Transocean to Merge with Ocean Rig in USD 27 Bn Deal

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Deepwater Horizon Response/Flickr under CC BY-ND 2.0 Consolidation in the offshore energy industry is gaining ground, the latest candidates to combine their strenghts being Transocean and Ocean Rig.The companies said on September 4 that they entered into a definitive merger agreement under which Transocean will acquire Ocean Rig in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately USD 2.7 billion, inclusive of Ocean Rig’s net debt.“The purchase of Ocean Rig is in line with Transocean’s strategy to have the number one fleet of premium ultra-deepwater and harsh environment rigs,” Leslie Cook, principal analyst, upstream supply chain, at Wood Mackenzie, said.“The announcement is not a surprise. Industry consolidation is necessary to get these premium assets back to work over the next two to three years. The Ocean Rig fleet aligns very well with Transocean’s best-in-class portfolio.”Upon completion of the merger, Transocean’s and Ocean Rig’s shareholders will own approximately 79% and approximately 21%, respectively, of the combined company.The combined fleet with be comprised of 57 floaters, with 17 of the top 50 and 31 of the top 100 ultra-deepwater drillships in the industry. “It is Wood Mackenzie’s view that the premium ultra-deepwater drillship market has reached the bottom and rates for some of the highest-spec assets have the potential to double in the next couple years as active utilisation begins to tighten,” Cook said.“Operators are already demonstrating a preference for newer rigs that offer greater efficiency in their drilling programmes. As rates begin to float back up, the need to keep drilling costs down will drive demand for these newer rigs that can offer efficiency gains.”Expected annual cost synergies from the merger range around USD 70 million.“By buying Ocean Rig, Transocean is positioning itself to offer the industry premium rigs at competitive dayrates.This is a winning deal – for Transocean, for Ocean Rig and for the industry,” Cook concluded.last_img read more

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Wallace Receives Spirit Award

first_imgA Cumberland County community has been recognized for its dedication to citizen engagement and civic pride. Wallace is one of three Nova Scotian communities selected for the 2013 Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award. Lt.-Gov. J.J. Grant presented the award at a community picnic today, Sept. 28, at the Wallace Recreation Field. The community received an original piece of Nova Scotian Crystal. “As the Queen’s representative in Nova Scotia, I am proud to honour the people of Wallace for their determination to overcome the challenges they face as a rural community and for their extraordinary efforts to enhance the quality of life for all their members,” said Lt.-Gov. Grant. Warren Hebb, who nominated Wallace, highlighted the community’s response to a fire that destroyed the only gas station in the area, its local history and year-round festivals as key examples of community engagement. “It is the countless hours provided by volunteers that make communities like Wallace good places to live in Nova Scotia,” said Mr. Hebb. “Nearly everyone will do what they can to assist a community endeavour be more successful.” In March, Nova Scotians nominated communities for the Lieutenant Governor’s Community Spirit Award. The department of Communities, Culture and Heritage co-ordinates the award, and applicants who best fit the award criteria are chosen by an independent selection committee. Along with Wallace, other 2013 recipients include Ballantynes Cove/Cape George, Antigonish Co., and Paqtnkek Mi’kmaw Nation, Antigonish Co. For more information, visit http://communityspiritaward.ca .last_img read more

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Government Breaks Ground on Kentville Dialysis Unit

first_imgConstruction has started for a new dialysis unit at the Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville. Health and Wellness Minister Randy Delorey was joined by hospital staff and members of the community to break ground on the new site today, Aug. 10. “Dialysis patients often make multiple trips for treatment each week,” said Mr. Delorey. “This new unit will allow many Annapolis Valley patients with more complex medical conditions to be treated closer to home.” Right now, many dialysis patients in the Annapolis Valley travel to the Western Kings Memorial Health Centre in Berwick for treatment. Others may have to travel to Halifax. The new 12-station unit in Kentville will replace the six-station unit in Berwick and will serve twice as many patients. There are about 24 patients currently receiving dialysis treatment in Berwick. The new unit will reduce travel for some patients, particularly those with more complex medical conditions who may have to travel to Halifax for treatment. Additional staff will be hired for the new dialysis unit in Kentville. “This is an exciting step forward for Valley Regional Hospital,” said senior medical director of Nova Scotia Health Authority’s renal program, Dr. Steven Soroka. “A new dialysis unit will be an integral part of the health care we provide in Kentville.” Construction is expected to be completed by winter 2020. Dexter Construction has been awarded the contract for the first of two phases. The first phase, underway now, includes excavating the building blueprint, removing unsuitable materials and re-routing a watermain for the new building addition.last_img read more

