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first_imgCraig Goodwin scored a dramatic stoppage-time penalty to clinch a first win in four A-League matches for Adelaide United as they beat Newcastle Jets 2-1 at McDonald Jones Stadium.Nikola Mileusnic scored a first-half tap-in to put the visitors on course to allay the frustration of being held to a 2-2 draw by Western Sydney Wanderers on Wednesday.But Marco Kurz’s men were undone by Jets substitute Kaine Sheppard’s expert cross from which Roy O’Donovan crashed a downwards header into the net to put the hosts back on terms after 75 minutes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Just as Newcastle looked to have secured a share of the points, captain Nigel Boogaard felled substitute Ryan Kitto in the box and Goodwin made no mistake from the spot to clinch a victory that moved his side up to fourth in the A-League standings.A late winner from the spot by Craig Goodwin gives us all three points! #AUFC #NEWvADL pic.twitter.com/AqMuPydBy9— Adelaide United (@AdelaideUnited) December 30, 2018The Jets went into the game on a high after their 2-1 victory at Central Coast Mariners seven days earlier but fell behind when Ben Halloran’s chip beat goalkeeper Glen Moss and bounced back off the post into the path of Mileusnic, who gratefully poked it home.The home side poured forward in search of an equaliser and O’Donovan found the net from close range in the 67th minute, only to find the offside flag had correctly been raised against him.The 33-year-old was not to be denied eight minutes later when he met Sheppard’s floated ball with a clinical header that beat United goalkeeper Paul Izzo at his near post.But Boogaard’s rash challenge on Kitto afforded Goodwin the chance to win the game from the penalty spot and the midfielder showed his class with a cool finish into the bottom left corner of the net.last_img read more

first_imgReal Betis 0 Barcelona 5: Messi, Suarez rampant as leaders go 11 points clear Joe Wright Last updated 1 year ago 05:41 1/22/18 ivan rakitic - cropped Getty Images Barcelona took advantage of Atletico Madrid and Valencia’s slip-ups to pull 11 points clear at the top of LaLiga with a win over Real Betis. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez scored two goals each as Barcelona secured a hugely impressive 5-0 win away to Real Betis on Sunday.Betis held their own in a tight first half but they had no answer to Barca’s onslaught after the break. Ivan Rakitic opened the scoring before braces from Messi and Suarez capped a wonderful display.The result sends Ernesto Valverde’s side 11 points clear at the top of the table, with Atletico Madrid having drawn with Girona and Valencia losing at Las Palmas on Saturday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Betis had won their previous two matches, scoring eight goals in the process, and they stayed true to their bold pressing approach under Quique Setien during a keenly contested opening 45 minutes.Barca’s control had been growing, though, despite the loss of Thomas Vermaelen to injury towards the end of the first half, and they deserved the lead given to them by former Sevilla captain Rakitic in the 59th minute.Messi then fired home with aplomb after good play from Sergio Busquets and Suarez finished well from Rakitic’s cross to complete a devastating spell for the visitors and leave the home fans stunned.A mazy Messi run and finish made it 4-0 with 11 minutes left and Suarez steered his strike partner’s pass high into the net in the 90th minute for a fifth, giving Barca a firmer grip on the title race and a 14th game without defeat against Betis.25 – Lionel Messi is the only La Liga player to score 25+ goals in each of the last 10 seasons in all competitions. Tireless. pic.twitter.com/Ria8Ivz1oP— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 21, 2018The home side began on the front foot, with Andres Guardado firing narrowly wide after only three minutes, as Barca struggled to get to grips with the home side’s ferocious work-rate.The visitors slowly settled as Betis began to drop deeper, though, and Sergi Roberto missed a good chance to break the deadlock 25 minutes in when he fired Suarez’s lay-off over the bar.Messi was becoming increasingly involved and he was next to come close to the opening goal, rippling the side-netting from six yards out after Suarez had played him in with a fine pass.The half ended in disappointment for Barca, though, as Vermaelen limped off with what looked like a hamstring problem, with Samuel Umtiti on to replace him for his first appearance in LaLiga since December 2.The injury did little to throw the visitors out of their stride as their pressure grew in the second half and they at last found the breakthrough just before the hour mark.Suarez’s superb throughball picked out the run from Rakitic, who had plenty of time to stride towards goal and slot the ball left-footed beneath Antonio Adan and into the net.5 – Ivan Rakitic has scored five goals against Real Betis in La Liga, his favourite opponent in the competition. Seville. pic.twitter.com/izoStf2AyX— OptaJose (@OptaJose) January 21, 2018Five minutes later, the game was effectively over. Busquets robbed Fabian Ruiz in his own half and played the ball through to Messi, who turned to face Adan and rifled a low shot into the right-hand corner.Suarez made certain of the points in the 69th minute, the Uruguay star volleying Rakitic’s cross off the turf and into the bottom-right corner after some more fine play from Messi.Betis’ fight had all but evaporated and they allowed Messi to score his 19th league goal of the season in style, the 30-year-old weaving his way into the penalty area before side-footing past a disconsolate Adan.There was just enough time for Messi to lay on a fifth for Suarez and cap a brilliant display, the former Liverpool man blasting the ball high into the net from 12 yards out for his 100th goal in Spain’s top flight after his strike partner had squeezed the ball into his path. read morelast_img read more

first_img Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Get Acquainted With the Military-Approved Skincare Brand Bravo Sierra Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? We Asked a Pro to Find Out With the new iPhone 7 lacking a jack, and that dongle thing being too easy to lose, it looks like wireless headphones are all the rage right now. Earin headphones are just the thing you might need. They’re so tiny that you may mistake them for a pair of earplugs, but believe us, they pack so much noise, you won’t even realize that you’re using bluetooth headphones. The Malmo, Sweden-based company basically got rid of all the annoying parts of headphones — no cables, no wires. That means no tangles in your bag or tangles in your pocket. What you’re left with is two tiny buds that fit perfectly in your ear. They’re armed with armature speakers that have the most outstanding acoustic detail and clarity. The armature speakers have two amps with the most minimal distortion around. You’ll get nice high and mid tones, and the tightest bass. When you’re not using them, simply place them inside the Earin capsule, made from a single block of aluminum and charge charge charge until your next use.So get rid of all those cords and switch to the Earin bluetooth headphones. The Earin headphones are also a 2016 Design Award Winner. You’ll feel much lighter and you won’t be tangled in a mess of cord. The result? Less is more. You’ll love the way Earin headphones amplify the music in your device. Plus, you’ll get the best sound you’ll experience while strutting down the street listening to your favorite tunes.For more information, visit earin.com. Why Your Desk Chair Matters and the 9 Best Ones to Boost Your Productivity Editors’ Recommendations How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall last_img read more

