Encana vows to grow production after Q1 output and income miss expectations

first_imgCALGARY – The chief executive of Encana Corp. says the company will ramp up output from its U.S. and Canadian oil and gas fields this year after it reported first-quarter operating earnings and production that missed analyst expectations.“We are well-positioned to execute another year of strong growth for Encana as we prepare to cross the 400,000 boe (barrels of oil equivalent) per day milestone later this year,” said Doug Suttles on a conference call.Encana reported first-quarter production of 324,400 barrels of oil equivalent per day, with 145,200 barrels per day of more valuable oil and natural gas liquids and the rest dry natural gas.That’s up from 317,900 boepd in the same period last year, but short of analyst consensus expectations of 338,000 boepd, according to a report from analyst Kristopher Zack of Desjardins Capital Markets, who had forecast for 331,500 boepd.He said the miss is partly due to timing of drilling wells and producing from them.“In the second half of last year, and particularly in the Duvernay and the Eagle Ford, we ramped down activity and we restarted and ramped up that activity here in the first quarter,” said Suttles.“We’ll actually see production build in the second half of the year in those two assets.”Encana is focused on four areas, the Permian and Eagle Ford regions in Texas and the Montney and Duvernay regions on the Alberta-B.C. border. It said most of its growth this year will come from its more highly developed Permian and Montney assets while output from the other two will remain flat.Encana said it expects fourth-quarter production this year to be between 400,000 and 425,000 boepd. It left its 2018 spending plan unchanged at between US$1.8 billion and US$1.9 billion.The Calgary-based company, which reports in U.S. dollars, had operating income of US$156 million in the three months ended March 31, missing analyst expectations of US$168 million according to Thomson Reuters. A year ago, its operating income was US$104 million.Revenue in the quarter came to US$1.3 billion, beating the forecast for US$1.26 billion, and up from US$1.29 billion in the same quarter last year.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:ECA)last_img read more

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Smriti Irani files papers from Amethi takes on Rahul Gandhi

first_imgAmethi: Union minister Smriti Irani Thursday filed her nomination papers from Amethi, pitting herself against Congress president Rahul Gandhi who has won thrice from the Lok Sabha constituency regarded as Gandhi family pocket borough.Irani filed her papers after a road show, which followed a similar route taken by the one organised by the Congress when Rahul Gandhi filed his own nomination papers here on Wednesday.last_img

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AS FAR Fan Dies in Clash with Wydad Supporter

Rabat – A Royal Armed Forces Sportive Association (AS FAR) supporter died on Tuesday, September 24, after falling from the roof of a van transporting fans. Football fans had been in Casablanca for a match between AS FAR and Wydad Athletic Club (WAC).The match took place on Tuesday at Mohammed V Stadium in Casablanca at 8 p.m.The van was reportedly intercepted by Wydadi fans on its way back to Rabat at Lahraouiyine, Mediouna province. According to local authorities in Lahraouiyine, Wydadi fans threw stones at the AS FAR fans resulting in clashes.Traffic was disrupted as a result of clashes. Public forces intervened to restore order.Read also: Morocco Hosts Training Session on Video Assistant RefereeDuring the clashes, 5 people sustained injuries. Authorities transferred the injured fans to the regional hospital in Mediouna. Police arrested 22 people.Authorities have launched an investigation to determine the circumstances of the incident. Further arrests may be carried out.WAC faced AS FAR in the qualification match to the round of 8 of the Moroccan Throne Cup. WAC lost 3-1 to AS FAR. read more

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Burundi outlook good in many regards as it turns to economic development

