10 months ago​Everton post record revenues for second consecutive year

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Everton post record revenues for second consecutive yearby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are in a very healthy financial position.The club has posted record revenues for the second year in a row.With total revenues of £189 million for the year, it is a ten percent bump on the figure from last year.The major increases came from sponsorships and commercial revenue, which are up 45 percent.Chief Executive Officer Denise Barrett-Baxendale said in a statement: “For the second consecutive year the club has generated record revenue.”Gate receipts, sponsorship and other commercial income increased significantly by 45 per cent and the continued and quite magnificent support of our fans meant that season tickets reached the cap with more than 10,000 on a waiting list.”This commercial growth demonstrates our progress and we have a vision for the club that is shared on and off the pitch by our majority shareholder, chairman, our board of directors, the Everton leadership team, our director of football and manager.”Chairman Bill Kenwright added: “With Farhad continuing his outstanding commitment, Marcel and Marco driving our first team forward, Unsie continuing to develop some of the best young talent, Denise thrusting our operations ever onward and a fanbase that continues to inspire our ambition, we look forward to the next 12 months with purpose and anticipation.” last_img read more

Jamaica Signs Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Agreement

first_imgJamaica is now a signatory to the Agreement establishing the Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, CCREEE.Prime Minister Andrew Holness signed the agreement this morning (July 6) ahead of the start of the final day of discussions at the 38th Regular meeting of the Heads of Government of CARICOM in Grand Anse Grenada.The CCREEE is designed to address the implementation deficit in CARICOM’s sustainable energy sector and to support or coordinate the execution of the regional renewable energy and energy efficient projects.The Centre will be headquartered in Barbados.With the introduction of renewable energy solutions, Jamaicans can expect to see micro-economic decisions manifest in the macro-economy.The Government of Jamaica is actively seeking to attract renewable energy solutions in order to diversify the energy sector.last_img read more

St Patricks Day Family Dinner and Dance

first_imgThere will be a Photo Booth and a DJ for the dance and other prizes to be won.Free tickets can be picked up at;-Party Town in Fort St John-The Taylor Hub in TaylorTo view the FB Event Page; CLICK HERETo view the Phoenix Volunteer Club FB Page; CLICK HERE TAYLOR, B.C. – The Phoenix Volunteer Club is hosting their 2nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day, Free Family Dinner and Dance to say thank you and give back to the community.Friday, March 8th from 5 pm – 9 pm at the Taylor Community Hall, there will be prizes for best dressed in St. Patrick’s themed outfit.Hot dogs and hamburgers will be served for dinner, with pop, water and coffee to drink.last_img read more

KCR meets Stalin, bid for federal front appears a non-starter

first_imgChennai: Telangana Rashtra Samiti chief K Chandrashekhar Rao’s bid to rope in DMK in his proposed alternative front appeared to be a non-starter with the Dravidian party chief M K Stalin urging the Telangana Chief Minister to extend TRS’s support to the Congress.Continuing his efforts to bring together regional parties, Rao called on Stalin at his residence here and discussed with him his proposal for a federal front, DMK sources said. In the meeting that went beyond an hour, Stalin conveyed to Rao that his party was in a pre-poll alliance with the Congress and he had also pitched the name of Rahul Gandhi for the office of the Prime Minister. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”Thalaivar (Stalin) urged Rao to extend Telangana Rashtra Samiti’s support for a Congress-led government at the Centre,” DMK sources said. Rao, who had days ago called on his Kerala counterpart Pinarayi Vijayan, exuded confidence in the deliberations that regional parties would emerge as a powerful force with a significant number of seats and neither the Congress, nor the BJP would have adequate numbers to form a government. In such an eventuality, the TRS chief told the DMK president that a government could be propped up by the regional parties with the support of “national parties,” a reference perceived to include the Left parties as well. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadPossible “post poll scenarios” that may merge and how a federal front could help regional parties and “southern States,” were put forth by Rao, sources added. To this,the DMK side,which was also represented by senior leaders Duraimurugan and T R Baalu, felt the situation was conducive only for a Congress-led government at the Centre. Also, the Dravidian party pointed out that toying with the idea for a regime steered by regional outfits at the Centre may not work in view of divergent state specific positions of some parties. The TRS is opposed to both Congress and Telugu Desam Party in Telangana. While Rao did not meet waiting reporters, DMK said the meeting was only a “courtesy,” call. Rao had in April 2018 called on Stalin and then DMK chief M Karunanidhi here. Earlier in the day, he offered prayers at the ancient Sri Ranganathaswamy temple at Srirangam in Tiruchirappalli. On May 10 he visited the Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple in Rameswaram after going to Kanyakumari. Tamil Nadu Congress Committee president K S Alagiri downplayed the meeting between the two leaders and asked journalists “why accord importance to the meeting…in India a third front is not possible and not practicable; State parties from Kasmir to Kanyakumari know this very well.” BJP Tamil Nadu unit president Tamilisai Soundararajan wondered what was Stalin’s “hesitation” in his meeting with Rao to assert that he only supported Rahul Gandhi.last_img read more

