Liverpool boss Klopp: Home cheer for Leicester a shock!by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp admits home fans celebrating Manchester City’s defeat to Leicester City took him by surprise.Klopp joked that he thought that the Anfield fans’ wild reactions to Leicester City’s goal against Manchester City were for his Liverpool side’s win over Newcastle United.He said, “No, I thought it was because of us! I’m really naive, I thought that is really nice, thank you very much!”Then now I heard after the game it was about another result!“Obviously nobody told our crowd that Tottenham won 5-0.”It is fine, atmosphere for Boxing Day, people coming from all over, around the world to watch, the atmosphere was really good and exceptional in that moment. But I thought it was because of us.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham legend Ardiles insists title push remains onby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham legend Ossie Ardiles insists a title push remains on.Tottenham are third in the Premier League table after five matches, just two points behind Manchester City but seven adrift of leaders Liverpool.”[It’s been] very positive. I believe that there are two teams to beat – Liverpool and Manchester City – but I think we are one of the teams that can beat them and we are going to try and fight with them all the way,” Ardiles told Sky Sports.”We have a very, very strong squad. That showed last season and in the Champions League as well. “We do have a very strong squad but we have to be a little bit better and I hope we will do it this year.”
About 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.”
Image Courtesy: Royal WagenborgIn today’s spotted, we bring you an image of Egbert Wagenborg, a multipurpose ship (MPP) owned by Dutch shipping company Royal Wagenborg, which successfully completed its second and last sea trial. The newbuilding was completed at the Netherlands-based Royal Niestern Sander shipyard this month.Following its completion, the 14,200 dwt vessel was towed from the shipyard to the Port of Delfzijl.Egbert Wagenborg is 149.5 meters long and 15.9 meters wide.The MPP ship will be handed over to the owner also this month when christening and name giving ceremony are scheduled to take place.
Lindstrom 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.
Former Indiana coach Kevin Wilson calls in plays from the sideline against Northwestern on Oct. 22, 2016. Credit: Courtesy of IU AthleticsFormer Indiana coach Kevin Wilson has been hired as Ohio State’s new offensive coordinator, a team’s spokesman announced on Tuesday. Wilson will also coach tight ends.Ryan Day, who was announced as quarterbacks coach last week, was also named co-offensive coordinator by OSU coach Urban Meyer. Day replaced Tim Beck who joined former OSU offensive coordinator Tom Herman’s staff at Texas last weekWilson, who resigned from Indiana on Dec. 1 following allegations of mistreating players, including forcing members of his team to play through injury, had a career record of 26-47 with the Hoosiers in six seasons at the helm. During his time, the Hoosiers were 0-1 in bowl games before Indiana reached the Foster Farms Bowl this season, where they lost 26-24 to Utah.Associate head coach Tom Allen replaced the outgoing Wilson.Wilson coached at Miami (Ohio), Northwestern and Oklahoma before he was hired in 2011 at Indiana. Wilson was the co-offensive coordinator at Oklahoma under coach Bob Stoops from 2002 to 2005, then offensive coordinator 2006-2010. Wilson’s offenses frequently ranked among the best in the country over his eight years at Oklahoma, including a then-NCAA record of 716 points scored in the 2008 season.Since his introduction as Indiana’s coach, Wilson has been involved in multiple close matchups with the Buckeyes, including a 38-17 contest this year which had Indiana well within striking range at halftime. No word has been given by OSU as to whether or not the move affects offensive coordinator Ed Warinner. The Buckeyes open their season on Aug. 31 against Indiana, Wilson’s former team.
