WBC orders rematch of Yamanaka-Nery bout over drug test

first_imgCPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ Caguioa, Helterbrand close ‘Fast and Furious’ chapter of their careers John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This photo taken on August 15, 2017 shows Mexican challenger Luis Nery (L) fighting against Japan’s Shinsuke Yamanaka (R) during their WBC bantamweight title match at the Shimadzu Arena in Kyoto.Nery won with a fourth-round knockout. / AFP PHOTO / JIJI PRESS / STR / Japan OUTTOKYO — The World Boxing Council has ordered a rematch between Japanese boxer Shinsuke Yamanaka and Luis Nery for the bantamweight title three months after the Mexican failed a drug test.Nery denied Yamanaka a 13th straight title defense on Aug. 15 in Kyoto.ADVERTISEMENT QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH A week after the bout, the WBC announced that Nery failed a drug test performed in the lead-up to the fight with an amount of the banned substance and stimulant Zilpaterol detected. The findings were from Nery’s“A” sample taken July 27, but additional tests taken in Japan gave negative results.The WBC issued a statement Wednesday saying “Based on the evidence the WBC examined concerning this matter, the WBC cannot make a determination with sufficient certainty as to whether Mr. Nery’s adverse finding was the result of intentional ingestion of a banned substance to improve performance. All information and facts lead to conclude that the adverse finding was due to consumption of contaminated food products.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Read Next View commentslast_img read more

9 months agoPorto midfielder Hector Herrera on Arsenal, Wolves radar

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Porto midfielder Hector Herrera on Arsenal, Wolves radarby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePorto midfielder Hector Herrera is on Arsenal’s radar this month.TMW says Arsenal are planning a move for Porto ace Herrera.Gunners boss Unai Emery is looking at the midfielder as he seeks to strenghten his option.But he’s not alone. Roma, Atletico Madrid, Sevilla and Wolves have also been linked.Herrera enjoyed an outstanding World Cup with Mexico and was linked with Real Madrid last summer. last_img read more

9 months agoSolskjaer’s smash-and-grab: Why this Man Utd manager has more than luck going for him

first_imgSolskjaer’s smash-and-grab: Why this Man Utd manager has more than luck going for himby Chris Beattie9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: A 1-0 win in London. At Tottenham. On paper it reads like a real smash-and-grab. And it was. But the way Manchester United nicked these three points was a complete 180 to the tale such a result would’ve demanded just a month ago…Jammy. Lucky. Yeah, Spurs fans can feel aggrieved today. Mauricio Pochettino, the home manager, had no complaints in the aftermath. They simply came up against an inspired goalkeeper. But David de Gea would also pull off such performances pre- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. The Spaniard was outstanding. Inspirational. But so was what he saw in front of him. As mentioned, this was a smash-and-grab. But it was done by a United on the front foot. In their best traditions. Spurs weren’t locked down. Their play wasn’t stifled. Strangled. It was the opposite. Pochettino’s greatest concern wasn’t breaking down a packed defence. It was the two forwards Solskjaer insisted stayed on the halfway line. No matter the pressure. No matter the time Spurs had in possession. United’s manager always had two attackers waiting to turn Tottenham’s defenders around.Six wins from six. With a bit of luck to help things along. But what’s wrong with being a lucky manager? Especially when it’s his initiative which is bringing this change of fortune.It’s not luck that Solskjaer has decided to go all in with Marcus Rashford as his prime – central – striker. It’s not luck that the Norwegian has realised the best way to win with this group of players is by backing their attacking strength. And it wasn’t luck that produced the winner – via Rashford – at Wembley on Sunday. The reaction of the manager and his staff a clear indicator that a week’s work in Dubai had just come off. Something which the matchwinner would later confirm.“We’ve done a lot of work in training on switching the play and little things like that,” Rashford revealed in the aftermath. “We’ve had a long week in training (in Dubai) and it’s been tough in training, but that’s the type of thing we’ve been working on. So for it to come out in a game is good for us as players and good for the staff as well.” Claims that Solskjaer is simply the beneficiary of player power – that they’re now performing because Jose Mourinho isn’t around – is insulting to the caretaker boss. When he and his staff review Sunday’s win, they’ll be confronted by the same problems as what Mourinho struggled with. A loose back four. An even looser midfield. By rights, Spurs should have taken the three points. But Solskjaer has made a difference. On the training pitch. In team selection. He’s giving this group of United players a tactical platform to go out and win. And as this column has already stated, it’s a platform over 11 years in the making. From the highs with Molde. To the lows with Cardiff City. And everything inbetween. These United players are the recipient of the decade long apprenticeship served by Solskjaer.They may get torn to shreds at the back. But United will always have a chance with De Gea between the posts and the pace they have up front. In the Mourinho era, we’d say the manager can’t trust his back four. But this is Solskjaer’s time, though the sentiment remains the same. He’s leaning on those players regarded as the best inside his squad. And they all happen to be attackers. It’s a cliche, but it’s working for this United manager: attack is the best form of defence.And suddenly this lot do have the makings of a great United team. And in the very best traditions of Sir Alex Ferguson. A great goalkeeper. Attacking, edge-of-your seat pace in attack. If Ed Woodward, United’s vice-chairman exec, can find his manager a new centre-half, they’ll be a step closer to completing the revival.From Gary Pallister. To Jaap Stam. And Rio Ferdinand. Sir Alex broke transfer record after transfer record to find the right centre-half to buttress the style of football he wanted to employ.Five years since the Scot’s retirement and Solskjaer is bringing back that approach. It might as well have been Fergie himself when the manager declared late Sunday afternoon: “We’ve got the best goalkeeper in the world. We’ve got blistering pace…”And now he just needs that centre-half. If Woodward is still hesitating this smash-and-grab should strengthen the manager’s case. Give him what he needs and Solskjaer is proving he can deliver. TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

23 days agoChelsea keeping tabs on Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile

first_imgChelsea keeping tabs on Monaco defender Benoit Badiashileby Paul Vegas23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea are keeping tabs on AS Monaco defender Benoit Badiashile.Le 10 Sport says Chelsea have the 18 year-old high on their shopping list.While they’re banned from working the market in January, Chelsea are actively drawing up plans for the 2020 summer transfer window.Chelsea have been watching Badiashile since he was 15 years of age.Badiashile is a first team regular with ASM this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Gov’t Receives Major Boost to Assist in Recovery Efforts

first_imgPrime Minister Andrew Holness today (May 23) received 3000 bags of cement from Caribbean Cement Company Limited, to assist in recovery efforts following the heavy rains last week.Prime Minister Holness thanked Carib Cement for the kind contribution to help those affected.“I am heartened by the response of Carib Cement to assist Jamaicans who have been adversely affected by the rains. Jamaica is privileged to have a private sector that continues to make significant contributions to the development of the country. The Government is committed to strengthening the partnership, with the private sector, in building Jamaica,” says the prime minister.In expressing his thanks to the company the prime minister encouraged other members of the private sector to assist in the recovery efforts.“On behalf of the people of Jamaica, I want to thank the management of Carib Cement, for their benevolence. This contribution will allow the government to assist more individuals. I am encouraging other members of the private sector to assist in the recovery efforts”, continued Prime Minister Holness.The Government, through the various agencies, has already started recovery works across the affected parishes as well as the distribution of relief supplies.Officials from the Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management, ODPEM were also on hand to receive the donation.last_img read more

Canfor announces more curtailments in Mackenzie and a shift reduction in Prince

first_img“We deeply regret the impacts that these capacity reductions will have on our Mackenzie and Isle Pierre employees, contractors, their families and the local communities,” said Stephen Mackie, Senior Vice President of Canadian Operations, Canfor. “The BC forest industry is continuing to face very significant challenges. None of our temporary or permanent curtailment decisions have been made lightly, nor are they a reflection on the hard work and dedication of our employees.”In combination, these curtailments will reduce Canfor’s annual production output by approximately 400 million board feet, which is in addition to previously announced reductions. MACKENZIE, B.C. – Canfor announced Thursday more capacity reductions in Mackenzie and Prince George.The Mackenzie sawmill will be placed on an indefinite curtailment effective immediately due to the high cost of fibre and poor lumber markets. On top of that, Canfor says challenging operating conditions have made the mill uneconomic under current conditions.The Isle Pierre sawmill in Prince George will be permanently reduced from two shifts to one shift effective September 20, 2019. The capacity reduction, which is due to insufficient timber supply as a result of the mountain pine beetle epidemic and associated decline in the annual allowable cut, will enable the mill to better align its production capacity with the sustainable fibre supply in the region. last_img read more