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Health ministers meet in Winnipeg to talk over cannabis pharmacare

first_imgWINNIPEG – Provincial and territorial health ministers say they are interested in exploring a national pharmacare program and other initiatives — but only if the federal government pays its share.At the end of the first day of their annual meeting, several health ministers called on Ottawa to put up more money if it wants a pharmacare program, new mental-health treatments and opioid addictions services.“The No. 1 question today (is) what funding role will Ottawa be taking,” Quebec’s Gaetan Barrette said Thursday.“We want to provide more services. We understand what’s at stake. We understand the need. We also live on a daily basis with limitations we have … because of funding.”Barrette said the issue would be discussed further on Friday when federal Health Minister Ginette Petitpas Taylor and Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott were to join the discussion.The provincial ministers said Ottawa’s annual health-transfer increases, which were reduced last year to three per cent from six per cent — are not keeping up with the rising cost of health care.Alberta’s Sarah Hoffman said new health programs could be helped by the Trans Mountain pipeline project. The federal government agreed to buy the existing pipeline, expansion project and terminals from Kinder Morgan Canada for $4.5 billion after the company threatened to walk away in April.“Projects like Trans Mountain, that bring in $15 billion in national revenue and 15,000 jobs, will go a long way to helping us move forward on these important health initiatives,” she said.Alberta refused to endorse the official statement stemming from a meeting of the western premiers in May because it didn’t include support for the pipeline. Hoffman said it was “so good to be back at the table” at the health ministers meeting.Manitoba’s Kelvin Goertzen said he is disappointed Ottawa has not released an extensive public awareness campaign to warn Canadians about dangers associated with cannabis consumption. With legalization of recreational pot coming Oct. 17, it’s incumbent on the federal government to warn people about the dangers of cannabis consumption, he said.“We’ve been disappointed that the awareness campaign, nationally, hasn’t been what we might have expected, but certainly we are hopeful … that that might change.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version dropped the last part of the federal health minister’s name.last_img read more

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A journey through time with Eric McCormack

first_imgAdvertisement “If I could come back from the future, first I’d get a freaking haircut for one thing,” says McCormack, 53, in an interview in an office building by the Toronto waterfront. “But if Trump ever became president I’d certainly be spending a lot more time in Vancouver.”The Canadian actor, based in L.A., recently did a bit of sitcom-themed time-travelling lately, reuniting with the cast of NBC’s Will & Grace to do a nine-minute spot about the upcoming American election. Ten years after their show went off the air, McCormack got together with co-stars Debra Messing, Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally with a message to vote.In the online segment, which trended on social media, Karen (Mullally) announces that she is voting for Trump. “Make America Bueno Again!” she enthuses. Will and Grace try to convince her otherwise. If Eric McCormack lived in the future and could send his consciousness to the present day to prevent the destruction of the universe as we know it, whose body would he inhabit?If it’s 2016, then you must be talking about presidential candidate Donald Trump. Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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Anticipated military offensive drives thousands of Pakistanis from their homes – UN

Andrej Mahecic, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that as of early September, more than 80,000 displaced people from South Waziristan had been registered by local authorities in the districts of Dera Ismail Khan and Tank in the North West Frontier Province (NWFP).Earlier this year, more than 2 million Pakistanis were displaced by the conflict between Government forces and militants in NWFP. Many of them have since returned to their homes.UNHCR said that in recent days, local authorities have begun registering new arrivals, with more than 800 families registered over the past three days out of an estimated 2,000 families that have moved into the area. “While some of the movement from South Waziristan may be seasonal migration, most families say they are fleeing expected bombardments,” said Mr. Mahecic told reporters in Geneva. “If full-scale military operations are launched, the numbers of displaced people are likely to rise significantly.”UNHCR has been working with local partners to distribute relief supplies, including plastic sheets, sleeping mats, jerry cans and kitchen sets, to internally displaced persons (IDPs) from South Waziristan. While the agency has stocks of relief supplies in the area to assist new waves of displaced people, it said the key challenge is security and humanitarian access to people. “We don’t expect further outflows of people on the scale that we saw coming out of Swat, Buner, Shangla and Dir earlier this year, when more than 2 million people had fled their homes,” Mr. Mahecic said. “But there will be additional operational challenges because of the volatile security environment in areas of displacement as well as in South Waziristan itself.”He added that the deteriorating security situation in the country continues to hinder UNHCR’s humanitarian operations. “We have had to adjust our operations in the wake of attacks on UN staff and general insecurity, but we are committed to continuing our work to help displaced people in Pakistan.”Meanwhile, UNHCR reported that there are fresh waves of displacement from Bajaur agency, also in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), with reports that an estimated 1,000 families have already left the area. 16 October 2009The United Nations refugee agency said today that there have been new outflows of people from Pakistan’s South Waziristan region this week in anticipation of military operations against insurgents. read more

