Get More Laughs With Royalty-Free Comedy Tracks

first_imgIf you’re aiming for the funny bone, give your gags a boost with this curated playlist of royalty-free comedy tracks from the PremiumBeat library.Maybe you’ve heard the saying “Dying is easy. Comedy is hard.” Perhaps you’ve heard the classic joke: What’s the secret to comedy? They both sort of speak to the same truth: funny ain’t easy.While the Sacred Art of the Ha-Ha is certainly a difficult one to perfect, one that takes years and years of perseverance, practice, and polish, you can do your next comedy project a favor by giving it a comedic soundtrack (see the curated playlist of royalty-free comedy tracks at the bottom of this post) that creates the kind of lighthearted atmosphere that makes your audience more prone to laughter.Work with What WorksUsing the right music in your comedy clips, skits, and sketches can help you create a shortcut to Comedy Gold if you’re willing to lean on the approach taken by some of the true masters of the craft, like Larry David, who introduced the world to one of television’s all-time great themes, comedy or otherwise.David first heard the song — “Frolic” by Italian composer Luciano Michelini — in a bank commercial, two years before he put it to use with Curb Your Enthusiasm. He bookmarked the tune in his brain after immediately recognizing its comedic value.There was something circus-y about it. I like to get away with things, comedically, and sometimes music can help in that regard. It tells the audience: don’t take this seriously—it’s just funny—so a lot of the music we use in the show is designed with that purpose in mind.At this point, “Frolic” is Larry David, and the song’s loping tuba blurts and plinky-plunky mandolins are synonymous with the observational traumedy-of-error moments that define the best parts of Curb Your Enthusiasm. If you’re hoping to cook up some of that hilarious Curb-type magic, a royalty-free track like “Tarantella” by Adieu Adieu might be just the secret ingredient you need.Sell the Silly With Show TunesAs we dug through PremiumBeat’s collection of royalty-free comedy tracks, a common thread emerged: a lot of great comedy music swings with a certain Broadway attitude, which makes sense if you squint hard enough.One could argue that the show tune DNA found in a lot of successful comedy music comes from the vaudeville traditions of the legendary comedy institutions—The Second City, the Groundlings, and Saturday Night Live—where so many of our favorite funny people got their start. Take 30 Rock, for example, the brainchild of SNL-by-way-of-Second City superstar Tina Fey.The theme song’s big band sound is bold enough to belong in the opening scene of a Broadway musical where the chorus comes stomping out of the side-of-the-stage shadows. It’s bigger than a genre. It’s bigger than the cast. It’s a tone setter that’s just big, perfect for a show that ripples with authentic NYC energy.That same energy and urgency pulses in songs like “Tiny Wildlings” by Firefly Music, and it’s easy to imagine this royalty-free comedy track behind a scene of Liz Lemon frantically searching the halls of NBC for Tracy Jordan in order to stop him from Tracy Jordaning all over everything.A 19-Song Royalty-Free Comedy Tracks Grab BagThe curated comedy playlist below is clown-car-packed with tunes that bring the zaniness, wackiness, and hardy-har-hars. All of them are yours in perpetuity with a simple $49 Standard License. Pick a couple that tickle your fancy, and let the laugh riot begin.Cover image via Ollyy.Header image via Fer Gregory.Playlist header image via nito.Looking for more royalty-free music playlists? Well, you’re in luck!Royalty-Free Soundtrack Suggestions for VloggersSound as Lighting: The Mood-Altering Magic of Atmospheric Royalty-Free MusicSlinky, Smooth, and Slow: A Sensual Royalty-Free Music PlaylistEmbrace the undeniable Power of Sad MusicChoice Cuts: Check Out July’s Best New Royalty Free Musiclast_img read more

PDP worker shot dead by militants in Srinagar

first_imgA 40-year-old PDP worker was gunned down by militants in Srinagar on Sunday, officials said.Mohd. Amin Dar, a resident of Gangbugh, was an associate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader and former minister Syed Altaf Bukhari, they said.Mr. Dar was fired upon by the militants. He was rushed to a hospital where he died, they said.last_img

Mamata Banerjee, Naveen Patnaik to skip Narendra Modi swearing-in

first_imgWest Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said she will not attend the swearing-in ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday as the BJP is spreading information which is “untrue.’Congratulating Mr. Modi, Ms. Banerjee said in a tweet that it was her “plan to attend the oath-taking ceremony. However, I am seeing media reports that the BJP [is] claiming 54 people have been murdered in political violence in Bengal. This is completely untrue.”She said, “These deaths may have occurred due to personal enmity, family quarrels and other disputes.”Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is also not attending as his presence is required at the swearing-in of the new Assembly members on Thursday.“The ceremony is an august occasion to celebrate democracy, not one that should be devalued by any political party which uses it as an opportunity to score political points. Please excuse me.”Her initial decision to go to Delhi indicated that both sides are trying to calm down the pitch of campaign that got severely amplified during the elections, hurting Centre-State relations. The new development indicates that the fight between the parties will continue for now.last_img read more

