Commentary 2022 World Cup in Qatar an obvious mistake by FIFA

The FIFA Executive Committee convened in Zurich Dec. 2, 2010 to decide which country would get to host the 2022 World Cup.After eliminating bids from Australia, South Korea and Japan, it was down to the U.S. and Qatar in the decision for who would play host.In the end, Qatar won.Almost immediately after the announcement, an uproar began in the international soccer community. The World Cup takes place during June and July every four years. During those months in Doha, Qatar, the average high temperature is more than 107 degrees Fahrenheit. If player safety is a concern, that temperature is too high.FIFA has since aimed to fix the problem of high temperatures by attempting to move the World Cup to the winter months, as air conditioning the stadiums enough to make play safer would cost unrealistic amounts of money.Instead of absolving the issue, this created as much, if not more, controversy.The English Premier League, the Spanish La Liga, the Italian Serie A, the German Bundesliga and other leagues across Europe are in the heart of their seasons in the middle of winter and would struggle to change their long-standing schedules to accommodate such a lengthy event as the World Cup.The Premier League in particular has been vocal about having to change its yearly schedule for the World Cup. Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said FIFA has the power to select the venue, but that the time is a very different decision, as it would interfere too much with previously planned schedules.“Those are two very different things,” Scudamore said. “The sporting calendar across the world is affected.”On top of all that, The Guardian reported Sept. 25 that  at least 44 Nepalese laborers have died in Qatar of heart attacks, heart failure or workplace accidents, which brings up a human rights issue for laborers in Qatar.Despite the backlash, FIFA remains adamant in its stance that the World Cup will take place in Qatar in 2022.The association’s president, Sepp Blatter, said Oct. 4 the venue would not change.“The 2022 World Cup will be played in Qatar — that’s it,” Blatter said. “We don’t know if it’s winter or summer. I do not know what will be the outcome.”It’s pretty clear to me, though, what needs to happen. FIFA needs to admit its mistake and award the bid to the U.S. — or Japan, or South Korea or Australia. Really, they just need to pull it out of Qatar.I respect what FIFA was trying to do in bringing international soccer to the Middle East, which has not had much success in the tournament historically, but putting it there was a mistake from the start.The leagues already are forced to work around the World Cup qualifying schedule in the years leading up to the event, taking time off to allow the players to return to their home countries to play in matches.Not only would two months worth of games be taken away from them, but you have to add in the time that it would take for players to train with their countrymen beforehand, and likely give them time off afterward.That’s four months off  the leagues would essentially be forced to give for the players, something that would in turn be a financial and logistical nightmare.If FIFA is smart, it will move the World Cup.I’m a homer, so I may be a little biased by the fact that I would love to watch the final in the Rose Bowl stadium in Los Angeles, but the controversy kicked up by the Qatar decision is not worth the effort.No one, it seems, outside of FIFA and Qatar, is pleased with the situation and willing to make a change.It seems as if representatives from FIFA are just stubbornly sticking to their guns because they are not willing to come out and say they were wrong. Personally, I don’t think they will.Blatter and the rest of FIFA have made it clear that they want the World Cup in Qatar, so the likelihood of making a change is very small.Allowing the U.S. to host in 2022, the second time the country would host after 1994, would fix the issue of high temperatures as the average temperature in Los Angeles is 83 degrees Fahrenheit in June and 84 in July, and allow the competition to be played in the traditional summer months.Do the right thing FIFA, give the World Cup to the good ol’ U.S. of A. read more

