What is for Guyana in the oil contract?

first_imgWhen in mid-2016 Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman indicated he was going to “renegotiate” the oil contract signed in 1999 with ExxonMobil, as became necessary with the expiration of the latter, this newspaper expressed great scepticism about the ability of the Minister to competently undertake that mission. Subsequent events have unfortunately proven us correct in our assessment.After the Government then remained mum on the details of the renegotiated contract, we asked in this space for specifics on behalf of the people of Guyana. In the editorial “Oil Share” of 12-18-16 – more than one year ago – we wrote:“The GoG has advised the people of Guyana it is looking to the experience of Uganda, which has a head start on Guyana in having oil discovered offshore and working out the modalities for production. In terms of the fiscal regime, Uganda combines a royalty with a share-of-profits package. This serves to ensure Uganda obtains funding regardless of the profitability of the operations since royalties – ranging from 5-12.5% — come off the gross. Guyana will not impose the payment of royalties on oil production.”Six months later Trotman announced his renegotiation had actually resulted in royalties of two per cent to be paid on gross revenues/production – which he boasted “doubled” this revenue stream from the one per cent negotiated in 1999. This newspaper expressed great shock and disappointment that while a one per cent royalty in 1999 might have been reasonable because of the high risk involved with no inkling oil was actually present under the more than one mile of the Atlantic Ocean to be drilled, when Trotman was “renegotiating” in 2016, one field was already confirmed with over one billion barrels of petroleum.We continued: “In skeletal form, the Guyana fiscal regime consists of a “Production Sharing Agreement” in which the [International Oil Company] IOC “shall be allowed to share the profit oil with Government so that Government shall have no less than 50 per cent on a “per field” basis. Being “ring fenced”, losses from one field cannot be transferred to other fields. But while this “50 per cent share” sounds generous, since the IOC “can enjoy a maximum or a ceiling of 75 per cent of recoverable costs per month”, Guyana will receive 50 per cent of very little after all those exploration and other costs are deducted – especially in a depressed oil market.Finally, in a remarkably generous gesture, unlike the Tanzanian 30 per cent income tax on the IOC’s profits, in Guyana, “the tax obligations of the contractor under the Income Tax, Corporation Tax, and Property Tax shall be satisfied through the Government’s share of profit oil”. In effect, Guyana will pay the IOC’s income taxes.On February 13, 2017, in our Editorial “Oil Fiscal Regime”, we noted: “We have not been told whether Additional Oil Entitlements (AOE) have been made part of the contract. This standard clause in the contracts of most oil-producing countries adds an element of progressivity to the fiscal regime in that the State collects additional revenues if the after-royalty, after-tax, inflation-adjusted Rate of Return (RoR) to the IOC’s exceed a stipulated level. The base ROI, for instance could be set at seven per cent, which is par for the industry, and would allow Guyana to share in windfall profits if the price of oil spikes for some reason.Similarly, were interest expense capped? If not, this would encourage thin capitalisation so that the IOC, in effect would be siphoning away funds in the guise of interest payments and again reducing declared profits.”The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has since issued a Technical Assistance Report, “A Reform Agenda for Petroleum Taxation and Revenue Management”, commissioned by the Ministry of Finance, which evidently echoes most of our concerns expressed earlier. The details of the contract were promised to be released by the end of this year. We hope that the IMF’s Report will also be released. It might be useful to know how valuable the horse that has bolted was.last_img read more

