first_imgChot chooses Gilas veterans Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Cignal will once again parade the core of the Red Lions, fresh from their triumph in NCAA Season 93, with 2017 Aspirants’ Cup Season MVP Robert Bolick and hardworking forward Javee Mocon counted on to provide the leadership.The Hawkeyes edged Racal Motors in three games in the Aspirants’ Cup Finals last season before making it a championship double with a sweep of Centro Escolar University in the Foundation Cup.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAlready the winningest mentor in the developmental ranks, Fernandez pushed his PBA D-League title collection to eight championships.Cignal, however, has lost valuable members of its championship teams with Raymar Jose and Jason Perkins being picked in the top four of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft and Pamboy Raymundo and Oping Sumalinog joining Tanduay Alab Pilipinas in the ASEAN Basketball League. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netReigning back-to-back titlist Cignal HD-San Beda will be returning to the PBA D-League after all.Coach Boyet Fernandez and his boys are returning to defend the throne for the Hawkeyes as they push the participating teams this upcoming 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup to 13 squads.ADVERTISEMENT Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ View commentscenter_img CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Read Next The Hawkeyes’ entry also increased the number of school-based teams to eight this first conference, while also bringing the count of participants to a record-tying 13, the same number of teams which joined the 2011 Foundation Cup.Aside from Cignal, also joining this year are CEU, Tanduay, Marinerong Pilipino, Batangas-EAC, Zark’s Burger-Lyceum, JRU, AMA Online Education, Wangs Basketball, Gamboa Coffee Mix, and newcomers Perpetual, Powerball-St. Benilde, and Mila’s Lechon.The 2018 PBA D-League Aspirants’ Cup tips off on January 18.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’ PLAY LIST 02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justicelast_img read more

first_imgShare on Pinterest Share on Messenger Read more Was this helpful? Facebook Support The Guardian Hide And what a shame. Because there is something so weirdly, but fantastically, different about playing cricket, compared to any other team sport. A whole day of playing sport, where you might win it single-handedly, and on another day you might do literally nothing. Not a thing.It’s sad to think fewer and fewer people will create their own cricketing memories – those batting gloves at school with the green rubber spikes which gave you no protection whatsoever, and pads with buckles that pointedly refused to stay in place when you ran a quick single as your box fell out of your pants and wedged itself behind your knee.At university, second XI cricket was not of a high standard. Dan was the only player who could bowl straight. He’d always begin with an orange, aiming for off stump and we would wait for the glorious sound of citrus on willow.After we’d clear up the vitamin C explosion, we’d apologise and get on with the game. Then came the twist – the wicketkeeper would take a Red Delicious out of his pocket – we’d throw it around the field, from slip to point to cover to mid-off, shining it on its way round – and Dan would bowl that. Apple on willow, shattering all over the square. On one occasion, their opener played the first ball/apple perfectly – a cultured leave outside off stump. The keeper took it with soft hands and we threw it around the field again, desperately trying to keep a straight face, before the apple hit the middle of the bat on the second delivery. I’m not sure I’ve even been so happy. It was stupid, and we were idiots, but we were idiots playing sport.Probably the most exhilarating single moment of my life (admittedly the bar is low) came while playing village cricket. What a thing that is. Teammates decades apart in age and feet apart in waistlines, with one large man lodged at first slip in every side. The tactical toilet break so that you don’t have to umpire the first 10 overs – and if you end up in the middle the complete refusal to give any lbws. There was one game a year when the fair came to town and took up half the village green – I’d be crouching at gully while Chic’s Le Freak blared across the field.In the 2003 Cambridgeshire Junior cup semi-final, requiring five off two for Ashwell, I hoyed one over cow corner for six – it even got a headline in the Royston Crow. That very rare feeling of striking a ball so sweetly that it didn’t feel like I hit it. We won the final – I did not bowl, did not bat. Did not do anything. I still have the trophy in my toilet.Here’s hoping Sky’s free-to-air offerings don’t stop after this tournament. What about a day of an Ashes Test this summer? A Premier League game this season? If we want more people to watch, play and be inspired, it has to be the right thing. Topics Share on Facebook Thank you for your feedback. Photograph: Chesnot/Getty Images Europe Television industry Pinterest Sky Sports Share via Email Quick guide Cricket World Cup final to be shown on free-to-air TV Since you’re here… Cricket World Cup 2019 ‘Village cricket. What a thing that is. Teammates decades apart in age and feet apart in waistlines, with one large man lodged at first slip in every side’ Photograph: Alamy Was this helpful? Share on Twitter Sky plc In the summer of ’93, everyone at my school became a leg-spinner. We’d never seen leg-spin before Shane Warne arrived. Not that we could remember.No one could do it – ball after ball just looping on to the top of the low‑hanging cricket net – batsmen waddling halfway down the green matting, jumping and trying to hit the ball back to the bowler, hopefully with enough power to do it in one go. We were hopeless, but we were inspired by what we saw on TV. comment The number of people who will understand those references is actually pretty low. As Sean Ingle pointed out in 2015, almost as many people watched a 1974 feature-length episode of Columbo on ITV3 as watched Joe Root take the winning catch at long-off at Cardiff in the first Ashes Test of that year. And while Ingle clearly fails to recognise Peter Falk’s televisual brilliance, it’s a worry. Eight and a half million people watched the culmination of the fourth Test in 2005.I don’t walk down the street with English cricketers enough to know whether they get stopped every five seconds or whether they’re anonymous when they’re out shopping. Do 20-year-olds have equivalents of Peter Such and Alan Mullally rattling around their brains taking up much needed space?Will the modern day cricketers break into our public consciousness? Will Mark Wood win Strictly? Will Keaton Jennings present Top Gear in 2035?Participation is down. Andy Bull recently noted that 40 sides had disbanded in the past five years in the Hampshire league, with many others losing their second, third and fourth XIs – added to this is the slow acknowledgement that the sport is becoming the preserve of the privileged to an increasing degree. Show Sky’s agreement to put the Cricket World Cup final on free-to-air television could just be a one-off, but what if it was the start of something more? It wouldn’t have been hard to put the game on regardless of the result of England’s semi-final but perhaps the England and Wales Cricket Board has worked out that not enough of us are watching it.Living in a Sky Sports bubble (and being in it for years) makes it difficult to conceive of a world without live sport at my fingertips. Pretty much every office I sit in pumps out every possible sport on every possible TV. Sky Sports Football, Sky Sports Cricket, Sky Sports News, Sky Sports Kabaddi, BT Lorry Racing. It’s all on, all the time.I genuinely forget that others don’t have that luxury, and haven’t had the chance to watch cricket for the past 14 years – during which time the coverage has been consistently excellent. All those summer days watching Bumble and the others teasing Nasser Hussain about the size of his nose, seeing which pundit has been given the third man analysis role against their will. The evenings spent watching Charles Colville and Bob Willis getting increasingly annoyed – perhaps because they have been left to do the highlights. And that’s before the winter – getting up at weird hours to watch overseas tours wondering if Tim Abraham has enough sun cream, or getting ready to start your day, flicking on the Big Bash and then realising it’s midday and you’re not dressed. 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It’s great news it’s on free to air.” The match will be screened from 9am on both Channel 4 and Sky Sports, which holds the  UK broadcast rights. However, Channel 4 are also due to show the British Grand Prix on Sunday – the only live free-to-air slot for Formula One on British television this season – meaning cricket coverage will switch to More 4 for the duration of the race at Silverstone. Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. 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first_imgNew Delhi: A major fire broke out at a rubber godown in northwest Delhi’s Siras Pur area on Sunday, a senior official of the Delhi Fire Service said.The Delhi Fire Service received information about the incident at 7.34 am and 25 fire tenders were rushed to the spot. The fire was controlled by 10.50 am and no casualty was reported, the official said. The cause of the fire was yet to be ascertained, he added. Recently, a massive fire broke out at an apparel showroom in Uttam Nagar area of Delhi in early hours on Friday. The Delhi Fire Services official said that no casualty was reported from the blaze which takes several hours for dousing.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: In a bid to encourage the use of bicycles among the commuters, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) has introduced permanent parking spaces for bicycles at its metro stations. The parking charges will be around Rs 5 upto 12 hours, Rs 10 upto 24 hours, however, additional Rs 10 will be charged at night.Currently, the DMRC has a provision of allowing commuters to use bicycles for covering small distances at nominal charges at some of its metro stations. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”In a boost to last mile connectivity, DMRC is introducing permanent space for bicycle stands at its Metro stations which have dedicated parking lots to promote the use of bicycles as part of an eco-friendly measure. The extension of the existing stands will be carried out in more stations in a phased manner. The permanent bicycle stands have the parking capacity of multiple bicycles and will be provided with a locking mechanism for the safety of bicycles,” the DMRC said in a series of tweets. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”It’s an effort to tackle the problem of pollution, the organisation has been encouraging commuters to use bicycles as it is an eco-friendly mode of transport, said official. At present, this facility is available at 18 parking lots at different stations across Delhi Metro network. These stations are: Line-1: Seelampur, Shahdara, Welcome, Rithala; Line-2: Saket, Arjangarh, Chattarpur, Line-3/4(3): Dwarka Mor, Dwarka, Dwarka Sec21, Line-5 : Mundka, Nangloi, Peeragarhi, Line-6: Tughlakabad, Badarpur, Sarita Vihar, Line-8 : Okhla Bird Sanctuary. However, “the parking lots at Nawada, Uttam Nagar (E) and Vishwavidayala Metro stations have also been identified for permanent bicycle stands which will be installed within few days. This facility will be further extended to more stations in a phased manner,” DMRC said in a statement. “These permanent bicycle stands have the capacity for parking of multiple bicycles and will be provided with a locking mechanism for the safety of bicycles,” the DMRC statement added. “DMRC in association with some private operators is already operating 20 bicycle sharing service stands (through operators) covering 19 stations across its network. With the recent expansion of Metro network, 13 more stations have been identified for these bicycle sharing service which will be functional in few weeks,” official added. The Delhi Metro’s current operational span is 343 km with 250 metro stations, spread over eight colour-coded lines.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: Average spot power price is unlikely to breach the Rs 3.50 per unit level in May on account of sufficient coal stock for thermal plants and enhanced supplies from clean energy sources, according to experts. “Despite higher peak demand of 178 GW, average spot power prices at exchanges would not be more than Rs 3.5 per unit during May because of better supplies particularly from clean energy sources like wind, solar and hydro. Besides, there is no shortage of coal this month for thermal power generation,” an industry expert said. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraAccording to the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), out of 127 thermal power plants monitored by it, two power stations had super critical coal situation as on May 9, 2019. These two plants had coal stock of less than four days and there was only one plant which had critical coal situation with stock of less than a week. So, dry fuel shortage is not affecting power generation. Indian Energy Exchange Director Rajesh K Mediratta said that average spot power price at IEX was Rs 3.3 per unit till May 10, 2019, which was far lower than Rs 4.67 per unit in May 2018. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 daysElaborating further, he said, “The key reasons for rise in volume and price in May last year were increase in demand due to summer, lack of adequate availability of coal, low hydro generation, slow pick-up in the wind power generation in southern and western states.” The peak demand of power this month was 178 GW due to summer season, Mediratta said adding that high peak demand of 178 GW was recorded in September 2018. According to National Load Dispatch Centre Data, the average daily hydro power generation has been 465 million units (MUs) so far this month compared to 365 MUs in May last year. Similarly, average daily wind power generation was 228 MUs till May 10, against 147 MUs in the same month last year. Average daily solar energy output also increased to 138 MUs till May 10 over 92.2 MUs in May last year. However, the daily average coal-based thermal power generation came down on 2,727 MUs till May 10, as against 2,843 MUs in the month last year.last_img read more

