September 14, 2019 Woops Your Postal Prices Wont Go Up as Much as The USPS

Woops Your Postal Prices Wont Go Up as Much as The USPS

first_img The increase is set to take effect in April, though a 4.3 percent exigency surcharge will expire a few weeks after that. “[This] is good news in general for publishers,” says David LeDuc, senior director of public policy for the SIIA. “But a publisher should not assume [1.34 percent] will be their increase. No one is yet able to determine the true effect by running the mail list using the old rates and new rates with the new rules. A back-of-the-envelop calculation results in a 9-percent increase for a light publication with low advertising and a national distribution with 25,000 copies. Of course, other periodicals will fare better in some circumstances.” Publishers got a shock when the USPS announced a rate hike for periodicals of close to 2 percent last month, but it turns out the blow won’t be that bad. A calculation error discovered by the Postal Regulatory Commission last week, and acknowledged by the USPS on Wednesday, means the average increase for periodical delivery will be 1.34 percent, instead of the 1.965 percent originally announced. Dead Tree Edition first reported the finding. “The Postal Service’s intention was to increase Periodicals prices by 1.965 percent,” the statement reads. “[However,] the prices noticed in the January 2015 filing unintentionally reflect a percent price increase for Periodicals that is below the goal of 1.965 percent.”last_img read more

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September 12, 2019 Sister Sledge Film Life Song In Development With Family Support

Sister Sledge Film Life Song In Development With Family Support

first_imgNews It’s true. At Muhammad Ali’s 1974 “Rumble in the Jungle” fight in Zaire, the sisters were there performing with James Brown. While America underwent turmoil and change, their family performed as well with the Jackson 5, Elton John and Stevie Wonder. But it all began in Philly learning to sing and read music from their grandmother, opera singer Viola Hairston Williams. Kim is confident she can capture it all on the big screen — after all, she has her family behind her.Sister Sledge was nominated for Best R&B Vocal Performance By A Duo, Group Or Chorus for “We Are Family” at the 22nd GRAMMY Awards, performing their hit at that year’s telecast. Following the group’s previous single “He’s The Greatest Dancer” ascending to No. 9 on Billboard’s Hot 100 a month earlier, the song reached No. 2 in June 1979, setting the tone for the last summer of the 70s.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Sister Sledge Feature Film In Development sister-sledge-film-life-song-development-family-support Sister Sledge Film ‘Life Song’ In Development With Family Support Facebook Email Kim Sledge shares her work in progress on a movie in development about the “We Are Family” sisters’ amazing career.Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Jul 31, 2018 – 5:30 pm Produced by Nile Rodgers, the 1979 hit “We Are Family” and its album of the same title introduced the sisters of Sister Sledge — Debbie, Joni, Kathy and Kim — to the world in a big way. On July 31 in an exclusive Variety interview, Kim spoke of the upcoming publication of her memoirs and her efforts to bring the story of the four Philadelphia sisters to the big screen with Life Song, a movie feature in development.Sister Joni died of natural causes at the age of 60 in 2017. Carrying on, the musical sisters still perform together and are able to look back from the unique vantage point of their industry success. “Music will be a great part of it, because that’s what our lives have been about,” Kim said. “During some of the most politically transitional moments in history, we were there.” https://twitter.com/SisterSledge_/status/1017526371940208640 Twitter last_img read more

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September 10, 2019

Polestar wont limit top speeds like Volvo

first_img More From Roadshow 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper 2021 Polestar 2 is Sweden’s sleek Tesla rival Volvo Share your voice “Naturally, our questions are anyway in a different realm, because with electric cars, you do not discuss high speed anymore that much. That is much more an element of the combustion-engine world. Even with Tesla, [you] have to look up the top speed. For us, it would be silly to announce it [limiting top speed], because really, it’s not a question that’s relevant to us as a brand.”Because of the way electric motors deliver power, with maximum torque output coming from zero rpm, the most sensational aspect of electric vehicle performance tends to be standing-start acceleration, like 0-to-60-mph tests. Top speeds aren’t discussed as often, in part because most EVs have single-speed transmissions that result in comparatively unspectacular velocities. Volvo has built its reputation on safety, and the company is doubling-down on that with the top-speed announcement, as well as revealing that it plans to research automatically limiting top speed in areas around schools and hospitals. While Polestar models will share much of Volvo’s safety knowhow, it will evidently not seek to wear that reputation on its sleeve. According to Ingenlath, Polestar is “a bit more expressive, a bit more daring, it’s a bit more, indeed, exclusive. Some people will like it, some people will not, and it is more driver-oriented.” 1:31 Now playing: Watch this: 50 Photos Electric Carscenter_img Volvo made waves on Monday when it announced that beginning next year, it will start phasing in a 112-mile-per-hour top speed on all of its vehicles. At the time, the Swedish automaker’s new electrified premium brand, Polestar, remained quiet on whether it plans to adopt the same policy. It will not.On Tuesday here at the Geneva Motor Show, I sat down with Polestar CEO Thomas Ingenlath after the debut of his company’s new Polestar 2 EV. He revealed, “We obviously will not do that, and that is a nice brand differentiator [from Volvo].” He continued, “we have not the wish within Polestar to actually dictate to somewhat speed he or she should drive.” According to Ingenlath, not only would limiting the v-max of its vehicles to such a low speed be contrary to the brand’s high-performance image, he thinks the discussion itself is almost beside the point with electric cars. The Polestar 2 EV is gorgeous in Geneva 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 1 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags Comment Polestar Volvolast_img read more

