Saudi oil supply hits record as price war rages

first_imgSaudi Arabia boosted crude oil supply to record levels Wednesday, with state giant Aramco offering 18.8 million barrels on a single day despite a global supply glut as a price war rages with Russia.Aramco’s announcement comes after a deal to limit crude output between the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other producers, including Russia, expired on Tuesday.The move comes despite pressure from Washington, with US President Donald Trump offering on Tuesday to help resolve the price war between Moscow and Riyadh that has sent crude prices plummeting to 18-year lows. On Monday, Saudi Arabia said it would increase exports further to a record 10.6 million barrels per day from May, deepening a glut on world markets.The kingdom, the world’s top oil exporter, had already announced a sharp production increase for April.Saudi Arabia had been exporting around 7.0 million barrels per day under an output reduction agreement among a 24-member producer alliance known as OPEC+, which included Russia.OPEC+ failed to reach an agreement on further production cuts to shore up sagging prices as the coronavirus battered the global economy last month.Trump on Tuesday said he had spoken with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman by phone with the aim of halting the slide.Analysts say Riyadh is engaged in a deliberate long-term strategy to capture greater market share by pressuring its high-cost rivals.The price war has hit shale oil producers in the US, with Trump saying the production dispute threatened “thousands and thousands” of jobs.In a letter last week to US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, a group of US senators accused Saudi Arabia and Russia of waging “economic warfare against the United States”.Topics : “As the world demands economic stability, Aramco remains committed to supplying the world with energy,” the oil giant said in a statement.”The company is breaking records to supply 15 tankers loading more than 18.8 million barrels of oil,” it added.Aramco also released aerial footage of multiple oil tankers being loaded at sea.The threat of a global recession triggered by the coronavirus pandemic had already hammered prices when Riyadh pledged last month to raise exports after a production-cut agreement among top producers flopped.last_img read more

Amla leads South Africa to easy win over Sri Lanka

first_imgNEW DELHI (AP):Opener Hashim Amla struck an unbeaten 56 for South Africa in their eight-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the last World Twenty20 Group One game yesterday.Amla hit five fours and one six off 52 balls as South Africa scored 122-2 in 17.4 overs after winning the toss and dismissing Sri Lanka for 120 in 19.3 overs.Amla added 60 for the second wicket with captain Faf du Plessis (31) to help South Africa control the chase from early on.South Africa finished third in the group behind first-place West Indies and England, who were already through to the semi-finals. Defending champions Sri Lanka finished the tournament with a solitary win over Afghanistan.South Africa had little problem in chasing the moderate total as Amla struck a fifth half-century and called the shots in the company of his captain.Du Plessis scored three fours in his 36 balls, but was trapped leg before wicket by pace bowler Suranga Lakmal when he was batting fluently.In a game lacking lots of big shots, the crowd of more than 10,000 saw A.B. de Villiers strike two sixes, including the winning smash over midwicket off Lakmal’s full toss.’BATTING LET US DOWN'”It’s always tough when you are playing South Africa,” said Sri Lanka’s stand-in skipper Dinesh Chandimal. “Batting has let us down in this tournament.”Earlier, Kyle Abbott, Farhaan Behardien and Aaron Phangiso grabbed two wickets to restrict Sri Lanka.Left-arm spinner Phangiso produced a twin-strike in the fifth over after which Sri Lanka failed to get partnerships going.Opener Tillkaratne Dilshan, who had smashed an unbeaten 83 in Sri Lanka’s win against Afghanistan, scored 36 off 40 with four fours and one six. He added 45 runs for the first wicket with Chandimal, who led the side after Angelo Mathews pulled out due to a hamstring injury suffered during his fighting knock of 73 not out against England.Chandimal was bowled with a straighter delivery from Phangiso for 21 and left-hander Lahiru Thirimanne was bowled first ball with one that came in sharply.Behardien then dismissed Shehan Jayasuriya (1) and Dilshan, while Abbott came on to take two late wickets and ensure there was no fightback from the tail-enders.”It was a great pitch, the ball was stopping and turning,” said Man-of-the-Match Phangiso. “It’s been a bit tough. We prepared well coming from home and I think we just needed luck on our side.”- APlast_img read more

