Harold Varmus stepping down as director of U.S. cancer institute

first_imgHarold Varmus, the fiesty, outspoken virologist who has led the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for nearly 5 years, will leave his post at the end of March.”It has been our great fortune to have Harold at the helm of the NCI,” said NIH Director Francis Collins in a statement today. “His breadth and depth of expertise in biomedical research is unparalleled, and he’s been a tremendous colleague to me and invaluable to the agency.”Douglas Lowy, who currently serves as NCI’s deputy director, will become acting director. 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Anticipation, because I look forward to new opportunities to pursue scientific work in the city, New York, that I continue to call home.”Varmus, who served as NIH’s director from 1993 to 1999, returned to run NCI in 2010. As NCI director, he pushed studies of tumor genomics to tailor treatments to cancer patients, and launched a “provocative questions” initiative to get researchers to explore mysteries of cancer. With other biomedical research leaders, he also prodded the research community to discuss the problem of the oversupply of young biomedical researchers during flat budget times.In his letter, Varmus notes that NCI’s budget has “endured losses in real as well as adjusted dollars” during his tenure, and “survived the threats and reality of government shutdowns. … This experience has been especially vivid to those of us who have lived in better times, when NIH was the beneficiary of strong budgetary growth. As Mae West famously said, ‘I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor, and rich is better.’ “”While penury is never a good thing, I have sought its silver linings,” he continued. “My efforts to cope with budgetary limits have been guided by Lord Rutherford’s appeal to his British laboratory group during a period of fiscal restraint a century ago: ‘… we’ve run out of money, it is time to start thinking.’ “Varmus’s full letter to NCI staff can be read here.NIH’s press release is here.You can also read Science’s 2013 profile of Varmus.last_img read more

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After gruelling duel, Castro believes Amer will be one of top PBA guards

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netThere’s not a lot of guards in the PBA who can step toe-to-toe with Jayson Castro.But after TNT’s quarterfinals series against Meralco in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup, the veteran guard didn’t deny that sophomore playmaker Baser Amer pushed him to his limit.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Amer’s breakout conference earns him Gilas nod Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “He was exhausted in overtime because we did schemes against him,” shared Castro. “We did a lot of schemes against him, most of which wasn’t effective. So the last thing we did was to deny him and make it hard for him to get the ball so we can tire him out.”That gameplan worked as the KaTropa frustrated the Bolts in the extra five minutes and held the upstart scoreless.Still, Castro said that Amer could keep his head held high especially with the way he has made the leap this conference.“I’m really glad to see how he has improved from last year, at the same time, his confidence is already there. For sure, he’ll still improve. We saw his decision-making, his heart is already there. For sure, he’ll be a top point guard in the PBA,” he said.Castro and the rest of TNT will now brace for Ginebra in the best-of-five semifinals series, to begin on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT “[Amer] didn’t just challenge me. He really pushed me. I studied his moves from Game 2 because he was really great off ball screens. He looks for mismatches and attacks those. Every kind of defense I know of, I did it against him,” said Castro in Filipino.The two went at it for three hard-fought games, culminating on Friday in a decider that that was fought until the overtime period.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCastro was his usual self, racking up 31 points, three rebounds, and two assists, while Amer was a willing dance partner, matching up with his older counterpart and finished with 25 markers, nine boards, four dimes, and three steals.However, it was TNT who gained the upper hand in the extra five minutes to come away with a 104-96 overtime victory. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next What ‘missteps’?center_img View comments Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ LATEST STORIES Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

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Pop star Enrique finds out who Tendulkar is

first_imgFor Enrique Iglesias, who performed at the opening concert of the Champions League Twenty20 here today, cricket is completely a new sport but the Spanish pop sensation said he is slowly and steadily trying to acquire more knowledge about the game.He also said that he is a big fan of soccer and star Argentina forward Lionel Messi but admitted that he came to know about Indian batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar only today.”It is the first game of cricket that I will be watching from the stadium. Occasionally, I used to watch cricket on TV but never really got time to watch it in the ground,” Enrique said about tomorrow’s CLT20 tournament opener between Mumbai Indians and local side Highveld Lions at the Wanderers.”I like soccer very much and Messi is one of my favourite players. Watching Messi play in Barcelona is great,” he said.Asked whether he knows Tendulkar, Enrique said, “I didn’t know him but came to know about some cricketers today, including Tendulkar. You know I am still in the learning stage as far as cricket is concerned.”The pop icon also said that he went crazy after Spain won the FIFA World Cup earlier this year in South Africa.”I got extremely drunk. I was dancing inside my home naked. I did all types of stupid things. But Spain played a great World Cup. It was very emotional to watch them win the World Cup. In the Spanish team every player is good,” Enrique said.advertisementHe also expressed his desire to visit India for a second time next year and said the country holds a special place in his heart.”India is one of my favourite spots. I visited India in 2004. It is such an amazing country. I am dying to go back there. May be 2011 will be the year,” Enrique said.Enrique today performed at the CLT20 opening concert at Emmarentia Botanic Gardens here along with globetrotting Cape Town-based duo, Locnville.The identical twin brothers, Andrew and Brian Chaplin, who have become household favourites, following the release of their first single ‘Sun in my Pocket’, performed as support to Enrique in the ‘Enrique Live’ Concert, on the eve of first match of the Twenty20 tournament.last_img read more

