Oil price rise insufficient to boost Canadian oilpatch spending analysts agree

first_imgCALGARY – A recent surge in oil prices will boost the bottom line of Canadian oil and gas producers but remains well below the minimum level needed to encourage increased investments in the oilsands or conventional oil and gas, energy analysts say.U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude prices recovered Wednesday to US$52.14 per barrel after sliding Tuesday but stopped short of the five-month-high close of US$52.22 per barrel on Monday, which was up more than 20 per cent from lows in June.“Fifty-dollar WTI is not high enough to support a material uptick in oilsands investments,” said Randy Ollenberger, managing director of oil and gas equity research for BMO Capital Markets.“Sustained US$60-plus oil prices are required to support most projects.”BMO links the recent run-up in crude oil prices to lower-than-expected U.S. oil production growth in the first half of 2017 but says it expects second half growth will be back on track.That means New York-traded West Texas Intermediate prices will remain “range-bound” between US$45 and US$55 per barrel, the bank concludes.In a report Wednesday, GMP FirstEnergy Capital affirmed its forecast for average WTI oil prices to rise to about US$56 per barrel in 2018 from US$50 this year, and to jump to the mid-US$60s per barrel by 2020.It says that normally those prices would lead to an increase in spending on Canadian exploration and production, but producers have been reluctant to make the commitment because the market has been so volatile. It says it’s assuming most capital spending programs will grow by less than 10 per cent next year.Judith Dwarkin, chief economist at RS Energy Group, said she agrees companies will be reluctant to increase spending in budgets that will be finalized over the next few months. She is predicting that average WTI will fall below US$50s per barrel next year due to higher American shale oil production and expiry of the OPEC production cutting agreement.“This (price) may be as good as it gets,” she said.“There are plays that are in the money at $50 but the bigger issue for producers is how stable do they think this price will be?”Most current Canadian oilsands operations in northern Alberta are profitable at US$50 oil, according to a study released by TD Securities earlier this month.TD found that the WTI price needed to recoup operating costs for an average thermal oilsands project — where steam is injected into wells to melt the sticky bitumen and allow it to be pumped to surface — had risen to about US$39 per barrel due to factors including a stronger Canadian dollar compared with the greenback.It said Canadian Natural Resources Ltd.’s (TSX:CNQ) Horizon project and Suncor Energy Inc.’s (TSX:SU) base mine — both top-ranked oilsands mining projects which upgrade bitumen to create synthetic crude — have record low break evens of US$23 and US$26 per barrel, respectively.Even at Syncrude Canada, whose mining operations were hit by planned and unplanned outages earlier this year, the average break even price will be US$40.70 per barrel of synthetic crude, well below US$50, the bank said.Ownership of the oilsands shifted dramatically earlier this year as major international players such as Royal Dutch Shell, Norway’s Statoil and Houston-based ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil sold or reduced their stakes in favour of more profitable plays elsewhere in the world.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Peter Peterson billionaire and philanthropist dies at 91

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Peter G. Peterson, a billionaire and business executive who became one of the most prominent voices to argue for entitlement reform and reducing the U.S. national debt, died of natural causes early Tuesday, his family said. He was 91.Born in the small town of Kearney, Nebraska, to Greek immigrants, Peterson was CEO of two major U.S. companies and co-founded one of the world’s largest private-equity firms.He was already a national figure in business by the early 1960s, serving as chairman and CEO of Bell and Howell, one of the largest manufacturers of movie cameras at the time.He left Bell and Howell to work for the Nixon administration in the early 1970s, eventually serving as secretary of commerce from 1972 to 1973.He took over as chief executive of the investment bank Lehman Brothers in 1973 after leaving the Nixon administration. In 1985, he co-founded the private-equity firm Blackstone Group with Stephen Schwarzman.“His intelligence, wit and vision made him an inspirational leader who brought people together from the White House to Wall Street,” his family said in a statement.Blackstone went on to become one of biggest private-equity firms in the world, with $434 billion in assets under management at the end of last year. When the firm went public in 2007, Peterson’s stake in the company made him a billionaire. His wealth was estimated at $2 billion, according to Forbes Magazine.Peterson dedicated the rest of his life to what he called “key fiscal challenges threatening America’s future,” donating $1 billion to create the Peter G. Peterson Foundation in 2007.He never publicly endorsed the fiscal ideals of the Tea Party. However, his ideas did give him some common ground with them.He long argued that the United States’ entitlement programs, principally Medicaid, Medicare and Social Security, had to be restructured or benefits cut back to avoid bankrupting the government. Through his foundation, he disseminated his ideas among the public and politicians.“The fact he was able to start a serious debate about the future of Social Security and other entitlement programs was a huge accomplishment,” said Fred Bergsten, founder of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, who worked with Peterson in various capacities going back to the 1970s.Peterson was not considered ideological when it came to dealing with Social Security and Medicare. A life-long Republican, he still believed that raising taxes should be considered as part of any major restructuring of the U.S. budget, Bergsten said.The foundation quickly became a major voice on all budget-related matters, repeatedly quoted in national media outlets. In 2008, his organization helped bankroll the documentary “I.O.U.S.A,” with the goal of making the federal government’s ballooning national debt, then around $10 trillion, a central campaign issue.“What is most significant is most of our challenges are not really being discussed,” Peterson told The Associated Press in 2008 when he created his foundation. “I’ve been a very lucky beneficiary of the American dream as the son of immigrants. And, the more I look at some of these problems, the more persuaded I am they will post a serious threat to this country.”Peterson is survived by his wife, Joan Ganz Cooney, who co-founded the Children’s Television Workshop, and children John Peterson, Jim Peterson, David Peterson, Holly Peterson and Michael Peterson, and nine grandchildren.last_img read more

