first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Chelsea striker Batshuayi on brink of sealing Monaco moveby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Michy Batshuayi is close to sealing a move to AS Monaco.Chelsea are now in ‘advanced talks’ to loan Batshuayi to Monaco.The striker has been ditched by Valencia after a dismal first half to the season.But Thierry Henry is a fan and believes he can get goals from the Belgian, to fire his struggling side to safety.And a deal is now close. last_img read more


first_imgPrime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says household workers, who are predominantly women, occupy positions of importance and make their contribution to national development. “This largely female cadre has contributed throughout every period of our history to the fundamentals of our development,” said the Prime Minister. She was speaking at the launch of the Jamaica Household Workers Union on Friday, March 15 at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston. The Prime Minister described the launch as a historic moment in the country’s development. “The concept of a union for household workers to ensure that they are respected and enjoy equality of rights in order to maintain their dignity in the Jamaican society, is a manifestation of the vibrancy of our democracy,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said. The Prime Minister noted that the launch was taking place as the Government is reviewing the International Labour Organization (IL0) Convention 189, which stipulates “Domestic work is decent work”, and emphasised that the Government “will not fail to accept all the conditions that will result in an environment of decent work for every household worker in Jamaica.” The Jamaica Household Workers Union is led by President Shirley Pryce and seeks to protect the rights of, and providing skills training for domestic workers. Contact: Communications Unit-OPMTel: 926-0244 Fax: 920-4684 Email: opm.news@opm.gov.jmlast_img read more


first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Former Fox News Channel anchor and 1989 Miss America Gretchen Carlson was named chairwoman of the Miss America Organization’s board of directors Monday, and three other past pageant winners will join her on the board.The new leadership comes less than two weeks after leaked emails surfaced showing CEO Sam Haskell and others disparaging the appearance, intellect and sex lives of former Miss Americas. Haskell resigned Dec. 23, along with two other top leaders.The selection of Carlson marks the first time a former pageant winner has served as the leader of the nearly 100-year-old organization. The organization also announced the appointments of three other past Miss Americas: 2012 winner Laura Kaeppeler Fleiss, 2000 winner Heather French Henry and Kate Shindle, who won in 1998 and now serves as president of the Actors’ Equity Association. Their appointments take effect immediately, as does Carlson’s.“Everyone has been stunned by the events of the last several days, and this has not been easy for anyone who loves this program,” Carlson said in a statement issued by the Miss America Organization. “In the end, we all want a strong, relevant Miss America and we appreciate the existing board taking the steps necessary to quickly begin stabilizing the organization for the future.”Carlson said she and the new board would immediately work with all Miss America stakeholders, including the organization’s state executive directors and former state titleholders, “to continue an ongoing inclusive and transparent process to identify additional new board members and management.”The new board also looks forward to working with the organization’s many sponsors, “seeking input while creating a viable, forward-looking Miss America Organization for this and future generations of young women,” Carlson said.In the emails published last month by the Huffington Post, pageant officials ridiculed the appearance, intellect and sex lives of former Miss Americas. One email used a vulgar term for female genitalia to refer to past Miss America winners, another included a wish that a particular former Miss America had died and others speculated about the number of sex partners former Miss America Mallory Hagan has had.The ensuing uproar led to the resignations of Haskell; the group’s president, Josh Randle; board chairwoman Lynn Weidner, and another board member.The emails already cost the pageant its television production partner and raised questions about the future of the nationally televised broadcast from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall the week after Labor Day each year.Dick Clark Productions cut ties with the Miss America Organization over the emails, calling them “appalling.”last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta University (CU) has started work to renovate all the buildings on its main campus at College Street in a bid to ensure proper conservation of all these buildings as per its heritage value. The state Public Works Department which is executing the work has consulted the West Bengal Heritage Commission (WBHC) and the entire process of renovation is being supervised by Partha Ranjan Das, heritage conservation architect of WBHC. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”The main purpose of preservation of heritage is to renovate the buildings in a way so that they maintain the look it had during its inception. Temporary constructions have come up inside the buildings here and there from time to time which does not go with the heritage. We are removing all encroachments that are deterrent to the heritage,” said Sonali Chakravarti Bannerjee, vice chancellor of Calcutta University. The verandahs of the buildings had turned into an eyesore with rooms for officers, attached toilets and similar constructions blocking the actual look of the balconies of heritage building. The four buildings that are being given a facelift are Asutosh Building, Darbhanga Building, Centenary Building and the Hardinge Building. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe Darbhanga Building erected in 1912 houses university offices, including the chambers of the Vice-Chancellor, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, the Registrar and the Controller of Examinations. The Asutosh Building unveiled in 1926 accommodates the postgraduate language and literature departments and the department of commerce. The Senate House that was erected in 1872 and was the first habitation of the varsity was demolished in 1960. It used to provide the venue for Senate meetings, the chamber of the Vice-Chancellor, offices of the Registrar and also examination and lecture halls. Elaborating on the renovation work, Kanakendu Sinha, superintending engineer (Presidency Circle) of the state PWD, said the work begun with through examination of the strength of the buildings. The Darbhanga Building was found to be in a weak condition with many old furniture, papers being dumped at the top floor of the building. “Most of these things being very old hardly had any value and were highly risky in terms of fire vulnerability too. All these things were brought down to reduce the load at the top before taking up the work. The university authorities had provided us with maps, drawings and similar material of the inception days which have helped us immensely in execution of the work,” Sinha said. The syndicate hall of the university has already seen a major facelift with air conditioning and video conference facilities. The photographs of 51 chancellors of the varsity till date has also been restored and put up on the wall of the syndicate room. The work that had started in the middle of 2018 is expected to be completed in the next four to five months. “After the completion of the work on this campus we will undertake work to renovate our Rajabazar Science Campus which is also another heritage building,” the Vice-Chancellor said.last_img read more