FIFA World Cup 2018 : Switzerland are one foot ahead but Costa Rica could…

first_imgAdvertisement AdvertisementThe Swiss have performed extremely well until now drawing against Brazil and beating Serbia. Needing just a point out of this fixture to qualify for the playoffs, the Swiss are up against a side which they are expected to beat. Costa Rica, on the other hand will look play spoil sport and bow out on a high having already been eliminated from the group stage.A win would take them top of the group but if Brazil win their game against Serbia, they would finish second. Costa Rica are yet to score a goal in this competition this year. A disappointing loss to Brazil and Serbia proved that tactical awareness is not enough if the final third is ineffective. Interestingly, Costa Rica have gone 368 minutes without scoring, their longest goal drought in the tournament’s history. Switzerland were breathing heavily as Xherdan Shaqiri and Granit Xhaka were at risk of suspension after their politically controversial celebrations but have only been handed fines.Team line up:The big matches don’t stop coming. Here are the teams for #SRBBRA and #SUICRC! #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/YGLcioHceA— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 27, 2018Read also :FIFA World Cup 2018: Sweden Cruise Past Mexico To Win The GroupFootball: Countries get together to pay fines for Shaqiri, Xhaka and Lichtsteinerlast_img read more

Godin: Uruguay must stop Messi

first_imgWC Qualification South America Godin: Uruguay have to be at their best to stop Messi Sacha Pisani Last updated 2 years ago 08:27 8/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Messi-cropped. Getty Images WC Qualification South America Uruguay v Argentina Luis Suárez Lionel Messi Paraguay v Uruguay Uruguay The defender knows Uruguay must nullify the Barca star if they are to win their World Cup qualifier against Argentina in Montevideo Uruguay defender Diego Godin said it will take the entire team to stop Argentina star Lionel Messi in Thursday’s CONMEBOL World Cup qualifier.The Uruguayans welcome five-time Ballon d’Or winner Messi and fifth-placed Argentina to Montevideo with only one point separating the two South American nations.Barcelona 6/5 to win La Liga Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Uruguay occupy one of four automatic qualification spots for next year’s World Cup. Victory would see them move closer to a berth in Russia and Godin knows nullifying Messi is key to their hopes.”I’ll speak more about the team but of course, Messi is a transcendental player, no matter the team or the position he’s in, and it’s a job for the whole team,” said Godin.”Of course, making a great defensive job, make a great instalment, being close to each other to intercept any passes to Messi, specially the areas of the field where he can be more important, that’s important and it’s not only the defence’s job but the whole team’s.”It starts from Luis [Suarez] and Edi [Edinson Cavani] and our focus must be at the top to be able to cut those circuits where Messi is more important.”Uruguay could also be boosted by the inclusion of talisman Luis Suarez.Suarez has been nursing a knee injury he suffered during Barcelona’s Supercopa de Espana second-leg loss to Real Madrid.Barca granted Suarez permission to travel to Uruguay to continue his recovery amid the World Cup qualifying fixtures against Argentina and Paraguay.Uruguay head coach Oscar Tabarez revealed Suarez could feature in the clash with Argentina and Godin added: “Everything Luis does gives more to talk about and with Luis, with what he suffered and what he has now has pushed himself beyond and made the decision to wanting to participate at any cost.”To be in this match, that says a lot about the sense of longing we have with this national team, of what this last 10 years have generated. It’s not just luck, and also the responsibility Luis feels with the team and the whole country. So for us, his team-mates, and the youngsters that may come, he’s a clear example that we should look at and try to learn from.”That’s why I’m so happy and I wouldn’t expect less from Luis, he has already showed in other occasions the compromise and the responsibility he has.”last_img read more

Bill Simmons Blasts ESPN For Reporting False Information Regarding Deflategate

first_imgBill Simmons during a photo shoot.Bill SimmonsBill Simmons isn’t done ripping his old employer. Earlier this week, the former ESPN star accused Stephen A. Smith and other Worldwide Leader reporters of leaking anti-Tom Brady material to help the NFL in its Deflategate case. Now, he’s going after the network’s reporting.Saturday, Simmons criticized ESPN for publishing a timeline of Deflategate that includes Chris Mortensen’s report that 11 of the 12 balls used in the first half of New England’s contest against the Indianapolis Colts were “significantly underinflated.” Mortensen’s original report stated that 11 of the 12 balls were underinflated by 2 pounds per square inch – and it was later corrected after the Ted Wells report. The correction stated that 11 of the 12 balls were underinflated, ranging up to 2 pounds per square inch.Clearly, Simmons doesn’t think the piece of news should be included at all.ESPN’s DeflateGate timeline includes Mort’s 11 of 12 “significantly deflated” report like it was true. Hilarious.https://t.co/b1MuJrctYs— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) July 16, 2016At this point, it doesn’t look like Simmons is going to stop blasting ESPN any time soon.last_img read more