Evan Turner will not win the Naismith Player of the Year award.The college basketball award is not equivalent to the NBA Most Valuable Player award, which is why Ohio State’s junior guard will not win.There is no doubt that Turner would be on a short list for an MVP award. That can be supported by Ohio State’s record during his injury absence compared to when he’s been on the floor.However, he is not the best player in the nation. He can’t go onto a court and dominate the game regardless of what opposing defenses do to try to stop him, like other players around the country can.Turner cannot do what Kentucky guard John Wall can do with the ball by manipulating defenses to his liking to score or dish it to a teammate.Turner cannot do what Connecticut guard Jerome Dyson can do by scoring every way possible against the then-No.1 ranked team in the country, Texas.Even Notre Dame center Luke Harangody has a case to make with his 24.7 points per game, good for second in the nation.Yes, Turner is the best in the Big Ten, with the only competition coming from Michigan State guard Kalin Lucas and Purdue forward Robbie Hummel. Also, Turner should get a lot of recognition for his talent and his importance to OSU, who fell from the Top 25 without him. He will be an All-American at the very least and will most likely garner other accolades as well.For those who believe Turner should get the Player of the Year award as if it were based solely on a player’s value to his team, I have one name for you: Wayne Chism.The senior forward from Tennessee has not endured more pain than Turner, but his team endured a bigger loss than the Buckeyes.When OSU lost Turner, it lost its best player for a few games and anticipated his comeback so it could make the NCAA Tournament.In Tennessee, the team lost four of its players, including Tyler Smith, because of an off-the-court incident that involved their arrest. Soon after, the team indefinitely suspended those players.Chism picked up right where Smith left off and became the leader of the Volunteers, who went on to beat No.1 Kansas and No. 23 Mississippi since their dismissal.Therefore, the main case Turner had for winning the Naismith Award instead favors Chism. There is a lot of basketball yet to play and this could all change, but the fact is that the Naismith Award is for the Player of the Year, not the Most Valuable Player.
Related Items:#50yearsMajorityRuleBahamas, #MagneticNewsMedia #MagneticNewsMedia#50yearsMajorityRuleBahamas Bahamas Police Commissioner Greenslade gone to UK, appointed as High Commissioner TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas, January 10, 2017 – It is a public holiday today in The Bahamas to mark majority rule day; the day the black majority occupied the majority of the seats in the House of Assembly after decades of struggles to get every citizen, 18 years and older the right to vote and before women had the right to vote. January 10, 1967 was a pivotal day in Bahamian politics and history. In Nassau there will be two controversial gatherings… one led by the Progressive Liberal Party, which is the government today and was the government which ushered in majority rule under the late Sir Lynden Pindling; the other led by Renard Henfield and We March Bahamas which inspired hundreds of Bahamians, in November, to don black in protest of injustices they believe are perpetrated by successive governments. There is criticism for the PLP, as it is widely stated that Majority Rule Day belongs to the people and should not be politicized by the PLP; the governing party denies this. There is push back too on the United People Day March which some say is overshadowing the historic event with negativity, but Henfield says his freedom movement is about upsetting the status quo and uniting those very people. Meanwhile, the University of The Bahamas aims to take the 50 Year commemoration of Majority Rule Day to another level and will host two symposiums and a lecture; those begin on January 12. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Nearly 30 Haitians caught following illegal landing in Nassau, says Defence Force Recommended for you
BNP 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.
The border fence between Mexico and the United States is pictured near Calexico, California. ReutersSeventy walls are in place around the world to protect national borders, compared with a dozen in 1989 when the Berlin Wall came down, according to researcher Elisabeth Vallet of Quebec University.As US President Donald Trump moves to build a wall along the Mexican border, here are other significant frontier barriers around the globe:US: extending existing barrierOne third of the 3,200-kilometre (2,000-mile) US border with Mexico is, in fact, already protected by a fence. Authorised by US President George W. Bush and completed in 2010, the metallic barrier is more than five metres (16 feet) high and equipped with floodlights and surveillance cameras.European barriers against migrantsFRANCE: With existing