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September 10, 2019

Ninja disgusted with Twitch after pornography appears on his channel

first_img Disgusted and so sorry. pic.twitter.com/gnUY5Kp52E— Ninja (@Ninja) August 11, 2019 1/ Our community comes to Twitch looking for live content. To help ensure they find great, live channels we’ve been experimenting with showing recommended content across Twitch, including on streamer’s pages that are offline.— Emmett Shear (@eshear) August 11, 2019 A subsequent tweet stated “this wouldn’t even have been an issue if they didnt (sic) use my channel to promote others in the first place.” Blevins notes this practice isn’t the norm for Twitch streamers who have changed platform, with dormant channels usually featuring a breakdown of the streamers channel information. Not so for the ridiculously popular page run by Ninja, however, with a message that read “the streamer you’re looking for is in another castle.” Shortly after Ninja’s video went live, Twitch pulled the plug, reverting the channel to the normal state and removing the message. 16 Photos Twitch CEO Emmett Shear responded, via Twitter, on Sunday evening, saying the company has been “experimenting with showing recommended content across Twitch, including on streamer’s pages that are offline,” in addition to personally apologizing to Blevins for the indiscretion. Share your voice Comments Tags Fortnite’s Epic spectacular at E3 2019 Originally published Aug. 11, 5:12 p.m. PT.Update, 6:46 p.m.: Adds Emmett Shear comments.Correction, Aug 12: Earlier version of this article listed Ninja as having 14.5 million subscribers. Twitch calls these “followers”.  19 Gaming Tyler “Ninja” Blevins. Getty/Johannes Eisele One of the world’s most popular video game streamers, the blue-and-red-haired Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, has taken to Twitter to air his grievances with video streaming Goliath Twitch, after pornography appeared on his offline channel on Sunday. After dropping Twitch video and moving to rival platform Mixer earlier this month, Ninja’s channel was being used to promote other content across the platform.Blevins made his name streaming Fortnite and had amassed around 14.5 million followers on Twitch before jumping ship to Microsoft’s Mixer on a new exclusive deal. His Twitch channel remained available to view, but offline, with Twitch taking the unusual step of promoting a feed of “popular Fortnite channels” across the streaming service in place of the usual offline page. The top channel on that feed featured hardcore pornography.Blevins took to Twitter with a message for his followers that he was “disgusted and so sorry” about the mishap. Twitch has now reverted my channel back to how an offline page should look. Thank you.— Ninja (@Ninja) August 11, 2019 Ninja Pornography Twitchlast_img read more

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September 5, 2019

Sooryavanshi Akshay Kumar upset with Rohit Shetty over Salman Khan

first_imgAkshay Kumar’s Sooryavanshi postersTwitterWhile Salman Khan has hailed Rohit Shetty as his brother and one section of the media might have hailed him as the real Singham for agreeing to pre-pone the release of Sooryavanshi, but, Akshay Kumar is not very happy with the sudden development of things.Akshay Kumar starrer, Rohit Shetty’s next film in the cop drama – Sooryavanshi – was supposed to release on Eid 2020 along with Salman Khan and Alia Bhatt starrer Inshallah. The clash was touted as one of the biggest clashes the film industry has ever seen since both Sanjay Leela and Rohit Shetty have a reputation of delivering massive blockbusters. The loss to both the films was unavoidable. But, upon Salman Khan’s request, Rohit Shetty agreed to pre-pone the release of his magnum opus.As per a report in Deccan Chronicle, it was solely Rohit Shetty’s decision to change the date of the release of this film and Akshay Kumar was not involved in making this decision. The decision was taken by Salman Khan and Rohit Shetty and despite Salman Khan and Akshay being good friends, Kumar had no idea about what was happening. Hence it came as a shock to Akshay when the decision was made on the public platform and left him mightily upset with the maker.Earlier too, Akshay Kumar had agreed to postpone his film, Padman, for the release of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s – Padmaavat. Even then, while Padmaavat received a thunderous response at the box-office, Padman did an average business.Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar were supposed to do Kesari together under Karan Johar Productions, however, Salman had suddenly opted out of the project. Kesari met with a luke-warm response at the box-office.last_img read more

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September 3, 2019 Man killed in Thakurgaon gunfight

Man killed in Thakurgaon gunfight

first_imgA Prothom Alo IllustrationA suspected drug trader was killed in what the members of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) called a gunfight with them at Fakirganj in Pirganj upazila of Thakurgaon early Thursday.The deceased is Monirul Islam Babul, 35, son of certain Maidul Islam of North Sujalpur in Birganj upazila of Dinajpur district.A team of BGB arrested Babul from the bordering area on Wednesday night along with 112 bottles of Phensidyl and one bottle of wine, said lieutenant colonel Gazi Nahid Uz Zaman, a commanding officer of BGB-42.Later, the team along with Babul conducted a drive at Fakirganj around 2:00am to recover more drugs, he said.Sensing presence of the border guards, Babul’s cohorts opened fire on them, forcing them to fire back that triggered a gunfight, Nahid said, adding that at one stage, Babul was caught in the line of fire and died while others managed to flee.The BGB members also recovered 75 bottles of Phensidyl, a firearm, Tk 22,000 in cash and a sharp weapon from the spot, he said.last_img read more

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September 3, 2019 How Egypts Sisi tightened his autocratic grip

