Gov’t Mule Hints At Traffic Tribute Set For Halloween Performance

first_imgThis morning, fans on Gov’t Mule’s mailing list were sent a cryptic graphic that pointed to the band’s plans for Halloween 2016. The Mule-O-Ween show is scheduled for Saturday October 29th at The Palace Theatre in Albany, NY. While no details were specifically listed, the graphic clearly points to Mule covering the music of Traffic for this year’s Halloween performance!The graphic includes a traffic light in a raised colored cube, and the cube itself is reminiscent of Traffic’s famed Low Spark Of High Heeled Boys album cover. The traffic light itself features images in each of the lights – the red features the logo for the band Traffic, the yellow is a pumpkin representing Halloween, and the green is an artwork associated with Gov’t Mule.Taken as a whole, with the traffic light and Traffic references, the only interpretation must be a Traffic tribute set on Halloween. Whether that means a full album cover or a set of Traffic’s classics remains to be seen. As “Low Spark of High Heeled Boys” is a staple cover from Mule setlists, the choice does make sense, and we’re excited to see what other songs Mule might include in such a tribute.Check out their version of “Low Spark” with saxophonist Karl Denson in 2012:We’ll be sure to keep you updated as to any developments on Mule’s Halloween plans!last_img read more

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Regional public transportation district recommended

first_imgREGIONAL PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT RECOMMENDEDProposal would change funding of public transportation in VermontSOUTH BURLINGTON, VT — A task force of the Chittenden County Metropolitan Planning Organization (CCMPO) has recommended a new Regional Public Transportation District for Chittenden County as part of a proposal that would change the way public transportation in Vermont is funded and governed.The initial recommendations of the Regional Public Transportation Initiative Task Force call for legislation that would authorize a Regional Public Transportation District to plan, implement, and manage public transportation in Chittenden County. An interim board of this District would develop detailed governance and funding proposals and report back to the legislature for final approval before a public vote on the issue. The recommendations also provide a mechanism for creating up to five other Districts throughout the State.The Task Force will seek public comment on the recommendations through a series of community meetings in the coming months, and will present the proposal to the Boards of the CCMPO and the Chittenden County Transportation Authority (CCTA) for approval this fall. Final adoption of the recommendations is scheduled for October.”A workable public transportation system is a crucial factor for strong economic development,” said William Knight, Executive Director of the CCMPO. “This proposal will make it easier for people to get to work, help businesses attract and retain employees, and allow service to expand to some major economic centers, as well as help preserve and protect our cherished natural resources.”A key element of the Regional Public Transportation Initiative’s proposal is decreased reliance on the property tax as a means of funding public transportation. The Task Force recommends the creation of a dedicated fund for public transportation within the State Transportation Fund.The Task Force recommends making monies available by reducing the maximum amount of transportation-generated funds that can be appropriated outside the Agency of Transportations budget. In addition, the proposal would give Regional Public Transportation Districts regional taxing authority with voter approval to levy other taxes and fees on such items as motor vehicle fuel, short-term car rentals, and vehicle registration.This proposal is a regional solution to a regional problem, said Dave Davis, Vice Chair of the Task Force and Chair of the CCTA Board of Commissioners. Vermonters travelbetween towns and counties to work, shop, and attend school, but we cant design services to address that reality because were tied to town-by-town funding through the local property tax. A regional district will serve more people, places, and businesses with greater efficiency.The Regional Public Transportation Initiative is a collaboration between the CCMPO and CCTA, with additional representatives from the business, senior, disabled, and environmental communities. The Task Force has been coordinating its efforts with the Vermont Agency of Transportation, county Regional Planning Commissions, and public transportation providers throughout the region.For more information, or to submit comments, visit the CCMPO website, http://www.ccmpo.org/ptp(link is external).For additional information, contact:CCMPO: William Knight, Executive DirectorP: (802) 660-4071 ext 15F: (802) [email protected](link sends e-mail)CCTA: Dave Davis, Chair, Board of Commissioners and Vice Chair, Task Force P: (802) 864-0211 F: (802) 864-5564Press Contact: Emily J. StebbinsP: (802) 324-4345F: (831) [email protected](link sends e-mail)###last_img read more

