Men’s 40’sThe Australians met New Zealand on day one of the World Cup, with New Zealand’s Pete Walters making his 100th representation for his country in that game. Australia led for the majority of the game before a late New Zealand comeback saw them take the game in the dying seconds, 8-7. Men’s 35’s Australia has met South Africa twice in the past couple of days, recording two wins from these two games. Australia took an impressive 9-3 win on Thursday against South Africa, but had to work harder for their win in the qualifying final on Saturday, winning by one touchdown to progress through to the final. Senior MixedAustralia and New Zealand have had two thrilling encounters against each other over the past few days, with both games going right down to the wire. Australia were winners by one touchdown in their first encounter, making them the first team to ever beat New Zealand’s Senior Mixed team. New Zealand hit back in game two on Saturday, winning by one touchdown. Men’s 30’sThe Australian Men’s 30’s have had an impressive tournament, and are undefeated heading into the grand final. Australia met England in their round games on Thursday, winning 11-4.
Arsenal centre-back Rob Holding happy with surgeryby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal centre-back Rob Holding has undergone successful knee surgery.The 23-year-old was ruled out for between six and nine months earlier in December after rupturing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.Holding finally underwent an operation on Sunday and he said on Instagram: “Happy that the surgery went well. Road to recovery starts now.”His absence has been part of a defensive crisis for boss Unai Emery – who has been forced to play Granit Xhaka and Stephan Lichtsteiner at centre-back due to injuries to Holding, Sokratis and Shkodran Mustafi. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Eintracht Frankfurt coach Adi Hütter: Fans crucial against Arsenalby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEintracht Frankfurt coach Adi Hütter says the home support will be key against Arsenal tonight.The two clubs meet in their opening Europa League group opener in Frankfurt.Hutter said: “We know what we in Frankfurt are capable of. “The fans are making even more steam internationally than usual. Maybe this mood tickles ten percent more out of the team. Anyway, we expect an incredible atmosphere here again.”He added: “We want to start with a win.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Southampton director of football Ross Wilson has Rangers offerby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton’s director of football operations Ross Wilson has an offer from Rangers.Wilson has been offered the director of football role at Rangers. The Scotsman has held positive talks with the Glasgow club this week and is considering his future at Southampton, says Sky Sports.Wilson has been at the club for five years, overseeing the club’s player recruitment, and he took a central role in the hiring of Ralph Hasenhuttl as manager.The 36-year-old turned down a similar role at Rangers two years ago.
TORONTO – Canadians are counting down to the legalization of recreational marijuana this summer, but industry players are already racing to get ahead in a potentially more lucrative market segment for the plant in the years to come: cannabis-based pharmaceuticals.Companies are researching and developing marijuana-based medicines that, they hope, will not only have broader appeal to doctors and patients, but will create lucrative intellectual property that will provide revenues far into the future.This is the next level of the “green rush,” said Har Grover, the chief executive officer of Toronto-based Scientus Pharma, a biopharmaceutical company focused on cannabis.“The potential down the road is far greater than what the recreational market sizes are… What you need to do is deliver medicine in a form that patients and physicians are used to using,” said Grover.Marijuana companies are eyeing the higher margins these value-added products can command compared to dried bud. Licensed medical marijuana producers also see the associated intellectual property as key to their future profitability, providing a competitive edge and a resilient profit stream as cannabis moves towards commoditization like every agricultural crop.While cannabis itself cannot be patented, licensed producers can apply for plant breeders rights protections for marijuana strains if they can sufficiently prove it is new. But innovations such as formulations, delivery mechanisms, and scientific techniques for testing have the potential to qualify for intellectual property protection.“There is certainly a desire by companies to develop cannabis products that can have defensibility from a business standpoint, from an IP standpoint,” said Neil Closner, chief executive of licensed producer MedReleaf.Scientus Pharma and MedReleaf are just two of a slew of Canadian of companies researching and conducting clinical trials examining medical applications for cannabinoids, which are a family of chemical compounds found in the cannabis plant.MedReleaf has been looking at the efficacy of cannabis for a range of conditions, including cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder. Scientus Pharma has been researching various conditions as well, but is focused on pain management, particularly neuropathic pain for cancer patients.Canopy Growth, Canada’s biggest licensed marijuana producer, launched its own biopharmaceutical company called Canopy Health Innovations two years ago.Bruce Linton, Canopy’s chief executive, said its subsidiary has been “running hard” and just last quarter filed 27 patents for combinations of cannabinoids and delivery mechanisms for sleep.Canopy and other Canadian licensed producers have been exporting cannabis to countries such as Germany as they open up their medical marijuana markets and require supply.As Linton expects most of these countries to eventually develop their own cannabis industries, Canopy’s proprietary products and methods can be still be sold or licensed there, generating revenue for the long term, he said.