Foreign producers oilsands sales boost Calgary companies Q3 results

first_imgCALGARY – Two Calgary-based oilsands producers reported huge production gains in their most recent quarters after spending billions of dollars last spring to buy assets from foreign companies anxious to exit the northern Alberta heavy oil resource.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ) said Thursday that for the first time, its output averaged more than one million barrels of oil equivalent per day during its third quarter ended Sept. 30. Production was up 41 per cent from the year-earlier period, thanks mainly to its deal to buy most of the Canadian oilsands mining assets of Royal Dutch Shell for about $11.1 billion.Meanwhile, Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE) reported more than doubling its output to 590,851 barrels of oil equivalent per day, up from 273,405 a year ago, as it absorbed Canadian assets of Houston-based ConocoPhillips, including its half interest in jointly owned oilsands assets, purchased for $17.7 billion.The third quarter was the first full quarter since the two deals were completed.The similarities didn’t extend to the strategic level, however, as Cenovus continued to focus on divesting assets to pay down debt and Canadian Natural announced it had achieved “the final step” in its transition to a sustainable business model with plenty of free cash to boost returns to shareholders and power potential acquisitions.Thursday’s report was the last for Cenovus president and CEO Brian Ferguson, who is to be replaced by former TransCanada Corp. executive Alex Pourbaix next week, although he will remain an adviser until next March.On a conference call, Ferguson said it had been a “great honour and privilege” to lead the company since it was launched in December 2009.Ferguson said the company is well advanced in identifying “non-core” conventional oil and gas assets in the ConocoPhillips’ portfolio to be sold before year-end to reach its goal of between $4 billion and $5 billion in asset sales.It has already raised $2.8 billion through sales of three asset packages — including the $975-million sale of its Pelican Lake heavy oil assets in northern Alberta to Canadian Natural, which closed at the end of September.It expects to sell its stake in a Weyburn, Sask., oilfield in the current quarter, a deal analysts have estimated will bring in about $1 billion.On its conference call, Canadian Natural CEO Steve Laut said the company is in a “strong and enviable position” after completing the construction of an 80,000-barrel-per-day expansion of its Horizon oilsands mine in October.Horizon is expected to gradually ramp up to about 240,000 bpd of synthetic crude output by mid-December on the way to its rated capacity of 250,000 bpd.Both oilsands companies reported stronger financial operating results on higher commodity prices and lower costs in the third quarter.Cenovus had a net loss of $69 million or six cents per share, due mainly to a writedown of $440 million on the Pelican Lake asset sale, compared with a loss of $251 million or 30 cents per share in the same quarter last year.Canadian Natural had a net profit of $684 million or 56 cents per share, versus a net loss of $326 million or 29 cents in the third quarter of last year. It said it had paid down $350 million in debt during the quarter.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

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Georgia UN calls for probe into use of force against antiGovernment protesters

Anti-Government protests turned violent last Thursday, when police reportedly used tear gas, water cannons and rubber bullets to disperse a rally in the Georgian capital. “We fully support the call by the Georgian Public Defender (the Ombudsman) for a comprehensive, effective and impartial investigation into the actions of the police,” Rupert Colville, the spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), told reporters in Geneva.“We stress that according to international law, the use of force shall be exercised to the minimum necessary and in line with the principles of necessity and proportionality. Attacks on physical integrity involving all sides should be promptly and duly investigated,” he stated.OHCHR also called on all sides to refrain from violence and to act in line with national laws and international standards on freedom of assembly.Mr. Colville noted that the Ombudsman has compiled a list of 162 people detained in the aftermath of the protests and that many of them have injuries of various sorts sustained in the dispersal of the demonstrations. He stressed that individuals who have been arrested and detained should be afforded their rights in accordance with international human rights standards. “In particular they must receive adequate medical treatment, be free from torture and ill-treatment, know the reasons for their arrests, be able to exercise fully their right to legal counsel and the right to challenge the lawfulness of the arrest and detention,” he stated. 31 May 2011The United Nations human rights office today voiced concern about the disproportionate use of force against anti-Government protesters in Tbilisi, Georgia, last week and called for a probe into the actions of the police. read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 22, 2013 5:16 pm MDT Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,674.35 up 101.27 points):B2Gold Corp. (TSX:BTO). Miner. Up three cents, or 1.01 per cent, at $3 on 8.96 million shares. The gold sector was ahead 1.81 per cent to 205.03 points as the price of the bullion gained 70 cents US to $1,370.80 per ounce on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Sulliden Gold Corp. Ltd. (TSX:SUE). Miner. Up three cents, or 2.86 per cent, at $1.08 on 5.38 million shares.Raging River Exploration Inc. (TSX:RRX). Oil and gas explorer. Up 13 cents, or 2.46 per cent, at $5.42 on 4.86 million shares. The energy sector rose 0.94 per cent to 256.46 points as the price of oil advanced US$1.18 to $105.03 per barrel.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up 18 cents, or 3.11 per cent, at $5.97 on 4.77 million shares.First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM). Miner. Up 88 cents, or 4.97 per cent, at $18.58 on 4.56 million shares.Toronto Venture Exchange (935.04 up 9.72 points):Petroforte International Ltd. (TSXV:PFI). Oil and gas explorer. Up 10 cents, or 250 per cent, at 14 cents on 10.15 million shares.Zodiac Exploration Inc. (TSXV:ZEX). Oil explorer. Unchanged at 10 cents on 8.89 million shares.Company reporting major news:Barrick Gold Corp. (TSX:ABX). Miner. Up 61 cents, or 3.06 per cent, at $20.57 on 3.80 million shares after it announced it has agreed to sell off three high-cost mines in Western Australia to South Africa-based miner Gold Fields Ltd. Barrick will receive about $300 million from the sale.Dorel Industries Inc. (TSX: DII.B). Consumer products. Up 78 cents, or 2.27 per cent, at $35.09 on 42,587 shares. The bike and car seat maker has acquired a majority stake in Caloi, a major South American bicycle manufacturer. The deal will boost Dorel’s annual bike revenues above US$1 billion. read more