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Security Council extends mandate of UN mission in TimorLeste by one year

The unanimously adopted resolution on the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET) recognized the importance of continued efforts by the UN operation to transfer skills and authority to the Timor-Leste government, and stressed that improving the overall capabilities of the country’s police force was a key priority.The resolution also welcomed the continuing progress in developing a positive bilateral relationship between the Governments of Timor-Leste and Indonesia, which the Council called “crucial” for the future stability of Timor-Leste.The Mission, established last year to provide the fledgling nation with the stability necessary for growth and development, comprises international experts who help support the core administrative structures, train law enforcement officials and develop national defence capabilities. read more

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TSX moves lower on broad market weakness commodities modestly higher

TORONTO – The Toronto stock market moved lower Monday following weekend reports of the latest high-level talks on resolving the “fiscal cliff” stalemate in Washington.The S&P/TSX composite index fell 46.11 points to 12,250.61 near midday, while the TSX Venture Exchange climbed 4.99 points to 1,188.61.The Canadian dollar was up 0.23 of a cent to 101.60 cents US.TSX energy stocks were down 0.2 per cent as the January crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 76 cents to US$87.49 a barrel.March copper was down two cents at US$3.67 a pound while February gold bullion lifted 50 cents to US$1,697.50 an ounce.House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner reportedly told President Barack Obama on the weekend that he could be flexible on raising taxes on some wealthy earners in exchange for cuts to benefit programs cherished by Democrats.A White House official says the president and Republican leader are meeting at the White House to discuss the pending fiscal cliff and deficit reduction.On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrials gained 69.76 points to 13,204.77, the Nasdaq rose 20.88 points to 2,992.21. The S&P 500 index was off 10.84 points at 1,424.42.A survey of top business economists released Monday by the National Association for Business Economics showed that most believe that modest growth will be ongoing in 2013, led by rising demand for housing.Based on the survey, NABE sees economic growth of 2.1 per cent after 2.2 per cent growth in 2012.In Canada, the real-estate industry’s main association released a revised forecast for 2012 housing resales. The Canadian Real Estate Association now projects 456,300 units will be sold in 2012, half a percentage point below last year’s level. The Canadian national average home price is projected to rise by 0.3 per cent to $363,900 in 2012.In corporate developments, copper miner Inmet Mining Corp. (TSX:IMN) says it has yet to receive the increased $5.1-billion takeover bid that was announced by First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (TSX:FM) on Sunday. Inmet is urging shareholders to withhold taking action until it can evaluate the details. Inmet shares rose five per cent to $73.30.TSX financial stocks were ahead 0.2 per cent, while Sun Life Financial (TSX:SLF) has agreed to sell its U.S. annuity unit and certain life insurance businesses for US$1.35 billion to Delaware Life Holdings, a company owned by shareholders of Guggenheim Partners. Sun Life shares dropped 55 cents to $27.28.Shares of Research In Motion (TSX:RIM) were down after the company said its new BlackBerry 10 operating system is undergoing a invitation-only user testing at 120 select government and private-sector customers across various industries. The company’s stock was down 24 cents to $13.64.Overseas, Japanese shares outperformed all others on hopes that the new government will soon enact fresh stimulus measures.The country’s Nikkei 225 index jumped 0.9 per cent to close at 9,828.88, its highest level since April, after the country’s Liberal Democratic party swept back into power with a landslide victory in weekend elections .Elsewhere in Asia, China’s shares fared fairly well as its new leaders promised more spending if needed to underpin a wobbly economic recovery. Those hopes helped the Shanghai Composite rise 0.4 per cent to 2,160.34 and the smaller Shenzhen Composite index to end 0.4 per cent higher to 819.58.In Europe, the FTSE 100 index of leading British shares was down 0.4 per cent at 5,896 while Germany’s DAX fell 0.1 per cent to 7,590. The CAC-40 in France was 0.3 per cent lower at 3,634. by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 17, 2012 11:53 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX moves lower on broad market weakness, commodities modestly higher read more

