2016 National Honor and Awards Ceremony

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 7, 2016 – Today the TCI Government sent out an invitation to all media houses to come be a part of and capture the 2016 National Honor and Awards Ceremony, which will be held on October 10th on the Parade Grounds, Grand Turk, at 10:00 a.m.   Here is a list of the awards and the nominees:THE ORDER OF TURKS AND CAICOS ISLANDS – For service with distinction in any field of disciplineBasden, Marjorie, Mrs.Pratt, Sybil Ianthe, Mrs.THE PATRIOTIC AWARDCAYOS MEDAL – For demonstration of a keen sense of national consciousness and for rendering exceptional sacrificial service to the islands and the peopleBrooks-Clare, Elaine, Mrs.Coalbrooke, Juanita S., Mrs.Robinson Austin Mr. OBEScott-Williams, Delphine I., Mrs.THE LONG SERVICE MEDAL – For outstanding and exemplary public service to the islands and its people for a minimum period of twenty yearsAriza, Aswaldo M, Mr.Burton, Beatrice Ms.Durham, Kathleen, Mrs.Forbes, Elaine, Mrs.Gardiner, Enos, Mr.Gardiner Walter Snr., Mr.Houseman, Valeria, Mrs.Johnson, Lamuel, Mr.Jolly, Lillian, Mrs.Lightbourne, Claudius, Inspector.Mills, Debby-Lee, Ms.Mills, Madeline Ms.Misick, Charles W, The Hon.Outten, Carolyn Jean Mrs.Robinson, Aldora Mrs.Saunders, Norman W. HonSimmons, Sarah, Mrs.Skippings, Oswald O. Hon.Smith, Claudia Mrs.Swann, Susan Mrs.Taylor, Hugh Derek Hon.Taylor, Olga Mrs.Williams, Valeria Beatrice Ms.Wilson, Almaida V. Mrs.Wynns, Kathleen Mahalia Ms.THE MERITORIOUS SERVICE MEDAL – For sacrificial and meritorious service in a field of service that is inherently challenging or for a brave or humane act in the islands or abroadForbes, Mary, Mrs.Malcolm, Hugh Dr.Williams-Gibbs, Ethlyn, Mrs.Williams, Norean Mrs.NATIONAL YOUNG ACHIEVER’S MEDAL – For Turks and Caicos Islanders between the ages of twelve and twenty-five years who has performed exceptionally well on a national, regional or international level in the areas of culture, academics, performing arts and sports among othersClare, William Jude Duval, Mr.Forbes, Sanadia A.,Hillaire Darron Jr. Mr.Simmons, Dekkel, Mr.Simmons, Angel, Ms.Williams, Natalia Ms.Williams, Shanice Ms. Related Items:2016 honor and awards ceremony tcilast_img read more

Bahamas presents national report during the Universal Periodic Review of the UN

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, January 22, 2018 – Nassau – The Bahamas underwent its Third Cycle of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the 29th Session today, Wednesday January 17, 2018, at the Human Rights Council(HRC) in Geneva, Switzerland.  The delegation was led by Senator, the Honorable Carl Wilshire Bethel, Attorney-General and Minister of Legal Affairs of the Commonwealth of The Bahamas.According to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), “The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States.  The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations.As one of the main features of the Council, the UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights situations are assessed.  The ultimate aim of this mechanism is to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur. Currently, no other universal mechanism of this kind exists.”Release: BISPhoto caption: Ms. DeAndra Cartwright, Foreign Service Officer within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Mr. Frank Davis, Minister Counsellor/Deputy Permanent Representative & Charge d’affaires; Ms. Bernadette Butler, Minister Counsellor; Senator, The Honourable Carl Wilshire Bethel, Attorney-General; Ms. Jewel Major, Chief Counsel within the Office of the Attorney-General and Ministry of Legal Affairs; and Ms. Alicia Gibson, Assistant Counsel in the Office of the Attorney-General and Ministry of Legal Affairs. Related Items:last_img read more

Albiol insists Napoli have to score against Liverpool

first_imgNapoli defender Raul Albiol insists the team have to score if they’re to qualify for the second round of this season’s UEFA Champions League.The Partenopei can qualify for the next round, with a draw enough to take them through but Albiol insists the team must be compact and must score to achieve that aim.“We know that tomorrow will be a tough game, hard to play,” Albiol admitted in the pre-match Press conference, as quoted by Football Italia.“We have to be quick, because they’ll be aggressive from the start. We need to be attentive in every minute of the game and stay calm.”“Knowing how to defend deep is important, we need to be compact because we know they’re a strong team in the spaces, with quick forwards.”Sergio Ramos, Champions League, Real MadridSergio Ramos would love a fifth Champions League trophy Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos, winning a fifth European trophy with his club would be crazy, but he wants to do it before retiring.“The most important thing is our mentality, we have to be able to score.”“We’ve worked hard to get to this game, we need to do everything we can to win it and go to the next round.”last_img read more

Updates On Construction Projects On The Kenai Peninsula

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Transportation has released it’s weekly road construction update for the projects currently taking place on the Kenai Peninsula. STERLING HIGHWAY REHABILITATION, SKILAK LAKE to STERLING ROAD CONSTRUCTION through OctoberDrivers should expect LANE CLOSURES, ONE-LANE TRAFFIC and flagging operations, Monday through Sunday, 8:00pm to 7:00am.Construction crews have begun milling operations between MP 77 and 79.Construction crews have begun foaming and paving work. Drivers should expect PILOT CAR operations and 15 to 20 minute DELAYS, Monday through Sunday, 8:00pm to 8:00am.Crews will continue to work north from MP 67 and 69. Watch for flagging and PILOT CAR operations, with 5 to 10 minute DELAYS.STERLING HIGHWAY, MP 89.8 LEFT TURN LANESROAD CONSTRUCTION through OctoberWork is suspended through June and July and there will be no traffic restrictions during this time.Expect paving operations to begin in August.KENAI SPUR HIGHWAY REHABILITATION, SPORTS LAKE to SWIRES ROAD, PHASE I ROAD CONSTRUCTION through the seasonConstruction crews are working on the Kenai Spur Highway between MP 5 and 8.Drivers should expect LANE RESTRICTIONS, and ONE-LANE TRAFFIC with flagging and PILOT CAR operations.KALIFORNSKY BEACH ROAD MP 16 to 22.2, RESURFACING and SIGNALIZATIONROAD CONSTRUCTION through the seasonDrivers should be aware that the temporary signals are on a timer, not detection, so usual signal patterns have changed.STERLING HIGHWAY BELUGA LAKE DAM IMPROVEMENTSROAD CONSTRUCTION through mid JulyThe area of impact for this construction is approximately a 1/2 mile, with guard rails on both sides of the highway.HOMER EAST END ROADROAD CONSTRUCTION through OctoberOn June 22 and 23, drivers should expect LANE RESTRICTIONS, flagging operations and DELAYS up to 20 minutes from 8:00am to 8:00pm.Please drive with caution and check back for more information as the project continues.last_img read more

