Month: August 2019

Plans to create a pay TV joint venture between Can

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first_imgPlans to create a pay TV joint venture between Canal+ and Telecom Italia (TIM) are set to be put forward before the TIM control and risk committee in August before being submitted to the board for approval, according to Vivendi CEO – and Telecom Italia (TIM) executive chairman – Arnaud de Puyfontaine.Arnaud de PuyfontaineSpeaking to analysts after TIM announced its quarterly results, De Puyfontaine said he had asked the team at Telecom Italia to engage in discussions with Canal+ to create the planned JV, which will be based on the acquisition of pay TV rights, co-production of series and films, and other activities.Answering an analyst question, De Puyfontaine said the project would move forward in August. He said would be considered by the TIM control and risk committee and then be submitted to the board.“My duty is to make sure that all initiatives [coming from Vivendi] are…going to be processed in a way that is fully aligned with Italian corporate governance rules,” he said.Answering a separate question on the JV, De Puyfontaine said TIM Vision had already invested in different types of content, and indicated that the planned JV with Canal+ was in line with that strategy. “Convergence is happening [internationally]…between content and distribution,” he said, and it makes perfect sense for TIM to participate in this shift.He said investment in content alongside the operator’s fixed-line fibre was “very high on the agenda”, and that a strategy based on the combination of high-speed connectivity and premium content made sense.Asked about the potential negative impact of a major investment in content on the company’s capital expenditure, De Puyfontaine said that if the JV is confirmed, the combination would “provide the company with the possibility to get into that strategy… in a way that is more cost efficient” and that the pairing of Vivendi and TIM is a “win-win”.In the Q&A, De Puyfontaine said Vivendi’s role as leading shareholder means that that it will act to create a common vision in the interest of all shareholders in driving new initiatives.De Puyfontaine said Vivendi was fully committed to help TIM fulfill its potential. He said TIM was “in better shape” in the year since departing CEO Flavio Cattaneo had been appointed. Cattaneo secured a €25 million exit deal after agreeing to the termination of his contract as CEO.De Puyfontaine confirmed the appointment of Amos Genish as operations chief. “We will make sure Telecom Italia goes from strength to strength,” he said.Reporting strong results, Cattaneo said TIM now had “a fighting spirit” that didn’t exist a year ago. “Together we have set [the company] on a different and a better course,” he said.last_img read more

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Only 1 of European TV pay TV subscribers are curr

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first_imgOnly 1% of European TV pay TV subscribers are currently using Android OS-powered set-top boxes, according to research by Dataxis, with about 40 pay TV service worldwide having deployed Android TV-based platforms through the third quarter.Despite the relatively now numbers, the research group believes that Android TV will gain traction both with operators and as a retail proposition, pointing out that two thirds of the operators deploying Android services have only started this year. It cited the example of Rostelecom, which has recently announced a tender for the supply of one million Android set-tops.The Asia Pacific is the leading market for Android TV set-tops currently, accounting for 44% of the global total, with Europe accounting for 37%, according to Dataxis’s numbers.In the retail environment, Dataxis said that many consumers had found ways to use Android TV boxes to access pirated content, citing Federation Against Copyright Theft figures that over one million Android OS boxes had been sold at retail in the UK market over the last two years, with 25% of users admitting to using them to access pirated content.Smart TV vendors are also beginning to use Android TV, with Sony, Skyworth, TCL, Philips and Sharp adopting the platform, said Dataxis.last_img read more

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Fanpowered video streaming platform Rakuten Viki

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first_imgFan-powered video streaming platform Rakuten Viki has appointed Makoto Yasuda as COO.The company says that Makoto “will be responsible for driving top-line growth and new business development, while overseeing the company’s marketing, advertising, editorial, and community teams”. Prior to assuming the COO position, Makoto managed the revamping of Rakuten Viki’s subscription and advertising businesses as senior vice president of Revenue.Sam Wu, CEO of Rakuten Viki said: “Since joining Rakuten Viki in 2014, Makoto has successfully led growth in our subscription business while simultaneously driving significant increases in ad revenues.“Over the years, Makoto has demonstrated a knack for strategy execution, operational excellence, and building transformational teams. We look forward to his continued leadership for Rakuten Viki.”Before joining Viki, he held management positions at Rakuten Inc.This appointment comes five months after Wu was made CEO of the company.last_img read more

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Research and strategy consultancy MTM has hired fo

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first_imgResearch and strategy consultancy MTM has hired former Sky strategy director, chief operating officer and News UK CEO Mike Darcey as senior strategy advisor.Mike DarceyDarcey will work with MTM’s strategy practice, advising pay TV, media and sports industry clients.Darcey spent 15 years at Sky, first as director as strategy and then as COO. He helped oversee the company’s transition from analogue to digital broadcasting, the launch of major new product offerings such as Sky+, and the introduction of Sky AdSmart, the pay TV operator’s addressable advertising solution.Darcey was also central to the development of Sky’s sports strategy, leading five successful defences of the Premier League rights, as well as securing other key sports properties such as Champions League football, Formula One motorsport and England home test cricket.At News UK, he was closely involved in the development of the company’s subscription offering and efforts to diversify and develop new revenue streams.More recently, he advised Comcast during the firm’s successful acquisition of Skyand served as a non-executive director of Arqiva.MTM managing partner Jon Watts said: “We’re delighted to be working with Mike at this exciting moment in the media industry. I’ve known Mike for 20 years and have admired his enormous expertise and strategic acumen. Mike is enormously well respected across the industry and was at the heart of Sky’s decision-making during one of the pivotal periods in its history. We’re delighted to be working with Mike to better advise our clients and are confident that his wealth of experience will be of enormous value to many of our clients.”Darcey said: “I’ve had a front row seat for the seismic changes in the media industry over the last 20 years and have enjoyed using this experience to help a range of media and technology companies. MTM is already doing fantastic work with many of these clients and has a world class strategy and research team with decades of media and technology expertise. I’m thrilled to be joining the team to help more pay TV, telecoms and sports clients evaluate their sales strategies, explore new routes to market and navigate the rapidly evolving media landscape.”last_img read more

