Real Madrid striker Benzema unimpressed by L’Equipeby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveReal Madrid striker Karim Benzema is unimpressed by L’Equipe ignoring his work in 2018.The striker failed to make the top 15 strikers list, which featured fellow Frenchman Antoine Griezmann and former Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo, yet Benzema took the news relatively well as he made a joke out of the situation.”L’Equipe, my friends, can I be the 16th?” he wrote on Instagram.Benzema on the paper’s 2018 best strikers shortlist: “L’Equipe, my friends, can I be the 16th?Should’ve just let it go ma man pic.twitter.com/wlaZL4aOiT— (@Ultra_Suristic) January 4, 2019 About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say
VANCOUVER, B.C. – An advocacy group that argues for the interests of taxpayers will be asking the courts to allow it take part in separate legal cases in British Columbia and Saskatchewan in a dispute over federal and provincial jurisdiction.The Canadian Taxpayers Federation says it will request permission for intervener status in order to fight against the federal carbon tax in Saskatchewan and in favour of getting pipelines built through B.C.A reference question filed in the B.C. Appeal Court by the provincial government is asking it to affirm its right to protect the province from the threat of a diluted bitumen spill. The group is also applying to the courts for standing in the Saskatchewan case where the provincial government wants a ruling on whether the federal government can impose a carbon tax.Federation director Aaron Wudrick says it’s critical that Canadian taxpayers be represented at both proceedings where federal and provincial jurisdictions will be clarified.The federation says it will be filing the intervener applications over the coming weeks.The federal Liberal government has already announced that it will intervene in the B.C. case, which could decide the future of Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline expansion from the Edmonton-area to port in Burnaby.Kris Sims, the B.C. director for the federation says the Canadian way of life and economic prosperity depend on oil and gas and British Columbia must stop efforts to block the expansion.“We are going to bat for taxpayers in this fight because without a robust economy, and without access to affordable oil and gas, people in B.C. won’t be able to drive to work, the cost of everything will surge and they won’t be able to pay the taxes that our governments impose on us,” Sims says.
Tonight marks the beginning of the 11th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge, an early-season series of games pitting teams from two of college basketball’s best conferences against one other.In the first 10 years of the challenge, the ACC has dominated, going 10-0 and winning 62 of the 97 games.Penn State at VirginiaThe Big Ten/ACC challenge tips off tonight with two of the conferences’ weaker teams.Virginia, picked to finish 11th in the conference before the season started, has already lost to South Florida and Stanford this year.Similarly, but perhaps more embarrassingly, the Nittany Lions have two losses of their own early in the season: an 80-69 loss to UNC Wilmington and a 63-60 loss to Tulane.Neither team showcased in the challenge’s opening game will be a true testament to what each conference has to offer.Wake Forest at No. 6 PurduePurdue, last season’s Big Ten Tournament champion, returns four of five starters, including preseason All-Conference forward Robbie Hummel.The Demon Deacons, picked by the media in the preseason as the ACC’s sixth-best team, are led by sophomore forward Al-Farouq Aminu. After five games, Aminu is averaging 18.8 points and 11.2 rebounds.Last week Purdue beat No. 9 Tennessee, proving its Top 10 ranking is no joke. The veteran Boilermakers are one of the best teams in the country.Northwestern at North Carolina StateNorthwestern’s preseason was marred with devastating injuries. Two Wildcat seniors, Jeff Ryan and Kevin Coble, were out for the season with ACL injuries before the team even began the year.Despite its 5-0 record, NC State was picked before the season as the ACC’s worst team. It might struggle in this game, even with the injuries to the Wildcats. The record might be a bit misleading — the Wolfpack has knocked off Georgia State, Akron, Austin Peay, Auburn and New Orleans.No. 21 Maryland at IndianaAfter a disappointing showing in last week’s Maui Invitational, Maryland left Hawaii with more questions than answers.The Terrapins lost to Cincinnati in the semifinals before falling again the following night at the hands of Wisconsin.Greivis Vasquez, Maryland’s point guard and a member of the preseason All-ACC team, has been conspicuously ineffective so far this year, scoring only 11.2 points per game, fourth-best on the team.Indiana’s freshman guard Maurice Creek is averaging more than 16 points a game and will look to lead the Hoosiers to an upset. At 3-3, Indiana already has half as many wins as it reached last season.No. 2 Michigan State at No. 11 North CarolinaThe marquee matchup of the challenge is a rematch of last year’s national championship game. Although the Tar Heels bested the Spartans in April, Carolina has vastly different personnel this year. Michigan State’s roster is basically intact.The Spartans return defending Big Ten Player of the Year Kalin Lucas, who is averaging nearly 17 points per game. There’s no denying that Carolina is talented, but the Heels lack the experience of last year’s team that dominated Michigan State in the title game. The Spartans will be looking for revenge and are much