Meyer wont recruit Penn State players others disagree

CHICAGO – Ohio State coach Urban Meyer took exception to coaches being allowed to recruit current Penn State football players, but would not rule out signing a player that initiated contact with him. Other Big Ten coaches do not share the same view. “I have a problem with that,” Meyer said of coaches actively recruiting PSU players. “But as a player, a young man has a right to play wherever he wants to play. We have to keep that in mind.” As part of the sanctions levied against Penn State for the child-sex abuse scandal involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky and former coach Joe Paterno, the NCAA said current PSU players are allowed to transfer to any school without penalty – even if that school is within the Big Ten. Some schools have taken a more active approach than others. Illinois had eight assistant coaches at “two establishments” in State College, Pa., Wednesday and “called individuals” to meet, Illinois coach Tim Beckman said. “We only talked to individuals that would be willing to meet with us,” Beckman said. “We did not go after them. They had the opportunity to come to us if they wanted to.” Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany met with coaches early Thursday and said he advised them to let the athletic directors handle the communication between a school and a potential transfer candidate from PSU. Delany said there was nothing illegal about Illinois sending coaches to State College, but did not necessarily endorse it. “I would hope they would take (the Thursday meeting) into consideration,” Delany said. Purdue coach Danny Hope also expressed interest in pursuing Penn State’s players. “The NCAA has established the rules and the guidelines and obviously because they’re strong from an ethics standpoint, and as long as we’re compliant, we’re going to exercise every opportunity we can to enhance our own football team,” Hope said. The Nittany Lions are faced with a four-year bowl ban and a reduction of 40 scholarships over four years. The school was also fined $60 million. Wednesday, many members of the Nittany Lions team made a joint statement and announced their intentions to stay at the school despite the sanctions. Multiple reports have said PSU junior running back Silas Redd met with USC coach Lane Kiffin about possibly transferring, but no announcement has been made. First-year Nittany Lions coach Bill O’Brien said no player has told him of his intentions to transfer and that he is not concerned about other schools recruiting his players. “I have no idea what other schools were on campus, nor do I care,” O’Brien said. “(Other schools) can do what they want as long as they tell our compliance office that they’re contacting these kids, and it is what it is.” Delany said that the Big Ten university presidents unanimously voted to allow PSU players to transfer within the Big Ten, but most coaches seem to taking a hands-off approach. Michigan’s Brady Hoke, Wisconsin’s Bret Bielema, Nebraska’s Bo Pelini and Minnesota’s Jerry Kill all had expressed views similar to Meyer and said they would not recruit PSU football players. “I made the decision as head coach that we would not reach out to any Penn State players,” Bielema said. “I think one of the things that I’ve loved about being in this conference is a genuine respect for everybody in our league that you are a Big Ten brother. “I have a group of 105 players that are reporting on Aug. 5 that I want to understand and believe that I think they can help us win another championship. And to bring someone in at this point so close to the season, I just wasn’t comfortable with it.” read more

