Home Energy Summer Gasoline Prices: Steady SHARE SHARE Summer Gasoline Prices: Steady Facebook Twitter Facebook Twitter By Gary Truitt – May 19, 2014 Wally TynerDeclining demand for gasoline coupled with increased oil refining capacity in the U.S. should help to keep the price of gas this summer below $4 per gallon in the Midwest barring any disruption of supply, Purdue University energy economist Wally Tyner says. Tyner expects pump prices to run about 6 cents higher than last summer and typically range between $3.45 and $3.90 per gallon, except in the Chicago area, where gas prices are higher because of clean-air rules.But he cautions: “As you might expect, it depends. There are no certainties.”Prices could go higher over short periods if supplies are disrupted anywhere in the system, said Tyner, the James and Lois Ackerman Professor in the Department of Agricultural Economics. Tyner noted that prices of gasoline that motorists pay at the pump primarily are determined by crude oil prices, which have been running about $4 per barrel higher than a year ago. That normally means higher gasoline prices.Crude oil prices are determined by global supply-and-demand forces, but their price and availability also can be influenced by events such as the political instability that has gripped Ukraine. While U.S crude oil production has increased significantly, crude oil imports still account for 40 percent of the nation’s supply, Tyner said. Domestic gasoline consumption, however, has been declining, from 141 billion gallons in 2007 to 133 billion last year.”Part of the decline is due to the recession, but a big part also is due to increasing fuel economy in our cars,” Tyner said. “Even though we are driving about the same number of miles, it takes less gas to go that distance.”With decreased consumption of gasoline and more refining capacity, the U.S. is now exporting both gasoline and diesel, Tyner said. “So today, the price of gasoline in foreign markets also influences what our price will be at the pump here,” he said.Even though there is more refining capacity in the U.S., there are fewer inventories of gasoline, diesel and propane than in the past, Tyner said. All of those fuels are below their historic normal levels partly because companies are keeping lower stocks. “That means any supply disruption such as a refinery outage or pipeline problem can send prices shooting up,” he said. “And when this happens, it is common for the prices to come down slower than they went up.”Gasoline prices also vary by region of the country. Prices last week, for example, ranged from $3.44 per gallon on the Gulf Coast to $4.02 on the West Coast. They were $3.60 in the Midwest. Previous articleIndiana Corn Planted up 11 Percent Despite Limited Field TimeNext articleRain and Cool Temperatures Try Producers Patience Gary Truitt
News Pinterest Facebook Twitter 448 new cases of Covid 19 reported today Guidelines for reopening of hospitality sector published By News Highland – March 6, 2013 Three factors driving Donegal housing market – Robinson Calls for maternity restrictions to be lifted at LUH RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR NPHET ‘positive’ on easing restrictions – Donnelly Facebook Twitter O’Domhnaill hits out at Property Tax valuation arrangements Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleTwo Creggan men charged over attempted mortar attack on Derry PSNI stationNext articleSenator Harte attacks Sinn Fein on its property tax stance News Highland Help sought in search for missing 27 year old in Letterkenny Brian O’Domhnaill FFDonegal Senator Brian O’Domhnaill has launched a scathing attack on the government for giving the Revenue the right to determine what a home is worth.Senator O’Domhnaill told a debate on the second stage of the bill to enact the property tax that the legislation is being rushed through so the Revenue can begin sending out its valuations next week.He said it’s an extremely unfair system…………..[podcast]http://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/bodclip1.mp3[/podcast] Google+ Google+ WhatsApp
iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) — Another explosion rocked Austin Sunday night, injuring two people and heightening concerns for investigators who believe the latest blast may have been triggered by a tripwire.Sunday night’s detonation came hours after Austin Police Chief Brian Manley urged the suspect or suspects in the string of bombings to turn themselves in and more than doubled the reward for information leading to an arrest to $115,000.In an interview Monday on ABC’s Good Morning America, Manley said Sunday night’s bombing “has a little bit of a different characteristic” from the three previous detonations that killed two people and injured two others.“There was a description that we may be dealing with a tripwire on this explosive and so out of an abundance of caution we’ve locked the neighborhood down to keep everybody safe and we’re going to go in at sun up this morning and begin processing the post-blast scene,” Manley told ABC’s David Muir.The Austin-Travis Country EMS tweeted Sunday night that there was a “critical incident” at Dawn Song Drive in Austin and medics were on their way to treat two males in their 20s with serious injuries.“We do believe, based on what we’ve seen, that this was a bomb,” Manley said at a news conference Sunday night.According to St. David’s South Austin Medical Center, the two victims were taken there for treatment and are in good condition.“We are working on the belief that this is related to the other bomb incidents that have happened in our community,” Manley said.A law enforcement source told ABC News it will take some time to determine whether the explosion — at about 8:30 p.m. local time Sunday — is linked to the earlier bombings. Officials will have to wait until daylight to see if the devices were similarly built.Manley said on GMA that the victims in Sunday night’s bombing were both white, while the previous blast victims were black or Hispanic. Race could still be a factor in the bombings, he added.“We’ve said from the beginning that we’re not willing to rule anything out just because when you rule something out you limit your focus,” Manley said. “So this does change the concerns that we had initially although we have still not ruled it out until we understand what the ideology and motive is behind the suspect or suspects.”The three previous bombings this month, over an 11-day period, killed two people and injured two others.Those three bombs were left as packages on doorsteps, while Manley said Sunday’s device was different: It was placed on the side of the road. The victims were injured either while riding their bikes, or pushing them, Manley said.“It is very possible that this device was activated by someone handling or triggering a tripwire,” Manley said, adding that the mechanism used to set off the explosion remained “unconfirmed.”The Austin Police Department on Sunday responded to a so-called “Bomb Hotshot,” according to a tweet. It urged anyone in the “4800 block of Dawn Song Dr.” to avoid the area.Manley issued a “safety alert” in the wake of the bombing, urging people located within a half-mile radius of where the incident occurred to stay indoors until 10 a.m. local time.“Stay inside your home until we have had a chance to deem this neighborhood safe,” Manley said at a news briefing Sunday. “That will not be, at a minimum until daylight, given the darkness and the size of the area that we want to go in and check to make sure again that this neighborhood is safe.”Police also said school buses would not be able to access the Travis Country neighborhood where the explosion took place and said “any tardies or absences due to this situation will be excused.”In the GMA interview, Manley said investigators continue to chase down every lead, but “at this point we don’t have specifics leading us to one suspect.”“That’s why we’re pushing the message out there that we need every tip, every piece of information however inconsequential you may think it is,” Manley said. “If this explosion last night was the result of a bomb that was utilizing tripwire technology, that is showing a different level of skill above what we were already concerned that the suspect or suspects may possess.”Sources told ABC News that the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives would assist in the probe.“We want to put out the message that we’ve been putting out and that is, not only do not touch any packages or anything that looks like a package, do not even go near it at this time,” Manley said. “Given the darkness, we have not really had an opportunity to really look at this blast site to determine what has happened.”Austin Mayor Steve Adler said it was too early to suggest the timing of last night’s bombing was influenced by the announcement that the reward in the case was being doubled.“I tell you, at this point there’s not enough data to know that,” Adler said on GMA Monday morning. “We’re one of the safest cities in the country now dealing with some pretty horrific events and I think the important message right now is just to tell people if you see anything that is in anyway suspicious just don’t go near it and call 911.”He said investigators will not rest until the individuals behind the attacks are brought to justice.