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Malkin takes MVP honors at NHL Awards

first_imgMOST VALUABLE—Pittsburgh Penguins’ Evgeni Malkin poses with the Ted Lindsay Award, the Art Ross Trophy and the Hart Trophy during the NHL Awards, June 20, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) by Greg BeachamAP Sports Writer LAS VEGAS (AP)—Pittsburgh center Evgeni Malkin won the Hart Trophy on June 23, becoming the NHL’s most valuable player for the first time. Three Swedish players also claimed major trophies at the annual NHL Awards postseason ceremony, but the Penguins’ Russian superstar claimed three awards for himself. Malkin won the Hart for the first time at the Wynn Las Vegas casino, beating out Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist and Tampa Bay scorer Steven Stamkos. Malkin also collected the Art Ross Trophy as the league scoring champion and the Ted Lindsay Award from his fellow NHLPA members as the NHL’s best player.“It’s the best day of my life,” said Malkin, known to teammates and fans as Geno. “It’s very exciting.”Malkin gathered the Hart, Ross and Lindsay awards next to him after the ceremony, only occasionally struggling in his ever-improving English to express his excitement. Malkin’s 109-point season and steady leadership were even more impressive because he largely did it without teammate Sidney Crosby, who played just 22 games after his comeback from a concussion.“I can’t believe I’m sitting here, and around me there are three trophies,” Malkin said. “It’s an unbelievable day for me.”Malkin, who turns 26 next month, edged out Stamkos and Lundqvist, who still won the Vezina Trophy for the first time.But the spotlight was on Malkin, who won his first MVP award after arguably the most impressive season of his six-year career in Pittsburgh.Malkin had a career-high 50 goals and 59 assists while carrying the Penguins during the extended injury absence of 2007 Hart winner Crosby. Malkin was the NHL’s only 100-point scorer this season and the first scoring champion in a decade to win a second title despite being almost every opponent’s top defensive target whenever they faced the Penguins.Malkin also grew into a more prominent role outside of Crosby’s shadow.“Every year I’m a little bit more comfortable,” he said. “I learn English, watch TV, go out with friends and teammates. I love this sport. I like my teammates, and I want to be the best.”Malkin scored eight points in the Penguins’ six-game loss to Philadelphia in the first round of the playoffs. The four-time NHL All-Star then was named the MVP of the IIHF World Championships last month after leading the undefeated Russian team to the title.Malkin was a Hart finalist for the third time.last_img read more

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Zanna leads Pittsburgh over Fresno State 75-54

first_imgPittsburgh’s Talib Zanna (42) shoots over Fresno State’s Tyler Johnson in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)PITTSBURGH (AP) – Fresno State came out hot and jumped out to an early lead after flying across the country.Then, the Bulldogs got zoned out.Talib Zanna returned after sitting out the season opener and had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Pittsburgh pulled away after switching to a zone defense in a 75-54 win over Fresno State on Tuesday night.“Obviously, our zone was good for us,” Pitt coach Jamie Dixon said. “We will be using it, we have been using it, we practice it all the time, we used it last year and will use it more and more this year. I think we’ve got the personnel for it.”Cameron Wright added a career high-tying 13 points and added six rebounds for the Panthers, who dominated the paint and the glass. Pitt (2-0) had a 48-25 edge in rebounds and a noticeable advantage in scoring from the post.After being suspended for a violation of team rules for the Panthers’ win three days earlier, the 6-foot-9 Zanna made eight of 10 field goals and grabbed more rebounds on his defensive end of the floor (nine) than the entire Bulldogs team did (five).Freshman Paul Watson had 18 points to lead Fresno State (1-1), which traveled east of the Mountain time zone for the first of two trips this season. Cezar Guerrero added 10 points and a team-high seven assists for the Bulldogs.“This was a great opportunity for us to come across the country and play a very well-coached team and a team and a program that really has hung their hats over the years on defense and on rebounding,” Fresno State coach Rodney Terry said.“They did something we weren’t expecting to see a lot of, playing zone defense tonight. They did a great job with us; they took us out of our rhythm.”Pitt began a season-opening Friday rout of Savannah State on a 19-2 run. Against the Bulldogs, the Panthers weren’t as dominant right from the tip – the game was tied 15-15 almost 10 minutes in – but switching from their trademark man-to-man to a 2-3 allowed Pitt pull away before halftime.The zone perplexed a Bulldogs team that had scored 98 points in its season opener Friday. Pitt closed out the first half by scoring the final 13 points. The Panthers took a 35-18 lead at the half, and the margin wouldn’t drop below 15 the remainder of the game.“In the beginning of the game, (Fresno) came out very strong; they were hitting a lot of shots and we weren’t getting shots,” Wright said. “But we have a great coaching staff, and they made adjustments and went to the 2-3 zone, and that worked for us in our favor and we stuck with it.”Fresno State won 98-97 in overtime at UC Irvine Friday on an Allen Huddleston half-court shot at the overtime buzzer. The Bulldogs wouldn’t be close enough at the end to pull that off Tuesday. Huddleston, a reserve guard, finished with seven points against Pitt.After making 33 field goals and shooting 52 percent from the floor at UC Irvine, Fresno State was held to almost half as many points, a 38 percent shooting effort and 19 field goals against the Panthers.Starting the season without 6-9 Braeden Anderson (injuries associated with a car accident) and 6-11 sophomore Tanner Giddings (wrist injury), Fresno State’s undersized lineup was at a disadvantage throughout against a Pitt team that was one of the best in the country in rebounding margin last season.Pitt, which had more defensive rebounds (30) than Fresno State had total rebounds, held a 52-12 edge in points in the paint. The Panthers had just 10 turnovers. Although they shot 45 percent from the field, they missed all 11 of their 3-point attempts, setting a school record for futility from beyond the arc.“We didn’t shoot it great, obviously,” Dixon said, “but when you do a lot of other things well, you come out with big wins against pretty good teams.”In winning the first meeting between them and Fresno State, the Panthers improved to 103-3 against nonconference opponents at the 12-year-old Petersen Events Center.Zanna’s game was the seventh of the senior’s career in which he had at least 10 points and 10 rebounds. He fell one point short of his career high of 20 points.“There were times where I just needed to get the ball and score, and my teammates decided to just get the ball inside, ‘Just let the bigs get some touches,’” Zanna said.last_img read more

