AltaGas shares fall after CEO David Harris resigns abruptly due to complaint

first_imgCALGARY – Shares in AltaGas Ltd. fell Wednesday after it announced president and CEO David Harris had resigned suddenly following an unspecified complaint.“The board of directors of AltaGas and Mr. Harris have mutually agreed to his resignation due to a complaint under review by the board,” the company said in a news release.“This complaint is not related to AltaGas’ strategy, operations or financial reporting.”The Calgary-based company refused to provide more information. It didn’t say who had made the complaint.AltaGas’s stock fell by as much as 71 cents or 2.6 per cent to $26.37 on the Toronto Stock Exchange but recovered to $26.60 by mid afternoon.“We view this unexpected departure of David Harris negatively as the company is going through a transformation period with the integration of WGL and (it) provides uncertainty to AltaGas shareholders over long-term leadership,” wrote Ian Gillies, an analyst for GMP FirstEnergy, in a note to investors.The company’s $6-billion deal to buy Washington, D.C.-based energy utility company WGL Holdings, Inc., was announced in January 2017 but didn’t close until early this month after the last needed regulatory approvals were received.Including assumed debt, AltaGas says the acquisition value is about $9 billion.Last month, AltaGas announced an agreement to sell 35 per cent of its interest in B.C. hydroelectric operations for $922 million, thus achieving about half of its target of $2 billion in asset sales needed to fund its acquisition of WGL.The deal was shepherded by Harris, who has been with Calgary-based AltaGas since 2010 and its top executive since April 2016. He was 55 years old as of the end of 2017.In Wednesday’s news release, Harris is quoted as saying his time at the company has been a “privilege.”“I leave AltaGas feeling proud of the team’s accomplishments and I look forward to seeing their continued success,” he said.The role of chief executive officer will be shared on an interim basis by AltaGas founder David Cornhill, who will also remain chairman of the board, and Phillip Knoll, an industry veteran and director of AltaGas.Cornhill founded AltaGas in 1994 and was its CEO until April 2016.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:ALA)last_img read more

No suitors emerge for pipeline project stake as Kinder Morgan deadline looms

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. –  With just over a week remaining until the May 31 deadline set for abandoning its Trans Mountain pipeline expansion, no suitors have publicly emerged to step into builder Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd.’s shoes.Analysts and observers say they remain perplexed by Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s comment last week that “plenty of investors would be interested in taking on this project,” after the federal government said it would offer an “indemnity” or insurance to guarantee it is built.Kinder Morgan said Monday it has nothing to add to last week’s statement from CEO Steve Kean in which he repeated the May 31 deadline and said that discussions are ongoing but “we are not yet in alignment.” It’s difficult to guess who might take Kinder Morgan’s place without knowing what guarantees or deals are being offered by the federal government and possibly the province of Alberta, said Samir Kayande, a director with RS Energy Group in Calgary.He pointed out that the richer the deal, the longer the list of potential replacements for Kinder Morgan, which could include pension or private equity funds.“There is still time to get something done around a guarantee of some sort that will satisfy Kinder Morgan,” he said in an interview on Monday.“It really depends on the scope of the federal and provincial guarantees that are going to be offered. The governments are in kind of a tough spot here because if anyone does step in, it’s going to take them months or longer, potentially, to ramp up the whole effort.”The federal government has said its indemnity and suggestion of the entry of a third party gives it an advantage as it negotiates with Kinder Morgan but Dennis McConaghy, a former TransCanada Corp. executive and industry analyst, said he disagrees.He said it would be a “political disaster” for both Morneau and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley if the pipeline in-service date is delayed beyond 2020 because both governments have staked their reputations on it being built. “I’ve been very skeptical about the advent of third parties,” said McConaghy. “This deal has to get done with Kinder if the focus is to get the pipeline in service by 2020.“This project is essentially an expansion and a debottlenecking of an existing pipeline so it’s very difficult to build the project without selling the original Trans Mountain asset, which is of course a very complicated prospect.”He said the cost and delays involved in bringing in a third party makes it clear that the federal government’s best bet is to reach an agreement with Kinder Morgan.Meanwhile, finance officials had no new details to report in an email received Monday.center_img Trans Mountain has been operating since the 1950s, carrying as much as 300,000 barrels a day of oil and refined fuels from Edmonton to the Vancouver area, where it connects with a line carrying crude to refineries in Washington state.The planned tripling to 890,000 barrels a day could give Canada access to alternative markets as booming production from U.S. shale plays reduces Canada’s biggest customer’s need to import northern oil.B.C. is fighting the pipeline in the federal Court of Appeal and in B.C. Supreme Court. It has also referred to the B.C. Court of Appeal its own proposed legislation to cap oil shipments across the province.Enbridge Inc., North America’s biggest crude pipelines operator, has denied it is negotiating to take over the Trans Mountain expansion project. Rival pipeline company TransCanada Corp. didn’t respond to a request for comment on Monday.Oilsands producer Cenovus Energy Inc., a company hit hard by oil price discounts in the first quarter and a committed shipper on the project, refused comment when asked if it is interested in buying a stake in the project.Kinder Morgan says it has already spent $1.1 billion of estimated $7.4 billion price of the project.(THE CANADIAN PRESS)last_img read more

