Bulls eye on US Permian Basin as oil prices rise

first_imgALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Some of the largest energy companies in the U.S. have already invested billions of dollars on claims up and down the Texas-New Mexico state line, tapping one of the nation’s richest and most prolific oil and natural gas regions.Now the stakes just got higher, as the U.S. Geological Survey released a new assessment Thursday that shows portions of the Permian Basin could hold even more promise.With the potential to double the nation’s onshore oil and gas resources, the agency estimates more than 46 billion barrels of oil and some 280 trillion cubic feet of gas are within two formations on the southwestern side of the basin. That’s the largest continuous oil and gas resource potential ever assessed.While agency geologists caution that more study would be needed to determine the profitability of going after the resources, industry groups and top officials within the Trump administration are encouraged and say the assessment underscores the activity that’s already happening in the basin.“Before this assessment came down, I was bullish on oil and gas production in the United States,” Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke said in a statement. “Now, I know for a fact that American energy dominance is within our grasp as a nation.”The announcement comes as OPEC countries voted Friday to cut oil production beginning next year as a way to force crude oil prices higher despite political pressure from President Donald Trump. The group of oil-producing nations was looking to rein in supply as prices had fallen about 25 per cent because major producers, including the U.S., have been pumping at high rates.Producers throughout the Permian were closely watching Friday’s developments and there were no indications of things slowing down in the oilfields.Stephen Robertson, executive vice-president of the Texas-based Permian Basin Petroleum Association, said the signs for the basin’s potential have been there for a long time.“The fact is that Reeves County, which in the heart of that play, is running more rigs than any other county in the nation and has been doing that for quite a while,” he said. “The people out here know that it’s there and it really is that improvement of the technologies and the increased efficiencies allowing people the ability to actually be able to access it and produce it.”Still, a main factor is price.“If the price drops to a point where it’s not economical, then it doesn’t matter if it’s there. It’s not going to be produced,” Robertson said.New Mexico’s share of the Permian Basin has helped to drive production in the state to record levels in 2017. This year is expected to be another banner year as industry officials say the state is on pace to surpass 200 million barrels.The flurry of activity in southeastern New Mexico has put pressure on everything from housing and schools to highway infrastructure. Concerns also have been raised by state Land Commissioner Aubrey Dunn about the environmental impacts as state and federal regulators have had a difficult time keeping up with the pace of development across the region.Dale Janway, mayor of the southeastern New Mexico city of Carlsbad, told The Associated Press that with the news of more resources in the Permian comes greater responsibility.“We know that we need to redouble our efforts to improve and develop infrastructure in the area and to work closely with the county, state and our business partners to best prepare for the future. We’re in it for the long haul,” he said.The boom also has resulted in a significant budget surplus that will give incoming Gov.-elect Michelle Lujan Grisham and the Democrat-led Legislature more options as they hash out spending priorities for everything from education and public safety to infrastructure.Susan Montoya Bryan, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Pot farmers in race against time

The owners of a marijuana grow-op near Renton are in danger of losing their crop.Rich Sun Investments, of Toronto, has 1,740 plants under cultivation in a greenhouse at 5148 Highway 3.Because the greenhouse lacks odour-control technology, it is subject to Norfolk’s bylaw requiring a 300-metre setback from sensitive land uses such as homes.That bylaw was passed in early 2018. Rich Sun has been growing marijuana at this location since late last year. For the past 10 months, it has been in violation of Norfolk’s setback requirement.A report to council this week says Norfolk’s bylaw enforcement department has received odour complaints.“Staff received reports of a strong, obnoxious, skunk-like odour emanating from the greenhouse facility, negatively affecting the neighbouring property owners,” says principal planner Mat Vaughan.Speaking on behalf of her neighbours, Simcoe lawyer Maria Kinkel told council the complaints are not exaggerated.“I live within two kilometres of the property and I can smell it two kilometres away,” Kinkel said.Rich Sun has bought some of the adjoining homes in an effort to create the required buffer. Rich Sun asked the county for a 213-metre variance from the setback but was denied at Tuesday’s meeting.The Rich Sun greenhouse is a “designated grower” facility. Unlike large-scale greenhouse operations licensed by Health Canada, designated grower facilities are subject to few rules and little oversight.As a result of a court ruling involving the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, consumers of medical marijuana can contract out their needs to third-party growers. Each designated grower is allowed to produce marijuana for four clients.The 1,740 plants at the Rich Sun facility belong to four clients. Rich Sun planning consultant Terrance Glover says this is not an unusual number for designated facilities. Waterford Coun. Kim Huffman begged to differ.“It doesn’t just sound like an extraordinary number of plants, it is an extraordinary number of plants,” she said.Huffman added this planting has caused months of unease and discomfort for surrounding property owners and should be shut down.“There is no need to barter,” she said. “I’m tired of being patient.”Windham Coun. Chris Van Paassen is also skeptical. He recalled a time when police pegged the value of marijuana plants seized during a raid at $1,000 apiece.“I want to meet the four people who smoke up $1.74 million over the course of a year,” Van Paassen said.One of those prescription holders is Estelle Li. Li said she works at the Rich Sun facility. Li told council her marijuana prescription is for chronic ankle pain.Li said she is not at liberty to divulge the name of the Toronto man behind Rich Sun Investments and the recent purchase of surrounding properties.Glover told council Rich Sun has applied for a Health Canada production licence and has recently invested in activated charcoal filters to address odour issues.Mayor Kristal Chopp expressed skepticism over this because Norfolk has not received Health Canada notification, as required, of Rich Sun’s application.Chopp also noted that the $3,700 Rich Sun has spent on air filtration is not enough to service a 50,000-square-foot facility.What Rich Sun needs more than anything is time. Glover says the illegal planting is two weeks from maturity. He asked council to find a way to tolerate the crop until then but Norfolk’s bylaw department is ready for enforcement.In an email Wednesday, Norfolk’s chief bylaw officer Fritz Enzlin said a course of action will be determined once council affirms Tuesday’s decision.“The investigation is ongoing and any possible enforcement action will only commence after a decision is made by council Sept. 17,” Enzlin said. “We will determine what our next steps will be at that time.”Chopp suggested that Rich Sun post a $100,000 bond in Norfolk County’s name. The bond would be redeemable if the greenhouse is empty in two weeks and stays that way until it complies with Norfolk bylaws. Failure to comply, Chopp said, would result in the bond’s forfeiture to the Norfolk treasury.Glover said he would share the proposal with his client and report back.MSonnenberg@postmedia.com read more

