2009 X-Blades National Youth Championships preview

first_imgOver 1,500 players and spectators will converge on Port Macquarie for the four day event which showcases the top under 18’s talent in Australia. The championships have returned to the traditional Under 18’s format after the inclusion of the Under 20’s division in 2008, with 36 teams competing at the tournament.The event is Port Macquarie’s second national Touch Football tournament this year, after the National Touch League was hosted at the stadium in March.QSST’s Boys and Girls teams will both be looking to again take a clean sweep of the Under 18’s titles after their dominance at the 2008 championships, but will face tough competition from NSWCHS, NSWCCC, SQBD Sharks and Brisbane City Cobras in both divisions. Local hopes will be high after the Northern Eagles fifth placing in the Under 18’s Girls last year, and the experience of their coach – Australian Women’s 20’s player, Stephanie Halpin, will be of great benefit to the team. The Under 18’s Boys team will be looking to improve on their result of 14th at the 2008 championships with the help of the talent Port Macquarie brothers, Nick and Matt Bale. The round games will be played from Wednesday to Friday, before the semi finals and finals are played on Saturday. To keep updated on scores and news throughout the tournament, please visit the National Youth Championships website: http://www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comlast_img read more

10 months agoEverton threaten Spurs plans for Boca Juniors midfielder Wilmar Barrios

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Everton threaten Spurs plans for Boca Juniors midfielder Wilmar Barriosby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are being linked with Boca Juniors midfielder Wilmar Barrios.Barrios has been linked with several of Europe’s top clubs, including Real Madrid, Tottenham and AC Milan.And Everton have now joined the race to land the Colombia central midfielder.He has a €20m (£18m) in his Boca Juniors contract, which could be triggered in January by the Toffees.Marca says the 25-year-old is up for moving to Europe from Argentina and a switch to Goodison Park would allow him to settle in alongside pal Yerry Mina, who joined from Barcelona in the summer. last_img read more

Fertilizer plant in Jorf Lasfar, dedicated entirely to Africa, Terrab

first_imgBamako – Upon the instructions of King Mohammed IV, the Moroccan Phosphates Company (OCP) will shortly launch, in Jorf Lasfar, a fertilizer plant dedicated entirely to the African Market, announced, Wednesday in Bamako, Mostapha Terrab, CEO of OCP group. This unit, to cost some $ 600 million, was announced by Terrab during the Moroccan-Malian economic high-level forum, held in Bamako as part of the visit of  King Mohammed VI in Mali.The plant’s production, conducted by the OCP, amounts to one million tons of fertilizers per year, and will be exported exclusively to Africa, Terrab added. King Mohammed VI, insisted that the production of the plant be exported exclusively to Africa, he said.The King began on Tuesday an official visit to the Republic of Mali, the first leg of an African tour that will take the Sovereign to Côte d’ Ivoire, Guinea, and Gabon.last_img read more

Ohio State mens volleyball caps historic season with teams second national title

National Player of the Year Nicolas Szerszen (9) hits a ball at the net during a match against George Mason on Jan. 15.Credit: Courtesy of OSUHead coach Pete Hanson all too well remembers watching Loyola University of Chicago finish off the final point of the 2015 Midwest Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Conference semi-final effectively ending Ohio State’s 2014-15 season with a record of 22-9 (12-5). Watching Loyola win their second-consecutive championship last season only ignited a fire in the Buckeyes who returned the majority of their key contributors in 2015-16.Then-No. 9 OSU finally faced then-No. 5 Loyola (Ill.) on Feb. 12 in its first match versus the Ramblers since the MIVA semifinals. On the east side of Chicago, Hanson and the determined Buckeyes quickly dispatched the Ramblers on their home court in a three-set victory. From then on, OSU rattled off 23 straight victories culminating in a final triumph on Saturday night. The Buckeyes continually added match upon match to the win column only going five sets four times for the rest of the season. Finishing with a three-set victory over the No. 1 BYU Cougars in Rec Hall on the ground of Pennsylvania State University, the Buckeyes ended the 2015-16 campaign with an exclamation mark and another NCAA championship, the second in six years.It was the same consistent play on Saturday night in the national championship match that has carried Hanson’s squad all season. Junior opposite hitter Miles Johnson tallied 15 kills, redshirt junior Driss Guessous added 10 kills and National Player of the Year Nicolas Szerszen had 10 thunderous kills to aid in the quick defeat of the Cougars.Perhaps the most surprising performance came from redshirt freshman Blake Leeson, who had a career high 11 kills on the night. The 6-foot-7 middle blocker was dominant in the middle for OSU, getting early touches on balls to give his team another chance to get the ball onto the powerful hand of Szerszen. But on the final point, Leeson took advantage of a high set from junior setter Christy Blough and sealed the Buckeyes destiny as national champions.Each match during the win streak has seen one or more Buckeyes answering the call to push them over the top. In the MIVA championship game that went five sets, senior outside hitter Peter Edwards stroked seven straight points from the service stripe closing out the team’s first NCAA tournament berth since its last national title in 2011.Coming into the tournament ranked at No. 2 in the country, OSU was given the task of playing a play-in game to earn the right to clash with UCLA in the final four. Some felt the Buckeyes were snubbed not earning an automatic bid to the final four, but Hanson focused his team to a resounding victory over George Mason.OSU pummeled GMU in three sets (25-22, 25-19, 25-22) in January, but the Buckeyes fell behind after one set in the quarterfinal. The nine service errors in the first set were completely uncharacteristic of the steady Buckeyes. Following the final point in the first set, OSU came out firing and didn’t seem bothered with dropping the first set. Szerszen led OSU with 20 kills and 16 digs in the match, propelling the Buckeyes to their 21st consecutive win.In the national semifinal versus UCLA, it was same story, different match for OSU and the National Player of the Year. Szerszen was limited to 15 kills on the night as the Bruins defense keyed in on the 6-foot-4 outside hitter. Johnson was monumental on the attack for the Buckeyes, collecting 20 kills in the match to pick up the slack when Szerszen couldn’t produce. But at 17-16 in extra points in the final set, OSU’s best player was separated from blockers toeing the service stripe and ripped home a berth to the national championship.Ranked No. 1 in the country with a record of 27-4, the BYU Cougars proved no match for the highly touted Buckeyes, who were simply unstoppable for more than half of the season. OSU capped off an extra-points victory in set one, winning 32-30 in dramatic fashion. That was all the drama Rec Hall saw that night. Hanson and his nearly invincible team finished off the Cougars 25-23 and 25-17.OSU started the ‘15-’16 campaign at 1-2 after dropping a four-set match against then-No. 5 UCLA. In his 32nd season as OSU’s leader on the sideline, the tenured Hanson turned his team around to an aggressive, attacking team that prided itself on dominant victories. From then on, the Buckeyes dropped just one five-set match versus then-No.14 Ball State, which ended up being the team’s only conference loss.Perhaps the biggest turnover of the season was evident away from Columbus. Last season, seven of OSU’s nine losses came on the road. This season, OSU was undefeated at 11-0 away from St. John Arena and only went the distance in one match at then-No. 6 Penn State.Hanson was named NCAA Coach of the Year for the fourth time in his career, and he proudly lifted the championship trophy for the second time in his career. And like in 2011, cheers from the OSU fan base and his triumphant team filled Rec Hall to end a season to remember. read more

