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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MSME MEMBERS URGED TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF MOBILE BUSINESS CLINIC

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppMONTEGO BAY, Jan. 28 (JIS): Member of Parliament for Central Westmoreland, Dwayne Vaz, is urging members of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in Westmoreland to take advantage of the three-day mobile business clinic currently in progress in the town of Savanna-la-Mar.Speaking on January 27 at the launch of the clinic, Mr. Vaz said now more than ever, Jamaica’s future lies in the hands of entrepreneurs.He said the business clinic, which is being staged by the Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce through its agency, the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC), comes at the right time to assist existing and potential business operators to properly plan and implement.“There are lots of businesses out there and there are lots of benefits that can be derived from a seminar like this. We understand the difficulties that we face and we understand the economic challenges that are ahead. So, what I am asking everyone here to do…is try and create the opportunities that we always dream of. Let’s go out there and fuel growth, so we can heal our economy,” Mr. Vaz urged.He emphasised that the future of Jamaica lies in the hands of entrepreneurs. “It is the creative and innovative minds of these persons that will shape the way forward for our economy,” Mr. Vaz added.He is also encouraging business operators not to get bogged down by problems, but try and find creative ways to address issues in order to be successful.“Every problem can be solved, but someone has to figure out how to solve it. There is always a need to be satisfied, but someone has to figure out how to satisfy that need and that person is an entrepreneur. We have to be creative and we have to be innovative in order to move the country forward,” Mr. Vaz said.The clinic, which ends on January 29, is being staged under the theme: ‘Strengthening the Capacity of Jamaican MSMEs’. Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Recommended for you Related Items:Dwayne Vaz, jamaica, micro, montego bay, small and medium-sized enterprises Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Madore pumps 100000 more into antitolls effort

first_imgLocal businessman David Madore put another $100,000 into his political action committee NoTolls.com this week, bringing the total amount of money he’s spent in this election to nearly $180,000.Madore, owner of US Digital in northeast Vancouver, has stepped up in the last six months to become the leading local donor in this fall’s election — founding his PAC and contributing to the campaigns of nine Republicans and one nonpartisan candidate who all support his views opposing tolling and light rail.Speculation has abounded that Madore is planning on spending hundreds of thousands of his own money on independent contributions — like television and radio ads or mailings — on behalf of the candidates through his NoTolls.com PAC.Public Disclosure Commission laws forbid political action committees or anyone who wishes to make an independent contribution from informing the benefitting candidate in any way.So, Madore said Thursday that he can’t reveal his plans for the new infusion of cash.“You could guess that” it’s planned for independent expenditures, he said. “But I’m not really free to say yet.”Ballots for the Nov. 2 election will be mailed Wednesday.PDC filings show that NoTolls.com has raised $155,665 and spent $34,385. To compare, the Southwest Washington Electricians PAC — a frequent Democratic supporter — reports raising $58,363 and spending $41,796 as of Thursday evening.last_img read more

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Bill targets shooting range noise complaints

first_imgGun rights advocates, law enforcement groups and some residents near shooting ranges are keeping close watch on a bill to protect existing sport shooting ranges from noise complaints.The bill before state lawmakers would prevent residents near shooting ranges such as the Vancouver Trap and Gun Club and the English Pit Shooting Range from filing nuisance lawsuits against the ranges. Residents would still be able to file suit if they allege the ranges’ practices are negligent or dangerous, or if there had been a substantial change in how the range was used since the resident moved in.“We’ll have gun ranges that are out in a rural area and the next thing you know, they’re building houses around them and people start complaining about the noise,” the bill’s sponsor, state Rep. Dean Takko, D-Longview, said. “And the next thing you know, there’s ordinances that are passed that chase (gun ranges) off.”When shooting ranges become more scarce, more people tend to go out into the woods to practice recreational shooting, Takko said. They’ll find a secluded area, tack a target or piece of cardboard onto a tree and start shooting without necessarily knowing if other people are around. And the lead-laced bullets left behind can harm the environment.Takko’s proposal, House Bill 1508, also would prohibit local governments from regulating the construction or location of existing gun ranges. Sport shooting ranges would only have to comply with the noise rules that existed when the range first opened, or rules established in 1980 if the range is older.last_img read more

