‘PARTY HEADQUARTERS FOR THE NTL’

first_imgFlying outside the Greenhouse Tavern is a giant sign; `Australian Touch, Party Headquarters’, is what it reads. The Greenhouse Tavern is one of Coffs Harbour’s major sponsors for the NTL’s, being held in Coffs Harbour until Sunday the 21st. The Greenhouse has been supporting the NTL tournament since it first began at Coffs Harbour in 1997. For owner Tony Haslam and his staff, the support is not just financial but the provision of a well-run, safe, convenient and quality venue for the tournament. This includes the parties, functions, dinners for referees and officials and general facilities for the participants to use. “The very first function we held for touch was pretty disappointing, only about 30 or 40 people showed up”, he says. “But at the second function that year, we were absolutely inundated with about 500 people, since then it’s been great every year.” With recent exploits of sporting teams well publicised in our local and national media, Tony is quick to praise the behaviour of the touch players visiting Coffs Harbour. “The touch people have always been great, they’ve never given us any problems”, he says. “If they had brought us grief in any way, we would not have continued our support of them.” The site for the next three NTL’s is currently being considered, with Coffs Harbour one of five applicants to host the tournament. Tony admits that losing the NTL tournament would be very disappointing for the Coffs Community. “Not only would we be losing a great sporting event, but we would also lose a big two weeks of business”, he says. “It’s not just us, but also our suppliers and companies that provide us with stock, as well as the resorts, motels, local shops and restaurants.” Tony believes it is important for local businesses to support sporting events that visit Coffs Harbour, so when other events consider Coffs as a venue, they know they will be well received and local business will continue to grow. “We want to be seen as pro-active in looking after sporting events, so when new ones come we will be approached to also support them”, he says. The NTL tournament is in its second phase, with the Open and 20 years divisions already completed. The Senior divisions are well underway and will conclude with the play-offs and grand finals on Sunday 21st at Coffs Harbour International Sports Stadium. With grand finals to be contested in eight divisions, they begin at 11:00am and conclude at 6:00pm on Sunday. Rachel Moylelast_img
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3 hours agoGenk striker Samatta: Facing Liverpool a dream come true

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Genk striker Samatta: Facing Liverpool a dream come trueby Paul Vegas3 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveRacingGenk striker Mbwana Ally Samatta admits facing Liverpool was a “dream come true”.Liverpool were comfortable 4-1 winners for Wednesday night’s Champions League encounter.And Tanzania international Samatta said: “As a child I was not a fan of Liverpool, but of the arch rival: Manchester United. “I’m not going to say that I get goose bumps, but it’s so special. “A game like this and to be allowed to play is like a dream, the dream of every boy watching football on television.” last_img read more

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SLĀV DIRECTOR ROBERT LEPAGE CALLS SHOWS CANCELLATION A BLOW TO ARTISTIC FREEDOM

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment After criticism led to its cancellation, SLĀV’s famed director Robert Lepage says the scrapping of the Montreal International Jazz Festival show is a “direct blow to artistic freedom.”The show, performed by lead singer Betty Bonifassi, is described as “a theatrical odyssey based on slave songs,” but critics are calling it cultural appropriation.In a statement released Friday on the Facebook page for Ex Machina, Lepage’s production company, the director said that if it were up to him, the show would still be running. Login/Register With: Facebook Advertisement Advertisement In many of his other shows that addressed injustices involving “specific cultural groups,” Lepage says he was never accused of cultural appropriation or racism. (Christian Côté/Radio-Canada) Twitter Advertisementlast_img read more

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ICBC launches telematics pilot for new drivers

first_imgVANCOUVER, B.C. – ICBC is launching into telematics research with a new pilot, this time inviting as many as 7,000 drivers with less than five years of experience to see how telematics technology can improve their driving and make B.C. roads safer.ICBC says its rates are under considerable pressure in part from a significant increase in crashes.According to the Provincial Insurance Company, new drivers are 5.6 times more at risk of getting into a crash and for that crash to be severe than those with 20 years of driving experience. “Starting September 2019, inexperienced drivers will be paying more to better reflect this risk as part of the recent changes to rate fairness. This pilot is an opportunity to assess if telematics can measurably improve driver behaviour and help offset that impact in the future by decreasing the demographic’s risk of being in a crash.”ICBC says results from the first telematics pilot earlier this year that focused on the technology’s usability found that over 40 percent of participants saw improvements in their driving by using the technology, and nearly three-quarters recommended that ICBC explore its use further, particularly for inexperienced drivers.In early 2019, ICBC will confirm a vendor that will provide the technology for the pilot through a Negotiated Request for Proposal process, and participant sign-up will begin in the spring. The pilot will launch in the summer with incentives for drivers while collecting driver feedback and driving behaviour data for one year.ICBC is looking for participants in the Novice Stage of the Graduated Licensing Program or with less than five years of experience as a fully licensed driver from across B.C.If you are interested in participating in this pilot program, you can visit icbc.com/driverpilotlast_img read more

