Leander Paes and Sania Mirza finally got down to practice on the well manicured lawns of Wimbledon on Wednesday.After weeks of suspense and acrimony when one was not sure on which side of the court Sania would play, Leander agreed to play the advantage court. The Doha Asian Games gold medallist pair was on court for almost two hours and did various drills.”I have no problem playing on any side of the court and playing for the country matters the most to me,” said Leander later, as he was mobbed by the media.On her part, Sania was thrilled she got to play with Leander. “He is looking so good at the net and I am happy to be playing on the right court,” said Sania. She and Rushmi Chakravarthi are the wild cards in women’s doubles.A lot of muck had been thrown up in the lead-up to the Indian tennis team selection for the Olympics. Leander, being the highest ranked doubles player in India, had the preference of choosing his partner. But both Rohan Bopanna and Mahesh Bhuptahi refused to play with him.Ultimately, he was paired with the inexperienced Vishnu Vardhan and as a compromise was teamed up with Sania in the mixed doubles. This led to another controversy, as Sania fumed that she was being used as ‘a bait’ and added that she would have preferred to play with Mahesh as they had won the French Open together.However, all that has now been buried underground as Leander, Mahesh, Sania, Somdev Devvarman, Rushmi and Vardhan are now hitting the ball on grass.advertisement
RIO DE JANEIRO — The extension of a subway line to the Olympic Park may not be ready before the games start August 2016, Brazilian auditors said Tuesday.According to the O Globo newspaper, a report by the Rio de Janeiro State Audit Court said there is a “high risk” that the extension of a subway line to the main venues at the Olympic Park in Barra da Tijuca will not be operating before the beginning of the Olympics.“There can no longer be any delays in the construction of the subway’s extension if it is to be ready on time for the Olympics,” O Globo quoted the court’s report as saying.The court’s press office confirmed the newspaper’s report but did not immediately provide further details.Meanwhile, another Olympic venue is also facing possible delays.A federal judge in Rio de Janeiro has ordered the temporary suspension of a 60 million real ($18.8 million) project to revitalize the city’s Gloria Marina, where the Olympic sailing events are scheduled to be held.Judge Marcelo Pereira da Silva said on Monday that the project had significantly changed and would damage the landscape by cutting down a large number of trees.TweetPinShare0 Shares
India’s junior men’s and women’s hockey teams have made it to the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympics Games, which will be held from October 6 to 18, the International Hockey Federation (FIH) announced.The teams qualified for the five-a-side competition after participating in the men’s and women’s Asian Youth Olympic Games qualifiers in Bangkok, where the junior men’s team beat Malaysia in the final while the women’s team finished runners-up after losing 1-4 to China in the final.India’s junior men’s team will be up against some very stiff competition in 2014 Youth Olympic gold medallists Australia and silver medallists Canada. Apart from them, there are teams like Argentina, Austria, Bangladesh, Poland, Mexico, Malaysia, Kenya, Zambia and Vanuatu in fray.The women’s team will have their task cut-out as 2014 Youth Olympic gold medallists China, hosts Argentina, Austria, Poland, Uruguay, Mexico, Australia, Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Vanuatu will be the other 11 teams giving them competition.The confirmation of these teams follows the conclusion of all continental qualifying events, the last being the African Youth Games, which concluded on July 28.The Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games will be the first instance for both the junior men’s and women’s hockey teams where they will be taking part in the quadrennial competition after not having participated in the first two editions in 2010 and 2014.Secretary General of Hockey India Mushtaque Ahmad congratulated the teams for attaining qualification and said: “Both the junior men’s and women’s teams have worked really hard to qualify for the Buenos Aires 2018 Youth Olympic Games.”advertisement”I would like to congratulate the teams for showing great determination and securing their place in the quadrennial event for the first time.”This format is very fast-paced and I feel that both our teams are very well equipped to be able to perform exceptionally at the Games in Argentina come October,” he added.The schedule of the competition is yet to be announced by the Buenos Aires Youth Olympic Games Organising Committee.(With IANS inputs)
Mercy Medical Center has started using a high-tech approach to registering patients.The hospital’s new PatientSecure palm-scanning technology went live on October 25th.PatientSecure works by scanning the vein pattern of a patient’s palm, which are highly unique to every individual, to create an encrypted and protected digital file which is linked to a specific medical record.Once they have registered, users’ identities can be immediately confirmed at registration, with no room for human errors in matching individuals to their correct personal medical records.