more fit to challenge the Tar Heels this time around.Virginia Tech at IowaThe Iowa Hawkeyes are likely the worst the Big Ten has to offer and, quite frankly, might be one of the worst teams in the entire country.The Hawkeyes have already dropped four games this year: a 62-50 loss to Texas-San Antonio, a 52-50 loss to Duquesne, an 85-60 loss to Texas, and a 74-57 loss to Wichita State.Virginia Tech and preseason All-Conference guard Malcolm Delaney, who is averaging 21.8 points per game, shouldn’t find the task too difficult. The Hokies are off to a 4-1 start.No. 20 Illinois at No. 19 ClemsonPreseason All-ACC forward Trevor Booker leads Clemson in perhaps the most evenly matched contest of the challenge. Booker leads the Tigers in both scoring and rebounding.The Tigers fell to Michigan in the first round of the NCAA Tournament a year ago.Illinois returns three starters from last year’s team, which finished third in the conference, and has four players that average double-digit points.With many of the other games having a clear favorite, the winner of this game could determine which conference will come out on top.No. 22 Minnesota at MiamiWednesday’s game will be the first ever meeting between these two schools.Coach Tubby Smith has rejuvenated the Golden Gopher program and put it on the national radar, a place unfamiliar to Minnesota basketball. Led by senior guard Lawrence Westbrook, Minnesota has begun the season 4-2, including an 82-73 win over No. 12 Butler last week.Miami has put together a fast start of its own, winning seven straight to start the season. Boston College at No. 15 MichiganJust like Duke, Boston College has never lost a game as a part of the Big Ten/ACC Challenge. However, the Golden Eagles have stumbled out of the gates, losing two of their first six games, including a 12-point loss to Northern Iowa last week.Michigan’s Manny Harris nearly posted his second triple-double of the season in last week’s overtime victory over Creighton but finished one rebound short. He leads the Wolverines with 21.6 points, 9.6 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game.No. 7 Duke at WisconsinThe Badgers and senior guard Trevon Hughes are coming off a third-place finish in last week’s Maui Invitational. After losing to Gonzaga in the semifinals, Wisconsin beat Maryland, an ACC team, in the consolation game.Unfortunately for the Badgers, they will play a different class of ACC team Wednesday.Duke has never lost a game in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge, boasting a 10-0 record. Along with preseason All-American Kyle Singler, the Blue Devils have four players that average double-digit points.Florida State at No. 17 Ohio StateOhio State’s Evan Turner has recorded two triple-doubles through six games.Turner is averaging 19.8 points per game, but it is his rebounding numbers that garner the most attention. Through the Buckeyes’ first six games, the junior point guard is grabbing 12.8 rebounds a game, the third-highest average in the country.Florida State is led by sophomore forward Chris Singleton, who averages 11.3 points per game. The Seminoles like to get the ball inside, something that could give the Buckeyes trouble if center Dallas Lauderdale gets into foul trouble.
Eventhough Everton is not having the greatest season Sam Allardyce believes Jordan Pickford should be England no. 1 in RussiaSam Allardyce har picked. And the one is Jordan Pickford.The Everton keeper played against Holland in a friendly and the Everton boss wants his guy to be the England no. 1 when Three Lions play in the World Cup:Allardyce tells Arsenal to stop ‘messing around’ & pay for Zaha Andrew Smyth – July 25, 2019 Sam Allardyce has told Arsenal to “messing around” and pay up the £80m Crystal Palace are asking for Wilfried Zaha.““He’s given Gareth a lot to think about with his performance the other night and his performances for us. People go on about him conceding a lot of goals for Everton but that is not the statistic you look at. You look at the saves he makes. He’s been far too busy on too many occasions for us but we have managed to reduce that during my time here from over two goals per game to 1.2 per game. He’s there when needed, he’s always been there when needed. All players make mistakes but his are few and far between, ” he said according to The Guardian.Pickford has to compete with Joe Hart, Nick Pope and Jack Butland.
Timo Werner would gladly welcome back Mesut Ozil to Germany if he was to decide to cancel his international retirementThe Arsenal playmaker stunned the football world last month by announcing his retirement from representing Germany at international level following all the “racism and disrespect” he has received following the national side’s disastrous World Cup campaign.German Football Association (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel has since confessed that he has made mistakes over Ozil, especially in regards to the handling over the controversy of the 29-year-old’s photo with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.“I think many in the team would be happy if Mesut Ozil said, ‘I’ll do it again’,” said Werner, according to SportsKeeda.The 22-year-old aspires to reach the level of the likes of France’s World Cup star Antoine Griezmann and Chelsea winger Eden Hazard one day.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…But to do that a move away from RB Leipzig may be necessary.“You can only do that if you are in a Champions League final or at least a semi-final,” added Werner.“In Leipzig, we are not quite ready to achieve that.”The Germany international has a contract at Leipzig until 2020.
