October 20, 2019
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first_imgCALGARY – A private Calgary oilsands producer is selling a portion of future production to raise money to expand its northern Alberta project, a funding method gaining traction in a sector having difficulty attracting investors.Osum Oil Sands Corp. said Monday it has approved a 3,000-barrel-per-day expansion of its Orion project to take output to over 12,000 barrels per day by mid-2019.The company said it will pay for the expansion with part of about $92.5 million in cash it has raised by selling to an unnamed buyer a four per cent share or royalty in all future production from Orion.Similar royalty sales have been used recently by publicly traded Calgary-based oilsands producers BlackPearl Resources Inc. (TSX:PXX), Pengrowth Energy Corp. (TSX:PGF) and Athabasca Oil Corp. (TSX: ATH) to raise growth capital.“It’s a substitute for issuing equity which, at these (share) prices for many issuers, would be highly dilutive for their shareholder base, even when considering the recent bounce off of the bottom,” said AltaCorp Capital oilsands analyst Nick Lupick.“It is definitely being pitched to companies as an alternative source of financing other than debt and equity.”Osum CEO Steve Spence says the royalty sale will allow the company to accelerate its staged expansion. Eventually, it aims to reach its regulator-approved capacity of 20,000 barrels per day despite current low oil prices, hovering around $50 a barrel.“We looked at all the options and, in the current business environment, this was the best one available to us,” he said.“It’s a way of getting some funds to enable us to accelerate our growth strategy … in a relatively low oil price environment.”The company has been financed so far through private equity, sovereign wealth and pension funds, as well as private individuals, Spence said.It used term debt to buy Orion, which uses steam to produce bitumen from wells, in 2014 from Royal Dutch Shell for $325 million, he added.Earlier this year, as part of an exodus of foreign companies seeking better returns elsewhere, Shell sold most of its oilsands mining assets to Calgary-based Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ).Other foreign companies that have reduced or divested oilsands assets include Norway’s Statoil and Houston-based ConocoPhillips and Marathon Oil.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

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East and South-East Asian governments must do more to “reach the unreached” by providing improved schools and hospitals, as well as protecting the environment, participants at a United Nations regional forum said today at the close of a two-day meeting in Hanoi, Viet Nam.More than 100 people from 12 countries met to discuss barriers to meeting the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of targets to a set of targets that aim to eliminate a host of social ills by 2015.“I have no doubt in my mind that, together, we can not only achieve the MDGs in time, but also go beyond the targets,” said Kim Hak-Su, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).Participants at the MDG Forum discussed obstacles to development in the areas of education, child and maternal health care, women’s rights, forests and the environment, and financing and human capital needs.Mr. Kim also informed the Forum, a UNESCAP, UN Development Programme (UNDP) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) initiative, of an Action Plan pinpointing significant areas that must be addressed immediately, which will assist in creating a strategic roadmap to meet the MDGs.Working towards development goals “is a collective goal for all of us – governments, international community, the private sector and civil society,” said Ayumi Konishi, the ADB Country Director for Viet Nam.A South Asia regional forum was held last October in Nepal, and a similar forum for Central Asia will be held later this year. 2 March 2007East and South-East Asian governments must do more to “reach the unreached” by providing improved schools and hospitals, as well as protecting the environment, participants at a United Nations regional forum said today at the close of a two-day meeting in Hanoi, Viet Nam. read more

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WASHINGTON — Congressional Democrats appear to be moving from “no way” to “maybe” on President Donald Trump’s rewrite of a trade pact with Canada and Mexico.House Democrats have met four times with U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, most recently on Friday.Both sides say they are making progress toward a deal that would clear the way for Congress to approve Trump’s U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, or USMCA.Talks could still fall apart.Democrats want the agreement to include stronger protections for workers and the environment. They also want to jettison a provision they see as a giveaway to pharmaceutical companies.House Democrats working on USMCA say they will submit language next week “memorializing” what they call concrete and detailed proposals.Paul Wiseman And Kevin Freking, The Associated Press read more

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Khaled Sabih Al Attar, a satirical programme producer on Iraq’s Al-Irakiya television, is reported to have been shot dead in the northern city of Mosul a few hours after he was kidnapped. He worked on the satirical programme “I Don’t Give a Damn,” about careless government officials.”The basic human right of freedom of expression covers the gamut of opinions, including humour and satire,” UNESCO Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura said in a statement yesterday. “Respect for this human right is essential in any society, not least in a society that needs to reconstruct itself after so many years of suffering.”Paying tribute to the journalists who continue working in the extreme conditions prevalent in Iraq today, Mr Matsuura added: “It is, however, not enough to admire their courage; the authorities in the country must do everything in their power to ensure improved safety for journalists and their collaborators as they carry out their important professional duties.”Mr. Al Attar is the ninth journalist murdered in Mosul, according to Reporters Without Borders, which said his death brought to 61 the number of journalists and media assistants killed in Iraq since March 2003.Philippines’ radio journalist Rolando Morales, murdered in General Santos City, served on the local anti-crime task force through which he became aware of illegal drug-related activities, which he sometimes exposed in his programme. He also reportedly accused several officials in General Santos City of involvement in summary executions.”His brutal killing shows how disturbing the work of journalists is to criminals determined to continue operating out of sight,” Mr. Matsuura said. “It is essential that all possible measures be taken to punish those responsible for such crimes.”According to the Manila-based Centre for Media Freedom and Responsibility, Mr. Morales is the fifth journalist to be killed in the Philippines this year. Six journalists died in the line of duty in 2004, and seven in 2003.Mr. Matsuura’s statement was the latest in a long series of condemnations he has issued recently over attacks on journalists around the world. UNESCO’s mandate includes the defence of freedom of expression and press freedom. read more