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UNESCO chief denounces murder of Honduran cameraman

“Such acts must not go unpunished,” stressed Irina Bokova, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). “I urge the authorities to thoroughly investigate this crime and bring the perpetrators to justice.”Mr. Varela, 32, worked as an official cameraman for several public personalities and, more recently, for TV Globo, the Paris-based UNESCO stated in a news release.According to IFEX, a non-governmental organization defending freedom of expression, he had been kidnapped and tortured in 2010 by men searching for some of his video footage. Since then, the authorities had provided him with special protection.He is the 8th Honduran journalist whose death has been condemned by UNESCO since 2012. read more

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Groenland la fracture de liceberg Petermann considérée comme un signal dalerte

first_imgGroenland : la fracture de l’iceberg Petermann considérée comme un signal d’alerteGroenland – La semaine dernière, un immense iceberg s’est détaché du glacier Petermann. Une fracture considérée par les scientifiques comme un nouveau “signal d’alarme” quant aux risques d’une fonte accélérée des glaciers de l’île. La fonte totale de ces glaciers engendrerait une hausse catastrophique du niveau de la mer.Le bloc de glace qui s’est détaché du Groenland s’étend sur une surface de plus de 250 km². Il dérive doucement vers le sud depuis quelques jours, et menace de bloquer temporairement la circulation dans le détroit de Nares.À lire aussiQui est Greta Thunberg, proposée pour un prix Nobel à seulement 16 ans ?La rupture du glacier Petermann est la plus importante survenue en Arctique au cours des cinquante dernières années. Cette fracture laisse craindre un lien avec le réchauffement climatique, et des conséquences qui pourraient s’avérer catastrophiques. “C’est un signal d’alarme qui rappelle que les changements sont déjà perceptibles”, estime le glaciologue Konrad Steffen, qui supervise les travaux du Giec (Groupe d’experts intergouvernemental sur l’évolution du climat) au Groenland, dans le cadre du prochain rapport attendu en 2013.En cas de fonte, la glace du Groenland pourrait faire monter le niveau des mers d’au moins cinq mètres. Des estimations sans cesse revues à la hausse par les experts du climat. S’il y a encore quelques années, les météorologues groenlandais considéraient la calotte très stable, ils estiment aujourd’hui que la fonte engendrée par le réchauffement climatique pourrait entraîner une élévation du niveau des mers de cinquante centimètres à un mètre d’ici la fin du siècle. Un tel phénomène engloutirait les grandes villes côtières et entraînerait la fuite de centaines de millions de personnes.Le 16 août 2010 à 17:27 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Almas vs Black for NXT Title North American Champion Title tonight at

first_imgFacebook Pinterest Google+ Now Playing Up Next Patriots Offense Shows Much Promise But Can Get Even Better WWE will present the latest NXT TakeOver: New Orleans special live tonight at 8:00 PM Eastern (7:00 p.m. CT) on the WWE Network from New Orleans.A pre-show is set to air at 7:00 PM Eastern (6:00 CT) on the WWE Network.The card for tonight’s show is as follows:* NXT Championship: Andrade “Cien” Almas w/Zelina Vega vs. Aleister Black* Ladder Match for the new NXT North American Championship: Adam Cole vs. EC3 vs. Ricochet vs. The Velveteen Dream vs. Killain Dain vs. Lars Sullivan* Unsanctioned Match: Johnny Gargano vs. Tommaso Ciampa (If Gargano wins, he is reinstated to NXT)* NXT Women’s Championship: Ember Moon (c) vs. Shayna Baszler* NXT Tag Team Championships, Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals: Adam Cole (subbing for Bobby Fish) and Kyle O’Reilly (c’s) vs. The Authors of Pain w/Paul Ellering vs. WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne and Roderick StrongWrestleview.com will have live coverage of NXT TakeOver tonight at 8:00 PM Eastern (7:00 CT) along with live thoughts on Twitter via @wrestleview.Don’t forget that Wrestleview Live will return immediately following TakeOver. Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBrexit’s Impact on Gilts, the Pound and the U.K. EconomyVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration -:-/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0.00%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Tom Keene Now Playing Up Next Jamie Collins Comes Back To Gillette Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Brexit’s Impact on Gilts, the Pound and the U.K. Economy WhatsApp WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Twitter Now Playing Up Next Patriots Make Trade As Tight End Situation Falls Into Rough Shape Jakobi Meyers, Jarrett Stidham Shine As Patriots Crush Lions 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) NXT Highlights: Johnny Gargano addresses NXT future, Baszler vs. Ripley, Pete Dunne in actionlast_img read more