high wire fences not enough to stop them, a one-kilometre “anti-intrusion” wall was built in late 2016 to block access to the northern port of Calais for migrants trying to clandestinely cross the Channel to Britain.HUNGARY: As Europe grappled with its worst migrant crisis since World War II, Hungary built a 175-kilometre, four-metre high fence along its border with Serbia in September 2016, followed in October by one along its border with Croatia.Other countries in the region have also put up barriers to thwart migrants, including SLOVENIA with Croatia, AUSTRIA with Slovenia and MACEDONIA with Greece.BULGARIA: Bulgaria in 2014 started building a razor wire barrier along part of its border with Turkey, the main entry point for migrants seeking to avoid the perilous sea route to the EU across the Mediterranean. The barrier is now 176 kilometres long.GREECE: Greece became the leading entry point for migrants into Europe at just the moment when its economy was collapsing. So in 2012 Athens built an 11-kilometre barbed wire fence along its river border with Turkey.SPAIN-MOROCCO: The Spanish enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla on the North African coast, Africa’s only land borders with Europe, are protected by high-tech border fences, each around 10 kilometres long.Walls and conflictISRAEL-WEST BANK: Israel began building its 712-kilometre security barrier edging the West Bank in 2002, saying it would stop attacks by Palestinian insurgents. Critics say it has been used to seize land and establish a de facto border in breach of international law. Nine metres high at some points, the wall — which is two-thirds finished — includes watchtowers and electronic surveillance.SAUDI ARABIA-IRAQ: Responding to the rise of the Islamic State group, the Saudis in 2014 added to an existing seven-metre-high sand embankment on the Iraqi border with a 900-kilometre fence and electronic surveillance system.INDIA-PAKISTAN: India built a barrier almost 750 kilometres long, along the de facto border dividing disputed Kashmir with Pakistan, to keep out Pakistani militants.It has also surrounded Bangladesh with a 2,700-kilometre barbed-wire fence aimed at restricting immigration and smuggling.Marking territoryNORTH AND SOUTH KOREA: The most heavily militarised border in the world is the one drawn between North and South Korea in 1953. Bristling with razor wire, sensors, landmines and heavy weapons, the Demilitarised Zone stretches for 250 kilometres along the full length of the border.WESTERN SAHARA: A 2,700-kilometre sand wall, in place since the 1980s, has been built between the 80 percent of territory under Moroccan control and zones under Polisario rebels, who have been fighting and negotiating for control of Western Sahara since the 1970s.CYPRUS: A wall splits the island and its capital Nicosia between its Turkish and Greek Cypriot halves, dating back to Turkey’s invasion in 1974.
Prime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday described the proposed budget for FY 2019-20 as people-friendly, development-oriented and balanced one, saying that everyone will be benefitted by the budget as it will help continue the pace of ongoing development.“Everyone will be benefitted by the budget,–this budget will help us to go forward with continuing the pace of ongoing development to build a happy, developed and prosperous country,” she said while winding up the general discussion on the proposed budget in the parliament.Sheikh Hasina, also Leader of the House said, “Bangladesh is going ahead and it’s my commitment to build a happy, prosperous and developed ‘Sonar Bangladesh’ free from hunger and poverty dreamt by father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.”The government has achieved the quality of upgrading Bangladesh into a middle-income country by successfully implementing the ‘Vision 2021 and it is heading forward to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and build a developed country by 2041, she said.The premier said that the proposed budget of Tk 5,231.90 billion (Tk 523,190 crore) is the 11th straight budget of the Awami League government and the first one of this government.“We are now being praised in home and abroad for unprecedented development (of the country) in the last 10 years during the tenure of our government,” she said.The GDP growth is going to reach 8.13 per cent in the current FY 2018- 19 while the Asian Development Bank (ADB) has forecasted of 8 per cent GDP growth and according to ADB, it’s the highest in the Asia, she said.Sheikh Hasina said, “The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has mentioned that Bangladesh is one of the 20th countries which are going to contribute the highest in the GDP”Bangladesh has set a target to achieve 8.20 per cent growth in the GDP in the FY 2019-20 and double digit in the FY 2023-2024, the premier continued.The prime minister on Saturday also moved the Finance Bill, 2019 in the House on behalf of the finance minister as he is still sick.