first_imgBundelkhand has seen too many political skirmishes over hunger deaths, farmer suicides and water crisis due to drought. Banda, one of the seven districts of Uttar Pradesh in the Bundelkhand region, was one of the worst-affected when drought hit the area in 2016. The United Progressive Alliance (UPA) in 2009 sanctioned Rs 7,266-crore package for Bundelkhand as drought relief and integrated development. The package envisaged digging of wells and farm ponds. The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), then in power in the state, entered into a war of words with the Centre over the exact amount sent for relief. Also Read – Hijacking Bapu’s legacyDuring the 2016 drought, when starvation deaths were reported from Banda, the Central government offered to send a water train to mitigate the crisis. The proposal was turned down by Akhilesh Yadav, who was then chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. Instead, he met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and sought an aid package of Rs 11,000 crore to buy 10,000 tankers to send water to villages facing shortages. The money was to be spent on other heads as well. Also Read – The future is here!The Centre had asked the state to look for long-term solutions for the drought-hit region. Recently, the Yogi Adityanath government cleared a Rs 47 crore package “to ensure immediate availability of water in the region.” Poll season In Banda and Chitrakoot — the two districts together make the Lok Sabha constituency — politicians do their usual rounds begging for votes and then disappear until the next poll, like in every other backward area. Poverty, hunger and deprivation plaguing the region hardly become a poll issue. The UP government’s promise of a defence corridor for the region’s development is yet to take off. The promised setting up of AIIMS is also far from realisation. Meanwhile, illegal mining is killing the rivers. “No MP or MLA has bothered to look back to see how we are faring,” said a villager, talking about the stray cattle menace unleashed on them by the Yogi Adityanath government. The two cow shelters here, he added, are a big farce as the cattle are let out once in a while and “our crops are destroyed”. Banda is a small town where life begins at dawn and ends a little after sunset. Much of Banda’s life revolves around mining of red sand from the Ken river, which passes through the town. The river is its lifeline, and also a rich source of revenue for the mining mafia, who keep the pockets of district officials and politicians lined. Cross the bridge over the Ken and one can see men, women and children filling up bags with red sand which is then ferried to different parts using various modes of transport — cycles, autos, push-carts, motorcycles and trucks. Carrying red sand in small quantities helps avoid taxes. In the process the state loses on its royalty. Ferrying sand fetches easy money, around Rs 100 a day, half of which is spent on country liquor and food, according to the editor of a national vernacular daily. Acute water shortage People are content and they don’t seem interested in improving their lifestyle. Those with some ambition migrate to other cities for work. Water shortage, he says, is acute. After PM Modi’s recent poll rally, the district administration is working on plans to ensure a trouble-free summer. But it is the Patha area — about 68 km from Banda and a further 20 km from Chitrakoot town — which is a vast stretch of parched land. Although there are a few borewells, it’s not enough. Locals, who depend on a huge pond built about 100 years ago by the king of Rewa — an adjoining district which falls in Madhya Pradesh — say that since the soil is rocky, special machines are required to dig borewells. People in Patha use the pond for bathing, washing clothes, bathing their cattle and also for drinking. The water is not purified in any way before drinking or cooking. A former gram pradhan Annu Devi’s husband, Dwarka Prasad, claims that nobody has ever fallen sick because of the water. The secret, he guesses, lies in the large number of fish in the pond. Fishing is banned and this unwritten rule is followed by mostly all the residents. Patha jungles are famous for its dacoits — Dadua was one of them. Tendu leaves are used to make bidis and mahua, which form an important part of diet among the poor. Those who can’t afford food grains rely on mahua to make ends meet. Tendu leaves are one major source of employment for the local people. However, often, it’s the contractors who make a fortune out of it. The Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate from the area, Shyama Charan Gupta, is a bidi magnate. For the people in Banda-Chitrakoot areas, life is a daily struggle for survival even as they wait for comprehensive development as a permanent solution to their woes. (Atul Chandra is a senior journalist based in Lucknow. The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