first_imgBhopal: BSP chief Mayawati on Tuesday threatened to “reconsider” continuing support to the Kamal Nath-led government in Madhya Pradesh after her party candidate from Guna Lok Sabha seat joined the Congress.BSP candidate from Guna, Lokendra Singh Rajput, joined the Congress on Monday evening and extended his support to Guna’s sitting MP and Congress candidate Jyotiraditya Scindia. Reacting to it, Mayawati on her official twitter handle said, “The Congress is not behind of BJP in misusing the government machinery. The Congress has intimidated the BSP candidate from Guna in MP to withdraw from the fray.” Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”But, the BSP would reply by contesting the elections on its own symbol and also reconsider continuation of support to the Congress government,” she tweeted in Hindi. In the last year’s state Assembly polls, the Congress emerged as the single largest party in the 230-member House with 114 seats, two short of the simple majority mark. It formed the government with the support of two legislators of the BSP, one MLA of the Samajwadi Party and four Independents. The BJP won 109 seats in the state polls.last_img read more


first_imgFrance International Adrien Rabiot has reportedly been banished from first-team training at Paris Saint-Germain.The midfielder is set to leave the French champions before the end of the January transfer window as he will be out of contract this summer.The French player has been linked with a number of clubs this window with the latest being Spanish giants Barcelona although the club denied making official contact for the player.Neymar, BrazilNeymar can win the Ballon d’Or, says Ander Herrera Andrew Smyth – September 13, 2019 An “excited” Ander Herrera believes new Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Neymar is a contender for the Ballon d’Or alongside Kylian Mbappe.Sports mole reports that Rabiot’s mother and agent Veronique Rabiot said last month that the midfielder would not be signing a new contract with PSG, making him a free agent at the end of this season.Apart from Barcelona, Chelsea and Liverpool have also been strongly linked with the 23-year-old whom PSG are mounting pressure on to leave sooner rather than later by making him train with the club’s reserve team.Rabiot has been a subject of controversy following his reaction to France Coach Didier Deschamps World Cup list last year.last_img read more


first_imgLongmere/Forest Lane area in Soldotna. 300+ without power. Cause still unknown at this time. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享7:45 Update from HEA: Original Post: Homer Electric Association is reporting an outage between Soldotna and Sterling.center_img According to the HEA outage map roughly 350 customers are currently without power out towards Sterling near St. Theresa Road. Crews have been notified of the outage- Updates will be posted as they are made available. The cause at this time is unknown.last_img read more


first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Sharecenter_img 00:00 /02:00 Listen X Amy BishopFareena Arefeen, a junior at Houston’s HSPVA, was named Houston’s second Youth Poet Laureate by the literary non-profit, Writers in the Schools.Hear News 88.7’s Amy Bishop chat with the 16-year-old Bengali-American, whose immigrant experience has played an instrumental role in her poetic inspiration – and how she plans to bring poetry to the least expected places. Click the audio play button above to listen. You can listen to one of her poems by clicking the play button below:  00:00 /03:35last_img read more


first_imgMembers of the U.S. Marines will be collecting new unwrapped toys at City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young’s Annual Toys for Tots Holiday Reception on December 14th . Come and enjoy  great music and delicious food while supporting a great cause.  The reception is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. RSVP in not required. Free parking is at the Baltimore Street Garage adjacent to City Hall starting at 4 p.m. For questions call Zoe Michal at 410-545-7487.last_img


first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailUPDATE: All lanes have now reopened One lane is shut due to another accident on the M6 this evening. Traffic data company INRIX report one lane is blocked due to an accident on the M6 Southbound between J15 A500 (Stoke-On-Trent) and J14 A34 / A5013 / A5013 Creswell Grove (Stafford North). Lane one (of three) is blocked, according to Traffic England. The accident is believed to have taken place at around 10.30pm. Earlier tonight the motorway was closed between junction 12 and junction 13 in both directions due to an accident on the northbound carriageway and a vulnerable man on a bridge over the southbound. Wide load stuck on North Staffordshire road Both of these incidents have now been cleared. It is unclear how many vehicles are involved in this latest accident on the motorway.last_img read more


