Video: Georgia Basketball Ran A Football Play For Quarterback Recruit Jacob Eason, It Didn’t Go Well

first_imgAn aerial view of Kentucky players on Georgia's basketball court.ATHENS, GA – MARCH 03: Aaron Harrison #2, Andrew Harrison #5, Willie Cauley-Stein #15, Karl-Anthony Towns #12 and Tyler Ulis #3 of the Kentucky Wildcats rush down the court to get back on defense against the Georgia Bulldogs at Stegeman Coliseum on March 3, 2015 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Georgia locked up five-star quarterback commit Jacob Eason during his official visit, and the entire athletic department tried to do its part to ensure that he would stick with his commitment. Head basketball coach Mark Fox tweeted out video from last weekend, when Eason was on campus, of his team proving that it needs a quarterback. The basketball team runs a play, and a deep ball almost leads to disaster for one receiver. We tried to show a certain recruit we needed a QB at practice last weekend… pic.twitter.com/2GeANJrP0e— Mark Fox (@coachmarkfox) December 16, 2015The hedges at Sanford Stadium are probably a bit more forgiving than that wall, and they’re not so dangerously close to the end zone. We’re not sure if Eason, who we can’t quite identify in the blurry video, was impressed with the display, but he re-upped with the Dawgs either way.last_img read more

Court seeks status report on security of Unnao rape victim

first_imgNew Delhi: Continuing with the Unnao trial on a day-to-day basis as per the directives of the Supreme Court, a Delhi court on Tuesday asked the Central Bureau of Investigation to submit a status report on the security arrangements being provided to the Unnao rape victim, her family, and other witnesses in the case.Principal sessions judge Dharmesh Sharma, in whose court the cases are being tried, also asked the central probe agency for a report on the boarding and lodging arrangements in place for the family members of the rape victim, who was just last night airlifted to AIIMS here from Lucknow. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Tis Hazari court here had on Monday started hearing the Unnao cases and ordered that the main accused in the rape case – expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar and his associate Shashi Singh – be shifted to Tihar jail in the Capital. The cases were shifted to the Delhi court after the Apex court had taken suo moto cognizance of the 19-year-old rape victim’s accident, that landed her and her lawyer in critical condition, killing two of her aunts. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe rape victim’s car was hit by a truck in a head-on collision on a highway in Raebareily district. The truck’s number plates were blackened. Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi had last week ordered the CBI to complete its probe in the accident case and file a chargehseet by August 14 and asked that the four other cases be tried in a Delhi court. The CBI has already filed a chargesheet against Sengar and Singh for the rape of the teenager and another chargehseet against the expelled BJP leader’s brother, Atul Sengar for the murder of the Unnao rape victim’s father, who was killed in custody of UP Police. Out of the total five cases related to the Unnao rape, four have been shifted to the Capital, to be tried in the court of the principal sessions judge.last_img read more

New York Now Has More Mets Fans Than Yankees Fans

8/31/075135-16 4/17/064836-12 POLL DATEYANKEESMETSMETS MARGIN 3/24/146127-34 Move over, New York Yankees — there’s a new baseball boss in town. For the first time since at least 1998, Quinnipiac University has found, more New York City baseball fans liked the Mets than the Yankees. Although it was a narrow victory — 45 percent to 43 percent, well within the margin of error — it shows that winning ballgames remains the key to winning the hearts of Big Apple sports fans.The Yankees usually hold a hefty fan advantage over the Mets in New York. Over the last 20 years, the Yankees have averaged a sizable 55 percent-to-31 percent lead over their crosstown rivals. Just three years ago, the Yankees led the Mets 61 percent to 27 percent on the same question Quinnipiac asked this year. 3/25/095655-133429 3/16/005235-17 10/19/004337-6 Average5554-1334310 6/1/126221-41 The Mets do much better when baseball fans are forced to choose between the Mets and the Yankees. While the Yankees lose a statistically insignificant 1 percentage point of support on average, the Mets pick up 10 points of support. This seems to confirm the finding of a nonscientific Reddit poll from three years ago that found the Yankees were the most hated team among baseball fans. In other words, non-Yankee and non-Met fans may pick the Mets when forced to choose between the two of them, simply because they dislike the Yankees more.This year, though, the Mets beat the Yankees on the open-ended version of the question — the version in which they have always done worse. If we take this year’s result and apply the same boost the Mets typically receive in the other version of the question (where fans were forced to choose between the two teams), they would probably hold a 10-point head-to-head advantage over the Yankees. That’s pretty mind-boggling, considering the Mets were down 22 points on that type of question just three years ago.The Mets need to keep winning, however, if they want to maintain an edge over the Yankees. As I wrote about three years ago, the Mets seem to pick up fans when they win and shed them when they lose, but the same didn’t hold true for the Yankees. Now, it seems the Yankees may also gain or lose fans depending on their record. (Before this year, Quinnipiac had never polled after a season in which the Mets made the playoffs — or World Series — more recently than the Yankees.) In the chart below, I’ve plotted the difference between the percentages of Met fans and Yankee fans in New York City against the difference in how long it had been since each team had been in the playoffs.1For the sake of simplicity, I’m using the version of Quinnipiac’s question that allows baseball fans to choose any team, not just the Mets and the Yankees. However, there’s a clear correlation with either question. 3/24/1459%37%-22 3/25/095542-13 Fav. in a Subway Series Average5531-24 4/1/024738-9 Indeed, the Yankee lead climbed as high as 41 points five years ago. That survey was taken after a season in which the Yankees had made the playoffs, while the Mets hadn’t appeared in the postseason in six years. Now the tables have turned: The Mets have made the playoffs two years in a row, even appearing in the World Series in 2015. Meanwhile, the Yankees didn’t make the playoffs last year and they haven’t made a World Series since 2009.Before this year, the only time the Mets ever came close to the Yankees was in May 2007. That year, 49 percent of New York City baseball fans said they’d root for the Yankees in a Subway Series against the Mets, while 48 percent said they’d root the other way. Recent results had an influence then, too — the Mets made it to the National League Championship Series (before losing to the St. Louis Cardinals) in 2006, while the Yankees were knocked out in the American League Division Series.The Mets’ triumph in this year’s poll, however, is far more impressive than when they nearly overtook the Yankees 10 years ago. You’ll notice in the table that there are two types of questions Quinnipiac has asked on this subject in the past: Sometimes they asked baseball fans who they’d root for in a World Series matchup between the Mets and the Yankees, as they did when the Mets came close to the Yankees in 2007. Other times, fans are asked who their favorite baseball team is overall. (That is, fans can choose teams besides the Mets and Yankees.) And in four surveys, Quinnipiac asked both versions of the question. 7/26/015432-22 3/24/146159-2273710 5/28/074948-1 POLL DATETEAM IN MLBIN SUBWAY SERIESDIFFTEAM IN MLBIN SUBWAY SERIESDIFF 5/28/0750%49%-136%48%12 Source: Quinnipiac University YANKEES ARE FAVORITE …METS ARE FAVORITE … 5/28/075036-14 NYC baseball fans like the Mets more than the Yankees for the first time in 20 years Among New York City baseball fansSource: Quinnipiac University Average5138-13 8/31/075152135449 7/28/986028-32 3/25/095633-23 3/31/1743%45%+2 7/29/115926-33 The Mets are more popular when they’re pitted against the Yankees 4/1/055136-15 7/18/064637-9 8/31/075244-8 Poll DateYankeesMetsMets margin Perhaps what’s most interesting about the chart is that, based on prior trends, we would have expected the Yankees to have more fans than the Mets even now. That is, in an environment where the Mets were doing slightly better than the Yankees, the pattern would have been for the Yankees to still have a larger fan base. That might mean Quinnipiac’s new poll is too friendly to the Mets — certainly a possibility, given the margin of error. It could also be the case that the Mets are receiving a “bonus” because they were in the playoffs last year and the Yankees weren’t. Again, we can’t really test that phenomenon because in every previous survey, the Yankees had been in the playoffs as recently (or far more so) than the Mets had been.Either way, it’s clear that New York City is a two-baseball-team town right now. The Mets have caught up to — or perhaps even surpassed — their older brother. Yankee fans need their team to start winning again, or they’ll have to get used to seeing a lot more Mets caps on the subway as they make their commute. 8/15/136223-39 FAVORITE TEAM IN MLB read more