Share Dave FehlingPetrobras’s Pasadena Refining SystemA Brazilian-owned oil refinery near Houston has agreed to a $3.5 million settlement in an air pollution lawsuit brought by Texas environmental groups.Environment Texas and the Sierra Club’s Lone Star chapter had accused Pasadena Refining System, Inc. of repeatedly violating federal pollution limits over a five-year period. They claimed the refinery violated the Clean Air Act thousands of times, releasing sulfur dioxide, nitrogen oxide and other pollutants above hourly and annual limits. Pasadena Refining is a subsidiary of Brazil’s state-controlled oil company Petrobras.Under the settlement, which still has to be approved by a federal court, the refinery will install new pollution controls, strengthen its efforts to reduce flaring and avoid emission spikes during hurricanes, among other measures.The bulk of the fines the company will pay – $3,175,000 – will go to the Houston-Galveston Area Council for a “vehicle emission reduction fund” to help local governments and school districts purchase electric or hybrid vehicles.In a statement, Petrobras said the settlement is “in the best interest of all parties, and will provide a direct benefit to our community.”“Our priorities have always been on safety, and on reliable and efficient operations that comply with the company’s Commitment to Life Program as well as all local, state and federal regulations,” the company said. “Through this agreement, we commit to further improvements for the facility and its operations, both of which are part of our objectives.”The environmental groups described the settlement as a victory for communities near the refinery.“These so-called ‘emission events’ have released millions of pounds of illegal air pollution into surrounding neighborhoods,” said Neil Carman, head of the Texas Sierra Club’s clean air program.Brian Zabcik, with Environment Texas, said the settlement also includes stricter enforcement measures for future pollution.“If the plant does report any future emissions events that are above its limits, it will automatically be fined,” he said.Earlier this year, Petrobras announced plans to sell the Pasadena refinery after the facility became entangled in a broader corruption scandal involving the parent company, as the Houston Chronicle reported at the time:Petrobras, through a series of transactions starting in 2006, bought the refinery for $1.2 billion from the Belgian company Astra Oil, which, a year earlier, had paid only $42.5 million to acquire it.The huge appreciation led to an investigation by Brazilian regulators who found that Petrobras deliberately overpaid as part of a broader kickback scheme that benefited company employees, politicians, contractors and others. Brazil’s Federal Audit Court last year fined two former Petrobras executives millions of dollars for their role in the deal.Zabcik said the settlement will be binding for whoever purchases the Pasadena refinery from Petrobras.The settlement comes one day after the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality fined the refinery about $907,000 for separate air and water quality violations between 2011 and 2013.Last year, the environmental groups involved in the lawsuit won an almost $20 million penalty against oil giant ExxonMobil in a similar air pollution case, though the company is appealing that decision.Correction: a previous version of this story stated the groups involved in the Pasadena lawsuit reached a settlement last year with ExxonMobil in an air pollution case. That settlement was in fact with the Environmental Protection Agency, and was part of a separate case.
The easternmost part of Asia just got closer to the Capital. How? On the occasion of Vietnam Cultural Days in India celebration, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and the Embassy of Vietnam staged a cultural performance of Vietnam’s music, dance, song and theatre.Attended by VU Van Ninh, prime minister of Vitenam and Ambassador Nguen Than Tan, the event was held at Rashtrapati Bhawan in collaboration with Premjit Singh Manipuri and the Vietnam National Music, Song and Dance Theatre. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Established in 1951, the national Vietnamese theatre group is a part of the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism of Vietnam. Since then it has brought together multifarious artistes in the fields of national folk music, dance and song under one roof.The group has won many accolades at both national and international levels and has performed across the country at many festivals. It now comes to Delhi to showcase its best of the talent and art.‘The cultural festival provides a stable foundation for our interactions in tangible areas related to economy, commerce and politics in Vietnam. The gala celebration demonstrates the shared traditions between India and Vietnam,’ said Dr Suresh K Goel, Director General, ICCR. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘The Theatre group artists have been officially trained at domestic and international music institutions. There are nearly 61 ethnic minority people groups in Vietnam that forms the crux of the team and hone their talent at a nascent age,’ said Nguyen Than Tan, Ambassador of Vietnam to India.The celebrations will continue to spread its fervour and flavour in the coming days with many events. They include Vietnam Lotus Dance (H?n Sen Vi?t) which is about the journey of a lotus bud to a full-grown flower and like India, Vietnam also considers lotus as its National flower. Second on the list is a flute music performance called H?n hò, meaning Dating. It’s about creating that sacred bond between nature and human beings.Also a duet song will be performed by both Vietnamese and Indian artistes together called Tuong phùng tuong ng? (Whenever we meet each other) and Pal pal ha pal. The song signifies the spirit and sharing of goodwill whenever we meet each other.The ceremony will be closed with Chi?u d?i ngàn (The immensity of the Central Highlands in the afternoon), a musical evening taking you on a trip to Vietnam central Highland which is endowed with beauty of mother nature.Go for this festival to find out more about Vietnam and get enthralled.DETAILAt: ICCR Azad Bhawan, IP Estate When: 9 JanuaryTimings: 6.30 pm
Darjeeling: A portion of an under-construction flyover came crashing down at Phansidewa in Darjeeling district on Saturday without injuring anybody, police said.The incident happened near Kanthibhita in Phansidewa town along the National Highway 31D.Four laning of the highway is presently going on in the stretch which is a part of the East-West corridor envisaged under National Highways Development Project — Phase II, and is a vital link for connectivity to the North-East. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSDO, Siraj Daneswar, BDO and DM Jayashi Dasgupta were present along with the police team at the spot since early morning.”This is an accident caused by some technical fault. The technical staff and the engineers on the project can give a proper explanantion for the same. The investigation has begun and the construction procedure has been stopped unless the matter is investigated by the National Highway Authority of India(NHAI),” said Dasgupta, the District Magistrate.Though 25 meters of the under-constructed flyover has collapsed, there are no reports of any injury. The area had been cordoned off by the police later in the morning.
Kolkata: Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim on Wednesday said a Detailed Project Report (DPR) would be prepared soon to take up the beatification drive in and around Kalighat temple.During his speech at the Assembly, Hakim said that a beautification drive would be undertaken at Kalighat temple. The detailed project report is yet to be chalked out in this regard. The area around the temple would be revamped to give it a complete new look. A skywalk will be constructed at Kalighat temple on the lines of Dakshineswar. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Kolkata Municipal Corporation has been doing a survey on the underground utilities in Kalighat area before taking up the construction of the skywalk that will resemble the one at Dakshineswar. During a question answer-session in the Assembly, Trinamool Congress MLA Jyotirmoy Kar wanted to know from the minister what steps have been taken for the beautification of various temples and the adjoining areas. It may be mentioned here that Hakim in May this year held meeting with the representatives of Kalighat temple committee to expedite the beautification drive. The civil engineering department of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation constructed rows of stalls outside the temple complex where the hawkers would be shifted from inside the temple complex. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe civic body will start the beautification work after the hawkers are shifted. They will return to their original places after the completion of beatification drive. He had asked the temple committee to ensure shifting of the stalls by end of June so that the beautification work could be started from early July. He also held a meeting with hawker union leaders of Kalighat area for a smooth construction of skywalk in the area that will connect Kalighat temple. The Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee earlier announced that a skywalk would be set up at Kalighat to ease the congestion like the Dakshineswar temple. She also directed the Kolkata Municipal Corporation to take steps in this regard. The Chief Minister had also announced that there would be no changes in the basic structure of Kalighat. She made it clear that no one will be evicted from the place. Following the Chief Minister’s instruction, the government had taken several steps to ensure that devotees do not face any trouble while visiting Kalighat Temple. Speaking on the occasion, Hakim said that Rs 63 crore was spent for constructing the skywalk at Dakshineswar along with some more beatification works. Around Rs 5.92 crore was spent for the beatification of Tarakeswar, Rs 4.77 crore was spent for the development of Tarakeswar complex and Rs 4.39 crore was spent for city planning.
Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Thanks to the internet and social media, anyone can now access knowledge on just about anything in just a few clicks. And since a blog can literally be started in 20 minutes or less, a lot more people are finding it easy to share knowledge, too.Related: 3 Tools to Encourage Knowledge Sharing At Your CompanyIn addition, thanks for the continuing innovations in digital technology, we can now initiate discussions and work together with people from almost anywhere across the globe as if they lived next door. And why not? Knowledge is meant to be shared; only by sharing our individual and collective experiences, skills, and know-how can we truly make the world a better placeTraditional forms of knowledge-sharing will probably continue to some degree, but industry will continue to integrate technological tools and innovation to make knowledge-collection, analysis and sharing faster and more efficient. From text and visual-based social media platforms, to video-streaming sites, review sites and podcasts, digital innovation will continue to make knowledge available to us at a moment’s notice.Here are a few reasons why that’s not just a good thing but a great thing.1. A larger pool of informationFrom delivering messages on horseback to using the old dial-up telephone to letting us communicate via Skype, Facebook, LinkedIn, blogs, forums, Google etc, internet technology has played a huge part in making information and communication better.How many times have you tried to source information online — something about making a cake, for example — and typed in “how to make cakes”?Thanks to Google’s multimillion lines of code, you will almost always find something relevant for every search. It doesn’t matter what filters your search has to pass through.So, whether your search is industry-, age- or location-specific, you’re sure to find something to help with your concern or at least help you make a more targeted search.2. Increased collaboration and facilitated skill developmentWhile the scale of information on the internet is almost limitless, a reasonable percentage of it is questionable. That’s why millions of internet users looking to learn a creative skill or get a professional counseling session or perhaps learn a new language tend to choose platforms specifically designed to meet those needs. Such searches, however, usually require more than a simple search engine query.Related: 4 Ways to Build Business Relationships With Knowledge-SharingMany knowledge-sharing platforms exist today. What a searcher chooses might be a forum-style platform like Quora or a teaching website with a catalogue of videos for learning, like the Khan Academy. Then there are platforms on very specific skill sets, such as Skillshare, which provide online learning opportunities on topics like photography, crafts, writing, etc. Going this route adds an extra layer of confidence in the quality of the information you are taking in.There are also platforms like Konversai that employ a real-time video tutorial approach, where people can share knowledge about anything via one-on-one videos. This approach aims to transform learning from a passive act, like viewing materials online, to an interactive session with a teacher in real time.It blends gig-economy sites like Upwork and People Per Hour with the interactivity of Facetime.3. Improved workplace productivityBusinesses are turning to enterprise collaboration software to aid productive work between employees and third parties. This is especially evident when it comes to employee onboarding.No business will be averse to explaining to new employees what its business and industry is all about, in a secure, online space where it can control the flow, relevance and context of information those new hires are exposed to.This helps ensure that employees can speak with one voice regardless of their geographical location, and can work well with one another, because they are properly motivated, armed with the requisite knowledge and headed in the same direction. There will be no need for them to spend the 1.8 hours per day to 9.3 hours typically needed per week (according to a McKinsey report), trying to pool together industry-related information online. Their collaboration platform will be they need.4. A boost in social media inspirationMillions of businesses and business ideas around the world have been born out of a spur-of-the moment inspiration. Social media is arguably the largest provider of such light-bulb moments. Cyberspace is full of potential inspiration, whether that means creating a mood board on Pinterest; collecting images; telling a story on Instagram; or posting an ad on Facebook, a tweet on Twitter, an article share on LinkedIn.Related: Digital Knowledge Manager: 5 Skills You Need to Succeed at the the Newest Marketing RoleEven just having a simple conversation with someone on social media can turn into a massive eureka moment that can give you a fresh idea or help you make an existing one better. 