NAS Whidbey Island Named Top Navy Installation

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Naval Air Station (NAS) Whidbey Island in northwest Washington state last week was recognized as the Navy’s top base in its annual Installation Excellence awards.Naval Air Station Lemoore in Central California was awarded second place, and Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Ga., came in third in the large base category. NAS Whiting Field, Fla., took first place in the small base category, followed by Naval Air Facility El Centro, Calif., and Naval Support Activity Mechanicsburg, Pa.The competition looks at a variety of factors, including unit morale, quality of life, property management, health, safety and environmental conservation. Commander, Navy Installation Command, which runs the awards competition, includes 70 installations worldwide.“The award recognizes the importance the Navy and Team Whidbey place in striving for excellence in supporting our active duty forces and their families,” said Capt. Michael Nortier, commanding officer of NAS Whidbey Island. The award also reflects the base’s goal to be good stewards of the environment and its commitment to establish strong relationships with the community, Nortier said, reported the Whidbey News-Times.“NAS Lemoore is truly a gem that sailors across the fleet should jump at the opportunity to experience. It is an extremely exciting time for this installation and its tenant commands,” said Capt. Monty Ashliman, commander of NAS Lemoore, reported the Hanford Sentinel. “It will only get better.”last_img read more

Google Doodle celebrates colors of artist Paul Klee

first_img Online Post a comment Tags Share your voice 0 Google celebrates Swiss-German artist Paul Klee. Google Paul Klee was a Swiss and German artist known for developing a distinct, individual style, drawing inspiration from a range of artistic movements, including cubism, expressionism and surrealism.He was also prolific, creating about 10,000 paintings, drawings and etchings during his lifetime.To celebrate Klee’s 139th birthday Tuesday, Google is paying homage to the artist’s sometimes dry and sometimes child-like approach with a Doodle reminiscent of Klee’s Rote Brücke (Red Bridge) — a 1928 painting that uses a pattern of shapes and contrasting yet harmonious hues to represent the rooftops and arches of a European city.The painting reflects Klee’s deep exploration of color theory — the mixing of colors and the visual effects of specific color combination. Born in Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland, on December 18, 1879, Klee was the son of a music teacher and Swiss singer. An accomplished violinist at a young age, Klee received an invitation to play with the Bern Music Association at age 11 before turning his attention to the visual arts as a teen.In 1898, Klee began studying art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. By 1905, he had begun to develop experimental techniques, including drawing with a needle on a blackened pane of glass.A natural draftsman, Klee excelled at drawing but seemed to lack a natural feel for color, which for Klee represented optimism in art. During a trip to Paris in 1912, following his exposure to cubism and bold colors of other artists’ work, Klee began experimenting with watercolors and landscapes, lamenting that that “a long struggle lies in store for me in this field of color.”His artistic breakthrough came two years later, when during a visit to Tunisia, Klee was inspired by the light in Tunis and began to delve into the “cool romanticism of abstraction.” He wrote in his diary:  “Color has taken possession of me; no longer do I have to chase after it, I know that it has hold of me forever… Color and I are one. I am a painter.”When he returned to Munich, Klee painted In the style of Kairouan, considered his first abstract, composed of colored rectangles and circles. In 1916, he joined the German army, painting camouflage on airplanes and working as a clerk, but his work continued to evolve during World War I.Klee taught art in Germany from 1921 until 1933, when the Nazis declared his work indecent and fired him. Later that year, Klee fled with his family to Switzerland, where he died in 1940 after suffering for years from a wasting disease.Klee was considered to be at his peak during this tumultuous time, continuing his torrid pace of output. In 1939, he produced more than 1,200 works, a career high for a single year.CNET’s Holiday Gift Guide: The place to find the best tech gifts for 2018. Doodling our world: Check out Google’s previous celebrations of people, events and holidays that impact our lives. Google Doodlelast_img read more

Roku goes mobile to take on Amazon Prime Videos paid channels

first_imgPremium channel subscriptions are Roku’s latest way to broaden itself. Roku Roku, the set-top streaming box maker, is breaking out of the living room for the first time with a service that offers paid premium channels like Showtime and Starz that you can also watch on your phone.  On Wednesday, Roku unveiled Premium Subscriptions, which will launch late this month in a phased rollout. The idea is similar to Amazon Prime Video Channels — a place where you can buy add-on video subscriptions that let you cobble together a sort of personal bundle of internet-delivered TV with one-click purchases. Downsides to Roku’s version? It has fewer channels to choose from at a launch. (HBO is notably absent.) And subscribing via Roku won’t unlock your channels’ dedicated apps. So don’t expect to watch shows and movies in the Starz app via Roku even if you pay for Starz through Roku. The Roku Channel is the only place you can watch them.  Mentioned Above Roku SD Player $239 3:20 Now playing: Watch this: Preview • Roku Player – First Take Share your voice Which Roku player should you buy? See it Commentcenter_img Mobile Digital Media TV and Movies CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags Still, this marks Roku’s addition of mobile viewing for the first time, after its lifetime locked in the living room. Roku’s iOS and Android apps will be able to stream shows and movies for the first time. Until now, the Roku app served mostly as a second remote when paired to a powered-on Roku streaming device. But soon the Roku Channel, including any of your subscriptions, will be available on its mobile app in the US. Users will also be able to start a video on a Roku player or Roku TV and pick up from where they left off while on the go. 04-roku-premiere-plusRoku’s Premiere Plus is one of seven streaming devices in the company’s lineup.  Sarah Tew/CNET It’s Roku’s latest expansion beyond set-top boxes. Though the company’s bread-and-butter business is its popular streaming devices, Roku has been reaching into other businesses. It’s booking more advertising revenue through services like the Roku Channel with its ad-supported movies, news and sports, for example. The Amazon video channels model is a ripe target. Amazon is quiet about how the program is faring because Amazon is quiet about everything, but one analyst estimates Amazon is one of the main ways that cordcutters are signing up for paid video subscriptions. Nearly half of Starz’s direct-to-consumer subscribers may be coming from Amazon, according to BMO analyst Daniel Salmon, and HBO and Showtime may be sourcing about a third of their digital subscribers there. (Editors’ note: Showtime is owned by CBS, the parent company of CNET.)Roku versus AmazonThere are significant differences between Roku’s new offering and Amazon’s video channels. For one, you won’t be able to unlock the dedicated apps of services that you subscribe to via Roku, a function known as authentication. Amazon added the ability to authenticate into some of those dedicated apps last year. roku-express-plus-06.jpgUntil this year, Roku’s mobile app mostly functioned as a second remote for its streaming devices.  Sarah Tew/CNET The selection of channels is also slimmer. At launch, Roku is offering more than 25 subscriptions, while Amazon has accumulated more than 100. And Roku didn’t list some high-profile options, like HBO or PBS Kids, among the options it will have at launch. (Neither Amazon nor Roku offer Netflix, the most popular streaming network in the world.)It’s also unclear just how “one click” Roku signups will be. Amazon Prime Video Channels is based on the premise that you’re already a paying Amazon Prime member, so the company has your credit card details all set up. Roku has credit cards details for the majority of its accounts but not all, Rob Holmes, Roku’s vice president of programming and engagement, said in an interview last month. (Roku declined to further clarify the proportion of its monthly active accounts that have credit cards on file.) That leaves a portion of Roku users facing the hassle of tapping in new payment information in order to sign up for subscriptions they can get elsewhere. But like Amazon Prime Video Channels, Roku’s new Premium Subscriptions give you a one-stop hub for your subscriptions paid for with a single monthly bill. People can sign up for seven-day free trials (or longer) using their existing Roku account information. With Premium subscriptions, Roku users will be able to browse their channel’s entire catalogs. Search within the Roku Channel will be expanded, allowing people to search for keywords within the channel. Culture: Your hub for everything from film and television to music, comics, toys and sports.Netflix’s 137M subscribers evaporate fears: Blowout quarter? It’s the kind of formulaic plot Netflix loves. 1 Review • Roku Player Roku Player Amazon Prime Showtime Amazon Rokulast_img read more