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Cross Canada corridor concept getting dusted off ahead of election

first_img“Those regulations are definitely there for a reason, but we were trying to come up with a better model,” he said.Dedicated infrastructure corridors have had success in other jurisdictions, including Europe and Australia, Fellows said.Pipelines are very good at generating economic benefits at both ends of the line, and not so much in the middle _ but roads, rail, electricity and telecom can help people all along the route, Fellows said.“You might not make everyone 100-per-cent happy, but the goal is to try to make everyone a little bit happier than they are now,” said Fellows, who co-wrote the paper with Andrei Sulzenko. OTTAWA, O.N. – The notion of a pan-Canadian corridor dedicated to rail, power lines and pipelines has been around for at least half a century but it looks like it’s about to get a big publicity boost.Last week, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer used a major pre-election policy speech to dust off a similar idea. Scheer promised, if he wins October’s election, that he would to work towards establishing a cross-country “energy corridor.”He said planning for the route would be done up front, in consultation with provinces and Indigenous communities. A right-of-way would make it easier to lower environmental assessment costs, improve certainty for investors and increase the chances more projects will be built, Scheer said. Interest in a coast-to-coast corridor has picked up in recent years. Energy infrastructure proposals have failed to secure approval due to tough regulatory processes and community concerns over environmental impacts.For instance, the shortage of pipeline capacity out of oil-rich Alberta has created a bottleneck that’s harmed both the provincial and national economies. Sellers have had to sell at deep discounts because there simply isn’t the transportation capacity to get oil to willing buyers.In the last few years, a few academics and senators have recommended the federal government give the corridor concept a serious look, even though making it happen would be a big, multi-jurisdictional undertaking.Scheer’s pitch appears to have drawn inspiration from a 2016 University of Calgary paper that offered possible solutions through a northern corridor for transportation and infrastructure.G. Kent Fellows, who co-authored the report, said the right-of-way could be used for roads, rail, pipelines, electricity transmission lines and telecommunications. The study’s proposed 7,000-kilometre corridor would also serve communities well north of the existing east-west routes that run closer to the U.S. border. In concept, a main line and offshoots would connect ports in northern British Columbia and the Northwest Territories to Churchill, Man., eastern Quebec and Labrador.The hurdles of consultations and regulatory oversight for new projects are significant, Fellows said.center_img The creation of a corridor could take decades, or even half a century, and a “back of the envelope” calculation estimates it could cost something like $100 billion, Fellows said.The study caught the attention of a Senate committee, which took a closer look at the concept in 2016 and 2017.In a 2017 report of its own, the committee called the corridor idea a “visionary, future-oriented infrastructure initiative” that would create significant economic opportunities for Canada and help develop northern regions.“Because an initiative of this scale and scope would likely take decades to complete, the federal government _ on a priority basis _ should ensure that a feasibility study on the proposed northern corridor is undertaken,” said the committee report.Senators recommended the government dedicate up to $5 million to the University of Calgary to support further research into the corridor.The committee report noted how a 1971 report by Richard Rohmer _ an air-force veteran of D-Day who became a prominent land-use lawyer with the ear of governor general Roland Michener _ proposed the development of a “mid-Canada” corridor, recommending federal, provincial and territorial governments make it an urgent priority. Rohmer imagined a massive transportation network for goods and people could turn communities such as Flin Flon, Whitehorse and High Level into major new urban centres.The report was presented then-prime minister Pierre Trudeau but the committee said his government never moved forward on the idea.Christopher Ragan, a McGill University professor, said he recalls the University of Calgary corridor study and he thinks it’s “quite a striking idea” that makes a lot of sense.Ragan, who served on federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau’s economic advisory panel, said he’s glad Scheer has taken up the concept of a corridor and bringing it to the public’s attention as a serious idea.On climate change, Ragan said the country will want to find ways to get through tough approval processes to run more east-west energy grids. For example, he said clean electricity could move from British Columbia, Quebec and Manitoba into Alberta, Saskatchewan and parts of Ontario to help displace fossil-fuel generation.Ragan is also head of the Ecofiscal Commission, a group of academics focused on economic and environmental solutions.“I don’t frankly care whether it’s an old idea or a new idea _ but it is a new idea in terms of a real-world, policy practical discussion … It’s good that you actually have politicians starting to talk about this.”last_img read more

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Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge RCMP looking to locate man wanted on outstanding

first_imgLindstrom is being described as:Indigenous male6′ / 194 lbs.Brown hairBrown eyesAthletic BuildFair ComplexionIf seen, the RCMP advise that Linstrom should not be confronted and that you should call 9-1-1 immediately.If you have any information regarding Lindstrom’s whereabouts, you are being asked to call Chetwynd RCMP at 250-788-9221 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS. CHETWYND, B.C. – Chetwynd and Tumbler Ridge RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in locating a man wanted on multiple outstanding arrest warrants.According to RCMP, 24-year-old Devon Lindstrom has warrants issued against him for assault causing bodily harm, numerous firearms-related offences, prohibited driving and breach of an undertaking.Police say Lindstrom is also wanted in Alberta for theft and failure to attend court.last_img read more

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Federer back to third after Zverevs Munich knockout

first_imgParis: Former world number one Roger Federer has returned to third in the ATP rankings released Monday, replacing Alexander Zverev after the reigning champion was knocked out of the Munich Open at the quarter-finals stage. Federer, who has won a record 20 Grand Slams, is making his return to clay at the Madrid Open this week after three years’ absence. Elsewhere Stefanos Tsitsipas takes ninth spot from American John Isner following the Greek’s victory at the Estoril Open. Novak Djokovic remains first ahead of Rafael Nadal to mark the Serb’s 250th week as world number one, a record only bettered on four occasions in the past.last_img read more

