Greens chart renewable course

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Chito Victolero, Magnolia ‘stay positive’ ahead of Game 7

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “They dominated us in second chance points and offensive rebounds,” Victolero said.The Beermen hauled down 53 rebounds as compared to the Hotshots’ 40 while also scoring 31 second chance points.“We just try to stay positive. The Xs and Os will be secondary [come Game 7]. I told my players let’s just enjoy the game.”ADVERTISEMENT Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Duterte lambasts Catholic Church anew in curse-laden speech before Filipino Baptists Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Magnolia head coach Chito Victolero stayed upbeat despite the Hotshots’ loss to San Miguel Beer on Sunday that paved way for a Game 7 in the PBA Philippine Cup Finals.Victolero said he still liked what he saw from his team when it came back from 21 points down in the first half that threatened San Miguel Beer entering the fourth quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener PLAY LIST 01:14Alyssa Valdez stays positive despite PH loss in volleyball opener01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:50Trending Articles02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award03:05Malakanyang bilib sa Phivolcs | Chona Yu Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES “It boils down to one game. Do-or-die game on Wednesday. We’re still positive,” he said after a 98-86 loss to the Beermen at Araneta Coliseum. “We know that it’s not going to be easy. Good thing is we have another opportunity.”“I love our effort we were down by 18 and trimmed it down to six. It’s just that the lead was too big and it’s hard for us to win like that.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsVictolero attributed the loss to his team’s inability to control the boards a crucial department of the game that San Miguel dominated thanks to its reigning five-time MVP June Mar Fajardo.Fajardo dominated the paint, finishing with 23 points and 18 rebounds, 11 of which came on the offensive glass. Solon urges Solgen to reconsider quo warranto petition vs ABS-CBN Pagadian on tighter security for 100,000 expected at Sto. Niño feast The Witcher series prompts over 500,000 reprints of Andrzej Sapkowski’s books LeBron James stretches lead in NBA All-Star Game fan voting View comments MOST READ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard Eduard Folayang gets new opponent for ONE Manila card Beermen hold off Hotshots to force Game 7last_img read more