Rail Budget 2015 No Reduction in Already Low Train Fares Says MoS

first_imgA week ahead of the presentation of the Railway Budget, the Centre ruled out any possibility of cutting train fares, terming the current fares as ‘already low’.”It (fare reduction) will not be done. Fares are already low and the government is giving subsidy,” Minister of state for Railways Manoj Sinha said on Wednesday.Sinha was fielding questions from reporters on the possibility of train fare reduction in the upcoming Railway Budget, which will be tabled in the Parliament on 26 February.The Minister noted that while the requirement of the ministry was high, the available resources were limited, and hence the rail budget would have a balanced tone, keeping public interest in mind.Sinha said a Bill to amend an existing law on empowering the Railway Protection Force (RPF) to file FIR will be tabled at the upcoming budget session of the Parliament, which begins on Monday. A Railway Protection Force (RPF) officer uses a sniffer dog to check bags of passengers before their boarding on a train at a railway station in Kolkata July 8, 2014. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government disappointed markets with its first major economic policy statement on Tuesday, promising to seek foreign and private funding for the railways but giving no details of how it would lure investors. India’s state-owned railways are the fourth-largest in the world. They have suffered from years of low investment and populist policies that have kept fares low.He articulated that while the Railways had its own security wing in the RPF, it was hamstrung by the inability to file an FIR for crimes which take place under the Railways’ jurisdiction, reported EconomicTimes.The minister also remarked that 100% foreign direct investment (FDI) has been introduced to allow for developing infrastructure and improve railway safety to overcome the resource crunch facing the largest Indian employer.last_img read more

ICICI BankVideocon loan case What is the Chanda Kochhar connection

first_imgICICI Bank, Chanda Kochhar, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of ICICI BankReutersThe chief of ICICI Bank, the country’s largest private-sector lender, is facing speculation about nepotism and corruption over loans to the Dhoot family-promoted Videocon.While the board of the lender has come out in support of bank’s MD & CEO Chanda Kochhar, concerns still linger.Let’s take a look at the entire controversy surrounding the bank.What’s the issue all about?The issue dates back to 2008 when Videocon’s founder Venugopal Dhoot decided to start a company with Deepak Kochhar, husband of Chanda Kochhar, and two of her relatives.Dhoot held 50 percent stake in the new company, called NuPower Renewables, while Kocchar and her family held the other half.In March 2010, NuPower got a loan of Rs 64 crore from a company called Supreme Energy, owned by Dhoot and then transferred the latter’s ownership to a trust headed by Deepak Kochhar for just Rs 9 lakh, according to The Indian Express.So is there a conflict of interest?The questions of propriety and conflict of interest are being raised as the transfer of the company to Deepak Kochchar happened six months after the Videocon got a loan of Rs 3,250 crore from ICICI Bank, the report by The Indian Express claims.Almost 86 percent of that loan remains unpaid and Videocon account was declared a non-performing asset in 2017.What is ICICI Bank saying?”The board desires to clarify that none of the investors of NuPower Renewables are borrowers of ICICI Bank,” it said in a statement.The lender was one among a consortium of banks that gave loans to Videocon.”ICICI Bank was not the lead bank for this consortium and the bank only sanctioned its share of facilities aggregating approximately Rs 3,250 crore, which was less than 10 percent of the total consortium facility in April 2012,” the bank said.”The board concluded that there is no question or scope of any favoritism, nepotism or quid pro quo.”When International Business Times asked ICICI Bank to respond to media reports, the lender did not comment beyond what it had already stated in its Wednesday’s statement.Full statement of ICICI BankHere is the full text of the ICICI Bank statement: There have been some malicious and unfounded rumours in the past few days casting insinuations on ICICI Bank Ltd. and its MD & CEO. Similar rumours had first surfaced in the mid-2016 and had been appropriately responded to. Nevertheless these have resurfaced in the recent past to malign the Bank.In that context, the Board of ICICI Bank today reviewed the internal processes of the Bank and also the details of the exposure to the Videocon group.1. The Board has noted that the Bank has a well-structured and standardised credit approval process, where multiple independent departments are involved in providing independent credit risk rating, doing credit appraisal, credit approvals and monitoring the proposals. The Bank’s credit approval authorisation framework is laid down by the Board of Directors. The larger exposures are approved by the Credit Committee of the Board. The majority of Credit Committee members are independent directors of the Bank. The Chairman of the Credit Committee, till as late as June 2015, was always a non-Executive Director. Based on the above, it can be concluded that there are adequate checks and balances in loan appraisal, rating and approval processes within the Bank, both from the control as well as from a governance perspective.Given this architecture, no individual employee, whatever may be his or her position, has the ability to influence the credit decision at the Bank.2. With regard to ICICI Bank’s current exposure to Videocon group, the Board also recorded that:In 2012, a consortium of over 20 banks and financial institutions sanctioned facilities to the Videocon group (Videocon Industries Ltd. and 12 of its subsidiaries/ associates as co-obligors) for a debt consolidation programme and for the group’s oil and gas capital expenditure programme aggregating approximately Rs. 40,000 crore.ICICI Bank’s current exposure to the Videocon group is part of this syndicated consortium arrangement.ICICI Bank was not the lead bank for this consortium and the Bank only sanctioned its share of facilities aggregating approximately Rs. 3250 crore which was less than 10% of the total consortium facility in April 2012.After the preparation of the Information Memorandum and the initial due diligence for the financing programme by the lead arrangers and after the sanction of the facilities by the lead bank, the Credit Committee of ICICI Bank in 2012 sanctioned its share of facilities in the syndicated arrangement to the Videocon group.This Committee was chaired by the then Chairman of ICICI Bank and it included independent and working Directors of the Bank. It is important to note that Ms. Chanda Kochhar was not the Chairperson of this Committee.The Terms and Conditions offered for these loans are similar to those offered by the other banks in the consortium, ruling out the possibility of any special benefit to the borrower by ICICI Bank.It is important to note here that all banks including ICICI Bank disbursed the Rupee Term Loan into the common escrow pool account being maintained for this purpose by the lead bank.ICICI Bank’s share of the banking sector’s exposure to the Videocon group was less than 10% while around 90% of the loans were sanctioned by other banks and financial institutions. Hence the Board concluded that there is no question or scope of any favouritism, nepotism or quid-pro-quo.3. The Bank desires to clarify that none of the investors of NuPower Renewables are borrowers of ICICI Bank.4. ICICI Bank is regulated and supervised by various regulatory bodies and authorities. In that context the Bank receives various queries from time to time which are appropriately responded to.On looking at all the above facts, the Board has come to the conclusion that there is no question of any quid pro quo/ nepotism/ conflict of interest as is being alleged in various rumours. The Board has full confidence and reposes full faith in the Bank’s MD & CEO, Ms. Chanda Kochhar. The Board also commends the entire management team under the leadership of the MD & CEO for their hard work and dedication. We would urge you not to be misled by these rumours which are being spread to malign the Bank and its top management.So was Chanda Kocchar not involved in sanctioning loan to Videocon?It’s still not clear but according to the bank, KV Kamath was part of the credit committee that sanctioned the loan.”This committee was chaired by the then chairman of ICICI Bank and it included independent and working directors of the bank. It is important to note that Chanda Kochhar was not the chairperson of this committee,” the bank said.last_img read more

