Southgate says Man City whiz Foden not ready for Englandby Paul Vegas21 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveGareth Southgate says Phil Foden isn’t ready for an England call-up.Raheem Sterling vouched for his young Manchester City teammate after his goal in Tuesday’s win over Dinamo Zagreb.Despite the snub, Southgate believes the talented attacking midfielder is at the right place to develop.”Every player has a different journey,” said Southgate.”Some go straight into a Premier League team, others have been in the lower divisions and worked their way up, and Tammy Abraham has been at a big club and then had the loan moves.”There’s no perfect path, it doesn’t exist. It’s different for them all. Phil Foden’s training with great players every day. He’s still young and developing physically, and sometimes it’s not right to put them in too soon.”You can’t put young players in just to put young players in. We’ve only put them in because we think they’re good enough.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
zoom Monaco-based tanker owner Scorpio Tankers has received a commitment from Germany’s HSH Nordbank, one of the world’s biggest providers of shipping finance, for a loan facility to finance its two Medium Range (MR) product tankers.The loan in the amount of up to USD 34 million is expected to be used to refinance the existing indebtedness on the two tankers.Scorpio Tankers said that the availability is expected to be used to finance up to 60% of the fair market value of the vessels.The loan facility is subject to customary conditions precedent and the execution of definitive documentation.It has a final maturity of five years from the first drawdown date and bears interest at LIBOR plus a margin of 2.50% per annum.The remaining terms and conditions, including financial covenants, are similar to those set forth in the company’s 2016 Credit Facility, fully drawn in September 2016, and the aggregate proceeds of USD 288 million were used to refinance the existing indebtedness on sixteen MR product tankers.During the third quarter of 2016, Scorpio Tankers recorded a net loss of USD 27.1 million, compared to a net income of USD 85.3 million in the same period last year.The loss is primarily attributed to low Time Charter Equivalent (TCE) revenue that plunged to USD 114 million from USD 227.2 million on the year-on-year basis.
zoom Wison Offshore & Marine has received an approval in principle (AiP) from classification society DNV GL for its LNG Distributor (LNGD) design. The certificate was awarded at Marintec China 2017 on December 7.This AiP has been granted upon the validation of LNGD design with a specification of 10,000 cubic meter storage capacity, according to Wison.Wison LNGD is a multifunctional LNG distribution vessel, designed to deliver small LNG parcels to multiple locations. It is intended for applications in milk run and regional LNG hub distribution.Launched in April 2017, the LNGD is capable of partial cargo delivery and quick turn-around at the terminal without the need for tug assistance. Its shallow draft design is said to enable better accessibility to waters than conventional LNG carriers.“Our aim is to tap ‘last mile’ demand in global LNG market by facilitating penetration into smaller scale end markets where conventional marine logistics are unable to serve, and our LNGD concept is believed to be a tempting solution for such purpose,” Tangquan Man, Vice President at Wison Offshore & Marine who received the AiP on behalf of the company, said.
HALIFAX – Nova Scotia’s Tories and NDP have pinpointed health care as the Liberals’ Achilles heel as the election campaign enters its final days, hoping to convince voters it is in crisis and they can fix it.The Progressive Conservatives planned to hold a rally on health care in South Berwick, N.S., Wednesday, while the NDP promised to work to fix primary care problems by consulting with doctors, nurse practitioners and nurses.Earlier Wednesday, Tory Leader Jamie Baillie blamed the incumbent Liberals for a string of health care problems, from doctor shortages to emergency room closures and a lack of mental health services.Baillie admitted the system has struggled for years, and a string of governments seemed unable to fix persistent problems. But he then quickly brought the blame back to the Liberals.“I’ve heard (Premier) Stephen McNeil say this problem goes back a long way. That’s true but it’s also a cop-out,” said Baillie.“We can take action now to make health care better. To just say this has been a problem for a long time is to actually refuse to acknowledge the crisis that exists.”McNeil said Wednesday Baillie is trying to “scare people.”“We know there are challenges in certain parts of the communities … and we are putting out positive solutions that Nova Scotians are looking for,” he said while on a campaign stop in Cape Breton.Baillie said the first step in fixing the system’s problems is realizing how acute they are in areas such as mental health — something he said the Liberals haven’t done.He said a Progressive Conservative government elected in next Tuesday’s election would spend $39.7 million over four years to bolster mental health services.The money would be used to hire more mental health professionals to bring down wait lists and provide mental health training in all schools as a preventive measure. The Tory plan also includes $8 million over four years to build four crisis centres.“We will work with … doctors and counsellors and psychiatrists to identify the best place to put them,” Baillie said. “That is the right way to go forward.”NDP Leader Gary Burrill announced Wednesday that the party would accept the recommendations in a recent position paper on primary care by Doctors Nova Scotia and would work with doctors on a new pay model for physicians and to develop a doctor recruitment and retention strategy.In an interview, Burrill said health care is the number one issue he hears on people’s doorsteps.He said his party believes improvements can be made by setting priorities, working with professionals to identify needs, and then properly funding those areas.“These three things in my own judgment have been missing and they are three things that we can bring,” Burrill said.McNeil stressed that his government’s creation of a single health authority would allow for more investments in front-line care, including mental health. Earlier in the campaign, the Liberals promised $34 million over four years to hire 35 new mental health clinicians for communities and for schools across the province.McNeil admitted that promises of better days ahead mean little to people affected by the system’s shortcomings now.“Those who don’t have a physician are feeling the system needs instant improvement,” he said. “But one thing we know as a province is short-term fixes don’t solve the problem. This needs to be a long-term, thoughtful strategy to make sure that we get to a system that’s actually sustainable.”In a report last June, the province’s auditor general, Michael Pickup, said the entire health system needs revamping and a plan to deal with aging facilities that are draining resources from front-line care.Pickup stopped just short of suggesting hospital closures as part of the solution, but did say the current capacity of the province’s 41 hospitals “may not be the most efficient way to deliver health care.”Burrill outright rejects the idea of hospital closures, while both Baillie and McNeil deflect the issue.“The problem isn’t the number of buildings that we have,” said Baillie. “The problem is that families aren’t getting the help that they need.”