Dow average adds Goldman Sachs Nike Visa as part of a 6company

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The Dow Jones industrial average is dropping Bank of America, Hewlett-Packard and Alcoa, its three-lowest priced stocks, as part of a six-company shakeup of the most widely known barometer of the U.S. stock market.S&P Dow Jones Indices said Tuesday it will add Visa Inc., sneaker maker Nike Inc. and the investment bank Goldman Sachs Group Inc. in the first three-for-three company change to the index since April 8, 2004. The changes will take effect at the start of trading Sept. 23.S&P Dow Jones Indices manages the average and said the changes won’t disrupt the level of the 30-company index. It said a push to diversify the sector and industry group representation of the index helped prompt the changes.A small committee decides which companies are added or dropped. David Blitzer, chairman of the index committee, said the changes will bring down the weight of the other 27 stocks in the index and make it a better measure of what’s happening in the broader market.The Dow is a price-weighted index, which means its value is based on the price of a company’s stock rather than its market value.Last September, the index replaced Kraft Foods with health insurer UnitedHealth Group Inc.General Electric Co. is the only original member in the Dow. The industrial giant was briefly delisted but has stayed in the index since its reinstatement in 1907.Charles H. Dow created the index with the intention of giving the stock market credibility and making investing more understandable. The original Dow Jones industrial average had 12 members and was published May 26, 1896. It featured companies such as American Cotton Oil, Chicago Gas and U.S. Rubber. Dow average adds Goldman Sachs, Nike, Visa as part of a 6-company reshuffling of index by The Associated Press Posted Sep 10, 2013 9:06 am MDT read more

Govt has to curtail its highhanded approach in dealing with farmers

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMotion to reverse MMA/ADA rate hike to be tabled in ParliamentJanuary 18, 2017In “Local News”RPA condemns ‘over 600%’ increase in land rent for farmersJanuary 14, 2017In “latest news”Op-Ed: Draconian MMA-ADA rate hike ‘political punishment targeting farmers’ – RamsammyJanuary 18, 2017In “Opinion”,Rice farmers from Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) have once again expressed their disapproval over the increases in land rental rates by the Mahaica, Mahaicony Abary/Agriculture Development Authority (MMA/ADA), which were announced earlier this year.Rice farmers protested the MMA increases in land rental rates at the Agriculture Ministry on WednesdayOn Wednesday, a group of irate farmers gathered outside the Agriculture Ministry where they vented frustrations over the 2017 hikes. The Agriculture Ministry announced the increase of land rent from $3500 to $15,000 per acre, which represented a 600 per cent increase and land rates from $1000 to $7000. MMA had stated that the fee is implemented so that it can take care of drainage and irrigation.The farmers however clearly stated that they cannot afford the increases, highlighting that the future of their offspring is in jeopardy.“From $1000 an acre we ah pay to over $7000 an acre, is better de Government take back de land and plant um heself; if you can’t plant to survive, you got to make de jail lil bit mo big and abbe ah get mine in de jail… wha de lil child dem gone do when they grow, crime escalate high and higher,” a protester noted. He further vented that these increases are coupled with a rising cost of living.Meanwhile, a farmer from Bush Lot, West Coast Berbice (WCB), expressed similar concerns. He, along with other farmers, noted that Agriculture Minister Noel Holder has repeatedly ignored their calls for dialogue.The WCB farmer also decried the reduced earnings farmers have been receiving for their paddy. “We [are] getting a very hard time with the MMA and Minister for Agriculture. In de MMA scheme you cannot get more than 25-30 bags of paddy,” the WCB farmer expressed.The farmers told the press that while they are receiving $1300 for a bag of paddy, it was noted that manure amounts to $1000 per bag.“They recommend that you got to throw three doses [but] where you gone find this money from,” the WCB farmer pondered.“This Minister not realise what going on with the farmers,” he added.Moments after their demonstration wrapped up, the protesters took their cries to Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo at his Church Street office. It was explained that the farmers condemned the “huge increases” in land rent, drainage and irrigation rates, lease fees and Value Added Tax (VAT) on agricultural inputs, equipment and machinery.In a press statement from the Office of the Opposition Leader on Wednesday, it was noted that during the meeting with the farmers and input suppliers, Jagdeo outlined a clear vision “to off-set the challenges confronting farmers and the agricultural sector”.The statement noted that Government has to curtail its high-handed approach in dealing with farmers whose concerns are genuine and legitimate. “The Opposition Leader has committed to reversing all the hardship measures imposed by the coalition Government once the PPP/C returns to office in the near future,” the statement said. Rice farmers from Region Five (Mahaica-Berbice) have once again expressed their disapproval over the increases in land rental rates by the Mahaica, Mahaicony Abary/Agriculture Development Authority (MMA/ADA), which were announced earlier this year.Rice farmers protested the MMA increases in land rental rates at the Agriculture Ministry on WednesdayOn Wednesday, a group of irate farmers gathered outside the Agriculture Ministry where they vented frustrations over the 2017 hikes. The Agriculture Ministry announced the increase of land rent from $3500 to $15,000 per acre, which represented a 600 per cent increase and land rates from $1000 to $7000. MMA had stated that the fee is implemented so that it can take care of drainage and irrigation.The farmers however clearly stated that they cannot afford the increases, highlighting that the future of their offspring is in jeopardy.“From $1000 an acre we ah pay to over $7000 an acre, is better de Government take back de land and plant um heself; if you can’t plant to survive, you got to make de jail lil bit mo big and abbe ah get mine in de jail… wha de lil child dem gone do when they grow, crime escalate high and higher,” a protester noted. He further vented that these increases are coupled with a rising cost of living.Meanwhile, a farmer from Bush Lot, West Coast Berbice (WCB), expressed similar concerns. He, along with other farmers, noted that Agriculture Minister Noel Holder has repeatedly ignored their calls for dialogue.The WCB farmer also decried the reduced earnings farmers have been receiving for their paddy. “We [are] getting a very hard time with the MMA and Minister for Agriculture. In de MMA scheme you cannot get more than 25-30 bags of paddy,” the WCB farmer expressed.The farmers told the press that while they are receiving $1300 for a bag of paddy, it was noted that manure amounts to $1000 per bag.“They recommend that you got to throw three doses [but] where you gone find this money from,” the WCB farmer pondered.“This Minister not realise what going on with the farmers,” he added.Moments after their demonstration wrapped up, the protesters took their cries to Leader of the Opposition Bharrat Jagdeo at his Church Street office. It was explained that the farmers condemned the “huge increases” in land rent, drainage and irrigation rates, lease fees and Value Added Tax (VAT) on agricultural inputs, equipment and machinery.In a press statement from the Office of the Opposition Leader on Wednesday, it was noted that during the meeting with the farmers and input suppliers, Jagdeo outlined a clear vision “to off-set the challenges confronting farmers and the agricultural sector”.The statement noted that Government has to curtail its high-handed approach in dealing with farmers whose concerns are genuine and legitimate. “The Opposition Leader has committed to reversing all the hardship measures imposed by the coalition Government once the PPP/C returns to office in the near future,” the statement said. read more

