Liverpool have suffered successive defeats against Manchester City and Wolves, and on Saturday are out to ensure they do not suffer an unwanted hat-trick when they tackle Brighton.The 2-1 reverse away to Manchester City on January 3 was the first they had suffered in the league all season, and in spite of that result they still command a healthy four-point advantage at the summit.Brighton’s quest to avoid relegation, meanwhile, is going well thus far. The Amex club are 10 points clear of the bottom three and are undefeated in their last four in all competitions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Game Brighton vs Liverpool Date Saturday, January 12 Time 3pm GMT / 10am ET Stream (US only) fubo TV (7-day free trial) TV Channel, Live Stream & How To Watch In the United States (US), the game can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial). New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser. US TV channel Online stream NBCSN fubo TV (7-day free trial) In the United Kingdom (UK), the game will be played during the blackout period and will not be broadcast or streamed. UK TV channel Online stream N/A N/A Squads & Team News Position Brighton players Goalkeepers Steele, Button Defenders Bruno, Bong, Duffy, Dunk, Balogun, Schelotto, Montoya, Suttner Midfielders Stephens, Kayal, Bissouma, Knockaert, Gross, March, Propper Forwards Locadia, Andone, Murray, Izquierdo Brighton made eight changes for their FA Cup win over Bournemouth last weekend but are set to return to Premier League mode in this encounter.Bernardo is out so Gaetan Bong starts at left-back in the only change from their 2-2 draw with West Ham.Goalkeeper Maty and Alireza Jahanbakhsh are away on Asian Cup duty with Australia and Iran respectively, while Jose Izquierdo is absent.Confirmed Brighton starting XI: Button; Montoya, Dunk, Duffy, Bong; Propper, Stephens, Gross, March; Murray, Locadia.Bench: Steele, Balogun, Bruno, Kayal, Sanders, Knockaert, Andone. Position Liverpool players Goalkeepers Alisson, Mignolet, Grabara Defenders Clyne, Alexander-Arnold, Van Dijk, Robertson, Moreno Midfielders Fabinho, Wijnaldum, Keita, Henderson, Lallana, Camacho, Jones Forwards Mane, Salah, Firmino, Sturridge, Shaqiri, Origi Rhian Brewster and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are still on the injury list long term. Liverpool remain without Joe Gomes and Joel Matip due to a fractured leg and a broken collarbone respectively, although the latter could play against Crystal Palace next week. Dejan Lovren is out with a hamstring problem amid the Reds’ injury crisis at centre-back, meaning Fabinho lines up alongside Virgil van Dijk.Jordan Henderson is fit after he missed Monday’s game with Wolves due to a minor complaint, while Xherdan Shaqiri has been given a start, too.Confirmed Liverpool starting XI: Alisson; Alexander-Arnold, Fabinho, Van Djik, Robertson; Henderson, Shaqiri, Wijnaldum; Salah, Firmino, Mane.Bench: Mignolet, Milner, Keita, Moreno, Origi, Matip, Camacho.Betting & Match Odds Liverpool are hot 3/10 favourites to come away with the win, according to bet365. Brighton are priced at 10/1 and a draw is 5/1.Click here to see all of bet 365’s offers for the game, including goalscoring markets, correct score predictions and more. Match Preview Liverpool’s unbeaten record may be gone, but there are few signs of their title challenge fading as Jurgen Klopp’s outfit aim to break a duck that has stretched back to 1990.Defeat to Manchester City is nothing to be ashamed of, while Monday’s FA Cup match against Wolves was certainly not to the top of their priority list. Indeed, the defeat may prove a blessing as it leaves their schedule relatively clear before the pace picks up in February, when the Champions League restarts.Until then, Liverpool can focus on the league and will be expected to maximise the number of points they take, with a relatively straightforward run against Brighton, Crystal Palace, Leicester, West Ham and Bournemouth.Roberto Firmino, though, knows that the Reds cannot afford to take any of these fixtures lightly.“It’ll be a difficult game,” he told the club’s website.“Losing is obviously always bad; nobody likes to lose, and certainly not me. But now we’ve got to bounce back. We’ve worked hard every day so we’re prepared for the weekend. It’ll be a big game, a difficult game and we’ll do our best to get the three points.“That’s what the Premier League is all about – it’s intensely competitive. If the team at the top stutters, the second place will overtake them.“We know we can’t go to sleep and lose silly points. We must maintain our focus until the end of the season.”On the other side of the fence, Brighton go into the game with the pressure off them. Ten points clear of the relegation zone, they are surprising this season and manager Chris Hughton has played down their expectations for the encounter.“Can we go into the game with some comfort? We can until kick-off time and then it’s about how you perform on the day,” he said.“They will be big favourites, as everybody would imagine, and it will be us doing as well as we can on the day.”Unbeaten in four, including a 1-1 home draw with Arsenal, Brighton have proven themselves to be no pushovers, but they have lost all of their last six against Liverpool – a run they desperately want to arrest. Subscribe to Goal’s Liverpool Correspondent Neil Jones’ weekly email bringing you the best Liverpool FC writing from around the web
