Oil and gas spending drop linked to competitiveness gap with the United

first_imgCALGARY – Canada’s competitive disadvantage with the United States is being reflected in lower spending plans by oil and gas producers, and Tuesday’s budget does nothing to change that trend, oilpatch observers say.In a report released Wednesday, Statistics Canada said capital spending to extract oil and gas will fall for a fourth straight year in Canada in 2018.Spending is expected to be about $33.2 billion, down 12 per cent from 2017, with the biggest declines in the oilsands sector where spending will fall by a fifth to $10.2 billion, the federal agency said, citing a survey of investment intentions.It said the largest spending decline is anticipated in Alberta, down 12 per cent to $22.5 billion, but spending will also fall off in Newfoundland and Labrador, by 31 per cent to $1.7 billion; in British Columbia, by 8.7 per cent to $4.6 billion; and in Saskatchewan, by just under one per cent to $3.9 billion.The numbers are falling because big projects are wrapping up and not being replaced, a trend that also points to Canada’s failing competitiveness with the United States, said CIBC chief economist Avery Shenfeld in an interview.“The bigger picture is some Canadian companies are looking south of the border,” he said. “They’re seeing the bottlenecks in the ability to get product to the market, the lighter regulatory environment in the U.S. and the disadvantage in spreads between U.S. and Canadian oil benchmarks — all are reasons to devote capital elsewhere.”In Tuesday’s federal budget, the government said more analysis was necessary before considering tax cuts to match the U.S., which announced in December it would drop its federal corporate tax rate to 21 per cent from 35 per cent.“The finance minister says he wants to see evidence that Canada is losing its share of the corporate investment dollar to the U.S. and, if these numbers pan out, that could be part of the evidence that Ottawa needs to think about a response,” said Shenfeld.Canada had a tax advantage over the U.S. until recently but that has evaporated, said University of Calgary tax expert Jack Mintz, adding there was “absolutely nothing” in the budget to address the issue.The decline in spending is also being seen by the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers, which estimates the industry will spend $45 billion this year, down about one per cent from 2017, and representing the fourth year of decline after $81 billion was spent in 2014. (CAPP’s numbers include spending on exploration lands and other costs that Statistics Canada doesn’t measure.)The four-year decline in oilsands spending in particular is the worst since the early 2000s and can be linked to uncertainty related to market access, the regulatory burden and competitiveness with the rest of the world, said CAPP vice-president Ben Brunnen.“There are jurisdictions around the world that are actively trying to attract capital. Canada is not one of those,” he said.Brunnen said U.S. tax reform includes allowing immediate 100 per cent deductibility for certain capital expenditures, a move expected to spur investment in oil and gas, liquefied natural gas facilities and refineries — high-cost projects that compete directly with the oilsands for funding. Canada allows 30 per cent deductions for similar investments, he said.Depressed Alberta natural gas prices and Canadian oil prices that haven’t kept up with increases in the U.S. are forcing Canadian producers to cut spending plans this year, said Jackie Forrest, senior director of research at ARC Financial Corp. in Calgary.She said adjustments made over the past several weeks mean that she is changing her spending forecast for 2018 from a decline of two per cent to a drop of five per cent compared with 2017.Patrick O’Rourke, managing director of institutional research at AltaCorp Capital in Calgary, said executives at the energy companies he covers are more frustrated with increased regulation, carbon taxes and delays in building pipelines than income taxes.He said Tuesday’s “do-nothing” budget failed to address any of those concerns.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Oilpatch financial results expected to reflect extreme Q4 oil price volatility

