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Baloney Meter: did the feds promise electoral reform only with broad support? Baloney Meter: did the feds promise electoral reform only with broad support?
- December 04, 2016

Democratic Institutions Minister Maryam Monsef has apologized to members of the electoral reform committee for comments she made Thursday in the House of Commons. "I'd like to sincerely apologize to the members of this House, to Canadians and to the members of the special all-party committee on electoral reform", she said. (more...)
Oil price jumps to 16 month high after deal to cut production
- December 04, 2016

The plan backfired when it led to low prices and drained the budgets of crude- producing nations. Azerbaijan, another non-Opec country, has also agreed to take part in a drive to reduce production by 1.8m barrels per day in an attempt to underpin the oil price . (more...)
Netflix Offline Access After Download? Yes, It's True
- December 04, 2016

Netflix originals like Orange is the New Black, Narcos , and The Crown are already available for download. Starting today, you can download many of your favorite TV shows or movies, making them available for offline viewing. The company announced the news in a blog post yesterday with Eddy Wu , Director of Product Innovation, stating: " Netflix members worldwide can now download in addition to stream great series and films at no extra cost". (more...)
Eden Hazard: This was the key to Chelsea defeating Manchester City Eden Hazard: This was the key to Chelsea defeating Manchester City
- December 04, 2016

Chelsea completed a remarkable comeback to beat Manchester City 3-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday and kept their Premier League winning run intact. The scoreline didn't reflect the way we played. The second half saw Chelsea turn our fortunes around once again, we grabbing three goals and all three points as City completely lost the plot. (more...)
Unemployment drops for black Americans and high school grads
- December 04, 2016

The Federal Reserve's next meeting is in mid-December. Wages rose 2.5% in November from a year ago, though that marked a slight slowdown from October. "If as expected, we see a swing towards fiscal stimulus, this may give the Fed greater scope to hike rates further in 2017". The jobless rate has barely changed in the past year. (more...)
Yaya Toure to appear in court after drink-driving charge Yaya Toure to appear in court after drink-driving charge
- December 04, 2016

Toure has only just been restored to the City first team following a long-running dispute between his agent and manager Pep Guardiola. With the game delicately poised at 1-1, Toure bounded down from his seat on the bench for a bit of side-stepping and groin-stretching, no doubt with a vision of smashing home a dramatic last-minute victor clear in his mind. (more...)
PaRappa, Patapon, and LocoRoco are coming to PlayStation 4
- December 04, 2016

So far, they have slacked, and basically given us one genuinely good game a year. Or the proper announcement of Akuma for Street Fighter V? When it's not been stuffed in the middle of a press conference like PSX, we'll be sure to return and give you the time and space you deserve. (more...)
Uber's move to track riders sparks privacy concerns Uber's move to track riders sparks privacy concerns
- December 04, 2016

So your secret rendezvous may not be so secret. "The company will use this information to improve drop-offs and pick-ups, which have consistently been a pain point for Uber and other ride-hailing services". Franken said he plans to look at the issue further. After a user chooses to update the app, Uber asks the user to accept the new policy changes as the final step of the process. (more...)
Hawaii summits could get more than 2 feet of snow Hawaii summits could get more than 2 feet of snow
- December 04, 2016

The low will combine with moisture surging in from the southeast, which could result in bursts of heavy snow, especially above 12,000 feet. "The snow level nearly never gets below 9,000 feet in Hawaii during the winter, but since these mountains are taller than 13,600 feet, 13,700 feet and 10,000 feet, respectively, they get dusted with snow a few times a year", Ken Rubin , an assistant professor of geology and geophysics at the University of Hawaii told the Weather Channel . (more...)
Russia remains banned from international athletics
- December 04, 2016

The IAAF president's " Time for Change " reforms won 95 percent support from 192 countries that cast valid votes at a special congress and vociferous backing from some of the sport's biggest names. On Thursday, Andersen indicated there was a chink of light for the country, one of the super-powers of athletics. One of the key remaining issues is how to demonstrate that the IAAF and RUSADA (once it is reinstated) will be able to conduct their anti-doping programmes in Russian Federation ... (more...)
Trump breaks USA policy
- December 04, 2016

