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  1. Hi Bale.

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    G'day, Kades, good to see ya!
  3. welcome my fellow Kiwis...the invasion of Diplo is becoming reality.
  4. MOSCOW/NEW YORK (Reuters) - When the global oil trading industry gathered for its biggest annual meeting in Asia in September last year, U.S. oil producing companies came well prepared. U.S. giant Exxon Mobil and European rival Royal Dutch/Shell prepared brochures for oil buyers detailing various U.S. crude grades and why they were suitable to replace part of Asia’s long-standing supplies from the Middle East, Africa and Russia. As the oil industry gathers in London this month for the annual IP Week, U.S. crude producers may have every reason to toast the success of their campaign in Europe, as well as Asia. Only a few years ago, before the hydro-fracking and shale revolution overturned the economics of U.S. oil production, the United States was the world’s largest oil importer by far and prohibited exports of oil by law. Now shipments of U.S. crude into Europe have just hit a new record. January imports were 630,000 barrels per day, still - behind Russia and Iraq but above other OPEC producers including Nigeria and Libya. Higher U.S. crude exports have been helped by lower supplies of Iranian and Venezuelan crude, which Washington has put under sanctions, scaring buyers across the world. In the whole of 2018, U.S. supplies to Europe doubled to 430,000 bpd, according to Refinitiv Eikon flows data. That represented 6 percent of overall imports or equal to the levels of Iranian oil imports to Europe before the United States imposed fresh sanctions on Tehran. “U.S. crude is a real headache. It puts a lot of pressure on regional light grades. In fact, prices for all grades are affected because it is such a significant extra supply,” said a trader with a European trader selling Russian oil. Pressure will likely only increase as for 2019 U.S. crude oil production is expected to average 12.06 million bpd, up 1.18 million bpd from last year, according to U.S. government. Future predictions say the United States could produce as much as 15 million bpd of crude and up to 20 million bpd of total oil liquids, giving it complete self-sufficiency as it would fully cover its consumption of 18-19 million bpd. Booming U.S. production has prompted OPEC and major non-OPEC producers like Russia to slash output by 3-4 percent since 2017 to prop up prices. The pact has helped double prices to $60 per barrel but at the expense of a market share loss to U.S. firms. “Welcome to the free market,” said a U.S.-based executive of an international trading firm. “Local producers either need to drop their pricing to compete or find other markets”. Competition is particularly acute in northwest Europe, where Britain and the Netherlands imported 6.5 and 5.1 million tonnes of U.S. crude in 2018 respectively. BP, Litasco, Equinor, Total and ExxonMobil were among the main buyers in the Baltic replacing North Sea barrels with U.S. grades, traders say. “WTI is the new dated Brent,” said a senior crude trader referring to the U.S and European benchmarks. BP takes U.S. oil to its Gelsenkirchen refinery in Germany while Poland’s PKN Orlen said in January it would cut Russia’s Urals purchases from Kremlin oil major Rosneft by 30 percent and partially replace it with U.S. barrels. In Britain, the main U.S. oil buyers are Essar Oil and Exxon Mobil, traders said. In the Mediterranean, buyers of U.S. barrels - Italy, Spain, France - tend to use them to replace light Caspian CPC Blend, Russia’s Urals and Iranian oil, traders said. Greece’s Hellenic Petroleum added WTI to its list of preferred crude options alongside Urals and CPC as did Turkey’s Tupras. In Italy, U.S. oil flows to Kuwait Petroleum’s Milazzo refinery and the Swiss Varo Energy’s plant. WTI was by far the most popular U.S. grade among European buyers in 2018, followed by Midland Eagle Ford, Bakken and Mars. As the world moves to tighter marine fuel regulations, which will increase demand for light barrels, demand for U.S. oil - which is predominantly light - will only rise. “I expect U.S. crude to become even more popular in Europe. It seems that whatever is happening to oil markets these days, the U.S. benefits,” said a trader with large European major. Editing by Vladimir Soldatkin, Dmitry Zhdannikov and David Evans Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-asia-oil/sanctions-opec-cuts-push-asias-sour-crude-oil-prices-above-brent-idUSKCN1Q007Z PERSONAL COMMENT: "Welcome to the free market" hahaha....
