Vawdon Cup – Round 1 Wrap

first_img2007 Vawdon Cup winners, the Canterbury Bulldogs, claimed the scalp of Penrith in the opening round of the Men’s Premier League with a 8 – 6 victory. Easts put eleven past Manly with Matt Garthon being the recipient on four occasions. Touchdowns to Jamie Stowe and Dean Wilbow was not enough for Parramatta with the Sharkies winning by one. Dylan Hennessey got off to a stellar start to the season with a hat-trick enabling his Hornsby Lions to half the points on offer against Wests.In the Women’s Premier League, Wests got their campaign off to a winning start over Wollongong. Manly got up by one over Cronulla while Easts defeated the 2007 State Cup Champs, Canterbury, 3 – 1. Wests had a win over Penrith in the newly created Mixed Premier League division. Menai and Parramatta could not be separated with a 8 touchdowns apiece. The Coasties threw the gauntlet down to the rest of the competition with a 10 – 1 victory over the Easts Roosters. The Berryman boys proved valuable additions to the Dolphins line-up with three touchdowns between them.Men’s Premier League ResultsCronulla Sharks – 3 (Mitchell Brown 2, Rhys Bevan) defeated Parramatta Eels – 2 (Jamie Stowe, Dean Wilbow)Wests Magpies – 6 (Robert Nakhla 2, Edwin Farrah, Michael Moussa, Cameron Nicholls, Adrian Tan) drew with Hornsby Lions – 6 (Dylan Hennessey 3, Michael Abood, Heath Cooper, Jonathan Palau)Easts Roosters – 11 (Matt Garthon 4, Michael Stone 3, Christian Frost, Jonathan Rooke, Hayden Ruawai, Elijah Van Der Kwast) defeated Manly Sea Eagles – 5 (Jono Bailey, Joe Biskup, Sion Cousins, Mark Leonard, Andrew Windsor)Canterbury Bulldogs – 8 (Joel Willoughby 3, Matt Prowse 2, Stuart Brierty, Mark Heiss, Stephen Roberts) defeated Penrith Panthers – 6 (Dean McKechine 2, Nathan Byrnes, Grant Harris, Shane Lee, Ben Moylan)Women’s Premier League ResultsWests Magpies – 7 (Bonjani Mali 2, Nicky Albery, Amanda Dodson, Stacey Lapham, Tara Mohi, Tini Mohi) defeated Wollongong Devils – 3 (Kylie Evans, Stephanie Jackson, Cara Zaremski)Manly Sea Eagles – 3 (Te Aroha Paki, Rebecca Laing, Phillipa Robinson) defeated Cronulla Sharks – 2 (Brandi Elliot, Justine Johnston)Easts Roosters – 3 (Alison Bradley, Peta O’Connor, Maribel Ziade) defeated Canterbury Bulldogs – 1 (Jennifer Winchester)Mixed Premier League ResultsParramatta Eels – 8 (Ricky Hetherington, Mark Kovacic, Liam Simbolon, 5 scoreres not listed) drew with Menai Bulls – 8 (Matthew Fairbirne, Mark Lancaster, Michelle Lane, Christopher Suter. 4 scoreres not listed)Wests Magpies – 8 (Teava Terangi 3, Kate Hilyard, 4 scorers not listed) defeated Penrith Panthers – 3 (Rebecca Jones, Kyle Joyce, 1 scorer not listed)Central Coast Dolphins – 10 (Peter Sanders 4, Putatau Berryman 2, Nash Beeby, Harry Berryman, Kimberly Irwin, Kate Podryhula) defeated Easts Roosters – 1 (Mika Tagelagi)The remaining divisions (Men’s Division 1, Women’s Division 1, Mixed Division 1, Men’s Division 2, Women’s Division 2, Men’s Senior, and Men’s Masters) commence this Friday, 18 July 2008.For more details, visit the NSWTA Vawdon Cup website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-714-0-45019-0last_img read more

Work Begins on Rome Gully

first_imgRepair work has started on sections of the Rome Gully, which is adjacent to communities along the Lyndhurst Road/Rousseau Road corridor, in Kingston, in an effort to ensure the safety of residents and motorists in the area. The work, which commenced on October 31, include: cleaning of the gully; repacking, and extensive repair of existing damage. The gully suffered significant erosion prior to, and consequent on the passage of Hurricane Sandy on October 24, which unleashed torrential rains which caused heavy flooding in the channel. Speaking to journalists on November 1, following a tour of the area, Minister of State in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Richard Azan, informed that the work forms part of emergency repairs in order to maintain the structure. “There is a house that is in danger right now and we are trying to make sure that we save that house (along with several others). Additionally, the invert under the bridge is also damaged,” he said. The State Minister added that the repairs are expected to yield significant benefits for both communities and adjoining areas. Regarding the cost of the work, Mr. Azan said he was unable to give a specific figure, as the initial estimate had to be revised in light of additional damage that was sustained during the Hurricane’s passage. In the meantime, the State Minister noted that ongoing maintenance of the gullies across the island is critical in ensuring that the structures are safe. “It is something that we have to put (forward), as part of overall plan to maintain the gullies, not only the big ones but the small drains as well,” he added. For his part, Corporate Communications Manager, National Works Agency (NWA), Stephen Shaw, said the work is critical “as the bridge which spans the gully along Rousseau Road is in danger of collapsing, as the inverts under the bridge have been significantly eroded.”last_img read more

