Mbappe can win 5 Ballon dOrs in 10 years says Buffon

first_imgBuffon spoke about all the young talent on PSG, saying he’s surprised Neymar hasn’t won the Ballon d’Or, and that the Brazilian, along with Mbappe, must make the difference for the Parisian club.Gianluigi Buffon talked to RMC in France and praised the young blood on Paris Saint-Germain, saying he believes Kylian Mbappe and Neymar deserve the Ballon d’Or. He said the French youngster has the potential to win a handful of those awards if he makes “that psychological switch in his head.”“In my view, if Kylian decides in his mind to become the Number One for the next 10 years, he can do that, but it depends on his mind,” Buffon said, according to Football-Italia.“He has to make that psychological switch in his head to say, right, I’m going to go and win five Ballon d’Ors in the next 10 years.“If Paris Saint-Germain wants to win, then Mbappe and Neymar must inevitably become the players who make the difference. In my view, we must put them in the psychological and physical condition to give their best, which the way I do it is to motivate them.Colin Dagba, France,How Dagba become one of PSG’s regulars Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 21-year-old full-back Colin Dagba had a very difficult time to break into professional football, but now he’s one of PSG’s regular players.“I find it incredible that Ney hasn’t won the Ballon d’Or yet and I tell him that every day. Your objectives, with your immense talent, must be to win the Ballon d’Or three times in six years – three for Kylian, three for Ney.“If I had their talent and had never won the Ballon d’Or, I’d be furious!”Gianluigi BuffonPARIS, FRANCE – NOVEMBER 28: Neymar of Paris Saint-Germain and Gianluigi Buffon of Paris Saint-Germain celebrate victory following the UEFA Champions League Group C match between Paris Saint-Germain and Liverpool at Parc des Princes on November 28, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)Buffon has played with Marco Verratti for Italy and is now his teammate at PSG, but the midfielder has yet to deliver quality football for the club.“Marco is another player who in terms of talent is comparable to Mbappe and Neymar. He is growing now, but he had to make the final step up in mentality, in his desire to win,” continued Buffon.“It’s great to enjoy ourselves playing important games, but after a while, I want to win those games, not just take part in them, and that is a completely different mindset.”last_img read more

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Google Doodle honors Pap smear inventor Georgios Papanikolaou

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Watch genetically modified T-cells kill cancer cells Tags 0 With a special staining technique, Papanikolaou was able to study smears of vaginal cells under the microscope. The test is cheap and simple and has formed the basis of cervical cancer screening for decades. It can also be used to detect other diseases of the female reproductive system. The Pap smear is still used across the world for early detection of cancer, though in recent times some countries, such as Australia, use a method that no longer requires creation of a smear and instead looks at one of the root causes of cervical cancer: human papillomavirus.Papanikolaou has previously been featured on stamps of the US Postal Service and was the face on the Greek 10,000 drachma banknote from 1995 to 2001. Monday’s doodle features the researcher analyzing one of his famous smears. 49 Photos Georgios Papanikolaou and his wife, Andromachi Mavroyenis, pioneered Pap smear testing. Google Pioneering scientist, Georgios Papanikolaou would have been 136 years old Monday. The researcher is honored with the May 13 Google Doodle, which celebrates his birthday — and his most important invention: the Pap smear.His methodology opened up an entirely new field of medical study known as cytopathology, which examines cells of the body to look for disease.Papanikolaou was only 15 when he started medical school. In 1910 he received his Ph.D. from the University of Munich, and three years he later immigrated to the US with his wife, Andromahi Mavrogeni. The duo found employment at Cornell University as researchers in the department of anatomy and began carrying out work studying cancers of the female reproductive system.In 1928, he found that taking vaginal smears and examining them under the microscope enabled the detection of cancers. However, it took until 1943 for that work to be published. Online Our favorite Google Doodles through the years Share your voice 1:40 Post a comment Google Doodlelast_img read more

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Nifty Hits all Time High Ahead of Budget Sensex Opens Higher with

first_imgParenteral Drugs India LtdPADG31.35+4.35+16.11 BN Rathi Securities LtdBNRA14.75-1.85-11.14 Somi Conveyor Beltings LtdSOMI28.10+4.65+19.83 Aarey Drugs and PharmaceuticalsADPH19.88+3.31+19.83 Super Crop Safe LtdSUPC17.59+2.83+19.17 IVP LtdIVPL53.70+8.95+20 Modi Naturals LtdMODN20.60-2.25-9.85 NameSymbolLast traded in ₹Change in ₹Change in % Shelter Infra ProjectsFGIS6.40-0.59-8.44 In the meantime time top gainers from NSE were Parenteral Drugs India, IVP Ltd, Sarla Performance Fibers, Time Technoplast and Jayaswal Neco Industries, whereas, top losers were Blue Chips India, Jenson and Nicholson India, Landmark Property Development, Vardhman Polytex and ELGI Rubber Co Ltd. But, the positions of the above listed companies changed frequently during trading hours.The NSE index futures traded on Monday rose 0.1 percent and the MSCI-Asia Pacific excluding Japan’s index fell 0.13 percent.At 11:55 am, among 12 Indian stock indices; three fell. Those were BSE Oli&gas stocks, FMCG stocks and Bank stocks. Stock price of Oil and gas fell by ₹64.20 at ₹11,184.99, while FMCG’s stocks also declined at ₹6805 at ₹9.24 during trading hours. In the mean time, all stock prices in banking sector recorded low.BSE Bankex index recorded ₹17706.78 with loss of ₹117.75 and 0.66 percent. But, South Indian Bank in NSE index rose by ₹1.25 at ₹34.35, after US-based Pabrai Investment Fund bought 19.6 million shares on Friday. InfosysReutersHowever, stock index of IT sector surged during trading hours at 12 pm on Monday. Stock price of IT index was recorded ₹9487.04 with surge of ₹175.85 and 1.89 percent. Stock prices of all listed companies in IT sector rose, whereas, Infosys’ stock profited the most with surge of ₹75.80 and 2.37 percent. Its price was recorded ₹3315.95 at 12:05 pm.Besides this, stock price of Adani Ports, Reliance communications, Tata Consultancy Services and IDFC among few others rose, while stocks of Hindustan Unilever, ITC, United spirits and few other stocks of Banking and Oil fell during trading hours.World Markets:Among Asian markets Japan’s Nikkei and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng fell by 57.69 points and 15.17 points respectively at 12:30 pm. Nikkei was recorded at 15379.44 points and Hang Seng was recorded 23531.19 points.In the mean time, all US market indices rose. Dow, S&P, NASDAQ and TR US Index surged by 92.02 points, 10.82 points, 28.19 points and 0.97 points respectively. While, among European markets; only FTSE 100 appeared surging at 6866.05 points with an increase of 0.84 points and DAX, CAC 40 and TR Europe fell by 20.35 points, 20.90 points and 0.23 points respectively.However, at 12:24 pm, NSE index was recorded at 7765 points with an increase of 13.90 points and BSE index was recorded at 26026.23 points with surge of 64.17 points. Biopac India Corp LtdBNRU14.85-1.60-9.73 Top losers from BSE as on July 7, Monday at 11 am:NameNameSymbolSymbolLast traded in ₹Last traded in ₹Change in ₹Change in ₹Change in %Change in %NameBN Rathi Securities LtdSymbolBNRALast traded in ₹14.75Change in ₹-1.85Change in %-11.14NameModi Naturals LtdSymbolMODNLast traded in ₹20.60Change in ₹-2.25Change in %-9.85NameBiopac India Corp LtdSymbolBNRULast traded in ₹14.85Change in ₹-1.60Change in %-9.73NameFourth Generation Information SystemsSymbolBIOPLast traded in ₹5.65Change in ₹-0.54Change in %-8.72NameShelter Infra ProjectsSymbolFGISLast traded in ₹6.40Change in ₹-0.59Change in %-8.44 Fourth Generation Information SystemsBIOP5.65-0.54-8.72 At 10:30 am on Monday, BSE Sensex and NSE Nifty surged by 0.44 percent and 0.25 percent respectively, ahead of the budget scheduled for Thursday. The Indian rupee strengthened by 4 paise at 59.69 per dollar during early trade, versus previous closing of 59.73 a dollar on Friday.On Friday, INR saw its highest weekly gain in one-and-a-half months and Indian stock market received foreign flows worth ₹9.43 billion. According to Reuters, rupee gained its highest record since 16 May, 2014.”The rupee is likely to trade in a range of 59.60 to 60.40 until the budget,” Reuters quoted Hari Chandramgethen, head of foreign exchange trading at South Indian Bank.”The budget can very well have a huge impact on the market. Traders will be keenly watching how the government tackles the fiscal side problems and inflation,” he added.The Sensex opened at 9:08 am with surge of 74.16 points at 26039.67 points versus previous closing of 25962.06 points, whereas, the Nifty opened at 9:15 am with an increase of 22.75 points at 7774.75 points versus the previous closing of 7752 points.Later at 10:30, Sensex and Nifty surged at 26116.73 points and 7791.4 points. Monday’s index was recorded as third consecutive all time high versus previous sessions.Besides, top gainers from BSE as on July 7, Monday at 11 am:NameNameSymbolSymbolLast traded in ₹Last traded in ₹Change in ₹Change in ₹Change in %Change in %NameIVP LtdSymbolIVPLLast traded in ₹53.70Change in ₹+8.95Change in %+20NameAarey Drugs and PharmaceuticalsSymbolADPHLast traded in ₹19.88Change in ₹+3.31Change in %+19.83NameSomi Conveyor Beltings LtdSymbolSOMILast traded in ₹28.10Change in ₹+4.65Change in %+19.83NameSuper Crop Safe LtdSymbolSUPCLast traded in ₹17.59Change in ₹+2.83Change in %+19.17NameParenteral Drugs India LtdSymbolPADGLast traded in ₹31.35Change in ₹+4.35Change in %+16.11 NameSymbolLast traded in ₹Change in ₹Change in %last_img read more