Mike Gundy talks about the Central Michigan game. (YouTube)OSU and Central Michigan are moving their season opener to September 3. Reasons for this move remain unclear, even after Mike Gundy talked about it on Wednesday.Especially after Mike Gundy talked about it on Wednesday.“Coach (Mike) Holder and I had several discussions about what day to play,” Gundy said. “When we looked at all the options, at some point, it really didn’t matter to me.”Oh yeah? I doubt that.“There is an advantage in maybe playing a couple days earlier and he wanted to play it on that Thursday night, for a variety of reasons. One, the market and coverage … I think it’s better for Central Michigan and Oklahoma State.”Do what?So…it didn’t matter which day you played but there was an advantage to playing “a couple days earlier”? All I hear in all of this is “the price was right!”If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 11: Hunter Renfrow #13 of the Clemson Tigers catches a 31 yard touchdown pass from Deshaun Watson #4 in the first quarter against the Alabama Crimson Tide during the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 11, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)Earlier this week, Clemson football star Hunter Renfrow made an interesting comment about Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide after Clemson’s win over Alabama in the title game on Monday night.Renfrow took a jab at Saban and appeared to suggest some illicit activity going on with the Alabama program.Here’s what he said at the time:“Coach Swinney has built it on fun, and obviously Coach Saban has built it on a process. I’m just so proud of being at a place like Clemson, where I feel like we’ve done it the right way. If we’re supposed to have only five guys on the field as coaches, we’re making sure we have five. We’re not doing it the wrong way and we’re having fun doing it.”Renfrow’s comments came across as a direct attack at the legality of the practices run in the Alabama football program. It didn’t take long for Renfrow to realize how his comments came across and offered an apology on Twitter.“No disrespect to Alabama. I was just trying to applaud Coach Swinney for the way he runs things and doing it the right way. Quote totally taken out of context,” Renfrow said on Twitter.No disrespect to Alabama. I was just trying to applaud Coach Swinney for the way he runs things and doing it the right way. Quote totally taken out of context— Hunter Renfrow (@renfrowhunter) January 11, 2019Alabama and Clemson are the premier programs in college football – a little added fuel to the fire should make for an exciting rivalry moving forward.
The Fine Art of Restoring a 1974 Range Rover Classic We spend a lot of time reviewing the latest and greatest A/V receivers with high channel counts and endless features, but sometimes that can be overkill. For those who wanted to listen to music on something better than a boombox or small speaker, the Yamaha R-S201 was the perfect blend of low price and great sound. Now, it’s getting an upgrade that makes it even better.Today the company announced the R-S202 receiver, which is a simple update of last year’s hit model in many ways, but sports one feature that is starting to become essential to many customers: Bluetooth connectivity. For some this might be a small feature, but if the majority of your music listening is done via Spotify or another streaming service, it’s a key addition.Related: Let Shure’s SHA900 portable receiver take you to church“The R-S202 is designed to offer a rich and full Hi-Fi audio experience and adds Bluetooth connectivity for both the streaming music lover and the consumer looking to get serious about Hi-Fi,” Yamaha Corporation of America A/V general manager Bob Goedken said. “This is the perfect match for anyone buying an entry-level Hi-Fi system. Just add a pair of Yamaha NS-6490 bookshelf speakers, a Yamaha YST-SW216 subwoofer and you can have an amazing sounding system for under $500.”Like the previous model, the R-S202 features two channels at 8 ohms and a claimed 100 watts per channel, with a frequency range of 40Hz to 20kHz. While this is only a stereo receiver, it does feature A and B speaker pairs that can be run in tandem for a basic multiroom setup.With such a basic feature set, there is no need for complex controls, with simple bass, treble, volume, and input switching controls on the front of the receiver. For easy access, a headphone jack is included on the front panel as well. While this is an entry-level model, the brushed-metal front panel ensures it will fit in with any of the other products in Yamaha’s Hi-Fi catalog.The Yamaha R-S202 sells for $180 and is available starting today.A version of this post first appeared on our “brother site” Digital Trends. The Evolution and History of the Home Stereo The Best Wired and Wireless Headphones for Travel What to Wear on a Red-Eye Flight: Fashionably Comfortable Apparel for the Long Haul Editors’ Recommendations The Best Podcasts to Listen to at Work