first_imgMumbai: Shreyas Talpade says there have been times when he was written of as an actor but he always managed to prove his talent. In his 19-year-old career, Shreyas has had a mix bag of hits and flops but every film has been a learning for him, says the actor. “Coming from a non-film background, all you need is an opportunity to show your work, show your versatility. And I am grateful for all the work that I have done and reached this far and still doing work I think it is great. Every film has taught me something. The journey is not over yet,” he told PTI in an interview. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger Best known for his critically-acclaimed turns in “Dor” and “Iqbal”, the actor says he has learnt to balance praise and brickbats that are a part of being a performer. “If everything is going in your favour or is good, then you will become complacent. I like challenges thrown at me… I don’t mind when I am not called a star, or when people say I am finished or think I am a non-actor. I know what I am capable of. I believe in myself.” Shreyas says it is tough to sustain in this industry and he is aware that everyone goes through highs and lows. “Even the biggest of stars including Amitabh Bachchan sir had to go through a weak phase, he had to struggle. It is part of your professional journey. One who has the hunger and passion for cinema will do whatever it takes to do good work. “One thing that the industry has taught me is that it is never too late to start or restart at any point. Like how Bachchan sir reinvented himself,” he says.last_img read more

Cam Burrows talks to the media on Aug. 12 after practice at the Woddy Hayes Athletic Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Photo EditorJust days before the season opener, Ohio State coach Urban Meyer indicated on Wednesday that redshirt junior Cam Burrows could miss the entire 2016 campaign. Meyer was not confident the defensive back was going to be healthy enough to play for the Buckeyes this season. “I don’t think he’s going to play this season,” Meyer said.An OSU spokesperson told the media on Wednesday that Burrow’s foot was bothering him.After appearing to be fully healthy for the first time since his sophomore campaign back in 2014, he was forced to redshirt in the 2015 season after breaking his foot.Burrows began his career at Ohio State with lofty expectations, as he was a four-star recruit according to 247Sports back in 2012. He was viewed as the second best recruit in the state of Ohio, the eighth best cornerback prospect and the 61st best recruit overall.When OSU released its first depth chart on Tuesday, Burrows was not on the two-deep at safety. Redshirt sophomore Malik Hooker and junior Damon Webb are scheduled to start at the two safety positions with freshman Jordan Fuller and junior Erick Smith serving as the primary backups. read more

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#GrandLucayanResortsaleandreopening, #magneticmedianews, #saleforLucayaHotel Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, April 11, 2017 – Grand Bahama – Prime Minister Perry Christie revealed on Friday night that a letter of intent for the sale and reopening of the Grand Lucayan Resort has been signed with a new purchaser, whose plans will transform the hotel in Lucaya, Grand Bahama.Tourism Minister Obie Wilchcombe will be leading a team to Canada on Sunday to negotiate a Heads of Agreement to facilitate “an early completion of the sale,”  Mr. Christie told Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) supporters at a rally in Freeport at the party’s headquarters on Beachway Drive this past Friday night.The island lost 40% of its room inventory, its only casino and 1,100 jobs in the tourism industry following Hurricane Matthew in October.  The Hutchison Whampoa Group of Hong Kong, owners of the Grand Lucayan Resort, had also put the property up for sale over a year ago.   With just weeks to a General Election, Prime Minister Christie said that he is very excited about the sale and the proposed plans by the new purchaser, who has not yet been revealed.According to the Prime Minister, the prospective new owner has plans not only to upgrade the property, but to also bring in recognized operators for the three hotels and casino, plus additional tour operators with connections from multiple North American cities.The government, he said, is working with the new purchaser/developer for the creation of a “compelling and exciting destination experience which will completely transform and expand the product offering in Lucaya with lasting results, and not just a short term fix.”#MagneticMediaNews#GrandLucayanResortsaleandreopening#saleforLucayaHotellast_img read more

first_imgBomb experts were sent to Hathaway Park in Washougal after someone reported finding a suspicious container.The container turned out to be someone’s attempt to make a primitive explosive device, said Washougal police Sgt. Brad Chicks. Washougal police went to the lower part of the park, just north of Hathaway Elementary School, after a fisherman found a suspicious-looking container made out of a spray can. The police called in the metro bomb squad to check it out. “Anything that looks like a device, we don’t touch it,” Hicks said. Technicians from Vancouver and Portland examined the device from a distance and then dissembled it after determining it couldn’t ignite. Although the bomb technicians deemed the primitive bomb benign, they lauded the Washougal Police Department for taking the precaution to call it in.last_img read more

first_img Target, which has already been using Global Exchange, is the first brand to use the platform to purchase print ads across several titles through its agency Haworth. In what, on the surface, could forebode an end to the relationship sale, Time Inc. announced today that it’s introducing a programmatic platform for buying print ads. Media buyers will now have access to print audience segments as they peruse Time Inc.’s digital programmatic marketplace, Global Exchange, to place their display orders. Brands can measure campaign effectiveness across their print and digital buys through AdMeasure. The automated print buying is made possible through a partnership with MediaMath, a digital marketing technology firm, and includes audience segments such as women, men, lifestyle, luxury, business/finance and rapid scale (a segment that includes the weeklies and quicker brand messaging to 10-89 million readers). Segment sizes range from 5 million to 89 million readers and cut across 18 of Time Inc.’s brands. Target opted for the rapid scale segement, which, depending on the audience level they purchase, could include People, Entertainment Weekly, Time and Sports Illustrated. Data-based media buying has provided a tremendous amount of efficiency for buyers, and has challenged the traditional face-to-face sales meetings, but Time Inc. is counting on that efficiency to boost print sales. “We’ve seen growing demand from our ad partners for a more automated and efficient process across the board, and that extends to print,” says Mark Ford, Time Inc. executive vice president, global advertising, in a statement.  last_img read more