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Congresss Divya Spandhana logs off Twitter deletes personal handle

first_imgCongress spokesperson Divya Spandana.The account was deleted days after she posted a congratulatory tweet to BJP’s Finance Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman for becoming the second woman to hold the seat after 1970. She in her last tweet also referred to the slump in the country’s economic growth. “Congratulations @nsitharaman on taking charge of a portfolio that was only last held by another woman, Indira Gandhiji in 1970 – makes us womenfolk proud! The GDP not looking great, I’m sure you will do your best to revive the economy. You have our support. Best wishes,” was her last tweet.Though unclear, Congress’s month-long ban on spokespersons can also be the reason behind the account deletion. The account was deleted after a tweet from the party spokesperson. “All media channels/editors are requested to not place Congress representatives on their shows,” tweeted Randeep Surjewala, the party spokesperson.When asked about her disinterest in Congress after the general elections to be the reason behind the act; she replied to news agency ANI that they have a wrong source of information.Her absence might not roll well for the Congress after winning 52 seats out of 543 seats in the 2019 General Elections and it might hamper the future prospects of the party’s social media hold.last_img read more

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Body recommends sack of 4 cops over Tangail police firing

first_imgA probe body, formed to investigate the ‘police firing’ on demonstrators in Kalihati upazila of Tangail that left four people dead and 50 others injured in 2015, has recommended terminating four policemen responsible for the incident, reports UNB.On conclusion of the departmental probe by the Tangail district police after two years of the tragedy, the committee recommended punishment of eight policemen, said Mahbub Alam, superintendent of Tangail police.The probe report was sent to the police headquarters in Dhaka on Tuesday, the police super added.The policemen who are recommended to be fired are Munsef Ahmed, the then sub-inspector (SI) of Ghatail police station, Salim Uddin, SI of Kalihati police station, and constables Ziaul Haque and Aminul Islam.The probe body also suggested putting the increment process of four other policemen — Omar Faruk, SI of Ghatail police station, Abul Bashar, SI of Kalihati police station, Constables Mahtab Uddin and Tomal Barmon– on hold.On 18 September 2015, four people were killed and 50 others injured, as police allegedly opened fire and charged baton on some people demonstrating against torture on a youth and his mother in Kalihati upazila.The incident took place when police intercepted a procession brought out by a group of people of Kalihati and Ghatail upazilas during their march towards Kalihati police station to lay a siege to it demanding exemplary punishment of the culprits who had stripped naked a youth in front of his mother and took photo of the incident at Satutia village in the upazila.last_img read more

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4 sued for embezzling Tk 50m from BDBL

first_imgBDBL logoThe Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Thursday filed a case against four people for embezzling around Tk 50 million from Bangladesh Development Bank Limited (BDBL), reports UNB.The case was filed with Paltan Model police station against proprietor of Green Printers Mohammad Abul Hossain, executive officers of Sonali Bank’s Agargaon branch in Dhaka M Moslem and Mohammad Abul Kalam Matubbar and managing director of AHB Textiles in Narsingdi Ashraf Hossain Bokul.They misappropriated Tk 49,000,350 from the principal branch of BDBL through the false documents.last_img read more

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Special Election To Replace Texas State Sen Carlos Uresti Draws 8 Candidates

first_img Share Robin Jerstad for The Texas TribuneState Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, and his wife Lleana leave the federal courthouse in San Antonio after being convicted on 11 charges on Thursday morning, Feb 22, 2018.Eight candidates have filed for the July 31 special election to replace former state Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, — including his brother, outgoing state Rep. Tomas Uresti, according to the secretary of state’s office.The deadline was 5 p.m. Monday, and among the eight candidates who filed, there are four Democrats, three Republicans and one Libertarian. The candidates had a short window to file — Gov. Greg Abbott announced the special election five days ago. The contest will determine who will fill the seat of Carlos Uresti, who resigned Thursday after being found guilty earlier this year of 11 felonies related to fraud and money laundering. Uresti is scheduled to be sentenced Tuesday.Tomas Uresti, who lost a re-election bid during the March primaries, had said over the weekend he was “contemplating” a run for Senate District 19, a massive district that stretches from San Antonio’s East Side to far West Texas and includes parts of the U.S. border with Mexico. The list of candidates includes two prominent Democrats who were already running for Carlos Uresti’s seat before he resigned: state Rep. Roland Gutierrez of San Antonio and former U.S. Rep. Pete Gallego of Alpine. The fourth Democrat who filed is Charlie Urbina Jones, a Poteet attorney who unsuccessfully ran for Texas’ 23rd Congressional District in the 1990s.The three Republicans who filed are Pete Flores, who unsuccessfully challenged Carlos Uresti in 2016; Jesse “Jay” Alaniz, the former president of the Harlandale ISD board; and Carlos Antonio Raymond, who unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination for House District 117 in March.The Libertarian candidate is Tony Valdivia, a senior reporting analyst at USAA Bank.The winner of the special election will finish Carlos Uresti’s term, which ends January 2021. Early voting begins July 16.last_img read more

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2018 Streamy Awards Nominations Unveiled YouTube Signs as Sponsor

