The High Court has tonight heard a last minute challenge by Sinn Féin’s Pearse Doherty to the Referendum Commission which he says was wrong when it stated that the government no longer had a veto in relation to the European Stability Mechanism.Judge Gerard Hogan will give his ruling on Wednesday morning – a broadcast ban kicks in later.The Donegal TD’s lawyers said that the statement was seized upon by the media and has had a major impact on public understanding of the issue. Latest polls show 60% of people in favour of the Stability Treaty – with 40% against, though No campaigners believe many of those who haven’t decided will vote No on Thursday.Doherty’s lawyers say the impartial Commission blundered in its assessment which was later corrected on its website but claims it failed to properly publicise the correction.Minister for European Affairs, Lucinda Creighton accused Sinn Féin of making a mockery of the legal system.She described the legal challenge as “a cynical and frivolous and a pathetic attempt to garner attention” before the media blackout, which is due to kick in at Wednesday lunchtime. Earlier Gerry Adams explained the reason for the legal move.You can read that it here:PEARSE DOHERTY LEGAL CASE COULD HALT REFERENDUM JUDGE TO DELIVER VERDICT ON PEARSE DOHERTY’S LEGAL CHALLENGE ON REFERENDUM was last modified: May 29th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:JUDGE TO DELIVER VERDICT ON PEARSE DOHERTY’S LEGAL CHALLENGE ON REFERENDUM
CALGARY – A private Calgary oilsands producer is selling a portion of future production to raise money to expand its northern Alberta project, a funding method gaining traction in a sector having difficulty attracting investors.Osum Oil Sands Corp. said Monday it has approved a 3,000-barrel-per-day expansion of its Orion project to take output to over 12,000 barrels per day by mid-2019.The company said it will pay for the expansion with part of about $92.5 million in cash it has raised by selling to an unnamed buyer a four per cent share or royalty in all future production from Orion.Similar royalty sales have been used recently by publicly traded Calgary-based oilsands producers BlackPearl Resources Inc. (TSX:PXX), Pengrowth Energy Corp. (TSX:PGF) and Athabasca Oil Corp. (TSX: ATH) to raise growth capital.“It’s a substitute for issuing equity which, at these (share) prices for many issuers, would be highly dilutive for their shareholder base, even when considering the recent bounce off of the bottom,” said AltaCorp Capital oilsands analyst Nick Lupick.“It is definitely being pitched to companies as an alternative source of financing other than debt and equity.”Osum CEO Steve Spence says the royalty sale will allow the company to accelerate its staged expansion. Eventually, it aims to reach its regulator-approved capacity of 20,000 barrels per day despite current low oil prices, hovering around $50 a barrel.“We looked at all the options and, in the current business environment, this was the best one available to us,” he said.“It’s a way of getting some funds to enable us to accelerate our growth strategy … in a relatively low oil price environment.”The company has been financed so far through private equity, sovereign wealth and pension funds, as well as private individuals, Spence said.It used term debt to buy Orion, which uses steam to produce bitumen from wells, in 2014 from Royal Dutch Shell for $325 million, he added.Earlier this year, as part of an exodus of foreign companies seeking better returns elsewhere, Shell sold most of its oilsands mining assets to Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ).Other foreign companies that have reduced or divested oilsands assets include Norway’s Statoil and Houston-based ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.
EDMONTON – Aurora Cannabis Inc. has signed an agreement to buy Anandia Laboratories Inc. in an all-stock deal valued at $115 million.Anandia provides research and development services as well as analytical testing for clients licensed under Canada’s medical cannabis rules.Aurora CEO Terry Booth says the deal expands his company’s capabilities and will help accelerate product development.The companies say that Anandia’s cannabis testing services will remain operationally independent of Aurora.Aurora has been gearing up in anticipation of the legalization of recreational marijuana in Canada expected later this year.Last month, the company announced a $3.2-billion all-stock offer for rival licensed marijuana producer MedReleaf,the largest-ever deal in Canada’s cannabis industry.Companies in this story: (TSX:ACB)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – As a result of responses on social media, Fort St John RCMP says the owner of the suspect trucking company called in and provided all required information to police.RCMP would like to thank all who either discussed this incident on social media or called the Police to provide leads.The Fort John RCMP are reaching out to the public to assist in identifying a transport truck that allegedly forced a local driver off the road on January 11, 2019, near the Big Bam turnoff near Taylor B.C. According to Police, the photo appears to depict a white semi-tractor with a wind deflector on top of the cab. The Sea Freight Container behind it is bright green with a white picture or logo on it and possibly white lettering. The container had a round emblem in the centre on the back of it.Anyone with information is asked to call the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100.