first_imgTurkish authorities on Tuesday intensified efforts to identify and detain a suspected jihadist who killed 39 people at an Istanbul nightclub, and who reportedly fought in Syria alongside Islamic State jihadists.Police released pictures of the suspect who went on the rampage at the plush Reina nightclub on New Year’s night, spraying some 120 bullets at terrified guests before slipping away into the night.So far, 16 people are being held over the attack, including two foreigners detained by Turkish police at Istanbul’s main airport. But the killer remains on the run.Of the 39 dead, 27 were foreigners, mainly from Arab countries, with coffins repatriated overnight to countries including Lebanon and Saudi Arabia.The Islamic State (IS) group on Monday claimed the massacre, the first time it has clearly stated being behind a major attack in Turkey.The suspect — who has not been named but was reportedly from Central Asia — was staying in a rented flat in Konya before moving to Istanbul to carry out the attack, press reports said.The Dogan news agency said those detained included a woman suspected of being his wife with whom he had stayed in Konya along with two children.Reports said police have made progress in the investigation after speaking to the taxi driver who drove the attacker to the club and tracing calls he had made on the driver’s mobile phone. ‘Specially selected’ The Hurriyet daily said the attacker showed signs of being well trained in the use of arms and had fought in Syria for IS jihadists.Hurriyet’s well-connected columnist Abdulkadir Selvi he had been trained in street fighting in residential areas in Syria and used these techniques in the attack, shooting from the hip rather than as a sniper.The attacker had been “specially selected” to carry out the shooting, he said. According to Hurriyet, just 28 bullets failed to hit a target.”This specially-trained terrorist has still not been detained and is still wandering dangerously amongst us,” he wrote.He said an IS strike was also planned in Ankara on New Year’s eve but that it had been prevented after eight IS suspects were arrested in the capital. There were no further details.Near the entrance to the nightclub which lies on the shores of the Bosphorus, an impromptu shrine was set up with pictures of the dead where well-wishers have been piling up flowers.”The attacker arrived at the door and opened fire towards me,” club manager Ali Unal told AFP.”My foot slipped and I fell down, the gunshots didn’t stop.” ‘Taksim selfie video’ Police meanwhile released the first clear images of the attacker, including one taken by security cameras on the night of the attack.And a chilling video of the suspect taken near Taksim Square in central Istanbul was also released, showing him recording himself with a selfie stick and smiling faintly into the camera.It was not immediately clear how the footage had been obtained.Reports said that the attacker could be from Kyrgyzstan or Uzbekistan. In Bishkek, the national security council said it was checking any possible involvement of a Kyrgyz citizen.In a statement circulated on social media, IS said one of its “soldiers” had carried out the carnage, accusing Turkey — a majority-Muslim country — of being a servant of Christians and saying the shooting was a response to Ankara’s military action against jihadists in Syria.Turkish troops are pressing a four-month incursion to oust IS jihadists the border area while Ankara is also pushing a ceasefire plan with Russia as a basis for peace talks to end the civil war.After a cabinet meeting in Ankara chaired by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the government vowed that the operation in Syria would continue with “determination”.The shooting took place just 75 minutes into 2017 after a bloody year in Turkey in which hundreds of people were killed in violence blamed on both IS jihadists and Kurdish militants.The foreigners who died — most of them from Arab countries and including Muslims — had come to the club to celebrate a special night in style.They included three Lebanese nationals, two Jordanians and three Iraqis, as well as several Saudis.last_img read more

first_img.Detectives arrested seven people from different parts of the capital on Friday night for their alleged involvement in the leak of questions of the recruitment test of Department of Narcotics Control, reports UNB.Dhaka Metropolitan Police deputy commissioner Masudur Rahman said a unit of detective branch of police conducted raids in different areas and arrested them following allegations of question paper leak.The details will be disclosed later at a press briefing.The recruitment test was held on Friday.last_img read more

first_img(Left) A diagram of the piezoelectric harvester with one straight inner piezoelectric multilayer stack (SIPMS) and two curved outer piezoelectric multilayer stacks (COPMSs). (Right) A photo of the first piezoelectric harvester prototype. Image credit: Tian Bing Xu, et al. (PhysOrg.com) — Although the idea of harvesting ambient energy from the environment and using it to generate electricity is alluring, most of the technology so far is capable of generating only very small amounts of power – on the order of microwatts to a few milliwatts with very low conversion efficiency. But a new piezoelectric energy-harvesting transducer shows that the technology is significantly improving. Researchers have predicted that 1-3 watts can be generated from a person walking when wearing a pair of shoes integrated with the new energy harvester, which is enough to power a soldier’s portable communication devices on the battlefield, among other applications. “As we mentioned in the pending paper, the critical challenge for piezoelectric energy harvesting is how to harvest electrical power on the order of tens of milliwatts to several watts, which is good enough for powering most portable devices, from any kinds of vibration and motion at any ranges of vibration frequencies (off-resonance mode harvesting technology is needed),” Xu told PhysOrg.com. “The new piezoelectric transducer addresses several critical issues from energy absorption, coupling, and conversion efficiency to overcome those challenges.”In the future, the researchers hope that the new piezoelectric harvesters will be able to harvest enough energy to power different types of portable devices from the environment. In addition to being used in shoes, the harvesters could have applications in infrastructure health monitoring systems and sensor networks. Although the transducer works best when harvesting vibrations at a certain resonance, its high efficiency enables it to still use off-resonant vibrations for low-power devices, such as some sensors.“Piezoelectric energy harvesting is a multidisciplinary issue to be addressed from the considerations of mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, material science, and system engineering,” Xu said. “For each individual mechanical vibration or motion resource, a specific device is designed to get an optimized electrical energy output. Our team is confident that we can move the energy harvesting technology into a new era.” The piezoelectric energy-harvesting transducer was developed by a team of researchers led by Dr. Tian Bing Xu from the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, Virginia, in collaboration with NASA Langley Research Center, North Carolina State University, Stony Brook University, and TRS Technologies. The hybrid device combines two types of piezoelectric multilayer elements (one straight inner element sandwiched between two curved outer elements) with synergistically integrated force magnification, leading to advantages in several areas. Most notably, the transducer produces 19 times more electrical energy than current top piezoelectric transducers, and up to 1,000 times more electrical energy than a regular piezoelectric beam. Also, while the best piezoelectric transducers have mechanical-to-electrical conversion efficiencies of less than 7%, the new transducer achieves an efficiency of 26%.These improvements recently resulted in the new piezoelectric harvester winning the award for Best Technical Development of an Energy Harvesting Device at the conference of Energy Harvesting and Storage USA 2011, in Boston, MA, on November 15-16, 2011. This category was judged on which organization had made the most significant technical achievement in energy harvesting over the past 18 months. The awards are part of the IDTechEx annual conference of Energy Harvesting and Storage USA, which was attended by over 360 people from 16 countries and featured 40 exhibitors.The researchers have described the new piezoelectric harvester in more detail in a paper that is currently under NASA internal review. In a short description available on the website of Lei Zuo, coauthor and a professor at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, the researchers highlight a few important features that contribute to the device’s superior performance. For one, the curved outer piezoelectric elements are relatively soft and bendable, resulting in more deformation (and absorbing greater mechanical energy) under a given applied force. The device also does a better job of coupling this mechanical energy into the piezoelectric materials since minimal non-piezoelectric materials are used. Another advantageous characteristic is that, when a force is applied vertically onto the device, the forces of both the straight and curved elements are amplified to the sides. This design feature enables the device to generate 2-3 orders of magnitude more electric charges under a given amount of vibration. IMEC reports 40 microwatt from micromachined piezoelectric energy harvester Citation: Award-winning energy harvester brings practical applications closer (2011, December 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-award-winning-energy-harvester-applications-closer.html Explore further © 2011 PhysOrg.com 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

