first_imgGoa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar will soon address a press conference to clear the air over the ongoing mining impasse, the Deputy Speaker of Assembly Michael Lobo said on Monday. “He is the right person because he is the Minister of Mines as well,” Mr. Lobo said,adding, “in the next two to three days he will address a press conference and tell whether it (mining) is going to happen or not.” Mr. Parrikar, who has advanced pancreatic cancer, has not made an official public appearance for more than two months. He has also not moved out of his private residence except for a brief visit to the Goa Medical College Hospital since October 14, his return from All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. Reports from New Delhi indicate that the Mines and Minerals (Regulation and Development) Act, which mandates auctioning as the only route for allotment of iron ore mining leases, cannot be amended — as requested by the Goa government — to facilitate renewal of leases to existing holders. This has made the agitating mining dependents restless. Top Goa BJP leaders as well as some central leaders of the party have repeatedly assured the agitating mining dependent lobby in Goa, as also the mine owners, that the Central government would be amending the MMRD Act in the coming winter session of Parliament. Mr. Lobo who has been active on this front, also said it was necessary for Mr. Parrikar to communicate to the people of Goa about when and how he planned to resume mining.The Congress has beenattacking the government and accusing Mr. Parrikar as well as the BJP of trying to hide the fact that the Union Government had already rejected Mr. Parrikar’s request for amendment of MMRD Act. Mining in Goa was banned in February this year by the Supreme Court quashing second renewals of 88 mining leases, while also directing the State government to allot the leases afresh as per appropriate laws.last_img read more

first_imgTrending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending 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 Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Only six of 36 teams in a title series that went 0-2 down have gone on to reverse the outcome, but coach Norman Black said his Bolts are going to take inspiration from one of those teams that made the biggest comeback of all time.“Most of the teams down 0-2 have not won the championship,” Black admitted. “But we saw a team 0-3 down to win the championship. Until they (Gin Kings) win that fourth game, we will go out there fighting.”Black was talking of San Miguel Beer, which rallied against Alaska last season in this same tournament to win the championship by taking the last four games.The Meralco coach is not doubting his players as far as effort is concerned, actually praising them for going all out each game.“These are my players, and I’m sure they are trying their best. They are not performing the way they did in the elimination round, and I am sure [the] Ginebra [defense] has a lot to do with that,” Black said.ADVERTISEMENT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City Read Next Black better find a Pacquiao in his players quick, or, in using a boxing term to describe this series many saw to be close and tipped to go deep, this one would most likely not go the distance. “We took a big punch from them early in the game and survived that,” Cone said. “We managed to make it a possession-by-possession game [in the closing minutes] and had a good closing kick.”The analogy came a few minutes later, just after he praised LA Tenorio and the other Kings for a job well done.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“I’m just glad it wasn’t Manny Pacquiao who gave us that punch there, otherwise, we wouldn’t have gotten up from it,” he said with a smile, noting that Meralco still has a lot of fight left and the best-of-seven title series is far from over.“They still have many punches to give,” said Cone, coaching in his 31st title series. “We should be careful of that. We won two straight games and it only shows that they can also win two straight to tie this thing up. You can’t be pleased with yourself.” MOST READ Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netTim Cone has always been a great copy for reporters, dissecting the game, explaining how it was won or lost, etc.There’s also no one better in the PBA in giving out analogies to describe his games, with the close 86-76 Game 2 victory over Meralco in their PBA Governors’ Cup Finals being no exception.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH View comments LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Aid expected to pour in for differently abled athletes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

first_imgTeams in the lower rung mix it up for all-important wins Wednesday in the Premier Volleyball League Open Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Of the four teams seeing action, only Air Force has a win to show and it hopes to add to that number as it takes on University of the Philippines at 4 p.m. Power Smashers and Adamson-Akari both hunt for a first win when they collide at 6 p.m.ADVERTISEMENT The Jet Spikers are coming off a defeat at the hands of unbeaten Creamline last Sunday.They are expected to bounce back against the young and inexperienced Lady Maroons who, despite dropping their first two games, have shown a big fighting heart.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe Lady Falcons have also proved their worth after causing trouble against Perlas-BanKo in their previous contest. ‘Solid’ PH boxing team capable of taking home golds in SEAG Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Kammuri now a typhoon, may enter PAR by weekend View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Another vape smoker nabbed in Lucena Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes LOOK: Jane De Leon meets fellow ‘Darna’ Marian Rivera LATEST STORIES China furious as Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more

first_imgCALGARY – A defence lawyer says the world has always been pitted against two brothers with fetal alcohol syndrome who repeatedly sexually assaulted a teenage girl they randomly abducted at a bus stop.Sentencing arguments concluded Thursday for Cody and Corey Manyshots, who pleaded guilty two years ago to kidnapping, uttering threats, sexual assault and robbery.Court heard the brothers, both in their 20s, have poor cognitive function, low intelligence and mental-health issues. But that was not enough for the defence to argue they were not criminally responsible because of a mental disorder.“These two men fell through the cracks of life,” Alain Hepner, Cody’s lawyer, told the court. “They didn’t stand a chance from the minute they were born.”The pair approached a 17-year-old girl at a northeast Calgary bus stop in November 2014, forced her into an alley and sexually assaulted her.They then abducted the Grade 12 student and took her to their home, where they sexually assaulted her another 15 times until she was able to escape about eight hours later when they fell asleep.Excerpts from reports read in court suggested the brothers need to live in a structured, supervised environment to ensure their well-being and the safety of others.While a penitentiary would provide that sort of setting, everyone agreed putting the brothers behind bars indefinitely is not an option.There was discussion of what support might be available to the men after their prison terms conclude.“What more of a disability could an accused have?” provincial court Judge Terry Semenuk asked. “I’ve never seen a case like this.”Semenuk is to deliver a sentence Jan. 26.Hepner proposed about nine years in prison for his client, taking into account time already in custody.The lawyer said there is no treatment for fetal alcohol syndrome, but he hoped there is a way the brothers can get the resources they need to lead meaningful lives once their sentences end.Hepner, who said Cody does have some insight into his crime, presented a statement on behalf of his client, who cannot read.“He said he’s truly sorry for the pain he caused the young girl and he can no longer blame alcohol or drugs,” said Hepner, who added the man wants to get counselling for substance abuse.Corey’s lawyer, Mitch Stephensen, asked for a 6 1/2-year sentence, including time already spent behind bars.He said his client can barely read or write, functions at the level of a four to six year old and will become overwhelmed if given too much information at once.“Corey will not do well in treatment that he doesn’t have the mental capacity for,” said Stephensen, who cited one of the reports.“But in my respectful submission, we have to make the attempt.”The Crown had earlier proposed a 12-year sentence. Prosecutor Jonathan Hak argued the two show little empathy for the victim and there is a relatively high risk they will reoffend.Having them stay voluntarily at a residential facility following their sentence should not be considered, he added.“I think in the real world, that’s not going to happen,” Hak said.“I can’t imagine either of these offenders willing to go to a residential-type facility to live out the balance of their life.”Angelina Manyshots, the men’s mother, also addressed the court.“I really love my sons,” she said. “I’ll do everything I can to help them.”Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version had the incorrect spelling of Stephensenlast_img read more