Blizzard Warning In Effect For Kenai Peninsula

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on February 18th, 2019 at 11:13 amThe National Weather Service out of Anchorage has issued a blizzard warning for most of the Kenai Peninsula. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 4 inches are expected. Sean Baines Meteorologist: “Essentially what we are looking at is snow is expected to accumulate this afternoon and the winds will  pick up overnight. The snow with the winds will produce white out conditions.”  The advisory is in effect starting at midnight tonight until 6am on Saturday. The advisory includes the cities of Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, and Cooper Landing.center_img Travel will be very difficult. While the worst conditions will occur overnight, snow showers and gustywinds will persist in Homer and vicinity through at least midday Saturday, so occasional visibilities down to one half mile may persist. Blizzard conditions expected. Southwest winds gusting as high as 35 mph will cause whiteout conditions in blowing snow.  Significant drifting of the snow is likely.last_img read more

Startup Offers DIY Service for Producing Custom Charts Online

first_imgWith a motto of “online charts. made simple,” online startup iCharts is offering publishers the ability to create interactive charts to embed in online content. “The value of online content is shifting toward work that is easily linked, manipulated, annotated, tagged, highlighted, translated, and enlivened by other media,” said Seymour Duncker, CEO of iCharts. The goal of iCharts, Duncker said, is to make content searchable—particularly for niche audiences that are most likely to seek out targeted information—and keep users on the page longer.While Duncker declined to discose traffic figures, iCharts makes its charts “discoverable” by search engines, which he said increases traffic wherever these charts are used. The service can also supply branded landing pages for Web viewers that discover charts through search engines.Currently, iCharts’ largest publishing client is Springer Science and Business Media, based in Germany, in addition to a stable of bloggers. However, iCharts “recently signed up additional publishers in print who are using this service for online, as well as pure play online publishers,” Duncker said. The influential TechCrunch blog also uses this service [example here], along with Business Insider, which is set to adopt iCharts over the next few weeks.DIY Chart CreationWhile online chart creation is not a new concept, the ability to quickly create a chart on the fly by entering numerical data, or by converting an Excel spreadsheet into an interactive chart, is. “There are companies that provide Flash charts,” said Duncker, “but these require a programmer, which can be costly and time consuming.” Each chart has its own embed code that can easily be inserted into an online article. While Duncker would not disclose a price for this service due to the nature of its “custom deals,” he said that it is “a subscription service and available at a low entry point.”last_img read more

Mahindra Verito Vibe Set to Debut in India Today

first_imgIndia’s largest utility vehicle manufacturer, Mahindra and Mahindra (M&M) is all set to launch its much anticipated Verito Vibe in India on Wednesday (5 June).The vehicle is powered by 1.5 litre Renault K9K diesel engine which would deliver 65 PS and a mileage of 21 kilometres per liter. The sub-4 metre version of M&M’s existing Verito sedan was said to be hatchback model. However, there are also reports saying that the model is going to be a compact salon. The vehcile is expected to fall in the price bracket of ₹5 lakh and is likely to come in three variants like its Verito sedan – D2, D4 and D6.M&M which is gearing to enter to a new segment with the launch of Verito Vibe hopes to regain its sales in the domestic auto market. The decline of car sales in India has also affected M&M. The company, which is heavily dependent on diesel vehicles, reported 1.2 percent decrease in its total sales at 43,460 units in May 2013. The domestic sales of the company was up by 5.4 percent, clocking at 42,104 units against 39,938 units in the same month last year. On the downside, exports declined by 67 percent at 1,356 units.”We have achieved an overall growth of 5 per cent in our domestic volumes during May 2013 for our automotive sector, in spite of a challenging environment. The growth in capital investment and private spending have also slowed down which is a cause for concern,” said M&M Chief Executive (Automotive Division) Pravin Shah .last_img read more

Bleached anemones found to stress fish living in them

first_imgA team of researchers with the University of Glasgow in Scotland and Centre de Recherches Insulaires et Observatoire de l’Environnement, French Polynesia, has found that orange-fin anemonefish (aka clownfish) living among bleached anemones exhibit signs of stress—namely a higher-than-normal metabolic rate. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, the group describes their study of the fish and what it shows about the impact of global warming. When anemones bleach, clownfish suffer 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. © 2018 Phys.org Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B Prior research has shown that as ocean temperatures rise due to global warming, mass bleaching of anemones and corals in the tropics is occurring. Under normal conditions, algae living inside anemones cause the anemones to look green. But as the water warms, the algae die, leaving anemones to show their true white color. This does not cause the anemones to die, however, which means they remain in place, allowing fish that hide among them to continue as before. But the researchers wondered whether the lack of green was causing problems for the fish that are not readily apparent. To find out, they collected samples of anemones and clownfish and studied them in the lab.The study was straightforward: The researchers put green-colored anemones in one tank of water and bleached anemones in another. They added normal healthy clownfish to both tanks and left them to live together for two weeks. At that point, the fish were removed to a nearly sterile tank of water into which the researchers pumped oxygen, allowing them to measure how much of the oxygen the fish used. Because there was nothing to eat or see, the fish remained motionless, which allowed the researchers to take a measurement of their basal metabolism rate.The researchers report that the metabolism of the fish living with the bleached anemones ran higher than for those living in the still green anemones. This, they note, indicates that the fish are stressed, which likely means they are less able to live normally. And that, they further note, suggests they likely swim and eat less, and perhaps reproduce less. This, they conclude, is evidence of the destructive impact that global warming is having on the planet.center_img Credit: CC0 Public Domain More information: Tommy Norin et al. Anemone bleaching increases the metabolic demands of symbiont anemonefish, Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2018). DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2018.0282AbstractIncreased ocean temperatures are causing mass bleaching of anemones and corals in the tropics worldwide. While such heat-induced loss of algal symbionts (zooxanthellae) directly affects anemones and corals physiologically, this damage may also cascade on to other animal symbionts. Metabolic rate is an integrative physiological trait shown to relate to various aspects of organismal performance, behaviour and locomotor capacity, and also shows plasticity during exposure to acute and chronic stressors. As climate warming is expected to affect the physiology, behaviour and life history of animals, including ectotherms such as fish, we measured if residing in bleached versus unbleached sea anemones (Heteractis magnifica) affected the standard (i.e. baseline) metabolic rate and behaviour (activity) of juvenile orange-fin anemonefish (Amphiprion chrysopterus). Metabolic rate was estimated from rates of oxygen uptake , and the standard metabolic rate of anemonefish from bleached anemones was significantly higher by 8.2% compared with that of fish residing in unbleached anemones, possibly due to increased stress levels. Activity levels did not differ between fish from bleached and unbleached anemones. As reflects the minimum cost of living, the increased metabolic demands may contribute to the negative impacts of bleaching on important anemonefish life history and fitness traits observed previously (e.g. reduced spawning frequency and lower fecundity). Explore further Citation: Bleached anemones found to stress fish living in them (2018, April 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-04-anemones-stress-fish.htmllast_img read more

One killed 17 injured in two road accidents

first_imgKolkata: One person was killed and seventeen others injured in two separate road accidents in two districts. The first incident took place at Belpahari block in Jhragram on Tuesday morning. The deceased has been identified as Md Basir (26). He was a resident of Madhubani district in Bihar. The victim along with some others were going to Jhargram from Bihar in a bus which overturned. The cause of the accident is yet to be ascertained by the district police. Around 10 other passengers received injuries in the accident. They were taken to a local hospital for treatment. In a separate incident, seven persons, who were travelling in a matador, received injuries when the vehicle overturned on Kachkal-Rajarhat road in North 24-Parganas on Tuesday afternoon. Two of the injured passengers are stated serious.last_img read more