first_imgzoom Monaco-based tanker owner Scorpio Tankers recorded a net loss of USD 27.1 million in the third quarter of 2016, compared to a net income of USD 85.3 million in the same period last year.The loss is primarily attributed to low Time Charter Equivalent (TCE) revenue that halved in the third quarter of 2016, dropping to USD 114 million from USD 227.2 million in the same period last year.According to the company, TCE revenue per day decreased across all of its operating segments as low refining margins, high inventory levels and a lack of arbitrage opportunities have resulted in reduced global product tanker demand.In addition, other expenses, including vessel operating costs, depreciation expense as well as financial expenses contributed to the overall quarterly result.During the third quarter of 2016, the company refinanced the aggregate outstanding indebtedness of USD 396.8 million under its 2013 credit facility and newbuilding credit facility.As part of these transactions, Scorpio Tankers drew down an aggregate of USD 418.8 million under its NIBC Credit Facility, 2016 Credit Facility and DVB Credit Facility.For the nine months ended September 30, 2016, Scorpio Tankers saw a net income of USD 4.7 million, against USD 183.5 million in the same period last year.last_img read more

first_imgTORONTO – A Toronto-based law firm has launched a proposed class-action lawsuit against Ticketmaster, alleging the ticket-selling giant has been taking “double-dip commissions” on the resale market for years.Sotos Class Actions accuses Ticketmaster of allowing professional resellers to buy “massive volumes” of tickets to concerts and other events, then resell them on the secondary market “at significant markups.”In a statement of claim filed to the Ontario Superior Court of Justice on Wednesday, Sotos says the company turned a blind eye to resellers’ use of so-called “bot” software to gobble up tickets.It says this allowed Ticketmaster to increase its profits by taking commissions on both the original sale and the resale.None of the allegations contained in the statement of claim have been proven in court and Ticketmaster has not filed a statement of defence. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.The lawsuit seeks $250 million in damages.last_img read more

