first_imgUncle: Half of Europe want Real Madrid midfielder Llorenteby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent and uncle of Marcos Llorente has cast doubt over his future at Real Madrid.The midfielder was named man of the match for the Club World Cup final victory over Al Ain on Saturday.Julio Llorente, his uncle and agent, admits going into the tournament they were preparing to leave Real next month.”We will remember this throughout his life because it is the first title in which Marcos has won,” said Julio Llorente.”To continue in Madrid is nice, but we knew it was not good for his development. We had the plan to leave on-loan until the match against Rayo.”Since the season ended with Alavés, I’ve been called by half of Europe, including Champions League teams.”I was surprised he did not have more participation.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgWolves boss Nuno left frustrated after Southampton drawby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno was left frustrated after their 1-1 draw with Southampton.The visitors went ahead in sloppy circumstances from a Wolves perspective, as Danny Ings capitalised to slot home. Wolves showed the spirit to come back and equalise through Raul Jimenez’s penalty, and Nuno wants his team to learn from their performance and build on an improved second-half.He said, “I’m disappointed because one of the things we are, and must be, is solid and today we were not. Sometimes you have to stay in the game, Southampton broke us when we should be more solid in defence.“We created but not in the right areas we should. We played long, Southampton did very well, they pressed us very well, they were organised and are a very good team, they did a good job to make our task very hard in terms of possession of the ball.”He continued, “Sometimes it’s not what you want to do, it’s what the other team lets you do, but we should find better solutions. In the second-half we played better, we were more stable.“The goal we suffered was a mistake, we had to react, and we reacted OK, and then we pushed until the end.“It was not an easy game, it was a very tough game. It was very disrupted, not both teams controlling the game, we had an injury and didn’t play the way we should and could.“The game was very hard, we made mistakes, a lot of things happened in the game, so we have to improve for the next one.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_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


Ohio State answered one big question Wednesday among several uncertainties about the upcoming 2011 football season: Who will coach while Jim Tressel is suspended? Luke Fickell. OSU announced Wednesday that co-defensive coordinator and linebacker coach, Fickell, has been promoted to assistant head coach. Fickell will serve as interim head coach during Tressel’s five-game suspension to start the season. Fickell will retain his role as linebackers coach and co-defensive coordinator, OSU athletic director Gene Smith said in a press release. “I am humbled and excited about the opportunity,” Fickell said. “I’m truly proud to be able to stand up here and accept this role.” Fickell spoke to reporters, but offered few details on how the coaching roles would change for next year. “We coach by committee. It never has been, never will be about one person in particular,” Fickell said. “This is still Coach Tressel’s team.” Fickell spoke about the struggles that will come along with Tressel’s five-game absence. “It will be difficult,” Fickell said. “We have to know whose team it is. It’s our team. It’s the seniors’ team.” Tressel acknowledged that it will be hard. He said OSU deserves his time 24 hours a day, seven days a week. “This year,” he said, “it may be 24/6.” Fickell is a Columbus native and a 1997 graduate of OSU. He played nose guard for the Buckeyes from 1992–96. He redshirted his first year and started the remaining four. Fickell said he was honored to have this kind of opportunity at his alma mater. This is Fickell’s 10th year on staff at OSU, with his responsibilities ranging from overseeing the punt team to being co-defensive coordinator. “A final version of Fickell’s updated contract has not been completed,” the university said in a press release. The university suspended Tressel for five games for not reporting known NCAA violations to superiors. Terrelle Pryor and four other players received improper benefits by selling memorabilia and receiving discounted tattoos in 2009. Athletic department spokeswoman Shelly Poe said OSU is awaiting the results of an ongoing NCAA investigation, and no questions regarding the investigation could be answered. Poe also acknowledged that the university has become aware of allegations from an HBO “Real Sports” report that former recruit Anthony McClover said he received sexual favors while on an official team visit in 2003. Poe would not say whether OSU would be investigating this and that said the university will not comment on the matter until more information is known. Tressel took the opportunity at the spring practice press conference to again publicly apologize. “The largest regrets I’ve had, have been when I’ve disappointed people, when I’ve let people down,” Tressel said. “The mistakes I’ve made are very disappointing. Certainly, I‘m sorry for that. Tressel said he has received encouragement from many people throughout the ordeal. “The strongest inspiration I’ve gotten has been from our tremendous administration, our staff and most especially, our team,” Tressel said. OSU will begin spring football practice today, and Tressel said he is looking forward to how the new team is going to look. “We’re excited that spring begins tomorrow. We begin that focus on these 2011 Buckeyes,” he said. “It’s going to be a little different team; there are a lot of new faces.” read more


