By Dialogo November 04, 2010 The United States government delivered three X-ray scanning machines to Mexico for use at customs posts to detect drugs and contraband, as part of the resources appropriated for the Merida Initiative, the U.S. embassy announced. “The Tax Administration Service (SAT) received three mobile X-ray trucks,” the diplomatic mission said in a statement. These vehicles, the first installment of a total of thirteen that will be donated to the Mexican government, will enable the discreet detection of irregularities in merchandise crossing Mexico’s borders, the bulletin added. The other trucks, worth one million dollars each, will be delivered in the next sixty days. The Merida Initiative is a U.S. program to provide 1.6 billion dollars in aid for the fight against drugs in Mexico, Central America, and the Caribbean and was negotiated in 2007, during George W. Bush’s administration. Of this amount, around 1.3 billion dollars is destined for Mexico.
September 29, 2020
However, yesterday’s reverse auction, which targeted the 7-15 year maturity band, did not face the same problems.The bank said it received offers to sell around £5.5bn of the bonds sought, and did purchase its targeted £1.17bn of securities.Commentators said the shortfall on Tuesday showed pension funds were short of these long-dated bonds, with one adding that investors were likely to offer at lower yields in subsequent auctions, having seen the lack of sellers.Toby Nangle, head of multi-asset allocation for the EMEA at Columbia Threadneedle Investments, said: “We anticipate that the failure to buy the full amount of Gilts required in future auctions will not be repeated on account of insufficient offers.“Given the news that [Tuesday’s] reverse auction went uncovered, active investors are likely to submit offers at yields well below market levels, perhaps even below 0%.”The Bank of England has said it will incorporate the £52m shortfall from Tuesday’s uncovered operation into the second half of its current six-month purchase programme.Details of these purchases will be announced on 3 November, it said.Nangle said that, by his calculations, there is not enough UK interest rate duration to let defined benefit (DB) pension funds match their actuarially estimated liabilities with fixed income assets, in spite of regulatory incentives to so do.“Put another way, pension funds are collectively short long-dated Gilts and, in re-initiating its QE programme, the bank has found itself delivering a short-squeeze – the effect of which is to increase pension fund deficits further,” he said.The Bank of England’s assertion in its recent inflation report that DB pension schemes would be able to maintain current levels of contributions despite fluctuations in deficits looks likely to be tested, he said.Shilen Shah, bond strategist at Investec Wealth & Investment, said Tuesday’s auction highlighted the fact that a number of investors at the long end of the curve are largely price insensitive and potentially unwilling to sell their Gilt holdings.“Given the narrow investment mandate of many liability-driven investors,” Shah said, “the alternative investment options to long-dated Gilts for these investors is very limited.” The Bank of England saw strong participation in yesterday’s government bond-buying spree as part of its quantitative easing (QE) programme, but Tuesday’s failure by the bank to meet its long-bond buying target could lead to negative yield offers from investors in future operations.The UK central bank’s reverse auction yesterday met with offers to sell medium-dated Gilts outstripping demand by almost five to one, after Tuesday’s long-bond reverse auction had been partly stymied by pension funds unwilling to sell.The bank announced last week that it aims to buy £60bn (€70bn) in UK government debt in the next six months as part of measures to boost the country’s economy.But on Tuesday, the bank failed to reach its £1.17bn target in its first attempt to buy Gilts, aiming for bonds with maturities of 15 years or more, with the operation failing to draw enough sellers.
