Return to article. Long DescriptionA Boy Eating an Apple by USDA, Public DomainAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention one in every 59 children in the U.S. is diagnosed with autism. Although the two primary characteristics of autism include deficits in social communication and interactions, and restricted, repetitive patterns of behavior, many children with autism also have difficulties with eating and mealtime.Studies report that children with autism are five times more likely to struggle with feeding problems than their peers. Children with autism and their families may be impacted by (a) narrow and selective food choices, such as eating only French fries or food items with a specific texture; (b) ritualistic eating behaviors, such as not allowing food items to touch on the plate or having very strict eating schedule; and (c) mealtime tantrums and a refusal to eat.Mealtime can become very stressful for everyone involved, including children, parents, caregivers, siblings, and peers. Autism Speaks developed a parent guide entitled Exploring Feeding Behavior in Autism to support families. This guide helps caregivers understand eating behaviors, provides guidance on addressing feeding issues, and reviews some common questions that families have about eating challenges. Various resources are available online to inform and support parents, caregivers, and professionals.Autism Speaks provides an Expert Opinion section of their website which contains multiple articles addressing diet, nutrition, and selective eating for children with autism and their families. The Interactive Autism Network conducted a Q&A interview with Dr. Anil Darbari, Medical Director of the Pediatric Gastroenterology/Nutrition and Feeding Disorders Program at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, on the treatment of feeding disorders in children with autism.There are a few recommended steps to address eating and feeding difficulties of children with autism. Rule out medical conditions (e.g., constipation, food allergy) and consult with the child’s primary care physician.Work with a team of professionals (e.g., pediatrician, dietician, occupational therapist behavioral therapist) to develop a plan.Set a feeding schedule and routine.Try new strategies (e.g., offer new choices, provide rewards, model eating behavior).Be patient. Celebrate small and big accomplishments.The 2019 MFLN FD Early Intervention webinar series, “Sunrise to Sunset: Supporting Children with Autism Through Their Day,” focuses on supporting young children with autism and their families.The second webinar of the series, held June 12, 2019, describes eating and feeding difficulties of children with autism and explores how professionals can support military and civilian families of children with autism.Visit the webinar event page for “Yuck! I Don’t Eat That! Nutrition & Selective Eating in Young Children with Autism” to learn more or to watch the recording. by Hedda Meadan-Kaplansky, PhD A Boy Eating an Apple by USDA, Public Domain
Step 1: Customize Export SettingsOnce you’re ready to export a sequence, select File > Export to launch the Export Settings dialog box. You have a plethora of options when exporting from Premiere Pro. Choose your preferred format, and then select from a collection of default presets provided within Premiere. You can choose to match your sequence settings, or completely customize the settings to your own liking. This includes frame size, frame rate, pixel aspect ratio, bitrate, and audio format. Step 3: Share and Import PresetsThe presets you create are saved in the Adobe > Adobe Media Encoder > 11.0 > Presets subfolder. You can copy and share these .epr files with other editors. To import a preset someone has sent you, simply select the Import Preset button located right next to the Save Preset button in the Export Settings dialog box. When you import, the .epr file will be automatically copied over to your Presets subfolder.Looking for additional Premiere Pro workflow tips? PremiumBeat’s got you covered. Got any Premiere Pro tricks of your own? Share them in the comments below! Step 2: Save PresetOnce you’ve customized your export settings, you can save out a preset for future use. To save, click on the Save Preset icon just to the right of the Presets drop-down menu. You’ll have the option to give your preset a name, and then select whether you want to include Effects and Publish settings in your preset.Both the Effects and Publish tabs offer all kinds of features for your export, including adding custom Lumetri Looks, image and timecode overlays, a video limiter, and the ability to automate your social media uploads. Creating a preset which automatically publishes your video to social media can clearly help automate your workflow and save you a significant amount of time. Streamline your video editing workflow by creating custom export presets in Premiere Pro. It only takes three simple steps!Creating custom export presets in Premiere Pro – from frame rate to audio format and everything in between – is a great way to save time in your video editing workflow. Plus, once you’ve saved your presets, you can share them with your video editing peers.Here’s how to go about it.