Kolkata: Three youths were killed in a road accident when they were riding on a motorcycle. The incident took place at Tumbani village near Rampurhat in Birbhum on Tuesday morning. The incident caused traffic disruption on Dumka-Rampurhat Road for nearly an hour. The victims have been identified as Bablu Soren (34), Baidyanath Kisku (22) and Chunde Soren (23). Police said that Bablu was riding the motorcycle with the two others as pillion, on their way to Rampurhat from Hariharpur village in Birbhum. When they were crossing Kharbana area, a speeding dumper hit them. The dumper was on its way to Jharkhand when the accident occurred. The driver of the vehicle fled the spot immediately after the accident, leaving the dumper at the site. All the three victims were rushed to a nearby hospital, where they were declared brought dead. The local residents staged a sit-in demonstration at the spot, protesting against overspeeding of the trucks in the area. According to the police, the victims had received injuries in various parts of their bodies. The exact cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained by the police. According to the preliminary investigation, police came to know that the dumper was moving at a high speed, as a result of which the driver could not control the vehicle. Senior police officers reached the spot after the accident and lifted the demonstration. Initially, the local residents engaged in an altercation with the police officers but later agreed to lift the agitation.
Indianapolis: In a largely symbolic gesture to a group that helped him win the White House, President Donald Trump said Friday he is pulling the US back from an international agreement on the arms trade, telling the National Rifle Association the treaty is “badly misguided.” Trump made the announcement at the NRA’s annual convention, where he vowed to fight for gun rights and implored members of the nation’s largest pro-gun group struggling to maintain its influence to rally behind his re-election bid. Also Read – Enemies seek to sow discord’ between Iran & Iraq, says Khamenei “It’s under assault,” he said of the constitutional right to bear arms. “But not while we’re here.” With pro-gun legislation largely stalled in Congress and few deliverables during Trump’s term so far, the president told the group that he would be revoking the United States’ status as a signatory of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty, which regulates the multibillion-dollar global arms trade in conventional weapons, from small arms to battle tanks, combat aircraft and warships. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report President Barack Obama signed the pact, which has long been opposed by the NRA, in 2013. But it has never been ratified by US lawmakers. “Under my administration, we will never surrender American sovereignty to anyone,” Trump said, before signing a document on stage directing the Senate to halt the ratification process. “We will never allow foreign diplomats to trample on your Second Amendment freedom.” “I hope you’re happy,” he told the group, then appeared surprised by the cheers. “I’m impressed,” he said. “I didn’t think too many of you would really know what it is.” His move against the treaty came as Trump sought to excite an organization that was pivotal to his victory in 2016 but, three years later, is limping toward the next election divided and diminished. And it represents just the latest in a series of withdrawals from international pacts and organizations joined by previous administrations, like the Paris climate accord and the Iran nuclear deal. Gun activists had denounced the treaty when it was under negotiation as an infringement of civilian firearm ownership, despite the well-enshrined legal principle that says no treaty can override the Constitution or U.S. laws. The treaty is aimed at cracking down on illicit trading in small arms, thereby curbing violence in some of the most troubled corners of the world. It was the first legally binding treaty to regulate the international trade in conventional arms and was overwhelmingly approved by the 193-member U.N. General Assembly in April 2013. It has been ratified by 101 countries but key arms exporters including Russia and China and major importers such as India and Egypt have given no indication that they will sign it. Advocates of tighter gun restrictions and those who had helped negotiate the