Blog Posts by Aaron Task

  • Montreal Energy East Panel Session Postponed

    CALGARY, Aug. 29, 2016 /CNW/ - The National Energy Board is postponing tomorrow's Energy East Panel Session scheduled to occur in Montreal. This decision was made in light of a violent disruption in the hearing room this morning which threatened the security of everyone involved in the panel session.

    The goals of these sessions are to provide a first informal opportunity to intervenors to ask questions about the Energy East application and share what matters most to them. The Board remains fully committed to these goals.

    Therefore, the NEB will provide more information tomorrow about how it will hear from Montreal intervenors. Our first priority is the safety of everyone involved.

    The National Energy Board is an independent federal regulator of several parts of Canada's energy industry with the safety of Canadians and protection of the environment as its top priority. Its purpose is to regulate pipelines, energy development and trade in the Canadian public interest. For more

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  • McCourt to Buy Marseille Soccer Club

    PARIS—Frank McCourt is set to buy French soccer club Olympique de Marseille, making the former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team the latest American tycoon to invest in the sport in Europe.

    No fee has been disclosed for the deal, which is expected to be to completed by the end of the year, according to a statement from Marseille.

    The club’s owner, billionaire Margarita Louis-Dreyfus, said in April that she would put it up for sale citing “the climate around the club” after poor results and protests from fans.

    Marseille is “both one of the oldest and most respected clubs in the world,” McCourt said in a statement.

    McCourt, who was previously a property developer, bought the Dodgers in 2004. His ownership of the club was tumultuous and at times controversial, but he sold the team in 2012 for a record $2 billion.

    American buyers in recent years have taken over some of Europe’s top soccer clubs, including Manchester

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  • College Football’s New Coaching Strategy: Coaching

    When Mark Richt took the job as head football coach at the University of Miami in December, he was tasked with revitalizing a struggling program that not long ago was perhaps the premier power in the nation.

    To do this, Richt is planning to try something that would be considered faintly eccentric by most football coaches: He’s going to coach football.

    His decision to actually coach football was not one he took lightly. When he resigned from Georgia after last season, Richt decided there was only one way he would take another job. “I was going to coach QBs again, I was going to call plays again, I was going to game plan again,” said Richt, who delegated playcalling to his assistants for the majority of his 15-year tenure at Georgia. “You feel like you’re just on the sidelines cheering more than you’re coaching.”

    There was a time when the idea that a college head coach would abandon game planning or in-game playcalling would have been as far-fetched as

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  • The Power of Pedagogy

    All musicians, even the most gifted ones, need instruction—there are no virgin births, at least not in the modern era. Instruction is the driving force behind any God-given talent’s success.

    But teaching is about more than simply telling a student what to do and not do. It is surely one of the most demanding as well as important vocations of all. Parent, instructor, friend, diagnostician—these are some of the things a great teacher must be.

    Yet it is also a vocation that is immensely satisfying as one watches a talent grow. I know. For in addition to my career as a concert pianist I have been teaching piano since I was in my 20s.

    To me, the most important challenge a teacher must confront is keeping an open mind. One must convey knowledge and artistry without overpowering a student’s sense of self. That talented “self” can develop only when he or she is not over-taught. One must know when to teach and when not to teach.

    Many things

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  • ‘Year of the Monkey’ Review: Calendric Creature Feature

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    The best-known examples of animal imagery in East Asian culture come from the Chinese Zodiac (Year of the Rat, Ox, Tiger, etc.). But the Chinese are not alone in their kinship with the animal world. The Japanese have similar traditions. And one of the most popular animals to be invoked, often anthropomorphically, is the monkey. Evidence of this can be seen on movie screens right now in the stop-motion animated film “Kubo and the Two Strings,” whose most potent character is a female snow monkey, voiced by Charlize Theron. Admittedly, the picture is a concoction of ersatz Japanese themes and folk tales, but those looking for the genuine article will find it at the Museum of Fine Arts here, in a small but fascinating show titled “Year of the Monkey.”