Bitter Mourinho sign all is not well at Chelsea

first_imgThe 52-year-old had been asked about Roberto Martinez’s comments regarding John Terry, when the Everton manager effectively accused the Chelsea captain of tapping up John Stones by discussing his potential signing so publicly.So, the Portuguese was going to stay public with his response. That was part of a theme. Even though Mourinho was literally discussing how he didn’t want to speak, he typically said more than most would have.“My feeling is just one and I’m not speaking about Everton or Stones,” the Chelsea boss said. “I’m just speaking in general. If I could, I would speak with you [the media] once in a month. There are other people in football who, if they could, they would have a press conference every day.”There are a few things to note about this exchange. The first is the way the Chelsea manager couldn’t stop at defending his player, let alone just leaving the question aside. He had to go on the offensive, mocking Martinez’s renowned enthusiasm for making his own voice heard.The second thing is that this wasn’t the first or second time something like this has happened in the last few weeks.The 2015-16 Premier League season may be just three days old, but it already feels like we’ve had an entire campaign worth of Mourinho-centred controversies. Sure the Portuguese wasn’t the root of all of them, but the diversity of a lengthy rap sheet is conspicuous.So far there has already been: public spats with three Premier League managers, as well as his old foe Rafa Benitez; a rebuke for Benitez’s wife; a classically Premier League handshake controversy with Arsene Wenger and now the latest drama with his physios and Hazard.At least Mourinho refused to explicitly criticise the referee after Courtois’ red card. That was one break from the last few seasons, although his evasions were still underscored with surliness. That has been the mood of the last few weeks.– Last Spell- Antoine Griezmann (left) celebrates with Fernando Torres after scoring for Atletico last season. PHOTO/FileMore than a few around Stamford Bridge have likened the last few weeks to the last year of Mourinho’s first spell at Chelsea, in 2007, when he was in a permanent state of agitation and almost always on the attack.One problem was a dispute with owner Roman Abramovich over transfers, which eventually saw the Portuguese leave in September of the 2007-08 campaign.As such, given the way things are currently and the lack of signings — bar a loan of Radamel Falcao and the signing of Asmir Begovic in goal — one rather common prediction is that this second spell will end the same way.The reality is that it’s not anywhere near that bad right now. Things with Mourinho are just bubbling away rather than bubbling over — and of course he put pen to paper on a new four-year deal last week — although that doesn’t mean there aren’t some similar gripes.Sources have told ESPN FC that the Chelsea manager really wanted to add an extra option in attack this summer, specifically Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann, or someone with that kind of pace.There was also interest in an all-action midfielder and Chelsea were considering a move for Arda Turan before he went to Barcelona.As it was, the club didn’t go for either of those players, or anything like them. They’ve only replaced replacements in the market, with Begovic coming in for second-choice goalkeeper Petr Cech and an ailing Falcao taking Didier Drogba’s place on the bench.Mourinho has attempted to wave this away as “loyalty” to the players who won the title, but his demeanour when discussing signings hasn’t always been in sync with his words. It has also meant the team hasn’t entirely been in sync throughout preseason, or in their Premier League opener against Swansea.In Saturday’s 2-2 draw, there was the relative predictability of their attack in the second half. Mourinho’s approach to attacking means Chelsea are still mainly dependent on the creativity of Eden Hazard.It is in these kinds of matches, when they aren’t leading, that the liveliness of someone like Griezmann would work wonders.-Isolate Fabregas-Cesc Fabregas (holding head) penalised for diving last season. PHOTO/FileThere’s also the possibility that opposition sides have worked out how to isolate Cesc Fabregas, removing so much of the flow from Chelsea’s game.That could have been solved by another option in midfield, and that could also have given them another option in their game.The defensive issues plaguing Jose Mourinho’s Chelsea were on display versus Swansea.Has Jose Mourinho been backed in the transfer window as much as he would have liked?Something else that became apparent in the Swansea match was that Mourinho hasn’t yet managed to strike a balance between a new expansiveness and his old defensive order. For all that Chelsea toiled in attack, they still started the game as lively as had been seen since their genuinely exhilarating play of January.The cost of that, however, was a conspicuously loose defence. Chelsea coughed up a remarkable number of chances, especially for what was statistically the best back line in the Premier League last year.It is as if Mourinho can only go one way or another: open or shut. A properly powerful midfielder, though — in an ideal world, Paul Pogba — might have facilitated that transition.Instead, Chelsea don’t quite look at their best and Mourinho doesn’t look that happy.This is not to say the transfer market is the sole reason for his unhappiness, or that his side won’t end up winning the league again.As stated, the suggestions are that things are far from at crisis point, and there’s still the Mourinho resilience under-pinning this team. It’s just hard to escape the feeling something is not totally right with the team at the moment. He isn’t helping himself.– Miguel Delaney is a London-based correspondent for ESPN FC and also writes for the Irish Examiner and others. @MiguelDelaney.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho looks on before an International Champions Cup football match against Paris Saint-Germain in Charlotte, North Carolina, on July 25, 2015. PHOTO/AFPLONDON, August 11- Jose Mourinho just couldn’t help himself — and this was before the comments about his physios taking an injured Eden Hazard off the pitch at the end of Chelsea’s 2-2 draw with Swansea City, or the insistence on appealing Thibaut Courtois’s understandable red card in the same game.The day before, Mourinho gave notice of his mood.last_img read more