first_img Facebook ANNE OF GREEN GABLESTV MovieGables 23 Productions Inc.Prod.: Jim CorstonExec. Prod.: Joan Lambur, Peter WilliamsonDir.: John Kent HarrisonPM: Michael BawcuttPC: Linda KeyworthShoot: Sep 12 – Nov 4/16Toronto, ONP: 416-255-5801greengablesoffice23@gmail.comBARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW Season 2TV SeriesBVSS 2 Productions Ontario Inc. / Frantic FilmsProd.: Graham Ludlow, Jeff PeelerExec.Prod.: Jamie Brown, Carolyn Taylor, Meredith MacNeill, Aurora Browne, Jennifer WhalenDir.: Yael StaavPM: Andrew CullenPC: Lucky VisvanathanShoot: Sep 12 – Oct 28/16Toronto, ONP: 416 366-3119baronessvonsketchshow@gmail.comBRUNO & BOOTS II AND IIITV Movie (2)Aircraft PicturesProd.: Anthony Leo, Andrew RosenDir.: Vivieno CaldinelliPM: Avi FedergreenPC: Lori PumputisShoot: Jul 22 – Sep 2Toronto, ONP: 416-255-9192brunoandboots2016@gmail.com THE EXPANSE Season 2TV SeriesExpanding Universe Prods. 2 Ltd.Prod.: Lynn RaynorDir.: variousPM: Manny DanelonPC: Amy CuthbertsonShoot: Apr 13 – Sep 12/16Toronto, ONP: 647-837-3307F: 647-837-3311theexpanseprod@gmail.comTHE GOOD WITCH Season  3TV SeriesWhizbang Films Inc.Prod.: Ted MillerExec. Prod.: Frank Siracusa,Craig Pryce, Dean BataliDir.: variousPM: Lisa PeronePC: Catherine SampleShoot: Aug 10 – Dec 19/16 TBCTorontoP: 416-239-1906F: 416-239-9233goodwitchtv@gmail.comTHE HANDMAID’S TALESeason 1 TV SeriesGilead Productions Inc.Prod.: John Weber, Frank SiracusaExec. Prod.: Bruce MillerDirector: variousPM: Melissa GirottiPC: Eleanor MendesShoot: Sept 6/16 – Feb 3/17Toronto, ONP: 416-231-5468F: 416-231-7681tht.office777@gmail.com LEGACYFeatureTricycle Productions Canada Inc.Prods.: Mark Burg, Oren KoulesExec. Prods.: Peter Block,Dan HeffnerDir.: Michael Spierig, Peter SpierigPM: Kym CrepinPC: Anne PaynterShoot: Sept 12- Oct 21/16Toronto, ONP: 416-259-7700F: 416-259-7705MAN SEEKING WOMAN Season 3TV SeriesMSW Television Productions Inc.Prod.: Hartley GorensteinExec. Prod.: Simon Rich, Andrew SingerDir.: Michael Dowse and variousPM: Stefan SteenPC: Jonathan PencharzShoot: Sept 14  – Nov 18/16P: 416-466-9720F: 416-466-7559mswproductionoffice@gmail.comMURDOCH MYSTERIESSeason 10TV SeriesShaftesburyProd.: Julie Lacey, Stephen MontgomeryExec. Prods.: Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, Peter Mitchell,Yannick BissonDir.: variousPM: Jeremy HoodPC: Tina VacalopoulosShoot: May 24 – Dec 02 /16Toronto, ONP: 416-288-1286F: 416-750-1985murdochmysteries10@gmail.com ALIAS GRACEMini SeriesHalfire EntertainmentProd.: Sarah Polley, DJ CarsonDir.: Mary HarronPM/Suprv.: D J Carson, Elspeth CassarPC: Andrea NesbittShoot: Aug 15 – Nov 15/16Toronto, ONP: 647-253-2467F: 647 253 2468aliasgraceoffice@gmail.comAMERICAN GODSTV SeriesFremantle / Starz NetworkExec. Prod.: Bryan Fuller,Michael Green, Neil GaimanDir.: David Slade & VariousPM: Lisa KussnerPC: Jackie Alexander MoulsonShoot: Mar. 14 – Sep 30/16Toronto, ONP: 416-461-0772F: 416-461-8192godsproductionoffice@gmail.comANNETV SeriesCBC/NetflixProd.: Susan MurdochExec. Prod.: Miranda de Pencier, Moira Walley-BeckettDir.: variousPM: Teresa M. HoPC: Robert FisherShoot: Sep 22/16 – Feb 03/17Toronto, ONP: 416 391-3315F: 416 391-3318northwoodanne@aproductionoffice.com WORKIN’ MOMS Season 1TV SeriesCBCLine Prod.: Jonathan WalkerExec. Prod.: Catherine Reitman, Philip Sternberg,Tina HorowitzDir.: Catherine Reitman,Paul Fox, Aleysa YoungPM: Anthony PangalosPC: Michelle KanyoShoot: Aug 15 – Oct 28/16Toronto, ONP: 647 253-7701F: 647 253-7702workinmomsoffice@gmail.com Advertisement Advertisement INCORPORATED Season 1TV SeriesSagia Productions Inc.Prods.: Andrea RaffaghelloExec. Prod.: Ted Humphrey,Ben Affleck, Matt Damon,Jennifer Todd, Alex Pastor, David Pastor, Frank Siracusa, John WeberDir.: variousPM: David VaughanPC: Alexandra MacKenzieShoot: May 30  – Sept 30/16Toronto, ONP: 416-234-0755F: 416 234 0809incorporatedoffice@gmail.comKIM’S CONVENIENCE Season 1TV SeriesKim 1 Productions Inc.Prod.: Ivan FecanSupv. Prod.: Sandra Cunningham,Robin CassExec. Prod.: Ins Choi, Kevin White, Ivan Fecan, Albert Schultz, Leslie Lester, Alex Raffé, Tim GambleDir.: Peter Wellington, James Genn, Dawn WilkinsonPM: Derek RappaportPC: Adrian SheepersShoot: Jun 22 – Sep 5/16Toronto, ONP: 416.469.0633F: 416.778.5269kimconproduction@kimsconvenience.infoKODACHROMEFeatureBlue Ice PicturesProd.: Eric RobinsonDir.: Mark RasoPM: Marc DassasPC: Dave WilsonShoot: Aug 29 – Sept 30/16Toronto, ONP: 416-259-7770F: 416-201-9426production@kodaoffice.com THE SHAPE OF WATERFeatureBull Productions Inc./Fox SearchlightProd.: Guillermo Del Toro,Miles DaleDir.: Guillermo Del ToroPM: Dennis ChapmanPC: Marie-Claude HarnoisShoot: Aug 15 – Oct 21 / 16Toronto, ONP: 416-462-9975F: 416-462-1990shapeofwateroffice@gmail.comTHE VOICEFeature FilmKMH Film / Quiet Revolution PicturesProd.: Michael A. Dobbin,Ferenc PusztaiDir.: György PálfiPM: tbaPC: tbaShoot: Jun 13 – Sept 2/16Ottawa, ONP: 613 656-3624production@qrpictures.comTHE WAR WITH GRANDPAFeature FilmMarro /Tribeca Films/Weinstein Co.Prod.: Marvin Peart, Rosa Peart, Phillip Glasser, Jane Rosenthal, Barry WellsLP: Mandy Spencer-PhillipsDir.: Tim HillUM: Kimberley BradleyPC: Angelica BaileyShoot: Oct 17 – Dec 13/16Toronto, ONP: 416 645-8304F: 416 645-4023warwithgrandpa@gmail.com SUITS Season 6TV SeriesGEP Suits Inc.Exec. Prod.: Aaron Kosh,Co-Exec Prod.: Silver TreeProd.: Jonathan HackettDir.: VariousLP /PM: Desmond PaesAPM: Jillian OrdowichPC: Kiran SinghShoot: Apr 5 – Nov 17/16Toronto, ONP: 416-398-6869F: 416-398-0967suitsoffice@gmail.comTAKEN Season 1TV SeriesEuropacorp TV USAExec. Prod.: Luc Besson, Edouard DeVesinne, Thomas Anargyros, Matthew GrossCo-Exec Prod.: Romeo TironeProd.: Lena CordinaDir.: VariousPM: Chris ShawPC: Chantal KempShoot: Jul 5 – Oct 26/16Toronto, ONP: 416-255-0504F: 416-255-0442theseries.taken@gmail.comTHE BEAVERTON Season 1TV SeriesPier 21 FilmsProd.: Paula J. SmithExec. Prod.: Lazslo Barna,Melissa WilliamsonDir.: Henry Sarwer-FonerPM: Nicole ButlerPC: Nancy JacksonShoot: Aug 17 – Oct 28/16Toronto, ONP: 416 752-2121F:416 755-8548beaverton1office@gmail.com SAVING HOPE Season 5TV SeriesCTV / eOneProd.: Brian GibsonExec. Prod.: Ilana Frank,Adam Pettle, Linda PopeDir.: variousPM: Brian GibsonPC: Pam SimonsShoot: Apr 18 – Oct 31/16Mississauga, ONP: 905-276-3222F: 905-276-2555savinghopefive@gmail.comSHADOWHUNTERS Season 2 TV SeriesPrincessa ProductionsProd.: Greg CopelandExec. Prod.: Matt HastingsDir.: variousPM: Chris HatcherPC Shelley BoylenShoot: Jul 25 /16 – Nov 22/16, Jan 23 – May 16/17Toronto, ONP: 905-270-7488F: 905-270-7499shadowhuntersseason2@gmail.comNo calls pls. Fully crewed.STATE LIKE SLEEPFeatureScythia FilmsProd.: Daniel Bekerman, Julia Lebedev, Edward Vaisman,Angel LopezDir.: Meredith DanluckPM: Jessica CheungPC: Travis LowryShoot: Jul 30 – Sep 3/16Toronto, ONP: 416 645-3808F: 416-352-7462statelikesleepoffice@gmail.comcenter_img Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment LegendProd = ProducerExec. Prod = Executive ProducerDir = DirectorPM = Production ManagerPC = Production Coordinator The information provided is current as of 16:00 hrs. September 2, 2016.PDF Printable Version (click here) FIRST LIGHTFeatureFL Film Productions Ontario Inc.Prod.: Chris Ferguson, Aaron BarnettExec. Prod.: Aaron Barnett,Michael BakerDir.: Jason StonePM: Shane BoucherPC: Caitlin DelaneyShoot: Aug 08 – Sep 09/16Ottawa, ONP: 613-737-9915F: 613-737-7309firstlightmovie@gmail.comFOOD MARKETFeature FilmNew Metric Media, Sphere MediaExec. Prod.:  Mark Montefiore, Virginia Rankin, Michael KonyvesDir.: Alain DesrochersLP / PM: Chris DantonPC: Alina DockeryShoot: Oct 11 – Dec 16/16Sudbury, ON & Montreal QCP: 705-592-2557F: 705-592-2512foodmarketproduction@gmail.comGREEN HARVEST TV SeriesStreak Productions Inc. / CBSProd.: Kevin Lafferty, Loretta Ramos, Aaron BaiersExec. Prod.: Bryan Fuller,Heather Kadin, Gretchen Berg,Aaron HarbertsDir.: variousPM: David TillPC: Janet GayfordShoot: Sept 26/16 – Mar 15/17Toronto, ONP: 647-837-3342F: 647-837-3313streakresumes@gmail.com Please Note: This list is prepared for informational purposes. The inclusion of any company or production in this list does not in any way constitute an endorsement by the OMDC of such company or production. The information set out above was obtained from the relevant production companies and the OMDC does not accept responsibility for any errors or omissions. CONVICTION Season 1TV SeriesABC / Eone / Mark Gordon CompanyLine Producer: Sean RyersonExec. Prod.: Mark Gordon, Nick Pepper, Liz Friedlander, Liz FriedmanDir.: VariousPM: Alex JordanPC: Alice FosterShoot: Jul 18 – Dec 1 / 16Toronto, ONP: 416-207-9067F: 416-207-8863DESIGNATED SURVIVORSeason 1TV SeriesDesignated 1 Ltd.Prod.: David GuggenheimExec. Prod.: David GuggenheimDir.: variousLP: Ann KindbergPM: Wanda ChaffeyPC: Jillian SabeanShoot: July 25 – Nov 30/16 TBCToronto, ONP: 416-638-5000F: 416-636-7285designated1production@gmail.comDINO DANA Season 1TV SeriesSinking Ship EntertainmentLP: Eric BeldowskiExec. Prods.: J.J. Johnson,Blair Powers, Christin SimmsAnimation EP: Matt BishopDir.: J.J. Johnson, VariousPM: Bring KringPC: Jennifer BrysonShoot: Apr 18 – Sept 2/16Etobicoke, ONP: 416-201-0571F: 416-533-3878 Advertisement PEOPLE OF EARTH Season 1TV SeriesSlanted Films/TBSProd.: Norm Hiscock, David Jenkins, Greg DanielsExec. Prod.: David Jenkins, Norm Hiscock, David Kissinger, Larry Sullivan, Greg Daniels, Andrew GaynordDir.: variousPM: Carmen ArndtPC: Sheena GrahamShoot: July 26  – Sept 28/ 16Toronto, ONP: 416-751-3768F: 416-615-0989poeprodoffice@gmail.comRANSOM Season 1 TV SeriesRansom Television Prods. Inc.Prod.:  Tina Grewal,  Erik CanuelExec. Prod.: Frank Spotnitz, Jennifer Kawaja, Julia SerenyDir.: variousPM: Maribeth DaleyPC: Stephen PapadimitriouShoot: Jul 4 – Sep 30/16Toronto, ONP: 416-255-0015F: 416-252-7444ransomtvs1@gmail.comREIGN  Season 4TV SeriesCBSProd.: Thom J. PretakExec. Prod.: Frank Siracusa,John WeberDir.: variousPM: Chris PavoniPC: Alison WaxmanShoot: Jun 08 – Nov 11 /16Toronto, ONP: 416-233-7635F: 416-233-9050reignproductionoffice@gmail.com Twitterlast_img read more

