Tags: BYU Cougars Football Written by December 10, 2020 /Sports News – Local After 1st loss, No. 14 BYU looks to bounce back against SDSU Associated Press FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailBYU tries to regroup after watching their undefeated season come up a yard short in a loss at No. 11 Coastal Carolina last weekend.The Cougars were stopped at the 1 yard line as time expired in a 22-17 loss.They close out the regular season by hosting the Aztecs, a team that beat them 13-3 last season. San Diego State will be looking for its first win in Provo since 2000. The game can be heard on KSVC 980 AM & 100.5 FM in central and south central Utah.
The net proceeds of the financing will be utilised by the company on its extraction technology in Asphalt Ridge, Utah Petroteq’s 2020 capital investment plan includes approximately $35m directed to facility expansion capital. (Credit: Pixabay/skeeze) Petroteq Energy, a fully integrated clean technology company with proprietary technology for soil remediation and oil extraction, announces that it has issued to an arm’s length lender a US$750,000 principal amount (including a 20% original issue discount) unsecured convertible debenture, and warrants exercisable for up to 3,676,470 common shares of the Company at US$0.17 per share for 48 months. The debenture has a term of 48 months and bears interest at a rate of 10% per annum payable quarterly. At the option of the holder the principal amount of the debenture is convertible into 3,676,470 common shares of the Company at US$0.17 per share, and at the option of the Company is convertible at US$0.17 per share in the event the closing price of the common shares on the TSXV is above US$0.40 for twenty (20) consecutive trading days, with average daily volume greater than 1,000,000 common shares over such twenty (20) day period. The net proceeds of the above financing will be used by the Company on its extraction technology in Asphalt Ridge, Utah, and for working capital. All securities issued pursuant to the financing are subject to resale restrictions, including, without limitation, a Canadian four-month hold period.Petroteq’s 2019 strategy, specifically, the Company’s decision in the second and third calendar quarter of 2019 to curtail the Corporation’s productive capacity in an effort to upgrade and add process equipment to ensure a higher level of oil quality and greater production consistency, has resulted in the expected benefits to the Company. Accordingly, Petroteq began ramping back up its production capacity in the fourth calendar quarter of 2019 and Petroteq now anticipates potentially being able to achieve cash flow positive production capacity in the first calendar quarter of 2020. Current production at the facility has sparked new interest for technology licenses and Petroteq is finalizing terms with its first licensing partner.Petroteq’s 2020 capital investment plan includes approximately US$35 million directed to facility expansion capital. As previously announced, Petroteq will invest these funds to complete the 3,000 barrel per day facility expansion. Subject to capital and funding requirements, Petroteq anticipates completing this project in the middle of 2021 and be able to utilize the increased capacity to realize strong cash flow and reduce non-discretionary field infrastructure, regulatory and corporate costs.Alex Blyumkin, Chairman of Petroteq, stated, “the 2019 capital investment plan focused on driving efficiencies at our Asphalt Ridge facility from an operational and cost perspective and this focus was driven with an aim to achieve free cash flow in 2020.”In addition, the Company intends to complete a shares for debt transaction, pursuant to which it will issue an aggregate of 653,846 common shares in satisfaction of US$85,000 of indebtedness currently owed to an arm’s length service provider. The Company determined to satisfy the indebtedness with common shares in order to preserve the Company’s cash for use on its extraction technology in Asphalt Ridge, Utah, and for working capital. All shares issued pursuant to the shares for debt transaction are subject to TSXV approval and will be subject to resale restrictions, including, without limitation, a Canadian four-month hold period. Source: Company Press Release
Saskatchewan grants $156.6m to clear inactive oil and gas wells. (Credit: My pictures are CC0. When doing composings: from Pixabay.) The programme aims to put Saskatchewan people as well as the companies back to work in the oil and gas services sector The Government of Saskatchewan has agreed to provide C$200m ($156.6m) financing for the second phase of the Accelerated Site Closure Programme (ASCP).The total C$400m ($313.1m) programme aims to put Saskatchewan people as well as the companies back to work in the oil and gas services sector.Delivered in partnership with the Saskatchewan Research Council, the ASCP will be overseen by the Ministry of Energy and Resources.Planned to be completed this month, the initial phase of the programme was allocated C$100m ($78.3m) as part of the Federal COVID Economic Response Plan.The government said that more than C$94m work packages will be allocated in every oil and gas region by the end of the year in Saskatchewan.ASCP’s Phase two to accelerate retirement of inactive wellsScheduled to run from January next year to March 2022, the phase two will allow the Saskatchewan oil and gas companies to utilise the additional programme funds to speed up the retirement of all the inactive wells that have reached the end of their life cycle.Saskatchewan Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan said: “The federal government’s funding to clean up inactive and orphan wells means Saskatchewan oil and gas workers are getting back on the job at a time when the industry that has been hard-hit by the COVID-19 pandemic and low global commodity prices.”The government said that the programme has engaged nearly 52 licensees and 253 Saskatchewan-based service companies, including Indigenous-owned service companies.As of the end of October, 428 well abandonments, 107 flowline abandonments, six facility reclamations and 552 site remediation and reclamation activities were concluded by ASCP in Saskatchewan, with over 4,400 other projects underway.In August this year, the Saskatchewan government has announced a CAD31m funding to construct a rare earth processing facility in Canada.