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Interior designer creates room for Craig Stevens at home show in Wynwood

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – The Home Design and Remodeling Show created a celebrity room for 7News’ own Craig Stevens this holiday weekend.The event, which is taking place in Wynwood, pairs a local interior designer with a local TV news journalist, leaving the designers to create rooms that blows them away.Interior and fashion designer Julia Alzate was impressed with Stevens’ artistic eye.“This is amazing. He has such good taste,” she said. “It was a challenge for me to come up with something that will be nice for [him], and I wanted to blend some colors and textures.”In return, Stevens was impressed with the room she created for him.The show continues through the Labor Day weekend.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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Little Havana ice cream shop debuts unique flavor

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – A Little Havana ice cream store has infused their ice cream in a unique way.The Azucar Ice Cream Company has released their latest creation: rum-soaked, flan-flavored ice cream, Friday.The store, located at 1503 SW 8th St., gave away a free scoop of the latest flavor to the store’s first 1,000 customers.In February, the store debuted Café Bustelo ice cream.The flavor is made by soaking Café Bustelo coffee grounds in the ice cream base for 48 hours.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

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FUN ON THE FOURTH Winners Announced For Family Day Events

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Fun on the Fourth’s Family Fun Day events:THREE LEGGED RACE1st Place – Jeff Bryson and Hannah Bryson2nd Place – Isabella Cooper And Lillian French3rd Place – Julie Nazzaro and Jamie NazzaroLIMBO CONTEST1st Place – Claire Desomarais2nd Place – Gia Wile3rd Place – Lila MahoneyHULA HOOP CONTEST7 Year Old – 1st Place Ella Hoffmann8 Year Old – 1st Place Elizabeth Qin17 Year Old – 1st Place Kaitlyn HowlandWATER BALLOON TOSS1st Place – Clay Kellam and Alex Kellam2nd Place – Hayden Kane and Julia Kane3rd Place – Isabella Cooper and Edi CooperBUCKET BRIGADE1st Place Tie – Charisse Smith and Jeoff Smith1st Place Tie – Tammy Steeves and Eric Steeves3rd Place – Sanjeev Kemer and Sahanna KumerWIFFLE BALL1st Place – Ayden Balter, Cam Kelley, Austin Harper, Erin McCarthy, Anthoney Cooper, Theodore Bryson, and Sanjeev KumerFREE BIKE RAFFLE WINNERSMaya Hamson, Zachary Stroud, Elenor Bergerson, Brody WileBABY CRAWL1st Place – Reece Buckelew2nd Place – Mckenzie Shafton3rd Place – Ash BrewsterBaby Crawl 1st Place FinisherBaby Crawl 2nd Place FinisherBaby Crawl 3rd Place Finisher(NOTE: The above list was provided by the Wilmington Fourth of July Committee.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedFUN ON THE FOURTH: Winners Announced For Sporting EventsIn “Community”FUN ON THE FOURTH: Winners Announced For Sporting Events & Family Day EventsIn “Community”Fourth of July Committee Announces Fun On The Fourth Contest WinnersIn “Community”last_img read more

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Mobile data prices to fall by at least 1520 after Reliance Jio