Is Ohio State football worthy of No 1 ranking

The normally resolute Urban Meyer paused, carefully considering the ramifications of the next few words to come out of his mouth. His Buckeyes had just dispatched their most hated rival, Michigan, 26-21 in Meyer’s first taste of The Game to complete an undefeated season. No ties, no losses, the Buckeyes record stood at 12-0, but now the coach, staff and players were forced to face what they had been putting off all year. Due to NCAA sanctions dating back to infractions committed under former coach Jim Tressel’s tenure, there would be no postseason for Meyer’s Buckeyes. No conference championship game – the Big Ten Leaders Division would send a 7-5 Wisconsin team in OSU’s place – no BCS bowl bid and certainly no national championship game. The question that had been asked all year could no longer be sidestepped with “We’re just focusing on the next game,” or “We’ll worry about that at the end of the year.” No, the time had finally come for an answer, and even then Meyer didn’t seem completely sure how to phrase his response. If OSU is the last unbeaten team at the end of this season, should Ohio State be No. 1 in the Associated Press Poll? “Just trying to picture the headline here,” Meyer said after his long pause. “You know, I don’t know enough to – I think we’re at this point – like I said, the quote I’d like out there is I think this team could play and compete with any team in the United States of America as of now. I didn’t say that several weeks ago because we couldn’t. I understand, but I’m not going to get into the what if’s and can’t control what you can’t control.” What Meyer can’t control is the perception of his team and the conference it plays in, and right now that perception is that the Buckeyes had a relatively easy road to an unblemished record – especially with no bowl game to use as a final measuring stick. The Buckeyes are ranked No. 4 in the latest edition of the AP poll, which is a collection of 60 sportswriters from across the country that rate what they believe are the best 25 teams in America. Ranked ahead of the Buckeyes are, in order, Notre Dame, Alabama and Georgia. Out of that group, only Notre Dame is undefeated and Alabama and Georgia each have one loss. Seventeen voters ranked OSU as the No. 2 team in the country, and 24 voters ranked the Buckeyes fifth or worst, with the lowest ranking being No. 12. Pete DiPrimio, an AP voter who covers college football for the Fort Wayne News-Sentinel in Fort Wayne, Ind., ranked the Buckeyes No. 11 in his poll, the second lowest of any voter. “They had a fairly weak non-conference schedule and the Big Ten this season is, maybe, historically weak,” DiPrimio told The Lantern. “Now, if there is a playoff, life is different, but there’s not … Through no fault of their own they haven’t beaten any top-10 caliber team, not even close.” OSU’s players, who were muzzled from talking about the issue throughout the season, weren’t as hesitant as their coach to express where they think the team fits into the national picture. “Yeah I think we should be No. 1,” said junior running back Carlos Hyde. “I feel like we’re the best team in the nation, so yeah, I feel like we should be No. 1 at the end of the season.” Hyde wasn’t alone in his opinion. Redshirt senior receiver Jake Stoneburner, redshirt senior linebacker Etienne Sabino and junior receiver Corey Brown also said they believed OSU should be at least considered for the No. 1 ranking if they are the only undefeated team at the end of the season. More players probably share that opinion as only about a dozen players were made available to speak to the media after the game. But no matter how the rest of the season pans out, the Buckeyes’ chances at being crowned national champions are slim, maybe impossible. “I just don’t think it’s going to happen,” said Joe Walljasper, the sports editor of the Columbia Daily Tribune in Columbia, Mo., who ranked OSU No. 6 in his rankings. “I think there’s too many teams between them and not enough of the right teams could possibly lose.” Clearly, the players on OSU’s team believe their resume is better than the AP voters think it is. The Buckeyes beat two teams currently ranked in the top 25 this season in No. 14 Nebraska and No. 21 Michigan compared to Georgia, which has beaten one (No. 4 Florida), and Alabama, who’s beaten two (No. 6 LSU and No. 21 Michigan). Notre Dame has beaten three (No. 8 Stanford, No. 12 Oklahoma and No. 21 Michigan). Not playing a team ranked in the top-10 in or out of conference is something holding some voters back. “It’s not like (OSU is) playing in the WAC or something,” Walljasper said. “Normally between Michigan, Wisconsin, Nebraska you’d have a top-10 team in there and you just don’t this year.” OSU beat seven bowl-eligible teams (including 8-win Penn State) compared to Notre Dame’s nine, Alabama’s five and Georgia’s four. Georgia and Alabama play next Saturday in the SEC Championship with the winner presumably going to play Notre Dame in the BCS Championship Game. Many fans have taken issue with Georgia being ranked ahead of the Buckeyes because the Bulldogs suffered a 28-point loss to South Carolina. “They played an SEC schedule,” DiPrimio said of his reasoning. “An average SEC team this year is stronger than most of the Big Ten. I think Georgia gets credit for its SEC schedule.” Walljasper said OSU would probably lose “two or three games” in the SEC. Though the players believe otherwise, they’re satisfied with their accomplishments. “Hey, we’re 12-0. That’s all I can say,” Sabino said. “People can talk what they want. (There are) a whole bunch of what-if’s now. I know we took care of what we had to do. We set out to win every single game this year and that’s what we did. It wasn’t pretty but it happened. We’re happy.” read more

