18 days agoVan Dijk stresses Liverpool not thinking about gap to Man City

first_imgVan Dijk stresses Liverpool not thinking about gap to Man Cityby Freddie Taylor18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveVirgil van Dijk insists Liverpool are paying no attention to their lead over Manchester City in the Premier League title race. The Reds moved eight points clear at the top after they beat Leicester City and City lost to Wolves over the weekend.”So far we have been getting the points,” he told Sky Sports.”There is always room for improvement in our game. And I think we should just focus on all the games ahead of us and don’t look at any gaps or points or difference between us and the others, including City.”There are a lot of busy periods coming up as well with December and January and anything can happen still.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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14 days agoArsenal whiz Bukayo Saka not allowed inside first-team dressing room

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Arsenal whiz Bukayo Saka not allowed inside first-team dressing roomby Paul Vegas14 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal whiz Bukayo Saka is not allowed into the first-team dressing room at the club’s training ground.The young winger, 18, has still not been given permission to join the senior dressing room – and continues to prepare in the academy area, says The Sun.Despite rapidly becoming a big part of Unai Emery’s plans, Saka is yet to be given full first-team privileges.The training facilities at Arsenal are separated into first-team and academy wings – and youngsters must be invited to join in with the established stars.But Saka is more than on the right track, having started the last three Premier League games, under the tutelage of Invincibles star Freddie Ljungberg. last_img read more

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13 days agoMan City midfielder Rodri: Tough leaving Atletico Madrid

first_imgMan City midfielder Rodri: Tough leaving Atletico Madridby Carlos Volcano13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Rodri says it was tough leaving Atletico Madrid.City paid the Spaniard’s €70m release clause this past summer.”It wasn’t an easy decision to leave, because I was very happy with Atletico,” Rodri told ESPN.”I was at home with my family and playing for the team I’ve always loved, I was also playing well.”It was difficult, but I thought it was the right time to accept this challenge and now I’m here and very happy to have made that decision.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Ministry says cleanup operations nearly complete after condensate truck fire on Highway

first_imgHUDSON’S HOPE, B.C. – Officials with the Ministry of Environment say that cleanup operations are nearly complete after a tanker truck carrying condensate rolled over and burst into flames on Tuesday.Corporal Madonna Saunderson with North District RCMP said that the crash happened on Tuesday morning shortly before 8:00 a.m., when the truck – which was carrying roughly 40,000 litres of petroleum condensate – was involved in a single-vehicle rollover crash.The driver was airlifted to a Vancouver hospital while members of the Hudson’s Hope Fire Department extinguished the fire. The Ministry of Environment said in a release that all fire activity at the scene of the incident was extinguished Tuesday night.The responding Environmental Emergency Response Officer spoke with CANUTEC and the Transport Canada Dangerous Goods inspector to ensure an inspection is prepared prior to the removal of the tanker, which is expected to occur on Thursday.A vacuum truck removed 9,000 L of product from the tanker, and a second vacuum truck was scheduled to remove the remaining product some time today.The Ministry said that no further updates on the incident are expected.last_img read more

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India-Iran preferential trade talks likely in May

first_imgNew Delhi: Senior officials of India and Iran are likely to hold fifth round of negotiations for a bilateral preferential trade agreement (PTA) here this month, an official said. Till now, four rounds of negotiations have been completed and the last one was held in March in Tehran where both countries discussed draft text of the pact.”Both sides have tentatively agreed to hold the fifth round of talks here this month,” the official added. Unlike in a free trade pact, where two trading partners significantly reduce or eliminate duties on maximum number of goods traded between them, PTA involves removal of duties on certain identified products. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraAccording to trade experts, the proposed agreement will give India a greater market access in the Persian Gulf nation. “The PTA may not help India in bypassing trade sanctions being imposed by the US on Iran, but in the long run, Iran is an important market for Indian exporters,” Biswajit Dhar, a professor of economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University, said. Trade Promotion Council of India (TPCI) Chairman Mohit Singla said the PTA is important as India will be able to diversify its export basket which is now limited to agri products. “With a carefully designed PTA, strategic products such as leather, textiles and ready made garments, which attract very high duties in Iran can become naturally competitive and India will be able to leverage its export strengths,” he said. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysFederation of Indian Export Organisations (FIEO) said Iran holds huge export opportunities in sectors such as agriculture, chemicals, machinery, pharmaceuticals, paper and paper products, man-made fibre and filament yarn and essential oils. “The PTA will help India in its long run to increase exports,” FIEO DG Ajay Sahai said. Iran’s major exports to India are oil, fertilisers and chemicals while imports include cereals, tea, coffee, spices and organic chemicals. India’s exports to the Persian Gulf nation in 2017-18 were worth $2.65 billion, while imports were valued at $11.11 billion.last_img read more

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Central forces marched in Junglemahal ahead of the 6th Phase Lok Sabha polls