first_imgThe nominations are out for the 8th Annual Streamy Awards — recognizing the best creators, content and marketing in online video, and YouTube has inked a deal to be the official presenting sponsor and global distribution partner for the 2018 edition.This year’s list of Streamys contenders include Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, a top “Fortnite” player and the first gamer to appear on the cover of ESPN The Magazine, who has four nominations. Other nominees include David Dobrik, Casey Neistat, Kevin Durant, Kevin Hart, Marshmello, Shay Mitchell, Lilly Singh, Shane Dawson, Jaden Smith and YouTube’s original series “Escape the Night” with Joey Graceffa.The 8th Annual Streamy Awards, are set to take place on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018, at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills. The kudocast will stream live on YouTube at The awards are run by Dick Clark Prods. and trade publication Tubefilter. Couples Therapy with Candice & CaseyEar Biscuits with Rhett & LinkH3 PodcastNot Too Deep with Grace HelbigVIEWS with David Dobrik and Jason NashPERFORMANCE CATEGORIESActing in a ComedyArden Rose – Mr. Student Body PresidentLiza Koshy – Liza on DemandMelvin Gregg – God’s SonNate Contreras – Cheap Thrills with Tabasko SweetSungWon Cho – Anime Crimes DivisionActing in a DramaAnna Akana – Youth & ConsequencesAnnie LeBlanc – Chicken GirlsDeStorm Power – CaughtJames Bland – GiantsJesse Ridgway – My Virtual EscapeCollaborationDavid Dobrik and Jennifer Lopez – FEAR BOX ChallengeKandee Johnson and Kim Kardashian – Princess Jasmine TransformationLilly Singh and Will Smith – How To Speak Internet 101Miranda Sings and Sofie Dossi – Becoming A Contortionist!Shane Dawson and Molly Burke – Switching Lives With A Blind PersonEnsemble CastCaughtDavid’s VlogEscape the NightLadylikeThe Try GuysCRAFT CATEGORIESCinematographyAdam Tash – The Super Slow ShowCasey Neistat – Casey NeistatEric Foster, Kyle LaBrache, and Maris Lidaka – Paper TigersGreg Cotten – ATROPAJoe Sabia – Vogue’s 73 QuestionsCostume DesignBrandon Rogers – Magic FunhouseJennifer Newman – Miss 2059Jessica Margolis – Lindsey StirlingKendal Carse, Andrea Hegedus, Olivia Hines, Soseh Keshishyan, Kaysie Lee, and Megan Myers – Escape the NightRon Leaman – AutomataDirectingDavid Dobrik – David’s VlogHazel Hayes – PrankMeJack Ferry – Mr. Student Body PresidentJesse Ridgway – My Virtual EscapeWesley Armstrong – Couples NightEditingLee Black, Ronnie Edwards, Alexander Sedgewick, Daniel Seibert, and Thomas Torbergsen – Game TheoryCasey Neistat – Casey NeistatEmma Chamberlain – Emma ChamberlainShane Dawson and Andrew Siwicki – Shane Dawson’s “The Truth About Tanacon”TJ Nordaker and Kevin Williamsen – Honest TrailersVisual and Special EffectsJody Steel – Body Art with Jody SteelSam Wickert – SoKrispyMediaTobias Richter and Ryan Wieber – ATROPATony E. Valenzuela – Find MeZach King – Zach KingWriting ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Comedy SeriesAnime Crimes DivisionEscape the NightGrownLiza on DemandRhett & Link’s Buddy SystemDrama SeriesCaughtChicken GirlsGiantsSimi ValleyYouth & ConsequencesIndie SeriesBrujosLovers Dividedthe TTwenty The WebseriesYappieNon-Fiction SeriesHot OnesI Have A SecretMK ULTRARed Table TalkRoman Atwood’s Day DreamsSUBJECT CATEGORIESBeautyHuda KattanJames CharlesJeffree StarPatrickStarrrSafiya NygaardDance1MILLION Dance StudioDyttoKaycee RiceKyle HanagamiMatt SteffaninaFashionCheap Thrills with Tabasko SweetIAMKARENOKoleen DiazNiki and GabiTheNotoriousKIAFoodBinging with BabishCooking with MarshmelloGourmet MakesThe Icing ArtistWorth ItGamingFaZe ClanMarkiplierNinjaPrestonPlayzTypical GamerHealth and WellnessBuff DudesDoctor MikeHow to ADHDJay ShettyKati MortonKids and FamilyBlippiCollins KeyChuChu TVGuava JuiceRyan ToysReviewLifestyleBrooklyn and BaileyEva GutowskiJess and GabrielMerrell TwinsMr. KateNewsAM to DM by BuzzFeed NewsThe BreakdownNowThis NewsThe Philip DeFranco ShowThe Young TurksPop CultureDo They Know It?Game TheorySneaker ShoppingSuper Carlin BrothersVogue’s 73 QuestionsScience or EducationAsapSCIENCEThe King of RandomMark RoberMarques BrownleeNas DailySportsKevin Hart’s “Cold as Balls”Donut MediaF2 Finding FootballKevin DurantWWE Mixed Match ChallengeSOCIAL VIDEO CATEGORIESLive StreamerCritical RoleMythNICKMERCSNinjaPokimaneStorytellerAmanda CernyGabbie HannaJeffree StarShay MitchellTana MongeauMUSIC CATEGORIESBreakthrough ArtistBig ShaqGreta Van FleetJaden SmithMarshmelloTwo FeetCover SongGreta Van Fleet – “Rolling In The Deep” (Adele)James Bay – “Delicate” (Taylor Swift)Leroy Sanchez – “Havana” (Camila Cabello)Morgan Saint – “Thru Your Phone” (Cardi B)Walk off the Earth – “Girls Like You” (Maroon 5)PODCAST With the 2017 Streamys, the awards program eliminated gender-specific categories. This year, women led the list of contenders in the comedy category and men represented the majority of the nominees in beauty.Streamy Awards nominees and winners are determined by an industry panel of of creators, executives and other online-video experts. Starting Oct. 8 and leading up to the awards show, fans will be able to vote for their favorite nominees in the two audience choice categories: Creator of the Year, presented by YouTube, and Show of the Year.The 8th Annual Streamy Awards is executive produced by Dick Clark Prods.’ Ariel Elazar, Rika Camizianos and Alexi Mazareas as well as Streamy Awards founders Drew Baldwin and Joshua Cohen. Michael Nieporent is producer.Here’s the full list of 8th Annual Streamy Awards nominees:Audience Choice: Creator of the Year presented by YouTubeAndrei TerbeaCasey NeistatDavid DobrikDolan TwinsEmma ChamberlainGabbie HannaLiza KoshyNinjaShane DawsonSafiya NygaardAudience Choice: Show of the YearBlippiEscape the NightF2 Finding FootballGood Mythical MorningThe Philip DeFranco ShowREACTRooster TeethThe Try GuysYappieThe Young TurksOVERALL CATEGORIESAction or Sci-FiATROPADay 5LifelineThe Look-SeeTwo-Sentence Horror StoriesAnimatedAndrei TerbeaBravest WarriorsJaiden AnimationsstoryboothTheOdd1sOutBreakout CreatorBretman RockDobre BrothersElle MillsEmma ChamberlainNinjaComedyBrandon RogersHannah StockingJenna MarblesJack DouglassLilly SinghDocumentary60 Second DocsExtraordinary PeopleMEL FilmsThe Mortified GuideShane Dawson’s “The Truth About Tanacon”First PersonAlex WassabiCasey NeistatDavid DobrikEmma ChamberlainGabbie HannaImmersiveComic Book Portal – CyreneQFind Me – BlackBoxTVLife Support – Taryn SouthernTiny Tank – SoKrispyMedia, MWMiWelcome to Everlock – Escape the NightInternationalAlex French Guy Cooking (France)Calle y Poché (Colombia)Fozi Mozi (Palestine)Pautips (Colombia)Sebastián Villalobos (Colombia)SERIES CATEGORIES Popular on Variety Deja Harrell – SeedsDeStorm Power – CaughtEzra Ani – Pillow TalkMelvin Gregg – God’s SonRy Doon, Luke Flipp, and Marion Webb – The Lab RatzSOCIAL GOOD CATEGORIESCampaignExtra Life, Team Rooster Teeth – Children’s Miracle Network HospitalsMTV – Parkland ResponseYouTube Creators for ChangeCreatorMike RoweMolly BurkeShalom BlacCompany or BrandThe DodoGoFundMeWalgreens, Red Nose DayNonprofit or NGOPeacemaker Corps Association – Peace in the StreetsSpecial Books by Special KidsThirst ProjectUniter AwardOne Million Acts of Good – Ellen DeGeneres – CheeriosLegacy AwardTyler OakleyBRAND CATEGORIESBranded Content: SeriesGuilty Party – AT&TKevin Hart: Lyft Legend – LyftSnoop Dogg’s Hot Box Office – Universal Pictures, Paramount Pictures, 20th Century FoxBranded Content: VideoThe Dodo x Samsung Galaxy S9 Slow-Mo – SamsungSponsoring “Olympians” – Planet FitnessUpside Down Cooking Challenge: Giant Burrito – GladEmerging PlatformAlaska Airlines GIPHY Brand Channel – GIPHYHey Google, Play… – Google HomeSissy That Bot, RuPaul’s Drag Race – Facebook MessengerInfluencer CampaignNew Year, New Me | Rudy Mancuso & Stephen Curry – BritaNYE with Planet Fitness and Doug the Pug – Planet FitnessSeize the Awkward – American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, The JED Foundation————-last_img read more

