first_imgA VISUAL JOURNEY: FROM AIDS TO MARRIAGE EQUALITY TRAVELING EXHIBITION OPENS AT THE EVANSVILLE MUSEUMA traveling exhibition organized by the Indiana Historical Society celebrating 30 years of LGBTQ history in Indiana opens June 1, 2018, at the Evansville Museum. As seen through the lens of Indianapolis photographer Mark A. Lee, the photographic display gives viewers a front row seat to events, both public and private, that shaped the lives of many Hoosiers. “A VISUAL JOURNEY: FROM AIDS TO MARRIAGE EQUALITY” documents members of the AIDS community, past and present Bag Ladies, members of Pride and those who fought for marriage equality,” writes Lee.” “It also pays tribute to five very special people who are no longer here – for reasons other than AIDS – and takes a peek into our future as it provides a closer look at the transgender community.” Mark A. Lee will attend a reception at the Museum on Thursday, June 14, at 6:00 pm, that is open to the public admission-free.The June 1 – June 27 exhibition, sponsored by Eli Lilly and Company and Cummins, also highlights the Indiana Historical Society’s work with the Indiana LGBTQ Collecting Initiative. First announced in 2014, the initiative includes oral histories, photographs and research materials donated to the IHS archive. The Indiana LGBTQ Collecting Initiative is supported by the Efroymson Family Fund and a grant from The Indianapolis Foundation, a Central Indiana Community Foundation affiliate. For Museum hours and additional information go to www.evansvillemuseum.orgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Parker Homestead Pays Tribute to Its Devoted Archivist

first_imgThat trait proved invaluable when it came to the down and dirtywork of archiving the possessions accumulated by the Parker family over 300years. “They saved absolutely everything. The attic was chock-full, and the twobarns. They saved every piece of farm equipment, every three-legged chair,every single letter; we have boxes and boxes of letters dating from the 1920sto the 1990s. Liz took it upon herself to start organizing and cataloguingeverything,” said Wells. This article was first published in the May 16-22, 2019 print edition of The Two River Times. In the borough’s April newsletter, Mayor Robert Neff praised Liz’s volunteer efforts on behalf of the Little Silver Garden Club and the Parker Homestead, recalling her discovery of a set of pristine baseball cards packaged with caramels and stored in a tin in 1909. The board also honored their colleague by establishing ascholarship in her memory in the amount of $1,665, a figure of historicsignificance which marks the year the Parker family first settled on the farmthat bears their name. Seven generations of the Parker family lived on theproperty, accumulating through their frugal ways and the passage of time anarchive of everyday American history that is still revealing itself to the homestead’svolunteers. While the initial deadline for the scholarship was May 15, no applicationshad come in as of last Friday so Wells said the application deadline will beextended if necessary. Even after she became ill, Liz continued her work at the homestead,going for treatment in the morning and showing up at the property in theafternoon. “She wasn’t going to let anything like cancer slow her down,” Wellssaid. While some in the original group lost interest, Liz never did,Wells said. “She would never give up. It was probably the most important traitshe had.” When a pipe burst in the house, pouring a liquid avalanche onboxes and boxes of material, “Liz decided she was going to save it all. Shewould open the boxes of paper and go through them page by page. She’d lay itout to dry and then catalog it.” Wells remembered visiting Liz at her “beautifulVictorian” in town, finding that she had strung clothesline-like strings aroundthe rooms to hang the damaged papers to dry. Members of the board of trustees of the Parker Homestead plantedthe tree April 28 at a ceremony in honor of their fellow board member ElizabethA. Hanson. She died March 14 at the age of 73 after a three-year illness thatfailed to dim her commitment to her work on behalf of the borough’s mosthistoric home. By Eileen Moon LITTLE SILVER ­­­­— The flowering dogwood planted on the grounds of Parker Homestead will likely blossom for many springs to come, in living tribute to a woman whose career as a teacher and volunteer work on behalf of her beloved community will continue to bear fruit. Interested students can find an application online at the Little Silver Library littlesilverlibrary.org, the ParkerHomestead-1665.org or request one via email at [email protected] Liz Hanson was involved in the effort from the start, Wells said. “She would come to all the meetings. There was a lot of administrative stuff. We’d kind of sit there at the end and say, ‘Well, what did we accomplish?’ ” When Julia Parker, the last descendant to occupy the property, died in 1995, she left the farm and all it contained to the Borough of Little Silver. “There was no money attached to the gift,” noted trustee Keith Wells. Then-mayor Suzanne Castleman formed a committee to discuss options for the future of the Parker property, but progress was slow until 2012 when, with the backing of the borough, a group of residents that included Bob Sickles and Chester Apy, formed a nonprofit organization, Parker Homestead 1665, Inc., signing a 30-year lease with the borough. “This gave us the ability to do things, to hold events,” Wells recalled. “We started making some progress.” The scholarship established in Liz’s name is open to agraduating senior from Little Silver, who attends any high school, who plans tomajor in history or education in college. Applicants are asked to submit a 500word essay on why the Parker Homestead is important to Little Silver. Parker Homestead site manager Matthew del Guercio, right, and Liz Hanson’s husband Bruce, planted a flowering dogwood in her honor at the Parker Homestead April 28. Photo courtesy of the Parker Homestead A week before her death, Liz called Keith, complaining about howdisappointed she was that there were three more boxes she hadn’t yet archived.“I realized she was saying goodbye,” Wells said. Now residents who visit the Homesteadduring its many public events can enjoy the cards, always neatly displayed in acase, looking as though they’d just been taken from those candy packages by along-ago baseball fan. The cards are part of the legacy that Elizabeth A.Hanson left as a member of the board of trustees of Parker Homestead-1665. Stan Parker was likely the owner of the 1909 Philadelphia Caramel Co. card collection that Hanson found in a small cookie tin. Parker was born in 1897 and would have been 12 years old when the cards were issued. Photo by Dillon Stambaughlast_img read more