Police identify man killed in singlevehicle crash on SR94 in La Mesa

first_imgPolice identify man killed in single-vehicle crash on SR-94 in La Mesa , SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Authorities identified a man killed in a single- vehicle crash on a La Mesa freeway Sunday.Charles Dilhalla III died when he apparently struck a concrete barrier while traveling at over 100 miles per hour.It happened after 9 a.m. on westbound state Route 94, directly under a ramp to state Route 125.Dilhalla was in the slow lane of the 94 when he lost control of his vehicle and it struck a concrete barrier, ejecting him.Witnesses pulled over and attempted to give him CPR. Paramedics arrived and continued CPR, but were unable to revive Dilhalla, and he was pronounced dead at the scene.Three lanes of the freeway had to be blocked while authorities investigated, but all were reopened by the afternoon. Posted: December 10, 2017 UPDATE: All lanes have reopened to traffic on WB SR-94 at SR-125. #SDCaltransAlert— Caltrans San Diego (@SDCaltrans) December 10, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter December 10, 2017last_img read more

Municipal Election Results To Be Certified On Tuesday

first_imgThe canvass board will count absentee, questioned and mail-in ballots leading up to October 9. Any ballot sent through the mail that’s postmarked on or before October 2 and received prior the certification of the results will be counted. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The official results from the Regular Municipal Election are expected to be finalized next Tuesday, October 9. Unofficial results from the election can be found on the Kenai Peninsula Borough website.center_img According to the Kenai city clerk the city’s three precincts had 125 absentee ballots left for the borough to count. Soldotna city clerk reported 61 absentee ballots, with one questioned ballot.last_img read more

People on the Move 031810

first_imgHearst appointed Josh Peskowitz Web editor of style, fashion and grooming for Esquire.com. Most recently, Peskowitz served as fashion editor at men.style.com.Forbes Media’s senior vice president and group publisher Meredith Levien was given the added responsibility of leading print strategy and product leadership across, Forbes, ForbesLife and ForbesWoman, and will oversee Eastern region integrated advertising sales. Additionally, chief digital advertising officer Robert Pietsch now will also lead the company’s product sales strategy as well as its newly-developed accountability and measurement tools on Forbes.com. He will oversee integrated ad sales efforts in the Western region.Greg Mitchell has joined TheNation.com and will manage the site’s Media Fix blog. Formerly, Mitchell served as editor of Editor & Publisher.Time magazine announced a pair of changes to its editorial team: international editor Michael Elliot was appointed deputy managing editor, replacing Romesh Ratnesar, who left the company; and Nancy Gibbs was named executive editor.United Business Media’s Everything Channel promoted three to its management team: Dan Dignam was named executive vice president, Lisa Mackenzie was named senior vice president of sales, and Tricia Syed was promoted to vice president of online marketing and analytics.San Diego-based The Competitor Group appointed Julia Beeson Polloreno editor-in-chief of Triathlete magazine. Previously, Polloreno served as senior editor of San Diego magazine.St. Johnsbury, Vermont-based trade publisher Moose River Media announced three staffing changes: Sue Ravenscraft was appointed vice president of audience development and inside sales; Jeff Plaster was named publisher of Turf magazine; and Sharon Ferland was promoted to vice president of administration. Longtime Essence magazine beauty and cover director, Mikki Taylor, has retired. Taylor joined Essence more than three decades ago. Her retirement is effective March 31, after which she will contribute to the magazine as an editor-at-large.Meredith Corp. made a pair of personnel changes: Family Circle publisher Carey Witmer was named vice president and group publisher of the Meredith Parents Network, replacing Diane Newman, who left the company for American Media Inc., where she now serves as executive vice president and publishing director for its Active Lifestyle Group; and Diane Papazian was promoted from associate publisher of Family Circle to publisher.In addition to Newman’s appointment, AMI said Brian Gruseke was named vice president and publisher of Shape as well as director of corporate integrated sales. Previously, Gruseke served as group associate publisher of Meredith’s Parents Network.last_img read more

