Crucial Brexit talks between May and Labour leader Corbyn end without deal

first_imgLondon: Britain’s Opposition Labour Party ended the crucial cross-party Brexit talks with Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday without striking a deal, saying negotiations have “gone as far as they can”. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn wrote to May to declare an end to the negotiation process, blaming the “weakness and instability” of her government as a leadership contest gets underway within the ruling Conservative Party. The development came a day after Prime Minister May was forced to set a June timeline for her exit from Downing Street. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report”I have written to Theresa May to say that talks on finding a compromise agreement for leaving the European Union have gone as far as they can,” Corbyn tweeted. “The government’s growing weakness and instability means there cannot be confidence in its ability to deliver,” he said. Britain’s exit from the 28-member European Union had been due to take place on March 29 – but after MPs voted down the deal May had negotiated with the bloc three times, the EU gave the UK an extension until October 31. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”The increasing weakness and instability of your government means there cannot be confidence in securing whatever might be agreed between us,” Corbyn wrote. “As you have been setting out your decision to stand down and Cabinet ministers are competing to succeed you, the position of the government has become ever more unstable and its authority eroded,” he noted. Stressing that his party had conducted the exercise in “good faith” and that some constructive effort had gone into finding a possible consensus, there has been growing concern within the Opposition ranks about the government’s ability to deliver on any compromise agreement. The Labour Party has been in favour of a form of a common customs arrangement with the European Union (EU) that keeps the UK aligned with its European neighbours on trade tariffs post-Brexit. Some Labour MPs have also insisted they would not back a deal with the government unless it includes another referendum. Both scenarios have caused anger among Brexit-backing Conservatives, who claim a customs union would stop the UK negotiating its own trade deals around the world and who believe another public vote is undemocratic. In his letter to the British Prime Minister, Corbyn noted: “Not infrequently, proposals by your negotiating team have been publicly contradicted by statements from other members of the Cabinet. “In recent days we have heard senior Cabinet ministers reject any form of customs union, regardless of proposals made by government negotiators.” The Labour leader is equally clear about the party’s opposition to May’s unchanged Withdrawal Agreement, which is set for a fourth House of Commons vote in the week beginning June 3.last_img read more

Moroccan Minister-Delegate for the Interior Meets US Coordinator for Counterterrorism

first_imgRabat – Moroccan delegate-minister for the interior, Cherki Drais, met this Tuesday US Ambassador at Large and Coordinator for Counterterrorism at the State Department, Tina Kaidanow, over Morocco-US cooperation in security issues.Talks covered “the excellent cooperation between Morocco and the USA in the fight against terrorism, which is a priority both for Morocco and for the USA, and the training of Moroccan executives,” said the Moroccan official following the meeting.A delegation of the state department is expected in Morocco to discuss the implementation of the training program, he added.last_img read more

Danilo injury concern for Man City

first_imgManchester City will observe Danilo’s fitness upon his return from international duty with BrazilThe 27-year-old full-back had only recovered from an ankle injury last month, but appeared to have sustained damage in the same area on Tuesday.Danilo started for Brazil in their South American showdown with rivals Argentina in a four-team friendly competition at Saudi Arabia.But Sky Sports reports that a tearful Danilo was forced to leave the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in the final 37 minutes of the game with a suspected ankle injury.The injury occurred while Danilo attempted to stop an Argentina attack and he was replaced with Liverpool’s Fabinho by Brazil coach Tite.It’s currently unclear whether Danilo will be available for City’s Premier League game against Burnley this Saturday at the Etihad Stadium.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.The Brazilian has featured only once this season for Pep Guardiola’s side in a 3-0 win over Oxford United in the Carabao Cup.Meanwhile, Brazil won the game against Argentina 1-0 through a late Miranda goal.Danilo leaves field in tears for Brazil to hand boss Guardiola injury blow— The Sun – Man City (@SunManCity) October 16, 2018last_img read more

Laporte expects a fierce battle from Chelsea

first_imgBookmakers will be getting it all wrong if they feel Manchester City’s game against Chelsea will be a walk in the park, says Aymeric Laporte.The Spanish defender who penned down a new contract with the Citizens has warned his side not to be complacent in the Carabao Cup final on Sunday.Both sides have cancelled each other out in the league front but Guardiola’s men are overwhelming favourites having humbled the London side 6-0 less than a fortnight ago.Still a lot to live for, still a lot to enjoy. Thank you @mancity for keeping your trust in me. It is an honour to be part of this family.The best is yet to come! 💙 #AL14 #Laporte2025— Aymeric Laporte (@Laporte) February 22, 2019The result compounded Maurizio Sarri’s woes and plunged the future of the Italian manager into serious doubt as the run of disappointing results continued.However, Laporte is of the view that there would not be a repeat of the Etihad Stadium result in Wembley.WolverhamptonMatch Preview: Wolverhampton vs Chelsea Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Wolverhampton will host Chelsea at the Molineux Stadium in one of the most interesting Premier League games this weekend.“I think that people are mistaken,” Laporte, revealed in a quote cited on Goal.“Their results recently haven’t been good but they have a great squad, great players and they have shown that they know how to play good football.“They have a great team and we have to concentrate on ourselves, do our things well and hopefully we will.“All the matches that we have got from now until the end of the season are finals. We will try to win them all and try to achieve our objectives.Chelsea can’t lose 6-0 to Man City twice… right?— Goal News (@GoalNews) February 22, 2019“We are expecting a very difficult match, very physical and we have to play at our best level if we are to win.”last_img read more