first_img Travelweek Group Wednesday, June 14, 2017 CALGARY — WestJet is celebrating fathers across Canada with a special Father’s Day sale that includes savings on both flights and vacation packages.Starting today, the company is offering three days of great savings on flights within Canada, and to Europe, the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean. Bookings must be made by June 15.The offer applies to travel within Canada or to the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean between July 5-Aug. 2, and between Sept. 5-Dec. 13 for travel between Canada and Europe.To sweeten the day for dads, WestJet is also offering sale prices on getaways to Los Cabos and Puerto Vallarta, with savings up to $135 per room at select Secrets, Breathless, Dreams, Now and Sunscape Resorts & Spas in Mexico.This offer must also be booked by June 15, for travel between June 15 and Oct. 31. Blackout dates are June 15-Aug. 18 (subject to change.Featured vacation packages on sale include:Secrets Vallarta Bay Puerto Vallarta (savings up to $135 per room)Secrets Puerto Los Cabos Golf & Spa Resort (savings up to $135 per room)Breathless Cabo San Lucas Resort & Spa (savings up to $135 per room)Dreams Villamagna Nuevo Vallarta (savings up to $135 per room, plus kids stay free)Dreams Los Cabos Suites Golf Resort & Spa (savings up to $135 per room, plus kids stay free)Now Amber Puerto Vallarta (savings up to $135 per room, plus kids stay free)Sunscape Puerto Vallarta Resort & Spa (savings up to $135 per room, plus kids stay free) Posted by Sharecenter_img WestJet launches Father’s Day Sale on flights and vacations Tags: WestJet << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

first_imgComcast’s statement this week that it is in “advanced stages of preparing” an all-cash offer for the 21st Century Fox assets promised to Disney presents a fresh headache for the Murdoch clan. Already facing a challenge from Comcast in the shape of its competitive bid for Sky, which in turn could complicate the Disney agreement, the Murdochs now must weigh up the threat of a direct bid by Comcast.When Comcast made a reported US$64 billion move on Fox last year, Fox’s board rejected this in favour of Disney’s lower-priced offer on the grounds that it could struggle to secure the approval of US regulators. AT&T’s attempt to acquire Time Warner, the subject of a legal battle between the telecom giant and the US Department of Justice, served as a warning.The timing of Comcast’s latest statement is crucial in this respect. It comes ahead of a confluence of decisions within a few days of each other in mid-June that will likely play a significant role in determining the outcome.First up is a judgment on the US government’s case against AT&T. A favourable outcome for the telecom operators would make a Comcast bid for Fox much more likely – and much more likely to secure the approval of Fox’s shareholders.Second, UK culture, media and sport secretary Matt Hancock is scheduled to take a final decision on Fox’s bid to acquire the shares in Sky that it does not already own.Third, the European Commission must make a decision on whether Comcast’s rival bid for Sky can go ahead.Comcast’s decision to make its intentions known now makes it less likely that Fox shareholders will approve Disney’s acquisition before the outcome of the AT&T case is known. Those shareholders have every reason to wait as, at the very least, a Comcast bid could force the price up.In addition to the hurdle of securing regulatory clearance, it has been pointed out that Comcast’s proposal for an all-cash bid would play to the disadvantage of the Murdochs because it could lead to a big capital gains tax bill.However, while the Murdochs hold 40% of Fox’s voting stock, the Disney bid will only give them a vote in line with the number of shares they own, giving other shareholders more power to accept or reject it. How attractive Comcast’s offer will be to Fox’s other shareholders will depend on whether it is big enough to offset any tax disadvantages to them and on how attractive they find the prospect of hard cash over the variable value of shares.Beyond the Game of Thrones aspects of the overlapping battles for Fox and Sky, what does all of this say about the future of Comcast in particular and the media and pay TV business in general?For Comcast, the strategic benefits of acquiring Fox’s assets are that it would give the company a much bigger international play in both content and distribution – in the shape of Hulu, Sky and Star India – and would give it much more scale in content in general, marrying NBCUniversal with Fox’s sports networks as well as the National Geographic and FX cable networks.Both the content and distribution pieces are attractive, at least in theory.In content, scale is increasingly seen as crucial for success in a world where the perception is that internet players as Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Netflix and Google (the so-called FAANG group, or FANG, depending on your view of the ultimate likely impact of Apple’s stalled moves into content) are making most of the running. Consolidation among more established media players has been gathering pace. In the case of Comcast, taking control of Fox’s assets will give it access to a much-enlarged library of content as well as an expanded portfolio of network brands at home and abroad.In distribution, a deal would wed Comcast’s 30% stake in Hulu to Fox’s 30% stake, giving Comcast effective control of an OTT direct-to-consumer play in the US – and also in Japan – to help offset the long-term decline in its domestic pay TV base. Regulatory restrictions preventing Comcast exercising control of Hulu that were imposed at the time of its acquisition of NBCUniversal, which previously held the stake, are set to expire later this year. On the other hand, victory for Disney, which also has a 30% stake, would give it effective control of Hulu, so the stakes are quite high.Internationally, Comcast could gain control of Sky either through its separate bid for the operator or through a combination of that and a successful bid for Fox’s assets. On the other hand, if Fox acquires Sky first, Comcast could potentially acquire Sky later along with the other Fox assets that were previously promised to Disney. A successful bid for Fox’s assets would also give it 100% control of Star India.Acquisition of these companies would give Comcast an international pay TV operation with growing revenues and profitability at a time when its own pay TV operation in the US is facing unprecedented challenges.Strategically, acquiring Fox’s assets makes a lot of sense for Comcast. Whether it makes sense to the number crunchers is another matter, particularly in view of the likely debt load that will be required to finance the deal.The many moving parts – from overlapping bids to regulatory hurdles – mean that the only thing that can be said with certainty about Comcast’s bid is that it creates a huge amount of uncertainty. Actually, there is one other certainty – which is that it will be interesting to watch how it all plays out.last_img read more