first_imgHello and welcome to Stoke-on-TrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Friday January 4. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 17:30Due to an RTC the #A536 is closed at #PexhallRoad on the #Macclesfield side and #BankLane on the #Congleton side. Please avoid until we announce the road clear.— Cheshire Police Taskforce (@CPTaskforce) January 4, 201917:27A527 Porthill Road clear at A500 D Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank).16:52A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brinley Ford Southbound busy but moving at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 16:52Brownhills Road / Davenport Street / Newcastle Street busy but moving between A500 (Porthill Bank) and Tunstall. 16:27@PoliceShelton & @Hanleypolice have supported Stoke on Trent’s Sudenese community with their peaceful demonstration, which took place this afternoon in Shelton and Hanley. #ProtestLiaisonOfficers #NoIssuse #lawfulProtest @StaffsPolice pic.twitter.com/EfqB1yLCvW— Shelton Police (@PoliceShelton) January 4, 201915:52Moorland Road busy but moving at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout). 15:52Services at a stand on Virgin Trains West Coast between Stafford and Crewe due to signalling problem. 12:53Dog left to die in ditch – with another left dumped by busy road just days after giving birthThe RSPCA are investigating after both animals were dumped in Stoke-on-Trent. More here12:01Lane closed due to accident on A500One lane closed and queueing traffic due to accident on A500 D Road Northbound before A34 Talke Road (Talke Roundabout).The accident is just prior to the Talke exit.11:42Man, 38, charged after Douglas MacMillan charity box stolen from shopHe is set to appear in court this morning. More here.11:18Firefighters working to rescue cat from treeThe cat is believed to have been stuck since Tuesday. More here.10:37Cash only at Stafford ServicesA Highways England spokesman said:Stafford Services M6 southbound between J15 Hanchurch to J14 Creswell- Cash only due to no internet – card machines not working. “10:14Shock as town centre restaurant closes ‘with immediate effect’ The restaurant and wine bar has apologised to customers and thanked them for their support. More here. 09:31Four way traffic lights causing delays at Cobridge Traffic LightsQueueing traffic due to temporary traffic lights on A53 Cobridge Road at A50 Waterloo Road (Cobridge Traffic Lights).Four-way temporary lights installed but cause for this is not known. (Image: Inrix)09:13Woman, 58, dies in accident on A500The A500 was closed for more than five and a half hours following the accident last night. More here.08:58Bull Lane partially blocked due to accident between Brindley Ford and PackmoorBull Lane Westbound partially blocked due to accident from Handley Drive to Mellor Street. Traffic is coping well.Between A527 Outclough Road and Newchapel. (Image: Inrix)08:53Police step up patrols as youths cause anti-social behaviour in townThe youths are believed to have travelled from Crewe to Congleton. More here.08:53Arrest made after break-ins at businesses Police have made the arrest overnight following recent burglaries in the town. More here. 08:33Broken down lorry causing delays on M6M6 Northbound lane closed on exit slip road, queueing traffic due to broken down lorry at J14 A34 (Stafford North).Lane one (of two) is closed heading down to the roundabout. (Image: Inrix)08:20Abandoned Snoop the dog moves closer to being put up for adoptionThe charity hopes to assess the dog, abandoned just before Christmas, to help find him a forever home. More here.’Snoop’ the dog08:15Statement expected on A500 accidentWe have contacted Cheshire Police about an accident that closed the A500 for more than five hours overnight. We understand a statement will be issued later today.07:55Woodhouse Lane now closed due to accidentWoodhouse Lane in both directions closed due to accident, a single vehicle involved between Pennine Way and Under The Hill.Traffic officers are at the scene. 07:43Accident in Biddulph MoorWoodhouse Lane partially blocked, queueing traffic due to accident from Under The Hill to Pennine Way.Between Biddulph Moor and A527 Congleton Road. (Image: Inrix)06:53Arrest after charity box stolen from furniture storePolice made the arrest last night. More here.06:29Police warn motorists in Staffordshire not to leave cars unattended while defrosting windscreensA Staffordshire Police spokesman said:Frosty morning across Staffordshire today. Don’t leave your car unattended whilst defrosting the windscreen. “06:27A34 busy but moving in Trent ValeA34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). (Image: Inrix)06:11Good morningWe’ll be keeping you up to date with the latest news throughout the day.last_img read more


first_imgTags: SIREV, Softvoyage Share MONTREAL – Softvoyage has announced several new enhancements to SIREV, ones that enhance efficiency and reward agents for their efforts.In light of the popularity of suppliers’ loyalty programs, SIREV agents can now key in their reward account’s personal identification code in the corresponding field of the SIREV booking form. Agents are then assured that their electronic reservation is counted towards their reward account’s balance, without the need to communicate with the supplier’s service desk.This functionality is supported for the following loyalty programs: Transat (BONBON), Air Canada Vacations (ACV & ME Rewards), and Sunwing Vacations (STAR points).In addition, seat selections for regular seats are now offered on SIREV for all flights and vacation packages booked with Air Canada and Air Canada Vacations. Plus, seat selections are commissionable to agents.After a booking is completed, seat selections can be performed from ‘TripBook’, either by the agent via the ‘Bookings ‘ tab, or by the customer directly if the agent chooses to send the ‘TripBook’ to them.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoThe seat selection is added to the other features of ‘TripBook’, such as the ability to view the detailed information about the products booked, to retrieve the traveller’s electronic documents, and to make a payment.Last year, Softvoyage announced a number of investments to the ‘Cruises’ engine. SIREV agents will be pleased to learn that the following suppliers are now available: cruise packages (including air) from Air Canada Vacations, Encore Cruises, Sunwing Vacations and Transat; and FIT cruises from Carnival Cruise Lines, Cunard, Holland America Line, MSC Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Line, Princess Cruises, and Seabourn.All of SIREV key features are available for the ‘Cruises’ module. Cruise bookings are commissionable by the suppliers and count again an agency’s minimum SIREV bookings requirement. Posted by Friday, November 25, 2016 center_img Travelweek Group SIREV now allows agents to enter loyalty programs, select regular seats << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more