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STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – FRIDAY JANUARY 22, 2016

first_imgJockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won SADLER HAPPY WITH DRAW IN CLOCKERS’ CORNERTrainer John Sadler is looking forward to Sunday’s $75,000 Clockers’ Corner Stakes at about 6 1/2 furlongs on turf, in which he has entered Bench Warrant for the Doubledown Stables of Chicago’s Richard Templer.“The horse is kind of a specialist,” Sadler said. “He runs well down the hill every time. He was kind of unlucky in the Daytona last out on Dec. 26. When you look at the chart and where he came from and how far he got beat, it was a pretty good race.“We got a good draw, so we’re looking forward to it.”The Clockers’ Corner: Rocket Heat, Edwin Maldonado, 7-2; Holy Lute, Victor Espinoza, 6-1; Cape Wolfe, Flavien Prat, 10-1; County Lineman, Alonso Quinonez, 8-1; Fleet Eagle, Tiago Pereira, 30-1; Silentio, Mike Smith, 8-1; Coastline, Tyler Baze, 4-1; Home Run Kitten, Joe Talamo, 4-1; Ocho Ocho Ocho, Santiago Gonazlez, 8-1; and Bench Warrant, Drayden Van Dyke, 12-1. Peter Miller4063215%28%$207,380 Tyler Baze80613118%38%$343,382 SANTA MONICA AN OPEN RACE SANS SUNDAY RULESESPINOZA PUTS KIBOSH ON RETIREMENT REPORTSSPECIALIST BENCH WARRANT IN CLOCKERS’ CORNERDORTMUND IN BULLET DRILL FOR RICH SAN ANTONIO Vladimir Cerin941244%78%$111,050 (Current Through Monday, Jan. 18) SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Drayden Van Dyke3955513%38%$304,214 Joseph Talamo6489613%36%$396,588 Gary Stevens2042020%30%$491,780 SANTA MONICA FIELD GROWS WITHOUT BIG FAVORITESaturday’s Grade II Santa Monica Stakes drew nine entrants, thanks in no small part to the unexpected absence of Sunday Rules, who would have been the odds-on favorite in the seven furlong test for older fillies and mares.One horse entered that had been on the fence is Kyriaki, a 6-year-old Scat Daddy mare coming off a head victory in the mud at Delta Downs.“That’s why there’s such a big field,” said Peter Eurton, trainer of Kyriaki. “We fooled around with Kyriaki on the turf for 12 starts, but she’s been on dirt and won three and she’s gotten better with age.“I’m not 100 percent sure sprinting is her best gig. I think she wants a mile, but seven-eighths is not so bad.”Also set for the Santa Monica is Ben’s Duchess, fourth in the Grade I La Brea at seven furlongs on Dec. 26.“She had her prep Monday morning at 6:30 with Joe Talamo up,” trainer John Sadler said. “She went perfect. Hopefully, we’re going to rebound from her fourth-place finish in the La Brea. She missed getting a prep race for that race, but now she’s had a race and trained steadily with two good works going into the Santa Monica.”Ben’s Duchess worked five furlongs Monday in 1:00.20.Sunday Rules was not entered due to a skin infection in a hock, but it was minor and the front-running Tribal Rule mare will be pointed to the $150,000 Sunshine Millions Filly & Mare Turf Sprint at about 6 ½ furlongs a week from tomorrow, on Jan. 30.“It was just a two-day deal,” said Phil D’Amato, atop the trainer standings through 16 days with eight victories. “She’s back training full force. It was just one of those things that happen, and now we’re looking to run in the Cal Cup.”The Santa Monica: Prize Exhibit, Santiago Gonzalez, 4-1; Ben’s Duchess, Joe Talamo, 5-2; Kiss At Midnight, Gary Stevens, 12-1; Lost Bus, Fernando Perez, 20-1; Tara’s Tango, Mike Smith, 6-1; Room for Me, Martin Garcia, 3-1; Living The Life, Flavien Prat, 6-1; Kyriaki, Mario Gutierrez, 12-1; and Finest City, Corey Nakatani, 10-1. Mario Gutierrez67813612%40%$416,764 Mike Smith3642311%25%$416,200 David Lopez571141019%44%$332,028 Fernando Perez60741112%37%$296,716 Bob Baffert3474821%56%$437,120 Kristin Mulhall1442129%50%$150,350 Flavien Prat58841214%41%$427,408 VICTOR ESPINOZA NOT READY TO RETIREReports of Victor Espinoza’s retirement have been greatly exaggerated.In fact, the Triple Crown-winning jockey, just back from an awards ceremony in London, said at Clockers’ Corner Friday morning that contrary to a recent news report, he is not retiring, and a few hours later, his agent, Brian Beach, confirmed that.