Rotary District 5370 Governor visits Fort St John

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Rotary District 5370 Governor Ingrid Neitsch finished her tour of the two Rotary Clubs in Fort St. John today.Neitsch came to the Energetic City on Tuesday where she visited both the Fort St. John Rotary Club and the Sunrise Rotary Club.During her visit, Neitsch met with the two club Presidents, Raven Pruden and Tara Waddy. Afterwards, Neitsch was given a tour of the city to see what the rotary clubs had accomplished this year. The tour was led by Councillor Larry Evans who made sure to stop at the New Rotary Spray Park, new skateboard park, seniors home and Charlie Lake RV Park. Fort St. John Rotary Club President Raven Pruden explained that it is a big deal whenever the District governor comes to town as its a chance to showcase what Rotary does for the community.“We just take her out, show her Fort St. John and show her what the community is about,” said Pruden. “We show her some of the projects we have done or are going to do.”Pruden added that the District Governor reports directly to the President of Rotary, so a good visit is important.Pruden went on to say that Rotary is so important on both a local and national scale and the visit is just one more chance to showcase that.last_img read more

Reliance on equalization not a factor in Quebecs low productivity rate author

Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Despite low unemployment and a strong economy, Quebec continues to have problems generating wealth and its citizens have less money to save and spend compared with Canadians in every other province, says a new report by Universite de Montreal’s business school.One of the main reasons for the province’s relative poverty lies in its low productivity, said Robert Gagne, co-author of “Productivity and Prosperity in Quebec,” published Monday. His research indicates “one hour worked in Quebec generates less wealth than one hour worked elsewhere in Canada.”Quebec needs to better educate its workforce, stimulate private investment and encourage innovation to catch up with the rest of the country, Gagne said in an interview.Conservative-leaning politicians across Canada, however, make another argument: Quebec suffers from its over reliance on equalization payments.As the provincial election in resource-rich Alberta is set to begin and with a federal election a few months away, Quebecers are likely going to hear a lot more about how they are unduly benefiting from the wealth generated by higher-earning Canadians.Just don’t tell that to Gagne. “I don’t know anyone who says, ‘I won’t make an effort, because either way, we’ll get equalization.’ It’s not true,” he said in an interview.Under the federal government’s equalization program, Ottawa redistributes part of the tax money it collects to poorer provinces to ensure citizens across the country are offered comparable services. Quebec is set to receive more than $13 billion in equalization payments this fiscal year, while Alberta will receive none.One of the main policy proposals of Quebec MP Maxime Bernier, leader of the People’s Party of Canada, is to make equalization “less generous.” He argues Quebec refuses to develop its oil and shale gas potential and to take other measures to increase productivity because it can count on equalization.Conservative MP Michelle Rempel, who represents a Calgary riding, tweeted over the weekend she was bringing a petition to the House of Commons containing thousands of signatures calling on the Liberal government  to review the equalization formula. The petition states, in part, “the government of Canada discriminates against provinces that choose to develop their natural resources while rewarding those who rely on government transfers as opposed to diversifying their economies.”Jason Kenney, leader of Alberta’s United Conservative Party, has singled out Quebec in arguing that the current equalization formula treats his province unfairly. In December he tweeted, “suffering Alberta continues to transfer wealth to a province blocking the source of our wealth,” referring to Quebec’s opposition to a new pipeline on its territory.Quebec Economy Minister Pierre Fitzgibbon said his government is taking steps to address the productivity gap, modifying the role of the province’s investment agency so small and medium-sized business have capital to invest in manufacturing technologies.He also said his government wants to create a closer link between universities and the private sector in order to have graduates better trained for the needs of the market.“I don’t want to criticize the past,” Fitzgibbon said in an interview Monday, but he added that small and medium-sized businesses in outlying regions are key to the Quebec economy. “And I think we have forgotten the regions. These people need programs, and I think it’s there we need to help, and it’s there we can make a difference,” he said.Premier Francois Legault will have the opportunity to address Quebec’s low productivity with his government’s first budget on Thursday. Despite its relative poverty, Quebec has had several back-to-back balanced budgets with billion-dollar surpluses.Gagne said Canada is a large, decentralized country, and as such it needs a system to redistribute wealth.“If we want Canadians to have comparable services, well then we need equalization,” Gagne said. “The day we don’t have equalization then there won’t really be a reason to have a country. If we don’t want to help each other out, then why should we stay together?”— With files from Pierre Saint-Arnaud read more

