Global cereal prices will remain high UN agricultural agency forecasts

World cereal prices are expected to stay high during the next year because of low global stocks, production problems and continued strong demand, according to the latest forecast of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), released today. The Food Outlook report warned that these high cereal prices are driving domestic food inflation across much of the world, sparking price increases for such retail staples as bread, pasta, milk and meat. The analysis found there was “such a widespread and commonly shared concern about food price inflation, a fear which is fuelling debates about the future direction of agricultural commodity prices in importing as well as exporting countries, be they rich or poor.” It also noted that record freight rates – driven up in part by soaring petrol prices – and high export prices mean many countries will pay more for importing cereals than they did in previous years, even though they are importing less. For most cereals, “supplies are much tighter than in recent years, while demand is rising for food as well as feed and industrial use. Stocks, which were already low at the start of the season, are likely to remain equally low because global cereal production may only be sufficient to meet expected world utilization,” the agency said. But the report added that at least one cereal crop, wheat, may experience a price fall next year thanks to indications that some countries are considering planting more wheat for harvesting next year, thus increasing the supply on the international market. The price of maize, which reached a 10-year high in February, is also starting to come down in response to this year’s record crop reaching the market. By contrast, the price of barley is soaring, due to a combination of supply problems in Australia and Ukraine and the tighter availability of other feed grains. The greatest jump, however, is in the price of dairy products, which are rising by between 80 per cent to more than 200 per cent. 7 November 2007World cereal prices are expected to stay high during the next year because of low global stocks, production problems and continued strong demand, according to the latest forecast of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), released today. read more

Teck Resources fined 14 million for fisheries act violations at coal operation

CALGARY — Teck Resources Ltd. says it will pay $1.425 million after pleading guilty in a B.C. Provincial Court Thursday to three counts of violating the Fisheries Act.The court ordered the Vancouver-based mining giant to pay the fine to the Environmental Damages Fund, which will be used for fish protection and conservation in the East Kootenay region of B.C.Teck Resources has also been ordered to post information on the conviction to its website, and it will be added to the Environmental Offenders Registry where it already appears for three other fishery act violations.Thursday’s conviction relates to the 2014 discovery by federal enforcement officers that Teck was releasing effluent harmful to fish into Line Creek, a waterway designated as having high fisheries value.The investigation found numerous dead fish in the Line Creek watershed, including bull trout which is identified as a species of special concern in the area, as a result of the discharge from Teck’s water treatment facility.Teck said it launched an extensive investigation after the incident, and has implemented numerous measures to prevent a recurrence, including improved monitoring and incident response programs, additional process controls and creation of an effluent buffer pond.The company said it took full responsibility for the fish deaths, which it believes was caused by high levels of nitrite, ammonia, hydrogen sulfide and phosphorous unintentionally discharged into the water during commissioning of the facility.Officers were alerted to the issue after reports of dead fish in ponds near Teck’s Line Creek coal operation, which sits 25 kilometres north of Sparwood in southeastern B.C. read more

3 new entities subject to UN sanctions against AlQaida operatives

Added to the Council’s list on Tuesday were the Islamic International Brigade (IIB), the Special Purpose Islamic Regiment (SPIR) and the Riyadus-Salikhin Reconnaissance and Sabotage Battalion of Chechen Martyrs (RSRSBCM). All the groups operate under numerous other aliases.The UN sanctions require States to freeze financial resources, including funds derived or generated by any undertaking owned or controlled by the Taliban, and to ensure that they are not used by the group. Countries are also obliged to freeze funds and other financial assets of Usama bin Laden and his associates in the Al-Qaida organization, and to prevent their entry or transit through the State’s territory. In addition, nations must prevent the supply, sale and transfer of all arms and materiel – along with any form of military training – to the named individuals and entities. The list is updated regularly, on the basis of relevant information provided by Member States and regional organizations. read more