Share this article View post tag: middle east View post tag: Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force View post tag: Takanami View post tag: P-3C Japan revealed plans to send a warship and patrol planes to the Middle East in order to ensure the safety of Japan-affiliated vessels in the region. The Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Takanami-class destroyer Takanami (DD-110) and two Japanese Deployment Air-Force for Counter-Piracy Enforcement Forces (DAPE) P-3C maritime patrol aircraft will be deployed in the region, the country’s Ministry of Defense said in a statement.As informed by Taro Kono, Japanese Defense Minister, the planes are expected to begin activities this month and the ship in early February.The Japanese Middle East mission will cover the high seas in the Gulf of Oman, the northern Arabian Sea and the Gulf of Aden but will exclude the Strait of Hormuz, the statement further reads.Defense Minister issued an order to implement information gathering operation in the Middle East. #JMOD/#JSDF will conduct the operation by deploying MSDF destroyer Takanami and leveraging DAPE P-3C patrol aircraft to ensure the safety of navigation for Japan-affiliated vessels.— Japan Ministry of Defense/Self-Defense Forces (@ModJapan_en) January 10, 2020The move comes amid the escalating tensions in the region following the killing of Qassem Soleimani, an Iranian military commander, by the United States in Iraq on January 3.On January 10, the Japanese Defense Minister and his Iranian counterpart had a phone conversation in which Kono said that his country “is ready to make efforts for de-escalation, peace and stability in the region”, Mehr News Agency reported.Kono also stressed Japan’s decision not to participate in any US-led military coalitions in the region.Naval Today Staff Photo: Illustration. Source: Wikimedia – under the CC BY 2.0 license; Image by: Kenichiro MATOHARA
Gareth Peters explores the allure of chocolate In Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, one of my favourite children’s novels, most readers shriek with concern and shielded glee when rotund brat Augustus Gloop almost drowns in a river of chocolate; I however merely lick my lips with envy whenever I think of the young German’s fate. Indeed, I can’t imagine a better way to go. Yes, I am a chocoholic, but I’m not alone. There are few things that most people agree on, but a fondness for chocolate is surely one of those uniting opinions. If we all just sat in the streets eating chocolate the world would be a better place. A peaceful, harmonious – if morbidly obese – utopia. It is because of such properties that we should all be selling our own arms (who really needs them?) in order to get hold of a ticket for tomorrow’s chocolate extravaganza at the Union. There’s no point of boring you with the details, but it’s going to be good; one of the best things to come to the Union in ages. Natalie Portman is a close second though. So why should you be flocking in your droves to stuff your willing faces? If you’re like me, you really don’t need to be told why; you’ll just understand the urgency of your attendance. You were probably behind me in the queue at Sainsbury’s on the first day Cadbury’s brought Wispas back. If not though, you may be wondering why a bar of creamy, melt-in-your-mouth chocolate causes others so much excitement. Clearly, there’s something a little bit wrong with you.A recent archaeological dig discovered a site in Honduras used to cultivate cacoa beans which dated from between 1100 to 1400 BC, showing just how universally popular this foodstuff is. In such early days chocolate was consumed exclusively in its liquid form until its value as a solid was discovered. Now, there’s nothing better when sitting in front of the television than a bar of Dairy Milk or, in my case, a family size tin of Celebrations. Is there anything more instantly exciting than that split second when you peel back the foil to reveal a tablet of the most appetising colour of brown in existence? There are a multitude of companies selling their own signature taste, and many produce hundreds of varieties, so it’s never been easier to develop an unhealthy yet oh so satisfying addiction to the stuff. One must always remember that moderation is your friend; even if you’re reading this while gorging your fifth Ben’s Cookie you should remember such classic mantras as ‘a moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips’. However, you can comfort yourself by remembering the many health benefits of chocolate, for there are enough to justify a ‘five bar a day’ diet if you choose to believe them. Cocoa is full of anti-oxidants, and dark chocolate is rich in flavonoids epicatechin and gallic acid, which are thought to possess cardioprotective properties. If you choose to incorporate chocolate into your fitness regime though (I certainly do) it’s definitely best to cross over to the dark side; having a small portion of dark chocolate daily can lower blood pressure and, according to some studies, cholesterol too. It has even been suggested that chocolate decreases the risk of cancer, but until further tests have been carried out it is impossible to know whether or not a Milky Way keeps the tumours at bay. Chocolate is also famous for its aphrodisical benefits, reasons for which are relatively mysterious. There are theories which suggest its serotonin content