Peladeau may be interested in restarting Teo Taxi if industry rules changed

MONTREAL — The head of media conglomerate Quebecor Inc. has confirmed his personal financial interest in restarting insolvent electric transportation firm Teo Taxi, provided that certain rules about the industry are changed.Pierre Karl Peladeau tweeted his interest Tuesday, saying that as one of the service’s original customers, he has always believed in electric mobility and its potential for Quebec.However, he later warned that rules surrounding pricing should change, pointing to how Uber doesn’t operate according to the same rules as taxi companies.Some 400 drivers have been unemployed since Teo Tax ended its service because the company was not profitable and the shareholders didn’t want to inject new funds.Teo Taxi is part of Taxelco, which also owns Teo Techno as well as Taxi Diamond and Taxi Hochelaga. One of the founders, Alexandre Taillefer, says he hopes the company can be relaunched.According to a Friday court filing by the National Bank, one of the creditors, the debts of Taxelco and Teo Taxi are nearly $25 million, including almost $10.2 million tied to the bank.The Canadian Press read more

Senegal and Morocco Reaffirm Support for African Security Uphold Bilateral Ties

Rabat- Delegations from the two countries met at the 11th African Union summit on reforms in Addis Ababa. Saad Eddine El Othmani, Morocco’s head of government who led the Moroccan delegation at the summit, met with Mbagnick Ndiaye, Senegal’s minister of African integration.Discussions between the two delegations centered on finding ways to commit more African countries to the 3S initiative, a 2016-launched platform which Senegal and Morocco pioneered from the outset.Standing for “Sustainability, Stability, and Security” in Africa, 3S aims to help the AU achieve its most urgent goals, especially food security and irregular migration, according to Dakar and Rabat. As it expects to collect funds and other economic resources from both African governments and international partners, the 3S initiative seeks to create over 2 million jobs on the African continent.Within the context of stemming irregular migration among the continent’s youth—especially from rural areas— Dakar and Rabat have also pledged for more coordinated action to curb desertification.The move would entail restoring about 10 million hectares of cultivable land. The two countries hope that more job prospects and sufficient food will markedly decrease the urge among Africa’s youth to leave the continent.Senegal and Morocco’s push for an African platform to ensure security, stability, and sustainability is part of the AU’s broader reforms initiative that has been calling for structural reforms for nearly two years.Since the launch of the reform process in January 2017, Paul Kagame, the AU’s chair, has repeatedly noted the continent’s need for more financial autonomy.Achieving financial autonomy, African representatives have maintained, will allow for greater ownership of African policies on critical issues like security, migration, corruption, stability, and accountability of African governments vis-à-vis their own people rather than foreign aid donors.Senegal is Morocco’s foremost ally in sub-Saharan Africa. Dakarspearheaded Rabat’s return to the AU in January 2017 and has been a vocally favorable voice for Morocco’s aspirations to join the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).During their meeting in Addis Ababa, El Othmani and Ndiaye also upheld their nations’ historical and cultural ties. They insisted on greater bilateral relations and economic integration. read more

Memorial service planned for Prof Alex Amprimoz

Alex AmprimozA memorial service will be held Monday to honour the life of Prof. Alex Amprimoz.Amprimoz, a professor in the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, died Oct. 12. He was 64. Amprimoz had taught at Brock since 1985.The service happens from noon to 1 p.m. in the Sankey Chamber. A light lunch will be provided afterward.Read ‘Modern languages professor remembered’ in the Brock News.

