Jurgen Klopp responds to Mourinhos jibe

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has responded to Jose Mourinho’s jibes suggesting he should start watching his press conferences.The United boss lambasted his critics with his response when he mentioned Klopp and Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino are not subjected to the same kind of pressure as him.Mourinho reminded the press that Klopp is yet to win a trophy outside of his home country of Germany.And the German gaffer was asked what he made of Mourinho’s comments after Liverpool’s 2-1 win against Leicester.“What? What did he say? Now I’m interested,” was Klopp’s response when asked about Mourinho, before it was explained to him what had been said.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“He’s right, that’s right. If he is speaking about me. Probably there are a few more managers in the league but you thought it was about me – no problem.“He is right absolutely. He is probably the most successful manager in the [Premier League] in that moment. I have no problem with that.“I don’t watch Jose Mourinho press conferences – should I? I will start doing that. I cannot say anything about that.“[I have] no clue what you are talking about to be 100 percent honest. If he said I didn’t win anything outside Germany then he’s right – that’s easy to see.”last_img read more

Nielsen Combines Media Entertainment Brands

first_img“There are some common advertisers across the brands, so it will definitely be a benefit as a result of the alignment, but not something that drove the decision,” the spokesperson wrote.The new media and entertainment will be led by senior vice president Gerry Byrne, who most recently oversaw Nielsen’s entertainment group. Also, marketing, media and visual art group senior vice president Sabrina Crow will take on the additional responsibility of corporate planning and developing, including strategic planning and M&A activities, the company said.Crow will continue to oversee the travel, training, photo, jewelry, food and real estate brands, which Nielsen regrouped under Brand Media Group.Last fall, Nielsen combined content development and distribution for Adweek, Brandweek and Mediaweek magazines under one editorial organization. In November, the company traded media rates and data provider SRDS to U.K.-based ad agency the WPP Group in exchange for the remaining 50 percent stake in AGBNielsen Media Research. Nielsen Business Media said it has combined its AdweekMedia and entertainment groups under a newly-created media and entertainment division.“This is part of an ongoing strategy to better integrate and align our businesses,” a Nielsen spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “About a year ago we created the entertainment group by bringing together two separate film and music groups. This move simply expands that entertainment group to include the media brands, and is just another step in harnessing the collective resources and strengths of those brands.”No layoffs were made and no magazine products were closed in association with the reorganization, the spokesperson said. Nielsen’s AdweekMedia group includes Adweek, Brandweek, Mediaweek and Editor & Publisher magazines, as well as the Clio Awards. The entertainment group is made up of several products, including The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard.last_img read more

Wilmingtons Assisting Hands Home Care To Hold Electronics Recycling Fundraiser For Senior

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — On Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 9am to noon, Assisting Hands Home Care will be sponsoring its First Annual Electronics Recycling event to benefit Wilmington’s Buzzell Senior Center. Goods can be dropped off at 5 Middlesex Ave, Wilmington, MA and there is a suggested $10 donation per carload, with some items, like TV’s, monitors, batteries, toner, and wood, costing more.“When you bring your recyclable electronics to this drive, you will not only be helping the environment, but you’ll also be helping patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia” explains John Benchoff, Owner of Assisting Hands Home Care of Boston North suburbs. All proceeds from the event will go to support the Alzheimer’s Memory Café program at Wilmington’s Buzzell Senior Center.Alzheimer’s Memory Cafés are a place where people with memory loss and their care companions can come together in a safe, supportive environment and can socially connect. Guests can share a conversation over a cup of coffee in a “dementia-friendly” environment. “We have such a great community and we’re delighted to be able to start a memory café for Wilmington residents,” stated Terri Marciello, Director of the Buzzell Senior Center.The event will be held rain or shine. The event is open to everyone, not just Wilmington residents. For more details about the event and the items that can be donated, visit  https://www.assistinghands.com/63/massachusetts/wilmington/recycle/ or call 781-400-8880.About Assisting Hands Home CareAssisting Hands Home Care provides quality non-medical home care to seniors and others needing assistance, allowing them to remain safely and comfortably in their own homes. This includes personal care as well as transportation, medication reminders, shopping and errands, light housekeeping and laundry. They specialize in caring for clients with Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinsons, hospice, and paraplegic/quadriplegic needs.(NOTE: The above press release is from Assisting Hands Home Care.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Senior Center To Benefit From Electronics Recycling Fundraiser On September 22In “Community”IT’S OUR TURN: Wilmington Seniors Speak Out In Favor Of A New Senior CenterIn “Government”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s September NewsletterIn “Community”last_img read more