Taoiseach to turn on Christmas lights in Dublins north innercity

first_img Image: Niall Carson/PA Oct 27th 2016, 7:19 PM Image: Niall Carson/PA http://jrnl.ie/3050396 ENDA KENNY WILL turn on the Christmas lights in the north inner-city this year, it has been confirmed.The Taoiseach has been seen on a number of occasions in recent months in areas of the city which have been hit by gangland violence.Kenny visited a shut down garda station on Fitzgibbon Street in the inner-city and met with Chief Superintendent Pat Leahy.The Government intends on reopening the station which is located in the heart of the city.ReopenKenny was looking at the structural issues with the building and quipped: “I’m sure it won’t be cheap.”He called it an iconic building and added:  ”It will be a very significant demonstration of the intention of government. It’s just a stone’s throw from the unfortunate incidents in the area.”There is also another inner city task force meeting tonight and the report is being finalised by Kieran Mulvey.Mulvey’s interim report will be ready by end-NovemberIt will detail the criminal and infrastructural issues faced by residents of the north inner-city.With reporting by Christina Finn.Gardaí investigating after flasher exposes himself to two young women >Insulation bales stolen ahead of Halloween weekend will turn toxic if set on fire > Short URL 59 Comments Share35 Tweet Email1 9,588 Views By Garreth MacNamee Thursday 27 Oct 2016, 7:19 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Taoiseach to turn on Christmas lights in Dublin’s north inner-city Enda Kenny has also spoken about reopening a garda station in an area blighted by gangland activity.last_img read more

Haïti près de la moitié des Français ont lintention de faire un

first_imgHaïti : près de la moitié des Français ont l’intention de faire un don pour les sinistrésDix jours après le séisme meurtrier et destructeur qui s’est abattu sur Haïti, laissant des millions de personnes sans abri ni nourriture, un sondage révèle que plus de la moitié des Français ont l’intention de faire un don à une association pour soutenir le pays dévasté.D’après un sondage TNS-Sofres-Logica publié par le quotidien Métro, 47% des Français ont fait ou comptent faire un don au profit des victimes du séisme de magnitude 7 qui a touché Haïti. 14% des personnes interrogées disent avoir déjà donné tandis que 33% vont certainement le faire d’ici les prochains jours ou semaines.À lire aussiCes effrayantes images démontrent l’impressionnant pouvoir de la nature52% des sondés ont indiqué qu’ils ne donneraient pas, pour beaucoup (18%), parce qu’ils font régulièrement des dons auprès d’associations caritatives. Si les Français se sont beaucoup mobilisés dans les jours qui ont suivi la catastrophe, la tendance est à la baisse et la mobilisation globale ne s’annonce pas exceptionnelle en France, souligne l’institut de sondage. “La collecte a été plus rapide car les moyens ont évolué avec Internet” souligne Nicolas Trombert, de l’ONG Action contre la faim qui a pour l’instant récolté 1,5 million d’euros de dons.  “Mais on craint que la vague de générosité ne ralentisse, comme on le constate depuis deux jours. Et je doute que l’on recueille autant d’argent qu’il y a cinq ans, alors que les besoins en Haïti sont énormes” souligne-t-il.Mercredi, un total de 23,5 millions d’euros a été recueilli par les ONG, la Fondation de France ayant annoncé en avoir obtenu plus de 11 millions.Le 22 janvier 2010 à 16:24 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Bear Breaks Through Wall of Home Like the KoolAid Man