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Bonn New initiatives in energy water and agriculture sectors announced at UN

In the water sector, the majority of national climate plans with an adaptation component prioritize action on water, yet financing would need to triple to $295 billion per year to meet such targets, said experts on Friday. “Sustainable use of water for multiple purposes must remain a way of life and needs to be at the center of building resilient cities and human settlements and ensuring food security in a climate change context,” said Mariet Verhoef-Cohen, President of the Women for Water Partnership. The international water community co-signed on Friday what it called a “nature based solution declaration” to encourage the use of natural systems in managing healthy water supplies. Around 40 per cent of the world’s population will face water shortages by 2050, accelerating migration and triggering conflict, while some regions could lose up to six per cent of their economic output, unless it is better managed. “Involving both women and men in decision making and integrated water resources initiatives leads to better sustainability, governance and efficiency”, said Ms. Verhoef-Cohen. Mariet Verhoef-Cohen, President of the organization Women for Water Partnership, at the UN Climate Conference (COP 23) in Bonn, Germany. Photo: UN News/Jerome Bernard New commitments and initiatives in energy, water and agriculture sectors were announced on Friday, at the United Nations Climate Conference (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, under the auspices of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action to help implement the Paris Agreement. The Marrakech Partnership aims at catalyzing greater climate action by public and private stakeholders as the Paris Agreement, adopted in 2015, calls on countries to combat climate change by limiting the rise of global temperature below 2 degrees Celsius and strive not to exceed 1.5 degrees Celsius.Cleaner energy developmentIn Bonn, new initiatives were announced to push forward the transition to renewable energy and to show that more ambitious clean energy development can quickly become a bigger part of national climate plans submitted under the Paris Agreement. “With the price of renewable and storage technologies tumbling, and greater understanding on how to set the policy table for a cleaner energy mix and more integrated energy planning, the question before decision makers is, why wait?” said Rachel Kyte, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and CEO, Sustainable Energy for All (SE4All). Among key announcements, the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) released a new report, Untapped Potential for Climate Action: Renewable Energy in Nationally Determined Contributions, which suggests there is substantial scope for countries to cost-effectively increase renewable energy. The Climate Group also announced new members to its recently launched EV100 campaign, a major new global electric transport initiative designed to make electric vehicles “the new normal.” And 13 countries with the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced this week the launch of a new multi-year, 30 million euros plan to support clean energy transitions around the world.Investing faster and further in agricultural climate actionRegarding agriculture, leaders and experts said that investing faster and further in agricultural climate action and to support the sustainable livelihoods of small-scale farmers will unlock much greater potential to curb emissions and protect people against climate change. “Countries now have the opportunity to transform their agricultural sectors to achieve food security for all through sustainable agriculture and strategies that boost resource-use efficiency, conserve and restore biodiversity and natural resources, and combat the impacts of climate change,” said René Castro, Assistant-Director General of the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). In the livestock sector, for example, FAO estimates that emissions could be readily reduced by about 30 percent with the adoption of best practices. FAO released a new Sourcebook on Climate-Smart Agriculture. It recommends scaling up public and private climate finance flows to agriculture; spurring public-private partnerships; strengthening a multi-sector and multi-stakeholder dialogue; investing in knowledge and information; and building capacity to address barriers to implement climate action.Managing healthy water supplies read more