first_imgThose discounts, which resulted in a 59 percent drop in the average price for bitumen-blend Western Canadian Select oil in the quarter and a 45 percent drop in the average price for lighter Edmonton Par crude, subsided to normal levels or lower in December after the Alberta government announced production curtailments beginning Jan. 1.The price chaos will make it difficult to read too much into financial reports, which are likely to show buoyant returns for those oil and gas producers that also have refining operations, said RBC analyst Greg Pardy in a research note.“Although fourth-quarter results will likely showcase the power of downstream (refinery) integration, we do not look upon them as indicative of the cash flow horsepower of our coverage group,” he said.“This point reflects the severe dislocation of Canadian oil differentials across the complex during the fourth quarter _ and downstream inventory distortions caused by the sharp drop in WTI. As such, we believe fourth-quarter results are truly backward-looking in every sense of the phrase.”About 25 operators who produce each more than 10,000 barrels of oil per day in Alberta have been affected by the government-mandated cuts.Analysts also expect investor interest in prospects for crude-by-rail shipments, as smaller differences between Canadian and U.S. oil prices make that shipping option less financially attractive. CALGARY, A.B. – Fourth-quarter results from Canada’s biggest oil and gas companies will likely feature some surprises, as well as revisions to forward plans, given extreme volatility in commodity prices in the last three months of 2018, financial analysts say.The parade of results begins Friday with Imperial Oil Ltd. and continues next Tuesday with Suncor Energy Inc.During the quarter, U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate oil prices fell 16 percent from the previous period to average US$58.79 per barrel, but Canadian prices were much more severely impacted thanks to discounts blamed on full export pipelines, according to RBC Capital Markets. “Given how tight differentials have shifted, a number of conversations on the near-term Canadian outlook have centred around near-term rail expectations as spot pricing appears out of the money,” said Tudor Pickering Holt & Co. analysts in a report.They added they expect rail shipping to continue at a good pace, however, because producers have signed deals with railways to add volume and will likely continue to use that capacity.The fall in world oil prices last month could lead to cuts in capital spending plans announced in the fourth quarter by companies including mid-sized NuVista Energy Ltd. and Advantage Oil and Gas Ltd., the report says.last_img read more

Deasan Holdings Limited issued permit to explore subsurface conditions under Old Fort

first_img“It is hoped that the comparison should show the depth of the failure zone during the October 2018 landslide and may also help to determine whether or not historical landslides have happened in the past.”Rock core sampling will be performed to assess residue strength of the material, performing sensitivity slope stability analysis to review the effect of the differentparameters in triggering the slope movement also providing a safe setback for further operations.Exploration work will continue until July 31, 2019.For any questions or concerns, you can contact the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources at 250 565-4240. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Deasan Holdings Limited has been issued a permit, by the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources, to explore subsurface conditions under the Old Fort slide area.According to the Peace River Regional District, this exploration will compare conditions under the slide area with subsurface conditions where the ground did not slide in 2018.The District hopes that the comparison shows the depth of the failure zone during the landslide and determine if any slides have happened historically in the past.last_img read more

More than 2000 children killed daily in avoidable accidents says UN

At least 1,000 children’s lives could be saved every day if proven prevention measures – including laws on child-appropriate seatbelts and helmets and hot tap water temperature regulations – are adopted everywhere, concluded a joint UN World Health Organization (WHO) and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) report released yesterday.“In addition to the 830,000 deaths every year, millions of children suffer non-fatal injuries that often require long-term hospitalization and rehabilitation,” said WHO Director-General Margaret Chan. She warned that treatment costs could drive families into poverty. “Children in poorer families and communities are at increased risk of injury because they are less likely to benefit from prevention programmes and high quality health services.”The report, a collaborative effort involving more than 180 experts worldwide, found that Africa has the highest overall rate deaths resulting from unintentional injury, with its children being 10 times more likely to die from accidents than children from high-income countries. “It shows that unintentional injuries are the leading cause of childhood death after the age of nine years and that 95 per cent of these child injuries occur in developing countries,” said UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman. Although wealthier countries have been able to reduce their child injury deaths by up to 50 per cent over the past 30 years, the issue still remains a problem as unintentional injuries make up 40 per cent of all child deaths in these nations, the report, entitled “The World Report on Child Injury Prevention,” found.The leading cause of unintentional injury deaths and child disabilities are road accidents, killing some 260,000 children a year and injuring around 10 million. Drowning account for 175,000 deaths a year, while fire-related burns kill claim the lives of 96,000 children, falls cause 47,000 deaths and poisoning leads to more than 45000 children dying each year.“When a child is left disfigured by a burn, paralyzed by a fall, brain damaged by a near-drowning or emotionally traumatized by any such serious incident, the effects can reverberate through the child’s life,” said Etienne Krug, Director of WHO’s Department of Violence and Injury Prevention and Disability.“Each such tragedy is unnecessary. We have enough evidence about what works. A known set of prevention programmes should be implemented in all countries,” added Dr. Krug.The report outlines a number of proven life-saving measures, such as child-resistant closures on medicine bottles, lighters and household product containers; separate traffic lanes for motorcycles or bicycles; draining unnecessary water from baths and buckets; redesigning nursery furniture, toys and playground equipment; and strengthening emergency medical care and rehabilitation services. 10 December 2008Over 2,000 children are killed daily from injuries sustained in preventable accidents and every year tens of millions more suffer injuries that often leave them with lifelong disabilities, according to a new United Nations report. read more

