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Ngeri broo !!! VPS Gratis !! Pasti kalian sudah tidak asing lagi apa itu VPs di kalangan penjual SSH , namun VPS sekarang di bandrol dengan harg mahal ,,

Namun Sekarang Saya Akan  Membagikan VPS gratis dari digital Ocena, Lumayan loh 2 bulan gratis, lgsg dapet kredit 10$, full speed lagi, server bisa pilih Singapura, London, Amerika, dan belanda.



 Langsung saja yang perlu kamu siapkan :
1. Email, Pak teguh Rekomendasikan layanan email dari gmail.
2. Internet, pastikan koneksi internet kamu lancar
3. Kartu Kredit yang valid, ga perlu ada isinya juga gpp, asal valid, bisa di cek disini, kalo ga punya hubungi aja pak Teguh, nanti pak teguh carikan deh...
Langsung saja ikuti stepnya:
1. Daftar langsung di digital ocean Klik disini
2. Isi Email dan password yang kamu inginkan
3. Klik Resend agar kamu dikirim email verifikasi, kalo ga dklik resend lama bgt nyampenya.
4. Buka email yang kamu pake buat daftar tadi, buka email konfirmasi dari digital ocean, klik link konfirmasi
5. Masukan detail diri kamu, plus kartu kredit yang valid.

6. Masuk ke menu Droplet, Create Droplet, Pilih server yang kamu inginkan, pak teguh rekomendasikan pilih singapura. terus pilih sistem operasi yang kamu inginkan, kalo pak teguh suka pake debian 32 bit. pilih create, nanti hostname ip ssh, user sama passwor dikirim lewat email
7. Buka email kamu, lihat kiriman dari Digital Ocean
8. Selamat anda telah memiliki VPS aktif slama 2 Bulan.

Jika ada peringatan open failed: administratively prohibited: open failed di tunnelier
1. buka new terminal console, masukan dulu password lama kamu, masukan password baru kamu, enter, kemudian masukan lagi, terus enter.
2. ketik ini echo “PermitTunnel yes” >> /etc/ssh/sshd_config terus enter
3. restart server dengan cara ketik service ssh restart terus enter
4. tutup terminal console, logout bitvise terus login lagi
Selamat mencoba, anda tidak perlu tiap hari mulung ssh di internet lagi 

Untuk Kartu Kredit  Akan selalu di Update:
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Tunggu update Saya yah , cara untuk dapetin Kredit 100$ Digital Ocean, pantengin aja dimari, jangan lupa Follow dan Likenya
Lagi gencar gencarnya sekarang katanya SSH telkomsel lagi error , haha kasian deh lo !!! , saya cek ternyata masih lancar lancar saja..klu masih di Kepala, hostnya Teriakan Tarsan Telkomsel, bagi yang  terbiasa buat injek pasti tau maksudnya..Harus di route, plus make Kartu LOOP, Untuk Kartu As dan Simpati Biasa blm coba.
Saya jamin Work, TKP Solo Raya. Ada Pertanyaan Silahkan Komen saja
ip kandang tembus, full speed
Saya kasih Yang lebih detail yah. syarat:
1. Kartu LOOp (Wajib), no pulsa no kuota, no masa aktif ga masalah
2. Ip 10.xxx, 172.xxx
3. Route

Host dan metode seperti yang diatas
host lama kok...
monggo yg mau coba download disini, kalo ga konek pake pancingan, dan jgn lupa di route, jangan lupa klik iklan dimari yah
Kalo pas download di limit, daftar dulu akun tusfile dimari
Atau kalo masih kesulitan silahkan download link ini 
Pasti Kalian ngk sabar lagi ya ?? Bagaimana Caranya ??? Ucapkan bismillah sebelum melakukan trik ini :) insya allah Work

Langsung Aja Ke TKP ya :
1. Siapkan ssh dropbear wajib, openSSH ga support

2. Main Domain Pointing ke server SSH kamu( a.buXXXechat.com.pakteguh.com, user dan password yang ada disamping kanan) , Formatnya a.buXXXechat.com.domainkamu.com pointing A record ke IP SSH yg kamu pake

3. pasang proxy telkomsel ori di proxy seting bitvise tunnelier.
catatan:
1. Kalo face mendkung, bisa no pulsa(ip menentukan prestasi)
2. Face kurang ganteng, pake pancingan pulsa atau kuota, tenang saja tinggal unchek gateway + Roti, pulsa aman, Pak teguh saranin isi pulsa aja, ga perlu daftar paket.
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Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPhones have over time become an allegory of the consumer public’s purchasing habits and of how well-versed the company is with translating a need into tangible technology.
Apple Inc.'s iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus Go On Sale
Since its introduction to the market in 2007, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPhones brought the tech giant significant annual growth in sales.  The fundamental role that they play in the company’s business cannot be ignored nor denied as they have proven to be Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s most profitable product. However, being the market star that they are, will they eventually lead Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s stocks’ downfall?

One might argue that without iPhones, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s growth and sales will not be as catapulted as they are currently. In the company’s fourth quarter of the 2014 fiscal year, iPhone sales comprised 56% of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s total revenue, which shows the segment’s remarkable contribution to the company. As if that was not enough, it is estimated that come Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s first quarter, iPhone sales may occupy 75% of their total revenue.

This figure was arrived at using long-time Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) analyst Ming-Chi Kuo’s positive estimate for 71.5 million iPhone sales in the first quarter up to 40% from the year-ago computation. This goes with the assumption that the iPhone line maintains its selling price on average from the year ago quarter, and that the average growth of Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s other segments is conservatively in the single digits.

Such performance is without a question outstanding. However, these high figures may well prove to be difficult bases of comparison come the year 2016.

In theory, from the increase in sales of the iPhones annually, the probability of yearly drops in revenue for Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) becomes higher.



The demand for an iPhone with larger display screens has been long overdue before the iPhone 6 line up came out. While analysts have been bullish on their estimates for them, Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPhone 6’s signs of market performance does not seem to be meeting expectations.

If Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s iPhone sales will indeed make up 75% of their total revenue in 2015’s first fiscal year, the slightest iPhone sales decrease in the subsequent year for the same quarter will have a monumental impact in the company’s business results. The sector’s sales decline will be magnified due to its large share in the company’s earnings.

Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) may find it a struggle in avoiding year-over-year earnings dips if iPhone sales decline come 2016. Given iPhone’s not up to par performance so far, this is most likely possible.

While getting into Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL)’s stocks may be risky due to the unsure future of their iPhone sales, the company still has other sectors that may save their revenues. The company’s app sales still comprise a small percentage of their total earnings, but they are rapidly growing. Who knows, Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) Pay may prove to be accretive to the company. In addition, the performance of the iWatch is yet to be fully known.


With the Infiniti Q60 Concept coupe scheduled for unveiling at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show in January, an amazing teaser of the forthcoming Q60 Concept has recently been released by Infiniti.

Despite the fact that the Q60 Concept teaser does not divulge too many details about the vehicle, the profile of the vehicle shown in the teaser hints at muscular lines and well-defined contours, along with stocky five-spoke alloys; thereby marking an advancement over the aggressive design language of the Q50 and Q70.
Infiniti Q60 Concept
The teaser also shows the Q60 Concept's small side mirrors, which may actually be cameras, as well as conspicuously sexy retractable door handles which are probably only a feature of the Concept coupe, and will not make it to the showroom.

Going by the teaser, the engine of the Q60 Concept will seemingly be the same as that of the slightly smaller Q50 --- a 3.7-liter VQ series V6 engine, which is capable of producing 328 horsepower.

According to Infiniti's description of the Q60, the vehicle is chiefly a "premium sports coupe," which is symbolic of the visual uniformity that will be "a key ingredient of products in the future Infiniti lineup."
Reports were tipping that Samsung will be the lead supplier of application processors (APs) for Apple next year. Now, a recent report suggests that the South Korean company has started production of Apple A9 chipsets using a new 14nm FinFET process.
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Korea's ET News reports citing industry insiders that the production for Apple's A9 System-on-Chip (SoC) is under way in Samsung's Austin plant. The report pointed that the company has production units for 14nm FinFET process in Austin, US and Giheung (Korea); though it "began to produce A9 only in Austin as it is in the initial stage."

The report claims that Samsung's Austin plant was chosen for the production on the Cupertino-based company's request. It speculates "the Austin plant was chosen because of the next-generation chip's problems with performance security and supply."

Unfortunately, Samsung is yet to confirm that the 14nm FinFET chips are being manufactured for Apple. The report quotes Samsung as saying, "We cannot confirm whether we received orders from Apple or at which plant it will be produced."

Last month, a report pointed that Samsung will produce APs for the iPhone and iPad devices from next year. It even claimed that from 2016, the company would supply 80 percent of APs used in Apple devices, while the rest would be handled by TSMC.

Earlier this month, a report tipped that the Taiwanese supplier Pegatron might get 50 percent of the total Apple allocation for the next-generation iPhone, expected to debut next year in September.

For those unaware, Samsung was rumoured to be producing A8 chips for the iPhone 6 alongside the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company (TSMC). However, it turned out to be that the Apple A8 SoC was fabricated by TSMC, as revealed by Chipwork's blog.

A recent rumour emerging from Apple's supply chain in China suggested that the Cupertino-based giant has plans to launch a new 4-inch model, which can be expected to launch only in the second half of the year. The company is reportedly focusing majorly on one hand operations and will also target "female users."
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According to reports covering Apple’s antitrust trial, a former Apple employee has told the federal jury that he worked on a project, which was meant to deny rivals access to lucrative iTunes digital music and iPod device markets.