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GAF Training On Civil Military Relation Kick-starts

first_imgBy Makutu MannehThe Gambia Armed Forces (GAF) in collaboration with the United States Office for Security Cooperation has kick-started a four-day training on civil military relations.The participants who include members of GAF, civil society, Government Officials, among others, are expected to understand how civilians, security and military personnel are to relate in a democratic state.Selected participants comprise 55 people, and the training was held at the Joint Officers Mess on Tuesday 11th June 2019.Commodore Madani Senghore speaking on behalf of the Chief of Defense Staff Masanneh Kinteh, said the training will go a long way in enhancing the capacity of members of GAF and other security outfits involved, in their day to day interaction and relationship with civilians.He advised participants to share the knowledge gained from the training with their compatriots; that since the advent of a new political dispensation, Government has plans to make sure there is peace and security in the country. “Together we see nothing other than the Gambia,” he said.Major Lamin K. Sanyang, the GAF Spokesperson said participants will gain the knowledge, understanding and skills on how to relate together. “The military is supposed to be subordinate to the civilian authority,” he said.Richard Card Paschall, US Ambassador to the Gambia, said they are committed to continue providing support and assistance to the Gambian Security until the country embarks on the challenging journey to reform security sector institutions. “We are proud to partner with you during this very important period,” he said.He hopes that participants will be able to put the skills acquired from the training, to contribute to the prosperity and stability of the Gambia.last_img read more

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Michel Platini thinks VAR is unjust

first_imgThe former UEFA president has opposed to Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology from a long time; he also has doubts about Ronald in JuventusFormer UEFA president Michel Platini believes the use of Video Assistant Referee (VAR) is not just in football.The ex-French footballer believes that VAR is only an interpretation and now a good way to decide for referees.“It’s a video that’s impossible to conclude on. You take a moment that lasts a millisecond and stretch it out to 15 seconds,” he told L’Equipe as quoted by Gianluca Di Marzio.gareth southgate, englandEngland and Bulgaria on a collision course over racism George Patchias – September 13, 2019 England’s concerns over racism in Bulgaria has sparked a furious row.Recently England manager Gareth Southgate expressed his concern over racist abuse being aimed at…“Take the World Cup final, was there a handball on Croatia? At normal speed, and with even a normal replay, definitely no.”“But with the super slow motion, the referee sees something and awards the penalty. Where is the justice? It is simply an interpretation.”He also took a time to talk about Cristiano Ronaldo going to Juventus, saying he “found it odd that at 33 years old he would leave ‘his’ Real Madrid, which has won three Champions League, to start a new challenge.”“But was it Juventus who went after him, or his agent Mendes who pursued Juventus? I am not able to fully understand this deal,” he concluded.last_img read more

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New Study Released on Addressing Murder in The Bahamas

