Oilsands pipeline firm Inter Pipeline posts record Q2 net income of 260

Companies in this story: (TSX:IPL)The Canadian Press CALGARY — Oilsands transport company Inter Pipeline Ltd. is reporting record second-quarter net income of $260 million or 63 cents per share, nearly double the $136 million or 35 cents it declared in the same period of 2018.The increase comes despite only a slight rise in revenue to $642 million from $631 million and a decrease in its core pipeline volumes to 1.34 million barrels per day from 1.38 million bpd a year earlier.Analysts had expected net income of $114 million on revenue of $594 million, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.The company says it increased its processing of natural gas liquids to 134,000 bpd in the three months ended June 30 from 113,000 bpd in the same period last year, while revenue from bulk storage grew to $26.9 million from $17.4 million thanks to an acquisition of a company with operations in the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.Separately, it announced it is considering the sale of its bulk liquid storage businesses in Europe with operations in the U.K., Denmark, Sweden, Germany, Netherlands and Ireland and 37 million barrels of storage capacity to reduce debt and help finance its Heartland Petrochemical Complex near Edmonton.Inter Pipeline reported spending $287 million on Heartland in the quarter to take total capital incurred to $1.6 billion.It said 1,200 construction workers were on site at the end of June building the $3.5-billion project which is designed to convert plentiful propane into 525,000 tonnes per year of the plastic polypropylene.Inter’s results statement released after the Toronto Stock Exchange closed make no mention of its nine per cent stock price surge to $23.64 on Thursday. read more

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UNAIDS Governing Board approves new policies to intensify HIV prevention

In response to urgent requests from Member States, the UNAIDS Board, meeting in Geneva, agreed on a policy paper called “Intensifying HIV Prevention” which says the Programme will increase its assistance to governments and inter-governmental organizations for expanding HIV prevention programmes, document and coordinate best practices, and devise methods of measuring prevention trends.At present, poor planning, inappropriate prioritization and inadequate training, combined with cultural, social and personal reluctance to discuss issues involving sex, sexuality and drug use, are some of the obstacles to scaling up HIV prevention and these bottlenecks have led to a major gap between the need and availability of HIV prevention services, it said.Only one in five people needing HIV prevention methods have access to such services and only one in 10 people have been tested for HIV, the UNAIDS Board said. All prevention programmes should be comprehensive in scope, based on evidence and must be fundamentally grounded in respect for human rights, including gender equality. They also should be adapted to local environments, sustainable at a scale and intensity to make a critical difference and be planned and implemented with input from affected communities, the Board said.”Member States recognize the crucial need for intensified HIV prevention efforts. With 5 million new infections each year, it is only through a comprehensive and scaled-up approach that we will reverse the spread of HIV,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Dr. Peter Piot. Meanwhile, a new report co-authored by UNAIDS and the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and presented to the Seventh International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) which opened today in Kobe, Japan, warned that the region risked having HIV spread from the most vulnerable groups into the general population despite recently stronger leadership in combating it.”Low condom use, limited access to HIV testing, gender inequality, widespread injecting drug use and sex work are a dangerous cocktail that could provoke a rapid expansion of the epidemic,” Dr. Piot said in a message to the congress. “If HIV prevention programmes are urgently scaled-up, 6 million HIV infections could be prevented in the next five years in the region. If Asian countries do not rise up to the challenge, then 12 million people will become newly infected.”In south and south-east Asia in 2003 the targeted HIV prevention programmes reached only 19 per cent of sex workers, 5 per cent of injecting drug users and 2 per cent of men who have sex with other men, the report says, while only 14 per cent of the 1.1 million people who need anti-retrovirals (ARVs) today receive it. As part of the fight against AIDS in Asia, UNAIDS appointed a celebrated Pakistani musician, Salman Ahmad, the lead singer in rock band Junoon, as one of its Goodwill Ambassadors.Mr. Ahmad, whose band is on a world tour, was being flown from the United States to London to take part in the “Live 8″ concert tomorrow.”We need to get the message out that poverty is major part of the spread of AIDS and we cannot turn our backs on this any longer,” he said. “It’s a great honour for Junoon to be part of one giant global-jukebox for the eradication of poverty and music is the most powerful force for positive change.” read more

