Showing posts with label world news. Show all posts
Showing posts with label world news. Show all posts

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Barkindo Says United States' Shale Growth May Slow In 2020; Oil Rises Instead

Barkindo Says United States' Shale Growth May Slow In 2020; Oil Rises Instead

Barkindo Says United States' Shale Growth May Slow In 2020; Oil Rises

Oil rose on Thursday after industry data showed a surprise drop in U.S. crude inventories, while comments from an OPEC official about lower-than-expected U.S. shale production growth in 2020 also provided some support.

Prices, however, were capped by mixed signs for oil demand in China, the world’s biggest crude importer, as industrial output rose more slowly than expected in October, but oil refinery throughput hit the second-highest level ever.

Brent futures LCOc1 rose 39 cents, or 0.6 per cent, to 62.76 dollars per barrel by 0606 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude CLc1 gained 39 cents, or 0.7 per cent, to reach 57.51 dollars.

The Secretary General of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Mohammad Barkindo said on Wednesday that there would likely be downward revisions of supply going into 2020, especially from U. S. shale, adding that some U.S. shale oil firms see output growing by only 300,000-400,000 barrels per day (bpd).

While Barkindo’s comments supported oil prices, there is not a clear way for OPEC to forecast oil production outside the group, Howie Lee, an economist at Singapore’s OCBC bank said.

“I don’t see much changes in supply so prices are still trading within the same range from the start of November,” he said.

Barkindo’s comments were also in contrast with forecasts by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) on Wednesday that U.S. oil production is on course to hit new records this year and next.

The American Petroleum Institute reported on Wednesday an unexpected drop in crude stockpiles by 541,000 barrels in the week to Nov. 8, against analysts’ expectations of an increase of 1.6 million barrels. Gasoline and distillates inventories increased, the API data showed.

Official weekly EIA data is due at 11 a.m. EST (1600 GMT) on Thursday.

Both reports were delayed a day for the U.S. Veterans Day holiday on Monday.

OPEC and its allies, including Russia, meet on Dec. 5 and Dec. 6 to discuss output policy and production curbs of 1.2 million bpd that have been in place since January with the aim of supporting crude prices.

The pact runs to March 2020.

Barkindo said on Wednesday it was too early to say if further output cuts would be needed.

“They have made it quite clear that they are not reducing production further,” said OCBC’s Lee.

“What Saudi can do now is to urge compliance among members especially Iraq and Nigeria. If they can comply, then they can talk about cuts.” 

Source: Reuters/NAN

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

How 200 Elephants Died In Zimbabwe

How 200 Elephants Died In Zimbabwe

NBC News has reported that more than 200 elephants have died amid a severe drought and a mass relocation of animals is planned to ease congestion.
200 Elephants Dead In Zimbabwe - See Why

Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo said at least 200 elephants have died in vast Hwange National Park alone since October and other parks are affected.

We gathered that even other animals including giraffe, buffalo and impala are also dying, and the situation might only improve only after rains return.

“Almost every animal is being affected,” he said. “Of course, elephants are easily noticed during patrols or game drives, but some bird species are seriously affected because they can only breed in certain tree heights and those trees are being knocked down by elephants.”

Many animals are straying from Zimbabwe’s parks into nearby communities in search of food and water. The parks agency has said 33 people have died from conflict with animals this year alone.

The agency said it plans to move 600 elephants, two prides of lions and other animals from the Save Valley Conservancy in the southeast to less congested parks. A pack of wild dogs, 50 buffalo, 40 giraffe and 2,000 impalas also will be relocated, Farawo said.

The animals “have exceeded their ecological carrying capacity,” he said. “If the populations go unchecked, the animals will threaten the very ecosystem they depend on for survival.”

Zimbabwe has an estimated 85,000 elephants, second only to neighboring Botswana with more than 130,000.

Zimbabwe says it is struggling to cope with booming numbers of wild elephants and wants to be allowed to sell its ivory stockpile and export live elephants to raise money for conservation and ease congestion in the drought-affected parks.