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Tottenham reportedly set sights on Porto captain

first_imgThe Portuguese news outlet A Bola have reported that Tottenham Hotspur plot a January swoop for Porto captain Hector Herrera, whose market value stands at around €8 million.According to the same source, the Spurs would like to beat the competition from Barcelona, Inter Milan, Roma, and Arsenal, and grab the 28-year-old midfielder as early as next winter.With Mousa Dembele’s contract set to expire at the end of the ongoing season, and with Victor Wanyama and Moussa Sissoko’s struggle to live up to expectations, Mauricio Pochettino is forced to rush into the market to keep his side competitive on multiple fronts.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Meanwhile, Herrera’s contract is also about to run down in less than a year, and in case Azuis e brancos opt to refuse eventual offers in January, he might leave Estadio do Dragao without a compensation fee next summer.Already established as one of the most solid midfielders in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, the former Pachuca man is known for his pinpoint passing and vision, which is the main reason Pochettino would like to see him in the Premier League.However, considering the fierce competition and Porto’s stubbornness when it comes to negotiations, the north London outfit will have to put maximum effort to close the deal.last_img read more

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Alderweireld Spurs must bounce back immediately

first_imgTottenham defender Toby Alderweireld aims to return to winning ways at Cardiff City on New Year’s DayMauricio Pochettino’s side saw their five-match winning run come to an end with a shock 3-1 home defeat to Wolves on Saturday.However, Spurs have bounced back superbly from losses this season and Alderweireld is hoping they will prove that again at Cardiff.“We have to stick together,” Alderweireld told the club website.“Of course, everyone is very disappointed to get this result (against Wolves) but we have to bounce back on Tuesday and show what kind of team we are.”In the game at Wembley, Harry Kane’s first-half strike gave Spurs the lead heading into the break.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.But goals from Willy Boly, Raul Jimenez and Helder Costa in the space of 15 minutes in the second-half handed Wolves the win.“I thought we had a good first half, second half we couldn’t get the energy from the last games, we defended, defended and then a goal against… it was difficult,” added Alderweireld.“The desire was there, sometimes it’s just the energy. Normally we’re on top of it and we’re better than the opponent but we couldn’t create a lot chances (in the second half).“Defensively they stood okay and we couldn’t get through. The second half was difficult.”Saturday’s defeat in London was also Alderweireld’s 100th league match for Spurs.last_img read more

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Inapt names as hajj pilgrims medical attendants

first_imgHajj PilgrimsThe religious affairs ministry has appointed as medical attendants of Bangladeshi hajj pilgrims, quite a number of persons who, officials concerned apprehend, are unlikely to serve the sick devotees in Makkah and Medina.In the team of 171 attendants, religious affairs minister Matior Rahman has included from his constituency, Mymensingh, as many as 35 persons who are not even remotely connected to this service.The minister himself said to Prothom Alo, “Whoever applied from Mymensingh to join the team, we are bringing them.”“Some others are being taken as requests in this regard came from different departments. Many are known [to us],” he said about inclusion of drivers in the team of attendants.Conspicuously, members of the team range from class-I and class-II officers to agriculturists and pharmacists, and from drivers to carpenters.According to terms of service, the attendants will be required to assist the pilgrims as and when required, clean garbage and help them accomplish daily chores. “But most of these people will in no way do it,” said an official of the ministry seeking anonymity.The team includes 25 drivers of members of the cabinet, and from different ministries, and government offices. There are security guards, sweepers, personal assistants, office assistants, pump operators and typists.Class-I and class-II officials who are named in the team include the Bangladesh Rice Research Institute’s plant breeding department’s scientific officer AKM Salauddin, the public administration ministry’s assistant secretary Azizur Rahman Talukder, the land record and survey department’s grainer Kamruddin, the Bangladesh Agricultural University’s sports training centre’s assistant director M Bajlul Alam and the finance ministry’s assistant secretary Ruhul Amin Mallik.During their stay in Saudi Arabia, each member of the team will be entitled to an aggregate amount between Tk 800,000 and 1,000,000, inclusive of plane fare, travel allowance and daily allowance, depending on their positions.An official of the ministry told Prothom Alo, “As a matter of custom, dedicated office assistants and attendants from the religious affairs and health ministries are supposed to go in Saudi Arabia.”The official regretted that favouritism often played a big part in selecting attendants and in most cases they did not serve the pilgrims. “That’s why there are complaints that the attendants did not even meet the pilgrims there,” the official added.The religious affairs ministry has recently published the names of the medical team members comprising 114 physicians, 97 nurses and brothers, 43 pharmacists and 12 technicians for treating the pilgrims in Saudi Arabia. The 171-member team of attendants has been formed to assist them.The religious affairs and health ministries and Islamic Foundation are supposed to jointly prepare the list of attendants. But there are allegations that the list was prepared bypassing the health ministry proposal.Contacted, health and family welfare minister Mohammad Nasim told Prothom Alo, “Every year we send names of attendants to the religious affairs ministry but they [attendants] get appointment through irregularities.”Nasim further said everyone understands the reason for appointment of the persons who do not have experience in such services.When asked, religious affairs secretary Abdul Jalil said the list has been prepared following proposals from the prime minister’s office, several ministers and important personalities. “The ministry itself hasn’t included any name from outside of the proposals.”About inclusion of scientific officers or class-I and class-II officials, the secretary said all kinds of professionals are required in such a team.In response to a question, what the drivers would do, Abdul Jalil said the minister has given approval to their inclusion in the list.*This piece, originally published in the Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Shameem Reza.last_img read more

