Friday, 14 Aug 2020

Libya Declares Force Majeure on Oil Exports as Blockade Renewed

Lil Marlo Dies: Rapper On ‘2 The Hard Way’ With Lil Baby May Have Been Shot

Atlanta rapper Lil Marlo (aka Rudolph Johnson) is dead, according to the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office.

No official cause of death has been revealed. However, Atlanta Police confirmed that officers found a 30-year-old man shot in a car on I-285 near the Benjamin E. Mays Drive overpass. Police did not confirm the man’s identity, but said it appeared he was intentionally shot and an investigation by the homicide division is proceeding.

The medical examiner’s office in Atlanta confirmed that a Rudolph Johnson was in their custody shortly after reports of Lil Marlo’s death surfaced.

Lil Marlo emerged on 2017’s “2 Hard the Way,” a collaboration with his friend Lil Baby. His album “1st and 3rd” was recently released.

Social media fans and fellow artists mourned Johnson’s death, including his Quality Control Music label mate Lil Yachty, who noted that they had been collaborating on new music recently.

Universal Music Group owns Quality Control Music but has not yet confirmed Lil Marlo’s death.

Saskatoon police find woman dead in vehicle, deem death suspicious

Saskatoon police are calling a death suspicious after finding a 19-year-old woman in a vehicle on Saturday afternoon.

UBC Okanagan announces new wine research centre headquarters

The world-renowned wine region of Okanagan Valley will now have a new research hub, according to UBC Okanagan.

The university announced it will move its wine research centre (WRC) to the Okanagan campus from Vancouver.

VW Software Head Senger Set to Lose Position

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Christian Senger, the head of software at Volkswagen AG as well as a board member, will step down from both positions, German newspaper Handelsblatt reported, citing people it didn’t identify.

Software problems with the carmaker’s upcoming electric flagship ID.3 car and Golf 8 models added to tensions that led to the ouster, the newspaper reported. The company declined to comment to Handelsblatt.

Senger’s departure will be the second large shakeup at the carmaker in as many weeks. The company last week replaced the top ranks of its trucks and commercial vehicles unit, forcing out the heads of the Traton SE and MAN trucks businesses.

VW had been struggling with the software for the ID.3, designed as its first car in a new generation of electric vehicles to take on Tesla Inc. The company announced in June some functions in the car will only be activated by a software patch in early 2021.

Hikers from Langley rescued by helicopter near James Lake, B.C.

The Central Okanagan Search and Rescue (COSAR) and the RCMP were called in to find and rescue a couple visiting from Langley.

On Saturday afternoon, the couple went on a hike in the James Lake area, around 10 kilometres east of Kelowna International Airport.

Palestinian Authority Adds West Bank Restrictions as Cases Rise

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The Palestinian Authority banned movement between areas under its control for two weeks and prohibited the entry of workers into Israeli settlements as part of new measures intended to curb the spread of the coronavirus in the West Bank.

Major governorates Hebron, Bethlehem, Ramallah and Nablus will be closed for an additional four days, government spokesman Ibrahim Melhim said on Sunday. Large gatherings such as weddings, funerals and summer camps were also banned.

New confirmed cases in Palestinian-controlled areas of the West Bank have surged from about 500 in mid-June to more than 6,000.

Libya Declares Force Majeure on Oil Exports as Blockade Renewed

Libya’s National Oil Corp. has declared force majeure on all oil exports, barely a day after lifting it, the state-owned company said in a statement.

NOC condemned the renewed blockade on Libyan oil exports, saying it was “gravely disappointing” especially following repeated statements by senior United Arab Emirates representatives last week supporting international efforts to restart oil production in Libya.

Libya restarted oil exports on Friday with the loading of the oil tanker Kriti Bastion at Es Sider before Libya’s eastern commander Khalifa Haftar ordered a halt to exports on Saturday night. NOC said it had been told that the instructions to shut down production were given to Haftar’s forces by the UAE.

Russian mercenaries with the Wagner Group along with Syrian mercenaries now occupy Es Sider oil port while Wagner and Sudanese mercenaries are camped within the vicinity of the Sharara oil field, the NOC said.

There must be “consequences for the actions of the handful of states that are undermining the rule-based international order and destroying Libya,” NOC Chairman Mustafa Sanalla said. “The renewed blockade demonstrates the urgent need for moves to improve financial transparency to be accompanied by reform of security at oil installations.”

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