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 21, 2017 – Nassau – Director of the National Anti-Drug Secretariat (NADS) within the Ministry of National Security, and Superintendent of Police Dr. Chaswell A. Hanna on October 18, 2017 announced the launch of a new study on murders entitled, “Solutions to the Murder Problem,” under the auspices of NADS in partnership with the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the University of The Bahamas.“This study had three main objectives,” Dr. Hanna said at the launch, held at the Churchill Building.   “Firstly, Chapters 1 through 6 presented a descriptive analysis of murder incidents that occurred within The Commonwealth of The Bahamas between 2010 and 2015 – 719 murders.   During this study period, a host of variables including incidence, victims, suspects, motives, detection and conviction were collected and analyzed from case files and local criminal justice databases.”Secondly, Dr. Hanna said, Chapters 7 and 8 presented a comprehensive review of literature on the issue of homicide prevention and ways by which detection rates may be improved.“Best practices and innovative preventative programs devised and/or adopted by law enforcement agencies throughout the world were also shared and examined,” Dr. Hanna said.   “Careful attention was given to the results of scholarly evaluations of such programs to determine the extent of their effectiveness.”Finally, he noted, Chapter 9 presents a new Murder Reduction Strategy for The Bahamas based on the findings of this study.“This strategic plan proposes the introduction of several new police initiatives, policy adjustments, constitutional amendments and community-based programs to reduce murder and other violent crimes,” he pointed out.   “The strategy gives evidence-based solutions to policy makers which they can use to guide decisions.”Dr. Hanna said the some of the “more interesting” findings included the following: The Bahamas’ murder rate ranks 13th out of a survey of 142 nations; murders are heavily concentrated in communities which fall below the average household income line; and that persons involved in criminal activity are more likely to be murdered than persons who are not involved in criminal activity.The study also found that 19% of murder victims were on bail; 39% of persons charged with murder were on bail; when compared to the United States, local detection rates tended to be higher; and that there are over 200 murder cases still pending trial for the study period.Juries, Dr. Hanna said, returned a guilty verdict in 76% of the cases presented to them for deliberation, and most sentences for murder convictions included 31-40 years imprisonment.“Recommendations offered in the Murder Reduction Strategy are based on the findings of this study and associated research and may not necessarily reflect the views, opinions or positions of the Ministry of National Security or the Royal Bahamas Police Force,” Dr. Hanna pointed out.He noted that the Murder Reduction Strategy is comprised of the following seven key action points: Punish the Most Violent Offenders; Stop Illegal Guns Entering The Bahamas; Create a DNA Forensic Laboratory; Dismantle Criminal Gangs; Dissuade Youths from Using Drugs; Increase Economic Opportunities for at-Risk Youth; and Increase Educational Achievement.“While some of these recommendations may raise some eyebrows, presenting them provides a space for policy makers to take a fresh look to this national issue,” Dr. Hanna said. “Finally, we are happy that this study adds to the relatively small, but growing, body of local research, which can be furthered explored by other researchers at the University of The Bahamas.”Dr. Hanna stated that the following Friday, October 20, 2017, he would be presenting the details of the Strategy at the University of the Bahamas’ Harry C. Moore Library at 12:30pm. This event, he noted, would be free and open to the general public.“A free copy of the study can be downloaded at our website and the University of The Bahamas’ website,” he added.By: Eric RosePhoto captions:  NASSAU, The Bahamas – Director of the National Anti-Drug Secretariat (NADS) within the Ministry of National Security and Superintendent of Police Dr. Chaswell A. Hanna (centre) speaks, on October 18, 2017, during the announcement of the launch of a new study on murders entitled “Solutions to the Murder Problem.”   The study – a printed copy of which he is holding – was under the auspices of NADS in partnership with the Royal Bahamas Police Force and the University of The Bahamas.   Also pictured are Chief Superintendent Solomon Cash (left) and NADS Supply Reduction Officer David Ramsey.(BIS Photo/Eric Rose)last_img read more

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Public To Weigh In On Bond Proposal For Field House

first_imgOrdinance 2018-036 – Increasing Estimated Revenues and Appropriations by $______ in the General Fund for Expenses Related to Conducting a Special Election on March 5, 2019 (City Clerk) The three ordinances up for comment are: Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council will put three ordinances up for public comment at their meeting on Wednesday asking voters if the city should borrow $10 million in a bond to build a proposed field house and increase the city’s sales tax by a half percent to cover the debt service on the 10-year bond. Kyle Kornelis Public Works Director: “This would authorize the City to issue $10M in general obligation bonds, if approved by voters, to construct the proposed new indoor field house. The bond debt would be paid for by increasing sales tax by a half a percent for a projected 10 years or until the debt is paid off.” The administration recommended asking the voters, in a special election on March 5, 2019, for a 0.5% increase in the city’s year-round sales tax rate implemented for the 10-year life of the bond. This would increase the city’s sale tax rate from 3% to 3.5%. Ordinance 2018-035 – Authorizing the City to Issue General Obligation Bonds in a Principal Amount of Not to Exceed Ten Million Dollars ($10,000,000) to Finance the Construction of a Field House at Soldotna Regional Sports Complex; to Submit the Question of Issuance of Such Bonds to the Qualified Voters of the City of Soldotna at a Special Election to be Held on March 5, 2019; and to Amend SMC 3.08 to Provide for an Increase in the Rate of the City Sales Tax from 3% to 3.5%, to Provide Funds to Pay Debt Service on the General Obligation Bonds, with the Sales Tax Increase Expiring on June 30 of the Year When the Debt Service is Paid in Full (City Manager) Ordinance 2018-037 – Increasing Estimated Revenues and Appropriations by $5,000 in the General Fund for Expenditures which could Influence the Outcome of City of Soldotna Ballot Proposition No. 2019-A at the March 5, 2019 Special Municipal Election (City Manager) The total estimated cost of the project is $11.8 million dollars. The administration has recommended that $10 million be financed through debt of a general obligation bond, with the remaining covered by grants, support from various foundations, and private donations. The meeting will take place at 6pm, at Soldotna City Hall, and is open to the public.last_img read more