Will US News Weekly Work

first_imgU.S. News & World Report—having lost its status as a newsweekly in print—has launched a weekly digital magazine called U.S. News Weekly.”I don’t think the newsweekly concept’s outdated,” editor Brian Kelly told Portfolio. “I think it’s the delivery method that’s outdated.”But it remains to be seen if the concept—regardless of the delivery method—will work. Through June 2008, U.S. News saw its circulation fall 10.1 percent to 1.83 million, or about 170,000 copies short of its 2 million rate base guarantee.U.S. News Weekly will be delivered as a downloadable PDF and carries an annual subscription fee of $19.95 (a trial four-issue subscription is available for $3.95). Print subscribers to U.S. News will be able to download the digital edition for free, the publisher said. Sections in digital magazine, produced in partnership with Zinio, include “The Week in Washington,” “The Presidency,” “Washington Whispers” and “Blog Buzz”—repurposed content from U.S. News’ Thomas Jefferson Street blog.In November, U.S. News & World Report said it would scale back its print frequency to monthly.In 2008, U.S. News saw ad pages fall a staggering 32.4 percent, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures. It was the biggest year-over-year loss of any other title in the ailing newsweekly category.last_img read more

Mary J Blige Singing Elton Johns Sorry … Is A Catharsis

first_img Neil Patrick Harris: What’s His Elton John Secret? Mary J. Blige On Covering Elton John’s “Sorry …” mary-j-blige-singing-elton-johns-sorry-%E2%80%A6-catharsis Email Elton John Talks GRAMMY Special, Tribute Albums Elton John Talks Bernie Taupin, Fatherhood & More Miranda Lambert’s Crazy Connection To Elton John Why Alessia Cara Sang The Blues For Elton John Elton JohnPhoto: Michael Kovac/Getty Images Prev Next Elton John Talks GRAMMY Special, Tribute Albums Elton JohnPhoto: Michael Kovac/Getty Images Mary J. Blige’s memorable rendition of Elton John’s “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” brings powerful feelings of releasePhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Apr 6, 2018 – 4:50 pm GRAMMY winner Mary J. Blige has shaped contemporary R&B on the highest level. On April 6 the Elton John tribute album Revamp was released, and her reshaping of his classic “Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” gives the song a soulful treatment that feels like it was waiting to be uncovered.”I specifically chose to sing ‘Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word’ because of how beautiful and sad the song is and it was also so cathartic for me to sing,” Blige explained to Billboard.Blige says her participation in the tribute album “is special to me not only because [Elton] is a good friend of mine but also because of my love for his songwriting and amazing songs.””Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word” was the breakout hit on John’s 1976 LP, Blue Moves, the last album in his initial series of collaborations with lyricist Bernie Taupin before they took a creative hiatus. Beyond being a break-up song, “Sorry …” seems to freeze a moment in time, hold an emotion and reinforce how letting it go through expression allows a person to move forward.Summing up the long-running partnership between John and Taupin, Blige commented, “Elton and Bernie’s songs, so inspiring and powerful, will continue to stand the test of time.”Be sure to tune in to “Elton John: I’m Still Standing — A GRAMMY Salute” on April 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on CBS. The two-hour concert special will feature performances by some of music’s biggest names, including Ed Sheeran, Alessia Cara, Miley Cyrus, Kesha, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Little Big Town, Maren Morris, Sam Smith, SZA, and many more. Twitter Shawn Mendes On Covering Elton John With SZA Elton John Picks His Own Favorite Albums The Lyrical Longevity Of Elton John, “Border Song” Elton John Talks GRAMMY Special, Tribute Albums Shawn Mendes On Covering Elton John With SZA All-Stars Pay Tribute To Elton John Maren Morris: Elton John’s Soulfulness Has Power Elton John To Be Honored At GRAMMY Salute Concert Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Why Alessia Cara Sang The Blues For Elton John Ed SheeranPhoto: Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images Neil Patrick Harris: What’s His Elton John Secret? 7 Elton John Songs From The Screen & Stage News Who’s On The Elton John Cover Albums? Facebook 7 Elton John Songs From The Screen & Stage Elton JohnPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images How Did Elton John Help Ed Sheeran? 5 Charities Elton John Supports 5 Charities Elton John Supports Little Big Town On Paying Tribute to Elton John Ed SheeranPhoto: Matthias Nareyek/Getty Imagescenter_img Elton John To Be Honored At GRAMMY Salute Concert Little Big Town On Paying Tribute to Elton John Ed SheeranPhoto: Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images Elton JohnPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Kesha On Growing Up Listening To Elton John Who’s On The Elton John Cover Albums? The Lyrical Longevity Of Elton John, “Border Song” The Lyrical Longevity Of Elton John, “Border Song” Mary J. Blige: Singing Elton John’s “Sorry …” Is A Catharsis Elton John Picks His Own Favorite Albums Elton John Talks Bernie Taupin, Fatherhood & More Shawn Mendes On Covering Elton John With SZA 5 Charities Elton John Supports Elton JohnPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images All-Stars Pay Tribute To Elton John Little Big Town On Paying Tribute to Elton John Miranda Lambert’s Crazy Connection To Elton John 7 Elton John Songs From The Screen & Stage Miranda Lambert’s Crazy Connection To Elton John Elton John Talks Bernie Taupin, Fatherhood & More Neil Patrick Harris: What’s His Elton John Secret? Elton JohnPhoto: Michael Kovac/Getty Images Elton John Picks His Own Favorite Albums All-Stars Pay Tribute To Elton John Elton John GRAMMY Special Maren Morris: Elton John’s Soulfulness Has Power Elton John To Be Honored At GRAMMY Salute Concert Why Alessia Cara Sang The Blues For Elton John Maren Morris: Elton John’s Soulfulness Has Power Kesha On Growing Up Listening To Elton John How Did Elton John Help Ed Sheeran? Who’s On The Elton John Cover Albums? How Did Elton John Help Ed Sheeran? Kesha On Growing Up Listening To Elton Johnlast_img read more

Top Gun Maverick trailer shows Tom Cruise still feels need for speed

first_img Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $299 at Amazon Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Tags $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Turo Tags $999 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $999 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. 0 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) 2:12 $210 at Best Buy Comments Share your voice Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Comic-Con Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Read Google Home Hub review The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It Angela Lang/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Sarah Tew/CNET TV and Movies,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Post a comment Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $155 at Google Express Read the AirPods review Paramount Pictures dropped a trailer for Top Gun: Maverick at San Diego Comic-Con on Thursday. The film is a sequel to the 1986 smash Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise as a crack fighter pilot with a need for speed. Tom Cruise is back in Top Gun: Maverick. Paramount Pictures In the trailer, a Cruise weathered by more than three decades of service, is confronted by the fact that he can’t get a promotion and refuses to retire. “You should be at least a two-star admiral by now. Yet here you are, captain,” a uniformed and authoritative-looking Ed Harris tells him. “Why is that?”We see a series of shots of Cruise flying through terrain from snowy mountains to barren land to open water as dramatic music plays. Apparently he still likes the danger zone. Top Gun: Maverick is slated for a summer 2020 release and also stars Val Kilmer, Danny Ramirez, Jennifer Connelly and Jon Hamm. Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski is directing the sequel.  Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Apple iPhone XS What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Chris Monroe/CNET $6 at Tidal JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. See at Amazon Sprint $59 at eBay Best Buy Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Share your voice $60 at Best Buy Amazon See at Turo $520 at HP Boost Mobile See It Top Gun: Maverick trailer debuts at Comic-Con 2019 Rylo Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview See it See It Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Now playing: Watch this: Read the Rylo camera preview The Cheapskate Sarah Tew/CNET 7last_img read more