KSRM Week In Review 115119

first_imgWednesday 1/17Audio PlayerWEDNESDAY-MATT-11918.mp3VmWEDNESDAY-MATT-11918.mp300:00RPdBorough Memo Offers Update On ACLU Invocation Lawsuit, Troopers Apprehend Barricaded Suspect At Private Residence In Anchor Point, Borough Assembly Finds Solution To Vacant Service Board Seats Friday 1/19Audio PlayerFRIDAY-MATT-11918.mp3VmFRIDAY-MATT-11918.mp300:00RPdGovernor Walker Talks Optimism In State Of The State Address, Hilcorp Unveils Big Plans For Work In The Cook Inlet For 2018, Kenai Begins Overhaul Of Lease Process For Airport Lands Tuesday 1/16Audio Player01-19-2018-THIS-WEEK-TUESDAY-FINAL.mp3Vm01-19-2018-THIS-WEEK-TUESDAY-FINAL.mp300:00RPdTroopers Respond To Stolen Vehicle/Barricaded Suspect, Applicants Sought For Kenai River Special Management Area Advisory Board, City Of Kenai Looks At Amendments To Marijuana Regulations, The State Legislature Is Officially In Session, Kenai To Consider Rerouted Funds To Fix 2016 Earthquake Damage To Dock Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week.center_img Monday 1/15Audio PlayerMONDAY-MATT-11918.mp3VmMONDAY-MATT-11918.mp300:00RPdInitial Plans For Soldotna Sports Center Field House Are Complete, Travelers Rallied To Assist Roadside Accident On Black Ice Highway, Bill Aimed At Reducing Number Of Set Netters On East Side Of Cook Inlet Thursday 1/18Audio Player01-19-2018-THIS-WEEK-THURSDAY-FINAL.mp3Vm01-19-2018-THIS-WEEK-THURSDAY-FINAL.mp300:00RPdProject Homeless Connect Has Seen Increase In Job Loss Related Homelessness, 5 Inmates Treated After ‘Riot’ In Seward Prison Yard, Anchorage Drug Bust Takes $1.2 Million in Meth and Heroin, Kenai Dock Repairs Estimated To Cost $259,000last_img read more

Local Drug Take Back Day Is Almost Here

first_imgThe drug take-back day is being hosted by the Soldotna Police Department, Change 4 the Kenai and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), to prevent pill abuse and theft. The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches. Representatives from Change 4 the Kenai emphasize that the service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. The Soldotna Professional Pharmacy will be open from 10 2 p.m., for the event. Change 4 the Kenai will be giving away $5 coffee cards to each person who disposes their unused or expired medication until they run out. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享On Saturday, April 29, Kenai Peninsula residents will be able to dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs from 10am to 2pm at Soldotna Professional Pharmacy. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29 Take Back Day event, visit Change 4 The Kenai.last_img read more

Alaska Legislature Urges Feds To Rethink Marijuana Stance

first_imgThe resolution also asks the federal government to respect the state’s authority to regulate the use, production and distribution of marijuana in Alaska. The House voted 37-0 Monday to accept changes made by the Senate. The Senate passed the resolution unanimously earlier in April. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature has passed a resolution urging the federal government to reconsider its listing of marijuana as a controlled substance.center_img Alaska voters in 2014 approved legalizing recreational use of marijuana by those 21 and older. Marijuana remains illegal at the federal level.last_img read more

Hyundai will make Rear Occupant Alert standard by 2022

first_img Review • 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe review: Stylish and sure-footed Tags Hyundai Auto Tech Future Cars The more advanced version of Rear Occupant Alert involves more than just a new “if” statement buried somewhere in the car’s code. In addition to the door-based technology, Hyundai also embeds an ultrasonic sensor into the car to detect movement in the second row. If movement is detected after the vehicle is shut off and locked, it will honk the car’s horn and send a notification to the driver’s phone through Hyundai’s Blue Link connected-car system — provided the car is equipped with Blue Link and its service is active. Automakers haven’t really adopted systems like these en masse, in part because it incurs a greater cost than simply checking for opened doors.Right now, the basic Rear Occupant Alert is standard on the 2020 Santa Fe and Palisade SUVs, with the ultrasonic version available as an option. The ultrasonic system is available on the 2019 Santa Fe, as well. Later this year, when the 2020 Sonata launches, it will have the simpler system standard, too. It’s unclear which Hyundai vehicles are slated to make this standard in the future, but we’ll definitely call it out as it happens.GM is one of the pioneers of this tech, having added Rear Seat Reminder to more than 20 models for the 2017 model year. Nissan followed by making Rear Door Alert (there are a lot of silly proprietary names for this tech) standard on multiple cars in 2018. The 2020 Subaru Ascent added a rear-seat reminder system as standard equipment, too. As of May of this year, a bill has been floating around the US Senate that would seek to mandate this technology to reduce hot-car deaths, but nothing has come of it yet. Preview • 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: Trading ‘Sport’ for family friendly tech 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe places safety before sport More about 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Comments Now playing: Watch this: Enlarge ImageIt’s a pretty straightforward warning, although digital instrument clusters get a cute little diagram of the second row with the alert. Hyundai Automakers have been standardizing a number of safety systems in their vehicles over the last several years. Most OEMs tend to focus on avoiding crashes with included tech like automatic emergency braking and pedestrian detection, but many are also worried about what could happen if a child or pet is inadvertently left in the back seat. Hyundai on Wednesday announced that it will voluntarily standardize its Rear Occupant Alert system on “most” of its new vehicles by 2022. There’s a second, even more capable version of this system that the company says will also see expanded inclusion in the future, as well. As it turns out, July 31 is National Heatstroke Prevention Day, so Hyundai picked a good day to make this announcement.The more basic version of Rear Occupant Alert detects if a rear door was opened or closed prior to starting the car, and if that’s the case, it will remind the driver through a message in the gauge cluster to check the rear seats for anything that shouldn’t be left behind. This is more or less the same system that other automakers use. 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid: First hybrid minivan wins on fuel economy More From Roadshow Share your voice 5 2019 Hyundai Santa Fe: A no-brainer recommendation 57 Photos 6:09 2018 Mercedes-Benz E400 Coupe: Drives better than most, and smells better too Hyundai Subarulast_img read more