US women shut out Japan in preWorld Cup friendly at Crew Stadium

The 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup won’t begin until June 26, but the U.S. women’s national team looks ready. Preparations for this summer’s tournament continued for the American women Saturday with a 2-0 international friendly match win against Japan at Crew Stadium. The U.S. took a 1-0 lead in the 29th minute, thanks to veteran forward Abby Wambach’s goal — the 118th of her international career. Just eight minutes later, Wambach assisted on a goal that forward Amy Rodriguez hit off the post to give America a 2-0 lead. The U.S. went on to win by the same score. Japan began the match with offensive pressure and threatened American goalkeeper Hope Solo as the U.S. sat back early. “If you look at the first 25 minutes, I don’t think it’s good soccer,” U.S. coach Pia Sundhage said. “(Japan) played good. They kept possession and so forth.” Momentum swung in America’s favor when defender Ali Krieger provided the free-kick service for Wambach’s goal from about 35 yards away from Japan’s net. Wambach met Krieger’s lofted ball in stride and headed it passed Japanese goalkeeper Ayumi Kaihori to give the Americans a 1-0 lead. “We struggled big time until we scored the first goal,” Sundhage said. “Abby was great today. Just look at that goal; it (was) fantastic.” Wambach contributed to the American attack again just moments later. In the 37th minute, Wambach assisted on Rodriguez’s goal with a simple pass into Japan’s penalty area. Rodriguez hit the pass in stride, and the ball eventually trickled over the goal line after hitting off Kaihori’s near post. Despite contributing to both goals, Wambach credited the win to the U.S.’s defenders, saying they had a “strong” performance. “We have such a great defense,” Wambach said. “Our back four (defenders) are so solid. I like our chances when we score one goal.” Solo, who collected the 51st shutout of her international career, agreed. “It’s pretty easy playing with this back line,” Solo said. “My work is half as much as it usually is playing in the (Women’s Professional Soccer league).” The U.S.’s momentum continued immediately after play resumed in the second half, as the team fired three shots in the first seven minutes. By game’s end, the Americans took nine on-target shots at Kaihori, but none found the back of the net. Though her team did not score in the final 53 minutes of the game, Sundhage said the U.S.’s performance improved after the team’s early hiccups. “The second half was so much better than the first half,” Sundhage said. “We can do better.” Discipline in every facet of the U.S.’s game helped limit Japan’s offense in the final minutes — America went 21 minutes without committing a foul, from the 62nd minute until the 83rd minute. The 2-0 lead was all the Americans needed. Sundhage said she was happy with the outcome of the match. “This is a great team, and the team put it together,” Sundhage said. “We stayed composed and we came back. You don’t have to play beautiful soccer for 90 minutes, but you need to be smart enough to find a way. We did it.” The U.S. women’s national team will continue its FIFA World Cup preparation with another game against Japan on Wednesday. The match is scheduled to kick off at 7 p.m. in Cary, N.C. read more

World Cup will not impact Benitezs transfer plans

first_imgNewcastle manager Rafael Benitez has insisted that the performances of the players at the World Cup will not have an effect on his summer transfer plansThe Spaniard, who is currently facing an uncertain future at St James’ Park, has confirmed that he has begun making his plans with managing director Lee Charnley.But the former Liverpool manager has refused to judge players based on their performances in the upcoming World Cup this summer in Russia.“I don’t think so. We have people going around but now you can see a lot of players and you don’t have to be there.” said Benitez, according to Chronicle Live.“Also I am not a fan of the Euros and World Cup in terms of signing players from there because when they go there, what do they have? Something you don’t have for ten months, it’s not guaranteed for ten months.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“When you go to the Euros and the World Cup, everybody wants to go and they are motivated. This motivation for one or two weeks, for some players it is enough to make a name and then go to a top side.“But after for ten months, maybe they don’t reach the level. I am not impressed with the World Cup or Euros in terms of signing players because they do well there.”After a difficult start in their return to the Premier League this season, there has been a notable upturn in form for Newcastle since the beginning of the new year and Benitez’s side have climbed to an unexpected 10th place in the standings.Yet the 57 year-old has previously stated that he will not be satisfied until they reach his 40 point target with Newcastle just two points shy.last_img read more

Ramos hoping that dangerous Ronaldo has a bad game

first_imgSpain captain Sergio Ramos is hoping that his Real Madrid teammate Cristiano Ronaldo has a rare bad game ahead of their first match against Portugal at the World CupAfter playing integral roles alongside each other last season as Real claimed a third successive Champions League title, the duo will now line-up at opposite ends for their respective national sides as Spain face Portugal in their Group B opener on Friday.Ahead of the meeting at the Fisht Olympic Stadium, an anxious Ramos admitted that he does not find the prospect of facing an in-form Ronaldo to be inviting and hopes that the five-time Ballon d’Or winner has a rare bad game.“I’d rather have him on my team than against me. We know how dangerous he can be,” said Ramos, according to SportsKeeda.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.“He ended the season in outstanding shape. He’s a constant threat.“Not only Ronaldo but the Portugal squad are very talented. There are many players who can hurt you quickly, a lot of skill and safe in their defensive formation.“We will see a match for all sports lovers. It will be beautiful. I hope Cristiano doesn’t play his best match.”Following the shock sacking of head coach Julen Lopetegui on Wednesday, Spain have since confirmed that sporting director Fernando Hierro will take charge of the national side for the World Cup.last_img read more

Gabriel Barbosa announces move to Flamengo

first_imgBrazilian striker Gabriel Barbosa has announced he’s moved to Flamengo from Inter Milan on social mediaThe 22-year-old returned to Italy on January 7 after spending a year-long loan spell back at his old club Santos in Brazil.Barbosa had hoped to convince Inter coach Luciano Spalletti to retain him this month and give him “a chance” to prove his worth after never being handed a start in his 10 appearances for the club.While Flamengo confirmed their interest in signing Barbosa last month with Premier League side West Ham also reportedly interested.And it appears that the Brazilian has chosen to go back home by joining Flamengo after tweeting a video of himself playing Pro Evolution Soccer for the club with the caption: “I’m a player at Flamengo!”.No official announcement has been made by the club yet with Globo Esporte reporting that Barbosa has signed up on another year-long loan spell.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.Barbosa scored 18 goals in 35 Brazilian Serie A matches for Santos last season.Sabe aquela brincadeira que só acontece no vídeo game ou em sonho:⠀”Um dia eu vou jogar no Mengão, no Maraca lotado, com toda aquela nação gritando meu nome!” ☝🏾🏟Meu sonho agora é realidade. 🙌🏾⠀Eu sou jogador do @Flamengo! 🔴⚫Tamo junto Nação! 👊🏾⠀#FechadoComOMengão pic.twitter.com/WRDHIFc7fg— Gabriel Barbosa (@gabigol) January 9, 2019last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Former Wilmington Selectman Frank West Endorses Dave Robertson

first_imgDear Editor,It is with pride that I write this letter for David Robertson who is seeking to be our next State Representative for the 19th Middlesex District. I have known Dave Robertson since he began working for our late State Rep Jim Miceli. I see Dave as a man who has a positive attitude and would be able to hit the job running as Dave has been late Rep Jim Miceli’s Chief of Staff for a number of years.I have had many conversations with Dave Robertson over the years and find him extremely intelligent and competent in how to get things accomplished within the maze of our state government. Dave has a working knowledge and understanding of issues affecting both of our communities. Most importantly, I see Dave as a man of compassion who takes the time to listen to people and help solve individual issues as well.As a lifelong Wilmington Resident and local business owner, I am confident that Dave Robertson will be an amazing State Representative and am proud to give him both my vote and this endorsement and hope the voters of both Wilmington and Tewksbury will do as me and VOTE DAVE ROBERTSON STATE REPRESENTATIVE.Sincerely,Frank WestFormer Wilmington SelectmanNOTE: All letters regarding the September 4 election must be submitted no later than Thursday, August 30, 11:59pm.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: Vote Dave Robertson For State Rep On November 6In “Letter To The Editor”STATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Endorse Ed Markey With Possible Kennedy Showdown LoomingIn “Government”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