first_imgBabcock said Parnell is also well-positioned for the work: “Parnell, in his previous work on AK LNG, moved the project along to a point it had really never reached before. And he stands ready to evaluate where we are as we move forward and advise the governor-elect.” Dunleavy announced his selection of Babcock as chief of staff during a speech at an Alaska Miners Association convention in Anchorage. Dunleavy said Babcock has a lot of experience and he has faith in him. The LNG project proposal is an 807 mile north-to-south pipeline from the North Slope oil and gas field to the liquefaction plant and marine terminal on the Kenai Peninsula, in Nikiski. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Former Alaska Governor Sean Parnell was named as Governor-elect Mike Dunleavy’s special adviser on the AKLNG project.center_img Tuckerman Babcock, Dunleavy’s Chief of Staff and head of the transition team: “No one knows more about the project than the former governor.”  Dunleavy also announced Brett Huber as his a senior policy adviser. Huber managed Dunleavy’s campaign.last_img read more


first_img-A station master was temporarily suspended in Sirajganj on Wednesday night as ruling Bangladesh Awami League MP Tanvir Imam fell down while getting out of a running train on Monday, reports UNB.According to locals, on 4 September, Tanvir Imam, MP for Sirajganj-4 constituency, was getting out of the running Dhaka-bound train Chitra Express after seeing off his wife when he slipped.Later, he was taken to the Station Master’s room for primary treatment where his supporters started beating Abdul Baten, the assistant station master leaving him with a broken hand, said Divisional Railway Manager (DRM) of Pakshi, Ashim Kumar Talukder.After that, on Wednesday night station master Shamsul Alam was temporarily suspended and a two-member committee was formed to investigate the incidents, added the DRM.When asked, MP Tanvir, denying the fact of beating the assistant station master, said, the station master is lying to protect himself.However, the suspended station master said if it was notified that the MP or his wife will get off, then the train could have been stopped for a while.last_img read more


first_imgAn activist of Bangladesh Chhatra League (BCL) was killed in a bomb attack at Chandrapur village in Jhikargacha upazila in Jessore on Wednesday, reports UNB.The deceased was identified as Abbas Hossain, 40, son of Hazra Moral and brother of upazila BCL general secretary Kamal Hossain.Locals said some unidentified miscreants hurled bomb on Abbas and his brother when they were standing in front of their house around 11:30 am.However, Kamal managed to escape the attack but Abbas sustained serious injuries.Abbas died on way to hospital.Assistant police superintendent of Jessore Imran Mehedi said the attack might have launched over political rivalry.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: Breaking new ground, Kolkata’s Jiya Das has become the first transgender Operation Theatre technician in an Indian hospital, but theatre artists and actors from the community still face discrimination in the culture-loving city, say activists. Jiya, who once had to dance at gun point in soirees in Uttar Pradesh, is now working in a city-based super-specialty hospital, said Bappaditya Mukherjee, Secretary, Prantakatha, an organisation working for marginalised youth. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights “For young people, it is very important to get livelihood. Almost one and half years back, we organised an event called ‘Saathrangi’. During that event, a health entrepreneur said that he will take two members of the transgender community and train them as OT technicians. “Today Jiya Das is the first transgender OT technician in the country,” said Mukherjee. Jiya is treated at par with others in the hospital, he said at a panel discussion titled “South Asian Dialogue on LGBTQI Youth and Livelihood Discrimination” at the American Centre on Wednesday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed However, Ranjita Sinha, member of the West Bengal Transgender Board, said problems of the transgender community are getting confused with female issues. “I respect all members of LGBTQI community but transgenders are always visible, hence they face discrimination and violence all the time. The census still is not clear on the transgender community and we are mixing our issues with female issues,” said Sinha. “The West Bengal Transgender Board is supported by the women and child development and social welfare board. I have no idea where the movement is heading,” added Sinha. An activist-cum-theatre personality Anurag Maitrayee said that there is politics between the privileged and non-privileged within the LGBTQ community. To understand the pulse one has to step out and visit the interiors to know what the person actually feels. “For transgender people, monetary exploitation in the field of art and entertainment is tremendous, which must be addressed. We are made to understand that we are at least getting some work,” said Maitrayee. Samarpan Maiti, who finished second runner-up at the Mr Gay World 2018, shared his ordeal and how he faced discrimination in reputed institutes of Kolkata. The condition in rural areas is even worse. “I have seen parents cutting all financial aid for a lesbian girl and not letting them continue their education out of fear that if they are financially independent they will not succumb to the pressures of getting married. They are forcibly married off,” said Subhagata Ghosh, one of the founder members of Sappho for Equality, a Kolkata based 19 year old organisation working for lesbians and bisexual and transgender women. She also mentioned that the condition in the rural and suburban regions is all the more difficult, citing the recent suicide of two girls amid some evidence that they were in love. “Now in that village parents are trying to restrict all the girls from going to school thinking they would become vulnerable and do something like this,” said Ghosh.