Rod Schultz, who is currently the vice president of product at Krimmeni Technologies, worked for Apple from January 2006 to March 2008 as the senior software engineer. He and his team were responsible for FairPlay, the company’s digital rights management (DRM) technology, which was designed to prevent illegal copying and sharing of its content.
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Schultz elaborately explained in the trail, how Apple’s frequent updates of iTunes were actually tools to stop those who sought to break copy protection of music and movies. There were engineers at Apple whose work involved developing software to block non-iTunes clients and third party players. Schultz had earlier revealed this in an article that he wrote in 2012 for a French computer security and cryptography publication.

Apple has never denied that it regularly updates iTunes to meet its contractual obligations with its content providers. However, it has always rejected claims that it developed technology to keep out rival devices from iTunes marketplace or alternate music store wares from playing on its iPods. Apple also had to deal with sophisticated attacks on iTunes from software programs.

Schultz stated that, Apple’s then CEO, Steve jobs, had already predicted the growing threat of DRMs and wanted to drop copy protection on the music, which iTunes sold. In 2007 Jobs wrote an open letter where he acknowledged the difficulty of staying ahead of software developed against DRMs.

Jobs wrote, “The problem, of course, is that there are many smart people in the world, some with a lot of time on their hands, who love to discover such secrets and publish a way for everyone to get free (and stolen) music.”

The music label, EMI had earlier struck a deal with Apple to set its music DRM free on iTunes. Even though Apple added the other music labels to that policy, Schultz believes that it wasn’t too keen doing business in that manner.

Schutlz said,” The truth was that with the power of its DRM, Apple was locking the majority of music downloads to its devices. The music industry didn’t go DRM-free because they hated DRM; they went DRM free because they were fearful of the leverage Apple was gaining with their iTunes + FairPlay + iPod combination.”

Given a choice between piracy and Apple’s dominance, the music industry chose deal with the former.

Under U.S. federal law if Apple is found guilty, then it could face a penalty of $ 1billion.
This fall rained with phablets, and Google and Samsung spoiled their fans with their newest devices. The Nexus 6 was created by Google in partnership with Motorola, so it has some visual influences from the Moto X device. The Note 4 is the fourth generation Note, so it’s very similar to its predecessor in terms of design, but it’s fast like a beast.

Designs

The Nexus is Google’s first larger smartphone, being a surprise for most of the fans that were used to the previous phone that had a simple appearance, a flat plastic back with the rear camera placed in the upper left. The Nexus 5 was made by LG and Google decided to give Motorola a try, thus Nexus 6 came to life. It’s the larger variant of the Moto X, featuring a soft-touch rear panel, with sturdy metal surrounding it and has the display “strangled” by a narrow bezel. The body is protected against water, but Google didn’t obtain any certification for that. The Nexus 6 isn’t very thin or narrow, measuring 159.3x83x10.1mm and its weight is 184grams.

The Note 4 looks almost like the Note 3, but it removed the stitching from the edges, and the back has a tackier feel. The silver frame makes the phone look premium and you’ll notice that is relatively thinner compared to the Nexus 6, measuring 8.5mm, but it’s also shorter at 153.5mm, narrower at 78.6mm and 8grams lighter. It has an improved S pen stylus and a fingerprint sensor inside the home button. But it lacks any protection against water or dust.

Displays

Both phones have screens that support the same resolution (1440 x 2560 pixels), but because the Nexus 6 has a bigger display, which is AMOLED sized at 5.96inch, the pixel density is a bit lower at 493ppi, while the Note 4, with its AMOLED screen sized at 5.7inches, supports 515ppi. Samsung has problems with most of its smartphones because its screens had a high contrast and the colors looked oversaturated and the company tried to fix this issue on the Note 4.

Processors and Memories

The Nexus 6 and one of the two variants of the Note 4 have identical hardware components, as both are powered by a Krait 450 processor with four cores, clocked at 2.7GHz, which sits on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 with an Adreno 450 GPU and 3Gb of RAM, and both models have 32GB of storage, but only the Note 4 allows you to expand its capacity up to 128GB. The Nexus 6 has another variant of 64GB, also nonexpendable. As we were saying, the Note 4 has another variant of processor which is available only in some parts of the world, and it’s powered by Samsung’s Exynos 5433 octa core CPU, consisting of two quad core processors: 1.3GHz Cortex-A53 and 1.9GHz Cortex-A57. However, the Nexus 6 comes with Google’s latest Android version, 5.0 (Lollipop), while the Note has the previous version, but it’s skinned by the TouchWiz UI layer.

Cameras

The Nexus 6 features a 13MP rear camera with back-illuminated sensor, optical image stabilization, 4K video recording, an f/2.0 aperture and dual-LED flash and the front camera is 2MP. The Note 4 jumped to a 16MP ISOCELL BSI sensor with an improved f/2.2 aperture, it has optical image stabilization, 4K video capture and the secondary camera has a resolution of 3.7MP.

Batteries

Both batteries have the same capacity: 3220 mAh, but Nexus 6 has a non-removable battery with 24 hours of talking, while the Note 4, with its user replaceable battery, supports 4 hours less.
Sony Pictures has contacted some US news outlets in an attempt to limit the damage caused by the hacking of its internal computer system last month.

The studio, its letter informed them, "does not consent to your possession... dissemination, publication... or making any use of the stolen information".

Script details, salary data and private email correspondence have been leaked in the wake of the huge cyber attack.
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A group calling itself Guardians of Peace has claimed responsibility.

It is believed that the attack was triggered by Sony's new film The Interview, a comedy that features a plot to assassinate North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un.

North Korea has denied being involved in the attack, but has described it as a "righteous deed" that may have been carried out by its "supporters and sympathisers".

Variety, the New York Times and the Hollywood Reporter are among the publications understood to have been contacted by Sony's legal team.

A New York Times spokeswoman said its coverage would "take into account both the significance of the news and the questions of how the information emerged".
Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio Emails involving Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio have been made public

Some of the emails released have contained embarrassing exchanges about some of Hollywood's biggest stars, among them Angelina Jolie and Leonardo DiCaprio.

The producers of the new James Bond film Spectre have also confirmed that an early version of its script was stolen and "illegally made public by hackers".

George Clooney is the latest movie star to have had his personal emails disseminated, revealing he was personally stung by the critical reaction to his recent film The Monuments Men.

"I fear I've let you all down," the actor and director wrote in an exchange with Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal.

The revelation that Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Adams were paid less than their male co-stars in American Hustle has also been widely reported.

Screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is among those to have criticised the media's apparent complicity with the hackers, accusing it of being "morally treasonous".

According to Variety's Andrew Wallenstein, however, publishing the stolen data is "problematic but necessary" because it "is in the public domain" and "unavoidable".
As the federal health insurance marketplace in Maine enters its second year of enrollment for individuals and businesses, many small businesses are still on the fence about whether the Affordable Care Act will help or hinder Maine's small group health insurance market.

That's the impression Dr. Wendy Wolf came away with after moderating three ACA small business forums this fall — in Lewiston, Portland and Bangor — which were sponsored by several chambers of commerce, the U.S. Small Business Administration, the National Federation of Independent Businesses, Bangor Savings Bank, the Maine Association of Nonprofits and Mainebiz. Wolf is president and CEO of the Augusta-based Maine Health Access Foundation, whose mission is to promote access to affordable, high-quality care, particularly for those who are uninsured.

She also runs a nonprofit, so she's not immune to the challenges of providing affordable health insurance to employees.

"Of all the groups affected by the Affordable Care Act, small business owners are the ones who are struggling the most," she says. "The ACA is one of the largest tax reform laws passed in recent history. It has a lot of implications for businesses. For a small business owner looking at the changing landscape of health care and all that's going on with the ACA, it's an incredibly confusing time."

Open enrollment for 2015 began Nov. 15 and will run through Feb. 15. That is putting health insurance decisions back on the front burner for businesses and individuals considering their options in Maine's federally run marketplace. In its first year, Maine's marketplace had more than 44,000 individuals sign up for coverage during the six-month enrollment period that ended on March 31 — double the federal government's 22,000 first-year enrollment goal for the state and roughly 36% of the 135,000 Maine residents who were uninsured before Maine's federally run marketplace opened.

Maine's early enrollment numbers for 2015 weren't available in early December, but the regional office of the federal Department of Health and Human Services reports that, nationally, 765,135 people enrolled during the first two weeks of the ACA's second-year enrollment period, with 49% being new consumers.
Options for small businesses

Wolf says the ACA forums were tailored to small businesses, a group largely overlooked in the marketplace's first year, when the Obama administration delayed until 2016 the "pay or play" provisions for companies with 50 to 99 full-time-equivalent employees (defined under the ACA as working 30 hours or more a week, averaged over a month) to give them more time to prepare for the mandates. Businesses with fewer than 50 FTEs, the vast majority of employers in Maine, aren't required to offer health insurance.

The ACA has created new opportunities for small businesses, she says, especially those that fall under the 50-FTE threshold. For example, a Maine employer with fewer than 25 FTEs can qualify for a small business tax credit of up to 50% (up to 35% for nonprofit employers) to help offset the cost of insurance purchased through SHOP, a new federal program available online for Maine businesses with up to 50 FTEs (starting in 2016, it will be expanded to include employers with up to 100 FTEs).

To qualify, employers must pay average annual wages of less than $50,800 and must contribute at least 50% to its employees' health plan. Employers can deduct premium costs not covered by the tax credit on their taxes, but only for plans purchased through SHOP.

Mitchell Stein, an independent health policy consultant who participated in the small business forums moderated by Wolf this fall, says the ACA also removes a hindrance that many small businesses faced when their company plans didn't meet their insurers' minimum participation requirements. Now, he says, those employers can sign up for a SHOP health plans during the open enrollment period.