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Chetla Alapi Clubs Durga Puja to represent Patuli floating market

first_imgKolkata: Kolkatans who have not been able to visit the floating market at Patuli as yet will get a chance to witness the same during Durga Puja.Thanks to Chetla Alapi Club in South Kolkata which seeks to represent the floating market at Patuli at Chetla through its theme — ‘Jale Bazaar’ (Market on Water).”The state government under the leadership of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has undertaken several schemes for all round development of people in the state. Every year, we try to highlight the development projects of our government through various Durga Puja themes. This is an effort on our part to enliven the floating market which has already emerged as a major tourist attraction,” said Anirban Chatterjee, secretary and theme maker of Chetla Alapi Club. The pandal will de decked up with models of eight small boats which will give the impression of seller-customer dealing in the market. “Space crunch is a barrier for us but we have been working hard for the last three months to make it look as real as possible. We are hopeful people will appreciate our endeavour,” a member of the Chetla Alapi Club said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe idol of Devi Durga along with Lakshmi, Saraswati, Kartick and Ganesh will be seated on a model of boat, giving impression that the goddess is coming riding a boat to make the world free from demonic forces.It may be mentioned that the floating market at Patuli was inaugurated by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee from a government programme in the city following which state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister Firhad Hakim visited the market.The floating market, the first of its kind in the country, has 228 sellers sitting on 114 boats selling everything ranging from fish, chicken, mutton eggs, vegetables, fruits to flowers, grocery and other miscellaneous items. Wooden walkways supported by wooden beams have been constructed for shoppers and shopkeepers to approach the boats. A shopper stands on the walkway and collect items from the boats.last_img read more

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Fresh tension breaks out at NRS after dog bites 5yearold girl

first_imgKolkata: At a time when the controversy around the death of 16 puppies on NRS campus is yet to die down, fresh tension has gripped the hospital on Wednesday afternoon after a 5-year-old girl was bitten by a dog at the hospital premises.The victim, Rani Mullick, resides in a shanty situated near the administrative building of NRS Medical College and Hospital. Her grandmother works as a contractual labour in the hospital. The family members of the victim said Rani was walking inside the hospital with a packet of potato chips in her hands when a dog came and bit her waist. Some family members of the patients came to her rescue and drove away the dog. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe victim girl received deep injuries around her waist. She was taken to the emergency ward of the hospital and released after primary treatment. The family members alleged that people were bitten by dogs on previous occasions. It may be mentioned that a few days ago the hospital authorities had written to the Rogi Kalyan Samiti Chairman of the hospital seeking suggestions on how to handle issues related to cats and dogs inside the campus. Some nursing students and nursing staff members had staged many protest demonstrations demanding proper sterilisation and vaccination of dogs inside the hospital campus. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has already decided to conduct sterilisation and vaccination of dogs at NRS later this month. The hospital authorities have responded to the letter issued by the KMC in this regard and gave a ‘go ahead’ to the civic body. The recent incident of the killing of 16 puppies by two nursing students inside the hospital campus sparked major outrage. Meanwhile, the two accused nursing students have joined their classes after they were granted bail by a city court.last_img read more

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ADPs New Payroll OntheGo HR App

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. What it is: ADP Mobile Solutions is a free human resources app optimized for Apple’s iPhone and iPad (with browser access on Android and BlackBerry devices).What it does: Employees of ADP’s U.S. clients can now check their HR, payroll and benefits information anywhere, anytime. They can view statements from up to five previous pay periods (toggling between net pay and gross pay year-to-date) as well as 401(k) allocations, distribution percentages, account balances and rate of return. Users can also clock in, clock out and create time sheets. In addition, the app extends company news and staff directory information to the mobile platform, enabling employees who work remotely to more efficiently interact with the home office.Related: Three Questions to Ask Your Payroll ServiceWhy you need it: Ninety-four percent of mobile workers now carry smartphones, and 41 percent wield tablets. An additional 34 percent plan to buy a tablet by the end of this fall, according to a recent survey conducted by enterprise mobility services provider iPass. ADP Mobile Solutions connects them to management and colleagues no matter where their work leads.”Mobile phones are the device you have with you all the time,” says Roberto Masiero, ADP’s vice president of enterprise application architecture. “For companies with mobile workers, like construction or trucking companies, this app is a phenomenal way to keep them engaged and keep them feeling like they’re part of the team.” October 14, 2011 2 min read This story appears in the October 2011 issue of . Subscribe »last_img read more

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first_img After. [Photo & Text: sa] Dave Tollas and crew are working on the preparation. [Photo & Text: sa] May 28, 2004 The work area in the Arcosanti foundry apse is readied for some needed improvements. [Photo & Text: sa Crews from several departments are ready to help. The concrete has to be wheeled to the level below the foundry and handed up in buckets. [Photo & Text: sa] Three pillars will support the extended work area. John Spinner and Gabriel Hendrix. [Photo & Text: sa] Bucket brigade. Many hands make the task possible and fun. [Photo & Text: sa] After the pour, tired, yet exuberant. [Photo & Text: sa] Before. [Photo & Text: sa] Thanks to ongoing maintenance by Dave Tollas, the trusty old concrete truck continues to be of great help. [Photo & Text: sa] last_img read more

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first_imgNetflix and Amazon accounted for just 5% of the Turkish subscription-video market in 2017 in terms of subscribers, placing them behind a number of Turkish players, according to IHS Markit.The research firm said that Turkcell, Türk Telekom and Vodafone Turkey captured 77% of the Turkish over-the-top subscription video market for non-multiscreen service subscriptions in 2017.“Many local operators are capitalising on their position as media and access technology conglomerates, to provide their OTT media services as part of larger bundles and reducing the price of these services to next to nothing,” according to the research note.Much like Now TV in the UK or DirecTV Now in the US, IHS said that these bundled virtual pay TV services offer first- and third-party channels, both live and on-demand – though at a discounted rate or on an exclusive basis to existing customers of the operator.“Having claimed the majority of the market, these local players have left Netflix and Amazon with little room,” said the research. “Despite localising the service in November 2016, Netflix has been unable to readily draw in Turkish consumers to the platform, owing to its relatively high cost and a relative lack of Turkish original content.”The research note was penned by Max Signorelli, research analyst, home entertainment, IHS Markit, and Constantinos Papavassilopoulos, principal research analyst, service providers and platforms, IHS Markit.last_img read more

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first_img“I should be making $80,000 per year.” I had arrived early at the local middle school for our weekly pickup basketball game, and was casually shooting baskets and chatting with the only other early bird, a youthful Vermont State Trooper. “But when I finished the academy, New York had a hiring freeze, so I came to Vermont to get a job. Vermont only pays me $70,000”, he said. I found it curious that he would share such private information, since we had just met five minutes ago. But my thoughts quickly turned to his earnings. Earlier in our conversation, he had said he’d only been a cop for two years and went to the academy straight from college. That, along with his boyish appearance, suggested that he was no older than 25. Given that Vermont is the second-safest state in the country, and the sleepy ski town in which I reside is probably the safest place in Vermont, I wondered why this real-life Super Trooper earned so much. Then again, maybe I was just naïve. Perhaps he strapped on a bulletproof vest every morning and went to battle with the hidden criminal underbelly of Northern Vermont. Maybe the reason I’d never heard of anything remotely resembling a real crime up here was because he and his cohorts were doing such a good job preventing it. “So what do you do… you know, on a day-to-day basis?” I asked. “Mostly patrol the highway and make rounds,” he replied. “There’s a lot of paperwork, too. Once in a while I get a call about a crime, usually up in Whoville.” [name changed] His reply solidified my view that $70k is an unreasonable salary for a 25-year-old Vermont police officer. But I certainly don’t blame my new hoops companion for seeking out the best pay he can get; that’s only human nature. It’s not his fault that around these parts, one of the best ways to make a good living at a young age is to become a police officer. He followed the incentives. No Respect I recalled our encounter when I came across this survey that polls Americans on which professions they most respect. “Police Officer” is near the top, along with firefighter, doctor, teacher, and a few others. Financial and business occupations—accountant, stockbroker, banker, business executive—garner little respect. But most notable is a profession that’s missing altogether: entrepreneur. To me, that’s a travesty. More than any other occupation, entrepreneurs deserve thanks for civilization’s progress. For every product or service you use, an entrepreneur took a personal risk to turn his or her vision into reality. An entrepreneur is the reason you’re sitting in a comfy chair right now… the reason you have a computer… the reason this missive traveled thousands of miles through the air, to your computer, for free. So where’s the love? As you’ve surely gathered, this week’s feature is about entrepreneurship—specifically the lessons one serial entrepreneur has learned throughout his varied career. You probably know the author, Jeff Tucker, as architect of the website. He’s also built a successful online venture called Laissez Faire Books and is in the midst of starting up another venture,, which you can read more about below. I suspect those among you who have worked for a startup—or aspire to create something of your own someday—will appreciate his insight the most. And if you love entrepreneurs as much as I do, check out Doug Casey’s brand-new book, Right on the Money. Doug is the quintessential entrepreneur—he’s blazed his own path to become one of the most successful contrarian investors in history. Right on the Money focuses on the investing knowledge he’s accumulated over the years, along with his unique and insightful take on many other topics. One of my favorite chapters is Chapter 16: Doug Casey on Cattle, where he describes several lessons he’s learned from cows, from losing a boatload of money by being long cattle on Black Friday to building a profitable cattle ranch himself. Click here to order Right on the Money. Dan Steinhart Managing Editor of The Casey Report 10 Lessons for Aspiring Entrepreneurs By Jeffrey Tucker, CEO, One of my favorite web spaces is It interviews startup entrepreneurs, people who created something new and made it successful. Through casual conversation, it investigates their thinking, mode of working, trials and tribulations, breakthroughs, and visions of the future. Just hearing these people talk gives you a real lift. Major media don’t usually cover this world, which is strange because the technologies we use and the businesses we trade with define a major part of our lives. The trouble is that most people just take it all for granted. “Of course there’s an upgrade.” “Of course there’s an app.” “Of course I can make a video call from a wireless device to a person on the other side of the world for free!” I recently caught up with an old history professor, and it would have made sense to talk about big ideas (about which we both really care). But actually, and very quickly, we gravitated to more interesting stuff. We talked about technologies: operating systems, smartphones, cloud vs. local software, servers and databases, tablets and laptops, moving on to social networks, email clients, download sites, and, of course, games! This prattle had us engaged for an entire hour, and then I had to leave. I wonder if it occurred to this man, whom I recall as ideologically uninterested in economics, much less free enterprise, that all the stuff we talked about are benevolent gifts to us resulting from capitalist acts? People love talking technology these days. And we should similarly love the world of commerce for giving technology to us through entrepreneurial drive and innovation. It does so much to better our lives. Commerce is ultimately responsible for the dramatic increases in global living standards since the world opened up after 1989. Startup entrepreneurs deserve much of that credit. They are not only the creators of new products and services, things that improve our lives at the margin every day. They are also the major driving force of new jobs in a market environment that is otherwise rather stagnant. Comparing startup culture to politics is a study of opposites. In politics, people promise things (“Healthcare for everyone!” “A world without immorality!”) and just hope that constituents will believe that pulling a lever will bring change. It never happens, but it doesn’t matter, because there is no real test, no real accountability. Politics lives on tricks coming and going. In enterprise, you have this test—both an inspiring North Star and a wicked crucible. It’s called profit and loss. Every day a business must face that test. To make it, you need to persuade people that you have something or can do something sufficiently valuable for your customer to surrender real property in exchange for your product. You must get more back in property than you surrender to make whatever you’re selling. One dollar over costs and you are growing. One dollar under costs and you are sinking. The balance sheet rules the day and determines winners and losers. Politicians and bureaucrats never face such a reality check. In this sense, they are completely unhinged from reality. Their revenue is ensured, and their jobs are based not on sales but manipulation and position. Listening to all these interviews with techy entrepreneurs, I’m reminded of a series of books I read a few years ago about Gilded Age entrepreneurs. It was a different time and they had different tools—and they had far fewer struggles with government than we have today—but the motivations, methods, and impulses are the same. Here is a list of 10 features of enterprise that entrepreneurs exhibit or discover in the course of their great adventures. 1. Business starts with the desire to do something wonderful, not just to make money. This seems to be a universal trait. But it flies in the face of nearly all propaganda you hear about capitalism, which is supposed to be based on greed and material acquisition. Actually it is rooted in the desire to make the world a better place, and you can tell it in the voices of these achievers. Profits are the sign and the seal of a job well done, but not the driving motivation. The dream is what entrepreneurs chase. 2. Most people will tell you a million reasons why you will fail. Before jumping in to make a business, these people will typically survey their friends. Their friends always warn against it. No one will want that product. Someone already offers that product. That’s way too risky and it won’t work. Why not get a regular job like everyone else? Finally, the person realizes that he or she has to go it alone. 3. All businesses face the universal terror of uncertainty of the future. The only certainty we have is in looking back at history, at the stuff that already unfolded. What tomorrow will bring is guesswork. You can get close. You can make forecasts. But in the end, humanity is fickle and unpredictable. And by the way, every single business faces the same ghastly reality of uncertainty. They are all rock climbing with blindfolds on, feeling their way up as they go. 4. You can’t really know the market until you test the market. Of course you do market surveys. You ask friends. You look for other examples of success. You follow your own instincts. But surveys, examples, and instincts can’t substitute for the live test in which you are asking people to give up their stuff for your stuff. Every success seems like a no-brainer in retrospect (“Of course people want to buy books online”), but this is wholly illusory. You never really know until you try. 5. All entrepreneurs are maniacally focused on serving others. This also contradicts the conventional wisdom that business is mainly self-interested. That cannot be true because the whole impetus of business is to seek out the interests, desires, and motivations of others. It’s the only way to discern the path to success. The consumer is king, and the entrepreneur serves. 6. Every business needs dreamers and accountants. The dreamers are the people who imagine a future that doesn’t yet exist, a configuration of the world that is different from today. They take nothing and make something of it. That requires a wild imagination. But more is needed to make any project work. Your balance sheet, along with someone who can skillfully manage and interpret it, is essential. The accountant is always the one with the bad news. 7. Don’t try to start from scratch. One of many benevolent gifts of capitalism is that it offers us examples of success. These examples are publicly available to be studied and understood. The best entrepreneurs know how to copy success and then improve the model on the margin, just enough to cause a switch in consumer loyalty or recruit new consumers. You can’t be shy about this. Great business people “steal” ideas; ideas are part of the commons. 8. No matter how digital the service or product is, success comes only peer-to-peer. Internet successes do not think of their customers as nodes but as people who need love and care. Nor are customers cash cows; they are real people with real needs and must be treated as such. All appeals are personal appeals. All marketing speaks to individuals. 9. Enterprise is an incredible amount of grueling work. To be an entrepreneur means to be all in. There is no time off. Nothing takes priority, especially in the start-up period. You need fanaticism, a near-maniacal devotion to making sure that all that can go right will go right. Nothing is assumed, ever. These people know that their odds are never in their favor. So they must apply themselves as never before. 10. You never finally win. Enterprise is not like a board game with a beginning and an end. Every day the struggle starts anew. Every season might be your last. And it gets ever harder because the more you succeed, the more people will copy you. They let you do the test run, then copy your methods, tweaking them to enhance efficiency or reduce costs. There is no “final release” in business—not in any business that plans to stay alive. These points are coming home to me now, having been at work on a new business venture for the past several months. The business is Liberty.Me, a complete social and publishing solution for liberty-minded individuals. The whole focus is to provide a positive, solutions-based information and communication service for living a freer life. I see a burning need here to use every bit of advanced technology to do something wonderful for a cause I believe in. Yes, I’m sure it will be marvelous. But as a commercial service, there will be a test. It’s both thrilling and terrifying. An idea is facing the crucible. As someone told me recently, you will soon be a fool or a genius. You wonder why prosperity is such a rare feature in the history of the world? It’s because merchantcraft is rarer still, attacked often and avoided by all but the craziest people in our midst—the entrepreneurs who dream and work and face the crucible of profit and loss—to bring us what we love.last_img read more

