The true average volatility level for real estate across Europe is no more than 15%, he said.According to the agreed text of the directive, the standard model charge can be substituted by an internal model based on the actual volatility of an insurer’s property portfolio after approval by national regulators.But in practice, devising this tailored solvency requirement is a very expensive option only open for big insurers, according to Rupp.“Large companies can do that to avoid the 25%, but smaller companies find that quite hard to do, and the cost is a deal breaker,” he said.However, negotiators from the European Parliament, member states and the European Commission did strike a compromise that provides some flexibility in calculating how much capital insurers must hold to protect against market swings, INREV said.The final agreement included a 65% across-the-board volatility dampener that takes account of the cash insurers need to set aside to meet their liquidity needs in case their portfolio value decreases.The cash needed for the whole portfolio is calculated and then multiplied by 65%.This dampener effectively reduces the 25% standard model charge for real estate, but Rupp pointed out it would also apply to other asset classes.“At the end of the day, real estate is still in a relatively disadvantaged position,” he said.John Forbes, an independent consultant specialising in real estate, said following the tripartite agreement on Omnibus II, there were still significant areas of uncertainty to be resolved in the Solvency II regime.The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) now has the task of finalising the level 2 regulations that will implement Solvency II, he said.“Apart from the uncertainty in the regulation itself, the real estate industry faces a lack of clarity as to how individual insurance companies will implement the changes necessary,” Forbes said. Investment managers now also need to establish what information their insurance clients need for their capital charge modelling, he said, adding that insurers were only just beginning to work out the answer to this question.Melville Rodrigues, partner at CMS Cameron McKenna, said there were elements of the announcements that real estate fund managers would not welcome, and they should continue to monitor Solvency II developments.“For instance, managers may need to adjust their reporting practices and comply with the look-through principle,” he said. Real estate has been disadvantaged compared with other asset classes in the Omnibus II agreement reached by EU institutions on Wednesday night because the solvency capital charge for insurers on property holdings is too high, according to INREV.The Omnibus II directive, which updates and makes changes to the EU’s Solvency II risk-based regulatory regime for the union’s insurers, retains the standard model 25% charge for real estate holdings, said INREV, the European Association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles.Jeff Rupp, director of public affairs at INREV, said: “The bad news is the 25% standard change, which is supposed to reflect the volatility of portfolios across Europe – but which, research has shown, overstates it.”The association has argued that the data used to come up with the figure of 25% to represent the volatility of real estate – the IPD UK monthly index – does not include data from Continental Europe or residential property, and so overstates the volatility of the asset class for Europe as a whole.
Villarreal had to survive the final half hour a man light when Raba was dismissed for connecting with his studs on Busquets’ ankle as the Spanish international cleared.Another Alba cross was turned onto the post by Suarez on the stretch.However, the Uruguayan finally broke Villarreal’s resistance after exchanging a neat one-two with Alcacer to round Asenjo and net his seventh goal of the season.And Messi secured all three points seven minutes from time as he was played in by Busquets to smash past the helpless Asenjo.– Atletico bounce back –Earlier, Atletico bounced back from the disappointment of being dumped out of the Champions League in midweek to keep their title challenge afloat at Betis.The hosts dominated possession throughout but were made to pay for their lack of cutting edge, as well as some fine goalkeeping by Jan Oblak.HIGHLIGHTS ?Check out the best plays from our win in Seville. ??? #AúpaAtleti #RealBetisAtleti https://t.co/voarEVWhAe— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) December 10, 2017By contrast, Atletico were clinical even in the absence of the injured Antoine Griezmann as Saul Niguez slid in at the back post to turn home Sime Vrsaljko’s cross with their first serious attack on the half-hour mark.“They played some spectacular football today, but we took advantage of the chance we had,” Atletico midfielder Koke told BeIN Sports Spain.Betis posed more of a goal threat after the break but were denied by Oblak, who produced a wonder save to turn Cristian Tello’s sweetly struck half-volley behind for a corner.? | PHOTOSTake a look at the best pictures from #RealBetisAtleti https://t.co/MZCU1DTT6l#AúpaAtleti pic.twitter.com/1jYE0wAgUV— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) December 10, 2017“One team had the ball, which was Betis, and they tried many different ways to damage us, but the team was very strong defensively,” said Atletico boss Diego Simeone.At the other end of the table, Malaga and Athletic Bilbao secured big away wins to ease their relegation fears.Malaga remain in the drop zone but moved off the foot of the table with a 2-0 victory at Real Sociedad.Athletic, meanwhile, bagged their first league win in nearly two months 2-1 at Levante to move up to 13th.Share on: WhatsApp ? The table still looks good after 15 games in @LaLigaEN #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/BWA8xWC2Sw— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 10, 2017 Madrid, Spain | AFP | Barcelona restored their lead at the top of La Liga to five points as Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi struck in the final 20 minutes to edge out 10-man Villarreal 2-0 on Sunday.Daniel Raba’s red card on the hour mark for a wild lunge on Sergio Busquets handed Barca the initiative.And their pressure told when Suarez rounded off a fine team move before Messi blasted home a second to get the Catalans back to winning ways after successive draws with Valencia and Celta Vigo in La Liga. Final whistle!Villarreal 0-2 FC Barcelona Suárez and Messi?? #ForçaBarça? #VillarrealBarça pic.twitter.com/PimFrBIoLK— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 10, 2017Valencia remain Barca’s closest challengers five points back, but Atletico Madrid also maintained their title charge with a 1-0 win at Real Betis to stay six points off the top.Real Madrid are eight points back in fourth and Barca will have the chance to go into El Clasico away at Real in two weeks’ time with an 11-point lead over their rivals.Barca host Deportivo la Coruna next weekend, whilst Madrid are in action at the Club World Cup in Abu Dhabi.Gerard Pique nearly gave Barca the perfect start at the Ceramic Stadium, where they have struggled in recent seasons, as his header came back off the crossbar from Messi’s corner just four minutes in.However, Barca dominance of possession was largely stale before the break as Villarreal posed the greater threat on the counter-attack.Nicola Sansone had the hosts’ best effort that forced Marc-Andre ter Stegen into a stunning one-handed stop high to his left.Messi orchestrated the visitors’ attacking threat after the break as he constantly freed Jordi Alba down Barca’s left.Paco Alcacer was denied by Sergio Asenjo from Alba’s low cross before the left-back teed up Messi for a cushioned effort that drifted inches wide. With that goal, Leo #Messi equals Gerd Müller as the top scorer in Europe’s major league with one club. Well done, Leo! ?? #ForçaBarça pic.twitter.com/30vNDzu4zx— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) December 10, 2017
Berlin, Germany | AFP | Borussia Dortmund want-away star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is reportedly close to signing for Premier League side Arsenal — with the German club in turn hoping to recruit Michy Batshuayi from Chelsea.German daily Bild says Dortmund want 70 million euros ($85.6m) for Aubameyang, the top scorer in the Bundesliga last season with 31 goals.Bild says Aubameyang’s father and agent Pierre is in London discussing a possible transfer with Arsenal with the Gunners reportedly considering selling Chile striker Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United.Bild also claim Dortmund are closely monitoring Belgian forward Batshuayi, who has failed to impress Antonio Conte at Chelsea, starting just two of his 11 Premier League appearances this season.Aubameyang seems determined to force a move from Bundesliga side Dortmund.He was dropped for Sunday’s goalless draw at home to Wolfsburg after failing to attend a team meeting — the third time he has been disciplined by the club in the last two seasons.“I don’t know what is going through his head. I don’t know him any more,” said Dortmund’s clearly exasperated director of sport Michael Zorc. “He used to be always professional, I have never experienced such behavior before and it can not go on like this – it’s intolerable.”The Gabon hot-shot has scored 21 goals in 23 games in all competitions this season, but Dortmund’s head coach Peter Stoeger, who stepped in last December after Peter Bosz was sacked, has said Aubameyang is currently a disruptive influence in the squad.It remains to be seen whether Stoeger will select Aubameyang for Friday’s Bundesliga match away to Hertha Berlin.“Disappointment is the wrong expression, rather incomprehension, because I can not really understand his behaviour, but I’m not the only one,” Stoeger told Sport Bild magazine.The Austrian head coach said he is assuming that Aubameyang, who has a contract until 2021, will stay, but if so, the player has bridges to rebuild with the club.“‘Auba’ must make it clear to the coach whether or not be is prepared to give everything for Borussia Dortmund,” echoed Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke.Share on: WhatsApp