first_imgNew Delhi: Close on the heels of the recent violence that witnessed during the polls in West Bengal, more central forces and state armed police forces have been deployed and started their area domination exercise, a government source said here on Thursday.On the sixth phase of the Lok Sabha elections on May 12, the Junglemahal – once a LWE affected area, is going to vote. Tamluk, Kanthigathal, Jhargram, Medinipur, Purulia, Bankura and Bishnupur will be going for the poll that day. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghSources said, “Taking into consideration the sensitivity of Jungle Mahal area (LWE affected), previous poll violence or the incidents on the eve of the poll, on the day of poll, 602 Coys of Central Armed Police Forces (CRPF, BSF, CISF, SSB, ITBP, RPF, RAF) and 111 Coys and State Armed Police are being deployed for election duties.” Further, to motivate the voters, measures like route marches, Long Range Patrols, cordon and search operations are being undertaken in all the eight constituencies. To ensure safety and security of polling parties, voters, EVMs, candidate, polling agents and other poll-related officials on the day of poll, forces will be deployed in all polling stations. “Quick Reaction Teams (QRTs), 547 Quick Action Teams (QATs) headed by Coy Commanders and 108 additional QATs headed by Adhoc Commandants and 2-I/Cs are also instructed to be on the move,” the sources further said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadBesides, they are being already briefed about the sensitivity of the constituencies, previous poll-related violence. Forces deployed in the Junglemahal area are being briefed to wear bulletproof jackets, helmets and carry adequate ammunition and asked not to move in the vehicle to avoid IEDs. They are also briefed to check all the culverts probable places of planting IEDs much before their movement. For the BJP, the sixth phase is perhaps the most crucial one in West Bengal, as at least four of the constituencies are dominated by tribals. Moreover, the area witnessed maximum Maoist violence that killed more than 1,000 people until 2012. However, Mamata Banerjee’s effort recorded the surrender of 300-odd Maoist to the police after she came to power.last_img read more

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Egypt’s Morsi faces Feb 16 spy trial: judicial sources

first_imgCAIRO: The trial of Egypt’s deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and 35 others on charges of espionage in collaboration with Palestinian Hamas movement will start on February 16, judicial sources said Tuesday.It is the third Morsi trial for which a date has been fixed and is part of a relentless government crackdown on the ousted leader and his Islamist supporters since his July 3 ouster by the army.If found guilty, the defendants could face the death penalty. Morsi and others including former aides and leaders of his Muslim Brotherhood have been accused of launching a “terrorist” campaign inside Egypt in collaboration with Hamas, the sources said.The group is accused “of spying for the international organisation of the Muslim Brotherhood, its military wing and Hamas movement, and carrying out terror attacks inside the country against state property, institutions and their employees to spread chaos”, state news agency MENA said.Morsi, toppled by the military after a single year of turbulent rule, is already on trial for his alleged involvement in the killing of opposition protesters during his presidency.A second trial on jailbreak charges during the 2011 uprising that ousted Hosni Mubarak is set to start on January 28, and he will also be tried for “insulting the judiciary”. A date for that has yet to be fixed.last_img read more

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Morocco: An individual tries to smuggle over 140K euros

first_imgTétouan – Members of the customs services at the Bab Sebta (northern Morocco) post arrested, on Tuesday, an individual attempting to smuggle over 140,000 euros.A customs services source said on Wednesday that the individual, a Moroccan living in the Netherlands, attempted to smuggle the sum into the occupied city of Sebta, then into his host country, without complying with the legal procedure in force and declare the sum to the competent national institutions.The accused, born in 1979, carried also in a Morocco-registered car the sum of 47,000 dirhams, and five cheques. He was handed to the police to complete the probe.last_img read more

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Body of missing surfer found off Costa Ricas Pacific coast

first_imgThe body of 22-year-old Ricardo Andrés González was discovered Tuesday afternoon afterthe surfer went missing this past weekend when he was swallowed under by a strong current off of Caldera beach on Costa Rica’s central Pacific coast.Costa Rican Coast Guard officers retrieved the drowned body of the missing surfer with their patrol boat around noon on Tuesday near the coast of Tivives, which is about 13 kilometers south of Caldera. According to a Red Cross spokesman, González had been missing since Friday afternoon.Initially, a private boat with some of González’s relatives aboard located the body and held it close to the craft before officials lifted it out of the water, according to a press release from the Security Ministry.González was from San Antonio de Belén in Heredia. Facebook Comments Related posts:Canadian longtime expat goes missing in Costa Rica under ‘strange’ circumstances Missing US hiker Cody Dial’s parents submit DNA to investigators Update: Missing US tourist found dead in Costa Rica Human remains in Corcovado could belong to missing US hiker Cody Diallast_img read more

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A report on the impact of Brexit on the audiovisua

first_imgA report on the impact of Brexit on the audiovisual media industry compiled by the European Audiovisual Observatory has highlighted the ‘reciprocity gaps’ that are likely to arise between the UK-based industry and EU-based counterparts after the UK leaves the EU.In the event of an agreement being signed, the first gap that will emerge is between UK and EU-headquartered broadcasters, according to the report. While UK-based broadcasters will have to either relocate or select a second home country within the EU, broadcasters in the remaining EU member states will continue to benefit from Audiovisual Media Services Directive protection in the UK, because while UK law will reflect EU laws, EU member states will treat the UK as a third country.Similarly, while the mandatory collective licensing provisions applicable to cable retransmission in the EU’s SatCab Directive will continue to benefit EU broadcasters, retransmissions of UK originated content will need to be cleared individually, potentially on a territory-by-territory basis.In addition, while a rule that provides for a single point of clearance for satellite broadcasts based on the ‘place of uplink’ will cease to apply to UK satellite broadcasters, potentially forcing them to uplink from an EU state, EU originated broadcasts will continue to be treated as cleared for the UK.In the event of a no deal exit, says the report, copyright will remain protected by international treaties but the UK will cease to benefit from cross-border mechanisms that provide reciprocal protection to EU member states.Audiovisual media services are typically not subject to international treaties, and a no deal exit would imply that the UK would no longer benefit from the ‘country of origin principle’, meaning that EU countries could prevent retransmission of services on UK territory, according to the report.The UK’s continued membership of the European Convention on Transfrontier Television of the Council of Europe would mean that UK services could continue to be made available in the 20 ECTT countries.  These include most EU countries but do not include Belgium, Denmark, Greece, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Sweden, for which a new licence would be required by services based in the UK.UK treatment of non-ECTT broadcasters in the event of no deal has not yet been clarified, but the UK has committed to enable reception of Irish channels TG4, RTÉ1 and RTÉ2.The report also points to a couple of loopholes that could theoretically benefit UK-based companies in the event of no deal. First, the ECTT does not cover video-on-demand services, and while content produced in the UK would continue to qualify as European for EU quota purposes – because the definition of European works in the Audiovisual Media Services Directive refers to the ECTT – the UK would not be obliged to abide by EU quotas applicable to VOD catalogues because the ECTT doesn’t cover these services.Additionally, it points out that UK-based channels using satellite capacity of an ECTT signatory state could theoretically be allowed to transmit to EU member states without an EU licence.last_img read more