Foreign Ministry says no welcome committee for British Royals

The Foreign Ministry today rejected claims that a welcome committee had been formed in the Government for the visiting British Royals.The Sri Lankan Ministry of Foreign Affairs and British High Commission Colombo said that a document currently being circulated, purporting to be guidance issued by a ‘Welcome Committee of British Royals’, is not genuine. No such committee has been constituted by either the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or British High Commission, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Draft legislation set for UNbacked meeting on rule of law in postconflict

The draft laws of a Penal Code and Code of Criminal Procedure, drawn up by experts meeting in Galway, Ireland, earlier this week also include model statutes on police powers and detention.They are expected to be presented to an international workshop in September sponsored by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights to review relevant rule-of-law policy tools for post-conflict States, following regional consultations in Latin America, the Middle East, Asia and Africa.The drafts give life to a recommendation made in a report to Secretary General Kofi Annan in 2000 under the direction of Lakhdar Brahimi on reforming peacekeeping operations. Based on a cross-cultural model that builds upon internationally recognized standards and experiences from UN peacekeeping operations, they are intended to be flexible so as to meet local circumstances effectively.The Galway gathering was the second round of consultations on the draft laws, developed by the United States Institute for Peace in partnership with the Irish Centre for Human Rights, following a UN-sponsored meeting of experts in Geneva last June. read more

Toyota still top in global vehicle sales over VW GM after first

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Toyota still top in global vehicle sales, over VW, GM, after first 3 quarters of year TOKYO – Toyota kept its lead over rivals Volkswagen and General Motors as the world’s top-selling automaker in the first nine months of the year, Monday reporting record sales of 7.615 million vehicles, up nearly 3 per cent from the previous year.Volkswagen said earlier this month it sold 7.40 million vehicles for January-September, barely edging out General Motors Co. in the closely watched auto sales race. GM reported sales of 7.372 million cars and trucks worldwide earlier this month.Japanese automaker Toyota was in first place in the first half with sales of almost 5.1 million. It finished first last year with a record 9.98 million sales, and is projecting annual sales of 10.2 million vehicles this year. That would be an auto industry record.Toyota, which makes the Camry sedan, Prius hybrid and Lexus luxury models, is doing well despite difficulties in its home Japanese market, where a rise in the sales tax has dampened spending overall, especially auto purchases.Toyota has publicly played down its spot at the top, saying its focus is on delivering good cars, one at a time.But the competition is intense. The three automakers have been close on each other’s heels, competing not only in developed markets such as the U.S. and Europe, but also in the emerging markets of China and the rest of Asia.Volkswagen, which nudged GM out of second in the first half of the year, stayed ahead of the Detroit automaker even though GM had its best third-quarter global sales since 1980, led by strong sales in China and growth in North America.GM does not give annual sales projections, but Volkswagen has said it might deliver 10 million vehicles this year.General Motors was the No. 1 selling automaker for more than seven decades before losing the title to Toyota in 2008. GM retook the sales crown in 2011, when Toyota’s production was hurt by the quake and tsunami in northeastern Japan.Toyota made a comeback in 2012, and kept that lead in 2013. GM is going strong despite issuing massive recalls this year totalling more than 30 million vehicles.Toyota also underwent a massive recall debacle in the U.S., announcing recall after recall starting in 2009.Japanese automakers, including Toyota, are also embroiled in an unfolding global recall problem, this time over faulty air bags made by Japanese supplier Takata Corp.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter at https://twitter.com/yurikageyama by Yuri Kageyama, The Associated Press Posted Oct 26, 2014 11:19 pm MDT read more

Ban sends Security Council first report of joint UN body probing chemical

According to a note issued by the Office of Mr. Ban’s Spokesperson, the report provides an overview of the work of the Joint Investigative Mechanism (JIM) to date, the sources of information available to the Mechanism and the methodology behind their investigation.The Secretary-General appreciates the professional, independent, objective and impartial work that is being carried out, says the note, which adds that the Security Council is expected to consider the report on 22 February.The Mechanism reviewed the incidents where the OPCW Fact-Finding Missions determined that chemicals were used or likely used as weapons in Syria, and identified potential cases for further investigation.The next phase of the work of the Mechanism will include: the detailed analysis of all information obtained, including from Member States and other sources; the finalization of the list of cases for investigation on the basis of all information obtained; and the conduct of the investigation, including field visits as necessary, in order to identify the individuals, entities, groups or governments who were perpetrators, organizers, sponsors or otherwise involved in the use of chemicals as weapons. According to the note, this stage will continue until sufficient information and evidence is gathered to allow the Mechanism to report its findings to the Security Council.The Secretary-General expresses his appreciation to the leadership panel and the staff of the Mechanism, as well as the OPCW and the Office for Disarmament Affairs for their continued support to the Mechanism, as well as to Member States for their assistance to the Mechanism and financial support to its Trust Fund.Full cooperation from the Syrian Government and all parties in Syria remains essential in the discharge of the Mechanism’s mandate, the note concludes.The joint body, established by the Security Council in August 2015 for a period of one year with a possibility of future extension, is tasked with identifying “individuals, entities, groups, or governments involved in the use of chemicals as weapons, including chlorine or any other toxic chemical,” in Syria, according to the Council, which reiterated that those responsible must be held accountable. read more