If this keeps up college staff may want to reserve the marching band for the victory celebrations.The Selkirk Saints closed out the preseason Sunday undefeated after stopping Eastern Washington Eagles 6-1 in B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League action at the Castlegar Complex. The Saints dominated possession and established a 21-6 advantage in shots on goal, but only managed to put one puck past Eagles netminder Cash Ulrich during the opening period.Second-year forward Nick Cecconi was the goal scorer, with Jordan Wood and Justin Sotkowy adding assists. Selkirk extended its lead in the second period with a pair of shorthanded goals, as Logan Proulx and Dylan Smith each took advantage of neutral zone breakdowns and converted on breakaway opportunities.Former Spokane Braves forward Uriah Machuga put Eastern Washington on the board with 2:49 remaining in the frame, but Wood quickly restored his team’s three-goal advantage just 12 seconds later.Linemates Thomas Hardy and Cole Thomson rounded out the scoring for the Saints in the third period, as the home side finished the game with a 53-26 advantage in shots. “Getting pucks and traffic to the net has been a focus over the past two weeks, and we followed through with a good performance in the offensive zone,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”Certain parts of our game are still a work in progress, but we’ve experienced some success in our exhibition games and we’re focused on carrying that momentum forward into the start of the regular season next weekend.” Alex Sirard and Stephen Wolff split duties in the Saints’ net on Sunday, with Sirard earning the win in his first preseason appearance. He stopped all 14 shots he faced in 30 minutes of action before Wolff allowed one goal on 12 shots over the game’s second half. Selkirk now travels to Vancouver Island to open its regular season with a games against the University of Victoria next Friday and Saturday.The Saints’ home opener is set for Friday, September 12th against Trinity Western University from Langley, B.C.
TIZNOW IS PART OF GOLDEN STATE SERIES FOR CALIFORNIA-BRED OR SIRED HORSES ARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 26, 2017)–Avanti Bello took a steep drop in class and got back to his preferred distance in taking Sunday’s $100,000 Tiznow Stakes by 1 ¾ lengths under Flavien Prat. Trained by Doug O’Neill, the 5-year-old horse by Include got a flat mile in 1:35.95.Breaking from the far outside in a field of seven older horses bred or sired in California, Avanti Bello, who was distanced here in the Grade II, 1 1/16 miles San Antonio Stakes on Feb. 4, broke alertly and was well within himself while procuring second position behind pacesetter Acceptance, who he tracked to the top of the lane, from where he took command.“The first part of the race, we didn’t go that fast which is good for (Avanti Bello),” said Prat. “He doesn’t have a lot of speed the first part, but he needs to be right there at the end. With not a lot of speed, I didn’t have to rush him.”Owned by Pablo Suarez, Steven Keh, Jim Richardson, Tom Roberts and Wonderland Racing Stables, Avanti Bello, who won last year’s Tiznow, was off at 3-1 and paid $8.00, $4.80 and $3.20.Now five for 11 at a mile, Avanti Bello is now 23-6-3-6 overall and with the winner’s share of $60,000, he increased his earnings to $413,416.“He won this race last year, so he’s a repeat winner,” said Leandro Mora, assistant to O’Neill. “He shows a lot of heart. Flavien knows this horse very well. This horse doesn’t have a huge kick and he knows you have to time it right. He’s a miler for sure.”Ridden by Tyler Baze, Grazen Sky had two horses beat mid-way around the far turn and rallied for the place, finishing a half length in front of favored Solid Wager. Off at 6-1, Grazen Sky paid $5.60 and $3.60.Off at 5-2 with Victor Espinoza, Solid Wager never threatened the winner while finishing third, one length in front of Acceptance and paid $2.40 to show.Fractions on the race were 24.12, 47.38, 1:10.87 and 1:23.08.Racing resumes at Santa Anita on Thursday. First post time for an eight-race card is at 1 p.m. Admission gates open at 11 a.m.
CPP 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 comments
View comments LATEST STORIES Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Ravena added: “I would love to play for a fifth SEA Games. But nobody knows what will happen. There could be another coach. Another program. Other players.”Of all the Philippines’ basketball gold medal runs, he said this edition was the toughest.“All the countries have stepped up. They really want to win over us. They prepared for us,” said Ravena.But for the meantime, Ravena, who would watch girlfriend Alyssa Valdez the following morning for the women’s volleyball bronze medal match, would like to relish the newest addition to his growing collection.“It’s icing on the cake,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – Gilas’ Kiefer Ravena drives against Singapore during their game in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games at MABA Stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOKUALA LUMPUR — With four gold medals around his neck, Kiefer Ravena is still not taking anything for granted.Just when about everybody was trying to score in garbage time in the gold medal match against Indonesia, Ravena dashed for a fast break, but found the lanes suddenly crowded.ADVERTISEMENT Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion MOST READ Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Rain or Shine banks on Cruz, deals Star its 1st loss Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The 6-foot playmaker, his hair pulled back by a hairband, then, decided to take a step back before swishing a three.Just another basket in the Philippines’ pile of points that buried an overmatched Indonesia side Saturday night.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingREAD: Philippines defends basketball titles, rips Indonesia for the gold“But for me, that step-back three,” Ravena, would say later, “That was my graceful exit.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul
Chelsea 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 say
TORONTO – The company that makes “Property Brothers” and dozens of other TV programs is being sued for millions in regular wages as well as overtime, vacation and public holiday pay claimed on behalf of hundreds of contract production personnel.The proposed class action suit claims Cineflix and its affiliates violated the Ontario Employment Standards Act and seeks compensation for all past, present and future personnel in certain job classifications as far back as 2000.The suit filed in an Ontario court also claims the defendants are liable for any tax liabilities, Canada Pension Plan or employment insurance contributions owed by the affected personnel.The allegations have not been proven in court.Cineflix confirmed it was formally served with a statement of claim Tuesday afternoon.“Cineflix has demonstrated a solid history of ethical standards and respect for the creative community for over 20 years.” stated spokeswoman Vanessa Marra. “Cineflix will be vigorously contesting this claim.”A Toronto-based employment lawyer with no connection to the case said Tuesday that the issue is whether the workers have been improperly classified as independent contractors.“There is no universal test to determine whether a person is an employee or an independent contractor, but courts look to a number of factors to answer the central question of whether the person is in business on his own account or is actually an employee,” said Kimberly Boara Alexander, founding partner of KBA Partners LLP.The suit claims that Ontario’s provincial labour law applies — and entitles the plaintiffs to a minimum wage and other protections of the Employment Standards Act — because of the specific working conditions required of the personnel.For example, the suit says members of the class must adhere to a schedule determined by Cineflix, they’re told when and where to work, and to request unpaid days off in advance of taking such days as “vacation” or “sick days.”Another hurdle for the plaintiffs to overcome is that the Cineflix group is a multinational, with offices in Toronto and Montreal, as well as New York City, London and Dublin.The suit names more than 100 legal entities as defendants, including Cineflix Inc. and Cineflix Media Inc. and dozens of program-specific entities such as Cineflix (Property Brothers 6) Inc.The “Property Brothers” show, starring real estate expert Drew Scott and his twin brother Jonathan Scott, a contractor, is produced in association with HGTV — a specialty television channel devoted to homes, decoration and renovations.Other shows produced by Cineflix include “American Pickers,” “Secrets of the Morgue” and “Bizarre Murders.”The suit is seeking about $35 million in general damages and $10 million in punitive damages, plus costs and interest.The proposed class action was launched by Toronto-based law firm Cavalluzzo, which launched a similar class action earlier this year against Blyth Academy, a private school with a number of campuses, on behalf of teachers.The named plaintiff in the Cineflix suit, Anna Bourque, worked as a story editor from September 2017 to February 2018 at the company’s Toronto production office location.“Picture editors and story editors work together taking hundreds of hours of footage and sharpening it into 43 minutes or so of entertaining television, but as schedules get squeezed our hours expand and there is never compensation for that, so our pay becomes inversely proportional to the hours worked,” Bourque said in a press statement.The Cineflix workers covered by the suit aren’t members of a union but they have support from the Canadian Media Guild, and its parent CWA Canada, which aren’t plaintiffs in the case.“Since these workers aren’t covered by union contracts, production companies often use them as a way to create less expensive but still lucrative programming,” CMG organizer Denise O’Connell said in the press statement.“Reality and factual TV are the wild west of the entertainment world,” said Lise Lareau, a co-ordinator of the CMG’s Fairness in Factual TV campaign.“People working in this area of production are cut out of labour laws. They don’t have the rights of other employees, and historically they’ve been left out of union contracts enjoyed by the rest of the entertainment industry.”