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2 jailhouse informants say Fairbanks 4 talked on crime

first_imgMembers of the Fairbanks Four made incriminating statements in jail. That’s according to two men who served time with George Frese, Kevin Pease, Marvin Roberts and Eugene Vent, the men known as the Fairbanks Four, challenging their convictions for the October 1997 beating death of John Hartman.Download AudioJohn Hartman’s older brother Chris Kelly testified Thursday at an ongoing post-conviction relief hearing for the Fairbanks Four. Kelly recounted confronting one of the men convicted of beating his brother to death, Eugene Vent, in jail shortly after the crime.“He said, ‘We didn’t know it was your little brother.’ And I said, ‘I don’t care whose little brother it is, you don’t go doing that type of stuff to people.’ And I went off on them and the guards came in and took me out of there,” Kelly said.Kelly adds that testimony heard this month indicating others are responsible for his brother’s death, have not swayed him.Other testimony Thursday included recorded comments from another man who served time with members of the Fairbanks Four. James Wright recounts the men making note of newspaper articles about the Hartman murder.“And they would laugh and they would glorify the fact that, ‘oh, we’re in the paper again. Look.’ You know, it was like they were proud of being accepted as murderers into the prison society or whatever,” Wright said.Also Thursday, former Fairbanks police detective Leonard Brown testified about the lack on any physical evidence tying the Fairbanks Four to the Hartman beating, emphasizing that Hartman only bled a small amount, and that cold weather prevented fingerprints.last_img read more

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SFI takes out protest rally seeking hostels faculty in Khammam

first_imgKhammam: The activists of Students Federation of India (SFI) took out a huge protest rally in Khammam town on Monday demanding the government to solve students’ issues, especially providing adequate number of hostels and faculty.Speaking on the occasion, SFI leaders demanded the government to immediately respond to students’ issues and appealed it to fill 664 teacher vacancies in the district. They also requested the government to provide drinking water and toilet facilities in schools besides compound walls. Later, they submitted a memorandum to District Collector RV Karnan urging him to resolve their issues as early as possible. Federation district secretary T Naga Raju, president CH Ramesh, Ashok, Hemanth, Prem Kumar, Madhu, Gayatri, Praveen and other leaders attended the programme.last_img read more

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JetPrivilege Ties up with Vietnam Airlines for Frequent Flier Partnership

first_imgJetPrivilege, the award-winning frequent flyer programme of Jet Airways has entered into a reciprocal frequent flyer partnership with Vietnam Airlines.The JetPrivilege and Golden Lotus Plus frequent flyer partnership will provide enhanced connectivity for JetPrivilege Members with the opportunity to earn and redeem JPMiles across Vietnam Airlines’ network on destinations like Ho Chi Minh City, Nha Trang, Phnom Penh, Hanoi via Bangkok and Singapore.Similarly members of Vietnam Airlines’ Golden Lotus Plus programme can also earn and redeem their miles across Jet Airways’ network.”We are delighted to partner with Vietnam Airlines. We have constantly endeavoured to offer our JetPrivilege members a wholesome flying experience across the globe. Our frequent flyer partnership with Vietnam Airlines enables us to expand this experience in the Asean region,” said Manish Dureja, Managing Director, JetPrivilege.JetPrivilege’s strategic partnership with Vietnam Airlines enables us to offer our guests improved access to popular destinations in Vietnam. Similarly, Jet Airways’ robust network across India and beyond will give Golden Lotus Plus members multiple travel options and a very rewarding frequent flyer product experience.The partnership will maximize the opportunities offered by the combined network of Jet Airways and Vietnam Airlines in order to bring the most convenience to our valued flyers and JetPrivilege members.”Our members will benefit from having access to even more award flights across Vietnam Airlines’ network, and simultaneously earning JPMiles as they fly Vietnam Airlines. As we strengthen our alliance partnership with Vietnam Airlines, we will continue to look for opportunities to leverage their network and provide high value benefits to all our members,” he said.last_img read more