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first_imgIn This Issue. *  Currencies & metals give way to dollar strength. *  Eurozone Retail Sales beat expectations. *  FOMC meeting minutes today. *  Grant Williams on Gold manipulation. And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! The Dollar Holds The Hammer. Good Day!  And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! Well, the sub-zero temperatures finally broke yesterday, the sun came out, and the snow and ice on the roads began to melt. Well, at least on the major arteries. “light snow” is expected tonight, gee isn’t winter fun? When I was a young man I spent a winter in Des Moines Iowa, the locals told me it was the worst winter ever, I told them as I left in the spring, I wasn’t staying around to see if they were correct! I feel much like I did that winter in Des Moines right now. Well, the traders, investors, and hedge funds, have turned a cold shoulder to the currencies these past couple of days, and last night was no different. The euro has lost the 1.36 figure, and Gold is down $5 this morning. Every time we seem to gain some momentum in these two asset classes, a large trade appears to reverse the momentum..  You don’t think it’s the Plunge Protection Team (PPT) flexing their muscles do you? I do. And that’s all I’ll say about that! Well, I’m feeling pretty down this morning, and not because of anything physical, which is usually the case, but instead, this morning I’m feeling pretty down, because I just keep reading article after article about how 2014 is going to be the year of the dollar. Not that I’m rooting against the dollar, it’s just that I don’t see it that way, and that makes me feel sheepish at best.  I told you a couple weeks ago about how the boys and girls at Barclays has put out a thought on why they believed the dollar would shine in 2014, and that thought has really gone viral, because every article I read now on the subject paints the same picture. The picture is simply that with the Fed in Taper mode, the markets will begin to say, “if the economy is strong enough to continue tapering, then it must be strong enough for rate hikes.”  And even if the Fed doesn’t accommodate the markets with rate hikes, the thought is that the pressure on them will be so strong to hike rates, that the overall consensus in the markets will anticipate when the rate hikes will come. And that, my friends, is why all these pundits believe that the dollar will shine in 2014. Now this morning I turn on the Bloomberg and I see an article that’s titled: “Euro To Surpass Consensus with 6% drop by April”.  That would put the euro around 1.2750.  Not a level that would cause me to pull my hair out, now wait, Chuck, you don’t have hair to pull out any longer! But you get what I’m saying. The euro would still be stronger than the dollar. And ready to move forward again once the Fed sees the errors of their ways, stops tapering, and the whole thought process above comes crashing down. That’s the mast that I’ve pinned my colors to folks. I will either be right, and everyone will want to ask me why I went against the grain and the crowd, or I will be wrong, and look pretty foolish, given that everyone and their brother is thinking that 2014 will be the year of the dollar. Hey! We’re only in January, there are 357 more days to 2014, and a lot of different things can happen. But if it appears that I am proved to be wrong, I’ll admit it, not to worry. As opposed to my beautiful bride’s belief that I never admit when I’m wrong, I do, I have, and I will. When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do, sir? But you can bet your sweet bippie that I’m always the last one to change my mind, for, if I believe in something, I believe in it, period. Did you see what Fed Head Rosengren said last night? He said that the “economy is far from where it needs to be and the Fed’s exit from stimulus should only be gradual.”  Rosengren is a non-voting member of the Fed, so his comments don’t hold a lot of water with the markets, but I think it’s important to know what the “dissenters” are thinking. Well, did you see the Trade Deficit data yesterday for November? The U.S. Nov. Trade Deficit plummeted to $34 Billion from $40 Billion the previous month. They say that the move was a result of the price of Oil dropping during Nov. Hmmm. if that’s right, then one would think that the Monthly Trade deficit will be like the bouncing ball over song lyrics, for the price of Oil jumped to $100 in December, and is back down to $93 in January.  The reason this Nov. print is important is that right now, it would give GDP a boost. But then we’ll have to wait for the December print to get the real affect of the Deficit to GDP. As I said above, the euro slipped below the 1.36 figure overnight.  The move was preceded by the Eurozone Unemployment Rate remaining steady at 12.1% in November. There were some thoughts that 12.1% level would be reduced, but that failed to materialize, and so, the euro is punished.  On the flip side was a data print that should have given the euro a boost, but failed, was Nov. Retail Sales for the Eurozone, which surprised Big Time to the upside gaining 1.4% (VS consensus of .1%). That’s a good sign that the Eurozone economy, as a whole, may be recovering. There’s not one currency that is trading stronger VS the dollar this morning, not even the Chinese renminbi / yuan!  And Gold is down $5 as I write. It’s a star shine day for the dollar. There’s not much else to say about it. The Fed’s Dec. 18 FOMC Meeting Minutes will print this afternoon, and should be interesting although we already know what the outcome was, and that was an announcement to begin tapering in January. I will be interested to see what the vote was, yay or nay. Rosengren, whom we just talked about above, was a voting member in 2013, and I already know he voted nay to tapering. The markets seem to think that the Minutes are going to reveal some great revelation about the economy that the Fed Heads have failed to share with us so far. I think the markets are nuts on this, but so be it. The U.S. Data Cupboard will also have the December ADP Employment Change report for us this morning, which is an indicator of what the Jobs Jamboree might have in store for us on Friday, this week. The ADP forecast is for 200,000 jobs being created in December. Of course they don’t say whether these jobs were seasonal for the Christmas shopping season, or what, so don’t get too all lathered up. But figure that if the ADP people say 200,000 jobs were added in December, what the BLS will do with that?    Right now, the forecast by the so-called experts is that the BLS will report that 195,000 jobs were created in December. None of that interests me because the data has become so meddled with that it’s difficult to figure out what’s real and not real. I told you last month that I’m of the mind to file this data in the circular file next to the CPI (consumer inflation ) data that also no longer is representative of the facts. But the data sure captures the attention of the markets, so, here I am talking about it. UGH! One currency that, while down VS the dollar today, is holding on at this point, is the New Zealand dollar / kiwi. For, if the trader mentality is to reward the U.S. dollar for rate hike forecasts, then kiwi should too be held to the same rewards! The Reserve Bank of New Zealand, (RBNZ) will hike rates before the Fed does, and probably multiple times before the Fed does. But, kiwi gets dragged down by its kissin’ cousin across the Tasman, the Aussie dollar (A$). Late last week, the A$ was trading near 90-cents again, and I said to the boys and girls on the desk, no wait, there were no girls last week, so just to the boys on the desk that Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Gov. Stevens wasn’t going to like seeing the A$ near 90-cents!  Before I head to the Big Finish today, and do I have a good one there today, I wanted to talk briefly about how the questions regarding if the U.S. really has the reported 8,133 tons of Gold at Fort Knox, are beginning to build up again.  Recall that former lawmaker, Ron Paul, introduced a bill to audit Fort Know a few years ago, but it got swept under the rug. I think that as long as the U.S. Gov’t pays no attention to the calls for an audit, that the questions about whether the 8,133 tons of Gold are really there will persist. This has become something that I think about a lot. I recall writing last year, when it was announced that the Germans would not be allowed to audit their Gold holdings, and that it would take 7 years for the U.S. to deliver the Gold to the Germans,  that this, to me, proves the Gold is not there. Probably leased out, which coincides with the 7 years to deliver thing.   I told a dear reader and friend yesterday that the Gov’t could stop the calls to audit the Fed in their tracks if they revalued the price of Gold to $10,000 oz.  It would make everyone happy, and they would forget about the audit. I know that’s far-fetched, but you have to think outside the box folks. And that’s a specialty of mine! HA!  The problem with leasing out something like Gold is that it gets leased again and again, and soon, there are a number of entities putting that one allotment of Gold on their books.  Eventually, someone wants their Gold back, and that’s when the whole house of cards comes tumbling down. For What It’s Worth. OK. Have I told you how much of a fan that I’ve become of Grant Williams’ work? What a great writer and mind!  I was reading his latest letter yesterday and once again he makes some strong points about Gold manipulation.  And then I found this interview on that subject over at  So, here’s a snippet of that interview with Grant Williams regarding Gold manipulation. “Once you start down a road and get yourself in too deep, you have to keep pushing on.  Going back is no longer an option.  So we’ve seen this desperation with the way the gold market has been handled over the last few years.  We’ve seen these egregious price smashes in the paper gold market on big volume. This takes place even when the gold isn’t available in the physical markets.  But these raids have been done consistently.  We saw one (raid) yesterday, when a 4,000 contract sale took place in just a few seconds and smashed the gold price $30 lower.  But the paper price just rebounded.  So it really starts to feel like these massive bear raids we’ve seen are having less and less effect.  The big problem these guys (central planners and bullion banks) have is when this thing turns around, you can sell all of the paper gold you want, but what you can’t do is conjure up physical gold out of thin air.  And when the price spikes are going up instead of down, various players and large entities are going to want their physical metal, and that’s when this whole thing is going to start to unravel because we all know the physical metal isn’t really there. There is very little gold available VS all of the paper claims.  This massive trend of Asian buying of physical gold, wherever they can get their hands on it, is going to take over the gold market.  I’ve had entities approach me looking to buy gold, ‘in whatever quantities they can find.’  At some point this is going to matter.” – Grant Williams Chuck again. This all reminds me of something that I think Warren Buffett has said, about when the tide goes out, you then get to see who’s swimming naked. Just like those leases I talked about above, eventually someone wants their Gold back. Well with these short positions, eventually someone is going to want delivery, and that’s when the tide goes out. To recap. The dollar has the hammer today, and the calls for the dollar to have the hammer throughout 2014 continue to grow in numbers. I’m sticking to my guns though and still believe that this Tapering is not going to become the norm. Eurozone Retail Sales were stronger than expected, but there was no traction in the Unemployment Rate, and the markets focused on the Unemployment Rate, which meant the euro suffered overnight. ADP report in the U.S. today, along with the FOMC Meeting Minutes dominate the day. Currencies today 1/8/14. American Style: A$ .8930, kiwi .8290, C$ .9260, euro 1.3595, sterling 1.6425, Swiss $1.0990, . European Style: rand 10.6775, krone 6.1870, SEK 6.5490, forint 220.95, zloty 3.0730, koruna 20.1980, RUB 33.11, yen 104.75, sing 1.27, HKD 7.7550, INR 62.07, China 6.1079, pesos 13.02, BRL 2.3720, Dollar Index 81, Oil $93.74, 10-year 2.95%, Silver $19.56, Platinum $1,410.94, Palladium $734.80, and Gold. $1,226.95 That’s it for today. Well, today is a big day for former Big league baseball players, as today the Hall of Fame vote gets announced. Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine will be shoo-ins, in my opinion. I watched our St. Louis U. Billikens basketball game last night on TV. I’ve seen them play a few games this year, and they could end up having a good year like last year, from what I’ve seen! And our Blues extended their winning streak to 6 games last night in Edmonton! Go Blues!  I think we’re down to about 5 weeks before Pitchers and Catchers report to spring training, and a little over 2 months before I report! Jr. Walker and the All-Stars are playing on the IPod this morning. Love that sax! I see on the TV the people talking about false praise pressures kids. Hmmm. Would that be like “everyone gets trophies”?  I better not get started on all that! OK. back to regular timing this morning, so I’ll get out of your hair for today, and hope you have a Wonderful Wednesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

