Arsenal plan to keep Gazidis

first_imgArsenal Football Club are planning to convince Ivan Gazidis to turn down a move to AC Milan, according to Metro.Gazidis has been tasked with rebuilding the club in the aftermath of Arsene Wenger’s departure. Majority shareholder Stan Kroenke controls most of the affairs and decisions made by the club and he was charged Gazidis with the responsibility of restructuring of the club.Gazidis has implemented nine new department chiefs including Sven Mislintat who is the head of recruitment and Raul Sanllehi who is the head of operations.Senior members of the club’s board are trying to convince Gazidis to stay amidst speculation he’s close to joining AC Milan as their new club chief.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.Elliot Management group who recently became the owners of Milan are keen to bring Gazidis to Italy as they plan to take the club back into prominence both locally and in Europe.Stan Kroenke’s son, Josh Kroenke has taken more interest in the running of the club’s affairs by working in London but Gazidis still remains a huge figure in the club despite criticism from supporters.last_img read more



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Scientific American Editor President to Step Down 5 Percent of Staff Cut

first_img“We’ve been working on the integration since January and  recently decided to combine and centralize a number of our operations,” Yee told FOLIO:. “Scientific American retains its editorial functions and our brand. This is the bringing together of two iconic brand in the science arena.”Through the first quarter, Scientific American’s ad pages were down 18.1 percent, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures.Editor, President to Step DownMeanwhile, longtime Scientific American editor-in-chief John Rennie is planning to leave the magazine in June after 15 years, Yee said. Executive editor Mariette DiChristina will step in as acting editor-in-chief following his departure.Yee also is planning to step down as president sometime this summer, following the magazine’s “initial integration” into the Nature Publishing Group. While he declined to offer specifics about his plans, Yee said he will pursue a “design-related entrepreneurial venture.” The Nature Publishing Group, which includes Scientific American, has reduced its overall workforce by 5 percent, Scientific American president Steven Yee told FOLIO: Thursday. While he declined to say exactly how many employees were let go, Yee said the cuts came from the group’s New York office. Scientific American, which is owned by book publisher Macmillan, transitioned to its Nature Publishing Group last fall.The cuts came from the group’s production, administration and office services divisions, Yee said.last_img read more



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Northern Command Raises Security Level at US Installations

first_imgU.S. Northern Command has elevated the force protection level for all DOD facilities in the continental United States, due to a general environment of heightened threats rather than to a specific threat, a Pentagon spokesman said Friday.Northcom raised the force protection level at DOD facilities from Alpha to Bravo, indicating an increased or more predictable threat of terrorist activity, said Army Col. Steve Warren.For installations, the elevated force protection level means more comprehensive checking of those entering facilities, heightened awareness of personnel at the facilities, and in some circumstances, more security personnel on duty at the facilities, reported DOD News.“As far as what the American public can expect to see,” Warren said, “broadly speaking there won’t be a change, but in specific areas there could be longer lines as personnel enter posts, camps and stations around the nation, [and this] could have traffic implications.”At Northcom in Colorado Springs, spokesman Air Force Master Sgt. Chuck Marsh said that raising the security baseline “was a prudent measure to remind installation commanders at all levels within our area of responsibility to ensure increased vigilance in safeguarding our DOD personnel, installations and facilities.”“This is the new normal,” Marsh said, “so we’re going to be doing random security [protection] measures … to be able to best execute the safety and security of our people and our facilities.”Raising the force protection condition to Bravo will apply to the Pentagon as well, Warren said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more



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Consumer Reports blasts Teslas automatic lane changing as less competent than humans

first_img 12 Tesla Tags Share your voice More about 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance 50 Photos More From Roadshow Tesla Model 3 barrels through the snow in Track Mode Enlarge ImageIt’s a weird situation to be in, expecting a driver to be as vigilant as they would when in full command of the vehicle, despite the system’s whole intent being to reduce the tedium of driving by taking on some of the work. Tesla Tesla’s Navigate on Autopilot system adds even more functionality to the automaker’s lane-holding system, including automatic lane changes and navigating on- and off-ramps. While it worked fine for us on a very brief drive shortly after release, Consumer Reports put it under the microscope and, well, the outlet didn’t exactly like what it found.Consumer Reports did not have kind things to say about Navigate on Autopilot and its optional automatic lane-changing after a thorough test of its capabilities. “The system’s role should be to help the driver, but the way this technology is deployed, it’s the other way around,” said Jake Fisher, senior director of auto testing at CR, as part of its report. “It’s incredibly nearsighted. It doesn’t appear to react to brake lights or turn signals, it can’t anticipate what other drivers will do, and as a result, you constantly have to be one step ahead of it.”Earlier in May, Consumer Reports’ own Model 3 (that it purchased for testing purposes) received the software update that enabled Navigate on Autopilot. After taking several highway trips in its home state of Connecticut, CR found issue with the automatic lane-changing system in particular, saying the car was taking a few too many risks and changing lanes too closely to other cars. It also made passes on the right, which is illegal in certain states. In addition, Fisher and his team found that the system was “reluctant to merge in heavy traffic,” and when it did, it would occasionally apply the brakes immediately after merging to put some space between it and the car ahead, which can be surprising to drivers behind the Tesla. “[Automatic lane changing] isn’t a convenience at all,” Fisher said. “Monitoring the system is much harder than just changing lanes yourself.” It’s worth noting that the system is optional, so people who don’t like it can turn it off and make lane changes like normal.Tesla did not immediately return a request for comment, but it did provide some statements to Consumer Reports. The statements mostly revolved around how its data shows that people are enjoying the system and then, when used “properly,” Navigate on Autopilot can “offer comparable levels of safety” both with and without automatic lane changes enabled. The automaker also stressed that all final decisions are still in the drivers’ hands, leaving them as the final bastions of responsibility when the system is active.Originally published May 22. Update, May 24: Clarifies the optional nature of Navigate on Autopilot’s automatic lane-changing. Tesla Model 3: The one you’ve been waiting for 2019 Tesla Model S Long Range review: Familiar, yet oh so much better Auto Tech Electric Cars Comments Tesla Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim Review • Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim Preview • 2018 Tesla Model 3 Performance: The future, quickerlast_img read more