Last week, the Boston Red Sox confirmed they would change the name of Yawkey Way, the street just outside Fenway Park where fans gather before the game. The Sox were direct about the reason for the decision: “[Changing Yawkey Way’s name to] Jersey Street … is intended to reinforce that Fenway Park is inclusive and welcoming to all.” But why would a street’s name fall short of those stated goals? It all goes back to its namesake in a city where racism has too often spilled over into sports.Tom Yawkey was the owner of the Boston Red Sox from 1933 until his death in 1976. It was under his watch that the Red Sox became the last MLB team of the pre-expansion era to field a black player: infielder Pumpsie Green made his debut in 1959, a good 12 years after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier. In fact, Robinson’s historic debut with the Brooklyn Dodgers may never have happened if Yawkey had had any say in the matter. He was one of several owners who made up the Major League Steering Committee which, in 1946, recommended that the league remain segregated.Not that Yawkey’s Red Sox didn’t occasionally feign interest in African American players. Most notoriously, in 1945 they held a tryout for Robinson that was, by all accounts, a farce. The team had no intention of actually signing him. Robinson would later go on to call Yawkey “the most bigoted man in baseball”. Robinson wasn’t the only legendary black player that the Red Sox skipped over, they also failed to offer Willie Mays, one of greatest players of all time, a contract. Share via Email Fenway Park remains one of the most celebrated stadiums in America. Photograph: Mark L Baer/USA Today Sports While Yawkey’s resistance to integrating his ballclub was primarily a moral failure, the policies that were in place during his tenure actively hurt his team’s chances of winning. It’s no coincidence that it was during this period, when other teams were integrating some of the most talented players from the Negro Leagues and elsewhere, that the Red Sox started to lag behind in the standings. Boston never won the World Series under Yawkey, and it’s impossible not to wonder if their history would have been different had they signed Robinson or Mays or any of the other talented ballplayers passed over because of the color of their skin. Maybe we could have all been spared all that non-stop “curse” talk. Over the last few decades, Yawkey has come to represent an era that the current ownership has been trying to distance itself from. It’s no secret that the history of Boston sports, and the history of Boston in general, is filled with racial tension, and this past continues to affect people’s perception of the city. When racist incidents occur, for example at Fenway last year a fan shouted slurs at an African American player, it’s pretty much impossible to say “this is not who we are” while simultaneously honoring a literal segregationist. Share on Pinterest Twitter MLB Pinterest Let’s just assume that Yawkey’s defenders are right and that much of what we think we know about him comes from apocryphal mud-slinging, would that really affect his legacy as an owner? The integration of the major leagues was the most important moment in baseball history, maybe even US sports history, and Yawkey’s Red Sox were on the wrong side. Whether or not Yawkey was a bigot himself is ultimately irrelevant in light of the fact that his team was the last remaining hold-out, a hold-out that inexcusably lasted over a decade. We are judged primarily by our actions as well as our failures to act. Whether or not Yawkey was the primary person responsible for the Red Sox’s all-white rosters, it still happened under his watch. If it’s Yawkey’s fate to be remembered mostly as a symbol of bigotry and exclusion in sports, it’s one that he’s earned.Beyond those without direct ties to Yawkey himself, the proposed move has also come under fire from the expected corners. There are those who accuse the Red Sox of surrendering to political correctness. You may remember this argument, in as much as it is one, from fans upset that the Cleveland Indians were phasing out the grotesquely racist Chief Wahoo logo just a little while ago.Then there are those who believe the Red Sox are somehow erasing history by removing Yawkey’s name, as if deciding to stop paying tribute to him is somehow the equivalent of a Stalinist purge. But owner John Henry and the rest of the Sox organization aren’t cropping Yawkey out of photos and, as Boston Herald columnist Steve Buckley points out, it’s not like his plaque in the Baseball Hall Of Fame is going anywhere any time soon. For better or worse, Yawkey’s place in baseball history is assured.There is however, at least one criticism you could lay on the Red Sox organization: why are they doing this now? Henry claims that he wanted to change the name of Yawkey Way as early as 2002 and that he has been “haunted” by the idea. If so, then why has he waited until now, after three World Series wins and in the midst of a favorable political climate, to actually go through the renaming process. Was the Red Sox organization that afraid of a fan backlash? There’s a certain level of moral cowardice at work here: they knew that renaming Yawkey Way would be the right thing to do, yet they waited well over a decade before finally following through. That course of inaction sounds very familiar for the Red Sox, doesn’t it? Read more blogposts Share on Twitter Facebook Topics While the case against unreservedly honoring Yawkey is fairly overwhelming, the Red Sox’s decision to rename Yawkey Way has provoked some rather strong backlash. The least surprising criticism came from the Yawkey Foundation, the organization Yawkey and his wife Jean established to ensure that their philanthropic efforts would continue after their deaths. The foundation swiftly responded to the Red Sox’s announcement with a statement defending Yawkey, painting him as the victim of “a false narrative,” and emphasizing his charity work (which the Sox acknowledged and praised in their announcement). Share on Facebook Baseball no longer a supergiant but it is still the most American of sports Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. US sports Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Baseball Boston Red Sox Only In Boston (@OnlyInBOS)The Red Sox have filed a petition with the City of Boston to change the Yawkey Way street name to its original Jersey Street name.The Yawkey Foundation are disappointed by the efforts. pic.twitter.com/HWE7nftLWYMarch 1, 2018
Gareth Southgate would not say if Raheem Sterling will captain England in their Nations League semi-final against Netherlands as he is unsure if star striker Harry Kane will start. Sterling will make his 50th appearance for the national team when they take on Ronald Koeman’s team in Portugal on Thursday. Kane returned from injury to feature for Tottenham in the Champions League final last week and is part of the squad for the midweek clash. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Reports this week said that Manchester City star Sterling would take the captain’s armband in Kane’s absence from the starting XI, but Three Lions boss Southgate stayed quiet when asked if the Spurs star would be included. “If I confirmed anything about the team other than Raheem playing I would be doing half of Ronald [Koeman’s] job for him. If I tell you Harry Kane’s playing tomorrow I’m giving Ronald half the team as well,” he told reporters. “I don’t want to discuss the captaincy. Harry Kane is our captain. If Harry Kane doesn’t play I have a decision to make. At this moment in time, I’m not prepared to do that.” Sterling says he does not know if he will lead the team against the Dutch, but said he would be proud to fill the void left by Kane as he reaches a half century of caps. “That’s something that is down to the manager,” he said. “That’s not for me to decide but if the manager did do that it is something I would do proudly for sure.” He added: “Growing up and watching a lot of England games you always had a dream to play for England but I never thought one day I would be able to say, if the manager picks me or not, that I would be in with a chance to make my 50th cap. “It’s a massive achievement for me and it’s something that I will treasure for the rest of my life and so will my family. “To my 17-year-old self, I would say just keep going, keep enjoying your football and keep learning. That’s the most important message really.”