Allardyce wants Jordan Pickford as Englands no 1

Allardyce wants Jordan Pickford as Englands no 1

first_imgEventhough 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.last_img read more

Skoko says Australian team deserves more

Skoko says Australian team deserves more

first_imgAustralian central midfielder Josip Skoko believes Australia have shown they are last-16 contenders and they are worthy to have more than a point from their opening two World Cup games.The Socceroos played out a 1-1 draw with Denmark after opening their Group C campaign with an unfortunate 2-1 loss to France.“They did really well. They set up tactically very well, they were quite close to each other, tight, didn’t give the Danes too many chances,” he told Omnisport via FourFourTwo.“And just when I thought they weren’t going to take it to the Danes, they did, and maybe the goal helped in that.An Aussie is living the “European dream” Manuel R. Medina – June 19, 2019 Defender George Timotheou is playing with Schalke in the German Bundesliga after he couldn’t appear even once in the Australian League.“I don’t really like when the Aussies sit back too much and just play tactically, I like them to come out and really have a crack and they did that when they needed to. They came out, they attacked and they created a lot of chances, which full credit to them, they really should’ve got the result, should’ve got the three points.“They outplayed them in the end and deserved more. I really like the fact that they looked confident, it wasn’t a nervous performance, it was a solid, controlled performance and one that says Australia is on the stage should be there and it’s a proper, proper contender to get through to the next round.”Skoko made 51 appearances for the Socceroos throughout his career.last_img read more

Klopp has full faith in Daniel Sturridge

Klopp has full faith in Daniel Sturridge

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists that he has full confidence in Daniel Sturridge for the upcoming campaignThe English striker had looked like a near-certain exit from Anfield at the beginning of the summer following a disappointing loan spell with the relegated West Brom last season after failing to find the back of the net in his six games.But, contrary to expectations, Sturridge has had a strong pre-season and appears to have forced his way into Klopp’s plans for the new campaign.Now the German is hoping that his faith in the 28-year-old will be rewarded by an injury-free season.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding ar Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I can’t remember a bad game from him in the pre-season, to be honest. That’s absolutely good,” Klopp said on the club website.“I said it probably 500 times already: if Daniel is fit, nobody doubts Daniel. So, I do not. He is here in a good shape and hopefully he can bring that into the season as well.”Sturridge is expected to feature in Liverpool’s first game of the new league season at home to West Ham United on Sunday.last_img read more

Pires insists Celtic is a good club for young players

Pires insists Celtic is a good club for young players

first_imgFormer Arsenal star Robert Pires insists Celtic Football Club is still a good club for young players to develop as their players.French youngsters, Olivier Ntcham and £9million striker Odsonne Edouard have followed the path taken by new Olympique Lyon striker Moussa Dembele.Dembele’s £20m exit from Celtic may have been shrouded in acrimony, Pires points to it as evidence that Parkhead can be a profitable place for youngsters to develop.“For these guys it’s a good opportunity to play for Celtic because they can play in the Europa League and fight for the title with Rangers,” Pires said, according to Daily Mail.“It is an opportunity to play with a great club such as Celtic, everyone in Europe knows them. Then, for the future, if you play very well you can join the Premier League, La Liga or Serie A.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“Dembele played very well when he was at Celtic. But, for any French player, an opportunity to sign for Lyon is very tempting because they are a very good club in France.”“I think he can help Lyon. He is fast, has very good skills and can score goals. He looks like he will be very important to that team.”“But when a player changes the country, they always need to adapt to this new life. Some fans and media tell you that playing football is the same everywhere. It’s not.”“When you change country it is totally different. In Scotland it might be more physical than France, so you need that period to adapt. But I think he has started well at Lyon, showing why they spent that money.”last_img read more