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In this Thursday, June 1, 2017, photo, a builder works on the roof of a home under construction in Jackson Township, Butler County, Pa. On Monday, June 5, 2017, the Labor Department issues revised data on productivity in the first quarter. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) US productivity flat in first quarter, while labour costs up WASHINGTON – The productivity of American workers was flat in the first three months of this year, while labour costs rose at the fastest pace since the second quarter of last year.Productivity growth was zero in the January-March quarter after rising at a 1.8 per cent annual rate in the fourth quarter, the Labor Department reported Monday. It was the weakest performance since productivity had fallen at a 0.1 per cent rate in the second quarter of last year but an improvement from an initial reading of a 0.6 per cent decline.Productivity, the amount of output per hour of work, has been weak through most of the current recovery. Many analysts believe finding a way to boost productivity growth is the biggest economic challenge facing the country, but there is no consensus on the cause of the slowdown.Labour costs rose at a 2.2 per cent rate after having fallen at a 4.6 per cent rate in the fourth quarter. It was the fastest gain since April-June of last year.The revision in first quarter productivity had been expected because of the revision to first quarter gross domestic product, the economy’s total output of goods and services. The government initially reported that GDP had risen by a tepid 0.7 per cent rate in the January-March perio. But that was revised to show a slightly better reading of a 1.2 per cent gain. The boost in output led to the better reading for productivity.Since 2007, productivity increases have averaged just 1.2 per cent. That’s less than half the 2.6 per cent average annual gains turned in from 2000 to 2007, when the country was benefiting from increased efficiency from greater integration of computers and the internet into the workplace.Rising productivity means increased output for each hour of work, which allows employers to boost wages without triggering higher inflation.The effort to boost productivity back to the levels since before the Great Recession will likely be a key factor in determining whether President Donald Trump will achieve his goal of boosting overall growth from the weak 2.1 per cent average seen since the recession. The economy’s potential for growth is a combination of increases in the labour force and growth in productivity.During the campaign, Trump pledged to double growth to 4 per cent or better. Trump last month released a budget that projects faster economic grwoth will produce $2 trillion in deficit reduction over the next decade but that forecasts expects growth to rise over the next few years to a sustained pace of 3 per cent annual gains. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Jun 5, 2017 6:33 am MDT Last Updated Jun 5, 2017 at 8:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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“Current developments in and around the city of Ramadi and in Anbar Governorate once again showed grave consequences of ISIL’s actions […], as around 237,786 individuals have been displaced from and within Anbar to date, while thousands were killed and injured, sometimes in the most horrendous way,” UNAMI chief Ján Kubiš said today on the release of the figures.According to UNAMI’s latest figures, 665 civilians were killed and 1,313 injured, while a further 366 members of the Iraqi Security Forces lost their lives and another 371 were injured during the entire month of May. The data marks an uptick of 219 casualties compared to last month, although the confirmed numbers might not fully reflect an increasingly volatile situation, where civilians are also being displaced by the thousands.Nonetheless, Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate with 1,044 civilian casualties (343 killed, 701 injured). According to its Health Directorate, the Anbar Governorate follows, with a total of 583 civilian casualties (102 killed, 481 injured).Convinced that a military solution alone will be insufficient to defeat ISIL, Mr. Kubiš urged that the Government of Iraq to adopt a “set of confidence-building measures” towards disaffected communities, “enabling them to assume a share in governing their matters,” and “assuring them of the State’s ability to ensure their protection from violence.” read more