On the other hand, with only one plan being available through SHOP this year — more options won't be available until the 2016 enrollment period — Stein says he's not seeing a lot of interest from Maine companies. "The only thing driving people to the SHOP website is the availability of the tax credits if they're less than 25 full-time employees," he says.

Stein and Wolf say smaller companies that aren't required to offer health insurance under the ACA — but were already offering it because they felt it was the right thing to do for their workers, or had wanted to do so but always felt they couldn't afford it — have a new option, thanks to the ACA.

"Let's say I'm the owner of a hypothetical company of 25, I've reviewed all the information my broker has provided me and I realize, 'Wow, I don't see how I can keep offering insurance,'" Wolf says. "I could choose not to offer insurance and encourage my employees to use the marketplace. I could tell my people that I'm going to give them a raise instead, or give them money to help them purchase a plan on their own. I could tell them, 'You might even get a better deal on the marketplace,' where, depending on family income, they might qualify for financial help that will lower their premiums and out-of-pocket costs."

One caveat in that scenario: The employer can't use pre-tax dollars to help employees buy insurance on the marketplace. Even so, Wolf notes that 90% of Maine's individual enrollees qualified for tax credits to offset the costs of their monthly premiums and reduce their out-of-pocket costs in the marketplace's first year — making it an option worth exploring for many smaller companies.

Other pluses that she sees in the ACA include no-cost preventive care and the cap on out-of-pocket expenses in any single plan year, so long as they're incurred through in-network providers and services ($6,350 for individuals, $12,700 for families).
Navigating the marketplace

Wolf also acknowledges the ACA has introduced new provisions allowing insurers to calculate plan rates using each employee's age, gender and smoking status — a change that's likely to benefit companies with a young workforce of non-smokers, but might cause premiums to escalate for companies with older employees. Likewise, its goal of improving quality and controlling health care costs, while laudable, might encourage insurers to craft narrow network health plans — which is what Anthem did last year in southern Maine. Wolf says small businesses and their covered employees should be mindful, then, that unexpected charges can appear on bills for any care or service performed by out-of-network providers under some marketplace policies.

"I'm a doctor, I work in this sector day in and day out — and yet, when I have to look at these questions in terms of my business, these are hard decisions," she says. "Some of them are going to be uncomfortable decisions. Most people don't have the time, or the expertise, to think through all of the complexities that are involved."

Wolf encourages small businesses to seek help from trusted employee benefit advisers, including insurance brokers and tax consultants.

Step 2, she says, is making sure the insurance broker is certified to provide information about the ACA marketplace. If the company's broker isn't certified, she says, it's OK to get their advice, but get a second opinion from a marketplace-certified broker. It's not a given that a non-certified broker will be completely knowledgeable about the ACA's regulations and requirements for small businesses, she says.

Wolf also says it's important for owners and CEOs to ask brokers to provide information on every plan that's available to their business.

"Your broker is not under any obligation to show everything that's out there," she says, explaining that the advantage of seeing all options is that it will help when the owner or CEO sits down with employees. "As a small business CEO myself, I want my employees to see all that's out there. It helps when we talk about the difficulty of the decision to arrive at a reasonable health insurance plan at a premium that's affordable," she says.

The ACA requires marketplaces to establish a Navigator program to help consumers understand their coverage options and find the most affordable coverage that meets their health care needs. In Maine, that outreach is being done by Western Maine Community Action and the Fishing Partnership Health Plan, a Massachusetts organization that's partnering with the Maine Lobstermen's Association to help fishermen obtain insurance.

David Cousens, a Thomaston fisherman who's president of the Maine Lobstermen's Association, says he got affordable health insurance through Maine's ACA marketplace with the help of navigator April Gilmore McNutt. "My costs went down," he says. "I have three sons [ages 31, 28 and 21] who are lobstermen and didn't have their own insurance. I told them, 'Your business is at risk if you don't have health insurance.' I was really adamant. I really didn't take 'No' for an answer. Now my three sons have health insurance and it's affordable."

Out of the association's 1,200 members, Cousens says it was largely the older fishermen who signed up for health insurance through the marketplace last year. He expects more of the younger fishermen will sign up during the current enrollment period — largely, he says, because they've heard word-of-mouth stories about insured fishermen who got the care they needed through their insurance at affordable out-of-pocket prices.

"Lobstermen are notoriously underinsured," he says. "They're skeptical about everything. Change is always difficult, but I think more will do it this year because they're hearing the success stories that are out there."
  •     The correlation between crude and stocks.
  •     The oil crash reverberates through the markets.
  •     Big debt issues could weigh on stocks.
  •     Europe is a problem, and there are more.
  •     An ugly finish for 2014.

The US equity markets have made a series of new highs in 2014. It has been a good year for the stock market. The US economy has been growing, the dollar has been strong and corporate profits have soared. However, there are many signals out there pointing to real dangers for equity investors.

The correlation between crude and stocks

Crude oil is telling us that US equity prices must correct lower.

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The recent and continuing move in crude oil could be screaming that the stock market needs a correction. We are now trading at the widest level in the DJIA-crude oil spread since 2004, in more than a decade. The move in crude has been fast, and it has been ugly. Crude oil began to fall in June. After OPEC decided not to cut production at the end of November, oil picked up steam on the downside. Stocks shrugged off the move in crude initially. This past Friday, December 12, the slide in crude finally got equity investors nervous. The Dow Jones Industrial Average closed down 315.51 points at 17,280.83. The Nasdaq was off 54.56 at 4,653.60, and the S&P 500 shed 33 points to close at 2,002.33. Perhaps they have finally realized that lower crude oil may weigh heavily on equity prices. In any case, this chart is telling us that either equities are too high or crude oil has fallen too far.

The oil crash reverberates through the markets

Crude oil is not only an important, but maybe the most important, commodity that trades. Crude oil is also a political tool, and movement in oil price ripples through the global economy like a tremor. When crude oil moves as it has recently, the result can be an earthquake.

There are many conflicting issues when it comes to lower oil prices. Consumers benefit. Both individuals who use energy and corporations that are consumers save money when prices move lower. However, the oil sector, including exploration and production, oil services, refining, transportation and marketing, will suffer to differing degrees. A large percentage of US equity markets represent companies involved in the oil business. The Energy Select Sector SPDR ETF (NYSEARCA:XLE), has moved from $101.52 on June 23 to close Friday at $74.02, a decrease of more than 27%. Meanwhile, crude oil has moved down by 46% over the same period.

The move in crude will help consuming countries like China and other Asian nations, while hurting oil producers like Russia and others. Historically, there is a positive correlation between US equity prices and the price of oil. The recent move in crude price has been so vicious that the equity markets have not had a chance to process all of the effects.

Big debt issues could weigh on the market

The US banking system has lent a lot of money to the oil sector. One of the reasons that crude oil has tanked is increased US production. A lot of the US domestic oil production is high-cost, particularly when compared with traditional oil producers like Saudi Arabia. Over recent years, US oil producers have grown rapidly. Financing oil production is not cheap. US banks have provided billions to finance projects. While I assume hedges are in place for many of those projects through the oil futures and derivative markets, a lower crude price presents questions as to the future viability of some US production. As the crude oil price moves lower, the potential for defaults and bankruptcies in the oil patch grow. This factor could weigh heavily on equity markets. Lower crude prices are a blessing and a curse at the same time. Equity prices may also be teetering because of events in Europe.

Europe is a problem, and it is not the only one...

The European economy is weak. The ECB has been scrambling to put together its own brand of quantitative easing. Southern European members of the EC continue to deteriorate economically. Greece is on the verge of default. In an attempt to jumpstart the economy, artificially low interest rates on sovereign debt have created a problem. The return on European debt does not justify the risk. Fitch downgraded French debt on December 12.

Compounding European economic issues are sanctions on Russia, a traditional trading partner for the continent. The stronger northern European countries are suffering from both the Russian situation and contagion because of the dire state of southern European economies. Meanwhile, US banks and financial institutions have a great deal of exposure to Europe. A deteriorating economic condition in Europe is bound to affect the US markets. Sluggish growth in China has ratcheted up global economic risk on top of everything.

Add to that continuing violence in the Middle East, where the allies and US are fighting a war in Syria and Iraq, and tension in Ukraine, where pro-Russian forces supported by the Russian government are fighting the government.

An ugly finish for 2014

Generally, as the year ends, equity markets set up for a Santa Claus rally. Fund managers with large equity positions tend to do some buying in order to ensure positive results for their investors and themselves. This year could be very different.

With two weeks to go in 2014, a confluence of events could send equity prices reeling. Lower oil prices are a negative. Europe is an economic disaster, and the Chinese economy is weak. The old saying goes: When China catches a cold, the rest of the world gets a fever. Commodity prices are signaling deflation since summer. The dollar is strong, and suddenly US bonds are looking very attractive to investors worried about increasing risk. The VIX has been rallying, closing Friday at the highest level since October.

Oil is signaling that equity prices will go lower. Other factors are screaming that we could be in for a very ugly end to 2014 in the equity markets. Watch out below...
The humiliating scandal surrounding Korean Air heiress Cho Hyun-ah seemed to subside somewhat on Friday after she delivered a public apology to express her remorse for her outrageous behavior onboard an Incheon-bound flight, but two separate revelations over the weekend could have her facing a possible arrest warrant by the prosecution.

The 40-year-old daughter of the chairman and CEO of Hanjin Group, which owns Korean Air Lines (KAL), came under fire for the incident, in which she delayed the flight after throwing a fit over the way the macadamia nuts were served in first class.

According to a witness and the head of the cabin service, Cho was violent toward a flight attendant during her in-flight rage, during which she ordered the plane back to a gate at New York’s JFK airport to eject the cabin manager.