  5. Don't shush Impotent Rage Reagan. Impotent Rage Reagan knows all.
  6. So....Got caught selling Molly, eh Vix? You JUST got clean man. <.<
  7. Boeing's flying car looks pretty cool, not gonna lie.
  8. I mean at this point, I don't care if it's stolen, I just want to see some badarse huge pyramids. It's now 2019 and it still doesn't really feel much different to the early turn of the century save for political turmoil the world over.
  9. LONDON (Reuters) - Irish Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said soldiers might have to return to the border with Northern Ireland if Brexit went wrong, Bloomberg reported. In a worst-case scenario, a hard border could “involve people in uniform and it may involve the need, for example, for cameras, physical infrastructure, possibly a police presence, or an army presence to back it up,” Varadkar told Bloomberg. “The problem with that in the context of Irish politics and history is those things become targets,” he said. Ireland has said it would find it difficult to avoid imposing a hard border on Northern Ireland if the United Kingdom crashes out of the EU without a deal. An open border is a legacy of the 1998 Good Friday agreement, which ended fighting between the north’s pro-British unionists and nationalists who favour a united Ireland. Writing by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Kate Holton Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. PERSONAL COMMENT: New IRA rises, hard border with Irish army and physical infrastructure in place. This is surreal. Hey @StormTrooper you can be our first praetorian at correspondent!
  10. BERLIN (Reuters) - The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said that the “backstop” provision in the agreement for Britain’s withdrawal from the bloc could not be time-limited, since that would defeat its purpose of guaranteeing no hard Irish border. His comments, made on Germany’s DLF public radio, undermine the hopes of some in London that Prime Minister Theresa May could win pro-Brexit legislators for her deal by securing a time limit to the no-border commitment. Barnier said the withdrawal agreement, roundly rejected by Britain’s parliament two weeks ago, was the best one available given the “famous red lines”, including an end to freedom of movement and to single market membership, that May had set out to define the future relationship. Barnier, who is due to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel for talks in Berlin on Thursday, said that the commitment, seen by Dublin as an essential guarantor of peace on the island, had to be credible. Another option being floated by some in London, for the border issue to be regulated in a separate bilateral deal with Dublin, was also impossible, since the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland would in future be an EU frontier, he said. “We have to maintain the credibility of this reassurance,” he said. “It cannot be time-limited... It’s not just about Ireland.” European Union Chief Brexit Negotiator Michel Barnier speaks during a plenary session of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) in Brussels, Belgium, January 23, 2019. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir BERLIN (Reuters) - The European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier said that the “backstop” provision in the agreement for Britain’s withdrawal from the bloc could not be time-limited, since that would defeat its purpose of guaranteeing no hard Irish border. His comments, made on Germany’s DLF public radio, undermine the hopes of some in London that Prime Minister Theresa May could win pro-Brexit legislators for her deal by securing a time limit to the no-border commitment. Barnier said the withdrawal agreement, roundly rejected by Britain’s parliament two weeks ago, was the best one available given the “famous red lines”, including an end to freedom of movement and to single market membership, that May had set out to define the future relationship. Barnier, who is due to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel for talks in Berlin on Thursday, said that the commitment, seen by Dublin as an essential guarantor of peace on the island, had to be credible. Another option being floated by some in London, for the border issue to be regulated in a separate bilateral deal with Dublin, was also impossible, since the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland would in future be an EU frontier, he said. “We have to maintain the credibility of this reassurance,” he said. “It cannot be time-limited... It’s not just about Ireland.” RELATED COVERAGE EU parliament won't approve Brexit deal without Irish 'backstop': statement Irish police says no plans to move officers to guard border Irish police could be deployed to border in no-deal Brexit: paper The Irish Independent newspaper said on Thursday that hundreds of Irish police officers could be deployed to guard the border if Britain left without a deal. It cited a meeting of Police Commissioner Drew Harris with senior staff on Wednesday. He added that if Britain’s red lines changed, there would be scope for changes to the political declaration on the intended future relationship between Britain and the EU that accompanies the withdrawal agreement. “If something changes with the red lines, then we are ready to talk about that,” he said. “We can’t make any compromises on the fundamental principles. We can’t dilute the single market or split the EU.” Reporting by Riham Alkousaa, Tassilo Hummel and Caroline Copley, editing by Thomas Escritt and John Stonestreet Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. PERSONAL COMMENT: And now a wannabe IRA cell has apparently sprung up again.