Refinery woes send gas prices soaring

first_imgOil refineries across America have been plagued by a record number of fires, power failures, leaks, spills and breakdowns this year, causing dozens of them to shut down temporarily or trim production. The disruptions are helping to drive gasoline prices to highs not seen since last summer’s records. These mechanical breakdowns, which one analyst likened to an “invisible hurricane,” have created a bottleneck in domestic energy supplies, helping to push up gasoline prices 50 cents this year to well above $3 a gallon. A third of the country’s 150 refineries have reported disruptions to their operations since the beginning of the year, a record, according to analysts. There have been blazes at refineries in Louisiana, Texas, Indiana and California, some of them caused by lightning strikes. Plants have suffered power losses that disrupted operations; a midsize refinery in Kansas was flooded by torrential rains last month. American refiners are running roughly 5 percent below their normal levels at this time of the year. “You have a system that is taxed to the limit,” said Adam Robinson, an energy research analyst at Lehman Brothers. “This is what happens when spare capacity is eroded.” Refining crunch After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita disrupted the nation’s energy lifeline almost two years ago, oil companies delayed maintenance on many of their plants to make up for lost supplies and take advantage of the high prices. But, analysts say, they are now paying a price for deferring repairs. As a whole, refining disruptions have been considerably higher than in previous years: They averaged 1.5 million barrels a day in the first quarter, compared with 700,000 to 900,000 barrels a day from 2001 to 2005. In the days after the hurricanes, refiners were forced to briefly halt as many as 5 million barrels of production. In 2006, when refiners were still reeling from the impact of the hurricanes, disruptions in the first quarter averaged 1.35 million barrels a day. Many factors have led to the rise in gas prices, including disruptions in oil supplies from places like Nigeria and Norway. But analysts say the refining bottleneck in North America has been one of the main drivers of higher energy prices this year. Raft of regulations The refining crunch has pushed wholesale gasoline prices up 35 percent this year. It has also contributed to a 23 percent gain for crude oil prices in the same period. Oil futures in New York closed at $75.57 a barrel on Friday. Some critics of the industry have theorized on Internet blogs that the squeeze on gasoline and other refined products points to a deliberate effort among oil companies to bolster profits by keeping supplies tight. But experts point out that the companies have little incentive right now to hold back on fuel supplies. “Every refinery would like to run as much crude as possible, but they simply can’t,” said David Greely, senior energy economist at Goldman Sachs, who in a recent report compared the drop in domestic refining to an “invisible hurricane.” “These are more complex systems. There are more chances for things to go wrong. And when things go wrong, they tend to back up the system.” Meanwhile, refiners have been scrambling to meet a raft of environmental regulations, phase out toxic additives, add ethanol to the fuel mix and introduce new ultra-low sulfur standards for gasoline and diesel. Industry insiders attribute much of the fragility of refining operations to the difficulty of making these cleaner fuels, which they were not originally designed to do. Refiners spent $9 billion from 2002 to 2006 to make low-sulfur diesel. But producing these cleaner fuels means processing crude oil more intensely through the refining process, at higher pressures and temperatures. This, in turn, leads to more chances for glitches or breakdowns. “It’s a marvel we can continue to run refineries the way we do these days, given the many requirements and specification changes we have,” said Charles T. Drevna, executive vice president of the refining industry’s main trade group, the National Petrochemical and Refiners Association. “There comes a time when the piper has got to be paid.” Meanwhile, demand has been rising relentlessly, providing little respite to the nation’s aging energy infrastructure. Even as consumers complain loudly about high prices, they show no signs of scaling back. Gasoline consumption reached 9.66 million barrels a day in the first week of July, the second-highest level on record. “The cushion that used to be available five to seven years ago for these unplanned perturbations is no longer there,” said Jeet Bindra, Chevron’s president of global refining. “When a refinery has a hiccup, there are consequences on supplies.” “Since refining has become such as wonderful business, refiners have delayed maintenance,” Robinson said. “But when they do go down, they stay down for longer.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

UPTOWN CAFÉ OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES THIS VALENTINE’S WEEKEND WITH AN EXCITING FAMILY EVENT

first_imgUptown Café and XL shop is set to officially launch this Saturday 14th February 2015 with an exciting family event from 12 – 3pm.Customers can expect a fun filled day for all the family, with face painting, balloon modelling, music and dance classes for children, a bouncy castle, a rally car display and tasty treats from the Uptown Café menu. 2014 Irish Tarmac Champion Declan Boyle will attend the official launch, showcasing his Subaru Impreza WRC.The 2014 National Modified Rally Champion, Declan Gallagher, will also be coming along to the launch with his white Toyota Starlet.There will be a host of other special guests popping in throughout the day, as well as lots of giveaways and special offers.The cafe and convenience store is located in Scally Place, Justice Walsh Road, (behind Letterkenny Courthouse and adjacent to the Outpatients Department and Scally Medical Practice), where there is ample parking. The Uptown Cafe team is busy preparing for this weekend’s official launch.Local business men Manus Kelly and Seamus Doherty set up the venture and are delighted with the support they have received from family, friends and customers ahead of the launch.Manus Kelly told Donegal Daily, “‘We’re putting final preparations in place for the official launch on Valentine’s Day and we’re looking forward to welcoming families and customers to the family fun day.“All of our staff have been really busy getting ready for the event and we’re sure that everyone is going to enjoy the tasty treats and entertainment that we’re putting on.’The Uptown Cafe and XL shop is also delighted to announce that TV chef and Donegal native, Gary O’Hanlon, will be joining them in store this Pancake Tuesday, 17th February 2015 at 11am.Gary is the head chef at Viewmount House, Longford, and is also the ‘Starters Chef’ on well known TV3 programme, The Restaurant. Gary will be on site to give a cooking demonstration and customers can expect the celebrity chef to serve up some tasty pancakes and other delicious treats while they relax in the Uptown Cafe atmosphere.Opened since December 2014, the Uptown Café has built a steady customer base and is forging a reputation for offering delicious fresh food, excellent value and great service.The menu features homemade soup, gourmet sandwiches, daily lunch specials, hot dishes and an excellent selection of coffees and yummy pastries, all expertly prepared in store by the café’s friendly staff.The menu also includes a range of healthy options including the oven-cooked Uptown Breakfast Special. The Café’s motto is “… love your downtime” and the team is committed to ensuring every customer experiences this with great fresh food, served in a relaxed comfortable café setting.Uptown Café is open Monday to Friday from 8am to 6pm and on Saturday’s from 8am to 5pm.Call the café on 074 91 64779 or keep up to date with the latest news on the Uptown Café Facebook page.UPTOWN CAFÉ OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES THIS VALENTINE’S WEEKEND WITH AN EXCITING FAMILY EVENT was last modified: February 13th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this: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 Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesnewsUptown Cafelast_img read more