“Cho has no authority over the plane’s operation; having the flight return to the airport right before take-off is a grave crime,” said an official with the Seoul West District Prosecutors’ Office. “If claims by the flight attendants that they were verbally and physically abused [by Cho] turn out to be true, the offense would become even more grievous.”

The official added that the rule for issuing an arrest warrant is typically applied to such “in-flight rampages,” noting it is still necessary to verify whether the plane’s return was forced by Cho.

An exclusive report on Sunday by the economic daily Money Today intensified the situation when it stated that Cho had told investigators from the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport on Friday that she drank a couple of glasses of wine on Dec. 5, before boarding the flight to Incheon.

Cho has been a target for outrage and mockery since.

On Sunday morning, in an effort to atone and personally apologize to the junior flight attendant and the cabin manager, Cho visited their residences, leaving behind a memo in their door frames after neither came to the door, according to Korean Air’s public relations team.

Two days before, just hours after Cho made her public apology, the Korean Broadcasting System (KBS), a state-run broadcaster, ran an exclusive interview with Park Chang-jin, the head of cabin service.

In the interview, he stated that Cho had used offensive language against him and that she used the corner of the service manual to jab the back side of his hand several times. KBS then zoomed in on a reddened mark on the back of his left hand.

The 44-year-old also claimed that Cho “insulted” him and the female flight attendant by having both of them kneel down in the first class cabin. Cho then pointed fingers at them, forcing them to back up all the way down by the cockpit entrance.

“No one could ever imagine the humiliation and shame [I felt that day] without experiencing it themselves,” Park said.

Since the case went viral, at least five or six KAL employees have been knocking on his door “almost every single day” to “force me to provide false statements [to investigating authorities],” he said.

He also claimed they attempted to coerce him into saying that Cho became angry over the fact that he was not fully aware of the service manual, but that she hadn’t used profane language. The employees also told Park to say that he disembarked from the plane on his own accord.

However, he had earlier given mixed testimonies.

During questioning by prosecutors on Thursday he kept his story pretty much the same, though he told officials from the Transport Ministry that there had been no physical abuse.

The ministry said on Sunday that it would summon him for additional questioning on Monday.

A substantial part of Park’s story coincides with what a 32-year-old witness, who sat in front of Cho that day, told journalists on Saturday after being summoned by the Western District Prosecutors’ Office.

The passenger, also surnamed Park, said that Cho “yelled” at the flight attendant and “shoved” her shoulders.

“Her voice was so loud that other passengers sitting at different sections peeked through the curtain” to see what the commotion was all about, she said.

“When the flight attendant was on her knees flipping through the manual, Cho held her up and pushed her with one hand, all the way to the boarding gate, which was almost three meters away.”

Cho then rolled up the manual and “threw it at the flight attendant,” and later told her to get off the plane, said Park, adding that Cho then looked at the cabinet manager and told him, “It’s your fault because you’re the person in charge, so you should get off the plane.”

When asked if Cho also abused the cabin manager either physically or verbally, Park said she had not witnessed any, but added that a KAL board member had personally called her to “offer what they call an apology.”

The board member reportedly told Park that the company would send her a model airplane and a calendar to apologize for inconveniencing her 14-hour flight, and added that “if the media ever calls you for an interview, say that you’ve decently accepted their apology.”

BY LEE SUNG-EUN, SEO JI-EUN [selee@joongang.co.kr]
President Obama's healthcare reform push faces the biggest test of its second year in existence Monday, the deadline for customers to choose an insurance plan for 2015.

Midnight Pacific time is also the deadline for current enrollees to make changes that could reduce premium increases ahead of the new year.

HealthCare.gov and state insurance websites are preparing for heavy online traffic before the deadline, which gives consumers in the East until 3 a.m. Tuesday to enroll.

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Wait times at the federal call center started creeping up around the middle of last week, mainly due to a surge of current customers with questions about their coverage for next year. Many will face higher premiums, although they could ease the hit by shopping online for a better deal. Counselors reported hold times of 20 minutes or longer for the telephone help line.

About 6.7 million people now have coverage through Obama's signature law, which offers subsidized private insurance. The administration wants to increase that to 9.1 million in 2015. To do that, the program will have to keep most of its current enrollees while signing up more than 2 million new paying customers.

People no longer can be turned down because of health problems, but picking insurance still is daunting for many consumers. They also have to navigate the process of applying for or updating federal subsidies, which can be complex for certain people, including immigrants. Many returning customers are contending with premium increases generally in the mid-to-high single digits, but much more in some cases.

Consumers "understand it's complicated but they appreciate the ability to get health insurance," said Elizabeth Colvin of Foundation Communities, an Austin, Texas, nonprofit that is helping sign up low-income residents. "People who haven't gone through the process don't understand how complicated it is."

Last year's open enrollment season turned into a race to salvage the reputation of the White House by fixing numerous technical bugs that crippled HealthCare.gov from its first day. With the website now working fairly well, sign-up season this year is a test of whether the program itself is practical for the people it is intended to serve.

New wrinkles have kept popping up, even with seemingly simple features of the Affordable Care Act.

For example, most current customers who do nothing will be automatically renewed Jan. 1 in the plan they now are in. At this point, it looks like that is what a majority intends to do.

While that may sound straightforward, it's not.

By staying in their current plans, people can get locked into a premium increase and miss out on lower-priced plans for 2015.  Not only that, they also will keep their 2014 subsidies, which may be less than what they legally would be entitled to for next year.

Doing nothing appears to be a particularly bad idea for people who turned 21 this year, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, a Washington group that advocates for low-income people.

Researchers at the center estimate that 21-year-olds will see a 58 percent increase in the sticker price for their premiums just because they're a year older. An age-adjustment factor used to compute premiums jumps substantially when a person turns 21. A 20-year-old whose premium was $130 per month in 2014 will see the premium climb to $205 a month in 2015, solely because of that year's difference.

Tax-credit subsidies can cancel out much or even all of the impact. But if consumers default to automatic renewal, their tax credits will not be updated and they will get the same subsidy as this year.

"Even in the best possible scenario of how many people we can expect to come in, we will still see a substantial number of people defaulting," said Judy Solomon, a health care policy expert at the center. She worries that some young adults may get discouraged and drop out.

Reviews of HealthCare.gov and state health insurance exchanges are mixed.

An Associated Press-GfK poll this month found that 11 percent of Americans said they or someone else in their household tried to sign up since open enrollment began Nov. 15. Overall, 9 percent said the insurance markets are working extremely well or very well. Twenty-six percent said the exchanges are working somewhat well, and 39 percent said they were not working well. The remaining 24 percent said they didn't know enough to rate performance.

So far it has been a frustrating experience for Marie Bagot, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She and her husband are in their 60s, but not yet old enough for Medicare. The husband, who works as a chef, will turn 65 around the middle of next year and qualify for Medicare. Bagot said they were happy with their insurance this year under Obama's law.

"As you get older, you worry about your health," she said. "I was very pleased with the price we got."

But Bagot said she received a notice from her insurer that her current plan will not be available next year in her community. The closest alternative would involve a premium increase of more than $350 a month, even with their tax credit subsidy. After days of trying to find a comparable plan through the federal call center and after visiting a counselor, Bagot said she opted to keep their current coverage, while hoping costs go down after her husband joins Medicare.

"I cannot afford it, but I'm going to try to," she said.

Monday is not the last chance for consumers like Bagot. Open enrollment doesn't end until Feb. 15.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Abu Dhabi’s stock index became the sixth in the region to enter a bear market amid plunging oil, after a member of OPEC said the group will stand by its decision not to cut crude output even if prices fall to $40 a barrel.

The emirate’s ADX General Index fell 0.7 percent to 4,180.76 at the close, a 20 percent decline from a peak in May. National Bank of Abu Dhabi dropped 4.8 percent to the lowest in more than a year. The stock was the biggest drag on the sheikhdom’s index, followed by real-estate developer Aldar Properties PJSC, which sank to the lowest since September 2013. Qatar’s QE Index (DSM) slumped into a bear market yesterday after it plunged the most since 2009.


Shares in Abu Dhabi also followed gauges in Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Kuwait, and Oman into a bear market as Brent crude heads for its worst year since 2008. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will wait at least three months before considering an emergency meeting, Suhail Al-Mazrouei, the United Arab Emirates’ energy minister, said yesterday.

“Oil prices haven’t bottomed out and until investors see some stability, markets in the region will probably continue to decline,” Muhammad Shabbir, head of equities at Rasmala Investment Bank Ltd. in Dubai, said by telephone yesterday. “Some people say oil prices will fall to as low as $40 a barrel, so we still have some way to go.”
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Brent crude slumped to $61.85 a barrel last week after OPEC cut its forecast for demand in 2015 to the weakest level in 12 years. Governments in the Gulf Cooperation Council, which holds a third of the world’s proven oil reserves, need crude to average about $80 a barrel to balance their budgets, according to International Monetary Fund estimates.

Abu Dhabi holds about 6 percent of the world’s proven crude reserves. Oil accounted for more than half of the emirate’s $193 billion economy last year, according to the latest government data.

The stock gauge’s 14-day relative strength index declined to 16.3, the lowest in three years. A level below 30 indicates to some investors that a security is oversold. The measure is trading below its 50-, 100- and 200-day moving averages, according to Bloomberg data.
Qatar Rebound

Some GCC gauges rallied as oil advanced 1.1 percent to $62.50 a barrel. Qatar’s index rose 3.1 percent, the most since July 1, making it the region’s biggest gainer. Kuwait’s SE Price Index climbed 0.4 percent and Dubai’s DFM General Index increased 0.1 percent. Saudi Arabia’s Tadawul All Share Index added 0.3 percent at 1:55 p.m. in Riyadh.