Clemson Offers Son Of Former NFL Star Jeremiah Trotter

first_imgA closeup of a football pylon with Clemon's logo on it.CLEMSON, SC – AUGUST 31: A general view of a goal line marker during their game at Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2013 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)The Clemson Tigers have been doing extremely well lately on the recruiting trail, bringing in some big name players along the way. The latest player in their sights is the son of NFL great Jeremiah Trotter.On Wednesday, Jeremiah Trotter Jr. announced on Twitter that he had received an offer from Clemson. TigerNet noted that the offer came following a trip Trotter Jr. made to Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney’s camp this past week.247Sports‘ Top247 ranking lists Trotter Jr. as a four-star prospect and the No. 249 player in the Class of 2021. He is the No. 9 inside linebacker in the country and the No. 8 prospect from the state of Pennsylvania.Trotter Jr. has been collecting offers from numerous Power Five schools as his recruitment heats up. Very glad to announce I have received an offer from Clemson #goTigers🐅 pic.twitter.com/Qiy1PNK4sB— Jeremiah Trotter Jr. (@JeremiahTrotte2) June 12, 2019Jeremiah Trotter Sr. was a four-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time All-Pro during his 12 year NFL career that included three stints with the Philadelphia Eagles. He was a third round pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, despite playing for a small D-1AA program, Stephen F. Austin.He had seven seasons with over 100 tackles and was an inductee into the Eagles’ Hall of Fame in 2016.Clemson is poised to build a historic recruiting class in 2020, but are still awaiting their first commitment for the Class of 2021.Could Jeremiah Trotter Jr. be the first big name to give his commitment to the Tigers?[TigerNet]last_img read more

The Netherlands: Huisman’s Newbuild Vessels …

first_img Print  Close My location zoom Huisman, the worldwide specialist in lifting, drilling and subsea solutions, currently has five newbuild pipelay systems out on the quayside of their production facility in Schiedam, The Netherlands. These “high five” showcase the latest in pipelay technology and underline the added value of the new production hall for Huisman Schiedam.Illustration of Multi-lay System for TechnipThis 66m high production hall offers the largest indoor lifting capacity in Europe (1,200mt), allowing for the simultaneous indoor assembly, including testing and commissioning, of several products and systems. This allows for fast installation, commissioning and testing onboard.The pipelay systems currently at the Huisman Schiedam quayside include a 800mt Multi-lay System (MLS) for Ezra’s ‘Lewek Constellation’, a 275mt Vertical-lay System for Ceona’s ‘Polar Onyx’, a 150mt Vertical-lay System for (VARD) Ocean Installer’s ‘Normand Vision’ and a portable 150mt Vertical-lay System for Technip. An additional 550mt Tiltable-lay System (TLS) for Subsea 7 has already been installed onboard the ‘Seven Waves’ which is currently situated at the Huisman Schiedam quayside and is planned to depart for seatrials in February 2014. The 150mt ‘Ocean Installer’ VLS and the 150mt Technip VLS will be transported to other yards, respectively Sovik in Norway and Le Trait in France, for installation on the designated vessels. The 275mt VLS for Ceona’s Polar Onyx and the 800mt MLS for Ezra’s Lewek Constellation will both be installed at Huisman Schiedam respectively in March and July of this year.In 2012 Huisman Schiedam completed the construction of the new 66m high, 57.2m wide and 58.7m long production hall. The establishment of the new hall was part of a € 100 million global production expansion plan. Since the halls’ official opening in October 2012 it enables Huisman to manufacture, test and commission most products indoors, making production far less dependent of weather conditions and allowing for fast installation, commissioning and testing onboard later on. Next to the five systems on the quayside, another 10 pipelay systems for various clients are currently under construction: 1 x 570mt MLS, 3 x 650 TLS, 3 x 550mt TLS, 2 x 340mt TLS and 1 x 150mt TLS. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Huisman, January 31, 2014last_img read more