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Tapering is “all priced-in”. *  Summers says thanks but no-thanks. *  Retail Sales disappoint in the U.S. *  Gold manipulation whistleblowers. And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Dollar Gets Sold Like Funnel Cakes At A State Fair! Good day.  And a Marvelous Monday to you! What a wonderful weather-wise weekend (how about that poetic use of alliteration so early in the morning!)  for us here in St. Louis this past weekend! We had our “block party” in the subdivision that I live in, so that was a good time, and the grandkids had a “dance party” at the house Friday night, so darn cute! Well, I came in this morning, turned on the currency screens, and what to my surprise! A currency rally! 2 days before the Fed will announce tapering to boot! So, what gives? Why would the dollar be getting sold now? Ahhh grasshopper, come, sit, and listen to a tale of what they call in the markets of an event being “priced in”. Apparently, traders came to the realization last night that the Fed’s tapering, is already “priced in”, and the only thing left is for the Fed to disappoint them, with the announcement of a small amount of pull-back, or a delay. So, the dollar is getting sold like funnel cakes at a state fair this morning. The other item that’s weighing on the dollar was the announcement this weekend that Lawrence Summers has withdrawn his name from the list of those wishing to be the next Fed Chairman.  OK. there are three things here that come to mind as to why Mr. Summers decided to pull out ahead of the nomination process. 1. He could have skeletons in his closet, and the confirmation process would expose those. 2. He got a glimpse of the Fed’s balance sheet, and decided that he didn’t want to be the one who’s name was attached to that mess. or 3. He read the Pfennig last week, and got scared.  So, actually, I think he took what was behind door #2, with #3 coming in close! So, here’s the skinny on why this news is bad for the dollar. You see, Summers was thought to have been a Fed Chairman that would favor tightening at a much quicker pace, and higher interest rates in the U.S. is what a lot of traders were looking forward to. On the other hand, Janet Yellen, the other person close to the nomination is thought to be “pro-growth”, which means interest rates would remain near zero longer.  And, before we go any further, you all know that I’m just having some fun with his reasons for withdrawing his name, right? So, there you go! Two reasons for the currency rally and dollar selling this morning! Let’s review very quickly. The markets came to the realization that they had already priced-in the Fed tapering this week, too far. and 2. Summers grabs his hat from the Fed Chairman ring. On a side bar. Wouldn’t it be something if Janet Yellen also withdrew her name as a Fed Chairman possibility? Then NY Fed Head Dudley would be next, and then he said thanks, but no thanks?  I doubt that will happen, as these Fed Heads are pretty egotistic, and probably believe that they “have the plan to save the world”.  And when they announce that plan to save the world, you might want to make plans to take a long vacation. The Emerging Markets took the Summers news as a sign that they too should rally, and rally they did!  The Indian rupee surged higher, and the Turkish lira made its strongest move in 2 years!  These wild swings is one of the reasons people get squeamish when it comes to investing in the Emerging Markets, which is why it makes sense to go into them with Principal protection, like that’ s afforded to the holders of our Evolving Markets MarketSafe CD, which by the way, we’ve brought back for another round. So, if you couldn’t pull the trigger on the first one, this is your last chance saloon. The best performing currency overnight is the Aussie dollar (A$) which is up over 1-cent this morning.  Knowing that the U.S. rates will be anchored for some time to come, is good news for the currencies like the A$, kiwi, and even the Brazilian real, for those interest rate differentials are really making a comeback as a key fundamental. And that puts a smile on my face. Reminds me a dentist’s card I saw many years ago. It had printed on the card: “Smile, it improves your face value”. Gold just can’t seem to catch a bid these days, and is down $10 this morning. Did you see the report last week from Goldman Sachs, that said they see the risk of Gold going below $1,000? OK. Quick Quiz. What have I told you in the past about Big Brokerage Houses’ Calls for assets? That they very well could be trading their book, or their future needs. In this case, the brokerage firm could be short the asset, and needing to buy it back at cheaper levels, So, they issue a letter to their clients and tell them what they see, in hopes of getting everyone to sell, thus cheapening the price of the asset, and then the firm can go in a buy cover their shorts, at cheaper prices.  Now, I’m not saying this is what this firm is doing right now. I’m just saying that we need to take these calls with a grain of salt, and see them for what they could possibly be. It’s funny, I saw this news story on the Bloomberg Friday morning, and the story below this one was one from HSBC (Hong Kong Shanghai Banking Corp.) “HSBC Lifts 2013 Gold Price Forecast on Higher Physical Demand”.  So, which one  of these stories are you going to hang your hat on? Me?  I think I’ll just keep a steady Eddie focus on owning Gold as a store of wealth, and not get caught up in forecasts! OK. The euro is much stronger to start the week at 1.3350 this morning. The German Federal Elections are next Sunday, and the only thing out there that could hurt the euro in these elections is IF the anti-euro party (AFD) wins 5% of the vote, and makes it into parliament. Right now the polls have then at 4%, which is where they will need to stay to keep the euro well bid next week. If the 5% level is achieved, I would think that the euro would take a hit. The Chinese renminbi / yuan is much stronger this morning as the Chinese Gov’t allowed a strong appreciation overnight. There was an article in the China Finance magazine that talked about how conditions in China have matured to further open Capital account. This is the stuff that I’ve been telling you was going to happen, folks. I love it when a plan comes together! But getting back to the renminbi movement. We saw these kinds of moves last spring too, when hot money flooded the Chinese markets, but then left when they got scared that China’s economy was going to shut down. When that didn’t happen, the hot money has begun to flow into China again. You see, interest rates “in China” are good, and we all know that interest rates sure aren’t good in the U.S., Japan, or Eurozone! And in Norway, the Norwegian August Trade Surplus narrowed to NK28.8 Billion from NK 35.3 in July. But this news wasn’t seen as bad for the krone. This drop in the Surplus isn’t new or surprising, as this data is very volatile. The chart on the Surplus looks like a chart for someone on a trampoline!  I think the thing to keep in mind the most here is that Norway has a Trade Surplus, and that’s something a lot of countries don’t have. And they didn’t need to weaken their currency to achieve this Surplus. Well, the data from last week was interesting, I’ll give it that! The Big Kahuna data print last Friday, the 13th I might add, was U.S. Retail Sales from August, which came in weaker than expected at +.2% (.5% was forecast). So, the Fed Heads have that on their minds as they begin to gather this week for a two-day meeting. The U. of Michigan Consumer Confidence report fell from 82.1 to 76.8. not a good thing.  Today, we get my two faves. Industrial Production, and Capacity Utilization.  Nothing that’s going to turn the dollar around today. For What It’s Worth. JMR Doug, sent me this link to the story on King World News. So thanks JMR  Doug! He said in his note to me, “Looks like the mainstream media will finally have to admit what you’ve been preaching for years Mr. Chuck.” So.. this was in King World News. Here’s the link to the whole story. And my snippet. In a stunning development, two JP Morgan whistleblowers have confessed that the bank manipulates the gold and silver markets.  This is truly a shocking admission by the courageous JP Morgan whistleblowers.  In a blockbuster King World News interview, London metals trader Andrew Maguire told KWN that the two JP Morgan employees came directly to him with hard evidence that the bank was actively manipulating the gold and silver markets.  This is a truly catastrophic event for JP Morgan, which up to now has denied manipulating these markets.  Below Maguire takes KWN readers around the world on a trip down the rabbit hole as he discusses how he led the two JP Morgan employees to turn over the evidence to a law firm which specializes in high profile whistleblowers, and also to the CFTC.  According to Maguire, the CFTC has virtually buried this information.  Is this a cover up, or the next LIBOR scandal about to be exposed? Chuck again. I like the fact that a major news outlet like King World News, ran this story. now, if the cable news stations would pick it up, we might get some traction. Other than that, this will die out again. But don’t worry, we’ll get plenty of coverage from the cable news stations on Miley Cyrus.  Speaking of her, I saw a very funny cartoon last week, it was Dr. Brown from the Back to the Future movies sitting in the DeLorean talking to Marty and the quote was: “Marty, we have to go back in time to help Billy Ray Cyrus from getting into “trouble”..  And make no mistake. I’m just reporting the story here. To recap. The dollar is getting sold like funnel cakes at a state fair this morning, as the markets realize overnight that they have already priced in the Fed’s Tapering, and the news that Lawrence Summers pulled his name from those being considered as the next Fed Chairman, thus leaving the nomination to Janet Yellen, who is a pro-growth Fed Head, and that means ZIRP remains in place longer, which is not good for the dollar. Currencies 9/16/13. American Style: A$ .9380, kiwi .8210, C$ .9710, euro 1.3355, sterling 1.5930, Swiss $1.0790, . European Style: rand 9.7570, krone 5.9090, SEK 6.5105, forint 223.75, zloty 3.1430, koruna 19.2855, RUB 32.26, yen 98.90, sing 1.2595, HKD 7.7540, INR 62.83, China 6.1554, pesos 12.91, BRL 2.2795, Dollar Index 81.14, Oil $106.64, 10-year 2.81%, Silver $21.73, Platinum $1,444.43, Palladium $704.20, and Gold. $1,311.03 That’s it for today. Lucky me! I came in this morning to find some chocolate chip cookies wrapped in foil that were left here for me from Kathy G, when she visited last week! What a sweetheart! My beloved Cardinals are hanging on, but need to get some separation from the Pirates and Reds. Markets could get pretty volatile this week with the Fed meeting, so be prepared to hunker down. Next week I’ll be in Houston for a visit to the oncologist and the other doctors at MD Anderson Cancer Clinic. It’s been a year, since my first visit there. I can’t express my gratitude enough to my beautiful bride who insisted that I apply to MD Anderson. Now, the goal is to NOT have to visit them any longer! Wouldn’t that be nice!  And with that thought, I’ll send you out to tackle this day and week. I hope you have a Marvelous Monday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