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With governments around the world increasing surve

first_imgWith governments around the world increasing surveillance of their citizens, it is becoming ever urgent to take steps to protect one’s privacy. An email is easily read by anyone who can intercept it along its route from sender to receiver. Encrypted email offers a much safer alternative. Guest author Aleksandr explains, and offers a free resource in the process. Why You Must Encrypt Your Communications The year was 49 BC. Julius Caesar sent a series of important messages to the furthest corners of his empire. He needed a way to conceal his instructions, lest they fall into enemy hands. To do this, he encoded the message. It was a simple letter shifting cipher known only to him and the intended recipient, but Caesar was always confident that if the letter was intercepted, his instructions would not be compromised. To someone who didn’t have the key to decrypt the message, the letter would appear to be nothing more than gibberish. Caesar used this method many times, and the concepts he used are as valid today as they were more than two thousand years ago. The Importance of Encrypted Communications Cryptography has come a long way since Julius Caesar’s time, but its importance hasn’t diminished. Computing power has increased at a mind-boggling rate, and encryption ciphers have become enormously more sophisticated and secure. Governments use encryption to communicate securely across their networks. Financial institutions use them to secure transactions. Many websites (including InternationalMan.com) also use encryption when showing you their pages. You are a participant in some type of cryptographic protocol nearly every day, and you may not even realize it. The importance of encryption is becoming more apparent everyday, and more people are becoming aware of the need for encryption. The Ongoing Privacy Battle Governments around the world don’t always follow the rule of law anymore. So-called “free countries” like the United States and the United Kingdom, have routinely, blatantly, and openly violated their professed respect for liberties. In some ways the practices of large advertising companies are even worse than these governments. Using a variety of methods, they can track your activity on the internet. They create a profile of you, so they know exactly what ads you are susceptible to. This invasion of your privacy is ongoing, and you MUST be proactive by taking steps to protect yourself. Your goal should be to keep your private affairs private. Privacy is a fundamental human right. The ability to communicate securely is necessary in any truly free society. The Internet Postcard Email is the most ubiquitous communication method, but, unfortunately, it wasn’t designed with security or privacy in mind. Email is the internet equivalent of sending a postcard in the mail. Anyone along the way can read your message. Encryption is the digital equivalent of putting your postcard in a sealed envelope. With physical mail, someone who wanted to open and read all of it would have an incredible task on their hands! But with unencrypted email, the task becomes easier. If anyone along the path of the message has the desire, they can set up an automated program to scan all messages for certain keywords. If you encrypt your communications, it renders this surveillance method useless. Part of the beauty of email encryption is that not only can you conceal your message from those who wish to spy on it, but you can also guarantee that messages come from who you think they come from. By using precautions like encrypted email whenever possible, you’re moving yourself and your digital communications in the right direction and minimizing your digital security risks. I’ve put together a free tutorial that walks you through the steps of setting up email encryption. You can use a free email service, and all of the software is completely open-source and sufficiently secure. Depending on your technical proficiency, it may take only about 30 minutes to be up and running with the capability to send and receive encrypted email. Tutorials are available in the Member’s Report area of International Man member’s area under “Resources”, with separate tutorials for Windows and Mac operating systems. (To log into the IM Network, click here. If you are not yet an IM member, you can join here for free.) About Aleksandr: Intellectual curiosity, computer savvy, and problems with authority led him to explore various networks. These included some networks popular with identity thieves, spammers, “black hat” hackers, and botnet operators, as well as those frequented by digital activists, security application programmers, “white hat” hackers and the like. Aleksandr now writes for Cryptofort.com as the senior editor, and manages the site’s newsletter, in addition to periodically taking on private consulting clients. Questions and comments can be directed to his personal email at aleksandr (at) cryptofort  dot com.last_img read more

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In This Issue   Chuck gives some parting words