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – It started out modestly enough: David Hertz, having learned that under the right conditions you really can make your own water out of thin air, put a little contraption on the roof of his office and began cranking out free bottles of H2O for anyone who wanted one.Soon he and his wife, Laura Doss-Hertz, were thinking bigger — so much so that this week the couple won the $1.5 million XPrize For Water Abundance. They prevailed by developing a system that uses shipping containers, wood chips and other detritus to produce as much as 528 gallons (2,000 litres) of water a day at a cost of no more than 2 cents a quart (1 litre).The XPrize competition, created by a group of philanthropists, entrepreneurs and others, has awarded more than $140 million over the years for what it calls audacious, futuristic ideas aimed at protecting and improving the planet. The first XPrize, for $10 million, went to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and aviation pioneer Burt Rutan in 2004 for SpaceShipOne, the first privately financed manned space flight.When Hertz learned a couple of years ago that a prize was about to be offered to whoever could come up with a cheap, innovative way to produce clean freshwater for a world that doesn’t have enough of it, he decided to go all in.At the time, his little water-making machine was cranking out 150 gallons a day, much of which was being given to homeless people living in and around the alley behind the Studio of Environmental Architecture, Hertz’s Venice Beach-area firm that specializes in creating green buildings.He and his wife, a commercial photographer, and their partner Richard Groden, who created the smaller machine, assembled The Skysource/Skywater Alliance and went to work. They settled on creating little rainstorms inside shipping containers by heating up wood chips to produce the temperature and humidity needed to draw water from the air and the wood itself.“One of the fascinating things about shipping containers is that more are imported than exported, so there’s generally a surplus,” said Hertz, adding they’re cheap and easy to move around.And if there’s no wood chips around for heat, coconut husks, rice, walnut shells, grass clippings or just about any other such waste product will do just fine.“Certainly in regions where you have a lot of biomass, this is going to be a very simple technology to deploy,” said Matthew Stuber, a professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering at the University of Connecticut and expert on water systems who was one of the panel’s judges.He called their water-making machine a “really cool” merging of rather simple technologies that can be used to quickly deliver water to regions hit by natural disasters, stricken by drought or even rural areas with a shortage of clean water.Hertz and Doss-Hertz are just starting to contemplate how to accomplish that.Theirs was among 98 teams from 27 countries who entered the competition. Many teams were bigger and better funded, while the couple mortgaged their Malibu home to stay in the game. At one point, they were told they hadn’t made the final round of five, but one team dropped out and they were back in.“If you say we were the dark horse in the race, we weren’t even in the race,” Hertz recalled, smiling.He stood near a giant copy of the check in his office while Doss-Hertz prepared to leave for a photo shoot and a visitor sampled a glass of their freshly made water.Now, though, they are in for the long, wet haul.“There’s no restrictions whatsoever on how it’s used,” Hertz said of the prize money. “But Laura and I have committed to using it all for the development and deployment of these machines, to get them to people who need the water most.”
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The hot and sunny weather saw a number of temperature records broken across Northeast B.C. on Wednesday.Fort St. John broke the all-time high temperature record for May 23rd that has stood for over 50 years. Yesterday’s high of 27.9 degrees broke the previous high temperature of 25.6 degrees, which was set in 1961.Dawson Creek and Chetwynd also narrowly set new high temperature records that were previously set in 2015. The high of 29.3 degrees recorded at the Dawson Creek Airport beat the previous daytime high of 29.1 degrees, while Chetwynd’s high of 28.0 degrees was 0.2 degrees higher than the previous record. Grande Prairie also broke a high temperature record Wednesday, beating the previous daytime high of 29.4 degrees that had stood for 60 years. Yesterday’s high in the Swan City was 29.6 degrees. Things also heated up on the other side of the Rockies Wedesday, as Mackenzie’s daytime high of 27.4 degrees was three whole degrees higher than the previous record, which was also set in 2015.
Council stated they had concerns with the surveys presented as the way the information is gathered is through phone calls. A couple of councillors agreed that phone calls are not a great way to acquire the data needed as people tend to hang up on these calls and do not want to be disturbed at home in this manner.Acting-Mayor Bolin suggested that a successful survey would require everyone working together and that in years previous their most successful surveys and ways to acquire the communities input was not by phone yet rather a hands-on direct approach such as those that happened during the ‘Let’s talk Site C survey and the Survey about Marijuana’ standing out most to him.Bolin says it’s time for a more progressive approach in reaching citizens.“We would miss the entire next generation from the survey if we go that route.”Bolin also expressed that times have changed and what used to work is not working, he explained municipalities and even the Province’s referendum are receiving a low turn out rate.“I would rather see us with i-pads out at events collecting information from our citizens, a, we don’t spend the $40 grand and b, the information is more relevant with community participation than it would be if somebody is doing it as a third party.” Council recommended the City come back with recommendations that were more like the initiatives that took place, such as the Site C Survey and a more grassroots approach rather than getting an outside agency to get the job done. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John wants to implement a scheduled public survey to receive valuable feedback from residents yet traditional surveys might not garner the information the City seeks.The City Staff made a presentation to Council during Monday’s Committee of the Whole Meeting about how receiving regular input from the community, would be used to gauge the City’s strengths and weaknesses.The presentation, titled Citizen Satisfaction Survey, shared three options that feedback could be acquired from the community, 1) by a website, 2) by Third Party and 3) Research Company. These three methods are strongly reliant on phone calls. With a budget of $40,000, each option does come with their own pros and cons as they lack personalization to our region.