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Lewandowski Matching Latos record is nearly impossible

first_imgPoland legend Grzegorz Lato’s tally of 7 goals in a single major tournament is something that not even Robert Lewandowski feels he can matchThe prolific goal-scorer has scored over 40 goals across all competitions for Bayern Munich in three consecutive seasons and became the all-time record goalscorer for Poland in their World Cup qualifying campaign, in which he scored 16 goals.However, Lewandowski has only been able to represent Poland in two major tournaments throughout his career in Euro 2012 and Euro 2016 –  which yielded just two goals in total.The 29-year-old is expected to lead the charge for the White and Reds in their opening game against Senegal today.But he insists that the days of reaching records like the legendary Lato’s are now gone.Paul Pogba, Manchester UnitedPerez admits Real Madrid tried to sign Lewandowski & Pogba Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Florentino Perez has finally admitted that Real Madrid unsuccessfully tried to sign Robert Lewandowski and Paul Pogba, but remained coy on Kylian Mbappe.“That kind of tally gives you immortality. Times have changed, though, and from that perspective seven goals is very hard to beat. It is harder near the penalty box now. To score five or six goals at such a tournament is a huge task. Two years ago, at Euro 2016, I only had two or three good chances and scored one of them,” he told The Guardian.The forward admits that opposition defences often pay particular attention to him and he is expecting more of the same at Russia.“Defenders give special attention to me and that can obviously happen again in Russia,” he said.“If that is the case, I just want our team to benefit from it. History is history and it is nice to look back and remember, but we want to be remembered and write our own history. We will fight for beautiful memories.”last_img read more

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Northern Dynasty stock jumps after EPA withdraws proposed Pebble restrictions

first_imgThe value of Northern Dynasty stock has been low amid recent controversy surrounding the proposed mine and hasn’t seen a boost of this magnitude in more than two years. “This is another bump in the road,” Van Vactor said. “We’ve seen a lot of them before and we will see more in the future. But at the end of the day I’m very optimistic that that science and truth will prevail.” Northern Dynasty stock was hovering around 80 cents at the end of trading on July 31. The next major step in the permitting process comes in early 2020 when the Army Corps of Engineers expects to release its final environmental review. Thiessen says certain worries about the mine’s effects on Bristol Bay are unfounded. Van Vactor disagrees. He’s holding out hope that the permitting process will take scientific findings into account and keep the project from getting too far. Northern Dynasty Minerals, the sole owner of the Pebble Limited Partnership, saw a 60% jump in share price on Tuesday. The surge came after the Environmental Protection Agency withdrew proposed restrictions on the Pebble Mine project, clearing a potential hurdle to its development. “People shouldn’t have been scared away,” Thiessen said. “And our share price shouldn’t have been depressed, because people don’t tell the truth about the potential impact of this project on a fishery” Northern Dynasty shares have not seen much action over the past few years, a time during which the debate over Pebble Mine’s potential environmental impact has grown.center_img KDLG reached out to a number of financial analysts for this story, but they all declined to comment. “At the end of the day,” Van Vactor said. “I have a high degree of confidence that science and reason will prevail. It’s certainly not where I would be putting my retirement funds or even my play money if I had any.” Northern Dynasty CEO Ron Thiessen says the stock movement reflects investor optimism that the project is on the right course. “You saw it in the market,” Thiessen said. “Our shareholders felt this was a major impediment and clearing it was a major milestone.” Northern Dynasty, which trades as NAK on the New York Stock Exchange, saw shares go from 54 cents to 91 cents on Tuesday. (Google Finance graphic) Not everyone shares that positive outlook. Norm Van Vactor, president of the Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation, thinks Tuesday’s movement on the markets was nothing more than a knee-jerk reaction to the day’s headlines, and still sees plenty of significant obstacles to the mine’s development.last_img read more

