Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games UST claims 5th UAAP beach volleyball title Under the country’s guardianship system, a male family member — normally the father, husband or brother — must grant permission for a woman’s study, travel and other activities. Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH A princess has been named to head a Saudi multi-sports federation, in a first for women in the conservative Muslim kingdom where men dominate all sports, an official said Saturday.The official, speaking on condition of anonymity, told AFP that Princess Reema bint Bandar bin Sultan has become “the first woman to lead a federation” covering sporting activities for men and women.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City In August 2016, the princess scored another first for women in Saudi Arabia when she was named by the cabinet to a senior post in the kingdom’s equivalent of a sports ministry.A daughter of a former Saudi ambassador to Washington, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, Princess Reema is a graduate in museology from an American university.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSaudi Arabia does not allow women to practice sports in the public sphere and even the introduction of private sports centers for women has aroused criticism among religious conservatives in the Gulf state.Although the kingdom announced it will lift a ban on women drivers from next June as part of a reform push, it still retains tight restrictions on women and imposes a strict segregation of the sexes. Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight LATEST STORIES Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
After registering a comprehensive victory over Kochi Tuskers Kerala to bring their Indian Premier League (IPL) campaign back on track, a confident Rajasthan Royals team will be eyeing an upset when they take on leaders Mumbai Indians in Jaipur on Friday. The Sawai Man Singh Stadium will witness the first clash this season between two ageless legends of cricket and whether the Shane Warne-led Rajasthan Royals can the Sachin Tendulkar-led Mumbai Indians remains to be seen. Mumbai, hot favourites this year, have been able to live up to their reputation by winning all but one of their six matches in the tournament.Rajasthan, on the other hand, have had a roller-coaster ride so far. Out of seven matches, they have won and lost three each with one match having been abandoned due to rain. They currently have seven points from seven matches, while Mumbai have earned 10 from six.After receiving two successive thrashings, Rajasthan managed to notch up a fine victory against the in-form Kochi Tuskers Kerala in their previous match, with Warne leading from the front with a three-wicket haul on home turf.On Thursday too, they will be relying on their captain-cum-coach to do the trick for them and expect Johan Botha, Siddharth Trivedi and Shane Watson to assist Warne with the ball.So far, the Royals’ strategy has been to restrict their opponents and chase down modest targets.It is high time their batting lineup that boasts of Watson, Rahul Dravid, Ross Taylor, Botha and rising star Ashok Menaria fires together and makes an impact.advertisementThe batsmen have shown occasional glimpses of their ability but are yet to win a match on their own, and they will need to be at their best to tackle a bowling lineup featuring the leading wickettaker, Lasith Malinga, Harbhajan Singh and Munaf Patel.Mumbai’s batsmen, meanwhile, led by batting maestro Tendulkar, have clicked extremely well in this competition. With the likes of Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Andrew Symonds and Kieron Pollard doing their job to perfection, Mumbai should be hoping for a cake-walk.Their fielding, no doubt inspired by their fielding coach and South African legend Jonty Rhodes, has been fabulous. “We have Jonty as the fielding coach and the boys have responded well. In the previous match it was the fielding rather my five- wicket haul that won the match for us,” said Harbhajan on the eve of the match.Bhajji available for WIHarbhajan also said he would be available for the Indian team’s forthcoming tour of the West Indies but was not aware of the plans of other senior players.”I have no idea from where the news (of senior players opting out of West Indies tour) has poured in. I am available for the tour. As far others are concerned, neither have I talked to anybody and nor has anybody has talked to me. We will be playing three Tests there and I don’t want to miss any of those,” he said.Harbhajan praised teammate Ambati Rayudu, saying he was a special talent.”It would be a challenge for youngsters like Rayudu to face a great spinner (like Warne). He is a special talent and we always knew that. He was unfortunately lost in between but lately he has been performing well. He is capable of filling in the big shoes of great Indian batsmen like VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid,” the off- spinner said.- With PTI inputs