Jonathan Dordick has seen sequestration, the 5% across-the-board spending cut imposed earlier this year on every federal agency, as both a scientist and a university administrator. But the twin vantage points haven’t helped much in clarifying what the cuts have meant to his lab, his institution, and the U.S. research enterprise. (For more, see today’s Science magazine story.)Yes, less research is being funded because of the sequester, which went into effect in March after Congress and the White House failed to agree on how to implement a 2011 budget agreement to reduce the federal deficit over the next decade. The 2013 budget of the largest federal research agency, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is down 5.5%, or $1.7 billion, to $29.15 billion. The National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) budget shrunk by 2.1%, to $6.88 billion, and the Department of Energy’s Office of Science fell by 5%, to $4.63 billion. But those three key agencies, along with universities, national laboratories, and individual scientists, have also proved adept at cushioning the impact of a blow they had long anticipated.Dordick is a prime example. As a professor of chemical and biological engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) in Troy, New York, and an NIH grantee, he was told in January that he would receive 12.5% less than he had expected in the second year of a 4-year grant to develop a more efficient, high-throughput screening system to measure the impact of thousands of chemicals on adult neural stem cells. 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He also tapped some money left over from the first year of his NIH award.In July, Dordick and other NIH grantees got some good news. The agency restored $37,000 after deciding it would trim all ongoing grants by an average of 4.7%. That left Dordick only about $25,000 short of what he had hoped to receive this year, and work on the screening system has continued unabated.Sequestration has had even less impact on his other job, as RPI’s vice president for research. Despite the fiscal crunch in Washington—from which RPI receives three-quarters of its total research dollars—the university’s overall research expenditures rose by 1% over 2012, to $102 million. That growth continues a steady upward trend in research activity in recent years.RPI’s ability to withstand the initial shock wave from sequestration hasn’t surprised Dordick. “Rensselaer has invested heavily in new facilities, new faculty, and more Ph.D. students,” he says. “Our growth is due to a conscious decision [a decade ago] to expand our research programs.”Within Congress, influential legislators are also sending mixed messages about the impact of sequestration. And their views are filtered through a partisan lens. “We have to get our priorities straight. We need to say ‘no’ to the slash and crash of reckless cuts to American biomedical research,” says Senator Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), chair of the House of Representatives science committee, agrees that “we need to prioritize federal investments in research and development if we want to remain a global leader in innovation.” But he thinks that “the current status of sequestration is a result of Democrat’s inaction.”With only a few days left in the 2013 fiscal year, federal agencies are still tallying up how they have spent their money this year. And the message varies by agency. An NSF spokesperson says that, “based on an initial review, we’re not seeing any noteworthy changes in the year-to-date numbers from last year.” In contrast, last week NIH Director Francis Collins announced that NIH would make 650 fewer new competitive awards in 2013, a 7% drop from 2012.Right now, policymakers are engulfed in a bitter battle over funding the government for the 2014 fiscal year that begins on Tuesday. Failure to reach an agreement will mean that federal agencies will shut down most operations on 1 October.Part of the debate is over whether to allow sequestration to remain in place for a second fiscal year. Should that happen, federal and university officials say, the bag of tricks that they tapped this year to sustain a preeminent research system will be empty, and the country will pay a steep price.For more on the effects of sequester, see today’s story on Science Careers focusing on whether budget cuts are leading to layoffs.With reporting by Jocelyn Kaiser.
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Swansea City winger Nathan Dyer is fit and available for Saturday’s Premier League home fixture against Huddersfield Town after eight months on the sidelines, his manager Paul Clement has said.Dyer ruptured his Achilles against Leicester City on Feb. 12 but has recently played twice for the under-23 side and is back in full training with the senior team.”Nathan is available for selection now,” Clement told the club website. (www.swanseacity.com) “It has got to the point now where he can be considered for action.”Victory in their first top-flight encounter with promoted Huddersfield, who are 11th, could potentially lift Swansea out of the relegation zone.Clement’s side are currently third-bottom in the 20-team table on five points, after one win in seven games.