first_imgVICTORIA – A leaked audit of oil and gas practices in northeastern British Columbia suggests rules to reduce the impact of industry on caribou habitat are being routinely ignored.“The audit identified a number of issues with the (interim operating procedures) and a trend of non-compliance with the measures contained within it,” says the 2014 audit conducted for the B.C. Oil and Gas Commission.The audit was never released and only came to light after it was leaked to Ben Parfitt, an energy researcher with the left-leaning Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives think tank.The information’s release comes as the province continues its fight against the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from Alberta on environmental grounds.“I think there’s a great deal of inconsistency here,” Parfitt said Monday. “There is real ongoing ecological damage being done in the northeast, and the province, so far, has failed to do anything about that.”The audit examined dozens of wells, pipelines, roads and seismic lines in the Montney area around Fort Nelson. It used aerial surveys and on-site visits to find out how closely energy companies were following guidelines developed by the province and the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers for development on caribou habitat.The guidelines are part of the province’s caribou recovery plan for what is considered a species of special concern. They govern the size of well pads, width of roads, seismic lines, sight lines for predators and treatment of shores and banks.A commission spokesman said the audit wasn’t released because it was undertaken before some of the new rules were brought in. Phil Rygg said it also didn’t distinguish between the size of multi-well pads and single-well pads, although the document clearly addresses that issue.“The commission continues to actively work to protect B.C.’s boreal caribou habitat using evidence-based practices that support wildlife protection while meeting the province’s energy plan goals,” said Rygg.Almost $8 million has been invested in caribou research over the last four years, he added.The audit said it was limited by its short time span and weather conditions. Performance also varied in different areas and between different companies, it noted.But, overall, the audit found none of the pipelines or roads and 38 per cent of well sites followed guidelines.Well pads routinely exceeded the two-hectare limit. Although the auditors were told those pads were for multiple wells, few had more than two wells and those were often suspended.Pits were often dug immediately adjacent to the pads, making them as large as seven hectares. The auditors found little evidence of interim remediation at the sites.While seismic lines were conforming to the rules, roads and pipelines were built side by side, which created long, straight lines through the forest up to 80 metres wide. Developments ran right up to water bodies with no buffer zones.The audit also found the rules had no way of measuring or limiting development’s cumulative effects.“Not only was compliance low in general, but often these measures were not prescriptive enough, allowing companies to avoid them or seek exemptions from them,” the audit said. “Long-term cumulative effects are not addressed and cannot be addressed as the current (regulation) is laid out.”Parfitt pointed out the audit isn’t the first document to raise questions about B.C.’s environmental sincerity.He said his research has found 92 unlicensed dams operating in the area to store water for fracking. Some are as tall as seven storeys. In another case, a report on how drilling and fracking for natural gas was contaminating groundwater near well sites was posted on the commission’s website the day after a reporter with a leaked copy started asking about it.“This is the third instance where information has come to light where it appears rules were being broken and not much was being done about it,” Parfitt said.“We have a government here that is making an awful lot of noise about the environmental impact of a proposed pipeline. Meanwhile, ongoing significant ecological damage is occurring and we have a government that is encouraging even more of that activity.”— By Bob Weber in Edmonton. Follow @row1960 on Twitterlast_img read more