Football: Usain Bolt admits that he’s struggling to make a career post athletics Advertisement AdvertisementFollowing his father’s footsteps, Cristiano Ronaldo Junior has joined the Juventus youth squad as a member of their under-9 training camp known as the Pulcini 2010.According to Calciomercato, Ronaldo’s partner Georgina Rodriguez was there to watch the youngster play alongside Andrea Barzagli’s son, Mattia. The Bianconeri Academy has been home to several children of first team and former players, recent examples being the aforementioned Mattia and Claudio Marchisio’s son Davide.Cristiano Junior has often grabbed the attention of football lovers and critics across the globe with his fast-developing skills and finishing prowess, and might very well follow his father to being a footballing great in the future.Calciomercato tweeted out a picture of Cristiano Junior as he was lining up to take a free kick, something his dad is famous for. As is turns out, he isn’t half bad at taking free kicks as recent videos by various news sites like SPORTbible will suggest.The 33 years old Portuguese forward completed his move from Real Madrid to Juventus after what was a long and extraordinary career at the Spanish capital, winning 15 titles with the club, and bowing out as their top scorer of all time.Ronaldo has played a couple of games for the Old Lady but is yet to score, an opportunity which he will get against Parma on Saturday in the Serie A. The club returned to the Serie A this summer after three consecutive promotions since their bankruptcy is 2015.The Old Lady started the season well with two wins two, despite the chance of a scare in their season opener away to Chievo Verona. After a comfortable 2-0 victory over Lazio, the Bianconeri will be confident ahead of their match against Parma, and Ronaldo will be looking to get on the scoresheet, getting off the mark at his career in Italy.Read the full article here :https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2792998-cristiano-ronaldo-junior-joins-juventus-youth-squadRead also :LALIGA FOOTBALL SCHOOLS COME TO INDIA
(REOPENS DEL 13) (REOPENS DEL 13) They continued to be laggards, lacking enough firepower and impact players to trigger a turnaround of fortunes. Adding to their woes was reports that there was a tiff between the team management and the owners. Punjab have certainly missed quality players in their ranks and non-performance of the big-hitting David Miller has affected them badly. Losing Glenn Maxwell and Shaun Marsh, among their most consistent players, added to the problems. Now that they will take field for the last time this season, knowing that they have nothing to lose, going out of the event with a win is what both the teams would be hoping for. Teams (From): KXIP: Murali Vijay (C), Hashim Amla, David Miller, Wriddhiman Saha, Gurkeerat Mann, Axar Patel, Marcus Stoinis, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma, Anureet Singh, Manan Vohra, Shardul Thakur, Nikhil Naik, Mitchell Johnson, KC Cariappa, Farhan Behardien, Arman Jaffer, Kyle Abbott, Pardeep Sahu, Swapnil Singh, Mitchell Johnson. Rising Pune Supergiants: MS Dhoni (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Usman Khawaja, George Bailey, Ravichandran Ashwin, Saurabh Tiwary, Thisara Perera, Rajat Bhatia, Adam Zampa, Ashok Dinda, RP Singh, Murugan Ashwin, Baba Aparajith, Ankiit Sharma, Ankush Bains, Deepak Chahar, Scott Boland, Peter Handscomb, Jaskaran Singh, Albie Morkel, Ishwar Pandey, Irfan Pathan and Ishant Sharma. Match starts 4pm IST. PTI AT PM PM
Star cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s wedding reception gave former captain Sourav Ganguly a chance to reunite with his Indian teammates from the golden era.Yuvraj, who got married to Bollywood actress Hazel Keech on November 30 in Chandigarh, headed to Goa for the second round of celebrations. (Virender Sehwag’s ‘natural crown’ at Yuvraj Singh’s wedding reception)Image: Viral Bhayani While the Chandigarh wedding was an intimate affair as per the Sikh traditions and was attended by close family and friends, the Goa wedding was held according to Hindu rituals and was graced by prominent personalities, including India Test captain Virat Kohli and Bollywood star Anushka Sharma. Image: Viral Bhayani The latest and the last installment of the gala celebrations was a lavish reception party held on Wednesday evening in Delhi. (Indian cricket’s prince charming, Yuvraj Singh marries actress Hazel Keech)Image: Viral Bhayani The party had an impressive guest list, including eminent personalities from the field of cricket and politics.Image: Viral Bhayani However, it was the presence of some of India’s most iconic cricketers that attracted everyone’s attention. (Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma attend Yuvraj Singh’s dazzling wedding ceremony)Image: Viral Bhayani With Virender Sehwag, Zaheer Khan, Harbhajan Singh, Ashish Nehra and Mohammad Kaif all in attendance, the party brought back memories of Indian cricket’s good times, an era when the team dominated the world.Image: Viral Bhayani Interestingly, Yuvraj, Sehwag, Kaif and Zaheer all made their debuts under Ganguly and went on to form the core of the team over the years. (Yuvraj Singh-Hazel Keech wedding: Newly-weds kick off celebrations in Delhi)advertisementIt is also worth mentioning that most of that crop of cricketers had a lot of admiration for Ganguly – the leader who helped the team scale new heights.Image: Viral Bhayani Ganguly, who captained India from 2000-05, led the team to the final of the 2003 World Cup. His five-year reign also saw India shedding the tag of ‘tigers at home, lamb abroad’.Ganguly, who is now the boss of Cricket Association of England, led India in 147 ODIs and 49 Tests, winning 76 and 21, respectively.