BSE closes points 9884 up on Nov 12

first_imgBSE closes points 98.84 up on Nov 124.6K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 98.84 up on Nov 124.6K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Nov 12 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 98.84 points up to stand at 28,008.90. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 20.65 points up to stand at 8,383.30. BAYER CROPSCIENCE LTD. and AIA ENGINEERING LTD were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 10.35% and 7.61% along with MAHINDRA & MAHINDRA FINANCIAL SERVICES and ASHOK LEYLAND LTD with an increase of 7.57% and 7.37% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include HCC and CADILA HEALTHCARE LTD with a decrease of 4.49% and 4.26% along with IOC and IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd. with a decrease of 4.00% and 3.87% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 217.16 points at 18,617.56 while the banking sector is up 223.20 points at 20,117.78 and the reality sector is down 2.52 points at 1,654.92. The Indian currency is up 0.10% at Rs 61.49 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Nov 12 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 98.84 points up to stand at 28,008.90. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 20.65 points up to stand at 8,383.30. BAYER CROPSCIENCE LTD. and AIA ENGINEERING LTD were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 10.35% and 7.61% along with MAHINDRA & MAHINDRA FINANCIAL SERVICES and ASHOK LEYLAND LTD with an increase of 7.57% and 7.37% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include HCC and CADILA HEALTHCARE LTD with a decrease of 4.49% and 4.26% along with IOC and IL&FS Transportation Networks Ltd. with a decrease of 4.00% and 3.87% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 217.16 points at 18,617.56 while the banking sector is up 223.20 points at 20,117.78 and the reality sector is down 2.52 points at 1,654.92. The Indian currency is up 0.10% at Rs 61.49 per dollar.last_img read more

China surveillance app targets legal everyday behaviour

first_imgGraphic on `educational facilities` in China`s Xinjiang region that rights activists describe as political re-education camps. Photo: AFPChinese authorities are using a mobile app designed for mass surveillance to profile, investigate and detain Muslims in Xinjiang by labelling “completely lawful” behaviour as suspicious, a Human Rights Watch report said Thursday.Beijing has come under international criticism over its policies in the northwest region of Xinjiang, where as many as one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities are being held in internment camps, according to a group of experts cited by the UN.Human Rights Watch has previously reported that Xinjiang authorities use a mass surveillance system called the Integrated Joint Operations Platform (IJOP) to gather information from multiple sources, such as facial-recognition cameras, wifi sniffers, police checkpoints, banking records and home visits.But the new study, entitled “China’s Algorithms of Repression”, worked with a Berlin-based security company to analyse an app connected to the IJOP, showing specific acts targeted by the system.Xinjiang authorities closely watch 36 categories of behaviour, including those who do not socialise with neighbours, often avoid using the front door, don’t use a smartphone, donate to mosques “enthusiastically”, and use an “abnormal” amount of electricity, the group found.The app also instructs officers to investigate those related to someone who got a new phone number, or related to others who left the country and have not returned after 30 days.”Our research shows, for the first time, that Xinjiang police are using illegally gathered information about people’s completely lawful behavior — and using it against them,” said Maya Wang, senior China researcher at Human Rights Watch.”The Chinese government is monitoring every aspect of people’s lives in Xinjiang, picking out those it mistrusts, and subjecting them to extra scrutiny.””Moving red-line”The rights group obtained a copy of the app and enlisted cybersecurity firm Cure53 to “reverse-engineer” it — to disassemble it and look at its design and data — and examined its source code.Along with collecting personal information the app prompts officials to file reports about people, vehicles and events they find suspect — and sends out “investigative missions” for police to follow up.Officers are also asked to check whether suspects use any of the 51 internet tools that are deemed suspicious, including foreign messaging platforms popular outside China like WhatsApp, LINE and Telegram.A number of people said they or their family members have been detained for having software such as WhatsApp or a Virtual Private Network (VPN) installed on their phones during checks by authorities, according to the report.The rights group said its findings suggest the IJOP system tracks data of everyone in Xinjiang by monitoring location data from their phones, ID cards and vehicles, plus electricity and gas station usage.”Psychologically, the more people are sure that their actions are monitored and that they, at anytime, can be judged for moving outside of a safe grey-space, the more likely they are to do everything to avoid coming close to crossing a moving red- line,” Samantha Hoffman, an analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s International Cyber Policy Centre, told AFP.”There is no rule of law in China, the Party ultimately decides what is legal and illegal behaviour, and it doesn’t have to be written down.”The IJOP app was developed by Hebei Far East Communication System Engineering Company (HBFEC), which at the time of the app’s development was fully-owned by China Electronics Technology Group Corporation, a state-owned technology giant (CETC), said Human Rights Watch.CETC could not be reached and HBFEC did not respond to requests for comment.Washington last year imposed export controls on key Chinese companies including HBFEC and other institutions under CETC, citing risks to US national security and foreign policy interests.Greg Walton, an independent cybersecurity expert who advised on the report, said while the system is a “blunt instrument that may be directly contributing to the massive numbers of people in internment camps”, the data if stored could be used in the future for more advanced policing algorithms.”This means that data collected through the app today may well be analysed in a few years’ time by far more sophisticated logic,” he said.last_img

WATCH LIVE 2018 Gardere MLK Jr Oratory Competition

first_imgGardere MLK Jr. Oratory Competition was established in 1993 in Dallas and expanded four years later to Houston. This event encourages the development of research, writing and oratory skills of hundreds of Dallas and Houston elementary school children.The competition starts at 10 am and will go until 12:30 pm. Sharelast_img