The best gifts for dog lovers

first_img Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Share your voice 0 Richard Clark/Getty Images Dog lovers tend to be demonstrative — not only do we shower our furry friends with attention, fancy dog food and gourmet dog treats, we often like to announce our devotion to the world at large, or at least appreciate a few Fido-themed tchotchkes. If you’re one of us — or know someone who is — these are some of the best gifts for dog lovers we could fetch (with an emphasis on kitchen-related objects since we are Chowhounds, after all).And if you need an excuse to snag one, what better day than National Dog Day (Aug. 26)?Disclosure: CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured here. Grounds & Hounds coffee subscription: $14/month grounds-and-hounds-coffee-subscription-service-chowhound Amazon Love coffee almost as much as you love corgis? Consider a coffee subscription from the wonderfully named Grounds & Hounds — it sells fair trade, organic, specialty coffees (and other coffee-related products) and donates 20% of profits to support rescue organizations that help dogs who are between homes. It’s a gift that keeps on giving, in more than one way — and in honor of National Dog Day, you can get free shipping right now, plus a free D.O.G Party Mug with orders over $50 (just use the code FORTHEPUPS at checkout). See at Grounds & HoundsNow Designs cotton chef’s apron in Dog Days: $19dog-print-apron-amazon-chowhound Amazon If your dog lover is also a dinner-maker or dessert-baker, chances are they’ll adore this dog-print apron, which has a handy pocket in front for holding utensils, a phone or a supply of dog treats. See at Amazon’Woof’ dog spatula: $12dog and cat print spatulas Sur la Table You know what else would fit perfectly in that apron pocket? A dog-bedecked spatula (cat spatula also available for those who can’t choose their favorite species). Wag the batter with this one, don’t stir.See at Sur La TableDog engraved rolling pin: $34dog rolling pin Amazon They see you rollin’, they hatin’, especially when they find out your rolling pin has dogs on it and theirs doesn’t.  See at AmazonDog kitchen timer: $6dog kitchen timer Amazon You’ll now know when it’s time to walk your four-legged friend and take the cherry pie (or dog-print cookies) out of the oven. Multi-tasking at its finest.See at AmazonDog print silicone oven mitts: 2 for $20dog-print-oven-mitts-amazon-chowhound Amazon Protect your own paws with these puppy-print oven mitts. They have a soft lining for comfort but a textured silicone coating that provides both heat protection and a secure grip — much to the dog’s chagrin, there’s no chance you’ll drop that pan of lasagna on the floor. See at AmazonRitz floral Frenchie kitchen dish towels: 2 for $19+frenchie-tea-towels-amazon-chowhound Amazon Fact: Frenchies are adorable, and flower crowns, however played-out some may deem them, are still charming (at least when they’re placed on animals, or on pictures of animals). So these kitchen towels are clearly extra cute and your favorite French bulldog fan or pet-having hipster (maybe that’s you?) will proudly display them. See at AmazonDog dishcloths: 2 for $10dog dish cloth Amazon The irony of this pick is that it’s usually your dog that’s creating the mess, not cleaning it. Bonus: no horrible wet dog smell when you use these.See at AmazonDog paper towel holder: $20dog paper towel holder Amazon Dog lover, cat lover, fish lover, whatever. You don’t have to love animals to buy this quirky paper towel holder that’s perfect for a modern kitchen.See at AmazonKikkerland dog butt magnets: 6 for $11dog-butt-magnets-amazon-chowhound Amazon Decidedly less chic, these assorted dog bottoms will still delight those with a certain strain of humor. And every fridge needs some random novelty magnets, so why not these? The fire hydrant is a nice touch. See at AmazonDachshund ice cube tray: $7dachshund-ice-cube-tray-amazon-chowhound Amazon If you assumed we’d toss in something hot dog-related to pay homage to the precious wiener dog, you thought wrong. That’s way too predictable! Instead, surprise cocktail hour guests with dachshund ice cubes. They should get tongues wagging. They’re also a fetching way to portion appropriately themed frozen treats for your dog.See at AmazonDachshund chopstick rests: 5 for $14dachshund chopstick rest Amazon One more for the wiener fans. You’ve heard of giving your dogs a rest, but now you can rest your chopsticks on these adorable silver dachshunds. And you thought your bowl of ramen couldn’t get any better.See at AmazonLaser-etched salad servers: $27dog salad servers Amazon Salads are typically one of the most boring dishes on the dinner table, but serving the greens with these utensils will have guests saying “bow wow.”See at AmazonTop Dog travel bag: $40dog-travel-bag-amazon-chowhound Amazon Do you like to take your precious pup everywhere? Then you’ll surely appreciate this doggie travel bag, with several handy zippered and/or elastic compartments, including one for kibble — it even comes with two collapsible bowls for feeding and watering on the go. And it’s TSA-approved, so perfect for jet setters (or Westminster Dog Show candidates). See at AmazonLoqi Store dog print reusable bag: $11resuable-dog-grocery-bag-amazon-chowhound Amazon Reusable bags are a great eco-friendly alternative to traditional plastic, and they come in so many styles, they basically double as accessories. This dog-printed tote bag is perfect for those who want to advertise their love for puppies while they’re grabbing groceries — or taking a day trip to the beach (with their party animal in tow, no doubt). See at AmazonStainless steel ‘Dog Mom’ stemless wine tumbler: $21dog-mom-stemless-wine-tumbler-amazon-chowhound Amazon For the dog moms who want everyone to know where their allegiances lie, this insulated tumbler is perfect for sipping morning coffee, afternoon water or evening wine — and it has a lid to guard against spills (whether from human error or wildly wagging tails). See at AmazonHaute Diggity Dog Muttini Bar Collection plush wine bottle toy: $14dog-toy-wine-bottle-squeaky-toy-amazon-chowhound Amazon Speaking of wine, while you’re enjoying your own, throw your dog a bone — or rather, a wine bottle, in plush toy form. You can play doggy sommelier too. For instance, if this “Cavalier Sauvignon” from “Napaw Valley” doesn’t seem like it’d do it for the dog in question, go with a “Woof Clicquot” squeaky toy instead. See at Amazon’Corki’ wine stopper: $8corgi wine stopper Amazon We judge (ever so slightly) those who are in need of a wine stopper, but if you can’t finish a bottle (blasphemy), you may as well plug it with something adorable. And frankly, what’s more adorable than a Corgi?See at AmazonBowser Beer: 3 for $15dog-beer-amazon-chowhound Amazon Conversely, if you and your dog prefer beer, this nonalcoholic drink for dogs is made from malt barley and glucosamine, which is great for maintaining healthy joints. Word of caution, though: reviews are mixed; some dogs reportedly loved it, while others of the Spuds MacKenzie persuasion probably would have preferred a Bud Light. See at AmazonPetcube Bites Wi-Fi pet camera and treat dispenser: $249 wifi-pet-camera-treat-dispenser-walmart-chowhound Walmart This Wi-Fi-enabled pet camera and treat dispenser lets you stay connected to your pup even when you’re at the office (working hard so your dog can have a better life, of course). It lets you see 1080p HD video of your dog (or cat), and even talk to them and remotely throw treats. Other features include night vision, sound and motion alerts and an optional cloud recording service so you can access stored video — honestly, this almost doubles as home security, in case your dog is not so much about guarding the house as it is about lazing around it. See at WalmartThis story was originally posted on Chowhound. Post a comment Tags Culturelast_img read more

Aung San Suu Kyi breaks silence on Rohingya crisis

first_img Aung San Suu Kyi breaks silence on Rohingya crisis IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/0:27Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:26?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img In an televised address Aung San Suu Kyi condemned all human rights violations in regards to the violent clashes in the Rakhine state that has seen over 400,000 minority Rohingya flee to Bangladesh. The defacto leader had previously been criticised for not speaking out. She stated she did not fear international scrutiny and wanted to find out why the Rohingya were leaving. Suu Kyi said she was committed to the restoration of peace and stability and the rule of law.last_img read more

Iraq police fire in air as protesters try to storm govt building

first_imgZIraqi protesters burn tires and block the road at the entrance to the city of Basra, Iraq on 12 July 2018. Photo: Reuters Iraq police fire in air as protesters try to storm govt buildingIraqi police fired in the air as hundreds of protesters tried to storm the main provincial government building in Basra on Sunday, wounding four people in the seventh day of unrest that has swept southern cities over poor services, police sources said.”Some of the protesters tried to storm the building. We prevented them by using water cannons and tear gas,” said one of the police sources.last_img read more

After A Snub From Kylie Jenner Can Snapchat Bounce Back

first_imgDisney ABC Television Group/FlickrKendall Jenner, Kylie Jenner, and Khloe Kardashian.Does anyone use Snapchat anymore?It sounds like a simple question, but when pop celebrity Kylie Jenner asked it, her tweet wiped $1.3 billion off the market value of one of the nation’s biggest social media companies. After a week-long skid on Wall Street, amid stories that the app is fading in the U.S., the company claims its far from capitulating.sooo does anyone else not open Snapchat anymore? Or is it just me… ugh this is so sad.— Kylie Jenner (@KylieJenner) February 21, 2018Digital savant Omar Gallaga of the Austin American-Statesman’s 512 Tech says Snapchat has been taking to steps to redesign the app to make it more accessible for new users – and that might be why some long-time users are walking away.What you’ll hear in this segment:– How social media users react to redesigns– What Kylie Jenner’s tweet means for the platform– How Snapchat is strategizing for the futureWritten by Jen Rice. Sharelast_img read more