NEW YORK — Mets Manager Terry Collins walked to the mound with two outs in the first inning knowing his pitching plan was already scrapped. Still, he had one request for an ailing Daisuke Matsuzaka.“I went out there and asked him if he could finish the inning,” Collins said. “He said ‘I have no strength but I can finish the inning.’ We had to get him out of there.”Pitching with a severely upset stomach, Matsuzaka took several deep breaths to compose himself then got Chase Headley to ground out to end the inning.Carlos Torres took over from there and, with the backing Curtis Granderson’s first lead-off homer in five years, New York beat the San Diego Padres 3-1 on June 15.Bobby Abreu added an RBI double in the first and Daniel Murphy had a sacrifice fly in the second against a shaky Ian Kennedy (5-8), helping New York take the rubber game in a series between the worst hitting teams in the majors.On a day Collins said he needed seven innings from Matsuzaka to help cover for a depleted bullpen, the right-hander became sick before the game.“I knew I wasn’t physically fit to fill the starter’s role but I wanted to do as much as I could,” Matsuzaka said through a translator. “That ended up being only one inning.”Matsuzaka gingerly walked off the mound when he was done, shook hands with Collins and headed straight for the clubhouse.Collins hopes Matsuzaka is healthy enough to offer some help out of the bullpen June 16 when the Mets face the Cardinals in St. Louis. The 34-year-old Japanese pitcher has made 16 relief appearances and four starts this season so he is comfortable pitching out of the ‘pen if he has to.“If I’m physically fit,” he said, “I’d definitely like to help with the bullpen.”Torres (3-4) relieved Matsuzaka to start the second, and the late-inning reliever looked unsettled. He gave up three straight singles, including Rene Rivera’s RBI infield hit. But he didn’t give up another hit in four innings, tossing a season-high 63 pitches.“We’re ready to do our job,” Torres said. “This obviously was an extreme situation.”Vic Black pitched two scoreless innings and Jenrry Mejia made his first appearance since leaving a June 12 game with a stiff back, working two hitless innings for his seventh save.While the Mets used five extra-base hits — two doubles by Lucas Duda — in improving to 5-9 for June, San Diego only had four hits in falling to falling to 3-10 for the month.Batting .215 as a team, the Padres made several mental mistakes on the basepaths. In one case, Manager Bud Black had several words for pinch-hitter Alexi Amarista when he returned to the dugout in the seventh after failing to run out a grounder that Mets shortstop Wilmer Flores bobbled.“It’s not lack of effort. I know that. I think Lexi thought the ball was caught by the shortstop,” Black said. “I know it looks a little ugly on television but no, not lack of effort at all by any of those guys.”Atop the order for the first time this season and back in the starting lineup for the first time since June 11 (calf injury), Granderson sent a 1-0 pitch from Kennedy halfway up the porch in right field for his first leadoff homer since 2009 with Detroit and 25th overall.“I have no clue where it went,” Granderson said of the long homer. Granderson also singled and walked twice.Murphy then doubled to left field, David Wright walked and Abreu doubled in a run. But the Mets failed to add on against a shaky Kennedy, stranding runners on second and third.“I just didn’t have that put away pitch. I didn’t have that put away curveball until later in the game,” Kennedy said. “For me, it was a constant battle throughout the whole day. They did a good job hitting — even on some of those breaking balls that wasn’t down enough.”(HOWIE RUMBERG, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha Tirupati (RSV Tirupati) has invited applications for the Professor, Deputy Librarian and other posts. All the eligible candidates can apply for the post through the official website rsvidyapeetha.ac.in on or before August 9, 2019.RSV Tirupati Recruitment 2019: Important datesLast date to apply: August 9, 2019RSV Tirupati Recruitment 2019: Vacancy detailsProfessor: 2 postsAssociate Professor: 6 postsAssistant Professor: 32 postsDeputy Librarian: 1 postAssistant Director of Physical Education: 1 postEligibility criteriaProfessor: PhD and 10 yrs experienceAssociate Professor: PhD and 8 yrs experienceAssistant Professor: Master degree concerned/relevant subject with NET/SET/SLETDeputy Librarian: Master Degree in library science/information science/documentation science with min 55% marks and 8 years experienceAssistant Director of Physical Education: Master’s Degree in Physical Education and Sports or Physical Education or Sports Science with 55% marks and NET/ SLET/ SET qualifiedHow to apply for RSV Tirupati RecruitmentEligible candidates can apply for the post through the official website rsvidyapeetha.ac.in on or before August 9, 2019.