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first_imgIt is not thought that Downey or co-executive producer husband Mark Burnett were aware their updated Ben Hur had been edited before release in Malaysia – a prominently Muslim country – last month.The pair have always maintained that their aim was to introduce the idea of divine forgiveness to viewers in the film, which has suffered badly in comparison with the multi-Oscar winning 1959 version starring Charlton Heston and Glengormley native Stephen Boyd.“Woven into the fabric of it is the story of faith,” said former actress Downey (56) prior to the movie’s release.“It is because Judah Ben-Hur has an encounter with Jesus Christ that Judah’s heart is open. There, at the foot of the cross, we see his hardness drop away.” ShareTweet BEN HURHOLLYWOODMALAYSIAmark burnettROMA DOWNEY’S BEN HUR MOVIE ANGUISH AS CHRIST SCENES CUT Derry born actress Roma DowneyROMA Downey’s troubled remake of Ben Hur has run into fresh controversy in the Far East.For all the scenes depicting Jesus Christ were cut from the version shown in Malaysia to avoid breaking Islamic laws.The Derry-born producer – a devout Catholic – is already reeling as the big-budget movie is on its way to becoming the largest cinematic flop in years after being lambasted by the Hollywood Press. The deletion of the Christian scenes mean the film in Malaysia is 11 minutes shorter.Malaysians took to social media to vent fury at the cuts, asking how Christ and His actions – central to the plot – could be cut from the biblical epic.An uncut version can be seen over the border in Singapore.The movie‘s distributors, United International Pictures Malaysia, explained on Facebook that it was “required to oblige local legal requirements and guidelines for the movie to be released locally in the market”.Former Thornhill College pupil Downey admitted to feeling “empty and drained” following the critical mauling and box office failure of Ben Hur.The movie has made nearly $100m (£77m) less than the 1959 version.Adjusting for inflation it looks even worse, with Downey’s Ben Hur being outgrossed to the tune of $824m (£635m).ROMA DOWNEY’S BEN HUR MOVIE ANGUISH AS CHRIST SCENES CUT was last modified: October 4th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

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first_img Mail The peppermint creme is combined with “crunchy sugar crystals,” giving the crunchy sensation that all peppermint bark-lovers look forward to when the holidays roll around. ConsumerNational NewsNewsWatch Peppermint Bark Oreos Are Here to Bring Christmas Cheer! By Daniella HankeyOct 24, 2018, 04:37 am 341 0 So far the cookies have been spotted for purchase online at Amazon, Target and Walmart, and the Instagram account @thejunkfoodaisle saw them in stores at WinCo Foods. They rated the treats a 4.6 out of 5 stars. Peppermint-flavored Oreos debuted around 2013, but the new peppermint bark Oreos have a distinct difference in the center creme. Daniella Hankey Next PostLewis Nissan Athlete of the Week – Caleb Crisp Twitter (AP)- Oreo loves to keep us on our toes.Though it’s still early for holiday treats to start popping up in retail stores, the cookie company is getting a head start on the excitement with a new festive creation: Peppermint Bark Oreos.center_img Home NewsWatch Consumer Peppermint Bark Oreos Are Here to Bring Christmas Cheer! Pinterest Google+ Tumblr Linkedin Facebook Previous PostDaughter, granddaughter get prison time for woman’s deathlast_img read more

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first_img Pinterest Matt Digby Matt Digby is the Sports Director at WOAY-TV. He joined the station in January 2015 – right in the middle of Big Atlantic Classic Week. Read More Linkedin Tumblr Next PostThe 5th Quarter: Pocahontas County @ Summers County Google+ Twitter Mail SportsSports News The 5th Quarter: Clay County @ Shady Spring By Matt DigbyOct 20, 2018, 01:35 am 326 0 Shady Spring, WV (WOAY) – Check out highlights from Friday’s Week 9 matchup between Clay County & Shady Spring! Previous PostThe 5th Quarter Game of the Week: Midland Trail @ Fayetteville Facebook Home Sports News Sports The 5th Quarter: Clay County @ Shady Springlast_img read more

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By Marin Katusa Chief Energy Investment Strategis