B Chy Kamal for sending emissary to Russia China to resolve Rohingya

first_imgAQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and Dr Kamal Hossain. Photo: Saiful IslamFormer president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain have asked the government to send emissary to China, Russia and India seeking their good offices to resolve Rohingya crisis.They have also emphasised that a national unity is necessary to deal with this issue and that Bangladesh needs to take a strategic stand to solve permanently the Rohingya issue.The two senior politicians came up with their recommendations while addressing a meeting at Institution of Engineers Bangladesh auditorium in the capital on Thursday.It was organised to protest the attacks on Rohingya Muslims by Myanmar authorities in Rakhine that forced more than 400,000 Rohingyas to take shelter in Bangladesh since 25 August.“Rohingya crisis is a major problem in our national life now and we can’t ignore it. It’s related with international politics,” said Badruddoza Chowdhury, also Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh president.He pointed out that Myanmar buys arms mainly from four countries – India, China, Russia, and Israel. “So, they will support the Myanmar government.”The former president urged the government to send emissary to these countries, saying, “We have to go to China, Russia, and India and make them understand (the situation).”  Echoing Badruddoza Chowdhury, Kamal Hossain, an eminent jurist, called on the government to immediately assign emissaries to persuade Russia and China.“Why are you wasting time? If possible, send emissaries tomorrow. I can guarantee you we’ll be benefitted if we can persuade China,” said Kamal Hossain.Terming the atrocities on Rohingya people as violation of human rights and international law, he urged the government to formulate a national framework to deal with the issue.”The Rohingya issue involves international law, diplomacy and politics. So those who are in the government need to take advice from others in this regard,” he added.Alongside diplomatic initiatives, B Chowdhury suggested that national unity must be forged.”Involving all political parties and intellectuals we can hold public meetings in major cities to show the world that we are united on this issue,” he added.Supporting their proposal, Krishak Sramik Janata League president Abdul Kader Siddiqui said Nobel peace laureate Muhammad Yunus might be used to make international lobbying in resolving the Rohingya crisis.The meeting was also addressed by Bangladesh Samajtantrik Dal general secretary Khalequzzaman, former state minister for foreign affairs Abul Hassan Chowdhury, political science professor Dilara Chowdhury and former Awami League leader Sultan Muhammad Mansur Ahmed.last_img read more

Another strong quake hits Indonesia

first_imgClose-up map of Lombok where a new earthquake struck on Thursday. AFPA strong aftershock struck Indonesia’s Lombok on Thursday, causing panic among evacuees sheltering after a devastating earthquake killed more than 160 on the holiday island four days earlier.The 5.9-magnitude quake Thursday struck at a shallow depth in the northwest of the island, the US Geological Survey said, even as relief agencies raced to find survivors among wreckage from Sunday’s quake.“The quake was felt strongly. There have been 355 aftershocks since Sunday,” national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho said.Evacuees at a shelter in northern Lombok’s Tanjung district ran out onto the road crying and screaming, an AFP reporter at the scene said.Motorcycles parked on the street toppled over and the walls of some nearby buildings collapsed.A woman wearing a motorbike helmet was seen crying with her two daughters in her arms.“We were stuck in the traffic while delivering aid, suddenly it felt like our car was hit from behind, it was so strong,” witness Sri Laksmi told AFP.“People in the street began to panic and got out of their cars, they ran in different directions in the middle of the traffic.”The aftershock comes after Sunday’s devastating 6.9-magnitude earthquake, which relief agencies said had wiped out entire villages in the worst-hit regions of northern and western Lombok.A total of 164 people have been confirmed killed in Sunday’s quake, national disaster agency spokesman Sutopo Purwo Nugroho told AFP, with a further 1,400 seriously injured and more than 150,000 displaced.Indonesian search and rescue members react shortly after an aftershock hits the area in Tanjung on Lombok island on 9 August 2018. AFP Meta: A strong aftershock struck Indonesia’s Lombok on Thursday, causing panic among evacuees sheltering after a devastating earthquake killed more than 160 on the holiday island four days earlier.Relief efforts had yet to reach parts of the island even before Thursday’s aftershock, Indonesian authorities said, with hopes fading of finding further survivors among the wreckage.“The earthquake does not have any tsunami potential,” Hary Tirto Djatmiko, spokesman for Indonesia’s meteorology, climatology and geophysics agency (BMKG), said of Thursday’s aftershock.last_img read more

Rice Program To Teach Executives How To Lead Effectively

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaBrent Smith, PhD, teaches executives in Rice University’s new Leadership Accelerator. 00:00 /04:01 X center_img Listen Share Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business has launched a leadership accelerator, a four-day program that teaches executives to become better leaders.“The value of leadership education is to prepare people for a set of responsibilities that they’re generally not prepared for, honestly,” said the course’s instructor, management professor and senior associate dean of executive education at Rice Business Brent Smith.The program includes four “building blocks”: leading oneself, leading others, leading the team and leading the enterprise.Smith said people are often looking for a simple recipe to improve their leadership skills. But it’s not that simple.“I can’t define leadership,” he said. “It’s not something that I’ve ever attempted to do in my two decades being a professor. Because as soon as I define leadership at a general enough level to apply to a large population of leaders, it’s so general that it’s meaningless.”Instead, Smith tells his executive students to understand the context of what they are leading.“The people that you lead and what are their expectations,” he said. “The outcomes that you’re expected to accomplish and how those might be different from the outcomes that you were expected to accomplish six months ago; strategy and how it might have changed in your organization; culture and what you’re trying to reinforce.”Smith said studies consistently show bad leaders are unable to understand emotions, whether in themselves or others. They are insensitive or intimidating in their management style, don’t adapt to different people or the circumstance they are in, and don’t take responsibility for their team’s performance.The first Leadership Accelerator course is fully booked and starts on Monday, June 17. The next one will be offered in The Woodlands Oct. 7 through 10.The one after that takes place at Rice Nov. 4 through 7.Click on the audio above to listen to the interview with Smith.last_img read more