The country exported 101 elephants between 2016 and this year, mainly to China and the United Arab Emirates, raising more than $3 million for conservation efforts, according to the parks agency.

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

16 Dead, 60 Injured In Train Accident In Bangladesh

16 Dead, 60 Injured In Train Accident In Bangladesh

16 Dead, 60 Injured In Train Accident In Bangladesh

FreshReporters News learnt that not fewer than 16 people were killed and 60 others injured in a head-on collision between two trains in Brahmanbaria district in central Bangladesh on Tuesday, railway officials said.

A railway spokesman said the the pre-dawn accident appeared to have occurred when Chittagong-bound Udayan Express was changing tracks at Mondobhag railway station in the district and the Dhaka-bound Turna Nishita coming from the opposite direction collided with it.

“The salvage campaign is nearly completed as Railways Minister Nurul Islam Sujan and our senior officials visited the scene to oversee the rescue drives,” the spokesman said. 

Hayat-ud-Dowla Khan, Brahmanbaria Deputy Commissioner was quoted as saying by the Dhaka Tribune that the accident occured because the loco masters did not obey the signals.

According to EconomicTimes, 12 passengers died on the spot, while the rest succumbed to injuries as the rescue campaign was underway or after

Nigerian Boy,12, Bags UK Award For The Discovery Of New Mathematics Formula

Nigerian Boy,12, Bags UK Award For The Discovery Of New Mathematics Formula

Nigerian Boy,12, Bags UK Award For Discovery Of New Mathematics Formular

Chika Ofili, a 12-year-old Nigerian boy,  has been awarded the TruLittle Hero award for discovering a new way to divide in mathematics.

Chika’s mathematic’s teacher, Miss Mary Ellis who is also the head of the mathematics department at Westminster Under School said he (Chika) discovered the new formula while solving a holiday assignment.

She revealed that she gave Chika a book called First Steps for Problem Solvers (published by the UKMT) to study during the holidays.

The book had several divisibility tests which are used to quickly work out whether a number is exactly divisible by either 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 before you start dividing, but had no easy or memorable test listed for checking divisibility by 7.

Chika however solved this and also had an algebraic proof to back it up.

See a screenshot of his new formula below:
Nigerian Boy,12, Bags UK Award For Discovery Of New Mathematics Formular

Nigerian Boy,12, Bags UK Award For The Discovery Of New Mathematics Formula

Meanwhile, See the reactions of some Nigerians below.....

Nigerian Boy,12, Bags UK Award For Discovery Of New Mathematics Formular

Friday, November 8, 2019

Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos)

Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos)

Sharon Jepchirchir 24, Lidia Chepkemboi 17 and Monica Jebet (mother) at Kibochi village in Nandi County yesterday.
Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos)
The two sisters have been eating bar soaps since their childhood.
Sharon Chepchirchir basks in the sun outside her mother’s house in Kibochi village, Nandi.
A few minutes later, Chepchirchir, 24, takes out a bar of soap from her jacket.
Meet Kenyan Sisters Who Eat Soap (Photos)
I thought she wanted to wash her face or hands but was shocked when she started to eat it.
Chepchirchir has had an insatiable appetite for soap for 19 years.
The bit she is munching is the same one she had used to bathe in the morning.

“I don’t know why I eat soap but I enjoy it. I discovered my appetite for soap when I was five years old,” recalls Chepchirchir.

Power of soap operas

And, she has never had stomach upsets, irritation in her mouth or any other health problem from eating soap.

And she is not the only "soap-olic" in her family.

About six years ago, Chepchirchir discovered her younger sister, Lydia Chepkemboi, too, had an appetite for soap.
“My younger sister lived with my aunt and we rarely met. One day, I noticed she had a bar of soap in her pocket. I asked what she was doing with it and she said she eats soap. This brought us closer because we borrow soap from one another,” she says.

The sisters have puzzled residents of Kibochi village, who often troop to their home to see them eat the substance.

In 2014, when she was pregnant, Chepchirchir says she asked a doctor at Chepterwai Nyayo Hospital in Mosop whether soap would affect her health or that of her baby.