West Brom go top of the Championship with win over in-form QPR

first_img Ian Holloway thinks Arsenal have made a mistake in hiring Mikel Arteta on target LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS West Brom went temporarily top of the Championship with a win over in-form Queens Park Rangers at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.Teenager Nathan Ferguson opened the scoring before the 2-0 victory was sealed when Matheus Pereira scored from a free-kick.The Baggies remain the only unbeaten side in the Championship as Slaven Bilic’s side are flying at the start of the season. latest 🎙 – “What a moment for this impressive young man!”Nathan Ferguson tries his luck from distance and catches out QPR’s Joe Lumley! 💥 pic.twitter.com/WcQtJxGHor— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) September 28, 2019Austin, playing against his former club as were Darnell Furlong and Matt Phillips, was given a warm reception by the home crowd before kick-off and when substituted on the hour mark.The striker, signed from Southampton during the summer, is still waiting for his first league goal for Albion. That wait will surely not last much longer in a side with plenty of fluency going forward.QPR, on the other hand, struggled to create clear-cut chances and rarely looked like finding an equaliser once Ferguson had broken the deadlock in emphatic fashion. stalemate BIG PRESENTS UP TOP What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Liverpool transfer news live: Star man wanted by Real Madrid, Mbappe latest and more Getty Images – Getty rookie error Top scorer in 2019: Messi, Mbappe and Sterling trailing Europe’s top marksman center_img Tony Cascarino backs Everton to sign two strikers for Carlo Ancelotti Strugglers Wigan hold Blackburn to goalless draw in Championship Slaven Bilic saw his West Brom side go top of the Championship targets 1 Ferguson has caught the eye under boss Slaven Bilic this season and enhanced his growing reputation with a terrific performance and goal.His all-important opener came eight minutes into the second half and was no more than Albion deserved.They were the better side during a scrappy first half in which Charlie Austin had an effort saved by Lumley and was just unable to get to Grady Diangana’s low cross. statement appointed Spurs investigation into alleged racial abuse of Rudiger is so far ‘inconclusive’ Steve Round reveals how Mikel Arteta convinced him to join Arsenal staff Rangers had won their previous four league games and they too would have gone top with a win, but they were second best throughout.Ilias Chair shooting over was a rare moment of concern for Albion, who always looked threatening at the other end.Shortly before being substituted, Austin saw a deflected shot pushed away by Lumley, who also kept out a strike from Diangana and denied substitute Kyle Edwards at point-blank range.Lumley was unable to keep out Pereira’s free-kick but did produce a fine save to prevent a third when he clawed away Robson-Kanu’s header.last_img read more

