrana shall also sponsor dresses for the Miss Ireland event.The Tipsy Nail Bar, Letterkenny has sponsored the girl with deluxe gel nail extensions, plus a deluxe pedicure.Starlashes & Brows Ramelton, have sponsored a set of mink eyelash extensions.The Miss Donegal event should be a fun night as live entertainment is being provided by Jacqui Sharkey, whose genre consists of Acoustic/Americana/New Country/Celtic music.Also Nerissa Moore, of ‘The Voice’ fame, and Maria McCormick whose genre is Country music.There is also a raffle on the night with a prize of an autumn break for 2 Adults for 2 nights to Prague, kindly sponsored by Liberty Travel, Riverside Retail Park, Letterkenny.There are also an array of other prizes available on the night.A prize for most ‘Glamourous attendee’, and ‘Most promising teen’ selected from those attending the event.Judges on the night are: Jay Doherty, award winning photographer.Local Politician Tim Jackson.Nicola McLaughlin ‘The Sequin Cinderella’.Emma Murray ‘The Fashion Chair’.Donegal Daily’s resident blogger Mairead Gallagher.Blogger and xpose regular Zara McDaid.Tickets are priced at €25 and are available at The Radisson Hotel, Letterkenny.Doors open at 7:00 pm.DERRY GIRLS HOPING TO WIN MISS DONEGAL 2016 was last modified: May 11th, 2016 by stephenstephen Tags: ShareTweet DerryFeaturesfinaljudgesMiss Donegal 2016Newslast_img read more

By Marin Katusa Relations amongst the countries of

first_imgBy Marin KatusaRelations amongst the countries of the Middle East revolve around religion and historic allegiances. The region’s Muslim countries are divided into Sunni and Shiite camps while Jews and Christians are in a constant battle for representation. The historic Camp David peace accord between Egypt and Israel has provided a cornerstone for regional relations for years (though it is showing signs of strain in the post-Mubarak era), and the United States has long supported these two nations alongside Saudi Arabia and its allies while Russia shored up Iran, Syria, and those in the opposing group. Grievances often go back decades, if not longer, and there are so many interested parties that it is nigh impossible to move without stepping on someone’s toes.But there is one force that is more powerful in the pulsing Middle East than even religion: energy.Oil and gas mean money and power, two great enablers that make anything possible. Why else would one of the world’s most conservative Muslim countries – Saudi Arabia – align itself so closely with the United States, a showcase of liberal thought and personal freedom?As the birthplace of three major religions, the Middle East was destined for conflict, but the presence of vast energy wealth has amplified and complicated those tensions a hundredfold. It’s a global truth that those with energy resources hold the cards and those without domestic energy supplies have to do whatever is necessary to ensure they are dealt a hand. The Middle East is home to a disproportionate number of countries in the former category – countries bloated with the power that comes with oil wealth.Not every country in the region fits that bill, however. For years Israel’s Achilles heel has been energy – or a lack thereof. Netanyahu’s old joke is that Moses led his people through the desert for 40 years to the only place in the Middle East without any oil. Decades of drilling and digging yielded no significant hydrocarbons, leaving Israel with no choice but to spend 5% of its GDP buying fuel from neighboring suppliers… with whom its interests conflicted and its relations were uneasy at best.Now that is all changing. In recent years, trillions of cubic feet of natural gas have been discovered in Israeli waters while 250 billion barrels of shale oil have been outlined in the country’s rocks. Whether Israel will become a significant oil producer is still very uncertain, as the economics of its shale deposits are far from proven, but the nation is already preparing for a future funded by natural gas exports.This shift will generate welcome cash flow for Israel, but even more significant than the country’s newfound wealth will be its newfound political might. Israel is already receiving visits from new friends and potential business partners, some of them countries that have avoided or even opposed Israel until now. Russia is leading that pack, having pointedly placed itself at the front of the line of nations wanting to secure a piece of Israel’s gas pie – and this is the same Russia that usually supports two of Israel’s greatest enemies, Iran and Syria.In the boiling, roiling Middle East, new allegiances are never simple. Befriending one nation almost always requires you to turn your back on another, and changing camps is not easily forgotten. Those wanting access to Israel’s natural gas will also have to navigate a treacherous international obstacle course, as contested maritime borders mean that Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus, and even Gaza all lay some claim to Israel’s vast offshore