BSE closes points 7891 down on Jan 14

first_imgBSE closes points 78.91 down on Jan 141.1K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 78.91 down on Jan 141.1K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 78.91 points down to stand at 27,381.46. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 10.95 points down to stand at 8,288.45. Bajaj Finance Limited and DABUR were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.76% and 7.48% along with NHPC and MARICO with an increase of 6.49% and 6.09% respectively, while the top losers of Group SSLT and HINDALCO with a decrease of 8.29% and 6.24% along with FSL and DCBBANK with a decrease of 5.36% and 4.36% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 81.91 points at 18,914.59 while the banking sector is down 54.04 points at 21,366.59 and the reality sector is down 10.92 points at 1,492.18. The Indian currency is down 0.06% at Rs 62.18 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, Jan 14 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 78.91 points down to stand at 27,381.46. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 10.95 points down to stand at 8,288.45. Bajaj Finance Limited and DABUR were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 7.76% and 7.48% along with NHPC and MARICO with an increase of 6.49% and 6.09% respectively, while the top losers of Group SSLT and HINDALCO with a decrease of 8.29% and 6.24% along with FSL and DCBBANK with a decrease of 5.36% and 4.36% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 81.91 points at 18,914.59 while the banking sector is down 54.04 points at 21,366.59 and the reality sector is down 10.92 points at 1,492.18. The Indian currency is down 0.06% at Rs 62.18 per dollar.last_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 episode 5 Bran Stark to die saving

first_imgGame of Thrones season 8 episode 2 reviewGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Game of Thrones season 8 episode 4 “The Last of Starks” featured the aftermath of the battle at Winterfell. However, there was one cryptic scene featuring Bran Stark and Tyrion Lannister that has made many to think that Jon Snow’s cousin brother, who now goes by the Three-Eyed-Raven, will not survive the final battle.Major Spoilers:In Game of Thrones season 8 episode 2 “A Knight of Seven Kingdoms,” we saw Tyrion Lannister and Bran Stark conversing for the first time ever. Many of us speculated that Bran has revealed Jon Snow’s true identity to Tyrion but as the recently released episode revealed to us that Tyrion learned about Jon from Sansa Stark.In the recently released episode of Game of Thrones season 8, we saw how everyone was celebrating the end of Night King and the White Walkers. During their celebration moment, we saw a drunk Tyrion Lannister approaching Bran Stark or the Three-Eyed-Raven. Their conversation was brief but like always, Bran spoke in puzzles and now everyone is worried about his future in the show.In the episode, we saw Bran Stark sitting on his wheelchair and Tyrion approaching him. Daenerys’ Hand tells Bran that the machinery of his wheelchair is clever and is much more useful than the saddle he had designed for him all those years ago. For this, Bran simply states that this is the same one Daeron Targaryen designed for his crippled nephew 120 years ago. Impressed Tyrion replies to him that Bran knows the history of entire Westeros better than anyone and it would come as handy since he is going to be the Lord of Winterfell. Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1 Bran stark meeting Jaime LannisterGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)But as we all know, Bran Stark has no desire to become any Lord anymore and this is what he tells Tyrion. When Tyrion tells him that he feels envious of him for not wanting to be a lord anymore, Bran first looks over his shoulder to see that someone is coming to take him away from the fireplace. Before leaving Tyrion, Bran says to him that he shouldn’t feel envy of him because “Mostly, I live in the past.”Over the years, Bran Stark has learned about himself and the Night King by going in the past only and him saying Tyrion that he lives in the past makes perfect sense. But at the same time, it opens up the possibility that he was referring to himself but not from his current perspective.Fans are now speculating that in the upcoming episode of Game of Thrones, Bran Stark will try to help Jon Snow in his battle against Cersei Lannister by warging himself into Daenerys Targaryen’s dragon and he might be killed during this course. Since Bran knows what is going to happen with him in the future, he simply stated the obvious to Tyrion by telling him that he lives in the past only.Bran Stark is an important character and it would be interesting to see if we see the last of any Stark in the upcoming battle of HBO’s Game of Thrones.last_img read more

Overnight gunfights kill 3

first_imgProthom Alo Illustration Three persons were killed in separate ‘gunfights’ with the law enforcement in Chapainawabganj and Cumilla districts early Monday.In Chapainawabganj’s Gomastapur upazila, two persons were killed in what Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) called a ‘gunfight’ with the ‘robbers’, reports UNB.The identities of the deceased could not be known yet.Being tipped off, according to camp commander of RAB-5 Syed Abdullah AL Murad, members of RAB conducted a raid in a den where a group of 5-6 robbers were reportedly preparing for committing a robbery around 12:15am at night.Sensing the presence of the elite force members, the robbers opened fire on them, prompting them to retaliate, triggering a gunfight which left the duo injured with bullet.In Muradnagar upazila of Cumilla, another suspected robber was killed in a reported gunfight with police early Monday.The deceased is Al Amin, son of Sirajul Islam, a resident of Saliakandi village of the upazila.A team of detectives along with the police conducted a special raid around 1:30am, said Manjur Alam, officer-in-charge of Muradnagar police station.When the team reached the spot, the OC added, a gang of robbers opened fire on them, prompting the policemen to retaliate, he added.Al Amin received bullet injuries during the exchange of fire, said the OC.Later, the injured was taken to Comilla Medical College Hospital where physicians declared him dead.The team recovered a pipe gun, two rounds of bullet, four sharp weapons and five masks.Al Amin was accused in nine cases filed with the police station, the OC added.The law enforcement’s versions of the events were, however, not verified independently as no versions of the incidents were available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the victim’s family.last_img read more