UN human rights prize to be awarded next week

Video of press briefing The UN Human Rights prizes, awarded every five years for outstanding promotion and protection of civil liberties and fundamental freedoms, will be presented to five winners next week, UN General Assembly President Julian Hunte said today.At a news conference, Mr. Hunte named the winners as Enriqueta Estela Barnes de Carlotto of Argentina; the Family Protection Project Management Team of Jordan; Pufang Deng of China; Shulamith Koenig of the United States and the Mano River Women’s Peace Network in three West African countries.A special posthumous award would honour Sergio Vieira de Mello, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights who was killed in August in a bombing in Baghdad while serving as Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative for Iraq, he said.The five winners will receive a commemorative plaque at a special Assembly plenary meeting on 10 December to mark international Human Rights Day and will attend other celebratory events, Mr. Hunte said.The prize was created by a General Assembly resolution in 1966 and was awarded in the International Year for Human Rights in 1968 and then in 1973, 1978, 1988, 1993 and 1998, Mr. Hunte’s spokesperson, Michele Montas, said.Ms. Barnes de Carlotto won for her work as the president of the Asociación Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo (Association of Plaza de Mayo Grandmothers), established in 1977 to find hundreds of children who disappeared following the 1976 military coup in Argentina.Mr. Deng, the elder son of the late Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping, was attacked by some members of the Red Guard during China’s Cultural Revolution. He jumped from a high floor and injured his spine. A paraplegic, he is the founder-director of the 15-year-old China Disabled Persons’ Federation.The Family Protection Project Management Team helped to promote open discussion of such taboo subjects as domestic violence, gender equality and other human rights issues.Ms. Koenig heads the People’s Movement for Human Rights Education, which she founded in 1988 to create a global human rights culture. It has organized workshops in more than 60 countries.The Mano River Women’s Peace Network groups women’s organizations in Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea to prevent conflict and build peace. It helped bring the Heads of State of the three countries back to the negotiating table in 2001 and was a signatory to the Liberian peace talks in August 2003. read more

PSG defeated in Velenje

← Previous Story Fortress Skopje still undefeated, HSV happy with 28:28 Next Story → EHF CL TOP 16: Kiel and Barca on the way to TOP 8 RK Gorenje Velenje beat PSG Handball 30:28 (16:13) in the first match of VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 16.Gorenje : PSG 30:28 (16:13)Gorenje Velenje: B. Burić (10 saves), Taletović, N. Cehte, Medved 4, S. Burić, Skube 8 (2), Golčar 1, Šoštarič 9, Papež, Vrečar, Dobelšek, Gams 1, Nosan, Oštir, Dujmović 6, Bećiri 1PSG: Annonay (7 saves), Sierra (1 save), Melić 7 (2), Hallgrimsson, Csaszar, Diaw 2, Vori, Gojun, Gunnarsson 3 (2), Abalo, Hansen 3, Narcisse 3, Honrubia 1, Kopljar 5, M’Tima 2, Bojinović 2 (2).

21 pictures of TDs and Senators taking part in a fashion show

first_imgA GROUP OF TDs and Senators gathered in the Shelbourne Hotel last night.Nothing new there, you might think. However last night was different. Very different.The politicians had come together to host a charity fashion show in aid of Motor Neuron Disease. The results were spectacular.Michelle Mulherin’s massive hat, Richard Bruton’s strut and Eamon Coughlan’s sexy golfer pose are just some of the highlights.last_img

Theres more money flowing into commercial property than at the height of

first_imgSource: CBREClick here for a larger versionA TOTAL OF €1.37 billion has been spent on the Irish commercial property market in the first six months of the year, more than during the same period in 2006.The total in 2006, just before the property bubble burst, was €1.09 billion, according to an analysis by property advisor CBRE.The last six months has been marked by strong levels of interest from international real estate firms, eager to capitalise on the relatively low price of commercial real estate in Ireland.Further to this, the emergence in 2014 of several Irish-based Real Estate Investment Trusts has added fuel to the fire, with Hibernia and Green REITs to the fore along with Canadian-backed IRES REIT, which recently bought the Marker Residences for €50 million. Dublin is leading the charge, with commercial property transactions skyrocketing in the capital. Source: Sam Boal/Photocall IrelandIn its bi-monthly research report, CBRE said that it is seeing “an extraordinarily strong volume of activity in the Irish commercial property market” and “there is nothing to suggest that the pace of activity will ease over the coming months”.The sale of Nama property portfolios such as the Central Park complex in Leopardstown, which fetched over €300 million has been one of the main factors behind the sheer volume of transactions.This shows no sign of slowing, with the state’s bad bank promising to bring at least €250 million of packaged property portfolios to the market every quarter as it races to wrap up while interest in Irish commercial property remains high.Last month Nama brought a €160 million portfolio of Dublin apartments to the market.Strong yields on office space, which had been declining but are now back on the way up, are also driving bids for well-located blocks.CBRE found that yields across every property class are trending strongly, with a minimum of 4.75% on high street retail space climbing all the way to 8% for industrial property.Savills director of international investment Domhnall O’Sullivan agreed with the forecaast offered by CBRE, estimating that there could be up to €5 billion in property sales completed by the end of the year.He said that the interest is largely being driven by the speed of deleveraging by both Nama and foreign banks, many of whom are exiting the Irish market, and predicted that the current level of interest will continue for at least two years.Read: Nama is selling the biggest-ever portfolio of Dublin apartments for €160 million>Read: Is the Irish commercial property feeding frenzy a good idea?>last_img read more