Casablanca- The Republic of Guinea is reaching out to Moroccan investors for a win-win strategic partnership, Guinean Prime minister Mohamed Said Fofana said Tuesday in Casablanca.“Guinea is ready to welcome Moroccan investments and reaches out to the kingdom’s businessmen to promote a win-win strategic partnership with their Guinean peers,” the Guinean Prime Minister said at the Moroccan-Guinean Economic Forum under the theme: “Cap Guinea: Building an Economy, Opportunities to Seize.”He also called on Guinean businessmen to help Guinea in its constant search for new partners who are interested and willing to take up the country’s socio-economic development challenges. Guinea’s prime minister reiterated his country’s commitment to further promote intra-African trade, strengthen the movement of people and goods and develop a financial system for the private sector, and improve the private investment climate.Fofana also praised the “strong commitment” of HM King Mohammed VI and the President of Guinea, Alpha Conde, for strengthening the bonds of cooperation and development and diversifying bilateral trad.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market was little changed following two sessions of strong gains amid expectations that central banks will come out with new measures to support economic growth.The S&P/TSX composite index was off 10.53 points to 11,838.22 after racking up more than 400 points.Trading was quiet with U.S. markets closed for the Independence Day holiday.The Canadian dollar was down 0.09 of a cent to 98.68 cents US.Commodity prices were mainly lower in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange following significant increases over the last three sessions.Oil backed off 56 cents to US$87.10 a barrel after growing tensions with Iran helped push crude up almost US$4 on Tuesday. That still leaves crude up about $10 from last Thursday.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed slightly lower Wednesday amid reminders of the slow pace of global economic activity and lower-than-expected earnings from the Bank of Montreal.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,732.61 -17.91 -0.14%S&P 500 — 1,648.36 -11.70 -0.70%Dow — 15,302.80 -106.59 -0.69%Nasdaq — 3,467.52 -21.37 -0.61%The S&P/TSX composite index finished well off session lows as gold and energy stocks erased early losses, coming back from a slide of almost 100 points to close down 17.91 points at 12,732.61.BMO Financial Group (TSX:BMO) reported earning a second-quarter profit of $975 million or $1.42 per share, down from $1.03 billion or $1.51 per share a year ago, while its adjusted profit for the quarter was $997 million or $1.46 a share, three cents short of estimates. The bank’s shares fell $1.20 to $62.50.“It’s a bit of a disappointment after coming off a couple of (positive) quarters and dividend increases,” said Allan Small, senior adviser with DWM Securities.“I’m still a believer in the banks in terms of being a good investment. I think when you’re looking for a good yield, coupled with consistent growth over time I think our banks fit the bill.”The Canadian dollar advanced 0.4 of a cent to 96.6 cents US as the Bank of Canada said it was keeping its key rate unchanged at one%. The central bank added that “recent economic indicators suggest that growth in the first quarter was stronger than the bank projected in April.”The assessment came as the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development said that Canada’s growth will be slower than the United States, with a 1.4% advance this year and 2.3% next year. It expects the U.S. economy will register growth of 1.9% in 2013 and 2.8% in 2014.Also, the International Monetary Fund trimmed its growth forecast for China this year from eight% to 7.75% due to weaker global demand.That was bad news for a resource-heavy market like the TSX. Chinese demand in the past has pushed commodity prices and stocks in energy and mining companies higher.Worries that the U.S. Federal Reserve will start to reduce the amount of financial assets it buys also weighed on markets Wednesday.The Dow Jones industrials also came back from the worst levels of the session, but still finished down 106.59 points at 15,302.8. Meanwhile, the Nasdaq slid 21.37 points to 3,467.52 and the S&P 500 index fell 11.7 points to 1,648.36.Markets jumped Tuesday after reports showed that U.S. consumer confidence was improving and home prices were rising at their fastest rate in seven years.Though investors initially welcomed the positive news, they then started to fret over the prospect of the Fed reducing the amount of assets it buys each month.The Fed has been buying $85 billion of bonds a month in an effort to keep interest rates low and boost the U.S. economy. That stimulus has also been a major factor supporting the rally in stocks.The base metals sector was the major TSX loser, down 0.57% as the glum economic outlooks depressed copper prices with the July contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange losing two cents to US$3.30 a pound. Turquoise Hill Resources (TSX:TRQ) was off 13 cents to C$6.95 and Teck Resources (TSX:TCK.B) lost 32 cents to $27.90.The financial sector was also a weight as Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) gave back 31 cents to $59.30 after the Bank of Canada’s announcement did nothing to weaken the view that interest rates aren’t going up until well into 2014 at the earliest.“Whenever interest rates are low, it’s bad for the banks because the spread in what they lend out and what it costs them is obviously very narrow,” Small said.Utilities were also lower with Algonquin Power & Utilities (TSX:AQN) down 27 cents to $7.69.The gold sector was ahead about 3.7% as June gold gained $12.40 to US$1,391.30 an ounce. Iamgold (TSX:IMG) gained 32 cents to C$5.51 while Goldcorp Inc. (TSX:G) jumped $1.13 to $28.70.The energy sector edged up 0.23% even as the July crude contract on the Nymex slid $1.88 to US$93.13 a barrel. Canadian Natural Resources (TSX:CNQ) was 50 cents higher at C$32.08.Traders also digested major acquisition activity in the U.S. agribusiness. Chinese meat processor Shuanghui International Holdings Ltd. has agreed to take Smithfield Foods private for approximately US$4.72 billion. Smithfield is the world’s biggest pork producer. What investors were watching today: Mark Carney keeps 1% rate and bias towards hike in last policy decisionLook for rate hikes in late 2014, OECD tells CanadaEnd-of-the-party feel to BMO resultsApple has ‘game changers’ in pipeline, says CEO, hinting of TV, wearable computersON DECK THURSDAY ECONOMIC NEWSCANADA8:30 a.m.Current Account Balance (Q1): Economists expect a deficit of $15.6-billion Industrial product price index (April): Economists expect a decline of 0.3% Raw materials price index (April): Economists expect a decline of 0.9% UNITED STATES8:30 a.m.Real GDP (Q1): Economists expect 2.5% growth annualized Weekly jobless claims: Economists expect 340,000 claims 10 a.m.Pending housing sales (April): Economists expect 1.5% rise from the month before, 12.8% year over year CORPORATE NEWSCANADARoyal Bank of Canada Q2 earnings: Analysts expect $1.31 Canadian Imperial Bank Q2 earnings: Analysts expect $2.07 UNITED STATESCosco Wholesale Corp. Q3 earnings: Analysts expect $1.03 a share
Mr. Annan held talks on Monday with his Special Representative for Iraq, Ashraf Qazi, who is holding consultations at UN Headquarters this week.Meanwhile in Baghdad, Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari told Deputy Special Representative in Iraq Ross Mountain that the UN will be necessary to energize the country’s political and reconstruction process. The Foreign Minister sought UN support for Iraq’s efforts to hold soon an international conference on reconstruction that would include neighbouring countries.Mr. Mountain, who was based in Amman, Jordan, where many international staff were relocated after last year’s terrorist bombing of the UN’s Baghdad headquarters, also met with President Ghazi Al Yawer, Prime Minister Iyad Allawi and Deputy Prime Minister Barham Salah.The deputy envoy reiterated the UN’s current priorities – elections in the political process and the humanitarian/reconstruction work of the UN system – and discussed preparatory work for forthcoming elections.