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SC clears way for Khaledas Gatco graft case trial

first_imgBNP Chairperson Khaleda ZiaThe Supreme Court on Monday cleared the way for a lower court to continue trial proceedings of the Gatco graft case against BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia, reports news agency UNB.The three-member bench of Appellate Division led by Chief Justice Surendra Kumar Sinha dismissed a leave to appeal filed by Khaleda.The Supreme Court concluded the hearing of the appeal on Sunday.Earlier, on 10 May 2016, BNP Chairperson Khaleda Zia filed an appeal with the Supreme Court against the High Court order that rejected her two petitions challenging the legality of the Gatco graft case and its inclusion under the Emergency Powers Act.On 5 August 2015, the HC rejected the two writ petitions.On 2 September 2007, the ACC filed the Gatco graft case against Khaleda, her younger son Arafat Rahman Koko, Jamaat-e-Islami Ameer Motiur Rahman Nizami and 10 others for causing a loss of Tk 145.64 crore to the national exchequer by allegedly awarding the contract of container handling at the Chittagong port and the Dhaka’s Inland Container Depot to Gatco.Khaleda on 27 September, 2007 filed a petition with the HC challenging the legality of the inclusion of the case under the Emergency Powers Act and seeking a stay order on the trial proceedings.In 2008, an HC bench issued a rule and stayed the trial proceedings after hearing the petition of the BNP chief.In the same year, the proceedings of the graft case were stayed again as Khaleda filed another petition challenging the legality of the case.last_img read more

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Researcher figures out how sharks manage to act like math geniuses

first_img Explore further Citation: Researcher figures out how sharks manage to act like math geniuses (2014, September 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-09-figures-sharks-math-geniuses.html (Phys.org) —Bioresearcher Andy Reynolds with Rothamsted Research in the U.K., believes he has solved the mystery of how sharks act like math geniuses—they simply turn away from turbulence, he reports in his paper published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society A: Mathematical, Physical and Engineering Sciences. His research effort and paper came in response to prior research that showed sharks trap prey using what’s known as Lévy flight—a mathematical description of an optimal way of moving from one position to another using both long and short hops. Great white shark at Isla Guadalupe, Mexico, August 2006. Credit: Terry Goss/Wikipedia By most simple measures, sharks are not the smartest swimmers in the sea, yet, they have somehow managed to learn to use Lévy flight when chasing prey, optimizing energy use in the process. So, how do they do it? Reynolds claims its more reaction than thought and believes his computer simulations prove it. Normally responsible for investigating or developing models of insect movement patterns over terrain, Reynolds in this case, turned his attention to the way sharks and some other sea creatures move through their environment when chasing prey. After learning that many of them use Lévy flight, he sought to find out why.Lévy flight actually makes sense for predators, he found, it’s based on movements that can be used to gain the most amount of resources for the least amount of effort. Reynolds suspected sharks wind up using it due to turbulence in the water. Turbulence, he notes, is not conducive to efficient swimming. He turned to a part of turbulence theory which suggests that Lévy flights can arise naturally if a chaser (the shark) turns away from the direction of unusually strong turbulence. He took what he’d worked out with his math calculations and translated it to a computer model of shark movement. When run, the simulation showed the theories matched perfectly with real world observations. Sharks, it seems, are not great thinkers, instead, they merely appear to be so by simply avoiding messy turbulence.Reynolds’ results show that seemingly intelligent behavior in other animals may not be what it appears, and thus researchers and others observing such behaviors should consider the possibility that other factors may be at play. © 2014 Phys.org Jellyfish food-finding strategy found to be more complex than thought 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. More information: Lévy flight movement patterns in marine predators may derive from turbulence cues, Proc. R. Soc. A 8 November 2014 vol. 470 no. 2171 20140408, DOI: 10.1098/rspa.2014.0408 AbstractThe Lévy-flight foraging hypothesis states that because Lévy flights can optimize search efficiencies, natural selection should have led to adaptations for Lévy flight foraging. Some of the strongest evidence for this hypothesis has come from telemetry data for sharks, bony fish, sea turtles and penguins. Here, I show that the programming for these Lévy movement patterns does not need to be very sophisticated or clever on the predator’s part, as these movement patterns would arise naturally if the predators change their direction of travel only after encountering patches of relatively strong turbulence (a seemingly natural response to buffeting). This is established with the aid of kinematic simulations of three-dimensional turbulence. Lévy flights movement patterns are predicted to arise in all but the most quiescent of oceanic waters.last_img read more

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Yoga helps considerably in quitting tobacco

first_imgNearly eighty-five per cent of tobacco addicts can quit the habit of consuming nicotine products just by meditation, a study said. The study that commenced in early 2014, conducting tests on 1,021 tobacco addicts of various forms, also found that the person did not relapse into addiction once he had quit the habit through meditation.The study showed 62 per cent of tobacco addicts of various forms who attended regular Yoga classes quit nicotine use within one month, while the non-regulars took a little more time to do so. “Apart from the 62 per cent who had quit tobacco in one month, there were 7.49 per cent who quit tobacco between 2-6 months and 15.47 per cent who quit tobacco after 12 months,” said the study, conducted by Brahma Kumaris centres all across India. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCalling it Raja Yogi lifestyle, Valsalan Nair, a doctor associated with the Brahma Kumaris sect, said that the entire procedure of the particular lifestyle was associated with health promoting behaviours. “The findings of this study concludes that the Raja Yoga lifestyle is effective in management and relapse prevention among tobacco addicts,” said Nair. The study was published in the Indian Journal of Private Psychiatry. The research was made public by Brahma Kumaris at the ongoing World Health Organization’s (WHO) Framework Convention on Tobacco Control – world’s biggest conference on anti-tobacco policies. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveExplaining the research, Nair said all the data was collected on one-to-one interview basis after obtaining consent of 1,021 persons spread across 25 states and two Union Territories. “The data was managed centrally at Medical Wing Research and analysed by independent analyst.” According to the study, apart from meditation what also contributed towards quitting the habit was positive thinking classes and satwik food – a vegetarian diet beneficial in developing  clarity, concentration and focus that spiritual development requires.last_img read more