It was the first phone call by a U.S. president-elect or president since Jimmy Carter switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979, acknowledging the Island as part of "One China". Donald Trump might have just seriously pissed off China . The US backs Beijing's one China policy, which sees Taiwan as Chinese territory. (more...)
Renzi makes final appeal to Italians ahead of referendum
- December 04, 2016

Berlusconi initially gave his blessing to the proposed reform but he switched sides as a rising tide of opposition put Renzi's job on the line. Beppe Grillo , leader of the populist Five Star Movement , hailed the United States election result as a " massive screw you " from voters and has urged Italians to deliver a similar message to their own establishment. (more...)
Death Stranding: Everything You Missed in the New Trailer Death Stranding: Everything You Missed in the New Trailer
- December 04, 2016

While we can't discern much from the brief preview beyond the fact that Kojima has not lost his freaky touch, it's still enough to make us quite impatient for more information regarding this project. Thankfuly, we got yet another trailer for the game at The Game Awards 2016 and we are still as confused but even more excited to play it. We see some of that at the end of the new trailer for the game when we see Doctor Strange 's Mads Mikkelsen arrive on the scene with an army of his ... (more...)
Engine burn is likely cause of Progress spacecraft accident
- December 03, 2016

There were no crew members on board. Anatoly Zak of Russian Space Web tweeted a photo of a possible explosion-related fireball over one of Siberia's southern cities. EST Thursday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan . The next Progress MS launch is scheduled for February 2. An analysis of the contingency is being conducted by the space agency. (more...)
GM, Ford Canadian auto sales accelerated in November GM, Ford Canadian auto sales accelerated in November
- December 03, 2016

SUV sales for Ford were also up 20 percent, accounting for almost a third of all vehicle sales last month. Lincoln sales increased 19 percent, with sales totaling 9,429 vehicles. The buoyancy in the outlook of Ford Motor Company (F) is getting weaker by the somewhat negative sentiment (2.70 on a 5-point scale) that sell-side analysts have provided concerning it. (more...)
Russia Space Station Cargo ship crashes, burns up in atmosphere
- December 03, 2016

In May 2015, another rocket of the same type broke apart about eight minutes after it took off carrying a Mexican satellite. NASA says the ISS is now well stocked, and is not concerned for the crew. After completing their mission, they usually fall back and are consumed in the Earth's atmosphere over the Pacific Ocean. In addition to supporting Japanese and Russian spacecraft, Baikonur also hosts resupply and other launches for private companies like SpaceX, which has experienced its own ... (more...)
New Transformers mobile fighting game announced New Transformers mobile fighting game announced
- December 03, 2016

The game is set to feature a story that goes "beyond good and evil" with players creating teams of their favourite characters to fight against a world of corrupt Transformers and their overlords. It's being described as an "action-fighting" game with RPG elements, which suggests something a lot like the way Contest of Champions characters can be leveled up and unlock new abilities as they advance. (more...)
Marvel VS Capcom Infinite Officially Revealed at PSX
- December 03, 2016

Capcom . Then, Polygon actually stepped in and corroborated that rumor, saying that they have multiple sources telling them that a Marvel vs. Capcom 4 release is happening, and it's coming in 2017. It's likely we can expect more emphasis on the characters the Marvel movie studios have rights to, the same way we've seen character priorities and interactions shift in the comics. (more...)
New Transformers: Forged to Fight game headed to mobile New Transformers: Forged to Fight game headed to mobile
- December 03, 2016

Right - you have our attention, Kabam. I hope Transformers: Forged to Fight plays well because if it does, I'm definitely giving it a shot. It will be free-to-play and is described as a "high-definition, action-fighting role-playing game with strategy elements" where you will assemble an "ultimate" team of Autobots and Decepticons to do battle. (more...)
Russian cargo ship destroyed after launch for Space Station
- December 03, 2016

Progress 65 was launched atop the Soyuz-U rocket from the Baikonur Space Center. Shortly after the spacecraft was reported lost by the Russian space agency, social media reports of fireballs and other suspected debris began to surface in southern Siberia. (more...)

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