How Egypts Sisi tightened his autocratic grip

first_imgA banner picturing Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is seen during the opening ceremony of the new city houses executed near the Suez Canal in Ismailia. Photo: ReutersThis spring, as Egypt’s parliament debated handing president Abdel Fatah al-Sisi greater power and allowing him to govern until 2030, speaker Ali Abdelaal declared the proposals were the will of the nation’s legislature. The ideas, he said, were “born in parliament, and the president has nothing to do with them, from near or far.”The reality was different, said five people with knowledge of the matter.Three of Sisi’s close advisers, including his eldest son, Mahmoud, had begun planning the changes to the constitution several months earlier, soon after Sisi was elected to a second and final term in office in April 2018, according to these sources, one of whom was present at the discussions.In meetings in September and October 2018 at the headquarters of Egypt’s General Intelligence Service in Cairo, Mahmoud al-Sisi, intelligence chief Abbas Kamel and Mohamed Abou Shoka, a legal adviser to Sisi’s election campaign, talked through ideas for prolonging the president’s time in office, the sources said. They discussed which articles of the constitution to rewrite, how to do this and the timing of such a move.The proposals that emerged – extending Sisi’s presidency and his power over the courts and parliament – were put before parliament by pro-Sisi lawmakers in February. The draft amendments raced through a chamber dominated by Sisi loyalists, and were approved in a referendum in April, in which critical voices were largely silent. Sisi’s opponents say the revisions to the constitution extinguish all hope for a civil, democratic and modern state. Not since the decades-long rule of Hosni Mubarak ended in 2011, they say, has so much power been concentrated in the hands of one man.”The tyrant regime is legitimized,” said Hamdeen Sabahi, a former presidential candidate and a senior member of the Civil Democratic Movement, an alliance of opposition groups.The Egyptian government did not respond to detailed questions from Reuters for this article. Sisi has said previously that Egypt is besieged by terrorism. Supporters of the constitutional changes argue that the president still has work to do in that fight and in reforming Egypt’s economy, and so he needs more time and extended powers.Parliamentary speaker Abdelaal told parliament last month that Sisi “has a dream to make this country strong, advanced and developed.”Sisi, a former general, became president in 2014 after the military toppled Mubarak’s democratically elected successor, Mohamed Mursi of the Muslim Brotherhood, following weeks of street protests. Since then, Sisi has steadily tightened his grip. A crackdown on opponents has drawn criticism from human rights groups and Western governments. A Reuters investigation in April found that Egyptian police had shot dead hundreds of suspected Islamist militants in what authorities said were gun battles, but bereaved families said were extrajudicial killings. A Reuters investigation in July showed a threefold rise in the number of death penalties carried out since Sisi came to power.In interviews, lawmakers, security sources and people with links to Egyptian intelligence described how Sisi’s supporters rewrote key passages of the constitution to give the president and the military greater power, then pushed the changes through a pliant parliament and the public vote. One of Egypt’s few independent news outlets, Mada Masr, first reported that Sisi’s son and intelligence chief Abbas Kamel attended talks about changing the constitution. Reuters pieced together more details about the discussions and how lawmakers and the media were brought into line.A person familiar with the parliamentary process said lawmakers had no hand in drawing up the draft amendments that were put before the house. Some lawmakers who opposed the changes – they were approved by 531 votes to 22 – said they were subject to smears and intimidation.Senior judges wrote to parliament, in a March 16 letter that was reviewed by Reuters, warning that the amendments “would impinge on the independence of the judiciary.” Opposition politicians said there were dozens of arrests in the run-up to the referendum.SOFTLY, SOFTLYSisi’s son Mahmoud rarely appears in public. A graduate of Egypt’s military academy, he holds a senior position in the General Intelligence Service, according to two sources with close links to Egyptian intelligence. A Western diplomat said Mahmoud is in charge of national security, one of three sons of the president known to hold official positions.Abbas Kamal, nicknamed ‘the president’s shadow’ because of his closeness to Sisi, became head of the General Intelligence Service in June 2018, having previously served as Sisi’s chief of staff. Mohamed Abou Shoka, a former chief prosecutor, acted as spokesman and legal adviser for Sisi’s 2018 presidential campaign.The reshaped constitution that they helped to craft expanded presidential and military powers. It made the president responsible for appointing chief judges and the public prosecutor, and selecting one-third of deputies in a new parliamentary chamber, the Council of Senators. It tasked the military with protecting “the constitution and democracy and the fundamental makeup of the country and its civil nature,” giving it latitude to step in if it deems Egypt is going in the wrong direction.The president’s term was increased to six years from four. A special clause said that Sisi’s current period in office, which began in 2018, will run to 2024 and he is allowed to stand for election a third time, overriding a ban on more than two consecutive terms.These last revisions were complicated by a legal requirement that any change to the presidential term must bring with it greater freedoms. By stipulating that at least 25 percent of lawmakers must be women, the amended constitution sought to satisfy that rule.Timothy Kaldas, a non-resident fellow at the Tahrir Institute for Middle East Policy, a pro-democracy think tank, said the Egyptian government had tried to sell the changes as “some normal constitutional housekeeping and sweeping the extension of his presidency as just a small part of a package of improvements to the constitution.”Sisi’s advisers were keen to win approval for the changes before fuel price rises in the summer, diplomats and opposition figures said. Egyptians are feeling the strain from higher sales taxes, reduced fuel subsidies and a weak currency – all part of an economic reform programme backed by the International Monetary Fund. And while the economy has steadied, Sisi’s popularity has suffered. Egypt’s official statistics agency reported in July that one in three Egyptians is living in poverty.SWIFT PASSAGEWhen parliament’s legislative committee presented the draft amendments to the house in February, it said the proposals had the support of 155 lawmakers. But a source familiar with the process said these lawmakers hadn’t been involved in drawing up the amendments. They had simply put their signatures to a pre-written document. In a departure from normal procedure, the names of these signatories were not disclosed to the house, according to three lawmakers. The government did not respond to requests for comment.In the weeks that followed, parliament held consultations about the proposed constitutional amendments involving representatives of civil society and some opposition leaders. Speaker Abdelaal said the hearings allowed for a free airing of views on the planned changes. Opponents disagreed with this account. “There wasn’t a real dialogue,” said Mohamed Sami, leader of the leftist Karam Party.Members of the judiciary, which sees its powers diminished, pleaded for a rethink. The State Council Judges’ Club, which represents about 3,000 judges, wrote to parliament to warn that amendments would “impinge on the independence of the judiciary in general and reduce the role of the State Council,” a body that rules in administrative disputes and reviews state contracts.”Justice is the basis of governing, the independence of the judiciary is the basis of justice, and without justice the state will be undermined,” wrote the club’s president, Samir al-Bahay, in the letter, which was reviewed by Reuters. Reuters couldn’t reach al-Bahay for comment.One judge described the situation as worse for the judiciary than under Gamal Abdel Nasser, Egypt’s authoritarian president from 1954 to 1970. “Nasser used to sack judges, not put them under full control like is happening now,” he said.Some lawmakers who voted against the changes described being subject to smear campaigns and intimidation. Activists, including some living abroad, said they and their families came under increased pressure.Lawmaker Khaled Youssef, who is also a prominent film director, said online attacks against him started “as soon as I announced that the regime was making a mistake.” In February, after Youssef spoke out against changing the constitution, video surfaced on the internet purporting to show him and several women engaged in sexual acts. The same video had appeared in 2016 after Youssef opposed Sisi’s decision to hand two Red Sea islands to Saudi Arabia. Youssef said the video was fake.”Every time I oppose a law … they start publishing these videos,” said Youssef, who is currently in Paris.ARRESTS AND SILENCEIn early April, even before the proposed amendments had passed through parliament, roads in Cairo were festooned with banners, posters and digital displays urging people to take part in the yet-to-be-called referendum. Some advertisements went further, pushing for a “yes” vote.More than 120 opposition figures were arrested before and during the April 20-22 referendum, according to the Civil Democratic Movement, a coalition of opposition parties. Among them was Amir Eissa, a senior member of Al Dostour, a liberal party. Eissa’s brother, Moataz, and the party’s lawyer told Reuters that Eissa was arrested outside a polling station in Al Qalyubia Governorate, north of Cairo, on the second day of voting, after telling the official in charge that he had seen people offering bribes to voters. Reuters wasn’t able to contact the official.Eissa remains in custody, said the lawyer, who declined to be identified. Prosecutors ordered that he should be detained on charges of joining a terrorist group and using social media to commit crimes that would threaten peace and security, the lawyer added. Egyptian authorities didn’t respond to requests for comment.Criticism in Egyptian media was muted.Mohamed Abdel Hafiz, a board member of the Journalists’ Syndicate, a professional body, said articles opposing the amendments were stopped by government censors stationed at printing houses to check newspapers pre-publication.”Newspapers were prevented from publishing any views that opposed the constitutional amendments,” said Abdel Hafiz.A website collecting signatures against the referendum was blocked hours after the site’s launch in March, according to NetBlocks, an internet monitoring group. It was unclear who was behind the move. The site had already gathered 60,000 signatures.On 24 April, Egypt’s election commission announced that 89 percent of voters had backed the amendments on a turnout of 44 percent. The commission declared it a free and fair vote.last_img read more

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September 2, 2019 Who Is Meghan Markle 6 Things To Know About The PrincessToBe

