Will Brazil plant corn later than normal in 2020?

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The soybean planting in south-central Brazil is now relatively on pace with historical averages, but irregular rains in September, October and early November resulted in delays in several states. Those delays are not likely to cause yield losses to the soybean crop, but will result in a narrower planting window for the second corn crop (“safrinha”), which is planted right after the soybean harvest. A later-than-normal harvest will lead to a delayed start to the corn planting and, probably, to an extension of the planting season into March.How bad is planting in March? Planting corn in March is not unusual. On the contrary, since the ideal planting window ends in mid-March in several Brazilian regions. But planting in March normally results in more risk, because corn will pollinate under potentially harmful weather conditions: lack of moisture, shorter days and even freezing temperatures in some areas. That’s why farmers are always planning on planting as soon as possible. In normal years, they do plant corn in March, but only in marginal areas, where the yield potential is not exactly high.Half of the area in March By the end of February 2020, however, only 53% of the corn area will have been planted in number-two producer Paraná, according to a study recently finished by AgRural. In 2018, when the second corn crop failed in the state due to dry conditions in areas planted later, 56% of the area had been planted by the end of February. In 2019, when the state established a new record average yield, 71% of the area was already planted as of Feb 28. In northern Paraná, the ideal planting window ends on March 15. But in the west of the state, where the bulk of the soybean delay happened this year, the window is narrower and ends on Feb. 20. In that region, planting in March is extremely risky.Crop failure? Does that mean that Paraná will have a crop failure in 2020? No, it does not. But the 2020 second crop will be riskier, no doubt. The same is likely to happen in São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Mato Grosso do Sul and Goiás, where about half (or more) of the area will have to be planted in March. Mato Grosso The honorable exception will be top producer Mato Grosso, where 90% of the corn area will likely be planted until the end of February 2020 — not far from the 93% planted by the end of February 2019. And, since Mato Grosso represents about 45% of Brazil’s second corn crop production, it seems that the 2020 “safrinha” will not be excessively impacted by the soybean planting delay, after all.Planting intentions AgRural will release its first planting intention numbers for the 2020 second corn crop in mid-December. The narrower planting window might make farmers think twice before expanding acreage. Very strong prices in Brazilian reais, on the other hand, buoyed by record exports, a thriving meat industry and currency devaluation, are likely to give the area a boost.In 2019, Brazil produced 73.2 million metric tons of corn in the second crop. It was its best “safrinha” ever, which led Brazilian total production (first, second and third crops combined) to reach the 100 million ton figure for the first time.last_img read more

Living on a Trickle of Electricity

first_imgWorking up to the off-grid life in stagesFujii has taken her conversion one step at a time. Before the earthquake, no doubt like many others, Fujii took electricity for granted. She paid about 4,000 yen ($36) a month for electricity and thought nothing of leaving the television on just so she could check the time when she wanted.But she began dialing back by turning off her home appliances one by one, reducing her bill to about 2,000 yen a month and finally, after unplugging the refrigerator, to about 800 yen a month — the equivalent of about $7.Even that wasn’t enough. “I thought I might be able to live without relying on the power company,” she said, “and decided to start an off-grid life for the fun of it.”She’s had to be inventive, not only in how she uses the meager amount of electricity she consumes but how to find substitutes for the appliances she once plugged in. For example, she made a heater from an old oil lamp and a flower pot. With the pot turned upside down over the oil lamps, just 20 milliliters of oil (about six tenths of an ounce) keeps the pot warm for up to four hours.To take the place of an electric tea kettle, Fujii made her own solar water heater by painting glass tubes black and filling them with water.A business partner’s request to send a document by email on short notice sent Fukii to her exercise bike dynamo to crank out enough electricity to power her computer.These and other measures have reduced her consumption of electricity to between 500 and 800 watt-hours per day, what the newspaper said it about 92% less than the average household there.“I always live while being conscious of the weather,” Fujii told the newspaper. “For example, when I wake up to find it is sunny, I think I should use the washer today. Thinking this way is fun for me.” The crippling earthquake and tsunami that struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant Japan in March 2011 was still causing problems for customers of the Tokyo Electric Power Company more than a year later, and the rolling blackouts were enough to convince a textile artist named Chikako Fujii that her life would be better off without a connection to the grid.So Fujii terminated her contract for electricity, bought a solar panel or two, and began learning how to live with a lot less power than she’d gotten used to.As detailed in an article published in The Asahi Shimbun, Fujii uses less than a kilowatt-hour of electricity per day. Power comes from a few photovoltaic (PV) modules on the veranda of her western Tokyo home. The total rated capacity of the PV modules is only 260 watts; on a sunny day, the PV system produces about 1 kWh of electricity.That’s just enough to run a washing machine, used to dye fabric, for three hours. When cloudy weather drains the system’s battery, Fujii can hop on a a repurposed exercise bike connected to a dynamo and pedal for a while to replenish it. She uses a foot-powered sewing machine and an iron powered by charcoal rather than electricity.She’s given up entirely on having a refrigerator, a television, and an air conditioner.“I enjoy working out how to lead a life without using electricity,” she told the newspaper.last_img read more