‘I did not like my team’: Mourinho fumes

first_imgThe United manager saw a run of three consecutive wins, all of them away from Old Trafford, come to an end in lethargic fashion.“Not a good performance, not a good result but a fair result,” said Mourinho.“Wolves, by the way they faced the game, I think they deserve it. They play like I like to play which is like the World Cup final.“That is the attitude I like my teams to have in every match. We didn’t have that. They did. That attitude made a difference.”United looked to have weathered a strong opening by Nuno Espirito Santo’s team, most notably when keeper David De Gea made a spectacular save to keep out Willy Boly’s goal-bound header from a Joao Moutinho corner.That save was all the more important as, within seconds, United were in front after Fred scored his first goal for the club.French international Paul Pogba touched the ball on skilfully after collecting Conor Coady’s headed clearance, and Fred deposited an unstoppable 18-yard shot into the Wolves goal.But, by the time they equalised seven minutes into the second half, Nuno’s team was good value for a goal even if it owed much to poor United defending.Pogba gave the ball away in midfield, leading to an attack in which Helder Costa beat Luke Shaw far too easily on the United by-line.– Disappointed –His cross found Raul Jimenez who laid the ball off for Moutinho to claim his first goal in English football with a lethal left-foot finish from the edge of the area.“I expect my team to play better than we did,” added Mourinho. “If we had played against Wolves like we did against Tottenham, then I think we would win.“It is a bit of a contradiction but I’m more disappointed today than I was against Tottenham.“Against Tottenham we lost the game but I liked very much my team’s performance.“Of course, we had a better result and one point is better than zero. But I did not like my team.”The Wolves goal, in particular, was a major disappointment and recalled the worrying days of August when United lost consecutive games to Brighton and Spurs, while conceding three times in each.But Mourinho was more concerned by what he saw as his team’s poor attitude as he came close to suffering consecutive home league defeats for the first time in his career“I can’t explain the difference of attitude because I never had a difference of attitude,” he said.“For me it is difficult to explain that.”After throwing on Juan Mata and Anthony Martial as substitutes, United created a handful of late chances with Romelu Lukaku missing the best, heading wide from six yards.But Wolves had chances of their own to claim a first Old Trafford win in 38 years and, in the dying seconds, substitute Adama Traore burst through only to shoot selfishly over the goal.“What I want now is to work harder tomorrow than we did before,” said Nuno.“It’s a growth, a building of the team. Let’s improve, let’s get better so we can (be) every week like this.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho was frustrated by the draw against Wolves © AFP / Lindsey PARNABYMANCHESTER, United Kingdom, Sep 22 – Jose Mourinho was highly critical of the attitude of his Manchester United players after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Wolves at Old Trafford.Mourinho even claimed he was more pleased with their last home display — the 3-0 defeat to Tottenham — than he was this latest effort.last_img read more

Reports: Southampton tracking Udinese striking sensation Muriel

first_imgSouthampton are tracking Udinese forward Luis Muriel but will have to move quickly if they want to land the talented Colombian.The Saints want to strengthen their strike force and support frontman Graziano Pelle, who has led the line on his own this term in the continued absence of Jay Rodriguez.Although Muriel, 23, has endured a difficult season in Serie A, both Sampdoria and Fiorentina have enquired about taking the former Lecce man on loan in January.But, according to Il Secolo XIX, Muriel, who is regarded as one of the hottest properties in European football, is enticed by the challenge of the Premier League and would favour a switch to Ronald Koeman’s side during the upcoming window. Muriel on Saints radar 1last_img read more

Warriors mailbag: Analyzing the Dubs’ post All-Star slump

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — The Warriors’ stars are laughing at the absurdity of it all.Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson and DeMarcus Cousins all sounded amused over inquiries on whether they felt worried with the Warriors losing three of their past five games since the NBA All-Star break. And why would they be? It is late February and early March. Not April, May or June.It appears Warriors fans are just as calm, at least the ones that sent questions to latest mailbag. But they still wonder what’s going on …last_img read more