The FIFA Executive Committee convened in Zurich Dec. 2, 2010 to decide which country would get to host the 2022 World Cup.After eliminating bids from Australia, South Korea and Japan, it was down to the U.S. and Qatar in the decision for who would play host.In the end, Qatar won.Almost immediately after the announcement, an uproar began in the international soccer community. The World Cup takes place during June and July every four years. During those months in Doha, Qatar, the average high temperature is more than 107 degrees Fahrenheit. If player safety is a concern, that temperature is too high.FIFA has since aimed to fix the problem of high temperatures by attempting to move the World Cup to the winter months, as air conditioning the stadiums enough to make play safer would cost unrealistic amounts of money.Instead of absolving the issue, this created as much, if not more, controversy.The English Premier League, the Spanish La Liga, the Italian Serie A, the German Bundesliga and other leagues across Europe are in the heart of their seasons in the middle of winter and would struggle to change their long-standing schedules to accommodate such a lengthy event as the World Cup.The Premier League in particular has been vocal about having to change its yearly schedule for the World Cup. Chief Executive Richard Scudamore said FIFA has the power to select the venue, but that the time is a very different decision, as it would interfere too much with previously planned schedules.“Those are two very different things,” Scudamore said. “The sporting calendar across the world is affected.”On top of all that, The Guardian reported Sept. 25 that at least 44 Nepalese laborers have died in Qatar of heart attacks, heart failure or workplace accidents, which brings up a human rights issue for laborers in Qatar.Despite the backlash, FIFA remains adamant in its stance that the World Cup will take place in Qatar in 2022.The association’s president, Sepp Blatter, said Oct. 4 the venue would not change.“The 2022 World Cup will be played in Qatar — that’s it,” Blatter said. “We don’t know if it’s winter or summer. I do not know what will be the outcome.”It’s pretty clear to me, though, what needs to happen. FIFA needs to admit its mistake and award the bid to the U.S. — or Japan, or South Korea or Australia. Really, they just need to pull it out of Qatar.I respect what FIFA was trying to do in bringing international soccer to the Middle East, which has not had much success in the tournament historically, but putting it there was a mistake from the start.The leagues already are forced to work around the World Cup qualifying schedule in the years leading up to the event, taking time off to allow the players to return to their home countries to play in matches.Not only would two months worth of games be taken away from them, but you have to add in the time that it would take for players to train with their countrymen beforehand, and likely give them time off afterward.That’s four months off the leagues would essentially be forced to give for the players, something that would in turn be a financial and logistical nightmare.If FIFA is smart, it will move the World Cup.I’m a homer, so I may be a little biased by the fact that I would love to watch the final in the Rose Bowl stadium in Los Angeles, but the controversy kicked up by the Qatar decision is not worth the effort.No one, it seems, outside of FIFA and Qatar, is pleased with the situation and willing to make a change.It seems as if representatives from FIFA are just stubbornly sticking to their guns because they are not willing to come out and say they were wrong. Personally, I don’t think they will.Blatter and the rest of FIFA have made it clear that they want the World Cup in Qatar, so the likelihood of making a change is very small.Allowing the U.S. to host in 2022, the second time the country would host after 1994, would fix the issue of high temperatures as the average temperature in Los Angeles is 83 degrees Fahrenheit in June and 84 in July, and allow the competition to be played in the traditional summer months.Do the right thing FIFA, give the World Cup to the good ol’ U.S. of A.
Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville insists he understands Harry Kane’s battle with fatigue after playing at the World Cup this summer.The England captain has had his physical and mental fitness questioned recently after featuring in a lot of games last season and Neville has revealed he understands what the striker is going through.“It’s not one tournament, it’s the accumulation of the physical demands where you haven’t had any breaks. It usually hits you at three years without a real break and I did struggle in the 2000/01 season at the age of around 25.” Neville told Sky Sports.“I hit a wall after I’d played in Euro 1996, the Tournoi in 1997, World Cup 1998, won the 1999 treble and then we went on a summer tour and all of that took it out of me.”Opinion: De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 13, 2019 We never thought we would see anything remotely like it, but now we can say that De Bruyne is the best crosser since Beckham.Nobody…“I think with Harry and other players who play week in week out, Saturday-Wednesday and all summer, what you would say is they continue to soldier on and maybe do dip in sharpness, but their level is still high enough to play.”“There’s no doubt that they need that month or two break. However, they will naturally pick up injuries which will give them that break and allow their whole body to recover.”“So it is very difficult for a manager to give them a break because they look tired. Harry is playing at a high level, perhaps not at his peak, but there’s no way you can rest your captain for a competitive fixture.”
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Aug 2015 – Hon. Amanda Missick ensures that the use and function of basic amenities such as water consumption along with fundamental government services throughout the TCI remains the main goal of her government. Strides have been made within Grand Turk to increase water supply per day. However, certain areas in the Ridge are still operating in limited quantities.Additionally, the minister noted that as a result of upgrading the plants’ technology, there would ultimately be an increase and continuous distribution of water throughout Grand Turk.Furthermore Minister Missick spoke about completed repair works to the Blue Hills Jetty as well as ongoing efforts to repair and redesign roadwork throughout the TCI some of which to be completed this year. Traffic relief coming for Blue Hills says Minister Related Items:amanda missick, infrastructure Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp PNP Party says it led wooden pier removal by Beaches PNP Party takes credit for Beaches pier resolution
The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly voted to close Borough dumps on Sunday from October to May. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Beginning tomorrow, May 6th, the Central Peninsula Landfill and Transfer Facilities and Sites will be open on Sundays. The FY2017 budget put forth a plan to close Borough landfills one day a week for the entire year. The Assembly ultimately compromised and decided it would keep landfills open seven days a week from May to September. All facilities will be open 7 days a week starting on May 6. For more information, call the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department at (907) 262-9667
The Great Basin Incident Management Team reviews Ready-Set-Go! lines each day to assess current and past levels of fire activity, expected weather patterns, and predicted fire behavior. All landlines are automatically registered in the KPB alerts system; however, you must register mobile phones. You can register for KPBalerts by texting to 99411 and follow prompts. If a Level 3 GO! alert is issued, it’s time to evacuate immediately, leave NOW. Please go when you are asked to leave.The Kenai Peninsula Borough has an interactive map that allows you to see the current fire perimeter. Enter your home address in the search field in the upper left corner of the page to see where you home is in relation to the Swan Lake fire. Click here to view the Borough interactive map. A Level 1 (READY) alert is NOT a notice to leave. Visit the KPB blog at www.kpboem.com or call the Borough Call Center at 907-262-INFO (4636) for updates. Monitor social media, news and radio for current Ready-Set-Go! (RSG!) information in your area. This is the time to relocate things like flammable tanks and supplies from your home and outbuildings. Consider the six “P”s: People, Pets, Pills, Pictures, Papers and your Personal computer, that you will take if you need to leave your home. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Sterling and Cooper Landing remain at the Level 1 Ready alert status with fire activity continuing on the Swan Lake fire. Level 1 READY stage means be ready for POTENTIAL evacuation because there is a fire in your area.Sterling neighborhoods EAST of Feuding Lane and EAST of Adkins Road to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge have been placed on a Level 1 “READY” status.Cooper Landing has been placed on a Level 1 “READY” status due to increased fire activity within the NW side of the Swan Lake fire near Watson Lake. It means you should have a plan to transport and care for family members with mobility needs, pets or livestock, according to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management.