An Updated List of Facebooks Algorithm Changes

first_imgNovember 23, 2017 Listen Now 15+ min read If you do Facebook marketing, one thing that you might want to understand is the Facebook algorithm.The Facebook algorithm helps make sense of the huge number of posts that people and businesses share every day and chooses the posts to show in our News Feed based on a huge number of factors.We want to help you understand how your Facebook posts get viewed on Facebook. So we’re collecting all the relevant Facebook algorithm factors, updates, and changes and placing them here in this post for easy reference.Read on, and see what goes into the complex, fascinating formulas of the Facebook News Feed.Facebook algorithm valuesUnderstanding the Facebook algorithm starts with knowing the core values that Facebook uses to guide their thinking and work. These values can give you a hint of what content will do well or not so well on Facebook.Here’s a brief summary of Facebook’s News Feed values:Friends and family come first: The main objective of the News Feed is to connect people with their friends and family. So posts from friends and family are prioritized. After those posts, Facebook found that people want their feed to inform and entertain them.A platform for all ideas: Facebook welcomes all ideas while making sure that everyone feels and is safe. They aim to deliver stories that each individual wants to see the most, based on their actions and feedback.Authentic communications: Facebook prioritizes genuine stories over misleading, sensational and spammy ones.You control your experience: Individuals know themselves best. So Facebook creates features (such as “unfollow” and “see first”) to let people customize their Facebook experience.Constant iteration: Facebook strives to constantly collect feedback and improve the platform.The overview of the Facebook algorithmSo how does Facebook decide what to show in a News Feed?Here’s a quick overview of how the Facebook News Feed works, according to Adam Mosseri, VP of Product Management for News Feed:To make it easy for you to understand the Facebook algorithm, we went through all the (known) changes that Facebook has implemented to its algorithm and came up with a list of factors that we think may determine whether your post shows up or not.Do this: The Facebook algorithm loves …Posts with lots of Likes, comments and sharesPosts that receive a high volume of Likes, comments or shares in a short timePosts that are Liked, commented on, or shared by one’s friendsLink postsPost types that one interacts with oftenPost types that users seem to prefer more than others (e.g., photo, video or status update)Videos uploaded to Facebook that receive a large number of views or extended viewing durationPosts that are timely or reference a trending topicPosts from Pages that one interacts with oftenPosts from Pages with complete profile informationPosts from Pages where the fan base overlaps with the fan base of other known high-quality pagesWatch out for: The Facebook algorithm is not too keen on …ClickbaitLike-baitingPosts that include spammy linksFrequently circulated content and repeated postsText-only status updates from PagesPosts that are frequently hidden or reported (a sign of low quality)Posts that ask for likes, comments, or sharesPosts with unusual engagement patterns (a like-baiting signal)Overly promotional content from Pages—pushing people to buy an app or service, pushing people to enter a contest or sweepstakes, posts that reuse the same text from adsTo help you grow your Facebook Page reach, here are a few guides that you might like:Post Less, Boost Top Posts, and More: 14 Ways to Increase Your Facebook Page EngagementThe Simple Facebook Posting Strategy That Helped us 3x Our Reach and Engagement17 Ways to Get More Views, Engagement, and Shares for Your Facebook VideosIf you want to dig into the Facebook News Feed algorithm, read on to find out all the relevant changes Facebook has made.All relevant changes to the Facebook News Feed algorithm(Last updated: October 2017)Here’s a summary of all the changes that are relevant to social media marketers, in reverse-chronological order.If you want to know more about any particular change, just click on the quick link and you’ll get more information about the change and how it may affect your Page.August 28, 2017: Pages that share false news will no longer be able to run Facebook ads.August 17, 2017: Posts that pretends to be a video will be demoted in the News Feed.August 2, 2017: Posts with links that load slowly on mobile will be shown less in the News Feed.May 17, 2017: Posts with clickbait headlines will rank lower in the News Feed.May 10, 2017: Posts that link to websites with low-quality experience will rank lower in the News Feed.January 31, 2017: Authentic and timely posts will rank better in the News Feed.January 26, 2017: Long, engaging videos will rank better in the News Feed (than short, engaging videos)August 11, 2016: Posts that are informative will rank higher in the News Feed of people whom might find them relevant.June 29, 2016: Posts from friends will rank (even) higher in the News Feed.April 21, 2016: Posts with links that keep people engaged will rank higher in the News Feed.March 1, 2016: Live videos will rank higher in the News Feed when they are live than after they end.February 24, 2016: Facebook launched Reactions to help businesses understand how people are responding to their posts.December 4, 2015: Facebook uses surveys to improve News Feed ranking.July 9, 2015: Facebook makes it easier for people to control what they see on their News Feed.June 29, 2015: Facebook now considers more actions on videos while ranking videos in the News Feed.June 12, 2015: Time spent on stories becomes a ranking factor.April 21, 2015: Posts from friends will rank higher in the News Feed.March 5, 2015: Facebook updates how Likes are counted.January 20, 2015: Hoaxes will receive less reach and have an added warning.January 7, 2015: Video is growingNovember 14, 2014: Overly promotional posts will receive less reach on Facebook.September 18, 2014: Facebook will be considering the rate at which people interact with posts.September 11, 2014: Offensive or inappropriate ads will be shown less or stopped.August 25, 2014: Facebook will look at bounce rate to determine if an article has a clickbait headline.June 23, 2014: Facebook can now rank videos uploaded directly to Facebook better than links to video sites.September 11, 2014: Posts that explicitly ask for engagement will be ranked lower in the News Feed.August 23, 2013: Facebook has developed a new algorithm to find and show high-quality content to usersAugust 28, 2017: Pages that repeatedly share false newsFacebook will be blocking Pages that share false news from buying ads on Facebook. Facebook found that some Pages had been using Facebook ads to build their following and share false news more widely. To prevent the spread of false news on Facebook, Pages that repeatedly share false news will no longer be allowed to buy Facebook ads (until they stop sharing such news).The false news will be identified by third-party fact-checkers.August 17, 2017: Video clickbaitFacebook will be demoting Facebook posts that pretend to be a video.Spammers have been tricking people to click on Facebook posts that look like a video but aren’t. These deceptive posts are often videos with just a static image, or they feature a false video play button when it’s actually a link.Here’s an example from Facebook:August 2, 2017: Webpage load timeFacebook will be showing fewer stories with links that might take a long time to load.It’s frustrating when a website takes a long time to load. Facebook found that “As many as 40 percent of website visitors abandon a site after three seconds of delay.”Hence, Facebook is rolling out an update to show more posts with links that load quickly and fewer posts with links that might load slowly, in the News Feed.May 17, 2017: Clickbait headlinesFacebook is rolling out an update to show fewer posts with clickbait headlines.In its continued effort to make Facebook an informed community, Facebook is reducing the number of clickbait stories in the News Feed. This includes posts with headlines that withhold or exaggerate information, such as the following:“When She Looked Under Her Couch Cushions And Saw THIS…”“WOW! Ginger tea is the secret to everlasting youth. You’ve GOT to see this!”Posts that link to articles with such headlines will rank lower in the News Feed.May 10, 2017: Low-quality webpage experienceFacebook is rolling out an update to show fewer posts and ads that link to websites with low-quality experience.To help build an informed community on Facebook, Facebook will be showing fewer posts that are “misleading, sensational and spammy”. Specifically, they are referring to websites with low-quality experiences, such as the following:Websites that contain little substantive contentWebsites that have a large number of disruptive, shocking or malicious adsPosts that link to such websites will rank lower in the News Feed and might not be allowed to be used as Facebook ads.January 31, 2017: Authentic and timely storiesFacebook is making two changes to help authentic and timely stories rank better.To surface authentic content, Facebook will be analyzing Facebook Pages to see if they have been posting spam or trying to game the News Feed by asking for Likes, comments, or shares. If Facebook finds that a Page’s posts might not be authentic, such as people are often hiding those posts, Facebook will rank those posts lower in the News Feed.To show people stories at the right time, Facebook will now study how people interact with posts in real time. For example, if there’s an important soccer game going on and many people are talking about it on Facebook, Facebook will show relevant posts higher in the News Feed.January 26, 2017: Video completionFacebook is going to show long videos that people spend time watching to even more people.When ranking videos in the News Feed, a factor that Facebook considers is “percent completion” — the percentage of the video you watched.Facebook now recognize that it takes more commitment to complete a long video than a short one. So it will now put more weight on the “percent completion” factor for longer videos.As an example, if people are, on average, watching 50 percent of a 30-second video and 50 percent of a 10-minute video, the 10-minute video will rank better in the News Feed than the 30-second video. That’s because the 10-minute video has to be more engaging than the 30-second video to