LONDON/MOSCOW: The bills are due for millions of barrels of contaminated Russian oil that have been stuck for weeks in pipelines from Belarus to Germany: but no one wants to pay.Western oil companies and European refiners that bought the oil a month ago, before discovering it was unusable, have so far refrained from freezing payments as they are keen to maintain good long-term relations with the world's second biggest oil exporter and avoid protracted legal battles in Russian courts.Instead, several Western buyers have asked Russian producers if they can postpone payments for the tainted crude while buyers and sellers agree how to resolve the mess - and how to share the costs, four traders involved in Russian oil trading said.For the buyers of an estimated 19 million barrels of contaminated crude stuck in the pipeline and loaded on tankers, it's a US$1.2 billion question.The buyers want Russian producers to give guarantees in the form of bank deposits that they will contribute to the … [Read more...] about In limbo: the dirty Russian oil no one wants to pay for
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New lawmakers can refine automated polls The meme is untrue that ex-VP Jojo Binay’s ballot was voided because he had voted two contending offspring as mayor of Makati. The winner in ten post-Marcos elections tried eight times to insert the sheet but the voting machine wouldn’t swallow it. He had to complain in person to the Comelec national command center in Manila. The ballot or the machine was faulty. Still had Binay not been second-highest official of the land, would he have been issued a fresh ballot? We’ll never know how many others met the same problem, or couldn’t find their names in voter lists, or tired of long voting lines so left unable to exercise suffrage. Surely the newly elected lawmakers went through or know of constituents suffering voting snafus. Those were varied last Monday. Paper jams interrupted the voting machines. One in Lapu-Lapu City was videoed being pounded after each ballot was put in to make it accept … [Read more...] about New lawmakers can refine automated polls
LONDON: Tighter U.S. sanctions on Iranian oil planned for May are adding to a wealth of factors curbing global supply of heavy-medium crude, driving up prices for scarcer barrels and setting up a stand-off between buyers and sellers.The new curbs on Iranian exports come on top of Washington's earlier ban on Venezuelan crude and output snags in Angola, another big producer of the dense crude grades that best yield lucrative refined products like jet fuel.Refiners are also seeking more of the heavy sweet crude Iran and Venezuela once provided in abundance to produce low-sulfur fuel oil ahead of new shipping emissions rules due next year.U.S. officials say overall global oil supply will remain plentiful despite its sanctions, not least from the boom in U.S. shale. But much of the profusion in supply, led by the United States, Saudi Arabia and Russia, is in lighter grades.The price for heavier crudes like Norway's Grane and Heidrun has been firming over the last few months, a North Sea … [Read more...] about US sanctions on Iran, Venezuela set up crunch for heavier oil
Every time you reply, "Chinchai" (that ubiquitous Hokkien phrase for “anything will do”) whenever someone asks you what you want for lunch or dinner, you’re saying yes to weight gain, said Joan Liew, a professional bodybuilder and fitness coach, who recently launched the book The Skinny Sumo Wrestler. “That’s because you’re not putting any thought into the food that you feed yourself with,” said Liew.The lack of time and options is no excuse either. Although “schedules and lifestyles differ for people from different professions”, the one common thing we all have control over is what we eat, she said.“Putting a bit more effort into planning your meals – when to eat, where you will be, what the food stalls or restaurants in the area are, and what kind of food is sold – can help you avoid being stuck in a situation where you have no choice but to eat what’s available,” she said.Another … [Read more...] about Eat carbs and still lose weight, says professional bodybuilder in new book
The night of the elementary school talent show, we came home to celebrate with ice cream when my mother took out her iPhone to show a video she’d taken of my 10-year-old daughter’s performance. My daughter had played Ed Sheeran’s Perfect on the piano by ear and sung along. Despite her nerves, she got out there in the middle of the stage in a new dress with scattered sequins and sang her best, bowing to an audience of clapping parents before she walked offstage — an expression of relief and pride on her face.When I saw my mother’s finger hovering over “play” on her phone, my daughter leaning over her shoulder, I stopped her: “You know what... Let’s just let her enjoy the moment.”I’ve seen the way my daughter’s facial expression changes, her eyes squint slightly, and her neck pulls her head back just a little when she watches videos of herself. I knew that in my daughter’s mind she’d felt like a rock star … [Read more...] about Is the immediate playback of events changing how children create memories?