Progressive Web AMPs Combining Progressive Wep Apps and AMP

first_imgModern day web development is getting harder. Users are looking for relentless, responsive and reliable browsing. They want faster results and richer experiences. In addition to this, Modern apps need to be designed so as to support a large number of ecosystems from mobile web, desktop web, Native ioS, Native Android, Instant articles etc. Every new technology which launches has its own USP. The need for today is combining the features of the various popular mobile tech in the market and reaping their benefits as a combination. Acknowledging the standalones In a study by google it was found that “53% of mobile site visits are abandoned if pages take longer than 3 seconds to load.” This calls for making page loads faster and effortless. A cure for this illness is in the form of AMP or Accelerated Mobile Pages, the brainwork of Google and Twitter. They are blazingly fast web pages purely meant for readability and speed. Essentially they are HTML, most of CSS, but no JavaScript. So heavy duty things such as images are not loaded until they are scrolled into view. In AMPs, links are pre-rendered before you click on them. This is made possible using the AMP caching infrastructure. It automatically caches and calls on the content to be displayed atop the AMP and that is why it feels instant. Because the developers almost never write JavaScript, it leads to a cheap, yet fairly interactive deployment model. However, AMPs are useful for a narrow range of content. They have limited functionality. Users, on the other hand, are also looking for reliability and engagement. This called for the development of what is known as Progressive web apps. Proposed by Google in 2015, PWAs combine the best of mobile and web applications to offer users an enriching experience. Think of Progressive web apps as a website that acts and feels like a complete app. Once the user starts exploring the app within the browser, it progressively becomes smarter, faster and makes user experience richer.  Application Shell Architecture and Service Workers are two core drivers that enable PWA to offer speed and functionality. Key benefits that PWA offers over traditional mobile sites include push notifications, highly responsive UI, all types of hardware access which includes access to camera & microphones, and low data usage to name a few. The concoction: PWA + AMP AMPs are fast and easy to deploy. PWAs are engaging and reliable. AMPs are effortless, more retentive and instant. PWAs supports dynamic content, provides push notifications and web manifests. AMPs work on user acquisition. PWAs enhance user experiences. They seemingly work perfectly well on different levels. But users want to Start quick and Stay quick. They want the content they view to make the first hop blazingly fast, but then provide richer pages by amazing reliability and engagement. This called for combining the features of both into one and this was how Progressive web AMPs was born. PWAMP, as the developers call it, combines the capabilities of native app ecosystem with the reach of the mobile Web. Let us look at how exactly it functions and does the needful. The Best of Both Worlds: Reaping benefits of both AMPs fall back when you have dynamic content. Lack of JavaScript means dynamic functionality such as Payments, or push notifications are unavailable. PWA, on the other hand, can never be as fast as an AMP on the first click. Progressive Web AMPs combines the best features of both by making the first click super fast and then rendering subsequent PWA pages/content. So AMP opens a webpage in the blink of an eye with zero time lag and then the subsequent swift transition to PWA leads to beautiful results with dynamic functionalities. So it starts fast and builds up as users browse further. Now, this merger is made possible using three different ways. AMP as PWA: AMP pages in combination with PWA features This involves enabling PWA features in AMP pages. The user clicks on the link, it boots up fast and you see an AMP page which loads from the AMP cache. On clicking subsequent links, the user moves away from AMP cache to the site’s domain(origin). The website continues using the AMP library, but because it is supported on origin now, service workers become active, making it possible to prompt users (by web manifests) to install a PWA version of their website for a progressive experience. AMP to PWA: AMP pages utilized for a smooth transition to PWA features In PWAs the service workers and app shells kick in only after the second step. Hence AMPs can be a perfect entry point for your apps whereas the user discovers content at fast rates with AMP pages, the service worker of the PWA installs in the background and the user is instantly upgraded to PWA in subsequent clicks which can add push notifications, add reminders, web manifests etc. So basically the next click is also going to be instant. AMP in PWA: AMP as a data source for PWA AMPs are easy and safe to embed. As they are self-contained units, they are easily embeddable in websites. Hence they can be utilized as a data source for PWAs.  AMPs make use of Shadow AMP, which can be introduced in your PWA. This AMP library, loads in the top level page. It can amplify the portions in the content as decided by the developer and connect to a whole load of documents for rendering them out. As the AMP library is compiled and loaded only once for, the entire PWA, it would, in turn, reduce backend implementations and client complexity. How are they used in the real world scenario: Shopping PWAMP offers a high engagement feature to the shoppers. Because AMP sites are automatically kept at the top by Google search engines, AMP attracts the customers to your sites by the faster discovery of the apps. The PWA keeps them thereby allowing a rich, immersive, and app-like shopping experience that keeps the shoppers engaged. Lancôme, the L’Oréal Paris cosmetics brand is soon combining AMP with their existing PWA. Their PWA had led to a 17% year over year increase in the mobile sales. With the addition of AMP, they aim to build lightweight mobile pages that load as fast as possible on smartphones to make the site faster and more engaging. Travel PWAMP features allow users to browse through a list of hotels which instantly loads up at the first click. The customer may then book a hotel of his choice in the subsequent click which upgrades him to the PWA experience. Wego, is a Singapore-based travel service. Its PWAMP has achieved a load time for new users at 1.6 seconds and 1 second for returning customers. This has helped to increase site visits by 26%, reduce bounce rates by 20% and increase conversions by 95%, since its launch. News and Media Progressive Web AMPs are also highly useful in the news apps. As the user engages with content using AMP, PWA downloads in the background creating frictionless, uninterrupted reading. Washington Post has come up with one such app where users can experience the Progressive Web App when reading an AMP article and clicking through to the PWA link when it appears in the menu. In addition, their PWA icon can be added to a user’s home screen through the phone’s browser. All the above examples showcase how the concoction proves to always be fast no matter what. Progressive Web AMPs are progressively enhanced with just one backend-the AMP to rule them all meaning that deploy targets are reduced considerably. So all ecosystems namely web, Android, and iOS are supported with just thin layers of extra code. Thus making them highly beneficial in cases of constrained engineering resources or reduced infrastructure complexity. In addition to this, Progressive Web AMPs are highly useful when a site has a lot of static content on individual pages, such as travel, media, news etc. All these statements assert the fact that PWAMP has the power to provide a full mobile web experience with an artful and strategic combination of the AMP and PWA technologies. To know more about how to build your own Progressive Web AMPs, you can visit the official developer’s website. Read Next: Top frameworks for building your Progressive Web Apps (PWA)5 reasons why your next app should be a PWA (progressive web app)Build powerful progressive web apps with Firebaselast_img read more