first_imgStay on target A bear recently broke into a home in Colorado and quickly left the scene by bursting through a wall “like the Kool-Aid Man.”On Friday, the bear entered the home, which is located in Estes Park, Colorado, because it was attracted to the scent of garbage, Denver7 News reported. When authorities responded to the incident, the bear “forcibly breached a hole in the wall like the Kool-Aid Man,” and escaped, according to a Facebook post shared by the Estes Park Police Department. No one was reportedly injured from the bear’s break in activity.Police didn’t explain exactly how the bear broke into the home, however, the bear reportedly went through a door that was left open, according to homeowner John Sliwinski, FOX 31 News noted in the video above. Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) cautioned people to close and lock all windows and doors to their homes and cars.“For your safety, and the lives of these bears, PLEASE close and lock ALL windows and doors to your house and vehicles,” Colorado Parks and Wildlife said in the post. “Make it a routine to check everything is closed up before you go to bed or leave the house to do errands.”According to CPW, even though vehicles can be clean and free of attractants, some bears are used to receiving food from vehicles and they’re going to cars to see if they are unlocked, even if they don’t smell or see food nearby. This habituation habit can be harmful, because it could decrease safety for bears and humans. “Please do your part to keep bears wild. Bears are extremely smart, which means we all have to be too,” CPW added. “Sometimes it’s literally as easy as a push of a button or flick of a lock.”Colorado bears are spending time in automobiles lately: Over the weekend, the Snowmass Village Police Department shared photos of a wrecked car on its Facebook page. The car, which was completely ruined in the inside, was reportedly damaged by a bear  that climbed into the vehicle through an unlocked door.More on Geek.com:Here’s What Happened When a Bear Locked Itself in a Car in ColoradoWatch: Bear ‘Steals’ Entire Dumpster From Colorado Pot ShopCurious Bear Strolls Into City Hall Building in Californiacenter_img Watch: Young Black Bear Breaks Into Bathroom, Falls Asleep in SinkWatch: Deputies Help Bear Family Rescue Cub Trapped in Dumpster last_img read more

Fabregas announced his will to stay at Chelsea amid AC Milan

first_imgAfter featuring in his fourth Europa League game this season, Cesc Fabregas has expressed his willingness to remain at Chelsea until the end of the seasonWith his current contract with the Blues set to run out next summer, the 31-year-old Spaniard will be able to negotiate a potential transfer already in January.Known for his exceptional passing abilities and great vision, Fabregas has imposed himself as one of Europe’s best deep-lying playmakers.The very fact he will become a free agent at the end of the season will surely attract interest from many clubs, with AC Milan already tried to secure his services earlier this month.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.The Rossoneri would like to get their hands on Fabregas already in January, but this seems highly unlikely at this point.Ex-Barcelona star is poised to stay at Stamford Bridge according to the statement he gave to The Independent after Chelsea’s 4-0 win over PAOK.“At the moment I haven’t spoken to anyone,” he said.“Obviously from January, I can sign with whoever I want and probably this will attract many clubs but so far, from what I can say right now, I will stay here until the end of the season.”last_img read more

Unauthorised parking shrinks pedestrian way

first_imgNampally: The area near the Red Hills ground in Nampally has become an area which gets blocked regularly because of the unauthorised parking of vehicles. There are no traffic police to take care of the traffic, and, as a result, the commuters had to take the initiative in clearing the traffic. Not only big trucks, but many four wheelers and auto-rickshaw were also seen parked on the road. This not only caused inconvenience to the motorists, but also for the pedestrians to walk on the roads of this area.last_img

Haryana Woman Waiting For Bus In Uttar Pradesh Allegedly

first_imgMUZAFFARNAGAR: A 35-year-old woman who was waiting for a bus to her home in Haryana was allegedly raped by three men who offered her a lift in their car in Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district, police said on Tuesday. Two of the accused have been arrested after she registered a complaint while one is missing, Station House Officer Yashpal Dhama said. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us He said the incident took place in Kairana town on Monday when the three accused offered a lift to the woman and took her to a forest near Jahanpura village, where they allegedly raped her. The accused, before leaving the woman on the spot, threatened her of severe consequences if she disclosed the matter, Mr Dhama said. COMMENT Police is interrogating the arrested men and a search is on for the third accused, the officer said.last_img read more