“These are some pretty horrific events that we’re dealing with right now and I know that our community is pretty anxious at this point, but we have some of the best law enforcement folks around dealing with this,” Adler said. “There is an army of federal agents, we have state resources, so we are putting every resource available, this is the highest priority. We’re going to find out who is responsible for this and we’re going to stop it.”Manley said the three previous package bombings “were meant to send a message.”Law enforcement members from all over have taken notice, Manley added.He then said he wanted to tap into the psyche of the bomber or bombers.“We want to understand what brought you to this point,” he said. “And we want to listen to you.”The victims of the earlier bombings include Draylen Mason, 17, an orchestral musician and notable essay winner, and Anthony Stephan House, a 39-year-old father.Since the explosions occurred, Manley said the Austin Police Department has received help from an estimated 500 federal agents from various departments, 735 suspicious packages had been reported, 236 interviews have been logged, and 435 leads have been checked out.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
Happy 75th Birthday Bob Dylan! Possibly the greatest poet to come out of the 60s, Dylan is our most revered contemporary songwriter. His incredible catalog represents some of the most important work in the history of Folk, Americana, and Rock music. Classics tunes such as “All Along The Watchtower”, “Like A Rolling Stone”, “Maggie’s Farm”, “Tangled up in Blue”, and “I Shall Be Released” are just a small piece of the puzzle, as Dylan released several legendary and influential albums like Blood on the Tracks, Blonde on Blonde, The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan, and Highway 61 Revisited.Famous for “going electric” at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, Dylan is credited with bringing contemporary Folk music into the Rock era, weaving his politically-charged lyrics with the exciting live musicianship that we’ve come to expect from concerts today. By doing so, Dylan essentially merged the worlds of Folk and Rock that encouraged the musical counter-culture movement of the late 60’s.Dylan’s acceptance of “plugged in” instruments (and subsequent hiring of The Band as his “electric” band) inspired a generation of musicians to explore the medium, and he heavily influenced artists like The Grateful Dead, Neil Young, and Jimi Hendrix (among countless others) to plug in and explore their instruments and songs in new, groundbreaking ways. On top of all that (as the story goes), he even maybe-sort-of introduced The Beatles to the joys of marijuana! Without Bob Dylan, we might have never heard Jerry Garcia play one of his beautiful guitar solos on an electric guitar, The Beatles might have never been introduced to their psychedelic side, and The Band may have never made their way into the public eye. It’s truly amazing to consider how massive Bob Dylan’s influence has been to the world of music and the culture that surrounds it!To celebrate this legendary artist’s 75th birthday, check out some great footage of the man himself performing some of his best songs over the years, along with a few of his most fun collaborations, and some very impressive covers performed by an eclectic range of artists. Enjoy the videos below, and happy birthday Bob!“Mr. Tambourine Man” at Newport Folk Festival in 1964.“Maggie’s Farm” opening the first-ever electric set at Newport Folk Festival, performed by Bob Dylan in 1965 (note the heavy booing by angry folk music fans at the end!).Bob Dylan and The Band perform “Forever Young” during The Last Waltz.26 minutes of Bob Dylan with The Grateful Dead from Giants Stadium 7/12/1987 during their “Alone and Together” mini-tour.In the late 80’s, Bob Dylan was part of a super-group called the Travelling Wilburys with George Harrison, Jeff Lynne, Roy Orbison, and Tom Petty. While the band never toured together, here’s a music video of their hit song “Handle With Care.”Famed producer T. Bone Burnett organized these incredible contemporary songwriters to complete unfinished songs from Dylan’s Basement Tapes era with The Band. This modern supergroup, dubbed The New Basement Tapes, includes Jim James of My Morning Jacket, Marcus Mumford of Mumford and Sons, Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes, Rhiannon Giddens, and Elvis Costello. This video below captures Mumford singing the beautiful “Kansas City”, with special guest Johnny Depp filling in for Costello on guitar.Here’s some audio of the great Johnny Cash performing Dylan’s “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” at Newport Folk Festival in 1964Dave Matthews Band has been covering Dylan’s incredible “All Along The Watchtower” for years. Check out this version from their Live in Central Park.Guns n’ Roses turned “Knockin on Heaven’s Door” into an arena rock anthem on Use Your Illusion II. Watch them perform the seminal song at Rock In Rio festival 1991.How does it feel?