DC Spots to Enjoy Your CoffeeWhileBlack

first_imgBy Lauren E. Williams, Special to the AFROIn April, two Black men, Rashon Nelson and Donte Robinson, were arrested at a Starbucks in Philadelphia for no apparent reason. Cell phone video of the incident helped the news go viral and the well-known, pricey, coffee chain was forced to act.Starbucks issued an apology saying it would close its stores on May 29th and hold a training to “address implicit bias, promote conscious inclusion, prevent discrimination, and ensure everyone inside a Starbucks store feels safe and welcome.”The training was held last week. Employees reportedly worked in small groups to discuss their experiences of racism and discrimination, and Starbucks aired a now publicly released video – Story of Access – by Black filmmaker Stanley Nelson, featuring Common, to further encourage opportunities for dialogue and problem-solving.While many agree Starbucks’ training was a positive step for the company, uncertainty around racial bias and behavior in business remains. And, a renewed conversation about finding alternatives to getting one’s morning, afternoon, or evening, java fix continues.Black Washingtonians, like many across America, are also having this discussion. Thankfully, Black-owned coffee shops can be found throughout the District.The AFRO highlights a few below.Sankofa Cafe2714 Georgia Ave NWLocated on Georgia Ave, home of many of the city’s oldest Black-owned businesses, sits Sankofa Books and Cafe. According to the store’s website, Sankofa was “named after the internationally acclaimed film called SANKOFA (produced by the founders). It’s symbol, the Sankofa Bird, looks backward with the egg of the future in her beak, constantly checking as she moves into the future.”While the property has been Black-owned since 1997, according to the website, the Sankofa cafe was added in 2007. Sankofa Cafe hopes to be a place where thoughtful consideration of the past and future can take place.Calabash Tea & Cafe1847 7th St NWHandwritten notes, a calming vibe, and unique tea and coffee blends have made this place a D.C. favorite. In fact, according to their website, Calabash has won “Best in D.C.” five years in a row.The teahouse boasts more than 100 teas and coffees and food inspired by family recipes. Washingtonians tend to go to Calabash for the tea and stay for the experience.Culture Coffee Too300 Riggs Rd NECulture Coffee Too is a new Black-owned shop that opened in November 2017. Located near the Fort Totten Metro Station, the coffeehouse had a star-studded ribbon-cutting with Mayor Muriel Bowser, D.C. Council members Brandon Todd and Robert White in attendance.According to their website, Culture Coffee Too is a “diverse coffee shop, art gallery, live performance venue, and event space, with a mission to bring delicious coffee, and diverse culture to the Washington, DC community.” Their menu includes breakfast, lunch, and dinner items, and made-to-order coffee drinks.last_img read more

Blue light allows for making carbonnitrogen bonds without energetically unfavorable reactions

first_img Journal information: Science (Phys.org)—A team of researchers at Princeton University and a Bristol-Myers Squibb associate have developed a means for creating reactive ammonium radical cations using flashes of blue light. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes their new technique and the ways they believe it could be used to create substituted amines. Travis Buchanan and Kami Hull with the University of Illinois offer a Perspectives piece on the work done by the team and the expected impact the new technique is likely to have on organic chemistry. As Buchanan and Hull note, amines (which are molecules that have a C—N bond) are very important in the pharmaceutical industry—approximately 84 percent of pharmaceuticals contain amines. But, as they also note, conventional processes that are used to create carbon-nitrogen bonds involve what they describe as energetically unfavorable reactions—they are inefficient. The process typically involves hydroamination which is where a N—H bond is directly added to a C—C molecule, or even to a triple. In this new effort, the researchers report on a new method using a simple blue light from an LED that gets the job done in a more efficient way.The team at Princeton used a photochemical approach that allowed for the creation of reactive ammonium radical cations using a flashing blue light (for 12 hours), which in turn was used to form the desired isomers. They used the blue light to excite an iridium complex to oxidize the amine, allowing for efficient bonding with the olefin. A thiophenol cocatalyst was then used to move the electron back. The researchers report that their technique could be uses for a variety of olefin and amine compounds allowing for using amines in pharmaceuticals in new and useful ways—some of which, they report, could not be created any other way. Furthermore, they note, the technique is completely atom economical—all of the atoms in the starting materials wound up in the end product.Buchanan and Hull suggest the new approach could represent a transformative approach to amine synthesis, noting that the researchers used their technique to animate a sample of every existing olefin type. A new method cuts the cost of drug-building chemicals Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img More information: Andrew J. Musacchio et al. Catalytic intermolecular hydroaminations of unactivated olefins with secondary alkyl amines, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aal3010AbstractThe intermolecular hydroamination of unactivated alkenes with simple dialkyl amines remains an unsolved problem in organic synthesis. We report a catalytic protocol for efficient additions of cyclic and acyclic secondary alkyl amines to a wide range of alkyl olefins with complete anti-Markovnikov regioselectivity. In this process, carbon-nitrogen bond formation proceeds through a key aminium radical cation intermediate that is generated via electron transfer between an excited-state iridium photocatalyst and an amine substrate. These reactions are redox-neutral and completely atom-economical, exhibit broad functional group tolerance, and occur readily at room temperature under visible light irradiation. Certain tertiary amine products generated through this method are formally endergonic relative to their constituent olefin and amine starting materials and thus are not accessible via direct coupling with conventional ground-state catalysts. © 2017 Phys.org Citation: Blue light allows for making carbon-nitrogen bonds without ‘energetically unfavorable’ reactions (2017, February 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-blue-carbon-nitrogen-bonds-energetically-unfavorable.html Proposed catalytic cycle for hydroamination. Credit: (c) Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aal3010last_img read more

Centre to pay jute mills only after full payment to farmers labourers

first_imgKolkata: In a stride to ensure that jute farmers and labourers get their desired benefits, the Centre will make it mandatory for the mill owners to make their payments in its entirety before getting the entire payment of the government orders.The decision of the Centre comes in the wake of a section of farmers and labourers complaining of not getting the benefits that they deserve. “The jute industry used to get payments against the order regularly. Why are the farmers and labourers complaining about it? Now, we are making it mandatory, that if you do not pay the farmers or labourers or any way abdicate the responsibility, we will not give you the order,” Union Textile minister Smriti Irani said during an interactive session organised by the Indian Chamber of Commerce. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe jute industry, according to the minister has a ready order worth Rs 5,000-5,500 crore every year (in terms of sacking). “We give such huge orders so that the jute industry stays alive. The sum is given to the jute industry in terms of order so that the farmers and labourers can get the benefits out of it,” she maintained. Irani urged the industry to go for innovation and come forward in taking new initiatives and said the Centre has been focusing on how to transform small size firms into mid-size entities. Elaborating on innovation, she touched upon technical textiles that are finding its application in automobiles, interior decoration, healthcare, industrial safety among others. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIrani said the industry should work closely with the government so that the policies framed by the latter may be implemented effectively. Later, addressing the Annual General Meeting at the Merchants’ Chamber of Commerce, she said the government has increased the import duty on some textile products to protect domestic manufacturing. “India looks at the trade war between China and the US as an opportunity and not as a challenge. India would be benefited from the trade war not only through policy intervention but also through industry practices,” she added.last_img read more