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US safety agency investigates complaints of alternator failures in Dodge Chargers

DETROIT – The U.S. government’s road safety agency is investigating complaints about engine stalling and alternator failures in Dodge Charger sedans.The probe covers about 123,000 Chargers from the 2011 and 2012 model years.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says it has 14 complaints of alternator failure and stalling. All the cases happened while the cars were going 40 or more miles per hour.In one case a car stopped in traffic with smoke coming from the alternator, which generates electricity to recharge the battery and run other devices. No injuries have been reported to the agency.Chrysler says it’s co-operating in the probe. Investigations can lead to recalls but there haven’t been any so far. US safety agency investigates complaints of alternator failures in Dodge Chargers by The Associated Press Posted Jul 25, 2014 11:38 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Marking World Toilet Day UN urges open frank discussion on importance of

“Sanitation is central to human and environmental health as well as to individual opportunity, development and dignity. Yet today, worldwide, one in every three people lacks improved sanitation, and one in every eight practices open defecation,” said Mr. Ban Ki-moon in his message on the Day. The recently adopted 2030 Agenda recognizes the central role sanitation plays in sustainable development, the Secretary-General said, explaining that the integrated nature of the new agenda means the world needs to better understand the connections between the building blocks of development. “In that spirit, this year’s observance of World Toilet Day focuses on the vicious cycle connecting poor sanitation and malnutrition,” he stressed. Poor sanitation and hygiene are at the heart of disease and malnutrition. Every year too many children under the age of five have their lives cut short or altered forever as a result of poor sanitation: more than 800,000 children worldwide – or one every two minutes – die from diarrhoea, and almost half of all deaths of children under five are due to undernutrition. The UN chief went on to say that a quarter of all children under five were stunted, and countless other children, as well as adults, are falling seriously ill, often suffering long-term, even lifelong, health and developmental consequences, due to poor sanitation and hygiene. “Parents and guardians carry the cost of these consequences. Women in particular women bear the direct brunt,” Mr. Ban said. Despite the compelling moral and economic case for action on sanitation, he noted that “progress is too little and too slow.” “By many accounts, sanitation is the most-missed target of the Millennium Development Goals,” the Secretary-General said: “This is why the Call to Action on Sanitation was launched in 2013, and why we aim to end open defecation by 2025.” “The 2030 Agenda calls on us to renew our efforts in providing access to adequate sanitation worldwide,” Mr. Ban underscored, adding: “We must continue to educate and protect communities at risk, and to change cultural perceptions and long-standing practices that hinder the quest for dignity.” The Secretary-General urged the world to work together and have an open frank discussion on the importance of toilets and sanitation, so that “we can improve the health and well-being of one-third of the human family.” Echoing some of those sentiments, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) pointed out that lack of access to toilets is endangering millions of the world’s poorest children.A new report, Improving Nutrition Outcomes with Better Water, Sanitation and Hygiene, produced by UNICEF, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the World Health Organization (WHO), for the first time brings together years of research and case studies which demonstrate the link between sanitation and malnutrition. More importantly, it provides guidance for action. “We need to bring concrete and innovative solutions to the problem of where people go to the toilet, otherwise we are failing millions of our poorest and most vulnerable children,” said Sanjay Wijesekera, head of UNICEF’s global water, sanitation and hygiene programmes. “The proven link with malnutrition is one more thread that reinforces how interconnected our responses to sanitation have to be if we are to succeed,” he added. According to UNICEF, some countries, including Pakistan, Ethiopia, Mali, and Democratic Republic of the Congo have made significant progress in addressing both access to sanitation and the nutritional status of their children. Many have successfully used the agency’s Community-led Total Sanitation approach, in which affected populations themselves devise local solutions to the problem of open defecation. “There are no excuses not to act on access to toilets, even in the poorest communities, or during emergencies,” said Mr. Wijesekera. “On the other hand, there are millions of reasons – each one a child who is stunted or wasted, or worse, who sickens and dies – to treat this with the urgency it deserves.” The UN General Assembly, in a 2013 resolution on “Sanitation for All” designated 19 November as World Toilet Day The Day is coordinated by UN-Water in collaboration with Governments and relevant stakeholders. read more