Manchester City England Under-17 World Cup finalists can star for Man City – Guardiola Dom Farrell 23:05 10/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Manchester City Guardiola West Bromwich Albion v Manchester City England U17 v Spain U17 England U17 West Bromwich Albion Spain U17 Premier League U17 World Cup Phil Foden, Joel Latibeaudiere and Curtis Anderson are set to line-up in the World Cup final and are capable of having a huge future in the game Pep Guardiola wants to bring through English talent into his Manchester City first team as three of the club’s young stars prepare to bid for World Cup glory.England face Spain in the Under-17 World Cup final on Saturday in Kolkata after Liverpool youngster Rhian Brewster made it back-to-back hat-tricks in the Three Lions’ 3-1 semi-final triumph over Brazil.City midfielder Phil Foden, goalkeeper Curtis Anderson and defender Joel Latibeaudiere, the team’s captain, all starred, with the latter now poised to lead out Steve Cooper’s side in the final. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Foden has been training with Guardiola’s first-team squad alongside fellow City youth products Tosin Adarabioyo and Brahim Diaz this season and earned rave reviews for some eye-catching performances in the International Champions Trophy.His manager, famed for developing a golden generation at Barcelona, is suitably impressed.“The young players like Phil Foden and others, they play when they deserve. At the end of the day it’s up to him,” Guardiola told a news conference ahead of City’s Premier League match at West Brom.”About their quality, it is up to us to help them develop. We have no doubt about Phil Foden’s quality and the other guys but we must be calm.”The problem we have here in England, I have said many times, is in the second teams the competition is not that high. The gap from there to the top level is big.”That is something that we will work out. It is good for them to go to the Under-17 World Cup and the more English guys we can bring to the first team, the better for us.”#U17EURO final #FIFAU20WC final #U19EURO final #FIFAU17WC final2017 keeps getting better for the #YoungLions ! pic.twitter.com/8H1M0bGInr — England (@England) October 25, 2017 Guardiola confirmed Foden would have been in contention for the midweek EFL Cup tie against Wolves but it was decided the experience of competing for world honours with his country was more beneficial.”Phil is training with us, like Brahim and Tosin, all this season. Joel came sometimes to some training sessions and helped us a lot,” he said.”We had the opportunity for Phil to stay here with us and maybe play in the previous game against Wolves.”But we believe that when these guys have the opportunity to play in a World Cup against Brazil, Spain and others is an amazing opportunity.”Guardiola knows full well the tough task ahead of Foden and company but believes England can certainly hold their own.”We are so happy for Phil, for Joel, for the goalkeeper. It is good, of course, for English football,” he added. “Big congratulations to the team.”Of course, the final will not be easy against Spain because Spain in the last decade dominated world and European football in all categories.”But England are going to be really excited to try and win this competition for the first time. I think it will be an equal final.”