Stripe updates its product stack to prepare European businesses for SCAcompliance

first_imgOn Tuesday, Stripe, the online payments platform provider, announced that it has upgraded its products to be compliant with Strong Customer Authentication (SCA) under the second Payment Services Directive (PSD2). This announcement comes just after Stripe confirmed that it has acquired Touchtech Payments, a Dublin-based payments start-up. Touchtech Payments is a provider of advanced SCA-compliant authentication technology for Europe’s fintechs and challenger banks, like N26, TransferWise, and many more. From 14 September 2019, all the authenticating online payments in Europe will be required to comply with the SCA, which is a new European regulation introduced to reduce fraud and make only payments safer. It will be applicable to customer-initiated online payments within Europe, which includes most card payments and all bank transfers. To be SCA compliant, online payments platform need to have additional authentication mechanism in their payment flow. It should have at least two of the following requirements: Something the customer knows like a password or PIN Something the customer has like phone or hardware token Something the customer is like fingerprint or face recognition Making online payment platforms compliant with this regulation will not be an easy task for individual banks and payment providers across Europe. Additionally, a new step in the authentication can also cause some friction in payments and hinder user experience. So, to ease this process, the Stripe payments platform will take up the responsibility of analyzing each transaction to check whether it needs an additional authentication required or not. If required, Stripe will authenticate the transaction with appropriate new technologies. Updates are made in the following products: The Payment Intents API This new Payment Intents API will enable businesses to easily build SCA-compliant fully-customized, dynamic payment flows. This API tracks the state of payment and triggers additional authentication when needed. Upgraded Stripe Checkout Stripe Checkout, a smart payments page, enables businesses to start accepting payments with just a few lines of code. The latest version of Stripe Checkout is capable of dynamically detecting when SCA is required and triggers authentication when necessary. Dynamic 3D Secure provides an additional layer of authentication for credit card transactions. 3D Secure 2 support Stripe supports 3D Secure 2 on the new Payments Intent API and Checkout. 3D Secure 2 aims to address all the limitations in 3D Secure 1 by introducing “less disruptive authentication and better user experience.” With this authentication process, businesses and their payment providers are can send more data elements on each transaction to the cardholder’s bank. This data may include payment-specific info like shipping address, the customer’s device ID, or previous transaction history. The cardholder’s bank can then use this data to calculate the risk level of the transaction and take a suitable response. Upgraded Stripe Billing Billing makes recurring billing process for SaaS and subscription-based companies smoother. Along with SCA-compliance, the company also announced that the product is now available for all the businesses in Europe. Tara Seshan, product manager for Stripe Billing, said in a press release, “With Stripe Billing, companies of all sizes now have access to advanced invoicing tools that will also help them comply with SCA and VAT requirements.” In the next few weeks, the company plans to roll out tools in the Stripe Dashboard for business already using Stripe to make them ready for SCA. Read the official announcement on Stripe’s website. Read Next Former Google Cloud CEO joins Stripe board just as Stripe joins the global Unicorn Club Stripe open sources ‘Skycfg’, a configuration builder for Kubernetes 3D Secure v2: a new authentication protocol supported by Stripe for frictionless authentication and better user experiencelast_img read more

Hot deal alert More amenities with AquaAston Hospitality

first_img Travelweek Group Tags: Aqua-Aston Hospitality, Hawaii, Promotions Hot deal alert: More amenities with Aqua-Aston Hospitality Posted by Tuesday, December 12, 2017 center_img As one of Hawaii’s largest hotel management companies, Aqua-Aston Hospitality is proud to offer guests some of the best value in the islands. For new bookings arriving Jan. 1, 2018, Aqua-Aston is pleased to announce the expansion of its guest amenity program. Varied by hotel, the new amenity program will include valuable additions, such as exclusive discounts for Aqua-Aston guests at select Oahu eateries and attractions; discounted or free entry for Aqua-Aston guests to Bishop Museum, Honolulu Museum of Art, and Waikiki Aquarium; improvements to our popular Waikiki-to-Ala Moana shuttle service; a curated roster of live, onsite entertainment; and newly-added Hawaiian cultural programs.For more details go to Aqua-Aston.com. Share << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

Korean Air launches cargo flights to Delhi

first_imgKorean Air recently launched cargo flights between Incheon and Delhi. Korean Air is currently operating direct passenger flights from Incheon to Mumbai and Delhi, three and five times a week respectively. The decision to introduce the cargo flight accompanies the South Korean government’s new diplomatic strategy to strengthen partnership with India and rapid growth of the Indian market. Korean Air operates with its Boeing 777F freighter three times a week (Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday).The flight departs at 11:10 PM from Incheon, makes a stop at Hanoi and arrives at Delhi at 6:15 AM the next day. From Delhi to Incheon, there are two stops at Vienna, Austria and Milan, Italy.“Demand for air cargo from Asia to India has shown a sharp boost recently; an average of 6.5% annual increase in the last three years,” a Korean Air spokesperson said. “We are anticipating new demand and improved profitability through optimised cargo routes.”Meanwhile, Korean Air is preparing to take a new leap forward in the air cargo business, celebrating its 50th anniversary next year. The airline will be using its next-generation freighters such as Boeing 777F and Boeing 747-8F, as well as its new air cargo system ‘iCargo’ to improve customer services.last_img read more