The United Arab Emirates’ sovereign wealth fund, similar to those in Kuwait, Saudi Arabia and Qatar “can cover multiple years’ worth of government expenditures,” Moody’s Investors Service said in an e-mailed report last week.

Still, the cost of insuring Abu Dhabi’s debt against default for five years rose 14 basis points last week to 72.5 basis points, the highest since September 2013, according to data provider CMA.

“Oil is a major source of revenue for government budgets in the region,” Tariq Qaqish, fund manager at Al Mal Capital PSC, said by phone from Dubai yesterday. “Lower oil prices mean lower spending. Lower spending means less economic growth.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Dana El Baltaji in Dubai at delbaltaji@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Samuel Potter at spotter33@bloomberg.net Claudia Maedler


For the past 10 years or so, Australian governments - and the public - have kidded themselves that they could have it both ways. They could join US-led adventures in Afghanistan and Iraq, earning themselves kudos with Western allies. And they could feel more or less safe from any kind of terrorist backlash, convinced that Australia was too small and too distant to become a target.

Sure, there were bombs in Bali and elsewhere which claimed Australian lives - far too many lives. But those were targeted at Westerners generally, not specifically at Australians. As for an attack on Australian soil, the last one was a car bomb at the Turkish consulate in Melbourne in 1986, which killed only the bomber.

A hostage runs to armed tactical response police officers for safety after she escaped from a cafe under siege at Martin Place in the central business district of Sydney, Australia, Monday, Dec. 15, 2014. New South Wales state police would not say what was happening inside the cafe or whether hostages were being held. But television footage shot through the cafe's windows showed several people with their arms in the air. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

Now, here in Australia, that sense of invulnerability has been shattered. Even the innocuous act of fetching a takeaway coffee seems fraught with danger now, as office workers who popped into the Lindt Cafe in central Sydney just before the start of an armed siege later testified, white-faced, for the TV cameras.

Only a few months ago, as he rushed to commit Australian troops to a US-led military operation against Islamic State, or Isis, in Iraq, Prime Minister Tony Abbott denied that it would make the country more of a terrorism target.
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Sydney siege: Timeline of events as they have unfolded at Lindt cafe

Nonetheless, there have been ominous rumblings for some time. The terrorism threat alert was raised from medium to high in September, signalling that an attack was “likely”. Security agencies have been warning about the risk posed by Australians heading off to fight with Isis in Iraq and Syria, then returning home, radicalised and dangerous.

New laws have made it illegal to travel to such war zones without “legitimate reason”. (There are believed to be about 150 Australians fighting with Isis and other militant Islamist groups in the Middle East, with about 20 having returned home.)

Other laws passed in recent months have given police and security forces expanded powers to arrest and detain suspects, as well as permitting them to secretly seize passports and search properties without advance warning.

Meanwhile, tensions have been rising as a result of incidents such as the fatal shooting in Melbourne in September of a teenager who stabbed two police officers outside a suburban station.

A week before that, police launched mass anti-terrorism raids in Sydney and Melbourne, which they claimed had foiled a plot to seize a member of the public in Martin Place, behead them and post the video on the internet.

That seemed particularly chilling today, given that Martin Place - a wide pedestrian thoroughfare at the heart of Sydney’s financial and shopping districts - was where the siege was unfolding.

In Martin Place, the sense of shock and disbelief was palpable among the 200 or so locals and tourists who mingled with TV crews outside the police cordon, eyes fixed on the brown umbrellas shading the tables outside the Lindt Cafe. “I can’t believe this is all going on just down the street, right in the middle of Sydney,” said one young woman, summing up the general mood.
  1. Under a new UN deal on climate change agreed to in Peru, every single country has agreed to submit a plan next year for limiting the growth of their greenhouse-gas emissions.
  2. That's a first. Past climate deals only targeted the emissions of wealthier nations and exempted fast-growing countries like China and India.
  3. But there are huge caveats. The plans will be entirely voluntary — countries can promise to cut as much or as little as they want. And there's no rigorous outside review. (The US wanted one, but this was opposed by China.)
  4. Experts also warn this deal isn't enough to prevent significant global warming: the world is still on pace for temperature increases of 3°C (5.4°F) or more by 2100. And there's sharp disagreement about how to deal with the consequences of that — particularly for poor countries.

What the new UN climate deal does (and doesn't do)

Lima Climate Action High Level Session, taken December 11, 2014. (Ministerio del Ambiente/Flickr)
Lima Climate Action High Level Session, taken December 11, 2014. (Ministerio del Ambiente/Flickr)
At this year's UN climate conference in Lima, Peru, representatives from 196 countries agreed to a deal (pdf) that could eventually commit every nation to slow the growth of its greenhouse-gas emissions.
The US, China, and Europe have already vowed to limit emissions
Over the next six months, each nation will be required to submit a plan for how it will constrain future emissions. These plans will form the basis of a major new climate agreement to be negotiated in Paris at the end of 2015 and take effect by 2020.
The actual content of each country's plan on emissions is entirely voluntary. In principle, countries are supposed to pledge to do more than they've already been doing. But there are no rules about how sharp the cuts should be or timeframe or anything like that. (See items #10 and #14 here.) Some governments have already put forward promises:
  • The Obama administration has pledged that US greenhouse-gas emissions will be 26 to 28 percent lower in 2025 than they were in 2005.
  • The European Union plans to reduce its emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.
  • China also intends to stop its emissions from rising past 2030 or so — and plans to ramp up its share of renewable energy.
You'll notice that not all pledges are equal. This is intentional. As part of a US-China deal struck before this conference, the United States agreed to cut its emissions immediately, whereas China's emissions wouldn't peak until 2030. The logic here was that China is poorer and should get more leeway to grow.
That principle was enshrined in this latest UN deal, which notes that national pledges should take into account "different national circumstances." A country like India — where 400 million people still lack electricity — shouldn't have to cut as deeply as Germany. Countries are merely encouraged to explain how their pledges are both "fair" and "ambitious."
Even so, this new accord is a conceptual break from the past. The last climate treaty, the 1997 Kyoto Protocol, required only wealthy nations to cut emissions. Developing countries like China and India were exempt. There was some logic to that at the time. But nowadays, developing countries make up the majority of global carbon emissions — and excluding them doesn't make sense:
Annex B vs Non Annex B
So this new deal will take a different approach. Each and every country will have to pitch in to reduce emissions, although it's up to them to determine how much.

The Lima deal still has a lot of question marks

The coal fueled Fiddlers Ferry power station emits vapour into the night sky on November 16, 2009 in Warrington, United Kingdom. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
The coal fueled Fiddlers Ferry power station emits vapour into the night sky on November 16, 2009 in Warrington, United Kingdom. (Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
There's still a lot that is very hazy about this climate agreement. For one, these national pledges are unlikely to prove legally binding in any way. That's something that Europe has been pushing for, but is opposed by both China and the US (since there's no way Congress will ratify a formal treaty).
China opposed a rigorous outside review of countries' climate plans
What's more, during the Lima conference, the United States tried to insist on a rigorous outside review of all national plans after they were submitted. But this was strongly opposed by countries like China.
Instead, the final deal simply says that countries "may include" detailed information on how and when they intend to cut emissions. (Or they may not.) There will be no formal assessment of each country's plans. The only thing that will happen is that, in November 2015, the UN will tally up all the different national pledges and estimate how they stack up to the broader goal of preventing more than 2°C of global warming. But there's very little monitoring and verification of individual countries' actions.
The Lima agreement also encourages all countries to come up with ways to help poorer nations adapt to the impacts of global warming, like sea-level rise or droughts. The US and Europe have long opposed any provisions that would require wealthier nations to compensate poorer countries for "loss and damages" caused by global warming (say, low-lying islands that vanish under the rising seas). This will continue to be a point of contention in future talks.
In the meantime, wealthier nations have pledged to provide (voluntary) climate aid. Under a separate deal, nations agreed to raise $100 billion per year from public and private sources to help poorer countries adapt and adjust to a hotter planet. It's still unclear where this money will come from, however.

The deal isn't enough to avoid significant global warming

failing at two-degree goal
Back in 2009, the world's leaders agreed on how to define "dangerous" global warming. Basically, they said, we shouldn't let global average temperatures rise more than 2°C (or 3.6°F) above pre-industrial levels. Otherwise, the risks from rising temperatures, extreme weather, and sea-level rise would be too great. (Here's a more in-depth look at the 2°C target.)
'We're still on a course leading to tragedy'
Right now, however, the world is on pace to blow past that 2°C limit. And it seems unlikely that this Lima goal will get us under. One recent analysis by MIT researchers looked at what was realistic to expect from countries in terms of emissions pledges. (This was based on "national communications, discussions with observers of conditions in various countries, and — by necessity — a good deal of guesswork.") Their conclusion? The 2015 pledges would fall well short of the cuts needed to stay below 2°C of global warming.
At the conference in Lima, Secretary of State John Kerry put it bluntly in a speech: "We’re still on a course leading to tragedy."
Other onlookers have been somewhat more sanguine. Even if the latest talks won't be enough to meet that 2°C goal, they note, building forward momentum on climate action is worthwhile in its own right. Over at Dot Earth, Andrew Revkin has made the case that this newer, "softer" approach to climate negotiations may prove more effective than previous approaches that tried to impose hard emissions limits on countries.
And in an August essay, Michael Liebreich, head of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, noted that conditions are more favorable for climate action than they have been in the past. Many low-carbon energy sources — like wind, solar, and electric cars — are advancing faster than expected. (Others, however, like nuclear power and carbon capture for coal plants, have stalled out.) Clean-energy financing has grown to more than $250 billion per year. A climate deal could, at the very least, help nudge those trends forward.
Ultimately, however, slowing down global warming will require a massive shift in how the world uses energy — requiring huge changes in how we fuel our cars, power our homes, heat our buildings. At best, this deal is only a very modest step in that direction.