Port Everglades Expansion One Step Closer

first_imgzoom Yesterday, the U.S. House passed the bipartisan Water Resources Reform and Development Act (WRRDA) which will allow Port Everglades to advance expansion once it receives a go ahead from the Army Corps of Engineers in the form of a Chiefs Report.Ruby Princess arrives at Port EvergladesThe Senate is expected to vote on the bill later this week.Today, Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio, along with Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Lois Frankel, and representatives from Port Everglades, met with Jo-Ellen Darcy, the Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to get a progress report on the continuing feasibility study for the Port Everglades expansion project which will lead to this long-awaited Chief’.The meeting covered three key issues with the Port Everglades feasibility study: status of environmental review; economic analysis of the overall depth of the dredge; and the timeline for a completed Chief’s Report.Here is the current status:Environmental Review: The environmental review is complete. The expansion has cleared a critical hurdle with all relevant federal environmental agencies agreeing to the mitigation plan to offset any impacts the project will have.Overall Depth of the Dredge: The Army Corps is recommending a depth of 47 feet—one foot short of the Port’s desired minimum depth. The Corps agreed to revisit some of the assumptions made in the modeling. Should the Corps’ recommendation remain, the Port would have the option to “buy up” the additional foot, at an additional cost of about $10 million.Timeline: Acknowledging repeated delays, the Army Corps committed to doing everything possible to expedite a completed Chief’s Report ahead of the expected January 2015 timeline.“Progress on this expansion means lots of jobs for South Florida,” said Rep. Lois Frankel (FL-22).“We need to get this project done for the bigger ships that will come from the Panama Canal expansion,” said U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL). “That’s going to create jobs and stimulate the local economy.”“The Florida delegation stands together in making sure our ports, including Port Everglades, are equipped for the expansion of the Panama Canal,” said U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). “Today’s meeting was a positive step forward, and I will continue to monitor the work of the Army Corps until the project at Port Everglades is finalized and completed.”“I’m cautiously optimistic that the Army Corps is making progress on its feasibility study for the Port expansion project, but remaining issues must quickly be resolved – further delay is simply unacceptable,” said Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23). “Port Everglades is a major economic engine for South Florida and the Port must be well positioned to meet the changing international transportation needs of the 21st century.” May 22, 2014last_img read more

Sahitya Akademi awardee Kiran Nagarkar dead

first_imgAcclaimed English-Marathi journalist and writer Kiran Nagarkar died on September 5 after a brief illness, family sources said. He was 77. He had been admitted for treatment of brain haemorrhage to a private hospital where he breathed his last. Born in a middle-class Maharashtrian family, he was educated in Pune and Mumbai. Nagarkar’s first Marathi novel was ‘Saat Sakkam Treychalis’, (1974) which was later translated in English as ‘Seven Sixes are Forty’. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThen followed ‘Cuckold’ (1997) which won him the 2001 Sahitya Akademi award and catapulted him among the most respected modern post-independence Indian writers in Englsih. His other works include ‘God’s Little Soldier’ (2006), ‘Ravan and Eddie’ (2004) and its two sequels – ‘The Extras’ (2012) and ‘Rest in Peace’ (2015), and that year only, ‘Bedtime Stories’ and then, ‘Jasoda’ (2018). His most recent work was ‘The Arsonist’ (2019).last_img read more

Kuwaiti Official Yells Get Out … Child Killers at Israeli Delegation

By Sana ElouaziRabat – Marzouq Al-Ghanim, Kuwait’s national assembly speaker, forced an Israeli delegation to leave a meeting of the Inter-Parliamentary Union held on Wednesday in St. Petersburg, Russia, after describing them as “occupiers” and “child killers.”Replying to Israeli claims regarding Palestinian prisoners detained in Israeli prisons, Al-Ghanim said that “what the parliamentary representative of this brutal occupation represents is the most dangerous form of terrorism: state terrorism.” He addressed the head of the Israeli delegation, saying, “If you do not feel shame, then do as you please.”“You should take your bags and leave this hall. Get out of the hall right now if you have an atom of dignity… you occupiers, child killers,” he shouted, inciting applause from the audience, before the Israeli representative walked out.Azzam Al-Ahmad, the head of the Palestinian delegation, praised the speech, telling Middle East Monitor that it shined “a light on the wounds Palestinians have suffered.”The heated speech went viral on social media and was widely praised among Arab Twitter users.???? ?? ?????:???? ??? ?????? #?????_??????????? ?????????? ?? ???? ?????? ????? ???????? ?????? ?? ?????.. @MarzouqAlghanim?????? ???? ????? ?????? ????? ???????? ???????? pic.twitter.com/of62phTPr1— ?? ??? ??? (@7amadQalam) October 18, 2017“Let history record the moment an Israeli delegation was kicked out of an international conference in Russia.”?? ???? ????? ??? ??????? ???????!???? ?????? ????? ????? ?????? ???????? ?????. #?????_??????— ???????? ??????????? (@Alaa_AlSaeedi) October 18, 2017“At a time of changing positions, Kuwait remains steadfast in its religion, Arab nationalism and justice.”????? ????? ???? ?? ??? ?? ??? ??? ???? ????? ?????? ?????? ???????? ?????? ????? ?? ??? ??????? ?? ?????? #?????_??????— Mohsen Alotaibi . (@Mohsen_alo97) October 18, 2017“I swear to God, I rejoiced seeing what this brave man did to the cowardly Zionist delegation that has caused terror worldwide.”??????? ???? ? ????? ?????? ??? ?????? ??? ????? ? ??? ?? ??? ????? ???????? ?????? ??? . ??? ??? ??????#?????_?????? pic.twitter.com/lTomBcpnnS— ???? ???????? (@92__almutairi) October 18, 2017“Honestly, Marzouq al-Ghanim represented Kuwait in the best way, to the point that his political rivals agreed with him.” read more