zoom Danish Shareholders’ Association is preparing what might turn out to be several lawsuits related to OW Bunker bankruptcy case, according to Jens Moller Nielsen, CEO of Danish Shipowners’ Association.As explained by Mr Nielsen, the association is currently gathering private investors to prepare the lawsuits, however, it is hard to identify at the moment who shall actually be targeted by them.The court has appointed trustees, John Sommer Schmidt and Pernille Bigaard, to look into the case and OW Bunker will probably close down, meaning that the targeted entities might be either the company management, its board of directors or the private equity fund Altor and the underwriting banks that sold the OW Bunker on the Danish stock market.Mr Nielsen told World Maritime News staff that there are two reasons that led to OW Bunker’s bankruptcy: gambling on the oil market and the Singapore credit line.OW Bunker was introduced to the Danish stock market by private equity fund Altor only seven months ago, and according to Nielsen, it was presented as a very conservative marine fuel distributor.Nevertheless, OW Bunker’s way of doing business has proven to be an extremely speculative in terms of oil pricing. What is more, the company did not ensure sufficient safeguards to prevent credit lines from building up.The Danish group of companies under formal Danish bankruptcy proceedings are OW Bunker A/S, O.W. Bunker & Trading A/S, O.W. Bunker Supply & Trading A/S and O.W. Cargo Denmark A/S.Danish police has not yet received a report for an investigation and they are still trying to determine under whose jurisdiction the case falls.“The Danish police and the State Prosecutor for Serious Economic and International Crime pay very close attention to the case concerning OW Bunker. There is a close contact between the Danish police, the State Prosecutor for Serious Economic and International Crime and the insolvency administrators of the insolvent estate of OW Bunker. The police have not received any reports yet,” Morten Niels Jakobsen, Spokesperson for Danish State Prosecutor for Serious Economic and International Crime told World Maritime News.The company together with its subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy on November 7, attributing to its losses, among other things, an alleged fraud committed by senior employees in its Singapore-based subsidiary Dynamic Oil Trading (DOT).The unnamed employees are said to be involved in a fraud that cost the company at least USD 125 million.Separately, OW Bunker said that a review of risk management contracts has revealed a significant risk management loss around USD 150 million.World Maritime News Staff
OTTAWA – Rising tensions between Quebec and the federal government eased Wednesday night after new agreements were struck aimed at helping the province deal with an ongoing surge in asylum seekers crossing the Canada-U.S. border.Following a meeting of the ad hoc intergovernmental task force on irregular migration in Ottawa, Quebec Immigration Minister David Heurtel said he felt some progress had finally been made on measures he has been calling for to help his province deal with mounting pressures caused by the spike in irregular migrants.“We’ve been proposing solutions and tonight there was a real openness for solutions.”A working group has been struck to reach an agreement on how Quebec will be reimbursed for $146 million in unanticipated costs it says it has shouldered as a result of the influx of border crossers last year.A triage system will be also set up to ask asylum seekers arriving in Quebec where in Canada they are ultimately hoping to stay — something Heurtel said he has also been pushing for.He wants Ottawa to help those aiming to settle outside of Quebec to get where they want to go. For those who want to stay, work permits are now being issued faster thanks to a recent cut in wait times.“All of these measures will lessen the pressure on Montreal, because in Montreal the resources are saturated,” Heurtel told reporters.Transport Minister Marc Garneau, who chairs the task force, said work will continue to continue diplomatic efforts with the U.S. to stop the flow of irregular migrants, which border officials expect to spike again this summer.Crossings into Canada outside legal border checkpoints exploded in 2017.Last year, Quebec received roughly 25,000 asylum seekers who entered through legal and illegal border crossings, representing half of the total in Canada.So far this year, 6,074 people have entered the province from the United States — triple the number of people compared with the same period in 2017.Tensions between Ottawa and Quebec were sparked this week after federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen seemed to chastise the province for its current handling of asylum seekers in a letter responding to Quebec’s calls for help.“While last summer, Quebec was operating 13 temporary shelters to welcome asylum seekers, I have noticed that only four are currently available,” Hussen said in his letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Canadian Press.“This risks creating delays at the border and triggering an unacceptable humanitarian situation. We need to avoid causing undue suffering to families who are seeking protection.”Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard said this response to his request for assistance on the refugee crisis reflected “a complete ignorance” of what’s going on at the border between his province and New York state.Hussen took a more conciliatory tone Wednesday after the meeting, acknowledging the role Quebec has played in taking in so many asylum seekers and stressing the “amazing relationship” Ottawa shares with the province.Hussen said he was able to offer Quebec assurances that $74 million has been earmarked to reduce extensive backlogs that currently exist for migrants to have their refugee claims processed.“A lot of work has been done, it’s just that these meetings allow us to come back, reassess, see where the new pressure points are then move forward with new solutions,” Hussen said.Meanwhile, Immigration and refugee lawyer Stephane Handfield says the federal government should temporarily suspend an agreement with the U.S. known as the “Safe Third Country Agreement.”The Safe Third Country agreement, which took effect in 2004, disallows asylum seekers from presenting themselves at an official port of entry to ask for refugee protection. They can only claim refugee status from inside Canada, which is why thousands have been crossing through unofficial entry points on foot.“Suspending the agreement won’t diminish the number of people asking for asylum,” Handfield said in an interview. “But it will stop giving them an incentive to cross illegally.”Suspending the agreement is a politically charged decision, because doing so would signal to the United States that Canada no longer thinks its southern neighbour is a “safe” place for refugees.Handfield said Canada used to receive almost as many refugee applicants in the late 1990s and early 2000s as it does now, but the country had significant more resources then.The lack of human resources explains the explosion in wait times for treatment of asylum claims, he said.Handfield used to be a member of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada until 2005. Back then, he said, 70 members would hear asylum applications for the territory of Quebec.“Today there are 30 members,” he lamented. “And they have to manage an area from Ottawa to the Maritimes. And we are somehow surprised that delays are exploding.”— With files from Giuseppe Valiante in Montreal and Caroline Plante in Quebec City
TIRANA, Albania — Shell Upstream Albania B.V. has confirmed “a significant light oil discovery” at a mountain south of the capital, Tirana.A statement Friday quoted Marc Gerrits, Shell’s executive vice-president in exploration, as saying that “initial tests have confirmed the potential of this discovery.”The discovery at the Shpirag mountain, 120 kilometres (75 miles) from Tirana, has “a flow potential of several thousand barrels of oil per day … in a fractured carbonate reservoir,” an equivalent geological setting to the large Val D’Agri and Tempa Rossa fields in Italy, in which Shell holds a substantial position.Albania, on the Adriatic Sea, has other oil wells with estimated reserves of hundreds of millions of barrels.The Associated Press
A 27-year-old Hamilton man is in custody after four people and a pug were stabbed last night in Hamilton’s east end.Two of the victims are still in hospital with critical injuries. The other two people and the dog received less serious injuries and are expected to recover.The attacker was tasered and injured during the arrest. The Special Investigations Unit is looking into how Hamilton Police carried out the arrest.
Ohio State junior linebacker Malik Harrison (39) and redshirt junior defensive lineman Dre’mont Jones (86) celebrate after Jones recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the game against Michigan State on Nov. 10. Ohio State won 26-6. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorThe Big Ten announced Tuesday Ohio State redshirt junior defensive tackle Dre’Mont Jones was named as a member of the first-team All Big Ten defensive team. Junior safety Jordan Fuller and sophomore defensive end Chase Young were also each named to the second-team All Big Ten defensive team. This season, Jones leads Ohio State with 12 tackles for loss with 7.5 sacks. The redshirt junior defensive tackle also has one forced fumble, five quarterback hits and one interception. Jones was named as a third-team All Big Ten member after the 2017 season. Fuller, named as a third-team All Big Ten member in 2017, is second on the Ohio State defense with 63 tackles, recording one interception with four broken-up passes. He also has 1.5 tackles for loss and one fumble recovery. Earning his first postseason award, Young is second on Ohio State in tackles for loss (11.5) and sacks (6.5). The Big Ten will announce its offensive awards on Nov. 28.
kadettenSchaffhausenschelbert ← Previous Story Borut Mackovsek close to SG Flensburg! Next Story → Nikola Karabatic in Aix until end of the season Ruben Schelbert decided to extend his contract with Swiss champion Kadetten Schaffhausen for two more years. That means that the new contract will run until the end of the 2014/2015 season. This is good news as Schelbert is one of the perspective players, having only 24 years, and already has 30 caps for Switzerland.