“The doctor said it was the first time he was encountering a soap eater. He also said he was unaware of any condition that makes people eat soap.
He, however, said soap was not poisonous,” recounts Chepchirchir, who has been a domestic worker since 2015.

Chepchirchir was always in trouble with her mother and grandmother due to the habit.

“They would beat me but I didn’t stop eating soap. I continued stealing soap until they gave up. I would sneak into bathrooms, even neighbours’, and steal soap.”

Powder soap

“Eating soap has never affected my health. I also eat any food. If I can’t get a bar of soap, I lick powder soap.”

Over the past two years, Chepchirchir has desperately been working hard to stop eating soap.

She has even tried divine intervention, and spent Sh10,000 on prayers to no avail. She sought divine help after their grandmother said they’d been cursed.

She once approached a pastor in Nairobi where she worked as a house help for prayers. The preacher, she says, asked for Sh5,000. However, the prayers didn’t take away her craving for soap.

Last Sunday, she paid another Sh5,000 for prayers but her appetite for soap never died.

“I recently visited a hospital in Kapsabet and I was told my health is perfect. I’m yet to understand why I eat soap,” says Chepchirchir.

She adds:
“While in secondary school, I would sleep in a secluded cubicle because I didn’t want my colleagues to know I ate soap. I would buy less of what was considered necessary so I had extra cash for soap.”

On her part, Chepkemboi says she just found herself enjoying soap.

The 17-year-old Form Three student says she always has a bar of soap in her pocket.

“I am also shocked that I eat soap. I have worked hard to hide the habit but some of my friends know about it. They say I am not normal. I want to stop but I just can’t,” says Chepkemboi.

Their mother, Monica Jebet, says she has tried all means to stop her daughters from eating soap without success.

“I did all I could to stop this habit, including hiding soap and caning them but it didn’t work. I am asking specialists to help us understand this mysterious behaviour. Some medics say eating soap could be genetic,” says the mother of four.

Solomon Komen, a nutritionist at Tophill Hospital, says the sisters may be lacking some minerals in their bodies.

Determine minerals

Komen warned eating soap may eventually affect their health because of the chemicals used to manufacture it.

“We need to carry out tests to determine the minerals the sisters may be lacking and take remedial measures.”

Mark Kiptoo, an Eldoret-based oncologist, warned chemicals used in making soap, including potassium, are harmful and may lead to long-term effects in key organs.

“The chemicals can damage the kidney and liver if consumed in large quantities for a long period of time,” Dr Kiptoo said.

He added: “Eating soap is strange. The girls should seek medical specialists for tests. They should also undergo blood and tissue analysis to establish if they lack some nutrients.”

Thursday, November 7, 2019

New Zealand Passes Law Targeting Net 'Zero Carbon' Emissions By 2050 (Watch)

New Zealand Passes Law Targeting Net 'Zero Carbon' Emissions By 2050 (Watch)

Today being Thursday New Zealand lawmakers through has passed a “Zero Carbon” bill that it hopes will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to a near-neutral level by 2050.
New Zealand Passes Law Targeting Net 'Zero Carbon' Emissions By 2050 (Watch)
New Zealand passes 'zero carbon' law (photo: flipbaord)

The legislation, which was supported on both sides of the political divide, mandates that in 40 years’ time, the country should produce no greenhouse gases, except methane, as part of the country’s efforts to meet its Paris climate accord commitments.

The bill has different regulations for methane emissions from animals versus other greenhouse gases, due to farming’s important role in bringing in foreign income. However, it still aims to cut 10% of biological methane by 2030, and up to 47% by 2050.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said countries are not moving fast enough when it comes to combating climate change.

“We’re here because our world is warming. Undeniably it is warming,” Ardern said. “And so therefore the question for all of us is
what side of history will we choose to sit on.”

Meanwhile, Ardern Says New Zealand On 'Right Side Of History' As Mps Pass Zero-Carbon Bill watch video below.