Police release person of interest in Calgary missing person case

Calgary Police have released a man they took into custody as they continue to search for five-year-old Nathan O’Brien and his grandparents.Police questioned 55-year-old Douglas Garland earlier and say, despite his release, he remains a person of interest. Reports also say Garland has a link to the Liknes family: his sister is in a common-law relationship with a member of the family.There are also reports he once operated an illegal drug lab on a property that’s now being searched by police. It’s a field and body of water near Airdrie, Alberta. Investigators were joined by a canine team and officers in a boat while a helicopter hovered overhead.The little boy and his grandparents, Alvin and Kathy Liknes, have now been missing a week. Police have confirmed a violent incident occurred in the home. read more

UN development official calls for expanding credit ratings in Africa to boost

“The investment potential in Africa is huge,” the Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Zephirin Diabre, told a conference in New York on capital flows to Africa, organized by the Corporate Council on Africa (CCA). “Through our credit rating initiative, we intend to support countries in their efforts to mobilize resources from private capital markets.” Mr. Diabre said better access to financing should help African countries tackle a broad range of poverty alleviation issues and provide an incentive to achieve the Millennium Development Goals set by the UN Summit of 2000, which aim among other things to halve extreme poverty and hunger by 2015. Over the past year several African countries received ratings under UNDP’s credit rating initiative with Standard and Poor’s. In September, Ghana became the first country to benefit from the initiative and was assigned a ‘B+’ long-term foreign currency sovereign credit rating. In November, Cameroon received a ‘B’ long-term and ‘B’ short-term sovereign credit ratings and, in December, Benin was assigned a ‘B+’ long-term and ‘B’ long-term sovereign credit ratings. More sub-Saharan African countries, including Burkina Faso, Kenya, Madagascar, Mali and Mozambique, are expected to receive ratings in 2004. The CCA represents more than 200 companies dedicated to strengthening commercial ties between the United States and Africa. Mr. Diabre noted that helping countries define and implement policies that can create an enabling environment for investment is a top priority for UNDP as part of its support for the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD). The conference seeks to demonstrate that African markets can be profitable, highlighting key viable financing opportunities and providing a platform for financiers to meet sponsors of projects in Africa. Attendees include representatives from major United States financial institutions, business, and government and African financial institutions and companies. The conference programme is set to explore best practices for investing and analyze current trends in accessing liquidity through African capital markets. Participants will review effective mechanisms for public and private debt flows and examine case studies of high yield investments. read more