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A534 shut due to accident

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA major road is blocking following an accident in South Cheshire this morning. The accident has taken place between the A533 (The Hill) and B5079 Crewe Road (Wheelock Roundabout) between Sandbach and Crewe. The collision is believed to have taken place at around 00.30am tonight. The road is currently blocked in both directions. We have no further information at this stage. For the latest traffic and travel news from across South Cheshire, Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire, visit our dedicated channel here.last_img read more

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Selfie butlers exist because this is the world we live in now

first_img Friday, March 2, 2018 Tags: LOL, Theme Parks & Attractions SYDNEY — Beyoncé, who’s been known to make her husband Jay-Z snap pics of her while on vacation, may be interested to know that Madame Tussauds in Sydney, Australia has introduced the ‘Selfie Butler’ to capture selfies while on site.At last, the hip hop mogul can breathe a sigh of relief and hand over selfie duties to someone else.Available from now until March 18, the exclusive service includes one full hour with a personal photographer (dressed to the nines, no less, in a vest and white gloves!), who’ll curate your photos for Insta-worthy pics on your device. The service costs $55 and includes the price of admission plus a one-hour session for a maximum of five people. All additional guests must have a valid entry ticket.According to Mark Connolly, General Manager of Madame Tussauds Sydney, the service will give guests a much-needed break from taking selfies so that they can truly focus on the exhibits. Want to touch fingertips with E.T. himself? Or pose as part of Taylor Swift’s squad? Don’t worry, your selfie butler will capture every moment for you. Share Selfie butlers exist because this is the world we live in nowcenter_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Travelweek Group last_img read more

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Americans Want Corporate Responsibility for Nondiscrimination

first_imgShare6Tweet9Share5Email20 Shares  “Protection” by Sheri TerrisJuly 31, 2017; Forbes and CBS NewsAs we watch the unraveling of years of civil rights laws and protections by the current administration, the question of who will stand up against discrimination hangs in the air. When it comes to discrimination in the workplace, a new survey by JUST Capital indicates that Americans think this responsibility falls on corporations and employers.  This data takes that responsibility a step further to say that corporations should protect workers more than required by law when a law allows unfair or discriminatory practices to exist.Respondents to this survey who felt that corporations had a responsibility to go beyond what is required by law transcended race, ethnicity, and gender. While there were small differences in political affiliations, there was an across-the-board agreement of over 59% for increased corporate responsibility. As reported by Forbes, “There’s little ambiguity in these responses. Substantial majorities of Americans, regardless of demographics or political orientation, think that just corporations should go beyond the laws to protect workers from discrimination.”Corporations, it seems, agree, but their focus seems to be less about discrimination and more about the bottom line. One only need look at the current efforts in Texas, led by Lieutenant Governor Dan Patrick, to enact a “bathroom bill” law that would require transgender persons to use a restroom designated by the gender on their birth certificates rather than the gender identities they now have. The corporate response to this has aligned with that of civil rights groups, as reported by CBS News:Money talks, especially when it’s potentially lost profits for nervous businesses. Less than six months ago, legislators in North Carolina repealed a law that restricted bathroom access for transgender people—after the state’s business leaders howled about an economic hit pegged at $630 million.Now, businesses in Texas are worried that legislators there are going to make the same mistake, which could cost the Lone Star State $5.6 billion through 2026. And they’re making their feelings known.Dealing with legislation and laws that revoke protections or that allow discrimination becomes a way for corporations to both protect their bottom line and present themselves as champions for those who are subject to discrimination. As reported in the Texas Observer in 2016 when this bathroom law was first proposed, the board of the state’s 4,300-member chamber of commerce overwhelmingly approved a resolution opposing “legislation that is seen as discriminatory and would impact workforce recruitment and/or cause a negative economic impact on the state,” according to the president of the Texas Association of Business, Chris Wallace.The unknown in this survey data and from the corporate responses to government-sponsored discrimination is whether corporations would continue to stand up for their workers if there were no impact on their bottom line. Perhaps it is best not to know.—Carole LevineShare6Tweet9Share5Email20 Shareslast_img read more

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Cable operator UPC Slovakia has claimed victory in

first_imgCable operator UPC Slovakia has claimed victory in a regulatory dispute with Košice-based service provider Antik Telecom.The Slovak telecom regulator has ruled that UPC Slovakia had no obligation under the current law to provide its TV services over Antik Telecom’s network. According to the Liberty Global-owned operator, Antik earlier refused to enter into negotiations over retransmission of TV services on a contractual basis.Antik Telecom had also been challenged by smaller ISPs and the APKT cable operator association over illegal retransmission and construction of networks.last_img read more

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The Ulster History Circle also gained approval to

first_imgThe Ulster History Circle also gained approval to unveil a plaque at the Tower Museum to Mabel Remington Colhoun (1905 – 1992), Archaeologist, historian and educationalist.For further details on the Blue Plaque programme within the Derry City and Strabane District Council area visit www.derrystrabane.com.BLUE PLAQUE PROGRAMME LAUNCHED AT TOWER MUSEUM was last modified: April 28th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: BLUE PLAQUE PROGRAMME LAUNCHED AT TOWER MUSEUM ShareTweetcenter_img A five year ‘Blue Plaque’ programme for the city and district was launched at the Tower Museum last night by the Ulster History Circle and Derry City and Strabane District Council following the unanimous approval of the project by Council’s Business and Culture committee members.Councillors agreed at the Council meeting to support a proposed five year programme plan for the erection of Blue Plaques by the Ulster History Circle in the Derry Strabane District Council area.A total of six candidates were presented for special recognition including; Francis Ledwidge (1887 – 1917) an Irish poet and soldier, killed in 1917 at Boezibnge in Belgium.Ledwidge was stationed for six months during 1916 in Ebrington Barracks with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers; Annie Russell Maunder (1868 – 1947), an Irish astronomer and mathematician, born in Strabane; Mrs E.H. O’Doherty, founder of the Féis Dhoíre Cholmcílle in the city; Brigadier General Ambrose Ricardo (1866 – 1923), who held a distinguished war record and cofounded the Londonderry Féis; Dorothy Parke (1904 – 1990), a teacher and composer whose pieces are still performed at the Féis, her collection of songs, ‘By Winding Roads’ remains popular in many primary schools, she was born on Dunfield Road, Londonderry.last_img read more