John Wick Chapter 3 – Parabellum Tops Studios TV Ad Spending

first_imgIn this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by TV ad measurement and attribution company iSpot.tv, Lionsgate claims the top spot in spending with “John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum.”Ads placed for the action thriller had an estimated media value of $5.09 million through Sunday for 543 national ad airings on 28 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from April 29 through May 5. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Lionsgate prioritized spend across networks including NBC, ABC and Adult Swim, and during programming such as NBA Basketball, “The Voice” and “Family Guy.”Just behind “John Wick” in second place: Universal Pictures’ “A Dog’s Journey,” which saw 841 national ad airings across 35 networks, with an estimated media value of $4.47 million. Impressions: 288,538,456Attention Score: 93.82Attention Index: 111National Airings: 841Networks: 35Most Spend On: ABC, TNTCreative Versions: 11Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $10.77MStudio: Universal PicturesStarted Airing: 01/31/19 Box Office Report Card: Studios Get Their Summer Grades $5.09M – John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum Popular on Variety Top Movie Commercials by Weekly TV SpendData provided by iSpot.tv $4.14M – The Hustle Impressions: 302,385,687Attention Score: 93.93Attention Index: 113National Airings: 710Networks: 23Most Spend On: NBC, ABCCreative Versions: 18Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $10.56MStudio: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)Started Airing: 04/07/19 $4.47M – A Dog’s Journey Impressions: 228,765,498Attention Score: 93.12Attention Index: 101National Airings: 625Networks: 37Most Spend On: NBC, ABCCreative Versions: 25Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $13.29MStudio: Walt Disney PicturesStarted Airing: 10/11/18 Will Smith on the Challenges of Taking on Robin Williams’ Genie for ‘Aladdin’ Impressions: 225,756,824Attention Score: 89.95Attention Index: 69National Airings: 543Networks: 28Most Spend On: NBC, ABCCreative Versions: 11Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $15.98MStudio: LionsgateStarted Airing: 01/20/19 Notably, “The Hustle” has the best iSpot Attention Index (113) in the ranking, getting 13% fewer interruptions than the average movie ad (interruptions include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV). ×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 Impressions: 327,724,465Attention Score: 93.27Attention Index: 103National Airings: 908Networks: 26Most Spend On: NBC, ABCCreative Versions: 21Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $22.85MStudio: LionsgateStarted Airing: 03/12/19 TV ad placements for Walt Disney Pictures’ “Aladdin” (EMV: $4.36 million), MGM’s “The Hustle” ($4.14 million) and Lionsgate’s “Long Shot” ($3.74 million) round out the chart. Related $3.74M – Long Shot $4.36M – Aladdin 1 Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 04/29/2019 and 05/05/2019.* TV Impressions – Total TV ad impressions delivered for the brand or spot.* Attention Score – Measures the propensity of consumers to interrupt an ad play on TV. The higher the score, the more complete views. Actions that interrupt an ad play include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV.* Attention Index – Represents the Attention of a specific creative or program placement vs the average. The average is represented by a score of 100, and the total index range is from 0 through 200. For example, an attention index of 125 means that there are 25% fewer interrupted ad plays compared to the average.Variety has partnered with iSpot.tv, the TV ad measurement and attribution company, to bring you this weekly look at what studios are spending to market their movies on TV. Learn more about the iSpot.tv platform and methodology.last_img read more

Supreme Court Unanimously Rules Police Cant Search Smartphones Without a Warrant

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals June 26, 2014 2 min readcenter_img Register Now » The Supreme Court’s ruling yesterday that police must obtain warrants in order to search citizens’ cellphones marks a bold support of privacy in a blurring digital era, and also provides a stunning glimpse into the trove of personal data typically found within such devices.The unanimous ruling “almost certainly also applies to searches of tablet and laptop computers,” reports The New York Times. And in addition to arrests, it may also “apply to searches of homes and businesses and information held by third parties like phone companies.”In the ruling, Chief Justice John Roberts explains how smartphones paint a remarkably holistic picture of our daily whereabouts, interests and habits. (12 percent of Americans even use their devices in the shower, he noted.)”Even the word cellphone is a misnomer,” Roberts wrote. “They could just as easily be called cameras, video players, Rolodexes, calendars, tape recorders, libraries, diaries, albums, televisions, maps or newspapers.”Related: Aereo Loses Supreme Court Case, Streaming TV Service Deemed IllegalBut just because we rely heavily on these mobile devices does not mean they should be any less protected than our homes or cars. “The fact that technology now allows an individual to carry such information in his hand does not make the information any less worthy of the protection for which [America’s] founders fought.”The ruling comes as a major blow to government agencies, who have argued that warrantless searches ensure both protection and security of evidence. But Roberts wasn’t taking the bait. “Once an officer has secured a phone and eliminated any potential physical threats,” he wrote, “data on the phone can endanger no one.”He did state that officers have the right to secure a cellphone, remove the battery and place it in an aluminum bag to stop any sort of remote connection. And he also noted that if officers are in a “now or never” situation, they can search the phone under a clause within the Fourth Amendment that covers “exigent circumstances.”The ruling can be read in full right here.Related: This Startup Aims to Warn You About Spying Droneslast_img read more

Adidas Made a 3D Printed Shoe Out of Plastic Waste From the

first_img This story originally appeared on Business Insider December 11, 2015 Register Now » 1 min read Adidas and Parley for the Oceans, an organization dedicated to reducing plastic waste in oceans, have collaborated to create a 3D-printed shoe made out of recycled ocean plastic.The shoe is just a prototype, but the goal is to demonstrate how the industry can “rethink design and help stop ocean plastic pollution,” according to Adidas.The prototype has an “upper” made of ocean plastic and a 3D-printed midsole of recycled polyester and gillnets, a type of fishing net.Adidas has pledged to take other steps to reduce plastic pollution like phasing out the use of plastic bags in its retail stores. Adidas says this particular goal will be achieved by the end of the first quarter of 2016.As The Verge pointed out, the shoe’s design is based on the Adidas Futurecraft 3D, a 3D-printed shoe meant to show a potential future of on-demand shoe customization.Here is what the Adidas and Parley for the Oceans’ prototype shoe looks like:Image Credit: AdidasImage Credit: Adidas Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goalslast_img read more

Red Label Vacations to operate as whollyowned subsidiary of Japans HIS Group

first_img Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: H.I.S, Japan, redtag.ca Travelweek Group Wednesday, January 9, 2019 center_img TORONTO — The parent company of TravelBrands, itravel2000.com, The Travel Experts, redtag.ca and more will be bought out by a subsidiary of Japan’s H.I.S. Group in a new deal set to be completed in the first calendar quarter of 2019, subject to regulatory approvals.Red Label Vacations Inc. says it has signed an agreement to be acquired by the H.I.S. Group subsidiary. H.I.S. has 282 branches in Japan, 275 branches in 158 cities internationally, nearly 17,000 employees worldwide and over ¥600 billion (about Cdn$7.33 billion) in annual sales.H.I.S. is no stranger to the Canadian travel industry. The company acquired a majority stake in Merit in December 2016 and also purchased Jonview Canada from Transat in October 2017 for $44 million.With this new deal, Red Label Vacations will continue to operate as an independent, wholly-owned subsidiary of H.I.S.Completion of the transaction is subject to customary closing conditions, including approval by the Canadian Competition Bureau.More news:  Consolidation in the cruise industry as PONANT set to acquire Paul Gauguin Cruises“It is a very exciting day for our company as this marks the launch of our next phase of growth,” said RedLabel Vacations co-owners Frank DeMarinis, Joe DeMarinis and Enzo DeMarinis.“H.I.S. is committed to supporting our continued growth at home in Canada as well as internationally. We expect that H.I.S.’s support will enable us to enhance our service offerings on both the wholesale and retail fronts and accelerate our growth objectives. We look forward to a very bright future.”H.I.S. Co. Ltd.’s Executive Officer, Global Business Development Division, Hideo Hatano, says the acquisition of Red Label Vacations “is in keeping with our ambitious expansion plan in North America and we look forward to building upon Red Label Vacation’s branding and experience in the Canadian market space to further service the North American market.”The DeMarinis brothers’ long history in the travel industry began in 1983 with Belair Travel. Belair was bought out and brought into the fold of what would later become Thomas Cook Canada.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTThe brothers returned in 2004 and created redtag.ca. In 2013 they acquired the North American segment of Thomas Cook Group plc, later rebranded to TravelBrands. In August 2016, the company acquired itravel2000.com, the second largest OTA in Canada. Share Red Label Vacations to operate as wholly-owned subsidiary of Japan’s H.I.S. Grouplast_img read more