Motherwell complete loan signing of Celtic’s Nadir Ciftci

first_imgA move would give the 25-year-old a fresh opportunity to kick-start his career after a series of disappointments since leaving Dundee United in 2015.After failing to win a regular place in Celtic’s side, Ciftci has had loan spells at Eskisehirspor and Pogon Szczecin as well as Plymouth.Speaking to the official Motherwell website, the Turk said: “My first impressions have been really good. It feels like home already. It gives me a good feeling. “I obviously know the league and the teams. I’ve played a lot of times against Motherwell as well so it will be a good place to kick on.”  Manager Stephen Robinson added: “I’m delighted to have got Nadir here until the end of season. He will provide us something different up front and he is a player of real pedigree. “He has a proven track record of scoring goals in the Scottish top flight and we’re pleased to have got him here.” Motherwell have completed the signing of Celtic striker Nadir Ciftci on loan until the end of the season.Ciftci had been at Plymouth on a season-long loan but his spell on England’s south coast was cut short and he travelled to hold talks with Motherwell at their training camp in Tenerife.Agreement was reached on a deal that see him become Stephen Robinson’s second signing of the January transfer windowMotherwell have already signed striker Curtis Main to fill the hole left by Louis Moult and Ciftci will add competition for the central attacking role in Stephen Robinson’s side.last_img read more

Transnet, Eskom rated safer than US

first_img11 August 2011Transnet and Eskom bonds are now more highly rated than United States government bonds, according to the latest ratings by Fitch and Moody’s Investment Services.After revising the South African state companies’ outlook last month, Fitch affirmed electricity parastatal Eskom’s national long-term rating at AAA(zaf) with a stable outlook, Business Report said on Wednesday.The agency also affirmed transport and logistics parastatal Transnet’s government-guaranteed bond issue at AAA(zaf).The utility’s national long-term rating was affirmed at AA-(zaf) with a stable outlook.These ratings mean that the two South African utilities are now more creditworthy than the US after rating agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P) downgraded the country’s credit rating from the top-notch AAA to AA+ on Friday.The favourable rating will ease the cost of borrowing in international markets for both Eskom and Transnet as they are currently seeking funds for multibillion-rand expansion programmes.S&P adjusted the ratings and outlooks of the two parastatals in January, moving Eskom up to stable from negative.Sapalast_img read more

Busy week for South Africa’s anti-poaching units

first_img15 April 2014Last week was one of the busiest on record for anti-poaching units in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, with three heavily armed groups of suspected rhino poachers being detected and eight arrests being made.The eight arrests included those of two South African National Parks (SANParks) employees. According to spokesperson Reynold Thakhuli, the two SANParks men appeared on Wednesday in the White River Magistrate’s Court, where their case was remanded to 16 April for a formal bail application.Thakhuli said most of last week’s incidents took place in the southern part of the park, in areas such as Crocodile Bridge, Kingfisherspruit, Tshokwane and Stolsnek.On Thursday, he said, rangers from Crocodile Bridge arrested two suspected poachers, believed to be Zimbabwean nationals, as they were leaving the park, recovering a G3 military type rifle along with a silencer and ammunition.On Friday, rangers from the Kingfisherspruit area apprehended another two suspected poachers, arresting one while recovering a .458 rifle, silencer, ammunition and poaching equipment. The second suspect managed to escape arrest.Tshokwane rangers apprehended a further two suspects on Saturday, making one arrest and recovering a .375 hunting rifle, ammunition and poaching equipment. The second suspect managed to escape back to Mozambique.And on Sunday, in Stolsnek, rangers apprehended a group of five suspected poachers, arresting two of them with the help of SANParks Airwing and canine units. Thakhuli said the hunt for the remaining three suspects, who managed to escape, was still on.“This is a clear indication that resilience and patience pays off, and we are grateful that no lives were lost during an encounter with these heavily armed suspected poachers.”He said the anti-poaching units are ready for the coming long weekend, with many deployments routes, particularly in poaching hot-spots, being plotted out.“We will be ready and waiting for them, and we would like to request the support and cooperation of all members of society in identifying and reporting suspicious behavior that could lead to the apprehension and conviction of these criminals.”The public can report incidents of poaching and give tip-offs to the anonymous tip-off lines 0800 205 005, 08600 10111 or Crime Line on 32211.SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Another iPhone Vulnerability: Access iOS Backups Data with iPhone Password Breaker (Updated)