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ABL: Late run propels Alab Pilipinas past Formosa Dreamers

first_imgSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion BREAKING: Corrections officer shot dead in front of Bilibid Photo from ABLMANILA, Philippines—Defending champion San Miguel Alab Pilipinas went on a late run to fend off the Formosa Dreamers, 86-72, and remain undefeated in the 9th Asean Basketball League Season Friday night at Sta. Rosa Multi-Purpose Complex in Laguna.Alab ended the game on a blistering 21-3 blast after trailing by four with a little over six minutes left to improve its league-best record to 3-0.ADVERTISEMENT Kristaps Porzingis’ torn ACL healing, next evaluation in February PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Alab aims to keep its record clean when it faces the Singapore Slingers (5-2) for the first time this season on Sunday at Caloocan Sports Complex.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Renaldo Balkman posted a double-double with 19 points and 20 rebounds that went with five assists while PJ Ramos had 16 points, seven rebounds and three assists to lead Alab.Alab also drew timely baskets from Ray Parks, Ethan Alvano and Caelan Tiongson that sparked the telling run.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefParks, the reigning two-time Local MVP and second overall pick in the 2018 PBA Draft, finished with 13 points and four rebounds while Pao Javelona came off the bench and added 11 points on 4-of-6 shooting from the field.American import Malcolm Miller scored a game-high 23 points on a tough 7-of-22 shooting night for the Taiwanese side, which dropped its second straight game after starting the season at 6-0. MOST READlast_img read more

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Derrick Rose sorry after ‘kill yourself’ remark

first_imgMOST READ SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LATEST STORIES Rose, who played under Thibodeau with Chicago as well as the T-Wolves, was a three-time All-Star with the Bulls but multiple knee surgeries dimmed his glow before a return to form this season.Rose has averaged 18.9 points and 4.8 assists a game for Minnesota while connecting on a career-high 46.2 percent of his 3-point shots.The Timberwolves are 19-21, 11th in the Western Conference and two games behind the Los Angeles Lakers for the final West playoff berth.ADVERTISEMENT Lakers to visit China for NBA pre-season games against Nets Derrick Rose #25 of the Minnesota Timberwolves reacts during a 114-110 loss the the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on November 7, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. Harry How/Getty Images/AFPFormer NBA Most Valuable Player Derrick Rose apologized Monday for telling anyone who doubted his ability to “kill yourself” for thinking he wouldn’t keep playing well for the Minnesota Timberwolves.The 30-year-old guard, who took the 2011 MVP award while with Chicago, was answering a question about how he would fare in the wake of the team firing coach and president Tom Thibodeau on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostingcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments “I have a lot of confidence in myself,” Rose said. “Thibs was just the coach that believed in me. I mean, he jump-started my career again and for that I’ll always be thankful.“But everybody that thinks that it’s going to stop, kill yourself. It’s just not.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsRose later tweeted an apology, insisting he didn’t truly suggest suicide or having people harm themselves.“I messed up by using the slang term ‘kill yourself’ today in response to a question about whether I can continue to perform without coach Thibs,” Rose tweeted. “I did not mean it literally and regret using it so I apologize.” SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games openinglast_img read more

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Tokyo 2020 unveils new logo after plagiarism claims

first_imgPublished on Artist Asao Tokolo poses with his winning designs for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games after their unveiling in Tokyo, Japan.   –  Reuters × COMMENT April 25, 2016 Artist Asao Tokolo poses with his winning designs for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games after their unveiling in Tokyo, Japan.   –  Reuters Tokyo 2020 organisers unveiled a new Olympic logo featuring traditional Japanese designs on Monday, seven months after they were forced to scrap the original motif over accusations of plagiarism.The new logo, chosen from more than 14,000 candidates, adopts a traditional indigo-blue chequered pattern called “ichimatsu moyo” that dates back to the Edo period (1603-1868).The individually-shaped rectangles in the design represented differences in culture and nationalities and symbolised “unity in diversity”, the committee that chose the emblem said.“It took me a long time to create this logo – it’s like my own child,” Tokyo-based artist Asao Tokoro, who designed the winning emblem, told a packed news conference.“I can’t be an athlete but I have felt a longing towards the Olympics since I was a child, and thought I can be involved through design,” he added.“From today, these emblems will serve as the face of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games. I very much hope that the emblems will prove popular with people everywhere,” said Ryohei Miyata, chairman of the Tokyo 2020 Emblems Selection Committee.The members of the committee emphasised the transparency of the selection process, saying the logo was selected through an open competition – the first in Olympic history – in an effort to overcome setbacks caused by previous missteps.A dispute over the original logo erupted soon after it was unveiled last July, when a Belgian-based designer said it was too similar to his emblem for a theatre, demanding its use be halted and filing a lawsuit in local court.The logo’s designer Kenjiro Sano and Tokyo 2020 Olympics organisers denied the pattern had been copied but eventually scrapped it, saying its reputation was too damaged to be used.Japan’s second hosting of the Summer Games after Tokyo held the 1964 Olympics has been hampered by a series of setbacks, including a complete overhaul of the stadium design, abandoned in response to growing public anger over soaring costs.The mishaps have tarnished Japan’s reputation as a shrewd and efficient operator, a notoriety that helped Tokyo win hosting rights for the Games over Madrid and Istanbul in 2013. The individually-shaped rectangles in the design represents differences in culture and nationalities and symbolised “unity in diversity”center_img Tokyo 2020 logo designer apologises in new plagiarism row sport SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED COMMENTSlast_img read more