Travel Counsellors named in Sunday Times International Track 200

first_imgTravel Counsellors named in Sunday Times International Track 200Travel Counsellors is celebrating after being named in The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 at the weekend. The independent travel company has been placed 174th in the list which ranks Britain’s mid-market private companies with the fastest-growing international sales. This is the third time the company has received this accolade, after also appearing on the list in 2011 and 2012.The company, which now has over 1400 Travel Counsellors running their own businesses from home across the UK and in its overseas operations in Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa, Australia, the UAE and its most recent expansion into Belgium, has experienced a growth of 180% since it first overseas launch in 2005. The company’s global sales for the financial year end (31 October 2014) were $871m, of which 30% is now generated outside of the UK.Managing Director Steve Byrne comments; “We are thrilled to have been recognised in the list for a third time as it reflects our continued successful growth internationally alongside the commitment of all of our people. We believe and have proved that there is a need for sincere and trusted advisers that place customer care at the centre of their businesses, which is why our model has really been embraced by the international markets we have expanded into. Our travel counsellors and staff deserve the recognition and accolades for being fantastic at what they do.”The Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table ranks companies’ international sales growth over the latest two years of available accounts, with minimum sales of $39m. This accolade follows Travel Counsellors being awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in 2014, the UK’s highest accolade for business success, in recognition of the company’s continued growth and overseas expansion.Byrne adds; “Our continued growth overseas shows we have a proven business model, providing our travel counsellors with the very best support, tools and technology to deliver the highest level of service to their customers. Our international presence also benefits our agents and their customers by building on our global buying power, local knowledge and enabling true 24/7 support. As a result we have almost 70% repeat business and a world-beating 96% customer satisfaction score*, meaning we can offer a secure, safe and extremely promising future to those looking to build a business with the company.”* Travel Counsellors uses the Net Promoter® Score system to measure customer satisfaction. Two weeks after booking all customers are sent a simple question ‘How likely is it that you would recommend your Travel Counsellor to your friends and colleagues?’ Customers can give us a score ranging from 1 to 10. Since Travel Counsellors started measuring our customers’ responses in 2007 it has consistently achieved a world beating score of over 90%, far higher than that achieved by other travel companies and putting it among just a handful of companies worldwide that are rated so highly by their customers. Source = Travel Counsellors – Worldwide click here to join Travel Counsellorslast_img read more

Oil 8509 9239 9574

first_imgOil85.0992.3995.74 Rock & Stock StatsLast Silver Stocks (SIL)24.1224.4524.15 One Month Ago TSX Venture1,300.921,327.811,621.00 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ)23.9423.8831.44 TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange)12,196.8012,273.5712,156.22 Copper3.473.733.44center_img Silver32.1633.8734.58 One Year Ago Dear Reader,Well, just as Doug Casey predicted, Obama won the US election. I wouldn’t make too much of Doug’s successful prediction, as he’s the first to say that these two Obama victories are the only presidential elections he’s predicted correctly.More to the point is the joke going around about two guys watching the election results in a bar, when Obama’s victory is announced. One guy groans: “Four more years!” The other guy cries: “Four more beers!”What’s interesting about this to us is that it reflects investor sentiment. The markets reacted strongly to the election, clearly showing that most investors think another Obama term is bad for the economy. It was striking to see gold and the Dow move so sharply in opposite directions.RealityThe reality – according to Doug and the Casey Brain Trust – is that neither likely winner could stop the train wreck ahead for the economy, so the outcome really didn’t matter.Sure, Obama wasted no time in talking about raising taxes on the rich, which surely only added to investors’ certainty that the president will make things worse. But Romney could have pushed the US into a war much faster, and that would need to be paid for – not that drone-happy Obama is a dove himself.Again, the reality is that even if the differences in rhetoric between Obama and Romney were real, they simply don’t matter compared to the world of hurt pending after decades of mismanagement of the US economy and the post-2008 panic. The stampede has taken the US in completely the wrong direction (dousing the debt bonfire with more easy money), as it has in Europe and Asia as well.All I can really add to this is to remind people of Doug’s mantra for this cycle: buy gold for prudence, gold stocks and other “crisis investing” stocks to speculate for profit, and internationalize yourself to diversify your political risk.PerceptionThat said, perception does move investors, and prices are fixed at the margins, especially during a market mania, which, by definition, divorces prices from underlying value.In this context, the post-electoral perception of increased economic risk is obviously bullish for the financial safe haven of gold. This on top of the probable seasonal increase in gold prices this winter is highly bullish for precious metals stocks in the months ahead – miners and explorers alike. And if we see any black swans alighting during this time, fear and greed could both drive the masses into the only investing sector that offers security and profits.That would be powerful indeed, and we’d see a market mania for the record books.But even if no major black swans upset the house of cards our politicians are desperately trying to hold together amidst a hurricane with an unlimited flow of money-glue… well, there’s still the unlimited flow of money-glue and its necessary consequences, which are bullish for all things real, especially precious metals.There’s also the looming US “fiscal cliff” and all the media circus around the political grandstanding we’ll see in the weeks and months ahead. Indeed, it’s already started. Among the things at stake are sunsetting tax cuts, the lapse of which would hit many middle-class families hard, not just “the rich.” The rhetorical slugfest ahead and its impact on investor perceptions promises to keep markets fear-dominated and volatile. And that too is very bullish for precious metals in the near term.Investors already active in the precious-metals sector seem to realize much of this already. Share prices for good companies that have not run out of cash are up, money is becoming available for project financing, and mergers and acquisitions activity has started heating up again.I’m happy to say that our readers who acted on our recommendations to buy during last summer’s Shopping Season are profiting already, and poised to profit more in the months ahead.What To DoGiven these circumstances, the odds dictate the following general strategies:If you’re long, do not let greed get the better of you: take profits when you have them. You can redeploy them into more stocks if you’re extremely bullish and don’t mind losing your gains, should the market turn in an unexpected way. Or take them out of the game – use them to buy some real asset you want or need. Or whatever else suits your fancy. Just don’t get cocky. Yes, we expect things to continue going up for some time, but no one can say what will be with certainty.If you’re not long, it is not too late. There are great deals out there that have still not rebounded much from last summer’s lows, as well as others that have, but which have material, value-adding developments coming soon. Plus, a rising tide lifts all ships –at least the ones without holes in their hulls.In short, if you’re an investor who’s unhappy with the way the US election turned out, just remember what to do when life hands you lemons – make lemonade. We don’t call the shots, but we can sure do our best to profit and provide for our loved ones based on the trends we see developing.No whining.That’s the investor’s equivalent of being a deer caught in headlights. The deer are not actually caught – if they’d just keep going, they’d almost never get hit at all.The cure for post-election blues is action. If you agree with my analysis above, you know what to do. If you don’t agree, that’s fine – take action based on whatever you see the trends to be. Either course has risks and may or may not work out, but sitting in the headlights is the worst thing you can do.Sincerely,Louis JamesSenior Metals Investment StrategistCasey Research Gold Producers (GDX)50.6752.0860.69 Gold1,738.251,774.001,784.00 Gold and Silver HEADLINESShift in Miners’ Priorities: More Attention to Profit Growth (Ernst & Young)The recently released Mergers, Acquisitions and Capital Raising in the Mining and Metals Sector report by Ernst & Young shows that the overall value of deals completed in the first nine months of 2012 fell 43% year-to-year. The fall is attributed to “turbulent and changing environment of cost inflation, slowing economic growth, heightened geopolitical risk and volatile prices.” The report reveals that these hard conditions have led to a shift in mining companies’ priorities from “growth for growth’s sake” to growth in profits, which includes cost control, credit quality, and focus on shareholder returns.The report says this now means that deals will be more focused on acquisitions that “bring more than market share – such as improved productivity, lower average costs, or improved asset utilization.”This actually sounds quite healthy, in our view. It’s about time more companies focused on good management, and did not just assume higher commodity prices would cover sloppy or reckless policies.Chinese Jewelers Go West for Growth (Reuters)Chinese jewelers are shifting their focus to smaller, inland cities, urged by growing consumer demand for gold. Industry insider Leon Zhao, a consulting director from research firm Frost & Sullivan’s China operations, says “third- and fourth-tier cities are going to be the main engine of China’s jeweler market.” His company believes such cities will account for more than 40% of the country’s total jewelry market by 2015, up from 34% in 2010 and 29% in 2006.Some regional jewelers have already noticed that “in the past two to three years retail outlets in tier three and tier four and in central and western parts of the country have performed better than those in coastal cities.”This trend suggests that China’s gold market is far from being saturated. There are numerous smaller cities that have big potential to consume more gold in the near future, as wealth and spending power increases in these less-developed areas.last_img read more