5. HC Dinamo Minsk6204162:181(-19)4 1. FC Barcelona7610242:174(68)13 6. Wacker Thun6006144:204(-60)0 4. HC Vardar – Skopje7223182:181(1)6 2. HC Metalurg6402149:157(-8)8 ← Previous Story MOBELRINGEN CUP 2013: Norway – Netherlands 28:26, Fantastic Sulland Next Story → KIELCE IN CRISIS: Dunkerque beat Polish champions! FC Barcelona beat RK Vardar 30:23 (15:10) at the Round 8 of the VELUX EHF Champions League. That was 200th victory for the most succesful team in the history of our sport at the European elite competition which brought Spanish side the place at the TOP 16 this season. Macedonian team played very good in the first 40 minutes of the match. Dibirov and Co. was in lead 16:15 and was in the game until 18:18, when Barca made 7:0 series…30 – Barcelona (14+16): Sterbik: Víctor Tomás (4), Gurbindo (1), Sorhaindo (1), Raúl Entrerríos (1), Karabatic (5) Juanín García (1) -siete inicial-, Viran Morros (-), Noddesbo (2), Rutenka (2), Saubich (-), Sarmiento (4), Ariño (1), Kiril Lazarov (7, 5p), Stranovsky (1) y Saric (p.s.).23 – Vardar (11+12): Milic; Brumen (6, 2p), Alex Dusjhebaev (5), Toskic (-), Abutovic (2), Karacic (2), Dibirov (5) -siete inicial-, Chipurin (2), Petric (1), S. Stoilov (-), Pribac (-), Angelov (p.s.) y Malumbres (p.s.). 3. PSG Handball6312185:167(18)7 BARCELONA VS VARDAR
Updated at 11.06pmPFIZER HAS ANNOUNCED that 150 jobs will be cut at their Newbridge manufacturing plant.There had been fears that between 100 and 150 jobs would be cut, with the announcement now putting that number at the upper end of the scale.The company will seek the redundancies in 2014 and has announced it will withdraw from packaging operations at the plant in 2015,The company says that operations in Ireland will not be affected by the move, which comes just as the Newbridge plant was finishing a process that saw one quarter of its staff made redundant.The redundancies are caused, the company says, by the expiration of patents and competition from generic medicines.Newbridge has been at the core of manufacturing for Pfizer in Ireland since 1992.Originally posted at 10.04amRead: Fears for jobs as Pfizer staff at Newbridge to attend meeting tomorrow
SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launch lights up San Diego sky Categories: Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitter Posted: October 7, 2018 , 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket and satellite into orbit tonight from Vandenberg Air Force Base. SpaceX plans to land the rocket booster 100 miles west of Los Angeles.The lift-off came at its scheduled time of 7:21 p.m. SpaceX also successfully handled a separation of the rocket stages in flight.The rocket launch was visible in the sky all around San Diego.Did you take pictures or video of the launch? Feel free to send them to email@example.com.“Sonic boom warning. This won’t be subtle” advised SpaceX founder Elon Musk on his Twitter feed at midday Sunday.Booms from the Falcon 9 booster’s re-entry into the atmosphere were predicted to shake the Pacific Coast as far southeast as Ventura County.It marks the first time SpaceX attempted and completed a ground landing of the Falcon 9 on the West Coast. Previous recapture missions from Vandenberg have landed the rocket on a barge floating in the Pacific Ocean, about 400 miles out to sea.The company has landed rockets on the ground before, but always at Cape Canaveral in Florida.The launch employed the upgraded Block 5 version of the Falcon 9 rocket. The Block 5 is considered more durable than previous Falcon 9 varieties, capable of flying as many as 10 missions.The rocket being used in Sunday’s mission was previously employed in a June launch.Air Force officials have issued a warning that residents in San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties could potentially hear one or more sonic booms due to the launch.The mission created a spectacular light show visible across the Southland, witnesses reported.The rocket was carrying an Argentine Earth-observing satellite, known as SAOCOM-1A, into orbit. The satellite is one of a planned six-satellite array. Updated: 9:13 PM October 7, 2018
Denise Ellis hasn’t held her daughter for nearly 19 months, and she’s still searching for her, in a way.In the fall of 2012, Denise began writing letters to strangers, touting her teenage daughter. The letters included a snippet of what Denise told her daughter on her 18th birthday: “Being your mama is a gift and the thing I hold most dear. As you look ahead to all that your life will become please remember: I will always be right behind you, cheering you on no matter where you are.”Though Denise anxiously checks the mail for replies from the strangers, she knows she can’t hold her daughter again. Mandy Lathim died during a summer road trip to California. Denise writes to the people who received her 18-year-old daughter’s organs.It’s unusual for grieving families to contact the people with their loved one’s living parts; typically it’s the transplant recipients who thank their donor’s family. But Denise said she finds comfort knowing Mandy, once a promising Mountain View High School graduate, still has a purpose.“It validates who she was,” she said. “Some days … it’s like she wasn’t real.”Denise gathered handouts from the memorial service, a letter she wrote about her daughter and letters from Mandy’s friends before mailing them to recipients.In September, Denise got a postcard from a man in Montana who guides nature tours. Mandy’s ankle ligament repaired his knee.“It was life-changing, that silly little postcard,” Denise said.A month later, she got a typed letter from Wendy, the wife of a man with Mandy’s liver and kidney. Wendy wrote that her husband, Dan, had been unable to walk or sit up in a chair. Without the organ graft, he would not have survived. Mandy Zoe Lathim