Oklahoma State’s September 24 showdown against Baylor in Waco will be in primetime on FOX, it was announced earlier today.Oklahoma State at Baylor on Sept. 24 will kickoff at 6:30 pm CT on FOX.— Jake Trotter (@Jake_Trotter) September 12, 2016Baylor has won two straight in the series with the Bears handing OSU their first loss of the season last year after a 10-0 start. Baylor is 2-0 to kick off this season, with wins over SMU and Northwestern State. The Cowboys have not beat Baylor in Waco since a 34-7 victory in 2009.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
CAPE BRETON REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 125, Exit 7 Work on the Alexandra Street Roundabout in Sydney will require the closure of the westbound off and on ramps at Exit 7 on Highway 125 from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 12, and Sunday, Dec. 13. Detour routes will be marked. For information on driving through roundabouts see http://www.gov.ns.ca/tran/roundabout/alexandrastreet.pdf . Local Area Office: 902-563-2518 -30-
When he’s not playing with dinosaurs or reading a book, four-year-old Advait Kolarkar uses paint, canvases and his imagination to create internationally recognized abstract artwork.The preschooler is already selling his paintings for thousands of dollars and has had his art featured in three exhibits.His mother Shruti said in an interview Sunday that Advait first picked up the paintbrush when he was less than a year old and displayed a prowess for painting right away.“He was creating something, not just playing with colours,” she said. “He had a sense of composition and colour.”Kolarkar said her son began creating “amazing compositions” by the age of one, and attracted the attention of a gallery curator in his hometown of Pune, India.After observing the toddler for six months, the Art2Day gallery hosted Advait’s first exhibition when the boy was just two years old, shortly before the family migrated to Saint John, N.B., in 2016.Earlier this month Advait shared his paintings at Artexpo New York, which is touted as the world’s largest fine art marketplace.According to the Artexpo website, the exhibition draws tens of thousands of art enthusiasts and industry insiders each year.In the past, the event has hosted the likes of pop art pioneer Andy Warhol, multimedia artist Robert Rauschenberg, and expressionist painter LeRoy Neiman.More than 400 exhibiting artists, galleries and publishers showcased their work at the exhibition this year.“They are really renowned artists, and when you see your son’s work among those artists, it feels really proud,” said Kolarkar, noting that Advait’s booth drew big crowds.American artist Howard Schoor, who was at Artexpo to display his work at an exhibition for the first time, said that when he met Advait at the event, he felt a kinship with the young boy despite a 75-year age difference.“What Advait and myself have in common is that we both started painting two years ago,” he said. “The difference is I’m 79 years old and he’s four years old.”Schoor spent decades collecting art before he took up painting, and said his sharp eye for quality work made him recognize Advait’s potential right away.“I think there’s just something where when you look at a lot of art over a period of time, you can sort of sense what will be acceptable, and collectible, and valuable,” he said.“I think this young man has a unique talent that he’s been able to express at a very early age.”Kolarkar said she’s proud that her son’s work is gaining recognition.To date, she said Advait has earned around $23,000 from selling his paintings.Other than starting elementary school next year, Kolarkar isn’t sure what’s in her son’s future — but she said the family will support him if he chooses to pursue art as a full-time career when he’s older.“His happiness is very important to us,” she said. “We want him to enjoy art the way he’s enjoying now throughout his life.”
Brazilian model Isabeli Fontana has joined the growing roster of public figures and celebrities participating in Rotary’s “This Close” public awareness campaign for polio eradication.Isabelli Fontana signs on as Rotary celebrity ambassador for polio eradicationStar of many advertising campaigns, high fashion reference, Victoria Secret angel, and new face of L’Oreal for Latin America, Fontana has also an important role as mother of Zion, 10, and Lucas, 7. Attuned to the importance of vaccination, she supported the national immunization campaign in Brazil for the first time when she took her youngest son to get the oral polio vaccine drops directly from the Brazilian Minister of Health, Alexandre Padilha at an event launching the 2011 national immunization campaign. Her interest in impacting the world and lives of children has continued to grow.