How will your favorite NBA team do this year? See all of our predictions for the 2016-17 season » There is little reason for the casual NBA fan to pay attention to the Denver Nuggets this season. They are a bad-to-mediocre team with a ceiling of mediocre-yet-interesting. Where they fall along that spectrum will probably depend on what becomes of Emmanuel Mudiay.Mudiay, who skipped college ball in favor of getting paid as a pro in China, looked like a steal as the No. 7 overall pick in the 2015 draft. He walked into the starting point-guard position in his rookie season and went on to play 30 minutes of horror-show basketball every night. And, yet, because of the quirks of his position, his obvious talent and some promising stats papered over by the all-around badness, Mudiay remains a tantalizing prospect despite having one of the worst rookie seasons in recent memory.The baseline stats belie just how bad he was: Mudiay averaged 12.8 points and 5.5 assists per game while shooting 36 percent from the floor and 32 percent from behind the arc. Dig a little deeper and it starts to look worse: His turnover rate was just a hair under 18 percent, and he finished the year with his win shares per 48 at a tidy -0.049. That’s not good! It is in fact very bad!How does a supposed phenom have a season that bad? By having no idea how to put the ball in the basket. Among qualified players, Mudiay ranked dead last in both effective field goal percentage and true shooting percentage. He somehow managed to put up worse shooting numbers than Kobe Bryant, who spent the season heaving up as many shots as possible despite his body being held together by bungee cords. Bryant at least had the excuse of being a shameless gunner and 700 years old. Mudiay managed to be a black hole despite taking 200 fewer shots than Old Man Bryant. This isn’t to say that Nuggets fans should be feeling great about Mudiay’s future as he heads into his second season running the offense. The inclusion of Westbrook, Mike Conley and John Wall in the comparable players section of his CARMELO comps will surely induce a few fist pumps, but the sight of Sebastian Telfair and Brandon Jennings should leave them in a cold sweat.Whether Mudiay is able to overcome his growing pains and carry his second-half improvements into this season won’t mean much for the Nuggets’ immediate future — they’re likely a long shot for the playoffs even if Mudiay is great — but it means everything for their long-term plans. Aside from Mudiay and Nikola Jokic, this is a roster almost entirely made up of solid but uninspiring players. Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler, Danilo Gallinari and Will Barton are fine basketball players, but they aren’t a group that’s equipped to turn the Nuggets into a consistent playoff contender.In the coming years, the Nuggets will have to choose which of their good-but-not-great players are worth keeping around and which are better jettisoned. But none of those decisions will matter if the team can’t find a true star or two to anchor the roster. Jokic looks like he’s ready to play the part, but so much still depends on what becomes of Mudiay. At this point, one timeline sees him developing into an oversized point guard with a passable jumper who can use his speed, strength and vision to control the game. The darker timelines see him slogging through a disappointing NBA career, launching jumpers from a trebuchet and never quite catching onto the rhythm of the game. Mudiay will be much closer to one of those destinies at the conclusion of this season, which means it’s probably going to be a very good or very bad year for the Nuggets.Check out our NBA predictions. An optimist would point out that Mudiay’s shooting improved in the second half of the season; he shot 39 percent from the floor and 36 percent from 3-point range after the All-Star break. A pessimist would dunk on that optimist’s head by reminding everyone that shooting was far from Mudiay’s only problem — he created just 0.64 points per possession for his team as a pick-and-roll ball-handler last season, a rate that was nearly doubled up by Steph Curry (1.11) and lagged behind less lofty competition like Jimmy Butler (0.89) and Jamal Crawford (0.82).Rookies often take a while to find their stroke — Kris Dunn shot 24.2 percent over his last five preseason games — but what makes Mudiay’s shooting stats so ugly is that they weren’t just the result of a broken jumper. He struggled just as much around the basket. He made only 44 percent of the shots he took less than five feet from the rim, a full 15 points below the league average. According to NBA.com, Mudiay made 7.6 drives to the basket per game and converted just 38 percent of the shots he took at the end of those drives. This would maybe be understandable if Mudiay were the size of, say, Earl Boykins and built like a dachshund, but he’s a 6-foot-5 point guard who weighs 200 pounds. Driving to the hoop and finishing strong is supposed to be, like, his whole thing.If Mudiay were a center or power forward coming off a rookie season this rotten, I imagine that he would have already been written off as an Anthony Bennett-style bust, but point guards are evaluated a little differently. The inherent difficulties of the position are going to produce some ugly statistics in the first season, and the problems that rookie point guards have — unfamiliarity with the speed of the NBA, poor shooting, high turnover rate — are usually the kinds of problems that can be solved. Remember when Russell Westbrook’s effective field goal percentage was .414 in his first season? That’s why FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection model ranks guys like Marcus Smart and Elfrid Payton so highly.This goes a long way toward explaining why CARMELO is relatively bullish on Mudiay as well, projecting him to dig his way out of the basement and be a solid contributor within a few seasons: And don’t forget that for all Mudiay’s failings, he’s had his moments. It was highlights like this that made him a lottery pick to begin with: read more

The Ohio State’s men’s basketball team reeled in its first recruit of the 2018 recruiting class when four-star shooting guard Torrence Watson announced his commitment to play for the Buckeyes Monday evening on Twitter.https://twitter.com/TorrenceWatson/status/884605146130501632The Saint Louis, Missouri, native is the No. 100 overall prospect and the 23rd-best shooting guard in the country, according to 247Sports composite rankings.Though Watson is the first player in his class to commit to Ohio State, he is the third to join the Buckeyes since Chris Holtmann was hired. Four-star forwards Kyle Young and Musa Jallow – each in the 2017 recruiting class – committed to Ohio State on June 26 and July 7, respectively.Three four-star players in the 2018 class – forwards Darius Bazley and Justin Ahrens and guard Dane Goodwin – have decommitted from Ohio State’s 2018 class. read more

first_imgA Prothom Alo IllustrationTwo brothers were killed in what law enforcers called a gunfight with the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) in Banshkhali upazila of Chattogram on Friday.The deceased were Md Jafar Prokash, 48, and his brother Khalilur, 45, sons of late Joynal Abedin of Saral union.Assistant director of RAB-7 ASP Maskur Rahman said acting on a tip-off they conducted a drive in Saran union around noon.”Criminals opened fire as soon as the RAB team reached the spot,” he said. “RAB also returned fire, killing the duo on the spot.”A foreign pistol, seven other firearms, and a large number of bullets were recovered from the spot, he added.ASP Rahman claimed Jafar is accused in 33 cases and his brother Khalilur was also accused in eight cases.last_img read more

first_img Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 News Tagsaztec Concheros homepage featured Mexico Mexico City pre-Hispanic Zocalo,You may also like A Conchero dancer named Ariel applies makeup in Mexico City’s central square. “I am a Conchero to preserve the tradition,” he said. “I inherited it from my family. Seeing the people who come for inner peace gives me peace of mind.” RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra Torres Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Conchero dancer Aldair Trejo, who learned the rituals from his father, prepares a feathered headdress for a performance in Mexico City’s Zocalo. RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra Torres We are not all the same, and in our difference we are divine August 30, 2019 Concheros offer a ritual cleansing in Mexico City’s Zocalo. RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra Torres Yoyotzin Colibrí prepares incense used for spiritual cleansings. “I have been offering cleansings and dancing the Aztec tradition for 25 years,” she said. “Here everyone comes to seek healing.” RNS photo by Irving Carbrerra Torres Texas imam ordered to pay $2.55 million in sexual misconduct case Columns • Opinion • Simran Jeet Singh: Articles of Faith As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 By: Irving Cabrera Torres Share This! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Irving Cabrera Torres Conchero dances honor pre-Hispanic gods and create a connection with the cosmos through meditative movement. Although Aztec and Mexican in origin, the dances are deeply rooted in the Chichimeca culture. RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra Torrescenter_img Catholicism Conchero dancers don their outfits for a day of performances in Mexico City’s Zocalo. RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra Torres From the ashes of defeat, the Conchero dance emerged, using traditional indigenous movement. Some say that the dance is a reenactment of the battle against the Spanish, with the steps containing hidden meanings and echoing old rituals, though few have been explicitly identified. The dances have been passed down through families for centuries. For many years, the dances were reserved only for indigenous people who forbid outsiders from viewing their ceremonies. There are dances especially dedicated to Huitzilopochtli (god of the sun and war), Quetzalcoatl (feathered serpent), Tlaloc and Tezcatlipoca (smoking mirror, supreme god, who is everywhere), among others.The dances also incorporated Christian elements and have been heavily influenced by Catholicism. Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — An ancient dance tradition with roots in Mexico’s indigenous culture, the Conchero calls down ancestral spirits to give their blessing and to purify observers through ritual smoke. Conchero dancers merge body and spirit in rhythmic harmony, giving thanks for creation in a ritual circle that represents the universe.  Share This! Irving Cabrera Torres According to Aztec philosophy, incense smoke administered by Concheros cleanses the spirit. Traditional herbs, such as basil, are used for the incense, along with more modern additions, like lollipops. RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra Torres The Metropolitan Cathedral was built on the site of the Templo Mayor, the former religious center of the Aztec city-state Tenochtitlan. Formerly a wholly religious ceremony, the Conchero dance now has cultural significance and is considered by many to be a folk dance. RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra TorresToday Conchero dances are considered Mexican folk dances and are performed in public, most frequently in Mexico City’s main square, the Zocalo, where even tourists receive cleansings and purifications from the Concheros.A Conchero performer stands as a guardian of Aztec and pre-Hispanic traditions next to the Metropolitan Cathedral. RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra Torres Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.,Truck drives into line of Jewish demonstrators protesting ICE in Rhode Island Conchero dancers perform in front of the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City’s main square, the Zocalo. The cathedral stands on the site of the Aztec’s Templo Mayor, where Mexicans before the Spanish conquest venerated their gods Huitzilopochtli, Tlaloc and Coyolxauhqui. RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra TorresIt is widely believed that the Conchero dance tradition originated around the time of the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire. Around 1531, conquistadors confronted the Chichimecas, an ethnic group that inhabited the center of the country on the hill of Sangremal in present-day Querétaro state in central Mexico. During the battle, a shining cross appeared in the sky along with the Apostle James, whose message of peace provoked the surrender of the Chichimecas. Amulets used in Conchero dances on display in Mexico City’s Zocalo, including a turtle shell (standing in for the more traditional armadillo shell), snails, incense and pre-Hispanic figures made from obsidian. RNS photo by Irving Cabrerra Torres Irving Cabrera Torres,Add Comment Click here to post a comment Share This! By: Irving Cabrera Torres Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Emaillast_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Diabetes and Endocrinology Forum (DEF) will start a cardiac diabetes course for the doctors at Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and will also provide free insulin to patients suffering from type 1 diabetes under KMC area.DEF will sign a memorandum-of-understanding (MoU) with the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Monday in this regard. It has been learnt that the DEF will train permanent doctors of KMC on cardiac diabetes. The total duration of the course will be between four and twelve months. Apart from diabetes, the training course will also include COPD and thyroid. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAs per plan, a special clinic will be opened at all the borough offices of KMC, where patients with chronic history of diabetes would be referred to. There will be specially trained health employees of KMC, who will make people aware on how to take insulin at home. Both type 1 and type 2 diabetes patients under the jurisdiction of KMC will be provided treatment at the clinic.The patients suffering from type 1 diabetes will be provided insulin completely free of cost. When a patient comes to the primary health care centres at various wards, he/she will be inquired by the KMC doctors about their ailments in detail. Only those requiring insulin will be sent to the special clinics, which will come up at the borough level. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedOne of the main purposes behind organising the training is to mitigate cardiovascular risk in diabetes. DEF is organised its 8th ‘Diabetes Update 2018, Kolkata’, at a city hotel on Sunday.According to a survey, there are over 62 million people with diabetes in India, projected to be over 79 million by 2030. An estimated 11.7% prevalence of diabetes is in Kolkata, 11.6% in Delhi, 12.4% in Bangalore and 13.4% in Chennai. Also, there are one million deaths in India every year due to Diabetes. Even the younger population is being affected by diabetes in India.last_img read more