Students to stay home farmworkers to march for Cesar Chavez

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – California and several other states will honour Cesar Chavez by closing schools and state offices Friday, the 90th anniversary of the birth of a man who went from a grape and cotton picker to an enduring hero for labourers, Latinos and justice seekers of all kinds.Farmworkers in four states also plan to march Saturday and Sunday in honour of Chavez, who died in 1993, and in protest of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.Here’s a look at Chavez, his legend and his legacy:___FROM FARMWORKER TO ORGANIZERChavez was born near Yuma, Arizona, on March 31, 1927, and grew up in a Mexican-American family that travelled around California picking lettuce, grapes, cotton and other seasonal crops.He left school in seventh grade to work full time in the fields and later turned to organizing for farmworkers’ rights.In 1962, Chavez and Dolores Huerta co-founded the National Farm Workers Association, which became the United Farm Workers of America.Farmworkers were crucial to agribusiness in California, which grows nearly half the nation’s fruits, nuts and vegetables, but pay was poor and conditions often miserable.There were no toilets in the fields for workers, who weeded fields with short-handled hoes that forced them to bend over for hours at a time.Bosses frequently ignored the health and wages of their workers, many of whom were Spanish-speakers in the country temporarily or illegally and had little political or legal clout to prevent abuses.___GRAPES AND GRIEVANCESThere had been protests and small strikes, but the UFW, with Chavez as its figurehead, helped organize the farmworkers on a large scale and turn their cause into a movement.The UFW staged nonviolent strikes, boycotts and protests that garnered immense publicity and had a significant effect in California.A five-year strike that began in 1965 targeted grape growers in the central California town of Delano. Workers demanded pay equal to the federal minimum wage. The fight was marked by a nationwide consumer boycott of non-union grapes, a 350-mile march by grape pickers to the state capitol and a 25-day fast by Chavez.In the end, the union reached agreements with growers that covered thousands of workers.In 1970, nearly 10,000 workers went on strike after lettuce growers and other farmers in the Salinas Valley signed deals with the Teamsters that granted that union — instead of the UFW — the right to organize agricultural workers. It was the largest farmworker strike in U.S. history.What followed was a boycott that doubled the price of lettuce and a brutal battle with the Teamsters with protests, mass arrests and violence. UFW picketers were beaten and shot, one was killed and a UFW field office was firebombed.Eventually, the Teamsters signed a deal with the UFW and bowed out of field organizing.In 1975, the UFW launched a 110-mile march from San Francisco to a winery in Modesto, with more than 15,000 people eventually taking part. A few months later, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law creating the California Agricultural Labor Relations Board to oversee collective bargaining for farmworkers.___‘SI SE PUEDE’The union Chavez co-founded now represents only a fraction of the estimated 450,000 people who work in California fields during harvest seasons.However, he remains an icon of the worker protest movement. His image adorns murals, and his name has been given to streets in Los Angeles; Austin, Texas; and other cities.His signature protest chant, “Si se puede,” translated as “Yes we can!” became a rallying cry at demonstrations for various causes and even was used during Barack Obama’s presidential campaign.In 2000, California became the first state to establish a day commemorating the labour leader, held on his birthday. Holidays or other commemorations have been enacted in Arizona, Colorado, Illinois, Michigan, New Mexico, Texas, Utah, Wisconsin and Rhode Island.In 2014, Obama proclaimed March 31 national Cesar Chavez Day, urging Americans to honour Chavez’s legacy. However, it is not a U.S. holiday and federal offices remain open.___‘WE FEED YOU’About half the people hired to farm crops in the United States aren’t legally authorized to work here, and a large majority of them were born in Mexico, according to federal statistics.Trump’s pledge to deport millions of people living in the U.S. illegally, build a wall on the Mexican border and withhold funds from “sanctuary cities” that don’t co-operate with federal immigration authorities has struck a chord with this community.The UFW and other unions have pledged to bring out thousands of people over the weekend in 11 mostly rural communities in California, Texas, Oregon and Washington state.“Field labourers whose toil supplies fresh fruits and vegetables to America and much of the world will be marching against the Trump immigration agenda carrying ‘We feed you’ banners and signs,” a UFW press statement said. FILE – In this July 2, 1974, file photo, United Farm Workers leader Cesar Chavez, right, marches in a picket line with Archer Cole, an official of the New Jersey AFL-CIO in Hopelawn, N.J., against Pathmark supermarket, urging shoppers to boycott non-union picked lettuce. California and several other states will honor Chavez by closing schools and state offices Friday, March 31, 2017, the 90th anniversary of the birth of a man who went from a grape and cotton picker to an enduring hero for laborers, Latinos and justice seekers of all kinds. Farmworkers in four states plan to march Saturday and Sunday in honor of Chavez, who died in 1993, and in protest of President Donald Trump’s immigration policies. (AP Photo, File) by The Associated Press Posted Mar 31, 2017 12:15 pm MDT Last Updated Mar 31, 2017 at 1:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Students to stay home, farmworkers to march for Cesar Chavez read more

UN reports widespread human rights abuses in Libya where complete impunity prevails

“Despite the human rights situation in Libya, the country only sporadically makes the headlines. A multitude of actors – both State and non-State – are accused of very serious violations and abuses that may, in many cases, amount to war crimes,” UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said in a press release.The violations and abuses documented by the report from the High Commissioner’s Office (OHCHR) relate to unlawful killings, including executions of people taken captive, detained, abducted or perceived to be voicing dissent; indiscriminate attacks on highly populated residential areas; torture and ill-treatment; arbitrary detention; abductions and disappearances; and gender-based violence and discrimination against women.Child Recruitment by ISIL and Attacks Targeting Women Human rights defenders and journalists, migrants, and children are among the targets of those acts. For instance, cases of forced recruitment and use of children in hostilities by groups pledging allegiance to Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL/Da’esh, are also documented.There has been a series of attacks by armed groups against women activists since 2014. The assassination of well-known activists, such as Salwa Bugaighis, Fareeha Al-Berkawi and Intissar Al-Hasaeri, and the threats, “harassment and assaults targeting many others appear designed to send a broader message that women should not be vocal in the public sphere,” notes the report.“One of the most striking elements of this report lies in the complete impunity which continues to prevail in Libya and the systemic failures of the justice system,” Mr. Zeid said, underscoring the lack of means and capacity in the justice system to conduct prompt, independent and credible investigations or to prosecute those responsible for violations or abuses.Since 2014, judges and prosecutors have been subject to killings, court bombings, assaults and abductions, he noted. As a result, courts in Derna, Sirte and Benghazi ceased activities in 2014, with limited re-activation of courts in parts of Benghazi in 2015, and victims have had little recourse to seek protection or to an effective remedy. “This impunity is facilitating further abuses,” he said. “In the absence of proper protection, the judiciary cannot deliver justice,” says the report, which notes that the system for providing security is “inadequate and flawed,” as thousands of members of armed groups have been integrated into the Judicial Police with limited vetting.Recommendations The report recommends urgent action to stop the proliferation of armed groups through disarmament, demobilization and reintegration, and a vetting programme to remove and prevent the recruitment of individuals responsible for human rights violations or abuses. The report further calls upon the international community to ensure that the International Criminal Court (ICC), which has jurisdiction in Libya, has the necessary resources to carry out its investigations and prosecutions.Suggesting priority actions, it calls for addressing the security threats to administration of justice, reforming the Judicial Police, creating a robust victim and witness protection programme, establishing a specialized judicial structure within the Libyan courts to focus on crimes under international law, and organizing a high-level meeting to bring together Libyans actors and international partners to discuss initiatives to increase accountability in Libya. read more