gas fields.But remember: the wealth and power that come with energy are a great enabler. Israel will develop its gas riches. To do so, the country will need partners and buyers, and those who line up to participate will be doing so in the full knowledge that an Israel with energy wealth represents a completely new player in the Middle Eastern game (a development that could well ignite a “Cold War” over energy).Israel’s Natural Gas RevolutionThe story of Israel’s romance with natural gas starts in 2000, when a consortium led by Noble Energy drilled into an offshore target called Mari-B. A few holes later, the group had defined 1 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of recoverable natural gas, and by 2004 the Mari-B field was in full production. Israelis embraced a domestic energy resource: natural gas consumption rose as quickly as the country could build infrastructure to produce and transport it.(Click on image to enlarge)One good discovery often prompts another, and such was the case with Israeli gas and Noble Energy. In 2006, the American firm snapped up the chance to earn into the nearby Tamar block, which had not yet been drilled because the previous operator had shied away from the area’s exceptionally high underground pressures. Noble’s geologists ran every test they could and decided Tamar’s potential was worth the risk. They were right: with two wells, Noble defined 9 TCF of gross natural gas resources at Tamar, of which 6.3 TCF are considered recoverable. It was the largest deepwater natural gas discovery in the world in 2009, and it came just in time.As the graph above shows, Israel’s natural gas revolution quickly pushed demand from almost zero to beyond Mari-B’s ability to supply it. Fortunately, there was a country close by with lots of natural gas for sale: Egypt. In 2005, the East Mediterranean Gas Company pipeline opened, connecting the Egyptian city of El Arish to the Israeli port of Ashkelon. By 2008, Israel had 170 MCF of gas pouring in from Egypt every day. Mari-B supplied the rest, and Israel became dependent on natural gas to produce 20% of its electricity. However, all good things must come to an end.Today, Mari-B is running dry, and relations with Egypt are on rough ground. The peace accord between Egypt and Israel only thinly concealed the never-extinguished Egyptian enmity towards Israel, and the Egyptian opposition – everyone from Islamists to Arab nationalists and leftists – has long regarded the Camp David accord with disgust. The gas deal that built and filled the pipeline was a tangible product of that hated peace accord, and the opposition has declaimed it since the day it was signed, certain that Israel and Mubarak had conspired to cheat Egypt out of its gas revenues.Those opposition parties are now filling the seats of Egypt’s parliament. The parliament itself is frozen, caught in a complex legal limbo, but no matter – a series of bombings disabled the gas pipeline to Israel last year, and it has not been operational since. The days of Israel relying on Egypt for gas – and of Egypt pocketing a nice stream of revenue from Israel – are over.Thankfully for Israel, timing is everything. Development work at Tamar is running on schedule, and the first wells are expected to come online before the end of the year. A smaller field called Noa was sped into production to bridge the gap until Tamar can start supplying Israel’s needs.It won’t be long, however, until Israel is pumping far more gas than it needs.Beyond TamarMari-B was a big discovery and Tamar was even bigger, but they both pale in comparison to the reservoir that Noble drilled into next. Shortly after delineating 9 TCF at Tamar, Noble spudded a drill into a nearby field call Leviathan and hit a home run. The Leviathan field is absolutely enormous, home to 17 TCF of gross natural gas resource.Adding in a 7-TCF discovery in offshore Cyprus and several other, smaller discoveries near Leviathan, Noble has now discovered no less than 35 TCF of gross natural gas resource in the region. It is far more gas than Israel could ever use.(Click on image to enlarge)Export plans are already afoot. Noble and partners aim to build a liquefaction plant so that Tamar’s gas wealth can be exported globally in the form of liquefied natural gas (LNG). They actually hope to build a floating facility, in large part because land is so precious in Israel, and to that end they are watching Royal Dutch Shell’s progress as it builds and commissions the world’s first floating LNG plant for use in a field off Australia.Even though it will be years before any LNG is produced in Israel, Russia is so keen to get its hands on Israeli LNG that state energy giant Gazprom has already signed a letter of intent with the Noble group to discuss a deal to buy 2 to 3 million tonnes of LNG annually, starting in 2016. A few months later, Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Israel, and among the announcements associated with that historic trip came news that Gazprom is setting up an