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first_imgShareTweet “The stalls open from 11am to 4pm and offer a wide range of top quality fresh produce at affordable prices.“We also have street food and a wide range of locally produced craft products for sale so if you are out and about on Saturday make sure and come along.”Jonny Armstrong lives and works in South Derry but hails from the lough shores of Tyrone, he’s been playing music in various projects and bands since leaving school, with influences from right across the musical landscape.His solo project, Acoustic Remedy, is his latest endeavour, showcasing his vocals and playing in an acoustic format.His set is wide ranging and eclectic, covering many genres of music from AC/DC to Kenny Rodgers, ABBA to Foo Fighters, Jeff Buckley, Counting Crows, Johnny Cash and many other stops along the way.His sole aim is keeping people entertained, singing and having a good time.Among the traders at the Walled City Market will be Granny Knitter, The One World Shop, C&M’s Pantry, Living Crystal, Willow Studios, Curry Sauce NI, Amara Dexter Cattle, Crepe’s N Coffee, Noeleen’s Gallery, Rainbow Tie-Dye, Daisy Dots, No9 Creations, Bake N Joy, The Morelli Pod, Coffee and Cream, So 27 Skincare, Breeze Valley Farm, Process Pop-up Art Market, La Tia Juana and Doherty’s Meats. Anyone interesting in finding out more about trading at the market are asked to contact Nicolle at nicolle.walters@derrystrabane.com or Tel: 02871 376506.For further information visit www.derrystrabane.com/Subsites/Walled-City-Market/WelcomeFind us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/whatsonderrystrabane/ or follow us on Twitter @Walledmarket.Versatile singer songwriter Jonny Armstrong to perform live at Walled City Market was last modified: April 1st, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: The popular food and craft market is organised by Derry City and Strabane District Council and takes place on the first Saturday of the month every month.The market offers a wide range of speciality food traders with fresh breads, vegetables, meat, homemade jams and preserves as well as handcrafted products such as textiles and paintings.Nicolle Walters, Market Development Officer with Derry City and Strabane District Council said she was pleased to be offering musical entertainment along with the usual offering of some of the finest locally produced food and craft products.“We are delighted to be able to add to the atmosphere in Guildhall Square with a live performance from Jonny Armstrong who’s acoustic set harnesses all of his year’s of playing live with the perfect mix of music, songs and entertainment to suit any occasion or venue. The Walled City Market in Guildhall Square back this weekendLOCAL singer, songwriter and cover artist Jonny Armstrong will perform his wide ranging and eclectic set at this month’s Walled City Market in Guildhall Square. The Market returns this Saturday, April 6, from 11 am to 4 pm where Jonny will perform a two hour acoustic set on the day from 1 pm to 3 pm. DerryDerry and Strabane CouncilGRANNY KNITTERGuildhallVersatile singer songwriter Jonny Armstrong to perform live at Walled City MarketWALLED CITY MARKETlast_img read more