New Flyer awarded contract for 40 electric buses from Montreal and Laval

first_imgWINNIPEG – North America’s largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer says the transit commissions of Montreal and Laval, Que., have placed Canada’s largest order for battery-electric buses.New Flyer Canada, a subsidiary of NFI Group Inc., says it beat two competitors to win a contract for 40 zero-emission Xcelsior Charge transit buses from the transit agencies in Quebec’s two largest cities.A notice to build the buses is expected after a nine-month review of a pilot bus slated to be given the green light Oct. 31.The order for 30 buses from Montreal’s transit authority (STM) and 10 from Laval’s transit agency is supported by funding from the provincial and federal governments.Both transit authorities operate battery-electric bus pilot programs as they aim to become fully electric in the future.The Winnipeg-based company says these buses are already operating in Toronto, Vancouver and several large American cities.Companies in this story: (TSX:NFI)last_img read more

Huskies Fill The Bus Food Drive huge success

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 21st Annual Huskies Fill The Bus Food Drive was a huge success on Sunday as volunteers collected food items for the Salvation Army.Members of the Fort St. John Huskies, along with other volunteers, went around town collecting non-perishable food items for the Food Bank. Once the items were collected, they were brought back to the North Peace Arena to be sorted and packed into boxes.After being packed, the boxes were loaded into the Huskies coach bus and delivered to the Salvation Army. Packed boxes as they awaited to be loaded onto the bus. Photo by Scott BrooksCampaign Organizer, Allen Karasiuk, says the Food Drive was a big success.“The Food Drive was very successful this year as we did significantly better this year than last. As usual, the community was extremely generous in their donations to the Salvation Army Food Bank. In particular, ConocoPhillips was a lead corporate sponsor with a $1500 donation and the Burgher family (Paul, Mollie and Teri) donated approximately two pickup truckloads of food. The kids at Alwin Holland Elementary School also collected a significant amount of food.”Karasiuk also says they had approximately 60 volunteers to help out with the campaign.Cameron Eggie, Executive Director for the Fort St. John Salvation Army says the timing for Food Drive is perfect as they prepare for food hampers.“It’s really going to have an impact on our community over the Christmas season. We already have 140 people registered for food hampers in the community that we will be giving out in mid-December. So, the timing of this Food Drive is perfect because it comes right into when we have to prepare these food hampers.”last_img read more

MP Bob Zimmer to hold second Caribou Closures Town Hall

first_imgThe purpose of the meeting was for residents to hear details regarding the potential Caribou Closures and for residents to have their say during a Question and Answer session.This upcoming meeting will look at the same issues and concerns residents have with the Caribou Recovery Process.The next Northern B.C. Caribou Closures Town Hall is taking place Saturday, February 23, in Prince George at the Marriott Hotel.The meeting will be in the Spruce Room and will run from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.For more information, you can call Anita Bergstrom at 250-561-7982. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Local M.P. Bob Zimmer will be hosting a second Public Northern B.C. Caribou Closures Town Hall.The Town Halls are being hosted by Zimmer in response to the lack of public consultation from the Provincial Government on the Caribou Recovery Process.The first meeting was held in Fort St. John on February 2, 2019.last_img read more

Economy suffered due to PM’s reckless decisions, says Cong

first_imgNew Delhi: The Congress Saturday alleged mismanagement of the economy by the government and that it has suffered due to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “reckless” decisions.Senior Congress spokesperson Anand Sharma said that in the past five years, India’s economy is “gasping” instead of “galloping”. “The government is destroying the credibility of Indian data by embellishing the data, fudging numbers and inflating figures. The fact is that there has been an monumental mismanagement of Indian economy under his watch. It is not galloping economy but a gasping economy, a struggling economy which has also suffered because of the reckless decision of Prime Minister Modi,” he told reporters. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The Congress leader claimed that Modi has to be held accountable for destroying tens of millions of jobs by demonetisation. “He has to answer for a hasty imposition of a flawed GST model which he claimed to be ‘one nation, one tax’, but it is one nation, five taxes which excludes 45 per cent of the revenue, making Indian GST the most burdensome most complex,” he said. Sharma said the four engines of the Indian economy — investment, manufacturing, exports and capital formation — were down. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”How can you keep on claiming that we are the fastest growing (economy) by not creating jobs but by destroying them. There is a huge contradiction. This economy is not creating jobs. Exports have stagnated for five years, manufacturing has gone down, gross fixed capital formation has remained hovering over zero. National investment rate has fallen. These are the facts. The government has gone into heavy borrowing,” he told reporters. Sharma also alleged that the country has played with the credibility of the country’s data. “Fudging of the data is not going to help. NITI Aayog’s job is not meant to embellish numbers and fudge the country’s data. The prime minister and his government has played with the credibility of the country’s data. They have dented the credibility,” he said. “The time has come to punish the PM and his govt for destroying the credibility of Indian data, embellish the data, fudging numbers and inflating figures. The fiscal deficit has reached an alarming point. These are the questions to the prime minister,” he said. He said if the Congress comes to power after the April-May parliamentary election, it would scrap the NITI Aayog and bring back the Planning Commission.last_img read more