At CES 2019 Alexa and Google Assistant will howl The rest will

first_img null 0 12 Photos Smart Home Gadgets Tech Industry Tags More digital assistant stories Amazon Alexa 2018 event: Editors react Samsung’s first Bixby speaker, the Galaxy Home, revealed Share your voice CES 2019center_img Google is primed to go big at CES again Amazon’s Echo devices get redesign on the way to world domination Apple, Siri fall further behind Google, Amazon in the smart home 9:57 The world’s largest tech show has become center stage for the digital assistant wars.Amazon Alexa was the belle of the CES ball two years ago when the e-commerce giant unveiled a long list of product integrations that included Ford vehicles and Whirlpool appliances. Not to be overshadowed, Google the following year constructed a large, eye-catching stage and announced four new Google Assistant-powered smart displays.Which brings us to CES 2019, kicking off next week. There, Amazon and Google are expected to make big splashes designed to show the rest of the tech industry that they — not the other guy — have the best platform for operating our smart homes, connected cars and voice-powered offices. Making their cases will be especially important at CES, since the show has become a who’s who for the smart home and automotive industries, two major growth areas for voice assistants.But while both have extended the reach and influence of voice computing, both also need to broaden their messages and showcase their voice assistants’ capabilities. That work could persuade more consumers that they need smart speakers as much as they need smartphones. Currently, 32 percent of Americans own a smart speaker while 77 percent have smartphones, according to Adobe and Pew Research, showing there’s much more room for voice to expand Smart speaker adoption has been growing at a healthy clip, but drawing in new customers may get harder, with increased consumer concern about data privacy and a regular trickle of negative anecdotes about Alexa malfunctioning. Also, Adobe reported the No. 1 reason people don’t own a smart speaker is that they feel they just don’t have a use for one.”If the industry can convince those that do not own a smart speaker to get one, we believe the effects can be exponential,” in sparking new uses in gaming, shopping and search, Adobe Analytics’ Heidi Besik wrote last month.Here’s what to expect from the leading voice-assistant players at CES this year.Amazon Alexa: The market leaderThe online retailing kingpin will likely keep up its strategy of announcing lots of new Alexa partnerships to demonstrate its market dominance and highlight the versatility of its voice assistant.Amazon may also use its now sprawling devices portfolio to help retain its lead. That could mean using CES to unveil new integrations or features for its Fire TV streaming devices, Amazon Key in-home delivery service or Ring home-security gadgets. But don’t expect a long list of new Amazon-branded devices. The company introduced many Alexa-powered devices in September at its own Seattle launch event. At CES, Amazon is all about unveiling new partnerships, like this one with Toyota last year. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET And while Amazon’s playbook of using a large volume of announcements to show voice supremacy has worked well in the past, the company now faces a lot more competition. In mid-2017, Amazon controlled just over 70 percent of the US smart speaker market, eMarketer reported. The research firm last month predicted that number will drop to 63 percent in 2019 as competitors catch up. The Google Home speaker, for instance, should reach 31 percent; other speakers, including the Apple HomePod and Sonos One, will account for 12 percent. (Some consumers use multiple brands, accounting for a total that’s higher than 100 percent.)It’s why Amazon needs the CES spotlight focused on Alexa and not on some rival voice assistant.Google Assistant: The fast-following No. 2lenovo-smart-display-with-google-assistant-3284-012One of the four smart displays Google unveiled with its partners at CES last year. Josh Miller/CNET If any company can make Amazon nervous about its future in voice, it’s Google.The search giant introduced its first smart speaker in late 2016, two years after Amazon unveiled the Echo, but has quickly captured almost a third of the US smart speaker market. Google has also copied some of Amazon’s best ideas — coming out with a cheap, pint-size speaker called the Google Home Mini to rival the Echo Dot, and introducing its own smart displays to compete against the Echo Show.Now Google is signaling big plans for CES 2019, saying it’ll triple the size of its presence from last year. The company may introduce more partnerships as well as smart-home features from its Nest team to help keep pace with Amazon.But while Google has made big strides, it’s unlikely to dethrone Alexa in the next few years.Samsung Bixby: A lot of potentialSamsung, the world’s biggest smartphone maker, has been working its way into voice via its Bixby assistant. It started by bringing Bixby to its Galaxy S8 in 2017, and even created a dedicated Bixby button on the side of the phone. It also unveiled a smart speaker in August, called the Galaxy Home, which hasn’t gone on sale yet. In late 2017, the company said it would start adding Bixby into its refrigerators and smart TVs. Facebook may make some noise this year, using CES to promote its Alexa-powered Portal smart display. Then there’s IBM. Given that CEO Ginni Rometty has a coveted CES keynote speaker spot this year, we may hear news about Watson, though it will likely be focused more on businesses rather than consumers.For any of these companies hoping to hold its own at CES — and many don’t even want to play that game — coming out from under Amazon and Google’s massive shadows won’t be easy.’Hello, humans’: Google’s Duplex could make Assistant the most lifelike AI yet.The Honeymoon Is Over: Everything you need to know about why tech is under Washington’s microscope. Now playing: Watch this: Samsung has been talking up its plans to make Bixby a more important piece of its future. But so far, it’s well behind Amazon and Google in voice assistant smart-home devices, features and partnerships. It may even be too late to catch up.The company is typically a big player at CES, so it may use the show to keep pushing awareness of Bixby. It’ll be a challenge to stand out, though, against the two top dogs.The rest of the pack: A scramble for relevanceApple’s Siri pioneered voice computing on phones and remains a notable player in the market. But Siri has fallen far behind the competition, and Apple’s HomePod remains an also-ran in smart speakers as the company focuses on iPhones, its main profit driver. In addition, Apple rarely has a public presence at CES, preferring to host its own events. All these factors point to Siri likely being irrelevant at the upcoming show.Microsoft’s presence at CES in recent years has focused mostly on supporting its PC partners’ new devices, so it’s unlikely to make a big Cortana-related announcement at the show. Although an early player in voice computing, the software giant hasn’t pushed Cortana development, keeping its voice assistant a minor player. Google Assistant Alexa Amazon Voice recognition Google Samsung Sirilast_img read more

Pakistani cricketer Hasan Ali set to marry Indian aeronautical engineer

first_imgHasan Ali.Stu Forster/Getty Images.After Zaheer Abbas, Mohsin Khan and Shoaib Malik, 25-year-old pacer Hasan Ali is set to get married to an Indian woman. Hasan is marrying an Indian aeronautical engineer named Shamia Arzoo in Dubai next month. On July 30, Ali took to Twitter and stated that the news was not yet confirmed.”Just wanna clarify my wedding is not confirmed yet, our families have yet to meet and decide upon it. will make a public announcement very soon in sha allah,” his tweet read.But as reported by The Indian Express, the development has been confirmed by Akbar Ali, Arzoo’s elder brother.”Yes, my sister Shamia will be getting married to Pakistani cricketer Hasan Ali next month in Dubai. We have been based in Faridabad for many years now. Shamia studied at Manav Rachna University in Faridabad and has worked in Jet Airways before working for Emirates Airlines as an aeronautical engineer in Dubai. The two families met in Dubai earlier this year and finalised the wedding,” Akbar told The Indian Express.”We will go to Dubai around August 15-16 where the nikaah will be held the same week and walima will be done later,” he added.Liyaqat Ali, father of Shamia, was in Chandigarh for the wedding preparations. He told the Times of India that it does not matter with whom his daughter is getting married if they are happy with each other. Pakistan’s Hasan Ali.NEZAR BALOUT/AFP/Getty”It doesn’t matter whom is she is marrying – an Indian or Pakistani. She is happy and they both like each other. We as a family just respect their decision,” Ali was quoted by TOI.On the other hand, sources close to the 25-year-old cricketer told The Indian Express that the preparations have already begun at Hasan’s home in Gujranwala, Pakistan.Shamia, 26, works as an aeronautical engineer in Dubai.The pace star was in the ICC Cricket World Cup squad of Pakistan. He did not have a great tournament as he picked up only two wickets at an economy rate of 7.75 from the four matches he played. His last match was against India which the Men in Green lost by 89 runs and Hasan finished giving away 84 runs, picking up a single wicket in nine overs.last_img read more

Court extends Khaleda bail

first_imgKhaleda Zia. File PhotoA Dhaka court on Thursday extended until April 22 the bail of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.Judge Md Akhteruzzaman of the Special Judge Court-5 passed the order following a petition filed by the BNP chief’s lawyers.The BNP chairperson was not produced before the court on Thursday as she was ill, said her lawyer Md Sanaullah Miah.However, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajal filed a petition seeking to continue the hearing of the case through video conference as the former prime minister was ill.On March 28, the same court extended until April 5 the bail of the BNP chair in the graft case.The court order came after the ACC had appealed to it, saying it was not possible to continue arguments in the case without the presence of Khaleda Zia.On March 13, the court had ordered the jail authorities to produce Khaleda Zia before it on March 28 and 29 for hearing.On August 8, 2011, the ACC filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.The same court on February 8 last convicted her in the case and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment.last_img read more

Potential Deportation Of Food Truck Operator Spreads Fear In Southwest Houston

first_img Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /01:10 Listen Al OrtizArmando ‘Piro’ García used to operate the Taquería Gómez food truck, but ICE agents detained him on February 8th and he is now waiting for his removal from the United States.The recent detention of an undocumented man who ran a popular food truck in southwest Houston has some immigrants in the area worried.Armando García, known as Piro by his friends, used to operate the food truck Taquería Gómez, but he is not doing it anymoreAgents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detained him on February 8th.A statement from ICE says García had originally been deported to Guatemala in 1994.He re-entered the country and was convicted of misdemeanor assault in 2002.He remains in ICE custody, waiting for his removal from the United States.Yazmin, who declined to give us her last name, works at the food truck and says they have had fewer Latino customers since García was detained.Al OrtizJosé, a Mexican immigrant who used to buy his lunch from Armando ‘Piro’ García, says the topic of deportation keeps now coming up in everyday conversations since ICE detained him on February 8th.“People got scared about what happened and it’s gone down a little bit,” Yazmin noted, speaking in Spanish.José, who didn’t want to use his last name either, usually bought lunch from García.Originally from Mexico and undocumented, he notes the fear of deportation is spreading in this part of town.“It wasn’t like that before. Now, you just go out, talk a little bit and that topic comes up,” explained José, also speaking in Spanish.José adds that he is now sending more of his money to his home country because he doesn’t want to lose his savings if he also ends up deported.García’s common law wife Rosie told Houston Public Media immigration lawyers she has consulted with have told her there are few chances García will be allowed to stay in the country.A campaign has been launched on Gofundme.com to raise funds to pay for García’s legal defense.last_img read more