This is the upper end of the range of assets under management in private markets that meet the IFC’s definition of impact investing, capturing those assets managed “with intent for impact”.Roughly a quarter of that – $505bn – has been identified by the IFC as being measured for impact.In public markets, the IFC said, “it is more difficult to credibly invest for impact”.However, it suggested that half of green, social and sustainability bonds and 10% of “shareholder action strategies” could qualify as impact investments, representing some $1.4trn.“We may, therefore, conjecture that in 2019 between $505bn and $3.5trn in assets were invested for impact through a wide range of funds, assets, and institutions,” said the IFC.Whatever figure in that range one opts for, the IFC’s analysis indicates that the market is falling far short of meeting demand. In last year’s report the IFC estimated that appetite for impact investing could be as much as $26trn.‘Maturing’According to the IFC, 97 institutions have now signed up to the Operating Principles for Impact Management, up from 58 when they were launched last year. BlackRock is a newcomer, for example.In its report, the IFC said it showed that impact investors “are developing into a practitioner knowledge community that is self-organised by active investors”.“The group of committed impact investors that have signed the Operating Principles has naturally coalesced into a community of practice, having regular discussions and workshops on detailed implementation issues,” it said.“There is an encouraging openness among these investors to share information and experiences, which allows signatories to agree on best practices. Signatories are showing that they want to compete on the best impact and financial performance, not on the best impact management process or data standard.”“Signatories’ work has aligned more than 90 percent of the indicators in the leading measurement frameworks, a key step towards expanding the industry”International Finance CorporationIn a press release, the IFC said the signatories’ work over the past six months “has aligned more than 90 percent of the indicators in the leading measurement frameworks, a key step towards expanding the industry”.In response to a question from IPE, Neil Gregory, IFC’s chief thought leadership officer, said that, at the request of the signatories, work had taken place to align the impact indicator sets that most signatories use: Harmonised Indicators for Private Sector Operations (HIPSO) for development finance institutions, and IRIS+, managed by the Global Impact Investing Network.“This work is nearly complete, and will be reflected in future versions of HIPSO and IRIS+,” said Gregory. “We expect to share more information on this work when it is completed later in the summer.”Signatories to the Operating Principles must annually disclose the alignment of their impact management systems with the principles and pursue regular independent verification.Tideline, an impact investing consulting firm, recently published a report based on 13 verifications it has carried out for signatories, and said that those in its sample ”generally excel at articulating their impact intentions and have made significant strides to operationalise those intentions across their investment portfolio”.They had work to do, however, with regard to establising robust evidence (principle 3), monitoring unintended imapcts and holding investees accountable for ESG or impact underperformance (principles 5 and 6), and “particularly struggle to consider the effects of their exits on the sustainability of impact” (principle 7).Read more Impact principles: Held to accountHow will the IFC’s impact investment principles help investors seeking transparency and clarity about their investments?… and more in IPE’s special impact investing reports hereLooking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. The impact investing market is “growing and maturing”, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) has said on the basis of a new report it has compiled about the type of investment.Entitled ‘Growing Impact’, the report is a follow-up to ‘Creating Impact’, the IFC’s first assessment of the global market for impact investing and investor practices.Published in April 2019, that report also served as the background to the IFC launching the Operating Principles for Impact Management.In its new report, the IFC, the private sector arm of the World Bank Group, estimated the size of the impact investing market could be up to $2.1trn (€1.83bn).
Here are some things that daze and amaze me. Aren’t you amazed that the Pittsburgh Public Schools lowered the G.P.A for athletic participation when the levels of academic achievement are already appalling, atrocious, mind boggling, and all of the other definitions of negativity that we can think of. We can’t blame John Thompson or Mark Roosevelt for this garbage pickin’ academic achievement plan. They should have hired a surgeon instead of a new superintendent to stop the internal bleeding and the fiscal, social, and educational bloodletting that our student-athletes are experiencing. Forget about a syllabus, what they are creating is a “sillybus.” Busing kids all around the freakin’ city for what? Just to create the illusion that they are being educated.Hey, you can’t blame athletic director Mike Gavlik for this nonsense of an education plan. Now the WPIAL will have some real live “blocking dummies” to practice on while getting “their” student athletes ready to earn scholarships to attend some of most illustrious institutions of higher learning in the US. All our kids have is the “Pittsburgh Promise” which basically will have a surplus of funding for the next couple of decades or so because most of our “great athletes” possibly will not even be equipped to pass their SATs to even get into college, well except the college that I attended and truly love, CCAC (Community College of Allegheny County). Going to CCAC is fine but future student athletes will be held to standards of pseudo and diluted achievement or in this case being told that you don’t have to be smart but you can play anyway and there is no penalty for non-achievement. The best reward for failure is hey, more failure. The thing that stands out to me is that parents will make it over to Cupples Stadium or the individual schools to see their children compete, yet will not get up off of their “rusty dusty’s” at home to demand that homework assignments be completed or mosey on up to the schools demanding excellence and achievement for their children. It is not “kosher” seeing Dick and Jane run as a part of the course catalog for our seniors. Are you amazed or dazed?The city of Canton, Ohio not only has to be amazed and dazed, they have to be flat out K’Od in regards to the NFL Hall-of-Fame game being cancelled for 2011. The entire population of Canton is almost directly or indirectly connected with the yearly NFL “spectacle.” Although only an exhibition, it is one of the few events that endear all of us to the game of American professional football. Over five years ago I wrote a column titled; ‘Christmas in Canton’ where I talked about the social and economic impact that one event has on the population of Canton annually. When you look at New York in November, you generally think of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day mega parade. In December it’s the Mt. Everest-like Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center or ‘Junkanoo’ if you have ever lived or traveled in the Bahamas. When one thinks of the beginning of the yearly football wars, Canton always springs to the front of my mind.Robert Wang of CantonRep.com wrote a prophetic article titled; Hall of Fame means money, jobs for county on Aug 02, 2010. In it he says; “The city of Cleveland lost one of its greatest economic assets: LeBron James. The impact is estimated to be losses in the tens to hundreds of millions of dollars for the region. Now, on top of the demise here of several thousand local manufacturing jobs during the last decade, imagine what the economic damage might be if Stark County were without its crown jewel: The Pro Football Hall of Fame. Roughly 200,000 people a year who go through the Hall of Fame’s turnstiles would not be visiting the county and spending money at local hotels, restaurants and shops. Without the annual Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, Stark County would have a million fewer visitors per year, and at least $27 million less would be spent locally during late July and early August. Without the Hall and the Festival, Stark County would offer roughly 300 fewer full-time jobs, according to a 2005 study.See lads and lassies, the NFL and the NFLPA are playing a serious “game” with the lives of common folk. People are running across the “economic” middle with no helmets leaping up to catch errantly thrown “paychecks” with no protection and with the telephone number of the local unemployment office stitched across the back of their “uniforms.” There will be no “unnecessary” roughness calls against the NFL powers-that-be or the NFLPA because with “real” jobs there is no “instant replay” and as we all know in the “real” workplace, only the strong survive.(Aubrey Bruce can be reached at: [email protected] or 412-583-6741.)
A possible link to a 2001 landing accident may be the cause of the loss of Metrojet Airbus A321, operating Flight 7K-9268 from the Red Sea resort of Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt) to St. Petersburg (Russia) killing all 224 on board.However, terrorist action may also be the cause with a group linked to ISIS claiming resposibility, although there has been no official verification of this.The A321 appears to have broken up while climbing through 31,000ft over the Sinai Peninsula, whether this is the result of a decompression or terrorist activity is still to be determined. In 2001 the same A321 (MSN 663) while operating for Middle East Airlines was involved in a severe tail strike on landing according to Aviation-Safety.net. It is possible that the repair to the rear pressure bulkhead was not done correctly causing a weakness and it has failed ripping the tail away rendering the aircraft uncontrollable.According to Aviation Herald, quoting officals, the A321 was located in mountainous terrain near Al-Arish however images of the crash site shows the area to be fairly flat. The plane’s flight data and cockpit voice recorders were recovered from the crash site, which spreads out over 16 square kilometers (over 6 square miles) some 70 kilometers (44 miles) south of the Egyptian city of el-Arish.As a precaution, Lufthansa, Air France, Qatar Airways and Emirates are altering flight paths to avoid the Sinai Peninsula area. Flightradar24 animation of flightpath plus technical data.World’s safest airlines.Taking your bags in an evacuation may kill you.Egyptian officials initially said that the pilot reported technical difficulties and wanted to