Lucknow: After a video of prisoners brandishing firearms in the Unnao prison went viral, the Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh transferred 21 jail officials and 15 IAS officers. According to a statement issued here on Thursday night by Director General (Prisons) Anand Kumar, some of the jail officials who have been transferred are Ravikant Singh from Central Jail Agra to Jhansi District Jail, Alok Kumar Shukla posted at Central Jail Bareilly to District Jail Fatehpur, while Dharampal Singh has been transferred to Naini Central Jail (Prayagraj) from Sultanpur District Jail. Also Read – Ahead of Xi’s visit, China says Kashmir issue should be resolved bilaterally; drops UN references However, no official from the Unnao district jail was mentioned in the transfer list. Sources said that a proposal has also been sent to the Home Department for the transfer of the inmates to some other jail. In Unnao, departmental proceedings have been initiated against four jail officials on grounds of laxity and dereliction of duty. A show-cause notice has been issued to the prison superintendent and the jailor. The inmates seen with firearms will also be shifted to other jails Also Read – Rajnath Singh arrives for Rafale handover ceremony in France Meanwhile, the state government also transferred 15 IAS officers also on late Thursday. Nitin Ramesh Gokarna, Principal Secretary Housing and Urban Planning, was also holding charge of PWD but now the charge of principal secretary, housing and urban planning has been given to Dinesh Chaturvedi. Kalpana Awasthi, serving as Principal Secretary, Excise, as well as Forest and Environment, has been relieved of excise charge which has been entrusted to Sanjay Bhoosreddy. Arvind Kumar Chaurasia, Manoj Kumar and Ravindra Kumar Mandar have been posted as municipal commissioners of Meerut, Jhansi and Mathura-Vrindavan, respectively.
Sacred Games Season 2…that’s all anyone wants to talk about this week, isn’t it? I’ll admit that the second season is more deftly executed than the first. More clarity and maturity in the direction skills as the story moves in and out of two narratives that run parallel. The scene that stayed with me (*spoiler alert*) is a scene where a Muslim youth is mercilessly and cruelly lynched by a mob that included a few minors. The inhuman behaviour of the mob fuelled by deep hatred is unwatchable. I salute the writer and filmmakers for making the audience sit uncomfortably through those painful couple of minutes. Lest you forget, lynching is an ugly occurrence in the Indian reality today. Also Read – A special kind of bondRemember that dairy farmer who was lynched by cow vigilantes in Alwar in April 2017? The video of the victim dressed in white salwar kurta being beaten to a pulp went viral. We squirmed while watching it, some made excuses for the governments (state and central) but the reality was that suchdastardly acts were taking place in India. Pehlu Khan, the dairy farmer’s only crime was to travel from his village, Nuh, in Haryana, to purchase cattle in order to increase milk production in time for Ramzan. He had the purchase receipts that he showed his perpetrators on the Delhi-Alwar highway but rage and hatred don’t listen to reason and rationale. Pehlu Khan succumbed to his injuries in hospital; a case was filed against nine people, including three minors. This week a lower court in Rajasthan acquitted all six accused adults on grounds of reasonable doubt. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe eyewitness video shot on a mobile phone was not enough, the court said, and the news channel sting where one of the accused is admitting to his role in the act was also not admissible. The man who recorded the viral video did not testify while another who had also made a video had turned hostile. Shockingly, the video was not sent for forensic analysis and therefore, could not be considered as evidence. The Rajasthan police and the prosecution both just did not seem to have their heart in the investigation. Two years was not long enough for the prosecution to get its act together and present a strong case. Shame! The Rajasthan government passed an anti-lynching law just last week but a new law alone can’t change the attitude of the administrators. Pehlu Khan’s case was ideal for both the state and central government to drive home a point – there would be no tolerance for perpetrators of lynching. Instead, quite the opposite has been communicated to prospective ‘lynchers’ – go ahead and take the law into your own hands, make videos of the brutality, make daring confessions also on video…but you will walk away scot-free. The wrath of the law will not strike, primarily because the authorities aren’t looking to set an example in the first place! While lynching can quite easily extend to non-religious matters, today where we stand, they can be viewed only as crimes of religious hate. Two months ago, the Indian government rubbished a US department report on religious freedom that stated “mob attacks by violent extremist Hindu groups against minority communities” continued in the country. The government said that India is proud of its “secular credentials” and remains “committed to tolerance”. The onus is on the government to walk the talk and instruct states to do the same. Only the fear of the law can curb the evil within. But a law is effective only if its implementation can stop incidents of lynching. Otherwise, these laws remain only the written word unfollowed in spirit. And we continue to fail the likes of Pehlu Khan and others who have added their names to the ever-lengthening list of lynching victims. (The writer is an author and media entrepreneur. The views expressed are strictly personal)