Asia Australia solo travel all selling well for TL Network and world

first_imgAsia, Australia, solo travel all selling well for TL Network, and world cruise niche “exploding” Share Tags: Travel Leaders Network Travelweek Group Tuesday, February 26, 2019 center_img TORONTO — TL Network’s forward bookings for 2019 are coming in strong, thanks to a good economy both here and in the U.S., and relatively affordable fares for international flights. And it doesn’t hurt that consumers are in love with travel and want to see as much of the world as they can.TL Network’s latest survey shows that 96% of consumers say they intend to travel in 2019, and 89% intend to spend the same or more on their trips as in previous years.Last year was very good and looking ahead, “we are very encouraged for 2019,” says John Lovell, CTC, President – Leisure Travel, Supplier Relations and Networks, for Travel Leaders Group, the parent organization of TL Network.Destinations like Asia Pacific and Australia and New Zealand are selling especially well, says Lovell. Egypt and Turkey bookings are both bouncing back. And world cruising, with durations up to 180 days, “is exploding. Expedition cruising is also huge. And river cruising continues to grow. I always say, I just wish we could dredge up a few more rivers, it’s selling that well.”Issues with low water levels on Europe’s rivers in 2018 didn’t put a dent in bookings, he added, noting that the river cruise companies have been doing a good job with re-routings and keeping passengers informed.TL Network agencies also saw a “terrific rebound” in Caribbean bookings following the hurricanes in fall 2017.Solo travel is another growth market, with 36% of consumers in the survey saying they intend to take at least one solo trip in 2019.Lovell and other TL Network execs were in Toronto yesterday to brief the trade media.It’s been two years since the formation of TL Network from Vacation.com and other entities and the group is now the largest retail travel agency organization in North America.Last year the company’s Agent Profiler online lead generation tool saw 25% year over year growth in leads channeled to participating Canadian travel advisors resulting in 5,000 leads delivered.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesIn 2017 TL Network had some 483 Canadian member advisors on Agent Profiler. By 2018 that number was up to 567. With 5,000 leads for 567 agents, “that’s roughly 10 leads per agent,” says Jeremy Van Kuyk, VP Technology – Travel Leaders Group.TL Network’s site for Canadian members, CanadianTravelAgents.ca (“we don’t sell travel, we sell travel agents,” says Van Kuyk) got 46,000 new consumer users in 2018, and organic traffic from random Google searches was 55% of that total. Organic search traffic driving consumers to CanadianTravelAgents.ca increased 136% year-over-year.Much of the content that’s driving those coveted high SEO rankings come from the information in TL Network agent profiles in the Agent Profiler tool. Agents can upgrade to Agent Profiler 2.0 for $15 per month, says Van Kuyk. Advisors taking advantage of Agent Profiler 2.0’s enhanced features can highlight their specialties and certifications, along with consumer ratings and reviews, and as a result are receiving three times more leads than those using the previous generation of the tool.Christine James, Vice President Canada, TL Network says there are now just shy of 700 TL Network members in Canada, coming in at about 680 agencies. Members are taking advantage of TL Network programs like Distinctive Voyages with 10 premium and luxury cruise lines offering 300+ cruise departures annually, Culinary Collection with 119 culinary themed sailings for 2019 with 11 Preferred Partners, and Amenity Departure Dates.All of these extras are built-in, says James, allowing TL Network agents to be more competitive in the marketplace.For education and training, in 2019 TL Network is introducing a new advisor education and training philosophy focused on learning pathways customized to an advisor’s personal achievement and career advancement goals.The company’s Learning Management System (LMS) now includes 358 individual courses with more than 425 new Canadian users joining the system in 2018. Popular specialist programs include Group Travel, Luxury Travel, Active and Adventure Travel, and Honeymoon and Destination Weddings.More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”TL Network Canada also has four Regional Conferences on the calendar for 2019, plus 24 Mixers for additional networking and learning opportunities. And this June 2019, the TL Network EDGE conference will take place in Washington, D.C. from June 7 to 10, with more than 2,100 attendees expected.Reaching out to clients, TL Network’s Canadian marketing engagement program has grown to more than 50 partners and during the past year resulted in more than 220 direct mail and email campaigns and over six million partner funded pieces.“We are excited to see significant growth in many areas of TL Network including our direct marketing efforts in Canada,” says James. “Our engagement program provides our advisors with beautifully designed marketing materials to inspire their customers and keep them informed about our latest offerings.”Some 20 – 30% of Canadian traffic through TL Network members is now represented by group bookings, as strong as ever with the popularity of multigenerational travel, notes James.TL Network is also launching a 2019 Select Agent Guide, and for consumers, Select magazine, coming this spring, says Roger E. Block, CTC, President of Travel Leaders Network. The consumer publication is geared to luxury clientele especially who want to see and experience it all. “People don’t want to just see the Pyramids. They want an immersive trip. They want to meet the locals. We work with DMCs in more than 150 countries to itineraries can be totally customized. This is one of the ways we’re trying to help our customers get the most experiences they can.”Clients have so much information at their fingertips, says Lovell. “But ultimately they’re looking for confirmation and validation, and the person they turn to for that is a travel advisor.“At the end of the day, people want that person to hold their hand and walk them through that transaction.” Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Polish competition regulator UOKiK has approved th

first_imgPolish competition regulator UOKiK has approved the merger between Canal Plus’ Polish subsidiary Cyfra Plus and rival TVN Group, operator of the ‘n’ pay TV platform.The pair’s strategic partnership will see the creation of a new unified platform with a base of 2.5 million subscribers.Canal Plus is expected to take up to 40% of N-Vision, the company that controls 51% of TVN Group.The deal is also expected to give Canal Plus a 51% stake in the merged platform, with TVN holding 32% and Liberty Global holding 17%.TVN Group said it expected the deal to close before the end of the year. CEO Markus Tellenbach said the integration of the Cyfra Plus and ‘n’ platforms would begin immediately after the deal is completed in order to take advantage of planned synergies.last_img

The dollar index closed on Friday at 8277…and gap

first_img The dollar index closed on Friday at 82.77…and gapped down about 10 basis points as soon as trading opened on Sunday night in New York.  After that, it rallied to its high of the day…82.89…which came at the open of equity trading in New York…9:30 a.m. Eastern time.  From there it got sold off into the close…finishing the Monday session at 82.65…down 12 basis points on the day. A cursory glance at the gold and silver charts from yesterday shows no correlation between the precious metals and the dollar index. Although gold’s low came at 10:30 a.m. in New York, the gold shares didn’t hit their nadir until 12:15 p.m. Eastern.  After that they rallied weakly along with the gold price…and then traded sideways after 2:00 p.m. Eastern time.  The HUI finished up 1.49%. Sponsor Advertisement Being a Tuesday, I have lots of stories from the weekend…and a goodly portion of them are gold related and well worth reading, so I hope you can find the time to spend on them. Obviously the U.S. Mint can’t keep up with demand for Silver Eagles…placing it in violation of the law which mandates enough bullion Silver and Gold Eagles must be produced to satisfy demand. But man-made laws can’t trump the law of supply and demand indefinitely. Many are still quick to point out that any silver shortage is confined to a number of retail forms of silver and not in the wholesale industry standard form of 1,000 oz bars. That seems to be true, but the silver retail shortage is burning intensely and the winds are strong and the firebreak separating retail and wholesale are more likely than ever to be breached. The simple fact is that these retail silver shortages have been flaring up on a recurring basis over the past few years and the current one is the strongest one yet. From everything I’ve observed, the retail shortage is bound to intensify…and I won’t keep it a secret as to what is the underlying cause – the price of silver is too low. – Silver analyst Ted Butler…20 April 2013 In a bifurcated market such as this one, it’s always hard to determine whether the hourly and daily charts for gold or silver are remotely close to free markets.  At times they have characteristics of a free market…but then a not-for-profit seller shows up…and that’s it for the day…with yesterday’s price action in both gold and silver being another case in point. As Ted mentioned in his quote above, the silver price is too low…way too low…and so is gold.  And as Grant Williams so exquisitely put it in his commentary posted above…”I can promise you that not a single one of those crashes, collapses, or crises ended up with retail investors stampeding to buy the asset that was supposedly cratering.” As the stories in the ‘Crticial Read’ section have pointed out…the precious metal markets are a firestorm of buyers…and they have sucked the pipeline clean of all precious metals world-wide over the last week.  It will take many months to fill it again, if it can be done at all, especially if JPMorgan Chase et al continue to keep the precious metals at these giveaway prices. We’re still only selling 100 oz. silver bars at the store, as that’s all we can get…and I’d bet that even this tiny window that we have into the silver market will disappear soon.  There’s nothing to buy anywhere, unless you want to pay a huge premium on e-bay. Well, the Commitment of Traders Report was not changed yesterday, so I doubt very much if it will be until Friday’s COT Report.  At that point we’ll find out whether this now-obvious false reporting from last week will be rectified at that point…or have JPMorgan Chase and the CME Group corrupted this report permanently?  We’ll find out soon enough. This bifurcated market cannot…and will not last.  The total disconnect between the paper market price and the physical market price has to resolved…and resolved quickly…as the pressure on physical demand has gone supernova.  Now that this fire is lit, it will be self-sustaining until prices change…and change drastically. The bullion banks and central banks are really up against it now…and have been caught in a trap of their own making…a plan that literally blew up in their faces.  They discovered in a real hurry that the buyers of 2013 were wise to them…and didn’t react the way they had back in 2011 when “da boyz” pulled this same stunt. If there every was a time for the world’s central banks to mark up the prices of all the precious metals [plus copper and crude oil] this would be the time to do it.  But in order to kill demand in precious metals stone-cold dead…it will take a big price adjustment to do it…and that’s why they’re going all-out to rid themselves of as much of their short positions [and/or go long] in these six commodities as they can.  And that’s why the last COT report was a fabrication, as they don’t want anyone to see what progress they’re making. I note that all four precious metals came under selling pressure in the thinly-traded and highly illiquid Far East trading session on their Tuesday, with the lows coming just moments before 3:00 p.m. in Hong Kong…which was just moments before the 8:00 a.m. BST London open.  As of 3:30 a.m. Eastern time, gross volumes are already very chunky in gold…over 44,000 contracts…and over 12,000 contracts [net] in silver.  The high-frequency traders are definitely out and about. And as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:10 a.m. Eastern time, I see that “Da Boyz” continued to be active even past the London open…and it should come as no surprise to you, dear reader, that silver was hit the hardest once again.  As you already know, this precious metal is the biggest problem child of JPMorgan Chase, Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia…and HSBC USA.  Gold is down about eleven bucks…and silver is down 65 cents..but was down over 80 cents at its 8:55 a.m. BST low.  Gold’s gross volume is now north of 58,000 contracts…and silver’s net volume is just above the 15,000 contract mark. The dollar index dipped about 15 basis points going into the London open…and then blasted skyward.  It’s just an eyelash above the 83.00 mark as I write this. I’m watching the current situation with morbid fascination and, like everyone else out there, I’m making things up as I go along, as this really is a Star Trek-type of precious metals market.  Right now we’re only at Warp Factor 1…but I don’t expect that to last too much longer. The rest of today’s trading action, once we get past the noon silver fix in London, should prove interesting. See you tomorrow. Here’s your “cute quota” for the day… (Click on image to enlarge) For whatever reason, the CME Daily Delivery Report was never updated from Friday’s data.  I’m looking at the correct page on their website at ten minutes before midnight Eastern Daylight time…and it has not been updated.  Normally it’s updated by 10:00 p.m. Eastern. Well, the finally did the update, but it was after midnight Eastern time before the got around to it. I discovered it around 4:30 a.m. Eastern when I was doing the final edit.  The report showed that 43 gold and 11 silver contracts were posted for delivery tomorrow…and the link to the current Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. GLD took another big hit yesterday, as 589,959 troy ounces were reported withdrawn yesterday…and as of 11:55 p.m. Eastern time last night, there were no reported changes in SLV. There was a decent sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday.  They sold 7,500 ounces of gold eagles…7,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 681,000 silver eagles. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday, they didn’t report receiving any silver…but they shipped 702,149 troy ounces of the stuff out the door.  The link to that activity is here. Monday was another busy sales day at the store…but not quite as busy as Friday.  Gold sales were really strong, as one customer came in and ordered an eye-watering amount of gold maple leafs.  We still only have 100 oz. silver bars for sale…and there was still no change from the mints or the wholesalers, as none of them are taking orders. Here’s a chart that reader Richard Sypher sent my way yesterday.  He borrowed it from yesterday’s edition of the “Daily Pfennig“..and I thank him for it.center_img Silver’s price pattern was similar, but the rally into the noon hour London high wasn’t anywhere near as impressive as gold’s.  After that high tick, the silver price pretty much followed the gold price pattern. Silver closed at $23.41 spot…up a whole 13 cents from Friday’s close.  Volume, net of roll-overs out of the May contract, was only 32,500 contracts. The precious metal markets are a firestorm of buyers…and they have sucked the pipeline clean Gold traded flat when it opened in New York on Sunday night…but early in Tokyo trading on their Monday morning, the price jumped up about ten bucks…and stayed there until 10:00 a.m. in London, where it jumped up a few more times, but ran into the proverbial brick wall shortly after 12:00 o’clock noon BST. From that high, gold got sold down about twenty-five bucks…hitting it New York low at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time.  After that, it slowly gained back some of that loss by 2:00 p.m…and then didn’t do much going into the 5:15 p.m. close of electronic trading. Gold closed the Monday trading session at $1426.30 spot…up $19.80 on the day.  Gross volume was around 199,000 contracts…with a large chunk of that occurring early in the trading day…up until the London high of the day. The silver stocks traded mixed…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up a smallish 0.57%. Freegold Ventures Limited is a North American gold exploration company with three gold projects in Alaska. Current projects include Golden Summit, Vinasale and Rob. Both Vinasale and Golden Summit host NI 43-101 Compliant Resource Calculations. An updated NI 43-101 resource was calculated on Golden Summit in October 2012 and using 0.3 g/t cutoff  the current resource is 73,580,000 tonnes grading 0.67 g/t Au for total of 1,576,000 contained ounces in the indicated category, and 223,300,000 tonnes grading 0.62 g/t Au for a total of 4,437,000 contained ounces in the inferred category. In addition to the Golden Summit Project the Vinasale also hosts a NI 43-101 resource calculation which was updated in March 2013. Indicated resources are 3.41 million tonnes averaging 1.48 g/t Au for 162,000 ounces, and Inferred resources are 53.25 million tonnes averaging 1.05 g/t Au for 1,799,000 ounces of gold utilizing a cutoff value of 0.5 grams/tonne (g/t) as a possible open pit cutoff. 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Silvers early morning rally in the Far East ran i