Football Ohio State will rely on firstyear starters to make substantial impacts

Ohio State then-redshirt sophomore tight end Rashod Berry (13) shakes off a defender while running the ball in the third quarter of the Ohio State-UNLV game on Sep. 23. Ohio State won 54- 21. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State doesn’t have much room to complain about the year-to-year cycle of losing and replacing players. Massive turnover is just part of the cycle as a college football program — and given their recruiting prowess, the Buckeyes have it easy. That does not mean things always run smoothly.A large base of high-level talent means the program loses players to the NFL every year. The coaches have pressure to turn first-year starters into NFL-caliber players. And while coaching and developing those athletes, the staff must prepare for the future by recruiting against the nation’s top teams.The cycle often changes. Last year, the Buckeyes had several second-year players at key positions. They entered the season returning its starting quarterback, an All-American center, a bookend left tackle, the deepest defensive end group in the country and an experienced group of linebackers.But as spring wraps up, Ohio State once again is in the position of relying on a smattering of first-year players to step up into roles in which they are relied to be major contributors. That, of course, begins at the quarterback position, but extends elsewhere. Out went J.T. Barrett, Rimington Trophy winning center Billy Price, first-team All-Big Ten left tackle Jamarco Jones and tight end Marcus Baugh, a two-year starter.Ohio State then-freshman defensive end Chase Young (2) attempts to take down Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke (10) in the second half of the Ohio State-Michigan State game on Nov. 11. Ohio State won 48-3. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorDefensive ends Tyquan Lewis, Sam Hubbard and Jalyn Holmes, along with defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle, are gone. Behind them, the defense lost its leader in linebacker Chris Worley and two-year starting linebacker Jerome Baker. Safety Damon Webb and cornerback Denzel Ward also have left the team.The Buckeyes will likely have first-year starters at tight end, center, right tackle, defensive end, defensive tackle, linebacker, safety and cornerback. The large amount of new starters is not necessarily a bad thing to head coach Urban Meyer, who preaches competition — even at quarterback.“There’s zero stress, minimal stress when you have great players that are competing,” Meyer said on March 5.Despite the anticipation that Ohio State will rely heavily on unproven players, optimism about the situation is not hard to find. Because the Buckeyes have recruited better than ever before, the expectation exists that former five-star recruits and four-star prospects will step into primary roles in the fall.Several former five-star prospects — sophomores defensive end Chase Young, linebacker Baron Browning and cornerbacks Jeffrey Okudah and Shaun Wade — will compete for open spots, along with many four-stars and a few three-stars. Even when a former three-star prospect — like sophomore Thayer Munford, who is penciled in as the starting right tackle — grabs a spot, he is seen as a worthy starter because he beat out highly regarded recruits for the role.The expectation also differs by position. Not only are Okudah and Wade former five-stars, but they play a position at which Ohio State has had immense success. Whoever wins the starting center role — Brady Taylor, Josh Myers or Matt Burrell — will feel massive pressure in replacing Ohio State’s second consecutive Rimington winner. That is especially true on the defensive line, historically a position group of strength that does not just hope to have a major impact, but views that as a necessity.Ohio State freshman cornerback Jeffrey Okudah (29) breaks up a pass in the fourth quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern California on Dec. 29 in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. Ohio State won 24-7. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor“I think the standard’s been set,” Meyer said. “We just can’t drop below that.”But not everyone pans out, which often gets forgotten. Redshirt junior cornerbacks Kendall Sheffield and Damon Arnette, junior wideouts Austin Mack and Binjimen Victor and redshirt senior linebacker Dante Booker slid into starting roles with opportunities to take advantage with big seasons. Though none completely failed in their roles, none significantly broke through. So while Ohio State should be confident in redshirt junior tight end Rashod Berry, sophomore safety Isaiah Pryor and redshirt sophomore defensive end Jonathon Cooper taking a step forward, a cautiously optimistic attitude might be the best approach.This situation is not new for Ohio State. Nor is it unfamiliar to Meyer. And sometimes, despite the lack of experience, a fresh group of talent works well.In 2014, the last time Meyer returned to Columbus with a national-championship trophy, the Buckeyes’ core consisted of first-year players in key positions. In his first season as the starter, Barrett tossed passes to first-year starter Michael Thomas and handed the ball off to first-year starter Ezekiel Elliott. A bevy of first-year starters — Darron Lee, Vonn Bell, Tyvis Powell, Steve Miller and Eli Apple — helped turn the defense into a feared unit.In a sport with more than 130 teams at the Division I level, it might seem insane to see a national championship berth — or, at the very least, a College Football Playoff appearance — as an expectation. But Meyer did not just earn a $1.2 million raise to view a New Year’s Six bowl game as a success. Ohio State did not make offensive coordinator Ryan Day and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano the first two million-dollar assistant coaches in program history with the goal of anything other than a national championship.In order to raise the level of play to that level, the Buckeyes must ensure a high level of play from their first-year starters. read more