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first_imgBy Marin Katusa, Chief Energy Investment StrategistIn its later days, the Soviet Union was desperate for strong leadership. Instead the country found itself with a succession of weak leaders who kept dying on the job.Leonid Brezhnev helmed the country for 18 years until his death in 1982. Yuri Andropov took over after Brezhnev’s passing but suffered renal failure within a few months. He continued to govern from the hospital for another year before dying just 15 months after taking office.The next leader of the USSR did not even last that long. Konstantin Chernenko was 72 years old and in poor health when sworn in as First Secretary in early 1984. In March 1985, after only 13 months in office, Chernenko died, the third Soviet leader to die in less than three years.When Ronald Reagan was informed of Chernenko’s passing, the US president supposedly said, “How am I supposed to get any place with the Russians if they keep dying on me?”This may be just what the next US president has to say about Saudi Arabia.The resemblances are uncanny. The USSR in its later years was a socially repressed and ethnically divided society in a resource-rich but economically poor country, led by an autocratic ensemble of old men who kept dying and yet had no clear plans for succession, set smack in the middle of a global battle for power.You only have to change a few words for the description to suit today’s Saudi Arabia.Saudi is not poor, but it is facing major economic challenges as dramatic increases in social spending and domestic fuel consumption eat through the kingdom’s all-important oil revenues.Saudi may not be fighting the Cold War, but it is smack in the middle of the Middle East, an ever-tumultuous region currently rocking and roiling more than usual as the Arab Spring challenges longstanding autocratic assumptions, while war-torn Syria and defiant Iran tip the delicate Sunni-Shia religious balance in the world’s most important oil region.While the House of Saud might present itself as a stable, strong, and cohesive royal family, in truth the king and his successors are growing old and incapacitated in a throne room full of competing contenders. Meanwhile, the only other organized social group in the country – the Islamists – are waiting just outside the door.You want a surefire way to send oil to $300 a barrel, to see Saudi troops attack Tehran, or to strangle US oil imports? Try a failed succession battle in the House of Saud that ends up destroying the whole family and ushering in an Islamist age in Saudi Arabia.There is little that could rock the oil world more. And it is all too likely.A Shaky House of SaudThe king of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah Aziz bin Saud, is almost 90 years old. In Saudi Arabia’s royal system, the throne passes not from father to son but from brother to brother. The problem with the system is that none of King Abdullah’s brothers are exactly young and full of vigor.Crown Prince Salman, next in line to the throne, is already 76. He got the Crown Prince nod after two of his elder brothers died. The remaining brothers now average 80 years of age.A king who ascends the throne in his seventh or eighth decade is unlikely to have the energy or even the time to enact significant reforms. And reforms are needed. I’m not pushing democracy – Saudis don’t generally want democracy. What I’m talking about are the endemic problems that are battering the world’s biggest oil producer: high unemployment, a corrupt bureaucracy, a crippled economy, a weak education system, and a society full of frustrated youth.While the country crumbles, the three pillars that have long supported the royal family are also weakening. Massive oil revenues, which have long been used to buy public support, are being squeezed by sharply increased domestic demand. The Wahhabi Islamic establishment that supported the House of Saud is increasingly fractious and is losing credibility. And the royal family itself is struggling to maintain its rock-solid façade after losing two crown princes to old age in just a few years.The country’s foreign relations are little better. The Middle East is in turmoil, and Saudi Arabia’s longstanding alliance with the United States is in distress.Alongside these tangible problems is a multitude of intangible challenges that are revolutionizing the country. The regime used to control the population by controlling access to information, but of course that age is now almost over. The Internet has connected young Saudis with the rest of the world, and that worldview is prompting them to question some of the rules of their society.Even the religious establishment in Saudi Arabia is seeing its power eroded. Young Saudis are increasingly independent, using the Koran to guide their decisions without following specific decrees from a particular religious leader.The fact is, Saudi society today bears little resemblance to the passive masses of just a decade ago, and a decade from now the difference will be even bigger.Trying to lead his country through these modern challenges is a 90-year-old king, backed by a 76-year-old crown prince and their octogenarian brothers.Not surprisingly, it’s not working very well.New Battles, Old TacticsWhen the Arab Spring in Tunisia and Egypt sparked protests in Saudi Arabia, the protesters were not demanding democracy or trying to oust the royal family. No, the young Saudis who filled those streets had more basic demands.At the top of the list is jobs – 60% of Saudi’s citizens are under the age of 20, and the unemployment rate for young adults is nearly 40%. These young people want to be given the opportunity to better themselves and their country, but instead they cannot find work and live instead on government handouts.Adding fuel to the fire, those handouts have been shrinking. Saudi Arabia’s population has skyrocketed in the last half century. In 1972 the country had 6 million inhabitants; by 1992 that number had climbed to 17 million; and today there are 28 million Saudi Arabians. Oil incomes have climbed too, but not nearly apace. As such the government has been struggling to keep the population appeased with fewer dollars per head every year.The population keeps growing, and each person in the kingdom keeps using more oil. The result: shrinking oil revenues have to go further. It’s not a recipe for success, but when you’re 89 years old, you go with what has worked in the past.And that is precisely what happened in the wake of the Arab Spring: King Abdullah drowned the protestors in money – a $130-billion social-spending package that built new housing, increased payrolls, and boosted unemployment payouts. Saudi Arabia’s entire annual budget is just $180 billion, so the king almost doubled spending to appease the protestors.This tactic cannot work forever. Even in Saudi Arabia there is only so much oil money. The Saudi royals already need an oil price of at least $80 a barrel to support all their social programs, and with domestic oil consumption rocketing upward, that baseline price will keep climbing.But the unrest continues.The Summer of Saudi