SSC equivalent exams to be deferred for DNCC bypolls

first_img.Authorities may defer secondary school certificate (SSC) and equivalent examinations for the mayoral by-elections to the Dhaka North City Corporation expected to be held in late February 2018.The election commission’s acting secretary, Helal Uddin Ahmed, held a meeting with the representatives of the Dhaka Education Board and of Madrasa and Technical education boards at the commission secretariat on Tuesday to the end.Talking to newsmen after the meeting, the representatives of the education boards said they have given their consent for deferment of the two papers of the SSC and equivalent exams scheduled to be held on 24 and 25 February to facilitate holding of the by-polls.SSC and its equivalent examinations of 2018 were scheduled to begin on 2 February and continue until 26 February.The officials said the authorities will defer the exams once the commission announces the schedule for the civic polls.The EC’s acting secretary said the commission is mulling announcing the election schedule in the second week of January and holding the by-polls in the third week of February.The DNCC mayoral post fell vacant with the death of its mayor Annisul Huq on 30 November.Apart from holding by-polls to the mayoral post, the commission has also decided that elections will be held to the councillor posts and six special councillor posts reserved for woman for the 18 new DNCC wards and to the same number of councillor and special councillor posts for the 18 new Dhaka South City Corporation (DSCC) wards the same day.last_img read more

Most senior Catholic charged with child sex abuse convicted in Australia

first_imgRod McGuirk Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email News By: Rod McGuirk Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic cleric ever charged with child sex abuse has been convicted of molesting two choirboys moments after celebrating Mass, dealing a new blow to the Catholic hierarchy’s credibility after a year of global revelations of abuse and cover-up.Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis’ top financial adviser and the Vatican’s economy minister, bowed his head but then regained his composure as the 12-member jury delivered unanimous verdicts in the Victoria state County Court on Dec. 11 after more than two days of deliberation.The court had until Tuesday (Feb. 26) forbidden publication of any details about the trial.Pell faces a potential maximum 50-year prison term after a sentencing hearing that begins on Wednesday. He has foreshadowed an appeal.The revelations came in the same month that the Vatican announced Francis approved the expulsion from the priesthood for a former high-ranking American cardinal, Theodore McCarrick, for sexual abuse of minors and adults.The convictions were also confirmed days after Francis concluded his extraordinary summit of Catholic leaders summoned to Rome for a tutorial on preventing clergy sexual abuse and protecting children from predator priests.The jury convicted Pell of abusing two 13-year-old boys whom he had caught swigging sacramental wine in a rear room of Melbourne’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral in late 1996, as hundreds of worshippers were streaming out of Sunday services.Pell, now 77 but 55 at the time, had just been named the most senior Catholic in Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne.The jury also found Pell guilty of indecently assaulting one of the boys in a corridor more than a month later.Pell had maintained his innocence throughout, describing the accusations as “vile and disgusting conduct” that went against everything he believed in.His lawyer had told the jury that only a “mad man” would take the risk of abusing boys in such a public place. He said it was “laughable” that Pell would have been able to expose his penis and force the victim to take it in his mouth, given the cumbersome robes he was wearing.Both he and Chief Judge Peter Kidd urged the jury of eight men and four women not to punish Pell for all the failings of the Catholic Church, which in Australia have been staggering.“You must not scapegoat Cardinal Pell,” Kidd told the jury.Along with Ireland and the U.S., Australia has been devastated by the impact of the clerical abuse scandal, with a Royal Commission inquiry finding that 4,444 people reported they had been abused at more than 1,000 Catholic institutions across Australia between 1980 and 2015.Pell’s own hometown of Ballarat had such a high incidence of abuse — and, survivors say, a correlated higher-than-average incidence of suicide — that the city warranted its own case study in the Royal Commission report.As a result, Pell’s trial amounted to something of a reckoning for survivors, with the brash and towering cardinal becoming the poster child for all that went wrong with the way the Catholic Church handled the scandal.The conviction capped a year that had been so dominated by revelations of high-ranking sex abuse and cover-up that analysts openly speak of a crisis unparalleled since the Reformation. In addition to Pell, the allegations against McCarrick of groping a minor in the 1970s and of sleeping with adult seminarians became public.As a result of the scandal, Francis’ approval ratings have tanked in the United States, and his standing with conservative Catholics around the world — already on shaky ground over his outreach to divorcees — has plunged.Up until the verdict, Pell’s lawyers had appeared confident that they had established a reasonable doubt and had expected quick verdicts of not guilty.When the jury chairman delivered the first guilty verdict, Pell’s hands slipped from thearm rests of the chair where he sat in the dock at the back of the courtroom. His head bowed after the second verdict, but he restored his composure for the final verdicts.Pell, who walked to and from court throughout his monthlong trial with a crutch under his right arm, was released on bail to undergo surgical knee replacements in Sydney on Dec. 14. Prosecutor Mark Gibson did not oppose bail, saying the surgery would be more easily managed outside the prison system.The first four offenses occurred at the first or second Solemn Mass that Archbishop Pell celebrated as leader of the magnificent blue-stone century-old cathedral in the center of Melbourne. Pell was wearing his full robes — though not his staff or pointed bishops’ hat — at the time.The now 34-year-old survivor told the court that Pell orally raped him, then crouched and fondled the complainant’s genitals while masturbating.“I was young and I didn’t really know what had happened to me. I didn’t really know whatit was, if it was normal,” the complainant told the court.The other victim died of a heroin overdose in 2014 without ever complaining of the abuse, and even denying to his suspicious mother that he had been molested while he was part of the choir.Neither boy can now be identified.Pell was initially charged with orally raping the second boy. But that charge was downgraded to indecent assault when the complainant testified that from his vantage point he couldn’t see Pell’s penis enter the second boy’s mouth.More than a month later, the complainant testified that Pell pushed him against a cathedral corridor wall after a Mass and squeezed the boy’s genitals painfully before walking away in silence.“Pell was in robes and I was in robes. He squeezed and kept walking,” the complainant told the jurors. “I didn’t tell anyone at the time because I didn’t want to jeopardize anything. I didn’t want to rock the boat with my family, my schooling, my life.”The complainant testified that he feared that making such accusations against a powerful churchman would cost him his place in the choir and with it his scholarship to prestigious St. Kevin’s College.Pell pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual penetration of a child under 16 and four counts of willfully committing an indecent act with or in the presence of a child under 16 in late 1996 and early 1997.He did not testify at his trial. But the jury saw a video recording of an interview he gave Australian detectives in Rome in 2016 in which he stridently denied the allegations.Pell grimaced, appearing incredulous and distressed, waved his arms over his head and muttered to himself as the detectives detailed the accusations that his victim had leveled against him a year earlier.“The allegations involve vile and disgusting conduct contrary to everything I hold dear and contrary to the explicit teachings of the church which I have spent my life representing,” Pell told police.Richter, Pell’s lawyer, told the jury that the prosecution case compounded a series of improbabilities and impossibilities.He told the jury that Pell could not have “parted” his robes as the complainant had described.The jury was handed the actual cumbersome robes Pell wore as archbishop. Over his regular clothes, Pell would wear a full-length white robe called an alb that was tied around his waist with a rope-like cincture. Over that, he would drape a 3-meter (10-foot) band of cloth called a stole around his neck. The outermost garment was the long poncho-like chasuble.More than 20 witnesses, including clerics, choristers and altar servers, testified during the trial. None recalled ever seeing the complainant and the other victim break from a procession of choristers, altar servers and clerics to go to the back room.The complainant testified that he and his friend had run from the procession and back into the cathedral through a side door to, as Gibson, the prosecutor, said, “have some fun.”Monsignor Charles Portelli, who was the cathedral’s master of ceremonies in the 1990s, testified that he was always with Pell after Mass to help him disrobe in the sacristy.The defense argued that Pell’s usual practice was to linger at the cathedral front steps talking to members of the congregation after Mass. But Gibson said there was evidence that Pell didn’t always chat outside and had the opportunity to commit the crimes.The lifting of the gag order comes after Francis charted a new course for the Catholic Church to confront clergy sexual abuse and cover-up, a scandal that has consumed his papacy and threatens the credibility of the Catholic hierarchy at large.Opening a first-ever Vatican summit on preventing abuse, Francis warned 190 bishops and religious superiors last week that their flocks were demanding concrete action, not just words, to punish predator priests and keep children safe. He offered them 21 proposals to consider going forward, some of them obvious and easy to adopt, others requiring new laws.But Francis went into the meeting even more weakened and discredited after one of his top advisers was convicted of the very crime he has now decided is worth fighting on a universal scale.Pell’s downfall will invariably tarnish the pope, since Francis appointed Pell economy minister in 2014 even though some of the allegations against him were known at the time.In October, Francis finally cut Pell loose, removing him as a member of his informal Cabinet. Pell technically remains prefect of the Vatican’s economy ministry, but his five-year term expires this year and is not expected to be renewed.(Associated Press writer Nicole Winfield in Rome contributed to this report.) Share This! Share This! News • Photos of the Week Share This! Catholicism Share This! Rod McGuirk,Load Comments,Jews and Muslims say Belgian animal cruelty law trammels religious freedom Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 By: Rod McGuirk TagsAustralia clergy sexual abuse George Pell homepage featured Roman Catholic Church and Mormons,You may also like Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! United Methodist committee rejects One Church Plan, which would allow LGBT clergy Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts By: Rod McGuirklast_img read more

