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The Longer Biden’s Pause On LNG Projects Goes On, The Better It Is For Russia

The Longer Biden’s Pause On LNG Projects Goes On, The Better It Is For Russia

Authored by Simon Watkins via OilPrice.com, Last week’s attempt by the U.S.’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives to unblock the stoppage on approvals of permits for new liquefied natural gas (LNG) looks highly unlikely to succeed. Just after the White House’s announcement on 26 January to ‘pause’ approvals of new LNG projects, the European Commission said that this will have no short- or medium-term impact on the E.U.’s security of supply. Shell: a long-term U.S. ban on issuing new LNG export permits would have “quite an impact” on the global LNG market. Last week’s attempt by the U.S.’s Republican-controlled House of Representatives to unblock the stoppage on approvals of permits for new liquefied natural gas (LNG) looks highly unlikely to succeed. Despite the House approving a bill to remove the pause on LNG permits, it still needs to be passed in the Democratic-controlled Senate and then to be signed by Biden to become law. LNG remains the key emergency energy source in the new global oil market order, as analysed in full in my new book of …

Windows updates could soon no longer require a reboot

Windows updates could soon no longer require a reboot

Microsoft Windows updates are notorious for requiring lengthy black screens to function – but perhaps not for much longer. Software updates are part and parcel of owning a PC but Windows updates are well-known for taking a while, thanks to the long reboot times to trigger the updates. This will happen at least once a month for Windows machines, bringing necessary security and aesthetic updates to its users. However, according to reporting from Windows Central on Friday, February 23, a change might be on the way. Microsoft is testing a new method dubbed ‘hot patching’ for Windows 11 PCs, following testing on some Windows Server editions. What is Windows’ hot patching? Hot patching refers to a form of rebootless updating, conducted on PCs using Virtualization Based Security. According to Microsoft’s internal wording, hot patching “[patches] the in-memory code of running processes without the need to restart the process.” Such a feature could mean that Microsoft‘s monthly software updates could soon come without needing to restart to see the changes take place. However, this doesn’t mean …

My best friend and I disagreed over talking about sex – now she’s no longer speaking to me | Friendship

My best friend and I disagreed over talking about sex – now she’s no longer speaking to me | Friendship

I’m having a problem with my closest friend, who is refusing to speak to me. We disagree on how acceptable it is to talk about sex: I think it’s something we should be able to talk about freely, but she doesn’t. After she recently told a mutual friend that she was “oversharing” when sex was mentioned, I requested some clarity on her boundaries. She responded with anger, saying that my requests for clarity were exhausting, that it should be clear from past conversations. Since this angry response, I’ve heard nothing from her for some weeks, despite messaging her. My friend has been going through some incredibly difficult personal circumstances recently, and has mental health problems. She seems to find disagreements like this very hard. I wonder if there’s an element of taking out her anger at other problems on me. It’s increasingly typical for her to go silent when disagreeing with friends, but it’s never happened with me before. Previously she’s said she feels able to talk to me about anything. While she won’t talk …

Longer sentences for ‘rough sex’ killers may not deliver justice for victims

Longer sentences for ‘rough sex’ killers may not deliver justice for victims

On Valentine’s Day, the government announced it would introduce tougher sentences for offenders who kill in the context of sexual violence. This comes three years after the Domestic Abuse Act reaffirmed that consent to rough or violent sex cannot be a defence to murder. Despite this, the “rough sex defence” still leads to offenders receiving more lenient convictions and sentencing. Official figures on how often the rough sex defence is used are difficult to obtain. But the charity We Can’t Consent to This tracked a ten-fold increase in rough sex claims between 1996 and 2016. They identified more than 60 cases of women being killed by men who attempted to rely on the defence over that period. Typically, the defence argues that these killings were accidental during consensual rough sex, and that therefore the defendant cannot be guilty of murder. Instead, offenders are charged with or convicted of manslaughter, which attracts a much lower prison sentence of between three and five years. Now, the government is proposing to introduce tougher sentences for rough sex manslaughter. …

Anti-migrant, pro-Boris, anti-care worker: the Tories are pushing panic buttons that no longer work | Owen Jones

Anti-migrant, pro-Boris, anti-care worker: the Tories are pushing panic buttons that no longer work | Owen Jones

Finally, we have a government prepared to stand up to that under-scrutinised bane of British society: care workers. Our home secretary, James Cleverly, has gleefully announced an order banning overseas care workers from bringing “dependants” to the UK. Some naysayers may question the wisdom here, what with the national shortage of care workers, and with foreign staff in particular subject to gruesome exploitation, with some being paid effectively as little as £5 an hour and charged thousands of pounds in unexpected fees. I hear that, but you can’t put a price on being able to gaze into the eyes of an overworked, underpaid care worker as they tend to your loved one’s needs, knowing vast oceans separate them from their own beloved. Spite, alas, does not pay the bills, and here lies the fatal flaw in the government’s strategy. Last week, the Sunday Telegraph’s editor penned a grief-stricken piece headlined “For the first time in my life, I’m now beginning to think Britain is finished”. Apologies for sounding unsympathetic about someone clearly in a right …