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Trump signs order against Obamacare

first_imgTrump signs an executive order on Affordable Care Act at Oval Office in Washington on Friday. ReutersUS president Donald Trump on Friday signed an executive order aimed at limiting the “burden” of the Obamacare health law that the incoming US leader has vowed to repeal.During the signing in the Oval Office, Trump’s chief of staff Reince Priebus described the order as aimed at “minimizing the economic burden” of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, “pending repeal.”Doing away with Barack Obama’s signature domestic achievement is a top priority for Republicans, who control both chambers of Congress and, since Trump’s inauguration Friday, the White House.In their view, Obamacare-which aimed to ensure healthcare for the millions of Americans who are neither covered by public insurance, nor by their employers-marked a costly drift toward socialized, European-style medical care.Until lawmakers are able to repeal Obamacare, “it is imperative for the executive branch to… take all actions consistent with law to minimize the unwarranted economic and regulatory burdens of the Act, and prepare to afford the States more flexibility and control to create a more free and open healthcare market,” the executive order said.The order instructs the US health secretary and other departments and agencies to “exercise all authority and discretion available to them to waive, defer, grant exemptions from, or delay the implementation of any provision or requirement of the Act” that imposes a fiscal burden or other cost on a state, on consumers, on insurers or on a range of healthcare providers.Trump has pledged to start undoing the divisive health law on his first day in office, while also declaring it inconceivable that poor Americans are locked out of coverage.The president has said the law should be repealed and replaced “simultaneously,” a stiff challenge given the complexity of America’s vast health care system.Obamacare added more than 20 million people onto insurance rolls, lowering the percentage of Americans without coverage from 16 percent in 2010 to 8.9 percent last year.Republicans are pledging a repeal of Obamacare-which has been blamed for sharply rising insurance premiums-and rapid votes on a replacement bill in order to prevent gaps in coverage and reassure a restless insurance industry.Only one third of the US population is covered by public insurance-either Medicare, for those over age 65, or Medicaid for the poorest Americans.Half of all Americans are insured through their employers, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, while about seven percent are covered through the so-called individual market, which serves those who are self-employed or are employees without coverage through work.Obama’s solution rested largely on requiring that everyone be insured, and providing federal subsidies to those who cannot afford coverage.Republicans deemed the first requirement too coercive, and the latter too costly.last_img read more

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How Will Avengers Endgame Piracy Affect Box Office Its an Issue but

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Related Is Disney’s Domination Good for the Box Office? The battle against piracy continues to be a “cultural issue that needs to be addressed,” Williamson continued, “to help people understand that piracy is theft and it financially impacts everyone who works in the industry.”Ultimately, most pirated copies of a movies “are nearly unwatchable,” Bock said. “Those that can afford to attend movies will likely seek out ‘Endgame’ in theaters to enjoy the complete experience.”Disney has not responded to requests for comment on the movie’s piracy.Interest in pirated versions of “Avengers: Endgame” has soared in the last three days, with Google searches for “avengers endgame torrent” peaking at around 5 a.m. ET on April 26, according to stats from the internet company. Google reports search trends over a period of time weighted on a 1-100 scale:Meanwhile, last week a spoiler-rich video clip, subtitled in Arabic, hit internet sites, according to reports.The movie, directed by Joe and Anthony Russo, stars an ensemble cast reprising their Marvel character roles: Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper, and Josh Brolin. “Avengers: Infinity War,” which also was directed by the Russo Brothers, grossed $2 billion at the box office worldwide. Two days after Disney/Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” premiered overseas, the superhero tentpole has been widely pirated — with copies popping up like weeds on multiple torrent and illegal streaming sites.While Disney can’t be happy about that, the piracy activity so far hasn’t derailed “Endgame’s” trajectory of having the biggest movie opening ever. And it’s also possible that many of the digital pirates accessing the illegal copies will wind up seeing it in theaters.The three-hour movie has already raked in $305 million in its first two days of global release in 46 markets, led by a record-breaking $154 million take in China. After a boffo $60 million in Thursday previews, “Avengers: Endgame” is slated to hit theaters widely in North America Friday with a projected opening-weekend box office of around $300 million — which would top “Avengers: Infinity War,” the prequel that garnered $257.7 million in the first three days of its release in April 2018.center_img Popular on Variety It’s very difficult to quantify the impact of pre-release piracy for movie like “Avengers: Endgame,” said Shawn Robbins, chief analyst at The question is what portion of those people who streamed or downloaded illegal copies of the movie would not have paid anything at all — and how many will go see it in the theater anyway.“I’d postulate ‘Endgame’ has a higher degree of immunity than most films [to piracy] because it’s a movie that demands to be experienced on the big screen with an audience,” Robbins said.Disney’s global release strategy for “Endgame” — virtually day-and-date around the world — is designed to limit the appeal of pirated versions. But within hours of its debut in China, a low-quality video-cammed version of “Avengers: Endgame” was already in circulation on piracy networks. Since then, higher-quality copies have popped up. On one popular file-sharing site Friday, at least 13 different copies of “Avengers: Endgame” were being shared among more than 35,000 users.The piracy of “Avengers: Endgame” has “become an issue, but certainly not a crisis, with films debuting internationally ahead of domestic [release],” said Jeff Bock, analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “Disney, like every other studio, is obviously concerned, but with [‘Avengers: Endgame’] turning box office records into dust, I’m sure they’ll take it in relative stride.”Bock added, “If it had become wholly out of control, we probably wouldn’t see overseas audiences getting releases ahead of North American moviegoers.”The “decidedly nonevent nature” of the movie’s pirated copies will likely have a negligible effect on the box-office bottom line, said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Comscore. “The film is already breaking global records left and right and the true fans will not want to see this film on the small screen until its legitimate home-video release,” he said.However, some industry observers believe piracy undoubtedly works to depress box office to some extent, and perhaps even more so cut into sales and rentals in the home-video window. “The huge proliferation of movie copies available on easily find-able and well-curated pirate services will have a direct impact on revenue,” said Simon Williamson, chief commercial officer of Friend MTS, a provider of anti-piracy services. ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Gets Re-Release With New Scenelast_img read more