Shearer blasts Everton goalkeeper Pickford: Disgusting!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer England captain Alan Shearer blasted Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford for his challenge on Tottenham midfielder Dele Alli on Sunday.In the closing stages of the first-half, Alli was played through on goal only to be adjudged by the linesman.However, as the referee blew his whistle for the infringement, Pickford dangerously dived two-footed into his England team-mate in a tackle that could have led to a serious injury.Shearer, who scored 260 Premier League goals during his career, did not hold back on his opinion of the incident.He tweeted: “Disgusting challenge from @JPickford1 on @dele_official. Should have been a red card. Pickford lucky Dele didn’t react.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
CLEMSON, SC – SEPTEMBER 17: A general view of the Auburn Tigers against the Clemson Tigers during their game at Memorial Stadium on September 17, 2011 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)Clemson football ran through the 2018 season unscathed, capturing a second national title in three seasons under Dabo Swinney. Most would assume that there weren’t many empty seats for Tiger home games in Death Valley during the run.Clemson finished 12th in national attendance, and filled 98.7-percent of the seats per game, with an average attendance of 80,400.Somewhat shockingly though, the Tigers did not record a single sell-out. That was the first time since 2009, Swinney’s first year as full-time head coach of the team.Clemson assistant athletic director for ticket operations Owen Godfrey explained how a national title winner with a die-hard fan base could go a full year without a sell-out.Teams in college football have struggled with attendance a bit, at least compared to years past, across the board in recent decades. There are myriad reasons why fans would prefer to watch their favorite teams from the comfort of their living rooms, that aren’t unique to Clemson or any team. The Tigers’ failure to sell out a game, however, has more to do with its ticket allotment agreements with visiting schools, per Godfrey.From the Greenville News:“Our biggest factor tends to be the opponent and how many folks they bring,” said Clemson assistant athletic director for ticket operations Owen Godfrey, alluding to the tickets Clemson allots to opponents.The highest allotment figure is for South Carolina, biennially Clemson’s most attractive ticket. Last season, Clemson allotted 8,000 tickets to South Carolina. In accordance with a league-wide agreement, visiting Atlantic Coast Conference schools can request a maximum of 4,300 tickets.The allotment for all other visitors was stipulated in their respective contracts. However, outside of Carolina, few of Clemson’s opponents guaranteed more than 1,000 tickets. Clemson recouped the unused tickets in late April, but it could not package them into a full season-ticket deal without the marquee Carolina game.“We sold as many season tickets down to that guaranteed number at 8,000,” Godfrey said. “When we do that, we turn away some folks that want to buy full season tickets, because, when the schedule doesn’t include South Carolina, or if we did it this year and it didn’t include Texas A&M, it’s a challenge.”While tickets may open up in the summer, after the allotment situation is sorted out, Godfrey says that many fans look to secondary markets for their single game seats first. That means unsold tickets through Clemson itself.A down year for the ACC, which came off of some strong years for the league, probably hurt as well. Louisville, which would typically be one of the better teams in the division, was horrid in 2018, and Clemson’s home attendance for that game suffered.The demand for smaller packages and single-game tickets was low last season. The season opener against Furman attracted more fans (80,048) than the matchup with ACC foe Louisville (78,741).With a title under their belt, we’re sure Clemson fans will turn out en masse for home games this season, especially with marquee games against Texas A&M and a potentially resurgent Florida State. Don’t be surprised if it becomes harder and harder for teams like Clemson to sell-out every date though. Only five of the 130 FBS teams accomplished that last year.[Greenville News]
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Satara: With the NCP witnessing desertions by a number of leaders recently, party chief Sharad Pawar on Thursday extended his “best wishes” to them and said he has experience of tackling such situation. Pawar also said local MLA Shivendrasinh Bhosale resigning and embracing the ruling BJP would have no bearing on the NCP’s Assembly poll prospects in Satara district. He exuded confidence that the NCP would retain the seat. The opposition parties in Maharashtra, particularly the NCP, witnessed its MLAs and key leaders joining the BJP and Shiv Sena last month. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ These include three NCP legislators- Bhosale, Sandeep Naik and Vaibhav Pichad- who joined the BJP along with the party’s state women wing president Chitra Wagh. Besides, its Mumbai unit president Sachin Ahir and Shahapur MLA Pandurang Barora joined the Shiv Sena last month. “My best wishes to those in the party who have other ideas (of desertion) on their minds. Such situations arise in politics sometimes and I have the experience of dealing with it,” Pawar told reporters here. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The former Union minister said he was not concerned about the NCP’s prospects in Satara in the Assembly polls, due in September-October, after Bhosale’s decision to jump the ship. “I have received three applications (from candidates seeking the party’s poll tickets) from Satara Assembly segment. So, I am not concerned about (falling short of) candidates. The party will definitely retain the seat,” the NCP patriarch said. Pawar also said the Satara MLA had confided in him that the latter would not join the BJP. Bhosale had also sought a meeting with Satara MP and his cousin Udayanraje Bhosale, Pawar added. Shivendrasinh Bhosale and Udayanraje Bhosale are said to be sharing strained relationship. “He (Shivendrasinh Bhosale) wanted a meeting with the Satara MP. We decided we will discuss the issue after the (on-going) Parliament session is over. But he took the decision (of quitting the party) even before we could hold discussion,” Pawar said. The veteran leader also said he is clueless about how many more NCP men from Satara will quit the party. But in the same breath, Pawar added those who follow the ideology of late Deputy Prime Minister and first Maharashtra Chief Minister Yashwantrao Chavan, a Congress stalwart who hailed from Satara, will not make such a move. Noting the NCP MLAs, who switched allegiance to the BJP-Shiv Sena, contended that they were unable to carry out public works while being on the opposition benches, Pawar said it showed the ruling parties were functioning with “vendetta”.