first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Dec. 26, 2015)–Favored Om got a perfect tracking trip under Gary Stevens and registered a confident, 1 ¾ length win in Saturday’s Grade II, $200,000 Mathis Brothers Mile (turf), as he negotiated a flat mile in 1:35.57.With Acceptance, ridden by Alonso Quinonez showing the way into the Club House turn, the Dan Hendricks-conditioned Om, a Kentucky-bred colt by Munnings, sat second throughout, took command at the top of the lane and repelled the challenge of runnerup Perfectly Majestic the final furlong.“The race set up perfectly for him,” said Hendricks. “He’s got the natural speed to be placed wherever Gary wants. We were either going to the front or going to sit second today, and it just worked out perfect.”Off at 6-5 in a field of 11 three-year-olds, Om, who is owned by the Sareen Family Trust, paid $4.40, $3.00 and $2.60. Third, beaten a half length as the 4-5 favorite in the Grade I Hollywood Derby at Del Mar Nov. 28, Om is now a perfect two for two at a mile on turf at Santa Anita and he improved his overall mark to 10-5-1-2. With the winner’s share of $120,000, he improved his earnings to $550,500.“He felt super today,” said Stevens, who has ridden him in his last starts, including victories in a pair of Grade II stakes, the Del Mar Derby on Sept. 6, and the Twilight Derby at Santa Anita on Oct. 24. “We got beat by a good horse in his last out in the Hollywood Derby and it just wasn’t his day down there.“Today, everything went perfect. We were rolling into the turn, I got to slow it down and he got a nice breather. He hit the after-burners at the eighth pole. There was a horse coming to him and he still had something left and he gave it to me.“The turf course here is superb. Santa Anita has done a great job with it.”Ridden by Kent Desormeaux, Perfectly Majestic rallied from far back for the place, finishing 4 ¾ lengths in front of Vigilante. Off at 23-1, Perfectly Majestic paid $14.00 and $7.40.Vigilante, who was ridden by Joe Talamo, was last after a half mile and rallied to overhaul pacesetting Acceptance by a half length for the show. Off at 8-1, he paid $5.00.The Mathis Brothers Mile, the second of four graded stakes on Santa Anita’s Opening Day, was carded as the sixth race on a nine-race program.last_img read more