DiscontentAfter King Abdullah offered billions of dollars in social spending, many protestors went home… except in the country’s oil-rich eastern provinces, where the protests never stopped.For the last 18 months Saudis in the eastern Qatif region have been demonstrating regularly, demanding the release of all political prisoners, freedom of expression, and an end to ethnic and religious discrimination. When Saudi security forces turned on the demonstrators last November, killing five, the protests took on a distinctly anti-Saud tone.In June, King Abdullah ordered the country’s security forces to go on a state of high alert due to what he called a “turbulent situation” in the eastern region.The unspoken side to the situation is that the turbulence is distinctly religious.Most Saudis are Sunni Muslims, and Sunni Islam is the only allowed religion in the country. However, 15% of the country’s inhabitants are Shia, and they have faced direct and indirect persecution for decades.Guess where the Shia live? In those turbulent, oil-rich eastern provinces.That is one aspect of Saudi discontent. But there are more.For example, last week Saudi security forces raided al-Qaida cells in Jeddah and Riyadh. Evidence recovered during the raids supports the suspicion that a new branch in the Arabian Peninsula is gathering momentum for a wave of attacks. The royal family is at the top of their list of targets. Toppling the House of Saud would be a major victory for al Qaida, simply because of the instability that would ensue.All told, between external threats, internal divisions, and domestic struggles, the Saudi royal family looks very unstable indeed. So what would happen if the House of Saud crumbled?Remember, religion is the only social structure in Saudi Arabia. There are no political parties, unions, or social organizations, aside from a few charities run by members of the royal family. Were the House of Saud to fail, the only candidates ready to step up would be the Islamists.The shift to Islamist rule in Egypt has made the world pretty nervous. Longstanding allegiances are in limbo, and long-term relationships are changing.Imagine if it happened in Saudi Arabia.Islamist leadership in Saudi would not be the moderate, democratic version we’re seeing in Egypt. The Islamists in Saudi Arabia are Wahhabi Muslims, who practice the strictest and most conservative version of the religion. I can see these imams making several moves.First, a Saudi Arabia led by Wahhabi Islamists would not stay at peace with the Shia Islamic Republic of Iran. Both branches of Islam believe the other has strayed so far from the path that its followers are infidels. Odds of open war between Saudi Arabia and Iran would shoot sky-high the moment Islamists took power in Saudi Arabia.Even worse, a Wahhabi Islamist Saudi Arabia might well turn its strongest weapon against the infidels of the West – by turning off the oil taps. It would be the 1973 oil crisis all over again, but in an even more oil-dependent world.The price of oil shot up 300% in six months during the oil crisis. Today, that would mean an oil price of $300 per barrel.It would also mean the end of the era of friendly US-Saudi relations… and the demise of the petrodollar. That is a story in itself – one of great significance to anyone who owns US dollars. I have discussed previously how a US-Saudi deal to only use dollars to trade oil created a deep pool of support for the US’s currency – and what will happen if the petrodollar dies. The short version is that as the global oil trade moves away from US dollars into yuan, yen, rubles, and pesos, the world would have yet another reason to devalue the dollar.Expensive oil, open Sunni-Shia war in the Middle East, the loss of one of the world’s biggest oil producers as a stalwart ally, and an inevitable increase in religious politics across the Arabian Peninsula – such are the likely outcomes if the House of Saud comes tumbling down.It is not inevitable. There are 7,000 princes in the Saud royal family, the result of multiple wives and lots of progeny. In that mix there is undoubtedly a prince with the right mix of progressive thought and religious reverence to lead Saudi Arabia through its succession and into the future.But whenever a throne room is that crowded, it is very easy for a brawl to break out, depriving that perfect prince of his chance and giving the Islamists their opening.Either way, oil investors with the right picks in their portfolio will prosper, and the Casey Research energy team will be available to guide you along the way.Investment markets are getting more interesting by the day right now, and nowhere is this more true than in the energy sector. I’ll be speaking on that topic at the upcoming New Orleans Investing Conference, held October 24-27. Doug Casey and Louis James, our metals and mining investment strategist, will also be presenting. Check it out at the link above – we hope to see you there. Additional Links and ReadsMarin Katusa Discusses Opportunities in the Coal Sector (BNN)Coal prices have slid significantly over the last year, and our chief energy Investment strategist believes that spells opportunity in the long run. In this Business News Network interview, Marin explains that the cure for low coal prices is more low prices. He also reveals when investors should start picking up their favorite stocks in anticipation of a rebound.Rail Gains Steam As a Crude Oil Mover (Globe and Mail)Canada’s oil patch is quietly sending large new volumes of oil on rail cars, as it fights to overcome opposition to plans for new pipelines to the US Gulf Coast and Canada’s west coast. Some 80,000 barrels of Canadian oil are being moved by rail every day, up dramatically from just 5,000 barrels a day last year, and volumes are expected to rise to 200,000 barrels per day next year.Fracking Banned by Quebec Government (Vancouver Sun)The new government of the province of Quebec has a very clear position on fracking: it wants it banned. New Natural Resources Minister Martine Ouellet said she doesn’t believe the method can ever be done safely, and says her government will push for a complete moratorium on exploration and exploitation of shale gas.“Smart” Money Targeting Low-Priced Coal Assets (Globe and Mail)Sliding iron ore and coal prices have touched off a spate of asset sales, boosting deal activity in what has been a lean year in the mining sector. Cashed-up Japanese, Korean, and Chinese buyers have their eyes peeled for bargains. The coal sector is one of their top targets, especially as many analysts believe the depressed sector may have reached its bottom.India Finally Makes a Move on Canadian Energy Assets (Financial Post)India’s national oil companies have been eyeing Canada’s oil sands for at least a decade. Now it seems they are finally making a move: unconfirmed reports suggest that three of India’s largest oil companies have jointly bid for the northern Alberta assets controlled by ConocoPhillips’ Canadian division, valued at $5 billion. It’s a reminder that China is not the only populous and energy-hungry nation looking to secure resources to fuel its future.last_img read more