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: The body of a 14-year-old school student was found from a mustard field at Purbasthali in East Burdwan.The deceased identified as Arshad Shaikh was missing since Monday. On Tuesday, locals saw his body and reported the matter to the police. According to them, Arshad’s father stays outside state due to his profession. As his mother died when he was an infant, Arshad used to stay with his maternal uncle and relatives at Babuidanga, Pachimpara in Purbasthali. He was a student of class VIII in a local school. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeArshad’s family members said on Monday after returning from school, he went to watch a religious programme in the village. As he did not return within the usual time, the family members started searching for him. Despite searching throughout the night, Arshad could not be located. On Tuesday morning, a search for Arshad was again initiated but no one could trace him. In the evening, some villagers located Arshad’s body on the bank of a canal beside a mustard field not far from his home. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHis family members and police were informed accordingly. Cops reached the spot and faced agitation by the villagers. Later, senior police officials went there and assured villagers that steps would be taken accordingly. Sources informed that several injury marks could be seen on Arshad’s body. His face was partly smashed. Police have started a murder case against unknown person/s on the basis of a specific complaint lodged by Arshad’s uncle Raju Shaikh. The sleuths are suspecting that Arshad may been murdered over some family enmity. To find out the possible motive, cops are questioning Arshad’s family members and people, who are close to Arshad and his family. “Probe is on. All possible aspects will be looked into,” said a senior police officials.last_img read more


first_img Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Listen Now July 21, 2017 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Customer support services have changed. Before, you’d have a team of people in an office with headsets and computers, answering call after call, and email after email. While this is still the case in many organizations, the way we communicate with our customers has changed and as a result, so has the technology we use.Today, consumers have switched towards messaging applications as their preferred method of personal and professional communications. They interact with brands the same way they would with their family and friends. With that in mind, companies are following their audiences where they’re most likely to be.Unfortunately, finding the resources to interact with millions of potential consumers on a daily basis is near impossible, so we’ve started using robots. These robots are powered by artificial intelligence (AI), allowing them to interact with our consumers in the same way a human would. They’re called chatbots. At ChattyPeople we are working to solve this challenge.Related: Enterprise Chatbot Solutions With AI and Voice-Activation Are the FutureThe Benefits of Integrating an AI-Powered Chatbot Into Your Customer Care ServicesAs AI technology continues to grow, it’s essential that your company includes it in its business processes, and what better place to start than in your customer care department? After all, this is where your company has some of the most important and enlightening conversations with your customers.What makes having an AI-powered chatbot so great that companies of all sizes, from various industries, are using them to have some of their most important interactions with their audiences?Related: Enterprise Chatbots Platforms and the Future of WorkInstant ServiceWhile technological advancements and the proliferation of the internet has given us numerous advantageous business solutions, it has also equipped consumers with the notion that they can receive the information they want, instantaneously. They’ve become increasingly impatient, leaving customer support teams under a mound of pressure.Huge enterprises can’t offer instantaneous support to their customer unless they hire millions of agents. AI-powered enterprise chatbot solutions allow you to create a chatbot that can take on all your more basic customer problems while cutting out the long waiting times.Self-ServiceIt’s not just about offering instant responses to your customers’ queries. Enterprise chatbot solutions empower them to get answers without being put on hold or having to wait for an email response by creating a self-service system in their favorite messaging applications. Aside from empowering them, you’ll only be making a one-time monetary investment, allowing you to cut costs and increase productivity.Related: Enterprise Chatbots and the Conversational Commerce Revolutionizing BusinessBroader ReachOne of the biggest advantages of using enterprise chatbot solutions with AI in your customer support strategy is that you’ll be available to your audience 24/7, on a global scale. Even if every one of your offices is closed, your customers will still be able to contact you with an emergency whether they’re at home on a computer or using their mobile devices on the go.Increased SalesWhile your AI enterprise customer care chatbot will be predominantly used to interact with consumers and resolve any problems they may be facing, it can also become an integral part of your marketing and sales teams. With the right training, it will be able to send personalized offers to your customers on demand, as well as take orders, and process payments, among other activities.Related: Top 10 Best Chatbot Platform Tools to Build Chatbots for Your BusinessData AnalysisAs I mentioned