Iraqi crude exports dip slightly under UNs humanitarian oilforfood scheme

According to the UN Office of the Iraq Programme, Baghdad earned an estimated €215 million (euros), or $210 million, in revenue by selling 7.9 million barrels of oil in the week ending 27 September. The average price of Iraqi crude oil was €27.10, or $26.55, per barrel. With a persisting revenue shortfall accrued in earlier phases, over 1,300 approved humanitarian supply contracts worth more than $2.36 billion are without funds. The sectors affected by the revenue shortfall are food handling, agriculture, electricity, housing, water and sanitation, health, education, telecommunications, transportation and food. read more

UN health agency warns of no speedy end to Asian bird flu

“Prospects for rapid control are inconsistent with worldwide experience, over more than four decades, with previous outbreaks which have all been much smaller in scope and inherently less challenging,” the World Health Organization (WHO) said in its latest update on the epidemic of the virulent H5N1 strain in at least eight Asian countries. “Even in countries with good surveillance, adequate resources, and geographically limited outbreaks, control has often taken up to two years,” the Geneva-based agency pointed out. “For these reasons and others, WHO has cautioned against assumptions that the outbreaks can be controlled in the immediate future.” Over the past two months, more than 100 million birds have either died of the disease or been culled in Asia, while there have been 33 confirmed cases of the disease’s transmission to humans, 22 of them fatal. Bird flu has been confirmed in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Laos, Thailand and Viet Nam and poultry has also been culled in Pakistan. With so many adjacent countries affected, a region-wide strategy will be needed to ensure that gains in one country are not compromised by inadequate control in another, WHO stressed. The agency noted that a number of factors will hamper disease control measures, including the concentration of poultry in backyard farms, the economic significance of the industry, the prevailing lack of experience in tackling these epidemics as well as an absence of adequate resources for that purpose. Culling remains the first line of action. read more