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UK housing Why you should bank on builders Barratt Berkeley and Bellway

first_imgThe Brexit debate over Britains upcoming Stay or Go EU referendum has had some obvious effects in financial markets, not least on sterling, which has weakened markedly against both the US dollar and the euro in recent weeks.A more surprising casualty of the economic uncertainty thrown up by Brexit is the UK housebuilding sector. Why should this be the case, given that this is an exclusively domestically-oriented industry?Housebuilders have been left behind over the last monthWhile the bellwether FTSE 100 stock market index has recovered nearly all of the ground lost between the start of the year and early February, housebuilders like Barratt Development, Berkeley Group and Bellway have struggled. Over the year to date, the FTSE 100 has lost just 1%, while these housebuilders have lost on average 12% (Chart 1).But the long-term is a completely different storyThat is all very short-term. But if we pan out and look at a much longer time frame such as since the year 2000, we get a completely different story.While housebuilders have enjoyed massive highs and suffered crushing lows over time, the last 16 years have seen house builders gain 340% while the FTSE 100 has gone precisely nowhere (Chart 2).Investors worry about a construction slowdownA key negative driving housebuilding shares lower is the worry that the UK construction sector is slowing down.It is true that the recent Market/CIPS survey of activity in the sector revealed slowing growth but activity is still growing, albeit at a slower pace than previously. (Chart 3).On the other hand, house price trends have remained remarkably robust, judging by the most recent readings from the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) monthly housing survey.Over the long term, housebuilders have suffered when this RICS survey has pointed lower, but right now the RICS survey is hovering around historic high levels (Chart 4). Which should be very supportive for housebuilders, as they can then achieve better profits on new houses that they build.Housebuilders are cheap and pay high dividendsA key attraction of housebuilders right now is that they are much cheaper than the overall stock market. While the FTSE 100 is valued at a price/earnings ratio of 13.8 times (lower is cheaper, higher is more expensive), all three of Barratt, Bellway and Berkeley Group are valued at well under 10 times according to financial data website stockopedia.com (Chart 5), so much much cheaper than the average UK stock.Secondly, all three Bs in the housebuilding sector offer excellent income potential with high dividend yields with Barratt and Berkeley in particular forecast to pay out income yields from dividends of over 6% in the coming year.Bottom line: the stock market looks to have overreacted to short-term slowdown concerns in housebuilders Barratt, Berkeley and Bellway, giving an excellent potential entry point for the long-term, value-oriented investor. It could be a much better investment than, lets say, a buy-to-let property.last_img read more



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Sudeep demands this from Dolly Sidhu after her engagement with Kabir Duhan

first_imgKichcha Sudeep with Kabir Duhan SinghTwitterKannada actor Kichcha Sudeep has made a strange demand from Punjabi singer Dolly Sidhu after her engagement with Kabir Duhan Singh, who is playing an important role in multilingual film Pailwaan.Kabir Duhan Singh is one of most sought-after actors for negative roles down south. Having made his debut with the Telugu film Jil (2015), he has played the villain in over 20 movies in Telugu, Kannada and Tamil languages in the last five years. He has two big-ticket projects in his kitty and Pailwaan, which features him in a very strong role opposite Sandalwood superstar Sudeep.Having taken a break from Pailwaan shoot, Kabir Duhan Singh got engaged to Dolly Sidhu on June 22. He tweeted a photo of the engagement and wrote, “And It Happened ❤️❤️❤️#Gratitude .” His fiancée also tweeted, “So I closed my eyes and opened my heart to the new beginning ❤️ @Kabirduhansingh #taken #blessed #newbeginnings #kabirduhansingh #dollysidhu.”Soon after hearing the news, Kichcha Sudeep took to his Twitter account to wish the would-be couple. He retweeted Kabir’s post and wrote, “Wohhh…… Happy for u mate @Kabirduhansingh.. Stay blessed… I hope she cooks well.. N feeds u enough for me to look fitter than u … Happy for both of u,, cheers.” Kabir Duhan Singh’s engagement with Dolly SindhuTwitterSudeep’s funny demand surprised many of his followers but it was a pleasure for Kabir Duhan Singh feed him and take his blessings. He quickly responded to the Kichcha star and said that he is waiting for him and his wife Priya to come to his home for dinner. The Pailwaan villain replied, “Ha ha ha ha need your blessings sir and m waiting for you and priya man at my home for dinner “However, Kichcha Sudeep is seen locking horns with Kabir Duhan Singh, who is playing an antagonist in his upcoming action drama film, which is released in Kannada, Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Tamil on August 9. It is one of the most hyped films of 2019 and the confrontation between the two actors will be one of the highlights of the movie.last_img read more



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Paytm integrates BHIM UPI app on its platform targets 200 million monthly

first_imgPaytm Payments Bank service,Paytm via Twitter (screen-shot)Paytm, India’s digital payment major, has integrated central government’s mobile payment interface BHIM UPI on its platform with an aim to double its monthly user base.Paytm’s majority stake is with its parent company One97 Communications and the firm currently has about 100 million monthly users on its platform. Market experts believe that the move is definitely going to help Paytm in expanding its customer base, reported Mint.”We are now targeting 200 million monthly users in less than two years. UPI will also allow larger ticket size transactions,” the business daily quoted Vijay Shekhar Sharma, founder One97 Communications as saying.With this integration, any registered Paytm user can transfer and receive money through BHIM UPI by using the Paytm app. This further allows existing BHIM users to link their accounts with the BHIM API (application program interface) on Paytm, reported the business daily.Earlier last month, Reserve Bank of India directed companies and banks to make KYC-compliant for prepaid payment instruments like mobile wallets interoperable within the next six months. This, along with the growing popularity of the BHIM UPI platform, could have triggered the move.BHIM has been a moderate success, since its launch in December last year, the application has been downloaded for over 16 million times and facilitated transactions worth Rs 1,600 crore, as of 31 July, according to the data from NPCI.Why the UPI-based application are growing is because it has no waiting time to add a beneficiary and an individual is not required to share his bank account details and IFSC code.Paytm said it will train its 5 million merchant partners to create Paytm BHIM UPI ID and accept money using the same. This will enable merchants on Paytm to be able to accept payments from a wider set of customers, the company said.”As a part of our journey of being a truly open payment platform, consumers and merchants should both have complete range of choices to select payment source and destination. With the availability of BHIM UPI to our large user base and merchant network, we believe the next wave of digital payments will begin soon,” the business daily quoted Renu Satti, managing director and chief executive officer, Paytm Payments Bank.Bharat Interface for Money (BHIM) is an application developed by the National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) for digital payments over the government-managed Universal Payments Interface (UPI) network.last_img read more