9 December 2010While the outlook is good “in many regards” as Burundi turns to building a sustainable economy after elections that met the requirements of all observers, social, political and institutional challenges remain, the head of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission’s country-specific segment warned today. “There is a stable, newly legitimized government at work, and there is the prospect of economic integration into the East-African Community which makes Burundi part of a larger market,” Ambassador Paul Seger of Switzerland told the Security Council as it reviewed Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s latest report on the Central African country.Burundi was for decades torn apart by largely ethnic fighting between Hutus and Tutsis, in which hundreds of thousands of people died, and it was the first country, together with Sierra Leone, to be targeted by the UN Peacebuilding Commission when it was launched in 2006 to provide financial, economic and other support to prevent countries emerging from conflict from relapsing back into bloodshed.It was in his capacity as chairman of the Commission’s country-specific meeting on Burundi that Mr. Seger laid out the challenges ahead. He cited widespread corruption and a lack of progress in justice sector reform among the institutional issues and noted that in the political domain opposition parties had boycotted elections and “taken a political leave of absence at a decisive moment.“We condemn the use or threat of use of political violence and we deplore the loss of life that occurred over the past months,” he said, stressing the importance for all political actors to contribute constructively to the political debate.Both Mr. Seger and the top UN envoy in Burundi, Charles Petrie, repeated the concerns Mr. Ban voiced in his report at human rights violations, including extra-judicial killings and torture.But despite these concerns, “it is important to underscore that remarkable progress has been made in Burundi,” Mr. Petrie told the Council. “The elections have highlighted the affirmation of an independent and vocal civil society which continues to play an important role in the country.” In his report Mr. Ban cited the holding of five consecutive elections in 2010 (communal, presidential, legislative, senatorial and local) among the progress made, even though some of these were boycotted by opposition parties, noting that for the first time since 1993, the authorities successfully took on the challenge entirely on their own.“Despite the deep divide among political actors over the elections and the fact that a single party will dominate the political landscape for the next five years, it is remarkable that neither of those factors has led to the return of large-scale violence, as had been widely feared,” he wrote. read more

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PM appoints committee to expedite action on fraud and corruption

The Prime Minister’s office said that the secretary to the Ministry of Law and Order will sit as the secretary to the committee.The decision to appoint the committee was taken at a meeting held at Temple Trees today. At the meeting a separate committee was also appointed to look at political revenge taken on officers in the Police Department. (Colombo Gazette) Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe has appointed a special committee to expedite action on fraud and corruption.The committee will include Ministers Dr. Rajitha Senaratne, D.M Swaminathan and Ajith Perera. read more

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US current account trade deficit fell to 1075 billion in third quarter

WASHINGTON – The U.S. current account trade deficit narrowed in the July-September quarter to the smallest level since late 2010, but the improvement may not last.The Commerce Department says the deficit fell to $107.5 billion in the third quarter, down 9 per cent from the second quarter imbalance of $118.1 billion. It was the lowest trade gap since the final three months of 2010.The current account is the broadest measure of trade. It tracks the sale of merchandise and services between nations as well as investment flows. Economists watch the current account as a sign of how much the United States needs to borrow from foreigners.Many economists predict the deficit will widen in coming quarters, in part because a global slowdown is dampening demand for American exports. US current account trade deficit fell to $107.5 billion in third quarter, lowest since 2010 by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Dec 18, 2012 8:39 am MDT read more

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Smith Big Ten expansion Yes Adding just Notre Dame Not a likely

The months of rumors surrounding the Big Ten conference lately have turned the Midwest into the Hollywood of college football. There have been all sorts of rumors, most of them no more than “Brangelina” status.On any given day, a rumor runs rampant of Texas joining the Big Ten, which would certainly grant the conference galactic college football superiority over the SEC. On another day Missouri and Nebraska are apparently guaranteed to jump the Big 12 ship to the Big Ten. Occasionally, a “report” of Rutgers and Pittsburgh establishing the Mid-Atlantic region for the Big Ten leaks out into the mass media.It all makes me want to venture back into reading the comments pages regarding the LeBron free agent frenzy…But what you won’t see as a dish on the table of the Big Ten brass anytime soon is a scenario in which Notre Dame is the only team joining the Big Ten, thus making the Big Ten the Big…Doce? Uno Dos? The Great Flat Land Conference?In any case, Ohio State Athletic Director (and Notre Dame alumnus) Gene Smith told me as much recently when I asked him about the plausibility of the Big Ten just adding the Fighting Irish to the Big Ten. However, he also admitted he’s relatively clueless as to how the expansion process will play out.“I don’t think we’d (just add Notre Dame). We’re looking at something different,” Smith said. “I just don’t know. At the end of the day, we’re not looking to do just that.”Smith went on to point out a numbers notion that many might not know, as well as stating an argument that many would agree with in regard to Notre Dame shunning the Big Ten.If just Notre Dame joined, “it would be beneficial (to OSU) financially,” Smith said. “It would be beneficial with a championship-type setup for a game. Financially we’re pretty strong too, so we’ll contribute to them a little bit more than they will contribute to us because of (the Big Ten Network). And that’s what most people don’t understand.” But Smith said it’s not about money for Notre Dame, “it’s about something else.”What Smith means by “something else” is probably along the lines of Notre Dame’s love for its football independence. They reportedly snatch $15 million from NBC for the rights to broadcast football’s home games.But joining the Big Ten could hold greener pastures for Notre Dame. According to reports, the Big Ten handed out $22 million to each member last year. Joining the Big Ten would net increased exposure for all of the Fighting Irish’s athletic programs.Yet, Smith says the conference wouldn’t just add Notre Dame. And I actually believe him.But that doesn’t mean the conference won’t eventually net the Golden Domers. The Big Ten could swell to 14 teams, netting Notre Dame along with Missouri and Pittsburgh, or Nebraska and Rutgers, or Texas and Kansas.In any event, Big Ten conference commissioner Jim Delany has the ball in his court. How he plays his cards, especially with the Ace of Spades (Notre Dame) will be very interesting to see in the coming months and perhaps the coming years. read more