Cardinals Compete in Three Meets This Week

first_img Texas Relays Live Scoring Distance runners will be competing at the Raleigh Relays on Friday beginning at 9:45 a.m. Dorcas Wasike will make her outdoor debut after earning Indoor All-American honors in the 5,000m. At the Houston Spring Break Invitational, Ivine Chemutai took first place in the 3,000m with a time of 9:59.40, while Albert Kosgei took second place in the 1,500m with a time of 3:57.93. Story Links The rest of the Cardinals will compete at the Ole Miss Classic on Saturday. Gabriela Leon and Morgan Zacharias are coming off school record-breaking marks in pole vault, each hitting 4.20m/13-09.25. Alexis Gibbons broke the school record in long jump with a leap of 6.39m/20-11.75. Holly Hankenson will open the multi-events for the Cardinals, competing in the heptathlon at the Texas Relays beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday and 11 a.m. on Thursday. Ole Miss Classic Live Scoring Raleigh Relays Live Scoring LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After a seven-win showing at the Victor Lopez Classic, the University of Louisville track and field team will split up and compete at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, the  Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C. and at the Ole Miss Classic in Oxford, Miss. Anthony Crandon heads to Ole Miss with two consecutive wins in the 400m. He posted a season-best time of 48.12 last weekend at the Victor Lopez Classic. Marcus Jegede is coming off two straight wins in long jump, also posting a season-best mark at the Victor Lopez Classic with a jump of 7.68m/25-02.50. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Louisville Defeats Illinois State 51

first_imgStory Links Match Notes:Illinois State 12-8Louisville Men’s Tennis 14-9Order of finish: Doubles (2,1); Singles (6,2,4,3,5)T-2:18  A-134  Print Friendly Version Louisville 5, Illinois State 103/31/2019 at Louisville, Ky.(Bass-Rudd Tennis Center)Singles1. Fabien Salle (LOU) vs. Igor Kolaric (ILS) 4-6, 6-3, unfinished2. Brandon Lancaster (LOU) def. Pol Rius Botifoll (ILS) 6-4, 6-13. Sergio Hernandez (LOU) def. Aleksa Lazarevic (ILS) 7-5, 6-14. Federico Gomez (LOU) def. Jorge Quispe (ILS) 6-4, 6-45. Diego Herrera (ILS) def. David Mizrahi (LOU) 7-5, 6-06. Alex Wesbrooks (LOU) def. Egehan Sertkaya (ILS) 6-4, 6-1Doubles1. Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff/Fabien Salle (LOU) def. Egehan Sertkaya/Aleksa Lazarevic (ILS) 7-52. Federico Gomez/Marcus Sulen (LOU) def. Jorge Quispe/Diego Herrera (ILS) 6-33. Brandon Lancaster/Alex Wesbrooks (LOU) vs. Igor Kolaric/Zacharias Rasmusson (ILS) 6-5, unfinished Matchup History The matchup at No. 1 between freshman Fabien Salle and Igor Kolaric was suspended after each player won and set and the match was already decided. In singles action, freshman Alex Wesbrooks quickly added to the lead with a 6-4, 6-1 decision against Sertkaya on court six. Senior Brandon Lancaster brought the match score to 3-0 when he beat Pos Rius Botifoll 6-4, 6-1 at the No. 2 spot. Gomez clinched the victory on court four where he defeated Quispe 6-4, 6-4. Freshman Sergio Hernandez posted a 7-5, 6-1 win over Lazarevic at No. 3 to push the Cardinals’ lead to 5-0. The Redbirds got on the scored on court five where Herrera defeated freshman David Mizrahi 7-5, 6-0. Preview “We had a slow start in doubles but we got through it,” said UofL head coach Rex Ecarma. “-Then we had a little bit of a slow start in singles, and we just pushed through it. It’s always a battle with them. Their guys fight really, really hard. They don’t give us an inch. You just have to win in a slow grind like that.center_img The Cardinals (14-9) grabbed the doubles point to start the match. The duo of senior Federico Gomez and freshman Marcus Sulen gave Louisville an early edge by beating Jorge Quispe and Deigo Herrera 6-3 on court two. Senior Christopher Morin-Kougoucheff and freshman Fabien Salle secured the point with a 7-5 victory over Egehan Sertkaya and Aleksa Lazarevic at the No. 1 spot. Federico Gomez Post Match Interview Full Schedule Roster Coach Rex Ecarma Post Match Interview Up next, Louisville will hit the road for a pair of ACC matches at Clemson on Friday and No. 29 Georgia Tech on Sunday. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The University of Louisville men’s tennis team defeated Illinois State 5-1 Sunday evening at the Bass-Rudd Tennis Center. Next Match: at Clemson 4/5/2019 | 4:00 p.m.last_img read more

Monochrome visions

first_imgFrequently we find students claiming themselves to be ‘film buffs’, but do they really know about films? While they beat their own drums to label themselves as movie buffs, some film admirers beg to differ.“Young people should be sensitized about good films, to begin with. Once they are exposed to good international and national cinema, they’ll understand the value of films,” says, Ranjan Ghosh, director of Hrid Majhare, a Bengali film. “The idea that black and white movies are boring has developed because young uninitiated students have been shown works of the masters, for which they were still not ready,” adds Ghosh. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Outstanding films go unwatched by the self proclaimed movie enthusiasts. Rather films with mindless drama and commotion find place in the must watch list of these ‘movie buffs’. Most youngsters tend to stick to their preferred genre rather than exploring the vast expanse of cinema, yet claim to be movie maniacs. Classics have been listed over the years, but among them the black and white films go mostly unnoticed by the present youth as they identify the monochrome films to be ‘boring’. There are several interesting black and white films, both products of Bollywood and Hollywood, which comprise of both full length feature films and shorts films.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixCultures have changed over the years and so have the movies. Yet some ageless masterpieces rule the must watch list for movie addicts. But are the young minds aware of the ageless black and white cinema or are they looking out only for the recent quality films?Pradipta Bhattacharyya, director of Bakita Byaktigoto, winner of the best feature film in Bengali at the 61st National Film Awards, believes that people these days are more aware of films and they do understand movies better than what people used to do a decade ago. He suggests some black and white must watches for film enthusiasts—Battleship Potempkin(1925), films of Charlie Chaplin, films of Akira Kurosawa, Jean Renoir, Federico Fellini, and Citizen Kane (1941) from around the world, and masterpieces of Satyajit Ray, Mrinal Sen, Ritwik Ghatak, Shyam Benegal, Guru Dutt and Bimal Roy. “I was especially inspired by Ray’s Pather Panchali and it is undoubtedly one of my favourite films of all time,” says the director. Actor Aryann Bhowmik (Detective Byomkesh Bakshy fame) said, “Bringing out the colour from just Black and White is some serious and exciting art that I have always admired.” Kartikey Tripathi, an actor and screenwriter thinks that if people can understand the basics of film studies then they can understand its value too. “Listing good monochrome movies will be limiting the periphery of the movie world. If black and white films are boring how come we all have watched the likes of Casablanca and Psycho every time we got the chance of watching it?” adds Tripathi.“I feel monochrome is even better than colour. An expression or a feeling can be best explained by it. Monochrome has a crazy expressive tone. Some of my personal favourites are Orson Welles’s Citizen Kane, John Ford’s Stagecoach, Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times and Mani Kaul’s Uski Roti” said Uppanishad Ghosh, a recent pass-out from the Department of Film Studies, Jadavpur University. Meghan Hooper, an ex-student of New York Film Academy says, “I think that it should be compulsory for movie lovers to watch and know at least one movie from every genre.” Her favourite monochrome films have been His Girl Friday and Holiday Inn.A suggestive tiny list of some very interesting monochromatic films would inspire young film enthusiasts:It’s a Wonderful Life(1946), Bicycle Thieves(1948), Rashomon (1950), Roman Holiday (1953), 12 Angry Men (1957), 400 Blows(1959), Psycho(1960), An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge (1962), Do Bigha Zamin(1953), Pyasa(1957), Mughal-e-Azam(1960), Dosti(1964).last_img read more