If you have any interest at all in making the kind

first_img If you have any interest at all in making the kind of money most investors only dream about, you simply have to speculate in today’s junior precious metals explorers.  Historically, they reverse with a vengeance after the kind of extreme overbought conditions we’re seeing today… like Conquistador, which rose 1,874% in 1996… Silverado Mines, which shot up 3,988.5% in 1980, or Golden Scepter, which skyrocketed 7,650% in 1983. To show you why the precious metals sector is on the cusp of rewarding bold speculators with similar gains and how to position yourself to maximize this opportunity, Casey Research is hosting Downturn Millionaires.  This must-see web video event features contrarian investing legends Doug Casey and Rick Rule, who have leveraged beaten-down markets to fortunes multiple times for themselves and their clients… John Mauldin, chairman of Mauldin Economics … Bill Bonner, founder of Agora Publishing… and Casey Research Chief Metals and Mining Investment Strategist Louis James, who will reveal what to look for in a junior mining company, as well as one company with millions of proven ounces of gold in the ground that’s selling at a huge discount. Downturn Millionaires premiers at 2 p.m. on April 8 – to reserve your spot, click here now. Natural resource investors have experienced a tough year. The price of gold bullion has fallen from its 2011 highs and the prices of even good junior companies have been slashed to as little as half of their former valuations. All the more reason to start returning broker phone calls according to David Galland, Casey Research managing director, speaking on the Friday eve of the airing of a webinar he is moderating, featuring some of the biggest names in the industry. The webinar, “Downturn Millionaire: How to Make a Fortune in Beaten-Down Markets,” features Casey Research Founder Doug Casey, Sprott Global Resource Investments Founder Rick Rule, International Speculator Editor Louis James, “Endgame” Author John Mauldin and Diary of a Rogue Economist Editor Bill Bonner. In this interview with The Gold Report, Galland shares the motivation behind assembling this all-star cast for a golden wake-up call. The Gold Report: You are moderating a webinar for Casey Research titled “Downturn Millionaire: How to Make a Fortune in Beaten-Down Markets.” This is going to air on Monday, April 8. It’s an interesting title considering the current state of the precious metals market. Gold hasn’t even flirted with $1,900/ounce ($1,900/oz) since 2011 and dropped below $1,600/oz. Silver fell from $43/oz that same year to below $30/oz. Will this conference deliver the painful message that the bull market is over or do you have some good news for listeners? David Galland: We have some good news. The genesis of the webinar is somewhat interesting. Long-term friend Rick Rule, founder and chairman of Sprott Global Resource Investments Ltd., sent an e-mail saying, “Guys, this is a real market capitulation and one of those rare opportunities to make serious money on the rebound.” The proverbial light went off in our collective heads because we, too, have seen this sort of extreme opportunity several times during our careers. And so we scrambled to pull this webinar together in about a week to help make our subscribers and friends aware of the importance of the market capitulation and how to take full advantage. Simply, this is one of those rare moments when absolutely no one wants anything to do with gold stocks, even though gold bullion itself really hasn’t sold off all that much compared to the gold stocks, which are off by as much as 50%. The overarching purpose of the webinar, therefore, is to serve as a gut check and to help people focus on the opportunity. After all, the global demand for minerals is only going to continue to grow, and the role of precious metals is especially important given the complete lack of monetary and fiscal restraint on the part of the U.S. and other large governments. The role of gold and silver is certainly not over, which points to a huge opportunity because the tremendous apathy and capitulation in the gold share market has knocked even the best companies flat on their backs. TGR: The demand argument makes sense, but were the smart people in this group able to come up with the reason why the stocks are doing so poorly compared to the bullion? DG: We discussed the stocks in depth, starting with the macro-picture for precious metals, and then, by extension, why people want to own the stocks. The speakers had some great insights about why we’ve gotten to this point. Then they focused on what they see ahead for the sector and specific ways to profit as the market bounces back. TGR: One of the featured speakers is Doug Casey, chairman of Casey Research. When we interviewed him in January for “The World According to Doug Casey,” he said “speculation is capitalizing on politically caused distortions in the marketplace.” We’ve had years of quantitative easing, but none of the inflation he predicted. Is the government winning? Is that answered in the webinar? DG: I wouldn’t say we’ve had none of the inflation. The government does its very best to cover it up but we all know that prices have gone up considerably on a lot of things. Look at the basics—foodstuffs, energy and so forth. Are governments winning? No, they are just digging themselves and their respective economies a deeper and deeper hole. That said, you could certainly say that at this stage of the battle, people seem to have forgotten that there’s a connection between money printing and inflation. It is baffling because deconstructing the Great German Inflation and other inflations around the world, it was clear to everyone that money printing was the primary culprit. Yet people seem to have once again forgotten that connection. The faculty in this webinar address the questions of where the inflation is heading, why hasn’t it shown up and what can we expect when we see it. The consensus view among the faculty was that we’re looking at inflation rates in the high double digits and maybe worse within the foreseeable future, maybe not tomorrow, but it will come. Governments around the world seem to think that their economies are like washing machines that can be fixed with a bit of tinkering, but they’ll have serious trouble turning off the money printing machines. Social promises have been made, hundreds of millions of people now rely on governments for the bulk of their sustenance. Yet it’s important to remember that governments don’t actually make anything, except maybe wars. Where is the money going to come from for all these social programs? It’s going to be magically whipped up out of thin air essentially. That will have an effect on the purchasing power of the currency units already in circulation, and it will have a positive effect on the prices of tangibles, most importantly gold and silver. TGR: Participant Bill