Google Outruns Real Penalties From Street View Lawsuit

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#Google#privacy#Street View 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts center_img brian proffitt A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Google has agreed to settle a case brought by 38 U.S. states to challenge its Street View project, acknowledging once again that it had scooped up user data and other private information when collecting location information on the streets and roads of the U.S.The settlement includes a pittance of a $7 million fine and an agreement from Google that it will implement internal and external programs to train employees and users alike on how to do privacy better, which really amounts to a slap on the wrist for the Mountain View, Calif., firm.This wasn’t exactly a new admission for Google, either. In May 2010 the search giant acknowledged it had mistakenly included code in its Street View software that collects WiFi payload data – data that is supposed to assist in location apps. Of course, getting this initial admission was like pulling teeth at first, with Google at first denying the data collection, and then trying to blame one of its engineers.(See also Google Won’t Resume Its Street View Wi-Fi Collection.)Here in the U.S., 38 state attorneys general launched a lawsuit against Google, led by Connecticut attorney general George Jepsen, who counts this as a big win.“While the $7 million is significant, the importance of this agreement goes beyond financial terms. Consumers have a reasonable expectation of privacy. This agreement recognizes those rights and ensures that Google will not use similar tactics in the future to collect personal information without permission from unsuspecting consumers,” Jepsen said in a statement to the press.The takeaway from this settlement is not the monetary fine, but the fact that Google is on the hook once more for privacy violations, something the company has struggled with for years in its quest to monetize consumer data while being trusted to protect it.(Review Tech World Overreacts to Google’s New Privacy Policy – How Does It Affect You?.)No one worries much about Street View anymore; since 2010, Google has pretty much assured everyone it’s not going to be collecting anything more than it should. Assuming that’s true, though, is not necessarily a reason to trust Google from blundering its way into privacy minefields again.Google Glass, for instance, could be a huge tool for mining personal information about unsuspecting people who aren’t even wearing the devices. It’s not hard to imagine tech-savvy lawyers sharpening their lawsuit knives to file the first violation of privacy lawsuits involving these devices.(Ponder Google Glass: Our Lives Are Not Reality TV.)For now, Google will have to come up with privacy initiatives for its employees and end-users that reinforce privacy policies and techniques. We’ll choke back the irony of that situation for now as we wait to see what Google does with this directive.Until the next time it gets too grabby with our personal information.Image courtesy of Google.last_img read more