New UK rules over rape victims’ digital data spark criticism

first_imgLondon: Police are asking rape and sexual assault victims for access to their digital devices under new guidelines published on Monday that prompted criticism from women’s rights campaigners in Britain. Officers now present victims with consent forms to view messages, photographs, emails and social media accounts, with police warning that prosecutions may not go ahead without the permissions. The change follows a disclosure scandal in the legal system which saw a series of rape and sexual assault cases collapse in recent years after crucial evidence emerged at the last minute. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportAssistant commissioner Nick Ephgrave, of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, said the new “informed consent” forms would be used “proportionately and consistently”. He added police were working with victim groups and others to ensure the approach had “the necessary balance”. “We would never want victims to feel that they can’t report crimes because of ‘intrusion’ in their data,” Ephgrave said in a statement. But women’s advocates as well as privacy campaigners have hit out at the consent forms as overly intrusive and argue they could deter people from reporting crimes. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests”We seem to be going back to the bad old days when victims of rape are being treated as suspects,” said Harriet Wistrich, director of the Centre for Women’s Justice. The organisation said it was preparing a legal challenge to the policy alongside privacy advocates Big Brother Watch, which has dubbed the measures “digital strip searches”. Prime Minister Theresa May’s spokesman said Monday that the issue was “complex” and police would conduct impact assessments on the forms. “While disclosure is an important component of the criminal justice system… the police have acknowledged that the use of personal data in criminal investigations is a source of anxiety,” he said. “We want victims to have the confidence to come forward.” The forms are part of a wholesale review of disclosure processes within the legal system in England and Wales.last_img read more

Mens Volleyball Ohio State loses third straight against No 1 Long Beach

Sophomore Kyle Skinner gets ready to serve the ball against George Mason at the game on Jan. 18 at St. John Arena in Columbus. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Senior Reporter.After losing two straight matches without winning a set, having to face the No. 1 team in the country on their home court is not the best way to end a losing streak. The struggling Buckeyes (4-8) were able to keep sets close early, but couldn’t gain enough momentum to get back in the match as No.1 Long Beach State (12-0) cruised to a victory in three sets, 25-19, 25-18, 25-21. The Buckeyes took their first lead of the match in the third set after an attack error by Long Beach State gave them a 4-3 lead. Back-to-back aces by junior libero Chase Moothart bookended a three-point run that brought the Buckeyes over the 20-point threshold for the first time in the match. But a kill by senior outside hitter TJ DeFalco and an Ohio State service error closed out the third set, 25-21, handing the Buckeyes their third-consecutive straight-set loss. Ohio State was unable to establish a rhythm on offense in large part due to errors. The Buckeyes committed 33 errors on the night, 19 service and 14 attack, while the Beach had only 24, 16 service and 8 attack. Though the Buckeyes tallied 30 kills on the night, the 14 errors on 61 attacks limited them to a .250 hitting percentage. Freshman libero Parker Mikesch had 26 assists and two digs as he continues his campaign as the Buckeyes full-time setter while senior Sanil Thomas is injured. Freshman outside hitter Sean Ryan provided 10 kills for Ohio State, helping to fill in as a point finisher for the Buckeyes in the midst of sophomore opposite hitter Jake Hanes’ absence due to injury. Ryan got off to a hot start in the first set with two kills, helping the Buckeyes keep pace with the Beach. But a kill by senior opposite hitter Kyle Ensing and an attack error by Ryan gave Long Beach State a 4-2 lead, which they would stretch to as many as seven points en route to a 25-19 first set victory. Ensing and DeFalco combined for 21 kills, five digs, and an ace, leading the team to a .475 hitting percentage. Both teams had their share of success from the service stripe, as the Buckeyes totalled three and the Beach came up with five. After a close start to the second set, Long Beach used four Buckeye errors and an ace by redshirt senior middle blocker Nick Amado for five straight-points, taking a 16-9 lead. Though Ryan contributed five kills and sophomore libero Luke Meidel added an ace, Long Beach State used kills by Ensing and senior setter Josh Tuaniga to close out the set, 25-18. Ohio State returns to conference play against Lindenwood at 8 p.m. on Friday in Saint Charles, Missouri. read more

Henry wants Grimandi to join him at Bordeaux

first_imgThierry Henry wants Gilles Grimandi to join him at Bordeaux should he get the manager’s job there, according to Metro.Reports in France suggest Thierry Henry has agreed a deal that would see him become the new manager of Bordeaux and he wants former Arsenal teammate Grimandi to become his no. 2.The French club are in search of a new manager after they sacked Gus Poyet, who subsequently branded the club’s board a disgrace.Henry who has been assistant to Belgium head coach Roberto Martinez over the last two years, also spent time learning the ropes as the coach of the Arsenal academy. Following his success in Russia, Henry confirmed he would step down from his role as an analyst with Sky Sports to focus solely on his managerial career.The Arsenal legend would be walking into a club in disarray should he take the Bordeaux job after the club got rid of Poyet. The former Sunderland manager was furious at the club’s board for selling Gaetan Laborde without his knowledge prompting a training boycott from the club’s first team players.Transfer: Elneny leaving Arsenal for Besiktas George Patchias – August 29, 2019 Mohamed Elneny is about to complete a loan move from Arsenal to Besiktas.According to the Daily Mail, Mohamed Elneny is about to complete a…Henry will be hoping to make sure his experience as a footballer and a coach helps him become a good manager as he starts a new chapter of his football career.last_img read more

KPBSD Receives Grant To Reinstate Petroleum Academy

first_imgKPBSD Superintendent Sean Dusek announced that the school district was awarded a grant from the Alaska Community Foundation, in order to reinstate the Petroleum Academy program. Dusek: “Our students are able to earn industry level certifications, those types of things that are very pertinent to kids working in those particularly industries.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Kenai Peninsula Students will once again have the opportunity to earn industry certifications in Kenai, from the Alaska Petroleum Academy. Dusek: “We talk a lot about our academic achievement, but we do focus quiet a bit on career and technical education.” Certifications offered include: 16 Hour Petroleum Health & Safety, 24 Hour CITS Certification, 40 Hour Hazwoper Certification, Confined Space Entry Certification, and numerous other courses. Classes are be held at the Workforce Development building on the Kenai Spur Highway. For information and class scheduling call 907-953-2255 or send an email to mikegallagher2@yahoo.com Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Petro-Academy-Grant.mp3VmJennifer-on-Petro-Academy-Grant.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

BtoB Print Publishing Revs Up 2 Percent in March 33 Percent YTD

first_imgThis story first appears on FOLIO: sister site, min.With rebounds in the categories of business, advertising and marketing, as well as building, engineering and construction categories leading the way, b-to-b print revenue posted gains of 2 percent in March 2011, compared to March 2010. American Business Media’s Business Information Network (BIN) shows gains in eight of the 21 markets it covers. Business, advertising and marketing was up 23.4 percent and building, engineering and construction was up 19 percent.Read the rest of the story here.last_img read more

Historic 6Point Day today

first_imgBangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. Photo: BSSThe historic Six-Point Day, marking the demand for autonomy for the then East Pakistan, now Bangladesh, is being observed on Friday across the country in a befitting manner.On 7 June in 1966, father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman launched a massive movement against the misrule of the Pakistanis on the basis of the six-point demand, the Magna Carta of the Bengalis demanding autonomy for the then east Pakistan.Eleven people, including Manu Mian, Shafique and Shamsul Haque, were gunned down by the police and paramilitary EPR on 7 June 1966 in Dhaka and Narayanganj during a hartal called for the release of Bangabandhu and other leaders detained for launching the Six-Point Movement against the then barbaric ruling clique.Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman launched his historic six-point political and economic programme in Lahore on 5 February in 1966, aiming at attaining greater autonomy for the then East Pakistan in the backdrop of exploitation and discrimination by the then Pakistani rulers.The six-point demands were – creating provision in the constitution for a Federation of Pakistan in its true sense based on the Lahore resolution, the federal government will deal with only two subjects: defence and foreign affairs, introduction of two separate, but freely convertible currencies for East and West Pakistan, vesting the power of taxation and revenue collection with the federating units, maintaining two separate accounts for the foreign exchange earnings of the two wings and creation a separate militia or paramilitary force for East Pakistan.President M Abdul Hamid and prime minister Sheikh Hasina have issued separate messages on the eve of the six-point day.In his message, president Hamid paid rich tributes to the memories of father of the nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and all who embraced martyrdom to implement the six-point demand.Terming the historic six-point demand the milestone in the country’s long struggle for independence, he said through the six-point demand, Bangabandhu presented political, economic, social and cultural interests of East Bengal.The president said the six-point demand contained the framework of independence and autonomy of Bangalee nation.After the announcement of six-point demand, the president said the Pakistani rulers repeatedly arrested Bangabandhu and tortured him inhumanly, which could not deter him from the path of movement.In her message, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said the present government is firmly committed to keep intact the democratic right of the people imbued with the spirit of all democratic movements and struggles, including the historic 7 June.She said the historic 7 June is an unforgettable and significant day in the history of Bangladesh.“The historic movement for six-point demand, declared by greatest Bengali of all time Bangabandhu, took an important turn on 7 June, 1966,” she said.The PM said police and the then EPR had opened fire on unarmed people during the movement announced by Awami League to realize the six-point demand, the charter of freedom of Bangalee nation.Eleven people including Manu Mian, Shafique and Shamsul Haque in Dhaka and Narayanganj had embraced martyrdom on that day, she addedThe prime minister showed profound respect to the memories of all martyrs of the struggle for independence including those of the 7 June.She vowed to materialise the dream of the martyrs of 7 June turning the country into a middle income one by 2021 and developed one by 2041.To mark the day, different socio-political organisations including Awami League, its associate bodies and like-minded socio-cultural organisations have drawn up elaborate programmes.The Awami League’s programmes include hoisting of the national and party flags atop Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi and central office in the capital and all unit offices across the country.Leaders and workers of Awami League and its front organisations will place floral wreaths at the portrait of Bangabandhu at Bangabandhu Bhaban at Dhanmondi around 9.30am.AL general secretary Obaidul Quader in a statement urged all, including party men, to observe the day across the country in a befitting manner.last_img read more

Researchers find fishing tends to lessen population of best male bass

first_img(Phys.org)—A team of researchers from the University of Illinois has found that recreational fishing that employs the use of lures to catch largemouth bass, results in a reduction in male bass that make the best fathers. In their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group writes that their research shows that male bass that tend to their young are more likely to be caught by hooks hidden in fish lures. Depiction of largemouth bass in its habitat. Micropterus salmoides. Credit: Timothy Knepp/Wikipedia. © 2012 Phys.org With largemouth bass, after the female lays her eggs, it’s up to the male to protect them. They do so by fanning the eggs and driving away threats. Those that do a better job of it, tend to have more offspring survive. But, this new researcher suggests, the same aggressive behavior that some bass exhibit when protecting their young, can cause them to be more vulnerable to being caught by sport fishermen.Because of the popularity of bass fishing, the fish are bred in reservoirs and are then released into the wild in places where fishermen go to catch them; otherwise all the fish would be caught and there would be none left to fish. Over time those that manage fish populations have come to realize that some bass are more likely to strike at a lure and thus be caught then others. Some fishermen prefer such fish, while others prefer those that are more difficult to catch. To serve the needs of both, both types of fish have been bred and are then released into different areas to account for the different tastes.Suspecting that the two groups of fish might have other differences as well, the research team set up underwater cameras to watch the males as they cared for the eggs of their young in hatcheries. In so doing, they discovered that those fish that took their job very seriously, appeared to consider a lure a threat, and thus were more likely to attack it, resulting in them being caught. Conversely, those fish that were more lackadaisical in their responsibilities tended to be less likely to be caught.The end result, the researchers say, is that the best fathers wind up being the ones that get caught, thus their young never hatch and grow up to pass on their good father genes, which means that recreational fishing actually impacts the evolution of bass populations. Explore further Citation: Researchers find fishing tends to lessen population of best male bass (2012, December 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-fishing-lessen-population-male-bass.htmlcenter_img Largemouth bass vulnerability to being caught by anglers a heritable trait Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences More information: Recreational fishing selectively captures individuals with the highest fitness potential, PNAS, Published online before print December 3, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1212536109AbstractFisheries-induced evolution and its impact on the productivity of exploited fish stocks remains a highly contested research topic in applied fish evolution and fisheries science. Although many quantitative models assume that larger, more fecund fish are preferentially removed by fishing, there is no empirical evidence describing the relationship between vulnerability to capture and individual reproductive fitness in the wild. Using males from two lines of largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) selectively bred over three generations for either high (HV) or low (LV) vulnerability to angling as a model system, we show that the trait “vulnerability to angling” positively correlates with aggression, intensity of parental care, and reproductive fitness. The difference in reproductive fitness between HV and LV fish was particularly evident among larger males, which are also the preferred mating partners of females. Our study constitutes experimental evidence that recreational angling selectively captures individuals with the highest potential for reproductive fitness. Our study further suggests that selective removal of the fittest individuals likely occurs in many fisheries that target species engaged in parental care. As a result, depending on the ecological context, angling-induced selection may have negative consequences for recruitment within wild populations of largemouth bass and possibly other exploited species in which behavioral patterns that determine fitness, such as aggression or parental care, also affect their vulnerability to fishing gear. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Carnival Corp has its eye on Dubai with new cruise terminal deal

first_img Posted by DUBAI — Carnival Corporation has signed a strategic partnership to develop the Dubai Cruise Terminal, in an effort to grow maritime tourism in the region and transform Dubai into a major regional maritime tourism hub. Set to open in October 2020, the terminal will serve as the main hub for cruise tourism in Dubai and will become Carnival Corporation’s primary hub for its homeporting and transit operations in the region. The cruise company says Dubai is set to become central to Carnival Corporation’s operations in the region.Dubai-based holding company Meraas and Carnival Corporation signed the strategic agreement at a ceremony with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum in attendance, who approved the terminal as the main hub for cruise tourism in Dubai. Under the agreement, signed by Carnival Corporation CEO Arnold Donald and His Excellency Abdulla Al Habbai, Group Chairman of Meraas, the deal will see  the companies collaborate across several strategic areas including port development, terminal management and new cruise development opportunities at Dubai Harbour and the broader region.‘Dubai Tourism Vision 2020’ aims to attract 20 million visitors a year to the emirate.“We have a long history in Dubai with our world-leading cruise brands,” says Carnival Corp. CEO Donald. “We are excited to be part of this important venture that will drive new tourism opportunities for Dubai and the region through cruising.”Dubai Harbour will be home to two cruise terminal buildings, spanning a total of 30,000 square metres, joined by a single quay of about one kilometre, capable of accommodating up to three cruise ships concurrently, including Carnival Corporation’s newest and most advanced cruise ships, as well as up to 13,200 passengers at a time. In anticipation of an upsurge in cruises Meraas has planned for the addition of two more terminal buildings that will increase capacity to six cruise ships at the same time. Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Carnival Corporation, Dubaicenter_img Carnival Corp. has its eye on Dubai with new cruise terminal deal Share Tuesday, May 15, 2018 last_img read more

Russias GS Group has developed a device that is d

first_imgRussia’s GS Group has developed a device that is designed to combine the functionality of a games console and a digital HD receiver.The set-top box maker and technology firm presented a prototype of the device at the Winter Nights Mobile Games Conference 2015 in St. Petersburg last week, having first unveiled it at the CSTB television and telecoms expo in Moscow in January.GS Group said that the console supports video game playback on the TV, various channels in HD and is currently being developed in cooperation with Eastern European video game developer, Sperasoft.“The new console is close in the technical characteristics to the flagship models of modern mobile device manufacturers, which support today’s games. The console has a high performance CPU and powerful graphics accelerator,” said GS Group.last_img read more

Cllr Colly Kelly SINN Fein councillor Colly Kelly

first_img Cllr Colly KellySINN Fein councillor Colly Kelly says a car accident in Derry “could have been a lot worse”.A car hit a perimeter wall of a house in Grangemore Park on Friday night.Councillor Kelly said “This must have been a very frightening experience for anyone caught up in this incident.“Anyone living in Grangemore would tell you that this is a very busy road with traffic and pedestrians going to and from the local shops.“It was a very foggy night and there was a lot of ice about  so this could have been much worse,” he added. ShareTweet CAR HITS WALL OF HOUSE IN DERRY’S GRANGEMORE was last modified: November 27th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags:center_img CAR HITS WALL OF HOUSE IN DERRY’S GRANGEMOREcouncillor Colly KellySinn Feinlast_img read more

Why Most Gold Bugs Are Dead Wrong By Jim Rickard

first_img Why Most Gold Bugs Are Dead Wrong By Jim Rickards, Editor, Jim Rickards’ Strategic Intelligence May 22, 2015 One of the most persistent story lines among gold bugs and market participants who foresee the collapse of the dollar goes something like this: I’m doing something a bit different in addition to today’s Gold & Silver Daily… I consider Jim Rickards to be one of the brightest minds in the financial markets today. He’s worked with many of the largest financial institutions and government agencies—and as you know, he’s also written two New York Times best-sellers about the problems with today’s monetary system: Currency Wars and The Death of Money. In today’s piece, Jim explains why one of the most dearly held beliefs of gold bugs is simply not true. It was originally published in the May issue of Jim Rickards’ Strategic Intelligence. I hope you enjoy. China and many emerging markets, including the other BRICS, are looking for a way out of the global fiat currency system. That system is dominated today by the US dollar. This dollar dominance allows the US to force certain kinds of behavior in foreign policy and energy markets. Countries that don’t comply with US wishes find themselves frozen out of global payment systems and find their banks unable to transact in dollars for needed imports or to get paid for their exports. Russia, Iran, and Syria have all been subjected to this treatment recently. China doesn’t like this system any more than Russia or Iran but is unwilling to confront the US head-on. Instead, China is quietly accumulating massive amounts of gold and building alternative financial institutions, such as the Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank, AIIB, and the BRICS-sponsored New Development Bank (NDB). When the time is right, China will suddenly announce its actual gold holdings to the world and simultaneously turn its back on the Bretton Woods institutions such as the IMF and World Bank. China will back its currency with its own gold and use the AIIB, NDB, and other institutions to lead a new global financial order. Russia and others will be invited to join the Chinese in this new international monetary system. As a result, the dollar will collapse, the price of gold will skyrocket, and China will be the new global financial hegemon. The gold bugs will live happily ever after. The only problem with this story is that the most important parts of it are wrong. As usual, the truth is much more intriguing than the popular version. Here’s what’s really going on. As with most myths, parts of the story are true. China is secretly acquiring thousands of tons of gold. China is creating new multilateral lending institutions. No doubt, China will announce an upward revision in its official gold holdings sometime in the next year or so. In fact, Bloomberg News reported on April 20, 2015, under the headline “The Mystery of China’s Gold Stash May Soon Be Solved” that “China may be preparing to update its disclosed holdings …” But the reasons for the acquisition of gold and the updated disclosures—if they happen—are not the ones the blogosphere believes. China isn’t trying to destroy the old boys’ club—it’s trying to join it. China understands that despite the strong growth and huge size of its economy, the yuan is not ready to be a true reserve currency and will not be ready for years to come. It is true that usage of the yuan is increasing in international transactions. But it is still used for fewer than 2% of global payments, compared with over 40% for the US dollar. Usage in payments is only one indicium of a true reserve currency… and not the most important one. The key to being a reserve currency isn’t payments, but investments. There needs to be a deep, liquid bond market denominated in the reserve currency. That way, when countries earn the target currency in trade, they have someplace to invest the surplus. Right now, if you earn yuan trading with China, all you can do with the money is leave it in a bank deposit or spend it in China. There is no large yuan-denominated bond market to invest in. In addition to a bond market, you need the “plumbing” of a bond market. This includes a network of primary dealers; hedging tools such as futures and options; financing tools such as repurchase agreements, derivatives, clearance, and settlement channels; and a good rule of law to settle disputes, secure creditors, and deal with bankruptcies. China has none of these things on the needed scale or level of maturity. When it comes to true reserve-currency status, the yuan is not ready for prime time. China is also not ready to launch a gold-backed currency. Even if it has 10,000 tons of gold—far more than it currently admits—the market value of that gold is only about $385 billion. China’s M1 money supply as of April 2015 is about $5.4 trillion. In other words, even on assumptions highly favorable to China, its gold is worth only about 7% of its money supply. Historically, countries that want to run a successful gold standard need 20–40% of the money supply in gold in order to stand up to bank runs in the market. China could reduce its money supply to get to the 20% level, but this would be extremely deflationary and throw the Chinese economy into a depression that would trigger political instability. So that won’t happen. In short, China can’t have a reserve currency because it doesn’t have a bond market, and it can’t have a gold-backed currency because it has nowhere near enough gold. So what is China’s plan? China wants to do what the US has done, which is to remain on a paper currency standard but make that currency important enough in world finance and trade to give China leverage over the behavior of other countries. The best way to do that is to increase its voting power at the IMF and have the yuan included in the IMF basket for determining the value of the special drawing right. Getting those two things requires the approval of the United States, because the US has veto power over important changes at the IMF. The US can stand in the way of Chinese ambitions. The result is a kind of grand bargain in which China will get the IMF status it wants, but the US will force China to be on its best behavior in return. This means that China must keep the yuan pegged to the dollar at or near the current level. It also means that China can have gold but can’t talk about it. In order to “join the club,” China must play by club rules. The rules of the game say you need a lot of gold to play, but you don’t recognize the gold or discuss it publicly. Above all, you do not treat gold as money, even though gold has always been money. The members of the club keep their gold handy just in case, but otherwise, they publicly disparage it and pretend it has no role in the international monetary system. China will be expected to do the same. It’s important to note that China will not act in the best interests of gold investors; it will act in the best interests of China. Moreover, just because the grand bargain is in sight does not mean it will be easy to realize. Both sides are jockeying for leverage. Beijing launched its own development bank to put pressure on the IMF. The US Treasury blames the Tea Party for delays in approving China’s new votes at the IMF. Meanwhile, the White House does nothing to break the logjam in Congress. The White House is happy to let China twist in the wind while the game goes on behind closed doors. Meanwhile, China will probably announce its increased gold holdings later this year. But don’t expect fireworks. China has three accounts where it keeps gold: the People’s Bank of China (PBOC); the State Administration of Foreign Exchange (SAFE); and the China Investment Corp. (CIC). China can move enough gold to PBOC when it’s ready and report that to the IMF for purposes of allowing the yuan in the SDR. Meanwhile, it can still hide gold in SAFE and CIC until it needs it in the future. China will also probably be admitted into the SDR basket later this year. Far from launching its own gold-backed currency, China will be acknowledging that the SDR is the true world money as far as the major powers are concerned. Why would China want to give up on fiat money any more than the Fed or the European Central Bank? All central banks prefer paper money to gold because they can print the paper kind. Why give up on that monopoly of power? Gold is still the safest asset, and every investor should have some in his portfolio. The price of gold will go significantly higher in the years ahead. But contrary to what you read in the blogs, gold won’t go higher because China is confronting the US or launching a gold-backed currency. It will go higher when all central banks—China’s and the U.S.’s included—confront the next global liquidity crisis, which will be worse than the one in 2008, and individual citizens stampede into gold to preserve wealth in a world that has lost confidence in all central banks. When that happens, physical gold may not be available at all. The time to build your personal gold reserve is now. P.S. Buying gold and silver is only one way to profit from the current distortions in currency markets. While most investors will be caught completely off guard by the result of this money manipulation, a small group of informed participants could make a fortune. Jim Rickards developed his proprietary “IMPACT” from huge swings in the manipulated currency markets. 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Tesla Launches Orders for the 35000 Model 3

first_img Image credit: Roberto Baldwin | Engadget Add to Queue Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Next Article March 1, 2019 Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 3 min read Tesla This story originally appeared on Engadget –shares Tesla Launches Orders for the $35,000 Model 3 You can order one now. In a sort of surprise event (CEO Elon Musk tweeted it out two days ago), Tesla announced the $35,000 Standard Range Model 3 is available for order. The automaker has been working diligently to streamline its production line and lower unit costs of the Model 3. You can order it right now.The rear-wheel-drive car will have a 220-mile range, a top speed of 130 miles per hour and a zero to 60 time of 5.6 seconds.The $35,000 Model 3 will enter the market that’s becoming increasingly crowded. The Chevy Bolt, Kia Niro EV and Hyundai Kona EV are all in the same price point and have about the same amount of range. But none of them have the cache of the Model 3.The lower-priced Model 3 will have a few caveats including a new “standard interior.” That means cloth seats, manual steering wheel adjustment, a base trim, basic audio and standard maps and navigation. Gone are the fog lamps and docking ports for a smartphone. But it will have four USB ports, so that’s not a huge loss.Oh, it’s also only available in black at that cost. Blue and silver paint will set you back $1,500, white paint is $2,000 and if you want red, it’s going to cost you a whopping $2,500. Fortunately, black cars are cool.The car will still have the glass roof (woohoo), and folding heated side mirrors. The company went with a more basic interior for the lower-priced vehicle which should be expected.Tesla also announced a Standard Range Plus vehicle with 240-miles of range before you need to hit up a Supercharger. It also has a better interior than the Standard Range Model 3 with adjustable seats, better materials and upgraded audio.The pricing of both of these vehicles does not include the Autopilot suite ( Autosteer and Traffic Aware Cruise Control) which is $3,000 before delivery and $4,000 after delivery. So if after a while you want to upgrade your vehicle with the driver’s assistance package it’ll cost $4,000 and you’ll get an over the air update.The new full self-driving capability (it includes the above and Summon, Autopark, Navigate on Autopilot and future self-driving capabilities) will cost $5,000 before delivery and $7,000 after delivery.Currently, the delivery date for the Standard Range version is two to four weeks in the United States and according to Musk, additional places on the planet in three to six months.Going forward, the way you buy a Tesla will change dramatically. All Tesla’s will now only be available for online order. If you go into a store, they’ll direct you to a computer to order the car that the company says will only take you one minute to purchase.If a $35,000 car is still too rich for your blood, during a call with Musk, he stated that cheaper Tesla vehicles would enter the market in 2-3 years. He reiterated probably closer to three years.If you’re an early reservation holder for this vehicle, you will get first priority according to Musk. So that car you’ve been waiting for is almost ready for pick up. Roberto Baldwinlast_img read more

Internet Grows to 3518 Million Domain Name Registrations in the First Quarter

first_imgInternet Grows to 351.8 Million Domain Name Registrations in the First Quarter of 2019 PRNewswireMay 31, 2019, 11:55 pmMay 31, 2019 analytical researchDomain Name Industryinternet infrastructureMarketing TechnologyNewstop-level domainsVeriSign Previous ArticleLionbridge Launches Lionbridge AI, Extends Leadership Position in AI Data Training ServicesNext ArticleUK Consumers Call for Harsher Fines, Citing Brands Going Seemingly Unpunished for GDPR-Breaches VeriSign, Inc., a global provider of domain name registry services and internet infrastructure, announced that the first quarter of 2019 closed with 351.8 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of 3.1 million domain name registrations, or 0.9 percent, compared to the fourth quarter of 2018. Domain name registrations have grown by 18.0 million, or 5.4 percent, year over year.1,2The .com and .net TLDs had a combined total of 154.8 million domain name registrations in the domain name base at the end of the first quarter of 2019, an increase of 1.8 million domain name registrations, or 1.2 percent, compared to the fourth quarter of 2018. The .com and .net TLDs had a combined increase of 6.5 million domain name registrations, or 4.4 percent, year over year. As of March 31, 2019, the .com domain name base totaled 141.0 million domain name registrations, while the .net domain name base totaled 13.8 million domain name registrations.Marketing Technology News: OneTrust Launches Policy and Notice Management Solution to Centrally Manage and Update GDPR and CCPA Privacy Policies & DisclosuresNew .com and .net domain name registrations totaled 9.8 million at the end of the first quarter of 2019, compared to 9.6 million domain name registrations at the end of the first quarter of 2018.Verisign publishes the Domain Name Industry Brief to provide internet users throughout the world with statistical and analytical research and data on the domain name industry.Marketing Technology News: Neustar and JCDecaux North America Partner to Bring Mobile Location Intelligence to Digital and Analog Out-of-Home AdvertisersVerisign, a global provider of domain name registry services and internet infrastructure, enables internet navigation for many of the world’s most recognized domain names. Verisign enables the security, stability, and resiliency of key internet infrastructure and services, including providing root zone maintainer services, operating two of the 13 global internet root servers, and providing registration services and authoritative resolution for the .com and .net top-level domains, which support the majority of global e-commerce. To learn more about what it means to be Powered by VerisignMarketing Technology News: Usabilla Named a Strong Performer in 2019last_img read more

TechBytes with Abhishek Thakur Chief Data Scientist at boostai

first_imgboost.ai  provides solutions to Scandinavian Banking, Finance, Retail, Transportation, Government, and Insurance – solutions that make headlines while boost.ai grows at a record rate.Now the company employs 40 ambitious individuals with the same goal: To deliver virtual assistants to all industries, enhancing all departments. Abhishek ThakurAIASUboost.aimachine learningNLPTech Bytesvirtual agent Previous ArticleTech. 2019: Global Retail Tech Spending to Top $203 Billion This YearNext ArticleLabTwin’s AI-powered Digital Assistant Now Talks Back and Connects Data Sources in the Lab with New Open API TechBytes with Abhishek Thakur, Chief Data Scientist at boost.ai Sudipto GhoshJune 10, 2019, 2:30 pmJune 10, 2019 About boost.ai Abhishek Thakur serves as Chief Data Scientist at boost.ai. After graduating with a Master’s degree in Computer Science from Bonn University in 2014, Abhishek has been working with automatic Machine Learning. He is a former rank 3 in Kaggle competitions. About AbhishekAbout boost.aiAbout Abhishek Tell us about your role and the team/technology you handle at boost.ai.I work as Chief Data Scientist at boost.ai, a Norwegian software company specializing in conversational Artificial Intelligence. My role involves developing state-of-the-art algorithms for Natural Language processing and Natural Language understanding, as well as managing the Machine Learning team. I’m responsible for the machine work behind-the-scenes and building the backbone of our solution. Our work ensures that any customers interacting with a business (be it a bank, insurance company or telco) via one of our virtual agents get served correct and useful replies. We develop algorithms ranging from language detection, entity extraction, intent prediction, and our proprietary automatic semantic understanding.Why are B2B marketing teams steadily moving toward Applied Data Science for Sales and Marketing initiatives?The more data that a Marketing team has at their disposal, the better they can accomplish their goals. Artificial Intelligence is a perfect platform for helping both gather and parse the mountain of data that marketers need in order to effectively do their jobs. Virtual agents are one such avenue that can be utilized to achieve this. We recommend our clients position their Virtual agents as a ‘front-line’ service channel – this not only gives their customers 24/7 access to the answers they need, but it also helps gathers useful customer data that can be utilized by sales and marketing teams to better target their efforts.How do you build Analytics around Conversational AI platforms?Our analytics dashboard offers a deep dive into the interactions of a Virtual agent. Apart from being able to track things like a number of conversations or how many buttons and links are actioned on, we also monitor message and conversation feedback. This feature is popular amongst our clients as it allows them to see how certain intents and responses track with their customers. We have also recently implemented a ‘goals’ system that monitors conversations towards specific business goals. This is a great way to increase conversion rates and see what is and isn’t working in a particular conversation flow.What is conversational AI? What types of technologies run this engine?Conversational AI is the technology powering the next generation of what some people call chatbots. At boost.ai, we think they’re better than that and call them Virtual agents. Using a combination of Deep Learning and Natural Language understanding – as well as a number of our proprietary neural networks – our conversational AI is able to better understand the direction that a conversation is headed and offer intelligent and helpful responses with far greater accuracy than in other solutions. In fact, with our latest Automatic Semantic Understanding (ASU) upgrade, Virtual agents built on our technology are able to reduce false positives in complex customer interactions by up to 90 percent.How can data analytics make virtual agents function more effectively?Data Analytics opens up a world of possibilities for maintaining and improving Conversational AI. For example, if a bank identifies that its customers are regularly asking about a particular product in its portfolio, it can choose to have its Virtual agent proactively mention that product either the next time the customer returns to the bank’s website, or mention it to other customers who might be interested. Similarly, Analytics can be used to find where the gaps in the model might be and generate new Intents and responses almost on-the-fly so the Virtual agent remains constantly up-to-date.Tell us about your Customer Experience products. How can MarTech customers benefit from your AI/ML products?Customer Experience is a primary focus of boost.ai. We believe that if you put Customer Experience first, the rest will follow. Which is why our solution has been developed with a CX mindset from the ground up. While our market-leading algorithms are unparalleled in their ability to understand the underlying Intent and context of the customer interaction, we’ve also developed them to know when it’s appropriate to transfer to a human rather than just answer with a canned ‘I don’t understand’ response. This approach to CX has proved immensely successful for our clients with one major Norwegian bank, DNB, managing in just six months to automate 51% of all chat traffic via their Virtual agent.What is the current state of Machine Learning and AI for Digital Transformation?Machine learning and AI are the catalysts for Digital Transformation. Adoption of these technologies by industries is constantly showing significant results. It is more effective and more accurate decision-making in real-time and can help to dramatically accelerate a business. Every major industry is exploring and educating their employees to approach challenges using data-driven decisions.Can you recommend some best practices when building out a conversation AI solution?At boost.ai, we maintain that it is important that a Virtual agent can be developed and maintained by non-technical personnel. Finding a vendor that provides extensive training material and online certification means you can upskill existing customer support staff into AI trainers. This is key, as it is their expertise and product knowledge that can prove invaluable to maintaining and further developing a conversational AI project after launch.last_img read more