Hearst Corporation last week announced it bought an 80 percent stake in digital billing and payment services firm Kubra. The service, which manages billing and payments for the utility, insurance, financial services and healthcare industries, will be closely aligned with Hearst-owned CDS Global, a fulfillment and data processing company. Terms were not released, but it’s an interesting deal for Hearst to make. On the one hand, it fits with the revenue diversification theme the publishing market has been hungry for, but in this case it’s a service-based operation—not one dependent on advertising. It also puts Hearst in a position to make money from out-of-market industries like healthcare and utilities. In announcing the deal, Hearst Magazines president David Carey referred to it as “building new service businesses that have scale.” Third, it taps into the growing electronic payment and billing market, and that includes mobile. “As the consumer shift to electronic payment becomes more rapid, companies offering fully integrated billing and payment services are in high demand,” says Hearst Corp. president and CEO Steven Swartz in a statement. By matching up Kubra with CDS Global, Hearst can leverage the payment-oriented services the two companies provide. Kubra, like CDS, will remain an independent unit, with Kubra president and CEO Rick Watkin reporting to Carey. “Kubra’s experience in billing and payments is a great complement to the services CDS Global offers, and we have been working together in some capacity since 2011,” CDS Global president and CEO Debra Janssen tells FOLIO:. “While many of the day-to-day business and technology details will be more fully determined as KUBRA is integrated into the Hearst family, the great working relationship we have already built will allow us both to derive quick benefit from an expanded partnership.”
So the skeptic might say, that’s terrific, sounds great, but what’s “customer first” really mean? There was a time, about seven or eight years ago, when B2B media companies were clamoring to position themselves as “digital first.” The idea was that print was old school and declining, while digital represented the future and offered more ways to engage with audiences in more ways—all in real time.Peter Goldstone But in 2017 that sounds like an artificial distinction. Everything’s digital—even print content. Also added was a point person for these mega accounts—someone to represent all the media brands, plus coordinate all marketing-service and data efforts. “You need one big corporate representative for the whole company to manage the relationship,” Goldstone says. “This is where the integration of the company is playing out. A media salesperson couldn’t do this. A lead-gen person couldn’t do it. A marketing-services person couldn’t do it. You need an integrated approach.” “The third stage,” Goldstone says, “was to become customer first. Now we leverage digital and data to really get into the workflow of our customers. Those are the three steps in the transformation of our company.” Since then, Goldstone relates, the company has been through a series of transformations, arriving, finally, at what he thinks is where all future-oriented media companies should be: customer first. Goldstone’s perspective—whether you agree with him or favor a different approach—is a valuable lesson in approach and context for any media executive. Here’s a synopsis. But as valuable as the Metrostudy data is, says Goldstone, without the HW customer list it’s incomplete. “The database would be a fraction of what it is with just Metrostudy—the media assets make it what is,” he says. “Media gets you much deeper within the firms. The media gives you much more depth and engagement.” In 2012 current CEO Peter Goldstone came back to Hanley Wood. He had been the longtime president there, but spent two intervening years at Government Executive Media (both companies are based in Washington, D.C.). Which leads, says Goldstone, to the customer-first part. If you’re a supplier serving the housing market, all this information is at your fingertips, but Hanley Wood can do more: It can help you sell and help you produce qualified leads. “We don’t participate in just one piece of the funnel activity—like advertising,” Goldstone says. “We can participate in every stage—right through to purchase. We don’t have to stop at advertising, we don’t have to stop at leads. We can actually serve as a call center for our customer.” Metrostudy tracks everything from population movement to demographic changes, plus land availability, absorption rates, sale processes, vacancy rates, and the types of products that are going into new housing properties. It tracks deeds, permits and mortgages—publicly recorded data. Essentially, Metrostudy provides builders with intelligence on where to build and what to build based on population and demographic demand. As this part of the Hanley Wood business reaches major scale, Hanley Wood had to restructure its sales operation. Two years ago, Goldstone says, Hanley Wood had four customers spending in excess of $1 million. This year, there are 12. And there are 100 customers in what the company calls its corporate list, big enough to qualify for central management. The company has a database management product called DataScale, which, among other things, allows marketers to outsource their data operations. “They’re turning to us to manage their databases for them,” Goldstone says. “Why? Because they’ve invested millions in tech, most notably a CRM platform, and sometimes they find that they don’t have the resources to do it well. So they outsource the management of their CRMs to us, and we counsel them on how to leverage their databases for advertising, lead gen and marketing services.” It’s a reflection of the modern world of B2B that companies have forced themselves through various transformations in a compressed time period—all while facing unprecedented new forms of competition and macroeconomic challenges. That’s what happened at Hanley Wood in the first years of the current decade. The epicenter of the Great Recession was financial services—mortgages, specifically—which hit the residential construction market as hard as any sector of the economy. “The progression of Hanley Wood has produced a different go-to-market strategy,” Goldstone says. “In 2012 when I came back, we implanted a full-blown digital-first transformation. In 2013 we bought Metrostudy, and became powered by data, essentially data first,” he says. (Metro Study is a research and business-intelligence company focused on the residential housing market.) What that means practically, according to Goldstone, is that now the company’s most important asset is its database, not its individual brands. Brands offer credibility and access to audiences, and produce content that drives engagement. But the database is the core. Customers can select names across the database, and that—not isolated verticals—is what they want, Goldstone says. “If you want to brand yourself, that’s how you do it. If you want insights, that’s where you find them. And if you want to generate leads, you leverage our database,” he adds. Metrostudy is at the heart of the data operation at HW, Goldstone says, but it’s not nearly the whole thing. “Every quarter we track 95 percent of all the available lots and land people are building new communities on,” he says. “That’s 36,000 existing developments and 11,000 future housing developments.” Goldstone’s response: “This has dramatically transformed our company and our customer interactions. Our content teams have overhauled how they approach their work. Our relationships with marketers are stronger and deeper, as we are now in their work flow. Our own knowledge and insights of our markets is second to none. And we’ve grown by more than $35 million directly as a consequence of being customer-focused, digitally driven and powered by data.”
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Washington, D.C. — An initiative to streamline DOD’s support agencies by cutting duplicative activities and reorganizing others led by House Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) likely will take several years to complete, although it still is not clear what ultimately will be achieved through the effort, a panel of Washington-based experts said Wednesday at the 2018 Defense Communities National Summit. “I think it will be a big issue for some time,” said Todd Harrison, director of defense budget analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. “[But] I don’t think there’s a lot of agreement” as to the initiative’s precise goals, he said.Mackenzie Eaglen, resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, echoed Harrison’s comments: “This is not going to be a one-year effort … but the details are wildly up in the air.” After troop levels dropped following the height of the armed forces’ buildup in Iraq and Afghanistan, the fourth estate — civilian-dominated agencies that fall outside the military departments — was perceived as an overdue area for reform, she said.There’s also the question as to whether an internal review of defense agencies led by Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan and Chief Management Officer (CMO) John Gibson II will result in the kind of changes and level of savings Thornberry is looking for. If so, Congress may not seek to intervene further, Eaglen said.Thornberry’s initiative, part of the fiscal 2019 defense authorization bill passed by the House, calls for the CMO to reduce or eliminate duplicative cross-enterprise functions across all defense agencies and field activities related to civilian resource, services contracting, logistics and real estate management. The provision also directs the CMO to certify that the department has achieved at least 25 percent savings from those functions by Jan. 1, 2021. A separate section calls for the CMO to report to Congress on any recommendations to eliminate an agency or activity, or transfer some or all of its functions to another entity, following a review of the efficiency and effectiveness of defense agencies and field activities. Thornberry’s plan is subject to change, or possibly could be stripped out of the final version of the defense policy bill, as the Senate version does not contain similar language.“I think there are too many eyes on fourth estate for nothing to happen,” said Frederico Bartels, a policy analyst at the Heritage Foundation.