BJP changes Ranaghat candidate just 19 days before elections

first_imgKolkata: The organisational weakness of the state BJP surfaced once again, with the party changing its nominee in Ranaghat just 19 days before the election. The election for the Ranaghat Lok Sabha seat will be held on April 29.BJP has fielded Jagannath Sarkar, president of the Nadia North unit for the seat, replacing Dr Mukut Mani Adhikary. Earlier, BJP had fielded Adhikary and accordingly, wall graffiti in his name had been put up in several places. Adhikary is a doctor in a state-run hospital. He has tendered resignation, which has not yet been accepted by the state Health department. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataPolitical experts said the state leaders should have examined all the documents before nominating him for the seat. They felt that it is a bad precedent, as it reflects the organisational weakness of the party. BJP workers are whitewashing the graffiti now to put up Sarkar’s name. It may be recalled that the state BJP had announced the names of the candidates for the Purulia and Burdwan–Durgapur seats, after all the parties had fielded their respective candidates. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSS Ahluwalia is contesting from Burdwan-Durgapur, while Jyotirmoy Mahato is contesting against Mriganko Mahato of Trinamool Congress in Purulia. Trinamool Congress had fielded Rupali Biswas, widow of Satyajit Biswas, the party’s MLA from Krishnagunj who was murdered in February, from the Ranaghat (SC) seat. Left Front has fielded Rama Biswas, while Congress has nominated Minati Biswas for the seat. There will be a four-way fight in Ranaghat. There will be a four-way fight in Burdwan-Durgapur as well, where Trinamool’s nominee is Mamtaz Sanghamitra, the sitting MP. CPI(M) has fielded Abhas Roy Chowdhury, while Congress and BJP have nominated Ranajit Mukherjee, son of former Police Commissioner Prasun Mukherjee and Ahluwalia respectively for the seat.last_img read more

Air Canada WestJet Sunwing update trade as 737 Max grounding takes effect

first_imgAir Canada, WestJet, Sunwing update trade as 737 Max grounding takes effect TORONTO — Their Boeing 737 Max aircraft may make up a fraction of their fleets but with the sudden grounding of more than 40 planes, the rebooking process for Air Canada, WestJet and Sunwing is nevertheless a massive undertaking, and agents are right in the thick of it helping clients.Here’s what we’re hearing from the airlines. Sunwing Airlines says it is finalizing a revised schedule to accommodate the temporary removal of its 737 Max aircraft from service.“We appreciate the patience of our retail partners and customers while we work to communicate these updates,” says Sunwing.“We will endeavor to minimize the impact of these schedule changes and we will not be cancelling any flights as a result.”As announced yesterday, Air Canada’s cancellation and rebooking policies are in place with full fee waiver for affected customers.Air Canada’s 737 Max operations carry, on average, 9,000 – 12,000 customers per day. That said, Air Canada typically operates about 75 737 Max flights daily out of a total schedule of approximately 1,600 daily flights system-wide, representing less than 6% of its total flying. The airline has a total fleet of 400 aircraft (including 24 737 Max aircraft), made up of Air Canada mainline, Air Canada Rouge and Air Canada Express aircraft.Air Canada says: “We are making adjustments to our schedule to minimize the disruption to customers as much as possible, by optimizing the deployment of the rest of our fleet and looking at alternative options, including accommodating customers on other airlines.”More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe airline’s adjustments include re-scheduling wide-body aircraft to serve Hawaii.Some Air Canada flights will operate according to schedule with mainline or Air Canada Rouge aircraft, such as Montreal-Martinique and Montreal-Guadeloupe.Other routes, notably Halifax-London and St. John’s-London, are cancelled in the short term, with passengers re-routed through Montreal and Toronto hubs.As Air Canada’s operations teams make changes to the airline’s flight schedule, clients whose flight times change or flight numbers change will receive an email update to their itineraries as soon as changes are finalized. Air Canada is prioritizing clients travelling within the next 72 hours.Agents can direct Air Canada clients to the Manage My Bookings section of aircanada.com if clients want to know what type of aircraft they’re flying on.WestJet is also working with agents and passengers on the rebooking process. WestJet has 13 737 Max aircraft. Meanwhile WestJet has 162 aircraft – or more than 92% of its overall fleet – that remain in service, say WestJet President and CEO Ed Sims.WestJet said the grounding order will affect about 1,400 customers daily. WestJet says it will “attempt to rebook guests for no additional charge,” but is sticking to a policy that could see passengers pay the difference in fares or fees for the changed ticket.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesCanada’s decision yesterday to ground the 737 Max aircraft, matched quickly by the U.S. and the FAA and following the lead of other countries around the world, has the added wrinkle of timing, coming in the midst of March Break, one of the busiest travel weeks of the year.More than 40 countries have now grounded or banned the Max 8 from their airspace over safety concerns.Adeel Khamisa said his family’s United Airlines flight from Montreal to Los Angeles on an Air Canada-operated Max 8 plane was full last Saturday.“All those people need to get home,” said the Ottawa resident. “I’m getting passed around back and forth between two airlines, each saying it’s the other’s responsibility.”Jason Scarrotts, a father of two young children, said he was on the phone with Air Canada for 90 minutes before speaking with an agent to rebook their Max 8 flight from Vancouver to Palm Springs, only to be disconnected. “Please help,” he tweeted.With files from The Canadian Press Thursday, March 14, 2019 Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>center_img Travelweek Group Tags: Air Canada, boeing, WestJet Sharelast_img read more

Social networking website Myspace is launching an

first_imgSocial networking website Myspace is launching an over-the-top TV service and has teamed up with TV manufacturer Panasonic to distribute it via Panasonic Viera Connect TVs.Myspace, which was sold by News Corp to Specific Media last year, said that initial channels on the Myspace TV service would be music-focused, based on its library of 100,000 music videos and 42 million tracks. Later, the service will expand to encompass movies, news, sports and reality channels and line-up of popular on-demand content, according to Specific Media.Myspace will integrate the service with its social networking platform. A companion app will be available on tablets and smartphones, providing instant sync capabilities.The service will launch in North America in the first half of this year on the Viera Connect platform, but Myspace will initially beta-trial the service to a select audience on laptop devices.“Myspace was the first successful social network because it allowed individuals to share their interests, listen to music, express their creativity and connect around the things they love,” said Myspace CEO Tim Vanderhook. “Historically, TV has been a shared experience, as people gathered together to watch their favourite programs. Our belief was that we could enhance the TV experience by increasing viewers’ ability to connect to both content and each other. By partnering with Panasonic, we’re bringing together the content that people love and a social experience in one service: Myspace TV.”Myspace co-owner Justin Timberlake said: “We’re ready to take television and entertainment to the next step by upgrading it to the social networking experience. Why text or email your friends to talk about your favourite programmes after they’ve aired when you could be sharing the experience with real-time interactivity from anywhere across the globe?”last_img read more