South Africa targets new satellites

first_img7 October 2011 South Africa is planning to build its third satellite, to form part of a new African satellite constellation, as part of a government drive to grow the country’s share of the global market for small- to medium-sized space systems. “Our intention is to expand our investment in ‘micro’ satellites, building on the existing SumbandilaSat platform,” Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor told delegates at the 62nd International Astronautical Congress, the prestigious annual congress of the International Astronautical Federation (IAF), in Cape Town this week. The country’s second satellite, the two-year-old SumbandilaSat, has been out of commission since a blast of solar radiation damaged its on-board computer in July. Sandile Malinga, chief executive of the SA National Space Agency (Sansa), announced last month that South Africa hoped to start building a new, fully operational satellite – not just a prototype or “pathfinder” satellite such as SumbandilaSat – as early as 2012, for possible launch by 2014/15. The new satellite would cost in the region of R400-million – compared to the R26-million spent on SumbandilaSat – and would also be used for earth observation, in line with the country’s space strategy, which seeks to apply satellite data to help to improve livelihoods, reduce poverty and manage natural disasters in the country and the region.African Resource Management Constellation Ideally, the new satellite will be one of at least four satellites together forming the African Resource Management (ARM) Constellation of satellites which was formally agreed on between South Africa, Nigeria, Algeria and Kenya in 2009. “The basic idea behind the ARM concept is that a number of African countries each contribute one satellite to the constellation, but can access data from all the other satellites as well,” Pandor said in Cape Town this week, adding that ARM was “open to other interested African countries to join on the basis of their needs and capabilities.” Nigeria and Algeria each have two satellites already up and running, Business Day noted this week, as does Egypt, while Angola has one – leaving South Africa somewhat lagging in Africa’s “space race”. “But unlike the others, we build our own satellites,” Business Day quoted Malinga as saying this week. SumbandilaSat was built by Stellenbosch-based company Sun Space and Information Systems (SunSpace). Its predecessor, Sunsat, launched in 1999, was designed and built by Stellenbosch University staff and postgraduate students, leading to the formation of SunSpace, in which the state is seeking to acquire a majority shareholding.Space facilities ‘that are unique in Africa’ “SunSpace has secured orders from international clients for satellites and subsystems, and has also demonstrated that it can train engineers in other emerging space nations,” Pandor told delegates at the IAF’s congress this week. “In the field of satellite development, South Africa possesses some space facilities that are unique in Africa. These include a satellite assembly, test and integration facility, situated not far from here in Grabouw, and a launch facility situated at Arniston [also in the Western Cape].” Further development in this field, Pandor said, would be accompanied by the development of applications for the provision of geospatial, telecommunications, timing and positioning products and services in the country. “Here we are working to develop our capabilities in earth observation, communication and position, timing, and navigation,” which would play a big role in understanding the causes and effects and climate change, among other applications. “We are particularly interested in South Africa in tele-medicine and tele-education, and we have only just begun to tap the possibilities,” Pandor said.SumbandilaSat programme ‘successful’ While SumbandilaSat is now out of action, it had succeeded as a satellite technology demonstrator programme, Malinga maintains. The satellite was designed and built from scratch in one year, at low cost, by South African engineers, who also developed a world-class mission control system for the programme. SumbandilaSat delivered over 1 000 very usable, cloud-free images before being damaged by solar radiation, and became well-known by the amateur radio satellite society worldwide for the excellent results from its amateur radio payload. “The success of the programme as assessed by the international space science community has put South Africa on the map for its ability to develop and operate small- and medium-sized satellite programmes,” Malinga said in a statement last month. “Many of the nine black satellite engineers trained as a result of the programme are still active in the satellite industry and are performing excellently.”SA exploring own satellite launch capability Malinga said that Sansa was also exploring whether or not South Africa should try to establish its own satellite launch capability. At least one South African company has an interest in this. Marcom Aeronautics & Space recently announced that it was developing a rocket engine as part of its development of a two-stage, liquid-fueled launch vehicle capable of delivering a 1 000kg payload into low-Earth orbit. Sunday Times reported last year that the government was considering reopening apartheid-era space rocket launch sites in order to fast-track the country’s national space programme. Last month, defenceWeb reported that South Africa “has existing infrastructure that could be utilised for local satellite launches, notably facilities at Air Force Base Overberg.” Marcom head Mark Comninos told defenceWeb that, although Overberg’s launch pad was destroyed as part of South Africa’s nuclear stand-down and the payload processing facility was mothballed, the site had retained almost all of its space launch capability, including mission control centre, radar and telemetry tracking facilities and range safety systems. “According to the UK Space Strategy, the overall world market for the space industry is likely to grow from £160-billion in 2008, to at least £400-billion by 2030, with a yearly growth rate of 5%,” defenceWeb wrote. “In September 2010, Space News reported that the global satellite market stands at between 20 and 30 satellite launches a year. “In April 2010, the trade publication Satellite Markets & Research said that Africa was one of the fastest growing markets for telecommunications and satellite services and is growing at nearly twice the global average of 6-7%. This growth is set to continue well into the next decade, spurred by demand for cellular and internet connectivity as well as government initiatives, Satellite Markets reported. “An estimated 20 new satellites with coverage on Africa will be launched in the next five years to address the current capacity shortage on the continent.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