Sancho discusses speculation over his future

Sancho discusses speculation over his future

first_imgBorussia Dortmund youngster Jadon Sancho has discussed speculation over his future after rumors of a potential sale to Paris Saint-Germain surfaced in the press.The 18-year-old says he owes the Germans too much to consider leaving.The former Manchester City trainee has been linked with a move away from the Dortmund but has distanced himself from a switch to France or anywhere else for that matter.Speaking to Bild, as quoted by Mirror Football, the England international has five goals and eight assists already this season, says his only focus is on the title race in Germany.He said: “I’m not wasting any thoughts on a change, I owe a lot to BVB and I have a lot in mind with this team. I’m happy here and did not sign for so long for anything.”“By giving everything and giving our fans full throttle, we know how strong the Bavarians are but we also know that can beat them if we have a good day, especially at home.”Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We have respect for them but also a lot of self-confidence and we all stick together.”Meanwhile, England manager Gareth Southgate has again called Sancho up and could feature against Croatia and the USA.“Jadon has tremendous belief in himself,” said the Three Lions boss. “He’s physically ready. I think with some of these younger players, going abroad isn’t such a big deal these days.”“The world is a small place. They know they can fly home in a couple of hours. So they kind of just go for it. Youngsters view it all a bit differently.”last_img read more

Film fests grave proposition Watch scifi film from inside a coffin

first_imgTo mark its 40th anniversary, Sweden’s Göteborg Film Festival will hold “an extremely intimate screening” of a sci-fi movie. How intimate? Well, let’s just say coffins don’t generally have a ton of space for stretching. The video teaser for the “world’s most claustrophobic cinema” shows a terrified-looking Meghan Markle lookalike walking through dark corridors until she comes upon a cavernous room containing a single sarcophagus. The footage then shows her from the inside of the tomb, breathing heavily, touching the top of the small, dark compartment with shaky hands and definitely not looking like she’s enjoying a relaxing afternoon at the cinema. Post a comment Share your voice Tags TV and Movies 0 Aniara, the film that viewers will watch in the confined space, is a 2018 adaptation of a science fiction poem by Nobel Prize winner Harry Martinson about space colonists who leave an Earth ravaged by extreme weather, only to find cosmic travel presents its own problems. In the 106-minute Swedish movie, a spaceship carrying settlers to Mars is knocked off course, causing the passengers to consider their place in the universe. Watching the action from the custom-made sarcophagus will presumably give viewers a sense of what’s it like to be alone in space, totally isolated from the outside world. It might feel lonely and restrictive in the box, but at least you won’t have to deal with those annoying audience members who spend the whole film talking and texting. “We want to explore what happens when you watch a film in extreme conditions,” the festival says of the experience, which runs at the international fest in Gothenburg from Jan. 27-31. The Göteborg Film Festival attracts more than 160,000 visitors annually, according to the website, though only a limited number will get to swap a seat for a sarcophagus. Those interested in the opportunity can share their email on the festival site for a chance to get a ticket. The site doesn’t list a price, but I’ve reached out to the festival for comment.  “Limited space available,” the video teaser ends (get it?). “Book now.” Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Crowd Control: A crowdsourced science fiction novel written by CNET readers.last_img read more