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Dhaka city to see over 4000 new buses

first_imgDhaka North City Corporation (DNCC) mayor Annisul Huq on Monday said the government has adopted a plan to introduce 4,500 new buses in the capital to ease the existing transport sufferings of the city dwellers.“Government is going to replace aged and unfit fleet of buses from the city road with these new ones. It is also mulling the idea of deploying air-conditioned buses for women. Sufferings of women, school going children and office goers will be reduced significantly once these new buses come to the streets,” the DNCC mayor said.Annisul came up with observations while addressing a special general meeting of Dhaka Sarak Paribahan Malik Samity at DNCC Market in capital’s Mohakhali area.Presided over by Khandaker Enayetullah, general secretary of Bangladesh Sarak Paribahan Malik Samity, the meeting was attended by leaders of different transport owners association.“It is high time to introduce new policy to bring a change to existing transport system, but it is very hard thing to do. We are going to introduce it slowly. After implementing this policy, buses with different colors will run on the separate lane. White color buses will run on one lane, red color ones will run on another, green on the other,” Annisul said.The DNCC mayor said after introducing this system, there will be no chaos in getting down or in on the buses.“The buses will take in passengers orderly and will take them to their desired destinations. Apart from introducing this system, five new bus terminals will be built in the capital,” he added.The mayor said to make Dhaka a livable city, first the government has to bring back discipline in transport system.“Under new management, there will be not these many transport companies like now. Number of transport companies in Dhaka will be brought down to five to six,” he said, adding, “the city dwellers are not at all happy with the existing transport system.”last_img read more



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AL seeks to make allies parliamentary opposition

first_imgObaidul Quader. File PhotoAwami League general secretary Obaidul Quader says it will be a positive development for the government and ruling Awami League’s 14-party allies if the partners play the role as a parliamentary opposition.The policy statement came from the AL leader on Thursday in the wake of main opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party’s decision not to join parliament at all after it alleged massive rigging in 30 December elections won by the AL.”Many of the Awami League allies have already decided to stay in the opposition bench in parliament. It’s good for us as well as for them,” said Quader told newsmen after inspecting preparations for the AL’s victory rally to be held at Suhrawardi Udyan on Saturday.After the one-sided election of 2014, the AL’s ally Jatiya Party of HM Ershad that had representation in the cabinet, was made official opposition party in parliament.However, this time around, the AL’s ally Workers Party’s president Rashed Khan Menon said there will be no unity with the AL if they go to the opposition.Menon and Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal president Hasanul Haq Inu, who had been in the previous cabinet, were ignored when prime minister Sheikh Hasina formed the government for the third consecutive time.About Menon’s statement, Quader said, “We’ve been discussing about the matter [of seeing the partners as opposition].”Quader, also road transport and bridges minister, said the government can learn from criticism from the opposition. “If there is an opposition, the government will be able to rectify itself,” he added.The AL leader, according to UNB, claimed that there is neither any conflict nor tension in the AL-led grand alliance.”The grand alliance is a unity forged to participate in elections while the 14-party is a political alliance which will prevail and there’s no chance of collapse,” said the minister.”There is no infighting, tension and disturbance in the alliance, said the senior AL leader adding, “If there’s any misunderstanding, we’ll solve it through discussions.”last_img read more



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Full Show Involving The Private Sector In Storm Prep And Political Roundup

first_img 00:00 /50:43 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X On Wednesday’s edition of Houston Matters: In the weeks since Harvey, we’ve been telling you how government agencies are planning for future storms. Now, a local expert says the private sector should get involved. We talk with Jim Blackburn about what he envisions. He’s the co-director of Rice University’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education, and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center.Also this hour: It’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup with analysis of national, state, and local political stories with an eye to how it all might affect Houston and Texas.Then: You might recall our story from this past spring about how a team of investigators has a theory as to who might’ve committed eleven unsolved murders in and around Galveston in the 1970s. Now, as a new documentary series on the murders is set to debut, the Galveston County DA has reopened the investigation into the murders of two of the young women. We revisit that story of The Eleven.Plus: This year, the Pappas chain celebrates 50 years. Their first restaurant, Dot Coffee Shop opened in 1967. We talk with family member Christina Pappas about the legacy of her family’s chain.We also offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Sharelast_img read more



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Glamourina Offers Afrocentric Inspired Wear to Culturally Conscious Women