Bill Walker, fifth from left. As a Valdez City Council member, Walker traveled with a delegation from the Organization for the Management of Alaska Resources (later the Resource Development Council) to meet with California Gov. Jerry Brown to advocate for a gas line, 1977. (Photo courtesy of Bill and Donna Walker)The announcement this summer that Alaska will pursue a state-owned natural gas pipeline is a major U-turn after more than a decade of negotiations with the big three North Slope oil companies.Listen nowBut one person has been advocating this approach all along: Bill Walker.For years, Walker argued the state should take control of the project, instead of putting its faith in the industry.Then, he became governor.This week, Alaska’s Energy Desk is exploring the the state’s 40-year quest for a natural gas pipeline in the series Pipeline Promises.Today, we look at Gov. Bill Walker’s decades-long mission to build a gas line.About a year ago, Gov. Bill Walker stood before reporters, addressing his most recent dust-up with the state’s oil companies.“It has to do with controlling our destiny, and not allowing somebody else to control our destiny,” he said in a Sept. 25, 2015 press conference before lawmakers began a special session on the Alaska LNG project. “I stand firm on that principle.”This is the heart of the Bill Walker philosophy: this gas line, this “piece of pipe,” as he calls it, is central to Alaska’s destiny, and it is never going to get built unless the state takes charge. We simply cannot leave it to the oil companies, he argued.Now, Alaska has a chance to test that theory.For the man in the driver’s seat, the seeds of this philosophy were planted almost fifty years ago, with the state’s other pipeline – the oil pipeline.“I graduated from high school in ’69 in Valdez, and I could not afford to go to college,” Walker said in a recent interview. “I mean, there was no way I could afford to go to college.”Bill Walker during college. (Photo courtesy of Bill and Donna Walker)What saved him, he said, was early work on the trans-Alaska pipeline. He still remembers getting his dispatch – the piece of paper calling him up for a job on the project.“I’ve gotten a number of degrees in my life, and I can’t tell you a single name of the person that gave me [them],” he said. “But I can tell you the name of the person who gave me that dispatch. His name was Jim Robinson, it was at the Johnson Trailer Court in Valdez, and I stood there with a couple of my buddies, and I thought, ‘This is my ticket, for my future.’”Walker says what the last pipeline meant to him, the next line could mean for a whole new generation. Jobs, of course. Revenue for the state. Cheap energy that could launch whole new industries. New incentive for companies to explore the North Slope.His first encounter with the gas line came a few years after that moment in the Valdez trailer court. Walker was in his mid-20s. He’d just met his wife, and he was serving on the Valdez City Council.“And the mayor said, ‘who wants to work on the gas line?’” Walker said. “I said, ‘well, I’ll work on the gas line. I worked on the oil line, so I’m happy to work on the gas line.’”He ended up traveling to California to meet with then- (and now-) Gov. Jerry Brown to advocate for an Alaska LNG line to ship gas to the West Coast. That version of the project, like so many after it, fizzled. But Walker stayed involved in oil and gas — and often found himself at odds with the state’s dominant industry.In the late 1990s, the gas line came back into his life. He was called to a meeting of mayors from the North Slope, Fairbanks and Valdez. They had formed a group called “Gasline Now!”“[They said], what can we do to add a few more percentage of return to the gas line, so the producers would build a gas line?” Walker said.The idea was to jump-start a project by using the local governments’ tax-exempt status to try to tempt the oil companies to the table. The result was the Alaska Gasline Port Authority (AGPA).Then-Valdez Mayor Bill Walker congratulates Alyeska’s Marine Terminal manager on the arrival of the one billionth barrel of oil, 1979. (Photo courtesy of Bill and Donna Walker)Walker ended up working with the Port Authority for more than a decade, trying to advance what he called an All-Alaska Gasline. (During this time, he also represented the City of Valdez in a long-running court battle with the North Slope producers, arguing the companies had undervalued the trans-Alaska pipeline in order to pay lower property taxes.)Craig Richards went to work for Walker as a 27-year-old lawyer in the early 2000s. He went on to become Walker’s law partner, confidant and ultimately his first attorney general.“Bill wasn’t doing academic papers. Bill was doing the real deal, he was meeting with Fortune 500 companies, and having real meetings about ways to monetize the gas. It was just very enticing,” Richards recalled.He said the Port Authority years taught Walker several things. There were moments when Walker thought he’d pulled it off. He brought in big outside companies, like the California utility Sempra Energy, or Mitsubishi, who were interested in a project.They’d reach out to the North Slope companies who controlled the gas.But, Richards said, “Phone never rang. Dead silence.”