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SC unhappy over lack of standard norms for ambulances

first_imgNew Delhi, Jun 29 (PTI) The Supreme Court today expressed unhappiness over the lack of pre-requisite “standard” norms which were recommended by AIIMS for registering vehicles as ambulances and sought the response of the Centre for not notifying them.”You (Centre) have not notified the prescribed standards for a vehicle to be regarded as an ambulance so that it can be held whether a vehicle conforms to the regulation/standards,” a bench of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justices A K Sikri and R Banumathi said.”The AIIMS report has to be acted upon so that prescribed norms are there for the registration of vehicles,” it said, adding “the report speaks about the size of the vehicle, medical equipments and accessories required in the ambulance.”During the brief hearing, the court said the government has to notify the norms as at present, nobody knows as to what are the “things or specifications” required for a vehicle to be registered as an ambulance.”The government will have to take a call on this. You cannot sit over it,” it said and asked the counsel, appearing for the Centre, to file a response.The apex court, meanwhile, allowed the plea of Delhi Government that it be allowed to register 110 diesel-run ambulances with engine capacity beyond 2000 CC with the transport authority.The AAP-led government was seeking modification of the 2015 order of the apex court barring registration of diesel-run vehicles with engine capacity beyond 2000 CC in Delhi and NCR.Seeking relaxation in registration of ambulances, it also said that earlier too, the court had modified its December 16, 2015 order to address the exigencies faced by different departments and security agencies.advertisementDiesel-run sports utility vehicles (SUVs) and high-end private cars with engine capacity of 2000 CC and above were prohibited by the apex court from registration in Delhi and the National Capital Region in order to curb the alarming rise in pollution levels. PTI SJK MNL RKS ARClast_img read more

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Volvo XC60 SUV launched in India at Rs 55.9 lakh

first_imgVolvo has finally taken the wraps off its much-awaited premium SUV XC60 in India today. The XC60 resembles its larger sibling, the XC90, and also carries a premium touch on exterior design and interior indulgence.The front of the car gets the same fascia as the rest of the Volvo catalogue which includes the Thor hammer headlights and a 23 slat vertical chrome grille. The side section gets the large and neat 19-inch alloys with the distinctive D-pillar. The XC60 overall looks like more the part of an urban friendly SUV.Under the bonnet, the XC60 is powered by a 2.0-litre D5 diesel unit which churns out a maximum of 235bhp. The powertrain is an eight-speed automatic gearbox with all-wheel drive as standard. News is rife that Volvo will introduce the T6 petrol and T8 twin petrol-hybrid engine options for the new XC60 SUV.Inside the passenger cabin, the XC60 comes with Nappa leather upholstery, heads-up display and Bowers and Wilkins audio system. The XC60 also comes with 360 parking, semi-automatic parking, adaptive cruise control, auto-hold function as well.The passengers in the rear seat get their own touch-based system for AC control. The seats can be electronically folded to add more space to the already huge boot which gets an electronically controlled tailgate.On the safety front, the XC60 gets the same set of goodies of active safety and autonomous drive systems which is available on the larger XC90, and the S90 sedan. This includes run-off-road mitigation, large animal, cyclist and pedestrian detection systems, autonomous braking, and Pilot Assist. When activated, the system can support steer, accelerate, brake, all corresponding with traffic conditions, on well-marked roads at speeds of up to 130 kmph.advertisementThe Volvo XC60 carries a price tag of Rs 55.9 lakh ex-showroom and will be assembled at Volvo’s Bengaluru plant with deliveries commencing soon. At this price point, the XC60 will go up against Audi Q5, Land Rover Discovery Sport, and the Mercedes GLC.last_img read more