BlackBerry hits pause on annual phone upgrade trend

first_imgTCL Phone launches typically run on a predictable cycle. A new Samsung Galaxy S phone launches in the first quarter, while new iPhones make their debut in September. But BlackBerry Mobile, run by Chinese consumer electronics giant TCL, is bucking its usual trend this year and won’t be launching a new flagship phone in the summer. Francois Mahieu, general manager of BlackBerry Mobile, said that a new version of its BlackBerry Key franchise won’t appear for at least six months.That means its existing Key2 will be on the market for at least 14 months, an unusually long time for a phone. TCL is keeping the line fresh with minor updates, like the introduction of a new red color and boost in storage on Sunday at the MWC Barcelona trade show. Now playing: Watch this: MWC 2018: Where are they now? 1:16 Mobile World Congress 2019 Mentioned Above BlackBerry Key2 (64GB, black) 19 Photos Comments $994 “If we’re true to the brand and price segment we’re in, we need to find the right driver for the next stage,” Mahieu said. “What will make you upgrade?”Mahieu wouldn’t close the door on a new BlackBerry phone this year, so we could see one in the second half. One key upgrade driver could be 5G, but Mahieu said in a prior interview that there won’t be a BlackBerry running on next-generation wireless technology in 2019. He did keep the possibility alive for a 2020 5G BlackBerry though. BlackBerry embraces color with the Key2 LE See it 2 Review • BlackBerry Key2 will make you crazy if you’re not a keyboard die-hard 5G BlackBerry Alcatel OneTouch Mobile World Congress 2019 Share your voice reading • BlackBerry hits pause on annual phone upgrade trend Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared CNET may get a commission from retail offers. BlackBerry Key2 Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone • Tags Phones Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 See All “We don’t want to throw out another BlackBerry for the sake of refreshing it,” Mahieu said in an interview a day before the announcement. BlackBerry Mobile isn’t likely to start a trend — after all, it remains a niche player as one of the few companies offering a phone with a physical keyboard — but its move reflects a slowing market that’s seen declining phone sales and consumers reluctant to upgrade as frequently as they did in the past. Mahieu insists BlackBerry is still growing, but notes that the marketplace is crowded. He also noted that BlackBerry customers — like everyone else — are hanging on to their phones longer. As such, he didn’t feel the need to hit the annual upgrade deadline. News • BlackBerry Key2 Red Edition is out in the US and you’ll pay $50 more for it Preview • The BlackBerry Key2 doubles down on literally everythinglast_img read more

Decline in US Oil Rig Count is Overdone Drilling May Resume

first_imgCrude 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.last_img read more

Upazila chairman sent to jail for rape

Upazila chairman sent to jail for rape

first_imgHarun-ur-Rashid. Photo UNBA court Sunamganj on Monday rejected the bail petition of Bishwambarpur upazila chairman Harun-ur-Rashid and sent him to jail in a rape case.Md Zakir Hossain of Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal passed the order when Harun surrendered to the court asking for bail, said assistant public prosecutor Khairul Kabir.According to the case statement, Harun called the victim to his upazila parishad office to give her a sewing machine on 26 September and raped her there.Later, the victim woman filed a case against the chairman with Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal that same afternoon.last_img read more