Bonner, who is the editor of The Diary of a Rogue Economist, also watches macrotrends. Does he see any end to the emergency-of-the-week theme playing out on the global stage? And does he have any suggestions for how investors can protect themselves from the fallout? DG: Bill completely understands the role that gold plays in preserving personal net worth, but doesn’t usually discuss gold shares per se. Even so, in our webinar he said something that really got my attention, “The time to buy these shares is when nobody wants to own them, when even you don’t want to own them.” That struck home with me because I’ve been investing in this market since the 1970s, and long ago I learned that the time you really want to back up the truck is when you have exactly the kind of bombed out markets that we have today. As Bill spoke, it really resonated because I, too, have been ducking calls from my broker, and I have a lot of respect for my broker. Worst of all, my broker is calling me offering me financings on great companies that come with five-year warrants, which is a very rare thing and only seen in periods of complete capitulation. But I didn’t want to take the guy’s calls because of the same mistake a lot of people are making at this point, which is just to assume that the market is dead forever when, in fact, that’s very much not the case. TGR: So when David’s scared, that’s the time to buy. Is that what you’re saying? DG: Well, not so much scared. I just didn’t want to hear about the sector anymore. Listening to this webinar inspired me to spend time looking at stocks of companies that I know have great projects, and great management and cash in the bank. Universally, these great companies have sold off by 50-60% or more. Yet, there is nothing wrong with these companies other than this panic out of the risk-on trades in the junior resource sector. That was a real wake up call. TGR: Webinar speaker John Mauldin, author of Thoughts from the Frontline, predicted, in a November interview with us, “John Mauldin’s Roadmap to Surviving the Fiscal Cliff,” that politicians would find a way around the fiscal cliff that was looming at that time, but he warned that the economy would be in for a bumpy ride. In this webinar, did he have any predictions for when or how things would get better? DG: John jokes that even as a relative pessimist, he looks like an optimist when in the company of the Casey Research team. John still thinks there is the possibility of a political solution to the economic crisis. If there is, I haven’t seen it, and nothing on the horizon looks like it’s going to happen as far as I can see. Despite his cautious optimism, John was absolutely in sync with the rest of the speakers’ opinions about the great contrarian opportunity in gold and the gold share market, an opportunity that most people will miss, but shouldn’t. TGR: Another speaker, International Speculator Editor Louis James, stressed the importance of thinking long term when we interviewed him last September for the article “How Investors Can Protect Themselves in a Politicized Economy.” He said the junior market was looking “bottomish” and it looked like a good time to buy. Will he be mentioning what companies he likes in the webinar? DG: He talks about a couple of companies he likes as examples. He’s also quite adamant about the criteria that people should use in deciding what precious metals shares belong in their portfolio and what shares people should be selling now. The reality is that a good number of these companies will not survive this downturn. If you’re sitting on a company with no cash in the bank, an only so-so project and average management, there’s a reasonable chance it’s going to go to $0 even though it may have already gone down by 50%. In the webinar, Louis covers the specific aspects of companies you want to own in your portfolio and the ones you should lose. It’s an important message because these things are, as Doug Casey likes to say, not family heirlooms but burning matches. And the ones that aren’t going to make it just aren’t going to make it. You have to come to that reality. But the good news is that by rotating into the certain winners you can claw back pretty quickly when the market sentiment shifts, as it most certainly will. TGR: Another one of the webinar speakers, Rick Rule, is a very popular expert with The Gold Reportreaders. When he spoke to our president, Karen Roche, last November for an article titled “Be a Risk Manager, Not a Reward Chaser,” he called gold “catastrophe insurance.” Does he have any specific advice for how investors should adjust their portfolios in a downturn? DG: I would say similar to Louis, his message is very clear. There are definitely companies that aren’t going to make it, and then there are companies that are going to make it and make it in a very big way. It was interesting because I’ve known Rick for a couple of decades now and I have seen him give a lot of presentations, but he was very vocal in pointing to an urgency in this market that most people are missing. Rick, Louis, Doug and all of the people on this webinar are really on the same page about this. Investors need a wakeup call. They need to really be paying attention at this moment because it’s one of those rare, once-in-a-generation opportunities to, as John Mauldin says, get in front of a bubble. We’ve seen this before. We saw this in July 1982, another classic capitulation with gold falling from over $800/oz in 1980 to below $350/oz. As you might imagine, the gold shares were completely sold off with the volume on the Canadian stock exchanges falling to next to nothing. But then there were a couple of discoveries in the Hemlo district of Canada, coinciding with a rally in gold, and the market skyrocketed. One of the companies involved in a Hemlo discovery, Golden Sceptre, went from a low of $0.41/share up to $31/share in about a year. Another, Goliath Gold, went from $0.45/share in March 1982 to $32/share in March 1983, an increase of over 7,000%. That sort of opportunity is pretty much only available following periods of market capitulation such as we are experiencing today. People have forsaken reason, and they don’t want to know about gold stocks. That alone should point the way to a classic contrarian opportunity where pretty much everybody who is going to sell has sold, leaving only one way to move—up—for the companies with the right combination of attributes to survive. TGR: So as painful as this has been for all of us over the last couple of years, after listening to these speakers, are you ready to say you welcome a down market for the opportunity it affords? DG: Absolutely. And as I said, it was a complete wakeup call for me. Until participating in the webinar, I had completely stopped paying attention to the sector. Now I am completely re-engaged and talking to my broker again. TGR: Thank you for taking the time to talk to us. DG: It was nice to be with you.last_img read more