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first_imgLeyla Hussein had mixed feelings when she found out that Queen Elizabeth II was naming her an Officer of the Order of the British Empire for her work to eliminate female genital mutilation.”I had to think hard about whether to accept,” she says, citing the British history of colonialism. But in the end, proud of being British and living in a country that took in her parents as refugees from Somalia, she accepted the honor, along with fellow activist Nimco Ali.As young girls, both Hussein and Ali underwent female genital mutilation, or FGM, the practice of cutting a young girl’s genitals, typically as a coming-of-age ritual. Across the world, an estimated 200 million women have undergone FGM.The two women and Sainab Abdi are co-founders of Daughters of Eve, a British nonprofit that “recognizes FGM as gender-based violence,” provides services to victims of FGM and lobbies the government to end the practice in the U.K. and beyond. Based in part on their efforts, last November the U.K. pledged £50 million to help eliminate FGM across Africa. Last weekend, the queen recognized Ali and Hussein at her annual Birthday Honours Ceremony with the OBE award, presented to individuals who have made contributions to arts and sciences or had distinguished careers in public service or charitable organizations.NPR, which has interviewed Hussein and Ali in the past, caught up with the two women to find out about their recent work, what this award means to them and what still needs to be done to stop the practice of FGM.The interviews have been edited for length and clarity.Congratulations on the award! How did it feel to receive this honor from the queen? Hussein: To be honest, I’m not the biggest royal fan. I had to put up a statement to be clear I wasn’t. [But] a group of people discussing FGM in a room is always a plus.Me and Nimco have opposite feelings about it, because she is supportive of the royals and the current government, and I’m critical of the current government. At the same time, this is a democratic country. [Even though] I have an opposing feeling about the current government, I can still be recognized. Colleagues around the world who said anything against the government, their lives would be in danger, it would be catastrophic. My country can still recognize my efforts, which is great.Ali: It was incredibly humbling. I ended up getting the letter the day before I had to reply. It came to my brother’s house, he said, “oh there’s a letter from the queen and it says you have to reply by Monday morning!” I had to take a picture and email it to them (laughs).There are other women tackling FGM that have been awarded before us. [The award] just gives more visibility to the campaign, and ultimately it’s raising the conversation, saying we’ve achieved a lot.We have to raise the bar in the U.K., and we know we need to end FGM, but now we can say, these are the successes we’ve had.What are some of those successes?Ali: From a U.K. perspective, there has been incredible legislative change. We lobbied parliament to add FGM to the Children Act, [which criminalizes violence against children]. Now, British girls have more rigorous protection than they ever had. If a child is at risk of FGM, the state can step in and be their guardian.Hussein: We are talking about it, so that’s a big progress. But we’ve got a lot of work to do. Until there are convictions for FGM practitioners under the U.K.’s child abuse laws], I won’t see any progress.We’re certainly better than we were ten years ago; it’s important to remember the women before us, who took more backlash than we did. But I’ve been coming out of a 48-hour online trolling because of my OBE [award]. I think someone’s gonna physically harm me, they’re threatening to rape and kill me or hurt my child. I have a panic alarm in the house. It’s crazy. People need to realize we’re taking a huge risk when we do this. It’s scary. I’ve been taking snapshots of messages all day that I send to police. I have a police officer I work with directly, and that shouldn’t be the case.What are some of the biggest misconceptions about FGM?Hussein: People keep calling it ritual or cultural practice, which minimizes what it actually is. There’s nothing ritual about violating children.And it’s not [just] an Africa or Asia issue. I was in the U.S. and met white women from Kentucky who’ve had FGM done. Their parents were conservative Christians working in Guinea and thought it would be a great idea to have them mutilated. The idea of controlling women is where it comes from. It’s important to see this as the bigger problem it is.To any white American, anyone who might not feel connected to this subject, I would say: If you’re someone who understands that women all over the world are oppressed, this is no different.Some Kenyan groups, like Maasai Sisters, are going to dramatic lengths to protect girls from FGM — like taking them out of their homes and placing them in school. What do you think of these kinds of efforts? Ali: A lot of the [best] work is coming from grassroots activists, women who are survivors of FGM themselves. In Somaliland, [where I’m from], we’ve been lobbying our president to get legislation, opening up conversation around an issue that’s so taboo. Change is possible but not inevitable. To get change to happen, it should be led by women survivors.Every country has its own ways of working. The idea that every FGM-affected community needs the same mechanisms — that’s what NGOs think — is a fallacy.In the Gambia, there’s an incredible woman named Jaha Dukureh, she’s a Gambian-American [who] ended up chasing down the president to pass legislation against FGM. Soon, she’s holding a summit in Senegal that’s the first survivor-led conference on the issue. Women in Africa are taking charge, and I think we have a duty to deliver the support they need to end FGM in their own community.Susie Neilson is an intern on NPR’s Science Desk. Find her on Twitter at @susieneilson. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit read more