Rabat – Abdelwahed Radi, Moroccan parliamentarian, exhibited his memoir entitled “The Morocco I Lived Through” on February 11 in Casablanca’s International Book Fair (SIEL).The 800-page memoir was published in Arabic by Almarkaz altakafi lilkitab edition.“My goal was not to disparage my political opponents as other politicians who have written their memoirs did,” explained Radi during the presentation. “My goal is to give personal testimony about what I have experienced since my childhood.”From his childhood as an orphan, through his years in Paris, to his election of the presidency of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, Abdelouahed Radi has returned with a book full of anecdotes from a lifetime dedicated to the passionate service of a political ambition.Radi is a Professor of Social Psychology at Mohammed V University in Rabat and spent 53 years dedicating his life in parliament. He was born in 1935, in Sale, near Rabat.He embarked on his political journey at the age of 24 by contributing to USFP’s founding in 1959, after Mehdi Ben Barka, Abdellah Ibrahim and Abderrahim Bouabid dissented from the Istiqlal Party (Independence Party).Radi was also one of the founders of the leading associations and unions in the mid-20th century, including the National Union of Students (UNEM) and the Popular Childhood Movement. read more

WASHINGTON — Congress has only a few weeks to advance an emergency funding bill to deal with the escalating humanitarian crisis at the southern border, creating a time crunch that has lawmakers on all sides alarmed.Money to care for Central American migrants arriving in the U.S. to claim asylum runs out in just a few weeks, and every day seems to bring new evidence that the government’s response is inadequate and that conditions for many migrants are unacceptable.“We’re not taking care of things and it’s very, very serious,” said Rep. Kay Granger of Texas, the top Republican on the Appropriations Committee. “Partisan politics need to be put away on this thing. I mean, we’ve got a crisis on our border, and anyone who doesn’t understand that has not seen what’s happening.”President Donald Trump’s $4.5 billion emergency border request, issued last month, was dropped from a widely popular disaster aid bill in end-stage negotiations that foundered over conditions Democrats sought to place on delivery of the border aid. The episode stoked hard feelings on the bipartisan panel. The disaster aid bill passed, but the border funding package faces a challenging path, especially since Trump’s trade battles with Mexico are also part of the equation, along with the distraction of a possible impeachment inquiry.“Honestly, to tell you the truth, the environment that we’re in right now is very hard to predict. It’s extremely tricky. It’s like nothing we’ve ever dealt with before,” said Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Calif.Roybal-Allard spoke as she exited a meeting of top Democratic lawmakers, who convened to assess the lay of the land on the emergency package. She said Democrats would stand by their demands, at least in an initial vote. Among the reasons the border measure stalled was a demand by House liberals to block the Homeland Security Department from getting information from federal social welfare authorities about immigrants residing in the U.S. illegally who take migrant refugee children into their homes.Fewer immigrants living in the U.S. illegally are taking in migrants because of aggressive moves by the Trump administration.“It is a humanitarian crisis,” said Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn. “They have dried up the pipeline of sponsors coming forward.”All sides agree that another bill of about $4 billion will be needed almost immediately to refill nearly empty agency accounts to care for migrants, though Democrats are fighting hard against the detention facilities requested by Trump.“We should have done it in the disaster bill. We were probably one day away from having it all done,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. “And now it’s created a bigger heartache for everybody. But it has to get done. They’re running out of money.”Amid the debate over the emergency funding, House Democrats are using a separate, $64 billion homeland security measure to reopen battles with Trump over his $5 billion border wall request and other immigration fights. Those same issues thrust Trump and Democrats into a standoff that produced a 35-day partial government shutdown that started in December. Trump lost the political battle, but Democrats were forced to accept some wall funding as part of the eventual compromise.Granger, the top appropriations Republican, said Democrats were wasting time by restarting the battles.“It was quite clear during those negotiations that in order to get the president to sign the bill, funds would have to be included for construction along the southwest border,” Granger said. “The final (bill) enacted in February addressed those concerns, but unfortunately, the bill being considered today falls short. This could set us up for yet another government shutdown.”Andrew Taylor, The Associated Press read more