Jive SBS 4.0 Offers Office Integration and an iPhone App

first_imgRelated Posts Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Tags:#enterprise#Products 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now IT + Project Management: A Love Affaircenter_img alex williams In its most significant update to date, Jive Software is following the evolution of the social web in the enterprise with features that allow users the flexibility to use the tools in multiple ways.Social Business 4.0 (SBS), is Jive’s latest version of its enterprise collaboration technology. In this new release, Jive includes deep integration with Microsoft Office, a mobile application for the iPhone and Blackberry plus the ability to bridge from internal to external communities.Companies in the Enterprise 2.0 space are quickly finding that the era of isolation is pretty much over. Social technologies are not space age concepts anymore. It no longer feels like you are speaking a different language when talking about the social web. The users are there. And they want more than single-use applications.They want flexibility and convenience.In this regard, Jive is offering the ability to create or save documents in Microsoft Office with automatic upload to the Jive platform. Documents are rendered for the browser for users to view and make comments. Users may also collaborate on documents such as Power Point presentations. This co-authoring feature is similar to what you can do in Google Docs. We expect to see more companies offering this type of co-authoring capability. Socialtext, for instance, came out of beta with SocialCalc, its distributed spreadsheet application.Mobile applications are starting to make headway into the enterprise. SocialCast unveiled its iPhone application earlier this month. We expect that enterprise applications will proliferate over the next year.Jive took this into consideration when deciding to go with an iPhine application. Analysts they spoke with said that enterprises are accepting the influx of iPhones, mostly due to huge demand for the device. .The Jive application for the iPhone includes:Collaboration features for users to engage with others through discussion threads, blogs, documents, comments and repliesAbility to follow people based on their activity streamA rich profile environment, providing the ability to quickly find peopleFor the Blackberry:Users may receive content they follow via email and reply as well to the content they follow. This includes content from blogs, discussions, documents and status updates.The application leverages vCard technology that users may download and apply to a particular space or group.SBS 4.0 is a comprehensive update. It has a number of additional features including the ability to bridge communities outside the firewall. Other new features include tools for community managers to quantify the activity of their communities.Jive SBS 4.0 is available now. Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo…last_img read more

How To Hack Online Dating And Use Data To Find True Love

first_imgHow to Write a Welcome Email to New Employees? Tags:#data#hacks#OKCupid#online dating Online dating is weird as hell. You’d think this wouldn’t be the case. After all, the algorithms that connect people on dating sites aren’t theoretically all that different from the ones that power search engines and generate billions in revenue. So why is online dating still such a thoroughly imperfect experience? Amy Webb, like so many others, learned just how flawed the science of online dating is by going on a series of comically awkward dates with some pretty unbelievable characters. In her book, Data, A Love Story: How I Gamed Online Dating to Meet My Match, the digital media consultant and former journalist outlines how she “reverse engineered” online dating, reevaluated her strategy and met her future husband. This being the week of Valentine’s Day and all, we thought it would be an opportune time to talk with Webb about her process and share some of the lessons she learned with you, oh lonely denizens of the Internet. Trust me, this is way more interesting than the romance-themed infographics we’ve been getting pitched all week.   Decide What You’re Looking ForMost people approach online dating like they approach joining any other social network: Set up a profile, upload a few photos that happen to be sitting on your hard drive, and fill out some personal info. The difference, of course, is that dating sites have an objective far more specific than an aimless timesuck like Facebook. Webb kicked off her digital quest for a mate by listing 72 traits she wanted her future partner to possess, which is how she recommends online dating newbies get started. Her initial brainstorm included everything from personal habits and marital history to work ethic and Mac vs. PC preference (Hint: John Hodgman would not have made the cut). The exact number of traits isn’t all that crucial, as long as the list is as exhaustive as possible. “The most important thing is to sit down and write out a list,” says Webb. Rank Your Top Traits By Priority Next, she broke her 72-point list into tiers: Using a combination of personal preferences and past experience, she narrowed down the ten most important characteristics and listed them as “top tier” traits. These were, in her book, the absolute deal-breakers. They were then ranked 1-10 in terms of importance. From there, she chose another 15 “second tier” traits. Not deal breakers, but still very important.“I was looking for patterns to analyze,” says Webb. “For example, there was a lot of crossover in my list when it came to family, religion and attitude towards work. When I noticed a pattern, I tried to distill from it the most important aspect of that data point.”  This approach helped her sort and tag her list and ultimately rank everything by priority. Come Up With A Grading System Once her tiered list was complete, Webb assigned a total number of points to each item. Her top-tier traits were each given a total potential score: 100 for her top trait (intelligence) and 91 for her least-critical item in her top ten list (No history of cheating). The second-tier traits were all assigned a weight of 50 or fewer points, depending on their overall importance to her. The result was a 1000-point scale that would allow her to grade – and subsequently reevaluate – the men she dated based on the most meaningful data points. She set a threshold: Based on her initial online interactions, nobody scoring below a 700 would be worthy of an in-person date.  It all might sound a bit obsessive, but as Webb quickly realized, this formula could have saved her the agony of going on karaoke dates with high-fiving cheapskates just a few weeks prior. Size Up The CompetitionThis is where things get interesting. Before setting up her new profile, Webb decided to evaluate the competition. The way most online dating sites work, there’s no easy way to do this from your own account. So using her 1000-point grading system, Webb created two profiles of imaginary dream guys. That’s right: She masqueraded not just as a man, but as multiple men, in order to see what kinds of ladies would be vying for the attention of the men she would find most desirable. In the end, she had created 10 fake profiles and interacted with 96 different women. This wasn’t just an exercise in digital creepiness. It was a data-mining experiment of enormous value. During this phase of her quest, Webb unlocked insight into many aspects of the online dating universe, some of them more predictable than others. What correlations exist between profile popularity and hair color? What about the vocabulary used in people’s profiles? How much did successful online daters refer to their career goals? What kind of photos performed the best? Using spreadsheets, TextWrangler and “other kludged-together applications,” Webb analyzed all of this and more, manually collecting data as she went. She paid attention to things like which gender initiated conversations most and made data visualizations of the most commonly used words in the profiles of popular women. “If I was in another setting – like a bar, or party or work – and found someone attractive, I’d immediately look around at my competition,” Webb explains. While some sites do allow you to take a look at the competition (which would save you most of the trouble here in step four), JDate does not, so Webb had to game the system in order to see the big picture. In the process, she discovered that the LinkedIn-esque approach she had used to build her original profile was way off-base. Build Your Data-Fueled Super-ProfileArmed with these new insights, Webb set out to create what she calls her “super-profile.” It was concise, used positive language and wasn’t as fixated on work. She focused more on her desire to travel the world than on her HTML chops. She also realized that the photos she happened to have on her laptop weren’t cutting it, so she uploaded new ones based on everything she had learned by looking at the more popular users.She showed a little more skin and scaled back on attempts at humor, which can often get lost in the context of a social profile. In short, she optimized her profile, not unlike a product page – an analogy that isn’t far off from how Webb encourages people to think about their presence on or OKCupid. “We SEO websites all the time to ensure that they get seen first in the vast catalogue that is Google,” Webb says. “Why should online dating be any different?”  Growing Phone Scams: 5 Tips To Avoid Related Posts center_img john paul titlow Why You Love Online Quizzes 7 Types of Video that will Make a Massive Impac…last_img read more