Hope Scott Named to 2019 List of Most Influential Women in Corporate

first_imgBy The Oakland PostExcelling as Blue Shield of California’s Vice Presi­dent, Chief Risk & Compli­ance Officer and having fun along the way, Hope Scott has recently been named as one of Savoy’s 2019 Most Influential Women in Corpo­rate America, a list of African American women achievers impacting corporate America with expertise in a range of industries.Savoy Magazine is a na­tional publication covering the power, substance and style of African American lifestyle. From entertainment to sports, business to politics, design to style, Savoy is a cultural catalyst for the Af­rican-American community that showcases and drives positive dialogue on and about Black culture. Savoy is published quarterly and dis­tributed via subscriptions and newsstands worldwide.Hope Scott (Photo by: was one of dozens se­lected from an original field of 500 nominees. The selec­tion committee included the Savoy editorial board and community leaders with rep­resentatives from the academ­ic and business arenas. The committee reviewed informa­tion on executives in human resources, information, real estate, finance, investment banking, diversity, founda­tions, procurement, business development, marketing, sales, health care, manufac­turing and legal.“I put in the time and hard work to earn a seat at the table,” Scott said. “When it wasn’t offered or wasn’t available to me, I took my­self to another table where my experience, talent, and vision were not only welcomed, but celebrated.” This mindset has aided in helping her garnish 30 years of legal practice ex­perience in the fields of health care and privacy law.A highlight in Scott’s ca­reer is mentoring people and watching them succeed in their chosen fields. “I never do anything I don’t want to do, and I never stop having fun,” said Scott who encourages ev­eryone to enjoy life.Scott joined Blue Shield of California in 2012 as the company’s Chief Privacy Of­ficer & Privacy Counsel. To­day, she leads and oversees the operations of Blue Shield of California’s corporate in­tegrity & risk management organization. Under her leadership, Blue Shield of California has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies six times.Scott’s impressive career in healthcare includes leading privacy compliance in 27 countries and 53 U.S. states and jurisdictions.Prior to joining Blue Shield, Scott was the Global Chief Privacy Officer and Senior Privacy Counsel for Cigna.  She was also the principal of her own private law practice, focusing on providing legal and compliance counsel to health care providers and consumers, and she was senior counsel for Independence Blue Cross for 11 years.Scott earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Bryn Mawr College and her Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law.This article originally appeared in the Oakland Post.last_img read more

Mythology reinterpreted

first_img“I am a devotee of Goddess Durga and I believe in the feminine power she incorporates,” said Shobha Deepak Singh, producer and director of the ballet act Shree Durga performed at the ongoing Festival of Ballets at Kamani Auditorium on Tuesday. The dance reflected the necessity of emancipation of women in a time when cruelty against women is surpassing all limits. The divine presence of Goddess Durga took over the stage narrating a story from the past. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The act was set in mythological times when the boon, granted by the gods to their devotees, became nuisances and were misused. The dance emphasised upon the importance of bestowing power to women in proportion to men such that a balance is maintained and no evil rises which can cause destruction. Stree Shakti (feminine power) which rose after constant churning of power of the three gods Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh led the fight against Mahishasur. The whole episode aimed at restoration of balanced power between the genders. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn the next scene the audiences witnessed the rise of Raktabeej, another asur who harasses the gods and whose every drop of blood gives rise to its clone. Kali  (the goddess of destruction) fought with Raktabeej. She drunk the blood of Raktabeej before it fell on the ground.  The whole scene displayed the sheer madness of someone high with power. It was when Shiva intervened by throwing himself on her feet, Kali’s anger could be controlled. The facial expressions of the actor playing Kali, portrayed the rage and anger of the goddess. The performance was magnificent right from the beginning as it started from the contemporary context where common people indulge in worshipping Durga on Durga Puja, a festival of Bengal.The choreography was an amalgamation of various classical dance forms and martial arts technique called Kalaripayattu which is one of the oldest fighting systems in existence. Altogether, it gave graceful body movements to fighting scenes and facial movements for emotions. Other forms of dance like – Bharatnatyam, Chhau, Kathakali and other folk dances were also amalgamated that left the audiences spellbound. “As this is a ballet, we have incorporated ingredients and elements from various dance forms of our country including folk dances,” said Shashidharan Nair, choreographer. The five-day festival that opened on May 8 with the play titled Meera have two more performances Kaalchakra and Kumar Sambhava that will be staged on May 15 and 16 respectively. Do mark your dates and head over for a ballet treat!last_img read more

Beard no longer weird

first_imgToday, among various trends coming in, the resurgence of beard is the most prevalent and pandemic one. Over the ages the tradition of beard has been prevalent and influencing. Although there had been breaks in the fad with the clean shaven look gaining more popularity, recently the beard has made its comeback. Teenagers and adults alike all over the world have begun treating facial hair as a complement to their features. The facial hair trend which gained popularity in the early 2010s continues to grow still showing no signs of decline. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Apart from good looks, beard provides men with cosmetic benefits as well, as it can hide acne or acne scars and strengthen a weak jaw line. So, it is a best substitute for make up for men. Moreover “full beards don’t leave a lot of face to pamper”. Men often use their beards to reflect strength, manliness, self-esteem, ‘swag’ and status. Beards are seemingly attached to just about every twenty-something male face you see. It is believed that a man with a beard generates dominance and lets a woman know that he can be a good protector.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixGrowing beard is not an easy task though, it involves patience and perfect grooming. It adds to a man’s personality as well, as it makes him calm and somehow conscious. A man with an endurance of taking care of his beard, grooming it daily is most likely to be a calm person and a good listener. Sporting beard adds to the versatility of looks in men. No matter what, it will always be fashionable to grow a beard. Women too are fond of men with hairy chins, as they are thought to be wise and mature than their clean shaven peers. With the growing concern among men to follow this interesting trend there are certain products available to remove the anxiety, like beard balm which makes the beard look thicker and darker. Beard also lessens the chances of skin aging process by preventing air borne microbes from infecting the skin and provides a lasting look of youth and masculinity. However growing beard needs more hygienic care which means perfect cleansing as beard harbours more germs because facial hair is denser and easily traps dirt and germs. Stating about the increase in the beard trends one can’t step forward without addressing “No-Shave November”, a month long journey during which participants forgo shaving and grooming in order to evoke conversation and raise cancer awareness, a month for all the men to reconcile their love for beards. The “World Beard Day” too has gained popularity, which is celebrated annually on an international level. It is held on the first Saturday of September and is characterised by the happiness of all people being with their beards and with each other. It is about promoting and elevating the global status of the beard. Arya Dev, 22, a DJ by profession sporting a full bearded face stated, “I feel so confident with my beard that I can’t imagine myself without my hairy chin. I think I am obsessed with it.” What if some day he wakes up and finds himself without his beard? He said that he would hide himself for months till his beard grows back.There is a relatively clear pattern of beards coming in and out of fashion. Like the animal inspired beard ‘Goatee’, from Abraham Lincoln to Johnny Depp, this style has found its way in and out of trends. The ‘Full Beard’, which is recently seen attached to Shahid Kapoor in Udta Punjab considerably known as the classic style is among the most tempting ones. ‘Garibaldi Beard’ also known as the statement beard, is best suited to those looking for a slightly more unkempt style. It is a wide and full beard with a rounded bottom and an integrated moustache. Spotted by many including Robert Pattinson and George Clooney, this style offers a vintage and authentic look. ‘Friendly Mutton Chops’ referred as sideburns owned by Hugh Jackman in X-Men seems to be convincing to acquire a different look. ‘Short Stubble’, which can be achieved by growing facial hair for a few days after shaving is one of the most popular and simple sorts of facial hair which seems to be attached to every other male.last_img read more