NO ONESTA PARTY IN PARIS Dinart will lead France at WCh 2017

2012 LondonTeam It sounds shocking, but rumours from France speaking about the big change on the French bench even before the Men’s World Championship 2017! The first big event in new Olympic cycle with final weeekend in Paris, won’t be a farewell party for one of the most successful coaches in the history of handball – Claude Onesta.The 59-years old Onesta will be replaced by his assistand Didier Dinart (39). That will be published next Wednesday on the official press conference.Dinart already get more competence on the team as it was visible during Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Poland, but also at Olympic tournament in Rio.His assistant will be also one of the iconic faces of the French handball – Guillaume Gille, the older brother of Bertrand, ex-member of HSV Handball and Chambery Savoie.It is early for conclusion what this change will bring to the fantastic generation of the French handball.However, list of successes in Onesta’s era which began in 2001 is so impressive that possible critics in the upcoming months could start with famous sentence…“No Onesta, no party!” 2008 BeijingTeam ← Previous Story VIDEO: “Interception of the season” – Flying Mahe Next Story → Bjerringbro Silkeborg celebrate away win in Schaffhausen 2003 Portugal Olympic Games 2009 Croatia 2011 Sweden 2015 Qatar World Championship 2005 Tunisia 2006 Switzerland European Championship 2008 Norway 2014 Denmark 2010 Austria 2016 Rio de JaneiroTeam Didier DinartGuillaume Gille read more

Young drivers are more likely to crash due to mobile phone distraction

first_imgYOUNG DRIVERS ARE more likely to be distracted by mobile phones while driving with a crash or near-miss among young drivers seven times more likely if they are using their phones.For the new US study, researchers at the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute installed video cameras, global positioning systems and gadgets to measure speed and acceleration in the cars of 42 newly licenced drivers 16 or 17 years old.They also did the same in the cars of 109 adults with an average of 20 years behind the wheel.The risk of a crash or near-miss among young drivers increased more than sevenfold if they were dialing or reaching for a mobile phone and fourfold if they were sending or receiving a text message.The risk also rose if they were reaching for something other than a phone, looking at a roadside object or eating.Among older drivers, only dialing a number  increased the chances of a crash or near miss. However, that study began before texting became more common, so researchers don’t know if it is as dangerous for them as it is for teens.The research also produced a surprise, simply talking on the phone did not prove dangerous, as it has in other studies. Although the study did not distinguish between handheld and hands-free devices a major weakness.And even though talking doesn’t require drivers to take their eyes off the road, it’s hard to talk on a phone without first reaching for it or dialing a number things that raise the risk of a crash, researchers note.The results were published in today’s a New England Journal of Medicine.David Strayer, a University of Utah scientist who has done research on this topic, said the findings that merely talking on a phone while driving was not dangerous is “completely at odds with what we found.”The study methods and tools may have underestimated risks because video cameras capture wandering eyes but can’t measure cognitive distraction, he said.“You don’t swerve so much when you’re talking on a cellphone; you just might run through a red light,” and sensors would not necessarily pick up anything amiss unless a crash occurred, Strayer said.As for texting, “we all agree that things like taking your eyes off the road are dangerous,” he said.Read: Children are 12 times more distracting to a driver than a mobile phone >Poll: Do you use your mobile phone while driving? >last_img read more