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comAs Black History Month comes to a close and Women’s History Month is ushered in, Glamourina, a women’s active-wear brand, perfectly intersects both month-long celebrations as a Black-women-owned and operated company.“Glamourina is the go-to active-wear brand for culturally conscious women. We are most known for our African inspired active-wear pieces,” founders Kia Phillips and Nekol Gaskins told the AFRO in a statement.Glamourina is an African-inspired active-wear brand established in 2015 that targets culturally conscious women.  (Courtesy Photo)Although both mothers, Phillips and Gaskins found time to work their entrepreneurial and creative muscles when establishing Glamourina in 2015 and launching their Kente collection in 2017.Since the 2017 launch, the millennial mom-bosses have been working constantly to provide quality active-wear, recently launching the 2019 Culture Collection. Glamourina intentionally targets all women within the beautiful, Black diaspora by offering athletic wear that emphasizes and enhances their #BlackGirlMagic.“We started Glamourina for several reasons.  The first is we feel that Black women are highly underrepresented in the athletic market.  When you go into athletic apparel stores or see commercials and ads, there is a clear absence of Black women being represented.  And if you do see them it is always one type of woman displayed, and that is the super athletic woman,” the entrepreneurs said.  “Through Glamourina we wanted to create apparel that represents the diversity of Black women.  We come in a variety of shapes and sizes and we wanted to showcase that in our apparel.”Further, Phillips and Gaskins started Glamourina in order to bring health awareness to Black women.“Also, we know that heart disease is the number one killer amongst African American women.  We wanted to create affordable sustainable apparel in hopes to motivate and encourage women of color to live healthier active lifestyles.  We know that when you look good, you feel good and that might motivate you to go workout, or just be mindful of your overall physical health,” they said.Phillips, 33, is a full time mom and personal trainer.  A Northeast, D.C. native, Gaskins, 28, is a mother, artist and financial aid counselor.  As entrepreneurs with families and other responsibilities, balancing life with Glamourina has its challenges, yet the women find ways to do it while also growing the business, which now has over 5,000 followers on Instagram.“It is not easy but it takes lots of planning and prioritizing for the both of us. We also have to make sure that we designate time for the business, our families and ourselves,” the co-owners told the AFRO.Although now finding success with their active-wear line, it was not always an easy task getting the business off its feet.  “Some of the biggest obstacles include balancing business and personal life and obtaining capital to fund our first collection,” they said.  However, Phillips and Gaskins have found the trick to keeping Glamourina alive and thriving.  “It takes drive and consistency. Also, it takes listening to our audience and staying on top of the news and trends within our industry.”Phillips and Gaskins definitely listen to their audience and find happiness in engaging with them.“We really enjoying seeing our vision come to life. We created this brand to encourage and motivate women of color to live healthy active lifestyles by providing confidence-boosting active-wear,” they said.“When women proudly wear our apparel and share their photos with us, we really feel a sense of joy. It is also great to know that we are building an empire as women of color and being positive role models for our daughters and other young girls.”The mompreneurs who consider the next generation of Black business owners even as they continue to build their current brand, have advice for other women hoping to start businesses.“We advise other Black women entrepreneurs to research their market first, create a game plan and remain determined throughout the entire process of starting and growing their businesses.”As their company continues to grow, Phillips and Gaskins hope that Glamourina will be a true go-to brand for women of color.“Each year we plan to expand our collections and offer more active-wear options to our customer base. Our goal is to become a one-stop-shop for all active-wear needs.”For more information on the culturally conscious active-wear, visit the website, Glamourina.com, or follow the company on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter at @shopglamourina.last_img read more



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MK2 to Equip VR Venues Around the World Scandinavias Nordisk Brazils Arvore

first_imgOne year after launching Europe’s first and biggest VR space, MK2 is set to start commercializing VR plug-and-play equipment for global exhibitors who are looking to launch VR venues in theaters, museums, and institutions, among other placesCalled the MK2 VR Pod, the equipment which MK2 will be distributing worldwide is considered to be an “end-to-end premium and white-labeled product line,” the company said.“Providing state-of-the-art technology to fill the void of white-label solutions in the virtual reality space will be a catalyst for making VR a requisite part of consumers’ entertainment expectations,” said Elisha Karmitz, MK2’s managing director. “Adapting VR is a natural next step for the cinematic community, and MK2 aims to be their trusted partner in delivering quality and memorable experiences.” Popular on Variety ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img The company has already sold its VR plug-and-play equipment to high-profile film and media groups such as Nordisk in Scandinavia, Arvore in Brazil and a banner in Asia. Other partners include public institutions, notably the National Public Library of France. Karmitz said Nordisk will open VR venues in Copenhagen and Oslo in April, while Arvore will launch its venue in San Paulo in May.Karmitz said MK2 had the “ambition to create the biggest open VR distribution network in the world.” The company expects that more than 70 pods will be installed within the first half of 2018 and more than 200 pods by year’s end.MK2’s premium catalog of curated VR experiences from topnotch production partners such as Felix & Paul Studios, Atlas V, WITHIN and SuperHot Team will also be available to customers.With this expansion in the VR field, MK2 firms up its status as one of Europe’s pioneering film groups. Headquartered in Paris, the company has produced more than 100 films, operates more than 26 movie theaters spanning 200 screens and boasts a library of more than 800 films from prestigious directors such as Charlie Chaplin and Xavier Dolan.Mk2’s VR equipment can be purchased via http://www.mk2vrpod.comlast_img read more



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Two killed 30 injured in separate road accidents

first_imgKolkata: Two persons including a businessman were injured in two separate road accidents in South Bengal while 30 others travelling in a bus were injured after their vehicle overturned in North Bengal. The first incident took place near Asansol bazaar area when a local businessman was trying to cross road. He was hit by a speeding vehicle resulting in serious injuries to his body. The victim has been identified as Sadananda Sadhu. He was a resident of Aldi village in Kulti area. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to police, he was going to a nearby market at around 7 am when the accident occurred. Locals rescued the victim and took him to a nearby hospital where the doctors pronounced him brought dead.After being informed police rushed to the spot and started a probe. Locals told the police that a speeding vehicle knocked him down and fled the spot. Police are conducting raids to nab the driver. The body of the victim was sent for an autopsy.In the other incident, a truck driver died in South 24-Parganas’ Usti. The identity of the victim is yet to be ascertained. According to police, a loaded truck overturned and fell into a ditch near Shirakal area. The locals took part in the rescue operation and managed to save the conductor. The body of the driver was later recovered by the police. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the driver might have fallen asleep when the accident happened. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIn another incident, around 30 persons who were travelling in a bus received injuries after the vehicle overturned in Moynaguri area of Jalpaiguri on Thursday afternoon. The incident took place on National Highway 31. Police said the driver of the bus lost control over the vehicle while trying to save a Toto. It was learnt that a wheel of the bus skidded when it ran over a heap of the sand on the side of the road. The injured were taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.last_img read more



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Evan Peters Emma Roberts are going great

first_imgEmma Roberts and her American Horror Story co-star Evan Peters have been in an on-and-off relationship, but the couple now seem to be in a happy space.Peters, 28, who was present at the premiere of American Horror Story: Hotel, said he loves her, reported People magazine.“She is really great. I just love her,” Peters said when asked about their relationship status.The Kick-Ass actor is also a big fan of Roberts and admires her work in “Scream Queens”. “I have been watching. I love it! She’s so funny in it. She’s spot-on with the character,” he said.Peters started dating 24-year-old We’re the Millers actor in 2012 and the duo and got engaged in 2013.The couple called of their engagement earlier this year, but were spotted holding hands and spending quality time together last month.last_img read more