keep people watching for five minutes (vs. 15 seconds).August 11, 2016: Personally informative storiesFacebook will be showing you more stories that are personally informative to you.From its Feed Quality Program, Facebook found that people enjoy stories that are informative to them. Using the patterns that they learned from the program, Facebook will try to identify stories that are informative — usually, if they are related to people’s interests, if they engage people in broader discussions, and if they contain news relevant to them.Facebook will then combine this new signal with signals of how relevant the story might be to each individual, to predict if they might like it.June 29, 2016: Stories from friendsFacebook will be showing stories from close friends higher up in the News Feed.Despite the previous update, people are still worried about missing important updates from their close friends. So Facebook is tweaking the News Feed algorithm again to rank posts from close friends higher up in the News Feed.April 21, 2016: Time spent viewingFacebook will be ranking articles that it thinks you will spend time reading, higher in the News Feed.Facebook learned that the amount of time someone spent reading or watching the content of an article indicates how interesting the article was to them. So Facebook is adding a new ranking factor — how long someone might spend looking at the article.To keep things fair between short and long articles, Facebook will be looking at the time spent within a threshold.A smaller change within this update is that Facebook will be showing fewer posts from the same Page together in the News Feed. That’s because people find that repetitive and prefers content from a diverse range of Pages.March 1, 2016: Facebook LiveFacebook is more likely to rank Facebook Live videos higher in the News Feed when those videos are live than when they are no longer live.Facebook found that, “People spend more than 3x more time watching a Facebook Live video on average compared to a video that’s no longer live.” That’s because those videos are more interesting when the event being filmed is happening live than after the event.February 24, 2016: Facebook ReactionsFacebook recently rolled out Reactions — their supercharged “Like” button — to help businesses better understand how people are responding to their content.For a start, when someone uses a Reaction, Facebook will infer they want to see more of that type of post, just like when they Like a post. But this could change.December 4, 2015: SurveysFacebook surveys thousands of people every day to improve the News Feed ranking.Besides looking at quantitative signals such as Likes, comments, and shares, Facebook also surveys thousands of people every day to understand whether the News Feed algorithm is showing people the posts they want to see.Here’s an example of the survey:If a popular post isn’t something that the people surveyed want to see, Facebook will rank that post lower in the future.July 9, 2015: Greater user control over the News FeedFacebook is making it easier for people to adjust and customize their News Feed settings.The preferences tab will be more visible and more intuitive, allowing people to find Pages and people to like and follow and easily selecting to follow/unfollow certain content.June 29, 2015: Actions on VideosFacebook now considers more actions on videos while ranking videos in the News Feed.Facebook found that many people don’t feel inclined to Like, comment on or share a video even when they enjoyed the video.So besides considering whether someone watched the video and for how long, Facebook is now taking into account of more actions such as choosing to turn on the sound, watching the video in full screen and enabling high definition. These actions indicate that they enjoyed the video.June 12, 2015: Time spent on storiesHow much time you spend viewing stories becomes a factor that Facebook uses to determine what to show at the top of your News Feed.While many people might not Like, comment on, or share a post that they found meaningful, they would likely spend more time on it than other posts. Hence, Facebook is taking this as a signal for ranking Facebook posts.By understanding what types of content someone prefers, Facebook can surface similar types of content higher up in their News Feed.April 21, 2015: Content from friends and PagesFacebook is rolling out three updates to improve the experience of the News Feed.The first is for people who do not have much content to see — maybe because they don’t follow many people or Pages. Facebook used to have a rule that prevents people from seeing multiples stories from the same source in succession. They are now relaxing the rule so that if you reach the end of your News Feed but still want to see more stories, you’ll see more.The second is to show posts from friends you care about, higher in your News Feed so that you are less likely to miss them. If you read and interact with posts from Pages, you’ll still see them on your News Feed.The third is to reduce or remove stories about friends liking or commenting on a post, such as this:March 5, 2015: Facebook LikesFacebook to update the way Page Likes are counted, removing the Likes of memorialized accounts and deactivated accounts.January 20, 2015: Facebook targets hoaxesFacebook aims to reduce the number of hoaxes in News Feed with algorithm tweak.To reduce the number of posts containing misleading or false news, Facebook has announced that the News Feed algorithm will begin to factor in when many people flag a post as false or choose to delete posts.Facebook will reduce the reach of such posts and add a warning on the post (without reviewing or removing the post).January 7, 2015: Video is growingFacebook has provided some new stats and tips on using video, including these:In just one year, the number of video posts per person has increased 75 percent globally and 94 percent in the US.The amount of video from people and brands in the News Feed has increased 3.6x year-over-year.Since June 2014, Facebook has averaged more than 1 billion video views every day.On average, more than 50 percent of people who come to Facebook every day in the U.S. watch at least one video daily.Seventy-six percent of people in the US who use Facebook say they tend to discover the videos they watch on Facebook.November 14, 2014: Overly promotional Page postsFacebook is rolling out an update to reduce the number of overly promotional posts in the News Feed.Facebook heard from people that they want less promotional content on their News Feed and more stories from friends and Pages they Like.After digging into their data, Facebook found that these are the types of posts that people find too promotional:Posts that solely push people to buy a product or install an appPosts that push people to enter promotions and sweepstakes with no real contextPosts that reuse the exact same content from adsHere’s an example:September 18, 2014: When people Like and commentFacebook will be looking at when people are Liking, commenting, and sharing.Facebook used to only look at the total number of Likes on a post when ranking it in the News Feed. Now, Facebook will also look at the rate at which people are Liking, commenting on and sharing a post.September 11, 2014: Offensive or inappropriate adsFacebook stops showing ads that are offensive or inappropriate.When people hide ads in their News Feed, Facebook takes it as a signal that others might not want to see them, too, and show them to fewer people.Now, Facebook is also asking people why they hid the ads. If it’s because the ad is offensive or inappropriate, Facebook will stop showing the ad.August 25, 2014: Bounce rateFacebook will be looking at bounce rate to determine if an article is using a clickbait headline.If someone clicks on an article and returns to Facebook immediately (or “bounce”), it might mean that they didn’t find what they were expecting. This is often because the article is using a clickbait headline. Facebook will be using this signal when ranking the article in the News Feed.In addition, Facebook will also be monitoring if people are Liking, commenting on, or sharing the article after they click on it. If few people are, it’s likely that the article is not valuable, relevant, or meaningful. Facebook will then rank it lower in the News Feed.Facebook will also be ranking posts with a link preview higher in the News Feed than posts with a link just in the caption — as the link preview shows more information about the article.June 23, 2014: Better videosFacebook will now be able to understand (and rank) videos uploaded directly to Facebook better.For videos that are uploaded to Facebook directly, Facebook is now able to know whether someone has watched it and for how long. It seems that they are unable to do that for links to YouTube (or other video sites) videos.Having this new information will allow Facebook to rank Facebook videos better. Early tests have shown that people are watching more videos that are relevant to them.September 11, 2014: Like-baitingFacebook will show fewer posts that explicitly ask for Likes, comments, or shares.Some Pages try to game the News Feed algorithm by explicitly asking for Likes, comments and shares. Here’s an example:As people have reported that such posts are less relevant than posts with a similar amount of engagement, Facebook will be ranking these posts lower in the News Feed.August 23, 2013: High-quality contentFacebook has developed a new algorithm to find and show high-quality content to users.To build the algorithm, Facebook surveyed thousands of people and put the results into a machine learning system. Here are some of the questions they asked:Is this timely and relevant content?Is this content from a source you would trust?Would you share it with friends or recommend it to others?Is the content genuinely interesting to you or is it trying to game News Feed distribution? (e.g. asking for people to like the content)Would you call this a low quality post or meme?Would you complain about seeing this content in your News Feed?The algorithm also uses thousand other factors to determine if a post is a high-quality content. Some of these factors include “how frequently content from a certain Page that is reported as low quality (e.g. hiding a Page post), how complete the Page profile is, and whether the fan base for a particular Page overlaps with the fan base for other known high quality Pages. This story originally appeared on Buffer Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. How Success Happenslast_img read more