Cable operators should view OTT services as an an

first_imgCable operators should view OTT services as an an opportunity rather than a threat, according to Luis Lopez, chief operating officer at Portugal’s Zon Multimedia.Speaking to DTVE, Lopes said cable operators could benefit from partnering with OTT operators, echoing similar comments made by Virgin Media’s CEO Neil Berkett.Lopes, meanwhile, believes Zon’s mix of entry level packages and next generation services, including Iris and broadband speeds of up to 360Mbps, will help the operator to win new customers and increase ARPU this year despite tough economic conditions.Cable operators could benefit from OTT partnerships, says Zon’s Lopes from Digital TV Europe on Vimeo.last_img

Sticking with fact versus selfserving fiction th

first_img Sticking with fact versus self-serving fiction, the Centre for Ocean and Ice plotted the daily mean temperature for the Arctic (you know, where the warming is supposedly causing widespread ice melting and a die-off of polar bears) for the period between 1958 and 2013. It, too, found no statistically meaningful deviation from the mean in 2013. Here’s the link. So, let me ask again… what the hell is wrong with Obama? Why would he use the powers of the executive to unleash yet another bungling army of bureaucrats and foist yet another expensive body of regulations upon the nation – and do so at such a precarious time for the economy… a period when businesses need help, not hindrance? I can only assume he is doing so not because he is ignorant about the science, but because he is pandering to the “progressives” (a misnomer that, corrected, would read “regressives”) and others his party needs the support of in order to prevail in the next election. Fortunately, slowly and steadily the truth will come out. My favorite recent public turnaround was delivered by the mayor of London, the straight-talking Boris Johnson, in an article he penned for the Telegraph titled, The Weather Prophets Should Be Chucked in the Deep End. A relevant quote: For more than 20 years now, we have been told that this country was going to get hotter and hotter and hotter, and that global warming was going to change our climate in a fundamental way. Do you remember that? We were told that Britain was going to have short, wet winters and long, roasting summers. It was going to be like 1976 all over again, with streakers at Lord’s and your Mr Whippy melting before you could even lick it, and Hyde Park scorched into a mini Kalahari. They said we were never going to have snow again, and that we should prepare for southern England to turn gradually into a Mediterranean world. There were going to be olive groves in the Weald of Kent, and the whole place was going to be so generally broiling in summer that no one would be able to move between noon and 4pm, after which people would come out to play boules and sip pastis, to the whine of a mandolin, in the dusty square that had once been a village green. That’s what they said: the BBC, and all the respectable meteorologists – and I reckon there were tens of thousands of people who took these prophecies entirely seriously. Omigod, they said to themselves, we are all going to fry. He goes on to suggest, tongue-in-cheek, that every English homeowner who anticipated taking advantage of the pending warmer climate by building a swimming pool should be able to file a claim against the government for reimbursement. In that same vein, I would propose that the tab for hundreds of billions in wasted taxpayer funds on electric cars, solar, and so forth be divided up and sent for payment to Obama, Al Gore, and anyone else found to have profited – financially or politically – from climate alarmism. Some of the money collected could be spent trying to deprogram a generation of state-schooled students who now unquestionably accept the bad science of manmade climate warming, despite the huge body of science pointing to the contrary. Weekend Reads Save Us from the Meddlers… this from the always excellent Reason.com: Starting this fall, high school students in New Jersey who taunt each other during games will be subject to investigation not only by the state’s athletic association, but the state’s government. “The days of taunting, baiting and trash-talking during high school sporting events are over,” reads a press release from the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA). Thanks to collaboration between NJSIAA, the New Jersey Attorney General, and the New Jersey Civil Rights Division, “discriminatory conduct will also be reported to the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights and may result in further investigation.” Oh, and the regulation applies to off school grounds as well. The Making of a Global Security State. Terry Coxon forwarded me an excellent article on the topic by Tom Engelhardt that appeared in the Asia Times.  Here’s the link. Despicable He – If you want to confirm just how degraded the US government and its various corporate quislings have become, check out this story about the IRS Deputy and the $500 million contract he awarded to a buddy… then refused to testify about it. And with that, I will leave you for the week by thanking you for reading, and for being a Casey Research subscriber. I hope I didn’t come off overly pessimistic in today’s musings – I am actually quite optimistic, but that may only be because I don’t have my head stuck in the sand about where things are likely heading. As a result, I continue to take the steps I feel are personally necessary to weather the storms ahead. Then I go about living the best life I can manage. If you’d like a bit of help in making your own plans, I’d highly recommend taking a risk-free trial to our flagship publication, The Casey Report… and signing up for our October 4 – 6 Casey Research Summit in Arizona before it sells out. These are tough markets to be going alone. And here’s a link to another analysis by a serious scientist that shows just how far off the predictions of global warming have been when compared to actual temperatures. Thou Shalt Not Fail to Rebalance After Big Run-Ups. The sector in which he is so heavily invested, US equities, has already had a big run-up. As you can see from the chart here, it is looking perilously close to a near-term top. As an aside, the pattern evident in the chart suggests a trading pattern you might want to use to your advantage. It should continue for awhile – maybe even until the entire Fed-led Ponzi scheme collapses the economy. Underscoring the global warming purportedly caused by excessive carbon, a clearly overheated Obama dramatically wiped his face with a white hanky during his out-of-doors announcement. Given that summer in Washington DC is famously hot and humid, maybe some staff member should have scheduled an air-conditioned room for the announcement… oh, wait… silly me, the whole sweating thing was staged! Duh! (Do these people really think that the public consists entirely of gullible morons?) Quoting Bloomberg on the president’s announcement… Saying that science had put to rest the question about whether the planet was warming, Obama vowed to use his executive powers to act, arguing that limiting emissions would spur technological advancement and new jobs. “I don’t have much patience for anyone that denies that this challenge is real,” Obama said in the speech at Georgetown University. “Sticking your head in the sand might make you feel safer, but it’s not going to protect you from the coming storm.” The irony here is that, at least as far as I can tell, the science tells us nothing of the kind. In fact, for the last seventeen and a half years – a period over which the climate alarmists tell us the planet has been dangerously warming – the planet has shown no warming. Quoting a recent article by Christopher Monckton on the always excellent Wattsupwiththat.com site… Superimposing the temperature curve and its least-squares linear-regression trend on the statistical insignificance region bounded by the means of the trends on these published uncertainties since January 1996 demonstrates that there has been no statistically significant warming in 17 years 4 months: The rapid increase in social spending reflects the unintended consequences of the “chicken in every pot” promises that have become the basis of every election campaign for decades now. This is a picture of what happens when you train the masses to look to the government, and not the free markets, to solve every problem, water every plant, kiss every boo-boo. Thanks to the surge in socialism, this pattern is mirrored the world over. It’s now projected that Italy will need a bailout from the EU within six months – again due to its unfunded and non-payable social obligations. Since the latest crisis began, we have seen governments around the world “socialize” the bad debts of failing financial institutions by transferring those debts from private balance sheets to those of the governments (and the central banks). This has only exacerbated an already impossible situation, requiring the widespread adoption of global monetary madness. Seriously, who in their right mind could possibly think creating trillions in new monetary units in order to support virtually unchecked government spending is a sound and sustainable policy? Yet that’s exactly the operating model of the leadership in most of the world’s largest economies. I suspect this is so only because they simply don’t see any other way to delay the inevitable. Flash riots in places like Brazil only encourage these governments to continue acting like monetary sluts in order to keep the public slops flowing. And to the extent that it helps even temporarily mollify the expectations of the masses, expect other equally counter-productive measures as well. In the case of Brazil, its government is seriously levying yet another tax on the successful to pay for the social spending being demanded by the rioters. And the global economy continues to spiral around the drain. When might the hard truths become unavoidable? For an answer, I turn to Ayn Rand’s classic Atlas Shrugged… “Do you wish to know when that day is coming? Watch money. Money is the barometer of a society’s virtue. When you see that trading is done, not by consent, but by compulsion – when you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing – when you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors – when you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don’t protect you against them, but protect them against you – when you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming self-sacrifice – you may know that your society is doomed. Money is so noble a medium that it does not compete with guns and it does not make terms with brutality. It will not permit a country to survive as half-property, half-loot.” –Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged, p. 385 (1957) If Rand is right, we’re getting close. Meanwhile, for those of you deluded enough to believe the US government will someday soon get its fiscal house in order, the social and political consequences of doing so be damned, here’s a quick snippet from USA Today last week… WASHINGTON — The U.S. House failed to pass a sweeping five-year farm bill with