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How to see the supernova of a generation with a pair of

first_imgRemember that “supernova of a generation” we told you about a few weeks ago? The astronomers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, the same crew that spotted the exploding star, are very excited about the supernova. As it’s the closest one to Earth that’s been discovered in the past 25 years, astronomers want to make sure you get a glimpse of the natural phenomenon and you won’t have to take a trip to your local planetarium to do so either. A simple pair of binoculars should do the trick.The supernova is so bright, that over the next few weeks you can use your binoculars (20x80s, or 25x100s), a small telescope (something greater than 3 inches), or a good DSLR to see the cosmic explosion. Named PTF 11kly, the supernova is estimated at be only 21 light years away, which is a relatively small distance in terms of astronomical standards. Supernovas are normally about 1 billion light years away, so this is quite an event.If you’re really busy during the next few weeks and think you’ll just catch the next supernova to come along, you’ll most likely be waiting at least 30 years, so you better get out there and start looking at the sky. The best time to see the supernova is in the first few hours after sunset. The PTF 11kly is said to reach peek brightness on September 9.The supernova is located near the Big Dipper in the Pinwheel Galaxy. To spot the supernova, find the Ursa Major constellation (also known as the Big Dipper). Then, take the last two stars on the handle of the Big Dipper, form an equilateral triangle heading north, and voila, you’ve reached the Pinwheel Galaxy and the infamous supernova.Let us know if you’re able to spot it and if you have any tips or tricks for doing so.via Berkley Lablast_img read more

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The House of Commons has voted by 522 to 13 to hold

first_imgThe House of Commons has voted by 522 to 13 to hold a general election on 8 June Theresa May stunned the country yesterday when she announced her plan for an early vote. By AFP Wednesday 19 Apr 2017, 3:37 PM Image: Charlotte Ball Share Tweet Email Short URL 48 Comments Image: Charlotte Ballcenter_img Apr 19th 2017, 3:37 PM 10,921 Views BRITISH LAWMAKERS HAVE overwhelmingly backed Prime Minister Theresa May’s call for a snap election, paving the way for a June vote she hopes will give her a “mandate to complete Brexit”.The House of Commons voted by 522 to 13 to hold a general election on 8 June – plunging Britain back into political uncertainty just weeks before the start of negotiations on leaving the European Union.May stunned the country yesterday when she announced her plan for an early vote, despite having repeatedly said she would wait until the next election scheduled in 2020.In fiery exchanges in the House of Commons today, May said an early election would strengthen her hand against domestic critics seeking to “frustrate the process” of Brexit, which formally began last month.“I will be asking the British people for a mandate to complete Brexit and to make a success of it,” the Conservative leader said, to cheers from her lawmakers sitting behind her.Riding high in the opinion polls, May is seeking to increase her slim majority of 17 in the 650-seat Commons before the battles begin with the EU over Britain’s exit bill and future trade and immigration ties.She insists an early election would provide “certainty and stability” in the negotiations, which will now start after the vote.In a sign of the key campaign issues ahead, May traded barbs in the Commons with opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, whose party is deeply divided and languishing up to 20 points behind the Conservatives.Corbyn accused the government of “broken promises” on health, education and the economy during its seven years in office. Source: Charlotte BallMay hit back that Labour offered only “bankruptcy and chaos”, but denied she was complacent, saying: “We will be out there fighting for every vote.”‘Election landslide’British elections are fixed in law but can be changed with a two-thirds majority in the Commons – a threshold easily passed during today’s vote.All sides are now gearing up for the fourth major election in four years, after last June’s shock referendum vote for Brexit, the 2015 general election, and the 2014 Scottish independence vote.Brexit will dominate the campaign, with May – who took office after David Cameron resigned following the EU vote – seeking public backing for her plan to pull Britain out of Europe’s single market.A European Commission spokesman said the “real political” negotiations on Brexit will start after the election.Three weekend opinion polls put the Conservatives about 20 points ahead of Labour, and if translated into votes, this could give May an “election landslide” with a majority of more than 100, according to an analysis by The Times.May, Britain’s second female prime minister, also has strong popular support for her handling of the political earthquake unleashed by Brexit. Source: PABy contrast Labour is wracked by divisions, over Brexit and Corbyn’s left-wing leadership, which is opposed by many of his more centrist MPs.So far, Labour’s stance on Brexit has been to allow the government to go ahead with the EU divorce, but only under certain conditions, such as retaining strong economic ties with the bloc.That approach risks satisfying neither its traditional working-class supporters, many of whom backed leaving the EU, or its urban, pro-European members – leaving many commentators predicting an electoral bloodbath.Three Labour MPs have already announced they will not stand again. Former Conservative finance minister George Osborne, a powerful voice in favour of Britain’s EU membership during the referendum campaign, also said he would not seek re-election.Scotland’s mandateThe smaller Liberal Democrats, who lost most of their seats in 2015 after entering coalition with the Conservatives, are hoping to capitalise on their strong support for the EU to win new support.Meanwhile the Scottish National Party, which holds most of the seats in Scotland, is pushing its demands for a second referendum on independence in order to maintain close ties with the EU.SNP leader and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: Make no mistake, if the SNP wins this election in Scotland – and the Tories don’t – then Theresa May’s attempt to block our mandate to hold another referendum when the time is right, will crumble to dust.Like almost everyone else in Britain, the election announcement caught financial markets off guard, amid concerns of the economic implications of Brexit.The pound rallied on speculation that May will be returned with a stronger mandate, but this caused London’s FTSE 100 index – which features many multinationals earning in dollars – to fall.- © AFP 2017Read: ‘Crush the saboteurs’: Here’s how the British press reacted to Theresa May calling an election> http://jrnl.ie/3347310 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Chine 28000 morts causées par le VIH en 2011