first_imgFreegold 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. The 2012 exploration program includes additional drilling on both Golden Summit and Vinasale. An updated NI 43-101 resource was calculated on Golden Summit in December 2011 and using a 0.35 g/t cutoff is 14,840,000 tonnes @0.66 g/t Au – hosts 316,000 ounces in the indicated category and 50,0460,000 tonnes @0.61 g/t Au – hosts 991,000 ounces in the inferred category. Drilling has been underway on this road accessible project since mid January. To date over 36,000 feet have been drilled since January on the project, of which 30,000 feet have been aimed at resource expansion. Drilling remains ongoing.  An updated NI 43-101 is expected to be completed in Q3. Additional drilling is also underway on Vinasale. Vinasale currently hosts recently updated NI 43-101 resource calculation of 49,320,000 mt @1.09 g/t for a total of 1,735,000 contained gold ounces in the inferred category using a 0.5 g/t cutoff. Please visit our website for more information. Sponsor Advertisement Whenever JPMorgan Chase, SLV and silver get mentioned together in the same sentence, I think it’s worth pointing out.The gold price traded pretty flat through all of Far East and London trading on Thursday.  But the moment London closed for the day…4:00 p.m. GMT…11:00 a.m. in New York…a smallish rally developed that came to an end at 3:00 p.m. Eastern in electronic trading…and from there, gold got sold down a few bucks into the 5:15 p.m. close.The high tick came shortly before 3:00 p.m…and that was recorded as $1,736.20 spot.Gold closed the Thursday trading session at $1,731.90 spot…up $14.60 on the day.  Net volume was a far more reasonable 135,000 contracts.Silver’s absolute low tick [about $31.60 spot] came around 11:00 a.m. GMT in London…and once the noon silver fix was out of the way, the price began to rally in fits and starts…as every New York rally attempt ran into a willing seller the moment that it showed any signs of becoming “irrationally exuberant”.The silver price topped out shortly after 3:00 p.m. in New York…and then gold sold off a hair into the 5:15 p.m. Eastern time close.  The high tick was $32.56 spot which, looking at the 24-hour silver chart below, I find hard to believe.Ordinarily I’d post the New York Spot Silver [Bid] chart to lay the matter to rest…but it’s M.I.A. on Kitco’s website.Silver closed at $32.31 spot…up 47 cents from Wednesday.  Volume, net of roll-overs, was only 29,500 contracts.The dollar index did zip…hovering just under the 81.00 mark all day long.  It opened at 80.81…and its feeble rally attempt to get above the 81.00 level crashed and burned…and the index closed at 80.81.  It was obvious that the price movements in the precious metals had to do with other factors.The shares didn’t do much…and I wouldn’t read a heck of a lot into yesterday’s HUI action.  It closed up 0.71%.With the odd exception, the silver shares turn in a real decent performance yesterday.  But two of the stocks that didn’t have a good day on Thursday…CDE and PAAS…make up a decent chunk of Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index.  And because of that, it only closed up 0.10%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 10 gold and 4 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Monday within the Comex-approved depositories.Once again both GLD and SLV showed increased in their holdings.  In GLD an authorized participant added 77,517 troy ounces of gold…and in SLV it was 1,549,091 troy ounces.The U.S. Mint had a decent sales report as well.  They sold 13,000 ounces of gold eagles…3,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 148,000 silver eagles.The Comex-approved depositories showed that 309,750 troy ounces of silver were withdrawn on Wednesday…and nothing was received.  The link to that activity is here.I have three charts for you today.  The first was from a colleague of Australian reader Wesley Legrand.  It’s the Dollar Index vs. the Gold Price going back about thirteen years. Wesley’s colleague had this to say about the relationship between the two…“There are periods were there has been an obvious inverse correlation, but then there are also extended periods where both gold and the USD index have risen together including the last 1.5 years (this is a monthly chart).”“Of particular significance, over the last eight years when the price of gold starting rising more rapidly, the price of gold rose from $400 to $1,700 and the USD has been in a trading range, but has ended up exactly where it started eight years ago, at 80.”“So the USD index is unchanged after eight years during which the price of gold quadrupled.”“I think the relationship is more psychological than anything else.”[He would be right about that! – Ed](Click on image to enlarge)This next chart contains only three days of data…starting with the U.S. election day on Tuesday…and ending at the close of trading yesterday. It’s a “Gold vs. Everything Else” chart.  Note how the gold price stands out above all others.  The other traces are the dollar index, the U.S. 10-year treasury, the S&P…and the commodity index.I thank Washington state reader S.A. for sending it…and I just know he stole it from a Zero Hedge article.(Click on image to enlarge)The third graph is from Vancouver, Washington reader Duane Zelinka.  It’s a graph from an AP story posted in the ‘Critical Reads’ section below…but in case you pass on the story, I want to make sure you at least skim the graph…and it needs no further embellishment on my part.I have the usual number of stories for a weekday column and, as always, the final edit is up to you.Political language is designed to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable. – George OrwellI wouldn’t read a whole heck of a lot into yesterday’s price action.  I was happy to see prices rise…and volume return to more normal numbers.  We are well along in the roll-overs out of the December delivery month…and barring something out of left field somewhere…I’m not expecting huge price action between now and the end of the month, although I reserve the right to be wrong about this.Before I started writing this column early yesterday evening, I was browsing through a website that Ted Butler had mentioned a year or so back…and it was the contents of that Internet site that made me change my mind about SLV a while back.  The website is about.ag…and the proprietor keeps a close eye on what goes on within the fund.As you know, JPMorgan Chase is the big silver short in the Comex futures market…with the Bank of Nova Scotia/Scotia Mocatta believed to be in second place.  The comments on this website about JPMorgan Chase and its SLV silver inventories in London between October 3rd and November 7th of this year, are worth noting…and here they are…October 3…”For the first time in nearly a year, there was no movement of silver from JPM London A to Brinks London. About 95Moz in all has been transferred from JPM London A to Brinks London, with 5Moz left in JPM London A (which we expect will be transferred shortly).”  October 10…”Again, we see a small movement of silver (0.8Moz) from JPM London A to Brinks London.”  October 31…”Another 1.6Moz was transferred from JPM London A to Brinks London, as part of what appears to be a phase-out of that vault.”  November 7…”A final 3.1Moz was transferred from JPM London A to Brinks London, with just 3 bars left listed as being in that vault.”Beats me as to what it means, if anything…but whenever JPMorgan Chase, SLV and silver get mentioned together in the same sentence, I think it’s worth pointing out.  You can read all the weekly commentary on SLV silver inventories at the link here.But please don’t get the idea that because I’ve changed my thinking on SLV [or GLD for that matter] that I now think they’re great investment vehicles.  I still wouldn’t touch either one with a 10-foot cattle prod.Today we get both the latest Commitment of Traders Report…and the November Bank Participation Report…and I will have something to say about each in my Saturday column.Very little happened with gold or silver during the Friday trading session in the Far East…and the same can be said for the first twenty minutes of London trading.  Volumes are near normal…whatever that means nowadays…and the dollar index is down about 12 basis points.And as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:00 a.m. Eastern time…two hours after the London open…gold is up about five bucks and silver’s up a bit more than a dime.  Volume’s are getting up there a bit…and the dollar index is basically unchanged.I hate to beat this to death every week, but I’d like to remind you one more time that there’s still an opportunity to either readjust your portfolio, or get fully invested in the continuing major up-leg of this bull market in both silver and gold…and I respectfully suggest that you take out a trial subscription to either Casey Research‘s International Speculator [junior gold and silver exploration companies], or BIG GOLD [large producers], with all our best [and current] recommendations…as well as the archives. Don’t forget that our 90-day guarantee of satisfaction is in effect for both publications.Enjoy your weekend…or what’s left of it…and I’ll see you here tomorrow.last_img read more