“I accepted the invitation to participate in Rotary’s global campaign because polio has to be ended. It is an achievable goal,” said Fontana. “Our generation has already helped get the world 99 percent polio-free and we could make polio the second disease ever eradicated after smallpox. Without eradication, every nation remains at risk for infections “imported” from the endemic countries. As a mother and Brazilian, I believe I cannot be indifferent to problems, especially the ones that have a solution. The disease has no cure, but can be prevented with vaccination,” she explained.In the past, Fontana has worked with the Brazilian Foundation Abrinq designing clothing lines in conjunction with the brands Morena Rosa and Un.i Lingerie where part of each purchase was donated to projects for children. She also supported blood drives for the Pro-sangue Foundation in Sao Paulo. But the charitable work with polio and Rotary is her first in a global scale.Fontana is the first global “This Close” ambassador from Brazil. And she is applying the same work ethic for which she is known in the fashion business, where she started at 13 years old and created a career that put her name on the list of more successful models in the world. Her first gesture to help Rotary achieve its goal of a polio-free world was her participation in their print campaign, raising her thumb and forefinger in the “this close” gesture in the ad with the tagline “we’re this close to ending polio.”The Rotary awareness campaign also features public figures and celebrities including Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Nobel Peace Prize laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, action movie star Jackie Chan, Psy, golf legend Jack Nicklaus, conservationist Jane Goodall, premier violinist Itzhak Perlman, Grammy Award winners A.R. Rahman, Angelique Kidjo and Ziggy Marley, and peace advocate Queen Noor of Jordan.In addition to the ad campaign, Isabelli Fontana has also joined Rotary’s innovative digital campaign to develop the World’s Biggest Commercial to raise public awareness about polio eradication. Participants simply upload photos of themselves making the “this close” gesture with their fingers – as in, “We are this close to ending polio” – to the ever-expanding promotional spot at Rotary’s End Polio Now website. Since the beginning of August 2012, more than 33,000 participants from 152 countries collaborated with the effort. Brazil alone got more than 3,500 insertions, including the ambassador Isabelli Fontana, singer Michel Telo and actor Thiago Lacerda.Along with helping Rotary set a new Guinness World Record, every person who joins the commercial can choose to add their name to a petition urging the world’s governments to provide the US $5.5 billion needed to finish the job and end polio forever. Four billion of these funds were pledged in April 2013, at the Global Vaccine Summit.Polio eradication has been Rotary’s top priority for more than two decades. The international humanitarian service organization is a spearheading partner in the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, along with the World Health Organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and UNICEF.Why 99 percent?Rotary club members worldwide have contributed $1.2 billion and countless volunteer hours to the polio eradication effort. Great progress has been made, and the incidence of polio infection has plunged from about 350,000 cases in 1988 to 223 reported cases in 2012. More than two billion children have been immunized in 122 countries, preventing five million cases of paralysis and 250,000 pediatric deaths. Only three countries remain polio-endemic: Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan.Rotary donated US$ 6 million to end polio in Brazil, as well as US$38.5 million to PAHO countries. To date, Brazilian Rotary club members have contributed more than US$12.37 million for the eradication campaign around the world.
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Rabat – David Beckham had nothing but words of praise for Anthony Martial, Manchester United’s newly-signed player.Beckham is reportedly impressed with Martial’s outstanding performance on the pitch and believes the French emerging star is worth the large sum of money that Manchester United paid for his transfer.In a statement to Sky Sports, the former English captain expressed his support for the French teenager’s game saying, “It’s a great start for him”. Anthony Martial has made his debut with the Red Devils leaving everyone in awe after scoring 4 goals in since he joined his new team.The former United star went on to add that “[Martial] is 19 years old and so far he is succeeding”.David Beckham can be added to the list of those who have seen Anthony’s skilled-game and made statements in his defense following the harsh critics and difficulties Martial has endured.“I’m a follower of Manchester United, so I hope they continue this way. I want to see them score more goals and have success”, said Beckham to Sky Sports.The football world was shocked over the “hallucinating offer” of 80 million euros, inclusive of bonus, that the British club paid to sign the Monaco player. Many critics said Martial was not worth the price and doubted his talent.Despite the pressure and negative comments, the 19-year-old player has silenced his critics and proven to his new home team that he can deliver.Following his top-level start at the Premier League, Martial has earned the respect of his teammates at Old Trafford, including Juan Mata who said, “He’s given us a lot of things, not just the goals – his way of playing is helping the team a lot.Even United’s manager Louis Van Gaal who at first said Anthony’s transfer amount was “ridiculous” has changed his mind and been quoted as saying, “He is an open guy, he is listening, watching and he is focusing on the matches…. A very coachable player and that is also why I like him and I bought him”.According to the same source, David Beckham concluded his statement defending his former club and Martial saying, “This type of players are the ones who make Man United one of the best clubs in the world”.