BSkyBs Now TV OTT boxes are now available in Argo

first_imgBSkyB’s Now TV OTT boxes are now available in Argos and Currys PC World stores across the UK, with John Lewis to begin supplying the devices in the coming weeks. In addition Sky has bundled the Now TV box with content passes for the first time, enabling customers to choose from either a Sky Sports Day Pass or three months Sky Movies Pass at Now TV retail stands in shopping centres.A Now TV Box with a Sky Sports Day Pass will be available for £14.99 (€17.69), providing unlimited access to all six Sky Sports channels for 24 hours. A Now TV Box and a three months Sky Movies Pass will be available for £24.99.Other services available via the Now TV box include Sky News, BBC iPlayer and the BBC News app, Demand 5, Spotfiy, Facebook and Flickr.Sky said it planned to add further entertainment channels, including some third-party channels, by the end of this year.last_img read more

Per Borgklint Ericsson has agreed to buy TV anywhe

first_imgPer BorgklintEricsson has agreed to buy TV anywhere platform provider Azuki Systems, in a deal designed to boost Ericsson’s TV and media portfolio.Ericsson said that the deal will give it additional functionality for deploying TV anywhere services, including adaptive bit rate and content protection technologies, as well as Azuki’s team of skilled software engineers.Massachusetts-based Azuki was founded in 2008, has 49 employees, and provides TV anywhere platforms for service providers, content owners and broadcasters.Its solution combines OTT video with personalisation, content protection and scalability and supports different monetisation options.“We are executing on our TV and media strategy and Azuki adds key technologies and capabilities to extend our market leadership position,” said Per Borgklint, senior vice president and head of business unit support solutions at Ericsson.“Traditional TV is shifting rapidly towards TV Anywhere. Azuki Systems further positions Ericsson to help customers deliver on the Networked Society’s global demand for customised and personalised media experiences that include content on any screen, any time across any network.”The deal follows Ericsson’s recent acquisition of Microsoft’s Mediaroom business, which closed in September and established Ericsson as world’s largest provider, by market share, of IPTV middleware technology and solutions.Ericssson also agreed to linear playout services firm Red Bee Media last year, though the deal is currently under investigation by the UK Competition Commission.Financial details of the Azuki deal were not disclosed. The acquisition is expected to close before the end of February.last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet Martina Anderson meeting with Kurdish MP and hunger striker Leyla GuvenSINN Féin MEP Martina Anderson has met with Kurdish MP and hunger striker Leyla Guven. Speaking from Kurdistan, Martina Anderson said: “I have met with Kurdish hunger striker Leyla Guven who has been on hunger strike since November. Anderson meets Kurdish hunger striker Leyla GuvenKurdistanMartina AndersonmepSinn Fein Anderson meets Kurdish hunger striker Leyla Guven was last modified: February 20th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: “She has been released from prison as a result of international pressure but only under tight conditions and her health is continuing to deteriorate. “She embarked on this hunger strike calling for the end of the isolation of Kurdish political leader Abdullah Ocalan who has now been detained for 20 years, some of it in total isolation with no access to legal representation. “I expressed my solidarity and the continuing solidarity of Sinn Féin and the people of Ireland to Leyla Guven when we met. “The international community needs to act to save the life of Leyla Guven and all other Kurdish hunger strikers and demand and end to the isolation of Abdullah Ocalan,” added the MEP.last_img read more