first_img Apr 23rd 2017, 11:56 AM 15,892 Views Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves BBC Broadcasting House in central London today Jeremy Corbyn vows to introduce four new public holidays in UK The Labour leader has an uphill battle to beat Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party in June’s snap election. https://jrnl.ie/3354046 43 Comments Share Tweet Email1 By AFP Image: Dominic Lipinski PA Wire/PA Images Sunday 23 Apr 2017, 11:56 AM As the clock ticks down, get all the best Brexit news and analysis in your inbox: BRITAIN’S LABOUR PARTY has promised to introduce four new public holidays if it wins the June snap election, marking the patron saints days of England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said the measure would “give workers the break they deserve” while also uniting the four nations, whose ties have been strained by the vote to leave the European Union.Corbyn has an uphill battle to beat Prime Minister Theresa May’s centre-right Conservatives in the vote on 8 June, with weekend opinion polls putting Labour between 11 and 25 points behind the ruling party.May wants a mandate for the Brexit negotiations, which will start after the election, but Labour is emphasising the government’s record of spending cuts.‘Proud nations’ “These holidays will be a chance for workers to spend time with their families, in their communities and with their friends,” Corbyn said.“But they will also be a chance to celebrate the national cultures of our proud nations.”The holidays would be held on the days of St George — patron saint of England (which is being celebrated today) — St Andrew (Scotland), St David (Wales) and St Patrick (Northern Ireland).Last year’s Brexit vote has renewed calls by Scottish nationalists for a second referendum on independence, and in Northern Ireland the prospect of a hard border with EU member Ireland has also sparked concern about the province’s fragile peace.Britain currently has eight public holidays each year, compared with an average of 12 in the G20 of developed nations, the Labour Party said.- © AFP 2017Read: France goes to the polls as future of EU hangs in the balanceRead: A newborn baby pushes a tiny, fascinating Scottish island’s population to 105 (we think) Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn leaves BBC Broadcasting House in central London today Image: Dominic Lipinski PA Wire/PA Images Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgFollowing Dybala’s absence from both of the friendly games of his national team against Italy and Spain, there have been speculations of issues between the Argentinians, which would be the main reason the Juve player did not receive a call-up for the international team.However, Roma winger Diego Perotti recently shared he thinks there is nothing between the two players and this is just something the media wants to create, even though Dybala himself shared that he finds it difficult to play alongside Messi, and Messi, on the other hand, said he and Dybala play the same football and cover each other’s functions in a team.“I don’t think he [Dybala] said it in the sense that he can’t play with him and that they don’t work together,” Perotti explained, according to Football Italia.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“But they play in the same position, or in a similar style, so since Leo is the best he won’t take his place.”“He was referring to the position, that sometimes they can collide on the pitch, but it was a controversy the media wanted to create,” Perotti went on to add.last_img read more

first_imgBelgium boss Roberto Martinez believes that Borussia Dortmund have made the signing of the season in Axel WitselThe 29-year-old midfielder joined the Black and Yellows in the summer transfer window from Chinese Super League side Tianjin Quanjian for a reported deal of £18m.Witsel has since established himself as a key member of the Dortmund side that currently leads the Bundesliga table.And Martinez feels that Witsel’s low-price tag makes him the best signing of the year.“The best transfer in the world this season is Axel Witsel to Borussia Dortmund,” Martinez told Sport Bild.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“He is the best investment in European football. What he brings to the team for a relatively small transfer fee of €20million makes him the best signing of this transfer period.“Dortmund deserve tremendous recognition for the signing of Axel. He had gone under the radar in China. I knew he would prevail.”Witsel has made 10 appearances for Dortmund in all competitions this season and he’s already stated his intention to become a leader within the squad.Dortmund will return to action on Saturday against Stuttgart in the Bundesliga.last_img read more

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Jan 2016 – Fire in Grand Turk, again at a school and the sadness over the losses is palatable with the early morning blaze which destroyed the top story of the brand new Administrative Block at HJ Robinson High. Making matters worse, the strong view that a lack of Police, lack of a domestic fire unit, a break in and alleged arson all worked in unison to wipe out the Principal, Vice Principal’s and Records offices plus Computer Lab and Library – all were just recently commissioned for the 2015/2016 academic year. Among those on the scene early, was the Member for Grand Turk South and Salt Cay, Hon Edwin Astwood.“I became even more upset to learn that this fire might have been intentionally started. This will have a serious impact on the students and faculty at the school as they are suffering from some great material losses at this time. This fire has exposed much shortcomings and inefficiencies in the Government’s fire response and emergency systems. I am now calling on the Government to act without delay in addressing this matter, so as to minimize the negative effects on all…” Astwood says he has been asking for a fire department for Grand Turk for years, but he is always told this essential service is in the pipeline by the PNP Government. Community members took furniture from the school buildings, FortisTCI cherry picker trucks lifted fire fighters to cope with the blaze. Education Minister, Hon Akeirra Missick suspended school for the day, this may extend to next week. Magnetic Media this morning was informed that police had a ‘person of interest’ in custody for the suspected arson; that although the security camera was smashed, the DVR recording device was salvaged. Police give no details of the investigation, only that one is ongoing. HJ Robinson High serves 350 students. TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Related Items:akierra missick, edwin astwood, Fire, fortis tci, HJ robinson high school, pnp Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

first_imgFORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A judge on Thursday was expected to issue a definitive order for the forcible beard shaving of the Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage, which could trigger yet another delay in his upcoming murder trial.Col. Gregory Gross, who said he will issue the order this week, first will preside over a hearing to determine how a federal religious freedom law applies in Maj. Nidal Hasan’s case. Witnesses for Army prosecutors and Hasan’s attorneys will testify.Beards are a violation of Army regulations, and soldiers who disobey orders to get rid of facial hair can be shaved against their will. Gross has repeatedly said that Hasan’s beard, which he started growing in jail this summer, is a disruption to the court proceedings. Gross has found Hasan in contempt of court at the past six pretrial hearings since he was not clean shaven, then sent him to a nearby trailer to watch the proceedings on a closed-circuit television.Hasan, 41, is charged with 13 counts of premeditated murder and 32 counts of attempted premeditated murder in the November 2009 attack on the Texas Army post.Hasan told the judge last week that he grew a beard because his Muslim faith requires it, not as a show of disrespect. Hasan previously appealed after Gross said he would order him to be shaved if he did not get rid of the beard himself before the trial. Gross said he wants Hasan in the courtroom during the court-martial to prevent a possible appeal on the issue if he is convicted.The Army has specific guidelines on forced shaving. A team of five military police officers restrains the inmate “with the reasonable force necessary,” and a medical professional is on hand in case of injuries. The shaving must be done with electric clippers and must be videotaped, according to Army rules.last_img read more

