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Unai Emery hails brilliant Petr Cech

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first_imgUnai Emery hailed Petr Cech for his brilliant saves that helped Arsenal record their first clean sheet of the season.Cech, 39, has come under intense scrutiny at times this season but his shot-stopping ability has been top notch.The former Chelsea goalkeeper is currently keeping summer singing Bernd Leno out of Arsenal’s starting XI and Emery suggested that is not about to change anytime soon.“I’m a little surprised because there have been a lot of questions over Cech,” Emery said, adding that Leno would do well to learn from Cech’s experience.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“In pre-season and also in the first matches with us, he’s played with good performances. Bernd Leno will also improve with us and learn about this competition here.“For him, he’s also doing very well and benefiting from working every day with a goalkeeper like Cech. He’s learning from him, giving him experience and he’s watching him in games like today.“Leno is a younger goalkeeper and he is coming here with a big future, but now, it’s a very competitive position. Petr Cech is very important for us.”“Petr has big experience and a big quality. He’s started the season very well and we think he’s giving us the performance we want. Today he showed us that he’s very good and continuing to work hard with this spirit every day.”last_img read more

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The Wilmington Insider For April 15 2018

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Sunday, April 15, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of rain and sleet before 7am, then sleet likely between 7am and 5pm, then freezing rain and sleet likely after 5pm. Cloudy, with a high near 33. Northeast wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. Little or no sleet accumulation expected.Food Shopping: Food shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For February 25, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For February 11, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For February 4, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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The new iPod Touch is worth buying just for iOS

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first_img Mentioned Above Apple iPod Touch 2015 (16GB – blue) 23 Photos • Apple Arcade Later this year Apple will launch Apple Arcade, a subscription-based games service where you pay a monthly fee to play iOS games made by some of the world’s top game developers. The most exciting for me include Annapurna Interactive, makers of Donut County, and Mistwalker, headed by Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi.Apple expects to have 100 exclusive and nonexclusive games lined up for the service at launch, with more coming later. You’ll sign up for the service and then download any Apple Arcade game you wish at no additional cost. apple-introduces-apple-arcade-apple-tv-ipad-pro-iphone-xs-macbook-pro-03252019Apple Arcade, on Mac, iPad and iPhone. Apple The best thing about this service for owners of the iPod Touch, which has no cellular connection, only Wi-Fi, is that every game will be playable offline. That means you can play your games to your heart’s content even if you’re on the train or in the back seat of a carpool vehicle. A subscription will cost the same for individuals or a family of six and will be compatible across iPad, iPhone and Apple TV. iOS 13 I haven’t been this excited about an iOS update since iOS 7. That’s when Apple implemented the “flat” look of app icons. With iOS 13 it’s dark mode that has me the most giddy. Honestly, what grabbed my attention was simply the fact that dark mode will be a purposefully designed feature — not just an inverting of the colors — that just looks cool in screenshots. redesigned-reminders-app-ios-13Dark mode is coming. Screenshot by David Carnoy/CNET Also, iOS 13 will also bring a newly designed camera interface and editing options, as well as Sign In with Apple. Sign In lets users log in to apps and sites on their iPod Touch using their AppleID instead of their email address, which Apple says will prevent them from being tracked online and relentlessly targeted with ads. AR gets more real The iPod Touch will work with AR apps in the App Store. That includes the iOS app Measure, which lets you virtually measure things in the real world by giving you a really flexible digital ruler. With Pokemon Go or the upcoming and highly anticipated Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, AR is kind of becoming a thing. And though I wasn’t excited about it initially, the more useful apps I find, like Measure, the more I’m becoming a believer. measure-app-ios-12Practical AR is the best AR. Jason Cipriani/CNET To be sure, you’ll need a more powerful device to take advantage of some of the high-end AR apps, but for simple measuring, and for finding Pokemon, the new iPod Touch can handle it. Bonus: It has a headphone jack Yep, you can use Bluetooth headphones, or plug your wired ‘phones into that 3.5mm jack on the bottom edge, just like we used to do back in the day. That either appeals to you or not, so I’ll say no more about it. Do it! Or don’t. I mean, the Touch isn’t for everyone. But it’s cheap enough and offers enough current features, as well as some smart strategic future-proofing, to be worth your money if you decide to take the plunge.  Apple See It See it $219 Apple iPod Touch 2015 0 Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Review • Apple iPod Touch review: 2015 specs packed into a tiny 2012 body $132 Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier The new iPod Touch looks just like the old one and it’s kind of nice Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Walmart reading • The $200 iPod Touch now has some legit competition The new iPod Touch is a great gateway into the upcoming iOS 13. Sarah Tew/CNET Apple released a new iPod Touch for 2019 a couple months back. It costs $200 and has a small, low-resolution screen. If you already own an iPhone past the iPhone 5, there’s no reason to even consider buying the iPod Touch. Probably the same deal if you own a recent iPad. If, however, you’ve never owned an iOS device or have in the past and want back in, at $200 the iPod Touch is now the cheapest iOS entry point. But it’s not your only $200 option. Nintendo this week announced a new scaled down version of its Nintendo Switch, called the Switch Lite. The $200 gaming system is smaller than the original Switch and can’t connect to a TV. So how does the Switch Lite compare to the iPod Touch? In his review of the iPod Touch 2019, my colleague Patrick Holland very clearly lays out why, despite its appeal to certain consumers, most will want to skip the iPod Touch. And while I can totally understand and agree with many of his points, ultimately I see it differently. I’ve been a stubborn supporter of iOS, and more specifically the Apple App Store, for nearly 11 years, since I bought the iPhone 3G in 2008. There are two simple reasons for that: I like the interface and its evolution, and the game and app selection in the App Store has never disappointed me. That’s really it. I have an iPhone XS Max and absolutely have no need for the iPod Touch, but I’m excited for those of you who do. And here are three reasons I think the iPod Touch is a near steal at $200. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Share your voice Mobile See All null iOS 12 Applelast_img read more