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first_img Click here to download or listen on your mobile device Uranium’s rise looks like as close to a sure thing as the stock market ever gets… but that does not mean that every company will profit. As Marin explained in the interview, the permitting process is grueling, requiring expertise and tenacity. Investors need to know how best to deploy their resources. That’s why Casey Research brought together some of today’s experts in the field of uranium and nuclear power to discuss the issues. The resulting webinar is titled The Myth of American Energy Independence: Is Nuclear the Ultimate Contrarian Investment?, and its premier will be Tuesday, May 21 at 2 p.m. EDT. Listen to experts including Spencer Abraham, Barbara Thomas Judge, and Rick Rule discuss what’s going on and how to take advantage of the forming trends to position yourself for life-changing gains. Learn more and sign up now. Why are countries with energy reserves building nuclear power plants and planning more of them? Can the nations that turned away from nuclear power after the Fukushima disaster stay away from it? In this brief but highly informative interview with Investors Daily (his interview is the third segment on May 15), Casey Research Chief Energy Investment Strategist Marin Katusa makes a strong case for an exceptionally powerful bull market shaping up in the uranium sector.last_img read more

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first_imgEditor’s note: Today, we’re sharing another fantastic crisis investing opportunity… Yesterday, we told you about the huge profit potential right now in Zimbabwe. In today’s essay, Crisis Investing editor Nick Giambruno and Casey Research founder Doug Casey talk about their latest trip to the war-torn country of Ukraine—and share the incredible bargains they found… (And make sure to read through to the end for details on our special Crisis Investing deal that ends tonight.) Nick Giambruno: So Doug, why don’t you give a little background on our recent trip to Poland and the Ukraine? Doug Casey: Well, my first trip to Eastern Europe was in the late ‘60s, during the Soviet era. But I’ve spent relatively little time in Eastern Europe, and this was my first time to Poland and Ukraine. I’m favorably impressed with both countries—the societies, the opportunities, and with the way things look. That’s contrary to what most people think, especially regarding Ukraine; they think of it as a warzone. But the secession in the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces doesn’t affect the rest of the country. Nick Giambruno: It’s my first time to the Ukraine, too, and it’s definitely a lot different than what you would see in the media. Actually, this kind of perception gap is just the kind of thing we look for when seeking out good value around the world. Doug Casey: Yes. The previous democratically elected president there was overthrown in a coup orchestrated by the U.S. government. He was terminally, even comically, corrupt; which is absolutely typical for ex-Soviet countries. The new guy is equally corrupt, but at least he’s a U.S. puppet. There don’t seem to be any foreign tourists in Kiev at all; that’s a good sign. We’re looking at real estate and stock prices, and they appear to present tremendous opportunities. Of course most people would say, “Well, there’s no way I’m going to live in the Ukraine. That must be a horrible place.” But the fact is that Kiev as a city dates from the 500s. It’s an ancient city. It’s a beautiful city. It’s a delightful place to be, totally undiscovered, and very, very cheap. Nick Giambruno: In terms of lifestyle, and at least in the summer months, Eastern Europe is not a bad place to be if you want to have a high-quality life without breaking the bank. I’d rate it as far better than spending your time and money in, say, Paris or London. Doug Casey: Oh, absolutely. If you walk down the street in Warsaw or Kiev, you’re going to see that everybody’s a Pole or a Ukrainian; neither place—but especially not Ukraine—gets many tourists. You walk down the street in London or Paris, I question whether you’ll even see a Brit or a Frenchman. In London, the plurality seems to be immigrants from the subcontinent. In Paris, it’s immigrants from France’s defunct African empire. In both countries, the colonizers are now themselves being colonized. Eastern Europe, however, for all the bad PR it gets, is generally crime-free. So popular perceptions and what you read about in the mass media are totally inaccurate, in my opinion. Nick Giambruno: Well our Polish colleague would say, “Yeah, so what? We steal a few cars. But, you Germans killed my grandfather.” A sad, but kind of funny joke, and it usually silences any complaints about the stolen cars. Doug Casey: That’s right. Germans suffer from a huge national guilt complex. You need only reference WW2 in the most oblique way to make them curl up in a ball and hide under the table. We actually came to Poland because you, Nick, put together the highlights of my three financial books into a new book that covers economic and investing principles in a timeless, as opposed to topical, manner. We got along very well with the Polish publisher, Jan Fijor. I met him at La Estancia de Cafayate, incidentally. In Poland—like everywhere else in the world—the publishing and media business is very much controlled by statists and collectivists. So I go out of my way to support the rare individualist or libertarian. My upcoming novel, Speculator, which is going to be released in a couple of weeks, is also going to be published in Poland. So perhaps I’ll eventually relate to Poland the way Jerry Lewis used to relate to France. Nick Giambruno: One thing that was particularly surprising was how large, and how knowledgeable, the free market libertarian community in Poland was. These guys were philosophically and intellectually sound. Was that surprising to you, too? Doug Casey: Yes. It was hard to believe that when we gave speeches to the audience that Jan put together, there were over 700 people in attendance. These weren’t just people rounded up from the highways and the byways, these were real libertarians. I would say that a third of the audience were anarcho-capitalists. And this couldn’t have happened in any other place in Europe. I don’t think there’s another place in Europe where you could get even 50 libertarians in the same room. But perhaps Poland has an excellent tradition of freedom because it’s a borderland. They speak a Slavic language, but use Latin script. And the prevailing religious tradition is Catholicism, not a variety of Eastern orthodoxy. Nick Giambruno: It might have to do with their history of dealing with aggressors. In particular the Russians and Germans. We heard another funny anecdote from Poland. If the Germans and the Russians attack you at the same time, as a Polish patriot, who do you fight first? And the answer is, well, you have to fight the Germans first because it’s your duty, and then you fight the Russians…for pleasure. So business before pleasure. Doug Casey: Poland, like Ukraine, lies mostly on a flat, open plain that has made them something of a highway for invading armies. But I think that era in history is over, for a number of reasons—notwithstanding the best efforts of NATO and the U.S. to provoke the Russians. I could live very happily, and very inexpensively, in a luxury apartment, in either Warsaw or Kiev. Nick Giambruno: That brings up another point, how cheap these places are. Temporarily cheap I should say, at least for people who hold U.S. dollars. I thought Poland in particular was favorable. The ratio of the cost of living to the quality of life was heavily skewed in your favor. Poland almost reminds me of being the Argentina or Colombia of Europe, meaning it’s an excellent place to live on the very cheap. It’s an excellent place for “lifestyle arbitrage.” Did you get that same impression, too? Doug Casey: I absolutely did. Both cities are very civilized, lots of people speak good English. And there’s reason to think both these countries will improve significantly. Nick Giambruno: For example, from the middle of Warsaw to the airport we took an Uber taxi and it only cost $5. Doug Casey: It’s as cheap as it was in Argentina during the good old days, during the crisis. We went out to one of the best restaurants in Kiev. There were six of us. We spared no expense, far more food than any of us could eat. Excellent food, and far more wine and vodka than we should have drunk. The total bill, for drinks, dinner, dessert, including the tip, was $130 for six people for a veritable feast. I don’t know what it would be in New York, probably five times or even ten times that much at a similar restaurant. I wonder if The Russian Tea Room near Carnegie Hall is still open… Editor’s note: This is your last chance to take advantage of our special offer for Nick’s popular Crisis Investing newsletter. Until tonight only, you can save 60% off the regular price when you join Crisis Investing. And as part of our trial membership, you’ll have three months to test out Nick’s research risk-free and decide if it’s right for you. It’s the perfect time to take advantage of the lucrative crisis opportunities shaping up in today’s market. But again, you must act now…this offer closes at midnight—click here to get started. Alert: Your Special Access Disappears Tonight Until midnight, you have a shot to join what may be the boldest venture in Casey Research history. In short, it’s a way to get ahead of the major financial shock Doug Casey sees unfolding…and potentially make $1,000s month after month in 2016 – right from your home computer. Click here for full details. Nick Giambruno and Doug Casey in Kiev’s Maidan, the scene of a recent and bloody revolution. Nick Giambruno: When people think of these Eastern European cities on the Russian periphery they probably imagine columns of soulless, Soviet-style buildings. But that’s not what we found here. Doug Casey: No, not in Kiev. Although, in truth, I’m long past the stage where I visit old churches and government buildings almost anywhere. Of course, Warsaw was a little bit different because the Germans and then the Russians totally flattened the place during the Second World War. But Kiev is very much an old town with lots of culture. The Germans like to joke that Eastern Europe should advertise itself by saying, “Come to Eastern Europe. Your car is waiting for you,” because most of the cars stolen in Germany are exported to the east. Another joke about Eastern Europe is that the main import is stolen cars and the main export is prostitutes. Well, every country has its share of politically incorrect jokes. Regrettably, you hear less of them these days. Psychologically aberrated opinion leaders are trying to turn the whole planet into a dour and humorless “safe space,” where all the delicate little flowers are sheltered from even the slightest microaggression. —center_img – Recommended Links Jim Rickards: “My #1 Way to Profit From Britain’s Exit…” Britain’s exit from the European Union has already sent the markets into a tailspin. The British pound hit a 31-year low… Meanwhile, some investors are already reporting losses in the billions. You don’t want to be caught flat-footed as this situation escalates… Go here now to see the latest update to Jim’s Currency Wars thesis.last_img read more