Dear 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.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”
DUCSU polling stations to be set up in dormitories. File PhotoDhaka University (DU) authorities on Tuesday fixed the age limit at 30 years for the candidates of the elections to DU Central Students’ Union (DUCSU) and hall unions that are going to be held on 11 March after 28 years.Students who enrolled in the university through honours admission tests and are currently pursuing Honours, Masters’ and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) courses can contest the elections.The decisions were taken at a syndicate meeting of the university on Tuesday with DU vice chancellor professor Md Akhtaruzzaman in the chair.“The syndicate also decided to install the polling stations in all the dormitories like the previous elections,” Syndicate member and law faculty dean professor Rahmat Ullah told news agency UNB.Students of the evening programme and affiliated colleges cannot participate in the elections, he added.The syndicate also amended some posts, including common room and cafeteria affairs secretary and international affairs secretary.Welcoming the syndicate decisions, Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) DU unit president Sonjit Chandra Das said, “We hope they’ll publish the full schedule of the election very soon and properly conduct it.”Bangladesh Chhatra League is the student wing of ruling Bangladesh Awami League.Meanwhile, Bangladesh Chhatra Union DU unit president Foez Ullah protested the decision to set up polling stations at dormitories and demanded changing the decision.”We demand that the polling booths be set up in academic buildings as ruling party’s student wing controls the dormitories.”
Road accident illustration by Prothom AloA man was killed and two others injured after a bus hit a rickshaw van at Bonpara in Boraigram upazila of Natore on Tuesday morning, reports UNB.The deceased was Sripad Das, 55, resident of Kalikapur village in the upazila.Police said that the accident took place around 10:30am when the passenger bus hit the battery-run rickshaw van in front of Bonpara police camp, leaving the three injured.Among the injured, Sripad died on the way to hospital.
Where does the name of your band come from? When the band started off, each one of us had a different musical background in-terms of the genre. So, it was more like a wave or a frequency. Guitarist was fond of Blues and Jazz, the Bassist was into Alternative rock and the vocalist into Metal. Hence, we thought it’s like a frequency: high and low. Hence the band name.Tell us about how you guys started off…Frequency started off as a school band, studying, playing and learning together. After school hours, we used to practice and then leave for our tuition together. After we got done with our schooling, the band went through a lot of lineup changes. Hence, we recruited new members and did not end the journey there. Now, Kushal Thapa is the only founding member in the band. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What is your original brand of music? Do you guys have a signature sound? The band was formed while having a picture of a band that can produce Electronic/Experimental sound with heavy guitar riffs and groovy bass lines, equally supported by heavy vocals. We still have the same sound, however we are not afraid of experiments that we do with our music, either live or in the studio.Tell us about the initial years after kick-off till how it has been thus far Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe journey has been full of memories to be honest! Our band was formed in September 2006 and now its 2013. So we’ve been in the circuit for nearly 7 years now. We are lucky to have such an audience who has stood by us over the years and always encouraged us to make good music. We got our first major recognition at Channel [V] Launchpad 2007 when we landed up as the top four finalists. This high was carried forward by Sandeep Chowta, a well known music producer from Bollywood, who offered us for a deal to make music for him. Top all of that with a kitty full of gigs that we’ve done in India. So, to summarize all of it, in these 7 years, we’ve seen and learnt a lot. And, we thank each and every person, who’s been a part of the Frequency family. How does it feel to perform with three other bands? It was a great experience for us to play with such awesomely talented musicians. They knew their instruments. The great crowd interaction led these bands to deliver a successful show.What plans for 2013? We are planning to launch our 4 Track EP this month followed by a major cities’ tour in order to promote our newly written material and simultaneously work in our studio for our full length album, that we plan to launch by the end of this year.What got you to take part in Metanoia and how do you see this working for you?After the success of Pandemonium, Cacophony Networks approached us for this show and we couldn’t say no to them. Considering the show lineup, we pulled up our socks and were ready to deliver a gig full of excitement and fun.
Remember the song Sun and Moon? The lyrics went a bit like, “…I’m sorry baby you were the sun and moon to me, I’ll never get over you, you’ll never get over me…” – yes. Those guys. That’s exactly how I heard some friends discuss Above & Beyond. Let’s get a little in deep: these guys have released three studio albums, two remix albums, one side-project album. Their own two labels – Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep, and are among the most respected imprints in the global dance music scene and have released some 23 Above & Beyond albums and compilations in the last 12 years. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’There have been dozens (and dozens) of singles and mix albums and offshoot projects, all snapped up by a devoted worldwide fan base that has happily, passionately followed this London-based electronic trio since their formation in 2000. Phew. We spoke to Tony McGuinness about their next album and much more. Read on…How did Above and Beyond come together? What started it all?We came together to do a remix for Warner Brothers – Chakra Home. We were all doing other things at the time but the remix was very successful and pretty soon Above & Beyond became the main thing for all three of us. The name came from a guy in the States called Jono Grant who was a motivational trainer – “Above & Beyond” was his tag line. Our own Jono had found his web site and printed the front page out and stuck it on his bedroom wall. When we’d finished the mix we needed a name and it just jumped out at us. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix How easy (or difficult) was it for Above and Beyond to make a mark in the music scene?It’s hard to know what things we’ve done have had the biggest impact since we’ve never stopped making music and touring, but we’ve had some amazing opportunities and, thus far at least, have risen to the challenge of doing something great when we’ve had the chance. Our first remix was of a club classic that, even though we were unknown, became the lead remix on the package and went to number one in the club chart. Our remix for Madonna was on spec, but she loved it so much she made the video to our mix instead of the Radio edit. We got the chance to do an Essential Mix for Radio 1 in 2004 and the mix won Essential Mix of the year. And our first album, Tri-State, got great reviews across the board. So we’ve had some great bits of luck to get some great breaks but we’ve made sure we do a great job when we do. In addition, what we do, which is act like a band and write songs about our real life, sets us apart from almost all our peers, who usually draft in external singer/songwriters. That doesn’t really result in any consistency or connection.Who and what influences you and your music? Who are your favourite musicians?We each have quite different tastes in music outside of what we make together and sign to the label, which keeps our music very diverse and, hopefully, rich in context. Personally I love singer songwriters like Damien Rice, unique singers like Goldfrapp, FKA Twigs and Kate Bush, bands like Kings of Convenience, Blonde Redhead, Royksopp and War on Drugs and electronic producers from Joris Voorn to Seven Lions. Paavo is especially keen on soundtracks, Jono loves a lot of 80s pop like the Pet Shop Boys.Tell us about your favourite tracks? If you could pick one track from your repertoire to go down in history (over the others) which one would that be?Hmm, it always used to be Tranquility Base Razorfish, but I’d probably pick Thing Called Love or Sun & Moon as they seem to have a life of their own, even now. But the new album is just out and there are lots of great tracks on there just bedding in, so let’s see how it feels a year from now. How has Above and Beyond witnessed the change in the music scene from the time you started to now?We started just as trance music was losing its pop credibility and moving underground, so we’ve always eschewed pop music, per se. But recently a lot of pop EDM has created an explosion in public interest in the scene and whilst we haven’t been deflected by that and remain outside it in many ways, it has provided a lot of oxygen to the scene and we’ve certainly benefitted from that. If you could change one thing about the music industry right now – what would that be?The idea that musicians should not get paid fairly for the work they do is ridiculous and the slow but severe eroding in revenues for recorded music is hurting everyone without the means to support themselves in other ways, like DJing. That sucks.If you could change one thing about the world with your music – what would that be?The internet promised a more connected world and in the music business it delivers that emphatically. But politi cally it seems to be dividing us, extreme views which would have dwindled in a locally connected society gain weight in an interconnected world in a way nobody foresaw. Now anyone with a crazy way of seeing things can find people who share those views in another country, which in turn gives validity to the extreme views. The world is more and more divided by issues of ‘race’ and religion and bigotry is rife. As touring DJs we see things differently. We travel to countries that have supposedly different world views and find that people, on the whole, are all the same. We’ve done shows in the same weekend to countries who remain violently opposed and found the same reaction to our music, the same hopes and fears, dreams and aspirations in the people. It’s one planet, we’re one human race and the sooner we realise that the better things will get. What’s next for Above and Beyond?We’re touring the world in support of our new album We Are All We Need, including our biggest ever US tour – six weeks of high intensity touring to over 100,000 people. Then we have a sold out UK tour to look forward to in April. Tell us about the top five songs on your playlist right now. Our new single is called All Over The World and it’s about a broken father/son relationship, illustrated perfectly by the video which is based on Catch Me If You Can. The next single from the album will be Peace of Mind. There’s an extraordinary new single from Andrew Bayer and Asbjorn, a new Danish singer we’ve hooked him up with. It’s called Superhuman and it’s fabulous. Our recent remix Salva Mea is going off in our sets, we’re super proud of that one. All That Matters by Kolsch feat Troels Abramsen is a particular favourite, it’s a beautiful song and the production.