acts as a sexual stimulant, but no one understands for sure why a chocolate-covered strawberry is so alluring to so many. Whatever the reasons, a study concludes that a person’s brain activity and heart rate increase when one eats it, more so than when one is kissing another person and with a longer lasting after-efffect. While we bite into our favourite bars though, it’s probably important to remember that we’re ruining our teeth, eating ourselves into an early grave and clogging our insides with lead (chocolate has a rather high concentration of this). Morally speaking as well as physically though, the world in which our favourite snack dwells is far from sweet. Nestle are famously corrupt, and it seems unnecessary to explain why as almost everyone I come across chastises me every time I offer them a Munchie or bite into an Aero. For those who are unaware of such corporate greed though, just type ‘Nestle kills babies’ into your favourite search engine, although the instruction kind of eliminates the point. And anyway, I find it impossible to resist chocolate despite such points against certain companies. So, if you’re not a fan, then you just haven’t found the right bar for you. And if you are, you’ll see me tomorrow at the Union, swimming in the chocolate fountain.
Gerth suggested that with the growth of China’s middle class and the ever-increasing popularity among the Chinese for foreign travel, acceptance of Chinese currency in UK stores will inevitably become widespread. Some luxury stores in London have already taken the unprecedented move of setting up China Union-Pay debit card terminals, which are seldom seen outside of China, to take advantage of the vast spending by China’s millionaires. An Oxford academic has predicted that major UK stores will need to stock and accept Chinese currency in the next few years, such will be the strength of the Chinese economy and the impact of Chinese tourists. Dr Karl Gerth of Merton said, “With China’s huge population and spending power it is no surprise that big firms are bending over backwards to meet the demands of the Chinese consumer.”
The University and College Union (UCU), including thousands of university lecturers and tutors, have voted to take industrial action. 87% of members voted in favour of striking. The pensions row chiefly involves older universities, such as Oxford.Results of individual institutions were not released. The furore was sparked by proposed changes to a pension scheme which could significantly reduce retirement pots. The UCU consulted about 40,000 staff members across 69 institutions.UCU has said that any industrial action would have a disruptive effect on the education of thousands of students. The UCU general secretary, Sally Hunt, said in a statement: “This result sends a clear message that UCU members are prepared to take sustained industrial action in order to protect their pensions.”Garrick Taylor, the President of the Oxford UCU, told Cherwell: “This vote was just consultative and not a legal ballot to take industrial action and at this stage there is no intention to strike. “It’s too early to tell whether industrial action will even be legally balloted upon, let alone happen. We will be watching the situation carefully.”
Source: Cake BoxFresh cream cake specialist Cake Box has posted a strong performance in the first half of the year, with like for like sales up excluding a period of lockdown enforced store closures.In a half year update, published today (12 October), it said the positive momentum in group sales pre-Covid continued following the reopening of its estate. Revenues for the 20 weeks to 30 September 2020 hit £8.6m, with store like-for-like sales up 12.1% for the same period.Looking at the full half year, which included six weeks during which Cake Box’s entire estate was closed due to UK lockdown, revenue was down slightly on 2019 falling by 2% from £8.8m.It also noted an ongoing benefit from the launch of its delivery service through takeaway platforms including Uber Eats, Just Eat and Deliveroo, with online sales increasing 81% compared to the same period last year.Six new franchise stores were opened during the half year, bringing the total number of stores to 139. Recent openings included Chatham, Swindon and Hemel Hempstead with three further ones expected to open imminently.It added that it has a ‘very strong pipeline’ of new franchisees, driving confidence that the franchise store rollout programme will return to the levels seen prior to the onset of Covid-19. It is currently holding deposits for 47 sites across the country.Sukh Chamdal, Cake Box co-founder and CEO said the company’s performance was testament to the “dedication, agility and entrepreneurial spirit” of franchisees and employees.“We continue to see strong momentum across the business both in store and online, with like-for-like sales of 12.1% since reopening the business. We have received a record number of new store applications, giving us confidence that the momentum in our national rollout will return to pre- COVID levels,” Chamdal added.“Despite the wider environment, our unique proposition for customers and potential franchisees remains highly attractive and we are confident of further progress in the second half.”Cake Box had £5m cash at the end of the period, having repaid government money received for employees that were furloughed and unable to work due to Covid-19.