Who Is Meghan Markle 6 Things To Know About The PrincessToBe

first_img Share Photo via Meghan Markle’s Twitter @meghanmarklePrince Harry and Meghan Markle will marry in spring 2018.Admit it. You’ve Googled “Who’s Meghan Markle” — or, at least, you thought about it.The 36-year-old American actress is now engaged to Prince Harry, the redheaded younger brother of Prince William, with a wedding planned for spring 2018.Here in America, our only princesses are of the Disney variety. But the wedding of Kate and William in 2011 proved that there’s tremendous interest — in some cases, obsession — with the marital machinations of the royal family across the pond.Meghan Markle recalls how Prince Harry proposed https://t.co/i4gnKvanEz pic.twitter.com/Xr14LWYuXS— TIME (@TIME) November 27, 2017So even if you aren’t on the edge of your seat wondering who snagged the former “playboy prince,” someone you know probably is. Let’s pretend you’re reading this on their behalf.She’s not royalty — and not BritishLike Princess Kate, Markle is a commoner. More unusually, she’s American; she was born in Los Angeles. That makes her the first American to marry into the British royal family since 1937.Back then, Edward VIII had to abdicate his throne to marry American socialite Wallis Simpson — not because she was American, but because she was divorced.Markle is also divorced (she was married from 2011-2013), but 80 years after the Wallas Simpson drama, that’s less likely to cause an uproar.She’s got two rescue dogsHere they are.She’s a humanitarian activist, promoting gender equalityThis March, Markle wrote for Time magazine about the stigma and shame around menstruation in some parts of the world and how it forms a barrier to girls’ success.“We need to rise above our puritanical bashfulness when it comes to talking about menstruation,” she wrote. “To break the cycle of poverty, and to achieve economic growth and sustainability in developing countries, young women need access to education.”Markle was honored by Vanity Fair U.K. for her role in the One Young World summit, along with Emma Watson, Cher and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.You might recognize her from the long-running legal drama SuitsMarkle plays Rachel Zane on the USA Network show, now in its seventh season.Her character began as a well-respected, ambitious paralegal at the show’s central law firm, whose father is a name partner at a rival law firm. Over the course of the show, Zane struggles to get into law school, becomes a lawyer and gets caught up in a love triangle. Her relationship with Mike Ross is one of the central elements of the show.“Rachel and I [are] very similar: ambitious, driven, and always trying to take the bull by its horns,” Markle told Marie Claire in 2013. “I love the intelligence that’s written into Rachel. Look, my very first audition was for ‘Hot Girl #1’ in some movie. It’s the ultimate for me that the writers are … able to go, ‘Sure, you can be a pretty girl, but there’s so much more to her.’ “Markle also describes herself as a foodie, another trait she shares with Zane, Vanity Fair reports.US Weekly reported earlier this month that Markle and costar Patrick Adams (who plays Ross) are both quitting the show at the end of Season 7.She has stayed out of the media hoopla about her romance with Harry …“I can tell you that at the end of the day I think it’s really simple,” Markle told Vanity Fair in September. “We’re two people who are really happy and in love. We were very quietly dating for about six months before it became news, and I was working during that whole time, and the only thing that changed was people’s perception. Nothing about me changed. I’m still the same person that I am, and I’ve never defined myself by my relationship.”She described her relationship to the media with a Britishism, “ostriching” — as in, sticking her head in the sand.“I don’t read any press. I haven’t even read press for Suits,” she said. “The people who are close to me anchor me in knowing who I am. The rest is noise.”… but Harry has spoken out publicly to defend her against tabloidsIn late 2016, when their relationship hit the press, Markle — who is biracial — was subjected to intrusive, offensive media coverage and frequently racist reaction. (The CBC collected several examples.)Prince Harry’s communications secretary responded with a rare public comment, written in the third person, acknowledging their relationship. It noted that Harry “has tried to develop a thick skin about the level of media interest that comes with it,” but then continued:“But the past week has seen a line crossed. His girlfriend, Meghan Markle, has been subject to a wave of abuse and harassment. Some of this has been very public — the smear on the front page of a national newspaper; the racial undertones of comment pieces; and the outright sexism and racism of social media trolls and web article comments. Some of it has been hidden from the public — the nightly legal battles to keep defamatory stories out of papers; her mother having to struggle past photographers in order to get to her front door; the attempts of reporters and photographers to gain illegal entry to her home and the calls to police that followed; the substantial bribes offered by papers to her ex-boyfriend; the bombardment of nearly every friend, co-worker, and loved one in her life.“Prince Harry is worried about Ms. Markle’s safety and is deeply disappointed that he has not been able to protect her. It is not right that a few months into a relationship with him that Ms. Markle should be subjected to such a storm. He knows commentators will say this is ‘the price she has to pay’ and that ‘this is all part of the game’. He strongly disagrees. This is not a game — it is her life and his.”The statement was widely regarded as unprecedented.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

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September 1, 2019

Detmers Shines in Louisvilles Series Opening Win Over James Madison

first_imgDetmers had it working from the outset Friday, striking out the first five hitters he faced. He retired the first eight batters of the day before hitting a man with two outs in the third. The runner didn’t deter him though, as a groundout on the next pitch ended the inning. PDF Box Score Detmers, the reigning ACC Pitcher of the Week, dazzled on the mound Friday. The southpaw held JMU hitless for the first seven innings of the contest before exiting after eight with one hit allowed and a career-high 14 strikeouts. Reid Detmers Postgame Story Links With a four-run lead, Detmers continued to dominate. He struck out two in the sixth and set the side down in order on strikes in the seventh. The no-hit bid came to an end in the eighth, as a hard-hit ball deflected off the glove of a diving Wyatt at first base. Detmers would finish off the inning without trouble though, finishing his night with eight scoreless innings. Henry Davis tacked one final run onto the Louisville line score with a single that brought home pinch-runner Trey Leonard in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Cardinals then turned the game over to Michael McAvene, who worked a perfect ninth to finish off the victory. Highlights Next Game: James Madison 3/2/2019 | 12:00 PM Live Stats Louisville (6-3) went with two outs in the third, started by a Tyler Fitzgerald single. The junior proceeded to steal second and third base and Oriente legged out an infield single to allow Fitzgerald to score and give UofL a 2-0 advantage. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – For the second straight week, University of Louisville starting pitcher Reid Detmers stole the show, as the eighth-ranked Cardinals blanked James Madison 5-0 in the series opener Friday night at Jim Patterson Stadium. Louisville and James Madison will wrap up the series with a doubleheader on Saturday scheduled to begin at noon ET. Photo Gallery Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster ACC Network Extra Meanwhile, the Louisville offense gave him a little cushion with a run in the second and third innings. Logan Wyatt doubled to lead off the second and Danny Oriente followed with a single that put runners on the corners. Alex Binelas then cashed in the run-scoring opportunity with a sacrifice fly to get the Cardinals on the board. The sophomore worked seven no-hit innings in his previous start against Brown and built his streak of consecutive hitless innings to 14.2 before a leadoff single in the eighth. After tallying 11 strikeouts in his last outing and 14 on Friday, Detmers is the first Cardinal to reach double digits in back-to-back starts since 2017 Golden Spikes Award winner Brendan McKay did it in three straight in March of 2017. Detmers kept rolling on the mound, piling up two more strikeouts in the fourth and another in the fifth before the offense added to the lead. Fitzgerald started the action again in the fifth, this time with an infield single with one away. Again, the shortstop stole second and third base before coming across on another swing by Oriente. Following a walk to Binelas, Ethan Stringer picked up an RBI on a fielder’s choice to stretch the margin out to four. Fitzgerald went 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of runs scored for the Cardinals. His four stolen bases match the Louisville single-game record, done eight other times with the most recent coming from Corey Ray against Longwood on March 8, 2016. Print Friendly Version Dan McDonnell Postgame Previewlast_img read more