Sandy Arespacochaga appointed as Batang Gilas head coach

first_imgArespacochaga will be at the helm of the Philippines’ junior national team that will see action in the Fiba Under-19 Basketball World Cup and the Fiba Asia Under-16 Championship.“Sandy has proven his worth as a youth basketball coach. He has won championships in the high-school level and has been an active member of the highly successful Ateneo college basketball program,” said SBP president Al Panlilio.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsArespacochaga served as an assistant in Ateneo’s senior program for nearly two decades and won eight UAAP titles while serving as deputy to Joel Banal in 2002, Norman Black from 2008 to 2012, and Tab Baldwin in 2017 and 2018.Before that, he was the head coach of Blue Eaglets who won the title from 1999 to 2000. MOST READ Arespacochaga is set to bring that immense championship experience to the Batang Gilas under-19 team that includes Kai Sotto.His first order of business is lead Batang Gilas in the Under-19 World Cup in Greece from June 29 to July 7 where the Philippines is grouped with the host nation, Argentina, and Russia.“Sandy’s demeanor is perfect for our young players. He is a natural teacher whose method of teaching is what our young players will embrace and appreciate. He uses his strong communication skills and low key personality to get the best out of his personnel,” said Panlilio.Arespacochaga is also an assistant coach in the PBA currently under Bong Ravena in TNT but has served before under Black in Meralco and Gilas head coach Yeng Guiao in NLEX.“It is important that we teach our young players to not only play good basketball but more importantly, conduct themselves positively inside and outside the basketball court. With his focus on a strong and holistic values enrichment program, we in the SBP are confident that the success of the Batang Gilas program will be sustained and will eventually benefit even our Gilas Men’s program,” said Panlilio.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Pelicans begin interviews for general manager post DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment PLAY LIST 04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment04:11Robredo accepts Duterte’s drug czar post appointment00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausscenter_img Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MANILA, Philippines—Longtime deputy Sandy Arespacochaga is set to take full charge of his own team after Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas appointed him as the new head coach of Batang Gilas.ADVERTISEMENT View commentslast_img read more

a month agoDybala brother fires message at Juventus boss Sarri

first_imgDybala brother fires message at Juventus boss Sarriby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe brother and agent of Paulo Dybala has sent a message to Juventus coach Maurizio Sarri.For Saturday’s 0-0 draw at Fiorentina, Dybala was not only left out of the starting line-up, but didn’t even come off the bench. The striker is yet to start for Juve in Serie A this season.Dybala’s brother and representative Gustavo posted to social media:“The violin cannot play beautiful music if it’s missing a string…”Paulo Dybala’s brother Gustavo posted this on Twitter We think we have a good idea of who he’s talking about pic.twitter.com/SopeTF1pFt— Italian Football TV (@IFTVofficial) September 15, 2019 TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Akwesasne smuggler with Jimmy Hoffa The mysterious disappearance of Acid Adams