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It was just another slice off all four precious me

first_imgIt was just another slice off all four precious metal salamis yesterday The gold price got sold down back below $1,200 the ounce in two smallish bouts of selling during the Thursday trading session in the Far East, with the Hong Kong low coming shortly before 2 p.m. local time.  The subsequent rally back above $1,200 spot got capped at the 8:20 a.m. EDT COMEX open—and by the London p.m. gold fix, the price was back in the box.  After that, the price didn’t do much, although the low tick came at a spike down about twenty minutes before the COMEX close. The high and low were reported by the CME Group as $1,203.30 and $1,192.40 in the June contract. Gold closed in New York yesterday afternoon at $1,193.50 spot, down another $8.70—as JPMorgan et al continue to slice the salami to the downside.  Net volume was on the lighter side once again at 110,000 contracts, the same as Wednesday’s volume. The chart pattern for silver was more or less the same as the gold chart, expect the spike low came about 10:20 a.m. EDT.  The silver price didn’t do much for the remainder of the day. The high and low were reported as $16.51 and $16.105 in the May contract. Silver finished the Thursday session at $16.15 spot, down another 36 cents.  Net volume was 31,000 contracts, a few thousand contracts less than Wednesday’s volume. The dollar index closed late on Wednesday afternoon in New York at 98.06—and had almost a 40 basis point up/down rally that ended around unchanged at 8 a.m. EDT.  Then away it went to the upside, before topping out at roughly 99.17 sometime around 3 p.m.  After that it slid a bit into the close, which was recorded as 98.98 by the folks over at ino.com.  The index finished the Thursday session up 92 basis points, but was up over 100 basis points at its high. The platinum price chart looked like a carbon copy of the the other two precious metals—and it was closed on Thursday at $1,154 spot, down another 11 dollars. And as I write this paragraph, the London open is twenty minutes away.  The gold price, which had rallied a few dollars in Far East trading, is now back to unchanged—and silver is currently up a dime.  Platinum is up 7 dollars—and palladium is basically unchanged. Net gold volume is a bit under 12,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume is just under 4,400 contracts.  The dollar index, which had been quietly trending lower during Friday trading in the Far East, popped into positive territory and back above 99.00—and is now up a magnificent 5 basis points. Today we get the latest Commitment of Traders Report, along with the April Bank Participation Report—and I’ll be more than interested in what they have to show.  It will also give Ted Butler the opportunity to recalibrate JPMorgan’s short-side corner in the COMEX silver market—and I’ll have all of that for you in tomorrow’s column. I was just rereading Ted’s quote above—and I must admit that it is discouraging to know that the precious metal mining companies have become silent co-conspirators in the precious metal price management scheme. And as I’ve said countless time in the past, they have totally abrogated their fiduciary responsibilities to their respective shareholders—and no appeal, no matter how reasoned, will make them budge.  Not only don’t they want to talk about it, almost all of their respective I.R. people actually try to blow you off the moment you broach the subject with them. Some of them have admitted to me in private that they’re fully aware of what’s happening, but will deny everything if they have to discuss it in the public domain. How did it come to this? If you haven’t tried your luck, phone the Investor Relations department of any silver company you own stock in—and see what happens when you start asking questions about this issue.  Most companies have a 1-800 number, so the call is free. And as I send today’s effort off into cyberspace at 5:20 a.m. EDT, I note that after trading basically sideways through all of Far East trading—and the first hour in London—all four metals popped a bit higher starting at 9:00 a.m. British Summer Time [BST]. At the moment, gold is up eight bucks—and back above $1,200 spot.  Silver is up just under 30 cents, platinum is up 13 dollars—and palladium is up half that amount.  The dollar index is now up 40 basis points. Not surprisingly, volumes have blow out as well, with gold’s net volume now north of 36,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume around the 9,600 contract mark.  It’s obvious that JPMorgan et al are going short or selling longs aggressively into this rally—and if they keep it up, these rallies won’t last long. But as I said further up, there’s always the possibility of a countertrend rally because the current COT structure isn’t all that bad in either silver or gold at the moment.  But I also said that how high these rallies go—and how fast they get there—will be entire dependent on what “da boyz” do as these rallies unfold.  And using current volume levels as a precursor, they’re already doomed. However, since today is Friday, nothing will surprise me as far as price action is concerned—and I await the 8:20 a.m. COMEX open with great interest. Enjoy your weekend, or what’s left of it if you live west of the International Date Line—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. Opt Out! Tired of being saddled with higher taxes to help pay for the government’s reckless spending? Make sure you and your savings have diplomatic immunity from a government hell-bent on bankrupting the nation—and everyone in it. Whether it’s opening an offshore bank or brokerage account, owning physical gold in Singapore or Switzerland, or setting up a foreign company to hold your investments, low-cost solutions are within everyone’s reach. You don’t even have to leave your living room to do it. Find out how to take advantage of this strategy before the government outlaws it too (they’re already working on it). The chart pattern for the silver equities was virtually the same, complete with the 1 p.m. EDT sell off.  But the silver stocks never saw positive territory at all on Thursday, even though they came close a time or two—and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 0.47 percent. The CME Daily Delivery Report was a big surprise, as it showed that zero gold and zero silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Monday. I made a reporting mistake in yesterday’s Daily Delivery Report.  