Related Items:CARICOM, comments, jamaica, jamaican observer, pnp, washington misisck UN SG is Special Guest at Opening Ceremony for CARICOM Heads Meeting Wednesday Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 May 2015 – Negative backlash as the comments made by Minister Washington Misick and supported by some House members during a private members motion debate on May 12, is reaping anti-foreigner headlines from at least one CARICOM country; Jamaica. The Jamaica Observer has given headline billing to the comments the Finance Minister made which slammed resident foreigners celebrating their cultures overtly in the Turks and Caicos. At the time, the Minister imagined there would be some fall out, but proceeded with his contribution anyway. “Personally as I say I’m a politician, but at my age, I don’t give a flying pheasant about what people think, (laughter) I am here to do a job, and I gon do that.”The Observer, says Minister Washington Misick veered off of the motion which had to do with a cleaner Turks and Caicos, to lash out at what he called, ‘Haitian Flag Day, Jamaica Day, Bahamas Day…’ saying he does not support the events and believes those who do or want to host them should go back home. The article has so far spawned 70 comments, some in support of the position but most in disagreement with the former Chief Minister who is labeled as xenophobic and insecure among a string of other more harsh characterizations. Some have called on the Premier and Minister of Tourism to speak to the comments by their cabinet colleague. At least one Progressive National Party advocate has written to media about the position expressed by Minister Washington Misick; that letter to the editor denounced the comments and called the PNP Administration invisible and out of touch. Other members from the PNP side were also heard in the House of Assembly audio calling for the events to be blocked and recommending that these Caribbean ex-patriots celebrating or having these events take InterCaribbean Airways home. While there are some TC Islanders not in the House of Assembly who agree with this stance, Minister Misick never made it known which group, if any, he was representing in his controversial remarks. Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 14, 2017 – Nassau – As news reports swirl now about a new stream of borrowing to the tune of nearly $1b by the Bahamas Government, the FNM Administration is continuing to introduce measures to make government more honest. From a Bahamas Information Services report we learn that the Government is in the process of moving away from the cash-based form of accounting it presently employs to an accrual based accounting system, this according to Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis on Monday.The move, which is foreshadowed to be implemented at the end of June 2022 for the central government and 2023 for the public sector, is aimed at better strengthening the Government’s accounting framework by ensuring greater transparency and accountability in public sector finances, while allowing officials to better monitor government debt and liabilities.An accrual method of accounting records revenues and expenses when they are incurred, regardless of when cash is exchanged. The term “accrual” refers to any individual entry recording revenue or expense in the absence of a cash transaction. Prime Minister Minnis said the new system would also allow for government’s use of high-quality information to make informed and sound spending decisions, while properly managing the nation’s assets and liabilities.Addressing a Bahamas Institute of Chartered Accountants Seminar Monday (November 13, 2017) at Melia Nassau Beach resort, Prime Minister Minnis said the current system of accounting employed is “woefully lacking” in providing government with a complete and accurate view of financial activities and reporting.#MagneticMediaNews#Bahamastointroduceaccrualsystem Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#Bahamastointroduceaccrualsystem, #magneticmedianews
Steve Bosh, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Updated: 6:09 PM Posted: June 11, 2018 June 11, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Last week, the mayor’s office finally confirmed, after repeated denials, what KUSI had reported four weeks earlier, that a settlement had been reached to secure the land needed for Convention Center expansion.The city could have purchased the land for $12.5 million in 2010 but backed out the deal, and its lease was transferred to 5th Avenue Landing company who proceeded with plans to build an 840 room hotel on the 5 acres of land needed for expansion.This became a contentious issue when the city let it be known it wanted to re-acquire the land, forcing 5th Avenue Landing to sue the city for interfering with its contract to build a hotel on the site.But relying on a court is dangerous so 5th Avenue Landing negotiated a settlement for $5 million up front, and the remainder if the voters approve the ballot measure to increase the hotel tax for expansion.“We wanted to reach an accommodation with the city, we felt this was important for the community and we reached that accommodation with the help of judge papas,” said Art Engle, a partner in 5th Avenue Landing.He said this settlement is not a money grab but a win, win.“If it passes then the city gets the benefit of the Convention Center expansion, the community develops, goes along fine with the deal, and if it doesn’t pass we’ve got an opportunity backed by the city and the port to go ahead and build this project,” Engle said.Mayor Faulconer is encouraged by the settlement saying it sends a message to the voters“I”m so encouraged because we have a lot of momentum now, and when you’ve seen when entities come together, individuals and others, that says we want to do the right thing for the region,” said Mayor Kevin Faulconer.The city and the Port District still have to approve the settlement, but in terms of revenue, the Port leans toward expansion.