TORONTO – With commodity prices on the rise, attendees at the world’s largest annual gathering for the mining industry are expected to be cheerier than they were last year.The Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada convention, which kicks off in Toronto Sunday, provides a good sense of the level of optimism in the industry, and organizers say they’re gearing up for a solid year.Last year, booth space at the trade show and the investors exchange was nearly sold out. This year there is a waiting list.“I would say the sentiment is cautiously optimistic,” said Andrew Cheatle, PDAC’s executive director.Commodity prices have begun to move higher after a protracted downturn that, for several years, had put a stop to the raucous industry parties where booze flowed freely.Slowing economic growth in China led to concerns about a glut of coal, iron ore and other commodities, mining stocks plummeted and interest in junior mining and exploration companies had just about dried up. Faced with a grim outlook, mining companies reeled in their spending.But since then, prices for gold and other metals have rebounded and investors have started returning to the sector.“It’s astounding how quickly the tables have turned,” said David Harquail, CEO of Franco-Nevada Corp. (TSX:FNV).“Share prices are up, the big companies are talking about dividends and the smaller companies are raising money for new projects again. It’s a different world all together.”Harquail recently returned from the Bank of Montreal’s Global Metals & Mining Conference in Hollywood, Fla., a precursor to the PDAC convention.“There’s no question — everybody’s more upbeat,” said Harquail. “In fact, everyone was partying as if gold was at $1,900 again.”Harquail, who has been attending the PDAC convention for roughly five decades, has seen his share of boom-and-bust cycles.As a young boy he would accompany his father, who had started several exploration companies, to the event. The industry was very different back then, he recalls.“There were really no brokers raising the money for the junior companies,” Harquail said.“People raised it directly from investors. So it was a very face-to-face business.”He recalls watching his father unroll the maps he had coloured himself onto the bed of their hotel suite. He would invite various investors to come look at his proposed drilling projects for the summer. If they were onboard they’d hand him a cheque.Since then, the industry has become far more sophisticated and the convention has grown in prominence.And although capital is beginning to return to the sector, industry executives say we’re still far from the highs of the last commodity boom several years ago.“We haven’t come back to the really buoyant, exuberant days,” says Rob McEwen, chief owner of McEwen Mining.While many companies have a little more cash on hand, they may be hesitant to spend it because they’re not completely convinced that commodity prices are heading higher, says McEwen.Harquail echoed the sentiment, calling recent commodity rallies “tenuous.” He noted that gold — currently trading at around $1,200 — has begun to pull back again in recent weeks amid expectations of a U.S. Federal Reserve rate hike.While commodity prices have improved from last year, they’re still far from bull market territory.“When things are at their absolute peak that’s when the biggest, most epic parties are thrown, typically, and we’re not there yet,” said Integra Gold chairman George Salamis.“We’re still in the early stages of that so I wouldn’t expect to see anything too crazy this year.”Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. Optimism slowly returning to mining industry ahead of annual convention by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 5, 2017 8:00 am MDT Last Updated Mar 5, 2017 at 11:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
A former pupil has condemned The Crown for its “untrue and inaccurate” storyline about Prince Charles’ schooldays, saying the on-screen version of Gordonstoun does not “remotely resemble” the reality. Its nickname of “Colditz in kilts” was hardly flattering. Its portrayal in Netflix drama The Crown even worse. Hugh Lamont, a retired civil servant, wrote to the Telegraph to dispute the Netflix storyline, which sees an episode dedicated to a miserable young Prince Charles being ostracised and tormented at a freezing cold school. “It is so untrue and inaccurate that one wonders what… But Gordonstoun school has at least one reason to look on the bright side: loyal Old Boys rallying to its defence.