Neige 20 départements en vigilance orange

first_imgNeige : 20 départements en vigilance orangeLe retour de la neige et du verglas dans le centre et l’est de l’Hexagone a poussé Météo France à garder 20 départements en alerte orange ce matin.Les chutes de neige qui ont débuté hier se poursuivent, surtout en Lorraine, Alsace, Franche-Comté, Rhône-Alpes et sur une partie du Massif Central, annonce Météo France. En revanche, ces chutes de neige doivent s’atténuer puis cesser dans la partie nord.Les perturbations sur les routes concernent aujourd’hui les poids-lourds et le ramassage scolaire. Les transports scolaires sont suspendus dans les départements suivants : Aisne, Haute-Vienne, Rhône, Haute-Savoie, Isère, Loire, Ardennes, Marne, Nièvre, Côte d’Or, Moselle, Haute-Marne, Meurthe-et-Moselle et Yonne.À lire aussiCanicule : Comment se protéger efficacement contre la chaleur ?L’alerte orange est valable jusqu’à 13h. Cependant, la situation devrait être difficile demain, avec un nouvel épisode neigeux en région parisienne et dans le nord de la France, alors qu’il s’agit par ailleurs d’une journée de départs en vacances.Le centre interministériel de crise a été activé hier matin au ministère de l’Intérieur pour éviter le chaos de la semaine dernière, qui avait bloqué des milliers de Français.Dans les départements concernés par l’alerte, Bison Futé conseille d’ “éviter tout déplacement qui ne s’avère pas nécessaire” et de rester prudent en cas de déplacement “absolument nécessaire”.Le 17 décembre 2010 à 09:11 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Vancouver man gets 23 years in rape torture case

first_imgA Clark County Superior judge on Thursday sentenced a Vancouver man convicted of kidnapping, raping and burning a former girlfriend to more than 23 years in prison.Kivenson Elies, 29, was convicted in a bench trial in August of second-degree domestic violence rape, domestic violence unlawful imprisonment and second-degree domestic violence assault.According to court records, Elies met with the woman in January in Oregon, shortly after he was released from prison. He was imprisoned for second-degree domestic violence assault and unlawful imprisonment, according to records in that case.When he entered the woman’s vehicle, he forced her to drive to a bank to withdraw $500 for him. He then forced her to drive to the Motel 6 in Vancouver, where he punched walls to scare her, raped her and burned her with a lit cigarette, court records state.At one point, he tried forcing her to buy the matches he used to burn her, Deputy Prosecutor Luka Vitasovic said.“It was just one way to degrade a human being after another that evening,” Vitasovic said, explaining the state’s sentencing recommendation of 280 months.last_img read more

The legacy that Mayor Faulconer leaves behind after the 2020 elections

first_img KUSI Newsroom The legacy that Mayor Faulconer leaves behind after the 2020 elections Posted: July 30, 2019 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) –  With the 2020 elections just sixteen months away, Mayor Faulconer’s time in office is coming to an end, but how will he be remembered? Here to discuss this and more is KUSI’s contributor and AM-760 radio host, Mark Larson. July 30, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Download Now New App Puts Soy Social Auction Right in Your Hands

first_imgASA launched an all-new Soy Social and Auction mobile app this week, allowing attendees to easily navigate the event details from their smartphones and other devices.With the Soy Social and Auction app, auction attendees can link to registration to buy tickets, check out items available for bid, review the schedule, see who is supporting ASA by clicking sponsor links and more.To access the app, download Guidebook from the iTunes store or Google Play on your mobile device, open the app and click “Download Guides,” then enter “Touchdown! Soy Social and Auction 2015” in the search bar.Online registration for the Soy Social and Auction will close on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015. Register onsite at Commodity Classic beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015 from 8 a.m. to noon at the SoyPAC registration desk located in the Phoenix Convention Center.Registration InstructionsRegister online for the 2015 ASA Soy Social and Auction by clicking here. Advance Registration Ticket Options for Individuals and Couples:Individual First Sighting, Dinner and Auction – 5:30 p.m. $125 (before noon on Thursday, Feb. 26) Individual Dinner and Auction – 6 p.m. for $75 (before noon on Thursday, Feb. 26)Individual Auction Only – 7 p.m. for $45 Couples First Sighting, Dinner and Auction – 5:30 p.m. for $240 (before noon on Thursday, Feb. 26) Couples Dinner and Auction – 6 p.m. for $140 (Before noon on Thursday, Feb. 26)Couples Auction Only – 7 p.m. for $90Individuals and couples who purchase Auction Only tickets will only be allowed to enter at 7 p.m.Each actual registration, (single or couple registration) will be given one $50 SOY BUCKS voucher towards the purchase of a Silent or Live Auction item, if the purchase price is at least $50. All Redemption Rules will be on the back of the Soy Bucks.Commemorative 10-year lapel pins are also for sale for $10 apiece. Every pin purchase offers a chance to win a $1,000 cash gift card to be drawn on March 8, 2015.The ASA Soy Social and Auction is sponsored by the following companies: Syngenta, Farm Credit, Rabo AgriFinance, REG Enterprises, Farm Link, Bayer CropScience, MacDon Industries and Illinois Soybean Association.The ASA Soy Social and Auction benefits SoyPAC, ASA’s political action committee. For more information about the 10th Annual Soy Social and Auction contact Farris Haley, fhaley@soy.org or Kathie Mullen kmullen@soy.org at 1-800-688-7692.last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 loses the headphone jack reports say