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August 31, 2019 Could fast radio bursts be produced by collisions between neutron stars and

Could fast radio bursts be produced by collisions between neutron stars and

first_img(Phys.org)—Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are short bursts of radio emissions from the sky lasting only few milliseconds. However, their origin is still unknown, perplexing astronomers for years since the discovery of the first FRB in 2007. According to various studies, these peculiar radio bursts could be a product of a supernova, two black holes colliding, a spinning neutron star, or they could be related to hyperflares of magnetars. Now, astronomers from the Nanjing University in China are offering another explanation for this puzzling question, asking if collisions of asteroids with neutron stars are producing FRBs. Artist impression of a fast radio burst reaching Earth. Photo credit: Jingchuan Yu, Beijing Planetarium Explore further Detected radio bursts evidence of ‘exotic phenomena’ © 2015 Phys.org More information: Collision between Neutron Stars and Asteroids as a Mechanism for Fast Radio Bursts, arXiv:1512.06519 [astro-ph.HE] arxiv.org/abs/1512.06519AbstractAs a new kind of radio transient sources detected at ∼1.4 GHz, fast radio bursts are specially characterized by their short durations and high intensities. Although only ten events are detected so far, fast radio bursts may actually frequently happen at a rate of ∼103 —- 104 sky−1 day−1. We suggest that fast radio bursts can be produced by the collisions between neutron stars and asteroids. This model can naturally explain the millisecond duration of fast radio bursts. The energetics and event rate can also be safely accounted for. Fast radio bursts thus may be one side of the multifaces of the neutron star-small body collision events, which are previously expected to lead to X-ray/gamma-ray bursts or glitch/anti-glitches. A paper, detailing the latest finding, co-authored by Yong Feng Huang and Jin-Jun Geng, was published online in the arXiv journal on Dec. 21.The authors of the paper, using the data from about ten FRBs, obtained key parameters that could help solve the mystery of these radio bursts. FRBs were generally discovered through single-pulse search methods by using archive data of wide-field pulsar surveys at the multi-beam 64-meter Parkes radio telescope in Australia and the 305-meter Arecibo telescope, located in Puerto Rico.FRBs are usually detected by large radio telescopes at 1.4 GHz. These events are of extremely short duration, typically lasting for less than a few milliseconds, but are detected with high intensity. The researchers noted that there are four main stages of detecting fast radio bursts.”First, the radio telescopes are uniformly pointing toward the sky at the time of the detections. Second, for the multi-beam receiver system, usually the signal was recorded only in very few beams, typically less than four, especially by adjacent beams. Third, FRBs are characterized by large dispersion measure (DM) values, significantly larger than terrestrial sources of interference. Fourth, the observed behaviors of time delay and frequency evolution of FRBs strongly indicate that cold-plasma dispersion should have been engraved in the radio signal,” the scientists wrote in the paper.The astronomers noted also that FRBs cannot be quickly followed up to catch the counterparts in other wavelengths, as they are generally screened out from archive data, as was done by Huang and Geng in their latest research. Thus, the absence of counterparts poses great difficulties in understanding the true nature of FRBs.The authors of the paper insist that the explanations offered by previous studies are unsatisfactory when it comes to the origin of these radio bursts. They imply that a very strong electromagnetic outburst or multi-band afterglow would be triggered and should be observed tin association with the FRB event. However, non of these phenomena have been observed.The new hypothesis, presented in the study, can account for many of the observational characteristics of FRBs, such as the duration, the energetics and the event rate. They suggest that the collision between asteroids and neutron stars can reasonably explain many of the observed features.Scientists have expected that the collision of small bodies with neutron stars can give birth to some kinds of X-ray bursts or some special gamma-ray bursts. The new research accounts for the possibility that these collisions are behind fast radio bursts.”Our model can naturally explain the millisecond duration of FRBs. It can also well account for various other aspects of FRBs,” the scientists wrote.They hope that the future Chinese 500-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), which is expected to be ready for observations in late 2016, can contribute to the study of the multidimensionality of such collisions and will reveal new insights into the nature of FRBs. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Could fast radio bursts be produced by collisions between neutron stars and asteroids? (2015, December 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-fast-radio-collisions-neutron-stars.htmllast_img read more

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August 31, 2019 Love happens without intimation