first_imgChine : 28.000 morts causées par le VIH en 2011Selon un rapport du ministère chinois de la Santé, d’Onusida et de l’OMS, le SIDA a fait pas moins de 28.000 morts en Chine l’an passé. 48.000 nouvelles infections auraient été découvertes en 2011. Malgré les multiples efforts internationaux, le SIDA continue de faire des ravages dans le monde. Alors que le dernier rapport d’Onusida avait annoncé un déclin du nombre de morts, une autre enquête révèle un bilan moins positif pour la Chine. D’après le rapport établi par le ministère chinois de la Santé, d’Onusida et de l’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS), le SIDA aurait fait 28.000 morts dans le pays. Ajouté à cela, 48.000 nouvelles infections par le virus VIH auraient été recensées sur la même période. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Aujourd’hui, la Chine compte environ 780.000 personnes atteintes par le virus du sida parmi lesquelles 154.000 ont développé la maladie. Sur ces patients, 136.000 ont bénéficié de traitements antiviraux en septembre 2011, précise le document officiel révélé samedi par l’agence Chine nouvelle. Outre ces chiffres, le rapport note également que le développement du sida en Chine est marqué par “une augmentation des cas importés et de ceux transmis sexuellement”. Le premier mode de contamination par le VIH dans le pays serait donc désormais les relations sexuelles alors qu’un énorme scandale du sang contaminé avait éclaté dans la province du Henan (centre) dans les années 1990.Toutefois, des défenseurs des droits des malades pensent que le nombre d’infections par le virus du SIDA est sous-estimé par les autorités chinoises. En effet, les malades du SIDA ont longtemps été stigmatisés en Chine, notamment pour trouver un emploi. Mais certaines mesures et notamment des campagnes de prévention ont permis ces dernières années de faire évoluer l’attitude des gens vis-à-vis des victimes. Le 23 janvier 2012 à 13:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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This Zoo Wants to Name a Snake After Your Ex for Valentines

first_img This Bird Attracts His Valentine With His Heart-Shaped Red Throat SacThe 11 Best Video Games to Play With Your Significant Other Did your ex exhibit “snaky behavior?” If so, you might be able to have a zoo’s venomous brown snake named after them for Valentine’s Day.On Sunday, the Wild Life Sydney Zoo shared a press release for its Snaky Valentine’s Day competition, which will allow one lucky participant to have a slithering reptile named after their former love. The competition will close on Feb. 13, so you might want to submit an entry ASAP. Stay on targetcenter_img Here’s how to enter: Fill out the zoo’s Competition Entry Form, provide your ex’s name, and explain why they deserve to have a snake named after them. Participants are also required to donate $1 to the Wild Life Conservation Fund, a non-profit organization that’s based in New South Wales, Australia, and protects the nation’s native habitats and animals.After the entry period closes, the reptile team at the zoo will announced the winner on Valentine’s Day. You won’t only get to name a snake after your ex though: If you win, you will also receive a certificate and free admission to see the reptile for a year.The Wild Life Sydney Zoo’s snake contest follows a similar Valentine’s Day contest in Europe. Last month, the Hemsley Conservation Centre (HCC), an animal sanctuary in the U.K., gave people the opportunity to name a cockroach after their ex and support the center’s projects. Seems like a fair cause if a former lover made your skin crawl.More on Geek.com:You Can Name a Cockroach After Your Ex for Valentine’s DayA Pickle Bouquet Could Be Your Next Edible Valentine’s Day GiftWebsite Offers ‘Beard Bouquets’ for Valentine’s Daylast_img read more