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Chuck gives some parting words *  A quiet week for US data *  Most currencies edged higher *  Is this the beginning for gold And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! A Walk On The Quiet Side… Good day.and welcome to Monday morning. As Chuck had mentioned, it’s going to be a steady mix of Chris and I over the next several weeks since he’ll be out west speaking at a conference and then heading back east for a little summer fun. Chris also has some speaking engagements to attend as well, so that’s the reason for the split squad approach. I’ll start today’s Pfennig with some parting words from Chuck that he wanted me to share before he takes to the air, so here you go. “Ok, right after I signed off and headed to the ice rink to watch Big Boss, Frank Trotter, play hockey on Friday morning, I received an email alert from the WSJ with some news that we can file alongside the other stories we’ve accumulated over the years, that is quickly becoming the playbook that China will have used to get their currency to replace the dollar as the reserve currency of the world. The WSJ reported that “China took a key step in its drive to liberalize its financial system on Friday, announcing it would scrap its curbs on lending interest rates. China’s central bank said Friday that it would abandon the existing floor on lending interest rates, allowing banks to set loan rates by themselves. The next step will be for China to remove the ceiling they have on deposit rates that banks can offer. So, look for that news somewhere down the line.Hey! It may not seem like much, but baby steps turn to toddler running, which turns to jumping, and then taking over the currency regime! I was really confused on Friday as to why the markets just let the fact that the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. History.Let me repeat that Detroit filed for the largest municipality bankruptcy in U.S. History, just slide right off its back, like water on a duck’s back.What was long thought (journalists 50 years ago predicted Detroit would go bust) to be in the making, finally reached the bankruptcy court. And yet, the markets didn’t care! DID NOT CARE! That’s right! There was more dollar selling when the city of Stockton, CA filed for bankruptcy.So what gives? There have been 36 municipal bankruptcies since 2010, folks.but Detroit is the biggest, and the one that should have raised a few eyebrows, and caused some slippage in the dollar. And then finally before I head out the door, for real this time  (see you thought you got rid of me last week!) I just had a brief phone call with a dear reader, a fellow Roosevelt High here in St. Louis fellow to boot, and we talked about Gold.I told him that I hoped that the manipulators had gotten what they wanted, by getting all the “Johnny-come-latelys” and the “short-term holders” out of Gold, and in doing so, had gotten the price of Gold to fall so much, that they were able to cover short positions.And now maybe, the manipulators will go away for awhile and leave us alone! Now. back to Mike!” Thanks again Chuck. I’m just as confused with the market’s reaction, or should I say lack thereof, to the whole Detroit thing. I would have to think if something like this happened with one of the European nations, the markets would be treating it like the end of the world as we know it, but for some reason, nobody gives a hoot about this one. Anyway, it doesn’t look like its getting resolved one way or the other anytime soon since the state court judge ordered Michigan’s governor to withdraw the bankruptcy petition saying the Chapter 9 filing violated the state’s constitution. Just for reference, it took one year for a bankruptcy judge to rule that Stockton, CA was eligible for bankruptcy. Why are we not talking about a contagion like effect with the other states that are in big trouble. If Detroit is able to successfully proceed with filing, what’s to stop others from following suit since precedent has already been set. I guess everyone knows the government will just step in and bail out so why get all worked up. As sad as that sounds, I think it’s the unfortunate truth. Well, it was fairly quiet when Chuck left us on Friday morning and that trend continued right on through the rest of the day since we didn’t have any data here in the US to talk about and the weekend was staring us in the face. Speaking of data, it’s going to be a quiet week. In fact, all of the reports for this week fit on one page and that doesn’t happen very often. It’s going to be a week dominated by housing numbers so I don’t expect to see much in the way of surprises. All of the housing data is from June, which the 10 year didn’t really start taking off until late in the month, so I would have to agree with most economists who are calling for a slight improvement. I’ll be more interested to see how the July numbers were impacted by the higher rate environment. Other than the existing and new home sales out today and Wednesday respectively, Thursday will be the only other day to hold any weight with not only the weekly jobs numbers but we’ll also see June’s durable goods report. There are a few other second tier reports sprinkled throughout, but that’s about all we have for US data. That means the markets will most likely be hanging on every word spoken by any of the Fed heads this week, so the potential for a couple wild rides would be there if any of them would decide to steal the mic.. Otherwise, we’ll be relying on data abroad to give us direction in the market. The dollar did end Friday slightly on the lower side with everything, including metals, remaining in a tight range all day long. The dust is still settling after Bernanke’s comments last week regarding the Fed’s role going forward. Even though he didn’t really say anything meaningful, he didn’t indicate a specific timetable as to tapering efforts, if any, and still left the door open for additional stimulus if needed. As a result, some of the dollar bulls were taken out of the game and sent back to the bench for a breather. With that being said, the only two currencies that finished in the red on Friday were the Brazilian real and Mexican peso. There weren’t any new developments pushing either one downward on the day so it was just the same concerns that we’ve seen. In Brazil, it’s the constant reduction in growth expectations that most are concerned with and the greater possibility that rates will be put back on hold. A stronger real would go a long way in helping the inflation problem, but I think most investors want to see a much higher risk premium, in the way of interest rates, before feeling comfortable enough to pile on. If we take a look at the opposite end of the spectrum, we had the Swedish krona finish as the best performing currency on Friday. The currency was still riding the wave from last week where the central bank decided to not only keep rates on hold but also indicated rates probably aren’t going any lower. Not that it’s a positive attribute, but high levels of consumer debt are preventing officials from loosening policy even though inflation is running on the low side. The South African rand finished the day in second place and up just over 0.5%. Along the same lines, it was no news is good news. While the prospects of additional reductions to growth forecasts are still on the table, the fact that the central bank kept rates on hold last week gave the rand a little pep to its step. The labor situation has also been quiet lately as annual wage talks are taking place, but that whole situation remains extremely volatile. In the end, not much to see here, so let’s move on. All of the other currencies finished up with less than 0.5% gains, so their moves were mostly a function of a weaker dollar on the day. The pound sterling finished in the top five as the results of June’s back to back increase in retail sales on Thursday carried the currency to wrap up the week. As a result, we have some investors starting to make calls the British economy will outperform the eurozone, but that’s not really saying much. Recent data has shown some improvement but until the BOE moves away from its dovish stance or we see a marked increase in inflation, I don’t see the pound outpacing the euro by leaps and bounds. It’s nice to see that gold ended the week in positive territory as well as putting together a back to back weekly performance in the black. Hopefully this trend continues as it almost broke through $1,300 and finished the day around $1,295. Bernanke’s comments suggested that stimulus could remain in place a little longer than some of the calls from weeks ago, so that helped to put the wheels in motion. The next couple of Fed meetings should have a significant impact as to the near term direction of metals as any hints of procrastinating plans to taper should act as a springboard but anything to the contrary would tend to keep it suppressed. As I came in this morning, the dollar is down against most currencies and metals have taken another step forward. As I’m sitting here writing, gold is up $20 and silver is up nearly 50 cents so its smooth sailing so far at least. I couldn’t find much to explain gold’s jump to a one month high other than technical trading, but I’ll take it. I did just see a story that some refiners in Switzerland will close for summer holiday in August so maybe that has also contributed to the move higher. Either way, the prices can move very quickly, as we know all too well, so let’s keep our fingers crossed. For What It’s Worth. Group of 20 finance ministers and central bankers who met in Moscow said they plan to put growth ahead of austerity to revive a global economy that “remains too weak.” The policymakers said they will back stimulus to ensure market volatility doesn’t wreck the economic recovery. Germany toned down its position that governments must reduce borrowing, sources said.  To recap.Chuck gave his thoughts on China’s decision to become less involved with lending rates as well as expressing some confusion about the market’s reaction to Detroit’s decision to file bankruptcy. Friday was a fairly quiet day as all of the currencies, including metals, traded in a very tight range since there was no data released in the US. Speaking of economic data, it’s going to be a quiet week here as we’re only going to have housing data and durable goods to entertain us with a few second tier reports for added flavor. The dollar did end Friday slightly weaker as most currencies were able to squeeze out some gains. Gold was also able to put together another weekly gain so that marks the second straight month, so hopefully this is the beginning of a trend. Currencies today 7/22/13. American Style: A$ .9223, kiwi .7929, C$ .9669, euro 1.3179, sterling 1.5334, Swiss $1.0648, . European Style: rand 9.8131, krone 5.9329, SEK 6.4917, forint 223.08, zloty 3.2002, koruna 19.6812, RUB 32.3029, yen 99.95, sing 1.2621, HKD 7.7580, INR 59.7237, China 6.1721, pesos 12.5053, BRL 2.2471, Dollar Index 82.33, Oil $108.52, 10-year 2.47%, Silver $19.94, Platinum $1,440.55, Palladium $750.95, and Gold. $1,316.34 That’s it for today.Welcome to a new week and hopefully you were able to get out and enjoy your weekend. As Chuck mentioned, I recently experienced the best thing that’s ever happened to me as my wife gave birth to our daughter on July 10. That’s right, I feel truly blessed to have my little Giavanna Marie and when I’m home, I never want her to leave my arms. With that said, I do have somewhat of disclaimer as it pertains to the Pfennig. Since the hours of sleep that I get each night right now can be easily counted on one hand and broken up into several segments, my Daily Pfennigs over the next several weeks will most likely be super short. I had all weekend to write this one, but I just want to apologize in advance if my writing is only a few paragraphs and disjointed. Antione brought me an energy drink last week so I’ll definitely be putting that to use very soon. With that said, I’ll let you go for today. Until tomorrow.Have a Great Day! Mike Meyer Assistant Vice President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