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Next generation online coal analyser from Thermo Scientific

first_imgCoal-fired power plant personnel and coal producers requiring consistent coal blends and fuel quality can now use a next-generation online analyser that offers a choice of two neutron-producing sources. The Thermo Scientific CQM FLEX coal analyser can incorporate either an electrically-driven neutron generator or Californium (252Cf) as its neutron source. With the neutron generator configuration, the CQM FLEX analyser can measure elements such as carbon, hydrogen and oxygen in addition to ash constituents. Additionally, the analyser can be reconfigured to switch to Californium as a neutron source, offering flexibility throughout the lifetime of the analyser.“Managers, quality control personnel and engineers at power plants and coal mines must minimise variations in coal quality to remain efficient and profitable,” said Kevin Gordon, global marketing manager for prompt gamma neutron activation analysis for Thermo Fisher Scientific. “We designed the CQM FLEX to accurately measure, and rapidly report on, levels of sulphur, moisture, total ash, calorific value and many other critical parameters, including ash elemental concentration, improving overall plant productivity.”As a sampled stream analyser, the CQM FLEX controls the flow of coal through the analysis zone, providing minute-by-minute elemental data on coal quality, enabling plant personnel to respond quickly to process variations and make corrective decisions. For power plants and coal mines in regions with complex and variable coal quality, such as China, India and Southeast Asia, the CQM FLEX is designed to ensure that coal sourced from multiple suppliers is properly blended to meet boiler design specifications. Additional features/benefits of the Thermo Scientific CQM FLEX coal analyser include:• Fixed geometry analysis zone, designed to enable consistency and repeatability while negating adverse effects of belt-loading variations;• Prompt gamma neutron activation analysis (PGNAA) technology allows for the non-destructive measurement of material composition by generating a subatomic reaction between a neutron and the nucleus of an atom;• Direct measurement of calorific value by analysis of carbon, hydrogen and oxygen concentrations;• Reduction in CO2 emissions due to improved boiler efficiencies;• Comprehensive, easy-to-use operator interface provides extensive data analysis capabilities.last_img read more

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Cafu tips Vinicius Junior for greatness

first_imgThe legendary Brazilian defender believes the Real Madrid youngster has what it takes to make history with the Spanish club.Vinicius Junior signed for Spanish La Liga giants Real Madrid when he was just 16 years old.But when he turned 18, he completed his £38 million moves, and after some games with the B squad, his finding his way into the first team without any problem.And this is why legendary Brazilian full-back Cafu has tipped the teenager to do great things with Los Blancos.“What Vinicius is doing is not a surprise to me, as we knew about his potential,” Cafu was quoted by The Daily Mail.“He is not Cristiano Ronaldo and there is still a lot of difference between the two, as Cristiano made history at Real Madrid and Portugal.”“Vinicius, however, has what it takes to create make history at Real Madrid,” Cafu added.Gerard Pique, Neymar, BarcelonaLa Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…Vinicius started his youth career with the Brazilian Flamengo youth system in 2005.“He has to be focused on football, have commitment and ambition,” Cafu warned the youngster.“Great players always have to demonstrate something else and can’t lose focus.”Vinicius has played in the last nine matches for Real Madrid, each one of them playing better and better.“He’s responsible, as Brazilian players are accustomed to wanting to assume that kind of responsibility and particularly in clubs as big as Real Madrid,” Cafu concluded.The Brazilian forward is also making his way into the national team, having already been called to the U15, U17, and U20 squads.He has yet to be called to the senior team, but his good performances mean that will come soon.last_img read more