first_imgThe leggings have been replaced with cropped athletic pants, the neon-colored leotards with fitness tank tops.Ankle socks and tennis shoes have taken the place of leg warmers and bare feet.Visit the Jazzercise website, www.jazzercise.com, for class schedules and rates and for more information about all Clark County classes.Two local Jazzercise owners are offering free classes in March:• Jazzercise with Lisa Ackerman at LaCamas Swim & Sport, 2950 N.W. 38th Ave., Camas. Weekend classes are free in March.• Jazzercise with Sue Thompson at Hockinson Middle School, 15916 N.E. 182nd Ave., and Bold Training, 819 S.E. 14th Loop, Suite 101, in Battle Ground. Monday classes are free in March.And headbands are virtually nonexistent.“This ain’t your momma’s Jazzercise,” said Lisa Ackerman, quoting a popular phrase among Jazzercisers. Ackerman is a Jazzercise franchise owner and instructor for 19 years.For years, Jazzercise instructors like Ackerman have battled the stigma of the dance exercise phenomenon that was founded in 1969 and exploded in popularity in the 1980s. Over the years, the class has evolved, just like its fashion.“Once people try it, they realize it’s not the old-fashioned Jane Fonda type workout,” Ackerman said. “Once people try it, most people come back.”last_img read more

first_imgReutersThe longest-serving Chief Minister of Delhi and Congress leader, Sheila Dikshit, passed away on Saturday. The 81-year-old was hospitalised at Delhi’s Fortis Escorts Heart Institute.According to reports, she was hospitalised on Saturday morning due to her deteriorating health. She had also slipped into a coma. She had cardiac arrhythmia and was critical for the past week. In 2018, she had a heart surgery at University Hospital in Lille, France.(This is a developing story, awaiting further updates)last_img read more

first_img D-Wave researchers demonstrate progress in quantum computing (Phys.org) — While there has been some skepticism as to whether the Canadian company D-Wave’s quantum computing system, the D-Wave One, truly involves quantum computing, the company is intent on proving that the system is both a quantum device as well as a useful one. In a new study, D-Wave CEO Geordie Rose and other D-Wave researchers have teamed up with Harvard quantum physicist Alán Aspuru-Guzik and post-doc Alejandro Perdomo-Ortiz to demonstrate that the D-Wave One system can solve the challenging task of finding the lowest-energy configuration of a folded protein. D-Wave One and CEO Geordie Rose. Image credit: D-Wave Systems, Inc. The study, “Finding low-energy conformations of lattice protein models by quantum annealing,” is published in a recent issue of Nature’s Scientific Reports. The computer used quantum annealing to find the lowest-energy protein configuration by solving for the configuration as an optimization problem, where the optimal state was the lowest-energy state. Proteins can be folded in a large number of ways because they’re made up of many chains of amino acids. Yet somehow, proteins almost always manage to fold themselves in the correct configuration (when they don’t fold correctly, they can cause misfolded-protein diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Huntington’s, and Parkinson’s). Scientists think that proteins fold themselves correctly because the correct configuration is also the state of lowest energy, the state at which the protein becomes stable.In quantum annealing, the system starts by randomly picking a starting state, and then selecting random neighbor states to see if they have lower energies than the starting state. If they do, the computer replaces the original state with the lower-energy state. The process is considered quantum because it involves quantum tunneling to explore the different states by traveling directly through certain barriers rather than climbing over them. In this way, quantum annealing differs from the classical version, called “simulated annealing,” which explores different states based on temperature. Previous research has shown that quantum annealing has advantages over simulated annealing in some situations.In this study, the researchers showed that D-Wave One – which has the distinction of being the first commercial quantum annealer – can solve some simple protein folding problems by annealing all the way to the ground state. The problems here only contain a small number of amino acids, so they have only a relatively small number of possible configurations, and can still be solved on a classical computer. Also, the quantum technique has low odds of measuring the ground state, with only 13 out of 10,000 measurements yielding the desired solution. The researchers attribute this low percentage in part to the limitations of the machine itself, and in part to thermal noise that disrupted the computation. Nevertheless, the study provides the first quantum-mechanical implementation of protein models using a programmable quantum device.“Harnessing quantum-mechanical effects to speed up the solving of classical optimization problems is at the heart of quantum annealing algorithms (QA),” the researchers wrote in their study. “There is theoretical and experimental evidence of the advantage of solving classical optimization problems using QA, over its classical analogue (simulated annealing). In QA, quantum mechanical tunneling allows for more efficient exploration of difficult potential energy landscapes such as that of classical spin-glass problems. In our implementation of lattice folding, quantum fluctuations (tunneling) occurs between states representing different model protein conformations or folds.”The study also lends more support to the quantum nature of the D-Wave One, since the system behaved exactly as expected if quantum aspects were contributing. The researchers see even more to look forward to in the future.“The approach employed here can be extended to treat other problems in biophysics and statistical mechanics, such as molecular recognition, protein design, and sequence alignment,” they wrote. Citation: D-Wave uses quantum method to solve protein folding problem (2012, August 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-d-wave-quantum-method-protein-problem.html © 2012 Phys.orgcenter_img More information: Alejandro Perdomo-Ortiz. “Finding low-energy conformations of lattice protein models by quantum annealing.” Scientific Reports. DOI:10.1038/srep00571AbstractLattice protein folding models are a cornerstone of computational biophysics. Although these models are a coarse grained representation, they provide useful insight into the energy landscape of natural proteins. Finding low-energy threedimensional structures is an intractable problem even in the simplest model, the Hydrophobic-Polar (HP) model. Description of protein-like properties are more accurately described by generalized models, such as the one proposed by Miyazawa and Jernigan (MJ), which explicitly take into account the unique interactions among all 20 amino acids. There is theoretical and experimental evidence of the advantage of solving classical optimization problems using quantum annealing over its classical analogue (simulated annealing). In this report, we present a benchmark implementation of quantum annealing for lattice protein folding problems (six different experiments up to 81 superconducting quantum bits). This first implementation of a biophysical problem paves the way towards studying optimization problems in biophysics and statistical mechanics using quantum devices. Journal information: Scientific Reports Explore further 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