first_imgDisabled activists are hoping their latest protest in the heart of Westminster will empower other disabled people to follow their lead and fight the government’s social security cuts and reforms.The action by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), which involved scores of disabled protesters, focused on calls for the government to scrap its new universal credit working-age benefit system, which is being rolled out across the country.DPAC believes universal credit has “too many flaws to be simply paused and fixed” – the solution proposed by the Labour party – and is “rotten to the core”, with foodbank use and rates of claimants being sanctioned “soaring” in areas where it has been introduced.The action saw one group of activists occupy parliament’s central lobby and attempt to interrupt prime minister’s questions in the House of Commons.After their path to the Commons chamber was blocked by five police officers, they repeatedly chanted “stop and scrap universal credit” and “benefits not bombs” as prime minister’s questions was taking place.They later joined a larger group of activists opposite the Houses of Parliament, before marching to a traffic crossing in front of the House of Commons, where they blocked the road for more than half an hour.One protester was dressed as a crime scene investigator (pictured), beside a banner which said: “#StopandScrap. Universal Credit is a Crime.”The outline of a “murder victim” placed on the road had earlier been laid on the floor of parliament’s central lobby.Andy Greene, a member of DPAC’s national steering group, said at the start of the protest that he hoped other disabled people and the public would pay attention to the action.He said: “This is about continuing to show that disabled people will not be passive recipients of these changes.“We will continue to resist them at every opportunity and represent the interests of people who cannot be here but would want to say something if they were.”But he added: “It is not enough to hear, you also have to respond, whether that is speaking to your local councillor, writing a letter to the media, calling up talk shows, taking direct action or joining a local group; whatever it is, we want people to respond.”Greene said councils were not being given the resources to cope with the results of austerity, while the voluntary sector “has had its teeth pulled in terms of capturing what is going on and being able to respond to that.“We are seeing that it is only through activism that we have been able to see any consistent, empowering response, which is why we are here today.”He said the introduction of universal credit had the potential to be the most harmful of all the government’s social security cuts and reforms, putting not only people’s income at risk but also “the roof over their head”.Disabled people are “right at the centre of that”, he said.He added: “We spoke five years ago about people’s worlds shrinking. We are now talking about people’s worlds collapsing.”At the end of the protest, Greene said he believed that years of high-profile protests by DPAC – which was formed in 2010 – had encouraged many other disabled people to take part in local and national demonstrations.He said: “That’s how I judge our success. People see themselves reflected in these demos. There is no myth, no secret. We turn up and we take part. That’s it.”Labour MP Laura Pidcock* supported the protesters as they blocked traffic outside the House of Commons, and said the action was “absolutely necessary”.She said: “Sometimes when people won’t listen, what else are people supposed to do?“I am very supportive of any demonstration when people feel a government will not listen.”She said the rollout of universal credit had begun in her North West Durham constituency in December and there had already been threats of eviction.Although she did not say she wanted to scrap universal credit, she said her party needed to “have a conversation” about how it was working.She said that people who were experiencing universal credit themselves knew the government’s claims that it would be a simpler system and would provide a faster route into work were “not true”.She said: “There has to be an overall assessment of, ‘is this the best that Britain has to offer in terms of social security?’”Marion Nisbet, of Glasgow DPAC, had travelled by train from Scotland to take part in the protest in London.She said she has been “part of the fightback” since she was asked in a work capability assessment (WCA) in 2011 why she had not killed herself, when discussing her suicidal feelings with an assessor working for the government’s contractor Atos.She said: “I walked out thinking that that was what I was going to do. I felt totally humiliated and worthless.”She said the WCA process – which is part of the universal credit system – was “nothing to do with empowering people back into employability” but was “state-sanctioned cruelty”.She said: “As an unemployed disabled worker, there is nowhere I would rather be than at my work, but we have an Equality Act that is not worth the paper it is printed on when it comes to the employability of disabled people.”She added: “I am sick and tired of watching sick and disabled people paying for the fact that the bankers ran away with the money.“This has been an ideological, financial attack on disabled people, labelling them scroungers and skivers so everybody is convinced we are all at it and [that attack] needs to happen.”Another disabled campaigner, Kay Nosae, said she had attended the demonstration because she wanted “to be doing something, to feel I have some power”, and to try to affect some of the many people walking past the protest in Westminster.She said: “It is also partly all the history of disability protest. I want to feel I am carrying on the tradition of trying to do something, not just being passive and letting other people fight for us.”Another reason she attended was because of her concerns about the removal of disability premiums in the move to universal credit.She said: “The government said that no disabled person would lose out but obviously they have.”She said she had spent days in bed before the protest and would probably spend days in bed recovering afterwards.She added: “I cannot plan for my future because I don’t know how the benefits system is going to change.”Gabriel Pepper, who took part in the lobby action, said universal credit was “a juggernaut”.He said he believed the government did not care about the impact of universal credit, and was intent on rolling it out and its harsh conditionality while closing scores of jobcentres.He said: “That combination is toxic. What do they think will happen?”Other protests as part of DPAC’s day of action against universal credit took place across the country, including actions in Manchester, York, Sheffield, Norwich and Brighton, with others planned in Truro, Birmingham, Leicester, Edinburgh and Cardigan, Wales.Among DPAC’s many concerns with universal credit are the “harsh” conditions imposed on claimants, without reasonable adjustments for disabled people; mandatory health and work conversations for disabled people; an online application process that is inaccessible to many disabled people; and the scrapping of severe and enhanced disability premiums, which are currently added to some means-tested disability benefits to help with the costs of disability.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has been insisting since 2012 that “transitional protection” would ensure that no-one moving onto universal credit would see their benefits cut in cash terms.But campaigners have remained sceptical, while also pointing out that the transitional protections will not apply if there are changes in the disabled person’s personal circumstances – for example if they move to a new home, or their relationship status changes – and will not apply to new claimants.Despite repeated requests from Disability News Service to clarify exactly how disabled people will be affected by the removal of the premiums under UC, DWP has so far been unable to do so.in less than two weeks, the high court is due to hear a judicial review of the financial impact of the introduction of universal credit on a terminally-ill man who has lost £178 per month in disability premiums after he moved back to London to receive treatment and had to claim UC for the first time.*Pidcock said she had accompanied members of DPAC to a “very frustrating” meeting on Tuesday with Sarah Newton, the minister for disabled people, about concerns about disability benefit assessments.She said Newton had been “very, very dismissive” and although the minister was considering some recommendations made by this year’s report by the Commons work and pensions committee into the assessment processes, had refused to remove the PIP assessment contracts from Atos and Capita.She said: “I know they have a certain vision of the welfare state but I thought if I could meet with them on a human level and explain how difficult it is for people… but it didn’t make a difference.”last_img read more

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. Image credit: via PC Mag Most Celebs Don’t Properly Label Their Instagram Ads –shares Next Article Add to Queue Do you follow a bunch of big name celebrities on Instagram? There’s a good chance you’ve been exposed to improperly labeled ads.Mediakix recently evaluated the accounts of the top 50 most followed celebrities on Instagram over a 30-day period and found that the vast majority of ads they posted were in violation of the Federal Trade Commission’s rules. According to the FTC’s guidelines, all sponsored posts on Instagram must include clear and conspicuous disclosure like #ad or #sponsored near the top of captions, so people viewing the post on a smartphone will see that it’s an ad without having to press the “more” button (see below). Social media stars sometimes use hashtags like #sp or #partner to call out Instagram ads; other times, they’ll just say “Thanks [Brand]” somewhere in the caption. Under the FTC’s rules, these disclosures aren’t sufficient.Mediakix didn’t name names but found that 30 of the top 50 Instagrammers posted sponsored content, which isn’t a problem if it’s done right. The problem is, just 7 percent of those posts were in compliance with the FTC’s guidelines. The other 93 percent of posts did not include the appropriate verbiage.”We found that celebrities who post sponsored content may, on average, post 3 FTC compliant posts a year vs. 58 posts that are non-compliant,” the marketing agency wrote. Mediakix went on to say that these violations “may have profound and far-reaching effects on consumers.” The low compliance rate means that “users are regularly coming across posts that could be interpreted as misleading where the material connection between a brand and a celebrity is ambiguous,” they added.The FTC last month sent out more than 90 letters reminding Instagram stars and marketers that they need to “clearly and conspicuously disclose their relationships to brands when promoting or endorsing products through social media.” That marked the first time the agency had reached out to social media influencers directly about their responsibility to be transparent when posting ads on Instagram. Angela Moscaritolo This story originally appeared on PCMagcenter_img Reporter Enroll Now for $5 3 min read Just 7 percent of sponsored posts from the top 50 most followed celebrities on Instagram are in compliance with the FTC’s guidelines, according to a new study. Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Instagram June 13, 2017last_img read more

first_img Associate Editor Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now » At 9:48 a.m. on Aug. 7, 2018, Elon Musk tweeted two sentences that landed him with an SEC probe, an internal board review and an incalculable amount of online speculation.“Am considering taking Tesla private at $420,” he wrote. “Funding secured.” That price was a 20 percent premium over the share price at the time. Musk planned for current shareholders to have the choice to remain as such — if they preferred a buyout, they’d receive the approximate value he tweeted about.Today, the Tesla CEO is attempting to set the record straight on any speculation with a new company blog post. He sheds more light on his actions over the past week, including more on the “why,” writing that going private could help Tesla better focus on the long term. Entrepreneur reached out to Tesla for comment and will update this story if the company responds. Analysts at several top investment banks declined to comment, likely due to the sensitive nature of the company in recent months.Here’s what you need to know about Musk’s latest announcement.How likely is Tesla to go private?In a letter to Tesla employees, Musk wrote: “If the process ends the way I expect it will, a private Tesla would ultimately be an enormous opportunity for all of us.” The key takeaway from this is that Musk does indeed expect Tesla to go private. But analysts at JPMorgan aren’t quite as sure, assigning a 50 percent probability to the potential move. Before Musk’s announcement, JPMorgan valued the company’s shares at $195 each. The day after his tweet, analysts updated that valuation to $308 per share.Who is the backer behind Musk’s “funding secured” claim?Musk says the Saudi Arabian sovereign wealth fund first approached him in early 2017 about taking Tesla private, a chief reason being they were interested in investing in more than just oil. According to Musk’s blog post, he met with fund representatives “several times” over the course of the next year — including July 31, 2018, after the Saudi fund bought close to 5 percent of Tesla stock. As for the “funding secured” part of Musk’s tweet? “Obviously, the Saudi sovereign fund has more than enough capital needed to execute on such a transaction,” he wrote. But Musk also clarified that he’s also in talks with other investors.How much more debt could cash-strapped Tesla incur for the move?Musk plans to leverage equity in the company rather than debt to fund Tesla’s potential move to private. “I do not think it would be wise to burden Tesla with significantly increased debt,” he wrote, disparaging reports that the move could cost the company more than $70 billion. He currently estimates that about two-thirds of all investor-owned shares would “roll over” into a private Tesla.What’s next?Musk says he’ll continue investor meetings to get a better idea of how many of Tesla’s current public shareholders would remain shareholders if the company goes private. The company’s board is currently setting up a special committee to evaluate any final proposal, followed by regulatory approvals and — one of the last steps — a vote by Tesla shareholders. Image credit: Robyn Beck | Getty Images Add to Queue –shares Hayden Field Next Article center_img Elon Musk Reveals New Plan for Taking Tesla Private 3 min read Elon Musk Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. August 13, 2018 Entrepreneur Staff On Monday, the outspoken CEO revealed the Saudi Arabian sovereign fund as a potential backer.last_img read more