We also raised the issue of the wider repercussio

first_img“We also raised the issue of the wider repercussions of this investigation. In the wake of the report, people’s confidence has been shattered and some families are concerned for their loved ones who are currently living in care homes. “The SDLP is clear that residents and their families must be kept in mind during this time and their concerns must also be listened to.“Frustratingly, there are still many questions left to answer. “The SDLP will be seeking an urgent meeting with the Assistant Chief Constable and the RQIA. People must be held accountable for their actions – or in some cases, inaction,” added Mr Durkan.Durkan leads SDLP delegation to meet Commissioner for Older People was last modified: June 26th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: AN SDLP delegation led by SDLP Foyle MLa Mark H Durkan has met with the Commissioner for Older People over a damning report and investigation into a care home.Mr Durkan was joined at the meeting by party colleagues Pat Catney MLA and Councillor Brian Heading.The SDLP Health Spokesperson said: “The report regarding Dunmurry Manor Care Home from the Commission for OIder People made for difficult reading. Brian HeadingDunmurry Manor Care HomeDurkan leads SDLP delegation to meet Commissioner for Older PeopleHEALTH SPOKESPERSONMark H DurkanPat CatneySDLP ShareTweet “The findings that were contained within the report about the treatment some residents endured, while they were in a place that was meant to care for them, is heart-wrenching.“The report shows that vulnerable people, living with dementia, experienced violations that no-one should have to endure. “Residents and their loved ones were placed in awful situations and it is dreadful to hear of the horror that was inflicted on people.“During the meeting, we discussed the findings of the investigation and those who failed to step up and step in. last_img read more

When my fatherinlaw died my wife and I took ove

first_imgWhen my father-in-law died, my wife and I took over the responsibility of looking after her mother, who I affectionately called “grandma.” We quickly connected with a very nice lady who was a broker at one of the top brokerage firms in the country. Over time she became a mentor, advisor, and friend. Although she’s been retired for quite some time, we’re still in contact and are very close. If I were to pick one attribute that sets her apart, it would be honesty. Ask her a tough question and she’ll give you a straight answer, even though it may personally cost her some money. Around the time that many of the online discount brokerage firms were emerging, our nice lady broker put in a trade where we sold 1,000 shares of a stock at $24/share, so the trade was $24,000.00. When we got the transaction sheet in the mail, there were some small fees, but her firm took a $240 commission just for handling the transaction. I called and asked her how the firm justified those fees to its clients. We were being bombarded with television commercials, letters, and flyers from discount brokers who would handle the transaction for only $19.95. Basically, I asked her what the extra $220 in commissions bought us. She was very straightforward, and it was apparent I was not the first client to ask. She said that she cut the commission to rock bottom, meaning there was no lower fee structure available, and then went on to explain that discount brokers were merely transactional brokers with no research departments and no advice. They just processed transactions. By contrast, her firm had all these high-priced folks in New York who did tons of research and analysis and provided advice and guidance. I then (with her help) wrote a letter stating that I was toying with making an investment in a particular market but wasn’t quite sure if the sector made sense – and if it did, what particular stock would be the best choice? She took my letter, put her cover letter on top of it, and sent it to her firm’s gurus in New York. A short time later, we got back a 2-3 page report discussing the sector and recommending a particular company to invest in. They recommended it as a “strong buy.” It was also clear that the primary reason they felt that way was a chart showing that 8 of 10 major firms recommended the company as a “buy or strong buy.” Other than the standard information about growth, P/E ratios etc., there was really not a whole lot of support behind why the particular stock was supposedly so appealing. Honestly, I went nuts when I read the report, because simply saying that 8 of 10 major firms recommended something was not research. Actually, it was an admission of delegating the research to some other firm and then hoping it did it right. Perhaps that was why the P/E ratio was so ridiculously high; the investing guru Benjamin Graham would have been telling his clients to sell the same stock. So I asked our broker, “What happens if some researcher gets a tip from his barber on a stock, then he goes to the office and recommends it as a ‘buy.’ Then another firm picks up on it and also recommends it, and pretty soon 8 of 10 recommend it. That alone would drive up the price of the stock, but who actually did any research?” She grinned and mentioned something about the integrity of the individual doing the job. When I wrote the letter, I’d wanted someone to do the type of research Benjamin Graham discussed in The Intelligent Investor. I wanted them to find a stock that’s not on anyone else’s list with a P/E that was within reasonable guidelines. Heck, by the time 8 of 10 major firms have rated it as a “buy or strong buy,” it’s too late. At that point Graham and his clients would be taking their profits. In today’s lingo, the Casey group would have recommended you sell at least half of it and perhaps retain some of the investment as a “free ride.” Not long after that, our friend retired, and I switched the family accounts to a discount online broker. As I was surfing its website, I noticed a “Research” tab. I clicked on it and typed in the symbol of the stock, and up popped several available reports and a one-page summary. I realized then that what we got from the high-priced, old-line brokerage firm was not much different than the summary that had just popped up on my computer screen. Sad to say, some of the things that I’ve seen passed off as research are like sugar-free Jell-O topped with fat-free Cool Whip; it has the illusion of substance… but not much else. For the next several years, what little I had for research I did through the search engine of my online broker. It was boring, tedious, and time-consuming. Perhaps like some other investors, I wanted to find an easy way out. At that time I was subscribing to several investment newsletters that all touted their research and weren’t shy about making specific investment recommendations, something the discount brokers stayed away from at the time. Some did their job better than others. For close to a decade I didn’t use investment services because we had most of our portfolio in CDs. It wasn’t until late 2008, when we began to actively self-manage our portfolio, that we began to subscribe to various newsletters again. I quickly noticed that they seemed to be more highly specialized. The newsletters had true experts in a particular market sector or investment doing the research and making the recommendations. This isn’t meant to be a shameless plug, but I read a couple of the Casey newsletters like BIG GOLD, where there are folks on the ground, photos of the various mines, backgrounds, and where the author had known the principals for a couple decades. I was impressed. I’d never read any of this kind of stuff sifting through information from my discount broker, nor had I ever seen this level of detail from the so-called “full-service” brokers either. By comparison, I saw recommendations for companies I had never heard of and never saw references to any other firm or service making those recommendations. In a recent edition of The Intelligent Investor, there’s an article in the appendix section in which the author has tracked the career of five folks who were trained by Benjamin Graham. Each went out on his own, applied the techniques he was taught and over time put together a portfolio that made him and his clients very wealthy. However, there was almost zero overlap between those portfolios. Each had used the Graham criteria – but found his own recommendations. If 8 of 10 major firms recommended a given stock as a “buy or strong buy,” they all would have likely passed it over and moved on. The recent Facebook IPO certainly caused quite an uproar. Goldman Sachs handled the IPO, and according to several reports sold over a billion dollars in Facebook stock the first day. Shortly afterward, the news was full of stories that Facebook’s earnings were downgraded just before the offer and that information had been withheld from the general public. Only certain large clients and brokerage firms were made aware of that information. I personally no longer deal with a full-service broker, and I strongly recommend doing your own due diligence as opposed to blindly accepting any recommendation. For many years major firms would put a stock on a “strong buy” list, and the stock may jump 4-5 points simply because of that recommendation. My retired friend told me of cases where she knew that the firm making the recommendation had several million shares in its inventory. When it recommended the stock as a “strong buy,” it was taking the other half of the trade and making a nice profit. She said “theoretically” the SEC has put a stop to that. I recently learned that some financial research involves picks that are paid for by the companies being recommended. That’s not the case at Miller’s Money Forever, but until recently I was naïve enough to believe that all subscription-based financial newsletters were only compensated by their subscribers. How silly of me! It makes sense to do your due diligence on the companies you invest in. But you should also understand the motivations and incentives driving your gurus, your subscription financial-services providers, and your newsletter authors. I now find myself reading the small print at the end of the newsletter very closely. Any high-quality newsletter will clearly state its position on this issue. On the good side, a lot of data is now available at the click of a mouse on discount broker and other financial websites. Folks can also subscribe to excellent newsletters published by firms with large, competent research departments. This spreads the cost of expensive research departments over a large subscriber base, which in turn makes it much easier for the small investor to tap in to a huge base of investment knowledge. It is then up to us, the individual investor, to distill this information down to use with our individual portfolio. It’s easy to go along with the crowd, but true research can keep us ahead of the curve. Until next week…last_img read more

Youve made this mistake before—sometime between t

first_imgYou’ve made this mistake before—sometime between the age of 15 and 25. I can almost guarantee it. And it probably involved a good-looking girl… or boy. Whatever your preference. You took someone for granted and chased after someone new. Then they both dropped you. One big bank is making a similar mistake. Only it’s not chasing tail. It’s chasing customers. A few years back Bank of America began buying every “Bank of Your Little Town” it could. With some 5,000 retail branches across the US, it seemed serious about retail banking. If not, why bother operating all those branches? Meanwhile, it put the moves on Merrill Lynch. Problem is, retail customers just don’t like Bank of America. J.D. Power ranked it dead last in four of 11 regions across the nation this year. And as Bloomberg Business reported, “Bank of America Corp. ranked worst among its peers in retail customer satisfaction in states where it has the most branches, California and Florida….” Part of the problem is that is behaves like an investment bank toward its customers. Back in 2013, Bank of America began phasing out its drive-through windows. A retired bank executive shared a rumor with me: it’s closing drive-through windows to force customers into the branch so they can sell Merrill Lynch products. I’m inclined to believe him. In March, we made a rare trip into a Bank of America branch in Florida to deposit a large check from the sale of our home. The branch manager swooped us into his office and began pitching investment products the minute we walked in. I know; it’s just one example. But they’re hassling long-term customers every day. People don’t like it. But they don’t know there’s a simple, easy-to-execute alternative. First, keep enough cash at your bank to pay your bills. Nothing more. A small local bank that will cover ATM fees when you travel is your best bet. That takes care of your administrative needs. Second, take the remainder of you cash and start your own Bank of Me. This cash should earn a robust return with minimal risk and no hassles. I stand firm in my belief that about one-third of your portfolio should sit in low-risk, liquid, cash-like instruments. But near-negative interest rates negate any safety offered by FDIC-insured accounts. Your cash is just sitting there, withering away. Now is the time to start your own bank. You might be thinking, “This guy is nuts. I’m an engineer (or teacher, fireman, dentist… insert your profession). I don’t have the time or the know-how to start my own bank.” Rest assured, it takes minimal time, and you can bring yourself up to speed right now by reading one special report: Bank of Me. We lay out the process and the specific investments for you. My wife and I took our cash out of Bank of America’s claws. Now we have enough at our local bank to meet monthly expenses. No hassles there, and they call us by name. There’s even a drive-through. And the rest of our cash is carrying its own weight once again. I’d love to show you how to do the same. Click here to learn how to fire your bank.last_img read more