first_img Silver’s early morning rally in the Far East ran into a major seller of last resort, as volume was north of 12,000 contracts by 11 a.m. in Tokyo. Silver was up almost 70 cents by that time, and from there it got sold down in fits and starts to its London low around $20.80 spot, which occurred about 12:15 p.m. BST in London, a slightly late silver fix, perhaps?  After that, the silver price pretty much followed the gold price up until 9:20 a.m. EDT in New York.  But, unlike gold, silver didn’t get sold down, it continued to creep higher in price, with the high tick [$21.59 spot] coming in electronic trading after the Comex close.  The silver price got sold down a bit going into the 5:15 close. Silver finished the day at $21.42, up 87 cents from Friday’s close.  Of course it, like gold, would have finished phenomenally higher if it had been allowed to do so, which it obviously wasn’t.  Net volume was around 51,500 contracts, with about 12, 000 or so contracts traded by 10 a.m. Hong Kong time.  The volume after that was slightly elevated, but nothing special. For the day, gold was up 1.72%, silver closed up 4.23%, platinum was down 0.40%, and palladium was down 0.54%. The dollar index closed on Friday at 81.12, and traded pretty flat until 2 p.m. in Hong Kong yesterday afternoon local time.  From there it rallied to its 81.50 high, which occurred at 8:20 a.m. EDT, right at the Comex open.  By noon it was back down to 81.30, before rallying into the close.  The index finished the Monday trading session at 81.48, up 36 basis points from Friday’s close. Not surprisingly, the silver stocks did even better, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index finished the day up 6.11%.  A lot of the smaller junior producers/exploration companies finished up double digits.  However, at these depressed share prices, that’s not hard to do, but nice to see, anyway. (Click on image to enlarge) The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 58 gold and zero silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories tomorrow.  The short/issuer of all 58 contracts was JPMorgan Chase out of its client account, and the only long/stopper of note was JPMorgan Chase in its proprietary [in-house] account.  It was ever thus!  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. The CME’s preliminary volume report for Monday’s trading shows that there are still around 1,300 gold contracts still open in August.  It will be interesting to see not only how many of these contract holders actually stand for delivery, but who the issuers and stoppers might be. I was rather surprised to see that there were no additions to either GLD or SLV yesterday.  But maybe I’m being impatient.  Let’s see what today brings.  I’m particularly interested in seeing what, if anything, is deposited in SLV in response to Monday’s [and last Thursday’s] move in the silver price. Joshua Gibbons, the Guru of the SLV Bar List finally updated his website with last week’s data.  Here, in part, is what he had to say about SLV’s bar list as of the close of business on Wednesday, August 7th, “Analysis of the 07 August bar list, and comparison to the previous week’s list showed that 717,065.6 oz. were removed (0.5M oz. from Via Mat, 0.2M oz. from Brinks London), and no bars were added or had a serial number change.  The bars removed were from: JSC (0.3M oz.), Korea Zinc (0.2M oz.), Shui Kou (0.1M oz.), and 4 others.”  The link to his website is here. The U.S. Mint had a sales report.  Once again, gold sales were very poor.  They sold only 500 ounces of gold eagles, 1,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes, and 746,000 silver eagles. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday, they reported shipping out 164,500 troy ounces of silver, and didn’t report receiving any.  None of the reported movements involved JPMorgan Chase.  The link to that activity is here. In gold, they reported receiving 73,146 troy ounces, and shipped 100,467 ounces out the door.  But a cursory glance at the numbers shows that a large percentage of it involved transfers within the Comex-approved depositories, Scotiabank to HSBC USA, and HSBC USA to JPMorgan Chase, the ‘Big 3’ shorts in silver, and two of the three biggest short holders in gold.  In other words, it was “all the usual suspects”.  The link to that action is here. Considering this is a Tuesday column, I don’t have all that many stories, and most of the ones I do have are precious metal related.  I hope you have time to read them all. The reduction in the SLV short position by deposits of physical metal, and not by plain-vanilla share buying to cover short sales, points to tightness in the wholesale physical silver market. How so? Because it strongly suggests that SLV shares were originally sold short precisely because there was not sufficient metal available to deposit into the trust at that time. Only after the physical metal could be procured did the deposits take place. This is not the first time this has occurred and this is certainly not the only sign of wholesale tightness in the wholesale silver market. After a while, when it looks like, quacks like, and walks like a duck, chances are it is a duck (or genuine silver wholesale tightness). – Silver analyst Ted Butler, 10 August 2013 I was certainly happy to see the nice moves in both gold and silver yesterday, and it should come as no surprise to you, dear reader, that silver vastly outperformed gold.  That should continue. But I wasn’t overly amused by the fact that there was obvious opposition by a not-for-profit seller in the Far East on their Monday morning, as the volume was enormous for that time of day.  We’ll have to wait until Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report to see how much damage was done, not only yesterday, but for the entire reporting week, which has seen a big jump in price in both metals.  Today, at the close of Comex trading, is the cut-off for that report. It’s also obvious that the 50-day moving averages in both silver and gold got totally obliterated yesterday.  Here are their respective 6-month charts. It should come as no surprise to you, dear reader, that silver vastly outperformed gold. Gold rallied right from the open in New York on Sunday night.  The buying ended, or the rally got capped, about forty-five minutes later.  Volume by 11 a.m. in Tokyo was just north of 25,000 contracts, so these rallies did not go unopposed. The gold price traded sideways in a tight range either side of $1,330 spot until about  half an hour after the 8 a.m. London open, and developed a negative bias going into the noon BST London silver fix.  It began to rally from there, but it was the two [short covering?] rallies between 9 and 9:30 a.m. in New York that added another fifteen bucks to the price in very short order.  The high tick came around 9:20 a.m. EDT, which Kitco recorded as $1,345.60 spot. After that, gold got sold down ten bucks going into the 1:30 p.m. Comex close, and didn’t do much from there. Gold finished the Monday trading session at $1,337.30, up $22.60 on the day, but well off its high.  Volume, net of August and September, was around 151,000, but a big chunk of that traded in the first hour in Tokyo on their Monday morning, as it appeared that a fair amount of firepower was used to kill that rally. (Click on image to enlarge) The gold stocks gapped up a bit over four percent at the open yesterday, and were up almost seven percent at their highest, which was shortly before 1 p.m. EDT.  After that they faded a bit for the rest of the day.  The HUI turned a respectable performance nonetheless, closing up 5.51%. Sponsor Advertisement (Click on image to enlarge) Needless to say, I’m looking forward to what the technical funds do with their massive short positions now that this key moving average has been penetrated with a vengeance.  And even more important, will JPMorgan Chase be there on the sell side when these funds begin to cover?  I’m sure that Ted Butler’s raptors will be taking profits as the price climbs, but JPMorgan Chase is still running this show, and now have a long-side corner on the market.  It remains to be seen how they use it, and I suspect that we won’t have long to wait to get the answer to that question. I took a quick peek at the preliminary volume numbers for Monday’s trading day, and even though I don’t wish to read too much into them, as they can change quite a bit when the final numbers get posted later this morning EDT, I was surprised to see that gold’s open interest was only up 3,000 contracts, which isn’t a lot.  However, silver’s open interest blew out by 6,700 contracts, and that’s a huge amount.  Hopefully the final numbers will show improvements, especially in silver. The price action in Far East trading on their Tuesday was choppy, and volumes reasonably light, and mostly of the high-frequency trading variety, so I’m not going to read a thing into these markets.  However, at 2 p.m. Hong Kong time, all four precious metals began to move higher in unison, but all got capped the moment that London opened for trading an hour later.  And as I hit the ‘send’ button on this morning’s column at 5:18 a.m. EDT, gold is back below Monday’s close by a few bucks, platinum is up a bit over a percent, and palladium is up a few bucks.  But silver is struggling higher, as it appears that the sellers of last resort are throwing everything they can at the price.  It was up over 40 cents at one point, but is now up only about 22 cents. Volumes have really blow out.  Gold volume has now doubled since London opened, and is now a bit north of 36,000 contracts.  The same can be said for silver, as the volume is now a whopping 18,000 contracts.  I can tell by looking at the numbers on the CME’s website, that it’s almost all of the high-frequency trading variety, so it’s obvious that these rallies are destined to go nowhere for the moment. I will be more than interested in seeing what the price action is like once New York starts to trade but, for the moment,  JPMorgan’s high-frequency traders are in complete control. See you tomorrow. Platinum and palladium were dancing to their own music yesterday, as they usually do, and here are their charts. Rub Elbows with Dr. Ron Paul, Doug Casey, and 24 Other Renowned Economic and Investment Experts We all know the value of networking when it comes to our careers. But it can be even more valuable to your portfolio. You can see for yourself at the Casey Research 3 Days With Casey Summit, to be held October 4-6 in beautiful Tucson, Arizona. Attend and you might run in to Dr. Ron Paul, who’s delivering the keynote address. Like many of the speakers, he plans to stick around for the entire three days (the Summit is that important). Or perhaps you’ll want to rub elbows with legendary contrarian investor Doug Casey… natural resource speculator extraordinaire Rick Rule… Solari Report Publisher Catherine Austin Fitts… Obamacare expert Dr. Elizabeth Vliet… or any of the other 21 financial and investment experts at the 3 Days With Casey Summit speakers. Click now for a comprehensive speakers list. Please don’t miss this rare opportunity meet and talk with some of the world’s foremost economic and investment experts. Seats are selling fast, so you need to reserve your spot now.last_img read more