Rabat – Morocco’s State Secretary for Water, Charafat Afilal, underlined on Tuesday in Brasilia the need to highlight the alarming situation of water in Africa, noting that water-related issues should be a primary concern for the international community.“The kingdom of Morocco believes that this edition of the World Water Forum should be an opportunity to highlight the alarming situation of water in Africa,” Afilal said at a ministerial conference held as part of the 8th World Water Forum, which opened on Monday in Brasilia.In this regard, the “Water for Africa” (WfA) initiative launched by Morocco at the 22nd Conference of the Parties of the UNFCC (COP 22) held in Marrakech should serve as a framework to support the continent in its efforts to address water-related issues, she pointed out. Read Also:Morocco among Countries Facing Water ScarcityAfilal also underlined, in an address on behalf of Morocco, the need for international solidarity with Africa, noting that the Kingdom will spare no effort to ensure that water-related issues remain a primary concern.“Since the COP22 held in Marrakech, water has become a key topic of the global climate action agenda,” she pointed out, adding that Morocco will make every effort to fulfil its commitments in the field of water.The meeting was attended by several African senior officials and representatives of internationals NGOs.The World Water Forum is held from the 18th – 23rd March 2018 under the theme of “Sharing Water”.Read Also:El Othmani: Morocco’s National Water Plan Extended for 30 yearThe forum was marked by the awarding of the 6th King Hassan II Great World Water Prize to the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).Founded by the World Water Council, the World Water Forum represents an international meeting point to discuss water-related problems and find solutions for the world’s most pressing water issues.
The Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) says it will not endorse the protest to be staged on Thursday by supporters of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa.The joint opposition is to stage the protest in Colombo against the Government and in support of former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. However SLFP treasurer S.B. Dissanayake said that the party will not back the protest and warned that any member going against a policy decision taken by the SLFP could face disciplinary action. (Colombo Gazette)
Suncor says it plans to spend $850 million less than expected this year by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 31, 2012 11:18 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Suncor Energy Inc. says its capital spending in 2012 will be $850 million lower than previously planned.Canada’s largest energy company (TSX:SU) says now expects to spend $6.65 billion this year, down from $7.5 billion as it earlier predicted.Suncor owes the lower spending to its new Firebag Stage 4 oilsands project, which came in 10 per cent under budget, as well as slowing the pace of developments it jointly owns with French energy giant Total SA.“At the start of the year, we said that cost and quality metrics would be Suncor’s priorities when executing growth projects,” said CEO Steve Williams in a release.“We’re delivering on these goals by spending capital efficiently and maintaining a disciplined approach to pre-sanction spending on our operated growth projects.”Suncor isn’t the only oilpatch name to signal a more frugal approach these days. Talisman Energy Inc.’s new CEO, Hal Kvisle, said on a conference call earlier this week that 2013 spending will be about 25 per cent lower than this year, with much less of a focus on risky international exploration.Late Wednesday, Suncor also announced third-quarter net earnings of $1.56 billion, or $1.01 per share, compared to $1.29 billion, or 82 cents per share, during the same 2011 period. The upswing was mainly due to exchange rate fluctuations.Operating earnings, a better gauge of the company’s underlying performance, fell to $1.3 billion, or 85 cents per share, compared to $1.790 billion, or $1.14 per share, a year earlier.The earnings beat the average estimate of 78 cents per share, according to Thomson Reuters.Suncor said the drop in operating earnings was due to higher share-based compensation expense, lower production volumes from offshore assets undergoing planned maintenance work and higher depreciation, depletion and amortization charges.Revenues were $9.6 billion, down from $10.4 billion in the corresponding 2011 quarter.Suncor is the largest operator in the oilsands, with huge mining operations north of Fort McMurray, a 12 per cent interest in the Syncrude Canada Ltd. mine, a 41 per cent stake in the yet-to-be-developed Fort Hills mine and steam-driven operations at Firebag and Mackay River.In December 2010, Suncor inked a $1.75-billion deal with Total to work together in the oilsands.On the company’s second-quarter conference call in July, CEO Williams said Suncor and Total are reviewing their plans for the Fort Hills and Joslyn mines and the Voyageur upgrader in an effort to drive down costs.That means that the partners’ expansion plans may take longer than previously thought — a sacrifice Suncor is willing to make if it means avoiding major cost overruns the sector experienced before the recession.The three projects involved in that joint venture are being weighed on their individual merits, and could theoretically be scrapped if they’re not found to be economically viable.A decision had been expected to come toward the middle of next year, but the process is now expected to take longer.Williams became CEO of Suncor in May, when Rick George retired after more than two decades at the helm. Williams had been Suncor’s chief operating officer prior to his promotion to the top job.Through its merger with Petro-Canada in 2009, Suncor inherited oil assets in Libya and Syria. As conflict broke out in Libya in February 2011, Suncor pulled its employees out of the North African country. Production has since been resuming there.In December, Suncor pulled its employees out of Syria in order to comply with sanctions aimed at isolating the regime of President Bashar Assad. During the second quarter Suncor took a $694 million charge against its second-quarter results related to Syria, where violence continues to rage.Suncor also has assets in the U.K. North Sea, off Canada’s East Coast, four refineries and a chain of Petro-Canada-branded gas stations.