The best indicator of a chess players form is his

first_imgThe best indicator of a chess player’s form is his ability to sense the climax of the game.–Boris Spassky, World Chess Champion, 1969-1972You’ve likely heard that the German central bank announced it will begin withdrawing part of its massive gold holdings from the United States as well as all its holdings from France. By 2020, Bundesbank says it wants half its gold reserves stored in its own vault in Germany.Why would it want to physically move the metal from New York? It’s not as if US vaults are not secure, and since Germany already owns the gold, does it really matter where it sits?You may recall that Hugo Chávez did the same thing in late 2011, repatriating much of his country’s gold reserves from London. However, this isn’t a third-world dictatorship; Germany is a major ally of the US. So what’s going on?Pawn to A3On the surface, it may seem innocuous for Germany to move some pallets of gold closer to home. Some observers note that since Russia isn’t likely to be invading Germany anytime soon – one of the original reasons Germany had for storing its gold outside the country – the move is only natural and no big deal. But Germany’s gold stash represents roughly 10% of the world’s gold reserves, and the cost of moving it is not trivial, so we see greater import in the move.The Bundesbank said the purpose of the move was to “build trust and confidence domestically, and the ability to exchange gold for foreign currencies at gold-trading centers abroad within a short space of time.” It’s just satisfying the worries of the commoners, in the mainstream view, as well as giving themselves the ability to complete transactions faster. As evidence that it’s nothing more than this, Bundesbank points out that half of Germany’s gold will remain in New York and London (the US portion of reserves will only be reduced from 45% to 37%).Sounds reasonable. But these economists remind me of the analysts who every year claim the price of gold will fall – they can’t see the bigger implications and frequently miss the forest for the trees.CheckWhat your friendly government economist doesn’t reveal and the mainstream journalist doesn’t report (or doesn’t understand) is that in the event of a US bankruptcy, euro implosion, or similar financial catastrophe, access to gold would almost certainly be limited. If Germany were to actually need its gold, regardless of the reason, any request for transfer or sale would be… difficult. There would be, at the very least, delays. At worst such requests could be denied, depending on the circumstances at the time. That’s not just bad – it defeats the purpose of owning gold.But this still doesn’t capture the greater significance of this action. First, it reinforces the growing recognition that gold is money. Physical bullion isn’t just a commodity, a day-trading vehicle, or even an investment. It’s a store of value, a physical hedge against monetary dislocations. In the ultimate extreme, it’s something you can use to pay for goods or services when all other means fail. It is precisely those who don’t recognize this historical fact who stand to lose the most in an adverse monetary event. (Hello, government economist.)Second, here’s the quote that reveals the ultimate, backstop reason for the move: Bundesbank stated it is a “pre-emptive” measure “in case of a currency crisis.”Germany’s central bank thinks a currency crisis is really possible. That’s a very sobering fact.We agree, of course: history is very clear on this. No fiat currency has lasted forever. Eventually they all fail. Whether the dollar goes to zero or merely becomes a second-class currency in the global arena, the root cause for failure is universal and inevitable: continual and perpetual dilution of the currency.Some level of currency crisis is inescapable at this point because absolutely nothing has changed with worldwide debt levels, deficit spending, and currency printing, except that they all continue to increase. While many economists and politicians claim these actions are necessary and are leading us to recovery, it’s clear we have yet to experience the fallout from spending more than we have and printing the difference. There will be serious and painful consequences, sooner or later of an inflationary nature, and the average person’s standard of living will be greatly reduced.And now there are rumblings that the Netherlands and Azerbaijan may move their gold back home. If this trend gathers steam, we could easily see a “gold run” in the same manner history has seen bank runs. Add in high inflation or a major currency event and a very ugly vicious cycle could ignite.CheckmateIf other countries follow Germany’s path or the mistrust between central bankers grows, the next logical step would be to clamp down on gold exports. It would be the beginning of the kind of stringent capital controls Doug Casey and a few others have warned about for years. Think about it: is it really so far-fetched to think politicians wouldn’t somehow restrict the movement of gold if their currencies and/or economies were failing?Remember, India keeps tinkering with ideas like this already.What this means for you and me is that moving gold outside your country – especially if you’re a US citizen – could be banned. Fuel would be added to the fire by blaming gold for the dollar’s ongoing weakness. Don’t think you need to store gold outside your country? The metal you attempt to buy, sell, or trade within your borders could be severely regulated, taxed, tracked, or even frozen in such a crisis environment. You’d have easier access to foreign-held bullion, depending on the country and the specific events.None of this would take place in a vacuum. Transferring dollars internationally would certainly be tightly restricted as well. Moving almost any asset across borders could be declared illegal. Even your movement outside your country could come under increased scrutiny and restriction.The hint that all this is about to take place would be when politicians publicly declare they would do no such a thing. You could quite literally have 24 hours to make a move. If your resources were not already in place, even the most nimble of us would have a very hard time making arrangements.Once the door is closed, attempting to move restricted assets across international borders would come with serious penalties, almost certainly including jail time. In such a tense atmosphere, you could easily be labeled an enemy of the state just for trying to remove yourself from harm’s way.The message is clear: storing some gold outside your country of residence is critical at this point, and the window of time for doing so is getting smaller. Don’t just hope for the best; do something about it while you still can. The minor effort made now could pay major dividends in the future. Besides, you won’t be any worse off for having some precious metals stored elsewhere.The best chess players in the world aren’t that way because they can see the next move. They’re champions because they can see the next 14 moves.You only have to see the government’s next two moves to “win” this game. I suggest learning what countermoves you can take now are, before your government declares checkmate.last_img read more