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Lerna development team quickly reverses decision to block ICE Contractors from using

first_imgIt was only two days ago when Jamie Kyle, a Lerna Developer decided to modify the Lerna’s license to ban companies who are the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ( ICE ) contractors from using the software. This decision has now been reverted by the Lerna Core team and Kyle has been removed from the development project. Now, any organization who wishes to use the Lerna software is free to use it. Kyle stated, on Wednesday, over Github how he has been deeply disturbed by ICE’s behavior with American immigrants and the companies who have collaborated with ICE “don’t have any licensing rights” and “any use of Lerna will be considered theft”. Daniel Stockman, a core Lerna contributor, removed Kyle from the project, yesterday morning and pointed out that the license change was a “rash decision” that was “unenforceable”. He also added that there were “several past violations of [Lerna’s] code of conduct” as there were instances when Kyle’s behavior was rude and impolite. As reported to Motherboard, Kyle thinks his removal from the team is a result of Stockman’s discussion of the issue with Microsoft employees. But, Stockman denied the characterization to Motherboard. “I think developers can be activists if they so choose, and I support tools and licenses designed to make this easier,” said Stockman. He also added that because he is willing to revoke the relicensing doesn’t mean that he is an ICE supporter, and described ICE as “monstrous” and “must be abolished”. Public opinion about Lerna’s current decision is varied: “Open source, even in a project where there is only one active contributor, is never just about one individual. Even acquiescence from multiple core contributors is not sufficient to justify a change like this,” says Stockman. For more coverage on the news, check out the post by Motherboard. Read Next Skepticism welcomes Germany’s DARPA-like cybersecurity agency – The federal agency tasked with creating cutting-edge defense technology Amazon calls Senator Sanders’ claims about ‘poor working conditions’ as “inaccurate and misleading” Google slams Trump’s accusations, asserts its search engine algorithms do not favor any political ideologylast_img read more

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first_img Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by First guests check into Sandals Royal Caribbean’s Over-the-Water Bungalowscenter_img MONTEGO BAY — The first guests of Sandals Royal Caribbean’s new Over-the-Water Bungalows arrived this past weekend, marking the grand debut of Sandals Resorts’ latest luxury innovation.Following the huge success of the resort’s five Over-the-Water Villas in December 2016, the 12 new Over-the-Water Bungalows opened on March 4 on the shores of Montego Bay. Ultra-luxe details include glass vision floor panels and lit water for optimal night viewing, private outdoor Tranquility Soaking Tubs for two and overwater hammocks.Every bungalow boasts hardwood floors, vaulted ceilings, custom crafted king-size beds, a smart TV and bathrooms with his and hers sinks and walk-in rain shower. Outside, each private patio is equipped with an extended sun deck, outdoor shower, sun loungers and a bistro set for two.Other selling features include 24/7 butler service, exclusive in-room dining and direct resort access via a ‘Royal Duffy’ luxury boat. Bungalow guests also enjoy personal airport greeting with expedited immigration, private luxury resort transfers, welcome gift, free Wi-Fi and more. Monday, March 6, 2017 Tags: Luxury Travel, Sandals Resortslast_img read more

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Defense attorneys claim that Durham was pressured and coerced into making a confession. cardiovascular effects (including blood pressure and heart rate), “People were really willing to try to make the changes that were needed. meetings, Pierre Krahenbuhl, Pelosi made the comment after visiting a detention centre for children at the border in California. The trio of Abhishek Verma," Verma said. but this was a small film. second leg 1-0 on the night at that stage after Gabriel Jesus’s second-minute opener.