first_imgPrices of Internet data plans offered by domestic telcos are expected to fall by “at least 15-20%” after the launch of Reliance Jio services in 2016, according to a global rating agency.Reliance Jio, the launch of which is recently delayed to next fiscal year, is expected to pose competition to other telecom operators, as it likely to offer data plans at cheaper rates to gain market share, said Fitch Ratings.”We expect competition to intensify as Reliance Jio, part of Reliance Industries, enters the market with likely cheaper and faster data-focussed tariff plans armed with sufficient spectrum and access to funds,” Fitch Ratings said.The rating agency expects the existing operators to roll out discounts and promotions to check high-value subscribers from opting out of their services.The agency has revised down its outlook on the telecom sector to ‘negative’ from ‘stable’ for 2016, citing “pressure on credit profiles” of top-four telecom operators due to a rise in competition after Reliance Jio launch.”We expect blended monthly average revenue per user (ARPU) to fall by 5-6 per cent to around Rs 160 (2015: Rs 170) due to a decline in data tariffs, which will more than offset the rise in data usage,” Business Standard quoted Fitch, as saying.Fitch estimates the industry revenue to post low single-digit increase next year, led largely by income from data services.”Data’s contribution to revenue will rise to around 25-27 per cent (2015: 18-20 per cent) as data traffic will double – aided by the proliferation of cheaper smartphones, lower data tariffs and improving content availability,” it said.last_img read more

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Former allies of Erdogan plan rival party after Istanbul defeat

first_imgTurkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: AFpTwo senior figures in Turkish President’s Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling party are planning to launch a rival political group this year, people familiar with the matter said, a move that could further erode support for the country’s long-time leader on the heels of a stinging electoral defeat in Istanbul.Behind the breakaway plans are former deputy prime minister Ali Babacan and former president Abdullah Gul, both founding members of Erdogan’s AK Party (AKP), according to two political advisers.Sunday’s re-run mayoral election delivered the second loss in recent months for the AK Party (AKP) in Turkey’s largest city, a bitter setback for the president who has ruled for 16 years. It has also emboldened critics within his own party who have for years hinted at plans to form a rival party because of dissatisfaction over Erdogan’s increasing powers over the party and government.With economic recession, unemployment and inflation hurting Turkish voters and eating into the AKP’s support base, any further erosion – even just a few percentage points of voter support – could be deeply damaging for the party, which already relies on an alliance with nationalists for its parliamentary majority.“Babacan and Gul will most likely form the party in the fall,” said one of the advisers, who is close to Babacan.The new party’s policies would mirror the early years of the AKP, the adviser added. When the AKP was launched in 2001, it blended an Islamist-rooted outlook with a pro-Western, democratic and liberal market approach which enjoyed broad popular backing.The two men have been considering establishing the party for around six months, but the process has been given momentum by the AKP’s loss of Turkey’s main cities in the March 31 municipal elections, said the other adviser, who is familiar with the plans for the new party.He did not say how the party would be funded but said the preparation so far had included meetings with current AKP parliamentarians, other politicians and academics.Neither Babacan nor Gul could be reached for comment.The politicians haven’t publicly commented on the plans, but Gul broke ranks with the AKP last month to signal his discontent at the decision to annul the initial opposition victory in Istanbul after a series of appeals from Erdogan’s party.In a tweet, he compared the decision to re-run the election to a 2007 constitutional court ruling raising the number of parliamentarians required to approve a new president – which was viewed as an attempt to obstruct his path to the presidency.Babacan served as economy and foreign minister in the first years of AKP government before becoming deputy prime minister, a role he held from 2009 to 2015. Gul was president from 2007 until 2014, when then-prime minister Erdogan moved to the presidency.An AKP official, who asked not to be named, said the party was aware of the plan to launch a rival group.“Babacan is a strong and respected figure. Of course, the AK Party will be affected by the new party, but we are able to lose some AK Party supporters like some other parties,” the official said.He added that the party must accept responsibility for the election results. “We need to return to a policy where we can govern the state, but still be with the people.”‘AKP Monopoly’There are many precedents for new parties in Turkey, including two years ago when disgruntled members of the nationalist MHP party broke away to form the Iyi (Good) Party. It won 10% of the vote in last year’s parliamentary election.The adviser close to Babacan said there was support from AKP members of parliament for the breakaway group, without specifying how many.He added that he expected “a few surprising important supporters,” but didn’t provide names.If a new party is established, it could lead to more resignations and defections from the AKP, breaking its hold over a large swathe of pious and conservative voters, said Galip Dalay, a visiting scholar at Oxford University.“The AKP’s monopoly over the conservative sector of society will be broken,” he said.One prominent AKP figure, former prime minister Ahmet Davutoglu, has been openly critical of the party, slamming government economic policies, media restrictions and the damage he said had been inflicted on Turkish institutions.A source close to Davutoglu said he was planning a ‘new step,’ but provided no details beyond saying the politician did not plan to join Gul and Babacan for now.Driven CampaignerErdogan has recovered from setbacks before. In June 2015 his party failed to win an outright parliamentary majority, leading to months of stalemate before it regained a majority in another election just five months later.A relentless and driven campaigner, he has been at the heart of more than a dozen successful elections. But AKP officials have privately criticised the way the party approached both the March 31 and June 23 elections.Erdogan campaigned for weeks ahead of the March local elections, delivering up to eight combative speeches a day. He accused opponents, including the pro-Kurdish Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP), of links to terrorism and said the vote was a matter of survival.The HDP denies any links to terrorism.That failed to stop the AKP losing in the capital Ankara and Istanbul during the country-wide local elections in March, leading some senior party members to say that the tone of the campaign had put off many voters who were more concerned with the cost of living and supply of local services.Ahead of Sunday’s re-run vote in Istanbul, the AKP tried to win over Kurdish voters with a less confrontational campaign, only to find that the change of tack had angered some supporters of its nationalist ally, the Nationalist Movement Party (MHP).The AKP’s conflicting efforts to win over mutually hostile Kurdish and nationalist Turkish voters partly reflect Erdogan’s narrowing political options after a decade and a half in power.Erdogan, speaking to party members in parliament on Tuesday, defended his government’s record and said the AKP had helped Turkey to “rise and grow” – a reference to years of economic dynamism before last year’s financial crisis and recession.“We will evaluate why we were unable to win the June 23 Istanbul elections. We will identify shortcomings…and aim to amend these,” he said. “We will continue to work to be worthy of our people’s love and respect.”last_img read more