By Nada AfaRabat – Cinema 7ème art will host its monthly “Humans rights Cinema Thursday,” on Thursday March 31st. The event is organized on the last Thursday of each month by Association of Mediterranean’s Meetings of Culture and Human rights (ARMCDH).As an organization, ARMCDH was created in 2010 and its mission has been to promote the culture of human rights through cinematographic works. ARMCDH also organizes many other events, such as “Children’s Morning,” as well as a multitude of Master Classes in the city of Rabat. This Thursday, in honor of Women’s day, an Iranian documentary, Ayat Najafi’s “No land’s song,” will be screened at the cinema. The documentary takes place in Iran and tells the story of Sara Najafi.Since the 1979 revolution in Iran, women have been prohibited from singing in public. Sara, a young Iranian music composer, in spite of strict laws and social Iranian norms, decides to organize a concert for female Iranian soloist singers.Sara and her friends put up a real fight to make the event happen, and go as far as inviting French female singers to participate and support their concert.What started as the organizing of a concert, turned out to be a rebellious act of liberty and emancipation, and above all, an opportunity to build a bridge between two different cultures through the art of music.The film traces this journey and gives an accurate account of the women’s fight to tear down walls of social repression and raise their voices for the world to hear.The documentary screening will be followed by a debate to discuss the cinematographic work.Cinema 7ème art and ARMCDH extend an invitation to Rabat’s cinema lovers to attend the screening of this thought provoking film this Thursday at 6:30pm.To encourage a larger audience, the ticket price has been lowered to MAD 10.
Rabat – The United States Department of State will restart the registration period for the 2019 Diversity Visa, after it was marred by technical issues. The new registration period opens for electronic entries on October 18, 2017 at 6 p.m. GMT, and closes on November 22, 2017 at 6 p.m. GMT. The official website of the US Department of State issued a communique today informing applicants, that due to technical issues, all entries made prior to October 18, 2017 are not valid and have been excluded from the system. The electronic Diversity Visa Lottery website was down for maintenance since October 10.With the issue now resolved, the department explained that applicants may submit one new entry without being disqualified for submitting multiple entries, but individuals who submit more than one entry during the new registration period will be disqualified. “Applicants can access the electronic DV entry form (E-DV) at the official E-DV website, during the registration period. All other eligibility requirements remain the same,” explained the department.Beginning May 15, 2018, DV-2019 entrants will be able to use their unique confirmation number provided at registration to check the online Entrant Status Check at the official website to see if their entry was selected. Entrant Status Check will inform successful entrants how to apply for DVs for themselves and their eligible family members. The department also will confirm visa interview appointments through the Entrant Status Check.
CALGARY – The recent rout in oil prices will likely be top of mind for investors as Canada’s top oilpatch players release their third-quarter results over the next few weeks.The steep drop in the key U.S. benchmark crude — to about US$80 a barrel from around US$95 just a month ago — won’t be evident in companies’ financial reports for the quarter ended Sept. 30.But analysts and investors will be paying keen attention to the mood of top brass on quarterly conference calls and looking for signals about how oil market volatility may affect future plans, said Lanny Pendill, an analyst with Edward Jones in St. Louis, Mo. Right now, oil and gas producers are hammering out their budgets for 2015.“As a whole, we’re probably at the price point where I think many of the companies are going to approach the budget season with a little more caution,” he said.“Just the tone and the overall impression that they leave with us … I think will be key. So we will certainly be focusing on the go-forward comments more than anything.”Projects under construction in northern Alberta should be in good shape, but prospects are less certain for some that haven’t yet received a final board approval, said Pendill. In recent months, Canadian units of France’s Total and Norway’s Statoil have opted not to proceed with their Joslyn and Corner oil sands projects, respectively.Cenovus Energy Inc., one of Canada’s top oil sands producers, will be reporting on Thursday. That company has developed a reputation as being one of the lowest-cost producers in the industry, and Pendill expects it to continue to thrive in the current oil price environment. Supply costs for its projects range between US$35 and US$65 a barrel, meaning even its most pricey projects can generate a decent profit.Cenovus extracts bitumen using steam-assisted gravity drainage, or SAGD, technology. Steam is pumped underground through a well, where it softens the tarry bitumen enough that it can be drawn to the surface through a second pipe.Steam-driven, or in-situ, projects are generally much more cost effective than the more traditional surface mining operations. Since most of the remaining oilsands resource in