“The expansion will create by far more jobs and more economic impact,” said Rafael Castellanos, Chairman of the Port of San Diego.The mayor remains optimistic, and encouraged that the voters will approve the initiative.“As we move forward in the coming months San Diegans are going to come together, and support this because it’s so incredibly important for our economy, and the jobs and its not just for a few years this is going to be an economic engine for decades,” Mayor Faulconer said.The settlement was a hurdle but not the only one if the long-delayed expansion is to occur. The initiative could fail.“We have the 840 room hotel right now sitting in front of the port which would be, if not passed, it will be voted upon and we will go forward and build that project,” Engle said.There’s also a legal problem that introduces more complexity. Initiatives pass with a simply majority vote but increasing taxes on residents requires two-thirds.Proponents claim the hotel tax increase is paid by visitors, not residents.But San Diegan’s often stay in city hotels so residents would also pay the tax. Steve Bosh Settlement reached to secure land needed for Convention Center expansion
The Meredith Corporation is set to launch a print version of its popular Allrecipies.com brand. The magazine is being rolled out as a bi-monthly publication and is slated to unveil a test run in August and will officially debut in mid-November with its December issue. In addition to print, Allrecipes is also entering the television space with a branded segment tied into Meredith’s The Better Show, which airs on the Hallmark Channel. Meredith is looking to buck the trend of print magazines moving into digital-only publishing by going the opposite direction. “We believe in multi-platform publishing and delivery,” says Tom Witschi, executive vice president of Meredith’s Women’s Lifestyle Group. “We are very good at print and have had a lot of success with it, and it was clear from our testing that this was going to be very well received,” he adds. “Our feeling is that it will be brand buying across platforms. I can’t predict exactly when it’s going to happen, but on the selling side you’re seeing more sellers capable of selling multiplatform offerings, and on the buying side you’re increasingly seeing buyers and marketers interested in strong brands and the many different platforms they offer,” Witschi says. Witschi implies that a major opportunity for Meredith here is that the trend of packaging media sales into silos is slowly shifting towards an all-in cross-platform approach, which is good for strong brands that may want to jump onto new platforms. Allrecipes reports that its site receives an average of 30 million monthly unique visitors. Not only that, but it has more than 7 million registered users, and more than 5 million email newsletter subscribers. The magazine, on the other hand, will be rolled out with a guaranteed rate base of 500,000, however Witschi expects that to be a temporary figure. “We will be aggressively increasing that over time, our intention is to grow very quickly,” he says.
Cosmopolitan will soon be removed from checkout lines at Walmart stores across the country, according to an announcement Tuesday by the National Center on Sexual Exploitation, a non-profit which says it fought for the change out of a desire to protect children from “the sexually explicit material that Cosmopolitan embodies and perpetuates.”“Cosmo sends the same messages about female sexuality as Playboy,” said NCOSE executive director Dawn Hawkins in a statement, arguing that the magazine reduces women to their ability to sexually satisfy men, entices children by featuring former Disney stars on its covers and then describing “risky sexual acts” within its pages.In a statement provided to Folio:, Walmart spokeswoman Megan Kring confirmed that it was pulling the magazine from store checkouts, but would still offer Cosmo to customers, presumably on the specified magazine shelves. The retailer claims it was “primarily a business decision,” but also seemed to imply that the NCOSE campaign’s concerns—that Cosmo “fuels pornified culture”—legitimately factored into the decision.“As with all products in our store, we continue to evaluate our assortment and make changes,” said Kring. “Walmart will continue to offer Cosmopolitan to customers that wish to purchase the magazine, but it will no longer be located in the checkout aisles. While this was primarily a business decision, the concerns raised were heard.”Reps for Cosmo have not responded to a request for comment.Founded in 1962 and formerly known as Morality in Media, Inc., NCOSE has worked for years to convince retailers to remove or cover up Cosmo, and was most recently joined in that effort by Victoria Hearst, a pastor and granddaughter of company founder William Randolph Hearst, who purchased the magazine in 1905 and whose descendants still own it. The two claim to have scored earlier victories against Cosmo at retailers like RiteAid and Food Lion, and the magazine regularly appears on NCOSE’s annual “Dirty Dozen” list, alongside others like HBO, Snapchat, “Fifty Shades of Gray,” and even textbook publisher EBSCO—whose research products the organization says allows students to access “sexually graphic articles.”As it stands now, the news presents more of an image crisis for Cosmo than a business one, as the removal is unlikely to have significant impact on the magazine’s broader circulation. Retail sales made up just 6.3 percent of the 18.3 million copies the magazine sold in the 2nd half of 2017, according to data from the Alliance for Audited Media, with Walmart displays accounting for just a slice of that 6.3 percent. The vast majority of the magazine’s copies are mailed directly to subscribers.But as the magazine stakes its digital future on being perceived as a source of inspiration and empowerment for young women growing up in a changing world, it has to be mindful of accusations—even misguided ones—that it’s guilty of propagating “#MeToo culture.”This post was updated on Tuesday, March 27 at 4:56 pm to include Walmart’s statement.