Abolish the Federal Reserve

first_img Abolish the Federal Reserve. The United States of America is not what it used to be. Unsustainable mountains of debt, continuous meddling by the government and Fed to “stimulate the economy,” and the US dollar’s dwindling status as the world’s reserve currency are very real threats to Americans’ standard of living. Here are some opinions from the recently concluded Casey Research Fall Summit on the state of the state and how to fix it. Marc Victor, a criminal defense attorney from Arizona and a staunch liberty advocate, says there’s really no such thing as “the state”—“it’s just some people bossing other people around.” Not everyone wants to fix things, he says; the bosses like the status quo. For example, aside from drug lords, DEA agents are the ones benefiting most from the “War on Drugs.” Victor believes that democracy and freedom are incompatible, since “democracy is majority rule, and freedom is self-rule.” If you want to bring true freedom to America, he says, winning hearts and minds is the only way to reboot this country and create a free society. Paul Rosenberg, adventure capitalist, Casey Research contributor, and editor of “A Free Man’s Take,” views America’s future similarly. He thinks the United States is in a state of entropy. The bad news, says Rosenberg, is that there will be no revolution. The good news is that the peak of citizens’ obedience to the state is behind us, and people are getting fed up with the government’s shenanigans. Real change is slow, he says, so we must work persistently to create a better world. Stephen Moore, chief economist at the Heritage Foundation, says the problem is liberal economic policy: Red states in the US, he says, have blown away blue states in job creation since 1990. Texas alone accounts for the entire net growth of the US economy over the past five years. As another proof point in favor of a free-market economy, Moore emphasizes that both Obama and Reagan took office during terrible economic times. While Obama has raised taxes and instituted Obamacare, Reagan cut taxes and regulation. As a result, the Reagan economic recovery was almost twice as robust as the Obama “recovery.” One of the US’s biggest problems, says Moore, is that companies can’t reinvest profits because dividend, capital gains, and income taxes all have increased under Obama. Corporate taxes in the rest of the world have dramatically declined in the last 25 years, but in the US, they haven’t budged. The average corporate tax rate around the world is 24%—in the US, it’s 38%. Overall, though, Moore is bullish on the US economy. American companies, he says, are the best-run in the world, if only the US government would adopt less economically destructive policies. Doug Casey, chairman of Casey Research, legendary speculator, and best-selling financial author, isn’t so optimistic. First of all, he says, we’re in the Greater Depression right now, which began in 2008. He fears it’s too late to repair America, but says if anyone would attempt to do so, the following seven-step program would help: Allow the collapse of “zombie companies” (companies that are only being held up by government handouts and other cash infusions). Abolish all regulatory agencies. Cut the size of the military by at least 90%. Eliminate the income tax. Sell all US government assets. Default on the national debt. Of course, says Casey, that’s not going to happen, so individual investors shouldn’t hope for a political solution or waste their time and money trying to stop the inevitable collapse of the US economy. The only way to save yourself and your assets is to internationalize. He recommends owning significant assets outside your home country: for example, by buying foreign real estate. You should also buy and store gold, “the only financial asset that’s not simultaneously someone else’s liability.” Casey’s suggestions include going short bubbles that are about to burst (like Japanese bonds denominated in yen), selling expensive assets like collectible cars and expensive real estate in major cities, as well as looking toward places like Africa as contrarian investment opportunities. Nick Giambruno, senior editor of International Man, agrees that internationalizing your wealth—and yourself—is the most prudent way to go for today’s high-net-worth investors. It ensures that “no single government can control your destiny,” and that you put your money, business, and yourself where they are treated best. You should internationalize each of these six aspects of your life, says Giambruno: our assets; your citizenship; your income/business; your legal residency; your lifestyle residency; and your digital presence. Regarding your assets, you can find better capitalized, more liquid banks abroad, and using international brokerage accounts can provide you access to new investment markets. To hear all of Nick Giambruno’s detailed tips on how to go global, as well as every single presentation of the Summit, order your 26+-hour Summit Audio Collection now. It’s available in CD and/or MP3 format. Learn more here.last_img read more