treaty denounced Trump’s decision Friday. Kris Brown, president of the Brady organization, said will “only embolden terrorists and other dangerous actors around the world.” And Rachel Stohl, managing director of the Stimson Center and a consultant to the treaty negotiations, said: “By turning its back on multilateral diplomacy yet again, the United States is disregarding global norms and allowing nefarious actors to trade weapons with impunity.” Yet Trump’s showy rejection of the agreement from the stage has limited effect because it has been unlikely all along that he would send the treaty to the Senate for ratification. At the United Nations, spokesman Stephane Dujarric called the treaty “a landmark achievement in the efforts to ensure responsibility in international arms transfers” and particularly important at a time of renewed interest in expanding weapons arsenals. Trump’s speech came at a troubled time for the gun rights organization, a one-time Republican kingmaker, which has been grappling with infighting, bleeding money and facing a series of investigations into its operating practices, including allegations that covert Russian agents seeking to influence the 2016 election courted its officials and funneled money through the group. As Trump landed in Indianapolis, a judge imposed an 18-month prison term on gun rights activist Maria Butina, an admitted Russian agent who, according to her plea agreement, worked with a former Russian lawmaker to use their contacts in the NRA to pursue back channels to American conservatives during the 2016 presidential campaign. While the group had high hopes for easing gun regulations after pouring hundreds of millions of dollars into 2016 campaigns, much of the legislation the group championed has stalled, due, in part, to a series of mass shootings, including the massacre at a Parkland, Florida, high school that left 17 dead. Adam Winkler, a UCLA law professor and expert on gun policy, allowed that the group had scored some victories under Trump, including the appointment of two Supreme Court justices who may be open to striking down gun laws. But overall, he said, “On the legislative front, the NRA has been frustrated,” with priorities like national reciprocity for conceal carry laws and a repeal of the ban on silencers stalled.
New Delhi: Burglars these days are opting new modus operandi to commit crime and for this, they change their looks and pose as vegetable vendors.The Delhi Police on Wednesday said that they have busted a gang who were targeting houses with the following modus operandi in Delhi-NCR. Police identified the accused as Sharif (50), Fahim (26) and Shahid (43). Deputy Commissioner of Police (South West) Devender Arya said that Sharif is the leader of Moradabadi gang. He along with his nephew Fahim and Shahid used to patrol on scooty in the posh areas of Delhi and NCR during day time as vegetable sellers. They used to spot the houses by giving their pamphlets of fruits and vegetables to the residents of the premise. The DCP further said that later finding lead they used to break into the locked premise wearing gloves so that their fingerprints could not be found from the spot. All of them used to commit a crime during day time. The team of the special staff of South West district, on May 14, received a secret information about Sharif Moradabadi gang that three desperate armed burglars cum robbers, who were spotted in various CCTV footages, will come near Peer baba Mazaar in Rangpuri to meet one of their friends. On this tip-off, the team were deployed at the spot. “On the signal of the informer, the accused persons riding on a scooty were asked to stop but instead, they tried to sped away. But the team of Special Staff successfully nabbed them after a hot chase,” said DCP Arya. Police said one loaded country-made pistol with one extra live cartridge, two buttoned knives and housebreaking equipment were recovered from their possession. During sustained interrogation, it was revealed that the accused Sharif is an absent bad character (BC) of Moradabad police station in UP from the last 10 years who commits the crime of various crime heads. He also disclosed his previous involvements in more than 30 cases of burglary and various types of cases. “Concerned authorities have been informed regarding the arrest of accused persons and further investigation is under process to affect more recoveries,” police further said.