Maldivian opposition leader seeks to learn from Ranatunga

Maldivian opposition leader, Mohamed Nasheed, has said he will renegotiate the terms of Chinese-funded projects to see if they are fair and in the best interest of the country.“We will learn from the experience of Sri Lankan Ports Minister Arjuna Ranatunga in re-negotiating the deal over Chinese built Hambantota port,” Nasheed told Colombo-based foreign correspondents on Wednesday, according to BD News 24. When in opposition, the present Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, had roundly criticised the Rajapaksa government for circumventing bidding process and bartering away big ticket infrastructure projects to the Chinese on terms unfavourable to Sri Lanka. He had stopped the projects for almost year to conduct investigations, but had to resume the projects because of an $8 billion loan to be repaid to the Chinese.Nasheed, who is leader of the Maldivian Democratic Party, the largest of the opposition parties in the Indian Ocean country, said that when he or any opposition leader becomes president in the 2018 election, the Chinese projects will be re-examined. Ranatunga is waging a lone battle within the government against its bid to give an 80 percent stake in the deep-water Hambantota port to state-owned China Merchants Port Holdings Company for an upfront payment of $1.2 billion. But this is not going to be easy to do because 70 to 80 percent of the Maldives’ external debt is to China, he noted. He is hoping to follow Sri Lankan Minister Ranatunga’s “strategy” in renegotiating with China.The Maldivian leader, who was his country’s president from 2008 to 2012 when he was unceremoniously ousted, said China is not transparent in its dealings and it prefers to work with authoritarian regimes, being itself authoritarian. He also said he will not say that China has no territorial interests in the Maldives. Ranatunga is being backed by the Joint Opposition led by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa which is forcing the government to tone down the Chinese stake to 60 percent though only after ten years. read more

Sri Lankan man charged with terror offences in Sydney

A Sri Lankan man employed by a Sydney university has been charged over a document that police allege contained plans for terrorism attacks.The 25-year-old was arrested by counter-terrorism officers at the University of NSW in Kensington on Thursday afternoon, police said, according to the Australian Associated Press. The man was charged with collecting or making a document which is connected with preparation for, the engagement of a person in, or assistance in a terrorist act.He was refused bail to appear at Waverley local court on Friday.“The charges laid against this person are serious and significant, and should not be underestimated,” said Australian Federal police Detective Superintendent Michael McTiernan. “We have psychologists and investigators looking at that document to try to interpret the intent and capability, but that is in essence the offence that is before the court.”A number of electronic items were also seized during a raid at a unit at Zetland early on Friday morning. The man, who is in Australia on a student visa that expires in September, has not been charged with being a member of a terrorist group. It followed a tip-off from a worker at the university, who police said found a notebook that allegedly contained the names of several locations and individuals as “potential targets”. “They are symbolic locations within Sydney,” acting Detective Superintendent Mick Sheehy said on Friday. He was employed as a contractor at the University of NSW and has allegedly travelled back to Sri Lanka and other areas.The man was not known to police and does not have any criminal history in Australia, police said.Authorities insist there was no concern for public safety. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Violent and dangerous man escapes police custody in Toronto

Toronto police are warning the public after a “violent and dangerous” man escaped from police custody at Toronto General Hospital.Justin Yates, 39, was last seen getting into a taxi near Yonge St. and Dundas St. on Thursday. He is described as male, white, 5’9″, with facial hair and numerous tattoos. He was wearing black track pants and a black shirt. Yates allegedly broke into a downtown Toronto business on January 12 and stole more than $100,000 worth of products. Police warn that if you see him, do not approach and call 911 immediately.