MMA star Georges StPierre announces his retirement

Canada’s Georges St-Pierre is retiring from mixed martial arts.The 37-year-old from St-Isidore, Que., made the announcement on Thursday at the Bell Centre.St-Pierre, a two-division champion, leaves with a record of 26-2-0 and a 13-fight winning streak. He holds the record for most 170-pound title defences at nine.“It takes a lot of discipline to become and stay champion. It also takes a lot of discipline to stop while still feeling that you’re in the best physical and mental shape of your life, but I’ve always planned to leave the sport when I’m at the top and in good health,” St-Pierre said in a statement.“I want to thank my family, my fans, my coaches, trainers and training partners, my sponsors and my agents for their … support during all these years. I will forever be grateful for the work of (former UFC bosses) Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, as well as (UFC president) Dana White and all UFC employees for giving me the opportunity to showcase my skills before the world, from UFC 46 to UFC 217.“I also want to thank each of my opponents. All of them are incredible athletes who brought out the best in me. I retire from competition with great pride at having had a positive impact on my sport. I intend to keep training and practising martial arts for as long as I live and I look forward to watching the new generation of champions carry our sport into the future.”St-Pierre debuted on the big stage with a unanimous decision win over Karo Parisyan at UFC 46 in 2004. He won his first welterweight championship via knockout over Matt Hughes at UFC 65 in 2006.After losing the title to Matt Serra, he later recaptured the belt via TKO in their rematch at UFC 83 in Montreal.While he has fought just once since stepping away from the sport in late 2013 after nine straight welterweight title defences, St-Pierre made headlines in November 2017 when he dethroned middleweight champion Michael (The Count) Bisping in his comeback bout at UFC 217.St-Pierre gave up the 185-pound crown a month later, citing health issues (ulcerative colitis). Despite that limited activity, he still stands eighth in the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings.“Georges has cemented his legacy as one of the pound-for-pound greatest fighters ever,” White said. “He beat all the top guys during his welterweight title reign and even went up a weight class to win the middleweight championship. He spent years as one of the biggest names in MMA and remains one of the best ambassadors for the sport. He put Canada on the MMA map.”In 2011, St-Pierre set the largest UFC gate outside the U.S. at US$12.075 million when he headlined UFC 129 at the Rogers Centre in Toronto. The event had the second largest attendance in UFC history with 55,724 fans.St-Pierre won Sports Illustrated fighter of the year in 2009. He was nominated for best fighter at the ESPY Awards in 2008, 2010, 2011 and 2018. BROWSE georges st-pierre read more