Love happens without intimation

first_imgI’m 32, married for 5 years. I love my husband but I think I’ve fallen in love with someone else. What should I do?Love happens without intimation and ‘love’ as a feeling can never be defined or dictated. I understand that the feeling of love for someone outside your marriage can lead to a suppressed feeling of guilt. But, honestly speaking – cool down, relax! As long as you are happy with this new season of love and its colors, don’t bother your nerves. Always remember, anything that ensures peaceful sleep and constant happiness is welcome. Just one word of caution, keep your personal life to yourself. Don’t speak about it to others. Have a happy life dear. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’I’m from South Delhi. I recently got engaged, I have physical intimacy with my fiancé. But somehow, I fantasise about her sister a lot.There’s a problem for sure! Specially if the ‘fantasy’ doesn’t maintain its secrecy! Its  all in your mind. There are millions who fantasise models, actors while getting intimate with their partners. And no rule book for penalizing such acts. All I can say, Be careful!Your ‘would-be’ would be really shattered if she knows it. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSo either concentrate and take her more seriously and get the sister out of your mind or marry the sister. Or change your mind and marry a completely new person who probably has no ‘sister’.But whatever you do, be quiet about it. I am 59. Met a young girl on internet. She’s taking a lot of interest in me. I’m getting nervous. What should I do?Congrats! That’s amazing!  Age should never be a reason to hold you back from exploring. If you’re happy with this ‘new episode’ of internet buddies, just get happier! You’ve nothing to win or lose and mental happiness over all is the biggest trophy. So, dear friend, just browse on, just flow on. We have two kids and I love my wife. But couple of months back, my old girlfriend got in touch and I got to know that she’s divorced. We are in touch and I went out for coffee with her twice. I’m very guilty suppressing it from my wife as I fear if she hears, her heart will break. What should I do? Depends on your personal equation with her. Tell her only if you guys are real good friends. Its sometimes very difficult for Indian woman to accept any face beside her man easily. So, let the ice melt on its own. Don’t rush to reveal. Let the coffee breaks continue peacefully  so that life remains happy for all.I love my wife but don’t enjoy our physical chemistry as she’s damn frigid. I don’t know how to make it better.You should start from the basics. Begin from the beginning. Start from adding small touches of love, surprise kisses, hugs. Just holding on and longer can turn it magically. Try to seduce her at any unexpected moment – the kitchen, the garden, the, those corners of home that remain unexplored. Get wild there. You can watch porn together and talk about it. Intimate conversations during sex and talking about sex may work for her. Keep exploring, read books and keep loving her. At the end of the day we all know what stays.I am in high school. I have developed the habit of watching porn everyday. I am unable to stop. What can I do? Is it normal. Listen dear, you have to come out of it gradually. Pornography is unreal and if you continue then you might lose interest in having sex with your partner/partners in the future. The virtual is a fantasy and it has to get over someday. Watch them but less.Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more

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August 31, 2019 Symphonies of Yore

Symphonies of Yore

first_imgCapital’s music enthusiasts got together to pay  a tribute to the yesteryears singing sensation Geeta Dutt on her 41st Death Anniversary at Kamani Auditorium in New Delhi. Team Svarpana, a Delhi-based group of 10 classically-trained, passionate music enthusiasts of all age groups and walks of life. Pawan Naidu, the fountainhead for the group designed this very presentation weaving the great singers’ story alongwith her songs. The rather melancholic life that she lead with untold events that marked her career and personal journey. The evening titled  Geeta Dutt…Aik Adhoora Sapna will have 17 ever  green, joyful and  melancholic songs of the veteran including  Ai Dil Muje Bata De, Babuji, dheere chalna, Koi  Chupke se aake,  Na jao saiyya,  Mera sundar Sapna beet gaya,  Vaqt ne kiya,  Janoo Janoo Re, Meri  jaan. These songs will be sung mainly by Shetal  accompanied by Jyoti and Stuti in duets – all classically trained singers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’When asked why a tribute to Geeta Dutt, Pawan replied ‘because no one remembers her,’ he has devoted 25 years to present a ‘no nonsense live concert of Geeta Dutt by a solo artist to make his dream come true. Who remembers that this week on July 20th was Geeta Dutt’s death anniversary?,’ he asks adding  that they had been  paying tribute to her every year since 2007 to packed houses across the country. ‘We have taken special care that the songs have same expressions as she would ingrain in her intoxicating voice. Since she was not deeply trained in classical, expressions dominated most of her songs which struck the right chord with all and sundry, everyone could sing her songs.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAdds Shetal, the lead vocalist for evening, ‘I read in Geeta Dutt’s blog maintained by her daughter in which she says that ‘no one pays tribute to my mother’ so she had prepared Pal a music CD dedicated  to her some time ago. We are trying to contact her to say that we have not forgotten her.’The evening is called Aik Adhoora Sapna to indicate at the loneliness the versatile singer lived almost all through her life.  Says Mr. Naidu, ‘Geeta Ghosh Roy Chowdhury,  a highly qualified woman hailing from an aristocratic zamindar family of Faridpur (before Partition) was at the peak of her career when she married Guru Dutt to become Geeta Dutt  –  then a struggling assistant to different directors. Dutt hailed from a Saraswat Brahman family and their union was a taboo affair in their families.’He adds, ‘If a person of Guru Dutt’s sensibilities could fall for Geeta Dutt, she must have had some tremendous qualities, yet he could not sustain respect for this relationship. He fell for Wahida Rehman, and Geeta was left alone’.last_img read more

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August 31, 2019 New Town to be first in state to get AC electric buses

New Town to be first in state to get AC electric buses

first_imgKolkata: New Town is going to the first area in Bengal, where air-conditioned electric buses will be introduced soon.The vehicles will be introduced in the areas that are not connected by buses. Three buses will be introduced, which will follow a circular route. Two buses will be for Action Area I and one for Action Area II. The buses will go up to Unitech, covering the campus of St. Xavier’s University and Karigari Bhavan. The average speed of the buses will be between 40-50 kmph. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe fare of the buses will be Rs 10. There will be no conductors. The drivers will collect the fare and a machine will be installed to generate the tickets.The bus drivers will be given special training to handle the buses along with collection of tickets. The battery needs to be charged and charging stations have come up. The body of the buses with 32 seats has been built by Eicher, while Karnataka based KPIT has installed the electrical systems. The buses are likely to be introduced in the middle of May. Trial runs are being made.New Town has been declared as a green city and steps have already been taken by Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO). Cycle sharing, an eco-friendly scheme, has become a great success and discussions are on to introduce e-vehicles on sharing basis as well. LED lamps have been installed in street lights to conserve power.last_img read more

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August 31, 2019

Cabinet nod to Lucknow metro rail project phase1A

first_imgThe union cabinet on Tuesday approved the Lucknow Metro Rail Project Phase-1A, which will cover a length of 22.878 km with 22 stations, an official statement said.The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The cost of the project will be Rs.6,928 crore which will be supported by the central government with Rs.1,300 crore in the form of equity and subordinate debt.The project, stretching from the Chowdhary Charan Singh Airport to the Munshi Pulia, will be implemented by Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC), which will be reconstituted into a 50:50 jointly-owned company of the central government and Uttar Pradesh government. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damOut of the total route length, the elevated stretch will be 19.438 km while underground route length will be 3.440 km. It will have 19 elevated and three underground metro stations.The project will come under the legal framework of the Metro Railways (Construction of Works) Act, 1978, the Metro Railways (Operation and Maintenance) Act, 2002, and the Railways Act, 1989, as amended from time to time.last_img read more