Photo Gallery PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony

first_imgGood Friday morning!We hope that your day is a PAWFECT TEN. 🐶 #WinterOlympics #BestOfUS— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 9, 2018 Share 1218 drones assemble into a snowboarder then morph into the Olympic rings. Amazing.#WinterOlympics#OpeningCeremony— Greg Hogben (@MyDaughtersArmy) February 9, 2018 .@TeamUSA entering the #OpeningCeremony from @shaunwhite’s point of view! #BestOfUS— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) February 9, 2018 IntroductionsSouth Korea’s President Moon Jae-in entered the stadium, followed by International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach.Parade of athletesBy tradition, Greece, the home of the original Olympics, enters first; the host country enters last. In this case, South Korea’s athletes entered alongside their counterparts from North Korea, walking beneath a flag of unity, bearing the shape of the Korean Peninsula.Matthias Hangst/Getty ImagesBy tradition, Greece, the home of the original Olympics, enters first.The other 89 nations entered according to the Korean alphabet – a situation that has led to confusion among some viewers in the past, as they wonder at the order.The U.S. team entered after all the countries whose names begin with “M” — so, after Malta and Mongolia and before Bermuda and Belgium. The Americans were the 26th delegation to enter the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium.Other notable entries include the Olympic Athlete from Russia team, who will enter as the 55th delegation.The U.S. flag-bearerErin Hamlin shocked many when she won bronze at the last Winter Olympics in Sochi – the first time an American singles luger had ever won a medal.Now she’s a two-time world champion — and in her fourth Winter Games, Hamlin led the U.S. team into the Olympic Park in Pyeongchang Friday night.Sean M. Haffey/Getty ImagesFlag bearer Erin Hamlin of the United States leads the team in the Parade of Athletes.While she’s comfortable streaking down the track at 90 miles an hour, Hamlin earlier said she was more worried about Friday’s ceremony.“I slide. That’s what I do,” Hamlin told the media in Pyeongchang after being selected. “Put me at the top of the track, that’s my happy place. Walking out in front of a lot of people and even more watching from home, hoping to not trip over my own feet or drop the flag is going to be way more nerve-wracking.”A native of Remsen, New York, she says she’s retiring after these games.🇺🇸🇺🇸The coolest thing I’ve ever done!!! Walking into opening ceremonies chanting USA!!! USA!!! USA!!! @TeamUSA #TeamUSA #PyeongChang2018 #OpeningCeremony— Sam McGuffie (@sam_mcguffie) February 9, 2018 Kim Yuna looked like an angel tonight, as she lit the Olympic cauldron. 💖💖 #OpeningCeremony— Koreaboo (@Koreaboo) February 9, 2018Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit – / 14The opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics started at 8 p.m. in South Korea and at 6 a.m. ET in the U.S. — with 2,900 athletes from 92 countries gathering to compete for 102 medals in Pyeongchang.The U.S. Olympic team was led into Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium by flag-bearer Erin Hamlin.The Winter Games run from Feb. 9-25. The Paralympics will use many of the same facilities, with 670 athletes competing from March 9-18.The ceremony beginsThe themes of the ceremony are harmony and convergence, and passion and peace.Jamie Squire/Getty ImagesDancers perform “The Land of Peace.” The themes of the ceremony are harmony and convergence, and passion and peace.The ceremony began with the type of spectacle we’ve learned to look forward to at the Olympics, with artful projections on the floor and a large troupe of costumed dancers. The action revolved around five children, local actors who live in Pyeongchang’s Gangwon Province.The organizers explain: “The number five comes from the five Olympic Rings, and the names of the children’s characters come from the Five Elements — fire, water, wood, metal, and earth — which are believed to make up the universe.”The Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium’s pentagon shape also includes a combination of different geometrical shapes — circle, square, and triangle — representing heaven, earth, and mankind, the organizers say.The shape also means there will be five different entrances to the stage.last_img read more

3 Ways to Outfox the Apps Craze

first_imgAugust 16, 2012 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Games are not for everybody, of course, and there are some profitable exceptions outside of this category. Both Navigon and TomTom created best-selling navigation apps in North America last year, with versions that scored in the top 20 in Europe and sold for as much as $125 a pop. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Related: New York, the City that Never Disconnects? Related: Mike Jones on Ditching La La Land for Silicon Beach 4 min read 2. Target a marketplace.Homing in on a specific company’s app store may improve the odds of boosting big returns. According to Gene Munster, a tech analyst from Piper Jaffray who has studied the app marketplace, Apple earned between 85 percent and 90 percent of the money spent on mobile apps last year, and the company is poised to command at least 70 percent of this market over the next few years. Even if you took the market value of all of the goods and services that are produced annually across Aruba, Fiji, Barbados, Grenada and Greenland, you’d still fall short of the global revenues that were generated last year through mobile apps: $15.1 billion.For code-hungry developers, there seems to be no shortage of appetite for pint-sized digital portals on smartphones and tablets. Around 3 billion apps have been downloaded from Research in Motion’s App World, with an additional 20 billion via Google Play and a full 30 billion through Apple’s App Store.But this sector’s explosive growth has some questioning whether it might be ready to bust. In some ways, it’s already tearing at the seams.Last year, a photo-sharing app called Color raised more than $40 million from investors before users started downloading it. Yet in a cautionary note to both developers and venture capitalists eyeing this space, Color was overhauled after failing to entice a large enough following.While many app-development costs have been falling in recent years, few programs actually attract enough paid users to turn a profit. Nearly 60 percent of developers in a May survey from the marketing and strategy consultancy App Promo, said the income earned from their most successful apps was not enough to break even with its creation costs. More than three quarters also said their top app fell short of being financially successful enough to prop up a standalone venture.Related: Andrew Rasiej on the Next Big Wave in Tech — And How Young Treps Can Surf It”App developers aren’t typically very good at thinking commercially,” says David Ashford, an e-business consultant in the United Arab Emirates who used to work for an app-development fund. “App developers need to innovate and think about what people want to consume rather than what they want to develop,” he adds.So what’s a burgeoning app maker to do? Here are three secrets for extracting the highest profit potential from an increasingly crowded marketplace: 1. Get the right genre.Start by scanning for the most successful genres of apps. So-called freemium games, which rely on users to make in-app purchases, have dominated the charts on many app stores. At Apple, for instance, games comprised 25 out of the 30 top grossing apps last year, with many of those being of the freemium variety.center_img 3. Market till you make it.Not every app will succeed based solely on word-of-mouth recommendations or viral-marketing tactics. The top revenue earners in App Promo’s study, who earned at least $50,000 with their most successful app, spent the most effort on marketing. On average, 14 percent of their time was dedicated to promoting their app, backed by a marketing budget of nearly $30,000 on average. Register Now » Still, analysts warn that this sector can shift quickly. “No one market is dominant today so as long as there are ecosystems in competition with each other developers need to be prepared to support all the ecosystems in order to address the largest possible audience for their product,” says Stephen Baker, a tech analyst with the NPD Group. Keep in mind, however, that ad dollars only go so far. “App developers, just like any organization entering into a competitive, crowded marketplace, need to have the confidence that they are building a better mousetrap and that is why they will be successful,” says Baker. How have you dealt with the rising competition in the apps world? Let us know in the comments section below. While Google’s Android Market has high growth potential, just 1.3 percent of apps there are paid for, compared with 13.5 percent via Apple. Moreover, Google earns just 7 percent of the gross revenue of Apple’s app store, Munster’s study found. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Creative programs that take advantage of feature-rich mobiles, such as Hipstamatic’s use of a camera, have also ranked high on best-seller lists.last_img read more