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THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. — Gerald Everett isn’t the first name mentioned when fans discuss the Los Angeles Rams’ offensive skill players.The backup tight end probably wasn’t the eighth or ninth name mentioned, either — at least not before last week.Everett realizes plenty of people will know his name going forward after the second-year pro with the unique collegiate past emerged as the unlikely hero of the NFL’s most eye-catching game of the year.Everett caught two touchdown passes during the Rams’ epic 54-51 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs last week, including an athletic grab on a 40-yard throw from Jared Goff for the game’s final points with 1:49 to play.Although he had just 31 career catches entering that showcase victory, Everett appears to be surging into a significant role as the Rams (10-1) ramp up for the playoff push. While he doesn’t yet have the bulk and blocking power of a classic tight end, his speed and hands are already being exploited with increasing frequency by coach Sean McVay.“Playing in this offence is a dream come true,” Everett said after returning to work from the Rams’ bye week. “It’s one of the most highly-fueled offences in the league, and I’m glad to be here. I mean, however many snaps I get, I’m going to make the most of them, just be there for my team.”Everett isn’t getting a tremendous amount of opportunities to make plays in the Rams’ fluent, talent-packed offence. He has been on the field for only about 25 per cent of their offensive snaps, and he has been targeted only 27 times by Goff.Everett has turned it into 18 catches for 210 yards and three touchdowns. Everett and fellow tight end Tyler Higbee aren’t often primary targets for the Rams’ sophisticated offence, but Everett’s ability to beat defensive backs from a standup position makes him useful in mismatches — such as the one he exploited to score his big TD.“No doubt, he’s really come along,” Goff said. “Just seeing his progression from even the beginning of this season until now, and just how much more he’s taking command of everything he’s doing and really just dialing in on the details, has been great to see. Just proud of his progression and excited to see how far he can go.”Everett hit a new height when he made the play of his career to date.With Everett lined up outside as a receiver, Goff looked at the Chiefs’ defensive scheme and figured Everett probably would be open. Everett did his part by getting loose from safety Daniel Sorensen at the line of scrimmage, and after Goff delivered the exceptional throw down the sideline, Everett caught it and somehow stayed inbounds, tiptoeing his way to a score.“It was kind of crazy to actually watch it after the game,” Everett said. “That’s probably one of my best plays. It was pretty surreal to see it in the air in a moment like that, but I was glad I could be there.”Everett’s entire career has been fairly unlikely. He was a second-round pick by the Rams in 2017 out of South Alabama, which had never before produced a drafted NFL player. He only ended up with the Jaguars after starting his career at two junior colleges and then going to UAB, which subsequently dropped football.Everett made just 16 catches as a rookie, and he had a shoulder injury during his second training camp. He has played his way into a larger role, making nine catches and scoring all three of his touchdowns over the past four games.Everett’s friends on other teams tell him they know the Rams have called a passing play when he’s on the field, so he realizes he needs to work on his blocking. Until then, he hopes to continue to grow as a target for Goff and McVay.“It’s been exciting, (but) I wouldn’t say surprising, just because of the confidence he has,” McVay said about Everett. “I just think it’s great to be able to see him be healthy and maximize the opportunities.”NOTES: CB Aqib Talib participated in practice Wednesday in the next step of his comeback from ankle surgery. Talib has missed the Rams’ past eight games, but he returned to the active roster from injured reserve Monday. … DT Ethan Westbrooks didn’t participate in practice due to an illness. The Rams are otherwise largely healthy.___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFLGreg Beacham, The Associated Press read more

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first_img Show more Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A police informant working in Northern Ireland may have been “allowed to die” to avoid blowing the cover of another spy, investigators said.Joe Fenton was secretly providing information to the Royal Ulster Constabulary’s special branch and was suspected by the armed group of being an informer.Bedfordshire Police Chief Constable Jon Boutcher is investigating the high-ranking Army mole, Stakeknife, who led the republican organisation’s “nutting squad” internal security unit which interrogated and murdered suspected spies.His team is probing more than 50 murders and the BBC’s Panorama links Stakeknife to at least 18. The chief constable told the programme: “We need to understand what was the rationale and decision-making of one person being allowed to die in order potentially, if this was the case, that another person can live.”Father-of-four Fenton, 35, was shot in February 1989 shortly after Stakeknife left the house where he was being held by the nutting squad, which had obtained a confession following a violent struggle.Panorama said Stakeknife told his own Army handlers Fenton would not survive but no action appeared to have been taken to prevent the killing.Some nutting squad victims were said not to have been properly investigated to protect Stakeknife’s cover.Northern Ireland’s Director of Public Prosecutions Barra McGrory told the programme: “What we’re talking about here are almost parallel processes.”We have one in which there’s a police investigation, but all along there is an entirely secret dimension to these events. “Now that drives a coach and horses through the rule of law.”It means that the people who carried out these murders were not properly investigated or brought to justice, so for me that is an appalling vista.”In 2003 Stakeknife was widely named as west Belfast man Freddie Scappaticci but he has always strongly denied the allegation.Almost 50 detectives are working on the Stakeknife investigation and have uncovered significant new evidence.The investigation was launched after Mr McGrory referred the multiple allegations to the Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI).Mr Boutcher has said some families may learn for the first time that their relatives’ deaths were connected to the Army’s prized agent. Panorama will be broadcast on Tuesday night. We need to understand what was the rationale and decision-making of one person being allowed to die in order potentially, if this was the case, that another person can liveChief Constable Jon Boutcherlast_img read more