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During Tuesdays Tuscaloosa City Council Finance C

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first_imgDuring Tuesday’s Tuscaloosa City Council Finance Committee Meeting, the committee voted to pay the City’s portion for t two new bus routes.A Skyland Area Route and a Downtown Shuttle.It will cost the City about $65,000 for the Skyland Area Route.The remainder of the $353,000 will come from grant money.The City will have to purchase one bus and a van, which is required for any bus route.The van would be used for people with weekly doctor visits and so on.The Transit Authority and the City will look at the current routes and adjust it to make it work.The buses will be delivered in September and expected to be in operations in October.“I think its going to be something that’s going to be very beneficial. Its something that’s going to be a true asset for the City. We have individuals need to get to Walmart want to get to Thrift stores and different things like that. So, hopefully now we’ll be able to address those needs” says district 7, Tuscaloosa City Councilwoman Sonya Mckinstry.There will be a number of Public Hearings.The Finance Committee will discuss it again January 9th.last_img read more

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PIRAEUS – Greek power Olympiakos got its seventh w

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first_imgPIRAEUS – Greek power Olympiakos got its seventh win in eight Euroleague basketball games with an 89-79 win over the Lithuanian champion Neptunas Klaipeda.The two teams are stalwarts in their countries and put on a display of running and gunning and firing away, with the Greek side leading 47-36 at the half and keeping the Lithuanian team at bay in the second half.Brent Petway scored 20 points to lead the winners while Vassilis Spanoulis scored 13, collected five rebounds, had nine assists and drew nine fouls from frustrated defenders.The result means that Olympiakos will finish in the top two of its group and will probably avoid playing its Greek arch-enemy Panathiniakos in the next group stage of tourney play. A win over Red Star Belgrade at home next week will seal the top spot for Olympiakos.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS – Greece’s dominant basketball powers, Panathinaikos’ Greens and Olympiacos’ Reds will battle for supremacy in the finals yet again, as they have for the last 11 years.The stage was set when Olympiacos whipped upstart Aris, 79-62 on June 4 to win their series, 3-1 after Panathinaikos beat Thessaloniki’s other team, PAOK, in a 3-0 easy sweep.The first game of the best-of-five finals will be June 7 at Olympiacos’ home court as the Reds won the regular season standings. Panathinaikos has won nine of the last 11 titles over the Reds. PAOK and Aris will play for third place.last_img

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first_imgMILAN – In a thriller that went down to the last shot, Olympiacos Piraeus escaped with an 85-86 victory over AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan as a former player for the hosts came up with the last of many big plays.Olympiacos improved to 7-2 to retain a share of first place, while Milan fell to 3-6 when Curtis Jerrells failed to connect with the game’s final shot. Jamel McLean led Olympiacos with 22 points and 7 rebounds against his old team, including a three-point play with 46 seconds left that provided the game’s final points, Euroleague reports.Brian Roberts followed him with 18 points, while Janis Strelnieks scored 14 and Kostas Papanikolaou 11 for the winners. Milan got 20 points from Jordan Theodore and a double-double of 19 and 10 rebounds from Arturas Gudaitis.Vladimir Micov added 15 points while Cory Jefferson had 10 and Kaleb Tarczewski had as many rebounds. A game full of ties and lead-changes saw Olympiacos lead by 53-63 in the third quarter, only for Milan to go ahead twice in the last 1:46 on driving layups by Theodore.McLean answered both and added a free throw on the second of those baskets to take the win from the team he played for the last two seasons.Read Euroleague’s full report and see the highlights here.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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SAN ANTONIO AP — The San Antonio Spurs announced

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first_imgSAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs announced a buyout agreement with Pau Gasol on Friday, allowing the veteran center to become playoff-eligible with another team.Gasol has been used sparingly by the Spurs of late, appearing in only two of their last seven games and his playing time has dropped this season to just over 12 minutes per game.“Pau Gasol is an exceptional individual and the ultimate professional,” coach Gregg Popovich said. “We are grateful for his contributions on the court, in the locker room and in our community.”The Spaniard signed with the Spurs in July 2016 and appeared in a total of 168 games with San Antonio, averaging 10.0 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.6 assists in 22.4 minutes.The 18-year NBA veteran and two-time champion is a six-time All-Star. In 1,223 career games, he has averaged 17.1 points, 9.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.59 blocks in 33.5 minutes. He is one of four players with over 20,000 points, 11,000 rebounds, 3,500 assists and 1,500 blocks in his career, along with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgLast updated on July 2nd, 2019 at 09:18 pmBenjamin Kuznicki helps a customer understand the features of her cell phone.If you’ve ever sat on hold or struggled to obtain assistance from a big wireless phone service provider, a new company called Wallace Murry wants to prevent that from happening again.The Milwaukee- and Boston-based company was founded in October 2017 by University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee student Benjamin Kuznicki and fellow Whitefish Bay native James Graham, who lives in Boston. It provides 24/7 customer support from the U.S. and proactively contacts customers regularly, Kuznicki said.“People really seem to be unfairly treated by some other phone companies and we wanted to start something where it provides an outlet for people,” he said. Graham, who previously founded enterprise software startup Caffeine Software Inc., received $100,000 via a 2017 Thiel Fellowship, from PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel’s foundation. Wallace Murry is being funded via the fellowship and with cash from the co-founders, Kuznicki said.The company doesn’t have brick-and-mortar stores. Wallace Murry’s eight employees work out of their homes in Milwaukee and Boston, and go out to meet with customers one-on-one.“The benefit of that is we actually go to our customers at a place convenient to them, like their house or a coffee shop,” Kuznicki said. “If (customers’) phones aren’t eligible on our network, then we’ll get them a new one but we’ll charge them exactly what we paid for it.”So far, Wallace Murry has about 70 customers that have switched to its service, which it provides as a mobile virtual network operator – meaning it buys service and data in bulk from companies like Sprint.The startup has been working to get its name – a nod to a character from popular book series “A Wrinkle in Time” – out there by providing free tech support at senior centers and assisted living facilities. Kuznicki said while Wallace Murry initially targeted seniors, it has expanded its reach to Milwaukee and Boston residents of all ages.Wallace Murry offers four service plans, ranging from $25 per month for unlimited talk and text and 0.25 GB of data to $60 for unlimited talk, text and data.Next, the company plans to change its name, to The Community Phone Co., to better communicate what it does, Kuznicki said. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribelast_img read more