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Cristiano Ronaldo is not the owner of Bugatti La Voiture Noire

first_imgCristiano Ronaldo has a penchant for scoring spectacular goals and an equal fondness for dazzling cars. During the past week, the internet was flooded with reports that the legendary footballer is the proud owner of the world’s most expensive new car, a one-off Bugatti La Voiture Noire. The hyper sports car was unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show. Cristiano Ronaldo currently plays for Italian club Juventus. (Picture Courtesy: Cristiano Ronaldo/Instagram)Spanish publication Marca had reported that Ronaldo had bought La Voiture Noire. Several other media outlets had come out with similar reports. But now a report by TMZ has made a contrary claim. The spokesperson of unarguably one of the greatest footballers ever told TMZ that “The story isn’t true. He has not bought it.” Bugatti La Voiture Noire was unveiled at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.Even before it was revealed at the 2019 Geneva Motor Show, Bugatti La Voiture Noire was sold for 16.7 million euros or Rs 131.33 crore (including taxes), making it the most expensive new car of all time. However, the French luxury brand did not reveal the identity of the owner at that time. The price of La Voiture Noire, which means “the black car”, was 11 million euros before tax. Bugatti La Voiture Noire is a coupe with the comfort of a luxury limousine and the power of a hyper sports car.A coupe with the comfort of a luxury limousine and the power of a hyper sports car, Bugatti La Voiture Noire gets an 8-litre, 16-cylinder engine that produces 1,500 PS and 1,600 Nm of torque. With six tailpipes at the rear, the car is extremely powerful and can touch reportedly 420 km/h.advertisement Bugatti La Voiture Noire is inspired by Jean Bugatti’s Type 57 SC Atlantic.Bugatti La Voiture Noire is inspired by Jean Bugatti’s Type 57 SC Atlantic. Jean Bugatti was the company founder Ettore Bugatti’s eldest son. Four Type 57 SC Atlantic coupes were made between 1936 and 1938, with three still in existence. La Voiture Noire’s every component has been handcrafted and it gets a carbon fibre body with deep black gloss.All the components of La Voiture Noire have been crafted by hand and it gets a carbon fibre body with deep black gloss. It gets an extended front end and a distinctive Bugatti C-line. The windscreen flows into the windows. The bumpers have been newly designed. There is a fin running down the centre of Bugatti La Voiture Noire, reminiscent of Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic’s dorsal seam. According to the company, a special programme was used to calculate the optimal material thickness for the alloy wheels during construction. The headlights and taillights have been specially made and fitted by hand in Bugatti’s Molsheim atelier.ALSO READ | 5 upcoming bikes in India 2019: Gixxer 250, Jawa Perak, KTM 390 Adventure and moreALSO READ | Hyundai Venue gets over 2,000 bookings on Day 1ALSO READ | Jaguar I-Pace wins big, gets 3 trophies at 2019 World Car Awardslast_img read more

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Hasenhuttl: RB Leipzig nervous

first_imgUEFA Champions League Hasenhuttl: Nervous RB Leipzig satisfied with Champions League point Thomas Beattie Last updated 2 years ago 09:03 14/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Ralph Hasenhuttl Bongarts UEFA Champions League RB Leipzig RB Leipzig v Monaco Monaco The German side suffered from nerves, but their coach was pleased to draw with Monaco RB Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuttl admits his side were nervous during their Champions League debut, but the Austrian was satisfied with a point against Monaco.The German side were held by last season’s semi-finalists Monaco in a rather cagey 1-1 draw in their Group G clash on Wednesday.RB Leipzig 2/1 group winner Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina 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 Emil Forsberg’s spectacular first-half strike had given Leipzig the lead in front of a sold-out Red Bull Arena, but the hosts were pegged back almost immediately when Youri Tielemans levelled two minutes later.The newcomers had the better opportunities to win the game with Timo Werner and Jean-Kevin Augustin both going close, and Hasenhuttl conceded his side were not ruthless enough.”We can live with the point even if we didn’t give them much to work with,” Hasenhuttl said, via UEFA.”We kept them quiet and created a lot of chances ourselves. But when you take our performance in the context of our UEFA Champions League debut you could see there were a few nerves on the ball and we weren’t as ruthless in taking the risks in the final third.”I opted against throwing on an extra attacker to avoid risking potentially conceding again ourselves against a very dangerous opponent. However, we’re satisfied with the point.”Tielemans, an off-season signing from Anderlecht, was happy to get on the scoresheet, but believes his side could have won the game.”I think we had the chances to score a second as they left a lot of space in behind,” he said.”We should have exploited those situations better. It was a very physical match and I think what we did was decent.”last_img read more

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Retiring Pengrowth CEO plans role as advocate for misunderstood oilpatch