Lawsuit against Tom Cruise dismissed

first_imgA USD 1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit against Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise has been dismissed due to lack of prosecution. The case against Cruise, JJ Abrams, Paramount Pictures, CEO Brad Grey, Skydance Productions and David Ellison, has been also dismissed due to failure to comply with the orders of the court, reported Deadline. It is ordered and adjudged that the above-entitled case is dismissed, without prejudice, for lack of prosecution and for failure to comply with the orders of the Court, said a one-page order from the judge. The ending of the case in US district court comes nearly six months after Timothy Patrick McLanahan formally sued the notables and the studio claiming that 2011 ‘Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol’ was lifted off of his script, he wrote more than 15 years ago titled ‘Head On’. The judge gave McLanahan one last chance to ‘show cause why this case should not be dismissed’.copyright infringement lawsuit against Tom Cruise has been dismissed.last_img read more

Ousmane Dembele injures leg, will miss Barca game at Liverpool

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Barcelona’s French forward Ousmane Dembele leaves the pitch after resulting injured during the Spanish league football match between RC Celta de Vigo and FC Barcelona at the Balaidos stadium in Vigo on May 4, 2019. (Photo by Miguel RIOPA / AFP)BARCELONA, Spain — Barcelona says that France forward Ousmane Dembele has a leg injury and is unfit to play just two days before its Champions League semifinal at Liverpool.The Spanish champions say on Sunday that tests have confirmed the initial report that Dembele injured a muscle in his right thigh early in Saturday’s 2-0 loss at Celta Vigo.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Barcelona did not say how long it expects him to be out, but he was left off its squad to play at Anfield on Tuesday when Barcelona will defend a 3-0 first-leg victory.This is Dembele’s fifth injury since joining Barcelona in 2017.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated US crowns men’s, women’s 3-on-3 basketball champs in Vegas Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Dembele, 21, has scored 14 goals in 42 appearances for Barcelona this season.Barcelona has already clinched the Spanish league title but will play Valencia in the Copa del Rey final on May 25. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

Huawei exceeds 200 million smartphone shipments setting company record