“The answer of course, is that producers weren’t interested at that stage in making a pipeline happen,” Richards said. “They were interested in accomplishing other goals.”This included goals like using gas line negotiations with the state to lock in their oil and gas taxes and a friendly regulatory regime, Richards said.Critics say the Port Authority never put together enough of a project to merit a real response.But Richards said for him and Walker, the lessons were clear: The oil companies have their own priorities and their own timeline. If the state wants a gas line, it can’t wait for the companies to lead the way.“One, he decided that he needed to be governor, if he was going to really see the gas line go to the next phase. And that was the beginning of his political ambitions,” Richards said. “And two, he realized it’s gotta be the state of Alaska that does this. At least in terms of the pre-development work.”In 2010, Walker ran against then-governor Sean Parnell in the Republican primary, with the gas line as his main issue. In an ad from that era, Walker says: “Folks ask me if I’m a one-issue candidate, and I’ll admit and it’s certainly no secret, I am committed to Alaskans building an all-Alaska gas line…”He lost that year, but ran again in 2014, as an independent. By then, Parnell and Republican lawmakers were advancing a new plan, a partnership with the big three North Slope producers – ExxonMobil, BP and ConocoPhillips – as well as the pipeline company TransCanada: the Alaska LNG project.Bill Walker was not a fan.“The fatal flaw of what he is doing is, again, again, he has put control of Alaska’s future in the hands of companies that have competing projects around the world,” he told KTVA’s Rhonda McBride in an interview in May 2014.Gov. Bill Walker at a press conference Feb. 19, 2015. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Then, the unexpected happened: Walker won the election.Former Anchorage Daily News reporter Bill White has researched the history of the gas line. I asked him if Walker’s single-minded pursuit of a state-owned project is his white whale – his Moby Dick.White: It’s his big obsession, for sure. Remains to be seen if it’s his white whale.Alaska’s Energy Desk: Why?White: Well, maybe he’s right. I wouldn’t bet on it, but maybe he’s right.Now, Walker has a chance to prove it.When he took office, oil and gas prices were plunging. Suddenly Alaska faced a massive revenue shortfall, and Walker was more convinced than ever that a gas line is the solution.But low prices also created an opening, changing the dynamics of the Alaska LNG project Walker had inherited from Parnell.On February 9, 2016, the state’s three oil-company partners sat down with Walker’s team.“It was a day I’ll never forget,” Walker said.According to both the governor and ExxonMobil, the companies told him that lousy market conditions and slow negotiations with the state meant they probably couldn’t move the project ahead as planned.They proposed either slowing down or letting the state take over.For Walker, this was his moment. And he seized it.“I thought, my goodness. How long have we waited for this opportunity,” he said. Within months, his administration had announced it would pursue a state-owned project.For many Alaskans, news that the big three oil companies have stepped back from the project is a sign the state’s gas line dream has hit another wall. But Walker doesn’t see it that way.“We have proved over the last forty years what won’t work,” he said. “This is the first time we’ve said, let’s try it, one time, like other sovereigns do around the world.”It’s not a wall, he said. “It’s a starting gate.”
Bethesda Softworks is riding high off the success of Fallout 4, but the company isn’t content to just sit back and take in the praise and adoration tossed upon them. On top of announcing their DLC plans for Fallout 4, which includes Far Harbor, the most ambitious DLC yet for the series, they are currently developing three brand-new titles that will be unlike anything they’ve previously done.This news comes to us from Bethesda’s CEO Todd Howard, who was being interviewed on stage at the annual DICE conference yesterday. Though the interview was mostly about Fallout 4 and its upcoming DLCs, the question of what the studio planned to do after that came up.The three new IPs in development are described by Howard as being different than anything the studio has done before. Though different, the titles are still said to be “Bethesda-style games,” and that they will be “big and crazy, but in many ways different than things we’ve done before.” “It’s an exciting time,” he continued to say.Bethesda will once again hold their own E3 press event in Los Angeles this year. Last year, they showcased Fallout 4, Fallout Shelter, DOOM, and Dishonored 2. Though it’s possible that the company may talk about their new IPs during the event, chances are that they may save those announcements until the games are closer to being finished. Howard said that announcing Fallout 4 just four months before its launch worked well for the company so there is good reason to believe the company will follow this course again with these new games.