TD Economy in soft patch as housing correction begins exports tumble

by Julian Beltrame, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 18, 2012 4:41 pm MDT TD: Economy in ‘soft patch’ as housing correction begins, exports tumble OTTAWA – Canada’s economy has entered a “soft patch” amid a sharp slowdown in home construction and sales, poor exports and weak job creation, the TD Banks says in its latest forecast.The chartered bank said Tuesday that the economy will barely eke out one per cent growth during the current third quarter that ends Sept. 30, and end the year with a 1.8 per cent overall advance.That’s three-tenths of a point below the bank’s previous projection in June, and also shy of the Bank of Canada’s 2.1 per cent target.TD chief economist Craig Alexander said the revision was necessary because global conditions have deteriorated and the domestic economy is also faring worse than expected, in part because of Ottawa’s decision to tighten mortgage rules.Alexander said Vancouver’s housing market was actually cooling before the stricter mortgage rules went into effect July 9, but since then the real impact of the change has been evident. On Monday, the Canadian Real Estate Association reported August sales of existing homes slipped 5.8 per cent from July and were down 8.9 per cent from a year ago.“That’s what we were anticipating. We were saying that we would probably lose about five percentages points in sales and three percentage points in prices nationally,” he said.TD has previously suggested the Canadian housing market was overheated and called for a 10 per cent correction in prices over the next three years.“The tide seems to have finally turned,” the report states. “The combination of market fatigue, stricter lending guidelines for insured mortgages and a deterioration in housing affordability is helping to put the brakes on housing activity.”It notes that in the superheated Vancouver market, year-over-year sales are down 31 per cent and prices seven per cent.Aside from housing, most engines of growth have slowed or retreated in the past few months, led by exports but also including Canada’s government sector, which has gone into deficit-reduction mode.In July, Canada posted a record high trade deficit, with exports plunging 3.4 per cent in the face of soft demand in the U.S. and the strong dollar which makes Canadian shipments less competitive.As well, consumers are under pressure to temper their spending, given that household debt is at a near-record 152 per cent of disposable annual income.“With no engine firing on all cylinders, economic growth is being held to a meek sub-two-per-cent rate and the jobless rate is stuck above seven per cent,” the report states. Canada’s unemployment rate won’t slip below seven per cent until late next year, according to TD.Alexander said he expects a modest turnaround will begin in 2013, but even then he projects no better than two per cent growth, below the Bank of Canada’s 2.3 forecast. Stronger growth won’t happen until 2014, TD says.Under this scenario, the Bank of Canada is expected to move slowly and timidly on interest rates, with the first hike from one per cent coming in the third quarter of 2013, one year from now.In the long term, the report says Canada must look for a global bounce to sustain its own recovery.“By early 2013, we suspect that global headwinds will have dissipated enough to spur stronger Canadian exports and entice cash-flush businesses to loosen their purse strings, pulling real GDP (gross domestic product) growth back above two per cent and pushing the jobless rate down modestly,” the report predicts.“This shift to more balanced growth will be a major step forward in ensuring sustainable economic growth in Canada.”In a separate report, the Conference Board said Calgary and Edmonton will lead the nation in growth over the next four years, boosted by about $29 billion in energy sector investments already underway and another $86 billion projected for the future.The surprise in the report is that the think-tank sees a revival in Toronto’s economy to an average growth rate of 3.1 per cent over the next four years on the strength of a manufacturing rebound and healthy home and non-residential construction. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Hellenes raise money for Haiti

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Greek-Australian community will lend their support to help the survivors that have been devastated by the earthquake in Haiti.The Hellenic Emergency Relief Fund, in conjunction with the Cyprus Community of New South Wales and the club’s restaurant manager, is organising a fundraising luncheon at the Cyprus Community of New South Wales Club on the February 21, with all proceeds to go to earthquake victims.President of the Hellenic Emergency Relief Fund, Michael Christodoulou said that the tragedy was close to his heart because his son was in the region when the earthquake struck. “I was worried about him but he texted me immediately to say that he was okay and on the other side of the island in the Dominican Republic,” he reflected.“For a moment I could imagine the possibility of my children going overseas and never seeing them again.”Mr Christodoulou said that he was eager to raise as much money as possible to help give some relief to the poverty stricken victims. He underscored that he would prefer that all Hellenes chip in together, and pass on the funds as a Greek-Australian community.“Whatever we raise will go to the Red Cross or direct to the honorary consulate Honoury Consult of Haiti in Sydney. We will accept all donations, and also assistance from business as we have a raffle.”If you would like to contribute to the fund by making a donation, please contact Michael Christodoulou on 0412622467 or the Cyprus Community of New South Wales on (02) 95571256. last_img read more

Mbappe reveals secret injury at World Cup

first_imgKylian Mbappe was so important for France at the World Cup that they even hid the fact that he had a back injury in their semi-final game against Belgium and even in the final against CroatiaThe 19-year-old capped off a sensational campaign at Russia by being awarded the Young Player prize and scoring his fourth goal of the World Cup in France’s 4-2 win over Croatia in the final of the competition at Moscow to lift the famous trophy for only the second time in their history.But it turns out that things could have ended very differently, especially where Mbappe was concerned, with the teenage forward now revealing that he hurt three vertebrae in his back while collecting his belongings as he made his way into the shower.However, instead of leaving him out of the games, the French squad made every effort to hide the problem from their opponents and continued to rely on Mbappe.“The most important thing was making sure that our opponents did not find out,” said Mbappe, according to ESPN.Revealed: Florentino Perez’s plan to sign Kylian Mbappe Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 12, 2019 According to a report from ‘El Chiringuito’, Florentino Perez revealed his plans to sign Kylian Mbappe from PSG next season.We all knew this was…“They could have taken advantage of that and targeted this sensitive area. The players and the staff kept it hidden — even for the final.”The Paris Saint-Germain star had been accused of “arrogance” for stating his confidence that France would emerge victorious in the World Cup.“Being honest, it was in my mind for some time,” he said.“For me, from the beginning, I was convinced that we had everything that we needed to go all the way.“I said it before the World Cup started and some saw it as arrogance — it was simply my conviction. I came for the trophy and I left with it — I was programmed to win.”last_img read more