SC stays HC proceedings in Jaha Alam cases

first_imgAn ACC case kept the innocent jute mill worker Jaha Alam behind bars for nearly three years. File photo of Jaha AlamThe Appellate Division on Tuesday stayed until 13 May the hearing of a High Court rule and other proceedings regarding Jaha Alam, who languished in jail in place of the real accused in corruption cases, reports UNB.Chamber judge justice Md Nuruzzaman passed the order after hearing an appeal filed by the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) challenging the authority of the HC bench which had issued the rule.ACC lawyer Khurshid Alam Khan said the HC bench which issued the rule has no jurisdiction to issue the rule as the HC has special benches for hearing cases related to the ACC.The chamber judge also fixed 13 May for hearing the matter with the full bench of the Appellate Division of the Supreme Court, he said.On 17 April, the HC bench of justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and justice KM Kamrul Kader asked the ACC to submit their internal probe report on Jaha Alam by 2 May.The court said they will look into who is responsible for the imprisonment of Jaha Alam.On 6 March, the court asked for detailed documents of the 33 cases, in which Jaha Alam was incarcerated, and bank statements as affidavits within 10 April.On 10 April, the court fixed 17 April following a time petition of the ACC lawyer.Jaha Alam was freed from jail on 4 February after the High Court acquitted him in 26 cases in which charges had been pressed.The jute mill worker had been behind the bars since February 2016 in ACC cases for misappropriating Sonali Bank money. The real accused, Abu Salek, is absconding.Jaha Alam was released after the High Court issued a suo moto order and asked the ACC to submit case documents in the form of affidavits.last_img read more

Harvey Could Blow A Hole In States Education Budget

first_imgLaura IsenseeA young boy shows his lunch bag to HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza on the day most of the district’s schools returned to class following Hurricane Harvey, Sept. 11, 2017. Share Listen 00:00 /01:03 Xcenter_img As the House Public Education Committee met to gauge the financial losses Harvey inflicted on school districts, State Representative Gary VanDeaver (R-New Boston) urged his colleagues to consider what he called “the elephant in the room.”“It could take years for property values to come back,” said VanDeaver. “So we could see a real drop in recapture for the next ten years.”Texas relies on tax receipts from property-rich school districts to help pay for poorer ones, a system known as recapture.State Education Commissioner Mike Morath explained what that meant, given the damage to schools across Southeast Texas: “Just the facilities remediation alone could eliminate roughly $500 million a year in recapture payments in the state budget.”Houston ISD’s chief financial officer, Rene Barajas, said HISD is working with FEMA and its insurance to reduce its burden from recapture payments. That would leave the district with more money for disaster relief.  But he said it’s unlikely property values will fall so far as to take the district out of recapture altogether. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

EPA Moves Forward on CleanUp of San Jacinto Waste Pits

first_imgAPThe entrance to the San Jacinto River Waste Pits site is seen, Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, in Channelview, Texas. The Environmental Protection Agency says an unknown amount of a dangerous chemical linked to birth defects and cancer may have washed downriver from a Houston-area Superfund site during the flooding from Hurricane Harvey. EPA said Thursday night it has ordered the companies responsible for the San Jacinto River Waste Pits site to immediately address damage to a protective cap of fabric and rock intended to keep sediments highly contaminated with dioxins from spreading. (AP Photo/John L. Mone)The EPA says it has reached an agreement with two companies that will remove more than 200-thousand cubic yards of toxic waste from the San Jacinto River Waste Pits. The EPA says its agreement with the International Paper Company and McGinnes Industrial Maintenance will cost $115 million.In an emailed statement, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said the agreement marks the next step in his commitment to the people of Harris County to expedite the remediation of the San Jacinto Waste Pits site.“EPA will ensure that the remedial design removes all the contamination as quickly and safely as possible and permanently protects the health and safety of the surrounding communities and the San Jacinto River,” Pruitt said.The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will help install engineering controls to keep the site safe before excavation begins. The waste from a paper mill was first pumped into the pits in the mid-1960s and is contaminated with dioxins. The chemical compounds are highly toxic and can cause cancer and reproductive and developmental problems. The remediation will take nearly 2 ½ years to complete. The companies responsible for the clean-up have previously opposed the plan. They say the cap on the pits is secure and attempts to remove the material could result in a harmful spill.Run-off from the San Jacinto River ends up in Galveston Bay. The Galveston Bay Foundation in a statement said it applauds the clean-up plan. Sharelast_img read more

Capital hit by football madness

first_imgThough cricket seems to have become our national sport, no Indian can entirely ignore football. School and college boys playing a fun game of football come rain or angry sun. Football is an adrenaline fuelled sport and the age old rivalries of East Bengal and Mohan Bagan or Brazil versus the rest of the world is legendary for football lovers. And thanks to the extensive sports coverage, footballs clubs from across oceans have found loyal fans in India. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Something closer to home, Noida witnessed a high-energy football tournament on 24 August. Nine spirited teams from various Bengali associations across Delhi and Noida clashed in the Pushpa Saha Memorial One Day and Night Football Tournament held at Kali Bari Ground, Sector 26, Noida. Aniel Kuumar Saha, CMD of SAHA Groupe, who is an ardent follower and supporter of the sport himself, sponsored the exciting event.The tournament was played with much vigour and enthusiasm by the teams to promote football, a game close to every Bengali’s heart. Anadi Barua, a former Indian international football player and the present coach of Indian women’s football team and India’s football team selector, graced the occasion as a distinguished guest. The games began at 3 pm and continued with rousing cheers for the competing teams till late night. The tournament was organised by the Noida Bengali Cultural Association.last_img read more

Police chart out measures to implement SC cracker ban

first_imgKolkata: The police are gearing up to prevent the use of banned firecrackers in the state. According to sources, both Kolkata Police and the West Bengal Police are getting ready to keep a strict vigil during the two-day festival across the state.On Monday, the Supreme Court directed the state governments to arrange for extensive public awareness campaigns to inform people about the harmful effects of firecrackers. The Apex Court also clearly mentioned that on Diwali or any other festivals when firecrackers are being used, it would strictly be restricted between 8 pm and 10 pm. In the case of New Year celebrations, the time has been restricted from 11:55 pm to 12:30 am. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWhile directing the administration, Justice A K Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan mentioned that the police will ensure that no banned firecracker sales take place and will also look after that the time limit is not flouted. The major direction to the police is that if any violation of the order is found then the Officer-in-Charge (OC) or the Station House Officer (SHO) of the concerned police station will be held personally liable and would face proceedings. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedKeeping these points in mind, the police across the state are preparing themselves to comply with the Apex Court order. Sources informed that Kolkata Police have already started gathering information about firecracker factories from the surrounding areas, especially in South 24-Parganas. Senior officials are also mulling to initiate a special raid few days before the Kali Puja to ensure that no banned firecrackers are brought into the city. Apart from Kolkata Police, Bidhannagar Police are also ensuring stringent action against the law violators. Deputy Commissioner (Headquarters) Amit Javalgi said: “We will publicise the court order through media before Diwali. If any complaint comes, we will definitely intervene. We will strictly enforce the timings. Drive against illegal firecracker manufacturing and storing will commence soon.” Meanwhile, the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) welcomed the Supreme Court’s order which permitted the sale and manufacture of low emission “green” firecrackers countrywide but fixed a two-hour time period on Diwali and other festivals. According to reports, the Board had already put in force a mechanism to stop the supply and sale of firecrackers beyond permissible decibel sound limits (90 decibel) since the past couple of years.last_img read more