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Once the two other men got back in the boat uninjured, Ramdass steered it back to land as paramedics headed to the area. He survived between 20 to 30 minutes but by the time paramedics arrived, he was dead, Moses said.Firing a gun, regardless of whether it’s for hunting or target shooting, is allowed only during hunting season within the wildlife and conservation areas near Holey Land, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission spokeswoman Amy Moore said.“If someone was out there target shooting, they were doing so illegally,” she said.Regardless of the season, shooting is banned off the paved road, named L-5, that runs parallel to the Palm Beach and Broward County line, and goes by the Harold A. Campbell Boat Ramp, near where the shooting happened, Moore said.The next time shooting will be allowed in the wildlife management area and conservation areas is the next hunting season, which starts Aug. 5. It’s for bow hunting large animals, but target shooting will be allowed, she said.She said that wildlife officers regularly catch people shooting illegally and that signs placed by the agency are shot down.“Inside wildlife management areas, you can shoot during hunting seaso,n but other areas have workers. It is completely closed to target shooting. Closed every day of the year. People drive and sightsee on a regular basis.”She urges people who target shoot to have a proper backstop to shoot into and know what’s behind what they’re shooting at.She said it’s common for her agency to find people shooting illegally.“They think it’s unincorporated area, but we’re out there,” Moore said. “We’ve been trying to educate people, but its been difficult with Florida being a high tourist area.”Moore said people caught shooting off the L-5 road will face the same charges they would face for shooting off any road in a residential area, including discharging a firearm in public.Moses said Ramdass was close to their large family. He moved to the U.S. from Guyana, just before Hurricane Andrewin 1992, and spent many years selling items at the Swap Shop.“I have so many cousins, but this one hits close to home,” Moses said. “He always made the point to touch base with everyone, so I can’t believe he’s not here.”Authorities ask anyone who was near the Holey Land Wildlife Management Area between 6 and 7 p.m. Wednesday and may have information is asked to call the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office Violent Crimes Division at 561-688-3000 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-458-8477. (Sun Sentinel)  Bullets from out of nowhere killed a man as he fished in a wildlife area Wednesday afternoon — and the source of the gunfire remains a mystery.The shooting may have been accidental, according to Palm Beach Sheriff’s investigators. But they would not say why they thought that.Dead: Lawrence RamdassThe sherif’f’s office also refused to say why they didn’t think anyone was targeting the victim, Lawrence Ramdass, or how many times he was hit.The bullets flew as Ramdass, 46, was on a boat with his uncle and a family friend in the Holey Land Wildlife Management Area about two miles west of U.S. 27, near the Palm Beach Broward County Line, his cousin Sunita Moses said in a phone call Thursday.“I’m very pro-gun but I’d never think to shoot a weapon at a waterway,” Moses said. “I’m concerned. I don’t think anyone is going to step forward.”Ramdass’ uncle and the family friend dove out of the boat when the shooting began. Shortly after, they found Ramdass shot in the boat, his cousin said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedT&T family in dark over motive for triple murdersNovember 7, 2016In “Crime”14 – Year – old shot deadSeptember 2, 2013In “Crime”Family forgive tribe who killed AmericanNovember 22, 2018In “latest news” Lawrence Ramdass, 46, of Plantation, died Wednesday after he was hit by gunfire while fishing at Holey Land Wildlife Management Area. Deputies believe he was hit by stray gunfire.fl-reg-holey-land-shooting-folo-20170706 read more

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Vive Tauron Kielce are still in the race for the first place in Group B of the VELUX EHF Champions League. The team led by Talant Dujshebaev broke resistance of the second best Hungarian roster PICK Szeged 28:24 (13:14) in second half.Julen Aguinagalde netted eight goals for the winners, Manuel Strlek added four. On the other side, Siarhei Gorbok scored six goals.Vive Tauron Kielce – MOL-Pick Szeged 28:24 (13:14)Vive Tauron: Szmal, Ivić – Vujović, Jurecki 2, Walczak, Chrapkowski, Kus 2, Aguinagalde 8, Bielecki 2, Jachlewski 1, Strlek 4, Lijewski 3, Paczkowski, Zorman 3, Bombac 1, Djukić 2MOL-Pick: Sierra Mendez, Nagy – Obranović 3, Kallman 1, Bodo, Gorbok 6, Petrus, Zubai, Balogh 4, Skube 3, Blazević, Gaber 2, Sostarić, Alvarez Rodriguez 1, Banhidi 1, Buntić 2STANDINGS: 5. HC Meshkov Brest12444326:324(2)12 6. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …12318288:309(-21)7 8. IFK Kristianstad12228323:354(-31)6 4. MOL-Pick Szeged12615320:305(15)13 ← Previous Story Hans Lindberg scores 13 for Fuchse win in Goppingen Next Story → TWO MORE: Barca beat SG Flensburg to keep first place! 1. HC Vardar12903354:319(35)18 6. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko12237341:370(-29)7 3. KS Vive Tauron Kielce12804355:334(21)16 2. Rhein-Neckar Löwen12813337:329(8)17 read more