August 26, 2020
MORE: Irving acknowledges being short-temperedHayward scored more points Tuesday than he had in his first five games after the All-Star break combined (26). Boston was 1-4 in those games.Two of the points against the Warriors came on a fast-break dunk after a steal in the third quarter as the Celts were wrapping up the contest. Gordon Hayward had been playing like a bottom-of-the-rotation man prior to Tuesday. He looked like a Sixth Man of the Year against the Warriors.The Celtics forward delivered 30 points and seven rebounds in 27 minutes off the bench, helping to spur Boston to a 128-95 rout of Golden State in Oakland, Calif. The loss was the Warriors’ worst of the season. Hayward finished 12 for 16 from the floor against the reigning champs; in his five previous games, he was 8 for 26 from the field. “I understand it’s one game,” Hayward told reporters, per ESPN.com. “You are going to have ups and downs in the season. I’ll try to build off the things I did correctly tonight, and the next time you have a bad game, try to learn from that one.”He’ll try to keep the momentum going Wednesday when the Celtics play the Kings in Sacramento.Boston will need this Hayward during the final month-plus of the regular season and the NBA playoffs. The Celts are in a battle for home-court advantage in at least the first round; they’re fifth in the Eastern Conference, 2 1/2 games behind the fourth-place 76ers.
August 26, 2020
With 10 teams off and only one preseason ace taking the hill, Monday’s SP rankings leave much to be desired. Finding one pitcher for FanDuel contests is doable, but finding two you like on DraftKings could be a challenge, especially with our top two guys pitching in the same game. UPDATE: The Tigers-Red Sox game has been postponed, so ignore the rest of this paragraph. You’ll see it again tomorrow. We had to note “preseason ace” in the last paragraph because Chris Sale (vs. Tigers) has pitched like anything but this year. In fact, his opponent tonight, Detroit’s Matthew Boyd (@ Red Sox), has outpitched him by every metric. Still, we know Sale has the talent to figure it out, and his matchup on paper is just about as good as it gets. We give him the nod over Boyd, but Boyd is priced higher on both DraftKings and FanDuel, making this one of the few times you can qualify Sale as a “bargain”. MORE: Monday DraftKings Lineup Jeremy Hellickson (@ Rockies) is one of the few pitchers with the numbers in his favor, but we know the Rockies are going to start hitting righties better eventually, especially now that they’re back at home. You could make a case he’s a good candidate for a cheap win, but he’ll need to make it through five innings first. In Colorado, that’s never guaranteed.Today’s Starting Pitcher Rankings: Monday, April 22RankPitcherTeamOpponentOpp. wRC+ vs. LHP (rank)Opp. wRC+ vs. RHP (rank)1Chris SaleRed Soxvs. Tigers58 (29th)N/A2Matthew [email protected] Red Sox83 (19th)N/A3J.A. [email protected] Angels71 (23rd)N/A4Jack FlahertyCardinalsvs. BrewersN/A104 (15th)5Yonny ChirinosRaysvs. RoyalsN/A107 (T-11th)6Jake [email protected] MetsN/A101 (17th)7Joe MusgrovePiratesvs. D-backsN/A96 (18th)8Zack [email protected] PiratesN/A86 (21st)9Brad [email protected] RaysN/A117 (T-5th)10Brad PeacockAstrosvs. TwinsN/A122 (T-3rd)11Steven MatzMetsvs. Phillies111 (11th)N/A12David HessOriolesvs. White SoxN/A102 (16th)13Jake [email protected] AstrosN/A117 (T-5th)14Manny BanuelosWhite [email protected] Orioles88 (15th)N/A15Mike [email protected] A’s124 (7th)N/A16Jeremy [email protected] RockiesN/A57 (30th)17Adrian [email protected] CardinalsN/A116 (T-7th)18Chris BassittA’svs. RangersN/A113 (9th)19Matt HarveyAngelsvs. YankeesN/A122 (T-3rd)20Tyler AndersonRockiesvs. Nationals119 (8th)N/AwRC+ is defined by Fangraphs as “[measuring] how a player’s wRC compares with league average after controlling for park effects. League average for position players is 100, and every point above 100 is a percentage point above league average. For example, a 125 wRC+ means a player created 25% more runs than a league average hitter would have in the same number of plate appearances. Similarly, every point below 100 is a percentage point below league average, so a 80 wRC+ means a player created 20% fewer runs than league average.” For more on the stat, click here. Watch ChangeUp, a new MLB live whip-around show on DAZNJack Flaherty (vs. Brewers) was a borderline ace in preseason rankings, and while his K-to-BB ratio is a stellar 22/4, he’s already allowed four HRs. Three of those have come against tonight’s opponent, and while the Brewers are only 15th in wRC+ against righties, Christian Yelich alone is enough to make you consider fading Flaherty. It’s worth noting both of his starts this year against Milwaukee came in Miller Park, and for his short career, he’s been much better at home (3.03 ERA) than on the road (4.52). It’s not easy to identify many more worthwhile DFS sleepers/season-long streamers just by looking at the matchups on paper. It’s tempting to get excited about Zack Godley (@ Pirates), who seems due for a bounce back and is in a pitchers park on the road, but his career road ERA (4.50) is almost identical to his home mark (4.51), so there isn’t much to go on there. Yonny Chirinos (vs. Royals) has been dominant in three of his four outings this year, but he’s also only gone more than five innings once. Steven Matz (vs. Phillies) couldn’t record an out when he faced the Phillies last week, so the Law of Averages is in his favor, if that’s your thing.