first_imgCALGARY – The retiring CEO of Pengrowth Energy Corp. says Canadian oil and gas leaders have been too “shy” to speak out in support of their industry and he plans to help fill that vacuum as he leaves the job he’s held since 2009.The disconnect between average Canadians and the industry in terms of pipeline and drilling technology safety, and their inability to see how importing oil hurts domestic producers, can in part be blamed on the inaction of industry leaders, said Derek Evans. He blames himself as much as anyone.“I think we’ve got far too many engineers and accountants running oil and gas companies that don’t feel we need to stand up,” the 61-year-old said in an interview.“We need to create a real dialogue. That’s one of my hopes as we drive forward. … I just don’t think we’ve given it enough of a shot.”Pengrowth announced Tuesday that Evans, trained as a mining engineer, would be replaced by oilsands industry veteran Pete Sametz, a mechanical engineer and former interim CEO of oilsands producer Connacher Oil and Gas Ltd.Evans said he will adopt an advisory role during the CEO transition, then take a few months off before looking into an as-yet-undefined way that he can become an advocate for the oil and gas industry.He said his time at Pengrowth since taking over as CEO from founder Jim Kinnear was a “roller-coaster” with more than $2 billion in oil and gas acquisitions in the first three or four years while oil prices were strong and about the same amount in asset sales over the next few years to pay down debt as oil prices plunged.The dramatic size changes are reflected in the space it occupies in a downtown office tower — varying from 12 floors and more than 1,000 staff in 2012 to nine floors and 560 staff in 2016.Evans said the company’s workforce is slated to fall from about 175 now to about 125 people by mid-year as it completes the paperwork involved in a series of asset sales last year and pares workers who aren’t needed for development of its two main projects. The workers are all expected to fit on one floor.In January, the company announced a 2018 capital expenditure budget of $65 million to grow from 19,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day to about 23,000 boe/d.In Evans’ first budget after becoming CEO in 2009, it said it would spend $285 million to reach production of 75,000 boe/d.Evans said he feels his job is done and its appropriate that someone else take the helm.“I was hired to transform the company from a pretty sleepy trust that acquired assets and distributed all the cash flow,” he said.“We’ve gone from an asset base with a huge amount of geriatric assets in it — everyone else’s mature production — down to two assets … that today represent 90 per cent of our production and 95 per cent of our reserves.”Most of Pengrowth’s spending this year is geared to adding incremental production at its Lindbergh steam-driven oilsands project in eastern Alberta and further developing its Groundbirch Montney liquids-rich natural gas play in northeastern B.C.Pengrowth repaid $1.3 billion in debt in 2017, mainly by raising $984 million by selling assets producing 31,500 boe/d, but analysts say it still owes too much to demonstrate the financial flexibility it should.Evans said he agrees with the criticism but believes that stronger oil prices will allow it to complete repairs of its battered balance sheet.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:PGF)last_img read more

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Draft agreement emerges at UN climate talks pitfalls remain

first_imgKATOWICE, Poland — Negotiators at the U.N. climate meeting in Poland are gathering to discuss the first comprehensive draft agreement to emerge after almost two weeks of talks.Ministers and senior officials from almost 200 countries were due to hold further meetings Friday before convening in plenary in the afternoon to address remaining differences.Among the key pitfalls to emerge overnight was the question of how to establish a functioning international market in carbon credits and whether some countries should get money for damage already caused by climate change.The meeting is meant to finalize the rulebook for the 2015 Paris climate agreement, provide assurances to poor nations on financial support for tackling global warming, and send a message that countries are committed to stepping up their efforts in the coming years.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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King Mohammed VI not satisfied With Benkiranes Government Opposition Leader

Rabat- The Secretary General of the Authenticity and Modernity Party (PAM), Mustapha Bakkoury, said King Mohammed VI “is not satisfied” with the way Chief of government Abdelilah Benkirane is using his name for political leverage over rivals, news website Hespress reported.Bakkoury’s comments came after the leaders of the opposition political parties held a meeting with the Royal Cabinet to referee a political dispute with the Party of Justice and Development (PJD) and its Secretary General and head of government Abdelilah Benkirane.PAM chief was speaking at a meeting with opposition parties (USFP, Constitutional Union, and Istiqlal Party) at the House of Representatives on Tuesday. According to the same source, he deemed the Benkirane government as a “passing phase that should not undermine fifty years of the construction of democracy in Morocco.”This comes after the monthly general policy session at the House of Representative was cut short when Abdelilah Benkirane accused the opposition of plotting to enfeeble his government.He also accused opposition groups of political insanity, leading them to stand up and ask him to retract his statements. read more

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Indian police petition Sri Lanka for info on kidney transplants

A Punjab based recipient visited the hospital, whom the Navalok doctors declared fit for transplantation of kidney issuing a report. Since a huge number of 60 kidney transplants were performed in four hospitals, the police will also seek permission from Lankan government to interrogate six doctors, who performed the transplants. (Colombo Gazette) The middlemen had also arranged a donor for him. Though the transplantation was scheduled a couple of months ago, it did not take place because the Police busted the racket during the same time.While investigating the case, police found the medical report at this Punjab’s man residence. Police in Nalgonda, India, who busted an international kidney racket in January, were preparing a letter to send to the Sri Lankan Government through a proper channel seeking information over all the kidney transplants that were performed at four hospitals in Colombo on Indian nationals, The Hindu newspaper reported.Speaking to The Hindu , Superintendent of Police, Vikram Jeet Duggal said that they would follow the process in writing the letter since it needed to be passed through the Crime Investigation Department (CID) of Telangana and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). So far the police had identified that four Colombo-based hospitals had performed about 60 illegal transplants on the basis of confession statement of accused, whom the police arrested. Recently the investigating police team had also found a documentary evidence on the involvement of Lankan hospitals, which would be enough to send letter rogotary. read more