Kolkata: State correctional administration department is concerned over a few recent incidents in which undertrial prisoners were found to have entered the correctional homes with China-made small mobile phones being inserted in their rectums.The correctional administration department has become more cautious while allowing the undertrial prisoners into various jails, after the incidents came to light. The department is examining if such incidents occurred due to the negligence of the wardens in the correctional homes. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe department came to know the matter after two undertrial prisoners in separate incidents entered presidency central correctional home with a China-made small mobile phone inside their rectum. The department suspects that the prisoners got the mobile phones during the process of being produced in court. Earlier, it was often alleged that the undertrial prisoners or the convicts got access to mobile phones inside the correctional homes. It was also alleged that in some cases the convicts established contacts with their associates outside giving them instructions. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAccording to sources in the state correctional administration department, the checking processes will be made more stringent to stop such incidents. The department will also fix the responsibility on the staff members of the correctional homes if they are found guilty. “We are trying to identify how the undertrial prisoners entered into the correctional home with small size Chinese mobile phone inside their rectum. Steps would be taken if negligence is found on the part of any staff members of the correctional home,” a senior official of the department said. It may be mentioned that the department had recently shifted the Alipore Central Correctional Home to Baruipur for the security reasons for safety reasons. The 109-year-old Alipore Central correctional home closed down in February this year and all of its inmates were shifted to other correctional homes. The department has intensified the security system in all the correctional homes and checked the entry of various narcotic substances into the jails. The inmates often used to indulge in the consumption of these substances inside the jails evading the eyes of correctional home officials. But through the adoption of various stringent measures such incidents have been checked. The department has taken up a comprehensive programme to involve the inmates in various activities so that they can return to the mainstream of life. Various vocational trainings are being imparted among the jail inmates. In many correctional homes the inmates are already producing various handicrafts. Efforts have been taken by the department conduct computer literacy and many other programmes in the correctional homes.
BRUSSELS – The European Commission has given its OK to China National Offshore Oil Co.’s $15.1-billion bid for Calgary’s Nexen Inc.Both companies are active in oil and gas plays around the world.Nexen (TSX:NXY), for example, has operations in the North Sea so the proposed deal required approval under the European Union’s merger regulation.The major hurdle for the deal is a review under the Investment Canada Act, which will determine if it is of net benefit to Canada.The review deadline is this coming Monday, but that could be extended.Ottawa has also promised new guidelines on foreign investment amid criticism that the net benefit test lacks clarity and consistency.Canada’s spy agency raised a red flag on foreign investment by state-owned firms in its annual report earlier this year.Though CSIS didn’t name specific countries or companies, it said certain state-owned enterprises have pursued what it called opaque agendas or received clandestine intelligence support for their pursuits in Canada.Prime Minister Stephen Harper has said the Nexen-CNOOC deal “raises a range of difficult policy questions.”CNOOC and Nexen have a pre-existing relationship. Last year, CNOOC scooped up Opti Canada, Nexen’s beleaguered minority partner in its troubled Long Lake oilsands project. The two firms also worked together in the Gulf of Mexico.While Nexen’s headquarters are in Calgary, its strategic importance to Canada is questionable.Only about 30 per cent of its forecasted daily production in 2012 is from its Canadian operations, with the vast majority coming from offshore platforms in the North Sea and elsewhere around the globe. EU gives OK to CNOOC-Nexen deal, but big hurdle in Ottawa remains AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 7, 2012 12:26 pm MDT
The head of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) today called on all parties involved in the Syrian conflict to safeguard the country’s cultural heritage and take all possible measures to avoid further destruction.“UNESCO is determined to use its expertise and its networks to help the Syrian people preserve their exceptional cultural heritage,” said the agency’s Director-General, Irina Bokova, after a meeting of experts held at the UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris seeking action to prevent further losses and repair damage where and when it will be possible.“Protecting heritage is inseparable from protecting populations, because heritage enshrines a people’s values and identities,” Ms. Bokova said. “We have heard today of the serious damage that has already been inflicted on Syria’s heritage. The destruction of sites such as the historic souk in Aleppo has made headlines around the world, clearly reflecting the concern and distress of people everywhere.”The meeting was chaired by Ms. Bokova and among its participants was the Joint Special Representative of the UN and the League of Arab States for Syria, Lakhdar Brahimi. “Syria’s past is threatened, just as much as its present and its future,” Mr. Brahimi said. “I can bear witness and get your message across to the leaders I meet.” The experts endorsed UNESCO’s continuing action to raise awareness and share information about the status of Syria’s heritage, notably the country’s six World Heritage sites, important archaeological sites, and moveable heritage, including museums and other collections.UNESCO has had experience in coordinating actions to preserve heritage in times of conflict, most recently in Mali, Libya, and Iraq. In Syria, it has been training national and regional heritage professionals in an effort to preserve properties and collections from destruction, looting and illegal trafficking. The agency has also been sharing information available on damage to all types of heritage to alert customs services and art dealers about stolen heritage and help them respect the international ban on trading in looted properties.“There is no culture without people; and no society without culture,” Ms. Bokova said. “I urge all parties to take all necessary precautions to stop the destruction of Syria’s cultural heritage, which includes some of the most precious in the world.”