“There’s nothing to it,” Beach said. “People have to understand that after a grueling last six months and actually, the last two years, it takes a mental toll and it wears you down.“Victor is working a horse tomorrow morning at 6:30. He’s as hungry as ever. He’s not ready to retire.”Espinoza was in London where he participated in Longines World’s Best Racehorse ceremony at which American Pharoah was honored. “I got there Monday and left Wednesday,” said Espinoza, who is named to ride 6-1 chance Aguacate for Vladmir Cerin in today’s fifth race. “It was great. They gave me the best watch ever.“Longines designed it with the words ‘Triple Crown No. 5’ engraved on the back. That was American Pharoah’s saddle cloth number in the Belmont Stakes.”center_img FINISH LINES: Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund, prepping for the $500,000 San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 6, worked six furlongs on Santa Anita’s fast main track Friday in 1:12 under regular rider Martin Garcia. Dortmund’s fractional times were 23.80, 35.60, 47.80 and 1:00.40, according to clocker Dane Nelson . . . Trainer Doug O’Neill has unbeaten Eclipse champion Nyquist set to work Sunday towards his three-year-old debut in the San Vicente Stakes on Feb. 15 . . . San Pasqual Stakes runner-up Imperative, also ticketed for the San Antonio, went four furlongs with Mario Gutierrez up for Richard Baltas Thursday in a bullet 46.40, fastest of 43 drills at the distance, the average time of which was 48.90. “It was a great work,” said Baltas, who has a busy weekend, with two horses entered today, five on Saturday and one on Sunday . . . David Jacobson, who has two horses entered today in quest of his first win this meet, is happy to date with the transition from the East Coast to California. “Everything’s great,” said Jacobson, who has 6-1 morning line chance You Know I Know in the third and 7-2 Caldera in the eighth. Jacobson also has entered horses at Golden Gate Fields in the Bay Area. “Wherever I think I can win a race,” he said, “I’ll go there.” Jacobson started 646 horses last year, winning with 128, a respectable 20 percent average . . . Geoff Shackelford, horse player and writer for Golf World & Golf Digest, and track announcer Michael Wrona, will be Tom Quigley‘s guests Saturday and Sunday respectively in the East Paddock Gardens at 11:20 a.m. . . . Agent Vince DeGregory has Tiago Pereira booked to ride Power Foot for Neil Drysdale in the Grade III John B. Connolly Turf Cup at 1 ½ miles at Sam Houston Jan. 30 . . . Santa Anita, home to America’s biggest winter betting pools, is currently handling on average more than $920,000 in its weekend Late Pick Four pools and more than $570,000 in the weekday Late Pick Four. Peter Eurton28410414%64%$194,700 Martin Pedroza3542111%20%$83,490 Edwin Maldonado57104718%37%$324,670 Abel Lezcano2231114%23%$122,120 Alex Solis830238%63%$174,384 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%ITM%Money Won Mark Glatt2842114%25%$130,880 Martin Garcia3755714%46%$341,824 Richard Baltas3674319%39%$446,854 Rafael Bejarano751614821%51%$810,130 Jeff Bonde1242033%50%$94,260 Santiago Gonzalez901912921%44%$692,908 Doug O’Neill5949127%42%$276,832 Philip D’Amato4087920%60%$485,210 Alonso Quinonez3037110%37%$154,920 William Spawr1353038%62%$130,274 Kent Desormeaux323759%47%$302,970last_img read more