Sunwing launches Cuba Libre promo rewards agents with double STAR points hotel

first_img TORONTO — Sunwing’s new Cuba Libre promotion gives agents the chance to earn bonus STAR Agent Reward points and receive complimentary hotel stays at a number of the tour operator’s top new resorts.Sunwing has partnered with three of its top-rated hotel partners – Royalton Luxury Resorts, Memories Resorts and Starfish Resorts – to offer agents multiple ways to be rewarded.From Dec. 13, 2016 to Jan. 8, 2017 agents will receive double STAR points (which convert to cash) for each new confirmed booking at Memories Varadero, Memories Flamenco, Memories Holguin or Starfish Cayo Santa Maria.Each booking an agent confirms will also get them closer to prizes offered by Royalton Luxury Resorts, Memories Resorts, and Starfish Hotels and Resorts.Once an agent has made 10 new room bookings, she or he will automatically receive a seven-night hotel stay for two at any Royalton, Memories or Starfish resort in Cuba.Alternatively, they could convert their prize into a three-night hotel stay for two and be amongst the first to experience one of the new Royalton resorts opening this winter in Jamaica and St. Lucia, including Royalton Negril and Royalton Blue Waters.More news:  Sunwing ready to launch Mazatlán-Quebec City direct this winterAgents who confirm 25 room bookings or more will also receive a seven-night hotel stay to any of the above resorts across the Caribbean and Mexico. The offer is applicable to all new bookings made from Dec. 13, 2016 to Feb. 1, 2017 with departure dates between Dec. 13, 2016 and April 30, 2017.There will also be a grand prize for the top-producing agent across the country that will be drawn at the end of the contest period. One agent will be awarded a seven-night stay at the Royalton or Hideaway resort of their choice, along with two return flights on Sunwing Airlines and private airport transfers provided by Sunwing’s exclusive destination services partner, NexusTours.To learn more about the promotion, or to sign up to the STAR Agent Reward Points program, visit Wednesday, December 14, 2016 Tags: Royalton Luxury Resorts, Sunwing Sunwing launches Cuba Libre promo, rewards agents with double STAR points, hotel stays Sharecenter_img The Canadian Press Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

A Thunder Bay first Sunwing to launch direct service to Punta Cana

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Punta Cana, Sunwing, Thunder Bay Posted by Tuesday, July 31, 2018 Sharecenter_img TORONTO — For the first time ever, Sunwing will be offering direct flights from Thunder Bay to Punta Cana starting this winter.The airline is returning to the Canadian gateway for a ninth season this coming winter with the addition of new weekly, nonstop service to Punta Cana, which will operate between Dec. 19, 2018 and March 27, 2019.In addition, Sunwing is bringing back its popular winter flight services to Varadero, Cuba from Nov. 6, 2018 to March 26, 2019, and Cancun, Mexico from Dec. 24, 2018 to April 1, 2019.With these latest flights, vacationers departing from Thunder Bay will enjoy convenient and direct access to what the company says are its three most popular vacation destinations.“We are delighted to be returning to Thunder Bay this coming season and to be offering our customers even more choice from their doorstep, without the need to make the long winter drive to Toronto or change planes to reach the sunny south,” said Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations. “Our seasonal flight services from Thunder Bay have always been well received and we are very pleased to be able to expand our operations even further this year.”More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJEd Schmidtke, President and CEO of Thunder Bay International Airports Authority Inc., added: “Sunwing has a long positive history in Thunder Bay. With three destinations and a schedule that spans four months, Sunwing offers Thunder Bay tremendous winter getaway options.”The travel company offers a number of family and adult options in Punta Cana, including the new Grand Memories Punta Cana, a modern all-inclusive resort featuring unlimited free access to one of the largest on-site water parks in the Caribbean, a complimentary kids club, two adult-only pools and varied specialty restaurants. Guests will also enjoy discounted green fees at nearby Punta Blanca Golf Club, an 18-hole championship course designed by Nick Price.Also available is the recently renovated Riu Palace Punta Cana, home to an extensive pool complex, RiuLand Kids Club, a spa, gym and exclusive RIU-topia inclusions like unlimited a la carte dining, spa discounts and more.Riu Palace Punta CanaAll vacations packages include return flights on Sunwing Airlines. A Thunder Bay first: Sunwing to launch direct service to Punta Cana << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