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 5 Wilmington Students Graduate From American International College

first_imgSPRINGFIELD, MA — American International College awarded more than 600 undergraduate and graduate degrees to students representing 22 states and nine countries at the 134th Commencement on May 11, 2019.The following Wilmington students were among the graduates:Kerrianne Dowling received a graduate degree in Reading Specialist.Kelly McGowan received a graduate degree in Moderate Disabilities.Christie Sullivan received a graduate degree in Moderate Disabilities.Marianna Tassone received a graduate degree in Moderate Disabilities.Joan Walsh received a graduate degree in Secondary Education.About American International CollegeFounded in 1885, American International College (AIC) is a private, co-educational, doctoral granting institution located in Springfield, Massachusetts, comprising the School of Business, Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, and the School of Health Sciences. AIC supports and advances education, diversity, and opportunity for its students and the community.(NOTE: The above announcement is from American International College via Merit.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s Gillespie & Mailey Receive Master Degrees From American International CollegeIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Kristen Luise Graduates From University Of New HavenIn “Education”STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s MacKinnon & Simmons Graduate From Western New England UniversityIn “Education”last_img read more

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ICICI Bank Maruti Suzuki Hindustan Unilever hit new 52week highs on BSE

first_imgThe Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) building in Mumbai in this file photo on November 9, 2016.IANSOn a lacklustre day of trading, select stocks across the spectrum hit fresh 52-week highs on Thursday, shrugging off weak fourth quarter GDP data released the previous day. ICICI Bank touched Rs 327.50, Karnataka Bank Rs 179.80, Hindustan Unilever Rs 1,098.70 and Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. (MSIL) Rs 7,249.30 on the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE).The BSE Sensex closed eight points lower at 31,137, while the NSE Nifty lost five points to close at 9,616.Other stocks that hit fresh 52-week highs included Godrej Industries, Colgate-Palmolive, Bharat Forge, LIC Housing Finance, Escorts, Hero Motocorp and Adani Transmission.The 6.1 percent GDP growth rate for March 2017 quarter announced by the government the previous day after stock markets closed did not have much of an impact on Thursday trading.MSIL sold 136,962 units in May 2017 as against 123,034 units in May 2016, an increase of 11.32 percent. Domestic sales rose 15.5 percent YoY to 1,30,676 units.Air India buzzes on BSEThough not listed, state-run carrier Air India was the most-trending entity in “news and social media” according to the BSE, followed by Reliance Communications.Air India is in the news after a media outlet reported that the government’s think-tank Niti Aayog reportedly recommended completely privatisation of the carrier to the Prime Minister’s Office. The news comes a couple of days after Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley expressed a similar view.Gold stocks cautiousAhead of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council meeting on June 3 and 4 to finalise tax rates on gold and other items, Titan, PC Jeweller, Gitanjali Gems and Tribhovandas Bhimji Zaveri (TBZ) ended with minor changes. Titan closed 0.83 percent lower at Rs 471, PC Jeweller 0.32 percent down at Rs 497, Gitanjali Gems gained 3.47 percent at Rs 67, while TBZ ended at Rs 94.While the import duty on gold at 10 percent won’t be impacted, the GST rate on the yellow metal could be either 5 or 12 percent, though the industry is pitching for 1.25 percent.Interest chart on revenue streams of top American companies:Revenue streams breakdown for tech companies in 1 slide. @businessinsiders #AI #roboadvisor #fintech pic.twitter.com/v1sqQvxeRi— Stock Circles (@StockCircles) May 27, 2017last_img read more

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