Photo of the Week: Canoe Fan in Ann Arbor

first_imgI was on my way home from visiting the Peony Garden at the University of Michigan Nichols Arboretum this weekend when I decided to stop at Gallup Park. It’s been a couple months since I last visited Gallup, and I wanted to see waterbirds on the Huron River. Close to dusk, I pulled into the parking lot of the small craft boat launch east of Huron Parkway. As I stepped out of the car and turned to walk to the path I take for birdwatching, I was pleasantly surprised to see a new art installation at the top of a ridge near the shore. “Canoe Fan”, created by Chicago-based artist Victoria Fuller, is a sculpture made out of recycled aluminum canoes in a half-circle formation. When I saw the sculpture, it reminded me of a peacock. Beautiful sculpture. According to Fuller:The holes are a design element that renders the canoes useless, and allows wind to pass through. Boats symbolize passage from one world into the next. It is a portal and symbol of passage, unfolding, flowering.Learn more about Canoe Fan, how it was created, and see photos of the installation on Fuller’s CODAworx showcase page. Canoe Imagine Art ProjectFuller’s piece is one of several artworks installed along the Huron River, part of the Canoe Imagine Art Project, an Ann Arbor canoe-themed public art installation. The goal of the project is to celebrating the history and attributes of the river and the city’s park system. Earlier this year, the public was asked to vote for their favorite design. I was glad to learn people were able to vote online or in person at the Gallup Canoe Livery at Gallup Park. If you’re in the southeast Michigan area, stop by Gallup Park to check out the Canoe Fan!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedPhoto of the Week: Stella Clair, Blue Water River WalkWhen I was birdwatching last weekend, I spent time traipsing through the snow along the shoreline of the St. Clair River and found my way to the Blue Water River Walk near Desmond Landing in downtown Port Huron, Michigan. I was peering through my binoculars at the gulls and canvasbacks…In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: Lakenenland Sculpture ParkIf you’re traveling between Munising and Marquette in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, Lakenenland outdoor sculpture park is one place you don’t want to miss.In “Michigan”Photo of the Week: Plymouth Ice Festival 2015With wind chills bringing temperatures to the -10 to -20 degrees (Farenheit) range, it had to be one of the coldest years for the Plymouth Ice Festival this weekend in Plymouth, Michigan. Held the first weekend of January, the Plymouth Ice Festival brings thousands of people to downtown Plymouth to…In “Web design & development links”last_img read more