The number of homes paying for IPTV services is se

first_imgThe number of homes paying for IPTV services is set to grow by almost 100 million between the end of 2012 and the end of 2018, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. The TV industry research firm predicted that pay IPTV subscriber figures will go from 69.4 million at the end of 2012 to 167 million by the end of 2018, representing 10.6% of overall TV households. This compares to 4.8% of TV households in 2012.“This means that IPTV penetration will exceed 10% of TV households by 2018, more than double the 2012 figure and up from only 1% in 2008,” said Simon Murray, Digital TV Research’s author of the Global IPTV Forecasts report.Of the 98 million subscribers due to be added over the six-year period, 73%, or 71 million, will be in the Asia Pacific Region, according to the research. Overall, Asia Pacific is tipped to account for 64% of global pay IPTV subscribers by 2018 with China to be the top country with 76 million subscribers – up from 23 million in 2012.IPTV revenues will also climb from US$2.8 billion (€2.1 billion) in 2008 and US$12.0 billion in 2012 to a predicted US$21.3 billion in 2018. Asia Pacific’s share of the global total will increase from 13% in 2008 to 34% by 2018 – just behind North America.Of the US$9.3 billion in additional revenues to be created between 2012 and 2018, the US will provide US$1.9 billion and Asia Pacific region will contribute an extra $4.0 billion.The US will remain the largest IPTV revenue earner by taking 30% of the 2018 total, down from a 40% share in 2008. France will drop from second place in 2012 to fourth by 2018, while China will take second place in 2018, with revenues nearly quadruple the 2012 figure.last_img read more

Orange has named company executive Michaël Trabbia

first_imgOrange has named company executive Michaël Trabbia as CEO of Orange Belgium, after previous boss Jean-Marc Harion recently became CEO of Orange Egypt.Trabbia joined Orange in January 2011 and has been chief of staff and secretary of the group’s executive committee since July 2014, working for the team of the chairman and CEO of Orange.“We are delighted to have Michaël join the other European CEOs on our management team. He will bring all of his skills and experience to bear on Orange Belgium’s operations,” said Gervais Pellissier, Orange’s deputy chief executive officer in charge of European operations outside of France.“I am convinced that he will pursue the path so successfully laid by Jean-Marc Harion, who has just been appointed CEO of Orange Egypt, and whom I would again like to thank for his contribution to the development of Orange Belgium.”The news came as Orange announced that, together with its Senegal-based partner Sonatel, it has completed its 100% acquisition of mobile operator Airtel in Sierra Leone.Orange struck a deal with mobile operator Bharti Airtel International in January to acquire Airtel’s operations in Burkina Faso and Sierra Leone.last_img read more

US federal debt management is living on borrowed t

first_img US federal debt management is living on borrowed time. The deficit for 2013 was only $600 billion, down from trillion-dollar-plus levels of recent years. But this less-terrible-than-before figure was achieved only by the grace of extraordinarily low interest rates, which limit the cost of servicing existing government debt. Should interest rates rise, less-than-terrible will seem like happy times. Almost no one imagines that the current situation can continue indefinitely. But is there a way for it to end nicely? For most investors, the expectation (or perhaps just the hope) that things can gracefully return to normal rests on confidence that the people in charge, especially the Federal Reserve governors, are really, really smart and know what they’re doing. The best minds are on the job. If the best minds were in charge of designing a bridge, I would expect the bridge to hold up well even in a storm. If the best minds were in charge of designing an airplane, I would expect it to fly reliably. But if the best minds were in charge of something no one really knows how to do, I would be ready for a failure, albeit a failure with superb academic credentials. Despite all the mathematics that has been spray-painted on it, economics isn’t a modern science. It’s a primitive science still weighted with cherished beliefs and unproven dogma. It’s in about the same stage of development today that medicine was in the 17th century, when the best minds of science were arguing whether the blood circulates through the body or just sits in the veins. Today economists argue whether newly created cash will circulate through the economy or just sit in the hands of the recipients. Let’s look at the puzzle the best minds now face. If the Federal Reserve were simply to continue on with the money printing that began in 2008, the economy would continue its slow recovery, with unemployment drifting lower and lower. Then the accumulated increase in the money supply would start pushing up the rate of price inflation, and it would push hard. Only a sharp and prolonged slowdown in monetary growth would rein in price inflation. But that would be reflected in much higher interest rates, which would push the federal deficit back above the trillion-dollar mark and also push the economy back into recession. So the Fed is trying something else. They’ve begun the so-called taper, which is a slowing of the growth of the money supply. Their hope is that if they go about it with sufficient precision and delicacy, they can head off catastrophic price inflation without undoing the recovery. What is their chance of success? My unhappy answer is “very low.” The reason is that they aren’t dealing with a linear system. It’s not like trying to squeeze just the right amount of lemon juice into your iced tea. With that task, even if you don’t get a perfect result, being a drop or two off the ideal won’t produce a bad result. Tinkering with the money supply, on the other hand, is more like disarming a bomb—and going about it according to the current theory as to whether it’s the blue wire or the red wire that needs to be cut means a small failure isn’t possible. Adjusting the growth of the money supply sets off multiple reactions, some of which can come back to bite. Suppose, for example, that the taper proceeds with such a light touch that the US economy doesn’t tank. But that won’t be the end of the story. Stock and bond markets in most countries have been living on the Fed’s money printing. The touch that’s light enough for the US markets might pull the props out from under foreign markets—which would have consequences for foreign economies that would feed back into the US through investment losses by US investors, loan defaults against US lenders, and damage to US export markets. With that feedback, even the light touch could turn out not to have been light enough. To see what the consequences of economic mismanagement can be, and how stealthily disaster can creep up on you, watch the 30-minute documentary, Meltdown America. Witness the harrowing tales of three ordinary people who lived through a crisis, and how their experiences warn of the turmoil that could soon reach the US. Click here to watch it now. The nonstop expansion of the money supply since 2008 has kept money market interest close to zero. Rates on longer-term debt aren’t zero but are extraordinarily low. The ten-year Treasury bond currently yields just 2.7%; that’s up from a low of 1.7%. The flow of new money has been irrigating all financial markets. In the US, stocks and bonds tremble at each hint the Fed is going to turn the faucet down just a little. And it’s not just US markets that are affected. When credit in the US is ultra-cheap, billions are borrowed here and invested elsewhere, all around the world, which pushes up investment prices almost everywhere. A nice result, if that had been all. But there was more. Injecting a big dose of money to inoculate the economy against recession set off a bubble in the housing market. Starting in 2003, the Fed began gradually lowering the growth rate of the money supply to cool the rise in housing prices. That, too, produced the intended result; in 2006, housing prices began drifting lower. But again, there was a further consequence—the financial collapse that began in 2008. This time, the Federal Reserve stomped on the monetary accelerator with both feet, and the growth of the money supply hit a year-over-year rate of 21%. It’s still growing rapidly, at an annual rate of 9%.center_img During World War II, the British Royal Air Force (RAF) undertook a plan of misdirection to allow a squadron of bombers to approach an exceptionally valuable target in Europe undetected. The target was so heavily guarded that destroying it would require more than the usual degree of surprise. Although the RAF was equipped to jam the electronic detection of aircraft along the route to the target (a primitive forebear of radar was then in use), they feared that the jamming itself would alert the defending forces. Their solution was to “train” the defending German personnel to believe something that wasn’t true. The RAF had a great advantage in undertaking the training: The intended trainees were operating equipment that was novel and far from reliable; and those operators were trying to interpret signals without the help of direct observation, such as actually seeing what they were charged with detecting. At sunrise on the first day, the RAF broadcast a jamming signal for just a fraction of minute. On the second day, it broadcast a jamming signal for a bit longer than a minute, also around sunrise. On each successive day, it sent the signal for a somewhat longer and longer time, but always starting just before sunrise. The training continued for nearly three months, and the German radar personnel interpreted the signals their equipment gave them in just the way the British intended. They concluded that their equipment operates poorly in the atmospheric conditions present at sunrise and that the problem grows as the season progresses. That mistaken inference allowed an RAF squadron to fly unnoticed far enough into Europe to destroy the target. People will get used to almost anything if it goes on for long enough. And the getting-used-to-it process doesn’t take long at all if it’s something that people don’t understand well and that they can’t experience directly. They hear about Quantitative Easing and money printing and government deficits, but they never see those things happening in plain view, unlike a car wreck or burnt toast, and they never feel it happening to themselves. QE has become just a story, and it’s been going on for so long that it has no scare value left. That’s why so few investors notice that the present situation of the US economy and world investment markets is beyond unusual. The situation is weird, and dangerously so. But we’ve all gotten used to it. Here are the four main points of weirdness: The Federal Reserve is still fleeing the ghost of the dot-com bubble. It was so worried that the collapse of the dot-com bubble (beginning in March 2000) would damage the economy that it stepped hard on the monetary accelerator. The growth rate of the M1 money supply jumped from near 0% to near 10%. This had the hoped-for result of making the recession that began the following year brief and mild.last_img read more