first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The Arizona Cardinals are a banged-up football team.Head coach Bruce Arians said Monday he expects money linebacker Deone Bucannon to placed on injured reserve after he suffered an ankle injury in Sunday’s loss to the Miami Dolphins.As a result, the Cardinals are reportedly bringing in a familiar name to Arizona football fans. According to Mike Jurecki of Fox Sports 910, Arizona will sign linebacker Scooby Wright off of the Cleveland Browns practice squad. Comments   Share   Wright, 22, was a seventh-round draft pick of the Browns (250th overall) and has spent the entire season on the practice squad. He did have eight total tackles and one quarterback sack in four preseason games with the Browns earlier this year.He enjoyed a stellar three-year college career at the University of Arizona. In 2013, he received Freshman All-American honors from 24/7 Sports and Athlon Sports after totaling 83 tackles. In 2014, Wright was one of the best players in the country, racking up 163 tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 14 sacks and six forced fumbles. He won the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, the Rotary Lombardi Award and the Chuck Bednarik Award in addition to being named the Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year. He helped the Wildcats to their first Pac-12 South division title and a trip to the Fiesta Bowl.His junior season in 2015 was marred by injuries which limited him to just three games, but he did earn Defensive MVP honors in the New Mexico Bowl when he registered 15 total tackles and two sacks.In early May, the Cardinals were in communication with Wright to come to Arizona if he wasn’t drafted, but then the Browns used their 14th and final pick on the linebacker.center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo This is a 2016 photo of Scooby Wright III of the Cleveland Browns NFL football team. This image reflects the Cleveland Browns active roster as of Thursday, May 12, 2016 when this image was taken. (AP Photo) Time to work!— Scooby Wright III (@TwoStarScoob) December 13, 2016 Top Stories last_img read more


first_imgTwentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, the international sales arm of the Hollywood studio, has appointed Edward Anderson as vice president, international free television.Anderson is an entertainment lawyer who joins from his own law firm Anderson General & Entertainment Law. Before setting this up he worked at Sony Pictures Entertainment. He will work across all aspects of the network, cable, satellite, digital television business, including format licensing and will report to international television president Marion Edwards.“We are delighted to have Edward join our team. His legal background and experience will be a tremendous asset as we continue to grow our businesses and respond to many new demands from our clients,” said Edwards.last_img read more


first_imgBy Jeff Clark, Casey Research Inflation is a natural consequence of loose government monetary policy. If those policies get too loose, hyperinflation can occur. As gold investors, we’d like to know if the precious metals would keep pace in this extreme scenario. Hyperinflation is an extremely rapid period of inflation, but when does inflation (which can be manageable) cross the line and become out-of-control hyperinflation? Philip Cagan, one of the very first researchers of this phenomenon, defines hyperinflation as “an inflation rate of 50% or more in a single month,” something largely inconceivable to the average investor. While there can be multiple reasons for inflation, hyperinflation historically has one root cause: excessive money supply. Debts and deficits reach unsustainable levels, and politicians resort to diluting the currency to cover their expenses. A tipping point is reached, and investors lose confidence in the currency. “Confidence” is the key word here. Fiat money holds its purchasing power largely on the belief that it is stable and will preserve that power over time. Once this trust is broken, a flight from the currency ensues. In such scenarios, citizens spend the money as quickly as possible, typically buying tangible items in a desperate attempt to get rid of currency units before they lose value. This process increases the velocity of money, setting off a vicious cycle that destroys purchasing power faster and faster. The most famous case of hyperinflation is the one that occurred in Germany during the Weimar Republic, from January 1919 until November 1923. According to Investopedia, “the average price level increased by a factor of 20 billion, doubling every 28 hours.” One would expect gold to fare well during such an extreme circumstance, and it did – in German marks, quite dramatically. In January 1919, one ounce of gold traded for 170 marks; by November 1923, that same ounce was worth 87 trillion marks. Take a look. (Click on image to enlarge) Inflation was at first benign, then began to grow rapidly, and quickly became a monster. What’s important to us as investors is that the price of gold grew faster than the rate of monetary inflation. The data here reveal that over this five-year period, the gold price increased 1.8 times more than the inflation rate. The implication of this is sobering: while hyperinflation wiped out most people’s savings, turning wealthy citizens into poor ones literally overnight, those who had assets denominated in gold experienced no loss in purchasing power. In fact, their ability to purchase goods and services grew beyond the runaway prices they saw all around them. One can’t help but wonder how the people whose wealth evaporated in Germany during this time felt. In effect, they were robbed by the government – they were on the losing end of a massive transfer of wealth. Of course, there are two sides to the story, as those who held significant amounts of gold and silver were the recipients. We can’t help but speculate about whether most citizens dismissed the idea of inflation during the calm period in 1920-’21. Did respected economists scoff at the idea that Germany could suffer hyperinflation, just before it struck? Did some politicians proclaim that “a little inflation would be good?” Those who today argue that our obscene debt levels, runaway deficit spending, and money-printing schemes are sound strategies and believe they won’t lead to out-of-control inflation might want to rethink those beliefs. We’ve seen this movie before: it doesn’t have a happy ending. The historical record is clear on what happens when countries embark on fiscal and monetary paths today’s leading economies are embracing. If gold’s recent price performance is anything like the calm before Germany’s hyperinflationary storm, this is a time to be accumulating more gold. Keep in mind that hyperinflation is not a rare event. Since Weimar Germany, there have been 29 additional hyperinflations around the world, including those in Austria, Argentina, Greece, Mexico, Brazil, Taiwan, and Zimbabwe, to name a few. On average, that’s one every three years or so. While hyperinflation devastates those who experience it, there is a healing aspect to it. Since the responsibility for this type of disaster lies solely at the feet of government, there may be some Darwinian justice to the way hyperinflation purges the perverse fiscal and monetary imbalances from an economy. After the Weimar Republic hyperinflation, the second half of the 1920s was a strong period for Germany, with low inflation and steady growth. It’s no secret that many currencies around the world, including the US dollar, are choosing the path of inflation. If we were to slip into hyperinflation, there will be disastrous consequences for those unprepared. Given that the US dollar is the world’s reserve currency, the problems would spread to practically every country on earth. Hyperinflation will shake people’s confidence not only in the US dollar, but in the paper currency system as a whole. What will actually come to pass, we don’t know. What we do know is that the measures to cure hyperinflation include tying the currency to a hard asset or even replacing it with one. When creditability in fiat money dissipates, gold may be the only viable option left standing. Again, the investment implication is obvious: continue to accumulate gold. How much is enough? Well, how many ounces do you own in relation to your total assets? Anything less than 5% will not offer you a sufficient level of protection in a high inflationary environment. Another way to look at it is this: how many ounces do you need to cover your monthly expenses? In Weimar Germany, inflation rose uncomfortably for two years – and then pinched harder, spiraling into a destructive hyperinflation for another two. Consider what it would take to maintain your standard of living for a couple years instead of just a couple months. And don’t listen to any government’s ongoing pronouncements of confidence in the current system, along with the mainstream media’s noisy and frequently inaccurate portrayals of the gold market. (For example, these two headlines appeared on the same day: Gold Edges Lower as Worries over Europe Simmer; and Gold Settles Higher on Spanish Bailout Plans.) In a world awash in ignorance about real money, if not deliberate obfuscation, you have to study the relevant history, draw your own conclusions, and stick with them. This example shows how gold can perform during hyperinflation. If that worst-case scenario comes to pass, will the example your family’s finances sets be a positive or a negative one? Don’t let your family be one of the millions slowly being robbed by the US federal government’s policies that are, among other things, eroding the value of its dollar. Start preparing yourself now, and you can not just survive what looks to be ahead – you and your family can thrive. And that, ultimately, is what investing is all about.last_img read more