Isaac Hempstead Wright and Maisie Williams in Game of Thrones Helen Sloan—HBO Introduce a mysterious dagger in the first season, Flints water crisis was 50 years in the has substantial merit.Whether these perspectives find a place in the deliberations at the AIIB’s annual meeting parts of which are open to civil society organisations is another story Biodefense researchers in the United States watch out A crescendo of concerns over biosecurity and biosafety expressed at different forums today may signal that tougher oversight of research involving dangerous pathogens is around the corner That includes the possibility that the federal government will be given the power to decide whether any new proposed biodefense facilities ought to be built and if so where At two hearings on the Hill today US lawmakers talked about the need to strengthen the monitoring of research on select agents deadly microorganisms like anthrax and smallpox that could potentially be used as weapons A House panel heard testimony from Nancy Kingsbury of the Government Accountability Office which released a report yesterday recommending that a single federal entity be responsible for determining how many more biocontainment labs the country needs and where those labs should be located The recommendation follows years of protests by environmental groups who say the mushrooming of biosafety level 3 and BSL-4 facilities across the United States since 2001 poses a public health risk A Senate panel discussed the topic in the afternoon with witnesses from the departments of Defense and Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation as well as Kingsbury and others The tone was similar with the panel chair Benjamin Cardin (D–MD) asking pointed questions about why the federal government lacks a central authority to oversee select agent research (Although the select agent program administered by the US Department of Agriculture and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention requires institutions with select agents to register with the government there is nothing in the rules that explicitly restricts the building of new biocontainment facilities) Both Cardin and the representatives from DOD and DHS spoke favorably of a tiering system for select agents—an emerging idea among biodefense experts—under which facilities and researchers dealing with the most dangerous pathogens would be subject to the most stringent controls The implication of US Army researcher Bruce Ivins in the 2001 anthrax letter attacks came up several times during the Senate hearing Kingsbury pointed out that an increase in the number of researchers handling select agents would "inevitably" lead to an amplification of the insider threat: the risk of an attack masterminded by a scientist working at a biocontainment facility Ivins’s name is sure to be mentioned at a public meeting being held today by a National Research Council panel that is reviewing safety issues relating to a proposed expansion of the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases in Frederick Maryland where Ivins worked for more than 3 decades Members of local citizens’ groups that are opposed to the expansion will be in attendance when the meeting is opened for public comments at 7 pmApple blew through a lot of new products and features at its annual September event on Wednesday One of the most important is a new feature of the iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus called 3D Touch which will make the screens of the new devices pressure-sensitive able to tell the difference between a tap and a hard press The new functionality could change the way we navigate apps When using an email app for instance a user could simply tap the subject line of a message to see the contents of the email then let go to return to the inbox The feature seems simple but such things rarely are in the world of consumer tech In an in-depth profile on 3D Touch in Bloomberg Businessweek Apple Senior Vice President of Software Engineering Craig Federighi explained how Apples new iPhones must be able to interpret screen presses that occur in all sorts of different contexts: Youre trying to read minds And yet you have a user who might be using his thumb his finger might be emotional at the moment might be walking might be laying on the couch These things dont affect intent but they do affect what a sensor [inside the phone] sees So there are a huge number of technical hurdles We have to do sensor fusion with accelerometers to cancel out gravitybut when you turn [the device] a different way we have to subtract out gravity . Edwin Cardona (Boca Juniors/ARG), The 2012 report found that injury patterns for kids were similar to those gotten on backyard trampolines,W. The White House said this week he wanted to avoid disrupting the service with added security. shores. So is Alibaba the "Amazon of China" or not?

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Kumar said. on Sept. The participation of British and French forces enables Trump to assert a wider international commitment against the use of chemical weapons, we – in a historic first – opened up our Budget for public inspection. political and social liberation, they were slaughtering the cow to eat her meat. Adeosun stressed that improvement in security was vital to Nigeria’s economic growth. In round one,Billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban said he would “absolutely” listen if Hillary Clinton were to consider him as her running mate. That community is on the Leech Lake Indian Reservation.

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Stillman says the new venture will not compromise CSHL’s basic research. Nor does the lab have any plans to trim its meetings and courses program that hosts gatherings such as The Biology of Genomes, The night before Latinos also had dinner at his house and they had tacos. There is a similar problem with large corporations. S. ‘Let’s sit down and talk and solve these problems, That back. complicated legally and factually case that would last a long, Officials are still trying to determine the full scope of work.

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