above, your customer support team has some of the most important and enlightening conversations with your customers, but gathering and analyzing that amount of varied data is virtually impossible. Fortunately for us, AI-powered chatbots gather that data for us.While many current enterprise chatbot solutions offer limited analytics, they do offer you the reports you need to analyze your conversations yourself. Metrics you can track include:Total number of users reachedAverage session durationSessions per userInteractions per userClick-through ratesActive and engaged usersConfusion triggersResponse timeConversation stepsRetention ratesCreating Your Own AI Customer Care ChatbotThe real question is: how easy is it for large enterprises to include AI-powered chatbots into their processes? Lucky for us, gone are the days where coding and web development skills were required. Now, you can use an enterprise chatbot solution to simply creating an account and linking it to your social media profiles.By using complex machine learning technologies, chatbot solutions can help you deploy an AI-powered chatbot into your customer care services in a matter of minutes. Your chatbot should be able to:Integrate with all the major payment systemsBecome an integral part of your marketing and sales teamUse AI and natural language processing (NLP) to answer all your customer questionsRelated: How to Create a Facebook Messenger Chatbot For Free Without CodingFinally…Enterprise chatbot solutions with AI are essentially super-intelligent customer service assistants. Despite these chatbots needing a human eye monitoring them ensure everything runs smoothly, they do offer large enterprises the chance to tend to a broader customer base while cutting costs and increasing productivity. Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. 5 min readlast_img read more


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_imgAlajuela’s first vegetarian restaurant. Robert Isenberg Here’s the good news: The city of Alajuela has its first vegetarian restaurant. El Chante Vegano is a charming little bistro, the perfect venue to have lunch with your yoga instructor. What’s more, the dishes are delicious and the prices are reasonable. You can find local favorites (sopa Azteca), vegan imitations (portabella burger), and some surprises (“oriental” rice).Even the atmosphere is pleasant, with its hand-painted murals and low-key décor. The interior is cool and relaxed, and the front patio is shaded and breezy. The staff is upbeat and friendly, even by Alajuelan standards, and health-conscious diners should instantly feel at home. They even participate in “café pendiente,” the practice of donating coffee to less fortunate people. It’s obvious, from the moment you arrive, that the folks at El Chante are nice, thoughtful, well-meaning people.The bad news is that my recent visit was a disaster from beginning to end, and I couldn’t believe that El Chante Vegano had been open for several weeks. Related posts:Fun, action on Alajuela Museum tour Kid-friendly “Tales of Kings” plays in Alajuela Alajuela schoolchildren paint historical murals Alajuela smokers have new reason to quit My wife and I met with another couple for a late lunch, a little after 1 p.m. We sat down, ordered our platters, and waited. After 45 minutes, the chef came out with a plate of tortilla chips and greens. The salsa was mild and refreshing, and it blended nicely with the pitcher of flavored water. But the message was clear: We had waited awhile, and we might have to wait awhile longer. Well, it’s a new restaurant, we silently agreed. They’re figuring out their rhythm.After an hour, the chef returned to inform my wife that the kitchen had no cheese for her pizza. “I can give you some guacamole on the side,” he said. The gesture was appreciated, but by this point we were uncomfortably hungry, and we wondered how a vegetarian kitchen could operate – on a weekend – without cheese. And how are guacamole and cheese interchangeable? And how does it take a full hour to realize you’re missing a key ingredient?The first entrée arrived at 2:15 p.m. Our friend had ordered nachos, and he waited politely for another 10 minutes until the second plate came. One by one we received our orders, until, at long last, I collected my vegetable burrito, at around 2:35. By that point, I had already encouraged the others to eat, since we were apparently waiting for the vegetables to be harvested. It seems petty, in light of such complaints, to suggest that the “burrito” was technically a wrap, but there’s a fair distance between Mexico and Greece.The food was sumptuous and expertly prepared, even my wife’s cheese-less pizza, but it hardly counterbalanced the cons: There was no running water in the restroom sinks, the server forgot our drinks and looked miffed when we asked for them, and we had to chase her again for the check. They couldn’t accept credit cards, they said, so we were glad to have cash (waiting to use the ATM in Alajuela is a full-contact sport). One of the staff admitted that he had no idea what we’d ordered, and by then the server had disappeared. He took us into his office and itemized our lunch, and our happy reunion became an exercise in business accounting.By the time we left, at 3:30 p.m., the sun was low, and our late lunch had turned into an early dinner. Someone apologized for the inconvenience, explaining that the day had been difficult, and then he made awkward small talk. He sent us slices of cake, as if to bury the hatchet. Suddenly we felt pity for them; we had been annoyed, and now we were depressed –two unwelcome emotions on a bright Saturday.The moral is this: El Chante Vegano has a long way to go. In pickier climates, such a restaurant would never be allowed to open, and our meal would at least have been comped. The place has great potential, especially in a meat-and-gallo-pinto town like Alajuela, where a vegetarian joint ought to thrive. The problem is that El Chante is already open, and they’ll have to think on their feet. Documenting orders is an easy fix; getting a plumber for the bathroom is not.My fingers are crossed that they work out these significant kinks, because I want to go back. I assume the cheese, when available, is delicious.El Chante Vegano is located 25 meters west of the Post Office, Alajuela. Phone: 8911-4787. Facebook Commentslast_img read more