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Pixel 3 owner gets 9000 worth Google phones instead of 900 refund

first_img Google Pixel 2 XL vs Apple iPhone 8 Plus Close Tales of customer service and online shopping don’t seize to amuse and the latest incident involves Google and a Pixel 3 customer who simply wants a refund for his defective phone. But it turned out to be a tale that would tickle your funny bone and leave you wondering how a company as big as Google would end up in such a turmoil.A Pixel 3 buyer had requested a refund from Google after receiving a defective smartphone, but he only got $80 (roughly Rs 5,500) for a $900 worth Clearly White Pixel 3 smartphone. But when he placed a replacement order of a Not Pink Pixel 3, someone at Google messed it up by shipping 10 of those. Now, the buyer is sitting with 9 extra Not Pink Pixel 3s that are worth $9,000.According to Android Police, which picked up the story from the buyer’s confession of “airing my dirty laundry” post on Reddit, the buyer is on the right side of the law if he chooses to keep all the phones clearly dispatched to him in error. Google could realise its blunder and block Google account or blacklist the IMEI numbers of the phones, but that’s just a possibility if things go extreme. Google accidentally shipped 10 Pixel 3 phonesImgurThe buyer, identified as Cheetohz on his Reddit account, is willing to do the right thing here by returning the extra 9 Pixel 3 phones to Google. But he has one condition: Google must refund the full amount for the original defective phone. Sounds fair, right.In any event, Google fails to do so, Cheetohz, in his Reddit post, said he will attempt to return the extra 9 phones via $1,000 COD. Still a fair attempt. But if the shipment is rejected, the person said he will be selling the extra phones “to recoup my money that wasn’t refunded.” Google Pixel 3 XLIBTimes India/Sami KhanIn a comment on his own thread, Cheetohz said: “Google, I have your phones, you have my money. Let’s sort this out.” Google’s official Reddit account responded to the post and promised to follow up in private message. There’s no update on whether the confusion has been straightened out, but we’ll keep an eye out for any updates. Stay tuned.last_img read more

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From halwa ceremony to leather briefcase interesting traditions of Union Budget 2018

first_imgFinance Minister Arun Jaitley at the halwa ceremony to mark the commencement of Budget printing process for Budget 2017-18, in New Delhi on January 19, 2017.PIB IndiaFinance minister Arun Jaitley will present the Union Budget 2018 tomorrow, February 1. This is the first budget after the implementation of Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the last budget of present NDA government.How’s Union Budget 2018 going to be different? Check out these pointsThe Union Budget of India has many traditions. Now let us take a look at some of them:Ahead of the budget, the Finance Minister and other top officials take part in the halwa ceremony. The halwa ceremony is based on the tradition of having something sweet before an auspicious event. Finance Minister poses with a leather briefcase on the budget day before he heads to make the budget speech. The origin of the tradition of carrying a leather briefcase and maintaining the secrecy around it has been passed down by the British to us’. The Finance Minister presents the Budget in Parliament with the Budget Speech. The budget speech has two parts, Part A and B. While Part A deals with the general economic survey of the country and policy decisions, Part B is about tax proposals. The Indian Ministry of Finance consists of five departments: Department of Economic Affairs, Department of Expenditure, Department of Revenue, Department of Financial Services, Department of Investment and Public Asset Management. The officials from these departments help in the making of Union Budget. The practice of presenting Union Budget on February 1 started in 2017. Before that, the budget used to be presented on the last day of February. The new schedule was implemented to make funds available from the starting of the financial year.center_img The Budget cycle lasts 12 months, from April to March. A Budget Circular will be issued in October or November in the budget cycle, that marks the beginning of the Budget process. After the halwa ceremony, all government officials involved in the making of the budget are locked in North Block in a basement without mobile or internet. They are allowed to come out only after the Finance Minister presents the Budget. Rail Budget was presented as a separate budget until 2017. Last year, the Rail budget was merged with the Union Budget breaking a 92-year-old tradition.last_img read more