F22s intercept Russian bombers outside Alaska for first time since 2015

first_imgF-22 fighter jets taking off from JBER in June of 2015 morning as part of the Northern Edge exercise. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media)Military officials say they launched fighter jets on Monday afternoon to intercept two Russian long-range bombers flying toward Alaska.Listen now“What happened is exactly what’s supposed to happen,” Lieutenant General Ken Wilsbach said. He’s the state’s ranking officer overseeing all the military forces inside Alaska, including the F-22s that were sent toward the Russian planes.Lieutenant General Kenneth Wilsbach prepares to depart in an F-22 for a training mission in November 2016. (Photo: Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)“We had forces on alert, we detected something that we didn’t know what it was, we launched, and if they had ill intent we were in a position to where we could defend,” Wilsbach explained by phone midday Tuesday.The planes made contact about a hundred miles southwest of Kodiak Island.Russian military planes routinely fly in international air space off the U.S coastal borders, as well as other countries’ boundaries, according to Wilsbach. In fact, at the Regional Air Operations Command center on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson where unidentified craft are monitored, dozens of red stars line the walls for each mission intercepting the foreign bombers.Wilsbach is an F-22 pilot and had just returned from flying a training mission Monday afternoon when the jets were scrambled. He said it was not the kind of situation that prompts alarm.“What makes this somewhat unique is the fact that they haven’t been in Alaskan airspace in about two years,” Wilsbach said. “The last time it was July 4th of 2015.”The these types of missions routinely happen on U.S. national holidays, according to the Air Force, though Wilsbach did not know why Monday afternoon might have been significant. He added that when the American and Russian aircraft made contact, it was a courteous, professional exchange. Pilots even waved.“I’m not sure it’s so provocative,” Wilsbach said. “They were exercising freedom of navigation. We do similar types of missions all over the world as well in international air space.”It’s the first time American jets have intercepted Russian aircraft during the Trump Administration, and comes just a week after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson described relations with the country as being at a low point during a visit to Moscow.last_img read more

Manikganj road crash kills 2 injures 17

first_imgTwo people including the driver were killed and 15 others injured when a bus drove into a ditch beside Dhaka-Aricha route at Zoka area in Sadar upazila of Manikganj on Thursday afternoon, reports UNB.The deceased are Shipon Munshi,38, son of Unus Munshi, resident of Dhalla Beparipara village in Goalanda upazila under Rajbari district and Soban Sheikh, 52, son of late Muslem Sheikh, hailing from Nihalpur village in Shibaloy upazila under Manikganj district.Quoting witnesses, officer-in-charge of Borngail police camp Md. Yamin-ud-Doula said an Aricha-bound bus of Jatrisheba transport fell into the ditch as the bus lost control over the steering after its tires burst around 4pm. Seventeen passengers were injured.But first all the injured were taken to Munno Medical College Hospital, where two succumbed to their injuries while undergoing treatment.A case was filed in this connection.last_img read more

Key ProPot Players Converge on DCs Historic Mayflower Hotel for Capitol CannaShow