first_img Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Now playing: Watch this: Mobile Tablets Phones Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Preview • Galaxy Note 8 could be the Note 7 you should have had, and then some $699 Samsung’s Galaxy Note is coming (all while we keep waiting… 4:11 Best Buy Amazon Comments See It 13 Photos • $329 Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier Sprint See It reading • Samsung Galaxy Note 10: More leaked images show no headphone jack Samsung Galaxy Note 8 Phone Review • Galaxy Note 8 is powerful, pricey and soon-to-be-replaced 4 $960 Apple The images also show volume and power buttons on the left side of the handset, and no Bixby button on the right.The Note 10 is rumored to have physical buttons for power and volume, no headphone jack, a bigger aspect ratio, a 6.66-inch display — compared with the Note 9’s 6.4-inch screen — a 4,300mAh battery, four rear cameras and a camera on the S Pen.The Korean tech giant is also reportedly looking to make more than one model of the Note 10, including a 5G version like the Samsung Galaxy S10 5G.Samsung Indonesia also published a video in a now-deleted tweet that showed some of the productivity features of the Note 10, according to PocketNow. The video “implies that you will no longer need to use multiple devices (desktop, laptop, memory sticks, etc.) to get work done,” the report says.Samsung didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. See It Google Huawei Samsung Apple See it Tags See All Share your voice Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors $471 Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy Note 8 (Midnight Black) It looks like the headphone jack on the Note 9 has disappeared from the Note 10. Angela Lang/CNET The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 10 has ditched the headphone jack, new leaked images reportedly coming from the Federal Communications Commission itself show. Much like Apple, Google and Huawei, Samsung has apparently banished the 3.5mm jack from the bottom of its next device.note-10-rumorThe jack-less Note 10, as seen in one of the reportedly leaked images. XDA Developers Last month saw the revelation that the Note 10 will be launched Aug. 7 during a Samsung Unpacked event at the Barclays Center in New York. The venue is the same place the Korean tech giant launched the Note 9 last year.Photos that XDA Developers, Droid Life and SlashLeaks reported as being accidentally leaked by the FCC on Thursday before being removed from the web show both the top and bottom of the phone, with the only circular slot on the device belonging to the S Pen.On Wednesday, more images purportedly of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus were leaked, with the pictures showing a front-facing camera positioned in the middle of the handset and three cameras vertically aligned on the rear of the device. The images come from official marketing, German tech publication WinFuture reported.Commentary: What the Note 10 has to do to impress us.last_img read more

Tshisekedi declared winner in disputed DR Congo elections

first_imgFelix Tshisekedi, leader of the Congolese main opposition party, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress (UDPS) who was announced as the winner of the presidential elections walks after meeting to his supporters in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, on 10 January 2019. Reuters File PhotoDR Congo’s top court on Sunday declared opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi the winner of disputed presidential elections after throwing out a legal challenge by the runner-up.Announcing the final results of the long awaited poll, the Constitutional Court said Tshisekedi had won by a simple majority, paving the way for him to take over from long-term leader Joseph Kabila in an official ceremony on Tuesday.Runner-up Martin Fayulu immediately called on the international community to reject the results, after the court said his appeal was “unfounded”.”I ask the entire international community not to recognise a power that has neither legitimacy nor legal standing to represent the Congolese people,” he said of Tshisekedi, declaring himself “the only legitimate president”.Tshisekedi’s victory was first announced earlier this month based on provisional results by the Independent National Election Commission (CENI) but it was challenged both at home and abroad, with the African Union appealing for the final results to be delayed.On Sunday, the Constitutional Court said Fayulu had failed to prove any inaccuracies.”Only the CENI has produced authentic and sincere results,” judge Noel Kilomba said.Hundreds of supporters of Tshisekedi had gathered outside the court holding placards saying “No to interference” and “Independent country” as riot police stood nearby.’Not their business’ The election commission announced on January 10 that Tshisekedi had provisionally won with 38.57 per cent of the vote against Fayulu’s 34.8 per cent.Fayulu denounced the figures as an “electoral coup” forged by Tshisekedi and Kabila, and filed an appeal with the Constitutional Court.At a summit on Thursday, AU leaders said there were “serious doubts” about the vote’s provisional results and called for the announcement of the final results to be suspended.But DR Congo government spokesman Lambert Mende had snubbed the demand, saying: “I don’t think it is the business of the government or even of the African Union to tell the court what it should do.”The AU also announced that its commission chief Moussa Faki Mahamat and Rwanda’s President Paul Kagame, currently the AU chairman, were expected to fly to DR Congo on Monday.The European Union said it joined the AU in inviting “all the Congolese players to work constructively with this (AU) delegation to find a post-electoral solution which respects the Congolese people’s vote”. Appeal The Financial Times and other foreign media have reported seeing documents that confirm Fayulu as the winner.”If the court declares Tshisekedi victor, the risk of isolation would be enormous and untenable for a country positioned right in the middle of the continent,” Adeline Van Houtte of the Economist Intelligence Unit wrote on Twitter.Fayulu’s camp had hailed the AU appeal for the final result to be put on hold, but Tshisekedi’s entourage branded it “scandalous”.The dispute has raised fears that the political crisis that began when Kabila refused to step down at the end of his constitutional term in office two years ago, could turn into a bloodbath.The vast and chronically unstable country lived through two regional wars in 1996-97 and 1998-2003, and the previous two elections, in 2006 and 2011, were marred by bloody clashes.The AU has taken the firmest line of all major international bodies with regard to the post-election crisis.The Southern African Development Community (SADC), a bloc that includes Angola and South Africa, initially called for a recount and a unity government.But in a later communique, it made no mention of those demands, instead calling on Congolese politicians to “address any electoral grievances in line with the Democratic Republic of Congo’s Constitution and relevant electoral laws”.last_img read more