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Rep Susan Davis ignores angel mom who lost her daughter to illegal

first_imgRep. Susan Davis ignores angel mom who lost her daughter to illegal immigrant drunk driver February 15, 2019 Posted: February 15, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitter Mike McKinnon III, center_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsKUSI reached out to Rep. Davis for comment on the video and she supplied us with the following statement:“I met with Ms. Kortlang in 2007 regarding the tragic death of her beautiful daughter and expressed how sorry I was for her loss.  When she confronted me on the street I was returning from a funeral and delayed for a committee hearing.  I am happy to meet with her in my office again and hope she will call for an appointment.” Mike McKinnon III A video published by Breitbart News shows Angel mom, Melanie Kortlang, trying to speak to Congresswoman Susan Davis in Washington D.C. Melanie lost her daughter, Amy Kortland, to an illegal immigrant who had been deported multiple times and was driving under the influence of alcohol.Davis is a Democrat who represents California’s 53rd District in San Diego.last_img read more

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The month in numbers September 2016

first_imgA look at some of the facts and figures relating to employee benefits in September 2016:£44.3bn is the combined value of bonus payments made in Great Britain in the financial year ending March 2016 (Source: Office for National Statistics) bit.ly/2ctrMVW34% of UK employee respondents feel there is too much choice when it comes to saving for retirement (Source: Willis Towers Watson/Nottingham University Business School) bit.ly/2cGR4va7% of UK hospitality employee respondents would feel comfortable talking to their employer about their mental health (Source: Pizza Hut/Mental Health UK) bit.ly/2cwHey468% of UK employee respondents feel guilty for taking sick days (Source: CV Library) bit.ly/2cvKNo849% of employer respondents are concerned about how Brexit will impact employee engagement and communication (Source: Willis Towers Watson) bit.ly/2cvQxNZ62% of UK finance professional respondents feel that unjustified bonuses cause resentment among colleagues (Source: Chartered Institute of Management Accountants) bit.ly/2cToV49last_img read more

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EA is about to flood the market with Star Wars games

first_imgEA has the license for Star Wars video games, and you better believe it’s putting it to use. Following up on last year’s Star Wars: Battlefront, EA is working on three new games set in the Star Wars universe. EA is calling on the services of DICE, Motive, Visceral, and Respawn to develop these titles.The Star Wars announcements came at EA’s pre-E3 press event. It started with the news of a new Battlefront title. This one is being handled by DICE and Motive, and will feature content from the new films. It’s unclear at this time whether or not this game will feature any single player campaign. EA has admitted that it dropped the campaign from the last Battlefront in order to release it in tandem with The Force Awakens.EA has Titanfall developer Respawn working on a third-person action-adventure title, which is apparently set in a “different Star Wars era.” That’s very unusual wording. Perhaps we’ll see something set long before the films, in the era previously dominated by the non-canon Knights of the Old Republic games. The last game comes with the fewest details — an action game with all new characters and storylines. It’s being created by former Naughty Dog writer Amy Hennig with Visceral developing.That’s really the extent of the details right now. The trailer above includes a lot of neat looks at the development process and promises that may or may not be fulfilled. So, I guess the gist is that EA hopes to sell you a ton of Star Wars content in the next few years. You can bet at least one of these titles will come out around the release of Episode VIII in late 2017 when Star Wars hype is at maximum.last_img read more

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Graphene transistor could advance nanodevices