first_imgJorge Barrera APTN National NewsThe seer told him he should make a small feast of frybread for the dead.Leave it in the bush with a shot of whisky because someone put a hex on you using graveyard dirt, the seer said.There also is a shipment coming soon across the river, said the seer, the courier will lose it in the ice.Richard “Acid” Adams wrote these prescriptions and predictions in black ink on a white piece of paper from a Hilton hotel. The note is still kept by Adams’ mother Jolene Adams along with his braided lock of black hair.She received the braided hair in a blue Ziploc bag handed to her by Richard Adams’ former girlfriend and mother of his two youngest children. Jolene Adams received it in July 2009, the same month U.S. authorities indicted Richard Adams for smuggling marijuana from Canada into the U.S., across the river, in a Drug Enforcement Authority operation called Cash Cow.The same month he vanished. He was 46.“As soon as I touched his hair I knew he was in big trouble,” said Jolene Adams, sitting at her kitchen table in her home in the Snye section of Akwesasne which sits in Québec but is only accessible by road through the U.S.She last saw her son on July 5, 2009, a day before he and two other men roared across the St. Lawrence River from Snye in his Baja speedboat to a house Richard Adams rented from a Marina owner in Summerstown, Ont.“When he came and he told me was going to be gone for a few days I really didn’t question it because he comes and goes all the time,” said Jolene Adams.Then the days turned to weeks turned to years.Richard “Acid” Adams vanished in 2009. Photo courtesy of familyLawsuit claims West Eng Gang member involvementThis past July, the family obtained an official declaration of death from the Ontario Superior Court of Justice. Then, this week, the family filed a statement of claim in a lawsuit against Akwesasne Mohawk Police Chief Jerry Swamp and one of his investigators Leroy Swamp for negligence and incompetence in their investigation to find Richard Adams.The lawsuit also names several people it alleges hold pieces to the story behind his disappearance including a wheelchair bound man named Shane Maloney, a reputed high-ranking member of the Irish Mob known as the West End Gang in Montréal. Maloney is currently in a Quebec jail awaiting a 2017 trial on charges of conspiring to import cocaine into Canada as a result of a major 2012 Sûreté du Québec drug operation known as Project Loquace.It’s no secret Akwesasne’s location, straddling the Quebec, Ontario and New York State borders, make it a tempting location to move contraband goods across the international boundary. One can take a boat from the northern shore east of Cornwall, Ont., cross the St. Lawrence River into the St. Regis Village or Snye sections of Akwesasne and then drive across the U.S. border without the need of passing through customs. Just take a left onto Hwy 37 and your next stop is Boston or New York City.Many of the current smuggling routes were carved in the 1980s and early 1990s when Big Tobacco used Akwesasne smugglers to move cigarettes into Canada.The tobacco companies would export their product to the U.S. and then smuggle them back to avoid the high taxes in Canada.The business proved lucrative to some in Akwesasne, a community of farmers, artists and iron workers. Richard Adams’ father Roy was an iron worker. For some, they had a choice, work on the iron towers and bridges of America which required weeks away from family, or stay close to home and make a living criss-crossing the waters of their own territory, moving product considered illegal by two countries they didn’t necessary recognize as having jurisdiction over Mohawk land.Jolene Adams, mother of Richard Adams, holding her son’s clip braided lock of hair.For over 20 years Richard Adams lived a life speeding between the shores of the river moving contraband for the underworld.He was good at it. He made cash. Lots of cash.Then, he was gone.Adams’ sister Della Adams received a message last year from an individual in Kahnawake, a Mohawk community that sits just south of Montreal.“Truth is Richard (Acid) Adams is with Jimmy Hoffa. The same day he went to (an) old Montreal underground parking lot for a meet,” said the message.This is all the family has ever had to go one. Cryptic messages, whispers and speculation.Richard Adams is in Manila. Richard Adams is in Brazil.He’s dead.But where was the body?The family asked seers.“We have seen many seers and every one of them have the same story, every one of them have said that he’s gone,” said Joelen Adams. “He has told through the seer, he has told us that he wants us to pursue this investigation because he wants us to know how he died.”One seer said they saw a cage and a river.Operation Cash CowOn the morning of October 20, 2008, a man named Jason Baldassare drove a rented Hyundai Sonata to a compound owned by Richard Adams in Snye. Adams had previously moved a load of marijuana across the river and he gave Baldassare two hockey bags holding 27 kilograms of Quebec-grown marijuana.Baldassare drove out of Adams’ compound into a net set by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).Two weeks earlier, DEA agents, with a Department of Homeland Security surveillance craft circling above and intercepting radio communications stopped a rented Toyota Sienna minivan on Ryan Rd near Chateaugay, NY, about 7 km south of the Canada-U.S. border, with about 104 kg of marijuana.Operation Cash Cow was in full swing. Armed with informants and the smuggling organization’s radio frequencies, the DEA took down the network, which moved Quebec-grown marijuana throughout New York State, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, one member at a time.Adams fled across the river a day before the indictment against the organization was unsealed in U.S. Federal Court to a house he rented from Winston McIntosh, the owner of Whimpy’s Marina near Summerstown, Ont.McIntosh was on his deck that Monday afternoon when he saw Adams in his Baja speedboat roaring to the dock at his rented house.