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#enterprise#mobile#news#Products 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… klint finleycenter_img Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Russian computer forensics software company ElcomSoft offers a product called iPhone Password Breaker that enables uses to access backup data from iOS devices. Today the company announced an update to the software that enables users to crack iOS 4 keychains – which may include e-mail and other passwords – without altering the phone’s content. ElcomSoft claims to be the first company to be able to crack keychain passwords. According to the company’s press release, “Prior to the release of the updated iPhone Password Breaker, the keychains were considered impossible to obtain.”iOS 3 devices used hardware encryption unique to each individual device to encrypt keychains, even when the keychains were exported to an external device. Apparently, this is not the case in iOS4. The keychains can be unlocked with only the backup password, which iPhone Password Breaker can recover. If an online backup has not been performed, the keychains aren’t accessible.Enterprises using iPhones may wish to avoid the use of offline backups until Apple fixes the issue.iPhone Password Breaker uses ATI and NVIDIA video acceleration hardware to recover backup passwords faster than traditional CPU-only approaches. ElcomSoft uses the same technology in its other products for recovering passwords from a variety of software, but does not offer any other products specifically designed for recovering smart phone passwords. According to ElcomSoft, the company’s tools are used by most of the Fortune 500, various branches of the military and many governments.Update: ElcomSoft CEO Vladimir Katalov wrote us to say:To be honest, I would not call that a “vulnerability”. If Apple wants to have an ability to restore from backup to another/new device, there is no solution, i.e. keychain cannot be encrypted based on hardware keys anymore. So we have to choose between security and usability, as always 🙂 The only recommendation is to select long and complex passwords to backups.last_img read more

Welcome to the Internet’s GIF-Only Social Network

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Gifpumper.com is a fascinating space for creating and collaborating on GIFs, and for discovering other GIF lovers. This GIF-love moment could have been fulfilled by visiting Downcast Eyes at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, where 50+ artists and culture-makers displayed their homespun GIFs. But since that moment has passed, why not jump on gifpumper.com and make a GIF, and then collaborate with others?Images via Eyebeam and GIFPumper.com. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#art#social networks#Social Web#web alicia eler Stumbling into one of these GIF creation rooms is reminiscent of wandering into AOL chat rooms of the late 1990s. It’s unclear who is going to be in there or what they’ll be doing. Users must take a chance on the room, based on its cover photo and how many users have “loved” it with pixelated hearts. The site encourages users to transform into into high-tech hunter-gatherers, finding and building mini GIF creations. Some GIF creation rooms are private, so users can visit but not collaborate. Each room has a tag of public, semi-public or private. It’s like a choose your own adventure novel.I accidentally wandered into the room smoke_weed, where I hoped to contribute a GIF of Snoop Dogg, the first image that comes to mind when I think weed and the Internet. Unfortunately, that room was private. I instead choose to click the little heart button (love instead of like, you know?); so I also got to see who else loved that room. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Gifpumper.com lives in an odd space, somewhere between social network, Second Life and a massive Tumblr stream. Developed by Eyebeam resident Slava Balasanov, Gifpumper.com allows users to create three-dimensional pages of two-dimensional elements, including text, images, video and music. Find them on the Internet, drop ’em in, and rotate them on the XYZ coordinate plane. The piece debuted at New York City’s Eyebeam Art & Technology Center in February 2012. The social network itself continues where it began on gifpumper.com, where all are welcome. We took a tour through the site, and welcome you to come along and then check it out for yourself.After creating username and password on the site, users have full reign to wander about and check out what other users are up to. The main page shows the active GIF creation rooms, a feed of who’s doing what on the site. There’s also a tiny chat message room in the lower right-hand corner for chatting with the other active users. Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Super Mario clouds a la Cory Arcangel pop up a lot on homepage of gifpumper.com. The public room mario displays rainbow-colored flashing clouds slowly scrolling across the screen; a radically colored zebra gallops near the top left-hand corner. Nearby, a highly-pixelated Mario flies on bright green Yoshi. A square coded with rainbow colors displays the upside down letters and number “3. THE PIECE NEED NOT BE BUILT,” while sharp cuts of blue screen with the original white Mario clouds drift on by. In just a few hours of collaboration from visitors to the site, this room might look completely different. last_img read more