  11. MOSCOW (Reuters) - Visits to the Black Sea by U.S. warships have nothing to do with U.S. security and are motivated by domestic politics, prominent Russian senator Alexei Pushkov said on Sunday, warning they should stay away from the Russian coast. The U.S. guided-missile destroyer Donald Cook began moving towards the Black Sea on Saturday, "to conduct maritime security operations and enhance regional maritime stability, combined readiness and naval capability", a U.S. navy statement said. www.navy.mil/index.asp The Russian Black Sea fleet began monitoring the warship once it entered the region, RIA news agency cited Russia’s National Defence Control Centre as saying on Saturday. “U.S. warships are becoming frequent visitors to the Black Sea. These visits have nothing to do with U.S. security,” Pushkov, a member of Russia’s Upper House Commission on Information Policy, wrote on his Twitter page. “They flaunt their flag, send us a signal, and appease their own senators, who are demanding they send a whole military fleet to the Black Sea. They should keep away from our coastline,” he wrote. This week a court in Russia extended by three months the arrest of 24 Ukrainian sailors captured along with their ships in November in the Kerch Strait, which links the Black Sea with the Azov Sea. They stand accused of illegally crossing into Russian territory. The United States and European Union have called on Russia to release the men, but the Kremlin has said they must be put on trial. No trial date has been set. According to the Montreux international convention, the U.S. warship can stay in the Black Sea for no more than 21 days, RIA cited the Russian defense control center as saying. “Our arrival into the Black Sea will showcase the navy’s interoperability in pursuit of common security objectives, enabling us to respond effectively to future crises or deterring aggression,” Matthew J. Powel, commanding officer of the Donald Cook, said in a statement. Writing by Polina Ivanova; Editing by Dale Hudson Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-russia-blacksea/russian-senator-says-u-s-warship-in-black-sea-should-keep-its-distance-idUSKCN1PE0US PERSONAL COMMENT: It'll do jackshit.
  12. WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Nearly 80 percent of junior doctors across New Zealand walked off the job at public hospitals on Tuesday after a breakdown in union talks with the government over working conditions and wages. The strike spotlights the difficulties Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s government faces in delivering on its promise to pour money into social services and rein in economic inequality when it took office in 2017. The center-left government’s traditional union support base says sluggish wage growth and soaring living costs have left workers struggling, with teachers, nurses and court officials taking action last year to demand pay hikes. “They want to have control over when we work, how we work and where we work,” said Dr Deborah Powell, national secretary of the junior doctors’ union. “We tried to resolve this without a strike but we were left with no choice.” More than 3,300 government-employed junior doctors, of a national tally of 3,700, are staying away from hospitals and clinics after the talks broke down last week. Some gathered at street corners holding placards calling for better working hours but there were no major demonstrations. Thousands of surgeries, non-essential appointments, and other services have been canceled, although emergency and life-saving services will continue as senior doctors are asked to step in. Government hospitals asked people to limit visits only to emergencies. Junior doctors, or resident medical officers, want to stick with existing employment contracts because they say new terms the government proposes would mean longer shifts and allow doctors to be moved to other hospitals without notice. Their union said it had been in talks with the District Health Board (DHB) for more than a year in which payment for overtime, weekend and night shifts were also discussed. DHB spokesman Dr Peter Bramley disputed claims that the agency wanted to move doctors around the country at will. “DHBs are committed to being good employers supporting safe care and safe working conditions,” Bramley said. All DHBs would implement contingency plans to provide essential services during the strike, he said. The union has already called for a second 48-hour strike for Jan. 29-30 in the hope of increasing pressure on the government. The government is also holding talks to avert another strike this year by tens of thousands of school teachers after they rejected a pay offer. Reporting by Praveen Menon; Editing by Clarence Fernandez and Paul Tait Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. PERSONAL COMMENT: Teachers haven't had a pay increase in 9 years. There has been a huge unbalance in wealth equality in this country after national being in power.
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    I wouldn't mind a Polynesian President of the United States. Makes it easier to deal with the commonwealth when her state flag is this.
  14. I was put off getting into EVE because described it to me as being like working as a chartered accountant as a hobby in your spare time.
  15. 17:00 hrs NZ TIME. Come explore the world of Mawritania with GM Bors. Level 7 - 12