northern Alberta is too deep to be mined, most future projects will employ in-situ techniques.Husky Energy Inc., also on deck to report Thursday, is close to starting the first phase of its Sunrise SAGD project, part of a partnership with BP. The company has signalled that costs would be higher than its most recent estimate of C$2.7 billion, but hasn’t yet said by how much.Oilsands producers learned some hard lessons during the financial crisis of 2008 and 2009, said Pendill. The oilpatch saw a spate of high-profile project deferrals as crude prices cratered to levels that were at times less than half of what they are today.Those companies have since done a better job managing their debt. They’ve also become reluctant to undertake multibillion-dollar megaprojects. Instead, companies like Cenovus and Suncor Energy Inc. are building SAGD projects in bite-sized increments, essentially copying and pasting the design with each new phase. Miners, like Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. and Suncor, are boosting output through “debottlenecking” — squeezing more crude out of existing projects by tweaking equipment, rather than building something new from scratch.Oil sands projects, many operated by deep-pocketed multinational giants, are planned with a time horizon of 50 years or more in mind, said Sonny Mottahed, CEO and managing partner at Black Spruce Merchant Capital in Calgary.The industry pays attention to the long-term supply-demand trends in oil prices, not the reactions of traders on any given day, he said.“Generally speaking, I don’t think that there’s anybody out there that believes that there is a true fundamental reason for the sell-off in the commodity,” he said.It’s a gloomier story for smaller firms elsewhere in the oil patch, said Mottahed. Lower prices are going to hit cash flow, which is bad news for companies that need to recycle capital back into their business quickly in order to keep drilling.Oil sands producers have been cushioned from the crude price plunge on a couple of fronts. Currency fluctuations have been to the benefit of Canada’s oilpatch, as the loonie has weakened against the U.S. dollar. And the price gap between heavy and light oil has narrowed as more Canadian heavy crude has been able to find its way to market by pipeline, rail and even tanker, Scotiabank commodity market specialist Patricia Mohr noted in a report last week.While U.S. light oil production surges from shale deposits in Texas and North Dakota, the country’s imports of heavier crudes continues to climb, Mohr wrote in her latest Commodity Price Index. Canada has supplied 43% of U.S. heavy crude imports so far in 2014 and further gains are likely to the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2015.Canadian Press
“The President informed me that Syria supports Security Council resolution 1701 and will assist the United Nations in its implementation,” Mr. Annan said at a press conference following the discussions in Damascus, the latest stop of his diplomatic effort to bolster support for the resolution that ended the month-long fighting.“While stating Syria’s objection to the presence of foreign troops along the Syrian-Lebanese borders, the President committed to me that Syria shall take all necessary measures to implement in full paragraph 15 of resolution 1701. That is the paragraph that deals with arms embargo and rearmament.”These measures include increasing the number of Syrian border guards, and setting up possible joint border patrols with Lebanese police and also joint control points, Mr. Annan said, adding also that the Syrian President had invited Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora to meet to discuss normalizing relations between the two countries.“On the question of disarmament of all militias in Lebanon, the President assured me that he accepts and supports the decisions of the Lebanese National Dialogue related to disarmament of militias,” the Secretary-General said.“I encouraged a meeting between President Assad and Prime Minister Siniora of Lebanon to allow them to discuss issues of mutual interest and improve their relations. The President gave his consent and said that he is ready to meet Prime Minister Siniora any time and that’s a standing invitation.”Mr. Annan also discussed humanitarian issues with the Syrian leader, including the Israeli blockade of Lebanon, which he has consistently said must be lifted, and also the release of Israeli soldiers held by Hizbollah and in Gaza, as well as the release of Lebanese prisoners.From Syria, the Secretary-General flew to Qatar and tomorrow he will travel to Iran for talks with the Foreign Minister and then on Sunday discussions with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