The African Activist Archive

first_imgSinger in exile Miriam Makeba addressesthe United Nations General Assembly in1976. The occasion was the debate onapartheid, and Makeba was a delegate ofthe Republic of Guinea. A boycott of South African musical IpiNtombi in 1977 led to the show’spremature closing. A T-shirt saluting South African women.(All images: African Activist Archive)Janine ErasmusA new online resource aims to preserve an important slice of shared African and American history covering 50 years of activism in the US against apartheid and colonialism. The African Activist Archive project has so far collected over 1 300 documents and artefacts, which are now available for perusal on its website.Spanning the latter half of the 20th century, the project collects records of various forms related to activities undertaken in solidarity with the freedom struggle of Africans.These include historical materials such as pamphlets, newsletters, leaflets, political buttons, posters, T-shirts, photographs, and audio and video recordings. The archive is also putting together a collection of interviews with activists involved in the movement, and will accept written personal recollections too.The African Activist Archive (AAA) is calling for any relevant material to be donated, archived and made available to the public.Besides the hundreds of historical items, the AAA also maintains an extensive directory of similar archives held by libraries and historical societies worldwide.African focusThe AAA has a particular geographical focus on activist action in Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, Namibia (then South West Africa), South Africa, and Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) – although not exclusively.While the project is primarily an online resource, it is encouraging people in possession of archival material to preserve these priceless records by depositing them in public repositories such as its own. To this end, it will assist groups and individuals as much as possible.Initiated in 2003, the AAA has received support from the Ford Foundation, the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, educational non-profit organisation Our Developing World, the Normandie and Samuel Rubin foundations, which focus on humanitarian and social causes, individual donors and churches, and a number of others.AAA is run with the help of the Michigan State University library, which keeps all material in its Special Collections section. Said Cliff Haka, library director, “These collections of documents, posters, photographs, T-shirts, and audio and video tapes are building on two of the library’s nationally-recognised areas of strength – in African studies and American radicalism.”Priceless recordsThe earliest documents in the collection date back to 1962 and concern the American Negro Leadership Conference on Africa held in that year. Present at the conference were Martin Luther King, Jr and other key civil rights leaders of that time.The collection also features invitations to various significant events such as a dinner commemorating the eighth anniversary of the Sharpeville massacre of 1960, and information regarding the Patrice Lumumba Coalition, the Polaroid Revolutionary Workers Movement, Winnie Mandela Solidarity Coalition, and the Pan-African Liberation Committee and Southern Africa Relief Fund organised by students at Harvard University.History buffs will be fascinated by candid photographs of struggle stalwarts Miriam Makeba, Albert Lutuli, Walter Sisulu, Oliver Tambo, and others. The AAA also features visual documentation of protests against the 1964 Rivonia Trial, a 1977 boycott against the South African stage show Ipi Ntombi, which resulted in its premature closure, South African participation in the 1978 Davis Cup tennis tournament, and the sale of Krugerrands across the US, among many others.There is much more – material such as politically-themed pamphlets, buttons and T-shirts make up a part of this absorbing collection. Recorded interviews with the likes of former Minister of Education Kader Asmal and distinguished sociologist/academic Ben Magubane, conducted during their time of exile, are available.The struggle for freedom in other countries such as Namibia, Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Angola is also documented, although according to project manager Christine Root, it is the forgotten materials that people may have in their garages and attics that are of particular interest to AAA. “We are eager to add materials and interviews from more activists to more fully represent this diverse movement,” she said.Fighting for justiceThe American civil rights movement was born long before colonialism and apartheid came to Africa, as there were slaves in the US before the first settlers set foot on South African soil. The first documented instance of slavery in the US dates back to 1619 whilst settlers came to the Cape in 1652. However, activities in the 20th century thrust the moment into international prominence.From the 1950s through to the end of the century, the civil rights movement in the US was strong and vocal, and key events such as the Montgomery bus boycott of 1955 brought figures such as Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King, Jr to prominence. At the time the young Baptist minister was president of the Montgomery Improvement Association, the organisation that directed the boycott.Many activists were also involved in the struggle of African people against colonialism, apartheid and social injustice through individual efforts and organised movements. Among these were the Free South Africa Movement and the Southern Africa Support Project, which assisted people in Namibia, Zimbabwe and South Africa in their struggle for freedom. Archival records of the latter movement are held at Howard University in Washington, DC.People of all races joined anti-apartheid demonstrations in their individual capacity or as members of organisations that sprang up across the US. Through campus, union and community demonstrations, sit-ins, corporate boycotts and disinvestment, and media and music campaigns, activists took a stand against injustice.Promotional material such as newsletters, pamphlets, leaflets, posters, buttons, T-shirts, photos, and slideshows have taken their place in history, as have policy and strategy documents, various items of correspondence, minutes of meetings, and media reports and interviews. Although many organisations may have since faded away, these vital records remain.The US-African solidarity initiative was an important part of the broader struggle against the racism that also pervaded America at the time. The landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964, the foundation of which was laid during the presidency of John F Kennedy, although it was enacted only after his assassination in 1963, was good news for freedom fighters as it legally outlawed racial segregation and discrimination.The activism movement was unprecedented in the influence it came to wield, and it culminated in the enactment of the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986.Overruling then-president Ronald Reagan’s veto – the first time in the 20th century that a president had a foreign policy veto overridden – the Act imposed sanctions against South Africa, and also barred any direct flights to and from the US.It was the first anti-apartheid legislation passed in the US, and it further crippled the South African economy that was tottering after US banks had pulled out the year before. A strike in 1987 by 250 000 mineworkers did more damage to the economy.It was the combined pressures of international sanctions and internal strife that saw the apartheid regime finally crumble. In 1990 the government unbanned the South African Communist Party, the African National Congress and the Pan-Africanist Congress. A number of racist Acts were repealed, among them the 1913 and 1936 Land Acts, the Population Registration Act, and the Separate Amenities Act.Nelson Mandela stepped forth from Victor Verster prison, a free man, in 1990, and four years later took office as South Africa’s first democratically-elected president.“We are collecting the evidence of a unique historical movement,” commented US sociologist David Wiley. “Without this movement, the US Congress would not have passed the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986, which finally signalled the end of American support for the South African apartheid government.”Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at janinee@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.Related storiesGovernment in South AfricaPolitical partiesUseful linksAfrican Activist ArchiveMichigan State University – Special CollectionsAmerican Civil Rights InstituteWorld Peace CouncilSummary of the Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act – Library of Congresslast_img read more