Jilly Cooper, bestselling author“Like a sunrise, he lifts the heart.”He’s achingly funny, but also he’s very good at characterisation. He seems to get the moment and just illustrate people so brilliantly.“They make me laugh for days afterwards.” Theresa May’s favourite cartoonCredit:Matt Evan Davis, broadcaster and Newsnight hostDavid said, when reading the newspapers each morning, “I absolutely promise the Matt cartoon was the thing I looked at first”.”It’s a gentle way in to the newspaper: you’re about to be assailed by all the kind of bad news…to make all of that more bearable, you’ll want it to start with the gentle wit of a cartoon…none greater than Matt himself.” Matt at workCredit:Jane Mingay 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. Reflecting on the last 30 years, Matt Pritchett said: “Time flies when you’re panicking about tomorrow’s cartoon.”Jeremy Corbyn, the Labour leader, was also invited to join the anniversary celebrations. His team politely declined, saying none of the Matt cartoons they had seen about Mr Corbyn were funny. “Matt sent this cartoon to me and I have it in my office in Downing Street. It exemplifies how great he is at taking major political events and seeing the humour in them. It’s always good for politicians to laugh at ourselves and he helps us to do that.”David Cameron, Prime Minister 2010 to 2016 “But even if I’d had his phone number I would have known better than to try it on him. Max Beerbohm once wrote how he’d written a song for a favourite music hall performer, and at the last moment decided not to send it to him because, he said, to hit the bull’s eye you’d have to be him. “Still less would I have been able to draw the joke; which is the other thing about Matt: how does he do it? I have often stared at his faces, wondering how something so “wrong” could be so right, how a pair of eyebrows and half a chin can conjure not just a face but an inner life. Chris Evans, Telegraph editor, said: “In an unpredictable world, our readers know that Matt’s cartoon can be relied on to lift their spirits and make them smile. All of us at The Telegraph are delighted to celebrate 30 incredible years of cartoons with him.” National treasures from John Humphrys to Jilly Cooper have selected their favourite drawings, with Newsnight’s Evan Davis declaring that, in a crowded field of British cartoonists, there are “none better”. A favourite of both David Davis and John HumphrysCredit:Matt “I hope Matt has many more years of drawing ahead of him – to highlight the national mood; embarrass politicians and public figures alike; and carry on delighting us all.”Gordon Brown, Prime Minister 2007 to 2010“Cartoonists often get far nearer to the truth than other commentators and over 30 tumultuous years Matt Pritchett has consistently demonstrated exactly that. “If, as it is said, a picture can paint a thousand words, then a pocket cartoon conjured up by Matt can regularly do even more.”Tony Blair, Prime Minister 1997 to 2007 “Even when I was the subject of a Matt cartoon I always found them brilliant, witty and pointed without being offensive. And still do. I loved the fox one. It has about five different messages in one single picture.” Sir John Major, Prime Minister 1990 to 1997 Sir Tom Stoppard, playwright: “Matt has entered my brain. Sometimes on reading a news story I wonder idly, ‘What would Matt do with this?'”A pocket cartoon doesn’t grow on you, it jolts the laugh out of you by making a connection just before you might have made it yourself. “Now and again I think up my own Matt cartoon. When the founder of Ikea died I thought of a Matt chap scratching his head over the instructions for assembling a flat-pack coffin. Gyles Brandreth, writer and actor“I think he’s a genius. We have a wide range of brilliant cartoonists in this country; no country can compare with ours. The leader of the pack is undoubtedly – and has been since the beginning of his work for The Telegraph 30 years ago – Matt. Theresa May, Prime Minister 2016 to present David Cameron’s favourite cartoon, about the day he left his daughter in the pubCredit:Matt “I love this cartoon – as does my family. So much so that my daughter, Nancy, has it displayed on her bedroom wall.”Matt has always been one of my favourites – the way in which he manages to get to the very heart of a scandal or issue with such a light touch and in a very comic way is genius. “I’ve been so fortunate that he agreed to design a few of my recent Christmas cards – always poking fun at me; my friends and family love it! He says: “Matt has a gift for gentle, understated humour, which I have enjoyed for many years. In the 1990s, when I was under heavy press bombardment, Matt produced a cartoon of a newspaper billboard reading: ‘Queen falls off horse: Prime Minister not involved’. It caught the moment magnificently.” David Davis, Exiting the European Union secretary The Duke of Edinburgh, the patron of the Cartoon Museum whose retirement from public duties at the age of 96 this year was marked with a Matt cartoon reading “Unveil your own damn plaque”, has sent a hand-signed congratulatory message.“Successful cartoonists do not only need to be able to draw, they have to think of subjects to illustrate,” he said.“Matt has shown that he has a genius for both, as well as the ability to think of wonderfully appropriate swipes at the idiocies of contemporary life.” A message from Prince Philip Matt Pritchett, who has been known under the pen name of Matt since February 1988, has created more than 8,000 Telegraph cartoons, each capturing the absurdities of everyday life with sharp humour and a gentle touch.The Telegraph will be celebrating “30 Years of Matt” with a special Saturday magazine edition featuring an interview with the man himself, with a four-page souvenir cover wrap showcasing 90 of his favourite cartoons on Monday.This website will have a gallery of the cartoons, as well as videos from celebrities showing off their favourite and personalised drawings. “The art of cartooning is not Matt’s alone, of course, but when it comes to having the right thought, Matt is on his own.” To celebrate 30 Years of Matt, we are offering a 30% discount of the 93 favourite cartoons by Matt to our subscribers. Go to telegraph.co.uk/mattprints30years or call 0191 603 0178 The Duke of Edinburgh joked he is the world’s most experienced plaque unveiler shortly before his retirementCredit:Getty Matt’s cartoon commemorating the retirement of the Duke of EdinburghCredit:Matt “He is the national cartoon.” John Humphrys, BBC Radio 4 Today programme presenterHumphrys said of his favourite cartoon, about UK Brexit negotiators: “Doesn’t that absolutely say it all? It’s just so perfect.“The great thing about Matt’s cartoons is that the characters are us. They do something that writers can’t do, they take you to a different place.” “Matt’s cartoons never fail to raise a smile, but can also cut right to the serious heart of their subject matter. They encapsulate the best of the British press: intelligent, persuasive, irreverent and funny. They are daily reminder to all of us in public life of the importance of keeping ones sense of humour.” Tony Blair’s favourite cartoonCredit:Matt Sir John Major’s favourite cartoonCredit:Matt The Duke of Edinburgh has paid tribute to the “genius” of the Telegraph’s Matt, as Britain’s leading public figures celebrate the cartoonist’s 30th anniversary at this newspaper.The Duke, a collector and long-term supporter of the art form, expressed his admiration for Matt in a personal message, in which he praises his “ability to think of wonderfully appropriate swipes at the idiocies of contemporary life”.He today leads tributes to the “30th birthday” of Matt as a Telegraph cartoonist, joined by Theresa May, every living former Prime Minister, Britain’s finest broadcasters, writers and best-loved figures from the arts.Mrs May, the Prime Minister, sent her personal congratulations to Matt for helping politicians to “laugh at ourselves”, while David Cameron revealed he enjoyed one cartoon poking fun at him so much it is mounted on the wall of his daughter’s bedroom.Sir John Major praised his talent for capturing each moment “magnificently” with “gentle, understated humour”, as Sir Tom Stoppard admitted: “Matt has entered my brain. Sometimes on reading a news story I wonder idly, ‘What would Matt do with this?'” Matt PritchettCredit:Jane Mingay Liam Fox, International Trade secretary“The thinking man’s cartoonist – politically on the nail and funny to boot.”Jeremy Vine, broadcasterVine admitted his “life’s ambition” is to have a Matt cartoon about him.“There’s something about having that one cartoon in the day’s papers, full of all the carnage and misery,” he said. “There’s this little window, and even if this whole country is hit by a nuclear bomb they’ll still be a Matt cartoon the morning after, and we’ll still laugh.”