Here’s Where People Are Living Longer

Here’s Where People Are Living Longer

With improvements in medical care and living standards in many countries around the world, the 20th century saw a dramatic increase in life expectancy at birth. While some of the most significant gains are apparent between 1900 and 1950, apart from the immediate effects of World War II, due to a variety of economic and political developments, even the past 50 years saw a steady uptick in the estimated lifespans of the world’s population. For example, the worldwide average lifespan of a person born in 1971 was 58, while in 2021, this number rose to 71, an increase of roughly 19 percent. And, as Statista’s Florian Zandt details below, there are some countries around the world where this jump has been even more pronounced. You will find more infographics at Statista To guarantee better comparability and show a more varied picture, we used World Bank data for these two new years and calculated the three countries per continent with the biggest percentage change in life expectancy. Bangladesh ranked first not only in Asia but the whole world. Life …

Can Drinking More Coffee Help You Live Longer?

Can Drinking More Coffee Help You Live Longer?

We consume hot water decoctions of Coffea arabica (coffee), Camellia sinensis (tea), Paullinia cupana (guarana), and Cola acuminata (used in Coca-Cola and similar beverages) mainly for their psychomotor stimulant properties due to presence of caffeine. Approximately 85 percent of the U.S. population consumes caffeine daily. The FDA states that the regular consumption of 400 mg of caffeine (about four or five cups of coffee per day for the proverbial, non-pregnant, 70-kg adult) is quite safe. Habitual consumption of caffeine by children and adolescents is also considered safe because of similar caffeine clearance rates from the body. However, typical of just about everything we consume, a little caffeine is good but too much can kill you. Approximately five grams of caffeine—about 25 cups of coffee drank quickly—is a lethal dose for a typical adult. About 15 to 60 minutes after taking a few sips, we begin to feel the effects of caffeine; these may continue for around three to five hours (shorter if you are smoking a cigarette; longer if you are taking oral contraceptives). Caffeine …

Apple Stops Signing iOS 17.3, Downgrading No Longer Available

Apple Stops Signing iOS 17.3, Downgrading No Longer Available

Apple today stopped signing iOS 17.3, preventing iPhone users from downgrading to that version of iOS. iOS 17.3 is no longer being signed following the February 8 release of iOS 17.3.1, an update that added a fix for a text-related bug. Apple routinely stops signing older versions of iOS, so it is not unusual that the iOS 17.3 update is no longer available. Apple prevents users from installing older versions of iOS to encourage customers to keep their operating systems up to date and to prevent downgrading to older, less secure versions of the ‌iPhone‌ operating system. iOS 17.3.1 is now the only publicly released version of iOS available, but Apple is also beta testing iOS 17.4. Both developers and public beta testers can download and install iOS 17.4, with the update adding a number of App Store-related changes in the EU, new emoji, transcripts in the Podcasts app, and more. Popular Stories Apple Said iPhone Driver’s Licenses Will Expand to These 8 U.S. States In 2021, Apple introduced a feature that lets residents of …

Polar bears risk starvation as they face longer ice-free periods in the Arctic | Canada

Polar bears risk starvation as they face longer ice-free periods in the Arctic | Canada

Polar bears in Canada’s Hudson Bay risk starvation as the climate crisis lengthens periods without Arctic Sea ice, despite the creatures’ willingness to expand their diets. Polar bears use the ice that stretches across the ocean surface in the Arctic during colder months to help them access their main source of prey – fatty ringed and bearded seals. In the warmer months when the sea ice recedes, they would be expected to conserve their energy and even enter a hibernation-like state. But human-caused climate change is extending this ice-free period in parts of the Arctic – which is heating between two and four times faster than the rest of the world – and forcing the polar bears to spend more and more time on land. New research looking at 20 polar bears in Hudson Bay suggests that without sea ice they still try to find food. “Polar bears are creative, they’re ingenious, you know, they will search the landscape for ways to try to survive and find food resources to compensate their energy demands if …

Republicans Are No Longer a Political Party

Republicans Are No Longer a Political Party

When historians chronicle the end of the Grand Old Party, they may mark 2024 as the turning point. Something called the Republican Party will surely exist for years to come, like a legacy brand subsumed by a competitor, but it appears to be coming to its end as a functional party. Instead, the Republican Party has become just another subsidiary of Donald Trump Inc. Yesterday, Trump announced his effective takeover of the Republican National Committee, endorsing Michael Whatley, the chair of the North Carolina GOP, as chair; his daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, as co-chair; and one of his top campaign advisers, Chris LaCivita, as chief operating officer. LaCivita will reportedly also remain with the Trump presidential campaign, splitting time. The current chair of the party, Ronna McDaniel, is stepping down because of pressure from Trump. Officially, these are only recommendations, but they seem nearly certain to become reality. Trump has long held de facto sway over the Republican National Committee, but these moves give him de jure control, too. The reorganization is especially striking because it …