From sports drinks to protein powders from compre

first_imgFrom sports drinks to protein powders, from compression therapy to cupping — there’s a whole industry of products and services designed to help us adapt to and recover from exercise.But does any of it work? That’s the question science writer Christie Aschwanden set out to answer in her new book, Good to Go: What the Athlete in All of Us Can Learn from the Strange Science of Recovery.A former high school and college athlete, Aschwanden is the lead science writer for the website fivethirtyeight and was previously a health columnist for The Washington Post.She notes that recovery wasn’t given much consideration back when she was coming up. Now, however, times have changed and recovery is “something that you do — and almost with as much gusto as the workouts themselves,” she says.Aschwanden’s book examines the physiology behind different recovery methods and also offers an assessment of their effectiveness. Ultimately, she notes, the best form of recovery may be an old-fashioned one: listening to your own body.”The most important skill that any athlete can develop is a sense of how their body is responding to exercise,” she says. “How they’re responding to their workouts; how they’re feeling; what it feels like for them to be recovered or underrecovered.”Interview HighlightsOn sports drinks that have electrolytes”Electrolytes” is just a scientific name for salts. These are things that we get in all of the food that we eat. … And so, the idea is that when you’re exercising, you’re sort of creating these extraordinary needs, and … so you need to replace these salts that you’re sweating out. When you sweat, you do lose some salts. You lose fluids. So the idea behind sports drinks is that they’re replacing those. …There are products now that will promise to find your individual sweat rate and individual salt-loss rate, but it turns out you don’t need a scientist looking over your shoulder to figure out how much you need to drink, or how much salt you need after exercise. Our bodies have this really sophisticated mechanism for helping us determine this — and it’s called thirst.On the danger of overhydratingWe’ve been given this message for so long — and so much of it is marketing — this idea that … you have to always be drinking and hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. But it turns out that this just isn’t true. This idea and this concept that we have to be drinking even when we’re not thirsty has led to this problem that can actually be deadly. It’s called hyponatremia. It’s also called water intoxication, but this is something where people drink too much water and they end up diluting their blood to the point where they have all sorts of issues, including your brain can swell. And it can actually be fatal. …I don’t want to make anyone feel like, “Oh, my gosh, I just drank a glass of water, was I really thirsty? Like, am I going to get hyponatremia and die?” That’s not what we’re talking about. And we’re talking about people who are drinking on the order of, like, multiple glasses of water per hour — in particular, while exercising. But really, if you’re not thirsty you don’t need to drink. It really is that simple.There have been multiple people now who have died in marathons from drinking too much. And one of the things that makes this really scary is that some of the symptoms of overhydration look very similar to the things that we think of as being symptoms of dehydration. So for instance, dizziness, confusion, fatigue things like this. And so, in some cases, what’s happened is you have someone who collapses at a race and they’re given an IV and given more fluids, which is exactly the wrong thing at that point for them.On the genesis of Power Bars and what to eat after a workoutReally the idea in the beginning was to create a food that would be convenient for athletes — something to eat after a workout that was easy to grab, easy on the stomach and all of that. But in the intervening years, there’s been sort of this push to think that this is absolutely the necessary thing that you must eat, and that there must be some important component or some important nutrient … that you really need. …There’s nothing inherently wrong with these products — I’ll just say that upfront. They tend to have pretty good nutrients and ingredients for what you need after a workout. But there’s nothing particularly special about them either, except that they’re convenient. … You can have an energy bar or you could have a banana, or you could have a peanut butter and jelly sandwich — which apparently is the food of choice in the NBA. … But the idea that you have to have something that’s a packaged product just doesn’t hold water.On icing after workouts to reduce sorenessThe idea behind icing is that it’s a way to reduce inflammation. When you ice something, you are reducing the blood flow to that area. So basically, if your extremity gets cold, your body sort of shunts the blood into the core to try and keep you warm. During this time, when the blood flow is less to that area, you’re getting less circulation of these inflammatory things that are part of the inflammatory process. The idea here is that you’re going to reduce inflammation and that was, for a long time, really considered a good thing. …Now the thinking [in terms of icing to reduce soreness] is really changing. … We’ve learned that inflammation is actually a really important part of the training response. If you are doing exercise in hopes of getting fitter, faster, stronger, you really need inflammation. You need that inflammatory process. You need your immune system bringing in these inflammatory things that are coming in to make those repairs. So the inflammation process is actually the repair process. Without it, you’re not going to get the same adaptations to exercise that you would otherwise.On the problem with taking ibuprofen before and after a workoutIt’s really common that athletes will take it prophylactically. So they’ll take it before a workout or before a race even. One scenario where it’s really popular is among ultramarathoners. So these are people that are running, say, 50 or 100 or even more miles, and they will take these drugs during the event or before.I remember back in my high school track days, one of my teammates was popping ibuprofen before practice every day. And I know now after researching this book that that’s a pretty bad idea. And there are a couple of reasons for that. The first is that again, [in terms of exercise], inflammation is your friend. If you’re working out, that is how your body repairs itself. So there’s actually some pretty intriguing evidence that taking ibuprofen can impair the repair process from an injury. And that refers both to the type of microinjury that you get from a hard workout — the little damage to your muscle that your body comes in and repairs, and that’s what makes you stronger. But also to injuries like, say, a sprained ankle and things like this. So taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug or taking ibuprofen can actually impede the healing process. I don’t think anyone wants to do that.At the same time, I will say, though, if you’re in a lot of pain these are really good painkillers. And that’s probably a good reason to take it. But you want to limit it, and … you only want to take it when you really, really need that pain relief — and not [with] an expectation that you’re going to feel pain.Sam Briger and Mooj Zadie produced and edited the audio of this interview. Bridget Bentz and Molly Seavy-Nesper adapted it for the Web. Copyright 2019 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air.last_img read more

In what would likely become the most restrictive a

first_imgIn what would likely become the most restrictive abortion ban in the country, the Alabama House Tuesday passed a bill that would make it a crime for doctors to perform abortions at any stage of a pregnancy, unless a woman’s life is threatened. The legislation is part of a broader anti-abortion strategy to prompt the U.S. Supreme Court to reconsider the right to abortion. Republican state Rep. Terri Collins of Decatur, Ala. defended her “Human Life Protection Act” during, at times, contentious debate on the House floor. “This bill is focused on that baby that’s in the womb that is a person,” Collins said. “That baby, I believe, would choose life.” Democratic lawmakers walked out in protest before the final 74 to 3 vote. During debate, they questioned the motive for an abortion ban in a state that’s refused to expand Medicaid. “I do support life, but there are some people that just support birth they don’t support life,” said Democratic Rep. Merika Coleman of Birmingham, Ala. “Because after a child is born there are some things that need to happen. We need to make sure that child has adequate health care,” Coleman said.Other states, including neighboring Georgia and Mississippi, have passed laws that prohibit abortion once a fetal heartbeat can be detected. But Alabama’s ban would apply even earlier.”When a woman is pregnant, an abortion is no longer legal,” says Collins, explaining the bill. The bill criminalizes abortion, meaning doctors would face felony jail time up to 99 years if convicted. The only exceptions are for a serious health risk to the pregnant woman, or a lethal anomaly of the fetus. There are no exceptions for cases of rape or incest. A woman would not be held criminally liable for having an abortion.Collins says the bill follows a constitutional amendment approved by Alabama voters last year that recognizes the “rights of unborn children.” It defies the U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision that protects a woman’s right to abortion.”This bill is simply about Roe v. Wade,” says Collins. “The decision that was made back in 1973 would not be the same decision that was decided upon today if you relooked at the issue.” Her bill cites abolition, the civil rights movement and women’s suffrage as justification for establishing the human rights of a fetus. Alabama is one of more than two dozen states seeking to restrict abortion rights this year, testing federal legal precedent that prevents states from banning abortion before the point at which a fetus could survive outside the womb. Alabama Pro-Life Coalition President Eric Johnston says there’s a reason there’s so much activity now.”The dynamic has changed,” Johnston says. “The judges have changed, a lot of changes over that time, and so I think we’re at the point where we need to take a bigger and a bolder step.” The bold move to outlaw nearly all abortions is drawing protests from abortion rights advocates. A coalition called Unite for Reproductive and Gender Equity demonstrated outside the Alabama statehouse last month. “This bill is an awful piece of grandstanding,” said Amanda Reyes of Tuscaloosa, Ala. She’s president of the Yellowhammer Fund, a group that helps women pay for abortions. “If you make abortion illegal somewhere that doesn’t mean that abortion goes away,” says Reyes. “It just becomes more difficult and more dangerous to access.” The bill is expected to win final passage in the Republican majority Alabama Senate. The ACLU of Alabama says it will sue if the abortion ban becomes law. Executive Director Randall Marshall says the bill is unconstitutional. “There is simply nothing that Alabama can do to interfere with the right of access to abortion,” Marshall says. “That is a federal right and the Federal Constitution clearly trumps all state law.” With two Trump appointees now on the U.S. Supreme Court, anti-abortion forces are optimistic that judicial interpretation could be reversed. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more