Smokers should switch from cigarettes to vaping says worlds biggest tobacco firm

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The world’s biggest tobacco company is encouraging smokers to give up cigarettes and switch to vaping in a multi-million pound campaign.The £2 million campaign, called Hold My Light, is aimed at persuading the UK’s 7.4 million smokers to go “smoke free” with the help of family and friends.Smokers are encouraged to give up the habit for a minimum of a month based on Public Health England research that found smokers who gave up for 28 days were five times more likely to stop smoking completely.The initiative has been launched by Philip Morris Limited, makers of Marlboro, as part of a new strategy to switch smokers to their vaping products.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––They cite Public Health England research, which suggests vaping is 95 per cent safer than smoking cigarettes.Peter Nixon, managing director of Philip Morris Limited, said: “This campaign breaks new ground which is an important next step in our company going smoke-free and ultimately stop selling cigarettes.“There are more options than ever before for smokers to give up cigarettes but often they don’t realise that alternatives, like ecigarettes and heated tobacco are a better choice than continuing to smoke. Our research has shown that smokers want personal support from friends and family if they are to give up cigarettes – and that is what Hold My Light is designed to offer.” Hold My Light is based on similar behavioural science initiatives that have created positive societal change and is aimed at the 60 per cent of smokers that say they want to quit.The campaign features a website, video and major £2m advertising campaign across digital and print media aimed at both smokers and their potential supporters.The website,, suggests the kind of pledges that supporters might offer – from looking after a pet to cooking dinner every night in a bid to help loved ones give up smoking.It is the first time a tobacco company has launched a smoke-free campaign directly aimed at encouraging UK smokers to give up cigarettes.Former health minister Simon Burns MP supported the move, saying: “I think it’s a good initiative. Anything that helps people switch from cigarettes to a less dangerous product can only be a good thing.”In January, Philip Morris announced that it was “building its futureon smoke-free products that are a much better consumer choice than continuing to smoke cigarettes.”It insists its smoke-free products meet rigorous regulatory requirements although concerns have been raised over the safety of vaping. Since ecigarettes have only been on sale in the UK since 2007, long-term studies do not yet exist.A 2014 study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that “electronic cigarettes may function as a ‘gateway drug’ that can prime the brain to be more receptive to harder drugs”.A study published in Environmental Science and Technology in July 2016 identified harmful emissions in the vapour, including possible carcinogens and irritants, though at a much lower level than in conventional cigarettes.Each year, smoking causes around 46,000 deaths from cancer and 28,000 from respiratory disease in the UK, plus an estimated 20,000 deaths from cardiovascular disease.The Royal College of Physicians has reviewed the available evidence and advises GPs to promote e-cigarettes “as widely as possible as a substitute for smoking”. read more

Kim Andersson I will leave THW Kiel

← Previous Story Russian Handball Coach (M) election on Thursday! Next Story → Peter Hrachovec stays in Kadetten Schaffhausen ag kobenhavncopenhagenKim AnderssonTHW Kiel The Swedish national player, Kim Andersson, in an exclusive interview for spoke on the rumours of changing clubs. He confirmed that he is leaving THW Kiel, just not sure when – “Whether in Summer, or next year, I will be leaving THW Kiel. Copenhagen is only 70 km from my home in Sweden, and despite handball being very important to me, now my family has become more important, and this I see as an opportunity to play at new level at AG Kobenhavn and to be closer to my family as well” – concluded Andersson for The full interview can be found at the aforementioned website.source: read more

Zagreb take point in Plock

Orlen Wisla Plock and PPD Zagreb played 23:23 (11:12) in interesting clash at “Orlen Arena” in the opening match of the EHF CL Group A – Round 10.Orlen Wisła Płock – RK PPD Zagreb 23:23 (11:12)Wisła: Wichary, Corrales – Kwiatkowski, Daszek 4, Racotea, Wiśniewski, Pusica, Ghionea, Rocha 6, Piechowski, Montoro, Tarabochia 3, Konitz 2, Toledo 6, Nikcević 2, Żytnikow.Zagrzeb: Stevanović, Ilić – Mihić, Sabljić 3, Vujić 6, Kontrec 2, Sprem, Marković 1, Raković, Horvat 5, Valcić, Obranović 3, Vrdoljak, Vukić, Kovacević, Pavlović 3.STANDINGS: 2. SG Flensburg-Handewitt9702268:237(31)14 1. MVM Veszprém9711257:227(30)15 4. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …10415257:261(-4)9 4. THW Kiel9414259:247(12)9 ← Previous Story EHF CL: PICK Szeged still nightmare for the Lions! Next Story → DENMARK 2015 (DAY 2): Serbia VS Hungary, Poland against Sweden 8. Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu9108238:300(-62)2 7. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko9117235:257(-22)3 2. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…9702283:257(26)14 6. Orlen Wisla Plock10325275:286(-11)8 Orlen Wisla Plockppd zagreb read more