first_img Citation: Graphene transistor could advance nanodevices (2010, May 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-05-graphene-transistor-advance-nanodevices.html IBM Scientists Demonstrate World’s Fastest Graphene Transistor Graphene transistor. Image credit: Peking University (PhysOrg.com) — For years, scientists and researchers have been looking into the properties of carbon nanotubes and graphene for use in nanoelectronics. “There is no real mass application of devices based on graphene and carbon nanotubes,” Zhenxing Wang tells PhysOrg.com. “This is really an opportunity for them to show their capabilities.” Wang is part of a group at the Key Laboratory for the Physics and Chemistry of Nanodevices at Peking University in Beijing. Along with Zhiyong Zhang, Huilong Xu, Li Ding, Sheng Wang, and Lian-Mao Peng, Wang tested a top-gate graphene field-effect transistor based frequency doubler in order to gauge its performance. They were able to show that a graphene based frequency doubler can provide more than 90% converting efficiency, while the corresponding value is not larger than 30% for conventional frequency doubler. Their work is published in Applied Physics Letters: “A high-performance top-gate graphene field-effect transistor based frequency doubler.”“Our work focused on raising the gain and frequency response of the frequency doubler by utilizing top-gate geometry on the device,” Wang explains. “Only with a top-gate can people fabricate high-performance devices and integral circuits. This work paves the way to mass application of graphene transistors in the near future.”Graphene is desirable as a transistor material due to its high performance. Wang points out that IBM recently showed that graphene transistor can operate up to 100 GHz, and the group at Peking University believes that the material may even still operate well in the THz regime. “This is very exciting,” Wang says, “because a frequency doubler with high frequency and high efficiency can be very expensive. Our device is cheaper – only consisted by one transistor – but with much higher efficiency.” In Beijing, the group fabricated the device with standard lithography, layering the graphene on a silicon wafer, smaller than 1mm x 1mm. In order to test the performance, Wang and his colleagues used a digital oscilloscope. They also used a recent test method, developed at Peking University, to measure performance of the graphene doubler. “We developed a new test method with a spectrum analyzer, which can obtain direct frequency information and sense a much smaller signal that can’t be obtained by oscilloscope.”Moving forward, this work could lead to the development of graphene transistors for nanoelectronics. “In principle, this kind of device can be realized on a wafer scale, based on current lithography technology and wafer-scale graphene growth. Mass production can be realized once the graphene growth technology becomes mature,” Wang explains. “We are looking forward to the mass production of a graphene based frequency doubler with frequency response up to 100 GHz, gain larger than 1/10, and with low cost and low power consumption.”This future, though, could still be five to 10 years away, and Wang is not overly concerned about the mass production end of it just yet. “I’m now focusing on improving the performance of the device in demonstration in order to show its potential. Possible optimization can be made through such means as replacing the substrate with insulating materials to reduce the parasitic capacitance.” At some point, though, graphene transistors could help advance the development of nanoscale electronics, and the work done by the scientists at Peking University are providing a step in that direction. Explore further Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. More information: Zhenxing Wang, et. al., “A high-performance top-gate graphene field-effect transistor based frequency doubler,” Applied Physics Letters (2010). Available online: link.aip.org/link/APPLAB/v96/i17/p173104/s1 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Google Cloud Next FeiFei Li reveals new AI tools for developers

first_imgAI was always going to be a central theme of this year’s Google Cloud Next, and the company hasn’t disappointed. In a blog post, Fei-Fei Li, Chief Scientist at Google AI, has revealed a number of new products that will make AI more accessible for developers. Expanding Cloud AutoML Fei-Fei Li at Ai for Good in 2017 (via commons.wikimedia.org)In her blog post, Li notes that there is a “significant gap” in the machine learning world. On the one hand data scientists build solutions from the ground up, while on the other, pre-trained solutions can deliver immediate results with little work from engineers. With Cloud AutoML Google has made a pitch to the middle ground: those that require more sophistication that pre-built models, but don’t have the resources to build a system from scratch. Li provides detail on a number of new developments within the Cloud AutoML project, that are being launched as part of Google Cloud Next. This includes AutoML Vision, which “extends the Cloud Vision API to recognize entirely new categories of images.” It also includes two completely new language-related machine learning tools: AutoML Natural Language and AutoML Translation. AutoML Natural Language will allow users to perform Natural Language Processing – this could, for example, help organizations manage content at scale. AutoML Translation meanwhile could be particularly useful for organizations looking to go global with content distribution and marketing. Improvements to Google machine learning APIs Li also revealed that Google are launching updates to a number of key updates to APIs: The Google Cloud Vision API “now recognizes handwriting, supports additional file types (PDF and TIFF) and product search, and can identify where an object is located within an image” according to Li. The Cloud Text-to-Speech and Cloud Speech-to-Text also have updates that build in greater sophistication in areas such as translation, for example. Bringing AI to customer service with Contact Center AI The final important announcement by Li centers on conversational UI using AI. Part of this was an update to Diagflow Enterprise Edition, a Google-owned tool that makes building conversational UI easier. Text to speech capabilities have been added to the tool alongside its speech to text capability, which came with its launch in November 2017. But the big reveal is Contact Center AI. This builds on Diagflow and is essentially a complete customer service AI solution. Contact Center AI bridges the gap between virtual assistant and human custom service representative, supporting the entire journey from customer query to resolution. It has the potential to be a game changer when it comes to customer support. Read next: Decoding the reasons behind Alphabet’s record high earnings in Q2 2018 Google Cloud Launches Blockchain Toolkit to help developers build apps easily Google’s Daydream VR SDK finally adds support for two controllerslast_img read more