Mentioned Above Google Home See It News • Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out today The best of smart home at CES 2019 Walmart Google Home Smart home product compatibility: Choose a smart home platform and see which products work with it.Best smart home devices for 2019: Hand-picked by CNET’s experts. Review • Google Home is better than ever, but you probably shouldn’t buy it 52 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Comments Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robot 16:33 $69 reading • Hubitat’s smart home works without the internet 4 How To • Make Google Home get your groceries Crutchfield $79 CNET Smart Home • Aug 31 • The best coffee grinders you can buy right now Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) Check out all the smart home products at CES 2019 See It CNET Smart Home Share your voice Hubitat At first glance, the Hubitat Elevation struck me as a pretty standard smart home hub. It has Zigbee and Z-Wave built in so it can communicate with a variety of connected gadgets. You can set up rules so one of your devices can trigger another — a motion sensor might flash your smart lights. You can group your devices by room and create scenes so multiple devices turn on at once with a single command. All of those features are pretty standard for hubs such as the SmartThings Hub. Hubitat’s main selling point is a pretty interesting twist on the smart hub formula — it processes everything locally. After the initial setup, Hubitat stores certain device data and automation recipes on the device itself. This should theoretically result in your smart home reacting more quickly to your commands, since they don’t need to head to the cloud and back. It also means that if the internet goes down, your smart home can keep functioning.Local processing isn’t entirely new either, as SmartThings offers it with certain devices and automations, but Hubitat wants to take the feature one step further by making all of its automations local — from rules to geofencing. Hubitat officially debuted a new, trimmed-down version of its Elevation home automation hub on Wednesday. You can order it now from the company’s site for $100 for a limited time. Its normal price will be $150 (about £115 or AU$210) after the introductory price expires. You’ll be able to order the Hubitat Elevation on Amazon as well starting Friday. In addition to offering the same processing power in a smaller frame, Hubitat is introducing apps for its system for both iOS and Android. You currently have to use a web browser to access your Hubitat system. The apps are still in the works, but are roughly expected to launch by April.The Elevation also works with Amazon’s assistant Alexa and the competing Google Assistant, so you can control any devices synced to the hub with a voice command to your Amazon Echo or Google Home smart speaker. Bear in mind, since those smart speakers rely on the cloud, that functionality won’t work without the internet.Since the Elevation Hub processes information locally, it could be a better fit for privacy minded individuals who still want smart home gadgets. In addition to keeping most of your info off of the cloud, Hubitat offers a customizable rules platform and invites users to develop and share their own code for any missing functionality. It looks to be aimed more at avid DIYers who like to tinker as opposed to someone less proficient in tech who just wants something to work out of the box. Most of Hubitat’s advantages come from setting up your own rules and scenes. That said, the app should help make the platform more widely applicable and user friendly. Since the Elevation will work with some Lowe’s Iris sensors, it could provide a nice new hub for those in need once Iris fully shuts down in March. $99 Tags Amazon Google Smart Home See All
Crude oil prices continue to trade at their highest levels in four months supported by continued decline in US rig count for the past 20 weeks, however, analysts remain wary of resumption in US oil production as the prices rise.A data from oil services firm Baker Hughes showed that the number of idle US rigs raised by 31 last week, reaching its highest levels since 2010.”Nonetheless, based on its past relationship with oil prices, the fall in the rig count already looks overdone. Indeed, the recent rebound in oil prices means that the pressure to remove rigs should ease,” said Capital Economics in a note.However, the US commercial crude oil inventories increased for the 15th straight week to a record 489 million barrels despite the sharp fall in drilling operations.”The US oil rig count has more than halved since the beginning of the year, though without having any significant impact on the volume of oil production. This is due partly to considerable efficiency gains and partly to the delay with which exploration is reflected in productivity,” said Commerzbank Corporates & Markets in a note.Earlier in April, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) in its monthly report said that US shale production is set to decline slightly by 45,000 barrels per day (bpd) in May.Many analysts warn that investors should not be misled by the current rally in oil prices, as higher prices will attract the US oil drillers to resume production.”While deferred well completions have provided near-term relief to the supply glut, they also risk exacerbating the duration of the hangover as producers are likely to bring barrels to market as prices recover,” Justin Bouchard, analyst at Desjardins Capital Markets, told Financial Post .Current rally in crude oil prices is surprising many analysts as underlying fundamentals remain weak. The prices of Brent crude continue their recovery to trade above $65 per barrel, up $19 from its January low of $46 per barrel.”We are confident that the latest price rise will not prove sustainable and that we will already see a price correction in the near future,” said Commerzbank.