first_imgThe proportion of consumers in the UK accessing paid-for TV streaming services such as Netflix is expected to overtake those watching the free equivalents such as iPlayer this Christmas, according to new research.Digital billing and payments specialist Paywizard recently surveyed consumers in Australia, Brazil, Germany, Singapore, the UK and US and found that while there will be a spike in new SVOD subscriptions over the festive period, many of the new sign-ups plan to churn when the holiday season is over.Paywizard has now drilled down into the UK survey responses and said the expected surge in SVOD subs over Christmas could tip the balance of internet TV usage in favour of paid-for services.It said that 19% of UK viewers are currently using an SVOD service such as Amazon Prime, Netflix or NOW TV and 38% are accessing their free counterparts, including iPlayer, 4OD and ITV Player. If the anticipated 20% increase in paying online subs materialises then the paid-for total would hit 40%.Paywizard noted that the UK has the highest level of consumption of free catch-up services, more than double the average recorded across the surveyed countries.Among the new SVOD sign-ups Netflix is expected to lead the way with the greatest number, ahead of Amazon and then Now TV.“The UK audience is well served with TV choices, ranging from traditional broadcasters and pay-TV providers to newer, high quality on-demand services. Yet the appetite for more content is only getting bigger, giving international services like Netflix and home-grown rivals like NOW TV a foothold in the market that may ultimately disrupt the status quo,” said Bhavesh Vaghela, chief marketing officer at Paywizard.He added: “Our survey highlights that people are willing to pay to get what they want, but only if services can prove that their deal is worth it. For the industry, winning new customers may not necessarily mean that they’re there to stay.”last_img read more


first_imgVideo e-commerce solutions provider Cleeng has announced a Series B funding round of €5 Million to drive product development and growth in key markets.The funding round is led by Dutch venture capitalist firm Walvis, joined by current investors C4 Ventures. Walvis, founded by the J.A. Fentener van Vlissingen family, helps Dutch technology companies scale internationally.With the new funding, Cleeng said it would be able to increase its sales and marketing efforts, broaden its partner network and further invest in research and development.Gilles DomartiniBroadcasters including Foxtel, Sinclair Broadcast Group, Sky News, and media brands including Feld Entertainment, Cyberobics/McFit currently use Cleeng’s solutions.The Amsterdam-based startup has also announced that Colin Morrison, VP Sales at TiVo and 25-year industry veteran will join its supervisory board along with Vincent Gravesteyn and existing board member Olivier Huez from C4 Ventures, the investment fund founded by Pascal Cagni.“The OTT market is booming, and this investment will allow us to reinforce our core competencies and create the best platform for broadcasters to succeed in delivering Direct-to-Consumer strategies “We’ll expand our market presence in the USA, Europe and Asia to better meet the needs of leading broadcasters and our network of partners across the globe,” said Gilles Domartini, founder and CEO of Cleeng.Gravesteyn, managing director at Walvis, said: “Cleeng’s team has built a highly reliable and technically advanced video e-commerce platform for the broadcasting ecosystem. Premium videos are increasingly central to every media and content strategy today. Cleeng’s innovation in this space offers valuable opportunities for business efficiencies. Walvis invests in entrepreneurs with game-changing technologies and global ambitions, and we are excited to work together with Cleeng’s leadership team to create an international market leader.”last_img read more


first_img Gold Producers (GDX) 20.66 24.78 45.55 Oil 97.65 94.80 86.26 Silver Stocks (SIL) 10.82 12.59 22.11 TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 13.280.72 13,380.41 12,151.13 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 28.89 37.15 83.12 Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research P.S. New phyles are launching in Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia; Cuenca Canton, Ecuador; and Birmingham, England. The Antwerp, Belgium; Sydney, Australia; Princeton, NJ; Edmonton, ON; and London, ON, Canada phyles are looking for coordinators. Anyone interested in any of these areas or in checking for an existing phyle in his region should send an email to phyle@caseyresearch.com. Silver 19.54 21.77 33.04 Copper 3.21 3.24 3.63 One Month Agocenter_img Dear Reader, I have written repeatedly about the futility and foolishness of trying to time the market—tops or bottoms—but I know the desire for such a crystal ball is overpowering. So this week, we’ll indulge in a bit of crystal-ball gazing. But first, it is with great pride that I announce the publication of Doug Casey’s new book, Right on the Money. This is our second volume of “Conversations With Casey,” but this one includes several conversations between the two of us that weren’t distributed for free in our former column by that name. In the book, Doug and I delve into the specifics of how to apply his contrarian philosophy to making money. The Book When I mentioned the