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Unravelling the facets of theatre

first_imgTheatre, through its various faces, has grown over the years and has come into the limelight, providing a platform to budding theatre artists as well as theatre pundits. In order to celebrate theatre and to make it more accessible, ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ is being held in the national Capital from February 1 to February 21. The inaugural ceremony of the 18th ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’, which was held in Kamani Auditorium in the national Capital on Monday, witnessed the presence of N K Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, government of India; Bollywood actors and renowned theatre personalities. Nana Patekar graced the occasion as the guest of honour whereas Anupam Kher was the special guest. The evening was presided over by Shri  Ratan Thiyam, chairperson, NSD Society and Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama (NSD). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The inauguration was followed by the performance of ‘Macbeth’ in Manipuri by Chorus Repertory Theatre, Imphal, Manipur, which has been directed by Ratan Thiyam.Ratan Thiyam, chairperson, NSD Society said: “This is indeed a moment of pride and great pleasure to see ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav’ entering its 18th edition. The festival is a celebration of diverse and colourful culture of India in the age of globalisation.”Some of the finest names in the theatre world from India and abroad are set to be a part of the festival. Commenting on the same, Waman Kendre, Director, National School of Drama said, “There is a need to not only experience theatre, but understand the thought behind theatre, and we are attempting to do that through the 18th ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav.’ The festival is expanding and the theme for the festival this year is ‘Rediscovering the magic of theatre’. We want to celebrate theatre and we want to celebrate the thought behind theatre.”   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixN K Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, government of India said, “National School of Drama is doing a commendable job through Bharat Rang Mahotsav of taking the tradition of Indian theatre to the global map and to preserve and recreate the cultural heritage of the country.”Eminent stage and film personality Nana Patekar, who was the guest of honour at the inaugural ceremony commented on the effort made by NSD to promote theatre by saying: “I would like to congratulate National School of Drama for the wonderful job that the institute is doing to promote theatre. It is really great to see the response and kind of audiences, and I look forward to come back. My best wishes to National School of Drama for a successful ‘Bharat Rang Mahotsav.’”Anupam Kher, who was present as a special guest said, “National School of Drama has taught me not only the nuances of theatre, but I learnt a lot about life itself. Whenever I come back here, it is the best experience for me.” The performances will be held at Abhimanch and Open Air Theatre at the NSD Campus along with LTG Auditorium, Kamani Auditorium and Shri Ram Centre.last_img read more



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One lane closed on M6 due to broken down vehicle

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailUPDATE: This incident has now cleared One lane of the M6 is blocked by a broken down vehicle this afternoon. The lane is blocked and traffic is queuing on the M6 Southbound between J19 A556 ( Knutsford ) and J18 A54 (Middlewich / Holmes Chapel). In the roadworks area. Both vehicles have broken down in the stretch between J19 – J18, according to traffic data company INRIX. The incident is one of a number causing delays in Cheshire this afternoon. A broken down vehicle on St Michael’s Road is causing delays in Middlewich while diversions are in place in the west of the county due to an accident on the A41 at Dragon Hall. The affected stretch of the M6 (Image: INRIX/Google) Speaking about the serious collision on the A41 a Cheshire Police spokesman said: “We are currently dealing with a serious collision on the A41 at Dragon Hall. A41 closed between Broxton roundabout and Rocky Lane. “For HGV’s it is closed between A55/A41 roundabout and Broxton roundabout. “Suggested diversion routes. From the south. Broxton roundabout A534/A49 or A534 to Wrexham then A483 From the north. Light traffic can still access lanes to Tattenhall etc. Read MoreFive hit with £1,600 of fines for dropping cigarette butts “Heavy traffic should use A55/A483/A534 or A55/A51/A49.” Cheshire Police say they expect that route to remain closed for several hours following the accident, which took place at around 1.20pm. For the latest traffic and travel news visit our designated channel here – or our live news service here for more information on the latest road news from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire.last_img read more



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Fires force evacuation of 12000 in French Riviera

first_img BORMES-LES-MIMOSAS, France — French authorities ordered the evacuation of up to 12,000 people around a picturesque hilltop town in the southern Cote d’Azur region as fires hopscotched around the Mediterranean coast for a third day Wednesday.A raging wildfire began late Tuesday in the dry Mediterranean forests around La Londe-Les-Maures before being pushed by the southern Mistral winds to Bormes, a tourist magnet with houses clustered on a hill surrounded by dense forests of scrub and trees.The local Var Matin newspaper reported that 12,000 people were forced to take refuge in gymnasiums and other places, including thousands of campers. It said some people sought safety on local beaches.Col. Eric Martin of the Var firefighting unit said Wednesday on BFM-TV that nearly 600 firefighters were trying to contain the flames that had run through 1,300 hectares (3,210 acres) around.Four tracker planes and a fire-fighting aircraft were sent in as thick black smoke billowed above the skyline.The airport in Toulon, a city 30 kilometres from La Londe, was briefly closed on Wednesday, as well the Fort de Bregancon, which sits on a rock off the coast of Bormes.The wildfires began raging along France’s Mediterranean coast on Monday, forcing smaller, scattered evacuations with flames reaching a corner of Saint-Tropez. Since noon Tuesday, French firefighters had conducted about 100 operations.More news:  Can you guess the top Instagrammed wedding locations in the world?Further east, reinforcements were sent in to battle a blaze in Artigues that burned up to 1,700 hectares (4,200 acres) of forest.Another fire was contained Tuesday evening in La Croix Valmer after burning two villas, seriously injuring one firefighter and devouring about 500 hectares (1,235 acres).France’s Mediterranean coast is particularly vulnerable to fires, with its massive back-country forests, often dry in the summer, and Mistral winds blowing across the sea to fan the flames. Smoke from the fires blew across bays on the picturesque coast, frightening some. But firefighters warned against panic _ and unnecessary phone calls. No injuries have been reported among residents and vacationers.Further south, flames ate through 2,000 hectares of forest on the northern end of the French Mediterranean island of Corsica, in what was the largest blaze in France.Summer fires, propelled by high temperatures, winds and drought – and often caused by careless humans – are not new to Europe. Both Portugal and Italy were also battling blazes.More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaAlmost 1,700 firefighters supported by 17 water-dropping aircraft were tackling wildfires in Portugal, where every summer large areas of woodland are scorched. The Portuguese Civil Protection Agency says emergency services have brought more than 20 forest blazes under control as high winds calmed during the night.The worst fires were around the town of Macao, 200 kilometres northeast of Lisbon. Deputy mayor Antonio Louro said the fires have caused “catastrophic” damage to the livelihoods of farmers, many of who work in the region’s pine and eucalyptus forests.In Italy, where fires have raged for weeks, firefighters responded to 26 requests for water and fire retardant air crops on Tuesday, throughout central and southern Italy, including Calabria, Sicily, Sardinia, Lazio and Puglia.The Coldiretti agriculture lobby said 50 billion bees were destroyed along with their hives in fires on the slopes of Mount Vesuvius. Coldiretti said another 20 per cent of the bee population is estimated to have become disoriented and died as a result. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: France, Travel Alert Share By: Claude ParisSource: The Associated Press Fires force evacuation of 12,000 in French Riviera Wednesday, July 26, 2017 last_img read more