E3 2013 How the Xbox One will use SmartGlass

first_imgMicrosoft’s 2013 E3 keynote is over, and like the company said back when it revealed the console last month, E3 will be all about the games. It was! Through the standard array of space marines and space armor, zombie apocalypses, and racing, we did see some new IP, as well as genres not usually associated with the Xbox platform, such as the brawler.Aside from the actual games, what did appear a few times was the Xbox One’s SmartGlass interactivity. It wasn’t shown off too much, but we did get a glimpse of how Microsoft plans on using it this coming generation.SmartGlass never seemed to be a true focus of the show, as its most in-depth showing took place during a demo for Killer Instinct, a game we all wanted to see up-close more than we wanted to see Microsoft’s second screen experience. So, while demonstrators were showing off SmartGlass, we were all paying attention to the over-the-top KI announcer that has been missing from our lives for the past 17 years. However, throughout the show, we did see two very distinct uses of SmartGlass… and they were a little underwhelming.During that Killer Instinct demo, we saw the demonstrators use SmartGlass to deal with the lobby functions of the game, as well as perform some basic Xbox Live tasks, like checking out achievements and leaderboards. There was also a Smart Match feature demoed, which allowed players to create something akin to a queue of multiplayer matches while they played in the single player campaign. SmartGlass was also used to invoke and record a Twitch.tv livestream.During the Dead Rising 3 demo, we saw the demonstrator use SmartGlass to call in an artillery strike to thin out a horde of zombies. Yes, you could most likely just use an in-game interface for that.If the keynote is any indication, SmartGlass will be something like a Nintendo-style gimmick — a decent idea, but more or less left up to the developers to be creative with if they want, rather than be forcefully implemented by Microsoft. The second screen experience, while viable for television and movies, may not work as seamlessly in the realm of gaming. The difference between the two worlds is that you’re somewhat passively watching television, whereas you’re actively playing a game — both of your hands occupied by a controller.It’s most likely safe to assume that we’ll see more of SmartGlass over the next few days during E3, but if Microsoft busted out its best uses for the platform during the keynote, SmartGlass won’t really change the way we game.last_img read more

Tower fund soars with 2 million government promise upheld

first_imgGreek Australian community members, leaders and businessmen and women, gathered in Lonsdale St yesterday as Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu presented the community with a $2 million cheque, which will go towards the refurbishment of the community’s Lonsdale St headquarters and the development of a cultural centre on the premises. The Consul General of Greece Eleni Lianidou and Minister for Multicultural Affairs Nicholas Kotsiras were among those present for the presentation. The funding was promised by the Brumby government but not budgeted for, will be paid at the end of the financial year 2012. Last year GOCMV members voted for the plans to build a 13 story Hellenic cultural centre on the site of the current Lonsdale St headquarters. Four floors will be retained by the community for offices, a common room, theatre, a teaching area and a library, as well as Greek community archives. There will be collaboration with RMIT and La Trobe University to use some materials as part of the selected courses on offer. The other floors will be released out commercially, which President of of the GOMCV Bill Papastergiadis believes will generate $900,000 in income annually. The entire cost of construction is predicted to be around $12 million. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Battle Ground teacher saves choking boy