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. –shares Next Article The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Create Your Own Online Network Add to Queue 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List July 16, 2009 Marketing 3 min read As an entrepreneur, you want to be on the lookout for the newest trends that help keep you lean and profitable. One thing you may want to consider is implementing an online network as an integral part of your business.As a person with strong entrepreneurial spirit, you may already be running one or more businesses. You may be running each by yourself or you may have employees of varying numbers. Starting an online network within your existing businesses can be a great way to increase the profits of those businesses.A great number of larger corporations have already discovered that opening up the gateways of communication through an internal social network has allowed them to learn more about employees, particularly their hidden talents, talents that may be tapped into as the company grows.Interestingly, the idea of creating a proprietary social network is not just for large organizations. Today, an increasing number of small businesses are embracing online networks, particularly as the workforce becomes more and more filled with employees who have spent their entire lives online.If you own a small business, or businesses, one of the main reasons you should consider adding an online networking component is that the best time to make an online network part of your company culture is when the company is small. It can then stay in place and grow along with your company. As a small-business owner, you likely wear multiple hats and, even with your handy PDA, you may have a difficult time getting easy access to all the information you need about your employees in a single place. By using an online network you can keep track of–and have immediate access to–information about what each employee is currently working on, and what experience they have from previous positions.Your company may have employees operating from remote locations. Setting up an internal online network will allow those employees to interact with one another–and with you–without leaving their desks, allowing for more personalization, and less isolation.Finally, if you more than one small business, implementing an online network gives you the power to gather information across your businesses, search for the best employees for particular tasks, and establish greater collaboration between you and your employees.Internal online networks are dynamic and allow employees to use virtually all the features they would find on Facebook, or even LinkedIn, including social networking, tagging and profiles. There are many hosted applications that cater to this market segment. Because of this, even the smallest companies have access to robust technologies at affordable prices.Larger businesses have already jumped on the bandwagon, particularly in the last couple of years, but the time is right–and the software is here–for smaller businesses to profit from an internal online networking component as well.Julien Sharp is the author of Design and Launch an Online Networking Business in a Week, and a contributing author to Masters of Sales: Secrets From Top Sales Professionals That Will Transform You Into A World Class Salesperson by Ivan Misner, PhD and Don Morgan, MA, both available from Entrepreneur Press. Julien Sharp Apply Now »last_img read more

first_img The chief executive of MasterCard Inc., the former head of the National Security Agency and officials from Microsoft and Uber will join a commission to strengthen U.S. cyber defenses, the White House said on Wednesday.After high-profile hacks in the private sector and an embarrassing theft of information from government personnel files, President Barack Obama this year set up a Commission on Enhancing National Cybersecurity.The commission, due to make long-term recommendations by early December on tightening cyber security in the private sector and government, is part of Obama’s $19-billion proposal to boost defenses against hackers.The panel will hold its first public meeting on Thursday at the Commerce Department, joined by Obama’s counterterrorism adviser Lisa Monaco and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker, the White House said in a blog post.As previously announced, the panel will be co-chaired by Tom Donilon, Obama’s former national security adviser, and Sam Palmisano, former CEO of IBM. The panel, selected by Obama and congressional leaders from both parties, also includes:Retired General Keith Alexander, former director of the National Security Agency, now CEO of IronNet CybersecurityAjay Banga, CEO of MasterCardPeter Lee, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft ResearchJoe Sullivan, Chief Security Officer of Uber, former Chief Security Officer of FacebookMaggie Wilderotter, Executive Chairman of Frontier CommunicationsSteven Chabinsky, General Counsel and Chief Risk Officer of CrowdStrikeAnnie Antón, chair of the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia TechPatrick Gallagher, Chancellor of the University of Pittsburgh, former Director of the National Institute of Standards and TechnologyHerbert Lin, Senior Research Scholar for Cyber Policy and Security at the Stanford Center for International Security and fellow at the Hoover InstitutionHeather Murren, former member of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission and co-founder of the Nevada Cancer Institute(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Howard Goller) April 14, 2016 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. Enroll Now for $5 Cybersecurity 2 min read –shares Image credit: Win McNamee | Getty Imagescenter_img Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand This story originally appeared on Reuters Add to Queue Next Article Obama Names Experts from Business, Academia to New Cybersecurity Panel Reuters last_img read more

first_img Add to Queue –shares Next Article Delta Air Lines to Cancel Nearly 300 Flights on Tuesday Delta Airlines 2 min read 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List August 9, 2016 This story originally appeared on Reuters The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Reuters Delta Air Lines Inc. said it was canceling some 300 flights on Tuesday morning, higher than an earlier estimate of 250, as the carrier worked to restore operations after a power outage hit its computer systems on Monday.The company, which has not yet given details about the financial impact of the outage, said it expected additional delays and cancellations.The airline canceled around 1,000 flights on Monday, stranding passengers at airports around the globe.”We were able to bring our systems back on line and resume flights within a few hours yesterday but we are still operating in recovery mode,” Delta, the No. 2 U.S. airline by passenger traffic, said on Tuesday.Customers traveling on Tuesday should check the status of their flight at delta.com or the Fly Delta App, the company said.Delta Chief Executive Ed Bastian apologized to customers on a video posted on the company’s website and said the company was working round the clock to restore its systems.The problems arose after a switchgear — which helps control and switch power flows like a circuit breaker in a home — malfunctioned for reasons that were not immediately clear, according to Georgia Power, a unit of Southern Co., which provides electricity to most counties in Georgia.Atlanta-based Delta said it would offer compensation to customers affected by significant delays or cancellations. The company said it would provide $200 in travel vouchers to all customers who experienced a delay of greater than three hours or a canceled flight.Delta shares were little changed at $37.75 in premarket trading on Tuesday.Rivals Southwest Airlines Co. and American Airlines Group Inc. have also suffered flight disruptions earlier due to data system malfunctions.(Reporting by Rachit Vats and Sayantani Ghosh in Bengaluru; Editing by Kirti Pandey) Apply Now »last_img read more

first_imgPartners with Upserve to Connect Dining Habits, Preferences and Reservations to Elevate Hospitality OpenTable Deepens Integrations with Point-of-Sale Systems PRNewswireJune 7, 2019, 2:33 pmJune 7, 2019 Booking HoldingsMarketing TechnologyNewsOpenTablerestaurant management platformUpserve Previous ArticlePing Identity Releases Capabilities Framework for Zero Trust DeploymentsNext ArticleIBM Infuses Db2 with AI to Bring Data Science and Database Management Under One Platform “Our partnership with Upserve is the latest example of how we combine guest, reservation and spend data to help restaurants take hospitality to the next level,” said Joseph Essas, Chief Technology Officer at OpenTable. “Real-time data lets restaurants improve every part of service, from the host stand to the kitchen, and create more memorable experiences for their guests.”Marketing Technology News: IBM Debuts Self-Service AI-Powered Ad Experience to Enable Conversations Between Brands and Consumerscenter_img Through the rich integration between OpenTable and Upserve, restaurants receive unique benefits, including:Easy-to-Access Diner Insights – Now servers can view diner insights, such as dining preferences and dietary restrictions, while on the floor to deliver enhanced in-service hospitalityImproved Shift Preparation – Guest and reservation details enhance daily shift prep reports from Upserve to help staff better anticipate guest needsAutomatic Check Creation – Checks can automatically be created in POS systems when a guest arrives to the host stand, streamlining the process and communication across restaurant staff.Real-time table status – Hosts using GuestCenter know the progress of every table in real-time without having to look in the POS or scan tables.“This combined data resource gives management and staff the ability to retrieve guest details at the POS, providing a VIP experience with every reservation,” said Sheryl Hoskins, Chief Executive Officer at Upserve. “OpenTable is the industry leader in the online and mobile reservation space, and we’re proud to bring more resources to our customers that help them elevate hospitality with every reservation.”Marketing Technology News: With 87% Surge in Customer Bookings, Episerver Promotes Internally for CMODeeper integrations with POS systems are the next step in OpenTable’s strategy to connect guest, reservation and check data to help restaurants create better guest experiences. To date, OpenTable has integrations with 10 point of sale systems and thousands of restaurants are already matching millions of individual checks to reservations monthly.“We immediately noticed an improved service flow from the front of the house to the back of house. Having valuable guest information right on the POS has helped servers deliver a personalized experience and create a better connection with guests,” said Upserve and OpenTable customer Blake Mellgren, Executive Chef at Craft House. “Being able to seamlessly loop in the kitchen has allowed us to provide that extra touch, which has been essential in delivering exceptional service.”Marketing Technology News: Instaclustr Anomaly Detection Application Successfully Processes 19 Billion Real-Time Events Per Day Using Apache Cassandra and Apache Kafka OpenTable, the world’s leading provider of online restaurant reservations and part of Booking Holdings, Inc., announced an industry-first partnership with Upserve, a full-service Restaurant Management Platform. The partnership allows data and guest insights to flow in real-time both ways between OpenTable’s GuestCenter operating system and Upserve’s restaurant point-of-sale system, enabling servers to have diner information and preferences at their fingertips to help them personalize service on the fly.last_img read more