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CHAMPION MARE BEHOLDER TOWERS OVER RIVALS IN SUNDAY’S GRADE III, $100,000 ADORATION STAKES AT 1 1/16 MILES

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (May 5, 2016)–A three time Eclipse Award winner, the great Beholder, idle since winning Santa Anita’s Grade I Zenyatta Stakes on Sept. 26, towers over five rivals as she makes her 6-year-old debut in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Adoration Stakes at 1 1/16 miles.Following the Zenyatta, Beholder was shipped to Kentucky to face Triple Crown winner American Pharoah and other top males in the $5 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, but the highly anticipated showdown never materialized, as Beholder spiked a fever and was forced to the sidelines.Owned by B. Wayne Hughes’ Spendthrift Farm and trained by Richard Mandella, Beholder is an amazing 11 for 12 at Santa Anita and she has a long series of steady drills for her return to action on Sunday.“She’s had her serious works,” said Mandella following a three furlong blowout on Wednesday morning in 37.60. “We’re excited to have her back.”A winner of her last six starts, dating back to the 2014 Zenyatta, the Kentucky-bred mare by Henny Hughes will be ridden for the sixth consecutive time by Gary Stevens, who has won nine out of the 10 times he’s been aboard the legendary mare. With an overall mark of 20-15-3-0, Beholder has earnings of $4,436,600.Trainer Phil D’Amato’s California-bred Sheer Pleasure could be the second choice in the race as she comes off a solid half length win here versus state breds in the Dream of Summer Stakes on March 27. A three-time stakes winner, the 4-year-old Birdonthewire filly seeks her first graded win or placing in the Adoration.Owned by Little Red Feather Racing and RM Racing, Sheer Pleasure is 11-4-2-0 with earnings of $383,030. She’ll be ridden back by Martin Garcia.Race 5 (of 9)                                    Approximate post time 2:30 p.m. PDT THE GRADE III ADORATON STAKES IN POST POSITION ORDER WITH JOCKEYS & WEIGHTS Moyo Honey–Drayden Van Dyke–120All Star Bub–Rafael Bejarano–120She’s Reddy–Santiago Gonzalez–120Backintheacademy–Brayan Pena–120Sheer Pleasure–Martin Garcia–120Beholder–Gary Stevens–124Special first post time on Sunday, Mother’s Day at Santa Anita, is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. For scratches, changes and complete morning line information, please visit santaanita.com.last_img read more

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Does Apple Ever Regret Making The iPad Mini?