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Organic farming points way to reducing rural poverty UN says

“In China and India organic production is growing steadily,” according to an Italian-sponsored report presented by IFAD’s Phrang Roy and Caroline Heider, along with senior Italian officials.”The value of Chinese exports grew from less than $1 million in the mid-1990s to about $142 million in 2003, with more than 1,000 companies and farms certified. In India, there has also been remarkable growth, with about 2.5 million hectares under organic farming and 332 new certifications issued during 2004.”In addition to bringing higher produce prices, lower unemployment and less rural emigration, “organic farming reduces health risks posed by use of toxic chemicals, as well as the high costs of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. As well, the environment benefits from improved soil management and less-polluting techniques,” IFAD said to a group of potential investors at the presentation.Farmers already producing for export have been benefiting from the boom in both countries, it says. Small farmers, however, are often denied government assistance in storing, processing, certifying and exporting their produce, while domestic markets for organic produce are “very limited in China and even scarcer in India,” according to the research.To hold out hope for the world’s small farmers, organic farming must grow sustainably and not lose its “added value,” or prices and incomes would drop, it said.IFAD had conducted a similar study in six Latin American countries in 2001 and had drawn similar conclusions in an April 2003 report.At that time, it pointed out that for small farmers to want to make the soil improvements that organic farming brings, they needed security of tenure, access to family labour and support organizations to help then with training, loans and collective marketing. read more

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UN genocide tribunal affirms life sentence of Serb paramilitary leader

The United Nations war crimes tribunal set up in the wake of the Balkan conflicts of the 1990s today reaffirmed the life sentence of a Serbian paramilitary leader, Milan Lukic, who was previously found guilty of inhumane acts including murder, cruel treatment and violations of the laws of war.The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) dismissed all of Mr. Lukic’s eight grounds of appeal. The affirmation of Mr. Lukic’s sentence is the first time the Tribunal has upheld a sentence of life imprisonment, according to the court.The ICTY is tasked by the Security Council with trying those responsible for the worst war crimes and other breaches of international humanitarian law committed during the various conflicts in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s. Since its inception 19 years ago, the Tribunal has indicted 161 persons.Mr. Lukic had initially been convicted in relation to six distinct incidents. One of the most notorious ones was that known as the ‘Pionirska Street massacre,’ in which he was found responsible for the murders in 1992 of 59 Muslim women, children and elderly men by barricading them in one room of a house in the town of Višegrad, in south-eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina, where a carpet had been treated with an accelerant and an explosive device was exploded, setting the house on fire. He was also found to have shot at people trying to escape from the burning house.The appeals chamber of the Tribunal made small changes to two sub-grounds of appeal, which found that 53 – not 59 – people were killed in the ‘Pionirska Street massacre’ and that the involvement of some prosecution witnesses in the case had not been properly evaluated. However, the Tribunal found that these two adjustments did not impact the sentence.The Tribunal also reduced the sentence of Sredoje Lukic from 30 to 27 years of imprisonment for crimes against humanity. The former Serb paramilitary leader had most of his 15 grounds of appeal dismissed by the Tribunal; his sentence was reduced by three years after the appeals chamber reversed his convictions for the beatings of detainees in the Uzamnica camp. read more

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When Did Sports Become So Political

More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed FiveThirtyEight Embed Code Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (Feb. 28, 2017), we’re joined by New York magazine’s Reeves Wiedeman, who dropped by to discuss his article on recent political activism by athletes. Next, Michael Caley of ESPN FC and “The Double Pivot” podcast helps us break down Claudio Ranieri’s firing from Leicester City — not even a full year after the soccer team’s Premier League title win. Finally, ESPN baseball writer Sam Miller helps us imagine who the best baseball player would be in a world without stats. Plus, a significant digit on women’s basketball.Links to what we discussed this week:Reeves Wiedeman’s article on the rise of athlete activism.Firing Claudio Ranieri won’t fix Leicester City’s problems, writes Tim Wigmore for FiveThirtyEight.Catch more of Michael Caley’s soccer observations over on the “The Double Pivot” podcast.How do you determine baseball’s greatest player in a world without stats? Sam Miller lays out his theories.Significant Digit: 3,397, the number of career points that University of Washington senior Kelsey Plum has scored in her career for the Huskies. She broke the all-time NCAA women’s record on Saturday, with a 57-point game. read more