Momentous day for NCL with Norwegian Sky in Havana

first_img Share Wednesday, May 3, 2017 Tags: Cuba, Norwegian Cruise Line HAVANA — Norwegian Sky celebrated its maiden call in Havana with NCL executives including Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings President & CEO Frank Del Rio and Norwegian Cruise Line President & CEO Andy Stuart. Norwegian Sky is NCL’s first ship to sail to Cuba.“Today is a momentous day for Norwegian Cruise Line, our guests and our travel agent partners, as we open our doors to Cuba’s natural beauty, warm people and historical treasures,” said Del Rio. He added that “sailing into the Havana harbour today, we were welcomed by the Cuban people with open arms and excitement to share their incredible culture with our guests.”The Havana call marked the first of Norwegian Sky’s weekly roundtrip cruises from Miami to Cuba.  The ship will sail a total of 53 four-day voyages to Cuba, with 52 including an overnight stay Havana. The four-day itineraries also include a stop at NCL’s private island Great Stirrup Cay. Travelweek Group center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by “Momentous day” for NCL with Norwegian Sky in Havanalast_img read more

Twice as Nice These Homes are Gaining Value Faster

first_img Share October 4, 2016 605 Views Twice as Nice: These Homes are Gaining Value Faster Democrats and Republicans Home Values Political Parties 2016-10-04 Seth Welborncenter_img While the debate continues as to how the new president will affect housing in the United States after January, the data shows that the return on investment (ROI) for single-family houses located in Democrat-controlled districts has been double that of houses in Republican-controlled districts since President Obama took office.According to a study released Wednesday by ATTOM Data Solutions which analyzed 2.4 million single-family homes purchased eight years ago, houses in located in districts controlled by Democrats had gained an average in value of $59,467 since they were purchased, which is a 21 percent ROI.By comparison, houses purchased at the dawn of the Obama Administration located in Republican-controlled districts have gained an average of $22,086 in value, which represents a 10 percent ROI.“I think the districts that tend to be Democratic and the states that have a lot of Democratic-controlled districts tend to be more urban,” said Daren Blomquist, SVP, ATTOM Data Solutions. “And also coastal markets that have seen a stronger bounceback in home prices during the recovery of the last few years. California has the most homes in Democratic-controlled districts than any state, and Los Angeles County has the most homes of any county nationwide in Democratic-controlled districts, and that is the type of county that we’re seeing has recovered very, very strongly during this recovery.”There is good news for those homeowners in Republican-controlled districts, however. Those homeowners are paying lower property taxes (an average of $2,514, or a 1.02 percent effective tax rate) than those in Democrat-controlled districts (an average of $3,659, a 1.07 percent effective tax rate). Also, contrary to the national trend, the ROI has been higher for homes in Republican-controlled districts in seven out of the 11 battleground states for the upcoming presidential election.“In many of those states, but not all of them, what we see going on is they were hit hard by the housing downturn, and we see the Democrat and Republican districts more closely matched in those states—but with the Republican-controlled districts winning out by just a few percentage points,” Blomquist said. “In Florida, for example, the Democratic districts saw an 8 percent return, whereas in Republican districts it was an 11 percent return. In Michigan, it was 33 percent versus 36 percent. In Ohio, it was 18 percent versus 19 percent. We saw a lot of close calls like that, but what that tells me is that those were all states that were hit hard during the recession and everybody has struggled to come back from that hole that was dug during the recession. It’s a little bit more of a level playing field in those districts with the Republican districts winning out by just a few percentage points.” in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, Newslast_img read more

London England – Reported by Elite Traveler the

first_imgLondon, England – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle MagazineWhen Bea Tollman, President and Founder of the Red Carnation Hotel Collection, opened her first hotel in London in 1984 she believed outstanding personal service and great value should be the essence of every guest’s stay. Now, with generations of experience in hospitality, and having grown the collection to an impressive thirteen family-run luxury boutique hotels, Red Carnation is regarded as one of the world’s finest. With accolades including kudos from major travel publications to even a “Best Employer in Hospitality and Leisure” award at the 2009 Springboard Awards for Excellence, her secret ingredient for success is continued investment in her most prized asset – her people.Guest reviews often includes phrases such as “flawless service”, “extraordinary staff” and “top notch luxury”. And Red Carnation delivers over fifty different internal training programs, including the specially designed Management Trainee Programs, to ensure talented individuals receive the guidance and business acumen to fulfill their potential within hospitality and continue to deliver unforgettable guest experiences. Many of these programs are linked to internationally recognized qualifications and include extensive leadership and management initiatives.Staff remuneration through rewards is also a key ingredient. Individual and department incentives together with social events throughout the year are just some of the ways in which Red Carnation recognizes and rewards good performance whilst reinforcing strong family values. For example, over 700 staff are set to attend a glamorous Dinner Dance, at The Hilton Park Lane in London, 28th March 2010. Some 100 employees will be flown in from the overseas hotels, some from as far as South Africa, to celebrate the collection and the achievements of the team members. The evening will see over 130 staff recognized for their outstanding contributions as managers and employees over the past twelve months, as trainers, and as individuals who were willing to go way beyond their ordinary duties for the benefit of guests and other members of the team as well as honorary awards for length of service. Generous cash prizes, weekends away, trophies and certificates will mark the occasion for the winners. Above all, and most importantly however, it’s an opportunity for friends and colleagues to get together and have some fun.“When you work closely with people day in and day out you become a family, and that’s how I see our staff. Likewise, we’re creating a ‘home from home’ for our guests, and treat them as we would treasure family friends,” says Bea Tollman. “A true appreciation of people, those that work with us and those that stay with us, is at the heart of everything we do, as evinced by the extremely low staff turn-over. But it all starts with staff training, development, recognition and, ultimately, promotions from within. We’re totally dedicated to helping every individual fulfill his potential, because it’s the only way to deliver the ultimate guest experience. There are no short cuts or half measures.”www.redcarnation.comlast_img read more

Rep Eisen named Vice Chair of Transportation Committee in Michigan House

first_img22Jan Rep. Eisen named Vice Chair of Transportation Committee in Michigan House Lawmaker will serve on three other committeesState Rep. Gary Eisen was recently appointed as Vice Chair of the Michigan House Transportation Committee for the 2019-20 legislative session, an important position to help improve the conditions of Michigan roads and bridges.Committee assignments were announced by Speaker Lee Chatfield.“As Transportation Vice Chair I will work with my House colleagues to prioritize roads and ensure families can travel safely across the state,” Eisen said. “We must work together to ensure road projects are done on time and on budget, so our investments are of the best possible value to Michigan residents.”Eisen also will also serve as a member of the Agriculture, Local Government and Natural Resources and Outdoor Recreation Committees.Eisen represents the residents of the 81st  District, which includes the communities of Lynn, Berlin, Emmett, Brockway, Greenwood, Gant, Clay, Clyde, Port Huron, St. Clair, East China, China, Cottreville and Mussey Townships, as  well the cities of Yale, St. Clair, Marine, Marysville and Algonac in St. Clair County.### Categories: Eisen News,Newslast_img read more

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first_imgMelita, a Malta-based telecom services provider, has appointed former Telesystem International Wireless CEO, Bruno Ducharme, as an independent non-executive director.Ducharme founded and served for 12 years as the CEO of Telesystem. He is now a private investor and also sits on the boards of Orange Switzerland, Tele2 Russia, Baltic telco Bité and UK fibre broadband firm Hyperoptic.last_img