Severe delays on M6 in Cheshire

first_imgThere are severe delays on the M6 Southbound in Cheshire following an accident involving two HGVs this morning. All three lanes have now reopened on the M6 Southbound before J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent) after being closed for several hours. A number of lorries broke down in the queue, causing ongoing delays into the afternoon. The accident happened just before the exit slip at J16 within the smart motorway works according to traffic data company INRIX – with congestion reaching back to junction 19 at one point. Police say there are no reported injuries following the accident – which took place shortly before 6am. All three lanes were blocked originally but lane three reopened at around 8am, with the other two lanes reopening later. Delays of around 90 minutes are still reported in the area. A North West Motorway Police spokesman said: “Patrol making to the scene of the RTC J17-16 M6SB is reporting standing traffic now back to Sandbach – We are still making our way on a grade 1 response to the area.” A Highways England spokesman said: “All lanes have now reopened on the M6southbound between J17 and J16 following the earlier collision involving HGVs. “Severe delays remain, and traffic may take some time to get moving. Thanks for your patience if you’re caught within the delays. “Please allow extra time for your journey and consider alternative routes should you be planning to travel in the area this morning.” Read MoreMet Office weather warning for ‘Beast from the East’ upgraded to Amber for parts of Staffordshire as snow forecast The approximate location of the accident (A) and extent of queues (1) as of 6.10am (Image: Inrix/Traffic) This accident is separate from the serious collision that has caused the M6 to be closed between Junction 14 and Junction 12 in Staffordshire – you can get live updates on that accident here. Live updates as we get them on the feed below.13:34Lanes reopened12:54Long delays continue on M6 in CheshireA Highways England spokesman said:There are currently long delays on the M6 southbound between J20A and J19 due to an incident involving a broken down HGV within J19. Recovery is currently on-going to remove the vehicle.Road users travelling in this direction are advised to allow extra journey time or to seek an alternative route.” 12:38Two lanes closed for recovery work on M6 in CheshireA Highways England spokesman said:2 lanes (of 3) closed currently for recovery to remove a broken down HGV on the #M6southbound within J19. There are long delays due to this with traffic congested as far back as J20A .”12:06Two broken down lorriesA Highways England said:There are long delays developing on the M6 southbound between J20A and J18 due to 2 seperate broken down HGVs between J19 and J18 currently. Recovery en route. Allow extra travel time if heading in this direction currently.”12:00Various issues on M6 in CheshireSevere delays, queueing traffic and partially blocked due to two broken down lorries and accident, two cars involved on M6 Southbound between J19 A556 (Knutsford) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel), congestion on M6 to J21 A57 / B5210 (Woolston). In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 1 hour and 30 minutes.At J19 there is a broken down lorry closing two lanes. after J19 at KnutsfordServices there is a second broken down lorry blocking a one. Further South of the breakdowns there is an accident which is also closing lane one within the smart motorway works.11:19Only one lane now closedOne lane closed, queueing traffic and severe delays due to accident, two cars involved on M6 Southbound between J19 A556 (Knutsford) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel), congestion on M6 to J21 A57 / B5210 (Woolston). In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 1 hour and 25 minutes.Lanes one (of three) remains closed. Traffic was held around 11:15 while traffic officers removed the one vehicle out of lane three. There a separate breakdown behind the accident in lane one. 11:17Stationary traffic due to accidentStationary traffic due to accident, two cars involved and all traffic being temporarily held on M6 Southbound between J19 A556 (Knutsford) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel), congestion on M6 to J21 A57 / B5210 (Woolston). In the roadworks area.Lanes one and three (of three) were blocked until around 11:15 when traffic was held to allow traffic officers to attend. There is also two separate breakdown behind the accident in lanes one and three. 11:04Reports of two car accident on M6 Southbound in Cheshire Two lanes blocked, queueing traffic and severe delays due to broken down car and accident, two cars involved on M6 Southbound between J19 A556 (Knutsford) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel), congestion to J20 M56 (Lymm Interchange). In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 1 hour and 15 minutes.Lanes one and three (of three) are blocked. An accident has also occurred further South of the breakdown within the smart motorway works. 10:39Broken down car blocking laneOne lane blocked and queueing traffic due to broken down car on M6 Southbound between J19 A556 (Knutsford) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area.Lane three (of three) is blocked. Breakdown has occurred within the residual delays of the earlier accident at J16 where the road was fully blocked for around 2 hours within the smart motorway works. 10:38Breakdowns continuing to cause delays In Cheshire A Highways England spokesman said:Following on from the earlier collision on the M6 Southboundbetween J17 and J16, it appears we have now have several live lane breakdowns in the area which are adding to the existing delays. We are working hard to get these clear and improve traffic flow.”10:15Full overview of M609:4795 minute delays reportedAlthough all the lanes are reopened severe delays remain – with traffic data company INRIX reporting 95 minute delays.09:35Traffic clearing but a number of vehicles have broken downA North West Motorway Police spokesman said:Traffic starting to clear M6SB between jct 18 and 16 numerous breakdowns in live lane in area, please drive with caution through area .”09:21LatestA North West Motorway Police spokesman said:M6SB jct 17-16 all lanes running now congestion will start to clear, all those who have been stuck in traffic thank you for your patience.” 09:01All lanes reopened – but delays remain Severe delays due to earlier accident, two lorries involved on M6 Southbound before J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent), congestion on M6 to J19 A556 (Knutsford). All lanes have been re-opened. Travel time is around 1 hour and 40 minutes. In the roadworks area.Lanes one and two (of three) were closed until 09:00 now recovery has been completed. Road was blocked until 08:00 when lane three was re-opened. Accident happened at around 06:00 near to the exit slip at J16 within the smart motorway works. 08:23Two lanes remain closed on M6A Highways England spokesman said:Traffic has now been released on the #M6southbound between J17 and J16. 2 lanes (of 3) remain closed at this time while recovery is ongoing at scene. Delays of well over an hour remain on approach, so consider alternative routes if possible. “08:18Latest from the sceneA North West Motorway Police spokesman said:2nd recovery on scene for last of the HGV’s at jct 16, M6SB, have a Lane 3 running past the scene, heavy congestion still in area.” 08:04One lane reopens after accident in Cheshire Severe delays, two lanes closed and stop-start traffic due to recovery work and accident, two lorries involved on M6 Southbound before J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent), congestion on M6 to J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area. Travel time is around 1 hour and 30 minutes.Lanes one and two (of three) remain closed. Lane three re-opened at around 08:00. Recovery arrived on scene around 07:10. The Accident happened at around 06:00 just before the exit slip at J16 within the smart motorway works. 07:43Latest from Highways EnglandA Highways England spokesman said:The M6 remains BLOCKED southbound between J17 and J16 due to a collision involving 3 HGVs, one of which is on its side. We now have recovery on scene and are hoping to clear vehicles. There are delays of over an hour on approach. Please avoid the area. “07:36Heavy traffic on A500 Queueing traffic and traffic heavier than normal on A500 in both directions at M6 J16 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent), congestion to A531 Newcastle Road / B5472 Old Park Road and to Alsager Road (Audley Turn Off).Not helped due to the problems on the M6.07:31Latest from the sceneA North West Motorway Police spokesman said:Quick update on RTC M6SB jct17-16, one recovery on scene, looking to remove one of the HGV’s to open up a lane or 2 – congestion back to jct 18 .”07:23Queuing traffic in Arclid GreenQueueing traffic and traffic heavier than normal on A50 Newcastle Road Southbound at A534 Spark Lane (Arclid Traffic Lights), congestion to A5022.Due to traffic diverting around the problems on the M6.07:00Latest from Highways EnglandA Highways England spokesman said:“The M6 southbound between J17 and J16 is currently BLOCKED due to a collision inv: 2 vehicles. A HGV is currently blocking all 3 lanes. Police on scene.”06:55Heavy traffic on M6 Northbound in CheshireHeavy traffic due to people slowing to look at accident on the opposite side on M6 Northbound after J16 A500 (Crewe / Stoke-On-Trent).06:45Tailbacks back to junction 18There are now tailbacks back to Junction 18.06:42Further delays on surrounding roads due to problems on M6 in CheshireQueueing traffic and traffic heavier than normal on A534 Congleton Road Eastbound at A50 Newcastle Road (Arclid Traffic Lights).Due to traffic diverting around the problems on the M6. 06:39Cheshire Police asking motorists to avoid areaA Cheshire Police spokesman said:Serious accident on SB carriageway of M6 – tailbacks are from j14 – tailing back to J17 Sandbach – please avoid if possible.” 06:38Traffic avoiding area causing congestion elsewhereSlow traffic and traffic heavier than normal on A50 Knutsford Road Southbound at A5011 Linley Lane, congestion to A533 Sandbach Road.Due to traffic diverting around the problems on the M6.06:34HGVs blocking carriagewayA North West Motorway Police spokesman said:The RTC at J17-16 M6SB – We are now on scene. 1 HGV is blocking lane 1 & 2.. the 2nd HGV involved is blocking lane 2 and 3. We are trying to organise recovery with Highways England to get the vehicles moved & you moving as soon as we can. “06:26Still closedThe carriageway remains closedlast_img read more