Microsoft 40 of all Xbox Live subscribers use it more like a

first_imgAs the Xbox 360 has matured, it has become less like a console and more computer-like. These days, you no longer are limited to playing games on the 360, but can also watch Netflix, listen to music through Zune, check your Facebook or Twitter accounts, or even watch a game on ESPN. The Xbox 360 has almost become a set-top box, and speaking to attendees of BMO Capital Markets’ Digital Entertainment Conference in New York yesterday, Microsoft’s Dennis Durking confirmed that there’s actually a lot of people who never even play a game on their 360s.AdChoices广告According to Durkin, 40 percent of all members of Xbox Live are spending their time on the console not gaming, but using other features… and these guys aren’t just dabbling. On average, in fact, they are spending three hours online a day, but not playing any games. They’re using it like a computer.“What we found is the core gamer might be the person who brought the console into the house, but as you widen the choices of content, it broadens what people can do with the system,” said Durkin.It makes sense: the Xbox 360 is actually excellent at doing most of the things a set-top box can do. If you have any interest in gaming whatsoever, why buy an AppleTV or Boxee Box when you already have something hooked up to your television which can do most of the same things… plus run Oblivion?Read more at CNetlast_img read more

Blind gamer completes Abes Odyssey using hearing and quick save alone

first_imgThe ability to quick save present in many PC games is a hotly contested feature, historically. Detractors claim that it allows players to trivially complete the hardest tasks, not through skill, but by rote trial-and-error: they take a game one step at a time, instead of one play session at a time. Proponents of the quick save feature, on the other hand, argue that there mere option of quick saving doesn’t mean people have to use it, and who are game developers to tell players when they can or can not save the game and exit?One argument in favor of quick save that never tends to be bandied about during these arguments is the way quick save can facilitate the gaming of the disabled. If ever there was a testament to the ability of quick save to allow a disabled gamer to enjoy a game he otherwise would have found impossible, then, it’s this incredible video from Terry Garrett, a totally blind gamer who managed to complete the PC version of Abe’s Exoddus using sound cues and quick save alone.Terry, of course, isn’t your average blind gamer. He’s spent most of his life trying to turn his disability into a superpower, tuning his hearing to the point of being able to compete in karate black belt competitions. Think of him like a real life Daredevil. As such, Terry was able to use trial-and-error to get through Abe’s Exoddus by using the “advanced sound” of the game, as well as memorization and a liberal use of the quick-save feature, to get through the entire game in a single play.Amazing. We’re not sure how much “fun” this seems, but Garrett’s certainly proven his point, both in regards to the ability of blind gamers when given the right tools, and the importance of excellent sound design in modern video games.[via Rock Paper Shotgun]last_img read more

Game of the Year Strong Bads Cool Game for Attractive People

first_img The Witcher 3 Game of the Year edition launches this month, Gwent beta d…Dragon Age: Inquisition GotY edition requires all DLC be downloaded Stay on target For too long the definition of “Game of the Year” has been unfairly narrow. How boring is it to see every website shower the same stale AAA games with praise at the end of each holiday season? So at we’re doing what we can to put a stop to this in Game of the Year, a new column celebrating worthy alternative picks for the year’s greatest game regardless of genre, platform, year of release, or even quality. Here, any game can be Game of the Year!Ever since The Walking Dead, Telltale Games has received critical acclaim for its Serious Games with Strong Emotional Storytelling and Mature Themes. They make games for adults based on properties like Game of Thrones and Fables and Batman. But honestly, it’s been all downhill for the developer since 2008 after they adapted the best franchise in the history of the internet: Homestar Runner. This week’s game of the year is the point-and-click’em up adventure Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People.But first, some context for those of you unfortunate enough to not know what Homestar Runner is. For like twenty years brothers Matt and Mike Chapman have been entertaining cool kids on the internet with their Flash cartoons. Dim-witted but beloved terrific athlete Homestar Runner may have the site named after him, but the real star is Strong Bad, a vaguely Mexican wrestler who achieved cult classic with his show about checking emails.It’s hard to pin down exactly what makes Homestar Runner so funny, beyond the usual difficulty of explaining a joke. Yeah, the characters all have amusing designs, but the humor is more rooted in a sort of gentle Gen X appreciation for weird wordplay and pop culture references and a general chill vibe. It’s a little too heady for children I’d imagine, but it’s not some filthy Seth MacFarlane cartoon either. It’s just a website full of great cartoons featuring dulcet Casio keyboard tones and text adventure parodies and a love of cold ones and blue-haired anime characters. Plus, the characters themselves, from depressed little brother Strong Sad to old and creepy Midwestern hip-hop head Coach Z, have become extremely well-defined over the years. They’ve moved on from collections of quirks and weird voices to rich personalities with shocking comedic depths.Across its five monthly episodes, Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People (or SBCG4AP) does an admirable job capturing the breadth of the Homestar Runner universe. The first episode starts with a classic Strong Bad vs. Homestar story but later episodes move onto explorations of Strong Bad egotistic politics, a celebration of the cartoon’s love of fake bands, an action movie parody that pays off a long-running joke from the emails, and a classic 8-bit video game-themed season finale blowout.The plots are all hilarious, but the real joy of the game comes from hanging out in the Homestar Runner world, talking to characters and making Teen Girl Squad comics. The visual charms translate well to the simple 3D art style. Point-and-click games have never been my favorite genre, and here I only tolerated the mechanics because of my love of the source material. But I can’t deny the brilliance of this pairing of property and genre. Poker Night at the Inventory is a strong runner-up. The Brothers Chaps don’t do too many outside partnerships, but with its focus on laidback absurd humor and memorable characters, SBCG4AP at times feels like the best game LucasArts never made. Meanwhile, playing the game with a Wii remote, and turning it on its side NES-style to play the fake retro games, just felt right.We didn’t know it at the time, but SBCG4AP was pretty much the end of the Homestar Runner golden age. Since 2010, the site has been on hiatus as the Brothers Chaps have moved onto other projects, mostly at Disney. There have been new Homestar Runner cartoons since, but they appear sporadically. On the internet, it’s a Big Deal when a new one releases, like this gem from the holiday break.So if you, like me, are keeping Flash installed on your computer solely to watch Strong Bad emails and want to immerse yourself in the Homestar Runner universe even more, check out Strong Bad’s Cool Game for Attractive People on the Wii, PS3, PC, and Mac. Any game with Senor Cardgage is overqualified to be the game of the year.Check back next week to read about the next Game of the Year!last_img read more