first_imgHere’s how to write an award-winning movie: pick a random Middle Eastern country with oil… insert conflict that can threaten the oil supply… enter the United States with guns blazing and people dying. Sounds pretty unoriginal, but it’s the plot of the 2005 movie Syriana, which won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay (go figure). But what’s even more frightening than the limited imagination of Hollywood’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is that the US government has followed this plot line to a T so many times. And it’s not any different this time around. The United States will invade Syria or even Iran, secure the oil supply, and occupy the country for decades to come. Politicians will become richer, innocent people will die, and thinking Americans will have yet another reason to doubt their government. America’s involvement this war around probably won’t be as controversial, because many Western countries have already stated their support for the Syrian rebels. Russia’s support for the Syrian government will definitely stir things up, but we don’t think that will be too big of an issue. In fact, the US has already been training non-Islamist rebels in Jordan and has approved providing lethal arms to this group. Next, watch for the pro-war rhetoric to flare up. It’s almost that time again, when the White House and Congress will say and do anything to get the public riled up enough to happily march to the frontlines or, at the very least, “support our troops kids who are being sent to the desert as cannon fodder.” US Secretary of State John Kerry has accused the Syrian government of destroying evidence in an area believed to be the site of a chemical weapon attack, and (gasp!) Syria has been refusing to allow the UN to investigate the alleged attack sites. All of this sounds just a little bit too familiar for our taste. We all know how much of a problem the Iraq debacle has been for the US government and its budget. In fact, we may just be weeks away from seeing Tomahawk cruise missiles raining on Damascus. As Doug Casey likes to put it, never let a good crisis go to waste. Though Syria is not a major producer of oil, the impact of its civil war can reach far beyond its borders to countries such as Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. We believe this saber-rattling by the US government is simply another step toward trying to secure the Persian Gulf… and its precious oil resources. Every time the US government does this, oil has the potential to skyrocket—which, while being bad news for most people, is fantastic news for those who are already invested in the sector because it lifts all oil plays, whether in the desert or elsewhere. Right now, we’re monitoring a promising investment that could massively profit from the next Middle Eastern oil crisis. This company’s plans are so secretive that the company’s lawyers would not even allow us a site tour to find out about its next—and quite possibly crucial—drill results. However, as soon as the company breaks its silence, Casey Energy Report subscribers will hear about it immediately, for a chance to jump into what may be the energy opportunity of a lifetime. The critical drill results are only weeks away. If you give the Casey Energy Report a risk-free try today, you’ll be among the select few who will not just survive these turbulent markets, but who could multiply your net assets with just one investment. Click here to find out more. Additional Links and Reads Gas-Rich Tanzania to Start Power Exports in 2015 (Gulf Times) Due to BG and Statoil’s success in offshore Tanzania, the once energy-starved African nation is set to become an exporter by 2015. Unfortunately for the United States, 2015 is also around the time other countries begin ramping up their liquefied natural-gas (LNG) exports, namely Australia, which is poised to become the Qatar of the Asian-Pacific and own about 20% of the market by 2020. With all these developments, can LNG really be the real savior of the US gas market? Sierra Leone Man Busted by Undercover US Agents for Attempted Uranium Sale to Iran (Jerusalem Post) At least someone was set to make money in the uranium markets. Just how much is 1,000 tons of uranium? Even at current, depressed market prices, the man was set to pocket a cool $70 million for his company. It appears he has brokered deals with other countries in the past. It will be interesting to see where this goes. China National Petroleum Corp. Executive Is Investigated (Wall Street Journal) We recently published a report on national oil companies (NOCs) vs. international oil companies (IOCs). In it, we highlighted many reasons why NOCs sometimes trade at a discount to IOCs. One reason why is highlighted in this article: officials abusing their powers and taking advantage of the lack of transparency in reporting. It really is no surprise; but there are still opportunities when it comes to NOCs. Click here for more information.last_img read more