“The staggering number of civilian casualties in one month points to the urgent need for all to ensure that civilians are protected,” said Mr. Ban’s Special Representative for Iraq, Nickolay Mladenov. The UN says that June was the deadliest month in the country since 2007.In a statement from the UN Assistance Mission (UNAMI), which he heads, Mr. Mladenov urged officials to start forming a new Government which could unite the country, after today’s first session of the Council or Representatives ended without a quorum: “As large parts of the country remain under the control of ISIL and armed groups, it is imperative that national leaders work together to foil attempts to destroy the social fabric of Iraqi society,” he said.The Special Representative expressed regret that Iraq’s newly elected Council had been unable to reach an agreement on naming a new Speaker today. Acting speaker Mahdi al-Hafidh ended the proceedings after most of the 328-member legislature did not return from a short break, according to media reports.MonthCivilian CasualtiesInjuredJune 201415311763May 20146031108April 20146101311March 20144841104February 20145641179January 20146181052December 20136611201November 20135651186October 20138521793September 20138871957August 20137161936July 20139282109June 20136851610May 20139632191April 20135951481March 2013229853February 2013418704January 2013319960December 2012230655November 20124451306Please note that all figures remain estimates until full investigation and analysis has been carried out.“Politicians in Iraq need to realize that it is no longer business as usual,” Mr. Mladenov said, stressing that any failure to observe the deadlines set by the Constitution will be detrimental to the country’s integrity.“I call upon all political leaders to set aside their differences and, in a spirit of compromise, elect a Speaker during the next session, due to be held on 8 July,” he underscored. Speaking to the press last week, Mr. Mladenov underscored that while a military plan is needed to stop the advance of the armed group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/ISIS), Iraq requires a solution also based on political and social processes that will address the concerns of all communities.The fighting has internally displaced an estimated one million people who join one million people already seeking refuge in Iraq as a result of the Syrian conflict and previous conflicts. The bulk of them have fled to the autonomous Kurdish region, where UN agencies are overstretching resources to provide support. The Government of Saudi Arabia meanwhile donated today $500 million towards the humanitarian effort. In thanking the leadership of King Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz, Mr. Ban said the “timely funding” would enable the UN and its partners to assist “millions of Iraqi men, women and children whose lives were torn apart by the conflict.”The deepening crisis is also increasing the violence in the country. More than 2,417 Iraqis were killed last month and another 2,287 were injured in acts of terrorism and violence, according to the UNAMI human rights team. The figure does not include the Anbar province, where UN human rights teams are not on the ground and cannot independently verify the numbers. But according to official figures, 244 civilians were reportedly killed in the province during the past month, and 588 civilians injured.“The last time such a high number of civilians had been killed in a single month was in 2007,” Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) spokesperson, Ravina Shamdasani, said in Geneva. She reiterated the UN Office’s calls that all parties of the conflict respect international human rights law and international humanitarian law, and called on the Iraqi authorities to hold accountable those responsible for any violations. In addition to the civilians, at least 886 members of the Iraqi Security Forces were killed, and 524 were injured. Anbar excluded, Baghdad was the worst affected Governorate with 1,090 civilian casualties, followed by Ninewa, a northern province bordering Syria, and Salahadin, which borders Ninewa and Baghdad.
“The violence and destruction is relentless, exacting a terrible toll on women and girls, men and boys,” Ms. Kang said following a five-day visit to Jordan and Turkey, where she met with Syrian refugee families. “Parties to the conflict show little regard for the basic norms of warfare,” she added.More than four million Syrians have fled across borders in search of safety, while over 6.5 million others who are internally displaced have had to struggle to survive under extremely dire conditions.Ms. Kang expressed concern over the fate of refugees stranded at the border between Jordan and Syria, but conveyed the hope that a swift solution can be found as winter approaches, through the close collaboration forged between the Jordanian Government and the United Nations.According to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), she also visited the town of Bab al Salama to see first-hand cross-border relief operations. While there, she head reports on the recent spike in airstrikes and ground fighting near the northern border, which has impacted communities across northern Syria, forcing them to flee, many for the third or fourth time.Airstrikes are taking place where civilian infrastructure has already been severely damaged. In particular, health facilities have been routinely hit by aerial bombing, OCHA stated. “There have been repeated devastating attacks on health facilities, and countless health workers have been killed or injured along with their patients. Alleviating human suffering – the core of humanity – is at stake,” said Ms. Kang.“The recent Vienna talks and the follow-up represent an opportunity for a new chapter in Syria. I urge all parties to the conflict to stop the war and secure peace for families who yearn to return home and rebuild their live,” she stressed.She expressed appreciation for the generosity and hospitality of the Turkish and Jordanian authorities and their people, who refer to Syrian refugees as their brothers and sisters, while urging them to keep the borders open for families fleeing the conflict.