first_imgWhat: First aid/CPR classesWhere: American Red CrossPhone: 360-693-5821Web: redcross.org/take-a-classCost: $70 for pediatric first aid/CPR; $85 for adults first aid/CPRBATTLE GROUND — Painted in a hallway just steps from Toni Brammer’s kindergarten classroom at Captain Strong Primary are these words: “If it is to be, it’s up to me.”The 10-year teaching veteran put those words into action Wednesday when she performed the Heimlich maneuver and saved the life of one of her kindergartners, Hunter Schofield, 6.At the beginning of their math lesson, the students were munching on fruit snacks. The class is one of the all-day kindergarten classes in the Battle Ground district, and the kids get hungry by the time math begins. Brammer was sitting on a stool at the front of her class when Hunter approached her.Thursday, when Hunter re-enacted the incident, he said, “I choked on half a piece of fruit snack.”He patted himself on the back to show how he explained to his teacher that he was choking.“His face was extremely red. It was like he was trying to speak, but he could only make a grunting sound,” Brammer said. “I knew from the sheer look of terror on his face that something was wrong. I asked him, ‘Are you choking?’ and he nodded yes. I spun him around and did the Heimlich maneuver. Out popped the fruit snack.”After Brammer was sure Hunter was OK, she asked her teacher’s aide, Anne Lester, to take him to the school nurse, who checked Hunter and sent him back to his relieved teacher and classmates.last_img read more

Oregon flags lowered for school shooting victims

first_imgPORTLAND — Flags at public institution in Oregon are flying at half-staff Tuesday in memory of two young men killed in school shootings.Gov. John Kitzhaber ordered flags lowered to stand with the families and friends of 19-year-old Paul Lee, who was killed at Seattle Pacific University June 5, and 14-year-old Emilio Hoffman, who was killed last Tuesday at Troutdale’s Reynolds High School.last_img

Officials 25 people killed in Egyptian soccer match riot

first_imgCAIRO — A riot broke out Sunday night outside of a major soccer game in Egypt, with a stampede and fighting between police and fans killing at least 25 people, authorities said.The riot, only three years after similar violence killed 74 people, began ahead of a match between Egyptian Premier League clubs Zamalek and ENPPI at Air Defense Stadium east of Cairo. Such attacks in the past have sparked days of protests pitting the country’s hard-core fans against police officers in a nation already on edge after years of revolt and turmoil.Two security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said at least 25 people were killed.The violence comes as police face increasing scrutiny following the shooting death of a female protester in Cairo and the arrest of protesters under a law heavily restricting demonstrations. President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi has pledged to bring stability to Egypt amid bombings and attacks by Islamic militants, but also has said Egypt’s emergency situation meant that some violations of human rights were inevitable, if regrettable.Egypt’s public prosecutor issued a statement ordering an investigation. After convening an emergency meeting to discuss the violence, the Cabinet announced that it was postponing upcoming soccer matches until further notice, Egypt’s state television said.What caused the violence wasn’t immediately clear. Security officials said Zamalek fans tried to force their way into the match without tickets, sparking clashes. Fans have only recently been allowed back at matches and the Interior Ministry planned to let only 10,000 fans into the stadium, which has a capacity of about 30,000, the officials said.last_img read more


Week In Review 12241228

first_imgTuesday 12/25- Closed  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Monday 12/24Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Monday-1224.mp3VmJennifer-on-Monday-1224.mp300:00RPdPenAir Officially Joins Ravn Air Group, Refuge Officials Advise Extreme Caution On Area Lakes, Another Record Year For Shop With A Firefighter, City Of Kenai Looking Into Accelerated Funding For Bluff Erosion Project Wednesday 12/26Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Tuesday-1226.mp3VmJennifer-on-Tuesday-1226.mp300:00RPdCost Of Airport Renovations Increase After Finding Unexpected Asbestos, Local Bike Group Seeks Grant For Beaver Loop Bike Trail, Eastside Cook Inlet Beaches Remain Closed To Sport Clammingcenter_img Thursday 12/27Audio PlayerJennifer-thursday-1227.mp3VmJennifer-thursday-1227.mp300:00RPd4.9 Earthquake Shook Southcentral This Morning, Sport Fishing Closures Announced In Area Lakes For 2019, Murkowski: “No Immediate Relief In Sight For Partial Shutdown” Friday 12/28Audio PlayerFriday-1228.mp3VmFriday-1228.mp300:00RPdHome Explosion Closes Sterling Highway Overnight, DNR Approves Furie Operating Plan For 2019, 100+ Women Who Care Donate To The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, Alaska’s Minimum Wage Will Increase 5 Cents In Januarylast_img read more