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UCR students race toward cinematic glory in only 48 hours

first_imgSee also: San José hosts international short film festArtistry against the clock: that’s what 89 students from the University of Costa Rica (UCR) put on display in the most recent Las 48 Horas (48 Hours) short film competition.Now in its third edition, the contest, which challenges students from the university’s Collective Communication Science Department to produce a short film in just two days, resulted in 10 films showcased Oct. 2 at the UCR Law School Auditorium.“This year we’ve strengthened the alliances with different organizations – Centro de Cine, Dele Foco, Caramba Films, and La Feria Producciones – that encourage audiovisual production, with the objective of creating a more competitive environment,” organizer David Mesén told The Tico Times.Each production team had to incorporate four distinct elements into their production: a character, a place, an object and an audiovisual reference.The screening began at 6:30 p.m. with the short film La Culpa, produced by Paradox Producciones, last year’s winners. This particular short film played with the concept of guilt. A little boy and girl appear playing in a forest on a beautiful mountain. Simultaneously, a young woman, whose name is never revealed, appears in a wooden house nearby. The contrast between the children and this woman is very evident; the children are depicted as naïve and innocent, while the woman is struggling with guilt, represented by a human figure wearing a black strand of cloth covering its face along with instrumental music used to create suspense.Right after this short film, the competition began. A few highlights:Amanecemos (“Let’s Go ‘Til Dawn”), produced by the Anacronía Salvaje crew, shows a young couple having fun around the city of San José, encouraging the viewer to stop time for a moment to enjoy life.Causalidad (“Causality”), by the Guacamole crew, is set in a boxing ring at the moment when 20 year-old Luis takes a fatal fall. Through comedy and drama, the short film explains how this incident can be tracked down to his past when he was a child.Pasteles para mí (“Cakes for me”), by La Voló Productions, a colorful, cupcake-filled film, is about Amanda, a young, lonely woman who always receives these delicious pastries on her doorstep at the same hour, and becomes obsessed with the idea of finding out who is mysteriously delivering these cakes.Complicidad (“Complicity”), by Apolo Productions, about a young man and woman who struggle to dispose of a body without getting caught. The audience joins these friends through their struggle with humor.Buenos Perdedores  (“Good Losers”), by the Esteban Crew, about a hopeless romantic who seeks a mystical cure online and ends up encountering Kumiko, a sarcastic rabbit.Le Temps Qu’Il Dure (“The Times that Last”), by Asco Rosado & Cereal Monchis Productions, journeys through the subconscious of Blanche as she seeks to revive the one true love of her life. The film has a je nais ce quoi that captivates your attention.Costa Rican directors Nicolás Pacheco, Alexandra Latishev Salazar, Cristobal Serrá, Marcela Esquivel, and Pietro Bulgarelli, and audiovisual producers Karina Avellán Troz and Gastón Sáenz, were the judges of the competition. Le Temps Qu’Il Dure won best edition, best sound direction, best art direction, best photography direction, best direction, and best short film; Buenos Perdedores won best incorporation of elements; Complicidad won best challenge incorporation, and Causalidad best script. The prizes included tickets for the shnit International Shortfilmfestival kicking off today in San José, workshops from La Feria Producciones, a professional casting at deleFOCO, a $500 equipment from Caramba Films rental and a cash prize. Facebook Comments Related posts:San José hosts international short film fest Highlights of the shnit International Shortfilmfestival Cowboys, coffee, and other happenings around Costa Rica BMX bikers, TEDx lectors, and other happenings around Costa Ricalast_img read more

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first_img You might also be interested in September 25 , 2018 The New Zealand apple and stonefruit industry members at the heart of the legal action against the Minister of Primary Industries (MPI) have welcomed the announcement that it will release more than 20,000 fruit plants from containment.In June MPI seized plants from five nurseries as a precaution following a March audit which uncovered incomplete and incorrect record keeping at U.S. facility, Clean Plant Centre Northwest, from which they were imported.MPI has formally advised the industry group members of its decision to release 20,000 apple plants and 400 stonefruit plants, along with proposed individual testing plans for stonefruit cultivars.The communications confirm that tests conducted on all apple (Malus) plants have come back clear, with no signs of any pests or diseases detectable on the plant materials.These plants have been effectively released from containment and industry members will be able to deal with them like any other trees in their orchards or nurseries.Some stonefruit plants (Prunus) will remain in containment and is subject to further testing. Such testing will occur over the course of the 2018-19 summer. MPI says the testing program should be complete by June 2019.Industry member and owner of McGrath Nurseries, Andy McGrath said: “We are encouraged by MPI’s announcement today and the release of the apple plants and plant materials. We feel this has vindicated the position we have taken since the very beginning of this issue. “This is the first step towards rectifying the unlawful actions imposed by MPI, but there is still some way to go before orchardists and nurseries are able to return to normal commercial production.”He said MPI was being “overly strict” by keeping the remaining stonefruit plants in containment.”We will be addressing this directly with MPI in a meeting later this week,” he said.“We recognise stonefruit have a different risk profile, but we are very optimistic that the tests will not reveal any cause for concern.”Reaccreditation for U.S.-based facility?McGrath has recently returned from a visit to the U.S.-based Clean Plant Centre Northwest. The facility has supplied New Zealand orchards and nurseries with new plant varieties for over 30 years but recently had its accreditation withdrawn by MPI.In McGrath’s opinion, the CPCNW facility is willing to consider reaccreditation and provided encouraging comments regarding the required process.A meeting between MPI and industry members to discuss the potential reaccreditation of the CPCNW facility is scheduled for later this week.McGrath holds some hope that MPI may be able to take a “reasonable approach to discussions, repair their relationship with CPCNW, and set a clear plan in place towards reaccreditation.” Zespri operating revenue exceeds NZ$3B for first t … center_img NZ: Seasonal labor shortage declared for Bay of Pl … NZ: Zespri in nationwide sales trials of red kiwif … NZ horticultural export value grows to NZ$5.5B …last_img read more