first_imgThe toy trap: we all have friends who’ve fallen in. I received a wave of emails after publishing Debt: The Last Social Taboo?, all sharing similar sad stories. Author Dave Ramsey summed up the problem best: “We buy things we don’t need with money we don’t have to impress people we don’t like.” Malcolm Forbes, lover of all-things extravagant, likely originated the phrase “He who dies with the most toys wins.” Few of us could ever afford Forbes’ Fabergé egg collection or the ostentatious parties he threw, but many a retiree or near-retiree has overspent on cars, boats, homes, and a surgically enhanced trophy wife or two. My wife Jo tells me this isn’t just a “guy thing” either. She has friends with two or three closets filled with designer clothes. We have one friend who’s been retired for over a decade, yet who still makes monthly trips down Michigan Avenue in Chicago to shop, shop, shop. Her closet is full of enough fur coats to spark a PETA riot. So is there room in 2014 for a return to financial modesty—room to reject the toy trap? I say yes! Here’s our five-step guide to doing just that.#1—Someone always has a bigger, faster boat. Playing the game is futile, because no matter how much wealth you have, you can’t win. Someone will always have more. Rush Limbaugh once boasted about buying the newest, biggest, fastest Gulfstream jet, a G650. He mentioned something about flying nonstop from Raleigh to Honolulu with 20 of his best friends. I won’t begrudge a man any toy he can truly afford, but Limbaugh is in for a rude awakening. As far back as 2009, the CEO of Gulfstream’s parent company had already announced it was working on developing a plane “beyond” the G650. What will Limbaugh do then? In the meantime, some oil baron from the Middle East is looking down from his 747 with a smirk on his face. I was on a 13-hour flight from London to Miami years ago and totally bored, so I made a list of all the material things I would love to own. Yeah, I included a private jet and a yacht. Then I calculated the cost of buying and maintaining those toys and realized I’d have to win the lottery every year to afford such luxury. Time to get real! The sooner you get a handle on needs versus wants, the better off you and your family will be. Owning cool stuff is fun. Most real people, however, have to choose between the neat toys they’d like and saving enough to retire comfortably. So until those lottery wins come in, I’ll continue flying commercial with the other mere mortals. If you want to treat yourself, pay a little extra to upgrade your seat.#2—Don’t misunderstand status. In dictionary terms, status means:sta·tus rank: the relative position or standing of somebody or something in a society or other group prestige: high rank or standing, especially in a community, work force, or organization condition: a condition that is subject to change In Miller terms, there are least two different types of status. The first I call “pseudo-status.” In the article mentioned above, I wrote about my friend Tom, the poster child for spendaholics anonymous. Tom spent a good portion of his adult life trying to impress others and move up in the pecking order. Could Tom have really bought his way to the top? No. The second type of status I call “earned status.” Each major professional sport has a hall of fame. The players enshrined in them stood out among their peers and earned their status in those communities. Earned status is a laudable aspiration. A mentor of mine once said:“Real status does not come from telling people how important you are, but rather from others recognizing your achievements above the rest. Accomplish something, and they will know you are good. You won’t have to say a word.”#3—You don’t have to be a scrooge. Owning nice things can make life more enjoyable. There is nothing wrong with buying cool stuff that makes you happy. Enjoying an expensive glass of wine at dinner does not make you an alcoholic or a spendaholic. However, buying stuff you don’t need with money you don’t have will eventually affect your family, your retirement, and your health. Tom had closets crammed full of clothes, but he still made regular trips to the big city men’s store where he’d drop $10,000 or more each visit. He would leave the store carrying nothing—everything had to be monogrammed and shipped. I can’t remember the last time I saw Tom in a non-monogrammed shirt. After he died, one of his children confided that his designer jeans and socks were monogrammed too. No wonder they said he had an addiction.#4—Short-term gratification is just that: short term. Tom’s life saddens me. He had a great business, employed many people, earned a good income, and was an asset to the community. Had he focused on long-term goals rather than indulging short-term emotional needs, he would have achieved the status he so desperately wanted. Tom fell prey to his desire to constantly feel important. He seemed to think the only way he could satisfy that hunger was to constantly buy clothes and toys. Unfortunately, that addiction is what kept him from his goal. He died bankrupt, and everyone in town knew it.#5—Remember the lessons your grandparents taught you. You can’t buy real friends, nor can you maintain a friendship by constantly flaunting your wealth. True friendship has nothing to do with money. It comes from who you are and how you behave. I have a friend whom I’ve known since high school. He grew up on a farm in a single-parent home. He has built quite a business empire and has more than his share of cool and very expensive toys. Unlike Tom, however, he can actually afford to write a check for them. The friends he is most comfortable with are the ones who knew him when he was poor and are happy for his success. This friend was too busy on the farm growing up to participate in many high school activities. When the school bell rang, he rushed home to work late into the night. Tom, on the other hand, had a different childhood. His parents looked after him financially. They even started the family business that Tom eventually took over. He never learned to save. Money magically appeared when he wanted it for many decades—until it didn’t. Maybe things just came too easy for Tom. He never valued having money, only what it could buy him. I’ll leave that for the professionals to ponder. Forbes and countless T-shirts in the 1980s said, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” There was another popular T-shirt, though—one I’d be proud to wear—that said, “He who dies with the most toys still dies.” Toys are not the measure of a man. The true captain of his own ship looks after his crew and their welfare until his dying day. The folks I know who are truly happy have done just that. A man who doesn’t fixate on toys he neither needs nor can afford has a much better chance at finding lasting happiness. I am a big believer that being “rich” is a state of mind. As you cross the threshold toward retirement, the ability to maintain your lifestyle without worry can help keep you in that mindset. Retirement shouldn’t involve a lot of money worries… and it doesn’t have to. Our goal at Miller’s Money Forever is to help our subscribers become truly rich and make their golden years the best of their lives. Our portfolio is doing quite well, and we have optimal safety precautions in place. If you have not done so already, I urge you to take advantage of our 90-day risk-free offer. We are reasonably priced ($99/year). If you feel we are not for you, cancel within the first 90 days and receive 100% of your money back, no questions asked. Click here to subscribe today.On the Lighter Side I had another good chat with Chad Slagle on his television and radio program. I was in the hot seat, as they say. You can watch along here: Dennis Miller on the Chad Slagle Show. Next week is St. Patrick’s Day, and we love to go to Fountain Hills to watch the green fountain shoot up 300 feet. In Chicago they make the river green, but the fountain is a lot more fun to watch. Last week we went to a Cubs game at the new facility in Mesa, AZ. We were thrilled to see the Budweiser Clydesdale team. Such magnificent animals! I whispered to the lead horse how much I enjoyed his Super Bowl commercial and darned if he did not bob his head up and down a couple of times. Who says those animals aren’t smart? Our good friend Phil works at the Surprise, AZ spring training facility. Each year he gets tickets for our group of Chicago Cub fans in the area. This year 26 couples are going to dinner and the game. It’s always a lot of fun. And finally… Dear friend Toots sent some cute remarks about aging: You’re getting old when you don’t care where your spouse goes, just as long as you don’t have to go along. Statistics show that at the age of 70, there are five women to every man. Isn’t that an ironic time for a guy to get those odds? Old age is when you have stopped growing at both ends, and have begun to grow in the middle. Old age is having a choice of two temptations and choosing the one that will get you home earlier. A man has reached old age when he is cautioned to slow down by his doctor instead of by the police. And my favorite: You’re getting old when “getting lucky” means you find a great parking space. Until next week…last_img read more