first_img(CannaShow Press Release)Washington, D.C. – February marks the one-year anniversary of cannabis legalization in D.C. and on February 20th the Capitol CannaShow is bringing together the movement’s key advocates, growers, and cannabusinesses at the renowned Mayflower Hotel in the first locally sourced cannabis summit. The District‘s cannabis scene is surging with entrepreneurial businesses like Capitol Hemp, Wash Hydro, and King Weedy. Also popping up are locally sponsored plant shares and free marijuana parties. The interest in cannabis is growing too – just take a look at the ever-increasing number of attendees at activist meetings like DC NORML which is consistently hitting the one-hundred mark.The city is also attracting big players such as High Times and Oaksterdam, they have begun hosting their own events in D.C. with tickets in the pricey $400-$1000+ range.The Capitol CannaShow is the first locally sourced business summit promising local networking at affordable $31.73 price tag.Adam Eidinger, known for his role in spearheading Initiative 71, is the keynote speaker. Eidinger recently spoke out against B21-0107, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration’s only amendment to current cannabis consumption laws. The infamous convicted drug dealer-turned-rehab leader and author of 37 Tons, David Victorson, will also be speaking and exhibiting his CBD products. Victorson currently lives in the District.A powerful female force in the cannabis industry, CEO of Get Hemp Butter, Kyla Hill, will be there with her highly acclaimed CBD infused beauty products. NYTlive identified Hill as one of the female entrepreneurs to look out for in the cannabis industry.According to the Capitol CannaShow’s website, “this is an upscale conference that’s affordable and communal, highlighting local businesses and giving everyone the opportunity to network with the most influential players in the industry right now.”Partial proceeds from The Capitol CannaShow goes to the Students for Sensible Drug Policy, the National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML), and the National Association of Concerned Veterans (NACV).Website: http://capitolcannashow.com/Email:    capitolcannashow@gmail.comTickets: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-capitol-cannashow-exposition-conference-tickets-19900427715?aff=es2last_img read more

BitTorrent Confirms Its Been Acquired by Blockchain Startup Tron

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety File sharing veteran BitTorrent has finally confirmed that it has a new owner: “We are excited to announce that Tron has officially closed its acquisition of BitTorrent,” the company said in a blog post Tuesday.“BitTorrent will continue operating from Tron’s new San Francisco location, which is now the center of operations for the company’s global market expansion,” the post continues. “The division will provide robust support for Tron’s global business development and partnerships, while pursuing its vision for the world’s largest decentralized ecosystem.”Tron is a Blockchain startup founded by the Chinese entrepreneur Justin Jun. The company has issued it own crypto-currency, dubbed TRX, which had a market cap of $2.4 billion at the time of writing.Little is known about Sun’s plans for BitTorrent, but the file sharing company did put out an assurance to its users in June that it wouldn’t sneak any code to do Blockchain calculations into its apps. “BitTorrent has no plans to change what we do or charge for the services we provide,” that statement read. “We have no plans to enable mining of cryptocurrency now or in the future.”center_img BitTorrent and Tron didn’t release any further details about the acquisition Tuesday, but documents filed with the California Secretary of State suggest that Sun paid close to $126 million in cash for the company.Variety was first to confirm the acquisition of BitTorrent in early June.last_img read more

Best of Last Week—The Zeno effect selfdriving cars and the genetic impact

first_img And another team with the National Institute of Standards and Technology found a way to experimentally demonstrate a 140-year-old prediction: A gas in perpetual non-equilibrium. They created a 3-dimensional cloud that never reached thermal equilibrium. In a more practical effort, a team at Cambridge University announced that they had developed a new method for scaling up quantum devices—allowing for control of 14 quantum dots with just 19 wires. Also somewhat related, a team of researchers at Harvard announced an experiment showing that light can go infinitely fast with a new on-chip material—the first on-chip metamaterial with a refractive index of zero.In other news, a group of geochemists at UCLA found evidence that suggests life on Earth likely started 4.1 billion years ago—much earlier than scientists thought—by studying zircons in a lab. And a trio of researchers (Jean-François Bonnefon, Azim Shariff and Iyad Rahwan) uploaded a paper to the preprint server arXiv, each looking at the ethical issues of self-driving cars. Each poses questions meant to stir policymakers into thinking about self-driving cars under ethical scenarios. Also, a team of researchers at the University of Queensland found 1500 ‘ageing’ genes that could lead to new treatments—which they suggest might lead to new ways to treat old age-related ailments. And an international team of researchers made an unexpected discovery—a comet that contains alcohol and sugar—comet Lovejoy , which left evidence of its makeup as it swept past our field of view this past February.And finally, if you are male and have been stressing about the impact that stress may be having on your body, you may have even more to worry about as a team at the University of Pennsylvania found that stressed dads affect offspring brain development through sperm microRNA. (Phys.org)—It was another banner week for physics as one team at Cornell verified the ‘Zeno effect,’ whereby atoms won’t move while observed. They conducted experiments in an Ultracold Lab and found that atoms that normally would tunnel under a given circumstance, would not if they were watched. Also another international team of researchers found a way to experimentally realize a quantum Hilbert hotel—they made two proposals, one theoretical the other experimental, both of which were based on an infinite number of quantum states. Physicists experimentally realize a quantum Hilbert hotel When the light “petals” (quantum states with an infinite number of values representing the infinite number of hotel rooms) in the top row are multiplied by 3, the number of petals in the bottom row is tripled—analogous to “tripling infinity.” Credit: Václav Potoček, et al. ©2015 American Physical Society Journal information: arXiv Explore further © 2015 Phys.org Citation: Best of Last Week—The Zeno effect, self-driving cars and the genetic impact of stress on offspring (2015, October 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-10-weekthe-zeno-effect-self-driving-cars.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