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SIMON NOTT Was what Ed said Balls

first_img[dropcap]T[/dropcap]here has been some conversation on social media on what ITV’s Ed Chamberlin said at the Gimcrack dinner then reported in the Racing Post. In a nutshell it wasn’t controversial at all, just common sense, racing needs to modernise and attract new people. It’s pretty obvious that if it doesn’t it’s going to be in serious trouble in a generation.People on-line have been screaming the place down saying that events held at racecourse on the same day as racing don’t attract people that are interested in racing, it dilutes the sport and deters ‘real racing fans’ from attending. It’s actually not new, if you go back far enough in racing history it soon becomes apparent that in the (very) old days, ‘race day’ was an all-encompassing jolly up for the entire community. A lost of towns came to a halt with a public holiday for all. The races went ahead as did a whole lot of other stuff did in parallel, something for everyone. It would probably be to the detriment of local business if Southwell followed suit with the holidays, but you know what I’m saying.Back to the concerts, I always thought that they were a good idea, they certainly get people into a racecourse that wouldn’t have thought about going racing otherwise, bingo. However, the original conception was to then try and sell racing to those people once they were in, but it doesn’t seem to happen. To the contrary, I have heard racecourse announcers almost apologetically inform patrons that ‘there are only three races to go before the concert’. People need to be engaged, depending on the act booked and that is where racecourses need to think carefully too, different angles need to be used. If for argument’s sake a teeny bopper band are booked then gambling can’t be the main incentive, nor drink, surely the latter should never be. The excitement of a horse race can still be instilled in those under 18’s. It needs to be treated as an investment for the future. How about something simple like each kid on arrival has to pick a horse in the feature race, those that pick the winner then go into a free draw for a couple of them to meet the band backstage? Something along those lines? I’m sure it wouldn’t take much brainstorming to come up with a more sophisticated idea than mine. One thing is for sure, there should be discounted non-band tickets for racegoers who are interested and bookmakers that don’t benefit from racegoers that don’t bet.I wrote about attracting the nightclub set and the habits they bring with them at weekends previously here sentiments haven’t changed. Instead of plying them with booze, getting them to bet with the bookies or fair’s fair (they’ll soon realise where the value lies) the Tote should they wish, should be the way forward. Don’t give them free pints but free punts, the bookies/tote to be squared up afterwards, at least then some interest has been taken by the new racegoer in actually looking at the horse names and the mechanics of having a bet. I’m not so sure that for a first timer fan-faring of jockeys and talking heads giving their expert opinion would be of much value. Of course, that’s open for debate, though certainly not the latter, giving people, an instant inferiority complex isn’t the way forward and something lost on some in the industry. Everyone who has now classed themselves as a ‘real racing fan’ will remember the day they first went racing, or their first trip to the betting shop that hooked them. Let’s pool those ideas and see if there’s an angle there.To conclude, Ed’s not talking balls he is talking sense. Racing has a massive amount to offer. Where do you start? It’s got colour, excitement, characters, glamour, world class sport, adrenaline on tap and was ahead of its time as a social melting pot. Where else can you go in the UK even and (almost) rub shoulders with the Queen. Racing should be a PR company’s wet dream. Racing needs to get a decent tank together and put their brand publicity up for tender. A top-class PR company, in no way racing affiliated, should be able to transform the image and fortunes of the sport and relish the challenge of doing so. There’s so much to sell, PR gurus form an orderly queue.Simon NottSimon Nott is author of Skint Mob!: Tales from the Betting RingCLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILSlast_img read more