The disabled head of a disability charity has been

first_imgThe disabled head of a disability charity has been criticised by the charities watchdog after a full-page photograph of her was used – with her permission – in the Conservative party’s election manifesto.Ruth Owen, chief executive of Whizz-Kidz, is pictured in her wheelchair on page 44 of the manifesto, contravening strict rules on charities supporting particular political parties.The charity – which supports young disabled people to access the right mobility equipment – has defended her actions, arguing that she was not named in the manifesto and was appearing only as an “anonymous” disabled person and not as a representative of Whizz-Kidz.Owen was recognised with an OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2012, but she insists that her appearance in the Tory manifesto (pictured) does not signify support for the party.The Charity Commission has now spoken to Whizz-Kidz about the photograph, after the picture was drawn to its attention by Disability News Service.A Charity Commission spokeswoman said: “The charity has explained that Ruth Owen agreed for her photograph to appear in the manifesto as a private individual, on the basis that her name would not be included, and the charity would not be named.“We have advised the charity that, given the profile of Ruth Owen and of the charity, the inclusion of her photograph could potentially give rise to the impression that the charity has associated itself with or endorses a political party.“That would run counter to our guidance on campaigning and political activity, which makes clear that a charity must not give its support to any one political party and trustees must ensure perceptions of their independence are not adversely affected.“All charities must ensure that their independence is maintained, and perceptions of independence are not adversely affected. “As charity regulator we expect charity trustees to take account of this fundamental requirement as a core part of their decision-making processes.“We have sent the charity a reminder of our guidance and explained that this needs to be brought to the attention of the trustees.”The case has parallels with an investigation carried out by the commission after the last election in 2010.That complaint involved Debbie Scott, the chief executive of the employment charity Tomorrow’s People, whose full-page photograph – and comments – appeared in the Conservative manifesto.A report published by the commission following its investigation warned other charities: “Contributing to an election manifesto or any party political publication would have the inevitable result of providing or encouraging support for a particular political party, or at the very least, the perception of doing so.“As a charity cannot support or encourage support for any political party, the Commission is unable to see how a charity could demonstrate that it had sufficiently considered and managed all the risks arising from a decision to contribute to an election manifesto or party political publication.”A Whizz-Kidz spokesman said that Owen appeared only as “an anonymous member of the public; a female wheelchair-user”.He said: “When asked if she could have her photograph taken, it was under the assurance that neither her name, title, nor the organisation she works for would be cited. She was also informed she could keep the images for her own use.”He said that Owen was “not endorsing the Conservative Party by appearing in the image, nor – as demonstrated by an absence of comment, quote or recognition of the charity – is Whizz-Kidz”.He said Whizz-Kidz worked “across the political spectrum”, and in the last 12 months had presented a fundraising award to Ed Balls, Labour’s shadow chancellor, and was involved in a fundraiser at Everton Football Club for shadow health secretary Andy Burnham’s own fund-raising marathon.He added: “In the past, we have sponsored the all-party parliamentary group for wheelchair reform, chaired by a Liberal Democrat MP; and we regularly hold fringe events at both the Labour and Conservative party conferences, as well as other parliamentary events with a range of MPs – giving disabled youngsters and their parents the chance to speak for themselves.”Owen has so far failed to say whether she was aware of the Charity Commission rules governing such situations when she agreed to the picture, and whether she will apologise for her decision to appear in the manifesto.last_img read more

California Paves the Way for Cars With Empty Drivers Seats

first_img 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. Officials in California proposed new rules on Friday that would let companies test autonomous cars on public roads with no human driver present.The proposal is a significant update to the state’s self-driving car regulations adopted in 2014, which allow testing on public roads only if a driver is inside the vehicle. With the new rules, companies that want to test cars without human drivers will have to apply for a special permit and meet federal standards defined by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.To be approved for the permit, companies will also have to obtain written support from the jurisdiction that they want to test in, which suggests that local governments could object to testing on their streets.According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, 21 companies are currently testing autonomous vehicles in the state. Among them are tech companies such as Waymo, which took over Google’s self-driving project last year, as well as traditional automakers such as Toyota and BMW.”California has more manufacturers testing autonomous vehicles than any other state and today’s rules continue our leadership with this emerging technology,” California Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly said in a statement. The state’s updated regulations will now enter a 45-day public comment period before they are adopted.Although California is a hotbed of autonomous vehicle research, it is not the only state that is working on regulations to govern the industry. In December, Michigan adopted new laws that establish comprehensive self-driving car regulations and made it the first state to allow completely autonomous ride-sharing fleets.   Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Cars 56shares Next Article Image credit: Mark Wilson | Getty Images California Paves the Way for Cars With Empty Driver’s Seats Add to Queuecenter_img Proposed regulations would let companies test self-driving cars on public roads without a human driver present. News reporter This story originally appeared on PCMag 2 min read March 13, 2017 Tom Brant Enroll Now for $5last_img read more

Can Marijuana Replace Lost Steel Jobs Pennsylvania Town Has High Hopes

first_imgCannabis Free Green Entrepreneur App Download Our Free Android App Guest Writer –shares Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Can Marijuana Replace Lost Steel Jobs? Pennsylvania Town Has High Hopes. A region of the Keystone State impoverished by industrial decline and ravaged by opioid addiction sees a future in medical cannabis. Next Article Add to Queue March 28, 2017 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The promise of big profits and job creation continues to draw communities to the legal marijuana industry, particularly in places where the economy has long suffered.Nowhere is this more apparent than in southwestern Pennsylvania. City leaders in Braddock, located east of Pittsburgh, have submitted an application with the state in hopes to land a license that will allow for a new cannabis cultivation facility. The goal is for legal medical marijuana to bring back jobs lost over the past decades by the decline in the steel industry.They have partnered with a company that includes a Pennsylvania legend among its top executives: Hall of Fame running back Franco Harris, who played for the Pittsburg Steelers. The company has a goal of his own: finding out if marijuana can become an effective pain management medicine that replaces opioids.Related: 5 Routes the Cannabis Industry Could Take to Get Around Federal Banking RestrictionsTough TimesIn many places, such as in California and Colorado, businesses and communities vie against each other to win potentially lucrative licenses from the state for creating and operating marijuana cultivation centers and retail outlets. However, in a place such as Braddock, leaders see it as a means of survival.Braddock has been decimated by the jobs lost with cutbacks in the steel industry since the late 1980s. The city’s economic state landed it on the Pennsylvania Act 47 roll of financially distressed cities. Braddock has been on the list since 1988.In numerous media appearances, Mayor John Fetterman thinks a large medical marijuana cultivation center can change the town’s fortunes. As many as 70 new jobs would be created at the outset, and the city would reap the tax benefits of having the facility in town.“It’s a great story to have with a community that’s been kind of left behind by an industry in decline like steel to be resurrected financially from a brand new industry that didn’t even exist in Pennsylvania six months ago,” Fetterman said in a Facebook Live interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.State lawmakers and Gov. Tom Wolf approved medical marijuana in Pennsylvania in 2016.Braddock already faces competition for the license from nearby McKeesport, which also plans to submit an application. The state has said it will only allow a limited number of facilities within six different regions of the state.Related: Colorado Takes Aim at the Marijuana Black MarketLaurel Green MedicalHarris is chairman of Laurel Green Medical, which would run the facility in Braddock if the project wins the state permit.On its website, the company said its cultivation center “will use sustainable growing techniques to facilitate the best species of the plant. We will oversee the production of our medicine from seed to sale; this allows us to offer more affordable prices to our patients across-the-board.”Harris became interested in medical marijuana through fellow former and current NFL players who told him that using opioids to manage pain sometimes led to addiction to the drug, according to the Post-Gazette. He also noted that Pennsylvania has been one of the states hit hardest by the opioid addiction crisis.Related: How Do We Measure the Statistical Significance of Legal Cannabis?Research into the uses of medical marijuana is “something that’s very much need,” Harris said.Permit applications were sent to the state in March. The state is expected to grant permits within the next several months, with the businesses beginning operation by mid-2017.Follow dispensaries.com on Instagram to stay up to date on the latest cannabis news.  Image credit: Oliver Contreras | The Washington Post | Getty Images dispensaries.com Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community.last_img read more

Note 7 Fiasco Could Burn a 17 Billion Hole in Samsung

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What better way for dad to connect with his loved ones than learning about his family’s stor Lifeminute tv Samsung Electronics’ worst-ever recall could cost the company as much as $17 billion after it halted sales of its flagship Galaxy Note 7 for a second time, spelling an almost certain end for the ill-fated premium model.Samsung announced the recall of 2.5 million Note 7s in early September following numerous reports of the phones catching fire and on Tuesday the crisis deepened: The company told mobile carriers to stop sales or exchange of the $882 device and asked users to shut off their phones while it investigated new reports of fires in replacement Note 7s.As the world’s top-selling smartphone company awaits results of probe by U.S. safety regulators, some investors and analysts predict Samsung may scrap the Note 7 and move on to successor models to limit the financial and reputational damage.”In the worst case scenario, the U.S. could conclude the product is fundamentally flawed and ban sales of the device,” said Song Myung-sub, an analyst at HI Investment Securities.If Samsung stops selling the Note 7s, that will translate into lost sales of up to 19 million phones, or nearly $17 billion, that the firm was expected to generate during the Note 7’s product cycle, according to analysts including those at Credit Suisse.That’s a big increase from $5 billion in missed sales and recall costs analysts initially expected Samsung to incur under the assumption that the firm would resume global Note 7 sales in the fourth quarter.Chances of that now look slim. South Korea’s Hankyoreh newspaper, citing unnamed sources, said on Tuesday Samsung will likely stop Note 7 sales permanently. Samsung did not comment on the report.”This has probably killed the Note 7 brand name,” said Edward Snyder, the managing director of Charter Equity Research.”By the time they fix the problem they have to go through recertification and requalification and by the time that happens, they’re going up against the [Galaxy] S8 launch.”Wider problemSamsung has already temporarily halted Note 7 production, a source familiar with the matter said on Monday. That could lead to a write-down in inventory in the event Samsung has to end sales entirely.Broker Nomura estimates Samsung may have to incur up to 1.6 trillion won of disposal costs in the fourth quarter, assuming around 4 million Note 7s have been made.For Samsung, with a market value of $235 billion and $69 billion in cash and equivalents at the end of June, the loss of sales of one model could be absorbed.The bigger problem will be long-term impact on its reputation and brand, analysts and experts say.”We think the Note 7 incident may hurt demand for Samsung’s other smartphone models as well,” Nomura analysts said in a note, adding it may have to slash Samsung’s fourth-quarter mobile division profit estimates by as much as 85 percent.Verizon Communications Inc., the largest U.S. wireless carrier, is already considering shifting marketing away from the troubled Note 7s, a company spokesman said on Monday.That will likely boost rival products such as the new Google Pixel and Apple Inc.’s new iPhone taking market share from Samsung, as most vendors launch new products ahead of the critical year-end holiday sales season.”The [Note 7] unit is forever going to be tarnished and the danger is that the brand becomes irretrievably damaged as well,” said Stephen Robb, a partner at UK law firm Weightmans.”They need to be writing to every customer with an apology and some form of ‘compensation’… It will clearly be costly for the company but the alternative is to end up going the way of Nokia and Blackberry.”Samsung also faces lawsuits, with at least two consumers taking the company to the court in the United States to claim compensation on damages stemming from the faulty smartphone.The firm received 92 reports of batteries overheating in the United States, including 26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage, according to the U.S. regulator’s announcement of the Sept. 15 recall.The Note 7 woes may also roil Samsung’s component business, an important and growing source of revenue, as it provides key smartphone parts such as phone screens and memory chips.Falling Note 7-related orders could not only cut overall revenue for the component business unit, but also crimp prices of such parts, analysts said.($1 = 1,114.7500 won)(By Se Young Lee; Additional reporting by Nataly Pak; Writing by Miyoung Kim; Editing by Lincoln Feast) October 11, 2016 A Safe Way to Get Rid Of Bugs in Your Home A Safe Way to Get Rid Of Bugs in Your Home New York takes aim at skyscrapers’ sky-high energy usage 2 Delicious Summer Entertaining Ideas Figure Out Your Family Tree Just in Time For Father’s Day A Petition Is Coming ? for a ‘Game of Thrones’ Final Season Do-Over How Human Behavior is Hurting Animals and What We Can Do to Protect Them IHOP Sees Explosive Growth in To-Go Sales Autoplay: On | Off Saint Laurent dazzles with men’s collection on Malibu beach US Navy: Russian destroyer almost collided with cruiser in the Philippine Sea BACK Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 4 min read Figure Out Your Family Tree Just in Time For Father’s Day The firm received 92 reports of batteries overheating in the United States, including 26 reports of burns and 55 reports of property damage. 2020 Ballots May Have a New Box to Check ? 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Praveen Thakur Named as COO of Unscrambl Inc

first_imgPraveen Thakur Named as COO of Unscrambl Inc. PRNewswireApril 22, 2019, 7:36 pmApril 22, 2019 AI-driven solutionsAugmented IntelligenceGlobal Customer OperationsMarketing TechnologyNewsPraveen ThakurUnscramble Previous ArticleCellPoint Mobile Enables Viva Air to Become the First Airline in Latin America to Offer Apple Pay and Google PayNext ArticleHarvard Business Review Analytic Services, in association with CI&T, Release New Report Entitled Machine Learning: The Next Generation of Customer Experience Industry Veteran of Oracle and SAP to Lead Growing Augmented Intelligence CompanyUnscramble, the leading augmented intelligence company building AI-driven solutions for enterprises, announced that Praveen Thakur, an industry veteran and recognized leader in the technology industry, has joined its executive team as Chief Operating Officer. As COO, Praveen now heads up Global Customer Operations for the Atlanta-based company effective April 15, 2019. In this new role, Praveen is responsible for driving the company’s efforts to scale and bring its products to customers across the globe, delivering superior shareholder value in the process.In a distinguished career spanning more than three decades, Praveen has held key leadership roles across the Asia-Pacific region and India with leading technology service providers. At Oracle, Praveen spent fourteen years leading business for technology and cloud platforms in SouthEast Asia and the emerging markets in South Asia. In his most recent role, Praveen served as Senior Vice President for platform and data management solutions at SAP for Asia Pacific and Japan.Marketing Technology News: Sales Engagement Leader Outreach Reaches Unicorn Status, Raises $114 Million Series EThis new appointment at Unscrambl represents another step in the company’s growth following a year of successful initiatives and client wins. In a strategic partnership with Microsoft, Unscrambl recently secured an important engagement with Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation (RCBC), a bank in the Philippines. Together, the companies will deploy AI-powered solutions powered by Unscrambl’s technology that will transform and augment current design of analytics and launch real-time marketing campaigns. Earlier this year, the company was also awarded with enrollment in the SG:D Spark Programme enabling it to leverage demand in the Government sector in Singapore.Marketing Technology News: DemandBlue launches DemandBlue Labs, a Salesforce Innovation Org for its CustomersWith spending on cognitive and AI systems predicted to grow to $52.2 billion in 2021, Unscrambl is well-positioned for success in the years ahead. Vibhore Kumar, CEO of Unscrambl recognizes Praveen’s appointment as a key to that future growth. “We are delighted to welcome Praveen into Unscrambl’s core leadership team to guide us through this new phase of our growth story. We are at a critical moment and we will rely on his expertise and visionary leadership to successfully implement our strategy and take advantage of the market opportunities ahead.”Marketing Technology News: Vonage Recognized as a ‘451 Firestarter’last_img read more