Microsoft’s New Photo Sharing Service: Live Photos

first_imgMicrosoft today announced a new photo sharing product, Microsoft Live Photos, which integrates very nicely with Microsoft’s Windows Live Photo Gallery desktop photo application, and is yet another product in the long list of Windows Live services that Microsoft introduced today. In many respects, Live Photos clearly competes directly with Yahoo’s Flickr, though while it has a lot of Flickr’s features, its focus is more on sharing pictures with a small group of friends or family than with the whole Internet. We have been using Live Photos for about two months now, and our overall impression is extremely positive.IntegrationAs one would expect, Live Photos integrates directly with Microsoft’s Photo Gallery. This integration is similar to Google’s combination of Picasa Web Albums and the Picasa desktop application. You can upload photos, manage your galleries, and keep albums in sync. Live Photos will also be directly integrated into the new Live Toolbar, which will display previews of pictures that you and your friends have shared on the service. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#Microsoft#NYT#Photo Sharing Services#web frederic lardinois Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… FeaturesThe web interface lets you see your photos as thumbnails, thumbnails with additional information, or as very small icons. The overall interface is similar to Flickr’s, with a photo-strip for navigating your album at the top right of the screen. Underneath the strip is the general information about the photo you are currently looking at, as well as the individual web address for this photo. One of the niftier features of Live Photos is the Slideshow function, which changes its background color depending on the dominant color of the current photo. This is a subtle effect, but it shows that Microsoft spent a lot of time on getting the details of this new product right.You can share your albums with very granular permissions, and also share individual photos. Every photo can be tagged and your visitors can also leave comments.Very Few NegativesOverall, the Live Photos team did a great job in developing a product that would appeal to most mainstream users. We did not run into any real problems during our tests, but we came across a few functions that were still missing from the product. It would, for example, be nice if you could choose the picture to represent your album on the front page. Currently, the first picture in every album is automatically set to represent this album across Windows Live.Also, it would be nice to see how much space you have left on your SkyDrive account while uploading your pictures. VerdictThese negatives, however, are indeed minor and the combination of the Windows Live Photo Gallery with the Live Photo service looks like a winner to us, especially in combination with SkyDrive, which now features 25GB of online storage.In combination with the new Live Profiles and Live Groups, Microsoft has created a very comprehensive suite of social online sharing tools and matching desktop applications.last_img read more