make an emergency landing before losing contact with air traffic control, however that was later denied.The passengers were: 138 women, 62 men and 17 children BBC News reported, citing Egypt’s cabinet. Aviation tracking website Flight Radar 24 tweeted that the plane was descending at a rate of about 6000 feet a minute just before its signal was lost.A statement carried by the MENA agency said the A321 took off at 5:51 a.m. local time and disappeared from radar screens 23 minutes later.AirlineRatings.com does not safety rate Metrojet.The airline, known as Kogalym Avia, started operations in 1993. It operates five A321s and 2 corporate jets for charters only.The Airbus A321 has an excellent safety record.Initial observations; It is extremely unlikely that the aircraft was lost through an upset from Clear Air Turbulence (CAT). Whatever happened, did so without warning which points to a catastrophic break-up possiby indicating damage from the loss of the tail if the rear pressure bulkhead failed.Good weather was reported in the region making any cockpit instrumentation issue an extremely low probability.Safety observers suggest that the aircraft pluging indicates a “rapidly developing technical problem” leading to a break up. And wreckage is scattered over a wide area suggesting a high altitude breakup.A U.S. Federal Aviation Administration Notice to Airmen, or NOTAM, told pilots in the region to “exercise extreme caution [when flying below a certain altitude]…due to ongoing violence, unrest, security operations and the risk to safety from small-arms, rocket-propelled grenades, mortars, anti-aircraft fire and shoulder-fired, man-portable air defense systems (MANPADS).” This sort of shootdown would seem unlikely in this event, however, because the A321 was flying just above 30,000 feet.Still, the crash comes mere weeks after Russia upped the ante in the Syrian civil war, committing troops and warplanes to the defense of the Bashar al-Asad regime. The terrorist group ISIS was one of its targets.In a statement Airbus said:Airbus regrets to confirm that an A321-200 operated by Metrojet was involved in an accident shortly after 6:17 local time (04:17 GMT) over the Sinai Peninsula today. The aircraft was operating a scheduled service, Flight 7K-9268 from Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt) to St. Petersburg (Russia).The concerns and sympathy of the Airbus employees go to all those affected by this tragic accident of Flight 7K-9268.The aircraft involved in the accident, registered under EI-ETJ was MSN (Manufacturer Serial Number) 663, was produced in 1997 and since 2012 operated by Metrojet. The aircraft had accumulated some 56000 flight hours in nearly 21000 flights. It was powered by IAE-V2500 engines. At this time no further factual information is available.In line with ICAO annex 13, an Airbus go-team of technical advisors stands-by ready to provide full technical assistance to French Investigation Agency – BEA – and to the Authorities in charge of the investigation. The A321-200 is the largest member of the Airbus twin-engine A320 Family seating up to 240 passengers. The first A321 entered service in January 1994. By the end of September 2015, some 6500 A320 Family aircraft were in service with over 300 operators. To date, the entire fleet has accumulated some 168 million flight hours in some 92.5 million flights.Airbus will make further factual information available as soon as the details have been confirmed and cleared by the authorities for release.Photo credit: Joe Pries
“I already have two sure candidates in mind,” said Cojuangco during the thanksgiving mass and dinner party for the Philippine Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games delegation Friday night at V Corporate building in Makati City.Cojuangco, however, declined to name the athletes and the national sports associations who can make history by delivering the first-ever gold medal for the Philippines in the Olympics.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I have a strong feeling they can win it. But I don’t want to mention the sport; I don’t want to pressure them,” said the POC chief. “We just have to fuel them up with high-octane gasoline and their performances can translate into gold medals.”Cojuangco said the athletes are homegrown but hinted that other potential gold medals could also come from swimmers and tracksters based in the United States. “We need a training center to achieve this. Without a training center, getting those medals will be difficult,” he pointed out.According to Cojuangco, there’s already a masterplan for the construction of a new sports facility in Clark Green City while the POC is also looking at another site in Iba, Zambales, to put up a training center.The Philippines could only settle for another silver medal courtesy of weightlifter Hidilyn Diaz in the 2016 Rio De Janeiro Games, 20 years after boxer Mansueto “Onyok” Velasco delivered the last medal for the country with a silver performance in the 1996 Atlanta Games.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Ateneo bags sixth win, hands NU third straight loss BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president POC President Peping Cojuangco. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe Philippines won’t simply end the country’s gold medal drought in the Olympics in the 2020 Tokyo Games. But it’s going to do so in style.Philippine Olympic Committee president Jose Cojuangco Jr. believes Filipino athletes are capable of winning five gold medals in Tokyo, but only if the country puts up the proper training facilities needed for these athletes to succeed.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next