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first_img Source: Mattmanes Source: NocookieDoing this with your calculator Source: FrequencycastOr more commonly, this: Source: FlickrGetting caught rapid using one when you shouldn’t have been Source: ShutterstockJust when you thought you’d gotten away with it, and had all the right answers, along came the teacher with those words you didn’t want to hear.Quadratic EquationsYou could reel off this formula no bother. Source: RoadrunnerBut actually solving them? Or even identifying them in the first place? Source: GiphySpeaking of formulas, you couldn’t beat Pythagoras’ Theorem Source: PhysicsclassroomSure how else could you figure out the dimensions of the auld triangle, eh?And memory tricks were key to learning them all off Source: FlickrWishing this was actually the right answer Source: WeeblyThe joy of a sum well done Source: GifrificHaving to decide between Honours and Pass for the Leaving Source: Laura Hutton/Photocall IrelandWhether you were an average Joe or the pride of the parish, they all wanted to know if you did Honours Maths in the Leaving.Some stuck it out and reaped the rewards, others gave up before even giving it a go. And then there were the select few who dropped down on the morning of the exam.Sure as long as you had that little blue log book handy you’d be grand, right?And finally, that all-important question Source: ShutterstockRead: 6 things we remember about learning Irish in schoolMore: 13 Irish primary school lunchbox memories IF THERE’S ONE school subject that’s almost as divisive as Irish it’s maths.Some love it, some loathe it, and others love to hate it, but you can’t deny that we’ll all need it at some stage in our lives.Today marks World Maths Day so we’re reflecting on our mathematical memories from both primary and secondary school….The Abacus Source: FlickrOur journey with maths started so beautifully with some adding, subtracting and a few simple beads.The Times Tables Source: GuruparentsBonus points if you could reel them off at break neck speed after the spelling test of a Friday afternoon.Sure you’d be only mortified if you didn’t get ten out of ten.The books Source: DailyEdge.ie Source: HitOne.ieThe copies Source: Schoolbooksdirect.ieThat lovely square paper was reserved solely for your sums. Source: WordPressGeometry sets that were used for anything BUT geometry Source: ebayYou got a new one at the start of every term but felt like the day when you’d actually get to use all those exciting looking things like a protractor and compass would NEVER come. That precious protractor was just BEGGING to be used Source: MathsisfunMeanwhile, they came in handy for drawing circles. Or taking the hand off you when they got loose in your school bag.And when you eventually got to use them you realised it wasn’t even worth the wait.The bitter shock of entering secondary school and realising that maths wasn’t all just running around the school grounds with a trundle wheel Source: WikimediaMaking the transition from fun maths to fierce tough maths was NOT easy. Gone were the days of counting Annie and Jim’s apples and long division. Source: Photocall IrelandThe age of calculus and equations and theorems had arrived.Ok class, now tell me who can solve the following problem?last_img read more

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first_imgPARIS LAUNCHES ALTERNATE driving days for the first time in nearly 20 years to tackle dangerous air pollution levels amid controversy on whether the ban is warranted or will yield results.The restrictions in the French capital and 22 surrounding areas will come into force from 5:30 am (0.30 GMT) and could be extended until Tuesday.About 700 police officers will be deployed to man 60 checkpoints to ensure that only cars and motorcycles with number plates ending in odd digits are on the roads.ExemptionsElectric and hybrid cars will be exempted from the ban as well as any vehicle carrying three people or more.Parking will be free on Monday for vehicles with even number plates, the Paris city hall said, calling on residents to consult carpooling or car-sharing sites to work out their commutes and rides.The restrictions will be reviewed on a daily basis to determine if an extension is necessary. The ban means that drivers can only use their cars or motorcycles every other day.It is only the first time since 1997 that the French authorities have ever resorted to such a drastic measure.PollutionThe government made the announcement on Saturday after pollution particulates in the air exceeded safe levels for five straight days in Paris and its environs.All public transport was made free over the weekend to persuade residents to leave their cars at home. It will remain free as long as the alternate driving days remain in force.France’s Automobile Club Association (ACA), which counts some 760,000 members, denounced the move as has “hasty, ineffective” and “bound to lead to chaos.”“This measure had no effect in any country where it was introduced,” said ACA head Didier Bollecker.By Saturday the number of pollution particulates in the air had fallen slightly after hitting a high of 180 microgrammes per cubic metre – well over double the safe limit – on Friday.These so-called PM10 particulates are created by vehicles, heating and heavy industry, with the safe limit set at 80 per cubic metre.Ecology Minister Philippe Martin said he understood the “difficulties, the irritation and even anger” over the move, adding: “But we just had to take this decision.”Martin said similar measures in 1997 “had yielded results,” adding that he hoped that the number of vehicles on the roads would be “significantly lower” on Monday, without giving a figure.The smoggy conditions have been caused by a combination of cold nights and warm days, which have prevented pollution from dispersing.- © AFP, 2014PHOTOS: No masks in stock as Beijing pollution goes off the charts>last_img read more