Mountain Lion on Mac Will Change TV and Delight Cord Cutters

first_imgThe next iteration of Mac OS X is coming. It doesn’t have a launch date yet, but it likely will by the time Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference wraps up next month. While most of the updates focus on the slow convergence of iOS with the desktop, one unsung gem is sure to delight those of us who rely on the Internet rather than cable for television: AirPlay for Mac. Just as we already can with our iPads, iPhones and iPods, AirPlay for OS X will allow us to wirelessly mirror the screen of our Macs onto their televisions using Apple TV. The Cord Cutter’s Dilemma: Limited ContentWhat makes this so exciting for the cord-cutting crowd – and probably somewhat cringeworthy for the network executive crowd – is that there’s far more content available on the desktop Web than there is on iOS or any streaming set-top box.Take Hulu.com, for example. The free version of Hulu’s website has long blocked itself from being accessed by Google TV or Boxee. Annoyingly, even the paid Hulu Plus app isn’t available on most of these devices. With AirPlay for Mac, TV fans will be able to stream Hulu’s content from their televisions for free, at least as long as rumors about the site requiring a cable subscription don’t pan out. Hulu is just the beginning. Although a decent number of video sites have converted to HTML5 since the standard began to emerge (and since Steve Jobs famously spoke his mind about Flash), there are still quite a few sites out there that use Flash to play video back, including those belonging to networks and cable channels. In many cases, popular shows that aren’t available from a source such as Hulu are available on the content provider’s website, but rarely in such a way that that content is accessible from an iPad or most streaming boxes. With AirPlay for Mac, that changes.  A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… john paul titlow Tags:#Apple#web Related Posts Even though Boxee and Google TV have Web browsers, they still can’t access everything that’s on the Web. That’s either because of the site owner’s preferences or because of issues with the Flash player (an issue that’s commonly cited by Boxee Box owners). Since these devices exist as easily detectable user agents, they can be blocked by scripts or through other means. But a MacBook is a MacBook, and Hulu will never block that. All AirPlay is is a more convenient way to pair it with one’s TV. To that point, you may argue, why not just hook your computer up to your TV using VGA or HDMI? That’s easy enough if you have a Mac Mini or laptop and the right cables, but AirPlay will make it easier to do and compatible with less portable machines. For instance, if you have an iMac desktop on the other side of your apartment, you can stream content from that without lugging it over or dealing with long cables. In theory, streaming from your Mac via the new Apple TV box should support 1080p video, but it’s possible that things could get a little laggy on older hardware or on a less-than-stellar network. Other Uses, From Gaming to BusinessThe use cases go beyond video content, although that’s certainly a huge one. Gamers who want to play desktop games on a bigger screen will be able to do so much more easily, especially if they use an external controller. And it’s not just recent, high-impact video games that will find their way to bigger screens this way: Thanks to classic game emulators, it’s also an easy way to play old-school Nintendo favorites on the TV.AirPlay also turns out to be a pretty decent way to beam presentations onto a larger screen, provided it’s hooked up to an Apple TV box, which is actually even easier to transport to a business meeting than a laptop is. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Grant Thornton LLP Improves Efficiency and Service with Laptop Refresh and Intel® Core™ i5 vPro™ Processor and Solid State Drives

first_imgDownload nowAs a leading firm of accounting, tax, and advisory professionals, Grant Thornton LLP looks to equip its employees with the tools to improve productivity and to continue delivering award-winning customer service. Nearly all employees use laptop computers, and they get a new one every two years. The latest refresh, with Intel® Core™ i5 vPro™ processors, Intel® Solid State Drives (Intel® SSDs), and Microsoft Windows* 7, provides “drastically better” performance and productivity and will generate significant cost savings according to Kirk Halliday, manager of Grant Thornton LLP’s Enterprise Systems Management Group.“The better the technology is, the better the applications run, the happier people are with their jobs, the more productive they are, and the more likely they are to stay around,” says Halliday. “Our two-year lease cycle saves us money, and we think it also contributes to employee retention.”You can learn more in our new Grant Thornton business success story. As always, you can find this one, and many others, in the Intel.com Reference Room and IT Center.*Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others.last_img read more

Democratizing Analytics with SAS and the Intel Xeon E7 v4 Processor

first_imgPaul Bachteal, Senior Director of Global Technology Practice at SAS stops by to talk about how SAS is working to modernize the analytics process and how underlying solutions in the market are adapting to the changing needs of business. He highlights how the higher core count, greater performance, and larger memory capacity of the new Intel Xeon Processor E7 v4 processor is helping to advance the capabilities of machine learning applications and predictive modeling. Paul discusses the importance of democratizing analytics throughout the industry and talks about the work SAS is doing to educate enterprises to ensure that they have the right skill sets and tools to take advantage of the latest analytics solutions and prepare for the growth of machine learning applications. To learn more, visit http://www.sas.com/last_img read more