India is hopeful of receiving the first loan issued by the newly formed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) in the second half of the year, Reuters reported, citing Indian officials. The country is looking for funds on lower interest rates for its ambitious solar power project that intends to scale the capacity to 100 gigawatts by 2022.”In about six months, funds could start flowing from AIIB,” said Tarun Kapur, joint secretary at the ministry of new and renewable energy.The loan amount is expected to be approximately $500 million. According to the report, interest on the loan would likely be around 2-2.5 percent, linked to LIBOR, for a term of 15 years. LIBOR is a floating benchmark based on the rate at which commercial banks lend each other. The AIIB, headquartered in Beijing, without specifically commenting on Indian loan, reiterated its president Jin Liqun statement that the lender bank was developing a project pipeline in a number of countries. “It is expected that the first loan decisions will be taken later this year,” it said in written statement.Another official at the finance ministry, who liaisons with the AIIB, said more proposals could be submitted on other priority areas, but current talks were limited to clean energy projects, reported Reuters.India needs $100 billion for its ambitious solar power projects over next six to seven years. The country hopes to increase its solar power capacity 100 gigawatts, roughly 17 times higher than the existing 5,800 megawatts capacity.With an authorised capital of $100 billion, the AIIB is expected to start its operation in the second quarter of 2016 and lend up to $15 billion a year for the next half a decade.India is the second biggest shareholder in the investment bank after China.
ReutersA powerful earthquake measuring 7.1 in the Richter scale hit Southern California on Friday night. The tremor rocked buildings and it sends jittery residents out on the streets. The US Geological Survey revealed that the earthquake occurred 11 miles northeast of Ridgecrest, and this quake has been recorded just a day after another 6.4-M earthquake hit Ridgecrest.Interestingly, Frank Hoogerbeets, a self-proclaimed Dutch seismic researcher had predicted the possibility of a powerful earthquake a few days back. In a post on his website ‘Ditrianum’, Hoogerbeets had revealed that these earthquakes are the result of a critical lunar geometry. He also suggested the possibility of more powerful tremors that could measure more than 8 in the Richter scale from June 08 to 11.”From the 4th to the 6th is critical due to strong lunar geometry. From the 8th to the 11th will be exceptionally critical with the potential of a high 7 to 8+ magnitude earthquake,” wrote Hoogerbeets on his website.In his website, Hoogerbeets has revealed that he is using an advanced system named Solar System Geometry Index (SSGI) to predict earthquakes. Hoogerbeets claims that certain planetary alignments and lunar geometry are capable of destabilizing the tectonic plates here on earth.A few days back, San Diego State University professor Thomas Rockwell had revealed that San Andreas Fault, also known as the Ring of Fire is ripe for an earthquake. Rockwell revealed that the last strong earthquake that hit the area happened more than 380 years ago. As the average earthquake-recurrent interval in this area is about 180 years, Rockwell strongly believes that a powerful tremor will hit the area soon.However, a section of conspiracy theorists has started arguing that the increase in the number of earthquakes is an indication of Nibiru’s arrival. As per these doomsday mongers, Nibiru is a rogue killer planet that is lurking at the edge of the solar system, and it is now in a collision course with the earth.
Share Laura Skelding: O’Rourke/Douglas Young: CruzU.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, D-El Paso (left), and U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.When U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke announced his latest fundraising haul earlier this month – a stunning $6.7 million – it was widely expected to surpass what his rival, Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, brought in over the same period. Now it’s clear by how much: roughly $3.5 million.Cruz raised $3.2 million in the first three months of this year, according to his campaign. He also will report having $8.2 million on hand.O’Rourke, an El Paso Democrat, did not outpace just Cruz – he posted one of the top quarterly federal fundraisers ever, outside of presidential campaigns. Along with the sheer size of his fundraising, O’Rourke’s campaign has also drawn attention for eschewing support from political action committees.O’Rourke announced his fundraising numbers earlier this month. Outside of O’Rourke’s large sum, Cruz’s fundraising would be considered robust for any incumbent seeking re-election.Since his plans to vacate his U.S. House seat in a bid to unseat Cruz a year ago, O’Rourke has frequently outpaced Cruz on the hard-dollar fundraising front. But Cruz also has a network of aligned groups that will spend on his behalf in the race. He is also expected to have massive super PAC support in the fall while O’Rourke has publicly asked super PACs to not help him in the race. Texas hasn’t elected a Democrat to statewide office since 1994. But O’Rourke’s campaign has excited Democrats around the country, in part due to his ability to draw large crowds around Texas, including in some conservative strongholds.Yet the enthusiasm behind O’Rourke’s bid remains perplexing to some national political observers. While repeatedly outraising an incumbent helps a challenger signal that their campaign in viable, most political insiders say privately if not publicly that Cruz remains in a strong position to win re-election.