“Your real advantage is your methods and intellectual property, as well as your unique proven products,” he said.Canopy and Scientus Pharma are among the 32 firms with a dealers’ license from Health Canada, which gives them more latitude than a licensed producer to conduct activities with cannabis, such as testing. That number is up from just 22 in February last year.There is relatively little scientific research into the therapeutic effects of cannabis, in large part due to its long-held illegal status, and there is still much to learn about the plant, said Grover.“The cannabinoid plant is a gold mine of drug discovery and development for the next 10, 20, 50 years,” he said. “Much like stem cells were 30 years ago, and we’re getting to that stage now.”And Canada’s relatively progressive cannabis policy gives domestic scientists studying the plant a competitive edge on the global stage.In the U.S., marijuana use is legal in several states but remains illegal on a federal level, creating legal obstacles for research in the U.S., said Dr. Wilson Compton, Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse in the U.S.“If you work in a system that has any federal source of support (funding), there may be concerns… It’s really a conundrum, and that impedes science in some important ways,” he told a conference in Hamilton, Ont., last month.Meanwhile, the federal government said last week in its budget that it won’t apply a new excise tax to cannabis-based pharmaceutical products that can be obtained with a prescription. That would put it on par with other drugs, such as opioids, which do not get taxed while medical cannabis in its dried form will be subject to the excise tax.However, to qualify, the cannabis-based product must have a drug-identification number – a classification number from the government obtained after going through a stringent, approval process which allows manufacturers to market and sell the drug in Canada.Medical marijuana itself does not have a drug identification number (DIN), which has been a deterrent for doctors asked to prescribe it and a barrier for insurance coverage.Obtaining a DIN typically involves rigorous clinical research, generally including 10-year double blind studies.The clinical research being conducted by cannabis companies could also get them closer to getting a DIN.“Having a DIN would be a complete game changer,” said Vahan Ajamian, an analyst with Beacon Securities. “You’ll have no tax on medical, you’ll probably have better insurance coverage… and you’ll get doctors that will see this as real medicine.”
NEW YORK — The Latest on Amazon’s second headquarters (all times local):12:55 p.m.Not everyone in New York and Virginia is happy about being chosen to become the spot for new Amazon headquarter locations.Some see the billions in tax breaks as corporate welfare while others are worried about home values and school overcrowding in areas where it’s already a problem for many residents.New York State Senator Michael Gianaris and New York City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer in a joint statement asked why scarce public resources are being offered to one of the profitable corporations in the world.In Virginia, state representative Lee Carter warned that thousands will be priced out of their homes with the influx of high-paid tech workers. He also raised the issue of overcrowded schools and traffic.___11:50 a.m.New York officials are cheering Amazon’s decision to build a new headquarters in a quickly developing corner of the city.Governor Andrew Cuomo, who said he’d be willing to change his name to “Amazon Cuomo” to land the deal at one point, said the state should be proud for landing, “one of the largest, most competitive economic development investments in U.S. history.”The state offered Amazon more than $1.5 billion in incentives if it creates 25,000 jobs in the Long Island City neighbourhood of Queens.One-time mayor Michael Bloomberg said Amazon’s arrival affirms New York City’s long-term push to attract the nation’s top tech talent. Bloomberg pushed aggressive development in Long Island City while he was mayor. The neighbourhood is a jumble of massive construction cranes and work sites and brand new high-rises have reshaped the skyline.___11:15 a.m.Virginia Governor Ralph Northam cheered Amazon’s choice of Arlington as one of two new headquarters locations for Amazon. He says the state will continue to invest in infrastructure and education as a key part of the partnership.Northam is calling the state’s proposal to land the headquarters a “new model of economic development for the 21st century.”Amazon is set to invest about $2.5 billion in its new Virginia headquarters and the state has promised a raft of incentives, including infrastructure investment and tax breaks.Virginia plans to invest in college-level computer science and related fields along with investing $50 million over 20 years in tech education for grammar and high school students.