Trump rabbi of attacked synagogue observe National Day of Prayer at White

Trump rabbi of attacked synagogue observe National Day of Prayer at White

first_img Jonathan Cain leads a musical number during a National Day of Prayer event in the White House Rose Garden on May 2, 2019, in Washington. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks Pete Buttigieg: Religious left is ‘stirring’ August 29, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! News China is punishing Muslims for fasting. So US Muslims are fasting from China. Florida megachurch pastor Paula White — whose husband, Jonathan Cain, sang during the service backed by a Southern Baptist worship group — closed out the prayer section of the ceremony, asking the audience members to join hands despite their probably being “a little bit sweaty” on the hot, sunny day.“We declare every demonic network to be scattered right now,” she prayed. “We declare right now that there is a hedge of protection over our president, first lady, every assignment, the purpose they carry.”On the eve of the prayer day, Trump declared prayer to be “the most powerful thing there is” as he and first lady Melania Trump welcomed more than 100 faith leaders to dinner in the State Dining Room. Pence was a speaker at Washington’s Museum of the Bible that night at a National Day of Prayer Task Force dinner.In the annual White House statement on the National Day of Prayer, the president also highlighted the need to protect houses of worship from attacks.“The United States’ steadfast commitment to upholding religious freedom has ensured that people of different faiths can pray together and live in peace as fellow American citizens,” Trump said in the proclamation. “We have no tolerance for those who disrupt this peace, and we condemn all hate and violence, particularly in our places of worship.” By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw By their tweets you will know them: The Democrats’ continuing God gap August 30, 2019 Share This! TagsChabad of Poway Donald Trump homepage featured Mike Pence National Day of Prayer Paula White Ralph Reed White House Yisroel Goldstein,You may also like Adelle M. Banks Adelle M. Banks, production editor and a national reporter, joined RNS in 1995. An award-winning journalist, she previously was the religion reporter at the Orlando Sentinel and a reporter at The Providence Journal and newspapers in the upstate New York communities of Syracuse and Binghamton.,Add Comment Click here to post a commentcenter_img Vice President Pence, with wife Karen, addresses a National Day of Prayer event in the White House Rose Garden on May 2, 2019, in Washington. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,WASHINGTON (RNS) — Among the guests at a White House ceremony marking the National Day of Prayer was Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, leader of the California synagogue recently attacked by a gunman.Goldstein marveled that he survived the attack.“We cannot control what others do but we can control how we react,” said Goldstein, who sought to protect his congregation instead of running. “I should have been dead by now, based on the rule of statistics.”Goldstein, standing with his hands wrapped in blue bandages after a finger was blown off in the attack, tried to pivot beyond the tragedy to next steps. Some applauded as he suggested bringing a time of reverence to schoolchildren so they will know “every human being is created in God’s image” and they are valued.“Many have asked me, ‘Rabbi, where do we go from here?’” he said. “If something good can come out of this terrible, terrible horrific event, let us bring back a moment of silence to our public school system.” Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email President Trump speaks a National Day of Prayer event in the White House Rose Garden on May 2, 2019, in Washington. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw By: Adelle M. Banks AMBankstw Share This! Opinion Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 The rabbi was among a group of leaders from different faiths who joined President Trump at the event.“As we unite on this day of prayer, we renew our resolve to protect communities of faith and to ensure that all people and all of our people can live and pray and worship in peace,” said Trump, drawing applause from Christians, Jews, Muslims and others at the midday interfaith gathering on Thursday (May 2).“In recent months, it’s been pretty tough. We’ve seen evil and hate-filled attacks on religious communities in the United States and all around the world.”Using a Yiddish term, Goldstein said he considered Trump “a mensch par excellence,” drawing applause for describing the chief executive as a person of honor.“Mr. President, when you called me, I was at home weeping,” the Orthodox rabbi in a big black hat told Trump. “You were the first person to begin my healing.”“Oh, wow,” said a man from the rows of chairs set up in the garden.Sister Joy Jones, General President of the Primary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, leads a prayer at the National Day of Prayer event in the White House Rose Garden on May 2, 2019, in Washington. RNS photo by Adelle M. BanksThe ceremony, marking the national observance created by Congress in 1952, lasted more than an hour. It featured remarks by Vice President Mike Pence as well as a former heroin addict who relied on prayer and religious leaders representing Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Mormon, Muslim and Hindu beliefs.Pence, like Trump, cited the recent attacks on houses of worship across the globe and in the United States and said he would be visiting Louisiana on Friday after three historically black churches were burned there in recent months.The vice president, who opened the ceremony before the arrival of the president and first lady, described the White House as a place of prayer, with Trump having “a practice of opening every Cabinet meeting in prayer.”“I can assure you at a time when religious belief is often marginalized and even ridiculed, in this White House under this president we believe in prayer,” said Pence, drawing applause.Trump used the occasion to highlight new and old efforts he said he has pursued to enhance religious liberty for Americans.“Earlier this week, I took action to ensure that federal employees can take paid time off to observe religious holy days,” he said. “And just today we finalized new protections for conscience rights for physicians, pharmacists, nurses, teachers, students and faith-based charities.”President Trump listens as recovering opioid addict Ashley Evans addresses a National Day of Prayer event in the White House Rose Garden on May 2, 2019, in Washington. RNS photo by Adelle M. BanksThe announcement drew applause from the crowd but was criticized by others, including the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, which said the new rule from the Department of Health and Human Services will adversely affect patients who are denied care by health care workers citing moral or religious objections.“HHS’s final denial of care rule will substantially harm the health and well-being of many — in particular women and transgender patients,” said Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference, in a statement. “The government should protect all patients from discrimination, not make it easier for those in the health care system to discriminate.”Trump also pledged that his administration “will preserve the central role of faith-based adoption and foster care agencies to care for vulnerable children while following their deeply held beliefs.”He touched on other hot-button topics, declaring to cheers that “every child, born and unborn, is a sacred gift from God” and describing what he sees as an increased use of the greeting “Merry Christmas” in stores.Between citing his administration’s recent efforts to address criminal justice reform and expressing his regard for the country, Trump said “we think about God” in the midst of “witch hunts.”Despite the interfaith nature of the event, evangelical Christians seemed dominant among the speakers. A number of audience members sometimes raised their hands in the air in response to the prayers and music of the service.Faith & Freedom Coalition founder Ralph Reed prayed that Trump and his advisers would have “supernatural wisdom” and “a spirit of boldness and moral courage to do the right thing even in the presence of criticism and attacks.” News National Day of Prayer attendees raise their hands in praise, and to take pictures, during musical selections at the White House Rose Garden on May 2, 2019, in Washington. RNS photo by Adelle M. Banks Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,‘Who’s doing Christianity right?’ At Taylor University, Pence invitation highlig … last_img read more