In This Issue   Gold gets taken down again

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Gold gets taken down again. *  Aussie Trade Deficit widens. *  Hildebrand won’t face charges. *  U.S. ISM expands. And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! No Jobs Jamboree, Oh My! What Will We Do? Good day.  And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! This will be a little later than usual today, as I’m late to begin with. I spent the morning arguing with myself over whether I was going to go to work today, for my stomach is not cooperating. I finally decided to go, and give it the old college try. So, here I am! Maybe my body is answering my call to lose 50 lbs by Friday! HA! Speaking of losing pounds. Aye, Aye, Aye. Gold really got the snot knocked out of it again yesterday after I sent the letter off for review. There was little in the way of reasons for this plunge downward, but it was eerily familiar.  It looked just like the previous takedowns generated by the price manipulators, for when else would be a good time to buy Gold other than when the U.S. is in shutdown, and the threat of a default is hanging over us like the Sword of Damocles? So, seeing this, the short position holders had to do something quick. Well, at least that’s how I see that it happened. I could be wrong. The first day of the partial Gov’t shutdown was more like a “who cares” trading day. Stocks went up, bonds rallied (albeit a small rally) and the dollar was soft against the fiat currencies, but strong against the hard currencies of Gold, Silver, and other precious metals. So, it’s on to day 2 of the Partial Shutdown, which from here on out I’ll refer to as the “PS”. Like I said yesterday, there’s no reason to go all Chicken Little on this right now. However, should this PS continue to drag on, and we edge closer to the drop dead date of October 17, when the “extraordinary measures” that the Treasury Sec. has used to keep the U.S. debt below the limit, I would think that there will be plenty of time to start screaming the sky is falling, the sky is falling! And again, let me say, that this isn’t just an October 2013 happening. This is what my old boss used to say about the cheese that binds. This is what happens when you build up unsustainable debt for over a decade, and then one day, it’s not so easy to rubber stamp a debt ceiling increase.  And the dollar should be hung out to dry because of this.  Right now, it’s drifting with a bias to sell, but there’s no real impetus to do so right now. I guess that comes when the Chicken Littles begin to hit the streets! And all this stuff with debts and deficit spending reminds me of the Ronald Reagan quote, when someone said that Congress was spending like drunken sailors, to which Reagan responded, “To compare Congress to drunken sailors is an insult to drunken sailors” – Ronald Reagan  The Aussie dollar (A$) has lost about 1/2-cent this morning, after booking an over 1-cent gain yesterday. I would think that some profit taking is to blame, but at the same time, I would also think that enough of the “good will” of the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) performing a vanishing act on their rate cut bias, has been priced into the A$… The next move higher, if there is one in the cards, will have to come from something else. Or someplace else, namely, China. The overnight weakness can be attributed to a Trade Deficit that was much larger than expected. The Aussie Trade Deficit for August was A$ 815 Million (A$ 400 million was expected). This is a two edged sword for the A$… Being an island nation, Australia has to import quite a bit of stuff, but in doing so, they are meeting the consumer demand, which is a good thing for the economy. This is a good economy indicator to watch for Australia. The euro is just a shade lower today than it was yesterday morning. Tomorrow, the European Central Bank (ECB) will meet, and I think the euro will get some relief trading from what comes from that meeting. I totally suspect that ECB President, Draghi, will keep rates unchanged, but keep his rhetoric about having the ability to adjust rates lower should the economy show signs of need. Draghi will need to be very careful that he doesn’t sound like the boy who cried wolf, given the evidence of a cyclical upturn in the Eurozone economy that’s going on right now. You know, the euro fell in value after the last meeting on Sept 5th, but then rallied nicely the past three weeks, so we could see some slippage again in the euro tomorrow, given what Draghi has to say. Another thing hanging over the euro this morning is the threat of the Berlusconi party in Italy becoming unified to vote against the currency Gov’t led by Letta. Yesterday, I told you how there were reports that enough of the Berlusconi Party members would defect and not vote against Letta. But today there are reports that the Berlusconi Party will be unified.  Ok.  stop all this now! Berlusconi. go to jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200! I’ve had it with your shenanigans! I can’t believe that with all the legal problems in your past, that anyone would be associated with your party! Geez Louise! Well, the best performing G-10 currency overnight has been the Japanese yen. Yes, I said the Japanese yen, you know, the currency that has Gov’t debt coming out its ears, the currency that has a Gov’t intent on getting the currency weaker, the currency that has a Gov’t that announced the largest bond buying program, ever, and the currency that has zero interest rates, and a 2 decade long economic funk.  So, why have traders taken the yen higher? Ahhh grasshopper, no matter what the Gov’t wishes for a currency, the markets have deeper pockets. And at least for a while the markets can hold off the weakness the Gov’t wishes for its currency.  And the markets can point to yen still being a “safe haven”.  Safe Haven, Schmafe Haven as far as I’m concerned! Over in Switzerland, the franc is still tied to the euro with a floor of 1.20 on the cross. There continues to be a whispering campaign to widen that floor to 1.30 or 1.35. But for now 1.20 remains in place.  Speaking of the floor that was put in place a couple of years ago. Remember how the wife of then Swiss National Bank (SNB) President, Hildebrand, made all that money on selling francs ahead of the announcement of the floor and eventual devaluation of the franc?  Well. it was announced yesterday, after a two years has passed and most people have forgotten about the whole mess, that Hildebrand won’t face further investigation, as FX transactions aren’t covered by Swiss insider regulations.   Are you kidding me? Have the Swiss taken a page out of the U.S. book that allows price manipulation without regulation?  I’m shaking my head in disgust. So for your listening enjoyment. We have 3 Fed Heads speaking today, including Big Ben Bernanke. Bullard and Rosengren are the other two that will mesmerize their audiences with powerful speeches.  Hey, did I tell you I have some swamp land to sell you?   Seriously though, I doubt we get much from any of these speeches for the subject matters aren’t market moving in themselves. But who know? Maybe somebody asks a question that spurs a market moving response. So.. Just to prove a point that the Currency Wars have tried to point out, and that I’ve pointed out to readers for over 12 years, that countries that need to increase their manufacturing visa-vi increased exports know that they can achieve this by debasing their currency.  Yesterday, the U.S. ISM Manufacturing Index for September, rose even higher than expected to an expansion number of 56.2. In May of this year, manufacturing was contracting with an index number of 49.0.  Since May the index has risen 12%…  Since May the dollar index has fallen 4%…  you need one to fall to have the other gain. Unless, we, as a country, want to start working for a whole lot less, so that our exports can compete even more! The U.S. data cupboard is pretty much shutdown with the PS going on. That probably means there won’t be a Jobs Jamboree this Friday, as previously scheduled. Oh Shoot Rudy! I really look forward to the Jobs Jamboree and the farce that the jobs report has become. NOT!  So, what will the markets do without cooked books to review? Before I head to the Big Finish today, I wanted to thank my friends over at the 5 Minute Forecast.  They thought enough of something I said yesterday, to add it to their great daily letter! My friend Addison Wiggin started the “5”, and it’s now put together each day by Dave Gonigam, and once again I thank them for thinking that what I said was “5-worthy”. For What It’s Worth. I saw this on Ed Steer’s letter this morning that he got from a reader, and thought it played well with all the stuff I’ve been telling you about China over the years. it’s from the website: www.therealasset.co.uk  should you want the whole article, for I only have room to add a snippet. It’s titled: “How China is taking over the world, one gold bar at a time” “The year 2013 in the gold investment market will be remembered as the year of China, so we’ve produced a stunning info graphic detailing China’s great golden rise to power. In just a few months the world’s largest country will overtake India as the biggest consumer of gold and its gold market continues to break records. A country that already mines over 400 tonnes of gold a year, China still demands more physical gold no matter the price. Between January and July this year the Shanghai Gold Exchange delivered more than 1,333 tonnes to gold investors. In the last 100 years China’s gold mine productivity has climbed from just 4 tons of gold in 1949 to an expected 440 tons this year, none of which is exported. Hong Kong imports have been over 600 tonnes this year alone, but still more gold is demanded. Whilst it may appear that China has exploded onto the gold scene this is by no means the case. China’s ancient monetary history is well documented. They are the world’s oldest scientists when it comes to different forms of money, having been the first to experiment with paper money and different metallic standards. Therefore during an international financial crisis one would imagine that the country with the longest and most diverse monetary history would be the place to turn to for direction.” Chuck again. Yes, nothing new to long time Pfennig Readers, just affirmation of all the stuff I’ve been telling you about how China is hoarding Gold. And don’t forget it was I who first put this idea in your head. That China will back the renminbi / yuan with some percentage of Gold when they decide to float and make their currency convertible, which in my opinion will make the renminbi/ yuan the most attractive currency in the world. To recap. Day 2 of the PS begins today. Yesterday saw a huge takedown of Gold once the U.S. traders arrived at their desks. Oh, and with the PS going on, there’s no one to at least appear to be regulating commodities. Aussie Trade Balance goes the wrong way, Berlusconi needs to go away, Hildebrand won’t face charges, and no Jobs Jamboree this Friday are all discussed this morning. Currencies today 10/2/13. American Style: A$ .9345, kiwi .8235, C$ .9670, euro 1.3520, sterling 1.62, Swiss $1.1050, . European Style: rand 10.1240, krone 6.0185, SEK 6.3940, forint 219.55, zloty 3.1230, koruna 18.9370, RUB 32.30, yen 97.40, sing 1.2515, HKD 7.7545, INR 62.46, China 6.1480, pesos 13.19, BRL 2.2155, Dollar Index 80.15, Oil $101.75, 10-year 2.63%, Silver $21.27, Platinum $1,386.80, Palladium $717.64, and Gold. $1,294.00 That’s it for today. NL Playoffs are set, The Cardinals will play the Pirates starting tomorrow afternoon, with the Braves taking on the Dodgers.   Happy Birthday to our newest trade desk member, Dane Moody. A tough day for yours truly yesterday, and today is not starting out like seashells and balloons, but I’ll get through it. I go today to have my “eye shell polished”. Always an interesting hour. I just received an email from who knows where, that has a subject line of: “The “Holy Grail” of Cancer Treatment Revealed”. Of course to find out that that is, I would have to listen to a 40 minute dissertation on why I should listen to this person, and then sign up for their newsletter that costs “X”. What a bunch of dookie! If you know the “holy grail” to cancer treatment shout it out loud! Share it with the rest of the class!  These things just drive me to yelling at the walls!   And with that. I think I had better get this out the door. I hope you have a Wonderful Wednesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