Government rings alarm bells over oilfield slowdown

Sask. job numbers up, unemployment rate down: StatsCan The Saskatchewan government says another slowdown in the province’s beleaguered oil and gas industry has resulted in more than 2,000 lost jobs over the last year.The province and others in the business community blame the decline on federal policies they say have amplified uncertainty, leading to an abundance of caution from energy companies and their investors.“There are a host of factors that go into the decisions that companies make, but what it all adds up to is we are being put in a position where we are not competitive globally,” said Jeremy Harrison, the province’s minister of immigration and career training.Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce CEO Steve McLellan agreed, saying much hinges on Ottawa’s ability to complete the Trans Mountain Pipeline Expansion, which it bought last year for $4.5 billion and which is currently bogged down in the courts.“If we can’t get this one built … boy, I’ll tell you, a private company’s not going to put their money toward a new pipeline,” McLellan said of the pipeline, which he described as a symbol of Canada’s ability to build energy infrastructure.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.In the meantime, the province’s multi-billion-dollar oil and gas sector appears to be experiencing another downturn, half a decade after collapsing prices sent a shock wave rippling through the energy sector.According to provincial government records, 1,061 new oil wells were drilled during the first seven months of 2019. Last year, by comparison, 2,551 wells were drilled, which works out to 1,480 through the end of July.If that trend continues through the end of 2019, it would mark the first year of declining drilling activity since 2014, when weak prices virtually halved the number of wells drilled in the province — from 3,605 in 2013 to 1,819 the following year, the records show.Earlier this summer, the Petroleum Services Association of Canada downgraded its drilling forecast for the province. It now projects 2,035 wells for 2019, down from the 2,422 in its original forecast. Its overall forecast predicts a 31 per cent decline from 2018.Weyburn Mayor Marcel Roy, whose community sits atop the oil-rich Bakken formation, said better technology also plays a role, because companies can drill much faster — meaning less work for employees unless the number of wells increases.However, Roy said, “We can drill more wells but we can’t get our product to market.”Jobs in the province’s oilfields are also on the decline. Statistics Canada reported Friday that Saskatchewan added 700 new positions in forestry, fishing, mining and oil and gas last year, but the provincial government contends that those figures do not tell the whole story.According to non-public data it obtained from StatsCan, 2,900 people were working in the oil and gas extraction industry in the province last month, down 42 per cent from a year earlier.“I come from an energy riding as well. I’ll tell you, there is a high degree of pessimism and a massive degree of concern about the position that that industry has been put in because of the carbon tax, because of the pipeline issue and (Bills) C-69 and C-48,” Harrison said.While the provincial government has faced criticism for campaigning against Ottawa, its support for TMX is shared by many in the province. Saskatchewan NDP Leader Ryan Meili drew the ire of environmentalists when he expressed support for it last year.Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers vice president Brad Herald agreed with McLellan’s view that the pipeline is not a panacea, but said it is the “key piece” in the vision of growth desired by investors and the major energy companies.Until that happens, it’s “a bit of batten down the hatches,” Herald said.amacpherson@postmedia.comtwitter.com/macphersonaRelated read more

Over 50000 former Afghan soldiers have disarmed UN reports

“The most popular area of reintegration is agriculture with 43.6 per cent of participants choosing that option,” Ariane Quentier, spokesperson for the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), told a press briefing in the capital Kabul. “Vocational training is a distant second with 26.9 per cent participation.”Of the 50,514 soldiers who have laid down their arms, 44,995 have entered into the reintegration programme. Ms. Quentier also announced that nearly 31,000 light and heavy weapons have been collected under the Disarmament Demobilization and Reintegration (DDR) process. “The discrepancy between the number of collected weapons and disarmed soldiers stem from the fact that certain weapons are manned by more than one soldier,” she explained.In another development, the UN High Commisser for Refugees (UNHCR) announced today that two months after it resumed its voluntary repatriation programme in Pakistan, 55,065 people have returned with the agency’s assistance.UNHCR said it expects some 400,000 Afghans to go back by the end of 2005. Meanwhile, in Iran more than 7,000 Afghans have been assisted by UNHCR to return so far this year. The agency estimates that 300,000 Afghans will this year return from Iran. Some 3.2 million Afghans have repatriated under the UNHCR programme since it began three years ago. read more