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

The countries of the developed world are experienc

first_imgThe countries of the developed world are experiencing a new class of refugee – members of the middle and upper class. These rungs of the socioeconomic ladder are realizing that their countries of residence are in many ways going rapidly downhill without much hope of a short- or medium-term reversal. This is particularly true for national economies, taxes, and regulations, and in terms of deteriorating individual liberty. As a result, many are seeking permanent expatriation, or a “back door” destination, should a sudden move become necessary. In fact, after internationalizing your assets, establishing a back door is the next most important diversification strategy for most. This article will provide valuable insights toward that goal. The first big hurdle is determining which destination is the right fit for you and your family. This task can be time-consuming and frustrating. Many in the developed West contemplating personal internationalization (particularly Americans) are saying, “There’s nowhere to go – the whole world is falling apart.” This is far from the truth. Although much of the developed world is in serious decline, there are exceptions. Further, some of the world’s developing countries are on the rise both socially and economically. However, some of the greatest opportunities for those hoping for a better life outside of Europe or America lie in less-developed countries. The less-developed countries are generally perceived by dwellers of the developed West as impoverished nations, where ignorance and disease are the norm. This is certainly true of some countries such as Somalia, which is the far extreme. However, it is certainly not the case with other locales that technically fit in this category, such as Uruguay, which is almost entirely unaffected by the present First World crisis. Perhaps your idea of a new home is on a beach in the Caribbean where there is minimal violence, and where your wealth is relatively secure. Possibly you would prefer a home where there are old-world values and traditions, where you can frequent cafés and surround yourself with the arts. Whatever fits your tastes and needs, such a destination is likely to exist. However, finding the right combination of ingredients is time-consuming and requires some research and a bit of travel. Our first recommendation is that you begin with a list of what is important to you. This can include such items as low taxation and limited government. However, it may also contain gourmet food and good hair salons. While the latter may seem frivolous, it may not be. Many have expatriated to a new jurisdiction only to discover that it’s the “frivolous” things that they miss most. Therefore, create a table that covers all these things for all who will be going with you. Below is an example of how you might go about this. Possible Exit Destinations The table shown here was used by a Scottish acquaintance of mine when he began his search for a second residence. In the end, his final choice was not even a country on this table. He decided on Chiang Mai, Thailand, also now home to the well-known contrarian investment advisor Marc Faber. Using a table similar to the one above and ranking your priorities for each contending country is an extremely valuable exercise. While not entirely scientific and obviously subject to personal biases, by conducting extensive due diligence and applying the results to such a document, the person or family looking for a second residence will be less prone to making a commitment that is later regretted. You can ensure you cover all bases before making a decision. Once the list of contenders has been decided, a bit of travel will be in order. While research can reveal information about any potential destination, getting a feel for the country and how things actually work requires personal experience. By planning a vacation at the place of interest, the priorities in the table can be confirmed and new ones added. Some time on the ground taking notes and refining the table will assist you in determining if a potential choice is a good fit for you and your family. Once the decision on where in the world to settle is reached, other choices will surface over time: do you wish to work, start a business, or retire in the new location?; will you pursue citizenship or legal residence? As the answers to these questions surface, you will need to set the appropriate process in motion. In many countries, accomplishing some or all of these goals can take a long time, so plan accordingly and expect a few hurdles along the way. Finally, you will need to rent or purchase property and set up a residence whether you plan to relocate fulltime or establish a backdoor destination as a nice place to vacation. If you select a destination where the economy is on the upswing, chances are even if you never need to move there, you can sell the property later at a profit. In the meantime, purchasing foreign real estate gives you diversification beyond one economy and one currency Purchasing foreign property is one of the best wealth-protection strategies there is, but it’s far from your only option. You can buy precious metals and store them abroad… invest in other countries’ currencies… move your IRA to a foreign jurisdiction… or implement any number of other measures that your government would prefer you not know about. If you’re at all interested in learning more about this increasingly important subject, you need to see Internationalizing Your Assets, a new Casey Research web video that premiers on Tuesday, April 30 at 2 p.m. Eastern time. This free event features some of the world’s foremost experts on international diversification, including Casey Research Chairman Doug Casey, World Money Analyst Editor Kevin Brekke, and Euro Pacific Capital CEO Peter Schiff. For more information and to register, click here.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

Childhood cartoons have programmed us to see banke

first_imgChildhood cartoons have programmed us to see bankers as evil, greedy businessmen who delight in preying on the poor. Case in point: Snidely Whiplash.Snidely Whiplash and Nell As children we latched onto stories of the evil banker who held the mortgage on poor Nell’s ranch. Somehow a hero, Dudley Do-Right, emerged in the nick of time to save the day, and the banker was foiled again.Take Your Mortgage to the Grave Snidely Whiplash is at it again in the United Kingdom; only now he has a new scheme to snatch up the property of the poor: lifetime mortgages. It seems that Snidely has been so successful at lending to people who cannot repay their mortgages that he’s overwhelmed the system. But beware of bankers bearing gifts. In the UK, interest-only mortgages allow borrowers to repay only interest during the life of the mortgage, usually twenty-five years. While that keeps month-to-month costs low, borrowers still have to repay the balance at the end of loan’s term… You can see where this is headed. As Dan Hyde, Consumer Affairs Editor of the Telegraph reports, Around 130,000 interest-only mortgages are due to expire every year until 2020, with half facing a shortfall of £71,000 on average, according to the City watchdog. Of the 2.8 million interest-only mortgages in Britain, an estimated 1.3 million are ticking time bombs, so to speak. Banks touted interest-only loans when the industry was booming, but as these notes come due, borrowers are faced with losing their homes.The Poisonous Band-Aid In order to mitigate the crisis, magnanimous bankers are offering lifetime mortgages to borrowers in their 50s and 60s who are coming up short. How do these Band-Aids work? The borrower continues to pay interest and can remain in the home for life. When the borrower dies, the house reverts to the bank. (Sorry kids, no house to inherit.) During boom times, buyers on both sides of the Pond bought homes they could not realistically afford. No money to put down? No problem! Just sign here, move in, and start making the payments. It’s as simple as that.“Don’t worry,” Snidely Whiplash said. “Real estate always increases in value.” Now those notes are coming due, aging borrowers haven’t saved nearly enough to pay the balance, and many if not most of their homes haven’t increased in value. If an interest-only borrower’s home had appreciated 10-20% (providing much-needed equity) during the life of the mortgage, which was the longtime norm, the bank would likely convert the original loan to a conventional mortgage. From the bank’s perspective, why not convert if the home’s value still covers the amount of the loan. And of course, it would pocket origination fees again and receive additional interest income.That’s Not What Happened Sad to say, for the most part banks offering the lifetime-mortgage Band-Aid hold property that is worth far less than the mortgage. The bank is screwed if it forecloses because it will have to sell at a substantial loss. Oh my! Enter Snidely Whiplash, eager to let Grandma and Grandpa stay in their home. All they have to do is keep paying the interest. When they die, he’ll then take the home. Well, any five-year-old can tell you that Dudley Do-Right saves the day, not Snidely Whiplash. So why would he propose such a scheme? It’s pretty simple. If all those borrowers default, the bank is left with unpaid mortgages and homes worth less than the unpaid balances. Homeowners, wake up! This silly scheme will shackle you in poverty. There is a better way.Plan B What if homeowners united, and all 1.3 million dropped their keys off at the bank and moved out? Sell everything—furniture, kitchenware, bathroom cabinets, hot water heaters, you name it. Salvage some cash to start over. Find an inexpensive place to rent; you will be there only a short time. Soon there would be a huge housing glut and house prices would drop radically. The bankers would have to sell the homes at their current value and swallow the losses. How would seniors benefit? Well, wouldn’t you rather rent from an owner who owns the home at a lower price, thereby reducing your monthly payment? Plus you won’t have to worry about taxes, maintenance, or upkeep. And at the same time, you give yourself a second chance at possibly accumulating some wealth. Signing a lifetime mortgage destroys that chance. I have yet to hear of lifetime interest-only mortgages in the US. The closest thing to it stateside is a reverse mortgage. While a reverse mortgage makes sense under very limited circumstances, vigilance is in order. When TV characters like the Fonz earn big bucks to promote reverse mortgages, you know the scheme must be profitable for the banking industry. Remember this universal truth: when a banker is concerned about you, it is for his own benefit, not yours. Come to think of it, give the Fonz a top hat, long twisted mustache and… Oh, never mind!On the Lighter Side Last Saturday the baseball world said good-bye to one of my boyhood heroes, Ernie Banks. He passed on his 84th birthday. Ernie’s accomplishments on the field made him a first ballot member of the Hall of Fame. Off the field he was a true gentleman and ambassador for the game. Congratulations to the Patriots for winning the Super Bowl. Once again, Budweiser gets my vote for the best commercial with their famous Clydesdale horses and puppy. Baseball fans love the Super Bowl because it means baseball season is right around the corner. Pitchers and catchers report for spring training in less than two weeks. And finally… Good friend Toots shared a gem with me, which I wanted to share because it reminded me of Ernie Banks. He always saw the bright side of life. Don’t miss my latest interview on the Financial Survival Network, and follow us on Twitter @millersmoney. Until next week…last_img read more