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Global productivity stops as Zerg Rush mini game comes to Google Search

first_imgIf there’s anything I can be thankful about in my youth, it’s that I never recorded how much time I wasted playing Starcraft. As an adult I am all too aware of how much time I have wasted, and continue to waste, playing Starcraft 2. Fortunately, the game is linked to on my desktop, where I can hide it with full screen browsers as I work throughout the day. I can ignore the game while I work, and return to it when I am finished. This plan works out for most people, but someone at Google decided that was unacceptable, and brought forth a Zerg Rush of their very own onto Google Search.In Starcraft, the Zerg are known for being able to rapidly produce troops to be sent into battle. You can quickly overwhelm another player in the game if you can deploy enough of the smaller Zerg troops to take out the fledgling enemy base before they can build troops of their own. This tactic is commonly referred to as the Zerg Rush, and is a constant threat when playing against Zerg even in Starcraft 2.In celebration of that tactic, Google has made a mini game that starts when you search for the words “Zerg rush” using its search engine. Your screen will immediately become overrun with tiny gold and red o’s that seem bent on destroying your search results. You can attempt to hold back these aggressive symbols by clicking rapidly on the enemy until their health bars fade and they disappear. More enemies will come at you from every side of the screen until your results are finally all destroyed. In a mocking sense of victory, the enemies will group together to form a “GG” for you, and then allow you to submit your score to Google+.Google is no stranger to neat little Easter eggs or mini games, the most notable in recent history was the PacMan Doodle that offered a playable version of the classic game. As results come in, the highest score that I have seen is 1122 with an APM (actions per minute) of 3321. I’m sure more people will continue to play the game throughout the day, so be sure to submit your score if you earn a higher one!last_img read more

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Turning an organic molecule into a coherent twolevel quantum system

first_img “Organic molecules have been studied and applied in various contexts for many decades,” Vahid Sandoghdar, the head of the research team, told Phys.org. “Our research group has been interested in using them in quantum optical measurements, which have traditionally been done on atoms in a vacuum chamber.” Sandoghar and his colleagues found that an organic molecule placed into an optical microcavity actually behaves as a coherent two-level quantum system. This enabled the researchers to extinguish 99% of a laser beam with a single molecule.The remarkable efficiency of this interaction also meant that they could saturate a molecule by about only 0.5 photon, whereas one usually requires a considerable amount of power to achieve saturation. The nonlinear nature of this effect was also manifested in non-classical generation of a few-photons of super-bunched light.”The great advantage of our system is that a single molecule sits at exactly the same place in its surrounding crystal for days and weeks, whereas a single atom is usually kept on time scales of the order of seconds only,” said Daqing Wang, who did his doctoral research on this project. “Quantum mechanical systems are building blocks of the emerging field of quantum engineering, but they can easily lose their quantumness,” Sandoghdar said. “The dream is to wire up many quantum mechanical systems in a way that their fragile quantum mechanical interactions are preserved. Our work shows that an organic molecule, which is usually associated with fluorescence microscopy in biology or with colors of a T-shirt, can do what one expects from an ideal quantum mechanical system.” In the future, the study carried out by the team of researchers at the Max Planck Institute could enable the development of linear and nonlinear quantum photonic circuits based on organic platforms. “What we have shown so far is that we can really interact a single photon with a single molecule in an efficient manner,” Sandoghdar said. “We are now working on doing that on a chip and then extending it to a quantum photonic circuit, where many molecules are connected via nanoscopic waveguides.” Single molecules show promise to optically detect single electrons © 2019 Science X Network The effect of a single molecule on the cavity’s transmission spectrum. The cavity frequency was tuned across the molecular frequency (1-12). When the molecule is on resonance with the cavity (see 7, 8), it blocks completely the transmission of the cavity, i.e., it works as a nearly perfect mirror. Credit: Wang et al. Researchers at Max Planck Institute for the Science of Light and Friedrich Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany have recently demonstrated that a molecule can be turned into a coherent two-level quantum system. In their study, published in Nature Physics, they placed an organic molecule inside an optical microcavity and found that it behaved as a coherent two-level quantum system. Credit: Dominik Rattenbacher This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further An individual molecule has several vibrational energy levels, which provide multiple decay channels for its excited state. To turn a molecule into a two-level quantum system, the researchers had to speed up one of these transitions to such an extent that the molecule’s decay rate to the other levels would become negligible. In other words, this process prevented the molecule from decaying to levels that the researchers did not want it to go to. “To make this happen, we have enclosed the molecule in a cavity consisting of two mirrors separated by a very small distance in the order of one micrometer,” Wang explained. “The transition of choice is resonant with the cavity so that a photon can go back and forth many times, in our case several thousand times.” The researchers carried out their experiment at about 2 Kelvin, to ensure that thermal agitations of the crystal didn’t affect its interaction with the laser light. In addition to showing that a molecule can act as a coherent two-level quantum system, they demonstrated that their molecule-microcavity system could interact with single photons generated by a second molecule in a distant laboratory. Citation: Turning an organic molecule into a coherent two-level quantum system (2019, March 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-molecule-coherent-two-level-quantum.html Journal information: Nature Physics More information: Daqing Wang et al. Turning a molecule into a coherent two-level quantum system, Nature Physics (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41567-019-0436-5last_img read more