first_img But in the oil patch, you either innovate or disintegrate. The need to bring down costs and increase the recovery of oil and natural gas is now a prerequisite to stay alive in the oil patch during a major price correction, such as we’re currently in. The need to modify drill and production programs to be efficient is greater than ever. Companies will focus on increasing the number of wells per pad and down spacing, which allows producers to increase extraction efficiency by reducing the length between wells on a per acre basis. But I believe the greatest efficiency and success of this downturn will be re-fracking. Re-Enter and Re-Frac In the next few years, you’ll very likely be hearing a lot about re-fracking… and it will likely also become as common as fracking is today over that time frame. What is re-fracking? Essentially, rather than drilling a new well, a company re-enters and re-fractures existing horizontal wells. This can be done currently at about 25% of the cost; that cost will only improve with more “re-fracks” and as better techniques develop with time. Now that oil has fallen to new lows and management teams are coming to the realization that prices aren’t going up anytime soon, oil producers need to find ways to reduce drilling costs and increase production (recovery) from existing wells. I believe that one of the absolute best ways to do this is to eliminate as much of the drilling costs of a new well as possible and focus on re-entering an existing well. By applying better modern technology and better equipment, the company can re-frack the older horizontal wells to unlock the trapped oil and natural gas left behind in the initial frack process. And there’s a lot of oil left behind in the existing fracked wells. Bam! Innovation out of necessity. Re-fracturing horizontal oil wells is new to the industry, but I think it will actually revitalize the declining wells in the shale sector. I’m not saying that the re-fracked wells will be better than the original fracked wells initially, but thus far, the future is very promising for re-fracks based on the results I’ve seen. Not only can re-fracking revitalize these declining wells, it can also increase the companies’ drilling inventories significantly, which is a huge positive. “Drilling inventory” is the number of potential wells per section. More wells means more reserves, which is good, especially if the cost  to re-enter those existing wells is one-quarter or less the cost of drilling a new well. Now I know there will be an old guard—the same guys who in 2007 and 2008 told me that fracking is science fiction—who won’t believe in re-fracking, but that’s their problem. I’m already planning how I am going to position myself and my subscribers to take advantage of this trend that no one is talking about. One of the first companies to test re-fractures is Marathon Oil Corp. (MRO) in its core Bakken acreage in Mountrail and Dunn Counties. So, we called the company up and starting asking questions. They really didn’t like the fact we came knocking and didn’t want to give out much information, as this is cutting-edge stuff, and the company has a leg up on its competition. But anyone who knows me knows I don’t give up easily, so I got the story… and it gets very good. The re-fractured wells significantly outperformed expected results. In the third quarter of 2014, Marathon Oil completed 13 re-fractured wells, all with very positive results. So I kept the search on for other management teams that have the know-how to deploy re-fracks. I called Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD), one of the true pioneers in the early days of the Eagle Ford shale in Texas. PXD is seeing major success using re-fracking the Eagle Ford. I didn’t stop there. I have the whole list of who’s re-fracking and who isn’t. But that information is for my paying subscribers. That said, I’d be remiss if I left out my fellow Canadians and failed to mention that the Canadian companies such as Crescent Point Energy (CPG.TO) are not too far behind this new re-fracking trend. CPG will begin re-fracturing its Alberta Bakken wells in 2015. Who will really benefit from the re-fracking boom? I think I nailed this one… and it will be the basis of my March Casey Energy Report newsletter. I spoke to one of the world’s leading minds in well re-fracking recently, to pick his mind on where the industry is currently and where it will be going in a few years. His insights and experience are incredible. This executive was one of the final candidates to be the president of one of the world’s largest service companies; and after not getting the nod, he left the company (into which he’d put over 30 years of service) and formed a multibillion-dollar fund which is now capitalizing on the new enhanced oil recoveries. I also plan on making money for my Casey Energy Report subscribers with it. The reason for the recent emphasis on efficiency is due to the adversity facing oil and gas producers, with lower oil prices and a business model built upon levered growth. Many companies have over-accumulated debt to fund growth projects, and as oil prices fall, they must look to efficiencies to keep growth alive or keep existing production stable. Shale wells face production decline rates ranging from 50%-85% in some wells of the three main formations. Therefore, US shale producers have to keep drilling just to maintain production and continuously pay out large interest payments to their debt holders. These interest payments are burdensome on the profitability of producers, but if they even slow production, their interest payments would be at risk at $50 oil. Looking at the large and small producers in the three main basins in the US, we can see how much these interest payments can cost a company as a percentage of operating profit. If highly levered US producers were to cut production, their interest costs could rise to greater than 50% of their operating profit and would put the company at risk of default. If that happens, debt is likely to dry up, and lenders would tighten lending restrictions on these companies. US companies are using down spacing, pad drilling, and re-fracturing as a way to stabilize and grow production while cutting costs in order to avoid accumulating additional debt or seeking additional credit facilities to fund their production. The United States is a place that fosters innovation. With companies like Google, Apple, and Tesla, it’s easy to overlook innovation in the oil and gas industry. As oil and gas producers face the adversity of low oil prices and high leverage, they rely on the main characteristic that birthed the shale revolution: innovation. The Saudis may be dictating the price of oil currently to fight for international market share, but oil production from shale formations will not be destroyed, as OPEC hopes it will. The US oil producers will continue to pump record amounts of crude, not because they want to, but because they have to—and having to do something spurs the type of innovation we’re seeing in the oil and gas industry today. The future of fracking is re-fracking, and we’re on the cusp of what will be the next phase of the US Shale Revolution. How Do You Make Money from the Re-fracking Revolution? The current energy markets are volatile, but a speculator must use volatility to his own advantage to build positions in companies that have suffered as a result of the current market correction. I follow a very disciplined approach and use very advanced mathematics and technical knowledge to position myself in the best energy companies. If you’re looking for in-depth research, experience, and exposure to my vast network in the resource sector, then you may want to pay attention to what I’m doing. If you believe that to be successful in the resource sector one must be a contrarian to be rich—as I do—now is the time to become engaged. Come see what I’m doing with my own money. You’ll get access to every Casey Energy Report newsletter I’ve written in the last decade, as well as my next two monthly reports, which will not only cover the potential of re-fracking, but will reveal which companies will be best situated to make their shareholders money in the current depressed energy market. It’s all available right here. I can’t make the trade for you, but I can help you help yourself. I’m making big bets—are you ready to step up and join me? This will be one of the most important missives I will ever write. The future of fracking is re-fracking. This cutting-edge technology is new, and I’ll walk you through everything you need to know about the next game-changing technology in the shale revolution. Some will call it Fracking 2.0., but I call it Re-Fracking. Adversity is understating the potential headwinds heavily indebted oil and gas companies face as 2015 begins, oil prices stay suppressed, and hedges on their production eventually wind down. Adversity always results in innovation in the top oil and gas producers, operators, and servicers in the industry in every downturn. Where We Were, Where We Are, and Where We’re Going In 1956 Marion King Hubbert, a geoscientist from Shell, predicted peak oil production would be reached between 1965 and 1970. He became famous when his prediction became reality in 1970. But everything changed when the innovations in horizontal drilling and fracturing allowed companies to recover oil and natural gas from new and deeper formations such as the Bakken, Eagle Ford, and Permian Basin at the dawn of the 21st century. Hydraulic fracturing has experienced many innovations, such as increased lengths both vertically and laterally as well as new completion designs which have increased fracture stages along the well and perforations (number of fractures) between each cluster stage, to name a few.center_img I prefer to spell the shorthand for hydraulic fracturing as “fracing,” because it’s an adaptation of the word “fracturing,” which is what happens to the formation of rock. But mainstream media, Microsoft Office Word 2013, and most important, my proofreaders disagree. The latter tell me it should actually follow some rule involving a part of speech called a “gerund” and get the “k” added. It’s a battle I don’t care to fight (I care about making money, not academic nonsense), so fracking will be the spelling in Casey publications moving forward. Whether you read the word fracking, fraccing, or fracing, they all refer to hydraulic fracturing.last_img read more


first_img June 13, 2017 The Mystery of What Millennials Really Want Is Solved at Last Iconoclast Enroll Now for $5 Image credit: izusek | Getty Images Add to Queue A single conversation over a couple of beers reveals the prosaic truth: decent pay and benefits, a lot like their parents had. Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read –shares Next Article Youth, it’s been said, is wasted on the young.And while every generation draws the wrath of those plagued by enlarged prostates and chronic lower back pain, the vitriol for millennials seems to me to be particularly mean-spirited and undeserved. Take for example my recent encounter with an eager young college grad who shed some light on what millennials really want.On March 31st, 2017, I travelled to Dublin, Ireland to speak at a conference for small and medium sized enterprises. My topic was hot of the pages of Entrepreneur — Why Won’t My Customer Call Me Back?After the conference I headed off to the pub and found myself seated next to a young man, Paul, who had just graduated college and had landed himself a plum position at a large aerospace firm. Perched on a barstool and sucking down Guiness (not a paid endorsement although I do like Guiness), we exchanged pleasantries and, as Americans travelling abroad are wont to do, we discussed what brought us to our current location.I told him about my speech and the irony of a session I attended where a woman, age 60-something, told a rapt audience all about what millennials want. He listened carefully before responding, “what a load of crap.”Paul does not speak for all millennials but I think he speaks for enough that others should take heed. It may have been the Guiness (still not a paid endorsement) but what he said made sense. So here are what I can remember of the words of wit and sage advice from a stranger I met in a bar in Dublin who may or may not have been named Paul.A decent job with benefits.Millennials want a decent job; not a part time job where they are forbidden to work more than 36 hours lest they be considered full time. A surprising number of industries — from daycare centers to autism centers — expect college degrees but are only willing to pay a hair more than minimum wage and will under no circumstance offer full-time employment.Related: How Millennials Are Unlocking the New World of WorkA decent job that affords them a life.Millennials want to make a living wage. There is a difference between making a living wage and making a subsistence wage that seems like a living wage. Here is a generation saddled with unprecedented debt from student loans, and sure the callous creeps out there can rightfully say that “nobody FORCED them to take out those loans” I would argue that yes, they were forced to take those loans.I get the argument that nobody paid older folks loans, but then again, there also wasn’t this convergence of predatory lending, sky-rocketing costs of higher education and credential inflation. For many and more, it was either take out a loan or not go to college and fight for the evermore-competitive unskilled positions.Related: 5 Ways Millennials Are Like No Generation Before ThemMillennials want “good” benefits, which their parents just thought of as “benefits.”“We want good healthcare, paid holidays, and vacation time. What we want,” says Paul, “is what our parents take for granted.”Paul isn’t wrong. A quick look at the overall compensation for newly hired millennials is pretty dismal. Does  $36,000 seem like a lot? Because when you subtract co-pays and all the benefits for which today’s workers have to pay that yesterday’s workers got as a part of a compensation package, that paycheck just can’t be stretched that far.Related: 5 Reasons Millennials Shouldn’t Depend on a 9-to-5 JobMillennials want their jobs to make sense.Millennials want their managers to clearly articulate what is expected and what the assignment is and then get out of the way. “We don’t want to work in an open-cube, Google workspace,” says Paul. “We just want to be able to collaborate with our fellow workers and do the best possible job we can.”Paul told me that he was currently on a two-month paid leave of absence (a benefit he negotiated when he was hired) and the conversation turned to how he should spend his remaining days in Dublin. I ran down the list of tourist things he could do and then half jokingly said, “it’s not exactly Amsterdam.”At this Paul lit up and said, “why in the (expletive) am I staying five days here when I could be in Amsterdam?” He got on his phone and with fingers flicking with the dexterity only found in one raised in the world of texting in moments he had changed his plans to leave the next morning for Amsterdam (so much for me working for the Dublin Office of Travel and Tourism). I gave him my card and asked him to contact me when he landed, just to stay in touch.Maybe I should have encouraged Paul to stay those four extra days in Dublin and enjoy its rich culture and rolling green landscape. Maybe suggesting four-day bacchanal wasn’t the brightest thing I could have done. I hope he passes his drug test when he finally reports to work. I’m sure things will work out and besides clean pee is still relatively cheap. Contributor Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Millennials Phil La Dukelast_img read more