Uber data helped ID accomplices in Jussie Smollett staged attack police say

first_imgJussie Smollett’s booking photo. Chicago Police Department / Getty Images It was an Uber mistake that chipped away at Jussie Smollett’s assault claim, Chicago police say.On Wednesday, the actor was charged with filing a false police report after allegedly faking a Jan. 29 attack in Chicago. Smollett, who appears in the Fox drama Empire, said two men yelled racial and homophobic slurs while beating him.  Among the key pieces of evidence that Chicago police used in their investigation of his claim were the Uber records of two brothers he allegedly hired to fake the attack.  In surveillance footage, investigators saw Ola Osundairo and Abel Osundairo, who Smollett allegedly paid $3,500 to stage the attack, calling an Uber car to the North Side neighborhood in Chicago. They took cabs part of the way, police said, but data from the ride-hailing service gave investigators a name they could track down. “We followed up on the rideshare and that was the lead that we needed in order to identify the two persons of interest,” Edward Wodnicki, a Chicago police commander, said during a press conference Thursday. Police used videos from surveillance cameras across the city and security footage from private citizens’ cameras to track the brothers’ trail, the commander said. Uber didn’t respond to a request for comment. The investigators also reached out to Lyft for information, the ride-hailing company said in an email. Once they had the two brothers’ names from Uber, police say, Smollett’s plan unravelled. Chicago police superintendent Eddie Johnson said Smollett arranged the assault in order to raise his profile and negotiate a better salary on Empire.   Police executed more than 50 warrants on the two brothers, obtaining phone records and social media information on them. Police were able to match Ola with the Uber ride through phone records and data provided by Uber. They found call records between Smollett and Abel after the staged attack, police say, as well as text messages between the two plotting the scheme. Tech companies often get requests from law enforcement during investigations, and they usually provide the data that is sought. Sometimes these requests can conflict with a company’s privacy standards, such as when Apple refused to break its encryption for an FBI investigation into a terrorist attack in San Bernardino, California. The FBI has also tried forcing Facebook to wiretap conversations on Messenger, which the social network fought. These requests are often outlined in a company’s transparency reports. Apple, for example, reported it received 32,342 government requests for data in the second half of 2018.   Uber received 231 search warrants on 1,595 accounts in 2017 and provided data on 1,355 of them, according to its transparency report. (One search warrant can contain requests for information from multiple accounts.) Lyft received 248 search warrants the same year and fully complied with 152 of them. Smollett appeared in court Thursday, and the judge set a $100,000 bond. Smollett was released later in the day. The actor declined to speak to media at the courthouse, but his attorney, Mark Geragos, told CBS News in a statement that his client would defend himself against the charges.  “Like any other citizen, Mr. Smollett enjoys the presumption of innocence, particularly when there has been an investigation like this one where information, both true and false, has been repeatedly leaked,” the statement said. “Given these circumstances, we intend to conduct a thorough investigation and to mount an aggressive defense.” Chicago’s police superintendent criticized Smollett, saying the actor’s publicity stunt wasted police resources and distracted them from victims of real crimes. “When we discovered the actual motive, quite frankly, it pissed everybody off,” Johnson said at Thursday’s press conference.  Smollett faces up to three years in prison. Tags Share your voice Culturecenter_img 3 Commentslast_img read more