VP Pence exits NFL game after anthem protest

Trump to designate Mexican drug cartels as terrorist groups Winter storm threatens to scramble Thanksgiving travel plans Members of the San Francisco 49ers kneel for the National Anthem before the start of the NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on October 1, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. FILE PHOTO/Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPUS Vice President Mike Pence walked out of an NFL game Sunday when some players kneeled for the national anthem, the latest twist in a running saga over the controversial protests against racial injustice.Pence said that he departed after seeing players kneel during “The Star-Spangled Banner” ahead of the clash between his home team the Indianapolis Colts and the San Francisco 49ers.ADVERTISEMENT “And so this is what systemic oppression looks like — a man with power comes to the game, tweets a couple things out and leaves the game with an attempt to thwart our efforts.”Pence, who flew to Indianapolis from Las Vegas and was scheduled to head back west to California, was criticized in other quarters as well.“After all the scandals involving unnecessarily expensive travel by cabinet secretaries, how much taxpayer money was wasted on this stunt?” US congressman Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, said in a tweet.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Argentine bishop appears at court hearing on abuse charges Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Curry scores 40, Warriors rout Wolves in Shanghai ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Trump took credit for the departure of Pence and his wife from the stadium in a later tweet, saying, “I asked @VP Pence to leave stadium if any players kneeled, disrespecting our country. I am proud of him and @SecondLady Karen.”San Francisco safety Eric Reid, one of the players to embrace the anthem protest after it was initiated by former 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick last year, said Pence’s walk-out looked like a publicity stunt.“With the information I have, the last time he went to a Colts game was three years ago, so this looks like a PR stunt to me,” said Reid, noting that the picture Pence had tweeted of himself and his wife in Colts apparel appeared to be the same as one taken at a game three years ago.The vice president also tweeted a picture of himself, clad in a button-down shirt and blazer, and his wife standing for the anthem on Sunday.“He knew our team has had the most players protest. He knew we were probably going to do it again,” Reid said.ADVERTISEMENT Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES “I left today’s Colts game because President Trump and I will not dignify any event that disrespects our soldiers, our Flag, or our National Anthem,” Pence wrote on Twitter.While Colts players stood arm-in-arm at their home game in Indianapolis, more than 20 of the opposition San Francisco 49ers players knelt during the song.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingIt was a less organized gesture than the team’s demonstration last week, when 30 players kneeled with hands on hearts while teammates stood behind them, but it should have come as little shock to Pence, an Indiana native who tweeted his photo in Colts cap and shirt before the game.“While everyone is entitled to their own opinions, I don’t think it’s too much to ask NFL players to respect the Flag and our National Anthem,” Pence tweeted. “I stand with President Trump, I stand with our soldiers, and I will always stand for our Flag and our National Anthem.” MOST READ No more menthol cigarettes: New ban on tobacco, vape flavors View comments read more

Scots have 421 words for snow!

first_imgLondon, Sep 28 (PTI) Scotland has a whopping 421 words for snow, ranging from “feefle” to “flindrikin” to “spitters”, a new study has found. Researchers cataloguing different Scots words for the white stuff have officially logged 421, including the most obvious “snaw” but also “sneesl” to begin to rain or snow and “skelf” a large snowflake. The words were featured in a new Scots thesaurus, the first part of which was published online. The study by the University of Glasgow is part of a pilot project to compile the first ever Historical Thesaurus of Scots (HTS), classifying every word in the Scots language from earliest records to present day. The first two categories featured on the thesaurus website concentrate on Scots words for weather and sport ? being two key talking points for Scots across the centuries. Other Scots words for snow include: “feefle” – to swirl, as of snow round a corner, “feuchter” – of snow: to fall lightly, to come down in odd flakes, “snaw-ghast” – an apparition seen in the snow, “spitters” – small drops or flakes of wind-driven rain or snow, “blin-drift” – drifting snow, “snaw-pouther” – fine driving snow and “flindrikin” – a slight snow-shower. When it comes to sport, it is not football that has the most sporting Scots words: it is marbles that takes the crown with 369 words. As well as snow and marbles, the new thesaurus covers sports such as golf and shinty, and the many Scots words for clouds and mist, and the team will be adding new categories over the next few months, including another large one – rain. Following the success of the first stage, they hope to secure further funding to allow the thesaurus to grow to cover more aspects of Scottish life and culture. “Weather has been a vital part of peoples lives in Scotland for centuries,” Dr Susan Rennie, Lecturer in English and Scots Language at the University of Glasgow, said. “The number and variety of words in the language show how important it was for our ancestors to communicate about the weather, which could so easily affect their livelihoods,” said Rennie. “You might expect sports like football and golf to loom large in the thesaurus, but it turns out that there are actually more words relating to marbles – which is an indication of how popular the game has been with generations of Scottish children,” she said. PTI SAR AKJ SARadvertisementlast_img read more