Coming off the release of his widely-acclaimed new album DAMN., Kendrick Lamar has announced a full-blown North American tour, set to begin in July and run through the beginning of September. Lamar previously announced 17 dates, that included stops in Phoenix, Dallas, Houston, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Brooklyn, Washington, Boston, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, Denver, Seattle, Vancouver, Oakland, and Las Vegas, and Los Angeles, with both Travis Scott and D.R.A.M. billed as opening support.Today, the west coast rapper and hip-hop phenomenon has announced a new batch of dates, including shows in Anaheim, Chicago, Toronto, Charlotte, Nashville, and Miami with both D.R.A.M. and YG billed as opening support.DAMN. comes after his 14-track To Pimp A Butterfly, which won a Grammy Award for best album in 2015, and last year’s surprise untitled unmastered. His raw talent continues to shine in this new 14-track LP, which features collaborations with Rihanna, U2, and LA-based Zacari. Additionally, James Black, BadBadNotGood, and The Alchemist have all received credits, with production credits to Mike WiLL Made It on a number of tracks. Listen to the album here.See below for the full tour schedule, and head to Kendrick Lamar’s official website for more information.Kendrick Lamar 2017 Tour Dates:07/06 – Quebec City, QC @ Festival d’été de Québec07/12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Gila River Arena %07/14 – Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center %07/15 – Houston, TX @ Toyota Center %07/17 – Atlanta, GA @ Infitinite Energy Arena %07/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center %07/20 – Brooklyn, NY @ Barclays Center %07/21 – Washington, DC @ Verizon Center %07/22 – Boston, MA @ TD Garden %07/25 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre %07/26 – Aurburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Aurburn Hills %07/27 – Chicago, IL @ United Center %07/29 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center %08/01 – Seattle, WA @ Tacoma Dome %08/02 – Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena %08/04 – Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena %08/05 – Las Vegas, NV @ T-Mobile Arena %08/06 – Los Angeles, CA @ Staples Center %08/11 – Anaheim, CA @ Honda Center #08/12 – San Jose, CA @ SAP Center #08/13 – Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center #08/16 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center #08/18 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinnacle Bank Arena #08/19 – St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center #08/20 – Chicago, IL @ United Center #08/22 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center #08/23 – Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre #08/24 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre #08/25 – Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center #08/29 – Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center #08/30 – Nashville, TN @ Bridgestone Arena #09/01 – Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena #09/02 – Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena #% = w/ Travis Scott and D.R.A.M.# = w/ YG and D.R.A.M.
Most eat home-made sandwichesThe UGA study found that economic status also influences how manypeanut butter sandwiches Georgia students eat. Students fromcounties of higher per capita income were found to eat fewersandwiches and eat them less often.Of the students surveyed, 82 percent eat school-prepared lunches.Of those, the study found that 41 percent like the taste ofschool-prepared peanut butter sandwiches.The survey showed that students who buy school lunches eat fewerpeanut butter sandwiches than those who bring lunches from home.”School lunches usually offer more choices than home-preparedlunches,” Fletcher said. “But the students who like the taste ofschool-prepared peanut butter sandwiches were found to eat themmore often.” By Sharon OmahenUniversity of GeorgiaBy the time they enter high school, students begin to show manysigns of maturity. Cutting back on an old childhood standard, thepeanut butter sandwich, is a newfound sign uncovered by aUniversity of Georgia survey of school-age children. Tweens eat more than young kids”Surprisingly, we found that middle school students are morelikely to eat peanut butter sandwiches and tend to consume themmore frequently than elementary school students,” said StanleyFletcher, an agricultural economist with the UGA College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. “And high schoolstudents avoid them.”Fletcher doesn’t know why high school students turn away frompeanut butter sandwiches.”It could be that high school students, in a transition periodfrom teenagers to adults, begin to adopt the dietary style ofadults,” he said. “They start cutting back on candy and on peanutbutter, too.”