“It was coming awful fast…I knew they were in a hurry, I could sense it,” said McIntosh.McIntosh said there was a man waiting for Adams with an older model, green Chevy pickup truck. Adams and a second man jumped out of the Baja which then turned and roared away. Adams climbed into the green pickup truck and the third man drove off in Adams’ green Mercedes which was also parked at the rental house.Winston McIntosh, owner of Whimpy’s Marina, saw Richard Adams they day he fled Akwesasne.Trail gone coldHere is where fog begins to envelop the story.Adams may have stayed in nearby Lancaster, Ont., for a couple of days before he went to Montreal. What happened in Montreal remains a mystery, at least on the public record. It’s believe Adams at one point may have stayed at a home near Montreal owned by man named Adam Harris, who is described in the statement of claim filed by Adams’ family as someone “closely involved with the criminal operations.”Adams also met with his then-girlfriend Tanya Barilko while in Montreal. This is when he is said to have cut his braid and given it to Barilko who later gave it to his mother.Adams told some associates he was going to get a new identity and that his contacts were going to help him flee the continent.Dean Doxtator, from Oneida on the Thames First Nation, said he was one of the last to see Adams alive in Montreal. Doxtator, who is named in the lawsuit, said Adams expressed regret and remorse at the time.“He said he was sorry for what he did to the family getting into where he was in the situation,” said Doxtator. “He didn’t want to cause any burden. I think it was more like shame to his family. He knew what he was into, who he was dealing with.”Doxtator, who found out this week he was named in the lawsuit, said he is willing to say all he knows in an affidavit. He believes Adams is dead.The lawsuit also named Maloney who dealt directly with Adams. Maloney was convicted in December 2013 for ordering the beating of an off-duty Montreal cop in Mexico in January 2011 who was caught trying to take photographs of the gangsters partying with other Quebec police officers. Maloney is currently at the Rivieres-des-Prairies Detention Centre in Quebec awaiting trial on 13 drug, gang, conspiracy and firearms related charges stemming from Project Loquace.Kenny Cree, a smuggler from Akwesasne, is named in the lawsuit filed by Richard Adams’ family. FacebookAdams and Maloney are also both listed in U.S. court documents as associates of former drug king pin Jimmy Cournoyer, also known as Cosmo, who was the head of a $1 billion “drug empire” which smuggled marijuana from Canada into the U.S. and then used the proceeds to import cocaine back to Canada.  Cournoyer was linked to the Italian Mafia, the Hells Angels and the Sinaloa Cartel in Mexico.Couronyer pleaded guilty in 2013 and is now in U.S. prison.The DEA investigation into Cournoyer gathered speed after agents moved against an Akwesasne smuggling ring in 2009 headed by Kenny Cree, Randy Square and David Sunday two months before the indictment was filed against Adams.The DEA managed to flip Cree, according to a New York Times article, who was facing a lengthy prison sentence.The Adams family’s lawsuit names Cree and alleges he was “instrumental in the death of Richard Adams.”APTN attempted to contact Cree through one of his lawyers, but received no response.Akwesasne Mohawk Police failed to follow leadsJolene Adams blames the Akwesasne Mohawk Police for letting her son’s trail run so cold.“I don’t know how many phone calls I made to the police station and got no cooperation and nothing, nothing from them,” said AdamsThe Mohawk police did have leads.On Jan. 27, 2010, the RCMP in Montreal told Det.-Const. Norman King that Richard Adams was “not in this world anymore,” according to an Ontario Provincial Police report from an investigation into the Akwesasne police’s handling of the case.That same month, the OPP Drug Enforcement section first told King that Adams was vacationing out of the country in the fall of 2009 and then that he was “deceased and that the family was aware of this,” said the report.Shane Maloney, high-ranking member of West End Gang. Montreal Police photoThe report also said the Akwesasne police possessed two of Adams’ cell number but never obtained a production order to track the cell phone’s usage. Both phones were in service in the fall of 2009. One cell phone, which operated on a Telus plan, was “cancelled by the subscriber” on Dec. 3, 2009.An analysis of the Akwesasne police’s investigation done for the family by Ottawa lawyer James Foord, of Foord Davies, concluded “it seems clear that little has been done to meaningfully investigate (Adams’) whereabouts.”Adams disappeared a year after his brother was killed in a traffic accident in front of his parent’s home. Jolene and Roy Adams have only one surviving child, their daughter Della.“Unless somebody has gone through a death of a child, nobody understands the pain and the grief of losing one. The gravity of the pain is so great,” said Jolene Adams. “It’s more pain because we didn’t know whether (Richard Adams) was alive or dead.”The missing and murdered men of AkwesasneThere was a bigger issue at play behind Jolene and Roy Adams’ decision to file the lawsuit and that is the high number of missing and murdered men from Akwesasne.“There is more to this court action than Richard. We have young men that have been murdered that have gone missing where the police have not done a proper investigating if an investigation ever did exist,” said Adams. “This is about our community. I am not dismissing Richard’s role in the illegal stuff that has been going on in our community, I am not dismissing that…All this stuff that is happening, they are hurting the community, they are hurting our young people. There is a whole generation that is being hurt right now because of this illegal trafficking of drugs, aliens and I don’t know what else.”As for calling out violent underworld figures, the family said they’ve moved beyond fear.“A lot of people are saying it’s dangerous. But I am 75 years-old. I don’t need to see any more than what’s going on right now. I am not afraid that something is going to happen to me,” said Roy Adams.Adams was a father to six boys.His last girlfriend, Tanya Barilko, is also named in the lawsuit.Barilko could not be reached for comment.Roy Adams, Richard Adams’ father, on the St. Lawrence River.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