September 4 2009 Welcome to the August 30 200

first_imgSeptember 4, 2009 Welcome to the August 30. 2009 workshop participants: [back from left]: Tommaso Osti and Naree Kim (seminar week). [front from left]: Andrew Chisholm, Amanda Carson and Morgan Jacobs (internship in landscaping). [photo: sa & text: Anna Tran]last_img

The Berlusconi family has moved to shore up its de

first_imgThe Berlusconi family has moved to shore up its defences against Vivendi as Mediaset prepares to present its three-year business plan to international investors in mid-January. Vivendi revealed just before Christmas that it had now upped its stake in the Italian broadcaster to 28.8%, with control of 29.94% of the voting rights, following a series of moves that saw it take control of Mediaset shares over the previous two weeks.Vivendi’s stake is now just short of the 30% threshold that would force it to make a mandatory public offer for the rest of the company’s shares.Mediaset is expected to clarify its strategy for pay, free and OTT TV at the January meeting, which has been delayed a number of times as a consequence of the battle with Vivendi, following the French company’s decision not to go ahead with last April’s deal to take control of the Italian broadcaster’s loss-making pay TV arm. Investors are also likely to look for clarification on whether the war with Vivendi will continue or whether Mediaset will seek a compromise deal.The Berlusconi family has sought to shore up support from allies as well as boosting Finvinvest’s stake to 39.7%, just short of the threshold that would require it to launch a takeover bid.With trading on the Italian stock market reopening today after the New Year break, observers are focusing attention on Vivendi’s aims as well as Mediaset’s defensive strategy.The French media group’s moves ahead of Christmas prompted analysts at Berenberg to downgrade Mediaset to ‘hold’ after the Italian group’s shares spiked.Berenberg said that the group’s valuation reflected “the situation with Vivendi, rather than the fundamentals” and raised its price target to €4.20, based on the assumption that either Mediaset Premium would be sold to Vivendi or that a deal with “the same financial outcome” would emerge.Vivendi is thought unlikely to make an offer for the whole of Mediaset at this time as its prospects of squeezing out Fininvest are poor. Berenberg said that the acquisition of the 28.8% stake would nevertheless “put a floor under [Mediaset’s] shares for the near to medium term”.Berenberg speculated that Vivendi may still “conclude a transaction as originally envisaged”, which it said would “clear the air to some extent, and demonstrate Vivendi’s goodwill towards Mediaset” as well as supporting the Italian group’s share price and removing the risk of damages of up to €2 billion being imposed on it by the Italian courts.Italy’s competition regulator has meanwhile hinted that an alliance between Vivendi and Mediaset could raise competition issues, particularly if it involves Telecom Italia, in which Vivendi is the largest shareholder. In a report on the Italian audiovisual sector, ACGOM said that integration of a major TV company and the dominant telecom operator, built around converged offerings, could pose competition risks.ACGOM had earlier said it intended to investigate whether Vivendi’s moves breached cross-ownership rules.last_img read more