first_img Share Tweet Submit Oh boy, today’s Anker discounts are aimed squarely towards iPhone X and iPhone 8 users and there’s a lot of great stuff here that no one should miss, including cases, cables, screen protectors and chargers.Anker Discounts a Ton of Cases and Protective Gear for iPhone Users – Fast Chargers and Cables Available tooWithout a doubt, the Anker Monday deals were a blast, as usual. But it seems as though the company has promised itself that it won’t stop the fun even on a Wednesday. For Pi Day, it’s discounting a lot of iPhone related gear by a huge margin – up to 60%. Let’s check out what’s on offer, shall we?To kick things off, Anker is offering a discount on its famous PowerLine Lightning cable. It’s discounted to $9.49 from $11.99. There’s no code required to get this deal. Just head over to the link and you’re golden. Furthermore, a 3-pack of Anker’s PowerLine USB-C to USB-A 3.0 cables are discounted to $11.99 from $14.99 as well.Moving on, two great chargers are discounted today as well. One is a massive 60W desktop charger with a whopping 10 ports that can fast charge all your devices at once. Its’ down to just $29.99 from $39.99. Also, Anker’s famous 12W car charger with a built-in Lightning cable is discounted to $11.96 from $14.99. I’d say pick one up right now if you are an iOS-only user.Looking for a screen protector for your iPhone X or iPhone 8 Plus? Don’t sweat it, Anker has your back. The company has a swift discount on an iPhone X screen protector, that too a 2-pack, and is discounted to $6.99 from $8.99 – just use the code BEST8179 to get the discount at checkout. iPhone 8 Plus users can get in on a similar deal that lands them a 2-pack for just $6.99, down from $7.95. This one requires a code too – use BEST8179 at checkout.Cases are discounted by a huge margin too. We have an iPhone X silicone case in black for just $7.99, and a similar option in pink for $7.99. Use the code BESTB928 at checkout to get the discount.Premium case options are available too. For the iPhone X, the Rise case is discounted to $4.99 from $12.99 if you use the discount code CASE499L. iPhone 8 Plus users can grab the Ice case for a measly $3.99 if they apply the same CASE499L code at checkout.Last but not the least, the company has some discounts on its car holders for smartphones. Anker’s CD slot universal holder is down to $10.99 from $13.99 with code ANKER714. Whereas the company’s magnetic car mount is down to $11.99 from $15.99 with code ANKER719. Looking for an air vent magnetic mount instead? No problem, that too is discounted to $7.99 with code ANKERA713.All of the above Anker discounts are available for a limited time only. Furthermore, we have epic deals to share with our readers tomorrow. Just return here at the same time tomorrow, and you’ll know what’s up!last_img read more

first_imgExcite Holidays announced its accreditation to the Australian Federation of Travel Agents (AFTA) Travel Accreditation Scheme (ATAS).Chief executive officer George Papaioannou said the online travel wholesaler is delighted to be part of this scheme from the AFTA and that Excite Holidays did comply with strict criteria in terms of business results, training and ethics.“As part of the rigorous accreditation process, Excite Holidays has been evaluated by ATAS’ quality assessment criteria on key areas including business disciplines, solvency, training and compliance,” George Papaioannou said.“We believe ATAS is playing a vital role in endorsing the quality and reliability of travel wholesalers, and its efforts will help build and sustain consumer confidence in the travel industry,”“Excite Holidays is now proud to display the ATAS logo as a mark of our company’s professionalism and our commitment to travel agents.”AFTA general manager accreditation welcomed Excite Holidays to ATAS and said, “Excite Holidays can now point to ATAS accreditation as a valuable recognition of the quality and credibility of its brand.”Source = ETB News: Jessica Handysidelast_img read more

first_imgIs GE Capital Too Big to Fail? Not Anymore Share Financial Stability Oversight Council GE Capital Nonbank SIFI Too Big to Fail Treasury 2016-06-29 Seth Welborn June 29, 2016 525 Views center_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News The U.S. Treasury’s Financial Stability Oversight Council Tuesday rescinded its determination that GE Capital Global Holdings is too big to fail.According to the announcement, the FSOC pulled its determination that “material financial distress at [GE Capital] could pose a threat to U.S. financial stability” and decided that the firm should be subject to supervision by the Federal Reserve System and enhanced prudential standards.The FSOC originally designated GE Capital in July 2013, and since then the company has “executed significant divestitures, transformed its funding model, and implemented a corporate reorganization,” according to statement. “As a result, the company is a much less significant participant in U.S. financial markets and the economy” and, therefore, does not pose a significant threat for bailout the way it once did.In 2008, the FDIC backed $139 billion in capital debt for GE; a year ago, the embattled company announced it would dismantle much of its financial services and sell off most of GE Capital, a $500 billion lending business at the time. According to the Treasury, GE Capital was a significant source of credit to the U.S. economy, “providing financing to more than 243,000 commercial customers, 201,000 small businesses through retail programs, and 57 million consumers.”“The Council follows the facts: When it identifies a company that could threaten financial stability, it acts; when those risks change, the Council also acts.”Treasury Secretary Jacob LewAfter selling off nearly $168 billion of an intended $200 billion in assets, GE’s impact on U.S. financial markets has been greatly minimized.“Today’s decision clearly demonstrates that the Council’s designation of nonbank financial companies is a two-way process,” said Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew. “The Council follows the facts: When it identifies a company that could threaten financial stability, it acts; when those risks change, the Council also acts.”Treasury’s decision somewhat flies in the face of its plan to fight the removal of the “significantly important financial institutions,” or SIFI, designation from MetLife. Judge Rosemary Collyer, in the U.S. District Court in the District of Columbia, recently ruled in a sealed opinion that the SIFI tag should be removed from MetLife, stating that the government body that applied the designation used a “fatally flawed” process.Treasury disagreed and plans to appeal the decision.MetLife had sued the FSOC in January 2015 to have the SIFI designation removed, because as a nonbank SIFI, MetLife said it would be subject to heightened regulation which the company says will increase compliance costs, hence increasing costs to consumers without any added safety benefit for the financial system.last_img read more