OSU quarterbacks, redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett (16) and redshirt junior Cardale Jones (12), and redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller (1) participate in pregame warmups before OSU played Rutgers on Oct. 24 in Piscataway, New Jersey. OSU won, 49-7. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorComing off a bye week, No. 3 Ohio State is set to get back in action against the visiting Minnesota Golden Gophers (4-4, 1-3) on Saturday. Here are five things The Lantern’s sports editors Ryan Cooper and Kevin Stankiewicz will be on the lookout for when the Buckeyes and Golden Gophers square off at 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.Will Cardale Jones take advantage?The entire college football universe will have its eyes fixated on OSU’s quarterback Cardale Jones on Saturday night. The redshirt junior is back in the starting role he occupied for the Buckeyes’ first seven games following a one-week hiatus after being benched for redshirt sophomore J.T. Barrett.But Barrett is suspended after being cited for operating a motor vehicle while being impaired on Halloween morning, so Jones, whose performance so far in 2015 has been more unpredictable than Ohio’s weather, has the reins to OSU’s offense for at least one more time.OSU coach Urban Meyer — who said a little tinkering with the offensive gameplan now that Jones is back at the helm has occurred — has reiterated his confidence in the Cleveland native all week long. Jones’ teammates have done so as well.However, the type of performance from Jones that emerges under the lights at Ohio Stadium against Minnesota remains to be seen. The last time Jones, who still boasts an unblemished 10-0 mark as OSU’s starter, played in primetime at the ‘Shoe, against Penn State, he was benched in the third quarter for Barrett, ultimately losing his job after Barrett played well.Jones’ season has not been a complete struggle — he threw for a career-high 291 yards against Maryland — but now, facing off against an inspired Minnesota team coming off a narrow loss against Michigan and the Golden Gophers’ No. 16 pass defense, he will have his hands full.The added fluidity that exists with Barrett in the lineup is noticeable, but for OSU to fend off Minnesota on Saturday, Jones will need to do his best replication of it.Braxton playing quarterbackMeyer said earlier in the week that redshirt senior quarterback-turned-H-back Braxton Miller will back up Jones on Saturday. The depth chart confirmed as much, as Miller was listed as the starter at H-back as well as the backup signal-caller.It will be interesting to see if the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year gets to relive his former days calling plays for any stretch of time.While Miller has lined up behind center in every game this season, it has been in running packages. The only throw Miller has attempted this season was a pitch only about a foot in front of him.Miller has said that this arm strength is back following last year’s shoulder surgery, and senior left tackle Taylor Decker said the same on Monday. If a game exists for Miller to showcase his abilities to throw the ball downfield, it could be Saturday’s.It is also possible that Meyer continues to only use Miller’s legs, but in an increased role, which brings up…Red zone efficiencyIn the seven games that Jones started before Barrett retook the job, one of his main shortcomings was his struggle to lead the offense in the red zone.In OSU’s sixth game, Meyer made the decision to use a two-quarterback system in which Barrett came off the bench to take over the offense near the 20-yard line.Meyer said Barrett’s skill set better suits the offense inside the red zone than Jones’ because of Barrett’s running ability. He said Jones’ 6-foot-5, 250-pound frame made it harder to find space to operate on the shrunken field.With Barrett sidelined for the game, it is very possible that it is Miller leading the offense in the red zone.Redshirt senior H-back Braxton Miller (1) carries the ball during a game against Maryland on Oct. 10 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won 49-28.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Photo EditorMeyer said on Monday that the coaches were “having those conversations now” about the possibility of using Miller in short-field situations, but no decision had been made at the time.If the ability to scramble is as important in Meyer’s red zone sets as he has said, it would make sense for the speedy Miller to take over with Jones watching from the sideline.Can Jack Willoughby be trusted?For the first time this season, redshirt senior kicker Jack Willoughby was listed as the sole starter on the depth chart. Up until this point, the transfer from Duke had an “or” behind his name, essentially listing him as the co-starter with sophomore Sean Nuernberger.Meyer said earlier in the year the player who kicked better during the week in practice would be the guy getting the nod come gameday. But with the depth charts being announced early in the week on Tuesday, the decision to drop the “or” this week must mean that Meyer has seen enough out of Willoughby to mint him the sole starter. Despite Meyer’s move, Willoughby has been far