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Friday, August 17, 2018 Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Tags: ACTA, Closures, Sinorama ACTA’s Sinorama advisory includes link to new claim form Posted by TORONTO — ACTA has sent out an advisory to ACTA members in the wake of the Sinorama closures.The closures came after action from Quebec’s Office de la protection de la consommateur (OPC), Consumer Protection B.C. and the Travel Industry Council of Ontario (TICO). In Ontario TICO issued a closure advisory for Markham-based Sinorama Holidays Inc. on Aug. 8 after the company voluntarily terminated its Ontario registration.Sinorama’s closure in Ontario could hit the province’s Comp Fund for more than $5 million, and travel compensation funds in B.C. and Quebec will take a hit as well.“Last week, Sinorama Vacation Inc. in Quebec, Sinorama Holidays Inc. in Markham, ON and Sinorama Travel in Richmond, B.C. ended operations,” says ACTA. “The following is a summary of where you can obtain information to assist your clients file a claim against the Compensation Funds within these regulated provinces.”In Quebec there is a new claim form that has not yet been updated on the PricewaterhouseCoopers website, says ACTA.More news: Kory Sterling is TL Network Canada’s new Sales Manager CanadaAlso, notes ACTA, the Compensation Funds in B.C. and Ontario don’t cover unpaid commissions to agents. In the meantime ACTA says it has contacted the OPC to inquire if unpaid commissions could be claimed by travel agents in Quebec and will advise members when it gets this info.QUEBECInformation on Sinorama by OPCThis website is for clients having booked with Vacances Sinorama Inc. or any other travel agency in Quebec (with a license from the Office) for a trip with SINORAMA VACATION INC. in Quebec.Claim form for travel agents: Click here for the English version.“Please note that the claim form has been modified and no longer requires the signature before a Commissioner for Oaths (see section ‘Claims’).Claim forms already printed and/or filed with the old format remain valid and it is not necessary to reprint/redo a claim, says ACTA.Forms with supporting documents must be sent by mail or email, exclusively to the following address:More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJMs. Martine MainvillePricewaterhouseCoopers Inc.1250 René-Lévesque Boulevard WestSuite 2500Montreal, QCH3B 4Y1administration.firstname.lastname@example.orgONTARIOConsumers who purchased their travel services directly from Sinorama Holidays Inc. in Ontario and/or its website or through a registered Ontario travel agency should follow the instructions outlined by TICO.Information on Sinorama by TICOACTA also passes on TICO’s reminder: “There is no provision under Ontario Regulation 26/05 pursuant to the Travel Industry Act, 2002 for a consumer to claim on the Compensation Fund when they have purchased travel services from an out-of-province travel agency. TICO can only recommend that you contact your travel agency for further assistance.”BRITISH COLUMBIAConsumers who purchased their travel services directly from Sinorama Travel in Richmond, B.C. and/or its website or through a registered B.C. travel agency should follow the instructions outlined by Consumer Protection BC.Information on Sinorama by Consumer Protection BC
Lufthansa A350-900 – Ni hao Hong KongLufthansa A350-900 – Ni hao Hong KongFrom 12 September, Lufthansa will be offering flights to Hong Kong on an Airbus A350-900. “Our passengers can now experience the world’s most advanced long-haul aircraft for the first time on a flight to the Far East. The flight to Hong Kong is one of the longest routes in the Lufthansa flight schedule. Flying on the A350-900 gives passengers an extraordinary experience. An optimized level of cabin pressure ensures that they arrive feeling more rested”, says Wilken Bormann, CEO of the Munich hub. Due to the flight distance—at 10,000 kilometers—Hong Kong will be served by two aircraft flying alternatively. These will be the fourth and fifth A350-900 aircraft due to be delivered to Lufthansa on 12. August and 2 September respectively, bearing the identifiers D-AIXD and D-AIXE. The A350’s maiden flight to Hong Kong will take off on 12 September at 22:30 and will be welcomed for the first time in Hong Kong eleven hours later at 15:35 local time on 13 September.Hong Kong is an important destination for business travelers and there are plenty of interesting sights for holiday-makers to discover, too. Asia’s third largest metropolis offers visitors an unusual mix of Western and Asian culture. There are unforgettable experiences to be had, such as the view across the skyline, which is beyond comparison, or a visit to Victoria Peak. Hong Kong is also an important trade center and a key transportation hub for Asia.With the arrival of the A350-900, a state-of-the-art newcomer has now joined the fleet at Lufthansa. The first of fifteen A350-900 arrived in Munich in February to be stationed there. By September 2017, five of these aircraft will be taking off from their home base of Munich to fly to Boston, Delhi, Mumbai and Hong Kong. The A350-900 has space for 293 passengers – 48 in Business Class, 21 in Premium Economy and 224 in Economy Class. The aircraft is currently the most advanced and most environmentally-friendly aircraft in the world. It uses 25 percent less kerosene, produces 25 percent fewer emissions and is significantly quieter on take-off than comparable types of aircraft. Lufthansa has placed orders for a total of 25 ultra-modern jet aircraft of this type. Source = Lufthansa
It 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.
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