VIDEO: TheGuardian Channel
Johnson Boris: Election Campaign Launched Against Opposition By Prime Minister

Johnson Boris: Election Campaign Launched Against Opposition By Prime Minister

Johnson Boris: Election Campaign Launched Against Opposition By Prime Minister

Britain’s PM Johnson Launches Election Campaign

Boris Johnson, the British Prime Minister tried to fire up supporters with a Brexit rallying cry on yesterday, Wednesday after the first day of his election campaign was marred by a ministerial resignation, a gaffe about a deadly tower blaze and a doctored video advert.

Johnson has called a snap Dec. 12 election in a bid to break the Brexit deadlock that he says has paralyzed Britain for more than three years and had started to undermine confidence in the world’s fifth-largest economy.

But just an hour after Johnson met with Queen Elizabeth to formally begin the campaign, Johnson’s minister for Wales, Alun Cairns, resigned after being accused of lying about his knowledge about an aide who allegedly sabotaged a rape trial.
Also Read: EU, UK Agree On Brexit Deal
At the start of the campaign, Johnson’s Conservatives enjoy a lead over the opposition Labour Party of between 7 and 17 percentage points, though pollsters warn that their models are wilting beside the Brexit furnace.
Britain’s PM Johnson launches election campaign

Johnson held a rally in Birmingham, casting the election as the most important in a generation and setting out the campaign message he will take across the country.

“Let’s get Brexit done, my friends, and get on with our project of sensible, moderate, but tax-cutting one-nation Conservatism,” he said to loud cheers from party supporters waving banners promoting health, education and policing reforms.

Johnson said Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn hated wealth and was thus like Soviet leader Josef Stalin – who sent millions to their deaths in labour camps.
Corbyn said such remarks were “nonsense” that the super-rich came up with to avoid paying more tax.

Earlier, Conservative Party chairman James Cleverly spent the morning defending distributing a doctored video clip of a rival Labour politician instead of touting Johnson’s election campaign launch.

Another prominent Conservative, Jacob Rees-Mogg, apologized on Tuesday after he suggested that victims of the 2017 blaze at London’s Grenfell Tower should have used common sense to ignore firefighters’ instructions to stay in the burning building.

The Election gamble
Johnson, 55, hopes he will win a big enough majority in parliament to get the Brexit deal he agreed with Brussels last month ratified and lead Britain out of the European Union in January.

He said the alternative was an unstable coalition led by Corbyn that would bring a “horror show” year in 2020 of fresh referendums on EU membership and Scottish independence.

Johnson painted Labour’s Corbyn as a socialist wrecker determined to usher in yet more political crisis.

Johnson wrote through Daily Telegraph newspaper: They pretend that their hatred is directed only at certain billionaires – and they point their fingers at individuals with a relish and a vindictiveness not seen since Stalin persecuted the kulaks,” 
“They would destroy the very basis of this country’s prosperity.”

Millions of people were executed under Stalin and many more perished from abuse and disease in a vast network of prison camps, known as the Gulags. Relatively affluent farmers, known as kulaks, were among the groups targeted.

Corbyn, speaking at a campaign event in the English town of Telford, said Labour would deliver real change and share power and wealth with people who “don’t have friends in high places”.

He also cautioned against believing the consensus view that Johnson was assured of victory, citing the 2017 election when Johnson’s predecessor, Theresa May, bet on calling a snap election when also far ahead in the polls but lost her majority.

Corbyn has further said according to Reuters: In the 2017 election, there were queues of experts … lining up at the beginning of the campaign to write off the Labour Party, and what happened then?” 

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Female Athlete Smuggles £2m Worth Drugs, Arrested And Jailed For 8 Years

Female Athlete Smuggles £2m Worth Drugs, Arrested And Jailed For 8 Years

A Dutch athlete, Madiea Ghafoor, who represented Netherlands in the 4 x 400 relay race in Rio 2016 Olympics has been arrested and jailed after she was caught during a routine border check with 50kg of ecstasy tablets, 2kg of crystal meth and 11,950 euros in cash in the boot of her car.