MIAMI (WSVN) – SunPass will undergo system maintenance in June, which will prevent customers from replenishing their accounts.According to a SunPass press release, several services will be unavailable from June 5, beginning at 7 p.m., to June 11, at 9 a.m. Services like the TOLL-BY-PLATE website, SunPass mobile app and all SunPass Plus Parking (excluding Orlando International Airport) will be affected.Click here for full SunPass news releaseTransponders will still be able to pay for tolls during the system maintenance period but will be held beginning at 7 p.m., June 5. The tolls will be submitted once the system is back online.SunPass said that, for commuters who do not use Easy Pay, they will be able to add enough funds prior to 7 p.m. on June 5.For those who use Easy Pay, credit cards on file will be charged multiple times after the system comes back online if the automatic replenishment amount does not cover the total amount of tolls incurred.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Dan Cohen AUTHOR President Obama is expected to sign the fiscal 2016 defense authorization bill even though it includes language that would prevent the administration from moving detainees from the military prison at Guantánamo to the United States and closing the facility.On Tuesday, White House press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters that Obama most likely would sign the annual policy measure because it contains a number of provisions “that are important to running and protecting the country.”The president’s decision, however, “does not reflect a change in our position” on closing the prison at Guantánamo Bay, Earnest said, reported the Hill.Earlier, the Senate easily approved a revised version of the authorization bill, sending it to the president’s desk. The new version authorizes $5 billion less in funding than the original, after the recent budget deal called for $33 billion in defense spending above the Budget Control Act cap for FY 2016, an increase that didn’t quite meet the $38 billion in extra funds Congress and the administration had planned for.Obama vetoed the initial conference report over its reliance on DOD’s overseas contingency operations account which would have allowed the Pentagon to skirt the spending caps without providing equivalent budget relief for non-defense programs.On Tuesday, Republican leaders in both chambers warned Obama against shuttering the prison at Guantánamo without approval from Congress.“Each of these bills contains a clear bipartisan prohibition on the president moving Guantánamo terrorists into the backyards of the American people. Both of these bills include restrictions on moving terrorists into our country,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said in opening remarks before the chamber voted on the authorization bill and the fiscal 2016 military construction-veterans affairs spending bill.The policy bill would prohibit the transfer of detainees to the United States, or the construction or modification of facilities in the United States for housing detainees. But the White House has refused to rule out using executive action to shutter the prison in Cuba.“He can’t. He doesn’t have the authority to do it. It’s just that clear,” House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said later in an interview on Bloomberg TV, reported the Hill.The “language is very clear that he can’t transfer the prisoners,” Ryan said, “and this is language that was put in the defense bill when [Democrats] ran Congress in the early part of the Obama administration.”The White House is expected to send Congress a plan for closing the military prison at Guantánamo within days.
Sarah Tew/CNET Acer on Thursday morning held its annual showcase for new laptops, PCs and accessories, known as Next @ Acer. From the stage at New York’s Brooklyn Navy Yard, CEO Jason Chen said the company chose the location for being “up-and-coming,” which is likely how the company would like to see itself.The company announced a dizzying array of products including a new brand for creatives, Concept D, that already features a full lineup of laptops, desktops, displays and virtual reality headsets — including a tower PC that supports up to 192GB of RAM and 60TB of storage. Now playing: Watch this: 1:32 Acer’s Helios 300 offer big-screen gaming for less Acer also unveiled a handful of powerful new gaming laptops as well as some more pedestrian laptops, monitors and Chromebooks for businesses. The company also used the keynote to highlight its support for esports, announcing a three-year commitment to sponsor the Intel Masters competition. Here’s an overview of what was announced.Predator Helios 700 Sarah Tew/CNET Slidable Hyperdrift keyboard that shifts down toward your wrists, while the touchpad shifts forward and hangs over the front lip”Magforce” keys on the keyboard with linear, pressure-sensitive WASD keysIntel Core i9 processorsNew Wi-Fi 6Fourth-gen AeroBlade 3D technologyNvidia RTX 2080 (not Max-Q)Read more: New Acer Predator Helios 700 adds HyperDrift keyboard to keep things cool Now playing: Watch this: Acer’s new Helios 700 keyboard hides a big secret Tags 2:32 Acer Concept D line for creatives turns up the power Share your voice Acer Concept D9 laptop Sarah Tew/CNET Pantone Validated 4K UDH DisplayEzel Aero hinge (similar to Acer Aspire R7)Fan noise under 40dBSupport for Wacom stylusFirst design under Acer’s new lifestyle brand for creatives, which emphasizes precision, performance, optimized cooling and functional designConcept D 900 desktop Sarah Tew/CNET Delta E <1 Pantone ValidatedVESA certified DisplayHDR 1000 monitor99% Adobe RGB Color GamutDual Intel Xeon GoldNvidia Quadro RTX 6000 graphics12 memory slots, five storage bays, multiple PCIe slotsUp to 192GB RAM and 60TB of storageNitro 7 Sarah Tew/CNET Aluminum chassis144Hz/3ms high-speed displayNinth-gen Intel Core processorsLatest Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics19.9mm thickThe Nitro 5 is also getting refreshedChromebook 715 Sarah Tew/CNET High-end touchscreen enterprise Chromebook100% aluminum chassisOptional LED backlit keyboard and number padOptional fingerprint reader10-point touchscreen displayRead more: Acer Chromebook 715, 714 are ready to fly business class for $499Though it may not be a household name throughout the US, Acer sells a ton of desktops, laptops, monitors, accessories and other PC-related gear — including some of our long-time favorites, like the Acer Swift 7 and Predator 21 X.At last year’s event, Acer unveiled a range of new products including mainstream laptops, Chromebooks and gaming PCs. 2:12 2 Comments Laptops Computers Gaming Desktops Now playing: Watch this: Predator Helios 300 Sarah Tew/CNET Ninth-gen Intel Core i7 processorFour-zone RGB keyboard with concave-shaped keycapsOverclockable GeForce RTX 2070 (Max-Q)Fourth-gen AeroBlade 3D technology144Hz refresh with 3-millisecond overdrive response
Saudi Arabia on Monday said two militants were killed, along with a security official and a bystander, in a shootout at a police checkpoint in one of the kingdom’s central provinces.The interior ministry said the militants opened fire on the checkpoint, killing a police sergeant and a Bangladeshi national.The ministry said in a statement that the shooting happened on Sunday afternoon in al-Qassim.It’s located some 400 kilometres, or about 250 miles, northwest of the capital of Riyadh.The ministry says the militants opened fire on the checkpoint, killing a police sergeant and a Bangladeshi national.The ministry said police returned fire, killing two militants and wounding a third, who was later hospitalized.A motive for the shooting wasn’t immediately known and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.Saudi Arabia has faced attacks from militants from al-Qaida and an Islamic State affiliate.