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first_imgFacebookTwitterPinterestAddThis0Share Leave a Comment FacebookTwitterPinterestAddThis0Share Leave a Comment Carroll County received the OFBF President’s Award for 2008.  Four OFBF Best of the Best billboards adorned the county for two months, congratulating the county Farm Bureau’s accomplishment.AttachmentsCARR_PRES2.jpglast_img

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first_imgACLU: 911 Toddlers and Babies Separated from Parents BUDDING Cebuano golf star Lloyd Jefferson Go put his composure on display as he recovered from a disastrous start to remain a stroke away from the lead after the first round of action in the 2014 Philippine Amateur Open Golf Championship yesterday at the windy Wack-Wack Golf and Country Club in Mandaluyong City.The 18-year old stalwart, who helped the Cebu Country Club to their second straight title in the PAL Interclub Championships last year, battling a sickness just before the competition, showed signs of it as he got off to a cold start as with two bogeys on the first four holes.ADVERTISEMENT Kids Festival Shooter in California Took Gun Illegally LATEST STORIES Show me the money: Price-tagging Enrique Gil’s photos Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension NAFTA: Democrats Leveraging the Trump Administration View commentscenter_img However, he managed to right the ship real quick by saving par on the fifth hole before reeling off birdies on the sixth, 10th and 13th holes to finish the round with a 70.“I haven’t been really playing much in the United States. I practiced several times when I got back home but I got sick over the holidays. I wasn’t feeling very well the other day but I’m glad I played well. I don’t really have expectations for this tournament. I’ll just try to take this competition one hole at a time and we’ll see how it goes,” said Go in an interview yesterday evening.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPasig to sue 6 enforcers for extortionTopping the first round was Jobim Carlos, who finished with a bogey-free one-under 71. It was a rough round for the packed field with the already tough greens being paired with the windy playing conditions.In spite of those, Carlos played gutsy golf to end with a scorecard of 35-36. In third place were the trio of John Abdon and Singaporeans Johnson Poh and the defending champion Jerome Ng. The 58-player field will be trimmed to 50 and ties after 54 holes. The top 30 after 54 holes will advance to the final round.MORE STORIESnewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipnewsinfoMartial law in Negros? Military taking cue from local execsMORE STORIESnewsinfoWHAT WENT BEFORE: Dengvaxia is world’s first dengue vaccinenewsinfoBaybayin revival makes native PH history hipnewsinfoMartial law in Negros? Military taking cue from local execsAnother Cebuano who remains in the hunt was Japanese Gen Nagai, another ace of CCC who won the NGAP Visayas Regional Amateur Championships. He finished with an 80. /Correspondent Jonas PanerioRead Next PBA: Rain or Shine overcomes San Miguel, McCullough’s 51 to avert sweep Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Capital One Data Breachlast_img read more

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first_imgCapital One Data Breach “We will run this Sunday to thank Santo Niño,”  Rama said during yesterday’s press conference at the Cebu City Hall. “If we remember what happened to us last year, we are very lucky compared to our neighboring provinces. I think this is one fitting way to thank Santo Niño.”Joining Rama in the press conference were councilor Mary Ann delos Santos, Ritchie Osmeña, Vice Mayor Edgar Labella, Run Rio’s Ally Lim, Cebu Executive Runners Club’s (CERC) John Pages and medical director Dr. Peter Mancao.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPasig to sue 6 enforcers for extortion“We also thank him for giving this race a chance to be recognized internationally. I’m sure that it will boost our tourism,” Rama added.The mayor also said Cebuanos should be proud of the CCM after it was accredited by the Association of International Marathons (AIMS). The CCM is one of the two races in the country to earn such an accreditation. “The accreditation will not just boost our tourism but it will also increase the level of competitiveness because there will be a lot of elite foreign runners who will be joining,” Rama said./CORRESPONDENT DALE G. ROSAL PBA: Rain or Shine overcomes San Miguel, McCullough’s 51 to avert sweep Locsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilege MOST READ LATEST STORIES CEBU CITY Mayor Michael Rama is encouraging runners to join this Sunday’s Cebu City Marathon (CCM) and consider it a thanksgiving run for Cebu’s patron, Sr. Santo Niño.Rama, who said he will possibly join a short-distance category, said Cebuano runners should be thankful that the Holy Child Jesus spared the Queen City of the South from two catastrophic natural calamities last year.ADVERTISEMENT NAFTA: Democrats Leveraging the Trump Administration ACLU: 911 Toddlers and Babies Separated from Parents Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Next Kids Festival Shooter in California Took Gun Illegally Show me the money: Price-tagging Enrique Gil’s photos PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension MORE STORIESnewsinfoMinority lawmakers urge overhaul of PhilHealthnewsinfoTolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China dealnewsinfoLTFRB issues formula on PUV faresMORE STORIESnewsinfoMinority lawmakers urge overhaul of PhilHealthnewsinfoTolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China dealnewsinfoLTFRB issues formula on PUV fareslast_img read more

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On September 19 2016 we hold the Kick off ceremon