Tomorrow morning in Japan, Sony is anticipated to finally unveil the next generation of PSP, an announcement that will almost definitely reveal to public scrutiny the specs of the upcoming PSP2. As for the XPERIA Play, Sony Ericsson‘s so-called PlayStation Phone, it likely won’t be officially announced until next month’s Mobile World Congress. Too bad for Sony, then, that Engadget somehow managed to get their hands on one, and has just posted an in-depth preview.The XPERIA Play is a Gingerbead-based Android phone with a 4-inch multitouch LCD running at 854 x 480 and a slide-out physical control pad modeled after Sony’s familiar Dual Shock controllers. Inside the XPERIA Play is a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 chipset married to an Adreno 205GPU. An HSPA phone, the Xperia Play contains a 1500mAh battery, and also boasts both front- and back-facing cameras, with the latter pulling in five megapixel stills, although not 720p video, at least for now.Design-wise, the Xperia Play is looking a lot more polished than it did in early prototype leaks, and Engadget says it’s a well-constructed, attractive and speedy Android phone, but there’s still a lot of questions about exactly how much of a PlayStation Phone the Xperia Play will end up being. The big question mark right now is whether or not it will run PSP software, or if the PlayStation Pocket app preloaded on the Play is just an alternative app store for Android games that can take advantage of the Xperia Play’s control pad. Judging solely by the fact that Sony Ericsson is not going with the far snappier name of PlayStation Phone for this device, my guess is the latter.Read more at Engadget
My experience of picking up the movies that I love on Blu-ray has been a hit and miss affair. Some of them are just the DVD versions burnt on to a Blu-ray disc as far as I can tell, because the HD quality just isn’t there. Others, however, have clearly had some work done to bring them up to spec. Steven Spielberg’s classic Jaws looks to be one of those movies.Universal Studios is celebrating its 100th Anniversary, and to help mark the occasion they have gone back to the original Jaws 35mm film in order to digitally remaster it. The finished product is a crisp 1080p picture and the addition of 7.1 surround sound–something no one watching the movie has ever experienced before.Spielberg describes it as bringing a classic movie back to life, and making it, “more vivid than even we remember them at the cinema.” And it seems we have digital technology to thank for making such a restoration possible.The original film negative for Jaws was in a pretty poor state. There were marks, scratches, color differences, and degradation. The scratches were removed using a wet gate scan, which involves placing the negative in a liquid that makes the scratches invisible while a digital scan is captured.After that, it was a case of going through each frame of the film and using digital tools to fix all the remaining faults. That means removing dirt, fixing color inconsistencies, and manipulating the pixels wherever possible to cover up any damage or mistakes that are present. Depending on the damage, a single frame can take several hours to fix.Just as impressive as the visual restoration are the sounds effects and music. Universal had to take the original mono tracks recorded using an analog system, and convert them into a 7.1 surround sound digital version. The result is again, better than the original or Spielberg could have ever imagined was possible back in 1975.The whole process takes a long time, requires expert editors to handle the work, and expensive tools and servers to deal with the digital data. But this is Jaws, a classic piece of work and one that should be restored beyond its original quality if at all possible. Looking at the restored clips in the video above, I’m pretty sure they nailed it. Jaws will be available to buy on Blu-ray (and DVD) from August 14 with over 4 hours of bonus content included on the disc.
For chef Iakovos Apergis, it was the influence from his grandparents that inspired him to become a cook; his grandfather was a baker.Born in Canada in 1974, Iakovos migrated with his family to Greece the year after. A few years after finishing his schooling, and after earning his degree in cookery, and working in a range of kitchens, he became a member of the Academy of Chefs of Greece. His mother’s experience as a hospital patient inspired him to think of his connection with food as an experience beyond just cooking it: commenting on the food that she received as a patient in hospital, she decribed it as cold and tasteless, not something a sick woman needed.His mother, who passed away in 2003, was a patient at Piraeus at Tzaneio (Piraeus General Hospital) and that, serendipitously, is where he finds himself working now as head chef, after relatives suggested that he apply. Iakovos is starting to create change with hospital food because, as he says, food can be, and should be, a positive experience, when it can. “In a place like the hospital it is very important to [lift a person’s spirits]!” he said. His work landed him a spot at last year’s TEDxChalkida, the Greek offshoot of TEDTalks, in which he also revealed his charity work with Smile of a Child in Athens’ Peristeri; his establishment of other social ventures, and how he came to redefine hospital food (“because people have the right to eat good food”). So now, he creates meals imaginatively “well-cooked and delicious, as in gourmet restaurants” and always according to the nutritional guidelines of each patient’s condition. “I hope I make patients feel more human in the hospital and feel the warmth of their home,” he said. Many patients have said nice things about his cooking or congratulated him – and the most popular food: the fish burgers. “I hope that good hospital food stops being news and for us all to be able to better ourselves and realise that food at a hospital is not charity but a responsibility towards the patient,” he said. “Let’s stop trying to seem human but actually be human and this can only be done with actions and when we give to our fellow human beings, [that’s when] we ultimately give to ourselves!” See Iakovos’ TEDxChalkida here: Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram