Bayern Munich goalkeeper Neuer: Liverpool are vulnerableby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer believes Champions League last-16 opponents Liverpool are vulnerable.The German giants have been struggling domestically this season, while Jurgen Klopp’s Reds are top of the Premier League.However, Neuer remains confident Bayern can get the job done over last season’s finalists.He told the club’s official website: “They’re having a very good season and we know they were in the Champions League final last year. “They certainly won’t be delighted with the draw, either. “They can counter quickly and they’re dangerous in front of goal, but they’re also vulnerable, as we’ve seen, and they’ll be up against a good Bayern attack.”It’ll be a great game both at Liverpool and also at home at the Allianz Arena.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
Leicester boss Rodgers fumes: Mane made most of itby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Brendan Rodgers was furious with the way Sadio Mane won Liverpool’s matchwinning penalty on Saturday.Mane was brought down in stoppage time after a mix up between Albrighton and goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel before James Milner calmly slotted from 12 yards to give the hosts a huge victory that extends their winning run in the league to 17 games, dating back to March.Rodgers felt aggrieved by Chris Kavanagh’s decision to award the penalty kick, saying: “I think he has made the most of the contact.”Strikers now, they are clever. He has had a touch and gone over. If the referee didn’t give it I don’t think anyone would have said it was a clear and obvious error. “To concede a 95 minute penalty was difficult to take. I thought we deserved a point. You come to the European champions and you have to be resilient and deal with pressure and show your own qualities. I felt we did that.”I thought we could go on and win the game. We conceded a goal when we were in control. I thought it was a very soft penalty, not clear and obvious that is for sure but when the referee gives it it is hard for the VAR to go against it. “But I am very proud of the team and the personality we showed. To come here and be that competitive, it shows we are very much on the right path.”You have to have that [doggedness]. Any of the best teams always has a balance.”You come to a stadium that is one of the most difficult in Europe, in terms of momentum. We were able to turn the momentum around for us. “You have to have all types. Today we had to have that persistence and perseverance but when we had spells with the ball, we looked creative and we had a threat. “We looked like we could maybe get in front in the game. It wasn’t to be but I am proud of coming to here and bringing a team to compete at that level.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
U.S. stocks climbed Thursday after the Wall Street Journal reported that U.S. officials could reduce the new tariffs on Chinese imports as part of trade negotiations between the two countries. It was the latest in a series of potentially conflicting updates on the trade dispute.On Thursday:The S&P 500 index rose 19.86 points, or 0.8 per cent, to 2,635.96.The Dow Jones Industrial Average gained 162.94 points, or 0.7 per cent, at 24,370.10.The Nasdaq composite added 49.77 points, or 0.7 per cent, to 7,084.46.The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks climbed 12.55 points, or 0.9 per cent, to 1,467.25.For the week:The S&P 500 is up 39.70 points, or 1.5 per cent.The Dow is up 374.15 points, or 1.6 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 112.99 points, or 1.6 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 19.86 points, or 1.4 per cent.For the year:The S&P 500 is up 129.11 points, or 5.2 per cent.The Dow is up 1,042.64 points, or 4.5 per cent.The Nasdaq is up 449.19 points, or 6.8 per cent.The Russell 2000 is up 118.69 points, or 8.8 per cent.The Associated Press
The big question right now is whether LeBron James will stay with the Miami Heat or return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Despite the fact that his departure from the latter in 2010 seemed to have burned a few bridges, some fans appear to have forgiven James and are hoping for his return.How likely is James to return to Ohio? That’s a difficult question, but we can try to get a rough sense from betting markets. The Cavs and the Heat aren’t the only contenders. Here’s an average of the latest betting lines on where James will play next season, converted into probabilities:Oddsmakers seem to think James is about a 50-50 bet to stay with the Heat. Cleveland has some hope, and the remaining teams not much. But if history is any indicator, both Miami and Cleveland might have reason to worry.James had to make a similar decision in 2010, and betting markets didn’t get that one right.Bettors thought James would stay put in 2010 as well. But the difference in spread is notable. Based on these numbers, bettors are 11 percent more confident in his loyalty than they were in 2010. The second most likely options in both scenarios make up for this difference, with the Chicago Bulls at a 24 percent chance in 2010 and the Cavs at a 16 percent chance currently.Just like these betting sites, we’ve had mixed success in predicting James’s moves. Until his announcement, it’s worth considering that maybe we don’t know the MVP quite as well as we think we do.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#HurricaneSeason, #magneticmedianews, #TropicalStormJose, #TropicalStormKatia Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUPDATE: The National Hurricane Center has advised that Tropical Storm Jose, with maximum sustained winds of 60mph, is close to hurricane strength. At present, TS Jose continues to gain strength in the Atlantic Ocean and is likely to become the fifth hurricane of the 2017 Hurricane season by tonight.Closely following is Tropical Storm Katia, who is moving little in the southwest Gulf of Mexico but is also forecasted to become a hurricane.As many brace themselves for Hurricane Irma, and others already experiencing the devastation from it, Jose is approximately 1,200 miles East of the Lesser Antilles and is moving west-northwest at 15-20 mph.Magnetic Media will continue to update you as more information comes in from the met office.Story By: Kay-Marie Fletcher Bad weather for Bahamas & TCI ahead of Hurricane Irma Caribbean countries readying for Irma, TS Jose forms today Hurricane Ike strike on TCI was nine year ago Recommended for you
The largest increases were again in Skagway and the Denali Borough, where the remainder of tourism-related activity wound down. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska’s total employment was down by an estimated 0.9 percent in November compared to November 2016, a loss of about 2,800 jobs. Oil and gas jobs were down by 7.8 percent and construction by 4.8 percent. Health care was the only industry to add jobs. Transportation, warehousing, and utilities remained at the same level as last year, as did local government. Federal jobs were down 0.7 percent and state government 2.4 percent. Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 7.2 percent, where it has been since August. The comparable national rate for November was 4.1 percent. According to a release from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, as employment losses continue, they have moderated noticeably in the second half of 2017. Alaska’s not-seasonally adjusted rate was 7.1 percent, up four-tenths of a percentage point from October, an expected increase as winter sets in. Unemployment rates went up in 24 of 29 boroughs and census areas. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-unemployment-for-Nov-reader-for-Tuesday.mp3VmJennifer-unemployment-for-Nov-reader-for-Tuesday.mp300:00RPd
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska State Troopers arrested a Soldotna man following a vehicle pursuit off Gaswell Road on April 11, at 8:50 p.m. McAdoo was remanded at Wildwood Pretrial Facility and held with no bail pending arraignment. According to the online dispatch, McAdoo failed to stop for troopers and a pursuit ensued. He was stopped after spike strips were deployed. The outstanding warrant was for fail to appear at arraignment, the original charges being theft 4th and violation of conditions of release. Troopers attempted to stop a black 1999 Volkswagen off Gaswell Road to serve an outstanding arrest warrant on the driver, Dakota Lynn McAdoo, age 25. McAdoo was arrested for Fail to Stop at the Direction of a Peace Officer 1st and Assault 3rd, for placing his passenger in fear of serious physical injury by his reckless driving.
WILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between October 11, 2018 and October 17, 2018:Thursday, October 11Philip P. Perry (63, Wilmington) was arrested for OUI Liquor (2nd Offense); Marked Lanes Violation; and Failure To Signal. (9:26am)Friday, October 12Erick J. Benson (41, Worcester) was arrested on a warrant. (9:26am)Saturday, October 13Giovannie Williams (30, Dorchester) was arrested for Operating A Motor Vehicle With A Suspended License (Subsequent Offense) and Speeding In Violation Of A Special Regulation. (2:22am)Sunday, October 14NoneMonday, October 15NoneTuesday, October 16NoneWednesday, October 17None(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 4 Arrests & Issue 3 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 4 Arrests & Issues 3 SummonsesIn “Police Log”
Miscreants snatch a ballot box from the voting centre at Shohagpur Dakhin Government Primary School at Ashuganj in Brahmanbaria-2 constituency. Later two youths recovered the ballot box and brought it back to the polling station. Photo: Shahadat HossainVoting in the 11th national election concluded at 4pm on Sunday amid allegations of irregularities, including overnight stuffing of ballot boxes and capturing of polling stations, and violence in different parts of the country, leaving 13 people dead, reports UNB.In Noakhali, Nurun Nabi, an Ansar member, was shot dead by some miscreants at Tulachara Primary School polling station of Noakhali-3 constituency, said presiding officer professor Suchon Chowdhury.In Chattogram, Ahmed Kabir, 45, an activist of Jatiya Party, was killed in a clash between Awami League and Jatiya Party activists in Banskhali upazila early in the morning.In Rangamati, Bashir Uddin, general secretary of Kashkhali union Jubo League unit, was killed in an attack allegedly by some BNP activists at Kashkhali union in Kaukhali upazila in the morning.In Cumilla, Bachchu Mia, 35, a resident of Sundial village in Nangalkot upazila, was killed in a clash between the supporters of AL and BNP in the morning, said district police special branch sub-inspector Mahbub Morshed.Besides, a rickshaw-puller, Muzibur Rahman, 35, son of Sujat Ali of Muradnagar village of the upazila, was killed in a clash between ruling Awami League and BNP men at Paschim Belashwar village in Chandian upazila.In Rajshahi, Merajul Islam, 30, son of late Abdus Sattar and an Awami League supporter, was killed in a clash between BNP and AL men in Pakuria Government High School centre in Jahanabad union of Mohanpur upazila around 11am over capturing a polling centre of Rajshahi-3 constituency, said Rajshahi district police superintendent Shahidullah.Besides, Modasser Ali, 40, organising secretary of Awami League No-8 ward in Panchandar union of Tanore upazila, was killed in a clash between BNP and Awami League men over capturing Mohammadpur High School polling station of Rajshahi-1 constituency, said officer-in-charge Rezaul Islam of Tanore police station.In Tangail, police recovered the body of BNP ward unit president Abdul Aziz, 65, who remained missing since Saturday from Nagda Shimla area in Gopalpur upazila.In Natore, Hussain Ali, an Awami League supporter, was stabbed to death by his nephew Ratan Fakir following an altercation over casting vote at Samskholsi village in Naldanga upazila.In Narsingdi, Milon Miah, 35, an Awami League polling agent, was hacked and slaughtered allegedly by supporters of opposition (independent) candidate at Kundarpara Primary School centre of Shibpur of Narsingdi-3 constituency around 12:30am, said Abul Kalam Azad, officer-in-charge of Shibpur police station.In Bogura, Awami League activist Azizul Islam, 30, was killed and five others injured in a clash between AL and BNP activists at Bagil polling station in Kahalu upazila around 11:3am over capturing polling station, said Paikor union parishad chairman Mitu Chowdhury.In Brahmanbaria, Israil, 19, son of Sayedul Islam of Rajghar village in Sadar upazila, was shot dead and three others suffered bullet wounds ‘in police firing’ during a clash between supporters of AL and BNP at Rajghar Government Primary School polling centre of Brahmanbaria-3 constituency.In Cox’s Bazar, Abdullah Al Faruque, 25, son of Abul Kalam of Rajakhali union in Pekua upazila, was killed in a clash between BNP and AL men in Rajakhali Government Primary School polling station of Cox’s Bazar-1 constituency around 10am, said Tanzir Hossain, officer-in-charge Pekua police station.Voting was suspended at Sharifpur Primary School centre of Begumganj upazila under Noakhali-3 constituency and Nawabpur Government Primary School centre under Noakhali-1 in the early morning as miscreants snatched ballots and election materials from there.In Satkhira, four people were injured in a clash between BNP and Awami League supporters in Dhalbaria polling station in Satkhira-2 constituency in Sadar upazila around 10am.In the capital, BNP candidate for Dhaka-4 constituency Md Salahuddin Ahmed was hacked allegedly by ruling party activists when he went to cast his vote at Shyampur Model High School voting centre in the morning.Meanwhile, 22 Jatiya Oikya Front candidates and one independent contestant have announced to boycott the election, citing various irregularities, including vote rigging and capturing of polling stations by ruling party men.They made the announcement halfway through as they alleged that ruling party men captured polling stations, rigged votes and barred voters from casting votes in their constituencies.Situation in capitalGrand Alliance candidate Rashed Khan Menon, BNP candidate Mirza Abbas and Md Eunus Ali Akando of Jatiya Party are contesting the election from the Dhaka-8 parliamentary seat.However, no Jatiya Oikya Front supporters were seen around these polling centres though few supporters of the JaPa candidate were seen. Female voters’ presence was remarkable until 9:30am.”I’m so happy to cast my vote without any fear. I hope this peaceful environment will prevail till the end,” Nishat Tasnuva, a first-time voter, told UNB after casting her vote at Shantinagar Ideal School centre.The presence of voters at Mirza Abbas Mohila Degree College in the city’s Shahjahanpur area was huge. Some voters said they faced difficulties in finding out their exact polling booths to cast their votes due to the absence of representatives of candidates who were supposed to guide the voters.Presiding officer at Mahbub Ali Institute in Shahjahanpur Ashiqul Islam told UNB that some 35 per cent votes were cast by 12pm. “Law enforcement agencies are very active. I hope this peaceful environment will remain until the end of voting.”Ainul Kabir, presiding officer at Siddheswari Boys’ Higher Secondary School centre in the city, told UNB that they did not receive any complaint from anybody and voters cast their votes with much enthusiasm.Visiting MDC Model Institute in Mirpur, the UNB correspondent found that there was no agent of BNP in the polling centre.When a BNP agent tried to enter the polling station, Awami League supporters chased him. As the BNP agent took shelter in a club of Agrani Kalyan Samiti, the AL supporters beat him up.The AL men also snatched a mobile phone of a reporter as he took photo of the incident, said witnesses.At Ekramunnesa Degree College centre which is an all-female one, voter presence was satisfactory, said Ahsan Ullah, presiding officer of the centre.”Around 300-400 votes have been cast here since morning,” he said.Iqra Bangladesh School and College, another nearby centre, saw voter turnout of above 20 per cent in the morning.Anisur Rahman, presiding officer of the centre, said, “Overall voting has been peaceful so far, I pray for remaining till the end.”South Point School and College had an impressive turnout since morning similar to previous centres.A UNB correspondent found no agent of BNP in any of the centres while visiting those.The turnout of voters was good in the polling centres but no representative from BNP or Jatiya Oikya Front was seen.During the visit of Nakhalpara Primary School polling centre (female) at 9:15am, it was found that about 250 votes were cast out of 2,521.Presiding officer of the centre Mamun Rashid said the agents of AL, Jatiya Party and Islami Andolon Bangladesh were present in his centre. But no agent from BNP came to his centre.Presiding officer of a male centre at the same school Alimur Rahman said about 350 votes were cast till 9:20 am.He also said the agents of different parties, including AL, except BNP were present in his centre.The same scenario was found in Tejgaon Civil Aviation Centre in Shahinbagh area. The school housed a total of 10 booths with 9,888 voters.Where top leaders cast voteAwami League president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina cast vote at Dhaka City College centre in the capital at 8am, while Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader cast his vote at Udayan Kindergarten centre in Basurhat municipality under Noakhali-5 constituency at 8:50am.Jatiya Oikya Front chief Kamal Hossain cast vote at Viqarunnisa Noon School and College centre in the capital around 8:56am and BNP general secretary Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir cast his vote at the Thakurgaon Government Girls’ School around 8:30 am.
EdFEST, an annual event that showcases the city’s many public school options (PK3 through 12th grade)will kick off Nov. 22 at the D.C. Armory, located at 2001 East Capitol St. S.E. from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking for the event is free. Participants can meet representatives from more than 175 DCPS and public charter schools, find out, first hand, about each school’s programs and services, including special education and services for English Language Learners (ELLs), learn about My School DC, the online common lottery, and get a hands-on introduction to the lottery process from My School DC staff, explore social and educational programs from city agencies and enjoy recreational activities for all.The D.C. Department of Health, Department of Parks and Recreation, Public Library will participate as well. Interpretation in sign language, Spanish, Amharic, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and French will be available throughout the day.
Kolkata: In a bid to avert any incident of fire, the state government is taking all necessary moves to ensure a “hogla pata free” Gangasagar Mela in 2019.Gangasagar Mela in Sagar Island takes place in January every year, in which lakhs of pilgrims from all over the country turn up to take holy dip at the confluence of river Ganga.The state government initiates the necessary planning from September onwards to ensure a safe and secure Gangasagar Mela and a meeting with the Chief Secretary was already held in Nabanna in the last week. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources said that following direction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, initiatives have been taken to make the mela “hogla pata free”. Usually, hogla leaves are used in making makeshift accommodation facilities for people who visit the place during the mela.More than 1,000 huts are required to be set up every year for accommodation of the people. But it has been pointed out that the hogla leaves highly inflammable. There was also an incident of a small fire at the Gangasagar Mela in 2017. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe matter came up in the meeting that was held in Nabanna last week and the concerned authorities have started carrying out the necessary work to find out an alternate material, using which the huts can be made.”Engineers of the Public Health Engineering (PHE) department, the modal department to organise the mela, are carrying out a study to finalise the material that can be used to construct the makeshift huts,” said a senior state government official, adding that it was initially thought that corrugated tin can be used to build the huts. “But it would not be that safe as it is a good conductor of electricity. Since many wires need to be laid to transmit power to the makeshift structures, using corrugated tin would not be a good option,” the official said. He further added that the PHE engineers are trying to find out a fire retardant material that can be used to construct the huts.Makeshift accommodation facilities are set up for senior administrative and police officers, media persons, volunteers and pilgrims. Hogla leaf huts lined up one after the other had been a common feature of the mela for ages. Now, with the initiative taken by the state government, it would be a safer and more secure mela for the pilgrims.
If you feel more comfortable in your denims, invest in a comfortable pair of jogg jeans or zero gravity jeans and pair them with the check shirts or solid hues of polo t-shirts, suggest experts. Invest in a pair of jogg jeans which is one of the revolutionary inventions in the denim industry, with a wide range to choose from. Be it cuffed or straight hem, a draw string waist or a normal waist. These can be worn with checkered or solid shirts or can be matched with polo t-shirts. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfZero gravity jeans are another option if you are looking for something weightless and super comfortable in every position. The fabric is specially designed in lighter gsm (grams per square metre) and are so compact that it looks like normal denim but gives the comfort of a chino.These can be paired with your semi formals and can also be worn to the office with linen blend shirts to hit the club in the evening.Coloured jeans is a new extension to an indigo wardrobe. Available in many hues, they wash well and look amazing. Team it with shirts or t-shirts in solids, stripes and checks. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveShow your man ankles. Try the coolest new trend in denim fits. Slim fit jeans these days have a cropped length that’s urban, playful, trendy and real easy to go with your plain coloured t-shirt and trendy white sneakers.Cuff your skinny jeans as the 1980’s fun time is back. Excess jeans length going under your shoes is not in trend now. Instead, roll them up or give them two neat folds which would be a perfect relaxed look for this summer.Loose jeans is completely out of trend and long gone and forgotten. Get into skinny fit jeans paired with a slim fit shirt and loafers. This look would be perfect for an evening with friends or family.Black is here to stay. They are never out of fashion. With athleisure fashion taking center stage, black jeans in all its shades are the must-haves for this season.
To unify the art, craft, and culture of Panjab (Punjab) in its true essence and spirit, 2019 brings with it the sixth edition of Mela Phulkari – which revolves around ‘Awakening of Panjab’ (Jaago Panjab). The festival will go on until February 17, 10 am – 8 pm, at India Habitat Centre.Mela Phulkari is an organic extension of 1469, the conceptual brand which showcases Panjab through its eclectic range of products that reflect Punjab and Punjabiyat in every piece. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking about the 6th edition, Harinder Singh and Kirandeep Kaur, co-founders of 1469 said, “Time has come for Panjab to wake up and face 2019 head-on, and show the world what it is capable of.” The word ‘Jaago’ is also synonymous with a wedding tradition of waking up the community of a new bride as she readies to enter a new phase of life.” The curator of the Mela, Dr Alka Pande, highlighted how women have held an important position within the social and cultural life of Panjab since time immemorial. “Along with the tradition of musical performance of Jaago, phulkari is synonymous with the new bride, who not just inherits her mother’s phulkari, but also learns the craft from her,” added Pande. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive “2019 is also the year when we celebrate 550 years of Guru Nanak Dev ji’s coming,” Harinder further said in a statement. “Guru Nanak was a revolutionary of his times as he brought about an awakening in the society with his concept of no rituals, no superstitions, no caste, no aayo, woman remarriage, hard work, sharing, and langar. And we, at Mela Phulkari want to highlight the beauty and importance of our first Guru’s teachings,” she stated. These strong topics are being converted into a series of art installations brought together by various designers along with the team of 1469. Each work of art has a story to narrate through the theme of #JaagoPanjab. Like the previous years, we intend to release edition of our Mela Phulkari Journal highlighting these themes through short stories, articles, and poems, informed Harinder. “In this journey of Mela Phulkari, we have been able to not only sensitise the audience to the story of Phulkari but in the process mobilise the rural women of Panjab towards progress and self-reliance,” mentioned the 1469 team. Mela Phulkari 6 has its own unique vocabulary. The overarching idea is Jaago of Panjab, which is manifested in the first-morning cry of the cock. The twelve installations are symbolic of the ‘baramasas’ or twelve months, which have been eulogized by the poets and painters over the aeons. Five beautiful and antique pieces of jewelry have been painstakingly painted in great detail on “Taat” (jute) showcasing the opulence and fertility for a new bride, beautiful “Dolus” encrusted in gold representing the prized tradition of milkmen going to every single house of the neighborhood and delivering fresh milk each day, the Kukkad as the symbolic representation of ‘Jaago Panjab’, the Pakhi (fan) covered in antique Phulkari bagh, in a way stirring movement (Jaago Panjab) – the installation in this edition open doors to the real Punjab. On February 10, don’t forget be a part of cultural programme with celebrities like Imtiaz Ali, Harshdeep Kaur, and Jassi Jasbir who will be singing and dancing to the beats of Bhangra. The cultural extravaganza will begin 3 pm onward.
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 Share Travelweek Group SANTA CLARITA — Princess Cruises has created a new department specially designed for group shore excursions that both travel agents and guests can access.The department centres around Princess Cruises’ ‘Local Connections’ program, tapping the knowledge of destination experts and locals for creative feedback and suggestions for shore excursions. Using ‘Local Connections’ the department can better cater to a group’s interest and personalize excursions for those passengers. Both the onboard team and the shore team will work together to ensure seamless organization and execution, says the cruise line.“Getting out to truly experience the magnificent destinations around the world as a group is one of the many ways Princess can introduce guests to the world’s most memorable destinations,” said Bruce Krumrine, Princess Cruises Vice President of Shore Excursions. “We offer competitive net pricing and a wide array of excursion options through the personal assistance of our destination experts. Through our Local Connections program, we continue to innovate our tour experiences ashore and our groups team will take full advantage of the suggestions and creativity of those partners that know the destination best.”More news: Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJThe department works with both small (six to 15 passengers) and large (16 passengers or more) groups including family reunions, sports, church, special interest groups and more. Private cars, vans, transfers and boats are available and the department can accommodate a variety of budgets. Customized tours arranged through travel agents are commissionable.Sample tours include:A Michelin Restaurant Experience: A Cooking Class at Kokkeriet – Located on a corner in Nyborder, Copenhagen, Kokkeriet is a gourmet restaurant that was awarded one Michelin star in 2006. A modern European cuisine, Kokkeriet uses fresh ingredients of the season with the menu changed monthly. With the chef, guests learn about the techniques used to create Michelin quality food; the raw materials used; their background and personal story; and enjoy the ‘home made’ meal with Michelin wines matching the menu.Phillip Island Penguin Tour by Helicopter – Touring in a ranger, guests explore Melbourne’s bayside coastline and the Mornington Peninsula en route to Phillip Island, with about 45 square miles to view the home of seals, koalas, mutton birds and the largest colony of little penguins in existence. Guests can see the packs, sometimes 300 strong ‘rafts’ of penguins, to protect them from predatory sharks and seals. After, passengers can enjoy a meal at a local restaurant with homegrown ingredients before returning to Melbourne and the ship on a private vehicle.More news: War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upFor more details e-mail GroupShoreExcursions@princesscruises.com. Posted by Tags: Princess Cruises, Wave Season << Previous PostNext Post >> Princess upgrades group shore excursions with ‘Local Connections’
No related posts. Costa Rica will grow 4 percent this year, a lower figure than the 4.6 achieved last year and the 4.8 expected for 2013 by the Central Bank.The World Bank released this week its annual report of Global Economic Prospects, which forecasts that the country will see the third-best economic performance in Central America, surpassed by Panama, whose economy is expected to grow 7.5 percent, and Nicaragua, expected to register 4.2 percent growth.The analysis notes that the “dependence of Costa Rica on the U.S. and Europe is a factor in the reduction of national growth,”and also that “the fall in the dollar exchange rate caused contraction of growth, especially in the export sector.”The bank forecasts that El Salvador’s economy will experience the least growth in the region, with 2.3 percent.Central America’s economic performance is expected to slow somewhat due to a relatively weak U.S. economy. A modest recovery in the U.S. housing sector will provide some support to remittances, although sluggish improvement in labor markets and lower net migration to the U.S. will keep remittance growth subdued, the report added. Facebook Comments
August 16, 2013This continues our report from 8/14/2013 about the creation of bronze bells.Before reassembling the flask, the artisans use a hollow metal tube to perforate the top of the negative bell impression and then, using a spoon, they carve a small concave circle around the top of the bell, as we see Rawaf doing in the picture to the left. This allows for a smoother pouring of the bronze into the mold.[photos and text by Soleri archive intern Julia Dorn-Giarmoleo]In the meantime, the furnace where the bronze is melted gets loaded up. Here is Andy putting unusable bells and other pieces of scrap bronze in the furnace to be melted down and re-used.The two sides of the flask are then reassembled, the wooden flask is taken off and the molds are lined up on the ground. A metal or plastic frame is then put around the sand mold, as Jonas is pictured doing in this photo. Ingots are then placed on the molds to prevent any possible movement.Two artisans, (pictured here are Andy and Jonas) don protective clothing, and lift the crucible containing the molten bronze out of the furnace.They carefully pour the bronze into each of the molds. The other artisans follow the pouring with shovels, so that should any bronze fall onto the cement or out of the mold, they can quickly throw sand on it to prevent any danger or injury.The molds are then left to cool for about an hour, or until the bronze is solidified. This report will continue on Monday.
Steve Sharman, director, Hackthorn Innovation, looks at what media organisations need to do to protect themselves against cyber-security threats.Cyber-security is the hot topic on everyone’s minds right now – hardly surprising, given the recent high-profile hacks targeted against Sony Pictures and others – not to mention the persistent stories about government actors trying to adversely affect the outcomes of elections and referenda. In the wonderful broadcast industry of ours, we are naturally dealing with some highly sought after content on a daily basis and the risk factor suddenly gets much higher. So, what does it actually take to make sure you are secure? This was one of the topics at the recent Workflow Innovation Group (WIG) event in Cardiff and the discussions were pretty enlightening.Technology – It’s a Team EffortTechnology will always play a key part here and there are loads of solutions all claiming to make your content more secure than in the proverbial Fort Knox. However, one thing that seemed to resonate from the discussions was that no one solution fits the bill all by itself. Yes, getting a secure solution for encryption in place is extremely important and that will mean important protection for your archive. However, you still need to put the right technology in place for when that content is travelling to or from your storage, especially if that “to or from” is outside the organisation.Watermarking plays a big part here. If you are sending files to people outside of the organisation, watermarking on an individual basis means that at least if there is a leak, you know exactly where it came from.Within your facility, physically controlling the external IP addresses allowed to connect to the firewall is an obvious way to reduce potential attacks. Having a second firewall in place (ideally a different make and model!) also makes a lot of sense, further protecting the “front door” of the organisation, and obscuring the details of internal networks and software that could be useful to an attacker.Once behind the firewalls, a lot of the broadcasters present at the WIG event use closed (non-corporate connected) networks with workstations requiring individual user logins and using physically disabled USB ports. Considering what physical measures should be put into place to protect sensitive areas such as editing suites is of equal importance. Is there a window? If there is, can someone look in and see something not yet in the public domain? Does the door remain locked when staff are working within? The security consequences of it not being locked are of course pretty obvious, but especially in the current climate, there are health and safety and employee safeguarding issues that also need to be taken into account. As always, nothing is as simple as it seems!Another major technology that looks set to make workflows more secure is encryption at rest. Of course, keeping content encrypted at every stage whilst making it simple and efficient to access and review, is pretty challenging, especially when operating at scale. At the event, we discussed new technology that keeps that content encrypted whilst making it possible for current applications to access it in its encrypted state – that could be a game changer.However, whilst all of these technologies and tools are innovative and obviously make a big impact on keeping content secure, broadcasters need all of this, and more, to ensure the best security possible and minimise the risk of attack. As a media company you have to block every attack successfully – the cracker community only needs to be successful once.Ultimately, it’s about the PeopleWhilst that is all true, it is also true that you can have all the technology in the world, but if you don’t have appropriate organisation culture, with the right people with the correct training, all of that falls apart. Literally every discussion in the room came back to people and trust. Partly, that is about instilling the right company culture where people can, for example, recognise potential phishing emails and know to question and report, rather than clicking the link. It is also about ensuring the people know the consequences for the company and their own careers should they decide to take that un-released episode of Game of Thrones home and watch it a couple of days early with their mates. The broadcasters in the room were pretty unified in their view that common sense and loyalty were both important attributes of the people in their teams.At the same time of course, there should only be a limited number of people who have access to the really sensitive and high-profile content, in this case personal attitude, maturity of approach and company procedures all need to be appropriate for the situation.Are you feeling secure?The overriding themes that came out from the WIG event and discussions with broadcasters present were that being secure is not about just one thing. It is about technology, applied properly at every stage of workflows, and it is about people, and it is about having the right processes in place. Without all of those things being in place in a co-ordinated way, there will always be weak links open to exploitation. At the same time, even with all those in place, there is no room for complacency – you should continually be testing your business and looking for your own weaknesses.