Further reading

How to stop global warming, in 7 steps.
Here's what the world would look like if we took global warming seriously.
Past UN climate talks have failed. Will this one be any different?
graphical look at the deep divisions between rich and poor countries on climate change.
Sydney, Australia was gripped with terror Monday when police responded to a reported hostage-taking siege at a cafe in the central business district.

Television and still images from the scene showed several people inside the cafe holding their hands up in the air, pressed against windows, with a visible black flag bearing what appeared to be Arabic script.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott said in a statement that local and federal police were responding to the "reported hostage-taking incident in Martin Place in Sydney.''

He called it "obviously a deeply concerning incident'' and said the national security committee of his cabinet was meeting on the situation.

There were multiple reports that hostages were being held inside the Lindt Cafe in the city's central business district.

The Daily Telegraph newspaper of Sydney and Sky News reported it was believed there were 13 hostages being held in the cafe. Sky News reported there was at least one armed man holding the hostage and perhaps more.

Photographs posted on social media showed people within the cafe standing at a window and holding a black flag with Arabic writing.

The Sydney Operate House was evacuated as well, media reports said.

New South Wales state police would not say what was happening inside the Lindt Chocolat Cafe or whether hostages were being held. But television footage shot through the cafe's windows showed several people with their arms in the air and hands pressed against the glass.

The footage showed two people inside the cafe holding up what appeared to be a black flag with white Arabic writing on it. It was not immediately clear what the flag said.

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A police spokeswoman said no injuries had been reported from the incident.

The cafe is located in the heart of the city's financial and shopping district. Streets in the area were closed and officials were asking the public to stay away. Heavily armed officers were lined up outside the cafe.

Contributing: Associated Press
It was a house call no physician would relish. On Dec. 14, 1799, three doctors were summonsed to Mount Vernon in Fairfax County, Virginia to attend to a critically ill, 67-year-old man who happened to be known as “the father of our country.”

On the afternoon of Dec. 13, less than 20 months into his post-presidency retirement, George Washington complained about a cough, a runny nose and a distinct hoarseness of voice. He had spent most of the day on horseback in the frigid rain, snow and hail, supervising activities on his estate. Late for dinner and proud of his punctuality, Washington remained in his damp clothes throughout the meal.
"Death of Washington, Dec. 14. A.D. 1799" by N. Currier, from the Library of Congress
"George Washington at Mount Vernon" by Alfred Jacob Miller. From Walters Art Museum via Wikimedia Commons

“George Washington at Mount Vernon” by Alfred Jacob Miller. From Walters Art Museum via Wikimedia Commons
By 2 a.m. the following morning, Washington awoke clutching his chest with a profound shortness of breath. His wife Martha wanted to seek help but Washington was more concerned about her health as she had only recently recovered from a cold herself. Washington simply did not want her leaving the fire-warmed bedroom for the damp, cold outside. Nevertheless, Martha asked her husband’s chief aide, Col. Tobias Lear, to come into the room. Seeing how ill the general was, Col. Tobias immediately sent for Dr. James Craik, who had been Washington’s physician for more than 40 years, and the estate’s overseer, George Rawlins, who was well practiced in the art of bloodletting.

Only a few hours later, 6 a.m., Washington developed a pronounced fever. His throat was raw with pain and his breathing became even more labored.

At 7:30 a.m., Rawlins removed 12 to 14 ounces of blood, after which Washington requested that he remove still more. Following the procedure, Col. Lear gave the patient a tonic of molasses, butter and vinegar, which nearly choked Washington to death, so inflamed were the beefy-red tissues of his infected throat.

American history buffs know so much about George Washington’s final illness because of a wealth of primary source documents as well as the herculean efforts of Dr. David Morens, an epidemiologist and the Senior Advisor to the Director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Dr. Morens wrote about these harrowing last hours for the New England Journal of Medicine in 1999. (1999; 341: 1845-1849). Another fascinating account of Washington’s medical history can be found in a 1933 issue of the Bulletin of the Institute of the History of Medicine written by Dr. J.H. Mason Knox, Jr. (1933; 1: 174-191). And even more intriguing is a long letter about Washington’s last illness, written by Col. Tobias as the events unfolded. This 12-page letter is a treasured document at the William Clements Library at the University of Michigan. Another handwritten copy of these notes repose in the University of Virginia Library.

Dr. Craik entered Washington’s bedchamber at 9 a.m. After taking the medical history, he applied a painful “blister of cantharides,” better known as “Spanish fly,” to Washington’s throat. The idea behind this tortuous treatment was based on a humoral notion of medicine dating back to antiquity called “counter-irritation.” The blisters raised by this toxic stuff would supposedly draw out the deadly humors causing the General’s throat inflammation.

Mount Vernon, by Francis Jukes, 1800. Photo from Wikimedia Commons

Mount Vernon, by Francis Jukes, 1800. Photo from Wikimedia Commons
At 9:30 a.m., another bloodletting of 18 ounces was performed followed by a similar withdrawal at 11 a.m. At noon, an enema was administered. Attempts at gargling with a sage tea, laced with vinegar were unsuccessful but Washington was still strong enough to walk about his bedroom for a bit and to sit upright in an easy chair for a few hours. His real challenge was breathing once he returned to lying flat on his back in bed.

Dr. Craik ordered another bleeding. This time, 32 ounces were removed even though Elisha Cullen Dick, the second physician to arrive at Mount Vernon, objected to such a heroic measure. A third doctor, Gustavus Richard Brown, made it to the mansion at 4 p.m. He suggested a dose of calomel (mercurous chloride) and a tartar emetic (antimony potassium tartrate), guaranteed to make the former president vomit with a vengeance.

After the fourth bloodletting, Washington appeared to rally somewhat. At 5 p.m., he was having an easier time swallowing and even had the energy to examine his last will and testament with Martha. Soon enough, he was again struggling for air. He told Dr. Craik: “Doctor, I die hard; but I am not afraid to go; I believed from my first attack that I should not survive it; my breath can not last long.” Ever the gentleman, even in extremis, the General made a point of thanking all three doctors for their help.

By 8 p.m., blisters of cantharides were applied to his feet, arms and legs while wheat poultices were placed upon his throat with little improvement. At 10 p.m., Washington murmured some last words about burial instructions to Col. Lear. Twenty minutes later, Col. Lears’ notes record, the former president settled back in his bed and calmly took his pulse. At the very end, Washington’s fingers dropped off his wrist and the first president of our great Republic took his final breath. At the bedside were Martha Washington, his doctor, James Craik, Tobias Lear, his valet, Christopher Sheels, and three slave housemaids named Caroline, Molly and Charlotte.

Washington’s physicians, as doctors are wont to do, argued heatedly over the precise cause of death. Dr. Craik insisted that it was “inflammatory quinsy,” or peritonsillar abscess. Dr. Dick rejected such a possibility and offered three alternative diagnoses: stridular suffocatis (a blockage of the throat or larynx), laryngea (inflammation and suppuration of the larynx), or cynanche trachealis. The last arcane medical diagnosis (from the Latin, for “dog strangulation”), which prevailed as the accepted cause of Washington’s death for some time, referred to an inflammation and swelling of the glottis, larynx and upper trachea severe enough to obstruct the airway.

Back in 1799, Washington’s physicians justified the removal of more than 80 ounces of his blood (2.365 liters or 40 percent of his total blood volume) over a 12-hour period in order to reduce the massive inflammation of his windpipe and constrict the blood vessels in the region. Theories of humoralism and inflammation aside, this massive blood loss — along with the accompanying dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, and viscous blood flow — could not have helped the president’s dire condition.

A fourth physician, William Thornton (who also designed the U.S. Capitol building), arrived after Washington succumbed. Thornton had expertise in the tracheotomy procedure, an extremely rare operation at the time that was performed only in emergencies and with occasional success. Dr. Dick, too, advocated this procedure — rather than the massive bloodletting — but given the primitive nature of surgical science in 1799, it is doubtful it would have helped much.

In the 215 years since Washington died, several retrospective diagnoses have been offered ranging from croup, quinsy, Ludwig’s angina, Vincent’s angina, diphtheria, and streptococcal throat infection to acute pneumonia. But Dr. Morens’s suggestion of acute bacterial epiglottitis seems most likely. In the end, we will never really know, which constitutes half of the fun enjoyed by doctors who argue over the final illnesses of historical figures.

At this late date, it is all too easy to criticize Washington’s doctors. Indeed, even in real time and for decades thereafter, critics complained that the physicians bled Washington to death. But the truth of the matter is that they did the best they could, against a pathologically implacable foe, using now antiquated and discredited theories of medical practice.

The president’s last hours must have been agonizing to watch and, of course, to experience. Like any human being, General Washington hoped his physicians would help him to an easy death. Between the massive bloodletting, the painful blistering treatments, and the awful sensation of suffocation, this was not at all possible.

Excruciating though his death was, George Washington’s life continues to teach us valuable lessons of citizenship, leadership and devotion to duty. In an era when there are so few heroes in public life, it remains inspiring to recall the Henry (“Light-horse Harry”) Lee, Jr.’s famous phrase from the eulogy of Washington he delivered to the U.S. Congress on Dec. 26, 1799: “First in war, first in peace, and first in the hearts of his countrymen.”
Dr. Howard Markel

Dr. Howard Markel

Dr. Howard Markel writes a monthly column for the PBS NewsHour, highlighting the anniversary of a momentous event that continues to shape modern medicine. He is the director of the Center for the History of Medicine and the George E. Wantz Distinguished Professor of the History of Medicine at the University of Michigan.