The newest Super Mario Bros speed run world record may be impossible

first_imgA new world record speed run for Super Mario Bros. was recently set by a player named Darbian. This same player also held the previous record for finishing the NES classic in the fastest time possible. It took Darbian years to shave just half a second off his previous record. Now that he has topped himself, he is officially done with trying to set another record. Considering how this current world record speed run is nearly perfect, it’s entirely possible that we may never see anyone top the record either.Darbian’s original record for beating the game was 4:57.427. The new record is 4:57.260. In order to achieve such a fast run, he made ample usage of the game’s warp pipes. Then, of course, is the muscle memory he has developed from years of doing this run. All of that, along with the “bullet bill glitch” that allowed Darbian to skip the castle walk at the end of the level, helped him shatter his previous record literally by milliseconds.For this speed run, Darbian played the game on an NES console set up for streaming and also showed his heart rate, which was around 80 beats per minute for most of the run. When he entered World 8, it began to rise as he knew he was on the verge of besting his previous time. His heart rate maxed out at 172 bpm.It’s a certainty that other runners will try to top Darbian’s time, but they’ll surely have a hard go of it. If it took years to shave half a second off the previous record, then other runners’ chances are looking to optimistic.last_img read more

Tremors felt in Kolkata parts of South Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Mild tremors were felt in various South Bengal districts including Hooghly, Howrah, West Midnapore and East Midnapore.The tremors were experienced around 4.05 pm. It was a very low-intensity tremor and did not last long. Many in the city had, however, no clue about the development. It was learnt that an earthquake measuring around 3.6 on the Richter Scale hit some parts of South Bengal on Saturday afternoon. Tremors were felt in Howrah as well. Some people from the districts came out of their houses and stood in the open for a while. According to Ranen Mondal, a resident of Howrah, the ceiling fan which was switched off had started shaking. The incident triggered panic among the locals. However, the vibrations lasted only for a few seconds. According to the Meteorological department, the depth of the earthquake measured around 10 km deep. The source of the quake is not yet known. The earthquake was also felt in Ghatal, Kharagpur of West Midnapore and many parts of East Midnapore district as well.last_img read more

Microsoft Account for Android

first_imgMicrosoft Account for Android by Martin Brinkmann on May 31, 2016 in Google Android – 6 commentsMicrosoft Account is a free Android application that improves the two-step verification process when signing in to a Microsoft Account.When you sign in to your Microsoft Account on a device, you may be asked to verify the account after entering the correct username and password.This happens automatically on new devices, but may happen on devices you use regularly as well depending on whether you check that you are using the device regularly during login.The options provided to verify the identity are to confirm an email address or phone number to have a code send via email or SMS which needs to be entered to verify the identity (options provided depend on the account profile).Microsoft Account for AndroidThe process is not very comfortable, as you will have to use a separate program usually to retrieve the code to enter it on the sign in page.Additionally, you will always have to enter (part of or all of) the email address or phone number before the code is even send using the selected method.Microsoft Account for Android devices improves the process. The application has been designed to improve the two-step verification process by requiring just a tap when the app is running to verify the sign in request (or deny it).You do need to authorize the app first before you can make use of it though. This happens like any other sign in to a Microsoft Account: enter your username and password, select one of the available two-step verification options, enter the code when you receive it, and you are set.The sign in page highlights that codes are send to the Microsoft Account application. Simply open the application on your device and hit the approve button to verify the identity.It is still possible to get codes in a different way by clicking on the “having trouble” link on the sign in page.Simply select “get a code a different way” to use text, email or application instead for account verification.A side-effect of using the application is that you may see when someone else signs in using your username and password, as the Microsoft Account application will display a verification prompt in this case (which you should deny).This is different from email or phone verification, as they need to be initiated by the user signing in.Microsoft Account for Android does not support notifications on the other hand, and there is no history of previous identification attempts.You may add multiple accounts to the application, and it generates security codes which you can use in the second verification step to sign in to the account.Closing WordsMicrosoft Account for Android is a handy application, especially for users who sign in to their account on different devices regularly. Summary12345 Author Rating2.5 based on 2 votes Software Name Microsoft AccountOperating System AndroidSoftware Category SecurityLanding Page https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microsoft.msa.authenticator Advertisementlast_img read more