Israeli subsidiary to help develop Leviathan.Once the massive Leviathan field also gets into production, Israel will need every natural gas export avenue it can find. To that end, the country has been carefully cultivating its relationships with Cyprus and Greece, through which pipelines to Europe would pass (Turkey will not allow Israeli gas to cross its lands). It seems Israel’s gas wealth is already generating new international allegiances: Israel, Russia, Cyprus, and Greece seem to be gravitating towards each other to form a new team in the Middle Eastern game.New Camps in the Old Battleground That things are changing so quickly is no surprise. The countries along both coasts of the Persian Gulf erupted into global prominence in the 1970s when world energy shortages catapulted them into previously unimagined wealth and political influence. If Israel emerges as a new power, those Arab countries will remain rich, especially because their energy is cheaper to produce than the more unconventional sources being outlined elsewhere in the world, including in Israel.But what they keep in money, they may lose in clout. With other oil and gas streams coming on line, such as Canadian oil-sands crude and Arctic oil, we may be heading into a time when the world doesn’t care all that much about what happens in the Persian Gulf (as long as nobody gets frisky with nukes).OPEC nations will not be the only ones to cede ground to an energy-rich Israel – Turkey could be another big loser. For years Turkey was governed by a secular party, which actively sought out closer relations with Israel. Now the Islamist AK party is in charge, and relations with Israel are on the outs. If Israel does emerge as a new energy powerhouse and establishes a cozy circle with Russia, Greece, and Cyprus, Turkey will feel like someone who ditched a long-time friend right before she won the lottery. More generally, Turkey’s ambitions to play a larger role in the politics of the eastern Med will have suffered a significant setback.Egypt will also struggle with Israel’s rise. As much as many Egyptians decried the deal to sell their gas to Israel, the fact is the deal generated considerable incomes for state coffers. That income has now evaporated, just as the country convulses through the aftermath of a revolution. Moreover, Egypt’s role as a regional powerhouse stemmed almost exclusively from its secular governance and its peace with Israel – these factors were so important in the old Middle East that the US government supported Egypt to the tune of $3 billion annually. Now Islamists are in power, and the path forward in Egypt’s relationship with Israel is very uncertain. We see the country’s power waning in the coming years as it finds footing in the new Middle East.Then there’s the United States, which will find its importance to Israel fade if the Jewish state becomes an energy giant with a dance card full of suitors. In the long run, the US could be hurt most of all if its best Middle Eastern friend, Israel, turns away from its embrace and towards the strong, strategic arms of Vladimir Putin.It’s a real possibility – Russia has already wooed Israel into several waltzes. In fact, the two nations have been growing closer for several years despite Russia’s support for Iran, Syria, and even Hamas. Bilateral trade is approaching $3 billion annually; Russian immigrants make up 20% of Israel’s population; Israel sold military drones and other high-tech weapons to Russia after Russia’s poor military performance in Georgia in 2008; and following the Arab Spring, Israel and Russia share an interest in preventing the spread of radical Islam in the Middle East. If Israel can help stem the rising tide of radical Islam and provide Russia with another steady supply of natural gas, Putin must be thinking that perhaps this new friendship is worth the turmoil it will cause.And cause turmoil it will, because even though alliances in the Middle East are forged over decades, they can also change overnight, especially when the new global currency of energy is at work. Russia is walking a tightrope in its efforts to woo Israel while still supporting Iran and Syria, and Putin may soon have to make a choice between old friends and new. If Russia abandons Iran and Syria, the Sunni-Shiite balance in the region will destabilize just as Islamists are taking power in several countries for the first time.The old camps of the Middle East are changing. Transitions are rarely smooth, and these transitions in who holds power in the volatile Middle East will almost certainly provide some very rough patches.Israel clearly sees the potential for trouble as it develops its newfound energy riches. The Israeli Defense Forces recently approved a navy request for four new warships, at a cost of about $750 million. The navy is concerned that the gas rigs being built in Israeli waters will be an attractive target for terrorist attacks, especially if Israel were to find itself in another war.Israel knows Hezbollah has the capability to