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August 30, 2019

New Malware Uncovered With Stealth Features to Spy on Businesses

first_img Register Now » 2 min read November 24, 2014 An advanced malicious software application has been uncovered that since 2008 was used to spy on private companies, governments, research institutes and individuals in 10 countries, anti virus software maker Symantec Corp said in a report on Sunday.The Mountain View, California-based maker of Norton anti virus products said its research showed that a “nation state” was likely the developer of the malware called Regin, or Backdoor. Regin, but Symantec did not identify any countries or victims.Symantec said Regin’s design “makes it highly suited for persistent, long-term surveillance operations against targets,” and was withdrawn in 2011 but resurfaced from 2013 onward.The malware uses several “stealth” features “and even when its presence is detected, it is very difficult to ascertain what it is doing,” according to Symantec. It said “many components of Regin remain undiscovered and additional functionality and versions may exist.”Almost half of all infections occurred at addresses of Internet service providers, the report said. It said the targets were customers of the companies rather than the companies themselves. About 28 percent of targets were in telecoms while other victims were in the energy, airline, hospitality and research sectors, Symantec said.Symantec described the malware as having five stages, each “hidden and encrypted, with the exception of the first stage.” It said “each individual stage provides little information on the complete package. Only by acquiring all five stages is it possible to analyze and understand the threat.”Regin also uses what is called a modular approach that allows it to load custom features tailored to targets, the same method applied in other malware, such as Flamer and Weevil (The Mask), the anti virus company said. Some of its features were also similar to Duqu malware, uncovered in September 2011 and related to a computer worm called Stuxnet, discovered the previous year.Cybersecurity is a sensitive topic for businesses in the United States, where there have been several breaches of major companies and customer information. The U.S. government and private cyber intelligence firms have said they suspect state-backed hackers in China or Russia may be responsible.Symantec said Russia and Saudi Arabia accounted for about half of the confirmed infections of the Regin malware and the other countries were Mexico, Ireland, India, Iran, Afghanistan, Belgium, Austria and Pakistan.(Reporting by Grant McCool, editing by G Crosse) Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story originally appeared on Reuterslast_img read more

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August 26, 2019 Facebook AI research introduces enhanced LASER library that allows zeroshot transfer across

Facebook AI research introduces enhanced LASER library that allows zeroshot transfer across

first_imgYesterday, the team at Facebook’s AI research announced that they have expanded and enhanced their LASER (Language-Agnostic SEntence Representations) toolkit to work with more than more than 90 languages, written in 28 different alphabets. This has accelerated the transfer of natural language processing (NLP) applications to many more languages. The team is now open-sourcing LASER and making it as the first exploration of multilingual sentence representations. Currently 93 languages have been incorporated into LASER. LASER achieves the results by embedding all languages together in a single shared space. They are also making the multilingual encoder and PyTorch code freely available and providing a multilingual test set for more than 100 languages. The Facebook post reads, “The 93 languages incorporated into LASER include languages with subject-verb-object (SVO) order (e.g., English), SOV order (e.g., Bengali and Turkic), VSO order (e.g., Tagalog and Berber), and even VOS order (e.g., Malagasy).” Features of LASER Enables zero-shot transfer of NLP models from one language, such as English, to scores of others including languages where training data is limited. Handles low-resource languages and dialects. Provides accuracy for 13 out of the 14 languages in the XNLI corpus. It delivers results in cross-lingual document classification (MLDoc corpus). LASER’s sentence embeddings are strong at parallel corpus mining which establishes a new state of the art in the BUCC, 2018 workshop on building and using comparable Corpora, shared task for three of its four language pairs. It provides fast performance with processing up to 2,000 sentences per second on GPU. PyTorch has been used to implement the sentence encoder with minimal external dependencies. LASER supports the use of multiple languages in one sentence. LASER’s performance improves as new languages get added and the system keeps on learning to recognize the characteristics of language families. Sentence embeddings LASER maps a sentence in any language to a point in a high-dimensional space such that the same sentence in any language will end up in the same neighborhood. This representation could also be a universal language in a semantic vector space. The Facebook post reads, “We have observed that the distance in that space correlates very well to the semantic closeness of the sentences.” The sentence embeddings are used for initializing the decoder LSTM through a linear transformation and are also concatenated to its input embeddings at every time step. The encoder/decoder approach The approach behind this project is based on neural machine translation, an encoder/decoder approach which is also known as sequence-to-sequence processing. LASER uses one shared encoder for all input languages and a shared decoder for generating the output language. LASER uses a 1,024-dimension fixed-size vector for representing the input sentence. The decoder is instructed about which language needs to be generated. As the encoder has no explicit signal for indicating the input language, this method encourages it to learn language-independent representations. The team at Facebook AI-research has trained their systems on 223 million sentences of public parallel data, aligned with either English or Spanish. By using a shared BPE vocabulary trained on the concatenation of all languages, it was possible to benefit  low-resource languages from high-resource languages of the same family. Zero-shot, cross-lingual natural language inference LASER achieves excellent results in cross-lingual natural language inference (NLI). The Facebook’s AI research team considers the zero-shot setting as they train the NLI classifier on English and then apply it to all target languages with no fine tuning or target-language resources. The distances between all sentence pairs are calculated and the closest ones are selected. For more precision, the margin between the closest sentence and the other nearest neighbors is considered. This search is performed using Facebook’s FAISS library. The team outperformed the state of the art on the shared BUCC task by a large margin. The team improved the F1 score from 85.5 to 96.2 for German/English, from 81.5 to 93.9 for French/English, from 81.3 to 93.3 for Russian/English, and from 77.5 to 92.3 for Chinese/English. To know more about LASER, check out the official post by Facebook. Read Next Trick or Treat – New Facebook Community Actions for users to create petitions and connect with public officials Russia opens civil cases against Facebook and Twitter over local data laws FTC officials plan to impose a fine of over $22.5 billion on Facebook for privacy violations, Washington Post reportslast_img read more

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August 9, 2019 Plan to eliminate tax delays for farmers signed into law

Plan to eliminate tax delays for farmers signed into law

first_img Categories: Roberts News 28Jun Plan to eliminate tax delays for farmers signed into law Rep. Roberts: Legislation will ensure faster processing of P.A. 116 creditsGov. Rick Snyder today signed into law legislation to eliminate delays in the processing of tax credit payments for farmers who participate in Michigan’s Farmland and Open Space Preservation Program, often referred to as “P.A. 116.”State Rep. Brett Roberts, who sponsored a portion of the three-bill package, said the P.A. 116 program offers a property tax credit to people who voluntarily commit to using their land for agricultural production for a number of years. However, the program has not been adequately funded in recent years, leading to delays in the processing of P.A. 116 applications and renewals by some State of Michigan departments.“This has left farmers who participate in the program waiting for a very long time to receive their tax refunds. Some farmers in our district reported a 13-month lag time,” said Rep. Roberts, R-Eaton Township. “The farmers are holding up their end of the bargain, and they deserve a timely tax credit in return. Not to mention, it’s pretty difficult to file your taxes for this year when you’re still waiting on last year’s return.”House Bills 5189-5191, introduced by Rep. Roberts and Rep. Dan Lauwers, R-Brockway Township, streamline the process for registering a P.A. 116 agreement with the state. The plan also holds the Department of Treasury accountable for delays by applying a 3-percent annual interest rate on refunds not issued within 45 days.“These changes will significantly shorten the amount of time farmers have been waiting for their tax refunds,” Rep. Roberts said. “They also make the P.A. 116 program more efficient, which will help ensure people will continue to be interested in preserving their land for food production in the future.”The bills are now Public Acts 265-267 of 2016.#####last_img read more