2019 Ohio water quality update

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Harold Watters, Ohio State University Extension agronomistLake Erie wasn’t as bad as expected. What? We missed 1.5 million acres of crops, and from my eye mostly in northwest Ohio. But here is the deal: you did apply fertilizer last year, and probably the year before. We farm in a leaky system and I learned this week that entropy is working against us — meaning it will get more random. So, yes it’s leaky and will perhaps get a little more leaky. We did not plant as many crops and yes we applied less fertilizer in the Lake Erie basin, but the leaks still happen even without the crop because we still have rain, and rain moves that little tiny bit of phosphorus off your farm and downstream.This from NOAA about the Harmful Algal Bloom on Lake Erie, on Oct. 31, (http://coastalscience.noaa.gov/research/habs/forecasting):The Microcystis cyanobacteria bloom in 2019 had a severity index (SI) of 7.3, indicating a relatively severe bloom.This was more severe than 2018 (3.6) and somewhat less than 2017 (8.0). The severity index captures the amount of bloom biomass over the peak 30 days of the bloom.The measured bloom severity of 7.3 matched the forecast severity of 7.5 (with likely range of 7 to 8). This bloom severity was consistent with the total bioavailable phosphorus (TBP) load into western Lake Erie from the Maumee River.While the discharge volume and total phosphorus loads approached those in 2011, a lower concentration of TBP compared to recent years led to lower TBP loads and allowed us to avoid a 2011-sized bloom.Meaning, while it could have been worse, the cropping situation likely reduced the amount of P loss.  And what about the Ohio River HAB? Did what we do in northwest Ohio cause that? I don’t think so, but again we farm in a leaky system across all of Ohio so I am not surprised we had problems in the southern part of the state too. Because you know what, it rained down there as well.This was in the USEPA October 2019 Freshwater HABs Newsletter: “A harmful algae bloom (HAB) occurred on the Ohio River in the Cincinnati / Northern Kentucky area during September and October of 2019. During this time, ORSANCO (the Ohio River Valley Water Sanitation Commission) worked with Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky to monitor an algae bloom in the Ohio River. ORSANCO coordinated sample collection and lab analysis with member states. The data from these samples are available: http://www.orsanco.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/11/Toxin-results_updated11.5.19.pdf.What do we do about this? First, understand we operate in an environment where we grow crops that are rain fed. We actually get more rain than we need to grow a crop. And second, we need about 20 to 22 inches of rain to grow a great crop and we got quite a bit more than that this year. At my location we were seven inches above average on precipitation for the past year and I had no rain after July 1. Others in southern Ohio were as much as 10 to 16 inches above normal.For that water that goes south, the area of concern is the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico.“The measured size of the dead zone, also called the hypoxic zone, is the 8th largest in the 33-year record and exceeds the 5,770-square-mile average from the past five years. The annual survey was led by scientists at Louisiana State University and the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium (LUMCON) during a research cruise from July 23 to 29 aboard LUMCON’s R/V Pelican.” See the reference at: https://www.noaa.gov/media-release/large-dead-zone-measured-in-gulf-of-mexico.We at OSU continue our efforts to share with producers and consulting agronomists ways to reduce the water quality concerns for both northern and southern Ohio. We will continue to talk about some new tools that you can put in place to slow movement of nutrients to our waters. They are:The updated Tri-State Fertilizer recommendations, data is being shared now for the Ohio portion and it is hoped to be published as the “Tri-State” this winter: https://soilfertility.osu.edu.We have completed work on the new P-risk index and hope that will be rolled out soon.Application risk management tools? There are a couple of these to help you plan when a fertilizer or manure application is suggested or not: Ohio Applicator Forecast (from ODA) https://www.agri.ohio.gov/wps/portal/gov/oda/divisions/plant-health/resources/ohio-applicator-forecast and the OSU Field Application Resource Monitor (F.A.R.M.) can give present (and past) forecasts https://farm.bpcrc.osu.edu.last_img read more