Its the oldasdirt 1 Percent Rule In the broad s

first_imgIt’s the old-as-dirt 1 Percent RuleIn the broad strokes of Far East and early London trading, the gold price really didn’t do a lot when all was said and done, even though I was making a big deal out of it in The Wrap in yesterday’s column.  The low tick occurred on Wednesday morning in New York at the same time as it bottomed on Tuesday—8:30 a.m. EDT.  From there it rallied a decent amount until shortly after 2 p.m. in electronic trading—and it quietly sold off a few dollars going into the 5:15 p.m. close.The low and and high ticks were recorded as $1,188.30 and $1,204.40 in the June contract.Gold finished the Wednesday trading session at $1,201.50 spot, up $9.60 from Tuesday’s close.  Net volume wasn’t overly heavy at 116,000 contracts.Here’s the 5-minute tick chart for gold courtesy of Brad Robertson.  The dark gray line is midnight EDT and, as usual, most of the price/volume action that mattered occurred during trading in New York.  Add two hours for EDT, as this chart is for Denver time—and the ‘click to enlarge‘ feature is a must.Silver’s price during the Wednesday trading session followed a similar path’s to gold and, once again, the charts are virtually interchangeable.The low and high ticks were reported by the CME Group as $16.045 and $16.37 in the May contract.Silver closed yesterday in New York at $16.305 spot, up 18 cents on the day.  Net volume was very light at only 23,500 contracts.Platinum and palladium prices followed a somewhat similar chart pattern, except their respective lows came at the London p.m. gold fix.  Platinum closed at $1,160 spot, up ten dollars—and palladium finished the Wednesday session at $768 spot, up 6 bucks.  Here are the charts. The Oldest Bird in the Northern Hemisphere Raises a ChickBelow is a photo of “Wisdom”.  She’s a female Laysan albatross—and was first banded by USGS scientist Chandler Robbins in 1956 as she was incubating an egg.  This is a picture of her brooding her month-old chick on Midway Island in early March of 2011.  Since then, she has raised another chick on Midway Atoll, this time in 2014.  These birds must be at least five years old before they’re capable of breeding, but they more typically breed at 8 or 9 after an involved courtship lasting several years.So, assuming the egg she was sitting on in 1956 was her first one, and that’s no guarantee—and adding eight years to that, you come out with a hatching date for Wisdom somewhere in very early 1948.  That means that when she raised her latest chick in 2014 she was 65 years old.I was born in October of 1948—so it’s a near certainty that Wisdom is older than I am.The photo credit belongs to John Klavitter—and you can read more about Wisdom here.  If you want to follow these birds from egg to adult, there’s live webcam for that linked here—and I have it on audio background to listen to the adult birds as they carry on until the sun sets in Kau’i in the Hawai’ian Islands, where a small portion of this years brood is currently being raised. The dollar closed late on Tuesday afternoon in New York at 98.78—and made it to 99.04 by noon in Hong Kong, before selling off a bit.  Then twenty minutes before the London open—2:40 p.m. Hong Kong time—away it went to the upsides, topping out around 99.35 at 9:45 a.m. BST in London.  It was all down hill from there, with most of the damage occurring between 12:30 p.m. EDT—and the 1:30 p.m. COMEX close.  After that it traded flat for the remainder of the Wednesday session.  The dollar index closed at 98.40—which was down 38 basis points from Tuesday.The gold stocks opened up a bit—and rallied until gold’s high tick, which came minutes after 2 p.m. in New York—and they slid a hair from that point into the close.  The HUI finished up a respectable 3.42 percent]It was the same story in the silver stocks, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 3.48 percent.The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that 334 gold and zero silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Friday.  The big short/issuer was HSBC USA with 333 contracts—and the two big long/stoppers were Canada’s Scotiabank—and JPMorgan in its in-house [proprietary] trading account—with 171 and 161 contracts respectively.  Along with their obvious grab for every ounce of silver in any form they can lay their hands on, it appears that JPMorgan is now “going for gold” as well.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.The CME Preliminary Report for the Wednesday trading session showed that gold open interest for April dropped by 2 contracts—and is now down to 2,146 contracts, minus the 334 posted above for delivery tomorrow.  Silver’s April o.i. dropped by 23 contracts—and is now down to 170 contracts still open.There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday—and as of 9:28 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either.There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint.There was no in/out activity in gold at the COMEX -approved depositories on Tuesday but, once again it was a different story in silver, as 1,073,627 troy ounces were reported received—and another 1,109,627 troy ounces were reported shipped out the door.  The largest withdrawal was from the CNT Depository—and it didn’t quite match the almost identical number of ounces that were received by JPMorgan, which was the 1.073 million ounce number shown above.  You can check out all the silver action here.Ted Butler mentioned in his mid-week column to paying subscribers yesterday that JPMorgan has take delivery of almost 6 million ounces of physical silver during the past week.  How much physical silver have you added to your own personal warehouse lately, dear reader???Over at the ‘gold kilo stock’s COMEX-approved depositories in Hong Kong on Tuesday, Brink’s, Inc. reported receiving 1,773 kilobars—and shipped out 1,377 of them.  