Suicide rates have increased in nearly every state

first_imgSuicide rates have increased in nearly every state over the past two decades, and half of the states have seen suicide rates go up more than 30 percent.Suicide is a major public health issue, accounting for nearly 45,000 deaths in 2016 alone. That is why the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta decided to take a comprehensive look at suicides from 1999 to 2016.”Suicide in this country really is a problem that is impacted by so many factors. It’s not just a mental health concern,” says Deborah Stone, a behavioral scientist at the CDC and the lead author of the new study. “There are many different circumstances and factors that contribute to suicide. And so that’s one of the things that this study really shows us. It points to the need for a comprehensive approach to prevention.”She and her colleagues collected data on suicides from every state. In addition, to better understand the circumstances surrounding suicide, they turned to more detailed information collected by 27 states on suicides that occurred in 2015.The rise in suicide rates was highest in the central, northern region of the U.S., with North Dakota, for example, seeing a 57.6 percent increase since 1999. Nevada was the only state that saw no increase, and Delaware saw the smallest increase which was 5.9 percent.The findings were published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.Guns were the most common method used for suicide, accounting for almost half of the people who died.Often, the suicide seemed to happen without warning: 54 percent of the people who killed themselves didn’t have a previously known mental health issue. “Instead, these folks were suffering from other issues, such as relationship problems, substance misuse, physical health problems, job or financial problems, and recent crises or things that were coming up in their lives that they were anticipating,” says Stone.Researchers and advocacy groups who work to prevent suicide say the report shows that much more needs to be done to tackle this growing problem.”None of this is surprising information, which is not to trivialize its importance. I think it captures a lot of trends that we’ve been becoming more and more aware of over recent years,” says psychologist Michael Anestis at the University of Southern Mississippi, who researches suicide and is the author of Guns and Suicide: An American Epidemic.He thinks the general public commonly pictures someone who had been getting treatment for a long period before killing themselves, like fashion designer Kate Spade, who died this week, but that’s often not the case.That means any public health effort to reduce suicides can’t solely focus on those who have reached out for help. It has to be paired with measures that would make suicidal people less likely to die even if they never went to see a doctor.The CDC report cites several different approaches, such as working to stabilize housing and teaching coping and problem-solving skills early in life.The report also cites the need to reduce “access to lethal means” but without explicitly discussing firearms or controversial issues such as gun control legislation. Asked whether that was a deliberate omission, because of the political climate surrounding gun control, Stone said that suicide rates have been increasing across all methods.”So it’s not just about firearms, it’s also about other methods of suicide such as hanging, suffocation, poisoning and the like,” she said. “We are concerned with all aspects of suicide prevention, including access to lethal means, and so we do include that in a comprehensive approach to suicide prevention.”But Anestis believes that it’s important to not beat around the bush when it comes to guns and to talk about the importance of things like setting waiting periods for purchase, and storing guns locked and unloaded.”American suicide is predominantly a firearm issue. Anytime we want to resolve something that involves firearms, we’ve need to talk about firearms explicitly,” he says. “The conversation about firearms and suicide doesn’t have to be a debate about the Second Amendment. It could be a debate about where can we find some common ground that doesn’t simply involve only talking about people with mental illnesses, because as this paper shows, that’s not going to get the job done.”Research shows that the decision to attempt suicide is often made quickly, in an impulsive way, says Robert Gebbia, the head of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.”You may be thinking about it over time, but that moment when you actually make an attempt is a very short window,” he explains. “If you could make it harder to make that attempt by not having access to the means, often what happens is the feelings will pass, it gives people time for someone to intervene and get them help, so that is a really important preventative step that can be done. And there’s good research to support that.”Suicide researchers already know a lot of the information in this new report, says Gebbia, “but the public doesn’t. And so a report like this really draws attention to the fact that we need to do a whole lot more to prevent suicide, to save lives.”He points out, for example, that the nation currently has no federally funded suicide prevention program for adults. “There are some for youth, but they’re very, very tiny,” says Gebbia. “We can’t expect a major public health problem like this to be addressed unless we see the investment.”The CDC said that people can learn about warning signs of suicide to help people at risk. One resource is the website: www.BeThe1to.com. To reach the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

A Tory leadership contender left her job as work a

first_imgA Tory leadership contender left her job as work and pensions secretary without answering key questions from an MP about links between her department and the deaths of benefit claimants, her former department has confirmed.Esther McVey (pictured) resigned her position last November in protest at the prime minister’s Brexit deal.But she left more than three months after receiving a letter from Stephen Lloyd, then a Liberal Democrat and now an independent MP, about claims of a possible cover-up by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).He had written to her after Disability News Service (DNS) reported how DWP was refusing to say if it showed key documents linking the deaths of claimants with the work capability assessment (WCA) to Dr Paul Litchfield, the independent expert the government hired to review the test in 2013 and 2014.He carried out the fourth and fifth reviews of the WCA but has refused to say if he was shown two letters written by coroners and a number of secret DWP “peer reviews”.Litchfield, who was recognised by the prime minister with a CBE in last June’s birthday honours, published his two reviews in December 2013 and November 2014, but neither of his reports mentioned the documents, which all link the WCA with the deaths of claimants.In his letter to McVey, Lloyd said he found it “astonishing” that Litchfield appeared not to have been shown the documents.He added: “In light of Dr Litchfield being awarded a CBE, could you please confirm whether or not he was shown the documents linking the government’s WCA program with the deaths of benefit claimants?”Weeks later, having failed to receive a reply, the MP wrote a follow-up letter to McVey.He never received a reply.This week, DWP claimed it could not comment because McVey was no longer with the department, while McVey’s office claimed it was for DWP to answer any questions about the failure to reply.A DWP spokesperson said: “As his letter was sent to Esther McVey I can’t say why a response wasn’t sent.”But a spokesperson for McVey said: “Although the letter was addressed to Esther, the ministerial correspondence team will have forwarded it to the correct person to respond.“In this case, it would not have been the secretary of state.“I am sorry I am not able to provide further information, it would be a matter for the Department for Work and Pensions to address.”Lloyd said this week: “It’s absolutely deplorable that Esther McVey, when she was secretary of state at the DWP, simply didn’t bother to respond to my letter which was first sent on the 2nd of August last year.“My office even followed her up twice, but still nothing.“This showed a total reluctance by her and the DWP to engage on what were and are shocking allegations.“To think that she’s now trying to become the new Conservative leader and even, god help us, prime minister, beggars belief.”Since DNS revealed the existence of the documents in the years after Litchfield’s final report was published, concerns have grown that senior DWP civil servants and ministers deliberately covered-up evidence showing the fatal impact of the assessment on disabled people.The admission that McVey failed to respond to Lloyd’s letter adds weight to calls in the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition* for an independent inquiry into deaths linked to DWP failings, and for evidence of criminal misconduct by civil servants or government ministers to be passed to the police.It also calls for MPs to recognise that DWP is institutionally disablist and not fit for purpose, and for DWP to “urgently change its policies and administration of social security benefits to make the safety of all claimants a priority”.The cover-up over the benefit deaths documents appeared to be confirmed earlier this month when DNS revealed how DWP had finally admitted failing to send Litchfield’s review team the coroners’ letters and the internal reviews.The admission came in DWP’s response to a complaint lodged by DNS with the Information Commissioner’s Office about the department’s failure to confirm if it passed the information to Litchfield.A senior ICO case officer told DNS: “Consultation with the ex-review team elicited statements that no such information was received from DWP nor were any physical files sent to stores.”The coroner’s letters followed the deaths of two men with mental health conditions in 2010 and 2013; they were sent to DWP in the spring of 2010 and early 2014, each warning of further such deaths if changes were not made to the WCA.Peer reviews – now known as internal process reviews – must be carried out by DWP civil servants into every death “where suicide is associated with DWP activity”, as well as other deaths and serious and complex cases that have been linked to DWP activity.DWP has admitted that at least seven peer reviews written in 2012 mentioned the WCA, and there are almost certainly more that were written by the time Litchfield wrote his final report in late 2014.One of the aims of a peer review is to “determine whether local and national standards have been followed or need to be revised/improved”, so DWP would find it hard to explain why they would not have been shown to Litchfield, whose job it was to review how the WCA was working.But neither of Litchfield’s reviews mentioned either the peer reviews or the coroners’ letters, although the second coroner’s letter was not written until he had begun work on his second review.Professor Malcolm Harrington, who carried out the first three WCA reviews in 2010, 2011 and 2012, has told DNS that he believes he was shown neither the first coroner’s letter nor any WCA-related peer reviews.To sign the Justice for Jodey Whiting petition, click on this link. If you sign the petition, please note that you will need to confirm your signature by clicking on an email you will be sent automatically by the House of Commons petitions committeeA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS…last_img read more