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Taoiseach back in the US still sad over Mayo defeat

first_imgENDA KENNY IS in America this weekend for a series of engagements to promote Ireland and The Gathering 2013 initiative.However, he still has some recent disappointment on his mind, telling the Brehon Law Society in Philadephia that he had hoped to have “one of Ireland’s most loved sons – one Sam Maguire” with him this morning  ”but unfortunately the Donegal GAA team had other ideas in Croke Park recently”.He then spoke of the challenges facing the Irish economy but also of the progress his government has made since taking office, noting good performances in tourism, agri-food and exports.“We are trading our way to recovery,” he said, “the only sustainable way in the long run.”He told the audience of Irish-Americans that the countries’ relationship is one not jut of friendship but of family. He talked of the business links that tie the states, as well as their shared love of sport, dancing and singing.Kenny also attended the official opening of the Philadephia office of Zenith Technologies. He will now travel to Cleveland to continue the Government’s efforts to drive investment and job creation. He will address the City Club of Cleveland tomorrow, as well as meet representatives of the Irish community there.Playboy or Time? Backbencher gets confused over Enda’s cover appearancePic: Enda Kenny is on the cover of TIME magazine this weeklast_img read more

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Samsung remarquable succès commercial pour le Galaxy Note

first_imgSamsung : remarquable succès commercial pour le Galaxy NoteLe Galaxy Note de Samsung s’est déjà vendu à 2 millions d’exemplaires depuis octobre dernier. Décliné en version 10 pouces, Samsung s’attend à des ventes record en 2012… Les smartphones grand écran (5 pouces ou plus) connaissent un véritable engouement auprès du public. L’un d’entre eux s’en tire d’ailleurs particulièrement bien puisque le Galaxy Note (et son écran de 5,3 pouces) de Samsung a déjà conquis 2 millions d’adeptes depuis octobre dernier. La formule grand écran + stylet semble donc être un pari gagnant pour Samsung qui prévoit de vendre 10 millions de Galaxy Note cette année. Des prévisions qui montrent que Samsung voit les choses en grand, car le fabricant sud-coréen a, par ailleurs, lancé un Galaxy Note 10.1 pouces, déclinaison du smartphone en tablette tactile, au Mobile World Congress 2012.Prometteuse, il faudra tout de même patienter encore quelques mois afin de voir si les prédictions de Samsung se réalisent… d’autant plus que l’iPad 3 ne devrait plus tarder à être présenté. Là où Samsung a peut être bien vu les choses c’est qu’en effet le Nouvelle Galaxy Note surpassera sans doute très vite la Galaxy Tab. Le 3 mars 2012 à 15:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Riverdale Brings its Second Season to a Strangely Slow End