July 21, 2019
Watch Tesla Model X P100D Accelerate To 60 In Almost 3 Seconds Author Liberty Access TechnologiesPosted on October 1, 2018Categories Electric Vehicle News Video Description via on AutoTopNL on YouTube:Tesla Model X P100D 2019 vs 2019 Porsche Cayenne Turbo ACCELERATION & AUTOBAHN POV by AutoTopNLUK: Auto-Top is an honest and pure car filming and testing company. We’re not interested in eco & green (unless it’s like, really superfast). Screaming exhausts, whining superchargers and blowing turbo’s is what we want to hear! We review all sorts of performance cars. In the different playlists you can enjoy exhaust sounds, acceleration tests (0-100, 0-200) with launch control, onboard cams and the revving sound of each car. Exotic cars, hothatches, power sedans. We have it all! These SUVs are off to the races.It’s welcoming to see a Tesla Model X P100D strutting its stuff. Although we do share the crazy acceleration of the Model X from time to time, its sibling – the Tesla Model S P100D – tends to dominate our drag strip coverage. Of course, that was until the all-new Tesla Model 3 Performance arrived. Nonetheless, a race featuring an all-electric SUV and one of the top performing electrified SUVs is pretty sweet to see.Tesla Model X Acceleration: Watch Tesla Model X P100D Smoke Chevy Corvette Z06 Porsche Cayenne Turbo:4.8 V8 BiTurbo550 HP/770 NM0-100: 4.1 seconds286 km/hTesla Model X P100D:All-electric powertrain612 HP0-100: 3.1 seconds250 km/h Source: Electric Vehicle News Watch Tesla Model X P100D Race Ford Mustang GT In Alaska
July 20, 2019
By Paul VoosenJun. 24, 2019 , 12:35 PM NASA rover catches big whiff of methane on Mars—but where did it come from? NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS Last week, NASA’s Curiosity rover caught its strongest whiff yet of martian methane. While exploring a clay-rich region of the Red Planet, the rover detected the highest levels of the gas it has ever observed, some 21 parts per billion. That’s three times the level it sniffed out for several months in 2013.The finding, if it holds up, will only deepen the mystery of methane on Mars. Methane can be a byproduct of microbial life, but it can also be produced through geological reactions or created in the atmosphere from carbon in solar system dust. Until now, the large spike seen by Curiosity in 2013 has never been repeated; instead, the rover has documented minute levels of methane that shifted with the seasons. Adding to that mystery, last year the European Space Agency’s Trace Gas Orbiter (TGO), which started scanning Mars’s atmosphere for methane in 2016, did not detect any of the gas, despite carrying instruments far more sensitive than Curiosity’s.Curiosity’s scientists say it might be possible for thousands of small seeps in Mars’s surface—none of which would be detectable from orbit—to release the gas. Follow up work with the TGO and Mars Express, another orbiter, will reveal whether their instruments picked up this latest martian burp. If they did, they might give scientists some sense of the plume’s origin and how long methane lasts in the planet’s atmosphere.