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The Perks of Being Twitter Verified MembersOnly Dating Service

first_img Elon Musk’s Cheeky ‘Nuke Mars!’ Post Is Taking Over TwitterTwitter Tests Subscribe-to-Replies Feature Stay on target Online dating is fraught with complications. Chief among them: authenticity.But without conducting a full background check on all potential hookups (which, let’s face it, really puts a damper on booty calls), how can you avoid being catfished?Join Blue, a “premium version” of dating app Loveflutter.Exclusive to Twitter’s blue-tick community, the members-only program is open strictly to folks who have been vetted by the microblogging company.“Date discreetly and know who you’re matching with is interesting and real,” Loveflutter’s blog announcement said.Boasting nearly 200,000 verified accounts to choose from (including Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Barack Obama, Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake, Cristiano Ronaldo, Kim Kardashian, Oprah, Drake, Bill Gates, Ashton Kutcher, Ed Sheeran, Kanye West, and all of One Direction), Blue seems intent on easing the complex world of celebrity dating.“For those of you in the public eye, privacy and authenticity in dating are a key concern. It’s why we’ve tapped into a ready-made community of like-minded singles,” the company said. “Swipe interesting people nearby in music, film, fashion, politics, media, sports, business, and more.”Currently free to the first 1,000 members in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, London, and Tokyo, Blue will eventually command a monthly subscription fee, which includes benefits like a concierge service that offers “handpicked introductions and discreet dates”—confidentiality guaranteed.So, when you see tabloid reports of Internet entrepreneur Jack Dorsey and singer-songwriter Taylor Swift snuggling on a beach vacation, you’ll know who to thank blame.Non-verified users, meanwhile, can still find love (or lust, at least) with Loveflutter’s basic app.Launched in 2013 as a dating site that demanded users complete a quiz before joining, Loveflutter has since matured into a mobile dating app. The service encourages users to reveal 140-character “fun facts,” displayed over blurred profile pictures as a way to promote deeper connections between people—because looks don’t matter, right?Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Mortal Kombat 11 Kharacter Guide Shang Tsung