Monopoly Socialism has sent Twitter into a tailspin Even Ted Cruz weighed

first_imgSome people thought it wasn’t worth getting upset about. Now playing: Watch this: As Kapur explains, features of Monopoly Socialism include a reduced $50 living wage for “passing go” (Monopoly usually gives you $200 for passing go, so the joke is socialism makes us poorer). It also allows you to steal resources as a collective from players who are deemed to be doing too well in the game. Comments Monopoly Socialism. Target Monopoly has been causing chaos, tearing down familial relationships for decades. So it makes perfect sense that Monopoly is taking its brand values of frustration, anger and rage to the online discourse.The source of anger this time round: Monopoly Socialism, a game that’s described on Target as “a hilarious adult twist on classic Monopoly gameplay.”A lengthy (and informative) thread on Twitter by historian Nick Kapur has created a live debate on Monopoly Socialism. Is this a hilarious satire of socialist principles or is it a misrepresentation that makes a mockery of what Monopoly was supposed be satirizing to begin with? This isn’t the first time Hasbro has tried to use its Monopoly brand to stir up controversy. Back in 2018 it released Monopoly for Millennials, a game with the tagline “forget real estate. You can’t afford it anyway.”monopolymillennials3Some Millennials didn’t enjoy the Monopoly digs. Hasbro Hasbro didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. And he had some of his own ideas for future Monopoly games. Toys and Tabletop Games i bought a copy of hasbro’s socialism monopoly and had a good time… i think you need some friends, man. screaming into the void about a new board game you can’t play has gotta be damaging to your psyche https://t.co/W4ocTaeOE2— Alexander Nicholi 🧧 (@nicholatian) August 23, 2019 Monopoly says ‘sew long’ to the thimble token The 29 best games on the Nintendo Switch lmao Hasbro really let an extremely mad Boomer design an official Monopoly Socialism game https://t.co/lNO4amGjOD— fired dailykos blogger (@lib_crusher) August 21, 2019 Everything about this is hilarious – the “Monopoly: Socialism” game, the guy being offended by it, and Ted Cruz leaping to its defense.Must be 2019. https://t.co/JJBMDAmKij— Jeremy Simmons (@jmartinsimmons) August 23, 2019 I bought a copy of Hasbro’s mean-spirited and woefully ill-informed “MONOPOLY: SOCIALISM” board game so you don’t have to – a thread 1/ pic.twitter.com/YhZWDjkAnj— Nick Kapur (@nick_kapur) August 21, 2019center_img We could do the East Germany edition: you build a wall across your living room; put all the food, technology & prosperity on one side; erect machine guns on the wall; and shoot anybody who tries to get to the West. 5/x— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 22, 2019 Why to Leftie academics so fear pointing out the manifest failures of socialism? https://t.co/Z2CRzffUo0— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 22, 2019 But most online discussion mocked Monopoly Socialism for directly contradicting the purpose of the original game, initially called “The Landlord’s Game,” which was designed to promote the theories of Henry George, an economist who believed people should own the value of the goods they produced and that land should be “common property.” Likewise, because “socialism” allegedly hates people doing well, a card lets you confiscate wealth from someone with some sort of vote. But then, rather than actually redistributing that wealth to those less well off, the wealth is simply destroyed and removed from the game. 15/ pic.twitter.com/6WwHZLKppG— Nick Kapur (@nick_kapur) August 21, 2019 28 Or we could do the University edition: you imagine a magic money tree; you give everything free to anybody who wants it; nobody works, studies, or innovates; and everybody gets an A! 6/x— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) August 22, 2019 1:25 29 Photos It’s sort of weird that Hasbro has a version of Monopoly trying to mock socialism considering that the capitalist goal of the original game is to bankrupt your friends and take all their stuff https://t.co/S1fpXern9r— maple cocaine (@maplecocaine) August 22, 2019 “I can’t quite figure out who the target audience of this game is,” said Kapur. “It would be as if other themed ‘Monopoly’ games attempted to viciously mock the theme, like if Dog Monopoly mocked dogs and dog owners, or Star Wars monopoly mocked Star Wars fans for being nerds.”Kapur’s thread has raised a huge amount of online discussion. Even US Republican Senator Ted Cruz got involved. Tags Share your voicelast_img read more