new book on my Facebook page a few days ago, I received a slew of congratulations. Thank you all. I enjoyed the conversations greatly, as well as the opportunity to draw out Doug’s knowledge and experience to share with all who are intellectually honest enough to consider what he says. But one fellow wrote in to say that Doug and I were quite brazen to publish a book called Right on the Money after being wrong about gold for the last two years. I understand completely that people who’ve invested recently in the gold sector are likely underwater and wondering how long they can hold their breath. I feel the pinch myself, with many of my own stocks in the red at the moment. However, we were not wrong about the current correction. Back in 2011 when gold hit its nominal peak over $1,900, we warned readers in print that a retreat was likely. Granted, given all the Wile E. Coyote economics governments around the world have been engaged in, we didn’t expect the temporary bear to stay so long or grow so large, but we did see it coming, and we did—and still do—see it as a fantastic opportunity for those who didn’t get in at the beginning of the bull cycle back in 2001. In point of fact, we have not been proven wrong about that yet; we’ve just seen a predictable level of panic among those who don’t see or have confidence in the bigger picture and long-term trends we’re betting on. Further, we found ways to make money on gold’s slide since 2011, including three highly successful “gold insurance” plays that more than doubled readers’ investments when gold went down. We’ve also included more dividend-paying companies in BIG GOLD, and even found one company for the International Speculator that profits from processing gold regardless of the gold price (one so far—I’m on my way to see another possible pick as you read this), as well as been able to upgrade our portfolio with high-grade exploration and development companies on sale while the market is down. This is what it means to be a contrarian—as Doug likes to say: “Make volatility your best friend.” And he should know: he’s been profiting from the metals and mining markets for almost 40 years. If one pulls back to view the big picture—in both global breadth and historical depth—as few people can do like Doug, it’s easy to see that the current slump in our market sector should not be cause for fear, but for excitement. It’s the best bargain-hunting opportunity for commodities investors in a decade. And it just may be the best wealth-creation opportunity in a generation. Exactly how one goes about this is what we explore in Right on the Money, and you can preorder a copy now to receive a 13% discount. Just in time for holiday reading—and giving. I hope you take advantage of this deal while it lasts. The Crystal Ball Doug likes to say that it’s a big mistake to make a prediction that includes both an event and a time. But then he often goes ahead and does exactly that—”for entertainment purposes only.” So I’m going to go out on a similar limb: I think it will be clear to most investors that the precious metals correction is over and the second half of this record-smashing gold bull market is under way well before the end of 2014. One of the reasons for this is a very different conversation I recently had, not with Doug, but with Krassimir Petrov. Krassimir is a true international man, like Doug: an Austrian School professor of economics from Bulgaria, currently living in Thailand. More important at the moment is that the previous time I interviewed him, he predicted the timing of the current gold bull cycle more accurately than Doug and I did—a fact that impressed me greatly. That interview is a relatively quick read, dense with important ideas and insights, but it’s too long for this dispatch, so I’m going to give you the bottom line and encourage you to read the whole interview here. Based on cyclical analysis, technical analysis, fundamental analysis, and portfolio analysis, Petrov says the bottom for gold could be in already, but most likely will be behind us within one to seven months. That’s early to mid-2014, now rapidly approaching. (Note that in the interview, he says three to nine months, but I recorded our conversation two months ago.) That said, I should also mention that Krassimir is convinced that the actual Mania Phase in gold – when the investing herd throws itself head-first into the gold market and you’ll get gold stock tips from your friendly cab driver – is still at least six to eight years away. While that may be somewhat disappointing to us gold investors waiting for our big rewards, it isn’t bad at all, because we’ll make plenty of money on the ramp up before the Mania Phase, just as we did in the first half of this epic bull market. I still believe it’s impossible to predict the exact bottom of a market correction, but given that cashed-up, high-grade exploration plays—and even profitable producers—are already on the deep-discount rack, it seems clear as day to me that the thing to do is to build a position while the market is down. You do not want to miss this boat. And best of all, tax-loss selling this month is likely to provide spectacular buying opportunities in the best of the best stock picks in the sector. I strongly encourage any and all with the contrarian courage to buy what others are selling (the hardest part of implementing the “buy low, sell high” formula) to act. Right on the Money shows you how, and the International Speculator offers you specific and detailed guidance. (If you try the International Speculator risk-free for 3 months today, BIG GOLD is included in your subscription, at no extra charge.) I know I’m tooting my own horn here and repeating some things readers have heard before, but I believe 100% in what I’ve said, and I’ve put more of my own money where my mouth is than ever before. Heart and mind, I wish you a happy and very