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Aimia announces surprise deal Air Canada is out Porter is in

first_img Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by Tags: Aeroplan, Aimia, Air Canada, Porter Airlines TORONTO — Aimia has struck a new deal with Porter Airlines for it to become the preferred Canadian airline to issue Aeroplan Miles after rejecting Air Canada’s takeover bid just hours before the midnight deadline Thursday.Aimia said Air Canada and its three financial partners – Toronto-Dominion Bank, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Visa Canada – raised their initial bid for its loyalty plan from $250 to $325 million, but Aimia wants $450 million.The break down in negotiations comes after Aimia and the Oneworld airline alliance confirmed earlier in the day that they are in talks about a potential partnership for the loyalty points program.The Oneworld alliance, whose 13 members include British Airways, American Airlines and Cathay Pacific, is a direct competitor to the Star Alliance airline network, of which Air Canada is a member.With Air Canada out of the running, Aimia is now making way for Porter to issue Aeroplan Miles on Porter routes, effective July 2020 when its current arrangement with Air Canada ends. Porter’s fleet of aircraft is only a fraction of the size of Air Canada’s but a possible deal with Oneworld will help strengthen its air offering.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTPorter will also become a redemption partner, as of the effective time of the agreement, offering up to 60% of seat inventory for the purchase of flights with Aeroplan Miles at fixed-rate prices. The arrangement includes an extensive cooperative marketing program targeting existing Aeroplan members, with an emphasis on members who travel on Porter routes.“This is a unique opportunity for Porter to join a well-established travel loyalty program and, in the future, reach its vast member base to aggressively promote our airline,” said Michael Deluce, executive vice president and chief commercial officer of Porter Airlines. “Our current VIPorter members will benefit from Aeroplan’s enhanced range of loyalty services, with an ability to earn and redeem points with a growing network of airlines and other brands.”Points from Porter’s existing VIPorter loyalty program will be converted into Aeroplan Miles when the agreement becomes effective in 2020. Porter passengers will then be able to earn and redeem Aeroplan Miles on all Porter flights, plus across the growing Aeroplan collection of more than 75 travel and retail partners. This includes international airlines covering much of the globe.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin CruisesAimia chief executive Jeremy Rabe says that his plan is to strengthen its air offering after July 2020.“We’ve committed to our five million members that they will be able to choose any seat on any airline, anywhere, any time with the new Aeroplan program,” Rabe said.The privately owned airline, whose main hub is Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ), currently serves Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and other Canadian cities from St. John’s, NL to Thunder Bay, Ont. as well as U.S. destinations including the New York City area, Chicago, Boston and Washington, D.C.Shortly before announcing the Porter agreement, Aimia reported that spending on Aeroplan credit cards remained strong in the second quarter and the company is “making solid progress” on streamlining its business.Aeroplan and Air Canada have each assured their customers that the Aeroplan points will be honoured as usual until their long-term contract expires.With file from The Canadian Presscenter_img Friday, August 3, 2018 Aimia announces surprise deal: Air Canada is out, Porter is in Travelweek Group last_img read more



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Swedish cable operator Com Hem recorded 178 milli

first_imgSwedish cable operator Com Hem recorded 1.78 million connected homes at the end of the second quarter, up 30,000 from last year, and confirmed that its long-awaited TiVo launch will come this quarter.Com Hem said that it took a “crucial step” towards its TiVo rollout in Q2 after opening pre-registrations for the service and said that both TiVo and its new broadband portfolio, which will offer downstream speeds of up to 500 Mbit/s and upload speeds of up to 50 Mbit/s, will be available in the market during Q3.The firm said it was also developing new products and services, investing in new business areas and had signed framework agreements in Q2 with communications operators Open Universe, Zitius and IP Only, giving it the opportunity to act as a service provider in these operators’ networks.“We have a huge, untapped potential in all the tens of thousands of properties that are connected to Com Hem’s network. There are a multitude of closely held companies and sole proprietorships to which we can direct our competitive offerings of communication solutions. This is an exciting step in Com Hem’s development,” said Com Hem CEO Tomas Franzén.Com Hem’s unique subscribers during the period totalled 821,700, a slight decrease from 823,400 in the preceding quarter. Digital-television subscriptions also fell slightly quarter-over-quarter to 605,700. High-speed broadband subscriptions rose marginally to 543,400.Revenue for the quarter was SEK 1.108 billion (€127 million), compared to SEK1.148 billion in the same period last year. EBITDA was up coming in at SEK547 million, compared to SEK 541 million in the second quarter of 2012.last_img read more



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In This Issue   Currencies except the euro pos