A pump jack is seen at sunrise near Bakersfield, California October 14, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/File Photo(Reuters) President Donald Trump’s proposal to sell half of the U.S. strategic oil reserve highlights a decline in the biggest oil user’s reliance on imports – and a weaning off OPEC crude – as its domestic production soars.The U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) SPR-STK-T-EIA, the world’s largest, holds about 688 million barrels of crude in heavily guarded underground caverns in Louisiana and Texas.Congress created it in 1975 after the Arab oil embargo caused fears of long-term spikes in motor fuel prices that would harm the U.S. economy.The White House budget, which will be delivered to Congress on Tuesday, proposes to start selling SPR oil in fiscal 2018, which begins on Oct. 1. The sales would generate $500 million in the first year, documents released by the administration showed.Sales from the reserve would gradually rise over the following years, peaking at nearly $3.9 billion in 2027, and totaling nearly $16.6 billion from 2018 to 2027.A release of half over 10 years averages about 95,000 barrels per day (bpd), or 1 percent of current U.S. output.Although the figure is equivalent only to the output of a mid-sized field, it sends a powerful signal about the United States’ decreasing need for imports as its own production reaches new highs.Since the U.S. shale oil boom began at the start of this decade, imports have fallen sharply – sometimes to as low as 7 million bpd, from as high as 10 million bpd in the middle of the last decade. C-IMP-T-EIAEnbridge Inc.’s crude oil storage tanks are seen during a tour of their tank farm in Cushing, Oklahoma, March 24, 2016. Picture taken March 24, 2016. REUTERS/Nick Oxford“The United States definitely don’t need as much SPR as they have now lower imports,” said Amrita Sen of the consultancy Energy Aspects, noting that the drive to reduce the SPR had started under former President Barack Obama.“While the headlines may be bearish, not only is this just a proposal that is unlikely to make it past Congress, it is also phased over 10 years … So we do not see this as bearish for fundamentals even though the headlines won’t help,” she added.PVM brokerage also agreed the plan, if implemented, would not add dramatically to global oversupply.The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, of which the United States is not a member, meets this week, and is widely expected to extend production cuts by nine months to March 2018 to help the market rebalance.Benchmark Brent LCOc1 and U.S. light crude CLc1 prices were broadly flat at 1230 GMT, having recouped earlier losses of around 1 percent.Olivier Jakob from Swiss-based Petromatrix consultancy agreed the sales would result only in a small amount of additional supply in coming years.“To maximize budget revenues we would suggest to the White House to copy for once what Mexico does, and to use any price support provided by OPEC cuts to hedge the forward release of SPR barrels,” he said.The West’s energy watchdog, the International Energy Agency (IEA), has said oil market rebalancing was on the way and foresaw a significant drop in stock from current record levels of 3 billion barrels in the next few months.The IEA, which counts the United States as a member, requires member countries to keep strategic stocks equal to 90 days of the previous year’s net oil imports.PVM said if U.S. imports in coming years matched those of 2016, the country would need to keep 489 million barrels of oil in the SPR, some 140-150 million barrels above the proposed new level.The United States has more leeway to release SPR crude as its own production C-OUT-T-EIA has surged 49 percent over the past five years.The United States released supplies from the SPR amid supply concerns at the start of the Gulf War in 1991 and after Hurricane Katrina disrupted Gulf of Mexico output in 2005, and again in 2011 amid concerns about lost Libyan supply.In December, Congress approved the sale of $2 billion of crude from the SPR to pay for maintenance and repairs. The U.S. Department of Energy sold 6.4 million barrels in January and another 10 million in February.The White House proposal would also open areas of Alaska’s arctic region to exploration, potentially helping the United States further boost production to rival top competitors Saudi Arabia and Russia.(Reporting by Henning Gloystein; Additional reporting by Florence Tan; Editing by Dale Hudson and Christian Schmollinger) Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOil rises as Saudi Arabia seeks to tackle oversupplyNovember 12, 2018In “World”U.S. sanctions Venezuelan officials to pressure Maduro -sourcesJuly 26, 2017In “latest news”Retail U.S. gasoline prices surge as refineries warn of shortages after HarveySeptember 2, 2017In “World” By Henning Gloystein and Dmitry Zhdannikov | SINGAPORE/VIENNA
Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRashid, Bumrah joint No.1 in ODI rankingsFebruary 20, 2018In “latest news”Kohli reclaims top spot; Hazlewood tops ODI bowling rankingsJune 13, 2017In “latest news”England cement white-ball rise with No.1 ODI rankingMay 2, 2018In “latest news” After winning their first bilateral series in South Africa, India have climbed to the top of the ODI rankings for the third time in six months. India overtook South Africa – who will finish the ongoing series ranked second – after beating them by 73 runs in the fourth ODI in Port Elizabeth. India are also the top-ranked Test team.India had become the No. 1 ODI side after taking a 2-0 lead in the series, but had to win four of six matches to retain that ranking after the series. If India win the final ODI, they will finish with 123 rankings points, and South Africa with 117. South Africa had to either tie or win the ODI series against India to stay at the top of the rankings.India’s series win means England could move past South Africa, to No. 2, if they beat New Zealand 5-0 in the upcoming ODI series. Afghanistan, meanwhile, have also climbed past Zimbabwe to No. 10 on the ODI rankings after winning the third ODI in Sharjah on Tuesday, but will have to win the series to retain that position. (ESPNCricinfo)
Washington made national headlines this week when state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Gov. Jay Inslee announced that they would fight President Donald Trump’s executive order calling for a travel ban from seven countries. Ferguson called Trump’s order unconstitutional and said he would seek to invalidate it in a lawsuit. On Friday, a federal judge ruled in Ferguson’s favor and ordered a halt to the ban.Inslee called it a “tremendous victory.”“There is still more to do. The fight isn’t yet won. But we should feel heartened by today’s victory and more resolute than ever that we are fighting on the right side of history,” the governor said.Earlier in the week, Washington state Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, assured reporters he could serve as both a lawmaker and a member of President Trump’s transition team. Ericksen is overseeing the communication of Trump’s transition effort at the Environmental Protection Agency and working with Vancouver’s former Sen. Don Benton, now a senior White House adviser.With the 2017 Washington legislative session in full swing, there was also plenty of state news. Ericksen flew back to Olympia from Washington, D.C., in time for Republican senators to pass a sweeping education plan that they say will fix the state’s largest problem: how to adequately fund the state’s public schools. Democrats largely criticized their proposal, but it could help negotiations gain some traction. Legislators also tackled a wide range of other issues from how to charge law-enforcement officials who use deadly force to whether employers should be prohibited from asking about an applicant’s criminal history.Southwest Washington lawmakers continue to meet weekly to discuss local priorities.There are two more weeks until the first bill cutoff, so expect a flurry of activity in Olympia.Here’s a snapshot of some bills discussed this week with Southwest Washington significance:Oil transportation safetyWhen a train carrying crude oil derailed in Mosier, Ore., last summer, the entire region got a glimpse of what a catastrophic spill could look like. Senate Bill 5462 is one of a couple of bills trying to strengthen regulations on trains carrying crude oil. The measure, which received a hearing in the Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Committee on Thursday, has several provisions, including requiring railroads to complete oil contingency plans.
Maurizio Sarri intends to reinforce his attacking department in January as Chelsea aim to challenge Manchester City, Tottenham, and Liverpool for the Premier League titleThe Blues have aggregated 28 points after the opening 13 EPL fixtures, as they currently trail the Citizens by seven points.However, it is evident Eden Hazard, Willian, and Pedro lack a prolific goalscorer in the final third because both Morata and Giroud failed to live up to expectations this campaign.The Spaniard and the Frenchman have scored six goals altogether, while Hazard notched seven goals on his own. Therefore, Sarri became aware he needs to land a striker who can guarantee at least ten goals in the second half of the season.Maurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.According to the Daily Mail, the Pensioners have identified the Serie A duo, Mauro Icardi and Krzysztof Piatek, the top targets for the January transfer window.Considering the Nerazzurri price their captain at staggering £97.5m, Genoa’s wonder seems to be a more feasible solution.Although it is still uncertain how much would the Liguria-based outfit ask for their headline performer, Piatek’s market value is currently set at £30m.The 23-year-old striker has bagged 13 goals in ten top-flight outings for the Griffin, which has earned him his first Poland national team call-up.
TACOMA — Just when it seems that surely the Union Titans have used up their allotment of Tacoma Dome magic, they manage to conjure up something new.Jordan Chatman made a 3-point shot with 1:01 to play Thursday, providing the final points in Union’s thrilling 66-65 overtime victory against Jackson High School of Mill Creek.“I’m pretty confident,” said the BYU-bound Chatman, who finished with 20 points. “With the game on the line, I’m usually pretty clutch.”The victory in the Class 4A state boys basketball tournament puts Union into the semifinals, where it will play Central Valley of Veradale at 9 p.m. Friday.It also shows that the Titans still feel right at home in the Tacoma Dome, where the program won the Class 3A title two years ago.That championship run featured victories in which Union survived last-second misses by their opponents in both the semifinal and the championship game. Thursday’s win was no different.