    A quick check of the Chinese calendar, which reached Japan around the eighth century, reveals that the exhibit is aptly timed. Its 53 items are loosely divided into

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  • Business Watch

    Roche Holding AG said a Zika virus test developed by its diagnostics unit has received emergency use authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

    The test detects the virus in the blood using Roche’s LightMix or cobas z 480 machines, both small and easy-to-use systems.

    It is the latest diagnostic test to receive emergency authorization in the U.S., in response to the threat posed by the Zika virus. The virus can be detected in either the blood or urine.

    The FDA grants this status to unapproved products whose use is deemed necessary in public-health emergencies.

    Roche is already providing a test that screens blood donations for the Zika virus.

    That test was made available under an investigational new drug program, another route for unapproved products to be made available under special circumstances.

    Denise Roland AirAsia

    KUALA LUMPUR,

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  • Why Fantasy Football is Passing on Running Backs

    Drafting your fantasy football team used to be pretty easy. When your turn came up, all you had to do was find the highest-rated running back left on the board and draft him in the first round. Then again in the second round. And maybe the third and fourth rounds too.

    Do that and the chances are you’d be playing for a championship in Week 16.

    But a seismic shift has taken place in fantasy football in recent years. Today, selecting running backs with all your early-round picks only guarantees you one thing: Everyone else in your league will be pointing and laughing at you.

    Wide receivers are dominating the top four rounds of fantasy football drafts like never before this year. And not merely because Pittsburgh’s Antonio Brown is the rare consensus No. 1 pick as a receiver. On average, half of the top 48 picks in fantasy drafts are wide receivers, a 60% increase from 2012, when only 15 wideouts cracked the top 48, according to MyFantasyLeague.com,

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  • [$$] Big Number

    Last year’s pay gap between male and female CFOs

    Female finance chiefs at S&P 500 companies took home less than their male peers in 2015.

    The median compensation for female CFOs last year was 8.7% lower than their male counterparts, according a new study by Equilar Inc., a compensation-research firm. The midpoint in pay for men was $3.4 million, compared with $3.1 million for women. Median pay for CFOs overall rose 3% to $3.4 million.

    A possible contributor to the gap: more female CFOs. Women accounted for 12.9% of S&P 500 finance chiefs in 2015, up from 8.6% in 2011.

    “If you’re seeing a larger number of new executives coming in, as a whole they’re likely to be paid lower than the individuals who have been tenured for a number of years,” said Dan Marcec, Equilar’s director of content.

    Executive compensation typically includes bonuses linked to performance targets and annual pay increases. That helps successful executives who

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  • [$$] The Big Number

    Female finance chiefs at S&P 500 companies took home less than their male peers in 2015.

    The median compensation for female CFOs last year was 8.7% lower than their male counterparts, according a new study by Equilar Inc., a compensation-research firm. The midpoint in pay for men was $3.4 million, compared with $3.1 million for women. Median pay for CFOs overall rose 3% to $3.4 million.

    A possible contributor to the gap: more female CFOs. Women accounted for 12.9% of S&P 500 finance chiefs in 2015, up from 8.6% in 2011.

    “If you’re seeing a larger number of new executives coming in, as a whole they’re likely to be paid lower than the individuals who have been tenured for a number of years,” said Dan Marcec, Equilar’s director of content.

    Executive compensation typically includes bonuses linked to performance targets and annual pay increases. That helps successful executives who are further into their tenure.

    “Ultimately,

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  • [$$] Companies' Report on Brazil Dam Failure Adds Little New on Causes

    RIO DE JANEIRO—Nearly 10 months after one of the biggest disasters in the history of mining, the companies responsible for the failure of a massive tailings dam in Brazil presented a long-awaited report Monday on the causes of the incident.

    But it added little information to what Brazilian police and prosecutors already had gathered, and it presented no guidance on how to prevent future accidents.

    The Fundão dam failure at mining giants Vale SA’s and BHP Billiton Ltd.’s Samarco joint-venture in Brazil is believed to have been the largest such accident.

    Its Nov. 5 collapse released enough mine waste to fill the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium at least 11 times. The waste destroyed villages and killed 19 people as it rushed down one of southeast Brazil’s main river systems, polluting more than 400 miles of waterways along the way.

    “My commitment is to learn every lesson we can from what happened here,” BHP Billiton Chief Executive Andrew

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