China ready to fight bloody battle Xi

first_imgXi JinpingPresident Xi Jinping delivered a blistering nationalist speech on Tuesday, warning against any attempts to split China and touting the country’s readiness to fight “the bloody battle” to regain its rightful place in the world.Xi’s address capped an annual session of the National People’s Congress that paved the way for him to rule for life, as China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong pushes through his vision of guiding the country through a “new era” of unrivalled global military and economic supremacy.Days after President Donald Trump signed new rules allowing top-level US officials to travel to Taiwan, Xi warned that Beijing would defend its “one China principle”, which sees the self-ruling island as its territory awaiting reunification.”All acts and tricks to separate the country are doomed to fail and will be condemned by the people and punished by history,” Xi said.But he also sought to address concerns about ambitious Chinese development projects abroad, saying they “will not pose a threat to any country.””Only those who are accustomed to threatening others will see everyone as a threat,” he added.Xi used the speech to espouse his vision of realising the “rejuvenation of the Chinese nation” — the “greatest dream” of the world’s second-largest economy.”The Chinese people have been indomitable and persistent, we have the spirit of fighting the bloody battle against our enemies to the bitter end,” he said.But his speech was also a reminder that the Communist Party, more than ever, reigns over the country’s affairs.”History has already proven and will continue to prove that only socialism can save China,” he said.”The Communist Party is the supreme political leadership of the country and the fundamental guarantee to achieve the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation.”Indefinite ruleThe two-week session of the National People’s Congress handed Xi, 64, a second term and endorsed the Communist Party’s decision to lift presidential term limits, clearing the way for him to remain in power indefinitely after his second term ends in 2023.His eponymous political philosophy, which was enshrined in the party charter last year, was added to the national constitution and senior government officials had to swear an oath to the document for the first time.Some of Xi’s key lieutenants were also promoted to top positions. His former anti-corruption czar, Wang Qishan, was elevated to the vice presidency while his top economic adviser, Liu He, became vice premier.Wang could use his experience as a trade negotiator to deal with rocky relations with the Trump administration, while Liu is expected to have an influential role in economic policymaking.The legislature also approved the biggest government shake-up in years, merging the banking and insurance regulators to tackle financial risks, and amended the constitution to expand the Communist Party’s role in the country’s affairs.Xi’s campaign against corruption within the Communist Party, which punished 1.5 million officials in five years, was expanded as the legislature voted Tuesday to create a national agency that will scrutinise millions of public servants.”The Communist Party of China must… resolutely eliminate” corruption, Xi said.The government’s propaganda machine worked in overdrive to nurture a cult of personality around Xi and stamp out dissenting views during the two-week session.The People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s mouthpiece, referred to Xi as the “helmsman” last weekend, an echo of Mao who was known as “the great helmsman”.The abolition of term limits triggered a rare bout of criticism on social media, prompting censors to block dozens of phrases such as “I disagree” or “emperor” as well as satirical images such as Winnie the Pooh — the cartoon bear that some compare to Xi.China has stepped up its crackdown on civil society since Xi took power in 2012, tightening online restrictions and detaining hundreds of activists and lawyers.last_img read more

Hack allows PS4 to boot Linux SteamOS should just work

first_imgBy moving to an x86 architecture, both Microsoft and Sony significantly cut the costs of developing and manufacturing a games console while also making game development simpler. However, it also meant that the platforms were much closer to standard PC hardware and subsequently the ability to run Linux distributions. All that was needed is a hack, and that’s exactly what has happened on PS4.During the end of year celebrations hacking team fail0verflow released a video demonstrating the PS4 booting Linux. It was shown during a lightning talk at the 32nd Chaos Communication Congress, which you can watch below and includes a version of Pokemon being emulated and run on Linux on PS4 hardware.The PS4 uses an operating system based on FreeBSD and a browser based on WebKit, and this is where fail0verflow began their quest to find a hack to unlock the hardware. Both of those pieces of software are open source and both have their fair share of exploits. Clearly at least on was useful and allowed the hack to happen.fail0verflow isn’t going to release their exploit, but has stated it’s relatively easy to make your own such is the state of the security on PS4. However, there’s still a lot of work to do to unlock the full hardware potential of the platform. 3D acceleration remains locked and will require kernel driver work and patches. There’s also some significant variations to the internal design when compared to a typical PC architecture, and to get this far has already required over 7,000 modifications to the Linux kernel. The most unusual discovery so far is that the PS4 communicates with its hard drive using USB even though a SATA interface is present.Of most interest is the fact fail0verflow has stated that getting SteamOS to run on PS4 should “just work” once all the driver issues have been patched. When that happens, it’s going to unlock thousands of PC games on the platform, that is, unless Sony and Valve respond by blocking access to that library of titles.last_img read more

Researchers create light from almost nothing

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — A group of physicists working out of Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, have succeeded in proving what was until now, just theory; and that is, that visible photons could be produced from the virtual particles that have been thought to exist in a quantum vacuum. In a paper published on arXiv, the team describes how they used a specially created circuit called a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) to modulate a bit of wire length at a roughly five percent of the speed of light, to produce visible “sparks” from the nothingness of a vacuum. Citation: Researchers create light from ‘almost nothing’ (2011, June 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-researchers-create-light-from-almost.html Explore further More information: Observation of the Dynamical Casimir Effect in a Superconducting Circuit, arXiv:1105.4714v1 [quant-ph]AbstractOne of the most surprising predictions of modern quantum theory is that the vacuum of space is not empty. In fact, quantum theory predicts that it teems with virtual particles flitting in and out of existence. While initially a curiosity, it was quickly realized that these vacuum fluctuations had measurable consequences, for instance producing the Lamb shift of atomic spectra and modifying the magnetic moment for the electron. This type of renormalization due to vacuum fluctuations is now central to our understanding of nature. However, these effects provide indirect evidence for the existence of vacuum fluctuations. From early on, it was discussed if it might instead be possible to more directly observe the virtual particles that compose the quantum vacuum. 40 years ago, Moore suggested that a mirror undergoing relativistic motion could convert virtual photons into directly observable real photons. This effect was later named the dynamical Casimir effect (DCE). Using a superconducting circuit, we have observed the DCE for the first time. The circuit consists of a coplanar transmission line with an electrical length that can be changed at a few percent of the speed of light. The length is changed by modulating the inductance of a superconducting quantum interference device (SQUID) at high frequencies (~11 GHz). In addition to observing the creation of real photons, we observe two-mode squeezing of the emitted radiation, which is a signature of the quantum character of the generation process. The experiment shows that the Casimir effect is not just theory; named after Dutch physicist Hendrik B. G. Casimir who along with Dirk Polderfirst first proposed back in the late 1940’s, the idea of a force that existed in a vacuum; a force that should, if manipulated just right between two plates, or mirrors, result in the creation of photons.The thinking goes that in any vacuum, virtual particles come into existence and then disappear on a constant ongoing basis; and they do so in waves. The Casimir effect proposes that if two very tiny mirrors were to be placed very close together; close enough that the distance between them would be smaller than the length of some of the virtual waves, a force would be created as the number of particles outside of the space between the mirrors grows higher than the number that exists between them, causing a pull on the mirrors, dragging them closer together. The force that is created, it has been theorized, could then be used to generate photons.Later researchers proposed that the same effect could be achieved using just one mirror if it were moved back and forth very quickly; and that’s the approach the team took in the experiment. The quick movement of the mirror serves to separate pairs of virtual particles which then provide the energy to convert the virtual particles into real photons, which is what happened in the SQUID, allowing the team to see the photons that were produced.Such research, while theoretically satisfying, doesn’t really offer much in the way of practical applications, at least not at this time; but that’s not to say that new developments that arise as a result of this research couldn’t conceivably lead to something more profound, such as a means of harnessing energy from the vacuum of space to be used to push a vehicle as it travels throughout the universe. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. What do Racquel Welch and quantum physics have in common? a) Optical micrograph of the device. Light parts are Al while dark parts are the Si substrate. The output line is labeled “CPW” and the drive line enters from the top. Both lines converge near the SQUID. b) A scanning-electron micrograph of the SQUID. Image credit: arXiv:1105.4714v1last_img read more