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MIT Talks to Costco CEO About Success and More – Boston News

first_img About the AuthorJonathan PfefferJonathan Pfeffer joined the Clear Admit and MetroMBA teams in 2015 after spending several years as an arts/culture writer, editor, and radio producer. In addition to his role as contributing writer at MetroMBA and contributing editor at Clear Admit, he is co-founder and lead producer of the Clear Admit MBA Admissions Podcast. He holds a BA in Film/Video, Ethnomusicology, and Media Studies from Oberlin College.View more posts by Jonathan Pfeffer MIT Talks to Costco CEO About Success, and More – Boston News regions: Boston Last Updated May 22, 2018 by Jonathan PfefferFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img Let’s explore some of the most interesting stories that have emerged from Boston business schools this week, including a visit from the Costco CEO at MIT.How Costco’s Obsession with Culture Drove Success – MIT Sloan NewsroomCostco CEO James Sinegal, along with renowned Costco butcher Todd Miner, stopped by professor MIT Sloan Zeynep Ton’s “Management of Services: Concepts, Design, and Delivery” class earlier this month to discuss how Costco’s employee-focused culture was “critical to its success.”In Ton’s 2014 book, “The Good Jobs Strategy,” she analyzed four “operational choices” that she believes Costco’s culture encapsulates—and are responsible for its status as a “wholesale giant. Offer lessStandardize and empowerCross-trainOperate with slack.Sinegal explained that the key to Costco’s success is a culture that promotes “passion, integrity, ownership, and motivation in his employees and [ensures] that the customer can trust that they are always getting the best deal by shopping with Costco.”He also highlighted the company’s well-known high-pay for its employees; among the best in the U.S. for retail workers.“No one was going to be able to say we’re making money off the backs of our employees, because we were going to pay the highest wages in all of retail,” Costco CEO James Sinegal said.Click here to get more insights from the Costco CEO.The Evolution of Conflict Resolution – D’Amore-McKim BlogNortheastern University D’Amore-McKim School of Business assistant professor Christoph Riedel recently published new research that offers insights into the social and biological evolution of how humans resolve conflict.In “Conflict and Convention in Dynamic Networks,” Riedel researched how “dynamic networks allow individuals to resolve conflicts by managing their network connections rather than changing their strategy.”His team applied computer simulations to common situations like when a single appetizer remains between a host and a guest. Riedel writes:“Host-guest norms or ‘paradoxical behavior’ account for the vast majority of our simulated final state solutions—in other words, the host gives the guest the last appetizer. The opposite solution where the host takes the appetizer for himself, called ownership norms or ‘bourgeois behavior,’ is quite rare. This is especially interesting in the context of human biological behavior because in the animal kingdom, territoriality or ownership norms are ubiquitous.”You can read more about Professor Riedel’s research here.How Companies Can Use the Data They Collect to Further the Public Good – Harvard Business ReviewHBS professors Edward L. Glaeser, Hyunjin Kim, and Michael Luca published a marketing piece in which they implored companies that collect data to recognize the possibility of “re-purposing their data for the public good,” which can allow companies to “do well by doing good.”“[There is] broader potential for data from online platforms to improve our understanding of all of America. Just as Yelp can shed light on local economic changes, Zillow could inform our understanding of housing markets, LinkedIn could provide insight about labor markets, and Glassdoor could teach us about the quality of employment options in an area.”You can check out the full article here. RelatedWhy Mission Matters at MIT Sloan School of BusinessThis post has been republished in its entirety from original source clearadmit.com. How important is a business school’s mission statement to the experience of its students? According to recent graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Sloan School of Management, the school’s mission—to develop principled, innovative leaders who improve…June 9, 2015In “Featured Home”Top 10 Employers in SeattleThe Seattle metro has earned a reputation as a cultural hub with abundant employment and easy access to natural splendor continues to lure new denizens to the Emerald City, which now boasts a population of over 650,000. Based on international perceptions of our bustling Pacific Northwest burg, it may not…December 6, 2016In “Featured Home”MIT Sloan Celebrates 4th Annual Women’s Week in 7 Cities WorldwideThe MIT Sloan School of Management’s #MITSloanWomen campaign just celebrated its fourth anniversary. One of the cornerstone events of the campaign, which offers female prospective applicants and current MBA students new ways to interact with the school and build their post-graduation careers, is the annual Women’s Week. 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Bizzabo Study 84 of B2B Tech Leaders Say Event Marketing is Critical