Over to mediators on PCM issues thanks Sports Commissioner

first_imgPETALING JAYA:  Newly-minted Sports Commissioner Dr Wirdati Mohd Radzi has hit the ground running.  An Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) committee has been set up to mediate issues raised during PCM’s election at its annual general meeting (AGM) on June 29. The election was supposed to see a two-horse race for the president’s post with former Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin being the other candidate. Other Sport 30 Jun 2019 Other Sports: PCM election called off for the first time “MCA in its written objection stated that they will proceed to file an injunction against the elections should PCM proceed without first resorting to the mediation process.  Other Sport 26 Jun 2019 Other Sports: Khairy: I still have a role to play in Malaysian sports Just a week into her new role, Wirdati has stepped in to resolve issues in the Paralympic Council of Malaysia (PCM).  The AGM was earlier postponed when only seven out of 14 members were in favour for the election to be carried out, preventing MCA president Datuk Seri Megat Shahriman Zaharudin from becoming PCM’s new president. Other Sport 15 Jun 2019 Other Sports: Outgoing president Nasarudin says thank you for a successfultenure The PCM No. 1 seat was up for grabs after incumbent SM Nasarudin SM Nasimuddin announced that he will not be seeking re-election.   “The chairman shall appoint members to the committee and then proceed with the mediation process to resolve the matter.  Related News However, Khairy was ruled out when he submitted his nomination on June 15, a day after the closing date. PCM, in a statement said: “The executive board at its meeting (on Friday) has, as directed by the Sports Commissioner and pursuant to the articles of the constitution of PCM, appointed a chairman for the ADR committee to mediate on the written objection raised by Malaysia Canoe Association (MCA) pertaining to the submission of nominations for elections at the PCM AGM on 29th June 2019. Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} “In this circumstance, it is not possible to apply for a fresh date for AGM pending the outcome of the mediation.”last_img read more