Ohio State mens hockey looking to pick up points in final series

OSU sophomore forward Matthew Weis (16) tries to corral the puck during a face-off in a game against Michigan on Jan. 15. OSU won in a shootout. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Asst. Sports EditorThe Ohio State men’s hockey team (9-17-2, 4-8-2) is preparing for its final homestand of the season at the Schottenstein Center and is looking to take advantage of a struggling Wisconsin (6-15-7, 1-10-3) team.The last-place Badgers arrive in Columbus on a four-game winless streak; their last win was back on Jan. 30 in Madison, Wisconsin, against Alaska. Their lone Big Ten victory was a 3-0 result against Michigan State in December.The Buckeyes are undefeated against the Badgers this season. In their two games at the Kohl Center in early January, the Scarlet and Gray grabbed a win and a tie.“We’ve got a ton of respect for Wisconsin. They’re as good as anybody. Their record doesn’t show it, neither does ours, but at times people like as us say, ‘Jeez, they play some really quality games,’” OSU coach Steve Rohlik said. “Wisconsin’s kind of in that same boat. Watching the video over last weekend, they probably deserved to win two games and ended up not winning either one.”Rohlik played for Wisconsin from 1987 to 1990, where he was a two-time captain and hoisted the 1990 NCAA championship trophy with the “C” on his jersey. He was also an assistant coach for the Badgers during the 1990-91 season.Senior forward Tyler Lundey, a Wisconsin native, said he is hoping to carry the momentum from last Saturday’s victory over Penn State and look past the blowout loss the night before.“It was definitely a big win Saturday night at Penn State. We learned our lesson Friday night. Wisconsin is one of those teams that are always going to come at you. They’re going to work hard,” Lundey said. “It’s kind of our game plan too. Work hard, stick together, play as a team, and get ready to play some playoff hockey.”Tale of two goaliesRohlik might have a bit of a decision to make between the pipes this weekend. His junior goaltenders, Christian Frey and Matt Tomkins, started Friday’s and Saturday’s games, respectively, against Penn State. While Tomkins fared much better against the Nittany Lions, Rohlik said he remains confident in both of his netminders heading into the series.“We always talk as a staff like today here after practice and kind of put our whole lineup together for the games. (Pulling Frey) I did more or less that just to get our team spark going there on Friday night. Wasn’t really necessarily his fault,” Rohlik said. “I just figured (Tomkins) has been practicing hard and deserved a chance to get in there and play, so we’ll evaluate and see what happens here.”Frey leads the Buckeyes’ shot stoppers in save percentage with .920 in 17 games played, while Tomkins has posted a .892 percentage in 13 games.“We score a lot of goals”The Buckeye offense will have to pile on the shots against a determined Badgers defense. Coach Mike Eaves’ men continue to be one of the top teams in the nations in blocked shots. Wisconsin ranks 16th in the country with 14.07 blocks per outing. Senior defensemen Eddie Wittchow and Kevin Schulze are ranked nationally at sixth and 13th, respectively.“They do a really good job blocking shots,” Lundey said. “We score a lot of goals from the hash marks and ends, so our goal is to score relatively close. A big part is getting shots on net initially, getting pucks through, and then cleaning them up.” Senior defenseman and co-captain Craig Dalrymple said he isn’t too worried about the defense having to contribute more on offense, but rather playing to each position’s strengths.“As a defenseman, and all the other defensemen on the team, we kind of always want to chip in on the scoresheet at the end of the day, which is always nice. I don’t think we’re really going to change our type of play,” Dalrymple said. “When there are chances, the defensemen are going to jump up into the play. If we kind of go out of our element, we can run into trouble.”The Scarlet and Gray will look to junior forward and co-captain Nick Schilkey to continue his fine form. Schilkey was named the Big Ten Second Star of the Week on Tuesday after a conference-best five-point performance last week, with a goal and four assists against Penn State.The Buckeyes will also face another staunch penalty-killing opponent in the Badgers. Wisconsin sits 14th in the nation with a kill ratio of .849. OSU, on the other hand, is one of the country’s best power-play converters, coming in at 12th nationally with a .214 conversion rate.Senior night at the SchottWith the team entering the final homestand of the season at the Schottenstein Center, Saturday’s game will mark its senior night. Dalrymple, Lundey and forward and co-captain Anthony Greco will be recognized prior to the matchup.“Every year, you know it’s coming. It’ll be fun. It’ll be important to enjoy it and have fun and hopefully get the win,” Greco said.Rohlik hailed his senior members and said he hopes the rest of the squad can follow their examples.“Find me anybody in that locker room, you want to play for each other, but you also want to give a little extra for those three guys,” Rohlik said. “Someday, some of those other guys will be sitting in those same shoes, and you want everybody to give their best effort.”Puck drop is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday and  at 7 p.m. the following evening. read more

Teacher at leading boys schools charged with trying to meet a 13yearold

Just before the details of the alleged crime and police investigation came to light in February, Dr Zetie resigned from his post at the school.Mr Bailey explained that he immediately informed staff, Dr Zetie’s current students and their parents of his resignation, but said that he was unable to share more information until now due to strict laws that protect the anonymity of teachers accused of a crime. The automatic anonymity is only lifted if the teacher is charged. “Immediately after this, we were contacted by Richmond local authority designated officer (LADO) who informed us that Dr Zetie was under investigation for serious misconduct outside school.”  The former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne attended St Paul’s SchoolCredit: Sean Gallup  The former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne attended St Paul's School Founded in 1509 by the scholar and humanist John Colet, the school’s alumni – who are known as Old Paulines – include the poet John Milton, the political theorist Isaiah Berlin, and the former Chancellor George Osborne. A Thames Valley police spokesman said: “Following an investigation by the South East Regional Organised Crime Unit, a man has been charged with two sexual offences against a child.“Kendrick Zetie, aged 51, of Sutton Lane, Slough was charged on July 19 with one count of attempting to incite a child to engage in sexual activity and one count of attempting to arrange the commission of a child sexual offence. “The offence took place on 15 February and Zetie was arrested on the same day.”Dr Zetie is due to appear at Slough Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday. Last year, the sister school of St Paul’s faced a string of sex allegations after its drama department asked alumnae to contribute towards a “real life” Edinburgh fringe festival play on the subject.Two former pupils of St Paul’s Girls’ School made allegations about  historic sexual abuse they said they were subjected to.Sarah Fletcher, high mistress at the £24,000-a-year school, wrote to alumni to tell them that she has asked the LADO to carry out an independent safeguarding inspection at the school, following the claims.  A teacher at one of the country’s leading boys’ schools has been charged with trying to meet a 13-year-old girl for sex.Dr Ken Zetie, who taught at St Paul’s School for 17 years, is accused of attempting to arrange the liaison as part of an undercover police sting.The 51-year-old had been head of science and director of outreach and academic partnerships at the £38,000-a-year west London school.Mark Bailey, high master of St Paul’s School, wrote to pupils and alumni this week to inform them of  the accusations faced by Dr Zetie.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––The letter, seen by The Sunday Telegraph, says: “On Tuesday next week Dr Zetie will appear in court charged with two offences, attempting to incite a female minor to engage in sexual activity and attempting to arrange the commission of a child sexual offence.”Mr Bailey said that while the incident was “unrelated to any pupil at our school”, it nonetheless “has the potential to be unsettling and distressing”.St Paul’s School, which educates boys aged seven to 18, is among the highest performing for GCSEs and A-levels in the country. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Rios water management at Weipa bauxite