Silva delighted with Evertons response after Spurs defeat

first_imgEverton manager Marco Silva has hailed his side’s “fantastic” response after their 5-1 victory against Burnley at Turf Moor.After an embarrassing 6-2 home defeat to Tottenham on Sunday, Silva was glad to see his side respond with a 5-1 thumping of Burnley on Boxing Day.Lucas Digne scored a brace, while Yerry Mina, Gylfi Sigurdsson, and Richarlison all scored to condemn Burnley to their third defeat in a row.“It was a fantastic answer from our players – not just the team but the fans as well. We prepared well, we started well, because it is not easy to play here,” Silva told Sky Sports.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“When you have a bad result the best thing is to play quickly and the players have proved that. We have got a good result, an important win.“The last result was tough but we have no doubts about our personality or quality. We had a bad afternoon but have proved not just our quality but our commitment and attitude as well.”last_img read more

US holds 22 dialogue with India on securing strategic cooperation in IndoPacific

first_imgRepresentative ImageReutersThe United States will host an intersessional meeting of the US-India 2+2 Dialogue on Thursday, August 22. The event will be attended by the defence and foreign affairs officials from both countries. The meetings are aimed to strengthen diplomatic and security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region. “During the Intersessional, the two sides will discuss ways to advance cooperation on critical diplomatic and security priorities, including our shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific region, and review preparations for the next 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue,” the US State Department said on Wednesday.The American delegation is led by Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells and Assistant Secretary of Defense for Indo-Pacific Affairs Randall Schriver, reported PTI.Following today’s meeting, the two US officials will hold the fourth US-India Maritime Security Dialogue with the Indian officials on Friday where the two sides will discuss maritime developments in the Indo-Pacific region. A statement was issued which stated: “Consider steps to further bilateral maritime security cooperation.”The meeting will lay the groundwork for the official US visit by Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh scheduled in the upcoming months.The maritime dialogue was set up by the former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and his US counterpart Defence Secretary Ashton Carter to enhance strategic cooperation between the two countries. The first dialogue was held in India in 2016. (With inputs from agencies)last_img read more

Full Show Houston Police Chief Art Acevedo And A New Energy Battleground

first_img Share Marissa CummingsHouston Police Chief Art Acevedo discusses a Hispanic crime report drop this year. He speculates it may be a result of deportation fears.On today’s edition of Houston Matters, HPD Chief Art Acevedo takes your questions and comments about law enforcement-related issues in the city, from the recent “sanctuary cities” bill (and the lawsuits against it) to the implementation of HPD’s new overnight investigative unit, and more.Also this hour, we discuss whether the oil and gas industry is at odds with U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry. And we talk with some of the folks behind the popular fiction podcast Welcome to Night Vale, which is doing a live show in Houston on Friday.Houston Matters offers a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps.last_img read more