Riyadh– Leaked documents have revealed that the U.S. National Security Agency intercepted 125 billion phone calls and SMS messages in January 2013, many of them in the Middle East.Saudi Arabia and Iraq had 7.8 billion wiretapping incidents from the NSA each, while Egypt and Jordan had 1.8 billion and 1.6 billion respectively, according to Cryptome, a digital library that publishes leaked documents.Additionally, over 1.7 billion wiretapping incidents were recorded in Iran. News of the NSA spying on phone calls has angered many Western countries, in addition to many American citizens.Last week, Germany summoned the U.S. ambassador to Berlin over suspicion that the United States spied on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s phone line.Countries in the Middle East have not yet issued a statement concerning U.S. spying on billions of phone calls within its territories.Source: Al Arabiya
BANGUI – Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Thursday accused Christian militias of perpetrating a number of recent “atrocities” against Muslim communities in the northern Central African Republic (CAR).“They began to cut my husband with their machetes on his side and his back,” one Muslim woman told HRW, describing a dawn attack by anti-balaka militants on their home. “Then they cut his throat.”“After they killed him, they set our house on fire,” she added. “They threw his body on the fire, together with that of my son.” “They ordered my 13-year-old son to come outside and lie down,” the Muslim woman recounted. “Then they cut him two times with a machete and killed him.”HRW’s 34-page report, based on weeks of field research in CAR’s northern Ouham province, cites a surge in violence since September by Christian anti-balaka militias.“The anti-balaka have killed several hundred Muslims, burned their homes and stolen their cattle,” concluded the report, entitled: “‘They Came To Kill’: Escalating Atrocities in the Central African Republic.”The rights watchdog reported that a Muslim cattle herder had been forced to watch as anti-balaka fighters cut the throats of her three-year-old son, two boys aged 10 and 14, and an adult relative.Another man told HRW how he had escaped from anti-balaka attackers only to watch in horror from a hiding place as they proceeded to cut the throats of his two wives, ten children and one grandchild.HRW accused the Christian militias of carrying out “coordinated attacks against Muslim communities” in Bossangoa, the capital of Ouham.It noted that on December 5 anti-balaka forces had “shot or slit the throats of at least 11 Muslim civilians” in Boro, a district of Bossangoa.In recent days, Anadolu Agency has published testimonies of several victims of attacks by anti-balaka militiamen.CAR, a landlocked, mineral-rich country, descended into anarchy in March, when Seleka rebels – said to be largely Muslims- ousted Christian president François Bozize, who had come to power in a 2003 coup.ReprisalHRW described the anti-balaka militias as “local vigilantes and soldiers loyal to the previous government.”It refuted claims that the militias were local “self-defense” forces, asserting that “their actions and rhetoric are often violently anti-Muslim.”According to HRW, attacks by Christian militias against Muslim communities “were largely in response to rampant abuses by Muslim armed groups.”After the anti-balaka attacks, the report noted, ex-Seleka forces had taken revenge on a number of Christian residents of Bossangoa, killing many and torching their homes.“The ex-Seleka revenge killings appear to have had the backing of senior commanders in Bossangoa,” HRW asserted.It accused Bossangoa deputy commander, Colonel Saleh Zabadi, of ordering the drowning of seven farmers on November 18 on suspicions that they belonged to an anti-balaka militia.“The farmers were bound and thrown into the Ouham River; just three survived,” said the report.The report went on to say that 40,000 Christians had been displaced in Bossangoa and were currently seeking refuge in Catholic churches, while 4,000 Muslims remained on the other side of the town.“The brutal killings in CAR are creating a cycle of murder and reprisal that threatens to spin out of control,” said Peter Bouckaert, HRW emergencies director and the report’s author.“The potential for further mass violence is shockingly high,” he warned.According to UN estimates, more than 400,000 people – nearly ten percent of the country’s 4.6 million-strong population – have abandoned their homes as a result of the violence.Bolster PeacekeepingCiting continued abuses in the north and in Bangui, the HRW called for additional African Union troops and stepped-up support for French peacekeeping efforts.“Urgent support for peacekeeping in CAR is crucial to bring stability to a tense situation, protect the population from abuses, and ensure that humanitarian aid reaches those at grave risk,” Bouckaert asserted.HRW has called on the UN Security Council to immediately authorize a peacekeeping mission to CAR under Chapter VII of the UN Charter.“The UN Security Council needs to act quickly to bring this evolving catastrophe to a halt,” said Bouckaert.France, under a UN mandate, currently has 1,600 troops deployed in its former colony.The African Union, meanwhile, has 2,500 troops stationed in the country.