MOOC2Degree program to offer credit for free online college courses

first_imgCredit: MOOC2Degree In recent years, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) have become a popular means for colleges to earn income and for students to learn what they hope will be valuable skills. They’re called massive because they are not capped by numbers – class sizes can vary from just a few students to thousands, which translates to far less one-to-one interaction with instructors, or each other. For that reason, very few MOOCs count towards a degree. That might be about to change, however, as more schools become involved with programs such as MOOC2Degree. The concept is simple, set up online courses that any student anywhere can take online, and then give those participants credit towards a degree if they subsequently enroll as an actual student after successfully completing the course. Academic Partnerships told reporters via phone interview that trial runs of the program have seen 72 to 84 percent of students that complete courses successfully enroll as regular students.The program seeks to offer incentives to both universities and students. Schools can bump up their enrollment with students that have proven they can succeed, boosting their bottom line, while prospective students can test the waters, so to speak, to see if they might be likely to succeed in a degree program, without risking any money. Academic Partnerships said that thus far, most participating schools are lining up courses as part of development programs, which would lead to degrees such as a Master’s in Education or a Bachelor’s in Nursing, though one, the University of Cincinnati is planning to start with a course that can be applied to a degree in engineering or business. They add that many other schools have also expressed interest in joining the program.Universities across the country have been looking for ways to increase revenue as funds given to them by state governments have fallen due to budget constraints. Meanwhile, as people have found themselves laid off during the recession, many have turned to institutions of higher learning to help them find a job. Programs such as MOOC2Degree might just be the answer for both. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further (Phys.org)—A novel way to entice prospective students to enroll in a university degree program has been announced by a company called Academic Partnerships – let participants take a limited number of online courses that count as real credits, for free. The program is a partnership between nine accredited universities in the United States, and a company that assists universities in creating online course content. More information: www.mooc2degree.com/MOOC2Degre … s_Release_012313.pdf College credit for online courses gains momentum Citation: MOOC2Degree program to offer credit for free online college courses (2013, January 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-mooc2degree-credit-free-online-college.html © 2013 Phys.orglast_img read more

529 metre and 43 metre African Rock Pythons released safely back into

first_imgThe two monster-sized African Rock Pythons that were caught earlier this month by Fanie and Melissa Cilliers have been safely released back into the wild.The 5,29 metre python that was spotted on the stoep of a house in the Estageni area near Ladysmith and the 4,3 metre python that had a nine-year-old boy fleeing for his life were released at the same time.The release of the snakes was done during April at the Nambiti Private Game Reserve by game rangers of Nambiti Hills.The reserve is a conservation game reserve, which means both snakes will be protected there.They will be part of the food chain, with sufficient natural food for the massive snakes. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Also read: Watch Video: Mommy, there’s a snake on the stoep – 5.29-metre Python found near LadysmithAlso read: 4-metre-plus Python snake chases 9-year-old boy up a tree, fleeing for his life near LadysmithThe reserve has the perfect habitat for them, and the snakes won’t be near people.Fanie says he is happy that the snakes were released safely, without injury to themselves or any people.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Costa Rica in the Panama Papers leak