Ted Cruz To Report Raising Less Than Half What Beto ORourke Has

Ted Cruz To Report Raising Less Than Half What Beto ORourke Has

first_img 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.last_img read more

White Ponders Run for DC Council

White Ponders Run for DC Council

first_imgRobert White was an independent at-large candidate in the 2014 general election. (Photo credit: Facebook)One of the candidates for the D.C. Council at-large position in 2014 has started the process of running for the city’s legislative body in 2016.Robert White, who came in fourth in the D.C. Council at-large position in November 2014 as an independent, has set up an exploratory committee to seek one of the two at-large council seats in 2016. White, who will be running as a Democrat this time, said that District residents have encouraged him to seek a council seat once more.“I am grateful for the calls from across the District asking me to step into the race,” White said. “This exploratory committee will allow us the opportunity to get started. We recognize that new leadership [in the city] is required.”An exploratory committee is set up by a candidate to determine the feasibility of running for an elected office. The activities of exploratory committees, according to District law, consist of polling, travel and telephone calls to assess the benefits of being a candidate.The committee officially goes out of business when the candidate files papers with the D.C. Board of Elections and the campaign finance office to run for a position.White said that District residents want leaders who are accountable to the people.“It’s time to wipe away the last vestiges of a checkered past and expectations of insider dealings and corruption so a new kind of leadership can emerge-a leadership that advocates for a level-playing field and transparent government and offers every citizen a better chance to participate in the economic growth in the District,” he said.White told the AFRO that the issues that he campaigned on in 2014 are the same as in 2016.“I am concerned about the schools in the city, jobs for D.C. residents and particularly now, public safety,” he said. “Those issues are still completely relevant and now they are more urgent.”The Democratic Party primary takes place on June 14, 2016, and White’s main opponent will be D.C. Council member Vincent Orange (D-At Large). Political activist David Garber has joined the race and many political observers are waiting to see if former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray also joins the fray.White, a District native who holds a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a law degree from the American University School of Law, has worked for D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) as legislative counsel and is presently employed as the director of community outreach for the Office of the District of Columbia Attorney General. He is also the president of the Brightwood Park Citizens Association in Ward 4, where he resides.In 2014, White ran a campaign as an independent that received endorsements from labor unions, business groups, media organizations and former and present members of the D.C. Council.White said his campaign operation will be different next year.“One of the things I will focus on during this exploratory stage and the campaign is name recognition,” he said. “The last campaign that we had consisted of volunteers, even the campaign manager was a volunteer, and they did very well but this time we will have an experienced team to get our message out.”White’s campaign chairman is Matt Frumin, a well-known Ward 3 education activist and candidate for the D.C. Council at-large seat in April 2013.“Robert White can pull the people of the District together: rich, poor; Black, White; east and west,” Frumin said. “With Robert on the council, all of the people of the District have a better chance of sharing in the benefits of our city’s increasing prosperity.”One of White’s opponents in 2014, entrepreneur Khalid Pitts, serves as the treasurer of the exploratory committee.“Robert represents the future of the District-an inclusive place where each neighborhood gets the kind of support it needs to move forward,” Pitts said.While White works for District Attorney General Karl Racine, he makes it clear that he is not interested in being associated strongly with his boss’s unofficial political organization or that of D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s electoral apparatus.“I am 100 percent my own guy and I am an independent voice,” he said. “I don’t fall into anyone’s camp.”last_img read more

Augmented Reality Science Fiction or Reality w Video

Augmented Reality Science Fiction or Reality w Video

first_img(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.htmllast_img read more