first_imgThe Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces dan lyonscenter_img There are so many reasons to love this photo of Apple marketing boss Phil Schiller holding up an iPad Mini. For one thing, it captures the kind of hushed sanctimony and reverence with which Apple introduces things that are, essentially, little plastic gizmos. But mostly I love Phil’s weird off-camera gaze, which reminds me of this photo from Stepbrothers. What is he looking at? What’s he thinking? Is he fearful, even then, on the day of the introduction, that this cool new device is going to kill sales of the bigger iPads and thus drag down Apple’s profit margins?(See also Is The iPad MIni The “Real” iPad?)If so, then Phil was right, because apparently that’s what’s happening, according to a report from Digitimes, which claims Apple is cutting back orders for components used in the big iPad and now expects to sell fewer of them than originally expected. Mostly because it’s selling so many of these goddamn iPad Minis.Digitimes says Apple originally planned to sell 60 million big iPads and 40 million Minis, but that now Apple expects to sell 33 million big ones and 55 million little guys. That’s great news if you’re the product manager in charge of the iPad Mini – you’re having a blowout year! But you’ll notice that the new sum total of all iPad sales for the year stands at 88 million, which is less than the previously expected 100 million. This is not good. My Entire Premise Could Be False, In Which Case, SorryThen again this entire report could be bullshit, since it comes from Digitimes, and Digitimes is perhaps not the most reliable publication in the world, as reflected in the headline the story to which I linked, which mentions issues with Apple’s “supplpy” (sic) chains.But if the report is true, this means Apple will sell fewer overall iPads (of all kinds) than originally expected. And more of what it does sell will be the less-expensive Mini model.That in turn means Apple is likely to make less profit margin, as the financial wizards at Business Insider point out.Does Phil Schiller sometimes lie awake at night wishing Apple had never made that damn Mini? Does he lurk outside Apple stores and curse the cheap bastards who keep buying Minis just because they’re $170 cheaper than the big one? Maybe not. Maybe Phil and his team figure they pulled off a pretty amazing coup. They milked ridiculous margins out of the original iPad for a long, long time. And now that big iPad serves a purpose – it makes the iPad Mini look cheap. Which it’s not, considering that you can get roughly comparable Android tablets for a lot less. (See also The iPad MIni’s Killer Feature = Price.)Apple stock is up a bit today to $427, so apparently Wall Street is taking the Digitimes report with a grain of salt. Photo by Reuters.  What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Tags:#Apple#iPad#iPad mini last_img read more

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NTL PERMIT ANNOUNCEMENT

first_imgThe Australian Touch Association (ATA) is pleased to announce the following Constituent Bodies and Regions have been issued with a Permit to compete at the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour from 2005 through to 2007. 1. Tropical Cyclones (North Queensland Touch Association) 2. Queensland Country Rustlers (CQ, South West and Suncoast Touch Associations) 3. Brisbane City Cobras 4. Gold Coast Sharks 5. NSWTA-Northern Eagles 6. NSWTA-Hunter/Western Hornets 7. NSWTA-Sydney Mets 8. NSWTA-Sydney Scorpions 9. NSWTA-Sydney Rebels 10. NSWTA-Southern Suns 11. Australian Capital Territory Touch Association 12. Crusaders (South Australia, Tasmania and Victorian Touch Associations) 13. Barbarians (Western Australia and Northern Territory) The dates for the National Touch are yet to be finalised and are due to be released by the 14 May 2004. Jon Pratt Event Manager- ATAlast_img read more

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Vopak Expands Share in Pakistans LNG Terminal

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: LNG Carriers/ Flickr-Kees Torn under CC BY-SA 2.0 license Tank storage company Royal Vopak is to acquire 44% in Elengy Terminal Pakistan Ltd (ETPL) in separate transactions with International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Engro Corporation.This includes the acquisition of a 29% share announced in July 2018 when Vopak bought the stake in ETPL from Engro Corporation.ETPL’s wholly owned subsidiary, Engro Elengy Terminal (Pvt) Ltd (EETPL) owns an LNG facility which is located in Port Qasim in Pakistan, adjacent to the Engro Vopak chemical terminal on the mainland side of the channel into Port Qasim. The facility has been in operation since 2015 and is the first LNG import facility in Pakistan.The facility consists of an LNG jetty including a 7.5 km high pressure gas pipeline. This pipeline is connected to the grid of EETPL’s sole customer Sui Southern Gas Company, a Pakistan government-owned entity. EETPL holds a 15-year floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) time charter.The liquefied gas is supplied, under long-term contracts, via LNG carriers from various exporting countries to the FSRU, which is moored to the EETPL jetty and connected to its pipeline. The regasification takes place on the FSRU and the gas is transferred to the mainland.Following the completion of the transaction, the shareholders in ETPL will be Engro Corporation and Royal Vopak.As informed, the acquisition is subject to certain conditions and closing is anticipated to take place in the first quarter of 2019. The first transaction is still planned to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2018.last_img read more

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Some Yukon chiefs duck violence against women rally

first_imgAPTN National NewsWomen’s groups in the Yukon want First Nation leaders to be reminded of the violence that continues to plague women and children in their communities.A rally was held during a chiefs gathering in Whitehorse and some of the chiefs in attendance avoided the event, despite invitations.APTN National News reporter Shirley McLean has the story.last_img

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