first_img B2B tech organizationsBizzaboEvent Marketing Trends reportEvent Success Platform Previous ArticleBelgian Telecom Provider Speeds Delivery of Customer Services with OracleNext ArticleHCL Technologies Announces Close of Acquisition of Select IBM Products Bizzabo Study: 84% of B2B Tech Leaders Say Event Marketing is Critical to Success MTS Staff WriterJuly 2, 2019, 4:23 pmJuly 2, 2019 Bizzabo’s Study Also Finds 69 Percent of B2B Tech Organizations Plan on Investing More in Events Than They Did in 2018Bizzabo, the world’s leading end-to-end Event Success Platform, released its 2019 B2B Tech Event Marketing Trends report. The company analyzed responses from +1,000 senior-level marketers on how they think about events, discovering everything from how to use events to accelerate sales and lead generation, to how marketers believe in-person events compared to traditional marketing channels and more.More than any other group, B2B tech marketers see real value in events. According to Bizzabo’s study, B2B tech marketers are 18 percent more likely to allocate over 21 percent of their marketing budgets to in-person events, when compared to the cross-sector average.In addition, the study found that in 2019, 69 percent of B2B tech organizations plan on investing more in events than they did in 2018.Marketing Technology News: Broadvoice Welcomes Kim McLachlan as Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing“B2B tech marketers believe that in-person events comprise the most valuable channel for achieving their business goals,” said Eran Ben-Shushan, Co-Founder and CEO of Bizzabo. “We’ve discovered that, on average, these organizations invest more in events than companies from other sectors.”Bizzabo’s study also saw that in comparison to organizations in other sectors, B2B tech organizations are 3.3x more likely to spend nearly one-quarter of their total events budget on hosting or sponsoring events rather than attending them.Marketing Technology News: Connected TV is Transforming the Digital Advertising Ecosystem: ExtremLatest Video Benchmarks Report Shows 49% of Video Ad Impressions Going to CTV84% of leadership (VPs & C-Suite) believe in-person events are critical. It was also discovered via Bizzabo’s analysis that the majority (84%) of leadership (VPs and C-Suite) believe in-person events are a critical component of their company’s success. In fact, B2B leadership in tech, specifically, spend 2x as much on events than B2B marketers overall.In addition, it was established that organizers who use event software to demonstrate ROI are 10x more likely to receive leadership support for their events.“We’ve seen leadership in the B2B tech sector backing in-person events when the events team is able to prove event ROI,” said Ben-Shushan. “In fact, tech leadership spends twice as much on events then B2B marketers overall.”Marketing Technology News: New Competitive Report by BIA Advisory Services Shows Similarities and Differences Among Leading Call Tracking Platformslast_img read more

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Amazons potential HQ2 sites leaves many cities disappointed

In this Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, file photo, a clerk reaches to a shelf to pick an item for a customer order at the Amazon Prime warehouse, in New York. Amazon announced Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018, that it has narrowed down its potential site for a second headquarters in North America to 20 metropolitan areas, mainly on the East Coast. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) Maybe next time: Cities see failed Amazon bids as trial runs ___DETROIT”We would have loved to have made it into the next round for Amazon’s second headquarters but everyone here is incredibly proud of the proposal we submitted,” Mayor Mike Duggan said. “It showed a clear vision for the future of our city and brought out the very best of our city and our region.”___MEMPHIS, Tennessee”We came together and gave it our best shot,” Mayor Jim Strickland said. “The good news is that this exercise showed us new ways to showcase our city that we are already using to attract other businesses.””Memphis has momentum and other companies have seen and will continue to see our value”The city offered Amazon $60 million in cash incentives.___KANSAS CITY, Missouri”I can understand that some Kansas Citians may be disappointed, but it’s important to remember that as a result of this very collaborative effort, more people today know more great things about Kansas City than they ever did before,” said Mayor Sly James. “Kansas City will continue to develop transformational projects and partnerships that continue the momentum you feel in every block and every neighborhood of this great city. We truly are a city on the rise, and I look forward to our exciting future.”___DELAWAREDelaware’s Gov. John Carney and the state’s congressional delegation said they were “of course” disappointed not to be chosen.”But we used this opportunity to showcase all the options in Delaware not just for Amazon, but for any business looking for a location to set down roots and grow,” they said. “In that respect, Delaware’s effort—which brought together leaders in the public and private sectors to promote our great state—was a resounding success. Going forward, we’ll do everything we can to support Philadelphia’s application, to help bring Amazon to our region.”___NEW HAMPSHIRE”New Hampshire’s groundbreaking proposal to recruit Amazon was the most comprehensive business marketing plan our state has ever produced,” Gov. Chris Sununu said in a statement. “While we always knew that our bid was considered a long shot, we are excited that it is already serving as a template for other businesses that now have New Hampshire on their radar. Our commitment to economic and workforce development is already yielding results. We will never stop emphasizing that New Hampshire is open for business, open for workers, and open for opportunity.” Amazon’s move to whittle its list for a second headquarters leaves more than 200 municipalities disappointed. Here are statements from some of the places that didn’t make the tech giant’s cut to 20 contenders: Explore further Citation: Amazon’s potential HQ2 sites leaves many cities disappointed (2018, January 19) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-amazon-potential-hq2-sites-cities.html New Hampshire’s Amazon proposal was centered in Londonderry and emphasized the state’s lack of a sales or income tax.___SAN DIEGO”While disappointed San Diego/Chula Vista did not advance, we are not at all surprised,” said Mark Cafferty, president and CEO of the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corp. “We knew that this would be a long shot based on geography and incentive options, but we also know that as a region, San Diego can most definitely compete with others in terms of talent, entrepreneurship, innovation and quality of life.”___NORTHERN CALIFORNIAThe two bids submitted by cities in the San Francisco Bay Area were both rejected by Amazon. Bay Area Council President Jim Wunderman said the decision was disappointing. “We’re not completely surprised by Amazon’s decision,” he said. “The Bay Area is one of the most innovative regions in the world and the huge economic expansion we have witnessed here over the past 10 years has created significant challenges in the form of high housing costs, high cost of living and growing traffic. We are working hard to address these challenges, but we suspect they factored heavily in Amazon’s decision to look elsewhere.”___VIRGINIA BEACH, VIRGINIA”We’re disappointed the City of Virginia Beach was not listed among the top 20 finalists for this project. However, we’re excited the Commonwealth of Virginia is still under consideration,” Virginia Beach Mayor William Sessoms Jr. said. “A project of this magnitude will create many opportunities, and, if Virginia is selected, we expect Virginia Beach and Hampton Roads will benefit.” 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. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. read more