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first_imgOn September 19, 2016 we hold the Kick off ceremony for the Victory of the Heavenly Tribal Messiahship in Kampala Uganda under the guidance of Rev. Bakary Camara, with the goal of 12 couples bless 430 couples (each) during 120 days.We had 80 participants which included blessed families, blessed children and the youth.In the opening remarks Rev. Bakary spoke about how the seminar will be conducted and also gave a brief about Heavenly Tribal Messiah activities and the direction from True Mother, and about the start of the Heavenly Tribal Messiahship activities of 12 couples from Uganda who are going to give blessing to 430 couples in 120 days. He said that Heavenly Tribal Messiahship is the life line that connects us to True Parents.We had two lectures on Heavenly Tribal Messiahship in morning, led by Rev. Kililo, the sub-regional director of East Africa  Speaking about :He spoke about Heavenly Tribal Messiahship activities in Asia especially the Phillipines, Cambodia, Nepal and India, explaining how how the people in Asia have been able to achieve the blessing of 430 couples.Successful Tribal Messiahship are working through one to one witnessing, or family party, approaching churches and educating the Pastors/Bishops.The Successful begin first by making the conditions, then create relationship, and then move to the level of education and harvesting.To start people do not need to go through 7 days and 21 days workshop before going to blessing. Even after 3 days of explaining the Principles of Creation, the Fall and the importance of blessing, we can bless the couples and there after we can focus on educating them.We need a systematic approach to Tribal Messiah ship, where by spiritual children are divided into 10 and each of the 10 takes care of the 43 couples.Environment in each country is different and therefor the witnessing strategies in each nation may differ.Keep record of our tribes as the Tribe increases through taking photographs, visiting them, knowing what this one has done, where they stay, whom they stay with etc and loving the spiritual children as our own children.Tribal Messiah takes responsibility of his children even when these children go astray. Now that True father is in spirit world, we need to work extra hard and fulfil our responsibility in achieving Tribal Messiahship in the nation. True Parents have completed and concluded their mission, our mission is to carry the cross and follow them on the path of Tribal MessiahshipRestoration of 7 nations by 2020 is very important for God and to fulfil this we need to go through the 8 stage formula from servant of servant all the way up to the Father showing how many couples are required for each level as the Nation is being restored.Participants divided in three groups for the discussion on:How to achieve Tribal Messiahship,How does Tribal Messiahship relate with Uganda today,when do we start implementing Tribal Messiahship in Uganda.Three groups consisting of about 20people each were created to discuss these questions. The first group was led by Rev. Edwin Plekhanov national leader to Burundi, the second group by Rev. Makuuza Francis national leader to Rwanda and the third group by Rev. Gimeyi Moses national leader to Uganda.After the discussion, a representative from each group shared what they had discussed:Group 1 was represented by Mr. Katungi Jackson, who spoke about reaching out to communities, schools, institutions as a way to achieve Tribal Messiahship. He also spoke about strategies like Social media, finding interests of people using these interests to connect to people to True Parents. He concluded by saying that we need to start now to do Tribal Messiahship.Group 2 was represented by Anna Nadunga, who spoke about using our providential organizations as a starting point in Tribal Messiahship, connecting with other organizations and continue on witnessing to politicians. Lady Anna also said that Tribal Messiahship has already begun and people are already doing their tribal messiahship.Group 3 was represented by Mr. Lugeba, who spoke about using Family church as the starting point in Tribal Messiahship. He also hinted on the financial challenge as the hindering block in the tribal messiahship activities.After reporting about the discussions, we had a testimony by Mr. Magoola David, who spoke about his mission in Busoga. There after we received guidance from our Regional President Rev. Camara.Guidance by the Regional President Rev. Bakary CamaraPurification of our mind and body is very important. We need to purify ourselves first before we witness to others. We really should avoide smoking and drinking.We should  really try our best to connect to the heart of True Parents and Heavenly Parent through prayer and fasting constantly until we tap into the heart of God. He said that we have to really fulfill our responsibility.We should go out witnessing with a heart of saving the people, not with a heart of making members.True Parents have carried a heavy burden because of us. originally we are supposed to be blessed when we have our 3 spiritual children, who are willing to sacrifice their lives for us. But many members received blessing without fulfilling this condition and therefore True Parents were accused by Satan and they had to pay a huge indemnity. All issues arising from the True family are because of us who are failing to fulfill our responsibilities.We should stay faraway from our spouses unless we have a special mission from True Parents.Entering the kingdom of Heaven is depend onsuccess in our tribal messiahship activitoes. by FFWPU Uganda, Gimeyi Moses Joint Sunday ServiceDuring our Sunday service on September 20, Rev. Bakary Camara, Rev. Kililo Mwalagho, Rev. Gimeyi Moses, Rev. Makuuza Francis, and Rev. Edwin Plekhanov, to all the participants.Rev. Gimeyi Moses testified about his tribal messiahship activities and how he has managed witness to a brother who has attended 7days divine principle and also testified that through this one brother he has been able to witness to a group of people who are studying divine principle.Rev. Makuuza Francis testified that tribal messiahship activities in Rwanda. He said that he has been conducting tribal messiah mission together with his wife and that it has not been easy. However through conditions and grace from Cheong Pyeong , he was able to educate provincial leaders and together they could begin tribal messiah mission. He testified that Rwanda has been able to conduct 7 days DP lectures each month and also construct a center for conducting seminars.Rev. Plekhanov testified about his experience during the World Leaders Assembly. He said that he saw an image on the right side of Mother especially during the Cheon il Guk Scripture dedication. And he confessed that indeed that image was True Father. He said this was the first time to see father in such an experience in tears, he recalled when Mother asked a question and people answered yes. And then Mother said if you are really my children, you would have said Ye Omoni. And said that Mother really wants us to be like her real children.Rev. Kililo testified about his experience during the World Leaders assembly. He spoke about the different functions and recalled that great moment when Kim jung il of North Korea sent A banquette of Flowers for True Parents. He said that even at toughest times of great tension True Parents received love from an enemy. This reflects the work and love that True Parents have for North Korea. He also gave a brief summary on the Cheon il Guk Scripture dedication ceremony including the speech by Rev. Young Hwi Kim and a special lecture by Andrew Wilson. He spoke about the Sunhak peace prize as well as True Mother’s direct Channel to Heavenly Parent.Rev. Camara spoke about unity among members for helping each other to fulfill our responsibilities. He said we need to identify our subject partners, otherwise there is not direct path to God. He also said that we need to pray for our leaders and really invest ourselves in Tribal Messiahship Activities.He also spoke about his experience with the Kamugisha Family staying on the land that True Mother bought for Uganda. He said that he was inspired by this humble family which was raising goats and rabbits as a means to pay tuition for their children. And on that background he begun a fundraising campaign to construct a church and a center in Lusaaze. Rev. Bakary led fundraising by pledging a donation of $3000. This inspired the members to also pledge and offer. In total $13,050 was raised for the construction of the church. During the fundraising Rev. Camara sang a song about True Parents. They are behind me; they are in front of me. they are behind me they are around me so I cannot fear”. He taught us to sing this song and every one was inspired to give.Rev. Camara was happy with the Uganda family and promised to come back very soon.last_img read more

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