RuPaul shares incredible throwback photo in fierce pose

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… GAYSTARNEWS- RuPaul’s no stranger to throwing it back to her past. This is the first time one show has scooped both awards in the reality category in the same year.‘This is so lovely,’ she said, while accepting the award. ‘To the Academy, this is so lovely; we are so happy to present this show.’RuPaul celebrates Emmy victory (Photo: @RuPaulsDragRace | Twitter)RuPaul is also due to release a new Christmas album in October.The RPDR judge confirmed the news on Instagram, saying in a caption: ‘Finished recording my 3rd Christmas album. Debuts in October!’Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . RuPaul. | Photo: dragapp / Flickrcenter_img In fact, the host of Drag Race is always keen to share photos from her lifetime of drag.On Friday (21 September), RuPaul wanted to celebrate National New York Day in style.So she posted a photo of herself wearing a cowboy hat, white halter neck top and tiny little red and white short shorts. In the background, you can see the New York skyline.She captioned the photo: ‘I love New York!’I Love New York! #NationalNewYorkDay pic.twitter.com/1uYjtsrXoD— RuPaul (@RuPaul) 21 September 2018RuPaul makes Emmy historyEarlier this week, RuPaul made Emmy history by winning the Emmy for Best Reality Competition Series. This follows RuPaul winning the Emmy for best host of a reality competition series earlier in the month. Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/rupaul-throwback-photo/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)last_img read more

How to avoid paying twice as much for Christmas train tickets

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailRail travellers face paying up to twice as much for their Christmas getaway if they wait until December to book a ticket, according to new research. The cheapest fares for travel on Saturday December 23 are expected to increase sharply over the next six weeks, figures published by ticket retailer Trainline show. A forecast of price rises among the 10 most popular festive journeys in 2016 show Advance singles from Liverpool to London could rise from £17 now to £33 by the start of December. The price will soar to £82.90 for those who wait to buy their ticket until they are about to board a train. Other routes set to become more expensive over the next six weeks include Leeds to London (from £22 to £36), London to Edinburgh (from £68 to £81) and Peterborough to London (from £11 to £19). Figures for railway stations in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire were not released – but can also be expected to rise in line with the others. Trainline said its customers saved a total of £24 million by booking tickets in advance for travel over the Christmas period last year. Read MoreFirefighters tackle train fire which caused travel chaos These are the expected price increases for travel on Saturday December 23 if tickets are bought in six weeks’ time rather than today, in order of the most popular festive routes in 2016, according to Trainline: ROUTE – PRICE IF BOOKED TODAY – FORECAST PRICE IF BOOKED IN SIX WEEKS’ TIME 1. Birmingham New Street to London Euston – £11 – £19 2. Manchester Piccadilly to London Euston – £23 – £32 3. London Euston to Manchester Piccadilly – £23 – £25 4. London Euston to Birmingham New Street – £8 – £9 5. Coventry to London Euston – £6 – £10.50 6. London King’s Cross to Edinburgh Waverley – £68 – £81 7. London Euston to Liverpool Lime Street – £17 – £28 8. Peterborough to London King’s Cross – £11 – £19 9. Liverpool Lime Street to London Euston – £17 – £33 10. Leeds to London King’s Cross – £22 – £36last_img read more

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