In This Issue… Euro reverses slide in short squ

first_imgIn This Issue… * Euro reverses slide in short squeeze… * Merkel & Sarkozy meet again… * 200,000 jobs created in December * Chinese renminbi slides… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Another Eurozone “Meeting of the Minds”… Good day… And a Marvelous Monday to you! The first weekend of the NFL playoffs was interesting, with a couple of teams winning that weren’t expected to do so. I think, because I did play football as a youngster, that the league has gone too far the opposite direction, and defensive players no longer know what’s a legal hit and what isn’t, which allows more offense in the game, which casual football fans love… but that’s just me… being me… OK… The Jobs Jamboree on Friday proved to be a real boost for the economy and the dollar, which rallied on a “strong jobs number” for the first time in a month of Sundays. I highlight “strong jobs number” because, this is what this has come to… 200,000 jobs were created, so says the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in December, which is the strongest number of jobs created in another month of Sundays… The jobs reports have been so weak for so long now, that the media, and markets are all lathered up and calling this a “strong jobs number”… It’s stronger than previous ones, yes… The Unemployment rate dropped to 8.5%, the lowest it has been since February 2009, and marks 6 consecutive months of at least 100,000 jobs the first time that has happened since April 2006! OK… is it just me, being me that I smell a rat? Here we are in an election year, and suddenly the BLS says jobs are being created, when the weekly job cuts remain near 400,000 each and every week… 1.6 million jobs were created last year (per the BLS), so at least we’re heading in the right direction, eh? Whether the jobs are there are not. Whether they are full-time, or not. Whether they are min. wage or not. All these things don’t matter right now… the BLS has created a perception that the jobs market is rebounding… and, you are what you are perceived to be, right? Well… like I said the dollar responded favorably to the jobs report, which could be an indication that maybe, just maybe, cause we never know, fundamentals are returning to the markets… Because the dollar should rally when the jobs report is stronger than previous reports. The euro, being the offset to the dollar, was therefore weaker… The single unit is attempting to mount a rally this morning, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President, Sarkozy, are meeting, as I write, to discuss measures to rescue the euro over the next three months. Hmmm… They might want to get European Central Bank President, (ECB) Draghi, in a room, under a bright light, and attempt to get him to say “uncle” with regards to rate cuts! Because, he has cut rates at his first two meetings, and looks dead set on cutting them more! I wrote about this last week, that given rates in the Eurozone are going lower… I say that, because of Draghi… He’s no Trichet, or Duisenberg… He’s more of a Bernanke & Greenspan. So, you can expect to see Eurozone rate dropping below 1% for the first time this year… It’s sad, I know… But I can tell you that Draghi and his fellow-Euroheads, don’t care about the ECB’s credibility… And they don’t believe it will be damaged, as the markets will see the rate cuts as needed to help the Eurozone economy that appears to be heading to recession. Now… When I was a foreign bond trader, I would have looked at this and thought to myself… “this looks like a great time to be long bonds in a country that was getting ready to cut rates by at least 50 Basis Points (1/2%)”… But back then we would be talking about rates dropping from 5% to 4.5%… With rates starting from such a low point, I’m not sure there’s much to get excited about… Speaking of the ECB… the will meet this Thursday, but after all my talking about Draghi cutting rates, I don’t think he’ll cut rates at this meeting, after having cut rates at his first two meetings… To be fair and equal to different ideas… Last week I told you about 3 different analysts that called for the price of Gold to be much stronger in 2012 and beyond… So, to give you the “two-way market”, my friend, and write extraordinaire, Bill Bonner, is calling for the price of Gold to be flat in 2012… Let me explain Bill’s thoughts… He believes that the markets are going to be circling the bowl again in 2012. Bill said, “what we learned in 2011 was that when a Great Correction pinches, the dollar is the salve of choice – not Gold. When investors fear losses they turn to the dollar for protection. They will continue to do so a while longer. We’ll probably see a further correction in the Gold price… perhaps down to $1,200. Or perhaps it will stop at $1,400.” OK… so, now you have two sides to the story, and you can make your decision, balancing the two thoughts on Gold. Me? I’m not selling… And I’ll be happy to buy Gold at cheaper prices! I’ve been pretty tough on the Indian Gov’t and Central Bank, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), and their inability to recognize inflation and act accordingly. This resulted in economic stagnation, and with high inflation, it appeared the economy would take a deep dive into recession… This is the reason the Indian rupee has been one of the worst performing currencies around in the past year. But… I read a good story in the Economist that talks about how the Indian economic miracle is not over… Well, I was all eye and ears for this, since I had written India off… Indian economic growth is thought to grow at 7% this year, and will pick up from there… The savings rate continues to rise, which allows more investment, and that should be enough to keep the capital expenditure above 30% of GDP, which is quite good… Does this mean the rupee will rebound? I think there are a lot of variables here… The Eurozone… The U.S. and China… If all’s well in those three corners of the world, the rupee should be able to mount a rally. Speaking of China… The Chinese renminbi has been sliding weaker in the past week, which is something we don’t see a lot of, but it is happening, right here, right now… I think the Chinese Gov’t is very fearful of a slowdown from the Eurozone, and a no-pick up of demand from the U.S. which would be a shot to both sides of the Chinese bow… So, the Chinese Gov’t is lowing interest rates, increasing money supply, and allowing the renminbi to get weaker, in hopes of all these things helping to offset the problems in the Eurozone and U.S. How much weaker will they allow it get? Good question, Chuck, man you do come up with some good questions, every now and then, how do you do it? Well… I get lucky! HA! Seriously though… that is a good question, and one to not take so lightly, Chuck! Well, I can’t put a number or percentage on it, but it could be significant, and then… it might just be a tempest in a teacup… I’m thinking, that it might be the latter of the two… OK… back to the euro for a minute… the single unit fell to 1.2666 overnight, but it is being reported that the market got too short the euro, and a “short squeeze” was on, thus allowing the euro to rebound to 1.2750, which is where it is right now… Elsewhere… Australian Retail Sales for November were flat, which was a disappointing result, and pushed the Aussie dollar (A$) weaker this morning. Canadian Consumer Confidence rose in the 4th QTR (the index rose to 107.4 from 105.1 the previous quarter) I keep reporting strong data from Canada, and the Bank of Canada (BOC) continues to sit on its hands… Maybe the stronger than expected U.S. jobs report will give the BOC reason to get off their hands… But probably not… Then there was this… Well, the BLS doesn’t give us a breakdown of the jobs created, so there are private companies that do that… And reported one such company. ITG Investment Research … their chief economist, Steve Blitz, said, “The good news is that employment is up. The bad news is that the higher paying jobs have yet to return.” Blitz pointed out that the average hourly earnings were unchanged, and that 20% of the increase in private payrolls was for messengers and couriers. Net hires at restaurants and retailers (Christmas ) and the aforementioned messengers made up 44% of the jobs added in December. Chuck again… Yes, this is exactly what I thought would be the case… As I’ve always told you, and long time readers will have grown tired hearing this… The Jobs Jamboree is just a number… to get the real story… look to the Average hourly earnings and the Average Work week hours… I thought on Friday that something didn’t look right, and there it was right there… 200,000 jobs created, according to the BLS, and no change in the average hourly earnings? Tells you a lot! To recap… sorry, forgot the recap on Friday… The recap today, is that the Jobs Jamboree printed stronger than expected at 200,000, jobs created in December, and the dollar rallied on the data! This was the first time the dollar had rallied on a stronger jobs report in some time, and could indicate that we are returning to assets trading on fundamentals! The Chinese renminbi has taken a ride on the slippery slope of weakness this past week… One has to wonder if the Chinese are willing to absorb the critics of a weaker renminbi… The ECB meets this week, and while rates are going to go lower in the Eurozone in 2012, they won’t at this meeting, or so Chuck thinks… Currencies today 1/9/12… American Style A$ $1.0230, kiwi .7860, C$ .9725, euro 1.2770, sterling 1.5450, Swiss $1.0510, … European Style: rand 8.1415, krone 6.00, SEK 6.9215, forint 245.55, zloty 3.5105, koruna 20.2350, RUB 31.89, yen 76.75, sing 1.2950, HKD 7.7650, INR 52.51, China 6.3144, pesos 13.71, BRL 1.85, Dollar Index 81.09, Oil $101.21, 10-year 1.97%, Silver $28.95, and Gold… $1,620.65… That’s it for today… It will be a short week for yours truly, as I head out of town on Thursday, and return next week. I’ll miss my oldest son, Andrew’s birthday on Thursday, so Happy Birthday, son… Andrew’s lovely bride, Rachel had a surprise birthday party for Andrew Saturday night… I can’t believe he’s 30! Where did the years go? It seems like a year or two ago, that I dropped him off at the University of Missouri! Youngest son, Alex, went 2 & 2 in his wrestling tournament this past weekend. I just saw a story title go across the screen that said, “Sales of Super Yachts Increase”… Hmmm… yes my order for one hasn’t come in yet! HA! I hope you have a Marvelous Monday and a Wonderful Week… Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 read more