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An insight into the Buddhist world

first_imgIndia International Centre is hosting the exhibition titled Architecture of the Buddhist World: Southeast Asia by Vikram Lall. The show is a study of architecture shaped by philosophy and practice of Buddhism in Southeast Asia. It presents a comprehensive survey of the diversity and complexity of architectural models and drawings with three dimensional renditions, supported by original photography.The exhibition traces the evolution of architectural form and spaces in response to changing ideas, material realities, and building traditions of Southeast Asia. Taking an interdisciplinary and holistic approach, it brings together art, architecture, archaeology, history, religion and philosophy to understand how Buddhist thought and ritual interacted with local traditions to produce distinctive architectural forms. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Buddhist monuments from six Southeast Asian countries, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Vietnam and Thailand are included such as Pitaka Taik in MynmarSukothai in Thailand, Wat Mai in Laos, Mot Cot in Vietnam, Neak Pean in Cambodia, and Candi Sewu in Indonesia.A book discussion program on Architecture of the Buddhist World: The Golden Lands by Vikram Lall was held on June 12. The discussion was chaired by Dr Kapila Vatsayayan, art scholar, historian and the Chairperson of IIC Asia Project. Other panelists of the book discussion were Dr Lokesh Chandra, President, Indian Council for Cultural Relations, Dr Subhash C Malik, Retd UGC Professor, Prof Nalini Thakur, School of Planning and Architecture, and  Shyam Saran (Ex-foreign secretary), Chairman, Research & Information System for Developing countries. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixVatsyayan said, “Going through these images one goes through many centuries and many lands where Buddhism flourished”. She congratulated Mr Lall on his remarkable insight.Dr Chandra, an authority on Buddhist history said, “I don’t look at these as architectural structures, but believe in the vedic concept of chitti, which means placing one brick over the other in an ascending manner, thus reaching spiritual heights.”  Lall in his address noted, “My focus in this research was the change and development in the architecture of Buddhist monuments.” He stressed that his research work gives an analysis of the geographical and historical details associated with these temples and he also focussed on the various Buddhist concepts.The first in the series Architecture of the Buddhist World represents a new multidisciplinary approach showing how Buddhist thoughts and rituals have interacted with local traditions across the Asian continent to produce masterpieces of religious architecture. It reveals the history, styles, and interpretation of Buddhist temples, monasteries, and ancient monuments in Southeast Asian countries. When: On till June 19Where: India International Centrelast_img read more

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Police reopen Caribbean docks

first_imgSome 500 police officers on Thursday clashed with dock workers in the Caribbean province of Limón while trying to reopen operations of two docks blocked by a strike that began Tuesday.Workers were protesting a government decision to grant a new dock concession to Dutch conglomerate APM Terminals.Riot teams, members of specialized units from the Ministry of Public Security, took control of the province’s two main roads, through which near 80 percent of national trade passes.Unions from the Atlantic Port Administration are leading the strike, which paralyzed the loading and unloading of containers in both ports. So far, operations have not been restarted.At a cost of near $1 billion, the new port is supposed to start operations in 2016. The government has refused to discuss the conflict, arguing the project will actually create new jobs. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

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Jordan Tourism Board conducts wedding planners FAM from India

first_imgJordan Tourism Board recently held a Mega Wedding Planners FAM to Jordan from India. The participants were from prominent wedding planning companies from Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Ahmedabad.The group travelled from Amman to the Dead Sea, Petra, Jerash, Ma’ain Hot Springs and Aqaba to scout potential locations and venues of Jordan for holding Indian destination weddings. Jordan is slated to become an exotic and promising wedding destination, as Indians increasingly look for newer venues and exciting options for themed weddings.last_img read more

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