Windows Bounty Program Offers Up to 250000 Per Bug

first_img Next Article Add to Queue 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Microsoft –shares Apply Now » July 27, 2017 Image credit: Microsoft via PC Mag Bug bounty programs are a very efficient way of getting the wider security community involved in helping to protect a piece of software. In return for spending time trying to break through the security of any given system, you can earn some cash and a little bit of fame.This week, Microsoft announced the Windows Bounty Program, challenging “friends, hackers and researchers” to break into any and all parts of Windows 10 and Windows Server.Microsoft isn’t new to the bug bounty game. Mitigation Bypass Bounty and Bounty for Defense programs have been running since 2013, and a Microsoft Edge bounty has been in place since August 2016. The latest bounties are really more of an expansion of what’s already in place and includes the Windows Insider Preview, Windows Defender Application Guard and Microsoft Hyper-V.Rewards range anywhere from $500 right up to $250,000 for the most serious Hyper-V bugs. Hyper-V is Microsoft’s solution for running virtual machines and helps power the Azure cloud computing service, so you can see why Microsoft would like to identify and fix any vulnerabilities there quickly. In order to earn $250,000 you need to identify a vulnerability that qualifies as Remote Code Execution, Information Disclosure or a Denial of Service.A nice additional feature of this bounty program is the 10 percent reward. If a bug is reported that Microsoft already discovered internally, the first finder will still receive 10 percent of the qualifying reward. So if they found a vulnerability worth $250,000, which Microsoft already knows about internally, they’ll still receive $25,000.Taken as a whole, Microsoft is clearly very keen to ensure its core products of Windows 10, Windows Server, the Edge browser and Windows Defender are as secure as possible. And with the rate at which new threats appear, it would be almost impossible to keep up relying solely on an internal security team at Microsoft.center_img In a bid to make Windows 10 and Windows Server more secure, Microsoft turns to the wider security community and tempts them with very healthy cash rewards. The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. This story originally appeared on PCMag Matthew Humphries Senior Editor 2 min read Windows Bounty Program Offers Up to $250,000 Per Buglast_img read more

Creator of Doomed Fyre Festival Gets 6Year Prison Sentence

first_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Add to Queue Next Article Billy McFarland defrauded investors of tens of millions of dollars. Image credit: Variety via engadget Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Creator of Doomed Fyre Festival Gets 6-Year Prison Sentence 2 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget Edgar Alvarez prison Billy McFarland, the founder of the disastrous Fyre Festival from 2017, has been sentenced to six years in a federal prison, The New York Times reports. The 26-year-old was found guilty of defrauding investors, an act he admitted to earlier this year.McFarland told prosecutors then that Fyre Media got $26 million from lenders by lying and forging documents, for what was then billed as “the cultural experience of the decade.” As we know now, though, Fyre Festival ended up being the completely opposite of that, leaving attendees stranded at airports and eating sad cheese sandwiches instead of the five-star meals McFarland and his group promised them.Bands like Blink 182, which were supposedly set to perform at the event, never even showed up to the Bahamas, where the Fyre Festival was taking place. “The organizers assured us that all measures were taken to ensure a safe and successful event,” the Bahamas Ministry of Tourism said in a statement in 2017, “but clearly they did not have the capacity to execute an event of this scale.” Thousands of people also bought tickets thinking they’d be hanging out with supermodels such as Kendall Jenner, but that was obviously just another lie.”The defendant is a serial fraudster,” Manhattan federal judge Naomi Reice Buchwald said on Thursday, according to ABC News. “Mr. McFarland is a fraudster and not simply a misguided young man. Bad intent was longstanding.” –shares October 12, 2018 Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Marketpoint to Preview NextGen CRM Solution featuring Zuant Integration at CRM Evolution

first_imgMarketpoint to Preview NextGen CRM Solution featuring Zuant Integration at CRM Evolution MTS Staff WriterApril 23, 2019, 6:57 pmApril 23, 2019 Global CRM Pioneer Marketpoint Will Preview the Relaunch of Its Signature Solution, Marketpoint CRM 3.0, During the 2019 CRM Evolution Conference and Expo. This Year’s Show Will Be Held at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel, April 29 – May 1. Register Here and Visit Marketpoint in Booth #400Global CRM pioneer Marketpoint will preview the relaunch of its signature solution, Marketpoint CRM 3.0, during the 2019 CRM Evolution Conference and Expo. This year’s show will be held at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel, April 29 – May 1.Now celebrating its 21st year, Marketpoint CRM is the world’s first web-based CRM system. Version 3.0 will be officially relaunched this fall and features full integration with Zuant, an award-winning mobile app for lead retrieval. Used by sales and marketing professionals worldwide, the advanced solution is currently being beta tested by Civica, one of Marketpoint’s largest clients.“The Marketpoint team is thrilled to exhibit at CRM Evolution for the first time,” said Peter Gillett, CEO of Marketpoint and Zuant. “We look forward to showcasing Marketpoint CRM 3.0 and receiving valuable feedback from some of the industry’s top CRM gurus.”Marketing Technology News: AdGreetz Launches First, Fully-Automated & Integrated Marketing Platform, AdChefMarketpoint CRM / Zuant IntegrationMarketpoint CRM 3.0 features secure GDPR user access, an advanced UI for peak performance, database profiling & management, visual lead qualification & tracking, real-time marketing reports and sales forecasting. Marketpoint CRM delivers end to end relationship management, accessible anywhere, and all supported through its integration with Zuant. A sister company to Marketpoint, Zuant offers mobile event lead capture solutions. Connected to Marketpoint CRM, users can now manage their leads from the initial event all the way to sales follow up and close – providing marketing with much needed visibility into campaign ROI.Marketing Technology News: Philo Reveals Connected TV Ad Platform to Reach Latest Generation of TV LoversThe new application has been re-written from the ground up, incorporating a modern, layered approach, utilizing the latest Angular front end framework to drive the client side application. This communicates with a web API written in ASP.Net using json data. This interfaces with the SQL server database running on Rackspace.Marketing Technology News: HipChat Founders Launch Swoot, a Social Podcast App Artificial IntelligenceCRM EvolutionGDPRMarketing TechnologyMarketpointNewsZuant Integration Previous ArticleG2Crowd Named Panoply “High Performer” Data WarehouseNext ArticleCision 2019 State of the Media Report Reveals a Decline in Distrust of the Media and Growing Concerns About Staffing and Resourceslast_img read more