first_img The episode begins with the biggest fake-out and I was NOT HAPPY about it. Archie, Betty, and Veronica stand over a Jughead’s grave, and for a second, we think the show actually killed off Jughead. Then it turns out to be a dream as Jughead wakes up in the hospital. Don’t toy with me like this, Riverdale! He wakes up to some bad news, though. His dad tells him his sacrifice inspired the Serpents to meet the Ghoulies in full force. It wasn’t enough. The Ghoulies overran the Serpents, some Serpents defected and the trailer park fell. It’s clear to Jughead that Hiram Lodge orchestrated the whole thing to take over the south side.This being the season finale, the stories come together as all the characters are fighting Hiram Lodge from different angles. Fred Andrews faces an uphill battle against Hermione Lodge for mayor, after Hiram’s appointed Sheriff took credit for restoring piece after the previous night’s riots. Good thing he’s got Veronica on his side, who’s dropped out of the student election race to make rebellion her full-time job. Meanwhile, Archie, Betty, Veronica and Jughead all figure out that the second Black Hood must have been hired by Hiram. At first they suspect Sheriff Minetta, as he was curiously nowhere to be scene during the attack on the mayoral debate. That certainly would have been more interesting than what ended up happening.KJ Apa as Archie and Camila Mendes as Veronica (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)Last season’s finale was the boiling-over point of the season. It was when every story reached its emotional climax. It was filled with big reveals and shocking moments, leaving us desperate to see what would become of Riverdale the following season. The second season finale was… not that. The twists were decent towards the end, and it did leave us on a pretty great cliffhanger, but nothing leading up to it felt like a finale. The stories meandered to their end at a much more leisurely pace than you’d want for an episode like this. I feel like, in the final episode of a season of Riverdale, the town should be going nuts. Instead, we got that last week. Last week’s episode was pretty much everything you’d want from a season finale. A town on the brink of chaos, everyone in turmoil, and a cliffhanger that threatens to take away a beloved character. This felt like a step down after all that.Archie makes it clear to the new sheriff that he knows a second Black Hood is still out there, and he won’t rest until he finds out who it is. That would have made for a great story, but instead the Black Hood is caught and killed in a firefight offscreen. It was Tall Boy, whom Hiram hired to take shots at his wife, and attack Fred Andrews. But that information will never come to pass because he’s dead. I get that this is supposed to be an unsatisfying conclusion, because it’s a setback in the Kids vs. Hiram story. But the Black Hood mystery finally got a satisfying conclusion last week, and an intriguing tease that more was to come. Did it really have to taint that with a flat epilogue where nothing of consequence happens?Charles Melton as Reggie and Ashleigh Murray as Josie (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)For much of this episode, every time they could have done something interesting, they went the other way. Which really was kind of the problem with this whole season. That Dark Betty we were promised? She puts on a PG-13 cam show. Black Hood mystery? Revealed to be a character we’d only met two episodes prior, only fixed by the penultimate episode of the season. Any story involving Josie, Kevin or hell, even Cheryl and Toni? Shoved off to the side, and given one episode if they were lucky. It feels like Riverdale had trouble adjusting to the longer episode count of season two. Season one kept up it’s bonkers fun pace because it had to cram so much story into every episode. Season two tried to do the same thing, but ended up hurtling towards resolution too fast, and had to stall. Somehow the solution of focusing on some of the characters outside Archie, Betty, Jughead, and Veronica never came up.Here, the episode will bring up what could be a cool story and immediately resolve it. Principal Weatherbee plans to bus all the south side kids to a school two hours away. Archie leads the rest of the students to don leather jackets in solidarity, and Weatherbee changes his mind. There’s the student election that has not been mentioned since the episode where everyone initially decided to run. Everyone but Archie and Ethel drop out, and Ethel doesn’t even appear in this episode. Veronica learns from her mother that Hiram is trying to buy the White Wyrm so he’ll have complete ownership of the South Side. She buys it out from under him, which could have set up a cool familial power struggle. Then she learns her dad fired FP Jones from Pop’s, so she makes a trade. The White Worm for Pop’s. And Hiram completely cuts her off. All so she and her friends can still grab burgers and milkshakes together. At least it gives the Serpents a new place to hang out. Veronica discovers the basement used to be a speakeasy (OF COURSE IT DID!), and wants to reopen it with FP as manager. You know, the perfect job for a recovering alcoholic.Madelaine Petsch as Cheryl (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)The episode wasn’t all bad, but most of what was good was set up for season three. Betty struggles with whether or not she should go see her father. When she does, it’s one of the episode’s more unsettling scenes. The whole thing is shot like Silence of the Lambs, with Hal mostly in shadow the whole time. Only there’s no psychoanalysis here. He insists that his darkness will always be in Betty, and that no matter where she goes, he’ll always be with her. I’ll give the episode this one, that’s pretty scary and it sets up an interesting conflict for season three. Also, Polly’s back home and she offers to bring a healer from the nunnery home to help the family cope. It’s a very brief line of dialog, but it’s performed with such sinister overtones, you know something’s very wrong. Pity we have to wait until Fall to find out.Jughead helps the serpents escape to Archie’s house to avoid a police raid in one of the episode’s more enjoyable sequences. There, Fred Andrews is cooking bacon for everyone in the hopes that the south side vote will give him the win. It doesn’t, but once Hermione wins, Hiram cuts her out of his organized crime dealings, freeing her to make peace with Fred. Between this, and her helping Veronica buy the White Wyrm, the show is really trying to hit the reset button on her character this episode. Hey after this season, some things could use resetting. FP retires from the serpents, and installs Jughead in his place. His first act is to induct Cheryl, who warned them about the raid, and give her her own custom red leather jacket. It’s a sweet moment, especially seeing how happy Toni is for her. Oh, and Betty’s going to be Serpent Queen now, so we have that to look forward to.KJ Apa as Archie, Luke Perry as Fred and Robin Givens as Sierra McCoy (Photo: Dean Buscher/The CW)As a season finale, this just wasn’t as exciting as we’ve come to expect. It might have been better if the show just called it a season after last week’s episode. Give us a whole summer to wonder if Jughead would live or die. Still, it did end on a decent cliffhanger. Archie finally takes the upper hand in an exchange with Hiram, ensuring him that he will find proof of his crimes. But just because Archie’s finally doing the right thing doesn’t mean he’s gotten any smarter. He still lists all of Hiram’s crimes like a doofus. Subtlety is a foreign language to Archie, which he proves by jamming Hiram’s blood ritual knife into his desk. You know what, Riverdale? Thanks, I needed a good laugh this episode. Made it hard to take this scene seriously, but you do you.Archie’s stupidity did lead to a pretty great cliffhanger for season three. As Archie is about to be sworn in as class president, Sheriff Minetta walks in and arrests him in front of the whole school. For the murder of one of those robbers from that cabin episode a while back. One of the murders Archie just listed in front of Hiram. Nice going, kid. So despite a finale that was just OK, I am excited to see where the show goes in Season Three. After Josie and Kevin only got the briefest of scenes in the finale, I hope the writers realize we want to see more of them. Also, Hiram’s reason for wanting Archie out of the way is pretty intriguing too. He bought the whole of south Riverdale to start up Cliff Blossom’s drug business again. Cliff’s brother will bring them in through the maple syrup business, and funnel them through the prison, Penny will distribute them through the Ghoulies, and Penelope Blossom will run a brothel. Because why not? Nice to see this finale show us that Riverdale can still be the ridiculous garbage we love so much. ‘Till next season. ‘Riverdale’ Season 4 Trailer Toasts to a Mysterious Senior YearSDCC 2019: ‘Riverdale’ Cast Spills Details on Core ‘Mystery’ for Season 4 Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

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