Radiation therapy can lower risk of breast cancer recurrence in patients with

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 30 2018A subset of patients with low-risk breast cancer is highly unlikely to see cancer return following breast conservation surgery but can lower that risk even further with radiation therapy, finds a new long-term clinical trial report. These 12-year follow-up data from the only prospective, randomized trial to compare recurrence outcomes after treatment for low-risk ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) were presented last week at the 60th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO).In this long-term update, patients with “good risk” DCIS — defined by the research team as cancer found only on mammogram or incidentally during a breast biopsy for another reason — continued to experience extremely low recurrence 12 years after breast conservation surgery. Those who underwent whole breast radiation therapy (WBRT) and those who also opted to take tamoxifen experienced the lowest recurrence rates, but even those who received no further treatment following surgery did not experience any life-threatening consequences.”I think the most surprising thing was that the recurrence rate in patients randomized to receive radiation therapy was so low. Radiation reduced recurrence by more than 70 percent, and this was a much more profound impact than we expected,” said Beryl McCormick, MD, FASTRO, lead investigator of the NRG Oncology/RTOG multi-center trial, Chief of the External Beam Radiotherapy Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and a professor of radiation oncology at Cornell University in New York.Since none of the tumors that recurred in either group appeared to pose a life-threatening risk, however, Dr. McCormick said it was reasonable for patients to determine, in consultation with their physician, whether continued treatment following surgery was something they wanted to do.”Not all DCIS is the same,” said Dr. McCormick. “This type of cancer will not impact life expectancy. We found that radiation does significantly reduce the risk for recurrence, but you are starting with an extremely low recurrence rate even without radiation. Therefore, there should be a meaningful discussion between patient and doctor about whether additional treatment is something the patient wishes to pursue.”DCIS is a cancer of the cells that line the milk ducts of the breast. It accounts for roughly one-fourth of all new breast cancers for an estimated 60,000 cases diagnosed in the United States each year. The currentEligible tumors were 2.5 centimeters (cm) or smaller, with margins of three millimeters or less, and of low or intermediate nuclear grade. From 1999 to 2006, 636 patients were randomly assigned to receive WBRT with standard doses or to an observation arm. The use of tamoxifen for five years was optional. Initial results, including seven years of follow-up, were reported in 2013 andRelated StoriesUsing artificial intelligence to personalize the dose of radiation therapy for cancer patientsImmune system could be blamed for ineffectiveness of high-dose radiation against lung cancerRadiation associated with increased risk of adverse cardiac events in lung cancer patientsThe new analyses include long-term follow-up data for 629 patients whose median age was 58 years, including 76 percent post-menopausal women. Mean pathological tumor size was 0.60 centimeters (61 percent 0.5 cm or smaller, 65 percent with a margin width of 1.0 cm or larger or a completely negative re-excision specimen). The highest nuclear tumor grade was 1, found in 44 percent of patients; grade-2 tumors were diagnosed in the remaining 56 percent. Tamoxifen was used by 58 percent of patients on the WBRT arm and 65 percent of those on the observation arm (p=0.05).Median follow-up time was 12.4 years. After 12 years, the cumulative incidence of local recurrence was 2.8 percent (95% CI 1.1, 5.6) for those in the WBRT arm and 11.4 percent (7.7, 15.8) for those in the observation arm (hazard ratio (HR) 0.26, 95% CI 0.13, 0.54; p=0.0001). The 12-year cumulative incidence of invasive local recurrence was 1.5 percent (95% CI 0.4, 4.0) for those in the WBRT arm and 5.8 percent (3.2, 9.5) for those who did not receive radiation (HR 0.34, 95% CI 0.14, 0.85; p=0.016).In multivariate analysis, only those who received both WBRT (HR 0.25, 95% CI 0.12, 0.53; p=0.0003) and tamoxifen (HR 0.50, 95% CI 0.27, 0.91; p=0.024) experienced reduced local recurrence. Neither age nor pathological tumor size were significant for predicting local recurrence or invasive local recurrence. There were no significant differences between treatment arms for overall survival, disease-free survival or mastectomy use.During the additional five years following surgery, noted Dr. McCormick, “there was a slight creeping up of local recurrence rate.” For those who received WBRT, the rate increased by just under 1 percent, bringing it to nearly 3 percent post-surgery. For those who did not receive radiation, the recurrence rate increased by one percentage point each additional year of follow-up, climbing from just under 7 percent to just under 12 percent after 12 years.These results “should inform a meaningful patient-physician discussion that includes risks, benefits and the patient’s own degree of comfort,” Dr. McCormick concluded.”All of us have a different definition of what is an acceptable risk,” she said. “Some patients with DCIS will still want radiation therapy. But for others, the risk is so low they may opt not to treat, and that should be considered a viable option.”Source: read more

GM to close Canadian factory putting 3000 jobs at risk report

first_imgGM has announced plans to reduce its workforce across North America to save money through voluntary redundancies The decision is linked to the American automaker’s plans for a comprehensive global restructuring, the channel reported Sunday, citing multiple anonymous sources.The plant in Oshawa, about 60 kilometers (40 miles) northeast of Toronto, was built in 1953, according to the manufacturer’s website.It currently employs approximately 2,800 people and assembles Chevrolet and GMC pickups as well as Chevrolet Impala and Cadillac XTS sedans.”I’m hoping it’s just a rumor,” Oshawa Mayor John Henry said. “Until we hear something, we don’t know.”GM has three other sites in the province of Ontario. It is unclear whether they will also be affected.Last month, the company announced plans to reduce its workforce across North America to save money through voluntary redundancies, and did not rule out the possibility of layoffs.The plans stand to affect 50,000 employees across the US, Canada and Mexico. About 18,000 of them, or 36 percent of the workforce, are eligible for voluntary redundancy.GM’s earnings for the quarter ending September 30 were $2.5 billion, eclipsing expectations in the latest quarter, despite the impact of tariffs and slipping sales volume. 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. GM reports strong profits, lifting shares © 2018 AFPcenter_img General Motors is expected to announce on Monday the closure of a factory in the Canadian city of Oshawa, putting almost 3,000 jobs at risk, Canadian channel CTV reported. Citation: GM to close Canadian factory, putting 3000 jobs at risk: report (2018, November 26) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Explore furtherlast_img read more

Wirecard deal with AUTO1 first fruit of SoftBank alliance

first_imgFILE PHOTO: The headquarters of Wirecard AG, an independent provider of outsourcing and white label solutions for electronic payment transactions is seen in Aschheim near Munich, Germany April 25, 2019. REUTERS/Michael DalderFRANKFURT (Reuters) – German payments company Wirecard AG said on Thursday it was teaming up with car-dealing platform AUTO1 Group to offer digital financial services to consumers, in its first alliance with a company backed by Japan’s SoftBank Group. Wirecard struck an alliance in April with SoftBank, whose Vision Fund is behind ride-hailing companies such as Uber, Didi Chuxing, Grab and Ola. As part of the pact, SoftBank is also buying $1 billion in convertible bonds from Wirecard. The investment by the world’s biggest private technology company marked a vote of confidence after Wirecard faced allegations of fraud in a series of investigative reports by the Financial Times. AUTO1, the Berlin-based car trading platform, will offer individual financial services via Wirecard’s boon smartphone payments and banking app, the companies said in a joint statement. Wirecard has told shareholders it sees profit potential of between 209 million euros and 273 million euros (188.9 – 246.7 million pounds) from its SoftBank alliance over five years. The Japanese conglomerate had invested $460 million in AUTO1 last year. Reporting by Douglas Busvine, Editing by Sherry Jacob-PhillipsOur Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.last_img read more

Barry Becomes a Hurricane Barrels Toward Louisiana Coast

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Priyanka compares Modi with Duryodhana says BJP is arrogantPriyanka compares Modi with

first_imgCongress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra   –  PTI Urges PM to fight polls on real issues Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra compared Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Mahabharata character Duryodhana and said arrogance is one thing that is common to both. What has irked her is Modi’s statements against her father and former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi at some election rallies recently.Addressing a rally in Haryana, the AICC General Secretary urged Modi to fight the election on issues such as development and asked him to stop diverting people’s attention from real issues. “This country has never forgiven ego and arrogance. History is witness to this, the Mahabharata is witness to this,” she said in Ambala. “Duryodhana also had such arrogance. When Lord Krishna went to make him understand, he tried to take him captive,” the Congress’ star campaigner added.Citing the Congress manifesto, she said the Congress will ensure that more than two million vacancies in the government will be filled in a time-bound manner. “This election is about achievements of the BJP-led Central government. But to hide their failures, they try to divert the attention of people of the country,” she said.“I challenge the Prime Minister to fight the election on issues. Is he ready to fight the election on development? Will he fight the polls on people’s issues, farmers’ necessities, and employment for youth, issues and problems of women? Will he state anything before the people about what he did in the last five years and what he will do if he comes back to power? People understand you well,” she said.She said when BJP leaders campaign, they do not talk about issues. “They raise other issues. Sometimes they say the elephant was sleeping for 70 years, sometimes they seek votes in the name of martyrs, and at other times they insult those from my family who sacrificed their lives,” she added. Lok Sabha May 07, 2019 Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT national elections SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

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