from a sure-fire kicker this season. The former kickoff specialist for Duke has not missed an extra point through eight games (41-of-41) but it’s on field goals that the redshirt senior has been struggling. Willoughby has split the uprights on seven of his 10 attempts for a .700 clip, which ranks in the bottom half of the country. All three of his misses have come from at least 40 yards out. But last season, Nuernberger wasn’t much better, converting on just 13 of his 20 attempts.Fortunately for the Buckeyes, they often find themselves getting into the end zone, which takes a little emphasis off the placekicker. But as the season progresses and the meat of the schedule arrives, it will be interesting to watch Willoughby’s success rate on field goals, namely those outside of chipshot range.If OSU would ever need a game-winning field goal, could it trust Willoughby knock it through?Can Webb rescue the depleted secondary?OSU’s secondary is in the cream of the crop nationally, sitting at No. 2 in the country behind San Jose State, allowing just 149 per game. The injury bug, however, has infiltrated the unit as of late. Two safeties — junior Cam Burrows and sophomore Erick Smith — are now lost for the season. But seemingly on cue, one of the secondary’s key contributors will be back in action on Saturday against Minnesota. Meyer announced on Tuesday that sophomore cornerback Damon Webb is back practicing with the team after a six-game absence for a foggy reason. Following fall camp, Webb was the team’s starting nickel corner and played well in the role against Virginia Tech and Hawaii, registering eight tackles. The defensive backfield was able to make due without the Detroit native during the six games he was out due to the play from Burrows and Smith. But now with the said duo sidelined, Webb should slide back into his old role, helping the secondary’s smothering season continue. Webb might not get that many snaps against the Golden Gophers because Meyer will probably want the 5-foot-11 sophomore to ease his way back into the flow of things, but also because Minnesota’s passing attack is nothing to write home about. Nevertheless, Webb will prove to be a boost for Meyer’s Buckeyes over course of the final four regular-season games.
OSU then-sophomore forward Maddy Humphrey (23) during a game against California on Oct. 25 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won 6-3. Credit: Lantern File PhotoA late rally by Ohio State (2-1) in the second half wasn’t enough to make up for early missed opportunities as the Buckeyes suffered their first loss of the season Tuesday to Kent State (2-4), 2-1.Coming into the match, both teams had faced Louisville in their last respective matches. Ohio State beat the Cardinals 2-0, while Kent State was blown out in a 5-1 loss.Ohio State got off to a quick start, dominating possession by forcing turnovers and connecting on several challenging passes.Early in the first half, the Buckeyes defended Kent State’s breakaway opportunity well, but it still helped the Golden Flashes gain momentum for the first time in the game.That surge in momentum led to Kent State’s first score as back Jamie Fries was able to find the back of the net with 16:02 left in the half.Senior forward Maddy Humphrey tied the game at one goal apiece as she scored, knocking the ball over the head of the goalie nearly five minutes later. As time was expiring, the Buckeyes had a corner opportunity and failed to convert, as they hit the ball off the post.Ohio State began the second half with a breakaway six minutes in but it was well-defended by Kent State to prevent a go-ahead goal. Evenly matched for the first 10 minutes in the second half, the Buckeyes were given a corner opportunity at the 23:50 mark and the Golden Flashes denied Ohio State the opportunity as the ball bounced past the net and out of play.With nine minutes to go, Kent State had a two-on-zero breakaway opportunity, but a pass was just out of the reach of the diving stick from a Golden Flashes player, preventing the potential goal.Kent State drew a pair of corner opportunities with just under five minutes left to take a 2-1 lead, thanks to the goal by senior Ines Delpech. Ohio State came short on three straight corner opportunities late in the second half ultimately giving Kent State the 2-1 victory.
Unai Emery was announced as the new Arsenal coach and one of the biggest stars of the team, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, insisted that he is very much looking forward to meeting this manager.The Armenian offensive star claimed that he hasn’t been given a chance to meet Emery yet and he hasn’t discussed his appointment with his teammates but he hopes that he will bring new ideas to the club.The former Manchester United midfielder spoke about Emery as he said, according to Goal:“I hope he will bring new tactical ideas and spirit to Arsenal. I hope he will succeed.”Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I still haven’t had the opportunity to meet him, we didn’t have time to talk with each other.”“I haven’t talked to my team-mates about him either, I would like to meet him. ”“Everyone in the club is a professional himself – everyone knows what he should do and what he is expected to do.”