South Korea is flashing warning signs of a global

first_imgSouth Korea is flashing warning signs of a global recession… South Korea is known as a “canary in the coal mine” for the global economy. The country is a major exporter of cars, mobile phones, and personal computers. It’s also the 11th-largest economy in the world. It has a bigger economy than Australia, Russia, Spain, or Mexico. Last month, South Korean exports plummeted 15.8%. It was the country’s largest monthly drop since 2009. It was also the tenth month in a row that South Korean exports dropped from the previous year. Many South Korean companies blame the huge drop in exports on China’s slowing economy. China is, by far, South Korea’s largest trade partner. The country sends 25% of its exports to China. •  China’s slowing economy is dragging down the entire region… Last year, China’s economy grew at its slowest pace since 1990. And last month, China’s services sector grew at its slowest pace in seven years. China’s factory output also fell for the eighth straight month in October. Yesterday, Bloomberg Business said China’s manufacturing activity hasn’t been this slow since the global financial crisis. Factory orders in Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan are shrinking as well. The bad economic data pushed Asia’s major stock markets down on Monday. China’s Shanghai Composite Index fell 1.7%. Japan’s Nikkei Index fell 2.1%. •  U.S. investors also got bad news yesterday… Last month, the ISM Manufacturing Index fell to its lowest level in three years. This index measures the health of the U.S. manufacturing sector. It was the fourth straight month that U.S. manufacturing activity fell. Manufacturing makes up 12% of the U.S. economy. Economists and investors watch the manufacturing sector for clues about where the broad economy is headed… Casey readers know manufacturing profits are falling. Two weeks ago, machinery manufacturer Caterpillar (CAT) reported awful third-quarter results. The company’s quarterly sales were 19% lower than a year ago. Caterpillar expects sales to drop again in 2016. It would be the fourth year in a row the company’s sales have dropped. That’s never happened before in Caterpillar’s 90-year history. Caterpillar sells the tractors, bulldozers, and cranes that build the “real” economy. Like South Korea, many investors consider Caterpillar a bellwether for the global economy. Caterpillar’s customers aren’t buying much right now, which points to trouble. •  A weakening global economy is bad for U.S. stocks… Since bottoming in March 2009, the S&P 500 has gained 211%. At 80 months and counting, the current bull market is 30 months longer than the average bull market since World War II. However, E.B. Tucker, editor of The Casey Report, says the mini stock market crash in August was the beginning of the end of the bull market. He explained why in a recent issue of The Casey Report. We believe the era of asset prices soaring on a wave of easy credit is over. Last month’s major stock market decline is the start of a very tough time for stocks and the economy… The market has recovered in the past two weeks. But we think it’s only temporary. In other words, we’re in the middle of a “dead cat bounce.” It’s looking a lot like 2007. To fight the global financial crisis, the Fed cut its key rate to effectively zero in December 2008. It has left rates at effectively zero ever since. This has made it extremely cheap to borrow money… Seven years of easy money has caused prices to soar. Prices for commercial property, bonds, and stocks have all hit record highs, thanks to the Fed. At some point, the U.S. stock market will fall back down to Earth. When that happens, everything from blue chips to penny stocks will plummet. But overpriced stocks will probably fall the hardest… “They’ll do everything they can to push the price of gold down”… This statement was made by keynote speaker and trend forecaster Gerald Celente at the 2015 Casey Research Summit. Find out what Mr. Celente has to say about gold manipulation… the Federal Reserve’s hidden scheme… and how you can protect yourself from it right here. Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida November 3, 2015 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to feedback@caseyresearch.com. We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful. Double Your Money Guarantee Right now Steve Sjuggerud is urging folks to buy 3 tiny gold stocks with 10X potential. And he’s so certain, that he’s giving a “Double Your Money Guarantee” until MIDNIGHT TOMORROW. Learn more here. Recommended Linkscenter_img — •  The flood of cheap money has sent restaurant stocks soaring… The Dow Jones U.S. Restaurants & Bars Index has gained 256% since the bull market in U.S. stocks started six years ago. And despite a mostly flat market in 2015, restaurant stocks continued to perform well. As a group, they’re up 19% in 2015, compared to just a 2% gain for the S&P 500. Many major restaurant stocks are now very expensive. For example, pizza chain Papa John’s (PZZA) has a price-to-earnings (PE) ratio of 41 right now…Starbucks (SBUX) has a PE ratio of 35…and burrito chain Chipotle (CMG) has a PE ratio of 38. The S&P 500’s PE is just 22. (A high PE ratio means a stock is expensive.) Yesterday, Bloomberg Business noted that investors are betting against Papa John’s stock. The number of shares being shorted — a bet that the stock will fall — has risen to 5 percent of those outstanding, near the highest level in six years, according to data compiled by Bloomberg and Markit Ltd. The investors are wagering that Papa John’s will have a tough time sustaining its lofty price-to-earnings ratio… E.B. Tucker agrees that Papa John’s stock is way too expensive. I’ve been baffled by Papa John’s for a long time. The stock price trades at 27 times free cash flow. That’s a tremendous premium for a fast food company. That’s what investors pay to own companies that produce groundbreaking cancer drugs or some other life-changing technology. It’s not the price you should pay to own a pizza chain best known for its garlic butter dipping sauce. Bloomberg Business reports that short sellers are also targeting other major restaurant stocks. Shake Shack Inc., the burger chain that went public in January, saw short interest soar after its stock price more than doubled. In that case, investors are betting that its valuation has gotten way ahead of its expansion plans: The chain boasts a $1.65 billion market value despite only having 74 locations as of September. Noodles & Co., which has a PE ratio of 39.1, also is heavily shorted. •  Expensive stocks will fall the hardest during the next crash… According to a useful metric, the CAPE ratio, U.S. stocks are 59% more expensive than their historic average. In fact, U.S. stocks are almost as expensive as they were at their 2007 peak. Since the 2008 financial crisis, global central banks have printed trillions of new currency units (dollars, yen, euros, yuan). Instead of producing real growth, companies and investors have simply used these currency units to buy assets like stocks, oil fields, and office buildings, making these assets very expensive. Almost nothing is cheap right now. This isn’t the time to be aggressive with your portfolio. It’s a time to be conservative. It’s a time to build up a large cash position, so you can buy bargains after the next correction or crash. You might even consider shorting very expensive stocks as a way to profit from the coming downturn. We also think everyone should own some physical gold. Gold is the ultimate form of wealth insurance. It’s preserved wealth through every kind of crisis imaginable. It will preserve wealth during the next crisis, too. If you want to truly “crisis-proof” your wealth, we recently published a book just for you… Going Global 2015 is our financial crisis survival guide. It shows you how to preserve and even grow your wealth during recessions, stock market collapses, and every financial disaster in between. Thousands of people have already paid $99 for this important book. Today, we’re offering it to you for just $4.95. We’re practically giving this book away for one simple reason: we hope you’ll do business with us again. And if you read Going Global 2015, we’re confident you will. The strategies and tips in this book could mean the difference between going broke during the next crisis and coming out richer than ever. Click here to learn more. Chart of the Day Restaurant stocks have pulled away from the rest of the market this year… Today’s chart shows the performance of the S&P 500 versus the Dow Jones U.S. Restaurants & Bars Index. This index tracks the performance of many U.S. restaurant companies. It follows major restaurant stocks such as Starbucks, Buffalo Wild Wings (BWLD), McDonald’s (MCD), and Panera Bread (PNRA). The chart starts in March 2009, when the bull market in U.S. stocks began. As you can see, restaurant stocks basically tracked the broad market for the past six years. They started to separate from the pack this year. The U.S. Restaurants & Bars Index is up 19% so far this year. The S&P 500 is up only 2%. Many major restaurant stocks have become incredibly expensive during this rally. We think some of these stocks will be the first to fall during the next crash. –last_img read more