first_imgIM’s July issue (just out) considers water managment. The World Business Coucil for Sustainable Development has just made available a case study on some of Rio Tinto’s work. Due to its tropical and monsoonal climate, northern Australia often experiences an excess of water that occurs less frequently in southern Australia. Rio Tinto’s Weipa bauxite mining operations in the region have multiple sources of water, each of which has its own associated costs and additional values. The four main sources are:Decant water (recycled or reused water) from the tailings damSite rainfall run-off captured in “slots” (like small wells) and other small storage sites across the mining leaseShallow aquifers underlying the areaThe deeper aquifers of the Great Artesian Basin.Availability of the different sources can vary during the year, particularly the first two. Rio Tinto identified the level of sensitivity of the shallow aquifers and the Great Artesian Basin during normal environmental risk management processes. This has been reinforced by engagement with key stakeholders, including the Great Artesian Basin Coordinating Committee and nongovernmental organizations. The latter have focused on the connectivity that can occur between the shallow aquifers and local rivers.These processes have aided the establishment of a formal hierarchy of sources, directing the operation to source first from tailings dams, then “slots”, then the shallow aquifers, and finally the Great Artesian Basin aquifers.In general, the costs associated with sourcing from tailings dams and slots are less than those arising from operating borefields fed by underground aquifers. However, due to the large area of the mining lease, there are situations where it could be both cheaper and more convenient to source from one of the latter.The establishment of the sourcing hierarchy effectively places an implicit value on the natural sources of water. In the case of the Great Artesian basin, the focus is on the long-term sustainability of the resource, as it has the slowest rate of recharge. The shallow aquifers recharge very quickly due to the climate; their shallow depth, though, can be linked more closely to the river ecosystems.last_img read more

New technologies on show and Future of Mining conference at AIMEX

first_imgThe Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX) will once again see the industry gear up for one of the most significant mining events. Taking place 29-31 August, more than 300 exhibitors will showcase their new advances and innovations, products and services on the exhibition floor. The exhibition “will provide visitors the opportunity to obtain vital technical information and network with industry colleagues in an interactive business environment.” Visitors will also have the ability to connect face-to-face with leading industry suppliers showcasing the latest technologies, including:Renishaw’s new void scanner designed to produce accurate 3D laser scans of underground voids as well as its Boretrak® which enables users to measure the audit borehole deviation from proposed designs;TOMRA Sorting Solutions new multi-channel laser sorting technology unlocking opportunities for quartz and gold processing;Davies Wear Plate Systems’ new wear side only attachment system;Global Pumps’ Verderflex VF Series peristaltic hose pump; andHedweld Engineering’s Trilift® range of component handling equipment and Safe-Away® range of Ladder and Stair Access Systems.Visitors will also have the opportunity to hear from the some of the sectors’ most renowned minds as part of the free-to-attend conference, The Future of Mining, sponsored by Fluidmesh. The program features more than 30 world-leading experts across 16 sessions. World Coal Association Chairman, Mick Buffier, Head of Telstra Mining Services, Jeannette McGill; CSIRO Research Director for Hard Rock Mining, Dr Ewan Sellers; and Coal Services CEO and Managing Director, Lucy Flemming; are among the key speakers for the conference.AIMEX Event Director Brandon Ward said the event provides attendees the opportunity to explore the latest technologies and hear from world leaders across three streams – mining innovation, surface mining and underground mining. “Event attendees will have the opportunity to draw on key insights on the future of mining, discover what emerging technologies and practices are available and better understand how best their operations can stay competitive and sustainable in an ever-changing sector.“AIMEX also provides mining industry professionals the chance to meet with one another, exchange ideas, network and generate new business leads,” Mr Ward said. AIMEX Non-Executive Chairman David Moult said the mining industry has come through one of the most difficult periods in its history and is now looking for new opportunities for growth and development. “The exhibition and conference provides sectoral leaders, suppliers and operators the platform to discuss the current state of the industry, showcase the latest innovations entering the sector and discuss what more is required for future growth.”last_img read more