Influencer Marketing Is Maturing Heres What You Need to Know

first_imgInfluencer Marketing Is Maturing: Here’s What You Need to Know PRNewswireJune 15, 2019, 7:00 pmJune 14, 2019 Julius, a leading influencer marketing platform, recently published its State of Influencers Report 2019 in coordination with New York public relations and digital marketing agency, Lippe Taylor. For the report, Julius conducted an in-depth survey of 300 influencers, asking about their motivations, how they leverage social media, and their preferences when working with brands.“Influencers are motivated more by the opportunity to be creative or share their passions and expertise than they are by financial drivers,” says Amy Nutt, VP of Marketing, Julius. “Overall, they’re thoughtful about opportunities and looking to build long-term relationships with brands that align with their audiences and content.” The survey also explored influencers’ approach to authenticity, regulations, management, and compensation. Despite media reports to the contrary, influencers have a keen sense of what behaviors are fraudulent or unethical, and fewer than 20 percent of influencers report seeing such behaviors frequently. In fact, 80 percent consider it very important to be a fan of a brand to create sponsored content for that brand, and 84 percent follow the FTC guidelines for influencer marketing, using #ad, #sponsored, or #brandpartner in sponsored posts.Marketing Technology News: VidMob Closes $25 Million In Series B Financing To Fuel Global Expansion Of Creative Technology Platform, Agile Creative Studio“As marketers have become more sophisticated in their use and application of influencer marketing, so have the influencers,” said Amy. “More than a third of our respondents consider being an influencer a full-time job or are transitioning to full-time soon, and 18 percent of full-time influencers earn more than $100,000 annually as an influencer. It’s becoming a viable career path, and influencers are invested in keeping the industry honest and authentic.”Marketing Technology News: Oracle Moat to Measure Viewability for Samsung AdsBeyond quantitative results, the survey also included the open-ended question: What’s the one piece of advice you’d give marketers who are looking to partner with influencers? Respecting influencer creativity, negotiating fairly, communicating clearly, and being a good partner were all popular responses.Marketing Technology News: VidMob Closes $25 Million In Series B Financing To Fuel Global Expansion Of Creative Technology Platform, Agile Creative Studiocenter_img Digital Marketing AgencyInfluencer marketingJuliusMarketing TechnologyNewsState of Influencers Report Previous ArticleTallwave Earns Key Industry Awards from the American Marketing Association; Also Claims Spot as a Top Company to Work for in ArizonaNext ArticleThe Age of AI and Wall Streetlast_img read more

Boeing dealing with second software problem on troubled jet

first_imgBoeing has found another software issue that needs fixing on its 737 Max jets, and the discovery explains why the aircraft maker is delaying its schedule for getting the planes back in the air. A Boeing spokesman on Friday called it a “relatively minor issue” and said the plane maker already has a fix in the works.The spokesman, Charles Bickers, said the latest issue is not part of flight-control software that Boeing has been working to upgrade for months.That software, known by its acronym MCAS, is suspected in two recent deadly crashes in Indonesia and Ethiopia that led regulators to ground the plane worldwide last month. © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Explore furthercenter_img Boeing: 737 MAX certification followed US rules Citation: Boeing dealing with second software problem on troubled jet (2019, April 5) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-boeing-software-problem-jet.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Lukewarm reception for KCRs Federal Front

first_imgpolitics RELATED Telangana state politics December 26, 2018 SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE KCR calls on PM, discusses pending projects in State Telangana Rashtriya Samiti (TRS) chief K Chandrasekhar Rao’s much-touted meetings with prominent regional parties did not happen on Wednesday even as his “Federal Front” received a lukewarm support from the Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Akhilesh Yadav. A number of reports had heralded his prospective meetings with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati. KCR, however, met only Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in what was described as purely an official visit where development works with regard to Telangana were discussed.SP leader lauds effort“Telangana Chief Minister has been trying to bring together a federal front. I will go to Hyderabad to meet him,” said Akhilesh, tacitly conveying his displeasure with the Congress, which had refused to accommodate the sole SP MLA in Madhya Pradesh in the State Cabinet. Rao’s “Federal Front” is touted as a coalition meant to keep equal distance from both the Congress and the BJP in the upcoming elections.The last fortnight, the Telengana CM has been on a nation-wide tour, meeting Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief Mamata Banerjee and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) supremo Naveen Patnaik. He described his meeting with Banerjee as “very fruitful”.The “Federal Front” is seen by observers as a pipe-dream and an instrument which will be used by ambitious regional players such as Mamata Banerjee, Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav to rein in the Congress’ expansion in their turfs. Without a national party — either the Congress or the BJP — such a front is not a realistic or a viable political entity in the Lok Sabha elections, they feel.For KCR, who broake away from the BJP in order to consolidate the considerable minority vote in his State just before the Assembly elections, he would like to keep the Congress contained in the Lok Sabha polls, where voting patterns are different from the Assembly elections. While the possibility of KCR joining any coalition led either by the BJP or the Congress after the general elections cannot be ruled out, the Telangana CM would like to be sure of getting enough seats to be in a position to make a hard bargain at the Centre.For that purpose, at least theoretically, it suits him as well as the regional players to play along for the sake of posturing in the election year. (From the right) Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav and Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao   –  File photo COMMENT Published on COMMENTSlast_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

Court strikes out Pua and Lokes defamation suit against Tajuddin

first_img Nation 03 Jul 2019 Nga: Tajuddin will go down in history as horrible example of MP Nation 10 Jul 2019 Loke: No downsizing of ECRL project; cost reduced by RM21.5bil “Our cause of action is on libel, so the court was of the view that we did not plead in our statement of claim that the defendant caused the publications (of the alleged defamatory statement),” he said.On May 8, Tajuddin filed to strike out the lawsuit on grounds that the words he uttered did not refer to the plaintiffs’ post or profession.Pua and Loke had on March 20 filed the suit against Tajuddin over a speech he made in Kampung Jawa on the eve of the Sungai Kandis by-election on Aug 3, 2018.They claimed that in his speech, Tajuddin said that they were Christians and, together with their colleagues in DAP, were working to spread the religion and abolish the monarchy system.Pua and Loke claimed Tajuddin had alleged they were attempting to establish a system of government without a constitutional monarchy akin to Singapore.They said Tajuddin’s speech was reported by news portal Malaysiakini on the same day with the title “Tajuddin fires ‘Christian DAP’ salvo to close BN’s Sg Kandi’s campaign” and was shared 9,400 times.In their statement of claim, Pua and Loke also claimed that Tajuddin’s statement implied that they were using their position to advance personal political agenda.They also claimed that the speech by Tajuddin was made with malicious intent to tarnish their reputation in politics and therefore sought an injunction to stop him from publishing the defamatory words apart from issuing an apology.They sought general, aggravated and exemplary damages, costs and other relief deemed fit by the court. Related News Nation 03 Jul 2019 Pasir Salak MP ejected from Dewan Rakyatcenter_img KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court here has struck out a defamation suit filed by Damansara MP Tony Pua and Transport Minister Anthony Loke against Pasir Salak MP Datuk Seri Tajuddin Abdul Rahman over allegations the DAP planned to abolish the monarchy system.The case was struck out after Judicial Commissioner Latifah Mohd Tahar decided to allow Tajuddin’s application in chambers.In her ruling, the plaintiffs failed to satisfy that the defendant had effected defamation.Lawyer Farhan Haziq, who represented the plaintiffs Loke and Pua, said the court did not make any orders as to costs. Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

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Dragon Boat Festival in the great business opportunities aimed at the business to the money fast

Chinese people have strong feelings on the Dragon Boat Festival, the Dragon Boat Festival is approaching, many businesses have begun to prepare some promotional activities of the Dragon Boat Festival, investors also want to make use of the Dragon Boat festival. So, what are the business opportunities in the Dragon Boat Festival? In the Dragon Boat Festival selling point what to make money? Xiaobian now for you to answer the mystery!


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