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first_imgTablettes Internet : la guerre est déclaréeÉtats-Unis – 2010 devait être l’année de la tablette Internet. La tendance s’est confirmée et c’est pour l’instant Apple qui domine le marché.Les concurrents d’Apple guettaient la sortie de l’iPad pour pouvoir mieux le contrer, notamment au niveau du prix. HP plus particulièrement, attendait le bon moment pour lancer sa tablette à un prix inférieur. Asus et MSI aussi sont dans la course, et figurent habituellement parmi les moins chers du marché. Acer, comme Dell, a également annoncé de son côté qu’il prévoyait de lancer des produits rivalisant avec l’iPad. En y ajoutant le super Kindle, JooJoo et Lenovo, des tablettes internet sortent ou sont prévues de toute part. La guerre est bel et bien déclarée.Le 19 février 2010 à 11:26 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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first_img Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Pinterest Smackdown Live Preview: Daniel Bryan still wants an apology, King of the Ring Quarterfinals WWE confirmed a big change to the previously scheduled WWE Championship at Fastlane in two weeks, along with confirming another title match.As reported earlier, Vince McMahon showed up on Smackdown Live on Tuesday night and officially replaced Kofi Kingston with the returning Kevin Owens to instead challenge Daniel Bryan for the WWE Championship at Fastlane.Also now official for Fastlane is Asuka defending the Smackdown Women’s Championship against Mandy Rose, just one week after Rose pinned Asuka on Smackdown.Here is the updated card for Fastlane on March 10:WWE ChampionshipDaniel Bryan (c) vs. Kevin OwensSmackdown Tag Team ChampionshipsThe Usos (c’s) vs. Shane McMahon and The MizWWE Women’s Tag Team ChampionshipsSasha Banks and Bayley (c’s) vs. Nia Jax and TaminaSmackdown Women’s ChampionshipAsuka (c) vs. Mandy RoseRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipVince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:39/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:37 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Videos Articles WhatsApp Vince Mcmahon WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Twitter Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live WWE Smackdown Results – 9/3/19 (King of the Ring Quarterfinals, Daniel Bryan apology) center_img Videos Articles Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Why WWE’s The Miz Won’t Stop Talking About His Newborn Daughter The Miz Now Playing Up Next John Oliver Takes On The WWE Now Playing Up Next Facebook Now Playing Up Next Google+ Triple H Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

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first_imgWASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump made his first two key personnel appointments on Sunday, one an overture to Republican circles by naming GOP chief Reince Priebus as his White House chief of staff, the other a shot across the bow of the Washington establishment by tabbing Breitbart news executive Stephan Bannon as chief strategist and senior counselor.The two men had made up the president-elect’s chief of staff shortlist, and while Priebus received that job, Bannon’s post also is expected to wield significant clout. The media executive with ties to the alt-right and white nationalist movement was given top billing in the press release announcing their appointments.Trump’s hires were, at first glance, contradictory, though they fit a pattern of the celebrity businessman creating a veritable Rorschach test that allowed his supporters to see what they wanted. Priebus, who lashed the RNC to Trump this summer despite some intraparty objections, is a GOP operative with deep expertise of the Washington establishment that Trump has vowed to shake up. He has close ties to House Speaker Paul Ryan, a fellow Wisconsinite.Bannon, meanwhile, helped transform the Breitbart news site into the leading mouthpiece of the party’s anti-establishment wing, which helped fuel the businessman’s political rise. Ryan has been one of his most frequent targets.“Steve and Reince are highly qualified leaders who worked well together on our campaign and led us to a historic victory,” Trump said. “Now I will have them both with me in the White House as we work to make America great again.”last_img read more

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first_imgA move by the state Department of Transportation to demolish two houses in an Anchorage neighborhood has become a political issue.Download AudioTwo Democratic legislators, Senator Johnny Ellis and Representative Les Gara, have written to DOT Commissioner Patrick Kemp, asking that the department hold off on the demolition. The letter asks, quote ” that you not spend state money to demolish [three] Government Hill neighborhood buildings and homes before you know whether you have the financing for the Knik Arm Bridge project. That project is contingent on the approval of a federal TIFIA loan of roughly $300 million – a loan that is difficult to get. “ Representative Les Gara says he’s representing his Government Hill constituents when he asks DOT for fiscal restraint. Gara says the three buildings are together assessed at more than two million dollars, and, coupled with the cost of demolition, destroying them is just throwing money away.“We’re just asking the Parnell administration to not be reckless with spending. You know, the project hasn’t been approved, it’s contingent on a federal loan that is very difficult to get, and before demolishing two and a half million dollars of homes that they [state DOT] condemned and took away from people, those residences and homes might very well be worth the state selling if they don’t get the federal loan. “ The fracas started when DOT announced last week that it was moving ahead to demolish or remove the two houses, and an old motel, to make way for the right of way for the proposed Knik Arm Crossing. At the time, the Government Hill Community Council, which opposes the Knik Arm Crossing, made it’s opposition to the demolition of the houses known. Stephanie Kessler is president of the Government Hill Community Council.“Those two homes are an anchor of Government Hill neighborhood. And they are attractive homes and they are very important to our neighborhood.”Kessler says the majority of the community council wants to keep the houses intact. She says she has no problem with demolition of the old motel, but she wants the houses to stand until it is certain the Knik Arm Crossing will become a reality. Kessler says if the houses are torn down, it implies that the bridge is a given.“And it’s not inevitable, in fact, it’s far from inevitable. And so, if those houses are destroyed now, and the bridge doesn’t go through, Government Hill is just left with this grassy scar of where those homes were and they would have been unnecessarily demolished.” In their letter, Ellis and Gara say” the bigger problem ” is ” that the legislature’s $900 million financing plan only covers roughly half the cost of the bridge, connecting roads and infrastructure that will be needed. The plan does not include a way to raise the next $900 million that will be needed.” DOT spokesperson Shannon McCarthy says by demolishing the buildings now, DOT is attempting to save property management fees and repair costs.last_img read more