first_img ‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Kharacter Guide: Nightwolf‘Street Fighter V’ and ‘Mortal Kombat 11’ Get Ne… Stay on target Who Are They?Shang Tsung is an evil immortal sorcerer who steals the souls of the living to maintain his youth and power, as well as inadvertently fuel Kronika’s time magic. Typically he’s a servant of Outworld Emperor Shao Kahn but he’s not above partnering with other baddies like Quan Chi for his own ends. His island krypt served as the home for the first Mortal Kombat tournament, where he tried to tip the scales with his champion Goro.Kombat KhronologyBefore he was overshadowed by bigger villains, Shang Tsung was the mysterious main antagonist of the first Mortal Kombat game as well as the first movie where he was played by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa. And in a bit of celebrity casting way cooler than Ronda Rousey, Tagawa reprises his role in Mortal Kombat 11. He guides you in the game’s Krypt treasure hunting mode, and now he’s the first paid DLC character. Your soul is his!Koolest KustomizationsYou can either play as young Shang Tsung or old Shang Tsung and honestly it’s way funnier to me to play as a kick-ass old man. That’s not the extent of his body morphing however. With his soul steal ability, he can temporarily take on the form of his opponent to gain their moves. Furthermore, some of his coolest (if tournament illegal) moves have him transforming into ninja characters who aren’t in the base roster like Ermac, Reptile, Smoke, and Rain.How Gross Is The Fatality?Continuing the theme of Shang Tsung referencing cut characters, during his Fatality he launches a strange green energy ball that blows out your chest. Four muscular hairy arms then burst out of your body. And soon enough you explode and famous cat-man henchman Kintaro appears in your place.Mortal Kombat 11 is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Nintendo Switch. For more, read our spine-ripping impressions of the game as a whole, learn more about Mortal Kombat’s history with the government, and check out our character guide for the much less violent fighting game Super Smash Bros. Ultimate.View as: One Page Slides1/271. Read Our Full Mortal Kombat 11 ReviewRead Johnny Cage’s Guide2. Read Sub-Zero’s Guide3. Read Erron Black’s Guide4. Read Scorpion’s Guide5. Read Liu Kang’s Guide6. Read Raiden Guide7. Read Kitana’s Guide8. Read Kung Lao’s Guide9. Read Cetrion’s Guide10. Read Jade’s Guide11. Read Kotal Kahn’s Guide12. Read Skarlet’s Guide13. Read Noob Saibot’s Guide14. Read Geras’ Guide15. Read Baraka’s Guide16. Read Jax’s Guide17. Read Jacqui Briggs’ Guide18. Read Frost’s Guide19. Read D’Vorah’s Guide20. Read Kabal’s Guide21. Read Kano’s Guide22. Read Cassie Cage’s Guide23. Read Shao Kahn’s Guide24. Read Kollector’s Guide25. Read Sonya Blade’s Guide26. Read Shang Tsung’s Guide27. Read Nightwolf’s Guidecenter_img There have been eleven main Mortal Kombat games. Can you believe it? The 90s were that long ago. Since then the fighting game has become a gory institution as colorful ninjas and sorcerers and special forces agents collide to rip each others’ guts out in wacky martial arts tournaments.But in the past decade Mortal Kombat has gone from just a recognizable violent fighting game to a really good recognizable violent fighting game. And the recently released Mortal Kombat 11 brings the reboot trilogy home with a story mode stretching across all of history and new ways for customizing characters to your liking, with different skills and gear to make the accessible mechanics even more varied and deep.Expensive cutscenes and ancillary (arguably exploitative) side content aren’t worth anything though if your fighting game doesn’t have a solid roster. Fortunately, Mortal Kombat 11 gives you a diverse cast of kombatants on which to unleash your bloodlust. And we’re taking a look at every single one of them. Today’s fighter: Shang Tsung.AdChoices广告last_img read more

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