first_imgLiveRamp to Acquire Data Plus Math to Enable Next-Generation TV Currency Business WireJune 25, 2019, 3:00 pmJune 25, 2019 Big Win for the Entire Ecosystem, Providing All Participants With a Better Way to Buy, Sell and Measure Data-Driven TV Extends Lead in Omnichannel Identity and Data ConnectivityLiveRamp, the trusted platform that makes data accessible and meaningful, announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Data Plus Math, providing the ecosystem with a more effective way to buy, sell and measure data-driven television.“The combination of LiveRamp and Data Plus Math is a great thing for the industry and represents an important step toward building an open and flexible model for the next generation of TV advertising.”Data Plus Math is a media measurement company that works with brands, agencies, cable operators, streaming TV services, and networks to tie cross-screen ad exposure with real-world outcomes. The combination of LiveRamp and Data Plus Math brings together the world’s largest people-based identity graph with unparalleled cross-screen data and key sell-side relationships, resulting in a big win for the entire ecosystem.TV advertising is the most powerful way for marketers to reach a wide audience, but it has lacked the ability to deliver people-based addressability and measurement across channels. By combining the reach and scale of TV with the outcome-driven capabilities marketers require, brands and agencies can now better coordinate the customer journey, deliver more relevant messaging, and tie TV campaigns to measurable return on investment (ROI). This move strengthens LiveRamp’s network and expands its ability to power experiences across the entire customer journey, all in a privacy-conscious way.Marketing Technology News: Top of Mind Networks Adds BombBomb Integration to Surefire CRM“While TV continues to be the most engaging screen in the household, the landscape is shifting,” said Scott Howe, CEO of LiveRamp. “Data and technology have transformed the relationship a brand can have with its consumer on TV, creating tremendous opportunities to improve how TV inventory is bought, sold and measured. We are excited for Data Plus Math to join the LiveRamp family and look forward to working closely with its deeply experienced team of industry experts. Together, we will accelerate LiveRamp’s TV efforts and offerings and unlock the amazing power of data-driven TV for the entire ecosystem.”Brands and Agencies can implement outcome-driven TV buying and measurement to deliver more relevant messages to consumers and generate higher ROI.“LiveRamp’s identity resolution technology is an integral part of our ability to truly understand our guests and how they’re shopping at Target. As we continue investing in our reimagined media company, Roundel, this addressability plays a key role in our ability to create smart, personalized campaigns that connect our guests to the brands and offers that are most important to them,” said Kristi Argyilan, President, Roundel, Target. “LiveRamp is an important partner that shares our vision for addressable, measurable guest interactions, and the addition of Data Plus Math’s powerful, real-world insights is an exciting next step in our work together to create exceptional guest experiences on any channel or platform.”“This is an exciting acquisition for LiveRamp,” said Tim Castree, CEO, North America for GroupM. “Our clients are seeking more precise solutions for people-based, cross-platform activation and measurement. The combination of LiveRamp’s identity management capabilities and Data Plus Math’s TV attribution expertise will certainly help us accelerate that.”“For three decades, Horizon’s business has been built on an integrated business service model,” said Bill Koenigsberg, President, CEO & Founder of Horizon Media. “Data Plus Math is a partner of ours because we trust them as business solution experts. They have been able to integrate TV and digital ad exposure with data analytics, insights, and analysis. Now we’ll look to LiveRamp to elevate what we’ve done with Data Plus Math, incorporating people-based identity into video buys, all within a Safe Haven environment to protect and uphold consumer privacy.”Networks can better measure reach across multiple consumer screens and deliver outcome-based decisioning to brands and agencies – ultimately improving yields.“A+E Networks was the first to offer outcome-based guarantees, working to successfully shift the media industry mindset in partnership with Data Plus Math,” said Peter Olsen, EVP, Ad Sales, A+E Networks. “Data Plus Math has been instrumental in our efforts to provide marketers with measurement tools that accurately reflect TV’s unmatched power to drive business outcomes. This deal will continue to help elevate the groundbreaking, foundational work that Data Plus Math and LiveRamp have already done – as neutral constituents – to bolster cross-screen measurement and outcome attribution for advertisers, agencies and media companies.”“A requirement for growing the market for audience-based buying is campaign measurement that goes beyond reach. We are encouraged by the work Data Plus Math has been doing to go beyond reach and map exposure to business outcomes,” said David Levy, CEO of OpenAP. “Further cementing a relationship with LiveRamp is an important step that creates more opportunities for marketers to better measure and action outcome data across the consumer journey.”Distributors can more easily tie exposure data to business outcomes to prove ROI for their premium addressable inventory.“Our mission at NCC is to empower brands to connect with their audiences wherever and whenever they watch content, which is why we are so excited by this news,” said Nicolle Pangis, CEO of NCC Media. “The combination of LiveRamp and Data Plus Math is a great thing for the industry and represents an important step toward building an open and flexible model for the next generation of TV advertising.”All ecosystem participants will benefit from an independent source of cross-screen, people-based TV measurement and LiveRamp’s Data Safe Haven®.This acquisition deepens LiveRamp’s commitment to neutrality – a key component to driving adoption of these next-generation measurement capabilities. In addition, it furthers LiveRamp’s ongoing commitment to providing an open and scaled omnichannel identity solution, which includes efforts such as embedding IdentityLink into the bidstream; launching the Open Internet Measurement Initiative; providing LiveRamp’s identity graph to demand-side platforms free of charge via IdentityLink for Real-time Bidding; and expanding that to include cookieless inventory with its Authenticated Traffic Solution.“On the heels of our strategic partnership announced last year, we’re incredibly excited to now be joining LiveRamp,” said John Hoctor, CEO of Data Plus Math. “TV remains the most effective way for brands to quickly reach their audience, build their brand and drive product sales. Unfortunately as consumer’s viewing habits have evolved, TV measurement has struggled to keep up. With LiveRamp, we’re changing that.”Marketing Technology News: Yext Study: 58% Of Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Marketers Say Their Marketing Management Strategy Needs Major ImprovementsFinancial Impact and ClosingThe addition of Data Plus Math extends LiveRamp’s lead in omnichannel identity and accelerates its TV efforts, driving continued strong growth and value for LiveRamp shareholders.The deal is expected to close in LiveRamp’s fiscal second quarter.In fiscal 2020, Data Plus Math is expected to contribute approximately $5 million in revenue and increase non-GAAP operating loss by approximately $8 million. In addition, LiveRamp expects the transaction to increase GAAP operating loss by approximately $27 million due to higher non-cash compensation and estimated purchased intangible asset amortization.Fiscal 2020 Guidance UpdateLiveRamp’s non-GAAP guidance excludes the impact of non-cash stock compensation, purchased intangible asset amortization, and restructuring charges.For fiscal 2020, LiveRamp now expects to report:Revenue of $363 million to $377 million, an increase of between 27% and 32% year-over-year.GAAP operating loss from continuing operations of between $192.5 million and $172.5 million. This guidance is subject to final purchase accounting adjustments.Non-GAAP operating loss of between $78 million to $58 million.LiveRamp continues to expect to be profitable on a non-GAAP operating income basis for the full year of fiscal 2021.A reconciliation between GAAP and non-GAAP guidance is provided in the appendix to this press release.Marketing Technology News: PMG Launches Marketing Intelligence Platform — Meet Alli A+E NetworksData Plus MathLiveRampMarketing Technology NewsNewsScott Howestreaming TV services Previous ArticleTellius Partners with Google Cloud to Provide Enterprises with Multi-Cloud Augmented AnalyticsNext ArticleAT&T Invests Nearly $800 Million Over 3-Year Period to Boost Local Networks in Kentuckylast_img read more