News Meredith Wiggins walks the labyrinth in the yard of the Church of the Nativity in Newport, Pa., on June 26, 2019. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL, Pa. (RNS) — The pilgrims had come to a fork in the road.They had just finished a hard uphill climb on the Appalachian Trail, and they weren’t sure they wanted to head 200 yards in the opposite direction to stop at the Darlington Shelter — even if it was named after the Episcopal bishop who contributed to the development of the trail.But when they arrived, they found a bit of the “trail magic” that the Appalachian Trail is known for awaiting them.Several of the support team members following their pilgrimage along the legendary 2,190-mile footpath had parked their van nearby and hiked a short way to the shelter carrying cold water and Gatorade.“They were, like, magical. They just appeared,” said Debbie Pflager, 67, recounting the high point of the day’s hike during a time of reflection that evening. Emily McFarlan Miller Emily McFarlan Miller is a national reporter for RNS based in Chicago. She covers evangelical and mainline Protestant Christianity.,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Pilgrims arrive at the Church of the Nativity in Newport, Paa, at the end of Day 4 of the Appalachian Camino, on June 26, 2019. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller News • Photos of the Week Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! Others had what could be considered less spiritual reasons for making the pilgrimage — for weight loss or for the challenge of it. Some were hiking along with their children.But then, Morrow said, “I also think not everything has to have a deeper meaning. Hiking is a good in and of itself, just like other things are. You can make connections, and drawing connections is really good, but just doing it is a good in and of itself.”At the end of Wednesday’s 12-mile hike, the pilgrims let out a “Thanks be to God!” as two white support vans came into view.They piled into the vehicles for the half-hour drive to the Church of the Nativity in Newport, Pennsylvania, a picturesque little church along a river, where they plunged aching and blistered feet into the rushing water.A trailer arrived carrying their backpacks and other supplies, and some of the pilgrims rolled out sleeping bags in the church’s parish hall. Others set up tents around the stone labyrinth in its neatly manicured lawn.Dianne Newman and the Rev. Dan Morrow complete Day 4 of the Appalachian Camino, a weeklong pilgrimage organized by the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania on parts of the Appalachian Trail passing through the diocese, on June 26, 2019. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan MillerThen they gathered in the church basement for a homemade dinner prepared for them by parishioners. Cramer, who belongs to the Church of the Nativity, made a Santiago cake, an almond cake on pilgrims’ menus along the Spanish trail.During a time of reflection afterward led by the bishop in the sanctuary, the pilgrims took turns sharing the highs and lows of the day’s hike.There were discouraging moments on some of the tougher switchbacks and a fall that cut short the day’s hike for one pilgrim.There was encouragement from fellow pilgrims and that trail magic at the Darlington Shelter.And, all in all, Scanlan said, “It’s been a good day — a holy day.” News Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Share This! Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites She was surprised to have forged a “sisterhood” with several of the women on the trail, including Amanda Kniepkamp, who joined the Appalachian Camino from Philadelphia, where she attends Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral.For Kniepkamp, weekly church services weren’t cutting it anymore. The 40-year-old, who works in academic support at the University of Pennsylvania, said she wanted a deeper experience of her faith.If there was any place she would find that, Kniepkamp thought, it would be in the outdoors. Having grown up in a small town, she gets “city rage” the way others get road rage, she said.Remembering church camps she attended growing up, she prayed, “Please let it not be hokey.”But that hasn’t been her experience on the Appalachian Camino. The group was part of the week-long (June 23 to 28) “Appalachian Camino,” inspired by the 500-mile pilgrimage across northern Spain. Organized by the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania, it took the pilgrims along parts of the Appalachian Trail that pass through the diocese.About 20 pilgrims, most from parishes within the diocese, are hiking the full week, staying overnight in churches and parish halls along the way. Another 24 are joining as day hikers throughout the week.“We live in such a beautiful place here in Pennsylvania, and the Appalachian Trail is such a gorgeous walk,” Central Pennsylvania Bishop Audrey Cady Scanlan said.“So this is an opportunity to come together in community, in nature and appreciate God’s creation.”The idea for the Appalachian Camino came from The Rev. Dan Morrow, the diocese’s canon for congregational life and mission.Lisa Work leads pilgrims June 26, 2019, through a forested stretch on Day 4 of the Appalachian Camino, a weeklong pilgrimage organized by the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania on parts of the Appalachian Trail passing through the diocese. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan MillerMorrow is no stranger to pilgrimages.He has traveled to Ireland and to the home of St. Francis of Assisi in Italy, he said.And he has always wanted to walk the Camino de Santiago, which ends at what many Catholics believe to be the resting place of St. James. The walk has exploded in popularity with American pilgrims in the past decade.Morrow said he has never had the time to make the trek, but on a recent day hike on the Appalachian Trail with his wife, it occurred to him that the diocese could bring the Camino to Pennsylvania.“We should do a pilgrimage here along the trail, visiting our sacred spaces with our own group of pilgrims,” he said.Appalachian Camino pilgrims use stairs to cross a fence on June 26, 2019, along the Appalachian Trail in central Penn. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan MillerIt wouldn’t end at the final resting place of an apostle, he said, but “having done other pilgrimages … I just know that the journey is just every bit as important, as transformative, as the destination.”When Morrow approached the bishop with the idea for an Appalachian Camino, she immediately said yes.It fit perfectly with the “Bishop Out of the Box” program Scanlan started last fall. The program is meant to model “how we could engage ministry in different ways and kind of invite people to think creatively, obviously out of the box, to do things differently,” she said.So far, that has taken the bishop to a county fair wearing a button reading “Need prayer?” and to a Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration with a color-by-number picture of King on canvas, among other things.