Putin to begin fourth term

first_imgVladimir Putin. Photo: AFPVladimir Putin will be inaugurated for a historic fourth term on Monday, extending his almost two-decade rule by another six years after predictably winning Russia’s March presidential election.But with no successor and no political competition, what are the possible scenarios when his term ends in 2024?Fight for influenceWithout constitutional reform, Putin will not be able to run for a fifth time — Russian law forbids serving more than two consecutive terms.Putin, who will turn 72 in 2024, could decide to leave the Kremlin after 24 years in power, making way for a successor.Russian politics is now dominated by infighting between rival clans of technocrats and the “siloviki” — representatives of the security services and the army.”There is already a fight for influence,” said political analyst Nikolai Petrov. “Nobody will wait passively, each group will try to promote its interests,” he added.In a March interview to American TV channel NBC, Putin said he had been thinking of a potential successor since 2000.”There is no harm in thinking about it but at the end of the day it will be the Russian people who decide.”But in making sure no one can compete with him, no politician is currently popular enough to succeed the Kremlin chief. Many analysts say Putin leaving power in six years is unlikely.Role swapOne way Putin could continue ruling Russia after 2024 is to stay in power in a different role.The Russian strongman could revisit his 2008 move, which saw him put forward Dmitry Medvedev as president while he himself became prime minister before returning to the Kremlin in 2012.”Putin may prepare the regime for a transfer of power. But not from Putin to another president but from Putin to Putin in some other role,” said Petrov.But memories of mass protests in Moscow when Putin and Medvedev swapped back and Putin returned to the Kremlin may put the Russian leader off this option.Putin’s age also makes this scenario problematic. Putin will be 78 in 2030, when he is constitutionally allowed to run for another term.Konstantin Kalachev, head of the Political Expert Group think tank in Moscow, said Putin knows his successor will have to introduce unpopular economic reforms and wants to “go down in history as the man who did not lose at anything”.Needs ProtectionPutin could choose to follow China’s Xi Jinping in abolishing presidential term limits, thus allowing him to remain president for life.”I don’t think he will refuse power in 2024 even if he has had enough, he is (already) visibly tired,” said independent political analyst Dmitry Oreshkin.”He can’t leave because he does not believe that anyone will protect him,” he added, saying that Putin has built a system in which everything depends on who is at the top.So far, Putin has ruled out ruling Russia for life.”I never changed the constitution, especially for it to benefit me and I do not have this kind of intention today,” he told NBC in March.Oreshkin said Putin does not want to be remembered for changing the constitution and that if he were to remain president for life, it would be done “more elegantly” than in China.last_img read more


CordCutting Keeps Churning US PayTV Cancelers to Hit 33 Million in 2018

first_imgNew York-based eMarketer, a division of Axel Springer, bases its forecasts on an aggregation of third-party sources. For the pay-TV/OTT forecast, the sources include data provided by companies directly as well as surveys and studies from more than two dozen sources, including Nielsen, Deloitte, Kagan, GfK, Parks Associates, and MoffettNathanson.POPULAR ON VARIETY: Other OTT services have been on the rise, too — including AT&T’s DirecTV Now, Google’s YouTube TV and Sony’s PlayStation Vue — but eMarketer didn’t provide estimates for those.One of the issues in how eMarketer tracks the pay-TV market is that it’s estimating total number of individual viewers and cord-cutters, rather than households (which is how cable, satellite and telco TV companies report their subscriber figures).But no matter how you slice it, traditional cable and satellite TV is in decline. Traditional U.S. pay-TV providers saw a record 3.7% drop in 2017, to 94 million households, according to S&P Global Market Intelligence’s Kagan. Overall, 186.7 million U.S. adults will watch traditional pay TV in 2018, down 3.8% from last year, according to eMarketer’s estimates.The main factor driving away pay-TV customers? The chief culprit continues to be price. The average pay-TV bill in 2017 totaled $100.98 per month, which represents a 5.5% compound annual growth rate (CAGR) between 2000-17, according to Kagan.That’s an opportunity for the lower-cost “virtual” pay-TV entrants. Kagan estimates virtual multichannel services will hit nearly $2.82 billion in overall revenue in 2018, rising to more than $7.77 billion by 2022. Among OTT TV services, average revenue per subscriber is roughly one-third of traditional cable TV but Kagan expects virtual pay-TV services to increase average monthly revenue to $37 in 2018 for a 19% year-over-year increase.About 70% of pay-TV subscribers feel they get too little value for their money, according to Deloitte’s 2018 Digital Media Trends Survey. In addition, about 56% of pay-TV customers say they keep their subscription because it’s bundled with their home broadband internet, per the Deloitte survey.In other words: Expect the erosion in the legacy pay-television sector to continue, as people flock to cheaper OTT services. ×John Krasinski on ‘Jack Ryan’Volume 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 Up’Joker’ Trailer02:24 twitter facebook reddit Linkhttps://variety.com/2018/digital/news/cord-cutting-2018-estimates-33-million-us-study-1202881488/?jwsource=clCopied EmbedCopiedLive00:0004:4804:48More Videos02:24’Joker’ Trailer04:09Hollywood Celebrities Who Died in 201905:35The Best of Star Wars at D2301:44’It: Chapter Two’ Cast Feeling Pressure For Box Office Success?02:16Leonardo DiCaprio & Brad Pitt Talk ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,’ Working With Quentin Tarantino06:25Elton John on his career and sobrietyClosecenter_img Have you recently pulled the plug on cable or satellite TV? You’re not alone: Millions of Americans have already scrapped traditional pay-TV service, and the exodus is expected to continue apace in 2018 — even faster than previously expected.This year, the number of cord-cutters in the U.S. — consumers who have ever cancelled traditional pay-TV service and do not resubscribe — will climb 32.8%, to 33.0 million adults, according to new estimates from research firm eMarketer. That’s compared with a total of 24.9 million cord-cutters as of the end of 2017, which was up 43.6% year over year (and an upward revision from eMarketer’s previous 22 million estimate).That said, even as the traditional pay-TV universe shrinks, the number of viewers accessing over-the-top, internet-delivered video services keeps growing. About 147.5 million people in the U.S. watch Netflix at least once per month, according to eMarketer’s July 2018 estimates. That’s followed by Amazon Prime Video (88.7 million), Hulu (55 million), HBO Now (17.1 million) and Dish’s Sling TV (6.8 million).last_img read more