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What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Top Stories Despite the looming uncertainty of the NFL laborsituation, Arizona Cardinals head coach Ken Whisenhunt andgeneral manager Rod Graves said they are proceeding asusual with the off-season.Both joined Sports 620 KTAR’s Doug and Wolf Friday todiscuss the team’s quarterback situation, evaluation ofthe draft, free agent prospects and expectations for nextseason. “We’re obviously proceeding just like we normally do thistime in the off-season,” Whisenhunt said. Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation “We’ve got a lot of players out there that we’ve got tolook at and rank and decide about where they fit and whoto go after and what needs that we have to address.”If the current collective bargaining agreement expires inearly March, teams will not be allowed to trade playersand free agency will not begin. It’s something Whisenhuntsaid he isn’t too concerned with. “Let’s not get too wrapped up in the whole CBA thing,” hesaid. “There’s going to be football. We’re going to playat some point and we’re proceeding like everything isnormal. “We’ve set a standard around here and we didn’t live up tothat standard. We’re not happy about it and we’re workinghard to get that fixed.” center_img D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ 0 Comments   Share   Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right awaylast_img read more

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first_imgOne of the cruise industry’s most charismatic characters, Steve Odell, moved back to Sydney mid-2015 and quickly raised Australasian awareness of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings (NCL), of which he is SVP/MD Asia Pacific.Without a second’s hesitation I switched cruise allegiance (anything that is good enough for Steve is more than good enough for this inveterate traveller). Coming to the end of my first NCL cruise with two more already signed up just shows how pleased I am.I have long felt there is nothing better than sailing away over Christmas, and the lovely thing about Regent Seven Seas, one of NCL’s top-tier luxury vessels, is that Christmas is tasteful. There are a couple of understated Christmas trees and a few strands of tinsel, but none of that ghastly Jingle Bells music. I am on board Seven Seas Mariner. It is sheer luxury, for those who want to escape sock-it-to-you commercialism. Of course, there are standard features common to all cruising. Before the ship even leaves the port of Miami there is the compulsory safety drill, and once sailing away, there are those who want to start downing the Jacquart or another bubbly (the glasses in some restaurants are Riedel, but sensibly poolside glasses are plastic, though you can hardly tell).Seven Seas Mariner is absolutely gorgeous, 15 years old but meticulously maintained. She carries 700 passengers on eight guest decks. Up on the 12th deck there is putting and two golf nets, and a full-sized tennis court and quoits. The gym is enormous, with a studio for spinning-for-10 and an ace fitness instructor, Slavi, one of three Serbs among the 446-strong crew from 40 countries. I quickly make myself at home. My daily routine starts with pre-dawn trekking round and round the jogging circuit, which is fine when the weather allows but is really ghastly when it rains, but who cares?By midday, the entire deck area around the pool and three Jacuzzis hums with activity. Seven Seas is so inclusive that most tours are all-in, too (as someone said, yes, you pay up front but, once on board, you never need to spend a cent, unless you head for the boutique, the casino or the spa). You also seem to be able to eat and drink anything, and wherever and whenever you like, but more of that later. What does this ship not have, you might ask? Well, it does not do formal nights, although some men do bring dinner jackets, and actually most women dress quite stylishly every evening.You generally do not see the officers eating in the buffet restaurant at breakfast or lunch, but they do host tables, in an informal and low-key way, at dinner. The first night on board I was lucky enough to have a table at Prime 7, the steakhouse that is so good it would give any luxury hotel’s Wolfgang Puck CUT or other carnivore theatre a run for its money, and, honestly, Prime 7’s truffle fries are as world-pinnacle as the onion rings at Le Grand InterContinental in Bordeaux, especially when paired with the Meritage Mondavi 2015 that the sommelier suggested that night. When I told the ship’s GM, Anatoli Makaev, how great the food is he just beamed.The itinerary on this voyage starts with Key West FL – where I alight for lunch at the two recently-flagged Waldorf Astorias – and Cozumel, which gives me a chance to see the franchised