Female Athlete Smuggles £2m Worth Drugs, Arrested And Jailed For 8 Years

 According to Kleve District Court who sentenced her to 8 years imprisonment on Monday, she said didn't know she was carrying Meth and Ecstasy, believing them to be doping drugs and she refused to say how she got the drugs and who gave them to her.

She denied the charges leveled against her and has instructed her lawyers to appeal the judgement.

The Dutch Athletics Union said in a statement on their official website: ‘We are stunned by the judgments of Ghafoor during the trial and immediately reported to the Doping Authority.

Female Athlete Smuggles £2m Worth Drugs, Arrested And Jailed For 8 Years

‘The case has been transferred to the Doping Authority to investigate the extent to which the doping legislation has been violated and to investigate the other judgments of the lawyer.

‘With the ruling of the German court, the Athletics Union has obtained clarity regarding the question of guilt and rejects the actions of Ghafoor.

‘The Athletics Union condemns any use or trade in doping or drugs and fully commits itself to the Dutch Doping Law.

‘We regret the situation that has arisen for Madiea Ghafoor and her family.’

Friday, November 1, 2019

Donald Trump Relocating To Florida?

Donald Trump Relocating To Florida?

Donald Trump Relocating To Florida?

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Thursday he will be making Palm Beach, Florida, his permanent residence instead of his Trump Tower apartment in New York City.

He has owned the Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach since 1985 and has spent more time there during his presidency than at his penthouse apartment on Fifth Avenue in New York.

“My family and I will be making Palm Beach, Florida, our Permanent Residence,” Trump said on Twitter.

“Despite the fact that I pay millions of dollars in city, state and local taxes each year, I have been treated very badly by the political leaders of both the city and state,” he said, referring to New York.

A life-long New Yorker, he was raised in the city’s Queens borough and later moved to Manhattan. Trump Tower serves as both his residence and the headquarters of the Trump Organization, his real estate company.

“As President, I will always be there to help New York and the great people of New York. It will always have a special place in my heart!” Trump said.

Trump, a Republican, has feuded with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo, both Democrats.

“Good riddance. It’s not like @realDonaldTrump paid taxes here anyway. He’s all yours, Florida,” Cuomo said in a tweet.

De Blasio said on Twitter: “Don’t let the door hit you on the way out or whatever.”

He filed to change his primary residence in late September in Palm Beach County Circuit Court, the New York Times reported.

He is running for re-election in November 2020 and, if he wins, would make the White House his home until January 2025.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Remains Of ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi Has Been Buried At Sea

Remains Of ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi Has Been Buried At Sea

Remains Of ISIS Leader Al-Baghdadi Has Been Buried At Sea

The remains of late ISIS leader, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has been disposed of at sea as it is revealed that U.S. forces were able to confirm his identity using DNA samples taken from his underwear and blood.

Baghdadi blew himself up after being cornered by U.S forces in a dead-end underground tunnel in his Syrian compound on Saturday, October 26th. His remains were then buried at sea, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, Army General Mike Milley, revealed.

Osama bin Laden's remains were also disposed of at sea when he was killed in Pakistan in 2011.  

The daring raid on the compound where Baghdadi was hiding in Syria was the culmination of years of steady intelligence-gathering work and 48 hours of hurry-up planning once Washington got word on where he would be.

His body was mutilated in the blast and U.S. troops had to dig through debris to reach his corpse. Soldiers conducted a DNA test using a small field kit to confirm his identity. The terrorist's underwear and a blood sample were used to match his DNA, Syrian Democratic Forces (SFD) General Mazloum Abdi told NBC News.

The leader of the Kurdish militia said they had a source undercover in Baghdadi's inner circle who had direct access to the ISIS leader. The source gave U.S. intelligence a pair of Baghdadi's used underwear and a blood sample at some point this summer.

U.S. soldiers used the DNA from those samples to positively identify him from the remains found in the compound after the blast. That same source was at Baghdadi's compound when it was raided and he left with U.S. forces, Abdi said.