“This is our own opportunity to embody our faith, to say that we’re on a journey and literally, not just figuratively or metaphorically, but literally to journey with others on the way,” she said.Building on the “way of love” espoused by the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, Michael Curry, they’ve been referring to the pilgrimage as “walking the way of love in central Pennsylvania,” Scanlan said.By Wednesday (June 25), the fourth day of the Appalachian Camino, some of the pilgrims and their support crew had earned “trail names” like “Go Go Gadget,” “Major Tom” and “Mama Bear.” The bishop was “Trinity on the Trail” and Morrow, “Venom Sucker,” which came with a story recounted with much laughter about how — since the hike had been his idea — he was responsible for rescuing anybody bitten by a snake along the way.Pilgrims gather in worship on June 26, 2019, before beginning Day 4 of the Appalachian Camino, a weeklong pilgrimage organized by the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania on parts of the Appalachian Trail passing through the diocese. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan MillerThey gathered early in the morning for a brief liturgy, including a prayer of blessing for the pilgrims. Scanlan knelt at the feet of those joining them for the first time that day, making the sign of the cross over their boots, and they split into two groups — the faster hikers charging ahead first with the bishop.Morrow set his timer for 10 minutes of contemplative silence as his group began the hike. Everybody was looking forward to the first five miles — relatively flat, according to their maps, after three days of hills and rocks.In the silence, Lisa Work said, she noticed the temperature changes as they crossed an open meadow into the shade of the forest.As the day went on and temperatures soared in the stretches through soybean fields or along the roadside with no protection from the blazing summer sun, Work took turns with fellow hikers pouring cool water from their water bottles onto each other’s heads in a kind of trail baptism.Lisa Work, left, and Kay Cramer, right, converse while walking along a stretch of road June 26, 2019, on Day 4 of the Appalachian Camino, a weeklong pilgrimage organized by the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania on parts of the Appalachian Trail passing through the diocese. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan MillerThe 52-year-old, who attends St. John Episcopal Church in York, Pennsylvania, also wants to walk the Camino de Santiago someday. For her, hiking is a form of worship, a necessary rhythm, she said.“Some of it I don’t have words for, but the experience has been so real,” Work said. “In the Scripture, it talks about the Holy Spirit understanding the groaning of your gut, and I think that’s what this is. It’ll fall short to anybody I try to describe it to.”It’s different hiking with a group when she’s used to silence and solitude on the trail, she said. But, as she begins a new job heading a school, it has been a reminder how much she needs other people and a chance to unplug and slow down for a week. Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 TagsAppalachian Trail Camino de Santiago Episcopal Church Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania nature Pennsylvania pilgrimage Top Story,You may also like Pilgrims walk through a field on June 26, 2019, on Day 4 of the Appalachian Camino, a weeklong pilgrimage organized by the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania on parts of the Appalachian Trail passing through the diocese. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller She has been moved by the worship in the mornings and evenings. And the intensity of the shared experience of hiking the Appalachian Trail, the joys and the adventure, quickly brought the group together, she said.“We’ve been together for three days, and we’re sharing everything about our journey,” Kniepkamp said.That was a theme sounded by several on the Appalachian Camino.Kay Cramer, 66, walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain several years ago when she retired from her career as a hospice nurse. When she heard about the diocese’s pilgrimage inspired by the Camino, she knew immediately she needed to join.“Where I was trying to find myself on the Camino, on this one, I’m finding that it’s more about relationships with other people,” Cramer said. “I’m finding love instead of finding myself.” Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Pilgrims soak their tired feet in a stream near the Church of the Nativity in Newport, Pa., on June 26, 2019, at the end of Day 4 of the Appalachian Camino. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller Pilgrims talk while resting June 26, 2019, on Day 4 of the Appalachian Camino, a weeklong pilgrimage organized by the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania on parts of the Appalachian Trail passing through the diocese. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller By: Emily McFarlan Miller emmillerwrites Pilgrims gather for worship in the sanctuary of the Church of the Nativity in Newport, Pa., on June 26, 2019, at the end of Day 4 of the Appalachian Camino. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller Bishop Audrey Cady Scanlan leads a time of worship for pilgrims at the Church of the Nativity in Newport, Pa., on June 26, 2019, at the end of Day 4 of the Appalachian Camino. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller South Sudanese churches call for acceptance of wartime sexual violence survivors Anti-extremism program won’t stop hate, say Muslims who’ve seen its flaws August 30, 2019 Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Pilgrims gather for a homemade dinner at the Church of the Nativity in Newport, Pa., on June 26, 2019, at the end of Day 4 of the Appalachian Camino. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Indiana archbishop defends firing of teacher in gay marriage Pilgrims stop for lunch and refreshments provided by a support team on June 26, 2019, on Day 4 of the Appalachian Camino, a weeklong pilgrimage organized by the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania on parts of the Appalachian Trail passing through the diocese. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller Share This! Debbie Pflager, from left, Meredith Wiggins and Lisa Work take turns with fellow hikers pouring cool water from their water bottles onto each other’s heads June 26, 2019, at the end of Day 4 of the Appalachian Camino. RNS photo by Emily McFarlan Miller Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email