All good things come to an end. And so it will be with Netflix’s growth spurt. At some point, the pioneering online video provider will run out of new customers willing and able to subscribe – provided it sticks to its current business model. But what if Netflix were to pursue more radical options?It’s first worth stressing that Netflix’s model – offering ad-free, subscription-based access at largely similar prices worldwide – has plenty of distance to run. Although the number of net new Netflix subscriptions peaked in 2017, Ovum forecasts that the company will still be adding over 13 million annually, even in five years’ time.By then, however, its annual growth rates in many of the world’s largest markets will have slowed from double-digit to single-digit percentages. In the US, Netflix’s subscriber base will grow by just 0.2% in 2023 (see Figure 1). And despite its global expansion, the US will still be a hugely important market for the company, accounting for about a third of subscriptions and revenues.So how else can Netflix grow, beyond simply raising its prices? Ovum has identified three options.1. Make mobile video even more affordableOvum forecasts that over 500 million people in India will have smartphones and data connections powerful enough to watch online video in 2022, yet Netflix will have fewer than 5 million subscriptions by then. Why? It’s about affordability.Netflix has taken several steps to make its service more accessible and affordable in emerging markets, such as streaming technologies that consume minimal amounts of data and enabling people without credit cards or bank accounts to charge their subscriptions via their mobile phone bills.But the main sticking point is Netflix’s US$7.99 entry-level price point – great value for consumers in developed markets but too expensive for many in emerging markets, where disposable income levels are often several times lower. Last month, the company was revealed to have acknowledged this issue by trialing a $4 per month “mobile-only” plan in Malaysia for access on one phone or tablet at standard definition quality.For hundreds of millions of consumers in emerging markets, roughly halving prices won’t be enough. Put simply, subscription services aren’t the no-brainer they are in developed countries. In Malaysia, 75% of mobile connections are pay-as-you-go. In India, 95% are. If Netflix really wants to move the needle in these massive markets, it will need to explore more radical pricing and bundles through closer partnerships with local mobile operators.2. Bring a truly fresh take on TV advertisingTo be 100% clear, adopting a Hulu-like model where viewing is interrupted by ads before or during TV shows and movies would be a bad move for Netflix. Using ads to offer a “free” version would risk cannibalising its paid subscriber base, while showing ads to paying customers would ruin the viewing experience.Instead, Netflix could invest in evolving product placement, the practice of including brands within the content and storylines of TV shows and movies. Around three in four Netflix shows already feature at least one example of this covert form of advertising, according to specialist agency Branded Entertainment Network. Augmented reality-like technology could take the concept to the next level, digitally inserting different products into videos for different viewers, so say, one sees a Coke and another a Pepsi.There’s already a precedent in another globalised form of media, sport, with broadcasters overlaying “virtual advertising” over banners at matches. Vendors such as Accenture and Ryff are working on bringing more advanced technology to movies and TV shows. To put this opportunity in perspective, various estimates suggest advertisers will spend over US$20 billion on product placement this year; subscription online video services will generate US$32 billion, according to Ovum’s forecasts.3. Reinvient itself as a TV ‘re-intermediary’Netflix once looked set to become a kind of “Spotify for TV” – before content providers realised that selling their most valuable content to a single, increasingly powerful intermediary was not such a good idea. Netflix has since invested heavily in exclusive and original content to become more like HBO’s TV brand, while HBO, Disney, and others have sought to become more like Netflix.But few established media companies will come anywhere near their inspiration’s level of success. In 2023, Netflix will account for around one in three online video subscriptions worldwide (excluding China, one of the few places where the service is not available). In many countries, its market share will be well over 50%, leaving most rival apps fighting over relatively small numbers of subscribers.Netflix could use its scale to help these providers to survive, by reinventing itself as an Amazon Channels-like aggregator handling marketing, technology, and customer support in exchange for a cut of fees from subscriptions it brokers or manages.The question is whether another company will get there first – not least Amazon. The battle to become the platform that profits most from helping consumers navigate today’s fragmented TV landscape will be fought by the biggest names in media and tech, including AT&T Time Warner, Apple, Comcast Sky, Google, and Liberty Global. Netflix will be increasingly dependent on such “re-intermediaries” for attracting subscribers, billing, and driving viewing – unless it becomes one itself.Playing safe versus changing the gameNever underestimate the power of one big idea – and one company’s ability to deliver on its promise. But no single idea has infinite potential. Sooner or later, Netflix will need to look beyond the limits of its current business model – just like when it made the truly game-changing move from DVD rentals to online streaming.Straight Talk is a weekly briefing from the desk of the Ovum’s Chief Research Officer. To receive this newsletter by email, please contact us.
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So the system builds trust by default.)Back to the University of Texas report… It suggests that more Tethers were issued than had backing by actual dollars. The report makes the case that Tethers were used to prop up—and ultimately manipulate—the price of bitcoin.Kessler’s article attempts to use the study to bolster his argument that bitcoin is just another balance sheet-driven bubble, just like every bubble since the South Sea Bubble of 1720.He argues that temporarily shifting assets from one balance sheet to another inflates a bubble. When the money runs out, the bubble pops.It’s the type of argument that initially reads well… But it doesn’t really hold up under scrutiny.For instance, Kessler tries to pin the dot-com crash on America Online’s dot-com-era ad policies. I read his explanation three times, and I still don’t understand how AOL’s ad policies could have caused the dot-com crash.The dot-com boom was a $5 trillion bubble. It seems a bit of a stretch to pin $5 trillion worth of value destruction on one company’s ad policies.Kessler also blames the infamous Dutch Tulip Mania of 1636–1637 on balance-sheet manipulation. But that doesn’t work, either. If he had really done his research, he would have found out that the Tulip Mania was an overblown myth. It had nothing to do with balance-sheet manipulation.