I said that JPMorgan stopped 97 silver contracts of the 114 issued.  In actual fact it was Canada’s Scotiabank that stopped those 97 contracts, not JPM—and I thank Ted Butler for pointing out the error of my ways. The CME Preliminary Report for the Thursday trading session showed that gold open interest in April continues to decline, as it dropped another 269 contracts—and is now down to 2,462 contracts left open.  Silver’s April o.i. also declined, but only by 15 contracts—and now stands at 170 contracts.  I’m still wondering what the short/issuers in gold are waiting for—and who them might be when they finally do put in an appearance. Much to my surprise, there was a deposit made in GLD yesterday, as an authorized participant added 95,951 troy ounces.  Based on past price action, it may have been deposited to cover an existing short position.  And as of 9:54 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. Since yesterday was Thursday, Joshua Gibbons, the Guru of the SLV Bar List, updated his website with what was going on at the iShares.com Internet site as of the close of business on Wednesday—and here’s what he had to say. “Analysis of the 08 April 2015 bar list, and comparison to the previous week’s list:  2,047,974.7 troy ounces were removed (almost all from Brinks London), no bars were added or had serial number changes.“ “The bars removed were from: Russian State Refineries (0.6M oz), Kazakhmys (0.6M oz), KGHM (0.3M oz), Solar Applied Materials (0.3M oz), and 7 others.“ “As of the time that the bar list was produced, it was overallocated 1,062.9 oz.  All daily changes are reflected on the bar list.“ There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday. It was another day of very little action in gold at the COMEX-approved depositories on Wednesday, as 4 kilobars were reported received—and 3 kilobars were shipped out. But it was a totally different story in silver once again, as a monstrous 1,883,054 troy ounces were reported received—and an equally monstrous 1,748,030 troy ounces were shipped out the door.  JPMorgan added another 1.28 million troy ounces to their already impressive inventories of that metal.  And as Ted said on the phone yesterday, the activity of the last two days has certainly been associated with the silver deliveries that occurred during the March delivery month—and the promised metal is now on the move.  The link to that action is here—and it’s definitely worth a look. It was another busy in/out day at Brink’s, Inc. in their COMEX-approved warehouse in Hong Kong, as 3,000 kilobars were reported received—and 6,134 kilobars were shipped out.  The link to that activity in troy ounces is here. Nick sent us a couple of new charts last night.  They show India’s gold and silver imports going back to 2008—and they don’t require any further embellishment from me.  Nick pointed out that the bars on the charts for the 2015 calendar year represent January imports only. The golds stocks opened down—and hit their low ticks minutes later, before rallying back to unchanged.  They were a hair into positive territory, but that changed at precisely 1 p.m. EDT when they got sold down for an hour or so, before rallying a bit into the close.  The HUI finished down 0.55 percent, which wasn’t bad considering the price action. Palladium’s price chart was a mini version of the platinum chart, although the rally that began in that metal shortly after 2 p.m. Hong Kong time, it didn’t get its comeuppance from “da boyz” until minutes after 9:00 a.m. EDT.  After that it also traded flat into the close of electronic trading.  It was the only precious metal to close up on the day at $761 spot—a gain of 7 bucks. It was another fairly slow news day yesterday—and the pickings were reasonably slim, but I hope you find a few that interest you. The combination of JPMorgan taking delivery of a large amount of physical silver long after my speculation that it was doing so, plus the ill-timed manipulation charges against Kraft gave me, I believe, the rope of specificity to hang these crooks. And barring any legitimate explanation by either the CFTC, JPMorgan or the CME, all must be considered illegitimate and corrupt. Although I become weary at how blatant and obnoxious the roles all three principal participants in the silver manipulation have become, I think I am made wearier by the lack of involvement by some fellow commentators (certainly not all) and, particularly, by the lack of involvement by mining company management. As many of you have suggested to me, you would think the miners would be all over this. So would I. At the same time I fully concede that the COMEX silver manipulation has grown stronger, I also know the resultant effect on silver mining will come in time. While total primary silver mine production has not declined in accordance with the extremely depressed price, that is due to the long lead times necessary to open and close a silver mine. One thing for certain is that silver exploration has taken it on the chin and we are delaying future mine production and creating gaps in the time and quantity of future mine supplies. One would think that this would be obvious to every mining manager and that they would be responding to the one specific cause of low price – futures contract positioning on the COMEX. I believe an important opportunity has been presented to mine managers by the double standard demonstrated by the CFTC in the Kraft wheat case; but if they don’t petition the agency, the opportunity is lost. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 08 April 2015 Well, dear reader, it was just another slice off all four precious metal salamis yesterday, as JPMorgan et al do their thing once again.  The only question remaining is; will these slices be thin—and over a long period of time, or will they take a meat cleaver to it—and do it in a couple of large chunks?  I don’t know—and neither does anyone else. But, having said that, the internal COT structure is still pretty bullish in gold—and silver’s COT number are market neutral, so there certainly could be a countertrend rally at some point, but that will only occur if “da boyz” allow it.  And how those rallies might go is entirely up to them as well. Here are the charts for all four precious metals, so you can see the latest slices for yourself.last_img read more