VIDEO Angry Astros fan steals home run ball from sisterinlaw and throws

first_imgDon’t let the crazy person next to you steal your homerun ball! #givemethatback #buttwhippintime #WorldSeriesGame5 pic.twitter.com/MKB6XENjCq— anonymousDuane (@anonymousDuane) October 30, 2017 The Astros beat the Dodgers, 13-12, in an extra inning World Series classic, but a Yasiel Puig home run that pulled the Dodgers within one run in the 9th, caused a family feud for some Houston fans.Houston fan Sarah Head caught the home run , but before she could figure out what to do with the ball, her brother-in-law, Kirk Head, snatched the souvenir and chucked it back on the field.When asked by Yahoo! Sports, why he grabbed the ball from his brother’s wife and threw it back, Kirk’s explanation was simple, “F— the Dodgers.”It should be an interesting Thanksgiving at the Head house.Buddy’s wife caught a World Series home run ball and his friend STOLE IT AND THREW IT BACK! pic.twitter.com/Maaq8zj8Ia— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) October 30, 2017last_img read more


New Cancun Riviera Maya metro bus system to begin this year

first_imgCancun, Q.R. — To meet the growing transportation demand between Cancun and Riviera Maya, officials say they will launch a metro bus to cover the route.Francisco Palma Leal of the Board of Directors of Autocar, announced that the new service will start operating this year and will cover Cancun to Tulum in order to meet the demand of people and reduce car use for those who work in Riviera Maya.The metro bus will be an initial investment of 250 million peso and be a combined project between companies Turicún, Autocar, Maya Caribe and Cooperativa Bonfil. Palma Leal says the metro bus fleet, which will be stationed in Cancun and Tulum, will accommodate about 50,000 passengers per day.He explained that some routes, for example, will depart from centro Cancun and pass through the Cancun Hotel Zone before exiting via the Cancun International Airport and traveling toward Tulum. Stops will be made in Riviera Maya towns along the 104 kilometer route.During their meeting, directors of metro bus say that each unit will between 16 to 18 meters in length and have a 160-person capacity that offers internet, comfortable seating and affordable service for both locals and tourists.They also report that the buses run on natural gas and meet the Friendly Vehicle Advanced Environment standard, which reduces emissions.“The four companies are applying an initial investment of 250 million peso with the goal of gradually growing this new project that seeks to complement the transportation options of Cancun and Riviera Maya with an efficient quality service that decreases transfer times. It also generates more sources of employment for the population of about 1,500 jobs,” said Francisco Palma.The possibility of the metro bus system was announced last week. There is no mention of an exact operating date. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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