The link to the troy ounces is here.I have a decent number of stories for you today—and I hope you have the time to read the ones that most interest you.Along with the growing awareness of the COT report and what that portends for the termination of the manipulation, there are other strong signs that even those not well versed on the intricacies of the report are seeing that something is very wrong with the price discovery process in silver. Back in the fall, the CEO of silver miner First Majestic, Keith Neumeyer, made waves when he suggested the price of silver was too low and openly suggested that silver miners band together to restrict production to counterbalance what he thought was too low of a silver price. I remember writing about it at the time and both congratulated and encouraged Mr. Neumeyer to continue pursuing the artificial pricing issue in silver, but to shy away from attempting to form a producers’ cartel as that appeared to be against antitrust law. While silver is clearly manipulated in price, you shouldn’t try to manipulate it higher – two wrongs don’t make a right and all that.I hadn’t heard much from Mr. Neumeyer on the artificial pricing of silver since then, so I was somewhat surprised when I ran across a very recent interview in which he discussed his opinions in straightforward terms. He questioned the price discovery process for silver on the COMEX and characterized the process in terms that should be familiar to anyone reading these pages. In the interest of time and to drill down to the price discovery discussion, you can fast forward to the 21:25 minute mark.The important point is that here we have the CEO of an important primary silver producer deeply questioning how silver prices are derived. According to Mr. Neumeyer, actual supply and demand have little to do with current silver prices and I, for one, would not argue with him. Although Mr. Neumeyer, much to his credit, has spoken to the issue of artificial pricing in silver previously, I must point out just how rare and unusual it has been for a primary silver miner to raise such concerns over the past 30 years in which I have alleged a COMEX silver manipulation has existed. I’m still shaking my head in disbelief that silver miners heretofore always denied prices were manipulated, even though their shareholders were obvious victims, but I am more encouraged by Neumeyer’s words than anything else.Taken with the growing attention being placed upon the COT Report and the Managed Money category, Mr. Neumeyer’s sentiments are reason to believe the ongoing silver manipulation is on its last legs. It’s hard to run any scam where the scam becomes common knowledge. I’ve always maintained that in matters related to the price of silver, all roads lead to the COMEX. I would revise that to all silver roads lead to the COMEX and JPMorgan, but that is a distinction without a real difference.  I actually look forward to the day when someone admits that paper speculators on the COMEX do set and have every right to set the price of silver and that actual producers should butt out and be happy with the prices given to them by the speculators. It has become nearly that crazy. – Silver Analyst Ted Butler: 15 April 2015I was certainly happy to see the precious metal price action when I got up yesterday morning, but it was far from the spectacular variety, as gold wasn’t even allowed to rise one percent.  It’s the old-as-dirt “1 Percent Rule” that my compatriot GATA Chairman Bill Murphy over at likes to mention at moments like this—and he’d be right on the money once again.Here are the updated 6-month charts for all four precious metals once again—and the charts, as usual, are courtesy of And as I write this paragraph, the London open is five minutes away.  Three of the four precious metals are in positive territory—and only palladium is down on the day, but only by a buck.  Net gold volume is already sky high at 36,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume is a hair over 4,000 contracts.  The dollar index, which got smoked at 8:00 a.m. Hong Kong time on their Thursday morning, has now rallied back into positive territory—and is currently up 9 basis points.I would guess that a lot of yesterday’s price action was currency related, but not all of it.  Behind all of this is a precious metal market that would explode in price to the outer edges of the known universe if given the opportunity.  Someday it will, but it wasn’t yesterday.And as I send today’s column off to Stowe, Vermont at 5:15 a.m. EDT, I note that gold rallied a bit more going into the London open, but appears to have been capped [at least for the moment] as of 9:00 a.m. BST.  Whether that was the end of it all, or there’s more rally to come, is hard to say—so we’ll have to see what the rest of the Thursday session brings, especially the New York session.It’s the same chart pattern in both silver and palladium as well—and palladium is still chopping sideways, a dollar or so either side of unchanged.Net gold volume is just north of 52,000 contracts—and it’s fairly obvious that this Far East/early London gold rally has run into pretty impressive resistance from “da boyz”.  Silver’s net volume is around 5,800 contracts, which isn’t a lot—and a decent amount is roll overs as well.  The dollar index is now up 25 basis points in an almost straight-line move from its 8 a.m. Hong Kong low.It beats the hell out of me as to how the rest of the Thursday trading session will unfold—and after yesterday’s price action, it’s probably best that I make no prediction at all, and let the chips fall where they may.That’s more than enough for today—and I’ll see you here tomorrow.last_img read more