___10:15 a.m.Amazon has confirmed that it will split its much-anticipated second headquarters between New York City and Arlington, Virginia.Its New York location will be in the Long Island City neighbourhood of Queens, while its Arlington offices will be located in an area called National Landing. Each site will get 25,000 jobs.In addition, the online retailer said it will open an operations hub in Nashville, creating 5,000 jobs.The decision ends an intense competition between North American cities to win Amazon and its promise of 50,000 new jobs. Some locations tried to stand out with stunts, but Amazon made clear that it really wanted incentives, like tax breaks and grants. The company received 238 proposals before narrowing the list to 20 in January.___6:40 a.m.A person familiar with the plans say Amazon will split its second headquarters between Long Island City in New York and Crystal City in northern Virginia.The online retailer is expected to make an official announcement later Tuesday. The person was not authorized to speak publicly ahead of that announcement and spoke on condition of anonymity.The decision will end an intense competition between North American cities to win Amazon and its promise of 50,000 new jobs. Some locations tried to stand out with stunts, but Amazon made clear that it really wanted incentives, like tax breaks and grants.Amazon also had sought to be near a metropolitan area with more than a million people, among other criteria.The company received 238 proposals before narrowing the list to 20 in January.___Alan Suderman reported from Richmond, Virginia.The Associated Press
CALGARY, AB – ATCO was awarded the Modular Supply Contract, with joint efforts to design, engineer and construct a 4,500-person workforce accommodation centre, known as the Cedar Valley Lodge.ATCO through its wholly owned subsidiary ATCO Structures LNG Limited Partnership has entered into a joint venture with a subsidiary of Bird Construction Inc. to build a facility to house workers working in the construction of LNG Canada’s natural gas liquefaction and export facility.The supply contract for 4,500 modular accommodation rooms for the Cedar Valley Lodge Project through a joint venture between ATCO and the Haisla Nation. The design and engineering for the project are currently in works, with construction planned to start for spring 2019. The project is included as one of the largest accommodation facilities built in Canada, providing amenities for the LNG Canada workforce. ATCO has been present in building workforce housing for major energy infrastructures such as the completed construction of a 1,600 person workforce housing for BC Hydro’s site C in 2016.ATCO has carried out contracts and modular site accommodation projects within the Kitimat region. Since 2011, the company has operated a successful joint-venture partnership with the Haisla Nation, which will also benefit from the Cedar Valley Lodge project.“We are proud to support this crucially important energy infrastructure project in Canada, which is vital to the prosperity of our nation, and to build upon our proven track record of providing premier modular workforce housing solutions to LNG projects around the world,” said Nancy Southern, Chair & Chief Executive Officer with ATCO. “Our long history of delivering major workforce housing projects throughout the world continues to position us well to support landmark infrastructure development in the years ahead.”
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A thunderstorm moving through the North Peace has caused a power outage in Rose Prairie.The power outage is affecting 371 customers in an area West of Rose Prairie road and North of the 277 road.The outage happened just after 7 p.m. and there is no estimate on when power will be restored. For updates, visit www.bchydro.com/outagesA severe thunderstorm warning remains in place for the North Peace. At 7:32 p.m. MST, Environment Canada meteorologists are tracking a cluster of severe thunderstorms capable of producing very strong wind gusts, up to nickel size hail and heavy rain.The cluster is over Fort St. John and tracking southeastward along Highway 97 at approximately 60 km/h.It will impact communities along Highway 97 from Fort St. John to Taylor, as well as along communities along Highway 29 as far south Farrell Creek.
It is often said that works of art have a story behind, and artists have the ability to present these narratives using a series of images that represent moments in a story, or by selecting a central moment that stands for the whole story.One such artist Sukanta Das has weaved a love story about a beloved Abhisarika (one who moves) to convey her secret meetings with her lover, setting aside her modesty. She is depicted at the door of his house and on his way to the tryst, defying all kinds of difficulties like storms, snakes and dangers of the forest. In art, Abhisarika is portrayed often in hurry towards his destination. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe story will be told through an exhibition ‘Abhisarika’ in the fourth hall of the Lalit Kala Akademi from April 20–26. The inauguration on April 20 will see the presence of eminent artists Sudip Roy, Asit Patnaik, Dharmendra Rathore, and Shampa Sirkar Das, besides eminent sculptor Tapas Sarkar. Renowned photographer Aninda Adhikary, who has conceived and presented the exhibition, says Sukanta has brought realism back to art at a time when many artists are moving to distortions of figures and abstraction. Sukanta achieves an enigmatic quality by using mixed colours to achieve the exact quality of drapery to depict the tone of a woman’s skin, besides painting the emotions of humanity. Sukanta Das’ works have adorned the walls of numerous corporate and private collectors.