sharp cuts to food stamps, a surprising development that sets the stage for an uphill fight in Congress to craft a new law. The Republican-led House soundly rejected a $500 billion measure by a vote of 195-234, failing to muster enough support from conservative Republicans concerned about costs and Democrats and concerned about deep cuts to the country’s popular food stamp program. Of course, per the above parable, when it comes to keeping hogs and people happy, a steady supply of food is essential. So, do you really think the US government is going to cut back the food stamps now being provided to 1 in 5 households (approximately 50 million people)? Hardly. The simple reality is that “We the people” took the slops, and the consequences of passing our personal responsibilities to the nation-state are yet to be paid in full. As the nation-states have no path open to them to continue to meet their obligations – at least no path that doesn’t end in widespread pain – expect things to get very, very bizarre in the months and years just ahead. Remain vigilant. Friday Funnies A Lesson in Irony… Apropos to the Above Article The Food Stamp Program, administered by the US DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, is proud to be distributing this year the greatest amount of free meals and food stamps ever, to 46 MILLION PEOPLE. Meanwhile, the National Park Service, administered by the US Department of the Interior, asks us, “Please Do Not Feed the Animals.” Their stated reason for the policy is: “The animals will grow dependent on handouts and will not learn to take care of themselves.” THUS ENDS TODAY’S LESSON IN IRONY. Leno on the Scandals “I was going to start off tonight with an Obama joke, but I don’t want to get audited by the IRS.” On NSA surveillance: “We wanted a president who listens to all Americans – now we have one.” On a new IRS commissioner: “He’s called ‘acting commissioner’ because he has to act like the scandal doesn’t involve the White House.” On closing the Guantanamo prison for terrorists: “If he really wants to close it, turn it into a government-funded solar power company. The doors will be shut in a month.” Concerning the Benghazi, Associated Press, and IRS scandals: “Remember in the old days when President Obama’s biggest embarrassment was Joe Biden?” On Obama saying he didn’t know about the IRS scandal: “He was too busy not knowing anything about Benghazi to not know anything about the IRS.” “The White House has a new slogan about Benghazi: Hope and change the subject.” “It’s casual Friday, which means that at the White House, they’re casually going through everybody’s phone calls and records.” “It is not looking good for President Obama. Today his teleprompter took the fifth.” “FOX News has changed its slogan from ‘Fair and Balanced’ to ‘See, I told you so!’” “These White House scandals are not going away anytime soon. People in Kenya are now saying he’s 100 percent American. That’s how bad it’s gotten.” On Obama’s commencement address: “He told the young graduates their future is bright – unless, of course, they want jobs.” On a Chicago man who set a record for riding a Ferris wheel: “The only way to go around and around in a circle that many times is to read the official report on Benghazi.” On White House claims of ignorance on the scandals: “They took ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ out of the Pentagon and moved it into the White House.” Concerned about NSA Spying? Here’s one (funny) solution: everyone should begin speaking like a terrorist… here’s the video link. Thou Shalt Not Fail to Watch Your Investment Expenses. In this case, a full-service broker has been charging him 2% (and maybe more) to underperform in the sector he has him in up to his ears. And, I suspect, does a fair bit of trading. Essentially, the client takes all the risk and the brokerage house earns a bigger net return. Additionally, if the broker is aggressive, then there’s a good chance he’s not particularly attentive when it comes to short- versus long-term capital gains. Thou Shalt Not Keep Too Much of Your Money in a Single Institution. Effectively, he has all of his money in a single financial institution. As the investors with money on account at MF Global will attest, in today’s world that’s just plain reckless. Very few banks and brokerage houses aren’t entangled in the obscure and impenetrable web of derivatives markets and so are at risk. (This is a topic that David Webb will be addressing in depth at our only Casey Research Summit in 2013, Oct. 4 – 6 in Tucson, Arizona. Details here, registration is limited. ) Thou Shalt Not Be Ignorant About What You Own, and Why. His portfolio is made up entirely of investments that he doesn’t even know the names of, let alone the basic metrics related to their underlying value or financial soundness. David Galland Managing Director Casey Research More Irony Donald Grove, The Casey Report’s man in Washington, sent along the following, which, though true, properly belongs in the Friday Funnies section. Here’s the text of his email: “The White House is on a roll this morning. The audacity of this administration! That it would suggest that it has any credibility for instilling financial responsibility in young people just takes my breath away. The secretary of the Treasury will have oversight. That will keep it on the up and up, won’t it?” Don is referring to the Obama administration’s Executive Order earlier this week establishing The Presidential Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans (or TPACOFCFYA, for short). Quoting from the Executive Order… “By starting early, young people can begin to learn the difference between wants and needs, the importance and power of saving, and the positive and productive role money can play in their lives. Having a basic understanding of money management from an early age will make our young people better equipped to tackle more complex financial decisions in their transition to adulthood, when critical decisions about financing higher education and saving for retirement can have lasting consequences for financial security. Strengthening the financial capability of our young people is an investment in our nation’s economic prosperity.” Don adds, “How about advising young people to observe the fiscal and monetary practices of the federal government and simply do the opposite at every turn?” Sounds about right to me. A Good Laugh My golf buddy Frank sent this along a few minutes ago. Even though the Friday Funnies is longer than usual, I just had to share it. It’s the voice of a man leaving a message for his boss when he witnesses a car accident… and the incredible events that then follow. It’s really funny. Here’s a link to the recording. What the Hell Is Wrong with Obama? – Part Two This week, the Panderer-in-Chief moved forward with his initiative to curb carbon emissions. Thou Shalt Not Blindly Rely on the Advice of a Commissioned Broker. It’s their job to get you to trade. It’s how they earn the money to buy that nice house. Sure, if a commissioned broker provides real value, then they have earned their commission. But you need to do your own homework and not just acquiesce to their every recommendation. That’s how you end up with 90% of your retirement assets at risk in a single investment sector. As an alternative for those who want to leave their investing to a pro, a pure fee-based money manager can make sense as their only goal is (or should be) to impress you so you’ll continue to retain their services. For a few days the hogs waited patiently for their usual rations, but when the farmer failed to come through, the hungry hogs began to fight over the reduced slops provided. It was not long after that the farmer – confident that the hogs were properly domesticated – let himself into the pen only to find himself surrounded by angry hogs who made him what’s for lunch. The moral to the longer-version story is that the domesticated hogs will remain docile only for as long as you keep them snout-deep in slops. Which brings me to the riots in Brazil, the latest footnote on the continuum of the slow-motion global financial collapse now underway. Simply, years of expanding politically motivated social welfare programs around the world have raised the expectations of the masses to the point where they simply can’t be met. The results are that growing segments of the previously submissive masses, seeing their slops reduced in both quantity and quality, are now drifting back towards a more feral state. (Note the Mad Max hair in the photo above… yet another example of life mimicking art.) You can see the problem in this chart showing the federal government’s expenditures by function. While the chart is a little out of date, the trend couldn’t be clearer… or more concerning. Dear Reader, For today’s missive, I plan on keeping things fairly loose… no major themes, just bits and pieces, mostly related to some of the news items that have caught my eye, and maybe yours. And with that uncharacteristically short warm-up, it’s on to the news. What the Hell Is Wrong with Obama? In recent polls, 65% of Americans said they were against the US government becoming involved in Syria. Yet, the Obama administration has made it abundantly clear that it will now actively support the rebels there. Disturbingly, our so-called allies in this fight – the anti-Assad rebels – are the sort of people who use suicide bombers to achieve their goals. Which is not surprising given that Al-Qaeda has openly taken a leading role in the opposition the Obama administration now sees fit to support. And so it is that the very same Al-Qaeda that the US claims is Enemy #1 will soon be receiving weapons from the US, and probably already has. In one particularly notable display of the world view of our new friends, a prominent rebel leader named Khalid al-Hamad was videotaped snacking on the lung of a dead enemy soldier. The highly placed member of the intelligence community whom I briefly referenced in my last missive told me that the most favorable interpretation of this barbaric act the analysts could come up with was that the fellow was actually trying to eat the heart, but ate the lung instead. This was taken as “favorable” because Commander Cannibal’s lack of basic human anatomy suggested that eating internal organs was not a regular practice among our new BFF. Now, as to the “bad guy” in this entire drama … he is the son of Hafez al-Assad, the man who in 1973 changed the constitution of Syria to drop the provision that only Muslims could be president… triggering a running battle against Muslim extremists demanding that the country be Muslim and not secular. In 1987, Syria actually participated in the so-called willing countries in supporting the US invasion of Iraq. In 2000 Bashar Assad, the second son of Hafez, succeeded to power after his father’s death and five months later ordered the release of hundreds of political prisoners. Now, that’s not to say that Assad is a wonderful fellow. No one would argue the fact that he’s accustomed to using a hard hand to keep the discontented in line. And given that those discontented are dominated by the sort of folks willing to blow themselves up in pursuit of religious goals (or, at least encourage the more gullible into doing so), the actions of the Assad government have, on occasion, been uncompromising. As an aside, you may remember that in 2006 our current allies, the radical jihadists that Assad has also been trying to keep a lid on, attacked the US embassy in Damascus… and now we’re on the same side. Funny how a little time heals all wounds, eh? Even so, until this latest phase in the conflict blew up in 2011, the level of violence was relatively minor. But that was then. Now, with the place in flames, the death toll has soared with the latest body count at over 100,000 and counting. Which brings me back to the question above, what the hell is wrong with Obama? Or, more accurately, what the hell is the US government thinking to interject itself in the conflict? Why would we want to hand the largely secular country over to the jihadists? Who wins? I thought this quote out of an article on the situation by the folks at CATO worth sharing. Those most serious about intervention, Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, want to do everything. Their joint statement demanded: “provisions of arms to vetted Syrian opposition groups, targeted strikes against Assad’s aircraft and SCUD missile batteries on the ground, and the establishment of safe zones inside Syria.” Graham also argued that “you’ve got to get on the ground” to seize chemical weapons stockpiles.  