prosperous 2014. Sincerely, Rock & Stock Stats Last Gold and Silver HEADLINES GFMS: India’s Silver Imports Likely to Touch New Record Highs in 2013 (Scrap Monster) According to Thomson Reuters GFMS, silver shipments into India reached 338 tonnes (10.8 million ounces, or Moz) in October, surging 40% over the 241 tonnes (7.7 Moz) imported in September. Through October, the country imported 4,652 tonnes (149.5 Moz), and analysts project that total silver imports could reach 5,200 to 5,400 tonnes (167-174 Moz) this year, exceeding the previous record of 5,048 tonnes (162.2 Moz) achieved in 2008. Silver demand in India has two key drivers. The first is low prices, which have plunged by nearly 37% year to date. The second reason is that increasing numbers of Indians have opted for silver jewelry and coins as gifts at festivals and weddings instead of gold, due to government restrictions that have led to a supply shortfall. Given the strength of the gold tradition in India, it will be interesting to see what happens when this dam finally bursts—as eventually it must. Silver Eagle Coin Sales Lag in November, But Still a Record 2013 (Mineweb) November American Silver Eagle bullion coin sales declined by 787,000 ounces from October levels, as the US Mint reports 2.3 million Silver Eagles were sold in November, down from 3,087,000 coins in October and 3,159,500 coins in November 2012. However, according to the Gold and Silver Blog, “the lower sales figures for November do not reflect a drop in demand for silver bullion coins, but rather the opposite due to the fact that the US Mint has run out of coins due to unprecedented demand.” Last year, the Mint unexpectedly sold out of 2012 Silver Eagles on December 17; the Mint is thus limiting coin orders for the remainder of this year to conserve blanks for the 2014 program. The Mint plans to issue its last weekly allocation of 2013 Silver Eagles on December 9. The 2014 silver Eagle bullion coins will not be available to order until January13, 2014. Meanwhile, year-to-date sales of American Eagle gold bullion coins at the end of November totaled 800,500 ounces, surpassing last year’s total sales of 753,000. This is already a new all-time record. Korea Exchange Targets Gold Trade as Park Hunts Taxes (Bloomberg) In an attempt to improve trading transparency and generate new tax revenue and financial opportunities, the Korean Exchange will begin physical gold trading on March 24, 2014. Asia’s fourth-largest economy, which already offers gold futures trading on the Korean Exchange, has been entertaining the possibility of a physical bullion market since 2010. Illegal trading to avoid taxes accounts for as much as 3.3 trillion won, depriving the government of an estimated $300 billion in tax revenue. The surge in gold-related services and institutions continues, especially in the East. We recommend investing with this trend in mind. This Week in International Speculator and BIG GOLD—Key Updates for Subscribers International Speculator One of our advanced, high-grade explorers just received a critical permit for underground work—a major step forward for this project, which has been significantly de-risked. Gold 1,230.70 1,317.80 1,701.80 One Year Ago TSX Venture 916.65 941.31 1,186.70 This Canadian explorer released outstanding met-test results, showing that its flagship project should have relatively low costs. The market ignored this value-adding news, making this company a Best Buy. BIG GOLD We updated all our stock recommendations in the latest issue of BIG GOLD, which are also posted on the portfolio page.last_img read more


first_imgIn the past few years, consumer advocacy groups have pressed restaurant chains to offer healthier kids’ meals and more nutritious side options like milk and fruit, and the restaurants have responded.In 2013, McDonald’s pledged to remove all mentions and images of soda from Happy Meal menu boards, and shortly thereafter, other fast-food restaurants began to devise policies to introduce nutritious drink and side options beyond fries and dessert. McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and Subway — the four biggest fast-food chains — replaced soda on kids’ meal menus with low-fat milk, water and 100 percent juice, and McDonald’s and Subway promised to make fruit and vegetable sides available.So have the voluntary pledges to make fast food healthier meant parents are purchasing more of the healthier food for their kids at the restaurants?Not really, says a study released Thursday by the University of Connecticut’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. And that may not be a good sign for children’s health.The study documented about 800 parents’ purchases for their children at McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and Subway through online surveys conducted in 2010, 2013 and 2016.Between 2010 and 2016, the percentage of parents who purchased kids’ meals and received healthier drinks remained about the same at 59-60 percent. And from 2013 to 2016, the percentage of parents who purchased kids’ meals with healthier sides actually declined from 67 percent in 2013 to 50 percent in 2016.Also, parents report buying fast food for their children more often. In fact, 91 percent of parents surveyed in 2016 said they had purchased a meal for their child at the four largest fast-food chains in the past week, compared with 79 percent in 2010.”It appears that restaurants’ voluntary policies as currently implemented are unlikely to substantially reduce children’s fast-food consumption overall, or increase their consumption of healthy items,” the study says.The report doesn’t really surprise researchers. Past studies conducted by Rudd have shown that fast-food restaurants are following their own voluntary pledges inconsistently.For example, at one McDonald’s location, the cashier may automatically include soda with a kids’ meal, at