(The Smithsonian journal did a great write-up on the Great Tulip Mania and called it more of a fanciful fiction than a serious financial crisis. You can read the essay here.) Teeka Tiwari Editor, Palm Beach ConfidentialP.S. For the first time ever, I have an investment announcement so BIG that I’ve teamed up with media personality Glenn Beck to create a one-off, special event. We’re calling it The Great Cryptocurrency Conspiracy of 2018. 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I believe it is just constitutionalism, and both are wickedness.—JackAs always, if you have any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, send them to us right here. Volatile AssetIf Kessler is going to attack the 2017 action as being manipulated, why not attack the 2011, 2013, and 2014 “bubbles”?Were all of those moves manipulated, too?If they were, then those are the most unique bubble manipulations I’ve ever seen.Here’s what I mean…If you bought at the peak of each move, your average “old” peak to “new” peak gain would be 9.8 times your money.How many bubbles do you know of that could make you money if you bought at the peak of every move?I don’t know of any others.I fear Kessler has confused market volatility with market bubbles. Just because something is volatile doesn’t automatically make it a bubble (or mean that it’s been manipulated). Bitcoin is volatile… but it’s also very valuable.Fraudulent assets go to zero. True bubbles don’t continue to make higher highs and higher lows the way bitcoin has done.Bitcoin is a highly volatile asset—not a fraudulent asset.And that’s why I have always recommended that my readers keep their position sizes small.(In Palm Beach Confidential, we recommend that investors with smaller accounts place no more than $200–$400 per trade… and that investors with larger accounts place no more than $500–$1,000 per trade.Cryptocurrencies are volatile. So small position sizes will allow you to keep a cool head during extreme periods of volatility, like we’re seeing in the current crypto market.)It’s the only prudent way to invest in assets like bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.But let’s get back to Kessler’s central theme on manipulation…Has the issuance of unbacked Tethers manipulated the market higher? It’s possible. I don’t know if we’ll ever really know for sure.But in the long run, does it really matter? I don’t think it does.The truth is that sometimes, bad people co-opt great companies and great technology.Speculators used to manipulate early railway stocks all the time. In the early days of General Motors, founder Billy Durant routinely manipulated company stock.These short-term blemishes did nothing to diminish the long-term value the rail and automotive industries were ultimately creating.Meanwhile, amid all the manipulation hubbub, we continue to see signs of the mainstream adoption of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. If we poke a little more, we can find more holes in Kessler’s bubble theory.If Kessler is right about last year’s crypto market action, how does he explain the so-called bitcoin bubbles of 2011, 2013, and 2014?That’s right, this is the fourth time bitcoin’s “bubble” has popped… — The net gain on 10 shares of McDonald’s stock purchased January 3, 2007 and sold January 3, 2017, assuming all dividends were reinvested. 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You’re also good company, and you’re the one your friends say is the smartest person in the room.“Must-haves”: The St. Louis Fed recently announced it has created an index to track the top four cryptocurrencies. 2018 bubble “pops”: $20,000 to $6,500—down 66% so far… Goldman Sachs announced plans to start a bitcoin trading desk. 2011 bubble “pops”: $32 to $2—down 94% Your full name. And there’s more…By 2002, the dot-com crash caused the Nasdaq to drop 80%. In 2002, venture capital (VC) investment dropped by 90%.Contrast that with cryptos.Right now, the crypto market is down around 67% from its high. It seems logical that funding for new VC deals would dry up. But it hasn’t.VC investment has already doubled from last year, and it’s expected to quadruple by year end.The key takeaway is that even with the news of manipulations, government meddling, and massive volatility… institutional money is still flowing into this asset in droves.And what an institution chooses to do with its money will always carry more weight with me than a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece.Let the Game Come to You! Personal philosophy of voluntarism, anarcho-capitalism, or something similar Current Casey Research subscriber (paid memberships to Crisis Investing or The Casey Report win extra points) Weird new “antennas” popping up all over America NASDAQ calls it: “The biggest investment opportunity in years.” These antennas have nothing to do with your cell phone, hiding inside is the biggest hi-tech secret of the decade. Click here to learn more. — 2013 bubble “pops”: $230 to $70—down 70% Exceptional writing ability or a willingness to learn how to write Justin’s note: Today, I’m handing the reins to world-renowned cryptocurrency expert Teeka Tiwari, who has an important update on the crypto space.Below, Teeka responds to a recent piece in The Wall Street Journal that claims bitcoin’s spectacular price run in 2017 was partly due to market manipulation. But Teeka says the author’s missing a major detail… By Teeka Tiwari, editor, Palm Beach ConfidentialAt first blush, Wall Street Journal technology writer Andy Kessler makes a compelling case for why bitcoin’s 2017 meteoric 1,368% rise was not “real.”In an article published on Sunday, July 1, Kessler cites a University of Texas study that argues manipulation was behind half of bitcoin’s 2017 move upwards. The study pins the blame on a crypto coin called Tether (USDT).Tether is a fixed-value, or “stable” coin. It supposedly backs each coin with one U.S. dollar. To be clear, I have never been a fan of Tether because it requires you to trust that there is $1 backing each coin.In the January 2018 issue of my Palm Beach Confidential newsletter, I wrote:[Tether] claims that for every Tether in the market, it has an actual dollar bill in a vault somewhere.Let me be clear: I HAVE NEVER BELIEVED THAT CLAIM. That’s why I never recommended the token.To date, I still haven’t seen proof of Tether’s reserves.Many people share my misgivings about Tether… But that hasn’t stopped it from issuing more than $2.5 billion worth of coins. Does Tether have $2.5 billion in cash reserves to back that up? Or is it just printing its own money at will?Nobody knows. Can governments shut down bitcoin? Explain why or why not. The cause of the Great Depression in the U.S. and why. 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