Kolkata: The only street in the world renamed after ‘St Teresa of Calcutta’ has been decorated during Durga Puja.It may be mentioned that during the Puja, lakhs of people throng Mother Teresa Sarani, popularly known as Park Street, because of the famous eateries and the ambience.The place happens to be one of the favourite destinations of people in midst of pandal hopping. Park Street becomes the first choice of many while eating out during the puja days with their near and dear ones. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeFor the first time ever in the city’s history, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had taken the step to decorate Park Street during different festivals. During Christmas, the place gets illuminated in resplendent shades.Similarly, during Durga Puja as well, initiative has been taken to decorate the place and lights have been put up across the street.There are permanent iron structures across the road on which lighting arrangements are put up, giving a new look to Park Street. It may be mentioned that the state government has taken several steps to attract foreign tourists to Bengal and thousands of foreign tourists, who visit Kolkata, like to go to Park Street at least once for its never-endingstreet food collection. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe state government also organises Durga Puja immersion carnival every year and it takes place on Red Road, situated close to Park Street. The immersion carnival attracts tourists from different parts of the country and abroad as well. This year, the carnival will be held on October 23 in which Durga idols of famous Pujas in the city and its outskirts will be passing one after the other on decorated tableaus.Thousands of people gather along Red Road to get a glimpse of the extravagant carnival and people from different parts of the world too visit Red Road for the same.
Kolkata: Representatives from various political parties on Monday met senior officials of the Election Commission of India (ECI) in the state raising various issues related to the process of conducting the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.Senior Trinamool Congress leaders including Partha Chatterjee and Subrata Bakshi brought to the notice of the Chief Electoral Officer a number of concerns. They have demanded that the ECI must inform them about the total number of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs) which will be used during the seven-phase elections in the state. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe TMC leaders also wanted to know from the ECI officials as to in what type of media publications the candidates should publish their affidavits. It was not clearly mentioned in the ECI notification if a candidate has to publish his/her affidavit in national or regional newspapers. It was said that the candidates must publish the affidavits containing criminal antecedents, assets, liabilities, dependents, educational qualifications of candidates and the like in both print and electronic media. In the notification, it has been made mandatory that the candidates must publish their details in the media. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataChatterjee told reporters: “In some instances, there is a gap of 14 to 20 days and polling is being held in just two constituencies. Why has this happened? We have raised the issue with the EC officials.” In pursuance of a judgment of the Supreme Court, the ECI has made it mandatory for all candidates contesting the Lok Sabha elections to file an affidavit along with the nomination paper and the candidates are required to fill up all the columns. If any column in the affidavit is left blank, the Returning Officer will issue a notice to the candidate to submit a fresh one, duly filling up all columns. After meeting the election officials at the CEO office, Partha Chatterjee said that the polls will be conducted in seven phases. There are some religious rituals of a particular community in May as a result of which voters belonging to that community may face problems. He also added that his party has nothing to worry about as people in the state have witnessed the development works carried out by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her set of ministers. The number of total days allotted for the campaign by the candidates contesting the elections in various phases is different from one phase to another, Chatterjee pointed out. All the Opposition parties in the state — Congress, BJP and CPI-M leaders who met the ECI officials stated that the hoardings and posters carrying the photographs of TMC leaders at various places have not been removed yet. They also urged the ECI officials to ensure that all voters can safely reach their polling stations without any fear. The ECI officials assured them that all their demands would be looked into.
Satellite operator Arabsat is to exclusively distribute three HD channels from SPI International in the Middle East and Africa.Arabsat will distribute HD and SD versions of combat sports channel Fightbox HD, factual channel Docubox HD and fashion and lifestyle channel Fashionbox HD from the 26° East and 20° East orbital positions.“We are very pleased to start a partnership with SPI International; we are committed to provide them with the best satellite services and bring them to Arabsat neighborhood of more than 170 million viewers over the Middle East and Africa. We pledge our support to help SPI International expand and wish them the very best of luck, said Khalid Balkheyour, president and CEO, Arabsat.“Following the successful launch of our new HD channels in Europe, Asia and North America we are very happy to partner with Arabsat and expand our global reach to Middle East and Africa,” said Loni Farhi, SPI International president.
The 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.
The 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.
Childhood 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…
Suicide 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/.
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. 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 Bug
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 $5
Marketpoint 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 Resources
Influencer 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 Studio 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 Street
Source:https://nieuws.kuleuven.be/en/content/2019/fine-tune-our-maps-of-the-visual-cortex Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jan 30 2019Monkey brain scans have revealed new information about the part of the brain that processes visual information. The findings were recently presented in PNAS by neurophysiologists Qi Qhu (KU Leuven) and Wim Vanduffel (KU Leuven/ Harvard Medical School).When the brain receives visual signals from our eyes, it processes them in a strictly hierarchical way. Specific parts of the visual field are projected onto specific parts of the cortex through the retina. Points that are close together in the visual field are also processed by neighboring neurons in the visual cortex. This strategy ensures a very accurate representation of the visual field in the cortex. This kind of representation is also repeated multiple times within the hierarchical visual system.Mapping the visual cortexFirst, our brain cells literally make maps of what we see, called ‘retinotopic maps’. These maps are slightly deformed, just like a world map is never a perfect representation of a globe. Our central vision, for example, is processed in much greater detail than our peripheral vision, a difference that the maps reflect. Regions at lower hierarchical levels feed information from the retinotopic maps to higher levels and vice versa, allowing us to finally know what we are seeing.So, to understand vision, it’s extremely important to identify and precisely locate all these retinotopic maps within our visual cortex.Similar to Old World monkeys? Previously, our knowledge on the retinotopic maps was based on research with animals, such as primates, explains Professor Wim Vanduffel from KU Leuven and Harvard Medical School.”Researchers observed profound differences between monkeys from the Old World – mostly from Africa and Asia – and the New World, the Americas. Moreover, textbooks state that our early visual cortex consists of adjacent parallel bands, just like in rhesus monkeys. Therefore, researchers believe that the human visual cortex is more similar to that of Old World monkeys.”Related StoriesAge-related risk of Alzheimer’s explained at the molecular levelStudy provides new insight into longitudinal decline in brain network integrity associated with agingAn active brain and body associated with reduced risk of dementiaMore detailed brain scansHowever, novel technologies have allowed us to fine-tune this view, Vanduffel continues.”In our study, we used an fMRI scanner (Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging – ed.). With these scans, we can measure the activity in brain regions activated during specific tasks: for example, a monkey staring at a screen while only a small part of the visual field is stimulated. The technology has been around for a long time, but we considerably improved the spatial resolution, down to about 0.5 mm. This improvement allowed us to scan the entire visual cortex of individual monkeys in the greatest detail, which was impossible with older fMRI and electrophysiological methods.”Better maps of the visual cortexThe study showed that the areas at the lowest levels of the visual cortex of Old World monkeys are not arranged in adjacent parallel bands.Vanduffel: “Instead, these areas show a more complex topographic organization. Surprisingly enough, however, this organization is similar to the one previously observed in monkeys from the New World. In other words, just as geographic maps become more accurate over time, we have to adjust our knowledge on the topographic organization of the visual cortex.””These improved maps will allow us to navigate the brain more precisely. It’s possible that the visual cortex of humans is organized similarly, but this requires further research with stronger and better MRI scanners.”