On the agenda for the council meeting on Wednesday, June 13, the council is expected to vote on whether or not to begin the draft petition for annexation. The City Council postponed the vote on the ordinance to begin the draft process for the potential annexation areas until their meeting on June 13. During the work session on May 23, the council reviewed all nine areas of study and discussed severalpotential modifications to each of the areas. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Soldotna City Council is expected to vote on whether or not the city will be taking the next step in the annexation process. The council shuffled through maps of each of the proposed annexation zones. They broke down possible residential areas in each of the study zones that would be open up for public comment, or essentially a vote, in those areas in order decide whether or not to annex them. If the council votes to move forward with submitting the petition to the Local Boundary Commission, additional public hearings and action from the council will be required.
5:51 How quickly Facebook can rope in Libra users is an open question. Using existing cryptocurrencies to pay for everyday purchases is far from common, despite efforts to make those transactions mainstream. Many cryptocurrencies, most notably bitcoin, swing wildly in value and exist in a confusing regulatory environment. They’ve been used for speculation or in criminal activities.Facebook and the Libra Association say they’re working to address these concerns. Libra will be backed by a reserve of assets consisting of “bank deposits and government securities in currencies from stable and reputable central banks.” That suggests major global currencies, like the dollar and the euro, which don’t fluctuate violently day to day.Facebook isn’t the first tech company to integrate payments into a service. Line, a Japanese messaging app, launched a digital token called Link last year. Chinese messaging app WeChat lets users link credit cards to make payments and money transfers, but banned cryptocurrency transactions. With Libra, Facebook is getting into the cryptocurrency business. Getty Images Facebook changed the way we communicate. Now the social media giant wants to change how its roughly 2.4 billion users think about using a cryptocurrency to make everyday purchases.Earlier this week, the social network and its partners unveiled a global digital coin called Libra, confirming details of a project that had been leaking out in dribs and drabs for months. Libra, which will be managed by a governing body and backed by stable financial assets, is expected to debut in the first half of 2020.Facebook and the Libra Association, the body that will govern the coin, hope to create a stable digital money that will give users confidence in its value and won’t be subject to the wild gyrations of more recognized cryptocurrencies, such as bitcoin. The group is also trying to alleviate concerns that Libra could be used for money laundering or black market transactions, saying it would work with authorities around the world to ensure Libra conforms to regulations in multiple countries and jurisdictions. The efforts to woo politicians and regulators, however, seemed to fall flat. Almost immediately after the announcement, US and European politicians expressed concern about Libra, saying Facebook’s history of privacy problems raised questions about whether it was a fit steward of people’s financial data.Rep. Maxine Waters, who chairs the House Financial Services Committee, said Facebook “has repeatedly shown a disregard for the protection and careful use of this data.” The social media company faces a record-setting fine of up to $5 billion from the Federal Trade Commission, which has been investigating Facebook for allegedly failing to protect user privacy. A Senate committee has scheduled a hearing on July 17 to discuss Libra.In Europe, the reaction was similar. Bruno Le Maire, France’s finance minister, told Europe 1 radio that Libra was fine if its use was limited to transactions, according to AFP. But the social network shouldn’t be allowed to create a “sovereign currency” that could be used to issue debt or serve other functions associated with government-issued money. Bank of England Gov. Mark Carney referenced Libra at a meeting of Portugal, saying, “Anything that works in this world will become instantly systemic and will have to be subject to the highest standards of regulation,” according to Bloomberg.Facebook’s cryptocurrency ambitions are the latest example of the social network’s efforts to cement itself in the daily lives of its users. If Facebook and its partners can persuade people to use Libra, the social network could attract new users, keep them online longer and generate more revenue outside of advertising, which made up 99% of its $15 billion in sales in the first three months of 2019.The Libra project underscores Facebook’s efforts to encourage its users to spend more time on the site or with its services by allowing them to send money, purchase products and sell their used possessions on its platform. If they do so, Facebook could create revenue streams beyond its dominant advertising business, which made up 99% of its $15 billion in sales in the first three months of 2019.”Payments is foundational to doing commerce,” said Lisa Ellis, an analyst at MoffettNathanson Research. “This would be a significant step toward enabling that.”The move in cryptocurrency comes as Facebook doubles down on its private spaces. The company plans to make it possible for users to send messages without switching between it’s Messenger, WhatsApp and Instagram services. Calibra, the digital wallet Facebook created to store Libra, will be built into Messenger and WhatsApp, though not Instagram at first. There’s a lot of overlap between the way you use a wallet and the way you would use a messaging app. Kevin Weil, vice president of product for blockchain at Facebook Facebook Cryptocurrency Tags 22 Comments Mobile Tech Industry Originally published June 18. Update, June 20: Adds reaction from politicians and regulators. Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Facebook’s video calling smart display connects you with friends and family Would you use Facebook’s new Libra cryptocurrency? (The… 18 Photos Facebook’s size and international reach, however, give it an advantage, according to analysts. Roughly 2.7 billion people use Facebook or Messenger, WhatsApp or Instagram. By contrast, Line has less than a quarter of the number of users and WeChat has about 1 billion users.Dave Jevans, CEO of CipherTrace, a cryptocurrency security company, says Libra could convince other social media platforms to enter financial services. “This starts to begin the conversation around social media platforms, which have been big political platforms over the last three or four years, becoming financial platforms to enable a global society,” Jevans said.Creating a digital walletFacebook’s digital wallet, Calibra, is expected to launch in 2020. Facebook Users will download the Calibra app onto their iPhone or Android devices, or add the wallet into Messenger or WhatsApp.To prevent fraud, Facebook will also ask users to verify their identity by uploading an ID such as a driver’s license. The company will encrypt this information and may retain it, depending on local regulations. Users can then link their bank accounts to the app to exchange, for example, US dollars for Libra. The wallet will automatically convert the dollar figure into the Libra amount.Over time, people could use Libra coins to purchase an item on Marketplace, make a donation or buy a product from retailers, said Kevin Weil, vice president of product for blockchain at Facebook. The wallet, which is still being built, may also be integrated into Instagram direct message at some point, he said.”There’s a lot of overlap between the way you use a wallet and the way you would use a messaging app that makes them great first steps for us,” Weil said.Facebook plans to offer incentives to get consumers and businesses to use Libra. A business could get cash back in Libra coins if it processes a transaction using the virtual currency. Early users may get some Libra coins when they set up an account and for referring friends to the app.Sending money across borders could be cheaper using Libra than conventional banks, Weil says, adding that the fees for transfers will be less than a penny. By comparison, the average cost of sending $200 was 7% in 2018, according to the World Bank. It’s unclear whether there will be a limit to the amount of money that people will be able to send using Calibra.The Calibra wallet will also work with other wallets that accept Libra, similar to the way email can be sent across services, such as between Google and Yahoo.”It’s that same kind of interoperability that you have between wallets in the Libra ecosystem,” Weil said.Managing a new cryptocurrencyFacebook won’t have direct control over Libra. Instead, it will be part of a nonprofit headquartered in Switzerland called the Libra Association that will oversee the cryptocurrency. The association has 28 founding members, including PayPal, Visa, Uber, Coinbase, Andreessen Horowitz and Mercy Corps, but aims to have 100 by 2020.The founding partners of the Libra Association include Mastercard and Visa. Facebook Businesses and venture capital firms that are part of the association will invest at least $10 million, which will be used to fund the group’s operations and Libra incentives. Each member will maintain a node, the servers that process transfers and power the Libra blockchain. All members will be represented on the Libra Association Council and have one vote, limiting Facebook’s influence over the cryptocurrency.Facebook and its partners won’t get a cut of cryptocurrency transactions or use the financial data from users for ad targeting. But making it easier for people to spend or send money could attract users or increase engagement, which would be attractive to advertisers. Businesses that use Libra might also have more money to spend on Facebook ads. In the future, the Libra Association could offer a range of financial services.David Marcus, who leads Facebook’s cryptocurrency efforts, said Libra might be more popular among people who don’t have access to financial services in the early days. About 1.7 billion adults worldwide still don’t have access to a bank account, according to data from the World Bank.”The effect of having a more competitive, vibrant financial system with, you know, more players, more services and the diversity of offerings I think will bring in many more people,” he said. “But it will take time.”
Asteroid formation through planetary collisionDon Davis via University of FloridaAsteroid 2006 QQ23, a rogue space body much bigger than the Eiffel tower, narrowly missed its collision with the earth on Sunday. The asteroid, which was speeding at 10,400 miles per hour, passed within 4.6 million miles of earth and even a small change in its trajectory could have brought devastating effects on the planet.In the wake of the incident, Danica Remy, president of the California based B612 non-profit foundation, revealed that Earth will be one day hit by a rogue space body that will result in severe catastrophic effects.In a recent talk with the NBC News, Remy revealed that it is only a matter of time before earth gets hit by a mega asteroid. He added that the impact of such an asteroid hit will be several times stronger than a nuclear explosion.However, Remy made it clear that such an impact from rogue space bodies will only create regional impact and not planetary level devastation. Even though the asteroid will cause casualties in the affected area, the entire stability of global transportation, networking and weather will be negatively impacted due to the hit.This is not the first time that a top expert is giving a chilling warning about future asteroid hits. A few months back, Dr Iain McDonald, a scientist at the Cardiff University’s School of Earth and Ocean Sciences had predicted that Earth will be inevitably hit by a doomsday asteroid one day or the other. McDonald believes that catastrophic events like doomsday asteroid hits are not confined to the past and it may happen in the future too.Popular physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, during a podcast titled ‘Cosmic Queries: Asteroids and Comets’, also shared similar views. Tyson revealed that the end of the world will most probably happen due to a gigantic asteroid hit.”It is an intriguing and under-appreciated fact that asteroids and comets may have been the bringers of life, if not the ingredients of life, but perhaps even life itself. And yet, they can also serve as harbingers of doom for the very life that they brought to the planet,” said Tyson.In order to combat these future threats, NASA is now busy developing a planetary defence weapon to protect the Earth from deep space threats. NASA’s planetary defence weapon aims to hit the approaching space body using a large craft so that the collision trajectory of the object can be changed.