Share Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeHarris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez held a press conference to discuss the arrest of Pablo Munoz Garza.The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is asking victims of a man who works for a local security company and that has been arrested for aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping to come forward.Sheriff Ed Gonzalez held a press conference Thursday to discuss the arrest of Pablo Munoz Garza, 39, owner of TexGuard Services Co.A joint task force of the Violent Crime Unit at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) arrested Munoz Garza for aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping for an incident that occurred in July of 2018.Photo provided by Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeInvestigators with the HCSO and the Texas DPS arrested Pablo Munoz Garza for aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping.According to the investigation, on July 29, 2018, Garza and several of the security guards that work under him assaulted and robbed a 33-year-old Hispanic male at a club called La Oveja Negra. One of the security guards could be identified with the name “Cowboy.”HCSO lieutenant Jeff Stauber said that, based on their findings, investigators think there are other victims.“We definitely believe, even from this particular instance, that there seems to be a group of them that are working together to carry out these crimes,” Gonzalez said. He emphasized the HCSO doesn’t require victims of crime to report their immigration status.Information can be provided to the HCSO’s Violent Crime Unit by calling 713-274-9100.
(PhysOrg.com) — Computer graphics have come a long way since the birth of Atari Games over 30 years ago. Today, computer graphics seem very real and some day researchers will pull graphics out of your television or computer display and integrate them into real-world environments. By using Nvidia’s new Tegra platform, the game’s maps are generated by pointing the phones camera at a 2D drawing printout lying on a table. The end result shows a realistic 3D world with buildings popping up, as players move the real world around the game map placed on the table. Motion controlled devices for Nintendo Wii and Microsoft’s new Natal platform are already being used to enhance gamers experience. By using the Natal platform, as the control mechanism, body movements can easily be converted into game movements. The ultimate goal would be to merge game graphics with the real world. The day will come when video games are played outdoors and project into the real world around us. In the future augmented reality will have a more profound effect on the way in which we develop and interact with computers.Via: PCAuthority© 2009 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. This new technology, called augmented reality or AR, will further disguise what’s real and what’s computer-generated by enhancing what we see, hear, feel and smell.Up until now AR has been used extensively in movies and been mostly confined to Hollywood. Today, it’s now possible to shoot augmented reality by using only a mobile phone.The video below demonstrates basic AR in action. The AR scene involves an AR shooter shooting at zombies and using skittles as bombs to blow up zombies. Security Alert: Beware of SMS Messages That Can Take Control of Your Phone Explore further Citation: Augmented Reality: Science Fiction or Reality? (w/ Video) (2009, July 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-07-augmented-reality-science-fiction-video.html
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Imagining the possibility of life in a universe without the weak force More information: J. H. C. Scargill. Can Life Exist in 2 + 1 Dimensions? arXiv:1906.05336 [hep-th] arxiv.org/abs/1906.05336 James Scargill, a physicist at the University of California, has written a paper reporting that the laws of physics allow for the existence of a life-supporting two-dimensional universe. MIT’s Technology Review has reviewed the paper and found that the work does show that such a 2+1 universe could exist. © 2019 Science X Network Because we live in three-dimensions, it is difficult for us to envision a universe in which the third dimension does not exist—or one in which there is a fourth or fifth dimension. But philosophers and physicists have spent a lot of time and work trying to figure out if life could exist in anything but the three dimensions we know. In such discussions, time is also included, which has led to the description of what we experience as a 3+1-dimensional universe.As TR notes, most physicists have concluded that our 3+1-dimensional universe is the only one that could support life. They point out that with more than three dimensions, Newton’s laws of motion would be susceptible to problems with tiny perturbations, which would prevent the formation of orbits—like planets around a sun. So that is out. But what about a two-dimensional world? Most experts suggest it is difficult to imagine how gravity could work in such a universe, making it difficult or impossible for life-supporting systems to form. In his paper, Scargill suggests we might need to rethink this argument. He has shown that the laws of physics do allow for gravity in a 2-D world, and also the development of systems capable of supporting life.In his paper, Scargill uses physics formulas to show that scaler gravitational fields could exist in two dimensions—and goes on to show that the necessary complexity needed for life could also exist in a 2-D universe—and he does it using neural networks as a basis for comparison. He starts by exploring whether there are any 2-D networks that have all the same characteristics as a neural network. He then shows that 2-D networks can be built in modular fashion to overcome the problem of crossing edges. Then he shows that such networks can demonstrate criticality. And by doing so, he demonstrates that there could exist a life-supporting 2-D+1 universe—at least according to physics. Explore further Citation: Researcher shows physics suggests life could exist in a 2-D universe (2019, June 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-physics-life-d-universe.