Sound familiar? Though I am not privy to any special information on the political calculations of Washington, it sure seems like we are following the script set down by the neocons (Kristol, Wolfowitz, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Abrams, et al.) that years ago infiltrated the US military-political complex. This is the “Might is right” crowd who believe in exercising US power proactively to knock down the dominos of all Middle Eastern countries Israel feels threatened by, with the end goal of remaking the Middle East as a region dominated by friendly democracies (or, in the case of Saudi Arabia, friendly dictatorships). Failing functioning democracies, turning the outcast countries into failed states that pose no real threat to US or Israeli interests in the area also works. It’s never been a secret that Syria is a prominent domino: as recently as 2009, Israel bombed a site in Syria where they claim secret nuclear research was being conducted. According to the script, after Syria the US will escalate its targeting of Iran. Given the hostile neighborhood it’s in, it’s understandable that Israel feels the need to act aggressively to dull the threat. Like individuals, nation-states possess finely honed survival instincts. I do, however, blame President Obama and the State Department and all the many sycophants in government and parasites in businesses that profit from war for once again entangling the country in a foreign conflict. That they do so in the face of overwhelming opposition among the public reveals “government of the people, for the people” as the meaningless platitude it has become. That our new allies are jihadists who upon taking power will oppress the country like Assad never did, then turn their weapons against the Great Satan that provided them, makes our support of them not just a bad joke but spectacularly bad karma. Then there’s the tens of thousands of innocents who will suffer and die before this is over. But, hey, it’s the Middle East where life is priced very low, so why should anyone care? The neocons certainly don’t. I’ve said it before and I will say it again: the constant turmoil in places like Syria, and the hardships it causes to the civilian population, is a damn shame, but it’s not our damn shame. Left to their own devices, maybe – just maybe – they’d finally get their act together. That the Obama administration would ignore the will of the people and deliberately make the troubles in Syria our own, and freakishly do so in an alliance with jihadists, strikes me as highly suspect and even treasonous. One can only hope that one shiny day not too far down the road, these people would be held accountable for their actions. Maybe starting by impeaching the president? I’m not holding my breath. Death of (the Retirement Dreams of) a Salesman Last week I played in a semi-serious golf tournament hereabouts. It’s only the second such tournament I’ve played in, and I had great reservations about doing so again. Mainly because of the stress associated with playing tournament golf. As one’s state of mind has a huge effect on one’s state of play, undue stress can result in all manner of bad outcomes. In this tournament, my usually reliable putting went out for coffee and didn’t come back until near the end of the third match, at which point it was way too late. Even so, I mostly enjoyed the experience and didn’t mind losing as the competition played significantly better than I and were nice fellows, to boot. I mention this only to set the context of a rather revealing conversation I had over a consolatory beer in the clubhouse. The fellow who so kindly bought me that beer was a sales manager who, over the course of the conversation, revealed to me that he was hoping to retire in the coming year in order to spend his golden years doing little more than playing golf. Without any urging, he then expressed some concern that the amount of money he had saved up might not be enough to see him through his retirement. It’s a valid concern: with a steady stream of advances in medicine and the fact that he is a fit 64 years old, his retirement could easily last twenty years. And thirty or even forty years isn’t out of the question. That’s a lot of time, and a lot of money. In the way of idle conversation, I asked him how much of his assets he has in the stock market. The answer, “Something over 90%,” made my eyebrow inadvertently twitch. “What sort of stocks are you in?” “I don’t know, stuff my broker said I should own. I think I have some stuff in the health industry, but I’m not sure.” “Have you looked into how the companies you own might fare under ObamaCare?” “No, I sure hope my broker does, it does kind of worry me.” “What kind of broker do you use?” “A full-service one. He’s kind of a friend.” “And you keep all your money with a single broker?” “Yes.” “How much commission do you pay on a trade?” “Ah, um…” “You don’t know?” “No, but I seem to recall it’s around 2%.” “Does your broker live in a pretty nice house? Better than yours?” “Yeah, he’s very successful.” As I didn’t want things to get awkward or spoil his happy day, I nudged the topic in a different direction. Yet when I got home, I couldn’t help but shake my head at the idea that someone could be so unmindful about the funds he is relying on for retirement. Which, reading between the lines, is an amount just a bit over $1,000,000 – the rewards of a lifetime of hard work. In fact, as far as I could tell, he had committed what might be called the 7 Commandments of Investing. Thou Shalt Not Over-Concentrate. For starters, his portfolio is way over-concentrated in a single asset class. Thou Shalt Not Be Ignorant About Managing Money. Anyone who hopes to maintain and increase their portfolio over time needs to have at least passing familiarity with the fundamentals of investing and managing money. Otherwise you are likely to violate the preceding commandments. And you need to keep yourself informed about the macro-picture for the economy and for the primary asset classes in which you are invested. These are not easy times to be an investor. Especially when you consider that global stock markets are now rallying on bad economic news – as that is (correctly) taken as providing an excuse for the Fed to continue the money printing. That should tell you pretty much everything you need to know about the big picture. As Terry Coxon, co-editor of The Casey Report, recently put it, “The stock market is levitating on QE. When QE ends, the stock market falls to earth.” Thus, your investment returns depend not only on investing in the right individual asset, but on whether the Fed in all its infinite wisdom (or proven lack thereof) decides to withdraw liquidity… or, as was the case recently, ponders doing so. Simply put, we will see a lot of volatility between now and when the vultures finally come to rest on the bones of this crisis (either through a deflationary collapse, but more likely an inflationary one). In the interim, the “right” investment for the long term might turn out to be a very wrong investment for the short and medium term. As to the longer term, again quoting from Terry Coxon, the smartest person I know on central banks and matters related to monetary policy… “The Fed is not going to exit the business of monetary easing. They may pause now and then, but when they see the results, they will resume. Every hyperinflation has been punctuated with pauses during which the central bank resolved to stop printing, to avoid destroying the currency.” At the end of the day, for any of us to successfully make it to the other side of this crisis with our assets intact is going to require diversification, bullet-proof income investments, a fair bit of cash, a focus on quality, and, while it may not seem the case at the moment, gold. Of course, we’ll be addressing all those topics and a whole lot more at our Casey Research Summit this October 4 – 6 in Tucson. Hope to see you there. (Because gold has been much in the news this week, and because he’ll be participating as a faculty member side by side with the audience over the three days of our Summit in Arizona, I thought you might enjoy this quick clip of Jim Rickards sharing his outlook for gold.) Speaking of the Summit, one of the panels will feature Ron Paul and Doug Casey, among others, addressing the topic of “Politics Gone Wild.” This topic is of no small importance, as the entire world is currently locked into a destructive paradigm of sick nation-states committed to doing “whatever it takes” to maintain the status quo. Yet, as the result of decades of irresponsible governance driven by political expedience and vote gathering, the underpinning of the status quo has been shattered, and there’s no easy way to put Humpty Dumpty back together again. Consequently, it’s all but certain we’re going to go through social, as well as financial, hardships before this thing is over. Which delivers me somewhat seamlessly to the next item catching my eye this week… Failed Expectations, Failing States There is a parable about a Southern farmer who takes up the challenge of capturing a herd of particularly aggressive feral hogs. The story proceeds with him putting out some food where he knows the hogs will find it. He then continues putting the food out day after day while, at the same time, slowly building a pen around the feeding spot. The story ends with the farmer simply closing the newly constructed gate on the hogs while they are snout-deep in their slops. If one so desired, however, one could continue the parable as follows… Some months later, the farmer found himself facing hard financial times and decided he could no longer afford to keep feeding the hogs at the same level. The decision made, the next day he cut back the quantity of their rations and substituted the higher-quality feed he had been dishing out with far less tasty tidbits.last_img read more