Share Petty Officer 1st Class Ronald Gutridge/DVIDSThe new weapon is designed to be launched on a ballistic missile fired from a submarine.The U.S. Department of Energy has started making a new, low-yield nuclear weapon designed to counter Russia.The National Nuclear Security Administration says production of the weapon, known as the W76-2, has begun at its Pantex Plant in the Texas Panhandle. The fact that the weapon was under production was first shared in an e-mail to the Exchange Monitor, an industry trade magazine, and independently confirmed by NPR.The weapon is a variant of the Navy’s primary submarine-launched nuclear weapon, the W76-1. That warhead is a “strategic weapon,” meaning it makes a very big boom. The W76-1 is believed to have a yield of around 100 kilotons, according to Hans Kristensen, director of the nuclear information project at the Federation of American Scientists, an arms control advocacy group. By contrast, the bomb dropped on Hiroshima had a yield of about 15 kilotons.The Energy Department would not provide details about the W76-2, but it’s believed to have a yield of around 5 to 7 kilotons, Kristensen says. That smaller yield is probably created by removing or disabling the secondary stage of the W76-1. The secondary is designed to deliver a large thermonuclear blast triggered by a much smaller nuclear weapon known as the primary. Removing or disabling the secondary while leaving the primary would, in effect, create a smaller weapon.Last year the Trump administration made the case for the development of a smaller nuclear weapon that could be launched from a submarine. In a document known as the Nuclear Posture Review, the administration claimed that Russia believed its own, smaller nuclear weapons could give it an advantage in a conflict. By using small, tactical nuclear weapons, the thinking goes, Russia could essentially scare NATO into halting a military operation. “[Moscow] mistakenly assesses that the threat of nuclear escalation or actual first use of nuclear weapons would serve to ‘de-escalate’ a conflict on terms favorable to Russia,” the document says.New, smaller warheads will help balance Russian forces, the report claims. “It will raise the nuclear threshold and help ensure that potential adversaries perceive no possible advantage in limited nuclear escalation, making nuclear employment less likely.”However, Kristensen worries the new warhead could actually make nuclear war far more likely. For one thing, he says, the W76-2 will be launched on the same Trident missile used to launch the much larger W76-1. “It’s not like the Russians are going to be sitting there saying, ‘Well, let’s wait to see this one detonate first. Oh, it’s a small mushroom cloud! Well, in that case…’”And even if they did wait, he says, it would not change the fact that the U.S. would have used a nuclear weapon, however small, in a conflict. “A nuke is a nuke,” he says. “Once it’s used, the gloves are off.”The National Nuclear Security Administration says its first production unit of the new weapon is underway. It is on track to deliver a small number of weapons to the Navy by October of this year.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
Toyota staged a media viewing of the car earlier this week at a factory in Aichi Prefecture. The car is described by observers as a “sleek rocket,” or “a pencil-shaped rocket,” and, maybe not as kindly, an “eco-friendly tricycle.” The vehicle is said to be interesting but not practical. The driving range is a key reason why skeptics say it is impractical, at least under its present stage of development.The car offers a driving range of only 2 miles (3.2 km). As with battery powered cars, the marketable barrier remains range, or what is being more frequently called range jitters. The distance the Ku:Rin can go would only be 2 miles without replenishing the air in the cylinders. 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. The Ku:Rin is yet another attempt to explore environmentally friendly modes of transport. The tank was filled using a conventional air-conditioner compressor manufactured by Toyota.The car was developed at the company’s Dream Car Workshop, where its engineers made use of the principle of compressed air, which Toyota knows more than a little about. The company is recognized for its expertise in compressors that are part of air conditioners. Toyota turns out about 20 million compressors for car air-conditioners per year; the company is the world’s largest supplier of car air- conditioner compressors, in addition to making automobiles, engines and electronics components. © 2011 PhysOrg.com According to reports, a number of companies, besides Toyota, are working on air-powered cars but they are all in the research phase. Likewise, the Ku:Rin was designed and built by a group of engineers at the Dream Car Workshop, which is a Toyota sandbox/incubator for innovative ideas. Company engineers gather there outside work hours to engage in development projects. One of the engineers, Kenta Nakauchi, told NHK TV that they are not thinking about putting the car into production. Instead, they want to use their expertise to design unique cars. At the same time, they are not walking away from the challenge of drawbacks.Toyota said it will keep working on extending the travel distance. (PhysOrg.com) — Toyota Industries intends to apply for a Guiness World record for the fastest car driven by a compressed-air engine, after its Ku:Rin, as the vehicle is called, reached 129.2km/h (80.3 mph)on a test run earlier this month. This is a three-wheel, one-seater vehicle that broke the speed record for compressed air-powered vehicles at the Japan Automobile Research Institute test facility. Explore further Toyota shows off its new iQ electric-car prototype Citation: Toyota three-wheeler does 80.3 mph on compressed air (2011, September 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-toyota-three-wheeler-mph-compressed-air.html
Microsoft Azure Cloud was experiencing problems that left users unable to access its cloud services. The outage has taken several Azure Cloud services offline for U.S. users since yesterday. The reason for the outage was stated as “severe weather”. A cooling system is vital for data centers nowadays with thousands of servers that generate heat, aligned closely. If the cooling systems do not work, then the servers will simply overheat, damaging the machines. Therefore, on cooling failure, procedures are set in place to shutdown the servers when the temperature rises above a certain level. It is important to prevent machines from getting damaged and causing losses. The severe weather conditions in Texas may be coming from Gordon, a cat 1 tropical storm that was near the Texas coast at the time of the outage. The outage affected many of Azure cloud services for its South Central US data center including App service, backup, cloud services, Office 365, and others. You can find an update on the Azure status page. The outage affected developers who use Microsoft’s Visual Studio Team Services. They have been unable to access their accounts. The Microsoft developer Blog states: “Users located in South Central US will be unable to access their account until the underlying issue is resolved.” Microsoft stated on their Azure status page: “A severe weather event, including lightning strikes, occurred near one of the South Central US datacenters. This resulted in a power voltage increase that impacted cooling systems. Automated datacenter procedures to ensure data and hardware integrity went into effect and critical hardware entered a structured power down process.” As of now, services are partially recovered. The latest update at the time of writing on Microsoft’s blog says: “Mitigation efforts continue, as we work on getting the Azure resources in South Central US online. For more details about the issue please refer Azure Status Dashboard : https://status.azure.com” You can visit the Azure page for status updates. Read next Microsoft Azure’s new governance DApp: An enterprise blockchain without mining Microsoft Azure now supports NVIDIA GPU Cloud (NGC) Automate tasks using Azure PowerShell and Azure CLI [Tutorial]