Lack of funds forces UN to close Yemen aid programmes The UN announced on Wednesday that it is being forced to close several humanitarian programmes in Yemen, because money committed by Member States has “failed to materialise”.The announcement was made by Lise Grandi, the UN’s Humanitarian Coordinator for Yemen, who said that “when money doesn’t come, people die.”At a pledging event for Yemen held in February, $2.6 billion was promised to meet the urgent needs of some 20 million Yemenis. To date, less than half of that amount has been received.Of the 34 major UN humanitarian programmes in Yemen, only three are funded for the entire year. Several have closed in recent weeks, and many large-scale projects designed to help destitute, hungry families, are on hold.Another 22 life-saving programmes will close in the next two months unless funding is received.Find out more here.UN chief expresses concern at ‘new wave of human suffering’ in last Syrian rebel-held city The UN warmly-welcomed the nominations on Wednesday by Sudan’s Transitional Military Council and main opposition group, the Forces for Freedom and Change, for the new Sovereign Council as well as its subsequent formation and swearing in. Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric told journalists that “we take note of the inclusion of two women in the Sovereign Council and strongly further encourage the inclusion of women in all transitional bodies in Sudan, including in, but not limited to the Transitional Legislative Assembly.” He noted that Prime Minister designate, Abdalla Hamdok, was set to arrive in Khartoum to be sworn in, and wished him “all the best in leading the new transitional government” while hoping that cabinet members would also be appointed speedily.“As the Secretary-General said in his statement after the signing ceremony this weekend, the UN looks forward to engaging with and supporting the transitional governing institutions. We also reiterate our commitment to assisting the transition process as it seeks to achieve the long-standing aspiration of the people of Sudan for democracy and peace”, Mr. Dujarric said.Somalia security remains a concern, head of UN Mission warns Security Council The prospect of a fresh offensive in Idlib, Syria, the last opposition-held stronghold in the country, could unleash a “new wave of human suffering”, UN chief António Guterres declared on Wednesday.The Secretary-General said in a statement that he is “deeply troubled’ by the continued escalation in northwest Syria, which could impact up to three million civilians. Mr. Guterres strongly condemned ongoing attacks on civilians and civilian infrastructure, including healthcare and educational facilities, and urged all parties to respect international humanitarian law. The heightened threat of conflict in Idlib follows the collapse of a truce between warring parties earlier this month.UN ‘warmly welcomes’ swearing-in of new Sudanese Sovereign Council Despite “encouraging” developments, insecurity across Somalia remains a serious concern, James Swan, head of the UN Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), warned the Security Council, in his first briefing to the world body since taking office.Mr. Swan noted the effectiveness of the collaboration between the UN and international partners, and the Somali Security Forces working with the African Union Mission in Somalia, which has seen areas near the capital Mogadishu taken back from terror group al-Shabab, and stabilized.However, he noted that terrorism remains a threat to progress, citing the deadly al-Shabab attack on the offices of the mayor of Mogadishu in July, which killed and injured several Government officials. Looking ahead to the crucial 2020 election cycle, Mr. Swan called for the empowerment of women to be a central feature of the political process and encouraged the Federal Government to establish a task force, to ensure election security.Read the full story here.Scars of terrorism ‘run deep’, UN chief says, paying tribute to victims The scars of terrorism “run deep”, and while they may fade with time, “they never disappear”, the United Nations chief said on Wednesday, in his message for the second International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism. “Terrorism in all its forms and manifestations remains a global challenge”, according to Secretary-General António Guterres. “It causes lasting damage to individuals, families and communities”. The General Assembly established 21 August as the International Day to honour and support the victims and survivors of terrorism and to promote and protect human rights and the rule of law to prevent and combat terrorism.Victims and survivors throughout the world show “great resilience, courage and spirit”, forging global alliances, addressing and countering false narratives spread by terrorists, and raising their voices against “the threat of terrorism and the absence of justice”, Mr. Guterres maintained. Find out more here.Listen to or download our audio News in Brief for 21 August on Soundcloud:
Urban Meyer prepares to run out on to the field with the team prior to the Ohio State- Oklahoma game on Sep. 9. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorAlong with several topics pertaining to the on-field performance of Ohio State’s football team, head coach Urban Meyer also addressed several off-field topics and locker room issues that are important to his team during Monday’s press conference. Here are our takeaways.Big Ten away locker roomsFootball teams know when traveling for away games that the accommodations in the locker room will not quite live up to the standards set by those at home. However, teams expect not only at least respectable locker rooms, but also believe they should be met with air conditioning and proper care when it comes to medical treatment.During Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh’s press conference Monday, the outspoken coach said his team was met with poor facilities at Purdue and that the poor conditions tend to be more of a reflection on the rest of the conference rather than just the Boilermakers.“We had to open the doors to get ventilation going in a small area and people are walking by watching you dress. The number of urinals or bathrooms for the players and staff, I think there was two,” Harbaugh said. “Injured players can’t get an X-ray. Taken to a student health care center in a van. We needed a brace for a player and there wasn’t one at the facility we were taken to. A lot of things need to be addressed.”Harbaugh is not the only coach to express displeasure with away locker rooms in the conference. Meyer said he has had a “couple” of difficulties with the locker rooms in opposing stadiums and said that he has expressed his opinions to the commissioner, Jim Delaney.“All due respect, this is the Big Ten Conference,” Meyer said. “I’ve shared it with our athletic director and the commissioner should handle that.”Kneeling during the National Anthem in the NFLFollowing tweets from President Donald Trump condemning the actions of players in the NFL who knelt during the national anthem, athletes from around the league demonstrated a large display of solidarity Sunday, kneeling during the anthem in large groups or remaining in the locker room. As the players did this, debates raged between those who viewed the demonstration as players expressing their First Amendment rights to protest racial injustice in the United States and others who viewed it as a protest against the country as a whole and as disrespectful to military members.Topics such as this have divided the nation, but Meyer said the mutual respect teammates show for one another has helped maintain decorum in Ohio State’s locker room.“It’s the ‘r-word,’ the respect. Respect all,” Meyer said. “I personally have very strong beliefs and thoughts about things like that. And I share them with my friends and obviously very close with my family about our thoughts.”Religion in sportsThe “r-word” appeared again in Meyer’s vocabulary when the head coach was asked about religion. He talked about how important it is for the players in the locker room to all have mutual respect for everyone as many of the players have different views on religion as well. Meyer said the players are all allowed to hold their own views on religion, and that in the Ohio State locker room, all views are not only welcome, but also encouraged given how important religion is in Meyer’s life.“Our players, you look at their schedules, so we want everything to be user-friendly,” Meyer said, “Whether it be nutrition, whether it be real-life Wednesdays, those type of things, and also your spiritual life, so we have everything available to them. And I’m proud to say we have multi religious players, denominational people in our program.”
The Queensland Government is facilitating a trial of a sophisticated new technology which will enable local mining companies to maximise their chances of exploration success in the resource rich Northwest Minerals Province.The six-month trial is due to commence in the next month, giving explorers operating in Mount Isa access to the latest hyperspectral scanning technology and all its applications. This exciting and innovative Australian-developed technology provides a more precise and detailed analysis of the mineral content of rock samples, the government says.As part of the trial, Australian firm Corescan has brought its expertise and portable hyperspectral core-logging equipment to Mount Isa for Queensland explorers to test.Unlike established geoscientific technology, Corescan’s advanced exploration technology produces much higher resolution mineral imaging and maps of the entire core rock face rather than just sections of the core. This means faster and more precise data to inform decision making on resource targets which can ultimately make all the difference in reaching a new investment decision from both a commercial and geoscientific perspective.Corescan Managing Director, Neil Goodey said Corescan’s in-house scientific engineering group had developed and manufactured the technology. “Hyperspectral imaging is a very specialised area with only a handful of groups globally having the optical expertise to design and build spectrometers,” he said.“Corescan is considered a world leader in this field, offering spatial and spectral resolutions beyond that of competing technologies. A key advantage of this technology is that stored historic core can be re-analysed and value added to deliver new geological knowledge to a project from a company’s existing investment in drilling.”Glencore will be the first mineral explorer to road test the technology, with their initial scanning program expected to commence within the next month. In addition to providing faster and more precise data, accessing the technology locally from Mount Isa, in close proximity to their operations, will save Glencore on the cost of transporting core samples for analysis.The Department of Natural Resources and Mines’ (DNRM) Geological Survey of Queensland scoped the trial in response to requests for increased geoscience support for the Northwest Minerals Province. Consultation with industry through the Northwest Minerals Province Taskforce in 2016 identified a need to examine advanced exploration technologies to improve the acquisition and use of data from core samples.Corescan is operating its technology out of DNRM’s John Campbell Miles Core Storage facility in Mount Isa on an agreed fee for service basis.