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Former Unilever COO Harish Manwani may succeed Cyrus Mistry as Tata Sons

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first_imgHarish Manwani, the former chief operating officer of Unilever, is being considered as the top contender in the running for the chairmanship of Tata Sons.Manwani was appointed as the global COO for Unilever in June 2011. He retired in December 2014, after more than 38 years of service.According to Sky News, the 62-year-old is likely to replace ousted Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry. The names of Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Indra Nooyi and Arun Sarin are also being considered.Tata Sons, the over 100 billion dollar conglomerate, has set up a team to scout for a new chairman within next four months. The team includes Ratan Tata, Venu Srinivasan, Amit Chandra, Ronen Sen and Lord Kumar Bhattacharyya.The Cyrus Mistry-Ratan Tata row has led to many unsavoury developments since the ouster of Mistry on October 24, including high-profile exits and defamation suits. Nusli Wadia, whose ouster from many Tata Group companies is almost imminent, has threatened to sue the Tata Group for “false” and “defamatory” allegations made against him.Despite his removal, Mistry continues to head the group’s several listed firms such as Tata Motors, Tata Power, Tata Steel and Tata Chemicals. Several Tata Group firms have called for EGMs, with Tata Consultancy Services on December 13, Indian Hotels on December 20, Tata Motors on December 22 and Tata Chemicals on December 23 to seek Mistry’s ouster.Tata Power will be declaring its Q2 results on November 29.last_img read more

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Over 200 arrested during antiTrump protests

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first_imgAnti-Trump protestMasked, black-clad protesters carrying anarchist flags smashed windows, lit fires and scuffled with riot police Friday in downtown Washington, blocks from the parade in honour of newly sworn-in president Donald Trump.Washington police arrested at least 217 people for acts of vandalism committed on the fringe of peaceful citywide demonstrations against Trump’s inauguration.Just before the parade started, clashes broke out between 400 to 500 stone-throwing protesters and riot police, who responded with tear gas — the second violent flare-up in the space of a few hours.As Trump’s motorcade wound its way up Pennsylvania Avenue in the parade to the White House, protesters just a few blocks away set a parked limousine on fire after smashing its windows.An AFP reporter saw National Guardsmen donning helmets and bullet-proof vests, as protesters blocked traffic and set trash cans ablaze — chanting “Not my president” and “We resist President Trump.”Earlier, masked youths emerged from crowds of peaceful protesters to kick over trash cans and smash windows of stores, a bank and a fast food outlet.City police chief Peter Newsham said at least 217 people were arrested and would be held overnight before appearing in front of a judge.”The charge is rioting,” he told reporters.”Our intention going into this event was to make zero arrests, and unfortunately they forced our hand.”Newsham said six officers were injured mainly by thrown objects, but that all the injuries were minor.Meanwhile, prominent white supremacist Richard Spencer was sucker-punched in the street while giving an interview to journalists, according to footage of the incident circulating online.”No serious damage,” Spencer said on Twitter. “I can take a punch.”As the 70-year-old Trump, his supporters and top dignitaries gathered on the National Mall for the swearing-in ceremony, throngs of his opponents also converged on the US capital.Most of the noisy protests — including those by an array of anti-racist, anti-war, feminist, LGBT, pro-immigration and marijuana legalization groups — were peaceful.But the protesters were intent on being heard — massing at the city’s Navy Memorial Plaza, along the parade route, and letting out a deafening roar as the presidential limousine known as “The Beast” drove by.”Not my president! Not my president!” they yelled, as the pro-Trump crowd in bleachers across the street chanted “USA! USA!”Protesters along the route waved banners reading: “Try to deserve this office,” “Obama cares, Trump scares,” or “Make America Sane Again.”Another group unfurled a giant banner reading “Shame” outside the Trump Hotel — right near the spot where the president briefly stepped out of his limo to walk the parade route.’No fascist USA!’Newsham attributed the sporadic outbreaks of violence to “a small group that wanted to disrupt the inauguration.””We have significant damage in a number of blocks in our city,” he said, while adding: “It’s a very, very small percentage of those folks who came here to peacefully assemble in our city.”Black-clad groups with anarchist and anti-fascist banners could be seen moving quickly on the outskirts of the main protests.Marchers, some red-eyed from pepper spray, chanted: “No deportation, no KKK, no fascist USA!”Several demonstrators were carrying batons and other weapons, police said, while at least one protester was hurt and was seen receiving treatment for a head wound.The front windows of businesses including a Starbucks and a Bank of America were smashed to pieces.’Sad day’ to be AmericanThe majority of protests in the city were peaceful — whether people came to register anger, dissent or dismay at Trump’s election victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.Groups of Trump supporters passed by the protests on the way to hail their hero, and some insults were thrown, but the two sides kept largely apart.One sign showing a smiling image of Russian President Vladimir Putin read: “Putin’s pick is nyet my president.”A 27-year-old financial worker from Tampa Bay in Florida, who did not want to give his name for fear of retaliation by his employer, said he was fearful for the future.”There is nothing to hope for except for grassroots efforts to oppose him,” he told AFP.Protesters said they feared Trump would be an extremist president, taking a hardline approach on everything from immigration to gutting public services.”It’s a sad day to be an American,” said 26-year-old Washington resident Colin Hernandez.Public interest lawyer Renee Steinhagen, 61, came down from New York to join the protests.”This is a simple act of resistance. It’s better than staying at home,” she said.John Zangas, a longtime DC resident, said it felt like the city was “under siege” given the number of police on the streets.”This should be a momentous occasion, not one where flash-bang (noise grenades) and tear gas are deployed against citizens,” Zangas said.last_img read more

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Man killed in clash over land dispute

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first_imgA man was killed in a clash over land dispute in Dakhshin Fukra village of Kashiani upazila of Gopalganj on Monday, says UNB.The deceased is Hingul Sarder, 45, son of Irful Sardar of the village.Md Azizur Rahman, officer-in-charge of Kashiani police station, said that there had been a long-standing dispute between two villagers Harun-or-Rashid Mollah and Saiful Sikder over ownership of a piece of land.Following the dispute, the two groups locked into a fierce clash in the morning that left 31 villagers including Hingul injured.He was first taken to Gopalganj Sadar Hospital and then to Khulna Medical College Hospital.As his condition deteriorated, the victim was referred to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, but he died on the way in the evening, police said.Meanwhile, police detained 12 villagers in this connection.last_img read more

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Full Show PostHarvey Workforce Shortage And Opinions on Health Care Sept 19

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first_imgOn Tuesday’s edition of Houston Matters: Local officials have announced a plan to address what they say is a significant shortage of skilled labor to help with post-Harvey recovery efforts in Greater Houston. We learn more. Also this hour: It’s been nearly three weeks since the chemical fires at the Arkema plant in Crosby following Tropical Storm Harvey. The fires have since burned out, but there are still concerns related to the safety of the site. To get the latest on the situation, we talk with Travis Bubenik, News 88.7’s energy and environment reporter.Then: Disasters like the flooding from Harvey, of course, left many Houstonians in a vulnerable situation. They also leave victims susceptible to scams perpetrated by those wanting to take advantage of the dire situation. Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn runs through a few pointers and tips on how to avoid scams and what you can actually do to help or receive help in the wake of Harvey.Plus: Consumers value health insurance but often have to make sacrifices to afford it, and there’s a disconnect between what consumers and lawmakers think “affordable” health care means. Those are just a two of the key findings from a new survey examining the opinions of doctors and consumers regarding the cost of health care and how to reduce it.And: Singer-songwriter Molly Burch performs in studio.We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Sharelast_img read more

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Celebrate Black History Month 2018

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first_imgEvery weekend for the month of February join the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park and Visitor Center for family friendly programming. The programs will consists of guided tours, conversations with rangers’, topics to include: why Araminta Ross changed her name to Harriet Tubman and history about William Still, an Underground Railroad operator with much more. For more information about daily and weekend events happening, visit www.dnr.maryland.gov/publiclands.Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad Visitor Center (Photo/dnr.maryland.gov)last_img

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Art for the people

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first_imgTheir initiative Art for Concern  art show is an ‘affordable’ art show and  is being held at the Visual arts gallery, Indian Habitat Centre.Art is not just for art’s sake- 35 artists will exhibit their masterpieces to contribute towards grass-root programmes for education, health and community development. Each year 11 Art for Concern shows are held across as many as 7 cities in India.Showcasing the eclectic collection of art by masters and promising artists, the show boasts of works by acclaimed artists like Akbar Padamsee, Suhas Roy, Jogen Choudhary, Jayasri Burman, Sanjay Bhattacharya, Dhiraj Choudhury and Sudip Roy. While the prime focus is to raise funds for underprivileged sections of the society, it also takes this opportunity to bring forward the works of struggling and needy artists, thus providing them a platform to be visible alongside the masters. A majority of the art works are priced between Rs 15,000 and Rs 45,000, with the most expensive pegged at Rs 70,000. So not only art collectors, even mere art lovers will get an opportunity to make these masterpieces a part of their living rooms.Concern India Foundation is a registered, non-profit charitable trust working towards its objective of ‘Helping People Help Themselves’ by making the disadvantaged self-reliant. Set up in 1991, it supports over 275 programmes across India, working in the areas of education, health and community development.WHEN: 26 to 27 FebruaryWHERE: India Habitat Centrelast_img read more

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A Jewellers ensemble

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first_imgTo expand share of fashion jewellery in India’s export, the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH) is organizing the 9th edition of the three-day Indian Fashion Jewellery and Accessories Show (IFJAS-2016) at the India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida, NCR Delhi from July 21 to July 23, 2016. Over 250 manufacturers and exporters from all over the country will be showcasing the wide range of fashion jewellery and accessories to attract overseas buyers and their representatives to source their requirements under one roof, informed Dinesh Kumar, Chairman – EPCH. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’He further informed that IFJAS 2016 will provide a global platform for the fashion jewellery and accessories sector to make a dent into the 16.3-billion-dollar world market and increase India’s share in this segment which is negligible at present.Mainly focusing on fashion products like fashion and costume jewellery, scarves, beads, wallets, fancy fashion footwear and many more, IFJAS 2016 will also showcase the widest range of materials, products and designs in five categories comprising of fashion jewellery, semi precious jewellery, fashion accessories, hand bags and fancy & embroidered fashion shoes, imitation jewellery and shawls. Describing it as an important part of India’s export basket, Rakesh Kumar, ED- EPCH, stated that “India’s exports of fashion jewellery and accessories in the year 2015-16 was to the tune of Rs 2755 crores, but still its share in the world market is very less and holding of IFJAS is part of Council’s drive to promote and expand horizons of key verticals of the handicrafts sector which has tremendous potential to expand further.”  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe top importing nations for jewellery in the world are USA, Germany, UK, France, Japan, Switzerland, Netherlands, Canada, Belgium, Hong Kong, Spain, Australia, Italy and Latin American countries and India is already exporting to these markets, the ED-EPCH  added. Rakesh Kumar further said, “IFJAS would give a distinct platform to those specializing in the wide range of fashion products. A focused show for this sector, IFJAS would give exhibitors a unique opportunity to display capabilities and fully exploit their business potential.”  The   exports of fashion jewellery and accessories from India went up from Rs 2502 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 2755 crores  in 2015-16 registering a growth of 10.10per cent  added the Executive Director. “In the earlier times, there used to be a lot of sentiments attached to jewellery which is no longer the case, we are trying to bring back those lost sentiments with these fashion jewellery,” said Rakesh Kumar. A major highlight will be setting up of Young Designers Forum for providing business opportunities to upcoming designers for fashion jewellery sector. It was also said that the major competitor of Indian fashion jewellery is China, but their products are machine made while ours are handmade. Due to this factor India is gradually growing in this market. This year, some famous companies from USA, Spain, Brazil, Mexico, Belgium, Chile and Portugal will be importing the products on display at the exposition. Ajay Shankar Memorial awards for best designed stands in the category of fashion jewellery & accessories will also be distributed during IFJAS 2016 on July 22.last_img read more

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How much do tourists spend each day in the worlds 10 most

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first_img Travelweek Group TORONTO — If your clients want to visit the world’s most popular places, it’s going to cost them – or not.Mastercard has revealed its latest Global Destination Cities Index, which identifies the top 10 cities that saw the most travellers in 2017. The index accumulated the number of overnight visitors in 162 cities last year, as well as the average amount of money travellers spent in-destination on accommodation, food, shopping, tours, transport and more.Some cities proved to be quite affordable, while others (you can probably guess which ones) will set your clients back a pretty penny.Here are the top 10:1. Bangkok: 20.05 million overnight visitors, US$173 average daily spend2. London: 19.83 visitors, $153 average daily spend3. Paris: 17.44 million visitors, $301 average daily spend4. Dubai: 15.79 million visitors, $537 average daily spend5. Singapore: 13.91 million visitors, $286 average daily spend6. New York City: 13.13 million visitors, $147 average daily spendMore news:  Honolulu authorities investigate arsons at 3 Waikiki hotels; no injuries reported7. Kuala Lumpur: 12.58 million visitors, $124 average daily spend8. Tokyo: 11.93 million visitors, $154 average daily spend9. Istanbul: 10.70 million visitors, $108 average daily spend10. Seoul: 9.54 million visitors, $181 average daily spend Share How much do tourists spend each day in the world’s 10 most popular cities? Tags: Tourists, Travelcenter_img Posted by Friday, September 28, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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TravelManagers 2013 takes off

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first_imgTravelmanagers Conference 2013 has kicked off in Sydney with incredible enthusiasm and a focus on technology, brand and relationships. “The future of our industry is in personal travel management and a genuine engagement with customers… this conference helps to build and develop the necessary skills to succeed.” Stay tuned to eTravel Business News for more updates and news over the next few days. This is the sixth annual conference and this year’s theme is ‘Get on Board – The Future is Personal’. Over the next few days the conference will continue aboard Royal Caribbean’s Voyager of the Seas, which is most appropriate given TravelManagers’ new membership with cruise holiday specialists, Cruiseco. This year’s conference has attracted 39 partner suppliers and will consist of compelling challenges, team-building exercises and educational seminars, culminating in a Gala Awards Dinner.center_img “Relationships build trust and that’s what drives repeat business,” Travelmanagers chief executive Joe Araullo told attendees during his welcome address. The national skills and networking meeting has gathered more than 150 personal travel managers from across Australia at the Sofitel Sydney Wentworth to hear from keynote speakers and participate in practical workshop sessions. ETB News is reporting live from the Travelmanagers Conference 2013. Source = ETB News: P.T.last_img read more

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May 18 2016Welcome to the May 15 2016 workshop p

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first_imgMay 18, 2016Welcome to the May 15. 2016 workshop participants.from left: Will Wild [seminar week],Brodie Atkinson from Canada,Liliana Impellizzeri from Italy,Charlie Correales [2 weeks],Nikki O. Bloom,Akiko Iwata from Japan [scholarship],Raychel McMahon,David Anderson [seminar week],Nicole Moss [scholarship],Mirna Pasic from Quatar [2 weeks],Kevin Pappa,Tristan Tollas,Primo Giovanni Accorso from Italy.last_img

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Bulgarian cable operator Blizoo has named Yavor Ad

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first_imgBulgarian cable operator Blizoo has named Yavor Adel is its new CEO.Adel replaces acting CEO Bernt Andersson, who will remain on the management board as senior vice-president. Anderrson took the helm when Istvan Polony left Blizoo in February.Adel founded and developed Pixbox, a photo sharing website for Sweden. He has also worked as a consultant to the private equity sector where he advised clients on investments and operations improvement strategies.last_img

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Satellite still has the edge over other distributi

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first_imgSatellite still has the edge over other distribution technologies in CEE, according to a panel of operators speaking at the Digital TV CEE conference in Budapest.Satellite operators has the advantage of delivering content to a large-scale audience at a fixed cost and because there is no economic case for investing in high-capacity fixed networks across much of the region, according to panelists.Stanislav Georgiev, head of media broadcasting, Telekom Austria Group said satellite penetration in the region was up to 45% in some markets. “It is going to grow because pay TV is still growing in the region. It has an important role to play in delivering pay TV revenues,” he said, noting that there has been a lot of discussion around “new things” such as multiscreen TV and OTT that “deliver about 1% of revenues”.Georgiev said that satellite operators would be unable to do much about the trend towards OTT and non-linear viewing and may need to consolidate in a few years’ time. “There is a trend and an increase in non-linear consumption, but is it at the expense of linear consumption. We are not that scared that linear  is going to disappear. We see growth of subscribers and growth in our revenue in the coming years,” he said.Georgiev said that the CEE region is more conservative about changing viewing habits and less able and willing to spend a lot of money on additional services. Telekom Austria typically bundles satellite TV with broadband and mobile services, including mobile broadband, and TV is seen as a way to provide a full service rather than a huge revenue generator in its own right.Apolotolos Triantafyllou, SVP of sales for DACH, CEE, Israel, Caucuasus and Central Asia, Eutelsat said that satellite still had a role to play “because there isn’t enough money to build terrestrial networks – it’s as simple as that”.Operators nevertheless admitted that growth is declining.Tryantafyllou said that markets are maturing and growth is slowing. However,  he  said there is also “nothing to prevent us distributing OTT. Eutelsat is trying hard to come up with an OTT over satellite solution. We think the industry should do the same. If broadband can be delivered via satellite, OTT is an opportunity rather than a problem.”Eyal Altshuler, VP sales CEE, Spacecom said that growth was mostly coming from within existing customers rather than from new launches, with HD and now 4K providing additonal demand for capacity.Lev Petukhov, head of web projects department at Russian satellite pay TV operator NTV+, said that satellite would remain at the core of NTV+’s business. He said that distributing content to a country like Russia had its challenges. He said that the operators could provide satellite services for summer homes and complement that with IP-delivered services in cities to apartment complexes.last_img read more

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Mark Harrison The BBCs director of transformation

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first_imgMark HarrisonThe BBC’s director of transformation for design and engineering, Mark Harrison, is stepping down to lead the Digital Production Partnership (DPP).Harrison is due to leave the BBC on March 31 to devote more time to the DPP, where he has been seconded part time from the BBC since April 2015 to work as its managing director.Harrison will continue to act as MD of the DPP, while upping his work around strategic leadership, authorship and presentation of the DPP’s insights, membership growth and international relationships.The DPP is a membership-based, not-for-profit company, founded by its shareholders – UK terrestrial broadcasters ITV, the BBC and Channel 4.The DPP defines itself not as a standards body, but as an organisation that aims, through its membership, to bring the understanding of business needs and requirements to make common standards and specifications effective.Its three areas of work revolve around generating insights, enabling change and creating market opportunities.“We are thrilled with the success of the DPP to date and want to build on this in a way that will keep pace with ever-accelerating industry demands,” said DPP chair and ITV’s director of broadcast operations, Helen Stevens.“Having more of Mark helps us do just that – he is a great leader for the DPP and has been instrumental in our achievements so far. We are delighted to have more of his time and look forward to delivering in 2017”.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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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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The parents of a disabled man who took his own lif

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first_imgThe parents of a disabled man who took his own life after being wrongly found “fit for work” have backed attempts to persuade Scottish police to investigate the actions of former work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith.David and Maureen Barr have both told Disability News Service (DNS) that Duncan Smith and former employment minister Chris Grayling should be prosecuted over their failure to address serious safety concerns about the work capability assessment (WCA).Their son, also called David (pictured), and also from Fife, was just 28 when he took his own life on 23 August 2013.Despite his history of significant mental distress, David’s parents believe the healthcare professional who assessed him – employed by the government contractor Atos – failed to contact their son’s GP or his psychiatrist for further information about his mental health.When questioned afterwards by the Procurator Fiscal’s office – which investigates sudden deaths in Scotland – the assessor claimed he couldn’t remember if he had made any phone calls, according to David’s father.The Atos assessor completed David’s assessment by concluding, in June 2013: “He reports self harm in the past. He reports he attempted an overdose six weeks ago but he would not say what he took.“He reports he has had no thoughts of suicide since. The evidence overall suggests that he is not at substantial risk.”Despite David appealing against the decision that he was fit for work, and telling the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in a letter that he had “serious mental health problems that prevent me from doing everyday tasks which means I cannot work at this moment in time”, the Atos advice was rubber-stamped by DWP decision-makers.The decision that he was not eligible for employment and support allowance (ESA) was confirmed in a letter to David on 17 July 2013. A month later, he took his own life.His death is one of three cases contained in a dossier submitted to Police Scotland by disabled activist John McArdle, from the user-led campaign network Black Triangle, in an attempt to persuade the force to open an investigation into Duncan Smith and Grayling.McArdle wants Police Scotland to investigate the two former ministers for the Scottish criminal offence of wilful neglect of duty by a public official, because they failed to take steps to improve the WCA in 2010 after being warned by a coroner that its flaws risked causing future deaths of people with mental health conditions.Police Scotland has been handed details of three people – including David Barr – who died in the years after the coroner sent his letter to DWP, and whose deaths campaigners believe could have been prevented if the two ministers had acted on that warning.The force is currently awaiting further information about the three cases before deciding what action to take.This week, David Barr’s parents spoke of their hope for justice for their much-loved son, whose death they believe could have been avoided if Duncan Smith and Grayling had taken action.David Barr senior said his son’s mental health had deteriorated in the last couple of years of his life, but he had previously been able to work intermittently in agriculture and labouring, while his final job, which ended in 2011, was cleaning buses.By the time he died he was no longer capable of working, his dad said, and he was taking strong medication including anti-psychotics and anti-depressants, and was experiencing paranoid delusions.David’s father, a bus driver, said: “His mind was gone, and anybody who assessed him should have seen that.”He told DNS this week that he was fully behind attempts to secure a prosecution.He said: “If we let a defective bus in the road [and it killed someone] we would be up for manslaughter; that’s why these people should be taken to court.“They are talking about taking the former prime minister to court for war crimes, but this is just as bad, if not worse. They knew about it and did nothing about it.“The whole thing is shocking. The ministers in charge of it should have sorted something out, stopped it, changed it, re-directed it, I don’t know what.”He added: “If I see Duncan Smith on the TV, I just have to walk out, turn it off. I hate the man with a vengeance.“He has known what was going on and he did nothing about it. He wants to be dragged over the coals for this, and if I can help in any way I will.”David’s mother Maureen – David senior’s ex-wife – also backed calls for a criminal prosecution.She said: “It is time someone did something. [Otherwise] there will just be more like David and nothing is ever done.“It makes you feel terrible that they should have done something [and didn’t].”His father is certain that the decision to turn down David’s ESA claim was the trigger that led to his decision to kill himself, against a background of continuing financial pressures.He remembers finding his son’s WCA report and all of his other official paperwork scattered over the floor of his flat after he died.He said: “It was just dumped all over the floor; anything to do with anything official, he’d just had enough of it. That’s when I picked it up and read through it, this 33-page assessment.”David’s mother Maureen said she believed the “fit for work” decision was “definitely” the trigger for his decision to take his own life.She said: “It was the straw that broke the camel’s back.”Several weeks after he died, two DWP officials visited the family and admitted that David should have been receiving ESA instead of jobseeker’s allowance for nearly two years.David’s father said: “They were here for about an hour-and-a-half explaining everything. But these two – through Iain Duncan Smith – had killed my son, and I said this to them.“They knew that what they had done was wrong and I said to them, ‘Had it been your children in my son’s situation, would you have acted the same way?’ They couldn’t answer that.“I gave it to them with both barrels and they walked out with their tails between their legs, but it didn’t bring my son back.”DWP paid the family £2,700 in compensation for the extra social security support David had not received while he was alive (the difference between the jobseeker’s allowance he received and the ESA he should have been receiving).Maureen Barr said: “They turned around and said, ‘I don’t suppose it will help now, but we have reversed the decision.’“I couldn’t believe it. I thought, ‘What good is that to him now?’”last_img read more

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The 13 Craziest Things Elon Musk Believes Right Now

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