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Growing Pains Mark Karpelès was the CEO of Mt G

first_img Growing Pains Mark Karpelès was the CEO of Mt. Gox, what was once a major bitcoin exchange. He got into the business in 2011 and built it up to become the largest bitcoin exchange in the world. At its height in 2013, it was processing 70% of all bitcoin transactions. And that’s when the troubles began. You see, Mt. Gox had issues with regulators that affected its partnerships and its customers as well. Mt. Gox ended up suspending or freezing many customer accounts. Mt. Gox halted withdrawals on several occasions. But it also repeatedly said that it would resume normal operations in short time. That never happened. And on February 28, 2014, the company filed for bankruptcy and closed its website. While many are familiar with the Mt. Gox story, what most people don’t realize is that Mt. Gox was based in Tokyo. And ever since then, the Japanese have associated bitcoin with Mt. Gox. That’s why it’s so surprising that Japan has become the first country to recognize bitcoin as a legal method of payment. Rewriting Bitcoin’s Future Ironically, it was the Mt. Gox debacle of 2014 that led to the new Japanese payment law today. The event triggered an intense debate between financial authorities and the cryptocurrency industry. And Japan’s Financial System Council got to work drafting new legislation. By December 2015, it was ready for review. The National Diet (the lower and the upper houses of Japan’s legislature) approved the bill in late May 2016. On April 1, 2017, the law went into effect. Justin’s note: Today, we’re handing the Dispatch over to our good friend Greg Wilson, analyst for The Palm Beach Letter. Greg is an expert on cryptocurrencies. Over the past year, he’s helped uncover some of the biggest stories in the sector. Below, he explains why we’re about to see an explosion in bitcoin… By Greg Wilson, analyst, The Palm Beach Letter On August 1, 2015, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department arrested Mark Karpelès, the CEO of a major financial exchange. The police accused Karpelès of embezzling $350 million. Believe it or not, this arrest led to the biggest bitcoin breakthrough no one is talking about today. You see, on April 1, a new payments law went into effect in Japan. And what’s significant about the law is that it recognizes bitcoin as a legal method of payment. Let me repeat: Japan now recognizes bitcoin as a legal method of payment. This is huge news. And it’s getting almost no play in the media. Tonight Only: Free Cryptocurrency Q&A and $100 Bitcoin Giveaway Former hedge fund manager Teeka Tiwari has been flooded with questions about cryptocurrencies. As a free service, he’s answering your questions during a live Q&A tonight, and giving everyone who attends the chance to claim $100 of actual Bitcoin. He can’t give personalized investment advice, but he’ll answer any general questions you have. Bookmark this link and join Teeka’s LIVE event tonight at 8pm (ET) sharp. — This weird liquid is Trump’s golden ticket (VIDEO) You see the mysterious red fluid in the image at left? If this new research is correct, it’s going to make Donald Trump the #1 U.S. president of all time… In everyone’s eyes — even Hillary’s. The thing is, the mainstream media hates the fact that this substance could cement Trump’s greatness for the ages… That’s why you’ve never heard anything about it! But take heart — because we’re breaking this shocking story RIGHT HERE. This Is Huge News This is a big event for Japan. And an even bigger event for the world at large. First, it’s going to cause a bitcoin explosion in Japan. Right now, roughly 5,000 merchants accept bitcoin in Japan. Because of this new law, that number is about to explode. You see, AirREGI, the point-of-sale application for the Japanese retail conglomerate Recruit Holdings, will soon add bitcoin payments. AirREGI is used by over 260,000 retail locations. What’s more is that AirREGI is compatible with Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba’s Alipay. So the millions of Chinese tourists who go to Japan every year will be able to use bitcoin. Bic Camera has added bitcoin payments as well. It’s a huge electronics retailer, like the Best Buy of Japan. And folks are already making purchases with bitcoin. You can check out a customer paying with bitcoin at Bic Camera here. Japan’s largest internet service provider, the GMO Internet Group, is getting in on the game, too. It’s already an investor in Japan’s largest bitcoin exchange, bitFlyer. And now it plans on developing a wallet service to bring bitcoin to all of Japan. And let’s not forget that Japan will be hosting the 2020 Summer Olympics. It’s the type of event that could put bitcoin in the international spotlight. In other words, Japan’s new law is huge. It legitimizes bitcoin in an international way.center_img Recommended Link Recommended Link — Japan is a developed, technologically advanced country. It’s the third-largest economy in the world. And the Japanese yen is the second most liquid market globally. Why is this important? I believe this is the start of a trend that will see bitcoin legitimized around the world. Japan is setting a precedent for the whole world to see. And I expect other countries to follow suit. So what should you do to profit from this trend? You absolutely need to get into bitcoin. Otherwise, you risk being left behind. Think of it this way. If the financial world is the Empire State Building, bitcoin is just a pebble on the sidewalk. But that’s not going to last. We recommend you use the Abra exchange to buy bitcoin. You can watch my free instructional video to learn how to set up your own account. Regards, Greg Wilson Analyst, The Palm Beach Letter P.S. My colleague Teeka Tiwari and I have spent the last year diving deep into the cryptocurrency markets. We’ve uncovered some of the biggest stories in the industry. And we’ve shared huge money-making opportunities with our readers—our recommendations have shot up as much as 199%, 206%, 286%, and even 509% in as little as 13 days. Tonight at 8 p.m. ET, Teeka is doing something he’s never done before… He’s holding a free cryptocurrency question-and-answer session where you’ll learn everything you need to know about this fast-growing sector. If you’re interested, you can submit your questions and register to watch the Q&A session right here. But you must act soon… Anyone who signs up for his service by midnight will receive $100 in bitcoin.last_img read more

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