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Nvidia Tesla V100 GPUs are now publicly available in beta on Google Compute Engine and Kubernetes Engine. Also, Nvidia Tesla P100 GPUs are now generally available. Nvidia Tesla V100 GPU is almost equal to 100 CPUs. This gives customers more power to handle computationally demanding applications, like machine learning, analytics, and video processing. One can select as many as eight NVIDIA Tesla V100 GPUs, 96 vCPU and 624GB of system memory in a single VM, receiving up to 1 petaflop of mixed precision hardware acceleration performance. NVIDIA V100s are available immediately in the following regions: us-west1, us-central1 and europe-west4. Each V100 GPU is priced as low as $2.48 per hour for on-demand VMs and $1.24 per hour for Preemptible VMs. Making Nvidia Tesla V100 available on the compute engine is part of Google’s GPU expansion strategy. Similar to Google GPUs, the V100 is also billed by the second and Sustained Use Discounts apply. NVIDIA Tesla P100 GPU, on the other hand is a good fit if one wants a balance between price and performance. One can select up to four P100 GPUs, 96 vCPUs and 624GB of memory per virtual machine. The P100 is also now available in europe-west4 (Netherlands) in addition to us-west1, us-central1, us-east1, europe-west1 and asia-east1. * Maximum vCPU count and system memory limit on the instance might be smaller depending on the zone or the number of GPUs selected. ** GPU prices listed as hourly rate, per GPU attached to a VM that are billed by the second. Pricing for attaching GPUs to preemptible VMs is different from pricing for attaching GPUs to non-preemptible VMs. Prices listed are for US regions. Prices for other regions may be different. Additional Sustained Use Discounts of up to 30% apply to GPU on-demand usage only. Google Cloud makes managing GPU workloads easy for both VMs and containers by providing, Google Compute Engine where customers can use instance templates and managed instance groups to easily create and scale GPU infrastructure. NVIDIA V100s and other GPU offerings in Kubernetes Engine, where Cluster Autoscaler helps provide flexibility by automatically creating nodes with GPUs, and scaling them down to zero when they are no longer in use. Preemptible GPUs for both Compute Engine managed instance groups and Kubernetes Engine’s Autoscaler optimizes the costs while simplifying infrastructure operations. Read more about both the GPUs in detail on the Google Research Blog and benefits of each on Nvidia V100 and Nvidia P100 blog post. Read Next Google announce the largest overhaul of their Cloud Speech-to-Text Google’s kaniko – An open-source build tool for Docker Images in Kubernetes, without a root access How machine learning as a service is transforming cloud
Tags: Swoop Swoop adds 4th plane, increases schedule to YHM ahead of June 20 launch Share Posted by CALGARY — Swoop hasn’t even gotten off the ground yet and it’s already increasing frequency and adding planes to its fleet.The moves, which come only seven weeks after coming into market, can be seen as a sign of confidence for WestJet’s new low-cost carrier. Taking flight on June 20, 2018, Swoop has announced a fourth Boeing 737-800 aircraft and an increased weekly frequency schedule out of John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport (YHM) beginning Aug. 16, 2018.The addition of a fourth aircraft will mean an increase of 13 weekly flights that will almost double the daily frequency between Hamilton-Edmonton and Hamilton-Abbotsford. It will also add one weekly flight to the schedule for Hamilton-Halifax and Hamilton-Winnipeg, which will now be offered daily.“We’re excited to get growing with the addition of our fourth aircraft,” said Steven Greenway, President of Swoop, who joined the company earlier this month. “The increased frequency schedule allows us to offer travellers even more opportunity and flexibility to explore Canada or visit family and friends during the peak summer season.”More news: Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesCathie Puckering, President & CEO of YHM, said that the addition of 13 weekly flights is good news for the hundreds of thousands of passengers flying out of the airport to key regional destinations. “Last year 599,146 passengers flew to and from Hamilton International and we are excited about the growth we are already seeing in 2018,” she said.The increased service is as follows:Hamilton-Edmonton increases from 7 to 13x weeklyHamilton-Abbotsford increases from 6 to 11x weekly (from Aug. 16-Sept. 5 only, reverting to 6 weekly flights from Sept. 6-Dec. 13, 2018)Hamilton-Halifax increases from 6 to 7x weeklyHamilton-Winnipeg increases from 6 to 7x weeklyOverall, the increase will see Swoop operating 59 weekly flights as of Aug. 16.To celebrate its fourth aircraft and increased frequency schedule, Swoop has released 3,500 seats at special fares if booked by March 27, 2018 for travel between June 20-30 and/or Aug. 16-Dec. 13, 2018. For example, Abbotsford-Edmonton starts from $49 one-way, while Hamilton-Abbotsford starts at $99 one-way. For more details go to FlySwoop.com/deals. Travelweek Group Thursday, March 22, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>