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first_imgI am appalled by the lack of media attention to this blatant dictatorship by @MamataOfficial. Her police arrested a BJYM worker Priyanka Sharma for this silly photoshop. You too are welcome to use this #NewProfilePic with tag #ISupportPriyankaSharma  . Plz Rt pic.twitter.com/I3XGNXnw7R — Chowkidar Shivam Madnesh (@Shivammadnesh) 11 May 2019 Where is the freedom of expression gang? #ISupportPriyankaSharma @BJP4India @SophiaW47285349 pic.twitter.com/JTKob8qCLM pic.twitter.com/Tfw6vsCNqc— Abhishek Mishra (@ab_srm) 11 May 2019 Priyanka Chopra at MET Gala 2019 and Mamata Banerjee meme.TwitterThe Lok Sabha elections 2019 gets murkier every day, with some or the other gimmick into play and then the reactions to that gimmick. On May 10, Priyanka Sharma, a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Yuva Morcha leader, was arrested in Howrah, West Bengal, for allegedly sharing a morphed picture of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on social media.”Priyanka Sharma has been arrested for sharing a morphed picture of the CM,” a police official said, as reported by The Times of India. This morphed image was in the form of a meme that showed Mamata Banerjee as Priyanka Chopra at MET Gala 2019.Priyanka Chopra’s look at the MET Gala 2019 was both loved and criticised by fans, with her dishevelled hair not going down well with fashion watchers. The MET Gala 2019 theme was Camp: Notes on Fashion and Priyanka Chopra stuck to the theme of going outrageous. But Indians are mostly making fun of her look through memes and tweets.Earlier, Sri Lankan cricketer Lasith Malinga was compared to Priyanka Chopra for having similar hair. And now, Mamata Banerjee has been mocked at by morphing her face onto Priyanka Chopra’s image. The West Bengal CM is known for not taking too kindly to this kind of criticism.A complaint was lodged at the Dasnagar Police station against Priyanka Sharma, accusing her of uploading and sharing Mamata Banerjee’s morphed picture on her Facebook and thereby violating community guidelines, an official of Howrah City police’s Cyber Cell told TOI.A hashtag campaign called #ISupportPriyankaSharma was started on Twitter, and in no time, supporters emerged. Twitter users mocked Mamata Banerjee and hailed Priyanka Sharma for creating the meme. The supporters may also be supporters of the BJP, and some who do not know that the woman belongs to the political party. Take a look at their tweets.Use this photo as your profile photo if believe in free speech, right to criticize. This is democracy Mamata DiDi Bangal aapke bap ka nahi.#ISupportPriyankaSharma pic.twitter.com/T6EChUU5Db— मैकेनिकल इंजीनियर (@mechanical_babu) 11 May 2019 Priyanka Sharma got arrested just because she posted a #Meme So…. Where are the so called liberals now who always supported freedom of expression? Where are the so called feminist? They just be seculars, liberals and feminists at their own convenience.#ISupportPriyankaSharma pic.twitter.com/yqDTL3aWpA — Dheeraj kushwah (@DJkushwah) 11 May 2019center_img #ISupportPriyankaSharma what a bitch is she attesting an innocent woman for making a small troll. Rip- freedom of expression pic.twitter.com/NL5fMcCWxr — Dhwarakesh (@Dhwarakesh3) 11 May 2019 #ISupportPriyankaSharma. Arrest for circulating this meme of a public figure? @MamataOfficial is a fascist! pic.twitter.com/gbTDW2yT0o— Shefali Vaidya ஷெஃபாலி வைத்யா शेफाली वैद्य (@ShefVaidya) 11 May 2019last_img read more