first_img Marketing TechnologyNewsSaaS-based applicationsSOC 2SquelchSystem and Organization Controls Previous ArticleInformatica Announces New Data Protection Integrations Across Microsoft PlatformNext ArticleYes Marketing receives industry recognition from Webby Awards, Horizon Interactive Awards and the Internet Advertising Competition Squelch Showcases Effective Data Stewardship with Successful SOC 2 Certification PRNewswireMay 7, 2019, 2:40 pmMay 7, 2019 Receives Industry Validation for Proven Approach to Data Security, Privacy, and ControlSquelch, Inc., provider of customer experience optimization software that empowers customer support and success professionals with the knowledge and resources to delight customers, announced the successful completion of a System and Organization Controls (SOC) 2 audit. The Squelch software was designed from the ground up with privacy and security controls in mind, and demonstrating SOC 2 compliance provides further evidence of this commitment.“As a valued customer experience SaaS solution provider to the Inc. 5000 and a partner to many of the world’s leading enterprise software vendors, we’ve always prioritized the security and privacy of sensitive information,” said Nathalie Criou, Vice President of Product, Squelch. “This approach guides our internal operations as well as the design and deployment of our software. The Squelch solution allows enterprises to deliver unmatched customer support and success by surfacing previously-siloed data sets while maintaining strong security and privacy controls.”Marketing Technology News: GroundTruth Names Chris Yamaoka Chief Privacy OfficerThe Squelch platform seamlessly connects with most SaaS-based applications, including Salesforce, Zendesk, Slack, Box, Confluence, Jira, Exchange, and Google Drive, to instantly locate current, relevant intelligence from across the enterprise. This actionable information is delivered to customer-facing agents at the precise moment of customer interaction, allowing them to quickly and effectively address questions and resolve tickets.When the Squelch platform connects to other systems, all of the customer’s existing application permissions are passed through natively. This approach creates a low-touch yet highly-secure connection in which users will only be able to access content for which they have proper credentials. The Squelch software also uses encryption for data in storage and transmission, fully-authenticated APIs, and a total tenant isolation architecture. Squelch is fully committed to the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework for data protection and is GDPR compliant.Marketing Technology News: New Study Finds the Current State of Pay TV, OTT & SVOD in 2019Since its launch one year ago, Squelch has been adopted by a growing number of leading enterprises, including Khoros (the combined company of Spredfast and Lithium), Arxan Technologies, Thycotic, and Instana.Marketing Technology News: STOMP Out Bullying™ Launches Emma, the First AI Platform Designed to Process and Respond to Cyberbullyinglast_img read more