He is the author or editor of 10 books, including “Quarantine! East European Jewish Immigrants and the New York City Epidemics of 1892,” “When Germs Travel: Six Major Epidemics That Have Invaded America Since 1900 and the Fears They Have Unleashed” and “An Anatomy of Addiction: Sigmund Freud, William Halsted, and the Miracle Drug Cocaine.”
Where is the heart of skiing in North America? Does it beat most vibrantly in ever-popular Colorado? How about Utah, with its talcum snows? Or perhaps Lake Tahoe?

No. No. And no.

Oh, those are all worthy destinations, but my vote goes to a region that many American skiers and snowboarders have never even visited: the southeast corner of British Columbia. Perhaps no place else on earth possesses such a wealth of ski options as here in the Kootenay Rockies, where the topography accordions spectacularly and winters of 50-foot snows aren’t uncommon.


Consider the evidence: eight Alpine ski resorts; 11 Nordic ski areas; 15 snowcat-skiing operations; nine heli-skiing operators, including Canadian Mountain Holidays, which has several operations there. (In fact, the world’s first commercially successful snowcat and heli-skiing operations were born here.) Now add the embarrassment of riches of backcountry skiing for skiers who like to explore beyond the lifts: at least 22 catered backcountry-skiing lodges; plus more than 30 backcountry huts that are mostly booked through the Alpine Club of Canada. And everywhere are mountain ranges, their names talismanic to anyone who adores high peaks: the Gothics. The Adamants. The Selkirks. The Bugaboos. The Valhallas.
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Nelson, British Columbia, on Kootenay Lake. Credit Stephen Matera for The New York Times

What makes the region so special, though, has less to do with how it skis than how it feels: The Kootenay Rockies don’t yet feel as though they have joined the tourism-industrial complex. The ski areas are often a bit more modest. The mountain towns have yet to be overrun. The road less traveled passes right through here. Everything is a little more basic, a little less convenient. You have to want to come here, and to be here. The locals like it that way. I do, too.

Several years ago somebody named the region with its ski opportunities as “the Powder Highway.” The highway is actually a skein of about five roads that describe a rough circle. Late last March my frequent ski pal, Scott Schell, and I pointed our rig northeast from Seattle on an old-school, 10-day powder trip. On our budget, pricey snowcat skiing ($350 per day and up) and pricier heli-skiing (often $750 and up) were out. Instead we built a Powder Highway Whitman’s Sampler of visits to three resorts and one backcountry lodge. ­

Southeast British Columbia is one of the best places in the world for backcountry skiing. It’s nearly a crime to visit here and not spend some time away from the ski lifts and the crowds and huff up a mountain under your own steam. If you want to get out for more than a day, however, you often need to commit: Nearly all the private huts along the Powder Highway require one-week stays, and most are tucked so high in the mountains that they require helicopter access. We lucked out: Valhalla Mountain Touring, about five hours north of Spokane, had an 11th-hour room for us for three days. The lodge is in the Valhalla Range, a subset of the Selkirk Mountains, a 200-mile backbone of Powder Highway country that runs all the way into Idaho. Yet since it is 10 miles up a logging road, the lodge is one of the few that’s accessible in winter by snowmobile or snowcat. We jumped at the opening.
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On our second morning we affixed our climbing skins and fell in behind Evan Stevens, an internationally certified mountain guide who now runs the lodge with his wife, Jasmin Caton. We settled into the slow, meditative work of climbing uphill, or “earning our turns.” Yesterday’s blotting storm had blown through. Sunlight fell through tall trees: cathedral light.

As we climbed I looked around. This was classic Kootenays country: Furry mountain flanks led up to wide-open slopes flecked with Christmas trees that turned into tall, whale-backed ridges. In the distance reared rocky peaks marked with rocky gullies.

“I may be biased,” Evan had said the day before, “but the Selkirks may be the best mountain range for skiing in the world. So many mountains. So few people. There’s big vertical relief. Deep snow — but cold, and dry quality. Glaciers ­”

I’d chalked that up to owner’s pride. But now I understood what he meant. Other lodges might be higher and wilder. This place, however, offered an ideal mix of terrain for whatever conditions you might encounter — safe tree-skiing if avalanche danger was through the roof; fun ridge-running for exploration; and uninterrupted, 2,500-foot ski lines spilling from tall peaks for those days when everything looked perfect.

After nearly two hours of skinning uphill we reached a bench beneath Pyramid Peak. Untouched mountains were everywhere.

“Look at all the untracked pow,” said Evan.
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The Powder Highway

First, he led us down a run called Door No. 1. Given the “all clear” sign by our guide, we unleashed one at a time, whooping and swooping down the steep powder run. Then we turned and climbed again and knocked on Door No. 2. It was even better than the first.

If backcountry skiing sounds like roughing it, toss out the Grizzly Adams image. Over the last decade B.C.'s private lodges have notched up their games. At day’s end skiers at Valhalla return to a handsome, six-bedroom timber frame affair that sleeps up to 14 people. There is creek-furnished electricity, Wi-Fi and hot showers. There’s indoor plumbing, and a kitchen with a Wolf range. Bedrooms have feather duvets.

Groups can bring their own food or pay for catered weeks, which means breakfasts like eggs Benedict, après-ski snacks and salmon dinners. They can hire guides or be self-guided. During our stay we joined a friendly group from all over the West who had rented out the cabin. They skied hard, drank impressive amounts of beer and dove in and out of the wood-fired sauna into frosty snowbanks.

Back on the slopes smoke-signal clouds drifted in a blue sky. Another mountain guide and snowboarder who had joined us, Jules Hanna, looked over at me, before we pushed off for Door No. 3.

“Hey Chris.”

“What’s that?”

He grinned. “We’re winning.” And Jules vanished in a magician’s puff of white.­

“I feel we’re doing something wrong,” Scott blurted out. “Twenty minutes after the lifts have opened, and where is everybody?” Below us was spread a sunny, soft-snow Monday at Whitewater Ski Resort outside Nelson, British Columbia. The place was a ghost town. Perhaps only a few hundred other skiers had joined us. The slopes below were vacant.
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“Other than Christmas and New Year’s it’s often like this,” said Cam Shute, an acquaintance who has lived in Nelson for some six years. “That’s why I’m here.”
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Nelson, British Columbia. Credit Stephen Matera for The New York Times

After leaving the Valhallas we had doubled back to Nelson. Half the reason to come to visit the Kootenays is to hang out in Nelson, on the shores of Kootenay Lake — one of the most authentic mountain towns anywhere. (Nelson along with Rossland, about 45 miles to the south, were co-winners of Powder Magazine’s Best Ski Town Throwdown poll in 2012.) Favored by American Vietnam draft dodgers who moved here 40 years ago, the place still has a “turn on, tune in, drop out” vibe. On Baker Street, the main drag, ski and bike shops compete for square feet with stores selling “metaphysical tools.” Yet these adrenaline hippies can ski deep powder way better than you can.

Thirteen miles outside Nelson a tight valley clamps shut in an amphitheater of prickly peaks. A few modest lifts crawled up the easier sides of the valley. This is Whitewater Ski Resort.

Whitewater is a little frayed — and beloved. Its three chair lifts are slow. The basement’s ski locker room has a gravel floor. What it does have is nearly 40 feet of Kootenay cold smoke powder, some of the best cafeteria chow at any resort and a home­town vibe.

We spent our first day exploring the long runs and dodging the thick-necked spruce on the resort’s back side, stopping for an espresso at the food truck that the resort has parked back there. While Whitewater has just 2,044 vertical feet of skiing and 1,184 acres of terrain, it skis bigger than that, perhaps because (unlike other ski resorts) that’s an honest number; you really can ski just about anywhere here.

What I really wanted to experience, though, was what Whitewater is best known for besides suffocating snowfalls: steep, easily accessed “side-country” skiing just beyond the area’s boundaries, or fun powder shots for those with avalanche savvy and gear.

The next morning we met up with Cam, who agreed to show us around. He had a nut-brown face and a big grin, the result of lots of "field testing” in his job as the product development manager for G3 Genuine Guide Gear, a backcountry ski gear maker. We signed out at the lodge, a policy to let the ski area know when skiers are heading out of bounds, then Cam led us from the top of the Summit chairlift to the side of the area. We affixed our climbing skins and began a 90-minute climb toward 7,867-foot Ymir Peak, the valley’s capstone.

As we skied higher, options spilled off Ymir Peak’s ascending ridge line: Pipeline. Prospector Bowl. Eventually, a tilted gully that dropped down the face. Cam called it Bat Cave. “That’s ‘cause the only way out is to fly,” he said, pointing out the 40-foot cliff at the bottom. We’d clearly entered the expert’s terrain.

Finally we reached Ymir’s summit and peered over. “I’d say there’s at least a 50-degree roll in the middle. It’s for real,” Cam said. Our ski tips framed the half-full parking lot 3,000 feet below
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“You can ski a whole morning here and the mountain doesn’t get shredded,” he said, “even when the whole town shows up — and they do!” (One quarter of the 10,000 Nelsonites buy a season ski pass, the ski resort says.)
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Finding the powder at the Whitewater ski area. Credit Stephen Matera for The New York Times

After that we skirted the steepest part of the summit, dropped into the pinched throat of the gully below. Then we opened the throttle on a wide apron of Ymir Bowl and still found untracked snow for another thousand feet or more until the skiing ended at our lunch table. We sat on the deck in spring sunshine, ate Whitewater’s trademark Ymir Bowl (a fresh curry bowl) and French fries with miso-mushroom gravy. ­

The next morning we were on the move. We drove north for hours on snaky roads beside long lakes where snowbanks sometimes seemed the only guardrail. White mountains pushed high overhead. We passed hot springs. We passed logging trucks loaded with trees that kicked up wakes of gravel. For a long time we drove without seeing anyone. (Powder Highway Tips Nos. 1, 2 and 3: Rent a four-wheel-drive vehicle; don’t drive at night; get insurance.) Scott looked at a road map and ticked off the Powder Highway ski options we were passing: Baldface Lodge. Mount Carlyle Backcountry Lodge. Stellar Heliskiing. Retallack. At Upper Arrow Lake the road ended. We crowded onto a car ferry with still more logging trucks, then continued north.