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first_imgPrince HarryGetty ImagesPrince Harry was reportedly not pleased with a reporter who wrote a headline about the Duke of Sussex meeting “Five virgins.”Reportedly Prince Harry once asked a member of his press team why a headline reported he “met five virgins” in Nepal, revealed a royal correspondent. Rhiannon Mills, who wrote the article, claimed Prince Harry “reads and watches everything.” Ms. Mills was surprised that Prince Harry reacted tot the piece or rather the headline.Speaking on ‘Behind the Headlines’ podcast, the Sky News correspondent recollected: “I for a while didn’t appreciate how much everything that I write or record or broadcast, they do watch. Prince Harry once, it was one of his press team, I said ‘oh, is he having a nice time? We’re in Nepal.’It is likely that Ms. Mills was trying to catch eyeballs with the headline. There are a number of ways the headline could have been worked to be more dignified. But if that had been done, it may not have caught the Prince’s attention.  Prince HarryGetty images”They said ‘yeah he’s having a great time, he did ask me this morning Rhiannon why your headline says Prince Harry meets five virgins.’ And I said ‘well that was a headline that was put on by the team back in the UK.’ Ms. Mills had quite the explanation for why that particular headline was chosen. “And he had met five young ladies and, in Nepalese, their title did translate into English as ‘five virgins’.”Prince Harry may not have been pleased with the twisted words used. Sky News presenter Tom Macleod remarked: “Bet that was a fun phone conversation you had with the news desk.” Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed their first child baby Archie Harrison on May 6, but it seems like duty comes before all for the Prince as he has not been able to spend as much time as he wants with his son because of his Royal duties. You can check out the video here:last_img read more

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first_imgIn a stunning reveal serving as an example of why next-gen consoles are still nowhere near as good as current-gen PCs, Ubisoft has announced that neither the Xbox One nor the PS4 versions of their new hacker/FPS IP Watch Dogs will run at 1080p. So far, there’s been very little that didn’t look positively amazing about Watch Dogs. Once everyone figured out that this wasn’t just a darker Grand Theft Auto with a twist, the concept really took off. As a result, this is one of the most highly anticipated games of the year so far, and with every announcement about how the city works and how the main character interacts with this world the game sounds more and more compelling. There’s so much going on in real time around you when you play that, apparently, this game can’t plat ay 1080p on the PS4 or Xbox One without dipping below 30FPS. To make sure that doesn’t happen, the resolution for the games has been locked at 900p and 792p respectively. This resolution limitation should do very little to take away from the overall gameplay experience, but it’s hard not to look at that performance level with curiosity. It’s a classic example of the absolutely typical argument between PC gaming and console gaming. The PC version of this game will play 1080p at 60FPS with the right hardware, and while that hardware is usually more expensive and requires more work to setup and maintain than a console, it’s hard to argue with the results if the best possible experience is what you’re going for. On the other hand, the console experience has a greater chance of offering a better online community to play with, though everything we’ve learned about the game so far suggests that this is one of the few modern games where the campaign and subsequent missions will be more interesting than the co-operative online gameplay. For now, at least, this appears to be the definition of next-gen when it comes to console gaming. Watch Dogs is going to play at the same resolution and framerate as Titanfall on the Xbox One, and it’ll be slightly better on the more capable PS4. It’s possible that someday we’ll see truly next-gen games on these consoles that offer a compelling new experience without some kind of performance sacrifice, but that day is obviously not today.last_img read more

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first_imgWho Are They?Forget Princess Peach. By far the most enigmatic female character in the entire Mario universe is Rosalina, the straight-up space goddess from Super Mario Galaxy. Maybe it’s because her dress lining is made of the cosmos. Maybe it’s because she has a secretly depressing storybook backstory involving her dead mother. Or maybe it’s the hair over her eyes. But Rosalina is just cool. And she’s a kind caregiver to the Luma race of little star creatures.Smash HistoryEven among the illustrious Mario series Super Mario Galaxy was hailed as a masterpiece on Wii. And adding Rosalina to Smash Wii U/3DS was the perfect choice to represent that game, even if her trailer was a bit of a Mario Kart fakeout. However, adding Luma as a secondary character was an unexpected twist. With the Ice Climbers out of commission until Ultimate, Rosalina and Luma were the only way to control two characters at once.What Looks New in Ultimate?Rosalina and Luma’s ability to literally be in two places at once made them a dominant force in Smash Wii U/3DS. Other tricky moves like projectile-negating gravitational pulls and aerials that chain into each made it tough to land a attack on her. In Ultimate Luma is an even stronger partner with more health and multiplied damage when farther away from Rosalina. However the character overall has been nerfed since she’s a rare fighter with more lag, not less.Our Hopes?What happened to Rosalina’s mom? Her backstory was added to Super Mario Galaxy and was promptly removed by Shigeru “No Story” Miyamoto. But Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has a full-on anime intro? So tell us the real heartbreaking story of Rosalina’s mom? If Ness’s invisible dad can be a spirit so can Rosalina’s dead mom.Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now. Read our review of this majestic video game pageant. And for more check out cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. 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Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Rosalina and Luma Launch Into Battle!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighters: Rosalina and Luma. ‘Astral Chain’ and Other Dumb Nintendo SongsThe Ultimate Super Smash Bros. Character Guide: Hero center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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