InterContinental Presidente, and catch up with the father of Californian cuisine, Jeremiah Tower, who has been living on this island for the last decade. We go on to Costa Maya, where the free tours include masses of Chacchoben and other Mayan ruins. Next comes Belize City, for more Mayan ruins at Xunantunich, and Santo Tomás de Castilla, for a Guatemalan rainforest hike in Las Escobas Springs Reserve. Honduras’ Roatán Island offered an introduction to local dancing and then, bliss, we had a day at sea. At Costa Rica’s Puerto Limón I took a century-old train through a banana forest, and a serene boat ride through mangrove swamps. At Colón, the Panama Canal was the big draw, and I learned to kayak. In Cartagena I visited this stunning Colombian city’s heritage hotel, Sofitel Legend Santa Clara, and its newest hostelry, Hyatt Regency Cartagena, opened a month ago. Next, another day at sea, followed by Grand Cayman, which for me was not duty-free shopping, but lunch at the stunning beach-set Kimpton Seafire Resort + Spa, opened 15 November 2016. Now, our final day at sea, with nearly everyone on board packing for tomorrow’s disembarkation, though there are such onboard activities as demonstrations of ice carving and a National Geographic talk on Putin.Every day for what will be, tomorrow, two weeks, I have watched the sun coming up over the horizon, which is always such a gorgeous sight at sea. Seven Seas Mariner‘s 350 suites are all complete with balconies, with the interior sizes starting at 27 square metres; Penthouse Suites, with 34-square-metre interiors, seem like double the size of most lines’ cabins; and there is so much storage that few can need all the drawers or all the coat hangers that are provided. Toiletries are Guerlain or Hermès, and there are Illy Francis Francis espresso machines.Art in suites are, like the wallhangings around the ship, oil slapped on with a palate knife to give a feeling of nature. I think the piece above my bedhead would look like Cape Cod, were I American, or Norfolk, to someone from England. Beds are really comfortable and there are fibre optic reading lights, and European and US sockets, either side. Someone has thought of the customer, throughout. I had the great pleasure of lunching with Jason Montague, on boarding: he is the accountant who got into the cruise industry and became President and CEO of Regent Seven Seas this last September.He listens, and he always wants to make things better. Luxury, he says, starts with the first telephone call to plan a trip, and he wants the world to know that his ships are for those who love luxury, who like interesting destinations, and appreciate exquisite food and service. Luxury is also having a work force that knows how to communicate with consumers – the 450 working aboard this ship are amazing at remembering names and idiosyncrasies and, bliss oh bliss, the butlers never get in the way.Interestingly, the Captain is an Italian woman, Serena Melani, who apparently, when ashore, loves riding pillion on her husband’s motorbike. She is pretty extraordinary, not only for showing the distaff side of ship management, but for her general people skills. Instead of the industry-norm welcome cocktail, when passengers sit firmly in armchairs in a ship’s theatre and hardly meet anyone, here there is a ‘block party’. Take a glass from your suite and go out on to your corridor, where staff offer red and white wines and you meet your new neighbours, and the captain and officers manage to pass along all the corridors, a brilliant idea (luxury hotels, or at least resorts with long-stay guests, might think of devising something similar). And on more than one day, when coming back on the tender from yet another well-organised trip ashore, there was the Captain herself welcoming everyone back home.What else has made this cruise outstanding? A restaurant manager who always brings out a cushion for my husband’s back, the sommelier in the outstanding steakhouse Prime 7 who knows my favourite wine, the decent books in the library (I recommend Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, to everyone, regardless of gender), trivia points that can be redeemed for something you really want, professional evening entertainment…. and yes, the Captain’s farewell, an immaculately directed production opened and closed by the Captain, with a video from all back-of-house departments, live acts from Filipino, Indonesian and Thai staff members, and as many of the crew as possible coming on stage to wave farewell.I, like many of the Australians already hooked, will be back – next for me is Havana, this April.Mary Gostelow travels over 300 days a year, doing one-night stands in top hotels around the world. Read her daily travelogue, www.girlahead.comlast_img read more

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