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Amazon Considers Supermarkets Staffed by 3 People

first_img Register Now » There’s also a fleet of robots ensuring orders get filled. Amazon February 6, 2017 Amazon Considers Supermarkets Staffed by 3 People Next Article In December last year, Amazon unveiled its vision of grocery shopping called Amazon Go. It involves no lines or registers, just you, an app and a completely automated shopping experience that should appeal to just about everyone. Here at PCMag we have a few reservations, but a test store in Seattle is planned to open this year to prove it can work.Beyond that, Amazon is apparently toying with the idea of opening larger supermarkets. According to the New York Post, a two-story store of between 10,000 and 40,000 square feet is under consideration. Where as the Amazon Go store is for convenience, a supermarket would cater to your entire weekly shop.A store that big would offer 4,000 items for sale. However, unlike a typical supermarket manned by dozens of staff, Amazon’s version requires only three human employees to function and a maximum of 10 employees per shift.Such a small number of staff is made possible due to two of Amazon’s key pieces of technology: automation and robots. As we saw in December, Amazon isn’t interested in customers lining up to pay for their goods. Amazon Go automates that entire experience.The New York Post explains that the few staff required will be split across restocking shelves, signing up customers to Amazon Fresh, manning a drive-thru window for order collection and helping robots bag groceries. I’d imagine the number of staff would vary with how busy the store got at different times of the day and week, but it would still never exceed 10.On the one hand, this sounds great for anyone who hates waiting in line and wants more than a convenience store. On the other, if this proves popular and works faultlessly, it doesn’t bode well for the future of jobs at supermarkets. Where Amazon succeeds others will surely follow. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –sharescenter_img Add to Queue 2 min read This story originally appeared on PCMag Image credit: Amazon | Youtube Matthew Humphries Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Senior Editorlast_img read more

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Is Alaska Poised to Be the Best State for Pot

first_img Next Article Is Alaska Poised to Be the Best State for Pot? 6 min read Andre Bourque Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. –shares Download Our iOS App Image credit: PromesaArtStudio | Getty Images Guest Writer Add to Queue Free Green Entrepreneur App Cannabis Journalist | Tech Evangelist Covering High Growth Trends June 14, 2017 The marijuana market has been volatile since the elections of November 2016. Enthusiasm greeted passage of state laws that liberalized and/or decriminalized possession and use for medical or recreational purposes. Confusion over administrative delays threatens to stifle the realization of many of these laws.Alaska provides a study in the confusion. It leads some to wonder: Is Alaska poised to be the best state for pot? If this handy tourist guide to enjoying Alaska’s now-relaxed cannabis laws is any indication it very well may be.Related: Science and FDA Say Cannabis Is Medicine but DEA Insists It Isn’tWell now isn’t that a fancy little fence they made there. As if. #akcannaco #hempcoak #chillalaska #alaska #cannabis— akcannaco (@akcannaco) June 3, 2017Where the cannabis culture finds itself.February 17, 2017 saw the formation of the Congressional Cannabis Caucus. Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) of California asserted at a press conference, “We’re stepping forward together to say we’ve got to make major changes in our country’s attitude toward cannabis… And if we do, many people are going to live better lives, it’s going to be better for our country, better for people, and it makes economic sense at a time when every penny must count for government.”Rep. Don Young (R-AK) added, “my goal is to make sure that if I’m in the business, like we have quite a few in Alaska now, as they do this business, they can run it as a business… Get loans from banks, and put the revenue back into the banks, as every other business does.”Rep. Rohrabacher has also introduced a Federal Marijuana Policy that should serve to protect people from having marijuana-related prosecutions under the Controlled Substances Act. That is assuming that these people were acting in compliance with all state laws.Related: Congressional Cannabis Caucus Unites to Protect Marijuana IndustryWhere Alaskans find themselves.The Supreme Court of Alaska ruled 40 years ago that the Alaskan Constitution protected marijuana possession and use under the right to privacy, but the state found itself back and forth on the issue for three decades. It was not until a 2014 election that the court ruling was written into law. Alaskan voters approved the law by a margin of 53 percent to 47 percent, with the law taking effect February 25th, 2015.That 47 percent represents a still-strong conservative constituency that some fear will repudiate the law or interfere with its execution and administration. For instance, Alaska’s Marijuana Control Board (MCB) struggles to deliver the law’s intent. Cynthia Franklin, former board director and a former prosecutor, admits, “We are struggling… I’ve tried a death penalty capital murder [case] and this is harder than that.”Absent clarity on what is legal and what is not, law enforcement appears to lay off prosecution. In 2014, Matt Ferner, writing for Huffington Post, predicted, “By 2020, Alaska’s legal retail marijuana market would grow to approximately 13 metric tons, adding $23 million in taxes to state coffers, according to the report. First-year legal sales are projected at $55 million, reaching $106 million by 2020.”But, it doesn’t look like that will happen at the pace predicted. Without clarification in the law and administrative guidance, the state’s share of revenue isn’t likely to improve soon. Alaskan habits are likely to stay the same as they’ve been. In other words, people will grow for their own use and buy in a still thriving black market.Related: Here’s Where Colorado Spends Its Skyrocketing Pot Tax RevenueThe smoking lounge issue.Brothers James and Giono Barrett have thrown a new hat in the ring. They want customers at their retail store to have the freedom to smoke while on the premises. The idea is to create smoking lounges in already legal retail dispensaries where smokers could purchase, light up and sit back.If the Alaska MCB approves their idea, problems would have to be worked out regarding security, ventilation and layout. The Barretts and other advocates envisioned “Green Zones” in port cities where tourist ships dock. Those tourists include weed connoisseurs looking to try some of Alaska’s local strains.However, a February 2, 2017 decision by the Alaska MCB vetoed the idea in a 3 to 2 vote. The report in said Board Member Mark Springer feared raising a red flag before the Trump administration. Loren Jones claimed he was representing the concerns of his constituents. Finally, Sara Chambers of Alaska’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office pointed out that the public notice had not been prepared correctly.Related: How to Grow a Cannabis Farming Business in the Blazing Marijuana Economy The “sit back and enjoy” conclusion.Alaskans are a hearty bunch. Strongly independent, they favor conservative politics of the Libertarian sort. They don’t stand for federal intervention. They stay inclined to do things their own way.You can assume that part of the apparent conservative position on the November 2016 proposition was attached to the Trump vote. And, the average Alaskan would stick with their Constriction’s protection of privacy rights.At the same time, they aren’t likely to flaunt their individuality or make it the center of attention. Having passed the new law, they will let the administrative wheels turn. For the time being at least, there isn’t a rush to open pot cafes.When the stores open and the taxes roll into Juneau, specific marketing suggestions like licensing cannabis tours and permitting on-site consumption will carry more weight. For example, the potential for income from cruise ship tourists will swing some votes.If Alaska is poised to be the best state for good pot, the smoking lounges could change the game. Putting Alaska on the map for cannabis tours and marijuana stops makes a lot of economic sense, but Alaskans must determine if that’s the image they want to create and share. Cannabis Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. The tourism industry sure hopes so but Alaska shows how difficult is the transition from illegal to legal, even with voter approval.last_img read more

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Walmart Will Soon Have Robots Roaming the Aisles in 50 Stores

first_img Reporter The robots go up and down the aisles, scanning for out-of-stock items, incorrect prices and wrong or missing labels. Dennis Green Walmart Will Soon Have Robots Roaming the Aisles in 50 Stores –shares Walmart The robots autonomously roam up and down the aisles of the store, picking out errors it sees. October 27, 2017 Register Now » Image credit: Walmart Walmart’s robot fleet is expanding.The retailer has been testing the robots in a small number of stores in Arkansas and California. It is now expanding the program and will have robots in 50 stores by the end of January.The robots scan aisles for out-of-stock items, items put in the wrong place by customers, incorrect prices and wrong or missing labels. They continuously go up and down the aisles of the store, alerting human employees of errors it sees. That makes employees more efficient at correcting errors and automates a task employees say they don’t like.The robots are designed to free up store employees’ time so they can use it to help customers. Image credit: WalmartWalmart CTO Jeremy King told Reuters that the robots are 50 percent more efficient than a human doing the same task. They can also scan shelves three times more quickly and are a lot more accurate. Human employees can only scan shelves about twice a week, King said.The robots are shaped like 2-foot-tall towers on wheels and are equipped with cameras that can spot errors.The robots are just one part of Walmart’s plan to make stores more efficient and easier for customers to shop.The robots are much more efficient than a human at the task of scanning store shelves. Image credit: Walmart 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business This story originally appeared on Business Insider Next Article Add to Queuelast_img read more

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