Roger Federer comeback halted by Tommy Haas in Stuttgart

first_imgWhat ‘missteps’? WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Federer claimed his last grass-court title in 2015 in Halle, where he is an eight-time champion.Also Wednesday, Philipp Kohlschreiber upset fifth-seeded Steve Johnson of the United States 7-6 (3), 5-7, 7-6 (6), while sixth-seeded Mischa Zverev, another German, defeated qualifier Yannick Hanfmann 7-6 (1), 6-2 to secure his place in the quarterfinals, where he next faces Haas.No. 4 Lucas Pouille of France came back to eventually beat Germany’s Jan-Lennard Struff 4-6, 7-6 (5), 7-6 (8) for a quarterfinal against Kohlschreiber.Pouille, like top-seeded Federer, had been given a bye to the second round. View comments ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken “I’ve even shocked myself a bit,” said Haas, who is ranked 302nd and was given a wild card for the grass-court tournament. “I’m a bit speechless. It’s hard to find words.”Haas, who hadn’t beaten his good friend since the 2012 final in Halle, improved to 4-13 against Federer, who hadn’t played since winning the Miami Open in early April.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“If you don’t take your chances like I didn’t, leading a set and a break, you really only have yourself to blame at the end,” Federer said. “You’ve got to acknowledge the fact that he was a bit better. It’s quite frustrating, but that’s the way it goes sometimes.”The 35-year-old Swiss had skipped the clay-court season to recuperate from a busy start to the year that saw him capture his 18th Grand Slam at the Australian Open. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Roger Federer of Switzerland returns the ball to Germany’s Tommy Haas during their match at the Mercedes Cup tennis tournament in Stuttgart, Germany. APSTUTTGART, Germany — Roger Federer was beaten on his return from a two-month break, losing 2-6, 7-6 (8), 6-4 to German veteran Tommy Haas in the second round of the Stuttgart Open on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).The 39-year-old Haas, who is playing his last season before retirement, saved nine of the 12 break points he faced and converted two of his three chances to deal the Swiss great just his second defeat of the season.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Mayweather, McGregor agree to August super fightlast_img read more

Ohio State Is A Huge Favorite In Its Redemption Game vs. Virginia Tech In Week 1

first_imgVirginia Tech fans cheer on the Hokies.The lone loss in Ohio State’s 2014 national championship season came in Week 2 against Virginia Tech. The Buckeyes fell to the Hokies, 35-21. Redemption is expected on Sept. 7. Ohio State will open its national championship-defending season in Blacksburg, Va., against Virginia Tech on Labor Day. A blowout victory is predicted for Urban Meyer’s squad. The sportsbook 5Dimes released its initial odds for Week 1 and Ohio State is a huge favorite. Ohio State #Buckeyes will open the season favored by 19-points over the Virginia Tech Hokies. #OSU #OhioSt #OhioState (via 5Dimes)— Johnny Detroit (@Johnny_Detroit) February 12, 2015Ohio State and Virginia Tech’s kickoff time has yet to be released, but with the game occurring on Labor Day, a night game at Lane Stadium is probable.last_img read more