first_imgRelated posts:Panama and ‘Panama Papers’ law firm under the media’s lenses Football: Messi denies tax evasion in Panama Papers scandal Iceland premier resigns in Panama Papers scandal Quiet tip unleashed Panama Papers Update, Wednesday, April 6:Following is a right of response to this story from former President Miguel Ángel Rodríguez (1998-2002). My government stopped the abuse of CATsYour publication “Costa Rica in the Panama Papers leak” has the facts upside down regarding the investigations on the fraudulent use of the Certificados de Abono Tributario (CATs) at the end of the nineties.It was my government the one that launched the investigations on this issue, and furnished personnel of the Finance Ministry to the Prosecutors Office so that the criminal cases could be brought to trial – most of them successfully.In addition to fighting fraudulent use of CATs, my Government also did propose and got Congressional approval for a tax on legally obtained CATs, and used the proceeds to kick start police professionalization for the first time in Costa Rican history – ever.My government was never “under scrutiny for the CAT program.” This is a well-known fact.Original story continues here:Sunday’s release of the Panama Papers, the massive document leak revealing the offshore activities that some of the world’s elite carried out with Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, has launched investigations into possible tax evasion across the globe, and likely in Costa Rica.Dozens of Costa Rican businesses and individuals, including former government officials, media magnates and prominent businesspeople, are mentioned in the papers as doing business through Mossack Fonseca. Though most have not been directly accused of criminal activity, yet, media outlets and onlookers — including the administration of Luis Guillermo Solís — have been quick to suggest that some of the activities mentioned in the documents point towards attempts to avoid paying taxes in Costa Rica.The Solís administration said Sunday that the Finance Ministry will investigate all persons, corporations and law firms mentioned in the Panama Papers, “in which possible acts of tax evasion and fraud are denounced.” It said, if necessary, the government would also audit tax records. The Solís administration has been pushing for laws and policy changes designed to increase taxes and crack down on tax evasion and money laundering. Its efforts have met with strong resistance from business leaders and opposition lawmakers.The administration released a statement Sunday in response to news reports about the Panama Papers, saying the reports “confirm the urgency of having modern legislation in terms of value-added and income taxes … through a complete fiscal reform which closes the majority of loopholes for tax avoidance.”The Panama Papers investigation resulted from a trove of files leaked to the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, which shared the information with more than 100 media outlets that are part of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. In Costa Rica, DataBaseAR, Amelia Rueda’s investigative wing, and the University of Costa Rica’s Semanario Universidad participated in the project.Reporters spent up to a year sifting through millions of emails, financial spreadsheets and corporate records “to expose the offshore holdings of world political leaders, links to global scandals, and details of the hidden financial dealings of fraudsters, drug traffickers, billionaires, celebrities, sports stars and more,” according to the ICIJ.Here’s some of what the data revealed about Costa Rican firms and individuals, according to Semanario Universidad and DataBaseAR:Intermediaries. More than 30 Costa Rican law firms have served as intermediaries between Mossack Fonseca and firms and individuals based in Costa Rica to set up offshore corporations. Nearly half of those offshore entities — more than 360 — were set up in Panama and other jurisdictions with generous corporate tax policies and minimal oversight, DataBaseAR reported.The purpose for setting up the firms, 800 in total, ranged from doing business and acquiring property in Panama, which is perfectly legal, to “intricate structures with signs of possibly hiding assets” from Costa Rica’s tax authorities, according to the investigation.The law office that helped set up the largest number of offshore companies for Costa Rica-based firms was Gonzalo Fajardo & Asociados, which was founded by former Finance Ministry official and later Economy Minister Gonzalo Fajardo Salas. For nearly two decades Fajardo’s firm helped companies here set up 82 offshore corporations in tax havens, according to DataBaseAR.Family members of Fajardo told DataBaseAR that he couldn’t comment on the report because of lingering effects from an injury suffered last year.Borda Azul. Documents scrutinized by Semanario Universidad and DataBaseAR suggest that Mossack Fonseca helped the now-defunct tuna export company Borda Azul S.A. set up a shell company in the British Virgin Islands as a way to dupe Costa Rican tax officials. The company was owned by former president of the Costa Rican Football Federation (1999-2006) Hermes Navarro; the company’s vice president was Cuba-born, U.S.-educated Jerry ten Brink.In the late 1990s, the Costa Rican Finance Ministry, the Prosecutor’s Office and other agencies opened investigations into some export companies, including Borda Azul, for alleged fraudulent use of tax credit certificates (CATs), an incentive program created in the early 1970s and applied in the ’80s and ’90s for non-traditional exports.At the time, the administration of then-president Miguel Ángel Rodríguez (1998-2002) was under scrutiny for the CAT program, according to Semanario Universidad. Legislators, the newspaper noted, were angered that the government’s budget proposal allotted huge sums under the CAT program to a handful of export companies, some of which were owned by government officials. In a right of reply (see above), Rodríguez disputed that his administration was ever criticized over abuses of the CAT program, saying that, “It was my government … that launched the investigations on this issue, and furnished personnel of the Finance Ministry to the Prosecutors Office so that the criminal cases could be brought to trial.”According to the daily La Nación, authorities by 1997 already had accused dozens of export companies of using the CAT program to launder millions of dollars in drug trafficking profits and other acts of fraud.According to the investigations by Semanario Universidad and DataBaseAR, Mossack Fonseca helped Borda Azul fabricate invoices from the latter’s British Virgin Islands-based shell company, in order to inflate its costs and its export figures. The former was key to keeping Borda Azul’s taxes low; the latter allowed it to continue participating in the CAT program.In a letter published by Seminario Universidad, dated Oct. 19, 1998, from lawyer Ramsés Owens to his bosses at Mossack Fonseca, Owens explains the investigation into CATs and the situation of his client Borda Azul. “Doing an analysis, it’s clear that our client avoided paying taxes. … In the worst of circumstances, being very fatalistic, the Costa Rican government could, after years of investigation, suspend the transfer of CATs to Borda Azul for irregularities but never send anyone to jail.”In the letter Owens urges his bosses to continue offering its invoicing services to Borda Azul, “because that’s what we do, because 95 percent of our work consists, coincidentally, of selling vehicles for avoiding taxes. …”In a written response to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, published in DataBaseAR, Mossack Fonseca said the firm “completely disagrees with any assertion that the principal function of the services we provide is to facilitation the avoidance and/or evasion of taxes.”Another interesting angle to the story, according to DataBaseAR, is that Juan Diego Castro worked as a defense attorney for Navarro and Ten Brink, securing an exoneration from criminal fraud charges in the case in 1999. Before that, Castro had served as Costa Rica’s justice minister under former President José María Figueres Olsen (1994-1998), resigning from the post in 1997. At that same time, he had presided over the Caribbean Financial Action Group against money laundering and drug trafficking, calling the problem of money laundering a “cancer,” according to the daily La Nación.In response to the Panama Papers reports, a spokesman for Castro told DataBaseAR that attorney-client confidentiality prevented him from commenting on the fraud exoneration, and that Castro had no relation to Mossack Fonseca.Orlando Guerrero Vargas. The Panama Papers revealed several companies in Panama and the British Virgin Islands registered to Orlando Guerrero Vargas, campaign treasurer for San José Mayor Johnny Araya during the latter’s failed presidential election bid. Guerrero is mentioned in the U.S. indictment of former Costa Rica soccer official Eduardo Li. Prosecutors said Li received a $300,000 bribe through bank accounts located in Miami, Florida, and Panama, registered to the Costa Rican company Warrior Holdings S.A., whose treasurer is Li’s friend Guerrero.Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that a Finance Ministry investigation into the CAT program was begun in the late 1980s. Those investigations started in 1998, the same year of the leaked Panama Papers correspondence regarding Borda Azul’s potential legal troubles. The CAT program was created by law in 1972 and later gained momentum in the 1980s. We regret the error.  Facebook Commentslast_img read more