DavidsTea reports 10 million net loss in first results since boardroom showdown

first_imgMONTREAL – DavidsTea has reported a $10 million net loss in the first results since founder Herschel Segal took back control of the company’s board.The Montreal-based retailer said Thursday the results for the quarter that ended Aug. 4 works out to a loss of 39 cents per share, compared with a $5.6 million, or 22 cent per share, loss for the same quarter last year.Comparable sales were down 14.8 per cent after its product offering “did not resonate with customers,” it was less promotional, and it had less product available for its semi-annual sale, the company said.Segal, whose Rainy Day Investments owns 46 per cent of DavidsTea shares, clashed with other significant shareholders earlier this year on company leadership, board composition, and the direction of the company.His slate of directors won by 54 per cent in a vote at its June annual meeting, prompting CEO Joel Silver to resign after the results were announced and Segal said he would step into the role of interim CEO.Since June, the company has shuffled head office to put more senior leaders in marketing, buying and product development to help turn the company around, said Segal on an earnings call Thursday.“We have begun collaborative work to reverse the tide of recent negative quarterly results.”In August, the company said it would start selling its products in 450 Loblaws stores as it looks to push further into the tea bag market in addition to its traditional loose-leaf sales.Segal said a search for a replacement CEO is ongoing, as is a search for a replacement for its CFO Howard Tafler, who will leave at the end of the month.At the end of July, shareholders representing 12.8 per cent of the company, filed suit in Quebec Superior Court against Segal and Rainy Day Investments, seeking to have him removed as executive chairman of the board and a new slate of directors be elected.last_img read more

Drilling firm Ensign Energy shares fall as Q2 net loss exceeds forecasts

first_imgEnsign’s biggest boost to year-over-year revenue came from the United States, where it rose by 77 per cent to $261 million, despite softening demand, to account for 69 per cent of the total. It has 134 marketed rigs in the U.S.In contrast, its Canadian revenue rose by just 11 per cent to $51 million — despite the addition of 68 Trinidad rigs to take its fleet to 118 marketed rigs — accounting for 14 per cent of the total.International revenue was down slightly at $66 million but still exceeded the Canadian contribution.“The integration of Trinidad into Ensign has now been largely completed with the full amalgamation taking place on April 1,” said Ensign president Bob Geddes.“We continue to focus on realizing the previously announced $40 million of cost savings which primarily relate to the elimination of duplicate costs and facilities.” CALGARY — Shares in Ensign Energy Services Inc. fell by as much as 6.8 per cent after it reported a second-quarter net loss of $31.7 million or 20 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $36.7 million or 23 cents a year earlier.The Calgary-based drilling company’s revenue jumped 44 per cent to $378 million from $263 million, mainly due to its acquisition late last year of rival Trinidad Drilling Ltd.The results missed analyst expectations of a net loss of $25.7 million or 13 cents a share on revenue of $419 million in the three months ended June 30, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv. Companies in this article: (TSX:ESI)The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Football Barrett Price confident in new look offense and Kevin Wilson hire

OSU then-redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) looks for room to run against Clemson during the Fiesta Bowl on Dec. 31. The Buckeyes lost 31-0. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorThe departure of both Ed Warriner and Tim Beck did not come as a surprise to most Ohio State football fans, after two lackadaisical seasons in a row and the goose egg laid by the Buckeyes against eventual national champion Clemson. The addition of Kevin Wilson as the new mastermind behind the offense for the Scarlet and Gray has been received warmly by most fans, but it has the players even more excited. On Sunday, members of the OSU football team were honored at the first media timeout of the Buckeyes men’s basketball game for their achievements in 2016. J.T. Barrett was honored for being named the best Big Ten player by the Chicago Tribune with the Silver Football Award.Last season Barrett, who will be returning for his redshirt senior season after choosing not to enter the NFL Draft, had a roller coaster type season. From starting the year as a potential Heisman trophy candidate, to finishing it with a raw quarterback rating of 36.1 against Michigan and 12.7 against Clemson, Barrett has had better years.Now, with Kevin Wilson at the helm, Barrett could very well return to the form he was in during his redshirt freshman season when he produced 45 total touchdowns. Wilson, known for a up-tempo offense and an air-it-out approach to the passing game, has been viewed as a welcome change in the eyes of Barrett.“Just something new,” Barrett said. “I think sometimes we get set in our ways, but change is also a good thing. Change is not always bad. I think it was needed.”Wilson has coached some notable quarterbacks who have finished their college careers with trophy cases full of accreditation. Sam Bradford and Landry Jones are the most notable, but all of his signal callers have a tendency to rack up plenty of yards. Bradford threw for 50 touchdowns during his only season under Wilson’s direction, and the chance to see Barrett under a quarterback’s mastermind has many OSU fans itching to see what the new-look offense will do during the Spring Game. Although his return to Columbus for his final season seemed a lock immediately following the Fiesta Bowl, Barrett said the hiring of Wilson was a big factor in his decision.“Just trying to make sure, that if I was going to come back that, it was something I was going to do that was best for me in order for me to help and grow as a quarterback,” Barrett said. “That was part of it.”Wilson had high praise for Barrett after the Buckeyes defeated Indiana 38-17.“In my opinion, from afar, I think that’s the best quarterback in college football,” Wilson said after the game. “Some of these guys have some stats, I’m not saying it because he’s in our league — I’m not a homer. When you watch that kid play, that kid and his unselfishness … he went through a lot. He was a premier player in the country two years ago when he got injured.”Billy Price, who is following in the footsteps of Pat Elflein and returning for his redshirt senior season and moving to center, will now be under his third offensive coaching staff since arriving on campus. Although, as a whole, OSU’s offensive line performed well, there were more than a few times where the unit looked confused, or like they were blocking the wrong schemes.Price admitted after the Fiesta Bowl loss he and the rest of the team understood what went wrong, but did not delve deeper into the subject. He, like Barrett, is welcoming the change Wilson is bringing.“The offensive philosophy is going to be different,” he said. “There’s things that are going to be a lot different than they were, and it’s a positive change. We’re just looking forward to once spring ball comes and we get to see those changes, and see what we’re actually going to be working with.”OSU kicks off the 2017 season with the Spring Game on April 15 at Ohio Stadium. read more

Prime Minister Reads To Students

Prime Minister Thanks China For Garden Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, May 5 (JIS): Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, today (May 5) participated in Read Across Jamaica Day activities at the Jamaica House Basic School, in Kingston.Mrs. Simpson Miller engaged the students in discussions as she read from the book entitled, ‘Little Lion Goes to School’, by Kellie Magnus.The Prime Minister also congratulated the teachers and parents for the excellent work they are doing.“I want to congratulate your parents and to thank them for taking good care of you. I also want you (the students) to do your very best and I want you to become outstanding citizens of this country,” Mrs. Simpson Miller told the children.Read Across Jamaica Day is an important step in getting children to make reading a regular part of their lives. It seeks to foster interest in reading by encouraging parents and other members of the society to read a book to a child.This is based on research that shows a connection between adults reading aloud to children and enhanced language development.The day forms part of activities by the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) to celebrate Education Week from May 3 to 9, under the theme: ‘Consolidating the Gains: Collaborating for Growth and Sustainability’.A national day to promote reading and literacy locally was first observed by the JTA in 2005. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, read across jamaica read more