first_imgA disabled activist has won a three-year battle with his bank over its refusal to allow him to communicate by email and provide him with a direct telephone contact number as reasonable adjustments.The Financial Ombudsman ruled that the Co-operative Bank had failed in its duties under the Equality Act, and awarded Adam Lotun £800 compensation.He had repeatedly asked over more than three years for the bank to make reasonable adjustments to take account of his hearing impairment, autism and memory problems.As well as turning down Lotun’s request for a way to communicate with the bank by email, it failed to provide a direct telephone number for him and other disabled people to contact staff who were trained to deal with customers with access needs.On several occasions, Lotun (pictured) was stranded away from home without any money because his card had been blocked without his knowledge, as a result of the high level of PayPal transactions on his account.The ombudsman found that he had been unable to unblock the card because he could not stay on hold on the phone for long periods.On one occasion, Lotun had to wheel himself five miles from a retail park and didn’t arrive home until quarter to one in the morning after his card was rejected at a supermarket checkout and he was left without any money for a taxi.The ombudsman said that if he had had a direct contact to call, “all of these occasions would’ve been avoided” because he could have called to get his card unblocked “with ease”.The ombudsman also told Lotun that the bank had told him he could use its text relay system instead of an email, but that “if the time had been taken to understand your needs it would’ve become clear that this isn’t suitable”.The ombudsman concluded: “Overall, I don’t think the adjustments you’ve asked for are unreasonable – namely to be able to communicate with Co-op via e-mail [and] to have a direct telephone contact for emergency situations only.“The former has been rejected by Co-op on several occasions on the basis that they didn’t have a secure e-mail facility.“I don’t think that this was a good enough reason and an attempt should’ve been made to explore this more fully. And I can’t see that Co-op ever proposed suitable alternatives.”The bank has now agreed to set up a secure email address for him, and has provided a telephone number for a team set up to deal with “vulnerable” customers.The ombudsman concluded that Lotun had been caused “unnecessary distress and inconvenience by Co-op’s failure to put your reasonable adjustments into place sooner”, although this appeared to be the result of the bank’s “limited resources” rather than discrimination.The ombudsman said that “a period of three or four years of having to constantly ask for adjustments that weren’t actually that demanding is far too long a period of time.“I also think that if the reasonable adjustments had been put into place in good time you would’ve been spared a lot of distress and inconvenience on several occasions.”A spokesman for the bank said it accepted the ombudsman’s decision.He said: “Since 2013, we have made significant progress in rebuilding the bank, and part of this process has been to completely review how we deal with vulnerable customers, leading to the creation of a vulnerable customer team in late 2016.”He said the bank had introduced company-wide “customer vulnerability awareness training” for its staff, “front-line training in the identification and engagement of vulnerable customers”, and enhanced training for the new “specialist customer vulnerability support teams”, as well as an advice line for its staff.As a result of a new partnership with Citizens Advice Manchester, a full-time advisor from the charity has been appointed to the bank to support customers with “multiple issues” who need support with such areas as housing, benefits and access to social support.The spokesman said: “We also provide appropriate customers with a single point of contact within our central vulnerability teams via a freephone number, via mail or in some instances a secure/encrypted e-mail platform.“We have made significant progress in improving our support for vulnerable customers since this matter was first raised in 2014 and we apologise to Mr Lotun for any inconvenience caused from his ongoing dealings with the bank.”Lotun, who has been a Co-op customer for more than 20 years, said it had been a “long and hard-fought battle” to secure the reasonable adjustments he needed.He said: “The Co-op have now been forced to recognise that they have consistently treated disabled customers negatively and that they have also been forced to recognise their actions and to also create and implement a specialist team to provide the best services possible for disabled customers.“In my view, a bank that promotes itself as a ‘ethical bank’ should not have to be challenged for so long in this way for ‘ethical standards’ to be put into place.”last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisement Last week we ranked the most followed Ugandan Musical artists on Twitter, where Maurice Kirya – (@mauricekirya), C.E.O at Sound emerged first with 85K followers, followed by Hip Hop female rapper Keko – (@KEKOTOWN) in the second position with 79K followers and Navio – (@naviomusic) in the third position with 76.4K followers [Just a recap].Today, we rank the most liked Facebook Page in telecoms, I guess you’ll find it interesting and surprising.[related-posts]MTN Uganda, the largest ICT network company in Uganda, with over 8.9 million subscribers as at December 2015. Founded in 1998, the telecom company takes the lead as the most liked telecom page on Facebook. With their current CEO, Brian Gouldie, the page has 665 749 local fans and 770 493 in total fans.Airtel Uganda, a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel Limited, the Indian telecom conglomerate operating in over 20 countries in Asia, Africa and the Channel Islands. Founded in 1995, and Anwar Soussa as their current Managing Director, it’s page has 500 071 local fans and 589 692 in total fans.Africell Uganda [Formerly known as Orange Uganda], headquartered at 28 – 20 Clement Hill Road, was founded in 2014 with their current CEO, Ziad Dalloul, has 161 066 local fans and 170 306 in total on its Facebook page.Vodafone Uganda, best known for its internet, has 114 847 local fans and 121 960 in total fans with its current CEO John Ndego.Smile Communications Uganda, established in November 2009 with it’s current Country Manager, Steve Bannon. The company is a subsidiary of Smile Telecoms Holdings, a South African telecommunications conglomerate. Since it’s one of the leading ISPs in Uganda, its Facebook page has 45 040 local fans and 51 693 in total fans.Uganda Telecom, Founded in 2000 with its current Managing Director, Mark Shoebridge, its page did make it on our list as the sixth telecom with a number of fans that like their page. The page scored, 37 278 local fans and 107 186 in total fans.Smart Uganda, established in March 2014, the company is owned and operated by Industrial Promotion Services, a subsidiary of the Aga Khan Fund for Development. Their page made it on our list with 17 333 local fans and 19 927 in total fans, with Abdellatif Bouziani as their current CEO. The company is also expected to expand to Burundi and Tanzania.K2 Telecom, established in January 2013, the telecom company had about 80,000 estimated number of subscribers by February 2013, but not it’s Facebook fans. The page has 4 205 local fans and 4 703 in total fans with its current CEO as Saul Katumba Segawa.summaryTelecom CompanyLocal FansTotal FansMTN Uganda665 749770 493Airtel Uganda500 071589 692Africell Uganda161 066170 306Vodafone Uganda114 847121 960Smile Communications Uganda45 04051 693Uganda Telecom37 278 107 186Smart Uganda17 33319 927K2 Telecom4 205 4 703 – Advertisement – The statistics were got from socialbakersWhat’s your say on this, please share your opinions in the comment section belowlast_img read more