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Facebook cracks down on groups spreading harmful information

first_imgIn this Jan. 9, 2019, file photo, media and guests tour Facebook offices in Cambridge, Mass., building. Facebook says it is rolling out a wide range of updates aimed at combatting the spread of false and harmful information on the social media site. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) © 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Facebook said Wednesday it is rolling out a wide range of updates aimed at combatting the spread of false and harmful information on the social media site—stepping up the company’s fight against misinformation as it faces growing outside pressure. Explore further Two top Facebook executives depart the companycenter_img 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. The updates will limit the visibility of links found to be significantly more prominent on Facebook than across the web as a whole. The company is also expanding its fact-checking program with outside expert sources, including The Associated Press, to vet videos and other material posted on Facebook.Facebook groups—the online communities that many point to as lightning rods for the spread of fake information—will also be more closely monitored. If they are found to be spreading misinformation, their visibility in users’ news feeds will be limited.Lawmakers and human rights groups have been critical of the company for the spread of extremism and misinformation on its flagship site and on Instagram.During a larger hearing Tuesday on the spread of white nationalism, congress members questioned a company representative about how Facebook prevents violent material from being uploaded and shared on the site.In a separate Senate subcommittee hearing Wednesday, the company is expected to be asked about allegations that social media companies are biased against conservatives.CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s latest vision for Facebook, with an emphasis on private, encrypted messaging , is sure to pose a challenge for the company when it comes to removing problematic material.Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of integrity, acknowledged the challenge in a meeting with reporters at Facebook’s Menlo Park, California, headquarters Wednesday. He said striking a balance between protecting people’s privacy and public safety is “something societies have been grappling for centuries.”Rosen said the company is focused on making sure it does the best job possible “as Facebook evolves toward private communications.” But he offered no specifics.”This is something we are going to be working on, working with experts outside the company,” he said, adding that the aim is “to make sure we make really informed decisions as we go into this process.” Citation: Facebook cracks down on groups spreading harmful information (2019, April 10) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-facebook-groups.htmllast_img read more

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Nintendo says working with Tencent to release Switch in China

first_img Citation: Nintendo says working with Tencent to release Switch in China (2019, April 26) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-nintendo-tencent-china.html Nintendo says full-year profit up nearly 40% on strong game sales © 2019 AFP Explore further Japanese games giant Nintendo said Friday it was working with Chinese internet firm Tencent to roll out its popular Switch console in China, confirming rumours that have dramatically pushed up its share price.center_img Mario from Super Mario Bros. is already a well-known character “Nintendo… is announcing that a collaboration is in progress with Tencent Holdings Limited… to release the Nintendo Switch video game system in China,” the firm said in a brief statement.The announcement came a day after Nintendo unveiled strong full-year profit numbers lifted by strong sales of blockbuster game titles for the Switch console.Net profit for the fiscal year to March rose 39.0 percent from a year earlier to 194 billion yen ($1.7 billion), on sales of 1.2 trillion yen, up 13.7 percent.It said then that sales of Switch hardware were projected to rise six percent to 18 million units for the current fiscal year with plans to release “Super Mario Maker 2”, “Pokemon Sword and Pokemon Shield” and “The Legend of Zelda”.The Switch has become a huge global seller, helped by the release of innovative, family-friendly titles that have wowed critics and gamers alike.The company’s shares have surged more than 12 percent since news reports said earlier this month that its games and the Switch would soon be available in China via Tencent.Nintendo boss Shuntaro Furukawa was quoted as saying on Thursday that they wanted to grow China into a major market like Japan, the US, and Europe.”But the size of the game console market is small. So it might not be easy,” said Furukawa.’Definitely positive news’However, Nintendo stock was off three percent in early exchanges on Friday, as analysts said they had been hoping for news of a new Switch console.The Tencent news is “definitely positive news”, said Hideki Yasuda, an analyst at Ace Research Institute in Tokyo. “Shares are down because people wanted to square positions before the holidays.”After the closing bell on Friday, Japan will embark on an unprecedented 10-day holiday as special days off to celebrate the emperor’s abdication combine with the traditional “Golden Week” break.The long holiday has sparked some fears that Japanese markets will be volatile when they reopen as traders catch up with the news that has broken during that period.The Switch has “enormous potential” to succeed in China, Yasuda said, partly due to the games’ family-friendly nature.”Chinese authorities have strict rules when it comes to consumer products… you cannot show running blood and corpses.”Nintendo’s games in general avoid grotesque depictions. I feel it should face an easier time than others when it applies for permits,” the analyst told AFP.The characters such as Mario are already well recognised, which should also give it an edge.And although most Chinese gamers play on PCs, Nintendo’s software “offers benefits that PCs don’t”, said Yasuda.”You can carry it around. You can hook it to TVs. It offers various styles of gaming. It has already been accepted around the world,” he noted. 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.last_img read more

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