Jim Harbaugh Blasts Nick Saban In Twitter Response To Satellite Camp Rant

first_imgJim Harbaugh argues with a referee.ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines talks with the referee first half against the Ohio State Buckeyes on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)It happened, everyone. Jim Harbaugh is taking direct shots at Nick Saban on Twitter. This afternoon, Saban went on a lengthy rant against satellite camps, which Harbaugh has been the loudest proponent of over the last two seasons. Saban mentioned Harbaugh directly during his screed, though he was fairly diplomatic when bringing up the Michigan head coach. From AL.com:“I’m not blaming Jim Harbaugh, I’m not saying anything about him,” Saban said. “I’m just saying it’s bad for college football. Jim Harbaugh can do whatever he wants to do. I’m not saying anything bad about him if he thinks that’s what’s best. There needs to be somebody that looks out for what’s best for the game, not what’s best for the Big 10 or what’s best for the SEC, or what’s best for Jim Harbaugh, but what’s best for the game of college football — the integrity of the game, the coaches, the players and the people that play it. That’s bigger than all of this.Apparently, that doesn’t matter to Harbaugh, who put an unnamed Saban on blast moments ago.“Amazing” to me- Alabama broke NCAA rules & now their HC is lecturing us on the possibility of rules being broken at camps. Truly “amazing.”— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) June 1, 2016Jim Harbaugh won’t stop until he’s taken shots at every single rival coach in the college football world.last_img read more

Jason Momoa Features On Cover Of Water Sustainability Publication

first_imgMediaplanet has announced the multiplatform distribution of “Water & Sustainability,” encouraging readers to take initiative in their homes, local communities and support technological advancements working to solve our international issue with water and sustainability.Innovations in technology have pushed the industry towards the greatest advancements of our time: but we still have work to be done.The print component of “Water & Sustainability” is distributed within this Wednesday’s edition of USA Today in New York, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Chicago, Detroit, Las Vegas and Los Angeles with a circulation of approximately 250,000 copies and an estimated readership of 750,000. The digital component is distributed nationally through a vast social media strategy and across a network of top news sites and partner outlets. To explore the digital version of the campaign, click here.Jason Momoa, warrior on and off screen, shines on the front cover of the print publication. Through an in-depth and exclusive interview, he urges readers to become involved in their own local water projects. Atlanta rap native Michael Render aka “Killer Mike” drills deep into his passion for Atlanta’s 300 million dollar quarry endeavor. “It’s been the highlight of my year,” explains Render, an Atlanta native and philanthropist. “I strut with a different step, knowing there’s a drill named for me.”This campaign was made possible with the support of Viqua, charity:water, Pentair, Jason Momoa, 3M, Speakman, the U.S. Water Alliance and many more.last_img read more

Syncrude outage expected to ease pipeline congestion boost heavy oil prices

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – A production shutdown at Syncrude Canada’s oilsands mine and upgrader complex in northern Alberta is expected to free up pipeline space out of Western Canada and strengthen prices for Canadian heavy oil.The company has said production of upgraded bitumen could remain offline at its works north of Fort McMurray through July. The stoppage was caused by a power outage last week.The interruption should help alleviate pipeline congestion in Western Canada that has increased the difference in price for Western Canadian Select bitumen blend oil versus New York-traded West Texas Intermediate crude oil, said Canadian analysts with Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. in a research report. The differential spiked at about US$30 per barrel in February, fell to the high teens in April and May as oilsands projects went through maintenance shutdowns, but rose again in the past few weeks as output again filled pipelines. It closed at US$25.50 last Friday.The differential will likely revert back to US$13 to $15 per barrel in July, Barclays analysts predicted in a report.Syncrude has the capacity to produce 350,000 barrels per day but Barclays estimated it has averaged only 245,000 bpd so far this year because of planned and unplanned downtime. It lowered its estimate of third-quarter production from 305,000 bpd to between 200,000 and 215,000 bpd, adding it expects Syncrude to post significantly higher costs per barrel.The analysts say the news is negative for Suncor Energy Inc., which owns about 59 percent of Syncrude, and Imperial Oil Ltd., with a 25 percent stake.On June 7, Suncor said in a news release it was ready for “strong production” this year after completing maintenance at facilities including Syncrude.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more