Citation: Backpage.com, CEO plead guilty to state, US charges (2018, April 13) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-backpagecom-ceo-guilty-state.html Feds seize Backpage.com, websites in enforcement action In this Jan. 10, 2017 file photo Backpage.com CEO Carl Ferrer appears before the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Permanent subcommittee on Investigations looking into Backpage.com. Ferrer will serve no more than five years in state prison under a plea agreement announced Thursday, April 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, file) In this Jan. 10, 2017 file photo, Backpage.com CEO Carl Ferrer leaves the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. Ferrer will serve no more than five years in state prison under a plea agreement announced Thursday, April 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen, file) Federal prosecutors say that Backpage brought in a half-billion dollars since it began in 2004, mostly through prominent risque advertising for escorts and massages, among other services and some goods for sale. Authorities allege the site was often used to traffic underage victims, while company officials said they tried to scrub the website of such ads.Chief Executive Officer Carl Ferrer will serve no more than five years in prison under a California agreement in which he pleaded guilty to one count of conspiracy and three counts of money laundering in California. Also Thursday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton announced the company pleaded guilty to human trafficking.And a federal judge in Phoenix unsealed an April 5 plea deal revealing that Ferrer pleaded guilty to conspiracy, and Backpage.com pleaded guilty to money laundering conspiracy.”For far too long, Backpage.com existed as the dominant marketplace for illicit commercial sex, a place where sex traffickers frequently advertised children and adults alike,” U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions said in a statement. “But this illegality stops right now.”Under his plea agreement, Ferrer agreed to make the company’s data available to law enforcement as investigations and prosecutions continue. The guilty pleas are the latest in a cascade of developments in the last week against the company founded by the former owners of the Village Voice in New York City, Michael Lacey, 69, and James Larkin, 68.The company founders were among Backpage officials indicted by a federal grand jury in Arizona. Attorneys for the company and Lacey, Larkin and Ferrer did not respond to multiple telephone and email messages from The Associated Press.The U.S. Justice Department also seized and shut down the website, and Ferrer’s federal plea deal requires him to help the government seize all the company’s assets.Ferrer could face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine in the federal case in Arizona, while Backpage.com could face a maximum fine of $500,000 for its money laundering conspiracy plea in the Arizona case. The chief executive of a website that authorities have dubbed a lucrative nationwide “online brothel” pleaded guilty Thursday to state and federal charges including conspiracy and money laundering, and agreed to testify in ongoing prosecutions against others at Backpage.com, authorities said. Explore further The federal plea deal says any prison sentence Ferrer would face would run concurrent with his 5-year terms in Texas and California. “Human trafficking is modern-day slavery, and it is happening in our own backyard,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said in a statement announcing the plea deal. He called Ferrer’s plea “a game-changer in combatting human trafficking in California, indeed worldwide.”Larkin and Lacey remain jailed in Arizona while awaiting hearings on whether they should be released after pleading not guilty to federal charges alleging they helped publish ads for sexual services.Five employees of the site also were arrested and pleaded not guilty, but Lacey and Larkin are the only ones in jail.Lacey and Larkin also earlier pleaded not guilty in California after Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Larry Brown last year allowed the state to continue with money laundering charges. The state attorney general’s office, which is prosecuting the case, alleges that Backpage’s operators illegally funneled nearly $45 million through multiple companies and created websites to get around banks that refused to process their transactions.But Brown threw out pimping conspiracy and other state charges against Backpage’s operators. Brown ruled that the charges are barred by a federal law protecting free speech that grants immunity to websites posting content from others.President Donald Trump this week signed a law making it easier to prosecute website operators in the future.Texas state agents raided the Dallas headquarters of Backpage and arrested Ferrer on a California warrant after he arrived at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport on a flight from Amsterdam on Oct. 6, 2016. The Dutch-owned company is incorporated in Delaware, but its principal place of business is in Dallas.Paxon called Thursday’s pleas “a significant victory in the fight against human trafficking in Texas and around the world.” © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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.
April 14, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT national elections RELATED COMMENTS Tharoor, Kummanam accuse each other of ‘communalisation’ Modi corners Congress on “Nyay,” seeks justice for “Anyay” SHARE Published on Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan (file photo) – PTI Elections 2019 ‘We do not want votes from the Sangh Parivar in Kerala’ Wayanad, Pathanamthitta constituencies shoot to national prominence for LS elections Sharpening its attack on the Prime Minister, the ruling CPI(M)-led LDF in Kerala on Sunday accused Narendra Modi of “misleading” the country on the Sabarimla issue and dubbed his statement as “utter lie.” Leading the onslaught, Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan claimed that Modi, during his campaign meetings in Tamil Nadu and Karnataka on Saturday, had said invoking the name of Lord Ayyappa or Sabarimala in Kerala would land devotees in jail and described it as “utter lie” and “misleading”. “This is an utter lie. How can a Prime Minister make such a wrong remark?” Vijayan asked while addressing an election rally in Kollam. “If anyone was arrested, it was because they have gone against the law. In other states, Sangh Parivar activists may not land in jailor there may not be any cases against them, thanks to the blessings of Modi. But that will not happen in Kerala,” the Chief Minister warned. Accusing Modi of practising “double standards”, he said it was the Centre which had asked the state government to impose Section 144 in Sabarimala during the frenzied protests last year over the entry of women of all age groups into the hill shrine. “It had also offered to send central forces to put down the protests,” he added. The state had witnessed violent ‘namajapam’ protests by a section of devotees, Right wing outfits and the BJP after the LDF government decided to implement the September 28 Supreme Court verdict allowing women of all age groups to offer worship at the Lord Ayyappa shrine in Sabarimala. Modi, who was in Kozhikode on April 12, while not mentioning Sabarimala or Lord Ayyappa directly, had said the BJP government would ensure that the centuries old beliefs of devotees would be protected. He was more direct in his campaign meetings in Tamil Nadu, where he alleged the Communists, Congress and Muslim League were playing a dangerous game on the Sabarimala issue. “They are using brute force to strike at the roots of faith and expression. Sadly for them, as long as the BJP is there, nobody will be able to destroy our faith and culture,” he had said. The Prime Minister had also mentioned that the BJP candidate in Kozhikode, Prakash Babu, was arrested and jailed on the Sabarimala issue. Hitting back, Vijayan said: “Whoever does any wrong, action will be taken,” adding that those arrested on the Sabarimala issue had gone against law.‘Defying the EC’“The model code of conduct was applicable to the Prime Minister also,” Vijayan said campaigning for the LDF candidate K N Balagopal in Kollam. The state’s Chief Electoral Officer, Teekaram Meena, had earlier made it clear political parties cannot invoke the name of Lord Ayyappa or Sabarimala to seek votes.Also read: Sabarimala as campaign agenda is a violation of model code: State CEC Vijayan said the BJP had given a call to its followers saying no one should put any offerings in hundis. “Why did they send people to the hill shrine to attack devotees? The attackers even reached the Sannidhanam…the policemen were hit with coconuts. Police had great difficulty in controlling the attackers,” he alleged. CPI(M) State Secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan also lashed out at the BJP, saying the saffron party was allegedly dividing people on communal lines. “The Prime Minister himself was defying the Election Commission,” he alleged.