But this is about talent ceilings and quarterback

first_imgBut this is about talent, ceilings and quarterbacks who can start revolutions and win the Super Bowl. I’ll bet on the incoming rookie. The one with a Wonderlic score that ranks among the worst of the incoming prospects, with a score that only excites at the Blackjack table.Reach Bickley at dbickley@bonneville.com. Listen to Bickley & Marotta weekdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. Lamar Jackson scored a 13 and become one of the most dynamic rookies in 2018.But the difference in brainpower between Rosen and Murray is a serious question. Over the sweep of history, some of the NFL’s best quarterbacks have ranked among the immobile and least athletic (Tom Brady, Joe Montana, Peyton Manning, etc.). They won games between the ears. They won plays before the ball was snapped. They reduce a violent sport to simple algebra.But great quarterbacks also make plays because they feel the game with their feet, possessing an arm that doesn’t need advanced warning. They see, they throw, they win. IQ is great. But DNA is even better.And if the Cardinals wanted to make a bold declaration, stage a grand reopening and commit to a bold new vision in 2019, how can they not empower Kingsbury with a talent like Murray, a player he’s been chasing since high school?Duh.During his visit to 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station on Monday, Cardinals icon Larry Fitzgerald couldn’t help but notice the difference in organizational tone, starting with Kingsbury.“That’s a cool cat, man,” Fitzgerald said. “He is a cool dude … he doesn’t have that, ‘I’m the head coach, get out of my way’ mentality.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Kingsbury’s cool is working great because that’s how it works when you haven’t lost a game or your temper. Tough times require discipline, order, authority and credibility born from experience. That’s why the job is full of peril and potholes for Kingsbury, and why the next starting quarterback is so important to his future.That’s why drafting Murray makes even more sense.His Wonderlic score is not impressive, even though it is reportedly nine points higher than Alabama defenseman Quinnen Williams. He’s not good in a crowd of people. He seems a bit distrustful of outsiders, the type that requires the perfect kind of comfort zone. In Arizona, he’d be learning an offense he already knows, playing for a head coach who has no skepticism about his size or height. He would already know he has full organizational support, from the top down. And that would give Murray the freedom to be himself and make mistakes.Granted, Rosen has shown some of his own intelligence in the offseason. He’s shown up for work and caused no problems. It’s a hard swallow when circumstances conspire to take your job, and when you’re no longer considered the bright shiny future of the franchise. In this arena, Rosen has shown great maturity and toughness, on and off the field. 135 Comments   Share   The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The NFL draft wouldn’t be complete without leaked Wonderlic scores. Kyler Murray got a 20. The number is considered perfectly average by official test standards and a red-flag for potential NFL quarterbacks.By contrast, Josh Rosen scored a 29 in 2018.Uh oh.So, is Rosen really nine points smarter than Murray? And what does that mean on a football field?Start here:Related LinksLarry Fitzgerald says Josh Rosen handling Cardinals draft buzz wellFitzgerald: Cardinals say ASU’s Harry reminded them of Anquan BoldinLarry Fitzgerald comments on sitting in with Suns front office interviewsLate-round Cardinals NFL Draft picks to be announced from TombstoneCards on the Clock: 98.7 FM’s NFL Draft week special coverageStandardized testing can be highly deceiving. Some people can navigate 50 questions in 12 minutes. Others can’t ride the intellectual surfboard. Some have anxiety and learning disabilities. Others shine with a No. 2 pencil. Too often these scores are used for mocking purposes. Top Stories (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

The Latest White House to fully restore CNN repor

first_imgThe Latest: White House to fully restore CNN reporter’s pass CNN’s Jim Acosta speaks to journalists on the North Lawn upon returning back to the White House in Washington, Friday, Nov. 16, 2018. A federal judge asked the White House to immediately return press credentials to Acosta. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) by The Associated Press Posted Nov 19, 2018 1:14 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON — The Latest on the White House press and CNN reporter Jim Acosta (all times local):4:10 p.m.The Trump administration will fully restore Jim Acosta’s White House credentials, but has warned the CNN reporter that he must follow a series of rules at future news conferences.On Twitter, CNN said: “Today the @WhiteHouse fully restored @Acosta’s press pass. As a result, our lawsuit is no longer necessary.”The White House letter sent to Acosta Monday makes clear his credentials could be threatened again, stressing new rules for press conferences, including limiting each reporter to a single question with follow-ups at the discretion of the president.The White House revoked Acosta’s pass after a news conference clash with President Donald Trump.A federal judge issued a temporary order restoring Acosta’s pass last week. The White House quickly sent Acosta a letter threatening to take it away again when that order expired__11 a.m.The Trump administration has again targeted White House press credentials for CNN reporter Jim Acosta.After a federal judge ordered that Acosta’s credentials be temporarily restored last week, the White House sent Acosta a letter saying it had made the “preliminary decision” to suspend his pass. The White House said Acosta would continue to hold his credentials while the 14-day judge’s order was in effect.The White House argues Acosta did not follow “basic standards” when he scrapped with President Donald Trump at a news conference. The letter from Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Communications Director Bill Shine, says Trump is “aware of this preliminary decision and concurs.”The Associated Presslast_img read more

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