first_img“The goal of my research group is a form of mobility that combines the convenience of a private car with the sustainability of public transport.” In other words, a kind of Uber, but driverless and therefore much more economical and available. Plus – thanks to electrification and better capacity use – a solution that offers significantly lower energy consumption and CO2 emissions. Right now, people use private cars, on average, just 5 percent of the time, which means the cars spend the remaining 95 percent of the time standing idle in car parks and garages or on the street. This makes no sense in terms of sustainability, urban development or resource efficiency.Frazzoli’s start-up, NuTonomy, which develops control software for autonomous vehicles, began drawing up plans to test self-driving cars in Singapore back in 2014. At around the same time, the professor published an article in which he investigated how replacing all the private vehicles in the 719-square-kilometre city-state with shared, self-driving vehicles would affect traffic volumes. His results showed that the mobility needs of Singapore’s entire population could be met with some 40 percent of the vehicles (350,000 instead of 800,000).One year later, Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong unveiled his vision of a “car-lite future” based on autonomous vehicles, the expansion of public transport and the fostering of slow traffic such as walking and cycling. With 5.5 million inhabitants and a population density of 7,697 people per square kilometre – compared with Switzerland’s figure of 203 – Singapore is more dependent on efficient transport than any other major metropolitan area.That is why Singapore has spent years trying to crack down on demand for private cars by imposing high taxes and charging up to 70,000 dollars for the certificates of entitlement required to own a vehicle. More than 10 companies are currently testing their systems in a two-hectare test facility at Nanyang Technological University in the western part of Singapore Island. And plans are already in place to operate the first self-driving buses outside rush hours in three of the city’s suburbs starting in 2022.Simulating transformationPieter Fourie works in a sunlit office on the sixth floor of the CREATE Tower, a building encased in vertical foliage at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Here, he conducts research into the cities of the future on behalf of ETH Zurich’s Future Cities Laboratory. Fourie heads up the Engaging Mobility project, which brought together government authorities and universities at a preliminary workshop in July 2017. The goal was to define the basic conditions required to implement city-wide, on-demand mobility using autonomous cars and buses.The researchers used the results of the workshop to formulate key research questions such as: What do we do with the current supply of parking spaces if the majority of vehicles are constantly on the road? Do we need to redefine the layout of our roads? And what effect will automated, electrified transport have on existing public transport, energy requirements and safety?Fourie explores these and similar issues using the MATSim simulation platform developed by a group led by Professor Kay Axhausen at ETH Zurich’s Institute for Transport Planning and Systems. MATSim is agent-based, which means the simulation is driven by the behaviour of individual agents rather than by overarching rules. “On the basis of Singapore’s most recent demographics, we are modelling a synthetic population that is as close as possible to the real one,” Fourie says.Within this population, each individual agent exhibits a certain mobility behaviour and has a specific destination based on real-life traffic data. Fourie is now at the stage of tinkering with the underlying conditions, including the number of vehicles employed, their size, the maximum permissible waiting times for passengers, the availability of parking spaces and a variety of different traffic flows. He then lets the synthetic population loose on the simulation for 24 hours. The system automatically evaluates how efficiently the individual agents were able to reach their destinations in each scenario.Right now, Fourie’s team is programming these kinds of simulations for the waterfront area of Tanjong Pagar, a district of some 2 square kilometres in the western part of Singapore. This site is currently being converted from a container terminal into a residential and commercial area. Fourie has already simulated more than 200,000 trips involving 60,000 individual agents. This included calculating how big the fleet of autonomous vehicles would need to be and how many kilometres the vehicles would have to cover to achieve an equivalent level of service in three different street typologies.The researchers also simulated four different parking strategies for a fleet of 4-, 10- and 20-seater vehicles. Preliminary results suggest that the transport system is at its most efficient if the shared vehicles are allowed to park in the street when they stop receiving requests for pick-ups. That holds true even if it means temporarily reducing the roadway capacity by one lane. The researchers’ findings also suggest that having fewer, but correspondingly larger, pick-up and drop-off stations has a favourable impact on traffic flow by reducing the detours cars have to take to collect passengers. The stations also need to be big enough to accommodate different vehicle sizes. Fourie is hoping to have these kinds of simulations up and running for the entire island as early as next year.Decision-making dilemmasDespite these rapid developments in Singapore and the fledgling services coming online in Las Vegas, Emilio Frazzoli still sees plenty of challenges ahead, especially when it comes to dealing with chaotic environments. “We still don’t know exactly how autonomous vehicles should behave in traffic,” he says, explaining that this involves dozens of decision-making dilemmas that are an integral part of everyday traffic situations. For example, should a self-driving car cross a double line in order to avoid a potential collision? And what if an innocent road user is injured as a result of a manoeuvre designed to save a culpable driver from a fatal crash? These are the kinds of decisions that have to be defined when programming control algorithms. One key focus of Frazzoli’s current research is therefore the “rulebooks” that should be used to prioritise these various decision-making criteria in control algorithms. At the top of the hierarchy are rules designed to ensure road users’ safety. At the bottom are rules designed to enhance passenger comfort.In a recent article, Frazzoli and his team estimated that it would take 200 rules in 12 hierarchy groups to prepare vehicles for every possible scenario, including low-priority rules such as not frightening animals on the edge of the road. Frazzoli feels the time has come for a broader public debate on autonomous driving: “The coding of safety and liability rules is not something we should simply leave in the hands of engineers working for private companies”. Ultimately, he argues, it is in everyone’s interest to incorporate our new, virtual drivers into urban traffic as smoothly as possible – much like we do with new human drivers, but with the greater levels of safety, predictability and efficiency that autonomous vehicles offer. 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. Car sharing with autonomous vehicles could improve cities in many ways. Singapore is taking a pioneering role, working with ETH researchers to explore the potential of personalised, electrified and automated public transport. Provided by ETH Zurich Explore further Singapore to deploy driverless buses from 2022: minister Emilio Frazzoli’s start-up NuTonomy develops control software for autonomous vehicles and uses Singapore as a test bed. Credit: NuTonomy Citation: Algorithms take the wheel (2018, December 18) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-algorithms-wheel.html The future of mobility is measured in milestones: this February, Google subsidiary Waymo announced that its fleet of self-driving cars had covered over 8 million kilometres on public roads. This came shortly after Uber’s announcement that it had completed 3 million kilometres of autonomous driving. If industry has its way, then we will soon be sharing all our streets with vehicles controlled by algorithms instead of drivers. But is that a realistic scenario? Or simply a rose-tinted vision of a tech-driven future?We asked one of the leading experts in this field, Italian researcher Emilio Frazzoli, Professor of Dynamic Systems and Control at ETH Zurich since October 2016. “It all depends what level of autonomous mobility you have in mind,” he replies. “I would say it will be at least another 15 years before you can buy a self-driving car from a dealer. But if you mean a limit-ed kind of car sharing, then it’s already happening.” In fact, this latter concept is a core part of Frazzoli’s own research. In mid-2018, the ride sharing company Lyft launched a service on the Las Vegas Strip that allows anyone to book one of a fleet of 30 BMWs through its app. The driverless cars are controlled by algorithms developed by vehicle technology company Aptiv, which acquired NuTonomy – the start-up founded by Frazzoli – in October 2017.Rethinking urban mobilityBefore joining ETH, Frazzoli spent ten years as a professor at the prestigious MIT in Boston. Autonomous systems – initially aircraft and drones – were the focus of his work right from the start. “The technical side of that was generally pretty cool, but it wasn’t really doing much to help solve the challenges society is facing.” In 2009, he found himself pondering a fundamental question: “Back then, the main argument for conducting research into self-driving cars was the idea that they would make road traffic safer.” While acknowledging the truth of that statement, at least in the long term, Frazzoli realised there was potentially a much larger, medium-term benefit to be gained from completely rethinking the issue of individual mobility for city dwellers.last_img read more