fire missiles from land to the gas fields. And Hezbollah may not be the only terrorist group with such lethal capacity – in February, the Israeli navy found an Iranian ship carrying six Nasr-1 radar-guided anti-ship missiles to Gaza; the navy believes the weapons were destined for al-Jihad. In addition, Syria also has its hands on an anti-ship missile that could reach the gas fields. Just imagine what a missile attack by an Islamist foe on an Israeli gas rig would mean for global politics (not to mention the environmental health of the Mediterranean Sea).Of course, Israel’s new warships will only add to a region that is packed with military capacity. Continued tensions over Iran’s nuclear program have recently prompted the Islamic Republic and the United States to beef up their already impressive presence in the region. Just yesterday, those tensions led a gunnery team aboard a refueling tanker in the Persian Gulf to fire 0.50-cal rounds at a small, fast-moving boat, killing one person. It now seems the boat was a fishing vessel whose crew did not understand warnings to change course, but the navy personnel who decided to shoot were concerned it could have been an explosives-laden suicide skiff heading for an American warship.While that altercation was seemingly unrelated to Israeli natural gas, in reality everything that happens in the Middle East is about energy. After all, the United States is drawn to the Middle East to protect its oil interests, and the reason it can act there with such force is because it buys billions of barrels of oil from Saudi Arabia and others in the region.In a region that revolves around energy resources, Israel has long been at a major disadvantage, scrambling to secure supplies of the oil and gas it needed. Today, all that is changing, and Israel’s newfound natural gas wealth will generate a sea change not only for the Jewish state but for the entire region and everyone involved in it. Israel is gaining clout, Russia might be changing sides, Iran is feeling vulnerable, Egypt is losing a major customer, regional and global allegiances are shifting, and we are being reminded that energy resources hold the real power in the world’s most volatile region. Additional Links and ReadsOil Near Seven-Week High on Iran Tensions, Stimulus Speculation (Financial Post)Oil is trading near its highest level in seven weeks because of estimates that US supplies declined last week, concern that tensions with Iran will worsen, and signs that the Federal Reserve may boost stimulus measures. US crude stockpiles fell for the fourth straight week, helping to slowly erode the biggest glut since 1990. Meanwhile, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said from Jerusalem that the US will use “all elements” of American power to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons. But in his semi-annual report to Congress, Ben Bernanke stopped short of providing stimulus, instead telling lawmakers the central bank was considering a range of tools to help the economy, but for now would continue to wait and assess. Nevertheless, the spot price of WTI crude for August delivery rose to US$88.92 a barrel.Rich Nations Losing Control of Oil Markets (Winnipeg Free Press)Next year, for the first time on record, the wealthy nations of Europe, North America, and Japan will account for less than half of the world’s oil usage, according to the latest projection from the International Energy Agency. The shift reflects both growing efficiency in wealthy nations and growing prosperity in poor countries, but a world in which the majority of oil consumption is happening in China, India, and Latin America is a world in which America’s energy fate is driven by forces beyond its control.LNG: US Weighs the Cost of Gas Exports to Economy (Financial Times)With the price of gas in the US now a third of that in Western Europe and a fifth of that in Asia, interest in developing liquefied natural gas (LNG) export capacity is growing rapidly. Proponents argue that exports will help drain a glutted market; detractors argue that competition from exporters will drive domestic prices up. And since a chunk of those exports would go to countries with which the US does not have free-trade agreements, the government can only approve LNG projects if they do not harm the public interest, which increased fuel costs would. The Department of Energy is now studying whether the harms of exports outweigh the benefits, and no new liquefaction projects will be approved until they come to a conclusion.Thermal Coal Weakens Further (Calgary Herald)After falling significantly in recent weeks, thermal coal prices are now down 30% year-over-year, weighed down by slowing Chinese growth, a shift to cheap natural gas, and tough environmental regulations. The US thermal coal market has now moved into surplus, and miners that do not respond by cutting production and delaying spending plans could well meet the same fate as Patriot Coal, which filed for bankruptcy last week.last_img read more