another location you might need to ask, and the same goes for french fries, the study found. While all chains removed the items listed in their pledges from their online menus, many still listed soda on kids’ meal menus in the brick-and-mortar restaurants.Still, the “health halo” of the healthy offering policies seems to resonate with parents. Nearly all parents surveyed in the latest Rudd study said they would purchase food for their children at that restaurant more frequently because of the healthy offerings. But Harris says while they may have health in mind when entering the restaurant, this doesn’t always lead to healthy choices.”The marketing of the healthy options available is getting people in the door, but it’s unlikely they’ll take the effort to ask if [the restaurant has] something healthier,” says the study’s lead author, Dr. Jennifer L. Harris, the director of marketing initiatives at the Rudd Center.Instead, Harris says, the best option for public health would be to automatically include the healthy options with the kids’ meals. “If fast-food restaurants start automatically giving patients healthy choices, that would be encouraging,” she says.Hillary Caron, a senior policy associate at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, says that the Rudd Center’s study is particularly interesting because it demonstrates the power of defaults in consumer decision-making. That is, if the meal comes with fries unless you ask for apple slices instead, you’re likely to get fries.Some government officials have already taken this message to heart. Just last week, California became to first state to pass a healthy-kids’-meal policy when Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that prohibits soda and other sugary drinks from being the designated beverages that come with kids’ meals. Similar bills have passed in cities like Louisville, Ky., and Baltimore and have been proposed in New York City and D.C.Harris says that the findings of the latest Rudd study indicate a need for such public policies. Voluntary and mandatory policies could work hand in hand, though, according to Caron.”Both approaches reinforce each other,” Caron writes in an email to NPR. Voluntary commitments from restaurants, she says, help make the case for state and local policies because they show that the changes are achievable. But state and local policies ensure that the principles apply to all restaurants, not just chains that propose voluntary health policies.Still, Harris wants people to remember that even if the fast food offered at restaurants is billed as healthy, most fast-food meals still consist of chicken nuggets, burgers and fries.”It’s important to communicate that fast-food meals are not healthy options,” Harris says. “Replacing soda with milk or water doesn’t make the meal healthy,” she adds. “It’s a small step, but in the right direction.”Rachel D. Cohen is an intern on NPR’s Science Desk. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more


first_imgph Marchisciano / One+Nine Images Torino 19–08-2017 – Juventus vs Cagliari 2017-2018Nella foto: gianluigi buffonph Marchisciano / One+Nine Images Torino 19–08-2017 – Juventus vs Cagliari 2017-2018Nella foto: gianluigi buffon Buffon won’t be hanging up his boots just yet as the veteran goalkeeper signed a one-year contract with Paris Saint-Germain.The former Juventus player made 176 appearances for the Azzurri and managed to win the World Cup in 2006. He spent 17 years with the reigning Serie A champions where he won numerous trophies in 656 games. However he failed to win the Champions League during a career that has spanned 23 years, losing the 2003 final to AC Milan, the 2014 edition to Barcelona and in 2017 to Real Madrid.The 40-year old will be officially presented as a PSG player on Monday and is expected to compete with Alphonse Areola for a starting place.Brought to you by Hublot <a href=”http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a01a3708&amp;cb={random}” target=”_blank”><img src=”https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=34&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a01a3708&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}” border=”0″ alt=”” /></a>WhatsApp SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=a7617b59&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=128&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=a7617b59&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a>last_img read more


first_imgAdvertisement Apple is going to be able to track your phone even when it is turned off!The company has been granted a patent that could potentially allow it to track an individual’s iPhone, even when it appears to have been turned off.The feature enables phones to enter a sleep-like state that suggests it has been shut down, but instead the phone’s movements can still be traced. – Advertisement – At the moment, the company provides its own “Find My iPhone” service, which enables users to track their handset when it has been lost or stolen. As it stands, however, phones cannot be traced when turned off.The granted patent indicates that in the future, users may be asked to enter a passcode before they turn their phone off, and if the incorrect code is entered the device will enter a traceable sleep mode. This will be a useful addition in the fight against mobile phone theft.The patent also outlines plans for iPhone owners to operate their device’s camera remotely while in sleep mode, enabling them to potentially take a photograph of the individual who has stolen their phone.According to the document, the iPhone will “periodically exit an unpowered state and transmits location data” automatically. It is likely that Apple will need to be wholly transparent with users as to how this feature would be implemented, in order to avoid accusations of surveillance.Via www.itproportal.com/last_img read more