Revelstoke sits in a valley beside the Columbia River where the Monashee Mountains shake hands with the Selkirks, and locomotives pause before scaling famed Rogers Pass to the east. “Revy” is known as home to some of the planet’s best heli-skiing and snowmobiling, thanks to big snowfalls and bigger mountains. A few years ago Revelstoke Mountain Resort also opened on the flanks of 8,058-foot Mount Mackenzie, five miles outside of town. The resort has more vertical feet of skiing — 5,620 feet — than anyplace in North America.

We parked in the third row the next morning and met up with Mike Bromberg, another internationally certified mountain guide who had moved here a few years ago. “I moved here for the Selkirks, basically,” said Mike, a Canadian who grew up in Texas.

Think of this ski hill as a giant cone, Mike said the next morning as we rode Revelstoke’s sole base lift — a gondola. The mountain sprawls as you ski downhill; as a result, “It has a really high rate of people getting lost and spending the night out,” he said. One ski patroller posted a sign at a common confusion spot: An arrow pointing in one direction read, “Back to resort”; a different arrow said, “Night in the woods.”

“And a guy still followed it and got lost! He thought it was the name of a ski run,” Mike said. “What I tell first-day skiers here is that a sign that says ‘Cliff’ here really means it. This isn’t Vail, where a ‘Cliff’ sign means, ‘Hey, fun skiing!’ ”

We’d timed our visit well again: About eight inches of new snow had fallen overnight. Our first runs like Hot Sauce were scratchy underneath that snow, thanks to recent spring sun. But each run got a little better than the last. We scooted into South Bowl, on the edge of the resort where daily snowcat skiing is offered. It was soft and pleasant and empty, if not very steep.
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Next, we took the mountain’s highest chairlift, tossed skis over our shoulders and followed a conga line of folks marching uphill past a sign for experts that read “Lemming Line.” Within a few minutes we stood high in North Bowl. It was yet another side of the mountain — a more shaded, deeper side.

Around us clouds swirled. Snow spit. But lack of sunshine is the price you pay in these parts for frequently waking to snow that bow-breaks at your knees, as it did when I chased our guide down the mountain. In a few hours we began to tire: There’s a lot of mountain here, and perhaps the most consistent fall-line skiing, anywhere. Get in shape before you come.
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Dining at Whitewater. Credit Stephen Matera for The New York Times

Mike pointed out that Revelstoke is a great place to pause for several days, thanks to all of its skiing options: Here you can book a day or two of heli-skiing with Selkirk-Tangiers, or Eagle Pass Heli-Skiing. If the bird can’t fly, just head to the chairlifts. A snowcat-skiing operation is also based at the resort. Here, he said, “You can be flexible.”

When I’d first visited Revelstoke in the resort’s opening season the place felt like a man-child, galumphing into becoming one of the biggest resorts on the continent. The mountain was enormous but the rest of the place — the amenities, the grooming — couldn’t keep up. The resort couldn’t fit into its body. Seven years later, that was changing.

Some improvements are still needed. The scant base area, with just some lodging and a handful of places to eat, feels a bit random and unmoored. More (and free) shuttles should connect town and ski hill. Still, change was noticeable. The resort had thinned some of its forests, offering better tree skiing. The town has changed, too, mostly for the good. There were new stores, places to eat. I worried when I saw a shop selling designer handbags, though. Let’s hope Revy doesn’t try to be what it’s not.­

The wipers slapped at the windshield the next morning as we headed over Rogers Pass and into the great scoop of the Rocky Mountain Trench. More ski destinations blurred past: Great Canadian Heli-Skiing, Kicking Horse Mountain Resort, Purcell Heli-Skiing, Panorama Mountain Village. Three hundred miles later the rental car pulled into Fernie, our last stop on the Powder Highway.

If Nelson is the patchouli-scented older sister of the region, than Fernie is the jock little brother. That’s how the local novelist Angie Abdou described her home to me. Founded as a coal town, Fernie is still propped up by mining incomes, but also has a serious skiing addiction, buoyed by the money of Calgary residents, or “CaliFernians,” who ski here on the weekends, Angie said.

I’d long wanted to ski Fernie, having heard of its reputation as a snow vortex (the resort averages 444 inches each winter), its great terrain and gorgeous scenery — the ski area sits just five miles outside of town amid the Lizard Range, which in winter resembles a standing wave about to crash over the historic downtown. Five alpine bowls stack up side by side like tilted teacups.
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“Shall we try Cedar Bowl?” Angie asked the next morning on the chairlift, mentioning the northernmost bowl.

Alas, something else awaited us besides a few inches of new snow: a rain crust. Fernie’s Achilles heel is the occasional temperature spike it experiences even in midwinter that can ruin the snow until the next snowfall. Not enough snow had fallen to hide the most recent damage. Meanwhile, woolly clouds clamped down over the peaks. Snow fell. We couldn’t see Fernie’s Kodachrome views. Instead we sped down some nice groomers (Fernie had the best and most extensive grooming we encountered on the Powder Highway) and dabbled in the trees, imagining returning to catch this place when it would smile upon us.

After lunch Scott and I took a few more desultory laps and called it quits. We knew not to force it. Besides, after nine days on the road we were frayed. (Tip No. 4: Bite off a section of the Powder Highway that’s geographically sensible — for instance, Red Mountain Resort, Whitewater and a day with Snowwater Heli-Skiing in the south; or Fernie, Panorama and Kicking Horse in the east.)

Our 10-day, 1,700-mile road trip from Seattle had yielded some of the best turns of the winter, along with some of the best people and shortest lift lines. We would return, next time armed with more time and more money.
Correction: December 13, 2014

An earlier version of this article misstated the name of a lodge in the Valhalla Range outside the town of New Denver. It is Valhalla Mountain Touring, not Valhalla Mountain Lodge.

Christopher Solomon’s writing appears in the anthology, “The Best American Sports Writing 2014.”

IF YOU GO

For more information on the Powder Highway, visit powderhighway­.com.

SKI AREAS

Whitewater Ski Resort is 13 miles south of Nelson, British Columbia, which in turn is about 150 miles due north of Spokane, Wash. Lift tickets, 69 Canadian dollars, about $62.60 at 110 Canadian to the U.S. dollars), Shuttle service from the Spokane airport is available; skiwhitewater.com.

Revelstoke Mountain Resort is 156 miles northwest of Nelson. It is often reached by American skiers who fly into the international airport at Kelowna, British Columbia, 124 miles to the southwest, and then rent a car. Lift tickets, 84 dollars (77 dollars online); revelstokemountainresort­.com.

Fernie Alpine Resort is 180 miles south of Calgary, Alberta, and 118 miles north of Kalispell, Mont. Van and scheduled shuttle service is available from the Calgary airport. Lift tickets, 87 dollars; skifernie.com.

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BACKCOUNTRY

Valhalla Mountain Touring is high in the Valhalla Mountains outside the town of New Denver. The lodge sleeps 12 to 14; the most popular weeks rent out a year in advance. Stays are seven days and can be guided or unguided, catered or uncatered. Prices range from about 1,200 to 2,100 dollars per person; vmt.ca.

­The Powder Highway area has dozens of options for catered and uncatered huts. For information see the site of the Backcountry Lodges of British Columbia Association; backcountrylodgesofbc.com.

For more information about heli-skiing and snowcat-skiing options visit the site of HeliCat Canada, the organization of operators; helicatcanada.com.

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SUSTENANCE

A ski morning in Nelson just isn’t right without first stopping for a strong cappuccino at Oso Negro Coffee, 604 Ward Street, one block above Baker Street; osonegrocoffee.com.

­While you can’t go wrong eating at All Seasons Cafe (620 Herridge Lane; allseasonscafe­.com), an upstart just down the alley is cozy Bibo (bibonelson.ca), where the chef Matteo Guerra continues Nelson’s long reputation for having great food for its size, with entrees like a savory vegetable cheesecake with a pecan crust and winter vegetables (20 dollars) and blackened Pacific ling cod with jalapeño corn fritters (23 dollars).

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LODGING

The nicest lodging in Revelstoke is the Sutton Place Hotel, at the base of the lifts, its 221 units ranging from studios to penthouses. All have ski access and kitchens, laundry and views. An Aveda spa, Refinery, also opened at the base last February. The one downside: There’s little else at the base, and town is a few miles away. (Rooms 199 to 1,179 dollars; revelstoke­.suttonplace­.com).­

In Fernie, 901 Fernie is a school at the end of the town’s main, historic shopping street that’s been completely revamped into rentable, two- to five- bedroom condos with chef’s kitchens and bathrooms with radiant-floor heat and tankless hot water. There’s also a new spa, Spa 901. Two-bedroom condo is 290 dollars per night; tourismfernie.com.

­If the Powder Highway’s options seem daunting, check out Storm Chasers, offering multiresort “adventure skiing” road trips. Up to a dozen skiers and snowboarders are picked up at the airport in a luxury bus (bar, wide-screen TV) and taken wherever the skiing is currently the best, usually including heli- and cat-skiing, and sometimes ski-touring. Trips, 6,000 dollars, are offered several times this winter including Jan. 24 and a March 14; thestormchasers-kick.moonfruit.com.