AfriLabs Announced 7 New TechHubs to its PanAfrikan Innovation Hub Network

first_imgiRise Tech-Innovation Hub first of its kind in Somalia. (Photo Courtesy: Quartz) Advertisement Pan-Africkan innovation hub network; AfriLabs has been working through tech hubs to build an innovation infrastructure that encourages the growth of Africa’s knowledge economy by supporting the development of start-ups, technology, and innovation, fostering partnerships between tech hubs across the different regions and promoting opportunities that the hubs and their communities can benefit from.On June 1st, this year, the pan-hub added 11 hubs including Uganda’s own – The Innovation Village, to its pan network. According to new reports, the tech networking and acceleration association has officially welcomed 7 other new hubs including iRise; the first ever incubation hub in Somalia that had just recently opened up, expanding its network to 67 tech and innovation hubs across more than 27 African countries with over 50,000 community members.Below are the new added incubation hubs;GE Garage, Nigeria.Ecolia Labs, Cameroon.Kumasi Hive.iRise Hub, Somalia.aLabs, Sierra Leone.CTID (Centre de Technologie, d’Innovation pour le Developement) Djibouti.Centre d’innovation de Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). – Advertisement – In a press statement, AfriLabs Executive Director; Anna Ekeledo, said, they are beyond ecstatic about AfriLabs expanding its network.“We look forward to carrying out more projects with our partners and members across Africa to support these hubs and the startups, entrepreneurs and innovators in their communities achieve even greater impact,” she said.last_img read more

No Bonus for Marissa Mayer After Another 32 Million Yahoo Accounts Breached

first_imgYahoo! Image credit: via PC Mag Add that to the 1.5 billion accounts that have already been compromised. Matthew Humphries Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. March 2, 2017 No Bonus for Marissa Mayer After Another 32 Million Yahoo Accounts Breached Add to Queue 2 min readcenter_img This story originally appeared on PCMag –shares Senior Editor Last month, Yahoo started notifying people that it had discovered yet another account breach had occurred. Apparently a forged cookie attack had been used to access a new set of accounts over the past two years. At the time, it wasn’t known how many accounts had been accessed, but now we know and it’s in the millions again.Remember, Yahoo already admitted over a billion accounts were compromised in August 2013. That was followed by a further 500 million accounts being accessed in 2014. This latest breach is, relatively speaking, quite small, with only 32 million accounts being accessed.According to Reuters, Yahoo believes these new accounts were accessed by the same “state-sponsored actor” responsible for the 2014 breach. The proprietary code running Yahoo’s systems was accessed so as to learn how to forge cookies. Those unauthorized cookies were then used to access user accounts.The cookies have since been invalidated to block further access and all affected users should have been contacted by Yahoo regarding how to re-secure their accounts. As to why hackers take the time to breach Yahoo’s servers and access accounts, it turns out the data is worth something. In August last year it was revealed that some of the stolen Yahoo data was available for sale on the dark web for $300,000.CEO Marissa Mayer won’t be receiving a cash bonus for 2016 and offered not to take any 2017 annual equity. Meanwhile, Verizon lowered the price it was willing to pay for Yahoo’s core assets by $350 million to $4.48 billion. Could it fall even further now? Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Next Article Register Now »last_img read more