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Technology | Remote Viewing Systems | July 27, 2017 Agfa Receives FDA 510(k) for Xtend Functionalities on Xero Universal Viewer Xero Xtend adds 3-D processing and advanced clinical applications such as orthopaedics, mammography and nuclear medicine to the browser-agnostic Xero Universal Viewer. Videos | Radiology Business | August 02, 2019 VIDEO: Key Topics for Radiology Administrators at AHRA 2019 Association for Medical Imaging Management (AHRA) President … read more Feature | Information Technology | July 31, 2019 | By Greg Freiherr How Smart Devices Can Improve Efficiency Innovation is trending toward improved efficiency — but not at the expense of patient safety, according to… read more July 27, 2017 — Agfa HealthCare announced it has received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance for the Xero Xtend functionalities of the Enterprise Imaging zero-footprint viewer. Xero Xtend adds 3-D processing and advanced clinical applications to the Xero Viewer. It is now FDA-cleared for diagnostic viewing on desktop devices; Xero Xtend is not FDA-cleared for mobile viewing at this time.The Xero Viewer provides secure access to DICOM and non-DICOM imaging data from different departments and multiple sources, in one view, to anyone inside and outside of the hospital who is subject to defined security policies and access rights.Images from the Agfa HealthCare Enterprise Imaging IT platform or third-party vendor neutral archives (VNAs) or picture archiving and communication systems (PACS) can be seen securely in one display.Xero Xtend is an optional feature set for the Xero Viewer. It includes:Maximum intensity projection (MIP), multiplanar reconstruction (MPR) and 3-D visualization tools;Orthopedic tools (center line, Cobb Angle, Hip-Knee-Ankle Angle, etc.);Mammography tools (including displays and tools for optimal viewing); andNuclear medicine tools (color highlighting palettes stored as window level presets).Agfa HealthCare has also expanded the types of modalities that can be used for diagnostic review and reporting in Xero. Uncompressed or non-lossy compressed images intended “for presentation” may be used for diagnosis or screening when viewed on monitors that have been cleared by the FDA.In addition, the Full Fidelity Mobile functionality (mobile diagnostic review and analysis on an iPad), which received FDA 510(k) clearance in 2015, now includes electrocardiogram (ECG) images and reports.The Xero Viewer recently received top honors from KLAS, with its 2017 Category Leader Award. 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Third in a series on Isla del Coco National Park. Read parts one and two here.ISLA DEL COCO, Puntarenas – Steven Almoa, from Berlin, Germany, says Costa Rica’s Isla del Coco National Park is the place he’s most wanted to visit.Because of its scenic beauty on land and its great variety of marine species, Almoa said Isla del Coca is one of the best places in the world for scuba diving.“I first learned about Isla del Coco in a documentary film. I heard the stories about Jacques Cousteau, and now I can verify with my own experience the beauty of this place,” Almoa said as he prepared for a dive last week on board one of the tourist boats that services the park.According to park officials, some 3,200 foreign tourists annually visit Isla del Coco, which is located 365 miles off Costa Rica’s Pacific coast. They come from countries such as the United States, Germany, Holland, Spain and others.Park administrator Vinicio Mesén said that tourist boats spend an average of 10 days in the park, and each tourist pays $25 per day to dive or visit the park’s accessible areas on land.“Companies currently bringing tourists to the park must pay for scuba diving access and to stay in the park, and that helps guarantee the protection of marine species,” Mesén said. Welcome to Base Wafer, Isla del Coco National Park. The Tico TimesBased on information from the tour companies operating at Isla del Coco, a trip to the national park, a World Heritage Site, costs up to $6,800 round-trip from a hotel in San José.In most cases, the price includes transportation to the central Pacific port town of Puntarenas, from where travelers embark on a 36-hour boat ride to Isla del Coco in air-conditioned rooms. The price includes scuba gear, food and park fees. A 10-day insurance policy issued by the National Insurance Institute also is included.Most companies offer four daily dives, including a night dive.According to Mesén, the four tourist boats currently operating in Isla del Coco are the Wave Dancer, the Okeanos, the Sea Hunter and the Wind Dancer.What’s to see on the island?Isla del Coco is a laboratory for studying nature. Jacques Cousteau called it the most beautiful island in the world, and on land, trails extend from Base Wafer to Chatham Bay, and up to the highest point on the island, Cerro Yglesias.“There is an abundance of ferns and Bromelias, and the smaller islands are frequented by an infinite number of marine birds,” park guard Javier Acuña said. “Gulls come here to nest, as do boobies.”Isla del Coco also is an important site for reproducing marine animals. Among the animals that can be spotted during a dive are manta rays, dolphins, corals and 27 species of sharks – including the whale shark and the hammerhead. A view from land at Costa Rica’s Isla del Coco National Park. The Tico TimesAccording to conservation groups like Pretoma and Misión Tiburón, which study the marine animals, some 206 whitetip sharks have been tagged in the park’s waters, along with 106 hammerheads. These sharks migrate between the waters of Costa Rica, Colombia and Ecuador, which form a natural marine biological corridor.However, conservationists say the number of sharks spotted in Isla del Coco has been steadily declining over the years, due to illegal fishing in the park and overfishing outside Isla del Coco’s protected boundaries.Park guards have difficulty policing poachers due to a lack of resources and personnel, and the battle to protect Isla del Coco is a never-ending task. Nevertheless, the island continues to draw both scientists and researchers alike, making tourist dollars a crucial incentive to convince Costa Ricans to protect their most remote national park. Sunset over Costa Rica’s southern Pacific. The Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Actor Leonardo DiCaprio talks about illegal fishing in Costa Rica’s Cocos Island Illegal fishing continues unabated in Costa Rica’s treasured Isla del Coco National Park US experts tracking wildlife trade help train Costa Rican customs inspectors To conserve the Amazon, the forest must become an economic ‘asset’