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August 4, 2019

Australia has significant customers in Asia which

first_img Australia has significant customers in Asia which are just on its door step. Australia being first also means that the United States and Canada are significantly late to the game. Many companies in the US have applied for a chance to build liquefaction plants, with Cheniere Energy (LNG) hoping to begin exporting in 2015. However, even if only half of the planned facilities make it through construction, there will still be a significant glut in LNG supplies. Second, cost overruns will deteriorate the majority of profits. The project costs for both brownfields (existing developments) and greenfields (new developments) are going to see dramatic increases over the next few years: international weakness in energy prices. Just look at Australia, where labor shortages, cost of materials, and weather have wrecked LNG project budgets and extended deadlines. Chevron’s Gorgon LNG project was budgeted for $37 billion when it first began construction on Barrow Island in 2009 and was set to be completed 2014. The deadline has now been pushed to late 2015 with a final price tag escalated to be approximately$54 billion. Chevron’s Wheatstone LNG project is also suffering from the same setbacks. The project began in 2011 with an expected cost of $26.4 billion and with its first cargo being delivered in 2016. The plant’s price tag is currently at $29.7 billion, with deliveries expected in 2017. The reality is that major LNG projects are normally in the middle of nowhere, and labor and resources are hard to come by; LNG is becoming a victim of its own success. Third, the demand for LNG is not as rosy as everyone makes it out to be. Most of the world’s LNG is bound for East Asia, as Japan and South Korea account for over 50% of LNG imports. The Fukushima disaster in Japan made the country even more reliant on LNG. With nuclear power unavailable and natural gas its only source of peak-load power, Japan’s power authority had to scramble to import enough LNG to keep the country’s lights on and its industries running. However, as Japan begins restarting its nuclear power plants, one of the largest markets for LNG will drop considerably, and no other country will come close to filling the void that Japan will leave behind. In November, Kagoshima Governor Yūichirō Itō approved the restart of two reactors at Sendai despite public concerns. This was the final step before the reactors restart in the new year, which is a huge milestone moving forward. It’s no secret that Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe is very pro-nuclear and understands that the prolonged shutdown of nuclear power plants is hurting the Japanese economy. Abe has made it clear he’d like to restart Japan’s nuclear power plants. If that comes to pass as we expect, LNG demand in Japan would drop significantly. Thus, the combination of increasing supply, significant cost overruns in building natural gas liquefaction plants, and decreasing demand led to a weak LNG market. When combined with the rise of spot contracts, this is all bearish news for LNG operators and producers. North American facilities may find it difficult to compete with LNG plants in Australia, Eastern Russia, Qatar, and Southeast Asia for the all-important East Asian market. The amount of LNG growth in Australia could easily depress prices worldwide and discourage further development of LNG in America, particularly if the Henry Hub price stays near today’s levels. Petronas’ deferment of the Pacific Northwest LNG project off British Columbia’s west coast is the first of many in North America. The event was one of many that vindicated the controversial thesis we put out in the beginning of the year. Nevertheless, due to the reasons we outlined in this article and accompanied by the decline in commodity prices, expect to see more major projects mothballed and continued selling pressure in the LNG sector. We congratulate our readers who didn’t jump on the LNG bandwagon and were patient with this investment. But this is all good news to me, as I’m a contrarian value investor. Blood in the streets? Now I’m interested. Fortune favors the bold. So how can we profit from the blood in the energy markets? Easy. If you agree today to try my newsletter risk-free for three months, you’ll get the news and our newest recommendation at the same time as our current subscribers. There’s no risk to you: If you don’t like the Casey Energy Report or don’t make any money over your first three months, just cancel within that time for a full, prompt refund, no questions asked. Even if you miss the three-month cutoff, cancel anytime for a prorated refund on the unused part of your subscription. As a subscriber, you’ll receive instant access to our current issue, which details how to protect yourself falling oil prices, plus our current top recommendations in the oil patch. Also, as a new subscriber, you’ll get access to all the past issues and the current portfolio on the website. Do your portfolio a favor and have me on your side to increase your chances of success. Click here to start your risk-free trial now. Also, an open invite to all Casey subscribers who happen to be in Vancouver, BC, Canada: I love being the first to a story. (Yes, I have an ego.) And yes, I was the first to come out and state that Canada’s liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector has huge problems and to recommend avoiding the bubble in Canadian LNG. I repeated this warning several times over the last two years. Canada’s LNG bubble popped last week. Here’s what US LNG investors can learn from it. In the March 2014 issue of the Casey Energy Report, I listed hard facts of why the North American—especially British Columbian (BC)—LNG sector will fail. This report was published in arguably the most bullish period for LNG-related companies and was immediately met with pushback, from both the industry and investors. The bubble in the Canadian LNG sector has now popped. LNG was touted as the savior of the Canadian gas markets, destined to ship gas overseas to be sold for 2-4 times domestic prices. The theme was so prevalent that it was estimated about CDN$200 billion would be invested in Canadian LNG alone, and even the mere mention of LNG was enough to give companies a boost in share price. Nevertheless, I stuck to my numbers, and our thesis came to fruition… much earlier than we anticipated with Petronas just this past week putting BC LNG on hold by delaying its final investment decision into the BC LNG sector, citing two items: capital expenditures cost overruns; and So why was I so bearish before anyone else in Canada on BC LNG? First, there are just too many liquefaction facilities planned. Over the next five years, LNG production is set to increase by more than 30%, with Australia leading the wave of expansion.last_img read more

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August 3, 2019 After over a year of negotiations Randolph Health

After over a year of negotiations Randolph Health

first_imgAfter over a year of negotiations, Randolph Health will not become part of Cone Health’s larger integrated health care network. Currently the two provide some services in Asheboro jointly, and Cone Health operates as a managing partner.Randolph Health CEO Steve Eblin says the two have been longtime partners and that conversations about integration were amicable.  “Now that the Cone deal is not going to happen, we’re disappointed about that but we are committed to finding a new integration partner, because in today’s health care world, a business model like ours, of a stand-alone hospital, really just doesn’t work for the long-term.”The announcement comes at a time when health care organizations and networks are consolidating amid changes in reimbursement and rising costs.Cone Health’s CEO said in a press release that it was a difficult decision, but that combining would require the organization’s priorities and projects to be scaled back or put on hold.last_img read more

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