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Currencies except the euro post gains. *  RBI advisors chooses the wrong words. *  Russia makes largest one-month Gold purchase for them. *  Fisher sticks to his guns. And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. China’s 3rd QTR GDP Shrinks. Good Day!.. And a Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! I’m feeling much better today, so here I am back in the saddle at the office. The Eagles are playing: My Old ’55 on the IPod, and like the Eagles, I too am riding with Lady Luck. The Happy Song is playing now, and I’ve said this before, but if you’re in a bad mood when that song comes on, you’ll soon change moods! Not that I’m in a bad mood or anything. Just kind of strange this morning. Well, the BIG NEWS overnight was the Chinese 3rd QTR GDP report that printed at +7.3%, down from the 7.5% in the 2nd QTR. But, and this is a Big BUT so I’ll treat it as such. BUT, the 7.3% 3rd QTR print, was better than the forecasts.. And if there’s something we’ve all learned over the years together, is that sometimes / most times, beating the expectations is the most important thing. And so it was with the Chinese renminbi/ yuan overnight, as it was allowed to appreciate again. Remember, that China’s target for 2014 GDP is 7.5%…  And the thing I want to point out here is that the Chinese Gov’t has said that the 7.5% figure was a “soft target”. So, any downside miss that’s near 7.5% would be tolerated by the Chinese Gov’t. And I think that with them allowing an appreciation of the renminbi / yuan overnight, that they are saying just that! So. That’s the Big News overnight. Elsewhere, the currencies and metals seem to have some control over the dollar. The Aussie dollar (A$) has moved back over 88-cents , and kiwi is within spittin’ distance of 80-cents again. These moves higher won’t make the Central Bank Governors of the Reserves Bank of Australia (RBA) and New Zealand (RBNZ), very happy, for it was just two weeks ago, that each respective Central Bank Gov. deep sixed their currencies, in hopes of promoting growth. The RBA will get to view what a cheaper currency does to their CPI (consumer inflation) numbers today. Recall that in August, Aussie CPI was +2.3%, which is over the 2% target of the RBA, and since then the A$ has been deep sixed. So, this report should be quite interesting, eh? On a sidebar this morning. The Bloomberg says that the Total Oil CEO, you know the one that called for an end to the petrodollar dominance, died overnight in a freak airplane crash in Moscow. This is the stuff of conspiracy crazies, like me, but I have to leave it at that, for I could type out my whole message and have it nixed, so I won’t go there. But if you’re ever on the Butler Patio. The one currency that you would think would be participating in a soft dollar market, the euro, is lagging this morning, and in fact it’s in the red! Huh? Why yes, Virginia, the euro can be soft when the dollar is getting sold VS other currencies. I have to say that while I don’t like the European Central Bank (ECB) and their insistence in joining the U.S., Japan and U.K. in interfering in their respective economies, I do like that they have decided to be open about the whole thing. The ECB said that they will print a portfolio statement each week, so that everyone can see what they’ve bought. No need to be a member of any Central Bank’s data bank to see this, the ECB will print it and send it to the markets each week. Of course, I’m no fan of Central Bank Interference. For, in most cases, the respective country has to print money to interfere.  Not the Chinese, but the U.S. Japan, and U.K. did. Speaking of printing money. Which as you know doesn’t really actually happen any longer, as it’s all digits in a computer. But for GP I like to say printing money. Well, after 6 years of doing this, here in the U.S. what do we have to show for it? A strong stock market, that’s beginning to show its true colors as the money printing is taken away, and market participants realize that the U.S. economy never caught up with the stock market.  I only talk about the stock market here to illustrate the money printing part, please don’t mistake me for someone that knows stocks! I do know the economy, probably better than most economists. As Dizzy Dean used to say, “It’s not bragging if you can do it”!  This economy has been a house of cards from the beginning, and I told you that. Built on stimulus after stimulus, money printing, after money printing, and liquidity coming out our ears. The economy became addicted to stimulus, money printing and liquidity. And then one day, just like that old dragon Puff, he sadly slipped into his cave. And so too will the economy once the Spinning Wheel comes to a stop on stimulus, money printing, and liquidity. And oh, I almost forgot, ZIRP. (zero interest rate policy) Speaking of ZIRP. I read a short piece on the Bloomberg this morning, that said that traders were pushing back their calls of rate hikes, and that has the dollar on the run this morning. Hmmm.  I wonder where they got that idea? Pfennig Readers? Probably! HA! The Brazilian real continues to be pushed and shoved around by the upcoming election that will take place this coming Sunday. The polls show the race to be very tight. like Tupperware. (my good, close, friends are laughing right now)  The two opponents couldn’t be more different and that gives the people of Brazil a clear decision as to who they want running their country. A candidate that has pushed the economy to the brink of no return, and wants another turn at bat, or a candidate that is seeking an end to Gov’t intervention. Well, there are more deciders here, but, these are the two major ones. I know which candidates the markets like. and it isn’t the one that has intervened and brought the economy to its knees. In India overnight, a Reserve Bank of India (RBI) advisor mentioned that with the price of Oil dropping, the pressures on inflation have dropped, thus giving the RBI the ability to make a rate cut.  And the rupee got sold! Sure all that stuff the advisor talked about is true, but how sure is he about how long this dip in Oil prices might last? Is it the new price of Oil, or is it just another dip like we’ve seen in the past 8 years? I think the RBI, the advisor, and the rupee would have been better served to just add a couple of words to his report. Like “if” the price of Oil remains low, it “could” reduce the inflation pressures, and “a rate cut could be discussed”.  Do they need a new writer at the RBI? I’m available, but I won’t move to India. Well, Gold was up about $5 when I came in, and now it is barely holding on to a gain, and Silver has gone into the red this morning. If traders are pushing their calls for a rate hike back, like I said above, wouldn’t that bring about a metals rally? Of course it would! If there were no manipulators.  And then we have news that Russia’s Central Bank purchased 1.2 Million ounces of Gold in September. If you were lucky enough to see me talk on the video screen in Panama last month, you know how I went through the central Banks in Asia and the Middle East and talked about their increases of Gold reserves. Russia was a main player in the roster of countries raising their Gold reserves, so to see them continue to add makes me smile. And 1.2 Million Troy Ounces was the largest one-month purchase Russia has ever made, and brings their total to 37 Million Troy Ounces. So, in August, Russia had increased their reserves in Gold to 9% of the total reserves, so it’s easy to assume that their total reserves in Gold are now over 10% of the total reserves!  I still say that Russia is following China’s lead on Gold accumulation, so that they too can one day place a backing of some sort of Gold to their currency. Then the two Countries that are bound and determined to remove the dollar from the reserve status, will have the most attractive currencies in the world, backed with Gold.  Write this down in your journal, and then one day, you can refer back to it, and say. “By George, that Chuck sure knew what he was talking about!” Speaking of making me smile. That GEICO commercial with Ickey Woods getting excited having his number called is hilarious! It was just on one of our TV’s here, and I don’t even have the sound on, but know what he’s saying and started laughing out loud!  Now that’s funny! As I’ve said a few times recently, the fall in Oil prices sure has hurt the petro-currencies like Norway, Russia, Brazil, Mexico and Canada, but the currency that seems to take it the worst is the Norwegian krone. Norway had seen falling Oil revenues before the price of Oil began to slide, so this Oil price slide has really negatively affected the krone.. Norway still has the deep pockets it will need to navigate through this, so I wouldn’t get too upset with this news. The U.S. Data Cupboard is still pretty much barren, with only some Existing Home Sales data later this morning to print. As I told you yesterday, before my battery power ran out,  the stupid CPI will print on Wednesday. It’s difficult to tell if the Fed members actually use this data or not. I sure hope they don’t! Before I head to the Big Finish today. I don’t want anyone to think all I do is get tough with the Fed. I wanted to take a minute here, to point out that Fed member Fisher, who is one of the hawks on the FOMC, made comments yesterday that let everyone know where he stands on Quantitative Easing, and now the thought that the Fed could be considering extending it. Fisher hasn’t changed his outlook that there’s no reason now to not end QE.   And for that stance, I have to give him credit. He made a statement in the past, and he’s sticking to it, no matter what is presented in front of him. I like that! So, Fisher gets a Gold Star today. For What It’s Worth. Today’s piece is a little different and I found it on MarketWatch.com it’s about doing better. The title is: If Monday morning is so bad, here’s what you can do about it.  And is written by Stewart Friedman. enjoy. Work/life balance” is a misguided metaphor for grasping the relationship between work and the rest of life. And the idea that work competes with life ignores the more nuanced reality of our humanity. It ignores that life is the interaction of the four domains of work, home, community, and the private self. Of course, you can’t have it all – complete success in all corners of your life, all at the same time. No one can. But even though it can seem impossible to bring these four domains into greater alignment, it doesn’t have to be. Three guiding principles: Be real; be whole, be innovative. The most successful people harness the passions and powers of the various parts of their lives, bringing them together to achieve what I call “four-way wins” – actions that result in life being better in all four domains. They make it their business to be conscious of what and who matters most. Their actions flow from their values. They strive to do what they can to make things better for the people who depend on them and on whom they depend. You can achieve a kind of integration that will, in turn, help you have the impact you want to have and lead a life in which you stay true to yourself, serve others, and grow as a person. This integration is the key to leading a meaningful life – the life you want. It starts with three guiding principles: Be real; be whole, be innovative. But what does that mean? To be real is to act with authenticity by clarifying what’s important to you. It’s your answer to this basic question: What matters most to me? To be whole is to act with integrity by recognizing how the different parts of your life affect each other. This means identifying who matters most to you at work, at home, and in the community; understanding what you need from each other; and seeing whether and how these needs mesh. To be innovative is to act with creativity by experimenting with how things get done in ways that are good for you and for the people around you – taking realistic steps aimed at scoring four-way wins. These principles come alive in skills you can practice every day.” -Stewart Friedman Chuck again. I know, I know that was quite long, but I thought it was very good. and something we all could take something from and use it in our lives.  and then maybe you think it’s all BS. Oh well, I can’t please all the people all the time. To recap. The currencies, except for the euro, seem to have some bias over the dollar this morning. The A$ is back over 88-cents, and kiwi is within spittin’ distance of 80-cents again. Chinese 3rd QTR GDP was the BIG NEWS overnight, and printed a +7.3% growth figure, down from the 2nd QTR’s 7.5% gain, but it beat the expectations, and that’s what counts these days, eh? Russia purchases it’s largest one-month amount of Gold in September, and a RBI advisor could use some help choosing the right words, and Chuck has offered his services.. Currencies today 10/21/14. American Style: A$ .8810, kiwi .7990, C$ .8885, euro 1.2750, sterling 1.6155, Swiss $1.0565, . European Style: rand 10.9865, krone 6.5610, SEK 7.2120, forint 240.33, zloty 3.3095, koruna 21.6380, RUB 40.99, yen 106.80, sing 1.2715, HKD 7.7560, INR 61.31, China 6.1410, pesos 13.49, BRL 2.4895, Dollar Index 85.18, Oil $83.30, 10-year 2.18%, Silver $17.43, Platinum $1,269.78, Palladium $765.00, and Gold. $1,249.55 That’s it for today. Well, yesterday was quite the blur for me, as I slept most of the day, but when I woke up, I felt alive again! I even fixed myself a spaghetti dinner. I had 4 pots or pans on the oven cooking away, bread in the oven, and it was all just for me. I could have invited neighbors or my kids to dinner, but. Thought that they probably already had dinner plans. So, I sat down, ate, and then had a BIG mess to clean up! UGH! That’s why I prefer to go out to eat, there’s no mess for me to clean up! Well, the World Series begins tonight. I’ve always been a National League guy, no matter who’s playing I root for the National League team. But this year, that might change, as the other team from Missouri, is the American League Champion, the K.C. Royals. It’s just that I can’t get past that 1985 Don Denkinger debacle. Never have, never will. So, I guess I’ll just not watch it! Yeah, that’s the ticket! I just finished reading my friend, Jim Powell’s latest letter. Jim does such a great job of summarizing things. And we put to bed the November Review & Focus the other day, the cutoff gets earlier in the month and earlier in the month every year. pretty soon, I’ll be putting the next month’s R&F to bed on the 1st of the preceding month! HA!  Oh well, it is what it is. and I carry on despite the requirements!  And, so. it’s time for me to get out of your hair for today, and I hope you have a Tom Terrific Tuesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more



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